Friday, May 28, 2004

Better Practice Checklists
These checklists on various aspects of online service delivery have been produced by the Australian Government Information Management Office. I particularly liked the checklists on website navigation and testing websites with users.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

What is Workflow Learning?
By Jay Cross, Managing Director, Workflow Institute
Jay Cross describes a vision of the future where learning is fully integrated into the job. Whilst overstating the case, it certainly presents an argument for fully integrating learning into the job.

Understanding Why Students Select Online Courses: Criteria they Use in Making that Selection
This paper from the current issue of the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning reports on research undertaken by GradSchools.com. The survey undertaken as part of the research had over 11,500 respondents. For those wanting to do a course by distance education, the key reasons were flexible hours, ability to work independently and no local offerings of the courses wanted.

My Brilliant Failure: Wikis In Classrooms
A good honest reflection on why wikis failed in one classroom.

Saturday, May 22, 2004

Short Courses in Digital Photography
This site contains some very useful resources for anyone getting into digital photography, including digital cameras and digital video.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

LERN Fifth Annual Conference
This site contains information on an on-line conference to be held from June 15-17, 2004. Registration is US$95. Presenters include Martin Dougiamas, creator of Moodle. The focus is on online communication and discussion.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Welcome to HTML Dog, the web designer's resource for everything HTML and CSS, the most common technologies used in making web pages. If you are a beginner, the step-by-step HTML Beginner's Guide will get you started. If you are already a competent web maker, the HTML Advanced Guide and CSS Advanced Guide are the places to look for advanced tips, tricks and good practice techniques.

Portfolios to Webfolios and Beyond: Levels of Maturation
This article looks at how web portfolios are being used by educational institutions and classifies their usage into five levels:
* Level 1—Scrapbook
* Level 2—Curriculum Vitae
* Level 3—Curriculum Collaboration Between Student and Faculty
* Level 4—Mentoring Leading to Mastery
* Level 5—Authentic Evidence as the Authoritative Evidence for Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting
Each level is explained and two case studies presented.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Flextrek: A guide to Leadership Characteristics in the Flexible Learning Environment
This TAFE Frontiers resource provides useful information, case studies and resources on 11 leadership characteristics essential to anyone involved in leading and managing flexible learning. I found the site map to be the easiest way to explore the website.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

The Power of Why
A useful reminder of why leaders should use why questions. Leaders can use why questions to brst preconcepions, question assumptions, raise the stakes, enlist support and identify new challenges. However, the articles advises not to overuse the word.

Quiz Builder
EdNA has launched a new (and free) quiz builder on its global education website.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Guidelines on Learning that Inform Teaching at UNSW
This site provides some guidelines for learning covering enganging students in learning, contextualising students' learning experiences, creating an inclusive learning and teaching experience, teaching an engaging, contextualised and inclusive curriculum and designing an engaging, contextualised and inclusive curriculum.

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Harvard Business School Entrepreneurs
This site contains video sequences with entrepreneurs talking about their business success. It is interesting that it was primarily talking heads and I wondered if the job could be done better by audio and still photos. I did like that you can select to listen to part of their talks only.

Story about Learning
An interesting story about learning from Alfred Bork. It certainly prompted me to think about the future of our educational institutions in 2039.
A longer article providing different views of the future of learning by the same author can be found at http://www.ics.uci.edu/~bork/fiction.pdf.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

10 Principles of Change Management
This article discusses 10 principles that should be followed when implementing change in organisations.
1. Address the'"human side" systematically
2. Start at the top
3. Involve every layer
4. Make the formal case
5. Create ownership
6. Communicate the message
7. Assess the cultural landscape
8. Address culture explicitly
9. Prepare for the unexpected
10. Speak to the individual

Intranets and knowledge sharing
This article by James Robertson, a Sydney based knowledge management consultant, looks at how to use a Intranet to facilitate knowledge sharing (and not by just publishing information). He discusses how an Intranet can be used to support a Community of Practice and creating a staff directory and expertise finder.

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