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New (minor and german) courses added

We just added 3 minor courses for the program in summer 2006. All will be held in german language. Sorry for that (but we’re on the way ….)
-> http://mms.uni-hamburg.de/eped/courses

Maybe especially the lecture-series “Medien & Bildung” might be interesting (for those who understand german). We even have one international speaker: Geert Lovink from Amsterdam University, Founder and Director of the Institute of Network Cultures

see http://mms.uni-hamburg.de/lehre/rvlsose06.html for further details.

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Projectplan draft version

Projectplan Blogosphere Textfile

The project plan so far.

Cheers

Leslo

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My definition of an ‘ideal Bliki’

As planned by our group I will share my ideas of a Bliki and would like to receive your comments on that. I am also very interested in waht the other groups are working on. Could you please put it to the Blog or Wiki?

In my opinion it is necessary to describe the situation where to use the bliki first.
I assume that our Bliki will be used in any kind of educational context e.g. school, university, corporate education, lond distance learning or something like that where people are to learn something in more than one step. It does’nt matter if it is used for pure e-learning or blended-learning arrangements.

Definition

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Tasks Projectteam after meeting 16th of March 2006

After last weeks meeting, we came up with the following tasks:

  1. Definition of an ‘ideal’ Bliki
  2. Technical possibilities of a Bliki
  3. Look and feel of a Bliki
  4. Projectmanagement –> writing a projectplan for this Blogosphere project

1 Definition of an ‘ideal Bliki’

Who: all

When: finishing time 24th of March 2006

How to transfer result: storing definition at our own Blog “WE/ME in epedagogy design”

Subquestions:

  • To what purposes can a Bliki be used/developed?
    Do we need/have a scenario for the bliki use? Maybe a bliki should/can be used for different scenario’s then a blog and a wiki…
  • What are the main functionalities of a Bliki?

2 Technical possibilities of a Bliki

Who: Owen/Ralf

When: start after 24th of March 2006, finished 1 week later (?)

How to transfer result: storing definition at our own Blog “WE/ME in epedagogy design”, after that Eeva and Leslo will give comments

Subquestions:

  • Summary of can’s/cant’s, do’s/dont’s
  • How can we test the technical possibilities our selves?

3 Look & Feel of a Bliki

Who: Eeva/Leslo

When: start after 24th of March 2006, finished 1 week later (?)

How to transfer result: storing definition at our own Blog “WE/ME in epedagogy design”, after that Owen and Ralf will give comments

Subquestions:

  • Summary of can’s/cant’s, do’s/dont’s
  • What are the guidelines for designing a Bliki GUI?

4 Projectmanagement –> writing a projectplan for this Blogosphere project

Who: all

When: ‘living’ document during the project

How to transfer result: storing (versions of) the project plan at our own Blog “WE/ME in epedagogy design”, after that Torsten (as our Blogosphere coach) can give comments

Subquestions:

  • 4a) Defining projectphases and -path we follow
    Who: Leslo, When: 24th of March, How to transfer: storing at our Blog
  • 4b) Writing plan of approach, including our main- and subgoals
    Who: all, When: starting at 24th of March, How to transfer: storing at our Blog. At meeting 24th of March a more detailed plan will be made up
  • 4c) Get acknowledgement of our project coach of this plan

Cheers

Leslo

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Blikis: some technical information

As Eeva says, the idea of a bliki has been around a good while, and some people already believe they are an inevitable next step. How are we going to implement one?

I have been looking into the possible options – ruling out (for the moment at least) building our own from scratch. After looking around, I suggest that we use two systems. Ralf will create one and I will create the other.

There is a plug-in that enables Wikkawiki (the wiki we are using) to work inside WordPress, the blog software I am writing this in. I suggest that Ralf tries to install this here. That will give us an integrated bliki. Will it be useful? In part that depends on how the two are integrated.

You can find the plug-in here:

http://devcorner.georgievi.net/wp-plugins/wpwikka/

The other approach is to use a ready-combined software tool, and it looks as though this is what TikiWiki claims to be. You can see that here:

http://tikiwiki.org/

I intend to rebuild my own blog from scratch using this, so we can compare the two results. I have no idea which will work better, or even if either of them will work well. But since I want a bliki I will explore TikiWiki, and you can join in 🙂

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Bliki definition

It seems that combining blog- and wiki-features as a Bliki are already something that people have been researching and trying out for some time now. For example in Wikipedia there is already a Bliki definition and examples.

Owen skyped me some links that are a good starting point when we defining Bliki in our research.

Here is a good article about weblogs and wikis:
http://blog.kowalczyk.info/archives/2004/06/09/of-weblogs-and-wikis

This article defines bliki as a weblog with wiki support, which is simple enough:
http://blog.contentious.com/archives/2004/06/23/a-new-wikibliki-movement-afoot

In this site there are some definitions for Wiki, Weblog and PIM (Personal Information Manager) which might be interesting for us too:
http://www.ourpla.net/john/wikiweblogpim.html

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M3: man medium machine -conference in September

Virtual2006: designing digital experience -conference takes place in Sweden in archipelago of Haninge (south of Stockholm) 14th – 16th September. Topics: ICT and learning (How can ICT support the learning process?), ICT and work, interaction design and user experience, interactive media and virtual environments.

Website: http://m3.sh.se/index.php?id_menu=6

This sounds interesting, as well as the research program they are running in Södertörn university college.

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RSS is the solution that we need

I was thinking about social software over the weekend, and I realised that the problems that we have been having with the various websites in Germany, Holland and Finland are not real problems. Or at least they do not need solving in the ways that we have been thinking.

There is nothing wrong with the current sites except for the fact that we have to go to them, log in, and hunt around for anything relevant. If we didn’t have to do that they would be perfect.

The good news is that we don’t have to do that, if it is possible to get RSS feeds out of the various websites. I have set up both Thunderbird and a My Yahoo page to display RSS feeds from this blog, as a test, and they work fine. So all we need to do is to persuade Japp, Stefan and Torsten to do the same – or to authorise someone else to do it for them.

If it is NOT possible to get RSS feeds out of the sites then there is another solution. Each university can get a free subscription to HITRSS.com which allows you to enter RSS feeds manually by filling in a simple form – no coding needed 🙂 Then everyone can set up their email client or homepage to retrieve the RSS feeds and everyone will automatically find out all the information that is published without having to log into strange sites with unfriendly interfaces.

Do this make sense? Ralf, can you check out the possibilities of RSS at Hamburg, or the alternate possibility of persuading someone to use HITRSS to create a feed, please?

I will talk to Stefan about this too. Does anyone in Rotterdam have access to RSS feeds? This will solve our problems using something in the sphere of solution software, thus making it a practical illustration of some of the themes of our current projects.

Yabba dabba do!

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About courses

I don’t know if I am the only one, but I have difficulties to keeping up with all the courses – when they start and where to find the information. So maybe we could help eachother on this part?

The Visual Knowledge Building started last Friday in Helsinki at UIAH. Apparently Stefan has e-mailed about this (?). The next lecture is today at 16-17.30 (Finnish time), room 6036A.

Does anyone know when the Rotterdam courses start and where we can find information about them?

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Ajax desktops

Please have a look at this article from ZDNet news which describes the way in which three relatively new ajax desktops work. (The desktops are bookmarked at my del.icio.us page under Ajax and tools.)

These are not exactly social software in the sense that Flickr or del.icio.us are, but they are part of the socialsphere, if I am allowed to make that word up. By using them as your homepage you can get a customised set of links and RSS feeds that will keep you informed of changes in every site that you are interested in. This has powerful implications for connecting people into tribes of interest.

A question: is it possible to get RSS feeds from commsys and mimerdesk? If it is, then any one of these portals would provide each of us with a single unified way of keeping up-to-date. If it is not possible to get an RSS feed out of them, then I know a workaround that will make it possible. It just requires some of the tutors to do two minutes extra work when they post things 🙂

What’s more, Paperflakes has a module allowing you to link to ZoHoWriter and Netvibes has a module for Writerly. These are two online, sharable, social wordprocessors. They are social software in the usual sense of the term, and they might be a very interesting way to construct joint project reports.

I have been trying these out for the past few days, and my current recommendation is NetVibes, although PageFlakes is also interesting. (I can’t stand the messy interface that Protopage has, but other people may love it!) I am very interested to hear what other people think – especially about using it to cement together all the sites we have to deal with on this course.

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