[LINK] Education on-line for development

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Thu Sep 29 23:41:41 AEST 2011

Tom writes,

> Also there are:
> 1. Wikiversity: http://en.wikiversity.org
> 2. Flat Classroom Project: http://www.flatclassroomproject.org/About
> Are there any other initiatives of note?

It's still early days yet, but: http://www.jorum.ac.uk shows promise ..

Jorum: About us .. 

Jorum is a (Gov) JISC-funded Service in Development in UK Further and 
Higher Education, to collect and share learning and teaching materials, 
allowing their reuse and repurposing. 

This free online repository service forms a key part of the JISC 
Information Environment, and is intended to become part of the wider 
landscape of repositories being developed institutionally, locally, 
regionally or across subject areas. We use a modified version of DSpace 
for Jorum.

Jorum is run by Mimas, based at the University of Manchester. The 
word ‘Jorum’ is of Biblical origin and means a collecting (or drinking) 

> One key to on-line education is open access to materials. A debate on 
> this is currently taking place at University of Canberra: 

> ANU has an open access policy for scholarly publishing: 

>   International students could start their studies on-line and before 
> they come to Australia. As well as being a useful marketing technique, 
> this would reduce some of the administrative problems: 
> http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/content/framework-business-activities
> > Also perhaps of interest to yourself, other linkers, and/or 
students ..
> >
> > ... Virtual Worlds for Academic, Organizational and Life-Long 
Learning ...
> I am not a fan of virtual worlds for learning. The implementations, 
> as Second Life, seem to take a very literal interpretation of what a 
> virtual world is, assuming it has to look and work like the real world. 
> The worst I have seen are 3D representations of a "library", as a 
> building full of paper books and card catalogs, when real libraries are 
> becoming virtual.
> ps: Also I find it disturbing the avatars which some librarians choose. 
> I expect a librarian to be in a tweed suit, not a slinky nightclub 
> outfit. ;-)
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