Twidget – Twitter Dashboard Widget

As my experiment with Twitter continues, I’ve been looking for an easier way to update my Twitter status rather than always having to go to the Web. I found a great dashboard widget for Mac OS X that allows me to quickly update my status…very nice!

Apple - Downloads - Dashboard Widgets - Twidget - Twitter Dashboard Widget

Now, how about a widget that lets me see the status of those who I want to “follow” in Twitter? I’ve not come across that that, but I’m sure it’s out there somewhere. For anyone who is already using Twitter, how are you following the status of others? Are you actually logging into the Twitter site? Or, via Facebook? Something else?

The undeniable fact remains…I’ve got a lot still to learn about this whole microblogging thing.

Accessibility resources – Sheryl Burgstahler

Sheryl Burgstahler provides a wealth of information on her web page concerning accessibility issues in educational technology:

http://staff.washington.edu/sherylb/

What is “Universal Design?”

For more information on “Universal Design” for accommodating a diverse target audience, view these URLs:

http://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/Strategies/Universal/

http://www.design.ncsu.edu/cud/univ_design/princ_overview.htm

The Instructional Use of Learning Objects – Online Version

This is the online version of The Instructional Use of Learning Objects, a new book that tries to go beyond the technological hype and connect learning objects to instruction and learning. You can read the full text of the book here for free. The chapters presented here are © their respective authors and are licensed under the Open Publication License, meaning that you are free to copy and redistribute them in any electronic or non-commercial print form. For-profit print rights are held by AIT/AECT. The book was edited by David Wiley, and printed versions of the book are published by the Association for Instructional Technology and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. If you find the online book useful, please consider purchasing a printed copy.

http://www.reusability.org/read/

How interactive are your distance courses?

Here’s a link to a paper that addresses assessing interaction in distance learning.

http://www.westga.edu/~distance/roblyer32.html