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by Ron Kurtus

Readers have sent in a total of 36 comments and questions on eLearning issues. They are listed according to date.

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Authoring Tools Authorware and accessibility USA
ROI It's a circus out there USA
General Wants permission USA
JavaScript Alert Looking for specific code USA
JavaScript for WBT Needs help
Authoring Tools Wants to have spectrum of elearning tools
General Online teaching USA
General Chinese online education provider China
When to Use eLearning Looking for resources Malaysia
Authoring Tools Score test in PowerPoint

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Authorware and accessibility

Topic: Authoring Tools


June 14, 2004

Can you design an lesson in Authorware 5.0 and add accessibility to this, then put it into a web page, Can it be added to a website and can it be made accessible.

Martina - USA



I'm not sure about the accessibility features in Authorware 5.0. Probably the best thing is to check the Macromedia site at to find information on the capabilities of Authorware. They also have an Authorware forum where you can get specific information about using the product answered.

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It's a circus out there

Topic: ROI


May 21, 2004

Where can I get a copy of the "It's a circus out there CBT ROI" by Rex Allend CBT Solutions Magazine 1997

Jim - USA



Unfortunately, the magazine no longer exists and Allen does not offer any copies.

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Wants permission

Topic: General


May 10, 2004

To whom it may concern,
My name is Emma Bennett; I am a student at Collins College obtaining a Batchers degree in visual communications. I am currently learning a computer program called Director and as a requirement, I must submit a dynamic interactive multimedia CD that will serve the class requirements and as a portfolio piece.
For this project that is required I have chosen Astronomy as my subject. This CD will be design to help elementary school age children learn Astronomy through interaction, quizzes, and games.
I am writing this e-mail in hopes that you would be able to give me some sort of written permission to use information found on your website. My Instructor has made this a requirement before I continue with this assignment. I am also required to add a credits page in this project, giving credit where credit is due. I do not plan to solicit or sell this information. This information will be used in this project that will be in my portfolio for future employers to view.
Your attention to this request is greatly appreciated.

Emma - USA



You have permission to use the material in this site for educational purposes. To get some ideas on how Director is used, check out:

Best wishes in your project and in getting your degree.

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Looking for specific code

Topic: JavaScript Alert


March 12, 2004

I am looking for a script that will allow the user to make multipile selections, press a submit button, and then receive all the feedback either in 1 alert box or by changing the page.

Matthew - USA



Webmonkey is a source at

Also try

Good luck in finding your code.

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Needs help

Topic: JavaScript for WBT


February 24, 2004


We are a group of students at King Saud University. We are doing our Final project. Our project is about Web-based training (WBT). We are facing a lot of difficulties & we want someone to help us. We can say that we want a supervisor & we have no inhibition to pay for u. So, can u help us?????

Thank you,,

King Saud University students -



Specifically, what are you trying to do with your project? Let me know what difficulties you are having, and I will try to help or refer you in the right direction.

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Wants to have spectrum of elearning tools

Topic: Authoring Tools


February 10, 2004


I would like to know what the 'universe' of elearning options are: For example, everything from simple PowerPoint to synchronous instructor'led video classes and more importantly, everything in-between. (We're trying to create elearning for our 650 employees, and I need to know the full range of options, costs, etc.

Anything you can provide me (even a link to more info) is highly appreciated.


Budd -



The big thing is to determine how effective your e-learning is. And much of that is determined by what your goals are and the type of training needed.

The ideal way to do it is to start small and simple and let your training evolve into what you really need. Starting with a short PowerPoint online presentation is a good way to see how many of your workers will actually use it. That also allows them to get used to learning online.

Note that video gets very expensive and is really not cost-effective for 650 learners. The eHelp arm of Macromedia has some nice packages that go a step beyond PowerPoint and are not too expensive. Check RoboPresenter seems a good package.

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Online teaching

Topic: General


January 23, 2004

I love your site! I have just enrolled in the first offering for a professional certification in Online Teaching from UCSD. I was hoping that I might be able to interview an instructor/developer by email. My goal is to gain a teaching position at our new digital charter school opening in the fall and to use some online lessons in addition to live video feed to students with audio feed to me.
If you are interested, please let me know!
Thanks for your time, Maureen Cicchinelli

Maureen - USA



Is the new digital charter school using one of the for-profit online programs, such as through K12 Inc. or Sylvan. Or are they developing their own online classes?

We've looked into interfacing with some standard charter schools. The virtual or online charter schools seem to be tied into these for-profit companies.

If you have some questions or want to discuss things concerning doing online teaching, feel free to write.

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Chinese online education provider

Topic: General


November 4, 2003

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am writing to introduce you to PRCEDU, Chinas largest online education full service provider. Founded in 1998 by Citicorp and International Data Group, PRCEDU is Chinas first and largest online education full service provider with over 70,000 students directly under our network of Universities. Another 20 plus Universities with over 400,000 students use our LMS and/or Courseware. I would like to get in touch with you because we would like to cooperate with School for Champions and offer your courses or products in China. As you may have known, the Chinese government through Ministry of Education is behind this effort to push distant learning into popularity starting with high school and college students. PRCEDU has is under guidance to seek potential partners and content providers for from various sectors such as English Training, Post Graduate Programs, Graphic Arts and MBAs.

You can find out more about us at or

PRCEDU is founded by several leading institutional investors such as Citicorp and IDG. We are partners in E-learning with companies such as Intel, eCornell and English First.

Should you be interest in marketing or introducing your products in China, please contact us.

Best Regards,

WANG - China



The School for Champions is a nonprofit educational website that provides free lessons to supplement courses that students are already taking. It also encourages positive attitudes in their work and activities. We already have many students from China using our material.

One of the missions of the School for Champions is that students will give back for their lessons by helping others in their country learn and advance.

Our material would certainly be a useful resource to your students. We are translated into several languages, but unfortunately Chinese is not one of them. Translation would make the material more useful to your students.

Although we would be glad to offer our material through your company, we are also a nonprofit organization and do not charge for our material. Thus we are not "selling" anything. You are welcome to include the School for Champions as a resource or to offer our material for free.

If this is something that fits within your framework, please let me know.


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Looking for resources

Topic: When to Use eLearning


October 21, 2003

I am a student currently studying in malaysia and i accessed your website which has given me the interest to gain more knowledge on CBT. I am also thinking to do a project on CBT so if you don't mind please forward me some websites or some information that i can read and be useful for my project.

Thanking you in advance for your coperation.

Shabbir - Malaysia



Check our listing of resources at

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Score test in PowerPoint

Topic: Authoring Tools


August 13, 2003

Please help. How do you score a test in powerpoint??

Frank -



There may be some advanced tools to do that, but unfortunately, I don't have the answer.

If you find out, let me know.

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