Friday, April 29, 2005

E-learning and assessment: "This site shows the many ways you can use e-learning to engage learners, provide flexibility and improve quality in vocational education and training (VET). It can be used as an individual guide, or as a resource for professional development and training sessions."
It contains four sections: Gallery of Strategies, Learning Design, Assessing Online and Further Information. Allow plenty of time to explore all the possibilities here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The Continuous Environmental Scan
This weblog posting provides some good tips on managing the large amount of information and trying to make sense of it. I probably agree with it as I see that I am working this way these days. I use an RSS aggregator to get updates from a large number of websites and use this blog to sift and keep ideas for later reference.

Trend: Mobile Reality (A Tale of Two Experts)
This website provides some examples of m-learning. There is also some discussion about the limitations of m-learning and why it has not taken over the world. I particularly liked "I don't think m-learning is e-learning lite" and "What it can and should be is an adjunct to some initial concept presentation, but one that keeps the learning active over a long period of time with smaller bits, something we don’t do with e-learning."

Sunday, April 24, 2005

A Weblog Webliography | Kairosnews
A site that provides links to almost 200 articles on weblogs, many related to the use of weblogs in education.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Interwise Live Web Events
This site contains a list of upcoming live web events. I have participated in a number of such events (mostly early in the morning as they are run from the US.). Have a look as I have just signed up for one at 10pm at night. (The times on the list are US times but they provide a time zone translator).

Elements of Effective e-Learning Design
"Preparing and developing e-learning materials is a costly and time consuming enterprise. This paper highlights the elements of effective design that we consider assist in the development of high quality materials in a cost efficient way. We introduce six elements of design and discuss each in some detail. These elements focus on paying attention to the provision of a rich learning activity, situating this activity within an interesting story line, providing meaningful opportunities for student reflection and third party criticism, considering appropriate technologies for delivery, ensuring that the design is suitable for the context in which it will be used, and bearing in mind the personal, social, and environmental impact of the designed activities."

Flexible Learning Industry Advocates
This website has contact details of thirteen industry e-learning advocates appointed for 2005. Industry e-learning advocates are located in peak industry bodies and in a position to represent and influence their industry sector. Their role will be to promote the benefits of e-learning to businesses and peak bodies in their industry area.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Monday April 11 is the official launch of the 2005 Networks Community Forum. This forum provides an opportunity to engage in discussion about e-learning and flexible learning. Details of the launch activities can be found at this website.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Crowned at last
This article from the economist looks at how the Internet has impacted on consumer spending and the idea that consumers have more power. It is interesting to reflect on the impact that this will have on decision making about choosing education providers.

The Next Generation of Students
This is a 146Mb PDF file which contains the report on some research on the next generation's views of how they want to use the web. I particularly liked the graph on page 3 which summarises the views of the students. Taking entire web course was the second lowest rated item in terms of what they wanted to do with the web.

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