A 2007 Stanford University study asked: “Do you learn more if you interact with a live person, or if you interact with a computer?” The conclusion was that people do better when they believe that they are interacting with a person. But what if that person is really an avatar? And what are the implications for eLearning?
Read a short discussion at Learning Solutions Magazine:
The Stanford Study:
From the American Evaluation Association’s Potent Presentation Initiative (p2i): “How does one construct a logical and emotional message in the length (15 minutes) of a typical conference presentation?” Read about flipping the report. Put the good stuff at the beginning (of your 15 minutes). Why make the audience wait?
David Allen is a ‘getting things done’ guru. The CEO of Intentional Software was a chief developer for Microsoft Office. Together, they are working on an app that they say we need. An app that is “obsessively helpful and completely app-agnostic”. They want the experience to be about you, not the interface or the data mining process.
Live online chat with David Allen tomorrow, November 20th at noon CT/1 ET. Follow the links below.
Read about Getting Things Done:
Log into chat: http://live.fastcompany.com/Event/GTD_QA_With_Getting_Things_Done_Author_David_Allen?5g5
Auditory learners, visual learners, kinesthetic learners. Now that we know, what should we do? Once we know what to do, are we achieving the right balance? Read a blog post by Karla Gutierrez of the SH!FT: Disruptive Learning blog. http://info.shiftelearning.com/blog/bid/243094/Back-to-Basics-The-Essential-Elements-of-Effective-eLearning
I attended a $25 Bob Pike webinar recently called Games and Contests. Games are not appropriate for all classroom settings, but when they are, games can aid retention and reinforce learning by engaging the learner.
Follow this link to read an article on the subject from Educause: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI3004.pdf
Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, gave a TED talk about redefining education when he and a colleague offered a freely available online class to the world. 160,000 people signed up and 20,000 completed the class (That’s actually a pretty good completion rate for this type of offering). However, his re-definition actually created “a classroom much more like a traditional class”. Watch the 6 minute video at: http://youtu.be/tYclUdcsdeo
It doesn’t happen too frequently, but sometimes PubMed goes down. When PubMed goes down for a significant amount of time and effects a significant number of users, the National Library of Medicine will send out an email alerting users who are subscribed to the announcement-only listserv.
Follow this link to subscribe to the listserv: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma08/ma08_pubmed_alerts.html
Did you experience drought conditions where you live this summer? Has your health been affected because of the drought? Do you wonder if droughts are related to climate change? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should visit Tox Town’s new Drought location page. Information is provided on why drought is a concern, how it is related to climate change, and possible health affects related to drought.
Has this happened to you? You teach a class, a training session, what have you, and then you distribute an evaluation survey. So far, so good. You sit back to read the evaluations and you learn there was a problem during class or someone didn’t understand something and you think I wish they told me that during the class. Read an article at the Kirkpatrick Partners website called: Is your training survey too late?
From a post by Tom Mucciolo on the Indezine blog.
Designing to the Delivery
“Imagine a presenter who is challenged by verbal fillers (ums, uhs) when trying to paraphrase text, giving the appearance of nervousness. A slide designer could create more graphic images, data-driven charts, perhaps interspersed video, to allow the speaker to “talk around” the visual imagery (cues) with little or no text on the screen.”
The described approach will only work if the presenter knows the material well. Instead of reading a slide, create a visually rich slide that has all the information the speaker needs to convey a message. Less is more.
Read the full post called Slides and Speakers at: http://blog.indezine.com/2012/10/slides-and-speakers-by-tom-mucciolo.html