NOTES: Free Learning

Wednesday Webinar Series

  • eLearning = Free Learning
  • “Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” – Jonathan Swift
  • eLearning is not just about technology… it’s about people (Steve’s caveat: unless you’re training robots)
  • Three Blended Learning Components:
    1. Learning environment
    2. Instructional practices
    3. Media
  • Learning environment can be synchronous, asynchronous, or a blend of the two.
  • Synchronous learning is real time so gives you a chance to communicate (examples of synchronous media: live webinar, webconference, video streaming).  Synchronous learning is structured and requires a dedicated instructor.
  • Asynchronous is a self-paced course (examples of asynchronous media: course modules, screencasts, podcasts, video capture).  Asynchronous training typically has lower completion rates.  Use self-paced courses for teaching lower cognitive levels.
  • Many libraries don’t have the resources to have a staff member dedicated to training, esp. synchronous training.
  • This webinar was synchronous as it was happening, but it will be asynchronous when people view the archive.
  • It’s easy to get caught up in the bells & whistles in training products. Don’t get distracted by the bright shinies. Identify the behaviors you want your class to learn and concentrate on that rather than the shinies.
  • Eureka moments: wake up in the middle of the night with a fantastic new idea (and wife tells you “Shut up! No one cares!”).
  • A.D.D.I.E.: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation.  Most libraries don’t have staff or funds to do much analysis.
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • You’ll get the most dollar value from asynchronous media, specifically course modules and screencasts.
  • eLearning Utility Belt (free resources): Screencast-o-matic, udutu, HyperCam Screen Recorder, Audacity
  • Jay generally uses commercial products but combines elements from some of these free resources.
  • “Making online courses can become like digital crack!”
  • Screencasts are good at capturing knowledge, combining text with video. Screencasts should be short, not for in-depth info (don’t try to answer “Why?” questions).  Use screencasts for “see and do” learning.
  • 10 Commandments of Screencasting:
    1. Discuss only one topic per screencast.
    2. Introduce topic within first 60 seconds.
    3. Keep it short.
    4. Include audio.
    5. Storyboard your screencast but do not script. It makes you sound better, especially if you make last minute changes to the presentation. Don’t sound like a robot (my caveat: unless you are one).
    6. Speak conversationally. Change your inflections and talk slowly and clearly.
    7. Demonstrate, explain, and repeat.
    8. Utilize special effects sparingly (if everything’s special, nothing is).
    9. Annotate when possible.
    10. Test your product before making it public.
  • Screencast example from GCPL, Jay’s library (and mine, too!)
  • When making a course, humanize it. Use humor and real world examples.
  • All you have to communicate is your computer screen. Use it to captivate your audience.
  • Work from a template so that all of your learning courses have a consistent look.
  • Start your course with a bang – it should be gangsta!
  • Design your classes with the end result in mind.
  • Resource packet

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