Using Toolkits to Aggregate Learning Resources February 7, 2009Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: Design, Development, eLearning, InstructionalDesign, Learning, technology, Tools, Training, Wikis
I wrote about learning portals a couple weeks ago as a solution for aggregating learning resources in one place for an organization. I still think learning portals can help with the big picture, but I’m finding additional help is needed when organizing content one level deeper.
I’ve recently seen a trend (ok, maybe it’s just new to me) where training departments create toolkits for employees in order to aggregate learning resources for a particular topic or project. Essentially, the toolkit is a web page containing a ton of great information, links, etc. This way you can send learners to a "one-stop-shop" to get the info they need. It could be something wide-ranging (ex. engineering resources) or something specific (ex. presentation skills). In my experience, we used to send out training documents or point people to the LMS to access an online course when they needed information. (And we would send out an email if an instructor-led class was available.) Now we can point learners to a web page (a toolkit) that may contain the following items:
- Articles (Word documents, PDFs)
- A calendar of upcoming events, instructor-led classes, etc.
- Links to internal and/or external web pages
- Links to online courses
- Recommended books
- Social bookmarking tags
- Links to wikis / forums
- Embedded videos
- …and more
I’m not saying this is a huge breakthrough, but you have to admit that we have more and more information available for learners. This seems like a good way to keep it organized. What do you think? How are you handling mass amounts of resources for your learners?
Free PDF: Top 100 Tools For Learning 2007 September 11, 2007Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: Design, Development, eBook, eLearning, LMS, mLearning, RapidELearning, Simulations, Tools, Wikis
Jane Hart, from the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, released a free PDF summary report of the Top 100 Tools For Learning 2007. Jane did a ton of work to gather, research, and organize this information – and it shows. This is a great reference for anybody who wants to learn about new and exciting tools for sharing and teaching information. You will undoubtedly learn about several new tools, and there’s an excellent breakdown that shows which tools are free, which cost money, and which platform each tool utilizes (ex. PC, Mac, or online).
The report is a fantastic resource. Take a look – and share it with your co-workers! (I did!)
How to Use Wikis June 7, 2007Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: Development, eLearning, Tools, Wikis
Wikis are an interesting creature to me. I know they can be incredibly useful for collaborative work, but I’m trying to figure out the best ways for implementing them within an organization. I’m struggling to define their role.
Here are my questions:
- Should you use wikis in training? For example, in instructor-led or virtual-classroom training, do you have the learners split into teams and work on a project together using a wiki? If you do this, is there any value to keeping the wiki around after training?
- Should you just provide a wiki platform to your entire organization and let them do with it what they want?
- Do you create a wiki for an entire organization? Or just a smaller group (ex. department)?
- If a group of people wants to focus on a particular topic, should they create their own wiki or contribute information to Wikipedia? For example, if a group of trainers wanted to create a wiki dedicated to training and development, how do they decide where the best place is to post their information?
Maybe these questions will answer themselves when I implement my first wiki. Until then, I’m going to explore the different types / brands of wikis and research as much as I can.
Here’s a great video from CommonCraft called "Wikis in Plain English." This is a must watch if you are new to wikis. Great stuff.