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by Patti Shank

Many people think social learning is new, but it isn’t. What’s new is the ability of instructional designers to leverage online social media as a strategy to support learning. Research can help you make better use of the new social channel in your practice. Patti summarizes the benefits and points the way to recent research you can use!

Research   |   October 11, 2012
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by Inge de Waard

How do you analyze what happens in a MOOC? For such things as the behavior of the participants, where interactions between participants take place, what the quality of those interactions was, or how can the content improve? Learning analytics will tell you! This installment of the series on StartToMOOC focuses on the online resources you can use to evaluate your MOOC.

Tip   |   October 10, 2012
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by Apostolos Koutropoulos, Rebecca Hogue

Massive online open courses (MOOCs) are attracting a great deal of attention, but they require effort on the part of participants who want to be successful in them. Here is a guide to success in a MOOC. You may find it useful for yourself if you try a MOOC out, or you may want to provide these guidelines to learners if you are using MOOCs as part of your organizational strategy for learning.

Feature   |   October 8, 2012
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by Nic Laycock

The “back channel”—mainly a stream of participant comments on Twitter—has become a mainstay of conferences. The back channel adds value, extends the reach of conferences, builds personal networks, and supports curation—and that’s only the start! The back channel is global, as Nic Laycock reports this month.

News   |   October 4, 2012
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by Jane Bozarth

There is no magic formula for assessing the value of social interactions; no formula like “two hours on LinkedIn + four comments in groups = tangible outcomes for the organization.” So how do you know time spent using social media isn’t wasted? Jane has some ideas you can use.

Column   |   October 2, 2012
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by Julie Dirksen

Do you learn more by interacting with a live person, or by interacting with a computer? Does the belief that you are interacting with another person (as opposed to a computer) affect learning? In this first installment of our new research review series, a study looks beyond the Turing Test. This article summarizes the findings and offers some implications for instructional design.

Research   |   September 27, 2012
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by Inge de Waard

As more and more training moves into the cloud, enabling mobile access is all the rave. But doing this for a free and open course makes the designer’s life that much more exciting. Make design and development easy for yourself—use what is already out there before starting to develop your own mobile solutions that enable access to your open, online, or cloud course. Here’s how!

Tip   |   September 26, 2012
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by Patti Shank

How critical is informal learning to workplace learning and performance? Here’s some food for thought from the Guild’s August 2012 research report, Smart Companies Support Informal Learning.

Column   |   September 13, 2012
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by News Editor

The eLearning Guild has released its 2012 research report on the numerous benefits of leveraging a more social approach to learning.

News   |   September 13, 2012
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by News Editor

Klowd.com has announced the release of SlideKlowd—an audience engagement app that allows a presenter to share content and interact with a live audience via their smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other mobile device.

News   |   August 29, 2012
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Topics Covered: Learning Media, Social Media