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Why I blog

E-Learning Provocateur

I’ve been blogging for several years now, and a question that continually pops up is why do I do it? I blog primarily for myself. I use writing as a vehicle for my thinking. The tag line of my blog is provoking deeper thinking. Comments are the lifeblood of blogging. blogging blog blogger comments e-learning purpose why writing

Where I Get Blog Post Ideas

Experiencing eLearning

When I talk to people about starting a blog, they often state they don’t have anything to write about. They ask how I come up with ideas, especially when I’ve been blogging so long. As I approach my ninth anniversary of starting this blog, I feel like I have more to write about than I did after one year. by Cristian Carrara Filed under: Blogging.

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Blogging to Build Your Business

Experiencing eLearning

I recently gave a presentation to the Online Network of Independent Learning Professionals about blogging to build your business. This is specifically about what I have learned about blogging to build your reputation as a learning consultant over my 9+ years of blogging. I started blogging in December 2006 as a tool for my own professional development. Writing.

8 Years of Blogging

Experiencing eLearning

I missed my anniversary by a few days, but I’ve now been blogging for 8 years. Voice Over Scripts: Writing Style Tips. Image Credit: Graphic Stock Filed under: Blogging , Lifelong Learning My first post on 12/26/06 explained that I was creating a graduate course on social media for teachers and felt I should “practice what I preach.”

What I learned About Modern Learning Writing 50 Blogs in 50 Days

InSync Training

50 Modern Blended Learning BlogsIn early December, I had an idea. To me, it seemed to be a reasonable idea. InSync training was launching a new community of practice in March – the Blended Learning Hub -- and I wanted to emphasize how InSync Training is a credible expert in all things having to do with blended learning. How hard could it be? How hard could this be? Harder than I thought.

Seven reasons teachers should blog

Learning with e's

F rom personal experience blogging is one of the most beneficial professional development activities I have ever engaged with. I learn more from blogging than I do from almost any other activity I participate in. Here are 7 good reasons why teachers should blog: 1) Blogging causes you to reflect. 2) Blogging can crystalise your thinking. Blogging is immediate.

I blog therefore I'm spammed

Learning with e's

Some of the spam comments posted to my blog are amusing. I'm glad I decided to moderate all comments so they don't just automatically appear on my blog. Here's one of Anonymous's recent offerings that would give Lewis Carroll's nonsense writing a run for its money: Truly no matter if someone doesn't know then its up to other viewers that they will help, so here it takes place.

#blideo - a new blogging challenge

Learning with e's

The challenge was simple - you shared an image with a friend (or three) and challenged them to write a short, learning related blog about it. blimage = blog + image. Those who have participated in #blimage have reported that their visitor traffic has increased, their writing has improved, and they have engaged in a little creativity. So let's start a new challenge.

I think, therefore I blog

Learning with e's

In a recent blog post, I gave seven reasons why teachers should blog. It was subsequently expanded to 10 good reasons by the contributions from readers - which is actually an eleventh reason why teachers should blog - you get back such great comments, suggestions, arguments and advice, it would be crazy not to share your content. Want to keep an archive of all your note-taking?

Balancing Personal and Organizational Blogging

David Kelly

I’ve been blogging for a number of years now. I love writing, and enjoy the learning that takes place through the reflective practice. In addition to my personal blog, I’ve also written for other magazines and periodicals over the years, including the eLearning Guild Blog, TWIST. Three Types of Writing. Personal Blogging : This is my soapbox.

Reasons teachers don't blog

Learning with e's

I'm a little overwhelmed by the response to my post yesterday entitled Seven reasons teachers should blog which as I write this, is racing toward 2000 views in just 24 hours. It seems that many teachers are interested in blogging (or edublogging), but for various reasons are not yet in there, getting their hands dirty. But I'm concerned about the reasons teachers don't blog.

The truth about blogging

Learning with e's

Anyone who blogs regularly will have discovered several truths. Many people struggle to maintain a regular blog that is consistently good, or at least meaningful. Although you are only as good as your last blog, all your previously blogs are also out there, archived, published for people to read (and for you to revisit, if you wish). My writing has become a social act.

Our Favorite Game Design Blogs

Upside Learning

The other is to look at other’s experiences, and there are many who’ve documented their game design experiences in various blogs. Philomath Games – A constantly updated blog that includes posts that discuss a variety of game design and development issues. Costik – An old blog that ran out of steam, but still contains fascinating posts on games.

Blogging about

Learning with e's

The academic world doesn't tend to value blogging as much as it does formally peer-reviewed publications. However, as a growing number of academics, many highly respected by their peers, migrate away from the closed journal system and refuse to dance any longer to the old tune, greater numbers will be publishing not only in open access journals, but also on blogs. Unported License.

5 Great Serious Games and Gamification Blogs to Follow

Knowledge Guru

So in line with that mission, we’d like to recommend 5 great blogs about serious games and gamification (besides our own of course). We’ll start with the blog that will keep you in the know. The other major reason we’re including this blog is their affiliation with GSummit, one of the biggest conferences for learning about gamification. Gamification Co.

The Gamification of Learning and Instruction Blog Book Tour Underway!

Kapp Notes

We have just started an exciting blog book tour as ASTD and I venture on a 25 stop blog book tour for the ASTD co-published book The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-based Methods and Strategies for Training and Education. The blog book tour is a virtual tour so you can just follow along stop by stop. April 16: Learning Circuits Blog. Promote Your Page Too.

#Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Blog Book Tour Recap

Kapp Notes

The blog book tour for The Gamification of Learning and Instruction has come to an end. On the Forbes blog, Jeanne Meister ( Future Workplace ) provides examples of companies using games for learning in her article Gamification: Three Ways To Use Gaming For Recruiting, Training, and Health & Wellness. I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the tour. THANK YOU! Karl M.

Spice Up a Serious Blog by Making It Interactive

Raptivity

We all love reading good blogs and many of us enjoy writing them too. Raptivity team recently received a query from a prospect asking if he could use Raptivity to make his blog post interactive. We have typically seen blogs that are textual or at the most with couple of stock images but never thought of them as an interactive content piece. Result? Interesting, isn’t it?

How to Start a Classroom Blog in One Afternoon

DigitalChalk eLearning

In the 21st century, it seems like every educator has a blog. Whether you teach in a traditional, blended or flipped classroom, a classroom blog can be used to improve student engagement, increase communication and more. However, with an already full plate, it may seem like you’ll never have time to get a blog set up. 15 Minutes: Research and Find a Blogging Platform.

You can't ban the blog

Learning with e's

Argyll and Bute's attempts to censor a 9 year old blogging about her school dinners backfired spectacularly when they were forced to very publicly retract their original decision. The gagging order was imposed on Martha Payne, a primary school girl who attends Lochgilphead Primary School, because she took pictures of her school dinners and then rated them out of 10 on her blog.

Blogging as conversation

Learning with e's

I began blogging because I needed a way to document what I was doing, thinking and studying. My professional life is pretty hectic much of the time, and I needed a space to write down my ideas and record my thoughts before I forgot them. I could have simply used a paper based diary, but I decided when I first heard of blogging that it might fulfil the role of an e-diary for me.

TrainingDay: Back on The Blog

Kapp Notes

So, I have to admit that when I was co-writing Learning in 3D , my blogging was diminished but now that the book is 99% finished (just the permissions and instructor guide to finish), I'm back to almost regular blogging and as part of that I am again blogging at the TrainingDay blog. Here is my latest entry. Letter to Your Boss About Virtual Immersive Environments.

35+ ID & Elearning Blogs

Experiencing eLearning

One way I stay connected with the community and what’s happening in the field is by reading blogs by instructional designers, elearning professionals, and educators. If you don’t want to subscribe to all these blogs individually, check out eLearning Learning. This is my favorite blog aggregator in the field. He also writes about curation and e-learning in general.

Learning Rebels and the ASTD (ATD) Guest Blog: Learning through Sharing

Learning Rebels

Anyway, the last couple of weeks have had me head down writing a two part blog post for ASTD.org. From the person letting me know they were inspired to add more features to their toolbox; to the person who confided that originally they had no urge to change, but now they see a reason; to the person who suggested I add a “donate button” to my blog (thank you BTW). The post Learning Rebels and the ASTD (ATD) Guest Blog: Learning through Sharing appeared first on Learning Rebels. Learning through sharing. Lately I’ve been on a bit of a sharing kick.

The Most Popular Blog Posts for 2016

Litmos

It's the end of the year and, in case you've missed the most popular blog posts throughout 2016, I've compiled the top 5 for you here. The act of reflection is a major learning theme for me this year and reviewing the year's blog posts is a great reflection exercise. There is a lot involved including timing, title choice, writing style, and many others. Please enjoy! Articles

Yesterday's blog post

Learning with e's

But are you as good as your last blog? Does yesterday's blog post still hold currency or must you continually press forward to write better, to expand on your ideas and elaborate your understanding of your subject? But some old ideas are fine, and the great thing about academic blogging is that the more you write, the greater will be the repository of content you have written.

Training Industry.com: Blogging Over There Also

Kapp Notes

It seems that I am now blogging all over the place. I now a Featured Blogger and am writing a periodic blog over at TrainingIndustry. The blog is called The Tech Dimension and will expand on idea and concepts related to integrating technology into the learning process. So, while I am blogging at other places, know that I will continue this as my "home base" of blogging and will point you toward my other entries as appropriate. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

Blogging in a Walled Garden

Experiencing eLearning

One of the features of Sakai that our team was looking for in a new LMS is a blogging tool. However, it does give us the option of blogging within the system. We’re still using those tools for some courses, depending on the content and activities, but we’re starting to integrate this internal blog into our activities. Blog Conversations. Usability.

How to Write Good Assessment Questions

Association eLearning

Believe it or not, it can be hard to write effective questions. This is true whether you’re making an eLearning assessment or writing questions for a traditional in-classroom test. Write confusingly worded questions to “trip up” the learners. “Can someone explain this question to me? I don’t know what it’s asking.”. How am I supposed to know the answer to this? Don’t.

Gamification Blog Book Tour Underway!

The Learning Circuits

The blog book tour has started as ASTD and I kick-off a 25 stop blog book tour for the ASTD co-published book The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-based Methods and Strategies for Training and Education. Leave a comment on this posting linking to your blog and it will "officially" become part of the tour. April 16: Learning Circuits Blog.

The 5 Top Blogs of 2016 on Mobile Learning

CommLab India

Well, here are 5 useful blogs that will help you make good use of the learning format. This informative write-up: Explains the importance of making learning portals user-friendly. The write-up: Describes the significance of further learning. The corporate training world is chanting the mobile learning mantra. billion in 2015 to $37.60 Mobile Technologies and Social Learning.

4 Tips to Writing eLearning Scripts That Sing

Association eLearning

Wouldn’t you like to write a script with that kind of impact? According to Bean, the first tip to writing a great eLearning script is to write like a human. First, when you’re writing, remember “Frank” – the human not the “learner.” Frank will be taking this course in another year, so the writing needs to connect with him. But maybe you should. ” Yuck.

Those who are about to blog.

Learning with e's

If you are considering taking up blogging this year, and wondering what it might involve, I would be happy to offer you a few tips from my own experience. I have been blogging for just over 5 years and during that time have learnt a few things. Blogging can be a thoroughly absorbing activity, which ultimately will pay you back as much as you invest in it, and also some interest.

Blogging Again

eLearning Cyclops

If you have been visiting, I am sure you noticed I have been writing very, very little lately. It has been an very busy at work, which of course limits time to blog but has more directly affected the motivation to blog. Many a nights I have said to myself, "I spent the entire day on my PC designing and creating eLearning, I don''t think I want to spent tonight writing about it." Don''t get me wrong, I do enjoy writing about eLearning and instructional design, but it needs to not feel like a chore. Blogging