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Archive for May, 2004

Knowledge-mining elearningpost

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As I mentioned before elearningpost is an excellent example of both stocks and flows online. Last weekend I was going through the Featured section of the site. Here are some interesting articles on Learning Design, you can easily breeze through them as episodes; even contextualize them in a single article. Enjoy –

Visual Design for Instructional Content (Part I)

Visual Design for Instructional Content (Part II)

Serendipitous learning

Blending information and instruction

Empathic Instructional Design

Framing Learner Personas

Learning by Design

Interactive Visual Explainers — A Simple Classification

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May 27th, 2004 at 4:05 am

blogs + forums + trackback : Online Community Tool Integration

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From Lee LeFever on Community Tool Integration. To quote -

Consider an online community, which is usually based on a single tool for discussions, like a message board. While these have been very successful historically, there are new opportunities to add tools and processes that enhance the community.
Consider how a weblog (or weblogs) could be used in a traditional, discussion-based community. A weblog would allow the community leader(s) to chronicle the discussions and related news in real time. The weblogs add a personal point of view that highlights specific discussions, making the community navigable via weblog.
While the weblog itself may be nice, it is how the weblog and weblog tools are integrated into the community that produces the value.

Written by anol

May 27th, 2004 at 4:04 am

Posted in Social Media

e-learning Myths

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Exploring e-learning Myths from Learning from LTI by Kimberly M. Woodward

e-Learning came to forefront for taking the traditional classroom training model and applying technology advancements to create new ways to learn. However, each advancement in e-Learning has also resulted in new obstacles. This continual struggle has helped spawn some popular e-Learning myths that deserve exploration. Understanding these myths can help companies realize the business value of e-Learning while avoiding some of the pitfalls surrounding it. Since three is a mystical number, let’s explore three popular e-Learning myths.

Comments from elearnspace:
This article explores myths about elearning standards, analystics, and implementation. Fairly standard stuff. The real challenge of elearning (and an area that is usually overlooked) still centers around getting it used. Right now, there is a small segment of society that sees the value of elearning (typically professionals who are looking at advancing/changing their career). Most people don’t see elearning as an option. Often, organizations that implement elearning assume that the creation of a relevant, well-designed, integrated program will convince people to use it. Not so. Getting people to learn online (or use any new technology) requires a shift in thinking that needs to be fostered much like a well-organized advertising campaign. “Build it and they will use it” is probably the biggest myth surrounding elearning.

Once upon a time (March 2003) elearningpost posted:
10 Damaging E-learning Myths

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May 27th, 2004 at 4:02 am

Gathering knowledge

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Denham Grey’s blogpost on Gathering knowledge to answer –
“How would you recommend that the ‘knowledge’ is gathered? Thru databases? internet libraries? or maybe surveys? forums? focus groups?”

experience structured questionnaires and surveys are the least effective may to gather knowledge, which is emergent and very context dependent. I strongly favor communities of practice and knowledge networking where emergent insights and shared meaning are evaluated, continuous learning happens, and participants are kept aware of developments by their peers.”

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May 24th, 2004 at 4:00 am

Guidelines on the display of links

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Nielsen published the second part to his guidelines on the display of links followed by a great wrap-up by Andrei Herasimchuk, Didier Hilhorst, Cameron Moll, Greg Storey, and D. Keith Robinson at Design By Fire.

Andrei also posted a ‘in plain english’ version of Nielsen’s article.

Summary:
1.Use strong, contrasting colors with some form of underline.
2.Use different shades of the primary link color for visited links.
3.Use bold or italics for emphasis with text that’s not a link.
4.Reserve primary link color for links only.
5.Keep hover effects simple.
6.Use [title] to help predict where a link will lead.
7.Use large font sizes for primary links.
8.Provide an ample amount of text and whitespace for links.

Written by anol

May 22nd, 2004 at 3:47 am

Posted in Information Design