Just a handful of favourite links this week with this delayed post – my learnings have been more hands-on, with an exciting transition for me to full-time freelance instructional design work!
This week I’ve been investigating the term “design thinking”, prompted by a discussion on “Learning Design Trends in 2015” which referred to the article written by Connie Malamed on 8 Learning Design Trends to Watch in 2015. This article also mentions SPOCs, or “Small Private Online Courses” – a term I was not at all familiar with before I read this article. Other trends to watch out for according to this article include “crowd-sourced learning”, “micro learning” and “digital badges”.
This week my learnings are quite a mixed bag – with one of the highlights being discovering the Medium website. diigo is proving to be a very useful tool and there’s still lots more I need to learn how to do with it.
- Color Palette Ideas | Page 2 of 149 | ColorPalettes.net
Color Palettes is a site I sometimes visit for colour themes inspiration – this page caught my eye this week – amazingly inspirational colours.
An interesting read, including the proposition it’s necessary to add social elements to an e-learning platform for it to be successful and beneficial in aiding knowledge management, or the sharing of information about knowledge.
A great site that connects creative storytellers with “the word’s leading brand looking to tell their story with visual content”.
Jobs of the future are predicted to include skills such as “transitionists”, “expansionists”, “maximizers” and “optimizers”, amongst others. Also, read about the Global Strategic Foresight Community (GFSC) and members perspectives on global shifts in perspectives on the future of jobs.
Medium is a publishing platform – Medium 1.0 offers an improved reading and writing experience. A place to go to “tell your story” and “be inspired”.
If you’re creating a website or redesigning or rebranding your existing website – this information could be helpful to you.
Some great links to free stock photo sites – you can never have too many of these.
According to this article, “human life has become pushy and fast” – and e-Learning is a reality, so creating and maintaining connections by storytelling can assist with capturing the attention of learners and add a motivating entertainment aspect.
Tom Kuhlmann proposes that there is no shortage of good ideas and creative people, but bad courses are still being produced. Read this article to find out why.
Part 1 of 4 articles by Erika Smith on how to create a corporate training program. Well written articles that cover all the basics and more.
Covers MOOCs, Gamification, mLearning, Augmented Learning and Cloud Based – most of which are here to stay.
Reinforcing key information with examples provides context and shows people why the content is important. Humans always want to know “why” – this article details a number of ways to put examples to work in e-Learning, including presenting case studies and testimonials.
Questions that need to be asked to find out if your organisation needs a stronger learning culture – and what should change if your answers are “yes”. Part 2 follow up with information on what organisations can do to create a learning culture.
For those who are more visual learners – an infographic on developing a learning culture in organisations.
An infographic on Gamification – created using Piktochart. If you haven’t tried out this online infographic creator, it’s worth taking a look at here.
Since I generate the link below about the imminent removal of Office Clipart – this seems to have happened. There are a range of other options – see this article by on PC World Derek Walter from December 2014 – How to find images for Office documents now that Microsoft’s killing Clip Art. They also provide a link to Bing.com which is the option you now get when you choose to insert an “Online Picture” from a Microsoft Office application such as Word or PowerPoint.
As part of My Year in Review and Goal Setting for 2015, I resolved to start a weekly summary of what my week has brought as far as learning goes. Technical issues aside, I have missed the first week of January, but here is the first post in my Across My Desk blog.
The purpose of this blog is to share experiences and resources on a range of topics that interest me such as e-Learning, instructional design, leadership, collaboration, innovation, technology and knowledge management.
So, getting back to the technical issues, I decided to use diigo to generate the basis for each of these weekly posts. diigo is a free social bookmarking tool and you can set up diigo to automatically add your bookmarks to a blog post of your choosing at daily or weekly intervals.
The definition of social bookmarking according to Wikipedia is:
“A social bookmarking service is a centralized online service which enables users to add, annotate, edit, and share bookmarks of web documents. Many online bookmark management services have launched since 1996; Delicious, founded in 2003, popularized the terms “social bookmarking” and “tagging“. Tagging is a significant feature of social bookmarking systems, enabling users to organize their bookmarks in flexible ways and develop shared vocabularies known as folksonomies.”
Whilst I have briefly explored social bookmarking in a haphazard way, I’m now reading this article “How to get started with social bookmarking” to find out what’s it’s really all about. Of course Common Craft have a “Social Bookmarking in Plain English” overview video: https://www.commoncraft.com/video/social-bookmarking.
The learning curve to set up diigo for auto posting to blog has been larger than I had anticipated for. Interestingly, the “free” part of this tool does not allow for this, although this was not at all obvious initially as the setup allowed me to configure this almost all the way through. Anyway, now that I’ve upgraded my account and have this sorted, I’ve started at looking at how best to use diigo.
There is a lot more you can do with diigo apart from just bookmarking – and I’m about to explore this in more depth. If you’ve never used diigo and would like to find out more, this video is a good start.
My first auto-generated diigo-bookmarked blog post of my weekly learnings is due out tomorrow!