Evolving Business Model
|Quality Web-based Learning||Moodle||CourseLab|
|eXe and Xerte||Commercial Service Providers||Abode eLearning Suite|
Computer Education Techniques develops and presents information technology subject matter in conjunction with technology partners, through third parties and as joint ventures. Management at Computer Education Techniques advocates a return to education fundamentals when it comes to the foundation of our 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 we have committed the resources and effort to gather, examine, analyze, and research content and create documentation, diagrams, examples, and sample programs. This knowledge base has been incorporated into our 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! We are being selective in our evaluation of technology and authoring systems to be utilized in web-based training. Our 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:
Additional standard and web-based training will be made available through CETi technology partner and 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 working with several 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:
SYS-ED and Computer Education Techniques technology partners will be experimenting with extending classroom instruction 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.
|Moodle Activities||SYS-ED Websites|
|Assignments||Industry Standard, Specialized, and Client-specific|
|Choices||Learning Paths and Technology Assessments|
|Hot Potatoes Quizzes||Pre Course Validation, Lesson Reinforcement, Post Course Validation|
|Lessons||Performance Objectives, Distance-learning Frameworks, and Lesson Plans|
|Quizzes||Self Assessments and Pre and Post Course Assessments|
|Resources||Courseware Library and Courseware as a Learning Center|
|SCORMs/AICCs||Tailored Training and Selection of Web-based Content|
|Surveys||Student Profile Forms|
|Wikis||Submission of Questions and CETi Knowledge Base|
Open Source - CourseLab
CourseLab is being utilized as the authoring platform for our z/OS JCL - Basic course. Our initial work indicates that it has acceptable transmission speeds for uploading and testing of content and provides a comprehensive framework for developing an eLearning course. CourseLab also can be incorporated into Moodle.
The featureset of CourseLab includes:
|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.|
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.|
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 e 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:
|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 up to 720p.||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 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.