Friday, May 9, 2008

Taiwan Fest @ El Pueblo de LA

I haven't updated any post recently,

here is the news for everyone~

My mom's PAPERcraft will be exhibited in this event.

For more info please go to

the previous article about the paper craft

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

EDIT 451 Posting 7- Distance Learning

Quoted from"In Distance Education, students may not be required to be present in a classroom, but that also may be a question of option. As for an electronic classroom or Virtual Learning Environment, it may or may not be a part of a distance education set up. Electronic classrooms can be both on campus and off campus. We would call such institutions as using a 'flexible' delivery mode."

From my friend's experience and mine. I would say E learning, distance learning and hybrid class are almost the same. Its difference is how the instructor plan and carry out the lesson.
I would define it as "learners don't need to be physically on site and learn by using computer"
I asked several friends who have the on line learning experiences. For example,CSULA online course, UCLA on line course and English learning online. Learners feel frustrated and isolated when they have assignment questions need to be figured out. and they feel isolated because there is no verbal communication between any other even your instructor.

EDIT 550 the second life which requires the students be on time in front of Internet accessible computers. This is a way that distance learning, elearning work. The other way to do the distance learning and elearning is that the students don't need to be in from of an Internet accessible computer in a certain time. The students can manage their time whenever they want to start the lesson. As long as they finish the assigned video, readings, and assignments before the deadline. Then they've done!

Sharing difference distance learning and elearning experiences with other learner makes me more expecting the Second life learning experience. Since now most the schools like UCLA and CSULA still provide the regular online course(students only need to watch video, do readings, and hand in homework on time), Using Second Life for educational purpose would be a really good trial for IDT students. I am looking forward to experiencing the Second life.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

EDIT 451- Post 6- Online Environment as a learning community

What is the first thought coming out when you hear online learning/ elearning?

I remember the first time when I hear this new leanring environment in 2001. I was thinking..."ok..who is going to be my teacher, and where are my classmate?"
Around 2001, I signed up a online English learning program, which allows you practice English speaking with people from other contry. This is my first Elearning experience. The other Elearning experience was in spring 2007, I first took a online couse at CSULA. To be honest, that elearning experience was so.........isolating.. and lonely. The only person that I have communication was my instructor. Ironically, we communicated by EMAIL only.

As we have learned so much in this quarter, we now know that IDT is appealing and boosting in educaiton field. A lot schools provide online courses for undergraduate even for the graduates also. The insteresting finding is some very aggressive schools even compete to each other, and enrich their technology so the students who taking online courses can have better enviornment and experiences. The other new trend that has been very popular is the Second Life world. Now, we have a whole new experience of online learning. All the classmates can meet in Second Life ,do the presentation in Second Life and listen to a lecture too. So now online learning is no longer isolating.

EDIT451-Post 5 -Metadata

Before I read this chapter, I have no idea about what Metadata mean.

Although I have been using and creating metadata for my class, school and daily so long.

Metadata is INFORMATION about a RESOURCE. In other word, Metadata is the resource's detail data or information.

Different Metadata comes different meaning:

Basic descriptive metadata (Called bibliographic metadata)

For example, title, Author, description, identifier, subject and keyword.

Contextual metadata:

Information about the objectives,target audience, audience levels and difficulties, and relative information about context can be categorized into contextual metadata.

Right metadata:

For example:

copyright, terms of use and contact information for obtaining permission.

Technical mtadata:

Format, platform requirements, software requirements and structural information.

Usage information:

Documentation and guides.

The major difference between metadata and database is that metadata is only for strucuring certain module/template and the information for certain module and template. In other hand, database is bigger and for store the data that we have and collect.

Monday, November 19, 2007

EDIT 451 Posting 4-Trends and Issues in Various Settings

A few years ago, I worked for a big educational center which is the very first company invented and implemented the digital media into their classes. Each teacher has to be trained to know how to use these digital media ex: CD, DVD, Vocabulary reader and so on. It was 2004. In that period of time, I didn't agree with that way. I thought it is just another marketing strategy to attract parents and tempt students.

To be honestly, when I worked for that company, I tried very hard to implement the DVD and the computer based program into my classes. I wish the students can learn more by learnign this computer based program. Unfortunately, most of the students did not continue to use it. In 2004, the population of computer users in each family was not very popular. Most the public schools don't offer the computer class in the normal education. For the students, they think that it is just like computer game. No further educational purpose.

But now, I realized why in that time, my students were not learned very well and continued on that program. Basically, the company's software is not professional. The program was not based on any theory. Students can't be motivated; the teacher don't have enought knowledge and capability to carry out the software.

I personally would like to bring the idea and the knowledge of IDT into my country. I would like to share what I have learned from the class. I would keep refreshing and updating myself. I am planning to create a group for teachers who is interested in carrying out the media into their class. We can have a community to share all this updated information.

Monday, November 12, 2007

EDIT 451 Post 3-Designers facing the crucial problems of developing nations.

What we have learned about IDT in the class is based on the experience, applications and development of USA. In chapter 23, the author discuss about the other two diverse countries distinguish from USA. The developing nations and industriliazed nation-Japan.

A IDT designer working in a industrialized nations and developing nations is entirely different situations. I would say working in a industrialized nations could be easier than working in a developing nations. The coming points are the crucial problems that the develping nations need to face.

1. The extremely scarce financial resources available in the nation

2. The societal inpact of intervention of the plan and evaluations.

3. Nowadays, the adults are acute and diverse. p.236

4. The developing nations still are influenced by their colonial past.P237

IDT desingers should have the concepts that the world is one, but it's one in diversity. There are many world inside.(Jan Visser)

Friday, November 2, 2007

EDIT 451 Post 2-EPSS-electronic Performance Support Systems

Using EPSS into training seems to be a big trend in the future. As we have read the examples in our textbook, I want to share more examples that I have known before. Until I finished reading this chapter, I realized that actually there are so many companies, organizations and schools have been using EPSS.

My relative works for CITI bank USA in the back office. Every three months all the entry level employees have to accomplish a computer-based training program and finished a computer based test. If the employee fail the test, he or she will need to retake the program again and the test by using their downtime. This EPSS training reduced the waste of costs, and human resources. CITI bank saves money by using EPSS training. On contrary, about 6 years ago, I have an part time job opportunity to work for Telephone Marketing Center, CITI bank Taiwan. I remembered all the new hired telephone marketing sales have to attend a 5 days training program which is from 9:00-16:00. The training program was great. But they spend a lot of money on preparing handouts, booklets, slide show, speech and so on. Compared to CITI Bank USA, EPSS training not just saves time but also save money and other unecessary wastes.Back to CITI Bank USA, employees will have to review all the policy, process and job related information every three months. It helps employees review and EPSS training can be continue sly implemented to every new hires.

UCLA CTS is engaging a ticketing system which can generate a serial numbers for customers.
For example, when students call help desk ask about thousands questions, the system will assign the students a number which will be a reference No.. So the supervisors can track how many questions have been solved by help desk staffs. This EPSS helps the whole help desk save time on transferring calls, refer calls to certain staff who helped this customers last time. And supervisors can observe each help desk staffs' performances.

Most companies may still consider that building up a EPSS training may cost more. I have to admit so far, the successful cases we have read are from big companies and schools. However, we can't deny from some point of view, EPSS training has its mastery. It still has a great future to be explored.