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Collaborative Learning 101 - Bloomfire offers E-Learning Council members exclusive early-bird access

The team at Bloomfire (official site: http://bit.ly/9EaLnx) is offering the E-Learning Council community exclusive free early-bird access to their upcoming webinar, Collaborative Learning 101. Our last webinar, How to Build High-Impact Learning Communities, was so popular that we had to switch webinar platforms to accommodate everyone.

TEDxNYED - Create compelling curriculum by giving less information rather than more

Dan Meyer teaches high school math outside of Santa Cruz, CA, and explores the intersection of math instruction, multimedia, and inquiry-based learning. He received his Masters of Arts from the University of California at Davis in 2005 and Cable in the Classroom's Leader in Learning award in 2008. He currently works for Google as a curriculum fellow and lives with his wife in Santa Cruz, CA.

Overcoming the Ebbinghaus Curve--How soon we forget

In 1885, Herman Ebbinghaus did an experiment where subjects memorized a list of meaningless three letter words and tracked how quickly his subjects forgot the words.   As you can see from the graph below, known as the Ebbinghaus curve, our learners will rapidly forget information.  In the case of meaningless information, only 20 minutes after they only remember 58% of the information.

 

Ebbinghaus Curve

Graph from Purdue University

Practical Techniques for Designing Better E-Learning, David Anderson, Articulate

David Anderson, Articulate

At the E-Learning Symposium, Articulate's David Anderson (@elearning) provided an engaging and practical lecture on using elements of design when building your courses. Doing so makes them more heavily geared toward the topic, as well as aesthetically pleasing to the learners. Topics addressed were:

  • working with the "client" to create a look and feel for e-learning using a brilliant mind mapping technique
  • creating custom themes
  • the personality of fonts and choosing the right font to enhance your e-learning
  • simple graphic techniques that reduce text and make your e-learning more inviting

David also answered the question of why there is invariably a rooster crowing on his webinar.

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