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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Slideshare defaults new Account Type from default!

Slideshare apparently added new Account Type options to improve users profiles. A drop down menu at the head of Personal Information pages offers choices of Default, Company, Event Organizer, and four more. That's all well and good, if one of the types fits you better than the default.


The problem is, on first login since Slideshare's update, I found a hot-linked organizational name glaring from the top corner of the display, which opened My Slidespace when I clicked on it. Though the slidespace then announced "Hello, [+ username]!" at the top right, the "Welcome back, ..." message in the sidebar to the left still displayed the organizational name.

The work around to get back to me required:
  1. Opening the user profile page for editing (Edit profile),
  2. Switching the Account Type to Default, and
  3. Saving the changes.
Talk about a make work proposition for users not seeking to usurp an entire organization's Slideshare identity! Why is it that web site builders seem to think they know better than users do what users' identities and preferences are?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

PABeaufaitBookmarks 09/26/2009


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Friday, September 25, 2009

PABeaufaitBookmarks 09/25/2009


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

PABeaufaitBookmarks 09/19/2009


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thanks for dropping by!

Though the chart below suggests that the number of visitors took a turn upward over the past few months, I'm at a loss to explain why. pab's potpourri has been on MyBlogLog for years, and I haven't pinged Technorati recently.

While I've embedded a few videos here and there, the main new development has been feeding Diigo bookmarks automatically into micro-posts. Are those what attracted extra attention to this potpourri? There is an aggregate feed from all my blogs on one or more of the others; maybe that's generating some cross-checking.

If you're here checking out this post, and have a few keystrokes to spare, would you please leave a brief comment explaining what brought you here? I'd sure appreciate it.

PABeaufaitBookmarks 09/18/2009


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

PABeaufaitBookmarks 09/17/2009


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

PABeaufaitBookmarks 09/15/2009

  • Seems to be for fixed displays, rather than auto updating transclusions

    tags: documents, Google, imports, Slideshare, spreadsheets, transclusions

    • We will not ask you for your credentials.
  • "This collection is for anyone interested in the use of mobile technology for various distance learning applications. Readers will discover how to design learning materials for delivery on mobile technology and become familiar with the best practices of other educators, trainers, and researchers in the field, as well as the most recent initiatives in mobile learning research. Businesses and governments can learn how to deliver timely information to staff using mobile devices. Professors can use this book as a textbook for courses on distance education, mobile learning, and educational technology." (Details, ¶1)

    tags: mobile learning, distance learning, distributed learning, mobile technology

    • This collection is for anyone interested in the use of mobile technology for various distance learning applications. Readers will discover how to design learning materials for delivery on mobile technology and become familiar with the best practices of other educators, trainers, and researchers in the field, as well as the most recent initiatives in mobile learning research. Businesses and governments can learn how to deliver timely information to staff using mobile devices. Professors can use this book as a textbook for courses on distance education, mobile learning, and educational technology.
  • "The site is designed to help distance educators and their students to select appropriate methods of course development and delivery. Athabasca University (AU) in Alberta is Canada's Distance Education University, teaching over 20,000 students around the world, completely via distance education methods and media. The evaluation site is maintained by AU's Centre for Distance Education (CDE), as a collaborative activity by its faculty and graduate students." (Intended Audience, ¶1)

    Retrieved 2009.09.14, "last updated February 21, 2008" (page footer)

    tags: applications, asynchronous, evaluations, free, online, synchronous, tools

    • The highest priority is given to software that can be downloaded from the internet
      and used at no cost.


      New product categories will be added, and the existing ratings updated.

    • he site is designed to help distance educators and their students to select appropriate methods of course development and delivery. Athabasca University (AU) in Alberta is Canada's Distance Education University, teaching over 20,000 students around the world, completely via distance education methods and media. The evaluation site is maintained by AU's Centre for Distance Education (CDE), as a collaborative activity by its faculty and graduate students.
  • Dragos "grouped the tips into several areas: content, layout, plugins, promotion, networking and money" (¶1).

    tags: blogging, blogs

    • This post is a follow-up of my first “100 things” attempt, 100 Ways To Live A Better Life, which was absolutely a blast. This time, for your convenience, I grouped the tips into several areas: content, layout, plugins, promotion, networking and money.
    • I grouped the tips into several areas: content, layout, plugins, promotion, networking and money.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Monday, September 14, 2009

PABeaufaitBookmarks 09/14/2009

  • Suggests communities support collaboration

    tags: collab-bk-collaboration, collaboration

    • E-learning communities are groups of people connected solely via technology. All interactions begin and occur over the Internet, through conference calls, via videoconferencing, and so forth. These communities promote virtual collaboration that's focused on addressing a specific topic, and they are supported by one or more online learning and media tools.
    • Blended learning communities integrate online learning and face-to-face meetings. Two core assumptions of this type of community are 1) deep personal relationships between learners create richer collaborative learning experiences and 2) relationships between learners can be strengthened through structured group interactions that employ technology before and/or after a face-to-face learning event.
  • Defines and explains benefits of collaboration, list additional resources

    tags: collab-bk-collaboration, collaboration

    • At it's simplest level, collaboration may be simply sharing information with another person, department, or organization...at it's most advanced level, collaboration involves unifying communication processes and content and establishing forums for accessing resources and building content and value together. An effective collaborative project that is sustained may involve into more complex relationships and purposes

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

PABeaufaitBookmarks 09/11/2009


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Herding Cats

This appears to be the source of a concept I recall James Farmer included in a presentation years ago. If you recall that pres., and know where it is, I'd appreciate a pointer to help me track it down.

PABeaufaitBookmarks 09/09/2009


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

PABeaufaitBookmarks 09/08/2009


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

PABeaufaitBookmarks 09/05/2009


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Friday, September 04, 2009

The Machine is (Changing) Us: YouTube and the Politics of Authenticity

Wesch (YouTube, 2009.07.16) presents "a brief history" and extolls a new age of "whatever" (33:44 min.), which as Couros (2009.07.21) suggests is well worth our time.

pabspotpourri 09/04/2009


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Removing mail from servers

Now that I've switched to LDAP mail services for most of my accounts (three of five), to enable synchronization across multiple machines, in various venues, I have run into problems where message that I'm sure I sorted, replied to, or deleted, show up again as unread messages. That is, mainly in alternate users areas (Restorers) in which I hardly ever open mail.


In Mac Mail, I used to delete trashed messages permanently from mail servers after a month, just in case I mishandled some, and didn't discover the errors in my ways till more than a week afterwards. I'm resetting preferences to delete them after one week, and may switch to after one day, or to when quitting mail, if necessary.

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