Here is my month-by-month pick of the resources I have created during the year - magazine articles, presentations, blogs, web pages, etc
In this article for elearning age magazine I reflected on my career as an
E-Learning Consultant, and how I was convinced that social learning approaches
were the way to go. I also explained that for this reason I had changed my
title from E-Learning Consultant to Social Media & Learning Consultant.
Update: In fact I have now gone a step further and now call myself a Social Learning Consultant
I began to convert my Guide to E-Learning into the Guide to Social Learning.
Update: Over the year the Guide has undergone a number of changes - and I am constantly updating and revising the pages to keep them up to developments in this fast moving area of learning.
As my social learning consultant work increased, and in particular I began to help more and more organisations (business and education) implement a social
learning environment, using the open source social engine, Elgg, I decided to open up
my own Elgg platform for learning professionals to try out.
Update: Originally the site was called C4LPT.net and I referred to it as a "social network", more recently I renamed it SoLearn and now descirbe it as a "social learning space"
The future of e-learning is social learning
This presentation, embedded below, was the first of a number of short,
introductory presentations I produced for clients and other purposes (like
conference presentations) on social learning in organisations. This first
presentation covered: What is Social Learning? Social Learning platforms, and
the role of Social Learning Professionals.
Update: This presentation was featured on the posting 100 must-read blog posts on the future of learning
25 Tools: A Toolbox for Learning Professionals
In 2008 I wrote an article for e.learning magazine called
"25 Tools Every
Learning Professional should have in their Toolbox - and all for free!" The
article (and the supporting presentation) became very popular, so this year
I produced a 2009 version which
contained 25 categories of learning tool. The majority of
tools in the Toolbox are FREE, although a number of commercial tools are included. Some of the tools
are desktop tools; others are online services. You can read the
article for e.learning magazine or view the supporting presentation
(embedded below), Full information about each of the tools mentioned in the article and
presentation is available in the
TOOLS 2009 resource.
Update: The presentation has now been viewed over 25,000 times
In September 2008 I created a list of 100+
learning professionals to follow on Twitter. As more and more people were added
to the list, this grew into the Directory of Learning Professionals on
Twitter. In June, I re-organised the Directory and renamed it
Connexions, as it allows individuals to provide information about
themselves and their online presence: their blog, website, Twitter account(s),
as well as the social networks (like Facebook, LinkedIn and Ning) where they can
Update: There are now over 1,200 people listed in the Directory. You can join it here. I also produced a 2009 version of 100 Learning Professions to follow in 2009.
As Twitter became more and more popular I found myself being asked to run conference
sessions on how to use it, I produced a Twitter Workshop to explain the key
features of Twitter. The presentation is embedded below, but the script is
available on the
Micro-blogging page of the Guide to Social Learning.
Update: The Twitter Workshop has now been viewed over 10,000 times.
I set up this blog to post about social media tools, their use
for social learning and building a social learning strategy. This blog was to allow me to
provide more opinion and commentary postings than I do on Jane's E-Learning Pick
of the Day.
Update: I have now made nearly 150 postings and I have used this blog to document my ongoing thinking about the importance of social learning, as well as updates to the Guide to Social Learning.
In response to requests from a number of my clients and blog
readers, I set up this blog to post news and resources about the implementation, customisation and use of the open source social
engine, Elgg, with a particular focus on its use
for learning and working within businesses and education.
Update: I have now featured a number of Elgg implementations on the blog.
During September I added the 3,100th tool into the Directory of Learning
Update: I continue to add tools to the Directory on an almost daily basis. However, there has been quite a bit of change in learning tools marketplace since I started this Directory, so I'm now completely updating the content and overhauling the Directory pages to provide a new look with more information.
In this article for e.learning age magazine, I highlighted 10
tools that appeared for the first time on the Top 100 Tools for
Learning 2009 list, that I thought were useful, innovative, cost effective and
worth considering for 2010.
Update: Etherpad has subsequently been acquired by Google to become part of Google Wave, and the current service with close at the end of March. Meantime no new accounts can be opened.
Since 2007 I have produed an annual list of the Top 100
tools for Learning. From March this year, a total of 278 learning professionals
in both education and workplace learning contributed their Top 10 Tools for
Learning. On 15 November I compiled the Top 100 list. Although the presentation is embedded below, the full list can be found
at the link above. I've also
compared the rankings of the tools since 2008, showing the winners and losers
Update: Since the presentation was placed on Slideshare 6 weeks ago it has now been viewed over 30,000 times.
I was invited to present at the 3rd LearnTrends online conference. My presentation discussed the concerns organisations have with pubic social media tools and how a private, secure platform powered by the open source social engine, Elgg, can address these issues - and at low cost. I also presented a couple of case studies - one from education and one from an international organisation - that I had worked on.
Online Educa: Tools of the Trade and 12 x 3D tools
In early December I was at Online Educa in Berlin. On the first day I was in the Creating the New Era of Corporate Learning stream with most of my Internet Time Alliance colleagues, either in person (Jay Cross and Charles Jennings) or virtual (Harold Jarche, Jon Husband). My session was entitled Tools of the Trade which I not only presented to those in the room, but which was simulcasted (via Adobe Connect) to participants of the LearnTrends conference. Additionally, I released the slideset in advance so that others could tweet their thoughts and comments. This was an ambitious idea, but thanks to Charles Jennings, who was chairing the session, we managed to keep up with the chat comments in Adobe, the tweets, as well as personal contributions from the room. The slideset, notes and links to sources is available here. On the second day, I was involved in a number of sessions including one on 3D tools with Donald Clark and Chris Brannigan of Caspian Learning. I presented my favourite 12 3D tools for education, training and collaboration. Slideset, notes and links to sources is available here.
It has been a very interesting year for me and I look forward to 2010 being equally noteworthy.