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Manager of Software Development for Education Technology Services at Penn State. Manager of Blogs at Penn State.
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I remember that! Really good trip. One of the first rules is you don't mess with a sign printing business. I guess AT&T forgot that.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2011 on Subtle at Cole Camplese: Go
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Keep exploring and keep pushing. Gird your loins. Rock N Roll will never die. Watching and participating in ds106, and then seeing Wesch's new video, it does fire me up and make me think we are the verge of a new push forward, breaking through to the next level. The game has changed. The people Gardner summons in his monologue are playing an older game. They are playing soccer on a basketball court. Or maybe we are because no one has built the basketball court yet. Okay, enough stretching for metaphors.
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2011 on Bag of Gold at Cole W. Camplese
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I use posterous for my stuff. I too don't want to bother maintaining my own instance of WP and posterous has killer features for what I want to do. I did write my own exporter so I have a local copy of all my data, though. URL permanence? That is nice, but right now I just don't care. Eventually I'll move all the old stuff I've posted at the many blogs I have had over the past ten years into this one, so I can have once place to go looking. This once place will move over the years. That is just the way it is. My content is nomadic.
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I dig. We go into this and learn about certain engagement strategies as we go. Maybe even end up changing how a faculty member approaches what they do after they are forced to reflect on video. A learning experience for everyone and the potential for just great content.
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2010 on Open Insight at Cole W. Camplese
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Right on. I think having these growing spaces for reflection and sharing are so important. I have blogged in many different spaces over the years and when I moved I've never bothered taking my old stuff over. I still have it all somewhere. I think it has taken me a while to even begin to find my voice. I have had a hard time in the past valuing my posts even just for their personal importance. Wrong-headed of me. Happy blogoversary!
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2010 on Six Years at Cole W. Camplese
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My wife's grandmother had to find large type versions of every book she wanted to read. It just occurs to me now that if she had an ereader that may not have been a problem. Derek, apple's control and limiting of the device has indeed led to a device with enhanced capabilities in other areas, usability being chief among them. A non cocoa touch application will probably not follow the same ui conventions is one reason. Without a doubt there are trade offs you make with a device like the iPad. For many, these trade offs are beneficial in the short term. We will see what the long term holds.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2010 on Virginia's new iPad at Cole W. Camplese
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After reading and watching this, I just bought their album of covers from iTunes. I'll probably get their other album eventually.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2010 on What it Takes at Cole W. Camplese
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Is there a way to make this publication something other than a promotional material? Make it more like a real magazine? Am I way off base? I have to say I am a little confused at the moment as I am far removed from the demographic you speak of. Clarity may come over time.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2010 on Print? at Cole W. Camplese
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I left this comment over at one of my blogs ( but I thought I'd post it here too: I think it is a technology thing. Back when the main mode to communicate electronically was telephones, there was no way to talk to someone that wasn't right next to you with out using the telephone. The telephone would ring, it would be your job to answer it and talk to the person on the other end. Now with email, basecamp, IM, etc, it is more up to the receiver to decide when or if she will respond. Of course the downside of this is that there is no limit to amount of requests for communication one can receive. Since I have an email address, literally anyone in the world can request a slice of my time. While I am talking on one phone call, no one else can be also be talking to me (although I suppose they could be leaving a voice mail). Perhaps the difference between phone and email is that it takes both parties just as long to be engaged. If it takes me five minutes to engage in the communication, the person on the other end is tied up during that time. Contrast this with an email that may take the sender 30 seconds to compose, but the response requires 30 minutes. Anyway, back to the video. I am not sure what to think about this vision. One on hand, I agree that we need less interruption, less meetings, managers of one, and that technology can help enable an organization to function this way. One the other hand, there seems something strange that I cannot quite put into words about an office full of people working all day without talking to each other. This comes back to something I was wondering about lately: why do we even congregate in the same physical space anyway? Would we have more productivity if everyone just worked at their favorite coffeeshop, living room, library? I would be curious to see how much time the teams of three mentioned spend time physically interacting. I do agree with the premise of this post though. In our workplace, we don't deal with matters of life and death. There are no true emergencies.
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2010 on There are No True Emergencies at Cole W. Camplese
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While it is in fact parody, give it two years and it will be reality.
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I just checked my statements. You're right. I don't use 250 on the iphone as of now. The 3g is looking a little more appealing to me.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2010 on 250 a Month! at Cole W. Camplese
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Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2010 on Flash Forward? at Cole W. Camplese
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Brad is now following Beanmartian
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I feel this is a tough question. Looking at Dean Brady's two accounts, I don't really see a big difference at first glance. I can see the appeal of a slightly less nonsense account to keep students informed. Perhaps your "Dean" account would be fed by a blog or some other source. This blog could feed to both your twitter accounts. One of your accounts is still reflecting the "Whole Chris", but the other is simply disseminating the voice of the Dean. Here I am talking about actual solutions, and perhaps missing the deeper question. One thing I think is important in all of this is to remember to speak with the same voice in your Dean spaces as you do in your other online spaces. For the Dean twitter account to reach its full value, you should use it to express your genuine humanness and use it to participate in conversations. I am sure this won't be a problem for you, but it does perhaps make it harder to define the difference between the two accounts.
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2009 on Fractured Identity at Mapping the Long Road
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It makes perfect sense to me. It is the nature of bog content to be able to be part of multiple contexts at once. It makes sense for the blog posts you make as Dean to appear both in the long road and as part of the College of Liberal Arts community.
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2009 on A New Path on The Long Road at Mapping the Long Road
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I think this is a good idea in the long run. Even as someone who works with CMS's as part of my job, I don't want to be screwing around managing an install just for my own stuff, and typepad is an impressive platform.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2009 on Switching at Cole W. Camplese
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