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Friday, September 14th, 2007
11:52 am
Instructional Design resources
Hello!  I have need of some guidance, and I was hoping you all might be able to help.  I am interviewing for a job as an Instructional Designer/Writer for an online learning management system.  I have had experience in Instructional Design in my last two jobs, but I've never had any formal training in it.  So for this interview, they want me to do an "applied ISD exercise" and present it, and then defend it in a 30-minute Q&A.  Do any of you have any ideas as to what an "applied ISD exercise" might be?  And also, do you have any books or websites you'd recommend I read to get some of the theoretical basics down?  I've got about four days to prepare for this thing.  Any help would be much appreciated!
Friday, June 30th, 2006
3:59 pm
Podcasts in Science
Here's something I found in the Rose Colored Glasses - Thoughts on Instructional Design blog. Thought it might be of interest. It talks about podcasts in science and lists several on the post. Good stuff. Here's the link: http://jmajor.midsolutions.org/?p=148
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
8:34 am
Open University to Share Content
The Open University today announced a GBP £5.65 million (US $9.9 million) project to make a selection of its learning materials available free of charge to educators and learners around the world. Supported by a grant of US $4.45 million from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation the University will launch the website in October 2006.

See more here: http://oci.open.ac.uk/pressrelease.html

It's a bit late for this post (they announced in March), but there may be goodies to be had for the educational community.<br /
Thursday, May 19th, 2005
11:28 am
slogging through online textbooks...
Hello, all. I'm taking several courses through Athabasca University as a start to their University Certificate in Computing and Information Systems. (Read: I'm a computer geek who's finally getting some formal education to support her interests.)

The first course of the program, COMP200 - Intro to Computing and Information Systems, has entirely digital course material. The textbook, as it were, is more or less one massive, organized website. I've just about finished the second chapter of the text and I've run into a problem: my brain has started to refuse information. Up until this point, I've had no problems reading through the material and keeping digital notes in the form of a .txt file. For this latest unit, however, I've had to print out each section in order to retain anything. My notes eventually end up in the .txt file, but not until I've gone through the print-out with a highlighter and done things 'the old-fashioned way'.

I'm thinking it could be due to the large amounts of reading I do online without needing to retain anything (blogs, webcomics, fanfiction, etc.). A type of conditioning or somesuch, where the brain goes "Huh? What? I need to remember this stuff now? Um, no, I don't think so."

Has anyone else run into this? Any ideas on how to get past it? Right now, the current plan is just to keep on slogging, trying to get the retention up and going again.

Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005
1:26 pm
Advanced math classes through distance learning?
Hi, does anyone know of any colleges or universities that of­fer advanced math classes (beyond first year calculus) via dista­nce learning? Thanks!
Thursday, January 15th, 2004
8:29 pm
Distance Program Development
I am currently involved in helping to design a rather complex program for delivery in a higher education setting. It's a master's degree in project management that is to be deliverd to (mainly) corporate clients within several corporations. We're tasked with a redesign of the courses to suit both a U.S. and U.K. (plus others) audience.

Design issues that have surfaced so far (well, a few of them, anyway) include the fact that we are dealing with two different universities, one of which is merging with a larger university in the U.K. On top of that, we have two separate admissions systems, separate student service divisions, different learning management systems, and different ideas about how distance education should work.

My take is that the courses should be transportable, offered on CD for students who travel, and generalized with regard to activities within the LMS (but with activities for each lesson) such that students at both universities can access the same content. I think that once the main committee in charge sees this, they'll be amenable to it over the print-based/independent study/ exam-at-the-end model. But what to call things? lessons? units? modules? Does the U.K. use syllabi? Do they call them syllabi?

Oh, and the only designer on the project, officially, is me--the U.K. group has a coordinator, but no actual IDs on-site to help with this. So I need to be extra careful about what I do here, so that the students aren't the ones who end up paying.

Comments? Ideas?

Current Mood: busy
Sunday, December 14th, 2003
12:16 pm
Welcome to the Distance Education Weblog!
This weblog is a place to post thoughts, ideas, and questions on all aspects of distance education--from K-12 learning through video teleconferencing, to paper-based correspondence study, to online education, to informal and nonformal education.

It is my hope that we will have a good conversation here. Join in!

Please Note: The purpose of this community is not to advertise products. However, brief announcements of conferences or calls for papers may be blogged here.

Current Mood: creative
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