Monthly Archives: March 2003

The karass, the granfalloon, and emergent technology…

Steven Johnson’s recent column gets off to a great start, citing Vonnegut’s classic novel Cat’s Cradle, in which the author… … explains how the world is divided into two types of social organizations: the karass and the granfalloon. A karass … Continue reading

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David Wiley @ UBC

<img src=”http://www.learningobjects.ubc.ca/wiley.jpg” David Wiley was here on Monday — not only giving a great presentation, but also leading a couple of small-group sessions for those of us at UBC struggling to get a grip on what’s involved with storing, reusing … Continue reading

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Towards Structured Blogging

Another novel idea from S

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Searching the BlogSphere

A quote from the article by Micah Alpern: Until the semantic web arrives the best method we have to understand a users point of view is to examine the RSS feeds they subscribe to. I currently read RSS feeds from … Continue reading

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CJLT: Special Issue on Learning Objects

Last fall the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology published a special issue on Learning Objects, edited by Griff Richards. The contents: Forward Jamie Rossiter, Canarie Inc. Editorial: The challenges of the learning object paradigm Griff Richards Organic Aggregation of … Continue reading

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Weblog as developer’s tool and feedback mechanism…

I came across CAREO programmer D’Arcy Norman’s weblog a couple weeks ago. UBC is in the process of installing an instance of the repository, and it’s fascinating to watch how features that get mentioned in conference calls (such as the … Continue reading

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Free and Open Source — Part 1: History and Philosophies

A backgrounder on Free and Open Source Movements, another interesting piece of work by George Siemens of elearnspaceblog… Apparently this is setting the stage for Part II next week, a modest proposal for “a similar revolution in the field of … Continue reading

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Weblogs in BC’s Post-Secondary Education Community (?)

I enjoyed getting to know Scott Leslie from C2T2 at last week’s meetings… he seems to be wrestling with a lot of the same issues that I am, and is excited by many of the same possibilities. Even better, he … Continue reading

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The Reusability Paradox

Scott points at an interesting online document from Utah State’s Reusability, Collaboration, and Learning Troupe, on an issue troubling lots of folks trying to implement LOs here at UBC, and hones in on the key insight… (emphases mine) The purpose … Continue reading

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Wow! RSS and Learning Objects dressed casual

I’ve been pe y mode when we stumble upon a tool that solves some of our problems and can too easily waste our energies championing a tool at the expense of an ideal, be it Blogging, SharePoint, WebCT, or whatever. … Continue reading

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