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Elements For Constructing Social Learning Environments

Upside Learning

Everyone’s been talking about Social Learning Environments (SLEs), the internet offers a plethora of tools that could become a part of a SLE. While some of these tools cost money, the bulk of them are free. We can construct our very SLE using these free tools. It was an elegant way to describe the components of a SLE and the tools that can be used for it.

Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

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.

LMS: Strategy or Tool?

Upside Learning

Are more customers looking it as a mere tool which automates tasks and increases the productivity and efficiency of training department or are they looking it as a ‘solution’ or maybe something much bigger than that as well – strategy? Also, one of the questions I have been trying to answer for myself is – Should the LMS be sold as a tool or a strategy? And a few more such questions.

MATEC Webinar Notes and Slides: Social Media and Student Success

Kapp Notes

Called Social Media and Student Success:Leveraging Social Learning Tools. Extend student learning beyond the traditional classroom by leveraging the creative power of social media tools to foster student success, learning, and engagement. Discover ways to integrate these tools into your teaching process to engage, excite, and connect with students.

Buzzing with Social Curation Tools!


Well, we still have Diigo , Stumble Upon , Digg , and a bunch of other cool social bookmarking tools to use. However, today there is a new wave of social bookmarking tools in the name of ' Social Curation ' that are empowered with some really innovative features and tools to discover, manage and share resources. thanks to SEO strategies. Amazingly annoying!

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Top 50 eLearning Posts For 2010

Upside Learning

So we thought it would be interesting to look back upon the Upside Learning blog for some of the most popular and noteworthy posts of 2010. We have pulled these up based on social signals (views, comments, twitter and more).  Here are Upside Learning’s Top 50 eLearning Posts of 2010. Elements For Constructing Social Learning Environments. LMS: Strategy or Tool?

Social Media for Trainers: Filled with Great Ideas and Techniques

Kapp Notes

Social Media for Trainers is a great book for understanding the ways to leverage social media to extend training beyond the traditional four walls. She starts with a basic description of social media and then covers all the biggies, Twitter, Facebook(online communities), Blogs, and wikis. Instead she continues to describe other tools from Google (Wave and Docs), YouTube, TeacherTube and a half a dozen others. Additionally, the ideas behind using Wave presented by Jane are applicable for other collaborative tools. But she doesn't stop there. Web 2.0

Social Media for Trainers: Filled with Great Ideas and Techniques

Kapp Notes

Social Media for Trainers is a great book for understanding the ways to leverage social media to extend training beyond the traditional four walls. She starts with a basic description of social media and then covers all the biggies, Twitter, Facebook(online communities), Blogs, and wikis. Instead she continues to describe other tools from Google (Wave and Docs), YouTube, TeacherTube and a half a dozen others. Additionally, the ideas behind using Wave presented by Jane are applicable for other collaborative tools. But she doesn't stop there. Web 2.0

Using Social Media for Learning: Tools & Practices #BHsocialmedia

Learning Visions

Tom Werner, Chief Research Officer, Brandon Hall [link] LMSs are adding social features – including RSS feeds, peer ratings of content. In Brandon Hall’s research, haven’t talked to a single LMS vendor who is NOT adding these tools. Social media allow: Conversations to continue after training Peer-to-peer interaction in groups – so learners can continue to learn Find individualized answers (by approaching instructors and fellow learners) Share your own content Makes training more efficient Can shorten formal training, because the conversation continues. social social medi

2 More Game Mechanics To Include In Learning Games

Upside Learning

For a learning game designer, levels are just a motivational tool; something that lets learners brag about their ‘level’. Just goes to show that levels make a good motivational tool. 2. Game Based Learning Game Mechanics for learning Games Learning Games Social Learning Social Learning GamesHowever, adding these makes for a certain of gaminess in the interaction mix. 1.

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Policies for Staff use of Social Media and Social Networks

Dont Waste Your Time

Does your employer / Institution have a policy for the accepted use, by staff, for how they can use Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, SlideShare, YouTube, WordPress, etc)? Here a are a few I found; DePaul University – Social Media Guidelines: Social Media Working Group. SAP -  Social Media Guidelines 2009. Related posts: Presentation: ROI of Social Media.

Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles

Tony Karrer

In a recent conversation, I was asked what I thought about twitter as a learning tool. Over the course of the past few years I’ve moved from saying “I don’t get it” – to feeling like it’s a good addition to my Learning Tool Set. But I also think that there’s a lot more help now around how to make effective use of Twitter as a learning tool. thought it would be worthwhile to pull together these resources. Now What? subQuark , June 14, 2009 Twitter Collaboration Stories eLearning Technology.

Top 75 eLearning Posts - May 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

May 2010. Performance Learning Productivity , May 28, 2010 Instructional design is not only seen as a core competency for learning and development/training specialists, but it’s a huge industry, too. Defense of the LMS (and a case for the future of Social Learning) - Social Enterprise Blog , May 12, 2010 For some time now, I’ve seen a growing negativity toward LMS solutions by a pretty wide group folks in our space. Not because they are wrong about social, but because they get so little right about LMS. platform coming sometime in Q3 2010. Refer.

Top 10 e-Learning Blog posts for 2010


News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 12/26/2010 Top 10 e-Learning Blog posts for 2010 Getting new ideas and tips concerning e-Learning is important to me. Based on my favorite e-Learning blogs I created the following list with my Top 10 e-Learning blog posts for 2010. Enjoy! => Which is your favorite e-Learning blog post for 2010? Best, Connie December 27, 2010 11:24 AM Christoforos Online said. Christopher Pappas December 27, 2010 12:39 PM Good Deeds Society said.

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A Brief History of Instructional Design

Origin Learning

The field of instructional design (ID) incorporates a rapidly growing and changing array of learning strategies, tools, and approaches into training experiences that appeal to today’s workers while meeting their complex learning needs.”. Computers began to be used as tools to automate some instructional design tasks. 2010 and beyond. Instructional Design has come a long way.

LMS: A Quick SWOT Analysis

Upside Learning

Social and Informal learning trends. By not only providing the tools but also revamping the whole learner experience is required. Social networking tools. The LMS has been a hot discussion topic for some time now. Clark Quinn brought in a little balance by highlighting what the LMS could be used for and to what extent in his post – a case for the LMS. Weaknesses.

Low-Cost Test and Quiz Tool Comparison

Tony Karrer

I’ve recently been working with Sameer Bhatia the CEO of ProProfs as I was going through an evaluation of various online tools that support easy, fast, low-cost testing and quiz tools. Evaluation Criteria For the specific need I was looking at, I was looking for the following out of a solution: Cost : Is the tool free or very-low cost to use? Question Types/Methods : Does the tool offer the ability to create a rich testing experience by offering various question types? Multimedia : Does the tool offer the ability to include audio and/or visuals for questions?

Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

Online Teachers: Instructions - Online Pedagogy/Teaching Tools How to facilitate synchronous learning for real and virtual learners using technology? Ways to Tell a Story (Alan Levine) - ZaidLearn , December 16, 2007 The power of Voice in online classrooms - eLearning Acupuncture , May 31, 2010 The Secret Recipe to Delivering World Class Lectures - ZaidLearn , August 29, 2009 E-teaching personality is good for e-learning - Electronic Papyrus , January 5, 2010 Online Discussions Face-to-Face Versus Threaded Discussions: The Role of Time and Higher Order Thinking Dr. Katrina A.

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How to revamp your learning model

E-Learning Provocateur

In a practical sense, that means we need to provide our learners with tools and resources that they can use to drive their own development. This is where the ILE fits in: It’s a space (like a website or intranet site) that centralises those tools and resources. In my articles Online courses must die! Informal learning. believe in the power of informal learning. Figure 1. An FLE.

eLearning Conferences 2011

Tony Karrer

Past years eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. December 2010 November 30-December 3, 2010 International Workshop on Cloud Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (CPSRT), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. December 1-3, 2010 Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture , Rome, Italy. You can contact him at:

Online courses must die!

E-Learning Provocateur

The proliferation of so-called rapid authoring tools over the last few years has coincided with an explosion in the number of online courses developed in-house. Not to mention blogs, wikis, discussion forums and social bookmarks. You have more time, and new tools are coming out that are making these kinds of thing easier to do. A touch dramatic, isn’t it? Exploit Web 2.0.

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Understanding the Tools of the Social Learning Landscape

The Learning Generalist

I am with Mark Oelhert this morning in his all day workshop about the tools of the Social Learning Landscape. Mark's focus is to look at social media tools, their impact on an organisation's culture. The catch is that you can use social media and Web 2.0 (or 3.0 or X.0 So it's quite pointless to use new tools in an old fashion. fashion. Web 2.0 really mean.

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Therefore, as we move forward, we all must consider when, how, and why we integrate the tools that we do into our classrooms. => Resources Down-and-dirty Guidelines for Effective Discussions in Online Courses Joanna C. for Associations Jeff delivers an easy-to-read primer on how to leverage social media tools to expand the learning value that associations deliver. Thank you.

Best of the Best: Content Authoring Tools

eLearning 24-7

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.

The Social Learning and Reflection Continuum

Big Dog, Little Dog

Or more specifically, is reflection on the same continuum as social learning: Being on opposite sides of the continuum does not mean it's one or the other, but rather there are different degrees and combinations of social learning and reflection. How do you view the Social Learning and Reflection Continuum It normally involves looking for: commonalties. differences.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools 2010 – Innovators, Winners and Updated Trends

eLearning 24-7

In 2010, the RCAT market continued its upswing and nothing indicates to me it will be changing anytime soon.  2010 E-Learning 24/7 Awards (No official icon logo handed out to winners, rather just a “WHOO-HOO&# – uh, you can make that sound to yourself.thank you). Comes with a screen capture tool, spell checker (many RCATs do not), Slide audio recording & editing. You could even create content and use it in your 3rd party authoring tool, as an option, but really why would you want to?  Assessment tool built in, Powerpoint Integration. 31st).


eLearning Conferences 2010

Tony Karrer

link] December 4-6, 2009, Social, Global and Green: The California League of Middle Schools/California League of High Schools Technology Conference, Town & Country Resort, San Diego, California, USA. link] January 2010 January 3-4, 2010 New Presidents Program , sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, Marco Island, Florida, USA. link] February 22-23, 2010.

Three Ways to Use Mobile Devices in Workplace Learning

Upside Learning

Mobiles are excellent devices to help retrieve information like ‘how to’ manuals or videos, or simply search for answers on Google or the company’s intranet which in itself is fast turning into a social environment. We believe performance support mobile applications are a great tool to have on your employees’ phones. Used as a Part of the Blend. Device to Access Information.

The Lonely eLearner: Creating Social Learning Anchors | Social.

Social Learning

The gist of it was that even though we have an enormous amount of tools available to enable social learning across far reaching boundaries, the self-study type of eLearning seen in so many workplaces today can potentially cut learners off from any type of social interaction during the course of the learning. More social anchor techniques are definitely needed. Blog this!

Megatrends in MOOCs: #6 More Social, More Collaborative

Your Training Edge

If you were asked to name the top three current trends in business in general, my guess is that “social” would make the list. To say that social media has flipped the business world on its head isn’t an understatement—from product development to marketing to customer relations and beyond, tools like Facebook and Twitter have completely changed how companies function. Web 2.0

Revisiting My Learning Journey on Social Media

ID Reflections

On my way to office today, I was pondering about my evolving use of social media. As I see colleagues and friends and peers still struggling to comprehend how to use social media for “learning” and often expressing skepticism, I thought I’d share my journey in brief. This is also a journey back in time for me to trace my own learning pathway through the maze called social media.

Why Companies Should Spend More on Social Learning | Social.

Social Learning

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Why Companies Should Spend More on Social Learning by Paul on May 5, 2011 in Informal Learning , blended learning , social learning Companies are spending next to nothing on social learning, and their frugality is going to come back to haunt them.  Blog this!

Five Software Products for Adding an Avatar to Your eLearning

Kapp Notes

Aiding in such things as increasing positive learner attitudes and providing a social role model for interactions. Reallusion --Creates D cinematic animation tools for consumers, students and professionals. Here are 4 software products that allow you to add an avatar to your elearning courses. Avatars can be an important and meaningful addition to your elearning.

10 Ways To Learn In 2010

The eLearning Coach

It’s a visual search engine that draws content from all over the Web, particularly social media sites. Other visual search tools include: viewzi , Kart00 and search-cube. 2. Though Word Clouds aren’t new, have you used them as a learning tool? It is one of the most innovative tools for creating nonlinear presentations. The whole world is a school. Tweet This!