Planet Four
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2013/01/10

This is really interesting. Now that we have some really superb high resolution photos of the Martian surface we have the immense task of mapping an entire planet. This website crowdsources the job. "We need your help to find and mark ‘fans’ and ‘blotches’ on the Martian surface. Scientists believe that these features indicate wind direction and speed. By tracking ‘fans’ and ‘blotches’ over the course of several Martian years to see how they form, evolve, disappear and reform, we can help planetary scientists better understand Mars’ climate." Last year the same project found a planet.

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Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2013/01/10

Jim Groom points to this website that compiles generally obscure but always intresting audio and video records. For example, right now on the front page we have The Films of Toshio Matsumoto, 1961-1987 (19 short experimental works by Matsumoto), Obscure Records (1975-78) [MP3] (the complete run of all 10 LPs from Brian Eno's legendary record label), and Robert Hughes - Shock of the New (1982) (eight part documentary that offers a comprehensive view on the development of modernist art). Too bad there's no RSS - perhaps someone could make one for them with Feed43. Groom comments, "the fact that UbuWeb has been operating for free for 17 years is amazing. With all the blood, money, and ink shed over MOOCs concomitant with the endless discussions of the future of education, it’s refreshing to see a university do something that actually matters as a public service."

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OpenStax College
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/12/17

In the wake of Flat World Knowledge's change of business model, Frank Lowney recommends we look at Rice University's  "OpenStax College offers students free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers. Adopt a book today for a turnkey classroom solution or modify it to suit your teaching approach. Free online and low-cost in print, OpenStax College books are built for today’s student budgets." Rice has a good history of promoting free online learning resources; it is also the home of the long-lived Connexions project.

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Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/12/14

Daniel Christian posts in the G+ MOOC Community, "(a) piece of what they offer is subtitled as the "Web's first Engagement Management System" (so we now have another meaning for the EMS acronym :).  Interesting concepts therein. As the convergence of the computer, the telephone, and the television continues, should be an interesting set of techs to watch develop; especially as it relates to Learning from the Living [Class] Room..." Related, I saw the other day a reference to social network support as a 'second screen' option for video and sports entertainment on television, which makes a lot of sense to me. Multiple devices working in concert - this is the future of digital media.

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OER Africa
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/11/27

Continuing with the recent theme related to open educational resources (OERs), this site is specific to Africal OERs. "OER Africa provides you access to information you will need to learn about and benefit from Open Educational Resources (OER). If you are just discovering OER, we provide an excellent starting point for finding OER, learning about the benefits of sharing. We currently focus on the supporting and developing OER in these thematic areas: agriculture, health education, foundation courses and teacher education."

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Temoa Resource Provider Directory
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/11/23

Email sent to the UNESCO OER mapping list: "In the last five years we have been evaluating more than 1,194 OER initiatives (webpages and repositories) including OpenCourseWare, OLI, OYC, NPTEL. You can take a look at: We have a process and an evaluation criteria for OER Providers ( and we also have defined a group of descriptors (metadata) to categorize each OER Initiative." I am thinking UNESCO's first move in the mapping initiatuve should have been to map mapping initiatuves, not OER providers directly.

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Open Tapestry
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/11/23

Email from Edward Cherlin sent to the UNESCO list on OER mapping: "You should take a look at the OER database at Open Tapestry 110,000 listings. Replaces OER Recommender." It's interesting, though I do not like the 'clippings' method of presentation - it's slow and wastes screen space. (Again, note the list archives are open only to list subscribers - I think they should be open to all, so contents are searchable and discoverable on the open web).

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Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/11/20

As Stevan Harnad writes, via email, "OpenAIRE is a central harvester of peer-reviewed research from European institutional repositories (IRs)." (See also) Its objectivesare:

  • build support structures for researchers in depositing research publications
  • establish and operate an electronic infrastructure for handling peer-reviewed articles
  • explore the requirements, practices, incentives, workflows, data models, and technologies to deposit, access, and otherwise manipulate research datasets

As Harnad writes, "Deposit institutionally (once only) and harvest centrally (to as manyfunder-based or subject-based repositories as desired)." This, too, should be the model for educational resources.

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Learning Respurce Metadata Initiative
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/11/19

In my email this morning from Peter Pinch at MIT: "We are launching a redesign of MIT OpenCourseWare in a few weeks, and the new site will have LRMI metadata. I have to agree with Phil that "special consideration was given to... use cases from US K-12 education," but I've still found enough of relevance in LRMI to apply it to MIT OCW. And I have more plans for after the redesign launches. Keep in mind, LRMI is collaborating with, a much larger effort to standardize semantic metadata on web pages. If you are publishing structured content on the web, deserves your attention. And LRMI is driving the conversation around educational objects in"

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OR2012 - Conference on Open Repositories
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/11/15

Resources and presentations from this conference on academic repositories. Loads of excellent research materials here. For example, 'Open Metrics for Open Repositories' ("a discussion on approaches to metrics related to the provision of institutional repositories. The paper outlines the potential benefits which can be gained from providing richer statistics related to the use of institutional repositories and reviews related work in this area"), 'SWORDv2 for research data management' ("SWORDv2 was a very successful JISC funded project to extend SWORDv1 - a fire-and-forget deposit protocol - to support the full deposit lifecycle around research publications"),a nd much more.

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What is a connected company?
Dave GrayDave Gray, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/11/09

Nice little video (starts off as a white blank screen but stay with it) describing the different between a hierarchical company and a connected, or 'holarchic' company. In the former, tasks are divided, and each person has a designated area of responsibility. In the latter, "every part is authorized to represent the whole," and does this by linking to and communicating with other parts of the company. Hierarchies are good for stable processes like manufacturing, while holarchies are more suited to more chaotic processes such as customer service. It's interesting, from my perspective, to think of systems of educational management (such as top-down curricular initiatives) that are hierarchical, as compared to more holarchic teacher-driven models.

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Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/10/29

This is a cloud-based social media application for teachers. It's very simple and would be useful for teachers and students without a lot of technical background. However the free version is functionally useless (no mass mail, maximum 10 photos, maximum two files). So while I wouldn't recommend this one, it's a sign of where the field is headed in the future.

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ParthivParthiv, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/09/26

This single-purpose website takes a script I wrote, makes it work really well with Bootstrap, and results in an elegant memorization tool.

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Moby Dick Big Read
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/09/21

I love this idea: various actors, famous and not so famous, are reading a chapter a day from Moby Dck and posting them online. Here's chapter one. It only started five days ago, so it's easy to catch up, if you have an hour or two. It will take more than a half-year to read all 165 chapters. I've signed up to the RSS feed. "‘I have written a blasphemous book’, said Melville when his novel was first published in 1851, ‘and I feel as spotless as the lamb’. Deeply subversive, in almost every way imaginable, Moby-Dick is a virtual, alternative bible – and as such, ripe for reinterpretation in this new world of new media." p.s. This can be turned into a MOOC pretty easily - here's a hashtag (#mobydick). People can chat, discuss, blog and generally agitate around the daily audio post, and by the end of it, each person will have had a unique Moby Dick experience. Via Open Culture.

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Distance Education Research Network
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/09/13

A news release reports that Australia's "DERN (Digital Education Research Network), established in 2010 and managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), has now matured into a new and exciting service with an attractive and easy to navigate new website." The site looks quite nice and does appear to have good weekly content, such as this newsletter on internet access, which links to good external resources like Scott Ewing and Julian Thomas's report on The Internet in Australia, but it requires a $25 annual subscription to access (or a 'pay as you go' fee in a similar range) to access research reports, a sum that can't be paying for the cost of the service but as a barrier decreases its utility substantially.

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Brian TurekBrian Turek, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/09/04

SHA - the Secure Hash Algorithm - is a type of cryptographic hash function which, per Wikipedia, "takes an arbitrary block of data and returns a fixed-size bit string, the hash value, such that a change to the data will (with very high probability) change the hash value." The algorithms are complicated, but the concept is intuitively illustrated in this Javascript implementation of various SHA hashes. SHA is widely used for web security, including password storage and authentication.

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Ed Startup
David Wiley, Richard Culatta, Todd Manwaring, and Aaron MillerDavid Wiley, Richard Culatta, Todd Manwaring, , Aaron Miller, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/08/28

Just launched, a MOOC called Ed Startup. "This is a course about bridging the gap between theory and practice. As you participate in EdStartup, you’ll learn how to identify and analyze meaningful problems, find solutions to those problems, and package and distribute those solutions in a self-sustaining way that will bless the lives of students, teachers, parents, and others for years to come." See also Audrey Watters. Also, if you don't feel like going through the whole course sign-up process, you can read the whole course in one 16-page PDF. Here's David Wiley's video intro. And an intro post. Here's my own short video intro (I'm not sure how involved I'll be in the course but it's nice to do at least one thing). Also a short video on tagging blog posts.

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Informal Learning Basics
Saul CarlinerSaul Carliner, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/08/17

Saul Carliner has a new book on informal learning, and a Facebook page (which you're supposed to 'like') and a blog to support the book, which is the way things are done these days I guess. This link is to the blog, and as far as I'm concerned, if the book isn't open access online, it is anti-social and doesn't exist.

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Welcome to We-think: mass innovation, not mass production
Charles LeadbeaterCharles Leadbeater, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/08/10

Only the first three chapters are available online, but we do get the entire first draft, as well as research reports written by Anna Maybank in support of the book, so there's a lot of value here. The message, I think, is one that is familiar to readers here: the internet is enabling mass coversation, mass collaboration, which in turn is resulting in massinnovation in things like Wikipedia and Linux. And what motivates quality contributions to these mass projects? In the past, you were what you owned, but today, according to Leadbeater, you are what you share. I like the bird's nest analogy in the video, in the sense that each one of us contributes a twig or piece of string to the overall shape - but I think in this case the metaphorical  nest emerges from the contributions, rather than being designed by something larger like a bird.

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Learning From Lyrics
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/08/01

I think of course that writing songs is a better learning experience than merely singing them, while singing them is better than merely listening to them. That said, the idea of linking music and learning is inherently a good one. This site, Learning from Lyrics, is an "arts integration program [that] helps young citizens to develop critical skills, essential for participation in a modern democratic society." Love the retro 1996 web site design. I definitely do not like the Bob Marley quote in idiomatic English on the front page, and the abortion-related song selections raised a red flag for me. Thanks Johnathan Chase who connected through LinkedIn.

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The Open Academy
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/08/01

I received an email from "Adoravelle Tay from the University of Cardiff" promoting the Open Academy. The website appears to collect videos from online learning projects such as Oxford, Yale and Khan Academy. The courses are presented sorted by academic subject. I must say, it has been a number of years since I've seen the 'picture-of-a-campus' motif used on a home page.

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Mozilla Persona
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/07/26

OK, this is really interesting. I have long argued that a person's ID should be stored in their browser. When OpenID was launched just a few days after I released my own system, it opted instead to require users to type their OpenID URL in any time they wanted to login. Now we have Mozilla Persona, which I see for the first time today. It builds on other Mozilla synchronization features, like schema. It looks like it's cross-browser, though - I tested it on Chrome. The implementation looks drop-dead simple and almost exactly like my old mIDm system. Here's the developer guide. I'm leaving on vacation shortly so I won't be able to explore this in detail until the fall - but it's definitely worth exploring.

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Digital Scholarship
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/07/30

From an email on the OER-University discussion list:"The site is a portal to a collection of Open Educational Resources (OERs) accessed from repositories and institutions around the world. All these resources have been provided free by their authors under Creative Commons or other licence for anyone who wishes to use them for educational purposes.The UK Open University Digital Scholarship team, and partners in Nottingham, Leicester, and Manchester, reviewed and selected every resource listed on this site in order to ensure that it is a genuinely open access and high quality item of self-study material appropriate for students in the UK and elsewhere who wish to prepare themselves to study on research degrees in UK universities."

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Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/07/19

Jennifer Wagner is back in the world of podcasting again with a new project, EdReach. This is a new site to me: "EdReach provides a platform for passionate, outspoken educators- aiming to strengthen their voices by highlighting innovation in the field of education, through reporting critical educational news, providing commentary, and offering criticism of the educational issues of the day." Cool. Anyhow, Wagner's show is called 'the Backchannel' - see it here - which I promptly cofused with an actual backchannel.

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Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/07/19

I can see how this has the potential to be useful, though right now the test searches I've tried have come up empty. Forwarding from Michael Witt: "Databib,, is a tool for helping people to identify and locate online repositories of research data. Over 200 data repositories have been cataloged in Databib, with more being added every week. Users and bibliographers create and curate records that describe data repositories that users can browse and search." Not that DataBib is currently seeking nominations for editorial board positions to ensure the accuracy and relevance of the data being indexed.

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Declaration of Internet Freedom
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/07/05

I find the latest 'declaratiuon of internet freedom', promoted by dozens of companies and individuals, to be too simplistic, written (honestly!) and what appears to be a grade four level (and about as sophisticated). The first principle, for example, is:

  • Expression: Don't censor the Internet.

Seriously? The term 'censor' - referring as it does to a legal practice and set of laws - is far too vague. Does it mean I should remove posts from my discussion board? That we should allow the propagation of spam, viruses, and phiushing attacks? Is hate literature OK? I have long preferred my own Cyberspace Charter of Rights. Which, I admit, has zero take-up.

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Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/06/20

Daniil Kravtsov writes to me to say that (a version of) Google Wave is still alive. He writes, "Our team loved the Wave. We've used it in our business and just for fun conversations. There was no way we could go back to email. When Google decided to shut the project down we had only one true way — to resurrect the great idea and continue its development. At the moment, our project is launched and works pretty good for more than 3000 active users. We would be happy to tell ex-wavers about it."

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Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/06/12

I spent some time playing around with a service called Conceptboard. Introducing it in an email, Kathleen Fritzsche writes, Conceptboard offers a blank work space (like an online whiteboard) on which you can create, review and discuss your ideas and concepts. Furthermore, you can upload any document (e.g. PDF, PPT, Word docs, images) to work on it. Or you just start to scribble." It supports both live collaboration (up to five guest collaborators in the free plan) and asynchronous access. It would work well with an audio conference. You can access the demo board illustrated above by clicking here.

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Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/06/08 is a good idea, at least on the surface. The website is basically a set of relaxation videos with scenes and sounds from nature. Unfortunately, when you click 'start' a voice starts blaring "Welcome to Calm dot com.." and will not stop! (Yes, there are controls, once you find them, but that first impression is jarring.)

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Steve HargadonSteve Hargadon, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/06/05

Brand new website dedicated to MOOCs. Sponsored by Blackboard. " lists your already-created MOOC, or help you create and then list one if you need help. This is a service of Classroom 2.0 and Web 2.0 Labs." In other words it duplicates exactly the function of (which, I confess, I have been lacking in managing).

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Welcome to Life
Tom ScottTom Scott, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/05/15

Don't miss this. "A science fiction story about what you see when you die. Or: the Singularity, ruined by lawyers."

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Titash NiogiTitash Niogi, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/05/10

I played around with Themeefy for a bit this morning and things it's a good start to an interesting product (though it reallyneeds RSS feed input to support content creation). I'd also like to see a nicer web-based version (the current version wastes way too much screen space). Here's their blurb: "Themeefy is a curation and self-publishing platform, that lets people do four things
- Curate information from the web from various sources
- Create their own content, via notes or pictures
- Publish this collection in a book format (Themeefy Mag). This is an HTML5 / JS based magazine that can be viewed on computers and devices like the iPad
- Read and share magazines and personalize this via bookmarks and comments."

Titash Niogi, who wrote to me to tell me about it, adds some links from their user community: Novel Technology, How to Themeefy, Text2all.

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An Analysis Of Ivan Illich's "Learning Webs" In Reference To "Deschooling Society"
Doninick HallieDoninick Hallie, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/05/08

This website looks at three recent open online learning initiatives - Academic Earth, Khan Academy, and Course Networking- and evaluates them with respect to the Ivan Illich webs scording system. Of course, "This scoring system would not have gained the approval of Illich due to its radiation of institutionalization." Thanks to Scott Leslie for the link.

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Situated Technologies
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/04/30

Trebor Scholz wraps up the Situated Technologies: Beneath and Beyond Big Data symposium held last week with this post linking to the nine books covered by the series, all of which are available online (clip and save for summer reading):

- The Situated Technologies Series edited by Omar Khan, Trebor Scholz, and Mark Shepard 

- Urban Computing and its Discontents Adam Greenfield and Mark Shepard

- Urban Versioning System 1.0 Matthew Fuller and Usman Haque

- Situated Advocacy Benjamin Bratton and Natalie Jeremijenko Laura Forlano and Dharma Dailey

- Responsive Architecture / Performing Instruments Philip Beesley and Omar Khan

- A synchronicity: Design Fictions for Asynchronous Urban Computing Julian Bleecker and Nicolas Nova

MicroPublicPlaces Marc Böhlen and Hans Frei

- From Mobile Playgrounds to Sweatshop City Trebor Scholz and Laura Y. Liu

- The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg

- Modulated Cities: Networked Spaces, Reconstituted Subjects Helen Nissenbaum and Kazys Varnelis

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El algoritmo RSA
Jorge Ramió AguirreJorge Ramió Aguirre, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/04/24

Spanish language MOOC on cryptography. (I'm still catching up on the emails people have sent me about their MOOCs). "l objetivo de Crypt4you es convertirse en el Aula Virtual de referencia de seguridad de la información en lengua hispana." The course is about the RSA encryption algorithms. Today: Total:320 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/04/12

RSS Hero is now Goodbits, "and we're calling ourselves a web reading platform. This still means we're a great place to read your RSS feeds, but we also support Twitter, and will be adding other sites that you spend time reading (or viewing photos on, or storing links at." I teied RSS hero when it came out, I'll give this one a try too (because I'd like to escape Google Reader (because it'll eventually collapsed into Google+ and hence wrecked)). Today: Total:225 [Comment] [Direct Link]

various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/04/04

Alec Couros mentioned this tool in today's #Change11 session. Witopia is a way to set up a virtual private network to route around censorship and other network blocking. But not only that: "a VPN is a method of protecting your online identity and data en route. Firewalls protect your data on your computer and anti-virus software protects you from viruses, but only a VPN provides security and privacy once your data leaves your computer." If you're on the road and use WiFi a lot, this is the tool that will keep your information safe. Today: Total:434 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Follow the Sun
Terry AndersonTerry Anderson, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/03/16

I'm participating in this conference, as a commentator on Michael Geist (whose work I really like). "We have lined up two full days of really top quality speakers, demonstrations, e-posters and expert panels. You can check out the full schedule and most importantly register at
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Next is Now
Rob ReynoldsRob Reynolds, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/03/02

Rob Reynolds writes (and I missed it when it came through a few days ago) "I wrote this to help explain the textbook guild to everyone, and to compile/share my latest research on the overall learning content industry in the US. Hopefully, this will contribute to your success in some way. The book is available for free (in the Direct Digital reader) at the Next Is Now site, but I wanted to give you a PDF and ePub version to make life simple. The Kindle version will go up Monday followed by iBooks, Nook etc." Reynolds, of course, was the voice behind the excellent the xplanation blog, which sadly wrapped up last April. You can download his book, the Future of Learning Content, or read his new blog on the website.
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2012 Follow the Sun
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/03/12

From the website: "Australian Digital Futures Institute, Beyond Distance Research Alliance, Athabasca University, and our commercial partners are proud to provide this year's 48-hour, online learning festival at no charge to all participants. The theme of this year's conference moves beyond educational technology to examine knowledge development and exchange across the disciplines." Today: Total:212 [Comment] [Direct Link]

HTML5 Please
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/01/24

On the HTML5 front, as browsers develop capacities, guidlines for the use of HTML5 are being unrolled. Here's a good one: "Look up HTML5, CSS3, etc features, know if they are ready for use, and if so find out how you should use them – with polyfills, fallbacks or as they are. When Can I Use tells you the browser support story, while Modernizr gives you the power of feature detection. HTML5 Please helps you out with recommendations for polyfills and implementation so you can decide if and how to put each of these features to use. The recommendations below represent the collective knowledge of developers who have been deep in the HTML5 trenches." Ah, I'm so far behind on this I'll need a bus to catch up. Today: Total:207 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Presentation Tube
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/01/19

This is an interesting service wirth some potential. It looks like it's brand new, fresh out of its wrappers. So, no promises, but worth a look. "PresentationTube provides an easy-to-use desktop software that synchronizes and record your webcam video, PowerPoint slides, freehand drawings, and screen text typing presentation... a simple online wizard to help presenters upload and publish their video presentations to our high-speed streaming media server." I tried it, but 'Create FLV failed' for some unknown reason. Maybe you'll have better luck. Today: Total:596 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Learning, Freedom and the Web
Anya KamenetzAnya Kamenetz, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/01/16

So Anya Kamenetz has another book out. This one is called Learning, Freedom and the Web, and it is available by PDF download. It was sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation and is basically a write-up of a conference featuring selected participants from the charitable-OER community. It's not as much a book about free learning (or even learning at all) as much as it is a book about Mozilla's thoughts about learning, Cathy Davidson, a few other people (Ismael Peña-López, Jack Martin, Carolina Botero). David Wiley and Joi Ito are introduced to give the Creative Commons perspective. If we understand that this is a snapshot of a certain perspective (the foundation - Creative Commons - P2PU nexus) then it's a very good book. It is not, and should not be construed to be, a broadbased look at learning, freedom and the web. Today: Total:225 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Distance Learning from A to Z
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/01/10

Seb Schmoller tossed me this link this morning about a MOOC that started in December in Russian. The link is to a Google Translate version - it's hardly Tolstoy's Russian but it serves the purpose. "The first part of the course, which ends on school-seminar in January 2012 on the basis of NTU 'KPI', devoted to general issues of distance education and its role in the school, institution of higher education and corporations." Today: Total:312 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2012/01/09

I saw this in a few places. It's not new technology - so far as I can tell, it simply executes a Creative Commons image search on Flickr and maybe a few other sources. I searched for 'Moncton' and saw all my own images. But it sure is a nice attractive interface. Today: Total:254 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Welcome to!
Grant Stockly Grant Stockly, WebsiteWebsite, 2011/12/23

Looking at that Altair 8800 front panel takes me back. No, I didn't own one personally, but I know how the panel works, because I used to use a panel similar to that in 1980 (we had card readers so we'd just use the panel to initialize). What you do is you encode some data in binary using the toggles (the set of them under the red lights). Then you use one of the lower toggles to enter the data into a specific memory location (see the operations manual, p. 36). You could step through your program one machine language command at a time (second to the left toggle, lower line) or run them all at one (far left toggle) and watch the red lights do things. It's hard to believe everything we do in these systems is based on the same basic technology, but it's true. This isn't really the gift you want to give your kids, but the enthusiast who likes soldering things together might like it. It's kind of a niche market, though. Via Kottke. Today: Total:188 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Ascilite 2011 Proceedings
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2011/12/13

A huge body of content is now available from the recent ascilite conference just completed in Tasmania. I read seven and summarized four of the papers while listening to the Arcade Fire concert in Reading at full blast (Part One, Part Two, because I believe in multi-sensory experiences) ending with the Al-Mahmood paper just below (these posts are always presented in the newsletter most recent first). If I have a chance I'll summarize more, but just in case, be sure to check out this awesom archive for yourself. Today: Total:221 [Comment] [Direct Link]

University Grants Commission
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2011/12/14

Viplav Baxi writes, by email, "To get a sense of the structure of Indian Higher Education, it would be instructive to go through [this web page]. The University Grants Commission is the apex funding and standards body for the HE sector in India. The site carries a lot of useful information and statistics. Today: Total:212 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Images Actives
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2011/12/09

Joachim Dornbusch from the CRDP of Versailles writes, by email, "We inform you that our software Images Actives, which transforms pictures or patterns in images with interactivity, is available under the GNU-GPL." I had a look at it on the demo site, and it looks like a useful tool for creating Flash-animated images. Nothing too fancy - highlight an area and display a message. But effective.
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Taxonomy Boot Camp
Various AuthorsVarious authors, WebsiteWebsite, 2011/11/17

A large number of slide presentations are available form the Taxonomy Bootcamp, a conference of librarians and archivists held October 31 and November 1 in Washington, D.C. One session that caught my eye was 'Hierarchies & Polyhierarchies: Is More Better?" (though I was disappointed by the Intel slides from Sherry Chang ("Solution? Governance")). Gary Carlson's "Avoiding the Autobiographical Taxonomy" had some good laughs (and good examples). Today: Total:314 [Comment] [Direct Link]


(Still working on this)