The MLX Great Race Ends Tonight

Our iincentive program for getting people in our system to contribute items to the Maricopa Learning eXchange ends tonight at midnight (and starts up again for the next round one minute later). See more about The Great Package Race. What we are doing is tracking all items contributed over a 6 month period and awarding […]


“X” Marks the Spot- My first Pure XHTML foray

For the last two years, most of my web work has been deploying Cascading Style Sheets (one CSS styles several hundred web pages across our main Zeldman and Meyers to take the leap. Eventually.

This site I have been working on is still under wraps for the last bits of development, but I recently undertook what has turned out to be my first pure XHTML, no tables for layout, validate-able, web standards site.

The American College Dance Festival is a regional dance festival being hosted by one of our colleges. I took it on as part of our Fine Arts projects, originally to develop the online registration system (which turned out to be too complex to do in a short time frame). But here are some things that got tossed into the new site….


Blog Comment Spam #3 (of ???)

Sigh. You get pretty excited, your tail wags, when you get an email notifcation of comments to one of your blog entries. You jump up and down when it is a batch of 4. However, like recently and more recently, we have recieved undesirable spam in this blog’s comments. How generous for “mNeuron” to provide […]


A Blog-volution

Anyone RSS-ing or surfing the education weblog scenes (e.g. Weblogg-ed) know that educator weblogs are catching on as a quiet revolution. And it is happening here in our system, a quiet revolution thaking place in and under the radar. Out at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, their home-grown eportfolio system features a blog tool, and last we […]


MovableType Search: Seeking, Finding and Editing Old Posts

I enjoy accidental discoveries (the title for this entry, Scott, is no metaphor reference to fences).

The search form on a weblog is very handy service for site visitors to find content you may have written. But it has an extra hidden value for MovableType (MT) authors. Once you have more than a handful of blog entries, going back to add/correct to a previously written post may involve a hunt and seek scroll through the listings of previous blog entries.

However, if you are already logged in to your MT account, the results of the plain old search tool on your blog provides an extra treat- the “edit” link.

Blog Pile

Building a Fence (real object) and Building Things out of Learning Objects

Last weekend I built a fence around a vegetable garden in our yard. I am not really much of a craftsman, but this project came out pretty nice. Working with the hands got me thinking about (reaching for the metaphor) building things out of learning objects.

garden fence

I have harped before that there has been way too much emphasis on the creation of the “repositories” and the piles of meta-data, and the search tools- and almost nothing on the craft, the art, the magic, of building something out of the things inside the collections.

Last week at one of our faculty instructional technology meetings, we were trying to get some commitment to taking on the learning object issue. There was the usual tired, over-trodden attempts at definitions, a lot of shrugging, and then the often worded desire for some sort of magic, point and click tools that would assemble LOs into meaningful learning activities.

As the line goes in the hilarious Australian comedy The Castle:


But as I worked on that fence I thought about what an un-realistic, un-attainable, expectation this dream places on technology…


Learning Objects + RSS + Blogs: The Lora and Boris Show at NMC Online Conference

Wow. In a very un-MERLOT-ian scheduling coup, we have the opening session (right after Wayne Hodgins! October 14) for a presentation at the NMC Online Conference on Learning Objects.

For those that missed the MERLOT 2003 presentation, this is your chance to see it during this conference, except now we get to add the razzle-dazzle (sound) as the conference format is via Macromedia Breeze. This is the return of Lora and Boris, and their blogging adventures on learning objects in their discipline.

The presentations are made available to conference attendees to view any time– Brian, D’Arcy, and myself get to then be available at a scheduled time for a live chat.


Mikey and Alec Comment Show

Well there are spammers and then there are goofballs you have nothing better to do then send juvenile comments to my blog. This dog lifts a leg on Mike and Alec.

Congratulations to “michael farrell” and “Alec” for their Oxford English command of the written word (congrats also for being added to the banned IPs for CDB and having their clever words buried in this dog’s back yard, under those old tennis shoes and the dead squirrel).

Revel in the wisdom of these modern Shakespeares: