The legendary Disney animator Ruben A. Aquino has created a great video lesson on Taught By A Pro (.com) about “Center of Gravity”.  This is powerful stuff, beginners will learn basics, but even more for intermediate and pros to learn from!  Tons of great drawings to illustrate his points and even new animation by Ruben!  This is a “must-buy” lesson!  http://taughtbyapro.com/course/animation-fundamentals-center-gravity/

La Función de la Educación

“La función de la educación es enseñarnos a pensar intensamente y a pensar críticamente. Inteligencia más carácter. Ésa es la meta de la educación”.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

No nacimos con un chip que contiene todas las habilidades y la información que necesitamos para andar en el mundo. Necesitamos aprender a medida que crecemos. Uno de los sitios fundamentales donde adquirimos este conjunto de conocimientos e instrucción es la escuela, el instituto y la universidad. Es aquí donde conocemos a las personas que nos ayudan o acompañan en el proceso de aprender; proceso que nos relaciona con otros y nos permite integrarnos a la sociedad.

No obstante, la educación debe ir más allá. No estamos diseñados para recibir instrucciones y aceptarlas pasivamente – no somos robots. Nuestro razonamiento y pensamiento nos permite concebir ideas, realizar juicios y reflexionar. Cada persona es un individuo con sus propias opiniones y experiencias. Todos somos originales y distintos a nuestra manera.

Inteligencia más Carácter

¿A qué se refería Martin Luther King en esta gran frase?

Sí, educación significa ir al colegio y recibir información valiosa de personas ejemplares, pero también incluye un viaje de autodescubrimiento. En la escuela desciframos cuáles son nuestros talentos y aprendemos cómo podemos ponerlos en práctica.

Una educación básica nos provee la información y las herramientas para adquirir habilidades y capacidades, pero no es suficiente. Una educación excelente e ideal además nos enseña a desarrollar nuestra propia personalidad y fomentar nuestros talentos. No nos dicta arbitrariamente qué hacer, sino provee las herramientas para que podamos observar, investigar, evaluar, razonar y pensar críticamente. La educación en este sentido representa el proceso para encontrar nuestro lugar en el mundo, mientras definimos qué nos hace diferentes.

El Efecto de la Educación

El conocimiento que recibimos y las habilidades que aprendemos no se quedan con nosotros. La educación también nos alienta a compartir nuestras capacidades con las cuales podemos contribuir a la sociedad.

Se trata de un ciclo:

1) Otros nos enseñan;

2) Absorbemos este conocimiento;

3) Aprendemos;

4) Desarrollamos nuestro carácter;

5) Compartimos nuestro talento;

6) Enseñamos.

Conectar con otros abre las puertas a nuevas posibilidades. Ve a Teachlr, encuentra tu lugar y sé parte del ciclo.

5 Strategies for Delivering Readable eLearning Content

  1. Use Contrast
    The most readable text is simple – it’s black text on a white background. Don’t try to re-invent the wheel. Black on white has worked for centuries as body text, and with good reason.
  2. Break It Up
    Any huge block of text is difficult to read. Simply stated, text is easiest to read when you deliver it in short paragraphs – ideally, no more than four sentences each. You can also toss in a graphic or two to add visual interest, but make sure that it relates to the content.
  3. Use White Space
    If your eLearning design consists of wall-to-wall text, no one is going to want to read. Use margins around your text blocks, and additional spacing between lines so that people know where one paragraph ends and the next begins.
  4. Alignment
    Type that is left-aligned is easier to read than type that is right-aligned. You can use right alignment occasionally, like when you’re wrapping text around photos, but in general, lean to the left. Justified type doesn’t work well on web pages, because the text blocks are usually narrow and justification results in huge gutters of white space.
  5. Use Font Sizes Judiciously
    Your body text should always be in one size, and one size only. Go larger on subheads, and larger still in headers. This alerts the learner to when a new topic or subtopic is being developed. Ideal sizes for effective eLearning courses are 18 point for headers, 14 for subheads, and 11 or 12 for body text.
Korean Study Resources

There are plenty of opportunities to learn Korean. However, not everyone has the luck to attend a language program or find a tandem partner. So, there are many websites helping you to study Korean. I think the best website still is Talk To Me In Korea. They offer a full curriculum of chapters to learn the language and offer a lot of footage regarding culture and more.

Just recently, the Cyber University of Korea opened a free online program called Quick Korean, which I already featured on this blog but never tried it by now.

Further websites are:

The best dictionaries are from Naver like endic.naver.com for English-Korean. However, there is also the 영어학습사전. A dictionary for Hanja also exist and you can just draw it. For the romanisation of Korean, you can use tools like Hong’s Hangeul Conversion Tool or the converter from laotouzi.de. There is also a tool for the Korean alphabet from Indiana University. You can also embed the Hangeul Assistant from the Korean Wiki Project. However, it seems it does not work on tumblr.

Another (expensive) possibility is the famous language program Rosetta Stone. If you want to use a book, I recommend Integrated Korean from the University of Hawaii.

Additionally, you can have a look on the Youtube channels of Jenny and Arirang Culture. Nice apps are the Learn Korean Phrasebook and TOPIK One to prepare for TOPIK.

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

Here’s one of them:

Comparisons. Studies reveal the brain pays more attention to what’s new or different. It’s natural for people to get curious about something new, foreign, weird, unpredictable or different. When eLearning content is surprising or unexpected, ignoring it become impossible. According to Carmine Gallo’s blog “Why TED Talks Are Impossible to Resist”, experts in the subject explained that “Our brains are trained to look for something brilliant and new, something that stands out, something that looks delicious.” To get your learners to pay attention for a long time, you need to keep giving them new things to think about, but obviously you don’t want to stray too far from the topic. Making a comparison, simile, or metaphor helps focus attention. Plus, if you refer to a familiar aspect of the learner’s life, they may find it easier to grasp your point.

To all professors, with love

If you are a professor and undergo the immense apathy of your students quite often, stop complaining about it. The solution could be right at your fingertips. The world has changed and so have the students. However, professors insist on staying in the late Antiquity.Renovation of university faculty is a fundamental condition to build the university that will fit into the educational model described by the Delors Report (UNESCO, 1998).

A renowned Calculus professor with 30 years of experience and abundant academic publications might fail about 70% of his students every term. If that number shocks, you must know, dear reader, that this professor brags about these results, as he firmly believes that his job is being done remarkably well. Clearly, something is not right in this picture.

The average student of this hypothetical professor does not go to class. It is uninteresting to see the professor showing off solving much simpler exercises than the ones they will have to figure out in the next evaluation. Just in YouTube, students have access to hundreds of courses, which can be accessed whenever, wherever and how many times he wants and needs. Why this student does have to go to class? A few years ago, students had to sit down at their desks and listen to the professor. Today it is not necessary. However, professors do not understand this new situation and keep thinking students’ bad performance is due to their inconsistent attendance.

YouTubeiTunes UniversityCoursera, MiriadaxTeachlr are just a few of the many places where students of virtually every area have access to resources that not so long ago, only a professor in a classroom could offer. The dynamic of “attending class” has a different connotation than the one it had 10 or 20 years back. Professors must understand and accept that they are no longer the exclusive source of knowledge – that they are progressively less needed by their students. However, too many professors insist on maintaining the same evaluation methods of more privileged times for them. Assessments continue to be centered on the professor’s actions.

This is the key point to understand why 70% of the students of our hypothetical Calculus professor keep failing the course. As long as we don’t realize that students – who, by the way, do not need the professor’s explanation on functional derivatives – should be the center of education, these will be the outcomes. Since the publication of the Delors Report, the message to academic institutions (universities included) has been to boost an education process that is collaborative, interactive and student-centered – a process that inspires them to learn autonomously for life.

Universities should not be the aim of every high-schooled. Universities must be the platform where our students find the tools to develop their full potential in an open and responsible way. This is impossible to achieve as long as the professor continues to be the star, while the classroom fails to be an interactive space where every student’s potential is propelled and not plummeted. Calculus students that take the subject up to three times in order to pass it, end up hating the possibilities derived from the knowledge the course has to offer. The opportunity to innovate, think critically, work in teams and handle new technologies is simply tossed aside.

If you are a university professor and wish your students to be the stars, let them have the spotlight. The world has changed and so should we all. We need to adjust, take advantage of the new, while saving the valuable legacy tradition has left us – a legacy pivotal in maintaining our identity. The Roman Empire fell, but the Roman Law prevailed.

Don’t be that professor that makes students allergic to class. Become the bridge that allows them to cross from yesterday towards tomorrow, to new better times. Help them enhance their abilities and personal talents. I am on this journey and trust me; you’ll learn what you thought you already knew.


Maria Magdalena Ziegler

Professor of the Universidad Metropolitana (Caracas)



The Science of Attention in eLearning

Attention and the Brain
Attention lies in two areas of the brain:

  • The prefrontal cortex, located behind the forehead and spanning to the left and right sides of the brain, handles willful concentration. Part of the motivational system, it helps a person focus attention on a goal.
  • The parietal cortex, behind the ear, is for sudden events that require action.

Attention is largely a function of the Reticular Activating System (RAS), which includes a number of nerve fibers such as the thalamus, hypothalamus, brain stem, and cerebral cortex. The RAS accounts for shifts in levels of involvement in surroundings.

Watch out: The less engaging the course the more difficult is for students to hold their attention.

Implications for eLearning Professionals
It is important for eLearning developers to remember that they are competing for their learners’ attention and to bear the following in mind:

  • People do not pay attention when information is boring or presented in an uninteresting way.
  • Attention begins to wander after 10 minutes if the brain is not engaged.
  • People are unable to multitask — it is only possible to focus on one thing at a time.
  • The brain pays attention to people better than things.
  • Most people have similar rhythmic patterns

Twisted Goddess | Updo on Natural Hair (by Kyss MyHair)

Ethiopia will host this year’s eLearning Africa which is also the tenth anniversary edition and which will be held under the patronage of the Ethiopian government.

The conference, which is the largest international event in Africa on ICT for education, training and development, will be held in Addis Ababa from May 20th – 22nd, under the patronage of the Ethiopian Government. Speaking of Ethiopia’s decision to host the event, Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Dr Debretsion Gebremichael said, “My government is pleased to host eLearning Africa as this is a conference returning to Ethiopia, where my government joined arms with ICWE in conceiving and launching the first eLearning Africa platform on African soil.”

“ eLearning Africa 2015 will create an opportunity to reflect on the 10 year journey traversed by eLearning Africa since its first conference in Addis Ababa. Furthermore, Ethiopia, as the seat of the African Union, welcomes conferences that bring together African policy makers and experts once more back to their home,” he added.

How to Study: 10 Study Tips to Improve your Learning - ExamTime

Read the original post on the ExamTime blog here.

Memorising textbooks is an outdated form of study. You could spend days on end trying to cram it all in but the results will not be very promising.

Thankfully, there are much more fun and rewarding study techniques that can improve your exam results. Here are some of those study techniques:

10 Study Tips to Improve Your Learning

Study Tip 1: Underlining

Underlining is one of the simplest and best known study tips. It’s easy to highlight the most significant parts of what you’re reading. Ideally you should do a comprehensive read of a text before you even consider underlining anything. Only on the second reading should you proceed to underline the most notable aspects.

The act of underlining something means you are engaging with certain key aspects of the text. There is no need to go crazy and highlight entire blocks of text. You should highlight one key sentence per paragraph and a few important phrases here and there. You can only retain a certain amount so it’s best to retain the most important information.

Study Tip 2: Make Your Own Study Notes

Taking Notes is one of the most widespread study skills out there. Essentially the aim of note-taking is to summarise lectures or articles in your own words so you can easily remember the ideas. In most cases, the key is to be able to summarise the content as quickly as possible while not leaving out any key info.

When creating Notes, you can do it the traditional way with the good ol’ pen and paper or you can utilise online tools, such as ExamTime’s Notes feature.

Study Tip 3: Mind Mapping

A good Mind Map can save you many hours of study and further consolidate your knowledge for your exams. Mind Maps are an extremely versatile tools. They can be used for brainstorming, outlining essays or study topics and for general exam preparation.

ExamTime offers the ability to create Mind Maps quickly and easily which makes them the ideal tool when it comes to exams.


Study Tip 4: Flashcards

Using Flashcards is a particularly effective method of learning when trying to assimilate different facts, dates, formulas or vocabulary. Subjects such as History, Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography or any language are made much easier if you incorporate Flashcards in to your study.

Using Flashcards for memorising can become a fun process unlike a lot of other study tools. On top of this, online Flashcards allow you to save a lot of work and time in actually creating your Flashcard decks.  What’s more is that they are always readily available online so you have access to them 24/7.

Study Tip 5: Case Studies

Sometimes it can be difficult to grasp the implications of some theories. This is where studying case studies can be a big help. Case studies can help you visualise a theory and place it in a more familiar and realistic context. This is especially useful in business or law subjects.

It’s always of great benefit to examine practical cases studies to accompany your study of pure theory. In this way you can better understand the application of the theory and what it’s thesis actually states.

Study Tip 6: Quizzes

Quizzes are an excellent way to review study notes in the weeks and days before an exam. Quizzes can show where your strengths and weaknesses are, so it allows you to focus your efforts more precisely. Moreover, if you share your Study Quiz with your classmates and test each other as much as possible you can discover even more details and areas you may have overlooked. So before any exam, make sure you create and share a bunch of different Quizzes with your Friends.

Study Tip 7: Brainstorming

This is another study technique that is ideal for studying with friends and/or classmates. Brainstorming is a great way to expand every possible idea out of any topic. Just get a bunch of friends together and shoot the breeze, there are no wrong answers when brainstorming – just talk and capture the ideas, you can review afterward.

Some ideas that sounded great before will be ruled out straight away afterwards while others that sounded crazy before will be seen to have great promise. Using Mind Maps is an ideal way of capturing all this info as it mirrors the explosive nature of your thought processes.

Study Tip 8: Mnemonic Rules

Mnemonics are especially useful when memorising lists and sets. Mnemonics rules basically work by associating certain concepts with other concepts that are more familiar to us. There are many different ways to make mnemonics and these can be individual to the person.

A classic example is ‘Richard of York Gave Battle In Vain’. This Mnemonic rule is for remember the primary colours : Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet.

Study Tip 9: Organising Your Study

One of the most effective study skills is also one of the most often overlooked; this is organising your study. Creating a study timetable gives you goals and a time in which to achieve them. Having a study timetable as you study is greatly motivational. ExamTime has a free Study Planner tool which makes organising your study extremely easy.

Study Tip 10: Drawing

Many people find it easier to recall images rather than text, that is why they are better able to memorise concepts if they associate them with pictures or drawings. That is why ExamTime’s tools allow you to add images. ExamTime’s tools are geared towards helping different types of learners as visual learning is often overlooked in classrooms, which are more text or aural based.

Many of these study tips & techniques are not new but are well known to students. However, what is new is the way in which you can now utilise them . Today new technologies have changed how we can interact with these study techniques. So it makes sense to reassess how you use these techniques and see what new tools and techniques you can incorporate into your study.

Why It Pays to Write Tutorials

by Sharon Milne, Tuts+ Vector & Drawing Editor

I’ve been obsessed with vector art for over 10 years now. When I say obsessed, I mean that I have sat with nothing on my mind, scanning the room for objects which would be interesting to render in vector. I’ve had dreams where I’m a tool in Adobe Illustrator. I’ve often stared at people in public thinking, “Damn, they’d make an awesome subject for a vector portrait.” There’s nothing I find more relaxing than to vector a complex illustration.

If we rewind back to four years ago, I wasn’t in the line of work I am now. I was in a government job, doing monotonous tasks I had no passion for. I would have loved to make a career out of my passion—I just lacked confidence. I was confident enough to post my illustrations online in the usual art communities out there and had even built up a following of thousands, but when it came to the idea of people paying for my work, I didn’t think I was good enough. I had an interest in writing tutorials and, within the communities I was a part of, I used to share the odd trick or tip for others. I got a kick out of helping people learn.

When I first started looking at becoming a freelancer, I looked at the paths of others in my field. I asked questions about how they got started, and many came back saying they entered the freelance world by writing tutorials. It seemed natural for me to take a similar path.

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