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This is it. The last official weekly entry for this class. I would like to take this last entry to tell you what I thought about this class.

As mentioned in my first blog entry, this is my first online class I have taken. I love how I can just take the class anytime, and anywhere. I have learned a lot of new things in this class.

Video Conferencing: I have learned through this class and from the movie “Up in the Air” that video conferencing is great, and saves money, but it can also cost you your job too.

Copyright Act: I never knew about how many rights we have before taking this class. I never knew that we don’t even need to do much on our end to copyright our material. I learned that the copyright you hold last a long time (lifetime + 50 years).

Open Knowledge: In this lecture, I found out how disgusting it is that big private companies make billions from publicly funded knowledge. During my economics class last week, my instructor mentioned this pharmaceutical that made billions per year on a drug that they paid their researcher $33,000 for. The scientist’s knowledge was publicly funded. The drug is something that your body already produces naturally, but only lasts nanoseconds. I couldn’t find any notes on this because I forgot what the drug is called. 😦

Major Project: What a great learning experience! Creating a website is one thing, but me being in the instructor’s chair and teach this stuff out is completely different for me. I have learned that you pretty much have to know your stuff in order to teach it.

Mobile Learning: I love how far technology has advanced. I can’t imagine myself taking classes without all these gadgets like back in the 90s. Online notes are awesome. No longer does one need to write as fast as you can to catch up to your instructor. All you need to do is print your instructor’s notes, bring it to class and write down anything he/she says that’s not on the online notes.

Playstation Move: My one and only blog entry that I did research on my own. I chose the Playstation Move because I am a huge Playstation 3 fan, and motion control is not my thing.

Final Thoughts: I learned a lot, and had fun. All I need to do is finish off my presentation project before the 4th. I am a shy person, so recording myself speak and putting it online is not my favourite thing. To me, I still feel uncomfortable speaking to a non-living thing. In this case, the webcam. Reminds me of the days where I had to call Telus customer service and had to speak to some machine. Gave me the creeps.

My next post is probably a link to my presentation project. Stay tuned for that. I just have to finish off my other classes first. Final exam on one class this Thursday.

– Raymond

So during this year’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC), Sony officially announced their motion controller’s name. The target of this product seem to be towards the casual gaming market. It’s similar to the Nintendo Wii’s controller, and Microsoft’s unreleased project Natal.

Playstation Move

The Move functions by using the Playstation Eye (Playstation 3’s webcam) to scan your background and choose a colour that doesn’t exist. After that, it’ll change the ball to the corresponding colour. For example, say the Playstation Eye doesn’t pick up the colour blue in the background, it’ll then change the colour of the Move’s ball to blue (see image below). This is how the move does motion tracking. This is different than the Nintendo Wii. The Wii uses infrared wireless signal that you put in front of your TV.

I believe the Playstation Move will be a failure. In my opinion, if people want motion control, they should get a Wii. I am not liking this whole motion control thing the gaming companies are moving towards. This whole motion control thing makes the Playstation 3 feel like a Wii in HD.

Most people who already own a Playstation 3 or XBox 360 are hardcore gamers. The whole reason Sony and Microsoft are moving into motion control is a capture some of the casual gaming market Nintendo has been enjoying for years.

The Move is scheduled to be released this fall. In the meantime, enjoy this Move commercial by the very funny Kevin Butler.

Mobile Learning:

After watching the Mobile Learning video by our guest lecturer, Dr. Dwayne Hrapnuik of Abelaide Christian University, I can feel there’s a lot of potential from all this. One thing that really caught my attention was the iPhone classroom poll. This classroom poll functions exactly like the iClicker I used in one of my math class. I wish UVic would supply all its students with an iPhone, so we can all have the ability of mobile learning, and rid the school of this plague that is the iClicker.

I’m actually kind of surprised that the apps can help not just students, but faculty as well. As shown in the video, faculty members can use this to memorize their student’s name. Ahh, the possibilities are endless.

I also have to agree with him with the bringing the iPhone/iPod Touch with me everywhere. I am one of those 89% of people who uses it as an alarm clock.

Another thing I like to note is that for the first fifteen minutes of this video felt like a really long iPhone/iPod Touch advertisement. I know that it’s mostly the apps that drives mobile learning, and he’s using the iPhone/iPod Touch as an example. Other than that, excellent video, much more forgiving length than the one on Open Knowledge.

Before I end this topic, I would like to end it with a picture of how Apple’s iPad technology is going backwards:

Source: reddit.com

Project Update:

Made significant progress in my project. Mostly cosmetic progress. I still have to get my web page programming tutorial up. Most of the links don’t work yet. I hope you all like the look of the website. If you don’t, then change the CSS theme :).

Before I show my project progression, I feel it makes more sense to first show the class what my project is about.

My project is about how to build a simple website without the help of a web design program (such as Adobe Dreamweaver), but by writing code. I am also trying to show students how to do advanced web design using PHP. Currently, I am not sure if students can take use of my PHP tutorial because PHP is a server side programming language, and not all web hosts allow server side scripting (but that’s not going to stop me from putting a PHP tutorial up). I have to figure out how to get around this problem.

I thought about installing Linux and Apache on my machine, and setup an account for everybody to do PHP programming, but I feel this is unnecessary. Why? Because setting up a server to allow PHP programming is a big project on its own, and probably nobody will even bother with this tutorial to begin with. Also I would be without a computer.

You can see an example of what can be achieved with PHP by going to my website and try changing the theme.

There are more advanced websites out there that uses databases along with server side code, but I won’t go into web design with a database in this project. It would be fun though. ^_^

After watching the video by Dr. Willinsky on Open Knowledge, I have to agree with him. By paying for access of information that’s publicly funded hinders everyone’s knowledge. If everybody has access to these knowledge from these private organizations, science and technology would be a lot more advanced than it is now. People would not be repeating tests already done by another researcher. This will benefit society a lot, but this won’t happen because in the end it’s all about the might dollar.

In my opinion, the way that private organizations charges for these articles, and not sharing this knowledge to enrich everyone’s learning reminds me of how charities that are done by big corporations. Let me explain. In corporation sponsored charities, these big companies ask the public to donate money, but when they give this money to the charity, the money represents the company that collected the money, and not the individual that contributed the money. In a way, this works as a form of advertisement and a way of improving the private organization’s image at the expense of the public. They aren’t really in it to help these charities out, they are here to help themselves out, by using charity as a cheap alternative to advertising and image improvement. The big companies get all the tax breaks from the government for these charity activities, while the individual gets virtually no acknowledgment.

In this week’s lecture, we learned about copyrights in Canada from guest lecturer Inba Kehoe.

In this lecture video, I learned that we cannot copyright an idea. We can only copyright the idea if it’s in a fixed form, such as computer program source code, books, videos, music, etc. Copyrighting is really simple in Canada, as it is automatically copyrighted. There’s no need to register it in Canada or the need for a copyright symbol (©). All copyrights act follow there respective country. For example, if you created your work in Canada, it is subject to the Canadian copyright act.

There are two rights that a creator gets from this copyright act: economic rights, and moral rights.

Economic rights allows the creator to get paid, as well as how you want your work produced and published. There are two versions of economic rights: exclusive and non-exclusive. For exclusive economic rights, you basically sign away your right to your own work to someone (i.e. a publisher). They can do whatever they want with your work, but you cannot do anything to that piece of work anymore. The non-exclusive right is the better of the two, as you don’t sign away all your rights to your work. This allows you to reuse your own work.

The other one is moral rights. Moral rights is, as Inba Kehoe puts it, “something that you cannot assign to someone else, but you can waive.” There are three versions of moral rights: right of attribution, right of integrity, and right of association. Attribution allows someone else to use your work, but they must cite you back as the original creator. Right of integrity protects the copyright holder from having their work distorted by someone else and reused against the copyright holder’s intention. For example, someone Photoshopping your artwork in a negative way. As for the right of association, the video did not cover it. 😦

The copyright act of Canada allows the copyright holder rights to their work for their entire lifetime plus 50 years. This right can also be transferred to someone else via a will, so the person in the will may get royalties from people using the copyright holder’s work. In the US however, it’s lifetime plus 70 years. However, once something is put on the internet where it can be accessed globally, it becomes a whole different ball game.

That’s all for now. :p I think this is long enough.

I now have a link to my project website! Please click on the blogroll link to access it, or click here. Please note that it is very boring right now, as nothing has really been added to it.

Update: Hoorah! You can now change the CSS theme!