Thursday, January 29, 2004

Predictions for 2004
This web page provides some predictions from various experts on e-learning and technology in 2004, including increased mobile learning and workflow based learning. It also provides links to the articles where the experts explain their predictions.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Better Managing Email
This alter box from Jakob Nielsen provides some hints for better managing Email, including:
For Individuals:
• Don't check your email all the time.
• Don't use "reply to all" when responding to email.
• Write informative subject lines for your email messages.
• Create a special email address for personal messages and newsletters.
• Write short. J. K. Rowling is not a good role model for email writers.
• Avoid IM (instant messaging)
For Companies:
• Answer common customer questions on your website using clear and concise language.
• User test your intranet.
• Don't circulate internal email to all employees;
• Establish a company culture in which it's okay not to respond to email immediately.

Making the most of Google
This article from the Guardian on January 8, 2004 provides some useful hints for improving your searching in Google. I particularly liked the “-merchant” hint to not display many sites from sellers.

European e-skills newsletter
The first issue of a new newsletter provides a European perspective on the development of ICT skills necessary to participate in the knowledge era. It is a PDF file which can be downloaded from the CEDEFOP site at:

Blogs in Education
A webpage that provides links to a wide range of resources of setting up and managing weblogs and using them in education. It provides some articles on weblogs as well as some examples of weblogs in education, including using weblogs as course management tools.

Building better Learners
This article briefly discusses the idea of the importance of self directed learning and its links to knowledge management. It gives an example of the idea in practice with CISCO where communities have developed to assist this self directed learning.

Participation in on-line courses – how essential is it?
This paper is a discussion starter for an online forum discussion hosted by the International Forum of educational Technology & Society. The discussion will run from January 19 to 28. There is no cost in being involved in this online forum.

New Practices in Flexible Learning
Funding (up to $70,000 for each project) is available for education and training projects designed to support the development of innovative flexible learning practices such as e-learning, and expanding learning to rural and remote communities. Application guidelines and preparation and submission assistance are available at:

E-Discussions Toolkit
This site provides information on how to conduct an e-discussion, based on experiences in the World Bank. The discussions are organised with customers and not just internal staff in the World Bank. It is organised into 6 steps to conducting an e-discussion.

Information Literacy Micro Modules
This site provides a series of learning modules on specific Internet topics, including evaluating resources, the invisible web, organising resources, searching and web page presentation. There are 38 topics and each topic is designed to take about 10-20 minutes to complete.

Teacher Professional Development Online Resources
A page which provides links to a wide range of sites relevant to professional development of teachers. There are over 80 topics including problem based learning, how people learn and student portfolios.

ASTD Try It!
This site provides links to a wide range of sample training software, calculators, cool Web services, and other helpful workplace tools. All demos, trials, and tools are free but some of the tools require registration.

e-Learning’s Centre guide to e-learning
This site provides a good introduction to e-learning as well as links to many resources on e-learning.

Guide to Effective Searching of the Internet
This tutorial provides some tips for improving your use of search engines to find information on the web. I particularly like the suggestion to use 5-8 keywords in your search rather than the average 1.5 keywords that most people use. You might know about a number of the tips but worth scanning to check that you are using all of the appropriate tips.

Gradual and simple changes to incorporate ICT into the classroom
Looks at some options for teachers wanting to make use of ICT with students without having to substantially increase teacher workloads. Options discussed include: information dissemination, discussion/debate, practical/fieldwork, assessment and out of class research.

NET*Working 2004
NET*Working 2004 is an online event that will be held from 8-19 November. You can now register your interest in participating in this event by going to this website.

Flexible Learning Case Studies
A series of case studies showcasing individuals and organisations making inroads into flexible learning. Produced by the national communication team of the Australian Flexible Learning Framework.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

BBC Online Courses
The BBC has launched some online courses. All courses are free but you can undertake assessment in England at an assessment centre. Currently, there are only a few (including Becoming Webwise) but it will be interesting to see how this develops.

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