eLearning Dialogue for Wednesday, June 23, 2004

CMS Review - a resource on elearning & Course management Systems

Wed., June 23, 2004

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VIEWPOINT
NEWS & PRODUCT UPDATES
CASE STUDY
TECH NOTES
READER RESPONSE

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CMS Viewpoint

Designing and Developing Interactive Learning Objects for Online Courses

Darla Runyon, Assistant Director/Curriculum Design Specialist
Dr. Roger Von Holzen, Director
Center for Information Technology in Education Northwest Missouri State University

Online teaching has sparked new teaching strategies for faculty to incorporate whether in campus-based courses, web-augmented course sites or in an online delivery mode. One of the most effective and significant of these techniques is the integration of interactive, learning objects. This integration of technology provides a way to engage online students in the learning process and allows the instructor to take their courses to a higher level of learning.

When preparing to teach online, many instructors look at the campus-based model and try to design their online course based on this model. In order for online delivery to be a successful learning medium for the student, though, a major redesign must take place. The redesign process fosters the emergence of a teaching strategy, which facilitates students engaging themselves in their individual learning cycle. This teaching strategy is the integration of learning objects into the learning cycle for a particular unit of content.

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CMS News & Product updates

Baltic Sea Virtual Campus in Northern Europe

Twelve university chancellors from Baltic countries have agreed to cooperate in an online tuition project. On June 11, the group signed a contract which paves the way for the foundation of a "Baltic Sea Virtual Campus" (BSVC), which is aimed at developing and implementing a series of virtual educational offers in northern Europe. In the coming winter semester, a master degree in transregional management will be run as a pilot project. This will be followed in 2005 with regular courses of study. The eLearning project is supported by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, among others. Educational institutions from Denmark, Germany, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden are all involved in the initiative.

e-TQM College Deploys IP Telephony

e-TQM College, an eLearning organization claims to be the first government body in Dubai to deploy IP telephony. The system, based on Cisco technology will allow tutors, students and administration to make calls and conferences using the system from anywhere in the world. The university believes the new IP telephony service will enable it to reduce costs, increase employee mobility by moving from legacy private branch exchange (PBX) and eventually lower their total cost of ownership including equipment, maintenance and network carrier charges.

CampusEAI Launches Oracle Portal Training Conference

CampusEAI sponsored a first ever, five-day, Oracle Portal Training Conference from June 14th thru June 25th. Over thirty attendees representing fifteen CampusEAI Consortium member institutions gathered at Kansas State University last week for the Training Conference.

CampusEAI arranged for Oracle University to provide its five-day Oracle Application Server 10g: Administration I training course to the attendees. Attendees, who are System, Database and Web Administrators, gained considerable hands-on experience in configuring the OracleAS 10g Infrastructure and Middle-Tier, deploying PL/SQL and J2EE applications, and managing Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Single Sign-On Server. The training was conducted in a lab environment where each attendee was provisioned with his or her own computer console.
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Mann Library Gets Federal Grant To Preserve Historical Agricultural Literature On Microfilm

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded $618,857 to the Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University to preserve local and state agricultural literature on microfilm. The library also is re-launching the Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) Web site to make agricultural materials of national historical significance available on the World Wide Web. The NEH grant and the CHCA contribute to a long-term preservation project, the National Preservation Program for Agricultural Literature (NPPAL). The project prevents historically significant published materials on the history of state and local agriculture and rural life from being lost to natural decay.

eCollege, Microsoft and HP Collaborate on CMS Functionality

eCollege, a leading provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary education market, today announced it is collaborating with Microsoft Corp. and HP in the development of an industry-leading content management system specifically designed to support enterprise-wide eLearning programs both online and on campus.

The eCollege Content Manager will be fully integrated into the eCollege platform to help institutions centrally manage, standardize and reuse content across multiple programs, courses, sections, and other applications. This helps institutions simplify enterprise-wide administrative processes to easily and securely maintain content. It also enables institutions to decrease the time and cost of content development, while still improving the quality, consistency and interactivity of courses.

Teachers Test Web Training

Johnson C. Smith University is offering its first-ever online course to nine Shelby teaching assistants this summer. Part of a pilot program connected to the Charlotte university’s new Campus and Community Center for eLearning and Technology, the course, entitled Psychology of the Exceptional, is helping nine teaching assistants from Cleveland County become certified.

Digital Preservation Program Launches Research Grants Initiative

The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program of the Library of Congress (NDIIPP) is partnering with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish the first research grants program to specifically address digital preservation. NSF will administer the program, which will fund cutting-edge research to support the long-term management of digital information. This effort is part of the Library’s collaborative program to implement a national digital preservation strategy.


CMS Case Study

The City University of London

As one might expect, The City University of London is located in the heart of London. However, its student body is globally drawn. With an enrollment of just over 20,000 students (12,814 FTE), the university enrolls approximately one-third of its students from 153 nations around the world. The majority of enrolled students are non-traditional, and a large percentage of students are postgraduate students studying for professional qualifications.

City University focuses on professional education with concentrations in health science and business. These areas are supported by coursework in the arts, engineering, information technology, law, mathematics and social science. The initial foray into eLearning was in 2000 in the Department of Information Science.
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CMS TechNotes

TaskStream’s Expanded ePortfolio and Learning Management Toolset

Just launched, TaskStream announces the expanded version of its electronic portfolio and learning management toolset adapted for all teaching and learning environments. The toolset offers a Web-based ePortfolio and program management system for documenting the learning process and showcasing, assessing, reporting, and archiving student digital products.

TaskStream was founded in 1997 to address the growing needs of standards-based teaching and learning for teacher education and professional development. Over the years, the company has continually upgraded and refined its offering to meet the evolving needs of online and classroom-based teaching and learning. Now, with the introduction of the extended version in the TaskStream June '04 launch, a flexible turnkey solution is available to address the universal needs for digital presentation of competency-based achievement, collaborative development, formative and summative assessment and reporting to demonstrate individual and programmatic success.
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CMS Exchange
From the Reader Response Forum
Response to CMS? LMS?
Posted by: slepstein

Steve raises a good point about the added benefits that accrue from a fully utilized LMS when compared to a simpler CMS. But the folks at EauClare seemed to focus on cost savings, not features. Perhaps someone from the school would post a note indicating what they feel they will be getting for the extra $1.3 million they plan to spend. And also indicate where they will be getting content to fill the CMS/LMS system. (Or do they expect to fill the system with the volunteer efforts of the faculty?)
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