25 octobre 2018

Welcome from Embrun

Welcome from Embrun
NRC is taking most of its web services offline in just a few minutes (so my web site may be unavailable this evening until tomorrow morning), so I have to rush. I'm still in Embrun on vacation, visting my family. More...

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Napster Gags University Over RIAA's Student Tax

Napster Gags University Over RIAA's Student Tax
Napster is taking action after Ohio University gave some indication of how much it charges universities to offer music access - a survey distributed by the university suggested the cost would be $3 per person per month. More...

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Osgoode Township High School

Osgoode Township High School
I am in Embrun, Ontario, visiting my family and preparing to attend the Osgoode Township High School reunion just down the road in Metcalfe this weekend (or, at least, I hope to be, since the 'online registration' consisted of a PDF, and my email please to be registered met with only an ambiguous response). More...

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My Brilliant Failure: Wikis In Classrooms

My Brilliant Failure: Wikis In Classrooms
Though the article's message is clear - "To really use a wiki, the participants need to be in control of the content- you have to give it over fully" - I wish I understood just how the exercise turned into a failure. More...

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Understanding Why Students Select Online Courses: Criteria they Use in Making that Selection

Understanding Why Students Select Online Courses: Criteria they Use in Making that Selection
Why do students choose the online courses they choose? This fairly large survey hosted on GradSchools.com through its home page lists two sets of factors. First, visitors said the most important criteria in choosing a program was reputation, followed by cost and interactivity. More...

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Clear Channel Limits Live CDs

Clear Channel Limits Live CDs
Selling a CD of a concert right after the show - seems pretty obvious, right? Not to the U.S. Patent Office, which granted a patent for it, and not to Clear Channel, which now intends to enforce this patent. More...

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Improving Metadata Quality: Augmentation and Recombination

Improving Metadata Quality: Augmentation and Recombination
Nice paper looking at some of the issues faced by the National Science Digital Library in the process of incorporating from diverse sources. The problems encountered are typical of those documented elsewhere: missing data, incorrect data, confusing data and insufficient data. More...

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The Educational Semantic Web

The Educational Semantic Web
I haven't had time to write summaries for each of the papers in this issue, though they certainly deserve that (maybe next week). But I don't want to delay announcement of this special issue of JIME, featuring some of the major writers in the field, including Diana Oblinger, Rob Koper, and yes, myself. More...

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Interim Report on Copyright Reform

Interim Report on Copyright Reform
This disappointing report (PDF) on copyright was published by a Canadian parliamentary committee and, as columnist Michael Geist says, "would transform the Internet from the incredible open source of information that it is into a predominantly commercial medium available primarily to those willing to open up their cheque books." The report is also bad news for educators. More...

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The ESP Game

The ESP Game
This is a link that came up during this week's conference. The ESP Game addresses the problem of creating metadata for images. Basically, nobody wants to spend hours and hours creating data for images. More...

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