Saturday, June 26, 2004

Marketing and Promoting Your Intranet
If you want your Intranet site to be used, you need to market it. This article provides ome tips on marketing an Intranet site, arguing that it needs a different strategy from marketing an Internet site. 10 strategies suggested include Intranet presentations, targeted marketing, word-of-mouth, brochures and posters, Intranet merchandise, regular newsletters, name contest, a recognisable URL and E-Mail signature.

Successful online learning – the five Ps
This author argues that there are 5 Ps for effective online learning - Presentation, Pedagogy, Promotion, Preparation and Props. He describes what he sees as needed in each area. Whilst brief, it is useful to be reminded about what is needed to make online learning work.

The dynamic approach to learning
This is an intreview with Joanthon Levy about where e-learning is headed. I particularly liked "An up-to-date corporate learning model is one that allows organizations to benefit most from the unique blend of knowledge and creative intelligence that each knowledge worker brings to the enterprise. The learning resources are dynamically assembled by each knowledge worker in the context of what they know and the work they are performing at the moment. This is a natural method of learning, gaining knowledge in real-time as required."

Colleges reach out via instant messaging
Instant messaging is being used by US Collges to handle enquiries from students to do with their applications for enrolment. Is this the future of using computers in the administration in education?

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Ten Best Government Intranets
This webpage (one of Jakob Nielsen's alertbox series) nominates 10 leading Government Intranet sites. It also identifies, which is probably the most useful, the things the organisations did to make their Intranets useful. The importance of Intranets supporting workflow and not designing around the organisation structure is stressed.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Learning From Disappointment: When Learning Solutions Fail to Deliver
This article examines 10 reasons why e-learning projects fail. Whilst a number of them overlapped, they are worth thinking about in terms of limiting their impact on your project.

Flexible Learning Resources Alerts
A new service from the Australian Flexible Learning Framework allows you to be notified by Email when resources are added to the website. You can select the topics to limit the number of resources that are notified to you. Categories include: Content and learning material development resources; Professional development resources; Organisational issues resources; Pedagogy and practice resources; and Technology resources.

Friday, June 11, 2004

eQuality Training
An interesting collection of links to websites covering web design, web promotion, learning HTML, Dreamweaver and Flash. Not a bad start if you are looking for sites that can help you develop skills in these areas.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Integrating Digital Resources into Online Learning Environments to Support the Learner
This paper reports on some research into how teachers and students find digital resources for use in online courses. It also proposes some strategies for overcomng some of the difficulties experienced by teachers and students in locating resources. The paper is published as part of the Proceedings from the Networked Learning Conference 2004, held at Lancaster University, England, UK, April 5-7, 2004.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Work Effectiveness Improvement
This is an interesting reflection on Knowledge Management. It argues that Knowledge Management should be defined in terms of anything that improves work effetciveness. It argues that people responsible for Knowledge Management (sometimes referred to as Chief Knowledge Officers or CKO) should focus on how individuals access information and how this process can be improved.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Online Learning - does it pass the taste test?
From June 7 to 20, there will be an online discussion in the Australian Flexible Learning Community on people's experience in learning online. This should be quite interesting. The questions posed for the discussion include:
* What did you expect or envisage before you started studying online? How did this tally with what actually happened?
* How was online study different to other modes you'd experienced?
* What were the greatest challenges for you as a student?
* What did you particularly like?
* How have your experiences as an online student influenced how you would teach online?
* What advice would you have for designers, developers and deliverers of online learning?

Blogging Across the Curriculum
This website has been created by a teacher to examine how Blogging can be used across the curriculum. It provides some useful example of course weblogs and individual weblogs that might get you started if you are thinking about using weblogs in teaching and learning.

Performance = knowledge + learning + use (Clark 2003): the application of knowledge management theory to add practical value to a VET organization.
This is an article from the current version of the Knowledge Tree Journal. This article from Maureen Sullivan, a flexible learning in 2003, who researched knowledge management as part of her flexible learning leadership program in 2003. Maureen examined knowledge management in the context of her Institute, Brisbane North Institute in Queensland.

Blogging, RSS and what it means for teaching and learning
Michael Chalk, a flexible learning leader in 2003, has written this article to provide an overview of the Blogging and RSS field. It contains some useful links to other resources on blogging and RSS. This article was used as a starting point for an online discussion (primarily voice) that took place last Thursday. A record of this discussion is available at http://home.learningtimes.net/learningtimes?go=425787 (you will need to set up a learning times account but it is free. -- As an aside, the learning times is an interesting piece of software and is being used by some groups in Australia for collaboration with the advantage of uisng voice.)

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