Adapting for online delivery; selecting the right technology

Written by Phil Garing

It goes without saying that whatever technolgies are used, they have to be effective training tools. Previous Updaters have detailed how to determinerepparttar profile ofrepparttar 109412 learner and whatrepparttar 109413 training is designed to achieve, you're now in a good position to make an effective decision on appropriate technologies.

The most common difficulty is in balancing operational issues and a need to use existing structures, againstrepparttar 109414 particular needs ofrepparttar 109415 learners. The sorts of operational pressures often encountered include: - Competing budgetary constraints. Often developmental initiatives compete with other 'special' projects in an environment of reduced and uncertain funding. - Organisation wide change. Significant asrepparttar 109416 spread of elearning is, it still must integrate with other organisational change issues such as restructuring andrepparttar 109417 internationalisation of education. - Institution-wide IT systems. Often, existing IT systems were originally designed to supportrepparttar 109418 administration of organisations, rather thanrepparttar 109419 provision of training. Where delivery software is purchased,repparttar 109420 decision is often based on cost and ease of integration within existing systems. - The development of courses has traditionally been seen as one part ofrepparttar 109421 job of lecturers rainers. 'Getting a course going' was something that educators did as part of their wider delivery role. It sometimes demanded additional resourcing, which was negotiated as part of annual workload. As such, it was a cost to be minimised. - Time pressure. Pre-determined course start dates often dictate small development timeframes.

1. Selectrepparttar 109422 delivery tool. Relevant factors here are: - The existence of legacy systems such as generic online delivery tools - The 'best fit' for existing course resources, with a focus on minimisingrepparttar 109423 adaption process. For example, online availability of PDF documents generated from presentation materials. - Lowest implementation cost. - Minimisingrepparttar 109424 need for staff training or upskilling in order to implement delivery.

2. 'Path of least resistance' development. Collate existing resources (usually print) and adapt for online/distance delivery.

3. Supplementrepparttar 109425 core. Provide communication, support or learner feedback torepparttar 109426 extent permitted by timeframes and budgetary constraints.

Adopting such a model involves running a number of risks. Many ofrepparttar 109427 elements that make up effective face to face instruction are not readily adapted from course resources. For example: - Much ofrepparttar 109428 actual content is often inrepparttar 109429 head ofrepparttar 109430 presenter, not on paper. - The role of a presenter as motivator can be missed inrepparttar 109431 adaption process. - The ability to provide immediate feedback to learner's concerns or problems is part ofrepparttar 109432 face to face environment. Elearning often involves delays in providing feedback. Good online delivery will address this issue by developing extensive feedback resources that are immediately available to learners. - Much ofrepparttar 109433 value in face to face learning is derived fromrepparttar 109434 types of activities and interaction that takes place. Simply adapting resources does not necessarily result in learning activities orrepparttar 109435 level of interactive engagement that brings about deeper learning.

Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do

Written by Rick Gettle

Dear Editor,

Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do

(Overcoming Obstacles, Adversities And Discouragement)

By Rick Gettle © 2003

How would you like to see a permanent end to all of your problems?

We all have problems – and our problems only end - when we do. The only people without problems are inrepparttar cemetery. I’d like to stick around – problems and all. How about you?

No matter what problems we have to face today, there is a solution, because we have nothing to deal with but our own thoughts. As long as we think that our destiny is inrepparttar 109410 hands of other people,repparttar 109411 situation is hopeless. We need to confront our problems with courage, boldness and action.

There’s an old Chinese saying that goes, “If you live with a problem long enough, it could eventually become a blessing.” Within every adversity in life, there is always a seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. We have to look for it - find it - and act on it.

We learn courage - when we face danger. We learn patience - when we endure suffering. We learn tenderness - when we taste pain. We learn to prize true friends – when false ones forsake us. We treasure health - when illness strikes. We learn to prize freedom - when we are in danger of losing it. Without trouble we would be like plants that have sprouted, grown, and been nurtured inrepparttar 109412 overprotected shelter of a hothouse -- too tender ever to live inrepparttar 109413 open.

How can we possibly become a strong person, if we have an easy life? The tougher it is,repparttar 109414 tougher we have a chance to become – if we choose to fight back. Tough times never last – but tough people do.

When you see a highly decorated military person all dressed up with rows of battle ribbons and awards on their chest, you are looking at someone who courageously faced and conquered danger, hardships, adversities, problems, life-threatening situations, torture, injury, and heartbreak, watching their buddies die terrible deaths. These people had fortitude -repparttar 109415 ability to endure and last. They wouldn’t quit, give up or run away. Yes there were times, I’m sure they knew, when they bit off more than they could chew, but through it all when there was doubt – they ate it up – and spit it out –repparttar 109416 records show – they tookrepparttar 109417 blows – and did it their way.

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