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Research Participation for Reusability of Learning Objects March 2, 2014

Posted by stephanieF in Announcements, Best Practices, Blogging, e-Learning Tools, Intructional Design.
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This posing is by request from a local colleague, Latonia Ayscue, who is conducting research for her doctorate in Instructional Design. If you are interested please read and click on the short Eligibility survey included below.  Thanks! – Stephanie

Attention: Instructional Designers with five or more years of experience and have reused learning objects to participate in a research study, “An Investigation of Instructional Designers’ Criteria that Predominately Influences Reusability of Learning Objects.”

Instructional Design has made significant contributions to presenting instructional material in virtual learning environments and has facilitated the way information is communicated, changed, and applied in many learning situations.

Seeking experienced ID’ers who are willing to share their experiences and provide insights into varying rationale used to identify the criteria that contributed and influenced reuse of learning objects. This research study focuses on experienced instructional designer’s practical experiences to answer the why (rationale) by exploring practices (what are users’ definitions of learning objects, value, expectations), from experienced instructional designers’ perspectives.

The research will investigate:

  • The predominate rationales practitioner’s use of learning objects.
  • The attributes of the learning objects practitioners believe should predominately influence reuse.
  • How practices are construed, formed and shaped from various points of view through vicarious experiences.
  •  The attributes that led to decisions to reuse learning objects (capturing the creativity, reasoning and intuitive thought processes when challenged to solve ill-structured problems)

To be selected to participate in this research, please go to the following link and complete a short Eligibility Questionnaire:


Your participation in the research will offer value from a practical approach to how reusable learning objects could influence intended learning and could clarify understanding how experienced instructional designers established and modified their criteria, based on the attributes, in the decision to reuse learning objects.

Thank you,
Latonia Ayscue, M.Ed., ABD


Supercharging your blog! January 18, 2011

Posted by Karen Lubrecht in Blogging, Misc.
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Blogs are one of the main components of our social networking toolbox. During the last several years their usage has changed: now many web sites are completely built in a blog system and a blog can even substitute for a Content Management Systems or a Facebook-style social network. Much of this functionality is enabled through the use of plug-ins, which are add-ons to the original blog.

Dr. Helmut Doll

At the October meeting, Dr. Helmut Doll showed how WordPress, which is the most popular blog engine, can be enhanced to make it even more useful as a tool for education and training. He demmostrated and provided examples of plug-ins that support the creation of content and improve the functionality. If you missed the presentation, the PowerPoint can be downloaded.

Accessing the Blog from a Mac September 18, 2008

Posted by dwbealer in Blogging.
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Recently, when I tried to navigate to our blog, Safari would quit. I did not have this problem earlier this year.  On Noelle’s suggestion, I searched for answers at WordPress.com.  In the lower left corner there’s a link for “24/7 Support”, where I found some FAQs.  One solution is to simply use Firefox 3Another solution, if you still have the Tiger OS, is to get the 10.4.11 upgrade, which includes Safari 3.0.4.

Community Blogs January 15, 2007

Posted by Ben Craigo in Blended Learning, Blogging, e-Learning Tools.

Tony Karrer and I connected on the benefits of community blogs and posted that conversation on his blog.  The one BIG thing that blogging and other social software allows is to tap into the current of informal learning in a way that hasn’t been done before.  80% of what we learn happens informally and blogging is a way to open a window into it, guide it.  That’s a powerful concept. 

Abandonment, Chaos and Blogs – Do You Care About the Comments? January 12, 2007

Posted by Ben Craigo in Blogging.

As Tony Karrer mentioned in his blog, reading your comment trail is a challenge and not everyone does it.  And he posed several questions:

a. Do you read comments?
b. Do you ever go back to a blog to see comments later?
c. Do you use a mechanism such as CoComment to track conversations?
d. Do you ever leave a comment and not come back to see what was said?

These are pretty important questions. 

Comments are what makes a good post GREAT.  Comments validate or tear down your arguments.  Comments are critical to the social networking aspect of blogging.  Comments give you perspectives you normally wouldn’t get exposed to.  Comments can direct and influence future conversation in a blog.

But keeping track of the breadcrumb trail you are leaving in the blogosphere can be a beast.  (more…)

What is a Blog? December 20, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Blogging.
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WordPress, the organization and software we’re using for this blog, has a good introduction to what a blog actually is.  This is a good place to start if you want to get more information on what a blog is and the features associated with a blog including common terminology.

Blogging Fast and Sloppy December 19, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Blogging.

Caught this post on how to blog faster.  The first thing that struck me was “Wow, this is very, um, detailed.”  There are some great tips in there in how to construct different types of articles.  Following these tips supposedly allows for the creation of a blog post on a first draft.  That would be fantastic considering I draft, draft again, publish, edit the published post and perhaps tweak again. 

The second thing that struck me was that some of comments pointed out the poor grammer or typos that were frequent and obvious.  The retort was that blogging is more informal and having mistakes come with the territory.  So is it OK to blog sloppy as long as you get your message across? (more…)