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Saturday, April 26, 2008 Tidbits: eLearning + Best Practice

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

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching: Best Practices in Undergraduate Adult-Centered Online Learning: Mechanisms for Course Design and Delivery

eLearn: Best Practices: eLearn Magazine's list of articles on eLearning best practices

The Technology Source Archives - Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses

Best Practices in Online Teaching: An online course that provides practical strategies and pedagogical advice for instructors teaching in an online environment

Sunday, April 13, 2008 Tidbits: Age + Research

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

The Role of Aging in Adult Learning: Implications for Instructors in Higher Education: This article explores the physiological and experiential aspects of aging on learning, psychological self-image and learning expectations of adult learners, and the implications for educators in higher education

Do Generational Differences Matter In Instructional Design?: This paper
addresses questions related to generational differences in the contemporary workforce
that might justify the specification of a new instructional design model and/or the development of innovative instructional methods and technologies to accommodate the generational differences found to exist.

Friday, April 4, 2008 Tidbits: Usability

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

Top Five Ways to Improve your Blog's Usability: A good article on the "it's so obvious we often don't see it" pointers for good blogging. From ProBlogger

Designing Usable, Self-Paced e-Learning Courses: A Practical Guide: This guide, from eLearn Magazine, is primarily designed to help teams of instructional designers and content experts create effective, self-paced e-learning. It teaches best practices for improving usability that can be applied by any instructional designers or content experts and was created so that no prior knowledge of usability is required to use the techniques.

What Do You Mean When You Say "Usability"?: Again from eLearn Magazine, an article creating a working definition for the term Usability and discussing how to apply it in practice.

Usability Toolkit: This resource, from the Society for Technical Communication, is a collection of forms, checklists and other useful documents for conducting usability tests and user interviews.

Templates & Examples from These templates, forms, and examples are organized by steps in the usability process. They can be customized for. All are in the public domain and can be freely downloaded.

LMS Usability Testing: From Christy Tucker at Experiencing eLearning , a laundry list of functions to test for usability when piloting an LMS.