Teague's Tech Treks - 10 Rep Learning

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Add Puffin Browser to your Browser Wardrobe

Browsers are a lot like a wardrobe of coats.  Just as you would never wear a windbreaker to a snowy, night football game, you also need the best browser for your mobile, iPad forays as well.

If you are using an iPad or Galaxy S, perhaps consider the comfort and ease of the Puffin Browser. http://www.puffinbrowser.com/

Puffin Browser helps webpages load more quickly on iPads than on traditional laptops and desktop machines. (Question: for those of us born born man walked on the moon, is the phrase “traditional laptop” an oxymoron?)

Ok, I digressed, now, back to the Puffin Browser.
Because the Puffin servers preprocess and compress web pages, speed is at a premium, even on slow mobile networks.

Puffin Browser gives you the full experience of a desktop version website, and the option to switch to mobile mode.
~From the Puffin Browser website

It is also an available app on iTunes

Think of browsers as a wardrobe of choices. Sometimes you need the anorak, sometimes only the bulky chainmail will do.

Think of the Puffin browser as a sleak, no-wrinkle option to life in the mobile fast lane.

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e-Learning Vocabulary List

I’ve been spending a little time doing some online course set-up and coding. Some changes in terminology caused me to smile. For instance, the group of developers used to measure and track the number of readers “visiting” an internet site. Today the word used as a measure of traffic is  “eyeballs”. The word shift indicates a shift in intention eerily reminiscent of Dr. T.J. Eckleberg.

There are other shifts too, especially in the words and phrases used to describe and explain online courses and eLearning.

Here are the first ten words I would include on any eLearning Vocabulary List. See how many you already know:

1. Asynchronous Learning: When learners participate in an online learning course at different times, it is known as asynchronous learning. This might also be called eLearning or web-based training (WBT). Asynchronous learning allows learners to go through a course at their own pace and on their own schedule.

2. LMS: Learning Management Software – Online software platforms, such as Moodle and D2L that publish content, manage activity, track results, and create reports for online courses and training. An LMS is accessible 24/7, so learners can work on their courses online at any time.

3. Blended Learning: Blended learning is an instructional approach that includes a combination of online and in-person learning activities. For example, students can complete online self-paced assignments by a certain date and then meet on-site or online for additional learning activities.

4. Upload vs. Download – Not strictly confined to eLearning, often these terms are switched or not clearly understood. Uploading takes a document or image or link from your computer to the web or LMS. Downloading takes it from the web to your computer.

5. Chunking – Borrowed from Gifted Education pedagogy, this is the concept of grouping meaningful pieces of e-Learning content into concise, bite-size pieces that learners can easily digest and understand.

6. Roundtripping – The ability to use two separate e-Learning tools together to create and update an e-Learning course to cut down on development time.

7. Mobile Learning / mLearning – Mobile learning, or mLearning, is a major trend in the e‑Learning industry. With mLearning, learners use heldheld technology such as smartphones and tablets to complete training and courses.

8. Dropbox – An online virtual storage utility allowing user to make his/her files accessible from almost anywhere in the …

9. Storyboarding – A term originally applied to webpage design, Storyboards provide an outline to identify the text, visual and audio elements, branching and more for each step of the development process. Storyboards are created before the development process begins.

10. Wizards, icons and templates describe the tools you can use to build e‑Learning courses quickly

For a super comprehensive list, see the eLearning glossary at The eLearning Coach
Some content from this article: 11 Terms to Know for Rapid eLearning

 

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Tech BFF: Titanpad: Online Real-Time Editor

BFF is an acronym for “Best Friend Forever.” These websites and tips are so good that they will become your technology BFFs!

I sent an email yesterday volunteering to help with a project.

I wrote, “I would welcome the opportunity to help with your Coomon Core Intiative”

Reread my sentence and you will see the two glaring, ghastly errors.
Probably need an Editor (or a new pair of Readers) more urgently than I realize.

Emre Fırat’s  blog recommends a collaborative real-time editor that will definitely help with editing my online courses.  The Titanpad is similar to Google Docs; it lets you work on one document simultaneously.

Source: http://emrefirat.edublogs.org/files/2012/08/titanpad-xysw3e.jpg

When you go to titanpad.com click on “Create public pad” and your document is ready… You can import HTML, Word or RTF files and export your document as HTML, Plain Text, Word, PDF, Bookmark file or OpenDocument.
Emre Firat

 

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Attracting and Retaining Online Audiences

Attracting and Retaining Members Online

Some web portals experience growth and draw highly active members. What’s the secret to their success?

The number of members doesn’t always matter. What matters are members who are engaged, who show up daily or bi-weekly, who post content and interact with other members/participants. Engagement happens when people interact with moderators/hosts and with each other.

 

Interaction includes:

  • ·  posting or commenting on a blog
  • ·  forum discussion
  • ·  recommending/sharing resources/links
  • ·  sharing best practices
  • ·  uploading/sharing photo(s)
  • ·  uploading/sharing video
  • ·  customizing an avatar or profile image

 

It may also take the form of becoming friends with another member, giving a gift or adding a comment to a profile. It’s all about participation. And it’s about more than simply getting people to sign up and getting website “hits”.

 

Member engagement grows with participation and engagement. Member/ participants engagement creates a feedback loop: Members/participants post content, contribute to discussions and invite their friends.

Engaged members can promote your Ning to friends, colleagues, and Twitter followers, etc..

 

Essential Questions:

 

  1. 1.     Who am I trying to attract? Explain it on your Main Page
  2. 2.     Why should they join and contribute content?
  3. 3.     What makes my Ning Network different than my existing Web site or blog?
  4. 4.     Carve out your own niche.
  5. 5.     Capture your hook in a sentence — or in your name. 
  6. 6.     Focus on your members as the STARS

 

Conclusion:

Member/participants engagement is the difference between a successful Ning Network and a stale Web site. It’s what makes your social network…social.

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