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March 31, 2009

The Story of the Planet Platform

March 31, 2009

True to the dogfood principle, we now have a case study on the development of the Planet platform. An amazing tale on international mystery and intrigue. Well, maybe not - but if you’re working in a UK HE institure and thinking of launching an ambitious web2.0 project, you might find our experience informative. Or, if you ...

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March 25, 2009

Evaluation Study … part 1

March 25, 2009

Over the last few days I have been testing the metadata generator with some willing participants (3 in total). There were four parts to this study. The first task set comprised of a series of find and complete tasks aimed at testing the intuitiveness of the interface and terminology. Participants at this stage weren’t privy to ...

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It’s amazing what you find ..

March 25, 2009

… as deadlines loom. Have no idea why I haven’t previously bloged these, possibly intended to use in some report some where. Regardless, early on I went on a hunt to see what independent tools already existed out there regarding metadata. During this I came across a couple of interesting reports from CETIS: Learning ...

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March 24, 2009

Reminder: Deadline 16/04/09: Computer Science Education Journal Special Issue on Social Technologies in CSE

March 24, 2009

Second Call for PapersComputer Science Education Journal Special Issue on Social Technologies in Computer Science Education Guest Editor: Professor Janet Finlay, Leeds Metropolitan University, j.finlay@leedsmet.ac.ukThere has been much interest of late in the use of social technologies to enhance teaching and learning.  Increasingly educators are exploring the role of Multi User Virtual Environments and so called “Web 2.0” technologies, ...

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Future of Emerge - the clock is ticking....

March 24, 2009

At the last two F2F meetings there has been a lot of talk about continuing at least the online Emerge community and seeing whether it can "re-emerge" as something self sustaining. I have contacted privately those people (outside the support team) who expressed interest in helping to keep this going. But we are rapidly approaching the time we have ...

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March 23, 2009

The Sharing Vision

March 23, 2009

Prompted by the visit to Belfast we decided it would be a good idea to formally examine our (Leeds met) sharing philosophy regarding LOs. As this hasn’t been previously represented I also thought it might be a good idea to model pre and post sharing with regard to the repository. Again I have fallen back ...

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everything you wanted to know about pattern methodologies but didn’t know who to ask

March 23, 2009

Planet is hosting a symposium at CAL’09 tomorrow. If you’re in Brighton, drop in and join the discussion. Our plan is to break away from the usual talking heads format, and devote most of the time for conversation. We’ve set up a web-space for the symposium at: Where you can find drafts of all the slideshows ...

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March 16, 2009

Digital Literacy Debate

March 16, 2009

Picture credit CollaboraiveSociability by vaXzineI've put up a wiki to help organize attendees, resources, schedule and outputs from the Digital Literacy debate that will be taking place online, in Elluminate, on Friday 27 March 2009, at 1pm GMT. The event arose from conversations on Twitter, around the meaning and definition of digital literacy, and frustration about ...

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Reporting on Belfast Metropolitan College Visit

March 16, 2009

Although I originally planed to do a day by day account of our visit to Belfast Met I decided that this would not give a coherent and clear view of the workflows that they have developed. Also Nick has already voiced the more personal aspects of the visit, so I won’t be repeating them here. ...

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March 13, 2009

Kolfschoten and Lukosch: Cognitive learning efficiency & design patterns

March 13, 2009

(cross-posted from ) The 1st full paper for our symposium at CAL is now available for download (pdf). When it comes to design patterns, there seem to be two types of people: born-again evangelists who would sell their mum to convince you that patterns are the cure to all your ails, and normal, decent folk who just ...

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