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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


A Balancing Act Part II: Providing technical support before, during and after the online course

By Jennifer A. Shamsy / July 25, 2014

As one of many roles of online instructors, effective technical support can be achieved by engaging in proactive steps before, during, and after the course or training program. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Program Evaluation


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]


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

Best Practices/Tips, Reviews

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


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


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


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


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


The New Learners

By Laura Layton-James / November 19, 2013

Society has changed considerably over the last 50 years or so with considerable shifts in lifestyle. There is no longer a traditional family, a traditional employee, or a traditional student. In her new book, Tracey Wilen-Daugenti explores these changes and how technology can and is helping education adapt to meet the needs of todays society. » [Full Article]
TAGS: News and Trends, Social Learning


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


Book Review: 'The Connected Company' by Dave Gray

By Clark Quinn / July 24, 2013

In this review, Clark Quinn sings praises for "The Connected Company." Dave Gray's new book explores how the world is changing, how companies need to adapt, and how they can do so effectively. Gray examines how organizations are connecting and engaging with customers, partners, and employees. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Needs Analysis, News and Trends


Walk the Chalk: 'Blackboard Essentials for Teachers' by William Rice

By Brad Jones / May 23, 2013

Find out if the recently released 'Blackboard Essentials for Teachers by William Rice is worth your time. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Delivery Technology, News and Trends


A Look Back at TCC 2013

By Melissa A. Venable / May 7, 2013

The 18th Annual TCC Worldwide Online Conference featured more than 1000 participants and 200 presenters all focused on emerging technologies in education. Highlights from the 2013 event are provided along with details about how organizers fostered a supportive atmosphere and active exchange of ideas through a variety of communication tools, social media use, and a system of digital badges. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, News and Trends


Attack of the Apps: Helping facilitate online learning with mobile devices

By Naomi McGrath / March 29, 2013

Can iPad apps help facilitate online learning? Naomi McGrath, Educational Development and Communications Officer at the UNE Business School, University of New England, answers this question with a reviews of four apps. It is her hope that using by incorporating mobile apps in the classroom, instructors can improve enable communication to external students. These specific apps have either been used as a gadget to help provide support when teaching, assist with ease of access, or used within an LMS to collaborate information and share with other open source software available online. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Digital Literacy, Mobile Learning, News and Trends


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


2013 ASTD TechKnowledge Recap

By David Kelly / February 5, 2013

If you missed this year's TechKnowledge, don't fret. Find out what you missed, as Dave Kelly recaps the ASTD conference, He also discusses the benefits of attending, including the intangibles, which will surely appeal to those new to the field of technology-based learning. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Lifelong Learning, News and Trends


Book Review: 'E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 2' by Ryan Tracey

By Laura Layton-James / January 23, 2013

Laura Layton-James reviews Ryan Tracey's latest offering of his most compelling blog post. In this curated volume Tracey share his observations, stories, and experience in the eLearning arena. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Digital Literacy, News and Trends, Social Learning