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.

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.

I really like infographics – I admire how others can use simple graphics to explain complex ideas and concepts.

So naturally I love VisualEconomics as they unravel the complexities of economic and financial data.

I think these graphics could be used with great success to teach students some of the more complex economics and financial concepts.

Their Choosing a Certificate of Deposit (CD) vs. a Savings Account (second image below) is a good example – even I can follow that!

DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. DART-Europe is endorsed by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche), and it is the European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

The DART-Europe partners help to provide researchers with a single European Portal for the discovery of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), and they participate in advocacy to influence future European e-theses developments. DART-Europe offers partners a European networking forum on ETD issues, and may provide the opportunity to submit collaborative funding applications to achieve DART-Europe’s vision for ETDs.

DART-Europe is resourced through partner contributions.

Partners support the following principles:

  1. DART-Europe will encourage the creation, discovery and use of European e-theses, and will maintain a central Portal for e-thesis aggregation and access.
  2. European libraries and consortia are invited to contribute metadata to the DART-Europe Portal. Contributors will determine the terms and conditions under which their metadata are contributed.
  3. DART-Europe welcomes the contribution by partners of resources to support the management, discovery, usability and preservation of e-theses, and to further the aims and objectives of DART-Europe.
  4. Partners will designate one representative to act as a contact for DART-Europe, and will nominate at least one representative to participate in the DART-Europe email lists.
  5. DART-Europe welcomes offers from partners to host DART-Europe Project Board meetings, as occasion demands.
  6. Partners will help to secure DART-Europe’s status as an international network of excellence in information, expertise and resources relating to ETDs.
  7. DART-Europe will be administered by UCL (University College London) and governed by a Board consisting of representatives of partner organisations. The constitution and Terms of Reference of the governing Board will be determined and from time to time reviewed by the Board.

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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

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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

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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

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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

Toolkit (6)

  1. Open Source E-Learning Development 3: Open Office.org, 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.