“In an anonymous reply to my posting yesterday on the pirating of PC software, an elearning developer asked “How do real people actually afford/justify purchasing something like the Adobe eLearning Suite?” He’d tried open source and free software but had to admit that, as far as e-learning development software was concerned, “Adobe is still king and will remain so for our foreseeable future.”
“Over the last year or so we have talked with hundreds of companies about their desire to transform their corporate training programs to take advantage of social networking, knowledge management, communities of practice, and better models of blended learning. As we studied dozens of high performing training programs through our Learning Leaders® program, we realized that today’s corporate training world has fundamentally evolved.”
- What is micro-blogging?
- How can micro-blogging be beneficial at work?
- Selecting a micro-blogging platform
- Involve the right people
- Run a pilot program
“The just announced Google Wave is getting a lot of people interested. The Wave is not just another application, it’s a whole new way of using online information. If you have not seen the demo yet, you should. The Wave takes collaboration to a whole new level. When I was watching the collaboration demo, I felt the entire experience was more like an extension into multiple minds rather than the ‘switch-type’ collaboration we see in the likes of Sharepoint and Lotus Notes.”
Edutainment, Distance Learning Collaboration & Social Learning = Future of eLearning | elearning30.com
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“A scenario can put the course content into a context that is relevant to the learners because they can use the information in a real world setting. Even if you don’t create a pull-type course, scenarios are still effective in helping your learners.
As always the challenge for many instructional designers is that as you have to work with time and resource constraints. Many times it’s just a lot easier to build an information-based course than it is to build a scenario. Scenarios can take more time to develop and not everyone is a Hollywood scriptwriter (not that it means anything considering most of the movies that are released nowadays).”
(tags: eLearning Learning Technology RapideLearning Scenario Quality Push Pull)
“While I don’t understand their Spanish, I’ve enjoyed watching Rocío Flores and Hernán Pachas discuss One Laptop Per Child in Peru on “Teacher’s Technology Talk”. At least check out their fancy threads…”
At the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Barcelona, Canonical has unveiled a prototype Android execution environment that will allow Android applications to run on the Ubuntu Linux distribution.
Jane Hart recently published the Top 25 Tools for Learning Professionals. This list was compiled by surveying learning professionals from around the world, and a majority of the tools listed are free!
Check out the slides for an overview of the tools, and be sure to visit Jane’s site for more great information.
But what about after distance education takes off? At what point does the question shift from what a college does to offer quality online programs to how a college needs to change in its entirety when it reaches a tipping point in enrollments — and at what point does such a change take place?
“Before you start shutting down training departments, hiring Chief Learning Officers, and coining an umbrella term for different learning methods, you need to establish what you are actually talking about and why it is preferred over other methods. And you need to back this up with some empirical data.”
(tags: TonyKarrer eLearning Investment Learning FormalLearning InformalLearning SocialLearning CollaborativeLearning PersonalLearning)
Your audience is tweeting
How do you draw them into your presentation? By asking for their opinion, and displaying their tweets directly in your slides. With Poll Everywhere, you can invite people to tweet a short comment directly to your slide in real-time, while still blocking inappropriate or off-topic tweets. You can also ask multiple choice questions and watch a graph evolve as people vote.
(tags: PowerPoint Twitter eLearning)
“The goal of the Semantic Web is to provide the capacity for computers to understand Web content that exists on systems and servers across the Internet, ultimately adding value to the content and opening rich new data, information, and knowledge frontiers. Billions of Web pages are downloaded daily and are easily understood by humans. The knowledge gap exists for computers as these pages are only structured in the hypertext markup language (HTML) formatting language. When applied to the realm of e-learning, be it content interactions or learner management, the potential to add value is almost limitless.”
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“…there are 15 categories to choose from so there’s bound to be one to suit you. We’ve split the extremely popular ‘Excellence in the production of learning content’ category into three sections and there’s a new mobile category too – even more chances to win!”
“Converge Magazine reported that the World Future Society predicted that one of the ten breakthrough technologies that “will transform life as we currently know it” is distance education. I was amused because (1) it has already transformed so many people’s lives and (2) most people no longer call it “distance education”.”
(tags: eLearning DistanceLearning Education)
“In a previous article for eLearn Magazine I emphasized the value of creating an identifiable format for video-learning objects. Developing such a format requires an investment of time and creativity, yet the return-on-investment is significant as it allows a producer to “paint by numbers” when generating new episodes. In addition, viewers (or learners) know what to expect from each video-learning object-of key importance with video objects because they can’t be perused in a glance. Learners are asked to blindly invest their time and attention in viewing a video-learning object and should be rewarded with a consistent, concise, and engaging video.”
A source familiar with Apple’s product plans says that the company plans to introduce a tablet-based device in early 2010. This is consistent with the report from Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster this morning suggesting precisely the same thing. Here’s the body of Munster’s note…
Laptops make a good school better, but they don’t make a bad school good.
A NING, is a great social network to use with students ages 13 and older. NING is a very supportive site, and if the project is for an educational institution the NING folks will remove the ads from your ning site. All you need to do is email them, tell them your NING URL, say you are a school and ask for the ads to be removed.
The May issue of Chief Learning Officer magazine went online today. Inside the covers, you’ll find a major article by Clark Quinn and yours truly entitled Become a Chief Meta-Learning Officer.
(tags: CLO Officer Learning Meta-Learning eLearning)
This paper is designed to help academic institutions develop best practices for designing flexible spaces. It begins by discussing critical design considerations that should be factored into strategic planning efforts. It then goes on to analyze several specific design challenges, identifying the most cost-effective solutions for flexible learning spaces that encourage intellectual innovation.
1. Together we’re better
2. Global or local: you choose
3. Self-awareness and reflective practice
4. Ideas workshop and sounding board
5. Newsroom and innovation showcase
6. Professional development and critical friends
When almost 1,000 freshman students showed up at Abilene Christian University on Aug. 16, they got something more than the usual medical release forms, parking permits and Welcome Week t-shirts. They got a choice of a brand-spanking-new Apple iPhone 3G or iPod Touch, plus a package of ACU-written Web applications to use on them. (Watch a slideshow of the coolest iPhone apps.)
(tags: iPhone AbileneChristianUniversity iPodTouch iPod 3G Education GoogleApps Google Apple Wikipedia Mobile Learning AT&T WLAN)
“I’ve been noodling on the architecture of an open learning network for some time now. I’m making a presentation to my boss today on the subject and I think I have something worth sharing. (Nothing like a high-profile presentation to force some clarity of thought.)”
The University of Michigan will soon make a new interactive classroom response system available to faculty–one that was developed in house and uses laptops in place of classroom clickers. The system, dubbed LectureTools, was developed by Perry Samson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences for use in a large lecture class, Extreme Weather. According to the university, it was also piloted in four other classes last semester. And it will soon be available to faculty at large through U Michigan’s CTools portal.
(tags: LectureTools UniversityOfMichigan Laptops)
I found this article right on the money… These tips have a lot of application to when developing Rapid eLearning courses. Don’t do it half-assed, take a few extra minutes and really make it engaging, not “death by PowerPoint”.
Here’s the challenge for many of us. We want to make our courses engaging and interactive, yet sometimes the content or the time pressures of work don’t make that easy. The default position for many elearning courses is to merely push the information out to the learners. The end result is that the course is heavy on information and light on interaction. By changing the way you structure the information, you can quickly build the framework for more engaging and interactive courses. It’s just a matter of rethinking how you approach the course design.
(tags: eLearning RapideLearning)
1. Find data to study or add your own data.
2. Study and play with data online as flashcards, hangman game, crossword puzzle, matching, word search, or word scramble.
3. Study anytime/anywhere by printing data or exporting flash cards to your cell phone, PDA, or iPod.
(tags: iPod iPhone iPodTouch Flashcards)
Dear Teacher who said “I hate technology,” First of all, I want to thank you for your candor and your willingness to openly share your opinion regarding the use of tools for learning. I am a firm believer that we should all have an open forum for expressing our opinions about our profession and the factors that influence…
As books make the leap from cellulose and ink to electronic pages, some editors worry that too much is being lost in translation. Typography, layout, illustrations and carefully thought-out covers are all being reduced to a uniform, black-on-gray template that looks the same whether you’re reading Pride and Prejudice, Twilight or the Federalist Papers.
“There’s a dearth of typographic expression in e-books today,” says Pablo Defendini, digital producer for Tor.com, the online arm of science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor Books. “Right now it’s just about taking a digital file and pushing it on to a e-book reader without much consideration for layout and flow of text.” …
(tags: eBooks Tor.com Publisher Typography)
Those who constantly strive to learn more from the world around them, who can’t pass up an opportunity to pour over a book or dictionary, or who take classes just to learn a bit more are a special breed. For those with an iPhone, the chances for learning just got a lot greater. No matter if you love literature, science, nature, arts, foreign languages and travel, medicine, or Christian studies, there are apps that will enhance your ability to expand your knowledge base.
(tags: iPhone SelfLearning Reference Materials Christian Studies Nature Math Medicine Foreign Languages Travel Arts Literature)
Cell phones are not new technology to the average North American high school or college/university student. They use them frequently and well. Further, they often carry them with them at all times. This presents a unique opportunity for us to quickly and easily interact with our learners. Instead of placing content, notices, or updates on an LMS and hoping that your students find it in time, it is possible to email that material in the form of a text message to your learners. The benefit is that they have the information instantly, it is portable, and it is easy for educators to deploy. Also, the learner doesn’t have to go and seek this information and it saves them time.
(tags: eLearning Mobile Technology LMS SMS)
This article is a nice write-up and actually has a couple links to other write-ups but in the interest of redundancy, I’ll add my own. This is not a Google killer. They are different. Ask Google “coastline of England”and it’ll return web pages that talk about the coastline of England. Ask W/A (sorry, just not going to type out ‘Wolfram/Alpha’ every time) that question and it will actually try to compute the distance of that coastline. Easy right? Its the difference between search and computation.
(tags: WolframAlpha eLearning)
The World of Distance Education:
Distance education programs are more popular than ever. College and high school students now have hundreds of legitimate distance education schools to choose from. If you’re new to the idea of learning through distance education, this article will help you understand the basics.
What is Distance Education?:
Distance education is any type of schooling that takes place away from a physical campus. Distance education is also known as: