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  • Best Practices for Instructional Design in eLearning

    Raptivity Blog
    Govind Magdalene
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:05 am
    As technology progresses, assuring the quality of educational experience continues to increase in significance. This, in turn, has led to a surge in the number of Instructional Designers(IDs). IDs are seen as professionals who can facilitate explicit eLearning outcomes. The […]
  • The Pitfalls and Promises of Mobile Learning

    Breakthrough eLearning
    Rick Nigol
    3 Apr 2011 | 8:24 am
    If you are in any way connected with the fields of training, learning and development, or eLearning, you are probably regularly inundated with messages about the wonders of mobile learning. Mobile devices, such as smartphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and tablet computers are becoming ubiquitous and increasingly powerful with respect to their range of functionality. Just about anything you can do on a desktop or laptop can now be accomplished via much smaller and more portable mobile devices. This is why many organizations are now looking to make learning materials available via…
  • Mobile Learning 101: Everything an Instructional Designer Needs To Know

    SHIFT's eLearning Blog
    Karla Gutierrez
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    The web is abuzz with talks of mobile learning. With its rise come many benefits, from higher productivity to better engagement. But with all the noise or constant stream of data online, it's difficult to find really useful information. That's why we've gleaned some links to resources specifically to help instructional designers get a holistic view about the subject. 1. Mobile Learning HandBook This is a high-level guidebook suitable not only for instructional designers but also project managers and other stakeholders. It emphasizes a change of mindset among professionals.   It's a…
  • Top 5 Performance Support Apps for Learning Designers

    Learnnovators - Bringing INNOVATION to E-LEARNING
    Ravi Pratap Singh
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    THE QUOTE: “Instructional Design is complex and overlaps with many fields. That’s why Instructional Design Guru defines terms from Instructional Design, Cognitive Psychology, Social Media, Multimedia, Technology and Law. It defines over 470 key terms for instructional designers.” ~ Connie Malamed, on ID Guru, the performance support App for learning designers THE JOURNEY: Connie Malamed was one of the first in the learning industry to design and develop an app for learning designers. Naturally, during our interview with her we were eager to probe and find out more about her inspiration…
  • Top 5 Ways Companies Are Using Mobile Learning Technology

    The Upside Learning Blog
    James Rasmussen
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    If engaged in the learning industry long enough, you gain a keen understanding and appreciation for the direction that learning is headed. And occasionally you have the opportunity to witness a genuine ‘tipping point’  in the industry – the adoption of a new approach that delivers meaningful value for those who must perform at the […]
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  • I need a verb table, I can't learn Spanish with just a smartphone

    Alan Haburchak
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    After a month of trying to learn Spanish with only a smartphone app, Alan Haburchak is crying out for some structureIn my last post, I wrote about how difficult it was attempting to learn a new language using only an app. Duolingo is well designed, but I'd come to the conclusion that I (and I suspect other people) have difficulty motivating myself to stay dedicated to practising and learning a new language (in my case Spanish) with nothing to push them other than nagging notifications from their smartphone.It's now a week later and I wish I had better news to report back about my progress…
  • Students: bring your own technology to uni

    Mirren Gidda
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    Asking students to use their own tech in lectures could save money, but will it damage attention spans?A few years ago, if a student got their phone out in a lecture, this was quite a clear sign that they were no longer paying attention. But today, using a phone or tablet in the lecture hall is actually encouraged by universities, many of which are asking students to use their own technology to access learning resources.The trend, known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), has swept across countless institutions, including University College London, where a dedicated IT service desk will connect…
  • Have big university lectures gone out of fashion?

    Louise Tickle
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
    No longer can students sit passively and imbibe information today's 'blended learning' approach demands engagement and ideasThe best lecture I ever went to saw an inspirational academic Professor David Ian Rabey; credit where credit's due cracking an egg over his own head. A roomful of undergraduates watched, fascinated and aghast, as the yolky glop slid down his face and dripped on the floor. He carried on talking (about King Lear as it happens), and we listened like we'd never listened before. I've never forgotten it.But most lectures, let's face it, aren't so compelling. And the model of…
  • I need real people to help me learn a language

    Alan Haburchak
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    A few weeks into his attempt at learning Spanish only with a smartphone, Alan Haburchak is beginning to doubt he will succeed with tech alone More on the Guardian's online language learning challenge How Alan is learning Spanish with just a smartphoneIt's been a few weeks since I started this journey to learn Spanish using nothing but my smartphone. And don't get me wrong, Duolingo is a well-designed app with lots of fancy features like gamification, social media integration and even offline lessons (so I can use it on the train). But at this point I need to admit that there are some issues…
  • Snooping on students' digital footprints won't improve their experiences

    Simon Renton
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:40 am
    If universities want to reduce drop-out rates, they should concentrate on reducing class sizes and strengthening student voice Learning analytics don't just measure students' progress they can shape itHigher education's relationship with data has changed in recent years, as universities provide more information for students choosing £9,000-a-year degree courses. While the amount of data available to students has increased, some universities are also looking at the potential of learning analytics to augment their approach to predicting and reacting to student behaviour.The advent of big…
 
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  • Test-Taking for Online Students

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    So, you know how to choose an online school that is properly accredited, credible, and offers the program you need. But, have you compared the school's test-taking policies to your ability and preferences? For some students, the way tests are administered and graded has a major impact on their educational success and satisfaction. While some students thrive taking higher-stakes, traditional exams, others prefer project-based assessment or open-book options....Read Full Post
  • Why Choose Online Elementary School?

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Most online students start a bit older - usually when they are in high school or college. Parents are often wary about enrolling their children in online programs when they are still learning to read and when recess is still considered a big deal....Read Full Post
  • 10 Smart Ways Online Learners Spend Summer Break

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:38 am
    I flew to Indianapolis this month to give a presentation about online learning. While everyone was complaining about the cold, I was just glad that the ice had finally melted. Ready or not, summer is almost here....Read Full Post
  • Get Inspired: Motivating Quotes for Online College Students

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:27 am
    It's that time of the year when assignments start piling up, professor inboxes are filled with desperate pleas, and energy drinks are purchased in bulk. If you're feeling a bit overworked or worried, don't despair. The semester is almost over and your hard work will be worth the effort. For a quick pick-me-up, take a look at this new list of inspiring quotes for online college students....Read Full Post
  • What You Should Know About DETC Accreditation

    30 Mar 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Have you found a school that is accredited by the Distance Education Training Council (DETC) instead of a regional accrediting body? The DETC is a legitimate accreditor with high standards. But, some students do run into problems when trying to transfer credits from DETC-recognized colleges....Read Full Post
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  • Fostering Foreign Language Learning Through Technology-Enhanced Intercultural Projects

    fsaba
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    The main aim of learning English as an international language is to effectively communicate with people from other cultures. In Taiwan, learners have few opportunities to experience cross-cultural communication in English. To create an authentic EFL classroom, this one-year action research study carried out three collaborative intercultural projects using web-based tools (online forums, weblogs, Skype, and email) in a 7th grade EFL class. The projects were designed to improve students’ language skills and intercultural communicative competence (ICC). To triangulate the findings, qualitative…
  • A Digital Badge Initiative in First-Year Writing Courses

    fsaba
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:49 pm
    This coming fall, Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC will be rolling out a unique curricular initiative throughout its English Department that administers digital badges to students who demonstrate mastery in the critical skills outlined in first-year writing courses. Denise Paster, assistant professor and coordinator of composition, and Alan Reid, teaching associate, have designed an online model that adds an additional fourth credit hour to the traditionally three-credit-hour English courses taken by students in the first two semesters — English 101: Composition and English 102:…
  • Implementation of a Quality Assurance Review System for the Scalable Development of Online Courses

    fsaba
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:15 pm
    With the growing demand for quality online education in the US, developing quality online courses and online programs, and more importantly maintaining this quality, have been an inevitable concern for higher education institutes. Current literature on quality assurance in online education mostly focuses on the development of review models and frameworks as well as the development of review rubrics. The development of comprehensive models in addition to the valid and reliable quality assurance review rubrics is very important for the development of quality online courses and programs.
  • A Composite Theoretical Model Showing Potential Hidden Costs of Online Distance Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: With Implications for Building Cost-Resistant Courses and Programs

    fsaba
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Growing numbers of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are entering the arena of online distance education. Some are seeking to grow large-scale programs that can compete for market share with historically White institutions and for-profit schools. This theoretical essay develops a composite model to assist HBCU administrators in their planning and implementation of e-learning ventures. The model addresses two existential questions: What potential costs to their core distinctiveness might America’s HBCUs face if they pursue online distance education initiatives,…
  • Defining a self-evaluation digital literacy framework for secondary educators: the DigiLit Leicester project

    fsaba
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Despite the growing interest in digital literacy within educational policy, guidance for secondary educators in terms of how digital literacy translates into the classroom is lacking. As a result, many teachers feel ill-prepared to support their learners in using technology effectively. The DigiLit Leicester project created an infrastructure for holistic, integrated change, by supporting staff development in the area of digital literacy for secondary school teachers and teaching support staff. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how the critique of existing digital literacy…
 
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  • Instructional Design Challenges for Today’s Course Designer

    tom
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    At the iDesignX conference in Australia I shared some tips on instructional design challenges. During my session, Blair Rorani from Ever Learning sketched his notes and then tweeted them during the session. They’re so cool I couldn’t just let them fade away. So here are Blair’s sketches coupled with some quick notes from my presentation on instructional design challenges. What is Instructional Design? Instructional design is a loaded term and can mean many things depending on who’s doing the talking. In today’s elearning world an instructional designer tends to be synonymous with…
  • How to Avoid the Curse of Boring Courses

    tom
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Linear, click-and-read courses are pretty common and usually held up as the worst of online training and cause of boring courses because they’re mostly information dumps with little focus on how the learner can actually use the course content. They may be the worst of elearning. Or perhaps not. Let’s review some common reasons why these types of online courses exist and what we can do to fix them so that you’re not producing boring courses. Boring Courses Exist Because They’re Pointless Before we continue I’ll make the argument that not all click & read content is bad. And that…
  • Radical E-Learning Tips for a New Century

    tom
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Had a great trip last week to Sydney and got to meet many of the blog readers I’ve corresponded with over the years. If you haven’t attended an iDesignX conference, I recommend doing so. You get to meet many of your peers and sit in on some good presentations. As I was returning home I ran into Dr. Werner Oppelbaumer at the Los Angeles airport. We had a few moments to chat about the state of the industry and what’s new in his research. There’s a lot going on in our industry. What trends do you see when it comes to online training?   There is a lot of talk about MOOCs. The idea is…
  • Want to Build Better Courses? Then Do This.

    tom
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:40 am
    I facilitate a lot of elearning workshops and from my experience most of the people who attend are just getting started. Generally the transition to elearning happens like this. They’re good at explaining things and go from explainer to trainer. Then somewhere in the process the organization says that they’re switching to online learning. Now the trainer has to make another transition as she goes from creating and facilitating workshops to building elearning courses. And as we know, building an online training course is different than creating a facilitated live session. So the challenge…
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Convert Your Course to an Interactive Story

    tom
    18 Mar 2014 | 12:30 am
    The other day I was doing a search for business meeting images and ran into this collage image. It kind of looks like a comic book layout. I played around with some ways to use this image in an elearning course. Here’s a quick demo of the image converted into an interactive slide. I just added some place holder content since the images are not contextual. But in your case, you’d create a collage where the images work together to tell a story. Click here to view the interactive story demo. Tips & Tricks for Creating an Interactive Story Here are a few ideas on how you could approach…
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  • Would you recommend your L&D department?

    Jay Cross
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Capturing L&D metrics too often entails asking the wrong people the wrong questions at the wrong time. Line leaders are a CLO’s most important customers. They judge the trade-offs in spending that determine L&D’s fate in the budget process. They base their decisions on what training professionals call Level 4: Did the training impact the bottom line? Did it matter? By and large, line leaders are not happy with L&D’s performance. A survey of thousands of line leaders found that 77% were dissatisfied with the results of L&D. A mere 24% agreed that L&D was critical to…
  • February 2014: Creation Spaces

    Jay Cross
    28 Feb 2014 | 3:15 pm
      John Hagel tells us that “Answers can be helpful but they only have a fixed value. And answers, no matter how good they are, tend to become obsolete at an accelerating rate.  As conditions evolve, those answers that only a little while ago seemed so compelling and helpful now begin to seem stale and worn.” Instead of answers, “… questions do something else that’s absolutely vital for influence – they rapidly build trust with the person posing the questions. The person posing these kinds of questions has just done something very important – s/he has…
  • Want Results? Champion the Informal

    Jay Cross
    26 Jan 2014 | 10:22 am
    First published in Chief Learning Officer magazine, February 2013 Formal gets all the money, but today more learning happens outside the classroom Learning is more important than ever. We have an information explosion. The world is becoming more complex. We have to learn more just to keep living our lives. That doesn’t mean we need training departments — and that’s where the budgets are cut. We need to pay more attention to experiential learning, We need to look at peer-to-peer learning. A lot of the courses out there are absolute crap. If you look at behavior on the job, you’d be…
  • Quicktime vs YouTube vs ?

    Jay Cross
    22 Jan 2014 | 10:06 am
    Here’s a shot from a Quicktime video on my desktop: Here’s the same scene from a video uploaded to YouTube. YouTube roughs up the video. I’m going to need another place to post videos. Anyone got a suggestion?
  • Local Bay Area interest only

    Jay Cross
    20 Jan 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I teaching myself how to take decent talking-head video. I’m learning by doing. If you can get to Berkeley this week, I’ll be happy to shoot a brief video of you. I get the practice; you get a free video.
 
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    Breakthrough eLearning

  • Seriously - Stop Talking; Start Showing

    Rick Nigol
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    A few weeks ago, four leading lights of the learning business - Michael Allen, Julie Dirksen, Clark Quinn and Will Thalheimer - released a call to arms. Their Serious eLearning Manifesto laments the sorry state of eLearning and asks those who agree to sign a manifesto pledging to commit to producing eLearning that is relevant, performance focused, contextual and interactive. The basic delineation between what is and what should be can be seen in this breakdown they supply in their manifesto:Reading through the Manifesto, I found myself nodding my head in agreement. There is little to disagree…
  • The Pitfalls and Promises of Mobile Learning

    Rick Nigol
    3 Apr 2011 | 8:24 am
    If you are in any way connected with the fields of training, learning and development, or eLearning, you are probably regularly inundated with messages about the wonders of mobile learning. Mobile devices, such as smartphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and tablet computers are becoming ubiquitous and increasingly powerful with respect to their range of functionality. Just about anything you can do on a desktop or laptop can now be accomplished via much smaller and more portable mobile devices. This is why many organizations are now looking to make learning materials available via…
  • Why Aren't Online Training Supports the Norm?

    Rick Nigol
    18 Mar 2011 | 8:22 am
    A little while ago I was interested in a rapid eLearning authoring tool, and a sales rep did a web presentation for me, showing how it worked. He then encouraged me to download this software for a trial period. His demo was 20 - 30 minutes long, and only provided a very quick overview. I was concerned about how much time I would need to get to know the software in order to give it a really good test. So I asked if there were any online tutorials that could walk me through things as I familiarized myself with the product. Unfortunately, and not surprisingly, the answer was "no."The sales rep…
  • Lessons Learned from the Past Year

    Rick Nigol
    14 Jan 2011 | 8:53 am
    The ASTD Learning Circuits Blog (moderated by Tony Karrer) poses a monthly "Big Question" and asks learning professionals to share their insights on key topics. The Big Question for this past December was "What did you learn about learning in 2010?" Two of the contributions really resonated with me. Ryan Tracey's polemic against online courses and Jason McDonald's advocacy of slowing down for deeper learning hit home for me as I have been coming to similar insights myself lately.Why Must So Much Learning Be Force Fed Via Courses?Online courses must die! This is the deliberately provocative…
  • Instructional Design Malpractice

    Rick Nigol
    29 Oct 2010 | 7:22 am
    I recently came across an interesting online conversational podcast with Clark Quinn (Quinnovation) and Cammy Bean (Kineo) on the topic of "instructional design malpractice." Of course there is no such crime on the books, but perhaps there should be.The upshot of the admittedly tongue-in-cheek conversation was that there is too much boring eLearning out there that is overly long, overly detailed, and just not focused on what counts - namely, changing behaviour. Quinn, an expert on the use of games in learning, says much of existing eLearning is an "unemotional knowledge dump." Learners must…
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    Harold Jarche

  • PKM and small business

    Harold
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is one group that probably has the most need for professional development but has the least time – owners of small businesses. My parents owned a small business. They worked seven days a week. They never took any training courses. I am sure that if they were working today, they still would not take any formal instruction, but they might be active searchers on Google or YouTube. They might use Facebook or a website to stay in touch with their customers. Several years ago I tracked small business blogs with some interesting examples such as a sign company, a coffee roaster, and a…
  • Good Friday Finds

    Harold
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Which Comes First: Engaged Employees or Customer Success? via @OscarBerg Friday’s Finds #216 You want to have tools to help employees get work done. Those tools are no longer the HR systems of performance management and compensation. — those don’t help to get your work done. What we’re seeing is heavy adoption of work management tools, task management, collaboration, file-sharing and so forth. People need tools to connect, to share knowledge, to build community and culture and, ultimately, to get their work done, which is about serving customers. @AndrewJacobsLD – One…
  • Organizing Talent

    Harold
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    The opposite of ‘routine’ is ‘original’ Labour is routine. Talent is original. Even advanced technical Labour can be in essence routine. As Labour, once you learn how to do something, you are able to repeat it. Labour is the capitalist dream for human effort, because it can be quantified, controlled, and replaced. Labour is viewing humans as resources. What is becoming blindingly obvious is that Labour is increasingly getting automated which is disrupting how most people have worked for the past century, by doing a job. On the other hand, original work has high task…
  • Ten Years, Ten Thoughts

    Harold
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    In compiling my ebook, Seeking perpetual beta: a guidebook for the network era, I tried to cover all the posts that resonated with readers, clients, and colleagues over a decade. Here are some highlights, representing one thought per year. Taking control of our learning is a challenge for individuals used to working inside hierarchies that demand conformity and compliance. The mainstream application of knowledge management and learning management over the past few decades was mostly wrong; we over-managed information, knowledge and learning because it was easy to do. The basic structure of…
  • Knowledge sharing paradox revisited

    Harold
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    The knowledge sharing paradox is that enterprise social tools can constrain what they are supposed to enhance. People will freely share their knowledge if they remain in control of it because knowledge is a very personal thing. Knowledge workers care about what they need to get work done, but do they care about the organizational knowledge base? So my conclusion this time around was that the centralized stuff we spent so much time and money maintaining was simply not very useful to most practitioners. The practitioners I talked to about PPI [personal productivity improvement] said they would…
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    Litmos LMS

  • eLearnChat Guest @bschlenker Talks About Joining Litmos

    Brent Schlenker
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    eLearnChat 121: Brent Schlenker on #Litmos from RELATECASTS on Vimeo. The post eLearnChat Guest @bschlenker Talks About Joining Litmos appeared first on Litmos LMS.
  • How I Learned “Done is Better Than Perfect”

    Brent Schlenker
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    “A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week” - George S. Patton In my last post I mentioned the popular quote, “Done is Better Than Perfect!” And that it was one of the most important lesson I’ve learned in my career.  Unfortunately, I had to re-learn the lesson a few times before it really stuck and became a part of mindset…and training development workflow. I’ve tried over the last few years to help others learn this lesson but in many cases it’s a lesson best learned the hard way. For me,…
  • My Top 5 Training Development Tips

    Brent Schlenker
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The world of Corporate Training is really not that complicated. But with all of our instructional models and frameworks, we like making it a little more complicated than others believe it to be. There are situations where all the detailed processes of instructional design are required.  But, in my experience, those projects are rare.  The perceptions others have of your work is critical to your success. Here are my top 5 development tips that will increase your perceived value within your company and amongst your team. Done is Better than Perfect! There is a good reason why this quote is so…
  • How Can a Learning Management System Benefit Your Company?

    Derek Sayler
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    The combination of new hires, current employees, and veteran executives are the driving success of any company. This means that all new information must be seamlessly distributed throughout the various departments of the organization. If there is no process in place to keep individual employees accountable for necessary training about company policies or products they deal with on a daily basis, then you cannot expect employees to perform at their optimum potential. A Learning Management System (LMS) solves this issue with flying colors. Value of Training & Development The value of…
  • Online Learning for Non-Profit Organizations

    Madeline Honig-Goepp
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    One of the best ways to help a cause is through education.  However, education efforts can be costly, ineffective or worse, both.  With online learning, you can minimize cost for maximum educational reach. How can you use online learning to increase your efforts? Offer courses as a give-away for donations or to contributors. Sell courses related to your subject matter as a way to create revenue. Share your knowledge to the world to encourage the public to get involved. Educate workers and volunteers in the most cost effective manner possible. How can Litmos help your non-profit…
 
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  • Open Learning Analytics

    gsiemens
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The future of systems such as business, government, and education will be data centric. Historically, humanity has made sense of the world through discourse, dialogue, artifacts, myth, story, and metaphor. While those sensemaking approaches won’t disappear, they will be augmented by data and analytics. Educators often find analytics frustrating. After all, how can you analyze the softer aspects of learning? Or can analytics actually measure what matters instead of what is readily accessible in terms of data? These are obviously important questions. Regardless of how they are answered,…
  • What will universities monetize in the future?

    gsiemens
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Universities do more than teach. Research is one of the most important activities of higher education. From the lens of students and society, however, the teaching and learning process and what it costs, is the primary focus. The university economic and operational structure, in relation to educating learners, can be seen as consisting of three legs of a stool: content/curriculum, teaching, and assessment. The past decade has not been kind to higher education’s economic model as two legs of the stool – content and teaching – have started to move toward openness. Academic…
  • University of Texas at Arlington

    gsiemens
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:40 pm
    This is likely not news to most readers as it has been posted in various blogs, forums, and announced at the MOOC Research conference in December, but I have applied, and received approval, for a leave of absence from Athabasca University to establish and set up a digital learning research lab at University of Texas at Arlington. I will be based in Arlington, but will continue to work with my AU doctoral students. My research to date has focused on the social and technological learning, sensemaking and wayfinding activities of individuals in digital information environments and how these…
  • The challenge of coherence

    gsiemens
    27 Jan 2014 | 5:18 pm
    I’ve been thinking about coherence formation in the learning process for many years (it was a key topic of my phd). Traditionally, coherence of knowledge is formed by the educator through her selection of readings and lectures. The assumption underpinning learning design is something like “decide what’s important and then decide how to best teach it or foster learning activities around it”. When students take a formal course, success is measured by how well they internalize (whatever that means) and repeat back to us what we told them. Most grading and evaluation…
  • The vulnerability of learning

    gsiemens
    13 Jan 2014 | 11:17 am
    In a meeting with a group of doctoral students last week, one individual shared her challenging, even emotionally draining, experience in taking her first doctoral course. Much of her experience was not focused on the learning or content. Instead, she shared her self-doubts, her frustrations of integrating doctoral studies into her personal and professional life, the fatigue of learning, and feeling overwhelmed. Personal reflections such as these are important but are usually not considered when discussing learning and being a successful learner. In education, seemingly in tandem with the…
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    Cathy Moore

  • How to kick off a project and avoid an info dump

    Cathy Moore
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:49 am
    Do you feel like you’re an assembly line worker in a course factory, expected to crank out training on demand? Break free of the assembly line with a strong kickoff meeting that puts you in charge of the design. Here are some ideas on how to start a project in a way that will avoid an information dump and win the happy obedience of your stakeholders. We’ll go into detail and practice these techniques (and more!) in the workshop I’m giving in London on June 6. What’s the first step? The next time someone drops a pile of PowerPoints in your in box and requests “a…
  • Tips for webinars or virtual training

    Cathy Moore
    8 Jan 2014 | 3:14 pm
    “What works for webinars?” People have asked this a lot lately, so here’s my opinionated answer. I do a lot of online workshops, such as the scenario design course that starts soon. I’ve ditched many of the conventional webinar techniques. Here’s what’s left on my list. My main recommendation: Include many, many thought-provoking questions for people to answer in the chat. These aren’t polls or multiple-choice questions. They’re more like, “Here’s a problem. How do you think we should solve it?” or “Here’s a draft…
  • How to create a training goal in 2 quick steps

    Cathy Moore
    23 Nov 2013 | 2:23 am
    A measurable business goal is a great way to focus your training and show how your work helps your organization — that’s why it’s the first step in action mapping. Unfortunately, most clients don’t have a clear goal, so here’s a quick formula that can help you connect what they want with what’s good for the organization. 1. Choose your numbers Identify a measure that the organization is already using that your project could help improve. Once you have that, decide how much you’ll improve it and by when. Some examples: “We need sales…
  • 4 ideas you should steal from interactive fiction

    Cathy Moore
    5 Nov 2013 | 3:05 pm
    Here are a few fun stories from the wild world of interactive fiction. Try them out to see cool techniques you can steal for your training scenarios. 1. Put the backstory in links. The most realistic scenarios are rich in detail, but lots of detail can mean lots of text on the screen. One way to lighten the load is to put the backstory in optional links. In Remembered, by Chris Klimas, you explore links to learn more about the history of the characters. The more backstory you read, the richer your experience. This technique could be used to add depth to the typical management scenario. For…
  • 12 cool ways to use scenarios

    Cathy Moore
    29 Sep 2013 | 4:30 pm
    Decision-making scenarios aren’t just for elearning. Here are 12 ideas for other ways you can use branched scenarios to help people practice solving problems. First, some vocabulary. Each “decision point” in a branching scenario contains the following: The result of the previous decision, such as, “The forklift continues to speed toward the plate glass window.” The stem and options for a new decision, such as, “What should you do?” followed by three or four actions. Face-to-face training One of the great benefits of a challenging branched scenario is…
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    Online Learning Update

  • Don’t give up on online education

    Ray Schroeder
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    by Bill Lowry, Michael Wysession and Scott Krummenacher, WU Student Life Recently, the faculty of Arts & Sciences voted to terminate the Semester Online program for undergraduates. We are the three Washington University professors who actually taught courses in this program. We write not to restart the debate over this program but rather to continue the discussion of online teaching in general. Hopefully, such discussion will continue. Indeed, some of the critics of the Semester Online program stated at the last ArtSci faculty meeting that their criticisms were not directed at online…
  • LaunchCode may expand beyond St. Louis

    Ray Schroeder
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    By David Nicklaus, Post-Dispatch LaunchCode, which began last year as an effort to increase the amount of computer programming talent in St. Louis, is looking at expanding to other cities. LaunchCode founder Jim McKelvey said this morning that he already has office space in Miami and will move there temporarily in June to work on a Miami version of the training and job-placement program. Baltimore, Philadelphia and Denver also are likely destinations for LaunchCode, he said. McKelvey, speaking at an Innovation St. Louis forum at the Missouri Botanical Garden, said officials of EdX, an…
  • UW-Madison expanding online course offerings for summer term

    Ray Schroeder
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    By Karen Herzog, the Journal Sentinel The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced this week it has expanded summer online course offerings so students who return to their hometowns for jobs or who have internships elsewhere can stay on track to complete a degree without disrupting other summer activities. “The students asked for flexibility and we responded,” said Jeffrey Russell, vice provost of lifelong learning and dean of continuing studies. “One benefit of studying during the summer is students then can move toward their graduation goal faster and ultimately join the…
  • Universities See Regional Broadband as Critical to Success

    Ray Schroeder
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    By John Pulley, Campus Technology Scattered throughout the country are technological oases where data-thirsty Internet users can access blindingly fast, affordable broadband service. These super-connected communities are engines of innovation and economic progress. They are, of course, our nation’s universities. Forward-looking institutions are investing in broadband infrastructure both for themselves and for the regions they serve. Beyond the brick-walled perimeters and filigreed iron gates of campuses, the Internet service available to neighborhoods that ring our universities tends to…
  • Utah State University lowers tuition for online classes

    Ray Schroeder
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    By Morgan Jacobsen, Deseret News Utah State University recently announced its plan to lower tuition for in-state students taking online courses starting in summer semester this year. The university’s tuition plateau level was also lowered from 13 credits to 12 credits. That means students can take up to 18 credit hours per semester, but they only pay for 12. Previously, USU students were charged as much as 60 percent more per credit for online classes than traditional on-campus classes. Online credits weren’t included in the tuition plateau for traditional courses.
 
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    E-Learning Journeys

  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    School in the Cloud Very exciting possibilities for learners across the world! tags: education SOLE global globalcollaboration sugatamitra How to Make a Twitter Collage tags: twitter education fun The Innovative Teacher: Twitter for Educators An excellent blog post about why educators should be using Twitter. tags: twitter education ETL523 digitalcitizenship PLN Code Club Australia Start a Code Club in Australia - this non-profit organisation provides resources. tags: education code About Connected Learning : Educator Innovator Network tags: connected_learning education So You Want to Do…
  • #TeacherTuesday Australia: Rural and Indigenous - Strategies to improve learning

    Julie Lindsay
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:39 pm
    For week 8 of #TeacherTuesday we are in New South Wales, Australia. This is now where I live, along the northern coast area, just below the Queensland border, below Brisbane - see the map below. In physical terms the school featured this week is relatively close to where I live - see the red marker on the map for the school location.The teacher is Russell, and the school, Ross Hill Public School, is in Inverell in the northwest. It is a New South Wales country town. It has a population of about 680 students from kindergarten to year 6. 5 – 12/13 year olds. Out of the 680 students there are…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    Search Education – Google tags: Google search education Get More Out of Google [infographic] tags: infographic Google education Global Competence in the 21C tags: globalcompetence education global Connected Learning: Harnessing the Information Age to Make Learning More Powerful | Alliance For Excellent Education tags: connected_learning education What Do They Know? Dismissing a Viral Presumption About Millennials | Eszter Hargittai "If anything, considerable research has shown by now that there is large variation in Internet skills among young adults, often related to their…
  • TeacherTuesday - Bangladesh: Learning on water with solar powered technology

    Julie Lindsay
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    The theme for #TeacherTuesday this week of technology and access to learning is dear to my heart and my work from the past 20 years. Also, having lived in Bangladesh for four years, 2003-2007, I have great empathy with the teacher this week as I have seen and interacted with and lived with the wonderful people of Bangladesh who have a resilience, an amazing intellect and joy for life. The teacher interviewed is Mosammat Reba Khatun. She is 40 years old and lives in a small riverside village in Bangladesh. She completed 10 years of schooling, is a single mother and lives with her parents. Much…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom tags: connected_learning education 9 Simple Steps To Create A Good Presentation Using Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning tags: Google presentation education BrainPOP Jr. | Internet Safety Good video for Primary school level with clear messages on how to be safe online tags: digitalcitizenship education Escape your search engine Filter Bubble! From @duckduckgo tags: filter curation searchengine education Search DuckDuckGo "The search engine that doesn't track you" tags: education searchengine research Make your digital…
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    Betchablog

  • So what is Technology Integration?

    Chris Betcher
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    I was asked by a colleague in another school the other day if I could give her a snapshot into what I actually do, and what the role of an ICT Integrator actually looks like (from my perspective anyway). Apparently she wants to talk to her school leaders about having an integrator on their staff and was trying to get an idea of what the role would entail from someone who does it. Whenever people I meet ask me what I do, they have often never heard the term “ICT Integrator”. It’s another one of those jobs that didn’t exist when most of us were in school. We say all the…
  • Research Strategies for Senior Students

    Chris Betcher
    2 Mar 2014 | 3:23 am
    Our school has a subscription to a  website called the Study Skills Handbook which offers study tips to senior students. I’m sure it’s a valuable resource; so valuable in fact that it’s behind a $1200/year paywall that requires a login password in order to access it. What a bargain. I’m sure those tips wouldn’t be found anywhere else on  the Internet for free at all. Anyway, I got an email from someone at school today promoting this resource, and amongst the several study tips it suggested, it listed this one… 3. DISCOVER OTHER RESOURCES: You could…
  • Launching our BYO iPads

    Chris Betcher
    28 Feb 2014 | 5:40 am
    At my school, PLC Sydney, we just launched a BYO iPad program for our Year 5 and 6 students. This followed on from a fairly successful trial of iPads last year and the subsequent decision that we wanted our upper primary kids to have full time access to this technology. We initially looked at the idea of the school providing and managing the iPads, but in talking to the students it turned out that a very large percentage of them already owned iPads, so it didn’t seem to make much sense to spend a whole lot of money providing something that most of them already had. The general feeling…
  • The Difficulty Differential

    Chris Betcher
    1 Feb 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Yesterday, I ran an all day iPad workshop for the teachers at my school. There were two things that were a bit unusual about it. One is that it was an all day event. Usually in a school – or at least in my school – it’s hard finding time for staff professional learning that allows for any real immersion and play. The second unusual thing is that it was held on a Saturday.  (And not just any Saturday, but the Saturday of the first week back after the Summer break!) No coincidentally, the fact that it was a Saturday was the whole reason we were able to get that extended…
  • Predicting the Future

    Chris Betcher
    26 Jan 2014 | 4:56 am
    Predicting the future is challenging. I remember reading Nicholas Negroponte’s book Being Digital many years ago, and it’s been amazing to see so many of his predictions come to pass. In particular, I remember reading about his “trading places” idea, or what become known as the “Negroponte Switch”. It’s basically the idea that we used to have static devices that don’t move, like televisions, getting their signal delivered wirelessly through the air, while other devices that should be mobile, like telephones, required the use of cables in order…
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    In the Middle of the Curve

  • #perspectives14 The Spark

    Wendy Wickham
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    Using Buffer (timed twitter)Also using Snapcaster (broadcasting tweets)------------- Speaker: Lyn Heyward, Cirque du Soleil (another one best to have seen)Door 1: Great Expectations- Everyone has a wellspring of creativity- Tap into it every day and in real life- Practice.- Every situation. Every encounter is a creative opportunity- You have so many choices.- We are all looking - but not always certain what it isDoor 2: Surrender to your senses- Our world is constantly changing- Sometime we are the instigators.  Often - on the receiving end- Are we sensing everything out there- Journey…
  • #perspectives14 UNThink

    Wendy Wickham
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Turn negative stress into positive pressure.Take control through action.----------------Presenter: Erik Wahl(This is one of those presentations that would have been better to film vs. my notes)(Check the #perspectives14 twitter feed)"Who can draw?"  Nothing.But if he goes to the high schools - 8-10%Preschools - everyone.At what age does our creative energy dry up?Young.The challenge is how to remain an artist as we grow up.How do we build emotional connection?Creativity is the new corporate capital.--------------Look at the space "between the notes"The Introduction to Poetry - J. Evans…
  • #perspectives14 Big Data

    Wendy Wickham
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    (Went out to find a plug)Speaker: John Ambrose (SkillSoft)McKinsey Big Data paperDeloitte Human Capital Trends 2014Overwhelmed Employee - businesses today are struggling to adapt to 21st century- HUGE increase in data Employees interrupted by information all day longCompounded by the fact that we have the most generationally diverse workforce everImperative for us to find better ways to absorb data- Through tech- Through better implementation- Make it simplerCharacteristics of Overwhelmed Employee- Checks cell phone 150x per day.- Can only focus for 5 minutes at a stretch (if we are…
  • #perspectives14 Leadership Lessons

    Wendy Wickham
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Dear SkillSoft....These beanbag chairs are still epic.We should have those in the morning sessions instead of chairs. Maybe I'll ask them to drag them in to the session I am giving this afternoon.-----------------Speaker: Jack WelshInnovation and competitive advantage- Innovation = little steps becomes a big dealMindset - reward every little improvement every day.Find a better way every day - this is a "headset""Innovation" scares people"I can't innovate!  That's for someone else!"Engage every single person to find a better way.Then REWARD and CELEBRATE!Faster accounting system, new…
  • The Superiority of Backroads

    Wendy Wickham
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    My road buddy.....------------- I chose to do a grand southern road trip for Up 2 All of Us and Ecosystem 2014 this year.My initial thinking - since it was easier for me to drive down to Greensboro, NC...then I was looking at turning around, driving BACK to DC, THEN getting on a plane to Orlando the next day...I might as well drive the whole loop.With the weather being as dodgy as it was ... best choice I've made in awhile.  I would have never made it to Ecosystem 2014. Besides, I figured the road trip would give me the opportunity to:- take the Mustang out for a lengthy road trip- Visit…
 
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    Bottom Line Performance » Blog

  • This Week on #BLPLearn: Social Games and Backstory

    Jake Huhn
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:27 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 Three Horizon Interactive Awards in Partnership with Regis Corporation and Dow AgroSciences

    Steven Boller
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Bottom-Line Performance (BLP) is the proud recipient of three awards in the 2013 Horizon Interactive Awards competition. The prestigious competition receives thousands of entries each year, and only 50% of all entries receive a Gold, Silver, or Bronze distinction for excellence in interactive media. The Slips, Trips, and Falls eLearning course earned a “Silver” designation in the Training/eLearning category. The course was created in partnership with Regis Corporation as part of an innovative new eLearning program envisioned by Regis’ safety group. “We were looking to transform the…
  • This Week on #BLPLearn: Creativity and Interactive Video

    Jake Huhn
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:24 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…
  • When Remembering Really Matters – New White Paper from Sharon Boller

    Steven Boller
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:28 am
    Sharon Boller, President of Bottom-Line Performance, has authored a new white paper: When Remembering Really Matters: Learning Strategies for Long-Term Retention. It’s full of research, case studies, and advice for learning professionals ready to reduce the amount of information learners forget from all types of training. You can download the white paper by filling out the form below: Here’s what is covered in the white paper: What will learners remember? The question is not asked often enough in most organizations. Research shows us that most of what we learn is forgotten after…
  • This Week on #BLPLearn: Interactive Story and Inventing on Principle

    Jake Huhn
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:56 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

  • The learner speaks

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Towards Maturity are well known for their benchmark studies which allow organisations to compare their experiences in applying learning technologies and to learn from what the best organisations are doing. I have found these studies useful in helping to understand the various challenges that organisations are facing and the choices they are making in terms of their use of technologies. However, the data comes from learning professionals and there was always the suspicion that their perspective on what was going on in their organisations could be quite different from that of their…
  • Designs on Learning: An interview with Catherine Jones

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
    This video is the fifth and final edition in a series of interviews that I conducted last year with leading e-learning designers in the UK, in conjunction with e.learning age magazine. This one appears in the March 2014 issue.See previous interviews with Mark Bennett, Stephanie Dedhar, Lisa Minogue-White and Vikesh Taylor.
  • What does it take to be a good e-learning designer?

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:01 pm
    With the Serious eLearning Manifesto drawing attention to a current lack of e-learning design skills, as evidenced by more than a little tedious and ineffective content out there, it got me thinking about what it takes to be a good designer. Or rather, it was actually Stephen Walsh at City & Guilds Kineo  who started this train of thought as he sought out my help in tracking down a great Lead Designer.Stephen felt, as I do, that the best place to start is with someone who already has a strong grounding in one of the component disciplines of e-learning, perhaps a…
  • A day is a long time for learners

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:52 am
    I know this blog is primarily about learning technologies, but you'd be amazed (or would you?) how often I get called upon to run face-to-face workshops on this subject, whether public courses or on an in-company basis. I must admit I quite enjoy these events and I try my best to justify the fact that we're all together a s group, live and face-to-face.You definitely would not be surprised to hear that these events are usually measured in whole days, each of which is usually something approximate to normal working hours, say 9 to 5. Now I'm not sure whether these hours are suitable for our…
  • Getting serious about e-learning

    13 Mar 2014 | 4:09 am
    Today at 7pm, Michael Allen, Julie Dirksen, Clark Quinn and Will Thalheimer, backed by a raft of other well-respected thinkers and practitioners in the field of workplace learning technologies will be launching the Serious eLearning Manifesto. This campaign is the result of many years of discussions, lamentations and grumblings about the state of e-learning. It's time to do something about the problem before e-learning is discarded as a good idea that, in spite of 30 years of our best efforts, somehow never got to fulfil its potential.As usual, because this terminology means such different…
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    Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

  • Brent Schlenker Joins the Litmos Team

    Brent Schlenker
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Today I announced on the Litmos blog that I am now the Chief Learning Strategist for Litmos.  This is an amazing opportunity that I've been looking forward too for quite a while.  You can read the post here.I've been less active on social media over the last couple years, with a couple attempts to jump back into the game only to fizzle out shortly after (re)starting. But now I can say with certainty that you will be seeing a lot more of me on the internet and at industry events. And, of course, with my new friend Lenny.Lenny! And I'm certain some of you are scratching your…
  • Twitter Conversation Types and Learning

    Brent Schlenker
    24 Feb 2014 | 11:24 am
    I've often wondered how much learning really occurs via twitter conversations and can the learning be measured. Twitter is fabulous for supporting your loosely joined networks.  And many in the eLearning community list Twitter as one of their favorite "Learning Tools".  But can we really say its Twitter that's truly responsible for the learning, or is it the ongoing conversations and connections to content that matter more?I saw a tweet from @eGeeking (Bianca Woods) today with a link to the new Pew Research report (Mapping Twitter Topic Networks) that identifies The Six…
  • If School was Like a Jam Session

    Brent Schlenker
    7 Feb 2014 | 2:33 pm
    If only enterprising entrepreneurs would build an authoring tool that enabled the creation of real world work simulations.I started down that path in the mid '90's and got close with some pretty cool simulations for manufacturing and logistics activities, but my coding skills could only get me so far.  What I ended up creating was the interactive 3D version of "click next learning".  Don't get me wrong, it was awesome! and effective! But what I really wanted to create was something a little more dynamic.   A simulation that changed inputs/outputs based on user inputs or…
  • Career Reflections: Alex Lindsay and Digital Media Literacy

    Brent Schlenker
    6 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    This year I've committed myself to blogging each month about influential, inspirational, people that have had an impact on my career...or life...or both.  In January I wrote about Tom Peters and how he influenced my career path.  Tom had recently appeared back on my radar via twitter... and he responded to me.  That was cool.The special sauce of social media is connecting with people you don't know, but you have a connection with their thinking, their work, their life, or perhaps just the words they share...in a non-stalker sort of way of course.  It gets even better when…
  • The Next Big Learning App! - not really

    Brent Schlenker
    30 Jan 2014 | 8:05 am
    C'mon people! Where is it? The kids are leaving (have left) Facebook for Snapchat. Normally when this happens, some enterprising capitalist jumps on the bandwagon with some sort of copycat app aimed at education.Where's SnapLearn? Or SnapSkool? Or perhaps SnapClass?Hey, SnapClass! That has a nice ring to it. That might have some legs.  Okay...so...before I get all cynical and preachy about how silly education versions of popular apps are, maybe I should give this one some thought?How might a SnapChat-style app be used in a classroom?  Or better yet, maybe SnapClass becomes part of…
 
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    e-Clippings (Learning As Art)

  • Thoughts on Soap Bubbles and Learning

    mark oehlert
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    To begin, if you're not reading/following Eugene Eric Kim, you should. Really. On Twitter he is @eekim and you can find his blog here: http://fasterthan20.com/. Now a couple weeks ago, Eugene wrote a post called "THE KEY TO EFFECTIVE LEARNING? SOAP BUBBLES!" The story of the soap bubbles is that they are added to soap, they don't occur naturally, to give people the feedback that they associate with getting clean. They need those markers.  Eugene made the point that in the same way, when learning, it's important to get that feedback to provide those markers that…
  • Extroverted whining.

    mark oehlert
    9 Mar 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Anybody who knows me would probably call me an extrovert. I'm a wee bit outgoing. So this article has been floating around Facebook and I finally broke down and read "6 Things Every Extrovert Secretly Has To Deal With" - thinking that it'd be cool to hear what I secretly deal with. Turns out it was a load of crap. Out of the 6 things the author lists, only 1 - Number 5 - Craving the company of others - is one that I identify with. That one's true - I do get energized by being around other people - whoa, what a burden right? The others are BS. People will assume…
  • What does it mean to 'belong' to your organization? (Can u answer the culture question?)

    mark oehlert
    20 Feb 2014 | 7:17 am
    Onboarding. HUGE topic right? Plays into performance issues, recruiting, retention... I was reminded during a recent chat about onboarding of one of my favorite books, Making the Corps by Thomas Ricks.  I hear what you're saying - that's the Marine Corps, we're a company that sells X but the Marines make a powerful choice with their onboarding. The USMC focuses their boot camp experience (from what I've read and have been told - I've never had the honor to serve) on what it "means" to be a Marine; skills, while important, come later. No one leaves boot…
  • Why I like "Social Business" better than "e-Learning"

    mark oehlert
    29 Jan 2014 | 11:51 am
    I was reading a post by Chris Heuer (you should also read this one) and the central focus was on the worthiness of "social business" as a generic brand name for what we're currently engaged in. I think the key piece in the post is this sentence: "Social Business isn’t a solution to a company’s problem; it is an aspiration." That's spot on. It certainly matches up with everything I've seen working in #socbiz. Too often, the mistake is to confuse the technology with the aspiration. I think though that as a name, "social business" can capture that…
  • 365 Pic Project continues..

    mark oehlert
    3 Jan 2014 | 8:14 pm
    No, I didn't miss one already...my Day 2 is here. I did want to mention that I'm gonna consider Twitter my 'system of record for this experiment. I'll also be keeping a set on Flickr here. I'll use my blog when I need more space than Twitter allows.  I'm grateful for my feet and my legs. As I walk around the house and go for a run, I'm reminded that are many people who can't do those things. Some because of disease or injury and too many because of injuries sustained fighting for my country. So I'm deeply grateful that either because of luck,…
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    E-Learning Acupuncture

  • Are you new to social media curation in online learning? [VIDEO]

    28 Mar 2014 | 6:49 am
    When you think about the word "curation", what comes to mind?  Well for me, I think about museums right away.  I think about the museum curators that work in museums going through collections of resources and making decision about which artifacts to collect together and how to organize them to tell a story, to emphasize a concept, or to serve a learning outcome.  And it's just not about placing the chosen artifacts together in the museum and then walking away.  These museum curators describe the salient features of the artifacts and organize them in such a way that new…
  • Engage! Top 6 Best Practices that Foster Learner Engagement with Online Instructional Video

    25 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    I've been watching Philip Guo at the University of Rochester closely since I stumbled across his great research on instructional video usage in MOOCs. This month, he is publishing a paper for the Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Learning at Scale that has very useful recommendation on ways to foster learner engagement with online instructional video. I love this paper and you should take the time to read it in detail because it contains more than 6 recommendations. However, for those in a rush, here's my interpretation of the Top 6 of his recommendations that resonated most…
  • The magic bullet? Reducing costs with online courses in Canada

    26 Feb 2014 | 6:50 am
    There’s no magic bullet. Nope. None. Stop looking for one. The simple fact that a course is offered online, or at a distance, does not equate with automatic cost savings when compared to the cost of developing and delivering a traditional onsite course in a higher education setting. Being an online course is not a magic bullet to cost reduction. In Canada, several reports have been issued in the last decade which examine this subject. The fine folks at Contact North / Contact Nord recently released a interesting survey of the existing literature in Canada. It’s a very useful annotated…
  • Quality Matters is Cool

    21 Feb 2014 | 8:09 am
    The university that I work at just purchased an institutional membership to the Quality Matters (QM) Program.  If you are not familiar with QM, it's basically a quality assurance program for online courses that is faculty-centered, grounded in research and rubric-based. As someone who has been working in online education for a dozen years, I am excited!  I quickly registered for and completed their first foundational workshop called: Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR).  It was a great.  It is a 2-week asynchronous workshop that is very task oriented.  The eight modules…
  • CHANGE is the Future of Higher Education? Tony Bates' Vision.

    15 Jan 2014 | 11:09 am
    Question: What can a person who is in their mid-seventies and 3 months from retirement offer the field of education as a whole?Answer: A lot; especially if that person is Tony Bates.For years he has been actively trying to apply his well-documented wisdom to predict the future of higher education in the developing world, and this month he publishes a vision for the 5- to 10-year time horizon that may cause some interesting reactions from a variety of higher education people including administrators, instructors, researchers, students and leaders alike! Entitled 2020 Vision: Outlook for online…
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    Cammy Bean's Learning Visions

  • The Accidental Instructional Designer: Now Available for Pre-Order!

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age is now available for pre-order on Amazon.Cynthia Banks wins the prize (as far as I know) for first actual pre-order of my book!  Cynthia, I totally owe you a free copy :)
  • Coming Soon: The Accidental Instructional Designer (The Book!)

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Hey, guess what? I accidentally wrote a book!I know, crazy, right?The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age: a thrilling tale of what happened when one young woman (that's me) woke up one day to find that she was an e-learning instructional designer. It's a book packed full of tips and ideas and inspiration for taking your eLearning design practice from an accidental path to one of purpose, passion, and intention.The book is being published by ASTD and  final proofs were sent off to the printers last week.Information coming soon on pre-orders from Amazon.
  • Live in New York it's Kineo Konnect! Join us April 9!

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    There's still time to sign up for our springtime community event in New York City.  We'll be taking apart everybody's favorite topic: boring old compliance training.I'm really looking forward to hearing from JC Kinnamon and his thoughts on the reluctant learner. But more than that, I'm looking forward to lively conversation and insights from the more than 50 people who have already signed up to come.If you're in the New York area, this is a must attend event!Get all the details on the event and sign up today.
  • Blended Threads: Global Learning at Coats (A Case Study) #LSCon

    28 Mar 2014 | 10:08 am
    How does a large, global manufacturing organization up skill 1,000 front line and middle managers in  core leadership skills? Through a two year program that blends approaches and partners. See how Coats worked with Kineo and The Oxford Group to create a blended solution that works. Blended threads: Global leadership development at Coats from Cammy Bean
  • Kineo Turns 100! 100 months of learning and loving

    27 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Kineo turns 100 months old this month, with 100 newsletters under our belts and loads of client projects and industry lauds.I developed a corporate crush on Kineo in 2006. In fact, one of my earliest blog posts was about this great company that served up lots of great resources to the e-learning and instructional design community. I fell in love and now appear as a milestone on our company journey. (See if you can find it!)Check out the journey we've been on since 2005!
 
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    Learnlets

  • What do elearning users say?

    Clark
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Towards Maturity is a UK-based but global initiative looking at organizations use of technology for learning.  While not as well known in the US, they’ve been conducting research benchmarking on what organizations are doing and trying to provide guidance as well.  I even put their model as an appendix in the forthcoming book on reforming L&D.  So I was intrigued to see the new report they have just released. The report, a survey of 2000 folks in a variety of positions in organizations, asks what they think about elearning, in a variety of ways.  The report covers a variety of…
  • How do we mLearn?

    Clark
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    As preface, I used to teach interface design.  My passion was still learning technology (and has been since I saw the connection as an undergraduate and designed my own major), but there’re strong links between the two fields in terms of design for humans.  My PhD advisor was a guru of interface design and the thought was “any student of his should be able to teach interface design”.  And so it turned out.  So interface design continues to be an interest of mine, and I recognize the importance. More so on mobile, where there are limitations on interface real estate, so…
  • Can we jumpstart new tech usage?

    Clark
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    It’s a well-known phenomena that new technologies get used in the same ways as old technologies until their new capabilities emerge.  And this is understandable, if a little disappointing.  The question is, can we do better?  I’d certainly like to believe so!  And a conversation on twitter led me to try to make the case. So, to start with, you have to understand the concept of affordances, at least at a simple level.  The notion is that objects in the world support certain action owing to the innate characteristics of the object (flat horizontal surfaces support placing…
  • The death of the PDA greatly exaggerated?

    Clark
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    A colleague wondered if the image on the cover of the new book was a PDA, and my initial response was that the convergence of capabilities suggested the demise of the PDA. But then I had a rethink… For what is a PDA?  It’s a digital platform sans the capability of a cellular voice channel.  My daughter got an iPod touch, but within a year we needed to get her a new phone, and it’s an iPhone.   Which suggests that a device without phone capability is increasingly less feasible. But wait a minute, there are plenty of digital devices sans voice. In fact, I have one.
  • Egoless design

    Clark
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    A number of years ago I wrote a series on design heuristics that emerged by looking at our cognitive limitations and practices from other field. One of the practices I covered briefly in one of the posts was egoless design, and a recent conversation reminded me of it. The context for this is talking about how to improve our designs.  One of the things from Watts Humphrey’s work on software design was that if we don’t scrutinize our own work, we’ll have blindspots that we’re unaware of.  With regular peer review, he substantially improved code quality outcomes.
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    The Bamboo Project

  • Clarifying the Job Landscape: Trends and Issues Impacting Your Career

    Michele Martin
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    For the next 12 months, I'll be working with career counselors and employment specialists who provide services through the public workforce system. You probably think of them as the people at the "unemployment office."  We're starting out by taking a look at the work landscape and the various trends  that are impacting workers. These are issues I've talked about a lot here, but I wanted to bring them all together for this group.  It occurred to me this morning that this info might be helpful to some of my readers here, so I'm sharing the video. I would also encourage you to take this…
  • Side Gigs for Security

    Michele Martin
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:33 am
    Longtime readers know that I'm a huge fan of multiple income streams as a way to build your career resilience and create greater financial security and stability for yourself in an uncertain world.  Kim Palmer has an excellent essay in the New York Times on her personal experience of creating a side business to supplement her day job As a reporter working in a struggling industry, I always knew unexpected job loss was a possibility, but now, the stakes had never been higher. Being so financially vulnerable was unacceptable to me. And one day, as I was preparing to interview a businesswoman…
  • "See, Feel, Change": Emotions as the Catalyst for Moving Forward

    Michele Martin
    6 Mar 2014 | 7:13 am
    Although we humans don't like to admit it, we are very emotional creatures. We think that we're logical and rational, but the more you dig into how we really operate, the more you realize that we are driven by our emotions. We then go looking for logic to justify our emotional choices. It's the Rider and the Elephant issue.  If you're feeling stuck in some aspect of your work or career, rationally knowing that something needs to change, but not getting anywhere with it, it might be because you aren't really feeling the emotional impetus for change.  I was reminded of this insight while…
  • Navigating the StartOver Economy

    Michele Martin
    26 Feb 2014 | 9:41 am
    Alan Weinkrantz has a series of interesting blog posts over at Chris Brogan's Owner Mag on the idea of the StartOver economy. This is an economy where things are moving quickly and where yesterday's success is no guarantee that tomorrow will bring the same.  This idea of the StartOver economy should resonate with all of us. Often the StartOver is a result of forces outside of our control--the impact of technology on our jobs or the unrelenting downsizing that is going on world-wide. If we haven't experienced a layoff ourselves, we certainly know plenty of people who have.  For mid-career…
  • When Toxic Employers Promise They'll Change

    Michele Martin
    24 Feb 2014 | 7:00 am
    I've been swamped with client work lately, but have not forgotten about you dear readers. I promise! Today I want to have a chat about toxic employers.  Over the weekend, I got a message through The Bamboo Project  Facebook Page from someone who is struggling with whether or not to leave his current employer. He writes that for the past four years, the corporate culture has taken a toll on his mental and emotional health and that he had finally made the decision to leave. However, when he told the company about his plans, they began serious efforts to get him to stay, including offering a…
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    Will at Work Learning

  • My Sessions at ISPI 2014 -- Come Say Hello!

    Will Thalheimer
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    For folks going to the ISPI Conference in Indianapolis next week, here are my session titles. For details, specific timing, and slides, click here. SUNDAYSpeed Mentoring TUESDAYSpecial SessionThe Serious eLearning Manifesto:An Effort to Help eLearning Live Up to its Promise WEDNESDAY MID MORNINGGeneral Session (RTP)The Decisive Dozen--Research-Supported Learning Factors WEDNESDAY LATE MORNING THRU LUNCHPit Stop & Refuel: Roundtable & Lunch Discussion Insight Learning: Helping Employees Have Creative Insights
  • Airforce finds Interesting Results with Ability Grouping--Plus Other Research on Ability Grouping

    Will Thalheimer
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:53 am
    NPR's Morning Edition produced a five-minute radio piece on the U.S. Airforce Academy's attempt at improving learning results by modifying the ability-grouping of their cadets. According to the piece, reported by Shankar Vedantam, based on research by Dartmouth researcher Bruce Sacerdote and colleagues: Weaker students did better when in squadrons with stronger students (but note caveats below). However, when researchers intentionally created squadrons with only the strongest and weakest students (that is, the middle students were removed), the weaker students did worse than they…
  • TSA Breaks #1 Rule for Training--Their Content was NOT Valid

    Will Thalheimer
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:16 pm
    In the Decisive Dozen--the list of the twelve most important learning factors--Content Validity is Rule #1. If you're training your learners on bad content, you're doing more harm than good. The TSA has apparently broken this rule to the tune of One Billion Dollars, spending money to train TSA agents to read body language--when there is no scientific evidence that people can actually detect liars. This has to be one of the most costly training errors in the history of training and development! Congratulations TSA officials... If you want to test your own skill at detecting liars,…
  • Workshop at ISPI

    Will Thalheimer
    22 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    I'm teaching the following half-day workshop at the upcoming ISPI conference. This workshop goes for $150, which is an absolutely incredible bargain... Click here to learn more about the workshop or the conference. Radically New Research-Inspired Smile Sheet DesignWill Thalheimer, Work-Learning Research, Inc.contact: will.thalheimer@work-learning.comWorkshop Code: WUQ Research shows that traditional smile sheets are not related to learning results. Given this, we could just ignore smile sheets. However, because most organizations want to use smile sheets anyway, shouldn’t we try to…
  • Learning Solutions 2014 -- Come Join Me!

    Will Thalheimer
    16 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    If you're going to the eLearning Guild's Learning Solutions Conference this coming week in Orlando, come join me--and say hello! I'll be speaking in three sessions: Featured Session (F2) Subscription Learning: A Fundamentally Different Form of eLearning Time: Wednesday March 19, 10:45AM Details on the session Slides for the session Over 300 people are expected to attend. Get there early for a good seat! Concurrent Session (105) Serious eLearning Manifesto (Also with Clark Quinn and Michael Allen) Time: Wednesday March 19, 1:00PM Details on the session We will hand out paper…
 
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    The Upside Learning Blog

  • Top 5 Ways Companies Are Using Mobile Learning Technology

    James Rasmussen
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    If engaged in the learning industry long enough, you gain a keen understanding and appreciation for the direction that learning is headed. And occasionally you have the opportunity to witness a genuine ‘tipping point’  in the industry – the adoption of a new approach that delivers meaningful value for those who must perform at the […]
  • Design Challenges and Considerations for Responsive eLearning

    Praveen Varma
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    A few years back, designers had a fixed size canvas, no matter what the medium – whether for print or digital media. Then came the multi-device revolution, and suddenly, there is no longer any fixed size. There are PCs and Macs, laptops, tablets, hybrids, phablets, and mobile phones out there, all with different dimensions and […]
  • You’ve Implemented Mobile Learning – Now How Do You Sustain Interest?

    Ujwal Shangarpawar
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    One of the things I always like doing is talking to our customers about 6 months after our mobile performance support tool (Upside2Go) has been implemented in their organization. A common thread I've noticed is there is a lot of initial excitement/activity during the mobile app roll out period the first few months. Yet as […]
  • Evident Shift Towards eLearning Acceptance In Africa

    Vivek Garg
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:36 am
    We've been serving South Africa region for more than a year now. It’s a key market for us and has been growing consistently. We visited this region a couple of weeks back and observed a growing momentum towards custom elearning development services. During our visit, we had an opportunity to meet with some leading eLearning […]
  • Watch Our Animation Showreel

    Amit Garg
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:58 am
    Our custom elearning team has compiled an animation showreel to showcase animation pieces from the various projects they’ve worked on recently. We typically use animations in custom elearning courses as well as short animated videos. I thought it would be great to share with our blog readers as well. Go ahead, take a look. If […]
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    The eLearning Coach

  • ELC 016: Strategies That Improve The Interface To Learning

    Connie Malamed
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    If you’re looking for strategies to make learning more engaging and effective, you’ll want to listen to this interview with Dorian Peters. She is the author of Interface Design for Learning: Design Strategies for Learning Experiences and Positive Computing. Dorian is an eLearning interface design evangelist. She currently directs online strategy for the University of […]Post from: The eLearning CoachELC 016: Strategies That Improve The Interface To Learning
  • Be The Learner

    Connie Malamed
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:43 am
    As designers of learning experiences, we’re tasked with identifying the characteristics of the target audience. We discover their job responsibilities, prerequisite knowledge and interests. Our purpose is to understand them well enough to “connect” so that the learning experience we create is relevant and motivating. While recently coaching someone who was new to the field, […]Post from: The eLearning CoachBe The Learner
  • ELC 015: Don’t Fear The Data

    Connie Malamed
    12 Mar 2014 | 10:43 am
    Ellen Wagner, Ph.D., demystifies big data and explains how it can help the learning and development function make better, smarter decisions.Post from: The eLearning CoachELC 015: Don’t Fear The Data
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Canva the Designer’s Wonderland

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
     As a digital marketer, one would like to have a good FB cover or blog graphic or anything related to digital world that would enable you to present your product / service well. Your search for these things can be realized easily by visiting Canva in beta. You can learn the various design techniques by clicking here.  It is online and free to use and lets you collaborate with anyone, anywhere. The following video suggests a snapshot of what can be done using Canva. Do let me know what you feel about Canva.
  • BeHere App Acts as Teacher Using iBeacon

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    Let me just begin the article by saying what is iBeacon and then go on to mention the applications of it in Education. According to Wikipedia, ‘iBeacon is the Apple Trademark for an indoor positioning system that Apple Inc. calls "a new class of low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify nearby iOS 7 devices of their presence." They can also be used by the Android operating system (limited to central-only). The technology enables an iOS device or other hardware to send push notifications to iOS devices in close proximity’ Next we’ll see how to get beacons! You…
  • Learning Arcs for Enhanced Understanding

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Learning is enhanced, when the course is designed by the Instructional Designer in such a way that concepts (expressed in the form of interactions I1, I2 ..) that depend on the understanding of other concepts either from the same topic or other topics are linked and presented to learners in the form of learning arcs. These interactions that can be reused can be considered as Learning Objects. If these learning arcs created from Learning Objects are again made interactive, then we get to engage the learners again, thereby providing an opportunity to improve their retention. Raptivity Linker…
  • My First Article on LinkedIn

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:10 am
    Today I was invited to publish on LinkedIn! Please visit the following URL to read my article titled 'ICT 4 Education' on LinkedIn. http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140321090945-41036075-ict-4-education 
  • Flipped classroom @ TED-Ed

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:28 am
    To my faculty / Trainer in Corporate Sector friends:  How about creating a lesson around TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or any YouTube video? The following video suggests how you can conduct a flipped classroom using TED-Ed or any YouTube video?                                          Source : http://ed.ted.com/ I have converted my presentation at EdTech Summit, NewDelhi, June 2013, into a flipped classroom by suggesting some activities. Please visit http://ed.ted.com/on/qRNXmDmK  to view  the tasks I've added for flipped classroom for the topic 'Social Media in…
 
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    lynda.blog

  • Stabilizing video footage in post

    Robbie Carman
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Correct those shaky video clips! Rich and Robbie demonstrate stabilizing video footage with Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro in this week’s DSLR Video Tips. The post Stabilizing video footage in post appeared first on lynda.blog.
  • Creating Water Drops on a Surface in Photoshop

    Kristin Ellison
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Create realistic water droplets without getting wet in Photoshop with this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial, on the blog. The post Creating Water Drops on a Surface in Photoshop appeared first on lynda.blog.
  • What’s new in WordPress 3.9

    Morten Rand-Hendriksen
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    WordPress 3.9 is out, and expert Morten Rand-Hendriksen steps through the new features as well as what's changed in this new release of the popular web CMS, today on the blog. The post What’s new in WordPress 3.9 appeared first on lynda.blog.
  • Share InDesign presets, workspaces, and custom shortcuts

    Anne-Marie Concepción
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Save and share your personal InDesign presets, workspaces, and shortcuts with colleagues and across computers, with Anne-Marie Concepción in this week’s InDesign Secrets on the blog. The post Share InDesign presets, workspaces, and custom shortcuts appeared first on lynda.blog.
  • 5 tips for organizing your photos in Aperture

    Derrick Story
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Your photo library is getting bigger by the day– keep it in order with these 5 handy tips for organizing your photos in Aperture, today on the blog. The post 5 tips for organizing your photos in Aperture appeared first on lynda.blog.
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    Managing eLearning

  • 5 Ways Managers Can Encourage Staff To Do Professional Development Online

    Jon Aleckson
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    How To Encourage Informal Professional Development At Work In my previous blog post, I wrote about how workers and job seekers likely undervalue the benefits of free online learning and professional development opportunities. Of course, if the impetus for this eLearning trend is based on employer demand for cutting-edge skills, managers in content development and […]
  • Online Professional Development Opportunities: Undervalued?

    Jon Aleckson
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Recognizing The Benefits Of Free Online Learning Here’s a question worth pondering: As demand for individuals with hybridized skill sets and specialized knowledge increases, are people changing the way they perceive and pursue opportunities for professional development? In a recent feature for The Guardian, sponsored by online learning institution The Open University, a survey of […]
  • Let Go Through BPO for eLearning

    Jon Aleckson
    17 Feb 2014 | 11:04 am
    BPO: Managing Services & Association eLearning Associations love their members. Members love professional development opportunities. So, associations strive to provide those opportunities to their members. Sounds like a match made in heaven! However, many associations are starting to recognize that while members are central to their functions, the deployment of professional development is not an […]
  • E-Learning in 2014: The Four “M” #trends

    Jon Aleckson
    31 Jan 2014 | 10:24 am
    This post is gonna party like it’s January 1, 2014 The new year is still so—well, new during the first month. It’s still trying to get its footing. Find a sense of purpose. Point the way. Tread the waters a bit. We gave January the room to accomplish these things. As such, we had a […]
  • Proactive, Not Reactive: Strategic with Technology

    Jon Aleckson
    10 Jan 2014 | 8:57 am
    A Research Review “…we abandoned the term e-learning entirely.” Wow! Bold words grace the second paragraph of the latest research done by Tagoras founders Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele.  In their freshly published (and free to download!) research, Association Learning & Technology 2014, Cobb and Steele analyze how 200 associations report using technology to “enable and enhance […]
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    New Think Tank

  • Git Video Tutorial 2

    Derek Banas
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    I cover GitHub, remote repositories, push, pull, remote, fetch, tagging, aliases, clone and more
  • You Win a Phone if I Laugh

    Derek Banas
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    To win a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 make a 2 minute or less video explaining why you should win. The video that is the funniest to me wins.
  • Git Video Tutorial

    Derek Banas
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    In my Git video tutorial I cover installing on every OS, plus every common command you will need in one video
  • The Final Four

    Derek Banas
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    It was very hard for me to make a decision on who should win the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smart watch. I have narrowed my decision down to the four below. The decision was based on the votes here, the quality of the work and the complexity of the work. The winner […]
  • Low Calorie Recipes

    Derek Banas
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    A bunch of Low Calorie Recipes : Strawberry Cheese Cake, Potato Chips, 0% Fat Mayonnaise and 0% Fat Sour Cream
 
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    Vistas: Geri Stengels Blog

  • 5 Women Named Ambassadors For Entrepreneurship By White House

    Geri Stengel
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Prosperous economies have steady streams of companies starting up and growing. Especially vital are the high-growth firms that market innovative technologies, products, and business models. These companies create the rags-to-riches path that has come to be known as the American Dream. read more
  • How To Turn A Problem Into A Business

    Geri Stengel
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Women know what women need. Think Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, creating a comfortable undergarment to eliminate her unsightly panty lines. read more
  • How Women Are Using Crowdfinancing to Redefine Wall Street

    Geri Stengel
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Plenty of ambitious women in the financial services industry have banged their heads into the glass ceiling and some, like Mickie Siebert back in the ‘60s, break it. She was the first woman to get a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and was the first woman to head a NYSE’s member firm. read more
  • 4 Steps To Scratching Your Entrepreneurial Itch

    Geri Stengel
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:15 am
    Female entrepreneurs get it: Women have become the power users of technologies such as the internet, mobile, and social networking. “Female users are the unsung heroines behind the most engaging, fastest growing, and most valuable consumer internet and e-commerce companies.  Especially when it comes to social and shopping, women rule the Internet,” wrote Aileen Lee in TechCrunch. Lee is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm. read more
  • 4 Reasons Women Are More Responsible Entrepreneurs Than Men

    Geri Stengel
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:20 am
    Social responsibility is second nature to female entrepreneurs When it comes to social responsibility the answer is “yes,” according to 2013 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth. Successful women are more likely than successful men to own a business so they can pursue a personal passion and to make a positive impact on the world. These women are also far less likely than than their male counterparts to take actions such as moving the company to another state, eliminating staff or reducing employee benefits in response to increased tax burden. read more
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    Helge Scherlund's eLearning News

  • Online courses offer new approach to learning

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Ellie Hudd reports, "With finals coming up and a long year coming to a close, many Uconn students probably feel maxed out on learning right now. However, summer is just around the corner, and our well-deserved free time is imminent. And while perhaps re-engaging in formal learning wasn’t what you had in mind for your time off, the breadth of learning opportunities available may just change your mind." Enter the Internet. While the sheer volume of websites in existence has led to symptoms from perpetual distraction to near addictions to acquiring new information, the Internet, when used…
  • Free Webinar: Math Curriculum & Assessment Success

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Common-Sense Approaches to Math Curriculum and Assessment SuccessLearn how to equip educators and students for success at a time when schools are being asked to do more with less-while meeting new math standards. Practical considerations and strategies will be addressed by our panel of math experts, who will discuss important topics in mathematics education and field audience questions throughout the session. They'll share insights about current trends and issues in mathematics education related to curriculum, assessment, and instruction that are applicable in all states and schools.Join…
  • Free Webinar—Improving Student Learning With Google for Education

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Google Web Tools for Teaching & LearningIn this webinar the director of technology from Milpitas Unified School District in California will share how his district is using web-based technologies like Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks, the impact this has had on teaching & learning, and his advice for others.Google Apps for Education is free web-based email, calendar & documents that allow for collaborative working anytime, anywhere. Chromebooks are affordable, easy-to-manage web-based laptops.Participants will:Receive an overview of the Google for Education solution which…
  • New Issue Published: International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2014

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:54 pm
    International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM) has just published its latest issue at  http://www.i-jim.org. Have a look at the Table of Contents. Review the Table of Contents below and then visit the website to review articles and items of interest.Table of Contents  Papers  How To Design a Mobile Application to Enhance Teaching and Learning?By Dothang TruongAbstractThe rapid growth of mobile devices, especially smart phones, has changed the way instructors deliver instructions and students learn class materials. Many universities initiate promoting…
  • 70:20:10 and eLearning

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    "The principles behind 70:20:10 are simple and align perfectly with eLearning technologies." summarizes Trainingzone. The concept of informal learning is nothing new, however for years and years it has been bypassed by formal classroom based learning or investing significant sums in eLearning portfolio’s that bring little or no ROI. Wikipedia points out that the 70:20:10 Model for Learning and Development is a model based on research and observation carried out from the 1960s until present by dr Morgan McCall and his colleagues working at the Centre for Creative Leadership…
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    CoursePark

  • CoursePark Security Update – Heartbleed

    Julie
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    I wanted to take a minute and address the OpenSSL vulnerability that I am sure you have heard about this week. The vulnerability is significant due to the fact that OpenSSL is one of the most widely adopted open source projects and its core purpose is in the facilitation of secure communications between clients and servers – in most cases between users browsing on the internet and servers accepting secure data. CoursePark uses a sophisticated group of security services and applications to protect our clients and their personal data – our applications and service providers block known…
  • Dressing for Success

    Amanda
    20 Aug 2013 | 11:46 am
    Dressing for success when you go to a job interview is very important because first impressions count. When you do something bad or something embarrassing you wish first impressions didn’t count, but that’s just not the way it goes. That’s why it’s important to do what you can to make your first impression with a potential employer the best it can be, so they see how good you are and why they should hire you for the position. When you’re going to a job interview the worst thing you can do is wear the wrong clothes. That could be a decision breaker if it were to come down to you and…
  • Is it necessary to have an HR Department?

    Amanda
    28 Jul 2013 | 12:58 pm
    Is it necessary to have an HR Department? As a business owner, you’re the only one that has the ability to make that decision. There are several things you’ll need to take into consideration when deciding if you need this department or not. There is no right or wrong answer to this and there is nothing saying you can’t change your mind later should you decide you made the wrong decision. One of the most important things to consider when deciding if you need an HR Department is the number of employees you have on the payroll. As with all the options here there is no right or wrong…
  • Staying Healthy and Safe in the Summer

    Amanda
    17 Jul 2013 | 5:26 am
    Keeping yourself healthy and safe during the summer isn’t always as easy as you may think. There are a lot of outdoor activities going on, vacations, and we’re always busy doing other things which may make it difficult to do what’s important to staying healthy and safe. One of the things that effect people more than anything is the lack of water. It’s bad to get dehydrated in the winter, but it’s worse in the summer because it’s hot outside and it takes a lot less to get there. It’s also a time when we drink a lot of pop, ice tea, or juice and those can cause you to become more…
  • 3 Valuable Reasons to Consider using E-Learning to Increase your Knowledge

    Josh
    9 Apr 2013 | 4:15 am
    Continuing to learn regularly is the best thing when you’re in the professional world. It doesn’t matter if you own a business or work for someone else, the more knowledge you have the more success you’ll have. Your success could be in the form of more customers, more products or services to provide to your customers, or more money in your pocket. No matter how you look at it, when you continue to learn you’re sure to have success. The traditional method of learning is in the classroom, but that’s not the only way now. E-learning is gaining popularity and the…
 
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    Learning Ecosystems

  • Happy Easter! He is risen! He is risen indeed!

    Daniel Christian
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
      Isaiah 53:5-6 NIV But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Romans 5:6-8 NIV You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous…
  • Some beautiful pictures in Smithsonian Magazine’s 11th Annual Photo Contest

    Daniel Christian
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Announcing [Smithsonian Magazine's] 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists See our finalists, selected from over 50,000 entries, and vote for the Readers’ Choice winner   Photograph by Graham McGeorge (Jacksonville, Florida). FINALIST: Natural World McGeorge spent a quiet 6 hours trying to get the perfect image of this eastern screech owl out of its nest. (Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, April 2013, Canon 1D Mark III)
  • Incredible artwork by Shania McDonagh, who is only 16 years old!

    Daniel Christian
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Sixteen-year-old artist wins national art competition with masterful hyper-realistic pencil portrait – from thisiscolossal.com  
  • As you read, the app adds music/sound effects, based on where you are in the story & the tone of your voice. It’s the future of children’s books.

    Daniel Christian
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    New children’s book combines modern technology and storytelling — from iwantpop.com by  Excerpt (emphasis DSC): MONTREAL, April 15, 2014 /IWANTPOP.COM/ — Jonathan Belisle, a Montreal teacher, script writer and web entrepreneur, has developed the ultimate storytelling system. It’s a combination of old and new, traditional mythology and modern technology, a mixture of fantasy and reality. Wuxia the Fox is a transmedia project that comes as an illustrated book paired with an iPad app. “The app reacts to what it hears and sees,” explained Belisle. “As you read the story, the…
  • The ultimate list of HTML5 eLearning authoring tools [elearningindustry.com]

    Daniel Christian
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    The ultimate list of HTML5 eLearning authoring tools –from elearningindustry.com Excerpt: In this article, you will take a look at how HTML5 may play a major role in the future of the eLearning industry, and delve into the ultimate list of HTML5 eLearning authoring tools available today. So, if you’ve been looking to make the transition to an HTML5 eLearning Authoring tool, you are in the right place!
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    E-Learning 24/7 Blog

  • Five LMS Lists

    Craig Weiss
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Everyone loves a good list.  Whether it is a list of the top food that make you ill or the top 1o of worst flops in learning history, people love to read them.  This is especially true when it comes to e-learning. (Okay, maybe not true, but just go with it) So, I figured, let’s do it. Let’s put together a series of e-learning lists that will surpass any other list out there. A list that will make you sing, “la, la, la” and have you show up to work wearing a clown outfit (note: please do not do this – unless you work at a circus). The Lists Six System…
  • Free Open Source LMSs are like Puzzles

    Craig Weiss
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:05 pm
    As you prepare your LMS discovery you might be thinking to yourself, perhaps I  should get those free ones, you know like “Moodle”.  And it would understandable to think that way, after all you just sat in a panel session where people from big name companies created their own LMS – and tell you that is the way to do it (which happened at a trade show last year). Or you may have read an article or seen a webinar recently, promoting the idea that free is the best way to go – for total control and unlimited users without paying for them.  Which on paper seems like a…
  • E-Learning Strategy – The Right Way to Success

    Craig Weiss
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Right now you may be sitting there reading the headline. You are anticipating a magical cure, because you are suffering from seeing some team named Dayton ruin your March Madness bracket.  I hear you. I feel you (well, not really), but I get it. You are looking at all these items to consider, not for MM, but for your e-learning inititaives. Have to get a LMS? What?  Need to develop content? Huh? Need to offer an e-learning solution when you have been instructor led for so long. What? Why, when our ILT has been so successful? I mean look at our evaluation forms, everyone loves it. You are…
  • 2014 Authoring Tools – State of Affairs

    Craig Weiss
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:54 am
    I’ve been reading a lot about the color green.  What is symbolizes, what it means and what it represents.  I found out that depending on the shade of green, can mean something totally different. According to several web sites, green represents nature and fertility. Some sites say it represent harmony, freshness and growth.  A few sites say it represents abundance and prosperity.  One site says it is also indicative of being novice. As you can see, green can represent so much and equally so little.  But for me, green says something else. It says pistachio cake (mmm),  80′s…
  • LMS Proposals – It is more than saying “I do”

    Craig Weiss
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Few things in this world are universal.  Taxes, Death, Bad food, irritating salespeople, people singing who have no right to do so, and overpriced goods and services. Yep, they are all universal.  But did you know, there is another universal item for those in e-learning? If you said, proposals, then you deserve to have someone sing at your office – I would say me, but while I am popular with the neighborhood dogs who howl, when I belt out a few, I’m not sure that would work at your place of business. Anyway, within e-learning you can be assured of a few items when it comes to…
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  • How to Quickly Create a Scenario Using Articulate Storyline and in Three Steps

    Jenise
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Select this link to view the above sample demo. I’m an instructional writer and an e-learning developer. I’m also a storyteller. Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been drawn to stories. I love to read stories and write my own private “novels” that I keep to myself. When I design a new course for a client, I ask them to put on their storyteller hat and tell me some of their business’s common stories. Every organization has a story to tell (especially sales organizations) such as: The prospect they lost. The Help/Support customer call that ended in angry…
  • How to Calculate a Voice Over Narration Script

    Jenise
    14 Mar 2014 | 9:44 am
                  How do you estimate training time and costs? If you’re working on an e-learning instructional design and development project, how do you estimate (“guesstimate”) how long it will take to design and develop e-learning? How much will it cost the client? These are all excellent questions. Of all my blog posts on this site, people visit How to Estimate Training Time and Costs the most. I do have one tip to share that may help you if you already have an approved narration script. A Tip from the Voice Over Industry When you have an…
  • How to Create Engaging e-Learning

    Jenise
    5 Mar 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Select to view larger image. I was inspired by others in the Articulate user community to create the above infographic. The link below will take you to the conversation after you select it. E-Learning Challenge: Instructional Design Tips that Really Pop This is what I wrote over there: Michael Allen (of Allen Interactions – www.alleninteractions.com ) is one of a few online learning researchers I refer to often. He encourages the design of scenario-based simulations (whether a paramedic’s tasks or how to coach a new manager) based on real world “stories”. Add the…
  • How to Find Your Happy Place with Free Stock Files

    Jenise
    18 Feb 2014 | 1:14 pm
    If you work with media, you are probably already familiar with iStockPhoto.com – if you aren’t familiar with them, I’m happy to introduce you! e-Learning instructional designers and developers, graphic artists, Web developers, technical writers, video production specialists, voice-over actors, eBook authors and publishers, copywriters, advertising gurus…the list could go on for several more lines. I know that there are several terrific sites on the WWW for finding and downloading stock photos, illustrations, audio, and video files. For years, I’ve stuck with…
  • How to Make a Glossary More Memorable and Less Boring

    Jenise
    6 Feb 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Boring Glossary? Most glossaries are just the name of the term plus some text for the definition. And, that’s fine if your learners go to a glossary to take a quick peek at the term to refresh their memory. But, what if the terms are brand new to them? How can we replace “boring” with “engaging” when designing an online glossary? Simple. Add contextual media that support the words used in each term’s definition. Choose illustrations, photos, and videos that will visually help your learners to remember the terms. Engaging Glossary of Terms: Select the image…
 
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  • How to Quickly Create a Scenario Using Articulate Storyline and in Three Steps

    Jenise
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Select this link to view the above sample demo. I’m an instructional writer and an e-learning developer. I’m also a storyteller. Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been drawn to stories. I love to read stories and write my own private “novels” that I keep to myself. When I design a new course for a client, I ask them to put on their storyteller hat and tell me some of their business’s common stories. Every organization has a story to tell (especially sales organizations) such as: The prospect they lost. The Help/Support customer call that ended in angry…
  • How to Calculate a Voice Over Narration Script

    Jenise
    14 Mar 2014 | 9:44 am
                  How do you estimate training time and costs? If you’re working on an e-learning instructional design and development project, how do you estimate (“guesstimate”) how long it will take to design and develop e-learning? How much will it cost the client? These are all excellent questions. Of all my blog posts on this site, people visit How to Estimate Training Time and Costs the most. I do have one tip to share that may help you if you already have an approved narration script. A Tip from the Voice Over Industry When you have an…
  • How to Create Engaging e-Learning

    Jenise
    5 Mar 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Select to view larger image. I was inspired by others in the Articulate user community to create the above infographic. The link below will take you to the conversation after you select it. E-Learning Challenge: Instructional Design Tips that Really Pop This is what I wrote over there: Michael Allen (of Allen Interactions – www.alleninteractions.com ) is one of a few online learning researchers I refer to often. He encourages the design of scenario-based simulations (whether a paramedic’s tasks or how to coach a new manager) based on real world “stories”. Add the…
  • How to Find Your Happy Place with Free Stock Files

    Jenise
    18 Feb 2014 | 1:14 pm
    If you work with media, you are probably already familiar with iStockPhoto.com – if you aren’t familiar with them, I’m happy to introduce you! e-Learning instructional designers and developers, graphic artists, Web developers, technical writers, video production specialists, voice-over actors, eBook authors and publishers, copywriters, advertising gurus…the list could go on for several more lines. I know that there are several terrific sites on the WWW for finding and downloading stock photos, illustrations, audio, and video files. For years, I’ve stuck with…
  • How to Make a Glossary More Memorable and Less Boring

    Jenise
    6 Feb 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Boring Glossary? Most glossaries are just the name of the term plus some text for the definition. And, that’s fine if your learners go to a glossary to take a quick peek at the term to refresh their memory. But, what if the terms are brand new to them? How can we replace “boring” with “engaging” when designing an online glossary? Simple. Add contextual media that support the words used in each term’s definition. Choose illustrations, photos, and videos that will visually help your learners to remember the terms. Engaging Glossary of Terms: Select the image…
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    Learn and Lead

  • Stay Young, Keep Learning

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Tim Sanders recommends expanding your resume every year to avoid getting lapped up in the sport of business by those who do.He writes in his post:Youth is a state of mind, not a counting of years.  In my experience, the secret to eternal youth is lifelong learning...the constant expansion of one's resume of experiences and insights.  Henry Ford once quipped, "Anyone who stops learning becomes old, whether at twenty or at eighty. Anyone that keeps learning stays young." He goes on to say:If you aren't expanding your resume every year, you are likely being getting lapped in the…
  • The Learning & Development Change Grid, by Don Taylor

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Donald H Taylor, chairman of LPI, LSG & the Learning Technologies conference explains how Learning and Development Departments need to change their attitude to risk in order to keep pace with the rest of the business in today's modern world. He describes 4 quadrants in which L&D departments fit: Learning Leadership, Unacknowledged Prophet, Comfortable Extinction and The Training Ghetto and explains how and why all L&D departments should join the quadrant of Learning Leadership.
  • False Positives by David Small

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    A great post by David Small on Dan McCarthy's blog Great Leadership about serving your team with honesty, even when it’s uncomfortable."How often do we have members of our team that we say “good job” too, even though we know they could be doing better? Did you know you could be doing more harm then good by not pointing out their shortcomings? Here are four tips to build up your team without giving them false positives."Read the full post False Positives.Author bio:David Small is the author of the bestselling book The Wandering Leader. In this book David explains how leaders…
  • Don't be Afraid to Fail

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Are you afraid to fail? Do you avoid taking on new assignments because you think you are not good at them? Do you think succeeding is more important than trying out new things?If you think success comes from not failing, you couldn't be more wrong. Success comes to those who fail. Success comes from trying out new things, venturing out doing things you are not comfortable with. So recognize the new opportunities that come your way in the form of new assignments, new projects, new tasks that seem challenging. Go ahead and grab these opportunities. Don't be afraid, don't be afraid of failure.
  • What is Social Media?

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Two keywords of social media are "Social" and "Media".Social media is about being social. It is about connecting with your communities: customers, employees, partners, investors, service providers. It is about conversations and collaboration between these communities. You are not social if you are not having a dialog. Remember, monologues were never considered social.Social media is also about using media to be social. In the very near past (and even today), conventional channels of media were more unidirectional and slow for two way communication. Communities are now conversing using the new…
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    Managing eLearning

  • 5 Ways Managers Can Encourage Staff To Do Professional Development Online

    Jon Aleckson
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    How To Encourage Informal Professional Development At Work In my previous blog post, I wrote about how workers and job seekers likely undervalue the benefits of free online learning and professional development opportunities. Of course, if the impetus for this eLearning trend is based on employer demand for cutting-edge skills, managers in content development and […]
  • Online Professional Development Opportunities: Undervalued?

    Jon Aleckson
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Recognizing The Benefits Of Free Online Learning Here’s a question worth pondering: As demand for individuals with hybridized skill sets and specialized knowledge increases, are people changing the way they perceive and pursue opportunities for professional development? In a recent feature for The Guardian, sponsored by online learning institution The Open University, a survey of […]
  • Let Go Through BPO for eLearning

    Jon Aleckson
    17 Feb 2014 | 11:04 am
    BPO: Managing Services & Association eLearning Associations love their members. Members love professional development opportunities. So, associations strive to provide those opportunities to their members. Sounds like a match made in heaven! However, many associations are starting to recognize that while members are central to their functions, the deployment of professional development is not an […]
  • E-Learning in 2014: The Four “M” #trends

    Jon Aleckson
    31 Jan 2014 | 10:24 am
    This post is gonna party like it’s January 1, 2014 The new year is still so—well, new during the first month. It’s still trying to get its footing. Find a sense of purpose. Point the way. Tread the waters a bit. We gave January the room to accomplish these things. As such, we had a […]
  • Proactive, Not Reactive: Strategic with Technology

    Jon Aleckson
    10 Jan 2014 | 8:57 am
    A Research Review “…we abandoned the term e-learning entirely.” Wow! Bold words grace the second paragraph of the latest research done by Tagoras founders Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele.  In their freshly published (and free to download!) research, Association Learning & Technology 2014, Cobb and Steele analyze how 200 associations report using technology to “enable and enhance […]
 
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    E-Learning Uncovered

  • Top Writing Mistakes in Storyboards

    Desiree (Ward) Pinder
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Recently we asked our instructional designers and storyboard editors what mistakes they were finding (and constantly fixing) during storyboard edits. Here are the top mistakes we identified—with information on how to correct them. Incorrect spacing When I learned to keyboard, two spaces after a period was the norm. The norm now is to use single spacing after a period. Because of my muscle memory, I still have to correct my spacing at times. Here is the good news—if you need to fix your double-spacing muscle memory, do a find/replace in Word. Just type a double space in the Find what…
  • Sneak Peek at Lectora 12

    Tanya Seidel
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Trivantis had its 10th annual Lectora User Conference just last week, where they previewed some of the new features of Lectora version 12 to be released later this year. The features are a mix of things we’ve all come to expect in a robust authoring tool with at least one feature that will even excite the power users. Either way, it’s an update Lectora users will undoubtedly look forward to! Here are some of the features coming in Lectora version 12: Image Effects and Manipulation Options Want to rotate, reflect, or crop your images in Lectora? With version 12, you’ll FINALLY be able…
  • Recap of The eLearning Guild’s 2014 Learning Solutions Conference

    Nick Elkins
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Two weeks ago, the entire Artisan team had the opportunity to attend the Learning Solutions conference in Orlando. As usual, we had a great time. We had the honor of hosting two concurrent sessions, two morning buzz sessions, showcasing three courses in the SolutionFest competition. Here are some resource from the event that you might find useful. Concurrent Session: Implementing Project Management Software for eLearning Production As Tanya mentioned a few weeks ago, Diane and I spoke about the implementation process for our new project management software solution, Celoxis. We outlined our…
  • One Simple Trick for Writing Your E-Learning Storyboards Faster

    Diane Elkins
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Several years ago, I did a post about how you can write storyboards faster if you type faster (to the tune of saving several weeks per year!).  But here’s a quick tip that makes you even faster—not typing at all.  You can use Microsoft Word’s AutoCorrect feature to automate phrases that you type frequently. For example, once I have AutoCorrect set up, I can type a shortcut code (“csc”) and have it turn into a full phrase (“Type your thoughts in the space provided, and then click the Submit button to compare your answer to ours.”).  That means you only have to type three…
  • Graphic Layering for Better E-Learning Design

    Tim Slade
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    Often times, new e-learning designers struggle with the graphic design aspect of development process. Because of this, one of the most common requests I get is to share my tips and secrets for designing better looking e-learning courses. The overall design process requires a careful balance between several elements, including color, layout, font, imagery, and much more. Although I don’t believe there is any one secret to good graphic design for e-learning, I have discovered a few simple techniques that I use on a regular basis. One of these tips is something I call: “graphic layering.”…
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  • Creating interactivities in e-Learning: 10 ways to challenge and engage your Learner

    Arunima Majumdar
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    Lets be honest – Learning is not always an activity we look forward to. Trainings can be monotonous, especially in the context of ‘pure’ technology-aided learning. You do not have an instructor talking to the class, cluing in when attention flounders and suitably interjecting relief from time to time. Neither can you discuss and thrash-out concepts with fellow learners or have heated debates. For e-learning developers, this poses to be a continuous challenge. Interactivities built within e-learning can effectively provide relief as well as challenge the learners to think and apply…
  • Evolving role of Trainers in Corporate Learning

    Arunima Majumdar
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:46 pm
    With the changing face of corporate learning, there are many ways that learners are choosing to learn within the workplace. Even with newer platforms of learning, the worth of one-to-one interactions in learning cannot be over-stated. The trainer plays a pivotal here – a role which is nevertheless evolving with the changing needs of the corporate learners. Within the confines of strictly traditional classrooms, the trainer was the center of focus for all learners. Imparting information and knowledge, the role of the trainer was to make sure that the learners understood the course material…
  • Demystifying how we learn at the Workplace: Creating pathways for impactful learning

    Arunima Majumdar
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:26 pm
    In the corporate scenario, Knowledge is what equips an employee to do his or her job better. Not only training managers, but employees themselves are fast realizing this and are open to the concept of ‘perennial learning’ in the workplace. There are many learning practices that are prevalent in the modern workplace and each one comes with its associated ‘knowledge behavior’. The most prominent knowledge behaviors within a corporate learning environment are Connect, Consume, Create and Contribute (Source: Collective Learning in the Workplace: By Allison Littlejohn, Colin Milligan and…
  • Inculcating learning culture in the organization – Who’s Baby: Business Honchos or L&D?

    Gireesh Sharma
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:21 am
    One of my recent discussions with a business leader triggered a debate – Is it the individual employee’s responsibility to develop his or her talent? Or is it the organization’s responsibility to nurture the hidden potential of its employees by providing external training, if necessary, to educate them and develop a culture of learning within the organization. This dilemma made me do some serious reading. Experts’ views “The most successful businesses don’t recruit leaders, they grow their own,” says Morgan McCall, Professor of Management & Organization at the University of…
  • Blended Learning: Different combinations that work

    Arunima Majumdar
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:31 am
    Blended Learning is in itself self-explanatory, its all in the name. A blended learning program is one that utilizes more than one mode of learning delivery –for a personalized and impactful learning experience. A successful blend is one which captures the learning objectives and is delivered within the available infrastructure. Existing capabilities of learners as well as their receptiveness towards a new learning platform also needs to be ascertained. Weighing all these factors will provide the insights to choose the right blend for your learning delivery. Blending Offline and Online…
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  • Stabilizing video footage in post

    Robbie Carman
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Correct those shaky video clips! Rich and Robbie demonstrate stabilizing video footage with Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro in this week’s DSLR Video Tips. The post Stabilizing video footage in post appeared first on lynda.blog.
  • Creating Water Drops on a Surface in Photoshop

    Kristin Ellison
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Create realistic water droplets without getting wet in Photoshop with this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial, on the blog. The post Creating Water Drops on a Surface in Photoshop appeared first on lynda.blog.
  • What’s new in WordPress 3.9

    Morten Rand-Hendriksen
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    WordPress 3.9 is out, and expert Morten Rand-Hendriksen steps through the new features as well as what's changed in this new release of the popular web CMS, today on the blog. The post What’s new in WordPress 3.9 appeared first on lynda.blog.
  • Share InDesign presets, workspaces, and custom shortcuts

    Anne-Marie Concepción
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Save and share your personal InDesign presets, workspaces, and shortcuts with colleagues and across computers, with Anne-Marie Concepción in this week’s InDesign Secrets on the blog. The post Share InDesign presets, workspaces, and custom shortcuts appeared first on lynda.blog.
  • 5 tips for organizing your photos in Aperture

    Derrick Story
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Your photo library is getting bigger by the day– keep it in order with these 5 handy tips for organizing your photos in Aperture, today on the blog. The post 5 tips for organizing your photos in Aperture appeared first on lynda.blog.
 
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  • 3 Factors to Consider to Make a Right Blend of Learning Solution

    Durga Pravallika
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Training not only caters to providing a continuous process for learners, but also additionally reinforces that learning through various means. To achieve lasting results, you require a well-orchestrated strategy for designing your learning solutions. This has been a long-drawn debate over the years, with enthusiastic practitioners championing each type of delivery method. The fact of the matter is that in today’s increasingly complex business world with complex training requisites, one type of method alone is not enough to meet all the training needs any longer. To maximize the efficacy of…
  • How to Create a Slideshow in Lectora?

    Sridevi Sarjana
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Slideshow is one of the interactivity used in eLearning to present content in a better way. We can chunk content as per the requirement and by clicking the ‘back’ and ‘next’ arrows learners can navigate the content. Using the Lectora authoring tool, we can create slideshows very easily by following three steps, – by just assigning actions to the buttons that are in the groups. Groups play a major role in Lectora. Content that needs to show or hide during the interactivity needs to be grouped. If we don’t group, we will need to write an action to show or hide for all the…
  • Keeping Pace With Dynamic E-learning Design and Development – Free Kit

    Aruna Vayuvegula
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    E-learning is an evolving domain. How can you keep pace with it to ensure maximum ROI on your training investment? The only way to go about it is to understand what it takes to develop an online training course or an eLearning course. Next, we need to figure out how that can be applied to the needs of our organization. With the proliferation of rapid authoring tools, there is a tendency to oversimplify the eLearning development process which could be misleading. Here is a kit that tells you exactly what it takes to develop an online training course or an eLearning course. Related PostsThree…
  • Comparison and Selection of Authoring Tool – Adobe Flash Vs. Articulate Storyline

    Pushpa Siddhanti
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Adobe Flash and Articulate Storyline are the two most popular authoring tools used to develop eLearning courses. Both the tools allow you to create quizzes; scenario-based content; simulations; animations; and other simple-to-complex interactivities. The question arises when you have to choose one among these two tools for your eLearning courses” I would say it depends on two factors – one is what project you are working on (like soft skills training, technical training) and the other, ease of development. In this blog post, I would like to share the special features of each tool…
  • 3 Authoring Tools that Help you Develop E-learning Courseware Quickly

    Vyshnavi G
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Previously organizations used to spend months for developing an eLearning course. They used to show more interest in intricate animations and intricate interactions. But now these high-level eLearning programs are no more a choice for them as it takes huge time to develop and hence the costs. Organizations are looking for eLearning that can be developed in a quick and effective way. Now they demand the courses that can be easily updated, translated into other languages and that are compatible with mobile devices. That is when the rapid authoring tools came into existence. With rapid authoring…
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    Cogentys

  • Is Google Glass the Next Big Thing in Corporate eLearning?

    LMS Master
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Beginning at today at 9:00AM Eastern , Google will sell its wearable computing device, Glass, for $1,500 plus tax.  The one-day sale is an expansion of Google’s Glass Explorer program, which... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
  • Best Practices for Mobile Training in the Restaurant Business

    LMS Master
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    The steady and often rapid advance of mobile technology is changing, well, everything.  Mobile devices are changing every aspect of our lives and businesses, and that means that mobile devices are... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
  • How to Develop a Successful Hotel Training Session

    LMS Master
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    We all know that Hotel Trainers have created some less than stellar training sessions.  Developing successful hotel training sessions is a process.  But with the right strategy, it is possible to... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
  • 5 Undeniable Reasons People Hate Restaurant Training

    LMS Master
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    What??  Some people hate restaurant training?  How could that be?  Yes, unfortunately, many people really hate their restaurant training sessions.  That is the bad news.  The good news is that there... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
  • The Biggest Problems with Retail Training and How You Can Fix Them

    LMS Master
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    The simple but undeniable fact is that most retail training programs are far from perfect.  Yet, you need your retail training programs to be fantastic.  Let’s look at some of the biggest problems... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
 
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    The Learning Dispatch

  • Adding Accessible Captions to a Video in Camtasia Studio 8.1

    adib
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
     If you've ever needed to create accessible captions for your video, you don't have to look much further than Camtasia Studio 8.1. It's a highly user-friendly piece of software that you can try out for 30 days before making the decision to buy it. In this blog post, we'll explore how to add captions underneath your video (the most accessible way possible) to your video using Camtasia Studio 8.1.What you'll need:Camtasia Studio 8.1A video file (Camtasia Studio 8.1 supports .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .wmv, .mov, .mp4, and .swf)A web browser (to support playback with captions enabled)OptionalAn…
  • Technology and the 2014 E-Learning Symposium

    adib
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
     Popular technological trends are getting a lot of coverage both in the press and in academic contexts. Across the nation, people are doing research, giving presentations, and writing papers about web 2.0, social media, gaming, portable devices, augmented reality, and other tools that hold applicability for a range of educational and training contexts.As an example: I was just looking over this year’s program for the annual conference held by the American Educational Research Association, which is wrapping up as I’m writing this. I couldn’t help but notice how much of the…
  • How Companies do Collaboration: Part 1

    adib
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    This is the first post in what will become a series of entries on the sorts of collaborative technologies that companies use for their employees to keep each other in the loop. Every company approaches this decision with a unique level of comfort and desired openness. For example, some organizations are fine with public solutions like Facebook; others prefer restricted, enterprise-grade services like Yammer or Jive; and still others are most comfortable with traditional Outlook email.To start off this series, I posed some questions to a representative from AMD about the kinds of…
  • 508 and the Power of Perception

    adib
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Blog by Mary Word, MicroAssist Course DeveloperYesterday I watched a webinar, Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: How Four Federal Agencies Handle Section 508 Testing: A Case Study, presented by ADA Conferences. The content of the webinar was good, and it was interesting hearing how the agencies approach 508 compliance. They work with the differing needs of their target audiences, but strive toward a common set of testing criteria that can be used globally.But it was the presentation of the webinar that really struck me, and how well it reflected the spirit of the topic. Before it began the…
  • Why Using Social Media in Training is Effective

    adib
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    I recently had the chance to read the first chapter of one of Jane Bozarth's books, Social Media for Trainers. I found it to be a great primer on today's most popular social media tools. The first chapter contains a section called "Why Social Media in Training?" In this section, Bozarth contends that social media tools break things down in such a simple way that they actually empower users. They help people collaborate in whatever way they prefer, asynchronously or in real-time, across borders and without very much hassle.   Sure, those are general benefits—but…
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    e-Learning Leadership Blog

  • ASTD 2014 - Free Expo Passes, SAM, ZebraZapps & More!

    Allen Interactions
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    At ASTD 2014, join more than 9,000 of your learning colleagues from around the globe in Washington, D.C., May 4 - 7, 2014, to share best practices and insights. You'll learn current and future trends, and find out how to apply them on the job to get results. You'll learn from world-renowned thought leaders, and industry luminaries. ASTD 2014 will provide the tools and resources necessary to move you and your organization forward. Learn More & Register ▶ More details on what we have happening at ASTD ICE are below! We hope to see you there! Free Expo Passes: If you are in…
  • Tips for Developing Successful Leadership Training

    Brittany Laeger
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    by Hannah von Bank, relationship management assistant In the past, employers had their pick of often hundreds of qualified applicants for a limited number of positions – but that is set to change. Ten thousand American workers reached the age of 65 today and about 10,000 more will reach retirement age everyday for the next 17 years. Baby boomers are retiring in droves and are taking their knowledge and experience with them. To quote this month’s issue of Chief Learning Officer Magazine: “The forecast suggests the talent, skills and knowledge needed will no longer be available…
  • Iterative e-Learning Development: SAM Uncovered

    Angel Green
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    By Angel Green, senior instructional strategist | @LearnerAdvocate   Perhaps you’ve heard the hype around SAM. Maybe you’ve even read Leaving ADDIE for SAM by Michael Allen and Richard Sites. But, you wonderis it really that different than ADDIE? Do you have questions about SAM? Are you curious about the SAVVY Start (and what SAVVY even means)?  Do you wonder how it is possible that an instructional process can improve the quality of your learning events?   Is it unclear to you what prototypes look like?  Do you have questions on how SMEs are used in…
  • See SAM In Action & 6 Steps To Improved e-Learning Activities

    Allen Interactions
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    TWO FREE APRIL WEBINARS: See SAM In ActionFriday, April 11, 2-3 pm EasternSponsored by ASTDCost: Free Register>  This webcast will demonstrate the techniques vital to creating successful e-learning programs and will provide participants with the skills to use advanced design techniques to create e-learning programs that drive productivity. You will learn effective ways to design learning events that go far beyond the transmission of information to achieve behavior change and targeted performance levels. Presented by:  Angel Green, senior instructional strategist…
  • E-Learning Design's Lost Focus on the Learner

    Ethan Edwards
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist | @ethanaedwards E-learning enjoys the odd distinction of continuously being viewed as “new” even though it has been around for quite some time. Indeed, I am by no means a pioneer in the field, and I designed and built my first lesson way back in 1982. E-learning likely maintains this identity because technology evolves at such a fast pace that it always seems like there are as many people just starting out in the industry as there are experienced practitioners. The result of this endless “newness” is that the conversation…
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    SHIFT's eLearning Blog

  • Mobile Learning 101: Everything an Instructional Designer Needs To Know

    Karla Gutierrez
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    The web is abuzz with talks of mobile learning. With its rise come many benefits, from higher productivity to better engagement. But with all the noise or constant stream of data online, it's difficult to find really useful information. That's why we've gleaned some links to resources specifically to help instructional designers get a holistic view about the subject. 1. Mobile Learning HandBook This is a high-level guidebook suitable not only for instructional designers but also project managers and other stakeholders. It emphasizes a change of mindset among professionals.   It's a…
  • The Age of Bite-sized Learning: What is It and Why It Works

    Karla Gutierrez
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    For many eLearning professionals, bite-sized has always been the right size.  Imagine it, more useful content that fits smaller screens or just about any screen. Learners can work on any platform, switch back from their mobile device to the desktop, anytime. Snackable content also makes it easier for them to savor every lesson step after step—something that's not possible with lengthy materials. Offer your audience light, short yet substantial content. They'll surely come back for more. Brad Cohen, Director of Strategy at JESS3, said it best: “Bite sized nuggets of content that are…
  • Effective Goal-Setting in eLearning: Which Type of Goals to Use

    Karla Gutierrez
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    The secret to eLearning success is not only setting goals, but setting the right goals. In order to achieve the required end results, understanding the difference between the different types of goals and when each is appropriate to use is very important. Clarifying goals since the beginning will impact your course content, the way it's structured and developed. Besides, if you don’t design with the right type of goals in mind, the eLearning module will be a waste of time and money, since the problem needs to be addressed from other perspectives. When starting with Goal Setting,…
  • The Psychology of How Learners Explore and Find Information Online

    Karla Gutierrez
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    Psychologists, eLearning professionals and other experts have always been interested in how we consume information online. Receiving and transmitting information are not new to us. But our entirely novel information environments are clearly shaping the way we search for and consume information. Today, "providing people with access to more information is not the problem. Rather, the problem is one of maximizing the allocation of human attention to information that will be useful.”  There are too many concepts and theories to mention but the most notable among them is the “Information…
  • 5 Indispensable Tips to Be a More Productive eLearning Project Manager

    Karla Gutierrez
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Proficient project managers in eLearning or any other industry naturally want to be productive. In a sense, they want to accomplish more in terms of the work they do for others. They want better learning materials, more efficient ways of handling client projects—all without wasting unnecessary energy and resources. Instructional designers and other learning professionals tasked to create all sort of things everyday are, essentially, managing projects. Unfortunately, we don't really talk a lot about project management for eLearning. That's why it makes sense to start the conversation now,…
 
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    eLearning Industry

  • 7 Tips to Create Aesthetically Pleasing eLearning Courses

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    In this article, you will find 7 tips on how to create aesthetically pleasing eLearning courses that engage the learners and allow them to achieve the best possible eLearning experience! Publish an eLearning Article - Become an eLearning Blogger! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbH2OT0MDKs
  • Win Over Your e-Learners with Storytelling

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Storytelling is a powerful technique. Stories are what keep us captivated at the movies, through all 12 books in a series - and they’re what keep you glued to the couch for every Tuesday night... Publish an eLearning Article - Become an eLearning Blogger! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbH2OT0MDKs
  • Enhanced Learning and Teaching through Utilisation of Web-based Technologies

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    The phenomenal evolution of Internet in terms of access, content, and teaching platforms has resulted in many more individuals considering retraining through blended learning. A market niche for an... Publish an eLearning Article - Become an eLearning Blogger! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbH2OT0MDKs
  • 5 Best Practices: Corporate Training for Retail Sales Associates

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    From onboarding to new product rollouts to customer service, investing in effective corporate training programs for sales associates is essential for retail organizations. Check out these five best... Publish an eLearning Article - Become an eLearning Blogger! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbH2OT0MDKs
  • Top Learning Management System Trends for 2014

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    eLearning Industry is rapidly changing and there are numerous Learning Management System trends for 2014. At the following article you will find the Top 14 Learning Management Trends for 2014. Publish an eLearning Article - Become an eLearning Blogger! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbH2OT0MDKs
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    Raptivity Blog

  • A Quick Recap – ‘Create Learning Arcs Using Raptivity LinkerBeta’

    Isha
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    Before I jump into writing what I am supposed to write today, there is a confession I want to make. Quite candidly, despite having used Raptivity extensively, I always struggled with ways and means of putting Raptivity interactions together. Though […]
  • Use Crowdsourcing to Improve Products, Design New Products, or Solve Problems

    Poonam Agarwal
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    “Two heads are better than one”, I am sure all of you would have heard this saying and many of you might agree with it too. It’s a proven fact that two people working together have a better chance of […]
  • Best Practices for Instructional Design in eLearning

    Govind Magdalene
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:05 am
    As technology progresses, assuring the quality of educational experience continues to increase in significance. This, in turn, has led to a surge in the number of Instructional Designers(IDs). IDs are seen as professionals who can facilitate explicit eLearning outcomes. The […]
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    Greg Gardner
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:39 pm
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    USMLE / Internal Medicine ABIM Board Exam Review Blog

  • Internal Medicine Topic Review: Leukemia

    Admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    The Four common types of Leukemia   Leukemia is a commonly tested topic on the ABIM exam and on other medical exams where internal medicine is a major focus. As you heard earlier this week, we’re really excited to get to share with you some of the gems out of the Cracking the USMLE Step 3… Today, as we continue along #OncWeek, we’re reviewing leukemias.   The following excerpt is taken directly from Cracking the USMLE Step 3.   Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) Signs and symptoms include: Shortness of breath Easy bruising and bleeding Infection Splenomegaly May…
  • #FOAMed Venture: Knowmedge to Publish Internal Medicine Board Review Material from Cracking the USMLE Step 3 Textbook

    Admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    USMLE Step 3 and Internal Medicine Board Exam prep content from Cracking the USMLE Step 3 Book to be used to enhance learning on the Knowmedge blog   Knowmedge, a video-based internal medicine board review question bank, is excited to announce a partnership with the authors of Cracking the USMLE Step 3 to publish high-yield board exam content on the Knowmedge website. The partnership allows each party to connect with a broader audience while continuing their mission of enhancing and improving medical education. In addition, the agreement creates a framework for each company to work…
  • What you Need to Know about Cardiac Murmurs for the Boards and Wards

    Nelson Arellano
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Whether you’re in medical school lectures, clerkships, internal medicine residency, or studying for a board exam, it’s one of the most frustrating Internal Medicine topics to master. We’re of course talking about cardiac murmurs. Understanding them requires a consideration of cardiovascular physiology.   Internal Medicine Board Review: Cardiac Murmurs ↑=↑ Murmur Intensity ↓=↓Murmur Intensity ↓ with Valsalva = ✔ Diuretics ↓ with Amyl Nitrate = ✔ ACEIs   MS= Mitral Stenosis AS= Aortic Stenosis MR= Mitral Regurgitation AR= Aortic Regurgitation VSD=…
  • Medical Mnemonics: Secondary Causes of Hypertension

    ravibhatia
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Medical Mnemonics – Secondary Causes of Hypertension   It’s Medical Mnemonics Monday! Today’s focus is on the secondary causes of hypertension.   Following up on the secondary causes of hypertension blog post from last week, we focus on a medical mnemonic for the same. Secondary causes of hypertension can be remembered by the mnemonic “CHAPS” C = Cushing’s Syndrome H = Hyperaldosteronism (aka Conn’s syndrome) A = Aorta coarctation P = Phaeochromocytoma S = Stenosis of renal arteries Check out the list of the previous Medical Mnemonics here.
  • Endocrinology Pearls from the 2014 ACP Internal Medicine (#IM2014) Conference

    ravibhatia
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    ORLANDO, FLORIDA–As you have noticed following @Knowmedge and @RaviBhatiaMD on Twitter, I had the pleasure of attending the American College of Physicians (ACP) annual conference last week. This is my first ACP conference and I must say that the vast knowledge of the speakers has been amazing; I’m excited to get to share bits of that with you in the coming days and weeks. While Twitter presents an opportunity for instantaneous proliferation of thoughts, this blog post allows a more complete overview.   Since we’re finishing up celebrating #EndoWeek here at Knowmedge, I…
 
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    Learnnovators - Bringing INNOVATION to E-LEARNING

  • Clark Quinn – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    ABOUT CLARK QUINN (Learning Technology Strategist): Clark Quinn, Ph.D., helps organizations align technology with how we think, work, and learn. He integrates creativity, cognitive science, and technology to lead development of strategic solutions including award-winning online content, educational computer games, and websites, as well as adaptive, mobile, and performance support systems. After an academic career, Dr. Quinn served as an executive in online and elearning initiatives and has an international reputation as a speaker and scholar, with four books and numerous articles and chapters…
  • Top 20 Guides for Setting Up an Internal App Store

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
     THE QUOTE: “Qualcomm is huge – we have 30,000 staff, spread out all over the globe… our focus has been on creating an ecosystem for mobile. Not just mobile apps and content. We developed an internal app store, to be one single catalogue of all mobile friendly sites and apps across our business. We also worked with vendors to license and list their apps for all our staff. This has been a huge success for us, and has unified several different mobile-friendly initiatives across our business.”- Geoff Stead (Head of Mobile Learning, Qualcomm) The above quote is from our interview…
  • 20 Incredible Mobile Learning Quotes

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    THE QUOTE: “Mobile phones are misnamed. They should be called gateways to human knowledge. – Ray Kurzweil THE JOURNEY: We love mobile learning, and are excited about its potential, not just for learning, but also for performance support! As you would know, we have been trying our best to listen to some of the best brains in the world to get inspired. We also love sharing, and have been trying to reflect on some of the great learnings that we had been having throughout this wonderful journey through our blog posts with the learning community. Today, we set out on a quick journey to…
  • Top 5 Performance Support Apps for Learning Designers

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    THE QUOTE: “Instructional Design is complex and overlaps with many fields. That’s why Instructional Design Guru defines terms from Instructional Design, Cognitive Psychology, Social Media, Multimedia, Technology and Law. It defines over 470 key terms for instructional designers.” ~ Connie Malamed, on ID Guru, the performance support App for learning designers THE JOURNEY: Connie Malamed was one of the first in the learning industry to design and develop an app for learning designers. Naturally, during our interview with her we were eager to probe and find out more about her inspiration…
  • Beating the Forgetting Curve with Distributed Practice

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:01 am
    THE QUOTE: “If you read the research on how much people forget after training, it’s depressing. Do a search for the ‘Forgetting Curve’. Once we know something like this, we need to change our approach and educate others.”- Connie Malamed The above quote is from our interview with Connie Malamed. THE JOURNEY: After our inspiring and thought-provoking interview with Connie Malamed, we were left wondering about the interesting human nature that is revealed with the ‘forgetting curve’, and its impact on learning design. We set out on a journey to explore and learn more about this…
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    Audio Engineering Schools

  • Audio Engineering Schools in Las Vegas

    staff
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    Las Vegas is a busy city best known for its casino’s and party atmosphere. However, that isn’t the only thing the city has to offer, it also has several colleges and universities. Of them, The Art Institute of Las Vegas which offers a great Audio Production Bachelor of Science program. When you enroll in this program you will learn how to mix, record, and edit audio, whether live or post-production. The school offers hands on training where you get the opportunity to not only learn about software and hardware, but actually get to use it for projects. This type of learning will allow you…
  • Audio Engineering Schools in St. Louis

    staff
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The Vatterott College Ex’Treme Institute by Nelly-St. Louis offers one of the most comprehensive audio programs in the country. The college is part of Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. and is aimed at helping you achieve your educational career goals. The recording, engineering, & music production degree program can offer you the opportunity to learn the technical knowledge and skills it takes to produce and edit sound for film, live, mixed media, and finished products such as albums. The Difference You will be in the program for 70 weeks, which is a relatively short time. The program…
  • Audio Engineering Schools in Philadelphia

    staff
    23 Mar 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The Art Institute of Philadelphia is one of the best known art and media schools in the United States, but they are part of a much larger systems of schools known as “The Art Institutes”. Unlike community and state colleges in the area, The Art Institute of Philadelphia is a private,for-profit school. What to Expect as a Student As a student, you will enjoy the benefits of a top-notch, hands on education that will allow you to break into your chosen field with the knowledge and skills to succeed. The institutes audio production bachelor of science program will help you learn the limits of…
  • Audio Engineering Schools in Nashville

    staff
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:28 pm
    The Art Institute of Nashville is part of a large network of art institutes located throughout the United States. They are a for-profit school which means they provide education in exchange for a profit. The education provided there gives students a real hands-on education that allow them to learn the skills it takes to become a successful music producer or audio engineer. Not only do the student learn to record audio, they also learn how to mix, create sound for video, edit it, and much more. Getting your education from The Art Institute of Nashville means that you will be qualified for a…
  • Audio Engineering Schools in Houston

    staff
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:48 am
    Obtaining an education in audio engineering can land you in the position of your dreams. The goal of The Art Institute of Houston is to help you achieve those goals. You will have a chance at hands on learning in audio post-production, electronics, interactive media audio and much more. In addition, you will learn how to record and edit audio using software and hardware that may include Pro Tools LE & HD, Reason, Studio Solid State Logic, Avid Pro Tools, and Apple Workstations. Of course this isn’t an all-inclusive list of programs and hardware you will use. Once you have obtained your…
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    SkyPrep

  • Companies Can Benefit From Having Employees With Creative Hobbies

    Sep Bar
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Each and every staff member in an organization has many dimensions to their personality, and it's impossible for them to bring all of their unique skills and interests into the workplace. That's why most have hobbies or other endeavors outside of work. While employers may not realize it, what staff members engage in outside the office can significantly impact their performance in the workplace. The hidden passions and talents that workers have may actually reveal skills that are highly valuable in the workplace – but first, employers must be able to tap into those talents.
  • Onboarding Tips for Temporary Employees

    Sep Bar
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:02 am
    Increasingly, many companies are hiring temporary employees as a budget-friendly solution to the talent gap. In fact, Mediabistro reported that the hiring rate of temporary staff in 2013 was five times that of the percentage increase in overall jobs. The trend is not surprising considering the many potential benefits of hiring temp workers. Not only does this tactic enable firms to cut costs while filling a need, but it also allows them to try out talent before committing to investing time and resources into training them. Still, some organizations may not realize that onboarding these staff…
  • Study Finds Social Media is the Key to Building Employee Activists

    Sep Bar
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:56 am
    Social media is risky territory for any company. While these channels provide a valuable opportunity to build awareness of a brand, they also offer the chance to ruin its reputation. Many employers are aware of the potential pitfalls that can result from one bad tweet or Facebook post from a staff member, but not a lot of them may be aware of the immense positive impact that employees can cause by engaging on these sites. A recent study conducted by Weber Shandwick revealed a rise in "employee activism," which if harnessed properly, could give firms a significant…
  • How Management Can Hone Employee Creativity

    Sep Bar
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    While many companies may be well aware that creativity is a valuable trait, managers may not realize how important it is. The businesses that are better able to recognize great ideas or innovative thinking can typically gain a substantial competitive edge. So how can companies identify creativity when they see it  - and furthermore, how can they nurture these qualities for maximum advantages? The importance of risk-taking Business News Daily reported that a new study by Rice University, the University of Edinburgh and Brunel University has highlighted the significance of…
  • The 3 Main Types of Burnout – And How to Prevent Them

    Sep Bar
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:09 am
    For any business, employees should be a top concern at all times of the year – but April is Stress Awareness Month, bringing to light the gravity of this kind of physical, mental and emotional collapse. When staff members are overworked, their productivity inevitably suffers, along with their dedication and morale. That translates to more absences, lower quality of work and a higher turnover rate. Despite increased awareness around the issue, it seems to be worsening. According to HR Morning, a recent study by ComPsych found that 62 percent of employees are experiencing high levels of…
 
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    opensesame.com

  • OpenSesame Development Team Feature Update: April

    Abby Miles
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    Here's the latest from our product development team! A New Way to Buy: Introducing OpenSesame Plus OpenSesame Plus in NOW available! OpenSesame Plus is our new subscription based model for purchasing OpenSesame courses (similar to Netflix, but for your training needs). For one low monthly price, OpenSesame Plus subscribers receive unlimited access to a curated offering of courses from many of our top providers. Courses cover topics on business skills, compliance, technology, and more. You can now browse courses, prices, features, and pay instantly from from the OpenSesame Plus page. Once…
  • Effective Training Visuals—Abstract to Concrete

    Jeff Dalto
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We’re back with the fourth in a series of blog posts written to help you evaluate elearning courses by considering how well their visuals add to the effectiveness of the training. The first in the series was about organizing elements within a visual to ease perception; the second was about directing the eyes of the viewer to key parts of the visual; and the third was about reducing realism and simplifying graphics. This time, we’ll focus on ways to make abstract ideas and concepts more concrete. As we did in the three previous posts, we’ll provide guidelines drawn from the book Visual…
  • Course of the Week Highlight: Go Green, Prevent Harassment, and More!

    Kate Cornelius
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What makes a great leader? How do you identify and develop them in the workplace? This infographic attempts to answer these questions and outlines the different “kinds of smart” and how the different intelligences fit into your leadership team. This week’s featured courses are all perfect for your company leaders—teach them to prevent workplace harassment and deal with incidents should they occur, help your company go green and be sustainable, and train your leaders to be the best they can be! Create a Sustainability Plan at Work Get the framework and process you need to develop and…
  • Go Green! Why Now is the Time to Focus on Sustainability

    Kerry Mitchell
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Editor's Note: Does your company use green initiatives? If so, is it time to update your policies? If not, are you ready to get started? Today's post will help you jumpstart your commitment to the environment and going green.  Corporations, regardless of their size, have an ethical responsibility of citizenship and must consider this from a self-regulation standpoint within their own integrated business model. While the essential goal in the past business climate was to maximize profits, economic value will be judged differently to include newer variables in risk management brought forth by…
  • Hello from Our New Account Management Associate

    Kristin Hansen
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hello! I’m Kristin Hansen and I’m OpenSesame’s new Account Management Associate. I’m excited to join the OpenSesame team and to reenter the startup realm. I spent the last couple of years working in a medical office in various capacities, but before that I worked at local startup WalkerTracker where I assisted with customer support and systems creation. I loved working in an environment that was growing and changing rapidly, and I loved the impact I could have on that process. I have a strong interest in relationship building and customer service, and I’m excited to use those skills…
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  • UT Online Degree Programs Provide Quality Education To Achieve Your Career Goals

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:14 pm
    UT online degree programs are a decent selection for professional and younger's seeking a degree and continuing their education. If you wish to earn a degree online to achieve your goals and for the aim of career switch, first of all you need to verify what are the education necessities for your favorite career and goals. Once, you recognize the degree need to qualify you for your favorite
  • Easy Online College Courses - Where Can You Find Them?

    4 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Easy online college courses are the simplest way for you to start or continue your education without leaving behind your job, your life or your family. You’ll take one class at a time or go fulltime while still on job and progress toward a degree, a certificate or simply take a number of classes to extend your skills and knowledge. If you are one in all people who contains a high school
  • Online College Credit Math Courses To Get Into College Learning

    22 Mar 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Online college credit math courses can assist you move towards a higher robust life and a more gratifying career. In step with several surveys, online math courses remain one amongst the foremost vital nevertheless scary subjects for college students within the USA. Several students within the US do not even recognize what math courses they ought to study to get into a college. Who will
  • Best Practices In Online Courses In Higher Education Study

    16 Mar 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Today online teaching offers new, exciting opportunities to expand the training surroundings for numerous student populations. In a exceedingly study of college students at USA university listed in each traditional and online courses, students chosen online courses to the traditional classroom maxim that they learned a lot of in these classes, spent longer on these classes, and initiate these
  • Business Coach Online School Training

    8 Mar 2014 | 5:30 pm
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