Posts from — October 2008

K-12 Online Conference

Just making sure you all know about this.  Lots of great information and interesting discussions.

October 30, 2008   1 Comment

Module 8 team

It has been frustrating past few days as I have been unable to log  into Module 8 website successfully for any decent length of time. Although I have been able to make a couple posts… I have usually been unsuccesful in posting my piece after having typed the whole thing…including the collaborative story! I am sure this is a problem peculiar to me and I just have to wait for that moment when the network isn’t overloaded to post (I tried laste last night with no success though!) – though that shouldn’t be it – any other thoughts on what could be causing this?

Meanwhile…may I request module 8 team to post me the module reading links and discussion questions via email (deepikaunderscoresharma2atyahoodotcom) so I can keep everything ready and post when I get “that window” 🙂 Apologies for this extra work, but my frustrations are getting the better of me …I want to participate!



October 29, 2008   4 Comments

Mod 8 – Forum Syndication

Good news…

Now you can access a syndication feed for our discussion forum.  Click the ‘feed’ icon in the top right of the forum.

Once again, please be sure to add your name to any posts you make.

October 28, 2008   1 Comment

Mod 8: Collaboration Technologies

Welcome to this week’s topic:  Collaboration Technologies.  Because Halloween is approaching, we’re hoping you will enter the “spirit” of things and join us in some lighthearted collaborative activities.

You’ll find us here:

Dwayne, Gillian, Jim, and Sarah

October 27, 2008   3 Comments

Module 7 Wrap Up

A big thanks to everyone in ETEC522! You all have made our project very exciting with all of the discussion. We’re glad we could bring you interesting information and a forum where you could discuss what was provided on the website.

Overall,we had 9 Forums (7 for discussion, and 2 for information. There were 29 different topics, 24 of which were team driven. These topics generated 247 posts. The 5 learner driven topics generated 33 posts.

The most active forum was Initiatives in North America (4 topics, 79 posts). The least active was 1:1 programs, with 1 topic and 14 posts.

For the rest of the website, there were a total of 978 page views, 443 unique sessions, and 298 unique visitors.

Again, thanks to everyone for a great week! Let us know if you have any additional questions for us in regards to the Module 7.

Thanks, and Cheers!

Module 7 Team

October 26, 2008   3 Comments

Module 7 Discussion

Hi everyone. I spent all day Monday reading and answering posts… I kept track on paper of my contributions… Now I can’t find most of my posts… it would appear that some are under user: ncaston, there are none under user: nancy, and I know that at some point, it would not let me post and I posted under user: n.castonguay… It seems to me also that I checked a box that activates the ‘get email for responses to your posts’ or something like that… and it may be that i have received none, but if i did, i have no way of knowing…

David & David, i think that it makes it very difficult for someone taking many courses to keep up with discussions if they are all in different places… All 4 of my MET courses consist of groups presenting units, all using different forums, wikis… you name it… lately, i am trying to follow discussions in 8 locations… 4 of which change venues weekly… This means I now have about 16 membership accounts that I have created to keep up… There are yet more to come… Given that our marks are based on participation, this makes me uneasy because I really never know whether or not instructors actually know all the work that is being done…

October 23, 2008   14 Comments

Module 7 Team Announcment: Mac Vs. Windows?

Attention Mac Users! I thought we should inform you, you’re losing the Module 7 battle! So far about 75% of the visitors to our website are using Windows! and 60-75% of all the visitors to our website are using Mozilla Firefox, followed by Internet Explorer!

Today there have been 47 Visitors from Canada, 3 from the US (Fetya, myself, and another), and 1 from India (Deepika!)

We encourage everyone to visit our website, and to participate in discussions! Feel free to post your own topics so that we can discuss them! We love hearing from you! So far we’ve had 11 people register on our forum, and we’d love to see that increase! 

* Note – you do not have to register to use our forum, but we do encourage it.

October 22, 2008   No Comments

Module 6 – Open Source

First, our group want to extend a sincere thank you to the cohort of your participation and contribution to the module.  We received positive feedback from you but we just provided the framework so a well done to the cohort.

Second, if you would like to explore Moodle from the teacher’s side please send an email to me (Marc_MET@shaw. ca) with your sign on to the site and I will change your role to teacher (can see the features available to manage forums, monitor participation…).

Third, the chat transcript is available on the site – simply navigate to the chat activity, open the activity and click on “View past chat sessions” (top right) the “See this session” (bottom right).

Best regards, Group 6

October 20, 2008   1 Comment

Module 7 Team

Hi All! 

The Module 7 team has designed their own website for this presentation. You can access it through If you need to contact the Module 7 team (outside of the discussion forum on our website) you can do so by emailing us at our group email address.

Please be sure to read through the instructions on the website! We look forward to seeing all of you in our discussions!

October 20, 2008   4 Comments

Open Source last couple of days

Hi all – just a quick reminder that we’re nearing the end of our discussions and activities about Open Source Emerging Markets here: The dialogue has been incredibly robust and it’s really exciting to see so much action on the site. We’ll be having a synchronous chat on the site tomorrow night (Sunday)  at 8:30pm for those who can join us. We’ll also be posting a transcript of the chat and a summation of the activity that’s happened this week shortly after our week is up for those who’d like to see it in that form.

Thanks for all the fantastic contributions!


October 18, 2008   3 Comments

Music Listening Survey

So far there are only 3 responses to the survey, so the results are not very meaningful.  I will keep an eye on it and post information if it materilaizes.

October 13, 2008   1 Comment

Mobile Phones Survey Results

1. Have you ever used a Mobile Technology in your teaching?
33.3% 3
66.7% 6
answered question 9
skipped question
2. After reading some of the ideas provided, would you try one of the activities using mobile phones?
44.4% 4
55.6% 5
answered question 9
skipped question
3. Do you think that mobile phone use in the classroom adds to the educational experience of children?
33.3% 3
66.7% 6
view commentComments 6
answered question 9
skipped question
4. Do you think that mobile phone use in schools adds to the safety and security of students?
33.3% 3
66.7% 6
view commentComments 4
answered question 9
skipped question
5. Does your school have a policy on Mobile Phones?
71.4% 5
28.6% 2
view commentWhat is your opinion of the policy if there is one? 5
answered question 7
skipped question

October 13, 2008   1 Comment

Welcome to Open Source Emerging Markets

Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

The Open Source Emerging Markets team invites you to join us in a Moodle shell. Please go to , create an account and log into the course called “Group 6 Open Source”. Once there, you’ll see a list of activites in which to participate with accompanying instructions.

Thanks, Marc, Bryan, Dave and Mary

October 13, 2008   13 Comments

Analysis prose query

Quick query re: our Assignment 1 (I put this on a comment to another question, but wanted to be sure that others would see the answer to this question)

Is it acceptable to include inline hyperlinks within the text of whatever document we provide in our analysis? I am assuming that APA documenting rules would also mandate the use of further documentation in the Bibliography/Work Cited area too?

October 11, 2008   2 Comments

Module 5 last days

Hi All, last couple of days for Module 5.

We’ve seen an increase in the discussions in the last couple of days. Please share your thoughts in our Google discussion group if you have not been able to (you’ll need a Google account to contribute) @

We have a couple surveys in the pages that we would love some more responses to. Please take a few moments to fill them out so we can have a better perspective of the mobile ecology represented by our classmates.

It has been great reading your thoughts, we look forward to some more over the weekend!


Team #5

October 11, 2008   1 Comment

Assignment #1 Reminder

Hi everyone – just a reminder that Assignment #1 is due by end of day on October 12.  Please email it to me at david dot vogt at ubc dot ca.

You can also email me with any last minute questions you might have.



October 11, 2008   4 Comments

Research Help

If you are looking for some market research to help with your A1, look here:

There is a wealth of information 🙂

October 8, 2008   2 Comments

Digital textbooks

You are all probably aware that this is my particular preoccupation, but I thought this article from Inside Higher Ed yesterday was worth sharing with everyone. It has an interesting analysis of the crumbling business model for large textbook publishers, who have been the key supplier of course-related material, which plays nicely into some of the discussions we’ve been engaging in. The comments following the article are also very much worth reading:

The key concept this raises for me is that of ‘unfair’. Because I see this from the inside, I wonder if when students say prices are ‘unfair’ they recognize how much labour goes into a textbook. Content creators (writers, photographers, graphic designers) have to be paid, the people who fact check, line edit, and proofread have to be paid. The people who design and typeset have to be paid. Do without these aspects and students and profs complain about texts being ‘unengaging’ and ‘full of errors’.

One of the deeply troubling aspects of open source to me is the question of payment for creators. In the great open source future, will everyone just be expected to volunteer their labour?  Is the assumption that only the truly driven will create resources, because they will do so despite not being paid for it? If that is the case, is it okay? We pay people now for their intellectual labour (for example, the Davids’ salaries as paid by UBC) – will a system emerge that takes on this role?

I’m curious to hear the group’s thoughts on these issues. And despite where I sit right now, I’m genuinely curious about, and open to, alternative futures – I think that’s why we’re all in this course.


October 8, 2008   10 Comments

Mobile Technologies Discussion

Here is a quote from the mobile technologies discussion.

Selwyn explained it best when he said, “Ultimately schools need to
embrace a fluid, networked structure rather than the linear,
hierarchical structure of old.”

Log into the site at or log into the google group directly at and tell us your vision of what that fluid networked structure might look like.

October 7, 2008   1 Comment

Assignment 1 Jitters…

I have a few questions (fears!) regarding assignment 1.

1. In our course schedule it is stated that this is due at the end of week 6, so this means Oct. 12th right?

2. If I choose to analyse an existing business venture, can I use De Coster & Butler’s paper as a guideline?

I have NO experience with business, venture analysis… just keeping up with the acronyms is a mental gymnastics for me… so please bare along with me…

3. If I choose a a venture analysis, how can I find relevant data? For example, I was interested in the Jing Project… but how can I tell who these people really are… what their business plan is… what level of completion they are at? how can I base my essay on facts rather than speculate?

I mean, I can relate this venture to many of the topics and models we have discussed thus far. More particularly, to the assessment methodology proposed in De Coster & Butler… the Cube also proposes a multifaceted approach of its own… I just want to make sure that I am on the right track here… and that I am not barking at the wrong tree!

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.



October 6, 2008   5 Comments


Just wanted to add my 2¢ and kudos to the organizers of this past week’s activities on freeweb! It was thought provoking and quite a bit of fun too! Well done on an easy-to-participate, engaging module!


October 6, 2008   4 Comments

Mobile Technologies is now Open

You will need a google account to contribute to discussions.

Happy viewing!

October 5, 2008   5 Comments

costco, the long tail, and exposure thory

After reading Elberse’s article and trying to make sense of both the ‘long tail’ model and the ‘theory of exposure’, I wondered if companies like Costco are actually using a hybrid approach to marketing…

Costco is known to never carry more than X number of products in store. If an item doesn’t sell, you won’t see it back on the shelf anytime soon, in fact, it probably won’t be there the next day when you decide you actually want to buy it.

On the other hand, Costco online offers many products that might be referred to as ‘niche’ products… these products often can’t be found in stores…

My question is: is Costco applying an exposure approach in-stores, and a long tail approach online then?

Makes sense to me, bulk sell as much as you can where the overhead is high, but still catch the whimsical buyer where the overhead is low…

October 5, 2008   2 Comments

5 Minutes of Fame

Hi everyone,

Here’s an interesting web site, and presentation, that I picked up from my 511 course.  It is part of a larger and equally interesting initiative called Ignite Philly whose premise is this…

“If you had five minutes on stage what would you say?  What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? …”

Take a look at the speech given by Steve Welch from DreamIt Ventures.  He offers up some thoughtful suggestions for both getting a business off the ground and developing a successful pitch, not to mention the presentation itself is a pitch.

Many other good speeches/pitches to enjoy as well!


October 5, 2008   1 Comment

Quotes from Module 4 – Social Technologies

October 4, 2008   1 Comment

Social networking and the public good

Web projects like have demonstrated that great ideas like Grameen Bank can also find a life on the Internet through socially networked projects that benefit humans in other parts of the planet.

Now Google has caught this wave with its project called 10tothe100th.

What do you think of these projects, and are there others of this genre that you know about in the social networking space?


Post your reply here –> on Freewebs, in the Mod4 team space

October 3, 2008   No Comments

TED talk on Pitching

Interesting advice –  TED talk by David Rose on pitching to VC’s


October 2, 2008   2 Comments

Module 4 is Underway !!

Hi everyone.

Just a note and nudge, if it isn’t obvious, that the Module 4 Team has launched their learning experience and is looking for your active participation.   You can go their great set-up at:

Thanks very much,


October 1, 2008   No Comments