Friday, November 26, 2004

UKOLN - Web Focus - UCISA WLF / UKOLN Workshop 2004 - 'Beyond Email - Strategies For Collaborative Working In The 21st Century
Presentations from a workshop on looking at new devices and new technologies. I picked up some new tips from the session run by Brian Kelly - Addressing the Challenges of New Devices and new Web Technologies. (I just need the time now to explore them all!!!)

elearnspace. Learning Management Systems: The wrong place to start elearning
There are a number of raves against Learning Management Systems on the web today. This article takes a look at the functions required for learning and compares this with the facilities offered by LMSs.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Google Scholar
A search engine from Google for scholarly journals. If you are looking for restricting your searches to scholarly material, this search engine is definately worth a look.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

This website is linked from the NET*Working 2004 conference. As the name implies it contains links to a number of very useful tools for e-learning. Many are free!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Google Guide: Help with Searching
This site has lots of hints on using Google to get the information you want. The opening page gives you the option of Novice or Experienced User and so you don't have to work through unnecessary material.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Weblog from Leigh Blackall. Recent posts cover free and open source software. A great discussion for anyone interested in alternatives to Learning Management Systems.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Reducing the size of Photos
I have been wanting to learn about how to reduce the size of photographs to place them on the web and to use in PowerPoint, so that web pages load quickly and Powerpoint files don't become enormous. Here is the result of my learning on this topic. If you have any other experience on this topic, let me know.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Leveraging Mobile and Wireless Internet
An overview of what is happening in mobile learning. Very introductory but worth a quick look.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

HBS Working Knowledge: Innovation: The Hidden Cost of Buying Information
This interview is with a researcher who has looked at the weight given to information that is paid for in decision making compared to the weight given to free information. Whilst more research is needed, the findings do support the idea that paid information is valued more than free information.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

What can you learn from a cell phone
An article from Marc Prensky (the guy who is famous for Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives) about how cell phones can be used for learning. It is a survey of the field with some good examples of how people are thinking of using cell phones for learning. It is a 55K PDF file.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

The New York Times > Technology > Circuits > What's Next: For Your Viewing Pleasure, a Projector in Your Pocket
How would you like a projector that is integrated into your mobile phone? We are not there yet but this article explains some of the research that is being done which should make this possible. Saves having to lug the big projectors around for that presentation!!

Edupodder Home
"Podcasting in Education" is a new site that looks at the use of audio weblogs in education. Instead of restricting weblogs to just text, this idea takes it a step further and looks at having audio recordings on a websites that can be downloaded.

Hardware Devices >> iPods at the Gate: Campus Technology
An interesting article that reports on the use of ipods at one University, where they issued ipods to all new students. Without doubt one of the attractions from a student point of view was getting a device to play music. The ipod contains various introductory talks by University officials and is planned to be used in 4 courses. The article looks at some of the reaction from other Universities to this initiative. Is it just the old audio cassette (liek what we used to get in distanced education courses) in another form or are we seeing the emergence of a new use of technology?

Friday, November 05, 2004

Learning Objects Quick Guide
This links to a pdf file (150K) that provides a description of the world of learning objects. It provides a good overview of what makes up this world and why it is important. It concludes by noting that our knowledge of learning objects is still developing and more work is needed to achieve the dream of bjects which can be readily and easily found and used by teachers.

Networking 2004 Web Services Activity
This website was developed for the NET*Working 2004 conference and provides some excellent examples of using webservices to enhance teaching and learning. The site provides examples of using EdNA, RSS, blogs and wikis.

Monday, November 01, 2004

e-Learning Centre: Designing e-learning
An interesting page providing some links to articles about designing e-learning.

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