• SMARTBOARD session review
  • Principles to follow when designing learning modules
    • You have created two different types of leanring activities. When designing the leanring tools, there are multiple principles that we need to follow. Suppose you are learning with online learning modules, which one would you prefer? Which one will be the most effective way to teach learners?
      • male vs. female voice
      • conversational speech or polite speech: a.“Click the NEXT button” or b.“Let’s click the NEXT button”
      • Human vs. machine-simulated
      • Standard accent vs. foreign accent


As we discussed in Oct, 22, you are using one app that will work best for your learning habits for 3 weeks: Find one app that you will use to support your (1) focus while learning or (2) scheduling for your learning for 3 weeks. Here are the list of apps that I would recommend you to use but, feel free to explore other apps/add-ins that might have similar functions.

  • Google Chrome Nanny
  • Strict Workflow
  • istudiezPro
  • Selfcontrol (Mac only)
  • Focus Booster
  • Wunderlist

Now, it is time to record and reflect your progress and here is a guideline.


Record and share your progress/reflection once a week in your blog or any documents form. Here are some questions that might be helpful for your reflection:  Which app did you choose and why did you choose it?, How often do you use this app in your everyday learning?


  • Two paragraphs will work.
  • If you are going to share your thoughts..
    • in your blog, create “page” called, “Study Mate”.
    • in documents form, Dropbox or Google Doc, embed the link in your about.me page.
  • Due Date
    • 1st reflection due Oct, 31st
    • 2nd reflection due Nov, 7th
    • 3rd reflection due Nov, 14th


Here are some suggestions for what to work on (please note that these are the same suggestions from September – so double-check your existing blog posts before choosing any of these suggestions):

  • who might benefit from what you will learn during your 20% project? how might you write your blog so that it will be of maximum benefit for that audience?
  • how are you using social media to find resources to think about/write about? do you need to create complementary tools in Pinterest, Twitter, etc? to support your 20% work? are you interacting with others via social media on topics related to your project? are you commenting on related blogs and asking for comments/feedback on yours?
  • have you talked with any experts? or anyone from your potential audience? what do they have to say about your project? what direction do they suggest you go in?
  • is your topic limited or too broad? how can you modify it so that you have a project that is sustainable until the end of November? Can you divide your topic into smaller questions and address one each week?
  • how does your project relate with what we are talking about in class?
  • Please double check blog posting guidelines(topics, length, design, etc) that we shared and discussed. You can view the resources here.

** Please note that this should be your 4th & 5th blog post related to your 20% project.


1. Class will not meet on Thursday, October 31 (Happy Halloween!). The expectation is that you will spend at least 2+ hours working on your 20% project.

2. Your 4th & 5th 20% Project blog post is due.

3. Your 1st STUDY MATE reflection post is due.


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