Index - Random stories
- True story: Lost mouse (January 09, 2012)
- Purse Dock (July 23, 2011)
- Fear of ridicule does not work (July 23, 2011)
- Grease Only (June 04, 2011)
- Zombies (April 21, 2011)
- 555 (March 10, 2011)
- Simulation funnies (March 05, 2011)
- Wild Thrills (November 13, 2010)
- Out of ink (November 09, 2010)
- Halloween 2010 (October 31, 2010)
- Oops... Somebody hates me (September 27, 2010)
- Zen Habits - Stillness returns (September 04, 2010)
- Microsoft Bob (August 09, 2010)
- I never thought... (July 24, 2010)
- Livescribe dot paper (May 30, 2010)
- Candid photo (May 16, 2010)
- If I had spare time... (April 20, 2010)
- Toys & Papers (March 30, 2010)
- Lucky, Comp Sci (March 20, 2010)
- I still got it (February 11, 2010)
- Haircut (January 16, 2010)
- New Year's Resolutions 2010 (December 26, 2009)
- Freaky (December 14, 2009)
- Random (December 09, 2009)
- Computer Tip (November 05, 2009)
- Ohs (September 19, 2009)
- h4, h4, h4 (August 16, 2009)
- Nice muscles (March 05, 2009)
- Saw a psychic (July 07, 2008)
- Frosssone the Snake (December 07, 2007)
- Household objects on the University Bridge (September 11, 2006)
- Spot of humour (August 02, 2006)
- Women's stockings (May 18, 2006)
January 09, 2012
This is a true story. It happened to me, today.
It's Monday morning, and I decide to get my desk back in order now that the holidays are officially over. I faintly recall packing my wireless mouse away at the end of December, deciding to use my trackpad on the laptop while my office is in sleep mode for a couple weeks.
Anyway, this morning I can't find the mouse anywhere. I check the communal equipment drawers with extra USB cables, other mice, etc. but I can't find mine. I check my own filing cabinet, certain it's there, but it's not. I check my bookshelf. I check every zipper and pocket in the satchel I carry between home and work every day. I rummage all around my desk, looking under papers and books. I check my filing cabinet again, because I know that's exactly where I would put it if I were packing it away. I check my bookshelf again. I consider asking my colleagues whether they've seen it, but I don't. I post a silly message on my status update saying how embarrassing this is that I actually lost my computer mouse. I mean, who loses their computer mouse? Apparently, me.
The story gets better.
After I glumly accept that maybe I can survive without my mouse after all and use my trackpad, and I really can't afford to waste any more time on this, I glimpse to the left of my laptop. There's my mouse. Right there. My desk is quite clean and clear and there are no papers within reach to even obscure the view. The mouse is right exactly next to my laptop, on the left. Normally, I keep my mouse on the right side of my laptop. Oh. My. Gosh. Seriously?
So, there we have it. If you ever feel like you have done something silly, I invite you to come and read this blog entry. Perhaps it will make you feel better.
July 23, 2011
Somebody please invent this: a purse dock. I carry around the cell phone, iPod, LiveScribe pen, and USB thumb drive thing with a whackload of PDF files (research papers) that need synchronization between home computer, work computer, laptop, iPad. Whenever I come home, I always put my purse in the same place. Whenever I arrive at work, I always put my purse in the same place. While the purse sits, Purse Dock should charge all of the batteries on various devices and synchronize files without requiring attention from me.
Thank you. Now, if you will excuse me while I go and live another day carrying a cell phone with zero charge on the battery. Again. ;-)
I didn't have any of these things when I went to university. Nope, not even the cell phone. My life as a grad student is very different than undergrad! I remember when I went to class, I had my laptop with me, but I felt embarrassed about taking it out because it was pretty rare to bring one to class; most people didn't have them. Now, most people DO have them.
What is the past tense of "browse"? Brose? Browsed?
This morning, I perused my old blog entries. In 2 to the N, I discussed the significance of the power of 2 in computer science and I expressed embarrassment for not understanding this concept in a deep and fundamental way. I thought that if I blogged publicly about it, I might be motivated to learn it out of fear of ridicule. That was a year and a half ago. I still don't get it. Therefore, fear of ridicule does not work.
I will tell you one thing though: There is no better person to teach me than myself. Reading the entry, I absorbed it easily because it was tailored exactly to how my mind works. Today, I have something to build from. That is why blogging is awesome.
June 04, 2011
I had a really good idea, and was turning it over in my head. It's going to turn into my summer project.
But, more on that later.
You see, as I was churning my idea, I was gazing out my window. Do you know what is outside my window? No? I will tell you. If you look down, it is an alley, with dumpsters. If you look up, it is beautiful gothic campus architecture, sky, clouds, sunshine, and a little bit of tree.
Anyway, I was looking down. One large black bin read, "GREASE ONLY". I assumed it was from the campus food court nearby. I wondered, Where does used cooking grease go? So, I Web Searched, "Recycled Restaurant Grease".
In my search results, I got companies that recycle the grease into bio-diesel. COOL!
So that is all. I thought that was very cool. I didn't know that used cooking oil could be turned into bio-diesel. Now I do.
And now I will get back to my thesis.
Oh, and another thing. I think that these strange digressions (i.e. a computer scientist googling about recycling restaurant grease, wha...?) are an important part of the creative process. Why are students guilted for this? Sure, it could be called procrastination. But I call it BREATHING. In and out, rest, in and out, continue.
When I am in a rush, I will skip such digressions. But I have a hypothesis that skipping such digressions can stunt creativity. Yes, some discipline is required to stay focused on the thesis and not spend a whole day on YouTube. But I have found that my passionate thirst for knowledge is enough to keep me in check; I don't need the shame or guilt imposed from the outside.
Grease, grease grease.
April 21, 2011
One or two times per week, my daughter sleeps in a little, which gives me the chance to sneak in a few minutes of World of Warcraft in the morning before I get her dressed, fed, and she and my husband and I all leave for work/daycare.
Thus, today if I encounter any feelings of disappointment or defeat, at least I know that this morning I single-handedly defeated an entire army of zombies while sitting atop the shoulders of an epic King of Giants.
March 10, 2011
haha, my last entry was number 555.
That is all!
March 05, 2011
Today, I set up a simulation environment using AnyLogic to represent learners navigating through an online course and adding materials of their own. While I was building the learner model, I gave each learner-agent a state chart diagram that showed that they could be Attentive, Curious, Stressed, Angry, etc..
Naturally, I was eager to run the simulation so I pushed Run, fully knowing that I hadn't finished putting together the model yet. I told the system that I wanted 100 learners.
Here is the hilarious part -- I ran the simulation, and then I arrowed through each individual learner. Every single one of them had transitioned to the state called "Bored"!!! I had not programmed in any logic at all to put conditions on each of the state transitions. The outcome of everyone being bored was merely a consequence of the order in which I had drawn the boxes and arrows into the system. But it did make sense -- Since I hadn't programmed any Concepts in the online course, of course everyone would be bored!
The things that I find hilarious!
Anyone else think so too?
If you are interested in learning about some great simulation software, check out Professor Osgood's website (i.e. the instructor of the class that I am doing this project for.) There are some great videos, audio recordings and PDF slides of lectures and tutorials teaching you how.
November 13, 2010
This is a story about the kind of thing that thrills me.
I've been playing World of Warcraft lately, and my character has ventured into a continent called Northrend, in a "province" called the Howling Fjord. The only way for me to arrive at Northrend is by boat, which docks into the Howling Fjord province in a settlement called Valgarde. The settlement is under perpetual attack by a group of people called the Vrykul. My character in the game has the opportunity to grow in skill and earn money by assisting the settlement's defence.
I am getting to the point of this post, i.e. naming the Wild Thrill. :)
For many days, I believed that the only way to access the larger part of Northrend was to fight your way through the battle with the Vrykul into their own village, and out their own gates. During my business throughout the Howling Fjord, it was always kind of a pain to have to fight through the Vrykul village every time I needed to do business in Valgarde. I would pick up a lot of good loot along the way, but it was time consuming.
So here is the point of my post. Today I discovered a secret passage in Valgarde that takes you up a mountain, across a bridge that goes over a magnificent waterfall. Up, up, up you tavel and suddenly you are overlooking the entire land and you can freely travel beyond to the rest of Northrend without having to battle through the Vrykul village! That is so cool!
Perhaps I am the only person who will appreciate this Wild Thrill. I love to discover "secret" passages which turn out to be huge optimizations. It probably would not have been such a thrill had I not spent so much time fighting my way through the "hard way" for several days prior.
Okay, that is all. Time to get back to work while the kiddo is still sleeping!
November 09, 2010
Today, approximately 2 sentences into my 3-hour class, my pen ran out of ink.
Luckily, I always keep a back-up in my purse.
But the point of this entry is to express that feeling of satisfaction of reaching the end of another pen. It's like a milestone, a marker, like dirty boots -- proof that you have journeyed long and hard, and are still going.
At least, that's how I feel when I run another pen to the ground. How about you?
Or am I the only person who thinks about this weird stuff? LOL
October 31, 2010
Here is me this year. I am not really sure what I am; I've been telling people "Sorceress".
September 27, 2010
So I just logged into World of Warcraft for some relaxing zombie-fighting after a long hard day and the kiddo had finally fallen asleep. I noticed I had a new in-game mail message, so I happily opened it thinking that perhaps that cool piece of armor I'd put up for sale in the auction house had generated me some cash.
But no. It was a full page of text from someone who was obviously upset. I recognized the name; it was another player who had buffed me once in passing, and added me to their friends list (I reciprocated) and since then this player would occasionally send me a "hello, how are you" type message, and I'd reply back with an equally shallow but friendly/conversational message. We never grouped or had any meaningful interaction.
Back to the angry message. I won't reproduce it word for word here, because who knows, maybe the player will Google it and find me. :-/ The message was something to this effect:
I was trying to message you last night but you kept IGNORING me, and I KNOW you were online and at the computer because I could see you MOVING AROUND the map, and I was messaging you for OVER AN HOUR and you should at least have the DECENCY to reply to me.... COMMON COURTESY...
I was like, "Holy crap, this person seems really angry."
Then I remembered, "Oh yeah, I *was* playing last night for over an hour, wasn't I? It was fun."
Then I thought, "Crap. They probably WERE messaging me for over an hour. I didn't realize it AT ALL. I had the sound turned way down because I didn't want to wake up the kiddo. And I had the chat text hidden behind the action text. (I like to see the descriptions of damage done during fights.)" Crap. That must have sucked for them to have been "ignored". But it was completely unintentional.
But here's the kicker -- as soon as I logged in, like, seriously, about 15 seconds, this player sends me a direct message (a.k.a. a "whisper"). So I tell them that I received their message, I was sorry and didn't mean to cause any sad feelings. Then - crappy timing -- my kiddo came into the room crying "Mommy! Mommy!" so I had to tell the person I was sorry I had to log. They didn't get the chance to reply to me. Oh dear. But if my kid needs me, anybody who is talking to me on World of Warcraft is going to get ditched. I have my priorities. :)
So for a fleeting moment I felt bad for this person. But then I thought, "This is a freaking game. I shouldn't have to deal with this crap." So this player is going on my Ignore/Block list. I'm terminating this relationship, no questions asked.
I'm surprised at how much this upset me. I'm a really sensitive person and I don't want to hurt anyone.
And Thus Ends Another Online Misunderstanding. Sigh.
Okay, thanks for listening. :)
September 04, 2010
I think my favourite Zen Habits entry of all time is 5 Ways To Combat Reactionary Workflow.
August 09, 2010
I have an urge to sit down and design a workspace for myself using Microsoft Bob. I used to spend hours with this software; I guess I must have been about 15 years old when we got it. I really miss it, and I wish I could find something similar. The closest I can think of is some cross between my Eclipse IDE and Second Life.
If you have never used Bob, here is an article explaining it. Unlike me, the author ridicules the software. But the article's summary of the software's functions is consistent with my memory. Obviously, the software isn't helpful for
Everyone. But, gosh, I sure liked it!
July 24, 2010
... that my daughter would be able to climb her daddy's work step ladder before she was 2.
(Don't worry, I was standing very close to ensure her safety.)
May 30, 2010
In my previous entry, I scribbled out 2 diagrams for you. I used a LiveScribe pen (ugh, I feel like an advertisement, but I will give you the link for the purpose of identifying to you what I am talking about).
I happened to have a dot paper notebook on my desk. I casually reached for my pen, drew the diagram, docked the pen, and the software automatically "scanned" the diagram out of my pen onto my computer screen. On my mac, I used command-shift-4 to get what I needed and I uploaded the pics to my blog.
This was WAY faster than booting up my graphics program to draw these diagrams. I didn't want anything pretty, I just wanted to spew out a thought. I heart my magic pen and paper.
This magical pen and paper was a gift to me from my husband, James. Hello my Love!!! Are you reading this??? heh heh heh
May 16, 2010
I attended a conference recently where sessions were video recorded and published on the web. There were several sessions that I missed that I would like to go back and watch. However, I couldn't help looking at the recording of one of the sessions I *did* attend, and was amused to watch myself eat an apple.
April 20, 2010
Here are the things I would watch:
- TED talk by Michael Specter about the danger of science denial
- ddmeyer at TEDxNYED - Math Education related
- role of openness in education TEDxNYED
- I forget what this one was about but I remember thinking that it looked really cool and I wanted to learn about it
March 30, 2010
An amusing analogy:
As I scanned our living room, I noted the dozens of my daughter's toys spraweled everywhere. I questioned the frequency in which she engaged with each one and weighed it against the risk of having said toys in such prominent spatial locations (where someone could trip on them, or have to kick them out of the way in order to reach a lamp, for instance).
Then I thought about my collection of academic papers, and I questioned the frequency in which I engaged with each one and weighed it with the prominence or "guilt" held in my mind about my desire to read it and follow up on the references.
In both cases, with the Toys & Papers, it usually takes another person to engage with the Toy or Paper, and THEN it becomes interesting because you can talk about the artifact and compare it and so on.
Just a random thought... :)
March 20, 2010
Reading about the challenges of other scientists, I feel lucky that my love turned out to be Computer Science. Most of the time, in order to conduct my research, all I need is a computer, an internet connection, some spare time, and a quiet place to work. And access to journal publications through my institution is fabulous, too.
Anyway, my point is that I have been able to conduct research on my own. If I were a chemist or a biologist or something, I would need lab equipment and supplies - like chemicals and tissues and whatever those types of scientists need. I don't know if I'd have been able to get as far with my research as I have as a computer scientist. Hmmm.
Just an idle thought.
February 11, 2010
Frozone leans back at her desk and puts her feet up, flashing the heels in satisfaction.
Booyeah, I still got it. I am gloating so good that I actually took a picture of my feet right now.
It's been YEARS since I closed the programmer book of my life and moved into technology management. I used to be so uber, I mean, just look at the stuff I used to write. Life has led me to embrace new opportunity and much more responsibility, but at the cost of devoting time away from coding and towards leadership and management. But I got an opportunity recently to break open some code, and by golly I'm LOVIN it!
I am feeling proud because my development experience has been on Windows but in recent years I've preferred the Mac, and today when I wanted to install a Tomcat and run some JSP scripts, I wasn't sure how it would be different. Also, I was intimidated at the Jakarta download page because "in my day", it was Tomcat 4.x, (or am wondering if it was actually 3.x), but now it's Tomcat 6.x and I was all scared that I am too old, it's been too long, and what are all these hotshot kids doing these days anyway. What is this web two point oh you speak of? Ajax?
But it was fine. I got my environment up, hello world works. And it took me less than 10 minutes. I still got it, man. Even after all these years, I can still configure a web application server.
Oops, I forgot the mysql database. I gload too soon. Gimmeasec.
January 16, 2010
I got a haircut!
December 26, 2009
What are you thinking about as we begin a new year? What are your goals and reflections?
I have two major themes in my life right now, I think:
- Carving out what *I* want in my life and pruning out the rest
- Becoming a better mentor, learning to empower and support the people around me
Also I'm finding it hard to cling to my optimistic nature lately. This is important to me, so I'm going to try to keep working on this as well.
December 14, 2009
It's like 3 a.m. and I just woke up from a bad dream. I haven't had a nightmare in a really long time. The dream started out okay, and I was in control of the situation, but then when I reached out for love & comfort the thing twisted around and tried to kill me with a needle. I was in my parents' house from when I was a little and growing up. Our house was haunted by a pirate. We would hear voices and occasionally see its form manifested as coloured light. Originally, it was "here" and didn't want to hurt anyone. At the end of the dream it started giving us ethereal objects from its life (candlesticks, cutlery, like from a sunken ship). Each person in my family was given a gift, and the object manifested itself as a clear swirly whispy thing that you could pick up, for real. As I was handing out the gifts to Everyone I was saying how this must mean that our ghost loves us and wants to protect us. But when it was my turn, it manifested a needle and when I picked it up it twisted around with a life of its own and tried to poison me.
okay I feel a little better after having typed that out. Freaky! Do you ever have scary dreams?
December 09, 2009
This is a picture of me teaching, thanks to Donna for the snapshot. I am about 5 months pregnant in this pic.
I am so busy right now that I should not be spending time on my blog.
November 05, 2009
Every so often the scroll ball on my Apple mouse goes wonky and one of the scroll directions doesn't work. Huge pain in the butt. But someone told me: just turn the mouse upside down and rub the scroll ball around in all directions on a piece of paper. Works like a charm!
September 19, 2009
Next month, my husband is turning 40. My youngest brother is turning 20. I had a conversation with my dad yesterday about how he's thinking about turning 60 in a couple years. I've been thinking about hitting 30 myself (but not this year). In February, my father-in-law turns 70.
August 16, 2009
I spilled tea on my keyboard last night. Consequently, I can no longer use the letter "a", the "q", the "tab" or the exclamation point. (In order to type this post, I've been using Edit --> Special Characters option on my browser.)
It's amazing how much I relied on those little wee buttons without even knowing it. How I took them for granted! It's like losing a finger or something.
Getting new keyboard ASAP!
Going to write my notes on pper tody. Or mybe I could just type normlly, nd see wht comes out. It's not tht bd, right? LOL
March 05, 2009
Yesterday, I was cold. As I always do when I'm cold, I wrap my arms around myself in a self-hug and rub my arms until I can go find a sweater. This time, my brain did a double-take: "Hey, something is different!"
I realized that I was feeling some very nice biceps! My arms have sure shaped up in the last few months; I'm sure it's from lifting my increasingly heavy baby over and over and over again.
So, I went into the bathroom and spent a few minutes in front of the mirror flexing and posing with my new muscles. I probably won't have them forever!
July 07, 2008
I don't get a chance to write here very much. I've regressed to keeping mostly unfinished pen-and-paper blog entries that never really get into complete, publishable, bloggable form. Hrm. Maybe I will have more time during my maternity leave...?
Anyway, tonight I do have something to write about that's short enough that I can actually write about it! I went with my friend/co-worker Donna to go see Sylvia Browne tonight. It was enjoyable, albeit pricey.
The first part of the evening was just Sylvia talking. It was nice to see her in person and listen to that rich, storytelling voice. I confess to having read many of her books, and if you've read them then you probably wouldn't get much out of the live show that you don't already get from her books. ('Other than the experience of hearing her in person, as with listening to any author who speaks to a live audience.)
I'd have to say that my favourite part was the meditation exercise. It was relaxing, and easy enough to repeat if I ever wanted to relax that way again.
I'd have to say that my least favourite part was Sylvia's dismissal of mathematics and science. When she talked about the world on "The Other Side", it was always about art or music or literature. I would be very disappointed if I died and learned I couldn't continue to be a scientist!
But all in all it was an enjoyable evening.
Ta ta for now!
December 07, 2007
I don't have anything academic to report on today, but I wanted to inject a little life into this blog so that it doesn't whither away completely from lack of attention. (Sorry, blog!)
I will tell you a story about a challenge I took yesterday. I'm still feeling traces of side-effects, in fact.
So it's noon hour and I'm sitting in the Marquis Hall cafeteria, having lunch with the girls from work. I had ordered the turkey special that day, and had a heaping plate of potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Mmmmm! I leaned back in my chair, pleasantly stuffed, with a mound of potatoes & a couple slivers of turkey left over. My colleague Liv said that she'd wondered whether or not I would be able to finish the whole meal. Because I am so thin, she said: "It's like watching a snake eat a whole rat!"
We all thought this was deliriously funny, and I interpreted that as a challenge. So, I cleaned the plate! I think that the effects were indeed visible.
September 11, 2006
This morning as I was driving to work, I remarked a straw broom lying casually in the middle of the University Bridge amidst the rush hour traffic. At the end of last week, I noticed a battered black shoe.
I wonder what other objects people lose on the bridge. I think I saw a pillow once.
August 02, 2006
Yesterday, my husband and I drove into the parking lot of Market Mall and were greeted with a sign in neon-yellow, large blaring letters:
WEDNESDAY - FARMERS MARKET
Today, we drove again by the same sign. It had been modified:
WEDNESDAY - FARTERS MARKME
Perhaps it was because I'd had a long day, but I simply couldn't stop laughing.
May 18, 2006
With all of our modern technology that can create materials to protect our fragile human bodies deep below the ocen surface and even beyond the borders of our own atmosphere, why can't anyone invent women's stockings that won't be destroyed when we accidentally brush our feet against our Velcro shoes?
I shopped for the most expensive, durable-looking stocking with the highest available thread count. (I paid $7, WonderBra "Silky resistance" brand.) Today I wore them, brand new out of the package, and -still-, the damned things ripped on my shoe. GAH!
Index to Steph's NotesFeb. 24th 2007 - Weee! This new part of my website is not an entry, but rather a permanent fixture whose purpose is to "Look Down on All Those Notes With Some Grand Vision of Organization". Wish me luck. LOL
- Representing meta-data (fuel) & the different kinds of "hooks" that intelligent systems can use (how fuel is injected into the motor of the engine)
- Motivation: Semantic net / Rationalizable to a machine
- Semantic network
- Genetic graph
- Prerequisite AND/OR graph
- Constraint Satisfaction Problems
- Bayesian networks / causal graphs
- Technology & Philosophy: RDF, modus ponens,
- Predicates, Logic & situation calculus
- What kinds of data? - What kinds of meta-data would an AIEd system possibly need, and how is it represented?
- task domain knowledge
- "is-prerequisite-to"-type knowledge
- interactions with learning objects & other learners - (location, composition is-a/part-of, sequencing by restricting navigation, personalization, ontologies for LO context)
- lesson plans, curriculum plans, practicing sessions (What is stored, what is generated on the fly? What is remembered?)
- How to organize it - When is it stored in a database? Meta-data? Agent memory banks? Protocols? Repositories? XML files? Home-servers? WSDL services? Frameworks? Portable banks? P2P access?
- Database of object-agent interactions
- Concept of "Home" on a P2P network -- maybe the bulk of a learning object's usage data is on its home server and can be queried using WSDL or something ? Similar homes for each student's usage history, etc. Baggage problem.
- Links to the ontologies
- referring to a concept/relationship - ex. AgentOwl?
- Generation of this data
- Rationalization: For use by other AIEd systems
- What is generated - discuss items under part I.C.
- When it's generated - describe procedural model, which parts of the engine generate what (isa-part-of data, XML feeds, web services, meta data bout groups and collaboration, protocols, examples Friend of A Friend FOAF project)
- Technical notes of HOW it's generated: JENA, issues of implementation demo, my Hermione & Ron agent examples, lol
- Usage of this generated data - see part IV. A.
- Given the engine, who uses it?
- Students / Learners / "Me"
- instructional planning, student model, pre-requisites, tutoring, coaching, collaboration,constructivism
- Teachers / Educators / "Me"
- putting together lessons
- be able to browse through task domain knowledge in an objective / encyclopaedia format, then be able to pick-and-choose what you need for your students
- compose examples, design explanations, pull together diagrams, learning objects, etc. Haystack Relo?
- Administration / Governement / Structure / Crowd Control
- as restrictions/obstacles/sand pit to the robot in agent environment
- can't just have a swarm of students and teachers out there -- need structure of courses, curriculum, objectives, requirements (at least, we do in this day and age!) - Report cards, evaluation, feedback
- government, marks, certificates, requirements, funding, curriclum, attendance, delinquent, non-attending, motivation
- school''s images, goals, strengths, payroll, HR, security, accounts, permissions, privacy
- registration, failed courses
- User Environment -- How does this engine work? What does the user see on the screen?
- Introduction - Given a background in educational psychology, how does the system present itself -- what does the user see, and were does this data come from? Links to thoughts from part I.)
- Task Domain Browsing - Suppose you're you're just idly browsing through the "raw" content. How would it look when it's not wrapped around a learning-context or lesson or tutorial or anything. 'Cross between browsing a raw task domain ontology and browsing a learning object repository.
- Cleaning up the data -- Visualizing the data for humans to pick through the task domain and work on it. Suppose the "Subject Expert" discovers an advancement in science and needs to update the "world's" domain knowledge. (I used the "Subject Expert" terminology from Ontologies to Support Learning Design Context - Thanks Chris) How would they make corrections to ontologies and learning objects, or at least point the users of "old" objects towards adopting the newer ones.
- "Modes" - Learning & Lessons / Checklist - Homework, Assignments, Courses being taken / Collaborative mode / Teaching mode / Calendar- email -adminisrative mode -- See also the different kinds of scenarios in the ActiveMath system
- Evolution of this engine
- target some key implementation hooks discussed in part I - design an experiment/demo
- scrape a page - (Note, scraping can only give objective data, not in-context dat)
- LO repository - related to browsing the task domain?
- a learners "To Do" list - where does it come from? Assignments, courses.
- sample group scenario
- sample teacher lesson planning
- sample data "left behind"
- sample use of that data
- Data mining (for what? lol )
- discovery / generation of ontologies - when do you need to hunt for them, and when do you have to have a solidly-known & predictable ontology?
- I/O - where it happens, which languages, protocols, which agents perform i/o and when, precepts, actuators
- Role Assignments
- My Environment Adapts to me
- Displaying feedback from the server on JSP pages (Software engineering considerations)
- Sketching out a design (Content planning vs. Delivery planning)
- agent negotiations / social structures / ummm... Web 2.0 ?
- garbage collection of meta data
- Artificial Intelligence & Evolution
- Memory Culling: Necessary part of intelligence? (artificial or human)
- Applications for the Genetic/Evolutionary algorithm
- open learning environments
- Agents, pets, grouping, Community modelling
- Protocols - finding groups, cyber dollars, state diagrams (?)
- "Community Studies" - graphs & communication hubs, types of communities (free-for-all, hierarchy of authority, etc.)
- implications of joining a community - what do you share, which parts of your student model are relevant
- Walls & sand traps -- deliberate restrictions as problem-solving for learning
- Communication channels - individual-to-individual, individual-to-community, chat channels, agent-only "administrative" communications, ex. requests for related learning objects in a particular community, etc.
- Educational/Pedagogical focus (this part probably shouldn't be its own section but rather incorporated into the whole picture, but it's separate for me right now because I'm still only just starting to learn about it.)
- Semantics - what there is to talk about in Education
- ex. Merril's First Principles of Instruction, linking educational terms to AI terms
- Pedagogical skills for tutors -- supporting human *and* artifical tutors
- Student modelling - what the machine needs to know about the student, pedagogically-speaking, about learning history/preferences
- Roles - Simulated students, Coaches, Tutors, Teachers,