Year: 2004

Scholarly Research on Virtual Communities

A review of A Typology of Virtual Communities: A Multi-Disciplinary Foundation for Future Research Kim Cavanagh summarises the keypoints of this article, which basically looks at similarities and differences between groups, using 5 main metrics to analyse the groups (purpose, place, platform, population & profit model). There are links to other blogs commenting on the…

Google's latest pilot

Google’s latest plan, as well as Google Scholar and Google Suggest is to start to digitize the material contained in the library at Harvard (some 15 million items). John Battelle has a couple of entries on his blog about it. ( Google Library and Google to launch)…

Papua New Guinea 'set to implode'

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Papua New Guinea ‘set to implode’: Papua New Guinea is heading towards economic and social collapse and could be overrun by criminals, a new Australian report warns. I just noticed this report on the BBC World news RSS feed that I look at occasionally. I spent 2.5 years in PNG,…

EduBlogs Awards

The edublogs awards were set up by incsub – who claim “We’re a new service set up partly through a frustration with current mainstream online teaching and learning technologies (& the pedagogies they inflict!) and partly through a desire to explore the possibilities that wikis, weblogs, open source CMSs and other emerging technologies offer us….

Communications of the ACM

The most recent copy of the Communications of the ACM focusses on many aspects of Blogging. There are articles in it looking at several aspects. Kumar et. al have looked at things like Geographical distribution of bloggers – and some demographics of blog users (for example, they have found a cluster of UK blogs about…

Megaconference VI

Megaconference VI:” Megaconference VI, the Worldwide Videoconference over Advanced Networks” A Global Video Conference. Running from 1pm UK time (for 15 hours) there is a comprehensive program of short talks. As they have archived previous years conferences, then hopefully this years will be archived too….

blogs in higher education

This post in blogsperiment: looks at the role of blogs in Academia, by examining two other posts – and subsequent comments about blogs in Higher Education. Several points come out, such as the parallel between having a blog with comments (by other academics in the field) and peer reviewed publications – and also whether or…

Open Source software and eLearning

Campus-technology have written an overview of how cost patterns might differ between setting up a commercial eLearning environment and an open source one. Among those mentioned in the report are Sakai, and Moodle. For example, they are suggesting that while 8% of the total budget is required for staff development and training for proprietary software,…

O Danny Boy

The Blog of a student following a Masters in Interaction Design. Danny has kept his blog for sometime – and it’s an interesting example of how 1 student is using a blog. He was also interviewed about his blog by Masih Nichani, on elearningpost….