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Peer Assessment – Pros and Pitfalls

The Role of Practice in Promoting Learning The Web is an excellent medium for presenting knowledge, whether through text or (arguably more engagingly) video lectures/tutorials. However to transform the passive reception of knowledge into real understanding it is necessary for

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Technology and the Massification of Education

How Technology is Supporting Quality Education on a Massive Scale The modern world is growing increasingly complex seemingly by the day and in so doing is rendering skills that would have been sufficient to make a living a few years

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bFree Blackboard content extractor

Here’s a useful tool for Blackboard users. bFree allows users to make an offline copy of Blackboard content, including discussion boards. Ideal for learners with limited Web access or keeping an archive of study materials after your course has finished.

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Learning Theories and Learning Styles

Understanding how people learn is the key to producing effective instruction, both traditionally and in the form of e-learning. Although many theories of learning have been proposed, with some leading candidates described below, it seems clear that different individuals learn

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e-learning: The Threat and the Promise

e-learning refers to any learning process that partly or wholly uses computer technology for delivery and or support. The concept of e-learning is not new. Psychology professor Sidney Pressey developed a mechanical teaching machine in the early 1920s. Numerous computer-based

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Learning Technology: The Myths and Facts

This paper considers some of the major issues in the field of learning technology. It seeks to identify areas in which technology has greatest potential to contribute to the learning process, and also those areas in which the application of

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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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