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Seven Online Education Myths

Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Academic expert dispels popular myths about online courses and degrees.

By Terence Loose

“Myth #1 – Online courses are easier than in-class courses.

Myth #2 – You have to be tech-savvy to take an online class.

Myth #3 – You don’t receive personal attention in online education.

Myth #4 – You can “hide” in an online course and never participate.

Myth #5 – You don’t learn as much when you pursue an online degree.

Myth #6 – Respected schools don’t offer online degrees.

Myth #7 – Networking opportunities aren’t available through online education.”

This article written by Mr. Loose proves or debunks these myths. Check out his article. Online learning is not easy like what everyone thinks. Learning is hard. Effort must be put in. You reap what you sow. Online learning is just another way how information is distributed. This article is a great FAQ page for those who want to know more about online learning.

Check the article out to see what is truth or myth at Yahoo education —> Click HERE!.

Posted by Feljohn

 

 

Here’s Why Slide Count is Irrelevant to Your E-Learning Course

Posted by on Nov 8, 2011 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

E-learning courses are meant to teach and educate the user for a specific purpose. But sometimes, the purpose of teaching is not accomplished. When the user is bombarded with dull information, the user will lose interest fast.

In this article written by Tom Kuhlmann on his Rapid E-learning Blog, he talks about how the content on an e-learning slide should not be overwhelming for a user. As depicted on the picture above, slides should not be covered with text. It does not matter how many slides there are at the end. It matters if the user is actually learning. E-learning should not be boring. Online course should capture the attention of a learner so they can benefit in the end. This article is a great tip to use when developing courses.

View the article.

By Feljohn

Robotic Introspection: Self-modeling

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Starfish

Most robotic systems use internal mathematical models that are painstakingly constructed for a specific task and must be changed manually. In comparison “higher animals use some form of an internal model of themselves for planning complex actions and predicting their consequence.”

At Cornell a research team is designing a robot that can create such a internal model on its own. Upon startup the robot only knows that it has 8 motors and 8 pieces but is unaware of their arrangement. Using 16 “brief self-directed interactions” the four legged robot (aptly named Starfish) figures out it’s physical structure and learns how to move itself forward.

A robot with such capability will be able to adapt to new situations, paving the way for more robust and applicable robotics. It also sheds light on the internal model and self image we use as humans in our day to day lives.

Watch learning in action

Read more on the Cornell website

By Christian

Virtual 3D Objects, HoloDesk

Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

HoloDesk from Gizmag

Ever thought about holding something that is not physically there, but virtually there? Microsoft research team is working on the gadgets of the future. This futuristic hardware can change the way we use computers forever.

Microsoft Research team who handles the Sensors and Devices group has developed a new system called HoloDesk. This system allows users to pick up, move and even shoot virtual 3D objects. In the article it states, “Interestingly, objects in the virtual world still appear to obey the laws of real-world physics, but that doesn’t mean that they have to – the beauty of a virtual world is surely that anything is possible.” Imagine living in a virtual world where you are immersed in objects that are not there. HoloDesk, in my opinion, only existed in movies and sci fi shows before, but Microsoft is making it reality.

Check out the article. There is a very interesting video demonstrating HoloDesk. This has to be one of the greatest developments in technology this year.

Read more on Gizmag.com

By Feljohn

OmniTouch Projection, Every Environment is Your Screen

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

OmniTouch from Engadget

Remember those Hollywood movies based upon the future? The ones with flying cars, robots, and cool gadgets. Microsoft research and develop team is another step closer in making those latest and greatest gadgets of the future.

PhD student Chris Harrison at Microsoft Research have created a new system that allows touchscreen interaction on anything. A screen could be the palm of your hand, your forearm, a wall, a notepad, or any surface (even and uneven). The system uses a short-range depth camera instead an infrared sensor. The post on Engadget shows a video of the OmniTouch project. Just imagine taking an online e-learning course on your forearm. Hopefully the hair on your arm would not be a distraction.

Read more on Engadget.com

LIGHTS – An Interactive Music Experience

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

The WebGL had a lot growth recently. More and more applications appear on internet. The LIGHTS is another one to show us the beauty of HTML5 and WebGL.

Check out the link in Chrome or lastest Firefox:

http://lights.elliegoulding.com/

Windows 8, Revolutionary?

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Windows 8 screenshot from Engadget

Microsoft played a game of hit or miss with their previous operating systems. Vista was a real miss, but Windows 7 was on point. Will Windows 8 be a big success as its predecessor?

The article covers Windows 8. It features a video of Microsoft launch event. The user interface is very oriented to touch screens. Windows 8 seems to be a huge change from Windows 7. Hopefully, there will not be many bugs like what Vista had. It seems Microsoft is trying to re-innovate how we (humans) interact with computers. Will Windows 8 push other companies to change there icons to tiles? Microsoft should revolutionize the user interface market because what they have done with Windows 8 is aesthetically pleasing.

Read more on Engadget.com

iCloud

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

iCloud image from Gizmodo

iCloud transforms our machines into little more than a variety of screens we’ll use to peek at data, in much the same way we use screens to peek in at TV shows. There’s nothing to learn, and nothing to manage. iCloud makes your computer and its file system completely unnecessary.

Sure, you can still use one if you want to. And everything will just show up there—your music, your photos, your documents. Or you can ditch it, and just go iPhone or iPad only. And all your files will still have a home, a secure home in the cloud, and will still sync automatically to your devices.

Read more on Gizmodo.com