Entries by Monique

Useful Usability Sites

[The following article originally appeared in the FreePint Newsletter at http://www.freepint.com.] My Favourite Tipples By Peter Maureemootoo As an expert in how people interact with computers, I always try to think of the simplest way to present information to learners when building and publishing online courses. I turn to these sites time and again for […]

What is Big Outside the US

We tend to use only the tools our immediate contacts and news sources tell us about, so it’s always interesting to see what’s big in other countries. This entry from Blognation Germany shows what they’re using over there.

Gmail offers AIM Integration

In the midst of AIM, Skype, Gmail Chat and heaven knows how many more competing instant messaging tools there are, Google’s making moves to create one less program to keep track of. The company just released a feature that lets you chat with people using AIM from within Gmail. It’s fully integrated with the Gmail […]

Universities Reach Large Audiences Through E-Learning

Even small universities can reach large student audiences through online learning programs. Take, for example, the University of Illinois, which has an exemplary online learning program and wants to reach 10,000 new online students by next year, according to a report this week by NPR. Nowadays, many colleges require students to take at least one […]

Online Courses Finally Catching On

A fascinating report from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation indicates that more educators are finally catching on to online learning. The study indicates that “Online enrollments have been growing substantially faster than overall higher education enrollments.†To wit: Almost 3.5 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2006 term The 9.7 […]

Handy CI Tools for Nonprofits and Small Companies

At the Special Libraries Association conference in Denver, CO, last June, I heard the term “competitive intelligence” uttered more than “Who’s giving away the free cookies?” CI, as it’s called, is not exactly in James Bond’s arena, but even he would agree it’s helpful to know what the competition is up to. It’s an imprecise […]

3 Antidotes to Human Stupidity

It’s not a question of if it will happen, but when. For me, I lost all my data about two weeks ago when my hard drive melted down. I very nearly lost it all, and had to rebuild quite a bit of data. Thankfully, I have a network of little safety devices that cover up […]

Nonprofits Can Be LinkedIn

[This article first appeared in the October issue of the N-TEN newsletter.] Only 10 years ago, social networks were built quite differently. We might pump a few hands at conferences, place a few phone calls or meet people for lunch. A labor-intensive way of expanding the little black book, to be sure, but that’s the […]