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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Report on the Impacts of the Tin Can API from Rustici

The Tin Can API, also known as the Experience API by the ADL (Advanced Distributed Learning), has its first version released just about one year ago.

The Tin Can API is meant to be the next generation for the SCORM specification.

Rustici, a well-known company dealing with the SCORM development, has released a report on the impacts of the Tin Can API.  You can obtain this report from this web location:


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Copyright free photographs for use in presentations

MorgueFile.com is a great source for copyright free photos to use in presentations

From their home page:

"A morgueFile is a place to keep post production materials for use of reference, an inactive job file.  This morgueFile contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.

The term "morgueFile" is popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues flats. Although the term has been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers and teachers as well. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits. This is the world wide web's morgueFile."

URL:  morguefile.com

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

eLearning that sticks

Here is an interesting article on "eLearning that sticks" by Mike Thompson:


His approach is to emphsize the following three areas:  quality design, conversational tone and storytelling.  He liken a good elearning course to a good movie.