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January 2, 2002

Guide to the Free Online Scholarship Movement Freshly revised with corrected links and updated listings, this is the most complete and comprehensive guide on the internet to the terminology, acronyms, initiatives, standards, technologies, and players in the free online scholarship (FOS) movement. By Peter Suber, FOS Forum, January 1, 2002.[Refer]

SCORM Runtime Wrapper Extension Macromedia has made available extensions to its Dreamweaver content authoring software that create SCORM compliant 'wrappers' for learning objects. A wrapper is a small chunk of code that tells the learning management system where to find applets that report of the status of the learning object. They are required for full SCORM compliance. There is no good URL to point to: click on the link provided, then in the search field type: SCORM wrapper By , Macromedia, .[Refer]

Questia This is pretty interesting. Questia is an online learning object repository. But it includes a step-by-step template for researching and authoring academic papers. Of course, now that all papers will be equally well researched, how do you tell them apart? By , , .[Refer]

Neurochips Detect Brain's Reaction to Learning I have long held that educational theories ought to align with cognitive science. That is, our theories of teaching ought to be consistent with our knowledge of how people learn. But we don't really know how people learn - not yet, in any case. I believe that people learn associatively, that learning is the creation of patterns of neural connectivity. Research like the work described in this article is taking us a lot closer to a true science of learning. As the researcher states, "For many years, most people have assumed that when we form new memories, new connections are made between our brain cells, and there has been some evidence of this. But no one has been able to actually film it happening dynamically and live, stimulating them in a culture environment like we've been able to do." By R. Colin Johnson , EE Times, December 17, 2001.[Refer]

Quality Assurance for Online Courses: Implementing Policy at RMIT There has been much discussion in recent months in online discussion lists (especially DEOS) about whether online learning can be measured against some sort of standard of quality. This essay describing the Royal melbourne Institute of Technology's quality assurance program suggests that it can by providing a good description of the policies and procedures implemented at that institution. The author frankly states that a centralized quality control system may not be effective in a traditional university setting but I think that the point can be made that if quality cannot be assessed it has more to do with the institution than the material being assessed. By Carmel McNaught, Technology Source, January 1, 2001.[Refer]

Online Community Technologies and Concepts Interesting account of some major new features of contemporary online communities, including reputation management, collaborative filtering, mailing list management, content management, categorization and indexing. By Cameron Barrett, CamWorld, December 20, 2001.[Refer]


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