February 27, 2005
COURSES: Free Course Content
The Sofia (Sharing of Free Intellectual Assets) initiative, launched in March of 2004 under the leadership of Foothill Community College, has the goal of publishing community college-level course content and making it freely accessible on the web.
Sofia is modeled after MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative, but at the community college level. Courses submitted by faculty members on a voluntary basis go through peer-review, repurposing, and QA before being posted to the site.
Content for eight courses is now available online through their course gallery: Creative Typography, Elementary Statistics, Physical Geography, Enterprise Network Security, Introduction to Java Programming, Introduction to Macromedia Flash, Musicianship II, Webpage Authoring
Each course includes readings, assignments, exams/quizzes, discussion area, etc., as well as a course syllabus, including suggested grading and a suggested schedule for course delivery.
(link via cogdogblog)
January 08, 2005
SAMPLE COURSE: Management Simulation
You can check out a demo of this application, A Year in the Life of a Manager, designed as a training tool for managers whose companies use an Employee Assistance Program.
In this simulation, managers are put into a "year in the life" of a hypothetical manager with a number of employees. Problems arise, and the manager solves them by reviewing the employee's record, consulting with resources and making decisions.
Oddly, there's a wizard who acts as the module guide, and users have access to three "wishes" that allow them to get a hint, start the module over, or move back through the program.
(link via eLearnopedia)