I can’t believe it’s been a week since Tony Karrer‘s last “best of” list and I still haven’t been able to play with half of the sites he listed in his last list! But I’m sure this list will be filled with even more goodies for me to play with.🙂 The links to Audacity makes me excited as I have that on my list of things to learn for October – thanks Tony!

Upcoming Free eLearning Webinars

  • Metrics for the Modern CLO: How to Measure Formal and Informal Learning Thursday, October 08, 2009 This webinar covers how to define a measurement strategy that encompasses all types of learning, how to measure effectiveness and use of informal learning, new tools to make measurement easier, and how to find the metrics that matter most to your business. Seems interesting but the timing is, unfortunately, all wrong for me in South Africa
  • Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 This one looks very interesting as it will explore the impact of new technologies, research, and related projects and it asks the question I want answered: should academics and education leaders respond? They have it on 3 days, so don’t worry if you miss the October session.
  • Gaining Leverage From Leadership
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009
  • Formalizing Informal Learning …What? Why? How?
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 This webinar will cover non-formal learning approaches and technologies; the best application of these approaches and technologies and how to formalize and make non-formal learning in your organization

Featured Sources

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

  1. I Finally Get It – Why Social Networking is So ImportantEngaged Learning, September 29, 2009 – Kevin does a great job of explaining the difference between Web 1.0, a Content Management System (CMS), Web 2.0, Social Media and Social Networking and then stresses the importance of Social Networking as a story telling tool
  2. Flash Accessibility (508 Compliance)MinuteBio, September 13, 2009 – this site as a link on how to create Flash sites accessible to people with disabilities. At my institution we have many such students and this will be a helpful post to bookmark
  3. Characteristics of Adult LearnersThe eLearning Coach, September 28, 2009 – I blogged about this last week
  4. eLearning StrategyeLearning Technology, September 14, 2009 – a great post from Tony about getting your strategy together before you start waving elearning about with some thought proving questions and resources to use
  5. E-Learning Debate 2009Clive on Learning, September 30, 2009 – follow a great debate on “This house believes that the e-learning of today is essential for the important skills of tomorrow”with Clive Shepard giving you all the juicy For and Against arguments. Then make up your own mind.
  6. Learning Strategies You Can UseRoad to Learning, September 9, 2009 – it was the words “you can use” that drew my attention to this post from Sreya Dutta and as it links nicely to Tony’s post above (#4) it’s well worth a read
  7. Business applications of TwitterE-learning in the Corporate Sector, September 3, 2009
  8. Presentation: Fear and Loathing in Social MediaDont Waste Your Time, September 19, 2009 – I love presenting (ok, maybe not the first few minutes, but once the audience laughs or even giggles or even smiles at one of my lame jokes I’m loving it!) and I love making presentations informative AND fun and this one from David Griner is great. Blogged about it last week as well.
  9. Nothing More Important in my Life Than BloggingeLearning Technology, September 1, 2009 – A great vid between Seth Godin and Tom Peters. Trust me just watch the video and be inspired!
  10. Instructional Designers need more tools than just writing!Free as in Freedom, September 5, 2009
  11. Moodle LMS: Hot Potatoes is Now Free!The E-Learning Curve, September 15, 2009
  12. The Finnish Education System Rocks! Why?ZaidLearn, September 26, 2009
  13. Video: Bring your presentation aliveDont Waste Your Time, September 10, 2009 – shows you how to create photo effects that you can use in Powerpoint. Seems like a LOT of work though for one little shadow…
  14. Adult learning shminciplesE-learning in the Corporate Sector, September 28, 2009 – I like this section of Ryan’s post [there are] times when one approach might be more appropriate than the other, in light of the circumstances and the needs of the leaner
  15. Discussion Forums for Knowledge Sharing at Capital City BankeLearning Technology, September 15, 2009
  16. eLearning Authoring Tools Review — Help!Learning Visions, September 21, 2009 – Cammy’s post of last week. So if you are using authoring tools, please go and help her out.
  17. Learnerprise 2.0: Why Learning 2.0 & Enterprise 2.0 Should Aligntrainingwreck, September 5, 2009
  18. My Personal Learning EnvironmentSticky Learning, September 2, 2009
  19. Presentation ResourcesKapp Notes, September 1, 2009
  20. The Fallacy of Open/Closed Culture in Social Business DesignSkilful Minds, September 22, 2009
  21. Quotes websitesTake an e-Learning Break, September 1, 2009
  22. What to take into account when developing online courses for learners in low resource settingsIgnatia Webs, September 24, 2009 – most of my institution’s students are from low resource areas (think little electricity, little running water, no infrastructure to speak of etc) and Inge de Waard’s slideshow shares her experience and learning curve when dealing with such students
  23. Let the Learners Hold the SpoonBozarthzone , September 23, 2009
  24. Demand for Instructional DesignersExperiencing eLearning, September 18, 2009
  25. What does a real life e-learning strategy look like?e-bites, September 17, 2009
  26. Learning – augmentedLars is Learning, September 9, 2009
  27. How do I learn to teach online?eLearning Acupuncture, September 9, 2009
  28. Patterns at Play – Fundamental to GamesUpside Learning Blog, September 9, 2009
  29. Where to get pre keyed (green screen) video footage for your web video or online project.Business Casual, September 7, 2009
  30. Corporate learning not preparing workers for the futureInternet Time, September 23, 2009
  31. Corporations need to catch up on open contentInformal Learning, September 17, 2009
  32. What Makes Online Learning Effective?aLearning, September 29, 2009
  33. A Session in Snapshots – Networking and LearningBlogger in Middle-earth, September 29, 2009
  34. Game of the Week : FarmVilleThe Writers Gateway, September 28, 2009 – ok,ok I admit it I’m a FarmVille farmer and I’m only admitting it bec according to this great post I’m actually the Theory of Constructivism while doing immersed learning which will spark my creativity! (And here I thought I was milking cows and planting pumpkins)🙂
  35. Top five tips for managing resourcesSpicy Learning, September 29, 2009
  36. How I Created Help Tutorials for My LMSDiscovery Through eLearning, September 28, 2009
  37. Five Warning Signs That Your Training is ExpendableLeveraging Learning, September 28, 2009 – this is a post well worth reading to make sure that your training and training material is not irrelevant for users
  38. From Maslow to MorozovSimply Speaking, September 24, 2009
  39. How to be a Successful Technical WriterLearn and Lead, September 19, 2009
  40. Web 2.0 & ROIWeb 2.0 and Learning, September 20, 2009
  41. get the file size you want …Adobe Captivate Blog, September 11, 2009
  42. 7 Traits an ID Must HaveSpeak Out, September 7, 2009
  43. Harvesting Learning’s Fruit: A Downstream Training InvestmentLiving in Learning, September 4, 2009
  44. Blogging my homework: I don’t wanna be a Bob!!Adventures in Corporate Education, September 2, 2009
  45. Everyone is Talking About Social MediaElement K Blog, September 2, 2009
  46. Working with Subject Matter ExpertsThe Learning Circuits Blog, September 1, 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
  2. My social learning presentations – on Slideshare, September 29, 2009 – Jane’s presentation is one of my favourites – she never disappoints
  3. ADDIE is dead! Long live ADDIE!, September 9, 2009
  4. Over 100 Free Handwritten Fonts, September 29, 2009
  5. Photos you can use, September 27, 2009 – great list of photo sites that you can use either freely or under the Creative Commons license
  6. Wikipedia to Color Code Untrustworthy Text, September 1, 2009
  7. Social Learning Models, September 27, 2009
  8. It’s Not the Tool That’s Boring. It’s You., September 28, 2009 – Yep this title beggs to be read and confirms what we’ve been meaning to tell so many presenters🙂
  9. How to Create a Visual Design for Your E-Learning Scenario, September 22, 2009 – the words visual, design, e-learning and scenario was enough to get me interested
  10. 21st-century skills: Downes’s OS for the mind, September 30, 2009
  11. Color Basics: Dos and Dont’s, September 12, 2009
  12. The Best Ever Instructional Design Model List., September 13, 2009
  13. How to use Twitter on Campus, September 18, 2009
  14. The 7 c’s of natural learning, September 18, 2009
  15. 10 Tips for Recording Audio on Screencasts, September 15, 2009 – tips that are very helpful indeed! I did a voice-over for a library project earlier in the year and almost all the tips in this post was given to me by the sound engineers as well. The only one not on – chew bubblegum before the recording and keep the gum in your cheek. It will stop the clicking sounds.
  16. How to build an online community | Community Building, September 16, 2009
  17. See How Easily You Can Create Graphics in PowerPoint, September 1, 2009
  18. An “Admirable Use” Policy, September 21, 2009
  19. Seed, feed, & weed, September 17, 2009
  20. The Rise and Rise of Online Learning, September 20, 2009

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LearnTrends (17)

  1. LearnTrends 2009 – Free Online Conference, September 21, 2009
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  3. LearnTrends Innovation Awards, September 22, 2009
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Audacity (12)

  1. Podcasting for E-Learning – Tour of Audacity’s User Interface, September 4, 2009
  2. Podcasting for E-Learning: Recording with Audacity, September 9, 2009
  3. Podcasting for E-Learning: Setting Audacity Preferences, September 8, 2009
  4. Multitrack audio and creating MP3 podcast files: Podcasting for E-Learning, September 21, 2009