Best of eLearning Learning July 2010Great stuff again this month. The following are the top items based on social signals.
- Educational Games for the Classroom- Kapp Notes, July 19, 2010
Here is a list of educational games that can be used to teach kids during the school year or over the summer break. Here are some games based on Nobel Prize winning research. These games cover the topics of physics, chemistry, physiology, medicine, literature, peace and economics. This game teaches about Nobel Prize winning Chemistry Research.
- Instructional Design and E-Learning Blogs- Experiencing eLearning, July 6, 2010
Back when I wrote my instructional design careers series in 2007, I was only aware of a few blogs by instructional designers. Since then, I’ve discovered a wealth of blogs by instructional designers, e-learning developers, and workplace learning specialists. These categories are somewhat loose; some people could be in multiple categories.
- Brain Learning and eLearning Design- The Learning Circuits Blog, July 1, 2010
David Grebow suggested this month's Big Question (thanks David). There's been a lot of discussion around cognitive theory and "how the brain learns." I've been to a lot of conference sessions around this and I've captured a bunch of really great resources below. How to Respond: Option 1 - Simply put your thoughts in a comment below.
- Mobile Learning Survey Results Summary- I Came, I Saw, I Learned, July 30, 2010
by Rosie Hausler. 0160; A few weeks ago I created a survey about Mobile Learning. Thanks to everyone that took time out to answer. The results are summarized below. 79% of respondents are interested in learning more about Mobile Learning. 50% currently neither create nor consume Mobile Learning. 57% of respondents use Facebook Mobile.
- Wikis and Learning – 60 Resources- eLearning Technology, July 13, 2010
I’m involved in several discussions around how to use Wikis as part of learning solutions. wanted to collect a few resources around this topic for use in these discussions. Here’s some of what I found: Why a Wiki? How about math? Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs
- 22 Books For Beginner Instructional Designers- Upside Learning Blog, July 20, 2010
A couple of month back I had shared a list of top 30 online resources for instructional designers to keep up with. That post seems to have got good circulation. Recently I came across this discussion on LinkedIn – best book for beginning instructional designers. e- Learning and the Science of Instruction by Ruth Colvin Clark & Richard E.
- Education As We Know It Is Finished- Lars is Learning, July 14, 2010
So says Clayton M. Christensen and Michael B. Horn in Forbes magazine. As authors of Disrupting Class, a useful manifesto on how innovation will change "the way the world learns". There is a growing head of steam around changes to education systems around the world, largely driven by budget cuts.
- How to support informal learning- Informal Learning, July 12, 2010
Interview. by Robert Morris, Dallas Business Commentary Examiner. Cross is a champion of informal learning, Web 2.0, and systems thinking. His calling is to help business people improve their performance on the job and satisfaction in life. They are currently refining informal/web 2.0 learning management approaches that accelerate performance.
- Digital Participation, Digital Inclusion and Social Learning- Learnadoodledastic, July 24, 2010
Digital Participation - Why? Attended the ' Measuring the Unmeasurable: Digital Participation ' Seminar at Birmingham University on Monday 19th July. was unsure as to what to expect. My motivation to attend stems from my interest in informal online learning and how connectivist methods of online learning can be used to promote digital participation.
- A Research Design to Evaluate E-Learning Projects- The E-Learning Curve, July 8, 2010
The case study design is useful when answering “how” and “why” questions, and in understanding the particulars, and diversity of a learning program. Research Design to Evaluate E-Learning Projects is a post from: E-Learning Curve Blog.
- On principle, practice, experimentation, and theory- Learnlets, July 28, 2010
On twitter today a brief conversation ensued about best practices versus best principles. I’ve gone off on this before ( I think Dilbert sums it up nicely), and my tweet today captures my belief: “please, *not* best practices; abstract best principles and recontextualize!&#. However, I want to go further. On principle (heh).
- Formal Learning All the Way...Baby- Kapp Notes, July 8, 2010
There has been a lot of talk about formal vs. informal learning in the educational blogosphere and when it comes right down to it, formal learning is the most effective. Here's why. Recently, I was touring a nuclear power plant training facility and had a chance to see the room where operators are trained. facts. The training is all formalized.
- Web 3.0: The Way Forward?- Learning with e's, July 13, 2010
There were some interesting presentations at the Vital Meet seminar tonight, held at St James' School in Exeter. Chris Fuller (Follow him as @ChrisFullerisms on Twitter) spoke about Moblogging and argued that blogging while mobile fits into the ethos of a lot of young people. Web 3.0: The way forward? View more presentations from Steve Wheeler.
- Well Played, Blackboard- elearnspace, July 8, 2010
While Blackboard is unable to write a press release that includes clear statements like “we have purchased these companies&# , I have to give the company credit for the acquisition of Elluminate (and Wimba). With increased competition and general maturity of the market, Blackboard made what is likely its most important acquisition to date.
- An introduction to social media - for learning and performance enhancement- Jane Hart - Pick of the Day, July 7, 2010
I am frequently asked for a link to an introductory guide to social media and its use for leaning and performance improvement, so here is my guide. The contents list is shown in the screenshot below. This is a social resource as it also provides the opportunity for you to provide your own experiences of using social tools for learning.
- How to Convert PowerPoint Presentations With Embedded Audio and Synchronized Animation by Jeff Batt- Learning Solutions Magazine, July 21, 2010
While Unison is a good tool for creating interactive activities, you can also use it to upload and convert PowerPoint presentations, including animation, audio, and synchronization timing settings. Here’s a step-by-step guide!
- Working with the iPad- Onlignment, July 26, 2010
It’s now two months since the iPad was launched in the UK, and so it’s timely that people are starting to comment on how they and others are using it. Inspired by these and other posts I thought I would jot down my own thoughts on how the iPad fits into my toolset. Now all I take is the iPad. Image Source: Apple UK.
- Camtasia Studio + Camtasia for Mac = Cool on iPad- Visual Lounge, July 26, 2010
I may have a new addiction. I'm pretty smitten with my iPad. even bought a new purse that the iPad would fit in so I can carry it around with me all the time. :-) Yes, I have a weakness for gadgets. One of the reasons I got the iPad was so I could watch and show Camtasia videos on it - the larger 9.7 inch screen is perfect for viewing screencasts.
- PLE Architecture- Viplav Baxi Meanderings, July 24, 2010
personal profiler that would collect and store personal information. An information and resource aggregator to collect information and resources. Editors and publishers enabling people to produce and publish artifacts to aid the learning and interest of others. Services of the learners choice. Recommenders of information and resources. Interesting.
- Want to Build Better E-Learning Courses? Think Beer- Rapid eLearning Blog, July 13, 2010
Did you know that Portland, Oregon has more than 30 breweries? That is the most breweries per capita in the US. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I’m kind of partial to craft beers. might not like every beer that I taste, but I do enjoy the diversity in flavor. The thing with beer is that there’s not a right or wrong beer. Let me explain.
- Role Shift- Learning and Working on the Web, July 5, 2010
The last time I looked at roles in education I was inspired by Anil Mammen to create a table based on his definitions. think some of the descriptions can be used in a prescriptive way of getting out of our industrial, hierarchical mindset and moving to an enterprise 2.0 or wirearchical culture. Getting There. Wirearchical. Guide. Peer in learning.
- Anatomy of a PLE- Learning with e's, July 11, 2010
Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) do exactly what they say on the can - they are personal to each individual, created by them, owned by them, used by them within their lifelong learning. Some argued strongly for sole student ownership, vehemently opposed to any institutional meddling in a personal learning environment. What does a PLE look like?
- Web 3.0- elearnspace, July 15, 2010
Steve Wheeler shares a presentation Web 3.0: The way forward? Steve takes a three-fold view of web development: 1.0=linking, linking, 2.0=participation, participation, 3.0=existing existing data reconnected for smarter uses. social web) and web 3.0 semantic web) to create what I have called, in the past, the semantic social web.
- The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010 list is emerging - Jane Hart - Pick of the Day, July 24, 2010
Voting for this year's Top 100 Tools for Learning has been underway for just over a month. At the time of writing this blog there have been 277 entries, which means the list is off to a good start. And from the numbr of tweets, it appears this is becoming a popular resourcee around the world. So here's just an update on the list so far. Twitter.
- Using the iPad in Sales Training: Case Study by Lora Davis- Learning Solutions Magazine, July 19, 2010
While many e-Learning producers are struggling to understand how the iPad may be useful in online. instruction, one sales training team has already been successful in using Apple’s new device in blended. instruction in the classroom. Here’s their story.
- Overcoming objections to social media- Onlignment, July 21, 2010
At the eLN Showcase event on 9th July, the Onlignment team each presented a Pechu Kucha (20 slides, each 20 seconds in duration). Today we present Barry’s session, titled Overcoming objections to social media. So why do some organisations find it so hard to get started?
- Bridging the Performance Gap: Training is Just Part of the Solution- Performance Punctuated, July 1, 2010
by Reni Gorman. have been designing and delivering learning interventions for nearly 20 years (dare I say), and I always tell my clients that the learning intervention is just the start of creating change in behavior. There are many other components and models but I boil it down to the most necessary: 1. Sounds simple? Too simple?
- How to Blog When Your Industry or Occupation Isn't Into It- Bamboo Project, July 27, 2010
Rosetta Thurman, one of my favorite blogging professionals, posted an excellent post the other day-- 10 Reasons Why Every Young Professional Should Have a Blog. It was, as always, a thoughtful, compelling post with some great reasons for blogging that she she picked up from her Twitter network. How do you blog then? So does Rebecca Leaman.
- Are you using ADDIE without realizing it?- Adventures in Corporate Education, July 25, 2010
This post came to me after a discussion as our Rock Band BBQ party was winding down Saturday night. There is so much misinformation about ADDIE – so here is my post to try and shine a little sunshine on the topic. You may be using ADDIE without even realizing it. For my techie friends, its like ITIL for the education crowd. is for Analysis.
- 7 Techniques to Capture Attention in eLearning- Integrated Learnings, July 27, 2010
By Shelley A. Gable. Regardless of the extent of your background in instructional design, I think just about everyone can agree that capturing learners’ attention at the start of an eLearning course (and engaging interest throughout) is critical. Anyone who has taken an introductory public speaking class can appreciate this principle.
- eLearning & mLearning: Using Color in Learning, Part IV- I Came, I Saw, I Learned, July 7, 2010
by AJ George Over the last few weeks we've delved deep into color. We've covered how color affects mood , enforces learning , and how to use color to design for special needs like colorblindness, dyslexia, the elderly and other cultures. This week I'm going to wrap up the color series with a few free, useful (and fun!) Feeling creative?
- Augmented Reality for Learning- eLearning Technology, July 26, 2010
A colleague just asked me if I knew anyone who was using Augmented Reality for learning. m not and I gave him the standard advice about looking through LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers , LinkedIn for Finding Expertise , and Searching for Expertise - LinkedIn Answers. He did that, but didn’t find particular people. eLearning Technology.
- Great Animation on Motivation- Learning and Technology, July 1, 2010
This video is going round the web, but very interesting. The message is that higher incentives lead to poorer performance on even basic cognitive tasks. Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose lead to better performance, once you take the issue of money off the table. This video is going round the web, but very interesting.
- 12 Tips To Improve Your Focus- The eLearning Coach, July 6, 2010
If you're having trouble maintaining your focus at work, check out these tips. They're bound to help. Post from: The eLearning Coach 12 Tips To Improve Your Focus.
- Open Source Web Conferencing Solutions – FREE- eLearning 24-7, July 27, 2010
I have a real issue with vendors who charge extra – via a license with their “partner&# or otherwise for a web conferencing – and thus ability to offer webinars, in their solution. It should be free – 100%. Hence: Below are products that are either open source free or free or free with limited functionality. Caucus - inc.
- Google App Inventor – Can It Boost mLearning?- Upside Learning Blog, July 19, 2010
Last week Google launched App Inventor a visual development tool to build Android applications. This tool will allow anyone to create an Android app without writing even a single line of code. The video below shows how easy it is to built an Android app using this tool –. You can fill up this form to get access to App Inventor in the coming weeks.
- Look Inside "Social Media for Trainers"- Bozarthzone , July 27, 2010
Amazon has just added the "look inside" feature for Social Media for Trainers so be sure to go take a look! I'm offering daily tips and ideas on social media for trainers via Twitter @SoMeTrainers and weekly-ish tips via a Facebook page. Check "Where's Jane?" at right for my speaking schedule.
- Moodle muddle- Learnforever, July 10, 2010
As mentioned in an earlier post , my organisation is implementing Moodle as its learning platform. Early days yet, but a big success so far. However, while pleased with the platform, I have been surprised by the limitations of Moodle’s course authoring capability. These limitations fall into two categories: 1. However… 2.
- All of a Twitter … how are social web tools used in University classrooms- Dont Waste Your Time, July 12, 2010
I am trying to steer clear of blog posts that keep talking about Twitter, and how we can use it in a classroom setting, but this one (from the University of New South Wales) is one of the better ones I’ve seen recently that have the academic staff talking about how they are using it. Enjoy. Many thanks to mbogle for showing this video.
- Instructional Design Review Checklists – Key to Quality E-learning- The Writers Gateway, July 22, 2010
In any e-learning development company, storyboards and e-learning courses go through rounds of testing to ensure desired quality levels. You should find a lot of blog posts on e-learning testing. All these articles talk about the importance of usability testing, learnability testing for e-learning courses. Is content structuring okay? Finally !
- Twitter is Just the Start- aLearning, July 5, 2010
Trade associations offer a lot of educational programs, don’t we?!? We provide up-to-date training so our members can meet the latest regulatory requirements, perform their job functions better than ever, get inspired by best practices and sterling examples… and so much more. So what are we missing? Knowledge transfer at its most basic.
- Free Micro eLearning Games- Take an e-Learning Break, July 15, 2010
Want to add some fun to your courses? Download the free Micro eLearning Games. Change the logo, test questions and passing score in the external text file. Check it out: [link
- 20 video sites- Moodle Journal, July 19, 2010
One media that I am increasing making use of these days is movies. Whether they are screen capture, short clips or whole programs, I think can make for a really flexible and engaging resource that I can so plug them into our Moodle platform with ease.
- Using Twitter to Amplify Connective Learning and Sharing at ICEL 2010- ZaidLearn, July 15, 2010
icel5). Instead, you might as well use the 'Search' function in Twitter, and then save the search, which you can follow. Another tool you might want to consider (among several) is TweetDeck , which provides you a host of excellent features to track whatever you want, and also enables conveniently to update your own Twitter world. THANK YOU !
- Why Do We Have an LMS?- MinuteBio, July 11, 2010
Warning, this is a bit of a rant written mostly for my own need in sorting through how I really feel about learning management systems (LMSs). If you work with the average LMS you probably understand. have worked numerous different LMSs, some good and some not so good. If you are reading this, thank you. 8220;We have to track EVERYTHING!&#.
- Announcing Adobe eLearning eSeminars for July, August, - Adobe Captivate Blog, July 12, 2010
I'm thrilled to share the details of several upcoming eSeminars for the next several weeks. I'll be sharing thoughts on Adobe Captivate 5 for various audiences and interests over the next several weeks. If you want to see one, just click the bitly link and sign up with your Adobe ID. Times are all US Eastern.) Hope to see you there. 7/21/2010.
- Word Cloud of this blog- Learning Technology Learning, July 16, 2010
I did a wordle of this blog which is now sitting on the front page. There are no real surprises. Learning is the biggest word which makes sense. always intended this blog to be about my learning so I use this word in this context and in the context of using technology for learning. Technologies is second which is an obvious dominant theme.
- Wonder wheel from google for learning- Ignatia Webs, July 27, 2010
Back from an invigorating and wonderful vacation (while writing papers), aaaaahhhh super. To start of my blogposts, I thought I would keep it simple. When writing for the Master course I am following (master in distance education), I started to use Google's wonder wheel, and what a wonderful search option this is. Why do I like it?
- How to create a lightbox in Moodle- Learning Rocks, July 20, 2010
- Social Learning without the Technology - 7 Patterns to try out- Free as in Freedom, July 12, 2010
I find it amusing when people speak of social learning and technology enabled learning almost in the same breath. It's as if social learning is impossible without the help of technology. It's odd - didn't people have coffee table conversations before the age of social media? Did people not learn from each other? The idea is very simple.
- The big question: the impact of brain science on e-learning design- Clive on Learning, July 2, 2010
The Big Question for July on the ASTD Learning Circuits Blog is “Does the discussion of ‘how the brain learns’ impact your elearning design?” To emphasise the extent of this discussion, Tony Karrer lists 32 blog postings, including two of mine: Brain rules – where does that leave us? That is progress enough.
- How to Use Feedback From Employee Surveys to Change Organizations- The Peformance Improvement Blog, July 23, 2010
Guest blogger for this post is James D. Stilwell. You name it, somebody is trying to measure it: employee satisfaction, employee engagement, organizational pulse, leadership, attitudes toward a recent change, etc. An important reason for this is that organizations frequently miss critical steps in the learning process.
- Audio Slideshows – Human Interest Storytelling- Electronic Papyrus, July 20, 2010
Online teaching takes many shapes and isn’t always conventional in form. One of the more compelling online pedagogical approaches is digital storytelling that combines audiovisual elements and focuses on a human interest story. well-known medium for digital storytelling is the audio slideshow. Hoedad Audio Slideshow. The Basics. Hoedad story).
- The two types of augmented reality- E-learning in the Corporate Sector, July 20, 2010
My favourite example of augmented reality is now a couple of years old: While it might not be as flash as the xkcd enthusiasts might demand from this emerging technology, it remains practical and – gasp! 8211; useful in the workplace. In the BMW example, the real world is on the other side of his glasses. smartphone. Rewind. New criteria.
- Consultation/Training Needs Analysis checklist- ID Reflections, July 4, 2010
These are some thought-starter questions and by no means an exhaustive list.part of an exercise in my attempt to collate my scattered bits of writing. have found the questions below useful to ask when analyzing an organization's readiness/need for e-learning. have jotted them down as they occurred to me and are in no ways very refined.
- Learning and Development Roundup (vol. 15)- Element K Blog, July 6, 2010
It's time for another edition of the Learning and Development Roundup! See also previous editions at the archive page.). Top Tools for Learning 2010 I'll start by again noting that Jane Hart's annual "Top Tools for Learning" survey is well underway. Back in December, I wrote about her final survey results for 2009. What must the learner know?
- 22 Social Learning Strategy Questions to Answer Before Your Next Lesson- Learning Putty, July 1, 2010
As an industry we are so excited about informal learning and even more so about the smaller facet of social learning that we are too quick to jump on the bandwagon and call what we do “Social Learning&# (note the capitalization). So what do we have to do to turn our fascination with social learning [.]
- Learning Architecture- Learning in a Sandbox, July 14, 2010
Yesterday I’ve met with Marc Coenders at the beautifull Media Centre in Hilversum. CP2 Research and Dissertation Series. The research series is a regularly recurring activity in the community in which a specific research of one of the members is being topic of discourse for a single week. Marc’s research on facilitation and space.
- Employee Orientation programs are perfect partners for social media- Spark Your Interest, July 6, 2010
Are there any folks that are helping organizations deal with this challenge holistically? It seems to me that it could end up being another silo’d affair, where marketing has their own strategy, product groups do, too. And then HR has one for recruitment/employer branding, and the learning folks are pitching something different.
- You can’t ban Facebook- Stoatly Different, July 30, 2010
I just thought I’d write a quick note on Facebook and its presence in the workplace. As an advocate of all things social, you can imagine my stance on this topic – I believe no organisation should be blacklisting sites like Facebook. But of course many do. They need to stop, now. Here’s why: 1. It’s happening.
- Is Blogging Dying?- Designed for Learning, July 24, 2010
I recently read an article in The Economist highlighting a report that shows that "the rate of growth of blogs has slowed in many parts of the world. In some countries growth has even stalled". Yes, perhaps it is true that blogging is growing at a far lesser rate than it was 10 years ago. But I don't think blogging is dying! The trends are changing.
- Social Learning on a shoestring- Spicy Learning, July 27, 2010
Social Learning on a shoestring. Hanif Sazen. Earlier this year, many of you may have seen David Carroll’s humorous tirade against United Airlines. So he wrote a song, made a video and put it on YouTube. There is also a message here for us L&D professionals. our learning strategies. the power and the resources that are all around us.
- Tool to Create Free Web-based Simulations- eLearning Brothers, July 16, 2010
Awhile back I ran into a company called Forio and was able to sit down and see a demo. Their tool could really help my fellow eLearning developers so I thought I’d share. Their free tool is called Forio Simulate and it lets you quickly build web-based business simulations. Add an interface to it and use the calculations in your simulation.
- New Kodak better than Flipcam- Internet Time, July 30, 2010
I’ve been a tremendous fan of Flipcams, the $150 pocket-sized video cameras with an interface even a first grader can figure out. The one downside was sound. Audio is more important than picture when shooting video. Flipcams have no jack for an external microphone. Charles Jennings showed me an awesome Kodak mini-cam that solves the problem.
- Learning Innovation – Keep Stumbling- Getting Down to Business, July 8, 2010
This is the first in a five part series on managing learning teams and how to succeed in the ‘new normal’ of our industry. As the head of a learning function, global education, etc – I see five main components that are the lifeblood of the organization. Innovation. Strategic planning. Communication/Change Management. Execution. Evaluation.
- [InfoGraphic] Avoiding 3 Common Training Pitfalls- Mindflash, July 28, 2010
Whether it’s a lack of clarity on the part of senior executives or a lack of resources to execute accordingly there are a countless reasons training projects fail. However there are 3 pitfalls which almost always guarantee a spectacularly bad outcome: (1) No clear target, (2) poor project management, and (3) anonymous trainees. Infographic].
- Elearning - accessibility and usability- Learning Conversations, July 16, 2010
A question was asked today on the Learning & Skills Group forum about whether elearning has different accessibility and usability standards to normal web design. My answer is an emphatic "No!" - at least it shouldn't have. The accessibility standards for elearning are exactly the same as web design. Start with: [link]. See: [link].
- Video Analysis for Experience Design: The Video Card Family Game- Skilful Minds, July 12, 2010
Digital ethnography is an increasingly feasible research technique as smartphones decrease in cost and more people carry them around. Of course, taking photographs and sharing them online as part of a diary or journal for ethnographic research predates smartphones.
- EVER TRIED TO HIT A MOVING TARGET AT TWENTY PACES WITH A COLT 45?- Performance Learning Productivity, July 15, 2010
In the movies, the marshal steps out from behind the big rock, draws his Colt.45 and enforces the law by dispatching a few outlaws as they dive for cover 20 or 30 yards away. In real life it was not as simple as that. About 40 years ago I read a tremendous book by Earl Forrest about a feud that took place in Navajo County, Arizona in the 1880s.
- Mintzberg, Managing & the Missing Element of Collaboration- trainingwreck, July 21, 2010
Whether or not it was a rhetorical challenge, I’m taking Henry Mintzberg up on his ask, somewhat, in his book Managing and recommending an adaption or perhaps an enhancement to his “ Model of Managing ”. Perhaps he will utilize it in an updated book release. Perhaps. First to Mintzberg and the “Model of Managing”. Do you agree? Disagree?
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