25 Years of Edtech: In Search of Learning Objects

Martin Weller’s book 25 Years of Ed Tech is a great people’s history of educational technology, covering the major innovations over the last 25 years. He published it through the Athabasca University Press under a Creative Commons License. As a result it’s been adopted by the edtech community, who have produced an audiobook version, as well as a “between the chapters” discussion series. Chapter 7 is on Learning Objects, read by Brian Lamb....

December 25, 2020 · 1 min

My Pachyderm ePortfolio

In the process of getting ready for our session on Thursday, I started to put together an ePortfolio for myself using Pachyderm. I've done several "sample" ePortfolios before, but not a full-blown attempt. Something about eating your own dogfood... So I gave it a shot. It's still pretty rough, and the "Projects" and "About this..." sections are still empty, but it's a start. I need to flesh out most of the pages as well, as I've currently just got command+c command+v content migration from blog posts and wiki pages....

May 9, 2006 · 1 min

Pachyderm Showcase

A showcase of selected Pachyderm presentations has been assembled, showing several completely different types of content being presented using the Pachyderm 2.0 authoring software. Some really good stuff in there - I'm drawn for some reason to the second item on the list... If you're looking for some ideas of what can be done in Pachyderm 2.0, this is a good start. If you're looking to see the various screen types in action, it's also good for that....

March 31, 2006 · 1 min

iWeb as an ePortfolio Management Platform?

I'm involved with an ePortfolio project with our Faculty of Education - aimed at getting student teachers to build a series of high quality, interactive, personalized portfolios outlining their development as professionals. It's more about the journey (self reflection, writing, documenting) than the destination (the final website) so we were looking for tools that wouldn't require technical know-how in order for the students to produce interesting products. When the project got off the ground (in the fall of 2005), there wasn't really any off-the-shelf product that fit the bill, so we started to implement an instance of Pachyderm so the students could start authoring in it....

February 25, 2006 · 3 min

Mavericks - An Incorrigible History of Alberta

The Mavericks online exhibit went live on Wednesday. The event featured several of the Mavericks (or family members) attending to answer questions. I missed the event, but it sounded like a great one. The project is really quite cool, presenting a history of the prominent figures in Alberta's history from the 1700s to modern day. Themes such as settlement, ranching, Mounties, oil, politics, war, and immigration are covered in pretty impressive depth....

December 2, 2005 · 1 min

Debugging WebObjects

I got the chance to play with debugging a running WebObjects app today, with the added fun of having a roomful of 20 users of the app taking turns to mention "did you know that [X|Y|Z] isn't working?" Long story short, if you need to get the status of threads of a running WebObjects app, jdb provides some great tools. I have only scratched the surface of it, thanks entirely to the great intro document by Andrew Lindesay....

November 30, 2005 · 1 min

Pachyderm Year 2 Wrapup Day 1

Update: I made a Flickr Album for photos from this trip. Had a really good first day of meetings. We had a quick lunch on the 36th floor of the Grand Hyatt, overlooking the awesome skyline of San Francisco. Then we got into the recap of the last 2 years, and touched base. Then, we packed into a bunch of cars, and headed over to the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park....

November 29, 2005 · 2 min

Pachyderm Year 2 Wrap-Up in San Francisco

I'm heading down to San Franshisky for a couple of days to take part in the Pachyderm Project Year 2 Wrap-Up meetings/training/gathering at SFMOMA. I'll be sitting in meetings during the day, trying to take a photo or two of the area in between, and working on some projects with deadlines this week during the remaining hours. Should be interesting. I'll likely be blogging during the event, and will post what I can to Flickr....

November 28, 2005 · 1 min

On Customer Service and Travel

I had to book a hotel room today for the Big Pachyderm Wrapup Hootenanny at the end of the month. The rooms at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco were already sort of pre-arranged, so it was just a matter of calling, saying that yes I needed a room, and providing payment info. I call the hotel, and the phone is answered by an extremely nice and pleasant operator, who assures me that it would, indeed, be a pleasure to connect me to the reservations desk....

November 4, 2005 · 3 min

WOFileUpload may be broken.

Update: Nope it ain't broken. It was purely operator error on my part - I missed an "=" sign in the .html for a component, and that was borking file uploads. It was weird, because Safari and IE would upload just fine, but Firefox would barf. Josh just discovered a weird behaviour in Pachyderm, where uploading files was breaking. But only on Firefox. WTF? A quick google brought up this post on NSLog....

October 27, 2005 · 1 min