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Foundation of Service

Computer Education Techniques develops and presents information technology subject matter in conjunction with technology partners, through third parties, and as joint ventures. Management at CETi advocates a return to fundamentals when it comes to web-based training services. First and foremost, we are information technology professionals and subject matter experts: computer applications, operating systems, internetworking, web servers, programming languages, databases, and mainframe system software. For the better part of a quarter century resources have been committed to compile and research content and create documentation, diagrams, examples, and sample programs. This knowledge base has been incorporated into courseware and utilized in SYS-ED instructor-led courses. The CETi courseware library has been incrementally refined and updated and will always be a work-in-progress.

Computer Education Techniques is being selective in evaluating presentation technologies to be utilized in web-based training. The service will provide content structured for learning which is programmatically updated and distributed. CETi is responsible for the development and evaluation of the content presented under the SYS-ED brand.

The initial web-based training services that CETi offers to employers for their IT staff, webmasters, and business professionals is distance-learning as an extension of the SYS-ED classroom schedule. Enrollment in these courses is predicated upon an interview with a company director.

This web-based service:
  • Is based upon the classic principles of adult learning theory and is modular and extensible.
  • Has as its foundation a lesson plan developed by a governing body responsible for oversight of the public interest.
  • Is streamlined in terms of automation and graphics in order to minimize bandwidth limitations and address issues related to security.
  • Provides support through categorized and software specific SYS-ED websites.

Additional standard and web-based training will be made available through CETi technology partners and supported by SYS-ED websites.

Quality Web-based Learning

There is debate within information technology, accredited educational institutions, and client organizations as to what the emerging standard will be in terms of authoring systems and acceptable presentation of web-based delivery of content. Computer Education Techniques has been evaluating authoring and delivery systems.

Open Source - Moodle

The Moodle Project provides tools to manage and promote learning in multiple ways. It can scale to large deployments or be used for small groups. Moodle provides bulk user actions for the administrator to select users by creating a filter which can be used to:

  • Confirm user accounts created through e-mail generated self-registration.
  • Send a message requires messaging to be enabled.
  • Delete user accounts.
  • Display a list of users on a page.
  • Download user data in text, ODS, or Excel file format.
  • Force users to change their passwords.


SYS-ED Websites and Moodle Activities

SYS-ED and Computer Education Techniques technology partners have extended classroom instruction to distance-learning and personalized blended learning. Content from the CETi courseware library and knowledge base is being incorporated into the Moodle activity modules. Content, file formats, and support services have been developed to facilitate the uploading of data and utilization of open source Moodle.

SYS-ED Websites Moodle Activities
Industry Standard, Specialized, and Client-specific Assignments
E-mail Correspondence Chats
Learning Paths and Technology Assessments Choices
Common Questions Forums
Pre Course Validation, Lesson Reinforcement, Post Course Validation Hot Potatoes Quizzes
Performance Objectives, Distance-learning Frameworks, and Lesson Plans Lessons
Self Assessments and Pre and Post Course Assessments Quizzes
Courseware Library and Courseware as a Learning Center Resources
Tailored Training and Selection of Web-based Content SCORMs/AICCs
Student Profile Forms Surveys
Submission of Questions and CETi Knowledge Base Wikis
Courseware Workshops Workshops

Open Source Content Delivery

Open Source - CourseLab

CourseLab is being evaluated as the authoring platform for the z/OS JCL - Basic course. Initial work indicates acceptable transmission speeds for uploading and testing of content and providing a framework for eLearning course development. CourseLab also can be incorporated into Moodle.

The CourseLab featureset includes:

Facility Implementation
Pictures Files can be used in multiple formats: GIF, animated GIF, JPG, PNG, and BMP.
Video Files can be inserted and synchronized: AVI, WMV: Windows Media Video, MPEG, MOV - QuickTime Movie, RM : Real Media, and FLV - Adobe Flash Video.
Audio Files can be inserted and synchronized: AIFF, WMA: Windows Media Audio, MP3, WAV, and SWF - Adobe Flash.
Rich media Files can be inserted and synchronized: Adobe Flash, Adobe Shockwave, and Java-applets.
Assessment questions Creation of standardized questions: single choice, multiple select, ordered items, numerical fill-in-blank, text fill-in-blank, and matching pairs.
Interactive exercises Tools for creating performance objective-based scaled testing.
I/O-based interactivity Interactivity can be implemented as: 1- An object by active click or a mouseOver/mouseOut area. 2- Part of text can be active click or a mouseOver/mouseOut. 3- Hotspot areas defined on pictures. 4- The values of form elements used in actions - Text Input Fields, CheckBoxes, and Radiobuttons. 5-Action with description language.
Event-action mechanism Applications and documents can be related to user action and launched in a new window: PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and PDFs.
Software simulations There is a wizard-based screen for recording window size and managing the partial capture mode. Automatic recording of cursor movements can be edited in CourseLab for adding comments and interactions.
Scoring and evaluation There is an objective-based scoring mechanism. Conditions can be used to create success and completion status which define rules applied to objectives. Cascading rules with an objective's status also can be used in conditions.

Open Source - eXe and Xerte

There is additional functionality which can be added to the suite of authoring tools for generating Moodle content.

A Moodle export capability can be developed and incorporated into the tools for authoring rich web content for import into a Moodle course. Links to discussion forums can be embedded in web content which launches a Moodle discussion.There is a more extensive export than available with standard SCORM content packaging.

The featureset of the eXE Project includes:

Facility Implementation
Interactive multimedia There is a visual development facility for the assembly and addition of icons and property configuration. The results can then be previewed.
Media support There is support for the insertion of files: .jpg, .gif, .png, .swf, .fla, and .mp3. The .swf format can be used to include animation nd custom components.
Interface and controls The default interface can be used to provide a consistent, accessible interface. The interface can be customized specific to the delivery of content.
Unified deployment The fileset is created in a single invocation of a command. No server-side components are required; the fileset is copied to a web server.
Scripting Actionscript is used for scripting. Icons provide a properties, methods, and events for creating sophisticated interactions.
Accessibility features The accessibility features are provided through a runtime engine: interface and media controllers, accessible color schemes, text-to-speech capability, screen reader support, and tabbed keyboard control.
Code model architecture The code model architecture is reusable and can be shared and used in different projects. Interactions can be re-used in different contexts.
SCORM API The SCORM API is integrated in the runtime engine and facilities the utilization of SCORM data. SCORM-compliant content packages can be created for a SCORM-compliant LMS.
Logic and data - separation Data driven components are based upon a foundation in which the logic and data are separated. This facilitates the creation of dynamic adaptable data-driven content.
Editing tool Tools can be added to the editor through an extensible interface. Custom editors can be used in an open .rlo file format; .swf based components can be developed for including additional functionality.

Commercial Service Providers

WebEx and Citrix

The CETi training service and courseware can be integrated with the commercial LMS: learning management system and content delivery: self-service registration, automated reminder e-mails, pre and post course evaluation, recorded sessions, and video hosting. The client selects the commercial delivery system:

Presentation Audience Interaction Technical Support Services Reuse and Repurposing
High-definition video Shared resources: whiteboard, multimedia, and application. Threaded question and answer, chat, and polling. Recording of live sessions as a on-demand training library.

CETi tailors the commercial content delivery specific to client specific operational and performance objectives, information technology subject matter, and background of the audience: live video feeds in the main session, reporting monitoring metrics, and validation assessment: multiple choice, true-or-false, fill-in the- blank, and case study/essay.

Adobe eLearning Suite

In conjunction with presenting classroom instruction at the client location, CETi will provide guidance in using Adobe tools for creating e-learning content delivery, courseware authoring, and media editing.

Author interactive e-learning and HTML5-based content.

Publish to a LMS: Learning Management System.

Deliver courses over a network and Internet to desktops and mobile devices.

Use Abode 8 and higher to transform MS PowerPoint presentations into videos and e-learning content.

Embed Adobe Captivate movies in PDF documents and PDF portfolios with Adobe Acrobat X Pro and facilitate accessibility with Adobe Reader software.

Combine modular content into a single course.