Activities elearners like best?

As an elearner, which activities do you like best?

I certainly think it depends on several factors: our personality, our learning styles, our technical skills, our academic level…

I personally love discussions and hands-on projects. Not necessarily team projects, but with collaborative component, such as the ones in the EME6414 class.

I would like to share this article from eLearning Industry: Top 8 eLearning Activities Online Learners Love.

This article is useful as it shows strategies that can be used with any LMS. It also prompts you to think of the appropriate tools. Some activities involve the use social media, so it is worth checking this out.

Which activities do you enjoy the most in online learning?

 

Which is better: ebooks or printed?

There is a lot of research and discussion about which is better: digital or printed books.

It depends on what criteria makes reading better…

In several perspectives are pros and cons for both media.

For example, some say they like the looks, feel, and the smell of books. They say it is easier on the eyes, and they take it more seriously. Some people take more time reading on paper than on digital format.

Others will say there is the convenience ebooks offer in terms of taking e-notes, searching for vocabulary or technical term at tips of our fingers.

This article discusses this very intriguing topic.

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What do you think?

Social Media as Learning Tools

As we all think of how to use social media for instructional purposes, this article contains some ideas (5 to be precise).

I like the fact that these pointers guide us to start with simple tools:

  • Facebook
  • Blogging
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube

The bottom line is:

“Social media platforms are useful when teachers know how to use them.”

For more ideas on how to use these tools, read more…

elink.io

What is elink.io?

Information available at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/collect-share-web-links-v/ancooclifmcdfafbgjmgpmcembfaknka?hl=en

Turn links and bookmarks into beautiful newsletters and web pages in minutes. Send newsletters via Gmail, MailChimp or export HTML.

elink is an all-in-one email marketing and content marketing tool that helps you collect, publish and share web content in minutes. Turn your collections into visually appealing newsletters, web pages, and website embeds. Simply add web links, and we will take care of the rest.

This is an example of the use of elink.io for education:

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If you already use elink.io, please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Reflection: Presence in Online Learning

If we revisit the Community of Inquiry Framework by Dewey, to review the key factors for the success of a learning community, we will see that it is all about presence.

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But, which is the most important: social presence, cognitive presence, or teaching presence?

Besides the cognitive presence, I would say the teaching presence is one of the most important.

According to Garrison, 2009, it may be useful to discuss the influence of teaching presence on the success of an online learning experience. The body of evidence is growing rapidly, attesting to the importance of teaching presence for successful online learning. The consensus is that teaching presence is a significant determinate of student satisfaction, perceived learning, and sense of community.

This article presents 6 tips to build a thriving online learning community.

Hands-on Community

As I had to observe a community in an active participatory role, I chose the Elearning Heroes Discussions.

The purpose of this community is to have elearning professionals who are using Articulate products share their techniques, strategies, skills, and resources.

While I cannot guarantee this community would be relevant to everyone, especially, if you do not use any Articulate authoring tools, I can say it has helped me tremendously with tangible resources that I can apply to my projects immediately.

So, I guess my message is try to find a community that will help you with resources and skills you can apply to your workplace. These communities usually focus on a very specific set of skills, but they will offer opportunities for you to have a more active participation role and even showcase your work and get feedback from colleagues.

Whether you work with SoftChalk or Adobe authoring tools, try to find a community that will help you enhance your technical skills and make that or those authoring tools you and your company have investing in amazing power tools.

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Lurking is not bad at all

I would like to share not only a resource, but also what I learned with the preparation process for our Community Paper assignment.

Before this process, for me, lurking had a bad connotation.However, from reading articles about online communities, communities of practice, and the definitions of lurking as well as through my experience these two last weeks, I realized that lurking is not a bad thing at all.

I signed up to @elearningfeeds via Twitter and learned that actually some groups are built with the purpose to RSS feed their members on the latest news in their industries. In this case: the elearning industry.

Elearning Feeds has been a great tool for me to keep informed of what is going on with elearning. I have been reading articles; some with a commercial intent, but many simply share great strategies and advice for elearning professionals.

As I was also learning how to use, or make good use of, Twitter. I realized that besides reading, I could click on like (the heart icon), and that would record that data under my profile history, so I can go back to those articles later if I wish.

I soon started retweeting those articles. And even though I have only 8 followers, it has been a good exercise as I grow in the social media world.

I truly recommend lurking in this type of “newsfeed” community. It is a very informative and enhancing experience.

elearningfeeds

Copyright

When I think of copyright I immediately think of Creative Commons. In their own words:

“Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world — unlocking the full potential of the internet to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity.”

For more inspiration, I really recommend this video:

 https://vimeo.com/151666798

 I would also recommend this resource from Georgetown University Library available at http://www.library.georgetown.edu/copyright/multimedia

It is very simple and straight to the point:

  • The basics of copyright;
  • What is allowed to use;
  • What is fair use;
  • Video;
  • Audio; and
  • Images.

Copyright doesn’t need to be complicated, boring or punitive.