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Tony Karrer

It's always interesting to look back at the past year - 2008, think about what has changed for me during the year, and think about what that means for the next year - 2009. To do my review, I first looked at what I was writing about and what people were reading on my blog in 2008.

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ASTD's Big Question for December 2008: New Learning

Kapp Notes

The ASTD Big question this month is What did you learn about learning in 2008? Mobile Learning Via Audio Lesson One: If you want to find out how to create effective mobile learning, purchase a Nintendo DS and some educational games.

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Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008

Tony Karrer

The Big Question this month are Predictions for Learning in 2008. during 2008. Tools to Make Reading & Research More Effective. Prediction #2 => Virtual Classroom Tools - Meeting Tool + Second Life Lite A medium size Virtual Classroom / Meeting Tool will announce features in 2008 that are not 3D immersive, but that are more like Mii characters in a 2.5D Here are my predictions, but realistically they are more about trends in eLearning and eLearning Software.

Network Effects - YouTube - Video Blogs and More

Clark Quinn

Wow, what a great presentation / video from Michael Wesch and the author of The Machine is Us presenting to the Library of Congress. It's an hour long, so make sure you give yourself time

Christmas Eve News - 2008

Big Dog, Little Dog

Reading online may not be as rewarding - or effective - as the printed word. How NORAD Tracks Santa - Wired.

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2008 Tools and Technologies Retro

Learning with e's

In reverse order, here are my top ten tools and technologies of 2008: 10 - Plurk is a fun tool for microblogging, and is multi-functional. It has to be the social networking tool of 2008. 2 tool for 2008. 1- My number one new tool for 2008 has to be the magnificent Twitter.

CCK08: Iterative, Appreciative Change

Experiencing eLearning

Where traditional project and change management follows a linear process, what may be more effective for emerging technology is to do lots of little projects, see how they go, and adjust as needed. Recursive flower.

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Connectivism and the modern learner

E-Learning Provocateur

According to Chaos Theory , everything is connected, as illustrated so eloquently by the Butterfly Effect. Our role, therefore, is not only to assist our colleagues in sourcing new information, but also in managing it effectively.

Black Swans - Barriers to Effective Learning

Lars is Learning

Here's an article I wrote a few weeks back for Learning Technologies magazine which has just been published. It's a fairly long post but if you make it to the end I would welcome your comments. == When unpredictable change becomes the only constant, learning on your own terms is an essential survival skill in these turbulent times, says Lars Hyland. The unthinkable is happening

Placebo effect - confidence in learning

Lars is Learning

I've been thinking about a short commentary by Simon Caulkin in the The Observer last weekend on the power of the placebo effect in the business world.He picked out an interesting example which relates to the world of training and learning: Consider, for example, the experiment in an Israeli army boot camp recounted in Bob Sutton's quirky book Weird Ideas That Work. Incoming recruits were

Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: Skills & Drills Workbook

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

We are pleased to announce that our newest book, Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials is now available. There is no faster way to master PowerPoint 2008 anywhere, at any price! The step-by-step workbook is a powerhouse jammed-full with step-by-step lessons. Pick up this book on Monday morning, and you'll be on your way to being an expert by Tuesday afternoon.

Understanding Learning Styles Research

Experiencing eLearning

Claims of what research shows and the effects of using specific methods are “overblown.&#. Even when learning styles are shown to have a significant effect, that effect size isn’t as large as some other strategies. Teaching metacognition skills, for example, has a greater effect. Too many people have been talking about learning styles research lately for me to try to cite them all here.

Daily Bookmarks 08/29/2008

Experiencing eLearning

He acknowledges that there are differences in visual and auditory memory, but says the research doesn’t show that differentiating instruction based on learning styles actually has any effect. YouTube - Learning Styles Don’t Exist. A cognitive psychologist argues that learning styles, as the theory is generally understood, don’t exist and aren’t supported by research.

Daily Bookmarks 09/14/2008

Experiencing eLearning

It is knowledge about how such connections are created, and what impact, or effect, such a system of connections has. Half an Hour: Types of Knowledge and Connective Knowledge. Stephen Downes on connective knowledge. This starts with qualitative and quantitative as two types of knowledge recognized historically, continuing with some history of philosophical positions on types of knowledge.

One Keyboard and Mouse, Two Computers

Experiencing eLearning

Other websites sometimes have the same effect, so I probably wouldn’t use this if I was on a slow connection. In response to my post about liveblogging an online conference , Stephen Downes asked about my workflow using Synergy. In this post, I explain some of the technical information about how Synergy works and the few minor issues I’ve had; in my next post, I’ll explain my workflow with Synergy.

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Daily Bookmarks 08/04/2008

Experiencing eLearning

19th century neurologists George Beard and Silas Weir Mitchell “thought the pace of life and the effect of new technology was harming the mind and brain of citizens in 1800s America.&# Their concerns sound very much like the concerns shared today by people worried about the effects of computers and other technology. Myths about online learning | Janet Clarey. Myths about e-learning, like “online teaching is mostly good for introductory courses.&#.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?

Learning Visions

Friday, February 15, 2008 Essential Reading for Instructional Design? Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. As an instructional designer/eLearning professional, what books are the essential tools in your reference library ?

Daily Bookmarks 06/22/2008

Experiencing eLearning

According to the teachers, the games were effective teaching and learning tools because they (a) were experiential in nature, (b) offered an alternative way of teaching and learning, (c) gave the students reasons to learn mathematics to solve the game problems and progress in the games, (d) addressed students’ mathematics phobias and (e) increased time on task Donald Clark Plan B: Immersive games beats classroom in maths.

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Daily Bookmarks 07/19/2008

Experiencing eLearning

In general, if you are interested in describing effects at a given level of analysis, you are most likely to make progress by sticking to that level of analysis. Do Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners Need Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Instruction? Examines what cognitive science actually tells us about different learning styles and argues that the best answer is to choose the modality that best suits the content rather than adapting to the student.

Daily Bookmarks 06/11/2008

Experiencing eLearning

Researchers have found three consistent effects of using. Games by GAMBIT: AudiOdyssey. A game developed so that visually impaired users can play it, using either a Wiimote or keyboard. One of the goals was to create “an engaging game that relies more on high quality audio than visuals.&# Very interesting concept; quality accessibly game design could also help designing for other applications. tags: games , accessibility. From Degrading to De-Grading.

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Daily Bookmarks 08/12/2008

Experiencing eLearning

If people are going to share your secrets, they have plenty of other ways to do so besides social media–and those other ways are likely more effective. The Bamboo Project Blog: Privacy, Social Media and Learning. Businesses and organizations may worry about social media and Web 2.0 tools in terms of privacy and confidentiality, but their fears are largely unfounded.

Daily Bookmarks 05/18/2008

Experiencing eLearning

Some of this is visual design, but a lot of it is general usability and effectiveness. ZaidLearn: 75 Free EduGames to Spice Up Your Course! Directory of free educational games, plus some online resources about games in education. tags: education , games , e-learning. Musopen - Free Public Domain Classical Music. Sheet music and audio in the public domain. You can hear a random piece or listen to their online radio station too. tags: music , audio , publicdomain.

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Social Media in Plain English

Experiencing eLearning

I wonder if an explanation with more of a story, like this video, would be more effective. The folks at Common Craft have another great video, this time about social media. What I especially like about this one is that it doesn’t talk about technology until near the end. The video focuses on the metaphor of ice cream: it can be mass-produced in a factory that focuses only on flavors with mass appeal, or individuals can create their own flavors at home.

Daily Bookmarks 05/22/2008

Experiencing eLearning

“Teachers need to know more than the 3 R’s; if you don’t know the community your students live in – the social, the racial dynamics – you won’t be as effective,&# said Solomon. ParentCentral.ca - News & Features - Where teachers learn diversity. Article from the Toronto Star on integrating diversity in teacher education programs, therefore fostering a sense of respect for diversity in the classroom.

Daily Bookmarks 04/08/2008

Experiencing eLearning

University of Houston Study: Hybrid Courses More Effective for Students Annotated. tags: hybrid , e-learning , highered , research. Research comparing traditional and hybrid methods of teaching a college course. Students in the hybrid course with access to materials online scored 10% higher in the course.

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Daily Bookmarks 04/26/2008

Experiencing eLearning

And, in 2006, a study showed that students showed no ill effects from widespread text and IM messaging 2008space -. Collected student work published in an online journal–poetry, stories, animation, photos, and more. tags: education , writing , multimedia , web2.0 , k-12. Techdirt: Txt Spk In Schools Not A Big Deal - Annotated.

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Wikis for Improving Productivity

Experiencing eLearning

We use the wiki for our team, but I wonder what we can do to be more effective with it, as well as how we can help other departments in the company. I’m liveblogging the webinar Growing in a Down Market with PBwiki. My comments are in italics. Presenter: Teo Mayes, CTO RMC Vanguard. They used UStream for the audio, in addition to the typical phone line. I know I’m a little late to the party, but this is actually the first time I’ve used UStream. So far, so good!

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Liveblogging an Online Conference

Experiencing eLearning

It's effectively a virtual KWM switch. With more experience liveblogging I might be able to juggle both more effectively. Wendy Wickham asked a good question in the comments on TCC08: Second Life: Teaching Tips from the Virtual Frontier: Christy - are you using 2 computers (one for blogging, one for the conference), or just one? How are you finding the experience of liveblogging an online conference?

Daily Bookmarks 03/28/2008

Experiencing eLearning

Research on how effective use of multimedia can improve learning outcomes. Multimodal-Learning-Through-Media.pdf (application/pdf Object). tags: e-learning , interactivity , memory , multimedia , research. Overview of research on how multimedia can improve learning. Includes principles from Mayer, Moreno, & Clark’s research on cognitive overload. Also debunks the numbers often associate with Dale’s Cone of Experience.

TCC08: Making Distance Learning Courses Accessible

Experiencing eLearning

Issue isn’t just whether students have access, but whether the communication is actually as effective as that provided to others. Making Distance Learning Courses Accessible to Students with Disabilities. Presenters: Adam Tanners, Doctoral Student in Exceptionalities, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI. Kavita Rao, Educational Technology Specialist, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu HI. Overview. Background. Legal Mandates. Four Scenarios. Conclusion.

My Goal: Better E-Learning Interactivity

Experiencing eLearning

Reading : All the blog reading I do is certainly part of my personal learning, and I do look for information on effective interactivity. The Learning Circuits Big Question for April is. What would you like to do better as a Learning Professional? My overarching professional development goal right now is to improve the interactivity in the courses I develop.

Learning 2.0 Strategy

Clark Quinn

Instead, I've found that it's much more effective to look at individual opportunities and figure out what makes sense. Over the past two years, I've worked with start-ups and corporations around the world who are grappling a bit with the impact of Web 2.0 on learning. One of the more interesting aspects of this is that I've really changed and refined what I advise both audiences in terms of their learning 2.0 strategy. But, here's what I see in terms of a CLO perspective.

Learning Professionals Leaders

Clark Quinn

talks about how learning organizations must transition from the perspective from a training group being an expendable cost-center to a learning capability that's central to organizational effectiveness and performance On this month's Big Question - Lead the Charge - we are already seeing some interesting responses. The Learning Revolution: Where have all the leaders gone?

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2008 - MMVIII eLearning Year in Review

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

MMVIII (2008) started off visual and mobile to be sure. Since the eLearning community tends to lag a little behind I would have to say that twitter hit the eLearning community strongest in 2008. Twitter wins the 2008 "Big Story" award in my world.

Creativity within Constraints: When Cost, Resource Scarcity, or Deadlines Make Effective Elearning Seem Out of Reach

The Learning Dispatch

They don’t have to mean sacrificing creativity, engagement, or effectiveness. An interaction catalog can help you develop effective elearning under constraints. Developing Effective Custom Training While Respecting Resource Limitations. Budget limits. Deadlines.