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?

Progressive disclosure in learning design

Progressive disclosure or gradual reveal is a useful technique and an integral part of the learning process. It prevents the students from being overwhelmed with information, facilitates the connection between learning, and may also trigger strong emotions.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 25 Feb 2019 under Tips

Fundamentals of Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is one of the most popular elearning authoring applications. It has a wide array of tools that allow for fast development of learning presentation and interactive activities.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 20 Feb 2019 under Tools

Captivate icon

Rethinking of FOSS in education

Software programs developed by those who are in it for money seems to be better than those who are in it for ideology, but the latter can provide knowledge that will make learning the former much easier.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 04 Feb 2019 under Thoughts

A weighing scale with copyright symbol on one plate and copyleft symbol on the other plate in a background of 1s and 0s.

What is instructional design?

Instructional design is the design process in which learning materials and learning processes are developed and arranged in a way that is optimal to the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. The learning materials include both non-electronic and traditional classroom materials as well as electronic and web-based modules.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 Feb 2019 under Terms

A chalk board with drawing of a brain at the center connected to a computer, a paper, and a piece of puzzle.

What is blended learning?

Blended learning is an instructional approach that combines the use of face-to-face or classroom instruction with online learning. Instructional designers use blended learning to obtain the best results from both face-to-face and online instructions.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 14 Jan 2019 under Terms

A person using a laptop while there are notebook and pencil on his desk.

Essential elements of online citation

Properly citing the sources is important in academic research work, but online references can be difficult to cite due to a wider variety of format with the pieces of information you need being in different places.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 28 Dec 2018 under Tips

Visual representation of internet research and citation,: a globe with interconnected nodes. One of the node has a book and another node has pen and paper.

What is a learning management system (LMS)?

A learning management system or LMS is a common staple in elearning. It is an online system that allows teachers or facilitators to organize learning content, provide assessment, and track the progress of learners. It allows learners to access learning content, take assessment, and obtain immediate feedback.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 16 Dec 2018 under Tools

Illustration of a computer CPU representing server, and on its right are icons film strip for videos, slide for HTML5 modules, and a paper checklist for quizzes.

AGES model of effective learning

The AGES model: attention, generation, emotion, and spacing, explains how the brain process learning and can provide us with some tips on how to best design an elearning material.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 09 Dec 2018 under Theories

Simple graphics of an eye, a nerve cell, a heart, and a clock.

Using LibreOffice/OpenOffice Impress in education

Slide presentation software, such as OpenOffice/LibreOffice Impress, is becoming very popular and useful in education whether in aid of traditional lecture method or as stand-alone learning module. Here, I presented tips on how your can make better presentation for your class.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 06 Sep 2013 under Tools

Using LibreOffice Impress slide presentation software in classroom

Compromising FOSS with future job requirements

Using FOSS will not make students less competitive in a job market where it seems employers prefer those who know how to use proprietary software, but you can have a middle ground wherein you can use FOSS in computer literacy classes and the students can still claim they know how to use some of these commercial software programs.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 05 Sep 2013 under Thoughts

Graduation cap between an open document format resume and an MS document resume

Instructional design and educational technology for effective learning