We’ve promoted many different times (see the Breezed NMC Oct 2003 presentation) the notion that weblog Trackback technology provides a simple, and working now, method to connect descriptions of usage of learning objects stored in “thingamotories” (or “repositories if you like). Or, as we deemed it Learning Object Reuse Acknowledgment (LORA).
Yet. while well received, it is not happening anywhere. We run a summary of all MLX trackbacks and it is pretty meager, 47 total in more than 18 months we have enabled this feature… and I am responsibile for about 40 of ’em.
it’s pretty simple. If you compose a weblog entry (especially in MovableType, were the pinging is built in) and link to any MLX URL, the blog publishing platform checks all URLs for an embedded RDF ping address. Upon finding it, it transmits to the source (the MLX) 3 tokens of information that “trackback” to your newly published URL- a title, a url, and a small (typically 250 character) excerpt.
It seems do-able… objects sit in one place, descriptions of how they are used are written elsewhere, and connections made when the descriptions are published.
The implementation we have at the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) is called “Sharebacks”. How about giving it a whirl? Just blog an entry about any of our MLX items, include a hyperlink to the MLX slip URL, and publish your blog. For more, about MLX sharebacks see How MLX Trackback Works, another Breeze-y show that is extracted from our epic Mysteries Revealed: Inside the MLX.
If you need a direct ping address, it is provided in small grey text on any MLX slip (like this one). Just by me writing this link in this paragraph, I will be creating another trackback to MLX Package 127.
C’mon, give us some lovin’ show us some pings. Send ’em our way… Send us some Sharebacks….
PS- Spammers are not welcome. Last week, in one click, I removed 1264 Trackback database entries from the Phentermine folks (
nice to see ya again), and how sad that they wasted the time as none of their links will see the light of day on the MLX. New measures are in place that cut them off before they can get their roach toes inside our door.