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!

Friday, April 02, 2004


Class forum - ideas in class 3.4.04

So far my introduction to blogging has been frustrating as I have waded thru the menagerie of meaningless blogs of others. Todays class discussions and introduction of serious elearning blogs, has been very helpful to direct me to useful education material. The discussion about the future of the blog, and its impact on e-learning I found very interesting and thought provoking. Also the possible introduction from microsoft for payment for email is alarming. what will this company do next?
The classroom participation and exchange of ideas has been very enjoyable this saturday. This highlights the fact that learners require feedback and peer interaction. I guess the concept of the blog is more powerful than I first thought. Provision for ideas exchange and expert opinion input has immediate benefits, not only for me as a learner, but impacts the educational community. Access to international educators has never been easier.

Thursday, April 01, 2004


Question2: what are your negative thoughts or apprehensions about e-learning - from your perspective as a learner?

The amount of time it takes me to type is sufficiently more than my talking rate! With web-search and blog site development, a fairly fast computer is required as well as very efficient web-search skills. I am finding the whole process of blogging quite tedious, and time consuming.

I am the type of learner who likes teh facilitator to be available immediately if questions arise. Also, peer interaction is limited with e-learning to chat rooms or slow e-mailing processes. I am in favour of the group classroom scenario. However, with online programs, there is no reason not to integrate a variety of training approaches and mediums into the learning process.

I have expienced an online training program when I first joined and IT company 10 years ago. This experience was not positive, however I'm sure that will technology advancing, current state-of-the art programs would be more flexible and enjoyable to the learner. I did feel isolated, when participating in this program. This may be a valid consideration.

Q1. online course expectations:

Answer 3:
Cohen (HR mag.July 2003) suggests that 'e-learning allows us to do things we couldn't do before. It is not a replacement option'.

This pretty much sums up the current attitude to online training. Such experts in the past have suggested that e-learning would have taken over tradditional teaching methods by now, and that teachers wuld have been replaced by computers, however on-line learning is not relevant to all modes of training. Beer (2000) in the 'The Weblearning Fieldbook' suggests that the web is not good in learning environments that:
1. provide just in time training or do not provide computer/ web/ internet resources for learning.
2. have novice computer learners - a certain degree of competence in websearce, typing skills, and literacy is required.
3. have training materials that have not been tailored for web/ computer use.

Q. 1 - e'learning expectations:


From a technological point of view, I would expect an online traning course to be time efficent, with no technical hickups or server overload difficulties, and no computer hangs. Companies would expect that the on-line advantages such as time and cost, would far outweigh tradditional learning standards, and that the programs would be more convenient for the learner, offering a wide scope of learning methods.

question: From your experience with e-learning to date - what do you expect from an e-learning course (delivered online)?

answer 1:
eg. www.southrock.com.au
this is an example of online learning provider that I found. Their website suggests that high tech, streamlined administration is important, and also provision for online feedback and assessment. Integrated systems will be used to link learning modules. As with any training program, assessment and feedback is a vital part of the education process. On-line assessment also provides the paying corporation with immediate results regarding the learner. I would expect an on-line learning course would also offer suggestions for improvement if assessment levels are not competent, with provision for the learner to redo certain training modules at a later stage.

015402 - E-LEARNING
Weblog lecturer: Anne Bartlett-Bragg
student: Joanna West

This blog has been set up to demonstrate use of internet capabilities and online diary management, search of the web, extraction of information and detail subsciptions to e-newsletters and e-zines. It addresses e-learning expereinces to date.
E-zine Subscriptions to date 1.4.04:
1. Beblog website
This site is an online community that assists you in starting you own online journal/ blog. You can post your thoughts, experiences and ideas. This site was very helpful and user friendly when setting up our eblog for our first assignment. Note: not in guidelines for assignment, as group blog was set-up. Have changed to blogspot for diary management.

2. ezine-writer newsletter
This membership is free, and is available to showcase articles or access articles for your e-zines, newsletter or website in numerous categories. As a publisher or site owner, you can promote your site or products by way of a resource box to direct traffic.

3. UTNE newsletter
This membership is free and was founded in 1984 by Eric Utne. The newsletter reprints the best articles from over 2000 alternative media sources bringing you the latest ideas and trends emerging in our culture. I found this site very interesting and informative and a refreshing change from standard newspaper websites.

E-zine Subscription:
econtent www.econtent.com
Useful site for technical information on e-stuff! Also has good articles on e-development in international companies.

Found a webpage for e-learning and training: www.eLearning depot.com Offers various online training courses. Their 'why e-learning?' article suggests the benefits of e-learning as value anytime/ anywhere training.

E-learning Dis-advantages
-even though e-learning is self paced and cost effective, the lack of human element is evident. The lack of teacher/ student interaction can make the learner feel isolated. Any questions regarding tasks or feedback required has to be raised electronically, and require a delayed response time. Also, one can get swept up in the web, and searches can prove quite timely when looking for information for assignments, when participating in an online subject.

This site is great for creating blogs compare the other site! No user names and passwords means that anyone can access it.

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