Perched up at MIT, Phil Long is a key instructional visioneer, and in a recent Syllabus column he writes TrackBack: Where Blogs Learn Their Places.

It’s a nice general overview of TB, yes, but Phil seems to not see as wide as we do by focusing only on what Trackback means in the blog world– ignoring what D’Arcy, Brian, and I have been pushing since March 2003 [1, 2, 3]- using Trackback to connect a collection of Learning Objects with the external contexts where they are described or used.

Trackback is still an under-utilized, under-explored, and thankfully under-exploited (by spammers) simple technology.

<tiphat>tip of the blog hat to Scott Leslie</tiphat>

The post "Phil Phinds Phriendly Trackback" was originally pushed out of the bottom of a purple jar of Play-Doh at CogDogBlog ( on October 2, 2003.

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