by News Editor
Industry leaders and educational experts with WCET, Mozilla, Blackboard, and Sage Road Solutions will explore the use of badges as powerful new tools to openly represent flexible portable learning and skill and competency achievements. The free MOOC will run September 9 to October 14, 2013. Read this press release for details and registration information.
by Patti Shank
For members of The eLearning Guild, social learning seems to be close to the tipping point in importance. Here are some insights from Guild Research about the level of importance, the future role of the LMS as it relates to informal and social learning, and the ways in which the Experience API (Tin Can) will be changing that role.
by Nic Laycock
With the evolution of the many channels available to people for learning, we are witnessing the emergence of an age in which talent and passion drive learning and performance. Jef Staes, a Belgian authority on learning and innovative organizations, has a lot to say on this topic, and this month Nic introduces us to him and to a great overview of his ideas.
Social media played an incredible role in reporting the events at the 2013 Boston Marathon and assisting in its outcome. There are some lessons about the power of social media in learning we can take away from those events. What are the benefits and what are the pitfalls?
Delegation is a key skill for instructional designers, especially when turning content development over to end users and subject matter experts. However, just as in any other management effort, it is vital to delegate with control. Here are some key errors you want to avoid.
With curiosity and candor, Tiffany Shlain set out to make a film answering one question: What does it mean to be connected in the 21st century? The result is her critically-acclaimed documentary and personal memoir, Connected, in which she explores the visible and invisible connections that link us as humans to one another, to the major issues of our time, and to the world at large.
by Bill Brandon
This is an outstanding tutorial for Google+, or G+ for short. If you are new to G+ and feeling overwhelmed, this is your guide. If you don’t know anything about G+, Kawasaki’s book will provide the basics. If you weren’t impressed with G+ when you tried it right after launch, Guy will give you an updated appreciation for what the service offers.
by Bill Brandon
eLearning design (and many authoring tools) may often support rote learning, recall of information, and acquisition of discrete skills, but not use of the information or skills to solve difficult problems, evaluate ideas, or settle arguments. Is there a way to use eLearning to develop or sharpen critical thinking skills? This article explores the question and suggests some answers.
by Nic Laycock
Technology has disrupted many traditional relationships between providers and consumers, but much of what goes on in education has remained relatively unaffected. There have been few “top-down” initiatives to change this. But in Israel, a new approach driven by the student body is innovating collaborative methods of study enabled by the social media. Read about it here.