Instructional Blogging: Promoting Interactivity, Student-Centered Learning, and Peer Input

Stuart Glogoff wrote up his experiences teaching with blogs. The article is from 2005, and its main usefulness for me is that it validates some of my own practices — giving students individual blogs, requiring students to read and comment in peer blogs, and acknowledging that students will quickly abandon their blogs if they feel nobody (including the instructor) is reading them. As a valuable e-learning tool, blogging can be…

Why “Free Software” is better than “Open Source” – GNU Project – Free Software Foundation (FSF)

For the Open Source movement, the issue of whether software should be open source is a practical question, not an ethical one. As one person put it, “Open source is a development methodology; free software is a social movement.” For the Open Source movement, non-free software is a suboptimal solution. For the Free Software movement, non-free software is a social problem and free software is the solution. –Why “Free Software”…

Facebook competition fury after Nissan Australia awards prize to social media staffer’s ‘BFF’

AUTOMAKER Nissan Australia was trying to put the brakes on a social media backlash today after handing out a car as top prize in a Facebook competition to a friend of the employee managing the contest. The PR disaster came only a day after iconic national airline Qantas experienced a similarly negative reaction when it tried to gain some positive social networking buzz with a Twitter competition — and badly…

Epic fail for Qantas Twitter competition

Qantas on Tuesday invited users of the micro-blogging site to enter a “Qantas Luxury” competition, asking people to describe their “dream luxury in-flight experience” and possibly win a pair of Qantas first-class pyjamas and a toiletries kit. The timing of the PR exercise was questionable, coming just a day after Qantas and its unions broke off contract negotiations and after Qantas grounded its fleet in late October, a drastic move…