Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
More and more institutions and individuals are sharing digital learning resources over the Internet openly and without cost as open educational resources. The study asks why this is happening, who is involved and what the most important implications are.
Source:elearningeuropa.info - Newsletter June 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
From Friday's Globe and Mail
Like Mr. Chan, more teachers are having to prepare themselves for confrontations with students who can find a second opinion or contradictory fact at the click of a mouse.
This generation of high-school and university students have been weaned on Google, Wikipedia and a sort of Web 2.0 approach to learning, where information is easily accessible, interactive and up for debate.
Source: Medical News Today
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 27.6.07
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Open, in particular, to people who do not have the traditional entry qualifications to university.
The OU does not have a monopoly in Welsh higher education in being accessible to “non-traditional” students (itself a rather anachronistic term, I would contend).
But it is unique in having courses and curricula which are designed exclusively around part- time patterns of study, and, of course, offering maximum flexibility, via distance learning.
Recently almost half-a-million learners worldwide have experienced free learning materials from the OU, via the new OpenLearn website. If you haven’t yet, you should take a look.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 26.6.07
Mobile Usability in Educational Contexts: What have we learnt?
By Agnes Kukulska-Hulme
The successful development of mobile learning is dependent on human factors in the use of new mobile and wireless technologies. The majority of mobile learning activity continues to take place on devices that were not designed with educational applications in mind, and usability issues are often reported. The paper reflects on progress in approaches to usability and on recent developments, with particular reference to usability findings reported in studies of mobile learning. The requirements of education are considered as well as the needs of students participating in distance education; discipline-specific perspectives and accessibility issues are also addressed. Usability findings from empirical studies of mobile learning published in the literature are drawn together in the paper, along with an account of issues that emerged in two mobile learning projects based at The Open University, UK, in 2001 and 2005.
m-Learning: Positioning educators for a mobile, connected future
By Kristine Peters
Mobile learning is variously viewed as a fad, a threat, and an answer to the learning needs of time-poor mobile workers, so does it have a place in delivering mainstream learning? Based on a 2005 comparative research project, commissioned by the Australian Flexible Learning Framework, the paper reports on research into Web-based information about the use of mobile technologies for commerce and learning, which was then tested through 29 interviews with manufacturers of mobile devices, businesses and education providers. The research found that mobile technologies were in common use in some commercial sectors, but their use purely for learning was rare. m-Learning lends itself to new methods of delivery, however, that are highly suited to the ‘just enough, just in time, and just for me’ demands of 21st Century learners.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 26.6.07
Friday, June 22, 2007
Kilde: IT- og Telestyrelsen
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 22.6.07
Thursday, June 21, 2007
The Discovery Educator Network web site is a place for educators to share ideas, as they connect with other educators from all over the world. The website also offers a variety of resources that are available at varying levels of access.
- EVERYONE who visits the Discovery Educator Network web site may read the blogs, discussion boards, calendar of events and the Discovery Education Classroom Resource Guide
- DISCOVERY EDUCATORS have the ability to comment on the blogs, post to the discussion boards, and register for Discovery Educator Network events on the Calendar.
- STAR DISCOVERY EDUCATORS have access to all of the online tools. They may upload and download activities and materials from the resource library, create their own blogs, publish in the Discovery Education Classroom Resource Guide and have access to exclusive STAR Discovery Educator events. In addition, STAR Discovery Educators receive a Welcome Kit, enjoy regular communication from a Discovery Education Field Manager, have exclusive access to training materials and are eligible to participate in STAR only promotions and contests.
Take Any College Class for Free: 236 Open Courseware Collections, Podcasts, and Videos
If you're interested in specific open courses, you can find a variety on the Web (or through this list below). Usually, those single courses will contain all the materials you need to learn one subject for free.
List of 100 courses
Source: The Online Education Database
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 21.6.07
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia and the i-Learn Centre (i-LeC) have the pleasure to host the first International Conference on e-Learning UiCEL 2007.
They invite researchers, academics and practitioners to present their research findings and works in progress within the field of e-Learning. They aim at creating a conference that has high quality discussion that emphasizes quality assurance in content development.
Topics for this conference include, but are not limited to:
- Multimedia based e-Learning System
- Multimedia based Instructional Design
- E-Learning Content Evaluation
- Content-based and Context-based Learning
- Content Implementation and Maintenance
- E-Learning Content Standardization
- Need Analyisis for Content Development
- Emerging and Best Practices in Content Development
- Security and Confidentiallity Course Content
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 20.6.07
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 20.6.07
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Designing Successful E-Learning: Forget What You Know About Instructional Design and Do Something Interesting - Michael Allen's Online Learning Library (Michael Allen's E-Learning Library).
Below is a new interesting book by Dr. Michael Allen.
This is the second volume of six in Michael Allen's e Learning Library a comprehensive collection of proven techniques for creating e learning applications that achieve targeted behavioral outcomes through meaningful, memorable, and motivational learning experiences.
This book examines common instructional design practices with a critical eye and recommends substituting success rather than tradition as a guide. Drawing from theory, research, and experience in learning and behavioral change, the author provides a framework for addressing a broader range of learner needs and achieving superior performance outcomes.
Buy this book
About the Author
Dr. Michael Allen has been named among the 20 most influential training professionals by Training Industry, Inc. for 2007.
Allen has pioneered multimedia learning technologies, interactive instructional paradigms, and rapid-prototyping processes, bringing each forward into leading corporate enterprises. He is the chairman and CEO of Allen Interactions Inc., which builds universally acclaimed custom e-learning, provides strategic learning consulting, and trains e-learning professionals in collaboration with ASTD. Allen holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from The Ohio State University, is a popular conference speaker and a prolific writer.
“Dr. Allen has been both an inspiration and the guiding light for all of us here at Allen Interactions,” said R. John Welsh, vice president at Allen Interactions. “His creative, innovative and performance-driven instructional methods have helped us change many top organizations’ learning paradigms.”
The award recipients were selected and voted for by over 12,000 of their peers on the TrainingIndustry.com website and include CEOs, Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, Chief Learning Officers, Authors, Consultants, and Senior Executives of training companies from a variety of industries, government agencies, and academia.
Creating Successful E-Learning: A Rapid System for Getting It Right First Time, Every Time
Recommended Books by Dr. Michael W. Allen
Learning and Teaching with Virtual Learning Environments.
By Helena Gillespie, Helen Boulton, Alison Hramiak and Richard Williamson.
Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are becoming increasingly common in schools, and it is important for trainees to be equipped with the necessary skills and understanding to use them effectively to enhance learning. This book takes a thematic approach, examining all the key issues from designing and creating a VLE to using one to organise, moderate and assess pupil learning and even to develop resources for learning.
Buy this book
About the Authors
Helena Gillespie has worked in teacher education for 4 years. She has published in journals and books, and has recently completed a book for David Fulton Publishers on ICT in schools. She has a Masters in Education.
Helen Boulton has worked in teacher education for 5 years; prior to this she was an ICT Co-ordinator. She has a Masters in Educational management and is currently working towards her PhD.
Alison Hramiak has worked for 9 years teaching and managing e-learning. She has worked in all three education sectors, schools, further and higher, and has published in journals and at conferences. She has a doctorate in Education.
Richard Williamson has been involved in teaching ICT for 10 years and has pioneered the introduction of VLEs in primary and secondary schools across Nottinghamshire. He has been involved in teacher education for 5 years and is working towards his Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Management.
Recommended books about Virtual Learning Environments
Virtual learning environment (VLE) by ex-teacher Phil Thane
The $72 million campus, south of Howell in Livingston County, will have a privately owned credit union and cashless convenience store, both geared toward offering students real-world business training and experience. Lansing Community College will have its own eight-classroom wing and students will be able to choose from more flexible scheduling options, with classes being offered for longer time periods on alternate days, evenings, weekends and even summer.
Source: The Detroit News
Report sees online schools as models for reform by Robert L. Jacobson
The growing popularity and success of online learning is an important but "largely unnoticed" trend that reform-minded educators and policy makers could use to much greater advantage as they seek to improve public education in general, says a new report from Education Sector, a nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C.
Titled "Laboratories of Reform: Virtual High Schools and Innovation in Public Education," the report urges reformers to recognize that long-sought improvements in teaching and learning already are being applied successfully in online education.
"Virtual schooling is driving the same sorts of transforming changes in public education as Apple's iTunes has been producing in the way people collect and listen to music," the report asserts. "While the importance of effective teaching and learning has not changed, the internet has enabled educators to significantly alter the experience of schooling."
New report from Education Sector, a nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C.
University of North Carolina Online Puts Degree Programs Within Reach by Joni Worthington, UNC General Administration
Responding to growing statewide demand for affordable access to quality higher education, the University of North Carolina system is launching the University of North Carolina Online, a central website that provides convenient one-stop access to more than 130 online degree, certificate, and licensure programs offered by the 16 UNC campuses. This vast collection of online UNC degree programs and courses is one of the largest available anywhere in the United States. The official launch date for the new website is July 1, 2007.
Online UNC degree programs and courses
Source: Elizabeth City State University
Friday, June 15, 2007
Bill Bruck and Paul Schneider write about the gap between traditional instructor-led programs and e-learning programs and provide examples of how blended learning might be used to reduce time to proficiency or even to serve as a catalyst to bridge the knowledge management gap.
Jim Bertelsen provides an example of blended learning as a default condition, a way to enable lifelong, authentic learning. He provides examples at the university level and the corporate level and outlines new channels and enablers of blended learning.
Michael Sunnarborg provides a snapshot of his experience with blended learning in the corporate environment. In working within blended learning environments at The University of Phoenix, Allen Interactions, and Target, he provides a snapshot of how blended learning impacts the learning professional.
B. Unnikrishnan provides a glimpse of innovative initiatives of blended learning from rural India. While we don’t often discuss physical conditions, population issues, and reach in rural areas, doing so can help us gain an understanding of a broader definition of blended learning.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 15.6.07
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 14.6.07
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Imagine students in a classroom with the ability to work from their desks and present the results of their work to the entire class without every leaving their stationary places. The technologies in Atlantic Technical Center's intelligent classrooms are providing students with a new set of learning tools and opportunities.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 13.6.07
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
ProProfs.com , the leader in free online learning resources, announces the launch of ProProfs Flashcards, with one of the largest educational flashcard database of its kind.
ProProfs Flashcards is a free, community-oriented service aimed at providing students and educators with ability to study, find and export flashcards by either selecting from exhaustive library covering a wide variety of subjects or by creating their own.
As Sameer Bhatia, president and founder of ProProfs, explains, "Flashcardsare an effective, proven tool to help students register information. ProProfs Flashcards allow us to better provide students and educators with the necessary tools for learning success on the web." As Mr. Bhatia points out, flashcards are often used by students who want to study components of a subject area at "crunch time."
Globally, the World Wide Web was changing the face of conventional education, with several top-notch universities offering their course streams online. In India, a large number of corporates were providing customised e-learning courses to employees through global and local tie-ups, to better efficiency and bottomlines. And, the industry valued these certifications as much as it did a normal degree.
Source: The Hindu Business Line
The Net Generation Goes to College by Jack M. Germain
In the eyes of students who have grown up with computers and the Internet, the quality of a college's technology has a lot to do with its quality of education. In fact, they'll often view an institution's tech level as a major factor in deciding where to attend college. They're looking for places that provide various media outlets to receive classroom content, however many universities are slow to adapt.
Web Analytics: The Crystal Ball of Customer Behavior? by John Lovett
Web analytics provides a window into customer behavior, actions and intentions that can be harnessed to improve the customer experience and impact revenue. Recent Aberdeen research revealed that the predominant strategy identified by 44% of all online web sites is to use web analytics to gauge customer behavior and drive operational changes throughout their organizations.
NSTA’s latest ready resource: Science Objects
Learning about science isn’t always easy, and teaching various concepts can be quite vexing at times, particularly for newer teachers. Stepping in to provide a bit of assistance, the National Science Teachers Association has created these helpful science objects that provide a bit of a refresher course in each area. Created in partnership with organizations like NASA, NOAA, and the GE Foundation, these interactive features cover Newton’s First, Second, and Third Laws, the origins of the universe, and the universe outside our own solar system. Visitors can also search to discover features that cover coral reef ecosystems, the different kinds of energy, and the ocean’s affect on weather and climate.
Source: The Scout Report: June 1, 2007, Volume 13, Number 21
Monday, June 11, 2007
Source: eSchool News
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 11.6.07
Saturday, June 09, 2007
States Found to Vary Widely on Education
By TAMAR LEWIN
Academic standards vary so drastically from state to state that a fourth grader judged proficient in reading in Mississippi or Tennessee would fall far short of that mark in Massachusetts and South Carolina, the United States Department of Education said yesterday in a report that, for the first time, measured the extent of the differences. (See the exclusive report below).
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said in a statement, “This report offers sobering news that serious work remains to ensure that our schools are teaching students to the highest possible standards.” Still, in a conference call with reporters, she said it was up to the states, not the federal government, to raise standards.
Source: The New York Times
Report: Mapping 2005 State Proficiency Standards Onto the NAEP Scales
Under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), states are required to report the percentages of students achieving proficiency in reading and mathematics for grades 3 through 8. For each subject and grade combination, the percentages vary widely across states. For grades 4 and 8, these percentages can be compared to the estimated percentages of students achieving proficiency with respect to the standard established by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Again, large discrepancies are observed.
National Assessment of Educational Progress
Commissioner Mark Schneider's Powerpoint Presentation:
Comparing State Proficiency Standards
Comparing NAEP and state proficiency standards
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 9.6.07
Friday, June 08, 2007
By Martin Weller
Virtual learning environments are widely spread in higher education, yet they are often under utilised by the institutions that employ them. This book addresses the need to move beyond thinking about the VLE simply in terms of the particular package that an institution has adopted, and viewing it as a significant educational technology that will shape much of the teaching and learning process in the coming years. Considering how virtual learning environments can be successfully deployed and used for effective teaching, it sets out a model for effective use, focusing on pedagogic application rather than a specific technology, and seeks to provide a bridge between pedagogical approaches and the tools educators have at their disposal. It contains essential advice for those choosing a VLE and encourages all those involved in the deployment of a VLEs to use them more productively in order to create engaging learning experiences.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 8.6.07
Look at how education is changing, thanks to Virtual Learning Environments.
In the Australian outback, for example, they’ve had ‘virtual schools’ via shortwave radio since the 1950s.
Recently, learning systems that bring together many existing web-based technology strands, including email, chat, blogs and wikis, have started to come together and VLE (virtual learning environment) is now the abbreviation du jour in school staff meetings.
If you’re a parent, you’re going to see it in newsletters, at parents’ evenings and you might hear the children mention it. Pupils are unlikely to refer to a VLE though – you’re far more likely to hear about Moodle or Learnwise, Blackboard or Studywiz. We’re going to look at the basics of VLEs and how they’re changing modern education.
Azzurri (Talmos VLE) http://www.azzurrieducation.com/
Connetix VLE http://www.connetix.co.uk/
Etech (Studywiz VLE) http://www.etechgroup.co.uk/
Fronter Open Learning Platform http://www.fronter.co.uk/
It’s learning VLE http://www.itsolutions.no/
Learnwise VLE http://www.learnwise.co.uk/
Moodle open source VLE http://moodle.org/
Netmedia (Mygrid4learning suite) http://www.netmedia-ed.co.uk/
Ramesys (Assimilate VLE) http://www.ramesys.com/
RM (Kaleidos VLE) http://www.rm.com/
Serco (Facility Learning Platform) http://www.serco.com/
Viglen (PC hardware and VLE reseller) http://www.viglen.co.uk/
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 8.6.07