Posts Tagged ‘video’

Industry Tidbits

November 29, 2012

This blog post covers two items:
What is the most popular LMS and trends to watch for in 2013.

WHAT IS THE MOST POPULAR LMS?

According to a report from Capterra, Moodle is the most popular learning management system in the world.

 http://www.capterra.com/top-20-lms-software-solutions#.UJFvE45dgyC

The list, measured by total customers, active users and overall online presence, lists the top 10 most popular LMSs. Rankings are also broken down by academic and corporate users.

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Technique – Effectively Using Video

November 27, 2012

Research is proving that video is becoming more and more popular as a training tool. We are also seeing evidence that content retention is stronger from video than it is from just audio or text on the screen. With the newer rapid eLearning tools, such as Captivate 6, and camcorders on our devices and in tablets, it becomes very simple for any of us to create video.

However, as with any technique, just because something is easy to do doesn’t mean something is actually easy to do. Remember all the crazy transitions and animations in PowerPoint? Just because you have access to them doesn’t mean you should use them without a real purpose behind why you are using them.

Hollywood has been creating film and video for many decades and they know how to create effective productions (generally speaking). Let’s look to them as a model. The big key is to plan ahead and not just rush to shoot the video.

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Education – Kahn Academy & Computer Science

September 5, 2012

If you have children in school or want to learn a new topic yourself, you owe it to yourself to check out Kahn Academy.

Essentially, this web site started as a series of videos that assisted the owner’s niece and nephew in Algebra. Over time it grew in topics and in popularity. With a bump from Google and Microsoft, Kahn Academy is on its way to changing how education occurs. The goal is to flip the model – homework in class and lecture at home (via YouTube).

We have used this site at home with our two children. Every time our kids needed a little remedial information or a reminder about how something worked, they successfully got what they needed from this site’s library of content.

At our annual user conference for our customers, when we asked them what they wanted in the way of advancements in our Training group, guess what they asked for…Kahn Academy for our software.

Now, Kahn Academy is dabbling in a new kind of education – computer science. Check out the article that follows.

As educators struggle to motivate more students to take up technology-related majors, breakout online education startup, Khan Academy, has a novel approach. ”Computer Science is an intensely creative field,” says Shantanu Sinha, President of Khan Academy, which gave TechCrunch an exclusive look at their brand new education portal that teaches Computer Science fundamentals through interactive drawing. “We really wanted to focus on creating something that could inspire young children, and get them excited and motivated to explore CS further.” The portal’s interactive design is a major evolutionary step for a website that has since been almost entirely based on YouTube lectures (with over 178 million views). I rarely get excited about online education, which often just recycles our antiquated education system into a digital format, but the new Khan Academy Computer Science project is beyond impressive.

Read the rest of the article here:
http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/14/khan-academy-launches-the-future-of-computer-science-education/