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Using Social Media in E-Learning, Part II: Podcasts & Mobile

The advent and burgeoning sophistication of mobile technologies has opened a space for passive learning to take place anywhere, any time. Consider your commute time, where radio has long been our companion. Mobile apps like Swell fly in the face of traditional, terrestrial radio by allowing the user to listen to content they want to hear. New developments in technology that integrate the mobile experience into your car (smart device, auxiliary cables, Bluetooth device pairing) make these apps viable. 

Creating Custom E-Learning Solutions Part II: Training Overview

This blog entry is part II of a series on Creating Custom E-Learning solutions. Click here to read Part I: General Business Overview.

Once the purpose and success metrics for a custom E-Learning solution are established (see Part I), the following questions further refine the content and scope of the project. Important questions to consider include:

Creating Custom E-Learning Solutions Part I: General Business Overview

Custom E-Learning solutions begin from a business perspective. You should have a clear understanding of why the training is needed and how you will measure its success. I start with general business questions to identify gaps, needs, and metrics. Here are a few:

Social Media Provides Jet Fuel to Boost E-Learning – Part 1

How can social media boost effectiveness of traditional E-Learning courses? E-Learning and social media each facilitate the transfer of information across long distances and great divides. It should be simple, then, to find a symbiotic relationship between the two.

Let’s start with Twitter. The combination of Twitter’s forced brevity and its focus on topically-engineered “hashtags” provide an efficient way to aggregate snippets of information (that may also include external links) relevant to a specific subject. For instance, associating the #elearning hashtag to your tweet will include it among the vast sea of search results for E-Learning-related tweets.

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