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Friday, September 30, 2005

Scenariation
A number of articles about scenario based e-learning. This web page is part of a website for a product called scenariation which is designed to help design scenario bassed e-learning. It is interesting to note that the author is moving away from using his own product to using Moodle for building scenario based e-learning.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

COOLTOOLS
A website with lots of good links to tools that you can use to create e-learning. The areas covered by the site include:

Friday, September 16, 2005

Microsoft Photo Story
Yesterday, I saw a presentation that had been created in Microsoft Photo Story. I was impressed by how quickly the person had created a set of photos and voice to go with the story. Tonight, I reviewed one of the presentations made at the Cool Results online event this week. The presentation was by Ian Robertson and titled Learning Objects and MS PhotoStory. You will need to be a member of Learning Times Australia to access this site (its free and well worth it in terms of accessing the presentations made in the events held this year). Ian's presentation provides a great introduction to using Microsoft Photo Story. The main link takes you to the Microsoft Downloads website so you can download a free version of the Photo Story 2LE.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Father Google and Mother IM: Confessions of a Net Gen Learner
Whilst I don't believe you can totally define the learning styles of learners by the year in which they are born, I did like a number of the points raised in this article written from the perspective of a net genner about how they see the education experience. It throws down a number of challenges to educators and administrators of educational institutions abut meeting the needs of some learners.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Knowledge Sharing with Distributed Networking Tools
This webpage (another wiki) was created to support a presentation as part of the Cool Results: engaging clients in e-learning. It is a fantastic summary of so much of what is happening on the web today.

austafe 2005 conference
A website which is a wiki and contains a lot of content from the Austafe 2005 conference. It includes links to a lot of mp3 recordings from the conference. A good example of publishing conference proceedings as the conference proceeds.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

The Technology Source Archives
Technology Source was a bimonthly e-journal about using technology to enhance teaching and learning that was published between March 1997 and December 2003. The archive had disappeared from the web but have now been created again at this site. Many of the articles still have relevance to anyone interested in using technology in teaching and learning.

flex-e-bility
This website is a blog maintained by Ian Robertson, a previous flexible learning leader, and Senior Lecturer at RMIT University. Ian sent me an Email during the week which said in part "I was hoping we might be able to do some cross promotion to support the Australian connection. We seem to be focussing on slightly different directions which is good. If you think that this is a useful site I wondered if you could add me to your useful links?".
I haved added Ian to my bloglines reader so that I can easily keep up-to-date with what he posts.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The definitive collection of idea generation methods
I've bookmarked this site for some later reading. Whilst a number are familiar, there are quite a few that need more attention.

seanfitz � networks-june
A good introduction to podcasting in education. The PowerPoint presentation that can be downloaded from this page is worth looking through if you are getting started with podcasting. I also liked that this page was created using a wiki.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Web manager: you can't serve everybody
Good advice for anyone invlved in creating websites:
"Amazon creates very little of its own content; music and book publishers do, authors and reviewers do. Amazon has reduced overhead in other areas by getting publishers to do a lot of the work in classifying and describing the books and music available.

If you have all these advantages, then, sure, build a huge website. Otherwise, live within your means. Focus on your most important customers and make sure your website excels in meeting their needs. That’s how you create value. "

Sunday, September 04, 2005

UC Teaching, Learning & Technology Center: This website has been created to supportt he use of technolgy for teaching and learning throughout the University of California system. "The Toolbox section contains hands-on information and links to resources for implementing technology in instruction, including information about campus resources and foundation grants. The 'Getting Started' section tries to answer commonly asked questions."

Low Threshold Applications: "This web site is a repository of Low Threshold Applications (LTAs) that have been developed and are acknowledged here as potential resources to enhance the teaching and learning process." Currently, there are 46 tips and ideas for enhancing teaching and learning.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Professors online
A report on a survey of US academics with over 2,500 respondants. I was interested in the discussion about the significant use of e-mail by US academics with lesser emphasis on other web technologies. The conclusions section fouses on 3 areas:
Infrastructure: Internet technologies could be better integrated with faculty work
Professional development: Expectations for faculty Internet use will continue to increase
Teaching and research: Collaboration and work among scholarly disciplines will continue to be enhanced through Internet use

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