A brand new year…. and a brand new look for this Newsletter. Something about new beginnings seems to demand a fresh approach, so while the new look is merely cosmetic, I would ask you to complete my Poll so that I can ensure that the content of this Newsletter is also fresh, and in line with what is useful for you. Anyway, for now I’ll just guess what you want [grin]…so here we go!
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN TODAY?
Let’s begin this new year with this question…and some inspiration. Listen carefully to the lyrics as the power is in the words…..
DO YOUR LEARNERS NEED EXTRA HELP?
Whether it is learners who have a disability, or where a lack of numeracy poses difficulties, trainers often find themselves in the position of needing to teach more than their ‘area of expertise’! There are a heap of ‘apps’ and resources though, and you’ll find various lists such as Apps for Literacy Support, or for those with low vision. You can’t beat the Khan Academy for help with numeracy, there’re some interesting WELL Resources… and it’s probably worth a browse through this spreadsheet of links which has all sorts of bits’n’pieces.
PERHAPS YOU’RE A BUSINESS OWNER…
The article Will the NBN mean Boom or Bust for your Small Business provides some interesting insight into how things are changing. There are some hints, tips and ways to get started at Touch of Technology …….. and apparently Google have learned heaps while helping Aussie businesses get online.
A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR THE ‘MOODLERS’
I recently came across this Moodle site from the University of Sussex. You can log in as a Guest (under the main log in box) and many of the courses allow access. Quite nice! You might also find this useful: 12 Moodle tools to interact with your students online..but maybe the simplicity of Mediabird Study Notes is all you need. If you’re still right at the beginning of coming to terms with Moodle, then maybe this Moodle Cheat Sheet is for you!
DIGITAL LITERACY – GETTING YOUR LEARNERS UNDERWAY
It’s that time of year again! The time when many new courses begin, and when many shaky hands reach for the mouse…perhaps for the very first time. Plenty of resources around to help though including Forward IT which is a (locally produced) online learning tool designed to teach people what the internet can offer safely and securely, at their own pace. The ABC’s Technology Explained may be useful…albeit it in a slightly different way, as well as BBC Connect (which I’ve mentioned previously but add here for the benefit of new subscribers).
THE SERIOUS SIDE OF GAMING
When you think of gaming, do you think of a group of teenagers locked in a bedroom engrossed in World of Warcraft? [chuckles] But does ‘World of Warcraft’ make you smarter? Apparently yes! We are heading towards new capabilities with gaming, and the NBN will make game-based learning even more ‘reachable’. There are some examples around right now though such as Virtual Battlespace II which is a game-based operational simulation environment, developed with the Australian Defence Forces…or Edheads Virtual Knee Surgery where you can learn how to operate! Perhaps Climate Challenge …. or Trading Around the World. I think the best is yet to come! [grin]
“Sitting in a classroom for an hour listening to someone speak is not an effectively brain-enriching experience.” This is a quote from Is Mobile Learning “Smarter” Learning?…what are your thoughts? You might have heard the term Flipped Learning which essentially puts the learning outside the classroom and the homework inside…and mobile learning is pushing this direction. Want to know more? Try A guide to implementing mobile E-learning in your organisation…or browse through Top 50 Mobile Learning Resources. Or have a look at Math 4 Mobile as an example.
THE SOCIAL SIDE OF WORK
We can laugh at this Dilbert strip, but what is it like in your workplace? “With a 10-year delay, the social media revolution is finally entering the workplace and its influence is going to be comparable to the consumer social media revolution.” Read more at 2012: The Year of Learning in a Social Business. If you agree and are constantly on the look-out for something to back your argument [grin] then try The next 15 trends in Social Networking. If you’re more inclined to be the one blocking Facebook [winks], then maybe read Is Facebook good for the workplace? And if the whole thing confuses you, then the Social Media and the Workplace video explanation will shed some light.
Yes…I’ve put this paragraph next on purpose! [chuckles] If you can access Facebook or Twitter at work…then that’s great. But I’m sure you don’t spend tooooo much time on it, for personal communication…do you? [raises her eyebrows]. I know, I know…it’s easy to get distracted so why not try a little tool like RescueTime which is “…a web-based time management and analytics tool for knowledge workers who want to be more efficient and productive.” Here’s the tour to learn more (video or screenshots). I particularly like the ‘Get Focused’ feature…might be good when I have a report to write!😀
MAKING YOUR ONLINE COURSE MORE…UMMM…INTERESTING!
The reason I like Cathy Moore’s blog is because it’s called Let’s Save the World from Boring E-learning. A person after my own heart! Heh, heh Here are her suggestions for action mapping:
I think that’s enough for the first edition for 2012! Don’t forget that I’m here to help your organisation with e-learning, so drop me a line…even if you don’t know what kind of help to ask for! [grin] We can work it out together.
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