December 30, 2005


Keith Hampson[Edit][Delete]: Universities and the Corporate E-Learning Market, LTi Newsline [Edit][Delete] December 30, 2005
[link: 2 Hits] It's not a deep article, but it's useful to survey, as the author does, the issues facing universities as they attempt to extend their online offerings into the corporate e-learning match. It's a clash of traditions. "When most traditional universities develop online courses they draw directly from the traditions and logic of their centuries-old classroom model... it is difficult for universities to compete with other kinds of e-learning providers that utilize more advanced models for course development." [Tags: Online Learning, Traditional and Online Courses] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Christian Long[Edit][Delete]: DreamWorks Does School, think:lab [Edit][Delete] December 30, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] Animation is important, especially to a young child. My first concrete memory as a child is, believe it or not, of the John F. Kennedy assassination - not because of the significance of the event (it happened when I was four) but because the coverage pre-empted my favorite television show, Fireball XL5 (which later morphed into the Thunderbirds). I loved that show - it was all I thought about. So it is not surprising to see animators taking learning, and e-learning, seriously, and it is also not surprising to see them rethinking 'school' and how they educate good animators. Good read. [Tags: Online Learning, Schools, Children and Child Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Joyce Lee[Edit][Delete]: Remote Access: Education- A Million Educated Minds, Reflective Ramblings [Edit][Delete] December 30, 2005
[link: 1 Hits] This commentary on Clarence Fisher's A Billion Minds post from a Singapore point of view is a good read and also a good way to introduce Joyce Lee's Reflective Ramblings blog, new to me but now in the aggregator. [Tags: Web Logs] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Albert Delgado[Edit][Delete]: Nuvvo Free On-demand eLearning, Educational Weblogs [Edit][Delete] December 30, 2005
[link: 1 Hits] According to this item, Nuvvo, an online LMS service, is now free. Interestingly, this is exactly how Blackboard started out those many years ago - so I'm torn between thinking this is a good strategy and thinking it's about eight years too late. [Tags: Blackboard] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Christopher D. Sessums[Edit][Delete]: Where The Action Is, Christopher D. Sessums : Weblog [Edit][Delete] December 30, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] Link and discussion of Ulises Mejias's syllabus on Social Software Affordances along with discussion of a related text, Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction (2004) by Paul Dourish. "According to Dourish, tangible and social computing are ultimately centered on the notion of embodiment. Specifically, embodiment focuses on three areas: the role played by the environment in which work takes place; how work really takes place (i.e., not work in the abstract, but in reality - the unplanned, unforeseen, the unexpectedness of working environments); and the recognition of the variety of roles artifacts play in our daily interaction with them (e.g., my pen makes a nifty letter opener at times)." [Tags: Interaction] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Albert Ip[Edit][Delete]: Let's Take Some Action, Random Walk in E-Learning [Edit][Delete]Random Walk in E-Learning [Edit][Delete] December 30, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] Albert Ip is "tired" of the debate concerning learning objects and calls for some action. After sketching a list of propositions (with which I am basically in agreement), he outlines two sets of action plans, one "for those who subscribe to 'information transfer' model," which is fairly detailed, and another "for those who subscribe to 'social constructivitistic' paradigms," which is sketchier and is for me, unfortunately, recursive. [Tags: Learning Objects, Paradigm Shift, Constructivism] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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