Distance Learning as an Enabler of Realisation of Linguistic and Cultural Human Rights – Practical Implementation Process of Distance Learning at the Sámi Education Institute: The virtual education provided by the Sámi Education Institute consists of learning environment that is based on synchronous Learnlinc-lessons, working with Moodle learning platform as well as different collective working tools and practices. The education also includes contact learning sessions.
Best Practices for Teaching and Presenting Live Virtual Classes and Meetings: We have compiled a series of best practices for teaching and presenting live virtual classes and meetings drawn from the experiences of our in-house professionals or our clients that are proven to enhance the success rate of your live sessions. You can adopt any of these suggestions with the confidence that they will have a positive impact on your virtual classes and/or meetings.
Guidelines for Web Conferencing Audio & Video (iLinc): These days, with everyone looking to cut costs, it’s only natural to be focused on delivering the most cost-effective training, webinar or presentation. This of course raises the question of when to use Internet audio versus a traditional teleconference. Teleconferences are an easy way to get started with web conferencing but usually the cost of this option is greater. Depending upon the goals of your session, the audience you are targeting and your available budget, the answer may differ.
Successfully Rolling Out Enterprise Web Conferencing: Getting ready to introduce a new software application can be a stressful process, no matter how many times you’ve done it before. Expectations from your user community are high, and the pressure’s on.
"Linc-ing" the Enterprise: Web Conferencing Completes the Puzzle: Web conferencing adds a virtual element to the enterprise communications puzzle, linking work groups and bridging gaps formed by text and voice-only communication. Once viewed as a replacement to travel, it is permeating the business communications structure and meeting needs where travel may have never been an option. With rapid growth surfaces issues including data integrity, system reliability and security. As web conferencing is used for confidential communications, especially in financial services and high-tech, the need for secure solutions becomes paramount. When the software is managed by internal IT personnel, there is more control over features and employee access, enabling it to truly become an enterprise communications standard.
Inside Track to Live Internet Training - by Allen communication
A Recipe for Whipping Up Online Facilitation Par Excellence: A well-written article that captures some of the problems associated with online facilitation. The authors offer practical advice on creating and maintaining momentum and motivation for online learners. Written by Linda Waddell and Sue Byrne, published in the November 2003 issue of Sidebars.
Online Facilitation - From Workplace to Workspace: This article is an excerpt from a larger publication titled "Workplace to Workspace". The authors provide practical guidance on how one can be an effective online facilitator. Topics include: defining facilitation, mailing list communication and collaboration, facilitation roles and responsibilities, and maintaining your virtual community (such as those on your mailing list). Those who are managing information sharing will benefit from reading this article.
BandwidthPrimer.pdf - The basic conditions and terms used to describe information exchange over networks.
Instructional Systems Design
Instructional Design for Online Course Development: The Illinois Online Network (ION) website includes some excellent articles on how to design and develop instruction online. Topics include: Learning Styles, Online Strategies, and Developing Course Objectives. There is also a Powerpoint presentation on Instructional Design
Marc Prensky: Digital Game-Based Learning: Consultant and author Marc Prensky has posted articles and book excerpts on his web site related to the potential role of electronic gaming on e-learning activities divided into two main themes: students, games and learning; and military. Included are chapters from his book "Digital Game-Based Learning". Click on the "writing" link for on-line access to the book excerpts and articles. This is a good resource for those wishing to explore what electronic gaming may teach us about successful e-learning strategies
Learning and Knowledge Management
Learning Objects - A primer for neophytes: This brief article informs the reader about what learning objects are and why they are being talked about. The author also provides some links to resources on LOs. Written by Glen Millar for Sidebars, November 2003, Vancouver B.C
A Revolution in Knowledge Sharing: E-Knowledge and using knowledge assets. This well-written paper challenges educators to begin "reflecting about the nature of knowledge and how knowledge can be understood and shared". Topics discussed include: interoperability and learning objects, knowledge cultures, digital asset management, and knowledge repositories. Source: Educause Review, September/October 2003.
Promotion of Development Oriented ICT Applications for E-Learning. Abstract: This paper defines what an e-Learning system is, discusses the opportunities and challenges associated with e-Learning and reviews The European Union's e-Learning initiative as an example of a regional plan for e-Learning, and views some of the main themes in the USA Web Commission Report. Source: WSIS, February 2003. Author: Sami Zahra
When is a Learning Object not an Object: A first step towards a theory of learning objects - This paper examined various institutional definitions of learning objects and the link between learning objects and Object Oriented Programming theory. The authors "conclude the article with a short working definition and suggestions as to where future work is needed in the fleshing out of our understanding of learning objects." Authors: Mike Sosteric and Susan Hesemeier of Athabasca University. Source:International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (October - 2002)
Staff Development Modelling new skills for Online Teaching (PDF file). Staff development and online teaching is the topic of this paper written by G.Salter and S. Hansen from The University of Western Sydney. The authors discuss the "need to model new teaching strategies and skills required for teaching successfully in an online environment.
"What keeps you up at night": topics, challenges and concerns of learning and training colleagues around the world. "What Keeps You Up at Night" has 672 contributions that will give you a global perspective of what your colleagues are facing as their daily challenges. These have been sorted and categorized into 12 chapters. for your easy reading. The 88 page book is downloaded or viewable as a PDF file. Feel free to pass this along to any of your colleagues. (The MASIE Center and Learning 2005 has assembled a FREE downloadable Digital Book, based on your "confessions" of the problems and challenges that keep you awake)
Adapting technology for school improvement: a global perspective: The application of technology to improve quality and delivery of education represents one of the most dramatic innovations in education of the past century. However, the international experience accumulated in the area has not been adequately shared. This book seeks to address this need, and takes a global focus. " edited by David W. Chapman and Lars O. Mahlck, International Institute for Educational Planning, 2004. (PDF, 307 pages.)
The Twenty Most Critical Internet Security Vulnerabilities This document details the 20 most common security flaws for networks, the Internet and personal home computing.