The University of Warwick is giving every new student the opportunity to start a weblog hosted on their home-grown BlogBuilder system. It'll be interesting to see what the take-up is once the new university term gets underway. I spoke to Steven Carpenter at the ALT-C conference and he told me that Warwick will probably let the system run for 12 months then they'll tie it in more closely with their PDP e-portfolios. Perhaps Warwick might even decide that the student weblogs will actually be the e-portfolios, a bit like they're doing over at the Maricopa Community Colleges.
The content conundrum is a short piece I wrote back in Feb '03 on reusing content. After re-reading it the issues seem as familiar today as they were back then with not a lot of progress being made over the last 18 months. We do however have a couple of learning design tools now. RELOAD, the popular content packaging tool is about to get a learning design editor and player based upon the CopperCore engine, and while LAMS is a learning design tool, it doesn't actually support the IMS learning design spec.