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Trending Sources vs. Atomic Learning

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I have recently been asked to represent my department on a committee to decide with the instructional video offerings of Atomic Learning are meeting the needs of our university students, faculty, and staff. My university recently had a contract with but we switched to Atomic Learning almost a year ago now and there have been many complaints from all audiences. Larry Crane, Music Producer.

Educator as a Design Thinker

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DaveHallmon : Always enjoying Jackie’s doodles and reminders that we must think again about our current systems and pedagogy. Originally posted on User Generated Education : Resources for Educator as a Design Thinker. n.d.). Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit – [link]. Pfau, P. 2014). Rethinking Education with Design Thinking – [link]. Speicher, S. 2013). Teachthought. 2013).

Our eLearners desire something human. The best designs let something human look back at them.

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I have enjoyed this month’s issue of Wired, especially an article from senior writer, Mat Honan. I couldn’t find his article on the web, otherwise I would have just linked to it. Originally written by Mat Honan on Wired Magazine. May 2014. The history of the Internet is one of lonely people trying to find one another. Consider: CompuServe, AOL, MySpace, Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp.

How are you going to “add new value” to your eLearning?

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Think for a moment about the tech companies that we know and perhaps love. More importantly the ones that we know. For example, take Microsoft, Google, and Facebook to name some small ones. As I am sure you would agree they are very successful and most would agree that they are successful for two reasons. They have painstakingly have risked being innovative to add new value with their technology.

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A Lesson Plan for eLearning

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I came across Harold Jarche ‘s blog today where he discussed, a brief history education delivered via The Internet, see Learning is Connecting. Check it out. Thanks @hjarche for sharing @AnnaMuoio ‘s 2000 @FastCompany article @Cisco ‘s Quick Study: A #LessonPlan for #eLearning [link]. Dave Hallmon (@DaveHallmon) May 29, 2014. A Lesson Plan for eLearning. Small is beautiful.

eLearning Manifesto: Can we break the multifaceted pattern of bad eLearning?

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Yesterday I started a blog series about a recent movement in eLearning or perhaps a “manifesto” of sorts by introducing The eLeanring Manifesto Instigators. What an amazing group of professionals in the field of Instructional Design and eLearning that banded together to cause some “disruption” to the current state of eLearning. Allen on Amazon ). Will we ever be able to turn it around?

Vote for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014

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Originally posted by Jane Heart’s Jane’s Pick of the Day: Vote for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014. Thank you so much Jane for curating this list every year. Looking forward to it. The 8th annual survey is now open to find the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014. A learning tool is defined as any software or online tool or service that you use either for your own personal or professional learning, for teaching or training, or for creating e-learning solutions. It has had millions of views both on the website and on Slideshare ( 2013 , 2012 , 2011 , 2010, 2009 , 2008 ).

MOOCs – A Tsunami of Promises

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Originally posted on popenici : The prediction was that MOOCs will completely change the game in higher education. Enthusiasm was general – and groupthink so tempting – that many universities across the world adopted them as a panacea for “21st century learning” (and all other problems) without hesitation or critical reflection. View original 1,798 more words

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Lynda Acquires Compilr. Now what Atomic Learning?

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I am currently on a committee at my university to compare the offerings of training platforms like and Atomic Learning. Be sure you check out a previous posting, vs. Atomic Learning which describes my personal key reasons for hoping my university will renew their past subscription to Lynda. But now there yet another reason! What is so cool about something like Compilr?

Do you have the right attitude toward your eLearning?

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I have been participating in a MOOC that I am involved with through NovoEd , called Creativity: Music to My Ears. It started last week and the instructor, Tina Seeling from Stanford University shared recently that if we want to be creative then we must be driven and have attitude! Then you are not being imaginative enough…). Having attitude also means that we must have motivation and confidence!

How To Dethrone Google, and Who Will Likely Do It (Hint: Not Facebook)

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Really enjoyed your post @derekbrown. As Google already is, they must fight to maintain the value that they have built for their market. But what I believe sets them apart from the Yahoos and Microsofts that they have surpassed with leaps and bounds is that they are risking being innovative to add new value to what they offer. So can others compete? That part is fairly easy. Hear me out. Wolfram.

Our eLearners are suffering from information glut. What does this mean for our eLearning designs?

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I have been thinking a lot lately about the concepts of information glut, data smog, information overload, etc. In a previous posting, Does it matter if you are late to class in a MOOC? But still I wonder, is anything is really in the past? With CBS News celebrating the 50 th Anniversary of the JFK Assignation recently by airing four straight days of its news broadcasts? Digging in the crates.

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eLearning Manifesto: The problem isn’t how present is wrapped. The problem is what is inside the box.

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I have been blogging in a series about a recent movement in eLearning or perhaps a “manifesto” of sorts called the eLearning Manifesto. What an amazing group of professionals in the field of Instructional Design and eLearning that banded together to cause some “disruption” to the current state of eLearning. This big problem isn’t the look and feel of our eLearning. Take an online course. You know.

What are some ways to cut corners, save time, and be more efficient at developeing eLearning?

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Be sure that you check out Google’s UX designer, Michael Margolis, tips on productive design (see Google Ventures On 8 Shortcuts For Better, Faster Design Research ). Do these apply to eLearning or instructional design? Of course they do :-). Start at the end: What questions do you want to answer? Before you do any work on a research study, clarify what you want to get out of it.

Using digital stories in elearning

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DaveHallmon : If you are not grounding the learner in a story that they can apply to their lives, what are you doing? Originally posted on Making a difference : Digital stories are a quick meaningful way to get a message across. They are stories told using technology that include a combination of images and audio to tell a tale. So what does a good digital story look like?

Is there only one answer to the eLearning problems that you look at? Then you are not being imaginative enough…

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I have been enjoying absorbing the first lecture in a recent MOOC I am involved with through NovoEd , called Creativity: Music to My Ears. It started this week and the instructor, Tina Seeling from Stanford University shared that her ultimate goal is to help students come up with the big ideas and bring them to life. In the top right we find her model which she calls, “The Innovation Engine.”.

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eLearning Manifesto: Can we take a dose of our own medicine? Do you want to take your own eLearning?

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Let’s continue looking into the which I started blogging about previously. What happened when four industry leading professionals talked about ways to improve the state of eLearning? The “instigators” of the manifesto are Michael Allen , Julie Dirksen , Clark Quinn , and Will Thalheimer. Can we take a dose of our own medicine? by Barry E. It has not. But yes, Bill.

eLearning Principles from MOOC expert—Tina Seeling

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Can you teach creativity? Can you teach creativity online? Can you teach creativity to more than 44 thousand students online? Tina Seeling was crazy enough to try this in some previous MOOCs that she has taught for Stanford. She has a new MOOC coming up from through NovoEd , called Creativity: Music to My Ears. The course starts on April 2 nd 2014 and last for six-weeks. The course is designed to explore several factors that stimulate creativity in individuals, teams, and organizations. Click the link above for more information. Here are some highlights (i.e., Yes Tina. Creativity does rule!

Is It Possible That Online Students Want To Talk To Each Other?

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Last week I shared a snibit from Mat Honan’s article which I also have included below and discussed that our eLearners are social. If you are interested in this topic, check out my tag, Social Presence. As The Internet has improved over the years we now are able to communicate with each other in many different ways. As we all know, this occurs globally… all around the world. May 2014. I wonder why?

Our learners are social: Television has talked to us for decades, but it never listened!

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I have enjoyed this month’s issue of Wired, especially an article from senior writer, Mat Honan. I couldn’t find his article on the web, otherwise I would have just linked to it. I heard from him on Twitter today that the full article will be made available soon. This is a continuation to my previous posting, Our eLearners desire something human. Originally written by Mat Honan on Wired Magazine.

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eLearning Paradigms 2014

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*Reblog. This content was originally posted on Will Thalheimer’s WillAtWorkLearning: eLearning Paradigms 2014. Thank you so much Will for creating this paradigms list and your efforts to the eLearning Manifesto. Because it’s a young field, we are still learning how to think about elearning. Below is my categorization of the most important elearning paradigms as of 2014.

Content without design is just stuff!

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What an amazing reminder from Joe Pulizzi of Content Marketing Institute that content without strategy is just stuff! Here today I would like to posit that this is the same is the same for instructional design. Content without design is just stuff! He is coming at this from a marketing perspective and the changing landscape since the 90’s and companies having a presence on The Internet.

“Labels Do Matter” A brief look at IBSTPI Competencies for Instructional Designers

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In a previous posting, “Labels Do Matter” A Brief Survey of Instructional Design Job Posting Titles I presented a litany of “labels” that I found on sites like HigherEdJobs , The Chronicle , Monster , Indeed , and LinkedIn (not linked i.e., requires authentication) when searching with the term “instructional.” Do you agree with me that perhaps these labels don’t really matter?


Wither we like it or not, technology solutions are cheap and the go to panacea for training

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I came across another discussion on the Chief Learning Officer Magazine group on LinkedIn started by Ladan Nikravan Senior Editor at MediaTec Publishing. As the pace of organizations has increased and technology has become a convenient enabler, has the learning field lost touch with the science of design? But why is that? Constraints are placed on every project especially when it comes to training.

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Can we determining best practices for learning in different types of MOOCs, e.g., xMOOCs and cMOOCs?

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I came across an interview today between eLeanring evangelist, Michael Feldstein from Stanford University and Martin Weller from Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology. The interview took place at the 2013 MOOC Research Initiative Conference back in December. be sure you check out this out and join the conversation. He is first interested in looking deeper into MOOC completion data.

Can we use machines to analyze students 21st Century Learning skills in a MOOC?

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One of the recent episodes on e-Literate TV showcases Michael Feldstein interviewing Simon Buckingham Shum from Open University in the United Kingdom at the 2013 MOOC Research Initiative Conference. If you are interested in the issues related to the use of technology in support of education, e.g., MOOCs, online learning, etc. be sure you check out this new channel and join the conversation.

How can we get our clients to play the “What If” game?

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Can we all agree that technology can sometimes be a double-edged sword? Some technology can cause people to lose their job because it is replaced by technology. Although, some technology can make new jobs possible. For example, according to Wikipedia, Dan Bricklin creator of VisiCalc , came up with the idea of an “electronic spreadsheet” during his time at Harvard. Was it. Here’s why. You know.

A Primer for Content Managers 

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Have you come across Doug’s post on LinkedIn? What Content Managers Do (and Why They’re So Important). Doug’s point about the behind the scenes effort of a Content Manager doesn’t communicate the severity of the need for content management. “But the work of the content manager is never done. Beyond this, they have to make sure that every course in their library is up-to-date, or if additional releases need to be created for new versions of software, SDK, service, or device.” 10 years ago this wasn’t a problem.


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Designing Discomfort Into “Free” Games…

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Airports purportedly design the baggage claim areas to be uncomfortable in order to minimize crowds. What are other examples where designers deliberately create an unhappy user experience? Check out Quora to see what others have been sharing. See, What are examples where designers intentionally design for discomfort? consumers can also buy charms that permanently give you boosts.