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Connecting Learning Objects with RSS,Trackback, and Weblogs. Alan Levine (Maricopa Community Colleges) Brian Lamb (University of British Columbia) D’Arcy Norman (University of Calgary, CAREO).

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connecting learning objects with rss trackback and weblogs

Connecting Learning Objects with RSS,Trackback, and Weblogs

Alan Levine

(Maricopa Community Colleges)

Brian Lamb

(University of British Columbia)

D’Arcy Norman

(University of Calgary, CAREO)

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or…what happens when 3 guys, 2 countries, xml, 3 weblogs, iChat, a wiki, and the rest of the internet all connect up?

Learning Objects and RSS…. NMC Online Conference 2003

alan levine

Alan Levine

Instructional Technologist

Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction

Maricopa Community Colleges

Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX)

blogs @ CogDogBlog

brian lamb

Brian Lamb

Project Coordinator

Office of Learning Technology

University of British Columbia

LOs @ UBC

blogs @ Object Learning

d arcy norman

D’Arcy Norman

Software Developer

Learning Commons

University of Calgary

CAREO

blogs @ Learning Commons Weblog

explaining rss is like explaining sex you just don t get it until you do it

“Explaining RSS is like explaining sex. You just don't get it until you do it.“

-- George Siemens, elearnspace blog

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Let’s bypass meta-data, schema, acronym soup and followA Scenario of Two Teachers… who take an interest in using learning objects

Learning Objects and RSS…. NMC Online Conference 2003

meet lora geology faculty
Meet Lora, Geology faculty

Her favorite place to teach is in the field…

But she believes in the power of multimedia to teach difficult concepts

Learning Objects and RSS…. NMC Online Conference 2003

lora starts to find learning objects by searching careo
Lora starts to find learning objects by searching CAREO

CAREO

CAREO search on “Geology rocks”

Sample Video object from CAREO

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nigel linda tech savvy students help locate educational technology sites with rss feeds
Nigel & Linda, tech-savvy students, help locate educational technology sites with RSS feeds

EduBloggers

Stephen Downes Edu_RSS

Learning Objects and RSS…. NMC Online Conference 2003

rss simplest of meta data
RSS? Simplest of Meta-Data

What is RSS?

Pick an Acronym

Killer App for Education?

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a desktop rss aggregator brings many sources to lora
A desktop RSS aggregator brings many sources to Lora

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nigel helps lora create a weblog for learning objects in geology
Nigel helps Lora create a weblog for learning objects in Geology

Lora’s “Geology Objects” blog

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a great oracle shines the light on rss and learning objects
A great oracle shines the light on RSS and learning objects

Stephen’s Web

Intro to RSS for Education Designers

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linda helps lora add rss feeds from lo sites to weblog
Linda helps Lora add RSS feeds from LO sites to weblog

Feeds from LO sites at Maricopa, HUMBUL, CAREO, “MERLOT”

Lora’s “Geology Objects” blog

Other RSS from NYTimes, About.com, Nature, ITPapers

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armed with rss lora adds feeds to her webct course material
Armed with RSS, Lora adds feeds to her WebCT course material

Displaying RSS Feeds in WebCT

How to Get News Feeds into your WebCT Course

Learning Objects and RSS…. NMC Online Conference 2003

meanwhile just across campus another faculty member is interested in using learning objects
Meanwhile… just across campus, another faculty member is interested in using learning objects

Learning Objects and RSS…. NMC Online Conference 2003

meet boris humanities professor
Meet Boris, Humanities Professor…

Learning Objects and RSS…. NMC Online Conference 2003

on the humanities l listserv boris reads about learning objects
On the Humanities-L listserv, Boris reads about learning objects…

Learning Objects and RSS…. NMC Online Conference 2003

tina his technologist helps him understand rss and learning objects
Tina, his technologist, helps him understand RSS and Learning Objects

Learning Objects and RSS…. NMC Online Conference 2003

at his desktop boris gets rss feeds from collections with content in the humanities
At his desktop, Boris gets RSS feeds from collections with content in the humanities

RSS Readers (Abbe Normal)

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boris creates a weblog on learning objects in the humanities
Boris creates a weblog on learning objects in the humanities

Boris’ “object humanities” blog

Feeds from Maricopa, HUMBUL, CAREO, “MERLOT”, About.com

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putting amazon com rss feed into blackboard
Putting Amazon.com RSS feed into Blackboard

Boris blogs on RSS and Amazon.com

RSS To JavaScript demo

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lora needs a tool for explaining correlation in sedimentology lab
Lora needs a tool for explaining correlation in sedimentology lab

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lora discovers a useful correlation tool in the mlx
Lora discovers a useful correlation tool in the MLX.

Maricopa Learning eXchange

Correlation Meter MLX packing slip

Correlation Meter object

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lora s blog describes context for her use of this object sends trackback to mlx
Lora's blog describes context for her use of this object, sends Trackback to MLX

Lora’s blogs correlation meter

How Trackback works

Beginners Guide to Trackback

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lora downloads the object and uses it in her own lesson
Lora downloads the object and uses it in her own lesson

Learning Objects and RSS…. NMC Online Conference 2003

boris ponders how he can help students understand correlation coefficient in research journals
Boris ponders how he can help students understand correlation coefficient in research journals

Learning Objects and RSS…. NMC Online Conference 2003

boris discovers the same mlx object that lora has found
Boris discovers the same MLX object that Lora has found

Correlation Meter MLX packing slip

Correlation Meter object

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object is used in new context
Object is used in new context

Draft Activity in Boris’ weblog

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with blog tools he writes about the found object mt pings the mlx
With blog tools he writes about the found object (MT pings the MLX)

Correlation Meter MLX packing slip

Boris blogs the object

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the object can trackback to different contexts
The Object can TrackBack to different contexts

Correlation Meter MLX packing slip

Correlation Meter Trackback

About MLX Trackback

MLX Trackack Summary

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the missing last huge mile
The Missing Last (huge) Mile
  • We have collections of objects
  • We have RSS to help in discovery
  • We have weblogs for writing contexts
  • What is missing?
  • Intuitive authoring tools to transfer LOs from collections to instructional environments (and that could ping back their new usage)

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The events and characters depicted in this scenario are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. No faculty members were harmed in the production of this presentation.

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credits
Credits!

Boris….. John Arle, Biology Faculty, (Maricopa Community Colleges)

Lora….. Michelle Lamberson, Director, Office of Learning Technologies (University of British Columbia)

Tina Technologist….. Tina Emmons, Admin Assistant (Maricopa Community Colleges)

Students Nigel & Linda….. Geoff Horner & Catherine Paul (University of British Columbia)

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more stuff
More Stuff

What’s the Fuss about RSS? (wiki)

http://careo.elearning.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?TheFuss

CogDogBlog (Alan Levine weblog)

http://jade.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/alan/

Learning Commons Weblog (D’Arcy Norman weblog)

http://commons.ucalgary.ca/weblogs/dnorman/

Object Learning (Brian Lamb weblog)

http://www.reusability.org/blogs/brian/

Learning Objects and RSS…. NMC Online Conference 2003

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