Thursday, March 31, 2005

Using content to create connections among people
This is a 238K PDF document created by Shawn Callahan. It describes a case study of using blogs and RSS aggregators to enable sharing of information between technical support team and sales staff. It is certainly a preferable approach to creating a database or Intranet and hoping the techncial support people will populate it.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Virtual Collaboration
This weblog posting provides an overview of the electronic tools available for groups of people who wish to collaborate online. It also has a screen layout of what an "ideal" tool might look like. The article demonstrates there are a range of tools which can be used in a variety of ways to support collaboration.

Monday, March 28, 2005

The New Conversations about Learning
This paper draws upon a wide range of ideas from neuroscience and cognitive science to think about learning. It emphasises the importance of moving from surface learning to deep learning.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Electronic Portfolios and Dimensions of Learning
Some arguments on the value of electronic portfolios. I have been thinking about electronic portfolios as I have to prepare a portfolio for a recognition application for the Certificate IV in Training and Assessement. Hence, electronic portfolios are not just for students but are a valuable tool for anyone seeking recognition.

Learning in the Digital Age: ā€™eā€™ on the verge of extinction
This article looks at several aspects of use of technology in higher education. Two of the key strategic issues it identifies for higher education are:
"1. In terms of infrastructure, universities must prepare for a shift from fixed to wireless networks allowing students to access courses and services via a range of mobile devices.
2. We must enable our students to think and express themselves using multiple media representations."

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

IFETS - Discussions
Interactive E-learning: Why can't we go beyond bulletin boards?
A discussion on this topic is taking place in the International Forum of Educational Technology & Society. You can join the forum for free. This page has the starting paper and looks at Discussion Boards versus Shared Document Environments.

Low-Literacy Users (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
This page has some useful tips for developing websites for lower-literacy users including:
Simplify the text - 6th grade reading level for home pages.
Prioritise information
Avoid text that moves or changes
Streamline the page design
Simplify navigation
Optimize search
And the good news is that if redesign fr low literacy users, it improves the usability for high literacy users.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Google Desktop Search Download
Google has released the full version of its desktop search tool. It has been in Beta since October last year and I have found it to be quite useful in finding documents on my hard drive. The full version now supports searching of PDF files as well as Firefox files and the metadata associated with images, video and music. Indexing of new files happens in background and does not impact on computer performance.

Monday, March 07, 2005

The Free Course: Hundreds of free online training courses and college courses.
They are free is the best I can say from a quick look at some of these courses. There may be some gems here.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Blogs & Wikis: Technologies for Enterprise Applications?
This brief article provides some examples of using Blogs and Wikis in enterprises.

Friday, March 04, 2005

44. Breaking Down the LMS Walls
Another article reflecting the view that the Learning Management System should not be seen as the key tool for implementing e-learning. The article identifies a range of tools that should be available for effective e-learning.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Searching for Learning Objects
One of the Australian Flexible Learning Framework projects last year was to build the ability to search learning object repositories held in a number of locations. There are a lot of technical issues to make it happen but here it is. The screen on EdNA allows you to search for learning objects held in toolboxes, TAFE Tasmania, TAFE VC (Victoria) and DET NSW.

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