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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 58 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 58 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning
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MIT online learning report notes importance of teachers, instructional designers

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tasked with examining the future of online education have returned with a simple recommendation for colleges and universities: focus on people and process, not technology. Back in 2013, an MIT task force presented a vision of undergraduate education at the institute in which students spend half as much time on campus as they do today.

When Your Dream School Accepts You (But Only Online)

This spring, Caleb Kinsella was one of the thousands of high school seniors around the country anxiously waiting to find out if he got into the college he wanted. At 6 p.m. one day, his top school, the University of Florida (UF), would update its website with every applicant's acceptance status all at once.

The Lonely E-Learning Designer

From time to time, all instructional designers have considered their job to be an "austere and lonely office," to borrow the words of poet Robert Hayden. Even if we are lucky enough to be part of an instructional design and development team, when the brainstorming and collaboration are done, it is each of us alone facing the fear of the blank screen and trying to do our best for our learners.

Improve employee training with eLearning

Companies today are challenged with finding ways to minimize employee turnover and increase levels of job satisfaction and engagement. The problem is that the millennial generation, which now makes up the majority of the workforce in America, has different needs and expectations of businesses than those of previous age groups.

MIT online learning report notes importance of teachers, instructional designers

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tasked with examining the future of online education have returned with a simple recommendation for colleges and universities: focus on people and process, not technology. Back in 2013, an MIT task force presented a vision of undergraduate education at the institute in which students spend half as much time on campus as they do today.

How Good Are Your Listening Skills?

When Warren Buffett released his annual letter to shareholders in February 2015, it was filled with praise for his employees and managers. The Berkshire Hathaway CEO highlighted key executives, citing their integral contributions to his company and its success over the past year.

Could a liberal arts approach to online learning be more successful? - eCampus News

As working adults become the norm in higher education, the focus of many colleges and universities has shifted to online education, with its promise of flexibility and convenience. To meet the needs of these learners, a large number of schools are pursuing massively scalable, highly automated solutions, although high dropout rates plague some of these business models.

4 strategies for creating online experiences that inspire offline activity

You probably already know that bridging the gap between the virtual world and the real one can be challenging. Examples of bad e-learning that fail to do this are abundant. Frankly, those courses might be the single most damning piece of evidence cited against online learning.

Tracking student emotions 'could improve online retention'

Monitoring the emotions of students during online learning could help to improve retention and course design, researchers believe. Academics at the Open University are developing tools to analyse learners' emotional responses to online programmes, using either self-reporting or automated technologies. These could include using webcams to monitor engagement and emotions via students' facial expressions or eye movements.

3 Ways Online Education Advances Residential Learning | Technology and Learning

OLC Innovate is now in full swing in New Orleans. Unfortunately, I am not able to attend the Online Learning Consortium gathering this year (physically or virtually), so I'll be relying on all of you to share what you are learning.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 57 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 57 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning
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The future of training

Picture this: you begin your day like any other. The sun rises. You roll out of bed, prepare for the day, and get to work. You arrive with the full knowledge that all of your peers are as prepared and able to take on the day's tasks as you are.

Too much is being spent on a higher education marketing assault (essay)

There's been a great deal of recent press and politics around the climbing walls, lazy rivers and other seemingly lavish campus amenities that have become commonplace at colleges and universities. But critics are missing the real arms race in higher education: a new student-recruitment spending war that is orders of magnitude more expensive and ends in only higher tuition rates for students -- with none of the fun and relaxation.

Learning online tools

Cindy Carr, the technology enabled learning and teaching co-ordinator with the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, said the main goal of using the new technology is to have educators and students collaborate more. "St. Ignatius High School had a long pilot for Google App education and two years ago, we decided to take it to all of our schools," said Carr.

Is machine learning the next commodity?

It's not every day you can witness an entire class of software making the transition from specialized, expensive-to-develop code to a general-purpose technology. But that's exactly what's happening with machine learning. Chances are, you're already hip-deep in machine-learning applications. It's how Google Photo organizes those pictures from your vacation in Spain.

Machine learning tools pose educational challenges

IT and analytics managers struggling with all the data flooding into their organizations may find it hard to ignore the increased marketing push machine learning tools are getting from technology vendors. And for good reason: Running automated algorithms designed to learn on their own as they churn through large data sets can accelerate data mining and predictive analytics applications -- and give users information they might not get otherwise.

Future Of Learning: Adaptive Tests, Video Lectures & Online Tutors

There has been an explosion of Ed-Tech startups in the last 2 years. While one set provides video lectures or tutoring, the other provides digital test papers. On the surface, this looks like a digital classroom. But parents are skeptical. Why will a device work better?

Udacity Breaks Out of the Online Education Box

Sebastian Thrun, Udacity's chief executive officer, discusses the company's offline plans with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

3 Ways Online Education Advances Residential Learning | Technology and Learning

OLC Innovate is now in full swing in New Orleans. Unfortunately, I am not able to attend the Online Learning Consortium gathering this year (physically or virtually), so I'll be relying on all of you to share what you are learning.

Stanford's Hennessy and Berkeley chancellor kick off online learning summit | Stanford News

Online courses may not have overwhelmed undergraduate education in a disruptive "tsunami," as once predicted. But Stanford President John L. Hennessy, speaking at a summit on online learning on Friday, April 15, said it is a time of "great experimentation" and called for new research to help measure effectiveness and establish best practices.

Supply is up in online ed but demand is down - now what?

Colleges and universities must adapt to a new business model when it comes to marketing. Higher education marketing is more competitive now than it has ever been before, and it's only getting worse. The number of high school graduates in the pool of prospective college-goers is smaller in the Northeast and Midwest than it has been in recent decades.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 56 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 56 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning
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Starting with the Basics: Making the Perfect E-learning Experience - GovDelivery

When it boils down to it, a good e-learning experience is actually all about the user experience. User experience is shaped by two variables: target audience and agency goal. Before you start designing a training, consider who your target audience is and what your learning objectives are.

Design (e-learning / Online / Distance / Flexible) - Training and Course Overview - Campus Daily Online

Design, creativity, and innovative thinking are essential sought-after skills needed in today's rapidly evolving business environment. The design major course introduces the students to the basic principles and practice of design and design thinking ranging from creativity, insight development, user research, hands-on design for services and experiences, to learning different techniques in application of design in effective management environments.

10 Training Design Tips for Instructional Designers and Trainers

You have completed the training needs analysis. You have documented the results and confirmed with the business unit manager that training is indeed warranted, because you have confirmed a lack of needed skills and knowledge. For part two of my three-part series, I'm sharing 10 tips that will help you design learner-centered training.

Navigating the world of online learning | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Course: A History of Royal Food and Feasting Platform: Future Learn ( By: University of Reading Starts: June 20 Price: Free Duration: Five weeks "Did you know that Henry VIII ordered the first apricot trees to be planted in England because he couldn't get enough of them?

Micro master's is future of online learning: Anant Agarwal

Anant Agarwal, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), became the CEO of edX, free online courses provider from the world's top universities, in 2012. Agarwal was in India last week to explain edX and MIT's ideas to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Learning to Mix: Which Online Audio Education Outlets Are Right For You? - SonicScoop

The web abounds with sites promising to help you improve your mixing skills. At times, it seems like there is an online education outlet for every audio engineer, and with all these choices, it can be difficult to determine where to turn if you're looking to up your your audio game.

Higher Ed Needs Major Disruption | RealClearPolitics

There's been much talk on the campaign trail about helping students pay for college and not enough about exactly what they're buying. It's ludicrous that student debt has passed $1 trillion and that nearly 20 percent of the undergraduates who borrowed for college are in default on their student loans.

The Pros and Cons of Online Learning

Coursera, one of the largest providers of Massively Open Online Courses (henceforth referred to as MOOC's) is a learning platform which offers over 400 free courses to around 4 million students all around the world. edX is also a MOOC provider; it offers over 700 courses, many of which are university level, and it's catalog...

Benefits of distance education understudies

Distance education or distance learning. is the education of students who are not physically present at a school. And also it is a way of learning remotely without being in regular face-to-face contact with a teacher in the classroom. The higher education involves this system of learning.

How to Hire an E-Learning Developer or Get an E-Learning Job | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

I had a couple of questions this week about elearning jobs. First, someone asked me what they should expect when hiring an elearning course developer. And on the flip side, someone I know was looking for work and wanted some tips on how to get a job.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 55 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 55 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Learning software gets smart - at last

I just spent two days in Italy with analyst peers and the management of LMS (Learning Management System) vendor Docebo . It's funny how a lot of quiet time can help one focus on a topic. Here are my observations about the LMS space. In a second story, I'll discuss my thoughts about Docebo in particular.

Here's How Often You Should Really Switch Jobs

Job hopping is often viewed as a major red flag to prospective employers, but one highly successful businesswoman asserts that moving around every few years is a smart career move. Penelope Trunk, a self-described "serial entrepreneur" and the co-founder of online learning platform Quistic, made a strong case for frequent job hopping on her blog in 2007, and relayed the same sentiment in a recent interview with Fast Company.

How good a match is Web Development and Online Learning?

It's really worth noticing how are you polishing your web development skills if you are a programmer. Whoever has written a code in his life knows that you do not stop learning in programming. There are so many CMSs and the variation that they provide makes you to get familiar with at least two to begin with.

Research Reveals Student-Instructor Relationships Shape Online Learning Success

Taking courses online is a great way to meet the demands of work and family while still pursuing higher education. The problem is that too many students don't have a great experience with online classes, leading to low pass rates and academic consequences.

Online classes equal less learning

Not leaving home, sitting on the couch and class time whenever: all enticing facets of online classes. But is it all worth it? Online classes are an easy way to avoid the stress of creating a cohesive class schedule and getting to campus. It can seem like a miracle when searching for a class and...

Designing for Online Collaborative Learning

This is the second post in series on how to design, conduct, and assess an effective online collaborative learning program. The first installment of this series looked at why collaborative learning is an important instrument in the L&D professional's toolbox. Now, let's take a closer look at specific design elements of collaborative learning.

Why online learning is better than in-person learning

Making changes to education is no simple task. Deviations from traditional learning models are often met with resistance, while introducing new technologies or methods often rely on systemic change. Despite challenges, online learning is making tremendous progress when it comes to infiltrating all pillars of education, from corporate learning, to higher education, to K-12 schooling.

What Does a Growth Mindset Have to Do with Learning?

We can learn to be smart is the premise of Mindset The New Psychology of Success: How we Can Learn to Fulfill our Potential by Carol Dweck (2006). Dweck debunks the idea that intelligence is fixed, is predetermined by our gene pool. Instead, Dweck suggests individuals with a 'growth mindset' develop intelligence and abilities over...

Online Learning Communities

As higher education adapts to the 21st Century by increasing its online course and program offerings, we must not forget the need to maintain and develop the relationships and community among students and instructors. This collection of posts focus on how we can translate what is done in a face-to-face learning environment to create and...

Six Tips to Help You Select the Right Learning Management System

In the digital world, one can turn to a blog, Wikipedia, social media platforms, online knowledge forums, videos, etc., and get informed on just anything. The information available is abundant. You might think if there is a concrete need of a learning management system (LMS) versus letting the employees find and learn on their own.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 54 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 54 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

'Stackable' Credential Options Rise in Online Education

"Stackable" degrees might also be a good option for those who aren't completely sure which type of credential to pursue, experts say. When David Anderton, who owns a Web​ development company based in London, decided he wanted more business knowledge​, he realized he didn't have the time to pursue a full-length master's degree program.

Study explores online learning trends at community colleges

Online courses have for years driven enrollment growth at community colleges, but as more students take their chances in the job market, institutions face new challenges to retain them, a new study found. During the height of the recent recession, community colleges saw double-digit percentage growth in their online courses, according to the Instructional Technology Council, which is affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges.


The University of Florida community got its first glimpse earlier this month of a new 1,600-square-foot research space where faculty and students will study how to use technology to create effective and engaging online learning experiences.

Microsoft On Demand Courses and the benefits of online learning

Steve Brennan | 13 April 2016 In an earlier blog we discussed the Top 10 benefits of online learning courses. Our customers tell us every day about the tangible benefits of online courses.

Five Trends Driving The Growth Of Mobile Learning In Corporate Education

Mobile learning -- like mobile everything else -- is on the rise.

New ed tech companies eye branded learning

One new ed tech startup based in South Africa is focusing on short lectures online and compartmentalized learning modules sponsored by various brands. The goal of the partnership is to make the idea of e-learning more interesting to people who may not want to understand it.

10 ways Gamification can save Online Learning

When online learning became popular, a lot of businesses thought it would be a magic wand that could transform their training all by itself. Although online learning has many benefits, it's not as if you can switch over from instructor-led training and instantly reap the rewards.

Why Taking Courses in the Right Order Matters

By Erin Kelley-BannisterAcademic Advisor at American Public University One of the first bits of information you receive from the university is the course progression for your program. Taking courses in the recommended order helps you build a strong academic foundation, so you progress through your program with the academic knowledge you need to succeed in your classes.

Humanizing Online Learning

Keynote presentation at the University of Wisconsin Spring OPID Conference.

The challenge of gamification: advice on how to quickly create engaging learning

Gamification expert, Professor Karl M. Kapp said on the Google Hangout: "It's difficult to take the plunge. There can be a conservative corporate culture: what shall we gamify? How do I create it? There is hesitation about how to get started, but interest in it and it's going to grow."

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 53 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 53 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Help students to make the most of online learning - Teach UAE Magazine

While I have never taught completely online courses, I have been teaching hybrid courses and using online course management programmes for many years. This article provides a few tips and guidelines for maximizing a positive online experience for students.

Get Your Free eBook on Character Formation in Online Education!

If you currently teach online, or you're part of a school exploring online learning, you have probably asked yourself the following questions: What does it mean to teach in a higher education setting from a distinctly Christian perspective? What are the best practices for teaching online?

Knowledge Anywhere :: 10 Secrets of Visual Design that Will Enhance eLearning

If you've ever designed an eLearning course, you probably realize how important the visuals are for attracting learners' attention and helping them to engage with the learning material. Visual design not only impacts the course's usability but also brings plenty of learning benefits to its users.

Interactive Video Made Easy | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

A few years back working with video was not all that easy. Most networks couldn't support the delivery of video and producing video was expensive and really time-consuming. However, that's changed quite a bit over the years. Here's one of my favorite examples of how things changed with the advent of rapid elearning.

E-trends in education


Learning online? You're not alone: Returning to university and switching career at 48

After 13 years out of the workforce, being soccer mum, pizza mum, permanent volunteer and full-time carer for her eldest daughter, Susan Bruce felt she'd lost herself. As she watched her former colleagues climb the corporate ranks, the Canadian mother-of-five decided it was time to return to work.

Distance learning universities 'must prove their relevance'

Open and distance learning (ODL) universities must determine their "competitive advantage" rather than "parroting" that their value lies in convenience and flexibility, the director of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education has claimed.

Online Learning at Research-Intensive Universities - EADTU - European Association of Distance Teaching Universities

Online Learning at Research-Intensive Universities, LERU, advice paper, League of European Research Universities

6 Benefits of Online Learning * On-Español

The eternal debate of whether online courses are better or worse than on-site classes will probably never end. Each definitely has its own list of benefits and depends on your lifestyle, how you like to learn, the amount of free time you've got, etc.

Educators Can Explore Potential of Online and Blended Learning to Prepare Students for College and Career Readiness in Pearson Webinar Series

Four webinars focus on power of digital learning to transform education for learners at all grade levels

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 52 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 52 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

15 Reasons Why Online Training Benefits Both Employees & Businesses

We've gotten to the point where we realize that in order to have a successful career, we must embrace learning as a lifelong initiative. School, in the traditional sense, might end when we leave high school or college, but that doesn't mean we should give up on learning.

Teachers mine student data to improve performance

Teachers in the Marlborough Public Schools could soon have easier access to a wealth of data on students in their class.The district is piloting what it calls a "data dashboard" that would give teachers access to students' test scores and home language and other relevant information to help them understand students' successes and opportunities for growth."It's a one-page summary of everything you would want to know about the student," said Maureen

Millennials and learning preferences

IT IS OFTEN cited that the median age of Filipinos is 23. This means that for the foreseeable future, most of the new hires and young professionals will be in this growing age group. This fact presents new challenges and opportunities, among them ensuring the proper training and development of these so-called "millennials."

Online Learning - Advantages and Disadvantages

Nowadays it is possible to do almost anything online. Internet has enhanced and changed every aspect of our lives, and now it is making inroads into the world of education. Online education and classes are not just a buzz; they are a new technology that is making a difference for teachers as well as students.

Is Online Tutoring the Future of Personalized Learning? (EdSurge News)

In celebration of their daughter's birth, Mark Zuckerberg recently announced he would be donating a significant portion of an approximated $45 billion to developing personalized learning. But the Zuckerbergs are not the only people putting money or effort towards developing better learning systems. In 2015, edtech businesses raised $2.7 billion, a figure that more than triples the $800 million raised in 2011.

Siri ... Please Stick to Just Being a Catalyst | Higher Ed Beta

The heart and soul of the raging debate about online education is the fundamental question of its role and value. This boils down to whether technological innovation will ultimately displace traditional modes of teaching and learning or act as a supplement to it.

The Back on Track Study: Using Online Courses for Credit Recovery

Students who fail Algebra I in their first year of high school are significantly less likely to graduate than students who succeed in the course. Recently, online learning has emerged as a popular strategy for providing students with the opportunity to recover course credit.

Financial Aid Mistakes Students Should Avoid

By Ryan Laspina Senior Specialist, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS Even though the school you wish to attend will create a financial aid package of a certain amount for you, it doesn't mean that it will be the absolute final amount of financial aid you will be able to receive.

StemEZ Offers Free Open Online Learning and Teaching Resources of STEM Subjects |

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA: Human learning involves brain programming and this is a process that involves an individual learning at his own pace and in the proper sequence beginning from simple to increasing complex. Learning by listening to classroom or videotaped lectures is incomparable to solving problems on home assignments.

Online learning falls short without teacher-student interaction: study

Photo by Michelle Kanaar A study by two prestigious research groups found that Chicago public high school students who failed Algebra 1 and retook the course online were less likely to pass than students who retook the course in a traditional classroom setting.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 51 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 51 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Accessing Collaborative Online Learning with Mobile Technology in Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning

Using mobile devices in online collaborative learning models offers many potential advantages for students and faculty. However, while the technology can reduce costs and increase mobility for students, replacing traditional devices with mobile devices can result in a loss of functionality.

A Brief, Totally Sincere History of April Fools' Day

By Sarah KaplanThe Washington Post Some historians believe that April Fools' Day has its origins in ancient Rome, with a festival known as

Gamification, personalization and continued education are trending in edtech

I've spent most of my life in and around schools. First as a student, then as a teacher and lately as an innovator building tools and launching programs. As Nelson Mandela said, "education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

The Global Search for Education: Online Math Learning

The goal of DreamBox Learning's interactive online math tools and games is to help learners think for themselves and make sense of math. The software provider focuses on elementary and middle school math education with an innovative blending of games and personalized learning.

MIT Professional Education announces new online course on the Internet of Things

MIT Professional Education has announced the introduction of a new online course, Internet of Things: Roadmap to a Connected World. Making its debut on April 12, this first-of-its-kind digital course will teach key IoT concepts including identification, sensors, localization, wireless protocols, data storage, and security.

4 Ways Online Education Programs Teach Real-World Skills

Online students can also discover how to write more professionally and set their own deadlines. I worked in an office where we communicated by interoffice email, and we interacted as though a part of an online community.

4 Features You Can Now Get by Paying for MOOCs

Some MOOCs offer a chance to earn course credit, such as in the Global Freshman Academy through edX and Arizona State University. ​Perceptions of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are evolving, experts say. While learners around the world turn to MOOCs for free information, some online students look to these courses to build additional skills that can boost their careers.

5 Tips to Help Your Kids Learn a Second Language Fast

Being bilingual has its benefits in this ever-changing and advancing world. So if you know some basics or you're fluent with another language, teaching this valuable skill to your kids as early as possible is a wise decision you can make as a parent today. Why?

How to Design Rock Star Online Learning Courses - GovDelivery

At some point everyone has to take a training course. New hire training, new technology trainings, new information - the list goes-on. But unfortunately most of the training that exists is extremely boring. And that means fewer people complete the trainings or properly retain the important knowledge therein.

Semantic Text Theme and Facet Generation in Collaborative Online Learning Environments

Online students' ability to collaborate with peers may lead to increased learning and positive attitude toward their learning. Given a need for more theoretical and practical work in this area, we sought to compare differences between high and low-collaboration groups in an assignment to determine if higher levels of collaboration lead to higher levels of semantic writing.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 50 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 50 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

10 Uses for Gamification in Online Learning

Gamification, when used properly, is like a learner engagement kit providing a set of useful tools (or game mechanics) that can make your learning content more effective. If the game mechanics are the tools, this you can think of this article as the user-manual.

Make your eLearning fit in a mobile world | BI WORLDWIDE

Make it play on any device Don't just settle for delivering to iPhones and stop there. Sure... in the US, iOS generates more traffic on average than Android, but for the last three years Android has outsold Apple and the gap is quickly getting larger.

Understanding the Origins of Ed-Tech Snake Oil

Personalized learning! Adaptive learning! Brain science! Learning science! Big data! New and improved! The marketing for "personalized" educational products can feel a little like a late-night infomercial. Rather than getting common-sense explanations of how the products work or being provided with peer-reviewed research to justify ambitious (if vague) claims, we are simply reassured that a product works because it is "based on the science of neuroplasticity."

The State of Education Video 2016 - Streaming Media Magazine

March 2016 Sourcebook Subscribe The State of Education Video 2016 Both inside and outside the classroom, video is as essential to students as email and Wi-Fi. Look for live streaming to increase in higher-ed, especially for popular events. Online video in education is the new normal.

User-generated content to be a key trend in corporate e-learning

Create eLearning claims that there are now new ways of utilising user-generated content (UGC), which includes skilled employees documenting their knowledge so others can use this at their own pace for learning, problem-solving and performance enhancement.

Global Digital Learning Devices Market 2016-2020

The global digital learning devices market will grow at a CAGR of almost 10% by 2020. Key vendors are Dell, HP, Lenovo, Amazon, Apple, Huawei, Samsung, Microsoft, Promethean World, and SMART Technologies.

E-Learning Tutorial: Easy Way to Make an Image Interactive | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

Here's an easy way to turn a single image into an interactive image. This tip comes in handy if you use collage images for interactive stories or have a great illustration but no way to break it into separate pieces. That's what I ran into with this recent demo I built for the blog post on simplifying variables for elearning.

Online Education as a Catalyst for Organizational Change? | Technology and Learning

Online Education: A Catalyst for Higher Education Reforms The Final Report from MIT's Open Education Policy Initiative. "...learning-science-based online education (including the blended model) is disrupting the existing higher education teaching paradigm." Recommendation 4: Foster Institutional and Organizational Change in Higher Education to Implement These Reforms What do you make of this recommendation?

Pew Research Reveals Three Barriers to Lifelong Learning

Pew Research Center's recent report, "Lifelong Learning and Technology" gives insight into how Americans perceive and engage in lifelong learning (Horrigan, 2016). It's a worthy read. It contains valuable data and insights for stakeholders involved in education planning and decision-making. Yet I've identified three themes I consider most instructive and compelling; three significant barriers that...

8 steps colleges should consider to improve online learning programs

At Touro University Worldwide, we are always looking to improve our online learning programs, including leveraging third-party providers that complement our competitive advantages by supporting us in growing our online degree programs and providing unique auxiliary student services that are learner focused. Our process continues to evolve, but we have had some significant success thus far.

Momenta Learning No. 49 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 49 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Tips for designing an online course from a NextGen Leader

Blended learning leaders discussed how administrators can effectively support their teachers in the transition to online learning at the 2016 CoSN annual conference. Michele Eaton spoke at the 2016 CoSN annual conference. Blended learning experts shouldn't be afraid to push other teachers into an online learning environment.

Create eLearning Identifies the Key Trends in Corporate e-Learning

Glasgow, United Kingdom, April 07, 2016 --( According to learning management system (LMS) producer, Create eLearning, user-generated content will be one of this year's key trends in corporate e-learning. Setting out its view in a recent blog post, Create eLearning claims that, while user-generated content (UGC) isn't new, new ways of using it are emerging.

State University System of Florida Standardizes Learning Management System -- Campus Technology

Online Learning Colleges and universities within the State University System of Florida can now opt-in to use Instructure's Canvas, an online learning management system (LMS), as part of the State University System's "2025 Strategic Plan for Online Education."

Libraries and Learning

Majorities of Americans think local libraries serve the educational needs of their communities and families pretty well and library users often outpace others in learning activities. But many do not know about key education services libraries provide Most Americans believe libraries do a decent job of serving the education and learning needs of their communities and their own families.

Schools slowly integrating online learning

(Calif.) The number of U.S. school districts turning to online learning and teaching resources jumped 13 percent this year, according to an annual survey that also recognizes innovative uses of technology to improve educational outcomes for students.

To Get Students to Focus, Some Professors Are Asking Them to Close Their Eyes

By Andrew Reiner The Washington Post On a rainy February afternoon, the ionic charge is palpable in Michelle Francl's physical chemistry class at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia. As Francl scribbles a mathematical equation for wave function that's projected on an overhead screen, students twirl ponytails, peck at keyboards and peek at their smartphones.

A SWOT Analysis of the MIT Online Learning Report | Technology and Learning

I've had a few days to think about the MIT Online Education report. While I'm (respectfully) critical of some of the content, I do feel that this is a potentially important document in our emerging learning science / organizational change discipline.

Adapting to Online Collaborative Learning

This is the first blog in a series on how to design, conduct, and assess an effective online collaborative learning program. Organizations need to adapt their learning and development practices to the technological advances and preferences of Millennials (born between 1981 and 1997).

Virtual Learning Options Can Help Students Graduate

Community Stakeholders met recently at NMSU to discuss how they can help more students graduate from high school. One session looked at how Las Cruces Public Schools' Virtual Learning options are helping more students graduate on time.

Can 'Learning Paths' Boost LinkedIn's Education Revenues?

When LinkedIn acquired the online learning portal at a valuation of $1.5 billion last year, the company expected the business to generate nearly $90 million in revenues for that year. While we estimate that this business will grow rapidly and account for a significant portion of the company's revenues [...]

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 48 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 48 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

UW-Extension dean: Flexibility critical in serving nontraditional learners

CBE and culture are critical in David Schejbal's work to meet older students' needs When David Schejbal thinks about expanding opportunities for nontraditional students in higher education, he thinks about them as consumers. Schejbal is the dean of continuing education, outreach and e-learning at the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Survey Finds Digital Content Used in 80% of Schools

Press Release] ASCD and OverDrive Survey Finds Digital Content Used in 80% of Schools and Districts eBooks, audiobooks and digital textbooks use in the classroom on the rise with more teachers planning on using the digital content for curriculum use CLEVELAND - April 1, 2016 - Digital content use in schools is no longer a new frontier, with more than 80 percent of schools and districts now using some form of digital content in the classroom.

E-Learning: Why e-education is important in higher schools

One solution may involve moving learning online. E-learning of various kinds offers a way switch to a demand-driven paradigm, putting clients - students and potential employers - in the driver's seat, and so reducing costs dramatically, while enhancing relevance. Indeed, if more than a tiny élite is to be educated, e-learning is the only option.

Trivantis | Modifying Templates to Gamify Your eLearning

Lectora User Conference Sessions Game On: Working Smarter, Not Harder by Modifying Templates to Gamify Your eLearning Hands-on Lab/Workshop, Intermediate Ms. Windy Schneider, eLearning Developer/ISD CACI, Inc Znar Zebari, Project Manager CACI, Inc Session Objectives: Learn to modify an existing template to create an interactive module Create badges using and import to gamify the...

Why You Should Use Infographics in Your eLearning Course - Venngage

Eva Creerson is an eLearning specialist and content writer at writing service. She loves exploring new ways of engaging learners. It doesn't matter if the information you're sharing is large or small, generated by yourself or compiled from outside research, eLearners have a need to visualize data.

Interaction Builder Speeds Up eLearning Development

Here at the eLearning Brothers headquarters, we know Lectora® is a fantastic authoring tool that allows you to create robust eLearning interactions that look great. But sometimes you need to quickly deliver a desktop course to your learners and don't have the time to build things up from scratch.

The Benefits of Creating an Online Learning Space

You teach every day in an offline classroom, but the benefits of spending some class timeonline are impossible to deny. When you bring online learning into the equation, students can step outside the four walls of your classroom, while engaging with the content and building a wide variety of 21st century skills.

Is Nursing a STEM Field? Experts Disagree

By Sarah HedgecockForbes Would a nursing program fall under the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) umbrella? Or are nursing and similar fields kind of their own thing? All over the internet there are message boards where people at all stages of nursing programs argue over whether they work in a STEM field or something else.

Dispelling Myths About Online Learning

Despite the growing number of virtual students, many academics still believe outcomes for online education are inferior to those of face-to-face instruction, according to Babson Survey Research Group's most recent annual report, Online Report Card - Tracking Online Education in the United States . In my experience, the opposite is true.

Most K-12 online learning content does not meet needs of students with disabilities

Online education is growing rapidly, reaching millions of students every day. However, a Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities at the University of Kansas study has found the majority of online educational products are not designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities and struggling learners. Sean J.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 47 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 47 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

MIT releases Online Education Policy Initiative report

A new MIT report on online education policy draws on diverse fields, from socioeconomics to cognitive science, to analyze the current state of higher education and consider how advances in learning science and online technology might shape its future.

Guest opinion: Online learning equals virtual success

Earlier this year, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education released an alarming figure. More than 750,000 Indiana residents, or about 22 percent of the state's working-age adults, have attended some college, but, due to various circumstances, quit before completing their degrees. The value of a degree has never been greater or more attainable, thanks to advances in technology.

Study Big Data Through Online Learning

Online learners across industries can benefit from knowledge of big data in the 21st century, experts say. In the 21st-century workforce, knowledge of big data is useful in virtually any industry, experts say. It was the desire for a degree in the field that drove John Cook, an analyst at ​Marriott International, to online education about two years ago.

The Argonaut - No tests, no learning - Online classes fail to help students learn content

No tests, no learning - Online classes fail to help students learn content Online classes can be a blessing or a curse. Unfortunately, I have found that they are mostly a curse. These classes are less engaging and hold students to low standards, neither of which are conducive to learning.

Explore the Do's, Don't's of Interacting With Online Course Instructors

Don't openly vent about an online instructor on social media or use emoticons in your writing. Do's Everyone remembers the students in grade school who sat in the front, raised their hands to give every answer, endlessly complimented the teacher, grabbed attention at every opportunity and frustrated the entire class.

A Game Changer for Language Arts Classrooms - Press Release - Digital Journal

English Teacher Launches Kickstarter to Create Personalized Web-based Tutorials

Award-winning Courses by the Top Pets of eLearning

We are pleased to announce the winning submissions to our annual pet course creation contest! You can view all the pet submissions in the Trivantis® Community. " Negotiating for a Raise " by Sneakers Ivec Fair pay is important and in this course, negotiation expert Sneakers teaches pets all over the world how to ensure they're getting the treat amount they deserve.

Do Your eLearning Metrics Prove Business Impact? Why Not? [Podcast]

Noel: Clark, in your session yesterday, which was titled, "Measurement Matters: The How and Why of eLearning Metrics," you talked about how you evangelize about measurement a lot. You mentioned that the learning community isn't doing a good enough job with measurement, and I wanted to get your take on where L&D is failing.

Talking Tech: Seamless Integration

Sure, it's important to invest in your e-learning program so it's ready for the future. But how does an IT leader leverage new education technologies without the complete disruption-or replacement-of the current infrastructure? Deb McMahon, CEO of Scitent, explains. What's a good framework for assessing how well a new e-learning tool, app, or approach can ...

Learning Technologies is bulking up, but doesn't come cheap

Since listing in November 2013, Learning Technologies ( LTG) has been busy bulking up its presence in the fragmented and lucrative e-learning sector. Adjusted cash profits more than doubling to £4.3m indicates that this strategy is having the desired effect, as big-name employers ranging from the BBC to British Airways splashed out on digital solutions for adult workplace learning.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 46 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 46 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Study on Education, Income and Lifelong Learning

Americans with higher levels of education and income are more likely to take advantage of lifelong learning opportunities such as reading a magazine, attending a conference or enrolling in an online course, a new Pew Research Center study found. The findings highlight the challenges ahead for online education initiatives that target disadvantaged students.

Dispelling Myths About Online Learning

Despite the growing number of virtual students, many academics still believe outcomes for online education are inferior to those of face-to-face instruction, according to Babson Survey Research Group's most recent annual report, Online Report Card - Tracking Online Education in the United States . In my experience, the opposite is true.

Global Corporate E-learning is to growing at a CAGR of 11.41% during the period 2016-2020: Radiant Insights, Inc - Press Release - Digital Journal

"Radiant Insights"Report On "Global Corporate E-learning" Corporate e-learning comprises all forms of electronically sustained learning and teaching tools used by organizations to facilitate continuous learning and development of their workforce. E-learning allows organizations to switch to advanced models of learning and teaching by integrating information in digital formats.Deep Research on Enterprises of different sizes have started considering e-learning as a viable solution to issues related to their budget and productivity.

Business SoftSkills Video Lessons are now available on Schoox e-Learning Platform

(MENAFN Press) Four different packages are now ready for employees to learn the needed soft skills to advance in their careers. The four packages are: Customer Care; Business Communications; Job Readiness; and How to Find a Job. Professional instructors will train you by using entertaining video lessons that will teach you through role-playing case studies and tests to re-enforce the lessons viewed.

Webinar: Using Object States to Effortlessly Create eLearning Interactions

Check out my recent eSeminar on Using Object States in Adobe Captivate 9. If you've been looking for ways to simplify creating great eLearning interactions, or if you just hate any kind of programming - you'll find some great tips in this 1 hour eSeminar on the new Object States in Adobe Captivate.

Online learning key to breaking "male breadwinner" model

No public transport, lack of access to childcare and poor infrastructure are some of the basic challenges preventing women in regional Australia from advancing their careers. Yet despite a third of Australians living and working outside major cities, workplace gender strategies often tend to focus on metropolitan corporate workers while the challenges of regional workers are overlooked.

5 Tips for Training your Sales Personnel

No matter the size of your brokerage, whether you are an STP broker or a market maker, the type of technology you use or whether you've been doing business for a month, a year or ten years, your sales department is the lifeblood of your brokerage.

What Higher Education Can Learn From The Fall Of The Newspapers

BY FREDERICK SINGER. - Higher ed needs to smartly adapt to change by way of technology--what can it learn from the newspaper industry?

Evolutionary Leaders Network - New Online Learning Portal Launched - Learn to Lead the Future of Work Now

The Evolutionary Leaders Network portal was a natural extension and evolution of Cran's work - her clients were requesting the 'how' that they could share with their leaders and teams to become an evolutionary leader.

Insights from the Field: The Inspiration Behind the Solution - OLC

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is reaching out to our global community of thought leaders, faculty, innovators and practitioners to bring you insights from the field of online, blended and digital learning.

Momenta Learning No. 45 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 45 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

(VIDEO) The Trade Desk Rolling Out Programmatic E-Learning Globally

MIAMI - Demand-side platform The Trade Desk believes it's time for the advertising and media industries to hit rewind on the complicated subject of programmatic buying, so it's launched an e-learning and certification program with an initial 15 hours of content.

Considering how easy it is, cheating in online education is pretty rare

Kids cheat. On quizzes, projects, homework, the SAT. You name it. In a 2013 poll conducted by the school's student newspaper, 10% of Harvard students admitted to having cheated on an exam at some point, and 42% on an assignment.

How Competency-Based Courses Are Changing the Education Game

When Southern New Hampshire University President Paul LeBlanc stepped onto the stage at Campus Tech 2015 in July, he painted a bright picture of competency-based higher ed. "Today, 500 institutions are moving to competency-based education, and they are not-for-profit," he said. "There's a lot of opportunity." LeBlanc certainly had that right.

Consistency in Production: Naming Variables for E-Learning | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

Consistency is one of the most important parts of the course production process. And one way to maintain consistency is to determine your naming conventions. And this is especially true of variables for e-learning. In a previous post, we looked at ways to manage and name your course files.

Do your homework when choosing an online education

Many people looking to change careers find themselves making plans to further their education. But for those who don't have time for traditional classes, online schooling may be an option. When it comes to choosing an online education, however, make sure to do your homework to pick the best school.

ASU to develop online science course with $10M from NASA

Arizona State University will get $10.18 million over the next five years from NASA to create a science course that focuses on exploration over simple memorization. Campus Technology reports the courseware will incorporate simulations, virtual field trips, and adaptive learning in a program first designed for independent learners and eventually expected to be applied to a K-12 curriculum.

Essay on value of states banding together for stronger, more clear regulation of online education

A coalition of consumer groups, legal aid organizations and unions object to the state of New York joining an agreement that would change how colleges offering distance education courses in the state would be regulated. As coalition members asserted in an Inside Higher Ed article, the state would be ceding its authority to other states.

4 Ed-Tech Ideas Face The Chronicle's Version of 'Shark Tank'

For the second year in a row, innovators with very different notions of how to improve higher education brought us their pitches. Here’s how they fared.

The Future Of The American Economy Depends On 2 Crucial Factors: Education And Technology

Our recent Seeking Alpha exclusive, " The Story of America's Economic Future, as Told by Demographics," outlined how America has the opportunity to capture a demographic dividend over the next three decades thanks to an addition of 100 million people to the population, and a persistent "prime-age bulge."

Training: E-Learning

E-learning initiatives are breaking down the economic and geographical barriers to training for European producers. For an industry increasingly shaped by the digital market, the amount of good quality online training available to film-makers has been, to date, surprisingly scarce. Potsdam-based Erich Pommer Institut (EPI) is one of the first to dip its toe into this sector.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 44 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 44 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

What Deep Learning has to Offer to the Future of Online Personalization

Deep learning is a sub-field of machine learning and it comprises several approaches to tackling the single most important goal of AI research: allowing computers to model our world well enough to exhibit something like what we humans call intelligence.

Case Study: Advanced Quiz Authoring with No Learning Curve

My name is George C. Huang, and I am a Chief Freedom Officer and a Rapid Revenue Acceleration Specialist at Freedompreneur Coaching & Consulting. For a few years, I had been searching for an application that would allow me to create a quiz, provide instant feedback to the quiz taker, and collect their name and email address.

Cancer care e-learning course could help community physios

Katharine Malhotra: I hope the course will give clinicians a greater insight into what people with cancer are experiencing The course was developed by specialists at the Royal Marsden School, including physiotherapist and lecturer Katharine Malhotra, who said that it had been designed for physios and other health professionals of all grades.

International Education News l The PIE News l MOOCs move from free to fee as skills demand grows

Implementing a business model that charges a small fee for certain courses is, "a move that is slowly redefining MOOCs' role in the global marketplace of online education" according to " State of the MOOC " , an article by Online Course Report, a content and resource base for online courses.

Learn about the 4Rs of crop nutrients with online training

The 4Rs" is shorthand every western Canadian producer knows, even though the phrase has only been around for a few years. It stands, of course, for the Right source of nutrients at the Right rate and the Right time in the Right place.

Hospitality Net - How to effectively engage your students in the e-learning process | By Kamy Anderson

Being able to engage with your E-learning students from the beginning to the end of a project can make a huge difference. You have to keep your students engaged while introducing sensible concepts that they can all get behind.

Need to Exercise Your Brain? Try Online Free Learning

The internet and talk TV are full of articles exhorting people over age 50 to keep their minds nimble by learning a new language, tackling computer programming, practicing yoga, learning how to make wine at home, or asking their eight-year-old grandson to teach them how to use a smartphone.

Why Learning To Code Won't Save Your Job

Looking for job security in the knowledge economy? Just learn to code. At least, that's what we've been telling young professionals and mid-career workers alike who want to hack it in the modern workforce-in fact, it's advice I've given myself.

Deeper Learning Demands Deeper Leading-and Technology Can Help (EdSurge News)

Knowledgeable. Versatile. Creative. Engaged. Being college- and career-ready is no simple task. It's time for all American students to take part in deeper learning. Even in technologically rich environments, deeper learning can only achieve its aims-and do so for all students-when grounded in relationships.

E-learning available offline where there's no connectivity

The challenges of offline learning, tracking and updating are familiar to teams looking to deploy learning to devices on a global scale.

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