Sunday, March 21, 2004

Finders, keepers? The present and future perfect in support of personal information management by William Jones
An article that provides an overview of the issues involved in managing personal information. It particularly focuses on the issue of how people decide to keep or discard some information they have found. Also links to the website of the KFTF project (http://kftf.ischool.washington.edu) which is investigating how “Keeping Found Things Found”.

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Personal Information Management
Paul B. Gandel, Richard N. Katz, and Susan E. Metros, The "Weariness of the Flesh": Reflections on the Life of the Mind in an Era of Abundance
EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 39, no. 2 (March/April 2004): 40–51.
This article starts by discussing the well documented problem of how to manage large amounts of information. The interesting part of the article (from my perspective) starts with the heading "Focusing on the individual", where it asks the question "On the other hand, what if individuals were provided with the tools to easily automate, create, and share personal digital libraries or repositories designed to meet the productivity needs of the scholar, administrator, or student—systems designed to organize and facilitate their own research, work, or learning agendas?" It goes on to discuss e-porfolios, advocates "Personal digital repositories" and discusses strategies and tools for linking them so people can find what they need.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Learning by Design
This article by Stephen Downes reports on a talk given by James Paul Gee, author of What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy I thought this was quite interesting in arguing that video game players learn many skills because games are designed to provide learning experiences. He identifies a set of principles used in designing video games: empowered learners (co-design, customisation, identity, manipulation) and problem solving (well ordered problems, pleasantly frustrating, cycles of expertise, information on demand, fishtanks and metaphors).Well worth a look when thinking about how to design educational experiences which engage the younger learners.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Plans for Facilitating Learning Online
A series of ideas about how to teach online using a variety of tools: discussion boards, email and email groups, weblogs and RSS, chat rooms & MOOs, IM and Viode Conferencing and Wikis. (If you don't know what some of these acronymns mean, have a look at the site and find out). These ideas are particularly useful for anyone who feels constrained by their Learning Management System.

Personal Content Management
This article examines some ideas about how to improve how people might improve their management of information they use in order to improve their knowledge management. It proposes a new tool based on how knowledge is developed in the non technology world. It acknowledges that convesations and annotations are two ways in which knowledge is developed.

Saturday, March 13, 2004

Open Office Training Materials
Some useful material for learning about Open Office suite of material. They are free to use - basic start.

Exploring Educational Design: 8 case studies
This is one of the 5 reports prepared from the 2003 reserach projects. The research was underatken by Frank Bate, Ian Robertson and Linda Smart. The research examined educational design in eight case studies where elearning was used in Australian VET. This research was premised on the notion that students have particular learning needs and preferences, and that it is possible to design to suit these needs and preferences. The reserach was largely inconclusive but ir did find that it is teachers who are the key to providing highly tailored learning solutions that can blend degrees of direction and self-direction to most benefit learners.

Research Projects Funding
Applications for funding of projects to research flexible learning in workplaces has been called and must be submitted by 14 April. Priority areas include strategies to increase training using a flexible learning approach in growth industries/ sectors, strategies to foster flexible learning in the development of high performance workplaces, strategies to support casual and part-time workers (male and female), strategies to support the needs of older and displaced workers and strategies to address other equity groups, including youth, indigenous, rural and remote.

Sunday, March 07, 2004

Flexible Learning Case Study
This case study describes one teacher's learnings about flexible learning at Sunraysia Institute in Victoria. It described how Horticulture teachers developed the skills to video how to prune a rose. The learning was undertaken with asssitance from Learnsocpe funding.

Your Online Learning Assistant (YOLA)
This resources was developed last year as a New Practices projects in the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. It provides instructions and testing for students encountering difficulties with basic mathematical concepts (eg. fractions). It is also designed to be integrated into the Building and Construction Toolbox.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

The problems with training (and what to do about it)
A set of neat ideas about how to make trainig sessions (and conferences) interesting and varied. I liked the 99 second presentation which the author tried at a conference in IBM.

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