Photo by Leigh Blackall It was a real thrill to have Wayne Mackintosh out to UBC to talk with characteristic passion about WikiEducator. There is so much to admire about this project: its deep commitment to openness, a technology platform that is both simple and powerful, its innovative approach to training and a community engagement […]Read more "Wayne Mackintosh talks WikiEducator; two fantastic MediaWiki extensions"
It’s a striking headline: Neil Young fans upset that he is releasing a new album: Neil Young has announced the release of a new album, and no one could be more distressed than his fans. For months now, Young obsessives have been awaiting the release of Archives Volume 1 – a vast library of early […]Read more "I refuse to join the revolt in Neil Young Nation"
Photo by sephiramy A more or less random sampling from my RSS newsreader: Remember how the web (and “web 2.0”) were supposed to be a huge force of democratization? As we all know, time and again it turns into just another ad platform to sell lowest common denominator mass marketed commercial trash. That is really […]Read more "Web 2.0 nightmare, part 1: a sell-out, who knew?"
I’m not sure how many of our friends to the south are aware of this, but using web services hosted in the United States is deemed to be a threat to the rights of Canadian students. Indeed, a public institution such as the one I work for is expected to take ‘rigorous measures’ to “mitigate […]Read more "Web 2.0 nightmare, part 2: personal data"
Photo by psd No point easing into the new term, and out here at the UBC Mothership Campus there’s going to be a couple enlightening and provocative events to get 2009 rolling… Next Tuesday, January 13th, 10am – noon, (Dodson Room, Irving K Barber Learning Centre) there will be a panel entitled Facebook and Education: […]Read more "Next week @ UBC: Discussions on Facebook; Wikis and Open Education"