Archive for September, 2010

Mastering Peanutbutter in Free Clicks and a Shake

Taking a class on social media tools in my first semester in an instructional design program has been interesting. The focus is on what tools are available, how to use them, and how they help with learning. So far we’ve set up blogs (this one on, microblogs (Twitter), mapping tools (I used Gliffy), RSS […]

Continue Reading 1 comment September 26th, 2010

Fabulous Education Sites

Why not challenge yourself to create educational sites as great as these 2010 Webby Award Nominees: We Choose the Moon (The winner) San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score Simple Machines Waterlife Your Life, Your Money

Continue Reading Add comment September 22nd, 2010

Any Cognitive Load Theorists in the House?

I’m thinking about conducting an experiment that measures the attitudes of novice computer users, who are at least 65 years old, before and after they receive basic computer instruction that eventually enables them to do something social on the Internet (like check e-mail).   I will design the online instruction (extremely short e-learning courses) according to best practices in Cognitive Load Theory (CLT), as I […]

Continue Reading 1 comment September 18th, 2010

Want to Win a Hat?

Tell me your favorite instructional design resources for all of the following categories by September 30 and I’ll buy you a hat with a logo of your favorite sports team. Why a hat? Ah, who knows. Here are the categories: Blogs RSS feeds Delicious tags Twitter leaders (to follow) Flickr photo feeds Miscellaneous online resource (because I’m now drawing […]

Continue Reading 2 comments September 16th, 2010

Do You Design E-learning Courses in a Hurry?

A Dozen Handpicked E-Learning Resources » The Rapid eLearning Blog. This post by instructional design superstar Tom Kuhlmann includes how-to demos of e-learning tips and tricks,  PowerPoint templates, “Vegas-inspired flash cards,” and more. All for free!  This blog post is courtesy of my learning about the bookmarklet “Press This!” It saves a lot of time when you’re using […]

Continue Reading 1 comment September 16th, 2010

Conquering Social Media

Just as my husband conquered the snow last winter, I will (eventually) conquer all these social media tools. See how he did it. No trees were harmed in the making of this video. (Well, maybe one was.)

Continue Reading 3 comments September 16th, 2010

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