In February 2004 the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (AFLC) began an Online Forum, "Getting Started in Flexible Learning", moderated by Judy Fawcett, targeted especially for practitioners who were new to flexible learning and wished to engage in a process of guided discovery. This article comes from this forum.
(Many thanks to Michael Coghlan who compiled this summary)
New technologies and their use in teaching and learning.
This is a relatively new term for the online publishing of files in a way that allows for subscription-like syndication and distribution as they become available. Podcasts are generally audio in MP3 format but other formats and other types of files, such as video can also be podcasted. A podcast is often described as ‘an audio magazine subscription’, in that a subscriber receives programs without having to get them, and can listen to them at leisure.
Sample podcasts: Topic - The Adoption of Technology
Short for Rich Site Summary, an XML format for syndicating Web content. A Web site that wants to allow other sites to publish some of its content creates an RSS document and registers the document with an RSS publisher. A user that can read RSS-distributed content can use the content on a different site. Syndicated content includes such data as news feeds, events listings, news stories, headlines, project updates, excerpts from discussion forums etc.
Blogs (text, audio, photo):
A frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts, like an online diary.
Example of blog with audio and photos: http://mikecogh.blogspot.com/
The art of creating a powerful dialogue by narrating a story, weaving images, music and voice using the power of digital media design. The sharing of these stories with others can connect people in special ways.
Photostory Tool: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx
Movie maker tool example:
The new EdNA Groups: http://www.groups.edna.edu.au/
EdNA Groups is a free service providing collaborative workspaces to support teaching, learning and research within the Australian education and training community.
Learning Times: http://www.learningtimes.org/
LearningTimes.org is an open community for education and training professionals. Members have free access to a wide range of opportunities to interact and network with peers from across the globe. Member activities include live webcasts and interviews with industry leaders, online debates and discussions, live coverage of industry conferences, and international working groups.
My Connected Community: http://mc2.vicnet.net.au/index.html
My connected community (mc²) is a virtual meeting place where communities interact online.
Learning Communities Catalyst: http://www.lcc.edu.au/
The Learning Communities Catalyst has been established to serve as a clearinghouse of information, research, case studies and practical tools to assist communities, councils, government, businesses, policy-makers and other stakeholders in research, advocate for and develop learning communities.
'Skype' is free and simple software that will let you make free phone calls to anywhere in the world. Skype uses P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you to other users. You can talk with up to 5 contacts at a time, exchange documents via email, surf the Web and chat simultaneously.
An example – Online Oral RPL Assessment: http://www.ballarat.edu.au/vfed/newpractices/NP%20model/content/
Google Desktop: http://desktop.google.com/
This site enables you to find your email, files, media, web history and chats instantly; view web pages you've seen, even when you're not online and search directly from your desktop using the deskbar.
EdNA Advance Search:
This provides two key functions:
- A directory about education and training in Australia.
- A database of web-based resources useful for teaching and learning.
Live web conferencing tools.
Powerpoint Conversation Tools
Impatica (samples): http://impatica.com/
Presentation Pro (example): http://presentationpro.com/
Other ppt conversion tools (Macromedia:’powerpoint on steroids’) example:
Quandary is an application for creating Web-based Action Mazes. An Action Maze is a kind of interactive case-study; the user is presented with a situation, and a number of choices as to a course of action to deal with it. On choosing one of the options, the resulting situation is then presented, again with a set of options.
Study Mate is an authoring tool that lets you create 10 Flash-based activities and games using three simple templates.
Cmaps Example: http://cmap.ihmc.us/
Listings: Free and Open Source Applications:
Amplify example: http://amplify.com/
Amplify empowers you to clip and collect content from different sites you visit into your own Web collages. These collages can be saved as web-based documents, shared with anyone as a single link and set to automatically refresh in real time.
eDayz Cool Tools Site: http://www.cooltools.net.au/index.htm
This site has been developed to encourage new and experienced users of flexible learning to explore a range of e-learning tools, resources and ideas. The tools, resources and ideas showcased have been used in a wide-range of VET practice including ACE/Community, VET in Schools, industry training, and private and public registered training organisations (RTOs).
Example: YOLA Your Online Learning Assistant: http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/projects/resources/yola_bc/default.htm
A Toolbox is a collection of resources, suggested learning strategies and supporting material to support online delivery of vocational education and training. Series 6 has just been released.
Imagination Cubed: http://www.imaginationcubed.com/LaunchPage
Group Board: http://www.groupboard.com/
Groupboard is a set of multi-user java applets including whiteboard, chat, message board and games which you can place on your web page by simply copying a few lines of html code. You can also run Groupboard on your own web server. It can be used for distance learning, training, or simply for fun!