Saturday, May 31, 2008
If you are teaching a course about online learning, you may want to consider using this as your textbook. Students can buy the hard-copy if they wish or they can save the dollars and download it.
Terry Anderson is a Professor in the Centre of Distance Education at Athabasca University and he holds a Canadian Research Chair in Distance Education. Click here to go to his online portfolio. Terry also posts to a blog or two. Check out his Virtual Canuck Blog at http://terrya.edublogs.org/
Saturday, May 24, 2008
10 Trends in e-Learning that are worth watching.
Sub Notebooks based on Linux that are primarily designed for cloud computing. http://eeepc.asus.com/global/
Cloudo where your desktop is online. http://www.cloudo.com/
Storage on Websites is cheaper. You can get 125 GB for $10 a month
Google, Yahoo and MSN for online computing
Email effectiveness is decreasing. As a communication channel it is clogging up with volume and spam.
The server load to filter spam is becoming enormous.
RSS Feeds and readers could become a second channel of communicating but it still have low acceptance. www.google.com/reader
Instant Messaging is not taking over yet. www.pidgin.im/
Social Networking is growing.
Using social networking to enhance learning is emerging with significant potential – www.facebook.com
The central principles are very interesting.
The learning is in control of their postings and how has access to them. Personal Learning Networks.
Centralizing on lifelong learning journals
Wiki like technologies are maturing into full power collaboration tools for
project management and coordination
Content Repositories and Knowledge Management system.
Symposium on virtual environments in biology, medicine and history.
Technologies that are developed and maintained by large communities of users and not vendors.
Open Office is becoming a real alternative. - www.openoffice.org
Based on Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP platforms.
First emergence of Linux based commercially availability personal computers with only free software on them. http://eeepc.asus.com/global/
Older and more mature systems are becoming too large and unwieldy and difficult to maintain and keep nimble.
Blackboard is one and Windows is another example.
$500 laptops where Windows license is about half of that. and MS Office is about the same.
Windows is bogging down with Virus, spyware and firewall security
Open Content movements
More and more expertise is being shared for free.
Creative Commons Movement http://creativecommons.org/
MIT, OU UK and my other PS institutions are sharing their course content with the public. http://www.opencontentalliance.org/
Electronic libraries and books being available to public for free. http://books.google.com/
Portable Apps and PC
USB Memory flash drives now 8 GB and affordable.
USB Hard Drives pocket up to 250 GB – Put your whole life on it and carry it in your pocket.
USB Not pocket size 1 TB and affordable.
Open Office and other apps that can run from a USB drive and
Personal Media Players, Cameras, PDA and merging with Cell Phones
Dell stopped making their pocket computers.
Smart phones are emerging as significant players
e-Learning authoring tools are more sophisticated and affordable.
Authorware 12 years about was $3000 now there is eXe for free and Captivate for $500.
eXe request less time in training and free http://exelearning.org/
MS giving one away. http://www.microsoft.com/learning/tools/lcds/default.mspx
Generation of learners that have grown up with computers, computer games, the Internet.
My 6 year old is already using Webkins. http://www.webkinz.com/us_en/
Other online metaverses like
Everyone is so busy
5 Minute presentations
Little time for reflections
Greater demands on instructors and learners.
Scope of knowledge required is growing.
Connectivity to knowledge is becoming more important than knowing the knowledge.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
But this week I discovered that the Royal Bank is giving the 2G Surf models away for free is you switch over to one of their accounts. Click here to check it out. So now you can get one for free and try it out.
I recommend that you get one of these low end models and if you do like it, buy the 8G or 900 models as they have the memory you will need. Then give the 2G Surf to a child as they make great computers for children.