Source: eSchool News
Friday, October 31, 2008
Source: eSchool News
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.
Source: The Murray State News
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 31.10.08
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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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Here’s the latest Technology & Learning's eBooks below.
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:
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.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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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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
Teens Learn From Expert Teachers Through Video-Based Courses Designed to Fill in Knowledge Gaps, Improve Grades and Better Prepare for College
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.
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.
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.
Monday, October 27, 2008
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.
eFolioWorld Partners with LodeStar
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 (MnSCU).
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.
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
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 27.10.08
By Joel L. Hartman
Managing the Enterprise
By Colin Currie
By Christine L.
Evolving Role of IT and Leadership
By H. David Lambert
By Bryan Alexander and Alan Levine
Source: EDUCAUSE Review
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 27.10.08
Sunday, October 26, 2008
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.
Source: The Greenville News
About the Authors
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.
About the Authors
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.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
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.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 25.10.08
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.
Providing Learners with Feedback—Part 1 (PDF)
Providing Learners with Feedback—Part 2 (PDF)
Will at Work Learning (Blog)
Source: Work-Learning Research
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 25.10.08
Friday, October 24, 2008
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
Creating calculation based e-learning assignments (Blog)
Quick Start Guide
Opening an Assignment in Brain Power Math Student Tool (YouTube)
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.
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
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 Ideacodes.
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 https://www.socialtext.net/medialiteracy for the past two years.
Source: The Social Media Classroom
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.
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
Download the guide PDF
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: BSchool.com Business Schools Directory
The University of Copenhagen leaps 45 places in the 2008 Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings
Source: CHECKpoint eLearning
Source: Inside Higher Ed
Don't Miss This Conference!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Here's what's new on eSchool News site today.
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.
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!
Source: eSchool News
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 22.10.08
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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.
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.
Listen now iTunes U
Source: BBC News
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
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, del.icio.us, 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
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.
Source: Battle Creek Enquirer