Saturday, October 22, 2005

Wake-Up Call: Open Source LMS
A good discussion of open source Learning Management Systems and how they compare with commercial LMS products. It contains some good quotes about open source products. It concludes with: "In a commoditized LMS market dominated by high-quality commercial products and very firmly entrenched vendors, OS LMS products will have to reach a level of innovation high enough to convince customers to switch from the dominant products. They can’t be merely good enough, they have to be better. They must take the lead in innovation."

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

E-learning 2.0
Stephen Downes provides a good summary of web 2.0 and its likely impact on learning. It is a good summary of his thinking about where e-learning is going. I am still trying to get my head around all the ideas around at the moment under the banner of web 2.0.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Weblog Usability
This is the latest from Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, focusing on the usability of weblogs. If you are maintaining a weblog, apply Jakob's 10 rules to your weblog. I didn't pass the last one (using blogspot as a domain name) but I am not sure I really care. It seems to me that the trend is away from maintaing your own domain space.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Collaborative writing software online with Writeboard.
This is a service that allows a group of people to edit documents on the web. You can create the document on the site and then invite others to edit the document. (a wiki).

Educational technology that talks
The Ed Tech Talk Show provides podcasts on educational technology topics. I have just bought an MP3 player and downloaded the most recent MP3 files from this site and listened to them on my early morning walk. The Talks also have a notes page which provides links to many of the websites discussed in the talks.

Friday, October 14, 2005

eLearn Magazine: Education and Technology in Perspective
I have just added this to my web feed reader - I am not sure how lng it has been around but the most recent artile is about and open-source webcasting product called ePresence. Sine most of the webcasting software around is commercial and generally very expensive, this is interesting.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Results-Oriented UI Coming
This is the latest column from Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox. It argues that the WYSIWG user interface has reached its limits. Did you know that Microsoft Word 2003 has 1,500 commands? I suspect I am lucky if I use 100. Interesting view about the user interface being built into Office 12.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Innovations in the Reuse of Electronic Learning Materials - drivers and challenges

This article provides a summary of a presentation which looks at the implications of web 2.0 and distributed content creation for the future of learning, particularly reusability of learning materials. The key part, from my point of view, were the 11 challenges about reusability, as follows:
  1. Technology can easily become an innovative way of not changing.
  2. Reusable learning materials do not by themselves make for deep learning.
  3. Technologies increasingly tend to determine practice not vice versa.
  4. Are we acknowledging the Reusability Paradox?
  5. Does the iPod Generation want a 'filling station' not a streaming source?
  6. The impact of domestic broadband and wireless on the office and lecture theatre?
  7. The uptake and impact of ‘grassroots standards’?
  8. Distributed, decentralized self-organizing systems versus the centralized mega repository?
  9. User expectations/rights versus the ‘lock in’ or ‘lock-out’ business model.
  10. The growing relevance/importance of user-generated content.
  11. Free services and tools with massive user uptake.
The page provides a link to the PowerPoint presentation that can be downloaded. This probably provdes a much clearer explanation of the material presented.

Innovate - Places to Go: Robin Good's Master New Media
This article from the most recent edition of the Innovate magazine provides a review by Stephen Downes of Robin Good's Master NewMedia, a Web site dedicated to Web 2.0 in both thought and deed. The site both utilizes the design principles and technologies central to the concept of Web 2.0—relentless referencing, cross-referencing, and linking to a wide variety of articles from across the Web; a fluid and often chaotic organization; and an ever-shifting appearance—and presents a seemingly endless stream of articles and information about the trends and practices of Web 2.0. A reader used to static Web pages may be put off at first but, Downes feels, will soon warm to the wealth of information discovered on Master NewMedia and its constantly evolving nature.

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