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Students file complaint over inaccessible [Moodle] online courses

December 9th, 2012 No comments

..Alliance for Disability and Students at the University of Montana – ADSUM – filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging students such as Moses who have disabilities face discrimination at UM. On Monday, the department’s Office for Civil Rights confirmed in an email the complaint about educational technologies is under investigation.

The Aug. 15 letter outlines the specific allegations:

• Inaccessible class assignments and materials on the learning management system, Moodle.

• Inaccessible live chat and discussion board functions in the learning management system, Moodle.

Source: http://missoulian.com/news/local/disabled-um-students-file-complaint-over-inaccessible-online-courses/article_d02c27ac-0145-11e2-bc26-001a4bcf887a.html

 

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Project (Mirror) iPhone or iPad on Computer Screen

November 16th, 2012 1 comment

This video demonstrates a very cool app that allows you to project, or mirror, your iphone or ipad screen on your computer screen. It does not require jailbreaking your iPhone and works very well. The app is not available through the app store–you will need to download it from http://reflectionapp.com 

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Win a blog with nearly 8,000 posts

October 28th, 2012 No comments

I’m giving away a blog containing the complete new testament–7,957 posts–one per verse.

See here for details….

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Pearson’s Online Education $650-Million Purchase

October 17th, 2012 No comments

Pearson, a publishing and education company whose products include books, newspapers, and online services, announced a major acquisition on Tuesday that will deepen its commitment to becoming a major player in online education.

The company, which owns the Financial Times and the Penguin Group book publisher, shelled out $650-million in cash to buy EmbanetCompass, a business that provides support services to colleges and universities that are moving their programs online.

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Google Unveils Open Source Online Education Software

September 14th, 2012 No comments

Online education startups such as the Khan Academy, as well as new efforts by MIT, Stanford, and Harvard have helped spur interest and add legitimacy to the notion of remote learning. Now Google is lending its brainpower to the rapidly growing space by releasing a tool called Course Builder, open source software that is designed to let anyone create online education courses.

The Course Builder project came by way of another program Google ran earlier this year called Power Searching With Google. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which attracted about 155,000 students from 196 countries, allowed Google to marry some of the practices now common to online instruction with the company’s robust array of collaboration and communication tools. A new Power Searching session begins in two weeks.

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Android is dominating smartphone market

August 10th, 2012 No comments

The iPhone may get a lot of attention, but smartphones operating on Google’s Android operating system currently are outpacing Apple Inc.’s smartphone sales.

See article here…

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Newest iPhones will not have YouTube

August 8th, 2012 1 comment

Apple Inc. (AAPL) said Google Inc. (GOOG)’s YouTube won’t be included in the next version of the software used in the iPhone and iPad, the latest evidence of escalating competition between the two companies.

Apple has featured YouTube as a core application since the iPhone debuted in 2007. As Google has pushed into the market with its Android software — now the most-used smartphone operating system — the relationship between the two companies frayed. Apple also plans to replace Google’s maps application with its own in the next iOS release.

See article here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-06/apple-says-google-s-youtube-won-t-be-in-next-version-of-ios.html

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21st Century Online Development & Education — This Isn’t Your Mother’s Online Classroom

July 26th, 2012 No comments
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Moodle Sells Out — Blackboard Buys It!

March 26th, 2012 2 comments

Blackboard announces the purchase of moodlerooms, the largest Moodle partner. For those of you who don’t know, Moodle partners pay a stipend (normally around 10%) to Moodle HQ. Wonder how much Moodle HQ got and will continue to get in this deal?

Not sure why this should surprise anyone…Moodle was never an open source project…it was always about pretending to be one, getting free labor and development from thousands of people, and making a handy profit off a closed business model. However, this announcement takes the business side of Moodle to a complete new level.

Had a great time at BETT this week & no travel was required :-)

January 14th, 2011 No comments

I had a great time at BETT this year and never stepped foot in the UK. And after reading a tweet about someone spending 17 pounds for a sandwich, drink, and chips…sounds like I made the right choice :-)

I’m new at this twitter thing, but I think I’ve found a new hobby combining blog posts and twitter hashtags.

How did I discover this hobby?

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Blackboard Buys Presidium

January 13th, 2011 No comments

Blackboard, known for its course-management software, is moving into a whole new sector. Today the company announced that it bought Presidium Inc., which provides outsourced call centers and consulting services for admissions, financial aid, and other student services, and also runs IT help desks for many colleges.

Blackboard paid $53-million to acquire the company, in a deal that wrapped up December 30...

Read story here…

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21 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade

January 2nd, 2011 1 comment

A very interesting blog post of 21 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade can be found at the link below. I’m not sure what will be on the list next in 10 more years, but I would be willing to bet good money the Desktop Computer and the LMS will be among the other 19 things on the list…enjoy them while they’re still somewhat relevant :-)

http://www.businessinsider.com/21-things-that-became-obsolete-this-decade-2009-12#pdas-1

Is Mod_Rewrite Enabled on Your Server? The phpinfo Function

December 14th, 2010 1 comment

Note: The following is made available under GPL from http://codex.wordpress.org/GPL. It may be edited a little from its original form, but probably not a lot. There is no guarantee this information is accurate…use at your own risk.
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To get information about your server, you can use the PHP Info function:

  • Type the code shown below into a text file

  • Save as info.php
  • Upload to server. Visit in your browser (www.example.com/info.php)

That will give you info about your php version, mod_rewrite, and lots of other server “stuff”.

Outline & Tools Used in Louisville WordCamp Presentation

December 4th, 2010 3 comments

Outline of my presentations at WordCamp Louisville:

WP  Basic Installation and Setup:

  • Install in subdirectory
  • Install in root
  • Install multiple copies
    • Using single database
    • Using different databases
    • Mention setting up a networking
  • Install local copy for offline testing/development

Moving WP From One Host to Another:

  • Move WP maintaining same url
  • Move WP changing the url
  • Move WP subdirectory to root & vice-versa
  • Copy WP from hosting account to local computer

Tools used in presentations:

WinSCP: A simple ftp client I use in conjunction with hosting control panels such as Cpanel.

FlexBooks — Creative Commons Textbooks

November 23rd, 2010 No comments

FlexBooks is a site where you can create custom free textbooks under a creative commons licenses. Interesting…selection is a little limited, but may be of use to some…

http://www.ck12.org/flexr/

Assisted Learning for All — Nursing Videos

November 17th, 2010 No comments

Assisted Learning for All is a website published by Saddleback College with over 150 short nursing videos…could be a good resource for those involved in nursing education.

http://www.saddleback.edu/alfa/vid_index.aspx

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The Khan Academy — Great Video Tutorials

November 12th, 2010 No comments

The link below is to the Khan Academy website where you will find hundreds of short video tutorials on various subjects. If you are a math teacher, you will want to check this out. All videos are made available under a creative commons license.

http://www.khanacademy.org/

84 Blackboard Security Vulnerabilities — A “Research” Study?

November 10th, 2010 2 comments

A Dutch security company called Online 24 released a “research” study claiming to have found 84 security vulnerabilities in the Blackboard LMS. You can download the paper from Webwereld.

Research? Strikes me as simply a load of unsupported, extremely vague ramblings. Why would I say that? Maybe it’s due to their liberal use of “Imagine this” support in their “study”:

Imagine this situation:
“An attacker is able to gain access to files outside Blackboard’s document directory.
The attacker includes Blackboard’s access logs. These logs can be influenced by
the attacker, so exploitation would lead to a new highly dangerous vulnerability
that allows the attacker to execute custom commands on the Blackboard server.”

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MySql Database Nightmare — Innodb vs MyISAM

October 11th, 2010 1 comment

Last week I had a server crash — hardware problems — and have spent the past week recovering. I had several php apps running on the server along with a lot of static content–including a couple thousand videos. So I spent a day rebuilding the server on a new box and restoring the static content was a breeze–really drove home the point for me about the value of keeping things simple. 500+ videos were just uploaded into a directory and were not part of a php app–very simple to restore. However, the vast majority of my content was tied to a couple Moodle LMS installs, several WordPress installs including one WordPress Mu install, and five MedaiWiki installs.

Sakai and uPortal to Merge

October 8th, 2010 2 comments

The foundation behind the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment, a popular and free courseware-management and group-cooperation system, has announced that it intends to pursue a merger with another open-software group active in higher education, the Jasig organization. Jasig is known for uPortal, a general online gateway for college and university services. The two groups say they will craft a merger proposal to be submitted to both boards of directors in the coming months.

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Sakai following Blackboard’s lead and integrating student management systems into their LMS…smart move.

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