Tool Set 2009
JANUARY 5, 2009
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? What should be in your tool set? What are the most important methods to adopt in addition to the tools? Should twitter be part of your tool set? But hopefully 2009 will be the year when that begins to change. Tools to Make Reading & Research More Effective. What is a Tool Set?
Top Ten Tools for Learning 2014
AUGUST 26, 2014
Jane Hart is collecting her eighth annual list of top tools for learning. You can vote for your top tools until September 19, 2014. haven’t done my list in a few years, but you can see my past lists from 2011 , 2009 , 2008 , and 2007. Even when I’m sporadic in posting, WordPress is a great tool for personal reflection. Personal Learning.
eLearning: Top Posts of 2009 - Upside Learning Blog
DECEMBER 31, 2009
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
JUNE 24, 2009
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.
Open Source eLearning Tools
OCTOBER 13, 2010
I was just asked about trends in open source for eLearning and particularly open source eLearning tools. Probably one of the better sources on this is Jane Hart’s Instructional Tools Directory. You can find a long list of tools broken into authoring tools, games/simulations, quiz/test tools, social media, delivery platforms, tracking and whether they support mobile. Beyond that, probably the best thing to do is to use eLearning Learning to go through it’s open source eLearning and open source eLearning Tools. Here’s some of what I pulled out.
Best of the Best: Content Authoring Tools
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
Again, not every tool below is SaaS based, but at some point, you have to move to the SaaS world, especially if you are offering or saying you do – some type of mobile learning functionality. Ease of Use – definitely plays into the decision making. I’ve seen some authoring tools that fit most of the criteria above, but whose ease of use is substandard or even really bad. Updated Content Authoring Tool Directory. ontent Authoring Tools Directory. The Ten Best Course Authoring Tools. #10 Aura Interactive – SH!FT Here are my criteria.
10 Social Media Tools For Learning
The eLearning Coach
NOVEMBER 16, 2009
Many of these tools and services are free or have a free trial period, which can encourage you to experiment in a small way at first. Each tool fulfills at least one of these criteria: encourages collaboration; enables user-generated content or input; provides a way to share; and facilitates informal or formal learning. It also integrates with a few open source eLearning tools.
Free Tool for Camtasia Studio Users
OCTOBER 20, 2009
And, he has recently created a free tool to quickly build custom user interfaces (also known as front end menus) for Camtasia movies placed on CDs. Have you seen any other useful tools to use with Camtasia? I'm starting the Bill Myers fan club! I've blogged about him several times before. Bill's been using Camtasia Studio to create training DVDs and CDs. Thanks, Bill!
12 eLearning Predictions for 2009
JANUARY 26, 2009
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. tools. Strategies will move much slower than organizations who adopt easy to use tools and make tactical use of these tools. 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. Articulate has a great tool set. Grows - But Creating "eLearning 2.0
Blending Learning with Social Technology Components
DECEMBER 22, 2009
unleashed a wave of tools that facilitate learning by leveraging social networks and informal channels. Such tools must form an essential part of any company’s learning strategy going forward; as these will fast emerge as the primary channels for learning. Recently, I was asked to propose a solution that addressed just such a business concern. Web 2.0
Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism?
MARCH 16, 2009
No longer a novice, the learner has the tools to drive further learning in the context of their existing knowledge. 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. Fast forward to today and connectivism is all the rage. Slippery slope.
Fall 2009 Corporate Advisory Event Starts Today
NOVEMBER 18, 2009
The focus of the RFP is on developing a “Training System” for the introduction of a new product from the fictitious Big Power Tool Company (BPTC). 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. Including several entrepreneurial companies started by alumni of the program. and social media solutions.
Our Top 10 Learning Tools 2009
JUNE 4, 2009
Jane Hart conducts annual surveys of the top 100 learning tools. Her site, Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies , has some wonderful resources on learning tools, social learning, and more. We decided to contribute to the 2009 list by sending in our own list of Top 10 Tools for Learning Professionals. Instructions for participating in the survey read: “Please provide the names of your 10 favourite tools for creating learning for others , for your own professional practice or personal productivity PLUS a sentence or two why you like each one.”.
Times are changing – trends in the content authoring tool market
JULY 20, 2011
There are 124 authoring tools in my latest directory, of which 30 are SaaS or a combination of desktop and SaaS – which really what is the point of that? Even though more tools are adding the features of collaborative and peer review (more on that in a sec) they are still heavy geared towards a desktop solution. believe though, that will be higher, especially with these tools meeting and honestly beating some major league competitors. While there are SaaS tools that do not yet offer this feature, it will change. Built in assessment tool, inc. Trend 1.
Tips and Tools for Synchronous e-Learning
JULY 29, 2009
Higher education folks have put some thought into how adult learning theory relates to synchronous learning tools and techniques. This article concluded that in “order to create learners’ satisfaction and enhance their performance…(it needs) to be attuned to adult learners needs , and listed the following as traits of adult learners that should be considered when selecting synchronous learning tools. The next trick is to identify ways to leverage synchronous tools to hit these key adult learning practices. SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING TOOLS. INTERACTION.
Mobile phones as training tools
JUNE 17, 2009
Check out this video - admittedly focused on using cell phones in the classroom - and let me know what you think? 1) Are mobile phones a viable training tool in the distance-based or live classroom in a training setting for adults? 2) Should schools be embracing mobile phones as teaching tools for children in schools? What role do you think mobile phones should play in training? Can’t wait to hear what you think! Click here to view the embedded video.
Twitter as Personal Learning and Work Tool
JANUARY 21, 2009
For people new to the concepts of social media and reviewing their tool set, is Twitter a good choice as a tool? Thus, my opinion is: Twitter is not a tool for people who are new to social media and the use of social media for personal learning and work. Still, I would put Twitter as a social tool, a serendipity learning tool, a quick hit, general question tool.
Workplace learning in 10 years
MARCH 24, 2009
However, that should change over time as their confidence and experience grows with using these tools. I’m sure you’re better with Word now than when you first started? However, advances in mobile technology and connectivity, coupled with the business world’s shift towards cloud computing , will eventually render the cell phone an indispensable learning and working tool.
A tool for screening #gender and #ethnicity in #mobile courses
JANUARY 7, 2014
It is a simple tool, with a simple clicking system and systematic, but nevertheless it has provided me with many insights into my own repetition of the norm embedded in me by culture and habit. The description of the tool can be read here via academia , in a short paper that was published in de Waard, I., & Zolfo, M. 2009). Or for very local courses at that.
ZaidLearn: Use Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for Writing Learning Outcomes
JULY 24, 2009
learning tools (and 21st Century learning): Bloom's Digital Taxonomy "It's not about the tools, it's using the tools to facilitate learning." Do you have problems writing learning outcomes/objectives for your content or courses? 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.
Top Ten Tools for Learning 2011
OCTOBER 23, 2011
This is the fifth year that Jane Hart has been collecting lists of top tools for learning. have contributed my lists in 2007 , 2008 , and 2009. You can contribute your top tools too. As in 2009, I’m going to divide my list into personal learning and course development. Google Reader is still my main tool for personal learning. just checked my stats, and I currently have 320 subscriptions and have read over 8000 items in the last 30 days, and over 300,000 items since February 2009. Jing is the best free tool for screenshots I’ve ever used.
Irish Learning Alliance Visit
MARCH 28, 2009
NetWORKed Learning - Redefining Learning in a World Gone Web Dr. Tony O'Driscoll, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University Informal Learning Becoming Formal Al Johnson, Senior Advisor, Bersin & Associates ILA ELITE 2009 - Tools for our Times Jonny Parkes, Chairman, Irish Learning Alliance The visit was on March 16th, one day before Saint Patricks Day. One of my most authentic St.
Training Industry Statistics
NOVEMBER 23, 2009
2009 U.S. billion (a 7% decrease from last year) 41% of organizations plan on purchasing online learning tools and systems in the next year. Small companies (10-999 employees) spent about 33 hours of training per employee in 2009. Midsized (1,000 to 9,999 employees) spent about 29 hours of training per employee in 2009. Large (10,000 or more employees) spent about 33 hours of training per employee in 2009. Here are some interesting statistics from TRAINING. Training Expenditures (including payroll and spending on external products and services) was $52.2
SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
You have to walk people through different tools and learning methods. This includes: Learning Method Support Tools / Technologies Process / People / Vendors You need to be the one who is aware of what's happening generally with technology in the organization. Technology steward – you likely can't say to the rest of the organization, "Don't use these tools."
Apple Keynote.no.not that one
JANUARY 8, 2009
Yes, I am in San Francisco and yes I am at a conference where a representative from Apple is the Keynote speaker but no.it's not Macworld. I am at the Winter 2009 ICT Educator conference. While Boomers see technology as a tool, Gen Y and Tweens see technology as an environment. Students and workers now want to personalize tools to enhance the quality of their work and save time.
Spending Some Time At Penn State to Learn about Games and Social Media
OCTOBER 21, 2009
Here is Cole Camplese, Karl Kapp, Beth Baily and Matt Meyer (recently moved from corporate to academia) Matt is working with Cole to create the next generation of cyber-pedagogy using tools to enhance the student's learning experience. Beaver Stadium, home of Penn State Nittany Lions. The past few days, I have spent quite a bit of time at Penn State University. He is doing some great work!
NOAA: Advice for Federal Agencies about Virtual Worlds & a Great Interactive Example
JULY 10, 2009
One recent prototype we call Second Earth attempted to blend the capabilities of tools like Google Earth or Microsoft Virtual Earth with the collaborative capabilities of Second Life. Waiting for the tsunami to hit on NOAA's island in Second Life. My advice to other federal agencies interested in virtual worlds is to define your goals before you break ground.
Simulations and Learning how to run a "Code"
JUNE 15, 2009
As part of the workshop, I got to experiment and see some of the medical mannequins and tools they use to help train future nurses. I got the opportunity to run a "code" with a life-sized simulation dummy (we called him Mr. Wham) in Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. Taking a break from the Innovation in Learning workshop conducted at Johns Hopkins. It was interesting.
Learning with 'e's: Teaching with Twitter
Learning with e's
APRIL 23, 2009
The microblogging tool has obvious potential to be used in formal learning, both in traditional online classroom settings and - through mobile technologies - for mobile learners. Most would agree that Twitter was one of the social networking phenomena of 2008, and has enjoyed exponential growth in popularity. Below are my 10 top uses of Twitter for education: 1.
APRIL 15, 2009
tools for large organizatons. This presentation discussed how Sharepoint is used to provide Web 2.0 Rachel and Nick discuss using Sharepoint as a Web 2.0 product within their organizations. The team of Troychock and Troychock (Nick and Rachel) presented on the topic of using Web 2.0 technologies for online learning. Each representing a different company who adopted the technology.
E-Learning Debate 2009
Clive on Learning
SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
learning is rocket science - rapid tools and processes serve to de-professionalise the field. Today saw a tremendous gathering of the who's who of UK learning technologies in the historic debating chamber of the Oxford Union. Many thanks must go to e-learning developers Epic for putting together this event and allowing their own industry to be placed under the microscope. The motion was as follows: "This house believes that the e-learning of today is essential for the important skills of tomorrow." " Needless to say this wording is open to all sorts of interpretations.
Elements of a Virtual World/Metaverse
JANUARY 29, 2009
The first software element that makes up a virtual world is a synchronous learning tool similar to WebEx or Adobe Connect or Saba’s Centra. Synchronous learning tools allow for real-time interaction on a computer among learners separated by great distances. Using a virtual world or metaverse for training is not as science-fiction as it sounds. This is similar to the Web 2.0
Virtual World Brainstorming Session
JANUARY 28, 2009
Some take aways included: Provide new learners with an experience in the virtual world in which they must to perform a task to learn about navigation and virtual world tools without giving them a list like " Ok, now press F2 to walk, then press F3 to go backward." It makes it more fun and more engaging. Why invest in 3D learning spaces? It is learning by doing.
Top Learning Resources of 2009
Learn and Lead
DECEMBER 23, 2009
2009 was a continuation of my journey of online self-learning. share with you the top learning resources from my PLE (personal learning environment) for the year 2009. Here are my top learning resources for the year 2009 (in no particular order): Twitter has been one of the most valuable learning tool for me this year. have found these valuable in my learning during the year. This is definitely not a comprehensive list. You can find the learning professionals I follow here and here. If you thought PowerPoint was boring, you’d be dead wrong. You can view them here.
2009 Technology Trends That Impact Online Learning
The eLearning Coach
DECEMBER 27, 2009
What technology trends of 2009 have impacted online learning and will continue to do so in the coming year? Web-based tools for scheduling, project management and documentation increase productivity and enhance personal mobility. Online image editors and other multimedia production tools provide access to a host of new and often less expensive applications. Cloud Computing.
Video-Based eLearning Authoring Tools
FEBRUARY 16, 2009
May outsource some of the production work, but the tool must be an off-the-shelf, known authoring tool - no proprietary tools (see eLearning Course Development for rationale on that) Their only experience is with Camtasia. and Rapid Authoring Tools? Rapid eLearning Tools Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.comI've been asked several times a similar question so I thought I would throw it out to see what readers here will recommend for doing basic video-based elearning authoring. The topic almost doesn't matter, but assume it's Safety Training.
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Describing What You Do: Instructional Design
MAY 6, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009 Describing What You Do: Instructional Design Youre at a playground and you start talking to the mom sitting on the bench next to you. Beachward Bound Crowdsourcing: Authoring Tools & LMS Questions My Summer ID Reading List ► June (3) eLearning Authoring Tools Mindmap The Two Faces of ePortfolios The Unofficial eLearning Salary Calculator ► May (9) Book Review: Ruth Clark’s Evidence-Based Training. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. What do you say? create eLearning.
Transfer of Learning - Theories and Implications
Designed for Learning
OCTOBER 31, 2009
Transfer of learning is the goal of all training and learning interventions. We know that the often the learning context is different from the context of real-life application. However, the training objective is not achieved until the learning transfers from one to context to another. So, what is it that makes learning 'stick' and allows learners to use the learning immediately and in the future?
Audio in E-Learning
NOVEMBER 3, 2009
Audio is a powerful and impactful tool, but it is often used incorrectly within e-learning courses. recently had a discussion with Dan Bliton in his role at the Metro DC ASTD chapter about this topic, here is a small part of the interview. common question is "Should we have audio in the e-learning module that exactly matches the text on the screen?" The general answer is no. It’s not that you can’t learn from audio and text, it is just that the learning is more productive if the two are separate (audio that enhances what is on the screen not repeats it word-for-word).
Moodle: A fantastic tool for informal learning - and not just “e-learning”
AUGUST 31, 2009
Last week I hosted a webinar called “Come Moodle with Us: Straight Talk on Moodle as an LMS Solution. Along with two of my colleagues at BLP, we showed attendees OUR Moodle site - and attempted to illustrate many of the cool features Moodle provides and how Moodle facilitates informal learning and not just functions as a place to house and track e-learning. Those who want to use it just to track learning are missing its point. In our case, it connects all the employees in our organization to each other. Example: I created a “course in Moodle called Adobe Max.
Learning in 3D Book Information
JULY 15, 2009
It describes how learning needs to be adapted to 3D environments and includes the tools that learning and development professionals will need in order to advance 3D learning within their organizations. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide. TITLE: Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration READING LINE: How the Immersive Internet will shape the future of learning and work within the Enterprise.
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Building Better Learning Games
APRIL 9, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009 Building Better Learning Games Interested in building casual games for your learners? Read on for notes from a webinar today, April 9, 2009: Building Better Learning Games: Leveraging Game Design and User Testing for Results Our hosts today: Enspire Learning (Ben Katz) Doorways to Dreams D2D -- financial entertainment. Focus on casual video games. Assessment.
Top 100 Learning Game Resources
JUNE 24, 2009
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. Educause.
Don't Play Video Games: Make Them
MARCH 31, 2009
Here is an interesting article that discusses how the creation of video games can be an excellend tool for teaching students. Screen capture from Scratch an MIT project that involves a simple to great game design software. The article Computer games as liberal arts? provides some interesting insights into how creating games can teach a number of subjects. Making video games].turns turns out to be perhaps the ultimate form of liberal arts. In order to create a computer game you have to think about the content. You have to write a script. The programming involves logic, math and science.
[from catspyjamasnz] Learning with 'e's: Two fingered salute
Learning with e's
AUGUST 10, 2009
Anyone with a modicum of insight will see that there are several parallels here with the battle between the institutional VLE and Edupunk style ‘do-it-yourselves’ personal web tools. They stood facing each other across a muddy ploughed field. It had rained heavily the night before. The year was 1415, and the battle took place just outside the tiny French village of Azincourt.