How the social web came to be…

I’m currently writing a chapter for a text-book (yes, I know – traditional publishing.. but…) on Adult Teaching and Learning – my chapter is focused on e-Learning (surprise, surprise).In the process of a brief retrospective of e-Learning implementations across higher education, colleges (including community colleges) and the corporate context it’s extraordinary how focused the literature…

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Webex acquired by Cisco

A PR announcement from Webex today, announced the acquisition of the company by Cisco: "As collaboration in the workplace becomes increasingly important, companies are looking for rich communications tools to help them work more effectively and efficiently," said Charles H. Giancarlo, Chief Development Officer at Cisco. "The combination of Cisco and WebEx will deliver compelling…

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Blackboard patents e-Learning Technolgoy

Blackboard have been awarded patents on technologies related to… "… internet-based education support systems and methods. The patent covers core technology relating to certain systems and methods involved in offering online education, including course management systems and enterprise e-Learning systems. In addition, patents corresponding with the U.S. patent have been issued in Australia, New Zealand…

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Social Software being adopted by the Australian Government

Today’s Australian IT covered this story on the adoption of social software technologies into the public services: "THE federal government may tap the vast pool of social resources behind blogs and websites such as Flickr and Wikipedia to boost its online information services.The Department of Finance’s lead information technology body, AGIMO, has begun experimenting with…

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What’s in your shed??

The great Australian shed – there’s been numerous studies on Aussie sheds and outhouses  – and now…well, there’s the Intel approach to sheds! – SMH 6 April 2006 "Homing in on the human element"Genevieve Bell is employed at Intel as an anthropologist to investigate how to add the vital human element to technology!!! She says:…

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Daylight savings dilemas….

Are you aware that if you live in the eastern States of Australia that you are NOT getting that extra hour of sleep back this weekend?Were you also aware that your computer doesn’t know this? What am I babbling on about?Daylight savings !!!!!Daylight savings is NOT finishing this weekend (as usual – as scheduled –…

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You’ve got mail – and we want a reply now…

This article appeared in the Australian Higher Education supplement 8th March: You’ve got mail and we want a reply now. "email has brought down the ivory tower. No longer can academics exist on a higher, seemingly inaccessible plane, aloof from the day-to-day worries, real and imagined, of the student body…." "As more fee-paying students populate…

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Polycom rocks….

Yeah – my Polycom camera and software arrived on Friday – yippeeee! (Thanks Steve!!!)Haven’t had a chance to load it all up yet – have allocated Thursday for that! And right as my camera arrives – here’s a great case study about Polycom technology: Video Conferencing and Music Performance Education – Around the world with…

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