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Carnegie Mellon: SCORM Best Practices Guide for Content Developers

Carnegie Mellon: SCORM Best Practices Guide for Content Developers
The best practices guide is for content developers, instructional designers, writers, programmers, and subject matter experts tasked with creating new content that is SCORM conformant or converting existing content into SCORM conformant content. The guide provides a step-by-step process for using SCORM and tips to make your SCORM implementation easier.

Transform Magazine: Content at Your Fingertips: Better Ways to Classify & Tag

Transform Magazine: Content at Your Fingertips: Better Ways to Classify & Tag
This article compares two methods of meta-tagging documents--1) manual tagging at the creation and 2) search-based tagging. So, which one is better? Answer: It depends.
"Even some search vendors agree that manual classification ensures better control of content. Others, however, argue that a manual approach can't match the consistency of automation. "

New Architect: Demystifying Document Management

New Architect: Demystifying Document Management
The CMS marketplace is complex. Document management, collaboration and versioning tools, digital asset management, learning content management, and Web content management all fall under the CMS umbrella, which also brushes up against topics like CRM, document warehousing, and knowledge management. Each of these areas is distinct from the others, but they are often confused...

MIT: OpenCourseware Pilot

MIT: OpenCourseware Pilot
MIT and the OpenCourseWare team are excited to share with you a first sampling of course materials from MIT's Faculty. We invite educators around the world to draw upon the materials for their own curricula, and we encourage all learners to use the materials for self-study.
Related reading: Slashdot: MIT OpenCourseWare Now Online

Patti Shank: Flash MX: Serious Instructional Authoring Tool?

Patti Shank: Flash MX: Serious Instructional Authoring Tool?
"I like tools that are good for the long run, good for the people involved, and don't require an advanced degree in quantum physics to use and maintain."
Check out the e-learning examples listed in this article.

KM Magazine: Interview with Kar Wiig

KM Magazine: Interview with Kar Wiig

Nua Surveys:  The Great Educator

Nua Surveys: The Great Educator
According to a report by Pew Internet & American Life, college students are embracing the Internet like no other group and most of those online undergraduates who were surveyed by Pew only had good things to say about the medium..."the Internet is the information cornerstone of student's lives - not just in regard to school projects but also on every subject that matters to them. "

Converge Magazine: New Technologies In Education

Converge Magazine: New Technologies In Education
So, what can you expect the future to look like for new computing devices? How will information pass in and out of these new devices? Will there be some radical new ways to display digital images? Several of these new technologies are closer than you realize.
- Portable Computing Devices
- Wireless to the Backbone
- Tele-immersion and Three Dimensional Imaging
- New Projectors and Flatter LCDs

Wired: Stretching Minds, Bodies in Class

Wired: Stretching Minds, Bodies in Class
The Strategies for Schools program offers common-sense suggestions like purchasing adjustable desks and chairs to accommodate growing students, allowing time for stretch breaks when kids use computers, placing monitor screens at eye level and making sure students' feet rest on the floor or providing them with a footrest. It's an effort to prevent debilitating injuries like repetitive strain injury (RSI).

KM World: Knowledge transformation

KM World: Knowledge transformation
David Weinberger: Businesses shouldn't be colleges. They are aiming at something less interesting and more tangible. But a business executive serious enough to be thinking about investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a knowledge management system should remember the role of knowledge in his or her own most intense encounter with the stuff: college.
The value of knowledge isn't that we have it but that it changes us. Knowledge doesn't do that all on its own the way Kool-Aid changes water. Where knowledge changed us the most

elearning Magazine: Moving the Camera

elearning Magazine: Moving the Camera
Content development is entering a new era because there

User Interface 7 East: Getting from Research to Personas: Harnessing the Power of Data

User Interface 7 East: Getting from Research to Personas: Harnessing the Power of Data
Kim Goodwin writes about the need to focus persona creation around behavioral variables rather than demographic variables. She gives some guidelines: 1) Gather ethnographic user data, 2) Add contextual details, and 3) Use narrative to bring out the persona's attitudes, needs, and problems.

Seattlepi: Redmond center previews Microsoft’s vision for future office

Seattlepi: Redmond center previews Microsoft's vision for future office
Microsoft Corp. today will unveil the Center for Information Work, a permanent exhibit of office products and software that are at least five years away...
Workers e-mail each other spoken messages, or videos of themselves delivering messages, rather than simply writing e-mails or leaving voice mails. They send e-mails that include clips of newscasts that refer to the company, rather than simply describing or quoting the broadcasts.

PopTech: Interview with Howard Rheingold

PopTech: Interview with Howard Rheingold
We're now seeing the Internet -- which, as influential as it's been, has been limited to the desktop -- about to become untethered from the desktop and become part of the devices that we carry and eventually wear. And so I think that this intersection of mobile communications and the Internet is important enough, but at the same time there are more and more devices in the environment and in objects that will be equipped with radio communications that our devices will be able to talk to. So I think that this intersection of global communication and pervasive computing has the potential to be much more powerful than either the PC or Internet revolutions alone.

A List Apart: Scope Creep

A List Apart: Scope Creep
We e-learning practitioners can empathize with this: "Most project managers try their best to discover what clients want at the beginning of the project. They use meetings, questionnaires, personal interviews

TechLearn: Putting the Management in Learning Management Systems

TechLearn: Putting the Management in Learning Management Systems
Elliott Masie: I have taped a 10 minute video streaming TechLearn BRIEFING on the topic of Putting the Management in Learning Management Systems.
I address the key challenge of what to do the day after a Learning Management System is installed. How do we focus on Managing Learning?

Sydney Morning Herald: How to make e-learning interesting

Sydney Morning Herald: How to make e-learning interesting
Most people cannot be reprogrammed by a few hours' e-learning. When it comes to software, humans learn best from experience - especially by making mistakes. Computer simulations are an excellent way to provide vital mistake-making experience, yet most e-learning courses are little more than page-turning applications.

Online Learning 2002 Update

Online Learning 2002 Update
More materials today:
- Presentation handouts
- More photographs

Ubiquity: The New Computing

Ubiquity: The New Computing
Ben Shneiderman: The old computing is about what computers can do; the new computing is about what people can do. Designers can do better in helping users succeed. Too often people are struggling because they can't understand the menu choices, they don't know what the dialog boxes mean, and the error messages are too frustrating and confusing. Attachments won't open. Viruses intrude on their experience. Spam clutters their e-mail inboxes. I have found Leonardo da Vinci to be an appropriate inspirational muse for the new computing. He combined art and science and aesthetics and engineering. That kind of unity is needed once again

Syllabus: Ready or Not—PDAs in the Classroom

Syllabus: Ready or Not--PDAs in the Classroom
As with any new technology there are advantages and disadvantages to using small, inexpensive computers in the classroom. Through a number of fairly extensive pilot projects using wirelessly connected PocketPC devices at Wake Forest University, we

Syllabus: New Learning Spaces: Smart Learners, Not Smart Classrooms

Syllabus: New Learning Spaces: Smart Learners, Not Smart Classrooms
But turning our classrooms into spaces resembling Hollywood studios is just throwing great quantities of money at this issue instead of addressing the really difficult problems that need to be solved to improve learning. The most serious of those problems is that most teaching and learning does not occur in classrooms, that teachers and learners have no formal training in teaching or learning, that we have not developed and deployed the tools that teachers and students need for teaching, learning, and administration, that we have not used the technology we have

Conference Blogging: Online Learning 2002

Conference Blogging: Online Learning 2002
Online Learning 2002 kicked off at Anaheim yesterday, and thanks to these amazing bloggers, we can virtually be a part of it.
- Stephen Downes's photo gallery
- Jay Cross's presentation followup

Animation Express: Distance Learning

Animation Express: Distance Learning
"In a 1960's-style monkey cage experiment, the subject's ways of interacting and communicating are replaced by technology -- then documented when human-like metaphors are placed in front of it.
Although society is becoming closer intellectually with the Internet

elearningage: Quality and eLearning in Europe

elearningAge: Quality and eLearning in Europe
Summary report of a survey that asked European training professionals for their views on the quality of eLearning.
Key findings: 61% rated the overall quality of eLearning as "fair" or "poor".
[Note: PDF file, 422kb]

BBC: Learn for free online

BBC: Learn for free online
The first group of courses (from MIT's OpenCourseWare Project) are set to be published on the internet on 30 September, including subjects like anthropology, biology, chemistry and computer science...
MIT staff point out that if this initiative is successful, and other institutions follow, it will put the net back on track towards its original goal of sharing information and knowledge around the world, rather than selling CDs and t-shirts.

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