Education & Information Technology


Information Technology In General


Higher Education & Information Technology in General


Journals for IT & Higher Education

SyllabusWeb "Syllabus magazine is the only monthly publication that focuses on the role of technology in higher education. Published since 1988, Syllabus' mission is to inform educators on how technology can be used to support their teaching, learning and administrative activities. Each issue includes feature articles, case studies, product reviews and profiles of technology use at the individual, departmental and institutional level. Regular features cover multimedia, distance learning, the Internet, quantitative tools, publishing and administrative technology. A variety of platforms are covered, among them, computers, video, multimedia and telecommunications equipment. The Syllabus website supports and expands upon the publicationfs content covering the latest technology for higher education."

The Technology Source "The purpose of The Technology Source (ISSN 1532-0030), a peer-reviewed bimonthly periodical published by the Michigan Virtual University, is to provide thoughtful, illuminating articles that will assist educators as they face the challenge of integrating information technology tools into teaching and into managing educational organizations."


Special Initiatives

OKI – Open Knowledge Initiative (MIT) "The Open Knowledge Initiative is defining an open architectural specification to be used for the development of educational related software. It architecture will provide a modular and extensible development platform for building both traditional and innovative educational applications to help institutions leverage existing infrastructure. The OKI product is designed for broad adoption in the university setting. It will simply the method of assembly, delivery and access to educational technology resources, while creating a large collaborative community."

OpenCourseWare "At a press conference on April 4, 2001, MIT announced its commitment to make the materials from virtually all of its courses freely available on the World Wide Web for non-commercial use. This new initiative, called MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW), reflects MIT's institutional commitment to disseminate knowledge across the globe. We see OCW as a way to share our thinking about the content of a modern curriculum in all the areas in which MIT excels. Users of the OCW site may include other academics around the world and individual learners who may not have access to similar educational materials. The task of creating a highly visible web site that draws together the materials of virtually all of MIT's course offerings is considerable. However, the majority of faculty support this effort and believe that it is consistent with MIT's long-standing objective to focus the contributions of both its faculty and its new technologies on broad, societal benefits. For further information, read the MIT OCW Fact Sheet."



MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) "MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments. MERLOT is also a community of people who are involved in education. Community members help MERLOT grow by contributing materials and adding assignments and comments. Many community members make their professional information available in MERLOT's member directory."


Web-based Course Management Tools

WebCT "WebCT is the world's leading provider of integrated e-learning systems for higher education. WebCT's solutions combine the richest and most flexible pedagogical tools with content management capabilities, options for personalization and customization of the learning experience, and seamless integration with an institution's existing campus infrastructure. WebCT's e-learning systems deliver the most advanced educational technology available to support a full range of teaching and learning styles, while making the most intelligent and efficient use of an institution's intellectual and technical resources. Using WebCT allows institutions to provide more convenient and personalized learning options for students, to expand access to academic programs, and to continually improve course and degree program quality."

Blackboard "Founded to transform the Internet into a powerful environment for teaching and learning, Blackboard traces its technology roots to Cornell University. Today, thousands of institutions in 145 countries deliver e-Education services through Blackboard's suite of enterprise systems. Blackboard delivers the industry's first suite of enterprise software products and services that power a total "e-Education Infrastructure" for schools, colleges, universities, and other education providers."

Virtual-U (Virtual Learning Environments) "Virtual-U online learning software. Virtual-U provides comprehensive course design, delivery, and management capabilities. Virtual-U is multilingual, entirely web-enabled, runs on almost any computing platform, and comes complete with source code. Virtual-U is a widely-used and effective tool for delivering courses in university, college, and K-12 environments."

Learning Space (IBM – Lotus) "LearningSpace is an open, best-of-breed, Web-based e-learning solution. Whether you want to train one group or your entire enterprise, LearningSpace is the answer. It's a complete learning management and delivery system that lets you seamlessly integrate your course content, whether you create it yourself or purchase it from leading providers. LearningSpace is part of IBM Mindspan Solutions — an innovative family of services and technologies designed to help you make e-learning part of your organization"

Manhattan Virtual Classroom (Western New England College) "Manhattan is a system that allows you to go online with your courses on the World Wide Web - without creating a single web page. If you know how to browse the web, you can use Manhattan to: Communicate with your students using an e-mail system designed specifically for 'virtual classroom' use. Make your syllabi, lectures notes and other handouts available to your students on the Web without creating a Web page for your course. Post interactive quizzes for your students to test their skills and self-evaluate their mastery of the subject. Host electronic discussion groups for your class. Host live chat sessions for your class. Post assignments, receive work from students, and provide feedback from anywhere on the Internet. Provide a private list of World Wide Web links for your class - without creating a Web page. Easily distribute grades to your students, while protecting their privacy. Add interest to your classroom with multimedia. Decide which 'modules' to use and when. Manhattan was designed for Linux, a free and completely open Unix-like operating system. Following that tradition, it is expected that Manhattan will soon be released, with its complete source code, under the GNU Public License."

TopClass "WBT Systems' proven TopClass e-Learning Suite™ is a powerful web-based training platform that enables easy conversion of existing content, rapid deployment to the web, and manages everything from the most basic level of Learning Objects to the highest level of organizational competency. Our customers achieve immediate measurable results with significantly reduced training costs and faster time to productivity."

WebMentor "WebMentor is a training environment for developing, administering, and delivering web-based training over the Internet, Intranets, and Extranets. The browser-based authoring system supports course authoring and editing. The delivery system supports video and audio from local storage such as a CD-ROM; a customizable interface; large courses with many lessons; individualized instruction; and a flexible, multi-level lesson structure. WebMentor also includes support for administration, assessment, reporting, collaboration, and documentation."


Analysis of Web-based Course Management Tools

Web-based Course Management Tools (Nada Dabbagh, George Mason University).

Online Educational Delivery Applications: A Web Tool for Comparative Analysis (Bruce Landon, et. al.) "The analysis describes and compares the most viable applications in use in Canada focusing on: technical specifications; instructional design values; tools and features; ease of use and accessibility; potential for collaboration; IMS metadata standards compliance." N.B. the Related Sites.


Web-based Authoring Tools


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