Mailing Number 1 - 6 September 2002
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Keeping up with the Learning and Skills Council
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The future of elearning in the UK
Two reports have recently been published. Both are worth scan-reading:
Get On With IT Report - from the DfES Post 16 E-learning Strategy
Task Force - (0.3MB
Report of the LSC's Distance and Electronic Learning Group
- (large PDF).
Sheffield College Online GCSE English - exam results
Julie Hooper and team, and their learners, using "LeTTOL methods",
appear to have made a very significant breakthrough in the Sheffield
College's Online GCSE
- 100% A-C pass rate (national average = 59%)
- 33% got grade B (national average = 20%)
- 55% got grade A or A* (national average = 13%)
Let's hope this success will be noticed in the right places.
Writing for the web
Gill Osguthorpe highlighted this Guide
to writing for the web - an "Information Paper from the New Opportunities
Fund Technical Advisory Service". It is definitely worth a look, as
are several of the other resources available from the site, such as
Keith Shaw's Creating
online learning materials. Thankfully, the site's home
page is searchable.
David Jennings mentioned this concise
summary from Cetis of which orgisations are doing what to develop
elearning related standards.
Making Word documents SCORM compliant
Dick Moore drew attention to a newly released tool called Recombo -
downloadable on trial from the Recombo
site which converts (learning) materials authored in Word into a
format which would enable them to run in a SCORM-compliant learning
management system. Worth keeping an eye on, although it is apparent
from discussion taking place, for example, in the excellent US "Web
Based Training Online Learning" discussion list that developers
are beginning to view the concept of reusable content objects as the
creation of LMS vendors, rather than as a means of improving the quality
of online learning.
The "DNA (UGH) of eLearning"
Mike Morris circulated a chapter from a new publication from the Internet
Time Group, which gives a useful summary of how the authors think the
corporate elearning world has changed over the last ~10 years. For convenience
I put it on my website if you want to download
When researching for my website I came across TridentList,
an Australian site which offers an economical, reliable (so far!), excellently
configured, and cost-effective way to run opt-in mailing lists such
as this one.
I made some minor additions to my web "site" and will soon shift it from
being less of a pitch for work to more of a place where I can summarise
the projects which I am doing, client-agreement permitting. You will gather
from this that work is beginning to come my way, although it is too early
to judge whether in sufficient quantity and of the right type to make
This made me smile when the car drove past me in Edinburgh: there was
something seriously retro about the car,
the driver, and the fridge (11kB).
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