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Jul 3, 2001

Spotlight Site: XanEdu Overview of XanEdu, a marketplace for online learning resources, with some criticisms and observations. By Stephen Downes, The Technology Source, July/August, 2001. Submitted on Jul 3, 2001 [Refer]

Thinking Ahead on E-marketplaces What can the e-learning industry learn from the initial failure of e-marketplaces in other sectors? This quote is telling: "In the first generation of exchanges, marketplace operators took advantage of the unfair balance of power between supply chain members to assert their own control, which, in turn, discouraged mass participation. In the new marketplace, each participant is demanding a more inclusive role, and the technology has evolved to meet that demand. Experience has taught us that the marketplace won't succeed unless participants are fully included." By Pierre Samec, IDG, July 2, 2001. Submitted on Jul 3, 2001 [Refer]

The Power of Knowledge Australia's opposition Labour Party tables its Knowledge Nation proposals in preparation for coming elections. The report advocates a wide range of government initiatives and support in knowledge based programs. This opinion piece by a former Labour Party cabinet minister summarizes the report and advocates its adoption. By Barry Jones, the Age, July 3, 2001. Submitted on Jul 3, 2001 [Refer]

Creating an Integrated Web Project Useful step by step guide to help in-class teachers have their students create a web project. By Leonarda Brush, TechLearning, July 1,2001. Submitted on Jul 3, 2001 [Refer]

Hand-Gesture Recognition for HCI I've talked about this in the past and people just roll their eyes. But there is no reason why a computer cannot respond to hand gestures. This cool article describes how. By Atid Shamaie, Wu Hai and Alistair Sutherland, ERCIM News No.46, July 2001. Submitted on Jul 3, 2001 [Refer]

Human-Computer Interaction Challenges in Nomadic Computing As the name suggests, nomadic computing is computing as you roam from place to place (you will sometimes see references to 'roaming' in similar contexts). This short article is a good survey of the issues in nomadic computing and provides a great list of the developments we should expect in the near future. By Reinhard Oppermann, ERCIM News No.46, July 2001. Submitted on Jul 3, 2001 [Refer]

European Student Council Vote The fledgling European Student Council gears up to conduct its first vote - online - March 4 - 8, 2002. It should be interesting to see whether new technology can help create a mass student organization. (The link is to the main site - the site loads slowly (and freezes my computer) but be patient; it will load eventually). Submitted on Jul 3, 2001 [Refer]

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