By Stephen Downes
August 14, 2003

Changing Places: Instructional Designers Become Online Classroom Participants
Good article describing instructional designers' experiences as online students during a series of presentations hosted by e-Learning Guru (the eLearning Developers' Journal, in which this article appears, is usually a subscription-based journal, however, the author sent me this link, which works - for now, at least). The author provides a good - though overly generous - description of the vClass conferencing software (with screen shots), and more importantly, accounts of the students' recommendations. Interesting were the desires for a private space not connected to the classroom, and for individual photos or bios - personalization features long the staples of most community software but not (yet) regarded as important in the educational market. By Ariana B. Bianchi, Ann M. Busby, john DeCore, Susan Horsey, Kathleen M. Hueser, Kimberly Hill, and Valerie LeBlanc, The eLearning Developers' Journal, August 4, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Learning Objects: Collections
List of a couple of dozen learning object repositories, including general repositories, discipline-specific repositories, and commercial repositories. By Unknown, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Undated [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Collaborative Content Creation Lab
CANARIE, along with seven public and private sector partners, today announced the launch of the Collaborative Content Creation Lab (CCCL, or C3L). According to the press release, "The C3L Team will jointly develop Web-based and desktop E-learning content authoring tools and help systems for collaborative use by faculty at Canadian universities and colleges." The partners include several colleges and universities, Recombo, Canadian Microelectronics Corporation (CMC), and Desire2Learn. The C3L project is led by OPAS, an Ontario-based industry-university partnership. There's not a lot on the site yet (almost nothing, actually), but according to the press release the first pilot project has been started at Centennial College. By Press Release, CANARIE, August 13, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

TS Author Forum on Blogging
Short commentary on my online Technology Source webcast yesterday with Mary Hirrsh on the subjects of blogging and RSS (I would have run an advanced notice but jet lag got the better of me). The archive should be available online in a few days. By Geoffrey Harder, The Blog Driver's Waltz, August 12, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Would You Like Wi-Fi With That?
This short article makes an important point. It is difficult to sell WiFi (wireless internet) connectivity; instead, many businesses are offering it for free. "Wi-Fi isn't a luxury or even a commodity. It's a condiment." There will be a day in the not-too-distant future when free wireless broadband access is just something you expect to find in a store or restaurant, just like heat or lighting. Think about that. By Paul Boutin, Wired, September, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

XML to RDF transformation for Atom with XR
This one's for me, since I will need to transform Atom files into RSS at some future point. It points to Sam Ruby's Atom to RSS XSLT file, and also to a transform using XR. By Sjoerd Visscher, Sjoerd Visscher's weblog, August 14, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Certainly Not Logic
If you don't write software you won't appreciate this article, but if you do you'll get some chuckles, and maybe some pointers. The author, looking at examples of software written in C and Perl, bemoans the basic lapses of logic displayed by many programmers. And therein, shows the answer to the question of how memory leaks crash your computer and where buffer overflow hacks come from. By czth, Kuro5hin, August 14, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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