Archive for distance learning

upcoming industry conferences and events – part 1 of 2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2008 by ruyoung

Dec 3-5, 2008
Berlin, Germany

Using Social Media to Enhance Student Services
Dec 4, 2008

3rd International LAMS & Learning Design Conference
Dec 5, 2008
Sydney, Australia

National Conference on Communication and Soft Skills from Academia and Corporate Perspectives
Jan 5-6, 2009
Warangal, India

College Teaching and Learning Conference
Jan 5-8, 2009
Honolulu, United States

7th Annual eLearning Conference: Supporting the i-Generation
Jan 22, 2009
Belfast, United Kingdom

2nd Annual Forum On e-Learning Excellence In The Middle East
Jan 26-29, 2009
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2nd Indian Hospitality Congress -Hospitality Management Education – Issues & Challenges
Jan 29-30, 2009
Durgapur, India

The Higher Education Summit 2009
Feb 2-3, 2009
London, United Kingdom

INTED2009 (International Technology, Education and Development Conference)
Mar 9-11, 2009
Valencia, Spain

Global Education Forum

Mar 10-12, 2009
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

First International Conference on e-Learning and Distance Learning
Mar 16-18, 2009
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

College Teaching and Learning Conference
Mar 16 -19, 2009
San Antonio, TX, United States

On Education
Mar 20-21, 2009
Boston, MA, United States

Mar 23, 2009
Warsaw, Poland

2nd e-Learning and Distance Education Conference (ELDEC)

Mar 30-31, 2009
Islamabad, Pakistan


2008 bloggers choice awards

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2008 by ruyoung

i’ve been nominated for the 2008 bloggers choice awards in the education category.

if you’d like to vote for my blog as well, click on this badge:

My site was nominated for Best Education Blog!

what an honour – thank you veganbilly!

wiziq announces live class module for moodle

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 2, 2008 by ruyoung

earlier this week wiziq announced their live class module for moodle, which will have a profound impact on distance learning.

wiziq is virtual classroom technology which can be used by both edcuators and students, and contains a content library, test section, teacher profiles, and free public sessions by experts.


in a press release issused by authorgen technologies on the announcemnt of the new partnership, the noted common benefits of wiziq and moodel are:

  • wiziq and moodle platforms are both free-to-use and user-friendly
  • both are fully compatible with windows, mac os, and linux
  • both work well with multiple browsers as internet explorer, netscape, firefox, mozilla, opera, and safari
  • both programs are web-based with no installations required from teachers and students

and while virtual classrooms are not new, they have not always been free. this is really going to impact web conferencing systems that have enjoyed their share of the market to date, since both moodle and wiziq are free. harman singh, the ceo of authorgen technologies who has ushered in this partnership announcement said, “easy-to-use tools for teachers with no learning curve, installation and download free and yet effective, makes wiziq a unique e-learning platform.”

cost plus availability can be a hinderance for learning from afar. it is technology opportunities like this that can really make a difference for students and teachers of distance learning.

simon says!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 19, 2008 by ruyoung

as someone with rsi, which used to get severely irritated at certain peak times of the year, i know of the tremendous benefits of speech recognition software. thankfully simon, an open source speech recognition piece of software, is now released in alpha.

from the simon sourceforge forum:

The project provides a ready-to-use interface for the julius CSR engine for a handicapped child which is not able to use the keyboard well. It integrates into X11 and Windows.

while i still have yet to find something that is better than dragon naturally speaking, this does look like a really great start to an open source option. however, the cost of dragon could be prohibitive and when it comes to essential tools for learning (kids or adults), the flexibility of open source could be a phenomenal blessing.

and to take it a step further, imagine how great it could be to integrate speech recognition like simon, with interactive reaction technology such as easy with eve for optimising learning for people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. now that’s innovation!

easy with eve

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 26, 2007 by ruyoung

a virtual teacher named eve, developed by researchers and scientists in auckland’s massey university, could be the future of e-learning. those designed for 8yr olds for now, the impact of this new technology could make leaps and bounds particularly for those with learning or intellectual disabilities of any age.

“With rising demand for long-distance learning and online tutoring, a computer programe capable of detecting human emotions may become a critical teaching tool.”Although Eve was developed for one-to-one maths teaching with eight-year-olds, she is a significant new character in the future of human computer interaction and could be a personalised virtual tutor by any name.

Linked to a child via computer, the animated character or virtual tutor can tell if the child is frustrated, angry or confused by the on-screen teaching session and can adapt the tutoring session appropriately.

[ the full article here ]