Dr. Frank Nguyen has a great article on building valid assessments at the Adobe Developer Center. He points out the dangers of relying on written tests to tell us if learners know hot do do something isntead of asking them to demonstrate that they can do it. Of course this is made easier by modern LMS' because they tend to make multiple choice tests easier. To create valid tests he recommends:
The AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), and WaylandBaptistUniversityhave announced a $290,000 grant to support distance learning initiatives.
Usability and Design Expert Jakob Nielsen states that in large online communities 90% of the users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of the users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the actions. I sincerely hope that The E-Learning Council users will participate and break the mold. Some suggestions on increasing the amount of participation are:
- Make it easier to participate: We have forums, online pools, and allow users to create blogs. Use the Contact Us form if you are interested in having your own blog on this site.
- Make participation a side effect: E-Learning Council does track the stories that most readers click on and promotes them automatically. Users can also rate each story (including this one), book, etc on a 5 star rating system
- Edit, don't create: After we get the primary E-learning Council site is up and going, we are going to work on setting up a E-Learning Wiki using PBWiki or MediaWiki that will let users edit existing content.
- Reward participants: As The E-Learning Council grows we hope that active participants are recognized and rewarded for their contributions
- Promote quality contributors: I am going to use this blog and the front page to highlight the best information on the site.
If you have additional ideas on improving participation please let me know.
The eLearning Guild announced today the publication of a new Guild Research 360o Report on Learning Management Systems (LMS). The selection, implementation, and ongoing management of an LMS is likely to be one of the most costly investments a learning organization can make.
Awards that Moodle won include: