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June 02, 2008

How are you testing accessibility?

June 02, 2008

Given how so many projects are development web applications, I wondered how everyone is undertaking accessibility testing?In particular, can we achieve any "economy of scale" by combining efforts, or getting some support from the ...

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May 30, 2007

QR Codes

May 30, 2007

I've been having fun lately playing with QR Codes - I was introduced to them via a project at the OUNL using them for location-based mobile learning. QR Codes are 2D 'barcodes' that can be scanned using a camerafone and resolved to a URL. Kaywa Reader is a pretty OK way of reading QR Codes on most modern phones:  like ...

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Microsoft Surface

May 30, 2007

Well, while it is a rather unimaginative linear development from the multi-touch display research, it still looks like a great product: the new Microsoft Surface. If you were thinking of buying more electronic whiteboards, don't bother. Personally, I think a multi-touch table to sit around and prod at is much more interesting, pedagogically speaking, than a thing on ...

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Continuous ungraded assessment

May 30, 2007

This is a very useful and informative post describing the use of individual progress reports instead of graded assignments. Here is a crucial point: I believe that the act of assigning a grade is a very conclusive and definitive one. It means that whatever has been accomplished has been deemed to have certain value and that it ...

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May 29, 2007

Content Mixing Desk: WOOT!

May 29, 2007

Now this is a nice UI element; Facebook has a content control based on a mixing desk metaphor: Via OUseful Info Now, the fun really begins when you compare something like Yahoo Pipes to the repatching feature of Reason . I guess I was hinting at this with my "processing" elements in the mashups stencil I designed a while ...

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May 24, 2007

Using student-owned technologies in educational ICT

May 24, 2007

Here a quick cross-link to my column on PLEs for ...

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Shibboleth to add CardSpace support

May 24, 2007

Kim Cameron reports that Internet2 are adding CardSpace support for Shibboleth. This is significant as CardSpace enables a consistent approach to providing personal credentials at the user interface level, whether the actual mechanism for handling identities is system-specific, federated or distributed. I can see two clear benefits from this move: Firstly, for users it offers a consistent experience ...

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May 21, 2007

Current work

May 21, 2007

One of the purposes of this blog is to let people in my wider [network/group/collective/circus] know what I'm working on, something I've let slip away lately. So here's a quick summary of what I'm up to. the XCRI project is an effort to emerge a specification for sharing information about learning opportunities (e.g. courses) using simple aggregation techniques. ...

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Groups, Networks, Collectives

May 21, 2007

I'm not really sure about this discussion of groups versus networks, but I'm even less sure about the introduction of collectives. I think also there is a lack of clarity around the difference - very large, I'd say - between a network operating within a single managed service (such as an Elgg installation) and a network formed by ...

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May 14, 2007

Web 2.0 by Eboy

May 14, 2007

I'm a massive fan of graphics collective eBoy; their poster for FooBar is fantastic as ever, and shows various Web 2.0 brands in a frantic urban jungle. I guess I'm a bit Old Skool, but while a lot of people today are getting excited by 3D and virtual worlds I find eBoy's isometric art far more compelling than ...

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