It’s time for Tony Karrer‘s list of best elearning sources!

created by Ale_Paiva

created by Ale_Paiva

Featured Sources

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

  1. Learner Personas for eLearningThe eLearning Coach, October 5, 2009 how can you teach someone if you don’t know who they are, where they hang out, who their friends are, what like etc? This post reminded me that designing training material for the unknown masses does not work. Designing something for Miss Govendar working in South Korea does. Make it personal-Make it work.
  2. Educational iPhone Apps to Make You SmarterKapp Notes, October 8, 2009 [sigh] Oh how I do covet the iPhone, but unfortunately my measly rand budget does not allow anything more than coveting  [sigh] But if I had an iPhone this would be the post for me.
  3. MultitaskingeLearning Technology, October 6, 2009 “Learning done while multitasking is shallower learning, leading not to deep understanding (and flexible mental models) but only to an ability to regurgitate rote information” this reminded me that doing too many things at once leads to loads of unfinished projects and more likely a sense of failure
  4. The Semantic Web comethUpside Learning Blog, October 4, 2009 – talks about the implications for Web3.0 on learning (and we’re still struggling with Web1.5 and Web2.0!)
  5. iPhone…The Ultimate Learning Device (My 10 Top Learning Apps)Electronic Papyrus, October 6, 2009
  6. Tips for handling QnA in the classroomFree as in Freedom, October 2, 2009 – a great post about how to change the way you handle (and ask for) questions in training with useful tips
  7. Video Games, Education and Entertainment StatisticsKapp Notes, October 5, 2009
  8. Curator Editor Research Opportunities on eLearning LearningeLearning Technology, October 1, 2009
  9. Instructional design – pah, who needs it?Spicy Learning, October 2, 2009
  10. Open Environment E-learning: DocBook and XXEThe E-Learning Curve, October 7, 2009
  11. The Power of X – Experiential Learning in Today’s WorldPerformance Learning Productivity, October 7, 2009
  12. Resources for Researching Virtual WorldsKapp Notes, October 7, 2009
  13. ePorfolios Blogs and Audience Response Systems at Back to School NighteLearning Technology, October 7, 2009
  14. To get Twitter you gotta Tweet!Leveraging Learning, October 6, 2009
  15. Scenario Based LearningSpeak Out, October 4, 2009 – a slideshow about what scenario based learning is and how you can use it to teach. I think for students with little or no library orientation, scenario based training/instructional material could possibly work.
  16. Reading: “College technology ‘catching up’ with students”Dont Waste Your Time, October 9, 2009
  17. Social Media and Records RetentionEngaged Learning, October 6, 2009
  18. There’s nothing rapid about Rapid eLearningGetting Down to Business, October 5, 2009
  19. Quick Explanation of Google Wave – VideoMinuteBio, October 2, 2009
  20. Blogging to show off your organizationInformal Learning, October 2, 2009
  21. Computer-based Games in Classrooms: Leveraging the InstructorVikas Joshi on Interactive Learning , October 9, 2009
  22. The danger of a simple storySimply Speaking, October 9, 2009 – this is a fantastic TED (yes them AGAIN) talk from Chimamanda Adichie about the dangers of only looking at a single story in any context. This is a riveting talk and Chimamanda is a very gifted speaker.
  23. Your learner journey can start here…ThirdForce Blog, October 9, 2009
  24. Adapt your course management system to fit your instructionWISE Pedagogy, October 7, 2009
  25. Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online LearningClive on Learning, October 7, 2009
  26. ‘Scared of first’ – why business is resisting new learning.Sticky Learning, October 7, 2009
  27. Is The Whole World Dumbing Down?Blogger in Middle-earth, October 6, 2009
  28. A mobile future for communications and learningLars is Learning, October 5, 2009 – if the words mobile, future and learning are together you bet I’ll be reading it
  29. The Importance of Reflective PracticesDesigned for Learning, October 4, 2009 – Taruna reminds us all to slow down and reflect, otherwise learning cannot take place
  30. Under-promising and over-delivering – a client LMS demo goes online for proof of concept. Business Casual, October 4, 2009 – those first three word should be the mantra of every library section working on projects: under-promise and over-deliver. Otherwise you are setting yourself up to fail (and look bad)

Other Sources

The following are the top items based on social signals.

  1. Free Powerpoint Twitter Tools, October 6, 2009 – Timo Elliott has created a set of free twitter tools that allow PowerPoint presenters to see and react to tweets in real-time, embedded directly within their presentations, either as a ticker or refreshable comment page. Twitter hasn’t really taken off in my organisation yet, but this seems like a great tool especially at conferences
  2. 15 Interesting Clip Art Styles for Your E-Learning Courses, October 6, 2009 – The Rapid E-learning blog lists fifteen of favorite clip art styles as well as tips to create a uniform style in your presentation. These days I’m using photographs more and more and moving away from the clip art (blame hours spent on SlideShare), but this is still a useful post to bookmark.
  3. Increased complexity needs simplified design, October 5, 2009
  4. Borrowing from the Library to Support Workplace Learning, October 1, 2009
  5. Do learners really need learning objectives?, October 2, 2009
  6. A History of Social Media, October 8, 2009
  7. How long does it take to build a serious game or educational simulation?, October 7, 2009
  8. How to instantly grab e-learners attention!, October 7, 2009 – Ray Jimenez posts about how storytelling is a good approach to instantly grab learners and help them relate the content to real life situations
  1. Presentation: from receive through react to interact, October 7, 2009
  2. DocVerse, October 8, 2009
  3. Nobel Prize Winners Video Lecture Search Engine, September 30, 2009
  4. 10 Things I Learned from 10 People, October 1, 2009
  5. All About Screencasting – Meet Scrast and Camtasia Users Group, September 30, 2009
  6. The keynote and the harshtag, October 9, 2009
  7. PKM – start small, October 7, 2009
  8. Extending Virtual World Affordances, October 6, 2009
  9. 12 ways social media are screwing with bad work habits, October 6, 2009
  10. History and evolution of social media, October 9, 2009
  11. Epipheo: A Welcome Blast of eLearning Fresh Air, October 2, 2009
  12. The E-Learning Debate: Follow up, October 1, 2009

Hot Topics

Twitter (50)

  1. Free Powerpoint Twitter Tools, October 6, 2009
  2. To get Twitter you gotta Tweet!, October 6, 2009
  3. Indian Learning Professionals and Companies on Twitter, October 1, 2009
  4. Facebook–Good for Your Memory: Twitter–Not So Much, October 1, 2009

Research (33)

  1. Resources for Researching Virtual Worlds, October 7, 2009
  2. Curator Editor Research Opportunities on eLearning Learning, October 1, 2009
  3. Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning, October 7, 2009
  4. How do you conduct a Focus Group?, October 8, 2009

Social Media (29)

  1. A History of Social Media, October 8, 2009
  2. 12 ways social media are screwing with bad work habits, October 6, 2009
  3. Borrowing from the Library to Support Workplace Learning, October 1, 2009
  4. Social Media and Records Retention, October 6, 2009

Document (25)

  1. DocVerse, October 8, 2009
  2. Open Environment E-learning: DocBook and XXE, October 7, 2009
  3. Learner Personas for eLearning, October 5, 2009
  4. Borrowing from the Library to Support Workplace Learning, October 1, 2009

Camtasia (8)

  1. All About Screencasting – Meet Scrast and Camtasia Users Group, September 30, 2009
  2. How to Stand Out in a Contest… Add a Screencast!, October 8, 2009
  3. Curator Editor Research Opportunities on eLearning Learning, October 1, 2009
  4. A Toolkit to Develop E-Learning in an Open (XML) Environment, October 6, 2009