NY Times: Your Mentor in Cyberspace Is Standing By NowNY Times: Your Mentor in Cyberspace Is Standing By Now
"You get home from school, post something you don't understand and then check it after dinner... Then you see what you're supposed to be doing. It's just as helpful as personal tutoring."
Dozens of Web sites link students to tutors who can help with the complicated and the mundane via e-mail, chat rooms or bulletin boards.
T&D: Breaking through e-barriersT&D Magazine: Breaking through e-barriers (pdf, 37kb)
A few years ago, the advice to trainers was to cut costs by making deals with an e-learning supplier. It sounded good on paper, even to the CEO. Then... it all went wrong: The technology, cost-savings, and content didn't live up to the hype...Making generic Web-based material available via intranets and hoping learners willabsorb it won
LLRX: “Show Me the Money” - Measuring the Return on KMLLRX: "Show Me the Money" - Measuring the Return on KM
Fueling concern is the fact that it has been well documented that few knowledge management initiatives have been successful, unless firms are willing to invest substantial resources to manually collect and organize research material. But most firms in the United States are unwilling to invest non-billable time in this effort, especially when the benefits of such investment are uncertain. In order to help law firms evaluate their KM strategies, this article proposes a framework to measuring the return on investment (ROI), the cost of information (COI), and proposes tools to evaluate alternative knowledge-sharing strategies.
Learning Circuits: Wearing Four Pairs of Shoes: The Roles of E-Learning FacilitatorsLearning Circuits: Wearing Four Pairs of Shoes: The Roles of E-Learning Facilitators
As e-learning facilitators put on and take off the four different pairs of shoes that define their roles--instructor, social director, program manager, and technical assistant--they should keep these action items firmly in mind:
- address the needs of adult learners by guiding self-directed, realistic, problem-based learning experiences
- structure learning opportunities in which learners make their own meanings by discovering content on their own
- encourage high degrees of participation and interactivity
- offer prompt, informative feedback
- provide strong leadership
- help learners feel comfortable with technology.
eLearn Magazine: Support in a Distance Education EnvironmenteLearn Magazine: Support in a Distance Education Environment
Evidence is accumulating, both empirical and anecdotal, that a key ingredient for success in distance education programs is support
Information Research: The duality of knowledgeInformation Research: The duality of knowledge
Recently there has been recognition that some knowledge cannot be quantified and cannot be captured, codified or stored.
Content Village: e-learning resourcesContent Village: e-learning resources
- Nice collection of links to (mostly) European websites
Forbes: The Psychology Of SuccessForbes: The Psychology Of Success
So far there is one other big difference between those who go into business for themselves and those who don't... Entrepreneurs don't care what other people think about them. "They really don't care as much...They're just happy to go ahead and do what they're doing."
CETIS: “SCORM is not for everyone”- ADL respondsCETIS: "SCORM is not for everyone"- ADL responds
Dan Rehak: SCORM's pedagogical model is limited, and is not suitable for everyone, particularly primary and HE.
ADL: SCORM really focuses on is reusable, interoperable content. I think those principles can be applied in primary and HE. It set out to and has succeeded in addressing the ability to reuse, locate, and provide for interoperability of learning content to LMSs.
NetImperative: BBC admits misleading court over e-learning claimsNetImperative: BBC admits misleading court over e-learning claims
The BBC has begun an internal investigation after admitting it started developing services for the government's new digital curriculum initiative before receiving approval from the government to do so.
GUUUI: InfoRomanticism on the InternetGUUUI: InfoRomanticism on the Internet
Article about envisioning data-intensive information on the web through actions of conceptualization, collaboration, and by building upon the work of the pioneers of visual communication.
Education Unlimited: At a distanceEducation Unlimited: At a distance
As Israeli roadblocks make access difficult to Birzeit University in the West Bank, the institute is being forced to increasingly rely on distance learning... distance learning is not only an emergency measure, but an investment in the future - although at the moment it is on an "informal" basis. Lecture notes are going up on the site, and email is crucial for lecturer/student communications and class discussion.
Nua Surveys: College staff use Net to prepare courseworkNua Surveys: College staff use Net to prepare coursework
Over 80 percent of faculty staff at North American colleges and universities believe that web-based technology is a key contributor to student success.
IT & Society: The Impact of Internet Use on Sociability: Time-Diary FindingsIT & Society: The Impact of Internet Use on Sociability: Time-Diary Findings
This article explores the complex ways in which the Internet affects interpersonal communication and sociability. Dynamic new time-diary data identify when and where Internet use impacts face-to-face interactions. Internet use at home has a strong negative impact on time spent with friends and family as well as time spent on social activities, but Internet use at work has no such effect...
Business 2.0: The Management Secrets of the BrainBusiness 2.0: The Management Secrets of the Brain
Your brain is the ultimate example of a complex, decentralized organization. And because we (usually) behave coherently, smoothly integrating new circumstances as they arise, the brain is also the epitome of an adaptive organization, a learning organization, a shared-vision organization -- in short, the ideal modern company. And you could learn a lot from something so well run...
- Never try to micromanage a large, complex organization.
- Don't let bottom-up self-organization go wild.
- The best way to control your subordinates is to just point them in the right direction.
- Be careful listening to the voice of experience -- that voice could be your own.
Boxes and Arrows: Consolidated Assessment:Boxes and Arrows: Consolidated Assessment
A user-research approach which integrates our best tools into a single session... This approach works best with sites that involve goal-driven users who come to a site with a purpose. They have an idea of what they are looking for, so it is an example of known item or known task based site usage. That includes sites built around scenarios and activities rather than simple document retrieval (for which pure card sorting is well suited). And to achieve these pre-specified goals, the user has to complete some specific tasks that are more involved than simple document retrieval. We're not talking about finding articles, but going through a set of steps to complete a task.
Hot Text: Hurray for FAQsHot Text: Hurray for FAQs
On the other hand, a set of Frequently Asked Questions, even when done poorly, seems like a conversation...
IT-Analysis: Managing the knowledge workerIT-Analysis: Managing the knowledge worker
Most knowledge workers want recognition of their importance to the organisation. That means getting them involved in what is going on - taking notice of their input. In many cases they are peers, rather than true subordinates, to their manager, whose job should be to lead and enable, rather than control and put down.
Information Week: The Next WebInformation Week: The Next Web
Consider the hypothetical case of an automobile manufacturer that needs to find the perfect part for a new car it's developing. The carmaker could instruct a semantic search tool to find nuts that are lightweight, very resistant to heat, of a certain size, cost less than a penny, and can be delivered at the same time each week. By accessing the relatable semantic tags in product catalogs from a variety of suppliers, a program could compare, contrast, and evaluate the options, presenting the carmaker with a list of nuts that best meet its criteria.
Intranet Journal: Communicating Clearly with Internal CustomersIntranet Journal: Communicating Clearly with Internal Customers
You may be the most talented technical guru the intranet world has ever seen, but if you can't communicate with your customers (or have someone on your team who can do it for you); you might consider a career change. Why? Technology for technology sake is irrelevant in today's organizations, and in addition to a solid base of technical skills, today's IT worker also needs a generous helping of communication skills.
The Chronicle: Electronic Books Have a Supporting Role in a Play at Ball State U.The Chronicle: E-Books Have a Supporting Role in a Play at Ball State U.
Theater has always had an interactive element, but at Ball State University, a faculty director and student performers are carrying that interaction into the digital age... More than half of the audience members get the e-books when they file through the door to see a play about Lizzie Borden... During the show, audience members can tap around on the e-books to see digitized historical photos of the Bordens and the crime scene, and to read commentary especially written for this production.
Salon: Riding along with the Internet BookmobileSalon: Riding along with the Internet Bookmobile
The Internet Bookmobile is a van on a mission: to drive across the country, stopping at schools, museums and libraries, making books for kids and spreading the word about the digital library that is the Net.
User Interface Engineering: Making Tips WorkUser Interface Engineering: Making Tips Work
When users run into a problem, they seem to make a subconscious decision as to whether the additional information they will gain is worth the "cost" of finding it. The cost the user pays is in terms of concentration... If users perceive the cost of finding information to be small, they are more likely to pursue the information. Feedback from users suggests that a term such as "tips" implies a smaller cost
IT Training: DonIT Training: Don
CNET: MIT tries free Web educationCNET: MIT tries free Web education
Just putting the courses online has been an education in technology, according to MIT. While the pilot was published using hand coded, "brute force" methods, the school is now evaluating a number of content-managing systems it hopes will ease the process of publishing the remaining 1,968 courses.