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Sloan-C is now the Online Learning Consortium

OLC-logoThe 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 offers access to unique objects

Smithsonian #d projectSmithsonian 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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Copyright Matters – a useful resource

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. copyrightmattterslogo

The CMEC offers copyright bulletins and other resources on their site.

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Match Digital Tasks with Bloom’s Taxonomy

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 Shrock’s Guide to Everything

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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Web Accessibility Resources for for Designers

Web AccessibilityWebAIM 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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Add interactivity into your LOs with jQuery UI

jQuery UI logoThe jQuery UI site is really useful for injecting interaction into learning objects.

jQuery UI is a curated set of user interface interactions, effects, widgets, and themes built on top of the jQuery JavaScript Library. Whether you’re building highly interactive web applications or you just need to add a date picker to a form control, jQuery UI is the perfect choice.  (jQuery IU site)

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Literacy resources at Copian

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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 librarythe studio, the Modus essential skills tools, and the additional literacy tool/links pages.

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W3SchoolsW3schools logo offer a free resource that a developer can use if they are stumped while using HTML, Javascript, CSS, SQL, JQuery or PHP.   I’ve used both the reference and tutorials when in need of clarification or new information.

The best place to start is the HTML reference.

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Quality Matters – keeping your online courses on track

Quality MattersQuality 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:

  1. Course Overview and Introduction
  2. Learning Objectives (Competencies)
  3. Assessment and Measurement
  4. Instructional Materials
  5. Learner Interaction and Engagement
  6. Course Technology
  7. Learner Support
  8. Accessibility


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