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Tools for M-learning & How to Choose One - ProEdit

Tools for M-learning & How to Choose One - ProEdit | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
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Nothing new here, but its a concise summary of the major considerations  to keep in mind while developing mLearning and a list of some specific tools and applications to help get you there.

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What Is Agile Learning Design?

What Is Agile Learning Design? | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
If you're in the learning design business or working with game based learning, then you've probably come across the term Agile a lot recently, so we're going to try and make sense of it.
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Nice introduction to the AGILE design method. Agile is borrowed from software development and focused much more on fast prototyping and immediate feedback rather than the distinct, uni-directional development phases that define something like ADDIE. In reality though, I see a mix of both in most people's design and development approaches.

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How Can I Make My PowerPoint Presentations Amazing?

How Can I Make My PowerPoint Presentations Amazing? | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
Dear Lifehacker, I have been tasked to make a slideshow for an event at work. I don’t want to make a generic PowerPoint with just boring text or pictures.
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No one should have to work a room with bad PowerPoint.

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A Manifesto for Community Colleges, Lifelong Learning, and Autodidacts | Open Education

A Manifesto for Community Colleges, Lifelong Learning, and Autodidacts | Open Education | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of learning, teaching, and technology that combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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A very thought provoking essay in particular and an interesting site in general! 

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, May 17, 2013 12:06 AM

As some are raised a Catholic or an atheist or a vegetarian, I was raised an academic. The university always had about it a mystique, a cloud of mystery and veneration. Lauded in my household were the values of objectivity, critical thinking, close reading. As early as the fourth grade, my mother took me to her college Shakespeare classes, introduced me to her professors, and indulged me with lunch at the student union. I attended classes with her throughout her undergraduate study; and for years after, I’d walk through campus simply to absorb the essence of the place. Today, I am as much in love with the endeavor of higher education as I am disappointed by its outcomes.

The reformation of higher education is under way. Whether we agree or not, the vast credentialing system of universities and colleges, the importance placed upon expertise, the value of the degree and the Ph.D., the political economies that oppressthose that form the backbone of the system, the administration of learning, therights of students, and even the act of learning itself are all under scrutiny. It is a scrutiny that’s been in play for years, and has been exacerbated most recently by the advent of the MOOC (massive open online course), the corporatization of education, and the exportation of pedagogy to technologists and private entrepreneurs. Sadly, little is coming forward from this inquisition of education that’s hopeful. Academics and administrators are afraid for their careers, and students and learners of all ages are looking openly at other options (other options that enterprising speculators are at the ready to provide).

Dr. Steven F. Simmons's curator insight, May 17, 2013 8:06 AM

Great article on the changing face of higher education and the rise of the autonomous learner.

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7 Major Learning Styles – Which One are You? | WPLMS

7 Major Learning Styles – Which One are You? | WPLMS | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
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A quick list of 7 learning styles. Of course, there seems to be as many learning styles as there are experts to define them and recently I've noticed the whole idea has come under scrutiny. However, I think they're still helpful in reminding designers/developers to cover all the bases and keep things diverse. Not every tool is a hammer as they say.

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Freeciv-web

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Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game
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Only tangentially related to "training" per se, but I loved Civilization so this is pretty awesome. And yeah, let's call a "gamification of history". There, I tied it in.

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Millennials in the Workplace - Infographic

First, what is a millennial? The Millennial Generation, or Generation Y, are individuals that were born between the late 1970's and early 2000's.
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Looks like I just made the cut. Funny, I feel older than that.

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Will Our Kids’ Tomorrow Be Better Than Today?

Will Our Kids’ Tomorrow Be Better Than Today? | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
In the United States, 90% of two-year-olds already have an online history. By age five, more than 50% are regularly interacting with a computer or a tablet device. By age seven, most kids are
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A call to action to get actively and positively involved with the technology that is radically transforming children as we speak. Although I work with educating adults, as a parent of two young kids just now being exposed to technology this is an important issue for me. 

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Agile vs ADDIE: Which Is Better for Learning Design?

Agile vs ADDIE: Which Is Better for Learning Design? | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
My last post was about Agile Learning Design, an iterative model of instructional design that focuses on collaboration and rapid prototyping. And it's become quite a hot topic this past year.
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gregmhagar's comment, May 15, 2013 11:47 AM
In practice I'm usually caught somewhere in between.
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4 Steps to Microlearning Mastery

4 Steps to Microlearning Mastery | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
How does your team get into the microlearning mindset and then use its power?
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I like the comparison of microlearning to "Cliff's notes" and why a minimalist approach to learning is a good thing sometimes.

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Re-imagining school

Re-imagining school | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
All over the world, there's a growing consensus that our education systems are broken. These educators offer lessons in how we might re-imagine school.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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A series of TED talks regarding the percieved need to re-imagine school. Is this in response to a geniune need or simply neoliberal thinking looking to profit from previously inaccessible markets under the guise of a "crisis in education"?

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Crap Detection 101

The all-important literacy of determining the credibility of information found on the Internet. A companion to my blog post of the same title. (Voice-over in...
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"Literacy = Search + Social"

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Who are we now that We're Online? Connected Learners, Connected Edu...

What does it mean to be a networked teacher-learner hybrid?
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Five Ways to Hold the Right Kind of Attention

To accomplish anything, chances are you need the help of others. Here's how to engage and motivate them
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A couple of pointers to keep in mind when facilitating. 

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What Professors Can Learn From 'Hard Core' #MOOC Students

What Professors Can Learn From 'Hard Core' #MOOC Students | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
People who have taken dozens of massive open online courses share their advice for those teaching them.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Interesting insights from people who are "mooc addicts". Article comments are insightful too. 

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timokos's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:52 AM

Four things that matter most according to MOOC addicts ( who finished 20 + MOOCs):

 

1. Organization

2. The Professor

3. (additional) teksts for further reading

4. Passion

 

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Color Is MASTER of Us All [Infographic]

Color Is MASTER of Us All [Infographic] | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
The Art of Color Coordination

Such a helpful infographic. Beyond helpful for web design.


Via Martin (Marty) Smith
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Another handy design resource for developing  visually appealing eLearning and training materials

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 24, 2013 12:07 PM

I thought this looked like a great helpful online reference on color. When you have someone that needs review this info it's nice to have a go to link handy.

Susan Kay Daniels's comment, May 25, 2013 9:43 AM
Thanks Monica. Yes, it is a quick reference that I have referred to more than once in the last few days. Warmly, Susan
Tyler Rrokk's curator insight, July 14, 2013 8:15 PM

Excellent article and great insight!

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15 Key Facts about Content Curation | Business 2 Community

15 Key Facts about Content Curation | Business 2 Community | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
For many content marketers, curation is something of a silver bullet. Rand Fishkin of SEOMoz has joked that we’re in the midst of a content arms race;
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I'm very interested in the relationship between content curation and learning. Scoop.it anyone?

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3 Reasons Most Presentations Fail

3 Reasons Most Presentations Fail | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
Make your sales presentations more compelling and interesting.
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Written in regard to sales presentations, but its a quick read and tips 1 & 2 apply to training. So does three if you consider "brand" a part of your training considerations.

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Taylor & Francis Online :: Open journals

Taylor & Francis Online :: Open journals | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
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A list of open academic journals available from Taylor &  Francis. They have semi-open/metered access to some journals as well. Nice resource for those of us who don't have access to those (expensive) scholarly databases at home. 

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10 Types Of Writing For eLearning: The eLearning Coach

10 Types Of Writing For eLearning: The eLearning Coach | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
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When caught up in rapid development tools and other technological trends and wizardry its easy to forget how much of our work still depends on those 'boring' basic like simple, strong, and effective writing.

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Professional Development in Social Learning: 3 different skill areas

Professional Development in Social Learning: 3 different skill areas | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
I’m constantly asked by Learning & Development professionals where they can learn more about social learning. First of all I guess we need to be quite clear what we mean by the term “soci...
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I think we're all still trying to figure out what exactly social learning is and how it works in a way that we can actually leverage it in conjunction with  traditional/formal learning.

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Pedagogy vs. Andragogy

Pedagogy vs. Andragogy | Always eLearning | Scoop.it
Over this last year I have been fortunate to have been sent to many education conferences on behalf of SmartBrief in pursuit of content and guest bloggers for SmartBlog on Education. It is a dream job for a retired educator and an education blogger.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Nice breakdown at a glance.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, May 13, 2013 1:11 PM

Article is by @tomwhitby while the chart above is from EdTech and Mobile Learning

Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian's curator insight, May 21, 2013 11:50 AM

Most students at the undergrad/grad level are adults or are beginning to be adults, so instructional design should take these differences into account.

Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian's comment, May 21, 2013 11:53 AM
Quote from article: "In the final analysis, I do not think that there are differences in the way we learn as adults, or kids, but rather the differences lie in the opportunities afforded to learn. If we respected kids more as learners, they might be more self-directed and motivated in their learning. If they are allowed to participate in their learning, they might take more ownership."
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8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online

This video list of insights comes from experts in the field of online teaching. Here is a collection of 8 lessons that might improve your online course! Featured: Joanna…

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A quick outline of 8 practical tips for improving the online teaching experience. 

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LuAnne Holder's curator insight, May 12, 2013 11:27 AM

Great facilitation ideas. This short video would be a great addition to faculty training for online instructors.

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Robert Scoble On Online Curation

Increasingly, curation is becoming an important participation/collaboration skill for digital citizens. I interviewed Robert Scoble, one of the most prolific...
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Practical advice on effective content curation and building a reputable following from Super-Curator Robert Scoble in an interview with Howard Rheingold. I feel like I'm learning so much all of the sudden!

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MOOCs, Rhizomes & Networks

During the past year, the phenomenon of Massive Open Online Courses – or MOOCs – has been a trend du jour within academia. Framed by co-founder George Sieme
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Nice slideshow presentation from Academialand.

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