eLearning Dialogue for Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Wed., August 18, 2004

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VIEWPOINT
NEWS & PRODUCT UPDATES
CASE STUDY
TECH NOTES

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CMS Viewpoint

Combining Two Contrasting Philosophies to Instructional Design

By Lois A. Ritter, E.D., M.S., University of Ph'enix

Designing an online course is not as simple as putting the syllabus on the Internet. Course design for Web-based education is one that entails combining a variety of instructional strategies into a unique environment, which is why the two contrasting paradigms of the objectivist and constructivist approach should be embraced and utilized. The two approaches (objectivist and constructivist) are thought of as being opposite teaching philosophies, but in an online environment these two opposing methods can be combined, and both approaches should be considered when designing an online course.

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CMS News & Product updates

200 Titles to Be Offered Through CourseMate LMS

Digital Learning Management Corporation signed an agreement with ProsoftTraining to bundle over 200 of Prosoft's training courses in Information Technology ('IT') with Digital’s Online Learning System and offer the package to colleges and universities in California. Courses can be tailored to conform to ADL/SCORM standards.

Sprint-APEC $14.6 Million Partnership to Expand Broadband Access

Sprint and the Albemarle-Pamlico Economic Development Corp. (APEC) will expand broadband access and eLearning capabilities east of Interstate 95. Universities include: Elizabeth City State University, East Carolina University and the Center for Marine Science and Technology in Morehead City. The network supports MCNC's grid computing initiative, enabling and enhancing eLearning across the UNC system and other institutions.

U. of Wisconsin-Madison Selects Unicon to Assist With uPortal Migration

GSELearning Software is providing a free trial of its E-Learning Artisan application. Users can easily incorporate audio, video, animations and more into interactive learning without programming. Assessments, such as video-based scenarios and simulations, help both learners and educators measure progress.

Blackboard More than 12 Million Active Users

Blackboard now has more than 600 Blackboard Learning System enterprise licenses and more than 1,400 Blackboard Learning System - Basic Edition licenses. Together these support more than 12 million active Blackboard learners and educators.

Funding Approved for NSU Tech Center

The Board of Regents approved a preliminary design and $7 million in funding for a technology center at Northern State University. The three-story, 39,000 square-foot building will adjoin the college's eLearning center.

UMass Selects WebCT Vista to Manage Distance Learning Program

UMassOnline, the online learning division of The University of Massachusetts, has selected the WebCT Vista academic enterprise system to manage its 15,000-student distance learning program as well as provide tools to support Web course content for thousands of students, enabling close collaboration among the five UMass campuses.

eCornell Launches eLearning Executive Leadership Series

Cornell University’s executive education programs, the Johnson Graduate School of Management and the School of Hotel Administration, have partnered with eCornell to create an online leadership program for leaders in any industry. This online approach joins senior managers and executives in an Ivy League executive education program.

New Digital Cinema Degree Reflects A Growing Market for Documentaries

National University is offering a new online Master of Fine Arts degree in digital cinema through its School of Arts and Sciences. The program is designed to educate students in all aspects of the digital film medium, from film history and theory to screen writing and film production. Graduates will be prepared as independent and documentary-style filmmakers, or to work in the growing fields of commercial, industrial and educational film.

Remote, Real-time Collaboration for Graphics-Intensive Industries

HP Remote Graphics, an interactive 3D graphics software application, enables artists, engineers and designers to work closely with remote teams in a more productive manner and eliminates the need to upgrade to an expensive 3D graphics card on each user's machine. The software can be used with workstations, notebooks or commercial desktop PCs, and with visual image quality true to the original.


CMS Case Study

The Content Management Challenge

Located in Montreal, Canada, Concordia University is an urban educational institution serving 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across Canada and around the world. By the mid-1990s, the Dean of Arts & Science noticed that the amount of paperwork that had to be filed, stored, and retrieved in a timely and cost-effective manner was beginning to overwhelm his administrative staff. In response, the faculty deployed an enterprise content management (ECM) system for its 400 plus-member Faculty of Arts and Science and later expanded its use to the Library, and to the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science (130 members). Following the success of this deployment, Documentum was chosen as an ECM system to facilitate and manage the university’s admissions process.


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CMS TechNotes

Blackboard Releases New Functionality in Application Pack Two

Application Pack Two offers Blackboard clients new facilitating shared learning environments across consortia, support new eLearning industry standards, which enables effective course management, and allows further use of Blackboard globally.

Open Text Releases FirstClass 8.0

Open Text Corporation’s FirstClass released FirstClass 8.0, a suite of integrated communication and messaging capabilities. The release includes both the FirstClass Business Edition and the FirstClass Education Edition.


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