Topic: Instructional Design
Links to more than 50 widgets that emphasise learning. Put them in your blog or wiki.
The eLearning Guild asked members for their favorite tips for using software for the creation of e-Learning. In the categories: Courseware authoring and e-Learning development tools - Rapid e-Learning tools - Simulation tools - Media tools - Combining and deploying authoring tools.
ClassMarker is a free, easy to use, online quiz maker that marks your tests and quizzes for you. You simply create your quizzes and your business clients take them online. Link directly to quizzes from your website or emails. Have quiz results emailed to you and saved in ClassMarker. Create multiple choice, true false, free text, short answer, fill in the blank and punctuation quizzes. Add your own images to quizze
In response to Learning Circuits big question, “Where are the examples of eLearning?” I have pointed to the wiki for the Digital Media subject “Relate to Clients on a Business Level”. This wiki illustrates a model for the integration of wikis, blogs and widgets in elearning. The power of three.
The wiki provides a gateway to teaching and learning resources and its structure is based on the subject’s learning outcomes. A “work in progress” wiki space is provided for each student.
The widgets are used to enhance teaching resources. They include,
Scribd: presents online documents that can be listened to, scrolled, enlarged and scanned, and downloaded.
SlideShare: presents PowerPoint presentations,
Odeo: presents podcasts and a sidebar player that automatically updates as the teacher adds podcasts to Odeo.
Bubbl.us: presents mindmaps and flowcharts that can be enlarged and scanned.
ProProfs: presents online formative assessment quizzes.
The blogs are created and maintained by students as a portfolio of their assessment events that in turn utilize a range of widgets for presenting results.
From a teacher who has spent many years developing eLearning using programming languages, software applications, and authoring systems this trio of Web2.0 applications is the way to go.
Sclipo, is an aggregating site for instructional videos. It has won first place in the Startup 2.0 Awards held May 24, in Spain. Upload your own instructional videos for the world to see and feel good about raising the standard of education, globally.
Sclipo’s presents how-to videos for all skills, such as cooking, overall health, technology and sports. The content is all user-generated and rated. Other winners.
MyToons, which is currently in private beta, is an impressive new video and image-sharing site for cartoons. You can upload your own videos and artwork, and find the most viewed, top rated, most discussed and most recent media in these sections. The player is large, fast loading and Flash-based - it can also be expanded to take up much of the screen. Look out too for tagging, comments and the ability to share via email (strangely, there’s no option to embed clips in MySpace and blogs). Beyond media sharing, there’s also groups, messaging, networks of friends and profile pages. The profiles provide a choice of design templates, and you can also create you own.
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