Should we abolish copyright on academic works?
...my two cents...I saw this on Techdirt about a month ago and it's been lingering in my Google Reader starred items ever since. I've made a good faith effort to read the original but my brain is a bit fried from this summer (and I would like to save a few braincells for the fall semester)Here's the abstract for the paper:The conventional rationale for copyright of written works, that copyright is
Classes | over
Fri, Aug 14 2009 08:27 | school
Wow, classes are over!I suppose I should pop the cork off some wine or something and celebrate - then again school starts again in a couple of weeks so it will be a short lived celebration :-)This summer went by quite fast. I don't know if it was the crazy weather (mostly gray and rainy), or the fact that I had homework in the summer. Oh well. I still have at least three weeks of homework-free (and
Selecting an LMS
Wed, Aug 12 2009 05:22 | LMS
Selecting an LMS is probably not an easy thing for an organization because many different faculty probably have many different requirements for their classes. This exercise in LMS selection then becomes a balancing act between cost, ease of use, and fulfilling as many of the user requirements as possible.Last summer, when I was taking INSDSG 619 we spoke about these issues but at a surface level since
Depth or Breath?
I was reading this on Slashdot the other day about a person going back to school to complete their computer science degree.Here's a quick quote:I recently went back to college to finish my CS degree, however this time I moved to a new school. My previous school taught only C++, except for a few higher level electives (OpenGL). The school I am now attending teaches what seems like every language in
The point of college, and other diatribes
This past week I saw an article on the BBC and a blog post on the Brazen Careerist network that go well together - like w(h)ine and cheese. Yes, the bad pun was intended.The BBC article centers around a woman in New York who is a jobless graduate and is suing her college because she's failed to get a job after graduation. As the BBC reports:She is seeking to recover $70,000 (£42,000) she spent on
Death by webinar
I was reading about the deadly online seminar (or death by webinar as I call it) on the cogdogbloy recently. I couldn't help but smile because it reminded me of a Death by PowerPoint presentation that I had created a couple of years ago.I have to say that I echo all of the author's gripes about these types of webinars and it is the reason I generally hate Wimba sessions when we have them. Most Wimba
Digital Natives - are they really natives?
Mon, Aug 3 2009 05:27 | InstructionalTechnology
I was reading this article on Inside Higher Ed recently for a case discussion for one of my classes centered around Dr. iCranky. It is a pretty interesting article, and what's more there are some pretty interesting comments.Boiling the Dr. Cranky's letter down, it's about faculty forced to adopt new shiny technology in the name of Millenials (aka digital natives), the new type of student filling the
You looked better on MySpace - aka pointing out the obvious
I was reading a recent article on First Monday the other day (abstract and link bellow) that seems to point out the obvious. In my early days on the internet in the late 90s I spent a lot of time on IRC chat rooms, Yahoo chat rooms, meeting people on ICQ and other related services. It was pretty cool to meet people from other countries and get to talk to them about their daily lives. Many times we
Well here's some near-the-end-of-the-month humor for you.One of the things that I remember doing in my Introduction to Instructional Design class was looking at products (mostly toys) and without instructions figuring out what they do, and designing instruction for them. We would design instruction that would let the parent know in simple terms how to operate the toy so that they could show their kid.This
Kirkpatrick's 4 levels of Evaluation - the overview
Not much to say today. I just came across this presentation which looked rather interesting. Since I am taking a course this fall that deals with Kirkpatrick and his levels, I thought I should post this presentation on the topic that looked rather interesting.