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               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 166.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Subject: TL Infobits -- July 2008


TL INFOBITS     July 2008               No. 25          ISSN: 1931-3144

About INFOBITS

INFOBITS is an electronic service of The University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill ITS Teaching and Learning division. Each month the
ITS-TL's Information Resources Consultant monitors and selects from a
number of information and instructional technology sources that come to
her attention and provides brief notes for electronic dissemination to
educators.

NOTE: You can read the Web version of this issue at
http://its.unc.edu/tl/infobits/bitjul08.php

You can read all back issues of Infobits at
http://its.unc.edu/tl/infobits/

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15 Years of Infobits: Looking Back
Stakeholders in E-Learning Success
Mellon Report on the State of Scholarly Publishing Initiatives
Web Science
Webcasting Tips
Online Learning Books Online
Learning Games Reviews
Recommended Reading

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15 YEARS OF INFOBITS: LOOKING BACK

This month marks the fifteenth year of publishing Infobits. Looking
back over the early issues, I found it interesting to see how
information and instructional technologies in academe have changed and,
I hope, progressed over the years. Some of the items in the very first
issue (July 1993) included the following:

A quote from a WIRED magazine article announced "an intriguing new tool
for managing the cornucopia of information linked to the Internet." The
tool was the World Wide Web.

There was information on how to receive IBM publications -- via your
fax machine.

Answers to National Endowment for the Humanities grant questions could
now be emailed to you. Readers were given a telephone number and postal
address, but no email address, to request the service.

A new publication, CD-ROM TODAY, was announced with the speculation
that it "may fill the niche that the now-defunct MPC WORLD had intended
to fill." CD-ROM TODAY ceased publication in 1996.

The recommended reading was Michael Schrage's SHARED MINDS which
introduced the concept of collaborative environments. (Haven't read it
yet? You can now buy a used copy from an online bookseller for $0.47
US.)

-- Carolyn Kotlas
Editor of Infobits in all its incarnations:
          TL Infobits (2006-present)
          CIT Infobits (1998-2006)
          IAT Infobits (1993-98)

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STAKEHOLDERS IN E-LEARNING SUCCESS

In "Who Is Responsible for E-Learning Success in Higher Education? A
Stakeholders' Analysis" (by Nicole Wagner, Khaled Hassanein, and
Milena Head, JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY, vol. 11, no.
3 2008, pp. 26-36), the stakeholder groups that determine the success
of e-learning are identified along with their needs and
responsibilities. Stakeholder groups include students, instructors,
educational institutions, content providers, technology providers,
accreditation bodies, and employers. The authors provide a
Stakeholders' Responsibility Matrix to clarify the interdependencies of
these groups. The paper is available at
http://www.ifets.info/journals/11_3/3.pdf

The Journal of Educational Technology & Society [ISSN 1436-4522]is a
peer-reviewed, quarterly publication that "seeks academic articles on
the issues affecting the developers of educational systems and
educators who implement and manage such systems." Current and back
issues are available at http://www.ifets.info/

The journal is
published by the International Forum of Educational Technology &
Society. For more information, see http://ifets.ieee.org/

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MELLON REPORT ON THE STATE OF SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING INITIATIVES

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has recently released its 2007 Annual
Report. One of the essays in the document, "Scholarly Publishing
Initiatives," by Donald J. Waters and Joseph S. Meisel, reports on two
scholarly publishing initiatives that the Foundation funded: "one aimed
at increasing the capacity of university presses to publish first books
by junior scholars in fields where publication opportunities have
become constrained, the other at strengthening the substantive
relationship between university presses and their home institutions."

The essay is available at
http://www.mellon.org/news_publications/annual-reports-essays/presidents-essays/scholarly-publishing-initiatives/

The complete annual report is available at
http://www.mellon.org/news_publications/annual-reports-essays/annual-reports


See also:

"Mellon Foundation Assesses the State of Scholarly Publishing"
By Jennifer Howard
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, July 28, 2008
http://chronicle.com/daily/2008/07/3986n.htm

The Chronicle of Higher Education [ISSN 0009-5982] is published weekly
by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc., 1255 Twenty-third Street,
NW, Washington, DC 20037 USA; tel: 202-466-1000; fax: 202-452-1033;
Web: http://chronicle.com/

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WEB SCIENCE

"[T]he Web influences the world, and the world influences the Web. So
complex is the Web, with tens of billions of pages on the 'surface Web'
and hundreds of billions of documents in the 'deep Web', and so
interrelated with society (especially in the rich democracies) has it
become, that its health is a matter of real importance."

In "Web Science" (ALT ONLINE NEWSLETTER, Issue 12, May 2008), Kieron
O'Hara and Wendy Hall present their case for a new area of research --
Web Science. Such a discipline would encompass not only the fields of
computer science, mathematics, artificial intelligence, and
engineering, but also psychology, sociology, biology, economics, and
law. The authors believe that the field of learning technology would
benefit from and contribute to Web Science. The article is online at
http://newsletter.alt.ac.uk/e_article001068553.cfm

ALT Online Newsletter [ISSN 1748-3603] is published quarterly by the
Association for Learning Technology (ALT). The newsletter is available
at no cost on the Web at http://newsletter.alt.ac.uk/

ALT, with over 200 member organizations, is a "professional and
scholarly association which seeks to bring together all those with an
interest in the use of learning technology. For more information,
contact ALT Administration, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BP, UK;
tel: +44 (0)1865 484125; fax: +44 (0)1865 484165; email:
admin-AT-alt.ac.uk; Web: http://www.alt.ac.uk/

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WEBCASTING TIPS

In "Presenting from a Distance: Webcasting Tips" (Presentations.com,
July 14, 2008), Dave Paradi offers some simple, but useful, advice for
anyone giving a presentation via teleconferencing technology. He offers
tips to handle the following characteristics of giving such a
presentation:

          1. The Internet will limit what you can do.
          2. Your audience is multitasking.
          3. Graphics need more explanation.

The article is available at
http://www.presentations.com/msg/content_display/sales/e3i78e076c5490e1313478b4b3ec6950ed3

Presentations.com, published by Nielsen Business Media, Inc., is a
"comprehensive presenter's resource providing instant access to
up-to-date information on technology and techniques for effective
communication." Current and past articles are available at
http://www.presentations.com/

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ONLINE LEARNING BOOKS ONLINE

Two texts that focus on online learning have recently been released
online in PDF format and can be downloaded for free.

THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ONLINE LEARNING, 2nd Edition
Edited by Terry Anderson
Published by Athabasca University Press
http://www.aupress.ca/books/Terry_Anderson.php

This second edition "updates each chapter from the 2004 edition and
includes new chapters on social software, online learning philosophy,
business costing, and mobile learning." Anderson is professor and
Canada Research Chair in Distance Education at Athabasca University and
the editor of the INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF RESEARCH IN OPEN AND DISTANCE
LEARNING (http://www.irrodl.org/).


EDUCATION FOR A DIGITAL WORLD: ADVICE, GUIDELINES, AND EFFECTIVE
          PRACTICE FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
Co-published by BC Campus and the Commonwealth of Learning
http://www.col.org/colweb/site/pid/5312

The book "contains a comprehensive collection of proven strategies and
tools for effective online teaching, based on the principles of
learning as a social process. It offers practical, contemporary
guidance to support e-learning decision-making, instructional choices,
as well as program and course planning, and development."

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LEARNING GAMES REVIEWS

Games4Learning is an initiative to explore the use of computer games in
the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill curriculum. A new feature
has been added to the initiative's website: reviews of eight free or
low-cost games designed to be used as learning tools, and more game
reviews are planned. Reviews are written by students at or near the
intended age range of the games tested. To read the reviews and to
learn more about the Games4Learning initiative, see
http://learnit.unc.edu/games4learning/


Also of note:

The theme of the latest issue of the COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM (vol. 51,
no. 8, August 2008) is "Designing Games with a Purpose."
http://cacm.acm.org/

(Please note: for some papers, online access is not available to
non-subscribers.)

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RECOMMENDED READING

"Recommended Reading" lists items that have been recommended to me or
that Infobits readers have found particularly interesting and/or
useful, including books, articles, and websites published by Infobits
subscribers. Send your recommendations to kotlas-AT-email.unc.edu for
possible inclusion in this column.

"'wot do U tink?' (What Do You Think?)"
by M. O. Thirunarayanan
UBIQUITY, vol. 9, no. 30, July 29 - August 4, 2008
http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/volume_9/v9i30_thirunarayanan.html

"d Conventions of a # of d st8z, havN -AT- d tym of thR adoptin d
Constitution, expressed a desire, n ordr 2 prevnt misconstruction o
abuse of itz powRz, dat furthr declaratory & restrictive clauses shud b
+D: & az extending d ground of public confidNc n d Government, wiL best
ensure d beneficent ndz of itz institution."

No, your computer is not malfunctioning. As an entertaining exercise,
M. O. Thirunarayanan, faculty member in the Florida International
University College of Education, used a text converter (transl8it!) to
translate the text of the U.S. Bill of Rights into text messaging
language. Transl8it! is available at http://www.transl8it.com/

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