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:

https://www.opensesame.com/blog/innovative-elearning-trends-elearning-sticks

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.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Post-LMS LMS

The five big LMS companies are Blackboard, Instructure, Desire2Learn, Moodle and Sakai.  So what are the new features they are putting on their LMSs?  What is the new trend in LMS?

Carl Straumsheim, in his article on "The Post-LMS LMS", revealed more about the new trend in LMS and what some of the big five companies are doing.

Web link for this article:  http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/07/18/analysts-see-changes-ahead-lms-market-after-summer-light-news#sthash.KMjzsyL2.dpbs


Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Two Paths to Mobile Learning

According to Brent Schlenker, the two paths to mobile learning are mobile enabled and mobile designed learning.

You can read about his explanation is his blog post entitled "The Two Paths to Mobile Learning".

The quicker method is to go for the mobile enabled learning.

Web link for blog post:  http://www.litmos.com/mobile-learning/the-two-paths-to-mobile-learning/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+litmos+%28Litmos+LMS+-+Easy+to+use+online+training+software%29


PowerPoint slides from OER Symposium 2 (held in Penang)

The PowerPoint slides used by the various speakers in the 2nd Regional Symposium 2014 can be downloaded from this location:

http://www.oerasia.org/presentation-slides


Creating Your Own Illustrated Characters in PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a very versatile program which is used by many people.  Very often we need to create illustrated human characters when we develop e-learning resources.

Here is an easy tutorial on how to create your very own illustrated characters in PowerPoint:

http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/create-illustrated-characters-powerpoint/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RapidElearningBlog+%28The+Rapid+E-Learning+Blog%29


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Proceedings of the International Conference on Technology in Education 2014

I attended the International Conference on Technology in Education 2014 which was organized by the Open University of Hong Kong, the Caritas Institute of Higher Education and the Hong Kong University's SPACE (School of Professional and Continuing Education).  It was held in the Jubilee Campus of the Open University of Hong Kong and lasted from 2 - 4 July 2014.

You can download the proceedings from this website:

http://icte2014.ouhk.edu.hk/icte2014_proceedings.pdf