The Periodic Table of Instructional Design [INTERACTIVE]


The people at Check N Click Learning and Technologies have created a simple yet powerful visualization of the Instructional Design process.

The Periodic Table of Instructional Design is a good tool for those just now getting into the field or a great reminder of the basics for the veterans.

If you’re accessing this website from mobile, click Periodic_Table_ID_Check_N_Click for the HTML5 version of the periodic table.

PeriodicTableofInstructionalDesign-Static

Cite this article:
Silva E (2014-02-07 08:46:30). The Periodic Table of Instructional Design [INTERACTIVE]. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 18, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2014/02/07/the-periodic-table-of-instructional-design-interactive/

Just Google It: How Google Has Changed Research for Grad Students [INFOGRAPHIC]


Google It
Source: GradSchoolHub.com

Cite this article:
Silva E (2014-01-29 09:56:24). Just Google It: How Google Has Changed Research for Grad Students [INFOGRAPHIC]. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 18, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2014/01/29/just-google-it-how-google-has-changed-research-for-grad-students-infographic/

Online Casual Gaming Trendsetters Gen-X, Millennials, and High-Tech: The Fast and the Future


Humphrey Watson, a writer, submitted the article below for publication on my blog. I find it an interesting read in general, as it highlights the fact that simple games, sometimes, are better than complex ones to increase learner retention and attention…

From old-school to new-school: Bingo! Video games remain popular as educational tools

A challenge educators face daily: how to make learning fun

One big hurdle that a lot of educators inevitably come across is the fact that some students just don’t take to specific subjects as easily as others. In K12 schools, Math is a good example. In the corporate world, think of that compliance training! How do you teach an otherwise dry and sometimes boring subject matter to disinterested students? Why, by turning it into a game, of course!

Using casual games to teach isn’t at all a novel concept. Remember The Oregon Trail and bingo? The educational benefits of the latter, which has been in use inside classrooms for longer than most of us have been alive, can even trace its roots back to Germany. During the 1800s, German teachers started to incorporate bingo into their classes to teach math, spelling, and history.

Consider the simple game of Bingo. Thanks to its easy-to-learn gameplay mechanics, customizability, and the added fun factor in yelling out “Bingo!” every time you form a line), bingo has had great success as an educational tool. From maths to music, geography to geology, bingo can be adapted into a teaching tool for a wide range of subjects. Simplicity is key!

In addition to the borderline obscene amounts of money that bingo companies spend to promote their games (Gaming Realms recently poured millions of pounds into the BingoGodz; ad campaign), the simplicity and adaptability of the casual game mechanics into different contexts has kept this sort of game alive through the years.

New advances in technology have also pushed the “serious games” industry to new and greater heights. Numerous studies, including a recent one from NYU and CUNY, have found that video games can be highly effective in motivating students to learn less popular subjects.

Educational institutions, foundations, and even the government are taking notice. GlassLab;, a California-based non-profit that works out of gaming giant Electronic Arts, has been given $10.3 million by The Gates and MacArthur Foundations to create educational games. GlassLab is not alone, either. It’s just one of many such developers found all over the United States.

Thanks to these new developments, the field of education is certainly shaping up to be an exciting one for educators and students all over the world.

Cite this article:
Silva E (2014-01-27 07:34:56). Online Casual Gaming Trendsetters Gen-X, Millennials, and High-Tech: The Fast and the Future. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 18, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2014/01/27/online-casual-gaming-trendsetters-gen-x-millennials-and-high-tech-the-fast-and-the-future/

From Zero to Hero in 30 Days: Better Blogging Tips and Challenges for You


My friend Tina Newton forwarded me this interesting read by none other than the imaginative folks at WordPress.

It is a great read filled with tips and good advice from how to start blogging more often to how to increase the quality of the posts, to promoting your writing. Very inspirational.

Some of the challenges at the time of this writing:

Day One: Introduce Yourself
Day Two: What’s your name?
Day Three: What’s on your mind?
Day Four: Explore the Neighborhood
Day Five: Love Your Theme
Day Six: Try a New Element
Day Seven: Personalize Your Theme
Day Eight: Make Your About Page Irresistible
Day Nine: Head Deeper Into the Blogosphere
Day Ten: Add Two Widgets
Day Eleven: Leave Three Comments
Day Twelve: From Comment to Post
Day Thirteen: Build a (Better) Blogroll
Day Fourteen: Blogger’s Choice!
Day Fifteen: Explore Visuals and Content
Day Sixteen: Personalize a Prompt
Day Seventeen: Increase Your Commenting Confidence
Day Eighteen: Activate a Social Network
Day Nineteen: Publish a Post in a New-To-You Format
Day Twenty: Add a New Page
Day Twenty One: Build on your last post

Read more at “Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog” on The WordPress Daily.

Also check out the Daily Writing Challenges page with tons of fun writing points… especially helpful if you’re staring at that blank page for too long.

Cite this article:
Silva E (2014-01-24 09:20:01). From Zero to Hero in 30 Days: Better Blogging Tips and Challenges for You. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 18, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2014/01/24/from-zero-to-hero-in-30-days-better-blogging-tips-and-challenges-for-you/

ADDIE – “The” Instructional Design Process – Explainer Videos


A series by Edtech Dojo.

Analysis Phase

Design Phase

Development Phase

Implementation Phase

Evaluation Phase

Cite this article:
Silva E (2014-01-18 08:36:18). ADDIE - "The" Instructional Design Process - Explainer Videos. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 18, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2014/01/18/addie-the-instructional-design-process-explainer-videos/

Interview with busuu Languages Education Director, Oula Akiki


I recently had an interview with a Oula Akiki, Education Director at a busuu, a company that offers an array of digital language learning curricula and applications.

busuu-logo

 

 

Here are some questions and her answers.

How did you get started in the language learning field?

I majored in modern languages, linguistics and translation at university. I’ve always been interested in languages. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t learning a second or third language. I went to the same business school as Bernhard amp; Adrian the busuu co-founders. I met them at an event and we immediately shared a common interest in languages. They were talking about their ideas for busuu, and I was immediately interested in the product. From my interest in linguistics, I wanted to move away from the traditional way of doing things and become more involved in product innovation. I joined busuu in January 2011 after graduating from business school in Madrid. I moved with the company from Madrid to London a year ago.

How did busuu start?

Bernhard Niesner and Adrian Hilti founded busuu in Madrid, where it was an official UNESCO International Year of Languages project in 2008. The company is named after the endangered Busuu language of Cameroon. According to an ethnological study from the 1980’s, Busuu is spoken by only 8 people. We went to Cameroon to track down those 8 people and made a video about our experience here!

Language learning technology is a saturated field. What makes busuu unique? How does it compare to other offerings in the market like Rosetta Stone, Livemocha, Duolingo…?

We create a good learning experience where we are trying to offer everything you need to complete your learning. We combine the content with a cross-platform solution so you can learn on mobile or on the web – the program is flexible to your needs. We complement that with our unique community -  it’s a friendly, helpful community where you can speak to native lanugage speakers. So you can learn anywhere on any device. You can practice with the commmunity who bring the conversational element that is so important when learning language. Language is about interacting with others and learning about other cultures is a part of that.  Learning the language is one thing, putting it into practice is another. We offer one solution that is practical, adaptable and fun to use. busuu has a gamified environment that makes the learning fun and engaging. It has nothing to do with your language book or your language class. The people in the community are more relevant as they live in the country whose language your learning. It’s an opportunity to learn and engage in a way you’d never learn with a book.

What’s the busuu approach?

We teach you relevant vocabulary, that you need in every day life. We break down the course content into smaller contexts that are easier to assimilate when you’re learning language. Then, put it into sentences. You’re going to find that conversation to be useful in every day life. We take useful vocabulary and useful conversation modes that are bundled into topics based on your needs and the situations when you need to use them.

Learning a language is a rewarding yet arduous process. What is your advice for those learning a language now or considering it?

It can be challenging, like anything new that you learn, but having regular conversations with people makes it more fun and less stressful. We’ve built a useful process to learn and remember language as well as to practice it. You have the cultural exchange happening as well. Even if you are in the early stages, you can still practice by talking to native speakers. People find out that they know more than they think they do, and that then inspires their confidence to continue learning. Keep practicing your language exercises. Like any exercise, a bit of training here and a bit of training there is still very helpful.

Is there anything you can reveal to us about the future of busuu?

Stay tuned, we have some exciting things coming in early 2014.

What about language learning and acquisition in general?

People are learning on different devices, and we find language learning is suited to a multi-device lifestyle.  We base our content creation on user behaviour and what we know is more important to them. People learning want stats, dashboard. It’s more personalized and need-driven. In general, it’s more intelligent and data-driven. What we learn from learning habits and how people interact wtih content, so we can refine and make it better.

Rosetta Stone, for instance, backs the Endangered Languages project, is busuu involved in any causes our readers should know about and get involved with?

Given we are named after an endangered language, we do support this issue as a company. We run an annual program called Learn2Help, to help educate children in Cameroon with the ultimate goal of building a classroom to support a local school. In December, the 35 million strong busuu community will help others to learn through its own language learning. As busuu users achieve completed lessons, the company will contribute to the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC) to buy school supplies and furniture. With enough language learning activity on the website and on busuu’s mobile apps, busuu will reach our ultimate goal  of building an entire classroom for children in Cameroon.

Cite this article:
Silva E (2013-12-13 15:51:43). Interview with busuu Languages Education Director, Oula Akiki. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 18, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2013/12/13/interview-with-busuu-languages-education-director-oula-akiki/

Learn2Help Program: Learn a Language and Help Build a Classroom in Cameroon!


Learn2Help

It’s always time to give back to the global  community. I love to see opportunities like this one that allow you to help others by learning something new. In this case, by learning a foreign language.

I was told about the Learn2Help program sponsored by Busuu and think you should consider helping this cause. The newsletter about the program follows below.


Help busuu Build a Classroom in Cameroon by Improving Your Own Language Skills

This December, the Learn2Help Program from Busuu Buys Educational Equipment for Underprivileged Students

London, 3 December 2013 – busuu today announces its Learn2Help initiative to help educate children in Cameroon with the ultimate goal of building a classroom to support a local school. In December, the 35 million strong busuu community will help others to learn through its own language learning. As busuu users achieve completed lessons, the company will contribute to the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC) to buy school supplies and furniture. With enough language learning activity on the website and on busuu’s mobile apps, busuu will reach its highest goal of building an entire classroom for children in Cameroon.

busuu, the company that took its name from the Busuu language of Cameroon, will donate school supplies to the CAPEC  organisation which it has supported for the past few years. Through their school in central Cameroon, CAPEC helps provide an education for children who come from low-income families in the local area. Many of the parents are illiterate and these pupils are often the first generation in their families to receive an education.

It’s free to sign up and participate. The way the program works is that busuu users earn busuu-berries as they complete language lessons on the website and through busuu’s mobile apps. From the 1st through the 21st December 2013, the more busuu-berries earned by the community, the more busuu will contribute to buy school supplies including school stationary, textbooks, furniture and classrooms for the students. For example:

  • 35 million busuu-berries will help busuu provide the school with stationery like pens and books.
  • 40 million busuu-berries will provide textbooks and exercise books.
  • 45 million busuu-berries will allow busuu to donate furniture to the school.
  • 55 million busuu-berries will allow busuu to donate enough money to build a classroom for the school.

To put this into perspective, the busuu community earns around 1.8 million busuu-berries for completing language lessons every day, and every berry earned will help provide additional supplies for the school. Now is the time to get on busuu and starting learning a language. Everyone in the world deserves an education. Help busuu support CAPEC in their mission to education the children of Cameroon, and treat yourself to the gift of language this December.

 

About busuu

busuu is the largest social network for language learning, with over 35 million users worldwide. The company offers free and premium paid-for access to audio-visual courses for 12 languages: Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese and English.

Members can improve their language skills through direct interaction with native speakers within the community via an integrated video-chat application and peer-to-peer text corrections. As a result, every busuu.com user is both a ‘student’ of a foreign language and also a ‘tutor’ of their own mother tongue.

Bernhard Niesner and Adrian Hilti in Madrid founded busuu in early 2008. It was an official UNESCO International Year of Languages project in 2008. The website has received several awards including AlwaysOn Global 250 Winner 2009, Language Label 2009 from the European Commission, CeBIT Innovation Award 2010, Red Herring European Winner 2010 and ‘Best Education Start-up’ at The Europas TechCrunch Awards in 2011.

The company is named after the Busuu language of Cameroon. According to an ethnological study from the 1980’s, Busuu is spoken by only 8 people.

 

Cite this article:
Silva E (2013-12-06 13:14:35). Learn2Help Program: Learn a Language and Help Build a Classroom in Cameroon!. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 18, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2013/12/06/learn2help-program-learn-a-language-and-help-build-a-classroom-in-cameroon/

Simplifying Complexity: What Learning Does NOT Look Like


Learning is a complex process.

It is a never-ending and evolving process, experimentation, classroom, peer-to-peer, on-the-job, formal curricula, tacit and informal experiences, reflection, failing foward, change management… the jargon, theories, buzzwords come and go… Learning IS complex. It IS a process, not a finite event.

Metaphor for Complexity - Author Unknown

Metaphor for Complexity – Author Unknown

The complexity above, however, is NOT what learning experiences (as designed by professional Instructional Designers) should look like. We have to make the complex simple, we have to make learning seamless, transparent to the learner… perhaps even something they don’t recognize at “learning” sometimes but that vcan help them accomplish real-world tasks in the context they live/work in…

What Learning professionals design should look like this:

Simple, Not Simplistic

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”  - Albert Einstein

Cite this article:
Silva E (2013-12-03 12:36:15). Simplifying Complexity: What Learning Does NOT Look Like. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 18, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2013/12/03/simplifying-complexity-what-learning-does-not-look-like/

Wasted Time in the Workplace: INFOGRAPHIC


We all know technology can provide great tools for simplifying (work) life and improve results. However, it can be the culprit of a lot of the time wasted in the workplace as well, as depicted in this infographic.
I wonder how these numbers play out in the home-assigned employee’s realm.
Also, how can we turn these numbers around for increased productivity?

Wasted Time in the Workplace - Infographic
Time Doctor – Track your time. Track your team’s time. Know EXACTLY what is REALLY going on.

Cite this article:
Silva E (2013-10-15 09:44:25). Wasted Time in the Workplace: INFOGRAPHIC. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 18, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2013/10/15/wasted-time-in-the-workplace-infographic/

MOOC – What Is It?


I’m not going to reinvent the wheel and explain what a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is. Tons of people are trying to explain this “new” trend.

While I think most of the craze around MOOCs is the fact that some big institutions are offering interactive versions of their courses with recorded slides and video lectures, the what makes a MOOC engaging is what makes any sort of eLearning or Learning without the “e” engaging: clear objectives, connectedness, knowledge/skill transfer optimization, fun (why not?), scaffolding… all those words you threw around in grad school.

So, whether you’re designing a MOOC or any type of learning experience, forget the term, design it thinking of your audience and objectives that will help them acquire skills and knowledge they can actually USE.

The technology is an enabler, not a driver.

 

What is a MOOC?

The MOOC Guide

Massive Open Online Course (Wikipedia)

MOOC Guide (Wikispaces)

MOOC.ca Providers List

Massive Open Online Course (references from Educause)

MOOC Advisor (blog and resources about MOOCs)

 


To learn more about how to design a MOOC the most effectively, consider earning an instructional technology masters degree.

 

Cite this article:
Silva E (2013-09-27 11:57:28). MOOC - What Is It?. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 18, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2013/09/27/mooc-what-is-it/

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