Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Webinar by Upsidelearning.com

Here is a webinar recording on "Preparing for Next Generation eLearning - Part I - Responsive eLearning & Tin Can API".

You can view the recording in order to understand the potential of responsive eLearning & Tin Can API (Application Programming Interface) in shaping the future of eLearning.

Presented by Upsidelearning.com


Some points that we can make use of:

1. Use frequent polls to engage the participants
2. Don’t make your webinar session too long. The above case study lasted just over 1 hour.
3. Use another person to do the presentation if you can. It makes it less monotonous.
4. Use pictures instead of words in your presentation.
5. Put up the reference websites if you are using materials from them.
6. Make your presentation interesting.
7. Indicate your name, e-mail address and contact number at the end of the webinar session.
8. Follow up on the answers to the questions raised by the participants

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"A Vision of Students Today" Transcript

This is a short video clip of a digital ethnography program at Kansas State University (KSU). It is on a provocative view of the clash between traditional educational structures (i.e., classroom lectures and blackboards). This is the electronically mediated world that young people now live in.  Please see the video created by students:


The video includes the results of a survey that found that each year, KSU (Kansas State University) students read an average of 8 books but also read 2,300 web pages and 1,281 Facebook profiles.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Seven Tips for Enhancing Online Communication

Dr Ivy Chia, a staff member of the Teaching and Learning Centre of the SIM University recently contributed a short article entitled "Seven Tips for Enhancing Online Communication".

The seven tips are:
1. Make presentations less busy
2. Use graphics and audio where necessary
3. Include practice exercises and simulations
4. Promote discussions and forums
5. Provide tutor support
6. Use structured learning
7. Communicate and use humour

You can read the article at this location:


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

4 Things You Didn't Know about Mobile Learning

Here is a short and interesting blog on the 4 things which most of us did not know about mobile learning.

URL:  http://blog.originlearning.com/4-things-you-didnt-know-about-mobile-learning/

Essentially, the four items are:

  1. Customizability in design
  2. Continuity in learning (from mobile devices to PC and back again)
  3. Authentic Learning
  4. Intuitive Authoring Tools

Monday, August 18, 2014

Google Rolls Out Free LMS for Apps for Education

Google Rolls Out Free LMS for Apps for Education
By David Nagel (08/12/2014)

URL:  http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/08/12/google-rolls-out-free-lms-for-apps-for-education.aspx

From the home page:

"Google's free learning management system (LMS), Google Classroom, is now in full release and is being made available today to all Apps for Education customers.

The service had been in limited preview since May. During that time, according to Google Apps for Education Product Manager Zach Yeskel, more than 100,000 educators applied to be a part of the preview, and "tens of thousands" of those educations — from K-12 schools, colleges and universities — actually participated.

Classroom is an LMS that's integrated with Google's Apps for Education productivity suite. It allows teachers to create assignments directly within Google's apps, which students can then complete in Google Docs and turn them in through a one-click process."

Friday, August 8, 2014

Article on Blended Synchronous Learning

I have just found this interesting article on blended synchronous learning.

It is entitled "Patterns and principles for blended synchronous learning: Engaging remote and face-to-face learners in rich-media real-time collaborative activities"

The following are the four authors:

1.   Matt Bower, Jacqueline Kenney
Macquarie University, Australia

2.   Barney Dalgarno
Charles Sturt University, Australia

3.   Mark J. W. Lee
Charles Sturt University, Australia

4.   Gregor E. Kennedy
The University of Melbourne, Australia

This article can be downloaded from this location:

Friday, August 1, 2014

Digital Cameras and Information Literacy: Innovations From the Field

Digital Cameras and Information Literacy: Innovations From the Field

Amanda Melcher
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, Alabama

Kathleen Lowe
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, Alabama

Website:  http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/306/550

The authors describe a learning exercise for an English composition information literacy instruction session.  This session merges technology with active learning, is fun and engaging.  Librarians introduced digital cameras into library instruction.  Students filmed one another as they searched the online catalog to locate call numbers, investigate subject headings, and find books on the shelves. This exercise infused technology and fun with the important skill of using the library's catalog to locate information sources.  Students gained comfort with using the library; they enjoyed the experiences, and they interpreted the exercise in creative ways.