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Sunday, February 29, 2004

"Off-shoring" Manifesto/Rant: Sixteen Hard Truths
An interesting set of observations by Tom Peters, the management guru, on the world we have today and some issues in jobs moving offshore. This could apply to education as much as in other industries. Worth thinking about.
http://www.tompeters.com/toms_world/observations.asp?id=102&date=1/1/2004

Assessing Online - A guide for VET professionals
This site provides a practical, easy-to-use guide to all the different ways of using the web for assessment, whether you're working in face-to-face, blended or fully-online programs. The site includes a step-by-step guide to all the tasks for everyone involved in assessment - managers, developers, teachers, trainers and assessors. There's also links to the most useful tools for each task, a handy click-and-view gallery of sample assessment activities, detailed VET case studies, checklists to help you meet AQTF quality standards, and a 'so what?' summary of recent research.
http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/assessing/

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Taking Charge of Learning: Tips for Students
from Syllabus Magazine
An article that provides fives tips for students on taking hcarge of their own learning. The conclusion: " These five simple principles—use e-mail, use the Web, keep it simple, be cautious, and anticipate breakdowns. All of the above will go a long way toward enabling each student truly to profit from computer usage."
http://www.syllabus.com/article.asp?id=8470

Flexible Learning Futures
This paper provides a summary of the feedback received during November and December 2003 to a discussion paper launched at NET*Working 2003. The discussion looked at the future of flexible learning and what it means for business, community and individuals in Australia. The summary paper argues that flexible learning is being implemented and that use of technology is central to the future of learning. It highlights a number of challenges that Australia must address to gain maximum benefit from using technology in learning.
http://flexiblelearning.net.au/aboutus/futures.htm

Monday, February 02, 2004

How to manage smart people
This essay provides some hints on managing people. I particularly liked the quotes: "More than anything else talented people want to be in environments that both appreciates and cultivates their talents." and “What do you need from me in order to kick ass on this project?” and "It’s your job. What else are you doing that is more important than trying to find a way to get your employees to do their best work?"
http://www.uiweb.com/issues/issue28.htm

The Innovation/Productivity Quotient
This article argues for the convergence of social networking software, e-learning and access devices. Through this convergence, it will enable people to quickly and easily connect with other people and through this produce innovation and productivity improvement.
http://www.optimizemag.com/issue/028/innovation_p2.htm

Sunday, February 01, 2004

We-Learning: Social Software and E-Learning
By Eva Kaplan-Leiserson in Learning Circuits
What happens when students start using IM in class to discuss what the teacher is presenting?
This article looks at the so-called social software and raises some questions about what it means for e-learning. Software discussed includes Instant messaging, collaborative software and blogs.
Collaborative blogs could easily replace asynchronous discussion boards.
Learners could be asked to create their own blogs as part of their learning.
http://www.learningcircuits.org/2003/dec2003/kaplan.htm

The COL Knowledge Finder
The COL knowledge finder indexes about one million documents on education and development from selected websites related to education and development. This virtual library aims to support and enhance the work of learners, educators, administrators and policy makers around the world.
www.colfinder.org/public

Opinion Piece: Professional Development
The Australian Flexible Learning Community is adding an item called "Opinion Piece" in February. The first in on professional development.
http://flexiblelearning.net.au/community/

Learning is the Master Skill
A weblog post by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner that argues that all leaders must be learners. "When we fully engage in learning — when we throw ourselves whole-heartedly into experimenting, reflecting, reading, or getting coaching – we’re going to experience the thrill of improvement and the taste of success."
http://thinksmart.typepad.com/good_morning_thinkers/2004/01/learning_is_the.html

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