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Dave's Definitive RSS Abbreviation (May 31, 2004 08:24 AM)
The URL declares what RSS stands for? http://www.reallysimplesyndication.com/ peeked open just recently, Dave Winer's effort (I llike the initial tone) to have a place to talk more about what RSS can do rather than what it stands for or the intracacies of XML. The revolution of RSS is what people... «more»
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LearningTimes Interview Down Under: Alan on the Barbie? (May 29, 2004 07:58 PM)
From some previous visits with excellent learning leaders in Australia and continued contacts with colleagues there, I was asked to be audio interviewed online June 2 (here) via the LearningTimes site "Live Session: RSS, Blogging and What it Means for Teaching and Learning" (It is free, but you need to... «more»
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Hey, Not So Icky- Inside Blackboard Lurks a Wiki (May 26, 2004 03:57 PM)
Thanks to a friend inside Blackboard, I got a peek a few weeks ago at a Building Block (plug-ins for Blackboard) that provides a wiki functionality inside the Blackboard environment. I'd put up some screen shots, but the Bb Showcase site seems to be offline right now. What was interesting... «more»
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SCORM for Dummies (May 26, 2004 02:46 PM)
One of our faculty members taking on leadership of our learning objects action group is getting up to speed on learning about learning objects.... Donna sent this "Cliff Notes" version of SCORM: This is an overview of the Sharable Courseware Object Reference Model.  It's hard to make technical standards understandable... «more»
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Feed2RSS: Minor Cleanups and Fixing My Goofs (May 26, 2004 01:22 PM)
It's been nice getting wide and praising notes, comments, trackbask about the new Feed2RSS-- I must admit being eager to rush it out and while the MagpieRSS seems to be running smoothly, I had a few minor goofs that others have nicely pointed out. If you started using the new... «more»
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First Baby Step for openMLX (May 25, 2004 09:10 AM)
Colen is hard at work on re-coding the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) for the proposed open-source version we hope to make available as an alpha soon. There is a good deal of restructuring of the code libraries, yanking some code logic from individual PHP files and putting them in the... «more»
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Feed2JS - First Out of the Gate... (May 25, 2004 08:34 AM)
Just in a few hours of announcing yesterday our new version of the Feed2JS (RSS to JavaScript service/code), David Carter-Tod zoomed out the gate, downloaded the code, and had it up and running in Virginia. As well, he found a minor bug (pesky missing semi-colon) and reminded me to deal... «more»
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Here It Is! A New Feed2JS (and source code) (May 23, 2004 11:37 PM)
As hinted, I have just posted an updated version of the RSS to JavaScript service/code we created in April 2003. The new one is now called Feed2JS and features a number of enhancements- primarily an adoption of the open-source Magpie RSS parser, to replace the unsupported OnysRSS parser previously used.... «more»
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NoBlogDog (May 21, 2004 07:01 AM)
This dog will not blog... for the next 4 days. I'm off for some backpack time around the edge of the Mogollon Rim, in the Coconino National Forest. Given drought conditions of the last several years, a rather dry winter, it will only be maybe a week or two before... «more»
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Mena Wants to Know How We Use MT (May 21, 2004 01:33 AM)
Mena at SixApart is fishing for trackbacks to share how MovableType is being used. Here's another one for the education realm. My initial foray with this CogDogBlog has been to document our instructional technology projects that support the 10 colleges of the Maricopa Community College systems, as well as commentary... «more»
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Comparison Shopping for Blogware (May 20, 2004 04:52 PM)
Are you tired of your current weblog software? Does MovableType's new pricing make your blood boil? Sick of stomping spam? Hate your side bar? How much would you pay for a new weblog system? If you call before midnight tonight.... Well, there are not really midnight ads hawking blog software,... «more»
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"Pam Te" Project: Laptops to Chiapas (May 19, 2004 04:28 PM)
My friend and colleague Donna Rebadow, teacher extrordinaire at Paradise Valley Community College, is spearheading an effort at "Bridging the Digital Divide". As the Pam Te Project, she is hoping in June to travel to Chiapas Mexico, with a load of donated used laptops to support the education of Mayan... «more»
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BlogSpam: The Troops Are Getting Tired (May 19, 2004 04:17 PM)
Reports from the trenches on the fight against comment spam.... CDB has been relatively quiet since masquerading the URLs for comment scripts. However, two other blogs on our server, one for a college Center for Teaching and Learning and the other of an Art faculty member, were pummeled this week... «more»
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Ocotillo Retreat Today (May 18, 2004 06:03 AM)
Today is my big catered affair. The 2004 Ocotillo Retreatis the 17th one for the Maricopa Community College's "Ocotillo" program-- something started to provide a faculty-led focus on issues of instructional technology. Ocotillo is a desert plant that is also the creative metaphor for what has been a dynamic and... «more»
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Google.Vanity: RSS2JS Sprinklings (May 17, 2004 05:57 PM)
Again, I should be working on something important, but for idle curiosity I was fishing in the Ocean Google to try and find where other folks have been using our RSS To Javascript code/service: http://www.google.com/search?q=rss2js.php%3Fsrc%3D It is an interesting mmix of people running off of our server as well as... «more»
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Group Communication Tools: Big Multi-tools? Pliers and Screwdriver? (May 17, 2004 05:35 PM)
I've been in a number of collaboration initiatives that aim to use online collaboration tools or "virtual community building" and sometimes it feels like the frustration of combing through one of those 90 function multi-tools when all you really need is a basic knife. While not convinced the tools make... «more»
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Blog As a Web Publishing Platform: LTA Demo (May 16, 2004 10:15 AM)
A perception is that weblogs are primarily for teen angst diaries, obsessions on favorite pets, or rantings of the extreme lunatic fringe (hey, I think pretty much describes my blog!). I've been tinkering here and there with a demonstration case that the tools and features blog can be harnessed to... «more»
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"Woe is Me" and MT3 (May 16, 2004 09:28 AM)
Oh the wailing and despair that is bleating across the blogscape about MovableType's announcement of the fee$$$$$$$ for MT 3.0. I've not bothered too much as I prefer to wait until the dust settles, but I am reading of mad rushes to rampage, rapid switches to other platforms such as... «more»
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New Tool BlogPulse (and how to GET what they POST) (May 14, 2004 07:33 AM)
Somewhere in the aggregator today came a pointer to a new blog search tool, BlogPulse BlogPulse is an "automated trend discovery system for blogs. Blogs, a term that is short for weblogs, represent the fastest-growing medium of personal publishing and the newest method of individual expression and opinion on the... «more»
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openMLX: Thumbs Up From Legal (May 13, 2004 01:03 PM)
Our legal department was supportive, even enthusiastic, about our plans to provide an openMLX, the propose open source version of the Maricopa Learning eXchange. They were not overly familiar with the details of open source licenses (they first proposed drafting up a new license), but seemed to understand our rationale... «more»
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Prototype for New RSS to JavaScript Code (May 13, 2004 12:06 PM)
I ought to be something else, but have been bothered by two items regarding our often used RSS2JS (allows humans to use RSS by cut and past JavaScript, processed by a PHP middle ware script). It hinged upon the defunct, gone, and un-documented OnyxRSS Parser.It could not handle Atom feeds,... «more»
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Faculty ePortfolio, Google, and Kaching! Newly Registered Online Students (May 11, 2004 05:44 PM)
I mentioned recently how one of our faculty members had created an electronic portfolio for his faculty evaluation process. Well something funny happened in a very short time span. John was contacted by the link in his eportfolio by two students on the east coast who had searched Google for... «more»
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Introducing "Sharebacks"- the MLX Implementation of Trackback (May 11, 2004 04:40 PM)
The web elves have been doing some refining of our Maricopa Learning eXchange "packing slips"- mainly in the lower portions. For reference as we blog, see the MLX slip for the Correlation Meter. We wanted to make the commenting function for apparent by embedding the comment form directly in the... «more»
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Ideal Use of Internet Technology: Turning The Pages (May 11, 2004 11:43 AM)
(yes, something not related to spam) I had seen and recommended before the British Library's Turning the Pages site, but was recently reminded of it in an email exchange. To me this is one of the prime examples of what the Internet can provide- a rich interactive experience with a... «more»
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Rolling Up the Sleeves On Spam War Front (May 11, 2004 11:25 AM)
Yes, fighting blog spam has been a huge distraction. I would rather be creating things than roach stomping. But I refuse to close off comments completely; it runs dead against what blogs should do to foster community building. About 36 hours ago, I took the approach of renaming my mt-comments.cgi... «more»
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Spammers 12 / Me Zero (May 10, 2004 05:37 PM)
It was all for nought. My research, attempts to tidy up the movabletype holes, changing names of comment scripts, did squat. I just combed through and deleted 12 blog comment spams, generously sent in a swift spurt, all related somehow to animals, by guess. I am ready to raise the... «more»
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mcli Forum Spring 2004 (May 10, 2004 09:50 AM)
Just posted the web version of our once per semester publication, the mcli Forum which our office has been publishing in print and paper since 1993 (before 2000 it was the Labyrinth-Forum). We have a mixture of faculty, guest, and our own staff authored articles that highlight teaching, learning, assessment,... «more»
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Spam Roach Spray (May 9, 2004 09:27 PM)
I told you I was serious. Steps have been taken to turn the tide on comment spam roaches. The MT-Blacklist can only go so far (and activity logs show it does squeeze out the regular v*agra repeat crowd). Image courtesy of the Orphanage of Cast-Off Mascots . Next in the... «more»
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Now The Dog is Getting Pissed at Spammers (May 9, 2004 06:17 PM)
Grrrrrrr, you'd think perhaps on freakin' mother's day, the spam roaches might be doing something, but they obviously have no birth mothers, hatched in the sewers form when they came. 6 blog spams related to a topic I will not even defile this dog house with, all sent to... «more»
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Gifts for the (not so fine) folks at Cykanax (May 8, 2004 08:13 AM)
Woah, I lifted a rock on post about the pachyderm project from last month, and 6 spam roaches came scurrrying out. It seems the thoughtful folks at Cykan*ax were so impressed with the educational possibilities of Pachyderm that they wanted to share their "fantasies", "group activities", and other things... «more»
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Blogs and RSS WebQuest (May 7, 2004 06:32 AM)
Nice.... "Blogs and RSS- Tools for Creating, Collecting, and Sharing Ideas Online" , presented as a WebQuest: "Learn about tools that will forever change the way you gather information online and separate the online publishing from the technical hurdles typically associated with running a web site" This has your basic... «more»
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Teaching Wiki (Now there's the beef!) (May 5, 2004 10:16 PM)
Joe Moxley, English faculty at the University of South Florida created Teaching Wiki, rolling with a good set of examples and specific ideas of how teachers and students might (and are) using wikis: Teaching Wiki aspires to be a community for college-level faculty. We imagine our primary audience to be... «more»
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Grab Book Page 23 Sentence 5 Meme (May 5, 2004 07:06 PM)
Spreading to a blog near you: 1. Grab the nearest book. 2. Open the book to page 23. 3. Find the fifth sentence. 4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions. Okay, here goes. I have a copy of Clifford Stoll's Silicon Snake Oil... «more»
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How about some Zempt! for your MovableType Blog Writing (May 5, 2004 06:02 PM)
Maybe people tire of blogging not because of lack of things to write about, but Interface Fatigue?? Back and forth from the MovableType editing screens, wating for those CGIs to pop, makes one s-l-e-e-p-y... Another stumbling along the blog roads came up with a link to a new desktop editor... «more»
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Our Motto (May 5, 2004 01:12 PM)
And now for something completely irrelevant, but dear our heart (see our blog top tagline): Found at Red Ferret's Dog Blog by way of Smartmobs. But what serendipity again. The Red Ferret Journal is rich with images and cool toys. Better furl it now. The Ferret is a weblog which... «more»
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openMLX (May 5, 2004 12:44 PM)
May will be "MLX" month. Or "Mad Mad Mad" month. We will be madly tinkering to try and ready an open source version of the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX). It has not been of lack of interest that has kept this from happening, but shortage of time, staff (we are... «more»
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"Lo-Tec Tools for Creating Learning Objects" (or just describing 'em?) (May 4, 2004 05:28 PM)
"Scissors, Scotch Tape, Post-its, Magic Markers and Colorforms: "LO-Tec" Tools (and Toys) for Creating Learning Objects" has been getting some blog echos [here, here, there...] but once again, I take on the role of Clara Peller and ask, "Where's the Beef?" When we will stop the endless harping on creating... «more»
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Feeding the Feedback ("U Suk") (May 4, 2004 08:56 AM)
We crave feedback, right? That is the tickle bloggers get when there is email notification that someone has posted a comment. That is the reason why we build commenting features into system. It is what we look for in our online courses. It is what sends the blood boiling when... «more»
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Dan Sez Bloggers Need to Get Out More... So I Did (May 3, 2004 10:31 PM)
Actually, my weekend adventure was not influenced at all by Dan Gillmor's post One Reason Bloggers Need to Get Out More , but I thought I would not give him credit anyhow ;-) Getting out is good for the mind, soul, and body, so Sunday morning, from our escape hideaway... «more»
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FeedSweep- Free RSS to JavaScript But Broad Claims (May 3, 2004 08:41 AM)
Just like wildflowers or weeds, springing up across the net are more services to help you use RSS in your web sites. FeedSweep just came on the scene, in time to help Amy sweep her "webfeeds": Anyone that wants to syndicate RSS and Atom feeds on their web sites would... «more»
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10 Years of Writing HTML Tutorial (May 1, 2004 11:58 PM)
Sometime recently we passed another milestone in the 10th year of continuous web presence by our Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction. In Spring of 1994 we were doing support for faculty at South Mountain Community College in helping them get started with a local "center" for teaching, learning, and... «more»
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16 New MLX Packages (or at least Assembled Boxes) (May 1, 2004 07:36 AM)
Yesterday the inventory at the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) climbed higher. As blogged earlier, the Civic Responsibility: From Awareness to Commitment Dialogue Day held yesterday (Apr 30, 2004) included activities where faculty from across our system submitted to the MLX their lesson ideas the involved some aspect of Civic Engagement-... «more»
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Quick Quick Web- Wiki's Explained in Plain English (May 1, 2004 07:08 AM)
Over at Common Craft, you can now find Wikis Described in Plain English: You may have seen the word “wiki” used to describe a website used by a group to collaborate. My intent with this post is to describe wikis and the basics of how they work- in plain English.... «more»
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