As part of my follow up to the 2008 Association Sector E-learning Survey, I’ve been interviewing representatives from a wide range of associations. One of the questions I ask is where they find guidance, support, and ideas for their e-learning efforts. A number have referenced the eLlearning Guild, which I belong to and agree is a great resource, but beyond that many have not known where best to look. That got me thinking that I should highlight a few of the resources I find helpful. So, here’s a short list of some favorites.
General E-learning News and Insights
Siemens and Downes deliver what I consider to be the one-two punch of great current thinking about not just e-learning but learning in general. While both come from more of an academic background, their perspectives are rarely limited to the academic world, and Downes in particular is perhaps the curator par excellence of learning resources across the Web. If you pick only a couple of resources, these two would be hard to beat.
What Tom Kuhlman has managed to do for Articulate with his Rapid E-learning Blog would make just about any CEO salivate. Every day he brings thousands of visitors to the company’s Web site, and deservedly so – he offers great, simple, effective tips on how to create e-learning. And the vast majority of them are applicable regardless of whether you use Articulate products. Similarly, Cathy Moore serves up idea after innovative idea on how you can design e-learning that is not just run-of-the-mill page-turning stuff.
When it comes to keeping up with the latest in e-learning tools, Jane Hart pretty much has the market cornered. She posts a new pick daily, maintains a Top 100 Tools list, and polls industry experts annually for their favorite tools. (Be sure to check out yours truly’s list.)
Couldn’t sign off without something association specific, right? Ellen Behrens over at aLearning is fighting the good fight on that front, giving great advice, debunking myths, and arguing for the respect that association e-learning deserves. Best of all, Ellen actually runs a successful association e-learning program. It’s time you paid her a visit if you haven’t already.
Well, there are many, many others that deserve mention here, but I’m trying to keep the list short and focused. If you have favorites, please comment and share them with other readers.
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