Much effort has been put into the technical reuse of electronically based teaching materials and in particular or re-using learning objects. These are self-contained units that are properly tagged with keywords, or other metadata, and often stored in an XML file format. Creating a course requires putting together a sequence of learning objects. There are both proprietary and open, non-commercial and commercial, peer-reviewed repositories of learning objects such as the Merlot repository. Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a collection of standards and specifications that applies to certain web-based e-learning. Other specifications such as Schools Framework allow for the transporting of learning objects, or for categorizing metadata (LOM).
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According to Branford et al., “technology does not guarantee effective learning” and inappropriate use of technology can even hinder it. A University of Washington study of infant vocabulary shows that it is slipping due to educational baby DVDs. Published in the Journal of Pediatrics, a 2007 University of Washington study on the vocabulary of babies surveyed over 1,000 parents in Washington and Minnesota. The study found that for every one hour that babies 8–16 months of age watched DVDs and Videos they knew 6-8 fewer of 90 common baby words than the babies that did not watch them. Andrew Meltzoff, a surveyor in this study states that the result makes sense, that if the baby’s ‘alert time’ is spent in front of DVDs and TV, instead of with people speaking, the babies are not going to get the same linguistic experience. Dr. Dimitri Chistakis, another surveyor reported that the evidence is mounting that baby DVDs are of no value and may be harmful.
With the advent of World Wide Web in the 1990s, teachers embarked on the method using emerging technologies to employ multi-object oriented sites, which are text-based online virtual reality systems, to create course websites along with simple sets of instructions for its students.
What is a Proctored Exam?A proctored exam is one that is overseen by an impartial individual (called a proctor) who monitors or supervises a student while heor she is taking an exam. The proctor ensures the security and integrity of the exam process.How do I know if I need a proctored exam?Check your course syllabus as soon as you can access your online course. The need to take proctored exams and your exam datesshould be contained there. If the instructor requires no exams, that should be clearly stated. If you cannot make a determination fromthe syllabus, contact your instructor immediately for an answer.Proctored Exam Options:At UWF you have four choices for completing proctored exams: 1)Come to campus;2)Utilize the UWF Testing Center;3)UseProctorU online;4)Find an approved proctor.Come to campus:1) Your instructor may establish a specific campus classroom, date and time for you to come to UWF and complete your exam withyour instructor. This information should be conveyed to you clearly and well before the exam date.2) Additionally, your instructor may approve the use of the UWF Testing Center. Their hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. All exams must be finished by 4:30 p.m. They may beable to accommodate outside of these times and days if, due to volume, we are unable to accommodate you during normal hours. TheUWF Testing Center charges $25 per proctored exam. Contact them to schedule an appointmentUniversity of West Florida, Testing Center:Bldg 21, Room 12011000 University Pkwy. Pensacola, FL 32514Proctor: Cecilia Vance or Greg DziadonPhone(850) 473-7340 Fax(850) 473-7341Email: [email protected]ProctorU:3) ProctorU is a service that UWF faculty may utilize for proctoring online exams. ProctorU allows students to conveniently andsecurely complete assigned exams using almost any web cam. With a computer and approved web cam, students can take onlineexams at home, at work, or almost anywhere they have Internet access. ProctorU connects students directly to their proctor via webcam so they can both see and talk to one another. ProctorU can also monitor the student’s computer while they complete the exam.
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Since technology is not the end goal of education, but rather a means by which it can be accomplished, educators must have a good grasp of the technology and its advantages and disadvantages. Teacher training aims for effective integration of classroom technology.
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What are some cool and unique ways eLearning has accomplished this? A learner can engage in eLearning via computer, mobile device, virtual reality, or even augmented reality. I am intrigued to see what else games can be applied to in the world of eLearning. MORE