Archive for October, 2000


October 31, 2000

TextPad – Technical Support Forum
I like TextPad. I am using it right now to write this. I also like the look of this discussion software – Phorum. It is Open Source and clean and fast.



October 30, 2000


Not, perhaps, since the printing press’s invention has European culture experienced so much upheaval. The very underpinnings of the notion of culture and of its modes of production, socialisation and appropriation are under attack. I am speaking, of course, of culture’s integration in the creation of economic value. This integration process has accelerated since the beginning of the 1980s through, on one hand, the globalisation and increasing pervasion of finance in the economy, and on the other, the onslaught of so-called “new technologies”.


October 27, 2000

Thinkofit: What we do

Depending on your needs, we will:

  • Help you determine how (and whether!) conferencing can benefit you
  • Recommend software that best fits your environment and suits your particular needs
  • Install and configure conferencing software at your site
  • Design and build a fully customized conferencing space for you
  • Facilitate online discussions or train facilitators


October 26, 2000

Email counselling

Email Counselling
Barry’s new logo – a dramatic image of One Tree Hill.


October 26, 2000

The GNL Tao Te Ching

19. Simplify

If we could abolish knowledge and wisdom
Then people would profit a hundredfold;
If we could abolish duty and justice
Then harmonious relationships would form;
If we could abolish artifice and profit
Then waste and theft would disappear.

Yet such remedies treat only symptoms
And so they are inadequate.

People need personal remedies:
Reveal your naked heart and embrace your original nature;
Bind your self-interest and control your ambition;
Forget your habits and simplify your affairs.


October 24, 2000

Educational Mediaby Tony Bates

However, the most difficult part of the system to put in place will be an appropriate educational infrastructure to support the kind of learning needed in the 21st century. The provision of appropriate education and training services to run on the information highway is critical; there is no automatic guarantee that people will use the information highway to an extent that justifies the cost of investment, if services are not provided that meet people’s needs. Unfortunately, existing educational institutions were created to meet the needs of a society that are fast disappearing. We need new educational organizations that can exploit the information highway to meet the needs of the 21st century. Economic development will depend as much on the success of creating and supporting such organizations, as on establishing the technological infrastructure. It is critical to get this right because those countries that harness the power of multi-media communications for education and training purposes will be the economic powerhouses of the 21st century


October 24, 2000

Investing in Online Learning

A small profit will start to be made by UBC at the end of the third year. A more substantial profit will be made over the life of the entire program of five courses as start-up costs (which are substantially higher than ongoing/maintenance costs) will have been absorbed in the first course, EDST 565f. This course served as a template for the other four courses, therefore less time (and money) was required to develop the remaining four courses. The profit serves as a contingency in case unexpected costs arise or projected student numbers are not reached.

This is just one excerpt from one of may papers on Tony Bate’s home page.


October 23, 2000


Collection of sites with vendors of collaboration tools. We gratefully welcome all contributions and suggestions. DenhamGrey 04/22/99

More useful links from Denham on a beautiful wiki site.


October 23, 2000


Exploring the exciting and emergent world of distance learning tools. Started by DenhamGrey on 04/22/2000.


October 23, 2000

MeansBusiness: Concept Book Summary Preview

Managing Technological Change

A book by Tony Bates? What is this site? I have just joined…

I figured it out. I can get a summary of the book online for $9 – or buy it at amazon for $34.95 plus postage. Could be worth it. There is some value added in having a summary! The summary of the summary is free and may have the most value of all! – Indeed there is some good stuff here:

Central Technology Support Units for Universities
“The use of information technologies needs to be coordinated, and policy and investment needs to be planned at the most senior institutional management level.”
Strategic Visioning of Technology-Based Teaching
“The development of a detailed and clear vision for teaching and learning is essential.”
Visioning Technology-Based Teaching at the Department Level
“Although visioning can take place at various levels in the organization, the best place to start is at the department teaching level.”
Planning for Technology-Based Teaching at the Institutional Level
“A plan will only be as good as the vision that drives it.”
Classroom vs. Technology-Based Teaching
“Good technology does not save bad teaching.”


October 23, 2000

What Kind of University?

The challenge for universities

Many universities are making substantial investments in new technologies for teaching purposes. The increasing ease of use and improved presentational and interactive features of technologies such as the World Wide Web are leading many academics to use technology for teaching for the first time in a significant manner.

However, although there has been widespread adoption of new technologies for teaching in the last few years, they have yet to bring about major changes in the way teaching is organized and delivered. Without such changes, though, technology-based teaching will remain a marginalized activity, while at the same time leading to increased unit costs.

For technological change to be effective, it usually needs to be accompanied by major structural and organizational changes for its full potential to be realised. This paper attempts to indicate some of the strategies that universities may need to adopt in order to use technology effectively for teaching and learning.

This is a classic paper by Tony Bates 1997 is important and certainly appeals on first glance. He goes on to outline 12 steps in which the University will be reformed, transformed – I’ll list them here.

Twelve organizational strategies for change 10

1. A vision for teaching and learning 11

2. Funding re-allocation 12

3. Strategies for inclusion 13

4. Technology infrastructure 15

5. People infrastructure 15

6. Student computer access 16

7. New teaching models 18

8. Faculty agreements and training 20

9. Project management 21

10. New organizational structures 23

11. Collaboration and consortia 26

12. Research and evaluation 27


October 23, 2000



October 23, 2000

eScribe: List of Lists: Date Index

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October 23, 2000

Online Learning

To be effective, online courses must do two things, says Fernando Senior, an instructional designer recently hired by the University of Minnesota’s distance-education department. They must focus on learners, and they must capitalize on the medium. In other words, students should demonstrate learning in different ways than they might in a classroom, because they have at hand the tools to do so.

… Constructing such rich learning environments wouldn’t be possible without technology, say its enthusiasts, but to make courses this sophisticated, schools are tapping project-management teams. And these bring their own set of pros and cons to education.

On the plus side, instructors say that working with teams makes them better teachers, and that different perspectives enhance their courses. They say they also see a difference in what students take away from their work: “Students take much more responsibility for their own learning and use the online environment to supplement and enhance their learning experiences,” says Trisha Swan

Wisdom here. Good article.

The site it comes from is worth noting too: ComputerUser
Many articles on file and I can flick them straight into the Palm! Beutifully done.


October 20, 2000


This is a WELL conference visible to the whole web. Good stuff coming up on it!


October 20, 2000

Barbara Pfenningstorff



October 20, 2000

American Experience in Vietnam: Home Page An ACS Online Interdisciplinary Course

This is a good example of a web page + webboard online course. Here is another one, both use webboard for discussion. Associated Colleges of the South | Sunoikisis I quite like it!


October 19, 2000 Index

Berge Collins Associates are consultants in online and web-based teaching and learning at a distance.


October 19, 2000

Rheingold Associates: Virtual Community Services


October 15, 2000

EDUCAUSE Publications
A list of books that suddenly seem important!