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Archive for January, 2012

Webinar on “How to become a Rapid E-Learning Pro” By Tom Khulmann

Tom Khulmann is an International Speaker and the author of the Rapid E-Learning Blog, which has over 85,000 subscribers each week.He shares practical tips and tricks to help people learn more about elearning. He also manages the Articulate user community. He holds a Master’s in Education Technology from Pepperdine and is very passionate about learning and technology.

Here is a chance to learn about e-Learning and related technology from an International Expert.

Webinar Detail

Title : How to Become a Rapid E-Learning Pro
Date : 8th February, 2012 
Venue : Online (WizIQ) 
Time : 10.00 AM (Time zones) 
Venue : Online (WizIQ)


Webinar Theme: Many teachers, educators and academicians are developing their online course with limited budget and resources. Tom Kuhlmann as he shares some practical tips on getting the most out of the resources you have to build engaging and interactive elearning content.

Thanks to IMU, Malaysia for arranging such webinar.

Note: The online Webinar URL will be sent to you by E-mail 30 minutes before the Webinar begins.


The Most Updated and Popular Educational eLearning Blogs

Here you will find a list of most updated and popular blogs on eLearning related to education. These blogs keeps you update about new trends & technology in teaching and learning, explore you with cool resources and software.

By clicking on each of the following link, you will be able to:

  • Keep yourself up-to- date with the new software, technologies, and trends relative to corporate e-learning and e-learning in general.
  • Find answers to difficulties you may have regarding the implementation of corporate e-learning.
  • Learn from the experts!
  • Get new ideas and tips!

So subscribe to these blogs and strengthen your PLE

 Multimedia Learning by David Anderson
The blog focuses on e-Learning design and development. You should definitely visit the Multimedia Learning blog.

aLearning Blog by Ellen Behrens
The alearning Blog is the brainchild of Ellen Behrens, who has been working in online education for seven years, association learning for more than a couple, and adult learning for more than twenty years. After working for a Web company that developed learning management systems and created custom elearning for corporate clients, Ellen escaped to the non-profit world where she led her trade association into online learning. Under her guidance, the association was able to offer its first asynchronous Web-delivered course, and its first synchronous Webinar.

Tagoras Blog (Tagoblog) by Jeff Cobb & Celisa Steele
The blog focuses on an ongoing stream of resources related to learning strategy, marketing, and technology.

Pinched Head Blog by Rick Maranta & Nancy Woinoski
In this blog, you will find short articles and tutorials that will help you understand a little more about the world of eLearning.

Rapid e-Learning Blog by Tom Kuhlmann
The Rapid E-Learning Blog shares practical tips and tricks to help you become a rapid e-learning pro.

eLearning Pulse is an independent online community focused on serving learning and technology professionals, from instructional designers to software developers to project managers. This site provides free resources to the eLearning development community, including news, job postings, and more.

Jane’s Pick of the Day by Jane Hart
In this blog Jane features items of her interest such as learning and/or working.

The eLearning Coach by Connie Malamed
The eLearning Coach covers actionable strategies, practical content, personal reviews and resources to help instructional designers and e-Learning professionals to design, develop and understand online learning. Also, Connie is member of the Instructional Designers & E-Learning professionals’ group on LinkedIn.

Learning Ecosystems by Daniel S. Christian
The Learning Ecosystem covers e-learning as well as other topics from the K-12, higher education, and corporate training and development spaces.

Breakthrough eLearning by Rick Nigol
Rick focuses on how to break through some of the barriers that prevent the achievement of excellence in e-Learning.

Learning Circuits Blog
The LC Blog is a community feature that Learning Circuits launched in 2002. The main feature of the LC Blog is its Question of the Month, which hones in on a priority topic facing learning professionals. Anyone–and everyone–can contribute to the LC Blog.

e-Learning Post by Maish R Nichani
The goal of this blog is to explore news, views and stories around corporate learning, community building, instructional design, knowledge management and more.

I Came, I Saw, I Learned by Kevin Siegel
The content focuses on eLearning, mLearning, social media, and how-to articles for Captivate, Camtasia, FrameMaker, Acrobat, RoboHelp and PowerPoint.

E-Learning Queen by Susan Smith Nash
E-Learning Queen focuses on distance training and education, from instructional design to e-learning and mobile solutions, and pays attention to psychological, social, and cultural factors. The edublog emphasizes real-world e-learning issues and appropriate uses of emerging technologies.

Stephen’s Web  by Stephen Downes
Founded in 1995, Stephen’s Web is best described as a digital research laboratory for innovation in the use of online media in education. More than just a site about online learning, it is intended to demonstrate new directions in the field for practitioners and enthusiasts.

Mobilemind by Tom King
Mobilemind focuses on mobile computing and e-Learning.

Online Learning Update by Ray Schroeder
The Online Learning Update blog has been published daily since early in 2001.  It is intended to provide a scholarly chronicle of the development of the technology, pedagogy and practice of online learning at all levels of education.

e-Learning Curve by Michael Hanley
Michael Hanley’s blog covers topics such as e-learning, web-based e-learning, technology in education, e-learning tools, learning 2.0 (blogs and podcasts), & continuous professional development.

MinuteBio by Jeffery Goldman
This blog is to share opinions, tips, and resources on e-learning, m-learning, and the tools used to design and develop high quality courses.

e-Learning Acupuncture by Eric A. Tremblay
The blog focus on experiences and random thoughts about e-Learning, distance education and Educational Technology.

Education Technology Related Conference from January-2012 to December-2013

Book Review on ‘The FOURTH PARADIM’

Book Review on ‘The FOURTH PARADIGM’


Mazhar K. Laliwala

Assistant Professor in Physics

Gujarat Arts & Science College, Ahmedabad.



                                 EditEd by Tony Hey,   STewarT TanSl ey,  and KriSTin Tol l e

Publisher: Microsoft Research





The Fourth Paradigm is a continued conversation around data-intensive science, building upon an initial set of essays published in 2009, freely available for download at The book ‘The FOURTH PARADIGM’ build on the vision of Jim Gray(Jim Gray was a researcher and manager of Microsoft Research’s eScience Group), a Turing Award-winning computer scientist lost at sea in 2007, for data-driven scientific discovery and how it can be realized. The original compilation featured over 70 contributors, with 26 invited essays grouped under four topics: Earth and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Scientific Infrastructure, and Scholarly Communication. ‘The  Fourth Paradigm’, a  remarkable publication from Microsoft Research, is about discovery based on data-intensive science  – a new kind of scientific exploration.

                      ‘Hundreds of projects in fields ranging from genomics to computational linguistics to astron­omy demonstrate a major shift in the scale at which scientific data are taken, and in how they are processed, shared and commu­nicated to the world. Most significantly, there is a shift in how researchers find meaning in data, with sophisticated algorithms and statistical techniques becom­ing part of the standard scientific toolkit. The Fourth Paradigm is about this shift, how scientists are dealing with it, and some of the consequences. Its 30 chap­ters, written by some 70 authors, cover a wide range of aspects of data-intensive science.

                      ”The book is in four parts. The first two parts are a panorama of the new ways in which data are obtained, through new instru­ments and large-scale sensor net­works. The fields covered range from cosmology to the environ­ment and from healthcare to biology. Most of the chapters in these sections follow a common pattern. Each introduces a complex system of scientific inter­est — the human brain, the worlds oceans, the global health system and so on — before sup­plying an explanation of how we are building an instrument or a network of sensors to map out that system comprehensively and, in some cases, to track its real-time behavior.

                      We learn in one chapter, for example about workflow and the impact of workflow tools on Data-centric research. We also come across general purpose open source workflow system include Taverna,Kepler,Pegasus and Triana for scientific application. In another chapter, I learn about new term ‘eScience’ where “IT meets scientists.”                    

                      The book is also about the next step in libraries: digital data libraries. It concerns the whole range of issues to do with curating, preserving and making accessible, now and in the future, scientific data.

                   I believe that we will soon see a time when data will live forever as archival media—just like paper-based storage— and be publicly accessible in the “cloud” to humans and machines. Only recently have we dared to consider such permanence for data, in the same way we think of  “stuff” held in our national libraries and museums! Such permanence still seems far-fetched until you realize that capturing data provenance, including individual researchers’ records and sometimes everything about the researchers themselves, is what libraries insist on and have always tried to do. The “cloud” of magnetic polarizations encoding data and documents in the digital library will become the modern equivalent of the miles of library shelves holding paper and embedded ink particles.

                        What is envisaged here is an interlinked network of the world’s scientific knowledge in one big database.


Indian science and higher education fallen behind gobal standards?

Live debate telecast by CNN-IBN on 9th-January,2012.


Are we ready for Teaching & Learning on Facebook??? daily updated Facebook Statistics  shows India as third top most Facebook user country in the world. This statistics is obtained from over 200 different countries. also gives Users & Demography for the India, surprisingly FB user rate increasingly gradually. The total number of FB users in India is reaching 41402420 and grew by more than 11926680 in the last 6 months. User age distribution on Facebook in India shows that largest age group(49%) is currently 18 – 24 with total of 19 873 162 users, followed by the users in the age of 25 – 34.There are 73% male users and 27% female users in India, as given by  Male/Female User Ratio on Facebook in India.

This situation is before AAKASH, the cheapest tablet of the world. Last week 14 lakh AAKASH tablet is ordered online.

(Sandesh, 4th-January,2012)


Students are eagerly waiing for AAKASH and after AAKASH there will be definitely  sudden increase of FB user in India. Moreover Horizon Report-2011 and top technology in Education included Mobile in 2012. So are we ready for Mobile & Social Media Teaching & Learning?

Lets see how one can use facebook in Teaching & Learning

Six Emerging Technologies in Education