Saturday, November 19, 2005


Usability in E-Learning
by Michael J. Miller (Abstract)

While a large number of organizations have adopted e-learning programs, far fewer have addressed the usability of their learning applications.

More attention should be devoted to assuring the usability of e-learning applications if organizations are to fully benefit from their investments.

It’s no surprise that a large percentage of organizations have actively developed and implemented online learning programs. The reasons are clear: e-learning programs can be highly versatile and they have the capability to provide on-demand training that transcends geographic and time boundaries.

Program offerings are frequently diverse and address the needs of employees, customers, and suppliers. The versatility, convenience, and scope of offerings would seemingly suggest that all is well for these adopters of e-learning applications.

However, training practitioners within many organizations are discovering that individuals are, for the most part, not embracing the new medium of instruction to the extent that it was initially hoped. In fact, online learning programs typically exhibit higher dropout rates when compared with traditional instructor-led courses.

To be sure, there are a large number of reasons for the lack of adoption: quality of courses, relevancy of content, comfort level with the technology, availability of technical support, ability to interact with peer learners, and so forth.

Another major contributor—often left off this list—is poor usability, which is characteristic of many e-learning applications.

Definition of usability: Usability has been defined by some as the extent to which an application is learnable and allows users to accomplish specified goals efficiently, effectively, and with a high degree of satisfaction.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005


Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History
Interview Guide: Selected Bibliography

The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History
Interviewing Guide by Marjorie Hunt ...

Smithsonian InstitutionCenter
for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

750 9th Street, NW, Suite 4100
Washington, DC 20560-0953
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Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Kaw Valley "Eco-History" Tales ...
Chouteau Fur Trading Outpost

Cher Oncle, Cher Papa:
The Letters of Francois
and Berenice Chouteau

[ISBN 0-9710496-0-2 $24.95 /

Paper cover / photographs and maps]. 19th-century letters tell of fur trading and the future KC Correspondence is part of new ... @
- Cached - Similar pages

Life at Chouteau’s trading post was dictated by the water level of the Missouri River and the seasons. From spring to fall, and in a rare break of good winter weather, steamboats brought passengers and eagerly awaited merchandise upriver. On their return, they dropped off furs and picked up passengers heading east.

The stresses of a challenging, changing river, government regulations, and illegal competition for Indian annuities resulted in some good and some not so good years. As spring gave way to summer, fear of malaria arose.

When the fall "harvest" of furs arrived, the post boomed with activity, then settled in for a hard riverfront winter. With spring the cycle began anew.

As the wilderness yielded to settlement, the Chouteau family and business expanded. And Francois and Berenice, taking quill pens in hand, wrote the letters you can now read.

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Monday, November 14, 2005


The Gospel of the Redman ::
Sharing Native American Ways Series

Aldo Leopold

2 May 2005 by Ron Edmonds

I am curious to know if Ernest T. Seton knew Aldo Leopold. Did they ever meet?

Both of these men spent some part of their lives in New Mexico ... I toured the Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial ...

Blue Skies Today -

The Road To Faeryland

8 Mar 2004 by Firecracker

You get upon a thistle down and if the breeze is right,
You sail away to faeryland Along this track of light. - Ernest T. Seton
My friends gifted this poem to me on the box my birthday present came in. :)

Obsessiveness Is A Virtue, Really -

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Sunday, November 13, 2005


Great Plains Watershed Biogeography
Crisis Management Presponse Model ...

As a Hawaii Infragard Pale Komo Conference Exercise team faciltator during August-2000,

I learned about cultivating a regional Crisis Management PRESPONSE (CMP) protocols supporting BOTH emergency preparedness & environmental protection needs ...

See Poster Session Preview
crafted for the World Conference on Disaster Management(WCDM-2005) held in Toronto, Ontario - Canada

As an invited presenter at a Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-34 :: Jan-2001), I was able to arrange a VIP-Tour of the CINCPAC-funded Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) on Maui that had adapted its resources to enable and support LOCAL initiatives @ Posted by Picasa

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