Friday, November 07, 2008

Check out my new website

My current website is at
Mijn website is te vinden op

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

ccLearn: very promising ideas!

ccLearn was 'publicly' launched during the Sakai conference in Amsterdam in June of this year (picture). Fortunately they have made some progress. ccLearn is partnering with Google to create a so-called "Web-scale open education search". Please check it out at:

Open Education Search — ccLearn
Institutions have done amazing work creating and publishing OERs on the web, but the infrastructure to fully realize the value of these investments is still at the Web 1.0 level. Web-scale open education search is a component of taking the OER ecosystem to the next level, as well as a driver for interoperability and standards across OER implementations. (..) the goal is to increase the visibility and traffic to all specialized
OER repositories. There will always be a need for repositories that
focus on specific subsets of OER or allow for interaction with OER in
specialized ways. Our belief is that web-scale search will enable a
quantum leap in the awareness and utilization of OER by directing
interested users to existing sites more successfully.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Technosailor: what is your profile?

There is a great test for your ego: "Everyone is guilty of ego propping now and then. Some people are more guilty of the practice than others. Below is a test that will analyze how important you think you are."
Go to
I am like Matt Mullenweg.... apparantly.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Help NIET mee aan de SURFgroepen campagne

[dit is een oproep in het Nederlands] SURFnet is wel erg druk om SURFgroepen te promoten.... Nu staat er het volgende op SURFgroepen (bron):
"Oproep: help mee aan de SURFgroepen campagne
by SURFgroepen Portal Site Administrator 19/09/2007 16:58
Misschien heb je de radiospotjes al gehoord, of de advertenties gezien: SURFnet voert campagne om docenten en onderzoekers bekend te maken met SURFgroepen.
Graag roepen we de aangesloten instellingen op om mee te doen."

Ik zou de collega's in het land willen oproepen om NIET mee te doen aan deze campagne!
Wil je weten waarom ik deze oproep plaats? Omdat ik vind dat SURFnet hiermee nogal inbreuk maakt op wat er gaande is in onze instellingen, waar we net met veel moeite een Electronische Leeromgeving hebben geïntroduceerd.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

[Dutch] Spotlight on Gerard Bierens

Gerard werkt aan Fontys Hogescholen, en heeft goed weblog, vind ik! Zie bijvoorbeeld dit bericht over video en powerpoint. En Gerard gooit er meteen ook maar tien tips over wiki's tegenaan.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Intro to Open Education

David Wiley, who works at Utah State University (USA), has a great weblog, called iterating toward openness. This title is quite right I think; only by iterating, which implies making mistakes etc, we will reach more openness. One other aspect of David Wiley that I like very much, is that he sets an example of who to "do" openness. He just does it!
So, today he is starting his "Introduction to Open Education" course! There are already over 20 participants, from all over the world, signed up.
David is using a wiki to manage his course, nothing else. he expects that participants use weblogs to work on their assignments. How about that? We don't need fancy virtual learning environments, with all those roles.... Blackboard, eat your heart out ( I am referring to their claim on a certain patent here ).

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Wordprocessing on the web

We all know Google Docs (do we?). But innovation moves quickly in this era of Web 2.0. So, the next big thing is Buzzword. On eHub they call it The First Real Word Processor for the Web. The killer feature of Buzzword, apparantly, is that that what gets printed is exactly what's on your screen (or the other way around). Buzzword does this by using Flash technology. Don't get excited, yet, Buzzword is still in the invitation stage, which means that only invitees get to see and use it (and ofcourse they should write about it, as eHub did).