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Rushing Too Fast to Online Learning? PDF Print E-mail
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Science Daily reports on a new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) raises questions about that fast-growing trend in higher education.

Online learningThe study's strongest findings in favor of live instruction were for relatively low achieving students, male students and Hispanic students. While they may be better served by face-to-face education delivery, often those are the students who are most likely to receive online education.

You can read the original article here.

This article resonates with my own experience that lower achieving students need the personal hands on approach to give them the inspiration and support to make it through the course. This is a plug for blended learning which combines the value of study online and face to face interaction.

 

 

 

 
Moodle Glossary PDF Print E-mail
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MoodleThe Moodle Glossary sometimes causes a few glitches, especially when you want to use the very effective Autolinking feature.

Autolinking is a feature which highlights words in the Glossary, whenever they appear on text stored within Moodle. This means text loaded into Web Pages, Lesson Module text, forum postings, summaries etc. It does not work with uploaded documents such as PDF, and Word Documents.

To make Autolinking work you must follow these steps:

  1. In the Glossary Configuration, enable Autolinking .
  2. Each Glossary item needs to be set to enable Autolinking .
  3. In the Site Administration Menu, navigate to Modules -> Filters -> Manage Filters, and enable Glossary Autolinking .

Note that if you do not want particular text to be linked (in a forum posting, say) then you should add <nolink> and </nolink> tags around the text.

For more on the Glossary Module visit the Moodle Docs site.

 

 
e-Learning with Video PDF Print E-mail
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This week I purchased a low price video camera to create small video segments for various e-Learning courses I am developing.

Samsung HMX-10I had heard about the Flip Video Camera, and also the Samsung FlashCam. A promotion on the latter had me in a lather and ready to go. NZ$188 lighter I brought this little beauty home and began to play.

So what is it with these devices that will change e-Learning. Well there are 2 ways I can see right away.

The first is from the perspective of the teacher. A small simple instructional video can be easily made and uploaded into your LMS. No need for expensive equipment and more importantly experts to film and edit the software. The devices all come with their own basic software to download and convert the video to a reasonable file size. Video, just like standard camera images need some processing to keep the file size respectable.

The second is from the perspective of the student. The little cameras can be used for blogging, journals, recording work being done, or completed. It is easy to have an audio narration, and with a little effort, titles can be added to give it that movie feel.

Small enought to fit in my top pocket, I can even use it hands free.

Next time you're at a camera store, have a play with one of these. You'll become an addict like me, very fast.

 

Flip Video

 

 
Assumed Competency in Staff Training PDF Print E-mail
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There is a fundamental difference between online learning in academia and staff training environments.

Students in full and part time study have an allocated, if not required, time to focus on their study. Employees working full usually do not enjoy this allocation of time to maintain and improve their skills, even when provided as part of their job.

e-LearningIt is a challenge then to deliver efficient and enjoyable training programmes for paid employees.

Assumed competency is therefore a necessity in developing content for staff training environments. What this means is that the online content must be implemented with tools that test the user, and deliver content where it finds the user is lacking skills.

I use the Moodle LMS for delivering e-Learning courses, and there is a much underrated, and perhaps misnamed, module called the "Lesson" activity. Using this activity it is possible to create a branched tree structure to your content, with the user's passage through that tree determined by the answers to questions provided.

Using this methodology a user with proven skills can complete the training in a minimum time period. Any areas where lack of knowledge is detected, takes the user down a "branch" where the necessary skills or knowledge can be imparted.

 

 

 
e-Learning for Kids PDF Print E-mail
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OLPCFurther to my previous blog, there are a number of sites worldwide that support the education of children online.

One project that I have watched for some time is the OLPC or One Laptop Per Child Association. This is a US based non-profit organisation with the mission "to create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning."

There are also sites such as e-Learning for Kids which has a vision "to be the source for childhood learning on the Internet – available from anywhere and without charge".

e-Learning for Kids

 
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