It’s the end of the 2nd week of 2012 and there are many exciting new developments in elearning ahead of us!
I am most impressed with Coursekit, which has received good reviews from FastCompany and touted by Forbes as a potential Blackboard killer. The interface of Coursekit feels clean and sleek as you can see below. and would certainly appeal to a generation of learners who grew up using twitter and facebook. You guys can try it’s demo here. I have a good feel about this new VLE/LMS and would likely be trialling it with my students. Look forward to posts about my experiences here!
But of course, having software and hardware is not enough for engaged and deep learning. The learning design should be sound of course. To that end, I am currently reading Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn which was recommended to me by a very cool ex-classmate of mine.
I browsed through a bit and I love how easy it is to read and comprehend. There are sound analogies and metaphorical picture based explanations of how the mind works. For example, I found the metaphor of our “will” being the rider and our subconscious being an elephant very useful indeed.