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Monday, December 20, 2004

Instant Messaging
This article provides an introduction to the use of instant messaging in education. Its main focus is on why instant messaging is important with some minimal discussion of how it was used in a single class.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Guardian Unlimited | Online | You can take it with you
This article looks at what is happening with USB drives. Whilst I use a USB drive for moving documents around (particularly between laptop and desktop computers), I was not aware of the range of data and software that can now be stored on USB drives. It will be interesting to see if some of what is discussed here becomes commonplace.

LC Annual E-Learning Trends 2004
Results of a survey of employees and manaegers about e-learning. The major conclusion was that the definition of e-learning was becoming clearer and more focused. "Workplace learning professionals seem to be more clearly defining e-learning in relation to an actual learning experience. They’re using such terms as Web conferencing, virtual classrooms, simulations, m-learning, and so on--rather than infrastructure and authoring systems, such as LMSs and LMCSs, which were mentioned in previous years."

Saturday, December 11, 2004

ASCILITE 2004: Augar, Raitman and Zhou - Teaching and learning online with wikis
A good introduction to wikis and their use in education. I noted that they required students to log in to get access to the wiki which overcomes the problem of inappropriate postings from people outside of the student group.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

10 ways to continuously improve your intranet
Ten good tips for improving an Intranet. A good tip was to improve the Intranet in sections by making improvements one task at a time. Another good tip was continuously learning about staff needs.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Technology Review: Wearable Computing for the Commons
What do you do when you want to record a note? This article looks at what what people say they do and what they actually do and discusses the differences. It then looks at what is needed to actually make technology useable. You'll have to read this to find out what is a Twiddler.

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Latest developments in intranets, extranets & portals
This is a 59K PowerPoint presentation from James Roberstson. I particularly liked the idea that you should view Intranets as 'places for doing things'. This is quite different to the idea of Intranets as repositories of documents.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Encyclopedia of Educational Technology
The Encyclopedia of Educational Technology (EET) is a collection of short multimedia articles on a variety of topics related to the fields of instructional design and education and training. The primary audiences for the EET are students and novice to intermediate practitioners in these fields, who need a brief overview as a starting point to further research on specific topics. Authors are graduate students, professors, and others who contribute voluntarily. Articles are short and use multimedia to enrich learning rather than merely decorate the pages.

Want to manage tacit knowledge
An article that provides a description of tacit knowledge and the role that communities of practice can play in ensuring that knowlege does not disappear when people leave the organisation. It looks at some of the arguments used against communities of practice and why they do add value to organisations.

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