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Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Growing Role of Online Learning by Ellen R. Delisio

Enrollment in online and blended courses - those that combine online and traditional learning -will continue growing, a study says. Educators need training and schools need plans to ensure online learning is integrated effectively and efficiently into schools. Included: Data about enrollments and projected enrollments in online courses.
As many as 700,000 K-12 students were engaged in online courses in the 2005-2006 academic year, and the pace of enrollment only is expected to keep accelerating, according to “K-12 Online Learning: A Survey of U.S. School District Administrators”, conducted by the Sloan Consortium, an organization that facilitates online learning.
Over the next two years online enrollments could increase by 19 percent and blended enrollments - which combine online learning with traditional face-to-face instruction - could rise by 23 percent, a press release for the study noted.
Rural districts in particular cited the advantage of online courses, because often they do not have the money or personnel to add classes.

One of the authors of the study, Dr. Anthony G. Picciano, a professor in the Hunter College school of education and the College and Graduate Center of the City University of NewYork, talked with Education World about the study’s findings and implications.




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SUNY brings classroom into students' homes by CARA MATTHEWS


Dwight Schuman returned to school last summer to study adolescence education, 11 years after he left college with a less-than-stellar grade-point average.
Despite having a busier life now - a full-time job assisting potential customers at Sutherland Global Services in Rochester, and a wife and family - he has managed to squeeze in seven classes at Monroe Community College, four of them online.
And he has made the dean's list. Maturity and motivation, plus a good computer and the growing availability of so-called "distance learning" courses have helped him greatly.
"You have to be disciplined to do it. You really have to be focused," the Henrietta, N.Y., resident said of his online classes.


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Friday, March 30, 2007

SLAC Website

Here is a great website for students! Be sure to check out the SLAC Website at Alamo Community College District.


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Thursday, March 29, 2007

More schools are posting course materials online, free of charge


Getting into college might be tougher today than it used to be--but an increasing number of top schools are now offering courses free of charge online. What's more, some program administrators report giving away course content actually is having a positive impact on student recruitment.
Following the lead of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other highly competitive schools, more institutions are posting online everything from lecture notes to sample tests, and even making audio and video files of actual lectures publicly available. The sites attract anywhere from thousands to more than one million unique visitors each month.
MIT now posts all class lectures given by legendary physics professor Walter Lewin online.




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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Cases on Global E-Learning Practices: Successes and Pitfalls

Look at this interesting book by Ramesh C. Sharma and Sanjaya Mishra; Indira Gandhi National Open University.


Synopsis
E-learning has assumed a significant role in the educational sector in both face-to-face learning and distance learning forms. Universities all over the globe have adopted e-learning methodology, or are planning to implement it in the near future.
Cases on Global E-Learning Practices: Successes and Pitfalls looks into global practices of e-learning, examining the successes and failures of e-learning professionals. It provides a judicious mix of practical experiences and research in the form of case studies. Written by experts from all over the globe, this book shows how to design instructional strategies for e-learning, illustrates the application of e-learning with case studies, and reviews the potential of e-learning in education and training.
Cases on Global E-Learning Practices: Successes and Pitfalls gives an understanding of the practical implementation of e-learning technologies, including what to do and what to avoid.


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Chalk Raises Bar on Rapid Content Development with Latest Version of eLearning Software


Chalk Media Corp., a leading provider of customized, results-driven eLearning solutions, announces an update to its software chalkboard™ Learning Content Management System. Through chalkboard™ LCMS v4.1, eLearning content authors are now able to rapidly create sophisticated learning activities through an Interactivity Builder. Version 4.1 also provides administrators with a Custom Reporting Wizard.
According to eLearning analyst Brandon Hall, the number one feature organizations look for when buying LCMS software is rapid content development tools for novice developers. The Interactivity Builder within chalkboard™ LCMS pushes the boundaries of this requirement by enabling authors to rapidly create Flash-based activities, or ‘knowledge checks’, and organize them in a repository.
This is a first in a hosted environment. Included in Version 4.1 are the games ‘Millionaire’, Aces Wild, Tile Flip and String Match. Additional games will be added with future releases.

About Chalk Media Corp.
Chalk (TSX-V: CKM) is a leading provider of interactive learning solutions and tools that help organizations communicate more effectively with their employees, business partners and consumers.
The company’s core focus is customized, results-driven eLearning solutions. By combining in-house expertise in instructional design, content strategy, development, quality assurance, Flash animation and video production, Chalk produces customized rich media content that focuses on the user experience.
Chalk uses its proprietary software platform, chalkboard™ LCMS, to measure the effectiveness of their learning solutions and track ROI for their clients.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

More Than 170 Learning Institutions Convene on e-Learning Trends at BbWorld Europe

Representatives from more than 170 education institutions gathered to share their experiences implementing successful education technology strategies.

At the BbWorld Europe conference held in Nice. Blackboard Inc. hosted its largest users conference outside of North America in the history of the company. Throughout Europe and the Middle East, e-learning has become a vital component of learning and teaching strategies for schools, further education institutions, and universities.


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The Expanding Digital Universe: A Forecast of Worldwide Information Growth Through 2010


In this detailed white paper, IDC researches and analyzes the impact of ever-increasing amounts of digital information generated worldwide. It defines the digital universe and forecasts its growth to an incredible 988 exabytes (or 988 billion gigabytes) in the year 2010.
Get a clear picture of what this expanding universe means to you and your organization. Find out what’s driving growth—from files and e-mail to voice data and images. And learn about strategies for managing the rapidly expanding digital universe.



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Monday, March 26, 2007

Pennsylvania university switches from Windows machines to Macs

In recent years, many schools and districts have migrated to an all-Windows platform to save money on network maintenance and support.

But in a reversal of this trend, a Pennsylvania university is switching
from Windows-based PCs to an all-Mac computing environment, and school officials estimate they'll save about $150,000 by doing so.
A key development that enables this shift is Apple's decision to use Intel processors, which will allow the school's students and staff to run either Mac OS X or Windows-based applications.


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Training, Education and e-Learning organizations use Qarbon

Training, Education and e-Learning organizations use Qarbon's presentation software to:

  • Reduce travel expenses by replacing classroom instructions with online classes.
  • Improve productivity by shortening the learning cycle of new employees with web-based training.
  • Make it easier for staff to learn new skills by providing 24/7 online learning.

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Source: Qarbon


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eLearning Papers publication launched


Third edition from elearningeuropa.info.

In this issue of eLearning Papers, you can read several articles giving practical examples about how blended learning is applied and used in different contexts and institutions across Europe.

Blended learning, also known as hybrid or mixed learning, is an approach that has developed with tenacity in the field of education. It is by no means a new term or methodology. To learn and teach in a blended way has been and continues to be an intelligent way of conforming to different training needs. However, when blended learning is analysed by comparing and contrasting it with e-learning, reflections and evaluations emerge that make it easier to comprehend the limitations and possibilities of the blended way of learning.


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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Blended Learning: an Ongoing Process for Internet: Integration

Take a look at this book.

Availability: In stock soon. Order now to get in line. First come, first served.

This book unites a wide range of experts who provide creative insights and solutions for online education. It is the first book to integrate accessibility features as an integral part of blended learning


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On-line tutoring for Math Achievement Testing: A Controlled Evaluation

Article appears in Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2007 edition of The Journal of Online Interactive Learning.

Abstract
We report the results of a controlled evaluation of an interactive on-line tutoring system for high school math achievement test problem solving. High school students (N = 202) completed a math pre-test and were then assigned by teachers to receive interactive on-line multimedia tutoring or their regular classroom instruction. The on-line tutored students improved on the post-test, but the effect was limited to problems involving skills tutored in the on-line system (within-group control). Control group students showed no improvement. Students’ use of interactive multimedia hints predicted pre- to post-test improvement, and benefits of tutoring were greatest for students with weakest initial math skills.

About the Author(s)...
Carole R. Beal is Director of the Learning and Development Center at the Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California. She received her doctorate in Psychology from Stanford University in 1983, and was a faculty member of Dartmouth College and then the University of Massachusetts-Amherst until 2005, when she moved to USC. Dr. Beal’s research interests focus on technology-based learning for K-12 education, with a particular focus on the design of systems to reach students who have traditionally not been engaged with math and science. She may be contacted at
cbeal@isi.edu.

Rena Walles is a doctoral student in the Psychology Dept. at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The research described here was conducted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for her masters degree. Her research interests are in the cognitive processes contributing to individual differences in mathematics achievement.

Ivon Arroyo is Senior Post-doctoral Fellow in the Computer Science Department at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She received her doctorate in Education from UMass in 2003. Her research interests are in the design of intelligent tutoring systems.
Beverly Woolf is Research Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Massachustts-Amherst. Dr. Woolf’s research focuses on systems for on-line inquiry learning and technology to improve intelligent tutoring through machine learning.

Beverly Woolf is Research Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Massachustts-Amherst. Dr. Woolf’s research focuses on systems for on-line inquiry learning and technology to improve intelligent tutoring through machine learning.


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Friday, March 23, 2007

Innovation, Adoption, and Learning Impact: Creating the Future of IT


Here is another article by Rob Abel , appears in EDUCAUSE Review, March/April 2007 Volume 42, Number 2.



Leadership in IT requires a focus on current technology innovation, adoption, and impact on learning, but most important, leadership in IT requires understanding the alignment of external factors—access, affordability, perceived quality—to the core mission and integrity of the institution.


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The Future of the Web, Intelligent Devices and Education

The following article by Howard Strauss, appears in EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 42, no. 1 (January/February 2007): 32–47.


Predicting the future cannot be done by anyone with any certainty. Most of us would be hard-pressed to predict with any accuracy what we will be eating for dinner a week from now. Predicting what twists and turns technology will take is far more difficult than ascertaining our future menus, but it is a task we all must undertake if we are to plan for tomorrow. And planning for tomorrow is something we all must do. The future has a way of arriving a little before we are ready to give up the present. Having some idea of what is coming won't take all the surprise and mystery out of the future, but at least we will be a bit better prepared.


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Research: Blended Versus Online Learning by David Nagel

A report by Eduventures, Sloan Consortium, and Babson College, shows a slow but steady decline in the percentage of blended courses offered by colleges and universities, while purely online courses continue to grow. At the same time, the report found that colleges and universities have not been meeting consumer demand for online course offerings.
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Source: Campus Technology


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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The European Journal of Open and Distance Learning


Take a look at these articles, appears in EURODL.


Exploring the mechanisms for assuring quality of e-learning courses in UK higher education institutions by Magdalena Jara and Harvey Mellar, publishing 10.03.2007.

Abstracts
This paper reports on a research study aimed at understanding how dual mode higher education institutions in the UK approach the application of their internal quality assurance procedures to their online courses in order to allow them to assure and enhance their quality.
The research strategy aimed to identify whether the procedures implemented were capturing the aspects that characterise online courses. A case study approach allowed an examination of the procedures as well as the features of the courses under study.
The results indicate that the specific quality assurance procedures most affected by the online modality were module evaluations, student representation and team meetings.

Open and Distance Learning: Does IT (Still) Matter? by Vitor Cardoso and Jose Bidarra, publishing 10.03.2007.

Abstract
The evident standardization of Information Technology (IT) in education, by way of the widespread adoption of robust and dependable Learning Management Systems (LMS), has made distance learning courses possible and easy to mount, even in institutions or universities that had no previous experience in online education.
However, based on evidence gathered through the ODL-NET Experience project, we were able to identify major usability problems, quite a number of user difficulties and many LMS limitations.
The results of the study show that technology is the solution, on one hand, and that technology is [still] the problem, so the saying technology matters is up to date, even if it represents only one component of a complex blend, involving others like educational organizations, learning content, pedagogical strategies, etc.


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Professor's deployment brings new meaning to distance learning by JANE STANCILL


In recent months, Ted Janicki has done most of his teaching late at night or during the dark, still hour around 4 a.m. That's when the Mount Olive College professor rose early to beat his three roommates to the computer in the cement building where he lives.
Janicki, a captain in the Air Force Reserves, has taught computer science to his North Carolina students at a distance of 7,100 miles. He is serving in Afghanistan.
He never met his American students, and some of them weren't even sure how to pronounce his name. While they slept, Janicki graded their tests or tapped out e-mails about their assignments.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Assessing Critical Thinking In A New Approach To Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) Transcripts

Article by Peter K. Oriogun, appears in Vol 4, No 2 (2007) edition of International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning.
Critical thinking involves analysis, critique and some evaluation of the information gathered in order to make a reflective and well founded conclusion from the same. It is therefore very important to understand that critical thinking ultimately affects all forms of communication, including speaking, writing, listening and reading.

About the Author
Dr. Peter K. Oriogun is currently a Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering at London Metropolitan University. He is the Course Director of the MSc Computing programme offered by London Metropolitan University. His current research interests are in semi-structured approaches to online learning, CMC transcript analysis, software life cycle process models, problem-based learning in computing and cognitive engagement in online learning. He is a chartered member of the British Computer Society. He has over 20 years teaching experience in software engineering, computing and online collaborative learning within Further and Higher Education institutions in the UK, and has extensive publication in this area of expertise. The title of his PhD thesis by prior output is “Towards understanding and improving the process of small group collaborative learning in software engineering education”.


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Monday, March 19, 2007

The Fourth Annual Sloan-C Workshop on Blended Learning and Higher Education

The Fourth Annual Sloan-C Workshop on Blended Learning and Higher Education - ‘Blended by Design' hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago will take place June 3 – 5, 2007 at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, IL. This is the only national workshop dedicated solely to the research, pedagogy and implementation of blended learning.


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Is your LMS keeping you from “doing” blended learning right?

Janet Clarey wrote about LMS keeping you from “doing” blended learning right?

I’ve had some conversations and have been researching blended learning over the past several weeks and was not really surprised to hear how some companies are struggling with implementation of a blended learning strategy due to a clunky LMS

About Janet Clarey

Sr. Researcher
I research learning theories, methods, and technologies
for Brandon Hall Research.


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Virtual Worlds Conference 2007

Virtual Worlds Conference 2007 is the leading event for Fortune 500 businesses seeking to understand and maximize marketing and business strategies within virtual worlds.

You'll learn all this and more:

  • What are popular Virtual World activities and destinations
  • Understand Consumer behavior patterns inside virtual worlds
  • Learn from fellow marketers, brands and agencies
  • Hear exclusive case studies from major corporations
  • How to create a successful strategy
  • Measure real-world results and campaign metrics
  • Tech and design issues and how to leverage assets
  • IP issues as they pertain to established brands
  • What are your ecommerce options
  • Design secrets from innovative virtual world startups
  • VW Roadmap - where are virtual worlds technologies heading next
  • How to go big - or go small.
  • Tie your virtual presence into the real world
  • Secrets on working with the right developer/agency
  • Standalone immersive corporate worlds vs Second Life

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Is Your Learning Management System Starting to Look a Bit Tired?

Brandon Hall Research's LMS KnowledgeBase 2007 is the most comprehensive resource available anywhere to help you select the right learning management system:

  • 40-60 page profiles of 63 systems
  • Each system reviewed in 2007 by independent industry experts
  • Online tools to help you filter and compare two or more systems side by side
  • A structured and proven methodology to help you identify your requirements and make a smart purchasing decision
  • The KnowledgeBase is updated continually and is available 24/7/365 so you can access the data from anywhere
  • If printed, this resource would span more than 3500 pages of information. (All pages can be printed if required.)


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Computer Mediated Communication: An Introduction to Social Interaction Online

Take a look at this excellent book below by Crispin Thurlow, Alice Tomic and Laura Lengel.

Synopsis

This title offers students a task-based introduction to the nature of computer-mediated communication and the impact of the internet on social interaction and hence on identities, relationships and communities.


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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Kathy Sierra wrote about Face-to-Face Trumps Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts, Video...

A few days ago, Kathy Sierra wrote about Face-to-Face Trumps Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts, Video... SXSW Interactive had more attendees than ever before. A lot more. But here's the confusing part: the people attending are the same people who create and evangelize the tools that make attending totally unnecessary. I started my keynote by asking if anyone was live-blogging. Hands shot up across the room. Someone yelled "Twitter!" The whole thing was recorded on video and audio. So... if nobody needed to be there, why were they?

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About Kathy Sierra
Kathy Sierra has been interested in the brain and artificial intelligence since her days as a game developer (Virgin, Amblin', MGM). She is the co-creator of the bestselling Head First series (finalist for a Jolt Software Development award in 2003, and named to the Amazon Top Ten Editors Choice Computer Books for 2003 and 2004). She is also the founder of one of the largest community web sites in the world, javaranch.com. Kathy's passions are skiing, running, her Icelandic horse, gravity, and her latest favorite thing--Dance Dance Revolution.

Source:The Creating Passionate Users


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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Technology + Online + Industry + Partnerships


A new report shows educators how open source programs can be rolled out successfully—and affordably.

A STUDY INTENDED to help educators assess and implement open technologies is available now from the Consortium for School Networking as part of CoSN’s ongoing K-12 Open Technologies Initiative. The study covers Indiana’s ACCESS (Affordable Classroom Computers for Every Secondary Student) program, focusing on the state’s Linux Desktop initiative, which placed 22,000 Linux workstations in language arts classrooms.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

College Prep Enters the Digital Age by Selicia Kennedy-Ross

College prep Web sites are not the only ones moving into the digital age with Web information and podcasts. At Pacific High School in San Bernardino, Calif., some teachers are putting their day's lessons on the Web. Fanny Perez, a junior at Pacific High, said she uses her iPod for studying as much as she uses it for listening to music.
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Source: TechNewsWorld


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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Davids versus Goliath: a comparison of wikis versus Blackboard CMS


In almost a decade in higher ed on both sides of the classroom (and in the middle, as a consultant helping other teachers integrate technology into their courses), I've seen an interesting shift in what's available for teachers, and what they're choosing to use. Back in the late 1990s when I was an undergrad, most teachers who were tech savvy were using standard web pages, slideware (PowerPoint), and email. Right around 1999 the course management system (CMS) started to appear on the scene, and two main choices were available, Blackboard and WebCT.

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About Stewart Mader:
Stewart Mader is Wiki Evangelist for Atlassian Software Systems. He also publishes the blog Using Wiki in Education, which focuses on using the wiki for collaborative curriculum development and group learning, and includes interviews with wiki makers and users, example wiki uses, and product reviews. In October 2006, he published a wiki-based book containing 10 case studies from teachers using the wiki to transform courses and engage today’s students in a range of environments. This is the first book to focus specifically on the wiki in education and be developed and published using a wiki, so it actively demonstrates the tool in action

Source:
ZDNet


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Open-content learning portal debuts

A new online resource gives teachers and students free access to more than 8,000 digital learning materials. Educators and students can add tags, ratings, reviews, and comments to help others quickly find what they're looking for. The site's mission is to provide a single point of access through which educators, students, and all other types of learners can search for, browse, evaluate, and discuss these free learning materials.


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Monday, March 12, 2007

Seminar om it's learning



UNI•C tilbyder nu læringsmiljøet it’s learning til erhvervsskoler, gymnasier og CVU’er. UNI•Cs løsning indeholder integration med de administrative systemer EASY-A, GAS og SIS.

Deltag gratis i it's learning-seminar i enten København eller Århus:
  • Torsdag den 22. marts 2007 kl. 14-16.30, UNI•C, Vermundsgade 5, 2100 København Ø
  • Torsdag den 29. marts 2007 kl. 14-16.30, UNI•C, Olof Palmes Alle 38, 8200 Århus N

Tlf. 89 37 66 03

Henvisninger

Kilde: UNI•C



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New and Changing Teacher Roles in Higher Education in a Digital Age



Just to let you know that this article appears in Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2007 edition of The Journal of Educational Technology & Society.


ABSTRACT:
Digital tools are increasingly being used to support teaching in higher education. These tools place new demands on the tasks and responsibilities of the teacher, and can influence teacher roles. In this study we investigate the long-term use and development of a tool for facilitating the negotiation of meaning in argumentative student texts, through teacher and peer feedback. From this setting new teacher roles have emerged.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

University of Copenhagen chooses it's learning as their new learning platform.

University of Copenhagen, the biggest nordic university with 50.000 users, chooses it's learning as their new learning platform.




Mere end 50.000 undervisere og studerende på Københavns Universitet vil fremover udveksle viden og information via det norske e-læringsmiljø it's learning. Med systemet får alle adgang til et fælles miljø, hvor de fra pc'er eller mobiltelefoner kan følge med i de aktiviteter, der er planlagt i undervisningen. De studerende kan hente materialer, aflevere rapporter, gå ind i "blogs" og præsentere arbejdet i en såkaldt portfolio, der kan lægges ud på internet.
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