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eLearning 101: Getting Started With Online Training

So what is eLearning, really?

eLearning can be any situation where you use technology to learn outside of a traditional classroom. Originally, it was …


Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition

Hunter Maats and Katie O'BrienTeaching StrategiesStudents learn better when their "thinking" includes thinking about the material plus how to dig in, …


The DOs and DON’Ts of Gamification Design Thinking, Part 1

A World Explorer Gamification Design Strategy Session is for you if you are interested in designing a gamification strategy for either employee or …

Design Thinking

3 key trends on skills and education

As the World Economic Forum launches the Human Capital Report 2015, a new report from the OECD has ranked countries according to the maths and …


Stop Designing for Millennials

It seems like every company is trying to tap into the Millennial market. And for good reason: this year, Pew is predicting they will overtake the Baby Boomers in number, with around 75 million people in the U.S. under 34. And they are reaching an age of independent consumption, starting to have …


The Dos and Don’ts of Separating Need-to-Know from Nice-to-Know

Many of us have been in this situation before: your boss hands you a new e-learning project, and gives you a 100-slide PowerPoint and tells you, …


Even the smallest amount of exercise can boost your mood

Regular exercise is good for the psyche.

Unfortunately, it’s often hardest to work up the motivation to move when one is depressed, tired or anxious – even though those are the times when exercise would be the most beneficial.

It is possible to adopt a healthier lifestyle, even when depressed. I am …


5 Ways To Build A Positive Attitude to Learning

So you need to learn a new skill or brush up on an old one?

Or maybe you need to retrain completely, start your professional journey from the …


Using Mobile Learning Tools To Gather Learning Analytics

Today’s organizations are beginning to realize the potential of building data-driven learning programs, making it crucial that we know what …


Why White Space Is Crucial To UX Design

White space isn't just about aesthetics, it's the key to successful user interfaces. Here's how it really works.

All good visual artists understand the importance of negative space, the empty area that draws attention to, and accentuates, the actual subject. Negative space (the artistic equivalent …

UI Design

Death of an Instructional Designer

Phil Denman

on June 4, 2015 on Pedagogy


I stopped in the middle of that building and I saw – the sky. I saw the things that I love in the world. …


AltSchool: The next generation of education?

AltSchool, where there are no bells and no principal, has been dubbed "the school Silicon Valley thinks will save education"


10 Things Only People Who Can’t Stop Learning Would Understand

Learning matters in living a full and rich life. You can take your passing interest in art and explore it more deeply. You can also improve your …


50 Alternatives To Lecturing

50 Alternatives To Lecturingby TeachThought StaffEd note: This post is promoted by SEU’S online masters in education programs. SEU simply asked us to

20 psychological principles for teachers #8 Creativity - David Didau

The report suggests teachers should allow for students to find multiple ways to solve problems, value different perspectives, and give disruptive …


Instructional Design Needs A New Name

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Do you ever feel envious of the trendy two-letter acronyms used by practitioners in User Experience (UX), Information Architecture (IA) and …


If you want teachers to innovate, don't train them using a sage on a stage

Matt Esterman is a history teacher at St Scholastica’s college, Glebe Point, in Australia. He has been a teacher for 12 years.

I used to want to be Indiana Jones. I studied ancient history at university and had plans to become an archaeologist. But my mum said, “You know there aren’t many jobs in …


Formal & Informal Learning At the Right Time, In the Right Place, and For the Right Task

In an Enterprise Learning Context

No one wants to Invest their own money and time in things that won’t have a sufficient Return – dollar-ize-able or …

Why Technology Will Never Fix Education

The real obstacle is student motivation, and no gadget can create that.


The Ultimate Guide to Learning Anything Faster

If only I could have learned Spanish three years ago…”

“If only I learned about investing when I was still in my early twenties…”

If only.

For many of us, there are more things we want to learn than we have time for. And as information becomes more readily accessible online, the number of things we …


Designed for Learning!: What Makes You An Expert?

What Makes You An Expert?

The #lrnchat conducted on 21 May 2015 was a blazing round of thoughts, opinions, and views on 'Authority and Expertise'.
As …


Graphic Design Essentials to Build Good Lookin’ eLearning

Your course design should look as fresh as your content! Try your hand at applying these principles to every eLearning project you create

Graphic Design

SAMR is not a ladder, a word of warning

I’m as guilty as the next person for singing the praises of Puentedura’s SAMR model. I’ve blogged about it many many times, it’s included in my book …

Holy Grail

Here's Why Nothing Prepares You For The 21st Century Like A Liberal Arts Education

Fareed Zakaria’s book, In Defense of a Liberal Education, argues that it is a broad focus on a range of subjects, rather than on career or vocational skills that will prepare young people for the future. He reminds readers that the “liberal” in “liberal arts” has to do with freedom and …


7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

Tomorrow’s Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Futureby Terry Heick(Ed note: This post has been updated from a 2013 post)Let’s take …

The Future

The Most Effective Way To Take Notes

If it feels like you forget new information almost as quickly as you hear it, even if you write it down, that’s because we tend to lose almost 40% of …


3 Difficult-To-Swallow Truths About The History Of Education And The Future Of Technology

One part of the current education reform agenda argues that the internet has made the world bigger. Or, more accurately, the boundaries of our everyday experiences have expanded. Therefore, because we are more connected than ever before, the story goes, we need to think about education as the …


Online Learning: What Next?

On-line learning today provides a quality alternative to on-the-ground courses. It offers students greater flexibility as to time and place as most courses are offered asynchronously, meaning students can take them at any time of the day or night. Most chief academic officers at colleges and …