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List of Authoring Tools: Part 3. Creative Design of Learning Experiences: Consulting #eLearning #mLearning #translation #research #curation | My posts on eLearning trends, tools and resources | eLearning Festival. The #eLearning Industry #Blog. A World Without Facebook. Why Tablets? #mlearning In Medical Schools: How the iPad is Changing Medical Education | Performance Consulting. 7 New Awesome Educational Web tools for you to Try. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is back to you with a fantastic collection of new web tools we have the chance to stumble upon during the course of last week. We want you to be able to be updated about the new and educationally relevant releases in the world of web2.0.

Some of these tools can be used with your students in the classroom. As we always say, use your creative powers and imagination to come up with new and interesting ways to employ technology in your class. All it takes is the will. Check out this list and let us know what you think about it : 1- Hall This is a cool web tool that you can use to gather information and feedback from your students. 2- MindMaple This is a great mind mapping tool that allows you to creatively manage and organize your ideas into visual maps. 3- Vialogues Vialogues is a great discussion platform that uses videos as teaching resources. 4- Find PDF Find PDF allows you to search, store and share PDFs . 5- Research in Learning Technology 6- LaloLi. What is the ROI for an LMS? Figuring out the return on investment (ROI) for a learning management system (LMS) is not an easy task.

But, it is import to understand the value the right learning platform can provide and the benefits to employee performance. To make finding the ROI for your training investment easier, I have added a handy calculator to the end of this article. Give it a try. You might be surprised. In today’s work environment, it is becoming more and more important for every employee to have access to the information they need to perform their jobs. Having the right information can help save time and money (and critical errors). In a perfect world, we could train and test all employees to make sure they have what they need to perform their jobs to the optimal level.

There are costs involved that make training employees difficult to justify. There are many obstacles that stop companies from providing training that could directly affect employee performance, and thus, company performance. Jeffrey A. App Center | Schoology. Google Drive is one safe place for all your stuff. Gain instant access to your photos, videos, documents, and other files that are important to you, d...

Resource App This app can only be installed to your Resources area GoAnimate for Schools is widely used for lesson content, teacher and student presentations, tutorials, language training, behavioral training (anti-bu... Starting at $99.00 After installing this app, you will be required to pay in order to have full access Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life.

Remind101 provides a safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents. Welcome to All About Words. Starting at $15.00 ** This app requires a paid subscription to Turnitin. ScootPad makes it super easy for students to master Common Core Standards/Concepts. Starting at $10.00. Creative Design of Learning Experiences - #mLearning: How to create engaging training videos with PowToon. Does online education need to be free to succeed? Salman Khan, future billionaire? (credit: Khan Academy) Also see the three related posts today (below). — Ed. According to venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, technology will “disrupt” education as we know it, and maybe create a few billion-dollar companies along the way (see “The Crisis in Higher Education”), says Technology Review. According to Dow Jones VentureSource, VCs invested $217 million in digital education companies during the first half of 2012 — more than they did during all of 2010.

So which of these startups will end up mattering? To accompany its analysis of the education market, Union Square provided a reading list of news articles whose arguments it apparently found persuasive. However, Union Square says that unless people can turn “free” online courses into an actual academic credential, or into a career, digital education will remain “aspirational and removed from the day-to-day of many people.” The Crisis in Higher Education. A hundred years ago, higher education seemed on the verge of a technological revolution. The spread of a powerful new communication network—the modern postal system—had made it possible for universities to distribute their lessons beyond the bounds of their campuses. Anyone with a mailbox could enroll in a class.

Frederick Jackson Turner, the famed University of Wisconsin historian, wrote that the “machinery” of distance learning would carry “irrigating streams of education into the arid regions” of the country. Sensing a historic opportunity to reach new students and garner new revenues, schools rushed to set up correspondence divisions. By the 1920s, postal courses had become a full-blown mania. The hopes for this early form of distance learning went well beyond broader access. We’ve been hearing strikingly similar claims today. The excitement over MOOCs comes at a time of growing dissatisfaction with the state of college education.

But not everyone is enthusiastic. Rise of the MOOCs. The Value of eLearning in a Tight Economy. It is just a fact of today’s world: we are all learning to do more with less. It is important to identify the greatest value for our time and resources. That means that defining the value of learning (and therefore training) in the workplace is critical. Ruth Kustoff – Learning Strategist and eLearning Expert is letting us share with you her thoughts on The Value of Learning in a Tight Economy. Ruth is passionate about, and creative in, defining learning solutions. She explores the ideas of what would happen if learning took care of itself in your organization? Would you say, “great!”? To that end eLearning must direct itself to the specific needs of its audience with learners focused on the important elements to increase retention for on-the-job application. Download the PDF below: For organizations looking to capitalize on LMS technology that allow people to interact and collaborate on tight budgets, you should review the social learning management system TOPYX.

11 Early Online Education Pioneers Who Paved the Way To Today. While we tend to think of online education as a phenomenon welded largely to the past decade, in reality its history extends significantly further back than that. Think “before the Internet was even a thing that existed.” Experiments in welding computing to the classroom are almost as old as computing itself, with recognizable components of current Internet-based learning roughly (very roughly) appearing around the late 1950s and early 1960s. We realize, of course, that plenty more pioneers contributed to the eventual, if not inevitable, advent of online education! But here’s a few to know initially before moving on to reading about even more individuals and institutions. Daniel Alpert and Don Bitzer:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provided a home for the very first Internet-based community specifically created for learning purposes.

Developers Daniel Alpert and Don Bitzer dubbed their B.F. Why (And How) You Should Create A Personal Learning Network. What Is A PLN? Through the use of my own Personal Learning Network (PLN) , I came across several great examples that both define what a PLN is, and explain the value of creating one for yourself.

According to a wikispace about creating PLNs, “Personal Learning Networks are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to: 1) set their own learning goals 2) manage their learning; managing both content and process 3) communicate with others in the process of learning and thereby achieve learning goals Simply put: A PLN is a system for lifelong learning. ” Why Start Your PLN Now? Teachers in our district, especially freshmen teachers, have a ton on their plates this year. Here are some ways that educators are using their PLNs: 10 Easy Ways to Kick Start Your Personal Learning Network Social Networking – Keeping up with personal, more social contacts like friends, family, and former students (Facebook, Google+) Resources. Bongo LLP. Learning Design isn’t for the wimpy. I’ve had my head down on a major project, a bunch of upcoming speaking engagements, some writing I’ve agreed to do, and…(hence the relative paucity of blog posts).

That project, however, has been interesting for a variety of reasons, and one really is worth sharing: ID isn’t easy. We’ve been given some content, and it’s not just about being good little IDs and taking what they give us and designing instruction from it. We could do it, but it would be a disaster (in this case, that’s what we’re working from, a too-rote too-knowledge-dump course). And it’s too often what I’ve seen done, and it’s wrong.

SMEs don’t know how they do what they do. Part of the process of becoming expert is compiling away the underlying thinking that goes on, so it moves from conscious to subconscious. It takes a fair bit of common sense (remarkable by how uncommon it is), and willingness to continually reframe what the expert says and twist it until it’s focused on how they make decisions. My cloud store, categories: whiteboard. Information. This is a fully functioning scalable scientific calculator. It is highly recommended that professors require all their students to use a Faculty Standard Calculator in class. Suitable for: Teacher, Home Educator, Student, Parent Players: Single Published by: Bongo LLP Purchasing Information To purchase the resource please select the most appropriate platform by clicking on your chosen 'Platform Availability' option on the navigation to the top right of this page where specific platforms are listed.

The platforms are Cloud based and you will be directed to the correct Learning Platform store page. Please note that you will need to login to your selected platform in order to view and purchase the resource. If you use a school based system (e.g. Add to My Apps Launch Demo Full Description This requirement should ideally be specified in the course outline. Requirements Technical Support If you require any technical support regarding any of our apps please click here to get in touch.

Online Forums 2012 - Trends: Oct 11 & 12. LMS ROI Calculator. ROI Calculator TOPYX is a learning management system that is easy to use and easy on your bottom line. TOPYX is a complete, hosted, award-winning LMS that won’t break the bank. It’s a award-winning, flexible platform that can scale to businesses, associations, academic departments and eCommerce needs of any size, and gives administrators a powerful set of tools to manage it all.

See more information about the importance of calculating the ROI of an LMS. We offer a flat fee subscription that provides unlimited users, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited customer service and free implementation. We can have your branded and secure platform working for you in just a few weeks. Make an easy decision and see TOPYX in action. We can help you achieve your learning management program goals, while increasing your training ROI. Request a free, personal LMS demo today! Timesrecordnews. In the North Texas area, online learning is chugging relentlessly forward like a train that won't be stopped. Particularly at the collegiate level, the online phenomenon is fueled by young adults who like technology and nontraditional students who need it, educators say. The flexibility added to a college career through online learning allows students to do what they couldn't easily do otherwise — juggle job, family and studies.

"It's an outstanding opportunity for students and the wave of the future," said Dusty Johnston, Vernon College president. With online options, even rural students can complete a degree or work toward a higher one without constant commuting to the big city, according to Pam Morgan, Midwestern State University associate vice president for outreach and engagement. "It's great for our area," Morgan said.

Those benefits are so compelling that both MSU and VC are offering more online options. VC offers several physical education classes online. They test online. There are 'many reasons' for universities to use e-learning. There are several reasons why universities are investing in online learning, a specialist has said. Writing for MediaShift on, University of Kansas associate professor of journalism and Budig professor of writing Doug Ward suggested educational institutions are moving quickly to bring "centuries-old models of learning" up to date. Communication technologies could have led this transition, he suggested, pointing out mobile phones, computers and web access are cheaper than they used to be.

This is offering people the chance to collaborate and learn alongside anyone in the world and is providing simple access to internet materials, the expert added. Previously, people would have had to purposefully seek out information, but online learning means it "flows relentlessly towards them", he noted. Rising costs, alongside their resistance to change and mediocre degree completion rates, have put universities and colleges "under increased scrutiny", he declared.

Addressing the Growing Generation Gap in Relation to E. Last week I had the chance to partake in one of my favorite parts of my job….meeting with a new client. See, one of the perks of what I do is that everyday has the opportunity to bring something new and different to the table. It’s something I love and something I look forward to.

This particular client wanted to discuss the use of E-Learning and mobile learning to roll out targeted training options for their workforce. My favorite subject! So we sit down and start going over some of the basic questions I always start with. The answer that came back? Now I had to start thinking. This client brought home a topic I’ve heard rolling around the E-Learning world for months now. It’s a problem that isn’t going away. With that in mind, here are 3 key ways to address the generation gap in relation to E-Learning: 1). Before you create the first piece of training material, you must understand the needs of your audience. 2). 3).

If there is on So know your audience. Create or Upload Online Presentations and Slideshows that Don't use Flash. Beware the Lemming: The Most Destructive Trends in E-Learning. First off, let me ask you this. Does anyone know what a lemming is? Well, I’d be happy to enlighten you! See a lemming is a small rodent type creature that has a tendency towards mass suicide. It works like this. When the population gets too large, lemmings will throw themselves off cliffs in huge numbers.

It just takes one to get things started and then this seemingly never ending wave of tiny rodents voluntarily tosses themselves down into the sea. It’s one of those things that is horrifyingly interesting to watch. So here’s the question. Simple. Here’s the problem. Cut the Lectures PowerPoint is a fantastic tool, but it has it’s weaknesses. Let me guess, right about now you are thinking, “Well, duh!”

Here’s the problem. You don’t lecture to them. Beware Social Networking Social networking is known to be a powerful platform. When using social networking as an E-Learning tool you have to ask yourself, “What’s in this for my participants?” Don’t Be Destructively Creative. The new knowledge management: What does a collaborative content hub look like. LMS Software Superhero. Drupal - Open Source CMS. Professional Development from Cornell University.