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Embedding e-learning – a framework for success

Old style computerThis is a post from this month’s guest blogger – Tracey Collins.

E-learning isn’t new, but many educational organisations still have a long way to go before they can say that it is an integral part of their everyday practice. Strategic and practical commitment from all levels of management is essential. But maybe we also need to reconsider how we can best support and encourage our teachers to embrace the changes (and challenges) that implementing e-learning can bring.

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Top 10 tips for taking control of your professional development

Knowledge is PowerKnowledge is power – but how do you plug into new ideas when budget-conscious organisations are flipping the switch on professional development (PD)?

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Rapid E-learning: Go beyond good looks!

Go beyond good looksRemember the movie Shallow Hal with Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow?

For those of you who haven’t seen it, Jack Black starts off as a shallow jerk who – after a magical encounter with Anthony Robbins in a lift – sees people’s inner beauty on the outside. The plain yet deep and loving become beautiful/handsome. The beautiful yet selfish and cruel have their inner flaws revealed as physical ugliness.

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DesignX Conference March 2014

Sketchnote of KeynoteLast week, KerryJ, Nat Denmeade and I packed up and spent a few days in Sydney and went to the iDesignX conference.

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What type of simulation to use? Thinking about taxonomy…

What is a simulation?Deanna Hutchinson and I have been working on a research project about simulations and we have been chatting about the underpinning concepts that we are working with. On one hand, we have worked with a set of definitions and assumptions. On the other, we also reflected… what is the perception of our readers.

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Building a business case for e-learning

e-LearningRunning a business, watching every cent you spend becomes second nature. Ensuring you get an ROI (or ROA) is critical. Building a business case is about the reality of making hard decisions about where to invest your resources. There are a lot of resources out there to support the development of a business case, so I thought I’d put some examples together to get you thinking.

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How do we engage our students?

Engaging StudentsA student walks into a campus. They are apprehensive about their first day as a student. There are signs telling them where to go, but they can’t find anyone to ask for help. As they walk through the bricked walls, they can see classrooms behind doors, but can see into the doors to work out if that is their room. They try to open a few doors, but they are all locked. They finally come across a door that is unlocked, when a person shooes them away.

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Gathering audio for assessment

Gathering AudioWhile video (audio/visual) evidence is becoming a more popular form of evidence, the gathering of audio isn’t as common. This is seen anecdotally, through talking with assessors, and is supported by recent national survey data that showed 68% of students surveyed reported there was no use of voice technologies in their course.1 Therefore, this indicates there is an opportunity to explore the use of voice technologies in the assessment process.

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Accessibility: Some things for content makers to think about

AccessibilityConsider how much easier it is to catch up on lectures or readings when you can listen to them while driving or catching up on housework. Ask someone who works out a gym if they appreciate catching up on the news or their favourite soapies thanks to closed captions that feed the dialogue across the screen in text format.

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