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August 16, 2011

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Ideabox for Storybox
Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, August 15, 2011.

If you're looking for a summer project, why not share something on Alan Levine's pirate story box? I did. Maybe while listening to his convo with George Siemens. Or D'Arcy Norman. And if you have a fall project to fill out, why not consider hiring him? I would, in a minute.

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DTLT Today: “Hey MOOCie!”
Jim Groom, bavatuesdays, August 15, 2011.

Being on vacation with minimal internet, I'm missing all the great audio happenings online right now. But Jim Groom writes "Today’s DTLT Today episode explored the recent explosion of Massive Open Online Courses (a.k.a. MOOCs). 2011 is quickly becoming the Year of the MOOC qs more and more universities like the University of Illinois, Georgia Tech, and Stanford are experimenting with the format. I’m more and more excited about the potential of MOOCs these days, and while not a silver bullet for higher ed by any means—the have certainly provided UMW (and DTLT specifically) some really powerful ways to both energize our group while at the same pushing us to continue to innovate beyond the LMS." I have to apologize for the artwork ahead of time - don't go there unless you appreciate Jim Groom's sense of humour.

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Decentralized social networking using web intents
Ben Werdmuller, benwerd, August 15, 2011.

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Serendipitous Learning
Gary Stager, Constructing Modern Knowledge, August 15, 2011.

Gary Stager wrote on my wall, "The following is a learning story documenting one project’s development and the subsequent knowledge constructed. The lessons of this learning adventure embody the values of Constructing Modern Knowledge." The link is to a nice post with descriptions and photos from a 'constructing modern knowledge' workshop. "Constructing Modern Knowledge goes to great lengths to fill the learning environment with all sorts of materials, tools, books, toys, junk food, experts and reference sources. You never know when a radio controlled tarantula, bag of marshmallows or book of Islamic art will lend just the creative spark a learner needs!" This reminds m a lot of the ad hoc session we ran at eFest in Wellington.

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Here a MOOC, there a MOOC
Lisa M. Lane, Lisa’s (Online) Teaching Blog, August 15, 2011.

Lisa Lane, a veteran of several MOOCs, inclusing our own CCK experiences, is launching a MOOC stating in September on the subject of online pedagogy. If you want to join the MOOC, you can access it here. Part of the Program for Online Teaching (POT), instructor Jim Sullivan writes, "In addition to the written word, we will also provide some supplemental guidance via a brief video put together by one of our pedagogy first moderators–usually a member of our POT leadership team or a online certificate program alumnus who has returned to share some insight. " According to the site, "The Program for Online Teaching is an all-volunteer faculty organization that offers workshops through MiraCosta College's Professional Development Program."

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The First Free Research-Sharing Site, arXiv, Turns 20 With an Uncertain Future
Josh Fischman, Chronicle of Higher Education, August 15, 2011.

If you work in physics, you don't read journals, you read arXiv, the pioneering pre-print and document repository established - can you believe it? - in 1991. The Chronicle makes much of the fact that arXiv has "an uncertain future" and is currently in a round of fund-raising. But perhaps that's because the service questions the traditional stance: "It baffles me that scientists in some fields can announce results in a public forum, such as a meeting, while another group can reproduce the results, publish first in a journal, and be given complete intellectual precedence,” he [arXiv founder Paul Ginsparg] writes. Journals and referees need to take more care to give credit where credit is due." Hear hear! See also Ginsparg, arXiv at 20, in Nature. Via Stevan Harnad on the BOAI Forum.

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