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  • Online Learning Boosts Employee Engagement

    lynda.com Article Center
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Employee engagement is crucial to a company's success—and studies show it rises when employees have access to online training opportunities like lynda.com.
  • Engaging your learner - four dos and four don'ts

    Clive on Learning
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Whether you’re teaching in a classroom, developing some e-learning or producing a video, you’ll be concerned about engaging your learners. Why? Because, if learners aren’t engaged they’ll pay little attention to what you’re offering and they’re very unlikely to retain anything. You can spend a fortune trying to engage learners, but the secrets to engagement do not demand you break the bank. Here are four dos and four don’ts:DOS1. Make an emotional impact: Too much of what we teach is aimed at the rational, reasoning side of the human psyche, but that’s less than half…
  • 3 Mindsets to Help your eLearning Courses

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    Brother Nate
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    There is a plethora of information to help you succeed in eLearning, but there are three mindsets that are hurting your eLearning courses. 1. Get Ahead of the Game Success is how you spend your time. Dissect other eLearning courses. Look at existing design trends and try to understand their design principles. But make sure not to copy their work. How can you accomplish this? Be influenced by other great designers. This means spending time on Pinterest, Behance, reading books, attending lectures, surrounding yourselves with eLearning that challenges you and brings excitement. 2. Fail Hard…
  • 80 Free Stock Images Perfect for E-learning

    The Rapid eLearning Blog
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
    In a previous post I shared some free stock images via Unsplash. They’re free for commercial use. Unsplash has a lot more images, but the download I featured was curated to help save some time and preserve the images. Today, I’ve done the same thing only this time the curated images are from Startup Stock Photos. Just like Unsplash, they’re free to use and distribute via a public domain license. You can download them individually from their site. However, to make things easy I downloaded them all and put them in a single folder. I resized the images to make the download smaller, but…
  • How can the healthcare sector and staff best use e-learning? Live discussion

    Online learning | The Guardian
    Sarah Johnson
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:09 am
    Join us on Thursday 16 April from noon till 2pm to discuss the benefits and challenges of e-learningE-learning provides the opportunity for people to learn at their own time and pace, on a one-to-one basis, as and when needed. It can be useful both for newly recruited staff and for people changing roles within an organisation who need to top up their skills.It’s not hard to see its appeal as a cost-effective solution to learning for time-pressed healthcare staff. Continue reading...
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  • How can the healthcare sector and staff best use e-learning? Live discussion

    Sarah Johnson
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:09 am
    Join us on Thursday 16 April from noon till 2pm to discuss the benefits and challenges of e-learningE-learning provides the opportunity for people to learn at their own time and pace, on a one-to-one basis, as and when needed. It can be useful both for newly recruited staff and for people changing roles within an organisation who need to top up their skills.It’s not hard to see its appeal as a cost-effective solution to learning for time-pressed healthcare staff. Continue reading...
  • Distance learning taps in to virtual reality technology

    Lucy Jolin
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:22 am
    As technology advances, so the potential for online learning flourishes Eddie Chauncy is no stranger to traditional universities – he already holds a degree in English literature from Cambridge. But 20 years after first graduating, when he realised that a knowledge of psychology would benefit his career as a business and finance trainer, he chose to study with the Open University (OU).“I knew the OU from when I was a kid and I used to watch the maths lessons on TV,” says Chauncy, who graduated from the OU with a psychology degree in 2012. “I’d recommended it to one of my delegates…
  • Become a birdsong hero | video | @GrrlScientist

    15 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today’s caturday video introduces the online game, Bird Song Hero. It uses audio and visual cues to help people learn birdsongs so they can identify wild birds by voice alone. Those who follow along are aware that Saturdays are known as “caturday” amongst many within the blogosphere. Some “bloggers” only share pictures of and stories about their cats whilst others use this day as an opportunity to remind people about the world’s many fascinating animals, almost all of which are overlooked, under-appreciated or just plain unknown to the public.Since I’ve recently been having fun…
  • Learning a language – 10 things you need to know

    Holly Young
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thinking about learning a foreign language? From ignoring your age to avoiding the F-word, our multilingual experts share their tips1. Make realistic, specific goalsYou have decided to learn another language. Now what? On our recent live chat our panellists first piece of advice was to ask yourself: what do you want to achieve and by when? Donavan Whyte, vice president of enterprise and education at Rosetta Stone, says: “Language learning is best when broken down into manageable goals that are achievable over a few months. This is far more motivating and realistic.” Continue reading...
  • Live Q&A: What is the best way to learn a language?

    Holly Young
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    There are more ways than ever to learn a language, but how do you find one that suits your learning style and routine? Join us on 24 October, 1-3pm BST, to discussSince its launch in 2012 the Duolingo app has gained 50 million users. Its success has led it to become one of the names synonymous with the tech revolution in language learning, and not without good reason. In a recent interview for the series, its creator, Luis von Ahn, said: “There’s an independent study that shows that if you use Duolingo for 34 hours you learn the same as you would in one university semester of language…
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  • Set up your own digital media lab for next to nothing

    19 Apr 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Back when I was in school, class projects were limited to written reports, dioramas, and posters—things we could create with pencils, paper, Popsicle sticks, and glue. To say our students today have many more options available to them would be the understatement of the 21st century. eSchool News
  • Conceptualising and measuring collaborative critical thinking on asynchronous discussion forums: Challenges and possible solutions

    19 Apr 2015 | 7:06 pm
    The use of asynchronous discussion forums (ADFs) is thought to assist in enhancing students’ collaborative learning and critical thinking throughout higher education. However, previous research has mainly focused on individual critical thinking while the investigation of critical thinking during group work has been generally overlooked. Furthermore, few studies have investigated critical thinking processes of the individual and of the group in a single study to present a comprehensive picture of collaborative critical thinking (CCT). To address these gaps, I examined the demonstration of…
  • Distance Education for People with Visual Impairments

    19 Apr 2015 | 7:01 pm
    This paper studies the standards of higher Distance Education, focusing on the Hellenic Open University, for people who have visual impairments, so that it becomes fully accessible and thus helps reduce social exclusion. Specifically, it aims to study the operational context of Distance Education, the possibilities that modern technology provides the educational needs of the visually impaired and the factors that prevent their full social integration. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning
  • Eduonto: an ontology for Educational Assessment

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:52 pm
    The search for possible applications in the field of Education, by means of domain specific ontologies on the issues of assessment of learning (assessment) and system (evaluation), has been implemented through the construction, testing and evolution of an integrated learning environment called EduOntoWiki. It is supported by ontological structures related to science education based on active consent of specific communities of practice. It allows selecting and incorporating the ontologies in order to organize learning objects to improve learning process. It is created as a setting in which…
  • Comparing Changes in Content Knowledge Between Online ProBLem Based Learning and Traditional Instruction in Undergraduate Health Professional Students

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Problem Based Learning (PBL), a student centered instructional strategy, has been used as an effective pedagogical technique in the education of health care professionals to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. PBL has also been proposed as an instructional method that provides for active and collaborative learning in the online environment. Current research is inconclusive regarding the effect of PBL on content knowledge change. Furthermore self-directed learning readiness (SDLR) and motivation have been identified as attributes that may affect student…
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    The Rapid eLearning Blog

  • 80 Free Stock Images Perfect for E-learning

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
    In a previous post I shared some free stock images via Unsplash. They’re free for commercial use. Unsplash has a lot more images, but the download I featured was curated to help save some time and preserve the images. Today, I’ve done the same thing only this time the curated images are from Startup Stock Photos. Just like Unsplash, they’re free to use and distribute via a public domain license. You can download them individually from their site. However, to make things easy I downloaded them all and put them in a single folder. I resized the images to make the download smaller, but…
  • How to Create Your Own Hand-Drawn Graphics

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:53 am
    Earlier we looked at the essential guide to visual thinking where we discussed how to communicate visually. Coupled with that post, we explored practical ways to apply visual thinking skills to elearning course design. One advantage of visual thinking is learning to see the concepts and how to express them to others. Another advantage is that you gain the skills to create real assets that can be used in your elearning courses. Today we’ll look at ways to create your own hand-drawn graphics. And of course you can always download some free hand-drawn graphics in the community: 50 Stick…
  • An Expert View on Responsive Design for E-Learning

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:24 am
    Last week I was at the Learning Solutions conference in Orlando and ran into my mentor and elearning pioneer, Dr. Werner Oppelbaumer. We chatted about trends in elearning and mobile training. A lot’s happened over the past few years and it always seems like your lab is at the forefront of emerging technologies. For example, you’ve had great success with the: m-Goggles Werner Wear Toot-N-Scoot Twitter Sitter What’s happening at Werner Labs today? Thank you for asking. At Werner Labs we’re working on a dual food dispenser. This allows the application of two products at once. For…
  • Four Ways Your Learners Can Help Build Better Online Training

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:27 am
    There’s often a big disconnect between the training that is delivered and the training that has impact. It’s because training is commissioned by someone who doesn’t take the training like a manager or subject matter expert. What happens is that while the training has all of the right information it doesn’t frame it in a perspective that is true or relevant to the learner; and that’s because the end-user usually doesn’t have a seat at the table when the training is being developed. Here are a few ways to change that. Build Better Online Training by Interviewing Your Learners…
  • How to Create Successful Training

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:21 am
    I was chatting with someone recently who was complaining that the organization’s elearning courses weren’t successful. After some conversation, it turns out that the courses were mostly information-based courses. The organization did a great job pulling content together, but outside of the content (and some nice looking slides) there wasn’t much to the courses. We talked a bit more about what it takes for a training course to be successful. Successful Training Defines Success There are different reasons why organizations create elearning courses. And with that, the measure of…
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  • Cheap books on learning worth the price

    Jay Cross
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Today I paid my $9.99 and started devouring free books on Amazon Kindle Unlimited. I spend on average of $40 a month on hardcopy books, so this seems like a steal. Since I’m in the midst of writing a book on solo/DIY learning, I thought I might learn something from these freebies: 45 Elearning Tips and Tricks, by John Araiza. This is an instructional designer’s record of twelve years’ experience. Advice is for building courses. “Don’t buy photos until you get final approval.” “Use animation to spice up a course.” “remember that you are training adults.” “Become…
  • Informal Learning in Belarus

    Jay Cross
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Belarus has gotten the word about informal learning. If they can do it, you can do it! По мнению Джея Кросса, только 10–15 % приобретаемых знаний получены из формальных источников, а остальные 85 % — из неформальных. Однако до сих пор неформальному обучению в компаниях уделяется очень мало внимания. В своей книге он подробно рассказывает, как составить программу…
  • Ukelele break

    Jay Cross
    4 Apr 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Sorry, off the point, but I just love this. Ukulele Anthem by Amanda Palmer
  • Where I’m coming from

    Jay Cross
    4 Apr 2015 | 6:43 pm
    These are my core beliefs about how to get along in the world. I wrote this post fourteen years ago and rediscovered it this morning. I’m amazed at the consistency of what I believe. I still hold to these, although now they’d be supplemented with newfound knowledge about complexity, mindfulness, informal learning, community, social media, and other topics. Here’s how I saw it in 2001: PEOPLE Perception is reality. (See The User Illusion) Placebos work. Hawthorne effect. Halo effect. There need be no commodities. Reality is relative: we each have our own. Mental expectations…
  • Summarizing Learn for Yourself

    Jay Cross
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:36 pm
      I just copied a rough draft of my new book, Learn For Yourself, into a free summarizer. In a few seconds, it reduced my 116-page manuscript to 10 items It’s all a matter of learning, but it’s not the sort of learning that is the province of training departments, workshops, and classrooms. You are learning to learn how to become the person you wrote the obit for. It’s learning to know versus learning to be. Most of what we learn, we learn by interacting with others. Sharing is an act of learning and can be considered your responsibility for the greater social learning…
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    Harold Jarche

  • open source workers

    Harold Jarche
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Openness enables knowledge-sharing, which fosters innovation through a diversity of ideas. Trust emerges in networks that are open and transparent. This is how open source software is developed. There are lessons to learn for open source work. Consider open source software versus software as a service. If you do not own the software, you do not really own your data, as they are usually useless without the software to use them effectively. The same can apply to labour. If the workers do not own the platform that provides the work, then they may be of little economic value without it. Über is…
  • nobody pays attention

    Harold Jarche
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    “Do you remember that document I sent you and briefed you about?” … “No, I didn’t think so.” It seems that few people have time to pay attention to anything that cannot be put into a known holding bin in their mind. If it’s new, complicated, or complex, there is no time to make sense of it in our hurried professional lives. In a world of general attention deficit disorder, understanding that nobody has understood what you have produced is a critical foundation for communication, especially in business. Assume that nobody has read what you have written. For those rare exceptions,…
  • “proper citation will make you a star”

    Harold Jarche
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    I recently had one of my images used in article that was posted to LinkedIn and Academia.edu (one of the articles has since been removed) without giving proper attribution. What is ‘proper’ attribution? On the bottom of each page of this website is my Creative Commons license: BY-NC-SA (attribution / non-commercial / share alike). The license is simple and has stood the test of courts in many countries. If you are going to use some writing or an image from the Net, it is best to first determine its provenance. This source is not usually Google, which is merely an index. I suggest…
  • marketing-oriented learning

    Harold Jarche
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    Jane Hart sees modern day learning and development (L&D) professionals as agents of change, who are not “order takers” but “trusted advisers”. Therefore the challenge is to become a trusted adviser. Trust is not gained by being an expert, but by doing something of value for others. People trust those who help make useful connections, or initiate change for the better. How many L&D departments show trust to the colleagues they support? If you trust your colleagues to manage their learning, you don’t need a learning management system. If you trust your…
  • holding the space

    Harold Jarche
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:46 am
    There is an aspect of leadership that gets little attention in the popular management press. It is about holding space. Holding space means protecting the boundaries so that people can work. Nations hold their space through laws, treaties, and armed forces. Organizational leaders need to hold their space so that people can work. I do not mean controlling place, just holding it. Frederic Laloux describes this in his book, Reinventing Organizations. The key role of a CEO is in holding the space so that teams can self-manage. If democratic workplaces are the best organizational structure for the…
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  • The Power of Mobile Learning - part 2 - Guest Post by Clark Quinn

    Clark Quinn
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Another way to think about it is where learners are in their development. We use formal learning when they’re novices, and don’t know what they need or why they need it.  Once they’re on the job, when they’re practitioners, they know what they need and just want access to it.  The role of performance support is that information in the moment, and mobile can give us that. For instance, inherent in our architecture is a tendency to skip steps unintentionally.  Checklists are a great support tool to help us make sure we do things in order and don’t skip steps.  Another opportunity…
  • The Power of Mobile Learning - part 1 - Guest Post by Clark Quinn

    Clark Quinn
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Mobile isn’t a fad; the uptake is undeniable and the ubiquity is obvious.  Given that you can no longer ignore mlearning, the question is what are you going to do about it?  The short answer is that you need a mobile strategy, but to get there we need some context. The first thing to consider is what constitutes a mobile device?  While most folks recognize them when they see them, it’s important to make a couple of distinctions.  The first distinction is the nature of a mobile device.  Some early research by Palm (maker of the Pilot, the first broadly successful mobile platform)…
  • The Learner, The SME, and The Trainer: A Training Partnership for Success!

    Brent Schlenker
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Have you ever asked your target audience of learners how they prefer to learn? Given the choice, would they prefer a day long training session or a self-paced online experience? You can probably guess how most would answer. It depends! And yes, I’m one of those people. There are a great many topics and/or skills that I would love to learn, and I would prefer a face-to-face experience with an instructor…and other students. But there are other topics and/or skills that I’m perfectly content learning on my own through trial and error, and the magic of the internet. Delivering training is…
  • Litmos CODiE Award Finalist: Best Corporate Learning/Workforce Development Solution

    Brent Schlenker
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Congratulations to the entire Litmos Team! The SIIA announced the finalists for their annual CODiE awards and Litmos was chosen in the following categories: Best K-12 Course and Learning Management Solution "Recognizes the best digital learning environment/system designed for K-12 educators to manage curriculum-based content, student access and use, diagnostic and remediation programs, data management and reporting tools. Enables the teacher to register, access, and build course materials, communicate with students, and acquire content, developed by students, colleagues or a provider.
  • Should Learning Content be in Perpetual Beta? - Guest post by Jay Cross

    Jay Cross
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    What is a "beta version"? "We could take beta off all of our products tomorrow, and we wouldn't actually have accomplished anything...If it's on there for five years because we think we're going to make major changes for five years, that's fine."  Google co-founder Larry Page Beta is the last, still buggy, version of software before its official release to customers. At least that’s how we used to define it. In the last nineties, Netscape broke with tradition and made beta copies available to customers. My friends and I all ran beta versions of the Netscape browser. Sometimes it worked;…
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    Cathy Moore

  • Write a strong goal: Sell it to Scrooge

    Cathy Moore
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    When a client says, “My team needs training,” they might not realize it yet, but they have a bigger goal in mind. That goal is the real reason the project has to happen. Unfortunately, it’s common to develop training with the wrong type of goal. Below are some typical goals. They all have a big blind spot. What are they missing? Salespeople will know all the product features. Managers will handle difficult conversations better. Everyone will use the new software. People will be aware of the dangers of the internet. Leaders will help people adjust to big changes. If you had…
  • How to be a learning mythbuster

    Cathy Moore
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    “Wait, we can’t design the training that way, because Zeus will rain down fire as punishment!” You might not hear that particular myth, but I’ll bet you’ve heard many others. Here are the most popular myths I’ve heard from learning designers and their clients. Oh, those numbers in the chart? They’re just an estimate based on my experience. They’re not real. They’re like the numbers that someone tacked onto a graphic created by Edgar Dale, magically turning it into a “scientific” and unfortunately misleading “truth”…
  • 3 ways to save gobs of time when designing training

    Cathy Moore
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Everyone wants it yesterday. So how can we deliver on time? Here are three possibly bizarre ideas. 1. Don’t design training Does the client just want everyone to be “aware” of the hamster sharing policy? If so, your best bet might be to send everyone a link to the policy with the message, “Read this policy, and share hamsters according to its rules.” If you have the marketing department send the email, they can track how many people opened it and clicked the link to the policy. If they know what they’re doing, they can even tell you who clicked the link and…
  • Is it ever okay to be a control freak?

    Cathy Moore
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:35 am
    Here’s a short scenario that uses a particular type of structure. What do you think about it? Spoiler alert! Play the scenario before you read on. What type of branching is this? Here’s how the scenario looks as a flowchart in BranchTrack‘s editor. No matter what we decide at decision point A, we all end up at decision point B. It’s like we have no free will! If you’re feeling cranky, you could call this the “control freak” approach to scenario design: No one may advance without first making the correct choice, and then all people must advance as one…
  • Makeover: How to write challenging scenario questions

    Cathy Moore
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    We’ve all seen scenario questions that are too boring or easy. In fact, here’s one: A member of your team is often an hour late to work on Monday mornings. What should you do? A. Ask the team member why they’re late. B. Refer the team member to the Employee Assistance Program for counseling. C. Dock the team member’s pay for the missed hour of work. How could we improve this question? Let’s look at some ideas. (We’ll look at a lot more ideas for strong scenarios in the scenario design workshops I’m giving soon in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Sydney.) 1.
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    Online Learning Update

  • MIT creates new Online Education Policy Initiative

    Ray Schroeder
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    by MIT Through its newly created Online Education Policy Initiative (OEPI), made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, MIT aims to catalyze the national conversation on the future of education and online learning. Led jointly by Professor Karen Willcox and Dean of Digital Learning Sanjay Sarma, the initiative’s broad objectives are: to explore teaching pedagogy and efficacy, institutional business models, and global educational engagement strategies — and to present a cohesive report on these issues that can be used by policymakers and leaders in education; to…
  • What Harvard Business School Has Learned About Online Collaboration From HBX

    Ray Schroeder
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:03 pm
    by Bharat N. AnandJanice H. HammondV.G. Narayanan, Harvard Business Review In June 2014, Harvard Business School launched HBX, to focus on solving real-world business problems. Videos capturing real managers discussing real problems would anchor the course offerings, to help students understand the applicability of even the most abstract and esoteric concepts. Encourage active learning. Students would engage with the material in “lean forward” mode, rather than passively watching video lectures. Students would not spend more than 3-5 minutes on the platform before being required to…
  • Online Course Offers N.H. Primary Experience To Political Junkies Across Globe

    Ray Schroeder
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:02 pm
    By MICHAEL BRINDLEY, New Hampshire Public Radio A free online course this fall focused on the New Hampshire Primary is likely to attract political junkies from the Granite State and beyond. “FIRST! Understanding New Hampshire Presidential Primary” is the University of New Hampshire’s first Massive Open Online Course. It’s open to anyone, anywhere. It will explore the history of the First-in-the-Nation primary, and follow the 2016 primary as it unfolds. The course will be taught by UNH political science professors Andrew Smith and Dante Scala.

    Ray Schroeder
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
    by EDUCAUSE Visual literacy is the ability to recognize and critically appreciate meaning in visual content and to use visual elements to create effective communication. Visualizations often provide better ways to tell a story or understand data, and some colleges and universities are making visual literacy coursework part of general education requirements. As the prevalence of visual communication expands, so does the need to develop a critical eye to evaluate visual content for its accuracy and validity. The demand for visual literacy is driving key changes in curricula as visual content…
  • Yale Online Expansion Held Back

    Ray Schroeder
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed Yale University has learned that a thorough review over a period of several years may be the fastest way for its hybrid master’s degree program in medical science to become accredited. The development — while in no way killing the program — is being seen as a victory for alumni and students who have expressed skepticism about online education. The university’s School of Medicine had planned to treat the hybrid program, which combines online learning and in-person classes, as merely an increase in class size, which meant it would piggyback…
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    E-Learning Journeys

  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:31 am
    The Evolution of the Employee – do schools understand this? | Lucacept - intercepting the Web The Evolution of the Employee – do schools understand this? http://t.co/8rq0JswFiM tags: education future Twitter for the #GlobalEducator | Asia Society #FF Special: Our list of who to follow to get started with #globaled. Who did we miss? http://t.co/BYOX07dZB9 http://t.co/aJBZ1gmEp9 tags: FF globaled globaleducator education asiasociety Participating in a Twitter Chat | Teacher Tech tags: twitter chat education online educational-origami - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy tags: bloomstaxonomy…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:31 am
    Using YouTube for Schools with your web filter - YouTube Short screencast on how to set up YouTube for schools and filter only educational videos to your school. tags: education youtube digitalcitizenship filter security Well-known Global Education Advocate Joins VIF as Development Director tags: VIF education globaleducation Finland Meets Florida | Yammer and Corinth Classroom - YouTube Finland meets Florida - connected learners http://t.co/SKkgUvRczD @julielindsay #edtech #elearning #msftedu @Yammer tags: edtech elearning msftedu microsoft education Finland globalproject globalcolaboration…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    5 Apr 2015 | 3:31 am
    Graham Brown-Martin - TEDx Learning {Re}imabined for education revolutionariestags: Tedx education learningREimagined Australians’ digital lives—researchacma report - YouTube tags: education Australia digital research statistics Connecting Your Students with the World: Tools and Projects to Make Global Collaboration Come Alive, K-8 (Paperback) - Routledge tags: education globalcollaboration globalprojects book Learning (Re)Imagined | Graham Brown-Martin | TEDxAmsterdamED - YouTube Learning (Re)Imagined: How the connected society is transforming learning. Graham is a huge believer in the…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    13 Digital Research Tools For The Google Generation “@Julia_Brannon: Digital Credibility: 13 Lessons For the Google Generation http://t.co/6ZG97oz4Gh via @TeachThought” #INF530 #ETL523 tags: INF530 ETL523 digitalcitizenship education ISTE | Introduce your students to 3D printing To introduce students to the process of going from idea to design to printing, I showed them a video that described how 3D printing works. The printer allows users to manufacture an object using a digital modeling program or by downloading a design from Makerbot’s Thingaverse site. Next, I showed students three…
  • ISTE Learning Series Webinar: Getting started with connected learning and global collaboration

    Julie Lindsay
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    The Global Collaboration PLN is a new community for the International Society for technology in Education (ISTE). As Chair of the PLN I am working with a team of dedicated educators to build membership, share resources and discuss global connections and collaborations.Last week we presented live at an ISTE Learning Series webinar. Here are the resources from that presentation.Don't forget to follow the hashtag #ISTEglobalPLN to learn more. We have a tweetchat every month (the fourth Tuesday evening, USA times, each month). The next one is coming up on Tuesday March 24 at 7pm PST.The Getting…
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  • Exploiting Opportunities

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:58 am
    The following is from an email I wrote to someone who asked if I was going to be presenting at the EduTech conference in Brisbane this year. As you can see, my answer is no, but I think what’s important is my reason for saying no. If you’re planning to present at EduTech, I hope you consider the effect of saying yes. To be honest, I am not a big fan of EduTech, mainly because I really don’t like their policy of non-payment for Australian speakers. I find it quite insulting that they are willing to pour outrageous amounts of money into getting overseas speakers but are…
  • Lipstick on a Pig

    2 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    I was looking at school websites tonight trying to find some information I needed and I stumbled across a school that I won’t name, but on the front page of their website they had these two rather ironic images on display in a slider… Click to view slideshow. I’m fairly sure that neither of these images qualifies for the claim they make of “Best Practices in Education” or “Advanced Learning Environment”. Is it that schools simply don’t get what those terms mean? Or are they just marketing to parents who don’t understand what those terms…
  • A Bicycle for the Mind

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    I’ve been doing some work recently with a school that’s using iPads with their kids, and was asked to give a talk on the topic “The place of iPads in teaching and learning”. This post is just a bit of thinking out loud about that question. Let me start by saying that I think the iPad is an amazing piece of technology. I dispute the common claim about iPads just being “consumption devices”. That’s a load of nonsense. Used wisely, iPads open up incredible opportunities for creativity. This point was driven home during my recent 365 project, The Daily…
  • Paid in Full

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    I haven’t seen an actual paper credit card statement for a long time because I’ve banked electronically for years, but I switched banks recently and they just sent me my first credit card statement on this new account. I was really pleased to see a prominent section on the statement (mandated by government legislation) pointing out just how long this bill will take to pay off if I were only to pay the minimum amount. I think this is a great thing for developing financial literacy, as I’m always shocked at just how little some people know about money, especially credit, and…
  • Watch Me Drive

    8 Jan 2015 | 8:34 pm
    There is an advertisement on TV at the moment for an Australian car insurance company that encourages drivers to download an app to their phone to find out who is “Australia’s Best Driver“.  Here’s the ad… Click here to view the embedded video. When you download and install the app it starts by asking you a few questions…  your name, gender, email address, home address, etc. Then it keeps track of your driving using GPS location, timestamps, speed tracking, etc for at least the next 300km. In fact, it even defaults to an autostart mode so that you…
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    In the Middle of the Curve

  • Business Architecture - The Individual Process Level

    Wendy Wickham
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:14 am
    Now that I have a rough idea of what processes I need to document, it's time for me to start mapping out the individual process.  The act of doing this will help me break this down further.Working within a  training team, I figured it was best to start with us.This will also help provide a point of discussion when I talk to other teams.Allow me to see how our process differs from theirs and why.We have already defined the general processes we need to begin mapping. The first process I am documenting is our Registration process for students. Eventually, I will do all of the…
  • Business Architecture - Here be Monsters

    Wendy Wickham
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:14 am
    This is the Carta Marina. Please note the monsters.You will find some on your journey.An interesting interactive version of this map can be found at Slate.com------------- I now have a rough idea of the processes that need to be documented.And this is where things can get a little hairy....I've learned that anytime you document human processes you learn:What is "supposed" to happen (often "management's" perspective of the situation)What actually happens (usually discovered when you are talking to the people who actually do the work)The interesting behavior that occurs among your stakeholders…
  • Business Architecture - So What Do You Do?

    Wendy Wickham
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:02 am
    Argue about the validity of ADDIE if you must, but most training teams I have encountered still use this as an organizing structure for what they do.I'd rather talk to my  stakeholders in a way they understand.This particular iteration is from Chico State IDTS. ----------------------The "Power Users" for the Learning Ecosystem will be the folks performing staff training design, development and delivery activities.One of the important things to figure out is what these folks actually do.This is the start of the investigation for the Business Architecture.----------------------------- In…
  • Preliminary Phase - Stakeholder Identification and What to Do with Them

    Wendy Wickham
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    An important step in this process is to figure out who your stakeholders are and perform a bit of Stakeholder analysis.What is their role in this architecture? Responsible for completing an action in the architecture? Accountable for making sure that action is completed?Consulted (advised) if something needs to happen?Informed once certain things are finished?How supportive are they of what you are trying to do? (Interest)How badly can they derail your plans? (Power)These are the questions I asked during the first go-around when I was trying to figure out who did staff training at the…
  • Preliminary Phase - Outputs

    Wendy Wickham
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    From lynda-m at Deviantart.com ---------------------------------------- The Preliminary Phase of the architecture is supposed to have 4 outputs.  I am outlining these below to help provide a checklist of the types of information I need to gather and some of the early decisions that need to be considered.---------------------------------------The Organizational Model for the Architecture provides a rough idea of what you have to work with:People Who is impactedWho we need to target for governance and decision-making around the architectureWhat roles these people play - I'm going to…
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    Assistive Technology

  • Using Vernier Go Wireless Sensors in the Classroom

    11 Apr 2015 | 12:52 pm
    I have always enjoyed my science classes when I was in school, especially when we did hands on labs. Unfortunately, as I reflect on my education many years later, there just were not enough labs integrated into my science classrooms. In retrospect, with the equipment we had in the day, it just took too much time to set up and labs took an inordinate amount of time which were always thought to take away from the instruction at hand. Nothing could be further from the truth-but it was the best we could do at the time when I was in high school science classes in the early 1970s. Jump to 2015, and…
  • A Week with the Surface 3 – First Impressions

    7 Apr 2015 | 4:52 am
    A couple of weeks ago out of the blue I received an email invitation from Microsoft to attend a party in New York City on March 31st. For the life of me, I could not figure out what this event would highlight-you see, it seemed like the timing was all off for a big announcement. But then on March 31, Microsoft announced the Surface 3 tablets which caught us all off guard. Microsoft announced the new Surface 3 with the latest Atom “Cherry Trail” processor, which would run Windows 8.1 andbe upgradeable to Windows 10 when it is released later this summer. The specifications noted that the…
  • MindView 6 from Matchware- Solid Upgrade

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    When I heard that Matchware was releasing MindView 6, I was excited to find out its new feature set and how it would help me to do my work. For the past several years I have been using MindView 5 to craft my very structured consulting reports that I deliver to the schools that I work with. Over the years I have developed some templates that really have helped me to communicate ideas in a very clear fashion. One of the chief reasons that I go back to MindView time and time again is because I have always found that MindView has some of the best Microsoft Office integration when exporting mind…
  • Reflections of EdCampAccessNJ 2105

    8 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Yesterday was the big day, after a couple of months of planning with my co-host Mike Marotta, EdcampAccessNJ held at the College of St. Elizabeth was off and running. It is always such an exciting day for me and the participants as we share our skills and talents. Mike and I have had this philosophy since we spoke about running an Unconference "build it and the will come" and they did. Yesterday we had over 150 dedicated educators  spend their entire Saturday with us to learn about new ways they can bring assistive technology into their classroom. Using Twitter, Facebook and word of…
  • Chromebooks in the Classroom: Changing the Landscape of Education

    15 Feb 2015 | 11:17 am
    Having just returned from the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) 2015 Conference I had a chance to connect with friends and colleagues and survey the landscape to pick up on trends and practices in the field of assistive technology. Without a doubt we are at the beginning of another trend in our field as more and more schools move to Chromebooks. Chromebooks in many ways represent a real paradigm shift for educators and students since all of the apps follow the students account as they are delivered through the Chrome browser. This is a huge shift allowing educators to customize…
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  • Game Maker’s Toolkit, Flip Book, and Creativity in eLearning: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:51 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
  • Bottom-Line Performance Wins Two Horizon Interactive Awards in Partnership with Roche Diagnostics

    Jake Huhn
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    Bottom-Line Performance (BLP) is the proud recipient of two “Silver” awards in the 2014 Horizon Interactive Awards competition. The prestigious competition receives thousands of entries each year, and only 65% of all entries receive a Gold, Silver, or Bronze distinction for excellence in interactive media. The Avoid the BBPs eLearning course and the Hazard Communication eLearning course both earned a “Silver” designation in the Training/eLearning category. Both courses were created in partnership with Roche Diagnostics as part of their continued efforts to provide…
  • Misconceptions about UX in Video Games, Flat Design, and Perfect Blog Posts: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
  • How to Create Award-Winning Training Solutions

    Sharon Boller
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    The after-glow of our three 2014 Brandon Hall awards is starting to fade away. Yes, excitement can only last for so long… and we are hard at work making plans to submit for 2015 awards. Many of the clients we talk to care about awards and would like to have the prestige that comes from having them attached to their training efforts. But if you’ve never submitted for an award before, how do you know your learning solution is award-worthy? And what do you need to include in the submission to draft a winner? The “Secret Sauce” If you want to receive awards for the…
  • The End of Apps, Designing for Interfaces and iOS, and Adding Chance to Games: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
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    Clive on Learning

  • Engaging your learner - four dos and four don'ts

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Whether you’re teaching in a classroom, developing some e-learning or producing a video, you’ll be concerned about engaging your learners. Why? Because, if learners aren’t engaged they’ll pay little attention to what you’re offering and they’re very unlikely to retain anything. You can spend a fortune trying to engage learners, but the secrets to engagement do not demand you break the bank. Here are four dos and four don’ts:DOS1. Make an emotional impact: Too much of what we teach is aimed at the rational, reasoning side of the human psyche, but that’s less than half…
  • Clive's Cone (if Dale can have one so can I)

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    Are you fed up with all that pseudoscience with which the learning profession is plagued? If so, join the Debunker Club. For April Fool's Day we're going after Dales Cone of Experience.
  • E-learning: what is it good for?

    11 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    First of all, before we get started, let me just clarify that I am not talking about e-learning in the broadest sense, encompassing live online sessions and all sorts of online collaboration. I prefer to refer to these as learning technologies, perhaps even 'digital learning'. No, what I’m referring to in this post is the use of interactive self-study materials, particularly in the workplace. For most learning professionals that I meet, that is what they mean when they use the term e-learning.The problem is that the term e-learning, used in this specific context, carries too much baggage.
  • Seven ways in which stories power learning

    11 Mar 2015 | 3:03 am
    I’d never written a film script before. The nearest I’d got to so-called creative writing was penning the dialogue for interactive scenarios, so this was a brave move. To be honest, I was pushed hard by my colleague Asatuurs Keim, a film-maker with a passion for storytelling and someone who believes we have failed to realise the full potential of film as a vehicle for learning at work.Now I was only ever proposing a really short film, but I was encouraged by Asatuurs to use the classic script structure:Setup: Establishes the main characters, their relationships and the world they…
  • The teacher as storyteller

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    A few days ago, I sat down to write a post explaining why I thought stories were such a powerful tool for learning. In my research, I came across a post I originally published in 2005. Once I had got over the shock of realising that this post was a full ten years old, I decided to share it again, given I probably now have a very different audience. I also believe it holds true today, although what I refer to as ‘the science’ has probably moved on. Anyway, I’m still working on my new post on storytelling and I’ll share it soon.Back in 2003, I devoted a great…
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    Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

  • VIDEO: Bschlenker - Streaming with Periscope and Meerkat

    Brent Schlenker
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Live streaming apps on your phone have finally landed. And they are officially cool! Check out Meerkat and Periscope. And here's my vlog on the topic.
  • Why is Instructional Design Trending Downward ...since 2004?

    Brent Schlenker
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The graphic above comes from trends.google.com using the search term "instructional design".  This is a bit surprising to me as I see online training becoming more and more popular every day. I see the digital marketing world promoting the online courses as another great form of content. I see more and more bloggers in the world of online training.  And of course the blog aggregation
  • Future thoughts: Grades, Degrees, Certifications, Certificates Become Meaningless

    Brent Schlenker
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    The future of Higher Ed is in jeopardy for many reasons. But the single biggest reason is the declining value of their value proposition: The Degree. The future of Grading scales in all of education are in jeopardy... well... because they just don't accurately measure true competency in a subject. How many adults do you know that took 2 to 4 years of a foreign language in school but can't
  • Serendipity and Reflection on Games and Learning

    Brent Schlenker
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Cruising the twitter streams this morning I noticed this tweet retweeted by +Koreen Pagano. All I can think to say is thank you, thank you, thank you. http://t.co/g05g6H9cM7 — Brenda Romero (@br) January 27, 2015 A quick click on the link brought me to an article in the webzine Gamasutra. Brenda is the winner of the Ambassadors Award as part of this years Game Developers Choice Awards... "
  • Looking Back at Wikis - My Early Days of DevLearn - and 2015

    Brent Schlenker
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    Nobody really talks about wikis any more. I think the closest most people get to a wiki these days is wikipedia. Bummer. They were my absolute favorite new tech back in the day. The genius of the wiki was it's edit-ability. Of course today, everything is sharable and editable by multiple people. Google docs is the best current example. Ho hum... I still dream of an old-fashioned wiki circa
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    Donald Clark Plan B

  • Does gamification play Pavlov with learners? DOs & DON'Ts

    Donald Clark
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:26 am
    The massive success of online games led many to suggest that games and gamification, could be used to turbo-charge online learning. Take a little magic dust from gaming, sprinkle generously and we’ll all find it more fun, be more motivated and learn to love learning. But there’s pros and cons here, as it can both help and hinder learning. If gamification is simply scoring, bonuses and badges, the 21st century version of Pavlov's dogs, that would be a disappointment. The simple stimuli, scores and rewards may keep learners going forward but it can be a distractive, disappointing and…
  • Myers-Briggs – a useless ponzi scheme?

    Donald Clark
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Myers-Briggs is a multi-million dollar business, with over 2 million people taking the ‘test’ every year. Yet it may well be a complete waste of time, based on discarded 70 year-old theory, with no evidence that it is of any real practical use. In fact, there is evidence that it is plainly wrong and misleading, with no real predictive value.Ponzi scheme?No serious psychologist would use or recommend Myers Briggs but HR has a tendency to go for astrology-like fads, based on long-discarded theory, as it gives them ‘results’, some supposedly ‘real’ data to work with, despite the fact…
  • VR and consciousness – some truly freakish ideas

    Donald Clark
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:10 am
    The Hard ProblemFor the last year I’ve been playing around with Virtual Reality, using the Oculus Rift’s DK1 then DK2, demoing it to hundreds of people all over the world. I’ve seen them scream, shake, fall and have their mind blown, almost replaced by these experiences. Almost to the last person, the reaction has been ‘that’s awesome’. It’s made me think – think hard.The fact that it can, in seconds, replace consciousness of the world you know with another completely different world, floating around the International Space Station, walking across the bottom of the ocean,…
  • Will Apple be biggest watch company in the world?

    Donald Clark
    11 Apr 2015 | 3:17 am
    Scott Galloway, of NYU Stern thinks that Apple will be the biggest watch company in the world. He may be right - they've, surprisingly sold out on release.But a watch is no longer a watch, it’s an accessory, a piece of jewellery. It has long lost its role as a timepiece, by top-end vendors who market them as often unnaturally large and shiny, status objects. They’re not stupid these vendors. Neither are the people who research and study this stuff. They know exactly what a watch IS and what it is NOT.Not a timepieceWrist watches were developed for military watches, synchronised actions,…
  • 7 secrets you may not know about TED talks

    Donald Clark
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    What happened to TED?I liked the early buzz, learned a thing or two, then looking beyond the hype, it all started to get a bit stale. Now it would be wrong to simply decimate TED, as there is much to admire in free videos that try to focus on content rather than celebrities, on substance rather than style. Nevertheless, it is important to see it for what it is and dispel some of the misconceptions.What is interesting is the new study of 740 people watching TED videos, with and without sound, where the ratings on charisma, intelligence, and credibility were the same for both. It seems as…
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    Cammy Bean's Learning Visions

  • Does Your eLearning Smell Bad?

    8 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    Sometimes a phrase sticks in my skull.  And not always in a good way.Last week I read an article in CLO Magazine about blended learning: ”What’s Old is New Again: CLOs aren’t as fond of blended learning as we think” by Giuseppe Auricchio, that had a ring dinger of a quote that I’ll get to in a second.So why the resistance to blended learning at the senior level? Well, mostly because CLOs don’t seem to trust all of the ingredients going into those blends. Adoption is hindered, the article says, due to “preconceptions about online learning. One interviewee said,…
  • Book Review: Visual Design Solutions by Connie Malamed

    6 Apr 2015 | 7:22 pm
    I got started in the business because I can write. I like to think that I have some visual design acumen, but it’s pretty haphazard. The last time I studied the color wheel was probably in eighth grade.And yet eLearning is a really visual medium. We’re communicating with people through the tools of the screen: text, audio, video, images. Layout and aesthetics matter. As designers of learning experiences (and no matter your role in that processbe it a writer of instructional material that you handoff to a graphics team, or a one-stop-instructional design shop where you do it all) one…
  • The Accidental Designer: Book Group Discussion Guide

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Looking to develop your team's ID skills? Want to have a good starting point for a team meeting discussion? At the request of a client who was starting a discussion group for her team on The Accidental Instructional Designer, I created a Book Group Discussion Guide. You can download the guide for free from the ATD Press page:The Accidental Instructional Designer covers nearly every aspect of the e-learning design process. It’s perfect for the learning professional or instructional designer who is just getting started—or the practitioner looking for new ideas. Delve into instructional…
  • Rubber Ducks and Instructional Design

    18 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    If you haven't already figured it out, there's this duck meme thing going on in my life.Real pet ducks.Book covers with ducks on them.At Christmas this past year, a friend sent me a box of rubber ducks. All colors. 50 of them.In my twenties I even had a hair cut that my friends joked looked a little bit like a duck's bottom.Like any good meme, these ducks have a life of their own, and I no longer have any control over them.My book, The Accidental Instructional Designer, features a bunch of black rubber ducks with one shiny yellow one standing out from the crowd. The yellow duck, instead of…
  • Kineo Blended Learning Webinar Series

    14 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    Join me and Chip Cleary, Kineo's VP of Solutions & Consulting, as we  introduce a new webinar series focused on blended learning in different solution areas. 30 minute sessions, we'll keep it tight and focused, with real-world examples to get you inspired.The series launches Thursday, April 2 with Make Blended Learning Work for Leaders. Learn more and register today!
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  • Road trip(s)!

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Several events are coming up that I should mention (“coming to a location near you!”): If you’re anywhere near Austin, you should check out the upcoming eLearning Symposium May 7 and 8. I’m speaking on the L&D Revolution I’m trying to incite, and then offering a half day workshop to help you get your strategy going.  There’s a nice slate of other speakers to help you dig deeper into elearning. I’ll also be speaking on Serious eLearning at Callidus Cloud Connections in Las Vegas May 11-13.  If you’re into Litmos, or thinking about…
  • Cyborg Thinking: Cognition, Context, and Complementation

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    I’m writing a chapter about mobile trends, and one of the things I’m concluding with are the different ways we need to think to take advantage of mobile. The first one emerged as I wrote and kind of surprised me, but I think there’s merit. The notion is one I’ve talked about before, about how what our brains do well, and what mobile devices do well, are complementary. That is, our brains are powerful pattern matchers, but have a hard time remembering rote information, particularly arbitrary or complicated details.  Digital technology is the exact opposite. So, that…
  • Defining Microlearning?

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    Last week on the #chat2lrn twitter chat, the topic was microlearning. It was apparently prompted by this post by Tom Spiglanin which does a pretty good job of defining it, but some conceptual confusion showed up in the chat that makes it clear there’s some work to be done.  I reckon there may be a role for the label and even the concept, but I wanted to take a stab at what it is and isn’t, at least on principle. So the big point to me is the word ‘learning’.  A number of people opined about accessing a how-to video, and let’s be clear: learning doesn’t…
  • Starting from the end

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Week before last, Will Thalheimer and I had another one of our ‘debates’, this time on the Kirkpatrick model (read the comments, too!).  We followed up last week with a live debate.  And in the course of it I said something that I want to reiterate and extend. The reason I like the Kirkpatrick model is it emphasizes one thing that I see the industry failing to do.  Properly applied (see below), it starts with the measurable change you need to see in the organization, and you work backwards from there. You go back to the behavior change you need in the workplace to address…
  • Labeling 70:20:10

    7 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    In the Debunker Club, a couple of folks went off on the 70:20:10 model, and it prompted some thoughts.  I thought I’d share them. If you’re not familiar with 70:20:10, it’s a framework for thinking about workplace learning that suggests we need to recognize that the opportunity is about much more than courses. If you ask people how they learned the things they know to do in the workplace, the responses suggest that somewhere around 10% came from formal learning, 20% from informal coaching and such, and about 70% from trial and error.  Note the emphasis on the fact that…
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    Will at Work Learning

  • Training Maximizers

    Will Thalheimer
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    A few years ago, I created a simple model for training effectiveness based on the scientific research on learning in conjunction with some practical considerations (to make the model's recommendations leverageable for learning professionals). People keep asking me about the model, so I'm going to briefly describe it here. If you want to look at my original YouTube video about the model -- which goes into more depth -- you can view that here. You can also see me in my bald phase. The Training Maximizers Model includes 7 requirements for ensuring our training or teaching will achieve…
  • Why the World Needs Research Translators

    Will Thalheimer
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Research translators are people who read research articles from scientific refereed journals and distill the wisdom from those articles into practical recommendations for practitioners. Sometimes research translators translate one article at a time (or a few), compiling the main points from the article and transforming those main points into recommendations for practice. More effectively, research translators read many articles about a particular topic and then -- based on years of immersion in the research and years of experience with practitioners -- make sense of the topic findings in…
  • Kirkpatrick Model Good or Bad? The Epic Mega Battle!

    Will Thalheimer
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Clark Quinn and I have started debating top-tier issues in the workplace learning field. In the first one, we debated who has the ultimate responsibility in our field. In the second one, we debated whether the tools in our field are up to the task. In this third installment of the series, we've engaged in an epic battle about the worth of the 4-Level Kirkpatrick Model. Clark and I believe that these debates help elucidate critical issues in the field. I also think they help me learn. This debate still intrigues me, and I know I'll come back to it in the future to gain wisdom. And…
  • Psychological Scientists Now Reviewing Movies -- To Bring Clarity

    Will Thalheimer
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    Mary V. Spiers, professor of psychology (and neuropsychologist) at one of my Alma Maters, Drexel University, has created a brilliant website to clarify the psychological science depicted in the movies. You must check this out: http://www.neuropsyfi.com/ I love the review of Finding Nemo. Do you remember Dory, the amnesic sidekick? http://www.neuropsyfi.com/reviews/finding-nemoFor another movie I really enjoyed, Memento, the reviewers point out both the ways in which the movie is accurate in reporting on anterograde amnesia, and inaccurate. http://www.neuropsyfi.com/reviews/memento The website…
  • Open Letter to Magazine Editors, Bloggers, Tweeters, and Other Opinion Leaders

    Will Thalheimer
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    To Magazine Editors, Bloggers, Tweeters, and other Opinion Leaders in the learning field: I’m wondering if you’d help publicize The Debunkers Club (www.Debunker.Club) Launched just two months ago, we’ve already enrolled members from every continent except for Antarctica and South America. The Debunker Club is dedicated to fighting myths and misconceptions in the learning field. In the past, individuals and organizations have taken on the responsibility of improving the information in the field, but still, bad information—sometimes dangerous information—continues to be conveyed. The…
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    The Upside Learning Blog

  • Multi-device eLearning: Custom or Tools?

    Amit Gautam
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:45 pm
    At the recently concluded LSCON 2015, I delivered a session on ‘Learning in a Multi-device World’ that covered the areas of design & development, testing, and delivering multi-device learning. Post the session, a visitor at our booth posed me this question: “At my firm, we are very keen to develop multi-device learning and we believe […]
  • Great Custom Learning – 5 Secrets Revealed

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:56 am
    Let’s play a quick game of word associations. For each word listed below, think of the 1st thing that comes to your mind. 1. Mobile phone 2. Friends 3. Learning Guessing the responses to the first two is quite easy. In all probability, ‘Can’t do without’ or ‘Fun’ will feature at the top. Now for […]
  • Learning in a Multi-device World (Infographic)

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    According to the Verto Analytics’ Device Ecosystem US 2014 report, the average number of smartphones, tablets and computers used by an average US adult is 2.8 devices. Further, consumers show an increasingly polarised preference towards a particular device and platform as technology evolves. This indicates the increasing dependency on devices, generated by the ease in […]
  • A Trip Down Our 11 Year Journey

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Eleven is considered to be a Master Number. Ten being the perfect number, eleven represents something above and beyond the mundane. This is just what we did in the past year; pushed past the limitations, surpassed all expectations, and introduced the world to some innovative learning solutions. That was the year that was. Overall too, […]
  • Your Crack Code for Best Quality eLearning: ‘Multi-device Testing 101′

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:51 am
    The unprecedented growth of the number and types of devices available in the market, supported by advanced technology and telecommunications, has redefined the way learning is accessed and managed today. This has translated into a need to design, develop, test and deliver eLearning courseware that runs seamlessly across multiple devices, browsers, manufacturers, models and sizes, […]
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    The eLearning Coach

  • Blog Book Tour: Visual Design Solutions

    Connie Malamed
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am
    My new book, Visual Design Solutions, has been published. I was inspired to write this book when I realized there were no visual design books specifically for people in the learning industry, even though we create in highly visual mediums. I also have an undergrad degree in Art Education, so I am keenly interested in […]Post from: The eLearning CoachBlog Book Tour: Visual Design Solutions
  • 12 eLearning Related Tools You May Not Know

    Connie Malamed
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    We often labor away using the same tools and techniques we've always used. This is one way to get in a rut. It's helpful to take a break and stop to see if there are better tools that will make our jobs easier, more fun, or provide inspiration.Post from: The eLearning Coach12 eLearning Related Tools You May Not Know
  • ELC 023: Why You Should Show Your Work

    Connie Malamed
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    In this interview with Jane Bozarth, we discuss the benefits of showing or narrating your work to the individual, one's colleagues and the organization.Post from: The eLearning CoachELC 023: Why You Should Show Your Work
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Education on Air

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Join the free online ‘Education on Air’ conference organized by Google on 8 & 9 May 2015. Explore the details of conference by clicking here. You can add your voice by joining the conversation through Twitter or Google+ The screenshot of interactive image from the conference page is given below.
  • Interested in Exploring ‘Elevate’ by LinkedIn?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    LinkedIn is launching a social engagement tool ‘Elevate’ so that the employees of the companies share great content to make the company a socially engaged one. Elevate empowers employees, the company’s most credible spokes persons. Since employees will be having many connections, their sharing content will boost both employees’ as well as company’s credibility. To read the rest of the article, visit my LinkedIn blog post at http://linkd.in/1yobO3N 
  • Launched Social Media Marketing Online Course at ApnaCourse.com

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    I had been really busy designing, preparing content for the certificate program titled ‘Social Media Marketing’ (SMM). The course is offered at apnacourse.com because according to Mr.Sathish, Founder Director and C.E.O, ‘It is India’s only MOOC platform and the winner of the prestigious startup of the year 2014 award by Silicon India. ApnaCourse addresses a global demand for knowledge management and does so by partnering with elite institutions and individuals via video based courses’. They offer complete freedom in creating the content. Their non-interfering and friendly attitude…
  • CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, May 2-3, 2015

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:56 pm
    ‘CUE and The Learning Revolution Project, the producers of the Google Teacher Academy and the Global Education Conference, are joining forces to expand globally connective opportunities for educators. In September, these organizations hosted the first ever Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, highlighting the work of Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves.’ The registration fee is $10 for CUE Members $50 for new or renewing members (includes one year of CUE Membership) For details. Click here.
  • Will Casual Learning Replace Gamification?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:28 pm
    In this interview titled ‘GAMIFICATION IS OVER: NOW, IT’S ALL ABOUT CASUAL LEARNING’  Dave Cutler, the co-founder and CEO of mLevel, says that ‘Casual Learning is social, mobile and personalized. It’s designed to be consumed in short bursts when and where users need it. And it is designed to be fun’. The company’s mLevel ‘is the industry leading casual learning platform used by global fortune 500 companies to make learning fun, while improving real business results’. The following video suggests what mLevel is all about. mLevel mission manager enables the learning…
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    Latest Solar News

  • Reasons Why Solar Energy Is The Answer

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    Now, if you do not know or have not heard of solar energy and its potential, then you must be living under a rock somewhere. Our long-standing provider of heat and light, the sun, where solar energy is coming from. This seemingly endless power source was considered by past civilizations and worshiped as a God too. That’s all for a good reason too. The sun gives us endless opportunities to use his immense power for the benefit of mankind. Every day, we can count on one thing and that is the setting and rising of the sun at sunrise and sunset. The sun sends reliable solar energy at the…
  • Make Your Business Ready for an Electricity Blackout

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    30 years ago, everyone hopes the world are increasingly sophisticated and politically stable. Today it seems that there have been many technological advances, but the power supply is uncertain. This is partly due to the dynamics of the world have presented us with an oil supply much more destabilized and governments have an interest in increasing taxes on energy and no water because there is a severe lack of resources but to feed their habits constantly increasing. A strategy for all small businesses to consider when you own your home or intends to stay in place for the next 10 years or…
  • Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    Keep your energy bills can be a challenge, especially in the winter months. However, there are many things you can do to make your home more energy efficient, reduce costs and help the environment in the process. Some of these tips require initial capital, but reducing your energy bills will more than make up for it in the future. Generate your own energy The installation of solar panels or small wind turbine on the roof can allow generate their own electricity. Depending on conditions, could generate all the power you need to run your home, significantly reducing their energy bills to zero.
  • The Basics and Benefits of Solar Pool Heating

    19 Apr 2015 | 3:35 am
    Solar pool heater can help reduce the cost of maintaining a backyard pool. Instead of using the traditional mechanical system, you can harness energy from the sun to keep the comfortable water for her family. How Does It Work To increase the temperatureof H2O with a swimming pool solar heating system, equipment pump water through a special filter in hot water collector. This device is mounted directly on a roof where the sun is always in the summer. Small tubes extending through the manifold, and passes through the water being heated by the sun. After raising the temperature, the return pipes…
  • It’s All Regarding Solar Power Info

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Solar panels are the most dominant manifestation of renewable energy available in the market today. You can use them to generate heat, electricity and indoor and outdoor lighting. Solar energy has been tested for human use for centuries. Due to space exploration and urgency of process energy, technology has progressed beyond all expectations in a very short period of time. Although there is still a striking separation of a world entirely by solar energy, we can now see how renewable energy technologies can help us more quickly. Energy from the sun The sun, a particular source of renewable…
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  • News Flash: aLearning Trail Guide is Now Available in MORE e-versions!

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    It’s been a long time coming, but aLearning: A Trail Guide to Association eLearning is now available for reading on your Kindle, Nook, or Kobo device. Prices range from $9.99 to about $13. I’ve always believed this book is best used in print format, but so many people rely on their tablets and phones for content now that I decided to release this book in these formats. The continued popularity of the aLearning book shouldn’t surprise any of us, but despite planning to retire the book, it sells consistently enough that I know its practical, step-by-step instructions and…
  • aLearning Trail Guide Now Available on Amazon

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Though I’d thought it was time to retire aLearning: A Trail Guide for Association eLearning, I continue to see sales and interest in the book — a great sign that online learning is alive and well and growing in the world of nonprofit and trade associations! Much has changed in the technology of elearning since the trail guide was originally published in 2009, but the step-by-step instructions for gathering what you need to develop, and then create, your association’s elearning strategy are still valid. When the book came out, it was the only place to get such detailed…
  • aLearning Trail Guide Going Dark

    9 Feb 2013 | 11:57 am
    Not my choice, but the days for ordering e-versions of aLearning: A Trail Guide to Association eLearning are numbered.* The e-reader enabled versions and possibly the PDF version will no longer be available after the end of this month. If you’ve been putting off purchasing the aLearning Trail Guide, don’t wait much longer. You can order here. For info on this book and others, click here. The print version will continue to be available (with its accompanying postage and shipping fees) for the foreseeable future. *Lulu.com has decided to no longer support DRM, which provides certain…
  • OOPS!

    7 Jul 2012 | 8:16 am
    My apologies! After promising that the tutorials and resources available at the aLearning Fundamentals site (an extension of ellenbooks.com) would continue to be available while the blog is on hiatus, my hosting service has dumped all its clients. I’m in the process of shifting the site to another hosting service which will take some time. If you need access to any of the tutorials or other resources before they’re back up and running, please contact me directly (my e-mail link is in the sidebar) and I’ll do what I can to get the materials to you another way. Hope…
  • Indefinite Hiatus

    24 Apr 2012 | 10:44 am
    Regular aLearning blog readers have probably noticed a sudden drop in activity here. No worries! We’re fine. But we are involved in some other areas these days and providing up-to-date insight on association-related elearning topics hasn’t been at the top of the list, sorry to say. Previous posts on various topics continue to garner so many hits daily that the blog will sit, waiting and ready for new posts, when the time comes. In the meantime, please know that the aLearning Fundamentals tutorials — always free and never requiring registration — are still live and will…
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    New Think Tank

  • Learn CSS3 in One Video

    Derek Banas
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:08 pm
    In this tutorial I help you learn CSS3 in one video
  • Make Bread Rise

    Derek Banas
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    How to make whole wheat bread that will rise every time
  • Ruby on Rails Tutorial 3

    Derek Banas
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    In this Rails tutorial I cover how to create static pages, helper functions, shared layouts, fixing errors, how testing works and much more.
  • Ruby on Rails Tutorial 2

    Derek Banas
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    This tutorial was crafted to answer all the questions I have received since I made my original Ruby on Rails Tutorial
  • Ruby on Rails Video Tutorial

    Derek Banas
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    In my Ruby on Rails video tutorial we explore all you need to know to start making Rails apps today
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    Helge Scherlund's eLearning News

  • Making Parents Your Partners in Improving Student Achievement

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    Attend This Free Event Below.Leaders to Learn From: Parents as Partners in Improving Student Achievement Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 3 to 4 p.m. ET. Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual event series. The annual Leaders To Learn From special report shines a light on forward-thinking district leaders who seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. Throughout 2015, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.Find out more atedweek.org/leaders.Improving outcomes for students is a family…
  • Considering 'The Philosophy Of The Web' by Tania Lombrozo

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    Follow on Twitter as @TaniaLombrozoTania Lombrozo, psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley writes, "We associate technology with the shiny and new. But humans have been using technology to change the environment and themselves since at least the lower Paleolithic period, when our ancestors were making stone tools." Photo: WESMIs the technology of today fundamentally different? In particular, does it change the way we think of ourselves or our relationships to each other and the environment? Does it change the way we think about what exists (metaphysics), about what…
  • 6 Tips for Creating a 'Mini' MOOC

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    "There are ways to allow your institution to experiment with online courses, even if they're not intended to be "massive." An online program manager shares advice." according to Dian Schaffhauser, Senior Contributing Editor.Not every school is ready to run a massive open online course through one of the larger platforms like edX or Coursera — and maybe that's not what's needed anyway. Sometimes instructors simply want to dabble in order to understand something better. Case in point: the University of Michigan Dearborn. This institution with 9,000 students is considerably smaller than its…
  • It's Here! The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Museum Edition

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    Today the NMC and Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Museum Edition at the 2015 Smith Leadership Symposium at Balboa Park in San Diego. View the  expert panel work that helped produce the report on the official wiki.  Download the Report (PDF)The fifth  museum edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry across various education…
  • Philosophy’s forgotten women

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    "Project Vox aims to illuminate key female thinkers absent from the discipline’s history." continues Times Higher Education.Women “can…be educated”, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, the German philosopher, once wrote, “but their minds are not adapted to the higher sciences, philosophy, or certain of the arts”.Portrait of Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, by Maurice Quentin de La TourPhoto: Times Higher Education A collaboration between Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University would beg to differ, and at a time when women studying philosophy…
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    Elearning Examples

  • Interactive Graphic: Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    Interactive Graphic: Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense anti-ballistic missile system, known as THAAD, is a U.S. Army transportable defensive weapon system. View the interactive graphic The post Interactive Graphic: Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • Interactive Org Charts for E-Learning

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Interactive Org Chart for Storyline 2 Here’s a free interactive org chart template built in Articulate Storyline 2. The graphics are fully customizable so you can edit them for your own projects. Preview the org chart Download the source file The post Interactive Org Charts for E-Learning appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • Interactive Infographic Timeline for E-Learning

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Interactive timeline for Articulate Storyline. The graphics were created in Storyline so they’re completely editable. Preview the timeline Download the source file The post Interactive Infographic Timeline for E-Learning appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Interactive Graphic

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Journey to the Centre of the Earth How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth’s core? And what would you see along the way? Discover what lies beneath… View the interactive graphic The post Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Interactive Graphic appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • Chinese Zodiac Matchmaking Guide

    20 Feb 2015 | 3:19 am
    Chinese Zodiac Matchmaking Guide The year of the ram (also known as goat or sheep) begins on Feb. 19. View the interactive graphic The post Chinese Zodiac Matchmaking Guide appeared first on Elearning Examples.
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    Bloomfire » Blog

  • TMW Deploys Bloomfire for Social Learning

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    TMW Systems is a transportation management systems and trucking software provider, making their transportation customers more efficient and profitable. TMW helps make the most of available capacity, bringing workflow automation and powerful business intelligence to the complex world of logistics operations and fleet management. Based in Cleveland, TMW employs 700 people, with satellite offices across the U.S. and Canada. A Need to Socialize Knowledge In 2014, TMW was changing rapidly; there were a lot of new employees coming on board. With a large percentage of employees primarily using email…
  • Meet Gabe Hernandez, Music Aficionado and Water Drinking Overachiever

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Welcome back to our employee spotlight series. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Gabe Hernandez, Senior Software Engineer at Bloomfire. We took his photo at Stubb’s, an iconic Austin downtown music venue and BBQ restaurant that is one of his favorite places to take in a show. Where are you from? I was born and raised in San Antonio. When I was 18 I lived in San Diego for a bit. I moved back to Texas to attend The University of Texas at Austin. I always thought San Antonio would eventually be my final stop, but the more time I spend the Austin the more I’m considering putting down…
  • How Client Feedback Influences Our Roadmap

    Chad Schexnayder
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    At Bloomfire, listening to customers is an important part of my everyday routine. Hopefully, it’s an important part of any Client Success Manager’s role. Listening to customer’s needs and expectations is a great way to show that you value the partnership you have with your customers. Customers are the most valuable resource to any company, not only in revenue but also from the feedback which they can provide. Each company I have worked with uses customer feedback in a variety of ways. I have found the most effective way to incorporate feedback is being able to measure how many clients…
  • Meet Paul Taylor, Innovation Coach at Bromford Lab

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Paul Taylor is an Innovation Coach at Bromford Lab, the creative network of Bromford, a social enterprise based in the UK. Bromford is a non-profit that looks to tackle big social issues like poverty, unemployment, and health.  How did you get into the customer service field? My big breakthrough into customer service came in about 2000 when our organisation was named the 5th best place to work in the UK. It opened a lot of doors, and I got to visit and share ideas with companies like Walmart, Microsoft, and Starbucks. That led us to rethink our approach to customer experience, which was…
  • Questions and Answers in Customer Service

    Mark Hammer
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Last week, I was with a friend at a big box retailer so that she could upgrade from the iPhone 5 to the 6. I hadn’t been to this kind of store in a long time. Like most people these days, I buy most things online. My friend typically did, too, but for instant gratification, she had first taken her old phone to her provider’s store, where an employee promptly told her that if she took it to this particular big box retailer, she could save $50. She wanted the iPhone 6 (today) and the $50 back in her pocket, so there we were. We entered at lunchtime and found the massive store nearly empty.
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    E-Learning 24/7 Blog

  • When your LMS BFF is no longer

    Craig Weiss
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    I’ve been there.  Having a close BFF and then one day, that BFF is gone – in the wind, out of sight, out of my keyboard touch. You ask yourself – was it me? Was it something I did?  Did I send the wrong item? Did they misconstrue my concerns?  Or was it them?  Did they fail to respond when I needed it?  Did they lash out and leave me contemplating my whole existence in this virtual frontier? Yes I have been there and according to the latest study from Capterra – many of you have too.  Capterra’s LMS study, found 26% of folks were unhappy with their LMS…
  • Compliance, LMS and Content – Boring You Bet, Then again..

    Craig Weiss
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    I’m going on a limb here, but I suspect that either at some point this year or latter of last year, many of you had to complete some compliance training.  And I surmise, that after you completed it and signed off or validated with an assessment or read some documents and digitally verified, you never went back again. I don’t blame you for that at all, because it is usually boring, dull, stale and proof that courses and various pieces of content rate right up there with going to the dentist (unless that is your type of thing and enjoy it). But before I dive into why it is usually…
  • Virtual Reality – The Reality is that VR is not ready for real time learning (at least not yet)

    Craig Weiss
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Virtual Reality Creating an immersion experience in a virtual environment 3D Ability to perform a series of actions, manipulate items Computer generated for now Enables the person Virtual Reality.  It creates a connotation of something so far out there (the future) and yet so close.  After all, if you read the sites and blogs who discuss VR especially in the classroom, it’s just around the corner. That corner though is not one that is really that close by and that is where we start. Google Glass Oh, how the spider weaves its web is something or another ( always forget the line). …
  • Naming Names – LMS Mini Reviews

    Craig Weiss
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    This is a new every other month segment, where some LMSs are listed and insight into a variety of items is presented.  In future posts, three random systems will land a “quick take” mini review.  And when I say mini, I mean mini – like maximum of three paragraphs.  What is happening with some better known vendors or those on my radar of up and coming will be equally presented. Let’s begin. Issue #1, Vol 1, Vendors 5 Instructure Bridge (Yep those HE folks are adding a corporate system to their product line) SuccessFactors (A recent look leaves something to be…
  • R U Maximizing your M-Learning Experience?

    Craig Weiss
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:38 pm
    I am a huge fan of Columbo (detective show starring the late Peter Falk). As such, a recent (okay from the early 70s) episode had a psychologist (murderer) on talking about control of words and how they control you.  I think that the control of words is more than just a part of a tv script, rather in some instances it can be true. This to me is evident, when we talk about mobile learning, specifically the word of “mobile”.  Talk to some vendors and the fail to realize what is possible, fail to understand what should be required and fail to grasp at all the nuances. Talk to…
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    Ridge View Media - Jenise Cook - Instructional Design and e-Learning Development

  • How to Use Camtasia to Show Your Work – User Guide Sample

    Jenise Cook
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    I have a user guide document up on Issuu.com (select this text to view the PDF in Issuu), and I decided to add that technical writing sample to my YouTube Channel’s online Portfolio Playlist. I used TechSmith’s Camtasia to record the screen as I “flipped” through the pages on Issuu.com Camtasia has a good Library of music loops, and I picked a thumping guitar theme to try and add some energy to the video. I didn’t want you to feel too bored just watching page flip after page flip. At least you can tap your toes! Seriously, take a close look at the document…
  • Witty Comics – Free Web Comic Generator

    Jenise Cook
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Happy April Fools Day! Select this link to view online, outside of this blog, and to create some basic (and free) web comics of your own!
  • Please Complete My Survey for Estimating Training Time and Costs

    Jenise Cook
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:29 pm
    How to Estimate Training Time and Costs (select here to read the blog post) It amazes me how a blog post I wrote in 2010 continues to top the Stats in my WordPress Dashboard. After five (5) years, it’s the most popular blog post on my site. I need your help so I can help my readers (including you). Please select the link above to read the blog post (or, read it again), and then select the SurveyMonkey link at the top of the post’s page to answer 10 brief and easy questions. Thank you!
  • How to Make Progress on a Web Site Redesign

    Jenise Cook
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Links on this site are working again! How do you make positive progress on the redesign, or remodel, of your Web site? (How do you eat an elephant?) The answer varies with each individual, but for my site, I am taking each step in the process as a delicious morsel of digital goodness. One small, mouth-watering, piece at a time. Kind of like the chocolate pieces you see in the above image. I’ve made changes to the (non-blog-post) Pages beginning the first week of January through today. Your eyes may not see significant changes, but they’re there. I’m making some big…
  • How to Create an Online Portfolio – Not!

    Jenise Cook
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    December 18, 2014 Dear Faithful Recruiters, Colleagues, and Clients: My business Web site “stinks”. Big time. Yea, I’m not going to tip toe around the subject. Links are broken. Work samples don’t work. For awhile now, I’ve been focused on your projects, getting them done on time and within budget, and bringing my husband in as a business partner. So, guess what  happened? I neglected RidgeViewMedia.com and RidgeViewMedia.com/blog The plumbing has a leak, but repairs are on the way. We finished two great client projects from late summer and early autumn. Year…
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  • How to Use Camtasia to Show Your Work – User Guide Sample

    Jenise Cook
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    I have a user guide document up on Issuu.com (select this text to view the PDF in Issuu), and I decided to add that technical writing sample to my YouTube Channel’s online Portfolio Playlist. I used TechSmith’s Camtasia to record the screen as I “flipped” through the pages on Issuu.com Camtasia has a good Library of music loops, and I picked a thumping guitar theme to try and add some energy to the video. I didn’t want you to feel too bored just watching page flip after page flip. At least you can tap your toes! Seriously, take a close look at the document…
  • Witty Comics – Free Web Comic Generator

    Jenise Cook
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Happy April Fools Day! Select this link to view online, outside of this blog, and to create some basic (and free) web comics of your own!
  • Please Complete My Survey for Estimating Training Time and Costs

    Jenise Cook
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:29 pm
    How to Estimate Training Time and Costs (select here to read the blog post) It amazes me how a blog post I wrote in 2010 continues to top the Stats in my WordPress Dashboard. After five (5) years, it’s the most popular blog post on my site. I need your help so I can help my readers (including you). Please select the link above to read the blog post (or, read it again), and then select the SurveyMonkey link at the top of the post’s page to answer 10 brief and easy questions. Thank you!
  • How to Make Progress on a Web Site Redesign

    Jenise Cook
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Links on this site are working again! How do you make positive progress on the redesign, or remodel, of your Web site? (How do you eat an elephant?) The answer varies with each individual, but for my site, I am taking each step in the process as a delicious morsel of digital goodness. One small, mouth-watering, piece at a time. Kind of like the chocolate pieces you see in the above image. I’ve made changes to the (non-blog-post) Pages beginning the first week of January through today. Your eyes may not see significant changes, but they’re there. I’m making some big…
  • How to Create an Online Portfolio – Not!

    Jenise Cook
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    December 18, 2014 Dear Faithful Recruiters, Colleagues, and Clients: My business Web site “stinks”. Big time. Yea, I’m not going to tip toe around the subject. Links are broken. Work samples don’t work. For awhile now, I’ve been focused on your projects, getting them done on time and within budget, and bringing my husband in as a business partner. So, guess what  happened? I neglected RidgeViewMedia.com and RidgeViewMedia.com/blog The plumbing has a leak, but repairs are on the way. We finished two great client projects from late summer and early autumn. Year…
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    Web Courseworks » Web Courseworks

  • Encouraging Rookie Smarts

    Jon Aleckson
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    A few weeks ago, I attended ISA’s 2015 Annual Business Retreat, a summit for executives in the training industry. The keynote was Sparking Brilliant Work, by Liz Wiseman, President of the Wiseman Group, a high-profile leadership consulting firm. Wiseman started her talk by acknowledging that the modern business landscape is constantly evolving, and moved on to discuss how leaders can get the most out of their teams by embracing fresh ideas. I found myself asking, “How do I encourage my team members to learn like rookies?” I thought Wiseman’s talk was very inspiring, so I decided to…
  • Upcoming Webinar: Developing a Compelling Strategy for Your Education Business

    Jon Aleckson
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    A Sneak Peek at an Upcoming Webinar with Tagoras on March 26, 1 pm Eastern – In just two weeks, Web Courseworks will join Tagoras for a webinar on Developing a Compelling Strategy for Your Education Business. I have a strong interest in joining Tagoras for this webinar because of how impactful an education business strategy can be on the entire lifecycle of educational products. From securing funding from the board, to meeting sales projections and maintaining the program, a compelling strategy can lay the groundwork for success at every stage. Web Courseworks’ VP of Sales, Elizabeth…
  • Build a MOOC like Harvard

    Jon Aleckson
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Build a MOOC like Harvard: Laying the Groundwork at ASAE’s Great Ideas 2015 – Next week I’ll be presenting a session during ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference 2015 in Orlando, FL. This year’s event is all about innovative journeys. I’ll be contributing to the excitement with my session on how to Build a MOOC like Harvard. This event has always been a worthwhile trip because of the event’s commitment to providing a platform for association-relevant, great ideas that can become executable actions. During my session, I’ll delve into when conditions are right for an association to…
  • Podcast: All About Digital Badges

    Jon Aleckson
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Hear Jon and Andy Interviewed About Digital Badges for Learning Professionals on the eLearning Coach Podcast! Andy Hicken and I sure had a fun, interesting discussion about digital badges, microcredentialing, and more with Connie Malamed of the eLearning Coach podcast. We get into the educational (and psychological!) philosophy behind badges, specific use cases, such as association professional development and corporations working with learners who are not their employees, and a bit of the technology side, too. I have to say that Connie asked all the right questions, and to anyone nervous…
  • eLearning ROI Webinar: Register now for our event on Feb. 4, 2015

    Jon Aleckson
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    We invite you to join us as we kick off Web Courseworks’ 2015 Webinar Series on February 4th at 12 p.m. CT. Jon Aleckson, PhD, and Andy Hicken, PhD, of WCW will discuss how to present and pitch the ROI of an eLearning initiative to an executive board or board of directors. Talking eLearning ROI shouldn’t be an intimidating process. Aleckson and Hicken have experience consulting on business plans for large association eLearning initiatives, and during this live, interactive webinar they will break down the 10 steps to you can follow to prove the worth of your idea and get an…
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    E-Learning Uncovered

  • Articulate Storyline: It’s Pretty Easy to Learn

    Rachelle Anness
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Working in the field of e-learning, sometimes I feel like an antique. While I’m not one to go around admitting my age, I can say I remember the excitement when my elementary school got its first computer—attached to a television—that the entire school had to share. I was perplexed when 5 ¼ inch floppy discs became obsolete, replaced by the much sturdier 3.5 inch diskette. So, yes, it’s an understatement that technology has come a long way in my lifetime. And I’ve been pretty content to sit back and watch it grow without learning much about it. I mean, I can navigate Facebook pretty…
  • Event Recap: Learning Solutions 2015

    Tim Slade
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    As we anxiously wait for trees to turn green and flowers to bloom, it’s amazing to think how fast these first few months of 2015 have flown by. It has been a blur, to say the least. In January, Diane and I attended ATD TechKnowledge (check out the recap here); and most recently, several of us attended the Learning Solutions Conference & Expo the last week in March. On the first day of the conference, Diane and Tanya presented: Creating a Budget for Your E-Learning Projects. Tanya and Diane outlined a flexible model that Tanya created to estimate the time and cost of e-learning projects.
  • Work From Home? 5 Tips to Help Keep You Sane

    Heather Wilson
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    What comes to mind when you hear the phrase, “work from home?” Is working at home a dream of yours, a reality, or something you’d never want to do? If you’re one of the many people in the e-learning industry who works from home, I bet you can relate to some of the following truths. According to the January 2014 issue of Harvard Business Review, allowing employees to work from home may increase productivity. But it can take a little getting used to. Working from home is still a relatively new lifestyle for me, since I having started in late 2014. I really enjoy my job, and I do enjoy…
  • Six Proofreading Tips Straight From the Pros

    Amy Morrisey
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    It’s happened to all of us…we notice a grammar error just as we hit send on an email. Or we see that our bullets are not aligned as we are stapling our 50th document. It’s not that we don’t know the rules; it’s that we didn’t do an effective job of proofreading our (or someone else’s) work. When your reputation is on the line, proofreading is essential. Here are some tips professional proofers use. Tip 1: Enlist help. You have the best chance of catching all errors if you enlist the help of others in the proofreading process. Make sure you trust the person you ask, and…
  • Graphic Design Tips for Beginners

    Tim Slade
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Whether you’re creating a presentation, a document, or an e-learning course, graphic design is what brings your content to life. The importance of graphic design can’t be understated—good graphics can take an otherwise boring piece of content and turn it into something that is both engaging and memorable. Of course, this is easier said than done. We’d all love to be master graphic designers, but the truth is most us never anticipated needing a graphic design skill set. However, here’s some good news: most graphic design principles are extremely simple. This last week, I hosted a…
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    elearning and Learning Management System LMS blog by GCube

  • Increasing LMS utility with Learner Dashboards

    Arunima Majumdar
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:20 am
    A New age LMS does much more than just making content accessible and keeping a track of the learners’ progress.   Modern LMSs also make sure that the learning content remains relevant to the needs of the learners. They do so by extensive content catalogues, which are searchable and make sure that the learner can quickly arrive at the required information. The reporting function of new age LMSs also makes sure that there is room for customized reports that the learners can also utilize to take control of their learning. A new-age feature in LMSs today are Dashboards, which provide the most…
  • Social Learning Tips to Engage Learners: A Corporate Learning Perspective

    Arunima Majumdar
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:21 am
    E-Learning and technology-aided learning in the workplace allows more flexibility and increases access to learning by huge proportions. It is then not a surprise that technology-aided learning is now being adopted by a majority of forward thinking organizations. With an increasing amount of budgets directed towards creating e-learning and building the platforms of delivery, it is now imperative that e-learning initiatives align to the needs of the entire learner group – including learners who are less than enthusiastic. A strictly linear structure, where an e-course is simply made available…
  • Corporate Training Trends – Sharing experiences, Shared Learning

    Arunima Majumdar
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    There is no doubt that Corporate Learning has a strong social element to it. Learning occurs through social interactions across conference tables, in cubicles, over coffee breaks and at the water cooler.  The power and reach of social interactions for learning cannot be overlooked, but the big question is: Is there a way to structure it better to enhance the learning experience? The answer is ‘Yes’! With the help of technology, it is now possible to facilitate social interactions and derive meaningful learning across geographical boundaries and diverse audiences. However, it is important…
  • Social Collaborative Tools – A Good Investment for Corporate Training

    Arunima Majumdar
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    As the world around us gets smaller, technological advancements make it possible for us to collaborate faster and with ease. Distance is no longer an issue – corporate offices can now get access to each other all the time. This is a huge boon to the training function as well. Training managers do not have to take into extensive planning required to bring busy professionals together for a training schedule. With new-age web conferencing tools, it is possible to hold meetings and training sessions with audio-video interactions and added features like desktop sharing, whiteboards, polls,…
  • Can ‘Movie Based e-Learning’ be the Future of Video Based e-Learning?

    Gireesh Sharma
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:02 am
    The modern world is an age of rapid growth in scientific knowledge, much of which is quickly utilized in the creation of new technology. Science and technology have also made the world very small, so that we no longer live in the confined world of our town, region, or country, isolated from what is happening in the rest of the globe. This has changed the way we consume information and we expect more out of our learning experiences. The role of videos has always been positive in delivering superior learning experiences. Videos promote constructivist learning, helping learners create a coherent…
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    Custom training and elearning, anywhere anytime!

  • Checklist for Content Standardization in E-learning – Part 2

    Priyanka Dhondi
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    In my previous blog, Checklist for content standardization in eLearning- Part 1, I have discussed the grammatical rules that every instructional designer (ID) should follow while developing a storyboard. In this blog, I would like to share some guidelines on sentence structuring, style and important elements of an online course. Sentence Structuring Types Guidelines Parallelism Maintain parallelism for elements Being connected by synchronizing conjunctions (and, or, but) Being distinguished or compared Having bulleted lists and points Redundancy Avoid intensifiers, when they do not add…
  • 7 Tips To Create Effective Sales Training Courses For Gen Y Workforce – An Infographic

    Maskapurapu Ranjith Kumar
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Gen-Y people or millennials are those who are born between 1976 and 1998. They have grown up with technology, and their attention span is 2 minutes or less. They prefer learning through digital media to books. Keeping these aspects in mind, how can you design a winning online course for the Gen-Y salesperson? What are the elements that you need to include in an eLearning course created to impart sales training to “screenagers”? Well, here is an info-graphic that shares 7 tips to develop a first-rate sales training course for the Gen-Y. Do you find this info-graphic informative?
  • How to Insert Tables in E-learning Course Using Articulate Storyline?

    Aswani Gondela
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Tables are used in eLearning courses to present data in an easy way. The main advantage of using tables is to compare the properties/values of data. Though Storyline is considered one of the best authoring tools, it doesn’t have an option to add/insert tables to eLearning courses by default. We can add a table to our online training course with Storyline using shapes or through web objects. In this post, we will see how to add a table to an eLearning course through web objects. Step1:Create a table using HTML and save it as index.html. Step2: In Storyline, Go to the Insert tab and click…
  • How to Add Watermark to Your E-Learning Courses in Articulate Storyline – Method II

    Satish Kumar Viyyapu
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Many training managers ask us to add a watermark to their elearning courses. It is quite easy to add a watermark to an online course. Recently, we were asked by a client to add his organization’s logo as shown in the image below. This is a simple 4 step process(done within the publish files), which I would like to share with you all in this post. Step 1: Develop the eLearning course as per the requirement and publish it. Step2: In the published folder, open the story.html file in a text editor Step 3: Before placing the above code, paste logo.png image in the published folder. Step…
  • Is your E-learning GUI Learner – friendly? 10 Examples to Help You Out!

    Gitika Nagra
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    One of the adult learning principles states that adult learners don’t like to be directed, but wish to explore and acquire knowledge themselves. In an eLearning course, the main purpose of the Graphical User Interface (GUI) is to enable learners to navigate seamlessly and tell them ‘where they are’ in the course, how many slides they have completed, how many more do they need to complete and so on. The GUI of a typical online training course contains buttons such as Play, Pause, Replay, Previous, and Next. It also has the progress bar and a menu which contains options to turn the…
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    e-Learning Leadership Blog

  • 3 Tips to Counter 'They Just Need To Know It'

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    by Edmond Manning, Senior Instructional Strategist "They Don't Need To Do Anything, They Just Need To Know It." Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. When it comes to training, it's almost never about knowing. It's almost always about doing. When kicking off a project last year, I had a client vehemently disagree with this assertion.
  • The SCORM Guide for Instructional Designers

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    by Ann Iverson, instructional designer | @iverson_ann If you’re like me, you have a basic understanding of the technical side of what we do. You try to follow along when developers speak their language, but when the conversation turns to closing loops, debugging code, or programming arrays, your eyes sort of glaze over. At that point, I might as well be at the market in a faraway land, and I kind of wish I was. Even though it’s tempting to leave the tech talk to the techies (note: you’re not a techie if you use the word), we just can’t ignore that side of our business.
  • Effort, Time & Focus: A Recipe For Interactive e-Learning

    7 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    by Ellen Burns-Johnson, instructional writer/designer Do you remember notes? Good, old-fashioned notes, written on paper, and likely ornamented with doodles. Remember those? I still scribble in my spiraled notebook occasionally, but most of the time I'm a digital note-taker. When I take notes during meetings, I do so on my laptop in OneNote. I list and schedule reminders to do household chores in Google Keep. I bookmark articles using Pocket and Evernote. I rely pretty heavily on these apps to stay organized and focused, and I bet many of you do, too.
  • 27 Free Media Resources for Learning Designers & Media Artists

    2 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    by Brittany Laeger, Marketing Communications Specialist Whether you are working on Design Thinking, composing a new training resource document or creating a full e-learning course—having great media resources is an essential part of the creative process. So here is a list of websites with free resources that you can use on your next project!
  • Practical Ways to Improve Your e-Learning Interaction Design

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist Take a moment to consider two possible interactions for an e-learning module intended to teach driving safety and rules of the road. These alternatives illustrate ways to teach new skills and assess comprehension. 
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    SHIFT's eLearning Blog

  • A Look at Why Good Design Is Absolutely Critical for eLearning Success

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    eLearning comprises of two kinds of designs – instructional design and graphic design. When we as commoners think about design, all we think of is superficial things. But design is more than just aesthetics. It involves emotional connect. It involves creating solutions that help in improving the lives of people. Garr Reynolds rightly said that design changes things either in a profound or subtle manner. And good design almost always impacts the lives of people, irrespective of how subtle the changes may be. Everyone concludes that design makes a great difference and that is quite obvious.
  • Stop Blah, Blah eLearning! 5 Rules for Creating Relevant and Fluff-free Courses

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    We, instructional designers, know the feeling. We take copious notes when we interview the SME, and when we return to our desks, we are at a loss wondering what information to include in the course and what to toss out. Most of us end up squeezing into the course almost everything the SME had said. At other times, we read through the raw content, fall in love with a piece of data that is new to us and seems exciting, and cram it in the course. The result is an information-heavy eLearning course that overwhelms the learner but does not benefit him or elicit the response from him that you had…
  • 7 Techniques for Reducing Wordiness in Your eLearning Courses

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    Wordiness is, without a doubt, one of the biggest enemies of eLearning. Overly wordy content makes it difficult for learners to concentrate. Having more material to consume makes it complicated for them to judge, analyze and make sense of what they are reading. Indeed, studies prove that lessons with the fewer words results in more learning. But what exactly is wordiness? By simple definition, wordiness is defined as a way of telling something with more words than necessary.  A common mistake done by eLearning course creators is the tendency to…
  • Improve Learner Engagement by Using Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions

    7 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    What do you remember more vividly? The steps of installing a piece of new software on your computer or the episodes from your favorite TV drama? Human beings are more swayed by emotions than by a bunch of hard facts and cold statistics. Our favorite stories keep us hooked because they tug at our heart strings. We remember scenes from our favorite movies because as a rule, human beings remember emotionally-charged events better than the ones that just aim to appeal to our sense of logic. Understanding the science of emotions is the key to influencing learners' thoughts and actions. As an…
  • 3 Ideas to Give Your Next eLearning Course Visual Oomph

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    What do you think is the first thing people would remember about your eLearning course’s screen, if suddenly asked? It should be no wonder that what they will put design on top of the list. But why does this happen? Although you may think that the information provided is much more important than the design, people are visual creatures, and they easily associate memories with colors, texture and images. If you want your eLearning course to create a long lasting impression, do not neglect the importance of an impactful design. Test one or all of these ideas to keep your eLearning courses…
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    eLearning Industry

  • Gamification vs Game-Based eLearning: Can You Tell The Difference?

    Christopher Pappas
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Gamification vs Game-Based eLearning: How To Integrate Them Into Your eLearning Course Design Both gamification and game-based eLearning can offer your eLearning course a variety of benefits. However, it’s important to know the distinction between gamification vs game-based eLearning, so that you can choose the approach that better serves your eLearning objectives and goals, but also meets the needs of your learners. Let’s take a closer look at the basics of both gamification and game-based eLearning, in order to determine which methodology is more appropriate for your next eLearning…
  • Create Effective eLearning Interactions Using The CCAF Model

    Marisa Keramida
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Using The CCAF Model To Design Effective Interactions For eLearning Although any type of learners’ interaction with the eLearning content is beneficial to learning, there is no doubt that an eLearning course designed from the very beginning to take into account learners active involvement with the eLearning content would yield much better learning outcomes. A very useful tool, eLearning professionals have at their disposal to design interactivities for eLearning, is the CCAF Model. The initials stand for Context, Challenge, Activity and Feedback and specify the actual factors instructional…
  • Augmented Learning 101: QR Codes

    Joel Copeland
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Augmented Learning 101: QR Codes Well, I’m not sure that’s what augmented learning looks like today, and that’s what we’re exploring in this three part series. But first, a definition from the Wikipedia: “Augmented learning is an on-demand learning technique where the environment adapts to the learner. By providing remediation on-demand, learners can gain greater understanding of a topic while stimulating discovery and learning.” Based on Wikipedia, could the humble QR code be an augmented learning tool? Try it for yourself: Take a look at the QR code on the right hand-side of…
  • EdMedia 2015

    eLearning Industry Events Team
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    EdMedia 2015, the premiere international conference in the field, spans all disciplines and levels of education and annually attracts more than 1,500 leaders in the field from over 70 countries. Topics of EdMedia 2015 The scope of EdMedia 2015 includes, but is not limited to, the following major topics as they relate to the educational and developmental aspects of multimedia/hypermedia and telecommunications: Infrastructure Tools & Content-oriented Applications New Roles of the Instructor & Learner Human-computer Interaction (HCI/CHI) Cases & Projects Universal Web Accessibility…
  • The Power Of AGILE Instructional Design Approach

    Christopher Pappas
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The AGILE Instructional Design Basic Principles  The term AGILE is becoming increasingly popular these days and for good reason. It offers a broad spectrum of advantages to eLearning professionals, as it makes the eLearning design process more effective, efficient and practical. But what exactly is AGILE and what benefits can it offer you when developing your next eLearning course? The AGILE instructional design approach is a project-oriented approach introduced by Conrad Gottfredson, a performance-support practitioner. It encompasses the five stages involved when designing eLearning…
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  • Is ‘Good Enough’ Enough? 10 Ways Students Can Learn to Excel

    Saga Briggs
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Few things are more disappointing to a teacher than watching a student squander his or her potential. It can happen on a major scale, quite abruptly, as a student struggles to balance learning with a stressful life at home. Or it can happen on a minor scale, in a gradual way, such as witnessing the quality of a bright student’s work slip over the course of a semester. But what’s perhaps most frustrating–and most common–is when students simply don’t know how to excel. You know they have the potential–you’ve seen it–but when it comes to writing…
  • The Difference Between Skilled Learners and Good Students

    Saga Briggs
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:15 pm
    The skilled learners of the world don’t always excel in their studies. And I don’t mean Gates and Einstein. I’m talking about the huge number of people who are passionate about knowledge, who have a real knack for remembering facts, who are self-taught musicians and casual scholars. People who ignore homework because it’s boring to them, fail geometry because their teacher makes it boring to them, don’t listen to lectures because they’d rather absorb the information themselves. These people aren’t good students; they’re natural learners. And…
  • Intellectual Humility: What Happens When You Love to Learn–From Others

    Saga Briggs
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Why do we enjoy learning? Is it because we actually like the process of learning, which often involves a struggle and occasionally requires failure, or is it because we like the end result– namely, the prospect of being right? I ask this question because I think the answer sheds light on a major issue plaguing education today: intellectual humility (or lack thereof). We don’t like being wrong, and we don’t allow our students to be wrong. That’s how we end up with learners more interested in appearing intelligent than in actually being intelligent. But things are…
  • Creativity Killers: 10 Habits to Kick

    Saga Briggs
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Here’s what most of us know about creativity: We know that you aren’t born with it, and that it can be learned; we know that people can be at their most creative in group settings; we know that the expression of creativity isn’t exclusive to the arts; and we know that you shouldn’t wait around for inspiration to strike. But do we know that rewarding creative behaviour can stunt motivation? Do we know the creative brain depends on content just as much as it depends on imagination? Or that expecting one right answer all the time will actually prevent us from finding the…
  • 12 Must-Read Books on Education for 2015

    Saga Briggs
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Few things are more satisfying than finally getting your hands on a book you’ve been meaning to read. In 2015, you’re going to want to make room in your schedule for a lot of satisfaction. Here are 12 books about education and learning you should look forward to reading this year: 1. Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education Ken Robinson Viking Books 7 May 2015 “Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education, and his 2006 TED Talk on the subject is the most viewed in the organisation’s history. Now, the…
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    USMLE / Internal Medicine ABIM Board Exam Review Blog

  • Internal Medicine Board Review: Dementia

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Dementia is an important topic to understand for the USMLE Step 3, ABIM, and on other medical exams where internal medicine is a major focus. The following is an excerpt out of Cracking the USMLE Step 3. Dementia Global cognitive decline in functioning Not limited to certain area of the brain Consciousness does not wax and wane like in delirium EEG usually normal Differential diagnosis of dementia: Alzheimer’s Dementia (AD) Vascular Dementia Pick’s Disease Pseudodementia Depression in the elderly that presents as dementia Remember to inquire about guilt, concentration, anhedonia, sleep,…
  • USMLE Step 3 Subject Review – Breast Cancer

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Breast Cancer is an important topic to understand for the USMLE Step 3, ABIM, and on other medical exams where internal medicine is a major focus. The following is an excerpt out of Cracking the USMLE Step 3.  Risk factors include: Age (i.e., greater than 50) Female Family history BRCA 1, 2 Obesity Highfat diet Early menarche Late menopause Nulliparity HRT Previous history of breast cancer Signs and symptoms include: Most commonly presents as a firm mass in the upper outer quadrant of the breast Nipple or skin retraction Bloody nipple discharge Palpable axillary lymph nodes Back pain If…
  • Facebook Internal Medicine Question Bank Challenge Results

    22 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    The 2nd Annual Knowmedge Internal Medicine Question Challenge has come to a close and we’re excited to announce the winners! A total of 47 people participated in this year’s Facebook contest. The contest awarded participants points for answering a series of 20 questions, pulled from a diverse set of internal medicine topics including Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology, and Hematology. Thank you to everyone for your participation and enthusiasm! We hope you all had fun, and learned a few things along the way as well! If you have any other ideas/suggestions to make medical…
  • Internal Medicine Question Bank Facebook Challenge 1st Half Results

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    The Knowmedge Facebook Internal Medicine Question Bank results are in! There was certainly a lot of participation and after the 1st half, it’s still anyone’s game! The leaders are currently Arsalan, Aaron, and Rajesh. However, as we remember from last year, the eventual winner had a come from behind victory! Keep the rules in mind and keep plugging away! 1st correct answer: 4 points Correct answer: 3 points Incorrect answer: 1 point “Like” the question: 1 point “Share” the question: 1 point Here is the official scoreboard.  
  • Internal Medicine Board Review Courses – 2015

    21 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Internal Medicine Board Review Courses Internal Medicine Board Review Courses Are you studying for the ABIM Internal Medicine Board Exam? We’ve touched upon our suggestions for studying for the ABIM exam including a brief overview of the independent internal medicine board review courses. There are a lot of internal medicine board review course options. We’ll cover the ones we’re aware of here. If you know of one we’ve missed, please post a comment or send us a note at support@knowmedge.com. Independent Internal Medicine Board Review Courses iMedicine Review iMedicine Review –…
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  • Emergent Workplaces: Learning In The Networked World

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    This is my area of passion. A recent, very brief conversation with @krishashok triggered a few thoughts related to emergent workplaces and what learning in the networked world will look like. And after mulling over some of these, I thought they were worth putting down on virtual paper. SETTING THE CONTEXT Here are two definitions from Wikipedia that captures the essence of Networked Learning: “Networked learning is a process of developing and maintaining connections with people and information, and communicating in such a way so as to support one another’s learning. The central…
  • Jaime Casap – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    ABOUT JAIME CASAP (Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Inc.) Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models. Jaime works with educational organizations around the world, helping them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by utilizing and enabling technology capabilities. Jaime is a member of the Google for Education Team and works across other Google teams, including, Google Fiber, the…
  • The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:29 pm
    I am not the kind to crystal gaze. I lay no claim to being able to predict the future. Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am trying to re-imagine how my work will shape up five years from now. Five years seem like a pretty short time but in today’s context, it can be a very long time. Anything can happen in five years. Companies take birth and vanish; business models come and go; technology appear, evolve and transform everything. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five…
  • How Social Learning is Powering Up Today’s Workplaces

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    THE QUOTE “Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behaviour is learned observationally through modelling; from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviours are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.” – Albert Bandura (Originator of Social Learning Theory) “The research isn’t heartening. We’re still seeing an avoidance of social learning, the continual use of courses as the…
  • Dan Pontefract – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    ABOUT DAN PONTEFRACT (Author, Speaker, Chief Envisioner) Dan is author of “Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization” and is currently at work on the follow-up book. He is Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office; a future-of-work consulting group that helps organizations enhance corporate culture, leadership, learning, work styles & collaboration practices. Previously, as Head of Learning & Collaboration at TELUS, Dan was responsible for the overarching learning, collaboration & leadership development strategy for the company. Dan championed the…
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  • Five Ways to Stimulate a Friendly Working Environment

    Sep Barkhodaee
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    A work environment ripe with creativity, where employees wake up every day wanting to go to the office is a hard thing to come by. You may think, “There’s no way to get that done. I run a serious business,” but the truth is you can stimulate a friendly working environment without sacrificing your company’s integrity and mission.
  • Encouraging Employees to be more Productive

    Sep Barkhodaee
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Productivity is something every boss dreams of. However getting your employees to produce quality work day-in and day-out can be somewhat of a challenge. It’s an unfortunate fact of most companies, but people can become bored with their jobs and dream of moving on to greener pastures when they don’t feel challenged. Luckily there are ways for you to encourage your employees to be more productive and make them feel like they’re an important part of your team. Here are four ways to encourage employees to remain productive, whether they’re on their first week or their 10th year on the…
  • Cutting Down on Social Media Use During Office Hours

    Sep Barkhodaee
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    We’ve all seen it before. The guy sitting at his desk, phone in hand, swiping away. You approach to find out how his work is coming along. He can’t even make eye contact with you during an important conversation because he’s too busy commenting on his own Facebook status. Unfortunately, this behavior is the norm in today’s social media influenced climate, but it doesn’t have to be the norm in your office. When we discuss social media during office hours, we are not talking about employee workstation computers. You can install software that blocks all social media sites, keeping your…
  • New Feature: HTML Email Templates

    Sep Barkhodaee
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    We love talking to our customers to find out where we can add extra value and take away some of those pesky pain points. You asked. We listened. This week we’ve released a brand new feature to motivate your learners and keep them engaged in the training process. Tired of manually sending out reminders? Not sure who’s receiving the notifications that they’re supposed to? We have your back. With our enhanced HTML Email Template feature released, you can now customize the styling of your messages, select which learners get emails and which admins get activity notifications, add…
  • Substantial Benefits of Online Learning

    Sep Barkhodaee
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    Online learning offers many benefits besides cost-efficiency. Now, even the most well-known universities and colleges are getting in on the act by offering Internet-based courses. Although classroom learning is still popular across the board, there are ways that online learning has actually improved on the schoolroom setting. Five Key Benefits of Online Learning Results are immediate Today’s standardized tests can be integrated online, allowing students to get feedback with the click of a button. This will give the student the opportunity to see where they went wrong, while the reasoning…
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  • Encourage Employee Safety On the Road Through Distracted Driving Education

    Gina Rau
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    We’ve all been there. The phone rings in the car. You have a Bluetooth device and feel good about being hands-free so you answer it. And talk on the phone until we arrive at your destination, yet can’t fully recollect each turn took to get there. Or, you’re running late to a really important meeting so you text your partner while you’re not going too fast. And when they text you back, you check it, just to make sure the meeting is still on. Almost 20 percent of car accidents are a result of a distracted driver. I didn’t say they were due to the driver holding a phone to their ear.
  • Forget Money and Power, This is What Employee Success Needs

    Max Dubowy
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Arianna Huffington had a rude awakening when she woke up with several face injuries due to exhaustion and lack of sleep. As an influential media mogul, Huffington realized it was time to take a step back and make several significant changes in her life. In her widely acclaimed personal and professional development book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, Huffington challenges us to look at our daily behaviors and examine whether or not we are heading down a healthy path in our business and workplace environments. Its critical…
  • How A Values-Based Culture Benefits the Bottom Line

    12 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    So what is a values-based culture and why should companies strive to become one? Well, to answer that question, let’s go back to the definitions of organizational mission and vision. The organizational vision is a statement of the future. For example, Hilton Worldwide says they want to “fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality.” The company’s mission statement tells people how they plan to accomplish their vision. For instance, Harley Davidson says their mission is to “fulfill dreams through the experience of motorcycling, by providing to motorcyclists and to the…
  • Welcome to Our New Marketing Team Lead

    Tim Greve
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Howdy, my name is Tim Greve, and I couldn’t be happier to join the OpenSesame team.  Who remembers the Nike basketball posters? Iceman, The Supreme Court, Moses? How about the original Apple “Think Different” TV spot? I LOVE that stuff! As a life long Portlander, I have spent a considerable amount of time in different industries. Throughout my career, I’ve been one of those people that geeks out on great marketing and advertising, no matter where it lives. Portland has such a rich history of innovation and excellence in branding, marketing and advertising, that I feel privileged to…
  • Boomer vs Millennial: What You Need To Know About Training Across Generations

    Suzanne Lucas
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Your Millennial employees are so techy, they'll just learn organically. Wait, what? Discussing generational stereotypes and the need to conduct training across all groups. Make sure to check your assumptions. One of the awesome things about hiring Millennials is that you can save a fortune in technical training costs. After all, they practically came out of the womb knowing how to run a computer. It's so much easier than those Gen Xers or, worse Baby Boomers, who you have to thoroughly train on each new system, right? Well, if that doesn't get your stereotype hackles up, this will: It's not…
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    Online Education Integrated Learning Platform E-Learning Resources

  • How Numeracy Games Help Kids Learning Math Education

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Kids Learning Math EducationKids Learning Math EducationChildren of your young age will still only learn through fun and games. Anything that seems boring or uninteresting into a child enables their mind to wander. Preschoolers have to be kept occupied and entertained therefore definitely an abundance of fun and games from the classroom possibly at house critical for their early development. Maths specifically can involve difficult concepts to figure out, so introducing a number of games to their lives is crucial of their early years. At preschool age, a young child incorporates a brain…
  • Real-World Courses Online Secrets Across The USA

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Real-World courses online Secrets Across The USAThere has to be perfection in the area of education. The teachers develop our future of course, if the teachers will not be reliable then a future aren't going to be stable. The teacher employment market is usually not stable today and among more and more people the teachers should be the very best. These days the teachers will take up these courses available from the many universities so that you can hone their skills further. The value of ones resume can not be increased by to spend to have it. Yes, the classes are pretty costly though the…
  • Mass Communication Courses After 12th

    13 Mar 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Education is an essential part of the life today. The process of attaining education really is limitless which enable it to be performed at every age. The recent trends have given students the pliability and opportunity of acquiring degrees by making use of both full-time together with learning online courses. The notion of online correspondence courses was specifically germinated with the need for candidates pursuing professional careers. Earlier many of these candidates were without the benefit of attaining additional professional degrees, including MBA, MCA and Journalism and Mass…
  • Kids Learning Math Games

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Learn Math NumbersKids Learning Math Games Enhance Learning Experience: Nowadays essentially everything depends on Technological innovation in one kind or another; why not use it maximum a chance to help educates our kids. Kids learning math games are most efficient way to make mathematical amazing and fun to be learning. Actually, there are many online education games for kids available these times which might support not completely in educating, moreover in strengthen assured ideas. What is more; the frustrating majority of them are often used at home further as within the class room,…
  • College and University for Learning Distance Online Courses

    7 Dec 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Learning Distance Online CoursesThe twenty first century goes to alter how individuals learn and earn their degrees of choices. Many of the world’s colleges and Universities for learning distance online courses are studying distance learning programs. Distance Learning permits you to urge a top quality university education from anyplace within the world; however from the comfort of your home! Improve your education while not compromising your work, your lovely family or your personal life.What is distance learning?Distance learning is a technique of studying in which Education obtained…
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    Atrixware E-Learning Solutions

  • Key eLearning Statistics for 2015

    12 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    I love the looks I get from people when I tell them what I do for a living. It’s kind of a blank, yet knowing stare, mixed with a head nod that clearly says “Oh! You’re a writer.” Then, when I add eLearning into the mix I tend to lose them completely. Why? Because in truth most people outside of the eLearning industry have no idea what it really looks like to make a career out of writing content and teaching others via technology. But here’s the thing. They may not understand the process, but odds are good that they have used the product more often than they even…
  • Taking Your E-Learning Social

    12 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    The other day I had the chance to attend the monthly meeting of a local professional group. This is not a group I belong to, but I know several of the members and they were hoping to learn more about eLearning and how they could utilize it within their organizations. And, since I love getting the chance to share what I do with a captive audience, I was thrilled to volunteer my time and share my heart at their very well catered luncheon. So, when the time came I hopped up to a smattering of applause and headed up front to give my talk. It went great! The audience was receptive, the questions…
  • Learning Management System Prices

    27 Feb 2014 | 9:57 am
    I’ve just read the most recent report from Tagoras regarding Learning Management Systems, and I thought it would be a good way to highlight some of the benefits of the Axis LMS. The report was based on the responses of 20 LMS vendors, and it has some interesting (and quite honestly, a bit shocking) stats pertaining to average LMS costings that I thought I’d share: The average first year cost for a Learning Management System ranges from: $22,376 for 500 users to $70,857 for unlimited usage Across 3 years the costs averaged out at: $43,889 for 500 users $165,286 for unlimited usage I found…
  • Free Wi-Fi For Everyone!

    Carrie Westling
    5 Feb 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well not in Osaka, Japan. According to their tourist info site, Osaka is officially Wi-Fi enabled city-wide. It’s funny to think how two non-words linked together can bring us so much joy (especially when preceded by everybody’s favorite word: Free!), but we all know it’s more than just that polysyllabic title that means so much to us: behind the word Wi-Fi is access to the world beyond our own backyard. More than just enabling a Wi-Fi connection across the city, Osaka has given free Wi-Fi access to all of its citizens—a nearly…
  • The Common Core Debate

    6 Nov 2013 | 9:52 am
    As most of you may know, I tend to spend a good deal of time making my way around the Internet researching the latest and greatest that E-Learning has to offer. The point is two fold. First, I enjoy it. Second, it allows me to keep up with the industry as a whole while also learning about any key or trending issues. And right now there is a huge issue that is dominating the world of education. Want to know the biggest issue in education? I bet you can guess. It is none other than the new Common Core standards. And, while these don’t deal directly with E-Learning the issue has become so…
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  • Presentation Tips for Students

    Kim Morrison
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    Presentations are something you will probably have to do several times throughout your student life. Whether in high school, university, or even during workplace training, presentations are a great way for a student to display their knowledge to their teacher, and the rest of their class. While getting up and... Read More
  • How to Motivate Your Students

    Kim Morrison
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    Making sure your students are motivated during your classes is a huge part of the teaching process. Sometimes you can feel like you’re doing everything right, but if your students aren’t motivated it could be a huge problem. Not only will they not be having a good time in your... Read More
  • How to Connect with a New Class

    Kim Morrison
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
    The first day of a new class can be quite daunting for students. They are about to start learning a new subject, with a new teacher, and are possibly in a classroom full of students that they may not know very well. Overall the experience can be quite overwhelming, but... Read More
  • Join Us at DevLearn 2015 in Las Vegas

    Kim Morrison
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:56 am
    We’re heading to Las Vegas to exhibit at DevLearn 2015, and if you’re in the area, we’d love to see you! When: September 30-October 2, 2015 Where: MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV At DevLearn 2015 you’ll be able to see a demonstration of the entire Administrate... Read More
  • How to Use Feedback to Improve Your Work

    Kim Morrison
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Asking for feedback can be a difficult thing, but it’s a very important part of the learning process. If you want to know what you’re doing well, or what points you need to improve on, you’ll need to be prepared to ask your trainer or teacher for feedback on your... Read More
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    Origin Learning - A Learning Solutions Blog

  • The science behind gamification

    Origin Learning
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:12 am
    Gamification is the application of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to encourage users to solve problems. A 2015 study by Research and Markets has forecasted that Gamification in E-Learning growth will reach $319 billion by 2020. How and why are game mechanics and game dynamics touted to be capable of achieving what other, more direct forms of training can’t? An interesting model might answer that: Fogg’s Behavior Model (FBM) states that for a specific behavior to occur, three elements must converge at the same moment. These are: motivation, ability and triggers.
  • 30 Days To Go Until ATD International Conference & Exposition 2015 Comes Alive!

    Origin Learning
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Association for Talent Development, ATD’s International Conference and Exposition (ICE) is a much awaited event for learning professionals across the globe. With so much thought exchange, it literally brings the training and development industry to life. Each aspect of the industry is covered for every level of practitioner, from CEO to specialist, from dean to student. This year, ATD 2015 will be held on 17-20th May, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center, 9990 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. The focus of this year’s ICE Expo is “Content, Community, Global…
  • MOOCs for Corporate E-learning

    Origin Learning
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs are relatively new yet already a rage, so much so that the New York Times named 2012 as the ‘Year of the MOOC’. What started as an initiative by the Stanford University in 2011 has quickly found its applications as a learning medium in educational institutions and corporates alike. MOOCs are massive, open and online – i.e. they are freely delivered over the internet to anyone who wants to enroll. In fact, the first MOOC started by the Stanford University reached out to 160,000 students. Organizations from across the world are already using MOOCs…
  • Tin Can API: A Must for Blended Learning

    Origin Learning
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:19 am
    Learning in the 21st century has become all-pervasive, transcending physical boundaries of a classroom-and-instructor based format. It happens anywhere and everywhere – through a blog or wiki, through videos and presentations, a snippet of information caught on the way to work or even through a discussion with friends. The new era recognizes the importance of informal learning as much as formal learning. A quick word of caution though: this does not mean that we undermine the importance of formal teaching; it simply acknowledges the fact that various other media too can contribute to an…
  • We’re Hiring Engineers!

    Origin Learning
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    We’re hiring! And we are on the lookout for fresh engineering graduates with good writing skills. So, if you are interested, here’s more about what to expect at Origin Learning. We are a learning technology solutions provider, i.e. we develop material for training through e-learning, mobile learning, tablet learning, social learning and much more (Do checkout our website for complete information). Our clientele includes Fortune 100 companies, which means we are always on our toes when it comes to innovation in learning. We’re a growing, award winning IT Company and for that we need…
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    TalentLMS Blog - eLearning | Instructional Design | LMS

  • LMS and Gamification

    John Laskaris
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Do you have a learning management system in place but cannot figure out how to use gamification? Let’s rephrase: do you have a learning management system that is hardly churning out the desired number of learners per quarter?What about the mandatory Employee Safety training? Surely, the word “mandatory” is enough to get someone started! Do senior managers still complain of the lack of leadership skills in team leaders? Have you finally started reporting some growth sales figures due to improved customer service training? Let’s face it. Most of us dislike reading long texts.We…
  • The Effective Blended Learning Strategy

    John Laskaris
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    Blended learning is often mixed with Instructor Led learning programs. Let’s roll our sleeves and scrutinize this phenomenon. What is the difference? Are there any similarities? What’s the perfect blend? What do you blend anyway?Whoa! Take a deep breath.Blended learning offers the best of both worlds. Not only do you benefit from the implementation of a synchronous learning strategy, but also you have the chance to benefit from “go at your own pace” techniques that are part of an asynchronous learning strategy.So, the question is this: how do I develop engaging blended learning…
  • Defining Assignment from Learning Goals

    John Laskaris
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    Assignments take the learning to a deeper level. If you want learners to internalize their newly acquired information, develop assignments that encourage them to reflect and synthesize. Adult learners bring with them amazing experiences and knowledge.Consider each learner, a unique reservoir of knowledge, ready to mix the new with the known. The result of this synthesis is believing, attitude sharing and transformation. Think how potent this learning becomes, when assignments are graded by peers.As a trainer or a course moderator, be prepared to review a kaleidoscope of experiences and…
  • Defining Assessment Items from Learning Goals

    John Laskaris
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Assessments are truly the end-result of the course. Without assessments both the course and the learning promise are incomplete. Assessments are evidence that learning did take place, that learners have achieved the learning goals and are now ready to perform it in the work-context.Assessments are drivers towards acquiring professional credentials that enable us to work in our respective fields. Would you ever visit a doctor who has questionable credentials? What about the pilot who says he loves to fly and learned flying through “lots of practice!”?Without an aviation license, you…
  • Learning Goals: The Why and the How

    John Laskaris
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    Have you ever participated in a marathon? A cross-country marathon? Maybe a walk for a cause? You register for this event and arrive at the designated time and place. You greet everyone and know you belong, because you have a similar sports gear on (t-shirt, wrist band, caps etc).You receive the road-map of the route you have to take. You have a clear view of the start and finish points on this road map. You know the distance between the points and you also know the estimated time taken to complete the race/walk.In addition, you know the points on the road map at which you change into your…
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    The Lambda Solutions eLearning Blog

  • Lambda Solutions Will Be Attending ATD 2015

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Lambda Solutions will be attending the ATD 2015 International Conference & Exposition in Orlando this year. Lambda looks forward to networking with industry peers, engaging and discussing with keynote speakers, and building relationships with training partners. Fellow attendees will include Apple, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Yahoo!, and HBO.
  • Industry-Leading LMS vs. Talent Management LMS

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    First, what is the difference between learning management and talent management? A common misconception is that talent management and learning management are synonymous, or interchangeable, but this is not the case. Talent management has to do with human resources and employees - attracting them, teaching and developing them, and keeping them inspired and engaged. Learning management has more to do with developing and designing strategies in learning. The goal of each of these is the same - that is  increasing productive outcomes and achieving business objectives. The difference though,…
  • Lambda Analytika Reporting for Learning Management Systems

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are pleased to announce the launch of Lambda Analytika to the market. Lambda Analytika is a robust reporting and analytics solution for open source learning management systems. With over 600 deployments under our belt, customer feedback made it clear that reporting and access to data was a major gap with the current native reporting functionality and plug-ins available in Moodle and Totara.
  • What You Need to Know About Mobile Learning with Moodle

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    The UN recently reported that the number of people who own mobile phones outnumber the people who have access to flush toilets. We are highly dependent on our mobile devices - we rely on them to do everything, from communicate, browse the internet, play games, take pictures, etc. Mobile learning, then, has been a long time coming. We will use the example of Moodle, a learning management system (LMS) that fully supports mobile learning.
  • Online Learning to Solve US Teacher Shortage

    7 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    Current education reform debate in the US centers around the dilemma that high-quality teachers are in high-demand, yet the larger system in place to recruit and retain such teachers is ineffective. While the United States reports an aggregate teacher surplus, further analysis of these numbers indicate that there has been persistent teacher shortages for the past 40 years. Such shortages are indicative by geographygrade level and subject matter which is further multiplied when you factor in the falling quality of the average teacher.
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  • Is there a limit to the human mind’s capacity?

    Chloe from Wranx
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Despite the fact that several of us have trouble remembering certain facts or recalling moments in time, some people believe that the human brain is capable of retaining an infinite amount of information. For quite some time, neuroscientists have attempted to quantitatively measure how much our brains can store. But even if they manage to draw accurate conclusions, there are certain individuals that buck these verdicts, as they have demonstrated remarkable cognitive feats with their atypical minds.   The capacity to remember Nowadays, most of us own a mobile phone or have the resources…
  • How to make B2B sales training more engaging

    Chloe from Wranx
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Despite the fact that B2B sales training has good intentions, members of staff can struggle to see this. For them, it means being away from their desks and missing out on commissions to watch powerpoint presentations and listen to a lecturer. This doesn’t benefit anyone. The business will waste valuable capital on pointless teaching while employees will grow disillusioned with their job roles. Therefore, more and more organisations are starting to adjust their outlook on B2B sales training and adopt new approaches. But how can you get your workforce excited about training and more engaged…
  • Advancing your customer service training

    Chloe from Wranx
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Regardless of an organisation’s size or sector, its success will rely on happy and satisfied customers. If treated with respect and given the attention they deserve, purchasers and patrons will keep on coming back for more. With any luck, they’ll also tell one or two people about their favourable experience and recommend your business to even more potential clientele. But even if contented customers speak highly of your business, this positivity could be outweighed by negative comments. People are much more likely to leave bad reviews or condemn a company if they didn’t receive a…
  • Can sales training make an impact?

    Chloe from Wranx
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    From ordering more stock and improving product quality to upgrading essential equipment and opening new premises, there are several areas of a business where money can be spent. All of these will attempt to make an impact, whether it’s to enhance the customer experience or boost employee productivity. But at the end of the day, profit and prosperity will come down to one thing – sales. Failing to generate enough money through the sale of products and services will cause any business to collapse. To ensure a steady stream of sales are being achieved, there are a number of different…
  • Creating an online presence

    Chloe from Wranx
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Back in the good old days of retail, shop owners and chain stores only had to worry about getting customers to walk through the door. This could be achieved by reaching out to local consumers through traditional forms of marketing such as print advertising or radio commercials. Then, more and more outlets and emporiums started to offer mail-order services for their products, which could be viewed in a catalogue or seen on television. Once more, this was another way for retailers to increase exposure and improve turnover. But today, things are incredibly different and it is all because of the…
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  • What Internet Service Provider Is The Fastest / Most Reliable In Lagos

    Ifemidayo LayGiri
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:39 am
    In need of fast internet? reliable internet? Good… We can help you, especially if you live or work in Lagos. As always we do our ground work and then we get back to you on our findings. So here goes… Relative to your location and general geography the fastest internet service provider (ISP) in Lagos... Read More Source: What Internet Service Provider Is The Fastest / Most Reliable In Lagos
  • Inverter Set Up For A Self Contained: Everything You Need

    Ifemidayo LayGiri
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    To the point, you hate the noise generators make and you may be completely uninterested in paying the ridiculous amount you may have to shell out on buying petrol and maintaining the generator. In the long run an inverter will cost less because it is a one time set up and it cost relatively nothing... Read More Source: Inverter Set Up For A Self Contained: Everything You Need
  • HP Envy M6 Not Starting Up: How To Fix

    Ifemidayo LayGiri
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:26 am
    Hi guys, been a minute we wrote any new tutorials on here, well we are back now to helping you solve general day to day problems. Today we want to talk about the HP Envy M6, a very common problem with this line of PC’s is that you may start it up and the power... Read More Source: HP Envy M6 Not Starting Up: How To Fix
  • Where To Find The Best Pizza In Lagos

    Ifemidayo LayGiri
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    Ha this question took me nearly two weeks of research to get a definitive answer, an answer that I am confident of and I am certain will not let anyone down. 3 things I look for when I move to a new city 1 is best internet provider (shout out to swift 4g), 2 is... Read More Source: Where To Find The Best Pizza In Lagos
  • How Not To Clean Your HP Envy M6 (With Back-Lit Keys)

    Ifemidayo LayGiri
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:28 am
    The Envy M6 is a generally great computer, you just have to love the build quality and the design. As beautifully built as it is, it is extremely fragile. Popularly known as the Mac Book clone of the century, this beautiful machine like its Mac counterparts is quite fragile. We have decided to make a... Read More Source: How Not To Clean Your HP Envy M6 (With Back-Lit Keys)
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    Defined STEM

  • When students become entrepreneurs, real learning happens

    Patrick Irvine
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In one recent project, student teams were assigned a region of the United States, and they were challenged to plan and design a self-sustaining restaurant in that area. Nearly every subject was involved as students researched the demographics of their region to determine what kind of restaurant would make sense for their customer base, and identified the renewable energy sources they could use to cut costs and reduce the carbon footprint of their restaurant.
  • STEM and Project Based Learning, a Perfect Pair!

    Patrick Irvine
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    Project based learning (PBL) is a student-centric approach to teaching and learning. Typically, projects are focused on a real-world problem that students solve through research, exploration, experimentation, and the application of skills from across the curricula. Often, PBL concludes with students formally presenting their solutions to the problem. This hands-on method of learning actively engages students, which leads to a much deeper and lasting understanding of content.
  • Defined STEM: K-12 Online Resources for Project and Performance Based Tasks

    Patrick Irvine
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    Defined STEM is an excellent service that offers an enormous collection of pre-created problem and project-based learning resources for all core subjects in K-12. Each resource is built around a specific career to help increase relevancy, and comes with all the resources, standards, materials, and so on that you could possibly need. It’s a wonderful service, so let’s check them out!
  • Digital Learning Platform Ties STEM Concepts to Real-World Problem Solving

    Patrick Irvine
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Ohio schools are teaching STEM across all subjects for a more holistic approach to STEM education.
  • THE Journal – 5 Tech Tools That Support Common Core

    Rob Eifler
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    With online assessments around the corner, we look at the hardware and software that districts are using to teach to the new standards.
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    eFront Blog

  • How to use eLearning for IT

    Alex C
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    There’s a saying in French that the shoe-maker often has the worst shoes ― meaning that we often neglect our own needs even in the areas that we specialize in. This fits an enterprise IT department quite well, as programers, despite creating cutting edge technology are not very quick to adopt it in their job. Languages like C and C++ still prevail, decades after their introduction and despite their warts. Millions of coders forgo modern development environments for 40 years old text editors. And, which brings us to today’s topic, IT departments are not among the first to adopt…
  • What is blended learning and why it matters?

    Nikos Andriotis
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    If you read the technical press you might have chanced upon an all too frequent meme that “software is eating the world”, in the sense that it takes out traditional industries: websites versus newspapers, music stores vs record sales, Netflix vs Blockbuster, the list goes on. When it comes to eLearning, though, it doesn’t seem to be an either-or proposition. The tremendous rise of eLearning didn’t have any negative impact on traditional educational institutions. In fact, the latter, including big names like MIT and Stanford, have embraced the new technology both in…
  • eLearning for schools

    Nikos Andriotis
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am
    With its tremendous growth the last decade, it’s no secret that eLearning is taking the world of education by storm. This might have gotten you a little worried if you are running a traditional educational institution, but it really shouldn’t. The role of eLearning is not to replace traditional classroom based education. Its role is to supplement it, by providing educational opportunities for those cases and people where traditional learning is not possible, either due to time and location constraints or due to cost. In fact, not only do traditional educational establishments…
  • e-learning for local governments with eFrontPro

    Nikos Andriotis
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    While tons of businesses and organizations of all kinds and stripes have embraced e-learning as the way forward for training their staff, there are still niche fields that have yet to join the revolution (except for a few pioneers). Local government is one of them. Local government, that is public administration within a given state — prefectures, municipalities, communities and so on, is no easy task. It has to co-ordinate thousands of employees, in lots of different departments and functions, and often has to do it on a shoe-string budget. Employee training, complex organizational…
  • e-Learning software made with passion and PHP

    Nikos Andriotis
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    As with any successful recipe, there are several key ingredients we use in creating our software here at Epignosis HQ: a passion for creating things; an understanding of the e-learning market and our customers needs; hard work and long hours; hard-core programming chops; ketchup (just kidding). There are also the technical ingredients, such as our use of development language. We use PHP for developing our products, and we are extremely satisfied with this choice. After all, and if we may say so, the results speak for themselves. In this behind-the-scenes post we’ll delve in why we opted…
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  • Productivity improvement techniques to get things done

    Paal Ringstad
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I told myself I wanted to get more stuff done and be happy with my day when I go to bed. The book "Getting things done" has changed my life, so i created a short summary about how to apply the book. The post Productivity improvement techniques to get things done appeared first on Elearnhero.
  • One MOOC to rule them all

    Paal Ringstad
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Rodrigo finished his degree, took the MOOC "how to learn" and figured he hadn't really learned much at college. Now he's on a quest to start over again. The post One MOOC to rule them all appeared first on Elearnhero.
  • LinkedIn acquires Lynda. One small step for Linkedin a big step for its community

    Sydney Cohen
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    LinkedIn just made its biggest acquisition to date and bought Lynda for the equivalent of $1.5billions. Here is what we think about Linkedin acquisition. The post LinkedIn acquires Lynda. One small step for Linkedin a big step for its community appeared first on Elearnhero.
  • 5 must have Chrome extensions for Gmail

    Sydney Cohen
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    There are a few extensions I use on a daily basis to help me be efficient on make the best of my gmail account. The post 5 must have Chrome extensions for Gmail appeared first on Elearnhero.
  • 20 must read best business books

    Sydney Cohen
    5 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    My list of the best sales books to evolve both as a salesman and in your personal development. My top 20 sales books I recommend you to read! The post 20 must read best business books appeared first on Elearnhero.
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  • 3 Tips and Resources to Make Moodle Beautiful

    Catherine Conradt
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Does Moodle and all of its bells and whistles have your head spinning?  Or worse…your users’ heads?  Here are 3 tips to make Moodle easier on the eyes. Appropriate Color Schemes If your logo colors are navy blue and orange, your site probably shouldn’t be lime green and red.  Choosing theme and text colors that don’t match your brand will create a site that looks dishevelled.  If your main colors are too bold or funky, try choosing a more neutral shade and pairing it with white or gray.  Need color inspiration?  Click here to visit Adobe Color CC where you can…
  • 5 Features Every LMS Should Have

    Joseph Conradt
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Ask any educator or administrator, and they will tell you their LMS needs better reporting, viewing on Mobile, and integrated e-commerce. Take a look at this infographic for the top 5 features every LMS should have. The post 5 Features Every LMS Should Have appeared first on CourseBit.
  • Online college students miss professor interaction

    Joseph Conradt
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    Recently a study was conducted at Kent State University asking 250 students their opinions of online courses. The findings were that students missed the interaction of in-person classes. They specifically addressed concerns over the level of interaction with professors. Studying online is often more isolating and difficult to communicate. “When students take online classes, they don’t expect that they are going to miss the interaction, but once they start every day getting on the computer and looking up their assignments themselves and doing everything themselves, they kind of miss their…
  • eLearning Growth (Infographic)

    5 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    Cool Infographic on eLearning statistics.   The post eLearning Growth (Infographic) appeared first on CourseBit.
  • Moodle Security Tips

    Joseph Conradt
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    How to ensure privacy and security for your Moodle site. Keep your Moodle site secure with these helpful tips. Share your experiences or advice in the comment section below. Use Roles properly Moodle’s role system allows you to define user capabilities that can be very specific. Instead of giving a user full admin privileges, evaluate what that user needs access to. Odds are most users will not need access to everything. This is especially important if you are having a 3rd party access your site. Example situation: You are granting access to an instructional design consultant who will…
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  • 7 Tips for Recent College Graduates to Get Hired at a Startup

    Leonard DeFranco
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    If you’re a college student or recent graduate with an eye on working at a startup straight out of college, you have your work cut out for you. Startups, youthful and irreverent as they typically are, generally consist of incredibly… Continue reading →
  • 5 Enterprises Kicking Ass in Training

    Leonard DeFranco
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Making a commitment to corporate training and development doesn’t just spontaneously happen. It takes effort and planning across all parts of an organization for L&D professionals to teach the skills their teams of employees need, and for employees to be… Continue reading →
  • L&D Meets the Cosmo Quiz: Grovo’s Friday Roundup

    Leonard DeFranco
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Some forward-thinking organizations are moving L&D into decidedly Cosmo quiz territory. “Some companies are now beginning to incorporate tailored models based on personality types into their L&D strategies,” writes Chloe Taylor at HC Online. The four learning personality types they’ve identified… Continue reading →
  • If Your Employees Aren’t Excited For Training, You’re Doing It Wrong

    Leonard DeFranco
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    Employees sure hate training, don’t they? In nearly every report we see on workplace skills development, employees and managers alike say that training programs burden their victims far more than they help. It’s frustrating to hear when employees don’t see… Continue reading →
  • Oculus Rift Is Going To Be Awesome for Enterprise Training

    Leonard DeFranco
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Expectations have been running high for consumerized virtual reality since Facebook purchased Oculus VR, the most futuristic-sounding company in the world, in March 2014. Versions of the technology have been in development for decades, but only now is a scalable… Continue reading →
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  • eLearning 101: Implementing A Jeopardy Game Template Into Your Training

    Brother Sean
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    You probably remember one time or another in your life when you took a sick day and found yourself binge-watching episode after episode of Jeopardy! and allowing the smooth, dulcet voice of Alex Trebek to take your troubles away. How great would it be to reproduce that intensely nostalgic feeling and the intellectual atmosphere it promotes into the wonderful world of eLearning? Cover A Lot Of eLearning Material Quickly One reason we are very excited about our Jeopardy! style template, “Game Show” is its inherent ability to disseminate a lot of information in the space of just a couple…
  • 3 Mindsets to Help your eLearning Courses

    Brother Nate
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    There is a plethora of information to help you succeed in eLearning, but there are three mindsets that are hurting your eLearning courses. 1. Get Ahead of the Game Success is how you spend your time. Dissect other eLearning courses. Look at existing design trends and try to understand their design principles. But make sure not to copy their work. How can you accomplish this? Be influenced by other great designers. This means spending time on Pinterest, Behance, reading books, attending lectures, surrounding yourselves with eLearning that challenges you and brings excitement. 2. Fail Hard…
  • eLearning Tip: The Difference Between Copyright Free and Royalty Free

    Brother Danny
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Finding quality assets (images, sound effects, video, etc.) to use in your eLearning course is one of the most important and potentially daunting aspects of developing. Everyone should know by now, that you can’t just pull an image off of a Google image search and use it. There are certain legal rights for pretty much every digital asset out there. There are some important terms you should understand before you use an image or other digital assets that you did not create on your own. Public Domain – Works in the public domain are those whose intellectual property rights have expired,…
  • Why Branching Scenarios Are Amazing

    Brother Sean
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In many different subjects, nothing drives the point home quite as well as a real life branching scenario for the learner to sink their teeth into. More than just a simple interaction, a branching scenario is able to thrust a learner into adaptable, hypothetical situations and explore the vast array of options they might have in such a state of affairs. But what exactly is it about these multifaceted scenarios that work so well in an eLearning course? Higher Engagement Branching scenarios are great for increasing the level of engagement in the course. When the learner actually needs to make…
  • 4 Ways eLearning Managers Can Improve Employee Performance

    Brother Parker
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Guest blog post by Katherine William. She is the chief operations officer of a high-level consultancy firm. She likes to regularly share her views on Chiefpaper. It may appear that managers who are consistent at improving the performance of their employees have some kind of secret trick. However, if we try to analyze the truth, successful managers know nothing more than other managers, but they all have in common simple techniques that they like to execute within their elearning team. The key trait in managers who are good at improving their employee’s performance is the fact that…
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