ruminators' ilk

faculty development, educational technologies, intellectual curieux, info provocations


Faculty Development News This Week:

Faculty Development

--"Empowering Online Teaching through Faculty Development"

This introductory chapter comes from the blog IDEAS: Instructional Design for E-Learning Approaches, 29 April 2004.

"Empowering Online Teaching through Faculty Development"

--"Online Course Design and Faculty Development"

This is also from IDEAS, 29 April 2004.

"Online Course Design and Faculty Development

--"Formal Course Design and the Student Learning Experience"

This article is from the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks(JALN),September 2003.

"Formal Course Design and the Student Learning Experience"

--Creation of UniSCOPE: A Model for Rewarding All Forms of Scholarship"

This article is from JALN, july 2003.


--"Coordinating Top-Down and Bottom-Up Strategies for Educational Reform"

This article is from Systemic Reform: Perspecitives on Personalizing Education, September 1994.

"Coordinating Top-Down and Borrom-UP Strategies"

Online Learning

--Seizing the Opportunity: The Quality and Extent of Online Education

This report is a publication of the Sloan Consortium, September 2003..

Seizing the Opportunity

This is a 32-page PDF file.

--"University Teachers' Reflections on Their First Online Teaching Experiences"

This article is from JALN, April 2004.

"...First Time Online Teaching Experiences"

This is a 14-page PDF file.

--"Best Online Instructional Practices"

This article is from JALN, April 2004.

"Best Online Instructional Practices"

This is a 26-page PDF file.

Building Community

"The Interactive University Project uses the Internet to open UC Berkeley’s resources and people to California’s K-12 schools and citizens. Our goal is to use technology for the improvement of teaching and learning while making accessible the knowledgein universities, museums and libraries."

Interactive University Project

Community Colleges

--"Anytime, Anyplace and the Community College: Ten Emerging Insights"

This article is from JALN, February 2004.

"Anytime, Anyplace and the Community College: Ten Emerging Insights"

This is a 6-page PDF file.

--"Mainstreaming Distance Learning into the Community College"

This article is from JALN, February 2004.

"Mainstreaming Distance Learning into the Community College

This is a 10-page PDF file.

Libraries / Knowledge Management

--Librarian Avengers

Read the introduction to this site:

"Ok, sure. We've all got our little preconceived notions about what librarians are and what they do. Many people think of them as diminutive civil servants, scuttling about "Sssh-ing" people and stamping things. Well, think again buster.

Librarians have degrees. They go to graduate school for Information Science and become masters of data systems and human/computer interaction. Librarians can catalog anything from an onion to a dog's ear. They could catalog you. Librarians wield unfathomable power. With a flip of the wrist they can hide your dissertation behind piles of old Field and Stream magazines. They can find data for your term paper that you never knew existed. They may even point you toward new and appropriate subject headings.

People become librarians because they know too much. Their knowledge extends beyond mere categories. They cannot be confined to disciplines. Librarians are all-knowing and all-seeing. They bring order to chaos. They bring wisdom and culture to the masses. They preserve every aspect of human knowledge. Librarians rule. And they will kick the crap out of anyone who says otherwise."

Look it up!

Librarian Avengers


--Blog Shop

This blog introduces blogging to educators.

Blog Shop

--The Year of the Blog

This Web site on blogging comes from Rutgers University.

The Year of the Blog


--Webquest: Blogs and RSS

"This WebQuest is the result of an individual study assignment for EDA 556 at ASU West, with Dr. Lance Wilhelm. The ideas and information presented come from several months of research which consisted primarily of following discussions in the Ed. Blogging community. This page attempts to acknowledge the primary influences and sources for this assignment."


Blog Grab Bag

"Jabber is a set of streaming XML protocols and technologies that enable any two entities on the Internet to exchange messages, presence, and other structured information in close to real time. The first Jabber application is an instant messaging (IM) network that offers functionality similar to legacy IM services such as AIM, ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo."

This utility is open source (free).

"Share a WebLink or an entire folder of WebLinks with any individual or group of users. Plan a vacation or event, keep a wish list, collect investment advice, research a school project, or track a company. " is an open sourse (free) RSS reader.

--"Patterns of Hypertext"

This article, written by a scientist at Eastgast Systems, discusses the " vocabulary of concepts and structures that will let us understand the way today's hypertexts and Web sites work."

Patterns of Hypertext


Type in a URL and you get an interactive graph of the link architecture. Move nodes around, retrieve them, get information on them.

TouchGraph is "a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to easily add sites you like to your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others."

With this issue, Ruminators' ILK will take a break from blogging and resume in mid August 2004, the beginning of fall term.

Wishing you serene ruminations this summer.

Blog editor, Colette Wanless-Sobel, and blog namesake, Percival Ennis (seven year old wether, Pygmy X Toggenberg) Photo Credit: Steven L. Sobel


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