Monthly Archives: November 2008

Authoring Tools

Anyone involved in creating eLearning knows the big dilemma of choosing authoring tools that are appropriate for each different course and effort. It can take quite a lot of time and that decision may affect the final product directly and even dictate its quality and structure.

Schoox has a great compilation of links leading to authoring tools. Useful to anyone creating courses and deploying them.

This page also lists a few SCORM compliant tools for authoring eLearning (although the authors are interested in tools that can be used in conjunction with Moodle, these can be used for content integrated to other LMSs).

Microblogging and Learning

I am sitting at the “140 Characters or Less: Microblogging in Learning” session at DevLearn 08. Discussing the use of Twitter and I started to dig up some websites… If you just google “twitter” or “microblogging + learning” you will find tons of info out there…

Of course Twitter is the first one that comes to everyone’s mind. And there is a VAST (I mean: VAST!) array of third party applications for Twitter users (many resources listed here by category). More Twitter apps.

But there are several others trying to focus on different niches such as k12 Education (Edmodo), corporate and other environments (Presently, Yammer, SocialCast, etc.)…

Many advocate that Twitter is a great way to get to know others, to express oneself in a brief manner (140 characters limit), to find news before they are even broadcast on TV, etc.  But o course, how do we use Twitter in learning contexts? Here is a list of blogs about the use of Twitter for learning:

http://adifference.blogspot.com/2007/07/twitter-ephemeral-learning-tool.html

http://elearningtech.blogspot.com/2008/09/twitter-learning-professionals.html

http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/marcia-conner/learn-all-levels/latest-learning-fast-edu-twittering

http://melaniemcbride.net/2008/02/10/classroom20-twitter-delicious-and-participatory-learning/

Using Twitter in education.

Using Twitter in corporate.

Lessons museums can learn from Twitter.

If you are like me, you don’t want to post your Facebook status and then do the SAME thing on Twitter. You also prefer to post status updates on Facebook via the Facebook iPhone app, not the other way around… well, here is a solution that works from Facebook to Twitter: fb2twitter.

Directory of learning professionals on Twitter: http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/socialmedia/edutwitter.html

Brandon Hall articles tagged with “twitter

And, of course, there are the self-hosted clones that you can run behind your firewall… a short list here.

Just for fun: TwittEarth

Twistory – turn your tweets into a diary…

TwitterCamp – visualizing tweets

I was impressed by how the DevLearn 08 organizers were using the TwitterCamp application to gather tweets (Twitter messages and updates posted by the conference attendees) in one appealing visual interface.

Here is a link to the application which was created by Daniel Dura for ApolloCamp 07 and is being open sourced. The visual interface of the application can be customized to your needs, which is what DevLearn organizers did.

This is a great way of getting an audience to interact, for instance, in a real-time manner, where all their impressions are registered in s central and visual location.

The application can also be easily installed on any local machine that has the (free) Adobe Air plugin installed. 

I see this being used also as a simple audience response system or interactive story telling…

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MLearnOpedia

MLearnOpedia has information on erything about Mobile Learning, this new trend for ubiquitous learning! They also have a vast catalogue of resources. Definitely worth checking this website out!

PollAnywhere – Live broadcast SMS polling solution

PollAnywhere

Amazing solution for live polling via SMS which can be viewed real-time. A good solution to engage live training sessions or conference sessions.

Poll Everywhere is a simple text message voting application that works well for live audiences. People vote by sending text messages to options displayed on-screen. The poll that is embedded within the presentation or web page will update in real time. Advanced uses include txt2screen, texting questions to a presenter, web voting, and SMS interactivity in print, radio, and TV.

Mr.Dev.Mobi and MobiSiteGalore – is your website compatible with mobile devices?

Some of the great resources highlighted by Judy Brown’s session at DevLearn 08. More to come.

Mr.Dev.Mobi is an excellent tool for checking compatibility of Web-based content on mobile devices. Simply insert your URL where indicated and it will run a comprehensive test and give you some data and tips on making your website more compatible with mobile devices. It even has an emulator for certain devices showing how your website displays on them.

MobiSiteGalore is a great resource for CREATING a website ready for mobile users. Quick and easy template-based solution. Fantastic and easy to use.

Great for those developing mobile learning materials or those who want their instructional materials to be accessed anytime, anywhere…

Project Wonderland’s New Features

Project Wonderland is a project run by Sun Microsystems that aims at developing a tool kit for the creation of custom virtual worlds (MUVEs).

The upcoming .5 release promises some interesting features as well as some powerful improvements to the interface and system as a whole.

Videos here:

http://slx.sun.com/1179271798

https://slx.sun.com/1179271797

https://slx.sun.com/1179271796 

https://slx.sun.com/1179271795

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