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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Plenty of Room at the Bottom? Personal Digital Libraries and Collections
An interesting article on personal digitial libraries and some of the challenges. An interesting question raised is what happens to personal digitial information following the death of individuals. Will the interest in the personal archives of correspondence and manuscripts translate into the digitial world of email and electronic documents.

LTI Magazine - Building a Successful Blended Learning Strategy
A case study on introducing a blended learning strategy driven by the need to address issues in the workplace, including a stated client need. Key benefits found were consistent delivery of message, ability to self-pace, refresher materials, reduced classroom time and more effective traning staff. Examples discussed included technical training and leadership development.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Google's War on Hierarchy, and the Death of Hierarchical Folders
An interesting article that looks at the issuse of storing dcuments and Email in folders versus using search to find things. I have not yet abandoned folders in storing information but this article certainly makes you think about where it is all heading.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

The Wizard of Oz Rule
Interesting to reflect on the following rules:
"If I'm asked to go for more than three screens, and I'm not asked to do something, to interact with the program, it will fail."
and
"You had to be able to find your way to the information within 3 clicks or the design was no good."
See this article (it is brief) for more details of the context of these comments but it is all about keeping it simple.

Duke iPod First Year Experience
This website is the site for the ipod project at Duke University. The site contains the evaluation report on the project which involved distributing ipods to all beginning students.

Interactive Whiteboards
This weblog has links to many articles on interactive whiteboards. I have seen them used very successfully with English as a Second Langauge classes. These links will give you access to a range of material on this tool.

Who Knows Whom, And Who Knows What?
I have been reading about Social Network Analysis (SNA) and its value as a tool for knowledge management. This article provides some good examples of how companies are using SNA to improve innovation in their companies. There is also a sample SNA report that can be downloaded (see one of the side panels).

Copyright Kitchen
I included this website earlier but it was still being developed. It has now been completed and released for everyone to use. Highly recommended for anyone thinking about copyright issues.

Monday, June 13, 2005

eXe: the eLearning XHTML editor |
This website is for the eXe project which is developing an authoring environment to assist teachers in publishing web content. The project is developed in an internal file format and then exported as HTML pages or as a SCORM compliant file which can be loaded into a Learning Management System whcih supports SCORM. This is an open source project.

Video to Flash Converter
This site has some software for converting video to flash. The advantage is smaller files which run on both Mac and Windows.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
This site has a range of material from Educause. I need more time to explore all the resources on this site. I have just dowloaded a useful article on Social Bookmarking.

Some Uses of Blogs in Education
This is a graphic file that presents some use of reading and writing blogs for the benefit of students and teachers. A useful summary.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Blended Learning at GrayHarriman.com
This is an introductory article on blended learning. It does provide links to a range of other resources on blended learning.

Innovate - What Can You Learn from a Cell Phone? Almost Anything!
This article is from the Innovate Journal of Online Education. You will need to create an account to access it (Free). The article is by Marc Prensky who has written extensively on digital immigrants and digital natives. The article is largely a review of where mobile phones fit as learning tools. It contains this quote:
"As usual, students are far ahead of their teachers on this. The first educational use they have found (in large numbers) for their cell phones is retrieving information on demand during exams. Educators, of course, refer to this as "cheating." They might better serve their students by redefining open-book testing as open-phone testing, for example, and by encouraging, rather than quashing, student innovation in this and other areas. Let me state definitively that I am not in favor of cheating. I am in favor of adjusting the rules of test-taking and other educational practices in a way that fosters student ingenuity and creativity in using learning tools and that supports learning rather than administration."

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