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ready, and paying attention…

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

John pointed me to a posting at think:lab and asked what I thought. Here’s what I told him, lightly edited: There’s no question technology can assist educational purposes. Technology has been used that way since the first person used a stick to draw on a wall to explain something. The difference today is technologies are […]

Name that Guitarist

Friday, April 20th, 2007

This is a fun quiz. I managed to name 16 of them: BB King, Bob Dylan, Brian May, Carlos Santana, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, George Thorogood, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Johnny Winter, Keith Richards, Mark Knopfler, Muddy Waters, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Some I would like to have seen included: Alex […]

posting code of conduct

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Tim O’Reilly has issued a Call for a Blogger’s Code of Conduct. The way I read it, it sounds like a framework for a posting license agreement. There are many blogs that already explicitly state their posting guidelines. Posting to them is subject to their terms. Anyone can offer a posting, but it must meet […]

sign post on the way to a more civilized web

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Over on Creating Passionate Users there is an intense discussion taking place. Kathy, CPU’s maintainer, received a particularly noxious series of notes and images. Calling them depraved is being charitable. No one should be subjected to that kind of abuse. Fortunately, a great many people agree with that sentiment. Unfortunately, there are some who just […]

SFU Educational Review published its first issue

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

The SFU Educational Review is a project I’ve been working on with Johanne Provençal and Susan Barber. Johanne is the project director, Susan is the editor and I’m the web developer/designer. We have just published the first issue. The intent is that this journal will be published annually featuring the work of the SFU’s education […]

Papers & Presentations

Monday, June 5th, 2006

Here are some papers I’ve written and presentations I’ve given. This will provide some orientation on what I’ve been thinking and doing. Usability Testing Virtual Margins, poster I presented this poster at the Education Department’s open house as part of SFU’s 40th anniversary in June 2006. Usability Testing Virtual Margins, Thesis Proposal When I started […]

slashdot redesign

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Slashdot, one of the oldest news sites, is having a contest to redesign their site. Here is my entry for the contest. First a couple of notes about it: XHTML 1.0 Strict validates cleanly, retains the top left curve and Coliseo font new presentation, yet echos the original design (still looks like Slashdot) header & […]

Lunch with the philosophers

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Yesterday I had lunch seminar at the Diamond Alumni Centre at SFU. The occasion was Douglas Todd was speaking on “Raising Tough Spiritual and Ethical Issues in the Classroom.” He covered a broad range of issues centred around what he called the moral collapse of the university. A couple of introductory points he touched on […]

on learning and kangaroos

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

I recall that when I was in my early teens I went on a trip with my brothers and my mom to a large outdoor garden, probably in the Vancouver, BC area. The garden, which I’m sure was beautiful, wasn’t what had the biggest impact on me. What had the biggest impact was the comedian […]

the zone of what?

Monday, March 6th, 2006

The Zone of Proximal Development…? What kind of bafflegab is that? The phrase embodies the idea that learning is a social process. In particular, it refers to the difference between what one can learn on one’s own as compared to what one can learn in conjunction with one’s peers or someone more experienced. This idea […]