Monday, December 01, 2003

Belasungkawa [Eulogy]: Tan Sri Dr Abdullah Sanusi Ahmad

After the demise of Johan Ismail, the e-learning community just lost another key figure in the industry, the Chairman/Vice Chancellor of the Open University Malaysia (OUM), Tan Sri Dr Abdullah Sanusi Ahmad passed away last week due to heart attack.

My condolonces go to his family particularly his younger brother who is a classmate of mine as well as the staff at the Open University whom I have been collaborating with on some projects.

His profile is available here. Here are the details displayed as part of OUM condolonce message:

"Presiden / Naib Canselor OU Malaysia, Y Bhg Tan Sri Dato' Dr Hj Abdullah Sanusi bin Ahmad telah kembali ke Rahmatullah pada jam 1.25 pagi (29 Nov 03) di kediaman No 9, Jalan 14/48, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Allahyarham selamat dikebumikan di tanah perkuburan Bukit Kiara, Damansara, Kuala Lumpur pada kira-kira jam 2.00 petang hari berkenaan. " - OUM

Al-Fatihah to Allahyarham Tan Sri Dr Abdullah Sanusi Ahmad.

Posted by haxa on December 1, 2003 at 10:54 AM in Editorial | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (3)

Friday, November 14, 2003

Call for Paper | Informing Science+Information Technology Education Joint Conference

Event: Informing Science+Information Technology Education Joint Conference
Deadline: November 30th 2003
Venue: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Date: June 25-28, 2004
Website: http://2004.informingscience.org/
Fee: The basic conference fees is US $390. [Discount available for early payment, author, and reviewer]

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Posted by haxa on November 14, 2003 at 02:53 PM in Events, Learning Technologies | Permalink | Comments (23) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, November 13, 2003

The EduTools Guidelines to Evaluate Course Management Systems

If you are on the hunt for the right Course Management Systems (a generic term usually used in America to generalized LMS as well as LCMS), the EduTools Guidelines to Evaluate Course Management Systems is a good reference to start with. Other useful information on EduTools are the Student Services and e-Learning Policies. However, I am covering the Course Management Systems guidelines for this posting.

The guidelines consist of LEARNER TOOLS, SUPPORT TOOLS, and the TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS. Within these categories, there are criterias that are comprehensive of the components and features that supports the tools and specifications.

The EduTools is a web-based resource for the higher education community.

The EduTools project is based on a website created in 1997 by British Columbia's Centre for Curriculum, Technology & Transfer (C2T2) and Bruce Landon.

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Posted by haxa on November 13, 2003 at 01:08 PM in Products & Solutions, Standards & Guidelines | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Event | «Engineering the Knowledge Society» (EKS) «Information technology supporting human development»

Organizer: WFEO (World Federation of Engineering organization), World Summit on the Information Sociey, & the IFIP
Date: December 11, 14.00 – 18.00 hrs
December 12, 9.00 – 13.00
Venue: Palexpo in Geneva (rooms O&N).
Details on the event is within this pdf file Download file

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Posted by haxa on November 12, 2003 at 02:59 PM in Events, Knowledge Management | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (1)

Event | Workshop: Implementing SCORM in your organization

From the Singapore E-Learning Competency Center website
Date: 8th - 9th December 2003
Time: 0900hr - 1700hr
Venue: ECC Training Lab NIE1-B1-08
NIE Administration Building
National Institute of Education,
1 Nanyang Walk,
Singapore 637616

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Posted by haxa on November 12, 2003 at 12:02 PM in Events, Learning Objects, Standards & Guidelines | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Event | 6th E-Learning Practitioners Forum - Learning from The Le@rning Federation.

From the Singapore E-Learning Competency Center website
Date: 14th November 2003, Friday
Time: 1430hr-1700hr
Venue: Lecture Theatre 4, Level 1, Block 7,
National Institute of Education,
1 Nanyang Walk,
Singapore 637616

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Posted by haxa on November 12, 2003 at 11:57 AM in Events, Highlights: Projects & Implementations | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack (0)

Content, Instructional Design, & eLearning Systems Guidelines

I wrote this article for the SIRIM publication's SIRIM Standards and Quality News

Introduction
E-Learning standards refer to a system of common rules for content development, instructional design as well as the systems that support eLearning. The standards are a set of rules that facilitate eLearning development and delivery over multiple platforms so that they operate seamlessly together.

Adherence to these guidelines is important to facilitate development of common standards for educational technology. Benefit of these guidelines usage will result in durability, interoperability, accessibility and reusability of learning content and learning application.

To establish a set of eLearning standards for Malaysia, a set of guidelines has been developed by MIMOS as a baseline. The development of Content, Instructional Design, & eLearning Systems Guidelines was initiated as part of the Malaysian Grid for Learning (MyGfL) initiative.

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Posted by haxa on November 12, 2003 at 09:25 AM in Graphics Design, Instructional Design, Learning Objects, Multimedia Programming, Standards & Guidelines | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Categories on The Malaysian e-Learning Community of Practice

Editorial - Voice for Advocacy, Highlights, Announcements, Features
Events - Highlights, Call for Papers, Who's Presenting|Attending What?
Graphics Designs - Trends, Issues, Tips, Portfolios, Publications
Grid for Learning - Trends, Updates, Links
Instructional Designs - Trends, Issues, Tips, Portfolios, Publications
Knowledge Repository - Papers, Links, Metadata, Queries, Experts
Learning Objects - Trends, Issues, Tips, Portfolios, Publications
Learning Technologies - New, Emerging, and Obselete technologies for learning and education
Multimedia Programmings - Trends, Issues, Tips, Portfolios, Publications
Metadata - Trends, Issues, Publications
Projects & Implementations - Highlights, Ratings, Features
Standards & Guidelines - Content, Instructional Design, e-Learning Systems

Posted by haxa on November 11, 2003 at 07:48 PM in Editorial | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Welcome to The Malaysian e-Learning Community of Practice

The e-learning community in Malaysia is a dynamic one. We are diverse in our background, we are learning continuously, we are expanding in our capacity, we are growing in our capabilities; but yet we are distributed.

From developers, implementers, researchers, facilitators, and policy makers; we are the makers of the e-learning network in this country. For without us, millions of learners would be deprived of quality instructions for learning.

In our great cause of making the instructions work and the learners learn, we stumble across challenges that we solve on contingency basis. Thus, in the long run our repository of knowledge are kept within ourselves or belong to the organization we work for.

In the end, the momentum that we have set will never make a prominent impact to the industry or to the nation; that as a community we couldn't push certain agendas or advocate our views that we all deem necessary for the benefits of education industry in Malaysia.

Therefore, it is my pleasure to invite everyone to come on board and be part of this Community of Practice and contribute ideas, opinions, and views to this community of ours.

Posted by haxa on November 11, 2003 at 01:23 PM in Editorial | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (1)