Educational Technology and e-Learning Finds for the Week

These are the bookmarks that I have saved to my delicious account using the elearning or edtech tags during the last week.

Dis-Integrating the LMS (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE

Some interesting thoughts on the use of an LMS in higher education including this quote:

For long-time instructors there can be considerable lock-in to a teaching approach that features periodic revision of the syllabus, say when a new textbook is adopted, at which time topic coverage may change and there may also be revision of lectures, assignments, and exams. The lecture mode persists, however, and there is no desire on the part of the instructor to make other changes in the interim between syllabus revisions. Viewed this way, the LMS serves as an affirming technology of traditional teaching. The instructor doesn’t challenge the LMS very much, and, in turn, the LMS doesn’t challenge the instructor. The student gets the convenience benefit from electronic distribution of documents (and grades) but little more.

Historic Tale Construction Kit

I liked this interactive Flash site that allows children to build their own historic tale in the style of the Bayeaux Tapestry. There is a gallery where these stories can be shared.

The UMW Blogs Story

This is the interesting story of the implementation of WordPress Multi User as a blogging solution for the University of Mary Washington as told by Jim Groom on his blog.

University of Melbourne – Educating the Net Generation – PDF Doc

Really useful report on the outcomes of joint research between the University of Melbourne, University of Wollongong and Charles Sturt University into challenges for educating the Net generation. The report was funded by the Australian Teaching and Learning Council.

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