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Review: Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community

Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community by Rena M. Palloff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting book. It's more geared toward practitioners than researchers. I'd recommend this as a a design "cookbook" companion. The thing that has really struck me with this book is that the authors use the term 'collaboration' to refer to anything that involves multiple people working together.  Collaboration as a distinct meaning, and there is quite a spectrum of terms available for people working together.  I don't think all of the use-cases and approaches described are necessarily 'collaborative' but they can be.  I guess the optimist would see all of this as collaboration.

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Review: Learning Together: Peer Tutoring in Higher Education

Learning Together: Peer Tutoring in Higher Education Learning Together: Peer Tutoring in Higher Education by Nancy Falchikov
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not a bad book. "Tutoring" in this book means anything between an the work that an "more knowledgeable other" (Vygotsky) does, to teaching assistants. There is quite a broad range to work with, and an interesting book to consult when thinking both about course design and program-level design. Even though this wasn't really all that useful for my dissertation review (as in I can't really cite anything from this :p ), it was a worthwhile read - even though it was a whirlwind read.

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Sev TNG: Galactic Relatives




From the episode with the forerunners (or was it precursors?) where we find out that we're all related in the milky way galaxy (or at least this quadrant of the galaxy). I do like this alternate punchline too: "Well get ready for another round of family feud!"

(original archive here)


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Review: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World


The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World by Steven L. Kent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not a bad book. I always expect something with the word "ultimate" in the title to be the one definitive source for all things for that topic, but that isn't always the case. Lots of good early history of companies (Coleco = Connecticut leather company?! wow). Too bad they didn't cover the xbox360/ps3/wii era of gaming. I also didn't see xbox represented as much as Sony in this history.  It was good to read more about Sega history, which I didn't know a ton about before this. Still a worthwhile book to read if you are into video games.

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Review: Star Trek Romulans Schism - 2009

Star Trek Romulans Schism - 2009 Star Trek Romulans Schism - 2009 by John Byrne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting short story with Koloth and Kor as some of the main cast (along with the original "#1") about the federation and a cloaking device, and a feud of a romulan with Kirk that leads to the dissolution (some might say "schism" ;-) ) between the romulan and klingon empires. Now...why do the Klingons have an emperor in this story? I thought it had been ruled by a council even before this time. As far as the art style goes...it was fine.  I did find it interesting that they were mixing classic TOS klingon faces with movie-Klingon faces, but never bother to explain it.

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Sev TNG: Finding Data's Head




A riff of Data's time traveling head ;-)  My favorite alternative is "I knew he had a screw loose."

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What do electric sheep dream of?

I guess the answer is "androids" :-) .  A little humor from this weekend's Kotaku Sunday Comics (and an obvious take on "do androids dream of electric sheep?" by Philip K. Dick.


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Loaded with Latinum!

Man...after close to 6 years of play this accolade is finally complete!  The other day I had the Dabo table going at DS9 on STO while having my iPad read back articles to me (some supplemental readings for the dissertation).  It's pretty mindless to click and bet on Dabo, so while reading I just kept hitting 'play'.  Well - finally I hit the 1,000,000 mark!  I've won 1,000,000 bars of gold-pressed latinum at the dabo tables! Not that big of a deal of an accolade - but this grind is now done! :-)


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Review: Learning Together and Alone: Cooperative, Competitive, and Individualistic Learning

Learning Together and Alone: Cooperative, Competitive, and Individualistic Learning Learning Together and Alone: Cooperative, Competitive, and Individualistic Learning by David W. Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting book looking at individual, competitive, and collaborative learning. The framing of the book is more K-12, but I can see applications to higher education. Definitely worth at least a quick look through both by instructors and instructional designers. While ultimately this book carries more potential for the discussion section of my dissertation (rather than the literature review) it wasn't too much of a diversion from the work of getting my proposal on the road. Now to just remember to review this next year when I am writing my discussion section :p

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OOFAT ICDE webinar

I guess I need to figure out a way to better IFTT vimeo things ;-) - Here is a recent ICDE webinar that I attended (probably should be on the IDStuff blog...but IFTTT does not distinguish between work, learn, and life content when I 'like' something on Vimeo. The title of this webinar is "Launch of the study: Models for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced higher education across the globe (OOFAT) by ICDE" - and yes, I think OOFAT is a bit of an odd acronym ;-)

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