This newsletter is OK for what it is…a way of letting you all know about what’s happening in e-learning. But sometimes I wish we could just sit down together and have a conversation. I’d like to hear your opinions…understand more about your context…explain a topic further…toss around different ideas…and generally get a ‘two-way thing’ going. This Newsletter has a Comment feature, but commenting is hardly a conversation! [rolls her eyes] Also, I’d love it if you could bring up a topic, or tell everyone about something new that you’ve found. So, I’ve started a brand new Group on LinkedIn, and I’ve called it E-LEARNING CONVERSATIONS. Come and join me on the lounge…get comfy and let’s reeeally talk! 🙂
MICRO-LEARNING…LET’S TALK ABOUT FINDING TIME
We all know the value of learning new stuff and keeping our skills up to date. This is well explained in The future belongs to those who take charge of their own learning…. but it’s not so easy to find the time. I recently came across Micro-learning – 15 Minutes a Day where the writer says “If we take 15 minutes a day to learn something new, it adds up to over a week of learning per year.” Wow! There’s a similar message in another article simply titled Fifteen Minutes. (If you’re looking for inspiration, you could start with 10 Sites to Learn Something New in 10 Minutes a Day), When it comes to e-learning, how do you stay up to date and learn new skills? And how/where do you find the time? Hop over to E-learning Conversations and lets see if we can brainstorm this together. I’ll meet you there. [grin]
MAKE A WEBSITE ON THE FLY
This is neat little e-tool. Sometimes you just want to pop something up online, but you don’t want to go the whole hog with website building. Enter…Tackk. Nothing to download and you don’t even need a log-in! Here’s a little something I was playing with [chuckles].
THE NBN – ALL A BIT CONFUSING?
I’m sure you’ve heard of the NBN (National Broadband Network) as it features frequently on the 6pm News with one political party or other spouting forth about it [cheeky grin]. But media-hype aside, what is it and how will it affect you? You can trawl through national sites such as http://www.nbn.gov.au for information, but sometimes it’s good to have something explained…preferably in words of less than 3 syllables. 🙂 The video below is the starter for a small group of explanatory videos on Broadband Explained:
If you’re searching for meaning as to how it will affect education, the Skills Institute in Tassie recently completed an NBN project…with great results! (They were one of many) I’d really love to know how you feel the NBN is going to affect you though, or your work. Drop by at E-learning Conversations and let’s chat about it.
USING POWERPOINT FOR E-LEARNING RESOURCES
MOOCs…ARE THEY THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION? AND VET?
Check out What is a MOOC if you’ve never come across this term before, as it’s going to pop up more and more. UniNSW launched one only last month, and there is much discussion about whether this is the future, eg Radical rethink: how to design university courses in the online age where the author states “MOOCs are courses available for free online from some of the world’s best known universities – they’re revolutionary in many ways but above all, they are leading the way in course design.” There are even articles appearing which aim to support eg Ten Tips: Keep Learners Motivated in Your Open Online Cloud Course or MOOC. My question is…..do you think this is the future for VET too????? I’m really keen to know your thoughts, so drop in to E-learning Conversations and let’s debate! [sly grin]
CREATE YOUR OWN ANIMATED VIDEOS!
Enough heavy thinking…time for some fun! I recently stumbled across PowToon …a “Do-It-Yourself tool that enables you to easily create an animated video or dynamic presentation with a professional look-and-feel.” Best of all, they’ve got a Special Education Edition which is completely free for teachers and students. Heaps of examples of what you can make…looks useful, especially for keeping those bored learners engaged!
FREE IMAGES GALORE…BUT BE AWARE OF THE RULES!
We all know that “a picture paints a thousand words” and we try to use images rather than blocks of text…but where to get them? Probably good to bookmark some of the sites at The Ultimate list of Free Stock Photos Sites for eLearning but be aware that even though they say they’re free, you still need to attribute them (as explained here). Which brings me to the whole minefield of copyright….and what might happen if you get this wrong [shudders] Advice on copyright issues relevant to the VET sector is available at the Smartcopying website. They have a stack of presentations that you can use to educate your students…or maybe your trainers? 😉 Creative Commons has been the answer for many as it has cut through so much of the legal stuff associated with copyright – here’s a nice little video about it called Wanna Work Together?
ARE YOU SICK OF WRITING EMAILS?
WHEN THE FILE YOU NEED TO SEND IS HUGE!
DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA? SHOULD YOU?
Whew! That’ll do for now…but can I please reiterate my invitation to come and join me at E-learning Conversations so that we can continue talking? It won’t take you more than 15 minutes. [cheeky grin] Invite your friends and colleagues to join us!