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Donald Norman on learner-centered design | Feb 15, 2001 | “The traditional course is run by a professor, an instructor, who organizes the course material in some logical method and gives lecture materials and assigns readings. This is an approach that we can call either 'teacher-centric,' or maybe, 'content-centric.' And it fails to take into account the way people learn. The first step in learner-centric is to understand how learning takes place. Much modern research in cognitive science shows that people learn by doing. So it is very important that people learn not by reading a book, and not by listening to a lecture, but by doing tasks that can engage the mind.”

Let the games begin | January 26, 2001 | David Strom's Web Informant: “My friend Marc Prensky has written a wonderful and thought- provoking book entitled, 'Digital Game-Based Learning.' Here is a short compilation of excerpts and ideas from the book that should stimulate your own thinking about how we learn and how corporations can become more effective at training their employees.”

The Gestalt Archive | January 24, 2001 | “Gestalt theory is a broadly interdisciplinary general theory which provides a framework for a wide variety of psychological phenomena, processes, and applications. Human beings are viewed as open systems in active interaction with their environment. It is especially suited for the understanding of order and structure in psychological events...” GESTALT THEORY by Max Wertheimer (1924).

Jakob Nielsen on e-learning | January 16, 2001 | “Just how important is usability in e-learning? We ask usablity guru Jakob Nielsen on this and other wide-ranging issues. '...given that people are just not willing to read so much — I think it leads to a completely different approach to learning on a computer than learning in a traditional environment.'”

Designing the Learner Experience | January 2, 2001 | “In this issue of LiNE Zine, we focus our attention on design. To do this, we cast our light as far and wide as possible to bring in different perspectives and voices. We ask, from a design standpoint, what does a learner require to have an outstanding learning experience. We examine how people take in information and how our environment can truly help us learn effectively and enjoyably along the way.” LiNE Zine is a quarterly e-magazine introducing thought leadership about learning, performance, and knowledge in the New Economy.

Instructional Design & Learning Theory | December 19, 2000 | “To students of instructional design the introduction and subsequent "sorting out" of the various learning theories and associated instructional design strategies can be somewhat confusing. It was out of this feeling of cognitive dissonance that this site was born. Why does it seem so difficult to differentiate between three basic theories of learning? Why do the names of theorists appear connected to more than one theory? Why do the terms and strategies of each theory overlap? The need for answers to these questions sparked my investigation into the available literature on learning theories and their implications for instructional design.” btw, as of today I've separated the xblog's Reference/Learning page into two separate pages. Thanks InfoDesign.

Monkey Instruction! | December 16, 2000 | “This article tries to probe the general question: Why are training courses so boring? And in doing so, aims to answer this complimentary question: Why are Webmonkey courses so interesting?”

The Instructional Use of Learning Objects | December 3, 2000 | “This is the online version of 'The Instructional Use of Learning Objects,' a new book that tries to go beyond the technological hype and connect learning objects to instruction and learning.” Thanks InfoDesign.

The Virtual Training Company Inc. | September 8, 2000 | “VTC produces computer based training courses delivered on CD, intranet or over the internet, teaching most of the popular software applications in use today. The VTC Online University can be used to train fast and effectively over the internet or a full course on CD or hard disk can be purchased for a little more convenience.”

Willing to try | July 13, 2000 | “This animated journey represents the philosophy of the Try Group, an organization that is seeking new methods of learning within a school system that stresses academics over individualism. Just as the animated character sees that there is more than one way to look at objects in life, children are encouraged to see that there is more than one answer on the path to knowledge, and each answer contributes unique and important information.”

SparkNotes Study Guides | Feb 7, 2000 | “...Study guides written and produced exclusively by Harvard students and graduates. Unlike other study guides written by disgruntled academics and stodgy old professors, SparkNotes come from students studying for exams and cramming for papers just like you. We understand what you need to succeed, so we've assembled a collection of concise, comprehensive, easy-to-follow study guides that you can access at any time for *free*.”

BBC Education Web Guide | Jan 24, 2000 | “A searchable directory of over 3000 of the best websites for learning, selected and reviewed by subject specialists.”

Among the Inept, Researchers Discover, Ignorance Is Bliss | Jan 21, 2000 | “There are many incompetent people in the world. Dr. David A. Dunning is haunted by the fear he might be one of them. Dr. Dunning, a professor of psychology at Cornell, worries about this because, according to his research, most incompetent people do not know that they are incompetent. On the contrary. People who do things badly, Dr. Dunning has found in studies conducted with a graduate student, Justin Kruger, are usually supremely confident of their abilities — more confident, in fact, than people who do things well.”

Learn2.com - The ability utility | Archive | Online courses, educational eCommerce and various how-tos in this learning community. Nice.

Mt. Kolias | Archive | How to do anything.

How-To.com | Archive | “How-To.com will have the Internet's most thorough content, products and services on How-To do anything and everything; combining the wisdom of experts in each field with content created by our staff or writers and researchers, as well as content aggregation from strategic partners, combing to form a huge vertical portal Internet community site.”

HomeworkCentral.com | Archive | “Explore over 10,000 study subjects linked to 75,000 scholar-selected Internet resources.”

Allexperts.com | Archive | “Ask any question! Allexperts.com is a free question and answer service Pick an interesting category and click on a volunteer's name to ask a question! Thousands of volunteer experts are here to answer all your questions!”

Ohio University School of Visual Communication | Archive | In Athens, Ohio.

Washington University School of Art | Archive | “We believe that intellectual curiosity and breadth of knowledge endow creative endeavors with social relevance and the power to communicate.”

University of Missouri Photojournalism | Archive | Links to Pictures of the Year, College Photographer of the Year, faculty, courses and the Missouri Photo Workshop.

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