Author: Dr. Gil Dekel

Smart & Simple Tips For Your Academic Success

By Gil Dekel There is something that we all seem to be struggling with… Something that controls us; and yet we always want more of it… What do you think it is? Time, of course… Managing your time will help you organise your day and help with your academic studies. But, how exactly can we manage time well?  How to master it, and plan ahead? Here is a short video I prepared with some tips:     Do you know someone in your class who always misses the deadlines, and is always the last to know what’s going on?...

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How to increase your website traffic by 55%

by Dr. Gil Dekel. Following a complete re-think and re-design of web pages, we have achieved: 55% more traffic 53% more entrances (meaning this is more often the landing page) a better bounce rate a better exit rate.     To make sense of these figures we compared them with stats of another page on the website. The other page was not re-designed at all. That page did not see any increase in traffic for the same period.   How the increase was achieved?  LibGuides is an online platform used to manage files and create websites for libraries. The...

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Kanban

by Gil Dekel. Since the brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster than text, Kanban Method uses a visual system to improve communication in organisations. Using sticky notes on a whiteboard helps to create a ‘picture’ of your work. Kanban (Japanese for ‘visual signal’ or ‘card’) was developed by Toyota to help define, manage and improve services through the use of whiteboards. The boards act like mirrors, in that they ‘reflect’ the organisation’s current flow of work. Kanban helps employees know how their work works. The method facilitates a design management and enterprise alignment, to minimise delays.   Simplified...

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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. A Call to Action (CTA) is a line of text, a phrase, or an image that evokes a response from a user. How to develop and 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...

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Glossary of eLearning terms

By FAO (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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