13 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 27

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This time around we focus on the basics – learning and its right mix. We talk about the changes in the key drivers for blended learning, some fundamental characteristics of training to be followed, and the pros and cons of eLearning. And while we are on this, how can social learning and game-based learning be left behind? Read an exciting case study in social learning and learn about some games and game-related projects that are already making a difference.

Besides this, quench your thirst for knowledge with some of the hottest tools, latest research and reports and infographics. Find all this and more in our Weekly Digest – a collection of top 13 links from the week gone by, each accompanied by a quick brief.

Need to quench your thirst for the latest in learning, technology and media links further? You can dig into our previous lists here.

1. Finding the Right Learning Mix
Learning organizations are experiencing a kind of renaissance, with new technology prompting new thinking about how to enhance, extend and enable learning. In the wake of business and technology changes, finding the right learning mix is not just about blending various modes of learning but taking into account the newly changed drivers for blended learning as well.

2. The Manager’s Responsibility In Learning
Learning is just facts and figures without managerial support. Like a great baseball coach, a supportive manager can ensure learning events produce the equivalent of a home run. Know how managers can guide their employees toward right actions and support them even when their attempts fail as part of the development process.

3. The Pros and Cons of E-Learning and Education Technology
Looking at the highs and lows of the new eLearning generation and the education technology revolution, what are the pros and cons of online education, the benefits and dangers? Know it all here before you take the plunge.

4. Marc My Words: Back to Basics – When Training Is the Answer
There are times when training is not the answer. But still training remains a linchpin to most performance improvement strategies, and there is no indication that training — classroom or online — is going away anytime soon. Learn the eight fundamental characteristics that will give you guaranteed improvement opportunities in your training program.

5. Lessons In Social Learning: What Happens In The Classroom Stays In The Classroom
There is an exciting case study in the August issue of Chief Learning Officer Magazine about how Coldwell Banker uses social learning to get to the learning. Know about it here.

6. What Games Have Changed
Examples of games and game-related projects that are already making a difference and why we should care.

7. 10 Tools for Digital Storytelling in Class
A guide to 10 great tools for digital storytelling with a class – create comics, animations and eBooks.

8. Tools For Freelance Instructional Designers
Melissa Venable shares a list of open and commercial tools for freelance instructional designers.

9. Smartphones Have Influenced Higher Education
According to a May 2011 survey by the Nielson Company, about 37% of mobile consumers have a smartphone, with a majority of these individuals using either an Android or an Apple model.

10. Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom
Education that includes at least some online work is more effective than classroom-only teaching, according to a major research review done for the Department of Education.

11. The Rise of the Mobile Workforce [INFOGRAPHIC]
The era of the nine to five job is over. In its place is a mobile workforce that can work from anywhere. This infographic explains the trend.

12. How Far Students Will Go To Switch To Digital Textbooks [INFOGRAPHIC]
Students are willing to go to great lengths in order to never have to carry a textbook again. To find out why they are so anti-textbook, see this infographic.

13. 3 Things Children Would Like To See In The Future Of The Net And Technology
Children from all over the world aged 12 and below share their hopes, wishes and expectations about the Internet and technology in general. The results are surprising, to say the least.

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