CNET: Test.com puts Web patent up for saleCNET: Test.com puts Web patent up for sale
"A small Cleveland-based software company has won the right to a wide-ranging patent that covers online testing, in a move that could have broad ramifications for Internet testing businesses. But unlike many companies that land such broad patents, Test.com is considering unloading it."
Fastrak: Open access - your flexible friendFastrak: Open access - your flexible friend
"You would think that, if anyone was likely to benefit from the explosion of online opportunities, it was the sector of the population that has to live with the greatest constraints
DM Review: Deploying the Next-Generation Enterprise PortalDM Review: Deploying the Next-Generation Enterprise Portal
"The successfully deployed enterprise portal will be the single entry point for collaboration, information dissemination and communication, application functionality and interactive capabilities within and without the corporate entity
MSNBC: The Theory and Practice of the InternetMSNBC: The Theory and Practice of the Internet
Three books ask: Is there a comprehensive theory of the Web? And if so, does it do us any good? The books in question:
- Linked: The New Science of Networks by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
- SmartMobs by Howard Rheingold
- Small Pieces Loosely Joined by David Weinberger
Syllabus: Putting a Faculty Face on Distance Education ProgramsSyllabus: Putting a Faculty Face on Distance Education Programs
"Good distance learning programs can range from well-designed and well-written text to streaming video and accompanying media of various types. But media alone does not offer guidance and personal engagement. A blended or hybrid approach, using faculty facilitators or mentors, adds a human touch to distance learning. These faculty are not necessarily content experts, but facilitators or mentors who have a degree in the appropriate academic discipline. They participate with a physical presence, or in certain circumstances, a virtual presence."
Knowledge@Wharton: Why Some Companies Retrain Workers, and Others Lay Them OffKnowledge@Wharton: Why Some Companies Retrain Workers, and Others Lay Them Off
"Because it is an asset that exists between individuals rather than within each individual, social capital may suggest why it could make sense to reinvest in and retain individuals even if their job-specific skills are obsolete: The relationships they maintain with others may create value that extends beyond their ability to perform their current job."
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eLearn Magazine: Designing for Learners, Designing for UserseLearn Magazine: Designing for Learners, Designing for Users
"Online courses that are designed for learners without any thought to users invariably results in frustrated students who can't figure out how to negotiate an online course. It's all very well to provide forms of interactivity, such as discussions and collaborative assignments, but if students can't understand the information architecture of the course in order to move efficiently from one section to another, then the learning activities are in vain."
UIWEB: How to run a design critiqueUIWEB: How to run a design critique
"Unlike a brainstorming meeting, where the exclusive goal is to come up with new ideas, a critique meeting is focused on evaluating a set of existing ideas, and possibly identify future directions or changes. Instead of hoping that hallway and email discussions will lead the team in a good direction, it
Harvard eLearning: ManageMentor DemoHarvard eLearning: Harvard ManageMentor Plus Demos
Full working demos of
- Becoming a Manager
NixLog: Columbia Disaster InfographicsNixLog: Columbia Disaster Infographics
Inf@Vis!: Visualising Social InteractionInf@Vis!: Visualising Social Interaction
"But in cyberspace the social interaction is becoming more and more important and we don
Working Knowledge: Seven Tips for Communicating in Today’s Diverse WorkplaceWorking Knowledge: Seven Tips for Communicating in Today's Diverse Workplace
Immigrants have always been an important part of the U.S. workforce, and their contribution is growing. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise that is invaluable to businesses... The challenge is to ensure that communication problems don't keep these sources of business benefit from being tapped effectively. Here are seven steps managers can take to meet that challenge.
Washington Technology: Report: E-Learning breaking down barriers in AfricaWashington Technology: Report: E-Learning breaking down barriers in Africa
"The report, The Promise of E-Learning in Africa: The Potential for Public-Private Partnerships (pdf, 850kb), concludes that e-learning offers a flexible and cost-effective way to span Africa
NY Times: How to Get Inside a Student’s HeadNY Times: How to Get Inside a Student's Head
Steven Pinker: "Finally, a better understanding of the mind can lead to setting new priorities as to what is taught. The goal of education should be to provide students with new cognitive tools for grasping the world. Observers from our best scientists to Jay Leno are appalled by the scientific illiteracy of typical Americans. This obliviousness leads people to squander their health on medical flimflam and to misunderstand the strengths and weaknesses of a market economy in their political choices."
elearnspace: Content Management: Our Organized Futureelearnspace: Content Management: Our Organized Future
"New technologies/concepts have two potential impacts: a completely new way of doing things, or an improved way of doing what is already happening. Managing content with technology falls into the latter category, but is unfortunately marketed in the former. The "new thing" is the rapid growth of digital resources...improving organization with technology is only an improvement of existing practices of libraries and information architects."
MIT Tech Review: Science Fiction and Smart MobsCool Resource: Contentology
CNet: Blogs open doors for developersCNet: Blogs open doors for developers
"But a growing array of big-name software developers are finding they can make better software if they leave the doors open, by sharing information with potential customers from the start and incorporating their feedback into development decisions. While developers of games software have used this method for years, business software makers are now also catching on."
Knowledgeboard: Playing with the pastKnowledgeboard: Playing with the past
"One way to cope with the changing supply and demand of good solutions is to participate in a best practice knowledge base, in which both input (research data, examples, knowledge) and output (solutions, answers, lessons learned, advise) are flexible and instantly retrievable. Surely, this will not be an electronic oracle, replacing the traditional adviser. But these knowledge bases will support the hard labour of knowledge intensive management, structuring and funnelling their experiences in more flexible data flows. This article is based on a EU funded project called Best e European Practices, or BeEP, a knowledge base with best practices in ICT policy."
Transform Magazine: Find an Answer in E-LearningTransform Magazine: Find an Answer in E-Learning
"E-learning converts aren't just saving on travel expenses; they're providing more consistent training across the organization and they're shortening the lag time employees experience between learning new skills and actually applying them on the job. Organizations are also improving productivity because study can take place in increments at convenient times that don't interfere with peak workloads."
Case studies in e-learning:
- Home Depot Gets Employees Up to Speed
- Siemens Builds a Virtual University
- Ryder Makes the Move To e-Learning
Wired: Students Called on SMS CheatingWired: Students Called on SMS Cheating
"he scheme worked this way: Test takers brought their cell phones into the exam with them. They used the phones to contact friends outside the classroom. The friends looked up the exam answer key that had been posted on the Internet by the professor once the test had started. Then the friends messaged the answers back to the test takers."
Workforce: Three Stories of Self-Service SuccessWorkforce: Three Stories of Self-Service Success
"Many medium-sized and large companies are upgrading their HR management systems, adding self-service capabilities that will forever change the roles of the HR team. Self-service puts the responsibility for many information-management tasks, such as filing change-of-address forms and completing benefits enrollment, in the hands of employees, dramatically reducing the amount of time that HR staffers spend on administrative tasks."
infed.org: Theinfed.org: The
e-learning for kids: Zape-learning for kids: Zap
The Zap website for children has been launched based on a research project, called the European Collaborative Environment (EUNCLE). The project brings together European Schoolnet, the coordinator, and seven other partners from all over Europe.
University of Minnesota: The Elements of Digital StorytellingUniversity of Minnesota: The Elements of Digital Storytelling
The Elements of Digital Storytelling site provides us a:
- Taxonomy of digital storytelling
- Analysis of current practices
- Clearinghouse of effects research
- Showcase of innovative story forms
- Forum for discussion
WIRED: Not Your Father’s EncyclopediaWIRED: Not Your Father's Encyclopedia
Last week, the English-language version of Wikipedia, a free multilingual encyclopedia created entirely by volunteers on the Internet, published its 100,000th article. More than 37,000 articles populate the non-English editions.
Unlike traditional encyclopedias, which are written and edited by professionals, Wikipedia is the result of work by thousands of volunteers. Anyone can contribute an article -- or edit an existing one -- at any time.