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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

seedwiki: SeedWiki (seedwiki.com)
If you are interested in experimenting with wikis, here is a tool that allows you to set up 3 wikis for free with up to 50 pages. I am not yet convinced about wikis and the facility to change anything you want.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Smart Skills Online
This site from the Queensland Government provides some e-learning lessons for small and medium business owners on various business topics. What will be the future of VET if such cousres are readily available free on the Internet.


Shared learning objects
This site contains a number of learning objects in a variety of discipline areas. They are primarily PowerPoint slides with voice added but nevertheless illustrates what one US communty college is doing to make available online content.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Google Desktop Search Download
I have recently installed this software on my computer. It allows me to serach for anything I have stored on my computer using the familiar Google interface. I am still evaluating it but it looks very interesting.

Creating Accessible Macromedia Flash Content
A tutorial that provides advice on making Flash content accessible.

E-learning versus Flexible Learning
I wrote this article to examine the debate over the terms "e-learning" and "flexible learning". The article can be downloaded in Word or PDF format. It is published in the most recent edition of the Knowledge Tree, an e-journal of Flexible Learning in VET. This issue has a number of articles on mobile learning.

E-Books: Challenges and Opportunities
An article on the use of e-books by the National University of Ireland. The article reports on the evaluation of the Safari Online service which provides access to online books.

Training Cafe - Home
This website is maintained by Macromedia and provides access to a number of resources on Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, FreeHand and Director. The resources on website accessibility look good.

Stephen's Web ~ by Stephen Downes ~ Australia04
A web page providing links to all the talks given by Stephen Downes in his recent trip to Australia. Audio files are quite large but all the PowerPoint and web pages related to his talks can be accessed from this single page.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

elearnspace. everything elearning: eLearning Categories
A description of some major categories of e-learning. It is good to see a discussion that sees courses as only one understanding of e-learning.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Innovate - October/November 2004 Volume 1, Issue 1
Innovate is a new e-journal on using technology in education. In this first issue is an interview with Chris Dede on the future of learning technologies. Worth a read.

The Edu-Blogger: Rip, Mix, and Learn - a new way of learning
RML - a new acronym, meaning Rip, Mix and Learn. In one sense, it simplys describes what many people do all the time. Get material from the Internet and mix it together. What is not explored is how the mix occurs beacsue it is through this process that you actually learn.

Knowledge Management in VET
TAFE Frontiers (Victoria) has been facilitating some work on looking at different models of knowledge management in vocational education and training. An interesting set of projects.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

The Buntine Oration: Learnig Networks
This is the text from Stephen Downes's presentation to the Australian College of Educators Conference in Perth. A most interesting read on a wide range of topics in looking at the future of learning and learning networks.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

USATODAY.com - Next big thing: The Web as your servant
An interesting look at the future of the Internet where the data finds you rather than you having to go to the Internet to find what you want. There is no discussion of security and how you as an individual ensure that you restrict who has access to your information. Otherwise, a good thought provoker.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Contentious � Blogging Style: The Basic Posting Formats (Series Index)
If you thought that blogs were all the same, then this article identifies seven different formats for blogs. My weblog is classified as "link blurb" but it is one of the many ways that you can use a weblog.

PHP MySQL Tutorial - Interactive Website Design
A tutorial for beginners on PHP and MySQL. I am interested in this but don't have the time at the moment to look at this. Will come back to it at some future time.

NET*Working 2004
The program for the NET*Working 2004 online conference is now available. The conference runs from November 8 to 19.

Checkboxes vs. Radio Buttons (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
Some useful reminders on guidelines for using check boxes and radio buttons.

wiley.ed.usu.edu - How Technology Will Destroy Schools
An interesting posting and reply on the question of technology impact on schools and teachers. Whilst I can agree that the need for learning "facts" may reduce, the question for me (and where I see the future of teachers) is in the linking of new knowledge to previous knowledge so that learning actually occurs. Learning is not about receiving facts. When confronted with the Internet and all its information, learners need to be able to have the skills to build new information through building on what they already know.

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