Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Open New Windows for PDF and other Non-Web Documents: The latest guidelines from Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox. "When using PC-native file formats such as PDF or spreadsheets, users feel like they're interacting with a PC application. Because users are no longer browsing a website, they shouldn't be given a browser UI." A good guideline for anyone displaying non web documents.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Access to Bandwidth Project
The Australian Fleixble Learnig Framework's Access to Bandwidth Project has just released a discussion paper which seeks feedback on a strategy to improve access to Bandwidth across the VET sector. Feedback is sought by 23 September.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Personalisation of Learning
This website is a website promoting a US e-learning event to be held later in the year. The most recent post to the website is an interview with Wayne Hodgins from AutoDesk about personalisation. You can listen to an audio version of the interview or you can dowload a PDF of the text.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Essential freeware for the PC user
A good list of free software that covers a wide range of tools and needs. An intersting list of comments and feedback as well.

Defining Acrobat PDF Accessibility
This website provides some guidelines for making PDF files accessible on the web. The bad news is it takes more effort to make a PDF file accessible than a HTML file. It does provide suggestions, however, n how to achieve an accessible PDF document.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Four Reasons Why the Blogsphere Might Make a Better Professional Collaborative Environment than Discussion Forums
There is some discussion occurring on the web about this posting which argues the value of a network of blogs compared to the traditional discussion boards. A good contribution to the debate.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

This site is for anyone interested in the design of the Internet and how we interface with computers. This site from the 'Institute for Interactive Research' demonstrates how a website coud be navigated WITHOUT using a click on the mouse button. It is clearly at the research stage but has interesting possibilities.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Berners-Lee on the read/write web: Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web talks about how blogs and wikis are achieving the original intent of the web "For years I had been trying to address the fact that the web for most people wasn't a creative space; there were other editors, but editing web pages became difficult and complicated for people. What happened with blogs and with wikis, these editable web spaces, was that they became much more simple."

Monday, August 08, 2005

The Knowledge Sharing Toolkit - 29 Jun 2005
"The ‘Knowledge Sharing Toolkit’ is the result of a two-year DTI-funded project carried out by innovation consultancy David Bartholomew Associates (DBA) and nine of the UK’s leading architectural and engineering practices." A good overview of knowledge sharing and knowledge management strategies.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Six Degrees of "Who Cares?"
A very useful reminder no to use numbers as a measure of success. The article looks at how easy it is now to make online connections with people but are they really part of your network?

Student Eportfolios
This site is for anyone interested in ePortfolios. This site has been created by Eastern Kentucky University using Moodle. The model is that each student has their own course in WebCT and publishes their eporfolio in their course area. Of major benefit to peopel using Moodle but the idea coudl be implemented in other Learning Management Systems.

Monday, August 01, 2005

MP# Players, Podcasting and Online Audio Materials in Education
This page has links to a wide range of sites about podcasting and audio materials. It provides a great introduction to the use of audio in education and the tools needed to achieve it. I also like that it is a wiki which means it can added to at any time.

Veterinary Elearning Examples
This website has a number of examples of e-learning relevant to veterinary science. Even though I am not a Vet, I thought the examples were interesting in that they were not the page turning examples of e-learning.

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