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Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

I have completed a B.Ed in Technology education, currently doing M.Ed. in Computer Based Education at the University of Johannesburg South Africa.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Précis on Web Based Learning




I’m an educator with the ambition to development of education, by contributing my skills.
I’m starting my blog with this Précis on Web Based Learning, as this is where my heart is.

Précis on Web Based Learning


The World Wide Web is used as a platform by developers for creating software, and becomes the delivery medium for sharing thereof. World wide communication is encouraged by the web, and is an integrated medium for learning and teaching, because different forms of leaning can be made possible such as on-site–, distance- and integrated learning. Learners can search and evaluate material and support for learning, at any time, because it is possible for learners to have continuous access. The web can therefore be used to simplify material delivery, and easy access encourages international learner support by means of contact with ‘pen pals’ or access to web sites created by other learners and instructors.

Factors in web based leaning design, include a repeated cycle of development, evaluation, and revision, and although the most common methodology is hypermedia, where navigation, links, browsing, hypertext or hot word links, and orientation such as site maps and visual devices are used in hypermedia formats such as encyclopedia, references, and archives, one of the main considerations is which browser to support, as browsers determine the speed of computer communication with other servers. The structure of a web site, developed by using HTML, JAVA or C – coding, is independent from the ‘look’ of a site, and multimedia components allow for a variety of choices of visual layout, such as the use of windows.

Program boundaries include the danger of a learner getting lost in the web, due to international factors such as language, culture and time differences, but the use of Web tools for editing, searching, book marking, printing, E-mail and a variety of user controls enables clear instructions and interactivity between learners and instructors. Communication features support the development of communities of learners in spite of compatibility issues, but it is essential to include contact information of non-web details in web sites designed for learning.

The stability of the ever changing web is however a concern. Due to the nature of the web and open access; privacy, security and safety needs to be improved by using security software. The web is subjected to copyright, permission, and plagiarism issues. Storing data is another concern, as it involves sophisticated methods, therefore institutional support for web-based learning such as equipment, internet availability, expert staff, and maintenance of servers and sites become a necessity.

We need to be cautious not to view Web-based learning as the solution to educational problems. Due to the vast web size, slow speed and ever-changing web-dependable information, the most important factors in web based learning needs to be considered, such as, logistic factors, institutional support, functional considerations (navigation), accuracy of content, quality of written material, learner support,
meaningful engagement and relevant knowledge. Keys to learning, whether it is Web based learning or traditional, will always include, motivation, creativity, thinking, reflection and active participation.

Reference:

Alessi, S.M., & Trollip, S.R. (2001).Multimedia for Learning. Web-Based Learning (pp. 372 – 404), Allyn & Bacon, Needham Heights, Massachusetts.


This is part of me:

C U R R I C U L U M V I T A E

MR CM GROBLER

(6311125065081)

1. P E R S O N A L



1. SURNAME: Grobler

2. FIRST NAMES: Chris Martin

3. DATE OF BIRTH: 12 November 1963

4. ID NUMBER: 631112 5065 081

5. LANGUAGE: English and Afrikaans

6. OTHER LANGUAGES: Zulu (Interest: basic and survival speech)
Sign language

7. CHURCH: Missionary of Christian Faith

9. MARITAL STATUS: Married to Glenda in 1990
Three daughters: Michaela, Tynneal,
Cameryn


2. Q U A L I F I C A T I O N S




2.1 PRE-TERTIARY EDUCATION

2.1.1 Primary schools: Rodepoort Wes
Low Geldenhuis

2.1.2` High schools: Linden Hoër
Kalihari Hoër
Pierermaritsburg Hoër

2.1.3 Leadership positions and achievements at school

Performing arts – Received Honours at school level for poetry writing and performing in Second Language

11 Awards at Natal Eisteddfod

Head prefect in grade 12 (Pierermaritsburg Hoër)


2.2 TERTIARY EDUCATION

2.2.1 Teacher training

Institution: Goudstadse Onderwyskollege

QUALIFICATION

Higher Education Diploma – Technica (1989)
Majors: Technica Civil
Technica Mechanical
Technical Drawing
Minors: Technica Electrical

2.2.2 Leadership positions and achievements at college

Pentecostal student’s leader
Awarded as the top practice teacher in final year
Awarded as the top academic in third year for Technica
2.2.2 University

INSTITUTION: Rand Afrikaans University

QUALIFICATION

2002: B.Ed. (Hons) Technology Education
Majors: Technology Education A (60%), B (71%) & C (80%)
Educational Perspectives A (67%) & B (65%)
Critical and creative thinking (71%)
Research and Writing composition A (65%)
Research methodology (54%)
Assessment and evaluation (75%)
Curriculum studies A (91%)
Computer skills A (91%) & B (86%)
2003: Two credits in M.Ed. Computer Based Education

Leadership positions and achievements at university (Part time)

2002: Writers forum Chairperson for RAUTEC module writers

2005: Currently completing M.Ed. Computer Based Education with UJ

Majors: - Computer Based Education (Done)
- Educational Multimedia Development (Done)
- Web Based Learning and
-. Electronic Learning Environment Development





3. OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE




3.1 TEACHER

1990-1996 The Hill High School, Johannesburg
Metalwork, Mathematics St 6

1997-1998 Parktown Boys High
Mathematics St 6, Design Technology

1998- 2003 The Hill High
Metalwork Grade 10 – 12
Technology Education Grade 8 - 9


3.2 HEAD OF DEPARTMENT AND SCHOOL MANAGEMENT TEAM

1998- Standard head
1999- 2003 The Hill High School
Technology Education & Technical subjects

3.4 LECTURER AT JOHANNESBURG EDUCATION COLLEGE

Part time lecturer for further diploma teachers in Technology Education in 2000

3.5 FACILITATOR AT RAND AFRIKAANS UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR TECHNOLOGY
Facilitated in-service training for teachers of Technology Education in 2001 & 2002

3.6 SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FACILITATOR

Centurion Systems (Pty) Ltd – July 2004 (to date).
Involved in development of all material for Product training and internal staff development.



4. ASSESSMENT: EXAMINER/MODERATOR




4.1 GAUTENG DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

1996-1997 Metalwork – Chief marker
1998 - 2002 Metalwork - Marker









5. EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES




5.1 ADMINISTRATIVE

1995-1996 Head of Standard 7
1999-2000 House Master The Hill High



5.2 ACADEMIC

Public speaking (Attained Competent Toastmaster Status)



5.3 CULTURAL

1995 Safety Officer
Plays
Props master

5.4 SPORTS AND RECREATION

Cross Country (Chairman Gauteng schools cross-country association)
Rowing
Athletics



6. COURSES, WORKSHOPS, SYMPOSIA, CONFERENCES




6.1 SEMINAR

1999 Teacher experiences: What to do with available physical resources? Grobler, C 1998. Seminar on Technology Education for the new Millennium … Myth or reality? Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg. 28 September 1999


6.2 WORKSHOPS

2001 Systems and Control: Application in the classroom. Grobler, C 2001. GED teacher training, RAUTEC contract.

6.3 Community education

1998-2001 Private learning centre (Advance Learning Centre)
Maths Grade 8-9 & college courses for N1

6.4 Microsoft Expert

Although I have been a Microsoft user for the past 16 years I’m currently doing Microsoft 2003 Expert training with Dinamix Computer Training

2004 Completed to date:
Access 2003 Level 1 – 4 (Advanced)
Excel 2003 Level 1 – 3 (Advanced)
Word 2003
Power Point
Project management
HTML coding
Project Manager
Outlook




7. PUBLICATIONS




8.1. GENERAL

Grobler, C 1998: Boys Talk. Johannesburg: KRATOS. ISBN 0-620-1792-4


8.2 ACADEMIC

Systems and Control Grade 8 Learners’ workbook 2001: Ankiewicz, PJ; De Swardt, AE & Grobler, CM. Johannesburg: RAUTEC. ISBN 0-86970-517-2

Systems and Control Grade 8 Facilitator’s Guide 2000: Ankiewicz, PJ; De Swardt, AE & Grobler, CM. Johannesburg: RAUTEC. ISBN 0-86970-518-0

Stelsels en Beheer Graad 8 Leerderwerkboek 2001: Ankiewicz, PJ; De Swardt, AE & Grobler, CM. Johannesburg: RAUTEC. ISBN 0-86970-484-2

Stelsels en Beheer Graad 8 Fasiliteerdersgids 2001: Ankiewicz, PJ; De Swardt, AE & Grobler, CM. Johannesburg: RAUTEC. ISBN 0-86970-483-4

Structures, Grade 9 Learners’ workbook 2001: Ankiewicz, PJ; De Swardt, AE & Grobler, CM. Johannesburg: RAUTEC. ISBN 0-86970-500-8

Structures, Grade 9 Facilitator’s Guide 2001: Ankiewicz, PJ; De Swardt, AE & Grobler, CM. Johannesburg: RAUTEC. ISBN 0-86970-501-6

Systems and Control, Grade 9 Learners’ workbook 2002: Ankiewicz, PJ; De Swardt, AE & Grobler, CM. Johannesburg: RAUTEC. ISBN 0-86970-545-8

Systems and Control Grade 9 Facilitator’s Guide 2002: Ankiewicz, PJ; De Swardt, AE & Grobler, CM. Johannesburg: RAUTEC. ISBN 0-86970-545-8

Strukture Graad 9 Leerderwerkboek 2001: Ankiewicz, PJ; De Swardt, AE & Grobler, CM. Johannesburg: RAUTEC. ISBN 0-86970-498-2

Strukture Graad 9 Fasiliteerdersgids 2001: Ankiewicz, PJ; De Swardt, AE & Grobler, CM. Johannesburg: RAUTEC. ISBN 0-86970-499-0

Stelsels en Beheer Graad 9 Leerderwerkboek 2002: Ankiewicz, PJ; De Swardt, AE & Grobler, CM. Johannesburg: RAUTEC. ISBN 0-86970-543-1

Stelsels en Beheer Graad 9 Fasiliteerdersgids 2002: Ankiewicz, PJ; De Swardt, AE &
Grobler, CM. Johannesburg: RAUTEC. ISBN 0-86970-544-X



8. OTHER ACTIVITIES, COURSES, INTERESTS, ETC



8.1 Computer literacy:

WP-5.1 – Academy of learning (1999)………..
MS Office – 98-2003: Word, Excel, Power Point and Access
Internet
Smart Draw (Computer aided drawing)
Scanner technology
Digital Photography and Multimedia application

8.2 The Arts:

Classic FM listener
Painting (Oils, Acrylic, Water colours and Glass staining)
Wirework
Model building

8.3 Leisure:

Camping
Canoeing
Swimming
DIY Home improvements

8.4 ACADEMIC

Enrolled for M.Ed. Computer aided Education at RAU for 2003

Subjects passes – Computer Based Education
Educational Multi Media


8.5 COMMUNITY

1998- Founder of Sunshine day Nursery school PTA
Chairperson 1998 – 2000