Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Using Games in eLearning Part III ? The Basic Structure of an eLearning Game

In the previous two posts of this series, we discussed:

Let us now determine the structure of a game and see how this structure helps us establish an emotional connection between the learner and the content.

A learning game isn’t very different from the entertainment games, except that the theme of a learning game is “learning,” and not “entertainment.” The basic structure of the two types of games is almost the same.

A Learning Game consists of:

  • An environment

  • A Challenge

  • A Reward/Punishment

  • The Learning

Let us look at these four factors in more detail.

The Environment of an eLearning Game:

An elearning game like all other types of games has to first gain the attention of the gamer, and then it has to sustain it. A game, unlike other learning activity, should be high on immersion, and establish a suspension-of-disbelief, to whatever extent it can. Thus, an eLearning game requires that you establish an environment. You can do it through a story, a visual, or a scenario.

The Challenge in an eLearning Game:

Every game should include a challenge. A challenge is “a demanding or a challenging situation,” or, if we speak in terms of motivation, it is something that urges you to act towards a specific objective. A challenge can be incorporated in an eLearning game, by asking the learner to use the knowledge gained/skill developed through the content to <achieve a goal>. Remember that goal has to be designed keeping in mind the audience’s profile.

The Reward/Punishment Associated with an eLearning Game:

Every learner wants to “gain something” from a success, and is driven to avoid “losing something” through a failure. A challenge doesn’t transform into a game unless the learner has something to gain or to lose. Thus, an eLearning activity will not convert into a game unless you establish a reward/punishment for the outcome.

The Learning in an eLearning Game:

A game is a game and NOT an eLearning game if it doesn’t result in learning. Remember that learning or reinforcement of learning should result from the process of playing a game, and not as a reward for the game. Very often, eLearning game developers end up creating games where upon completing a game successfully, the learner learns – but otherwise he or she doesn’t learn! Instructionally, such games leave nothing for a person who doesn’t play well. Make sure that your eLearning game doesn’t suffer from this issue.

Sourece: thezenoflearning.wordpress.com

The Importance of Ongoing Pharmaceutical training

So that patient safety can be maximised, the drug industry is strictly regulated and controlled. The regulation also ensures that new medicines are suitable for their intended purpose, effective and as cost effective as possible. Regular pharmaceutical training is vital to help professionals within the industry to keep up the regulatory standards and remain compliance with local and international regulations.

Because the industry is so fast paced and constantly changing, pharmaceutical training is the only way to ensure that standards remain consistently high. Undertaken on a regular basis, pharmaceutical training has three main functions. They are: keeping abreast of the latest medications and their potential for curing diseases, maintaining compliance with regulations both nationally and internationally and improving on the existing knowledge and skill set of qualified professionals.

Keeping up to date with new developments in the market is very important due to the constantly evolving nature of the industry. In between leaving full time study and completing the first year of employment, pharmaceutical professionals are likely to encounter many new products. Ongoing pharmaceutical development so that professionals understand the correct use of such drugs is therefore vital to ensure patient safety.

The umbrella term ‘drug development’ is used to describe many processes in creating drugs, from product development to clinical research and clinical trial on humans. During these stages, optimum dosages are calculated and potential side effects are found. This information must feature in the ongoing pharmaceutical training of qualified individuals so that correct prescription of drugs can be ensured.

Of course, there is the potential for the plethora of new drugs entering the market to put an unrealistic strain on qualified persons to have an unimaginably large knowledge base. For this reason it is increasingly common for professionals to take on a specialism in a particular area. Various structured and accredited programmes of pharmaceutical training ensure that professionals develop deep and thorough knowledge in their chosen specialism. Such training helps ensure patient safety.

Source: online-learning-guide.com

'Red Flags Rule' Applicability to Physicians Challenged

By Sheri Porter

The Council of Medical Specialty Societies, or CMSS, recently filed a motion to intervene on behalf of all physicians in an existing case filed by the AMA, the American Osteopathic Association and the Medical Society of the District of Columbia. The case involves the applicability to physicians of an antifraud identity theft federal regulation known as the "Red Flags Rule."

The rule, which was originally drafted in 2008 in connection with the implementation of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, requires financial institutions and creditors -- including physician practices -- to address the risk of identity theft by implementing identity theft prevention programs.

The AAFP is one of 26 medical organizations seeking to be specifically added as plaintiffs pursuant to the CMSS motion to intervene in the existing case, which seeks to prevent the Federal Trade Commission, the government agency charged with upholding the rule, from applying it to physicians.

According to an Aug. 17 notice posted on the CMSS website, the Red Flags Rule "imposes significant burdens on physicians, particularly solo practitioners and those practicing in small groups."

Norman Kahn, M.D., EVP and CEO of CMSS, said in the press release that his organization took the lead on this issue "to protect all physician members of the CMSS societies from the unintended consequences of the Red Flags Rule."

"Adhering to the policies of the Red Flags Rule would substantially drain the financial resources of physicians, particularly those whose support systems are limited," said Kahn.

The Academy's General Counsel Tom Robinett, J.D., said in an interview that the AAFP would like to see a ruling on CMSS' motion to intervene and the AMA lawsuit by the end of the year.

"A positive ruling on the case would provide a definitive decision that will apply to all physicians and will exclude physicians from the application of the Red Flags Rule and the hassles that go along with being a creditor," said Robinett.

"This rule shouldn't apply to physicians who take a credit card or bill a patient for services and thus extend credit to that patient," said Robinett. The Red Flags Rule was an outgrowth of identity theft problems associated with financial institutions and credit card companies and was never intended to include America's physicians, he added.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently ruled in favor of an American Bar Association request to exempt lawyers from the Red Flags Rule.

Monday, August 30, 2010

eLearning in the enterprise vs. eLearning in education

I had an interesting chat with the IT teacher of Catholic High about eLearning. I'm following the subject for a very long time. In the early eighties I bought one of the earliest eLearning authoring tools called OpenICE from Dialog Video (a Swiss company which seems to be history now - the only trace of OpenICE I could google was in a document in the download section of The Morrison Company.

There is a lot of money spent on eLearning both in enterprises and in academic, but the stellar success stories are few and far between. A common fallacy I observed is to spend a lot of money on a LMS or LCMS and have no budget, time and energy left for content. When you hear statements like "Once the LMS is in place we'll ask our SME [Subject Matter Experts] to contribute content" you know your eLearning project is doomed.

Creating good eLearning material is hard and time consuming work. Brian Chapman published research findings in 2007 that put the ratio for slideware to eLearning conversion at 33:1, the creation of lightly interactive courseware at 220:1 and the creation of full fledged simulations at 750:1. So that tiny water cycle simulation of 10 minutes took more than 3 working weeks full time to be created. The study is currently to be updated and you can participate.

Another fallacy is the failure to integrate eLearning systems into the infrastructure. In corporate learning that means eLearning needs to be accessible from the tools I use in the job (a great widget to have is "related learning") and get away with enrolment procedures for short term learning (that enrolment is carried over from academic). In academic eLearning the failure lies in the lack of integration into other delivery methods. If enrolments, progress control, time planning etc. are not fully integrated into presence learning it will not fly.

There seems to be very little fruitful cross breeding between corporate and academic eLearning, which isn't surprising when you look at the core differences:

Enterprise learningAcademic learning
The main purpose of employees is to contribute to enterprise goals (mostly: make money). Learning is an expense, not an outcomeThe main purpose of students is to learn. Knowledge and skill acquisition is the main outcome (not grades in case someone has forgotten)
Learning works well in homeopathic doses: 10min here and there related to a current job needLearning works best with multiple avenues of delivery (watch for a later post on this)
Learning is very skill focused, so the main delivery is training*Learning is wider and education focused*
Learning has no priority, its purpose is to "get the job done"Learning is the top priority, its purpose is to "get the job"
Learning is focused around a careerLearning is focused around a curriculum
Learning needs are only partly planned (mostly by the HR department) and a lot of needs arise based on the nature of job roles and projects. Learning goals change more often as careers and market demands changeLearning is planned out well in advanced, often by an external body (e.g. the ministry of education) for multiple years
Success is indirectly measured: can the learner implement in the day job what (s)he learned in the training? Did the ability arrive?Success is measured by passing exams. This is a challenge since learning to pass an exam is only loosely related to the acquisition of ability
Collaboration is strictly encouraged. Good working teams adopt "no comrade gets left behind" attitudes.If you collaborate during an exam you are out, so there is a natural tension.

* In case you don't see the difference between education and training: Most parents should be OK if their teenage kids come back from school and state: "Today we had sex education", but rightly will go berserk if they would hear: "Today we had sex training in school". --- and yes I know that sexual education is the most controversial topic in education, an epic battleground between enlightenment and denial.

Source: wissel.net

Friday, August 27, 2010

Former Governors Advance Digital Learning Agenda

In an effort to advance the role technology plays in education, former Governors Jeb Bushand Bob Wise launched the Digital Learning Council last week. The new group aims to establish a roadmap to digital learning and promote its adoption.

"Technology has the power to customize education for every student in America," said Bush, co-chair of the Digital Learning Council. "Providing a customized, personalized education for students was a dream just a decade ago. Technology can turn that dream into reality today."

To date, more than 50 leaders from education, technology, government, and other fields, have joined the bipartisan council. The combined brainpower of the new group will identify policies to move digital learning from the marginal role it plays today to the forefront of education.

Ultimately, the council will make its final recommendations on digital learning the focus of a nationwide campaign to promote the adoption of those policy principles by states.

Options Trader Trainee ? Increase the Interest in Learning Using a Learning Management System

Options Trader Trainee

Irrespective of the methods used for training, conventional or online, such as learning management systems, a person needs to feel motivated in order to learn more and gather more knowledge. Monitoring the trainee’s progress in learning is one of the most effective ways to do this.

Learning with personal interest doesn’t exist in the minds of many individuals. Either the content is too dull or the lessons may be very advanced to know and master. The need to boost a person’s inherent interest in a particular field or skill arises only in situations like these.

A bitter truth as far as vocational training is concerned is that, most of the highly fascinating topics of a particular area of interest are not covered in conventional training methods.

People always look for appreciation and recognition of their skills even when it comes to learning. While the students in a classroom setting might want to be recognized and appreciated for the grades they score, those who learn through an LMS would want to avail the same through simple words of appreciation regarding their improved performance.

Words of encouragement for sure boost the morale of everyone irrespective of their age. By making learning simple and effective, one can provide a lot of motivation to employees or students. In most cases, people feel terrible for not being able to know what is being taught. It would do a lot of excellent if you help them get rid of this feeling. This can be made possible only through effective training. Options Trader Trainee

A lot of excellent can be obtained even by monitoring the progress of students. Some notable features of a learning management system include Activities monitor. This solves a lot of problems that occur quite commonly in training. Monitoring and guiding the progress of students in their training as well as education is made simple in the case of online training.

The Activities feature helps course administrators find out the strengths of a trainee and also get an thought about where he/she can improve in order to gain complete skill in a particular area.

A feature like Activities only helps administrators make sure if the training provided has served its real purpose or not. This also lets trainers tweak their teaching methods in such a way that they aid the learners completely.

There is also a group of learners who don’t need that extra bit of motivation. They are new recruits and employees who are so passionate about their work. It is not needed for another person to boost the morale of such people. The intention to learn is latent in them and they are always keen to learn new things. This kind of people we refer to as intentional learners.

For other trainees, effective training provided online can go a long way in making them feel assured of their personal and professional growth. An improved workforce holds the key for increased productivity as well as the overall success of an organization in the market.

An automated training system saves a lot of energy and time for both the trainers as well as the trainees. The learners would buy the required knowledge if proper training is provided with the help of effective learning material.

A training method is believed to be effective only if it succeeds in making the learners knowledgeable and skilled. Deployment, usage and feedback of a learning management system in the training segment of a company can be highly advantageous in all ways. Options Trader Trainee

Source: articlesbase.com

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Online Learning Is On the Upswing?In the Public Mind At Least

Of all the innovations and policy reform proposals in education, it is online learning that is gathering public support most rapidly.  In just one year—from 2009 to 2010—the percentage of Americans who think that high school students should be given credit for courses taken online has jumped from 42 percent to 52 percent.  Opposition has dropped from 29 percent to 23 percent, with the balance taking a neutral position.  Despite the reluctance of teachers to support the idea, and despite its cost-saving implications, Democrats are more favorable to the teaching of high school courses online than Republicans are.

All this is reported in the 4th annual survey of public opinion on educational issues by Harvard’s Program on Educational Policy and Governance and Education Next, which I, with William Howell and Martin West, help to direct.  We also found that support for letting middle school students take online courses for credit moved upward from 35 percent to 43 percent, with opposition falling from 34 percent to 26 percent.  (Results from the full survey—covering a wide range of educational issues–were released today.)
The shift in opinion is noteworthy.  On most issues, public opinion is fairly stable from one year to the next.  Support for charter schools, for example, ticked upward by just 2 percentage points—from 42 per cent to 44 percent—between 2008 and 2010. Opposition decreased from 19 percent to 16 percent over the interval, while those neither supporting or opposing slipped somewhat.

When it comes to virtual learning, I would like to make the case that most Americans have read Clay Christenson and Michael Horn’s new book, Disrupting Class or my account of virtual learning in Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learningbut book sale figures suggest that something larger must be  at work.  When Bill Gates announces that the best college courses will be delivered online within five years, high schools—and even middle schools—will not go unaffected.  Keep your eye on one of the biggest forces for change yet to hit public education—technological innovation.

Source: educationnext.org

Bill Gates Is Wrong. College Campuses Will Not Fade Away

During the next few weeks, millions of college students will be going back to campus for the start of a new school year. However, if Bill Gates is right, this longstanding tradition of education on college campuses will be obsolete soon.

Earlier this month, billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates predicted at a technology conference in Lake Tahoe, California, that in five years, place-based colleges will be significantly less important due to technology. As reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education and others, Gates said, "Five years from now on the Web for free you'll be able to find the best lectures in the world. It will be better than any single university. College, except for the parties, need to be less place-based." He also stated that online learning could bring down the cost of a college education.

There is no doubt that online learning, or distance learning, is increasing in popularity. Millions of college students are participating in online learning, and most major universities offer many courses online. Some of the benefits and advantages of online learning include cost, convenience, and schedule flexibility. It is often a good option for adults who work full time, people with disabilities, and those who live in remote areas or don't have regular transportation.

The 2009 Sloan Survey of Online Learning indicated that online learning enrollment rose by nearly 17 percent from 2008. The Sloan report stated that around 4.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2008.

As an adjunct professor of Journalism at Temple University and Arcadia University, I'm aware of the value of online learning, but I still strongly believe in the value of place-based colleges.

One of the main goals of college is to develop independence. Living in dorms with a bunch of people that you didn't know at first helps students get away from their familiar home surroundings and teaches them skills of living with and cooperating with other people. Having social interaction with a group of diverse people is likely to make young people grow as a person. Strong bonds can occur during 2 a.m. study groups or a midnight pizza run.

Having face-to-face interaction with faculty and other students makes it more likely to develop strong and meaningful relationships. The learning is hands-on and the feedback is more immediate. It's more beneficial to teaching techniques such as lectures, the give-and-take Socratic method, question-and-answer sessions, and student critiquing groups and other group projects. In-person learning is also more conducive to individual, personalized attention and feedback. While online students do communicate via email, chat rooms, and online discussion groups, the interpersonal face to face connection is still missing.

On-campus learning also involves structured schedules, which usually makes it easier for students to plan their days and other activities. Students also have better access to on-campus resources, facilities, and club activities.

In addition, there's still a sense of excitement, passion, and energy about a college campus atmosphere that can't be replicated anywhere else. Taking a virtual tour of the Lawn and the Rotunda at the University of Virginia isn't the same experience as actually being there. Playing Virtual Beer Pong isn't the same as being there. Online college students won't get the experience of rushing the court or tearing down the goal posts after their school wins a huge home game. There's a common sense of community and school pride on campus. Many alumni return to school for a Homecoming football game or a class reunion. Most people don't just identify with their college for four years; they identify with it for life. That same passion and identification doesn't exist for online colleges.

Finally, whether it's fair or not, there is still somewhat of a stigma and skepticism towards online-learning institutions as far as reputation, especially with some employers. This is likely to change in the future, but it could take decades for an online degree to have the same reputation and value as a regular university diploma.

It would be a shame if Bill Gates is right and that the days of the college campus are numbered. Online learning works for many people, but so does the traditional university setting. Unlike Steely Dan, some people do want to go back to their old school. Literally.

Source: huffingtonpost.com

Texas Launches iTunes Education Channel

Yesterday's announcement that Texas' department of education is launching a free iTunes education channel is another in a recent trend of government initiatives—both state and federal—to organize existing digital education resources.

The free channel, which the Associated Press reports will allow teachers to upload class material and expand upon their research, and students to download podcasts, videos and other multimedia lessons, comes after a nearly year-long effort by the state to gather the best of existing teacher training videos and programs for students. Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, told students at a Houston high school yesterday that the program "will really consolidate" existing content.

iTunes U, primarily a repository for postsecondary digital content, has hosted aK-12 focused channel since 2008, an effort resulting from collaboration between the State Education Technology Directors Association, or SETDA, and several state education agencies.

PBS, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Archives are partners on Texas' initiative. The Smithsonian is also a partner with the U.S. Department of Education in its work to create a national Online Learning Registry that wasannounced last month. While its format is still unclear, its aim will be similar: to take already-existing digital education material from federal agencies, and organize and centralize it for easy access.

We're still in an age of technological evolution—see the iPad—and will likely continue to be for the foreseeable future. But I've noticed an increasing shift from "What can we create with technology?" to "How can we organize what we've already created?" during my time on this beat.

Source: edweek.org

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Report explores barriers to EMR acceptance

Methods: A systematic literature review, based on research papers from 1998 to 2009, concerning barriers to the acceptance of EMRs by physicians was conducted. Four databases, "Science", "EBSCO", "PubMed"and "The Cochrane Library", were used in the literature search.

Studies were included in the analysis if they reported on physicians'perceived barriers toimplementing and using electronic medical records. Electronic medical records are defined as computerized medical information systems that collect, store and display patient information.

Results: The study includes twenty-two articles that have considered barriers to EMR as perceived by physicians.
Eight main categories of barriers, including a total of 31 sub-categories, were identified. These eight categories are:
A) Financial,
B) Technical,
C) Time,
D) Psychological,
E) Social,
F) Legal,
G) Organizational, and
H) Change Process.
All these categories are interrelated with each other. In particular, Categories G (Organizational) and H (Change Process) seem

By adopting a change management perspective, we develop some barrier-related interventions that could overcome the identified barriers.

Conclusions: Despite the positive effects of EMR usage in medical practices, the adoption rate of such systems is still low and meets resistance from physicians. This systematic review reveals that physicians may face a range of barriers when they approach EMR implementation.
We conclude that the process of EMR implementation should be treated as a change project, and led by implementers or change managers, in medical practices. The quality of change management plays an important role in the success of EMR implementation.

The barriers and suggested interventions highlighted in this study are intended to act as a reference for implementers of Electronic Medical Records. A careful diagnosis of the specific situation is required before relevant interventions can be determined.

Author: Albert BoonstraManda Broekhui
Source: BMC Health Services Research 2010, 10:231

The Presentation Summit 2010

Quite a few months ago I became familiar with an annual conference held in San Diego in October, called The Presentation Summit. It seemed a little different than the usual conferences that eLearning folks attend, which piqued my interest.

It’s relevant to our field because many of the sessions focus on working with the visual, multimedia, and informational design aspects of presentation software, which many eLearning designers do every day.

I’ll be speaking there to present design guidelines that work with our cognitive architecture and I’m really looking forward to attending many of the sessions. As a way of introducing you to the conference, I interviewed the conference creator, who is also the author of Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck, Rick Altman.

Coach: Rick, can you tell us what the Presentation Summit is all about?
Rick: We are the annual gathering for those who owe their livelihood to creating or delivering presentation content. Our patrons run the gamut from presentation designers to public speakers to PowerPoint junkies. You’ll find some instructional designers there too!

Coach: So not all of them are PowerPoint junkies?
Rick: Well, just about everyone who attends uses PowerPoint in some fashion or another, but we don’t assume that everyone attends just to learn more about PowerPoint. In fact, that was one of the reasons for our rebrand (from PowerPoint Live to the Presentation Summit)—we are about so much more than just the software.

Coach: Can you give us a little background on how this all got started?
Rick: I have been hosting conferences for over 20 years and we are pretty good at small to mid-sized events. Our cap is 225 people. Up until 2003, our focus was on graphic software—the Corel products in particular. But as that universe was getting smaller and Death by PowerPoint was becoming rampant, it became evident to me that a change was in the wind. We saw a need and filled it.

Coach: How can eLearning designers and developers benefit from the conference?
Rick: Several members of our presenting team are deeply vested in the eLearning community and we often devote sessions to instructional design topics. But we don’t try to pass ourselves off as an eLearning conference and it would be an insult for us to presume to know more than those who live and breathe it daily.

But most eLearning content pivots around PowerPoint and nobody does PowerPoint better than we. Instructional designers need well-designed content and the designers on our presenting team, like Nancy Duarte, Nigel Holmes, and Julie Terberg, are without peer. And good instructors have to be comfortable in front of an audience, and we offer a pretty deep dive into presentation skills. So we cover many of the disciplines that orbit eLearning and it is no accident that we attract several dozen from that space each year.

Coach: For those interested in visual design, what topics will be featured this year?
Rick: We have Connie whatshername…I hear she’s pretty good. Let’s just say that you will be one of several prominent authors and noted visual designers on the team. That starts with our Monday keynote speaker, Nigel Holmes, the former art director for Time magazine. Nancy Duarte is like the rock star of our industry, with such clients as HP, Cisco, Apple, and of course Al Gore. Julie Terberg has become famous for her makeovers—she takes the work of our patrons and transforms it before their eyes. It’s amazing stuff.

Coach: What topics will appeal to the technical-minded participants?
Rick: Just as we devote a track to presentation design, we also have one for nuts-and-bolts instruction on PowerPoint. We will offer sessions on animation, layouts and themes, triggers and hyperlinks, and several how-did-they-do-that workshops. High on the list, we suspect, will be sessions devoted to version 2010, which is still a curiosity to many. And while it’s certainly not our job to shill for Microsoft— and we don’t!—we think that version 2007 users will be quite pleased with the 2010 version.

Coach: I get the sense that this conference is rather unique. What makes it so special?
Rick: First of all, my mother runs registration. But beyond that, the conference is known for its intimate feel and sense of community. You see, we are not meeting planners by trade; we don’t crank out 12 conferences a year. We do one, and we have learned how to do it really well.

Because we limit enrollment, we do not risk becoming a faceless trade show and we avoid cattle calls. Everyone gets face time with the presenters and with the reps from Microsoft, and we know how to create an environment in which meaningful relationships can be formed.

Coach: Is it true that there’s been a conference marriage?
Rick: Try three of them. When you bring 200 people together, all of whom share a common pursuit and passion, extraordinary things can happen and we are experts at making sure that they do. There’s a reason why we get so many repeat attendees and why there are a handful of people who have attended every single one. We show the presentation industry that there is a community for them to join that they likely never knew existed.

Coach: That could be as important as the learning.
Rick: That’s right. To some of our patrons, it is. The learning component is second to none, I really believe that. But indeed, it is the sense of community that we have created that makes me the most proud. There is just no better feeling than seeing people make meaningful connections and knowing that you had a hand in that.

The Presentation Summit 2010 will be held from October 17 to 20 in San Diego. Please let me know if you’ll be there! And check out Rick’s book, Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck.

Source: theelearningcoach.com

What?s the best thing you like about eLearning?

Question by Charice: What’s the best thing you like about eLearning?

Best answer:

Answer by Joss
The fact that I could work independently and on my own time. You still have due dates, but you have a bit more time to do them, at least with my online classes I do. You also get to review and comment on other students work (this also depends).

Though, I have to admit that I really don’t like online classes, but I have taken them before. My graduate degree is an online degree, but I have no choice because my school does not offer any classes for this degree on campus.

Add your own answer in the comments!

Monday, August 23, 2010

New evolution to Healthcare Learning

The future trend of e-learning method in medical education is greatly influenced by major trends in education industry i.e. (1) continuous change in Healthcare environment inclusive of advances in biomedical sciences and diagnoses & management of diseases, financing, organization, and delivery of health care services; (2) Adoption of emerging communication, simulation, and information technology in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education; (3) Competency-based patient outcome oriented training.

With the new emerging technology in learning settings, we can make considerable improvement in the quality of medical education. We can employ revolutionary approach to impart training to doctors using cutting-edge e-learning technologies. Web-based learning including video clips, animated diagrams, medical images, etc. can be very effective way of learning for medical, health sciences, and dental students.

The electronic information sources carry a significant value by providing rapid access. Medical databases that remains updated provide medical literature can be used for simple text based queries, or content-based visual queries. E-learning technology keeps busy clinicians abreast of recent advancements in their respective fields in an effective and less time consuming manner.

Benefits of Healthcare Online Training:

  • Students can attend a course at any time, from anywhere.

  • Online learning enables student-centred teaching approaches because every student has their own way of learning that works best for them.

  • Course material is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • In an online environment, it increases student interaction and the diversity of opinion because everyone gets a say, not just the most talkative.

  • Online instructors allow students to be exposed to knowledge that can’t be learned in books because the practical knowledge may be from any location around the globe.

  • Using the internet to attend class, research information and communication with other students teaches skills in using technologies.

  • Participating online is much less intimidating than ‘in the classroom’.

  • Because online institutions often offer ‘chat rooms’ for informal conversation, there appears to be an increased bonding over traditional class environments.

  • The online environment makes instructors more approachable.

  • Online course development allows for a broad spectrum of content.

  • Because everyone gets a chance to contribute, students are less irritated with those that ‘over contribute’ and can ask for clarification of any comments that are unclear.

  • Online classrooms can facilitate team learning by providing chat rooms and newsgroups for meetings and joint work.

  • Students often comment that online learning lets them attend in increments of convenient time blocks.

  • Because there are no geographic barriers to online learning, students can find diversity of course material that may not be available to them where they live or work.

Learning Management system is an excellent vehicle that lets you deliver, track and manage training/education. Learning Management platform helps technologists and healthcare clinicians to streamline the process of continuing medical education activities. Pharmaceutical and medical industries are such where there is need to comply with very strict regulatory requirements.LMS allows consistent and timely access to standardized course offerings such as HIPAA, Sexual Harassment, Lockout-Tag out, OSHA, Red Flags rule etc.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

College 2.0: Teachers Without Technology Strike Back

By Jeffrey R. Young

Mark James, a visiting lecturer at the University of West Florida, declared his summer course in English literature technology-free—he skipped the PowerPoint slides and YouTube videos he usually shows, and he asked students to silence their cellphones and close their laptops.

Banishing the gear improved the course, he argues. "The students seemed more involved in the discussion than when I allowed them to go online," he told me as the summer term wound down. "They were more attentive, and we were able to go into a little more depth."

Mr. James is not antitechnology—he said he had some success in his composition courses using an online system that's sold with textbooks. But he is frustrated by professors and administrators who believe that injecting the latest technology into the classroom naturally improves teaching. That belief was highlighted in my College 2.0 column last month, in which some professors likened colleagues who don't teach with tech to doctors who ignore improvements in medicine.

Many low-tech professors were extremely distressed by that charge of educational malpractice. (They told me so in dozens of comments on the article and in e-mail messages.)

After interviewing a few of them this month, it seems to me the key debate between the tech enthusiasts and tech skeptics is really over broader changes in colleges, and anxieties about the academy being turned into just another business.

Teaching is not car assembly, the skeptics say, in that there's no objective checklist to follow. Nor is it brain surgery, because there is no agreed-upon group of vital signs to check.

"I see teaching as more of an art, and a relationship thing," said Mr. James. After we talked it out for a while, he settled on the metaphor of a carpenter's workshop to replace that of a doctor's clinic: "Let's say I want to get a really well-made table. I might go to someone who knows the old-style way of making a table, and I'm willing to pay a lot for that," is how he put it. By extension, tech-based learning feels more like IKEA—a lower-price, build-it-yourself option.

In that way, some professors see emphasizing the benefits of chalk-and-talk methods as defending their craft against pressures to cheapen it.

"This is where we have to ask, What kind of education do we offer?" said Mr. James. "We're preparing citizens that need to be able to communicate with each other. Knowledge isn't always something that's able to come out nicely packaged."

In Defense of Blue Books

When Barry Leeds explains why he makes his students write papers in blue books instead of on computers, he quickly recalls a favorite professor from graduate school. That was a long time ago—Mr. Leeds is 69, an emeritus professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, and he took that course when he was 22.

His professor made students write short papers and then gave extensive feedback, which forced them to hone their arguments and express themselves more clearly. And he made them write out the papers in longhand, in blue books, during class. "There's something about the immediacy or exigency of it," Mr. Leeds said. "When I took those written exams, I found that I made connections that I didn't know I knew—it shook up my brain cells like a supernova."

So today Mr. Leeds requires his students to write short, in-class papers. In blue books. By hand. Just like his favorite professor did.

How do today's students respond? "Once they're done kvetching about the blue books, they ultimately tell me for the most part that they found that it was a revealing experience," he told me. In other words, Mr. Leeds manages to get good teaching evaluations with an old-school method. And he feels that the students emerge with the same kinds of dramatic revelations that he experienced nearly 50 years ago.

His teaching has changed and evolved, though. For his favorite Hemingway course, he has dropped some books that didn't resonate, and he spends more time on ones that students connect with. At first he lectured for most of each class and left five minutes for questions. Gradually, based on students' response, he turned classroom time into more of a discussion.

"There's the danger of becoming like the ancient mariner and telling the same tale again and again and again," he said, adding that he knows of professors who cling to their yellowed lecture notes. "I have to safeguard against getting too hidebound and giving the same presentation each time."

He's never felt pressure from administrators to try blogs, wikis, or any other technology, although he said he "resents" what he sees as a lack of recognition of the time teaching takes. "There's an overemphasis on scholarship and research and only lip-service paid to teaching," he said.

So even though his classroom is low-tech, he feels that his teaching skills are honed by the trial and error of years at the podium. "It's just like you wouldn't want to go to a dentist who just got out of dental school," he said. "You'd like them to practice on someone else for a few years."

Wariness of Fads

Jason B. Jones, an associate professor of English at Central Connecticut who helps run theProfHacker blog, on The Chronicle's Web site (and thus enthusiastic about the promise of technology), said he understood why some longtime professors are wary of the latest gadgets in the classroom. After all, ed-tech fads have come and gone.

"There are still braces on the walls from where they had the last technology that was going to transform education—that was the TV's," he said. "Just about every semester I almost crack my head open on one of them." The television sets once supported by these metal brackets were long ago removed.

Some professors who are receptive to new technology attend the latest workshops and then decide it just doesn't work for them.

That was the case for Joanne Budzien, a postdoctoral lecturer in physics and engineering at Frostburg State University, who attended a session on using "clickers," devices that let professors instantly quiz students. The students click small remote controls, and professors can display the results on a screen.

"My classes are very small—I have at most 24 students, and it just seems impersonal to put up a question and use a clicker," she said. "I can just have a raise of hands, and I can call on them and say why do you think this and why do you think that."

Still, she remembers professors from her undergraduate days who put little effort into teaching—and she doesn't want to end up like that. "One would tell a joke that was way, way, way out of date," she said. Others' idea of a technological upgrade was taking their old transparencies and using them in the same way as PowerPoint slides.

So who's right? Fans of both old and new teaching approaches say they that have the students' interests at heart. Perhaps a better question is why there is a digital divide at all when it comes to teaching.

Some commenters have argued that tech enthusiasts lack research to prove that their methods work. In fact, reams of research have been produced, much of the results showing gains over those old-school methods. Some of the work is cited in a recent government report on the future of teaching, the "National Education Technology Plan 2010.". Teaching experiments seem to deserve more attention than a flip dismissal.

Yet professors who worry about a move toward assembly-line education should be at the table as well, checking for oversteps. As one commenter on my last column put it: "Problem is, higher education in this country has rapidly taken on many of the qualities of business corporations, with instructors being expected to serve a student clientele in whatever way that is convenient for that clientele. Coming along as a student, I learnt a great deal from some 'boring' professors."

Both old and new approaches will probably have to live together on campus for many years to come. So why not get to know each other a bit better?

Source: wiredcampus.chronicle.com

Saturday, August 21, 2010

6 Ways To Cut Back-to-School College Costs

Heading back to college or going away to school can be an exciting and expensive time in a student's life. There are people to meet, interesting courses to study, tuition to pay, and textbooks to buy. After the excitement wanes though, it's not hard to feel discouraged by the big bills that need to be paid. Before spending all of your student loans on back-to-school gear, try these six ways to cut your college costs.

1. Don't be lazy, keep a student budget. A student budget can be viewed as either a smart way to get savvy about finances, or a cruel introduction to the costs of being an adult. You pick. But from my own experience of living in a student slum with cockroaches and Kraft Dinner, I think it makes good financial sense to become smarter about your money sooner — especially if you’re spending student loan cash.

A student budget is just a financial plan for tracking the flow of money into and out of your life. It helps you identify the costs of your education, plan ahead for any shortfall, and see ways to save more money before you're in trouble. The hard part with any budget is getting started, so download this comprehensive and free Student Budget Planner to plan your school costs the easy way -- before you need to stock up on that orange macaroni stuff.

2. Only pack what you need. Moving onto campus can be expensive, especially if you live out of town or out of state. Before packing every item you own, check with your campus dorm to find out what you really need. This printable Dorm Room Essentials Checklist is a great start for those living on campus, while the First Apartment Essentials Checklist is excellent for those living independently away from school.

If you're moving far from home, the Moving Checklist and Planner may be the planning tool you need to get back to school in a more cost-efficient way.

3. Don't shop before classes start. I once made the expensive mistake of buying all my textbooks before the first day of class. Being prepared for school was my aim, but I wasn't prepared to learn that half of the listed books were optional. Avoid this common, and expensive, mistake by waiting for class to start, and then buying only the textbooks you need.

4. Get smart, buy used textbooks. Opting to buy used textbooks can save you up to 70 percent over buying new, adding hundreds of extra dollars to your wallet. So skip the campus bookstore when buying textbooks and find the place where students swap, sell, and barter their used books for less. Depending on your school, you may find a special used bookstore in town or in a back room on campus where students meet to unload last year's chemistry books. Going online could also net you some cool savings. Many students now post their used books on Facebook, Craigslist, or eBay hoping to find a buyer. Big online book sellers like Alibris, Thrift Books, or even Amazon may have the used edition you need.

5. Buy school supplies in bulk or online. Notebooks, pens, and printer paper are not cheap, so stock up during the back-to-school sales to get more school supplies for less dollars. Shopping at big-box stores and checking out online retailers can save you at least 10 percent on common school items. Searching for special online coupons can save you additional dollars too -- try 8 Stealth Ways to Uncover Big Savings with Secret Online Coupons. 6. Get a haircut, and land a job. When your student budget is feeling pinched or you're buried in student loan debt, it may be a good idea to find a small part-time job. There are many opportunities available on college campuses that can fit a student's busy class schedule. Just put some polish on your resume and download these free resume templates to land a job worth some extra bucks each week.

If you're looking for additional ways to save money on school, open your mind to another way of learning with How to Avoid Student Debt -- you may just find a way to study debt-free.

Kerry K. Taylor writes at Squawkfox.com, a blog where personal finance and frugal living are sexy, delicious, and fun. Kerry is the author of 397 Ways To Save Money: Spend Smarter & Live Well on Less.

Source: usnews

Mass Video Courses May Free Up Professors for More Personalized Teaching

New York University plans to join the growing movement to publish academic material online as free, open courseware. But in addition to giving away content—something other colleges have done—NYU plans a more ambitious experiment. The university wants to explore ways to reprogram the roles of professors in large undergraduate classes, using technology to free them up for more personal instruction.

This fall NYU will start publishing free online videos for every lecture in as many as 10 courses. They include classes on New York City history, the biology of the human body, introductory sociology, and statistics.

Previous open-courseware projects tended to be text-based, with content like syllabi and lecture notes. NYU's site would expand the online library of academic videos available to the general public.

What's more unusual, though, is the vision to build souped-up versions of the material for NYU students only. Freed from the copyright restrictions of publishing on the open Web, these video courses would have live links to sources discussed by professors in passing, as well as pop-up definitions and interactive quizzes.

All of the content would be embedded in an academic social-networking platform, according to a concept paper provided to The Chronicle by Dalton Conley, dean of social sciences, who is leading the online project.

Most striking of all is what this plan could mean for professors. "The real payoff is in the additional faculty time it frees up for one-on-one instruction," Mr. Conley writes in the paper. "Rather than have to pay our research faculty to stand in front of a room and teach the same classes over and over (after all, when's the last time Calculus I really changed?), with one fewer course to teach, they can now take on the role of faculty curators."

Mr. Conley compares such curators to Oxford and Cambridge dons of the past, albeit "minus the sherry wine." They would serve as intellectual guides, meeting with students in person and online, requiring them to attend events like departmental seminars, and involving the best ones in their own research.

For NYU's steep tuition—about $39,000—students would get an experience that feels more like graduate school, Mr. Conley says.

"We're faced with the question of how do we justify the existence of a Research I institution that's tuition-driven," he says. "I think that integrating the students into the research life of the university is the answer to that."

Globe-Hopping Studies

But unlike those who studied with dons of yesteryear, these students will be located around the world.

Mr. Conley will be part of a small group of professors testing this online model in an international pilot project expected to begin in 2011. He plans to teach introductory sociology classes at two or three places around the world, an itinerary that could include Abu Dhabi or Florence, Italy.

The course sections will run simultaneously. Core material will come from the already-created online content, with local facilitators running the discussions in each country. Mr. Conley will travel to all the sites for intensive workshops.

Stephen E. Carson, president of the OpenCourseWare Consortium, says he has not heard of any other efforts like NYU's. Some professors have taken similar steps informally, he notes. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, home of OpenCourseWare, the granddaddy of these online projects, some professors let students study Web-based materials at night. The goal is to devote more class time to working on problems rather than lecturing, says Mr. Carson, who is also director of external relations at the MIT courseware project.

Professors who assign some sophisticated online material produced by the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University have reported similar changes in classroom focus.

But if students are paying so much money for an elite education, would they really consider fewer face-to-face lectures more valuable? Wouldn't they want live lectures by rock-star professors—professors like, say, Princeton's Cornel West?

"Maybe this doesn't work for a superstar, overenrolled person like Cornel West," Mr. Conley says. "It would work for me, because I don't think the students are coming to NYU to see me in person. "

He acknowledges that there could be negative consequences for student learning: "Is it more of a sink or swim? Or could someone skate though with minimal interaction? Probably.

"But hopefully students who would be attracted to this kind of thing would be self-selected because they want to engage."

NYU Opens Up Online

These are the first courses that New York University plans to put online as part of its free open-courseware project.

American Literature I (Instructor: Cyrus Patell)
Calculus I (Instructor: Kiryl Tsishchanka)
Genomes and Diversity (Instructor: Mark Siegal)
Introduction to Sociology (Instructor: Harvey Molotch)
The Body: How It Works (Instructor: Burt Goldberg)
Human Genetics (Instructor: Justin Blau)
New York City: Social History (Instructor: Daniel Walkowitz)
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Instructor: Elizabeth Bauer)
World Cultures: Ancient Israel (Instructor: Daniel Fleming)

Source: New York University

Friday, August 20, 2010

Blackboards to Blackberries: Mobile Learning Buzzes Across Schools and Universities

While educators today are grappling with new terms like “coursecasting” and “tweetup,” the mobile generation has begun to flex opposing digits in ways that imply evolution has taken another dramatic leap forward.

The benefits of utilizing technology to advance learning methods have been hashed, rehashed, and largely swallowed. What is still being seen is how institutions adapt their pedagogies to deliver educational content in a way that exploits these technologies effectively.

Generation M: Students with cell phones

Today’s students live in a world enveloped by the Web. They read their news from online publications, publish their content on blogs, and share up-to-the-minute updates using Twitter.

And for the last few years they’ve been doing all this on their phones.

In the 2009 Parent-Teen Cell Phone Survey, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, 75% of 12 to17-year-olds own cellphones (up from 45% in 2004).

With advances in technology, this decade has seen a leap in mobile content delivery, resulting in a new generation of mobile learners, distinct from the communities of “tethered” e-Learning.

American students spend 7.5 hours a day absorbing and creating media – as much time as they spend in school. They multitask across screens to cram 11 hours of content into those 7.5 hours. And most of these activities are happening on smartphones equipped with audio, video, SMS, and mobile applications (Kamenetz, 2010).

Student nomads: The extended learning environment

Mobile learning is based on utilizing the functionalities of both handheld computers and mobile phones. When the iPod came out, “Podcasting” created new ways to distribute content. Similarly, convergent devices like the iPhone and phones using the Android operating system are extending the boundaries of education.

While teaching methodologies were initially borrowed from pedagogies used in e-Learning, mobile learning has expanded into the converged space of Internet and telecommunications, creating a wider net of in-class and out-of-class learning opportunities. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1: Mobile learning has created a wider net of learning opportunities.

New forms of content dispersion like coursecasts, mblogs, and Twitter feeds have become popular with the ubiquitous availability of technology across campuses. These new “bytes” of learning enable both faculty and students to take education beyond the classroom experience, changing how students now conceive terms like “classroom” and “content.”

Hotspots: Mobile learning on campus

Duke University was the first to use mobile devices to access symposia, class material, and school news through iTunes. The program, called iTunesU, enabled faculty and students to create and carry course material with them on their iPods (Brown & Metcalf, 2008).

iTunes U is now used by several institutions, including MIT, Stanford, and University of California Berkeley, offering access to courses, faculty lectures, interviews, and more.

In 2008, Abilene Christian University launched the first-in-the-world mobile learning initiative. This initiative was created to provide opportunities for students and faculty to experiment with new forms of social, informational, and media access on next-generation digital platforms including the iPhone and iPad (Abilene Christian University, 2008 – 2009).

Ninth grade teacher, Ashley Wilbur from the Howard School of Academics and Technology, Tennessee, began looking for learning alternatives when she realized her students had the same English texts they had used the previous year.

Working in partnership with Emantras and Hamilton County Virtual School, Wilbur now uses Mobl21, an application which enables teachers to create and publish text, video, and audio content in the form of short quizzes, flash cards, and guides.

Teachers were able to use Mobl21 to complement courses, and make learning assets easily available to users and groups, through desktop, social platforms, and iPhone / iPod Touch.

Future-speak: teaching the digital natives

As many in the mobile learning industry state, several challenges exist that need to be addressed in order for mobile learning to have a permanent place in mainstream education. These include technology limitations of teachers, costs of devices and infrastructure, and the slow rate of adoption in educational institutions.

What is equally true is that mobile learning has moved beyond the hype. The ubiquitous availability of technology, the growing potential of smartphones, and the thousands of learning applications have brought m-learning into our daily lives.

Today more people turn to their mobile phones to look up answers, search for information, and consume e-books. Side by side with these capabilities, is a generation of digital natives steadily moving towards graduation, and bringing with them, comfortable familiarity with technology.

These developments will soon push more schools and institutions into the interactive sphere of mobile learning, enabling teachers to move from being deliverers of knowledge to the more active role of mentors in student education.


Parent-Teen Cell Phone Survey. (2009) Princeton Survey Research Associates International.

Kamenetz, Anya. A Is for App: How Smartphones, Handheld Computers Sparked an Educational Revolution. (2010) http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/144/a-is-for-app.html

Brown, Judy & Metcalf, David. Mobile Learning Update. (2008) Judy Brown, David Metcalf.http://masieweb.com/p7/MobileLearningUpdate.pdf

Mobile-Learning Report (2008-09) Abilene Christian University.http://www.acu.edu/technology/mobilelearning/documents/ACU_Mobile_Learning_.pdf


Thursday, August 19, 2010

What Is Your School?s Organizational Learning Capability?

No organization should be better at learning than the organizations that teach people how to learn. Therefore, it would follow that education should be the best organization in terms of learning ability of capability.

On this post (Innovation = Learning) on his blog, Keith Sawyer discusses an article in the Fall 2007 issue of Sloan Management Review, by Joaquín Alegre and Ricardo Chiva. They studied organizations high in organizational learning capability (OLC) and identified five core features of high OLC companies:

  • Experimentation

  • Risk taking

  • Interaction with the external environment

  • Dialogue

  • Participative decision making.

Keith shares some of his thoughts from his research on each of the five core features.

(1) Experimentation:

“Experimentation as defined by these authors, produces a flow of new ideas that challenge the established order.”

Does education tend to toward challenging the established order or supporting the established order?

(2) Risk taking:

“Risk taking is just what it sounds like: the tolerance for ambiguity and errors. And as I’ve found, innovative organizations foster idea generation and tolerate failure.”

Does education posses a tolerance for ambiguity and errors. Does education foster idea generation and in what ways does it to do this. How about tolerating failure? Where does education fall on the spectrum or encouraging or discouraging ideas with the potential to fail?

(3) Interaction with the external environment:

“Interaction with the external environment is what I call “collaborating with customers” and is associated with innovative networks that I call collaborative webs in my book Group Genius. Deborah Ancona, in her 2007 book X-Teams, has likewise discovered that successful teams have an outward focus, and strong social network ties with people outside of their team.”

Has education developed an outward focus? In what ways has education collaborated with its “customer base?” How has education fostered strong social networks with people outside of their classrooms, schools, and districts?

(4) Dialogue and (5) participative decision making:

“Dialogue and participative decision making are what I call improvisation–a style of communication and an organizational culture that is egalitarian, open to flows across status levels. Improvisational organizations excel at a type of dialogue that opens up possibilities, a style of conversation in which new and unexpected ideas emerge.”

In what ways has education embraced dialogue and participative decision making? How could education benefit from a greater use of dialogue and participative decision making? Does education encourage idea sharing across job functions and management levels?

Keith concludes by saying, “I firmly believe that organizations high in learning ability are more likely to be innovative organizations, and I’m delighted to read of this fascinating study confirming the link.”

I too hope that education has developed a high learning ability because we need all the innovation we can get. I think the jury is still out whether we who are high in teaching ability are also high in learning ability. I would like to to think we are.

It also makes me wonder if we are giving students enough opportunities to experiment, take risks, interact with the external (outside of school) environment, dialogue, and participate in decision making. Certainly these skills are going to be necessary in the organizations that our students will one enter into, but shouldn't they be necessary right now in our classrooms?

Source: educationinnovation.typepad.com

Online Education And Distance Learning: It?s All About The Faculty

One of the more engaging trends that is receiving place in the world currently is the number of people who are embarking aloft preparation over the Internet and World Wide Web. There are a accumulation of reasons because there has been such a poignant enlarge in the number of people who are embarking their aloft preparation degrees by online preparation and distance learning programs. Chief amongst the reasons because an ever stepping up number of people from all walks of life are embarking an online education, online grade or distance learning program rests in the fact that the expertise of such programs may be tip notch.

No matter where you search for your preparation ” be it in the section and trebuchet world or on the Internet and World Wide Web ” the educational staff related with a specific college or program is what is many accountable for ensuring your success. The fact is that there are a few plain benefits that may be satisfied when it comes to the staff of instructors and professors that are related with a specific online education, online grade or distance learning program.

First of all, when it comes to an online education, online grade or distance learning program, you many times will have access to instructors and professors that are at the tip of their fields the world over. Through this sort of preparation program the instructors, teachers or professors are not compelled by geography. The world literally can turn your classroom by these types of programs.

One of the leading drawbacks related with an modernized or stability preparation in the section and trebuchet world is category size. Normally classes that are hold in actual world settings are really large. Being able to access a teacher, highbrow or mentor for one on one benefit may be a severe charge in and of itself.

On the other hand, when you go the online education, online grade or distance learning route, you obviously will have a improved connection with you professor, mentor or teacher. Despite the fact that you really good may be located a great distance divided from your lecturer geographically, you can link up with that individual right away and privately over the Net. Students in these online courses of investigate scarcely zodiacally inform that they have had a improved connection to and access with their instructors than what is gifted by likewise situated students in the section and trebuchet world.

With these factors in mind, as you go about deliberation not similar online education, online grade and distance learning options that are existing to you today, you unquestionably will wish to take a shut look at the educational staff related with these programs. As was settled at the beginning of this article, when it comes to any sort of educational program, the educational staff indeed does make all the difference. And, as was moreover noted, even though online education, online grade and distance learning programs you really can access astounding teachers who can change your life is to better.

Source: onlinelearningnest.com

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Student Perspectives on eLearning: Not Just an Education but a Way of Life

Kathleen Morris [BSN, 2004; MSN, 2008] describes her experience with the online learning process as very positive, and that it has made her more intelligent, resourceful, and organized. "I enjoyed being able to attend class or do my schoolwork around my busy lifestyle. I could log on anytime, anywhere, this truly helped me maintain a balance in my life," she said.

"Contrary to what some people might believe, online learning is not easier than attending school in a classroom setting," says Kathleen Morris. Morris, who had never taken an online course before Drexel Online, feels the experience made her more intelligent, resourceful, and organized. "I loved [that] it made me search for answers and kept me disciplined."

Source: einsights.typepad.com

Kathleen said Drexel's reputation was the biggest factor in deciding where she wanted to go back to school. "Drexel is known for delivering the highest quality education in forward-thinking ways. Drexel is always thinking outside of the box, and because of that they graduate some of the top leaders in many industries," she said. Along with its reputation, the convenience of Drexel's online learning format also played a large part in Kathleen's decision."Online learning is a wonderful way to learn. It will teach you how to navigate your resources, organize your time, and develop your self-learning skills. All of those are traits you will use in the health care field. Health care is always changing and as practitioners we need to be able to change with it. Online learning gives you that edge," said Morris.

"I also enjoyed being able to attend class or do my schoolwork around my busy lifestyle. I could log on anytime, anywhere. This truly helped me maintain a balance in my life," she said.

Currently, Kathleen is the Stroke Program Coordinator at St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, NJ. "I recently returned to this role after two years of being the Critical Care Nurse Manager. I would not be able to do either job without the education I received from Drexel; it gave me the foundation I needed to succeed," said Morris.

Key To Success: Online Education

It is common to hear college students agonizing over the studies. “Oh, it is very hard!” “It is very tough!” some can pre-warn prospective students. In fact, either in the classroom or online, discipline is 50 percent of success. A lot of students are undisciplined. In case you look around your classroom, you will know who they are at once. They will miss class, come in late, submit late assignments, forget about their assigned readings, wait until the final minute to begin working on their assignments, chat on MSN on laptops during lectures, plus this list goes on. Some will suffer from hangovers as well. For courses online, they are those forgetting about assignments, continuing to chat with their friends while listening/watching to online lectures, plus leave your readings for the final minute. You cannot absorb chapters on chapters of info or intensive lectures within several hours. It doesn’t take a rocket researcher to know that doing all mentioned affects your success and grade. That’s why discipline is the half of your success. You should be disciplined plus do everything you are supposed to, as well as the other 50% will come itself. But there may be time when you don’t understand the matter, and problem could be intensified if it is a course online and an instructor is not available. Yes, this happens but it is the exception than the rule. Also, you should never underestimate the impact your being punctual and attentive can have on the instructor. Professors are people, and they’re influenced by the factors than the quality of your paper and exam answers.

Monday, August 16, 2010

E-Learn 2010 FINAL CALL (October 18 - 22, 2010 Orlando, Florida)

E-Learn 2010 -- World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education is an international, annual conference which serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of all topics related to e-Learning in these four sectors.

All presentation proposals are reviewed and selected by a respected, International Executive Advisory Board and Program Committee, based on merit and the perceived value for attendees. Accepted proposals will be included in the conference program and Proceedings, available on EdITLib - Education & Information Technology Digital Library.

E-Learn spans all disciplines and levels of education and attracts more than 1,000 attendees from over 60 countries. We invite you to attend E-Learn and submit proposals for presentations.

Click here for Color Poster PDF to Print & Distribute

Keynote & Invited Speakers and Workshops

Keynote Speakers
Tony Bates, Tony Bates Assoc. Ltd, Canada
Paul Kim, Stanford University, USA
Gardener Campbell, Baylor University, USA
Michelle Selinger, Cisco Inc., Australia
Invited Speakers
Vanessa Deneen, Florida State University, USA

Chuck Dziuban, Joel Hartman & Patsy Moskal, University of Central Florida, USA
Lawrence Johnson, NMC, USA

Colla Jean MacDonald, University of Ottawa, Canada

Andrew Ross, Florida Virtual School, USA

Brent Schlenker, eLearning Guild, USA

Michael Searson, Kean University, USA

Catch the ELearning Train ? From Classroom to ERoom

Have you heard the new buzz word – eLearning? It has come to the forefront in the last couple of years. But, what does it really mean?

ELearning is a method of instruction where the teacher and student are located in different locations or where there is a time gap between the two, but by using internet technology, the instructor is able to teach a specific topic or skill. The advantage here is that this can take place from any location in the world and at anytime that they are able to get together online.

So now that we know what eLearning is all about, how can you take advantage of eLearning and what is it you should look for? Many people look at the internet as a great source of information, but only look at what information that they can get for free or can buy through videos or e-books.

There are many videos and e-books available for sale on the internet, but once you have spent your money, do you know what to do with the information? Do you any anyone to contact if you have any questions? Can you bounce ideas off of another person studying the same information? How do you find someone that is studying the information?

While these may seem like simple things to think about, it really has a large impact on your ability to learn new skills, especially if you are working to make a career change utilizing the internet. Learning is a very dynamic process and everyone learns a little bit differently. But even with this, interaction with other is almost always the best way to learn. Adult learners tend to be more visual and interactive than even when they were in school. They have experiences now that allow them to look at everything a little differently. They will tend to question ideas more.

With knowing this, live training has been found to be the best format for learning. The ability to interact in small groups, to ask questions, and to be able to share with others is crucial for learning.

So from this, we know that live training is important and people learn best from this. With the environment like the internet, where interaction is mainly through writing and words, how does one find the interactive training that works so well?

Look for a training program that does more that just give you eBooks and videos. Look for one that offers live conference training. Look for one, where you actually can develop a relationship with your trainers. They should act more as a mentor than as a teacher. Look for a place where the class sizes are small so questions can be asked.

While it is true that the internet is a fountain of information, how you can gain skills and knowledge is still all about interaction and sharing. While the old fashion classroom in colleges is still one method of learning, they are starting to offer more and more classes through distance learning. While this is a step in the right direction, many of these courses and programs will still not give you the skills that you will need to succeed on the internet. eLearning for you needs to be more skill specific and there are training organizations on the internet that cater to those wanting to learn these skill sets. Pick a specific skill that you need to learn and then find the right training program to meet your needs.

So what types of skills should you be willing to pay for? Look for classes or programs that are small business oriented; including topics as internet advertising, internet marketing, and basic finance, but tailored specifically for your specific business market. Others skill sets you will need and need to learn will be building a landing page, search engine optimization, list building, blogging, copywriting, and sales pages.

In today’s internet environment, there are trainers, coaches, and mentors whose businesses cater to those just starting out building an internet business. Tap into this new resource and take advantage of their expertise and experiences. You will not regret it.

Ann Moss is a professional coach for Mastermind Pros Success School, a leader in online training.

Source: mbas.co.in

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bill Gates: In Five Years The Best Education Will Come From The Web

Bill Gates thinks something is going to die too. No, it’s not physical books like Nicholas Negroponte — instead, Gates thinks the idea of young adults having to go to universities in order to get an Online education is going to go away relatively soon. Well, provided they’re self-motivated learners.

“Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world,” Gates said at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA today. “It will be better than any single university,” he continued.

He believes that no matter how you came about your knowledge, you should get credit for it. Whether it’s an MIT degree or if you got everything you know from lectures on the web, there needs to be a way to highlight that.

He made sure to say that educational institutions are still vital for children, K-12. He spoke glowingly about charter schools, where kids can spend up to 80% of their time deeply engaged with learning.

But college needs to be less “place-based,” according to Gates. Well, except for the parties, he joked.

But his overall point is that it’s just too expensive and too hard to get these upper-level educations. And soon place-based college educations will be five times less important than they are today.

One particular problem with the education system according to Gates is text books. Even in grade schools, they can be 300 pages for a book about math. “They’re giant, intimidating books,” he said. “I look at them and think: what on Earth is in there?“

According to Gates, our text books are three times longer than the equivalents in Asia. And yet they’re beating us in many ways with education. The problem is that these things are built by committee, and more things are simply added on top of what’s already in there.

Gates said that technology is the only way to bring education back under control and expand it.


How E-learning Solution helps Organizations, Schools and Colleges?

E-learning tools are the best way to help organizations, colleges, universities in providing online training courses at vast scale. The value of e-learning solution increased when Swine Flu became a show stopper this year to many small businesses due to which on-demand training became a cost effective solution.

With the help of e-learning software employees hit by Swine Flu were able to participate in online meetings and conferences. It helped the organizations as well as their employees to maintain the momentum of business without affecting the revenue.

E-learning Solution came in handy for students also as they could continue their studies with proper care and hygiene from their homes. Now many colleges and universities are providing online course materials, recorded DVD of lectures and web conferencing facilities.

E-learning Systems are known with different names such as Learning Management System, Learning Content Management System, Online learning Centre and more. These systems have evolved over time and have been bringing lots of flexibility in their usage and interfaces.

With the advancement in the technology On-demand e-learning services are occupying the market because they can be deployed in minutes and do not require instructors & institutions to run their own servers which are making them a popular choice.

For successful implementation of e-learning in an organization or institution we have to first understand what motivates our trainees to learn and grow only then we can create e-learning solution that is focused on achieving employees as well as the organizational goals. E-learning solutions facilitates to gather online trainings and also hold web-meetings successfully.. It allows training professionals to build, deliver, and manage e-learning solutions for their employees, customers and partners

Source: techlifes.net

Friday, August 13, 2010

Advantages of Online Learning

Based on my 20+ years experience in distance education as a student, administrator, recruiter, and faculty member, I know firsthand that there are numerous advantages to online learning.

Listed below are my Top Ten advantages of earning an accredited online degree. Check them out and see if an online education makes sense for you.

1. Accredited Online Schools Are Gaining Popularity and Acceptance.

During the past few years, the availability and variety of online degrees has exploded. The reason for this explosive growth has been the increased acceptance of this type of education and method of delivery. As demand for online education has increased, it has required many major colleges and universities to institute Internet based learning programs. There are even some of the very elite schools that are promoting online learning through YouTube, ITunesU, and Second Life.

2. Online Schools are Convenient.

There is nothing more convenient than attending college classes from the comfort of your own home, while on break at work, or at your local coffee shop. An online school gives more options as far as when you have to complete your course work, and the schedule of when you do this work is strictly in your hands. This convenience factor is motivating many people who never got their college education to finally pursue a degree.

3. Many Online Schools are Affordable.

Saving money is one of the primary advantages of attending an online college. The ever-rising tuition cost in this country has been a problem for many years. Even earning a degree at your hometown school is not the bargain it once was. Consistent and continuous hikes in tuition have caused many local colleges to fall on hard times. Online universities are less expensive and an increasingly good bargain.

Online degrees usually are less expensive per credit hour than traditional degrees. But there are additional savings such as not having to relocate, commuting to classes, room and board, activity fees, parking or numerous other costs associated with attending a traditional brick and mortar university.

4. Flexible Schedule.

Life is busy. This busyness has made it impossible for many people to attend a full time college. This has changed with the option of attending school online and doing it at your own pace. With most online programs you are not required to attend classes on a specific time and day. Online courses are set up in such a way that allows students to work within their own schedule.

Most online programs offer what I call compressed terms. These terms range in length of 5 to 8 weeks. Because of this flexibility a student can complete a degree requirement faster than at a traditional university.

5. Learn While You Earn.

Jim, for example, is a 35 year old. He has graduated from high school, and he always wanted to attend college, but with a family to support he can’t afford to be without his job. Jim has a really good paying full time job at a local printing company. Jim made the decision to attend an online university. That way he can continue his job and earn that degree that he knows he will need for future employment opportunities.

6. Acceptance.

Employers have learned from experience that online degrees that are earned at reputable, accredited universities, such as Liberty University, are very creditable and employees who attend such programs are usually self-starters, motivated, and good employees. Not only that, but these types of students gain practical and relevant knowledge that will directly benefit their work and employer.

7. Learn Self-Discipline.

As an online student you will learn to develop the techniques of self-discipline, self-motivation and time management. Every one of these disciplines is of immeasurable value when you get into the working world.

If you work well alone, have computer sense, and have access to the Internet you are an excellent online student candidate. Research has shown that the number one ability that successful online students possess is time management.

8. Networking.

As an online student, you will have the ability to communicate with people from all over the world. Working in partnership with people from different cultures is a benefit that can enhance your learning experience.

9. Superior Faculty.

Online schools have some of the best faculty in the country. Accredited online schools recruit the best professors in their fields, most of whom are currently working in the their respective field. This firsthand experience enhances the learning experience and makes the virtual classroom a launching pad to practical and applicable knowledge.

10. Effective Learning.

Studying through the Internet is actually a very rewarding experience. Most online programs have very robust Learning Management Systems (LMS) that allow students a single interface to the virtual classroom. An LMS can contain class modules, streaming video, e-books, tests, calendars and much more. It is also the portal that allows communication through discussion boards and email.

Source: edu.prinews.net

Career Training Through Online Education and E-learning by 2010

The appeal of an online education through distance learning as an educational alternative is ever increasing. “Its presence will continue to grow”, say curriculum directors, who expect that by 2010 nearly a fifth of students will be taking some of their career training coursework through online education or E-learning at an online university or college.

Technological advances in medicine, aerospace, agriculture, the environment, communications and education permeate the world we live in. We have new drugs and vaccines, new ways to strengthen the immune system, the International Space Station, alternative crop and livestock systems, renewable energy sources, personalized information technology and E-learning, online education and distance learning.

• With the introduction of $100 Laptops by MIT, E-learning will reach millions of children in developing nations like Brazil, China, South Africa, Egypt and others.

Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is working on a plan to distribute the laptops to schoolchildren. A goal of the project is to make the low-cost PC a grassroots movement like Linux or Wikipedia. The laptops will have a 500MHz processor, 1GB of memory and an innovative dual-mode display that can be used in full-color mode, or in a black-and-white sunlight-readable mode. Power for the new systems will be provided by electric current, batteries or by a windup crank attached to the side, since many countries do not have power in remote areas. The systems will be Wi-Fi and cell phone-enabled and will include four USB ports for connectivity. “The idea is simple. It’s an education project that will make online education a simple reality.”

Research has predicted that in the future more people will complete their studies at home as distance learning concepts continue to evolve. Over two million students enroll for online university and online college courses each year. Just as the world continues to change so must the conditions in which we live and learn. In a fast paced society we will see E-learning designed to accommodate busy students – time flexible, geographically independent, competitive cost and value and learner-centered. E-learning offers both synchronous and asynchronous modes of learning thus enabling a student to access information anywhere and at anytime. The numerous features and benefits of an Online Education and E-Learning will play a major role in post secondary career oriented education.

• E-learning is self-paced and gives students a chance to speed up or slow down as necessary

• Geographical barriers are eliminated, opening up broader education options

• 24/7 accessibility makes distance learning easy and allows a greater number of people to attend classes

• Travel time and associated costs (parking, fuel, vehicle maintenance) are reduced

• Online education fosters greater student interaction and collaboration

• E-learning is self-directed, allowing students more control over their learning process, leading up to a 60% faster learning curve.

• Web-based products allow instructors to update lessons and materials across the entire network instantly.

• Develops knowledge of the Internet that will help learners throughout their careers

• Exposure to resources not commonly found in standard classroom settings

Wireless technology has paved way for Mobile Learning, where one can easily access learning materials anywhere and at anytime. Instructional and communication techniques create an interactive online education environment including case studies, demonstrations, role-playing, simulations, streamed videos, online references, discussion groups, personalized coaching and mentoring, chat rooms, bulletin boards, tutorials, FAQ’s and wizards.

Collaborative education will play an important role in developing future Online Education and E-learning strategies. Almost all Learning Management Systems (LMS) conforming to E-learning standards offer collaborative networks, enabling students from remote areas to share knowledge and communicate ideas with fellow classmates from around the country and the world.

Virtual and Augmented learning will gradually replace existing scenarios thus giving a new dimension to knowledge management. Certain concepts which are difficult to imagine or simulate can be implemented using augmented learning.

Source: online-college-universities.com

Is E-learning replacing traditional education?

Education provides roadmap to uprising an individual, society, community or whole nation. Although it is Important that what the stuff is included in education pack but more important is the method to educate someone. Today a new way of education is not only becoming a strong substitute of traditional Learning but gradually replacing it. History of nations describe that human always resist against any change in tradition, then why E-learning is being adopted so rapidly. What is the reason behind this revolution? Human psyche tells that it adopt the things which are nearer to nature. Designing of E-learning is according to human mentality. Getting knowledge was never much easy in the history. Now knowledge is at your door step. Just click and get it. All this is possible due to distance learning solutions.
Distance learning is a way to get knowledge through web video conferencing . Students do not need to attend classes physically. A web cam, microphone and internet connection at computer can facilitate them to access virtual class room. History of distance learning is started from Europe in 1800’s. In the beginning, distance learning process was simple. Education institutes started it as extra service of education. Later on it become a complete industry and today distance learning is a strong alternate of traditional education system. In present days, this revolutionary education system has following forms. Correspondence courses, online education, internet based education, electronic education, e-education, electronic learning and E-learning. However there are no opportunities of extracurricular activities, college games, and class room discussions but getting knowledge without leaving home is a great benefit for students. Let us analyze some other benefits of distance learning solutions.

Cost effective learning :

Reducing travelling and Study cost is most significant factor of distance learning. E-learning institutes provide this facility at very low rates because it saves building rents, maintains costs, salaries cost reduction and other miscellanies costs of physical infrastructure. It saves most important cost of time. Anyone can get education without leaving his busy routine.

High quality education:

Without any geographical boundary restriction, someone can contact with high caliber instructors to deliver knowledge. It eliminates the hurdle to stick with the teachers, which college or university provides. You can choose your own instructor.

Reliable delivery of knowledge:

Consistency and reliability of education is possible in distance learning. Knowledge becomes high involvement service for a student. It enables flexible schedule and privacy while learning. Someone can manage his home or office activities along with getting knowledge.

Customized courses :

Choose your own courses and establish own study roadmap. In opposition to traditional education, students are not necessary to stick with the courses which university offers. Some distance learning courses are additional than college or university syllabus. Virtual class room provides this opportunity to get value-added courses to E-learning students.

Admission in multiple universities:

Distance learning facilitates the students to take admission in multiple universities at same time around the globe. Picking desired courses, consulting with own selected instructors and getting admission in various universities at same time is a great competitive edge of distance learning system. One to Many web Video conferencing provides such benefits to those students, who want to get nontraditional education through internet.

Up-to-date syllabus:

Distance learning services recommend up to date packages of courses. world is spinning rapidly, so more and more opportunities in business, finance, social life, civilization, politics,Science, and all other sectors are generating fresh education. Traditional universities take time to replace old syllabus with new ones, but is E-learning, control panel is in front of students. He can search and choose syllabus according to wish. Before getting E-learning services, you must understand that medium of E-learning is video conferencing. it enables a student to access his Teacher. If education is high quality and low price, but web conferencing equipments and solutions do not Support it properly then be conscious that there may be hazards in the way of education. Choose best quality One to Many web video conferencing software and solutions for a better E-learning services.

Source: kidbestbuy.com