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Mamas, Don't Let Your Programmers Be Web Designers (February 29, 2004 05:09 PM)
No, Willie Nelson did not pen this song, but I think Alan Cooper may have been an influence ;-) And this old song has been eating a lot of my time and productivity this week. But here is the moral first- Programmers are brilliant, intelligent people in their areas of... «more»
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Biff Cantrell / MLX Appearance at NMC Spring Online Conference (February 25, 2004 08:48 AM)
Rumors are that elusive character, Biff Cantrell, will be appearing at the New Media Consortium Spring Online Conference (March 8-11, 2004). The NMC Series of Online Conferences is a new form of meetings based on social computing concepts and delivered entirely online through a collaboration with NMC partners iCohere and... «more»
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Amy Is Sadly Excoriated (February 23, 2004 08:04 AM)
Alas, the blog go around. Apparently Amy is.... sniff..... sniff.. sad about our recent barking on her "Re-name RSS contest". On her latest update (wow, "Elert" and "Newsfeed" have moved up on "Grapevine") Amy sobs: Also, "Grapevine" was recently excoriated in the geek-oriented weblog CogDogBlog. Sadly, this is yet another... «more»
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Syllabus onTrackBack: What Train? Wrong Track? (February 19, 2004 08:26 AM)
Just getting bounced around RSS-space is Phil Long's Syllabus Feb 2004 column on TrackBack: Where Blogs Learn Their Places . Some are saying tat it explains Trackback well, but to be honest, you cannot really understand it until you use it. We are glad that Phil is giving TrackBack some... «more»
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Ahhh, this Makes RSS More Understandable (February 19, 2004 07:47 AM)
Amy Gahran, publisher of CONTENTIOUS (all caps) thinks RSS is confusing because of the acronym. So she is running a "contest" aimed to "rename" RSS (this dog thinks the cat, er, meme, is out of the bag). So here is the update on the "front-runners", and judge for yourself how... «more»
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MLX Happenings (February 15, 2004 01:18 AM)
I am behind in citing a package of the week, but some of the freshest include: Let Excel Track Your Attendance for You!!, SCC Online Weather Station, Online Learning: What Students Should Know, and Nutrition Learning Exercise. A few interesting things shaking out over at the Maricopa Learning eXchange. A... «more»
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One Week into Online Teaching (February 15, 2004 01:05 AM)
Today was the deadline for the first week's assignments in the online "Web-Based Teaching and Learning" course I am co-teaching. Just like students, the assignments are coming in with deadline skidmarks, but they are coming in, We had nearly 100 messages in the welcome/ intros and some good discussion about... «more»
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Learning Object Reuse Acknowledgment (an idea, an acronym, and not much more) (February 13, 2004 11:23 AM)
One of the theories (myth?) for learning objects is that their cataloging is there to support re-use. But just making piles of objects in repositories does not intrinsically motivate re-use. About a year ago (BB before blogging, so the first mention was after the fact) I tinkered one afternoon with... «more»
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Gone to the Dogster: Dog-jects, Doggie Meta-Data?? (February 12, 2004 09:26 AM)
UIh-oh, I am going to be busy now. From Ben Hammersley by way of Stephan Downes (who is a cat-person) comes a reference to Dogster ( "catster.com" is registered but no site is there!). Welcome to Dogster ...where every dog has a webpage. Dogster lets you view and save photos... «more»
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Old Fashioned Junk Mail (February 11, 2004 02:56 PM)
I hardly blink while deleting all of the unsolicited crap that hits the e-mail inbox. But just as a throwback, I got a flier in my postal mail at work for "everything you need to know in an intensive 2-day seminar!": Centrifugal Pumps: Troubleshoot and Maintain Centrifugal Pumps- Learn How... «more»
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Beware of Blogs in Plaid Jackets (February 11, 2004 06:44 AM)
While opportunistic greed vultures are circling over RSS, the used blog sales men have set up their hawkster wares down on the corner. Witness BlogToRiche$.com: Imagine earning an additional income, or more, by doing what you are already doing...BLOGGING! That's right, I've outlined the basic techniques of how to use... «more»
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XPLANA "Courseware Karma" On Graphics.... Karma Shmarma (February 10, 2004 06:53 AM)
Wow, XPLANA's Interface Impact When Developing and Teaching Online Courses : When using graphics in a course, it is imperative that the graphics match the subject matter they are being presented with. When graphics are either inappropriate (meaning that they either do not correspond with the subject matter or they... «more»
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A Sheep in Wolve's Clothing: I am Teaching Online (February 9, 2004 10:12 PM)
Time to be honest. For being immersed in instructional technology for 12 years, I have yet to teach online. I've taught classroom computer courses (Director / Animation), created and delivered lots of workshops, developed a batch of online self-paced tutorials... but never a for-real online course. So I grabbed the... «more»
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We Got a Screen Shot in Syllabus (February 9, 2004 07:41 PM)
While on the phone today with Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium, he suggested I take a look at the latest issue of Syllabus-- it was sitting on my "maybe I will read some dead trees" pile, but lo and behold, on page 36 is a screen shot... «more»
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ePortfolio System Just Up and Running (February 8, 2004 03:22 PM)
We had a burst of interest after our October 2002 Electronic Portfolio Dialogue Day, but there has been a long lapse in our efforts, with some fall out from a not so great experience with an external project. But just in about the last 3 days, we have started a... «more»
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Thumbs Up for Our Maricopa Bloggers (February 8, 2004 08:54 AM)
It will take a few more days to compile notes, but the reaction and participation at our Ocotillo Online Learning Group this past Friday was very positive. This was obviously brand new territory for many of our faculty, and we had to clarify a bit on what are blogs, why... «more»
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Waiting on the MLX... (February 7, 2004 07:53 PM)
I've been holding back the itch to gripe about how hard it still is to get the people in our system to squeeze a few minutes out of their day to share ideas and materials that already exist in the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) (past gripes 1, 2, 3 ...... «more»
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Pachyderm Dialogue Day Follow-up (February 7, 2004 06:17 PM)
We have compiled more of the products / ideas from the 61 faculty and staff who participated in the January 30 Pachyderm: Building Meaningful Content with Learning Objects Dialogue Day . This was hands-down one of the most high energy and active ones of the sessions we have run in... «more»
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Vultures Circling RSS (February 6, 2004 04:53 PM)
As we predicted, the time is ticking on the young, naive open-ness of RSS; witness the gathering vultures circling overhead. Greed, chasing of a dollar, and even the smallest crack are an open invitation for the party-crashers who will usurp everything that is open and collaborative just for a few... «more»
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Kicking the XServe (February 5, 2004 09:26 AM)
As the blog turns... Since our MovableType move last month to a new server, a shiny Apple XServe, I'd been noticing that email notifications of trackbacks and comments reported not the IP address of the person who had sent the comment/trackback, but the IP address of the server itself. Hard... «more»
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Catwalk? SiteBites?Nufo? This is better than "RSS"? (February 4, 2004 04:04 PM)
According to Amy Gahran, RSS needs a better name. These are suggestions for a new colloquial name for RSS, since acronyms are inherently geeky and tend to alienate nontechnical people. The intention of this contest is to come up with a common-usage term that will help make RSS more accessible... «more»
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PubSub Offers a Neat Twist on Eating RSS Feeds (February 4, 2004 02:13 PM)
I've just taken a brief look at PubSub following some mentions at the RSS Winterfest. This service takes a different angle on aggregating feeds, almost "Downse-ian" like EduRSS in that you can track among thousands (they say) of RSS feeds for particular keyword searches. And the results are presented to... «more»
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Repositories Folly (FoD Syndrome) (February 4, 2004 01:31 PM)
Previously on CDB, on the doubts of "Learning object repositories"... "The folly is that educators will give up some time to share information about resources they have created or used". Now a different slant. I had lunch recently with a colleague working on a new grant funded project-- creating discipline-specific... «more»
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Furl Those URLs (February 3, 2004 04:33 PM)
Just took a quick at Furl, a new web site for organizing bookmarks centrally (tip of the blog hat to Seb). The concept is not new at all, but I have found most of these sorts (e.g. BackFlip) too tedious to maintain. It's gotta be simple. Bookmarks/favorites in web browsers... «more»
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We Got Blogs - Maricopa Faculty Demos Friday (February 3, 2004 12:00 PM)
On its own, blogging is nicely permeating among some of our faculty. At this Friday's Ocotillo Online Learning Group meeting, we have 4 demos of different ways weblogs are currently in use at Maricopa. A brief preview for those who cannot be at Phoenix College Friday...... «more»
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Wah Hoo! Old LEE Software Glides on By (February 1, 2004 11:24 PM)
One of my procrastinated pending projects was updating our Learning English Electronically (LEE) CD-ROM software, a still well-used English Grammar coded with Macromedia Director 5.0 in 1998 and updated last in 2000. I had read some time ago that Director Apps needed to be authored in at least version 8.5.1... «more»
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MLX Package of the Week: The View from Where I Sit (February 1, 2004 11:44 AM)
Trying another "new aiming to be regular" CDB feature, highlighting an interesting ""package" from the Maricopa Learning eXchange. This is is special because it is not a "reusable learning object" (RLO) but a 'reusable idea object" (RIO?) Maybe we can breed a whole raft of meaningless acronyms, like RCA (re-usable... «more»
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