As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. The links in this post include resources from two online events I attended in December: IDEAL (The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility for Learning Conference) and the Learning Guild’s online conference on Video and Visuals for Learning. This post includes links on inclusive and accessible learning, free images, font pairing, scenarios, and tools to improve organization and productivity.
Inclusive and accessible learning
Interested in making learning inclusive for everyone? Sign the Inclusive Learning Pledge. Worried you have to be perfect and 100% accessible and diverse in everything you create to sign it? See principle 9: “We won’t let pursuit of perfection get in the way of progress.”
All recordings from the IDEAL 2022 conference by the TLDC. Hear Bela Gaytan, Kayleen Holt, Bridget Brown, Devin Torres and others speak about inclusive learning. This was a free conference, and the recordings are available even if you didn’t attend live.
Thorough guide on using captions and sign language interpreters in Zoom. If you are moving beyond automatic captions to provide additional accessibility options in meetings and training with Zoom, read this article to find out what’s possible and what pitfalls to watch for.
Free images and icons
Freepik’s images require attribution, but this is a popular site for finding free images. A paid subscription removes the need for attribution. This site has a collection of illustrated character creation sets, where you can assemble a character with expressions and poses.
Free stock photos, no attribution required
Over 2000 free icons available in multiple formats, including webfont and SVG. You can adjust the size, color, and stroke thickness before downloading. These are under an MIT open source license.
Alan Levine explains the challenges with searching for Creative Commons licensed images via Google Image search. You have to really dig to be certain the images are licensed correctly.
Fontpair – Free, beautiful fonts and font pairings curated just for you Looking for fonts for an elearning project? This site has free fonts to download and suggestions for pairing.
A guide to font pairing with examples for different industries and purposes
Scenarios and Twine
Information to Miniscenarios – Learnlets Clark Quinn digs into the process of mapping information from SMEs into miniscenarios for assessment. This is about what information you need to get from SMEs (context, decisions, misconceptions, consequences, models for good performance). Those aspects of the information are then maps to parts of the miniscenario (e.g., misconceptions become wrong answers).
So, first, let’s talk about the structure of a mini-scenario. I’ve suggested that it’s an initial context or story, in which a situation precipitates the need for a decision. There’s the right one, and then alternatives. Not random or silly ones, but ones that represent ways in which learners reliably go wrong. There’s also feedback, which is best as story-based consequences first, then actual conceptual feedback.Clark Quinn
Miniscenarios aren’t necessarily the best practice, but they’re typically available in your authoring environment. Writing them isn’t necessarily as easy as generating typical recognition questions, but they more closely mimic the actual task, and therefore lead to better transfer.Clark Quinn
A tutorial on the basics of Twine. This uses CSS rather than enchant macros for formatting (which is probably a better strategy in the long run, especially for larger games, but a little harder for people to learn initially if they don’t already know CSS). The course is built in Rise with an overview of the features.
Tools to get organized and improve productivity
A paid to-do list app designed to mimic the look of a paper list and calendar. You can set up other lists for “someday projects” or other categories. I’m not planning on switching from Remember the Milk, but this app might work well for some people.
If you work independently, now is a good time to think about planning for the new year. I suspect most people in our field can’t really make projections a whole year in advance as this free spreadsheet template shows. However, projecting even a few months in advance helps you see where you’re already booked solid and where you have gaps to fill.
A free site for sharing screenshots without needing separate software. This is great for sharing on sites where you can’t upload an image and need to share a link to an image instead. Just grab a screenshot and paste it in this website to generate a link to the image.