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A By-the-E-Book Education, for $5 a Month

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Bridge International Academies in Kenya offers a fast-growing model for providing affordable education to poor children on a grand scale.
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Very interesting article about e-trends in private education for the poor in Africa. The point is made that even public education costs, and the private system seems to work better, and includes better quality control of teaching and accountability than the public model. 

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Agile eLearning Course Review

With rapid e-learning tools you can quickly create a lot of courses, but how do you make sure they are ready to go out the door? Capturing and managing cours...
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the prime insight of this video about QA/Testing for elearning courses, is that in the alpha and beta phases only 1 Tester is used, and he must get through the course in 1 day, logging bugs in the issue-tracking application. Then these bugs are fixed as quickly as possible. Using this system, the next Tester (on a subsequent day) will not see the same bugs as the first Tester. Simple, but effective!

 

This is distinct from normal software testing where multiple testers are let loose on the product, all logging away, with a high duplicate rate. Makes sense then, doesn't it? 

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Life, the Universe and Everything | a journey to the things that matter through information visualization

Life, the Universe and Everything | a journey to the things that matter through information visualization | e-learning musings | Scoop.it
Santiago Ortiz invents math/data/science projects
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Data visualisation is a very important aspect of elearning and learning in general, because of the connection, much wondered about, between seeing and knowing,( to put it simply). To extend the discussion, for example, a music fan might say that the music being heard has a structural and/or visual quality.

 

Once thought the province of mad poets ('the dereglement de senses"), synaesthesia, the specific ability to experience one sense through another, is now thought of as a medical condition, like autism or asperger's. The benefits of untreated asperger's is coming to data visualisation with many absolutely stunning examples of data visualisation in this link. 

 

Educators can make their own data visualisation with the Circos tool. Investigate this link to find out more:

http://circos.ca/

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Life, the Universe and Everything | a journey to the things that matter through information visualization

Life, the Universe and Everything | a journey to the things that matter through information visualization | e-learning musings | Scoop.it
Santiago Ortiz invents math/data/science projects
Lawrence Mcdonell's insight:

Data visualisation is a very important aspect of elearning and learning in general, because of the connection, much wondered about, between seeing and knowing,( to put it simply). To extend the discussion, for example, a music fan might say that the music being heard has a structural and/or visual quality.

 

Once thought the province of mad poets ('the dereglement de senses"), synaesthesia, the specific ability to experience one sense through another, is now thought of as a medical condition, like autism or asperger's. The benefits of untreated asperger's is coming to data visualisation with many absolutely stunning examples of data visualisation in this link. 

 

Educators can make their own data visualisation with the Circos tool. Investigate this link to find out more:

http://circos.ca/

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Agile eLearning Course Review

With rapid e-learning tools you can quickly create a lot of courses, but how do you make sure they are ready to go out the door? Capturing and managing cours...
Lawrence Mcdonell's insight:

The prime insight of this video about Agile QA/Testing for elearning courses, is that in the alpha and beta phases only 1 Tester is used, and he must get through the course in 1 day, logging bugs in the issue-tracking application. Then these bugs are fixed as quickly as possible. Using this system, the next Tester (on a subsequent day) will not see the same bugs as the first Tester. Simple, but effective!

 

This is distinct from normal software testing where multiple testers are let loose on the product, all logging away, with a high duplicate rate. 

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How Is Babby Formed? | Know Your Meme

How Is Babby Formed? | Know Your Meme | e-learning musings | Scoop.it
It all began with an innocent question from Yahoo! Answers user “kavya,” who asked the question “How is babby formed?” providing the additional information
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I was grabbing the code to a Flash platformer game, since I'm an eternal beginner at programming (Made in Citrus, Starling, Box2D and Nape - that lineup will make you drool, won't it?!) and came across a great example, called "Babby must needs sleep!" Wha? I says to myself, An illiterate programmer? I have long been fascinated by the online language/argot of the coder/geek subgroup, of which I have always regarded myself as a true imposter/etranger. 

 

The coder in question, a man by the name of Joseph Lebrecque http://inflagrantedelicto.memoryspiral.com/), representing Adobe, was making socio-cultural reference to the site "Know your Meme" and the meme "How is Babby formed?", which has achieved meme status (whatever that is). I must admit, I have tended to the somewhat anti-Dawkins ( or is it Gould?) stance - memes seem a bit reductionist except for statistical trend-spotting purposes, which is how scientific types tend to view culture. But they can be amusing, in a bemusing sort of way, as this example shows. They force one to ask the question, have I had too much internet? 

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