A free tool for creating SCORM learning materials yourself

Have you heard of the free Microsoft Learning Content Development System? We’ve just updated it to version 2.5, which now supports more complex content, and is Firefox and Silverlight 4 compatible. It is a free tool that lets you create high-quality, interactive, online courses, and publish them in SCORM 1.2 packages (exactly what your Learning…

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Online learning is better than face-to-face learning?

The US Department of Education sponsored the Center for Technology in Learning to look into the effectiveness of online learning – and to specifically compare the effectiveness of using online learning compared to face to face learning. The results, published in May, are on the www.ed.gov website, for all to see. What I’ve seen of…

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Talking with College Principals

We held a briefing today for a small group of college principals, following on from a focus group meeting we held last year. The aim of the day was to share some of our work and thoughts on how technology could support the learning and business processes of an FE college, and to allow the…

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Microsoft SharePoint and SharePoint Learning Kit - Live Meetings

We have a series of Live meetings scheduled over the next few months to provide more information on the use of SharePoint in learning. My colleague Steven Audis, the Microsoft Education Technology Advisor in the UK, will be running them, and he’s provided some more information on their content: “In these sessions we discuss how Further Education…

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Microsoft SharePoint and the SharePoint Learning Kit - Live Meetings

We have a series of Live meetings scheduled over the next few months to provide more information on the use of SharePoint in learning. My colleague Steven Audis, the Microsoft Education Technology Advisor in the UK, will be running them, and he’s provided some more information on their content: “In these sessions we discuss how Further Education…

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Learning Gateway and Accessibility

There’s already quite a lot that you can do with Learning Gateway, and explicitly the SharePoint components, to increase accessibility to users, across devices. And this news item I read promises more: Shared-source software kit will advance the accessibility of SharePoint-based solutions for people with disabilities July 31, 2007 — HiSoftware , a leading provider…

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New Digital Portfolio for Microsoft’s Office's SharePoint 2007 - Free event on 21st June

Winvision, one of our partners in Further Education, wrote to let me know about a free event that they are hosting in June, focusing on helping you to get more from SharePoint, and provide e-portfolio services for your students. Winvision Event: New Digital Portfolio for Microsoft’s Office & SharePoint 2007 When:  Thursday 21st of June…

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Do you Shibboleth?

Internet2 (the US networking consortium for the research and education community – akin to Janet in the UK) has just announced a Shibboleth collaboration project with Microsoft, to develop interoperability with the Windows CardSpace system. Before we go any further, let’s deal with the basics: Shibboleth is a federated authentication architecture – it allows users…

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Grava - what's in a codename?

Is it me, or is there a random code-name generator somewhere in Microsoft. A but like those big clunky ones that sit in the cellars of the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall? (Okay, I know it’s not true, but hey) Today’s code name is Grava – something which shouldn’t really have a codename at this…

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JISC Funding for projects exploring e-learning, e-infrastructure and e-repositories

  That’s potentially e-good news for some. The JISC Circular that has just appeared is asking for nominations from Higher and Further Education for capital funding for e-learning projects. The deadlines look tight – a briefing day for would-be participants on 9th May, with a deadline for submission of 21st June, but it looks like…

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