RecoSearch: A Model for Collaboratively Filtering Java Learning Objects

Jinan Fiaidhi, International Journal of Instructional Technology, Distance Learning, Jul 23, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There's a lot going on in this paper and this short summary won't do it justice. The author describes a system for "a collaborative infrastructure for authoring, searching, recommending and presenting Java source code learning objects." I am on the one hand impressed by the completness and elegance of the solution described (and, as far as I can tell, implemented). On the other hand, I am concerned by this big-box approach. Everyone does everything the same way within a relatively controlled environment. I don't know, maybe it's a Java world, maybe it's not. I just wish I could make some of this stuff actually work so I could see for myself. But Java just wasn't made for the desktop; the programs always jitter or freeze or crash or wipe out the operating system. And like most people, the desktop is the only environment I really control and can work with.
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