Archives for May 2008

Social Media in Plain English

CommonCraft has released yet another witty video, this one focusing on the basics of social media: new technology that makes everyone a producer and tools that give everyone a chance to have a say.

You can find links to more great videos explaining new technologies in simple terms on theCommonCraft blog.

New Site:

I’ve put together a new, non-institutionally branded professional site using the free Google Pages tool at I’m planning to maintain this new site along with my personal NIU site with my professional endeavors while keeping more personal.

Stop by and say hello!

2008 Sloan-C International Symposium

I’m giving a presentation at the 2008 Sloan-C International Symposium on Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning on the topic of socially constructed self-paced learning environments. In particular, I discuss the implementation of CMUOnet, an instance of the Elgg open source social application engine, for fostering organic, informal interaction among participants in an online self-paced professional development certificate program.

The slides for the presentation are available here along with the links I reference.  If I am successful in recording the audio for my presentation, I’ll eventually add there here as well as on my edtech podcast.

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