maandag, oktober 22, 2007

What if... this was your last lecture?

This has been picked up already in the blogosphere and on news sites, here, in the New York Times, or here.... But anyway.
The concept of the 'last lecture' is meant for professors to really think about what they would like to tell in their last lecture. A few 'last lectures' already have been given. A really powerful concept, isn't it? Forget all the humbug and daily routines: you have just so little time to deliver your last lecture. It better be good!
Recently, professor Randy Pausch really gave his last lecture. This wasn't just an exercise for him, since he has pancreatic cancer and only has a few months left to live. Just take a look at the video for a few minutes: it is really impressive. The video is brought to us under a Creative Commons license ("The video and transcript will technically be under a "creative commons" license, which will be a legal way of saying that you may use them for non-commercial purposes, so long as you don't alter them, and you give attribution. Please bear with me; figuring out that legal stuff is secondary to my other priorities.")

dinsdag, oktober 16, 2007

Please apply now!

Just a quick note: the Sakai Foundation seeks an User Experience Lead. Check out the job description at LinkedIn: "We have a unique opportunity for a talented individual to play a key leadership role in a global open source project that is developing a system for teaching, learning, and research in HIgher Education. The Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment ( is being adopted by many colleges and universities around the world."

dinsdag, oktober 09, 2007

[Dutch] Kom je naar onze pre-conference?

This is about the pre-conference that you can attend on Nov 13 in Utrecht (Jaarbeurs) at the SURF Onderwijsdagen 2007.
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"Iedere bezoeker van de SURF Onderwijsdagen zal wel eens van Sakai gehoord hebben. Maar nog weinigen hebben Sakai zelf aan den lijve ondervonden of er mee gewerkt. Een goed oordeel vellen over Sakai is dan moeilijk. Zowel de Universiteit Twente als de Universiteit van Amsterdam hebben uitgebreide ervaring met Sakai. Door middel van kleine opdrachten zullen we de deelnemers laten ervaren wat Sakai is.
Maar we gaan meer doen in deze pre-conference: we gaan ook uitleg geven over community source, over de Sakai Foundation, over het hoe en waarom van opensource etc.
We verwachten enige voorbereiding van de deelnemers. Zie
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Onze pre-conferentie is een co-productie van Wytze Koopal (Universiteit Twente), Jaeques Koeman en Frank Benneker (Universiteit van Amsterdam) en Jan van den Berge (Portfolio4u).
Als je je wilt opgeven, ga dan naar Als je onderwerpen of suggesties hebt voor de pre-conference, laat het ons dan weten. Bijvoorbeeld via een reactie op dit bericht.