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Sunday, November 28, 2010


David McCandless at has created a visualization on good information design that walks its talk.

His post "What Makes Good Information Design" discusses and illustrates the four elements that he posits are the foundation to meaningful and effective blending of information and design into data visualization:
  • Form
  • Function
  • Integrity
  • Interestingness
His model is persuasive.

Via Information Aesthetics

Saturday, November 20, 2010

delicious tidbits: Professional Organizations in the Learning Field

The following are links to professional organizations in the learning field. They are listed in my Delicious library under the tag "organization." Each description is an edited version of the organizations' own profile.

The Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research - CIDER - is a research initiative coordinated from the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University - Canada's Open University. The CIDER Website is an online self-managed research community with a shared domain of interest in distance education research. Within this research community, members have the opportunity to engage in debates, explore research areas of interest, and disseminate research related to distance education.

, Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy. MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.

The eLearning Guild is a source of information, networking, and community for e-Learning Professionals. As a member-driven organization, the Guild produces conferences, online events, e-books, research reports, and Learning Solutions Magazine—all devoted to the idea that the people who know the most about making e-Learning successful, are the people who produce e-Learning every day in corporate, government, and academic settings. Their goal is to create a place where e-Learning professionals can share their knowledge, expertise, and ideas to build a better industry—and better learning experiences—for everyone.

Illinois Online Network
is a faculty development initiative that provides comprehensive professional development opportunities in the area of online teaching and learning to faculty and staff from higher education institutions in Illinois and beyond.

mWomen Connect
is an online community for those interested in increasing mobile access to women in the developing world for their socio-economic advancement.

The site curates research and information on women using mobile technology, the learnings of the pioneers and experts in this field both from the GSMA’s mWomen team and a number of other sources.

The New Learning Institute is dedicated to bringing next-generation educational experiences to young people wherever they are ready to learn: in schools, community programs, libraries, and museums – even the city streets. Much of the focus is digital media.

Public Agenda
, a public opinion research and public engagement organization, works to strengthen democracy's capacity to tackle tough public policy issues. Their efforts – online, through, issue guides and Citizen's Survival Kit,, and on social networks - and in communities around the country, and through their academic arm, the Center for Advances in Public Engagement (CAPE), are all focused on ensuring that the public's views are represented in decision-making.
serves as a neutral collaboration point for anyone involved in Teaching Open Source, to:

* Work out Open Source educational models, support and funding schemes, community relationships, and other issues.
* Advocate for the changes that are necessary to further the goal of teaching Open Source.

ALADIN (Adult Literacy Documentation and Information Network) is a well developed, defined and lasting follow-up initiative of CONFINTEA V (Fifth International Conference on Adult Education) in 1997. This global network was brought to life by the UNESCO Institute for Education (since July 2006 called UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning) and the efforts of many adult learning documentation and information centres.

ALADIN has a clear mandate of UNESCO, CONFINTEA V and the UIL Governing Board. Its various activities are co-ordinated by Lisa Krolak, Head of Documentation at the UIL in Hamburg, in close co-operation with the ALADIN Task Force.

The Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) is coordinated by the world bank and is a partnership of over 120 recognized global institutions (Affiliates) in over 80 countries that collaborates in the design of customized learning solutions for individuals and organizations working in development. Affiliates are as diverse as the Asian Institute of Management, the Ethiopian Civil Service College, the Islamic Development Bank, and Pontifícia Universidad Católica of Peru.

The International Commission on Workforce Development
(“ICWFD”) is a California based Non-Profit that is enabling the workforce of G77 Developing Countries and disadvantaged sectors of countries with developed economies to compete in the current and future global economy. It is run by a committed Board, staff and volunteers who are passionate about bridging the digital divide and providing access to 21st. century employability skills.

The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals is an organization committed to be the national voice for the profession and meet the individual professional development needs of the membership.

LIFE Center(Learning in Informal and Formal Environments) is a multi-institution NSF Science of Learning Center hosted at the University of Washington in partnership with Stanford University and SRI International. The LIFE Center seeks to develop and test principles about the social foundations of human learning in informal and formal environments with the goal of enhancing human learning from infancy to adulthood.

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international not-for-profit consortium of learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. Its hundreds of member institutions constitute an elite list of the most highly regarded colleges and universities in the world, as well as leading museums, key research centers, and some of the world's most forward-thinking companies. For more than 15 years, the consortium and its members have dedicated themselves to exploring and developing potential applications of emerging technologies for learning, research, and creative inquiry.

PROLEARN is a 'Network of Excellence' financed by the IST (Information Society Technology - Contract number 507310) programme of the European commission dealing with technology enhanced professional learning. Our mission is to bring together the most important research groups in the area of professional learning and training, as well as other key organisations and industrial partners, thus bridging the currently existing gap between research and education at universities and similar organisations and training and continuous education that is provided for and within companies.

The Coalition for Self-Learning
envisions and co-creates a world of cooperative life-long learning communities. The Coalition is a matrix of individuals and groups, networking freely and acting in concert in mutual support of the Mission Statement.

ISPI's vision is that members have the proficiency and insight to customize Human Performance Technology to meet the needs and goals of their organizations and clients, so that the members are recognized as valued assets.

's (International Society for Performance Improvement) mission is to develop and recognize the proficiency of its members and advocate the use of Human Performance Technology.

JISC CETIS, the Centre for Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards, provides advice to the UK Higher and Post-16 Education sectors on educational technology and standards. This web site brings together educational technology news, comment and analysis, as well as information on our community events. Our aim is to contribute to current debates and future thinking in this rapidly growing and changing field.
offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support. In addition to online information and resources, they offer a product philanthropy service called TechSoup Stock. Here, nonprofits can access donated and discounted technology products, generously provided by corporate and nonprofit technology partners.

National Council for Workforce Education
meets its mission through five goals.

* Provide a national forum for faculty, staff and administrators in workforce education to network and share promising practices.
* Support NCWE member community colleges in their efforts to expand workforce education in their communities through programs and services of highest quality.
* Engage in synergistic partnerships with organizations, business, labor, government and the military for collaborative projects across all areas of workforce education.
* Serve as an advocate and a resource for legislation and policy that enhances and supports student success in workforce education including adult and basic skills education.
* Provide leadership through national and regional research studies, projects, the NCWE Annual Conference, and the NCWE website.

The MASIE Center
is an international ThinkTank focused on the changing workforce and how they will learn and perform.

Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies
(C4LPT) is a major resource site about Social Learning (ie the use of social media for learning) for those in Schools, Colleges, Universities and Business profit- and non-profit making organisations).

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Visualization x Storytelling + Interactivity = GREAT eLearning

Here is a site that will take your breath away, both by how the elegant simplicity and combination of elements creates impactful learning, and by the powerful data it brings to life.

"Products of Slavery is an online visualization that takes the data from a report of the U.S. Department of Labor on child and forced labor worldwide, and makes it open and accessible. Investigations show that more than 122 different products are made using child or forced labor in more than 58 countries." (Via Information Aesthetics)

Products of Slavery was created by Anti-Slavery International, the oldest human rights organization in the world. They work at local, national and international levels to eliminate all forms of slavery around the world.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Finds: Sir Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms

RSA Animate animates Sir Ken Robinson speaking on the needed revolution on our approach to K-12 education. It speaks for itself in so many ways....