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Learning Twigs

adventures in educational technology and design by learning

Updated: 2014-03-13T05:13:09+11:00


What my kids teach me about elearning design


I reflected (or, more accurately, quipped) recently on social media about the benefits of being a learning designer for dads, as a follow up to the sharing of an elearning game I rapidly tossed together on a public holiday. It...

A change by design


It's been a while between thinks, it seems. 'Public' ones, in any case. In one respect that ought to be slightly alarming, considering that, not long after the latest post in March this year, I left a blended role of...

Are ELT Publishers going to make it App'n?


There is a tremendous amount of talk about THE cloud, but for some time now there has been a cloud of a different nature hovering over the future of educational publishing. Combine the changing needs, situations and expectations of schools,...

Get on the MOOC and tell Houston we have a problem!


Evidently you don't need to be a rocket scientist to create a positive MOOC (massive open online course) experience, if the fallout from the recent failed Coursera offering on Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application is anything to go...

The blight on E-Learning: Lining up the nonsensical compliance duckies


I was chatting with a relative recently who, knowing what I do, was happy to pass on her 'experience' with e-Learning. The national retail company she works for had required all employees to undergo a special online course in basic...

Ride the learning SCORM; spend more time in the field


Ask any teacher what the most challenging aspect of their job is and the likely answer will be... TIME. When it comes to developing curriculum that is truly engaging and self-paced, researching and putting together materials and activities, grading and...

E-Learning Design Matters (6): A Framework for Performance, Learning and Mentoring


How many times have you seen (or experienced as a learner, or applied as a teacher) an approach to learning that looks somewhat like this? Goodness knows I have. The role of application/performance has always fascinated me in learning design....

Curriculum Design and Abe Lincoln's Axe


If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four hours sharpening my axe. One of the many pearls of wisdom said to have leapt forth from the lips of the great Abe Lincoln, it's...

Preparing for disintermediation: Building your educational brand and bag of evidence


The idea of disintermediation ("cutting out the middle man") in terms of professional qualifications has been slowly but surely gathering steam in a variety of fields. Take a look at a range of Position Descriptions for new jobs these days...

Three questions for educators


I was recently perusing that great site for educational news and thinking--Edudemic--and rediscovered three videos that reminded me of three essential questions (among many, of course) I feel an ongoing need to address as an educator and learning designer. Here...

E-Learning Design Matters (5): The Foggy (but clear) concept of 'tiny habits'


B. J. Fogg is the director of Stanford University's Behavior Design Lab, and one of his most recent theories to catch the attention of educators and change management people alike is oriented around the concept of "tiny habits." B. J....

E-Learning Design Matters (4): Small steps to walk the learning talk


When it comes to E-Learning, I think one of the most important principles to bear in mind is that the term (or endeavour) needn't have connotations of seismic change, resetting of magnetic poles or the complete re-drawing of continental maps...

E-Learning Design Matters (3): Portfolio discovery as a path to more independent learning


Around the middle of last year I featured a post on this blog titled Literacy: Freedom of Choice can be complicated..., in which I demonstrated some of the tools and applications I was experimenting with to foster more in the...

E-Learning Design Matters (2): Facilitating discovery learning and supporting language/ literacy needs


In the learning material featured below (from a Physical Education course unit) you may notice and react to two key features--ones I personally think are extremely important--the notions of interactive discovery learning and embedded language support to cater to variable...

Just how important are well-designed course headers?


Above you can see three new headers I just completed for new 2013 courses to be launched on a Moodle platform. After playing around with several different designs, I settled on this one because--for whatever reason--something inside me just suddenly...