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Student use of recorded lectures

Should recordings support, or replace, the traditional lecture? Does the context of physically being in a lecture room listening to a live human presentation add anything to the learning experience that couldn’t be obtained from watching a video at the

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Towards An Open Online High School

Inspired by the success of MOOCs and driven by dissatisfaction with existing high school education OpenHigh aims to demonstrate there is an alternative (or supplement) to the traditional high school learning experience by providing free open resources to support high school education.

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Engaging hearts and minds Best Practice Guide

This Best Practice Guide has been put together by the UCISA (UK Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association) Academic Support Group to provide examples of good practice in engaging academics, and other staff, in the use of Technology Enhanced Learning

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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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Reusable Learning Objects

The idea behind Learning Objects originates from Object Oriented Programming in computing. In Object Oriented Programming objects are created to represent real world entities such as products and customers. These objects encapsulate information about the object and the operations that

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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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Sychronous Conferencing in Distance Education

A major drawback of distance education is the isolation experienced by learners. In traditional education it’s easy to seek the guidance of instructors and fellow students. Students often form informal study groups and merely being present in an academic institution

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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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