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Posted to Diigo 03/27/2010

    • a good 4-sentence abstract is: (1) state the problem (2) say why it is interesting (3) say what your solution achieves (4) say what follows from your solution.
    • In my eyes, the challenge is not to mimic old ways of doing things with new technology, based on traditional institutional norms and values, but to first test, challenge, and eventually change the norms that govern our educational models before introducing new technologies. The problem of TEL is not a technology problem, but rather a cultural and pedagogical one.
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Sharing documents and profiles

I’ve been meaning to play around with Scribd for a while now but never felt I had anything useful to put up.  After uploading some conference presentations on Slideshare a week ago and seeing the steadily climbing views, I finally decided to get a few abstracts together and upload them publicly.  You can see them on my Scribd profile.

I’m looking into alternative forms of publishing (see my Mozilla project on a collaboratively authored South African textbook), especially since the majority of the local journals I’ll be publishing in aren’t online (yet).   In order to get academic recognition, it’ll take years for my papers to filter out into the field if I rely purely on hardcopy.  This seems to be a useful alternative to get my academic content out right now.

I’m also starting to wonder where I can aggregate all of my online spaces into one place.  This blog would seem to be the natural place, but the structure doesn’t quite fit.  I need an online business card that could direct people to the places that interest them.  I’m playing around with a simple wiki at but don’t have the time to fiddle with the CSS to make it look right.  If anyone has any idea about how to aggregate my different profiles (e.g. find me on Mendeley, Facebook, etc.), my feeds (this blog and Twitter, Flickr), my conference presentations and article abstracts, please feel free to drop me a line.

Here’s an example of one of my abstracts using iPaper:
Abstract – Knowledge, Attitudes Towards Social Software


On my way to the HESS conference in Grahamstown

I thought I’d share some photos I took while I’m on my way to Grahamstown for the Higher Education as a Social Space conference.  I went about half of the distance on some of the smaller roads, went over the Du Toits Kloof pass, through Worcester, Robertson and Montagu to get to the Tredouw pass, and joined the N2 from there.

I’ve been in Sedgefield for 2 days now, mostly going through the conference Abstracts (all 150 of them) to get an idea of which presentations I’d like to see, as well as working on my own presentation.  I think it’s going to be a great conference, which unfortunately means that I’ll probably spend most of the holidays trying to get my head around all the cool things everyone is doing.

Just in case you’re worried I’m working too hard, here’s a few pictures from the road trip, as well as from the beach down the road.