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Article Title: Brainstorming for eLearning: Rules of Brainstorming

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: The ideas that emerge from a group brainstorming session can be startlingly clever. If you’re working to identify the optimal instructional approach for a lesson, gather a few peers together and spend an hour kicking around ideas. This article explains the benefits of brainstorming and lists a few basic rules that help ensure a productive and inspiring brainstorming session.

Brainstorming Rule #3: Get crazy.
In a brainstorming session, no idea is unrealistic. Tell the team that you want – even expect – wild, off-the-wall ideas. To make good on this rule, be sure to record every idea suggested. Even if it seems ridiculous. Even if it was mentioned as a joke. After all, you never know when a far-fetched idea will inspire a feasible yet clever suggestion for someone else.

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Article Title: Social Media: Reinforce Learning and Get Noticed

Publication: InternetCE blog (insurance continuing education)

Summary: The ideal way to reinforce newly learned information after completing a course is to apply that knowledge on the job. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s not feasible. But all is not lost – social media can help! This article explains how social media can be an effective outlet for reinforcing learning, possibly even broadening and/or deepening one’s understanding of a subject.

Contributing to online discussion forums is not only an effective way to reinforce your learning, but it can also help you get noticed by colleagues and potential clients.

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I just posted an article called Is eLearning As Credible As Classroom Training? to the Integrated Learnings: eLearning blog. Click here to access the article directly.

Inspiration from a Discussion Board

I’ve started getting into LinkedIn discussions. Discussion boards can be hit or miss, but I think I’ve managed to find a few groups that get some good discussions going. A discussion about the credibility of eLearning was the inspiration for my latest contribution to the Integrated Learnings: eLearning blog.

It’s fascinating to see the spectrum of perspectives in the field. On this topic, attitudes seem to range from “eLearning can accomplish anything” to “eLearning alone really can’t give learners what they need.” Personally, I tend to be about 3/4 of the way through the continuum toward the first position…which is the perspective I supported in the article.

“accomplish anything”——-ME—————————–”can’t give learners what they need”


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