A few weeks ago I was slightly jet lagged but delighted to be stepping out on a crisp December morning to walk from my hotel to the Durham Users Conference. The weather was cold and frost lay thick on the ground but the welcome at the Durham University Business School could not have been warmer.
The theme of this two day conference was Connectivism. A core element of Connectivism is the use of a network, its nodes and connections as a metaphor for learning. Additional principles include that nurturing and maintaining connections across the network is crucial to facilitate continual learning. Also, knowing something currently may not be as important as knowing where within one’s network one can get the information.
Hello World! I have been waiting for this day to arrive for a long time. Why? Because after months of hard work by a dedicated team, today is the day we’re launching EduGarage TM. EduGarage is the new website developed specifically for developers and is the latest release from the Blackboard Beyond Initiative TM.
EduGarage is the home of the Blackboard Developer Network, a community of more than 2000 developers who create and share tools, applications and services for teaching and learning through Blackboard Building Blocks (R), Blackboard PowerLinks TM and Blackboard Language Packs. Now there is one central website for this community to interact and collaborate.
The website is based on the feedback of the developer community. Members said they wanted:
- a site that didn’t require a login and was open to anyone who wants to read information
- a wiki-based site that allowed for easy contributions and editing
- discussion forums where developers can ask questions and search for answers
- a way to connect with other developers to collaborate on projects
- a place to discover and contribute best practices, tutorials, documentation and other technical resources
- a site that was integrated with the Blackboard Download Center and Support Knowledge Bases
- a place to contribute and store sample code and open source code to share with the community
Welcome to EduGarage, a website and a community for everyone that developers can access and add to the content and communication, and then share all of that knowledge and experience with the rest of the education world.
Please visit the site. If you have questions, drop us a line at email@example.com.
If you are in Seattle for the Educause 2007 Conference please stop by the Blackboard booth, see a demo and enter to win a new iPod nano.