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MLX Says, "Thanks for All the Spam"! (September 29, 2004 06:00 PM)
The fight goes on. Spammers keep trying to thrust their links to pharmaceutical and gambling and whatever crap.com sites via the Maricopa Learning eXchange comments. Today, some hours were spent making sure all new comments were not made visible, so after submitting the form, they should see that nothing has... «more»
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Mickey Has Left The House (September 29, 2004 03:19 PM)
Please excuse our regularly scheduled blogging for a sad announcement. Today we had to put down my labrador retriever, Mickey, normally the dog on the banner image for this blog. As warm and affectionate he was with humans, this dog had a strange aggressive streak towards other dogs. Last Spring,... «more»
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Ocotillo Action Group Calendars Fed to Web Sites (September 28, 2004 05:23 PM)
In yet another feat of "faux syndication", we now have our events database updating our Ocotillo Central and Action Group blog sites automatically. This provides a dynamic link from the info on the main Ocotillo Events calendar which has unique URLs for the following views: All Action Group Events General... «more»
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Is Your CMS a Small House? (September 28, 2004 06:55 AM)
flickr foto Small Houseavailable on my flickr Mickey has a new house but it is a bit of a squeeze Likey Mickey's new dog house, sometimes a course management system that looks swell at the store ends up being pretty much a tight squeeze to live in. He'd rather... «more»
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iPhoto to Flickr to MT (What a Cool Trip)! (September 27, 2004 12:17 PM)
flickr foto P8181355.JPGavailable on my flickr Rest a Bit on the "Restbit Bench", Santa Maria Springs, Hermit Trail, Grand Canyon I just posted this photo to my flickr account using a nifty plugin for iPhoto (found via Tim Lauer). Basically, one can select one or more photos from your... «more»
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Even South American Volcanos Have Wireless (September 26, 2004 05:00 PM)
Wireless technology spreads far and wide. A recent EurekAlert came my way (somewhere in the techie/gadget RSS feeds in my reader) that describes the use of wireless sensors to monitor the activity on Tungarahua in Ecuador (this one is for you, Michelle ;-): A rumbling South American volcano has gone... «more»
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If You Build It (and email it), They Still Will Not Come (September 26, 2004 09:50 AM)
If I knew better, I would take last week's Ocotillo Virtual Kickoff as a resounding failure. We had set up a series of 1-4 minute streaming video welcomes from not only our top executive levels, but more important;y, the faculty co-chairs leading our new initiatives on learning objects, eportfolios, hybrid... «more»
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At Least Someone is Using the Wikis (bad news, they are spammers) (September 26, 2004 09:29 AM)
We've got some regular visitors to some of our Ocotillo wikis, too bad they are not contributing to our collaborative space, unless you think that inserting about 150 URLs for Asian web sites has something to do with Learning Objects. They hit the same pages, and in fact are wiki... «more»
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Spam Test (September 24, 2004 01:40 PM)
The demo blog I set up for the Low Threshold Applications site as the pro-bestiality cluns, the online gambling groups, and the freaky flesh photographers and their assorted scary friends have been paying daily visits. I have a new scheme which has plugged them up pretty good, so I am... «more»
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Training Expo Demo2 (September 23, 2004 04:29 PM)
This is the last session of the day. I think they want to go home. Let's give a hand to our guest photographer, Jason, who's image choice reflected how the group felt at the end of the conference. This group too ahs been rather receptive to some of the... «more»
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Training Expo 2004 Live Demo (September 23, 2004 02:46 PM)
I am writing live from Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix doing session on so-called "new technologies" for people who work in workforce development centers and job training place. The "presentation" was whipped up this morning (it shows) as a wiki (a) because it is fast; and (b) I can... «more»
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A New Low For Spammers: MLX Package Comment Spams (September 22, 2004 12:47 PM)
I just got a message from one of our faculty member's who got a notice that her Maricopa learning eXchange "package" on Creating a Webliography was blessed with a comment from "Casino Gambling" offering tons of wonderful and exotic URLs for various substances and things I had never heard of.... «more»
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Stupid Ice Breaker Tricks (September 21, 2004 08:45 PM)
If I ever came across this in a workshop or presentation, I'd be headed for the door or flipping the laptop open while praying for wireless. In the September 2004 Training & Development Magazine, under a department of fundamentals is "A Trick For Your Trade" Are you looking for a... «more»
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Doh! Simpsons Writer Coming To Speak on Pop Culture (September 21, 2004 07:48 PM)
Wednesday night, the Simpsons are coming to Maricopa! Writer Mike Reiss is coming to give a lecture on "Simpsons Mania: Behind the Scenes with America's Favorite Family": Culled from more than two decades of creating the funniest and most outrageous shows on television, Reiss' presentation is a unique glimpse inside... «more»
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Join In Our Ocotillo Kickoff (blogs, wikis, discussion boards are standing by) (September 21, 2004 05:47 PM)
Some readers may have followed our mention new efforts this year with our 'Ocotillo' faculty-driven technology initiatives, now in its 18th year of existence. This year, we ripped the page right out of the Small Pieces Loosely Joined concept and built a system to support our four action groups that... «more»
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Grand Canyon (barely) Survivor (September 21, 2004 05:28 PM)
Not to clog this blog with too much non educational technology stories (but I am my own editor and publisher...), I am just back to work today after what was supposed to be a tranquil backpack into the Grand Canyon with my stepson that turned out to be a near... «more»
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CogDog(kiwi)Blog (September 17, 2004 01:11 PM)
In preparation for some workshops during my November 2004 visit to some colleges in the Auckland, New Zealand area, I am launching an "inverted" version of the main CDB as the "CogDog(kiwi)Blog" (perhaps here after acronymed as CDkB?): http://ablog.unitecnology.ac.nz/blog/ Being on the opposite side of the globe, the new blog... «more»
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Dog Off Grid (September 17, 2004 10:19 AM)
In about 8 hours I will be pulling the Matrix plug out of the back of my neck, as I head north for a 3 day Grand Canyon adventure on the Hermit Trail -- (e.g. no blogging, no barking, no ranting, just sweet silence on this blog site). It should... «more»
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No Excuse for Linkrot (September 17, 2004 09:25 AM)
Linkrot is a preventable scourge- it is rampant despite the available of utterly simple solutions. What is Linkrot? Jakob coined it early, when web sites are "improved" or "redesigned", often web urls are changed, or files are moved to a new directory, or just taken off the server. This is... «more»
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Survey Sez.,. (September 15, 2004 05:50 PM)
Okay, 14 readers took the time to try the goofy, meaningless survey I posted as a quick demo of using phpQuestionnaire. The survey is open, and I have set this one up so the results are publicly viewable: http://zircon.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/phpq/stats.php?sid=3. What was nice was that I could tweak it in midstream... «more»
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Beautiful, Textbook Instructional Design... I Yawned All the Way to the Post Test (September 14, 2004 10:59 PM)
Our system recently issued a policy that to drive any vehicles for school purposes, one would have to pass an online Defensive Driving course. I logged on recently to take care of this requirement but also to look at the design factors. It was very well done instructional design, following... «more»
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The Inevitable Cycle of Learning Object Definitions (September 14, 2004 10:35 PM)
With some regular motion in the learning space, maybe every other lunar conjunction there is a sharp increase in attempts to define learning objects. David Davies has been at it with echos here and there. Personally, my attention span goes into day dream mode as the level of definition attempts... «more»
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CogDogSpielberg (September 14, 2004 10:01 PM)
Hardly Hollywood, but I've been focussed this week in the MCLI movie studio (e.g. my G4 TiBook). We are preparing an online opening for our Ocotillo Action Groups that will include some video welcome messages from our faculty co-chairs... as an introduction of their efforts this year and a teaser... «more»
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WikiSpam is Making me Grrrrrrrrr (September 13, 2004 10:40 PM)
Attention everyone in IP 221.*.*.* and 60.*.*.* - you have been banned from our Ocotillo wikis. Sorry if you are accidently in that group, but place the blame on 221.198.73.159, 60.25.119.199, 221.196.57.131 and who has been repeatedly inserting into our wikis a mangle of URLs to strange Asian URLs, and... «more»
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Holy Rip-Mix-Burn-Churn! I am Feedburned! (September 13, 2004 08:47 PM)
I cannot breathe! The feeds are swirling! Snatding on the shoulders of giants, Brian Lamb and David Wiley (imitation and flattery apply here) I mixed up my furl bookmarks and flickr photos with the cogdog feeds and voila! the uber feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/cogdogblog This just rocks! I have just skimmed the... «more»
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UT Telecampus Learning Objects: Great Concept (But I cannot get in) (September 13, 2004 08:21 PM)
Scanning the horizons of my RSS reads... XPlanazine had this new one on A Discussion with the UT TeleCampus about Learning Objects (note to XPlanazine- how about using the blog title in your template TITLE tag; it makes for more laborious furl-ing)... Jennifer Rees and Michael Anderson of UT (University... «more»
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Blogdigger in Action at UBC (September 9, 2004 09:54 PM)
More fun for Greg at Blogdigger ;-) My colleague Brian Lamb shared some nifty web resources for a class he is teaching at University of British Columbia. Remember, Rip-Mix-Burn... Specifically, he has created (rip) a Bloggdigger Group (a collection of chosen RSS feeds), that is itself turned into an RSS... «more»
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The Sheer Ecstasy of Feedback From Afar (September 9, 2004 09:38 PM)
Yesterday I was listening to a Electronic Portfolios Virtual Community of Practice chat session that swam around on the issues of "Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants" and motivators for students to engage in eport activity. On reflection, I think the group under estimates the sheer power of having a personal... «more»
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One of the Stranger Blog Spams (September 8, 2004 08:41 AM)
From a recent comment blog spam cleansed this morning. I think the spam author needs his own product (spammers URL intentionaly deleted) prozac http://anxietyXXXXXXX.xxx/ Blackmail Error: Send $200 to Bill Gates or your computer will get so messed up it will never work again. prozac online Jim, it's Grace at... «more»
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Spammers Never Rest (September 7, 2004 09:17 PM)
Sigh. The wiki euphoria may be short lived. I've just wiped out a pile of link insertions from a pile of weird Chinese web sites from some of our Ocotillo wikis. Sure, I can remove them and ad some IPs to the banned list, but that approach surely will not... «more»
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Reusable Ideas, not Objects: Pop Culture Bingo (September 7, 2004 08:54 PM)
More on the MLX front. An item that came in recently got me thinking more so about the value of reusable ideas- sure it is great to have some complex, engaging Flash animated do-hickey, but what great teachers have in great volume, and worth sharing, are smaller gems of great... «more»
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The Next (and Last?) Great MLX Package Race (September 7, 2004 08:42 PM)
For the last two years we have tried a myriad of methods for soliciting people in our system to contribute their teaching ideas, class activities, course materials, heck even "learning objects" to our Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) (see more about our incentive methods) Even getting closer to the 1000 item... «more»
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Missed Utah (September 7, 2004 08:16 PM)
I sure regret not having time to make the Instructional Technology Institute at Utah State University apparently well orchestrated by David Wiley and nicely blogged by others. The blog buzz is good from folks I know and trust. I've got some blog scraping to catch up on. Some wishes: Earlier... «more»
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To the Coast and Back (September 7, 2004 07:59 PM)
Ahh, and end to the lack of blog labor for an extended Labor Day weekend in San Diego. Over there, the refer to us invaders from the east as "Zonies. Some highlights included: Excellent Mexican food at a little place in Blythe, CA (we drove out the LA way to... «more»
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Beached Dog (September 3, 2004 12:21 PM)
After today's Ocotillo Online Learning Group meeting, I am hitting the road for a long weekend in San Diego. I need to romp in the ocean and find some good fish tacos. Much to Mrs CogDogBlog's pleasure, I am likely leaving the laptop at home ;-) so this blog will... «more»
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Take A New Survey Tool For a Test Drive (September 2, 2004 11:06 PM)
In the last two years, we have home spun 4 or 5 online surveys for our projects. It took a bit of elbow grease in PHP and mySQL to get a decent system, and we were successful in creating a usable form for our survey-ees and a reporting tool. But... «more»
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Checking Back On Bloggdigger (September 2, 2004 03:36 PM)
A few clicks back I had played with a test Blogdigger collection - this is a service that allows you to take a pile of web/RSS feeds, and then have that itself be able to collapse into its own feed- an uber feed if you will. My test was to... «more»
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