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This is the BBC's contribution to web-awareness for children and adults alike and it is quite a helpful one. Links are organised for the novice, the intermediate learner, and the more advanced who might want to know how to include cartoons on a siteThe site has a good search facility. The entire site can be searched from the home page
Every new student of the web should be sent to this site. It offers an introductory course on the Internet. There is an extensive list of topics which cover the questions every new user wonders about. Examples include E-Mail, Netiquette, FTP and WWW. At the end of each section of information there are plenty of examples, a list of which topics are coming up next, homework, and a list of sources. There is no interactivity, but there is a quiz ,with the answers revealed periodically. The lessons are written in a simple easy-to-follow style.
Tonic is an online netskills interactive course that belongs to the University of Newcastle. Even though the service is free, you must still register before entering the site. Topics covered include: The Global Internet, Levels of Connectivity and Domain names. Clicking on 'The Global Internet' brings up the first lesson.
This is part of Oxford University's website which deals with answering Frequently Asked Questions on the World Wide Web. It provides a gateway to an extensive list of links to information. Topics include: What is the Web? What are SGML and HTML? and How do I Publish on the Web? And many more
An OK site with some useful links and tips. It is basically a WBT resource site. The site has good navigation. It has some useful articles about web based training (WBT) but perhaps the best thing about is the light-hearted manner in which it delivers its material. For example, 'Sex and the computer trainer' is a page about gender issues. It also has a jobs page - useful if you happen to live in America.
Another excellent site with lots of information and links about WBT. There are lots of free courses and tutorials about WBT. The site is very positive about the future of WBT and is almost a piece of WBT propaganda. The navigation is very good with minimal scrolling. It is also possible to enter a chat room about WBT, a useful feature.
Another good resource for trainee web based trainers. The content is good and there are some useful links, for example this one to an online magazine for technical trainers: http://www.filename.com/wbt/pages/articles.htm
The navigation is good, and there is minimal scrolling. This is a very good site for anyone new to WBT.
This is an Irish site which gives some tips on WBT and offers a few free downloads. Although it is a commercial site it warranted inclusion because of the tips and downloads.
This is another Irish company that provides some useful information on why WBT is important, and how to sell the product to potential customers. This is a well-designed and easily-explored site.
This Irish company offers free trial downloads of their Top Class software, which, according to them, is "the best-selling training management tool designed specifically for the web." The tool converts HTML or Word documents into Top Class files. An online manual is supplied with the free trial. A useful site to check out if you are thinking of implementing an online course.
This is an Instructional Design resource site provided by the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Denver. There are papers available on it covering all aspects of Instructional Design. It is basically an online library. It would not really be possible to give a thorough review of this web site, as there is literally so much information on it. Unfortunately a lot of the links are out of date ( Best Overall Instructional Technology Web Site 1995). CHECK
The Australian Journal of Educational Technology publishes research and review articles in educational technology, instructional design, educational applications of computer technologies, educational telecommunications and related areas. Published annually, this cyber-journal offers plenty of articles on WBT and related areas. It includes back issues going back to1985. Interesting if you would like to read about the development of educational technology as it actually happened. However the site is not the prettiest in the world.
S. Greenspan, an instructional designer with international experience, created this site. His skills include: Project Development, Needs Analysis, Internet and hands-on training for groups and individuals. The site is about web-based training (Distance Education). The purpose of the site is to illustrate a variety of techniques that may be used in developing computer and web based materials to provide cost-efficient training. The application of web-based training means that more people in more locations will have access to knowledge. Greenspan adopts five approaches: Auditory, Explanatory, Interactive, Instructional, And Inspirational. He uses examples from his instructional experience in Africa. One interesting section in this site demonstrates the use of "interactive mouse-overs" in instructional design.
This is a useful site which provides lots of links to other sites. Many of the links lead to commercial sites. A useful site if you want to check out what's on the market in online teaching and learning.
Although this is only really one page, it is a veritable gold-mine for links to WBT gurus. A gentleman called Johan Viljoen maintains it, and there are over a 150 names here, including John Keller (who created the ARCS model on motivation in Instructional Design.) Some of the links don't work, but most of them do, and in fairness it would be difficult to maintain extreme housekeeping standards on a site with so many links.
This is an electronic discussion forum for people interested in Instructional Design in a cyber environment (CBT/WBT). Described on a link as "probably the electronic discussion forum for matters in this field", this site serves as resource for people working in the field. Although some of the site is still under construction the discussion forum is up and running. John Keller has made a number of contributions to this site, and so has David Merrill. Both are leaders in Instructional Design research. You will find more information about them under the heading "Instructional Design" on this list.
I-Way Solutions is an educational resource and a client centered business organization focusing on servicing the WWW and Internet needs of its customers. The organization provides training at several levels on different Internet- related topics. Their training programs can be used for individual training or for corporate- wide use. Their Web site design section consists of four sections: Design, Content Development, Implementation, and Marketing. The site provides links in the Internet Resources section to Web Graphics, Images and Resources such as Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Photoshop.
Although not strictly related to web design, this is the Irish Internet Association's web site and therefore is of relevance to anyone Irish involved in anything even slightly web-orientated. It is full of useful links and downloads. Not surprisingly, this is a nice-looking site with good navigation and excellent content.
This is an interesting site which offers a range of computer-based courses, most of which take place onsite at the company's Dalkey office. However, it also provides some free online courses on web design. For example, one short course explains how to mark a web page so that search engines will pick it up. The only drawback with this site is the navigation-excessive scrolling! Jakob Nielsen
Jakob Nielsen's web site is essential reading for anyone planning to design a web page. He is the acknowledged authority on this. His site has a series of articles on web page usability. Essential reading. Click on http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9710a.html to reach it.
The High Tech Center Training Unit at California Community College
This site focuses on distance education, and within this it covers the media of print, audio, video and web-based training. It would therefore be of particular interest to designers and trainers involved in distance education. The information it gives is practical, e.g. it lists the principles of instructional design with specific reference to designing for the visually impaired or learners with various other disabilities. It also provides suggestions of how to overcome such difficulties, and includes a copy of Microsoft's Checklist of Accessibility Design Guidelines.
EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) is a website dedicated to the importance of ensuring that the disabled have as much access (and ease of access) to the web as anyone else. It features information on the various online workshops it provides. These workshops deal with web design, with particular emphasis on disability access, and are aimed at educators of the disabled. Just reading through the contents of each workshop is a worthwhile exercise. The site is not particularly eye-catching and needs to be better organised.
This site is innovative and functional at the same time. A trainer of the disabled, particularly one teaching computer or web-related skills, would probably be on the look-out for disabled-friendly sites. If you enter a specific URL into this site, it will check for you if that particular site is suitable for disabled people or not. It will list all the problems with the site, and suggest how they could be improved. If a web page is passed, it becomes "bobby approved". It also offers guidelines on how to best create an accessible website.
Links: includes links to a number of other sites relating to the creation of accessible pages.
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