Phil Phinds Phriendly Trackback

Perched up at MIT, Phil Long is a key instructional visioneer, and in a recent Syllabus column he writes TrackBack: Where Blogs Learn Their Places. It’s a nice general overview of TB, yes, but Phil seems to not see as wide as we do by focusing only on what Trackback means in the blog world– […]


Repository of (Learning Object) Dreams

There is almost nothing more cliche than a Field of Dreams metaphor “If you build it, they will come”, but it is all so fitting for those that get glaze-eyed at the potential of building a Learning Object Repository (ugh, I despise the connotations of the “R-word”).

But I can guarantee you, that if you build it, they likely will not come, and if they do the pace will be one that gives you heartburn into the night.

However, do not despair. What follows is a tale of our efforts of growing our own collection, the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) story. And what we have tried, including saying “please”, bringing out the dogs and ponies, bribery, competition, and good old fashioned nagging.


Hosting Multiple MovableType Blogs

The blog concept is continuing to spread in our system. I know two of our colleges are looking at setting up a MovableType environment for both faculty use as well as committee communication. I am looking for examples of sites hosting more than ahandful of MT blog sites to identify any relevant issues for scaling. […]


Fake Philosophical Blog Spam

it is getting worse.

Now are these messages that arrive as comments to an old blog entry:

We live in strange times, but someday I think we will look back on all of this and marvel at how crazy it was. God, I hope so. I sure wouldn’t want this insanity to become the norm.

All very nice, pithy, and completely irrelevant, What “Dave: is really trying to do is insert his own URL into the text of MY page, and “enhance” his own Google ranking (note to Dave- I will not re-reprint your URL):

IP Address:
Name: Generic Xxxxx
Email Address: Dave@Dave.net
URL: http://www.xxxxxx.com/

No dice dave. You have been eviscerated. Go spam yourself.


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.