Sunday, May 16, 2004

E-content subscription -
article - Intelliseek Launches BlogPulse.com

IntelliSeek has announced BlogPulse' - a free online search and tracking tool that is designed to measure and rank 'buzz' about key issues, people, phrases, and links that occurr daily in Internet bloggs. This serves as a research tool. Amazing technology!

Friday, May 14, 2004

Class UTS 15 May, 2004
Article Review: E-Learn Magazine -
The E-Learning Market: Its about the Learner, Not the Instructor! by Massood Zarrabian (CEO, Outsmart)

Interesting article -
New Term - 'Learner-centricity' - design needs around the needs of the learner.

adaptive learning: program identifies learner role
prescriptive learning: identifies knowledge gaps
universal content - all players can contribute, not just the programmer
re-usable content - content longevity - re-usable in future.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Access & Equity -

In my search for information on e-learning access and equity, I was amazed at the technological advancements set up in order to provide online learning for everyone, without discrimination.

eg. Jaws - 'Job Access with Speech', which makes audio and text align, and visual elements are tagged. The assistive technology is able to read the screen and let the individual know what the visual graphic is and how it relates to the instruction.

Now there is compliance for online technology for access users - the most recent Legislation - Section 508. The guidelines address accessibility to all electronic information technology, inc faxes, telephone systems, agency websites etc. As e-learning becomes more widely used, compliance will be monitored more thoroughly and appropriate new legislation put in place to cover new technologies.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

UTNE - Article review - May 13
'Blogs colliding with traditional Media-
by Loanna Weiss - Boston Globe

Blogs are seen as every increasing up-to-date sources for news for thruth seeking readers. This medium is fast competing against conventional newspaper and television news information.

As Weiss writes, lately bloggers have reaching new threshholds in journalism! eg. a handful of the 15,000 coveted credentials to the Democtratic National Convention - will go to bloggers!, some sites attracting 150,000 readers per day.

These credentials provide a way to promote the 'blogosphere as a new and genuine, legitimate media outlet'.

Blogs as general rule, have little independent reporting, rather more likely to have opinionated, stream of consciousness commentary.

This just all adds to the ever increasing spinning of the media web, that is fast becoming uncontrollable for large medai corporations.

mmm...a bit apprehensive, as I have to do all the work myself! This course is totally self-directed, and even is marked! The course I have chosen is BBC Online - First Aid, and therefore I have reservations about my current level of first aid knowledge. I am also a bit fearful of failing, as this course is somewhat technical.

However, after perusal of the site, this course offers quite a rnage of learning modes: course notes, infor sheets, multiple choice quizzes, online simulations of accidents, video footage samples, and offers a certificate at the end.
The course also charters your progress and logs you in and out, keeping track of your online time.

I am pretty impressed with this site. Although by the end of this course, I don't know if I will actually feel like I have been worthy of gaining a First Aid Certificate. It all seems a little too easy.

Surely some degree of practicum is required to be competent in first aid. This course is probably just set-up to cover the theoretical components.

The lack of teacher student interaction is always a downside to any online course, as well as no other interaction/ communique from other students.

Maybe I should have chosen 'Learing Italian!

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Online Communication - website case study
RMIT University - Case Studies of On-line communication.
Feb 2001

I found this very interesting. Some of the student's perspectives about distance, web-based education, I can relate to.
The case study investigates students frustration in a distance education course offered entirely through the web.
Some of the concerns were; lack of online feedback from facilitators, isolation, tech problems, volume of emails, inactive links to websites, lack of immediacy of support.
In all, valid issues identified for future consideration when designing web-based e-learning programs.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Apr 13, 2004 - Interesting Article
SMH - NEXT - Nathan Cochrane
Article name: The power of search - why internet search engines are still fighting to provide the ultimate answers.
This article states that about 14% of all internet usage involves seach services, making it one of the most active categories after email.
This is relevant to our studies in e-learning, as some of our tasks involve searching for online training packages and online learning tools. Often tedious web searching is required to do this.
The article refers to Google as one of the 'largest hypertextual web search engines'. Whilst there are many other providers, in Australia, Google is currently no.1.
The article also suggests that difficulties with internet searching is the result of poor website setup by companies and also incorrect/ inadequate referencing. This contributes to difficulties in word searches.
I personally think that training for all student and employees in basic web search and link setups would not go astray.

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Thanks for iniviting me to your blog Joanna - I promise not to write all over it!

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