Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem. The projects also teach students to build on the ideas of others, vet sources, generate questions, deeply analyze topics, and think creatively and analytically.
Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement Hi, I’m Philip Guo, an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Rochester. Since my research interests are in human-computer interaction and online education, I was really excited when Anant Agarwal (edX President) and Rob Rubin (VP of Engineering) invited me to spend the past summer at edX as a visiting research scientist. Anant, Rob, and the rest of the edX leadership team have been wonderfully supportive of my research efforts. In addition, Anant and Rob have personally contributed to framing some of the questions that I investigated in my work. I plan to blog about my findings in the coming months. Gathering Text from the WWW – Making it Short and Sweet – WorkFlowy Blog This is a guest post by Frank Degenaar, author of the book,“Do Way, Way More in WorkFlowy”. Wouldn’t it be perfect if we could highlight just the snippets of an article we wanted and then harvest them all in one go, ready to slot into a WorkFlowy outline? Less work. Less fuss.
eLearning Project Plan Sample Welcome to eLearning.net! My name is Magic and I am the founder of the eLearning Network®. I have over 20 years of experience working in adult education and eLearning. I offer free eLearning project management consultations and am happy to learn more about your project and assist you with your initial project planning – no charge and no strings attached. These Are The Reasons Why Learners Forget Your Training "Training doesn’t help one jot if people can’t remember it in the real world" —Teresa Ewington Our biggest goal in training is to get students to remember the material. In order to do this more effectively, it helps to understand exactly what causes the mind to forget things. By understanding what makes a person forget, we can incorporate things into our programs that help counteract those causes. Forgetting is an important function. It helps a human filter out trivial things that would clog the brain and override important information.
Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement Anant, Rob, and the rest of the edX leadership team have been wonderfully supportive of my research efforts. In addition, Anant and Rob have personally contributed to framing some of the questions that I investigated in my work. I plan to blog about my findings in the coming months. In this first post, I’ll share some preliminary results about video usage, obtained from initial analyses of a few edX math and science courses. Unsurprisingly, students engaged more with shorter videos. Annotating PDF Docs with Diigo – A Tutorial Annotating PDF Docs with Diigo – A Tutorial There are two different methods with which you can annotate a PDF doc with Diigo. (If you don’t want to read the tutorial, try the PDF annotation feature directly.)
Are You Ready for Responsive E-Learning Design? December.10.2015 By: Ruby Spencer In 2014, 20 percent of the world’s population owned a tablet device, with a growth rate of 30 percent from 2013. Desktop computers and laptops are predicted to lose popularity from 2016 onward as tablet sales soar, according to a Statsitica.com forecast for global shipments of tablets, laptops and desktop PCs from 2010 to 2019. Until recently, companies needed to have a different website version for every device, which became increasingly complex, not to mention expensive, as more devices and technologies popped up, such as Android, iPhones and Kindles, to name a few. This was until the birth of responsive design, which uses HTML5 coding language to allow a single build to display and function on multiple devices, including desktop computers, tablets and smartphones.
10 Promises of eLearning: Unrealized or Unrealistic ? The worldwide E-Learning market is rapidly growing, estimated to reach $51.5 billion by 2016, growing at the year-on-year rate of 7.6%. The growth will be much more significantly disruptive in the coming years with regions such as Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe also jumping onto the bandwagon. Trends of Bring-Your-Own-Devices Sales of smart mobile devices is adding fuel to this fire. eLearning has become strategically important for various demographics: WordPoints — WordPress Plugins Features This plugin lets you create one or multiple types of points which you can use to reward your users by "hooking into" different user actions. It also includes a Ranks component, which lets you create ranks for your users based on how many points they have. You can currently award points to users for: RegistrationPosts - You can be selective in which post types get awarded points, and award different amounts for different types. Points will automatically be removed when a post is deleted.Comments - You can award points to a user when they leave a comment, and also to post authors when they receive a comment.
How to Create Successful Training I was chatting with someone recently who was complaining that the organization’s elearning courses weren’t successful. After some conversation, it turns out that the courses were mostly information-based courses. The organization did a great job pulling content together, but outside of the content (and some nice looking slides) there wasn’t much to the courses. Integrating Technology: The Danger of a Single Tool It's not often that I walk away from a faculty meeting inspired by the way it was conducted. Although my principal always tries to model classroom expectations in her meetings, this time she nailed it. The content, questioning, discussion probes, and use of technology were all meeting and exceeding my expectations. In particular, I was delighted with the way she used a tool called Mentimeter. She used it for word cloud generation and open response during the debrief of a great TED talk, "The Danger of a Single Story." The Danger of a Single Tool
eLearning Graphic Design Blog eLearning Graphic Design Tips 7 Quick Steps for Making an eLearning Infographic 1. Determine your subject To make an infographic you need to have something to say. eLearning Samples Part of what makes eLearning engaging (and fun to create) is making each project unique, and targeted to your specific audience to maximize impact. Feel free to explore these brief samples of the different kinds of content I can create for you with rapid development tools like Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate. For more information, please visit my Learning Consulting page or contact me.