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April 3, 2016

7 Tips To Support Online Learning Communities

Online learning communities have the ability to connect your learners and make them feel like they are part of an effective peer network. In this article, I will share 7 tips to support online learning communities, so that you can give your learners the structure, support, and inspiration they need to improve their performance.
by Christopher Pappas
March 25, 2016

Social Learning Vs Informal Learning: Can You Tell The Difference?

Learning can happen anytime, anywhere, with those around us serving as invaluable sources of inspiration, experience, and knowledge. In many respects, the world is our teacher, but we must be aware of how to tap into the educational opportunities it can offer. Both social and informal learning models are rooted in this ideology. In this article, I’ll delve into the differences between Social Learning and Informal Learning, and share tips on how to use both in eLearning.
by Christopher Pappas
December 28, 2015

Top 10 eLearning Activities You Can Employ To Build Strong Online Learning Communities

Online communities share common values. There is no better way to promote and empower learning than facilitating your learners to build strong online learning communities. In this article, I'll share the top 10 eLearning activities you can provide to help your learners build a powerful online learning community that ensures that learning takes place in an engaging, trusting, and highly motivating online environment.
by Christopher Pappas
October 26, 2015

Designing Collaborative eLearning Activities To Achieve Near And Far Transfer

Talking about collaborative eLearning activities, it is not uncommon for Instructional Designers to search for magic formulas as rules to apply and magic wands as tools to be used respectively, in order to develop the perfect eLearning project. The bad news is that there are no such magic formulas in Instructional Design. The good news? that they do not need them. The purpose of this article is to show that only one quality is actually needed in order for collaborative eLearning activities to meet different levels of learning objectives and achieve near and far transfer of knowledge: Creativity.
by Marisa Keramida (M.Ed.)
September 16, 2015

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.
by Marek Hyla
September 8, 2015

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.
by Marisa Keramida (M.Ed.)
September 1, 2015

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.
by Marisa Keramida (M.Ed.)
April 14, 2015

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.
by Leia Dolphy
April 4, 2015

Social Learning: 3 Pro Tips To Make Your eLearning Course Social

We live in a digital world. Our interactions are digital. Our learning is digital. We keep trying to mirror the “real” life in the digital world, where we are spending most of our time. Our opinions are shared on social media, our friends “like” us on social media, the reviews and testimonials we are looking for are online. And the closer we mirror the real world in our digital endeavors, the closer we will be to achieve the same results. But, what does this mean for eLearning?
by Garima Gupta
February 26, 2015

The Buzz About Social Learning

Social learning—everyone’s talking about it. And if everyone’s talking about it, that means it must be fun, right? Like a party or an ice cream social? Add some sprinkles, and all your employees will be running to this mandatory training session. While social learning can be a fun, less intense approach to corporate training, it’s a serious learning strategy that can have huge results.
by Christie Wroten