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February 16, 2010

For E-learning – Amazon Kindle 2 is the way!

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 1:27 pm

For sure, the Amazon Kindle 2 electronic book reader is lifestyle these days. It’s actually considered cool to be seen reading say on the subway or in a restaurant. With it, you’ll never run out of things to read. And if you like to read multiple books in parallel, this is your lucky day. They’re making their way into schools soon where dead-tree books have been eternally intrinsic. From any angle, the Kindle reader appears set to stay. With the launch of Kindle 2 Amazon has integrated the entire business of e-reading. The eBook reader is not only filled with smart features, it’s also connected and mobile just like the cellular phone. It is essentially a cellular eBook reader in that it has wireless coverage anywhere in the US for Amazon bookstores plus browsing text-centric websites like Wikipedia, Google and others. Besides the good looks, the new generation Kindle is also flush with supreme functional features. The ergonomics is superb too, having been ironed out of whatever shortcomings the original version endured. This technological marvel has now been packaged into a thing of beauty and functionality with accident-proof buttons, smooth rocker controls, standard keyboard and stylish overall layout. Although the Kindle is likely to attract quite a bit of attention, that’s not the intention of the design upon the reader. The objective was in fact to get the reader ‘lost in your reading, not the technology’. It has so gallantly replicated the feature of a good physical book to disappear while you’re reading it but can’t put it down except it’s now can’t put the Kindle down. The trademark feature of the Kindle reader has to be its Whispernet wireless service. So far, it’s the only eBook reader equipped with this facility. Readers are in constant touch with the bookstore and subscriptions plus synchronized with other devices associated with their Kindles through its Whispersync network and all this for free by Amazon when you Buy Kindle 2. The service is powered by 3G technology so it doesn’t have to be within any hotspot zone to be functional. Yes, the Amazon Kindle Electronic Book Reader is but a book. And what a book! It’s any book you wish, out of 275,000 and you can carry more than a thousand of them everywhere you go and access the rest in less than 60 seconds. Amazon has publicly stated its goal of availing any book that’s ever printed in electronic form for the Kindle within the US. That’s a tall order but based on their track record, you don’t want to bet against it.

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February 11, 2010

The pros and cons of Distance Learning

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 12:06 pm

There are many pros and cons of online learning. In this article you will find some very interesting points that will help determine whether this type of learning is not for you o. Before you decide, you need to ask some questions and answers to determine if online learning is right for you. These are important questions that thought and then answered. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages will give you the answers need.

One of the advantages of distance learning is the flexibility to study when free from work and family. This is the biggest, most for this type of learning. You can schedule a program of study and work around your current schedule. The class is available to you whenever you are available to participate. You can choose the time that you opened for the school.

Another advantage is the ability to work at their own pace. This helps people who need a little ‘timeUnderstanding of the subject being tested. Even thought you get online, some people learn faster than others, so that this type of learning that same place, like the others, or you can activate in advance. You have the option back, and then repeat the segment are difficult to understand.

Another advantage would be the discussion forum. Some people are not satisfied with public speaking, making the discussion forum to facilitate communicationQuestions and get answers to your questions. Discussion forums can be accessed at any time. Many of his students this is a great advantage. You can go back and find the answers, if you forget the subject of the request and response.

The disadvantage is that learning on-line, not all people who have self-discipline. You can also use the school for the week and avoid falling far behind. This makes learning more difficult when you try to reach with the class. You must make a plan and stick to it. This issometimes very difficult for those who want to store things.

Another disadvantage in some cases is that one can not always be able to talk to a teacher, if you need help. This can be very frustrating if you are not able to understand the material studied. When taking the online course you are the only one in the class. Some people can interact with other students, so this is an inconvenience as a result of online learning.

So now we know that some of the advantages andDisadvantages, are in a position to decide if the training is on-line for you or not do. This is a very big step and should be thought of in great detail. Learning online can be both gratifying and rewarding for the right people.

February 5, 2010

iPad for Publishers

Filed under: New Trends — Focus EduVation @ 2:03 pm

Last week Apple released its newest device, the iPad. The device is available with 3G connectivity. The device has iBooks application features. This gives Apple an extra edge over the e-book world market

The iBook Store allows iPad users to browse and purchase e-books on their device. With 3G connectivity, an iPad user can buy a book virtually anywhere, which puts the device on par with Amazon’s Kindle. The iBook Store is set up much like the iTunes store, except it’s for books. When using the iBook app you are presented with your virtual bookshelf; all the iPad user has to do is tap on the book they wish to read. Most titles will be sold for between $12.99 and $14.99.

Apple has the support of five major publishing houses; Penguin, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Hachette Book Group, and Simon & Schuster. Negotiations with Random House, the worlds largest consumer book publisher, were going on up until the day of the iPad’s release and they were left out of the keynote presentation last Wednesday.

One of the most exciting things about the iBook Store for publishers is that it will utilize the ePub format. This format is the e-book standard and non-proprietary. This means that publishers don’t have to learn a new format when they convert their print books into e-books.

Will the iPad change the world of e-books, and in so doing, publishing? Or is this new technology just another over-hyped product by Apple? Time can only tell but it seems like the iPad is already changing things, only a week after its announcement.

February 2, 2010

Improving Assessment Design

Filed under: High Stakes Assessment — Focus EduVation @ 1:26 pm

There are two major issues in assessment that will dominate discussion of e-learning, those of provision of meaningful interaction and feedback, and issues of verification of identity.

Conventional essay-based assessment techniques are applicable to e-learning with tutors providing written comment and feedback on student performance and these may well form the backbone of summative assessment schemes.

However the interactive capabilities of ICT systems can be exploited to improve the provision of formative assessment exercises.  The majority of e-learning delivery systems will provide authors with a range of options for the presentation of multiple choice questions. The value to students of these systems can be significantly improved by careful design of the remedial teaching provided in the feedback responses to MCQs.

Assessment design should be aligned to the style of course hence within a programme a diversity of assessment techniques will be encountered.  Assessors should satisfy themselves that curriculum designers address the aggregation of the cumulative evidence on student performance gained through all modes of assessment.

Curriculum designers must consider how best to address the sensitive issue of assuring the identity of students following e-learning programmes. They should be guided by institutional policy but must themselves have confidence in their systems and be in a position to defend them to academic and professional peers (also to assessment and accreditation panels).

Examinations under controlled conditions are regarded as the benchmark for verification of candidate identity and performance.  However, curriculum designers should be able to demonstrate that every effort is made to relate examination performance with the aggregate profile of student performance gained through other forms of summative assessment.

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