Thursday, April 29, 2004

The Organic Approach to the Organization
This article provides an overview of the work being done by Dave Snowden from IBM in Europe on organic knowledge management. He has developed a methodology called ASHEN which is a question-based framework that is used to elicit stories in decision making situations: what Artifacts were used? What Skills were used? What Heuristics were used? What Experiences were called for? What Natural Talent was exercised?

Monday, April 26, 2004

Problem Based Learners
This site provides a description of work undertaken by Julian Pearce, a lecturer in Nursing at Deakin University, on problem based learning. It also contains an audio file where Julian describes the work he has done. The right hand menu links to a number of other stories which describe work undertaken in 2003 by various lecturers at Deakin University in investigating different teaching and learning strategies.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Google Linking
This is a resource that can be found in the Maricopa Learning Exchange. It provides hints for teachers on setting up links that will run a query in Google to provide an up-to-date list of resources that can be used by students. It saves having to maintain a list of web resources tha change all the time.

Less is More: Designing an Online Course
One of the most common complaints from teachers who get involved in online learning is that it increases workloads, particularly in answering student Emails. This article from a teacher describes an approach he has taken to designing online courses so that it does not increase workloads. There are five useful pointers: teaching experience is helpful, faculty should attend workshops before leaping into the fray, courses should be transformed and not merely transferred, online instructors should move to the side, and students should be assigned a good textbook.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

10 Rules for Corporate Blogs and Wikis
This article provides 10 tips for anyone seeking to maintain a blog or wiki. It is written from a marketing perspective but the tips have relevance to anyone who is maintaining a blog.

The Innovation/Productivity Quotient
E-learning is listed as one of the major innovations (grid computing, service oriented architecture, social networking and access devices are the others) that will allow companies to achieve the next major gain from using IT, by fostering innovation. It describes how CISCO is taking advantage of e-learning not just for employees but for customers and partners as well.

Saturday, April 17, 2004

eLearn Queensland Online
This website is maintained by Chris Sutton, a Flexible Learning Leader from last year and also a person works in professional development in TAFE Queensland. The website aims to provide support for teachers, particularly in Queensland, wanting to make the move into e-learning. It will be interesting to see how this website develops.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

PowerPoint to Flash Conversion
This article provides a list of advantages of Flash presentations as compared to PowerPoint presentations. It also provides a list of software tools that can be used to do the conversions. I need time to explore this more.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Introduction to Digital Dashboards
This website provides an introduction to digital dashboards and how they can provide a summary of key information in a single screen.

Monday, April 12, 2004

Desperately Seeking Software Simulations
This article from eLearn Magazine looks at software for developing a sequence of instructions (not really what I would call simulations). The author discusses how you might use such software for awareness training, training courses and performance support. It also looks at the types of software available to develop such training sequences.

Etienne Wenger on Communities of Practice:Engagement, Identity & Innovation
An interview with Etienne Wenger where he discusses the role of Associations and Communities of Practice. I liked the following quote whcih looks at the link betwene learning and knowledge management:
According to Wenger, associations that function solely as a centralized knowledge resource are ignoring the critical role of active engagement in effective learning and knowledge sharing. “Learning is best understood as an interaction among practitioners, rather than a process in which a producer provides knowledge to a consumer,” he says. “If associations view their members as consumers of knowledge produced by the association, they are forgetting that learning means engagement.”

He argues that people do not want to attend the old style courses where knowledge is dispensed rather they want to attend activities where they are engaged.

Open Source Software: Two Learning Management Systems
This article briefly reviews the open source LMS of Bazaar and Moodle and recommends Moodle. It also examines Plone but concludes it is most effective as a Content Management System (CMS) rather than as a LMS.

Educational wikis: features and selection criteria
This report discusses the educational uses of the 'wiki,' an increasingly popular approach to online community development. Wikis are defined and compared with 'blogging' methods; characteristics of major wiki engines are described; and wiki features and selection criteria are examined.

Web Accessibility in Mind
A great website on web accessibility issues.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Working and Learning In Vocational Education and Training in the Knowledge Era
This site contains the various reports that were produced in a national project to look at professional development for vocational education and training staff in the knowledge era. The project involved several discussion papers, some knowledge management experts providing their perspective and then it all being brought together in a final report. It emphasies the importance of staff determining their professional development priorities and designing their learning to meet these priroities.

Feasibility of Course Development Based on Learning Objects
This paper from the March, 2004 edition of the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning examines three case studies of using leaning objects in course design. It indicates that much is still to be learnt on how to effectively design courses to take advantage of learning objects.

Friday, April 09, 2004

This site provides information on interoperability. Not sure wat it means? "Interoperability involves standardising technical services, information formats and business processes." Interoperability means that:
Online learning resources are re-usable and adaptable, easily located, reviewed and obtained online, readily transferred to different delivery platforms and visible to users across sectors and international borders.
Information transfer between websites supports automatic update as information changes, customisation for user's needs and consistent use of VET sector terminology
Practitioners can benefit from far-reaching search functions, clear copyright conditions and ease of licence transactions and simple authentication procedures.

Learning Objects
This site contains the papers created as part of the 2003 Australian Flexible Learning Fraemwork project on the VET Learning Object Repository. It provides a set of resources covering standards for learning objects and learning object repositories.

The Polo Parable
This is a story that the writer uses to argue that online learning is not just classoom learning transfererd to a new medium. I enjoyed the read.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Nine Rules for Good Technology
Robin Good provides nine rules to assess the usefulness of any technology: always available, always on, always connected, standardised and interoperable, simple, does not require parts, personalised, modular and does what you want it to do. Pity that most technology does not meet all nine rules!!

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Innovations in Online Learning: Moving Beyond No Significant Difference
This article argues that if online learning is to make a difference then it needs to focus on some key advantage that online learning offers including. The papers examines four potential advantages of online learning - individualisation, improving the quality of student learning, increasing access to higher education and reducing the costs of teaching and learning. It concludes with a section on sustaining innovation and links to a number of case studies.

The e-learning centre
A complete UK site containing resources on e-learning.

The Guerra Scale
By Tim Guerra & Dan Heffernan
This article in Learning Circuits provides a 10 point classification scale of online learning based on the author’s experience, from loading PDF files through to Virtual Reality. The article provides a description of each level together with examples of implementation.

Rules for Asking Others to Share Knowledge
This brief article provides 10 tips when requesting knowledge from an expert. Whilst some would say that they are just common sense, they are useful in thinking about how to get experts to share what they know.

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