Archive for March, 2005

Sayonara to Marlon

'Sayonara', starring Marlon Brando, was set in post-war Japan. Brando plays a Korean war flying ace who is stationed in Kobe in 1951. This is meant to encourage him to marry the general's daughter, but somehow he gets distracted by a female Japanese performer. This is a no-no in post-war Japan, with 'strict' regulations against […]

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America’s “Freedom’?

Dubya loved to crow about the "freedom" and "peace" that he brought to the "Iraqi people", since the "victory" in Iraq. The USATODAY poll of April 2004 showed that the majority thought of the Americans as occupiers (71%), not liberators (19%) and that the invasion brought more harm (46%) than good (33%). While they are […]

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On-line Presence or Dumping Ground?

Let's make e-learning more about communication between learners and less about posting of content, so we can achieve an on-line presence which is equal to, or even better than, a classroom context. Most people need a teacher to guide them through their learning, and a classroom context to give structure to that learning. That is, […]

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What is Effective e-Learning?

A lot of what passes for 'e-learning' is really a dumping ground for content (most often PowerPoint slides - ugh.) Learning should be as authentic as possible, with students learning by solving interesting and appropriately challenging problems. This applies whether it is via e-learning or in a classroom. Bized of the UK, a "service for […]

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Re-invention Necessities

I'm fascinated by PHP at the moment. It is a programming language that was developed only in the last few years as an open-source concept. The acronym 'PHP' originally stood for Personal Home Page and it was developed byRasmus Lerdof as a short add-on to HTML for simple form processing. It has grown rapidly and […]

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Blogging by the Students

There is explosive growth in the 'blogosphere'. Can blogs be used effectively as learning tools or will that just ruin the students' enjoyment of them? We struggle with this notion - same thing with instant messaging. I came across an interesting bunch of inter-linked blogs by students from a certain Singaporean polytechnic (studying mass communication). […]

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