Building Communities with Software

Finally, someone who seems to understand that community is not the same as “online discussion board”.

Joel talks about a “third place” that is important to people (in addition to places 1 and 2: home and work) to relax, share, discuss, whatever.

He goes on to babble a bit about how that might relate to software (he is a programmer, after all), but there are a couple of interesting points in there (like how posting rules may actually be a Bad Thing – hadn’t quite thought of that wrt software).

I particularly like how he has thought through the social implications of decisions he made in designing his software. There are real consequences to these decisions, and it’s important to foster the sense of community, rather than stomping it into the ground.

http://joelonsoftware.com/articles/BuildingCommunitieswithSo.html

Finally, someone who seems to understand that community is not the same as “online discussion board”.

Joel talks about a “third place” that is important to people (in addition to places 1 and 2: home and work) to relax, share, discuss, whatever.

He goes on to babble a bit about how that might relate to software (he is a programmer, after all), but there are a couple of interesting points in there (like how posting rules may actually be a Bad Thing – hadn’t quite thought of that wrt software).

I particularly like how he has thought through the social implications of decisions he made in designing his software. There are real consequences to these decisions, and it’s important to foster the sense of community, rather than stomping it into the ground.

http://joelonsoftware.com/articles/BuildingCommunitieswithSo.html

Best Practices in eLearning (Virtual) Conference at the U of C

I just came across this conference, mentioned on EdTechPost. It runs August 13-14, 2003 at the University of Calgary.

Randy is going to be keynoting this with Terry Anderson. Should be an interesting show!

Summary:
The focus of the conference is on the best practices in e-Learning in both education and training. The latest e-Learning technologies and practices will be used in this conference to make this event accessible to more people then a traditional face-to-face conference could be. Using the e-Learning technologies, we can also reduce the cost of running a conference such as this, as well as eliminate the costs that you would have to incur to travel to Calgary.

Should be cool if only because it’s attempting to be an online “virtual” conference – live streams of all events, I guess. Time to register…

I just came across this conference, mentioned on EdTechPost. It runs August 13-14, 2003 at the University of Calgary.

Randy is going to be keynoting this with Terry Anderson. Should be an interesting show!

Summary:
The focus of the conference is on the best practices in e-Learning in both education and training. The latest e-Learning technologies and practices will be used in this conference to make this event accessible to more people then a traditional face-to-face conference could be. Using the e-Learning technologies, we can also reduce the cost of running a conference such as this, as well as eliminate the costs that you would have to incur to travel to Calgary.

Should be cool if only because it’s attempting to be an online “virtual” conference – live streams of all events, I guess. Time to register…

Old posts migrated

I just migrated a bunch of relevant posts from my personal weblog into this one. This is where they should have been put in the first place, except for the fact that this blog didn’t exist before February 2003…

I just migrated a bunch of relevant posts from my personal weblog into this one. This is where they should have been put in the first place, except for the fact that this blog didn’t exist before February 2003…

Semantic Web in the San Francisco Chronicle

This article talks about Tim Berners-Lee’s speech to the NSF on the Semantic Web.

Joshua Allen’s take on the speech is found here.

From Joshua’s site:

Tim made the point that “web services” are about performing remote operations. When viewed in high contrast, “web services” build a web of interconnected verbs, while “semantic web” builds a web of interconnected nouns. It was encouraging to see a journalist relaying the message that the two worlds will be complimentary, rather than succumb to the typical Zoroastrian storyline.

I think we could extrapolate this for our work:
“Web services” build a web of interconnected verbs, while “Learning Objects” build a web of interconnected nouns.

Web services can provide a set of actions to learning objects in the repositories.

This article talks about Tim Berners-Lee’s speech to the NSF on the Semantic Web.

Joshua Allen’s take on the speech is found here.

From Joshua’s site:

Tim made the point that “web services” are about performing remote operations. When viewed in high contrast, “web services” build a web of interconnected verbs, while “semantic web” builds a web of interconnected nouns. It was encouraging to see a journalist relaying the message that the two worlds will be complimentary, rather than succumb to the typical Zoroastrian storyline.

I think we could extrapolate this for our work:
“Web services” build a web of interconnected verbs, while “Learning Objects” build a web of interconnected nouns.

Web services can provide a set of actions to learning objects in the repositories.

G8 Summit

Watched the G8 leaders arrive last night. In a wee bit of a potential security breach, the departure of the leaders from the airport (en route to Kananaskis) was broadcast live, so we could all see which helicopter they got in, and exactly when they lifted off…

They all flew directly over my house, so we got to see an airshow up close and personal. The American helicopters are a wee bit nicer than the Canadian ones that everyone else had to use…

Watched the G8 leaders arrive last night. In a wee bit of a potential security breach, the departure of the leaders from the airport (en route to Kananaskis) was broadcast live, so we could all see which helicopter they got in, and exactly when they lifted off…

They all flew directly over my house, so we got to see an airshow up close and personal. The American helicopters are a wee bit nicer than the Canadian ones that everyone else had to use…