I’m always a little amused and puzzled when an education paradigm with a catchy name and a reasonable underpinning of support begins to gain momentum. As an academic I’m generally very skeptical. But I have to admit that the 21st centuries skills movement is one that I am more than a little impressed with. The pleasant and substantial suprise for me in 21st century skills is that it seeks to find a compromise between didactic (traditional lectures & slides) instruction and experiential (projects, problem based, etc.) instruction.
As I researched I found some solid videos, and this one was my favorite. (Apologies in advance to my international readers, the end of the video takes an overtly nationalistic tone, but i think the quality of content overall is extremely useful.)
If you are interested in 21st Century Skills and specifically how Adobe’s eLearning Suite can contribute to the development of these skills in learners of all ages, I’d encourage you to attend the eSeminars I’m giving tomorrow, Wednesday Dec. 16. Details are below;
BASIC: Meeting Educational Objectives with 21st Century E-Learning Development & Management Tools
In their 2008 eLearning Guild 360 Report on eLearning Authoring Tools and Software, the authors quite sensibly divided eLearning tools into four categories; Rapid eLearning Authoring Tools, Simulation Tools, Deployment Tools & Media Editors. It’s actually an incredibly helpful segregation and does a lot to help put the field of eLearning today into perspective.
eLearning is a field in need of considerable investigation. It is a challenge that is faced by all educators, trainers and knowledge workers as we slip ever more rapidly into a digitally enhanced world.
My hope for this blog is that we can form a community bound by a common interest in using the Internet and digital technology to teach people. Many hands make light work, and it is my
Allen Partridge, Ph.D. – Product Evangelist, Adobe Systems.
Dr. Allen Partridge is the Product Evangelist for Adobe eLearning Suite, Captivate, & Shockwave and teaches doctoral courses in eLearning. In addition he is the Director of the Applied Media and Simulation Games Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. With more than 20 years experience in higher education, Partridge has written several articles on eLearning and both educational and commercial simulations / games. His books, Real-Time Interactive 3D Games & Creating Casual Games for Profit and Fun leverage his expertise at writing and developing interactive training resources for a wide variety of content.
Adobe will be hosting a series of eLearning eSeminars beginning next week, for both beginners and more advanced users of Captivate and the eLearning Suite. These sessions will generally be held every two weeks (on alternating Wednesdays, skipping the winter shutdown at the end of December) and will aim to provide basic information about