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Sunday, March 30, 2008 Tidbits: Accessibility

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Accessibility". Here's what I found I have:

Test Me: 25 Freebie Website Accessibility Checkers: From, a blog post with 25 free programs and online accessibility checkers to run your new website through to make sure everyone can enjoy your content.

WAVE Version 4.0 Beta: WAVE is a free web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility information within your page.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 Tidbits: Needs Analysis

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "NeedsAnalysis". Here's what I found I have:

Learning Strategy Master Plan: A look at the main characteristics (identified by the American Society for Training and Development) that are consistently present in the most successful learning organisations:
  • alignment (to overall organisational goals)
  • efficiency
  • effectiveness
  • sustainability
An article by Kineo, elearning consultants.

Needs Analysis Round-up (Part 1) and Needs Analysis Round-up (Part 2) : A set of articles on best practices in needs analysis by Sims Learning Connections.

Responding to Customers, Experts and Personnel: Ideas on how to overcome resistanct to needs analysis by Jossey-Bass Pfeiffer

DIF Analysis: A nice flow chart by Harold Jarche of the "Difficulty, Importance, Frequency" decision tree used to determine training priority.

Monday, March 17, 2008 Tidbits: Best Practice

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "BestPractice". Here's what I found I have:

Best Practices in Online Teaching: This course by Connexions, a project of Rice University, provides practical strategies and pedagogical advice for instructors teaching in an online environment.

Best Practices in Undergraduate Adult-Centered Online Learning: Mechanisms for Course Design and Delivery: This paper published in the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching summarizes findings of research conducted to explore and identify best practices used by full-time and part-time faculty in adult-centered online learning environments.

eLearn Magazine "Best Practices" articles: This page provides links to over 30 articles on best practices in eLearning published by the magazine since 2001.

Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses: Published by "The Technology Source" at North Carolina University, the title of this article describes it best.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 Tidbits: SCORM

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "SCORM". Here's what I found I have:

SCORM School:

The Academic ADL C-Lab offers two courses to help people learn the basics of the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM). There are two courses available: SCORM School 101, which is a free self-paced course and our online instructor-led SCORM School 201.

Conform to SCORM:

This is a webpage for purchasing the Instructional Designer's Pocket Guide to SCORM. From the description: "It provides a layman's description of the SCORM 2004 specification and relates it to common terms and practices in modern instructional design. This book explains the evolution of SCORM and ADL, the concept of metadata and reuse, and the new Simple Sequencing specification. This book, written by Brian Caudill and Dr. David Banks, is eighty (80) pages of content, scenarios, and demonstration courses that will give you all the information you need to develop, as well as procure, SCORM courseware."

eLearning Technology: Test SCORM Courses with an LMS

A blog post by Tony Karrer that addresses, among other things, how to test SCORM compliance of a draft course.

Friday, March 7, 2008 Tidbits: eLearning Model

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tags "eLearning" and "Model". Here's what I found I have:

Tools and Technologies to Support Collaborative Learning : A blog post by Gary Woodill of Brandon Hall Research describing a model he developed for identifying "collaborative learning technologies" by organizing them into the following categories: environments, networks, and tools.

The Art of Building Virtual Communities : An article by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach on the blog on models to assist in building communities of practice that provide relevence, value, and interest to current and potential members.

Prolearn Road Map : This report is a is a summary of findings from a pan-European Roadmapping exercise lead by the PROLEARN NoE on the future of Technology-Enhanced Professional Learning (TEPL). The results are presented in terms of: a) visions describing the desired future state b) identified gaps between the current state of the art and the visions (Gap analysis) and c) actions recommended to fill the identified gaps.

Making a Space for Disruption : A blog post by Janet Clarey of Brandon Hall Research with:
1) models describing the convergence of LMS systems and Talent Management in a Web 1.0 world, and
2) how Web 2.0 technologies merge and enhance this system.