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January 24, 2008

On pre-event activities

January 24, 2008

I read through the pre-event activities, and set them aside. I decide to do other things. Signing up to second life is pissing me off.I spent some time thinking about my reaction. I'm signed up to a fair few social software services. I was an early adopter of Flickr. I like Flickr. I pay for an account, so I ...

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January 23, 2008

XML-RPC...?

January 23, 2008

Hello, Emergers. I tried today to post using my trusty desktop blogging client, ecto. I have many reasons for this - I like ecto, ecto's developer is a really nice guy, I like to compose blog posts offline, I like to be able to quickly search posts, I like good integration with Flickr, and TinyMCE doesn't bleeping work with ...

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June 06, 2007

Google Advanced Search allows searching via CC licence

June 06, 2007

Ian Forrester writes to let me know that Google advanced search now has an option for returning only CC-licensed results. This is quite interesting - a CC-search filters out most of the commercial results and all the search engine spam. Unfortunately, the revolution in open knowledge has not come so far along that this applies to Google ...

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June 05, 2007

Second Life? I second Bob

June 05, 2007

Is Second Life worth the payoff of the bother it is to get up and running? (That's a rhetorical question). I've set up The Uncommunity. Try it if the Kool-Aid's lost its savour. Are you worried about succumbing to group think? Do you want to test some assumptions? Are you new to the technology? Or maybe you don't want ...

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June 04, 2007

Activity 7 Slide

June 04, 2007

I've put a copy of our slide on Slideshare. Embedding it here is more Elgg learning curve! Hmm, I don't seem to be able to embed Flash objects here. A link will have to do.View our Emerge Activity 7 ...

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Crikey! I'm not going to try uploading files to Elgg again

June 04, 2007

Nor am I going to try posts with images. What a palaver! The last post was really painful, and took me the best part of an afternoon. I tried to create it offline with ecto - and though the images uploaded alright, they didn't actually display in Elgg, because of the special image syntax. That somewhat did for my ...

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Activity 7 and how time flies...

June 04, 2007

What on earth are we up to? These are our themes: Digital technology is no longer exceptional. Learners bring their own computing, and their established social networking platforms into higher education. As well as calling the "institutional portal" and the VLE as we know them into question, it provides a great pedagogic opportunity to harness extra-institutional communities of ...

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April 27, 2007

Are we having fun, yet?

April 27, 2007

I spent a fair bit of the Easter break with my various nieces. This involved a lot of running around and playing. And a lot of this play wouldn't be what I'd naturally choose. This isn't to say that offering advice and support on colouring in pictures of princesses, or playing the part of a magician's assistant weren't fun. ...

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April 26, 2007

Software development methodologies

April 26, 2007

It may be the suspicion that dare not speak its name, but I'm guessing I'm not alone in having a suspicion of software development methodologies. In contrast to the explanatory mechanisms of the modellers and "methodologists", many indy commercial developers have a simple mantra: Solve a problem you want solving, and solve it well. Okay, this encodes a set ...

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April 23, 2007

PLE workshop at Aston

April 23, 2007

Very interesting PLE workshop at Aston today with Oleg and Wilbert. Here's something from Oleg: Do we need personal teaching environments as well as personal learning environments? Do we interpret this question as meaning, Can we build some sort of SaaS learning activity service? Here's an idle thought... How much is the monitoring or "formative" aspect of a University ...

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