Sunday, January 30, 2005

2005 Horizon report
This is a 399K PDF file from the New Media consortium. It discusses six technology trends and their implications for teaching and learning: Extended Learning, Ubiquitous Wireless, Intelligent Searching, Educational Gaming, Social Networks and Knowledge Weds and Context-Aware Computing / Augmented Reality. The article also includes a number of references to websites and articles as examples or extends the material in the article.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Future VLE
A visual representation of what a future VLE might look like.

Pricelessware - File Utilities
A list of free software voted as the most useful.

Monday, January 24, 2005

LLRX.com - Using a Wiki for Documentation and Collaborative Authoring
I have been put off Wikis because of the idea that anyone in the universe can edit a wiki page. This site provides some examples of using a Wiki to maintain documentation in a library context.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Encouraging Creativity in Online Courses
This article has some ideas on how to encourage creativity in online classes. A useful reminder that it is too easy to create boring experiences in the online environment.

Growing Up Digital: How the web chanegs work, education and the ways people learn
This article is written by John Seely Brown, Chief Scientist at Xerox and Director of its Palo Alto Research Center. I particulary liked these quotes:
"The real literacy of tomorrow entails the ability to be your own personal reference librarian-to know how to navigate through confusing, complex information spaces and feel comfortable doing so." and
"Let me end with a brief reflection on an interesting shift that I believe is happening: a shift between using technology to support the individual to using technology to support relationships between individuals. With that shift, we will discover new tools and social protocols for helping us help each other, which is the very essence of social learning."

Connectivisim: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age
George Siemens sets out some ideas on learning in the 21st century. The idea that we are all connected in networks is not new. I did like:
"The starting point of connectivism is the individual. Personal knowledge is comprised of a network, which feeds into organizations and institutions, which in turn feed back into the network, and then continue to provide learning to individual. This cycle of knowledge development (personal to network to organization) allows learners to remain current in their field through the connections they have formed."

Saturday, January 22, 2005

www.learningtools.ubc.ca - Welcome to Learning Tools Website
This website contains some flash based e-learning tools from the UBC Faculty of Arts Instructional Support. The tools shown may be of benefit in your teaching area. All the tools can be used without programming.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

RSSTop55 - Best Blog Directory And RSS Submission Sites - Robin Good' Sharewood Tidings
If you don't have enough RSS feeds coming into your RSS reader, here is a site that provides links to many directories of RSS feeds. It also provides links to help you add your blog to these directories.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Rapid E-Learning: A Growing Trend
One description of rapid e-learning. It will be interesting to see how this translates into reality. There is no doubt that we need to have simpler ways of proding e-learning content then relying on creating HTML pages if we want to see an expansion of e-learning.

The Knowledge Coach
Good article on the value of coaches in knowledge transfer.
"When e-business burst on the scene, GE's CEO Jack Welch was impressed by the strategy adopted by the CEO of GE's Global Consumer Finance (GCF) division, who realized he was not up to speed in e-business. The CEO identified the brightest person under thirty in GCF and asked him to be his mentor. When Welch returned to the United States, within forty-eight hours he spread the word: All managers were to identify someone who could serve as an e-business mentor. According to Welch, the youngest and brightest would now teach the oldest."

Friday, January 07, 2005

Australian Flexible Learning Framework - New Practices in Flexible Learning
Applications are now open for 2005 New Practices projects. This page contains links to the application form and some more details of what is expected.

Australian Flexible Learning Framework - 2005 Business Plan
The Australian Flexible Learning Framework has been funded for another year. The 2005 Business Plan, which provides details of the 2005 projects, can be downloaded from this page.

Predictions for 2005:
Some predictions about e-learning in 2005. I was particularly interested in: "The three major commercial vendors of Course Management Systems (Blackboard, WebCT, and Angel) will begin to make visibly defensive moves in response to the growing threat from open-source alternatives."

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Cognitive Dissonance � Persistent Education
Do you require your students to have their own server space? Do you have your own server space? These challenges are raised in this weblog posting. The article contains some arguments as to why this is important and links with the current interest in ePorfolios.

IT Issues & Strategic Viewpoints in Higher Education: Campus Technology
This article summarsies a survey undertaken in 52 Universities and Colleges in USA about IT issues in their institutions. The number 1 issue (as it was in 2003) is the Course Management Systems. There was universal disquiet with WebCT and Blackboard, the leaders in this field. One figure I found interesting was that only 30% of teaching staff used the CMS in the colleges.

Issues of Interface
A short paper which summaries some of the research on interface design and its impact on online learning. I found the table in the middle of the paper interesting in that it states some principles which should be followed when designing multimedia.

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