"Game as a structured or semi-structured activity is becoming more and more attractive to educators as a learning environment. ... Many teachers/facilitators have recognised the existence of an "environment" while using these techniques. Frequently, and correctly, teachers and facilitators put great emphasis on the rituals in entering and existing ... "game environment". ... This paper provides a theoretical analysis of the environment based on the anecdotal evidences gathered by the authors."
Friday, July 27, 2007
Random Walk in Learning: Boundary Characteristics of Game, Simulation, Drama & Role play Learning - Early draft
Jobprofiles.org: "We have build a collection of profiles and job descriptions about various different types of careers so you will better understand your area of study before you enter the workplace." This is an EXCELLENT site because of the variety of its offerings. Beyond those Job Profiles, their site sections include:
- Job profiles (as the site's name indicates):
- Guidance for Choosing a Career: A list of some excellent career-specific articles
- Information for students: "Helpful and humorous guides for college students of all ages."
- How to write a killer resume - 50 resources: Just ONE of the great resources in their Library section
- Online Schools: with full descriptions of where they are located, what they offer, etc.
- Online Degrees: An extensive list of degrees with descriptions that tell you what you'd study and what the degree is useful for
- Online Programs: The same kind of information as above for Degrees, this section describes many Programs listed by topic/subject.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Instructional Design & how to create QUALITY courses
- The title above is a link to a discussion on this topic at the Ask Dr.C Forums (acknowledgement: some of the following links are from that discussion
- Document Preparation for Online Courses: (a little course -- free to use)
- Ten Advanced Instructional Design Tips
- Instructional Design Tips for online instruction
- Instructional Design Tips
- Instructional Design for Online Learning
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Visualizing the SCoPE community site
Originally uploaded by Webbed Feat
I ran http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca through the websites as graphs applet. I'm alarmed by the number of tables! Because of Moodle? In any case, it's interesting to imagine what all the clusters are in the community.
Monday, July 2, 2007
ASL American Sign Language
A very full site that includes free lessons, mini-movies to illustrate the finger alphabet, and much more!
Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary
The words dance around graphically in grouped, dynamic, ever-changing visuals of connected words and ideas. I can't describe it well, so check it out.
"Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate. It's a dictionary! It's a thesaurus! Great for writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists."
77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better: "77 tips related to knowledge and learning to help you on your quest. A few are specifically for students in traditional learning institutions; the rest for self-starters, or those learning on their own. Happy learning." I was going to say "for your students", but these tips are good for all of us involved in lifelong learning.
Read, study, research, shop. Free online literature (fiction, drama, poetry, short stories) with more than 2000 classic texts. Study guides, literature book notes, reference books, book summaries, author biographies. Here are just a few of my favorite links from the site:
- Quotations: click for Grocott's Alpha list or Grocott's Thematic list.
- Roget's Thesaurus
- Soule's Synonyms
- Oscar Wilde biography/links
- Actually, their whole Reference section
Study Guides and Strategies
"The Study Guides and Strategies web site is authored, maintained and supported by Joe Landsberger as an independent educational public service. Collaborative projects are developed across institutional, cultural and national boundaries. I resist advertising, registration, and distracting graphics or features that may interfere with maximizing learner access."
Teachers will appreciate this huge list of items to explore -- it's worth a click to see what's there.
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