The Think Tank: Volume 1

Justine Ickes
Nov 26, 2014 6:59:00 AM


All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.


That’s true for people in the online education world, too. Whether you’re new to elearning, or you’re an ace at instructional design, you’ll want to stay on top of the latest trends.


Welcome to The Think Tank, a quarterly compendium of great finds and useful tools from around the web. Think of them as mental popcorn to inspire new insights, confirm the tried and true, and feed your cravings for the best in consumer learning.

Here’s what’s struck our fancy lately:

  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: We get it. When you’re deep in the nitty-gritty of creating your course, you can forget to get another perspective. But as you get close to launch your online school, it’s important to assess your courses with fresh eyes. Want to see how your landing page looks on a smartphone? A Kindle? Even on a TV? Plug in a URL on Screenfly and find out. 
  • Va-va-voom Video!: The folks over at TED sure know how to pack a punch with snappy, well-crafted videos. How do they do it? Kari Mulholland, a veteran film and video editor at TED, ought to know. Follow along as she shares her tips for expert editing.
  • Once Upon a Time: No matter what your e-course is about, it’ll be more effective if it includes memorable stories. But what are the elements of a good story? Check out Nancy Duarte’s blog to learn about harnessing the power of myth and other tips for digital story-telling.
  • It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s an Apple II?! — Stumped by the latest digital gizmo? Need a break from learning about the newest feature on your smartphone? Watch this hilarious video to see what the peewee set thinks about old school technology.


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