Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

I was just asked about trends in open source for eLearning and particularly open source eLearning tools. Probably one of the better sources on this is Jane Hart’s Instructional Tools Directory. In addition, she indicates if they are free or cost money – which is not quite the same thing as open source. Beyond that, probably the best thing to do is to use eLearning Learning to go through it’s open source eLearning and open source eLearning Tools.

Web 2.0 Applications in Learning

Tony Karrer

There were about 7 examples mentioned including Intuit using a Wiki-like system for customers to ask questions/get advice around taxes, using a group blog with students prior to a formal learning event, the US Army's use of collaboration tools to share best practices in Iraq, and several others. Question 1 - What are the most likely ways / places your organization might or does use Blogs, Wikis, Social Bookmarking, Social Networking or Collaboration Tools? Open up editing slowly.

Learning Styles and Visualization

Mark Oehlert

Ive been tinkering with Many Eyes over the last couple of weeks as a way of exploring potential visual navigation tools/interfaces for Open University courses and qualifications, and OpenLearn OERs/course units: [link] and search for "many eyes". It would be great if there were a tool out there that combined a wiki with a mindmap. in a structured wiki (one that supports parent and child topics), then have a mind map serve as the navigation. Open Source. Wikis.

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