How to design student friendly Learning maps? – Here is your Guide and a Gift

The end of the year is time when we look back and review everything we’ve done.

Thus also for Edynco, year 2014 was a year, dedicated to raise awareness about Learning maps. Through our blog posts, we’ve tried to explain what are Learning maps, how to use and create them and why to use them.

Since numerous blog posts  were written covering different areas, we’ve decided to gather all essential information in Guide, in order to make a Learning map creation process a little easier for you. At the bottom of this page, you can download the Guide which will help you to keep your Learning map design simple and effective.  

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How did I create an online course with Learning maps?

In this blog post I will share my experience on building online course with Learning maps. The tool I used for creating Learning maps was Edynco. I´ll describe the steps I took in designing a course on business communication for high school students.

My goal was to teach the students the basic principles of communication in private and business environment. I gathered all the materials on Business communication and selected the appropriate ones. I created an outline of my course in a form of a mind map, where I divided my course into five independent lessons. Each lesson I divided into topics, which had single learning objective. In each topic I planned different activities for students and evaluation with tests or tasks.

An outline of my e-course

An outline of my e-course

 

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Learning through smart phones – How to design?

We came into an era where mobile phones are not just for calling. They are much more. They’ve become an indispensable tool. A tool that we can’t live without – like eyeglasses for those with vision problems.

According to PewResearch, 90% of Americans use cell phones where 58% of them are smart phone users . They use mobile phones for text/SMS messaging (81%), accessing internet (60%), email (52%), apps (50%), location services (49%), music (48%). According to projection  the number of smart phone users will continue to grow (around  34% till 2018).

What about learning through smart phones?  Because of HTML5 technology and enhanced smart phones, learning through smart phones is in rise, but it still does not predominate. We usually enter the e-learning content through different devices; sometimes through desktop device, the other time through tablet or smart phone.

What does this mean? Do we have to design different versions for different devices or could we design once and deliver to multiple devices? Designing of one single version requires from us, that we have in mind specific features of mobile devices, especially smart phones.  

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