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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Podcasting

If you read the technology sections, you're probably sick to death of podcasting, such has been it's rapid uptake and hype in the last 6 months but it's here (or is that hear) and it's adding a whole new dimension to internet communications.

Podcasting is essentially the new thing in blogging - blogging with audio. Listeners download audio files to their computers - even directly to their iPods (and other such portable audio players) that people have created - just like having a personal radio station. These can be anything from music, interviews, general rants and rave, news and anything else you can do with sound.

Where it gets really interesting is that there is software available now which will allow a listener to subscribe to a particular podcast and their iPod / Computer / portable audio player will automatically download it for them as soon as it is released. The most popular of this software currently is iPodder but there are others available as well.

We're still looking into the potential of podcasting in education but imagine the possibilities - interviews with industry notables, recordings of lectures, release of new information in roleplays - the sky is the limit.

For more information, check out

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast

iPodder software is available from http://www.ipodder.org

More information is available on iPods at http://www.apple.com.au/ipod/

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Effective e-Learning Design

This paper, published in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, focuses on 6 elements of educational design for preparing e-learning materials: Activity; Scenario; Feedback; Delivery; Context; and Influence. For people just getting started with the preparation of e-learning materials, this is well worth a read.
http://www.irrodl.org/content/v6.1/brown_voltz.html

Friday, April 22, 2005

Welcome

Welcome to the CIT Flexible Learning Solutions blog.

In this space, we will provide you with news, ideas and other tidbits from the worlds of education and eLearning, technology and beyond that you may find useful in the virtual classroom.

Stay tuned for more

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