Blogging IT and EDucation

WebCT and Java

Following several reports of a vulnerability with the version of Java that I was using (1.4.2_03), such as the one at DSLReports, I decided to upgrade JRE to 1.4.2_06. Given previous experiences of upgrading JRE, I uninstalled the existing version before installing the new. (JRE isn’t great at uninstalling an earlier version, and having two…

Ten Technologies That Are Going To Change The Way We Learn

Ten Technologies That Are Going To Change The Way We Learn – Robin Good’s Latest News: In this article, Robin Good lists 10 technologies that he feels have the potential to change learning, both for face to face learners, and distance learners. Each technology is linked to a relevant section of his blog, which overall…


This is a test posting using w.bloggar – from It’s a Java application that will allow you to create blog posts offline & then post them….

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Google’s latest offering, this time to search academic sources: ” Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories…

X4L – Exchange for Learning – Video

Using RELOAD: The Reload tool, which you have on your CDs, which is an example of a tool that you can use to help you generate XML markup describing your learning objects (e.g. to share them with others, integrate into other systems), is described and demonstrated on this video….

ICTP Workshop on Web Enabling Technologies for Scientists

ICTP Workshop on Web Enabling Technologies for Scientists: “The plethora of (less-known) Open Source technologies can offer to the Scientific Community of the Third World concrete alternatives to enter the Internet Revolution and to share their contents and resources with their peers world-wide. This lack of knowledge indicates the need for the academic environment to…

The use of Computer and Video Games for learning

A review of the literature.I’ve recently come across this review, published by the LSDA (Learning and Skills Development Agency), and it seems to be quite comprehensive. As they are working with the post-16 sector, the research that they’ve reviewed does seem to focus slightly more to this end. From the skim read I’ve had so…


Enhanced Presence Management for Collaboration, Learning, and Gaming This is a tool that’s been developed at the Open University, based around Jabber, an open source IM client, which is interoperable with most other main clients. This particular client is Java Based, so runs on most machines. It’s the one IM client that the university does…

Search wars – which is the best?

BBC NEWSHaving just had a tutorial during which the students were looking at different search tools, both from the point of view of the searcher and the webmaster, I returned to my office and found this article had been posted at the BBC in the interim. Seems like the Butler was doing very well today….

Kiwi Wiki

Kiwi Wiki: KiwiWiki This is a wiki – set up specifically for a 3 week lecture tour of New Zealand being given by Alan Levine from Maricopa Community Colleges. The lectures – and therefore the Blog, cover ePortfolios, Blogs, RSS, etc etc etc….