I haven’t posted Tony Karrer’s Best of E-learning in a while (I blame it on two trips to the hospital – one mine, one my husband’s – and the fact that we bought a house all in 3 weeks!) but here are some of the sites on his latest list:

(my comments are in italics)

The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals.

  1. LearnTrends 2009 – Free Online ConferenceeLearning Technology, September 21, 2009 (this will be from 17-19 November and you can find the Conference page here)
  2. Presentation: Fear and Loathing in Social MediaDont Waste Your Time, September 19, 2009 (this is a great presentation. I especially like fear #5 Our Audience Doesn’t Use Social Media and the answer: Then Your Audience  must be deceased!)
  3. Chunking InformationThe eLearning Coach, September 23, 2009 (remote users or distance education students don’t have the luxury of face to face time with lecturers and librarians. Breaking our info up into chunks will help them learn faster and easier)
  4. eLearning Authoring Tools Review — Help!Learning Visions, September 21, 2009 (Cammy has an excellent list-that-is-still-growing of authoring tools with user comments with it telling you when they use it, what they like and dislike about it. Word of warning, it prints out really small in the pdf option)
  5. The Fallacy of Open/Closed Culture in Social Business DesignSkilful Minds, September 22, 2009
  6. Multitrack audio and creating MP3 podcast files: Podcasting for E-LearningThe E-Learning Curve, September 21, 2009 (I’ve downloaded Audacity, but I haven’t had time to play around with it yet, but when I do this post will be on the top of my visit list)
  7. Video: Pay AttentionDont Waste Your Time, September 21, 2009 (I love these kinds of simple videos – and it really is time for librarians to start paying attention to our users. They’re not going away people!)
  8. Ordering Training is Not Like Ordering PizzaMinuteBio, September 23, 2009
  9. Let the Learners Hold the SpoonBozarthzone , September 23, 2009
  10. Using Social Network Analysis in Social Business DesignSkilful Minds, September 23, 2009
  11. Resource for PresentationsKapp Notes, September 18, 2009 (Books, links and presentations on how to NOT bore your audience to death, bec do you really want to be the speaker with the most boring, long-winded presentation?)
  12. Demand for Instructional DesignersExperiencing eLearning, September 18, 2009
  13. Corporate learning not preparing workers for the futureInternet Time, September 23, 2009
  14. Twitter in your TeachingeLearning Acupuncture, September 24, 2009
  15. How to achieve smooth visual effects in videos created using Camtasia?The Writers Gateway, September 23, 2009 (this is another site I’ll revisit as soon as Camtasia arrives here, smooth visuals are what I dream of 🙂 )
  16. You don’t always need words to teachLeveraging Learning, September 21, 2009 (initially I thought they meant that you can use visuals, turns out I was dead wrong!)
  17. A Change of Focus for the iPhone and TrainingEngaged Learning, September 21, 2009
  18. Crowdsourcing as a tool for new media marketing, stories and plot developmentBusiness Casual, September 20, 2009
  19. How to be a Successful Technical WriterLearn and Lead, September 19, 2009
  20. Web 2.0 & ROIWeb 2.0 and Learning, September 20, 2009

Other Sources

The following are the top items based on social signals.

  1. 10 Sites to Learn Something New in 10 Minutes a Day, September 25, 2009 (ok, so juggling is not really what I’m after but these 10 sites will also help you with word processing issues that frustrate the hell out of the IT guys)
  2. How to Create a Visual Design for Your E-Learning Scenario, September 22, 2009 (if the design sucks the learning will fail – this is a very simple post to remind you to first design and then teach)
  3. How to use Twitter on Campus, September 18, 2009
  4. The 7 c’s of natural learning, September 18, 2009
  5. The Rise and Rise of Online Learning, September 20, 2009
  6. An “Admirable Use” Policy, September 21, 2009
  7. Networked community management, September 23, 2009
  8. 9 ways to check RSS feeds, September 22, 2009
  9. Toondoo Spaces, September 18, 2009 (I’ve used this and as a creatively-challenged person I love it! You can choose from various different characters and customise the cartoon to your hearts content. You can also upload your own pics and include them)
  10. We Need Your Help – Screencasting Tips for New Screencasters, September 21, 2009
  11. Augmented Reality and the Future of Learning & Work, September 22, 2009 (Augmented reality will probably hit South Africa’s shores in the next year or two and I’m really quite excited about it!)
  12. New challenges of management, September 22, 2009
  13. How companies are benefiting from Web 2.0, September 18, 2009
  14. Google Sidewiki, September 24, 2009
  15. Make Your eLearning Suck Less, September 17, 2009 (really just the title alone makes you want to read this, doesn’t it?)
  16. From E-Learning to We-Learning, September 25, 2009
  17. What happens on #lrnchat doesn’t stay on #lrnchat, September 25, 2009
  18. Virtual Worlds, Innovation and Adoption, September 24, 2009
  19. LearnTrends 2009, September 23, 2009
  20. Brainstorming and the object-oriented whiteboard, September 23, 2009

Hot Topics

LearnTrends (11)

  1. LearnTrends 2009 – Free Online Conference, September 21, 2009
  2. LearnTrends 2009, September 23, 2009
  3. LearnTrends Innovation Awards, September 22, 2009
  4. Two Free Online Conferences, September 21, 2009

Sound (27)

  1. Multitrack audio and creating MP3 podcast files: Podcasting for E-Learning, September 21, 2009
  2. 10 Sites to Learn Something New in 10 Minutes a Day, September 25, 2009
  3. How to Create a Visual Design for Your E-Learning Scenario, September 22, 2009
  4. Dear Blackboard …, September 20, 2009