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October 11, 2012

Ontario professors say online learning no substitute for on-campus learning
Kristin Rushowy , Toronto Star, October 11, 2012.

(I know this item is a few months old but it set me off) These professors who say online learning is no substitute for the real thing: are they prepared to lower tuitions to zero? Are they prepared to make the investments in social equity that will help people be a success in college? Are they willing to extend real opportunities to learn into the community? No? Well, then, they think twice before criticizing. The first and primary purpose of online learning is to open access to education these professors for one reason or another will not or can not serve. If their only response is to say it's not good enough, well, these professors are the reason people are getting education that is not good enough.

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Chris Coyier, CSS-Tricks, October 11, 2012.

"Eventually," says Crgis Coyier, "we'll all be writing code in the browser." The reason is the development of tools like Brackets. "Brackets is an open-source editor for web design and development built on top of web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The project was created and is maintained by Adobe, and is released under an MIT License."

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How Companies Get To Censor the Internet Email This Entry
Alan Wexelblat, Copyfight, October 11, 2012.

Certainly a concern: "the story is always the same: $player sends thousands of takedown notices for material in which it claims copyright. The recipient takes down the material and may or may not notify $targets that their stuff is no longer visible. If $target is a big entity with lawyers and money it can usually get its stuff back online, quickly. If $target is you or me, we are (as my kids like to say) ood-scray."

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Working Group sMOOChers: Smart MOOCs Higher Education Research Subgroup
Various Authors, TLT Group, October 11, 2012.

I haven't followed up on this at all, but you have to agree that the name is delicious: "sMOOChers Smart MOOCs Higher Education Research Subgroup October 8 -November 18 2012 PLUS FridayLive! follow ups on October 12, 26. and November 30th 1:00-2:00 pm EDT This collaborative workshop is free to TLT Group Individual Members. Click here to register and stay up-to-date with MOOC related discussions and events. Our online MOOC exploration will focus on this MOOC “Current/Future State of Higher Education” (CFHE12). “The course starts October 8, 2012.” You will need to register separately by following this link. http://edfuture.mooc.ca/cgi-bin/login.cgi?action=Register Twitter hash tag: #tltgSMOOCHERS"

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Publish your own interactive e-book
Alastair Creelman, The corridor of uncertainty, October 4, 2012.

Alastair Creelman describes Apple's iBook authoring tool and recommends a step by step guide to writing an interactive e-book by Shawn Ozbun called Create an interactive eBook for the iPad using iBook Author, an eight-minute video, the first of three. If you have an Apple, just type 'iBook author' in the App Store search, select a template, and you're authoring your (Apple-only) iBook. If that's not to your taste,he writes,  "Another authoring tool that works on all platforms is Widbook. More basic than iBooks but highly practical."

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