SALT Conference Workshop on Portability of Training Records

New Learning Technology Conference
Sheraton Orlando Downtown Hotel
Orlando, Florida
February 20-22, 2008

Distance Learning is rapidly becoming the training venue of choice for both providers and students. While Distance Learning cannot accommodate every learning situation, its cost effectiveness and easy access for students have placed Distance Learning and its associated technologies squarely on the forefront of a new technology curve in an industry that has seen rapid growth over the last few years.

Records portability becomes important for organizations that need to store training records within their HR systems. This requires data standards. There presently exist many such standards that apply to various parts of an online classroom.

We would like to invite you to participate in an exploratory workshop at the SALT conference on February 19, 2008 between 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm to attempt to consolidate information on all of the various standards. We have three main goals as follows:

Determine if standards are widely implemented in current LMS products. Address the concept of records portability and whether or not this is a useful industry goal.

Define the taxonomy of an online classroom and how each of many standards maps to the taxonomy.

Discuss issues around the practical implementation of records portability (i.e. protocols, XML, API’s etc.).

Please RSVP to LMSStandards@salt.org if you wish to participate.

International week at the U of S

I always enjoy this week — good food and events all week long. Take a look.

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Learn more about global issues that are affecting our lives. Events include a food fair, lectures, cultural displays and performances, movies, and much more.

One highlight is a lecture by Severn Cullis-Suzuki
“Who’s the Revolutionary?”
Thursday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.
Neatby-Timlin Theatre, 241 Arts

Severn Cullis-Suzuki, well known activist and environmental speaker will talk about her own influences and experience growing up and our personal responsibility for changing the world. Severn is an Earth Charter Commissioner for the UN, and an Action Canada fellow. This a free lecture and everyone is welcome.

For complete details of Internation Week, please visit http://www.students.usask.ca/international/events/week/</a

Slowing down

I’ve been working on a talk that I’m giving this spring on “big & important things, and technology” — kind of a bold undertaking that is more than a little daunting. In fact, I’m trying to be reflective for months ahead of time to really try to get at some things that might really be important. Well, one of the things that jumped out at me early on, in fact, one of the original ideas I had for the talk was that technology seems to be encouraging us to accelerate everything — move faster, think faster, adopt things faster, reject things faster. This, I think, has brought with it an undertow; many of us are looking for ways to stop hurrying, to slow down.

One day recently, D’arcy Norman passed along a TED talk by Carl Honore on “Slowing down in a world built for speed.” Excellent thoughts on looking at the “slow movement”, slow food, slow cities, etc.

Have a look if you can find the time (irony intended).

More importantly, try to slow down, and as Honore suggests, “Find your inner tortoise”. I’m going to try to find mine.