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Learning Communities As A Vital eLearning Component

Learning Communities As A Vital eLearning Component

People are social animals. In every single day, in relation to various professional or non-professional activities, we enter to and exit from various communities. Sometimes such a community lives for a very short time, like 10 or 15 minutes (eg. group of people waiting to the dentist). Sometimes, however, we become members of communities of much longer time of living and of much bigger learning power. These are the learning communities.

Social Learning In Instructional Design: Practical Tips To Design Effective Collaborative eLearning Activities

Social Learning In Instructional Design: Practical Tips To Design Effective Collaborative eLearning Activities

The significant penetration of social media in our daily lives as well as the raise of corporate presence in them, without any doubt, make them ideal learning tools, a fact that instructional designers for eLearning cannot overlook. In this article, I’ll present the different types of collaborative eLearning activities you may include in your instructional design for eLearning, and I’ll share some tips for designing collaborative eLearning activities that in practice I've found effective.

Success And Inhibiting Factors Behind The Instructional Design Of Collaborative eLearning Activities: What eLearning Professionals Need To Know

Success And Inhibiting Factors Behind The Instructional Design Of Collaborative eLearning Activities

A quick look on eLearning job advertisements and one will immediately notice the increasing demand for instructional designers capable to create collaborative eLearning activities, by taking full advantage of social media, as learning tools. However, despite the demand and the many articles written about the effectiveness of social learning and its direct impact in eLearning, collaborative eLearning activities are still not frequently integrated into the instructional design to the extent we would expect. In this article, I’ll present the factors that contribute to the success of collaborative eLearning activities, as well as the inhibiting factors that make Instructional Designers reluctant to include them in their instructional design for eLearning.

Social Learning: 3 Ways Of Twitter Utilization To Support And Enhance The Impact Of Instructor-led Training

Social Learning: 3 Ways Of Twitter Utilization To Support And Enhance The Impact Of Instructor-led Training

New-age web-based social learning tools such as Wikis, Blogs, Podcasts, Videocasts and Media sharing sites such as YouTube, social networking sites like Facebook or LinkedIN, content aggregation and organization, such as RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds and tagging tools as well as social messaging sites like Twitter, can create collaborative knowledge with the concerted efforts of all learners. The utilization of micro-blogging sites like Twitter include sharing different types of media files along with short and concise text, which can contribute to interaction in the classroom and improve the quality of knowledge imparted.

The LinkedIn Guide For eLearning Professionals

The LinkedIn Guide For eLearning Professionals

You are almost constantly online; But are you sure that you are successfully promoting your eLearning professional identity? LinkedIn is a social network that has been used by countless employers and business professionals to connect, hire, and market. With a bit of creativity and ingenuity, eLearning professionals are now using LinkedIn to transform their eLearning courses into memorable and highly collaborative online experiences. In this article, I'll share a LinkedIn guide for eLearning that will give you invaluable tips that will help you use this professional network for the benefit of your eLearning career.

Using Twitter For eLearning: 8 Pros and 6 Cons To Consider

Using Twitter For eLearning: 8 Pros and 6 Cons To Consider

Using social media as eLearning platforms is a well known practice for most eLearning professionals, nowadays, as social media have become almost everyone’s second nature and they can offer opportunities for sharing eLearning techniques, promoting information and exchanging opinions, views and comments. But, should you incorporate Twitter into your eLearning strategy? In this article, I will reveal 8 pros and 6 cons to consider when using Twitter for eLearning.

6 Benefits Of Vicarious Learning In eLearning Courses

6 Benefits Of Vicarious Learning In eLearning Courses

Some of the most powerful educational experiences of our lives are those that have nothing to do with hands-on instruction. By observing behaviors and watching others completing tasks and tackling challenges, we have the opportunity to build new skill sets and broaden our knowledge base through vicarious learning. In this article, I’ll give you some valuable tips on how to take full advantage of the many benefits of vicarious learning in eLearning courses.

Social Network Sites: Facebook For Education?

Social Network Sites: Facebook For Education?

Social network sites, also referred to as social media sites, such as Facebook, Ning, and SuperClubsPLUS, attract young people today. Because of the familiarity with secondary students, ease of use, and ease of access, social network sites could be incorporated seamlessly into the online learning environment (OLE). By doing so, they would extend learning to a dynamic, changing, and shared experience beyond the boundaries of the classroom. They would actively engage students, as many already monitor their own online presence for new activity or comments often.