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Sipping MERLOT's RSS Feeds: Is this Boone's Farm or Dom Perignon? (August 27, 2003 11:35 AM)
We have barked about MERLOT's lack of RSS feeds for some time. Not that anyone really listens, or that this is even announced in the woods where trees makes sounds, but you can actually find MERLOT RSS feeds. Now the question- is this a smooth vintage or supermarket swill? Here... «more»
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Blogging Across the Curriculm (August 25, 2003 01:09 PM)
From Quinnipiac University comes this gem: Blogging Across the Curriculum. Pattie Belle Hastings from the Interactive Design Department shares this resource that rose from her 2002 experiments on using student weblogs as alternatives to paper design jounrals. Her site provides a nice overview of blogging, how to blog, the role... «more»
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RSS Primer from EEVL (August 25, 2003 08:17 AM)
A very well written introduction to RSS: RSS - A Primer for Publishers and Content Providers (I cannot locate quickly what the "EEVL" acronym stands for but it is a UK resource for engineers). I like the plain language yet the forways into some of the details of producing RSS.... «more»
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Bad Dog: Stuffing Newsletters inside RSS (August 22, 2003 09:36 AM)
I am all for expanding the use of RSS, and new things are popping up every day. However, stuffing an entire newsletter inside an RSS feed as listed at Lockergnome (referring to Barbara Feldman's "Ezine-Tips" on Using RSS to Deliver Newsletters seems to me a bad trend of stuffing a... «more»
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MLX New Feature: Public View of My Packages (August 21, 2003 04:50 PM)
We just added a new feature to the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX)- every person that creates an account in the MLX receives their own unique URL that produces a publicly viewable web page that lists all packages entered by that person. For example, my packages are one link away: «more»
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Maricopa Learning eXchange poster from MERLOT (August 21, 2003 03:27 PM)
For those not lucky enough to attend the MERLOT 2003 conference (any conf in Vancouver is worthy), I just posted the content from our MLX poster session: Building the Maricopa Learning eXchange (Using a Bit of Competition and Bribery). How do you cultivate the use and contribution to a learning... «more»
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SoBIG is My Deletion Task (August 21, 2003 06:21 AM)
Anti-Virus detection systems are removing viral email attachments, but they waste my time and clog the net with un-needed traffic by bouncing messages back to people who did not actually send them. So far, about every 8 hours, I have to delete 60-100 Anti-Virus detection messages from my inBox. I... «more»
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#$!@ Blog Spammers (August 20, 2003 10:07 AM)
It's been bad enough delting the email crud generated by the latest virus, but today I got my first porn content inserted into a comment on this weblog, with links to just about everything possible you could imagine being enlarged, shrunk, photographed, made money on, etc. So if you exercise... «more»
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live blog updates: the World as a Blog (August 20, 2003 06:46 AM)
Wow, a variation on the BlogChatter, this nifty site shows, in near real-time, the World as a Blog... Real time and updating display of weblog postings, around the world... + geocoding + RSS But what is it? You see a world map, and as weblogs entries are posted around... «more»
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RSSlets: Even More Ideas for RSS (August 19, 2003 10:52 AM)
Wow. If you are just reading some of the buzz (it's about time!) about RSS, check out RSSlets - Functional RSS Feeds a series of prototypes for getting at RSS content that may be on the fringe of your idea scope. These are a whole raft of new services that... «more»
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1973 Flashback: Where is the gas in Phoenix? (August 19, 2003 08:24 AM)
Lines at the gas stations, tempers flaring... Wow- it is almost a flashback to the 1973 oil embargo but this is 2003 in Phoenix, Arizona where a pipeline shutdown fuels gas shortage. The events in '73 are a bit fuzzy, but I recall my Dad waiting in long lines for... «more»
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Web-A-Sketch and the beauty of obscure blogs (August 17, 2003 08:45 AM)
This post is as tangential as the twisted web path it took to get there. The ending is at Allen Smith's Web-A-Sketch, a detailed description and parts list for how he hooked up some motors to an original Etch-A-Sketch and made it so anyone could remotely control it via a... «more»
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New RSS: Yahoo Groups (August 16, 2003 07:52 AM)
I am not in too many (or maybe zero) Yahoo Groups (and if so I never have them sent to clutter my email) but this Yahoo Groups RSS URI Generator is ideal for keeping updated on public groups without trudging through the Yahoo site. This page contains JavaScript that will... «more»
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New RSS: Multimedia Authoring (August 14, 2003 07:47 AM)
Building from the same path we have added RSS to 4 other resource web sites, we just added a feed to Multimedia Authoring Web. Get the feed (RSS 2.0) "AUTHORING" here refers to "programming by non-programmers." This site is a resource collection of pointers to Internet sites for those that... «more»
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Free! Online! Building Accessible Websites (August 13, 2003 10:49 PM)
Bless Joe Clark. Not only does he write a stunningly useful book, but he also provides all of the chapters (for free) to Building Accessible Websites. When you buy the book, you get the entire text (but no graphics) on the included CD-ROM, along with a few extras, like fonts... «more»
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RSS Feeds from (August 13, 2003 05:40 PM)
Yet another useful avenue for RSS- stay in tune with all or part of the open source software projects at See the details on RSS feeds. It is very fitting givem that RSS Reader AmphetaDesk is a SourceForge project (along with a number of useful MovableType plug-ins). «more»
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Update: RSS to JS- addressing accessibility (August 12, 2003 12:18 AM)
Regarding our RSS to JS demo (code that allows you to embed RSS into any web page using a script that returns RSS as a series of JavaScript write statements), Michelle appropriately noticed that this approach would leave in the dark anyone using a screen reader (or just having JavaScript... «more»
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Blog in Donnesbury-ville (August 10, 2003 03:35 PM)
Fresh off the press! See a take on blogging in Doonesbury. None of us would troll for search engines, would we? <tiphat>found via RSS aggregator feed from the Shifted Librarian</tiphat>... «more»
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Awesome RSS Resource at Lockergnome (August 9, 2003 04:00 PM)
Chris Pirillo has a new comprehensive site on Lockergnome's RSS Resource (tip of the blog hat to Will for this one). It features a wide range of stories on new types of RSS uses (e.g. notifying beta testers of software updates) and the latest in tools and technology, written by... «more»
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MERLOT: The Buzz (and the next day effect) (August 8, 2003 10:43 PM)
A little bit of echo to Brian's analysis of our conference ending session on RSS and Learning Objects. You can find the paper there as well as a hefty 6 Mb PowerPoint (if I have time, I will at least post a MS mangled HTML version), plus there is a... «more»
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MERLOT: Online Faculty Development (August 8, 2003 08:33 AM)
Friday, last homestretch of the conference. Collaborative Usability Evaluations with IDEA Online Rachel Smith (Comment- this is a very cool, Carl Berger "cooooool", resource. Sign up, submit designs, and join their evaluation group. The system itself is well designed) Asked for hand raises of faculty, staff, who designs online content... «more»
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MERLOT: EduBloggers Plus Beer (August 7, 2003 10:07 PM)
There was a significant drop in weblogging activity this evening, starving Stephen's MERLOT conference feed, as D'Arcy, Scott, Brian, Greg, Stephen, Bruce, Alan (plus Michelle but she may not want her blog linked... but we know where it is ;-) downed some ales and swapped stories over at... um... what... «more»
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MERLOT: RSS SPOTTED (film at 11) (August 7, 2003 09:57 PM)
Well, no fanfare, no big announcement, just an utterance at an earlier web services presentation, but here in its full glory, a true blue MERLOT RSS feed for... the ten newest items in physica. No secret that David Carter-Tod had an early clue- they are using his RSS News Center... «more»
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MERLOT: Federated Searches (August 7, 2003 03:56 PM)
"MERLOT Focus on: Federated Search Technologies" Martin Konig Bastiaan Waiting for the overview, background slides about federated searches. In a nutshell, use web services to spread search and retrieval across multiple sources. But the three dollar (Canadian) question- will they put a URL on the screen of a MERLOT RSS... «more»
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MERLOT: CATS and WebQuests (August 7, 2003 10:12 AM)
"Herding CATS: A Model for Professional Development for Academic Technology" Abbe Altman, CSU Sonoma CATS= Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) also part of MERLOT, see MERLOT repository of CATS materials (Comment- the dogs here are riled at the feline metaphors ;-)... «more»
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MERLOT: ECollaborative Online (Aussie View) (August 7, 2003 07:47 AM)
Getting ready to start the Thursday 8:00am general session, another presenation by Garry Putland from EdNA (Education Network Australia). There will be other bloggers in the room madly typing the notes, so I plan to lean back and observe... Too bad the room is looking pretty sparse- Garry is brilliant... «more»
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We Would Clone MLX If.... (August 7, 2003 12:00 AM)
We are flattered. David is aiming for a clone of our Maricopa Learning eXchange, and is added to the list of people requesting a copy of it. We are not being stingy and would love to put the code out there. For the 10 years I have been web publishing,... «more»
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MERLOT: Building Communities Through Collaboration (August 6, 2003 11:16 PM)
(This blog is from memory- a browser freeze up managed to eat a half composed immediate blog entry). First half was on the connection of MERLOT and EDUCAUSE's NLII (National Learning Infrastructure Initiative). NLII research fellows Colleen Carmean and Patricia McGee provided the overview of NLII as the arm of... «more»
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MERLOT: EdNA Online (August 6, 2003 03:41 PM)
Waiting now for the start of Garry Putland's talk on the Australian LO portal- I had a chance to chat with him early, and heard about what sounds like an incredible integration of information connected with RSS- he mentioned availablity of more than 2000 feeds, not only for objects, but... «more»
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The MLX Poster Lands at MERLOT (August 6, 2003 10:30 AM)
It is here. It is not on a board or two dimensional or a tri-fold, and features real packages. The Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) poster session has appeared at the MERLOT conference (no thanks to UPS and customs goofups). It is all representational- a model train representing the "warehouse" metaphor,... «more»
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MERLOT Keynote: Leading from Both Ends (August 6, 2003 08:44 AM)
Gerry Hanely, head MERLOT "wine steward"- said a theme was "connecting learning repositories". Interesting, eh? Can you think of an acronym that fits there? It begins with an R.... Keynote: "Leading from Both Ends"- Doug MacLeod from Netcetera to talk about eduSourceCanada. Introduced "Donut Object Repositories" Tim Horton's- a chain... «more»
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MERLOT: Customs or UPS Ate My Poster (August 5, 2003 05:12 PM)
My decision to send my poster materials to the MERLOT conference by "express" shipping looks shaky. Apparently, my "packages" were held at customs for extra taxes, my office authorizied, and who knows where they are right now. C'est la vie. So for now, my Maricopa Learning eXchange poster is very... «more»
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The Phoenix Has Landed at MERLOT (August 5, 2003 02:02 AM)
Unlike D'Arcy, my trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, was less than smooth. It rained in Florida, so my flight from Phoenix was late, customs was slow, and the bus stopped at every freaking hotel in downtown. Finally arrived at 2:00 am, cannot h-a-r-d-l-y t-y-p-e (no more than usual). It is... «more»
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Amazon RSS Feed-Builder (August 4, 2003 04:04 PM)
Although Boris recently blogged on a convoluted way to get RSS feeds from, there is a slicker interface from onfocus , the Amazon RSS Feed Builder. This site is by "pb" or Paul Bausch, "co-developer" of Blogger and author of Amazon Hacks, so definitely no slouch at the programming... «more»
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MT Weblog as Courseware (August 4, 2003 11:42 AM)
Simply wonderful. RIT professor Liz Lawley is doing some great things by (a) trying; and (b) sharing here efforts in using movabletype as courseware. A version of her Fall 2003 Introduction to Multimedia courseblog is available for peeking (her own mamamusings blog is worth looking at just to see what... «more»
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Games for Learning, What a Concept (August 4, 2003 11:15 AM)
Both Stephen and George recently pointed to this bit from Wired News: Educators Turn to Games for Help. What an idea! ... wait a minute, we took a look at Shall We Teach with a Game? back in 1994 at that time, with having our faculty review a selection of... «more»
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Onward to Vancouver for a Gulp of MERLOT (August 1, 2003 10:55 PM)
Just a few days until I leave (Monday), heading northwest to beautiful Vancouver for the MERLOT 2003 conference. In addition to putting on a poster (and a completely unposter-like poster at that!) on the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX), I am teaming up with compadres Brian Lamb and D'Arcy Norman for... «more»
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