A few reminders

Well it looks like everyone is finding the place to post entries to the ETEC 522 course blog. That’s excellent.

There are a few more students still to come and I expect we’ll see their introductory posts shortly.

A few reminders:

Last call for module group preferences. Let us know if you have a preference for a working group for Modules 4 -11. On Friday evening (Pacific Daylight Time), I’ll post a list of module groups based on preferences we’ve received, with the remaining students grouped to balance team sizes, etc.

Please also remember to think about Categories and Tags as you create your posts. Getting into that pattern now will help us all to find specific posts for review using the tag cloud and search tool downstream. You can also go back in and edit your posts to add tags or specify categories.

Also consider whether a “feed reader” (RSS aggregator) will suit you as a means for quickly reading and scanning posts. I wrote a short blog entry outlining the potential, and…

You can find other announcements from your instructors in the Announcements category in the right-side column.

Keep us posted on any questions you have, and especially ones that might be helpful to all. We can put those questions and answers in the Q/A category.

September 10, 2009   1 Comment

Making your work lighter

One of the ways to track this blog, its posts and comments and have them delivered to you, rather you have to go and find them, is to use the RSS (really simple syndication) links for our entries (posts) and comments.

You’ll see the RSS links at the top of the left-side column of the ETEC522 blog.

A web-based RSS reader like Google Reader, or a dedicated software tool like NetNewsWire (Mac) or FeedDemon (PC) can be used to keep all the entries (posts) and comments coming to you automatically.

The YouTube video below explains the concept…

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If you would like to suggest other RSS readers, please add them to the comments section below.


September 9, 2009   3 Comments

Seeding the cloud

Hello all.

Just a little reminder to help us all navigate, as well as find posts and comments more easily.

As you write a post, please remember to indicate:

* category from the category list provided

* tags: such a M1, M2, M3 etc. to help us navigate, as well as find posts.

You can see in the right-side column that the category list and tag cloud are beginning to form. These affordances allow us all to quickly zoom in on relevant posts as we build the blog.


September 9, 2009   No Comments


Hi all. Welcome to ETEC 522.

We’re about to begin a shared journey over the next 14 weeks. So, let’s use this place for introductions and getting started.

I’m David Porter (davidp), a co-instructor for this course. You can reach me by email at –> dporter at bccampus dot ca.

Please add your own introduction. Include any web sites or bio info that you like. Add a photo.

Tell us your interest and/or experience with the theme of this course, and expectations you have for it. We’re really looking forward to navigating the venture terrain with you.

As a convention for posts in this module, please use these tags, separated with commas, in your posts:

introductions, M1, your last name.

You’ll begin to see our tag cloud in the right-side column for this course begin to grow and segment as we add posts and additional tags.

Below is an overview diagram for the course blog that is a quick reference to its features.

If you have any questions, please write a post and use the Questions & Answers category label for your post.

You’ll see additional instructions for using the course blog on the left column, under Pages.


Please jump in.


September 6, 2009   5 Comments