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One New Thing
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Some New Things:

Leigh Blackall of Teach and Learn Online has some interesting thoughts on Everything You Need to Teach and Learn Online (there’s a part 1, 2 and 3 – this link is to Part 3 so you can work backwards). If you’re delivering course content online, you could do it entirely using freely-available tools such as Blogger, Gmail, Flickr…the list goes on. Interesting thought, particularly for those of us involved in any way with the world of commercial courseware.

Leigh always has lots of interesting stuff popping up on his blog: this essay on Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age is an article which extends on some themes about learners and how they learn that I remember from my studies in teaching a few years back: except this looks at how this fits into the trend towards the use of digital resources in teaching.

Another interesting article is Lawsuit Charges Online University Does Not Accommodate Learning-Disabled Students, a story about a student filing charges against an institution following their implementation of WebCT, because he has learning difficulties which made it hard for him to learn to use the software. It’s thought-provoking to look at how many web standards are in place for users who have physical disabilities, and then to think about the lack of guidelines for users with other disabilities. Particularly with commercial learning management software, where end users don’t really have a lot of choice in the way the courses or the communication/assessment tools within them are accessed are constructed: you have to take what they give you, for better or worse.

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