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Friday, November 30, 2007

Moodle Bugathon Opened to Finalize New Release

Some people have been wondering, "Where is Moodle 1.9"?

According to Martin Dougiamas, founder and main developer of the open source course-management system, "It is still being polished". Testers and developers are invited to join the finalizing process.
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eLearn Magazine Top Stories

Don't miss these stories about Learning and Online Teaching.

The Reluctant Online Professor
By Cynthia L. Corritore, Ph.D., Creighton University

Cynthia Corritore, associate professor of information technology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, once had a bad experience translating a college course to the online realm. When the task came around to her again, what did Corritore do? She took the bull by the horns and fashioned an e-learning course so effective, neither she nor her students can imagine taking it back to the non-virtual classroom.

About the Author
Cindy Corritore has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and is an Associate Professor of Information Technology in the College of Business Administration at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been teaching online and onsite for over twenty years, and is very interested in higher educational teaching strategies and human-computer interaction issues as they affect how we learn and work.

Dialogue-Intensive Learning
By Richard Dool, D.Mgt, Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University

The discussion element of an online course, in theory, is the "classroom" where much of the instructor-student and student-student interaction takes place. To a large degree it is intended to approximate the on-campus class experience. But as most online instructors know, the online discussions, if designed appropriately, can far exceed the interactions in the campus classroom.
I have learned, however, that not all online discussions are created equally. In my online experiences—which include teaching in four different online programs as well as completing two master's and part of my doctorate online—I have witnessed three types of online discussions: the "Q&A" model, the "1-plus" model, and the "dialogue intensive" model.

About the Author
Dr. Richard Dool is an educator, consultant and senior executive with more than 20 years of diverse senior management experience including 15 years as a CEO, leading an $800M division of a Fortune 20 company, rescuing a company from near bankruptcy, leading the acquisition or divestiture of 10 companies and managing companies in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Hong Kong, India and Australia. He is on the faculty at Seton Hall University and teaches in the graduate communication program where he focuses on leadership communication, distance learning and change management.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cisco Grant To Assist Math Education Development by Dave Nagel


The MIND Research Institute, a non-profit education research and publishing organization, said this week that it's received a $500,000 cash grant from the Cisco Foundation...
The MIND Research Institute is the developer of the ST Math series of technology-based educational software, which until recently targeted only elementary-level math. In October the company expanded that line to include an e-learning tool for middle- and high-school students called ST Math: Algebra Readiness Supplemental, which focuses on students in grades 6 and higher in need of math intervention. The ST Math software uses game-based instruction to lead students through math concepts aligned with individual state standards and to develop problem-solving skills.

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About Mind

Mind Research Institute is dedicated to education program excellence and cutting edge scientific research. The Institute has successfully transferred more than 30 years of breakthrough brain and learning research into applied education programs for K-12 students. MIND Research continually improves its programs through data mining over 20 million student sessions and 9 years of standardized math test results, and publishes its scientific and educational research. Standardized test results have shown remarkable increases for participating students.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

First Issue of the New “International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies” (iJIM).

As I have mentioned before take a look at this paper, appears in Vol 1, No 1 (2007), edition of International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM).


Mobile e-Learning Course Scenario Model on PDA
J. Schreurs
Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium

Abstract

Web-based services mobile learning can enable collaborative learning and access to different information sources in actual problem-solving situations. The PDA’s are now designed to be smaller and sleeker and are popular due to its portability and facility for wireless connection. Handheld computers can become an integral part of the learning activities. But due to the very small screen, limited memory capacity and a large diversity of mobile devices, a handheld seems to obstruct a good learning experience. Handling of learning materials is a challenge. Experimentation with learning path scenarios and based on the e-mindmap concept is set forward here.

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Software Strikes a Chord for Disabled Students: From eSchool News

Demo Video by Zane Van Dusen

University project enables physically challenged students to create music using technology
A program developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) allows students with severe physical disabilities to create music just by moving their heads. A digital video camera tracks the students’ movements on a computer screen and translates them into piano scales or drum beats. The program’s developers hope it will open a whole new world of creativity for physically challenged individuals.

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Web 2.0 Presentation Tools & Resources: Flickr, SlideShare, Zoho Show & More by Patricia F. Anderson

I recently came across this slideshow and found it really interesting. Take a look.

A brief introduction to using web 2.0 resources to enrich your professional presenting experiences, beginning with finding images, then moving into how use web 2.0 tools to facilitate education, hiring, professional presentations, and more.

About Patricia F. Anderson

Since 1998, I have been the Head Librarian for the Dentistry Library of the University of Michigan. The UM Dentistry Library is one of the largest in the world, certainly one of the top few.
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Free Elearning - ELN

Last week Kineo gave a presentation to the Elearning Network event on free elearning. The focus of their presentation was on the availability of free tools that can enhance your elearning developments. (See the slides).
The key thing about these tools is not that they are free but that they are quality tools which can enhance your learning initiatives. Moodle was selected by the Open University on functionality rather than cost grounds as an example. Though of course the fact they are free can also help you deliver more for less. A key factor for training and development departments these days.
The tools we demonstrated included:


  • open source tools - such as Moodle
  • freeware - such as Audacity
  • free hosted tools - such as Slideshare, SurveyMonkey

Read more...

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free elearning demo is at www.kineolearning.com/demo. You can self register to access the demo and choose the ELN area to see all of the free tools in action, the enrolment key is 'elnpass'.
Visit the free elearning

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Moodle Teaching Techniques: Creative Ways to Use Moodle for Constructing Online Learning Solutions

I hope that you find this book useful and have a good time reading!

Moodle Teaching Techniques: Creative Ways to Use Moodle for Constructing Online Learning Solutions
By William Rice
Published on: 2007-09-20

Synopsis

This book for university teachers, professional educators, and corporate trainers is about applying teaching techniques through Moodle, the world's most popular online Learning Management System, covering creative uses of Moodle's standard features, workarounds for alternative solutions, when and how to apply different learning solutions that are based on proven, accepted instructional principles and traditional classroom activities: Distributed Practice, Self Monitoring, Pre-correction, and more.
The free, open-source Moodle LMS is designed to facilitate creating richly interactive online courses; with many screenshots this book shows how Moodle's many modules can be used to make courses unique, creating environments that motivate team work, where students get maximum benefit. The book assumes that readers have basic understanding of Moodle, but it does not need any programming knowledge; it is all about teaching and not programming and even experienced trainers will benefit from it.

About the author

William Rice is a software training professional who lives, works, and plays in the New York City. His indoor hobbies include writing books and spending way too much time reading sites like slashdot and 43folders. His outdoor hobbies include orienteering, rock climbing, and edible wild plants (a book on that is coming someday).
William is fascinated by the relationship between technology and society; how we create our tools, and how our tools in turn shape us. He is married to an incredible woman who encourages his writing pursuits, and has two amazing sons. He can be reached through his website at http://williamriceinc.blogspot.com/.

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The Virtual LRC, a Completely Free, Non-Commercial Resource

Virtual Learning Resources Center

Just want to let you know it was a true pleasure using this excellent website.
The Virtual LRC is both a dedicated index of over 10,000 web pages maintained by a real human being, as well as a meta-search engine that includes in its results information gleaned from many of the best research portals and university and public library Internet subject guides recommended by teachers and librarians.
A special search tools page includes forms to search online magazines, photos and clipart, sounds, and study guides.
The Virtual LRC, a completely free, non-commercial resource, is the creation of Dr. Michael Bell, former state chair of the Texas Association of School Librarians.


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Campus Technology News

Continuing Education Sites Lacking, Researchers Say by David Nagel
Continuing and professional education (CPE) sites are somewhat effective at helping students with their enrollment decisions, but they're lacking in some key functionality areas: content, search capabilities, and multimedia...
According to the report, in which more than 500 prospective students were surveyed on their experiences with higher ed sites, colleges' and universities' CPE sites are strong on aesthetics and marketing but lack depth. Of those surveyed, 94 percent said that information on the costs of education is important, but only 59 percent said the information was conveyed adequately on actual sites. Only 56 percent said that the multimedia content on the sites was "interesting and relevant." And only 63 percent found the sites' search functionality to be useful.

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Podcasting on a Shoestring by Linda L Briggs
A feisty online program director on a rock-bottom budget at a Los Angeles college is using free cast-off computers and help from an open source software startup to create podcasts of classroom lectures...
Linda Delzeit-McIntyre, an instructor at LATTC and its online program director, decided in 2006 to launch a pilot podcasting program. Listening, she explained, is clearly a primary skill for many LATTC students. "We're in the inner city," she said. "Many of our students speak one or more languages, but they don't read or write well in any of them. That means they have learned by listening." She said she often saw students coming to class with handheld tape recorders, which disrupted class or would run out of tape or batteries.
Also, LATTC students, many of whom are pressed for time because they have family and work obligations along with school, commonly spend time sitting in traffic or on the bus during the commute to and from school--excellent time for using an MP3 device.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Articles from Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education TOJDE

Don't miss theses articles from Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education TOJDE, October 2007, Volume 8 Number 4:
The first article is from TURKEY. Dr. Ozana URAL discusse in her paper the views of the doctoral students at traditional universities on the use of distance education systems and technologies and independent learning are determined.
The second article is from Pakistan. The presented study, measured the comparative outcome of formal and non-formal system of education in Pakistan.

ATTIDUES OF GRADUATE STUDENTS TOWARD DISTANCE EDUCATION, EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES AND INDEPENDENT LEARNING

By Associate Professor Ozana URAL, Ph.D.
Elementary Education Department,
Atatürk Faculty of Education
University of Marmara, Goztepe
Istanbul, TURKEY

Abstract
Distance education systems are being used in along with the traditional education systems in order to respond to the demand for higher education. Technological advancements, interactive learning possibilities are forcing the traditional universities to make more use of the distance education systems and technologies. Most of the traditional universities to create the opportunity for their students to be independent learners and learners who can organize their learning processes by using distance education systems and technologies. It is thought that students who can learn on their own and who can organize their learning processes will be more likely to use lifelong learning opportunities. In Turkey where there is a great demand for higher education, the use of distance education systems and technologies in traditional universities is not common.

EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN
THROUGH DISTANCE EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN

By Qadir BUKHSH
Lecturer, Department of Education
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur,
Bahawalpur, Pakistan

Abstract
The present study was undertaken to highlight the gender disparities of Pakistan as well as at regional and international level. The study, measured the comparative outcome of formal and non-formal system of education in Pakistan. To achieve the desired goal, documentary analysis was considered appropriate. The number of schools and enrollment during the years 2001 to 2004 of the formal system for primary, middle and high level was considered and enrollment during the year 198-1999 and 2004 for Secondary School Certificate to Ph.D level of non-formal system was considered. Data was analyzed in term of percentage and average. It was found that enrollment of female is less than male in formal system while enrollment of female is higher than male in non-formal system of education in Pakistan.

Happy reading to all of you.

Source: Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education


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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Feature Articles

Don’t miss these pertinent articles, appears in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), 2007.

Johnson, T. J., Kaye, B. K., Bichard, S. L. and Wong, W. J. (2007). Every blog has its day: Politically-interested Internet users' perceptions of blog credibility.
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 6.

Abstract
This study employs an online survey to examine U.S. politically-interested Internet users' perceptions of the credibility of blogs. The article focuses on the influence of blog reliance compared to motivations for visiting blogs in determining blog credibility. The study found that blogs were judged as moderately credible, but as more credible than any mainstream media or online source. Both reliance and motivations predicted blog credibility after controlling for demographics and political variables. Reliance proved a consistently stronger predictor than blog motivations. Also, information-seeking motives predicted credibility better than entertainment ones.


Stefanone, M. A. and Jang, C.-Y. (2007). Writing for friends and family: The interpersonal nature of blogs.
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 7.

Abstract
This research explores variables related to the use of personal-journal style blogs for interpersonal goals. A random sample of bloggers completed surveys exploring how the combination of extraversion and self-disclosure affect strong tie network size, which in turn serves as motivation to use blogs as an alternative communication channel. Bloggers who exhibit both extraversion and self-disclosure traits tend to maintain larger strong-tie social networks and are more likely to appropriate blogs to support those relationships. Age, gender, and education have no relationship to network size, blog content, or the use of blogs as a relationship maintenance tool. These results contribute to the continuing discussion about the impact that the Internet and its tools are having on relationships by suggesting that, rather than promoting isolation, computer-mediated communication tools such as blogs often function to enhance existing relationships.

Note: Starting in January 2008, new issues will only be published on Blackwell Synergy site. The journal's format will continue to be open access, according to the International Communication Association.


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UNI•C har produceret danske videovejledninger til it's learning

itslearning.uni-c.dk

it's learning er et læringsmiljø til kommunikation og samarbejde, hvor undervisere og elever mødes og udveksler viden.
it’s learning indeholder samtidig værktøjer til produktion af mange slags læringsressourcer og administration af f.eks. opgaveafleveringer.
UNI•C tilbyder læringsmiljøet it’s learning til gymnasier, erhvervsskoler, CVU’er og universiteter og UNI•Cs løsning vil indeholde integration med uddannelsesinstitutionernes administrative systemer.
Systemet har hastigt bredt sig på uddannelsesinstitutioner i Europa. Københavns Universitet indgik kontrakt om it's learning med UNI•C i 2006.
UNI•C forventer at producere flere it's learning-videovejledninger løbende, når behovet opstår.
Send en mail til
itslearning@uni-c.dk, hvis du har et forslag til et emne for en it's learning-videovejledning.


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Lisa Neal, Editor-In-Chief, eLearn Magazine

Do Distance and Location Matter in E-learning?
By Lisa Neal, Editor-In-Chief, eLearn Magazine

There are many differences between teaching online and in the classroom-including, as I wrote in a previous column, whether an instructor can see who is making eye contact, nodding in agreement, or sighing with frustration. Vital information like this has never been replicated in the virtual classroom. Physical distance between students and teachers clearly has an impact, but does it matter how far apart participants are in an online class?

FIVE QUESTIONS… For Seb Schmoller
By Lisa Neal, Editor-in-Chief, eLearn Magazine

Seb Schmoller is an independent consultant and the chief executive of ALT, the Association for Learning Technology, a UK professional and scholarly association which promotes good practice in the use of learning technologies in education and industry. ALT also facilitates collaboration between learning technology practitioners, researchers, and policy makers. Schmoller's popular email newsletter addresses e-learning-related issues from a uniquely British perspective.

About Lisa Neal

Lisa Neal is an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health and Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she teaches a course on Online Health Communities. She is Editor-in-Chief of eLearn Magazine, www.eLearnMag.org, and a consultant who specializes in the creative use of collaborative technologies for learning. Lisa holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University. Lisa's web site is at www.lisaneal.com.


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Great Website for all Math Teachers

Visual Math Learning

Take a look at this great websites for all parents, teachers, and educators.

Do you consider yourself "mathematically challenged?"
Try the tutorial.
Visual Math Learning is a free interactive multimedia on-line tutorial. Visual Math Learning offers free math lessons featuring an interactive on-line tutorial for teaching elementary mathematics and basic arithmetic for grades K-12 at the pre-algebra level.
It is an instructional aid for parents, teachers, and educators of primary, elementary, and middle school students, as well as a resource for lesson plans, homework help, and home schooling math lessons. The tutorial includes games, puzzles, interactive diagrams, and computer animated virtual manipulatives that emphasize active learning concepts by visualization.
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Check Out These Great Websites and What They Have to Offer


The introduction to this site remarks, "If you need help in college algebra, you have come to the right place".
Their statement is accurate, as the staff members at the West Texas A&M University's Virtual Math Lab have done a fine job creating a series of online algebra tutorials for students and anyone else who might be returning to the world of algebra. First-time visitors should look at their online guide to the tutorials to learn how their tutorials are organized.



Ernest Hemingway was a red-blooded man of letters, and one of the 20th century's most celebrated and demonized writers.
In 1968, Mary Hemingway arranged to have his papers donated to the Kennedy Library. Over the past several decades, materials related to Hemingway's long career have continued to become part of this very extensive collection. The Kennedy Library has created this specific page...
Visitors can start by clicking over to the "Online Resources" area, which includes essays on Hemingway by various scholars and a nice piece by Megan F. Desnoyers on how the collection came to the Kennedy Library.


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Friday, November 23, 2007

Reports reveal online learning's successes, needs by Laura Devaney

Online learning continues to grow at a rapid pace, with 30 states—six more than last year—now offering state-led programs or initiatives, according to the latest report from the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL).
Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning is the fourth in an annual series of reports assessing the virtual-schooling landscape...
NACOL also issued two separate issue briefs that highlight the need to ensure equal access to online courses and high-quality professional development for online educators. (See below).

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning: A Review of State-level Policy and Practice
By John Watson, (November 2007)

Online learning at the k-12 level has grown so much in recent years that the main issue in most states is no longer whether or not online learning is occurring, but rather how it is being implemented.
As of September 2007, 42 states have significant supplemental online learning programs (in which students enrolled in physical schools take one or two courses online), or significant full-time programs (in which students take most or all of their courses online), or both. Only eight states do not have either of these options, and several of these states have begun planning for online learning development.
In addition to the spread of online learning programs to most states across the country, the majority of existing online programs show considerable growth in the number of students they are serving.


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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

More than $1M for outstanding math and science teachers

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching(PAEMST) is the highest award a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receivefor outstanding teaching in the United States.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Feature Articles

Don’t miss these pertinent articles, appears in EDUCAUSE Quarterly Magazine, Volume 30, Number 3, 2007 and Innovate, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2007.

Top-Ten Teaching and Learning Issues, 2007
Creating a culture of evidence tops the list of important issues as the academic technology profession moves to an "Instruction 2.0" world.
By John P. Campbell, Diana G. Oblinger and Colleagues


The EDUCAUSE Advisory Committee for Teaching and Learning (ACTL) has identified the key technology-related teaching and learning issues in higher education for 2007.
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Places to Go:
Facebook

Downes reviews Facebook, the popular social networking site.
By Stephen Downes

Facebook, one of the most widely popular of social networking sites that has emerged in recent years. Downes notes that Facebook is distinctive because its stronger roots in the academic community...
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Source: EDUCAUSE Quarterly; Innovate


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Blended Learning in Higher Education: Framework, Principles, and Guidelines

Below are some excellent book, I thought you may find be very helpful.

Today's college and university students routinely use interactive technology that didn't exist a generation ago. Consequently, they expect all their learning experiences to be both relevant and engaging. How can colleges and universities meet the expectations of these tech-savvy students?

Blended Learning in Higher Education: Framework, Principles, and Guidelines
Published on: 2007-11-15

Synopsis

This groundbreaking book offers a down to earth resource for the practical application of blended learning in higher education as well as a comprehensive examination of the topic. Well grounded in research, "Blended Learning in Higher Education" clearly demonstrates how the blended learning approach embraces the traditional values of face to face teaching and integrates the best practices of online learning. This approach has proven to both enhance and expand the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching and learning in higher education across disciplines.
In this much needed book, authors D. Randy Garrison and Norman D. Vaughan present the foundational research, theoretical framework, scenarios, principles, and practical guidelines for the redesign and transformation of the higher education curriculum. "Blended Learning in Higher Education" outlines seven blended learning redesign principles. It explains the professional development issues essential to the implementation of blended learning designs. It presents six illustrative scenarios of blended learning design. It contains practical guidelines to blended learning redesign. It describes techniques and tools for engaging students.
Buy this book

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Learning 2.0

Take a look at this article below.

As online tools become more ubiquitous inside and outside the classroom, and the growth of distance learning continues, education researchers have begun to focus on how best to harness new technologies.
Advocates for the classical lecture experience still exist, of course, but the general trend has been toward incorporating various technologies into the classroom, from course management software to digital photography. One approach, called “blended learning,” mixes traditional “face to face” techniques with cutting-edge developments in theory and technology.
As online tools become more ubiquitous inside and outside the classroom, and the growth of distance learning continues, education researchers have begun to focus on how best to harness new technologies. Advocates for the classical lecture experience still exist, of course, but the general trend has been toward incorporating various technologies into the classroom, from course management software to digital photography. One approach, called “blended learning,” mixes traditional “face to face” techniques with cutting-edge developments in theory and technology.
A new book, Blended Learning in Higher Education: Framework, Principles, and Guidelines (Wiley, 2008), (see my recommendations for this book) summarizes the current theory behind blended learning but offers practical guidelines (with examples) on how to transform existing courses into the new framework.


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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Elearning 2.0 – A Stepping Stone to Elearning 3.0?

Anne Fox is teacher trainer in the Experience-Based Learning Project, a Danish project piloting teacher training in the adoption of web 2.0 tools in secondary education.
For CHECK.point eLearning, she reveals her findings and gives advice to other teacher trainers.
Read more...

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The Danish Experience Based Learning Project (mostly in Danish)

About Anne Fox

She works as educational project developer, partner and coordinator specialising in e-learning, teacher training and inter-cultural issues. Current projects include VOCA2, an EU Leonardo project piloting mentor training courses to support the disabled into employment as project coordinator, LIPS, another Leonardo project developing online inter-cultural training for university interns and Experience Based Learning, a local project piloting teacher training in ICT integration and other approaches in mainstream upper secondary education. She also teaches business and technical English short courses.
Recently completed projects include the EU Grundtvig project, Teaching Culture which developed a blended learning course for adult education teachers to train their inter-cultural competences and VOCA Europe which developed blended learning vocational training to aid the disabled gain vocational qualifications. For this project she authored a handbook on e-learning for the disabled. She was coordinator of the Nordic Voice, supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers, which helped to promote a community of practice for Nordic language teachers to help them to achieve the ICT requirements of their various curricula.
She has recently presented at the Count on Me, Peer roles – Peer Mentoring conference in Mallorca in March 2006 as well as making several online presentations for example The Nordic Voice in November 2005 and the Webheads in Action Online Convergence, November 2005 and May 2007.
Anne Fox is also co-host of the bi-monthly podcast Absolutely Intercultural which started in March 2006 and was winner of an Edublog award for best audio blog in December 2006.

Source: CHECKpoint eLearning


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What's Your Learning Style

http://www.accelerated-learning-online.com/

For these questions, choose this website.
It is dedicated to helping you better understand learning styles, as well as providing an easy way to discover your own styles.
Years of research have discovered that each of us learns using preferred learning styles. By recognizing and understanding your own learning styles, you can use techniques better suited to you. This improves the speed and quality of your learning.

The learning styles are:

Visual (spatial). You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
Aural (auditory-musical). You prefer using sound and music.
Verbal (linguistic). You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
Physical (kinesthetic). You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
Logical (mathematical). You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
Social (interpersonal). You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
Solitary (intrapersonal). You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
Read more...

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The Memletics learning styles inventory has 70 questions and it provides a graphical results page. You can also share your results with other users and compare yourself with your peers. As of November 2007, over 350,000 people have done this test!

Try the free online learning styles inventory
Learning styles from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
What's Your Learning Style? Finding Out May Be More Difficult Than You Think
By Susan Smith Nash, Ph.D. -
E-Learning Queen
Learning Styles
Or, How We Go From the Unknown To the Known





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Friday, November 16, 2007

Launch of Edumax.com Opens Doors of Free Online Learning by Raju Shanbhag


Getting a better education may no longer be a costly affair.
Edumax provides free virtual classrooms on a variety of subjects, starting a new era in free online education. The company offers a series of easy to understand lessons prepared by experts. There are courses for all educational levels and learning styles with subjects ranging from personal development to computer programming.
Edumax CEO Armen Oulikhanian and President Wai Leung have used all their experience and expertise to create this site and hope to make it an ultimate online learning destination for everyone.

About EduMax
Education does not have to be restricted to walls and rooms. The world is full of knowledge and experts everywhere who are willing to share and teach what they know. But you don’t have to literally fly the globe to ask for it. With the reality of the internet, information can be brought to your fingertips. Edumax reaches out to the world and brings it to your desktop. So that you can maximize your learning, maximize your education. Edumax. Its all about learning. For free.

Source: TMCnet


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Thursday, November 15, 2007

MIT Researchers Advance Lecture Capture with Search Capabilities by Dave Nagel

Researchers in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new Web-based technology that's designed to take recorded classroom lectures to the next level.
The technology, developed by a team led by MIT's Regina Barzilay and James Glass, provides search functionality for classroom video recordings. At present, the prototype only works with MIT's online lectures made available to the public through the university's OpenCourseWare initiative, but it may be made available to other institutions in the future.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Still a Bit Skeptical of the Classroom Face-to-Face Learning Experiences with Online Learning Experiences

Just take a look at these website, article and white papers and find out more about blended learning

AMA is a global, membership-based association that offers a full range of performance-based learning solutions to individuals, companies and even governments, worldwide.
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Beyond the Talk About Blended Learning

Are you skeptical about blended learning? There has been a lot of talk about blending, and any topic that’s on everybody’s lips isn’t typically on mine...
In a white paper for the American Management Association titled “Blended Learning Opportunities,” (download the white paper below) Rebecca Vaughn Frazee and Allison Rossett wrote that blended learning integrates seemingly opposite approaches, such as formal and informal learning, face-to-face and online experiences, directed paths and reliance on self-direction, and digital references and collegial connections, in order to achieve individual and organizational goals.

New White Papers
Effectively Implementing a Blended Learning Approach
Eedo Knowledgeware’s white paper presents a comprehensive overview of blended learning, from theoretical framework to best practices, and provides a measured analysis of potential applications. It examines the reasons to adopt a blended learning approach and reviews the tools needed to implement it. An in-depth case study of AMA’s blended learning model illustrates the white paper’s findings.
Download White Paper (PDF) (You must Sign-Up)

Blended Learning Opportunities
By Allison Rossett and Rebecca Vaughan Frazee, San Diego State University. Noted experts on blended learning, Dr. Allison Rossett and her colleague Rebecca Vaughan Frazee explore the common components of blended learning and how organizations are preparing to best use this new learning method.

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Learning and Teaching

The Department of Education and Training in New South Wales, Australia maintains a website on blended learning, with many "exemplars" on how it works.
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