LRND 6820 Resource Project

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While enrolled in a course entitled LRND 6820 eLearning at Bowling Green State University one of the projects I was required to complete involved finding resources for a topic of your choosing and giving a description of these resources.

I chose to pool resources on eLearning and Social Media and have listed all of my resources below.

BLOGS:

The eLearning Coach:

This blog provides information on various programs that can improve eLearning such as podcasts, social media, etc. The blog focuses on providing updated information on why various features can improve eLearning and online instruction. Articles focus on blog creation, creating podcasts using Audacity and much more. The blog is broken down into various content areas the author writes about.

LinkedIn Social Media eLearning:

This blog is through LinkedIn and focuses on providing information related to Social Media for eLearning. The blog features posted articles associated with eLearning and social media over time. This allows visitors to compare and contrast previous information with information of today to gain a clearer understanding of how far we’ve come with using social media for eLearning.

eLearning Technology:

This blog not only provides information on eLearning, but also provides multiple additional sources for individuals to go through pertaining to eLearning. The author not only provides links to these additional resources, but he includes heavily used keywords with respect to his own website as well, so individuals can navigate through to subject matters of interest.

MOOCs:

E-Learning and Digital Cultures:

A MOOC through Coursera that provides individuals with information on how educational and digital culture´┐Żintersects. The MOOC focuses on engaging aspects of digital culture and how it can improve education.

eLearning MOOC List:

This MOOC listing features content on eLearning over time that will be beneficial to anyone interested in the subject matter. There is a focus on implementing strategies for eLearning, as well as, utilizing learning content management systems most commonly associated with eLearning.

ONLINE COMMUNITIES:

eLearning Guild:

This online community links to a LinkedIn page and various interesting hashtags on Twitter. The eLearning Guild provides updated information to individuals interested in and conducting research in the field of eLearning. The guild allows individuals to collaborate with their eLearning projects. The community even offers online events and conferences to allow for a greater collaborative effort on eLearning. The community features content on various aspects of eLearning and lists these articles on its website.

PODCASTS:

The eLearning Coach Podcast:

This podcast features not only the eLearning Coach, but a number of wide ranging individuals discussing various topics associated with eLearning. The individuals address various specific topics associated with eLearning and the podcasts are saved to hear on the website.

eLearning Radio:

While this podcast radio station website doesn’t appear to have been updated in years it provides some resources pertaining to eLearning. The information provided may be out of date, but it should give individuals an idea of eLearning principles to allow them to move forward and learn more.

TWITTER ACCOUNTS and HASHTAGS:

List of eLearning Twitter Hashtags:

This page provides a listing of over 100 Twitter hashtags associated with eLearning. Rather than listing them all I’ve provided this link and will touch on a few of them.

#edchat and #edtech are my most favorite hashtags associated with eLearning on Twitter. The main reason for this is because they are so broad that you can always find information you are looking for. They are also occasionally broken down into hashtags associated with regions so that you can collaborate with local individuals who may be able to provide you with the information you seek or may be looking for the same thing.

#elearntools is another great hashtag as it allows you to uncover eLearning tool, programs, websites, etc. that you likely haven’t considered before. It can also provide you a starting point for a discussion with individuals who mention this. You can gain an understanding of what the tool does and whether or not you’d like to use it.

VIDEOS:

Pinterest:

This video provides a brief instruction on topics that should be learned to best utilize Pinterest within an eLearning setting. Topics included are creating a new board and interacting with others through invites and eMail. It also mentions advanced items like selling through Pinterest.

Facebook:

This video provides a brief instruction on aspects of Facebook that need to be learned for proper use for eLearning. Aspects include setting up your profile and setting your privacy levels. Building your brand is another aspect mentioned, which applies to education too, as you can create a business page for your classroom and have students join. Finally, there is discussion about basic posting and how to market your page.

Twitter:

This video provides a brief introduction to using Twitter that will be helpful for eLearning. Aspects covered include joining Twitter, establishing your profile picture, description, website and settings. It notes how to tweet, reply and block others. It introduces business aspects like trends, lists, hashtags and securing followers.

LinkedIn:

This video provides a brief introduction to the important aspects of LinkedIn for eLearning purposes. LinkedIn is a powerful online resume tool. The aspects touched on include creating an account, obtaining testimonials, adding your credentials, posting updates, giving testimonials, joining groups and even posting jobs.

WEBSITES:

The Role of Social Media in eLearning:

This website focuses on how various social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube can be successfully used within an eLearning setting. The website give a brief overview of how each social media tool can be productive within eLearning. Each aspect also features a secondary link that provides further information on each category and how it can impact eLearning.

5 Tips for Using Social Media in eLearning:

This website provides 5 great tips for successfully using social media for eLearning purposes. The first tip is to be valuable, as many on social media websites aren’t bringing anything to the table, this will set you apart from the norm. The article suggests to follow experts in the field and connect using hashtags, including getting involved with Twitter chats. You should also organize your news through lists. Breakdown your connections into lists based on various topics so that your information isn’t all over the place.

NIU Outreach:

This website is specific to Northern Illinois University and discusses how they use social media for classroom and university purposes. It discusses how the university uses podcasts, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook for classroom use. It also details how Northern Illinois University also has its own social networks that students can join.

eLearning Social Network:

This website is very interesting as it pools articles pertaining to eLearning and social networking. Each article may feature vastly different information and seem varied in topic, but they are all associated with social networking and eLearning. This website can provide anyone interested in the subject matter an up to date listing on articles published in the area and potentially up to date information as well.

WIKIs:

eLearning Wiki Spaces:

This Wiki provides excellent resources on eLearning fundamentals to get the best out of your course, as well as, some assessment aspects to consider when involved with eLearning. The assessment tools figure out whether or not you are ready for eLearning. The fundamentals touched on include discussion boards, chats, creating teams for projects, and virtual classrooms.

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