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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Take part in e-Learning Survey: To Buy or To Build

We have entered the ‘Second Wave’ of e-Learning and have a much greater understanding of how e-Learning can benefit us and organisations. Gone are the days when we thought on-line training was the panacea and we enter an era of business games, m-Learning and self-authoring.
What role should e-Learning play in the ‘new world’? 'To Buy or To Build' is an industry-wide survey by Bourne Training to help us understand what you think of e-Learning today and how you use it. It will take you less than 10 minutes to complete and covers three main areas:

- The relevance and benefits of e-Learning in your organisation
- Outsourcing development and self-authoring
- e-Learning in the future

The results and analysis will be published during January 2007 after the survey closes at the end of December 2006.
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Source: Bourne Training


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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Against All Odds: Inside Statistics

Despite its rather daunting title, this series of instructional videos offers a way for teachers and students alike to enter the world of statistics with confidence. Originally produced by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications, this 26-part series is hosted by Teresa M. Amabile. Intended for a wide range of students, each episode lasts for approximately 30 minutes. Visitors to this site can view the episodes, and they may wish to move around from such topics as distributions, time series, and the ever-popular significance tests. Users will need to sign up to view each program, but this process is offered at no charge. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.
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Source: Educational Technology


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Stanford offering distance learning


Some of Stanford University's most diligent students are never in class — or even in the same time zone.
These foreign students, earning a master's degree in engineering through a program available entirely online, concede that they miss the sports, the sunshine and the easy camaraderie of fellow Cardinal.
But they gain an education — and a competitive edge in the workplace — not available in their home countries.



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120 international e-learning providers gather at online education Berlin

No fewer than 120 international e-learning providers have gathered at the ongoing worlds largest international conference on Information Communication Technology (ICT) supported learning and training taking place in the capital of Germany, Berlin showcasing their products and services.
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Source: Vanguard Online Edition


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Free academic podcasts


The 134 lectures from Universities in this list are all free and don't require any type of authentication, you don't have to be a student to download them.

Here is the complete updated list of 145 podcasts for your educational pleasure.




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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Actual applications rather than theories


To enhance the institution-wide adoption of ICT in learning and teaching, the University of Leicester has opened an E-Zoo, a very colourful and likeable way to invite teachers to join the eLearning world. Gilly Salmon, Professor of E-learning & Learning Technologies at the University’s Beyond Distance Research Alliance, was interviewed by CHECKpoint eLearning.


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Microsoft Launches Distance Learning Initiative

Microsoft launched on Nov. 14 its Microsoft Official Distance Learning initiative (MODL), a blended learning program that uses Microsoft Office Live Meeting to conduct MCT-led classes, which students then reinforce with self-paced homework assignments and scenario exercises.

According to MODL Innovations Product Manager Wendy Johnson, MODL is a more productive and convenient alternative to previous learning program models, which typically cram lessons into a mere five days, and require students to leave their offices for the classroom.
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Source: Via Online Learning Update


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Monday, November 27, 2006

Universities Select rSmart For Open Source e-Learning Solutions

The rSmart Group, provider of commercial support for the open source collaboration and learning environment Sakai, announced that it would begin providing commercial support and its rSmart Sakai CLE, a Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE).
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Source: Enterprise Open Source News Desk


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Why Wiki?

In December's edition of Chief Learning Officer Magazine Jay Cross from Internet Time Group calls Wikis "a new tool in the learning executive’s toolkit".
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Source: Via Jane Hart


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The Engaged E-Learner

The 2006 National Survey of Student Engagement, released today, for the first time offers a close look at distance education, offering provocative new data suggesting that e-learners report higher levels of engagement, satisfaction and academic challenge than their on-campus peers.
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Source: Inside Higher Ed


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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Info overload distracts professors from reading


Sarah Schmidt, The Ottawa Citizen.

Pointing to the time-compressed "wired-to-the-world campus," the majority of university professors report they skim sources for useful bits of information and don't read as deeply and reflectively as they once did.
The survey of faculty from across the country, conducted by Carleton University's Heather Menzies and York University's Janice Newson, suggests about the same number -- two-thirds -- also aren't reading as thoughtfully as they would like.


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Friday, November 24, 2006

Paper on the Microsoft study is online

Just to let you know that paper on the Microsoft study is online:
Efimova, L. & Grudin, J. (2007). Crossing boundaries: A case study of employee blogging. Proceedings of the Fortieth Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-40). Los Alamitos: IEEE Press.
Abstract.

Editors, email, and instant messaging were first widely used by students who later brought knowledge of their uses and effective practices into workplaces. Weblogs may make such a transition more quickly. We present a study of emergent blogging practices in a corporate setting. We attended meetings, read email, documents, and weblogs, and interviewed 38 people—bloggers, infrastructure administrators, attorneys, public relations specialists, and executives. We found an experimental, rapidly-evolving terrain marked by growing sophistication about balancing personal, team, and corporate incentives and issues.
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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Recommended Book About eLearning


This book can help you, if you need ideas to spark your creativity in terms of online courses.


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Recommended Book About eLearning


This book provides a good discussion of blended learning and how it can be made to work within organizations.


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Plan to Learn:Case Studies in eLearning Project Managment


The Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance (CeLEA) is pleased to announce the availability of its latest publication!
Plan to Learn: Case Studies in eLearning Project Management, edited by Beverley Pasian and Gary Woodill, provides 22 case studies by authors in eight countries, drawn from both the corporate and educational sectors. The case studies in this 180 page volume deal with a variety of elearning project management issues, including:
Development of elearning project management skills; Importance of leadership; Change management; Managing risk in an elearning project; and Dealing with cultural conflicts.

Source: CeLEA


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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Future of Learning

How Changing Technology will Change Learning


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State of the Art Report

State of the Art Report on Distance Learning Quality for SME’s is just published.


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A Special Gift from The eLearning Guild...


339 Tips on the Implementation of an LMS or LCMS

This FREE Digital Book is an amazing collection of tips from hundreds of your professional colleagues. Nowhere will you find a more comprehensive set of tips that you can use to improve your LMS and LCMS implementation efforts.


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Live E-Learning KnowledgeBase 2006




People often equate e-learning with self-paced courses. Powerful e-learning technology exists, however, that allows people to learn and collaborate in real time from anywhere in the world. These powerful software platforms provide great foundations for training, business communications, brainstorming, and teamwork.


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Tired of text-driven e-learning for teaching higher-level skills?

Why is so much e-learning for teaching soft skills often text-based? Perhaps it’s because technology-based soft skills simulations can be difficult and costly to create.


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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

For some, e-learning works well

Education has come a long way from the one-room school house of the pioneer era.
With new technologies and innovations, the way students attend class has changed. Besides the traditional public school setting, options include private and home schooling, as well as online classes.

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Source: The Huntsville Times


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Free Online Book: E-Learning Concepts & Techniques


This e-book, E-Learning Concepts and Techniques, is the result of a collaborative effort by students in the Bloomsburg University, Department of Instructional Design spring 2006 E-Learning Concepts and Techniques online class as well as several guest authors and contributors from around the world. It was a project-based assignment for the online class, E-Learning Concepts and Techniques Spring 2006.


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Monday, November 20, 2006

e-learning programme on RFID available on-line

Abhisam Software is pleased to announce that a new on-line version of their e-learning programme on RFID is now available, in addition to the CD based version
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Source: Processingtalk


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EDUCAUSE Quarterly


Minorities and Online Higher Education
Online education offers a color-blind environment to engage students from all backgrounds in mentored learning
By K. Brock Enger



The Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: The Survey Says...
A survey substantiates some ideas about online learning and refutes others
By Kyong-Jee Kim and Curtis J. Bonk



Source: EDUCAUSE


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New Book: 90 World-Class Activities by 90 World-Class Trainers


Elliott Masie's workshop activity, "Open Their Fist", and 89 other activities are described in detail in this new book. The activities are organized by topics: change management, coaching, communication, service, leadership, icebreakers, etc. And it’s fun to see what the favorite activitity is of some of our most famous gurus: Bob Pike, Darryl Sink, Marjorie Blanchard, Jim Kouzes, Jack Zenger, Edward de Bono, Thiagi, and Mel Silberman.

If you facilitate workshops, check out this book.


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Friday, November 17, 2006

New tool from 1VideoConference


Currently working as an Open Source web conferencing company, 1VideoConference is completely revolutionizing the way people interact online. 1VideoConference allows its Web, Audio/ Video phone, Skype, Msn and Yahoo users to instantly participate in live web conferences without the need for lengthy downloads or complicated installations. At any time, our host customers can simply drop a small piece of code onto their websites and INSTANTLY create their very own online video conference room.




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Famundo for Organizations


Information about this free new service from Famundo.

Famundo has just announced Famundo for Organizations, a free web-based tool that streamlines the calendar scheduling and communications process between schools, teachers, students and faculty.


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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Cappuccino U by Jerome Martin


A freely-distributed e-book on the future of learning.
Published in 2006.


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Pioner ny vært på Harddisken


Henrik Føhns er ny vært for DR's radioprogram Harddisken. Han er en pioner i brugen af de digitale medier med podcasts og blogs. Hør ham fortælle om fortidens boble og om fremtiden inden for en hæsblæsende digital fremtid.



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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Press Release: The e-learning and blogs to empower Bitrix Site Manager

Users of Bitrix Site Manager can now enjoy the two new modules: e-Learning and Blogs.
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Source: E-consultancy


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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

E-learning: the critical factors


Deploying an e-learning system does not guarantee that it will be successful. Faiz Askari focusses on the factors that can help ensure that a online training programme is a hit.




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Monday, November 13, 2006

Knowing Knowledge by George Siemens


Learning and knowledge are cornerstones for society and organizations. Knowing Knowledge is an exploration of the change impacting both learning and knowledge, and recommends changes required in order to align corporations and educational institutions with developing trends.

Knowing Knowledge will be available for purchase from this site, Amazon , as well as free .pdf downloads. It can currently be purchased (via Lulu).

A wiki has been set up for discussion (or correction) of the text.



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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Kineo Launches Rapid E-learning Store

Kineo announces the launch of Rapid Elearning Store. The store contains a comprehensive and pragmatic set of tools and resources that you can use now to accelerate your e-learning, drive out cost, and regain control – without compromising quality.



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Saturday, November 11, 2006

SyberWorks e-Learning Podcast Series


The SyberWorks e-Learning Podcast Series reports on helpful and important topics in e-Learning, Learning Management Systems, custom online training development, instructional design, performance management, talent management, and human capital management.



Kilde: SyberWorks


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Growing Popularity of E-Learning


More students are taking online college courses than ever before, yet the majority of faculty still aren’t warming up to the concept of e-learning, according to a national survey from the country’s largest association of organizations and institutions focused on online education.




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Friday, November 10, 2006

It’s out.


Informal Learning by Jay Cross is now available at Amazon.
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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Animated Illustrations.


These animations aim to bring some of Leonardo’s visions to life.
The animations have been made using various techniques: a combination of traditional drawn animations and computer-generated animations. The biggest task was to bring those two together, and try as far as possible to emulate the drawings in Leonardo’s sketchbooks.

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Kilde: Victoria and Albert Museum


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Computerweek uge 45.


Seminarierne lærer de studerende alt for lidt om integrering af it i undervisningen.
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Kilde: Computerworld


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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Whiteboarding Tools And Technology: A Mini-Guide

What is Whiteboarding? Whiteboarding is the ability to mark-up, annotate and draw in real-time on any document, image, screen, slide or picture appearing on the screen. It is to be noted that in the academic world, digital whiteboards that posses digital capabilities have been an increasingly popular stable of the modern classroom. What it is being referred to here it is whiteboarding done online, with other people that are connecting...
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Kilde: Kolabora


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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Socialization in the Online Classroom


Here's a research paper by Christopher Irwin and Zane Berge of University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Socialization in the Online Classroom.

Abstract
The potential represented by the use of computer-mediated conferencing and instruction offers access for and collaboration among learners around the world. Yet, an important aspect of successful online learning experiences—student socialization in cyberspace—appears to suffer from a somewhat fractured research history. Some research indicates that difficulties exist with consistent definitions of socialization while other studies struggle with the issue of efficacy of socialization in achieving desired learning outcomes. The purpose of this paper is to look at the different ways in which socialization has been conceived and studied; examine the underlying theoretical structure of online learning that is affected by socialization in the online classroom and consider effects of teachers upon the online classroom.

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Kilde: USQ


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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Hvilken vej vil internettet gå i fremtiden?


Hvad vil der ske med internettet i fremtiden? Det giver IP-protokollens fader, Vinton Cerf, et bud på i dette interview med Computerworld.
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Kilde: Computerworld


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Studerende blogger sig gennem eksamen

Undervisningen streames fra nettet og eksamensproduktet er en blog. Danmarks Pædagogiske Universitet eksperimenterer med de nye medier.
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Kilde: Computerworld


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Sloodle


SLoodle is a project to integrate the VLE platform Moodle with the 3D world of Second Life. Imagine a Moodle course that, if you wanted, could turn into a proper 3D interactive classroom with all your Moodle resources available to your students in the virtual world.
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