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eLearning Dialogue for Wednesday, September 29, 2004

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Wed., Sept. 29, 2004




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CMS Viewpoint

CMS and ePortfolio: At the Crossroads

By Stephen R. Acker
The Ohio State University

Course management systems offer powerful support for teaching, but they truncate student learning at the end of every term. ePortfolios offer a longitudinal learning environment in which a student can organize and maintain learning connections, but they may lack the orchestrated vision of an experienced educator. These alternate structures for capturing, evaluating, and reflecting on student work should intersect on the student’s desktop to deliver a powerful multiplier effect to an institution’s eLearning environment.

The CMS has entered the elite ranks of critical infrastructure components, joining e-mail and payroll as required systems to meet the demands of a majority of higher education institutions. It is easy to understand why; the CMS provides indisputable value to the teaching function. A well-designed course site packages a syllabus, calendar, access to grades, assignment drop boxes, and perhaps content and class interaction opportunities all in one convenient place. A faculty member who skillfully uses CMS gains in both efficiency and effectiveness.

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CMS News & Product updates

Nobel Prize Winner and bepress Launch The Economists’ Voice

The Berkeley Electronic Press announced the launch of The Economists’ Voice, an electronic journal of economic analysis and opinion. (bepress)

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Blackboard Has Great Penetration in its Market

According to Business Week, more than half of U.S. colleges are using Blackboard technologies, and it sees Blackboard’s future as a rosy one, despite competition from the Sakai Project. (BusinessWeek Online)

Read more Taking Aim at Google--“Search Engine with Memory”

Launched Tuesday, offers users “the ability to store and edit bookmarks on a . . . central server computer, keep track of each link clicked on previous visits to a Web page, and even make personal ‘diary’ notes on those pages for viewing on subsequent visits.” (New York Times)

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Don’t Mess with Librarians

Here’s a sign from the resistance to the Patriot Act, spotted in a public library: “Q. How can you tell when the FBI has been in your library? A. You can’t.” (Wired News)

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CMS Case Study

“Unified Engineering” Marks Publication Milestone for OCW

By Jon Paul Potts, MIT

The MIT OpenCourseWare Initiative now lists more than 900 courses on its Web site. One of MIT’s most venerable, “Course 16.01: Unified Engineering,” showcases the active learning and integrated curriculum goals that are the benchmarks of OCW. This signature MIT Aero/Astro course is the largest ever published by the OpenCourseWare initiative.

Mention this famous course from the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics to any MIT Aero/Astro grad from the last 30 years, and you are certain to get a knowing nod.

It is the bane of every MIT Aero/Astro student’s sophomore year--combining the disciplines of Materials and Structures, Computers and Programming, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Propulsion, Signals and Systems, and Systems and Labs, into one year-long course designed to introduce the systemic nature of aerospace engineering… And now it is the biggest course ever published--by far--on the MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Web site. The Web site for Course 16.01-04: Unified Engineering I, II, III, & IV marks a major publishing milestone for MIT OCW, and is enabling the MIT Aero/Astro Department to share its unique pedagogical approach.

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CMS TechNotes

Don’t Look Now: Here’s A Computer Stalking the Tip of Your Nose

Want to move a mouse around without using your hands? Some software for that tracks movements of your mouth or eyes but the latest takes an image of your face and tracks 25 or so pixels by their brightness. Shades of Samantha! (
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ePortfolio Workshop Hosted by George Mason U. October 15-16

The workshop is designed to provide an implementation plan and practical knowledge of how to use the technology, gained from hands-on practice with hierarchy and template use and development.
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CMS Exchange
From the Reader Response Forum
Are LMS Anti-Web?
Posted by: cameronloudon - Austrailia

Recently I have been following the blog of Dr Peter Sefton who described MIT's Anti-web Learning Management System, Caddie as anti-web. He returned to this theme in a later entry called 'Links considered too difficult for online education software' (

What interests me most is that this observation could be applied to all the major players in the LMS space. Why do we need an LMS to be a file system repository for PDF and Word documents? Is that the best that can be offered to students?
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