Monday, 30 June 2008
Friday, 27 June 2008
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Monday, 23 June 2008
Nouse.co.uk » Learning behind barsGreat piece in the University of York student newspaper - it's about offender learning and gives a great insight into how offender learning works (albeit in just one prison - as the piece points out, all prisons are different). Worth reading!
I suppose it's time that the government started pulling back those local authorities hell bent on using technologies to penalise people who put too much rubbish in their wheely-bins but this doesn't deal with the root problem - RIPA.
The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000) gives "government" powers to intercept electronic communications and to insist that ISPs hand over records of communications and copies.
The long title of the act is:
An Act to make provision for and about the interception of communications, the acquisition and disclosure of data relating to communications, the carrying out of surveillance, the use of covert human intelligence sources and the acquisition of the means by which electronic data protected by encryption or passwords may be decrypted or accessed; to provide for the establishment of a tribunal with jurisdiction in relation to those matters, to entries on and interferences with property or with wireless telegraphy and to the carrying out of their functions by the Security Service, the Secret Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Headquarters; and for connected purposes.Of course an issue here is who might be regarded to be "government" - and that's what has led to Poole Borough Council using RIPA to snoop on parents to determine whether they really lived in the catchment area of a particular school or a number of councils using RIPA to investigate dog fouling.
While RIPA is in place we are all at risk of a major erosion of our civil liberties on the most spurious grounds. This law is as invideous as 42 days without trial. If you've not heard of RIPA I suggest that you check out exactly what it means and, more importantly, who it allows to have access to your life.
Posted by Nogbad at 10:19:00
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Saturday was a long day which wasn't improved by the rain but interesting nonetheless. Given some of the work I'm involved in it was interesting to see how another university "sold" itself and despite being a "selecting" rather than a "recruiting" university Manchester still have to make sure that they are attracting AAA to ABB students; they have >7k places to fill each year.
They also aspire to be in the top five research universities within the next seven years so they are actively pursuing Nobel Laureates to boost their RAE results (at no stage did anyone sidle up and ask me if I'd work for them!)
All up it was a fascinating experience and probably more so because I've never been onto the main campus despite spending the first 22 years of my life living a couple of miles away.
Thursday, 19 June 2008
I thought I'd update this story as it's grown like Topsy while I've been away at the SL Conference. The actual comments which caused the fuss are available on Skitch and, in my view at least, certainly don't strike me to be so dangerous to the vendor that they should be contacting employers and issuing threats. Of course this isn't just on a couple of blogs but has been picked up in a good few places and Fizzics is another who has blogged about TALMOS. Also of interest is a Summize search showing tweets featuring TALMOS.
Posted by Nogbad at 18:35:00
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
So today sees the release of Firefox 3.0. Mozilla are hoping to set a new world record for the number of downloads but I fear this might struggle - as the screenshot shows the download site was down 14 minutes after the release went live, don't know if that's because of the demand or it collapsed before the off but either way it don't bode well.
So let's walk this through:
- Downloads stuff, probably against the rules on handling sensitive data
- Takes the data outside her parliamentary office
- Leaves laptop unattended
- In Salford
***I had criticized TALMOS in this section, but they contacted my school to ask me remove my ‘potentially commercially damaging’ comments. It’s a shame to be effectively silenced through legal threats when all I did was compare their offering unfavourably against another…***Not good, not good at all. Strikes me that the TALMOS vendors, Core Projects and Technologies (UK) Limited, simply don't get it.
* Update * - AJ Cann has blogged about this - it was Alan's tweet that directed me to the piece in the first place
* Update II - Jo Badge has picked it up too
* Update III - Careful who you pick on
Monday, 16 June 2008
Thursday, 12 June 2008
Sunday, 8 June 2008
Saturday, 7 June 2008
First up was Seb Schmoller from ALT. He brought an XO laptop and that was the first time I'd physically held one so that was useful and his presentation set the scene for what we were doing - eLearning technologies in the wild and also in the OU.
The poster sessions were hard work - the attendees were split into 11 groups, one per workshop, and moved round the posters while the workshop facilitators explained what the workshop was about. So we stood by the poster and burbled on to 11 different groups.
Then, after a lovely lunch and chance to catch up with friends, Denise Kirkpatrick - PVC Learning and Teaching at the OU gave a presentation about the OU's VLE and eLearning projects (including SociaLearn).
Then the workshops. I did my stuff and then we looked at some social networking sites and we looked at how we might use some of these tools in learning and teaching. I prepared a Seesmic video before I left for the conference and I've just done another to "top and tail" the day.
Cup of tea and a chat and then home.
I hope that explains the photos I've been posting :-) All the photos are now on Flickr.
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Etienne Wenger: "Learning is a social journey as well as a cognitive process in that it involves our whole being. By transforming our ability to participate in the world, it is a transformation of our identity."