Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Smith, a life-long Galesburg resident, finished a degree in business and management of information systems from Kaplan University last fall without ever setting foot on a campus. She and her two daughters, ages 6 and 17, will travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., next week to participate in graduation ceremonies.
Based in Davenport, Iowa, Kaplan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The for-profit school offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees online and on its physical campus.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 28.2.07
eLearning Africa 2007, the second International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, will take place from the 28th to the 30th of May, 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Source: CHECKpoint eLearning
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 28.2.07
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Brandon Hall Research's 763-page new report "Creating Content in Flash Format: 41 Authoring Tools to Produce Engaging Online Learning Experiences" highlights tools to create engaging, interactive content in a bandwidth-friendly format.
By Janet Clarey, Adam Cunningham-Reid, and the staff of Brandon Hall Research.
Organizations tell us that they’d like to build more engaging, interactive e-learning content as part of their blended strategy. Research suggests that many organizations have moved out of the start-up (using minimal off-the-shelf content) phase of e-learning and are now mature practitioners.
Statistics suggest that more e-learning content will be developed in-house in the future. All this e-learning content will be authored in many forms – from static pages to rich, realistic simulations, games, scenarios, and assessments.
Source: Brandon Hall Research
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 27.2.07
As the growing presence of laptops changes the Harvard classroom, students and professors are working out new rules to determine the computers’ proper place.
Some embrace their use in lecture halls, saying laptops allow students to take faster notes and look up references that may have eluded them.
Others have banned computers from their classrooms completely, arguing that they distract students and damage the classroom dynamic. To date, no College-wide policy exists.
Source: The Harvard Crimson
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 27.2.07
Monday, February 26, 2007
Article by Price, S., & Oliver, M. (2007). A Framework for Conceptualising the Impact of Technology on Teaching and Learning.
The Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 10 (1), 16-27.
Although there is great interest, and considerable investment, in adopting technology within Higher Education, it is less clear what this change means to the people who implement or experience it. Presently, there is no consistent framework used to study and explain this phenomenon. In this paper, we propose a framework that can structure and guide work in the area. Work carried out as part of a Kaleidoscope-funded project (see Price et al, 2005) to explore the impact of technology, providing an overview of current research in this area is described, outlining a framework of approaches to researching this topic, and providing an example of empirical work that fits within this methodological framework. Findings from the case study reported here focus on the role that models of teaching and learning play in the process of technology adoption and will be used to elaborate on the themes emerging from the review of existing research. The paper will conclude by considering the framework’s role as a foundation for further work in this area.
E-portfolios can be a great way for educators to track student progress and inspire them to examine how and what they learned — and what they need to work on.
Article by Sandy Watson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, appears in Volume 18, Number 3 (2006) edition of International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
This study explored the benefits and limitations of mentoring relationships between pre-service and practicing K-12 teachers. Thirteen pre-service education students at a university in the southeastern United States and 17 practicing teachers from four states participated. The student participants were in their senior year in a teacher education program, during the semester just previous to their student teaching experience.
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Saturday, February 24, 2007
At some schools, Smartboards are replacing more traditional teaching tools at the front of the classroom and are helping get kids more involved in learning.
Kids can “dissect” a frog with them, place states into a map and catch up on homework with them.
Source: The Marshall Independent
Monterey Institute of International Studies students may soon be taking their professors with them to the library - and to the gym, on the bus and even on road-trips - in downloaded lectures they can listen to on portable music players.
Since the introduction of digital music players like Apple's iPod five years ago, the devices have gone from classroom nuisance to homework resource by providing lectures on the go. Advances in portable computing have allowed students to put an entire year's worth of lectures in their blue jeans pocket.
Say goodbye to heavy backpacks.
The answers appear to be: maybe and maybe.
Friday, February 23, 2007
JOHN CHAMBERS, CEO of San Jose, CA-based computer networking giant Cisco Systems, paced the main stage in San Francisco's Moscone Conference Center, admonishing the members of his audience like a Southern preacher, warning them to prepare themselves for a revolution.
"Do you ever watch your children doing their homework?" he asked. "They're listening to music, instant messaging, and chatting on the phone at the same time.
Source: THE Journal
The annual Horizon Report is produced by an elite, global team of higher education technology visionaries who evaluate and pinpoint the top six technologies due to influence college campuses, with an approximate timeframe for "major impact." Rave Wireless and Apple (for the iPhone) are the only vendors listed as references in the mobile phone section of the Report, which is issued through a joint effort between the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).
The 2007 Horizon Report listed mobile phones third, with expectations that this technology will have a "major impact" on teaching and learning in higher education in 2-3 years, right behind user-generated content and social networking which will realize their full potential within the next year.
The 2007 Horizon Report
Source: Broadcast Newsroom
Thursday, February 22, 2007
K12 Academics is updated daily.
Source: K12 Academics
Online Education in the United States, 2006 represents the fourth annual report on the state of online education in U.S. Higher Education. Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and based on responses from over 2,200 colleges and universities, this year’s study, like those for previous years’, is aimed at answering some of the fundamental questions about the nature and extent of online education:
• Has the growth in online enrollments begun to plateau?
• Who offers online courses and programs?
• Is online education becoming part of long-term strategy for most schools?
• How do Chief Academic Officers rate the quality of online courses?
• What barriers do academic leaders see to widespread adoption of online learning?
The survey analysis is based on a comprehensive nationwide sample of active, degree-granting institutions of higher education in the United States that are open to the Public.
Blending In by I. Elaine Allen, Jeff Seaman and Richard Garrett
Blending In: The Extent and Promise of Blended Education in the United States, builds on a series of annual reports on the state of online education in U.S. Higher Education. This study, like the previous annual reports, is aimed at answering some of the fundamental questions about the nature and extent of education in the United States. Unlike the previous reports that focused exclusively on online learning, the current report examines blended (also called hybrid) instruction. The findings are
based on three years of responses from a national sample of over 1,000 colleges and universities.
Questions examined in the report include:
• Have the course and program offerings in online education entered the mainstream?
• Are blended courses more prevalent than fully online courses?
• Do blended courses hold more promise than fully online courses?
• Are blended courses simply a stepping stone for institutions on the way tofully online courses?
• Do students prefer blended courses over either fully online or face-to-face courses?
The Power of "E": Using e-Portfolios to Build Online Presentation Skills
e-Portfolios in Music Teacher Education
Source: Innovate journal of online education
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Workshop on Scenario-Based e-Learning (SBL): Creating Highly Engaging e-Learning, Faster and Lower Cost
e-Learning expert Dr. Ray Jimenez presents Creating Highly Engaging Scenario-Based e-Learning (SBL), a high-interactive and high-discovery workshop that place participants on the spot, while creating highly engaging, real-life applications. The workshop is also designed to expand the use of software to construct SBL architecture and development.
Workshop starts on June 5, 2007.
About Vignettes for Training (VFT)
Vignettes for Training (VFT) is an e-learning services company. VFT assists clients develop and convert content to highly engaging online learning, implement a Metrics Drive Learning Systems, and host the programs through VFT's secure web servers. VFT also delivers a unique blended e-learning workshop for instructional designers, trainers, managers and executives.
Principles of effective online teaching helps you understand and develop your own e-learning by presenting various approaches, options, and decisions involved in e-learning. The book also provides the necessary overview of constructs, relevant pedagogical theories, and definitions common to the field.
Advanced Principles of Effective e-Learning
With the global academic community currently focused on student learning outcomes achievement, assessment, and continuous improvement, e-learning strategies provide effective measures than can assist educators and educational administrators in the satisfaction of key objectives. Whether it is creating and incorporating simulations, building courses and curriculum, engaging in virtual team building, managing online programs, concept mapping, developing an electronic portfolio program...
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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 20.2.07
With the help of a modern digital teaching environment and rich multimedia content the teaching process can be individualized and differentiated to match individual student needs, improving learning efficiency on all educational levels.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 20.2.07
Monday, February 19, 2007
Podcasting kan nemlig bygge bro mellem uddannelser og de studerende.
Syddansk Universitet var det første danske universitet der begyndte at podcaste forelæsninger i foråret 2006.
Vi satser først og fremmest på at sammentænke de elektroniske medier med vores projektpædagogik, og der er ingen tvivl om, at digitale optagelser af forelæsningerne vil betyde en langt bedre udnyttelse af den viden, der videregives,« siger prorektor Henning Salling Olesen ifølge Jyllands-Posten.
South Kent College i England er gået skridtet videre og har udstyret alle studerende med et gratis eksemplar af Apples iPod Nano til at høre undervisningen som podcast, hvis de skulle være forhindret i at møde frem til forelæsningen.
South Kent College
Apples iPod Nano
Liste over SDU podcasts
Podcasts - Sådan gør du
Syddansk Universitet i Second Life
Professors using blogs, podcasts as teaching tools
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Jeg arbejder for et internationalt firma, som har besluttet at arbejde så virtuelt som muligt.
The intuitive platform allows everyone to master the technology in order to succeed with his or her learning activities.
A strong focus on the implementation process ensures that each school gains an optimal set of pedagogic tools for reaching its particular objective.
Absalon - KU’s nye fælles Learning Management System - it's learning
UNI•C it’s learning
Source: it's learning
New functionality in it’s learning 3.1
Courses Spring 2007
NEW! Create your own user profile!
Friday, February 16, 2007
Successful online students share their secrets for getting the most from online classes, focusing on time management, active participation, and practice
By Alan R. Roper
Recorded lectures from the Dean’s Executive Leadership Series and by some professors are allowing students to study up and sleep in.
Earphones seemed to be everywhere at Pepperdine, as students relaxed from their studies with the latest additions to their iPods. But in the last year, Pepperdine began recording some of its lectures, and professors have been experimenting with it as well.
“You can be studying, stop, go eat dinner, go on a date, and finish up,” said Associate Professor Susan Salas, who last year began recording supplemental lessons in one of her classes, Advanced Narrative Digital Short Production.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
At Chadwick University in Birmingham, students can get a graduate degree based on how much of life they’ve seen. But graduates seeking employment with the federal government would be wise to leave that degree off their resumes. A government investigation uncovered 463 federal employees had claimed degrees from unaccredited schools, including Chadwick. Alabama education leaders hope to reverse the state’s reputation as a haven for diploma mills by strengthening laws regulating how private colleges like Chadwick are set up.
Source: Tuscaloosa News
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 15.2.07
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Have you participated in an interactive videoconference? Traditional, "room-based" videoconferencing has involved either H.320 (ISDN) or H.323 (IP) connections to room-based equipment that generally is fixed in place after installation. Portable units on carts (like the Polycom Mobile Responder) have been available for some time, but tend to be less common in U.S. K-12 schools than fixed-room codecs.
Videoconferencing offers great potential for students and teachers to collaborate and interact with each other. In Oklahoma where I live, however, it seems most videoconference equipment in K-12 schools is used for dual-credit courses offered by community college instructors for high school students or high school language classes offered by a teacher in another district. Some school districts, like Howe Public Schools in southeastern Oklahoma, engage students in a wide variety of collaborative videoconference projects and virtual field trips, but districts like Howe tend to be the exception rather than the rule.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
The sudden surge towards video-sharing websites like Youtube or Google video is more than a fad – it’s a sign of global cultural change.
And that change means big things to E-Traffic Solutions, a Saanich company rapidly emerging as a global player in the distance-education market.
E-Traffic once had to work hard to generate interest in its electronic education and assessment tools. But John Juricic, one of E-Traffic three founding partners, says that today, more and more corporate and government clients are expressing interest in electronic education or e-learning.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 13.2.07
Introducing IQity: a New Way in Online Education that Expands Learning Parameters for All Ohio High School Students
Altair Learning Management is introducing the IQity Learning Suite for grades 9-12 - a new way of thinking about online education and the traditional classroom.
Designed to unleash imagination as well as technology, IQity redefines the parameters for online learning. It's truly a classroom without walls that offers students and teachers all the tools they need to unleash the full power of their creativity.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 13.2.07
Monday, February 12, 2007
Some online programs have been accused of being degree mills: fake universities that sell college diplomas, not an education.
There's no excuse for being late to Paul Fishwick's class, even though it's held on an island, one that does not appear on the map of the landlocked University of Florida in Gainesville. That's because students can just teleport in.
Fishwick, a computer science and engineering professor, is teaching one of at least two classes offered at UF this semester largely in cyberspace -- specifically, the trendy three-dimensional online world called Second Life. There, Fishwick's "avatar," the character that represents each player in Second Life, leads discussions among some 30 other avatars controlled by upper-level UF undergraduate and graduate students in CAP 4403/CAP 6402, Aesthetic Computing.
Mobile Learning: The Next Step In Technology-Mediated Learning by Ellen Wagner, Ph.D.
Mobile technologies are everywhere today — more than 1.5 billion of them, according to a recent report by Strategy Analytics with 10 percent year-over-year adoption expected through 2008. Cell phones, PDAs, iPods and handheld game consoles are just a few examples of the devices that have become common, everyday accessories.
Source: Chief Learning Officer
Automated video podcast production and delivery
Podesk is a unique and complete solution for video capture, encoding and podcast delivery. Everything is automated : a single drag’n’drop publishes your video straight to your web site, iTunes+iPod or iTV ! Record directly from your webcam, and Podesk will take care of the rest.
Podesk is the only solution that combines a desktop utility that encodes video, prepares meta data and uploads the video, combined with an open source blog platform with all the tools to set up video podcast distribution easily.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Here is a perfect Official Guide for anyone interested in the virtual universe Second Life.
This book explores in detail every aspect of Second Life's rich and multilayered virtual world, explains how it works, and offers a wealth of information and practical advice for all Second Life residents.
This exclusive guide offers a wealth of tips, analysis, and information about living in Second Life, the rich, multi-layered 3D virtual world inhabited by nearly a million residents. You'll find out everything from how Second Life began and where it's going to the truth about earning a real-world income and what's needed to enjoy the metaverse's vices and virtues.
About the Author
Michael Rymaszewski is an award-winning author of more than 20 computer books. Wagner James Au is a journalist embedded in Second Life and runs the New World Notes blog. Mark Wallace publishes The Second Life Herald and a blog about virtual worlds. Catherine Winters is one of Second Life's longest-tenured residents and runs the scripting wiki. Cory Ondrejka is CTO of Linden Lab and created the Linden Scripting Language. Benjamin Batstone-Cunningham is a Linden Lab programmer and scripting expert.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 10.2.07
Friday, February 09, 2007
Studerende på Århus Købmandsskole bliver nu undervist i den virtuelle online-verden Second Life.
Århus Købmandsskole flytter nu en del af sin undervisning til Second Life. Det er studerende på multimediedesigner- og datamatiker-uddannelserne, som fremover får undervisningstimer der foregår inde i Second Life. Det skal give de studerende mulighed for at studere en dynamisk verden live, og for at perspektivere faget 3D-modellering til en hel aktuel verden, fortæller Christel Bach, der er uddannet arkitekt og underviser på multimediedesign-uddannelsen på Århus Købmandsskole.
What is Second Life?
Second Life Insider
Second Life: Lyt til fremtidens digitale målgrupper
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 9.2.07
With The eLearning Center, colleges and universities create unique, co-branded sites where from they can offer courses from leading online content providers for direct sale to students and corporate training customers. Each portal is customizable and generates revenue for LAVC, while Gatlin handles all the site’s administrative needs at no cost.
Source: Newswire Today
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 9.2.07