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?

What is LMS server latency, and how it affects your elearning?

The LMS server latency is the amount of time it takes to transmit data between the elearning module and the LMS server. The longer is the LMS server latency, the more lag the learners encounter as they learn through the elearning module.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 25 May 2020 under Terms, Tips

LMS server latency icon: a laptop, a server, and two arrows circling on their back. There's also a clock in the middle of the circling arrows.

Formatting cell data in spreadsheet part III: decimal digits and thousand separators

Configure the decimal digit settings and thousand separator symbols in Calc, Excel, and Sheets using a combination of hash and zeroes in the custom number format.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 17 May 2020 under Tools

A very long number written along a spiral.

What is scaffolding?

Scaffolding is a teaching method that helps learners to work on certain exercises that they otherwise cannot complete without it. Scaffolding is meant to be remove eventually as the learner gains mastery of the lesson. In elearning, some of the common scaffolding techniques are hints, tips, and clues that are accessible through hint buttons, characters, and other user interface elements.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 09 May 2020 under Terms, Theories

A child studing on a laptop, with an adult watching on his back. On their background are three concentric circles: the smallest and innermost is labeled know / can do, the middle circle is labeled know / can do with guidance, and the outermost circle is doesn't know / can't do. The innermost circle surrounds the child's head. The adult is outside the innermost circle but falls in front of the middle circle.

Formatting cell data in spreadsheet part II: number of digits

Part II of serial post about formatting cell data in spreadsheet programs Calc, Excel, and Sheets. This entry is about formatting numerical data to restrict the number of digits in both sides of the decimal separator leading to the occasional use of leading and trailing zeroes.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 25 Apr 2020 under Tools

an abacus, a useful representation of real numbers

Formatting cell data in spreadsheet software programs

Part I of serial post about formatting cell data in spreadsheet applications LibreOffice Calc, Microsoft Excel, and Google Sheets. This is the introduction part and also covers how to select cells to be formatted and how to open the Format Cells option window.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 29 Mar 2020 under Tools

Animation effects: how to animate objects in Adobe Captivate?

You can animate slide objects in Captivate. There are basic, emphasis, entrance, exit, and motion path animations. An object can also have two or more animations happening on different parts of the timeline or at the same time.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 07 Mar 2020 under Tools

Captivate logo inside a film.

What is a flipped classroom?

A flipped classroom is a pedagogical approach or an instructional model, in which the absorption of information happens during the learner’s homework time, while the exercises moves to the classroom time so you can guide your learners if needed.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 24 Feb 2020 under Terms

How to capitalize Ipad, Iphone, and Ebay?

Many tech companies are insisting on unusual capitalizations these past few years. You don’t have to follow the brand name spelling preferred by corporations that own these brands. Capitalization is not a matter of correct or incorrect spelling.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 15 Feb 2020 under Thoughts

The arch of trajan is a concrete rectagular arch with semioblong hole underneath. It has murals made of different humanoid shapes on the sides and a flat rectagular area with writings in all uppercase on top.

Visual design tips for elearning

In designing your elearning modules, it is important that the text, color, and images work together to facilitate learning. They should be easy to read and they should not distract from one another.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 16 Jan 2020 under Tips

How to insert audio in a Captivate lesson?

Adobe Captivate allows the inclusion of audio to elearning lessons. This entry covers how to add narration, sound effects, and background music to your learning modules using Captivate.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 07 Jan 2020 under Tools

Icon for Captivate audio, a yellow rectangle with CP in the middle, and audio waves below.

Instructional design and educational technology for effective learning