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Self Directed Learning

Designing for rich media content

April 8, 2017, by Barry Ng

We’re here to discuss some pointers on making a rich multimedia experience for your learners. Take a look at what possibilities that are simple yet effective

Learning in 21st Century Workforce

November 5, 2016, by Barry Ng

I recently came across contents that i personally felt were relevant when it came to learning and what actually drives all of it to make it work. There were actually personal reflections that i took while undergoing some learning transformations while reading some books while upgrading myself in education.

Pocketing thoughts through activities

July 20, 2016, by Barry Ng

I believe that most of us that went through tertiary education would have experienced lots of ups and downs in of learning. There were concepts that you wished you could understand better.

There were also times where you thought you understood a formula or a theory well, but somehow it just didn’t connect very well when you reached home. These experiences are known to both yourself, learners, designers and educators. All of us faced this common problem of bridging the gap between us, understanding the essence of a subject that we are so passionate about.

Symbaloo Syllabus

March 17, 2016, by Barry Ng

This is the implementation of the Symbaloo Syllabus. It had me thinking quite a bit on how I should design the syllabus based on what I had in possession. There are great features on Symbaloo such as implementing the entire syllabus into one single page, with everything either embedded or external links. It was kind of interesting that I even placed distractors to keep the mind off for students in a short period of time.
3 things I was thinking about while doing this

  • How is it possible to attract and catch the attention of the user? – There are several colours that catches the eye better. So do take that into consideration when designing a symbaloo.
  • What are the things that I should place and should not place into the site? – There are possibilities that people want to place everything for people to read, but to make it more accessible and readable. I would recommend limiting the size of symbaloo.
  • What are the icons and questions I should set for instructions? – What are the instructions and how I should place them in symbaloo.

So I recommend you try it out too. You wouldn’t regret trying symbaloo I would say.

Here’s the sample of my Symbaloo implemented on barristar learns.

Infographics links (Thinglink X Canva)

January 8, 2016, by Barry Ng

Creating beautiful infographics with interactive links is not difficult, it just require integration between 2 different systems. Try it out now!
Here are some examples that I have used with Thinglink and Canva.

Canva (Graphic creation online tool)


Choose from a range of templates that are available for your downloading pleasure, those that are free will have a “free” rectangular box beside it. There are lots of shapes to choose, there are lots of templates to work with for Canva. I will recommend using it especially if you are not design savvy.

Thinglink (Creating interactive links with images)

Thinglink allows you to create links on your images that you created. Though it has limitations on how the icons and links look like, but the basic look and feel is sufficient for you to harness its maximum capabilities. You can even embed the thinglinks into your wordpress site or Google Site (Refer to the link on how to do that)

These are part of the learning contents that will be integrated into my E-Portfolio training/learning.

Being Charlie Brown

January 7, 2016, by Barry Ng

Being Charlie Brown, innocent and a deep thinker. Inspired from the Peanuts movie.

The Cloud and the Brain

November 2, 2015, by Barry Ng

The cloud and the brain interlinks two of the things that I am really familiar with everyday and every hour. I love to store information on the cloud, which I’m pretty certain that many of you people out there would be doing it. According to a 2013 article by Neowin, it states that it’s over 1 exabyte of data is on the cloud now. The relationship now we concur is, how are we managing our day to day information and how do people actually make use of the massive amount of information that they have over the years. Our brain is limited in terms of capacity towards storing information, therefore most of us remind or relate information that we need by referencing. This referencing can be done by using your smartphone to set a reminder to remembering information(i.e. reminder to wake up at 6.30am for work), that maybe the case when your brain only stores the information in a short term memory. This way, your brain only recalls the information when you need it, and you have to search through your mind, be in a deep thought process to recall the information that you require.

Well, in this section, I’ll just share some of the techniques that I used to manage the vast amount of information that I have from the Internet. Because I find it really difficult to manage the large amount of information that I consume each day via the Internet, just on my smartphone alone.


Microsoft OneNote 2013 icon

I’m pretty sure some of us simply label these information, keep it nicely into Microsoft OneNote, which I usually do. I have about 3 notebooks on Onenote to date with different categories for different things. (Personal, Travel and Education) These notebooks are really personal to me, as I scribble anything about my thoughts on onenote, this applies especially for the aspect of Education and Travel. I would also try to keep some quotes on OneNote just to see if I could use them some day again.


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I have another form of method which I store information on the cloud. I pin every image as an avid fan of posters, artwork and cute little pictures and store them as inspirations for future use. That’s strictly a place for only design work. I used the Pinterest button addon on Chrome to help me when I’m working on the computer. I relate pinterest as an Artistic world, I keep some on my secret boards and some on the public boards. You may take a look if you want to : https://www.pinterest.com/barristar/

Lastly, I’m still pretty much a pen and paper person when it comes to visualising a new idea or trying to apply concepts that I retrieve from the respective areas. So the cloud and the brain concludes that there are tons of information to be stored in the cloud, to supplement our daily needs of applying the things we recognise as important.


Over 1 exabyte of data is now stored in the cloud – http://www.neowin.net/news/research-firm-over-1-exabyte-of-data-is-now-stored-in-the-cloud

Self Directed Learning: The Journey of Learning

May 24, 2015, by Barry Ng

The journey of learning has been a somewhat fascinating one. Self directed learning is a dream come true for educators. They are contented when students choose to be motivated to learn different things and explore into the subject deeply.

Infographics: E-Learning diversified

March 23, 2015, by Barry Ng

The aim of this infographic is to identify the design framework that will be used to create the E-Learning portal that I have spearheaded myself. It builds upon 3 principles that I highlighted and aimed to build towards the fundamentals of global learning through a global platform.

Video: Learning by doing

March 20, 2015, by Barry Ng

Watch this video as I reflect on things on learning by doing. It is really inspirational to see a daughter replicate and how a mother teaches her daughter to do things.