February 20, 2006


Lloyd P. Rieber[Edit][Delete]: Multimedia Learning in Games, Simulations, and Microworlds, ITForum [Edit][Delete] February 20, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] This paper highlighted the discussion about online gaming on ITForum last month. The paper is a good overview of learning in games, simulations, and microworlds. It doesn't really offer a perspective so much as offer an overview. I found the ITForum discussion that followed disappointing, kicked off as it was with an 'I hate games' post and not really (to my view, though I will admit I just started deleting the posts) advancing much beyond that. As some people commented, if you just take games, remove all the fun from them, then force your student to use them in 90 minute segments, you probably won't get much out of them. Do read the paper, though, if you want good coverage of the topic. [Tags: Simulations, Games and Gaming] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Grandon Gill[Edit][Delete]: 13 (Educational) Things I'd Rather Do Over the Internet, ELearn Magazine [Edit][Delete]Elearn Magazine [Edit][Delete] February 20, 2006
[link: Hits] Pretty good list, but a little narrow - he left out 'dissecting frogs' (everybody's favorite gee-whiz application) and other simulations and games. [Tags: Simulations, Games and Gaming] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Roy Williams[Edit][Delete]: WOLF - Workshops for Online Facilitators, February 20, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] A new blog with multiple contributors which will, as author Roy Williams explains, "is (currently) concerned with affordances and elearning." [Tags: Online Learning, Web Logs] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Announcement[Edit][Delete]: Elgg and WebCT, Sitting in a Tree..., Aperto [Edit][Delete] February 20, 2006
[link: Hits] Curverider (the commercial name for Elgg) and Aperto (founded by Sasan Salari, originally from WebCT) "are collaborating on an integration between the Open Source system Elgg and WebCT's product lines." James Farmer is sckepital of commercial learning management systems, but "knowing how much value and vivre an Elgg environment could bring to one of those lifeless WebCT courses find myself quibbling a bit." Maybe this is a good thing after all. [Tags: Blackboard, WebCT] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Dave Cormier[Edit][Delete]: The Best Damn New Media Curriculum Evah! Plan, Ed Tech Talk Wiki [Edit][Delete] February 20, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] As the page (currently) explains, "This is a plan for a mass curriculum project. Dave is going to post his work as a starting point, but everyone else is free to take part or all of the curriculum and create their own version or strand. What we're hoping to get is not one curriculum, where we've all had to concede things that are important to us in order to find consensus, but MANY different curricula that are all better for having been made alongside the others." It's a neat idea, intended to coincide with a seminar he's giving. I might have let it develop without too much publicity (so as not to disrupt the seminar), but Harold Jarche has already outed it, and well, you can never have too many wiki writers. The name will also change, which is a good thing, because the current one is going to cause today's newsletter to light up spam filters everywhere you look. [Tags: Newsletters, Project Based Learning, Spam] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Unknown[Edit][Delete]: e-Learning Programme Newsletter Oct05-Feb06, Jisc [Edit][Delete]JISC [Edit][Delete] February 20, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Comprehensive newsletter with updates and program listing too numerous to list here. "The third JISC e-Learning Programme newsletter summarises recent activities in all the Programme strands. This issue includes details of new toolkit and demonstrator projects, details of new e-portfolio publications and an overview of the new HEFCE Spending Review Programme." [Tags: E-Portfolios, Newsletters, Project Based Learning, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Jeff Rice[Edit][Delete]: Serious Bloggers, Inside Higher Ed [Edit][Delete] February 20, 2006
[link: 9 Hits] The author argues that we should respond to the criticisms of academic blogging by being less serious in our blogs. Hyuk yuk yuk yuk yuk. OK, that didn't work. He has some good points, like this: "Writing a blog under a pseudonym is usually an argument that the only safe way for an academic to write publicly is to write anonymously." Which is sad. But the response isn't to abandon the weighty. As Bradley Dilger comments, "I just don't see that hiding, either behind a psuedonym or by being quiet, is the appropriate response... we have to resist the 'culture of cringe,' lest we extend it even more, and become part of it by rejecting anything too innovative out of hand." And [Tags: Web Logs, Academics and Academia] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Saul J. Berman, Louisa A. Shipnuck and Niall Duffy[Edit][Delete]: The End of TV As We Know It: A Future Industry Perspective, IBM [Edit][Delete] February 20, 2006
[link: Hits] A good report, with advice that applies equally well to learning. "Invest in divergent strategies and supply chains for bimodal consumer types... Innovate business and pricing models by creating - not resisting - wider consumer choice... Develop, trial, refine, roll-out... Drive open content delivery platforms." Via Lost Remote. [Tags: Open Content] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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