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Archive for September, 2005

Blog Search : Google Launched new service

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Google launched the blog-search service – Google Blog Search.

Google Blogsearch

Blog Search is Google search technology focused on blogs. Google is a strong believer in the self-publishing phenomenon represented by blogging, and we hope Blog Search will help our users to explore the blogging universe more effectively, and perhaps inspire many to join the revolution themselves. Whether you’re looking for Harry Potter reviews, political commentary, summer salad recipes or anything else, Blog Search enables you to find out what people are saying on any subject of your choice.

Your results include all blogs, not just those published through Blogger; our blog index is continually updated, so you’ll always get the most accurate and up-to-date results; and you can search not just for blogs written in English, but in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and other languages as well.

Written by anol

September 14th, 2005 at 9:05 am

Posted in Social Media

Flash and Dreamweaver 8 : grab them now!

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Macromedia Flash 8 is available for download now.

Flash 8 tutorialsHere are some introduction tutorial for some of the new features with these new On Demand presentations.

Dreamweaver 8 is all about XML and CSS. Some good tutorials are posted at Devnet.

Meanwhile at Microsoft : Upcoming new version of office (O12) looking good! Especially the Open XML formats. UI looks great too – some screenshots are posted here.

Written by anol

September 14th, 2005 at 6:49 am

Posted in Rich Media Design

Live classroom vs. Recorded on-demand version

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Is it Live or is it Memorex? By Lisa Neal, eLearn Magazine and Saul Carliner, Concordia University

Live sessions are compelling in three ways. First is that a live speaker is far more engaging—the inevitable “ums,” “ahs,” and pauses notwithstanding. A recorded session can be edited to remove flaws, but a live session offers authenticity. Second is that other people have joined the session and generally participants can see who else is there. Finally, participants can interact with the presenter and with each other. Even though many people don’t avail themselves of this opportunity, the fact that the possibility exists shapes the learning experience.

Written by anol

September 14th, 2005 at 5:50 am

Elearning best practices : do you really practice those?

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Best Practices Gaps, Part I by Susan Smith Nash

Best practices and online learning benchmarks are good, but limited. They fail to identify the places where institutions are likely to fall short, and they do not provide the kind of information that one needs when all systems fail, and students, faculty, support staff, and administrators are at their wits’ ends because demand has outstripped capacity, and the only way to meet commitments is to go desperately into the red (fiscally speaking), and to ignore learner outcomes, although they are now mandated by the State in which the institution makes its home.

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September 14th, 2005 at 5:47 am

Intranet needs analysis

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Conducting intranet needs analysis by James Robertson

The fundamental question to ask for all intranets is: what is the intranet actually for? While this is an easy question to ask, answering it meaningfully involves gaining an in-depth understanding of staff and organisational needs.

While much has been written about the design of intranets, less is said about how to ensure that the intranet contains useful information and tools.

At the end of the day, staff will use an intranet if it is useful. To ensure this, there are a range of practical ‘needs analysis’ techniques that can be used to identify staff (and organisational) requirements.

This article provides an overview of these techniques, as well as discussing how to analyse and use the results of the research.

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September 14th, 2005 at 5:44 am