Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Open and Distance Learning
Trends, Policy and Strategy Considerations
Monday, December 30, 2002
Inlibris - The Literary Directory at Badosa.com
OpenP2P.com: In-Room Chat as a Social Tool [Dec. 26, 2002]
New Copyright Exemptions for Distance Educators
With the passage of a new law on November 2, 2002, eagerly-awaited by
educators, teachers can now--in general--use the same types of copyright
protected materials in the digital classroom that they would ordinarily use
in the physical classroom. However, in order to take advantage of the
exemptions, specific obligations outlined in the law must be met. This ERIC
Digest, written by the copyright specialist for the American Library
Association's Office for Information Technology Policy, outlines both the
privileges and the requirements of TEACH.
A New Framework for Teaching in the Cognitive Domain
ERIC Digest briefly describes M.
David Merrill's "First Principles of Instruction," an important new
conceptual framework for the design of lessons aimed primarily at cognitive
learning. According to the author of this Digest, this new framework may
provide the most comprehensive synthesis of instructional research and
theory yet, and it more explicitly reflects the growing consensus that
"meaning-making" is at the heart of cognitive learning
Thursday, December 26, 2002
Tapping Technology - GA, SK
Eliminating Boundaries for Impaired Users
Eliminating Boundaries for Impaired Users - "With more than 28 million Americans nationwide who are considered deaf or hard of hearing and nearly 290,000 with hearing or speech disabilities in Maryland, the Maryland State Law Library is the first state law library in the nation to install a new communication system for the hearing- and speech-impaired."
"Before implementing this new system, MSLL had already enhanced its facility to better serve users with disabilities. The library had reconfigured its space to include computer tables and study carrels to accommodate wheelchairs, wider aisles for easier maneuvering, handicapped restroom facilities and parking areas, and relatively easy access to the building. The Web site is "Bobby approved" and conforms to the necessary standards for disabled users. The library then set out to discover what might be the next logical step. (from law.com)
AACE Digital Library [AACE Digital Library]
One of the key success factors for the e-project-based learning environments is collaborative reflection. Reflection refers to active, intellectual thinking for monitoring one’s own learning activity and process, and a continuous internal activity of exploring oneself for new learning.
Monday, December 23, 2002
Nat'l Academies Press, Preparing for the Revolution: (2002), Table of Contents
Preparing for the Revolution: Information Technology and the Future of the Research - "Information technology is likely to reshape research universities dramatically -- changing how they are organized, financed, and governed -- and will also prod the institutions to emphasize instruction more heavily, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences predicts. The report, issued here Thursday, warns academe against "complacency" in the face of fast-paced technological developments and new competition from online universities and for-profit institutions. The report cautions that research universities should respond "with carefully considered strategies backed by prudent developments -- not just to avoid extinction but to actively cultivate opportunity." (from Education News)
Back to basics - e-learning in 2003
So, here are three completely different ways of looking at e-learning. One is asynchronous (CBT on the web), one synchronous (virtual classrooms) and the other a mix (distance learning on the Internet). They have almost nothing in common except for the fact that they employ computers and networks to aid the process of learning, which is all that e-learning really is – a channel, a way of reaching learners; not face-to-face, not through books or video, but online. The progress of e-learning depends on educators and trainers appreciating just what a broad discipline it is, with so many possibilities, but at heart really simple.
Welcome to Guide Remote
Sunday, December 22, 2002
Web-based Surveys: Changing the Survey Process by Holly Gunn
Web-based surveys are having a profound influence on the survey process. Unlike other types of surveys, Web page design skills and computer programming expertise play a significant role in the design of Web-based surveys. Survey respondents face new and different challenges in completing a Web-based survey. This paper examines the different types of Web-based surveys, the advantages and challenges of using Web-based surveys, the design of Web-based surveys, and the issues of validity, error, and non-response in this type of survey. The author also discusses the importance of auxiliary languages (graphic, symbolic and numeric languages) in Web surveys, and concludes with the unique aspects of Web-based surveys.