Sat.May 05, 2012

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Making a case for creating Open Educational Resources for use in Higher Education


To set the scene we'll start with a useful and pragmatic definition of Open Educational Resources from Stephen Downes (although he does not support the idea of an 'official' definition) – Read more here [link] "Open educational resources are materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone." It is sharing and engaging widely and openly.

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Adobe RoboHelp: Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Creating a Help System

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Neil Perlin  has written a well-rounded white paper covering the top mistakes Help authors make when creating a Help System. Among the mistakes: Not developing mechanisms to support content consistency. Not developing mechanisms to support format consistency. Not revisiting project design in light of 'environmental' changes. Not planning to test QA (Quality Assurance) and usability. Not planning to create an index   Read more. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Help Authoring RoboHelp

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How Do You Define Community?

Adobe Captivate

I’ve been thinking lately about community. Thinking about eLearning community, about the Captivate community, sure… but also about all sorts of communities. Do I really know what community is? Could I poke it with a stick if I saw it? I’m originally from Wyoming. mean that I was born in Wyoming. For those of [.]. Whats new

Branding of Learning or is reputation enough ? Learning Cafe May Theme & Webinar

Learning Cafe

Being exposed to branding and marketing is now part of life*. In larger companies internal brands (departments, initiatives etc)  have been used to create visibility and engage employees with the hope of resulting into action or change. Will the learning function benefit from having its own brand ? Or should we be old school and build a reputation through meeting needs of our customers and learners. Can branding of learning relevant to smaller or mid sized organisations ? In May, Learning Cafe ponders about learning branding through our blogs, discussions and webinars. Discussion Panel.

New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.

On motivation – Intrinsic motivation


Part 2 of a short series on motivation. In part 1, I described my pressure cooker problem. Although it led to my behaving as a just-in-case learner, I was, at the same time fascinated and motivated to browse into the cultural connections of chicken soup, and after a whole host of interesting associative links, I ended up at the Ellis Island passenger arrivals website in the remote hope that I might locate some long lost relatives who emigrated to the USA many years ago. So what is the point? Intrinsic Motivation. Recently the UK Government enquired into the happiness of the nation.

Northwoods Photos


I've used Picasa for some time now, but decided it was about time I also had a Flickr photostream. love to take photos either on long bike rides through the northwoods, or as SkiCam Man during cross-country ski races. Here are two photos from today's bike ride. The weather was nasty (42F with 20 mph winds off Lake Superior). However, there is often beauty during ugly weather. In the next 2.9