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Sunday, June 06, 2004
 
Here is an excellent article published recently by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) which outlines what the current Australian workplace trends and research are indicating in terms of what makes for good workplace learning. Within this article is an excellent section on the way in which elearning can prove to be a valuable tool for networking and facilitating industrial supply chains, one example used is that of the FORDSTAR satellite based training system used by FORD.


http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/core/cp0207.pdf


 
Maybe it is time for the term 'Elearning' to be more tightly policed in terms of it's use, or maybe even archived away and replaced by the many multifaceted formats, processes and termilogies used under it's broad heading, for example the term 'Flexible Learning'appears to be more appropriate in today's world. Elearning has become far too ambiguous in it's meaning and interpretation within today's education and training (E&T) practices. It has become far too much of a 'buzz' terminology and process that organisations like to use, and poorly administer, to maintain and 'sex up' their appeal to the E&T community.
By the purest of definitions it pertains to include any electronic means of delivering educational material. Therefore this definition would be associated, in one way or another, with about 80-90% of all construction and delivery formats of today's education and training. One needs only to type in a search for 'elearning' on the internet and see the number and quality of the courses and policies which are listed!!

Monday, May 24, 2004
 
Searching for quality courses

There are so many B grade, poorly designed and delivered online courses out there. They seem to be marketed to sell purely on the fact that it is 'e-learning' rather then a well designed and learner oriented alternative training delivery method.

Many of the current online courses have just transformed the page in a book to a page on screen without incorporating any real multimedia, instructional design, support or enhancement techniques. This generally results in the learner increasingly loosing interest and becoming bored and disillusioned with the lesson or training, and this result not only short changes the true meaning and nature of elearning, but also the very reputation and public perspective of elearning, especially it's professional recognition and support. Resulting in a public misinterpretation and disinterest in elearning.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004
 
Here is a list of a number of elearning websites which have ezines and newsletters that I am subscribed to, and which I highly recommend to others out there who are interested in the elearning world:

flex-e-news@lists.flexiblelearning.net.au
www.goventure.net
www.noel.org.au/page
http://www.thecyberinstitute.com
http://www.knowledgepresenter.com
-http://www.knowledgepresenter.com/pdf/learningaboutelearning.pdf -(this is actually a guide published by the website which is a very interesting read.)

Saturday, April 03, 2004
 
Here is a fantastic resource for up-to-date papers on the current issues facing elearning and flexible learning in the VOCED sector in Australia. Some of the papers will cost a fee but are very good resources. Enjoy!!


http://www.ncver.edu.au/teaching/31032.html

Wednesday, March 31, 2004
 
This is a very interesting site and epublication outlining developments and news within the Australian Flexible Learning Framework, especially applications of elearning in the Australian workplace.

http://flexiblelearning.net.au/newsandevents/flexenews.htm

Sunday, March 28, 2004
 
This is a very useful site and activity for those who are new at the flexible Learning environment, particularly within Australia.

http://www.learnscope.anta.gov.au/LearnScope/forum.asp?i=20&id=198

Also I found this article on the extent to which elearning has changed the structure and development of training within the CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motorsport) racing environment. Although a little old (2002) it is really good for outlining the applicability and level of impact the development of elearning has had within even this area of learning.

http://www.cams.com.au/content.asp?PageID=Article&ObjectID=75

 
I am posting this particular site for I have found that it clearly outlines and explains the full potential and effectiveness a blog can have.....

http://blogs.salon.com/0002007/2004/01/05.html

Friday, March 19, 2004
 
Thanks for inviting me to your blog Adam - I promise not to write all over it!
If you'd like to follow some guideline questions - have a look in the Course Documents tab - I will post blogging focus questions weekly!
Cheers - Anne BB


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