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A Roadmap for Evaluating Online Teaching

By Adam Wayne Jenkins / August 20, 2015

Evaluating Online Teaching is not so much a how-to guide as it as a roadmap, guiding the reader through the complexities of creating or overhauling a faculty evaluation process. The book places heavy emphasis on contextual factors and is filled with real-world examples. Evaluating Online Teaching is a must-read for distance learning administrators tasked with faculty evaluations. » [Full Article]

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More Than Pretty: A review of Visual Design Solutions

By Ryan Tracey / April 29, 2015

Whether you realize it or not, you are a visual designer. But do not fear, because Connie Malamed's latest book will help you make your pictures more than pretty, by making them effective. » [Full Article]

SOFTWARE

Knowing Me, Knowing You

By Karen Kear, Frances Chetwynd, Helen Jefferis / February 12, 2015

Some learners find online environments impersonal, but are personal profiles the solution? » [Full Article]
TAGS: ASSESSMENT

LITERATURE

Learning Technologies Then and Now

By Mark Notess / February 5, 2015

Bill Ferster's latest book, Teaching Machines: Learning from the Intersection of Education and Technology, explores the history of self-directed learning, from correspondence courses to MOOCs. If you're new to the educational technology landscape, this book is a thought-provoking introduction. » [Full Article]
TAGS: NEWS AND TRENDS

LITERATURE

A Wake up Call for Practitioners

By Helen Blunden / January 26, 2015

With organizations facing many challenges today, what role does the learning professional have to play? And how can they help their organization succeed in todays changing business world? » [Full Article]
TAGS: LIFELONG LEARNING, NEWS AND TRENDS

LITERATURE

Revolutionize Learning and Development; An e-Learning Manifesto for All of Us

By Stevie Rocco / September 10, 2014

Clark Quinn's new book, "Revolutionize Learning and Development," offers many insights and suggestions for the changes that are needed for learning and performance in organizations going forward. From the need for data to how we conceive of a course, the text outlines next steps that organizations can take to optimize performance. » [Full Article]
TAGS: LIFELONG LEARNING, THEORIES AND PRINCIPLES

LITERATURE

Online and Distance Education Demands Researchers Pick a Topic and Get to Work

By Nakita Dolet / July 24, 2014

Online and distance educations continues to grow as a field, attracting students and educators from various disciplines and cultural backgrounds. Despite, a growing interest in online education, many argue there is a need for deliberate, well-informed research that helps in the continued development of the field. "Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda," edited by Olaf Zawacki-Richter and Terry Anderson, attempts to bring a renewed energy to online and distance education (ODEL) research by inviting a number of experts to discuss issues impacting this sector of education today. » [Full Article]
TAGS: LIFELONG LEARNING, THEORIES AND PRINCIPLES

EVENTS

Getting Going with mLearning: A recap of mLearnCon 2014

By Clark Quinn / July 11, 2014

The latest mLearn Conference was a chance to assess the current state of the mobile industry. The core message was that mobile has matured, and there are real opportunities to be had. The cutting edge, however, is still a dynamic area of exploration with content architectures at the back end and wearables at the front end both are driving much excitement. » [Full Article]
TAGS: MOBILE LEARNING

LITERATURE

Design for Online Learning Using a Learner's Perspective Approach

By Simone C. O. Conceição / July 2, 2014

A variety of instructional design models provide pathways for developing courses using different philosophical approaches. However, many design models tend to focus more on the teaching than on the learning portion of the process. Roderick Sims, in his book "Design Alchemy: Transforming the Way We Think About Learning and Teaching," provides an innovative approach to design online instruction that focuses primarily on the learning rather than the teacher or content. He uses the term "design alchemy" to explain how a designer can think about learning and teaching as a practical and effective means to creative online environments that maximize the educational experience. » [Full Article]
TAGS: DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

LITERATURE

Alarmingly Shallow: The effects of Internet on our culture, community, and social well being

By David Seckman / June 20, 2014

In "The Shallows. What the Internet is doing to our Brains," Nicholas Carr investigates the various ways technology is becoming both enlightening and disturbingly influential in the learning, neurological, and decision-making ethos of the human race. He offers insights into side effects of the Internet on our ability to focus and think critically about the things we read, see, and discuss. This review challenges the notion that historical effects of the book and the Internet are disparate in nature, and argues for a more balanced approach to the way we view technology fitting into society and learning as we continue to change over time. » [Full Article]
TAGS: NEWS AND TRENDS

LITERATURE

Managing in Complexity: A book review of Flat Army

By Clark Quinn / April 22, 2014

Dan Pontefract's "Flat Army" lays out how to manage people in an organization in ways that jointly maximize the employee engagement and the organizational outcomes. If making work more meaningful and empowering employees is the wave of the future, the old ways wont work. This book lays out how to act, lead, and decide in the new organization. » [Full Article]
TAGS: THEORIES AND PRINCIPLES

EVENTS

Getting Smart About Content

By Clark Quinn / March 7, 2014

eLearning is behind the industry when it comes to dealing with content systematically. The Intelligent Content Conference presents a chance to understand what leading organizations are recommending and doing with content. The practices observed include design, engineering, and management of content in ways enlightened by new standards and tools that provide a multi-layer approach to customizing the user experience. » [Full Article]
TAGS: NEWS AND TRENDS

LITERATURE

The Fundamentals for Successful Program Design

By Susan Knight / February 14, 2014

In the second edition of E-Learning by Design, William Horton provides a comprehensive, engaging, and practical guide for designing eLearning programs confidently and effectively. Horton explains what to do, the rationale behind it, and the benefit to learners. Readers will find a wealth of information, based on sound instructional design principles, which can be applied to any eLearning project. » [Full Article]
TAGS: THEORIES AND PRINCIPLES

SOFTWARE

Five Reasons to Download Adobe Presenter

By Craig Wiggins / November 7, 2013

In this review, Craig Wiggins takes a look at Adobe Presenter 9 and weighs the values of its new features. » [Full Article]
TAGS: COURSE-AUTHORING TOOLS, DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

EVENTS

Training 2013 Conference & Expo: A Review

By Kevin Thorn / March 20, 2013

Kevin Thorn shares a detailed recap of Training 2013 Conference & Expo, which attracts training, learning and performance professionals from both the public and private sectors. In this overview, Thorn offers a detailed description of the three-day event. If you have a hard time figuring out which learning conference to attend, this recap will help. » [Full Article]
TAGS: NEWS AND TRENDS

SOFTWARE

The Best Assessment Tools for the Online Classroom

By Martin Sivula / December 4, 2012

More and more students at all levels of education submit e-documents for assessment, grading, and instructor review. While retaining an electronic format, there are several free or low cost software tools available to facilitate this process. Each of the tools mentioned here have been empirically tested in the classroom and/or online settinggiving feedback to more than 100 students. Results suggest selecting tools that fit your instructional methods and assignments (while not sacrificing quality) can save you time and actually improve your feedback to students. » [Full Article]
TAGS: ASSESSMENT, DIGITAL LITERACY, NEWS AND TRENDS

SOFTWARE

Creating Your Own Stock Photos with Your iPhone: A camera app review

By Tracy Parish / July 6, 2012

The struggle to find images that balance cost effectiveness for the client along with relevancy to the learner is an all too familiar encounter instructional designers face. To solve this need instructional designers are creating their own collection of stock images using whats at hand; their iPhones. Choosing the right app for the task can be a daunting one, but here Tracy Parish reviews 11 different apps that will help make the amateur photographer look like a pro and expand their image resources. » [Full Article]
TAGS: DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

SOFTWARE

Rapid Power Tools: The top performers of eLearning authoring software

By Judy Unrein / May 22, 2012

Not all authoring tools are created equal. Some require programming skills and a long lead time for development, others are too simplistic to effectively address all of your needs. Enter "rapid power tools." They are easy to use and powerful enough to to create custom learning experiences. In this article, Judy Unrein looks at what's available on the market. Find out which ones make the cut. » [Full Article]
TAGS: COURSE-AUTHORING TOOLS, NEWS AND TRENDS

EVENTS

The Oxford Union Debate on Informal Learning, Style or Substance?

By Samuel Greengard / August 10, 2011

Last fall, a panel of eLearn heavy hitters were invited by the Oxford Union to debate whether informal learning is fad or foundational. Presented is a recap of the lively event. » [Full Article]
TAGS: DIGITAL LITERACY, SOCIAL LEARNING, THEORIES AND PRINCIPLES

SOFTWARE

App Throwdown: Writing on the iPad

By Brian Dusablon / May 19, 2011

The increasing popularity of tablet computers—overwhelmingly, now, the iPad in particular—brings hundreds of choices about applications ("apps") promising improved productivity and ease of tasks. » [Full Article]
TAGS: MOBILE LEARNING, NEWS AND TRENDS

EVENTS

How to Create a Podcast for e-Learning

By Jill Duffy / November 5, 2010

In our era of ubiquitous and almost free publishing, those who want to teach and learn now have almost limitless resources. However, this wealth of information brings a whole new perspective on literacy. As Howard Rheingold suggests, we, which includes educators and learners alike, might now have to deal with not one, but six literacies. » [Full Article]
TAGS: DELIVERY TECHNOLOGY, DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

SOFTWARE

Rypple

By Chelsea Pollen / October 26, 2010

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TAGS: DIGITAL LITERACY, SOCIAL LEARNING

LITERATURE

Review of 'Working Smarter: Informal Learning in the Cloud' by Jay Cross

By Peter Shea / July 1, 2010

Jay Cross's latest book, Working Smarter: Informal Learning in the Cloud, is his second title about informal learning. Acquiring knowledge through informal contacts and casual conversation, as Cross indicates, is as old as the campfire. However, the rise of social networking technology and Web 2.0 tools have worked as a force multiplier, greatly enhancing the power of people to acquire knowledge. » [Full Article]
TAGS: DIGITAL LITERACY, SOCIAL LEARNING

SOFTWARE

Online Learning 101: Part III

By Susan Landay / June 1, 2010

In this exclusive three-part series, Susan Landay of Trainers Warehouse has been identifying the best ways for face-to-face trainers to add a component of e-learning to their repertoire, without the assistance of a fancy IT team or tens of thousands of dollars of investment. In Part I, she focused on tools for authoring and course development. In Part II, she looked at software for games and interactive learning. Here in Part III, she finishes with learning-management systems and conferencing applications to conduct live webinars. » [Full Article]
TAGS: DELIVERY TECHNOLOGY, DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING PLATFORMS

SOFTWARE

Virtual reference toolkit 2.0

By Henrietta Thornton-Verma / June 1, 2004

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TAGS: DELIVERY TECHNOLOGY

SOFTWARE

Evaluating Software From a Learning-Theory Perspective

By Jennafer Kuhns / November 27, 2002

Educational gaming software is extremely adaptable to almost any teaching environment--from elementary school to college, novice to expert, cognitive to behavioral, and from the physical classroom to the virtual classroom. Presented is a review of just one of these gaming software products: RollerCoaster Tycoon. » [Full Article]
TAGS: GAMES AND SIMULATIONS, THEORIES AND PRINCIPLES

EVENTS

The Best of the Best

By Ed Arnold / October 25, 2002

Over a dozen expert panelists from higher education, industry, and government sectors shared their experiences at the MIT Conference on Distance Education and Training Strategies: Lessons From Best Practices conference held on September 24th at the Tang Center at MIT. This all-day conference attracted about 150 learning professionals from the Boston area and beyond, including a panelist who presented virtually from his office in Nairobi, Kenya. » [Full Article]
TAGS: GAMES AND SIMULATIONS, THEORIES AND PRINCIPLES

SOFTWARE

Blackboard 5

By Margarita Elorriaga / March 1, 2002

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TAGS: COURSE-AUTHORING TOOLS, DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT