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Creating subtitles for videos on YouTube

The creation of subtitles for videos on YouTube is very easy.

Proceed as follows:

upload your video on YouTube,

– in the list of your “Uploaded videos”, select the one you want to manage and click on Edit,

– in the settings check for the tab “Subtitles

– download the automatic transcription of the voice (it is actually automatic for English voices only, but the file itself  can help anyway with the time schedule of the voice),

– prepare the translation, create a Caption file on the basis of the transcription and upload it,

– your video is now ready to be in two or more languages!

More details on YouTube Help site.

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An online resource to learn about browsers and the Web

20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web is the title of a nice resource just launched by Google to easily learn more about the basics of the Web.

Learn more about the web

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Do you know 2.0?

Is the school preparing children to address the coming world?

Are development projects addressing new forms of education as effective tools to fight and prevent future poverty and hunger?

Open questions for which I don’t have answers but only ideas…


Define your target group and its needs

Starting a new online community is a hard job. Before doing anything else, I always suggest to ACCESS your TARGET AUDIENCE. Spend your time on this exercise because it is very, very important. This is one of the key to avoid further problems. It is the prerequisite to analyze the needs of your future users and find the best way to address them. If you want more suggestions about it do Lesson 2.1 of the IMARK e-learning module on Building online communities.

After that, it is much easier to verify the NEEDS of the group. If you know what kind of people you want to address then you can discover their needs. And this is the best way to create a useful service and a long life community.

We have to start from people’s practice, from their habits, from watching what is going on among potential members. We have to discover who they really are and what they need. In this way, it is easier to understand what kind of use they do of a network and understand the key of success.

Then, we can think about consolidating the system and make it grow. Not before. Relationships among users have to be real and well established before thinking about enlarging the volume and the possibilities of a network. The chart describe this process:

Correct approach

On the contrary, most of the people willing to create a new network are focused on the idea itself. Their will to make it real is so strong that they loose contact with their potential group of users and do not focus on their needs. The focus is on “planning” rather than on the “practice”.

As a consequence the group has very few possibilities to grow and be successful and is likely to be abandoned pretty soon after its creation. The managers spend their time thinking and not watching what’s going on. They tend to be sure that their creature will be accepted by the end users but this is not sure at all. In this case, the risk that the process of consolidation does not take place is very strong. If users are not so fascinated by the new network, they won’t repeat their experience and the new “house” will be empty in a while. Consolidation of the relationships among members won’t take place and the network will fail pretty soon.

Wrong approach

So, the lessons learned are:

  • Observe people and their habits;
  • Assess your group;
  • Assess people’s needs;
  • Spend time on creating relationship among users.

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3rd Workshop on online communities

The new workshop on online communities is starting. After the last edition, we modified the structure to take care of participants’ suggestions. So the new features of the course are:
– three weeks only and less contents to read;
– more focused on the IMARK lessons;
– fewer discussions and a different set-up of the space in our Moodle environment.

Let’s see what comes out this time. I will refer about it at the end of the course at the middle of December.

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NEW COURSE is starting!!

A new course on ONLINE FACILITATION is starting!
The crew, and what a great crew, is ready again!

Welcome onboard to everyone who wants to share his/her experiences, questions, doubts and ideas with all of us. Remember that:

“…this workshop is not about simply delivering information to you. It is the conversations we will have with each other online about facilitating knowledge networks and how it applies to our work, which are the most important part of the workshop”

Go ahead and do it, using all the tools the web offer us. You wanna test some new? Oki, get on idea from this list and see what you get. Then we can talk about them!

p.s.: obviuosly, I’ve already registered everywhere 😉

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Launch of “Building online communities” training course

Yes yes yes, after a big effort we released the new IMARK ( e-learning module in support of online communities called Building Electronic Communities and Networks.

The module is available for free and covers the approaches, methods, and tools used to build electronic communities, as well as the various steps and procedures for developing and facilitating electronic communities.

We are very proud of it because this can be a very interested tool for everybody who want evolve the way of working and adopt new technologies to sustain the job. Especially in the South of the world.

Please, let me know what you think about it. Suggestions and comments are really welcome!

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CMS for e-learning: MOODLE

MoodleFor our new online course on “Facilitating online communities” we are going to test a new platform called Moodle. I think you know it.

Moodle is:

“is a course management system (CMS) – a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities.”

It is a very interesting tool to combine interaction, we are really looking for, and management of learning content. I’ll write my impressions in the future, as soon as the exeprience with the class will provide results.