The Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies in UK offers several free information service about e-learning trends, technologies, and tools on its Web site. One of the valuable online resources is the E-Learning Handbook written by Jan Hart, Head of the Centre. According to Jane, the Handbook is written for those who want to create and deliver e-learning and performance solutions themselves quickly, easily and cost-effectively. The E-Learning Handbook has six parts and each part contains a number of topics. Also, each topic provides links to examples, resources, and reading lists. The six major parts of the Handbook are:
- The trends
- Managing your own learning
- Creating informational and performance support materials
- Creating and delivering presentations
- Creating formal learning solutions
- Connecting people
I enjoy reading the E-Learning Handbook and think it is a great reference for e-learning professionals. Also, it provides excellent reading materials for students who wants to learn about e-learning. Thanks to Jane, the handbook is free and available online. I am sure my students will benefit from the E-Learning Handbook.
In addition to the E-Learning Handbook, the Centre also comes up an interesting list, Top 100 Tools for Learning 2007. The list was based on a survey conducted in July and August of 2007. The learning professionals (consultants, analysts, developers, practitioners, academics, etc.) were asked to list their top 10 favorite tools for learning or for creating and delivering learning for others. After reading the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2007, I am not surprised at all with the results and I agree with most of the selection since I have used or tried out most of these tools in creating or delivering learning. If you have not read the list and wonder what are the top 100 tools for learning, you can read the list online and make your own judgment.