January was a month of varied topics. From Games to Instruction Design, to eLearning and Microlearning, it squeezed out every bit of knowledge from our best bloggers.
Talking of bloggers, it was also a month where we saw two of our team members jumping onto the blogging bandwagon – Aneesh Bhat and Abhijeet Valke . Two guys with immense potential, I promise you. You can look forward to some hardcore ID gyan from Aneesh, while Abhijeet would be the one feeding you with your weekly dose of the best of Learning, Technology and Media links .
So without much ado, lets get on to our collection of the top 12 posts for January, each accompanied by a quick brief.
1. Game Based Learning Isn’t Always Electronic
Debunks a very popular myth surrounding game-based learning – that it involves learning through video games. This article showcases a card game which is slowly gaining popularity among medical students in the United States, and also contains links to a couple of other board and card games.
2. This LMS Has No Traps!
Lists the possible traps that might arise in the sales process of an LMS, and views each from the point of view of UpsideLMS.
3. LMS Wikis: Unharnessed Potential
Wiki, although one of the most powerful sources of information, is one of the most under-utilized and underestimated feature of an LMS. This post is an endeavor to explore the various uses of the LMS Wiki.
4. How e-Learning Is Flowering?
An interesting graphic from the e-learningcentre.co.uk’s report ‘The UK e-learning market 2010’ depicts how e-learning is flowering.
5. Tell Me A Story…
The fact remains that, stories are an important part of our past and will be an important part of our future. An article that discusses the importance of stories in learning.
6. Assume Nothing. Nothing!
Lists learnings from a blog-post by veteran LucasArts and Telltale Games designer Dave Grossman, describing how gaming’s limited appeal could come down to some very basic assumptions we make about the audience versus the actual thought processes of that audience.
7. Instructional Design And The Six Thinking Hats
Describes the philosophy of Six Thinking Hats, interpolates it to Instructional Design and discusses how we can apply the process to eLearning projects for excellent results, especially in situations when we are working in groups.
8. Beginner Instructional Designers – In Pursuit Of Awareness
Manna from heaven for beginner Instructional Designers, this article lists a few resources that will help learn about the basic concepts of Instructional Design and ELearning.
9. Performance Support In Our Daily Lives
Discusses about two performance support tools that would enable us to do everyday tasks more effectively and with less effort – probably with better results.
10. Microlearning – A Paradigm Shift In The Way We Learn
Discusses the importance of microlearning in today’s day and age of increasing value of time and waning patience levels.
11. 9 Essential Elements for Fun in Games
Lists and explains the 9 essential elements in fun games.
12. LMS for Training Companies – Then & Now: Get The Free eBook
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