Mailing Number 2 - 20 September 2002
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'Making IT Happen'. Jos Kingston highlighted Sheffield
Hallam University's new PDF
guides to Office 2002 applications, available for academic nonprofit
purposes under Sheffield Hallam University's rather enlightened conditions.
TUC updates. In the last Mailing I drew attention
to the LSC's sign-up
service for information mailings. The TUC operates a similar
service - which you can tailor to your requirements. Here, for example,
is a typical TUC Labour-market
JISC and TechDis. The Joint Information Systems Committee
(JISC) has reorganised its support
resources relating to managed learning environments, and the JISC-funded
TechDis service has published a review of the accessibility of some
commonly available learning environments - Towards
Two useful resources from the American Society for Training
Standards. The Maisie Centre (an influential mainly
US learning and technology consortium) has published a Making
Sense of Learning Specifications & Standards: A Decision Maker's
Guide to their Adoption (750 KB PDF) . Concise, well-written, and
only occasionally over-the-top in its endorsement of the drive towards
the application of standards.
eLearnaccredit. An organisation to watch (in the keep
a wary eye on it sense of the word) is 'eLearn
Accredit', which describes itself as 'an international project,
exploring the steps ahead in the development of internationally agreed
quality standards in the provision of on-line learning'. It claims on
its site to have garnered a lot of support and/or interest from a wide
range of high profile organisations, including IITT, Ufi, DfES, QCA.
LeTTOL. The LeTTOL
web site has been completely revamped (.... fingers crossed for success
in the 2002 National Training Awards competition......).
Sun pushing Linux desktop applications as alternative to Microsoft
- here is an article
from the New York Times on 17/9/2002, which I've posted on my site
because you need a login to access it on the NYT site (apologies for
the Starbuck logo top right).
eArmyU demographics June 2002. From the Sloan Consortium,
comes a 10
slide Powerpoint presentation (1.7MB) profiling by gender, ethnicity,
academic level etc, the ~25,000 people who have joined US eArmyU online
courses in the last 12 months.
I booked early enough to get a place on the IMS
Global Consortium's Open Technical Forum in the Magna Centre in Rotherham
on 26/9/2002. I intend to include a short report from the event in the
next Mailing, due on October 4th.
I found an interesting approach to
presenting 'advice' information on the UK Online site, in which
guidance resources are organised around the "life stages"
of an enquirer, rather than by subject. I'd be interested to learn of
other examples of this approach.
Haiku Error Messages like this one:
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank
will be old hat for some, but for others, here
are some more.
Finally, for anyone interested in the 'join' between traditional typography
and web-design, a plug for the excellent Design
Tutor and its editor's informative
and wide-ranging web-log.
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