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Blog Archive for rstephe during June 2003

Several talks I attended this week touched on the important issue of online identity. A talk by Bill Yeager in the JXTA BOF Wednesday night described Virsona, a Sun research project to build a JXTA-based system of presence with ironclad security and privacy. Every individual has complete control over who can learn what about their location and activities. Virsona is targeted to the enterprise...
In a session Thursday afternoon, Michael Kölling and John Rosenberg demonstrated BlueJ, a Java IDE they had developed over the last seven years for teaching O-O programming. BlueJ's guiding philosophy is to make it possible to teach object-oriented concepts first, before students even begin to write code. It does so by representing the objects in a UML-like graphical format, and showing...
On their excellent presentation Tuesday afternoon, Jurgen Schmidt and Colm Smyth revealed (to me at least) that StarOffice has a Java programming API. How cool is that! This open up a number of intriguing possibilities. Controlling StarOffice programmatically(this could take care of writing “I will not talk in class” 100 times very nicely). Embedding StarOffice in a Java...
So what is Open Course collaboration? Collaboration and sharing are well established traditions in higher education. Just as academics collaborate on scientific research and publish their results freely, some are working together to build learning objects and share them with other faculty. Academic collaboration to build open learning objects, tools and standards is termed "open course"...