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QuickTime: The essential Digital Learning Object Tool

This seminar looks at the use of the cross platform standard, QuickTime, in the areas of video, streaming video, and virtual reality through case studies and demonstrations. The University of Western Australia's "iLecture" system will be examined as will case studies in engineering research (Australian Defence Force Academy), statistics teaching (University of Queensland), chemistry education (Oxford University) and streaming media in medical education (Cornell University) to name a few.

The talk is primarily aimed at academic staff but will be relevant for technical staff and general staff involved in content creation. The presenter is Garner Annett, Business Development Engineer, Apple Computer Australia.

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Blackboard Unplugged: Panel discussion

Facilitated by
Bob Cupitt

As institutional use of online teaching and learning products mature, Blackboard will outline their vision for the next generation of e-Education technologies in a panel format with Blackboard clients.

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about Blackboard's e-Education strategy, as well as get a first hand account of how Blackboard is deployed and used within learning environments. Please join Blackboard for this presentation in Murdoch Lecture Theatre, Monday 6 Dec at 11.00 am.


Changing of the guard: The impact of global learning object repositories on next generation learning delivery

Grame Barty
Executive Chairman, HarvestRoad

A fundamental shift is occurring in the delivery of e-learning from higher education institutions. This is being driven by:

  • A frustration with the capability of first generation course management systems in relation to maintenance and storage of content.
  • A real requirement to capture and manage both an institution's creation, and use of, copyrighted material.
  • Cooperation and competition between institutions globally to increase student and course revenues.
  • Increased means of content production combined by exponential demand tied to the internet providing unfettered levels of access.
  • The changing skills and cognitive patterns of the next generation of learners.
This paper will propose that the next most important step in e-learning delivery models will be the emergence of very large, globally oriented Learning Object Repositories (LORs) where information will be stored, managed and exchanged in 'chunks' - on a macro level across dispersed communities of practice and on a micro level by asset and individual.

The paper will refer to the importance of standards and the relationship of standards such as SCORM to open source capabilities such as SAKAI, OKI and RELOAD. It will also show how institutions can evolve from a 'course based teacher driven model' to an 'object based learner driven model' using menu based course 'play lists'.

The capability to 'reach back' for legacy content as well as assembling new content independent of authoring or delivery systems will be important capabilities in any LORs success and this will be demonstrated. The paper will also discuss the role and relationship of LORs with existing digital management systems - such as library systems, EDMS and portal management applications.


Actively engaging students in learning

Sally Bateman
International Education Manager KEEpad Pty Ltd

In order for deep learning to occur students need to be actively engaged in the learning process.

Research has shown the benefits of utilising group and audience response systems in education include; encouraging participation, improving understanding, increasing retention and adding excitement and enthusiasm to traditional education and training methods. Use of the system also creates opportunities to quickly check student understanding.

KEEpad is a tool that allows educators to actively engage all their students in the learning process. It is easy to use technology that seamlessly adds into Microsoft PowerPoint and enables lecturers to ask questions and receive real time feed back from the entire class.

KEEpad creates a fun learning environment, helps reinforce learning, promotes class discussion and, importantly, research shows it assists in improving learning outcomes.

UWA iLecture System

iLecture: An enterprise level system for delivering Internet transmitted lectures

Michael Fardon
Academic Director, Multimedia Centre
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
The University of Western Australia

Universities are increasingly investing in e-learning to extend their existing learning environment, to create opportunities in new markets, and to provide flexible access to learning resources. Internet streaming of rich media is a technology that emerged some years ago, providing universities with new opportunities to enhance the way they use the e-learning environment.

The University of Western Australia has developed a fully automated system to digitally capture live lectures, and process them into formats suitable for delivery over the Internet (iLecture). iLecture represents an affordable, university wide solution to providing online recordings to students with minimal demands on lecturers. The Internet transmitted lectures are a valuable review tool and enable students flexible access to lectures.

Since 2002, the iLecture System has been licensed to six Australian universities, including the University of Melbourne, Macquarie University and University of New South Wales.

Michael Fardon is the lead architect of the iLecture technology,

Fourpoint Learning

Winthrop Australia

Next generation learning delivery systems and 'best of breed' e-learning partnerships

Geoff Elwood
CEO Fourpoint Learning

Fourpoint Learning is a locally developed next generation Learning Delivery system that challenges the traditional view of Virtual Learning Environments. The underpinning philosophy of ease of use, modularity, compliance with Industry Standards, cross platform support, and the ability to work seamlessly with digital repositories, provides learning professionals and institutions with power and flexibility beyond existing legacy environments.

Customised module development driven by clients around the globe has produced a rapidly evolving, feature rich environment that is set to revolutionise the virtual learning market. Founder and CEO Geoff Elwood will be presenting the groups' philosophy, product roadmap and latest feature set.

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