Archive for June, 2009

The WFC according to South Park (is there any higher authority?)

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

The Margaritaville Episode on the WFC is a classic.  It plays on the bewilderment and confusion surrounding the collapse.

It also explains the chicken noises Uni Board meetings.

This link is to the SP site so there are no copyright issues if you link to it in class. 

I don’t think this episode has screened in Australia yet, so you can’t copy it  ( for the rules on copying from TV check )

How to get free stuff – Creative Commons Copyright, Oz style

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Forget your Disneys and Time Warners and their lockdown mentality – what if like minded people across the globe could share their resources freely (but still get some recogition for it), wouldn’t that be fantastic. 

Well that’s what Creative Commons licences are all about.


MCEETYA has produced an excellent resource designed for Teachers – it was designed for schools and the VET sector but is still equally applicable to our practice in HE.

This is essential reading for lecturers (full stop – no argument permitted).

(MCEETYA – Australian Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs.)

Should this video be part of student orientation?

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

This a short rant from comedian Louis C.K. on the Conan O’Brien show.

“Everthing’s amazing, but no one’s happy”.

It’s interesting to reflect that the “Net Generation” will never really appreciate the Net and the digital revolution as much as those of us who grew up without it. 

Presenting a message – The Story of Stuff and Happiness

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

This video has been around for a while – it’s a bit simplistic (although I think largely accurate) and has a definite lefty/greenie bias.

It presents some fairly dry facts and complex ideas by combining a “talking head” presenter using simple language, with visually simple images and animation.

The Story of Stuff also proposes that consumerism and happiness have an inverse relationship.  So what does make us happy?  Have a look at the next presentation example – it is a longitudinal (72 year) study about what makes us happy (it appears that consumption isn’t the path to nirvana).

This presentation (the video is half way down) uses a conventional talking head.  The delivery is narrative based, the key points are illustrated by stories.  A few very simple text slides and some still images support the message.  No graphs, no lecture notes, no clip art.