The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly the Sloan Consortium, is a leading online learning society advancing e-ducation through its community a resources. Many institutions have accounts. For a membership to this professional society you can check to see if your institution is already a member or sign up as an individual. There is a free guest membership as well. See the membership comparison chart for options.
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Smithsonian X 3D is endeavoring to allow the world to view 3D models of Smithsonian artifacts.
With only 1% of collections on display in Smithsonian museum galleries, digitization affords the opportunity to bring the remaining 99% of the collection into the virtual light. All of these digital assets become the infrastructure which will allow not just the Smithsonian, but the world at large to tell new stories about the familiar, as well as the unfamiliar, treasures in these collections. Gunter Waibel
View the Wright Brothers aircraft.
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The Council of Ministers of Education or CMEC Canada have published a copyright awareness document titled Copyright Matters. With the continued progress of technologies, education and copyright law continue to evolve. This booklet is a good reference for educators to become aware of the intricacies of this issue.
The CMEC offers copyright bulletins and other resources on their site.
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It is a good idea to plan and organize technology integration with your instruction. The MNPS Digital Blooms Poster is one example. Kathy Schrock has put a lot off effort into creating visual aides to assist instructors of course designers match different type of technology (Ipad Apps, Web 2.0, Google Apps, Android Apps, Pinterest, PowerPoint) with the each of categories or taxonomic elements in the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.
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Kathy is an educational technologist who has created a create a page of resources called Guide to Everything. This site contains everything including links, ideas, tips, and teaching tricks.
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WebAIM helps web developers make the web more accessible to those with disabilities. It has built a large community of developers, individuals with disabilities, and others who share this goal through resource and information sharing. This link provides developers with accessibility concepts that should be considered before a website is constructed as part of the visual design process. There are two useful resources on this page. The Web Accessibility for Designers infographic and the WAVE website accessibility checker. You can use this to determine if your site has any accessibility issues.
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The jQuery UI site is really useful for injecting interaction into learning objects.
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Copian is a project that created a national, non-profit charitable database of Canadian literacy programs used to share and promote programs, and to learn about each other’s services. Areas to explore are the Top 20 downloads , the library, the studio, the Modus essential skills tools, and the additional literacy tool/links pages.
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The best place to start is the HTML reference.
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Quality Matters (QM) is a quality assurance for online education organization. The program features includes several courses, certifications and a rubric that gives all stakeholders in online course development the tools to create websites that lead to a fair and objective online learning experiences for students and teachers.
Key considerations of the QM online course creation system are:
- Course Overview and Introduction
- Learning Objectives (Competencies)
- Assessment and Measurement
- Instructional Materials
- Learner Interaction and Engagement
- Course Technology
- Learner Support
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