I really like the creative way David Lee King‘s library looked at publishing their online annual report.

What could have been a boring link to a pdf document ended up being a pop-up interactive book – it still gives you all the fact you need, but in a really creative way.

Here’s the link to the full annual report.

You can now explore the British Library’s Virtual Books collection via their online gallery:

Explore the British Library here

Sony PRS-505 by florianmarquart, on Flickr
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HighWire released the E-Book survey 2010 this week and while some of the findings are not entirely new (simplicity and ease of use are ebook features that are valued by librarians, over and above more sophisticated end‐user features) it really includes some interesting stuff.
Here are a few of the highlights:
  • Traditional sources of book discovery continue to be important for ebooks as well. Librarians find and learn about ebooks from book vendors and by inclusion in content bundles. They believe that users discover ebooks through the library catalog and through Internet search engines.
  • Participants indicated that users prefer ebooks in PDF format, but as one participant stated, format preference will change as technology changes.
  • Digital rights management is the single most important factor that hinders ebook use for library patrons.
  • Purchase with perpetual access is the most acceptable business model for ebooks, with 83% of participants indicating that this model is very acceptable. However, significant numbers of participants indicated that other very different models are also acceptable.
Survey responses indicate that librarians learn about ebooks in a variety of ways, but that actions by publishers and book vendors are very important in the process. Book vendors and inclusion in content packages were most frequently marked as very significant methods for learning about ebooks. However, these methods were also frequently marked as significant or very significant: request from patron (54), colleagues (57), reference in the research literature (56), inclusion in content package (74), book vendor (77), and publisher marketing material (68).
Users discover ebooks through the library catalog and through Internet search engines
It really is worth reading!

The Harvard College Library has digitized thousands of historical photographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, books, music scores, rare maps and other rare and unique materials. The vast majority of these images are freely available online for public access.

The easiest way to lose yourself in their collections is to Explore the Collections – they have various themes that you can chose from:

Of course my eye was caught by the Images of Colonialism – Africa and Asia and there are some great images from newspapers etc.

Thanks to Cheryl LaGuardia for alerting me on this.

Jane from Jane’s learning pick of the day is an absolute life-saver!

Because of her newest post: 25 places to find instructional videos which does just that – gives you 25 top-notch places to get instructional videos.

Here is her list:

  1. 5min Life Videopedia – instructional and how-to videos
  2. Academic EarthThousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars
  3. blip.tv – next generation TV network
  4. Google Video – videos on all topics
  5. Graspr – The instructional video network
  6. Howcast – How-to videos
  7. iCueA fun, innovative, learning environment built around video from the NBC News Archives
  8. Instructables – Make, HowTo and DIY
  9. iTunes U – Faculty are using iTunes U to distribute digital lessons to their students, e.g Stangord, Trinity College Dublin, etc.
  10. John Locker – Documentaries and educational videos
  11. MindBites – Video instructional marketplace and publishing platform (Some free)
  12. MonkeySee – HowTo videos
  13. neoK12 – free educational videos and lessons for K-12 school kids
  14. Research Channel – 3,500 video titles available
  15. SchoolTube – provides students and educators with a safe, world class, video sharing webiste
  16. Sparkeo – a flexible video platform
  17. SuTree – learn virtually everything by watching how to videos from all over the web.
  18. TeacherTube – educational videos
  19. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) – a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
  20. TV Lesson – How to videos
  21. Ustream – watch live broadcasts, explore networks ranging from music, talk shows, sports and politics and/or review our past broadcasts.
  22. Video Jug – Life explained. On film.
  23. Vimeo – a thriving community of people who love to make and share videos
  24. YouTube – videos on everything under the sun
  25. YouTube EDU – aggregates all the videos from more than 100 institutions of higher education around the US.

If you want to see some more cool links, go to Jane’s 101+ Free Websites to find out about Anything and Everything

I like this image from Best Colleges Online, and posted on Stephen’s Lighthouse as well. It might be a tad overcrowded, but I still like it:

The Evolution of the Book


My apologies for not posting the Best of eLearning Learning last week – I do have a good excuse though… we’ve moved into our new house last week and I’ve been busy unpacking boxes!

But here is Tony Karrer’s list , it’s a bit different as this is the Best of the month of OCTOBER. I’ve mentioned some before in earlier post so I’m simply hosting Tony’s list here. I’ve also added Jane Hartman’s list of best sites she’s discovered.

Best of eLearning Learning

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
  2. Learner Personas for eLearningThe eLearning Coach, October 5, 2009
  3. Rapid Learning Management SystemseLearning Technology, October 20, 2009
  4. Twitter for learningSticky Learning, October 25, 2009
  5. The Standalone LMS is Deadtrainingwreck, October 24, 2009
  6. Educational iPhone Apps to Make You SmarterKapp Notes, October 8, 2009
  7. User Interface Design For eLearning – UpdatedThe eLearning Coach, October 25, 2009
  8. eLearning Portal IntegrationeLearning Technology, October 13, 2009
  9. The Semantic Web comethUpside Learning Blog, October 4, 2009
  10. 6 talks that every presenter or trainer can learn fromFree as in Freedom, October 28, 2009
  11. Moodle is now certified SCORM 1.2 compliantThe E-Learning Curve, October 23, 2009
  12. Presentation: A Pocket University (or iTunesU at Oxford University)Dont Waste Your Time, October 8, 2009
  13. Presentation Backchannel MultitaskingeLearning Technology, October 29, 2009
  14. Top 8 Reasons Why Training Providers Are Adopting eLearningUpside Learning Blog, October 29, 2009
  15. Video Games, Education and Entertainment StatisticsKapp Notes, October 5, 2009
  16. iPhone…The Ultimate Learning Device (My 10 Top Learning Apps)Electronic Papyrus, October 6, 2009
  17. Instructional design – pah, who needs it?Spicy Learning, October 2, 2009
  18. Power of informal learning in developing managersInformal Learning, October 20, 2009
  19. E-learning on a shoestringClive on Learning, October 26, 2009
  20. Articulate Interaction – How to Navigate an Articulate Based CourseDiscovery Through eLearning, October 22, 2009
  21. Customer Competencies, Co-Creation, and Brand CommunitiesSkilful Minds, October 20, 2009
  22. Personal Learning Environments – Concept not ToolLearning Technology Learning, October 16, 2009
  23. Game-Based Learning Impacts Youth Behavior/AttitudesWeb Courseworks, October 15, 2009
  24. Mentoring vs. Training — Why Social Networking Isn’t EnoughaLearning, October 13, 2009
  25. The Power of X – Experiential Learning in Today’s WorldPerformance Learning Productivity, October 7, 2009
  26. To get Twitter you gotta Tweet!Leveraging Learning, October 6, 2009
  27. Scenario Based LearningSpeak Out, October 4, 2009
  28. Whose learning are you responsible for?Internet Time, October 12, 2009
  29. Finding Good Photos for Your eLearning ScenariosLearning Visions, October 30, 2009
  30. 3 Steps to a Driving Question for Project Based LearningBlender – Training Solutions, October 16, 2009
  31. CCK09: does Connectivism want to change the world?Ignatia Webs, October 9, 2009
  32. Social Media and Records RetentionEngaged Learning, October 6, 2009
  33. There’s nothing rapid about Rapid eLearningGetting Down to Business, October 5, 2009
  34. Quick Explanation of Google Wave – VideoMinuteBio, October 2, 2009
  35. Design Consulting Tool: Empowering Leaders So You Can Create Effective DesignDesigning Impact, October 28, 2009
  36. The Land That Never Was…Or Is It?Off Course-On Target, October 28, 2009
  37. LMS Envy: The Love-Hate Relationship with TechnologyLiving in Learning, October 27, 2009
  38. pcLearning4U is Open for BusinessCourseware Development, October 23, 2009
  39. 30-Minute TrainingTake an e-Learning Break, October 21, 2009
  40. Language that homogenizes creates losersAdventures in Corporate Education, October 20, 2009
  41. 5 Reasons Why You are Not Being PromotedLearn and Lead, October 19, 2009
  42. Guest post: “What’s New in Human Trafficking”Business Casual, October 12, 2009
  43. Computer-based Games in Classrooms: Leveraging the InstructorVikas Joshi on Interactive Learning , October 9, 2009
  44. The danger of a simple storySimply Speaking, October 9, 2009
  45. Your learner journey can start here…ThirdForce Blog, October 9, 2009
  46. Adapt your course management system to fit your instructionWISE Pedagogy, October 7, 2009
  47. Is The Whole World Dumbing Down?Blogger in Middle-earth, October 6, 2009
  48. A mobile future for communications and learningLars is Learning, October 5, 2009
  49. The Importance of Reflective PracticesDesigned for Learning, October 4, 2009
  50. Drop-By-Learning (DBL)ZaidLearn, October 27, 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
  2. How I create and publish podcasts » Moving at the Speed of Creativity, October 26, 2009
  3. Free Powerpoint Twitter Tools, October 6, 2009
  4. 5 great resources to find out about Google Wave, October 14, 2009
  5. Increased complexity needs simplified design, October 5, 2009
  6. 15 Interesting Clip Art Styles for Your E-Learning Courses, October 6, 2009
  7. Learning to teach through video | In the Library with the Lead Pipe, October 14, 2009
  8. Intro to social learning environments: a social learning resource, October 17, 2009
  9. Borrowing from the Library to Support Workplace Learning, October 1, 2009
  10. How to steer your client away from an information dump, October 13, 2009
  11. These PowerPoint Experts Can Make You a Star, October 20, 2009
  12. Why You Shouldn’t Use PowerPoints in (Most) Online Courses, October 26, 2009
  13. 3 more Google Wave resources, October 31, 2009
  14. The Future of the Training Department, October 21, 2009
  15. Twitter Research – Best of eLearning Learning, October 12, 2009
  16. The Project Management Tip You Can’t Ignore, October 27, 2009
  17. Defining the ‘e’ in e-learning, October 15, 2009
  18. Do learners really need learning objectives?, October 2, 2009
  19. A History of Social Media, October 8, 2009
  20. PKM: our part of the social learning contract, October 15, 2009

Hot Topics

Google Wave (21)

  1. 3 more Google Wave resources, October 31, 2009
  2. 5 great resources to find out about Google Wave, October 14, 2009
  3. Google Wave Invitations Available, October 13, 2009
  4. Quick Explanation of Google Wave – Video, October 2, 2009

Twitter (137)

  1. Free Powerpoint Twitter Tools, October 6, 2009
  2. All things Twitter, October 14, 2009
  3. To get Twitter you gotta Tweet!, October 6, 2009
  4. Twitter for learning, October 25, 2009



Best of Jane Hartman

If you don’t have Jane Hartman‘s blog Jane’s E-learning Pick of the Day bookmarked, you are missing out on some great links. Jane blogs primarily about e-learning and she always has something of value to share.

Here is her pick of the sites she’s bookmarked this week (as always my comments are in italics):

  1. Become a PowerPoint Power User this post gives some advance tips on using PP such as using more than one guide; Building Presentations for Distribution to Others; Scrolling Credits; Create a New Design Template and Jumping to Screens

    More PowerPoint articles here

  2. Comprehensive List of Free Online Classes and Online CoursesOpenCourseWare Consortium is an innovative and comprehensive database of free online courses from elite colleges like Yale, Stanford, and MIT. It looks really worthwhile
    More online courses and resources here
  3. 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom – Unisa recently opened up a Facebook account and this would be a great post for the powers that be to read as they offer great tips
    More Facebook articles here
  4. Beyond Google – Improve Your Search Results – this post from Free Technology for Teachers gives 15 great tips to improve searching while in google
    More Google Wave articles here
  5. Corporate Culture, Not Technology, Drives Online CollaborationCorporate culture can make or break a project (and an employee for that matter) Web Worker Daily explains some integral elements of a collaborative corporate culture
    More social media strategy articles here

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

Hot Topics

LearnTrends (17)

  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

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

creative commons More and more photography websites are granting Creative Commons (CC) licenses for their pictures.

It’s great as  you can now find that perfect pic that much easier and for free BUT CC means you have to adhere to the licensing terms, one of which is to give due attribution.

Bobbie Newman from Librarian by Day has a great post on how to attribute CC photo’s from Flickr correctly.

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The Living Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding.The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach.

In it’s initial form the Living Library is a mobile library set up as a space for dialogue and interaction. Visitors to the Living Library are given the opportunity to speak informally with “people on loan”; this latter group being extremely varied in age, sex and cultural background.

Here are some of the posters from all over the world:



Living Library>Living Library at Kings Garden

Living Library>Living Library at Kings Garden

Living Library>LivingLibrary@Ljubljana,Slovenia.

Living Library>LivingLibrary@Ljubljana,Slovenia.

The Living Library enables groups to break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner. It is a concrete, easily transferable and affordable way of promoting tolerance and understanding.

It is a “keep it simple”, “no-nonsense” contribution to social cohesion in multicultural societies. Read more about the history HERE.