Author: Dr. Gil Dekel

This Is Why It’s Still Cool To Go To The Library

Gil Dekel. …or should I say it’s cool ‘again’?… If you are a regular visitor, you probably never thought about it, but if you are a bit reluctant to spend time in the library more than the absolutely necessary, you might change your mind now. “9 facts about Southampton University Library”, says the title of the video (see below). Okay, a library can offer, let’s see… books, and… books, and… some catalogues to search for books, probably WiFi, nice staff and possibly air conditioning. But there’s so much more to a library than that. Especially University of Southampton Library!...

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E-Learning development: initial ‎considerations

By FAQ. Here are some considerations when developing e-learning courses. A training program may aim at developing different types of skills: cognitive skills, which can involve knowledge and comprehension (e.g. understanding scientific concepts), following instructions (procedural skills), as well as applying methods in new situations to solve problems (thinking or mental skills); interpersonal skills (e.g. skills involved in active listening, presenting, negotiating, etc.); as well as psychomotor skills, involving the acquisition of physical perceptions and movements (e.g. making sports or driving a car). Most e-learning courses are developed to build cognitive skills. Within the cognitive domain, thinking skills may...

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How To Spot Fake News (free infographic)

By IFLA (edited by Gil Dekel). Critical thinking is a key skill in media and information literacy. Discussions about fake news has led to a new focus on media literacy. With Oxford Dictionaries announcement that post-truth is Word of the Year 2016, it seems that there is a need to educate and advocate for critical thinking – a crucial skill when navigating the information society. The following infographic has eight simple steps (based on FactCheck.org’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News) to discover the verifiability of a given news-piece. You can download, print, translate, and share (do credit IFLA, and...

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Critical Thinking Path

By Gil Dekel The journey of Critical Thinking starts with simple data, and evolves until a person holds startegies and attitudes towards content.   Date – raw, isolated facts. Information – organised facts, with simple rules and processes. Knowledge – concepts and tactics. Strategy – attitudes.   This diagram is based on: Horton, William. (2008) ‘Knowledge Management’. in Carliner, Saul.,  and Shank, Patti. (Eds.) The E-Learning Handbook. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons. Page 84.   Gil Dekel. 24 Feb...

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‘Define/Align’ method for writing Call to Action (CTA)

By Gil Dekel. How to write a call to action? I had the the idea of a ‘DEFINE/ALIGN’ method, which I think will be useful to you. You will need to follow 2 steps in the process: Define the benefits, so you are specific about what is useful for the learners Align the benefits with a response, so users take action Let us suppose you want users to click a link on your Articulate Storyline tutorial. The link will take users to a specific website (the target website). First, start with DEFINING the specific benefit of the target website....

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Glossary of eLearning terms

By FAQ (with some amends by Gil Dekel). Terms marked with asterisk [*] are taken from the American Society for Training & Development. A ADDIE model*: Classic model of an instructional system design process that includes the steps: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation from which the acronym is taken. Add-on (LMS extension): Software components that add specific capabilities to a larger software application. Animation*: The rapid sequential presentation of slightly differing graphics to create the illusion of motion. Animation can have greater purpose in illustrating a process than a static visual, but it requires more information to be...

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10 Design Principles

 By UK Government Digital Service. Edited by Gil Dekel. Here are 10 steps (tips) for designing online content: Start with user needs Do less Design with data Do the hard work to make it simple Iterate. Then iterate again. This is for everyone Understand context Build digital services, not websites Be consistent, not uniform Make things open: it makes things better   1. Start with user needs Service design starts with identifying user needs. If you don’t know what the user needs are, you won’t build the right thing. Do research, analyse data, talk to users. Don’t make assumptions....

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Assessment & Feedback Design: Free Theme Cards PDF

By Ulster Viewpoints Project / JISC (with minor amends by Gil Dekel.) These cards (Download Print ready PDF and original Adobe Illustrator files) will help you re-design your assessment and feedback practice to help learners develop the ability to self-regulate their own learning and therefore improve the quality of their learning experience. The cards cover advice on empowering and engaging learners, and providing opportunities for feedback dialogue (peer and/or teacher-learner). Clarify good performance Encourage time and effort on task Deliver high quality feedback Provide opportunities to act on feedback Encourage interaction and dialogue Develop self-assessment and reflection Give assessment...

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Dr. Dekel Colour Shift illustration

By Gil Dekel, PhD. While we refer to colours with specific names (such as: red, green or blue) in truth colours do not seem to have specific ‘identity’. They are not ‘separate’ from each other, and do not exist in ‘isolation’. Rather they affect each other and depend on each other [1]. Colours can even change their perceived hue when other colours (and shapes) sit next to them. For example, the two light-blue colours in the illustration below are exactly the same. Their RGB value is exactly the same (R118, G154, B204). But if you compare them, you will...

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E-learning methodologies: guide for designing and developing e-learning courses

How to design, develop, deliver, assess, and evaluate courses? This PDF guide provides detailed guidance on designing and developing an e-learning course, and basic concepts and information on the processes and resources involved. Part I: Introduction Introduction to e-learning characteristics, benefits, activities and resources needed to develop an e-learning project. It mainly addresses training and capacity-development managers and those who are interested in starting an e-learning project or integrating e-learning components in their organization’s training programmes. Part II: Designing an e-learning course Guidance on how to design an e-learning course (from the needs, target and task/topic analysis to the...

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