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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Editor's Hand Picked Headline News

Below you'll find what's new today.

The Scout staff takes an incredible amount of pride in providing some of the best online resources to our readers in our weekly Scout Report.

The list is meant to remind our readers of some of the great resources the Scout Report has delivered over the past academic year. We hope you enjoy our list and that you take a few minutes to revisit some of our favorite sites from 2007-2008.

Greater Good Science Center

Housed at the University of California, Berkeley, the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) is "devoted to the scientific understanding of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior." To achieve this goal, the GGSC enlists a broad range of scholars from various disciplines, publishes a quarterly magazine ("Greater Good"), and maintains an outreach program that includes a website designed for parents who wish to foster emotional intelligence in their children.

Source: Internet Scout Project

Video: Social Media in Plain English

A simple story that illustrates the forces shaping social media. This video focuses on basics of social media: new technology that makes everyone a producer and tools that give everyone a chance to have a say.
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The Common Craft Show

Workshop from Dr Itiel Dror shows how to create brain-friendly e-learning

Dr Itiel Dror, the celebrated cognitive and behavioural psychologist, has announced a one-day public workshop for learning professionals. Building e-learning with the brain in mind will take place on 17th June in central London.

The one-day workshop covers three key areas:

  1. How the mind works. How does the brain acquire, remember and use information? In this interactive session Dr Itiel Dror and Tamas Makany will take you through the latest scientific research into the workings of the mind, with particular relevance to learning.
  2. Ways to design e-learning effectively. If you understand the brain better, you can build your e-learning better. The presenters will examine how to increase not only the amount that people learn, but also the amount they recall effectively, and then use when back in the workforce.
  3. Optimal use of technologies in delivering learning materials. E-learning works best when it is fitted to the brain, and optimised to serve and support the natural learning process. This part of the day will examine the new opportunities learning technologies can play in learning.
Delivered with fellow neuro-scientist Tamas Makany, the workshop lasts one day, is highly interactive, and comes complete with reading materials for use both before and after the event.

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Building e-learning with the brain in mind

Source: Training Press Releases

Web 2.0 Should Complement eLearning

At eLearning Africa, Raymond Tsongorera is representing the University of Zimbabwe. His passion is in Web 2.0, Multimedia, webcasting and eLearning. He believes that in this fast-growing family of ICT, scientists and researchers should share the vast amount of knowledge available by all means possible so as to come up with meaningful contributions to the ICT family structure. He answered some question for CHECK.point eLearning.


Source: CHECKpoint eLearning

Course Titles for Dummies
Online courses may benefit from catchy and provocative names
By Lisa Neal, Editor-in-Chief, eLearn Magazine

In 1594 Shakespeare wrote, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." I disagree, names matter. Would "Desperate Housewives" have achieved massive popularity if it was called "Suburban Living"?
And what about course titles? I teach a course, "Online Consumer Health," previously known as "Online Health Communities." My primary motivation for changing the name was that one of my students last fall told me he signed up for the course not knowing what an online health community was. Being descriptive and understandable is important.

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Lisa Neal

Source: eLearn Magazine

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