By now you should have realised that I love visualisations and the Information is Beautiful blog – I find David’s visualisations beautiful and interesting. And his newest one does not disappoint it’s a generative data-visualisation of all the scientific evidence for popular health supplements by David McCandless and Andy Perkins.

They’ve made both an interactive and a static version – below is the static version, but do check out the interactive one.

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If you are not already following Jane Hart’s blog, you are missing out on some excellent links and insights. Her most recent post is a link to an article she wrote for e.learning age magazine on the 10 tools we’ll be using next year.

The tools she lists are:

– Prezi
is the highest ranked newcomer on the list. It’s a Flash-based app that lets you build amazing, non-linear presentations where you can zoom in and out of a visual map containing words, links, images, videos, etc. (I blogged about this a while ago)

lets you capture things (web pages, screenshots, photos, note, etc), which you can tag, store and find again fast . It works across many different (Windows and Mac OS) computers and phones (iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry, Palm Pre) that are used in daily life

is a web conferencing tool that lets you deliver synchronised presentations, whiteboards and web pages while sharing voice and video. It’s already a winner of a number of awards, and offers remarkable value when compared to other commercial web conferencing systems.

is the only web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time. Unlike other online documentation or wiki tools, Etherpad updates each document every half a second, which means that a number of people can work together and see each other’s updates immediately.

is course authoring software that lets you build a course very quickly and easily online either on your own or collaboratively with others. You can easily import existing content, e.g. PowerPoint presentations.

is an online screencasting tool. A number of these have come onto the market recently, but this tool from the Articulate stable has quickly become a favourite. It lets you record on your Mac or PC, and then play on the Web or on an iPhone.

is a very simple blogging system. If you haven’t yet got into blogging this is by far the simplest way to start. Just post to your Posterous blog using email and attach any type of file – photo, MP3, video, document, etc – if you want to include it. If you already have a blog elsewhere (e.g. Blogger, WordPress or Typepad) you can also auto-post to it, or even auto-post to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr.

is a private micro-blogging service. If you like the idea of Twitter but are concerned about the updates being public, then Yammer provides the same functionality as Twitter, but for in-company use. Only individuals with the same email domain can join a given network. In addition to microblogging there are discussion boards and users can form/join groups. There are also Yammer iPhone app and Blackberry clients.

is a small, fun and quite versatile little tool. It is a word cloud generator. Input or copy in some text and generate a visual cloud of the most frequently use words. You can then tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts and colour scheme.

Flip Video
Finally, this one is not software but a tiny little camcorder that lets you easily take videos and upload them (using the inbuilt USB) to the PC as well as YouTube, Facebook and other sites.

I’ve used 3 of the 10 tools and am glad for the heads up of the other 7. Thanks Jane!



Tony Karrer posted his list of best eLearning links again (Best of eLearningLearning).

So without further ado – here it is (with my comments, for what they are worth, in italics):

Best of eLearning Learning

October 9, 2009 to October 16, 2009

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I never really comment on the webinars as I’ve never participated in one. But if it is possible for you, check out Tony’s links below:

Featured Sources

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

  1. Online Games for Teaching Business Concepts and IdeasKapp Notes, October 16, 2009 A post by Karl Kapp with a list of online games and the reason gaming is actually a very good tool for teaching business ideas and concepts to kids
  2. eLearning Portal IntegrationeLearning Technology, October 13, 2009
  3. Mentoring vs. Training — Why Social Networking Isn’t EnoughaLearning, October 13, 2009 I was fortunate enough to be part of both formal and informal mentoring at my previous organisation and experienced it as extremely positive. The point that Ellen makes is very true “mentoring is not the same as training, and shouldn’t be substituted for it Social networking/social media are not the same thing as training, and shouldn’t be substituted for it, either.”
  1. Open Source E-Learning Development 5: Media CaptureThe E-Learning Curve, October 14, 2009
  2. Live online learning – a free downloadClive on Learning, October 13, 2009 Onlignment has issued a free download e-book, A Facilitator’s Guide to Live Online Learning: covering planning and building and facilitating learning sessions and communicating with voice and live video/text and image. It looks like it could be well worth the download.
  3. Educational iPhone Apps to Make You SmarterKapp Notes, October 8, 2009 The iPhone still haunts me! For those who don’t know, the iPhone is way to expensive for me to afford it on my South African librarian salary. But I live in hope … one day you will be mine!
  4. Convert ILT to eLearning – EstimatingeLearning Technology, October 14, 2009 a great post from Tony for anyone who has ever wondered what the criteria should be when guestimating eLearning duration as  a classroom course
  5. Rhizomatic Learning: What is it?Dont Waste Your Time, October 12, 2009 David talks about Steve Wheeler’s presentation on Personal Learning Networks as well as Rhizomatic Learning which spontaneously shapes, constructs and reconstructs depending on external environmental factors
  6. Whose learning are you responsible for?Internet Time, October 12, 2009 I like this quote from Jay Cross “Any organization that is committed to working smarter needs to assess the impact of helping employees learn at every step in their career cycle” smart words from a smart man!
  7. Leadership Development – First break all the rulesFree as in Freedom, October 11, 2009 Sumeet Moghe asks some great questions about developing leaders in organisations (such as ow about a Leadership Development program that targets the regular players in your organisation?) and advocates breaking some rules (such as Try to fill your future positions) in his post on where organisations can find leaders
  8. Helpful — Free — Resources for Finding LMS and LCMS VendorsaLearning, October 11, 2009
  9. CCK09: does Connectivism want to change the world?Ignatia Webs, October 9, 2009
  10. Reading: “College technology ‘catching up’ with students”Dont Waste Your Time, October 9, 2009
  11. How a piece of 166 year old graffiti was (partly) responsible for e-learningThe E-Learning Curve, October 16, 2009 – a mathematician went out walking with his wife and had a breakthrough, but nothing to write on but a tree trunk – the first example of mobile learning perhaps? 🙂
  12. 3 Steps to a Driving Question for Project Based LearningBlender – Training Solutions, October 16, 2009 –Tom Preskett makes the case that personal learning environments (PLEs) should be unique to each user, and should change according to the user’s needs and experiences
  13. Personal Learning Environments – Concept not ToolLearning Technology Learning, October 16, 2009
  14. Game-Based Learning Impacts Youth Behavior/AttitudesWeb Courseworks, October 15, 2009
  15. Why You Should Have User Centric Tutorials for Software ProductsThe Writers Gateway, October 13, 2009
  16. Using Screenr to Create a Video PostMinuteBio, October 12, 2009 – I’ve used Screenr quite a few times – its easy, fast and hasslefree and within minutes you can tweet your video or upload it to YouTube
  17. Rules for Social Media? Just say no.Electronic Papyrus, October 12, 2009 – Hinoj talks about 4 misconceptions of social media (SM needs to be carefully monitored for accuracy; SM needs to be controlled; SM can waste valuable work time and best practices are the same for all)
  18. Guest post: “What’s New in Human Trafficking”Business Casual, October 12, 2009 – talks about human trafficking are gaining popularity here in South Africa as we are the hosts for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, and while it’s not something I consciously think about each day it really is a very important issue
  19. If the world is changing, why am I studying about the guys that sent us down the wrong path?Adventures in Corporate Education, October 10, 2009
  20. Interview with Brent SchlenkerLearning Visions, October 10, 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
  23. Your learner journey can start here…ThirdForce Blog, October 9, 2009

Other Sources

The following are the top items based on social signals.

  1. How to Create Screencasts You Can Be Proud Of, October 13, 2009 – 17 tips on making screencasts better for your viewers and easier for you
  2. 5 great resources to find out about Google Wave, October 14, 2009 – Jane Hart posts links to get you up to speed with Google Wave
  3. All things Twitter, October 14, 2009 – Jane again, this time with the ultimate guide to all things Twitter
  4. Learning to teach through video | In the Library with the Lead Pipe, October 14, 2009 – if videos become too technical they lose me (I don’t have a tech background)  and Kim Leeder not only agrees, but posts about the ways you SHOULD be doing technical videos
  5. How to steer your client away from an information dump, October 13, 2009 – using branch scenario’s to make your training simple and effective
  6. Twitter Research – Best of eLearning Learning, October 12, 2009 – if you know someone who talks gets that glazed over look when hearing the words twitter or tweets send them this presentation
  7. Mobile Services Taxonomy, October 12, 2009 – gives a nice taxonomy of mobile services with emergencies at the top and an engaged community at the bottom
  8. How CarTalk can save your e-Learning, October 14, 2009
  9. Defining the ‘e’ in e-learning, October 15, 2009 – Elliott Masie goes through the evolution of elearning and the early methods of going e
  10. The keynote and the harshtag, October 9, 2009 – almost sounds like that song from Oklahoma “oh the farmer and the cowman should be friends“! But it’s actually about the keynotes at the Higher Ed Web Association’s conference
  11. PKM: our part of the social learning contract, October 15, 2009
  12. Mobile Momentum, October 10, 2009 – includes some useful pointers to various industry reports and posts
  13. What I’ve Been Up To: Some Social Media Training Resources, October 16, 2009 –
  14. Online Degrees Viewed More Favorably, October 15, 2009
  15. Positive Learning through Online Games, October 13, 2009
  16. My iPod Learning Mix, October 15, 2009 – Donald Clark shares his killer iPod learning mixes
  17. Warmth and Competence. How our Learners Perceive…, October 16, 2009
  18. A few web 2.0 resources, October 16, 2009 – links to IBM and Microsoft web 2.0 resources
  19. Cost Comparison: Instructor-Led Vs. E-Learning, October 14, 2009 – Paul T. Walliker gives a very good post about comparing costs with regards to cost per development and hour; factors influencing costs; constructs a model and gives you his key findings (I won’t spoil the ending and tell you which is cheaper, the instructor or e-learning)
  20. Knowledge Notebook, October 15, 2009 – Knowledge Notebook is designed for high school and college students to us for note taking, free association of notes, activity scheduling and smart views

Hot Topics

Google Wave (6)

  1. 5 great resources to find out about Google Wave, October 14, 2009
  2. Google Wave Invitations Available, October 13, 2009
  3. Opus Meets Google Wave, October 15, 2009

Learning Environment (16)

  1. A first look at Sakai 3, October 16, 2009
  2. Personal Learning Environments – Concept not Tool, October 16, 2009
  3. Open Source E-Learning Development 5: Media Capture, October 14, 2009
  4. How a piece of 166 year old graffiti was (partly) responsible for e-learning, October 16, 2009

Pedagogy (12)

  1. Creating games with Caspian Thinking Worlds software, October 16, 2009
  2. Learning to teach through video | In the Library with the Lead Pipe, October 14, 2009
  3. Twitter Research – Best of eLearning Learning, October 12, 2009
  4. Blackboard reinforcing the Status Quo, October 12, 2009

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  1. Open Source E-Learning Development 3: Open, October 9, 2009
  2. Open Source E-Learning 4: KompoZer Web Editor, October 12, 2009
  3. Twitter Research – Best of eLearning Learning, October 12, 2009
  4. My Top 10 e-Learning Tools, October 11, 2009

Twitter (43)

  1. All things Twitter, October 14, 2009
  2. Twitter; for your Business, October 9, 2009
  3. Twitter Research – Best of eLearning Learning, October 12, 2009
  4. Reading: “College technology ‘catching up’ with students”, October 9, 2009

LinkedIn (17)

  1. eLearning Portal Integration, October 13, 2009
  2. Social Network = Social Class?, October 13, 2009
  3. What’s an Online MBA Worth?, October 15, 2009
  • My education-based entries into EMC’s Innovation Conference, October 9, 2009
  • Mark Oehlert wrote an interesting post on e-Clipping about Learning 2.0 and why he hates that term – I feel the same way about Web 2.OhNo 🙂

    Here’s the part of his post I liked the best:

    The use of “Learning 2.0” in my mind, puts all the burden of change on the learner. If they are all 2.0 and changed then clearly we (The Organizations) don’t need to do anything on our end.

    Think about it – Government 2.0 as a term – talks about how the organization of government needs to change. IMHO, the use of a term like “learning 2.0” seems to absolve us of addressing the hard questions of how we need to change as organizations.

    Forget for a moment, about using Twitter for whatever or blogs for something else – do you need to have HR at the design table? What is predominant characteristic of your organizational culture? Is your technology woefully out of date? Does your office furniture suck and imparts to people a concrete idea of how the org REALLY values it “most important asset”? How do you hire? What kind of people do you look for?

    I think it’s important to realise that Learning 2.0 cannot take place without Infrastructure 2.0 and Planning 2.0.

    Technoratic will be publishing their State of the Blogosphere 2009 throughout this week.This annual study follows the growth and trends in the blogosphere.

    For 2009, they took a deeper dive into the entire blogosphere, with a focus on professional bloggers.

    This year’s topics include:

    • professional blogging activities
    • brands in the blogosphere
    • monetization
    • twitter & micro-blogging
    • bloggers’ impact on US and World events

    So far they’ve released the following:

    1. Arianna Huffington Interview: SOTB 2009
      The heart and soul of the Huffington Post discusses her evolution into the world of blogging, and her ascent to the top.
    2. Henry Copeland Interview: SOTB 2009
      The founder of Blogads sits down with Eric Olsen about trailblazing the business of ads for bloggers.
    3. Alex Santoso Interview: SOTB 2009
      Eric Olsen speaks with the proprietor of the link sharing blog Neatorama.
    4. Day 2: The What and Why of Blogging – SOTB 2009
      Self-expression and sharing expertise continue to be the primary motivations for bloggers.
    5. Day 1: Who Are The Bloggers? SOTB 2009
      Overall, bloggers are a highly educated and affluent group.
    6. State of the Blogosphere 2009 Introduction
      A look into our methodology and a glance at the findings.
    7. Steve Rubel Interview: SOTB 2009
      Steve Rubel, SVP and Director of Insights for Edelman Digital, is well known as the blogger behind Micro Persuasion and, more recently, Steve talks about why he made the switch to a Posterous-powered blog, the meaning (or lack thereof) of lifestreaming, digital curation, and PR 2.0, and PR and online marketing trends that form part of his “flow.”
    8. Penelope Trunk Interview: SOTB 2009
      Penelope Trunk, founder of Brazen Careerist and prolific blogger at, is never one to pull a punch. Check out her take on blogging it like it is (or isn’t), entrepreneurship, and how Gen X and Gen Y view the web and social networking quite differently from one another.
    9. Michael Arrington Interview: SOTB 2009
      Richard Jalichandra speaks with the major domo of TechCrunch.
    10. Richard Jalichandra Keynote: BlogWorld 2009
      Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra delivered a keynote address at BlogWorld 2009 discussing the blogosphere and previewing the 2009 State of the Blogosphere report.

    It’s definitely well worth a click through.

    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


    Kevin Muldoon at BloggingTips wrote an excellent post about the 101 blogs you should be subscribing to if you are interested in:

    • Design & Coding
    • Writing & Freelancing
    • Social Media
    • Search Engine Optimisation
    • Marketing
    • Affiliate Marketing
    • Entrepreneur
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    It really is worth checking out some of these!