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  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] Virtual Instructional Designer
    The purpose of the VID is to provide 24/7 desktop access for faculty to instructional design assistance on the process of developing online instruction or courses. Click here to visit/register Virtual Instructional Designer "The Virtual Instructional Designer (VID) is a Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnership (LAAP) grant-funded project to create a Web-based performance tool for post-secondary faculty designing Web-based distance courses. Excellent for SMEs (Facilitators, tutors, lecturers, etc.) and Instructional Designers! Register now! It's Free!). instructional design
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] Learnactivity (By Daniel Churchill)
    The site provides growing collection of learning objects, e-lessons and other exemplary practical applications of technology for learning that might be useful to students, teachers, researchers and learning designers. ". Click here to visit Learnactivity site "The Learnactivity site, developed and maintained by Daniel Churchill , explores innovative approaches to use of technology for learning. instructional design
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] Guidelines for Authors of Learning Objects (By Rachel Smith)
    Click here to visit NMC Learning Object Initiative "This practitioner-focused monograph, authored by Rachel Smith and produced with sponsorship from McGraw-Hill, provides straightforward suggestions and tips for authors of learning objects. Included topics are the range and types of learning objects, pedagogical and design considerations, as well as discussions of standards, metadata, interoperability, and reusability. " " Download the Guidelines for Authors of Learning Objects (PDF,1.6 instructional design
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] Web Survey Guidelines (By Malcolm Conway)
    Provide a help number and a number to report problems. Monitor the results as they arrive and provide summaries of the data in real time for review. Click here to view full article "When administering electronic surveys, consider the following tips: Protect Web surveys with passwords. Check the reliability of the hardware, the software, telecommunications, and the computer networks over which the questionnaire is administered. Offer a fax or other hard copy alternative to respondents who may not be able to take the electronic version of the survey. complete? input, if possible.".
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] Better Practice Checklists (By AGIMO)
    The checklists are short documents which provide information in a simple, non-technical manner." Here are a few interesting Better Practice Checklists (visit AGIMO to view the rest): Providing Form Online Website Navigation Testing Websites with Users Use of Metadata for Web Resources Managing Online Content Selecting a Content Management System Implementing a Content Management System Knowledge Management Information Architecture for Websites Digitisation of Records Access and Equity Issues for Websites. teaching and learning
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007
    [Providers] The the Map of Creativity (Flash version)
    The Next Generation Foundation (NGF) exists to promote a 'culture of creativity' by providing exceptional educators working in marginalised communities with opportunities to learn new skills, by supporting exemplary projects around the world, and by providing a platform for dialogue, debate and exchange of ideas. Link to the Map of Creativity "The Map of Creativity is a user-friendly, interactive database of innovative educational projects throughout the world. learning skills
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2007
    [Providers] CourseLab (100% Free e-learning authoring tool?)
    No demo versions (What about no cost for Extras?) ", provides the kind of happiness that can turn into frustration if you do not read between the lines. URL: [link] Download: [link] Showcase Samples: [link] "CourseLab is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, e-learning authoring tool that offers programming-free WYSIWYG environment for creating high-quality interactive e-learning content which can be published on the Internet, Learning Management Systems (LMS), CD-ROMS and other devices.It No time limits. They might argue that the authoring tool is free, but you need to pay for the Extras.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2007
    [Providers] FreeMind - Free Mind Mapping Software
    Along with the advantage of unlimited free usage, it provides extensive export capabilities. URL: [link] "FreeMind is a free mind mapping application written in Java. FreeMind is licensed under the GNU General Public License. An XHTML export allows you to create a mapped image with links to a folding outline. What follows are the most notable features of FreeMind. Folding of branches Exports to HTML, XHTML, PNG, JPEG, SVG, PDF, Flash Icons on nodes Clouds around branches Graphical links connecting nodes Search restricted to single branches Web and file hyperlinks from nodes.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] 50 Ideas + 15 tools for Free (or low cost) E-Learning
    Also, it provides many useful ideas to fuel our minds on thinking wiser in terms of e-learning implementation, usage and practice. Link to free white paper:50 Ideas for Free E-Learning (PDF, 658 KB. By Matthew Fox at Kineo) "Matthew Fox at Kineo reviews 15 free or low cost tools and gives 50 ideas on how to use them in your own organization." An excellent 58 page free article or white paper worth reading (or at least browse through). Who said that e-learning needs to be time consuming or expensive? Who came up with that funny term " White paper "? Another funny one is "Blue Print".
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007
    [Providers] Learning From Disappointment: When Learning Solutions Fail to Deliver
    Link to article (By Jack J. Phillips, Ph.D.) More than 500 impact studies have been conducted or reviewed. Some studies show positive results; others are not so positive?often often yielding negative returns on investment. Along the way, we have observed repeat patterns of issues that inhibit or enhance results. In every impact study, the major barriers, obstacles and inhibitors to the transfer of learning are always collected, revealing the impediments to success for a particular program. Even when the program is successful, issues are identified that prevent more impressive results."
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2007
    [Providers] What Good Teachers Say About Teaching (Berkeley)
    Students' engagement with the subject is enhanced by knowing about the teacher's own research, and the interaction with students often provides new insights into the research. Article: [link] A-Z Index (short essays): [link] "At the University of California at Berkeley, the Distinguished Teaching Award was instituted in 1959 to recognize and reward excellence in teaching. On at least ten propositions, the contributors are in near or total agreement: The teacher's main task is to guide students through the learning process , not to dispense information. The mediocre teacher tells.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2007
    [Providers] Schoolr (All-In-One Online Research Tool)
    Better yet, why not create a tool that enables us to add whatever tools we want to use for online researching (By the way the 'r' in Schoolr stands for 'research'), providing us the flexibility to access all our personal favorite juicy research tools from one site , saving us precious time. Since the search fields on Schoolr are linked directly to the sites they represent, it should not be difficult to add more (Though, information overload might kick-in). Enough!!!! As far as I understand (after watching the Channel News video. Yeah, I liked the 'Chicken Little' promotion method, too!),
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2007
    [Providers] Level 5 Leadership (By Jim Collins)
    This site provides bundles of knowledge in this area. This wonderful resource might just provide some useful guidance. URL: [link] Do you want to know what makes a great leader? How to become a great company? What are the ingredients of a great company? What kind of characteristics do great leaders have? How do good companies become great? Also, you can download audio Q&A files ( Lecture Hall ) covering everything from characteristics of a great leader to the hedgehog concept. Visit the site! Study the resources! Learning is easy and fun, if you really want to learn!"
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2007
    [Providers] Webometrics Ranking (South-East Asia Strikes Back?)
    If not do something about it, we should at least understand a bit about the methodology used and explore the best practices provided. the four indicators were obtained from the quantitative results provided by the main search engines as follows: Size (S) - Number of pages recovered from four engines: Google, Yahoo, Live Search and Exalead. Scholar (Sc) - Google Scholar provides the number of papers and citations for each academic domain. Blame it on the rain? Blame it on the methodology used? Blame it on the English language preference? Take a 'Who cares!' attitude? Ethics?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2007
    [Providers] 30-Minute Masters in Instructional Design (Clive Shepherd)
    Interestingly and seriously, according to the authors anyone can build their own 30-minute masters course based in whole or in part on these materials provided on this site. URL: [link] IDEA? The 30-minute masters originated from a discussion between Cammy Bean and myself (Clive Shepherd) at the Boston eLearning Guild Annual Gathering earlier this year. We set out to develop a curriculum that could teach subject experts and generalist trainers the essentials of instructional design in just 30 minutes (The 30-minute masters will be presented at DevLearn 2007 ).more more " GOAL?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2007
    [Providers] Transfer BIG Files (Virtual Headache Cure!)
    If the tool could actually provide us directly the URL to the file (as an option), it would simply be wonderful. URL: [link] " File Sharing the Easy Way: Upload and Send Large Files for Free" WHAT? TransferBigFiles is the easiest way to share a bunch of files with (your Students), friends, family or everybody in the world. There's no registration required to use the website. You can just go to the home page and start uploading some files. But to make the process even easier, we've created a Windows System Tray tool that allows users to drag-and-drop files to the site. LIMIT? WISDOM?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2007
    [Providers] Top 100 Tools For Learning
    suppose the commercial ones are better, but to me it provides sufficient features to create a simply mind map of whatever you want to mind map. Top 100 Tools: [link] Top 10 Favourite Tools: [link] Zaid's Top 10 Tools: [link] The Learning Toolbox: [link] Summary (PDF): [link] This TOP 100 list has been compiled from the TOP 10 FAVOURITE TOOLS lists of many (target +100) learning professionals (consultants, analysts, developers, practitioners, academics, etc) who responded to Jan Knight's open invitation. for their selections. Now, that itself is simply a Yummy Idea (at least for us)!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2007
    [Providers] Google Docs Presentation Vs Paperworks!
    Robin Good says it perfectly, " While PowerPoint fits perfectly the role of the feature rich creator and editor, Google Presentations provides all of the collaborative, sharing and publishing opportunities not available in the original product." Google Docs Tour: [link] Commoncraft: [link] GOOGLE DOCS? Create Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations online Share and collaborate in real time Upload your existing files - DOC, XLS, ODT, ODS, RTF, CSV, PPT, etc. Easily save and export copies. What about your Google presentations? Can you export them to PPT format? PRESENTATION TOOL?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Creating and Testing T&L Strategies for the Virtual Classroom
    It is recommended to pair the new teacher with an experienced teacher to provide the new teacher with a role model, friend, advisor, and confidante (mentor). Link to article (By Nancy E. Thompson) Full Title: Creating and Testing Teaching/Learning Strategies for the Virtual Classroom ".the the purpose of this study is to define and describe teaching/learning strategies for use in distance education, use those strategies in designing distance education instruction, and test their effectiveness. Yes, there is a lot to learn from this article! Say, two (2) months! Trust me!).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007
    [Providers] Lessons Learned from Students? use of an Online Learning Environment
    Although the students appreciated the activities provided, they stated that they would have preferred more of them, and more interactivity within them. It is also key to provide students with explicit instructions on how to study effectively using the online learning environment and the activities within it." Link to article (by N. Beasley) "This article highlights the lessons learned from recent research into the use made of an online learning environment by workplace-based students. Interesting article! There are several interesting lessons to be learned here.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2007
    [Providers] Hitchhiker’s Guide to Course Development
    This wonderful engaging interactive resource (using the yummi Moodle platform to run its courses) provides content and activities for the full course development cycle, which could benefit anyone interested in instructional design and (online) course development (A lot of juice!). URL: [link] "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Course Development is designed as a resource for individuals with varying levels of course design experience. Individuals new to higher education can use this site to help design their first classroom based course integrating technology where appropriate. Good luck :).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2007
    [Providers] Selecting LMS & Evaluating the Quality of Online Courses (Clayton R. Wright)
    Author: Dr. Clayton R. These platforms are also referred to as course management systems (CMS), learning management systems (LMS), learning portals, or e-learning platforms. They are integrated, comprehensive software packages that support the development, delivery, evaluation, and administration of online courses and can be used in both traditional face-to-face instruction and in an online environment. The decision to obtain such software is frequently made by administrators and computer managers. So, now we can use EduTools or this tool to select and evaluate LMS (for free). learning tools
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Crash Course in Learning Theory
    Link to Crash Course in Learning Theory A mind-awakening and excellent article providing many useful tips and techniques on how to create engaging, enjoyable, relevant and memorable learning experiences and environments! ".This This is not a comprehensive look at the state of learning theory today, but it does include almost everything we think about in creating our books. And although it's geared toward blogs/writing virtually everything in here applies regardless of how you deliver the learning--you can easily adapt it to presentations, user documentation, or classroom learning.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2007
    [Providers] Crash Course in Learning Theory
    Click here to read the article: Crash Course in Learning Theory A mind-awakening and excellent article providing many useful tips and techniques on how to create engaging, enjoyable, relevant and memorable learning experiences and environments! ".This This is not a comprehensive look at the state of learning theory today, but it does include almost everything we think about in creating our books. And remember, this is a BLOG, so don't expect academic rigor ; ) but I do have references, so leave a comment if there's something in particular you want." teaching and learning
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] opensourceCMS.com (Try before you.Install)
    Also, keep in mind that they only provide demo's of php/mysql based systems." Link to site "opensourceCMS.com site was created with one goal in mind. To give you the opportunity to "try out" some of the best php/mysql based free and open source software systems in the world (Portals, Blogs, E-commerce, Groupware, Forums, e-learning, Wiki, etc). You are welcome to be the administrator of any site on this site, allowing you to decide which system best suits your needs. No one wants to install a CMS (Content Management System) only to find it lacked key features or functions you need.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] e-Learning for Development: a model
    In this part it will also be explained how this movement, and mainly with the help of Universities all over the world, has entered the world of education and has provided some very interesting solutions such as learning management systems and learning content management systems that can be used for free in any e-learning project under determinate licenses such as GPL. Link article (2 MB PDF. By PE?, And this paper will try and show also how, just because of the nature of nonprofit organizations too, this can be done for free. free as in free speech, not as in free beer ? learning
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Effective corporate IT training: Bursting the e-learning bubble
    For any IT training participant to achieve true competency and confidence in the skills they are learning, they must take part in a program that provides extensive, hands-on lab exercises where they can practice and hone their newly-developed skills, enabling them to put these skills to immediate use upon return to the workplace. Until the day arrives that e-learning provides an equally rich, personally-interactive experience, the ability to gain true competence in IT training will remain firmly entrenched in the classroom.". learning
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Changing Course Management Systems (CMS): Lessons Learned
    CMS providers need to improve and market their ability to convert material from one CMS to their own product, since this could well be an important selling point to institutions already invested in a particular product. Link to article (By Kathy A. Smart and Katrina A. Meyer) "Converting a Blackboard course to Desire2Learn taught us some of the hazards and benefits of changing course management systems. Institutions and systems need to investigate and evaluate the conversion tools of potential CMS products. A very useful and relevant article ! learning learning tools
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] The Hybrid Challenge: Activities, Approaches, Pitfalls
    Activities do not correspond to and provide scaffolding for assessment tasks. Link to article (By by Susan Smith Nash) ".To be effective, hybrid (teaching and learning) models must be carefully planned and structured. what instructors must keep in mind, and how they can either have a tremendously successful learning event or end up with disgruntled, confused students." Finally, Susan highlights the biggest pitfalls, which are:" No clear connection between the online content & the face-to-face environment. The dreaded questions, "Why are we doing this?" or "What good is this?"
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Jan/February (2005) Issue: ELC Knowledge Sharing Newsletter
    Teachers can provide valuable guidance by keeping dialogues focused, relevant and probing deeper into issues. Their goal is to provide an educational environment that generously shares techniques, inspiration and community. ItrainOnline aims: To provide a selection of the best and most relevant computer and Internet training resources for development and social change. To provide access to high quality and appropriate information that is suited to the ways development organizations and civil society groups in the South learn about and use ICTs. Modeled after MIT?s
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] December (2004) Issue: ELC Knowledge Sharing Newsletter
    Also, students can rewind, forward and jump to key areas of the recorded lecture as they like, based on the useful navigation structure that Breeze provides. Providing ample resources without overloading or confusing students. Author: Robert FarmerURL: [link] It is only a matter of time until IM becomes an obligatory communication modality for academic service providers. Provide the metacognitive elements needed to assist learners in planning future learning needs based on previous successes and failures. Collaborative Tool or Educator?s nightmare! Time Consuming!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] October (2004) Issue: ELC Knowledge Sharing Newsletter
    Display the content with distinctive features Providing Learning Guidance - Semantic Encoding. Providing Feedback - Reinforcement. Provide spaced reviews and varied practice. The Internet has the power to provide greater independence and participation for all users, including those with disabilities. (Originally posted in ELC on the 2nd November, 2004) Assalamu Alaikum wrt wbt & Greetings to ALL! Welcome to the October issue of ELC Knowledge Sharing newsletter. experience). Mergers and acquisitions across borders have emerged as a growing trend. Hicks, D., Lee, J.,
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] November (2004) Issue: ELC Knowledge Sharing Newsletter
    It provides students, teachers, and parents the unique opportunity to step into the decision-making shoes of a university president. One university's seven-year evolution from skills training to curricular development to technology-infused pedagogical design will provide a model for structuring faculty development efforts at other institutions." (Originally posted in ELC on the 3rd December, 2004) Assalamu Alaikum wrt wbt & Greetings to ALL! Welcome to the November issue of ELC ?Knowledge Knowledge Sharing? newsletter. Analyze historical exchange rate fluctuations. greasy spoon?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007
    [Providers] International Conference of eLearning for Knowledge-Based Society (2004)
    How to quickly develop new e-learning programs from off-the-shelf courseware or e-learning (using tested and proven e-learning providers such as SmartForce or Skillsoft) through bundling courses according to certain competency development skill sets. Luckily, Kim Chew Lim and Jonathan Darby provided supporting workshop CDs, which I will share and study carefully. Finally, I would of course like to thank Datuk Syed Othman Alhabshi for all the guidance and help he provided to me before and during the e-Learning Conference. Chiang Mai University, Thailand. LearNET). surfing).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2007
    [Providers] Creativity & Innovation (Mycoted Thinking Repository!)
    Mycoted is dedicated to improving Creativity and Innovation for solving problems worldwide, with that in mind, they provide a central repository for Creativity and Innovation on the Internet as a summary of tools, techniques, mind exercises, puzzles, book reviews etc, that is open to all - and can be written by all (Yes, Wikis rules!). Failure provides us with great opportunities to really succeed (if we keep on trying creatively). Home: [link] Tools (184): [link] Puzzles (58): [link] WHAT? Million visitors a year). It also gives you a bit of white space to think.). Where?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2007
    [Providers] The Rapid E-Learning Blog (Practical & Fun!)
    Even if you are not using these tools, it provides tremendous value from an instructional design point-of-view, too. URL: [link] "The Rapid E-Learning Blog shares practical tips and tricks to help you become a rapid elearning pro. It is hosted by Tom Kuhlmann who has over 15 years of hands-on experience in the training industry and currently runs the community at Articulate. Rapid E-Learning 101 - Rapid elearning is about getting the right information to people at the right time. It’s more than the tools. learning e-books instructional design
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007
    [Providers] 25 Engaging Interactions for eLearning (BJ Schone)
    Actually, this ebook reminds me of other books that provide you tips on how to facilitate more effective training sessions with activities. e-Book: [link] Blog: [link] " The interactions presented in this FREE ebook (35 pages) are designed to be used within eLearning courses or in any other training scenarios where you see fit. The interactions are designed to wake up learners and get their brains into gear. We want them to be interested, inquisitive, challenged , and engaged. We want to throw puzzles and problems at them, and push them to stretch their brains. Challenge! Exploration!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2007
    [Providers] NUS + CDTL = T&L e-Books (Simply Awesome!)
    aims to provide support for our faculty to maximise their teaching efficacy and enhance student learning. Better yet, if we do not like what we see, they provide us URLs to the best teaching and learning resources found out there, and even a comprehensive list to Teaching and Learning Centers around to world. We want the NUS educational experience to be an enriching one that cultivates the multiple talents of our students. The aim is to generate further thought and discussion, share tips, and encourage improvement in teaching." Real stories by Real people in the Real language.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] 834 Tips for Successful Online Instruction
    These two resources are useful as they provide tips from the very best in e-learning. Link to 834 Tips for Successful Online Instruction (1.1 MB PDF) "This is an amazing collection of tips from 336 of your professional colleagues from around the world. Nowhere will you find a more comprehensive set of tips that you can use to improve your knowledge and skills in online instruction. Well, what about Elliott Masie's 701 tips ! Though, the real task is implementing these tips into reality ! books teaching and learning
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2007
    [Providers] Corporate Learning: Trends and Innovations (Free Online Conference!)
    It will provide a great opportunity for attendees (Corporate leaders, directors, CLOs, trainers, etc) to engage in dialog and discuss the directions and innovations in corporate learning through online forums - forming connections and exchanging ideas and visions on corporate learning. In addition, it will provide many opportunities for active participation for attendees who wish. In short, this free online conference provides us a wonderful free opportunity to learn, discuss and engage with great learning minds. Corporate Learning: Trends and Innovations WHAT?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2007
    [Providers] 99 Mind Mapping Resources, Tools, and Tips (Eric Hebert)
    Blogs The Mind mapping software weblog - designed to provide businesspeople with a focused collection of resources related to visual mapping. Link to Mind Mapping Resources. The Mind Mapping Software Weblog (Discovery Source) College Degree Library WHAT? If you're looking for a comprehensive list of mind mapping-related links , then look no farther than Eric Hebert's new article, 99 Mind Mapping Resources, Tools and Tips , which does a great job of summarizing the relevant software programs, news pages, resource sites, mind map examples, articles, blogs, books, e-books and more.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2007
    [Providers] Edublogs and The Magic Button!
    provide an enterprise blogging solution for schools and other educational institutions and continue to develop and support what they hope is the best blogging platform and community for educators, anywhere. In addition, they have plans to provide other educational tools in the future. Interestingly, Edublogs provides you with a MAGIC BUTTON , which enables you to import posts and comments from other blogging tools such as Blogger, Blogware, LiveJournal, etc. Link to Edublogs WHAT? Since then it has grown to host tens of thousands of blogs (+103,000 blog s and growing!),
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2007
    [Providers] 60-Minute Masters on Rapid E-Learning Design & Kineo Magic!
    Entitled ' 60 Minute Masters ' , the course provides subject experts and many others with the skills needed to design engaging, rapid e-learning materials for use in the workplace. In addition to this interactive articulate presentation, the course (hosted by Moodle) also provides you with some juicy rapid e-learning reports, and some useful e-learning examples constructed using different rapid e-learning tools such as Articulate Engage, Raptivity (Interview Simulation) eXe Open Source Authoring Tool, and RapideL. 60 Minutes Course (Need to register. The course is free. JUICE?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2007
    [Providers] Google Guide - Making Searching Even Easier (Nancy Blachman)
    Teens - Provides a lot of different types of sample queries and exercises (Get straight to the point, I am a teen!). Link to Google Guide Using the Google Guide Effectively (FAQs) WHAT? Google Guide is an online interactive tutorial and reference for experienced users, novices, and everyone in between. developed Google Guide because I wanted more information about Google's capabilties, features, and services than I found on Google's website." - Nancy Blachman " Google is so easy to use, why take this online tutorial? JUICE? Where am I going? Wake up! Query Input and Search Tools ).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2007
    [Providers] ToonDoo - Create Your Own Cartoons & Comics!
    According to Rajendran (from jambav.com ), for the professionals, who wouldn't mind some mouse-jugglery for an extra feature, they have provided a C trl-click feature that enables you to resize and rotate graphics smoothly any way you like. Also, ToonDoo provides features that other competitors lack (according to Rajendran), including these two gems: TraitR - Your own personal completely customizable character generator. Link to ToonDoo WHAT? JUICE? discovered this interesting comic-creating tool from Patricia Donaghy's JUICY blog. Not bad! drag-n-drop graphics).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2007
    [Providers] Route 21 - 21st Century Skills Learning Station!
    The goal of Route 21 is to provide an online interactive tool that demonstrates how 21st century skills can be supported through standards, professional development, assessments and curriculum and instruction.more JUICE? Link to Route 21 21st Century Skills Framework White Paper (PDF) Reference - Helge Scherlund's e-Learning blog 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project 21st Century Framework WHAT? Route 21 was created by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. 21st Century Skills - This area of the site answers the question: “What are 21st century skills?” Edutopia ).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2007
    [Providers] Edumax - Learn New Skills for Free!
    Edumax is an online learning website that provides free lessons on topics from personal development to computer programming. Link to Edumax Other related posts: - ALISON (Free Interactive Workplace Skills Courseware) - Wikivid (Free Software Tutorials) WHAT? MASTERMIND? Spark Publishing (From Canada) JUICE? Basically, the online courses or lessons (of what I have explored) seem to be mostly chunked nicely (instructionally sound?), Though, I don't like the fact that you cannot download the lessons on your computer. it is very unlikely the resources will be downloadable. Right? MORE JUICE?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2007
    [Providers] The Straight Dope - Fighting Ignorance Since 1973 (Cecil Adams)
    Whether he is the world's most intelligent (or funniest) human being or not, is certainly questionable, but I believe his columns provides us with a wonderful opportunity to engage our reflective thinking and tickle our creative minds to ask questions that we often take for granted, or don't bother figuring out ('Right Brain' activity!). Link to The Straight Dope Wikipedia - The Straight Dope & Cecil Adams CECIL ADAMS? Cecil Adams is the world's most intelligent human being. We know this because: (1) he knows everything, and (2) he is never wrong. Cause Stone Cold said so !)!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2007
    [Providers] Mediasite.com - Linking you to a World of Expertise
    It provides you with a directory of presentations created by hundreds of experts around the globe. Link to Mediasite MEDIASITE? Mediasite is a tool (by Sonic Foundry) for recording and storing rich-media classroom and conference presentations.more MEDIASITE.COM? Mediasite.com (beta) is a rich media search engine that automatically indexes publicly-available webcasts recorded with Mediasite. It is about connecting smart people with people who want to get smarter (and of course promoting Mediasite technology! Why not?). JUICE? webcasts recorded with Mediasite. Mark my words! Excellent!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2007
    [Providers] Maps-of-War (History-of-Religion in 90 animated seconds)
    Maps are provided in Flash SWF Format (.swf). Link to Maps-of-War Link to History-of-Religion MAPS-OF-WAR? Maps-of-War is a multimedia site dedicated to producing diverse, creative visuals that enhance our understanding of war and its history. HISTORY-OF-RELIGION? How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? This animated map gives you a brief history of the world's most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted. DOWNLOAD?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2007
    [Providers] World Digital Library - Free of Charge!
    Promote international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness; Provide resources to educators; Expand non-English and non-Western content on the Internet; and Contribute to scholarly research. Link to World Digital Library Video - Experience the Vision (WDL) WHAT? VISION? Experience the technologies that will put visitors in touch with cultural heritage collections from around the world (Click the video link and you will be inspired!) OBJECTIVES? MASTERMIND? Librarian of Congress James H. National Commission for UNESCO in June 2005. PARTNERS? OER/FREE
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2007
    [Providers] ALISON - Free Interactive Workplace Skills Courseware!
    ALISON provides high-quality, engaging, interactive multimedia courseware for certification and standards-based learning. Though, to enjoy these interactive courseware you would need to register and will be asked to answer questions about your background and interests, so that they can provide you with targeted advertising links alongside your courseware. Link to ALISON ALISON? ALISON claims to be the world's leading free online learning resource for basic and essential workplace skills. MISSION? Education shall be free." read in full) will through ALISON become a reality. JUICE?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2007
    [Providers] Global Learning Objects Brokered Exchange (GLOBE)
    The consortium provides a distributed network of learning objects that meet quality standards. The GLOBE website will provide updates on GLOBE’s progress. In addition, it is great that we do not see all sorts of metadata for each resource item found after a search, and instead are provided only with information about its' Relevance (%. Link to Globe GLOBE? The Global Learning Objects Brokered Exchange (GLOBE) is an international consortium that strives to make shared online learning resources available to educators and students around the world. OER/FREE
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2007
    [Providers] Wikivid (Free Software Tutorials!)
    The goal of each entry is to provide access to videos on the given subject for purposes of education. The vision for Wikivid is to eventually provide its own content through video uploads from the community, however, content may also be provided via links to free videos from around the web. Wikivid WHAT? Wikivid is an encyclopedia of informative videos. Each content page is made up of links to free videos laid out as a video-course for anyone to watch and learn. Each page can be edited and moderated by anyone. MISSION? JUICE? What a great project! learning tools OER/FREE
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2007
    [Providers] OpenDOAR (The Directory of Open Access Repositories)
    The OpenDOAR service provides a quality-assured listing of Open Access Repositories (OAR) around the world. Each of the repositories has been visited by OpenDOAR staff to ensure a high degree of quality and consistency in the information provided: OpenDOAR is maintained by SHERPA. Provide a comprehensive & authoritative list for end users wishing to find particular types of, or specific repositories. By listing archives and their descriptions, OpenDOAR will support third party service providers - for example, search services - in developing new services for end-users.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2007
    [Providers] LectureShare (Share Your Lecture Notes to the World)
    URL: [link] In a Nutshell "LectureShare lets instructors make lecture noters, audio, and video available to their students - or the world - quickly and easily.LectureShare is about removing communication barriers in learning by providing easy sharing for course materials." Is it Really Free? Right now LectureShare is completely free with no limitations, and we're working hard to keep it that way!" That is what they say! Let's hope the "right now" statement becomes a long-term project.) Yummy Stuff? No more checking class webpages for updates every day. MasterMinds Behind LectureShare?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2007
    [Providers] Eureka Repository (Collective Catalog of T&L Resources)
    It provides a collective catalog of teaching and learning resources gathered by various organizations involved in the production of ITC educational resources. Eureka Project: [link] Eureka (English Version): [link] Guided Tour: [link] "The Eureka project is an initiative of Vitrine Technologie-Éducation within the framework of a Quebec-Wallonia-Brussels joint venture. Its' main objective is to promote the sharing and exchange of learning object resources. Eureka’s shell is based on open source code. The data can be federated with other repositories built on a LOM application profile."
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2007
    [Providers] TeacherTube - Teach the World?
    Their goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. URL: [link] "TeacherTube was officially launched on March 6, 2007. They seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill. TeacherTube was the idea of Jason Smith , a 14-year veteran educator. Explore and Learn!)
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2007
    [Providers] 236 Open Courseware Collections, Podcasts and Videos
    Stanford on iTunes Stanford on iTunes provides access to a wide range of Stanford-related digital audio content via the iTunes Music Store, Apple's popular music jukebox and online music store. Fathom Archive This archive, provided by Columbia University, offers access to the complete range of free content developed for Fathom by its member institutions. is a non-profit organization with the goal of providing free knowledge to every person in the world. It uses Web 2.0 OCW supports MIT's mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007
    [Providers] Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University
    OLI should have a profound impact on higher education by increasing access to education, enhancing the quality of instruction and providing a model for a new generation of online courses and course materials that teach more effectively and appeal to students more powerfully than anything in existence today. Link to site "Through the OLI project, Carnegie Mellon is working to help the World Wide Web make good on its promise of widely accessible and effective online education. Reviewer's Note: Try some of the sample courses. This initiative is excellent ! OER/FREE
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007
    [Providers] Global Educator.com (Founding Editor: Graeme Hart)
    Their philosophy is to provide a free service for web users. Link to GlobalEducator.com GlobalEducator.com is building the world's largest listings of reviewed resources for Global Education professionals. Since launching in April 2003, there have been over 90,000 visitor sessions and 55,000 article downloads. The newsletter and new articles are published on the 1st Monday of each month. They raise revenue by charging a nominal fee for listings in the monthly mailout and sponsor logos on the home page. OER/FREE
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] PowerPoint Tutorials, Tricks, Tips and Templates (By Sonia Coleman)
    It provides excellent free PowerPoint tutorials, tips, trick, and templates. Click here to visit Digital Studio The "Digital Studio" website by Sonia Coleman (San Francisco Bay Area) has been visited by more than 2 million people from 130 countries of the world. By the way Sonia Coleman is over 60 years old, and has proven with flying colors that she is the one of the Queens of PowerPoint. OER/FREE
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2007
    [Providers] 10 Top ETL Blogs You Simply Don’t Want to Miss!
    In addition, I love the fact that she provides us with a weekly round-up of the new learning tools added to the tools directory. The Rapid eLearning Blog When you think about improving your rapid e-Learning, instructional design, PowerPoint or graphic creation skills, Tom Kuhlmann's Rapid eLearning blog provides you with a lot of great advice, tips, examples and short-cuts (One word = Amazing!). Top Eight E-learning Blogs (Jeff Cobb) 8 Top Elearning Blogs You Don’t Want to Miss The 19 Best Elearning Blogs WHAT? lists, ranking everything from underwear to blogs. No idea!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2007
    [Providers] WorldCat - World's Largest Network of Library Content & Services!
    WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information. WorldCat What is WorldCat? Over 1 billion items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide! WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. It lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. JUICE? lot of metadata, but sometimes a simple ' Download ' (or view) button would do wonders (if possible). Do you need to register?). 2007). Paris, France?]: Paris, France?]: 2007).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2007
    [Providers] The Mindmapping Toolbox: 100+ Tools, Resources, and Tutorials
    The Mindmapping Toolbox (or article) provides a list of 100 tools, resources, blogs, articles and everything else you might need to get started making a road map of your mind. Link to article Related Posts - 99 Mind Mapping Resources. Mind Mapping Search & FreeMind (Free Software) WHAT? Sometimes the difference between a successful project and one that spirals out of control is getting all your thoughts and ideas laid out before you even get started. JUICE? This mindmapping resource list has broken the triple digit barrier. have yet to compare these two lists item for item (No time!),
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2007
    [Providers] New Zealand Open Educational Resources (OER) Project
    Each course has been built using a modular approach so they can be customised to suit different organisations, whether they are providing a distance learning course or blended learning for on or off-campus students. If you need any extra help, I will be willing to provide my humble advice and support :). NZ OER Repository OER Showcase Courses About NZ OER Project WHAT? Funded by the Tertiary Education Commission, the objective of this OER project is to develop courseware that will be freely available ( Creative Commons SA 2.5 First, if your country, or your company (or whoever!)
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007
    [Providers] Open Yale Courses!
    Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to seven introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. Though, each course does provide a feedback survey, so that is a good start. Hewlett Foundation President Paul Brest says "Making the talents of Yale's faculty available for free on the Internet is an important step toward the Hewlett Foundation's goal of providing access to knowledge and educational opportunities throughout the world. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2007
    [Providers] Mahalo Social (Human-Powered Search)
    In addition to giving you a bunch of relevant links, Mahalo does provide a brief Guide Note and Fast Facts for each category (or term) , which can be useful. Mahalo Mahalo Social Mahalo Follow Reference - Mahalo (Jane Knight) MAHALO? Mahalo (Hawaiian for 'Thank you') is a human-powered search engine that creates organized, comprehensive, and spam free search results for the most popular search terms. Their search results only include great links. the New York Times for news). Sites which create original, high-quality content on a consistent basis. MAHALO SOCIAL? JUICE? Are they the same?)
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2007
    [Providers] 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story (Alan Levine)
    This link provides you links (URLs) to many excellent (free) media resource sites, if you are looking for multimedia, images, audio, and videos (e.g. 50 Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story 50 Ways to Tell The Dominoe Story SlideShare Presentation & Audio podcast (51.2 Mb MP3) Alan Levine's blog & CogDogBlog (About Instructional Technology) WHAT? It was not long ago that producing multimedia digital content required expensive equipment and technical expertise; we are at a point now where we can create compelling content with nothing more complex than a web browser. Yes!). JUICE?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2007
    [Providers] OER Introduction Booklet (Development Gateway Foundation)
    The Booklet and the Webinar both provide a/an: Definition of Open Educational Resources Introduction to Open licenses and Standards Introduction to the Production and Distribution of OER List of OER content repositories, search engines and projects. OER Introduction Booklet and Free Webinars (Homepage) OER Introduction Booklet - Version BETA (PDF) Development Gateway Portal WHAT? The Development Gateway Open Educational Resources (OER) dgCommunity drives a Community Awareness & Sensitization project focusing on the use of Open Education Resources in Developing Countries.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2007
    [Providers] E-Learning 2.0 in Development (Stephen Downes)
    They've designed this exciting event to maximize the participants hands-on experience with innovative tools and technologies and to provide them with a glimpse into the future of learning. especially, like his simple description of PLE involving four (4) steps or pieces (again and again): Demonstrate-Model-Practice-Reflect, and he ends up discussing the Choice-Identity-Creativity issue , where learners are provided with simulated or actual learning events to facilitate their learning and creativity (If you are lost check slide 71 and onwards). SERIOUS? REFLECTING E-LEARNING 2.0!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2007
    [Providers] Incremental Innovations: Changing the Culture of T&L (Ernst Mohr)
    courses, workshops, presentations) Design quality development with learning in mind : measures that monitor, secure, and develop quality support for the acquisition of competence within the scope of certifications or accreditations Offer advisory support : support centers that provide help to the faculty in the planning, development, and implementation of e-learning, so that competencies and experiences are developed Encourage exchange : all measures that support communication among faculty about new forms of using instructional media (e.g., URL: [link] Extracted Juice: ".Based
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2007
    [Providers] Faculty 2.0 (Joel L. Hartman, Charles Dziuban, and James Brophy-Ellison)
    A yummy article which also provides 13 bullets (of reflections) on how the diffusion of technology into the T&L space is producing a number changes to which faculty members must adapt. URL: [link] "(Conclusion).As faculty members confront the expanding impact that technology is having on their scholarship, research, teaching, and students—what Peter Vaill calls " Permanent White Water "—IT organizations must assess what role they will play in shaping, implementing, and supporting the assimilation of IT into the teaching and learning process.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] From Andragogy to Heutagogy
    A heutagogical approach recognises the need to be flexible in the learning where the teacher provides resources but the learner designs the actual course he or she might take by negotiating the learning. Link to article (By Stewart Hase and Chris Kenyon) ".This This paper suggests there is benefit in moving from andragogy towards truly self-determined learning. The concept of truly self-determined learning, called heutagogy, builds on humanistic theory and approaches to learning described in the 1950s. As teachers we should concern ourselves with developing the learner?s
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Freedom and Empowerment: the Next Step for Education and Technology
    The future reality begins with visions of the past, and this article provides one worth exploring ! Link to article (By James Shimabukuro) Title: Freedom and Empowerment: An Essay on the Next Step for Education and Technology Synopsis: "James Shimabukuro acknowledges that the traditional school or college has efficiently educated students of varying ages, with interests in diverse subjects. The primary impetus for such a revolution will originate inside our schools, Shimabukuro predicts, but legislative and community action will be needed to achieve it."
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Elements of Effective e-Learning Design
    We introduce six elements of design and discuss each in some detail: Activity - Students are asked to undertake activities that provide an experience likely to lead them to the desired new understanding. Link to article (By Andrew R. Brown & Bradley D. Voltz) "Preparing and developing e-learning materials is a costly and time consuming enterprise. This paper highlights the elements of effective design that we consider assist in the development of high quality materials in a cost efficient way. Scenario - An interesting context or scenario can assist the activity to have meaning.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] The Role of Critical Thinking in the Online Learning Environment
    Critical thinking assignments provide an opportunity for learners to apply knowledge to practical application. Online instructors have the responsibility of providing this opportunity for educational growth to learners and must become creative in developing assignments and projects that foster that growth (extracted highlights jumbled together)." Although, the lecturer or online instructor has the responsibility of providing such a conducive environment, don't depend on it, and instead be proactive and apply it to everything you learn. The ability to read and summarize.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] The Horizon Report - 2005 Edition (Just Read It!)
    Augmented reality provides additional contextual information that appears as part of the user?s Link to report (399 KB PDF. By NMC: The New Media Consortium) ".The The technologies chosen for the 2005 Horizon Report are framed within three adoption horizons that presume three different assumptions about when the targeted technologies will begin to see significant adoptions on university campuses. Extended learning courses can be conceptualized as hybrid courses with an extended set of communication tools and strategies. These agents range from personal desktop search ?bots,? bots,?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Visions 2020: Transforming Education and Training. (WOW)
    The way we (USA) organize schools and provide instruction is essentially the same as it was when our Founding Fathers went to school. The technologies that are coming could create compelling learning opportunities that help students of all ages reach their potential through individualized learning and progression, provide knowledge and training when and where they are needed, while boosting the productivity of learning and lowering its cost." Even more powerful technologies are under development by U.S. learning Papers
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Transforming CMS into Effective Learning Environments
    In short, to provide an excellent learning environment you need a pedagogically sound CMS, students willing to learn and participate, and knowledgeable and motivated instructors who nurture and encourage them in the learning process and environment. Link to article (260 KB PDF. If you really want to know what the authors are talking about, I recommend you read this article (URL above) very carefully. Excellent stuff! learning tools Papers teaching and learning
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Encouraging Creativity in Student Online Work
    Teachers can provide valuable guidance by keeping dialogues focused, relevant and probing deeper into issues. Link to article (By Brent Muirhead) "Teachers will need to develop a class structure and online teaching style that encourages creativity, reflective thinking, and self-directed learning. It is important that teachers enable students to have the freedom to ask questions and take intellectual risks in their written assignments and discussion groups. This will require moderating discussions and creating a list of key ideas, references and student contributions. Excellent!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Encouraging Interaction in Online Classes
    Instructional strategies and insights which can promote interaction and authentic educational online experiences: Promote Critical Thinking (Be) Relevant and Engaging Lectures Biographical Posts (instructor and students share biographical posts) Positive Affirmation of Student Work Integrate Stories into the Class Discussions Provide Students with Flexibility.The wise instructor will offer emotional support at times and there will be other moments when students will need an intellectual challenge. Link to article (By Brent Muirhead) ".Instructional Papers teaching and learning
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Guidelines for Establishing Interactivity in Online Courses
    Providing ample resources without overloading or confusing students. Link to article (By Mark Mabrito. You need to subscribe to Innovate to view this article, but it is free) "Establishing fruitful interaction in online courses is a persistent challenge. Mark Mabrito shares his personal practices with readers, outlining the tools and policies he has used to enhance interactivity with students, among students, and between students and course content. Mabrito explores the fine lines that instructors must walk: Encouraging participation without being overbearing.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2007
    [Providers] Categories of eLearning (By George Siemens)
    Communities themselves can also provide a feedback loop to courses, work-based learning, and the knowledge management system. Link to article (Please read this article ) "This paper attempts to present the categories, not procedures, of the elearning field. The categories of elearning: Courses Informal learning Blended learning Communities Knowledge management Networked learning Work-based learning (EPSS) These various learning categories do not need to function in isolation. complex learning implementation will certainly incorporate different facets of elearning. learning Papers
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2007
    [Providers] A Comparative Analysis with Traditional and Fully Online Graduate Courses
    Evidence is provided to suggest that blended courses produce a stronger sense of community among students than either traditional or fully online courses. 1997) vision of a learning college as a place where learning comes first and educational experiences are provided for learners anyway, anyplace, and anytime. Link to research paper (By Alfred P. Rovai & Hope M. Jordan) "(Abstract) Blended learning is a hybrid of classroom and online learning that includes some of the conveniences of online courses without the complete loss of face-to-face contact. Rather, ?[s]tudents Banion?s
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007
    [Providers] Collaboration First, Then Knowledge Management (by Matthew Clapp)
    In exchange for supporting their teams, pilot participants will offer to provide you with both positive and negative feedback about the process and the technology. Link to article "The goals of collaboration should first be to allow knowledge workers to labor together to complete projects and only then to collect that knowledge to be leveraged for the rest of the enterprise. Examples of good open source groupware tools available : dotProject , eGroupWare , Moregroupware , phpCollab , PHProjekt. Explore (or check their feature list ) the open source collaboration tools first. Papers
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007
    [Providers] What Happened to E-learning and Why
    This issue of The Landscape sets out to address this question, using research conducted by The Weatherstation Project, a collaborative effort to provide a practical way of estimating e-learning's current and future trajectory." Link to article (PDF) (by The Weatherstation Project) Link to Learning Alliance (For Higher Education) "To the dismay of many, e-learning's reality never matched its promise by a long shot. There has been no pedagogical revolution or financial windfall. Fathom and NYOnline are gone; Cardean U and UNext are continuing to undergo makeovers. MB, PDF).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007
    [Providers] Designing Collaborative E-Learning For Results
    Bring closure to the material and provide a plan for next steps. ". Click here to view full article (By Glen Mohr and Julia M. Nault) "Because we can communicate by email and over the Web, we no longer need to meet face to face. The more connected we are, the more isolated we are. The connectivity/isolation paradox is manifesting itself in many aspects of our professional and personal lives and is a fundamental reason why e-learning programs can be unsatisfying to instructors and learners." Critical Success Factors Manage expectations. Do not let anyone slip through the cracks.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] Instructional Design for Flow in Online Teaching (By Sandra C. Ceraulo)
    Click here to view full article (The URL is not accessible anymore. So, enjoy the juice of it below.) Papers instructional design
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] Motivating Factors in E-learning (Case Study: UNITAR, by Dr. Kamal Kishore Jain)
    The study may help the providers of online courses design their strategies and position their courses in line with the above. Click here to view the full case study " Conclusion People join E-learning courses for a variety of reasons. The empirical research done for this study reveals that the top five motivating factors in choosing an E-learning course are as follows: It fulfils the need for increased flexibility; It fulfils the need for geographical independence; Web-based environment can potentially offer many opportunities for enriching the learning process ? learning Papers
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2007
    [Providers] OER Articles, Reports, Sites and Tools (Getting Dizzy!)
    An introduction to Reusability for Digital Learning Resources This article, published by the Reusable Learning project, provides an interesting overview about the concept of "reusability" and knowledge transmission from the early age to today's modern societies to finally introduce reusability for digital learning resources and the systems that support them. Reference - OER Introduction Booklet Related Post - Giving Knowledge For Free & OER Stories OER? Difference Between Educational Content Accessible for FREE and OER? JUICE? Why should anyone give away anything for free? Oh Man!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2007
    [Providers] PassPack - Online Password Manager!
    suppose Yahoo, Google and Microsoft already provide something like this, but in the world of widgets we expect more! assPack Reference - PassPack (Jane Knight) WHAT? PassPack is an online password manager for people who travel or change computers often. Unlike other password managers, PassPack is available 24/7 via internet, nothing to download or install. You can save up to 100 entries for free ! On the sad note, paid upgrades will be available in the future. Hopefully, this will never happen! Thanks! FEATURES? Click Auto-login - Click to login as you browse. No plugin needed.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2008
    [Providers] Facebook - Study Groups (LMS, Too!)
    providing basically all the features (quiz, forum, wiki, blog, assignment, content management, announcement, course registration, etc.) Facebook - Study Groups Via Jane Knight When we think of Search , we think of Google ! When we think of LMS , we think of Moodle ! When we think of Food , we think of Noodle ? Having a tough time getting everyone on the same page in your study group or group project (Yeah, especially in a formal LMS!)? Study Groups, a new Facebook application lets you quickly and easily collaborate with your classmates and plan out homework for your courses. Soon Search?),
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2008
    [Providers] 9000+ Free Resources by Teachers for Teachers (TES)
    The ICT section , alone, has 270 resources!" - Patricia Donaghy Also, if you want to find educational resources for English (1900+), or Modern Foreign Languages (1400+), I suppose this resource bank should provide you with plenty of options. TES TES Resource Bank Via Patricia Donaghy TES? The TES ( Times Educational Supplement ) is Britain’s leading publication covering the world of primary, secondary and further education, as well as the market leader for teaching job vacancies. TES RESOURCE BANK? Resources are divided into over twenty different categories. WHAT ELSE? Great :).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2008
    [Providers] e-Learning in Malaysia (My New Blog)
    My new learning adventure (in addition to ZaidLearn) will try to mash-up the juiciest e-learning stories going on in Malaysia (past, present, future), including: Higher Education (Universities & Colleges) Schools (Primary & Secondary) Corporate Learning Communities Projects Solution Providers Research Papers & Articles People Conferences Blogs Etc. Link to My New Blog I just want to share with those that read this blog (or bump into it!) that I have started a new blog today (January 9th, 2008) entitled ' e -Learning in Malaysia '. ZAIDLEARN? newsletter
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2008
    [Providers] Google Custom Search For Open/Free Educational Resources!
    Real Climate - Provides expert opinions on the science of climate change. Link to Google Custom Search Engine Search - OER/Free Educational Resources Via Stephen Downes + Edublogs Custom Search Create a SEARCH ENGINE tailored to your needs! Do you have a website or collection of sites you'd like to search over? With Google Custom Search Engine , you can create a search engine tailored to your needs, which can include one website, multiple websites, or specific webpages. Google Custom Search has both a FREE version (I am using this one!) and a Business Edition (Starts at $100 / year).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2008
    [Providers] MIT Lecture Browser (Speechless!)
    To help the speech recognizer, users can provide their own supplemental text files, such as journal articles, book chapters, etc., Link to MIT Lecture Browser WHAT? The Lecture Browser is a web interface to video recordings of lectures and seminars that have been indexed using automatic speech recognition technology. You can search for topics, much like a regular web search engine. If any results look relevant, you can play the video starting at the relevant point and see the synchronized transcript. Their goal is to enable natural speech-based interaction between humans and machines."
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2008
    [Providers] eLearning Grid and e-TQM College Journals (Dubai)
    It targets all those who have interest in e-learning as users, adopters or providers of e-Learning.more e-TQM COLLEGE JOURNALS? Link to eLearning Grid e-TQM College Journals The International Journal of Excellence in eLearning ELEARNING GRID? eLearning Grid was recently launched by the eTQM College in Dubai. The launch of the eTQM College Journals is to support a strategy for the encouragement of growth and development of scientific thinking and publishing in the Arab World and the Middle East region. Mohamed Zairi)".more more JOURNALS? Congratulations :). learning community Papers
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2008
    [Providers] More than 100 Free Places to Learn Online (Jeff Cobb)
    All of this suggests at least a couple of things, in my opinion: If part of your business strategy is to generate revenue from learning experiences provided to members, customers, or students and you haven’t yet considered how “free” impacts you, it’s high time. Link to More than 100 Free Places to Learn Online Jeff Cobb's Juicy Resources ". There is so much available out there for free—even things that offer credit—and given how easy it is for non-technical subject matter experts to contribute content, it will only keep growing. FREE LEARNING PLACES? T – Text-based offerings). OER/FRE
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2008
    [Providers] 10 Principles Of Effective Web Design (Smashing Magazine)
    Smashing Magazine provides you with short and engaging nuggets of learning tailored to the things you really want to know (in design). Link to 10 Principles Of Effective Web Design "(Web) Users: Appreciate quality and credibility! Don’t read, they scan! Are impatient and insist on instant gratification! Don’t make optimal choices. Follow their intuition. Want to have control ( Source )." No wonder SCORM does not appeal to learners (and educators) (above 5 years old)! Below 5 years old? Only because they think it is some kind of worm, or it sounds cool! Don’t make users think!
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