The Top 100 Tools for Learning Spring 2008 list has now been finalised from the contributions of 155 learning professionals from education, workplace learning and continuing professional development., You can view the list here:
I've also categorised the Top 100 tools by type of tool - and you can view that list here:
I'm now working on the free Summary PDF, and that should be available shortly to download.
I've also undertaken a brief analysis of the Top 100 Tools list; which looks at the movement of tools up and down the list as well as an analysis of the state of e-learning. Here are some summary points taken from the analysis.
Some of the tools that have moved up the list or into the list this year are:
- Delicious - this year’s No 1 knocking Firefox off that position (going down to 2nd)
- Google Reader - risen to 3rd from 7th last year
- Audacity - which moves into the Top 10
- Wikipedia, Slideshare, Ning, YouTube and Twitter - which move into the Top 20
- Voicethread, Zoho, Pageflakes and Second Life - which move significantly up the list
Jing - (ascreen capture/screencasting tool) which is the highest new entrant at
- Wetpaint (wiki tool) and Nvu (web authoring tools) - which are two other significant new entrants
State of e-learning Spring 2008
A couple of points here
- Using tools to manage one’s personal learning, productivity and performance is still as important as last year. But the fact that many of the tools in use are also sharing or collaborative tools means that they are more than just personal tools
- A wide range of "authoring" tools appear on the list. However,an analysis of the Top 10 tools used for creating and delivering learning solutions by workplace learning professionals as opposed to those used by educators (in schools, colleges, universities), shows that
- tools like PowerPoint, Articulate, Captivate, Camtasia etc to create formal, traditional (Learning 1.0) solutions(i.e. content-based courses, tutorials, etc) are dominant in the workplace, whilst educators are embracing a much wider range of Web 2.0 tools (like YouTube, Wikispaces, Voicethread and Ning) to build more social, collaborative and informal approaches for learning; and
- educators are making much more use of free tools - 7 out of the top 10 tools educators use for creating learning are free as compared to 1 out of 10 used by workplace learning professionals).
You can view my complete analysis of the Top 100 Tools list - which includes a breakdown of the Top 10 Tools for creating/delivering learning solutions in the workplace and in education - here: