Explore the use of technology in education through Ititser!

The Ititser is an online journal about the efficient use of technology in education and learning.

The author and webmaster of this website is yours truly, Greten Vicke S. Estella. I have more than five years professional experience as instructional designer both in K-12 education setting and in professonal training.

In its earlier years, Ititser focused on the use of free and open source software (FOSS) programs. The upcoming changes in 2019 will focus on programs that are often used in industry as well as on learning theories. You will notice that I already changed the categories significantly. In the next few months, I will expand the posts to include other programs regardless of their copyright status.

What's new in Ititser?

Quick image tricks and techniques in Captivate

A handful of random techniques on working on Captivate images that I took note as I work: pasting an image as a slide object from a selection in an image editor, replacing several instances of the same image at once, and pasting an image as a background.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 01 Dec 2019 under Tips, Tools

A close-up view of a keyboard, showing the green enter key replaced with a Captivate logo key. The other keys are white.

Basic typography for elearning design

Typography is an important consideration in designing and developing your elearning. Choose the right typeface and adjust the font size, font style, and spacing to make your text optimized for learning.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 23 Nov 2019 under Tips

A cloud of several design typefaces spelling-out the name of each typeface.

What is active learning?

Active learning refers to several learning or teaching techniques that require conscious and deliberate actions from learners. Often contrasted with passive learning techniques such as lectures and video lessons, the techniques are in fact, along a spectrum between passive and active.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 02 Nov 2019 under Terms

SIlhouette of a head with several gears, a bulb, and a cloud inside.

Grouping objects in Adobe Captivate

Grouping objects is one of the most useful features of Captivate. You can group so the collection of objects can behave and can be adjusted as one object. You can group and ungroup objects, apply effects on groups, and configure the timeline of a group.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 19 Oct 2019 under Tools

Using emotions to make learning more efficient

Emotion is an important part of the learning process. Designing a learning experience that arouses emotions from the learners can help them learn faster and retain new knowledge in their memory.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 12 Oct 2019 under Theories

A sad demon and a smiling angel emoticons with a throwing dart between them.

Spreadsheet problem generator part IV: formatting date and time

Date and time are information that can appear in word problems but are not readily convertible to numerical data that we can subject in mathematical computation. Of course, we know how to do it. It is one of the daily life tasks that the students need to learn. Constructing a spreadsheet problem generator with date and clock time as given values are a little more complicated than the usual numerical data but very much feasible.

[ 2 Comments ] Posted by Greten on 20 Sep 2019 under Tools

Optimize learning with spacing

Spacing is one of the concepts under AGES model of learning. It includes the spacing effect, spaced repetition, and testing effect. Proper spacing improves learning while cramming is detrimental to its transition to the long-term memory.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 07 Sep 2019 under Theories

A woman accessing an LMS using a mobile phone, with a clock and a laptop on the desk where she is resting her arms.

How data science can be used in elearning?

Data science has a wide range of applications, and data scientists are everywhere. Data science can be very useful in the elearning process, and data scientists can provide new insights on how to deliver and improve lessons.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 26 Aug 2019 under Thoughts

A thumbnail image showing white spots on a part of a sphere inteconnected with white lines, on a black background with what looks like a meteor storm.

Design elearning to retain learner’s attention

One of the elements of AGES model of learning, attention is a very important part of the learning process. Develop your elearning module in a way that can get and retain the attention of learners.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 20 Aug 2019 under Theories

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Spreadsheet problem generator part III: concatenate cells with special number format

When you concatenate text and cell references to construct a spreadsheet word problem, the cell format from the cell source does not carry over to the concatenated text. You need to format the data from the cell references using the TEXT function.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 11 Aug 2019 under Tools

Spreadsheet floating on abyss of 1s and 0s with golden 20% and 1,000,000 pesos on top.

Instructional design and educational technology for effective learning