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Top Ten Tools for Learning 2014

Experiencing eLearning

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. Jane Hart is collecting her eighth annual list of top tools for learning. My list is divided into personal learning and course design/development. Personal Learning. Diigo is my social bookmarking option.

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2014 EduBlogs Awards #eddies14

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Related posts: Nomination(s) for the 2011 Edublog Awards #eddies11. Yes, thanks to Chris Rowell  (and for the nomination), I’ve realised it’s that time of year again … Edublog Awards. The purpose of the Edublog awards is  promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.” ” A thoroughly good event to get involved in, and be nominated for too.

2014 E-Learning Awards

eLearning 24-7

With that in mind, I’d like to present my e-learning awards for 2014. Top three nominees for E-Learning Conference of 2014. Top three nominees for Web Conferencing Tool of 2014. Top three nominees for Authoring Tool of 2014. Top three nominees for Free Digital Tool of 2014. Top three nominees for Learning Management System of 2014. ExpertusOne - 2011, 2012, 2013-14 LMS of the year.  Everyone loves to win awards. In fact, I can’t recall someone not being happy to win an award. Okay, Marlon Brando and George C. 20th). Nominees. Review.


E-Learning Forecasts & Trends for 2014


What were some of the interesting predictions for the global e-learning market for 2014? Top 9 e-Learning Predictions for 2014: To start with, here is our post that carries our predictions for the e-learning industry for the year 2014. eLearning Trends That Will Fizzle, Sizzle, or Simmer in 2014 : This post by Sharon Boller (of BottomLine Performance) lists her interesting e-learning predictions for 2014. 2014 Live Benchmark Trends : Here is a report on what is trending in this year’s learning strategies. In 2011, it was estimated that about $35.6

The Changing Face of Corporate L&D


Learning in the Workplace Survey 2014 : Here are the results of the 2014 Learning in the Workplace Survey (conducted annually by Jane Hart ) in which over 1,000 respondents worldwide rated the importance of 10 different ways of learning in the workplace. It presents some brilliant insights in the form of top ten tasks for L&D (in 2014). 2014: The Year For Change In L&D?

What a MOOC Is and What It Isn’t

Your Training Edge

In barely three years, they have expanded from a single course on artificial intelligence taught by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig in the fall of 2011 to thousands of MOOCs taught by instructors from leading colleges, universities, and companies on various platforms around the world. Copyright 2014 Bryant Nielson. It’s impressive. Many types of courses fall under the MOOC umbrella.

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I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

Tom Spiglanin

Before joining Twitter in 2009 (and really starting to use it in 2011), my PLN was limited to those I had worked with or perhaps saw once a month at a SIG meeting.  When I started using Twitter for my professional growth and development, I didn’t realize that I was also starting to build my personal learning network. even gave it my own name: “On-fire learning.” Andrea May.

10 steps to mobile learning adoption (@jiscinfonet)

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Available from: [link] [Accessed: 20 March, 2014]. Write mobile learning vision statement. Gather stakeholder requirements. Agree on scope. Obtain senior manager buy-in. Identify required content. Decide in-house or external development. Identify champions. Create and test beta content. Gain feedback and iterate offering. Roll out to wider group. What do you think? Reference: JISC Infokit.

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Infographic – The education of tomorrow

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3x as many college students arrived with a tablet in 2012 as did in 2011 (does this include those who were given them as part of the course, or is this just those who owned them?). Infographics are great, when they have something worthwhile to say, and show the data in a worthwhile way. This is one of the better ones -  The Education of Tomorrow. But you know what. Infographic.

The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

ID Reflections

Siri , the quirky and intelligent personal assistant has been an integral part of the Apple iOS since October, 2011. I am not the kind to crystal gaze. I lay no claim to being able to predict the future. Five years seem like a pretty short time but in today''s context, it can be a very long time. Anything can happen in five years. You don''t program Watson; you work with Watson". Utopian?

Engagement: A Critical Element in Learning and Gamification

Kapp Notes

Sitzmann (2011) found individuals learned more, relative to a comparison group, when simulation games actively, rather than passively, conveyed course material. 2011) A meta-analytic examination of the instructional effectiveness of computer-based simulation games. You need to develop approaches to engage the student. Gibson, 2009). Merrill (2009. P. References: Gibson, J.T., 2009).

14 Interesting ELearning Facts


As we forge ahead into 2014, the elearning industry is certainly carrying some momentum. It is reasonable to expect an increased growth (and interest) in elearning for 2014. In 2011, it was estimated that 35.6 Last year was exciting on many fronts – from new technologies, new services, and tools. Proof of Industry Strength & Growth. Today, elearning is a 55.6

Abstracts of Three Meta-Analysis Studies of Serious Games

Kapp Notes

2011) A Meta-Analytic Examination of the Instructional Effectiveness of Computer-based Simulation Games. A meta-analysis is a study of studies. It is a way of aggregating research data to make informed conclusions rather than relying on the data of one study. Here are three abstracts from three different studies.Games for learning do have merit but they are not a blanket panacea. Wouters, P.,

A Recipe for Explaining eLearning During Thanksgiving

eLearning Brothers

billion in 2011, despite negligible growth or possibly contraction in overall learning expenditures from year to year.  [2] Similar to Bersin, the magazine indicated public sector organization are growing faster than L&D resources, resulting in less spending per employee ($205) in 2012 than in 2011 ($274). Good luck! YOU: (Grab a pie or two. MOM: “Why is this happening? And…”.

Digital Badges for Educational Achievement

Web Courseworks

The Mozilla Foundation launched its Open Badges project in September 2011. Is Your Organization Ready? Learning today happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. But it’s often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen outside of school. From Mozilla’s Open Badges wiki page. Will the badges be valued? social media). Consumers ( g. Certainly. Summary.

Future of #mLearning inspiring ideas @dave_parsons

Ignatia Webs

It is already the case that distance students can perform engineering experiments remotely using remote data connections (Toole, 2011)). Imagine a future world where mobile learning is intuitive. And now read the challenges and ideas that David Parsons from New Zealand Massey University comes up while reflecting on that same topic. What a refreshing research document! from mLearning.

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part1 notes from #xApi workshop #LearningAnalytics

Ignatia Webs

In the past I wrote posts on the xAPI (first one in 2011 launching brainstorm , an update on the project in 2012 , and one where the project is getting up to speed in 2013 ) which is in continued development and seems promising for learner analytics, especially the mobile options. And there is a wiki with lots of working documents and status details as well.

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Preliminary Research Validates MindMeld SME Collaboration Model

Web Courseworks

In 2011, Penny Ralston-Berg and I published our book, MindMeld: Micro-Collaboration Between eLearning Designers and Instructor Experts. The purpose of the study was to examine the effectiveness of Aleckson and Ralston-Berg’s (2011) micro-collaboration model 1 in the instructional design and development process. Learn more at Works cited: 1. Madison: Atwood. 2.

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

Coffee and Design

In 2011 alone, for example, Microsoft reported more than $50 billion in cash reserves. In 2011, the company purchased the Internet communications company Skype, creating an entire new business division. Also in 2011, Microsoft proved that it could remain strong in all areas of computing, with new Office software, new Xbox offerings and updates to Windows Phone.

Designing according to cognitive theory of multimedia design on one place


2011). Since I’ve begun to flirt with instructional design years ago, I was faced with several theories about how e-learning content should be prepared to assure that the learners get the most out of it. Tips about how these principles should be applied in your multimedia design. Enjoy the following Learning map. References: Colvin Clark, R. and Mayer, E. R. 2003). Pfeiffer. 2012).

Big Data, Learning Analytics, and the Learners

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In 2011 Cailean Hargrave presented at the FOTE conference the  ‘Student Analytics for Success’ It was not received well at the time, not least as it was based on predictive crime (remember Minority Report anyone?) Big Data is the new buzzword. Firstly, what’s the difference between Big Data and Learning Analytics (if there is one)? Then what is Big data? It does me.

Blackboard T&L Conference, Dublin #BbTLC2014

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Next week is the 2014 Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference in Dublin. have met and talked with Prof Heppell on numerous occasions (at Learning Without Frontiers in 2011 and during my time working at Bournemouth University) and know that his unique perspective and style will make this keynote both interesting and hugely profound on the issues affecting education today.

Nothing Has Changed. Everything Has Changed.

Performance Learning Productivity

An earlier piece of Corporate Leadership Council research, L&D Team Capabilities Survey (2011) , found that although participants and their managers report high levels of satisfaction on individual learning interventions, their feedback on the performance of the L&D function as a whole was extremely low. 2014 Charles Jennings It’s about the output rather than process.

Best of the Best – Top 5 Gamification LMSs

eLearning 24-7

It has an extensive feature set, updates monthly with new components and capabilities and exemplifies what is possible in 2014. Card sports game I created when I was seven years old, played until college and tried to sell to a few companies in the board/card game industry at age 14. . 2.  EA NCAA Football 2011 for Xbox-360.  Let’s play a game. Anyway. Do you have your list?  Okay, now I want you to take that list and reduce it to five games.  Five games, that is it.  Yeah, I know you have dozens or more to enjoy. Do you have them? Super. Now,  review those five games. 

When is Mobile Learning Being Used?


2011). Mobile learning is a regular occurrence today, used by both educational and corporate sectors. The ability to easily deliver an elearning course from a tablet or smartphone makes sense on many levels. First, it allows people to control the pace of their learning, as well as gives greater flexibility as to where it can occur. When Do People Use Mobile Learning? 17% while exercising.

How does memory work?


2011). We can learn when we are able to create new memories, store them and recall them when needed. If we want to help our students to learn efficiently, we should know something about functioning of our memory.  Human memory is the center of the cognitive learning theory. The following Learning Map represents a brief summary about memory and its functioning. References: Colvin Clark, R.

Free report on #teaching to reach education for all

Ignatia Webs

In 2011, around half of young children had access to pre-primary education, and in sub-Saharan Africa the share was only 18%. The number of children out of school was 57 million in 2011, half of whom lived in conflict-affected countries. In 2011, 69 million adolescents were out of school, with little improvement in this number since 2004. The report is divided into three parts.

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ELearning Shows No Signs of Stopping


In 2011, roughly $35.6 People sometimes think that elearning is more of a new phenomenon, made possible by the glitzy tech tools of today. The truth is though, elearning has been around for quite some time – some would argue that it existed with the first computer based training program around the 1960s. billion was spent on elearning globally. Today, that figure is around $55.2

MOOCs at the 5 Moments of Learning Need

Your Training Edge

In 2011, Bob Mosher and Conrad Gottfredson fundamentally changed many firms’ approach to training when they introduced the idea of five moments of learning need. Copyright 2014 Bryant Nielson. When does your organization provide training to employees, when it’s a good time for you or when it’s a good time for them? If you are stuck too firmly in the first category, it’s time to start inching over, and massive open online courses (MOOCs) are excellent tools to help you get there. The five moments of learning need are: New: When learning something for the first time.

Why we’re betting Chromebooks aren’t just another interactive whiteboard

Visual Lounge

In fact, K-12 schools in 2011 spent an estimated 55-60% of their education technology budgets on hardware, with only 18-22% going toward software.¹. One thing we’ve noticed after 25 years in the educational technology space is that software products don’t get a lot of play on Parent Teacher Conference night. Technology in the classroom!” Students are hungry. They just need permission.

Interview with Julie Wedgwood, #EdTechBook chapter author

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In the video below we talk about eLearning, what has changed since we judged the 2011 eLearning Awards, and Julie’s innovative skills audit / assessment which forms the basis for her #EdTechBook chapter: . As part of a series of posts, I will be talking to authors of The Really Useful #EdTechBook about their work, experiences, and contribution to the book.

MOOCs have arrived…what next?

Viplav Baxi Meanderings

First published in The Souvenir, FICCI Higher Education Summit 2014. The type of MOOCs that have gained worldwide popularity since 2011, adopted the title “MOOC” but ignored the rich underlying Connectivist origins. Filed under: Connectivism , MOOC Tagged: FICCI HES 2014. Connectivism MOOC FICCI HES 2014 Viplav Baxi makes the case that MOOCs have arrived in India. Now is the time to reflect on what pitfalls we should avoid and how we can fully leverage them in the Indian context. The past few years have seen the rapid growth of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

#ASTDTK14 Slides and Resources

Kapp Notes

2011) A meta-analytic examination of the instructional effectiveness of computer-based simulation games. 2011) A meta-analytic examination of the instructional effectiveness of computer-based simulation games. 2011) A meta-analytic examination of the instructional effectiveness of computer-based simulation games. So, I am going to try to provide information and ideas here.

Four Basic Skills for 2020

Learning and Working on the Web

In 2011, The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix published a report that looked at Future Work Skills 2020 (PDF). The report identified six drivers of change. I’ve added links to examples of each, three years later. Longevity, in terms of the age of the workforce and customers – Retiring Later. It reminded me of the need to develop new workplace disciplines.