Thursday, August 23, 2007

eLearning theory and Rapid eLearning Tools:

Theory has to do with figuring out the best course layout (and I don't just mean
graphic design - I mean content organization), the best element types (tables,
do-it-offline exercises, bullet point presentations, etc.) and the best delivery
distribution (face-to-face versus self-paced) for the various learner environments.
For Rapid eLearning tools, have they adopted a "PPT conversion" paradigm, a
"web content and organization" paradigm, a "CBT visually stimulating" approach,
or a "we call ourselves 'rapid' so we can sell more copies of the same old thing" approach.

Once again, it is important to choose the right tool for the job.

For "standards", here is the issue. The standards provide a collection
of data that you can store. It has names like "score", "session_time",
"interaction.score", "interaction.correct_answer", and
"interaction.student_response". You need to understand what you can use
each of these for in the context of what the Learning Management System
or Tracking Engine will store and report. What use is it to capture
every student_response to a question if you can never find this
information out? Therefore, you would need to understand how to use
these variables and the delivery platforms in order to actually get
useful information about the performance of your content (in addition to
the performance of the learners.)

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