Friday, December 31, 2010
Indian computer manufacturer iBerry is about to launch a new laptop computer specifically aimed at schoolchildren and students.
The eBerry EdBook contains educational tools and e-learning programmes and even offers an online tutor. But its retail price of approximately € 617 means millions of poor Indian schoolchildren will have no access to the new technology.
Indian computer manufacturer iBerry is about to launch a new laptop computer specifically aimed at schoolchildren and students. The eBerry EdBook contains educational tools and e-learning programmes and even offers an online tutor. But its retail price of approximately € 617 means millions of poor Indian schoolchildren will have no access to the new technology.
iBerry says creating a “virtual classroom” will make knowledge more accessible to students. “It is more fun to learn something from a laptop than from old fashioned books”, a spokesperson for iBerry told RNW. “It can make learning rich, interesting and vibrant. Students can throw their old school books and bag away”.
The concept of an online tutor is, according to iBerry, its strongest point. Students can learn while their online tutor gives them instructions or keeps an online eye on their work. The laptop also prevents its users from straying away on the internet while studying – users can only access special e-learning tools and programs, while general internet content will not be available without entering a password. These passwords will only be given to teachers and parents.
Click here for a demo of the eBerry edBook.
Source: Radio Netherlands Worldwide
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 31.12.10
Call for papers on Open Education: Changing Educational Practices. The purpose of the 23rd issue of eLearning Papers on Open Education is to further our understanding of the way in which open access and open educational resources affect educational practices in organisations and for learners and other stakeholders, both today and in the future. Guest editor: Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, University Duisburg-Essen. Deadline: 22 January 2011.
ELEARNING PAPERS SPECIAL EDITION 2010.
Breaking down the silos,Transforming education through innovation and technology. For this special issue, eLearning Papers focuses on innovation, networks and collaboration. We understand technology as a means to share, build, inspire and transform learning practices in our knowledge society through continuous innovation.
DOSSIER: ELEARNING PROGRAMME 2000-2006: THE LEGACY.
The eLearning Programme was set up for the effective integration of ICT in education and training systems in Europe, contributing to the quality of education and training and to Europe’s move towards a knowledge-based society. The dossier highlights several of its positive achievements, featuring project descriptions, interviews, documents, etc.
PROJECT OF THE MONTH.
e-KNOWNET aims to develop an innovative and viable mechanism enabled by information and communication technologies (ICT), able to facilitate the flow of new scientific knowledge from the research laboratory to larger, non-expert segments of society, in forms suitable for non-formal learning.
LEARNTEC 2011 - International Trade Fair and Convention for Vocational Education, Learning and IT. 1-3 February 2011 (Karlsruhe, Germany).
The LEARNTEC convention is the only one in Germany that offers a look at the future of the e-learning and education industries, presents successful education projects from the world of business and links these to the products and services offered by exhibitors at the trade fair.
THE WORLD OF LEARNING CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION 2011. 27-28 September 2011 (Birmingham, UK).
The World of Learning Conference and Exhibition is the essential event for all senior learning decision-makers and buyers. Now is the time to ensure you are using the most cost-effective methods and solutions to deliver more successful learning results.
Transnational Report on the "Use of Media Education"
The transnational report is the summary of the previous report: need analysis, use of media in education and focus group, in the all European countries involved in On air project. This report is the...
Study of UK Online Learning
This is a report funded by the Higher Education Funding Council of England and Wales. It is one of the first attempts to measure the extent of online learning in the higher education system of...
L2L handbook for facilitators
a UNIQUE compilation of innovated and tested approaches, tips and methods to foster Learning to Learn competence....
Creative and Innovative Good practices in Compulsory education in Europe
This report presents 10 Good Practices of creative and innovative teaching and learning from European compulsory education. Each good practice embodies a particular aspect of creative learning and...
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 31.12.10
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Please have a look at this issue of eLearning Papers.
Training and Work
Dietmar Albrecht and Tapio Koskinen writes, "According to some estimates, more than 80% of all learning occurs on the job rather than in tertiary and post-tertiary education. In order to stay relevant and contribute to the human capital of future workers, learning will need to be tightly incorporated in work processes and become an integral part of workers’ and managers’ everyday activities. The same applies to (on-the-job) teaching and instructing, which is increasingly becoming an integral part of subject matter experts’ job descriptions in many companies. As a consequence, knowledge workers are not only on the demand side of on-the-job learning scenarios. They participate in the development of content and often in its delivery as well. This brings new challenges to the integration of learning and work."
Promoting the learning mobility of future workers: experiments with virtual placements in university-business arrangements
By Cornelis Adrianus (Kees-Jan) van Dorp, Alfonso Herrero de Egaña Espinosa de los Monteros , Sirje Virkus, Angelique Lansu, Maria Kocsis Baán.
Supportive systems for continuous and online professional development
By Nils Ove Lennart Jobring, Ingemar Svensson.
The pros and cons of e-portfolios in pre-service teacher training
By Sirin Soyoz.
How to promote social media uptake in VET and adult training systems in Europe – practical example of the “SVEA” European project
By Petra Newrly, Tony Toole, Simona Pede.
Download eLearning Papers n° 22. (PDF)
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 30.12.10
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Posted by Helge Scherlund at 30.12.10
Friday, December 10, 2010
A competencE increase of 14% in mathematics was recorded after the second phase of mobile phone supplier Nokia’s Mobile Maths project, which ran from October 2009 to December 2010.
A total of 4 000 learners from 30 schools in three provinces had access to Nokia’s Mobile Maths service during this period to practise mathematics, test their skills by competing with other learners in mathematics and collaborate on maths- related problems with their friends.
The project was initiated in October 2008 and received significant positive response from learners, teachers and schools, particularly during the teacher strike earlier this year. Since its inception, the initiative has shown that access to the service outside school hours accounted for 82% of total access and, in 24 weeks, 62 849 mathematics exercises were attempted by these learners.
However, the main aim of the project is to offer the service to learners free. This was made possible by the strategic partners who joined Nokia in the initiative, including the South Africa-Finland Knowledge Partnership on Information and Communication Technologies, the Department of Basic Education, free instant messaging application MXit, school publisher Maskew Miller Longman and cellular network providers Cell C and MTN.
Cell C corporate social investment manager Mercia Maserumule says that the company has always chosen projects that invest in the youth of South Africa. “We believe that mobile technology can play a significant role as a tool for teaching and learning, as well as closing the digital divide. “The mobile maths learning pilot programme is an innovative solution and Cell C is proud to be part of a project that contributes to positive change in the country,” she notes.
Source: Creamer Media's Engineering News
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 10.12.10
The roles being played by communication tools, in particular mobile phones, in imparting learning lessons to communities across the world were highlighted by speakers at a session on “education through mobile devices” held as part of the World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE) yesterday.
|David Prosser speaks at a session on |
"Education through mobile devices."
Photo: Gulf Times
The session moderated by Director of Research and development of the Cambridge Foundation (UK) Dan Buckley featured, among others, former prime minister of Finland and executive vice-president (Corporate Relations and Responsibility) of Nokia Corporation Esko Aho, and head of programmes for Asia of the BBC World Service Trust (UK) David Prosser.
A manager at Nairobi’s iHub, which is acknowledged as Kenya’s Innovation Hub, Colaco said the Mobile Boot camps held in her country helped create an innovative culture among the country’s youth, especially the university students and more than 500 active trainers have emerged as a result of the camps.
M-Pesa, an educational programme launched in 2007, has so far attracted more than 11.5mn people, or roughly 30% of the Kenyan population. Through the programme, money transfer service is provided to the people in and outside Kenya, said the speaker.
Source: GULF TIMES
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 10.12.10
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Take a closer look at these top stories - 12.09.10
• T&L asks IMS CEO Rob Abel why schools should think globally
• New favorite search tool
• Site of the Day: Recycle City
• Top review: iPad storybooks
• Boost your teaching with animations
Source: Tech & Learning
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 9.12.10
How do we transform our education system to prepare our students for the world and challenges of tomorrow?
The title this year was “Online and Blended Learning: The Future of Education.”
As usual, it was a great conference—for my two cents, it’s consistently the best education conference year after year. The energy is infectious. The focus is on the student. And, in classic disruptive fashion, amidst tough budget times, it—and the sector more generally—continues to grow. The continuing innovation in the field is thrilling as well, as the title of the conference suggests.
I hope the field does do better, and the topic of always improving quality and transforming the system toward a very different end from the one when Thomas Jefferson was alive—not to mention from the time of the industrial revolution—remains at the forefront of the conversation. If in 2019 50 percent of all high school courses are delivered online, for example, but it is still largely stuck in our current flawed, monolithic system that is designed to sort students out, online learning won’t have proven to be transformational in the way the country and its students so sorely need it to be.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 9.12.10
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
From creative writing to the performing arts… there's practically every kind of course you can pursue online.
|Photo: The Hindu|
Sruthy Natarajan (10) lives in Singapore and takes singing lessons in Chennai three times a week without having to leave her room. A little over a decade ago, this would have seemed far-fetched but thanks to high speed Internet connections, the old rules about mutually exclusive life choices no longer apply. A sales executive with no writing experience doesn't need to give up his fantasy of becoming a novelist, and a techie who's relocating to California can continue her violin classes in Mylapore.
Online modules on everything from creative writing to the performing arts are available at a click and the cost ranges from zero to expensive depending on what you're hoping to accomplish. While some of these programmes are fixed, with virtual classrooms and homework, and result in a degree being awarded at the end of the course, others involve private tutors giving customised lessons. A third kind and perhaps the most recent is P2P or peer-to-peer education that is provided free of cost by instructors who want to hone their teaching skills.
In a society that's yet to warm to the concept of a gap year at any life stage, e-learning is a great way to pursue a dream without letting go of conventional paths — all it takes is a steady broadband connection, and an eye on the prize.
BEFORE YOU SIGN UP WITH AN EDUCATION PORTAL
• Determine the primary goal – is it to acquire a new skill, supplement your résumé with a formal degree or explore an alternative career?
• Reputation of the host university or organisation, reviews from alumni
• Course fee (if any) and time commitment including follow-up work, for programmes with fixed durations
• Features like flexi-time and self-paced learning
Source: The Hindu
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 8.12.10
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
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Today I have Mark Davies guest blogging. Please be sure to check out his unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.
More and more people are taking to e-learning nowadays – from children in regular classrooms who use e-learning to augment their face-to-face lessons to adults who learn how to use the Internet and computers to facilitate their back to school efforts, e-learning is making inroads into every aspect of education. And from the look of things, the future looks bright for this method of learning because it keeps morphing from one form to another fluidly and in a timely manner.
The biggest boost for e-learning comes in the form of mobile technology – with more and more mobile devices coming out each day, each with its own sophisticated functionality, it is now possible to learn on the go. Lessons and lectures are pushed to your smartphone or other mobile device, and you can use any free time you have to go through them and stay up to date with your coursework. The other advantage of mobile learning is that it facilitates user-driven knowledge – when you’re connected to the web via your phone, information and knowledge is just a heartbeat away, no matter where you are.
And then there’s social learning – it facilitates a powerful learning experience through online communities and networks where learners co-create, collaborate and share knowledge; they learn and teach simultaneously. Social learning is becoming immensely popular these days, and even though it may be not be accepted as a formal learning methodology, it is one of the best ways to pick up skills that help you utilize information for analysis and decision making.
E-learning in traditional classrooms is still on the fringe, and for it to become fully integrated with mainstream academia, teachers and educators have to gain a whole new skill set and adopt a completely different mentality that allows them to support and promote learning through technology. It’s not something that’s going to happen overnight, yet the prospects exist for it to get there slowly and steadily.
While the acceptability of e-learning is low in the professional world where employers still prefer degrees from traditional colleges, it is rapidly gaining popularity in the sphere of corporate training. More and more companies are going the e-learning way to train their employees and bring them up to speed with the way things are done around their offices. E-learning allows them to bring into effect just-in-time learning, a methodology that imparts just the right kind of knowledge, at the right time and the right place.
The prospects of e-learning look bright, and as long as technology continues to advance, e-learning too will move forward on a proportional level.
Take a closer look at Online Masters Degree's blog
About Online Masters Degree
“You’re creating a site… why exactly?“
“I am a Phoenix.” You’ve seen the billboards, now meet the man… Mark Davies.
I started onlinemastersdegree.org in 2010 as a non-profit site after people continually asked me about what my experience with attending an online college for obtaining my masters degree was actually like. A lot was positive, some not so much, but I found people were so intrigued with talking to someone who had actually gone through the process of selecting and attending an online masters program that I would create this website.
“And What Are You Trying to Accomplish?“
This site is very much a continuing work, but it aims to be an informative and unbiased resource that prospective masters degree students can use to learn about their options when it comes to online masters degree programs and have a greater ability to make the right choice for them.
“Well I’ve got some ideas for you!“
I’m trying to get the word about about the site, and so far, I’ve gotten a bit of positive feedback which has been helpful in giving me ideas for future growth, so I encourage you, if you have any comments – positive or negative – to email me at: info-at-onlinemastersdegree-dot-org.
This guest post is contributed by Mark Davies, he writes on the topic of Online Masters Degree .
Enjoy your reading!
A couple of weeks ago I went through an exercise with one of Alec Couros's graduate education classes. I asked about the idea of multiple roles in education to Twitter readers and gathered a set of them. I then took this set and went through it with the class online; as I talked about the roles, the students defined them, added examples, and identified who would perform the tasks described. The result was a unique -- and colorful -- slide show exploring the evolving education profession."
Take a closer look at this list of these 23 roles in detail:
Source: The Huffington Post
Sunday, December 05, 2010
eXact learning solutions reveals new Online and Mobile Learning Content Management products and proj
Visitors to this year's Online Educa Berlin (OEB) conference - the largest global e-learning conference for the corporate, education and public service sectors - will be able to see the latest developments in learning content management systems (LCMS), digital repository (DR) and mobile learning technology, courtesy of the leading learning content management and digital repository platform provider, eXact learning solutions.
At this year's OEB conference, eXact learning solutions will also be presenting 'ten commandments of enterprise learning content management in the iPad tablet era' (download the whitepaper 'Ten Commandments Prompted by Today's iPad Tablets' at http://www.exact-learning.com/en/resources/whitepapers). This seminar takes place on Thursday 2nd December from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm.
"The iPad not only makes a 'mobile learning machine' affordable and accessible but it also removes the previous limits and frustration of poor visualisation and connectivity," believes Cardinali. "The iPad is both effective and efficient in terms of pedagogic soundness and semantic richness."
About eXact learning solutions
eXact learning solutions, formerly Giunti Labs, is a leading learning content management and digital repository solutions provider, which offers a wide range of tools and services for content development, content management and content delivery, covering:
• Learning content management system (LCMS) and digital repository platforms
• Mobile learning technologies
• Multi-language bespoke learning content production
• Consulting and professional services
The company has over fifteen years of experience and more than 100 customers worldwide. Our technological innovations allow enterprises to improve their organizational performance, and achieve significant reductions in business costs.
The Huffingtonpost writes, "On Wednesday, Governors Jeb Bush and Bob Wise released a roadmap for the future of American Education. In a letter to governors, they described their shared vision:"
Our vision is an education that maximizes every child's potential for learning, prepares every child with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and careers, and launches every child into the world with the ability to pursue his or her dreams. By unleashing the power of digital learning, America has the ability to realize that vision today.
The Digital Learning Now report outlines the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning and the associated actions required of state legislators and policy makers:
The economic crisis that started in 2007 caused a ripple effect to all organization all over the world. The waves of the crisis have changed the way companies train their people for good.
More than a third of programs for training were delivered electronically in 2009. Internet based training have thrived mainly because of its low costs. In 2008 training programs that were channeled electronically was at 23% but in 2009 that went up by 5%. The trend is seen to go up even higher as companies are seeing the advantages of online learning for their employees. The 2010 State of the Industry Report by the Society for Training and Development saw that 37% of training hours were facilitated through electronic means.
A webinar is a new word that simply means a conference involving two or more people in separate locations that use the internet as platform to make streaming of video, images, audio and other learning components possible.
Businesses can increase profits and cut training costs when they put courses online with new educational tools from Prfessor.com, the leading Internet-based interactive course curriculum designer.
"English and math teachers who took professional development courses online improved their instructional practices and boosted their subject knowledge scores, producing modest performance gains for their students, report Boston College researchers in one of the first large-scale randomized experiments to study the impact of online professional development for educators." writes ScienceDaily.
As teacher performance comes under increased scrutiny, the findings point to online professional development as a powerful option to improve teacher quality, according to the report from the Technology and Assessment Study Collaborative, a unit of BC's Lynch School of Education and its Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy (CSTEEP).
The researchers found improvement in instructional practices and content knowledge across all groups of teachers in the subjects of fourth and seventh grade English and fifth and eighth grade mathematics, according to the team, which included O'Dwyer, Lynch School Associate Professor Michael Russell, and research associates Jessica Masters, Sheralyn Dash, Raquel Magidin De Kramer, and Andrea Humez.
e-Learning for Educators Effects of On-Line Professional Development on Teachers and their Students:
Findings from Four Randomized Trials (PDF)
The 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning reveals that online enrollment rose by almost one million students – the largest ever year-to-year increase since the study began eight years ago.
The survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities nationwide finds approximately 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course in Fall 2009, the most recent term for which figures are available.
Class Differences: Online Education in the United States, 2010 (PDF)
Source: Faculty Focus
Jackdaw is free e-learning authorware from Open Elms which produces elegant e-learning courses which can be used without cost and in addition sold online.
The options for developing engaging e-Learning and selling it online has to date been costly. As such great training material has remained in the hands and heads of the trainers and those fortunate enough to have sat in their classrooms. Jackdaw is free easy-to-use e-learning authoring software that aims to change this. The software, produced by Open Source e-learning experts, Open Elms, allows its users to create e-learning featuring video trainers in virtual 3D rooms.
· No coding necessary, intuitive course creation
· 3-D virtual learning room where learning takes place
· 100s of templates to chose from and customise
· Video presenters can be integrated into the e-learning
· Add tests to check on knowledge retention
· SCORM v1.2 compliance for easy integration with any LMS
· Collaborative development from the Jackdaw community
· Extendable system for designers with Adobe Flash (no coding necessary)
· Purchase additional courses from the Jackdaw AppStore
· Integrate existing video, PowerPoint, Captivate and Presenter
· Training, video production, support and hosting packages available
· Register to sell your courses on this site and keep 70% of revenue
The software is available for evaluation on demand else it can be downloaded from http://www.openelms.org/jackdaw
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Don't miss this popular free Webinar: Online Learning Technologies: Past, Present, and Future
In this presentation, Gary will review past learning technologies, sketch his theory of innovation lifecycles, and place the various emerging learning technologies that he has identified on a lifecycle curve to show which ones are now peaking, which are maturing and even declining, and what is in the pipeline that will become available in the next five years. The purpose of the talk is to help both users and vendors gain a perspective on developing learning technologies, glimpse the near future of the learning industry, and make strategic investment decisions accordingly.
Check it out and Register now.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 2.12.10
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Here are some list of forthcoming conferences:
Upcoming events in internet-based education, educational technology and related fields.
E-learning Conferences Worldwide
Upcoming events in Teaching and Learning, including primary and secondary education.
Teaching and Learning Conferences Worldwide
Upcoming events in mathematics and related fields.
Mathematics Conferences Worldwide
Upcoming events in statistics and related fields.
Statistics Conferences Worldwide
Enjoy your conference with coffee breaks and networking!
Source: Conference Alerts
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 1.12.10
T+D looks at changes to the workplace, the competencies for leadership development, and technologies will alter the way learning professionals approach training design and delivery.
Change can be scary. If you agree, then 2010 has been a “scary” year. Along with the challenges of the economic recession, social media tools exploded onto the scene, five generations in the workforce created a whole new workforce dynamic, and talent retention and engagement concerns became everyday issues.
The workplace culture changed, as did the landscape of learning.
T+D examines some of the major issues that affected employees, organizations, and the world of learning
Ready or not…
This new workplace, and the new competencies and expectations that are a part of it, will not wait for executives or organizations to embrace it. This change is happening quickly, whether organizations are ready for it or not.
So it is now time for learning professionals to adapt to these changes; create new strategies for learning, employee development, and engagement; and find their place in this new workplace structure.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 1.12.10