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Jun 27, 2001

Questions for Professional Designers I have several agendas in this long note. One is to make clear the concept of learning content as delivered through multipleformats. The other is to comment on the discussion of traditional distance learning research as compared to current methodologies. The two topics dovetail nicely into the discussion of the 'costs of producing an online course'. What I want to show is that the very question, by its inherent appeal to old theory, no longer makes sense in the current context. By Stephen Downes, June 27, 2001. Submitted on Jun 27, 2001 [Refer]

Bangalore Startup Aims to Take E-mail to the Masses From the evolving technology department: an internet services company in India is promoting $150 email appliances with $3/month unlimited email services. As the company says, "The key objectives of the concept are affordability by the masses, accessibility from any location -- even from outside the towns, and ease of use by those who are not computer savvy." By John Ribeiro, IDG News Service, June 27, 2001. Submitted on Jun 27, 2001 [Refer]

Knowledge House Inc. Launches Web-based High School According to this press release, "The Wellspring Schoolis the first Web-based, high school in the world offering academic curriculum delivered usinga multi-disciplinary, collaborative, problem-based approach." I'm not sure about that, but I am sure that this shows that online learning isn't just for colleges and universities. Yahoo Finance Press Release Service, June 27, 2001. Submitted on Jun 27, 2001 [Refer]

RedVector RedVector is what I would call a learning marketplace for people in the building professions in the United States. It looks a bit busy to begin with, but click on the big 'Web Store' icon on the front page to view the catalogue of online courses. What's good about RedVector is that independent authors and publishers can add courses to the system; what's bad is that all courses are delivered through RedVector's mediocre learning management system. Still, all in all, a step in the right direction. RedVector was recently featured on CNN; there's a link to the video stream as well. Submitted on Jun 27, 2001 [Refer]

True Simplicity: Krug-o-rama! If you can get past the first three words of this article you'll find a pretty good discussion of web usability, stickiness and simplicity. And words to live by: "The real way to keep people on your site is to a) have things that they want, whether it's products, information, or useful tools, and b) make sure that it's easy for them to get to these things and use them." By John S. Rhodes, WebWorld, June 25, 2001. Submitted on Jun 27, 2001 [Refer]

Success Drivers in an Electronic Performance Support Project This article looks at the implementation of BOPS (Back Office Performance Support), a European electronic performance support system (EPSS) employing a learning organization model (Raybould and Laffey) that emphasizes training on demand, feedback and support and best practices. The implementation in three companies was examined and success factors identified, specifically: the organization needs good IT support, staff must be motivated to learn, and the organization framework must support performance support. Great read; I learned a lot. By Giovanni Giacometti Ceroni, The Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, Volume 2, Number 1, january, 2001. The Centre for Advanced Learning Technologies INSEAD Fontainebleau, France Submitted on Jun 27, 2001 [Refer]

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