Monthly Archives: April 2012
Last week I attended an online presentation from Learning Times that focused on digital badges for learning and professional enhancement. The session, Badge-based Learning and 21st Century Skills [recording], described "a digital badge ecosystem" that aims to help all kinds of learners capitalize on "living in an age of opportunity for learning, specialization and innovation like [...]
Whether you are an instructor or a career-focused student, opportunities for professional development online are booming. It’s easier than ever to access a wide range of information through live webinars. These usually take place with a web conferencing system that enables real-time communication among presenters and attendees, and go by many names including virtual workshops and [...]
The online environment often has us working blind. As an online instructor in a blended program, some of my students are experiencing their first online course. I feel the need to remind them that I can't see them as they work on course materials and assignments. I can't tell if they have that quizzical look [...]
For those particularly piqued by the 140-character format, these Twitter feeds are an excellent start to attaining economic fluency.
Each week we meet via Twitter for #IOLchat to discuss current issues related to online learning. Participants include students, instructors, eLearning companies, schools, publishers, and instructional designers. One of the issues you may encounter as an online learner, instructor, or administrator is that people unfamiliar with virtual environments often have preconceived notions of what it's like [...]
A lack of employee motivation can cost your company money, so read up on these common myths about rallying the troops.
According to the latest report on eReading from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, "the increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them." Pew describes e-content as eBooks and "other long-form content such as magazines, journals, and news articles in digital [...]
Read on to learn about some of America’s most in-need industries and how you may just be able to start filling their need for skilled workers.
The Internet, and the access it provides us to people and resources, can be leveraged for your career development through the use of many social media and networking sites. This growing system of tools allows job seekers to both explore employment opportunities and market themselves to potential employers. Social media and career advising are two [...]
In last week's #IOLchat, we asked participants to share the social networking platforms they preferred for professional and educational purposes. We were both pleased and surprised to see more than just Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn mentioned. With this post, my goal is to provide an introduction to other systems currently used by educators and students for both professional [...]
If you have a question about going to college online, Melissa can help. Get direct access to our expert on Twitter.
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A Hashtag Handbook for Online StudentsIf you are familiar with this blog, you probably know that Twitter is one of my favorite resources. For learners and instructors alike, Twitter can be a basic tool for networking and communication. …