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Hack Haiku

April 5th, 2011 at 01:04

To Manchester I travelled to hack OER by railway line Weather windy Oxford Road Station Journey to venue Sixth floor room Attendees from across various places FE Colleges and Universities too and subject centres Plans devised Paper on windowpanes Teams then formed WordPress worked on Xpert APIs utilised metadata too Edited wiki resources for all [...]

The links effect

March 29th, 2011 at 10:03

Why would you use a search engine? To find results just for you? Can a search engine move into a more social sphere? Could you search on behalf of someone else? Going through the usage logs of Xpert (for January), some interesting patterns appear. A lot of links are not visited after being found – [...]

Students using Xerte Online Toolkits

March 28th, 2011 at 01:03

Collaborative Learning Best Practice using Xerte Toolkit An excellent video showing Souad Kouachi’s students generating learning materials using Xerte Online Toolkits at Epping Forest College.

Deus ex OER machina

March 24th, 2011 at 04:03

Those of us with degrees have such distinctions that we can sign people’s driving license application forms. The degree makes us notable, and as such, means the awarding body has acted as a form of notary. In the age of Internet, reputations, and noteworthy actions are increasingly important. Many tools exist to allow people to [...]

Xpert reaches 170,000 items

March 15th, 2011 at 10:03

Good news all – last night – thanks to some new content from Open.Michigan (The University of Michigan’s OCW site) Xpert now has over 170,000 resources, of which over 30,000 have CC licenses – (even more are CC licensed but the RSS feeds lack the information). I am left wondering if we have the biggest collection [...]

Alamo A La Mode

March 14th, 2011 at 05:03

I always liked twitter as a social network, mostly because unlike facebook or myspace, it seemed ad-free, and never seemed to want to eat all of your data like an over stimulated census taker. Being ad free – and apparently sans business model –  it also felt a little bit like a public service. Twitter [...]

A Tale of the Un-Xpert-ed : The Distributed Search Engine?

March 9th, 2011 at 10:03

When were developing Xpert the concept was that remote Xerte Online Toolkits installations could feed into a central repository using RSS. So we built a distributed collection of learning objects, and then built Xpert to bring this content together and allow for it to be searched. Until November of last year (and the creation of Xpert Labs), this [...]

Let me count the ways I teach thee

1 February 14th, 2011 at 02:02

Well, as no one once said – you can’t say Romeo without saying OER. So let us search through OER to find resources for our “valentine” Merlot, has two http://www.merlot.org/merlot/materials.htm?community=&category=&keywords=valentine OER Commons has seven http://www.oercommons.org/search?f.search=valentine Open.jorum has ten (but I can’t paste the link). OER Recommender has twenty three http://www.folksemantic.com/resources/search?q=valentine&grain_size=all Xpert has twenty four http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/xpert/scoreresults.php?keywords=valentine&search_all.x=0&search_all.y=0&search_all=al&start=0&end=20 [...]

Don’t shoot the cartographer

February 11th, 2011 at 04:02

Can the world be flat and round at the same time? On the grandest scale of knowledge, of course the world is round (or spherical), but in localised contexts, could it still be seen as flat? If we take the case of OER, then although it is without doubt an international movement, there are distinct [...]

The day that names run out

1 February 1st, 2011 at 03:02

Do a vanity search on google for yourself: which pages come up? For me, it’s facebook (as my name is in the title and the url), linkedIn (same reason), vimeo (same reason) and Youtube. Julian Tenney’s and my Xpert presentation at Open Nottingham is first, even against my Vimeo account. If you imagine the Internet as some [...]