February 28, 2006


Jay Cross[Edit][Delete]: Natural Learning, Internet Time [Edit][Delete] February 28, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] Jay Cross captures poetically not only the sort of thing I would say about learning (we are in remarkable agreement) but also my own experience of learning. "enlightenment comes / when you're ready / you'll know it from your smile / as you return to shore / breathe in, out / nature will always be there / flowing." [Tags: Experience] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Tony Karrer[Edit][Delete]: Does eLearning 2.0 Make a Difference?, eLearning Technology [Edit][Delete] February 28, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] It's interesting to note that the people at the Brandon Hall discussion area have picked up on the e-learning 2.0 theme. Some good discussion summary in this article, highlighting, for example, the emplasis in 2.0 on ease of creation, seamless integration (or better: connection), fine-grained tools, dynamic composition and content, and software as services. Now of course the whole idea of 2.0 is beginning to morph as vendors take interest. But with any luck, we can keep the core. [Tags: Online Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Alan Levine[Edit][Delete]: If Not a Walled Garden, then Something With a Drawbridge?, Cogdogblog [Edit][Delete]CogDogBlog [Edit][Delete] February 28, 2006
[link: 4 Hits] Alan Levine tells it like it is. "So I am not seeing Apple as a walled garden, but some distance remote glistening city where others get to frolic, and where we cannot even get a dial tone. Apple only tells you what Apple thinks you need to know. Their relationship to blogging is suing bloggers." [Tags: Web Logs, Apple] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Heather Kanuka[Edit][Delete]: Has eLearning Revolutionized Education?, Embassy [Edit][Delete] February 28, 2006
[link: Hits] A look at some of the more optimistic (and incorrect) predictions about e-learning (for example: "the physical presence of universities would cease to exist within 10 years") balanced with observations about the real potential the technology offers (for example: "One example of the possibilities that eLearning can provide is the Professeurs pour la liberté. This Canadian-led collaborative initiative aims to provide free online education to Africans by having one course donated from academic institutions from the G8, European and Scandinavian countries, along with re-useable computers, books and volunteers"). [Tags: Online Learning, Canada, European Union, Academics and Academia] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: iEARN, February 28, 2006
[link: Hits] iEARN - the International Education and Resource Network - is "the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and young people to use the Internet and other new technologies to collaborate on projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world." Here at ASTE, Sonny Magana talked to me about the work of iEARN to connect students from different countries - it is a network "by teachers for teachers." [Tags: Online Learning, Project Based Learning, Networks] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Odeo, February 28, 2006
[link: Hits] I have mentioned Odeo before, as a place to create podcasts. Ruth Vilmi also writes, on ITForum, "Other useful and simple to use programs are Podomatic. This is very easy to use for online recording, and there are ways to improve the quality. Then there is BubbleShare where you can give a running commentary (photocast) of your picture shows! Some have free demos, and some remain free for the moment. I recommend trying out many before you decide to buy." [Tags: Podcasting] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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