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Julian Ridden

eAdventure - create e-learning Games - 0 views

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    The eAdventure platform is a research project aiming to facilitate the integration of educational games and game-like simulations in educational processes in general and Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) in particular. It is being developed by the e-UCM e-learning research group at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, with three main objectives: Reduction of the development costs for educational games Incorporation of education-specific e-learnings in game development tools Integration of the resulting games with existing courseware in Virtual Learning Environments From this website we wish to promote the use of the tools developed as part of the eAdventure project. The core of the eAdventure project is the eAdventure educational game engine, that runs games defined using the eAdventure language. Authors can use the graphical editor to create the games or directly access the human-readable source documents that describe the adventures using XML markup. With eAdventure, any person can write an educational point & click adventure game.
yc c

Mozilla Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge - 13 views

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    # Turn social bookmarking and page annotation into effective learning tools (for example by including peer-assessment features). # Allow users to easily compile personal e-portfolios (for example, by combining their own works - photos, comments, articles-with testimonials others have written about them). # Let the browser suggest relevant materials (for example, by automatically identifying additional articles based on what sites a person visit or which topics they search for). # Support social learning communities (for example, by making it easy to find and connect with others who share similar learning interests).
Fatima Anwar

Integrated Learning Platform: Is California University of Pennsylvania the best learning platform for you? - 0 views

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    California University of Pennsylvania features a satellite field in Canonsburg yet as an outsized virtual college. One of America's top-ranked online schools and feature resource offers academic education for undergraduate, graduate, and online degrees
Tero Toivanen

eLearn: Feature Article - 0 views

  • The goal of the Semantic Web is to provide the capacity for computers to understand Web content that exists on systems and servers across the Internet, ultimately adding value to the content and opening rich new data, information, and knowledge frontiers.
  • In essence, the Semantic Web is a collection of standards, data structures, and software that make the online experience more detailed, intelligent, and in some cases, more intense.
  • In addition to the standards that govern the data and its structure, semantic technologies seek to define the framework and method of communication between systems.
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  • This is a key component of the Semantic Web because IPAs will make the intelligent connections between content, mapping relationships, and alerting users and systems to content that previously would not have been identified, or if recognized, would have been discovered accidentally by searching or user recommendation. The Web will essentially be building correlations between defend types of learning interaction regardless of whether the user is online.
  • The potential of the Semantic Web could actually revolutionize the learning experience. Roger Schank, who helped found the Learning Center at Carnegie Mellon University, designed a new methodology that eliminates classes, tests, lectures, and even programs themselves.
  • Schank argues the most effective way to teach new skills is to put learners in the kinds of situations in which they need to use those skills, and to provide mentors who help learners as and when they need it. Effective learners come to understand when, why, and how they should use skills and knowledge. They receive key just-in-time lessons, in such a way that learners will most likely remember the information later when they need it. In a Semantic Web context, learning would be continuously invigorated with the obvious benefits being an increase in the quality of content and the sophistication of student interactions.
  • The prospect of applying semantic concepts to learning administration as well as direct pedagogy could offer benefits to the institution and the learner.
  • educational organizations should keep data secure while addressing issues around open access, though in principle the way would be clear to integrate systems across intranets and extranets.
  • Government agencies and lawmakers need to engender the broad necessity and the vision as well as provide adequate support and development mechanisms for those institutions and innovators wishing to further semantic applications within e-learning. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the learners and tutors must embrace the new opportunities and pedagogical frontiers that a web of meaning could ultimately deliver.
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    The goal of the Semantic Web is to provide the capacity for computers to understand Web content that exists on systems and servers across the Internet, ultimately adding value to the content and opening rich new data, information, and knowledge frontiers.
tutstu

Student Dashboard | TutStu - 0 views

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    TutStu has built its proprietary LMS (Learning Management System) for Students. Students become a part of the LMS from the moment they Login on TutStu. On further usage, you will realize that the LMS is a powerful & smart work-horse. It's just the type of tool Students must use to manage their tutoring and learning experience. It is automates a lot of functionalities, for DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Learning. Using TutStu, Students can just concentrate on their Tutoring and Learning. Everything else is smartly managed by the System. It will be our constant endeavour to add more features, add further analytics, updates and upgrades the TutStu LMS.
Cassie Banka

Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day: Learning Tools Directory 2010 - 0 views

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    In 2006 I started the Learning Tools Directory. Since that time some tools have come and gone, and others have changed, adding more features and becoming more integrated. So I have now completely overhauled, updatd and re-organised the Directory into 12 categories. The Directory index appears here but the 12 categories are listed below.
Rick Beach

New e-book export feature enabled on Wikipedia - Wikimedia blog - 0 views

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    Create e-pub books from Wikipedia articles for mobile devices
Ted Curran

[Must Read!] Advice for Small Schools on the LMS Selection Process | e-Literate - 0 views

  • Migration is inevitable:
  • Migration can be an opportunity:
  • All of these systems are pretty good: It’s easy to get worried about making a “wrong” decision and picking the “inferior” product. The truth of the matter is that, given the needs of your institution (both present and foreseeable future), any of the major systems available in the US that I have some familiarity with (ANGEL, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodle, and Sakai) will provide you with adequate functionality.
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  • Accept the possibility that you may have Stockholm Syndrome:
  • If you are an LMS support person, then it is likely that you are too close to the day-to-day operations to have good perspective on all aspects of how well your current system is meeting your school’s needs. Make sure you get input from people with a broad range of experiences, roles, and perspectives.
  • All of these systems are pretty bad:
  • all of these systems will probably fare pretty well. But part of that is because our expectations are low. The state of the art in LMS design is frankly not great.
  • Having a system with 39,000 seldom-used features that require a course to learn how to use is not as valuable to you as having a system with 39 features that most people will find useful and can figure out how to use on their own.
  • You may not be a good judge of usability:
  • a system seems easy to use once you know how to use it.
  • Your current faculty LMS heroes may be the worst judges of usability: There is nobody on your campus more likely to have Stockholm Syndrome than the faculty member who taught her first online class using your current LMS, has never used anything different, and has devoted literally hundreds of hours to optimising her course—squeezing every ounce of value out your current system by exploiting every weird little feature and even figuring out how to turn a couple of a couple of bugs to her advantage. There are ways in which her perspective will be extremely valuable to you (which I’ll get to shortly), but judging usability is not one of them.
  • Somebody who has taught using multiple LMS’s could be a good judge of usability: Faculty members who have taught using 2 or 3 (or more) LMS’s generally have some sense of what differences between platforms really matter and what differences don’t in a practical sense.
  • The quality of the support vendor is almost certainly more important than the quality of the software:
  • Don’t assume that you know what the deal is with open source:
  • Your relationship with your LMS is not that different than your relationship with GMail or Yahoo! Mail. It’s hosted on somebody else’s servers; you don’t know anything about the details of the software—the programming langauge it’s written in, how much of it is open source, what the architecture is, what hardware it runs on, etc.—and you don’t care.
  • What matters to you is that the thing that appears in your web browser works reliably and does what you need it to do. Go to the open source LMS support vendors. Tell them what your requirements and capabilities are. Either they will be able to meet your needs or they won’t. Don’t decide in advance of getting the facts.
  • Don’t worry too much about the long-term financial viability of the vendors:
Thomas Ho

The Washington Monthly - The Magazine - The Siege of Academe - 0 views

  • At a certain point, probably before this decade is out, that parallel universe will reach a point of sophistication and credibility where the degrees—or whatever new word is invented to mean “evidence of your skills and knowledge”—it grants are taken seriously by employers. The online learning environments will be good enough, and access to broadband Internet wide enough, that you won’t need to be a math prodigy like Eren Bali to learn, get a credential, and attract the attention of global employers. Companies like OpenStudy, Kno, Quizlet, Chegg, Inigral, and Degreed will provide all manner of supportive services—study groups, e-books, flash cards, course notes, college-focused social networking, and many other fabulous, as-yet-un-invented things. Bali isn’t just the model of the new ed tech entrepreneur—he’s the new global student, too, finally able to transcend the happenstance of where he was born.
  • Colleges with strong brand names and other sources of revenue (e.g., government-sponsored research or acculturating the children of the ruling class) will emerge stronger than ever. Everyone else will scramble to survive as vestigial players.
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    I bookmarked the LAST page of this article to highlight the likely OUTCOMES & conceivable timeframe of this DISRUPTION...you can go to the bottom of the article to jump to the beginning. I know it's a LONG article, but it is worth the read!
Belinda Flint

Triptico: e-Learning Design and Training - 0 views

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    This is the free version of Word Magnets - you can buy the newer version which has more features - it's £100
Tero Toivanen

Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day: Mendeley - 2 views

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    Mendeley, free academic software for managing and sharing research papers, which is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Mendeeley lets you manage your papers online, discover research trends and connect to like-minded researchers. Here are some of its features: 1. Automatic metadata and reference extraction 2. Full-text search and filters 3. File management, renaming and folder monitorin 4. Bibliographies in Microsoft Word and OpenOffice 5. Sharing and collaborative annotation 6. Online management and multi-machine synchronization 7. Citation capturing in the browser 8. Research trends and statistics 9. Research profiles and newsfeeds
Dennis OConnor

Create Elearning with Google Voice - 5 views

  • Create Elearning with Google Voice EPS411 is developing ways to use Google Voice to create elearning. In the audio file below - recorded by calling my Google Voice number - I describe the process of how I recorded the message and suggest several uses for Google Voice to create elearning content. Since Google Voice gives so many output options - mp3 file, embed code, transcript, email - the options for elearning production seem unlimited. How could you use Google Voice for elearning production?
  • Potential uses include: Rapid production of Just-in-time training Record a SME introduction to an elearning program or answers to user questions Create “on-your-mind” training for later incorporation into an elearning program, podcast, blog post, or discussion.
  • EPS411 is developing ways to use Google Voice to create elearning. In the audio file below – recorded by calling my Google Voice number – I describe the process of how I recorded the message and suggest several uses for Google Voice to create elearning content. Since Google Voice gives so many output options – mp3 file, embed code, transcript, email – the options for elearning production seem unlimited.
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    | EPS411 ELearning Design and Production Just picked up on this concept. Use of audio in an online class can be very powerful and this might be an slick way to get the job done. One issue that always nags is the need for a transcript. To be accessible to the deaf, podcasts in courses should have a transcript. I've taken to writing a transcript before I record, even though I'm more comfortable with just winging it. I remain surprised that the voice to text technology remains so clunky (or expensive) that this isn't a build in feature with recording programs. If anyone know of a well priced product that produces audio files and a transcript at the same time... LET ME KNOW!
Maggie Verster

Using Moodle book - MoodleDocs - 0 views

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    Using Moodle - Teaching with the Popular Open Source Course management System by Jason Cole and Helen Foster is published by O'Reilly as part of the Community Press series. It can be downloaded for free. Cool The first edition of the book, written by Jason Cole and released in July 2005, is based on Moodle 1.4. The second edition, released in November 2007, has been updated to cover all the features in Moodle 1.8, such as the new roles and permissions system, blogs, messaging and the database module.
Tom Daccord

Message from the Future: Change Education Now video - 0 views

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    You Tubevideo plea from the year 2058 to change education now
Kathy Howerton

21 Classes - Free Classroom and Educational Blogs - 27 views

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    "Get your students blogging. Create a virtual classroom and BlogPortal. Instant use, hosted, free."
Angel Lee

Hire Joomla Programmer With SEO Skills - 1 views

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