Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ten Web 2.0 Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes to Be a More Successful E-learning Professional

Ten Web 2.0 Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes to Be a More Successful E-learning Professional is an article that I stumbled across via the edna.edu.au website. This is a good list of things to do to clarify your thoughts, ideas & new info, particularly in such a fast moving industry. Perhaps I am just at a premliminary stage where all of the technicalities of this new industry are somewhat overwhelming. I intend to keep plugging away at my research bit by bit until these references become somewhat familiar to me - at least as not as foreign as they currently are. Stephen Downes is the author of this article, he worksfor the National Research Council Canada & the article was published in elearn Magazine.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Knowledge Presenter v7 - an e-learning tool

This software appears to be an effective & easy to use tool for creating e-learning lessons. Not only can you create a series of standard question types (multi-choice, open answer, click correct picture) but the software also offers administrator features such as ability to print the screens of the lesson(s), learners can email results or print certificates & it supports other software such as Windows Media Player. The web-page offers developer/administrator tools such as KP University, Common questions & a support service. They offer a 30 day free trial along with many online demos. Knowledge Presenter is copyrighted to Kookaburra Studios Pty Ltd, they appear to be a NSW based company (U1 44 Allworth Ave Davidson 2085).

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Facilitating online communities - free online course

Facilitating online communities is an online course offered by Otago Polytechnic (NZ) to formal learners (fee paying learners who have their work assessed & receive certification for successful completion of the course) and informal learners (lurkers or non-fee paying learners who follow the course to develop professional expertise). The course was facilitated by Leigh Blackall (Educational Developer for Otago Polytechnic). The course ran from July 2008 for 17 weeks & attracted an international audience. Leigh intends to run the course from July 2009 & is hoping to offer it to all learners free of fees. Leigh offers a concise & honest retrospective of the course on the blogspot page.
My intention is to work through the course program & complete the research topics on the weekly To Do lists & come July I will be able to participate in the real-time activities ie. Preparation for online mini-conference, considering feedback provided from other participants in the course. The course offers a blend of theories along with technical explanation of tools to use when facilitating online.