This article is a reprint of one I wrote in the November 1992 edition of the University of Saskatchewan Department of Computing Services newsletter: UofSer News. I find it interesting how much of the “science fiction” I wrote about in the article is now available on my phone.
What would you do if you could visit anywhere in the universe at any time, without leaving your living room? Sound far fetched? Not really. In fact you’ve probably already done it.
On my walk today I came upon a family standing beside the path with their phones out. As I passed, one of the boys told his mom “… and if you wait here long enough another animal will show up and you can catch it too”. Of course, they were just a few of the millions playing the new Pokémon GO game. But the significance of this Augmented Reality experience goes far beyond Pokémon.
I used to spend many hours playing “Warcraft I: Orcs and Humans” and its successor, “Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness”. Little did I know how this would hone my project management skills.
Last week in a mailing list for Blackboard users someone asked if anyone had piloted the new “Canvas” learning management system, and then decided to stay with Blackboard, and if so why.
I posted a reply which seemed to strike a chord with many of the people on that list, so thought it would make a good blog post.
Below is a slightly modified version of that post and some of the followups.
For my December blog entry I thought it might be fun to tell the story of our office Christmas Tree.
This month’s blog post is a blast from the past. Way back in 2000 our University heard of this “portal” thing and wanted to know what it was all about. I went to a couple of conferences then wrote this summary for them when I got back.
An excellent explanation of why trying to prevent students from copying and printing online exams is not only futile, but so 1800s.
Have you ever wondered what’s involved in upgrading a mission critical IT system at a University?
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
– Charles Darwin