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by Stephen Downes
December 2, 2008

Put Your Lectures Only Easily and for Free with Panopto
Pretty basic technology, but it's hard not to see something like this becoming standard. "Basically, the PowerPoint slides are synced with the video, and you can move up or down in the slide deck, with the video syncing automatically. Students can annotate your slides. You can add secondary video feeds or screen capture." Daniel Lemire, Weblog, December 2, 2008 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

How Can Institutional Processes Better Support Flexible Learning?
This question has been coming up a lot in Britain (there seems to be much less discussion of it at an institutional level elsewhere - maybe I'm just missing it). Scott Wilson asks how institutional processes can support new learning. He'd like to see them more able to support smaller and on-demand courses, personalized coursework, recognition of prior learning and new ways of learning. See also this post from Phil's JISC CETIS blog. Scott Wilson, Scott's Workblog, December 2, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]

Pownce Closes, Moves to SixApart
The graph in this post makes the reasoning perfectly clear. Pownce never came close to catching up to Twitter. Now I don't regret ignoring all those Pownce invites that cluttered my in-box. At least they're leaving with class, providing an application that allows users to download all their data and connections. See also the Blog Herald, Mashable. Bryan Alexander, Liberal Education Today, December 2, 2008 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Expressing IEEE Learning Object Metadata Instances Using the Dublin Core Abstract Model
Mikael Nilsson writes, "I've finalized an early, but readable, draft of the mapping from IEEE LOM to the DC Abstract Model. The mapping is presented using the DC-TEXT syntax for DCAM." People are invited to submit comments to the DC-IEEELTSC-TASKFORCE list. Mikael Nilsson, Dublin Core, December 2, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

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