Integrating the Science of How We Learn into Education Technology

Es ist nur ein kurzer HBR-Artikel, deshalb darf man keine große Antworten erwarten. Stattdessen pickt sich Stephen M. Kosslyn eine wissenschaftliche Erkenntnis über das Lernen heraus: das Prinzip der „desirable difficulties“ (oder „wünschenswerten Erschwernissen“), nachdem Menschen am besten lernen, wenn – kurz gesagt – die Anforderungen nicht zu leicht, aber auch nicht zu schwer sind. Diese Erkenntnis in klassischen Lernumgebungen mit vielen Teilnehmern umzusetzen, ist schwer. Hier kann Technologie bzw. hier können Plattformen und Systeme helfen. Das Beispiel des Autors verbindet „personalized“ und „active learning“.

„Clearly, technology opens up huge opportunities to use the science of learning in new ways. To take advantage of these opportunities, we need to have clear learning outcomes, we need to measure each student’s progress in achieving those outcomes very granularly, and we need to shift to a focus on active learning.“
Stephen M. Kosslyn, Harvard Business Review, 11. Oktober 2019

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Here’s an Easy Way to Track a Video in the LMS

how to export video for LMS

Recently, I did a webinar on transforming PowerPoint content into an interactive e-learning course. One of the tips is to save your PowerPoint file as a video. Here’s why I like that tip.

Save PowerPoint as Video

Assuming the PowerPoint slides look good and the content doesn’t need to be restructured, why spend a lot of time copy and pasting from PowerPoint into a different application? Save a lot of time by outputting your PowerPoint slideshow as a video.

All of your animations, narrations, inserted media, and slide transitions remain in a single file. If all you’re doing is sharing the content, this is an easy way to go. It’s one click to create the video.

Here’s an example from the Duarte group. They built this really dynamic presentation in PowerPoint that they shared in a previous version of PowerPoint. In includes animations, narration, slide transitions, and even other video. Here’s an example of the file as a video.

Click here to view the example on YouTube.

Assuming the slides are fine and you don’t need to rework your content, saving as video is a no brainer. The challenge is how to get the video into your LMS so you can track it as a course.

How to Get the Video Into Your LMS

Articulate 360 comes with a number of great authoring tools. It also comes with Review 360 where you can upload your courses and solicit feedback from your clients and subject matter experts.

Another nice feature is that you can upload a video into Review 360. And from there, export the video for LMS. This lets you set the LMS tracking options and how to measure completion.

upload video to LMS

You’ll get a .zip file with the video and all of the LMS required files so that you can load it on the LMS and treat the video like a trackable course. Super fast and super simple.

Click here to view the tutorial on YouTube.

 


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Der bildungsferne Campus

Ich habe eine Weile überlegt, wie ich diesen Artikel von Ralf Lankau, Professor für Mediengestaltung und Medientheorie an der Hochschule Offenburg, aus der FAZ einleiten bzw. zusammenfassen soll. In einigen Punkten gebe ich ihm Recht: Wenn wir über digitale Bildung, über das Digitale in Schulen oder Hochschulen sprechen, geht es immer auch um wirtschaftliche Interessen. Wie bei allen Lehr- und Lernmaterialien (und Lerninhalten, würden einige hinzufügen). Und, ja, personalisierte und adaptive Lernprozesse machen aus Lernenden noch keine mündigen, sich selbst und ihre Interessen steuernde Subjekte.

Allerdings würde ich bei Entwicklung und Einsatz innovativer, zeitgemäßer Lehr- und Lernkonzepte nicht einfach auf die Autonomie der Hochschulen, die Freiheit der Lehre und Forschung und den Bildungsföderalismus vertrauen. Das Beharrungsvermögen dieser Institutionen und Strukturen ist zu groß. Da ist mir ein offener, breit angelegter Diskurs, bei dem auch die „IT“ mitmischt, lieber.

Und die Stelle, wo Ralf Lankau im Artikel Pädagogik und IT zusammenbringt, ist mir zu wenig: „Digital- und Medienkompetenz, vom Coding bis zur vollständigen Medienproduktion, kann man, pädagogisch sinnvoll und datenschutzrechtlich gesichert, an PCs oder Laptops offline im lokalen Intranet lernen, ohne ein Bit an Schülerdaten ins Netz zu verlieren.“
Ralf Lankau, FAZ, 2. Oktober 2019

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What Is EdTech: its Definition and Impact through the Years

Das Schöne an diesem Artikel: Er verlinkt noch einmal die Übersicht, die Martin Weller unter dem Stichwort „Twenty Years of Edtech“ vor einem Jahr veröffentlicht hat – von „Wikis“ (1998) bis „Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR)“ (2018). Abschließend: „What do you think the EdTech of 2019 is? How do you imagine the EdTech sector in the next 20 years?“
Paulette Delgado, Observatory of Educational Innovation, Tecnológico de Monterrey, 30. September 2019

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Do You Storyboard Your E-Learning Courses?

e-learning storyboards

A couple of weeks ago, David posted a challenge where community members were asked to share their storyboard templates. As you can see, there were quite a few different storyboard templates shared for downloads. There are also additional free storyboards in the community downloads section.

What I found interesting was some of the conversation about storyboards. There are quite a few who don’t use formal storyboards. Instead they just build everything from inside their authoring tool.

Why There’s No Need for a Storyboard

Years ago when I first started working with e-learning, storyboards were really important. That’s mostly because it wasn’t just me working on the course.

The storyboard was how we determined how to construct the screen layouts and user interface. We determined where things were placed, how they animated, and what supporting media was required. Because more than one person worked on the course, the storyboard was really critical to communicate on the project design.

On top of that, working with customers and getting them to “see” what we were building was a challenge because it wasn’t as easy and quick to prototype the courses back then. Thus, we used the storyboard to walk through the course design with out clients.

This helped them understand what we were going to produce and get their agreement. It was also an easy way to show what other assets were required and the extra production required to deliver the course.

Rapid E-Learning Changed Things

A lot of this changed when we shifted from custom development in Flash and Authorware to Articulate Studio and PowerPoint. PowerPoint let me add all of the assets (or placeholders) and build animations quickly. Because I could prototype quickly in PowerPoint, I found I spent a lot less time working with formal storyboards. I suspect that’s common for many of you as well.

And it’s only easier with Storyline because there’s so much more interactive capability and one could build a quick prototype faster than it probably takes to complete a formal storyboard.

If you’re a team of one doing most of the production yourself, then a formal storyboard is less likely. Essentially, the prototype course really is a storyboard. It’s just in the authoring tool and not a separate document.

When a Storyboard Makes Sense

Throwing a bunch of slides and quiz together and calling it a course is one thing. In that world, what does a storyboard solve? However, when you start to build more complex learning experiences, you need to be more intentional about what you design. That requires a lot more planning. And most likely there’s a lot more media production.

In those cases, working with a storyboard helps you properly plan the course structure as well as the required content and media.

Also, when working with a clients (especially paying clients) it’s important to show them you’re organized. And a storyboard helps you walk through the project requirements before spending a lot of time prototyping and working on more time-consuming interactions.

There’s obviously a lot more that can be said about storyboarding. I find that people who’ve been in the industry a while, use storyboards more often than not. But people who’ve joined the industry over the past three years or so, don’t rely on them as much. Which makes sense, because the tools are so much easier to use.

I’m curious. Do you storyboard your courses? If so, how are you doing it? If not, why not?


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Bruchrechnen für alle!

Wer diesen Erfahrungsbericht eines Mathelehrers aus Uelsen liest, wird sich vielleicht an den Weg von Salman Khan (Khan Academy) erinnern. In beiden Fällen wurden Lernvideos (Mathe) auf YouTube gestellt, und in beiden Fällen wurden die Filmer vom Erfolg ihres Handelns überrascht. Heute ist Kai Schmidt („Lehrerschmidt“) bei 1.800 Lernvideos angekommen, hat über 20 Millionen Menschen die Grundlagen der Mathematik erklärt und freut sich über 200.000 Follower.

„Doch warum liegen meine Lernvideos bei YouTube und nicht auf dem Schulserver oder einem Bildungsserver? Ist eine kommerzielle Plattform, die darauf ausgelegt ist, dass die Zuschauer möglichst lange Videos schauen, nicht die falsche Umgebung für pädagogische Inhalte?“
Kai Schmidt, taz, 6. September 2019  

Bildquelle: https://www.lehrer-schmidt.de

My Top 10 Tools for Learning

Es ist wieder die Zeit, in der Jane Hart die Top Tools der Community einsammelt. Noch bis Freitag, den 13. September, kann hier abgestimmt werden. Als Anstoß und Erinnerung für mich selbst verlinke ich hier das Votum von Helen Blunden. Vor allem, weil sie ihre Auswahl so schön kommentiert:
1. Google & Bing, 2. Twitter, 3. YouTube, 4. Feedly Pro, 5. Evernote Premium (Personal) & MS OneNote 2016 (Work), 6. MS Teams, 7. Yammer, 8. iTunes Podcasts, 9. Camtasia, 10. DuoLingo
Helen Blunden, Activate Learning Solutions, 30. August 2019

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“What makes a Learning Technologist?” – Part 1 of 4: Job titles

Dieser Beitrag definiert und diskutiert nicht, was einen „Learning Technologist“ auszeichnet. Vielmehr wurde gefragt: „What is your current job title?’ und ‘What would your ideal job title be?“ Die Antworten sind natürlich sehr heterogen, einige finden sich mit dem Titel in ihrer aktuellen Rolle gut getroffen, andere wünschten sich gerne eine andere Bezeichnung. So enthält der Beitrag schließlich auch eine Liste mit fast 50 alternativen Bezeichnungen – von „Academic Course Developer“ bis „Technology Enhanced Learning Manager“! Der Autor weist dann noch darauf hin, dass vor allem die Begriffe „digital“ und „design“ bei der Suche nach treffenden Jobtiteln derzeit hoch im Kurs sind. Und das gilt sicher nicht nur für die britische ALT Community, aus deren Kreis die meisten Antworten stammen.
Daniel Scott, #ALTC Blog, 2. September 2019

Bildquelle: Association for Learning Technology

3 Tips When Converting PowerPoint to E-Learning

powerpoint e-learning tips

Technically converting a PowerPoint file to an “e-learning course” is fairly easy. You can import the slides into Storyline or just publish them from inside of PowerPoint with Articulate Studio 360.

But is that really a course? Maybe, but probably not because it’s not about just putting content in front of learners.

Here are three things to consider when converting a PowerPoint file into an e-learning course.

Presentation content isn’t the same as an e-learning course. Sure, presenting content in your course is part of the process, but it’s a passive form of learning. The solution is to find a way to make delivery of the content more active.

PowerPoint presentations used in face-to-face training tend to have a PowerPointy look. An e-learning course doesn’t need to look like a PowerPoint slideshow. Use some of the Content Library templates to get away from the presentation look. You can even customize them to fit your organizational brand.

However, there is a look that fits the content and objectives of your course, and that’s where you want to put your energy.

Convert bullet points to interactive content. Instead of showing screen after screen of bullet points, why not convert them to micro interactions? For example, three bullet points could be three interactive tabs.

Those are three real quick tips when converting PowerPoint to an e-learning course. Of course, there’s more to it.

Why not join me for my free webinar, Here’s How You Can Transform PowerPoint Content into Interactive E-Learning, on September 25. There are two times available: 1:00 PM EDT and 7:00 PM EDT. We’ll look at other things to consider when converting PowerPoint to an e-learning course with a lots of practical tips and tricks.

Hope to see you there.


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