Happy New Year!! There’s something about a new year that feels…well…cleansing! A chance to put mistakes in the past, and clear the decks for a brand new year. I have a tendency to get buried in detail which stops me seeing the bigger picture, and therefore allocating my time to what is truly more important – so my New Year’s Resolution (apart from the usual.. losing weight etc [grin]) is to frequently STOP and consider the end goal i.e. what am I actually trying to achieve. So…in light of this revelation….
MY END GOAL IS TO HELP YOU…SO…HOW ABOUT A FREE CONSULTANCY!
If I look past all the ‘administrivia’, my end goal is to help you and your training organisation with e-learning, and so I’m offering an (absolutely free) 2 hour consultancy. In other words, some real time where we can sit and discuss what your training organisation needs to either get started with e-learning, or how to improve or enhance what you are already doing. Please REGISTER YOUR INTEREST and I’ll get back to you pronto, so we can discuss dates and details. Oh…and I lied about it being free. My fee is one cup of coffee…white, no sugar. [grin]
I’d like to lay bets that at least a couple of you have a New Years resolution related to keeping up with e-learning, but new links and resources are thrown at you all the time (and I know I’m a culprit [teasing grin]) that its hard to find the time and stay organised. Let’s say…someone sends you a great research paper or you come across a really interesting online article – but who’s got the time to just stop and read! Well, try Instapaper. I was alerted to this great little tool by Lawrence James from TAFESA and basically, Instapaper allows you to easily save articles/reports for later, when you do have time, so you don’t just forget about them or skim through them. Best of all you can read them on your computer, Kindle, iPhone, iPad, and other e-readers.
A lot of people did a lot of great e-learning projects during 2010, and their experiences and outcomes might be useful for you. Maybe its just following in their footsteps, or knowing not to make the mistakes they made. [heh, heh] Maybe you can have a copy of their resources, or maybe its just about finding someone who has done what you want to do, and is willing to chat with you about it (and they all are). Here is a list of the South Australian 2010 e-learning projects, together with their contact details. If you don’t want to restrict yourself to little ol’ SA (and why should you), have a browse through the national records which shows all the projects for all the states for the last 3 years.
WEB 1.0..WEB 2.0…WEB 3.0 ?????
Web 1.0 is the ‘old style’ of internet we all remember from loooong ago (well, at least 10 years)….web pages that have been created by web developers, and which you can’t change, add to or interact with in any way. Of course these still exist now so what’s the difference with web 2.0…and now, web 3.0!
Today I had an issue with a spreadsheet (I’m actually not very good with things like that [grin]), but unfortunately the colleague who usually helps me was on the other side of the city. I had it on the screen in front of me and I phoned and tried valiantly to explain what I was seeing, but it wasn’t easy to explain. Enter….Join.me! So what is Join.me exactly? ” It’s getting a second or third pair of eyes on your presentation from across the hall or across the continent. It’s instant screen sharing with anyone or everyone to get stuff done, quickly.” I grabbed the unique link it gave me, sent it to my colleague, and in 5 minutes my colleague saw where I was going wrong, and my problem was solved. I could even give her control so she could show me what I should be doing! No downloading. No logging in. No problem.
Do you have the unenviable task of creating an online course which runs a very real risk of being boring, forgettable, dry, patronising, wordy, tick-box, ineffective or any number of other things? Then you might want to look at Do the impossible – design compliance e-learning that engages users and changes behaviours. And if you’re saying “I’d love to make the course exciting and interactive, but we have no time, money, software, IT support, imagination etc etc…then Avoiding Crapathy in Your eLearning might be your next stop. [cheeky grin]
DIFFERENT WAYS TO GET LEARNING HAPPENING
We all remember the old way of learning, as that was what we had to put up with in school…well, those of us whose generation isn’t named with a letter, anyway. [giggles] The old style of learning was all about listening, reading, taking notes then regurgitating it all in a test. [sigh] But what about Learning Through Storytelling, Not Documents as an alternative option. Another effective delivery methodology is project based, and this is explained well by the Commoncraft people…
Many trainers have to show learners how to do something on a computer screen, even if it is just how to log in to the RTO training area to get their resources. Wouldn’t it be great if you only had to do this once? Screenr is a very simple, easy-to-use tool for creating screencast videos. You don’t even need to register in order to use Screenr (but if you want to save your recordings you do need a Twitter account (easy to get)). It’s all free…nothing to download.
SO YOU’RE NEW TO SOCIAL MEDIA?
I won’t bombard you with a scrolling list of social media tools because as explained in The Philosophy of Social Media, it is apparently a careful matching process i.e. are you community-minded? A conversationalist? Business savvy? Visual? You could also check out Social Media Tools 101 (From Blogs to Wikis) for some simple explanations.
We all use Powerpoint. It often gets a bad wrap but that’s because it’s often used very badly, so what if there was a competition for the best Powerpoint, and what if the winners were all uploaded to Slideshare so you could see them and get ideas? Well you can…at the World’s Best Presentation Contest 2010. Powerpoint can also be an easy tool to get started with e-learning, so find out more at PowerPoint for E-Learning. And for those of you a bit more advanced…want to add audio to the Powerpoint you’ve uploaded to Slideshare? The following video explains all…..
Anyway, I think that’s more than enough for the first edition of a brand new year, don’t you think?! [chuckles] Don’t forget to register for the free consultancy so we can talk about e-learning as it applies to you and your training organisation, rather than this ‘scattergun approach’ which is the best I can do for this Newsletter. [grin] I sincerely look forward to meeting and/or catching up with many of you in 2011,