The nonprofit sector is a unique industry with its own culture, language and processes. Just as in any industry, successful e-learning development in the nonprofit sector requires a nuanced approach adapted to the sector’s distinct characteristics. This is the first of a small series of posts on e-learning considerations and opportunities in the non-profit sector, […]
If you’ve been working in elearning for a while, people newer to the field or clients just getting into it probably ask you for good general guides to e-learning. I’ve come across a number of these over the years, and thought I would share two of the best I’ve seen.
Let me start by saying I do NOT consider myself an expert on MOOCs. Until this spring, I had never taken a MOOC, and I had only read a handful of serious articles on the subject. So when the Commonwealth of Learning and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur created and made available a “MOOC on MOOCs” this year, I was all over it.
“Spent” is a relatively simple, yet innovative “serious game” that I reviewed as part of a recent project for the National Coordinating Centre on the Determinants of Health. The game was developed by an advertising agency rather than a learning design firm, but as far as I’m concerned, they hit the mark as far as instructional design goes.
Much has been written about quality in e-learning, and numerous e-learning quality assessment schemes have been developed over the years. A fairly recent “Guide to Quality in Online Learning” by Neil Butcher and Merridy Wilson-Strydom is a good review of the question and provides links to many QA systems, rubrics and tools.
Having worked many years in training and e-learning, and a few years in the wine business as well, I realized recently that both these industries face somewhat related issues with quality. Sadly, way too many consumers of both these products are satisfied with, well let’s say it, crap.
When you’ve been in the e-learning biz (or any industry for that matter) for a long time, you experience many developments, trends, fads, fashions, and of course numerous changes in jargon and terminology. Years ago (I’ll let you try to pinpoint the date from clues in the piece), I wrote a brief blurb on “The Three Main Types […]
[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Some months ago, as I was hustling work contracts, I submitted what I thought was a pretty good quote for a compliance training effort. Online scenario-based training seemed to be a good strategy for the context, and I thought I had pretty deep and relevant experience to apply to the project. The response I […]
I hate it when people talk about the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions without putting real numbers on the problem. Oh sure, there’s beginning to be some sort of wishy-washy jello-like sort of consensus on numbers like “80% reductions by 2030” but that says very little about just how much CO2 and other greenhouse gases our battered atmosphere can take.
Everyone involved in some way in sustainability or environmental work can’t help but get pissed off and frustrated at the bozos who still idle their monster pick-ups in July while they’re in the liquor store, or the penile implant warehouse outlet.