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Friday, October 31, 2008

eSchool News and Site of the Week Online

Please be sure to check out the news below.

Education IT chiefs debate open source
The concept of open source software seems so firmly entrenched in higher education that it comes as almost a shock to realize there's actually a debate over it. But debate there was, civilized and trenchant, this week during the annual Educause conference on high technology in higher education in Orlando, Fla.

Site of the Week

'Campus Explorer': Like for college applicants

"Campus Explorer" is a new college search engine that aims to help students determine which college is the best match for them. Students enter information such as their SAT or ACT scores and grade-point average, and the site determines which schools they are eligible for. The site then matches students with specific schools on this list, based on the preferences they indicate on topics such as distance from home, academic interests, and their financial situation.

Don't miss it!
eSchool News

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University recognizes non-traditional students by Emily Wuchner

Nationwide, campuses are recognizing non-traditional students this week.

Dan Lavit, director of Distance Learning, said a growing number of students over the age of 50 are starting school. Right now, more than 20 percent of the student body is comprised of such students. "People return for a lot of different reasons," Lavit said. "We have a program built specifically for returning adults: Bachelor of Integrated Studies.

Non-traditional students have so much to add to a classroom because they have their life and experiences to add to classroom discussion. "Billie Burton, coordinator of Adult Outreach, said according to state law, anyone over the age of 65 can take classes for free. She also said many of these students attend one of Murray State's extended campuses."All these years, I've seen so many things to help non-traditional students like the Bachelor of Integrated Studies, like the extended campuses so they don't have to drive and we have online classes," Burton said.

The University is implementing a 12x12 initiative with hopes to increase enrollment to 12,000 students by 2012. Burton said a high number of the target students are non-traditional.

The Murray State News

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tech&Learning Webinar - How to integrate digital video into everyday curriculum

21st-century students demand 21st-century technologies for the classroom.

Educators who can use camcorders and video production as part of their everyday curriculum will capture their attention in any number of ways: by engaging students in learning with positive and fresh ways to learn; Increasing student collaboration and problem solving skills; And introducing exposure to media literacy ideas.
Join Tech&Learning and Sony to see and hear how teachers across the country are using video to increase visual literacy, critical thinking and problem solving.

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Register now for this FREE event!

Source: Tech&Learning

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Education for the 21st Century: The Basics

Here’s the latest Technology & Learning's eBooks below.


Education for the 21st Century: The Basics

Almost ten years into the 21st century, schools try to promote new ways of teaching and learning and then evaluate how well their efforts have led to results. New insights emerge from research and observation all the time.
This eBook is designed to detail some of the aspects needed for students to learn new things in new ways so they can live and work in a changing world. We hope you will find it valuable as you work towards improving education in the 21st century.

What's Inside the eBook:

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New Article – “10 Instructional Design Tips for e-Learning Development”

SyberWorks, Inc., a leader in custom e-Learning Solutions and the Learning Management System (LMS) industry, announces an article available in the SyberWorks Online Media Center.

10 Instructional Design Tips for e-Learning Development
By Steve Pena

In many ways, good instructional design is just common sense, combined with decades of observation about what works and what doesn't when teaching adult learners.
Here are 10 basic tips to sharpen your own training programs.

About Steve Pena
Pena is a Senior Instructional Designer and Implementation Specialist at SyberWorks, Inc., Waltham, Mass.

About SyberWorks, Inc.
SyberWorks, Inc. is a leader in providing Learning Management Systems and custom e-Learning solutions for Fortune 1000 corporations, higher education, and other organizations. Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, the company serves the multi-billion-dollar e-Learning market.
Since 1995, SyberWorks has developed and delivered unique and economical solutions for creating, managing, measuring, and improving e-Learning programs at companies and organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and other countries.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Look at the New eLearning Video Today at the Top of My Weblog

About Helge Scherlund's eLearning Video Today

The video was inspired by eLearn Magazine Editor-in-Chief Lisa Neal's blog post "
Ten Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes To Be a More Successful e-learning Professional." and the "Web 2.0 Edition" of Lisa's list.

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jago2009 Channel (Ukraine)


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Do Millennials Learn Differently?

Below is a link to this excellent new report on generational differences and their impact on learning by author Janet Clarey, I thought you may find very interesting. Don't miss it!

Multi-Generational Learning in the Workplace: Overview and Instructional Design Considerations.
Written by Janet Clarey

Various names are used to describe the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s. These include Generation Y, Millennials, Nexters, the Net Generation, and the Digital Generation. This is the generation presently being groomed to replace retiring baby boomers.

According to some experts, millennials tend to prefer experiential/hands-on learning, working in teams, and social networking. They are naturally collaborative and tend to be creative.
Most do not think of technology as technology – it is just a part of life.
They are accustomed to online and cell phone messaging with abbreviated lingua and quick exchanges. They have been described as intuitive visual communicators with good visual-spatial skills who can shift attention rapidly to pay attention, or not, and to respond quickly.
Published October 2008.

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Source: Brandon Hall Research

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Teens Learn From Expert Teachers Through Video-Based Courses Designed to Fill in Knowledge Gaps, Improve Grades and Better Prepare for College

Brightstorm has launched a new online learning network to help high school students deepen their understanding of important subjects and better prepare for college through video-based courses, designed and taught by expert teachers from across the country.

Brightstorm's network offers teens access to 5-hour interactive video courses, broken down into 10-20 minute lessons, in a variety of subjects, including math, writing, history and AP and SAT test prep -- with more subjects and teachers coming soon.
The courses are personalized to match high school students' interests and digital consumption habits. On Brightstorm, teens are able to work at their own pace, choose the right teacher for their learning style, participate in interactive discussion groups, and benefit from bonus materials such as interactive quizzes, 'challenges' and study guides.

About Brightstorm
Brightstorm is an online learning network for teens, teachers and parents. We founded the company with the belief that great learning starts with great teaching and wanted to give every student the opportunity to learn from the world's best teachers. We've assembled recognized teachers from around the country to develop video-based classes, offered in short, personalized formats that map to the way teens consume digital content.
Each of our courses cover the core topics commonly taught in high school subjects across the United States and are designed to help high school students in classes where they need additional help in order reach their full potential and do better in school. Our courses complement in-school learning - helping teens fill in gaps and cement their knowledge to improve grades.
For students, they're given the choice of teachers and the opportunity to learn from some of the best teachers. With an on-demand format, students can go at their own pace, choose their own order, and easily jump to any section in the video to parallel their own class to tailor to their own learning needs. Each course includes interactive quizzes, facts as well as bonus materials like practice problems and study guides that they use with the videos to gain a deeper understanding of the subject.
Brightstorm gives great classroom teachers a new channel that enables them to reach and inspire millions of teens with their unique personalities, expertise and lesson plans. The net result is a powerful network where teens learn more, expert teachers are able to reach more students, and parents can play a more active role in building their kids' confidence in school.

Source: MarketWatch

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Monday, October 27, 2008

LodeStar Integrates with eFolioWorld Portfolio by Dave Nagel

LodeStar Learning this week announced a new partnership with eFolioWorld
to integrate its electronic learning authoring suite, LodeStar, with the eFolioWorld electronic portfolio system.

eFolioWorld is a hosted portfolio system developed jointly by ed tech provider Avenet and the Minnesota State College and Universities System.

eFolioWorld is used by a number of higher education institutions and programs ad has been adopted most recently by
Minnesota College of Business, Passaic Community College, Hawkeye Community College, Kankakee Community College, Case Western Reserve University Master of Public Health Program, and Southern Arkansas University Tech.

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eFolioWorld Partners with LodeStar

About eFolioWorld
Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, eFolioWorld is operated by the Academic Innovations Unit of the Office of the Chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and University System (
Developed in 2001 as a joint venture between the Minnesota State College and Universities (MnSCU) and Avenet with an initial goal of developing an e-portfolio system for students, educators and workers within MnSCU and across the state, eFolioWorld recently expanded into the development of institutional portfolio work efforts. eFolioWorld is dedicated to creating multimedia electronic portfolio systems designed to enable:

  • Individuals to maintain and to publish a unique personalized portfolio creating a living showcase of their education, career, and personal achievements.
  • Institutions to maintain and to publish their systems portfolio documenting both institutional and program accreditation criteria.
About LodeStar Learning Corporation
Established as a Minnesota-based corporation in 2003, LodeStar Learning Inc. is the producer of the widely popular LodeStar authoring tool.

K-12 teachers and post-secondary instructors use LodeStar to create educational activities that students access from their school’s website or learning management system. LodeStar’s easy-to-use templates enable instructors to choose an instructional strategy and add their own text, graphics, audio, video, and animations. LodeStar supports the latest specifications for shareable content and intellectual property.
LodeStar Learning is excited about its partnership with eFolioWorld. Its authoring tool will make it easy for administrators, instructors and students to add multimedia-rich content to their electronic portfolios. At the institutional level, administrators and teachers will use LodeStar to tell their institutional or professional story through multimedia presentations, electronic timelines, illustrated podcasts, interactive campus tours, and branching interactions. At the classroom level, students will use LodeStar to create and publish multimedia presentations and to catalogue the artifacts of their academic experiences.

Source: T.H.E. Journal

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EDUCAUSE Review Latest Issue Online!

Just look at these articles in this EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 43, no. 6 (November/December 2008) below.

The articles in this issue of EDUCAUSE Review address the focus areas identified above. Kicking off the discussion are four op-ed pieces, one in each focus area.

Joel L. Hartman, Vice Provost for Information Technologies and Resources at the University of Central Florida and recipient of the 2008 EDUCAUSE Leadership Award, discusses the need for systemic transformation to improve teaching and learning with technology (“Teaching and Learning”).

Colin Currie, Director of Administrative Information Services at Princeton University, argues that the IT organization needs to take control of its own future “in the clouds” (“Managing the Enterprise”).

Christine L. Borgman, Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA and Chair of the National Science Foundation Task Force on Cyberlearning, explains why higher education needs to focus on the “scholarship” aspect of e-scholarship (“E-Research and E-Scholarship”).

H. David Lambert, Vice President and CIO at Georgetown University, explores the emerging centrality of the CIO position in higher education (“Evolving Role of IT and Leadership”).

Teaching and Learning
Moving Teaching and Learning with Technology from Adoption to Transformation
By Joel L. Hartman

Managing the Enterprise
Painting the Clouds
By Colin Currie

E-Research and E-Scholarship
Supporting the “Scholarship” in E-Scholarship
By Christine L.

Evolving Role of IT and Leadership
Managing Risk and Exploiting Opportunity
By H. David Lambert

Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre
By Bryan Alexander and Alan Levine

With digital networks and social media, stories today are open-ended, branching, hyperlinked, cross-media, participatory, exploratory, and unpredictable. Web 2.0 storytelling picks up these new types of stories and runs with them, accelerating the pace of creation and participation while revealing new directions for narratives to flow.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Virtual charter schools' success gets applause by Ron Barnett

From a laptop computer inside a walk-in closet at his home off North Pleasantburg Drive, Elvis Alivodaj is transmitting mathematical knowledge to middle school students across South Carolina.

This is one of the many unmarked outposts of the South Carolina Virtual Charter School, the largest of three online charter schools that went into operation in the state this fall.
The new schools, coupled with a statewide online program in the regular public schools, have put South Carolina in the forefront of a national explosion of Web-based education, according to a report released this week called
“Keeping Pace with k-12 Online Learning.”
“South Carolina went from zero to 60 in a really short amount of time,” said Mickey Revenaugh, one of the editors of the study and vice president of Connections Academy, one of the new virtual schools in the state.

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Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying and Doing

Empowering Online Learning is an essential resource for anyone designing or facilitating online learning.

This book goes through the Read, Reflect, Display, and Do model for online teaching and learning that Dr. Ke Zhang from Wayne State University and Dr. Curt Bonk from Indiana University designed.
There are 25 activities in the book for each phase. Some might see it as a learning style approach, but Ke and I view it as a problem solving model. A wheel. One goes through it in any order to learn. Some might prefer diferent parts of the wheel.

With a solid theoretical foundation and concrete guidance and examples, this book can be used as a handy reference, a professional guidebook, or a course text. This book is intended to help online instructors and instructional designers, as well as those contemplating such positions, to design, develop, and deliver learner-centered online instruction. With a useful model, more than 100 online activities, the latest information on emerging technologies, hundreds of quickly accessible Web resources, and relevance to all types and ages of learners - "Empowering Online Learning" is a book whose time has come.

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About the Authors

Curtis J. Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology and adjunct in Informatics at Indiana University. He also spent 15 years as a professor of educational psychology. Dr. Bonk has received the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana. He has over 200 publications and during the past three years he has presented nearly 300 talks related to online teaching and learning.

Ke Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at Wayne State University with a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Penn State University. She has years of success in designing, developing, and teaching online courses and programs, together with fruitful research on online learning.

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Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition (Beginning from Novice to Professional) by John K. VanDyk

Drupal is one of the most popular content management systems in use today.
Assuming you already know how to install and bring a standard installation online, John K. VanDyk and Matt Westgate gives you everything else you need to customize your Drupal installation however you see fit.

Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition delves deep into Drupal internals, showing you how to take full advantage of its powerful architecture.

Profits from the book go to this little guy's college fund. (And if you buy it through, the Drupal Association gets a percentage of each sale.)

Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition delves deep into Drupal internals, showing you how to take full advantage of its powerful architecture. Widely praised for its in depth coverage of Drupal internals, bestselling Pro Drupal Development has been completely updated for Drupal 6 in this latest edition, and there are even more tricks of the trade to help you further yourself as a professional Drupal developer.

What you’ll learn

  • Find out how to create your own modules, develop your own themes, and produce your own filters.
  • Learn the inner workings of each key part of Drupal, including user management, sessions, the node system, caching, and the various APIs available to you.
  • Discover how to optimize your Drupal installation to perform well under high–load situations.
  • Gain the knowledge needed to secure your Drupal installation and other best practice techniques.
  • Learn to integrate Ajax into and internationalize your Drupal web site.


Related links
Pro Drupal Development (Blog)
John's Blog
Matt's Blog
New Book: Drupal in Education and E-Learning

About the Authors

John VanDyk has been a Drupal developer since 2004. In 2005, he organized the first Drupal conference in Antwerp, Belgium, with Drupal founder Dries Buytaert. John has contributed several modules to Drupal--including the actions, workflow, publish, subscribe, and pubcookie modules--and has been instrumental in the design of Drupal's Content Construction Kit. John works for Lullabot. Formerly, he was an entomology professor and systems analyst at Iowa State University, where he taught undergraduate courses about insects. In his spare time, when not hacking on Drupal, John enjoys squash hunting and raising children.

Matt Westgate is a core developer of the Drupal project and original author of the e-commerce package for Drupal. Matt also wrote the path aliasing module, along with many contributed modules such as tinymce and img_assist. He currently co-operates Lullabot, a consulting/training firm focused on making open source software easy to use and understand.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

ascilite 2008 Melbourne

The ascilite 2008 conference speaks directly of the changing global educational technology landscape. The theme of the conference is 'Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology?'.

The ascilite 2008 conference is being hosted by the Institute of Teaching and Learning, Deakin University, Melbourne, November 30 - December 3, 2008.

Mark your calendar.
Don't Miss This Conference!

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Research Report on How to Give Learners Feedback by Dr. Will Thalheimer

Dr. Will Thalheimer helps to understand, at the deepest levels, how feedback can work to support learning.

A $495 Value. Available for free!!
Giving learners feedback is one of the most important things we do as learning professionals. Unfortunately, up to this point there has been no definitive research analysis, no clear recommendations for how to maximize learning outcomes with feedback.
And, there are far too many myths around how to give feedback, too many lost opportunities for learning.

About Will Thalheimer, PhD
Dr. Will Thalheimer is devoting his time to disseminating his research findings on learning-and-performance and applying what he's learned to help instructional designers, e-learning specialists, trainers, and performance consultants build more effective learning solutions.


Will has a unique combination of real-world experience and research savvy. He began working in the "training" field in 1985 and has since worked as an instructional designer, trainer, instructor, consultant, multimedia developer, and simulation architect. His clients have included Allen Interactions, Type A Learning Agency, Questionmark, Rockwell, PPG, Pfizer, ADP, Boeing, Raytheon, Nabisco, AMD, Kodak, IBM, AGFA, and the US Postal Service.
Will began his research efforts in 1990 at Columbia University's world-renowned Teachers College and has devoted the last eight years to understanding how research can improve the practice of learning and performance. Will has taught courses at Columbia, at Teachers College, at CUNY's Hunter College, and through the internet.


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Providing Learners with Feedback—Part 1 (PDF)
Providing Learners with Feedback—Part 2 (PDF)
Will at Work Learning (Blog)

Source: Work-Learning Research

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Friday, October 24, 2008

e-Learning Math!

Brain Power's math e-learning software allows teachers to create, share and edit calculation based e-learning modules in math. Brain Power Math is free for schools, colleges and universities worldwide.

Brain Power Math allows you to give your students additional support that helps them understand how to solve math problems.
It's an additional support to classroom activities and traditional class notes and textbooks. When your students attempt an assignment created by you they get instant feedback if they are correct or incorrect for each step of the calculation. This eliminates much of the frustration of attempting math assignments because the student can see exactly where they are making mistakes. By using Brain Power Math as part of your teaching you gain from the following.

  • Provide your students with additional interactive learning supports
  • Reinforce classroom learning
  • Helps improve mathematical performance of your students
  • Reduce student frustration when attempting a math assignment
  • Deliver 21st Century resources to your students
  • Easy "what you see is what you get" user interface
  • Share with other teachers in your school/school district or throughout the world
  • You have 100% control of the e-learning content provided to your students


Related link
Creating calculation based e-learning assignments (Blog)

Quick Start Guide
Opening an Assignment in Brain Power Math Student Tool
Enter a question in Brain Power Math e-learning authoring tool (YouTube)
Entering Directions and Solution Steps in Brain Power Math e-learning authoring tool (YouTube)

Source: Brain Power Ltd.

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E-Learning Lab - Denmark

E-Learning Lab is established by the project Virtual Learning Environments and Learning Methods, which is a project connected to The Digital North Denmark. The object of E-Learning Lab is to support development and use of e-learning regionally and internationally.

The 50 most recent publications from e-Learning Lab
See the publications

Source: e-Learning Lab

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Social Media Classroom launches

Welcome to the Social Media Classroom and Collaboratory. It’s all free, as in both “freedom of speech” and “almost totally free beer.” We invite you to build on what we’ve started to create more free value.

The Social Media Classroom (we’ll call it SMC) includes a free and open-source (Drupal-based) web service that provides teachers and learners with an integrated set of social media that each course can use for its own purposes—integrated forum, blog, comment, wiki, chat, social bookmarking, RSS, microblogging, widgets , and video commenting are the first set of tools. The Classroom also includes curricular material: syllabi, lesson plans, resource repositories, screencasts and videos. The Collaboratory (or Colab), is what we call just the web service part of it. Educators are encouraged to use the Colab and SMB materials freely, and we host your Colab communities if you don’t want to install your own.

About The Social Media Classroom
The Social Media Classroom project was initiated by Howard Rheingold as an application to the HASTAC awards and was funded by the HASTAC award, provided by the MacArthur Foundation. Most of the text on the site at launch was written by him.
Lead Drupal developer was
Sam Rose, with assistance from Michelle Cox, and advice from Bill Fitzgerald.
Website design and implementation by Emily Chang and Max Kiesler of
Brian Christiannsen provided user interface advice.
Screen graphics by
Shlomo Goltz.
Wiki resource assistant is
Lisa Rein.
Image research and help screens by
Michelle Wolverton.
Terms of service research by
Melanie McBride.
Thanks to
Socialtext for hosting the resource wiki at for the past two years.

Source: The Social Media Classroom

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Effective Practice with e-Portfolios publication

A guide on effective practice with e-portfolios has been published by JISC in the UK.

Effective Practice with e-Portfolios uses the outcomes of recent significant projects and examples from current practice to explore how e-portfolios can add value to personalised and reflective models of learning.
Drawing on the work of key national agencies and organisations and on excellent practice and recent initiatives by institutions and professional bodies, the guide illustrates a wide variety of e-portfolio use across further, higher and continuing education.
The audiences of Effective Practice with e-Portfolios will be those who use or support others’ use of e-portfolios: learners, practitioners and managers in further and higher education; professional bodies; and those involved in initial teacher training and in the management and implementation of PDP.

About JISC
JISC's activities support education and research by promoting innovation in new technologies and by the central support of ICT services. JISC provides:

  • A world-class network - JANET
  • Access to electronic resources
  • New environments for learning, teaching and research
  • Guidance on institutional change
  • Advisory and consultancy services
  • Regional support for FE colleges - RSCs
Related link
Download the guide PDF

Source: JISC

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100 Best MBA Admission Tips All in One List by Laura Milligan

Kelly Sonora has been in touch to reminds us about the following article below.

If you’re in the midst of your MBA application, you’re probably swamped by rankings, school comparisons, essay writing, letters of recommendation, and even more headaches.

Source: Business Schools Directory

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The University of Copenhagen leaps 45 places in the 2008 Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings

With more than 37,000 students and 7,000 staff, the University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark.

On 1 January 2007, the University merged with The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University and The Danish University of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The two universities are now faculties at the University of Copenhagen.
The THES/QS ranking of 2008 places University of Copenhagen as number 48 in the world.

Aarhus Universitet or the University of Aarhus is the second largest University in Denmark
Ranking number 81 in the 2008 THE-QS World University Rankings.

The top US and UK universities continue to dominate - Harvard University remains number one, with Yale moving ahead of Cambridge into the second spot. Oxford drops to fourth, while Princeton drops out of the top ten, replaced by the only new entrant, Columbia.

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Taking Facebook Back to Campus by Andy Guess

Here's what's new on Inside Higher Ed today.

As colleges try to adapt their more traditional outreach methods to the successive waves of students who live much of their lives online, it’s inevitable that some will start to ask whether they can marshal the ubiquity of social networking to attract applicants, connect to enrolled students and, once they graduate, keep track of them as alumni.

Companies are already offering up tools that connect key components of the student experience to their favored online playground, Facebook. While the social network originally focused on college students, complete with course listings, those functions have since been shed and third-party developers have picked up the slack.

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EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference

Mark your calendar for the premier information technology event in higher education—EDUCAUSE 2008, October 28–31 in Orlando, Florida.

EDUCAUSE 2008 includes many types and sizes of sessions and activities, including several exciting new additions such as Lightning Rounds, Point/Counterpoint discussions, and Innovation Showcases. All provide excellent opportunities to learn from and network with colleagues and experts in our community.

Don't Miss This Conference!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

eSchool Top News and Site of the Week Online

Here's what's new on eSchool News site today.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills broadens its reach through a new Professional Development Affiliate Program
By Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor

Many educators agree that teaching 21st-century skills is critical for students' success in today's global, information-based economy, but not every educator knows how to integrate these skills successfully into the curriculum. Online tools and frameworks might help, but what's really needed to make this change is hands-on training and professional development.
Now, a new network of professional development experts aims to help fill this need.

Related link
Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Handwriting gets lost in computer-dominated world

Computers might be the tool of the future, but penmanship is still an important skill, reports the News-Journal of northern Ohio. Because the Ohio Department of Education does not have any requirements regarding penmanship, how much teachers and students focus on it is left up to individual school districts.
A recent national study conducted through Vanderbilt University found that the number of students categorized by surveyed teachers as having a hard time learning to write increased from 12 percent to 23 percent. In another survey through the same university, 90 percent of teachers said they don't feel comfortable teaching handwriting.

Site of the Week

InfoSource offers free tech-literacy assessment

InfoSource Learning recently launched a free, online technology literacy assessment that tests K-12 students to determine their technological proficiency. The assessment is available free of charge to all school districts, state education departments, and educational organizations. "It is extremely important for all schools to measure and improve their students' use of technology," said Michael Werner, chief executive officer of InfoSource Learning, in a press release.

Don't miss it!
eSchool News

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Oxford economics lecture at top of iTunes chart

The University of Oxford has released statistics relating to its iTunes U content.
Oxford University are top of the academic podcasts on the iTunes Store.

Professor Stiglitz was invited by the James Martin 21st Century School to give his talk as the May Day Public Lecture.

Oxford lecture tops iTunes chart
By Sean Coughlan
BBC News education reporter

Earlier this month Oxford and Cambridge began to distribute lectures to students and the public through the iTunes downloading service.
A talk by the Nobel Prize winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, is the current chart topper in the "iTunes U" service for university lectures.
Oxford University has nine entries in this international academic top 30.
The talk by Joseph Stiglitz, former vice president of the World Bank, is top of the university podcasts on iTunes, giving an insight into what non-music downloads are appearing in students' music players.
In its first week, the Oxford iTunes service had 60,000 downloads.

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Listen now iTunes U
Oxford University

Source: BBC News

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Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education-TOJDE, Volume 9, Number 4, October 2008

TOJDE is appeared on your screen now as Volume 9, Number: 4.
This is the fourth and the last issue of the year 2008.
Don't miss these articles.

In this issue it is published two notes for Editor, 13 articles, 2 reviews. And this time, 23 authors from seven different countries are placed. These published articles are from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, USA and Turkey.


Happy reading to all of you.
Source: Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education

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New Conference Reveals How to Tell Stories in Social Media Networks Like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and Beyond.

PR and marketing professionals who want to learn inside tips and techniques for using various online social networking tools, channels and sites for PR purposes will discover practical strategies at a new audio conference from Bulldog Reporter's PR University: "Using Social Networks for PR: How to Tell Your Story in Online Communities Like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and Beyond."

Attendees will come away with practical ideas on what generates buzz online -- and how to use that knowledge to create powerful social media campaigns.
This exclusive, dial in PR University audio conference takes place on Thursday, October 30th, at 1PM EDT (noon, CDT, 11AM MDT; 10AM PDT).

What you will learn:

  • New Opportunities: Why you should not go one more day without becoming an expert in online social networks
  • Trends and Techniques: How online social networks are redefining what’s possible in driving conversations and engaging communities online and off
  • How to Talk to Your Boss’s Boss: What the C-suite absolutely must know about Web 2.0 and online social networks—and how to explain it to them
  • Essential Online Social Networks: A breakdown of the top online social networks (from MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn to new players here and abroad like Bebo), how they differ, their key functions and features, their various demographics and communities . . . and how they can be used for communications purposes
  • Integrating Online Social Networking into Programs: How to work with other disciplines (advertising, marketing, sales) and client partners to develop a truly powerful and far-reaching Web 2.0 communications plan
  • Secrets of Stellar Online Social Network Campaigns: What generates buzz online—and how to use that knowledge to create campaigns that drive communities and outcomes online
  • Case Studies: How leading companies are using online social networks like MySpace and Facebook right now to generate outstanding PR results . . . and how you can do the same
  • Best Practices: Ideas to steal and secrets of successful social media campaigns
  • What’s Next: How other social media tools (think Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Digg,, etc.) can supplement online social network programs
  • Pitfalls to Avoid: Common mistakes made when issuing online social networks, and how to sidestep them
  • Measurement Tips: How to track and demonstrate your online social networking program’s value

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KCC's Lifelong Learning offers course about teaching children with autism.

Kellogg Community College's Lifelong Learning department has partnered with ed2go to offer hundreds of online, instructor-facilitated courses and is pleased to announce the launch of "Teaching Students With Autism: Strategies for Success."

This course provides teachers with effective strategies for teaching students with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome. The course helps students discover the neurobiology behind the disorders and the way it affects students' behavior, learning, and thinking. During the six week course, students will learn creative, easy, low-budget strategies to help children with autism and Asperger's Syndrome succeed. Veteran educator Ellen Arnold will help the class develop the skills to counter social awkwardness, sensory sensitivities, meltdowns, problems with homework completion, language reciprocity issues, and violent fixations. The strategies taught are also helpful for any student who exhibits the above characteristics on a regular basis.

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