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The Very Best From ZaidLearn!

Posted by drneelesh on December 24, 2009

The Very Best From ZaidLearn!: ” Zaid Ali Asagoff


“Strange as it may seem,
no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.” – Stephen Vizinczey

Actually, as you learn and acquire knowledge and skills, your ego might amplify your confidence, ignorance and pride, which again could hinder you from going beyond what you have already learned. You become stubborn to try new ideas and approaches, because you have reached a level whereby you are comfortable with what you are doing, and it works perfectly fine to you.

After all these years of exploring and settling down with your own style, certainly you don’t want to risk exploring new ideas, and perhaps making a fool of yourself. If you have reached such a stage in life or at work, it is perhaps time to rethink yourself. I am kind of referring to myself, too…


REFLECTING BACK

Since middle 2007, I have posted exactly 360 posts (including this one), and I suppose it is time to reflect back, and share with you a list of those posts that are probably the best from ZaidLearn. So, if you like ZaidLearn or new to it, I suppose this list would be an excellent starting point. Previously, I created a master list and stories collection, but this time around it will include the best of the best, according to my own little formula, which is certainly not scientific.

After more than 2 years of blogging, including studying other learning blogs, I have come to realize that producing ‘hit sensations‘ is not that difficult. If you really want to generate a lot of hits fast, start talking about celebrity trash, controversy, politics, making big bucks, gaming, cars, hate, religion, race, naughty stuff, etc. If you are reasonably smart you can become a ‘Britney’ hits sensation in no time (please don’t be upset! she can’t sing!).

What about education? Tough! What about Higher Education? Are you ____!

However, if you do create relevant monster lists of this and that, you can still be a hits sensation reasonably quickly. Also, many people can benefit from your efforts to summarize the best resources out there into juicy lists. I did that a lot in 2007 and 2008, and a few times in 2009. During the process I discovered and learned plenty, and visitors discovered and learned, and seemed to repay back by returning, referring, tweeting, bookmarking, etc. Great!

However, these days there are so many juicy lists around, and excellent educational bloggers that can swoosh them in no time. So, I am not going to feel guilty about focusing more time on sharing my deep thoughts about learning and education (and posting 1-2 times a month) instead, although my hit rate might be effected. So what!

It has been fun, but life must go on. Interestingly, since ZaidLearn started, it has had visitors from 197 countries and 8,387 cities, which just shows how interconnected our world is today. I thought that there were only 195 countries in the world, but according to Google Analytics there seems to be more than 200. Google has always been innovative, so why not here, too.

ZaidLearn has connected me to many learning professionals around the world, and has been an amazingly enriching learning experience beyond any lecture, tutorial, assignment, project or exam could ever achieve. But, what has been most thrilling, is the conversations sparked from some of my blog posts, which have been conversed in other blogs and sites, and sometimes beyond English in the form of German, Polish, Finnish, French, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, etc. Luckily, Google language tools has helped me interpret and learn from these interesting conversations.

During this enriching learning process of blogging, I have even angered and insulted female bloggers (unintentionally), slammed CEOs and learning tools, hurt Moodle fans, and even published an e-book consisting of juicy blog posts from ZaidLearn (+119,000 hits!), but that is something to expect if you are really honest about what you think.

In short, ZaidLearn has been a wonderful learning adventure, and below are a juicy selection of the best blog posts from ZaidLearn.

THE BEST FROM ZAIDLEARN

1) 1st E-Book

  • 69 Learning Adventures in 6 Galaxies (E-book)
    A collection of 69 learning nuggets (articles) from ZaidLearn compiled into an ebook. This ebook is divided into six learning galaxies (or themes), which are: Learning, Teaching, Stories, Free e-Learning Tools, Free Learning Content and Free EduGames.

2) Learning & Facilitation

  • E-Learning 2.0 Workshop (Stephen Downes)
    ‘It would be pretty hard to write a more comprehensive (and kind) summary of my workshop than this by Zaid Ali Alsagoff, who deserves by thanks for acting as my videographer and assistant during the strenuous two-day event. What I like about this post was that the lessons were ‘meta’ – not so much the bits about web 2.0 technology discussed during the session, but rather about the attitude and perspective on teaching their deployment represents. In my own mind, what we accomplished was best represented in two photos, this one at the beginning of the first day, where everything was ordered and proper, and this one near the end of the second day, where real learning was happening.’ – Stephen Downes

  • Learning Notes From an E-Learning 2.0 Implementation Workshop

    The main objective of this hands-on practical workshop was to develop an understanding of the implementation and application of e-learning technologies within an institution of higher education. Also, it explored several web 2.0 technologies that participants could use to develop a collaborative online learning space.


  • Salman Khan Uses Microsoft Paint to Inspire Learning

  • Crashing The Workshop To Capture A Great Learning Moment!

  • 10 Secrets To Great Teaching (SlideShare presentation with audio narration)

3) Resource Lists

  • A Free Learning Tool for Every Learning Problem?
    A collection of the best free learning tools using a Q&A approach.
    It has proven to be the most popular post on this blog, and has been featured in more than a hundred blogs and sites around the world. Also, you might want to check out the delicious version, which includes more tools, but does not filter them out using a Q&A approach post.
  • University Learning = OCW + OER = FREE!
    A compilation of 250+ University learning related OpenCourseWare (OCW) and Open Educational Resources (OER).

4) Fun!

Yep, this is basically the outline to my 2nd E-Book. Just need to add an introduction and conclusion and it is ready to be published to the world (or whoever is interested!). It is certainly an enhancement to the first one (filtering out really crap, adding it with better crap!).

Finally, what learning tool should I use to publish it (Scribd again)? Wouldn’t it be cool, if we could simply add the blog post links, and on-the-fly an e-book will be generated, which we could then edit, add, and fine tune further. Do such publishing tools exist? Any suggestions?

Alright, ZaidLearn will be taking a one month break at least. Another learning adventure to attend to, and I need to deeply rethink the way I learn and share. But I will still be updating ZaidSwoosh from time to time, with juicy learning nuggets.

Until ZaidLearn returns, Happy New Year and may 2010 be a year of learning, peace and joy 🙂

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CME Xtracredit on the move via iPhone

Posted by drneelesh on December 23, 2009

                              

Lippincott Continuing Medical Education Institute, Inc. (LCMEI), a wholly owned subsidiary of WKH that certifies more education than any other nationally accredited publisher in the United States  recently launched XtraCredit, a novel internet-point-of-care (IPOC) activity for physicians to use on their iPhone and iTouch devices.

IPOC CME allows physicians to receive needed CME credit for finding answers to their clinical questions among approved resources, including LWW medical books and journals, and documenting their experience in a specified way. Users can download the application at no charge; there is a small per-credit fee for each documented search.

XtraCredit allows readers of LWW journals, and users of services such as Ovid to earn CME credit; and publishers can promote this valuable new learning activity to their customers. 

The application lets you conduct your research through hundreds of approved online resources such as Ovid, PubMed, Google Scholar, National Guideline Clearing House, OMIM, any of more than 500 hundred medical journals published by Lippincott Williams Wilkins, BMJ group, BioMed Central and others, even for use of EMR-based clinical decision-support such as Clin e-guide and Zynx. Credit is provided under the Internet Point of Care CME rules by the Lippincott CME Institute, Inc.

This app is available through the iPhone AppStore. The application and first use is free. Thereafter One will be charged an introductory price of $4.99 for each completed learning activity.

Check it here-


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Web Tools for You !

Posted by drneelesh on December 17, 2009

Glogster is a revolutionary way of expressing your mood, feelings and ideas, and it goes miles beyond text or video! Creating a Glog lets you express all those things you haven’t been able to describe by words. It opens the door to a whole new world of communication – just choose a background, throw in some shapes and characters from our galleries, add text, your own videos or photos and perhaps a pinch of music and there it is! In just a few minutes, you can make a digital poster, a colorful medley of ideas, reflecting your own special style.

How about having a Glog on Kidney disorders?

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Medical Education via SMS platform

Posted by drneelesh on December 9, 2009

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NEW YORK –  2digiti, a provider of mobile messaging solutions, announces the launch of its 2digitiCORE, 2digitiENTERPRISE and 2digitiCUSTOM solutions to the healthcare community. These solutions will introduce a new level of interaction, engagement and assessment for healthcare learners, addressing the demand from medical education organizations for more innovation in promoting continuing professional development.
2digiti solutions provide the capability to fully automate outbound communications through a short message service (SMS) platform. “Our SMS-based platform was designed specifically to help reach, educate and measure the knowledge, competencies and performance of healthcare providers, while enabling greater interaction and communication among themselves and their patients,” states Venkat Gullapalli, CEO of 2digiti. “And all of this is done through the one device clinicians never leave home without─the mobile phone,” he adds.

2digiti enables medical education providers to engage in one-to-one dialogue with their healthcare audience, assess their clinical and educational gaps, provide patient education and disease state awareness, and facilitate learner interaction and collaboration with their peers and colleagues. 

Traditional platforms such as print and live media are limited by the costs inherent in their distribution channels. In addition, actual penetration into the target audience varies, and is often less than 1%. By comparison, SMS messages costs are negligible, are targeted directly to the mobile phone of the user and can have a penetration into an audience as high as 76%. 

“The primary limitation to the widespread utilization of SMS-messaging in healthcare appears to be imagination,” Gullapalli said. “The application of a simple, effective, efficient and ubiquitous platform to impact clinical performance and patient outcomes is within ‘thumbs’ reach.”

 
About 2digiti: 2digiti is a healthcare technology company focused on providing SMS-based messaging solutions to the healthcare industry.

For more information, visit, www.2digiti.com or email info@2digiti.com
 

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Pharma OTC markets in India

Posted by drneelesh on December 9, 2009

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Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are medicines that may be sold without a prescription, in contrast to prescription drugs. These items can be found on the shelves of grocery/ cosmetic stores and bought like any other packaged product in some countries or in others may be bought “over the counter” from the pharmacy, while prescription drugs are sold at a pharmacy counter.

Below is a presentation on the subject. It contains the latest public domain data on the potential of OTC markets in India and provides the facts for its bright future. All the references used in this presentation have been enumerated at the end.




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5 tips for authoring Rapid E-Learning Courses

Posted by drneelesh on December 9, 2009

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>Awards in Healthcare Advertising- "09-"10

Posted by drneelesh on December 8, 2009

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Healthcare Marketing Award Submission Deadlines

Below are the deadlines for Submissions in some of the most prestigious Health care advertising awards.

* The 27th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards – The early deadline for submissions is January 28, 2010. Click for more information, This competition is produced by Healthcare Marketing Report.


* The 9th Annual Aster Awards – The early deadline is February 27, 2010. Late deadline is March 15, 2010. For more information go to http://www.AsterAwards.com. The Aster Awards are produced by Marketing Healthcare Today magazine.


* The 7th Annual Service Industry Awards (SIAA) – The deadline for this competition has been extended to December 18, 2009. To enter go to http://www.siaawards.com/.


* The 14th Annual Webby Awards – Final entry deadline is now December 18, 2009. Go to http://www.webbyawards.com.


* The 16th Annual Communicator Awards – Final entry deadline is January 15, 2010. Go to http://www.communicatorawards.com. There are new categories this year for social media and social responsibility.


* Lamplighter Awards –The New England Society for Healthcare Communications’ annual Lamplighter Awards have a submission deadline of January 29, 2010. For more information go to http://www.neshco.org.


* SHSMD Speakers Proposals Due – SHSMD sent out its call for speakers for the 2010 conference in Chicago. The submissions are due by Friday, January 15, 2010. For more information go to http://www.shsmd.org.


First Posted by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer




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Awards in Healthcare Advertising- "09-"10

Posted by drneelesh on December 8, 2009

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 08: Recloose p...

Healthcare Marketing Award Submission Deadlines

Below are the deadlines for Submissions in some of the most prestigious Health care advertising awards.

* The 27th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards – The early deadline for submissions is January 28, 2010. Click for more information, This competition is produced by Healthcare Marketing Report.


* The 9th Annual Aster Awards – The early deadline is February 27, 2010. Late deadline is March 15, 2010. For more information go to http://www.AsterAwards.com. The Aster Awards are produced by Marketing Healthcare Today magazine.


* The 7th Annual Service Industry Awards (SIAA) – The deadline for this competition has been extended to December 18, 2009. To enter go to http://www.siaawards.com/.


* The 14th Annual Webby Awards – Final entry deadline is now December 18, 2009. Go to http://www.webbyawards.com.


* The 16th Annual Communicator Awards – Final entry deadline is January 15, 2010. Go to http://www.communicatorawards.com. There are new categories this year for social media and social responsibility.


* Lamplighter Awards –The New England Society for Healthcare Communications’ annual Lamplighter Awards have a submission deadline of January 29, 2010. For more information go to http://www.neshco.org.


* SHSMD Speakers Proposals Due – SHSMD sent out its call for speakers for the 2010 conference in Chicago. The submissions are due by Friday, January 15, 2010. For more information go to http://www.shsmd.org.


First Posted by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer




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