Deeds of Gaijin Occupiers

My grandmother has recently started telling everyone she owns a house in Japan (gaijin cannot own land?). In the 1950s, my grandfather was stationed in Japan. He went over by himself, acquired a house, and sent for his wife and six kids to come. The most common story my grandmother tells is this trip over… Continue reading Deeds of Gaijin Occupiers

The Shot Heard Round the Vista World

What is the worst possible outcome of an event from an admin’s perspective? You lose everything. Next worst is lose a large portion of the data. Losing days worth of data, as Utah did, is huge. This is the biggest news since the merger of Blackboard and WebCT, I think. To Utah’s credit, they have… Continue reading The Shot Heard Round the Vista World

Social Marketing

Normally, I consider John Dvorak a crotchety old-timer who doesn’t get human-computer interaction due to his myopic self-centered view. (His use isn’t usually my use, so he gripes seem inapplicable.) Finally, he got one right… almost. In his most recent blog post… er… opinion article, he described people using social networks as “marketing” themselves. Actually,… Continue reading Social Marketing

VLE vs PLE

PLEs reflect the needs of a student information gatherer. VLEs (aka LMSs) reflect the classroom and institution online. (PLEs vs VLEs) Blackboard Vista is a VLE. Its competitors are all VLEs. Vista is the worst VLE of them all as its designed to host multiple institutions in one site. The GeorgiaVIEW project takes the VLE… Continue reading VLE vs PLE

links for 2007-11-26

. Plug and Chug and Crank… « Authentic Assessment (tags: Blackboard_Vista education online_learning onlineeducation) Picnik – edit photos the easy way, online in your browser (tags: photography) Managing the Mess Innovation occurs when huge messes create the need. (tags: programming technology) The Future of Reading (A Play in Six Acts) [dive into mark] (tags: copyright… Continue reading links for 2007-11-26

Writer’s Block: Google Me

I have! Irregularly. Now, I have a Google Alert which tells me about new instances of my name. In general, it makes me a little apprehensive. HowManyOfMe.com says my name should not exist. As far as I can tell, no one else with my name is active online, so… I am exposed. 🙁