Innovative Practice with e-Learning

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Playing this CD-ROM

You will need the following minimum technical specifications for viewing of the materials on this CD-ROM:

  • Computer: 600MHz processor, 128 MB RAM, 8x speed CD-ROM.
  • Software: PC: Windows 98, Microsoft Office 2000 to view Microsoft Word documents. Mac: Apple Mac OS 9, Microsoft Office 2000 or Office Mac 2001 to view Microsoft Word documents.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer v5.0+, Firefox v1.0+, Mozilla v1.8+ or Netscape v6.0+; monitor with screen resolution set at 800 x 600 or greater. For optimum viewing, a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 is recommended.
  • Plug-ins: Macromedia Flash v5 to view optional Flash content; QuickTime v5 or Windows Media Player v7 to view video clips; Adobe Acrobat Reader v5 to view PDF files.

The Innovative Practice with e-Learning CD-ROM utilises the auto-run feature in Microsoft Windows. The Internet browser will automatically open, allowing the CD to auto-run once placed in the CD drive of the computer. Alternatively, click Start > My computer and select the JISC icon. To play the CD-ROM on a Mac operating system, double click on the CD-ROM icon on the desktop and then double click on run.htm.

You are advised that file formats used in Innovative Practice with e-Learning are provided in html, Macromedia Flash, QuickTime, Windows Media Player v7, Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat PDF formats. File names appear as follows:

  • MS Word (.doc)
  • PDF (.pdf)
  • QuickTime Movie (.mov)
  • Windows Media Video (.wmv)

Adobe Acrobat Reader installers are provided on this CD-ROM in the plug-ins folder for PC and Mac OS X users. Mac OS 9 users can download Adobe Acrobat Reader from the Adobe website.

Uploading files to an intranet or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

It is recommended that you recreate the folder and file structure of the CD-ROM on your intranet or VLE. In this way you will maintain the links between files and will not lose navigation. To upload the materials, copy the contents of the CD-ROM to the intranet or VLE server. In order to access the start point, select the index.html file.


Accessibility information

For those with visual impairment, most of the content, with the exception of the video clips and the Model of implementation for mobile and wireless learning, can be accessed using a screen reader, a magnifier or a customised browser. Transcripts and descriptions of the video case studies are to be found adjacent to these items as downloadable Microsoft Word documents. A description of the model is available for screen readers. Most web browsers enable users to change the colour of font and background and to view pages in a larger font size. In Internet Explorer v6, these changes can be made by selecting the following menu options: Tools > Internet Options > General, and then making use of the 'Accessibility', 'Colors' and 'Fonts' options to customise the view. For further information on the functions of Internet Explorer that can be used to improve accessibility, please refer to the Microsoft website.

You can find further information about making a variety of electronic files more accessible by visiting the TechDis website.

Screen reader users

All pages of the CD contain the same top level navigation that appears at the top of every page. Each page contains a skip link 'main content' to take you to the start of the main content of the page. The basic structure of all pages, with the exception of the home page, is: the top level navigation followed by the section navigation and then any additional page content (such as quotes). The main contents of the page can be also identified by the use of a header (Level 1). The home page differs in that the section navigation appears after the brief welcome message and the three links to the main content. Screen reader users therefore may find it easier to use the 'Starting point' page as the home page. Please note that hyperlinks to external websites use the TITLE attributes with the form "Link to the Mobile Learning Research Website".

The content of this CD-ROM is also obtainable as a Microsoft Word download from the e-Learning and Innovation section of the JISC website


Viewing the video case studies

These are available in two formats: QuickTime v5 and Windows Media Player v7. A link is provided below to download the free QuickTime player if a user does not have the software installed on their machine. Speakers or headphones will be needed to hear the sound on the video clips. Please note that the video clips are large files and may take a few seconds to open and that the video clips in Windows Media Player format may not play if you are using Netscape, Mozilla or Firefox.

Download the free QuickTime playerhere.


Downloading files

Both the Microsoft Word and PDF files will open in any browser. Some materials opened directly from the CD-ROM appear in a new viewer window and not in the Microsoft application. This allows you to preview the content, but restricts interactivity. In order to add content to the audit and planning tools, for example, you will have to save the files to a local drive and work on them within Microsoft Word.


Copyright

The copyright for the content of this work is held by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on behalf of JISC. This publication may be copied in its entirety without charge for use in an educational context. However, extracts may not be quoted without acknowledgement of the source and material from this publication may not be sold or used by way of trade, without the express permission of the copyright holder. The agreement between JISC and the individuals and institutions represented on the video clips demands that these clips be preserved in their entirety. Therefore, the video clips cannot be edited, amended or changed without the prior written permission of JISC. Copyright, 2005. HEFCE