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August 22, 2009

e-Learning: Strategies

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 10:33 am

Learning is a means to enhance workforce performance, says author Marc Rosenberg, former president of the International Society for Performance Improvement and a principal with Diamond Technology Partners Inc., an e-business consulting firm. The idea is to work better and smarter, no matter what the business. For example, some companies may want salespersons to learn new techniques to sell more products or services; other companies may want plumbers to learn how to fix broken pipes more quickly so they can handle more jobs.

Until recently, says Rosenberg, training has been handled with a “default approach” consisting of four elements: a goal of improving specific performance; a design “best suited” to what needs to be learned; a medium of instruction (classroom, text, etc.); and an assessment or certification.

Those elements, however, do not support “knowledge management”–the creation, archiving and sharing of “valued information, expertise and insight.” Strategically, training has to be “transformed” for today’s business world, Rosenberg argues, so that “e-learning” becomes embedded in the daily work culture.

August 21, 2009

Technology – Plays An Important Role in Education

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 12:34 pm

Technology is now vital to the day-to-day running of the area’s schools. We live in a digital age and fast, effective networking technologies and e-learning tools have shot up the agenda for schools and colleges nationwide. Having a high-speed infrastructure in place that supports virtual learning environments, secure email, and finance and human resources systems is no longer just an added extra for schools, but pivotal to the efficient and effective running of institutions.

To ensure a reliable and resilient service, the county’s schools also benefit from a dedicated managed service desk and monitoring facilities. Any issues can be identified and solved as soon as possible so that any service disruption is minimized.

Using interactive applications and e-learning tools is a fantastic way to encourage collaboration and engage with the digital generation. To ensure that children across the county have access to a creative, innovative learning experience is the publisher’s objective.  Publishers are increasingly tying up with Internet service providers to get educational sites faster, more reliable access to online teaching and learning resources

August 14, 2009

Importance of an effective LMS

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 3:02 pm

One  important element of an effective learning management system course is early and detailed communication with students. What kind of information is essential to provide early on in a e-learning course?

Teach students about course navigation with the use of videos, taking advantage of the simple-to-use video creation tools that LMSs like Coggno offer. Video tours are an easy and fun way to reach students quickly and effectively with important information. And presenting this information in a visually interesting way will help ensure that this important information is

Especially for first-time e-learners, it’s best to understand what they can expect from a course as early as humanly possible. Your course outline should include some critical info about the online course. In the course outline, stress the importance of familiarizing oneself with the LMS and exploring all the different features. Students should understand where all the different content can be found in each section of the e-learning course. Advise learners to check the LMS on a regular basis for class updates, assignments, or announcements. Describe in minute detail what happens when students miss an assignment or a class (if there are classes,) as well as how exactly students will be graded, and any other bits of critical information.

One more useful function of the syllabus that will help avoid later problems is an outline of the plagiarism policy. Although most of us understand that plagiarism is prohibited, it’s not uncommon for people to be unsure what exactly qualifies as such. Though real and intentional plagiarizing is all-too-common common, unintended incidents of cheating also happen and cause a big mess for everyone involved. But with your help, such situations are preventable. The fact is that many people are just uninformed about how to cite sources properly.

The solution? Attach a citation guide like MLA or ATA style to your syllabus explaining the correct way to cite articles, books, websites, and other published works.

Helping learners feel at home in their virtual learning environment, confident in their navigation skills, and clear about expectations and course processes can be achieved using a few simple tools. These include a well developed syllabus, videos, and citation guides (which are easy to find online). Quick and clear establishment of the features, tone, and objectives of your e-learning course will help avoid any confusion or problems in the future. It will establish a harmonious and dynamic learning management system experience not only for your learners, but for administrators and course instructors as well.

August 8, 2009

Challenges In Test Preparation Programs

Filed under: High Stakes Assessment — Focus EduVation @ 12:57 pm

testTest Preparation Programs for K-12 and higher education could be a challenging task with the re-enforced NCLB law.  Testing is becoming a regular part of education for K-12 grade students. Whether it is placement tests, progress assessment tests, college entrance tests or high school exit tests, students endure their fair share of testing. With more schools incorporating high school exit tests into their educational experience, making sure students have mastered the necessary high school curriculum has new meaning.

Test preparation practices on state achievement tests is why scores on state tests have gone up dramatically under No Child Left Behind, while scores on non-targeted tests (like the National Assessment of Educational Progress) and lots of other educational outcomes (like college readiness) have declined.

There is a lot of debate about consequences of test preparation for achievement :

  • Formalizing a performance assessment for these test is a growing challenge
  • Another research shows that, assessment works best for students when it is integrated with instruction and is a part of learning support, as in formative assessment
  • Standardizing these tests based on grade level appropriateness
  • Preparation of these test items has to be very generic and measure academic performance only

Teachers are also at risk for elevated stress levels due to the NCLB Act which links tests scores to teacher performance. Eliminating the risks to prepare unbiased test items is the key challenge

August 6, 2009

Technology That Drives Success At Schools

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 12:48 pm

Across the country, colleges and universities are embracing innovative, digital technologies and customized learning platforms to drive academic achievement. While print textbooks remain the foundation of higher education course materials, publishers are creating new digital applications that enable institutions and faculty to become more effective, and engage digital learners to enhance their academic achievement and succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy.

Educational publishers recognize the power of today’s technology and devices like the iPod and Amazon Kindle to adapt to how students learn. They’re studying how students interact with these tools and process information, and how instructors teach, to design new ways to make learning a more effective, efficient, and personalized experience for students.

“By observing thousands of students and their learning styles, we’ve ascertained a great deal about their work habits, study plans, and other learning preferences. This information is being used by today’s publishers to create digital tools to connect students to content on a new level and empower them to succeed,” says Ed Stanford, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education. “A transformation is occurring on campuses across the country as students embrace technology in every aspect of learning.”

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