This is a comprehensive guide on eLearning. This document is currently a work in progress - contribute if you can - or come back to see this document develop.
What Is eLearning?
eLearning is the use of digital media such as the Internet, CDs, Cable TV and streaming media to facilitate education, training, lifelong learning, communication and online meetings. eLearning includes Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classrooms, simulations, games, audio, video and web conferencing, and more.
Technology Enables New Learning Opportunities
New technologies are complementing learning in the classrom and workplace settings, and it is enabling eLearning opportunities that can provide access to meetings, events education and workforce development opportunities accessible from the convenience of the home or workplace. Technologies such as audio and video conferencing; webcasting, podcasting and streaming media; web conferencing; CD Rom; and Cable TV enable realtime or on demand delivery of audio, full motion video, animation, and multimedia content. These technologies enable the near realtime transmission of events as they happen or make it possible to conveniently distribute pre-recorded/pre-edited media on demand. In other words, media that is stored can be made available for access at any time.
eLearning is saving money, providing exciting new options for education and workplace training, and it is creating new business development and customer relations opportunities. Today organizations are launching eLearning initiatives aimed at employees, customers, investors and more.
eLearning is enabling:
new workplace training and professional development programs such as product certification and regulatory compliance
new business and customer relationship opportunities such as sales presentations, technical support and product training
continuing education and industry training for industry clusters or professional associations
transformation of K-12 and higher education
new school-to-work opportunities
There are many forms of eLearning, distance learning, computer based learning (CBL) to support education and training. Your choice will be based upon a number of factors such as: your goals, funding, size of your organization and number of learners, availability of technology, instructional level (i.e. high school, workplace, etc.), and instructor and student comfort with technoloy.
The following is a quick summary of eLearning alternatives.
Use of technology (Internet, CD’s) to complement local classroom/workplace learning
Online Only – No Face-To-Face Meetings
Blended – Combination Online & Face-To-Face
Synchronous – Real Time Multi-Student Online Instructor Led
Asynchronous – Students-Instructor Intermittent Interaction
Self-study with subject matter expert
Web-based (Individual or Group)
Computer-Based (CD-ROM) (Individual or Group)
Synchronous: Real-time, instructor-led online learning (virtual) classroom. All participants are logged on at the same time and communicate directly with each other. The instructors have the ability to “call on" students, individually. Interaction may also be via audio or video conferencing, Internet telephony, or two-way live broadcasts.
Asynchronous: Learning via interaction between separated instructors and students and occurs intermittently with a time delay. Examples:
Self-Paced Courses Taken Via The Web Or CD-ROM
Online Discussion Groups
Access to learning is a basic right for everyone. Our goal is to make learning resources available to everyone.
Interesting upcoming conference news...
There is a growing academic and societal need for the integration of academic activities among themselves and with Society, including private and public sectors. An increasing number of academics have noticed the importance of integrating Research, Education, and Problem Solving among themselves and with societal and corporate real life problems. Information and Communications Technologies enabled different ways of supporting these kinds of integration processes. Informing Science is at the heart of academic activities (research, education, and consulting).
More information at: http://www.iiis2011.org/demset/website/default.asp?vc=51
Lots of resources at this site.
More information at: http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/WebHome
Two schools transform their ELL programs by giving students around-the-clock access to some of the latest mobile devices.
The typical student at the Newcomer Center, an alternative school in Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, IL, is a recent immigrant with little or no English skills. The school is a temporary stopover for these students--they stay at the center for about a year, building up their English-language skills, and are then transferred to an ESL program at their home school in the district.
Read about the latest in Education News links.
By JUSTIN POPE 09/14/11 11:08 AM ET
- Scores on the critical reading portion of the SAT college entrance exam fell three points to their lowest level on record last year, and combined reading and math scores reached their lowest point since 1995.
The College Board, which released the scores Wednesday, said the results reflect the record number of students from the high school class of 2011 who took the exam and the growing diversity of the test-taking pool – particularly Hispanics. As more students aim for college and take the exam, it tends to drag down average scores.
Still, while the three-point decline to 497 may look small in the context of an 800-point test, it was only the second time in the last two decades reading scores have fallen as much in a single year. And reading scores are now notably lower than scores as recently as 2005, when the average was 508.
By Claire Gordon, Posted Sep 14th 2011 @ 1:33PM
Today the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released some hard numbers that confirm this startling decline of the West and the rise of the rest. Although the West that's declining is almost exclusively America.
One of the most frequent questions I get asked, especially by those in smaller businesses, is “where do I start?” Getting off the ground in social media can be like trying to eat an elephant all in one sitting, but it doesn’t have to be.
So I’ve taken some of my best practices for getting started, and packaged them into this free e-book called Getting a Foothold In Social Media: A Get-Started Guide for Small and Medium Businesses. I focused it on this group because they seem to have the fewest resources and most questions, but by all means, I think many of the tenets remain the same no matter what size business you’re in.
More information at: http://altitudebranding.com/getting-a-social-media-foothold/
Using eLearning Learning, I thought it would be interesting to go look what it thinks are some of the top items of all time.