By Stephen Downes
June 25, 2004

Requirements for a CLO
To short for an article, too long for an OLDaily item, but worth keeping around - the Learning Circuit blog is a perfect place for things like these (and I need to keep remembering than I have access to it). Anyhow, I was asked today to list the attributes a CLO would need to have and to demonstrate to a hiring committee... here's what I came up with. By Stephen Downes, Learning Circuits Blog, June 25, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Colleges Reach out Via Instant Messaging
This would be a good starting point for a case study were somebody doing more in depth work in the use of instant messaging in e-learning (this article is itself pretty superficial). It describes how Boston University's admission counselors use instant messaging to field questions from prospective students about admissions procedures, college life or the status of their application. This actually works pretty well - I recently had a difficult banking problem solved by a staff member using an online instant messaging service accessible from the bank website (to which I had turned in despair). Via University Business. By Jen Haberkorn, The Washington Times, June 24, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

User Registration Need Not Be Inevitable
I have long complained about user registration in news sites - readers may have notice that (with the New York Times excepted) I do not link from OLDaily to sites that require user registration. My reasoning is that user registration pages break the trust that the reader has to have with the integrity of links - when you follow a link, you should go where you expected to go. Registration pages break this trust, since they interrupt your access to the story you thought you were about to read. I understand that newspapers need revenue, and that they want to provide custom services to readers, but both objectives could be accomplished by supporting voluntary registration. Anyhow, author Steve Outing takes up the charge, arguing against this trend in his column. By Steve Outing, Editor and Publisher, June 23, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Dynamic Approach to Learning
There isn't a whole lot that's revolutionary in this interview with Jonathon Levy, but his assessment of the field is consistent with mine: "The field is marked by a juxtaposition of new technology and old pedagogy." Consistent with his previous work, Levy proposes a dymanic workplace model of learning. "The learning resources are dynamically assembled by each knowledge worker in the context of what they know and the work they are performing at the moment." But why limit it to workplace learning? If I want to learn how to plant roses or get strategy tips in Civilization III, I should be able to use the same system. By Unknown, Online Educa Berlin, June, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Colleges Push Professors into Media Spotlight
You may have read in one of the many articles depicting the future of online learning the prediction that individual professors would become media stars. According to this report, this trend is beginning to emerge, with some professors fielding dozens of media interviews a week. How long before such professors get their own internet radio shows? Via University Business. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Christian Science Monitor, June 25, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Mobile E-learning, Policy development and ICT Teacher Training in Cambodia
Page pointing to three links related to this project. The most significant is the first link, which is a report on this project from the end of May, describing updates in Cambodian ICT policy, an e-learning bus touring the country, e-learning teacher training, and more. Worth a visit as well is the second link, which lists and links to a dozen or so Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) funded ICT Projects. By Various Authors, UNESCO, June 26, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Librarians do E-Learning Metadata! A Report on the NSDL Vocabulary Workshop
Norm Friesen - who, I'm happy to say, remains at Athabasca University - passes along this conference summary from the recent NSDL Vocabulary Workshop. Norm writes: The specific elements which were the focus of the meeting were "Audience," "Resource Type," "Pedagogical Type" and "Interactivity Level." By Norm Friesen, June 25, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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