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DigitalThink sold out!

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From Internet time

Convergys, an outsourced billing and customer service operation spun out of Cincinnati Bell, is buying custom content developer DigitalThink for $120 million, about 3x revenue. Think of it as buying staff at $320,000/head.

DigitalThink was riding high in mid-2000 when it announced a long-term $100 million deal with EDS. Yesterday DigitalThink said their arrangement with EDS was toast.

From DT website:
Convergys to Expand Learning Outsourcing Capabilities With Acquisition of DigitalThink

Written by anol

March 26th, 2004 at 11:38 am

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Creating Effective Software Simulations

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From Macromedia RoboDemo Developer Center

“If you understand how users learn and what instructional methods are available to them, you will be able to create the type of demonstrations and simulations that stick in users’ minds. This article provides a template of the type of thinking that should go into your demonstrations and simulations before you launch RoboDemo. Much of what is included here is based on or adapted from the cognitive strategies and research of leading figures in the fields of cognitive studies and e-learning.”

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March 25th, 2004 at 11:34 am

Pesrpectives! Perspectives!

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exercises in style

“Exercises in Style was inspired by a work of the same name by the French writer Raymond Queneau. In that book, Queneau spun 99 variations out of a mundane, two-part text about two chance encounters with a mildly irritating character during the course of a day. He started by telling it in every conceivable tense, then by doing it in free verse and as a sonnet, as a telegram, in pig latin, as a series of exclamations, in an indifferent voice… you name it. The goal of this project is to apply the same principle to comics by creating as many variations as possible on a simple one-page non-story: different points of view, different genres, different formal games, and so on.”

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March 24th, 2004 at 11:31 am

ePortfolios and Weblogs: One Vision For ePortfolio Development

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ePortfolios and weblogs: one vision for ePortfolio development

Speculative paper discussing how the use of webogs and e-portfolios could be combined. Quite strong on the tech side of things, and I appreciated seeing an actual (proposed) e-portfolio XML example. In many ways, the e-portfolio described here plays the role of FOAF in distributed social networking services. By David Tosh and Ben Werdmuller.

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March 24th, 2004 at 11:31 am

Weblogs for Learning

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Comprehensive link list of articles and resources on “Weblogs for Learning”
by Stephan Mose in Seblogging

Many educators have given serious thought to the role of blogs in education – here are a few examples, pedagogical and otherwise.

Also today elearningpost posted “It’s A Blog World After All”

“Blogs were once the domain of angst-ridden teens and doomed presidential candidates. But the likes of Verizon, IBM, Microsoft, and Dr. Pepper are all climbing on the blogwagon. Turns out, Web logs are a nifty knowledge-management tool. And companies also see them as a promising medium for advertising (naturally).”

Written by anol

March 23rd, 2004 at 11:25 am