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Monday, April 30, 2007

Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) Publications Journal: JALN

Here is a paper about RESEARCH ON ONLINE LEARNING by Dr. Karen Swan , appears in Volume 11, Issue 1 - April 2007, edition of Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks.

Over the past decade, the Internet has had a profound impact on higher education by enabling the phenomenal growth of online learning. Moreover, just as we were getting used to fully online courses, blended courses, courses which integrate online and face-to-face instruction, seem to be growing in similar, perhaps even more spectacular, manner.
Add to that a plethora of emerging digital technologies such as wikis, blogs, podcasting, social software, and serious gaming technologies that are increasingly being incorporated into online or online portions of courses, and one is tempted to despair of ever making sense of online learning. The altered learning environments created by web-based technologies, not only eliminate barriers of time, space and arguably learning styles, providing increased access to higher education, they challenge our traditional notions of teaching and learning, and indeed higher education itself.

About Dr. Karen Swan

She is Research Professor in the Research Center for Educational Technology at Kent State University. Dr. Swan's research has been focused mainly in the general area of media and learning on which she has published and presented nationally and internationally. Her current research focuses on online learning, mobile computing and on student learning in ubiquitous computing environments.

Dr. Swan has authored several hypermedia programs, co-edited a book on Social Learning from Broadcast Television and is currently working on a co-edited book on ubiquitous computing and a DVD ROM on the latter topic. She served as a project director on several large scale grants including work for the US Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the NYC Board of Education.
She is a member of the Sloan-C Board of Directors, an Effective Practices Editor for the Sloan Consortium, the Special Issues Editor for the Journal of Educational Computing Research, and Editor of the Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology.

Source: Online Learning Update

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

News from

The editorial board for eLearning Papers held its first meeting at the end of March in Brussels. Among other things, the topics for the future themed issues of eLearning Papers were proposed:

  1. Communities of Practice
  2. Inclusive Learning
  3. Intercultural Learning
  4. Personalised Learning
  5. Change Management.


European Launch Conference for the Lifelong Learning Programme

The programme will be presented to the general public on 6 and 7 May 2007 in Berlin. Visiters can inform themselves about the many different opportunities which the new Lifelong Learning Programme offers to people of all ages.


IADIS International Conference e-Learning 2007

The IADIS e-Learning 2007 conference aims to address the main issues of concern within e-Learning. This conference covers both technical as well as the non-technical aspects of e-Learning. The conference accepts submissions in the following six main areas: Organisational Strategy and Management Issues, Technological Issues, e-Learning Curriculum Development Issues, Instructional Design Issues, e-Learning Delivery Issues and e-Learning Research Methods and Approaches.

Appropriate best paper authors will be invited to publish extended versions of their papers in the following selected international Journal:

International Journal of
Information and Communication
Technology Education


Event Summary
We are living an age, where online world made learning available no matter where you are or what you are doing. Especially in fast moving financial industry this is the opportunity to bring information to the people at point of need. E-Learning is proving to be the most favorite tool to spread information and knowledge across the global, diverse business environment and is here to stay.

TENCompetence Open Workshop on Current research on IMS Learning Design and Lifelong Competence Development Infrastructures

This workshop is organized by the EU 6th Framework Integrated Project TENCompetence. The objective of the workshop is to identify and analyse current research and technologies in the fields that provide the building blocks for the development of an open source infrastructure that contains all the services needed to support individuals, teams and organisations to (further) develop their competences, using all the distributed knowledge resources, learning activities, units of learning and learning routes/programmes that are available online.

There have been two previous workshops organised by the project, in Sofia, Bulgaria, March 2006 , where a special focus was Learning Networks; and Manchester, UK, December 2006, with Service Oriented Approaches as theme. E-portfolio will be the focus of a coming one in Maastricht, The Netherlands, in October 2007.


Blended Learning in the European 3rd Sector

By Hans-Dieter Haller, Jutta List-Ivancovic and Tim Scholze

In the years 2004 and 2005 the project eL3 was developed in the European healthcare, social, environmental and educational sector.
The aim of the project was to collect information and practice examples from hospitals to grass-root institutions to contribute to the actual discussion about “blended learning”.

Project partners from 4 European countries, from educational institutes and from 3rd sector organisations collaborated to get a common ground and basic information about the situation as far as blended learning in the 3rd sector is concerned.
The project aimed to give an information base and practical support to those stakeholders dealing with learning and blended learning in their institutions.


Source: Newsletter - April 2007

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Take a look at these papers, appears 19.04.2007, in edition of European Journal of Open and Distance Learning.

Design of Virtual Tutoring Agents for a Virtual Biology Experiment
By Jian Qing Yu, David J. Brown and Ellen Billett

Virtual learning environments (VLEs) may possess many advantages over traditional teaching methods in skills training that offer empowerment of constructing the skills by freely exploring a VLE. However, a conflict between the free exploration and ensuring the learning tasks tackled emerges in the learning process.

Virtual Laboratory

A strategy to balance the conflict is to employ virtual tutoring agents to scaffold the learning tasks. This research has been carried out to investigate the issues of design and utility of a virtual tutoring agent system in a VLE to allow higher education (university based) students to practise immunology laboratory experiments, which simulates a well known immunochemical assay in the Life Sciences area, namely a Radio Immunoassay.
This paper discusses the classification of category of the virtual agents in a VLE and focuses on the design of tutoring agents. Three types of the tutoring agents have been selected and implemented in the Radio Immunoassay simulation. The considered points in programming the virtual tutoring agents and their tasks are presented in this paper. A formative evaluation studies have been carried out and discussed to verify the designed virtual tutoring agents are satisfied to the target students' needs.

VIRCLASS: the Virtual Classroom for Social Work in Europe - a toolkit for innovation?
By Grete Oline Hole and Anne Karin Larsen

Through a student-centred virtual learning environment students and teachers in Europe cooperate, exchange information of social work in their own country, and increase their digital literacy. In VIRCLASS students from 15 countries collaborated in their learning process by sharing knowledge with peer-students. Teachers from eight European countries were involved in the course. With a common curriculum, a study-program rewarded with 15 ECTS credits and using A-F marks many of the elements from the Bologna-process are met.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Editor's Hand Picked Headline News

Researchers break Internet speed records

A group of researchers led by the University of Tokyo has broken Internet speed records — twice in two days.
Operators of the high-speed Internet2 network announced Tuesday that the researchers on Dec. 30 sent data at 7.67 gigabits per second, using standard communications protocols. The next day, using modified protocols, the team broke the record again by sending data over the same 20,000-mile path at 9.08 Gbps.
That likely represents the current network's final record because rules require a 10% improvement for recognition, a percentage that would bring the next record right at the Internet2's current theoretical limit of 10 Gbps.


E-portfolios :: Making Things E-asy by John K. Waters

A young teacher’s implementation of a simple-to-use e-portfolio program is helping to reform a troubled East Coast high school.

Amy Weigand, Hope High School

In the midst of this reclamation project is Amy Weigand. Weigand joined the faculty of the newly established arts community in 2005 because she wanted to be part of the Hope High reform effort. During the previous three years, she had taught at Burrillville High School in Harrisville, RI—her first teaching job—where she got some hands-on experience with electronic portfolios. “Burrillville was into e-portfolios early,” she says, “so I was used to this idea of collecting and uploading digital examples of students’ work. E-portfolios have been a part of my teaching from the beginning.”
E-portfolios, which emerged in the early 1990s, employ a combination of technologies to create and publish a collection of student work, which is stored in digital formats, either online or on disks. (See “Defining E-portfolios” below).

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

What's Online Education All About? by Patricia Deubel, Ph.D.

Unless you are directly involved with teaching online, have students taking courses online, or have taken an online course yourself, chances are that you find the concept of online education quite nebulous. You might not have any interest in it.
Terms like distance education, fully online, blended courses, virtual courses, e-learning, hybrid courses, mixed-mode, asynchronous learning, distributed learning, Web-facilitated, and Web-enhanced learning add to the confusion (Picciano & Seaman, 2007, pp. 1-2).

However, online learning is on the rise in K-12 education, and you should know some of the basics and issues surrounding it. It is adding flexibility to the traditional school experience, meeting the needs of specific groups of students, and increasing course offerings.
If it has not already done so, it probably will affect your teaching scenario before too long. So, what's online education all about? Well ... it's all in who you ask or what resources you consult.

About Dr. Patricia Deubel

She has a Ph.D. in computing technology in education, and is currently an adjunct faculty member in the graduate School of Education at Capella University and an education consultant. She is also the developer of Computing Technology for Math Excellence at

Related link
The Growing Role of Online Learning by Ellen R. Delisio

Source: T.H.E. Journal

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Just look at this interesting line-up in this EDUCAUSE Review, March/April 2007, Volume 42, Number 2 issue:

  • Innovation, Adoption, and Learning Impact: Creating the Future of IT
    By Rob Abel
    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.

  • Social Networking Technologies: A "Poke" for Campus Services
    By Joanne Berg, Lori Berquam, and Kathy Christoph

    Although advances in social networking technologies allow for new and perhaps more efficient means of learning and communicating, they also pose some significant challenges in higher education, especially for those campus professionals who provide student and academic services.

  • Convergence Is Real
    By Mike Enyeart, E. Michael Staman, and Jose J. Valdes Jr.
    The future is set for convergence—for the integration of the communications and computing resources and services that seamlessly traverse multiple infrastructures and deliver content to multiple platforms or appliances. Campus IT organizations need to understand the trends in order to structure their services as the future evolves.


Source: EDUCAUSE Review

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Becta website

Check out the following free publications from the Becta website. Don’t miss these links.

This booklet explores all safety aspects of internet and ICT use at Key Stages 1 and 2.

This booklet explores all safety aspects of internet and ICT use at Key Stages 3 and 4.

This guidance aims to help schools consider the ICT grants available and decide how they can be used strategically to achieve individual aims and to meet the Government's priorities for education.

This document outlines the key quality principles relating to the design and use of digital learning resources to support effective learning and teaching.

About Becta
Becta leads the national drive to improve learning through technology. We do this by working with industry to ensure we have the right technology for education in place. We also work to support the education workforce to make the best use of technology to improve learning.
So that every learner in the UK is able to benefit from the advantages technology brings, thereby helping them achieve the best they can.


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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Editor's Hand Picked Headline News

Projects turn students' commutes into extended learning opportunities

School buses and other vehicles are being equipped with wireless internet access in an emerging trend that has enormous implications for students. Proponents of the trend say wireless connectivity on buses could turn what is often a dull ride into another opportunity for learning.
In one example of this trend, a Vanderbilt University professor is helping rural students with long commutes to school by turning their buses into mobile classrooms. Students will be able to download lessons from the internet via cell-phone towers.
Billy Hudson, a professor of medicine and biochemistry, got inspiration for the project from his own childhood in rural Arkansas.

Source: eSchool News

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Monday, April 23, 2007

ProProfs Online FREE SAT Exam Study Center.

Here is a great and interesting website for students and parents from The ProProfs SAT School.

They uses Web 2.0 technologies like Wikis to continually improve by being open to the e-learning community for editing and content contribution. Discussion forums, online file exchange, creation of quizzes/flashcards, student blogs and tagging of resources are also supported.

Students & parents can potentially save thousands of dollars this year in preparation for the SAT's - the nationsmost important pre-collegiate examination. Instead of buying books, materials or registering for pre-SAT courses, they now have access to ProProfs, a free online training site forthe SAT Test.
According to the College Board 2006 Profile Report analysis of SAT scores, students from wealthier families typically receive higher marks.

Just look at the various free SAT Test Prep Resources they have to offer.

About ProProfs, a leader in online learning, provides free resources to students and educators. ProProfs provides the tools necessary for students to succeed in diverse fields ranging from technical certification to college entrance examinations. ProProfs also delivers free e-learning content around the world to students from all backgrounds.

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Learning 2007 Invitation!

Elliott Masie, Host Learning 2007, looking forward to seeing you.

TO: Learning & Training Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, Learning 2007

You and your colleagues are cordially invited to attend our 20th annual global event:
Learning 2007. October 21 to 24 - Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, USA.
Register now and save over $200. Rates go up on June 15th.

Learning 2007 is produced by our Learning CONSORTIUM, a collaborative of 250 global companies. The event is co-hosted by ASTD and other keyeducational associations.

Check out the themes, design models and the focus of Learning 2007!

Learning 2007 Themes

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Elearning India

Here is a great website from India, I thought you may find very interesting.
Below are some of the many articles from Elearning India, who is an initiative to bring all the elearning professionals and companies together and collaborate to augment the elearning industry in India.

Virtual Classroom - A Learning Tool Of Prowess

Web based learning cannot rival conventional classroom training for some very obvious reasons. Since it is mostly delivered through asynchronous communication methods, it provides thin scope for interaction among the learners as well as between the learner and the instructor. It lacks the depth that an instant face to face dialogue can provide, because synchronous mode of learning is devoid of instant responses and interaction.

P2P - Will It Change The Face Of E-Learning?

Every now and then, e-learning is so inundated with new technologies that almost everybody involved with it has become used to the latest one being upheld as the hottest upcoming trend in the e-learning market. So, is this technology, like most others, just a passing phenomenon as far as e learning is concerned? Or is it really, as claimed by experts, poised to change the face of e learning forever?

E-Learning Through Blogging

Effective e-learning comprises of the combination of myriad web based tools that assist learners and instructors alike to render the experience more valuable. The latest entry to this list of tools is a blog. Short for weblog, it is simply an online journal, where entries can be posted and commented upon.

E-Learning Trends For The Future

The e-learning market has managed to zap onlookers over the years by springing up new technological advances, and as a consequence, enhanced features of e-learning, every now and then. As there have been rapid leapfrogs in the information technology sector off late, e-learning has evolved tremendously in meaning, with new features rapidly emerging on the e-learning horizon.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Editor's Hand Picked Headline News

Nature of distance education is changing, notes Financial Times’ report on Distance Learning

Internet and other new media developments are changing the very nature of management education offered thru a ‘distance’ education model.
So much so that some of the leading global institutes that are engaged in distance learning courses are ready to drop ‘distance’ from their nomenclature itself. Financial Times (FT), in his report on Distance Learning (published on March 19) quotes James Fleck, dean of UK based Open University Business School (OUBS) saying: We are trying to drop the term ‘distance learning. I don’t think it accurately portrays what OUBS does.’

Researchers explore new internet design

Researchers at several universities are working to design a new internet to replace the current global network. The new version would address many of the problems inherent in the design of the current network, including the security, mobility, and ubiquity of internet-connected devices. But for schools, businesses, and other institutions, the cost of transitioning to the new network-replacing routers, switches, and other gear to accommodate the new internet architecture-could be enormous, though any such transition would be at least a decade away.

Source: eSchool News

Making the Grade in Podcasting Class by Leah Etling, The Tribune

Gary Bissell, a high school computer science teacher in Atascadero High School California, has proposed a new class where the students will be learning about — public speaking, script writing, audio editing — in a new podcasting class likely to launch next school year.

Source: MacNewsWorld

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks

Just look at this interesting line-up in this current issue Volume 11, Issue 1 - April 2007 of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks.

The aim of the JALN is to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks (ALN), including experimental results. The mission is to provide practitioners in online education with knowledge about the very best research in online learning. Papers emphasizing results, backed by data are the norm. Occasionally, papers reviewing broad areas are published, including critical reviews of thematic areas.

The current issue of the JALN is only available to Sloan-C Members. It is easy to become a Free Sloan-C Member, visit the member registration page for more information. You must be logged in to access this issue.

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Look at the new e-learning video today at the top of my weblog

About the e-learning video today

Inspiring vision of free (online) education for all (Richard Baraniuk, TEDTalks)

Dr. Richard Baraniuk is a Rice University professor with a giant vision: to create a free, global online education system. In this presentation, he introduces Connexions, the open-access publishing system that's changing the landscape of education by providing free coursework and educational materials to everyone in the world.

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About Richard Baraniuk
Richard Baraniuk's Homepage

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Learning Content Management Research

I happened across David Wilson's blog via Technorati and noticed a post announced the results of an in-depth research project into the role and value of Learning Content Management (LCM).

Elearnity has been tracking the Learning Content Management market for over five years. During this time, corporate awareness of LCM has changed from apathy and confusion, to increasing recognition of the lack of learning content strategies in their current thinking. This growing corporate awareness led Elearnity to initiate a formal research project to develop a clearer understanding of the drivers, solutions and realities of learning content management.

Conclusions from the research include:
  • LCM is not a mature capability in organisations, and has been largely led from the e-learning sector. LCMS in particular is still an emergent market.
  • All of the organisations profiled in the research believed their LCM projects have been successful, with significant benefits being achieved in terms of production costs/times and scalability. But all of them have had negative experiences along the way, both technically and organisationally.
  • LCM is really about reengineering the supply chain for learning content, internally and externally. It is about a more holistic and connected view of learning content. Significant changes to working processes and skills are required to leverage a LCM solution properly.
  • Adopting an LCM solution will particularly challenge the expectations of sophisticated e-learning producers who are used to a more open design and development model, and free choice of authoring tools. Managing the engagement process with sophisticated stakeholder groups is critical to sustainable adoption.
  • Standards will always force compromise, but are important for future proofing the learning content against change in need as well as change in tools or media.


Learning Content Management report PDF

About David Wilson

UK-based analyst focusing on the deeper insights and realities of innovation in corporate learning. For up to date information on the market see also the Elearnity Knowledge Centre.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Why Would Anyone Need an E-learning 101 Book?

Below is a link to a report by author Janet Clarey, I thought you may find very interesting. Don't miss it!

Learning technologies change quickly, and the language and components of the learning industry can be confusing. Many new and different terms, acronyms, and even spellings are thrown around by gurus, vendors, industry organizations, and learning practitioners.
This report provides basic knowledge and an understanding of e-learning that will enable readers to describe the e-learning “space” to others and to understand the foundation and tools for making decisions around, and gaining support for, their organization’s e-learning strategy. Get answers to these questions and more:

  • What is e-learning?
  • What types of organizations use e-learning?
  • How do you know whether e-learning is right for your organizationsWhat is e-learning used for?
  • How does someone learn online?
  • What if someone is not very good on the computer
  • What does e-learning look like?
  • How is e-learning different from Web sites?
  • What type of interaction is used in e-learning?
  • Why would I use traditional classroom instruction over e-learning?
  • What different types of e-learning tools are available?
  • What type of team does an organization need to implement e-learning?
  • How do I know what tools and methods are right for my organization?
  • What industry standards are associated with e-learning?
  • What is asynchronous and synchronous e-learning?
  • What is blended learning?
  • What type of infrastructure is required to support e-learning?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages associated with e-learning?
  • How do you measure the effectiveness of e-learning?
  • How long does it take to develop a typical e-learning course?
  • What are the various delivery systems for e-learning?
  • What is an LMS? LCMS?
  • What is beyond the e-learning of today?

Published April 2007.

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Related links

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

Creating Content in Flash Format

Innovations in Learning Conference

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Video: Tim Berners-Lee on the Semantic Web

The inventor of the World Wide Web explains how the Semantic Web works and how it will transform how we use and understand data.

The Semantic Web is well under way and could have an impact even greater than the Web that we all use every day, predicts Tim Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium and senior researcher at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

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About Tim Berners-Lee
A Smarter Web

Source: Technology Review

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Editor's Hand Picked Headline News

Lawmakers face flap over iPods in classrooms

Because of budget shortfalls, Michigan House Democrats are facing criticism over a forward-thinking idea to provide Michigan students with iPods. The idea surfaced during a budget-related press conference held by House Democrats where a $38 million "21st Century Learning Environments" plan was discussed.

More news...

Blackboard launches free social-bookmarking service for academia

Blackboard recently announced the launch of Scholar, a free social- bookmarking web site aimed at connecting faculty and students, as well as enhancing teaching and learning, at higher-education institutions worldwide.

More news...

Source: eSchool News

A Heart for the Horizon

The following classrooms begin a project to look into the future of education based upon the Horizon Report 2007 Edition by the New Media Consortium and Educause:

  • Australia - Presbyterian Ladies College (Melbourne) Grade 10 Digital Innovation (John Turner)
  • Austria - Vienna International School (Vienna) Grade 11 Information Technology in a Global Society (Barbara Stefanics)
  • China - Shanghai American School (Shanghai) Media Literacy (Ed Kidd) Blog: http://blogs.saschinaonline .org/edkidd/
  • Bangladesh - International School Dhaka (Dhaka) Grade 11 Information Technology in a Global Society (Julie Lindsay) Blog:
  • USA - Westwood Schools (Camilla, GA) Introduction to Computer Science, Vicki DavisThis includes 60 students in five countries

This includes 60 students in five countries but represents many more nationalities and cultures.

More news...

Source: TechLEARNING

About Vicki A. Davis

I am a teacher, entrepreneur, edublogger, conference presenter, and freelance writer. I am an avid reader, technology "geek", and a heart-felt Christian. In the community, I have been president of the Camilla Chamber, Rotary Club member, and the Leadership Georgia graduate. My class wiki has won many awards and media recognition. I am a blogger for Tech Learning and a co-founder of Women of Web 2 and co-host of the WOW2 weekly webcast on Tuesdays at 9 pm EST at Ed Tech Talk. I also write the Cool Cat Teacher blog, which is a leading edublog.

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Efficiency in Learning: Evidence-Based Guidelines to Manage Cognitive Load

Ruth Colvin Clark's excellent series of research-to-practice books where she joins with Frank Nguyen and John Sweller, developer of cognitive load theory.
The book tells us how to create learning interactions that avoid overloading our learners' limited working memory and perceptual-channel capacities.


"Efficiency in Learning" offers a road map of the most effective ways to use the three fundamental communication of training: visuals, written text, and audio. Regardless of how you are delivering your training materials in the classroom, in print, by synchronous or asynchronous media the book's methods are easily applied to your lesson presentations, handouts, reference guides, or e-learning screens. Designed to be a down-to-earth resource for all instructional professionals, "Efficiency in Learning's" guidelines are clearly illustrated with real-world examples.

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Dræber på storskærm (Source: Søndagsavisen 15. april 2007)
Videnskabeligt bevist
How to Do a Good PowerPoint Lecture (Source:
The scourge of PowerPoint (Source: Effect Measure)

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Serving the Online Learner by Judith V. Boettcher

Support and advising systems provide a competitive edge for institutions by helping to develop a lasting relationship between eLearner and school.

SYSTEMS AND SERVICES for recruiting, advising, and support of online students have seldom been at the top of the list when planning online and distance learning programs. That is now changing: Forces pushing advising and support services into the foreground include recognition of the student learner as “customer” and the increasing expectations and demands of government and business in our global information economy.

Source: Campus Technology

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USC Teaching Excellence Colloquium

Here is a presentation on-line from the colloquium.

Liv Haselbach and Michelle Maher, University of South Carolina.
“Out of the Classroom and Onto the Site: Active Observation of Complex Systems”

Don't you wish you could really show the students more: the complex systems, the interactions, the world? If only they could actually see what you are talking about. But how? In K-12 classrooms they might take the coveted field-trip. But how do we do this in a college setting without disrupting students' schedules and imposing additional stress and administrative work to the already full curricula?
This seminar will show you ways to get your students out of the classroom and involved in the real and complex systems they study with a combined observation and journal technique. The exercise is applicable to many disciplines and diverse areas of study, and can be easily incorporated into local, readily accessible destinations.
This method can serve as the foundation for dynamic class discussions, small group activities or solo reflections, and has been well received by student participants.
Come join us and learn how to introduce the complex systems simply, with zest, and using what's at hand.
View It Live: (Friday, April 20, 2:00-3:30 p.m., 2007)

About the Presenters
Dr. Liv Haselbach comes from a long career in construction and engineering. She is currently an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of South Carolina. She teaches Autocad, air pollution control engineering, land development and sustainable construction. Current research includes projects in green construction, best management practices and the use of pervious concrete. She is a licensed professional engineer in New York, Connecticut, South Carolina and Virginia and is a LEED® Accredited Professional.

Dr. Michelle Maher is an assistant professor in the Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs Program at the University of South Carolina. She has written numerous articles on college teaching and learning, and is particularly interested in issues associated with graduate student and also complex system learning.

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