Monday, February 28, 2005

Knowledge Tree: Special Edition
This special edition of the Knowledge Tree has some great items from the 2004 Flexible Learning Leaders. There is a also a Concept Map (CMAP) providing links to some Australian VET weblogs.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Libraries using blogs
This website provides links to many libraries that are "going good things with blogs". Pass it on to your librarian.

Introduction to Podcasting
A brief introduction to podcasting. For learners who prefer to learn through listening, this has important applications.

Sofia Project
The Sofia project is modeled on MIT's OpenCurseWare Initiative to encourage the free excahnge of US community college level materials on the World Wide Web. The first 8 courses are now available online from the Course Gallery button. The courses include Introduction to Macromedia Flash, Java Programming and Webpage Authoring.

Too Many Words
A weblog posting that looks at the importance of using graphics. I particularly liked "Remember, while those over 45 will generally say that pictures are used simply to support a text (but the text is primary), most twenty-somethings say that they'd be just as happy (or happier) if the text were there only when required to support the pictures." Also, "It's the 21st century, and I believe that skill with visual/graphic tools (you don't have to be a designer!) should be right up there with typing and writing." Certianly, challenging for this over 45 year old.

Australian IT - Study's future online (Dorothy Illing, FEBRUARY 23, 2005)
"A survey of senior executives in 1200 organisations by recruitment firm Chandler Macleod Group found that 60per cent of respondents believed e-learning was the future for employees wanting to study and work full time." Over half of the respondents offered online study options to employees.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

DEST - Vocational, Education and Training Links
From this page, you can download the Directions paper "Skilling Australia - New Directions for Vocational Education and Training". This paper sets out possible models for a new national training system from 1 July 2005.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Digital Photos
This website provides access to some good information on digital photography and posting photos to weblogs. The other interesting aspect of this website it was created using a wiki for a workshop. It is password protected so that it can't be changed.

Industry Engagement Projects
This website has the guidelines for the industry e-learning projects as part of the 2005 Australian Flexible Learning Framework. Funding of up to $55,000 is available for each of 8 projects to develop e-learning exemplars that will demonstrate the value of e-learning in a particular indusry.

Time to ditch Outlook?
I am not yet ready to get rid of Microsoft Outlook as I own a HP PDA and integration between my computer at work, home and PDA is critical and I am not yet convinced there is anything else which can do this easily. I have no intention of typing in new Email addresses to more than one package. However, I do keep an eye on alternative Email programs. This article reviews 9 Email clients.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Networks of the Australian Flexible Learning Community
This page has details of getting funding to establish and expand professional networks on e-learning. Funding of up to $7,500 for each network is available. Applications close on Friday 18 March 2005.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Staying Ahead of Your Patrons With Weblogs and RSS
This is an interesting example of using a weblog for the equivalent of a PowerPoint presentation. However, much less resource intensive than a PowerPoint converted to the web.

NET*Working 2004 Online Conference
This website has all the papers and discussions from NET*Working 2004, the major Australian online conference in vocational education and training last year about e-learning. This is definately worth a browse.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Reframing the Future - Training Australia
Applications have now been called for Reframing the Future projects for 2005. Projects can be implemented in the folloiwng areas: Skills Development for VET Practitioners, Strategic Leadership & Continuous Improvement, National Training Change Agents, Communities of Practice, Industry Training Networks, Assessor Networks & Teaching and Learning Networks and Applying Information & Research. Guidelines and Application Forms can be downloaded from this site. Applications close on Friday 18 March, 2005.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Creating Passionate Users: Spiral Learning
This blog entry contains some provoking ideas on what learning should be like. It is also worth exploring some of the other entries on this site.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Accessibility Features in Adobe Reader 7
This site provides some useful information on accessibility in Adobe Reader 7. I was not aware that the reader had an embedded speech sythesizer.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Applications for LearnScope professional development grants for eligible VET professionals are now open. LearnScope is a Project of the 2005 Australian Flexible Learning Framework. It focuses on professional development of vocational education and training (VET) professionals to enhance the skills and understanding that underpin e-learning and e-business. Applications have now bene invited with applications due by 18 March. This page provides links to all state and territory guidelines and application details.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Chief Learning Officer
This site provides access to a wide range of articles on learning in the organisation. CLO also organises regular web seminars. I am typing this whilst participating in a web seminar on evaluation.

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