Mailing Number 4 - 18 October 2002
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GCSE English Online. On 14/10/2002, the Sheffield College's Online
GCSE course team won the 2002 NILTA Innovation Award, sponsored
"for a major contribution to the development of innovative courseware
to support, enrich and facilitate learning". The course remains
shortlisted for a further significant UK learning teachnology award -
result due early November. There is a detailed case study about the
course, by Julie Hooper, on
the FERL website.
Plagiarism Advisory Service. The national Plagiarism Advisory
Service, funded by the JISC,
commenced in September 2002. The service is being developed and run
by the Information Management Research Institute (IMRI) at Northumbria
University, and can be accessed at http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/jiscpas.
The service hosts a link to the electronic plagiarism detection service
supplied by iParadigms, which is also funded by the JISC and available to all
JISC sites. The service will:
- provide generic guidance and advice to institutions, academics and
students relating to the prevention and detection of plagiarism;
- promote the adoption of a holistic approach to plagiarism prevention
encompassing institutional policy and procedures, academic practice
and student skills.
Formative assessment. There is a really excellent paper summarising
the research evidence relating to the crucial importance of formative
assessment in learning. I think this work is very relevant to elearning,
to the extent that formative assessment of the kind which helps learners
make progress is very difficult (impossible?) to provide other than
by the intervention of tutors or peers.
e-Learning Market Insight Report. In June I went to
for Learning Technology's "Policy Board" meeting. The most interesting
of the keynote presentations, a commercially focused assessment of the
way the elearning market is developing (UK emphasis) is now accessible
as a "white paper"
from the FD Learning website. Also worth reading is
"Distance Learning Yet to Hit Home", from Wired, highlighted by Dick Moore.
Usability and Accessibility of PDAs in Education. TechDis has
just published a report which examines the accessibility and usability
of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) within an educational setting.
Topics covered include the usability of a PDA as Assistive Technology
as well as the accessibility of the PDA to those with a functional disability
(e.g. hearing impairment): http://www.techdis.ac.uk/PDA/index.html.
The Disability Discrimination Act Part 4. LSC has published a
guide for Library, Learning Resource Centre and Information Technology
staff in Further Education colleges and Local Education Authority adult
Workhouses. Mike Morris circulated details of Peter Hegginbottom's
amazingly comprehensive, erudite, and regularly updated site about Workhouses
Really worth a thorough examination. Includes audio clips of recollections,
the full text of the 1601 and 1834 Poor Laws, a guide to Workhouse Literature,
clickable maps, and hundreds of photographs of workhouse buildings from
all over Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.
Credit where credit is due. In the last issue I made some slightly
snide comments about a video presentation from the Masie Centre "Putting
the Management into E-Learning", saying how comparatively useless "talking
head" video is as compared with simple audio. You will find Elliott
Maisie's very sensible reflections on the use of video, the need to
provide audio-only options, and the need to provide a text transcript
of audio and video clips here.
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