ZaidLearn: A Free Learning Tool for Every Learning Problem?
JUNE 13, 2008
skip to main | skip to sidebar. Wednesday, April 2. Free Learning Tool for Every Learning Problem? 101 Free Learning Tools OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources Free EduGames Printer-Friendly Version Lets explore the idea that there is at least one excellent free learning tool (or site) for every learning problem, need or issue! want a FREE : Easy-to-use and secure Internet browser? Teemu.
President Elect Brings Web 2.0 to the People
NOVEMBER 10, 2008
We all know that President-elect Barack Obama used text messages and his web site to a distinct advantage in the election. Well, we now know his is going to be using those tools in his presidency as well. He just launched Change.Gov The web site will be used to revolutionize the way the commander in chief communicates with the American people through online videos and interactivity via the web.
Connectivism and the modern learner
DECEMBER 27, 2008
Recently, I read a blog article about connectivism by Debora Gallo. Soon after, I attended a presentation about m-learning by Jan Herrington, in which she too mentioned connectivism. This got me thinking… I don’t know anything about connectivism! Theoretical foundations. According to Chaos Theory , everything is connected, as illustrated so eloquently by the Butterfly Effect. Moving on.
Learning Styles, Brain-Based Learning, and Daniel Willingham
SEPTEMBER 11, 2008
I’ve gone off on learning styles before because there’s a lot of fluff and not much substance.Â I’d been pointed to Dan Willingham ’s video on brain based learning, and in pointing it to someone else, found his one on learning styles. He’s a cognitive psychologist (my background, btw), and is putting out the research-based views on these topics. Â I love his conclusion:Â “good teaching is good teaching, and teachers don’t need to adjust their teaching to individual learning styles. Hear, hear (and not “see see or “feel feel :).
How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training
Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?
FEBRUARY 15, 2008
As an instructional designer/eLearning professional, what books are the essential tools in your reference library? I'm not looking for the obtuse theory books. prefer the get-down-and-dirty variety. These are my current faves
Learning styles don't exist
Clive on Learning
AUGUST 28, 2008
The debate was already red hot before this video by Professor Daniel T Willingham from the University of Virginia (brought to my attention by Stephen Downes ) added fuel to the fire. On the one side are the learning and development romantics, all voodoo and crystals, holding firm to their pseudo-psychological beliefs. On the other, the cold, clinical and calculating rationalists, trying to make sense of the multitude of interacting variables that impact on teaching and learning by resorting to the ultimate killjoy that is science. You can guess which side I'm on.
Celtx a free and open source software for developing eLearning storyboards
JUNE 9, 2008
If an eLearning course will be build with audiovisual aids, in most cases you will draw up or write a storyboard. The storyboard is useful to: make sure you cover all the learning objectives, test the continuity of the story/narrative you use to enlighten your learners keep the team of developers informed of their expected input and when their input is due. Celtx is a great storyboard software.
Leadership Impact on Workplace Learning
Learn and Lead
APRIL 19, 2008
In my previous post, I wrote about why workplace learning is largely Learning 1.0. wrote that organizations found it easier to focus on training rather than learning because training is measurable while we still struggle with measuring learning. There are also social pressures of not using Web 2.0 tools. The post received generated an interesting discussion. world. Notwithstanding the use of Web 2.0
Communities of Practice, Learning as a social system (Wenger, 1998)
Viplav Baxi Meanderings
JULY 22, 2008
We frequently say that people are an organization’s most important resource. Yet we seldom understand this truism in terms of the communities through which individuals develop and share the capacity to create and use knowledge. CoP: Best Practices, Etienne Wenger, “Systems Thinker , June 1998. He then proceeds to look at the role and relations of CoPs to the organization. elearning 2.0
University Learning = OCW + OER = FREE!
JUNE 18, 2008
Wiki version Printer-Friendly Version OCW/OER Search ZaidLearn's Delicious OCW Adventure 130+ Free Learning Tools 75 Free EduGames ZaidLearn is back from another non-blogging vacation (Who cares!)! Excellent point! In short, this post is about smashing all free University learning related OCW and OER resources and collections discovered into an all-in-one (sounds like shampoo!) Amazon).
OCTOBER 30, 2008
Great presentation last week to a group of enthusiastic trainers. Group Three Group Two. Group One. Today I am doing a presentation called "Innovations in Technology And What it Means to Learning and Training" Here are some resources related to the presentation; List of Recommended Books Definition of Mnemonic Here is a copy of the presentation.
DeFragging Your Brain!
OCTOBER 11, 2008
Many people understand that occasionally one needs to DeFrag your hard drive. remove and reorganize the clutter. then add new content. The same holds true for your brain. In slightly less than a month I will head to Denver, Colorado for DeFrag 2008. This conference bills itself as accelerating the "aha" moment in Enterprise 2.0. will be both a speaker and panelist. My question to you.
Storyboarding for eLearning
Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.
Learnlets » Anxiety, ergonomics, and performance
MAY 21, 2008
I'm a little under the weather today. Not sick, but I've had a procedure done (minor, really), and have been a naughty boy on my keyboard. They've combined to jump on me this week, and there are some interesting side effects
100 eLearning Articles and White Papers
APRIL 28, 2008
My collection of eLearning Articles, White Papers, Blog Posts, etc. just reached 100. Thought I'd share. No particular order to these. 1. Creating Passionate Users: Crash course in learning theory 2. Keeping Up with the Pace of Change Informal learning will help employees survive in the future workplace 3. Understanding E-Learning 2.0 There are some very interesting changes going on in the world of e-learning that seem to have crept up on practitioners. 4. eLearn magazine: Feature Article Ten Web 2.0 Web 2.0: A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning? collaboration 8. learning 2.0
Learning on the Leading Edge
JULY 24, 2008
Do consumer social networking sites like Facebook have a place inside corporations? The answer to this question is the subject of much discussion across the corporate world. On one hand, an outplacement consulting firm, Challenger, Gray, & Christmas , recently surveyed 200 human resource professionals. They found that 23% businesses block access to Facebook. One third view Facebook as a major source of lost productivity. Many others view Facebook as a security risk. Finally, another intriguing case, especially to the Learning & Development industry, is Udutu. Thanks, David.
The Rapid eLearning Blog » Why Looks Matter in E-Learning Courses (And What You Can Do About It)
MARCH 17, 2008
Looks matter. We all like to think we're not prejudiced and won't judge something based solely on its looks. But the truth is it's very difficult to ignore the way something looks. Just go clothes shopping with your teenage daughter and
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
Gadgets, games and gizmos for learning
Clive on Learning
JANUARY 29, 2008
I've enjoyed reading Karl Kapp's Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning (Pfeiffer, 2007). It's been out a few months now, but I just got round to it. Karl's basic premise is that there's a wide cultural gulf between the boomers (that's me) and the gamers (those brought up with technology), and that this gets in the way of the transfer of knowledge and expertise from one to the other. With the boomers all set to retire (don't count me out yet, I'm sticking with it a little longer), the urgency for knowledge transfer is exacerbated. It's the wrong tool for the times." More's the pity
My Top 10 Mobile Tools for Learning
AUGUST 6, 2008
Jane Hart from the Center for Learning & Performance Technologies is still looking for Top 10 Tools for Learning. Anyone who wants to add their knowledge feel free to go to [link] and add your own list. have added my Top 10 Mobile Tools for Learning and they are: Opera mini browser [link] : this browser saves me on download time and size (which comes down to saving money).
LMSs that kick ass: Learn.com
DECEMBER 26, 2008
This week on the Friday series, LMSs that kick ass , I’ m pleased to feature Learn.com ’s LearnCenter system. By way of background, Learn.com’s primary customer base is corporate universities and their total number of registered ‘learners’ is reported at over 2,000,000 worldwide at several hundred organizations. So, they’re one of the big players among commercial learning management systems. When reviewing systems, you’ll find that a key differentiator of this system is that it is homegrown and not an integration of several outside products.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2008
I have read lots of the fantastic discussions that are going in the CCK08 course, but I needed to break away from the pack and without reference to the wealth of information, think through for myself how connectivism can be distinguished from other learning theories. would welcome your thoughts and insights in order that I can clarify my understanding. know that i could go and read this somewhere, but i felt i) it was beneficial for me to think it through and ii) beneficial to get some feedback. Ertmer’s and Newby’s (1993) offer “five definitive questions to distinguish learning theory”.
Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success
Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.
Salman Khan Uses Microsoft Paint to Inspire Learning
DECEMBER 29, 2008
The Khan Academy Khan Academy YouTube Channel Via Helge Scherlund THE KHAN ACADEMY Salman Khan ( Sal ) founded the Khan Academy with the hope of using technology to foster new learning models. The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere. which he uses to draw and illustrate step-by-step what he is explaining.
Death and Dying in a Virtual World
OCTOBER 24, 2008
Here is an intriguing story about killing another person's avatar.and going to jail for it. The story Online divorcee jailed after killing virtual hubby tells of a 43 year old Japanese women who hacked into a computer system and killed her virtual husband. if convicted could face a prison term of up to five years or a fine up to $5,000. wonder if virtual CSI solved the crime.
The Next Right
DECEMBER 20, 2008
Everday Creativity is one of my favorite videos. Photographer Dewit Jones explains that he may have the right shot, and then find an even better one, and then an even better one. The first photo could have been fabulous, but it paled in comparison to what came next. He has
Forums vs. Social Networks?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
I'm debating the value of forum / group / threaded discussion software vs. social network software for a particular situation. It aims at a very broad audience that includes everyone from early adopters to technology laggards. We generally expect users to break into: 5% - Heavy Users - spend quite a bit of time and heavily participate 15% - Light Users - spend a little time, participate a little 80% - Fly-Bys - spend very little time, read bits and pieces It is likely that some of the Heavy Users will be technology laggards, but they will want to participate because of the content.
Best Practices for Launching an LMS
When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.
NOVEMBER 10, 2008
Daniel Pink's book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future contains a description of new age - the Conceptual Age. He describes how our society has gone from agricultural to industrial to the information age. But then he describes how we've really moved on past that to a new age where the dominant value for most organizations are created by high-end knowledge workers working on concepts. He calls them creators and empathizers. That is to make emphasis on his focus on the right-brain aspects. In other words. That's not as helpful as it should be.
Instructional Designer Competencies
Learn and Lead
JANUARY 26, 2008
My article Death of the Instructional Designer sparked off some interesting debate and provided some good points. In case you missed it, do view the comments posted for the article. The poll also showed that most readers believe that instructional designers do add value to content development projects. Tom Crawford makes some interesting points in Is Instructional Design Dead.
The Rapid eLearning Blog » The Hidden PowerPoint Shortcut Everyone Should Know
SEPTEMBER 22, 2008
If you're like me, when you use PowerPoint to build your rapid elearning courses, you end up doing a lot of copying and pasting of objects. Or you seem to be inserting the same images over and over again. Well, here's a tip that's going