Monday, July 1, 2013

E-learning 101: It's not as tough as it looks by Dr. Liz Hardy

From Amazon:
E-learning 101 is the friendliest online learning guide on the planet!

Unlike other online study guides, E-learning 101 makes solving e-learning problems fun. Smiling dogs appear on most pages, helping the online learner to smile, relax, and engage with simple and accessible e-learning strategies.
The book presents 6 short lessons. Each lesson defines a common e-learning problem, and then walks readers through a series of steps to solve it. Interactive worksheets are included with every lesson, empowering readers to fix their e-learning problems right then and there

This was a quick read, but it was interesting and can be a help to anyone thinking about taking online courses. It goes over the very basic stuff so you don't get bogged down with a lot of technical issues.  It is more about how to fit it into your life, some of the issues you may run into, and how to deal with those issues.  Hardy does say that you don't have to read straight through, that you can skip to the chapters you need(I did read it straight through).

Oh and let me tell you that this book doesn't just go for E-learning but for other areas of your life!  Need to find time to get stuff done?  Time management is covered!  Have deadlines?  There are helpful hints there too!  Procrastinate much?  Guess what that is covered too! So you could read it and just apply those tips to the areas that you need!(I know I plan on doing just that!)

Also as a how to/educational book it is quite different from others that I have read, such as manuals for my full time job.  Hardy adds a bit of humor and cute pictures here and there to keep your attention.  These are great for little "mental breaks" or even to keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

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