For some it will be old news, but Flickr has a section called The Commons, filled with photos believed to be in the public domain. Here's one of the repository's most recent additions, a 1952 photo of "Santa Claus handing out treats to nine young women on the beach."
Holiday hijinks aside, the repository boasts the participation of a wide assortment of international libraries, museums, and institutions, all attempting to make photos believed to be in the public domain available to the public. The Flickr community is asked to help tag photos with information so that it becomes a usefully searchable archive. If you're looking for photos for an online course or other project it would be worth a closer look.
Here's a sampling of the sorts of images available, any of which can be clicked to visit the image's page on Flickr:
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However, there is a new fad in eLearning that claims to be accelerated learning. According to an article by Ruth Clark, scenario based learning is able to accelerate learning. Sighting research from the University of Pittsburgh and the U.S. Air Force Clark notes: “Imagine accelerating the know-how of two-year electronics technicians to the level of 10-year veterans with just 25 hours of training!” Wow! No swallowing a red pill involved.
What is Scenario Based Learning?
Scenario Based Learning (SBL) is a carefully constructed lesson that involves “real world” tasks and problems. Clark compares Scenario Based Learning to “problem-based learning” or “case based learning”. From my research, there may be some slight differences, but the concepts are very similar – practicing newly acquired knowledge to solve real life problems.
I went on a brief quest to find out more about SBL. Here are some basic characteristics that I have found.
- Scenarios site prerequisite knowledge or the basic heuristics of the subject matter previously learned.
- Most scenarios had a character involved.
- It told a story or involve the problem with a story.
- The learner was given a chance to use the pre-requisite knowledge, and then given feedback about the choices made.
Clark, Ruth. "Accelerating Expertixe With Scenario-Based Learning." Training + Development (2009): 84-85.
Jimenez, Ray Ph.D. Scenario-Based Learning. Los Angeles: Monogatari Press, 2009.