e-Learning Focus http://www.elearning.ac.uk e-Learning Focus http://www.elearning.ac.uk/logo.jpg http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ Open Source Briefing Paper http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/osbriefingpaper 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. No publisher christina 2006-02-20 15:52:25 Unbolting the Chairs:Making Learning Management Systems More Flexible http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/unbolting 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." No publisher christina 2006-02-20 16:00:51 Service-orient your web application - in two PPT slides http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-02-20.4218111835 Scott Wilson points to two slides from Tom Coates on how to build a service oriented web application. No publisher christina 2006-02-20 16:06:47 Diagrams, bricks, and other maps of the imagination http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-02-14.6425475525 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.... No publisher christina 2006-02-14 16:51:24 E-learning languishes in the classroom http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/elearninglanguishes 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 No publisher christina 2006-04-26 12:25:29 'A space on the web that we control' http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/schoolelgg Steve O'Hear from the Guardian describes how research is taking place into how ELGG could be used in a range of contexts. No publisher sarah 2006-03-15 15:23:57 Leitch Review into UK's long-term skills needs http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/Leitch 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 del.icio.us page provides links to the report and several commentaries and responses with relevance to FE and HE. No publisher sarah 2007-03-15 19:05:02 Dave White - Survey of web 2.0 use http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-03-20.6787965471 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 No publisher christina 2007-03-20 17:34:39 Open University chooses Moodle http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/OUmoodle 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 VLE@jiscmail.ac.uk No publisher christina 2005-11-09 12:44:33 What are desktop services? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/servicebrokers 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 No publisher christina 2005-11-09 13:06:42 Interview with Morten Flate Poulson http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/poulson Morten Flate Paulsen reviews the ongoing challenges in online education: pedagogy, unpaced learning, social software, and cooperative learning. via Stephen Downes No publisher sarah socialsoftware 2007-07-18 15:40:27 NASA ASK - IDEO on Rapid Prototyping http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-11-23.6471122845 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. No publisher christina 2006-11-23 15:14:43 Having Your Cake and Eating It: The e-Framework's Service-Oriented Approach to IT in Higher Education http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/Educausesoa 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' No publisher sarah 2007-08-02 14:58:16 The Virtual Learning Environment takes it personally http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/olegonauricle 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. No publisher christina personal learning ple 2006-01-11 15:10:03 SOA and Web 2.0 becoming mainstream news http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-04-09.0637709189 '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. No publisher sarah 2006-04-09 11:13:54 SOA Workshop http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-04-12.4650662074 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. No publisher sarah e-framework soa 2006-05-03 12:48:50 Bill St. Arnaud - AJAX + SOA: The Next Killer App http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ajaxsoa 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." No publisher christina soa 2007-02-08 13:40:14 Web 2.0: Creating a Successful Enterprise Strategy http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/web20andbusiness 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 SearchWebServices.com No publisher sarah 2007-02-28 15:22:21 'SOA after the hype' http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/soabitpipe '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, SearchWebServices.com asked a group of analystsand thought leaders where they see it now, and in the coming year.' Interesting white paper and accompanying resources from Bitpipe.com - free but requires registration. No publisher sarah 2006-12-19 15:28:43 Learning Design Summit http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/LDsummit 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 No publisher christina learning design 2006-10-24 15:15:29 Susan Miltenberger - the Wizard if SOA http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-02-08.5542938416 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 No publisher christina 2007-02-08 13:51:35 e-Learning 2.0 http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/elearning2 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 No publisher christina 2006-02-15 15:27:47 The Most Popular Educational Technology Diagram, Ever http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-02-14.0513410376 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 No publisher christina 2006-02-14 16:46:55 Interview with Co-founder of MySpace http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/myspace Owen Gibson of the Guardian interviews Chris DeWolfe and discusses the implications of the massive growth of MySpace No publisher sarah socialsoftware web2.0 2006-07-03 12:34:19 What is Web 2.0? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/web2 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. No publisher christina 2005-12-14 13:27:15 BBC and IBM strike 'web 3.0' deal http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-03-05.0122117778 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. No publisher christina content management content 2007-03-05 15:23:20 EC-TEL 2006 http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ectel2006 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. No publisher sarah event 2006-09-06 16:02:59 Learning on Screen Conference 2006 http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/learningonscreen 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?' No publisher sarah event 2006-08-15 11:58:02 Personalisation and Digital Technologies http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/nestatFLpersonal 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. No publisher christina personal learning 2005-12-06 16:08:06 JIME special issue on Learning Design http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/JIMELD 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 No publisher christina learning design 2005-12-06 17:25:24 Global list of educational technology conferences http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/conferencelist 'Great listing of educational technology conferences' via George Siemens No publisher sarah event 2006-09-20 14:11:38 Wilson et al.:PLEs:Challenging the dominant design of Educational Systems http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/pleectel 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. No publisher christina ple socialsoftware vle web services 2006-09-26 12:43:19 VLE Online Conference 16 - 19 October, 2006 http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/vleconference "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" No publisher sarah event 2006-08-22 20:10:35 BBC Radio4 Start the Week http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/bbcstarttheweek 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 No publisher sarah 2006-11-14 00:43:48 New JISC/QCA e-Assessment Glossary http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/eassessmentgloss JISC and the QCA (qualifications and curriculum authority) have published a glossary for e-assessment. Via JISC News. No publisher christina 2006-01-16 19:08:18 ePortfolio 2006 http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/eportfolio2006 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." No publisher sarah 2006-09-12 18:55:04 Time to jump on the SOA bandwagon? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/bcsarticle1 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?' No publisher sarah 2006-05-23 17:39:24 The Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) - more than just another TLA? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/bcsarticle2 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). No publisher sarah 2006-05-23 17:39:49 Sharon Perry: Jumping through Hoops http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-03-05.1964357611 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. No publisher christina accessibility assessment 2007-03-05 14:56:51 Dai Griffiths - report on Towards Open Standards and Interoperability panel session http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-01-08.9843630059 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." No publisher christina 2007-01-08 17:28:05 Wilbert Kraan - Why compete with .doc? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-01-10.5595576186 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. No publisher christina 2007-01-10 16:35:44 Biting the WebCT bullet? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-02-28.0321850360 Derek Morrison contrasts Blackboard's financial health with the health of their products and asks what should WebCT users do now? No publisher christina 2006-02-28 14:33:57 Neil Fegen - Pipe up the future is here http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-02-26.7321603415 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. No publisher christina 2007-02-26 14:09:00 Recombination, mashups and remixing http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/OCLCwebservices 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 No publisher sarah 2007-02-28 15:40:02 The Co-evolution of SOA and Web 2.0 http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-06-13.8919639773 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 No publisher sarah soa web2.0 2006-06-13 08:08:54 Learning from THE WEB http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/bosworth 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 No publisher christina 2005-11-08 13:08:42 CAL'07: Abstract submission deadline http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/CAL07 '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 No publisher sarah event 2006-09-19 15:36:58 Learning spaces - an Educause e-book http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/educauselspaces '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.' No publisher sarah learning space 2006-09-20 12:20:41 A seasonal view on soa! http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/xmassoa In case you are still struggling with UML and SOA - this will make everything clear! via Wilbert Kraan No publisher sarah 2005-12-12 16:12:05 Electronic Portfolios for Whom? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/eportforwhom 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 No publisher christina eportfolio 2006-02-08 15:18:03 New SOA site from Microsoft http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/soamicrosoft Case studies, articles, webcasts and other resources on SOA (via Scott Wilson) No publisher sarah 2006-12-11 23:09:31 Charles Arthur: Free Products can generate Real Money http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-10-09.7991667350 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? No publisher christina 2007-10-09 17:47:51 LAMS uses web services to integrate with VLEs http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/LAMsintegration 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. No publisher christina learning design 2005-11-21 15:56:47 NESTA Futurelab paper on Social Software and Learning http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/futurelabpaper 'This paper is focused on exploring the inter-relationship between two key trends in the field of educational technologies'. (via Scott Leslie) No publisher sarah socialsoftware 2006-07-03 12:22:16 Patent battle over teaching tools http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/vlepatent 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.' No publisher sarah 2006-08-15 11:37:44 Open Content and the Emerging Global Meta-University http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/open_content 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' No publisher sarah 2006-05-18 12:11:45 7 things you should know about .... http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-05-18.8041900427 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 No publisher sarah 2006-05-18 12:23:22 The CETIS website http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/cetissite CETIS represents UK higher-education and further-education institutions on international learning technology standards initiatives. No publisher mpower 2005-10-31 16:17:09 Blackboard to acquire WebCT http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/cetiswbbwebctmerger Wilbert Kraan from CETIS considers the consequences of the recently announced take over of WebCT by Blackboard. No publisher christina 2005-11-02 12:25:45 Sakai software cooks up e-learning storm http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/sakaiSA 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 No publisher christina 2005-11-08 13:15:52 Ivory towers will fall to digital land grab http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/guardiangatesvision 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 No publisher christina 2005-11-08 15:52:28 Institutional Web Management Workshop 2006: Quality Matters http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/IWMW2006 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 No publisher sarah event 2006-08-15 11:59:21 Raymond Yee - SOA at UC San Diego http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-11-27.3498619986 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." No publisher christina 2006-11-27 13:23:55 SOA in Education presentation http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/soatalk 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. No publisher sarah 2006-11-29 18:45:47 Educause Review:The Myth about No Significant Difference http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-11-30.4022341931 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.' No publisher christina 2006-11-30 14:25:06 Will mashups ever be mass market? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/mashupsandmarket 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 No publisher sarah 2007-10-25 14:31:24 Wilbert Kraan:The e-framework, social software and mashups http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-10-15.8964712090 Wilbert introduces the new e-Framework wiki and illustrates how Service Usage Models work with the Design for Learning sharing SUM. No publisher christina 2007-10-15 13:30:14 Coming of age - an introduction to the new world wide web http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/freedman 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' No publisher sarah 2006-06-26 13:31:29 Isn't it semantic? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/berners%20lee BCS managing editor Brian Runciman interviews the inventor of the Web Sir Tim Berners Lee before the www2006 conference held on 23rd-26th May (http://www2006.org/) No publisher sarah 2006-06-26 13:41:08 Openness in Higher Education:Open Source, Open Standards, Open Access http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/openagenda 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 No publisher sarah 2007-08-02 15:16:42 Web 2.0 A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/educauseweb2.0 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 No publisher sarah web2.0 socialsoftware 2006-05-02 12:29:06 Wilbert Kraan - Recycling webcontent with DITA http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/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. No publisher christina 2007-05-25 13:01:56 10 Great Web Services http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-01-30.2301235104 Scott Wilson passes along this article by Evan Prodromou on 10 really useful APIs. No publisher christina web services 2007-01-30 13:41:18 Michael Feldstein - Bodington at the Sakai Conference http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-01-09.8599156701 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. No publisher christina 2007-01-09 18:57:15 Michael Fitzpatrick - Whatever happened to the future? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-01-15.5526105963 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? No publisher christina 2007-01-15 19:39:30 Adam Cooper - Group Size and Satisfaction http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-01-25.0086259189 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. No publisher christina pedagogy 2007-01-25 16:10:24 Scott Wilson: PLEs, SUMs and other acronyms in Melbourne http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-10-25.8487597511 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. No publisher christina 2006-10-25 15:09:20 Sheila MacNeill - Learners' experiences of e-learning projects http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-11-06.0933688964 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. No publisher christina 2006-11-06 19:14:34 Call for papers - Shock of the Old 6 conference http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-11-08.9650542417 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. No publisher christina event vle 2006-11-08 12:50:13 Their space - Education for a digital generation http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/theirspace 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. No publisher sarah 2007-06-06 14:04:16 Doug Belshaw - 20 Ideas: Geotagging photos and sharing field trips with the world http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-11-13.7207219475 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. No publisher christina 2006-11-13 15:51:35 Taking on the interoperability challenge http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-07-20.0238378603 '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 No publisher sarah 2006-07-20 16:50:24 BBC lays foundations for move to SOA http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/bbc1 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 No publisher sarah 2006-05-08 17:03:26 Scott Wilson - Pushing the boundaries of the VLE http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/utrecht 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. No publisher christina ple vle 2006-10-05 13:55:07 Wilbert Kraan - Patent Front Dispatch http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/patent Wilbert Kraan considers the Blackboard VLE patent and why other big US software companies are calling for patent reform. No publisher christina vle 2006-10-05 13:51:19 Bob Sutor- IBM SOA videos on YouTube http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-10-16.7147137711 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. No publisher christina 2006-10-16 13:41:56 Inside Higher Ed - Drop Patent, Educause Urges Blackboard http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-11-06.0355658508 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. No publisher christina 2006-11-06 13:03:57 'A bigger bang' http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/web20guardian 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. No publisher sarah web2.0 2006-11-07 15:41:01 JISC infoNet Launch CAMEL publication http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-11-08.8806588664 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. No publisher christina 2006-11-08 16:09:28 Office 2.0 Software Directory http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/office2 '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 No publisher sarah 2007-03-22 15:18:51 'SOA for Dummies' podcast http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/soafordummies 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. No publisher sarah 2007-03-22 15:41:55 Wikipedia tightens the reins http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/wikipedia 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 No publisher christina 2005-12-07 12:44:28 ALT/LSDA e-learning good practice handouts http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2006-11-13.1743378614 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 No publisher christina 2006-11-13 15:54:53 Introducing our SOA Lifecycle All-in-One Guide http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/soalifecycle SearchWebServices.com 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. No publisher sarah 2007-08-10 16:39:52 The Horizon Report - 2005 Edition http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/horizon 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. No publisher sarah 2006-05-03 14:04:51 e-Tutor Competition Launched http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/etutor 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. No publisher christina 2006-04-10 14:22:42 The kids are alright online http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/kidsonline '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 No publisher sarah 2007-05-11 17:02:07 Sakai Conference takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 30 to June 2 http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/sakaiconference ...and brought together the 'the entire community together to share their Sakai vision, experiences, and implementations.' No publisher sarah event 2006-08-15 12:00:06 'New Scientist' article - Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/pentagonresearch '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 No publisher sarah 2006-11-24 14:23:48 Spaces, Places and Future Learning: Using innovative technology and practice to re-imagine learning spaces http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/futurelabevent '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.' No publisher sarah event 2006-08-11 14:49:06 Jim Farmer: Faculty and publishers advance e-learning http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ontheweb/ontheweblink.2007-10-24.1248093187 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. No publisher christina 2007-10-24 15:59:58