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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
Fee: The basic conference fees is US $390. [Discount available for early payment, author, and reviewer]

The InSITE (Informing Science + IT Education) conference solicits your finest submissions in any area that explores issues in effectively and efficiently informing clients through information technology. In addition, papers on IT education are specifically invited.

All submissions undergo blind review by three or more external referees.

Informing Science: The purpose of Informing Science is to encourage the sharing of knowledge and collaboration among the wide variety of fields that use information technology to inform clients. Here are some of these areas: Communications, Communicating Meaning, Community and Society, Computer Science, Data Communications, Distance Education, E-Commerce, Education, Government, Health Care, Medicine, History, Information Science & Library, Journalism, Justice and Law, Mathematics, Philosophical Issues, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, Technology, Working Together.

Best Papers: Authors of "Best Papers" will be invited to have their papers fast tracked for publication in one of our journals.

Special Topics: Quality papers on the topics of Misinforming/ Misinformation and Bias will be fast tracked for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Informing Science

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

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.

Communication Tools
Discussion Forums
File Exchange
Internal Email
Online Journal/Notes
Real-time Chat
Video Services

Productivity Tools
Calendar/Progress Review
Searching Within Course
Work Offline/Synchronize

Student Involvement Tools
Student Community Building
Student Portfolios

Administration Tools
Course Authorization
Hosted Services

Course Delivery Tools
Automated Testing and Scoring
Course Management
Instructor Helpdesk
Online Grading Tools
Student Tracking

Curriculum Design
Accessibility Compliance
Content Sharing/Reuse
Course Templates
Curriculum Management
Customized Look and Feel
Instructional Design Tools
Instructional Standards Compliance

Client Browser Required
Database Requirements
Server Software
Unix Server
Windows Server

Company Profile
Open Source
Optional Extras
Software Version

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

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

Dr. Mohan Raj Gurubatham, the Associate Professor at the International Business School, University Technology Malaysia informed me about this event. Read further his keynote address on Culture, Interactivity & Involvement that was presented at the etrain2003 Conference on Friday 11 July 2003. Full proceeding of the keynote address is available here.

Abstract of the keynote address:
Enabling technologies must recognize the difference between procedural skills and non-routine skills and thinking. Procedural skills are routine, and can be automatised. Most functionality and content tap procedural memory. Most business e-training content is of this genre in competency level.

Non-routine skills and thinking involve higner-level cognitive activity that activates cultural scripts or schema. Culture–pertinent design features are governed by paradigms that invoke relevant assumptions about self, society and the ecosystem

Both conscious and deeper unconscious values are involved in such thinking. Human coaching and discovery of these values and/or e-learning simulations that can facilitate these are strategically important in organisational learning. How can we parsimoniously model these processes?

A model of interactivity versus involvement is proposed. This model frames and captures tasks, behaviours, thinking, feeling and cultural assumptions that can drive the guiding principles for the next generation of e- learning.

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

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

Please note that payment is required with registration and must be received prior to the event to guarantee your place. Walk-in delegates will only be admitted on the basis of seat availability and with immediate full cheque payment.

You will be entitled to a 10% early bird discount if you register before 30th November 2003. 10% discount for 3 or more participants from the same organisation is also applicable.
Target Audience:
E-learning developers and managers

Objectives of course:
Upon the completion of this course, participants should be able to:
Explain the goals of the SCORM specification
Identify the eLearning areas in your organization of which the areas can be made compliant to the SCORM specification
Explain how eLearning content can be made SCORM compliant
Explain how the eLearning system can be made SCORM compliant

Overview of learning technology standards
The SCORM Specification
Compliance, Conformance and Certification
E-learning infrastructure

Case for reusable learning objects
Content production process requirements
Converting existing content into SCORM-compliant formats
SCORM content testing

LMS versus LCMS
Different types of LMS
Checking your LMS for SCORM compliance
Integrating a Learning Object Repository to an LMS

Case Study of a SCORM implementation

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

Event | 6th E-Learning Practitioners Forum - Learning from The [email protected] 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

Invitation to E-Learning Practitioners Forum - Learning from The [email protected] Federation

1400hr - 1430hr Registration
1430hr - 1530hr Presentation on The [email protected] Federation Initiative Susan Atkin, Manager, Educational Design and Quality Assurance
The Learning Federation Schools Online Curriculum Content Initiative
1530hr - 1600hr Tea Break
1600hr - 1700hr Question and Answer

About the Presentation:
The [email protected] Federation is an initiative of State and Federal governments of Australia and New Zealand. Over the period 2001-2006 the Initiative aims to develop online interactive curriculum content specifically for Australian and New Zealand schools. The Initiative will support teachers in enhancing student learning thereby greatly improving educational outcomes for students.

The presentation will provide an overview of the project including the approach of the initiative to learning object based content development and the development of systems for the input and delivery of high quality curriculum online by a range of approved content developers to an agreed set of specifications. Susan will focus at the forum on strategies and processes adopted to support the distributed development of high quality online content.

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

Content, Instructional Design, & eLearning Systems Guidelines

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

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.

Why develop and not adopt?
Due to the fact that e-Learning standards cover a whole range of issues in pedagogical, technology, development, delivery, and access; there are numbers of available focused standards published and adopted worldwide on these issues.

Therefore, the MyGfL Content, Instructional Design, & eLearning Systems Guidelines serves as a single document that covers all the relevant standards based on these criteria:

1. Easier for localization and customization
2. Mix and match the needs to the solutions
3. Adoption of simple model
4. Availability of support worldwide
5. Extensibility of use
6. Provides potential for interoperability
7. Observance of open standards

The objectives of the guidelines are:

1. To observe certain protocols for e-Learning development and to make adoption and understanding of e-Learning technology more flexible and user friendly.
2. To achieve Interoperability, Reusability, Manageability, Accessibility, and Durability for the benefits of learners, content developers, and system developers:
a. Interoperability - can the system work with any other system?
b. Reusability - can a courseware (Learning Objects, or "chunks") be re-used?
c. Manageability - can a system track the appropriate information about the learner and the content?
d. Accessibility - can a learner access the appropriate content at the appropriate time?
e. Durability - will the technology evolve with the standards to avoid obsolescence?

The Content Guidelines covers the general issues on content as well as the technical issues in the development of digital learning content. These include issues on accessibility, usability, reusability, interoperability, metadata, instructional design, and copyrights.

The Instructional Design Guidelines Contain general guidelines for instructional designer for the purpose of developing learning object. These include Gagne 9 Event of Instruction and the Merrill’s Component Display Theory & Jeroen van Merrienboer’s Complex Cognitive Skills and Knowledge

The Technical Guidelines specify in details the E-Learning framework of the systems that support learning. These include the Content Management System, Learning Management System, and Learning Content Management System.

These guidelines will help e-Learning service providers to provide access to high-quality, tailored education, and training materials for the benefits of learners. Conformance to these guidelines will lead to making learning content widely available whenever and wherever they are required.

Besides creating the awareness among e-Learning players in Malaysia on existence of such standards, it is envisioned that the local e-Learning industry could strengthen its competitive advantage in order to compete globally.

The heavy emphasis on metadata is aimed to increase learner experience through searching. Thus, enriching users’ experience and improving discoverability of learning content on the Web.

In view of systems for e-Learning, for heterogeneous systems to interoperate there is a need to understand the data structures they share. Without standards addressing these issues, each “data supplier” or “tools developer” will find it seemingly difficult to interoperate among them.

International Standards Studied
1. World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
2. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)
3. Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) of Advanced Distributed Learning (ADLnet)
4. Instructional Management Systems (IMS) Project
5. IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee (LTSC),
6. Aviation Industry CBT (Computer-Based Training) Committee (AICC)
7. Michigan Virtual University: Instructional Design Standards for Quality Online Courses
8. E-Government (UK) Interoperability Framework Part Two: Technical Policies and Specifications, Version 4.0 25th April 2002
9. Communication & Multimedia Commission Forum (CMCF)
10. British Educational Communications and Technology agency (BECTA)

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

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

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