- @Suhaifa it’s an easy walk, easier than lions head, don’t stress 🙂 #
- Daily Papert http://t.co/vJQhrNh4. We can’t solve the world’s problems with the same thinking that created them #
- Critical Thinker Explains Skepticism vs. Cynicism http://t.co/Zmxh81m9 via @zite #
- RT @engadget: MobiUS smartphone ultrasound hits the market two years too late for relevancy http://t.co/DaWRQqXo #
- Stephen’s Web – Free learning: essays on open educational resources and copyright http://t.co/b8d7fDXK via @zite #
- The atomic method of creating a Powerpoint presentation http://t.co/1ikf4gBO via @zite #
- The Complexity Of Learning http://t.co/YSJfJwkq via @zite #
- @USMCShrink Focus in education is that tech is good 2 get more content 2 more students in less time 4 less money, which misses the point #
- A Tablet for the Blind? – Technology Review http://t.co/jBqyDK0R. Elegant and clever solution #
- What’s Behind the Culture of Academic Dishonesty http://t.co/UuTvlENW. Cheating doesn’t help if learning matters more than grades #
- #Zite now my favourite news reading app on the iPad. Flipboard not iterating fast enough #
- Ask the Students: Their Wise Wishes for Improving Education http://t.co/KUDtKP6p. I keep saying that health education needs more art #
- @USMCShrink its about not making the assumption that technology in education is automatically a good thing #
- @USMCShrink I just highlighted a quote, so it was out of context. Did you read the rest of the post? #
- “technology will be used…for the profit of corporations rather than…the benefit of children” http://t.co/RLAjJI5u #
- If you are a clinician who supervises or teaches healthcare students, consider completing my survey http://t.co/x1MXf3AJ. Please RT #
- RT @tucksoon: RT @john_larkin: This link is courtesy of the tireless Larry Ferlazzo: Useful Bloom’s Taxonomy “Pie” Chart http://j.mp/cx2Yn7 #
- RT @NancyWhite: “If eating sustains life biologically, storytelling sustains it culturally; a story gives a person a 2nd, 4th, 5th life.” #
- Reading Rita Kop Thesis May10 on Scribd http://scr.bi/9iTDxa #readcast #
- @cristinacost re. Google Scholar alerts…agreed. There should be more options for granularity in setting result preferences in reply to cristinacost #
- Cool Tool: Topsy Finds Most Influential Tweeters on Any Topic http://tinyurl.com/3236f7u #
- Crowdsourcing a Copyleft Campaign http://tinyurl.com/35qxjtg #
- Five Steps to a Great Title, from the APA style blog http://tinyurl.com/2v34ryu #
- Google. Where’s Our Doc? http://tinyurl.com/3434tup #
- The Ethics of Social Media for Health Care Students http://tinyurl.com/32e26hm #
- Get Out of the Echo Chamber to Improve Innovation http://tinyurl.com/3xlq5oj #
- Gumption: All models, studies and Wikipedia entries are wrong, some are useful. An insightful post worth reading http://bit.ly/aQRtAI #
- George Siemens’s blog: Moving social networked learning forward http://bit.ly/aqhuhj #
- Moving social networked learning forward http://bit.ly/aqhuhj #
- elearnspace › Web 3.0 (or, the extended web) http://bit.ly/bnHun1 #
- @cristinacost Thanks for your honest and very personal response, it is much appreciated and has given me a lot to think about. in reply to cristinacost #
- Learning Journey » Blog Archive » About a PhD… http://bit.ly/cwLKQd #
- Larry Lessig Challenges ASCAP Boss To A Debate Over Whether Or Not Creative Commons Undermines Copyright | Techdirt http://bit.ly/9RjB6k #
- The Not Very Open: “Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning” | cyberdash http://bit.ly/9Hu4TY #
- UWC physio students assisting with renovation project at home for disabled kids http://bit.ly/8YOX4E #
- Dilution http://xkcd.com/765/ #
- RT @wesleylynch: RT @Suhaifa: There are still some seats left for the @Realmdigital development workshop – http://bit.ly/aaG5g3 #
- RT @jonbecker: @courosa did u see the article re: Google Scholar in the new issue of Educational Researcher? http://bit.ly/dhVaql #
- Diigo V5.0: Nice new features & added Android support http://bit.ly/cdzAAc #
- danah boyd on streams, attention & information flow through social media. Audio: http://bit.ly/dvHqLa and text: http://bit.ly/ajowkr #
- PLE_BCN Conference – Day 1 « Mediendidaktik 2.0 http://bit.ly/c1icmz #
- @cristinacost #ece11 (http://bit.ly/heZE1) looks great too…sigh. Too many cool things to see, too little time in reply to cristinacost #
- @cristinacost I’ve been going through the interviews and some of the presentations…looks like it was awesome 🙂 in reply to cristinacost #
- RT @cristinacost: RT @virtualleader: RT @pgsimoes From Personal to Social (@sguilana & @marett) #PLE_BCN http://slidesha.re/ciuEbE #
- RT @cristinacost: RT @hugodom: YouTube – #PLE_BCN Interviews http://goo.gl/cScU #
- Web Developer Intern at Cognician / MemeJobs @ Memeburn.com http://bit.ly/bvFiWL #
- @ryantracey Agreed. The process, rather than the certificate, should be emphasised #
- RT @wesleylynch: Video comparing iphone and nexus – http://ow.ly/17iBb. Can’t imagine how the iPhone will survive, Android is already better #
- RT @psychemedia: Are Higher Degrees a waste of time for most people? http://bit.ly/buKpOW. IT professionals are hardly “most people” #
- University finds free online classes don’t hurt enrollment http://bit.ly/9zztuR #
- Mobile Learning Principles – interesting, but unrealistic in a developing country. “Mobile” does not = smartphone http://bit.ly/97WUu4 #
- Presenting while people are twittering, an increasingly common backchannel. Be aware of it and use it if possible http://bit.ly/bymSUE #
- Presentation Zen: The “Lessig Method” of presentation. Great resource on improving your presentation skills http://bit.ly/aTykYr #
- About “P”! « Plearn Blog. This post raises some interesting questions about the challenges of using PLEs http://bit.ly/9cDqd6 #
- Crazy Goats. I don’t usually share this sort of thing, but this pretty amazing http://bit.ly/9Hg32e #
- Learning technologies in engineering education. For anyone interested in integrating “distance” with “practical” http://bit.ly/a9lclC #
- Think ‘Network Structure’ not ‘Networking’. I always thought “networking” was too haphazard to bother with http://bit.ly/acuw1g #
- Clifton beach earlier today. I think I like it here http://twitgoo.com/dv85w #
- @davidworth Hi David, thanks for the blog plug #
- @sharingnicely: go around institutional pushback when policy is unfriendly to OER #OCW #
- @dkeats: free content enables students to use scarce financial resources to acquire tech instead, which grants access to vastly more content #
- Butcher: the curricular framework must drive development of OER – content comes after learning #OCW #
- Neil Butcher from OERAfrica: OER can’t work without institutional support #OCW #
- Why is copyright in OER even an issue? Copyright applies equally to OER and non-OER #OCW #
- If you think of a degree as a learning experience, rather than a certificate, formal accreditation is less important. See P2PU #OCW #
- Is there a difference between OER and #OCW I’m wary of the emphasis on content as a means of changing teaching practice #
- @dkeats Improvement in quality is always important, isn’t it? No-one is aiming for mediocrity #
- OCW workshop at UWC today, OCW board present incl. MIT OCW, should be a good day, quite proud its happening here #
- RT @cristinacost: RT @gconole: Sarah Knight on JISC elearning prog including excellent eff. practice pubs http://bit.ly/c1wVF6 #
- RT @c4lpt: MicroECoP – Uisng microblogging to enhance communication within Communities of Practice http://bit.ly/9ofx3O #microecop #
- Making the Pop Quiz More Positive. I like the change of mindset that the post suggests, pop quizzes aren’t punishment http://bit.ly/d5IiMV #
- @cristinacost Looks good, you’re further along with your project than I am with mine, I might have to come to you for advice 🙂 #
- Problem-Based Learning: A Quick Review « Teaching Professor. Nice, short summary of why PBL is a Good Thing http://bit.ly/cOAQeY #
- @cristinacost What’s your interest in Buddypress? I recently set up WPMU/BP platform for physio dept social network to explore CoP #
- Microblogging to enhance communication within communities of practice http://bit.ly/a0saa4 #microecop #
- There’s a war goin’ on here, donchaknow? Retro copyright posters at EdTechPost http://bit.ly/aBsVwu #
- Post by Howard Rheingold on crap detection on the internet should be required reading for everyone online http://bit.ly/dsGtha #
- Scroll down for the 5 C’s of Engagement on Postrank’s “What it is” page. Is it useful for building social presence? http://bit.ly/983dcL #
- Great post on 3 strategies to manage information: Aggregate, Filter and Connect. The last one is hard (for me anyway) http://bit.ly/diItNr #
- Great post on the importance of not only filtering information, but using it meaningfully http://bit.ly/bk21Ol #
- Siemens’ post on moving from educational reform within the system, to a “no boundaries” approach http://bit.ly/bMnKXu #
- Web 3.0 and Its Relevance for Instruction – interesting article on how a next generation web could be used in education http://bit.ly/axYyEr #
- Freedom helps kids learn more « Education Soon http://bit.ly/bBbGvB #
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- “A domain of one%u2019s own”, Jim Groom discusses online / digital identity – http://j.mp/4jmNmD #
- Lessig calls for copyright rebellion from academics and scientists http://j.mp/2y4H2D #
- Times Higher Education – Laws of the academic jungle http://j.mp/3UuYPY #
- Times Higher Education – ‘There%u2019s no better job’ than a university professor http://j.mp/3UuYPY #
- Clive Thompson on the New Literacy. Technology may radcially improve writing skills http://j.mp/15TQZP #
- ‘You Geeks Have to Become Radical Militant Activists’ – Lessig’s plea to academics to play a role in shaping copyright http://bit.ly/4jLrPg #
- 7 Things You Should Know About Personal Learning Environments | EDUCAUSE – http://j.mp/2N72q6 #
- Open Source Science? Or Distributed Science? : Common Knowledge – http://j.mp/4EMAr7 #
- OER stories/Free Courseware Project, UWC – OER_Wiki – http://j.mp/1noQRK #
- International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning – Openness and the Future of Higher Education http://bit.ly/1gifVE #
- Attribution v. Citation : Common Knowledge. Interesting to note the difference http://bit.ly/2ojEPx #
- Twitter Data Analysis. Interesting insight into Twitter use. Makes me think twice about Twitter-hype http://bit.ly/3HM9W3 #
- SHERPA – the future of scholarly communication. Interesting site with useful information re. self archiving by authors http://bit.ly/1DJiGE #
- 8 Principles of Open Government Data http://bit.ly/L6qtr #
- Med Students Use P2P to Acquire Journal Research http://bit.ly/4qQyHW #
- Google is the matrix? http://tr.im/E5cB #
- @paulscott56 Not sure how Chisimba is different to an LMS? Teachers still control the learning environment? Can students export their data? in reply to paulscott56 #
- A Personal Cyberinfrastructure…forget about the LMS | EDUCAUSE http://bit.ly/2EIzpE #
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- RT @cshirky: NY Daily News on hospital cover-ups of medical errors: http://bit.ly/KTdHV. Scary… #
- First Look: Firefox 3.7’s New Design http://bit.ly/mrDKD #
- Posterous – Do we really need another blogging platform? Maybe… http://bit.ly/Fwdag #
- First impressions of Google Wave | Enterprise Web 2.0 | ZDNet.com http://bit.ly/33j4d0 #
- Does anyone know anything about Silentale? It looks interesting, although I’m not sure if it’s worth keeping an eye on http://bit.ly/15HacT #
- Would the real social network please stand up? Post by danah boyd on different types of social networks http://bit.ly/Uib9c #
- Elsevier Journal Scandal Provokes Significant Librarian Response – 5/14/2009 – Library Journal http://bit.ly/4CCIL #
- Course by Peter Tittenberger on Open Educational Resources http://bit.ly/PVgVi #
- YouTube – A Fair(y) Use Tale http://bit.ly/13I5v3 #
- Article of the Future prototypes – Information World Review…interesting take on publication…bit like a wiki http://bit.ly/m2O8A #
- Project “Article of the future”, very exciting for authors, needs a mind shift though, will change academic publication http://bit.ly/oNKtm #
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Yesterday I attended the morning of a workshop around a Health OER Network for Africa that’s currently in development. It’s a project that’s sponsored by the South African Institute of Distance Education (SAIDE) and includes participants from all over the continent. The objectives of the workshop were to share lessons from the first phase of implementation, introduce new institutions to the project, identify future partnerships and discuss the principles upon which the network should be based.
Unfortunately, I was only able to attend one morning of a three day workshop, but based on what I saw, I’m excited at the prospect of what this project could bring to health education in Africa. After a few presentations, we broke into groups to discuss how to operationalise the network, looking at the following questions (taken from the programme):
- What principles should underpind the Health OER Network? What should be non-negotiable?
- How will the network connect to broader issues of curriculum planning, adult learning and assessment theory?
- What activities should the network not engage in? Why?
- What policy implications will participation in the network have for institutions / faculties (drawing on experiences of participating institutions)?
- What should the conditions for participation in the network be, if any?
I enjoyed the discussion and regret not being able to participate in the rest of the workshop. I’m hoping that this idea of open content and open educational resources grows within our institutions of higher learning. Unfortunately, there’s still a focus on protecting intellectual property using extreme copyright and many academics have a hard time imagining that there is academic integrity and value in opening up intellectual property.
We’ve recently started using Google Docs for collaborative work in the physiotherapy department and it’s been great so far. There are other online word processing environments with different feature sets (Zoho, Thinkfree, Microsoft Office Live, Buzzword), but after playing around with all of them, I found that Docs offered the best mix of features, usability and stability. Buzzword is probably the most innovative, I’m going to follow them and see what happens in that space.
While Docs lacks many of the features you’ll find in a desktop work processor like OpenOffice.org, it’s still got a pretty useful set. These include; exporting your work into multiple formats, commenting, bookmarking, auto-generation of tables of contents, different user roles, version history and basic text formatting options.
In the physiotherapy department, we’re using Docs to peer review articles for publication in the faculty journal, rather than emailing articles and comment forms back and forth between reviewers, editors and authors. We’re also using it to collaborate on joint projects (like new course development) with our sister university in Missouri. And lastly, over the past month or so I’ve been using it to provide feedback on project proposals with two undergraduate research groups. This has been working really well for the students because they’re currently on their clinical placements and find it difficult to meet in person. With regards the undergrad research, I’ve also been using Twitter to push out articles for the literature review and methodology sections.
By using Firefox addons and scripts with Greasemonkey, Docs can be improved still further. One of the biggest problems in the past was that it was only available in the “cloud“. However, now that the Gears addon is stable, Docs is available in offline mode too. This is possibly it’s most powerful feature, allowing offline access to your work and synchronisation with the online version later. It also handles conflicts between edits very well.
There are some issues with Docs however, highlighting the fact that as with all technology, there are going to be problems. I came across these articles while doing the background research for the department: Why Docs is not safe, Google adapts and modifies content (discusses the copyright issues of hosting content with Google), and Painful lessons from using Google Docs.
I’m really excited at the prospect of increasing our use of online, collaborative environments. Today it’s Google Docs, but who knows what it’ll be tomorrow?
Just a quick link to update my concerns over the heinous new Facebook terms of service. It basically grants Facebook the right to do whatever they want with your content…forever…even if you delete it…or close your account. It does seem to be subject to your privacy settings, so if you are uploading content to the site, make sure you’re careful about what you designate as publically viewable.
The founder of Facebook has assured users that “we wouldn’t share your information in a way you wouldn’t want” and the article does urge users to “…just calm down”, so I guess it’s OK.
Note: Facebook has reverted to it’s old terms of service in the wake of the public outcry.
Knol, described as “a unit of knowledge” by the project’s creators, is a new initiative by Google that allows anyone to write an article, called a “knol”, about any topic. It’s a bit like Wikipedia in that respect but is limited to discrete articles with no links between them. Authors can also decide how much freedom to give users in terms of editing, either allowing anyone in the public, only knol collaborators, or no-one at all to edit their knols.
The bulk of the knols written so far seem to be focussed on health and medicine and have been written by specialists in that particular field. After a brief review of some knols, I felt that they seem to be of a higher general standard than those of similar topics in Wikipedia. One of the advantages of knols is that there’s a structure and flow to the article that may come from having been written by one author and that unfortunately is lacking in some Wikipedia articles that often suffer from having been tacked together by many editors.
Of course, a potential disadvantage of having only one author may be a lack of either depth or breadth to the article, as well as raising questions regarding the credibility of the author. Having said that, many knols have complete reference lists and in-text citations that seem to offer reassurance in terms of the accuracy of the knol content.
I’d suggest including Knol as a useful point of reference when beginning to research a topic. It’ll not only give you a good overview of that particular subject, but will also point you in the direction of other sources.