Monday, 29 October 2012
Say you have a full-time job, or a part-time one or are a home maker looking to learn new things to begin a career. Do you feel the need to step up your knowledge? With the vast internet resources, it probably gets easy to do that. But when it comes to getting the job that is just right for you, you might need to streamline what you really want to learn and showcase that on your profile. There are a number of online learning courses that you can take up but most of them will probably come with a cost. You might just end up spending a lot of your time and money in just figuring out what is the best way to educate yourself. With the vast internet resources available online, there is more than one opportunity that you can have to widen your understanding and increase your knowledge base. Let’s take a look at a few online free virtual schools that you can use to your benefit.
We all are familiar with TEDx.com but very recently TED has diversified into using engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or even create lessons. They have an interesting section called flip – where you the teacher can flip his/her own lesson to add more to the existing content and customize it for the class. Ted Ed has about a total of 131 videos and 9468 flips. Each lesson on TED Ed.com is recorded by an actual educator and an animator. Know more about TED Ed by watching this video.
With a library of over 3000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, Khan Academy offers you short and captivating videos in varied subjects to increase your understanding. Before you can begin focused study on your major, you must first complete your general education—introductory maths, modern civics, and some general sciences. The Khan Academy offers these fundamental courses—Algebra, Macroeconomics, Chemistry—as well as more advanced fare, like Cryptography, Cosmology, and Finance. The site even features educational resources that will get you into a real degree program with lessons on how to ace the SAT, GMAT, and California Standards Test.
Open Culture provides the tangential cultural experience to transform you into a well-rounded academic. Links here lead you to 500 free courses in Literature and Philosophy, alongside Hitchcock movies and film noir.
The NROC is an online database of coursework, contributed by leading US academic institutions, with a strong focus on the most fundamental building blocks of a higher education—that is, all the stuff you forgot from high school. Algebra 1, College Prep Physics, and a litany of AP courses are all available for free, as well as general education subjects like Non-Majors Biology, Introductory Calculus I, and Statistics for Social Sciences. While you won't find video lectures here, NROC offers complete and extensive courses including notes and homework.
Math may get all the glory for being the "universal language," but its melodious derivative is a close second. Music theory, a staple of the liberal arts education, explores the mechanical underpinnings of music itself. Teoria offers a bevy of online tutorials, exercises, and analysis of both modern and classical composition for anyone willing to listen.However, it is important to keep in mind that none of this work will get you an actual college degree, which, in some job interviews, is still valued as a genuine credential.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
I came across this wonderful blog that speaks about the beauty of blended learning and its advantages. Many distance learning institutes offering weekend classes are resorting to this model of education.
Read full article by Michael Spencer below:
Read full article by Michael Spencer below:
Thursday, 11 October 2012
The term "electronic learning" or more commonly called "eLearning" is used often but it is important to understand its true meaning. The term refers to learning anytime, anywhere beyond the barriers of time and distance. In today's world, where jobs need to be done while budgets are limited, eLearning is a progressive solution to the use of technology for training, or for delivery of just-in-time information, or for guidance from experts.
People have different learning styles and have different learning needs. The VAK theory looks at three broad learning styles:
1. Visual Learners - who learn through seeing
2. Auditory Learners - who learn through listening
3. Kinaesthetic/Tactile Learners - who learn through hands-on doing and touching
(Take a quick learning style test here)
It sometimes gets hard to purvey these learning styles in a traditional classroom setup. The main essence of eLearning lies in its delivery and content. eLearning can suffer from some pitfalls such as boring slides, minimal interaction between student and teacher and monotonous speech. However, the beauty of an effective creative learning management system is the creation of learning environments that are conducive to learning styles as well as makes for a fun learning experience!
eLearning could be web-based training (WBT), CD based training (CBT), internet based or intranet based. It can include features such as audio, instant messaging, email, animation, video, app sharing, shared whiteboard etc. All this could be done through building virtual environments to enhance social interaction. Due to the limitations of face-to-face interaction between the learner and the teacher, it is critical to keep the learner engaged. Imagine a virtual guide or a mentor who works as a partner to take the learner along their online journey. It works as a great tool for keeping the learner's attention and also gives the learner the feeling that s/he is not alone in his/her learning journey. This is exactly what Data-Core's proposition is - to be able to deliver a perfect blend of technology and creative LMS.
Out of the various Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) platforms (e.g. Moodle, Sakai, Blackboard etc.) a good LMS will work as a software application for administering, documenting, tracking, reporting and delivering education content either through self-service or self-guided services. Learning Management solutions must be tailor-made based on the business and training needs of an organization. Learn more about a complete LMS practice adopted by Data-Core Systems Inc.