I had the good fortune to squeeze out 45 minutes to breeze over the latest Webbie Award 2013 winners. It was not nearly enough. However, as is my habit, I diligently clipped the winners or nominees that drew my eye to something that might be applicable to e-learning and learner engagement. This is a great example of how and why I am so enthusiastic about PKM (Personal Knowledge Management). But that is a topic for another day.
So, what can e-learning practitioners glean from Webbie winners?
- Data! The use and depiction of data is trend that is not likely to go away anytime soon. Data can easily obscure and distract learning. But, used effectively it can illuminate an exploratory learning canvas in ways that text and graphics alone cannot. See http://www.noonedeservestodie.org/ (The page navigation – scrolling — is also unique. Not sure if I like it or not.)
- Interactive video. Learn by doing indeed! Immersive learning in interactive video is here. See https://life-saver.org.uk/, http://workshop.chromeexperiments.com/stars/ and, one of my all-time favorites, the wonderful and baffling explorative learning http://bear71.nfb.ca/#/bear71
- Curation. Take a thousand various sources, collect, categorize and share it all in engaging ways. See http://greatist.com/ and http://www.pinterest.com/explore/ (yes, Pinterest is still unlike and better than others in some important ways).
- Blog bursts. Content rules, but text clearly doesn’t. Pig pictures, snappy titles, and user choice to actually read something should the mood strike. (Even better, just show me more pictures.) See http://intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com/
- White space (even if it is not technically white). Crowded with content is so 2009. Now, simplicity rules. A blank canvas with simple directions. Click and go, no need to think. See https://www.dropbox.com/, http://www.squarespace.com/ and http://www.corporateriskwatch.com/
- Humor. OK, humor is not a new trend. But I love this and wanted to share it: http://youtu.be/3iIkOi3srLo