Articles by Emily Berry

Surveying the state of the LMS

When you think of the mother of all Learning Management Systems, 24 cardboard boxes tucked away at a Minnesota library probably doesn't come to mind. Yet that is the home of PLATO, the first computer-based learning system and online community. Many LMSs today are born out of the same basic concepts that Donald Bitzer developed for PLATO in 1960.

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Is too much choice bad for your learners?

Two days ago, I attended 'The Psychology of Design' - a great workshop run by UX Consultant Joe Leech.  Whilst the focus was on designing commercial websites with psychological principles in mind, there are many takeaways for us in the digital learning space. One of these concerns the notion of choice. And jam; lots of jam. How jamming in too …

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The MoSCoW technique

So much to do but not enough time (or money)? This is a common predicament for many of us. Say you buy a house that needs renovating from top to bottom. Would you channel Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and redesign every room overnight, filling it with designer furniture and replacing all the wallpaper? It’s more likely that you’d identify the priority …

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The Evolution of Journalism Part 3.1

The right tool for the job In my last blog  I shared feature writer Jon Henley’s tips for writing good feature stories and suggested how we could apply them to digital learning content. One tip he shared during his Guardian Masterclass on digital storytelling was to identify the right type of media to tell different parts of the story. I felt …

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The Evolution of Journalism Part 3

Digital storytelling: what makes a good story and how do you write one? Fire! Fire!* *Made you look. But fire does play a part here, as you’ll see. In two previous blogs I’ve shared my reflections following a Guardian Masterclass with senior feature writer Jon Henley. I’ve drawn parallels between the evolution of journalism with learning …

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The Evolution of Journalism Part 2

Open, frequent and real - taking lessons from The Guardian In my last blog I talked about my recent attendance at a Guardian Masterclass with senior feature writer Jon Henley. I shared the parallels I’d drawn between the evolution of journalism and elearning and how we might learn from the way journalists are responding to the opportunities posed …

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