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Next: February 2nd, February 18th.

Current. Number 29 - January 19th: Microsoft fails to overturn software patent ruling / ALT-C 2004 / The future of computing (web services and grid) / New browser for people with learning difficulties / Free PCs, with compulsory advertising / Papers and journals from Ray Schroeder, from Kings College London Department of Educational and Professional Studies, and from Chimera / Award-winning, open source browsers and e-mail clients / WebXACT web page accessibility and quality testing-tool / Top ten list of the most critical web application security flaws / Cascading style sheets / Jakob Neilsen on email / BBC guide on how to get broadband / North London Broadband for Learning service / Bike-powered and pocket-sized PCs / Click on the fish.

Number 28 - January 5th: Weblinks now has 5000 resources / Everett Rogers, John Naisbitt, and Diana Laurillard speaking at public meeting in Oxford on 22/1/2004 / Search tools: excellent Flash animation showing the underlying relationships; also a convenient place from which to test the 4 "core" search engines / Kolabora: a new web site about online collaboration tools / Review of iSociety report on Technology in UK Workplaces (ending the spectacle of "chauffeur-driven PCs") / Retrospective comments on 1994 predictions about the life of a knowledge worker in 2004.


Number 27 - December 22nd: Sharing personal data between public sector organisations / E-envoy post to lapse / Massive Chinese deal to use Open Source alternative to Microsoft Office / Superb tool for searching merged catalogues of 26 major libraries / Equal Opportunities Commission web site for legal advisers / Jane Knight's e-Learning Centre / Review of VLE Accessibility / New tool for making online assessments / Infobits / Guidance on the design of accessible on-screen text / New Curiosity Shop / Flaw fixed in mailing list service.

Number 26 - November 21st: Yet more on software patents / PricewaterhouseCoopers report on Ufi Ltd / London seminar for publishers and librarians on recent developments in standards including OAI and RSS / Newham Council to switch to Open Office from Microsoft Office? / Post-code level access to UK Census data / 5 new guides on e-learning from the LTSN / Multilingual resources about online distance learning and online networking / eduSourceCanada, including excellent technical glossary / eGov Monitor / Interesting projects at MIT's Centre for Educational Computing Initiatives / Inaccessibility of visually-oriented anti-robot tests / Legal risks and liabilities for IT services in HE and FE / Richlist / Urban myths.

Number 25 - October 31st: More on software patents (and if UK based, writing to your MP) / Open Source Deployment and Development Conference in Oxford on 11/12/2003 / Port Cities web site launched, with 60,000 newly digitised images / New UK Central Government Web Archive / "How to" Articles and e-Learning White Papers / Ministry of Defence e-Learning Policy / New NLN Guide to standards for high quality content / How Effective is Multimedia in Online Training? / Business benefits of web standards / Tutorial on Cascading Style Sheets / Migrating to Open Source Software / Open Source Content Management Systems / New Yorker article about Iraq intelligence by Seymour Hirsh / The Sound of the Big Bang.

Number 24 - October 10th: Major web site usability award won by North Tyneside College / National Training Award won by LeTTOL / Richard Stallman to speak in Sheffield / UK Government Open Source Trials / Microsoft alters Internet Explorer in response to Eolas lawsuit / E-Government Bulletin / JISC Infonet / Quicktime videos from the ALT Conference / Readership breakdown.

Number 23 - September 26th: Tim Berners-Lee's Royal Society Lecture / Conference on Innovative Approaches to Learning and Assessment /Analysis of Internet Access in the UK / Sun Java Desktop / Epic plc Future of E-learning Report / Techwatch / Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks / Why insist on standards conformant web sites? / IMS Global Learning Consortium / Academic content management systems.

Number 22 - September 12th: Babson & Sloan report on the quality and extent of online education in the US / UK Government web sites: poor and falling utilisation of UKonline, and a change in role for the Cabinet Office's e-Envoy? / Eolas court victory against Microsoft and its impact on the WWW / Broadband Regional Aggregation Project / Wayback machine / MIT Open Coursware now firing on 12 cylinders / al.chem' / Leaving Reality Behind / Children's Literacy and Popular Culture.

Number 21 - August 29th: GCSE English Online 2002-2003 results / Conservative Party attack on BBC News web site / Open source alternative to Windows, Internet Explorer, and Office / new web accessibility site / Economist articles on blogging and viruses / Workload management for the online environment / Semantic web, RDF, and XML / more on PowerPoint / internetisshit (sic) / water-cooling for PCs.

Number 20 - July 11th: Launch of DfES e-learning strategy consultation / More on the Open Source Advisory Service / Spam / Microscopy online / More on the Semantic Web / RSS / Open source courseware - comparison table / Tools for synchronous interaction / Quizmaster / BBCi / Recycling computer consumables for charity / Not-for-profit online computer shop / Fuel cells for laptops.

Number 19 - June 20th: Open Source Software Advisory Service / Literacy and numeracy resources / Epic Group white papers / IBM on "autonomic computing" / new Resource Discovery Network tutorials / Enhancements to David Wiley's reusability web site / More Sloan-C effective practice examples / Ascilite paper concerning learning object portability / An explanatory article about RSS in education / Embedding learning technologies in higher education / The cognitive style of PowerPoint / Mobile phones with petrol engines instead of batteries.

Number 18 - June 6th: Becta expert technology seminars / Web site accessibility tool purchased for all 750 UK universities and colleges / Spectacular English language and English literature teaching resource site / e-learning programme on sustainable agriculture / Applied science learning object repository / Useful chatroom tool / Report on implementation of course management systems / Communities of practice / Observing users who listen to web sites / Mobile devices and wireless technology in education / Birmingham, it's a city of love...... / Mastercare nightmare.

Number 17 - May 16th: Web Content Accessibility / Growth in college and university online learning in the US / No one standard will suit all / National Skills Strategy / Bodmas / New approach to evaluating (online) courses / Online communities of practice / Out of office replies - do not use / Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks / Online journal access in UK Further and Higher Education / More on Graph paper / Svalbard.

Number 16 - May 2nd: National Audit Office report on public sector software procurement / Spam / Business impact of Linux / Portables and handhelds in education / Maricopa Learning Exchange / Open source e-learning platform / Citizenship, technology and learning / Critique of learning objects / IPR in e-learning / Graph paper / insecurity in QJUMP.

Number 15 - April 18th: JISC Open Source Software Advisory Service / W3C European Semantic Web Tour / eEurope 2005 Action Plan and access for people with disabilities to web services / South Yorkshire e-Learning Programme - preferred bidder announced / Sloan Consortium Newsletter / Computer supported collaborative learning / Educational technology web-logs / Uranostinden in Norway.

Number 14 - March 28th: Email flow and the power in organisations / Performance assessment of UK public-sector web sites / e-learning and widening participation - conference in Sheffield on 8/5/2003 / British Standard on e-support in electronic learning systems / The Rational Enquirer / Guide to producing readable, accessible on-screen text / Corporate view on open source software / Intranet portal design / A guide to GPRS.

Number 13 - March 7th: Resolution 1441 / e-Envoy to face budget cuts? / Version 5 of eGIF published / World Wide Web Consortium membership analysis (sort of) / e-Learning standards - interesting Canadian "take" / CETIS pedagogy forum / Changes to W3Schools site / Glossaries - general, and mobile / Games-based digital learning - links and public meeting / Wireless hand-held devices in higher education / Evaluating and implementing managed learning environments / RSS tutorial / Australian flexible learning community / ALT paper to the Joint Implementation Group / World's most useful mousemat / Robots - Magna meets its match.

Number 12 - February 21st: BS8426 / Is Google too powerful? / New NLN website / Survey of 500 European Schools use of VLEs / Usability: scrolling, and cascading menus / New content on Sloan-C Effective Practices site / UK-based courses about e-learning / White papers from Epic Group / Word for Northerners.

Number 11 - January 31st: how to get a site indexed and highly ranked by popular search engines.

Number 10 - January 17th: BBC Digital Curriculum / Star Office and Open Office / Lucid, readable, short paper on reusable learning objects / Marchmont Web Flash / Web Accessibility / Diana Laurillard / "Worldometers" (sic) / Syllabus Radio

Number 9 - January 3rd: Iraq / Public Library of Science / Creative Commons / Computers not "working" in schools? / UK eUniversity briefing papers / 6th Framework Programme / Learning Lab / Who invented spam?


Number 8 - December 23rd: TechLearn will close / Design Guide for Developers of Educational Software / IMPACT2:second instalment / Semantic web / E-Learning and the Science of Instruction / RDN Case studies / IMS Learning Design Best Practice and Implementation Guide / Notes on Learning Objects Symposium / LMS Review / University of Kingston Blackboard case study / Iceland - putting UK Online to shame / Economist article about internet success stories / Feedback form

Number 7 - November 29th: European Academic Software Awards / GCSE English Online / The National Learning Network - A Strategic Framework for Development 2002/2005 / World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Validation Tools / e-Government Interoperability Framework Version 4 / Final report from the National Learning Network (NLN) evaluation team / British Pathe news-reel archive / Freedom of Information Act / More on Flash / Fontscape / Training refugee doctors online / Semantic Web Metadata for e-Learning - Some Architectural Guidelines

Number 6 - November 15th: Flash / Sloan-C "Five Pillars of Quality Online Education" report / GCSE English Online - final evaluation / (Expensive) reviews of individual learning management systems / A longish list of links mainly about Learning Objects / Gordon Bennett / elgooG

Number 5 - November 1st: Open Source Learning Management Systems / Learning design / New Research on ICT in Schools / Quiz Master - the DIY Quiz Game Generator / Wearing 4 pairs of shoes - by Ed Hootstein / Blending Online and Traditional Instruction in the Mathematics Classroom / JISC Legal Information Service / Converting speech to sign-language

Number 4 - October 18th: GCSE English Online / Plagiarism Advisory Service / Formative assessment / e-Learning Market Insight Report / Distance Learning Yet to Hit Home / Usability and Accessibility of PDAs in Education / The Disability Discrimination Act Part 4 / Workhouses

Number 3 - October 4th: The Benefits of Accessible Web Design / Dive into accessibility / Ability Hub / MIT OpenCourseWare Pilot / Dia - open source alternative to Microsoft Visio / TUC Education Annual Report 2002 / Weblogs in Education - Edublogs? / Transforming Education and Training Through Advanced Technologies / IMS Global Consortium Open Technical Forum / Text vs audio vs video / Bullshit generator

Number 2 - September 20th: PDF guides to Office 2002 applications / TechDis / American Society for Training and Development / Making Sense of Learning Specifications & Standards / eLearnaccredit / LeTTOL / Sun pushing Linux / eArmyU demographics June 2002 / Haiku Error Messages / Design Tutor

Number 1 - September 6th: Keeping up with the Learning and Skills Council / Get On With IT Report / Report of the LSC's Distance and Electronic Learning Group / Information Paper from the New Opportunities Fund Technical Advisory Service / Interoperability standards / Recombo / The DNA (UGH) of eLearning / TridentList / Fridge in car

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