M2-Week 5-Class

Instructional Design & eAuthoring Module (Week 5)

The following is a reflection on the Tuesday morning class that took place on 22nd November 2016 from 10:00 to 13:00 using Gibbs Reflective Cycle.


According to the hard copy Module Handbook 2016/17, today’s class was to address the following topics (and to include the guest lecturer(s) from the Digital Media Centre):

  • eLearning Development
  • Rapid development
  • Using selected software for development

This was very much a below par lecture / presentation today.  The guest speaker(s) (to speak about Adobe Premier and Adobe AfterEffects) didn’t show up. Damian Gordon introduced a hastily put together (what he called) ‘Plan B’ which consisted of (a) eLearning and Ethics (b) Top 200 Learning Tools.  The Top 200 Learning Tools was meant to be a topic on next week’s class.

In reality, the topics for today’s class were:

  • eLearning and Ethics
  • Top 200 Learning Tools

Damian Gordon delivered both of these topics.  Pauline Rooney was there throughout but didn’t speak other than to inform the class that we could follow the course on Twitter #580.


I felt very disappointed during today’s class.  This was the third week in five weeks that a guest lecturer had failed to appear.  This was the first time that Damian actually acknowledged that a guest lecturer was due to appear but wasn’t going to appear.  I had spent a couple of hours the previous night downloading the Adobe Premier and Adobe AfterEffects materials from Webcourses for today’s classs.  I now feel that there is no point in me downloading and becoming familiar with materials from Webcourses in advance of classes.  Sometimes, the materials appear the day before class and sometimes they don’t appear until the day of class.  This is inconsistent and does not encourage or allow students to develop a consistent approach to engaging with the class materials on Webcourses.


The first part of the class was devoted to ethical and legal issues.  This more interesting aspects were 2012: The year Irish newspapers tried to destroy the web (Irish newspapers tried to charge organisations for linking to newspaper  stories on social media) and a damages award of €75,000 to a man following a defamatory Facebook posting.

Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016 is Jane Hart’s independent resource site about learning trends, technologies and tools.  The website is called Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies and has been in existence since 2007.  I hadn’t seen this website before so I think that it is useful to be aware of its existence and to refer to it from time to time.  Damian got the class to read up on about 5 tools each so that the class itself could review roughly the top 50 Learning Tools.  I think that this was a good way of getting the class to learn about some of the tools and it also added variety to the class presentation today.  The top 20 Learning Tools for 2016 are:

1 – YouTube
2 – Google Search
3 – Twitter
4 – PowerPoint
5 – Google Docs/Drive
6 – Facebook
7 – Skype
8 – LinkedIn
9 – WordPress
10 – Dropbox
11 – Wikipedia
12 – Yammer
13 – WhatsApp
14 – Prezi
15 – Kahoot
16 – Word
17 – Evernote
18 – Slideshare
19 – OneNote
20 – Slack

I was familiar with 19 of the 20 tools.  The only tool that I am not familiar with is Number 12 (Yammer).


I think that it is important to know that it is legal to link to online Irish newspaper articles in an eLearning artefact and that there are no charges for doing. This is in spite of attempts by National Newspapers of Ireland/Newspaper Licencing Ireland to charge for such links in 2012.


It’s a good thing that I did download all of the Adobe Premier and Adobe AfterEffects materials from Webcourses because the 7 folders and 24 files that were there on Monday 21st November 2016 have now disappeared (at time of writing 25/12/16) and contain the ‘Plan B’ files and folders (Accessibility folder, eLearning and Ethics PowerPoint, etc.)

Personal Action Plans

Become familiar with the learning tool Yammer.