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I’ve finished moving my personal page over to Plone, and have moved my blog over as well (so long, comment spam!). All the permalinks to old entries here on reusability.org will remain live indefinitely; however, I will only be making new blog entries over at http://wiley.ed.usu.edu/. Hope to see you there.
The call for papers for the 16th annual Instructional Technology Institute is now available online at http://itinstitute.usu.edu/. This year’s program is titled “Reusable media, social software, and openness in education.” Keynote speakers include Larry Lessig, Stephen Downes, and Paul Kirscher. If you’re faculty or a government employee, registration is only $135 for the three day conference, which includes meals! Please spread the word and I hope to see you at the conference in September!
I’m linking to a paper (half-paper, really, since I’ll be leading a discussion using it as springboard) including notes I will use to lead a discussion at the “Supporting student autonomy: students’ creation and reuse of learning objects” event at the University of Strathclyde later today. The focus is on social interaction around open content, from self-organizing and game theoretic perspectives. Thoughts welcome and appreciated.
Ok. I feel really awful interrupting everyone’s service with my personal problems. This guilt for blog-down-time, added to Movable Type licensing stupidity, has led me to an unpleasant decision — shutting down the blog service on reusability.org.
I feel really bad… I’ve loved providing this little service to several of my close friends. Anyway, if you have a blog on reusability.org, please look into alternate hosting. I’ll wait to actually “pull the plug” until everyone confirms that they have found another home. I’ll be finding another home for autounfocus as well. If you need help migrating your data, let me know. So long movable type.
The JIME special issue on the Semantic Web in Education is out. Congrats to Terry and Denise on what appears to be one of the more useful contributions to the instructional technology conversation in recent memory!
So I finally got out to meet David Carter-Tod. Absolutely smashing time. Exceedingly excellent guy. Very excited to hook up with him again sometime soon. Here are some pictures from the VCCS outing to Maymont to substantiate my claim that we actually met:
Me and DCT
Bridge in Maymont’s Japanese Garden
Well, for all of their existence the reusability.org blogs have been powered by Movable Type. But not for much longer, I guess. This morning 6A announced their new licensing plans. The free version of MT is now severely crippled: “No more than one author and three weblogs.” This certainly puts reusability.org over the limit, with 12 authors hosting 15 blogs here.
The OSLO Engineering Team today released a new version of the OLS software. The update includes a number of new features based on user feedback and requests:
A few years ago I gave a conference presentation about adding collaboration functionality to SCORM. Not many people seemed particularly interested in human-to-human interaction in SCORM (or IMS, etc.), and so I presented a model where such functionality might be “hacked in” via a common roll-up area where arbitrary data (“comments”, “questions”, “answers”, “documents”, etc.) could be stored on a per SCO basis (almost exactly the way our OLS software works with MIT/OCW or Connexions content). Several of “the right people” heard that talk, and I’ve had high hopes since that someone with more time would ammend SCORM to allow social interaction.
So I was extremely happy to hear about the new IMS Shareable State Persistence work. But imagine my disaapointment when I read from the SCORM Application Profile:
Data bucket access is defined to be per learner, with no defined interoperable facility for multi-learner buckets. The LMS must ensure that SCOs requesting access to data buckets only gain access to the appropriate learner’s data bucket.
And then from the Best Practice Document:
This is runtime storage of data not data for reporting or long-term storage.
If this were long-term storage, at least we could hack it to support learner annotations or something that starts to feel social (dialogue with one’s self?). When will we get social interaction in IMS/SCORM? It’s not that hard; or at least it seems obvious to me. Anyone interested in collaborating to create a draft specification?
So today I was stumbling around the OLS site and found the following exchange.
This is it… this is what Open Learning Support is about. autounfocus readers may find this boring or even lame, but I’m just so excited to see an instance of OLS facilitating the kind of interaction we intended that I just had to make a post…
Our Open Learning Support pilot project went live this morning. There are now seven MIT OpenCourseWare “courses” pointing to OLS communities:
Introduction to Computers and Engineering Problem Solving
Introduction to Algorithms
Introduction to Optimization
Electricity and Magnetism
Intermediate Applied Microeconomics
Real Estate Finance and Investment
You can also visit the OLS homepage at http://ols.usu.edu/. We’re really excited for today to finally come, and we’re hoping that OLS will have a huge impact on learning around the globe.
But no rest for the weary; even as we bring up OLS and our MIT collaborations, we’re hoping to make an announcement about our next content collection partner before the end of the week.
This is a draft of a book chapter explaining the theoretical foundations (at a high level) of our Open Learning Support project. Attempts to explain the why and how of informal self-organinzing learning communities in under 4000 words.
After about a week’s downtime, reusability.org blogs are now functioning again (yes, everyone, you can now login again!). Many things happening at once here; just back from a super AERA; I’m hoping to make an OLS related announcement next week. Also finished some writing this last week which I hope to post soon…
A kindly phone call alerted me late today that EduCommons.org is now running porn links. “Great,” I thought, “we’ve been compromised.” If only that were the truth. The truth is much more painful. Somehow ownership of the domain educommons.org has mysteriously changed hands. And not only did the thieves steal the domain, they are still running the EduCommons logo at the top and have maintained some of the language from the original site. Effect - to the casual user educommons.org is still educommons.org. “And oh, what’s this!?! David has porn links on his sites now?!?”
Please remove all links to educommons.org until further notice. As all WHOIS information for the “new owner” is bogus, any tips or help would be appreciated.