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MLX Great Package Race: The Sprint to the Finish Line (March 31, 2004 11:32 AM)
Months of pleading, cajoling, nagging our folks to contribute to the Maricopa Learning eXchange produced a fair stream of new items, but the 2 days prior to the close of our "Great Package Race" is when most of the action takes place. This is where we tabulate for a 6... «more»
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Tell John about Do Not Call (March 28, 2004 11:37 PM)
About every three-four works, my non-friend John leaves a message offering his services from "Credit Foundation of America". His recorded voice has a faux concern about why I have not called him back regarding their debt consolidation services (did I ever tell anyone I needed this? noooooo. Do I now... «more»
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SciencePORT: Scientists Get Fed Here (March 28, 2004 11:27 PM)
I think that SciencePORT is a directory/search site of RSS feeds in the sciences. It is hard to tell since the "About" link is just a bunch of links to RSS aggregator downloads. Well it does have "bugs" on the logo and a BETA stamp. Nuff said. But they have... «more»
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The Lost Art of Reading Directions (March 28, 2004 10:40 PM)
We are coming into Week 7 of our 12 week faculty course, Web Based Teaching, and thanks to the return of my co-teacher, we are mostly caught up on back grading of assignments. We had to provide some mea-culpas as our stated turn around on grading had lapsed-- a good... «more»
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A Bit Overly Excitable Over Learning Object Tool? (March 26, 2004 02:35 PM)
Dogs get rather excited easily. Just jangle your car keys and they are all over you for a ride. Reach down for your shoes, and they are halfway out the door, leash in mouth. I have seen the same in the blog community over the announcement of the US Labor... «more»
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The Serendipitic Web: Google Defines to Biff to A Fallen Tomahwak (March 25, 2004 10:36 PM)
Forgot the semantic web, I have bumped into (again) the serendipitic web, the place you find things not be slick relationships, but just blind, frivolous stumbling. My RSS feed pile led me to James Farmer's pleased post of stumbling Google into what he liked as a definition of RSS. While... «more»
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Thanks Elise for Learning MT Tips (March 25, 2004 12:37 PM)
Woo-hoo! Elise's Learning Movable Type blog has a fantastic set of useful tips, template tweaks, etc, a;; cleanly explained and illustrated for the MovableType blog crowd. I just spent an hour fixing up some CogDogBlog issues that escaped notice or care, thanks to Elise. Problems with Default Style Templates took... «more»
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MLX Package of the Week: No Fear of Databases (March 25, 2004 11:37 AM)
Another task that has had its wheels fallen off was my plan to highlight different Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) packages of merit. We should be ramping up the loading dock, as we are nearing in the last week of our "Great MLX Package Race" incentive program (offering software prizes for... «more»
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Two Rivers Mix: RSS and e-Portfolios (March 23, 2004 11:46 AM)
I do not want to go out on a limb, but I think we have done something for the first time- a combination of two technologiies I have had my paws in this year, electronic portfolios and RSS. It reminds me of a trip to the Lee's Ferry crossing of... «more»
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Confused on the Trail to the Learning Objects Summit (March 23, 2004 08:53 AM)
Following Stephen Downes' recent announcement, I was eager to tune into the webcast for the March 29-30 EduSource Learning Objects Summit-- the agenda seems a fair mix of high level overview (yea!) and a pile of technical acronym soup sessions (pass the bowl to someone else). The Canadians really have... «more»
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Web Server Takes A Hoilday (March 22, 2004 08:50 AM)
This blog, as well as our RSS2JS service and our eportfolio server all took an unintended four day holiday. Last week was Spring break for our system, and our admin offices close on Thursday and Friday of that week. Our building had a planned electrical outage planned for Thursday AM... «more»
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1983 Flashback: The Mother of COBOL Visits Maricopa (March 17, 2004 04:05 PM)
Okay, it is less than an hour before I leave for time Spring Break R&R and a box full of precious archives lands in our office- brochures, posters, memos from the last 2)+ years of our Maricopa Community College Honors Forums. Among this is a March 1983 visit :1982-1983 HONORS... «more»
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CogDogMoBlog (WinkSite) (March 17, 2004 02:48 PM)
Sometimes technology is just playing around. I am guilty of that for the last 45 minutes. But with a curious interest in the now fringe-world of "moblogging" (mobile blogs, or accessing blogs via mobile phones), I stumbled across WinkSite, which allows anyone to create a web site / blog that... «more»
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Tending the Garden of Blog (March 17, 2004 09:44 AM)
Ahhhh, Spring time is almost here in the northern hemisphere (though here in Phoenix we have already experienced 90 degrees F for more than a week). This is a favorite time of year in the Sonoran Desert, as those precious relatively small, but important amounts of December, January rain, cause... «more»
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Meta-Answer (March 17, 2004 09:08 AM)
Since I barked about needing an Idiot's Guide to Meta-Data, I have had some productive on and off blog posts with some folks that are a step above me in meta-awareness. Thanks to Sarah, who sent a link to the CETIS Draft Guide to Meta Data which shines some light... «more»
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More on Maricopa Bloggers (March 16, 2004 02:26 PM)
This slipped off my "to-do" list, and fell into the crevice behind my desk ;-) Back in February, I mentioned our Online Learning Group meeting where we had some local demos of how some of our faculty are starting to use weblogs. Well, I forgot to come back and post... «more»
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How News Travels on the Net (Like Driving Directions from Some Yahoo?) (March 16, 2004 11:45 AM)
Found at and hereby atriibuted to elearnspace comes this beautful grpahics and post from Stephen VanDyke on How News Travels on the Internet: I read the Wired article Warning: Blogs Can Be Infectious, and thought it was informative. But it seemed to be lacking the big picture view of how... «more»
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MLX Has Dublin Core Metadata, Now What? (March 15, 2004 12:11 PM)
I've made some noise here and there about the value of meta-data, not that I do not believe it in it nor do I think it does not exist, but mainly, I have yet to see the applied use beyond searching. Out of last week's NMC Spring 2004 Online Conference,... «more»
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What's In a Name / URL? (March 13, 2004 01:19 PM)
On the 'net anything can be anything. Or not. You might think http://www.learningobjects.com/ might be something related to learning objects, but in reality what they do is: enhance the overall learning experience by addressing the needs of key stakeholders at each step in the learning lifecycle, from planning through to... «more»
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Confessions of a Lousy Online Teacher (March 13, 2004 11:05 AM)
The natives are restless and rumbling among the online web teaching course I am co-teaching this semester. One student's self-evaluation referred to the "hostile" environment (a weeks worth of angry posts to the discussion board). There are a number of factors I am accepting my role in: * It is... «more»
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Captain Biff, Flies the MLX Lead Balloon, Powered By A Breeze (March 12, 2004 10:29 AM)
The New Media Consortium Spring 2004 Online Conference was come and gone this week. I am still favorable of the format, and its mix of streaming presentations, asynchronous discussions, and live chat sessions- most online conferences throw so many sessions and event son the pile that you get overloaded. The... «more»
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Turn Your Attention A Second... Roaches Keep Coming (March 11, 2004 08:20 PM)
It's been a while since I posted about those smelly blog spam cock roaches... mainly because the MTBlacklist Plugin has been quietly running in the background. However, in the last two days the number and frequency of blogspam has picked up. You can identify them quite easily when the... «more»
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"Excuse Me, I Think You Dropped Something" (March 10, 2004 10:22 PM)
My work commute is not much more than 10 miles, but invariably during that morning stretch I witness at least once, someone tossing their cigarette butts out the car window. Maybe it is a lot of pent up frustration since the number of public places available for their habits is... «more»
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Cleaning Up The Syndication Pile (March 10, 2004 02:30 PM)
Just like my bookmarks, for a while I have noticed (and done little) about the discrepencies of the RSS feeds I have on my work and home computers. So in the contnued spirit of the work of Brian "Housecleaning" Lamb, I devoted some time to cleaning up the doghouse. Mainly... «more»
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Mooter-ing and Kartoo-ing: Graphical Displays of Search Results (March 10, 2004 01:30 PM)
Some interesting attempts at clustering or building maps of web search results (tip of the blog hat to EduResources). I cannot say I have found either of these more intuitive, but they are interesting. Mooter is beta, but not bad. It sports a Google-like search engine (though there is no... «more»
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Furl-ing Syndicated (to the right) (March 9, 2004 04:14 PM)
Niiiiiiiice. I have been mildly using Furl because I tend to bookmark things on my home computer I end up needing at work, and on my work computer I end up needing at home. Call it Murphy's law of bookmarks. Furl does this with little fuss, just a bookmarklet link.... «more»
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ePortfolio Beta Opens (March 9, 2004 03:02 PM)
Last Friday's Ocotillo Online Learning Group meeting was the first announcement and access provided to a new experimental electronic portfolio service we are hosting. This is a new installation of the software developed at Chandler-Gilbert Community College-- we have set up this new server so that faculty form our other... «more»
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NMC Online Conference Post.... err.... Mortum? (March 9, 2004 01:20 PM)
This morning was the release of my keynote on "Mysteries Revealed! Inside the Maricopa Learning eXchange" at the New Media Consortium Spring 2004 Online Conference. This turned out to be a 52 minute Breeze presentation, weighing in at a 70.5 Mb in authored PowerPoint, but a streaming 15 Mb via... «more»
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WaterField Designs Novel Concept: Excellent Laptop Bags and Personal Service (March 9, 2004 11:44 AM)
Of course you can pick up a $20 bag at OfficeMax for your laptop, and end up with the same one as every other cheapskate on the plane playing solitaire on with their ThinkPad, with zippers that bust, too many stupid pockets, and just no protection for your investment of... «more»
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Stupid Email Request of the Week (March 8, 2004 09:55 PM)
Set up a feedback form on your web site, and you get cruft like: I am a marketer and am interested in buying the e-mail addresses of all your community colleges. Sure! Your odds are as good as a July blizzard in Phoenix. At least this spam merchant was direct.... «more»
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Sit. Down. Roll over. RollUp RSS Feeds (March 7, 2004 06:41 PM)
Trying to teach and old RSS feed some new tricks? At first RollUp seemed like a nifty idea- build a customized collection of RSS feeds into one site, theoretically coalescing a pile of feeds into one sensible pile. And that becomes a web page you can customize some layout- colors,... «more»
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Breeze-- A Mighty Wind-- But the Audio Editing Blows (March 6, 2004 11:14 AM)
Tuesday is my keynote presentation at the NMC Sipring 2004 Online Conference - register now to tune into "Mysteries Revealed! Inside the Maricopa Learning eXchange". For this presentation I, ahem, went well over the suggested length of 20 minutes, to more than 50 (!) but it covers a lot of... «more»
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Closing Some of the Comments All of the Time (March 4, 2004 04:44 PM)
Back in November 2003, when I was wasting a lot of time dealing with blog spam, I wrote blogged the approach I took to close comments for this site after an entry had been up for 30 days. In a nutshell, I have a timed job calling a PHP script... «more»
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Meta-Data Yeti-Data (March 3, 2004 09:40 PM)
My position have been made too many times regarding the apparent over-obsession with learning object meta-data, 4 words guaranteed used together will put most ordinary humans into a mild coma. I've given thought to meta-data and our Maricopa Learning eXchange, where the "M-D" words will never appear, but certainly lurk... «more»
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31 Vanillas (March 3, 2004 09:15 PM)
This will likely be a first and last blog entry referencing politics. I might be judged as apathetic, but I do my research quietly, make my decisions, and vote, without foaming at the mouth or making it an obsession. However, after some hasty mulling, I decided to share my summary... «more»
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Mysteries Revealed! Inside the MLX (@NMC Mar 9) (March 2, 2004 11:56 PM)
I am coming up for air.... gasp.... gasp... This is crunch week for prepping my keynote session at the NMC Online Conference, scheduled for Tuesday March 9. My Breeze-d up show is called "Mysteries Revealed! Inside the Maricopa Learning eXchange" and should be action packed, irreverent, and over the top.... «more»
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Happy Suessentenial (Go Ted Go) (March 2, 2004 01:58 PM)
Today should be an international holiday, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Theodor Geisel. Yawn? Better we should have said, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Suess, that's right today is the Suessentennial. Who cannot connect with a favorite child hood read? Therefore a re-iteration of an... «more»
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Doing the Web Database Mambo- Online Registration Site for Dance Festival (March 1, 2004 07:36 AM)
As part of our support for some of our system-wide Arts programs, a few months back I agreed to build a web site and some online registration tools for the March 2004 American College Dance Festival (Southwest Regional) being hosted by our Scottsdale Community College. There are some 350 attendees... «more»
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