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Wed, Dec 03, 2003

Free “Try Me” Site for Open Source Courseware and Collaboration Applications

The opensourceCMS.com site was created to give you the opportunity to “try out” some of the best php/mysql based free and open source software systems in the world.  You are welcome to be the administrator of any site here, allowing you to decide which system best suits your needs. The administrator username and password is given for every system and each system is refreshed on the hour, every hour.  This allows you to to add and delete content, change the way things look, basically be the admin of any system here with no fear of messing anything up.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 12 03 | Filed under Tech News  

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Thu, Nov 13, 2003

Don’t Look Now, the Dean is Watching - article on campus internet surveillance

A recent article by Annalee Newitz appearing at the Salon website may interest readers of this blog. Entitled “Don’t look now, but the dean is watching”, the article begins “Pressured by the double whammy of feds looking for terrorists and the music industry chasing file sharers, universities are keeping a close eye on student Internet use. Last March, a protest against arms manufacturer Raytheon at the University of New Hampshire was derailed by campus administrators who had been covertly monitoring the e-mail list of a student group called the Peace and Justice League…”

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 11 13 | Filed under Tech News  

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Building Online Communities resource site

The itrainonline.org website provides a lot of useful information. An example of this is the Building Online Communities reference section. Whether the goal is an online meeting or the creation of a global network, the resources collected here will help groups: choose the appropriate collaboration tools, develop facilitation techniques, and plan a strategy for successfully working together online.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 11 13 | Filed under Tech News  

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Thu, Oct 23, 2003

ACR Website moving to Open Source tools

The Association for Conflict Resolution is redoing their website, and are now moving to open source server tools, which apparently good results thus far. Go team!

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 23 | Filed under Tech News  

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Mon, Oct 20, 2003

Association for Conflict Resolution conference handout

My presentation at this year’s ACR conference was well received, enough so that everyone didn’t get a handout. The session was entitled “Online Tools for Trainers and Course Developers”. For those interested, a pdf of the handout (1.3 MB) is available online.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 20 | Filed under Tech News  

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Sat, Oct 11, 2003

Beta version of MyCampusadr Flash desktop goes live

While there is still a number of KEY features missing (like help, and a way to add your favorites from the main site…still working on getting saved page titles to transfer nicely…) , I’ve got the basics in place for a new interface to the campus-adr.org website resources. You can have a go via this link if you are a registered user of the campus-adr.org website (ie the same username and password applies). Click around on the various desktop objects, and use the little box with the “x” as a standard way to close things.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 11 | Filed under Tech News  

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Wed, Sep 24, 2003

Open Source online Learning Objects Development Toolset (Pachyderm) receives big funding boost

The Pachyderm 2.0 Project is a partnership led by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA ), in which software development teams and digital library experts from five NMC universities are working with five major museums to create a new, open source authoring environment for creators of learning objects. The new tool will be based on Pachyderm, the multimedia online authoring and publishing tool developed by SFMOMA to author its successful series, Making Sense of Modern Art.

The NMC just received notice that they were awarded a hoped-for grant of $499,500 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants program to support their work.

Developed by SFMOMA with IMLS support a number of years ago, Pachyderm has allowed non-programmers to easily publish modular and updateable rich media, drawing on the digital collections of SFMOMA. The result has been detailed interactive learning programs such as Ansel Adams at 100.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 24 | Filed under Tech News  

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Sun, Sep 21, 2003

MyCampus-adr Flash Site in Beta Testing

This weekend I’m putting the finishing touches on a new Flash-based interface for the Campus Conflict Resolution Resources website. Stay tuned!

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 21 | Filed under Tech News  

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