Sunday, July 31, 2005

Research shows top five email gripes
This article reports that a study of 3,000 email users in the UK identified the top five email gripes to be:

A Primer on Learning: A Brief Introduction from the Neurosciences
A discussion of how the understanding of learning is increasing with a better understanding of neurosciences.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Encyclopedia of Educational Technology
This website has presentations on many terms in the educational technology field. The presentations are not just text but provide an opportunity to interact on many of the terms. A useful resource for anyone getting started in e-learning.

Friday, July 22, 2005

The Effects of Line Length on Reading Online News:
This summarises some research on the most effective line length for reading online. The summary of the article is as follows:
"This study examined the effects of line length on reading performance. Reading rates were found to be fastest at 95 characters per line (cpl). Readers reported either liking or disliking the extreme line lengths (35 cpl, 95 cpl). Those that liked the 35 cpl indicated that the short line length facilitated “faster” reading and was easier because it required less eye movement. Those that liked the 95 cpl stated that they liked having more information on a page at one time. Although some participants reported that they felt like they were reading faster at 35 cpl, this condition actually resulted in the slowest reading speed."

Beyond the Horseless Carriage
This is a PDF file. It is a paper written by Gerry White, CEO of education.au which examines some of the reasons for the slow uptake of ICT in education and training.

The Economy of E-Learning
An article by Stephen Downes in the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning. It is an interesting look at what could happen to education with the full impact of the Internet. If you are working on the assumption that classrooms will always be with us, have a look at this article for another mental model.

ICE - In Case of Emergency
This is a great little idea - put ICE (In Case of Emergency) into your mobile phone number and the number you would want the Emergency Services to ring. This website provides the background information.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

ISTweb projects
List of e-learning projects funded in Europe. I have marked this page with the intention of coming back to look at the projects in more detail.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Nokia - Nokia Sensor
This Nokia software allows people to find others with similar interests in a room. This coudl be interesting at a conference since it is often difficult to make the right connections at a conference. Too bad that I don't have a Nokia phone and it is a proprietary product.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

I am finding that I am listening to more podcast these days - I find that interesting given that I know I my preference is to be a visual learner not an audio learner. This talk is about the potential for fireside chats in Higher Education - the 20 minute of audio. It also has some still photos along with the streaming audio. I certainly agree that we don't want the 60 minutes of lectures just made available via audio.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

OMN: Emerging Tools and Technologies Resource
This site is a wiki - which means that anyone can update it (you do have to create an account on edna groups and then logon). The wiki is set up to share ideas on emerging tools and technologies. Look at what others have suggested and then add your own.

Living at the Crossroads of IT & ID
This is a blogger website created by Alan Levine which is very interesting from a number of perspectives:

Friday, July 15, 2005

"We don't need to worry about e-learning anymore"
An article from the most recent Educause Review. The article argues that e-learning will be increasingly important in higher education but the "e" will slip into the background. It suggests executive teams need to ask the following questions:
How do WE define e-learning?
What experience and expectations do students bring to our institution?
Does technology provide a mechanism to make learning more relevant?
Can we address the cost and access questions without e-learning?
Are we too focused on the "e" and not enough on the learning?

My Most Memorable Teacher (or Trainer)
This is a 2M PDF digital book which contains hundreds of contributions on the question of the most memorable teacher (or trainer). It is a great celebration of teaching and training as a profession. The opening section summarises the common themes:
They were demanding of us,
They were highly accessible,
They were passionate about their content,
Tthey were different or creative,
They were great storytellers,
They added context and relevance to content,
They believed in my ability to learn
A good read.

MP3 site, ISP breached copyright
This article from ZDNet provides some brief details about a decision from a judge concerning a breach of copyright. The court found that the person operating the website was guilty of copyright infringement by linking to sites that had infringing sound recordings. This has implications for anyone creating hyperlinks to anywhere on the web.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Best of : Australian Flexible Learning Community 2000-2004
This website provides access to archives of material collected during the life of the Australian Flexible Learning Community from 2001 to 2004. There are a wide variety of resources whcih are of significant value to anyone implementing e-learning.

Australian Flexible Learning Framework - List of e-learning networks
This page provides brief details of the Networks funded through the Flexible Learning Framework. Details of how to join each of the networks is also provided.

Group: Mobile learning practitioners network
This site is for anyone interested in mobile learning. It is the site for one of the networks funded through the Australian Flexible Learning Fraemwork's networks project. Some good links to resources and also some decsription of project actually using mobile learning.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

MP3s and iPods Aren’t Just for Music These Days
This article looks at how some organisations are using Apple iPods for learning. Given there are many people who prefer to learn using audio, it is not surprising that a number of people find this a great way to learn. One example disccussed involved an audio learning with each item running from three to five minutes.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Mobile Computing: Campus Technology
A brief look at how mobile computing is having an impact on some USA Universities and how mobile technology is being used. I am nost sure about one of the models described where steps have been taken to keep technology out of the classroom.

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