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Yahoo!: European Biz School launches

Yahoo!: European Biz School launches e-learning programme
Top European business school Insead is entering the growing field of computer-assisted distance-learning with the launch of an online training curriculum, the university announced on Thursday. At a fee of 325 euros per course, Insead Online students will get training in seven course areas, including financial accounting and management instruction, the school said.

How Stuff Works: How e-learning

How Stuff Works: How e-learning works (via SiT)
In this edition of HowStuffWorks, we'll visit the field of electronic learning, find out how it works and what makes it effective both from the learner's perspective and the training producer's perspective.

Converge: On The Edge With

Converge: On The Edge With PDAs Internet2 and Robotics
Higher Education is rapidly changing with wireless technology, digital imaging devices, and increased use of Web-based instruction for distance learning. A brief look beyond at some unusual technologies influencing how schools learn.

ADL: ADL Initiative Finalizes Latest

ADL: ADL Initiative Finalizes Latest Addition To E-Learning Specifications
The Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory (ADL Co-Lab) in Alexandria, Virginia announced today the release of the latest version of its Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM), Version 1.2. This release adds the ability to package instructional material and meta-data for import and export. These XML-based specifications provide a crucial link between learning content repositories and learning management systems.

LA Times: College Education Online:

LA Times: College Education Online: Pass? Fail?
Will technological study aids, from crib notes posted on the Internet to online degree programs, enhance education? Or will "e-education" supplant bricks-and-mortar classrooms and perhaps degrade the quality of learning and instruction?

Learning Circuits: Simulation Levels in

Learning Circuits: Simulation Levels in Software Training
A key aspect to WBT programs is the use of simulations. However, even relatively simple software applications can be extremely complex and require a large range of user interactions. But building a simulation of every application feature makes the training module as complicated as the application. For this reason, instructional designers employ several techniques to simplify simulations for training, including screen capture, point-and-click, data input, multiple paths, and full simulation.

Learning Circuits: LCMS Roundup More

Learning Circuits: LCMS Roundup
More important, as LCMSs develop, so may their influence on e-learning instructional design. Because an LCMS's strength is its ability to modularize and manipulate content, developers can begin exploring new learning techniques. For instance, LCMSs are poised to address adaptive learning. "An inherent capability of LCMSs is adapting content to fit a learner's personal profile, not just by delivery mode but learning styles."

Learning Circuits: Web Course Usability

Learning Circuits: Web Course Usability
Instructors and course developers are well versed in the art of instructional design. Despite this expertise and experience, many Web-based courses suffer from weak Web design and poor usability... Increase the learning potential of Web courses by following these simple principles from Web usability guru Jakob Nielsen.

E-learning Magazine: How to Teach

E-learning Magazine: How to Teach Online While many characteristics and issues of the traditional classroom are similar to the online classroom, there are major differences in how these courses are managed. (This is an important issue to note because instruction via technology is still considered optional in teacher training curricula at most colleges and universities.) For example, online communication, classroom activities, and technology issues are quite different...

CIO: Easy Writer Digital paper

CIO: Easy Writer
Digital paper technology also has the potential to make reading a more interesting and interactive experience -- "Pages will be able to display more than just static text and pictures. Articles, books, instruction manuals and other documents could include animated text, animation and even video images."

ETR&D: A History of Instructional

ETR&D: A History of Instructional Design and Technology: Part II: A History of Instructional Design This part of the article focuses on the history of instructional design. Starting with a description of the efforts to develop training programs during World War II, and continuing on through the publication of some of the first instructional design models in the 1960s and 1970s, major events in the development of the instructional design process are described. Factors that have affected the field of instructional design over the last two decades, including increasing interest in cognitive psychology, microcomputers, performance technology, and constructivism, are also described.

The Chronicle: Online Instructor Cautions

The Chronicle: Online Instructor Cautions Against Having Too Many Activities
Kathy S. Gresh is an instructional designer at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University. When designing online courses, she tries to build in tools to help the professors interact with their students, such as electronic bulletin boards and live chats. But she also says it's important not to overwhelm the professors or the students with too many activities.

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