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4 Free E-Learning Tools You Should Try

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Now, we obviously recommend investing in a paid, professional quiz/survey building platform to serve as your E-learning environment. However we do recommend the following free tools to help you supplement and in some ways, enhance your E-Learning process. So anyway, here’s a few good free ones: BTW, of course you can try Quiz Creator for free. Now, we obviously recommend investing in a paid, professional quiz/survey building platform to serve as your E-learning environment. However we do recommend the following free tools to help you supplement and in some ways, enhance your E-Learning process. So anyway, here’s a few good free ones:

BTW, of course you can try Quiz Creator for free.

Free Tool #1:  Jing

From the makers of Snagit, Jing is like Snagit but simpler—and free (there are paid versions as well).  Jing lets you snag an image, edit it AND share with just a few quick clicks. BTW, it’s software but it’s available for Mac and PC.

www.techsmith.com/jing.html

Free Tool #2:  Slidepoint.Net

Slidepoint.net is a free online presentation platform that lets you upload PowerPoints, or create your own presentations using the online editor (similar to PowerPoint). For Apple users, the good news is it’s 100% HTML, not Flash, so it works everywhere! Also, embedding a presentation on your website, online courses, etc, is easy.

www.slidepoint.net

Free Tool #3: Online Quiz Maker

Every quiz maker out there has its pros and cons, but if time and technical ability are issues, check out Online Quiz Maker. Offered in both free and paid versions, it has all the essentials you need. While you might expect us to say something like this, it’s true:  Online Quiz Maker is certainly not a replacement for an expensive and sophisticated quiz authoring tool, but for most purposes, it is very capable.

www.online.quiz-maker.net

Free Tool #4: Google Docs

So, maybe you’re asking yourself: How is Docs useful for e-learning?

The fact of the matter is, no matter where you are, you can stay connected with Google Docs.  But beyond that there are really two benefits for e-learning:  One, it’s great when you’ve got more than one person working on a project, giving you control over sharing and editing privileges for other viewers.  After that, all you have to do is email!

Two, Google Docs is a free place for them to do work where you can always track their progress.

https://docs.google.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Avoid These Widely Used E-Learning Methods

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Cut the Lectures

PowerPoint is a useful tool, with some setbacks.  But the main mistake most people make when using PowerPoint, is that they use it to outline a lecture.  New research shows that adults learn very differently do children (Oxford Brooks University (2011) Twenty Terrible Reasons for Lecturing).  This means that, if you want to teach an adult, then you have to engage them in the process, give them some control over their learning process and motivate them.  Don’t just talk at them.

 

Beware Social Networking

Many in the E-Learning community have fallen into the trap of “if we build it, they will come.“ The problem is that just having a social network presence guarantees nothing.  When using social networking as an E-Learning tool you have to ask yourself, “What’s in this for my participants?” Are you merely checking a box, or are you offering them a tool they can use to achieve a specific goal?  Remember, adults like instantaneous, specific results rather than activity for activity’s sake.  Building your social networking presence around this idea will increase effectiveness and enhance the overall experience for your participants.

Don’t Be Destructively Creative

Have you ever been on a Wikipedia page and found that so many people had added a  piece here and a sentence there that you could hardly follow what they were talking about in the first place?  This is very much a danger for those who both deliver and create E-Learning initiatives.  What we all have to realize is that there comes a point where too much creativity is a bad thing.  And, if your participants can’t follow where you are leading then your initiative has failed.

 

So stick to the point.  The key is to always ensure that your initiatives meet the goal they were designed for in the first place.  If you can do that, then everything else has a tendency to fall into place.

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Top 5 Hot E-learning Topics 2009 and Ed Tech Prediction 2010

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

The New Year is coming! All kinds of summaries for 2009 and predictions of 2010 come into view at this season. Education, one of the most important focuses, has certainly becomes the hot topic. For example, Jeanne Meister, author of the New Learning Playbook blog, wrote a prediction post on the five words to describe corporate learning in 2010. Have you ever noticed these hot discussions? Here we will show the top 5 E-learning Topics in 2009 and the Education technology trends prediction in 2010 to teachers, students and anyone who cares the education issue.

ed tech prediction Top 5 Hot E learning Topics 2009 and Ed Tech Prediction 2010

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Making Multiple Choice Quizzes Efficiently with Quiz Makers

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Multiple choice is a form of assessment in which test-takers are supposed to select the “best” answer/answers among a set of options. It plays an important role in educational testing and could be the most widely used question type on examinations nowadays.

There are many advantages to multiple choice quiz. If item writers are well trained and items are quality assured, it can be a very effective assessment technique. As multiple choice quiz is a good assessment tool, there are many strategies for writing multiple-choice test items online to test makers; “How to take a multiple choice test successfully” is also a hot discussion all the time to test-takers. Here, I will discuss the utilization of quiz makers to assist educators to make multiple choice quiz efficiently. (more…)

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