Join me at EdTechWeekly at 7:00 p.m. ET every Sunday night for weekly live web sessions!
Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live web cast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!
The linked web site - Rubric for Online Instruction - presents a means of assessing (and self-assessing) an online learning program based on best practice guidelines developed in the TIGERS Project. The site, hosted by California State University, Chico, includes a rubric for online instruction, as well as links to other instructional design resources to create, deliver and evaluate online instruction including:
Looking for a quick browser based FTP solution? Try fireftp. I've been using it for months now with great success. It only takes a couple of clicks to set up and to FTP right from the Firefox browser.
Is your computer running Windows feeling a little sluggish? Start up "issues"? Consider doing a couple of quick scans to get things back in order. Microsoft buries these free little gems within their Windows Live One Care site. Why they hide these goodies from their customers, I cannot explain. However, even though these free morsel of goodness are hidden away in the bowels of Microsoft, they are well worth the effort to find them and use them. Each scan runs via your browser. The clean up scan runs a disk clean up (to compress old files and toss out temp files), a registry cleaner (that has gotten me out of a jam or two when I have been unable to clean out the pipes in any other way) and creates a restore point (which has also helped me when I go overboard testing out new software). The tune up scan simply checks to see if it is time to defrag. The only bummer ... you need to dust off IE to run these ... and they try to upsell Windows Live One Care when you are done. But, you can simply chose "Not yet" and be on your way with cleaner tubes.
After reading Dr. Schank's Learning by Doing article in the infamous Green Book for class, I dug into his recent whereabouts and found these links of interest:
This week and last, we have been discussing issues of structure in learning environments. Prof. Honebien observed that the degree of required structure within a learning environment is based on a) the learner's task and b) required scaffolding and that the standard of performance affects both. Here is my take away from his comments:
This week, a student pal brought up the topic of mlearning. As I've posted on my blog for some time now, I too feel that there has to be some learning (edtech) opportunity for mobile devices when an estimated 80% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 own cell phones, as reported in the linked AP article by Allen Breed.
Attached is the presentation material from the Drupal workshop I hosted today during the 2007 Indiana University IST Conference. Please leave any comments below or use the contact form (on the menu bar above) if you have any questions ... or ... better, yet ... join us on Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET for live web casts at the Drupal CMS Academy!
The AECT web site offers a global roundup of academic institutions offering degree programs in educational communications and technology. Search the database for specific types of degrees (Certificates, Masters, PhD, etc) offered both f2f or online.
I gave Yahoo! Pipes a try this morning to see what all the fuss is about. In a nut shell, it is a hosted mashup tool on steroids with a fairly simple interface to seek and grab web content for publishing within your desired mashup. I fear I have only seen the tip of this iceberg, so I can't yet fully get my head around it or the possibilities. One refreshing aside ... it is a project from the largely dormant Yahoo!
The February / March issue of Innovate is out. Here is a roundup for the topics covered in this issue. To mix it up, I linked to the author bio - face to a name. The publications are found in the left side bar or under each author profile:
Read all about it - http://www.groundhog.org/
I read about SplashCast this morning from one of my favorite go-to sources - Robin Good.
SplashCast allows a "caster" to upload audio, picture, video or text
(or even content from an RSS feed, I believe) to the site and integrate
it into a "show" that is "broadcast" on a channel with a player that
can be embedded into any blog, web page or start pages (such as Pageflakes ) . I have only played with it
for a few minutes so far, but it is slick for a lot of reasons: 1) it
is incredibly simple to use and upload content (and in the case of
The linked site, prepared by Charles Reigeluth, provides a great overview of the key instructional design theories and approaches under the "Basic Methods of Instruction" tab. The site also includes links to additional instructional theory references, such as the infamous "Green" book (aka Instructional-Design Theories and Models)!
In IU IST R626, we are analyzing Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience* as it relates to learning and instructional design. For discussion and debate, our prof. broke our group into pro / con camps and I am part of "con". I have been digging into some online resources and (so far) have come up with links to the following:
George Seimens at the Learning Technologies Center at the University of Manitoba is coordinating a free Online Connectivism Conference that runs from February 2 - 9, 2007. Per the announcement, the conference "is an open online forum exploring how learning has been impacted by ongoing changes." Confirmed presenters include:
During our little weekly discussions at EdTechWeekly , we've joked a fair amount about Google (Big Brother) gathering up all of our personal data to take over the world. Today, I ran across a new "feature" (?) of Google Reader that displayed my recent blog reading habits. While it provided me with several moments of shock and awe (I read HOW MANY blog posts in the last 30 days?), it also did a good job of illustrating how Big Brother can (and does) gather, track and log our online habits. Did I get a bit of a sick knot in my stomach after seeing the data they collected? Yep. Will it change how I use Google products? Nope.
Here is a snippet of some of the data they captured about me this past month:
Attached is my presentation proposal to the Indiana University 2007 IST Conference.
All fears of selling my soul to the Google devil aside, Google Reader is good (ok ... pretty darn great). As a long time Bloglines gal, I haven't checked by blog roll there for months. Tonight, I found another reason to justify the switch. Google Reader has a little toolbar widget (under Settings / Goodies) that allows you to stumble on to the next post in the feedreader (think StumbleUpon) and what makes it great is that you go directly to the original blog. This is a great alternative when you want to catch up on the full content of your favorite blog or just to see the post in greater context. Cool.
This one will require further reflection, so I'll save it ... an excerpt from one of my professors during a recent discussion:
"This thread illustrates classic "nitpicker" logic. The solution is supported/attacked, primarily on the basis of personal bias (one's perceived learning style), which eventually leads us into an unwinable stalemate. This post begins to provide the conditions and outcomes we need to evaluate the choice of instructional strategy. To extract yourself from this kind of trap, you must use Reigeluth's prescriptive Conditions/Methods/Outcomes model as the basis for your logic and negotiation position.
In other words, your argument would refine the conditions: If I had 18-24 year old novices taking an e-learning class on the topic of dance styles (condition); refine the outcomes: my desired outcome is that they could 1) recognize a Tango (cognitive) and 2) appreciate the beauty of the Tango (affective); logically link to the ideal method: then perhaps the most ideal instructional method would be to show the video as an example of a Tango. Similarly, both the video and the animation would be worthless if the conditions stated an instructor-led course with no media display device in the classroom (obviously). "
FLUX is a new blog hosted by Futurelab, a UK based nonprofit focused on learning and technology. The blog is produced by a panel of writers who contribute to "articles, projects and resources". The Futurelab web site is packed with great learning and technology links and resourses. I recently received a free print copy of Vision, a learning based magazine, that is also available in pdf download. Good stuff.
Just a quick post from the road. Had a great time at the bowl game (and in Savannah and St. Augustine). Testing out the blogging ability of my PDA. Works great!
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