Coursera is a company that offers MOOCs (massive open online courses) by universities and organizations. The courses can be signed up for and attended online. Many of the courses give participants a certificate for completion of a course. Learning professionals will benefit from Coursera because they often post courses related to education, eLearning, blended learning, virtual learning, and other topics.
On November 4th Coursera will be offering a course on E-learning and Digital Cultures. The course will be taught by professors from the University of Edinburgh. The course is a 5 week course. You can sign up for the course via this link: https://www.coursera.org/course/edc
Coursera is offering a course on Gamification by Kevin Werbach from The University of Pennsylvania. The course on gamification starts January 27th, and runs for 10 weeks. You can sign up for the course via this link: https://www.coursera.org/course/gamification
There are a few programs out on the web that allow developers to screen share or create training by showing something on the iPad or iPhone.
iTools is a free software that is installed on your Mac or PC. Your device will be tethered to your Mac or PC, and then it will be able to mirror on your screen.
Reflector is an app that costs $12.99. Reflector uses Airplay to connect with your Mac or PC. Your iPad or iPhone must be on the same wireless subnet connection as your PC.
Elgato is a device that costs around $179 and free software. Elgato is able to do much more than mirroring iPads and iPhones, which is why the cost of the device is high.
Last year I created a document highlighting some of the different conferences that would be going on throughout 2012-2013. I decided to update my list ,and make it public after I responded to an inquiry regarding upcoming conferences. Included on the list are only a few of the upcoming conferences of 2013-2014.
Title: SALT (Society of Applied Learning Technology) Conference
Washington Interactive Learning Technologies Conference
Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel
August 14-16, 2013
Title: Performance Support Symposium 2013
September 9 & 10, 2013
Title: DevLearn 2013,
October 23 – 25, 2013
Las Vegas, NV
Title: Elliot Masie’s Learning 2013
Title: 19th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning
Online Learning: A Universe of Opportunities
November 20-22, 2013
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Title: ASTD 2014 TechKnowledge® Conference & Exposition
January 22 – 24, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada
Title: Knowledge Advisors Analytics Symposium
March 3 – 5, 2014
Intercontinental San Francisco 888 Howard St. San Francisco, CA 94103
Title: Learning Solutions 2014
March 19 – 21
The Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL.
Title: ASTD 2014 International Conference and Exposition
May 4-7, 2014
June 24 – 26, 2014,
The Sheraton, San Diego, CA
Over the past few months I have been attending tons of networking events. Every so often during my business card exchange, I come come across a really cool and creative card. Whenever I receive a highly creative card, in the back of my mind I wish I had a card that was just as innovative. Recently I decided it was time to make a personal business card that I could get as funky with as I want. Since I am in the field of instructional design I wanted to be able to portray what I do. My first theme for a business card is inspired by the ADDIE model. The ADDIE model is extremely simple to explain, and there are literally thousands of ways to translate it into a business card. Using Adobe Illustrator, I’m creating a different business card design for each phase of ADDIE.
Here is the first draft of my business card for the development phase. My idea is that the front looks like an HTML file, and the back looks like an open HTML file.
Tip: When designing your business card be sure to publish your business card at, at least 300 DPI for a high quality print.
Check out this post on Mashable to see some creative business card examples: http://mashable.com/2013/05/16/crazy-business-cards/
Adding QR Codes to business cards has been a trend over the past few years. Did you know you can even design your own QR codes?
I found out about ASTD PHL (American Society for Training and Development – Greater Philadelphia Chapter) thanks to the power of social media. A few weeks ago I started a group on Linkedin in order to connect with other local professionals in the instructional design and eLearning industry. Through the group I was able to connect with other professionals who posted local events to our group.
The first local event that I attended was an event with PADLA (Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association). Surprisingly, some other Bloomsburg University Alumni were also attending the event. The event took place in Philadelphia at the Wharton School. I was able to network with other professionals, learn more about Wharton’s Telepresence classroom, and attend a presentation on virtual instructor led training best practices.
The second event I attended was ASTD PHL’s Chapter Meeting and Networking event. After hearing good things about ASTD Philadelphia I decided to subscribe to a membership. New members have a very organized orientation; we even had our own table and packets. The newest members of ASTD PHL went around the table to name one thing we are passionate about (that didn’t have to do with our occupations) and one thing that no one thing that no one would guess about us.
After attending the chapter meeting, I decided to attend a SIG (Special Interest Group). ASTD PHL has SIGs that are specific to areas like eLearning, Trainers, Corporate, and Career Management. The best thing about becoming a member of ASTD PHL is that the SIGs are free. You can also attend 2 SIGs for free if you are not a member. The SIGs alone are definitely worth the membership.
The SIG event I attended was in the area of Career Management. The presentation was titled, “Are you bobbing along or making a wake? Managing Your Career During Turbulent Times” The speaker of the event was Theresa Hummel-Krallinger. Hummel-Krallinger’s presentation was passionate, witty, and extremely informative. She had the audience laughing, and asking questions the entire time. She used the analogy of career management being a bit like being on a boat. You have to have a rudder to steer you in the right director or else you are just floating along with no real rhyme or reason. The overall presentation was on staying connected in order to do well in your field, in addition to resources and tips to help figure out what career path might be a good choice for the audience member.
I will definitely be attending more SIGs in the future because the one I attended was a hit. ASTD PHL is close-knit and very supportive. I think both ASTD PHL and PADLA are wonderful resources for staying connected to the learning industry in Greater Philadelphia.
To learn more about ASTD PHL visit: http://www.astdphl.org/
To learn more about PADLA visit: http://www.padla.org/