January 2014

TOPIC: New Learning Tools

Date: Monday, January 13, 2014

Time: 6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking

6:30 – 8:00 pm: Meeting


It has been a common practice for organizations to leverage technologies to enhance four essential workplace learning skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity (also known as 4 Cs). The 4 Cs are especially crucial in the information age in which learning are mediated through various forms of informal learning, including web-based instruction, video-conferencing, personalized learning environments, MOOCS, mobile learning, immersive learning, and other media. This presentation will introduce digital learning tools to enhance the 4 Cs in the workplace. Specific tools and examples include mobile learning tools such as Symbaloo, CoggleIt, Padlet, MindUp, PearlTrees, Polleverywhere, Google Hangout, Wikibrains, VoiceThread, HaikuDeck, Explain Everything, Skitch, Evernote, Edmodo, Google Drive, and many more emerging tools. Furthermore, examples for formal learning using Articulate Storyline will be showcased. Participants are welcome to bring a mobile device or laptop to join the activities.


C. Candace Chou is an associate professor of Learning Technology at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. She has been designing and implementing online and blended learning for more than a decade. She is the academic coordinator for the E-Learning Graduate Certificate, K-12 Learning Technology Certificate, and Master of Arts in Technology for Learning, Development, and Change programs. She teaches courses on Adult Learning, Instructional Design for E-Learning, Online Teaching and Evaluation, Introduction to Technology Tools and Effective Learning, and Web-based Curriculum Design. Her main research interests include design of distance learning environments, strategies of blended learning, pedagogy of immersive learning and emerging technologies, and online interactions. She has more than 30 publications in journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings. She is a regular speaker at local, national and international conferences.

Linda Lysdahl is the eLearning Developer at Securian Financial Group in St. Paul, MN, where she is passionate about developing online learning that creates results. From Analysis to Evaluation, Linda manages each step in the Instructional Design process and uses her artistic style and interest in innovation to create online learning that associates actually enjoy. Linda received her MA in Technology for Learning, Development and Change from the University of St. Thomas in 2013. She enjoys solving online learning challenges and creates eye-catching graphics in her free time. Learn more about Linda and her work at http://lindalysdahl.com/.

Material From the Presentation

Link to the presentation: http://goo.gl/895DZk