Printing Out Online Course Materials With Embedded Movie Links

Although an increasing number of OU courses include the delivery of online course materials, written for online delivery as linked HTML pages, rather than just as print documents viewable online, we know (anecdotally at least, from requests that printing options be made available to print off whole sections of a course with a single click) … Continue reading “Printing Out Online Course Materials With Embedded Movie Links”

Mashup Mayhem BCS (Glasgow Branch) Young Professionals Talk

On Monday I gave a presentation for the BCS Glasgow branch at the invite of Daniel Livingstone, who I met in the mashup mart session at the CETIS bash last year. I’d prepared some slides – even rehearsed a couple of the mashups I was going to do – and then fell apart somewhat when … Continue reading “Mashup Mayhem BCS (Glasgow Branch) Young Professionals Talk”

Amazon “Edge Services” – Digital Manufacturing

When is a web service not a web service? When it’s an edge service, maybe? Last night I was pondering the Amazon proposition, which at first glance broadly seems to break down into: retail operation; web services. The retail bit splits down further: physical goods and digital downloads, shipped by Amazon; and marketplace goods, where … Continue reading “Amazon “Edge Services” – Digital Manufacturing”

Mashup Reuse – Are You Lazy Enough?

Late on Friday night, I picked up a challenge (again on Twitter) from Scott Leslie: After a little more probing, the problem turned out to be to do with pulling a list of URLs from a page on the Guardian blog together into a playlist: The 50 greatest arts videos on YouTube. As Scott suggested, … Continue reading “Mashup Reuse – Are You Lazy Enough?”

Data Scraping Wikipedia with Google Spreadsheets

Prompted in part by a presentation I have to give tomorrow as an OU eLearning community session (I hope some folks turn up – the 90 minute session on Mashing Up the PLE – RSS edition is the only reason I’m going in…), and in part by Scott Leslie’s compelling programme for a similar duration … Continue reading “Data Scraping Wikipedia with Google Spreadsheets”

Google Personal Custom Search Engines?

A couple of days ago, I gave a talk about possible future library services, and in passing mentioned the way that my Google search results are increasingly personalised. Martin picked up on this in a conversation over coffee, and then in a blog post (“Your search is valuable to us“): This made me think that … Continue reading “Google Personal Custom Search Engines?”

iTunes in Your Pocket… Almost…

Having been tipped off about about a Netvibes page that the Library folks are pulling together about how to discover video resources (Finding and reusing video – 21st century librarianship in action, methinks? ;-) I thought I’d have a look at pulling together an OU iTunes OPML bundle that could be used to provide access … Continue reading “iTunes in Your Pocket… Almost…”

eduTwitterin’

Jane’s list of “100+ (E-)Learning Professionals to follow on Twitter” (which includes yours truly, Martin and Grainne from the OpenU :-) has been doing the rounds today, so in partial response to Tony Karrer asking “is there an equivalent to OPML import for twitter for those of us who don’t want to go through the … Continue reading “eduTwitterin’”

Figure:Ground – Mashing Up the PLE (MUPPLE’08) Links

After a nightmare journey, and a “no room at the inn, so walk round Maastricht all night looking for coffee shops” adventure, I fumbled and raced through a version of Figure:Ground – PLEs and the Flexible Learning Environment at MUPPLE’08 Workshop on Mash-Up Personal Learning Environments yesterday, and closed with a promise to post the … Continue reading “Figure:Ground – Mashing Up the PLE (MUPPLE’08) Links”

ORO Goes Naked With New ePrints Server

A few weeks ago, the OU Open Repository Online (“ORO”) had an upgrade to the new eprints server (breaking the screen scraping Visualising CoAuthors in Open Repository Online Papers demos I’d put together, sigh…). I had a quick look at the time, and was pleased to see quite a bit of RSS support, as the … Continue reading “ORO Goes Naked With New ePrints Server”