Ilse's weblog of random thoughts

Busted through Facebook!

In my opinion, lots of people are very open when it comes to their discussions and comments on Facebook. I always avoid talking on Facebook about upcoming vacations or trips, not knowing exactly who actually can read it, especially when friends start to comment on it or on photo’s, making the conversation also visible to their friends.

There have been many news items lately about employees being fired over making racists comments or negative remarks about their work or boss. Today, most Flemish newspapers feature the story of an institution using Facebook conversations as proof for sanctioning two students who are believed to have cheated during an exam. Not only did these two act very suspîciously during the actual exam, they also made arrangements on Facebook deviding the exam content between the tow of them and afterwards bragged about it on the same platform. They both received a zero as score for the exam, and the Exam Committee of the Flemish Government ruled that the school could indeed use the Facebook conversations as evidence. I hope the two have learned their lesson!


Change or adapt – the VLE dilemma in an economic crisis

The last months, numerous messages have circulated on the Blackboard mailing lists, posted by educational staff, mostly from the United States, whose funding have been seriously declined due to the economic crisis, and who desperately need to save money.  One of the first things that management often tries to cut down on are the huge software license bills, and the Blackboard licence fee is certainly no exception to that. It seems there are two ways to react to these funding issues. Continue reading this entry »

I want to study at Stanford (and I want an iPhone)

Students at Stanford university are getting pampered. Through iStanford 2.0, an application for their iPhones, they can look up anyone in the uni’s directory, locate themselves and/or a building on a map, and look for specifics regarding a certain course or event.

But of course, since it was created by an American university, there is also the option ‘Athletics’. Want to know the latest news about a basketball team, or even better, the current score of a game? Than get out your iPhone and have a look. The application proved a big hit at Stanford. They ran a commercial during a football game and within the span of that game, got 5000 extra downloads.

I must admit that all these iPhone apps are sure looking good, now we only need cheaper iPhones and connection rates here in Belgium, so our students (and I) can actually buy and use one without facing huge bills!

A fresh start…

Since I’m going to leave the university and start a new job at bibnet in October, my ‘old’ K.U.Leuven blog will be inaccesible for me in a couple of months. Therefor, I thought it wise to create this brand new one, and start filling it up, so it doesn’t look like an empty box.

I’m leaving my current job with mixed emotions, but I’m looking forward to a fresh start… and an empty mailbox.