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A selection of links to other related/interesting titbits of eLearning floating around out there on the interweb.

Elsewhere on the web The CETIS website
CETIS represents UK higher-education and further-education institutions on international learning technology standards initiatives.
Elsewhere on the web Blackboard to acquire WebCT
Wilbert Kraan from CETIS considers the consequences of the recently announced take over of WebCT by Blackboard.
Elsewhere on the web Learning from THE WEB
In this article Adam Bosworth from Google argues that simplicity is the key to developing flexible and scaleable systems. Adam sets out 8 lessons that the Web has taught us about managing distributed data. An essential read for systems designers. via Stephen Downes
Elsewhere on the web Sakai software cooks up e-learning storm
Lunga Madlala reports on Tectonic that Sakai the open source learning management developed by a consortium of universities in the US is being adopted by the University of South Africa and other universities in South Africa. Via Stephen Downes
Elsewhere on the web Ivory towers will fall to digital land grab
In this article on Guardian Unlimited John Sutherland reports on Bill Gates's latest prophesy about how students will educate themselves 10 years from now. The implications for traditional universities could be devastating: "Higher learning institutions should ponder the Gatesian vision of Geektopia. Generally speaking, change comes in two categories. There is change that can be absorbed, and there is change that transforms utterly.... In fact, Gates's tablet may well do to universities what Stephenson's Rocket did to the stagecoach." via Guardian Unlimited
Elsewhere on the web Open University chooses Moodle
The OU joins the Moodle bandwagon. Dean Taylor, the programme manager of the OU’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), says, “We see the development of Moodle applications, along with involvement of the Moodle Open Source community giving our students a great advantage in e-learning. Plus, the innovations added by the OU will be available to the entire Moodle community. It’s a two-way creative street.” via
Elsewhere on the web What are desktop services?
In e-Literate Michael Feldstein explains what desktop services do - using an example of something we all do (some of us more than others)- cut and paste text. via Scott Wilson
Elsewhere on the web LAMS uses web services to integrate with VLEs
A new version of LAMS has been released which includes web services interfaces to allow integration between LAMS and VLEs, including Moodle, Blackboard and Sakai. There are also new features such as the HTML noticeboard which allows teachers to put web content into LAMS noticeboard pages. Details of how to get a trial account and the LAMS support services that are available can be found on the LAMS web site.
Elsewhere on the web Personalisation and Digital Technologies
This report by Hannah Green, Keri Facer and Tim Rudd, with Patrick Dillon and Peter Humphreys argues that the education system should be re-engineered so that the system conforms to the learner rather than the other way around. Via Scott Wilson on the personal learning environments blog.
Elsewhere on the web JIME special issue on Learning Design
This special issue of JIME has been edited by Colin Tattersall and Rob Koper to build on the book 'Learning Design: A Handbook on Modelling and Delivering Networked Education and Training'. Articles relating to the chapters in the book report on ways in which Learning Design has been applied and the tools and techniques that have been developed to support this approach to design for learning. Via Sheila McNeil
Elsewhere on the web Wikipedia tightens the reins
Wikipedia is part of the current Web 2.0 revolution. An online encyclopedia with 1000s of contributors, built on the principle that anyone anywhere can post. So what happens when people start writing entries that are untrue? Wikipedia has to require people to register before they can post. Via Wired News
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Elsewhere on the web A seasonal view on soa!
In case you are still struggling with UML and SOA - this will make everything clear! via Wilbert Kraan
Elsewhere on the web What is Web 2.0?
Seminal paper by Tim O'Reilly who coined the phrase Web 2.0 to describe web developments like wikipedia and Flickr in which he discusses current design patterns and business models for web software. Web 2.0 thinking is informing the JISC e-framework projects including the Personal Learning Environment project. Essential reading.
Elsewhere on the web The Virtual Learning Environment takes it personally
Derek Morrison interviews Oleg Liber about the Personal Learning Environments project. There is a podcast of the interview and a discussion about how PLEs will disrupt the current status quo of or educational institutions.
Elsewhere on the web New JISC/QCA e-Assessment Glossary
JISC and the QCA (qualifications and curriculum authority) have published a glossary for e-assessment. Via JISC News.
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Elsewhere on the web Understanding web services and SOA - information and resources from the IT world
Bitpipe provides a rich and targetted range of information produced by IT businesses and vendors (white papers, case studies, webcasts, reports etc) on a wide range of IT themes. "Web services": and "service oriented architecture": are two of the themes "Bitpipe": addresses. IBM have produced a 10 minute podcast titled "What is SOA?": which is published on this site and provides a few minutes introduction to the concept of service oriented architecture, followed by a more technical explanation of its relationship with other programming concepts and the relevant standards and tools.
Elsewhere on the web ontheweblink.2006-01-27.9522764270
Elsewhere on the web Technology predictions for 2006?
See predictions for 2006 and look back at 2005
Elsewhere on the web Electronic Portfolios for Whom?
In the article in Educause Review Javier Ayala argues that e-portfolios are centred on the administrative needs of institutions rather than the needs of learners "If student learning is the primary concern, why do the preponderance of studies focus on assessment and accountability issues?". via Stephen Downes
Elsewhere on the web e-Learning 2.0
Stephen Downes sketches a history of e-learning and discusses how social software technologies (so called web 2.0) are reshaping the way we use computers to learn. via eLearn magazine
Elsewhere on the web The Most Popular Educational Technology Diagram, Ever
Catherine Howell picks some educational technology diagrams, including Scott Wilson's Future VLE and an hypnotic repositories space diagram from Kerry Blinco and Neil McLean. The e-Learning Framework diagram gets a mention as one of the less inspiring diagrams - but then as Scott himself points out its not really a diagram - more a "visual list". via Scott Wilson
Elsewhere on the web Diagrams, bricks, and other maps of the imagination
In response to Catherine Howell's post Scott Wilson considers what makes a good diagram. We've been thinking of having a diagram to capture the e-Learning Programme - like Susie's Journey does for the MLEs for Lifelong Learning programme - the problem is how to capture it all. Prizes for the best entry....
Elsewhere on the web Open Source Briefing Paper
Developing Open Source Software is a corner stone of the e-Learning Programme. This briefing paper by Randy Metcalfe and Sebastian Rahtz of OSS Watch covers the advantages of OS, common misconceptions and exploitation models.
Elsewhere on the web Unbolting the Chairs:Making Learning Management Systems More Flexible
In this article in eLearn magazine Michael Feldstein and Patrick Masson of the SUNY Learning Network argue that current systems are too inflexible for teaching purposes: "We need a Web 2.0 LMS. A tinkerable LMS. An LMS for a mash-up world."
Elsewhere on the web Service-orient your web application - in two PPT slides
Scott Wilson points to two slides from Tom Coates on how to build a service oriented web application.
Elsewhere on the web Biting the WebCT bullet?
Derek Morrison contrasts Blackboard's financial health with the health of their products and asks what should WebCT users do now?
Elsewhere on the web 'A space on the web that we control'
Steve O'Hear from the Guardian describes how research is taking place into how ELGG could be used in a range of contexts.
Elsewhere on the web SOA and Web 2.0 becoming mainstream news
'Software out there' by John Markoff was published on April 5th in the New York Times - a lively and accessible description for the general reader of the significance of what is happening in software development - highly recommended - but you will have to register with the NEW York Times website to see the article. Thanks to Wilbert Kraan.
Elsewhere on the web e-Tutor Competition Launched
The Higher Education Academy 2006 e-Tutor Competition has been launched. The competition is sponsored by Times Higher Education Supplement, Toshiba and ALT. £1000 and a tablet PC will go to the winners.
Elsewhere on the web SOA Workshop
This workshop aimed to "to build the community knowledge base to create a conceptual framework of cross-cutting university services. The range of these services includes, but is not limited to, those required for a next generation Student System." Lots of materials and discussions relevant for the e-Framework.
Elsewhere on the web E-learning languishes in the classroom
A short article by Bernard Lane in The Australian highlights a survey of universities in 13 countries. The report concludes that e-learning has not yet revolutionised teaching in universities:"[Digital technology] has had more impact on administrative services such as admissions and registration... than on the fundamentals of classroom teaching and learning." Via Jon Mason
Elsewhere on the web ontheweblink.2006-05-02.7954013811
Elsewhere on the web Web 2.0 A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning?
In this Educause article, Bryan Alexander explores the concepts behind what is being called Web 2.0, and the pedagogical possibilities of social software in particular, a valuable read
Elsewhere on the web The Horizon Report - 2005 Edition
The NMC’s Horizon Project's second annual report highlights six areas of emerging technology that the research suggests will become increasingly significant to higher education within three adoption horizons over the next one to five years.
Elsewhere on the web BBC lays foundations for move to SOA
The BBC is introducing a programme to create an interoperable IT infrastructure and lay the foundations for a move to a service-oriented architecture (SOA).- article from 'Computing' 4th May 2006
Elsewhere on the web Open Content and the Emerging Global Meta-University
EDUCAUSE article on MIT vision - 'Open-access projects are stimulating a broader open-content movement, which in turn is leading to the emergence of a meta-university—an accessible, dynamic, and communally constructed framework of open materials and platforms on which much of higher education worldwide can be constructed or enhanced'
Elsewhere on the web 7 things you should know about ....
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) '7 Things You Should Know About...' series provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices. Each brief focuses on a single technology or practice and describes: * What it is * How it works * Where it is going * Why it matters to teaching and learning
Elsewhere on the web onthewebnews.2006-05-19.4770746951
Elsewhere on the web Time to jump on the SOA bandwagon?
The British Computer Society magazine 'ITNOW' publishes two articles on the increasingly important role of SOA
Elsewhere on the web Time to jump on the SOA bandwagon?
The British Computer Society magazine 'ITNOW' publishes two articles on the increasingly important role of SOA. 'Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is now being talked about more and more, but in a technology world already dominated by buzzwords and jargon, does SOA actually mean anything tangible?'
Elsewhere on the web The Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) - more than just another TLA?
Second article from the British Computer Society magazine 'ITNOW' on SOA. David Barnes MBCS CITP gives a simple, high-level introduction to some of the issues facing any business and IT department with regard to web services and the service oriented architecture (SOA).
Elsewhere on the web ontheweblink.2006-06-13.4815383598
Elsewhere on the web The Co-evolution of SOA and Web 2.0
Dion Hinchcliffe discusses how 'the story of SOA and Web 2.0 convergence is only getting more interesting and relevant to software architects and business leaders' in his blog - via Stephen Downes
Elsewhere on the web Institutional Web Management Workshop 2006: Quality Matters
The workshop held in Bath on 14th - 16th June 2006 provided an opportunity for those involved in the provision of institutional Web services to hear about institutional case studies, national initiatives and emerging technologies and to actively participate in a number of parallel sessions. The website includes the IWMW2006 Wiki and a number of blogs
Elsewhere on the web Coming of age - an introduction to the new world wide web
Terry Freedman provides a rich resource for teachers on Web 2.0 approaches 'featuring case studies and how-to articles by leading practitioners in the world of education'
Elsewhere on the web Isn't it semantic?
WBCS managing editor Brian Runciman interviews the inventor of the Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee before the www2006 conference 23rd - 26th May (
Elsewhere on the web Isn't it semantic?
BCS managing editor Brian Runciman interviews the inventor of the Web Sir Tim Berners Lee before the www2006 conference held on 23rd-26th May (
Elsewhere on the web ontheweblink.2006-06-26.8909594979
Elsewhere on the web Sakai Conference takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 30 to June 2
...and brought together the 'the entire community together to share their Sakai vision, experiences, and implementations.'
Elsewhere on the web NESTA Futurelab paper on Social Software and Learning
'This paper is focused on exploring the inter-relationship between two key trends in the field of educational technologies'. (via Scott Leslie)
Elsewhere on the web Interview with Co-founder of MySpace
Owen Gibson of the Guardian interviews Chris DeWolfe and discusses the implications of the massive growth of MySpace
Elsewhere on the web Taking on the interoperability challenge
'Multitasking systems are still facing interoperability challenges before truly operational Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) software design is billed as the next great IT wave, ushering in a new era of efficient network services, cross-organisational business cooperation and potentially whole new sectors. But if it is to live up to its potential, overcoming the challenge of interoperability is essential. ' from the European Commission's Information Society Technologies (IST) research initiative
Elsewhere on the web Spaces, Places and Future Learning: Using innovative technology and practice to re-imagine learning spaces
'Futurelab's autumn conference, 1-2 November 2006, Rich Mix, London, provides a unique opportunity to challenge our preconceptions of the environments in which we learn; to imagine learning taking place anywhere, in the school, home, work and community; and to reflect on the possibilities for transforming those learning spaces with innovative tools such as computer games and mobile, tangible and embedded technology.'
Elsewhere on the web Patent battle over teaching tools
In an article on the BBC News website on 14th August 'Internet law professor Michael Geist says a patent row between educators and the maker of educational software tools holds lessons for all net users.'
Elsewhere on the web Learning on Screen Conference 2006
The Learning on Screen Conference, run by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) at The Old Library, Birmingham on 19th and 20th September, is for for producers, service-providers, teachers, researchers, librarians, broadcasters, new media developers, distributors and technology vendors, and includes sessions on 'Virtual Learning Environments – embedding moving pictures – proprietary or open source?'
Elsewhere on the web VLE Online Conference 16 - 19 October, 2006
"VLEs: Pedagogy and Implementation, the theory and practice of learning platforms and virtual learning environments". This online conference is aimed at everybody who is responsible for using and implementing learning platforms, including Virtual Learning Environments, in education. It follows a previous online conference organised in association with Becta, in 2004, "VLEs: beyond the fringes and into the mainstream"
Elsewhere on the web EC-TEL 2006
The First European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning to be held in Crete, Greece Oct 1-4 2006 provides a unique forum for all research related to technology-enhanced learning, as well as its interactions with knowledge management, business processes and work environments.
Elsewhere on the web ePortfolio 2006
4th international ePortfolio conference, to be held in Oxford, England, on 11-13 October. The main theme for the 2006 conference is "eStrategies for Empowering Learners."
Elsewhere on the web CAL'07: Abstract submission deadline
'Papers are currently invited for oral and poster presentations and for themed symposia at the Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) biennial conference, CAL’07. The meeting will debate the alleged disruptive nature of technological development in the area of learning at the individual, institutional and national level and invites papers on the following themes: ICT and Learning, New Directions, Creative Expression and Learning, and ICT4DEV'. The deadline is 29 September 2006
Elsewhere on the web Learning spaces - an Educause e-book
'Space, whether physical or virtual, can have a significant impact on learning. Learning Spaces focuses on how learner expectations influence such spaces, the principles and activities that facilitate learning, and the role of technology from the perspective of those who create learning environments: faculty, learning technologists, librarians, and administrators.... This e-book represents an ongoing exploration as we bring together space, technology, and pedagogy to ensure learner success.'
Elsewhere on the web Global list of educational technology conferences
'Great listing of educational technology conferences' via George Siemens
Elsewhere on the web Wilson et al.:PLEs:Challenging the dominant design of Educational Systems
In this paper for the ECTEL meeting next month Scott Wilson et al. argue that personal learning environments present an alternative design pattern to VLEs with the potential to create educational systems which by using social software can be both personal and global.
Elsewhere on the web Scott Wilson - Pushing the boundaries of the VLE
Scott Wilson reports from the SURF "Pushing the Boundaries of the VLE" conference held last week in Utrecht. Some developments from Sakai on creation of PLEs from VLEs.
Elsewhere on the web Wilbert Kraan - Patent Front Dispatch
Wilbert Kraan considers the Blackboard VLE patent and why other big US software companies are calling for patent reform.
Elsewhere on the web Bob Sutor- IBM SOA videos on YouTube
Bob Sutor provides links to three videos IBM have made on Service Oriented Architecture. They use some interesting metaphors - I like the first one on creating different outfits from your wardrobe.
Elsewhere on the web Learning Design Summit
During the IMS Quarterly Meetings in Heerlen, the Netherlands (6- 9 November 2006), the Learning Design Summit on November the 8th will discuss and explore the latest uses of IMS Learning Design Specification. The TENCompetence project will be sponsoring the event. Via Chris Kew
Elsewhere on the web Scott Wilson: PLEs, SUMs and other acronyms in Melbourne
Another presentation by Scott Wilson on the PLE project (as well as XCRI and the e-framework). Scott suggests that the PLE idea isn't really that new (shock of the old) - and suggests three alternative strategies that institutions might take in response.
Elsewhere on the web Inside Higher Ed - Drop Patent, Educause Urges Blackboard
Inside Higher Education reports that Educause, the leading HE IT association in the US, has formally asked Blackboard to drop it's e-learning patent.
Elsewhere on the web Sheila MacNeill - Learners' experiences of e-learning projects
Sheila reports from the pedagogy experts meeting in Birmingham on the 26th October, and reflects on the learner experiences projects which show how students are attached to their own technologies but find institutional systems impersonal.
Elsewhere on the web 'A bigger bang'
Special edition of the Guardian 'Weekend' magazine focussing on Web 2.0, including interviews with inventors of sites such as Wikipedia, Myspace, Flickr, del.ic.ious, Technorati and many more.
Elsewhere on the web Call for papers - Shock of the Old 6 conference
Papers are now invited for the sixth Shock of the Old conference to be held at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, March 22nd 2007. Shock 6 will explore the issues arising from the rise of social networking tools, Web 2.0 software and related collaborative technologies, and how best to make use of these innovative tools in teaching, learning and research.
Elsewhere on the web JISC infoNet Launch CAMEL publication
JISC infoNet have recently published a booklet about the HEFCE funded CAMEL project led by JISC infoNet in partnership with ALT and the Higher Education Academy and involving partners from the FE and HE sectors. CAMEL is short for Collaborative Approaches to the Management of E- Learning and set out to explore how institutions who were making good use of e-learning and who were collaborating in regional lifelong learning partnerships might be able to learn from each other. Copies of the publication are now available at the link below.
Elsewhere on the web ALT/LSDA e-learning good practice handouts
ALT and the Learning Skills Development Agency have published 20 e-learning good practice handouts based on the 2005 "E-learning: making it work" conference. The handouts plus a complete compilation of all of them, are now available for free download as PDF files. via ALT
Elsewhere on the web Doug Belshaw - 20 Ideas: Geotagging photos and sharing field trips with the world
We recently featured a useful mash-up for the XCRI project. This one (via Stephen Downes) seems like a great teaching and learning mash-up for field trips (and holidays?)- attaching geodata to photos in flickr.
Elsewhere on the web BBC Radio4 Start the Week
Interesting discussion on creativity and identity with particular reference to new ways of being innovative and creative online, and the risks and opportunities for our individuality - including Charles Leadbetter and Susan Greenfield
Elsewhere on the web NASA ASK - IDEO on Rapid Prototyping
In NASA's Academy Sharing Knowledge, Dr Craig Lawrence from IDEO outlines the principles and benefits of rapid prototyping, which is informing JISC's new strategy.
Elsewhere on the web 'New Scientist' article - Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites
'New Scientist' has discovered that Pentagon's National Security Agency, which specialises in eavesdropping and code-breaking, is funding research into the mass harvesting of the information that people post about themselves on social networks - via OLDaily
Elsewhere on the web Raymond Yee - SOA at UC San Diego
Raymond points to a very useful powerpoint presentation by Marty Backer, Christopher De Rosa and Elazar Harel about Planning and Delivering a service oriented architecture at UC San Diego. They conclude: "SOA is NOT a technology, not a single solution, buy the technology that compliments your goals and environment."
Elsewhere on the web SOA in Education presentation
PDF version of slides from a talk on SOA in education given by Jim Phelps, Senior IT Architect, UW-Madison, at EDUCAUSE Seminars on Academic Computing in Snowmass Village, Colorado, August 2006.
Elsewhere on the web Educause Review:The Myth about No Significant Difference
This short article by Diana Oblinger and Brian Hawkins will resonate with anyone who has worked in an institution and heard colleagues say that 'technology produces no significant difference' to learning. Oblinger and Hawkins argue that 'the answer depends on how the question is asked.'
Elsewhere on the web New SOA site from Microsoft
Case studies, articles, webcasts and other resources on SOA (via Scott Wilson)
Elsewhere on the web 'SOA after the hype'
'The initial hype phase of SOA has passed, and developers and architects are actually implementing it. To get an idea of where SOA is after the hype, asked a group of analystsand thought leaders where they see it now, and in the coming year.' Interesting white paper and accompanying resources from - free but requires registration.
Elsewhere on the web Dai Griffiths - report on Towards Open Standards and Interoperability panel session
Dai Griffiths's comprehensive report from this panel session at Online Educa with representatives from Blackboard, Giunti Interactive Labs, Fronter and the Open Knowledge Initiative makes interesting reading. Particularly this from Roger Larsen of Fronter: "Standards fuel the industry...IMS enterprise ..enabled us to go from 200 to 10,000 seat installations overnight."
Elsewhere on the web Michael Feldstein - Bodington at the Sakai Conference
Michael reports from the Sakai conference and is pretty excited about Aggie Booth's talk on the origins of Bodington and how Sakai and Bodington will be integrated through the Tetra collaboration. This links with Brian and Andrew's article on Focus last month about the idea of a SOLA - Service Oriented Learning Architecture.
Elsewhere on the web Wilbert Kraan - Why compete with .doc?
In his blog Wilbert considers why the Open Document Format (ODF) and Office Open XML (OOXML) standards have been developed. In a nutshell, ODF and OOXML separate information from presentation and metadata, making it much easier for users to input data for data manipulation workflows.
Elsewhere on the web Michael Fitzpatrick - Whatever happened to the future?
The trouble with technology is that its developing so rapidly it's difficult to predict what will happen in the future. Michael Fitzpatrick looks back to some predictions made 50 years ago - and asks - how many were right?
Elsewhere on the web Adam Cooper - Group Size and Satisfaction
Adam has come across Christopher Allen's blog where he discusses the optimal size for working groups “The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes”. Apparently optimal group size is linked to the size of the human neocortex. Christopher has some interesting ideas about online groups too - Apparently the magic number is not 42 but 150.
Elsewhere on the web 10 Great Web Services
Scott Wilson passes along this article by Evan Prodromou on 10 really useful APIs.
Elsewhere on the web Bill St. Arnaud - AJAX + SOA: The Next Killer App
Stephen Downes points to this post by Bill St. Arnaud. Three thoughts on SOA, Web 2.0 and AJAX: "SOA doesn't need Web 2.0, but its looking like being the best interaction model for future systems.....Web 2.0 does need SOA if its going to help enterprises deliver external value....SOA lacks a face; that's where AJAX comes in - it puts a face on SOA."
Elsewhere on the web Susan Miltenberger - the Wizard if SOA
Susan reflects on an Oracle SOA workshop she went to and wonders whether SOA is really as good as it sounds? A useful reality check. Via Stephen Downes
Elsewhere on the web Neil Fegen - Pipe up the future is here
Neil considers the power of Yahoo pipes "an “interactive feed aggregator and manipulator” and allows the creation of more powerful and relevant web feeds". His post sparked a flurry of discussion on the JISC CETIS Educational Content discussion list about how this technology could be used to enhance teaching.
Elsewhere on the web Web 2.0: Creating a Successful Enterprise Strategy
Karen S Henrie describes how 'Web 2.0 applications, including blogs, wikis, and mashups, are moving into the corporate world. General Motors Corp., FedEx Corp., British Airways are among the major companies that are adopting Web 2.0 technologies that were popularized in the past few years by teenagers and twentysomethings'. via
Elsewhere on the web Recombination, mashups and remixing
Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President of Online Computer library Centre (OCLC), describes how OCLC Research have been using and developing web services for both focussed work and enterprise level development, and in the process provides an accessible description of how web services work
Elsewhere on the web Sharon Perry: Jumping through Hoops
On her Accessibility blog Sharon discusses accessibility in online exams and highlights the case of a student taking an online exam. Sharon argues that with the assistive technologies now available there really is no need for test centres and exam bodies to make students with disabilities jump through even more hoops.
Elsewhere on the web BBC and IBM strike 'web 3.0' deal
Mark Sweney reports in Guardian Unlimited that IBM is going to develop Web 3.0 technology to allow users of the BBC web site to be able to search the video content of the site as well as the text.
Elsewhere on the web Leitch Review into UK's long-term skills needs
Lord Leitch's final report 'Prosperity for all in the Global Economy: World Class Skills' was published in December 2006. One of its objectives is to 'exceed 40 per cent of adults qualified to Level 4 and above' by 2020. This page provides links to the report and several commentaries and responses with relevance to FE and HE.
Elsewhere on the web Dave White - Survey of web 2.0 use
The SPIRE project in Oxford have carried out a survey of the use of web 2.0 tools amongst 1400 students and tutors. Interesting to see what tools are popular with which age groups. via Sheila MacNeil
Elsewhere on the web Office 2.0 Software Directory
'The idea is pretty simple: use a generic web browser and a set of online services to provide all the functionality needed by a computer user, removing the need for any application to be installed on the computer itself. I call it Office. 2.0' - Ismael Chang Ghalimi - a 'very useful list' of 'Office 2.0' services - via Scott Wilson
Elsewhere on the web 'SOA for Dummies' podcast
Judith Hurwitz, President and CEO of consulting firm Hurwitz & Associates, talks about some of the key sections inside "Service Oriented Architecture for Dummies", a book she recently co-authored. This podcast is about 15 mins long and whilst focussed on the business world has some aspects which may be of interest to the education world as well.
Elsewhere on the web The kids are alright online
'While parents fret about timewasting games and online predators, young people are alert to the dangers and relaxed with technologies' potential, says Richard Sarson'. Interesting perspective on young people's use of social networking tools with important pointers for the design of e-learning
Elsewhere on the web Wilbert Kraan - Recycling webcontent with DITA
Wilbert discusses the pros and cons of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) specification for web content which has a novel way of allowing people to define their own elements or specialisations.
Elsewhere on the web Their space - Education for a digital generation
Approaching technology from the perspective of children, this report from DEMOS tells positive stories about how they use online space to build relationships and create original content. It argues that the skills children are developing through these activities, such as creativity, communication and collaboration, are those that will enable them to succeed in a globally networked, knowledge-driven economy.
Elsewhere on the web Interview with Morten Flate Poulson
Morten Flate Paulsen reviews the ongoing challenges in online education: pedagogy, unpaced learning, social software, and cooperative learning. via Stephen Downes
Elsewhere on the web Having Your Cake and Eating It: The e-Framework's Service-Oriented Approach to IT in Higher Education
In this article for the Educause Review, JISC's Bill Olivier discusses the soa vision of 'The creation of an adaptive and flexible IT infrastructure that supports the evolving organizational goals'
Elsewhere on the web Openness in Higher Education:Open Source, Open Standards, Open Access
Brian Kelly, Scott Wilson and Randy Metcalfe argue that 'what is needed is a more contextual approach to open standards. It could be argued that what we need is not a list of open standards or open source licenses, or open access approaches but a process for adopting open approaches' via e-Framework newsletter
Elsewhere on the web Introducing our SOA Lifecycle All-in-One Guide have produced 'The SOA Lifecycle All-in-One Guide' which is designed to walk enterprise architects, IT management, IT executives and developers through the essentials of the service-oriented architecture lifecycle.
Elsewhere on the web Charles Arthur: Free Products can generate Real Money
Via Guardian Unlimited. Charles Arthur wonders whether Google would exist if Linux hadn't been open source, and the unexpected benefits of open source developments. And could the Ordnance Survey (a former UK Government project) find another business model, other than charging for use?
Elsewhere on the web Wilbert Kraan:The e-framework, social software and mashups
Wilbert introduces the new e-Framework wiki and illustrates how Service Usage Models work with the Design for Learning sharing SUM.
Elsewhere on the web Jim Farmer: Faculty and publishers advance e-learning
Writing in the ALT newsletter Jim Farmer charts the rise in the popularity of textbooks and accompanying supplementary material (e-learning content) amongst Faculty in the US. Publishers are investing billions of dollars in developing these materials, an investment colleges and universities will not able to match - even if they work collectively.
Elsewhere on the web Will mashups ever be mass market?
The Guardian's Jack Schofield discusses how 'Microsoft's Popfly promises to take programming power to the people', and describes some other similar approaches such as Yahoo Pipes, Intel MashMaker and the Google Mashup Editor

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