Fully supported hosted Eduglu is coming! | Eduglu — Drupal Social Learning Platform

I haven't had a chance to check it out since the initial announcement, but it looks like it's progressing nicely. A social network application built entirely using Drupal and a set of modules. [Eduglu Alpha 2](http://eduglu.com/sites/eduglu.com/files/eduglu_release/eduglu-1-0-alpha2.tgz) is available now. I'll have to grab a copy when I'm back in the office next week... Now, how to reconcile this with my disdain for the concept of the PLN? Because Eduglu isn't claiming to be the whole widget....

July 15, 2010 · 1 min

on context and identity

I had a discussion with King Chung Huang and Paul Pival this morning, about one of King's current research projects. He's working on the topic of context and identity - what it would mean from both institutional and individual perspectives, if our digital identities and contexts were pulled out of the silos of Blackboard, email, and other isolated and closed systems. What would it mean if every person, group, and place has a URL, which is aware of contexts (institutional, academic, geographical, temporal, etc....

October 21, 2008 · 3 min

on content management and communities

I've been deep in thought, planning a set of resources to support a community project, and have been struggling with how to best position these resources to best reflect a dynamic, engaged, face-to-face set of communities. My initial reaction was that the communities need to exist first face-to-face, and that any online resources are supplementary and intended simply to continue and extend their conversations. The online resources are not the community....

June 10, 2008 · 3 min

EduGlu Screencast

I just recorded a (very) quick and dirty screencast to demo the EduGlu sandbox prototype that was put together in Drupal. It's a 23 minute session, and clocks in at 28 MB. I probably rambled a bit more than I should have, but you'll get the idea... (The Anarchy Media Player displays a smallish video embedded on this post, but you can download the video to view at 640x480 if you want to try to read the tiny text in the screencast)...

March 4, 2008 · 1 min

EduGlu / Social:Learn Meetup?

Scott threw a suggestion onto Twitter this morning that has been percolating for a few hours. It just hit me. CANHEIT is here at UCalgary in June. I can arrange meeting space here on campus. If anyone's interested in a face-to-face Eduglu/Social:Learn/Web 2.0 in higher ed meetup, how does The University of Calgary in June 2008 sound? Maybe Thursday June 19th? Something during the conference proper? The week before or after?...

March 3, 2008 · 1 min

Reflections on Northern Voice 2008

I'm not going to post a conference recap, and others have beaten me to the punch with eloquent reflections on the event. It's one of those things that sounds like fanaticism - the sense of wonder usually reserved for such things as the TED conference (aside: could you imagine going to that? how many toes would I gladly trade for a TED pass?) But, Northern Voice has become, or has always been, one of those events that help me form my own thinking, and helps to connect that with the awesome stuff that the really great minds (that I am lucky enough to be allowed to tag along with) are doing....

February 26, 2008 · 4 min

on eduglu - part 1: background

EduGlu is a concept that came out of some discussions at Northern Voice 2006 - almost exactly 2 years ago - as a way to make sense of an individual's distributed content in the context of a course. The problem is on one hand very simple - a person publishes a bunch of stuff, and all they need to do is pull it into a course-based resource. On the other hand, it's really quite hard - how can software provide what appears to be a centralized service, based on the decentralized and distributed publishings of the members of a group or community, and honour the flexible and dynamic nature of the various groups and communities to which a person belongs?...

February 16, 2008 · 5 min

Eduglu and the aggregate social tag cloud

I've been monkeying with a Drupal site that looks like it could fulfill most (even all?) of the mythical Eduglu concept - a website that aggregates all feeds published by students in a class/department/institution, and helps contextualize them in the various groups/cohorts/courses each student participates in. It's getting really close - it can currently suck in all kinds of feeds, auto-tagging items, and even lets students create their own groups and associate feeds with them....

February 13, 2008 · 2 min

BlogBridge Feed Library in an Academic Environment

I've been experimenting with a copy of BlogBridge Feed Library, to test it out for possible deployment for use by students and faculty here at UCalgary. It's not an official project, but I think it's important enough to warrant investigation. What is BlogBridge Feed Library (BBFL)? From their website: Feed Library (FL) creates a flexible web based structure to showcase Feeds, Reading Lists and Podcasts to employees in your company, or members of your organization. It will be the 'store' where users can browse and search for recommendations of content to read with their Aggregators. And, here's the important point: these are recommendations by people in your organization for people in your organization. It's a directory. Of feeds. That can be distributed across the internets, and organized in any fashion. It's been running the Expert Guides section of Blogbridge's website for several months, and has provided a pretty cool resource for finding and subscribing to feeds. It's very cool, in that it doesn't try to do too much. It doesn't pretend to be an aggregator. It's just a directory. It provides friendly ways to preview feeds right in the directory, and to subscribe to groups of feeds via OPML representing folders within the directory. Aggregation is left to the individual's taste in applications. Any feed reader that groks OPML will play nicely with the great directory OPML features. And any app can, of course, subscribe to the individual feeds. It's a really great directory application, and has been running well in production on BlogBridge's server for some time now. But it needs some love if it's going to thrive in an academic environment. Currently, there is a small group of trusted stewards, or "Experts" that are given folders of feeds to manage. That's fine when there may be a dozen or two contributing "Experts" - but how does that scale to a class with 20, 60, or 300 students? How does that scale to an institutional level with 30,000 students and hundreds of faculty playing in the pool? How do you refine control so that a student can add their feeds to the appropriate places, without having to go through a central gatekeeper? ...

August 9, 2007 · 3 min

BlogBridge FeedLibrary as EduGlu?

I've been forcing myself to keep thinking about (and rethinking) the concept of EduGlu - a set of tools and/or practices that would more effectively support distributed online publishing while maintaining the sense of group and community needed to make this stuff more meaningful in an educational context. I waver back and forth, between building The One True �berapp To Aggregate Them All, and a more freeform, organic, barebones directory....

April 12, 2007 · 3 min