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I am an avid non-fiction reader, but lately I’ve found that I’ve simply got no time to sit down and relax with a good book.
This is something that I’ve come to regret, as I’ve always found that reading soothes my mind and forces my brain to simply relax and escape for a while.
When visiting the local library, a couple of months ago I was blown away by just how much choice there was in the audio literature section. This section of the library has grown so very much in the last year or so that I was surprised I didn’t see it beforehand. When going into this area to investigate, I found quite a lot of audio books that were both fiction and non-fiction.
Taking them home and listening to them whilst I was traveling in my car, seemed to be the best method for me to gain that moment of peace and switch off and relax still. I don’t know why I didn’t try audio books out ages ago!
Some of my favorite audio books are listed on this site, each one captured me from the beginning, and when I reached my destination in the car, I didn’t want to turn the car off, as I was fixated by what was happening at that time.
I could pick up right where I left off though next time I turned my car on and was on the returning trip.
Funny enough, even the people that read the stories to you sound as though they enjoy the book as much as I do listening to them.
My genre of choice is thriller/mystery or romantic thrillers. These genres’ have a way of keeping the listener captivated don’t you think? When you have a moment in the book that you think it could be someone, and then it turns out to be someone completely different is often exciting to hear.
I would recommend audio books to everyone to experience. They aren’t just for the visually challenged as I’ve just written, and you will not regret having listened to a good book from an author that is world renown.
These authors’ have shear talent for enthralling expression in my opinion. I hope they continue writing so that we can all be entertained in the future.
Author: Ammie Harm www.affiliatemasteryprogram.com
Now I want to talk about eLearning. As you maybe aware during the last decade there has been an upward surge in learning via audio. for many, who travel by car everyday to work, this is a perfect opportunity to pop in a USB stick or a CD.
If you catch public transport, pop in your headphones and you have a good hour to listen and learn.
So, what trends should you be aware of for eLearning in 2018?
The way we work, live, and learn is changing just as quickly as the world around us.
The continuous change in the business strategies and dynamics has kept us on our toes, and in order to flourish in this era of technological advancement, we must keep a keen eye on the trends and developments for the near future.
One of the most important areas to keep pace with is the Learning and Development industry, where the rapid pace of technology transformation has given way to highly effective and innovative methods of Learning and Development.
Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts. This is a fancy way of effective learning which allows individuals to think outside the box and, in the process, helps to replicate the learnings in the real world.
Games can be used to explain difficult concepts or test a learner’s knowledge in a fun way. They can be adapted for different skill levels and is one of the most important tools in eLearning.
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have been on the digital learning trends in recent months, and organizations have really started getting to grips with the potential of this technology.
With the help of VR and AR instead of watching a video-based simulation, we could put our learners inside a realistic environment in which they can observably demonstrate their mastery of the required skills and behavior.
This offers one of the biggest advantages in eLearning. With the help of a cloud, one can gain access to information anywhere, as per their convenience, and make use of it effectively to gain knowledge.
With the advancements in security and encryption, cloud-based eLearning has been on the rise for some time now. However, with quick uploading and updating of data, and the significant reduction in training expenses, cloud-based eLearning will be the most sought-after option for corporate eLearning in 2018.
Studies reveal that the average attention span of a human brain is 8 seconds. So, microlearning is more than a fad as it refers to micro-perspectives of learning, education, training, and skill development.
It involves short-term, focused strategies specially designed for skill-based understanding/learning/education. With the help of the information in the form of nuggets, we can build a complex web of knowledge for an individual by combining the nuggets over a period of time.
Thus, it helps to ease up the complex learning process for an individual in a very effective manner.
Social learning is a very popular learning trend that is on the rise. It enables learners to give their own opinions or versions of certain content, like a video, and see what everyone else thinks.
This helps learners to explore the grey spaces, rather than the strict black and white, or the right and wrong spaces eLearning often limited itself to in the past.
By 2019, the video will be responsible for 80% of the internet traffic around the world. This opens the door to the integration of the video platforms, social learning, and video learning in the courses using authorized tools, like Elucidat, as a video platform, and drop in clips from YouTube.
With the help of videos, it would provide users a platform to gain visual access to the information that would further integrate their learning process.
Feedback is an important aspect of learning, and in order to improve the learning process, it is imperative that we gain useful feedback from the learners.
With the help of two-way conversations in learning, it is now easier to communicate ideas and inputs with the learners, to provide for effective and seamless learning.
It helps to provide insights on what a person wants to see or needs help with.
Author: Judi Jaques
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