October 23, 2006


Julia Hanna[Edit][Delete]: Will the 'Long Tail' Work for Hollywood?, HBS Working Knowledge [Edit][Delete] October 23, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] This discussion of the future of the film industry takes a look at the long tail but still offers, in my mind, a big spike view. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Steve Hargadon[Edit][Delete]: Interview with Martin Dougiamas, Creator of Moodle, October 23, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] I haven't listened to this but I know it will attract wide interest. And the program notes tell me that the content will be more thsan a little interesting. For example, "The Moodle community that works on the actual software project is a model of the 'community of practice' or 'collaboration' that Moodle strives to help create for learning environments." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Darryl K. Taft[Edit][Delete]: Flapjax Simplifies AJAX Development, EWeek [Edit][Delete] October 23, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] William Langley from IRAP sent over this link. At first I was sceptical - do we need another computer language, particularly one with the exact same syntax as Javascript? Well - maybe. Flapjax (written in Python) is a server side compiler that parses and processes AJAX requests, thus creating a very fast and efficient interactive web page (presumably even on slow computers). I tried out the demos on the distribution site, which worked pretty well. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: The CAMEL Project: Collaborative Approaches to the Management of e-Learning, Jisc [Edit][Delete]JISC [Edit][Delete] October 23, 2006
[link: Hits] Just got this by email: JISC is distributing a booklet on the CAMEL project. "CAMEL is short for Collaborative Approaches to the Management of E- Learning. CAMEL set out to explore how institutions who were making good use of e-learning and who were collaborating in regional lifelong learning partnerships might be able to learn from each other." Um, well, OK. But then: "One of the most interesting aspects of the project was the model itself." OK, now I'm a bit sceptical. And even more so when it appears you have to order the publications (which, I think, are paper based) or pre-order the CD-ROM. I guess we should be happy CAMEL didn't chisel their report in stone - though I would have been interested to find out, in stone, why CAMEL finds itself so fascinating. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: OU Offers Free Learning Materials, BBC News [Edit][Delete] October 23, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] The official launch, which has been scheduled for some time now, is this week. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Globe and Mail[Edit][Delete]: Be Loyal, Kind and Don't Steal Movies, Associated Press [Edit][Delete] October 23, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] If the Canadian Boy Scouts ever do this, I'm going to deny ever having had anything to do with them. "...the new merit piracy patch Los Angeles-area Boys Scouts can earn for learning about the evils of downloading pirated movies and music. The movie industry developed the curriculum." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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