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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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eLearning for the hospitality industry When to Use eLearning Jamaica
 
Whether multiple choice answers are the best General USA
 
Developing a plan for distance learning class Blended Training India
 
Seeking informaiton on authoring tools Authoring Tools Jamaica
 
How practical is constructivist teaching approach? Purpose USA
 
Using FlashForm for e-learning Authoring Tools USA
 
Didn't see any mention of writing objectives Development Steps USA
 
How do I start an e-learning project? Resources INDIA
 
Wants to search Intranet for files JavaScript for WBT Palestinian Authority
 
Is Trump University an example of eLearning? Definition USA
 
Can I swtich from journalism to e-learning? General India
 
Wants to start a project Solution Vietnam
 
Advantages and disadvantages Authoring Tools USA
 
Has an eLearning business General India
 
How to enable JavaScript JavaScript Graded Test cambodia
 

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When to Use eLearning

eLearning for the hospitality industry

August 8, 2013

Question

Need additional information on e-learning for the hospitality industry.
Thanks

Karen - Jamaica (23919)

Answer

Using e-learning in the hospitality industry is a good way to train personnel without using the classroom. Although it is possible to develop your own e-learning, it is often better to use existing courses.

Some examples include: Hospitality e-learning and LMS solutions and Hospitality eLearning Courses.

I hope that helps.

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General

Whether multiple choice answers are the best

January 20, 2011

Question

I recently found your site and think it's very informative. I wanted to ask you about the type of words you use when writing objectives for WBT. In your article on Using Multiple Choice in elearning , CBT, or WBT (revised 19 July 2000), you mention that "In eLearning, CBT or WBT, there are limitations on the types of answers that can be processed on the computer. Thus questions with multiple choice or true/false answers are usually used in e-Leaning".
MY QUESTION is this: because these are the only type of questions (assessments) for WBT and CBT, are there specific words that can or should not be used when writing the learning objectives for the course? Specifically, I am interested in your opinion about using the following words in the learning objectives for WBT and CBT: explain, describe, discuss, define. You really can't do those things in the computer format, or can you? My colleagues and I are disagreeing and we need an objective expert source to weigh in. Thank you.

Larry - USA (21043)

Answer

When the student or learner must give a specific answer, such as in true-false or multiple choice questions, the computer program can easily mark the answers right or wrong and then calculate a score for the test.

However, in subject matters where the questions include "explain, describe, discuss, define, etc." it is the instructor who must evaluate and weigh the answer to give it grade. There really aren't any good software applications to evaluate that type of answer.

One alternative is to use multiply choice and write out possible answers to questions in several sentences. For example: "Which is the best explanation for why people use email?" Then state several possible explanations.

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Blended Training

Developing a plan for distance learning class

August 7, 2010

Question

Good evening
i just want to make a project(develop a plan for creation of a distance learning program).
what resources,strategy and evidence of accomplishment should be correct?

ashish - India (20199)

Answer

You device a distance learning program similar to a classroom program. First, you must have a subject to teach. Then you need to state the outcomes of what the students will learn in the class. Provided you know the course material or have a subject matter expert to help, you can then create a final exam that will verify the students reach the objectives of outcome of the class.

Once you have documented the course material and exam, you can consider the delivery medium. If it will be presented online, you must answer some questions: Will you only have web pages? Will you have videos with the web pages? Is special software needed? Will there be added telephone discussions? How will the homework be graded?

I hope this gives you a start on developing your project.

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Authoring Tools

Seeking informaiton on authoring tools

February 9, 2010

Question

This day i was visiting your sites and i am seeking information. I am doing a project for a course at a prominent teachers' college in Jamaica and I am seeking some information on the various types on web based authoring tools available. I awaite your response and thank you in advance.

Keniel - Jamaica (19184)

Answer

The most popular e-learning authoring tools come from Adobe. See:
http://www.adobe.com/resources/elearning/

Although they are the industry standard, they are also expensive.

An interesting tool from Russia is CourseLab. It is a free authoring tool at:
http://www.courselab.com/

Articulate is another tool, but it is also expensive:
http://www.articulate.com/

Many simple web-based training can be done with PowerPoint. You can also use JavaScript on a web page.

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Purpose

How practical is constructivist teaching approach?

February 12, 2009

Question

How practical is constructivist teaching approach in an online learning environment? That is; What indicator can you use to ensure that all learners are engaged actively in the learning process?

David - USA (17257)

Answer

The constructivism approach follows that students fit new information with what they already know. Online learning that provide interaction, as opposed to simply providing interaction, can help students assimilate and fit knowledge into their attitudes and beliefs.

The e-learning developer or instructional designer should have researched the cross section of the learning audience in order to provide the information in a form that relates to the students, as well as to include interactive exercises and demonstrations that will engage the students.

As with any educational and training process, either in class or online, there are going to be students who don't care or who don't catch on. Tests or quizzes are usually given to monitor progress. But if the material is presented in a way that the students can relate to, then the percentage of students passing the tests will be high.

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Authoring Tools

Using FlashForm for e-learning

December 29, 2006

Question

Could you tell me about a product I have run across? It is called FlashForm and it looks really easy to use, but I don't see it mentioned on your site. The company web site is www.rapidintake.com. It uses Flash as it's base, but it is based on filling out forms, so it is much easier. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Thanks!

- USA (12711)

Answer

It depends if you are comfortable in creating e-learning by filling out forms. Since they have a free trial, you might download it to try to input some of your training material.

Adobe Captivate ($599) works the same way, but also captures screen movement for simulating training on software applications. I tend to prefer "name brands" since often smaller companies "go away" and no longer exist. But the price difference $399 vs $599 can be a big factor.

Macromedia/Adobe Dreamweaver has a free Coursebuilder add-on that allow testing, if you are doing web-based e-learning.

I haven't tried FlashForm, but from the demo, it looked like a fairly good program. If you look into it further, let me know what you think.

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Development Steps

Didn't see any mention of writing objectives

September 18, 2006

Question

Just curious, I didn't see any mention of writing objectives. Shouldn't that come before developing content?

Barbara - USA (11950)

Answer

Thanks for your feedback.

We have a brief mention of writing objectives in Initial Considerations at http://www.school-for-champions.com/elearning/initialconsid.htm.

But I agree that more material is needed on objectives. We are in the process of updating the section on e-learning, especially since some of the tools mentioned are outdated.

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Resources

How do I start an e-learning project?

November 17, 2005

Question

Dear sir,

Iam the manager of a prestigious organization,C-DIT.Iam assigned to develop 3 elearning softwares in educational area.Can you advice me to how to start the project in a planned manner and estimate the cost and time.

Thank you

unnikrishna - INDIA (8983)

Answer

See the lesson on "Initial Considerations Before Designing e-Learning" at:
http://www.school-for-champions.com/elearning/initialconsid.htm

Some of the other e-Learning lessons will give you information on estimates and such.

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JavaScript for WBT

Wants to search Intranet for files

July 5, 2005

Question

Dear Sir,
i am working on developing an intranet for a company, and i want to add something which enable the users inside that company to search for some file like a PDF file through the intranet server.

i want a text field to enter the intended file or some other types of files and then the code which i need will search for that file through the intranet.

important note: the intranet is built on JSP with connection with the companiy data base.
your sincerelly


Osama - Palestinian Authority (7449)

Answer

A possible solution is a search engine from Google. On our website, we have a search feature for all the files in the site. Google also is offering a search engine that would work on a PC and I believe also over an Intranet. Microsoft is also coming out with such a search capability.

Another solution is if your Intranet was database driven. Then ColdFusion, ASP.NET or PHP could be used for the search.

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Definition

Is Trump University an example of eLearning?

June 4, 2005

Question

Is Trump University an example of eLearning? What do you think of Donald Trump's new entrance into the education field? With his name recognition, is success guaranteed?

Marjorie - USA (7175)

Answer

Trump University has online courses and is an example of eLearning. Donald Trump is a clever businessman and sees the opportunity to leverage the popularity of his name to get into the lucrative eLearning business. He has good business-savvy and it looks like he gathered a solid group of advisors. The material is not inexpensive, but I am sure he will be successful simply as a result of his name recognition. Of course, if the lessons are the "same old thing" and without true substance, the university may just be a fad.

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General

Can I swtich from journalism to e-learning?

June 2, 2005

Question

I was a freelance journalist for 3 years. I wrote features stories, youth stories etc and now I have switched to elearning and instructional writing. Do journalists normally do that? Is that a big shift in their career? I am confused.

Sakshi - India (7145)

Answer

You have the writing ability and can make material interesting. That is important in e-learning and instructional writing. It is important to understand the subject matter and to do sufficient research on it.

The difference between journalism and e-learning is somewhat of a different point of view, but I think you should be able to make the transistion.

As far as your career hoes, look to what you enjoy doing, but also look to what have the best opportunities. Either career could be good to follow.

Best wishes in your direction in life.

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Solution

Wants to start a project

March 30, 2005

Question

Hi !
My name is HUNG, I'm from Vietnam and I have some question for you.
My group is going to develop a project about Networking-Elearning.
But because this is the first time we do sth like this so that we don't know where to start !
I know that it's hard to instruct us if I don't show you some particular problems but we are very confused.
Could you give us some advices?
I'm looking forward to hearing from you .

HUNG

HUNG - Vietnam (6487)

Answer

First of all, start off small. Do things in modules, so that the project is not overwhelming.

The best thing to do is to start out by writing up your training material. It is best to do this as an outline.

Some people draw things out as a storyboard, but I prefer to put the e-learning in a slide format, like with PowerPoint. This lays out the material and forces you to limit how much information is on each slide.

You can use that PowerPoint presentation as a form of training, since you can put it online. Or you can start with some other e-learning software.

I hope this gives you ideas on how to start your project.

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Authoring Tools

Advantages and disadvantages

December 12, 2004

Question

what are the advantages and disadvantages for the using of "authoring language"?

Eunice - USA (5319)

Answer

Actually, some of the new versions of programs such as PowerPoint and Dreamweaver make it easier to create usable eLearnign than some of the specialized authoring tools. Of course, tools that are dedicated to eLearning are more sophisticated and allow for better interactions and monitoring.

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General

Has an eLearning business

November 25, 2004

Question

Hello,
I am very much interested to know about your company and your porducts. I have found something is very interested. It is a very interesting web site and developer has used very good learning methodology for e-Learning solution and that is why I was looking for your company email address which I could not find out in your site to do correspondance. Could you pls send me concern person name and email address.
Looking for a positive reply ASAP,
Regards

Calton - India (5161)

Answer

We are a nonprofit educational website that uses eLearning to give information. Since we have limited funds, we are not looking to hire developers at this time. You can send the URL of your site and we will look at it and give recommendations.

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JavaScript Graded Test

How to enable JavaScript

November 13, 2004

Question

how can my computer get javascript?

tuon - cambodia (5003)

Answer

If you are using a common browser, JavaScript should work. In some cases, the browser has disabled JavaScript. Check on what type and version of browser you are using.

For your browser, follow the instructions to enable JavaScript:

Netscape 6.x: Select Edit, then Preferences, then click Advanced. A box appears allowing you to select Enable JavaScript.

Netscape 7.x/Mozilla 1.x: Select Edit, then Preferences, then double-click Advanced, then Scripts & Plugins. Under 'Enable JavaScript for' make sure the Navigator option is selected.

Internet Explorer 4.x: Select View, then Internet Options, then click Advanced. Select an option under Security.

Internet Explorer 5.x: Select Tools, then Internet Options. Then select Security, click on Internet, then Custom Level. Near the bottom of the list, there is an option called Active Scripting (JavaScript). Click Enable.

I hope that helps.

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