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.

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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

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

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.

    Aviary good-is Picture 1 Good is a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits  pushing the world forward. They have a non-profit magazine, great videos, and events for people who give a damn about the world we live in.

    And thanks to David over at Information is beautiful I now also know that their magazine has a whole section on data/information visualisations 🙂

    tranparencyIt’s under the heading Transparancy and there are some really good (and beautiful) stuf there – although as David points out most are US-based.

    Here is a collage – inspired by David’s – of infographics that I liked the most:

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    I’ve discovered Education-Portal.com today and while I’m familiarising myself with the content and gems in the portal I stumbled across a posting that seems to fit what I’m trying to do at work (and for free no less!)

    The post is question is called Don’t Pay for Technology: 25 Freebies for Students and here they are:

    Document Creation

    • Zoho Office – Zoho Office is an amazing suite of web-based productivity and collaboration tools. The suite includes free email, a word processor, a spreadsheet tool, a presentation creator and more.
    • OpenOffice – The OpenOffice suite of tools can do all of the same things as the pricey Microsoft Office–for free.
    • Adobe Buzzword – This free Adobe product is an online word processor that works just like a desktop processor–perfect for students who write academic papers and reports.
    • Google Docs – Students can store, share, collaborate, and edit documents online with this free Google app.
    • Primo Online – Primo Online is a free online creation service that allows users to create free PDF files. Primo supports a wide range of file types.

    Research and Writing

    • Schoolr – This meta search engine combines other academic search engines to make research faster and more efficient for students.
    • Diigo – Diigo is an awesome tool for student researchers. It allows you to highlight and annotate specific portions of web pages. Highlighted info can be shared with other people and accessed from any phone or PC with an Internet connection.
    • Ajax-Spell – This free spell checker makes it easy for students to catch misspellings in their writing.
    • WordWeb – Designed for Windows users, this one-click thesaurus/dictionary works off-line but can also be used to look up words and information online. The free version of WordWeb can define a word in almost any program and provide information about the word’s root, pronunciation and synonyms.
    • BibMe – BibMe allows students to cite sources and create bibliographies in a snap. This free bibliography maker auto-fills info for you in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formats.

    Online Storage and Collaboration

    • ADrive – Offering more than 50 GB of free storage, ADrive is one of the best places to upload and store files online. Files can also be edited online and shared with anyone who has an Internet connection.
    • 4 Shared – This online storage site offers 5 GB of space to users who sign up for a free account. You can upload a single file or an entire folder. 4 Shared accepts music, videos, photos and more.
    • ZenBe – ZenBe eliminates the need for bulky and lengthy emails by offering students a place to meet, collaborate and chat online.
    • Scriblink – Scriblink is a free white board that can be used to collaborate with other people online. It includes a chat window and the ability to save, send, or print whatever was created on the board.
    • Mikogo – Mikogo is a free screen-sharing tool that simplifies online collaboration among people who aren’t sitting in the same room. It can be used to instantly share whatever is on your computer screen with someone else–works with up to 10 people.

    Study Help and Web-Based Learning

    • Mindpicnic – Mindpicnic is helping to revolutionize the way students learn by providing free courses and study materials online.
    • VerbaLearn – VerbaLearn is a great place to practice and learn English vocabulary. Students who are preparing for standardized tests like the SAT will especially enjoy this site’s vocabulary-building resources.
    • Livemocha – You don’t have to invest in expensive courses, books or CDs to learn a foreign language. You can do it for free on Livemocha, the world’s first free social language learning site.
    • ProProfs – ProProfs makes test prep easy and fun. The site allows students to make free quizzes and tests (complete with colors and images) that can be taken online.
    • Flashcard Exchange – Students who use Flashcard Exchange can create, study, print and share web-based flashcards on any topic. More than 400,000 students have benefitted already.

    Miscellaneous Tech Tools

    • AVG Free – One of the most trusted anti-virus programs in the world, AVG Free provides anti-virus and spyware protection for Windows’ users. AVG is easy to install and is used by more than 80 million people.
    • Soshiku – Designed specifically for students, this free web app makes it easy to budget your time and stick to a schedule. Soshiku also notifies you about due dates on assignments.
    • Creative Pro Office – Although this web-based project management system was created for business professionals, it has many features that would be useful to students.
    • Billeo – Billeo is a free web browser for people who want to track their finances and make online payments. Features include a built-in bill pay assistant, shopping assistant and password assistant.
    • Mojo – Mojo makes it easy to sync, share, and listen to music online. It can be used to share iTunes libraries and much more.

    There are currently over 20,000 original articles and videos proudly displayed on this site.

    What’s Education-Portal.com about?

    It is a resource hub for students and working professionals to research career paths, degree programs, and schools within their chosen disciplines. This was accomplished by a dedicated team of experts including educators, librarians, college counselors, career counselors, and journalists to provide practical information in both written and video formats. There are currently over 20,000 original articles and videos proudly displayed on this site.

    I like free stuff and I like educational stuff so I simply love free educational stuff! Go check it out.

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    Writing Without Words, by Stephanie Posavec is a series plates showcasing the differences in writing styles of different modern classic novels in a very striking visual manner.

    I simply love it and am so thankfull I have visualcomplexity on my feed list and that they put me on her track.

    Here is a qoute on Stephanie’s work from NOTCOT:

    “The maps visually represent the rhythm and structure of Kerouac’s literary space, creating works that are not only gorgeous from the point of view of graphic design, but also exhibit scientific rigor and precision in their formulation: meticulous scouring the surface of the text, highlighting and noting sentence length, prosody and themes, Posavec’s approach to the text is not unlike that of a surveyor. And similarly, the act is near reverential in its approach and the results are stunning graphical displays of the nature of the subject. The literary organism, rhythm textures and sentence drawings are truly gorgeous pieces.”

    And here is what they mean by truly gorgeous:

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    The magical world of booksI love this add from Ecuador advocating reading I found on adsof the world!

    Once you discover the magic of reading any good book can make you feel like you’re the king or prince of the story!

    Here is the creative details:

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