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Blog Enhancements

Courseware Development

To my readers, I've added a couple of enhancements to this blog: Quote of the Day , from The Free Dictionary : This is their daily quotation (appears at right of this blog under my LinkedIn Profile). There are other pieces of code on this site that can be added to a website/blog (games, word exercises, etc.) - look under Webmasters for Free Content. Followers - this blog can now be followed via Google Friend Connect (appears at right of this blog under the Quote of the Day). Thanks, Manishankar !!

Twitter eLearning List

Courseware Development

To all Twitter Users : Twitter now has lists, which are in effect subgroups of your followers that you set up for a particular reason (and a follower can be assigned to more than one list). Lists can be public (and can be followed as if they are Twitter users themselves), or kept private. For example - I set up a public list that shows the Tweets of my followers (people and companies) who are interested in eLearning: @tedkopp/elearning Please feel free to follow the list and/or me - if you do follow me, and are interested in eLearning, I'll add you to the list!

Domo Schola Doctrina Gratis

Courseware Development

Heck, no - I just want to call your attention to a very interesting article in Popular Science 's September 2009 issue: Home Schooled - Free University The author, Josh Dean, attempts to craft his own curriculum based on the online offerings of several universities (including one you may have heard of, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and other sources. Yo, has your favorite blogger gone way around the bend? He "went" to his "college" for a month. Among other things, Dean describes MIT's OpenCourseWare program, which offers over 1800 courses online, for free, not for credit.


It's the Latest, it's the Greatest, it's the.

Courseware Development

LearningExpress Library ! If you are a member of your local public library, you may have free access to LearningExpress. This site has a lot of online training, in diverse subjects such as courses for students (elementary school through college), MS-Office products (2003 and 2007), job search help, even US Citizenship preparation! One glitch that they are supposedly going to fix - you can't save your place in the MS-Office courses, so you need to keep track of your own progress. Otherwise, these courses seem very comprehensive.

pcLearning4U is Open for Business

Courseware Development

To my loyal readers, and anybody else who hath stumbled upon this blog: As part of my efforts to learn more about learning (and to obtain additional dirty filthy lucre, moolah, dinero, etc.), I have founded pcLearning4U , a new company dedicated to bringing individual personal computer instruction to Richmond, VA people of every age. Instruction topics include computer basics, introduction to MS-Office products, and uses of social media, among others. Please visit the pcLearning4U Site for more information. If you are a Facebook user, please also visit our Facebook Fan Page and become a fan!

Jammed Garbage Disposal

Courseware Development

You may be asking, what does a jammed garbage disposal have to do with eLearning? Well, folks, we had just bought a new disposal a couple of years ago, and a narrow glass bottle fell into the darn thang, and it jammed, so instead of calling the plumber (or even the store I bought it from), I consulted the Internet ( the "e" part ) and Googled "jammed garbage disposal" for solutions ( the "Learning" part ). Found this link - this in effect was the courseware. Problem - I didn't have the correct size Allen wrench to do this. Then it budged a little. Then a bit more.

eLearning Research - Brandon Hall

Courseware Development

So far, I've looked at the eLearning 101 and Learning Technology Products 2009 reports, and found those to be very interesting and informative. This company is an excellent source of eLearning information. You can subscribe to their free newsletter, which gives you free access to some of their reports. There is also a Facebook Group for those of you on Facebook who are interested in this subject.

The Malware Warning is GONE

Courseware Development

As some of you may know, any attempt to link to this blog during the last week was met with a redirect to a Malware Message page. After much frustration, including requests for help on Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., it finally dawned on me to do the following: The malware message page included an option to check a box to proceed anyway, at my own risk. In no way am I recommending that you do so in a similar circumstance (this is completely up to you), however, since I have very good confidence in my security software, I took the chance. All is working OK now - yay!

Blogroll - Keeping it Fresh and Tasty

Courseware Development

Hey folks, you don't like stale rolls, do you? I've added a few new entries to the blogroll , including Moodle Tutorials. Check out the roll, and keep in mind that no butter, cheese, or other fixins are required to enjoy this roll! Also, if you know of other eLearning-related blogs that would be appropriate for the roll, please post them here and/or send me the links.

LinkedIn Courseware Development Subgroups

Courseware Development

now has subgroup capability! As a result, I am considering adding some subgroups to the LinkedIn Courseware Development Group. Please feel free to post any subgroup suggestions here. Thanks for making this group very popular (as of this posting, there are over 700 members

iMoodle - New Ning Group

Courseware Development

I just joined a new Moodle group: iMoodle , on Ning. This group deals with everything Moodle! Check out the Main page - topics such as  What's New @ Moodle? ,  More from Moodle , and  Moodle Jobs , among others, are discussed.  All the usual Ning features are here, including setting up a "My Page" specific to this group. If you are already in other Ning groups, you can join without building an initial profile. If you like this group, join and invite others!

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NineHub - Moodle - BannerFans

Courseware Development

Announcing the latest greatest fantastilicious Moodle course! NineHub is a very good site for building Moodle courses. BannerFans is a very good site for building banners. Why not combine the two? The result is: BannerFans Banner Creator - Introduction Please try this course, and put all suggestions and comments in the course's Discussion Forum. Hope you enjoy!

A Blogroll is not something you get at the bakery

Courseware Development

Do you have, or know of, any good blogs related to courseware development? If so, please post them here, and if they appear to be relevant to this blog, I'll add them to the Blogroll (located just below the Blog Archive). Thanks in advance for your contributions!

deLearning - the new Learning

Courseware Development

Dear Readers, It is my sad duty to inform all of you that eLearning has been abolished, effective immediately. After a careful review by some of the most well-respected minds in business and academia, this decision was made, for the good of mankind and other forms of life. To undo the abject harm caused by the use of computers in the learning process, a new technique has been developed: deLearning. This technique will encourage all people to ditch the convenience of online learning to go back to doing things the way they were done for thousands of years. Your humble blogger, Ted.

eLearning is so big, it has its own Planet?

Courseware Development

E-Learning Planet is a new eLearning site started and run by a fellow who goes by E-Learning Tyro. This Chennai, India-based site has a lot of very interesting features, including some lessons! Take a look around and post your thoughts here - if you have any suggestions for additions and/or improvements, please email or tweet Mr. Tyro. Thanks!

Is There an Emmy for Best New Group on TV?

Courseware Development

Yup - we're TV stars now - how about that one, folks! Thanks to Mike Langford , Mr. tweetworks , the tweetworks branch of the group was mentioned on Tweetworks TV, Episode 46 ! In particular, we're mentioned just after the 12-minute mark of the 19-minute show. While you're there, you may want to listen to the entire broadcast, as well as some of the other episodes (this is all part of Mike's blog - links to other episodes, as well as other parts of the blog, are available on the Episode 46 site). Enjoy

LearnHub Courseware Development Community

Courseware Development

LearnHub (which I first mentioned in this blog in April 2008) now has its own branch of the Courseware Development group. Please take a look around and join if interested. Also, if you would like to contribute lessons (including PowerPoint presentations) and tests to the community, please feel free to do so (I put a test there as an example - those of you who looked at the previous blog entry may be familiar with it!).


Courseware Development

For those of you who are members of Vincent Wright's groups : a branch of the Courseware Development Group has been set up on MyLinkingPowerForum. Please look around and join if interested! Thanks - Ted.

tweetworks Courseware Development Group

Courseware Development

For those of you on Twitter: since Twitter doesn't have a Groups capacity in its own right, I've set up a branch of the Courseware Development Group on tweetworks - please click this link to join, or to just look around. Thanks - Ted.

LinkedIn eLearning Groups

Courseware Development

Did you know that, in addition to the Courseware Development Group, there are several other groups on LinkedIn that are related to eLearning? Here are just a few (the ones that I belong to): (E-)learning network eLearn eLearning Advocates Instructional Designers Moodlers I hope you find these useful!


Courseware Development

Are any of you using Twitter for eLearning purposes of any type? If so, please explain as a comment to this post. Thanks - Ted.

Personal Experience: HP Learning Center

Courseware Development

I recently took a free online class via Hewlett-Packard's Learning Center : JavaScript: web programming basics. Although the class was not very detailed, it did give a good overview of various aspects of using JavaScript, in a reasonable amount of time (it took me about four hours to complete). Also, the price was right! The Learning Center now has over 100 free classes, including those that deal with Microsoft products. If you take any of these classes, please feel free to post your comments here!

Happy New Year!!

Courseware Development

To My Readers: I hope you are enjoying this blog, and that you have a great 2009 !! Tags: 2009 Happy New Year Best regards, Ted Ted Kopp Blogger Courseware Development Group Manager.


Courseware Development

On August 2009, IT-END started offering Moodle for Teachers (M4T) workshops and took on a new look and name: Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL). OK, folks, enough with the gloom and doom already. IT4ALL (Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning) has moved off of Ning (presumably due to pricing issues) and now has its own site ! From the About page: IT4ALL website was established on November 22, 2006 as an open and not-for-profit website. The workshops are run by experienced online facilitators who volunteer their services. Thanks, Nellie!

2009 Top Posts and Topics: Kapp Notes

Kapp Notes

The ASTD Big question this month is an annual question: What did you learn about learning in 2009? So one of the tasks I will do to answer this question is to see what posts were the Best of 2009 from several different sources. How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of E-Learning-Updated for 2009. I had done some work in this area in 2003 and wanted to see if any information had changed. Here are my top posts via Google Analytics for 2009.(I'll So there are my most popular posts for 2009. First from eLearning Learning , Here are my top posts. Random Web 2.0

Highlights from 2009 in Pictures

Learning and Technology

via Great video on 2009. really think Orli captures the core technologies and trends of 2009. Posted via web from Lee's posterous via Great video on 2009. really think Orli captures the core technologies and trends of 2009. Posted via web from Lee's posterous

eLearning: Top Posts of 2009 - Upside Learning Blog

Upside Learning

As we knock on 2010’s doors, it’s a good time to look at what we did on this blog in 2009. We started this blog in March 2009 and in its 10 month existence has more than a 100 posts. Here’s a screen grab of tag cloud for our posts: Here is a list of some of the best posts of 2009: Top 20 Most Viewed Posts. 1. Our Top 10 Learning Tools 2009. 5.

Top 100 Learning Game Resources

Upside Learning

Building Better Learning Games- Learning Visions, April 9, 2009. Marc Prensky – Twitch Speed, June 17, 2009. Using computer games in education- ThirdForce Blog, January 30, 2009. Digital games and learning gains (PDF), June 17, 2009. Examples from TWITCHSPEED.COM Digital Game-Based Learning, June 17, 2009. Casual Games get Serious, June 17, 2009.

State of elearning 2009

Learning and Technology

State of elearning 2009 Tony Bates reflects on 2009 , noting positive developments and disappointments: Then we look at the public sector, and in particular the big research universities, and what do we see? No comments By gsiemens – December 18, 2009 via Interesting quote via George Siemans, from Tony Bates. think there is too much focus on trying to innovate within the system rather than innovating the system itself. The latter requires vision, leadership, and experimentation/failure. Posted in Uncategorized. Posted via web from Lee's posterous

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Tool Set 2009

Tony Karrer

But hopefully 2009 will be the year when that begins to change. If you care about being relevant and valuable in 2015, you had better be making moves in 2009. Recommendations The intent of this series is to capture my thinking at the start of 2009 about the tools and methods for work and learning. I thought I'd kick off this year by posting a series of posts on topics related to tools and methods for work and learning. I'm hoping to address questions such as: How do you create a personal tool set or Personal Learning Environment (PLE) for yourself? So, here goes.

Top 50 Mobile Learning Resources

Upside Learning

The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009. 2009 Horizon Report. I’ve spent an inordinately long time writing a whitepaper on mobile learning trying to expound our thoughts about it and how it might be used in the workplace. I’ve been doing some research around it and I’ve documented some of the better links I’ve come across. Again, as with the links I posted about Games and Simulation, these aren’t categorized in any way nor does the order assume any significance. Apple Education. Mobile Learning Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training.

Best of eLearning Learning - First Half of December 2009

eLearning Learning Posts

December 1, 2009 to December 15, 2009. eLearning Templates – 20 Resources - eLearning Technology , December 7, 2009. It’s Culture, Leadership and E2.0 … or fail - trainingwreck , December 13, 2009. Hot Topics in eLearning for 2009 - eLearning Learning Posts , December 2, 2009. Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter - Adobe Captivate Blog , December 11, 2009. Dont Waste Your Time , December 10, 2009. Free-to-Use E-Learning Development 19: Techsmith Jing (Part 3) – Conclusions - The E-Learning Curve , December 8, 2009.

12 eLearning Predictions for 2009

Tony Karrer

In my post, 2008 2009 - written in December 2008, I looked at how well I did in those predictions, and my results were pretty good, not perfect. Some training will still be preferred face to face such as when team building or in-person soft skills are important, but 2009 will be the year when we realize that we should be justifying any in-person training. self-directed learning, quick wins and toolkits all suggest that more web pages - authored via wikis - will be the name of the game in 2009. 2009 is going to be a big year for this issue. tools.

Effective virtual facilitation

E-Learning Provocateur

As virtual classes rapidly become de rigueur , the need for an effective virtual facilitation framework accelerates. propose the 5-stage model of e-moderation developed by world-renowned networked learning guru,  Gilly Salmon. While Salmon’s model primarily supports asynchronous networked learning, I contend that it supports synchronous networked learning just as well. The Model.

Blending Learning with Social Technology Components

Upside Learning

A lot of companies today face a resource situation that’s not unique in this age. A few key individuals holding important technical and project management knowledge is quite common. Such key knowledge in the hands of few prevents it from being disseminated broadly and leads to an unhealthy dependence on those individuals. Each blend is unique and purposed to address a specific need. Web 2.0

Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism?

E-Learning Provocateur

Instructivism is dead. Gone are the days of an authoritarian teacher transmitting pre-defined information to passive students. In the 1990s, constructivism heralded a new dawn in instructional design, turbo-charged by the rise of Web 2.0. Students morphed into participants , empowered to seek new knowledge and understanding for themselves, in the context of their own unique, individual experiences. In turn, teachers enthusiastically transformed themselves into facilitators , guiding and coaching the participants to inquire, explore, discover and even generate new learnings. Slippery slope.

Fall 2009 Corporate Advisory Event Starts Today

Kapp Notes

Today marks the beginning of one of my favorite events of the year. Our annual Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) event. This is an event where students of instructional technology have a conference with professionals in the field where they can learn, exchange ideas and select students for jobs and internships. It is a great win-win event. This semester we have over 35 individuals representing 31 different companies including representatives from Kodak, KPMG, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Tyco Electronics, Vanguard, Northrop Grumman and others are in attendance. and social media solutions.

Top 47 eLearning & Workplace Learning Blogs

Upside Learning

As a company, we have now been active in the blogosphere for about 6 months. We follow a whole lot of blog – most of them focused on the learning, workplace learning, eLearning, and learning technology domain. We have learnt a lot from these blogs and thank all those blog writers for their invaluable insights on various topics. Here is a list of top 47 blogs (in alphabetical order) that Upside Learning team follows. 1. Adventures in Corporate Education. 2. Bersin & Associates : Blogs. 3. Big Dog, Little Dog. 4. Blogger in Middle-earth. 5. Bozarthzone. 6. Clive on Learning. 8. Daretoshare.

Workplace learning in 10 years

E-Learning Provocateur

The Learning Circuits Big Question for this month is: If you peer inside an organization in 10 years time and you look at how workplace learning is being supported by that organization, what will you see? To answer this question, I’ve organised my own two cents’ worth under six major banners… 1. Learning development should be no different. Learning will be fully networked.

10 online icebreakers

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

For the third time I was going through all my resources- files and bookmarks to find online icebreakers. thought I'd do myself (and you) a favour by listing the most interesting ones. 10 online icebreakers (the picture relates to number 10!): 1. Two Lies and A Truth. Two must be lies and one must be true. Other participants must vote to determine which interesting thing is the truth. Three words.

Observe the Supreme Court, Become President, Negotiate Peace with Online Games

Kapp Notes

Here are three games that can be used to teach the civics topics of how elections are conducted, how the Supreme Court functions and the complicated issues of the Middle East. Supreme Court Justices in the game Supreme Decision. Supreme Decision," the first of several planned web-based games, went online earlier this month as part of a project called Our Courts. In it, students can play a U.S.

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LearnTrends 2009 – Free Online Conference

Tony Karrer

George Siemens , Jay Cross and Tony Karrer are pleased to announce our third annual free online conference: LearnTrends 2009 The Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations Conference November 17-19, 2009 | Online | Free The theme/focus this year is on Convergence in Workplace Learning. I'll also be providing details shortly about the LearnTrends Innovation Awards 2009.

ZaidLearn: Use Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for Writing Learning Outcomes


Do you have problems writing learning outcomes/objectives for your content or courses? Or more specifically, do you have trouble finding the right ACTION VERBS to describe what you want your students to achieve from the course, module, topic or unit? Have you tried using Bloom's Taxonomy wheel(s) before to assist finding those magic action verbs? Trust me! It is helpful, but to me it is misleading.

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What's On Your Screencast Gift Wish List for 2009?

Visual Lounge

In the past, we've done gift lists for Screencasters in "2006":[link] and "2008":[link] It's time to compile the list for what to get your favorite screencaster for 2009. It's that time of year. And, I need your help! I'll get the list started for the screencasters on your 'nice' list: "Storyboard graph paper":[link] - perfect for planning your screencasts and stories. Chime in!

Webinars: Past, Present and Future

Kapp Notes

The webinar begins on December 17, 2009, at 2 p.m. Here are links to webinars past, present and future.not quite a Christmas Carol but. Past: Here is a link to the presentation I gave last week titled " Reaching and Teaching Across Generations " Screen shot from early in the presentation, the discussion was already lively. It was a lively discussion with good input from the attendees.