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Hi all... I am plowing through all the LiveJournals for the first half of semester and I am having a ball. Especially with first years who I have not really got to know yet... and their LJs are a mind-expanding, mind blowing experience for the way they put me in touch with their lives (outside Uni) and the way they educate me in the new powerful, intoxicating language of this next generation.... I don't mean to make second or third years feel old... but I tell you what... the first years were a timid lot in weeks 1,2,3... go and have a look now at what is blossoming in their LJs... mindexpanding is not strong enough a word!
By The Way... BTW... you are all getting comments on various LJ entries that attract my attention.. so go back to earlier entries to make sure you haven't missed any of my "oh so profound" comments!
But seriously I do love seeing so many of you enjoying the process of studying literature and finding a space to reflect on it here in LJ... a place where you also feel free to speak in your own LINGO AND feel free to try on your creative skates and sing poems, stories, reviews.... wow...

Now a question: how are we all finding WebCT this semester? For first years they wouldn't know the difference between this year and last year... but for information we changed platforms form WebCT 4 to WebCT 6... it is actually quite a difference.... so what do you all (first, second and third years) think about WebCT 6 this year.... do you love, hate, endure... it... are there things you find your really enjoy... things you find causing a problem.... and how does it stack up say with LJ which is actually a completely independant (free) program that I am running INSIDE WebCT... I think most of you know what/where/how/ I am doing with this now.... so give me some feedback.. it is important.. because I will be your teacher (for good or ill) over your next 3,2,1 years... and it is good to get it right... so what do you, don't you love, hate, like... etc....
and have a good weekend.
MG.... and how do you like my wombat!
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Date:April 21st, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
Awww... cute little critter aint he!
WebCT is great.
One thing though -I use Mozilla Firefox as my browser, and i think this is causing the pop-up boxes telling me that my version of java is not recognised. Once I get rid of the boxes, there's no prob, but if this IS caused by my using Mozilla Firefox, then maybe it could be looked into, as it does slow things down a bit, and sometimes shuts me down. This browser is used by a lot of people. On a low budget computer like mine, it runs a lot more smoothly, with less interference than internet explorer. It has some nice features too, and it's free.
Ciao ~ Phil
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Date:April 21st, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
I dont't like webct as much this year as I did last year. It feels a bit more cluttered, and I don't know if its just me but everything takes longer to load? Also, with the discussions, you have to keep clicking different buttons until you can see everybody's posts - I liked last year's discussions because it was much easier to see the whole thread.

I like that it's more colourful though, and I think it's good the way you've divided up "conversations", "collaboration" etc.

Overall... I'm enduring webct this semester, I preferred it last year, but it's still alright this year.

p.s. your wombat is lovely!
Date:April 22nd, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
Hi Michael,

I'm really not liking the new WebCT at all. I'm finding that it is quite confusing and very cramped. The old version definitely ran much more smoothly! However one thing I do like about this version is that you can see who is online, and it has a chat facility if you need to ask any questions.

Love the wombat, he's gorgeous!
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Date:April 22nd, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
Hi Michael
I think the last version of webct was much more user friendly, and I have a problem with the discussion links and linkage as we have already looked into.
Is there a reason that we jumped into this new version, not all uni's seem to be using it yet?

This year live journal doesn't seem as popular as last year, while students are becoming better at using the tools it provides, I feel some may feel inhibited by the subject matter, ie writing about what fellow students are writing about Shakespeare. does that make sense??
ps the wombat is lovely,
can someone show me how to add a photo???

pps that's another thing, some of us need to learn how to take full advantage of live journal!
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Date:April 22nd, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
HI Sonya- adding a photo is so easy.... if you have a paid account there is a link on the right just above your new entry that lets you upload an image that you may have copied onto your desktop from Google... or onto your desktop from a camera...
If you don't have a paid account go to Photobucket.com... join up and then register your LiveJournal name... you will then be able to copy all and every picture into photobucket and from there load it into your LJ... I'll show you how if you want me to...
Thanks for your comments.
Has the discussion problem sorted itself out now?... you and I were at the centre of an unholy row about all this... and I fear it might have been my fault accidentally setting up two discussion threads with the same name..... ... ouch!
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Date:April 22nd, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
An unholy row!!! at this time of year, at a Catholic Institution! Have they no faith? Sorry about the dispute, I know technical people think a bit differently, I worked for Telstra for a few years, they interpret our thoughts in technical terms and sometimes it causes overload in more ways than one.

btw, the linkage problem is a feature that the last edition of webct had that I thought was better than the new version.
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Date:April 22nd, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
hahaha that wombat comment is, like, you know whatever, the coolest article ever.

im so saying that to someone ive never met before.

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Date:April 22nd, 2006 08:24 am (UTC)
Hi Michael,

I hope this 'mind expanding' comment about the content of our LiveJournals extends to the Catalyst Crew too! Would be really nice to read some of the work your other students have put in as well, for inspiration and just for curiosities sake.
As for WebCT, first time user, long time listener. (excuse the bad joke)Not quite sure what it used to be like. Some days it drives me mad, especially as it is the slowest webpage to load and likes logging me out often and indiscriminately. Might take Phil's advice and try it with Mozilla as IE loves viruses.
Other than that, very user friendly interface, easy to navigate, nothing very mind boggling.

As everyone else has also commented on the wombat, I will too. It IS very cute, looks young- are you a WIRES person? Reminds me of the time my aunt accidentally ran one over, and had to go back to finish the job. Being a city girl, I found this very traumatic. Bush folk know it's a fact of life.

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Date:April 22nd, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)
hey MG... webcytt def not as good as last sem. and it def. takes longer to load, so many dfferent buttons, i think its a lot more confuzzling!
theres my two cents!!
see you next week,
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Date:April 22nd, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
Hi Anissa... yes it extends there too.. definately. Thanks for the comments and the prompt... I will put up a list of ACU students right now so you can browse to your hearts content... the first years are beginners... the second years are well into their stride....enjoy...
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Date:April 23rd, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)


Yes I am a first year, and yes I have not used the other Web CT platform, but I have seen it before and it did seem to be less cluttered. Because I am a first year I never really had to navigate through the old one, so to me this version seems fine (despite the fact that it take fooooreevvveer to load sometimes). It gets a little frustrating when you have to click on 2 or 3 links to get to where you would like to go, and it takes ages per click..if that makes sense?
As for livejournal, it is a great little creative space where you can throw away the shackles of university life for a while and just write about whats going on and share you poems or stories..I think it is an excellent medium where students have a voice, even though someone may not contribute often in tutorials its allows them to still share their opinions.
By the way: that wombat is so damn cute..but I am sure it could claw the hell out of your eyeballs
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Date:May 2nd, 2006 09:05 am (UTC)

Your wombat!



Where did you find this wonderful little creature? Was it in bush or in Sydney? Was it just a temporary friendship or a more permanent one?

Hope you will be bring him into the lecture tomorrow morning!

Will start reading "The Turning" tonight. Also read "On the Train" by Olga Masters and have taken notes.


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