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Friday, March 19, 2010

Tech & Learning eNews - March 18, 2010

Take a closer look at this Top Stories - 03.18.10

New survey reveals IT professionals' views of Win 7
The Million Voice Project asks kids what they think about school
Top site: Tales of the Eiffel Tower
Students, educators not on the same digital page, survey says
Can we move beyond integrating technology as a tool?
Making 3D easy for your students

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

eLearning Papers n° 18 (2010)

Please have a look at this issue of eLearning Papers.

New Learning for a New Society
When Manuel Castells wrote his book on the Internet Galaxy in 2001 we could already see that knowledge and learning would become a major asset of future societies and economies, and that disruptive digital technologies were going to enable this societal transformation. But we did not have a clear view by then on how technologies would revolutionize the way we process information, share knowledge and learn. We still considered learning as a mental process of the individual trying to internalize information. Now, in 2010, we can see that learning is enhanced by technology as it evolves into a shared process of communities trying to externalize information and co-create new knowledge, which is quite the opposite of the pre-digital era.

Challenges for Open and Distance Learning in the Post-2010 Decade: Scenarios for Institutional Innovation

ConnectLearning – an answer for the new challenges?

Vision for learning in Europe in 2025

From analog to digital: new ways of teaching and learning. A quick view of ICT in Spanish schools

The impact of Web 2.0 in the informal learning of the Portuguese SME

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Study Shows Limitations for Technology-based Learning

Don't miss this online survey measuring the use and impact of technology-based learning programs by global talent development firm Novations Group, Inc.
The online survey found that organizations have shifted their expectations of results from technology-based learning programs versus traditional learning programs.

Participants also identified that technology-based platforms are best suited for programs that transfer knowledge versus behavior-changing programs.
Over 230 organizations provided insights into how they utilize technology-based learning programs such as asynchronous online learning and virtual instructor-led programs.
93% of participants indicated that these platforms are only effective for certain types of content, mostly knowledge-based programs such as technical skills and compliance training, and were not effective for behavioral-changing programs such as management and leadership development.

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The complete findings are available at:

About the Pulse Survey
To help clients stay abreast of shifting market trends, Novations conducts quarterly Pulse Surveys on relevant and timely topics affecting talent development professionals. The surveys are held online and open to members of the Novations community.

About Novations Group, Inc.
Novations is a talent development firm that provides consulting, training, and measurement solutions to create leadership and high performance at every level. For more than 30 years we have partnered with organizations of all sizes to unlock the potential of their employees, with talent development strategies that establish a mindset for success, a framework for development, and a process for testing the effectiveness of their efforts.
For more information, visit

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

E-learning's potential is hampered by misuse, critics say

The world of 'e-learning' is growing more pervasive every day. But critics are asking whether the medium is being used to its best advantage - and some warn of a growing digital divide.

Learning vocabulary by cell phone? Teaching a classroom of kids on the Internet? Exams via videoconference? All these methods are already in practice, part of the growing field of e-learning.
Increasingly, schools and colleges are experimenting with ways to use modern technology to improve virtual education. Some students are meeting their teachers in chat rooms instead of classrooms. Others get vocabulary lists sent automatically to their cell phones once a week. And archaeology students at Britain's University of Leicester are studying antiquity by using a virtual-world game - Second Life - to reconstruct ancient societies.


Source: Deutsche Welle

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SMART Exchange Content Challenge

Do you have a great SMART Notebook™ lesson activity?

Now you can share it on the SMART Exchange online community for a chance to win a variety of SMART products, including a SMART Interactive Classroom PE, valued at US$7,700.

Submit your SMART Notebook lesson activities before May 31, 2010 to be eligible to win.

Visit the contest page

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10 Things to Consider Before Your E-Learning Course Goes Live

Be sure to check out these 10 Things to Consider Before Your E-Learning Course Goes Live by Tom Kuhlmann.

In this post, Tom explore some ideas around the review process and getting your course ready to go. Keep in mind that we’re at the end of the production process. Ideally, somewhere at the beginning of your project you created a prototype course. This is where you present the general flow and content of the course, and your client affirms that it’s all good. It’s also when you want to invite some learners to review it as well.

You’ll always have to make some adjustments, but during the final review, there really shouldn’t be any major surprises. It’s more about a final quality review check, making sure the course is tight, and that everything is going to be ready for the live implementation and launch.

A good practice is to quickly mock up the course in PowerPoint and then test out your ideas, navigation, and flow of content. If there are any major issues, they’ll surface there. That will save you a lot of time down the road.

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BigGyan Cloud eLearning - Top 10 research papers on increasing effectiveness of eLearning

Don't miss this interesting list of the top ten research papers that relate to increasing effectiveness of eLearning.

I hope that you found these papers interesting and helpful from BigGyan Cloud eLearning.

1. Delivering on the Promise of eLearningeLearning is re-emerging as a solution for delivering online, hybrid, and synchronous learning regardless of physical location, time of day

2. Asynchronous & Synchronous E-learningToday’s workforce is expected to be highly educated and to continually improve skills and acquire new ones by engaging in lifelong learning

3. Information Presentation for Effective E-LearningIn moving information onto a computer, people generally assume that the format and presentation have little effect on the information

4. Game designs that Enhance Motivation and Learning for TeenagersEducational computer games, also known as e-learning games, are slowly becoming a part of the curriculum in secondary education

5. Optimizing E-Learning: research-based guidelines for learner-controlled trainingIn this rapidly changing work world, organizations are investing more money in training than ever before (Bassi & Van Buren, 1999)

6. We Learn Better Together: Enhancing eLearning with Emotional CharactersIn this paper we explore a new direction for pedagogical computer characters, which we believe will maximize student’s learning gains and

7. New Global Initiative in E-Learning from MITThe Learning International Network Consortium (LINC) is a MIT-managed project starting its activities in the year 2003

8. E-Learning in the USA: The Storm after the StormDuring the past five years college level e-learning has become an established feature on the US higher education landscape

9. The Regulation of E-learningThe universe of post secondary education is expanding. It is an era of rapid demographic and labor market changes, increased competition

10. E-Learning Business Models - Framework and Best Practice ExamplesAccording to several forecasts given by Gartner Group or International Data Corporation for example, E-Learning as a new buzzword for web

About BigGyan
BigGyan, product from iSilkRoute Software Technologies is the first cloud eLearning platform in the world. BigGyan enables education institutes and enterprises to provide eLearning to their students and employees.
Some of the features of this platform include multimedia course content, forums, video conference, mobile learning, online Gradebook, attendance, parent portal.
What sets BigGyan apart from other eLearning providers is that it is a complete eLearning solution. It has revolutionized eLearning by making eLearning as easy as eMail. Finally, eLearning can realize its true potential as John Chambers, CEO, Cisco Systems - "The next big killer application on the internet is going to be education. Education over the internet is going to be so big it is going to make e-mail usage look like a rounding error."
As per the brand promise "Rebooting education", BigGyan aims to significantly change the way education is delivered.

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The Future of E-Learning Is More Growth by David Nagel

According to a new report by Ambient Insight called, "The Worldwide Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and Services: 2009-2014 Forecast and Analysis " showing that electronic learning, by dollar volume, reached $27.1 billion in 2009 and predicting this figure will nearly double that by 2014, with academic institutions leading the way.

The report said, "The largest expenditures for packaged content in 2009 were made by the PreK-12 and higher education buyers, which accounted for 43 percent of all North American purchases. These institutions combined outspend the corporations. The higher education segment will be the largest buyer by the end of the forecast period driven by the robust expansion of online programs in both non-profit and for-profit institutions. The for-profit institutions are experiencing an explosion in demand and they are outspending their non-profit counterparts."

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Training & Staff Development for 21st Century Teaching at Lincoln Public Schools (Just Enough, Just in Time, Just for Me)

Don't miss this upcoming training opportunity from Tech & Learning and Atomic Learning.

This webinar entitled Training & Staff Development for 21st Century Teaching at Lincoln Public Schools (Just Enough, Just in Time, Just for Me).

It takes place Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST.

In order for students to have 21st century skills to succeed and compete in today's global workplace, districts first need to develop those skills in their teachers. How do you build a professional development program that creates a solid understanding of the skills and develop the ability to integrate them into the classroom?
Join us as a panel from Lincoln Public Schools shares best practices and collaboration between departments to create a successful training and staff development program to help their teachers – and students – succeed with 21st century learning.
Click here to register for this FREE event

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New eBook: 21st Century Learning

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

This eBook will explore why 21st century learning matters and which technologies are best suited to move students and schools into the 21st century.

21st Century Learning
The world has seen significant change in the last few decades, and students will require new skills. 21st century learning and the tools that make it possible allow students to get the most out of their time in school and help students get prepared for the world they'll encounter once they leave school. What this means is that schools must provide the knowledge, skills and expertise students need to succeed in work and life in the 21st century – and the tools to build those competencies.

What's Inside the eBook:

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

eBook: eLearning Practices

If you take a closer look you will actually see how the eBook will examine the emergence and growth of e-learning. The use of the ‘e’ prefix indicates the application of information and communication technology (ICT) in government, finance, and all forms of socio-economic and community development.

Many of the institutions in the countries to be reviewed also make extensive use of traditional teaching and methods and media, so this eBook will not only consider e-learning and mobile or m-learning in isolation but in blended or mixed-mode learning, both in classroom environments and in distance education. It will examine and discuss at:

  • How and why ICT is working its way into learning in the various
    countries, its potential, and how its integration and broader use may
    be promoted.
  • The constraints on e-learning development.
  • The benefits and cost benefits of e-learning.
  • Internet penetration and usage rates.
  • Government initiatives to promote ICT literacy and the use of elearning
    in education and training.
  • The extent and nature of e-learning and blended learning provision.
  • The cultural and pedagogical implications of e-learning.
  • The policy-making and organizational dimensions of e-learning.
This eBook is designed and presented in two volumes. The fist volume consists of the country cases of Algeria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Jordan, Hungary, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, and Morocco.

The second volume gives a place to the country cases of Norway, Oman, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan. So, the eBook consists of more than 70 authors from 39 different countries and from 42 universities and 14 institutions with company for all 42 chapters.

Related links
Volume I (pdf)
Volume II (pdf)

Source: MidaseBook

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Teachers will not podcast their lectures in Denmark

Danske studerende ville blive klogere, hvis underviserne podcastede deres forelæsninger. Men underviserne er bange for at lave fejl.
Podcasting af forelæsninger kan optimere de studerendes forståelse af faget og give højere karakterer til eksamen. Det viser en undersøgelse fra det amerikanske universitet State University of New York.

I Danmark er underviserne utrygge ved at lægge deres forlæsninger på nettet. En undersøgelse fra Aarhus Universitet viser, at mens tre ud af fire studerende mener, at podcasting af forelæsningerne er en god íde, så er der kun en ud af fire universitetsundervisere, der er positive.
Det viser en rundspørge blandt 415 undervisere og 210 studerende på Aarhus Universitet

"Der har været stor modstand blandt underviserne, fordi de har været bange for, om de sagde noget forkert eller gav et skidt eksempel," siger lektor Pernille Rattleff, der forsker i IT og læring på Danmarks Pædagogiske Universitet.
På Danmarks Pædagogiske Universitet har man forsøgt at imødekomme undervisernes usikkerhed med de såkaldte webcasts, der kun er internt tilgængelige for de studerende.

"Man kan dele forelæsningen op sådan, at man ikke optager eksempler eller resultater, der stadig ikke er offentliggjorte," siger Pernille Rattleff.
Læs mere...

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Podcast-konflikt spøger på universiteterne
'iTunes university' better than the real thing

iTunes University and the classroom: Can podcasts replace Professors?
By Dani McKinney *, Jennifer L. Dyck, Elise S. Luber

iTunes University, a website with downloadable educational podcasts, can provide students the opportunity to obtain professors’ lectures when students are unable to attend class. To determine the effectiveness of audio lectures in higher education, undergraduate general psychology students participated in one of two conditions. In the lecture condition, participants listened to a 25-min lecture given in person by a professor using PowerPoint slides. Copies of the slides were given to aid note-taking. In the podcast condition, participants received a podcast of the same lecture along with the PowerPoint handouts. Participants in both conditions were instructed to keep a running log of study time and activities used in preparing for an exam. One week from the initial session students returned to take an exam on lecture content. Results indicated that students in the podcast condition who took notes while listening to the
podcast scored significantly higher than the lecture condition. The impact of mobile learning on classroom performance is discussed.



  • Podcast: Lyd- eller videooptagelse, der kan downloades i programmer som iTunes og senere overføres til iPod.
  • Webcast: Lyd- eller videooptagelse, der kun kan afspilles eller streames på computeren. Kan bruges på et uddannelsessteds intranet, og lægges dermed ikke ud på internettet.
Kilde: Karin Høgh, PodConsult

Source: DPU i medierne og URBAN

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Cobent’s Modular Learning Management System

LMS Select is a modular learning management system designed to help organisations rapidly meet their training requirements.

LMS Select is Cobent’s modular learning management system that enables organisations to rapidly implement a training system specific to their learning requirements. Built on the proven technology of Cobent’s signature product ‘Learning Compliance Suite’ (LCS), LMS Select is perfect for organisations with straightforward or discrete training projects, that don’t need a full enterprise system.

How it works
LMS Select works on a 3 tier model and consists of Standard, Training Delivery and Optional levels. Using Cobent’s easy-to-use web-based ‘Selector’ tool, you can select the features needed to manage your specific type of training. Details are submitted online and a member from the Cobent team will contact you to discuss requirements further. With this model you can expect a rapid turnaround from decision to system ‘go-live’.

Cobent LMS Select, Screenshot Demonstration

From automated notification of attendance, instructor allocation, sign-off, to managing equipment and venue hire, the Classroom module allows you to manage all aspects of classroom training.


About Cobent
Cobent’s Learning Management Systems, compliance and training records software solutions assist organisations throughout the UK, Europe and US in meeting enterprise learning and regulatory compliance needs; including DSG International, Barclays, CIPFA, Aviva, and AAH Pharmaceuticals.

Cobent's 'Learning Compliance Suite' (LCS) is a fully compliant, web-based application that streamlines and automates e-learning, classroom and on-the-job training programs. Cobent's systems are highly configurable to meet the most demanding business requirements and robust enough to deliver exceptional performance, security and reliability.

Visit for more information and to try the LMS Selector tool!

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The e-learning Newsletter brings you news about current issues, open calls, forthcoming events and e-learning resources.
Take a look at this interesting line-up below.

The SAEL project facilitates the implementation of language policy recommendations aimed at improving the quality of language teaching in Europe, seeking to achieve its goal by promoting the creation of online support websites for educators. The “SAEL Guide”, one of the final outcomes of the project, contains practical suggestions for creating and updating websites designed to support the work of language teachers.

Online school partnerships celebrate their fifth anniversary. Through eTwinning, over 85 000 teachers from across Europe work together in international school activities involving more than 50 000 schools in 32 European countries. In the five years of its existence, eTwinning has grown from being a partner-finding tool for teachers to become a rich, Europe-wide community of teaching and learning.

Selected articles
Learning in Informal Online Networks and Communities
Authors: Kirsti Ala-Mutka

In 2008, as part of its policy support for DG Education and Culture, IPTS launched a study to explore the innovative social and pedagogical approaches to learning that are emerging in new ICT-enabled collaborative settings. This is the final report on the project. Lifelong learning plays a crucial role in society today as jobs, and the skills they require, are changing. Recent technological and social developments in online settings have the potential to support lifelong learning in new ways. Online collaborative spaces can support both intentional and non-intentional learning in new ways through various forms of participation. These online platforms, networks and communities support learning all the key competences for lifelong learning, including new transversal skills and personal growth in a social context. However, ensuring digital fluency and self-regulated learning skills for all becomes a crucial challenge and enabler for lifelong learning. Furthermore, individuals need to be prepared for and interested in learning. Communities can encourage their members to participate and learn with a sociable, openly-managed and developing culture. The report argues that online networks and communities can contribute to all the major European Education and Training policy objectives, i.e. modernising educational institutions to support the lifelong learning continuum with new opportunities for equity, quality and efficiency, and learning key competences and transversal skills. However, a new learner-centred approach for lifelong learning by learners, education providers and employers is needed. All education stakeholders should engage in developing lifelong learning opportunities through collaboration and new partnerships.

Handbook of QMPP - Quality Management of Peer Production of eLearning

The QMPP Handbook is authored as a practical guide on quality management of peer production in eLearning, and it links the theoretical concepts and latest research outcomes with practical decisions...

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EDUCAUSE Quarterly Table of Contents---Spring 2010 Released

Please take a moment to review this pertinent issue of EQ, Volume 33, Number 1, 2010.

"When theorizing about — and anticipating — the future of higher education, what matters most? People, technology, finances, new approaches to pedagogy?
As the authors in this special issue of EQ have concluded, just about everything matters, although to differing degrees. They share their hopes for and worries about higher education moving deeper into the 21st century in a collection of thoughtful essays and practical articles. The authors featured in this issue initiated and lead projects that provide exciting new models for higher education, whether attempting to solve troublesome existing problems or offering innovative new visions of education, research, collaboration, and openness."

"In addition, this issue of EQ aligns with the first two 2010 issues of EDUCAUSE Review, whose authors provide a strategic view of the future of higher education, starting with innovation in the 21st-century university." writes Nancy Hays.

Insights & Opinions

Is Higher Education Evolving?
By Paul Kim

Educating the Many
By Shai Reshef

Think "Exciting": E-Learning and the Big "E"
By Bernard Luskin

Collaboration in Higher Education and Its Benefits for ICT
By Malcolm Read

Uncommon Places for Research
By Janet Salmons

The Role of Disruptive Technology in the Future of Higher Education
By Katrina A. Meyer

Preparing for the Future with Disruption-Resistant Online Programs
By Ellen R. Cohn

Information Literacy: A Neglected Core Competency
By Sharon A. Weiner

Intelligent Tutoring and Mentoring for Effective Learning
By Carol Luckhardt Redfield and Gisele Larose

Meeting a New Credit Card Security Standard
By Dan Toughey

Future of Higher Education Lev Gonick
Student Engagement Linda Deneen
Cloud Computing Shelton Waggener
Career Counselor

Source: EDUCAUSE Quarterly

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Tech & Learning eNews - March 4, 2010

Take a closer look at this Top Stories - 03.04.10

More on the case for social networking in schools
Boost your blog with widgits
Educators share concerns with lawmakers
Watch top EdTech Leader Nicholas Negroponte discuss his one laptop vision
Where do federal stimulus dollars go?
Top site: virtual heart transplant

Source: Tech & Learning

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Blended Learning Case Studies, Current Trends, & More

When training departments mention the term “blended learning,” they’re likely to see some eye rolls from other co-workers and management. The term blended learning has been around since the early 2000s, so many wonder why bother now. However, blended learning is continuing to mature and become more innovative, making it an attractive option right now in the workplace.

"Blended Learning 2010: Trends and Descriptions of Real-World Initiatives", written by analyst and popular e-learning blogger Janet Clarey, overviews recent trends in blended learning, highlighting the benefits and challenges of undertaking this type of training initiative.
This report--newly updated and for members only--touches on the models, methods, and theories used when designing blended learning. It includes recent case studies from our Excellence in Learning Awards program and recommendations for further reading.

Is blended learning simply integrating face-to-face learning with online methods?
Does it combine media and tools, or does it combine pedagogical approaches?
How important is the technology being used in blended learning?

After successfully defining a term no two experts seem to agree on, Janet’s report than explores research conducted in the area of blended learning – specifically studies addressing its benefits over other forms of learning. Beyond the research studies, the report also discusses why actual corporations choose to use blended learning and what they perceive as the benefits. Some reasons to use blended learning include the following:

  • To reduce costs
  • To increase reach and volume
  • To keep pace with rapid changes in training curriculum and technology

Once an organization decides to use blended learning for its training program, designing such a program presents challenges. Some challenges organizations need to overcome when designing blended learning include the following:

  • Learning new technology
  • Expecting learners to adapt to blended learning
  • Finding sufficient resources
  • Obtaining support from management

Finally, “Blended Learning 2010: Trends and Descriptions of Real-World Initiatives” closes by summarizing blended learning case studies from the 2009 Brandon Hall Research Excellence in Learning Awards and listing two full pages of blended learning references for further reading.

Published March 2010 • 68 pages

Source: Brandon Hall Research

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Upcoming Webinar - Web 2.0 Classrooms: Transforming the Culture

Join this visionary Webinar featuring ed-tech thought leader Alan November to find out how you can leverage your investment in technology to transform the culture of teaching and learning in your district. You will learn how to realign goals and create a vision that can outlast any change in the technology--for a collaborative, empowering, and global classroom environment.

Monday, March 22, 2010 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST

You will also learn how Steven Halper, technology coordinator/chair for Rye Neck Union Free School District, is safely using Web 2.0 tools in his district to enhance teaching and learning environments and motivate students. He will describe the needs his district and challenges his district faced in terms of Web 2.0 adoption--and will share how he has met with innovative solutions.

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WITHOUT A WIRE: How to make a wireless network work in your school

Nobody said installing a wireless network was easy, but solid planning can ease the process significantly. With a bit of insight and some proper planning, you can install a wireless network that's successful, stable, and secure. But how?

This special supplement will guide you step-by-step and offer examples from schools and districts just like yours.
Brought to you Tech & Learning's award-winning editorial team, and sponsored by Aerohive, Meru Networks, and Vertex Standard, this free supplement brings you tips on building a solid foundation for wireless networks, application, wireless frequency, and safety.

Click here to access this supplement for free.

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