Monday, 18 July 2005

More e-learning blogging

Every man an expert! We all have a story in us! Listen to me!

Here's an example of a lecturer using Blogger

Just kidding - I'm sure nobody would put stuff on the web unless it was vitally important.

Thursday, 23 June 2005

Blogging with WebCT

Today we tried a couple of methods for fitting this blog into a WebCT course. As I expected, the simplest method, just adding a URL, actually worked fine. WebCT just shows it within the content frame, as with any other web page. You can, if you want, add the code for an iframe (inline frame) into the text of a textblock. This gives you control over the size of the frame holding the blog, though I can't think of a need for this at present. Still, it worked well too.

Blogs are the flavour of the month, or year, though they are all based on the assumption that if you have a blog, you must have something to say that's worth reading. It suits the post-modern notion of any utterance being valuable, every opinion is to be valued, and so on. We'll see.

Having lived through "The year of the LAN" (several times), "The year of the web" (still emerging, I feel), "The year of Linux on the desktop", and so on, this seems like another bout of hype. As I said, time proves all.

Friday, 17 June 2005

Still Here

This blog isn't getting a lot of use, but it's worth keeping it alive for various reasons. First is that I may have to drop my regular website, if I switch my home internet to a broadband connection terminating at the University network. The uni will pay, as I have responsibility for a server (several, actually, especially next year with WebCT v6 coming) but that means I'll lose my dialup connection to Inet. However, the University actually uses Inet/Snap as their ISP, so it's all a bit vague at present. I may get to keep the home page after all.

News from real life - I bought a pair of Volkl carving skis for $215 on Trademe, my new Avanti Blade bike is wonderful, my hip replacement is basically totally healed up, and we have just hired an e-learning adviser to share my workload. Nice!

Thursday, 28 April 2005

Back from Auckland

Back in Christchurch, discovering the effects of last Saturday night's big hail storm - dented car roof and bits of plastic spouting have been hail-gunned, leaves and small branches everywhere, garden furniture blasted.

Auckland photos are here.

Monday, 25 April 2005


Posting from Auckland on Anzac Day, in the middle of a 5-day break. We flew up on Friday morning and have, so far;
- Checked out Queen Street shopping and gone out to Albany
- Walked around the Viaduct Basin and the waterfront
- Taken a ferry to Waiheke for the day, including a walk to the gun emplacements at Stony Batter

Today we're going out to Muriwai to look at gannets, and explore some of the West Auckland area - maybe including the Helensville hot pools.

We return to Christchurch on Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, 19 April 2005

More on Blogs

I'm still having problems with incorporating links in postings, so I'll try again. Here is a link to Educause.


Starting Again

Here I am in Wellington, at a workshop on blogging - and the first thing we do is create a blog at! I skipped that step and went straight to editing this blog, once I remembered my usercode and password. We are looking at blogs as an e-learning tool, and the first thing we were shown was an interesting Educause article about this, by Stephen Downes.
Click here

Thursday, 7 April 2005

Begin here

Here begins my blog - I am starting this because my previous private website, may soon disappear. I have used iNet as my ISP since 1999, but it is probable that my job will be paying for an ADSL connection and in that case I'll lose my website.

I have already switched all my email to Gmail, which is wonderful - it is just as easy to use as a stand alone pop3 mail client, and a lot less virus prone - plus it's totally portable.

I'll see how this looks, then think about adding some other material. I take lots of photos, so I'll be interested to see how that works. Come to think of it, I'm not even sure what the address of this blog is, I hope I can find it on the web!