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The Rise of the Do-It-Yourself Portal

In the past few days, I've found a number of new portals online. I'm starting to wonder if we can't learn a thing or two from what's happening. First, via Eisenblog, came Open Learn University's portal, created by Stuart Brown in Netvibes to support OU students and instructors. Then I find Crimson Connect, the student-run Harvard University portal, developed in the wake of student dissatisfaction with Harvard's "Official" website. (Take... Read more →

The Age of Conversation E-Book Coming July 16

Amy Jussel of Shaping Youth pinged me today to let me know that The Age of Conversation is going to be available on Monday, June 16, with all proceeds going to benefit Variety the Children's Charity. Amy has more here on the project. I first heard about the book back in April when Drew McLellan posted the idea and began asking for authors. The premise was simple: 100 authors. We're... Read more →

Schedule Your Meetings with Doodle

Have you ever tried to schedule a meeting with several participants? It can be a nightmare of emails and back and forth phone calls as you try to find the perfect date and time. Lately my meeting planning has been much easier as I've started to use Doodle to set things up. Here's what I do (more instructions here): Click on Create a Poll. Name my poll and identify myself... Read more →

Reflections on Trust

I've been thinking a lot lately about trust. Major surgery has a way of doing that. So here's the question that's been boiling around in my brain, in between pain meds, Eat, Pray, Love and a trip through Season 3 of Six Feet Under--How can we put our lives in the hands of strangers? I mean, literally put our lives in their hands? A specialist performed my surgery, a man... Read more →

Light Blogging This Week

Just a quick post to say that blogging will be light to nonexistent this week and my responses to emails/comments sparse. I'm recovering from surgery and between pain meds and the discomfort of sitting up, I'm not able to spend a lot of time on my computer. I should be up and blogging by the end of this week or the beginning of next, though. And I promise to answer... Read more →