Category — Blog Café

Assignment 3

Life is full of surprises…just when you dont want them. After a trying week at a conference in Seoul, I returned home early Sunday morning, started to finalise my pitch document (pptx) only to realise that there was a problem with my broadband connectivity – helpdesk said it would be restored monday afternoon. Did not want to wait till Monday afternoon, so this morning I got myself a wireless modem – atleast I am connected although it is quite slow! Started to upload my pptx via Google docs and what do I find – Google Doc does not support pptx …so now I am having to download the compatibility pack so I can open my pptx as a ppt and upload to Google Docs. Surely there was an easier way to do this! So if you do not see my assignment on Monday morning Vancouver you’ll know I have been struggling and please post me a couple alternatives. Slideshare does not support pptx either!

Till then…


November 24, 2008   No Comments

Profitting from Open Source

I came across this blog while looking through Stephen Downes and George Siemens open course on Connectivism and Connective Knowledge.  I thought some might find it informative:

November 16, 2008   1 Comment

Book List

Hi.  Saw book recommendations here and there through the modules, perhaps we can create a thread here with titles, authors, subject, and reason for recommendation (in time for the dark of winter).

November 13, 2008   3 Comments

ETEC 522 Last Year (or in years past)

I did a Google search for ETEC 522 module today, I think I was hoping the url to one of the modules we just completed would show up.  Low and behold, instead a bunch of old modules completed in past years showed up.

They are pretty interesting to check out actually.

November 11, 2008   No Comments

Cricket fans?

A different type of a cricket pitch –



November 7, 2008   No Comments

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

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

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

the e-Learning Guild

check out, the “

269 magazines for sharing strategies, techniques, best practices, and case-studies for the management, design, development, and delivery of e-Learning – dated back to March 5/2002 – read the abstract on the right hand column of the article, very insightful.

1438 e-Learning tools, technologies, products and services found in the e-Learning Guilds’ Buyers Guide and who are supporters of the Guild.

PLUS e-Learning books, the e-Learning Insider, blogs, research library, online forums, what people are saying, job board, educational discounts… tons of stuff.   Not cheap though.

99$ US gets basic membership plan or 695 US gets you the “Member” plus plan.  Premium Membership, you don’t even want to know… Just in case you have a couple extra bucks in your pocket… try  $1695.00

Would I purchase a “one only” subscription for my school, for a 100 bucks,

I think I would… maybe one years worth anyway.

check out, Author: Jason Shaeffer – Published Date: 06/02/2008 – sounds interesting.


Many readers are already using synchronous e-Learning tools to deliver instruction live and on line. However, there are many other uses for these tools in education and in corporate settings. This week’s author relates the success of his school with one particular such tool, and offers a number of best practices that you will be able to put to work in creating and delivering effective, competitive programs and curricula.


September 25, 2008   1 Comment