ANNOTATED TABLE OF CONTENTS--TechKnowLogia VOL. 2, ISSUE 4, July/August 2000

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ANNOTATED TABLE OF CONTENTS- TechKnowLogia VOL. 2, ISSUE 4, July/August 2000

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Editorial

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1. Skill Training: Aiming at a Moving Target

Wadi D. Haddad, Editor

Skill Training is not what it used to be. Planning for it now has to happen

under a constantly changing environment. This leads to new rules of the game

for economic success and for the role of technology.

Frontline

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2.Vocational and Technical Training: 7 Policies for the Effective Use of

Technology

Laurence Wolff, Inter-American Development Bank

In order to use effectively technology to improve and strengthen technical and

vocational training, it is necessary to have the right public policies in place.

This article summarizes recent thinking on this important subject.

3. Vocational and Technical Education, the "American Way"

Sonia Jurich

The Tech-Prep and School to Work programs have been instrumental in bringing

vocational education to the center stage of a discussion on American education,

in opening the lines of communication between employers and schools and between

secondary and post-secondary institutions, and in spreading the

premises of contextual learning.

4. TechKnowNews

Online University Teams Up With Hopkins Library to Offer Digital Resources

New University in Vietnam Will Rely Heavily on Information Technology New

System of Peer Review Rating Academic Websites President Clinton Appoints

Advisory Committee on Expanding Training Opportunities Tech Companies

Lobby Congress for Improved Math and Science Education Barnes & Noble.com to

Offer Free Online University

Technologies at Work

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5. Getting the Most Out of Online Training: Integrating the Missing Ingredients

Raymond L. Vigil, Ph.D., Vice President, Lucent Technologies Enterprise Networks

Group, Global Learning Solutions

Imagine a highly interactive, synchronous, internet-managed learning experience

between distant locations over vast national and international networks,

providing learners with an ability to obtain simultaneous distance learning

services from their geographically dispersed organizations, schools and other

colleagues. This article describes how a well designed, integrated system can

provide effective e-Learning solutions.

6. Skills Training: Where Simulations Are At Home

Claudio de Moura Castro, Laurence Wolff and Norma Garcia, Inter-American

Development Bank

Simulation has been a tool used by trainers for a long while. This article

describes how simulation is used for training in various industries.

7. Low-Investment Internet-Based Distance Learning Solutions: Systems and

Procedures

Jason Hughes, Lecturer, Centre for Labour Market Studies, Leicester University,

United Kingdom

This article is a case study of the development of a low-investment,

internet-based, conferencing software solution implemented at a distance

learning center within the University of Leicester, UK. It explores the

practical issues encountered in establishing an online learning community, and

how these issues were addressed and resolved.

8. High Tech/Grassroots Education: Community Learning Centers (CLCs) for Skill

Building

Mary Fontaine, The LearnLink Project, Academy for Educational Development

This article is a description of two Community Learning Centers (CLCs) in Africa

that provide training and learning opportunities for trainees at the grassroots

level. It illustrates design and implementation elements that are proving

effective for both the CLCs and their clients.

9. The Lowly Correspondence Courses for the Masses: Fraud or Redemption?

Claudio de Moura Castro, Laurence Wolff and Norma Garcia, Inter-American

Development Bank

Correspondence education remains a powerful means to reach modest clienteles

with practical courses that have positive impact in their lives. This article

summarizes a survey that shatters conventional wisdom.

10. Computer Software Development: An Export Industry for Developing Countries

Gregg B. Jackson, Ph.D., George Washington University

Can a country with inefficient ports, unreliable trains, and intermittent

electrical service ever hope to compete with American and European firms in

engineering networks, writing commercially distributed software, and developing

sophisticated web sites? Can a country with long history of trade

restrictions think to do so? Can a country with widespread illiteracy expect to

do so?

11. What, No Lectures? The Francis Tuttle Vocational School

Claudio de Moura Castro, Laurence Wolff and Norma Garcia, Inter-American

Development Bank

The late Dr. Francis Tuttle and his staff were entrusted to develop a first rate

vocational training system. That system has evolved through the years to become

so remarkable that it has been considered by educators and industrialists to be

one of the leading training systems in the U.S. and has been visited by

groups from 47 countries worldwide. Can it be replicated?

Under Observation

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12.Technology for Skill Training: A Medical Affair

Sonia Jurich

Physicians and medical researchers recognized the potential of Information and

Communication Technologies (ICT) for medical education and research. This

article reviews the literature on the use of complex simulators, virtual

laboratories, and Internet-based tutorials for the training of medical

personnel.

Planning for Technologies

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13. Training of Technical and Vocational Teachers: A Case Study of a Low Tech

Alternative

John Bartram, The Commonwealth of Learning and Dr. Nancy George, University of

Technology, Jamaica

While many in North America appear to equate distance learning with virtual or

cyber-learning centered on the computer and its networking capabilities to

deliver learning packages and stimulate interaction with students, there are

significant groups with learning needs for whom this paradigm is an

inappropriate technology. This article presents a case study that describes

the use of low tech for the training of Technical and Vocational teachers in

small island states.

14. Tertiary Occupational Skill Training on the Web: A Shopper's Guide

Gregg B. Jackson, Ph.D., George Washington University

The web can be used to find a wide range of skill training. To benefit from

these opportunities, this article helps prospective students to deal with four

critical determinants: (1) whether distance education is well suited to their

needs and preferences: (2) in which occupational field should they take

training; (3) how to find the various providers of training in the selected

field; and. (4) which program will best contribute to their career objectives.

15. On the Move

Upcoming Events: Conference, Seminars, Exhibits, Training Courses, etc.

Technologies Today

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16. What You Need to Know Before Buying a Computer

Rafael Chargel

Everybody seems to own, or intends to own a computer. The problem is, which

computer is right for you?

17. Enhancing Vocational Skills: Interactive Media Training

Jelena Lewis

One of the most useful applications for multimedia (videos and CD-ROM) is skill

enhancement and training. This article reviews a sample of

instructional/training CD-ROMs and videos in the areas of technical training,

medical training, and general skill training.

18. WorthWhileWebs

Gregg B. Jackson, Ph.D., George Washington University

There are thousands of sub-baccalaureate training programs, at the tertiary

level, currently available through the Web. There are also hundreds of web sites

that are intended to help people find that training. This article presents a few

that appear most useful as well as several e-Learning web sites that offer

technical, business and other courses.

Technologies Tomorrow

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19. The Bluetooth Connection: Saying Goodbye to Wires

Jelena Lewis

Wireless technology has been around for a few years now. The Bluetooth vision is

to take the current wireless a step further, by broadening the wireless range of

interaction in order to incorporate more than just computers.

20. "Virtualized Reality": The Future of Television?

Rafael Chargel

We've heard of virtual reality, but what about "virtualized reality"? How does

it work and what implications does it have for training?

Profiles in Development

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21. Global Learning Solutions

Global Learning Solutions of Lucent Technologies has been recognized as one of

the top eLearning organizations in the corporate training industry. Its

executive leadership team, its technical expertise, its assets in intellectual

property and its physical assets make it one of the world's most experienced

full service eLearning service providers.

22. Inter-American Development Bank

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) lends approximately $400 million per

year to education projects. Read about what education and technology projects

IDB is supporting in the Latin America region.

23. Peace Corps Moves Into Information Technology

The Peace Corps launches an e-initiative to address the increased demand for

Information Technology skills worldwide.