Sunday, January 31, 2010

Peter May talks about "Virtually Dead" on Info Island

Peter May appeared as his avatar Flick Faulds to discuss his book "Virtually Dead" - a murder mystery where Second Life and real life intersect. Great fun! At one point he was asked to read a passage out of the book and went to get a copy and came back without his glasses. The audience suggested "Check your inventory!" A snapshot here of the event held on Info Island in Second Life:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sloan report - Online Higher Education Enrollment

Stephen Downes reported on Kevin Carey's comment on the Sloan C report Learning on Demand: Online Education in the United States, 2009. Carey noted that the current Kaplan University ads are a "direct and harsh critique of traditional colleges and universities..." - and what's remarkable about that is I was thinking the same thing when I saw a Kaplan University ad the other day. Good advertising! As I write this, ads are available at See what you think!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Impact of Opencourseware on Paid Enrollment in Distance Learning Courses

Justin K. Johansen's dissertation - The Impact Of Opencourseware On Paid Enrollment In Distance Learning Courses - explores MIT's OpenCourceWare Initiative and Brigham Young University's OCW Independent Study Program - and subsequent enrollment in the same BYU courses for credit. David Wiley points out ( that this study presents evidence that a university can provide open access to courses and garner tuition-paying students. Interesting!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Metasearch EBooks: AddAll

A metasearch tool for ebooks reported on ResearchBuzz:
Metasearch Ebooks with AddAll
One of these days I'd like to have every Dorothy Sayers "Lord Peter Whimsey" detective novels on an ereader. Well, assuming I could afford all of them, it looks like this search engine helps identify what's available.