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Open Educational Resources (OER) – What’s out there?

An Introduction to OER and Directory of Major OER Repositories From information famine to information overload Over the past decade or two the Internet has transformed our access to knowledge. From being locked in the pages of physical books or

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Accessibility in Educational Technology

Educational Technology has the potential to offer learning opportunities to a wider audience than ever before, and as such has the power to promote a fairer and more equal society. The issue of accessibility is concerned with ensuring that the

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Assessment

The only way learners can really know whether they have understood the concepts they have studied is by trying to apply those concepts, ie through some form of self assessment. Instructors too need to gauge learner understanding of course content

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e-Journals and Digital Libraries

Many professional and academic journals are now published in electronic form. These have the advantage of being searchable. Additionally they may be used by any number of simultaneous users and cannot be lost or damaged. Institutions generally purchase a subscription

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Games and Simulations

Games and simulations are employed on the basis that learners learn best by doing. “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.” (Confucius) “People remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what

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Multimedia Learning Resources

Multimedia technology allows concepts to be explained and illustrated in a variety of ways. Technologies such as Macromedia Flash and streaming video and audio permit material to be viewed again and again, anywhere, any time. Animations can be used to

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Recorded Lectures

The formal lecture has long been at the heart of university education. Large numbers of students form the audience while the professor holds center stage imparting his/her wisdom. That lectures have remained for so long as a major method of

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PowerPoint Lectures

The use of PowerPoint and other digital media CAN greatly enhance a traditional lecture. Pre-preparing visual aids in PowerPoint allows the instructor to select the best possible aids to support his/her message. And once prepared presentations may be re-used or

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Course Material in Electronic form

Provision of course material in electronic form is probably the simplest application of educational technology. But is there any benefit beyond saving photocopying costs? I believe there are several. Having material available online provides access to learning materials 24 hours

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