Downside of the small pieces model

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Slideshare site is down for maintenance Another attempt to inject some reality into the VLEs v Small Pieces debate after expressing my reservations about the latter in The VLE is Dead. Long Live the VLE. This message was on the slideshare site half an hour ago. Now afficionados of small pieces will argue that services are improving all the time and such things are a temporary hitch but what happens when you’ve recommended a service to a student who needs it for an assignment and the service is down for maintenance? Andy Powell confirms that this has been going on all day and shows his frustrations on Twitter earlier today:

arghhh slideshare is crapping out on me every time i try and upload something 04:44 PM November 09, 2007 from im

slideshare still knackered – at least for me – uploads fail 🙁 are others seeing this? about 11 hours ago from im

Of course institutional sites go down too – but it’s our business to keep them working and at least if services are hosted in-house we can pull out all the stops to ensure they’re fully functional.