Ch 1: Technology Framework in e-Learning
- 1.1: Introduction
- 1.2: Technology Analysis
- 1.3: Appropriate Technology
Ch 2: Learners Profile Analyze
- 2.1: Resources Availability At Learner's End
- 2.2: Selection of Technology To Match Resources
- 2.3: Meeting Objectives
Ch 3: Available Tools & Technologies for Delivering e-Content
- 3.1: Approaches for delivering e-Content.
- 3.2: Multimedia Learning Resources.
- 3.3: Technologies in Textual Deliveries.
- 3.4: Audio Technologies & Tools
- A) Audio File Formats
- B) Compression Techniques
- C) Audacity Audio Tool
- 3.5: Video Technologies & Tools
- A) File Formats
- B) Compression techniques
- C) Techniques by Easynow
Ch 4: Structuring & Presenting e-Content
- 4.1: Structuring content based on pedagogical concepts
- 4.2: Presenting content in different output formats
- 4.3: Authoring tools to create and manage content
- 4.4: Comparing eLML to other markup languages
- 4.5: Usability and marketing studies
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Chapter 3.1 - Technology Framework in e-Learning
The concept of technology choice may be defined as the concept that:
- There is frequently a range of alternative technological means available which are suitable for the attainment of primary objectives within a given field;
- The number of alternatives in the range may be increased over time by conscious human effort;
- Alternative technological means of similar suitability, for the attainment of certain primary objectives, may vary widely in their suitability for the attainment of secondary objectives;
- The informed selection of technological means, taking into account secondary objectives as well as primary objectives, combined with long term efforts to expand the range of available alternatives, is an important element of social, economic and environmental policy.
This demonstrates that the concept of "technology choice", and its conceptual partner, "Appropriate Technology", can be useful tools for clarifying the issues of central importance to technology studies and technology policy.
The Appropriate Technology movement is thus an enigma. On one hand it may be seen as one of the most promising sources of hope that the constellation of contemporary global problems may be overcome, on the other hand the fact that after more than two decades it has failed to become the dominant mode of technological practice raises a shadow of pessimism over this hope. The evidence and arguments in the following chapters will be woven together to grapple with the tension between the poles of hope and pessimism over the question of whether "appropriate" technology choice is feasible; that is, over the question of whether technology choice may be exercised on a large enough scale to influence the basic pattern of the economy locally and internationally.