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  • How about Introducing Nano Learning to Improve Corporate Performance?

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    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    We are familiar with macro and micro learning. Macro learning is associated with large content for large No. of people for long time where as micro learning / teaching is to do with small content for small No. of people for short duration of time. How do you define nano learning / teaching then? I shall define it as ultra small content catering to one learning objective meant for individuals (or very small group of not more than 4) lasting less than or equal to 9 min. duration. It would definitely be part of micro teaching / learning which in turn would be part of macro teaching /learning and…
  • E-Learning Gamification Made Simple

    E-Learning Uncovered
    Tim Slade
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    We all love our buzzwords in the field of e-learning. Responsive design, localization, social learning, blended learning, flipped classroom, flat design…the list goes on and on. Although some buzzwords come and go with the times, there are other buzzwords that seem to stick around. E-learning gamification is one of these terms. The idea of introducing games into learning is nothing new. When I think about my time spent as a child in grade school, almost every lesson was turned into a game of some type. The truth is, people of all ages love games. Games are interactive and engaging, and they…
  • Challenges and Solutions of creating e-Learning Solutions for an Enterprise-Wide Global Audience

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    Arunima Majumdar
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:36 am
    In recent years, the market for e-learning services and platforms is growing rapidly in the corporate environment. E-learning is being utilized for training within the corporate structure in various ways, including employee training, organization on-boarding, process trainings, soft skills trainings and so on. According to a popular research, the global e-learning market is growing at the rate of 15.06 percent, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Driving this growth is the massive popularity of handheld devices, such as mobiles and tablets, which is heralding the era…
  • 10 Visual Design Tips For eLearning And Slides

    The eLearning Coach
    Connie Malamed
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    Many people have told me they can’t draw well. If your goal is to get better at visual design, you don’t need to draw. You need to learn and apply the principles of design. I’ve gathered up ten important principles and little tips from my book, Visual Design Solutions, and uploaded it to SlideShare. Since […]Post from: The eLearning Coach10 Visual Design Tips For eLearning And Slides
  • The Effectiveness of E‑Learning: An Explorative and Integrative Review of the Definitions, Methodologies and Factors that Promote e‑Learning Effectiveness

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    fsaba
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:42 pm
    A structured search of library databases revealed that research examining the effectiveness of e-Learning has heavily increased within the last five years. After taking a closer look at the search results, the authors discovered that previous researchers defined and investigated effectiveness in multiple ways. At the same time, learning and development professionals within public and private organisations are increasingly being asked to prove the effectiveness of their learning and development initiatives. This paper investigates the effectiveness of e-Learning through an integrative review.
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  • Exploring High-End Visualization for Research and Education

    fsaba
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    Georgia State University created a technology-rich visualization space that supports research and instruction and explores the transformative potential of visual media across all disciplines. Campus Technology
  • The Effectiveness of E‑Learning: An Explorative and Integrative Review of the Definitions, Methodologies and Factors that Promote e‑Learning Effectiveness

    fsaba
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:42 pm
    A structured search of library databases revealed that research examining the effectiveness of e-Learning has heavily increased within the last five years. After taking a closer look at the search results, the authors discovered that previous researchers defined and investigated effectiveness in multiple ways. At the same time, learning and development professionals within public and private organisations are increasingly being asked to prove the effectiveness of their learning and development initiatives. This paper investigates the effectiveness of e-Learning through an integrative review.
  • Developing confidence in the use of digital tools in teaching

    fsaba
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:36 pm
    In this study Higher Education teachers were offered new mobile devices with very few conditions attached. The aim was to introduce staff to mobile technology and how it could be used to support teaching and learning within a small, interdisciplinary campus. The study hypothesized that by offering staff the simple incentive of new mobile devices for professional and private use, they will be keener to adopt new practices. The only conditions required were the adoption of two items of software – SharePoint as a file repository, and the VLE provider’s mobile learning application which…
  • Developing a Pathway for an Institution Wide ePortfolio Program

    fsaba
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:22 pm
    A grassroots committee of faculty and administrators from eight academic and student service units at the George Washington University used a five-phase process to identify the ePortfolio needs of its diverse community; select appropriate technologies to support the breadth of functions required; perform usability studies; pilot test the platform; and evaluate the outcomes of this process. The ad hoc committee identified a wide range of unique uses of ePortfolios, including: facilitating reflection and critical thinking; documenting student learning and program outcomes for accreditation…
  • Assessing a Collaborative Online Environment for Music Composition

    fsaba
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    The current pilot study tested the effectiveness of an e-learning environment built to enable students to compose music collaboratively. The participants interacted online by using synchronous and asynchronous resources to develop a project in which they composed a new music piece in collaboration. After the learning sessions, individual semi-structured interviews with the participants were conducted to analyze the participants’ perspectives regarding the e-learning environment’s functionality, the resources of the e-learning platform, and their overall experience with the e-learning…
 
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  • Free PowerPoint Template: Circle Lift

    Tom Kuhlmann
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Here’s another free PowerPoint template that you’re free to use in your online training courses. The free template is structure to slide up and down as you navigate. I designed the files for a workshop on building some interactive timelines, however it can be used for anything. Essentially they’re just slides with numbered circles. They’d work great as a process interaction. If you need additional slides, just duplicate them. See the Free PowerPoint Template in Action Below is an example of the free PowerPoint template without any content in it. As you can see the…
  • Free PowerPoint Template: Conversation Interaction

    Tom Kuhlmann
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:46 am
    Here’s a free PowerPoint template I built for a recent workshop. I used it to show how to create interactive conversations in PowerPoint using hyperlinks. In this example it’s a simple back and forth conversation. This free template could be used as a way to share manager/employee information or perhaps as an FAQ interaction. In either case it’s free for you to use as you wish. Below is an example of the template in action. I mocked up a FAQ interaction on copyright laws. Click the character on the left to trigger the question. And click the character on the right to answer…
  • Over 60 Free Stock Images

    Tom
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
    Now that Microsoft’s quit providing free clip art and free stock images many of you are scrambling to get hold of free resources to use for your elearning and training development. Download Free Stock Images In a previous post I shared 45 free stock images via the Unsplash site. In today’s post I’m going to share how to get 68 free stock images via Creative Tail. They’re free for commercial use which means you can use them for your online training courses. Since the images are free to distribute based on the CC 4.0 license, I saved a few steps by putting them in a single folder for…
  • Free People Icons for E-Learning

    Tom
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Free people icons are great when they’re truly free to use for commercial courses. And who doesn’t like them, especially now that Microsoft no longer offers free clip art? Here’s a list of some free icons. I only link to the ones that are free for commercial use. That means you can use them for your work and not spend time looking at free icons that you can’t use. Kameleon Free People Icons Nice flat people icons. Free for commercial use and the site also includes additional icons. Download them individually from iconfinder as .PNG files. Customizable Free People Icons Trina…
  • 3 Reasons Why We Have Interactive E-Learning

    Tom Kuhlmann
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:21 am
    What is interactive elearning? In previous posts we discussed different ways to interact with onscreen elements. Generally, interactions are limited to click, mouse over, or dragging interactions. Then we explored two key points when building interactive elearning. The first point is to get the users to “touch” the screen. Find ways to have them interact with onscreen elements. The second point is to have them interact with the content to create a great learning experience.   Now let’s look at common reasons why people interact with the elearning courses and then we…
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  • Conferences can be better, a whole lot better

    Jay Cross
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    The conference business is booming yet every participant has some major gripe about the way conferences are run. We all think we know better. It goes with the territory. In the beginning of the year, I looked into the future of conferences. Would they go the way of record stores and newspapers? I concluded that: Flipping conference presentations can vastly improve learning outcomes. Community First! Events should focus on nurturing the L&D community of practice before content. Many Next Practices for conferences (I’ve listed 30) are not difficult to implement. Asked what brings them…
  • Two types of knowledge

    Jay Cross
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Explicit Knowledge #1 is explicit knowledge. By definition, explicit knowledge can be captured in words. It’s the facts. Answers on Jeopardy. Tree/false tests. Retention of explicit knowledge is easily measured and graded and for that reason it’s where tests focus, over-simplified or not. We grade recent recall, but people have forgotten 90% of what they learned before they have the opportunity to apply it. A wide variety of jobs rely on the look-up, transfer, and interpretation of explicit knowledge. They are being replaced by algorithms. This is not where you’ll create…
  • Grokking Aha!

    Jay Cross
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    Sample images from Aha! 75 Ways to Work Smarter.     Buy it now. $2.99.
  • Don’t Smoke

    Jay Cross
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:04 am
    Don’t Smoke. A friend confided she’s taken up smoking again. Whoa! Full stop! Nicotine is a mind-altering trickster. It will kill you. Painfully. The short-term buzz is not worth the long-term consequences. I gave it up 30 years ago after 20 years of Luckies, Camels, Gaulois, and worse. Here’s my Journal‘s notice of the day I quit. Don’t smoke.
  • New Book: Aha! 75 Ways to Work Smarter

    Jay Cross
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    My new book, Aha!, is for all those people we’ve made responsible for their own learning. This is the missing manual. Aha! explains self-assessment, setting goals, dealing with feeds and flows, improving retention, curation, working out loud, social learning, and more. Each technique is backed with a practical exercise.   Aha! reveals how to: Learn from experience Take advantage of the latest findings from neuroscience Save time by accelerating how you learn Remember things faster, better, deeper Adopt sound learning practices as lifelong habits Form a sustainable, nurturing…
 
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  • open and connected leadership

    Harold Jarche
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    What happens when reputation-based networked leadership comes up against hierarchical institutions and competitive market forces? In the short-term, it looks like it loses, as was the case of Greece’s finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis. “So what Varoufakis is doing here is harnessing the capacities of communication technologies to support transparency and genuinely intelligent policy debate, and thus empower the polity. Alas, the opposite of both of those trends is the dominant norm in the political use of the mass media and communication technologies.” – Open Democracy But it may…
  • seek, sense, share globally

    Harold Jarche
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    When I started writing this blog almost a dozen years ago, I was pretty excited to connect with people in other countries. Just over a year ago I launched the first ‘PKM in 40 days‘ online workshop. The idea was hatched in the Netherlands, inspired by my friends at Link2Learn. Now, after only six workshops, the global audience of PKM practitioners is growing. We have had individual participants from 21 countries, in addition to an international audience through UCLG who participated in a custom, private workshop this year. Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia,…
  • engineering our own serendipity

    Harold Jarche
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    An article in Time magazine on engineering serendipity discusses ways to create better physical environments as well as the push for software that will improve innovation by increasing the potential for serendipitous encounters. The author, Greg Lindsay, concludes that social networks are the key. “Serendipity is the process through which we discover unknown unknowns. Understanding it as an emergent property of social networks, instead of sheer luck, enables us to treat it as a viable strategy for organizing people and sharing ideas, rather than writing it off as magic. And that, in turn,…
  • connected democracy

    Harold Jarche
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    As networks become the dominant organizational form, disciplines like personal knowledge mastery will be essential for all knowledge workers. “By creating millions of networked people, financially exploited but with the whole of human intelligence one thumb-swipe away, info-capitalism has created a new agent of change in history: the educated and connected human being.” – End of Capitalism Being educated is not enough. Effective citizens in a post-job, creative economy will also have to be connected. As objects get connected, the platform owners will aggregate more power and…
  • automation and more

    Harold Jarche
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. @tom_peters – “Want someone to think you are brilliant? Have a 10 minute conversation and let them do all the talking.” @rogerschank – Reading is no way to learn When you have someone to ask, you ask. Reading is what you do when you have no one to ask. Research suggests cooperative behaviour is not instinctive, but learned – via @hrheingold The human ability to cooperate with strangers is an evolutionary puzzle. In most animal species,…
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  • Join the Growing Learning Rebellion

    Brent Schlenker
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    My friend and colleague Shannon Tipton released her new book titled Disruptive Learning: Discover Your Inner Learning Rebel. And I was honored when she asked if I would write a brief forward. Rebelling Has Its Pros and Cons The idea of being a rebellious professional fit right into my comfort zone. My career path included veering off the road less traveled to roads never traveled...more than once. Sometimes it worked out, and other times not so much. As I look back on my career, I see what pushed me forward was disrupting the status quo. While in some cases pushing against the status…
  • Why Companies Move Away from Classroom Training

    David Blakely
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    How do I turn my current live classes into e-learning? This is a very common question from many new LMS customers. Many companies adopt an LMS expressly to overcome the challenges they have with live training. When customers ask me this question, I first ask them if they are sure they should take their classes online. This usually starts a productive discussion about the reasons for their desire to move to e-learning, and validates whether or not it’s a good idea. Most of the time there are compelling reasons for the move. These can include the standard reasons of reducing time away from…
  • Is Live Mobile Streaming the Future of Learning?

    Brent Schlenker
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Okay, so maybe not AT Applebees! But they sure did put on an impressive event last week. Did you hear about the #tastethechange campaign? You may not realize it, but that event was just a brief insight into the future of learning. Live Streaming Events Are Now Real! Last week I followed some social media friends as they hosted and participated in the first ever nationwide live mobile streaming social media campaign. It was a day long event for the #tastethechange Applebees campaign. The stream was featured on the Applebees site but you could also tune into the many many streaming…
  • Why Butts-in-seats is Still an Important Measurement

    Brent Schlenker
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    "80% percent of life is just showing up" - Woody Allen We love to make jokes about why taking attendance is so useless. But showing up is important. If you are still creating courses, then it just makes sense to know who showed up. And showing up applies to courses delivered in a classroom as well as those delivered online. Sitting in a classroom does not mean learning has occurred.  And even if learning occurs, a butts-in-seats metric cannot prove that the knowledge or skill was applied on the job. So let's agree on one thing: Measuring butts-in-seats is not about learning. If it's not…
  • How Formal Training Courses Fit In Your Learning Ecosystem - by Dr. Clark Quinn

    Clark Quinn
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Big Picture of Learning The bigger picture of learning in the organization goes beyond courses. Frameworks like 70:20:10 as promoted by Charles Jennings, and Modern Workplace Learning as represented by Jane Hart, suggest that most of the valuable learning doesn’t come from courses. I don’t disagree; it is not that courses aren’t valuable, but we overuse them in respect to other approaches like performance support  and the social network, and we don’t do them well. What becomes important then, besides doing them well when we do use them, is to understand when and how to use them.
 
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  • Employability and quality of life

    gsiemens
    11 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    The employability narrative for higher education is over powering. While I certainly agree that work is important, I think the framework of “getting a job” is too limiting for the role that higher education (can and should) play in society. I had the privilege recently to deliver a talk to a group of folks at HERDSA in Australia on this topic. My argument: employability is important, but quality of life is more critical as a long term focus. Slides are below. Exploiting emerging technologies to enable quality of life from gsiemens
  • Personal Learning Graphs (PLeG)

    gsiemens
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Personalized and adaptive learning has been described as the so-called holy grail of education. The idea is not new, though its technological instantiation is getting increased attention. In a well-funded education system, personalized instruction happens when guided by a teacher as each students strengths and weaknesses and knowledge gaps are known. However, when classrooms start to exceed 20+ students, some type of mediating agent is needed in order to address knowledge gaps as it becomes impossible for a teacher to be aware of what is happening with each learner. So, while the human…
  • The death of Athabasca University has been greatly exaggerated

    gsiemens
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:19 am
    I keep hearing rumours about Athabasca University dying or at least being on its deathbed. I guess stories like this don’t help: AU taskforce releases sustainability report. This article was picked up by Tony Bates, who states: “So Athabasca University is now in the same position as the Greek government, except it doesn’t have the EU, the IMF, or the Germans to look to for help – just the Alberta government, which itself has been fiscally devastated by the collapse of oil prices.” I’m conflicted by Tony’s response. He has forgotten more about digital learning…
  • Digital Learning Research Network Conference

    gsiemens
    21 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    I’ve been working with several colleagues on arranging the upcoming Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) conference at Stanford, October 16-17, 2015. The call for papers is now open. We are looking for short abstracts – 250 words – on topics of digital learning. The deadline is May 31. Our interest is to raise the nuance and calibre of the discussion about education in a digital era; one where hype and over-promising the power of technology has replaced structured interrogation of the meaning of changes that we are experiencing. We have a great lineup of speakers…
  • The Linearity of Stephen Downes. Or a tale of two Stephens

    gsiemens
    3 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Stephen Downes responds to my previous post: “I said, “the absence of a background in the field is glaring and obvious.” In this I refer not only to specific arguments advanced in the study, which to me seem empty and obvious, but also the focus and methodology, which seem to me to be hopelessly naïve.” Stephen makes the following points: 1. George has recanted his previous work and is now playing the academic game 2. Research as is done in the academy today is poor 3. Our paper is bad. Firstly, before I respond to three points, I want to foreground an interesting aspect of…
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    Online Learning Update

  • New Registry Will Demystify Badges, Credentials and Degrees

    Ray Schroeder
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology George Washington University, Southern Illinois University and Workcred, a nonprofit affiliate of the American National Standards Institute, are teaming up to build a “credential registry” that would increase the transparency and value of industry credentials and degrees. The registry “will allow users to easily compare the quality and value of workforce credentials, such as college degrees and industry certifications, using a Web-based system with information provided directly by the institutions issuing the credentials,” according to…
  • Purdue Faculty Help Each Other Learn Steps of Tech Transfer

    Ray Schroeder
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology To help innovators at Purdue University convert their technology ideas into commercial endeavors, the university is running a mentoring program where faculty help other faculty. Deliberate Innovation for Faculty (DIFF) is a team of faculty members who have already had success in moving an invention into commercialization. The seven DIFF mentors come from all over the institution — the college of technology; the school of management; the schools of biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering; the college of engineering; and…
  • How online education could narrow the global skills gap

    Ray Schroeder
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:03 pm
    by Anant Agarwal, Fortune While the primary mission of our colleges and universities should remain focused on education, rather than skills training, many influencers in both higher education and the private sector have acknowledged the skills gap and are experimenting with new approaches—sometimes teaming up on initiatives to augment the college experience. Business leaders and educators alike are turning to new technologies, and skills-based assessment practices, to find and train the workforce needed today. The skills gap is a real threat to productivity in the U.S. The education world…
  • Reuters Exclusive: Education company Blackboard seeks $3 billion sale – sources – LIANA B. BAKER, GREG ROUMELIOTIS AND MIKE STONE, Reuters

    Ray Schroeder
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    Blackboard Inc, a U.S. software company that provides learning tools for high school and university classrooms, is exploring a sale that it hopes could value it at as much as $3 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.  Blackboard’s majority owner, private equity firm Providence Equity Partners LLC, has hired Deutsche Bank AG (DBKGn.DE) and Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) to run an auction for the company, the people said this week. Blackboard has annual earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of around $200 million, some of the people…
  • Online Classes on the Rise

    Ray Schroeder
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    By Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network The University of Illinois is heavily invested in offering courses online, but the president doesn’t want the on-campus environment to suffer. But President Timothy L. Killeen says the college campus should not be seen as an anachronism. “Learning in group settings, learning through access to experts who are providing tutorial information, explanatory information, looking at case studies, the discourse that takes place on a campus, just the vibrant atmosphere of a campus, including things such as athletics and clubs and events and so forth,…
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  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    Outcome vs. Process: Different Incarnations of Personalization Yong Zhao shares his thoughts about personalized learning. Generally speaking, personalization can be put into two categories: process personalization and outcome personalization. Process personalization enables students to enjoy choice in the learning process, whereas outcome personalization allows students to define the end results of their learning. Process personalization is by far the most prominent version in education today because the current education paradigm has a predetermined outcome for all students. That is, no…
  • Global Adventures at ISTE 2015

    Julie Lindsay
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Once again - the 13th year in a row - I made the trip across the Pacific to attend the International Society for Technology in Education conference - this year in Philadelphia again.With about 20,000 people attending ISTE 2015 was its usual hectic and inspiring event. This year I went with the role and associated duties of Global Collaboration PLN President. I also ran a workshop, and co-presented a Global Poster and a presentation....amongst other things. One of the highlights was the Global Education day organised by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon where 300+ educators came together for the…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    SuperLame! Comic Word Balloons, Speech Bubbles, and Thought Balloons, etc. tags: education cartoon Watch over 550 Anime series online for FREE! at http://www.lovelyanime.com - post by Pan Chan TED | TED Prize | SOLE Toolkit tags: SOLE toolkit education Technology Integration Matrix tags: techintegration education The Possibility Post | Empowering students: Global Digital Citizenship Project Ann Rooney from The Wilderness School in Adelaide shares the next global collaborative project she will implement with students. Maybe you can join her? @julielindsay @leecrockett @amtesol post on…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    University of Adelaide is phasing out lectures | afr.com "The small-group experiences are what it known as "blended learning" or "flip the classroom" – a new style of teaching that many universities worldwide are experimenting with. Instead of sitting in lecture theatres to learn the basic material, students learn it in online courses. They then bring that knowledge into the classroom where, in small groups guided by an instructor, they discuss what they have learnt and use the knowledge to solve problems. The University of Adelaide calls it a "small-group discovery experience". This year…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    Pedagogy Before Technology – 10 Ideas to Consider | Brian Aspinall, CV Some interesting points made in this blog post..... tags: education pedagogy technology blog Global Education Day at ISTE 2015 #GlobalEd15 #ISTE2015 | Hack the ClassroomGlobal Education Day at ISTE 2015 #GlobalEd15 #ISTE2015 - Hack the Classroom TY @elemenous @stevehargadon @julielindsay and all the #globalEd15 leaders and learners! I just blogged! http://t.co/J3XptSHY79 #ISTE2015 tags: ISTE2015 jul globaled15 ISTE15 education globalcollaboration Digital Storytelling ISTE 2015 tags: digitalstorytelling ISTE15 education…
 
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  • I’ve Seen The Future

    Chris
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:04 pm
    I just had a couple of thoughts on Chromebooks that I wanted to share. There has been a growing interest in Chromebooks over the past year or so. I ran a Chromebook session at the IT Managers Conference in Canberra earlier this year and there was quite a bit of interest there, and I hear of a growing number of schools here in Sydney that are starting to look at Chromebooks as a possible option for student devices. At PLC Sydney we started with a small set of 10 Chromebooks about 2 years ago, and have been steadily adding more, mainly in our junior school. They have been a major success with…
  • Getting out of Password Hell

    Chris
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:34 pm
    A while ago I realised that my online life was in password hell. I was using literally hundreds of sites and services that required passwords, but they were held together with a confusing mess of old passwords that I’d mostly forgotten, numerous passwords which were being used on more than one site,  passwords that didn’t meet the usual complexity rules usually required across the Internet, and so on. I often found myself having to do a password reset just to access a site, and of course that new password became yet another one I had to remember. Or forget. I felt things were a…
  • Just Maui’d

    Chris
    6 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    I know I haven’t written much here on the blog lately. I’ve been a little consumed with some other things, like getting married to my sweetheart LInda On May 20, Linda and I stood on beautiful Makena Beach in Maui and tied the knot in front of a few close friends. It was a lovely ceremony full of symbolism, fun and joy. Here’s a few photos (you can click them for a closeup) Special thanks to Jennifer from Marbelle Photography for these wonderful photos (all of them!), to Derek Sebastian for the fabulous ukulele music, Joe Miles for his touching ceremony, and to Lori Lawrence…
  • Exploiting Opportunities

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

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

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    It certainly is exciting times to be involved in the field of educational technology and if your are a science teacher there is even more opportunities with your existing classroom technology to take advantage of using science probeware in your classroom. If you have been following my blog, you know how passionate I am about teachers using probeware in the classroom to give students the capability of collecting data in real time. This is an especially important tool if you are supporting students with special needs-in that these tools provide…
  • Reflector 2 Now Adds Screen Recording

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:49 pm
    While I was attending the ISTE 2015 conference I had a chance to visit the AirSquirrels Booth and find out what was new. As a long time user of Reflector, I was excited to find out that Reflector 2, now included the ability to record audio and video. This was one feature which I have been hoping for - for some time now. In the past I would generally use a screen capturing software to record the audio and video which at times produced less then a high quality recording. When I got back from ISTE 2015 Conference I downloaded Reflector 2 to…
  • Equil Smartmarker: Capturing and Streaming Notes from a Whiteboard Just Got a Whole Lot Easier!

    9 Jun 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Ok, so you already know if you have been reading my blog just how much I love gadgets. Especially, gadgets that are easy to use and can extend the learning that is taking place in my classroom. When I read about the Equil Smartmarker from Luidia a couple of months ago, I was enthralled with the possibilities. As an Assistive Technology Consultant I am often supporting students with disabilities who may require that classroom notes be provided to them.  So when I came across the Equil Smartmarker, I had to get my hands on one to review. Luidia was kind enough to send me an Equil…
  • Using Vernier Go Wireless Sensors in the Classroom

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

    7 Apr 2015 | 4:52 am
    A couple of weeks ago out of the blue I received an email invitation from Microsoft to attend a party in New York City on March 31st. For the life of me, I could not figure out what this event would highlight-you see, it seemed like the timing was all off for a big announcement. But then on March 31, Microsoft announced the Surface 3 tablets which caught us all off guard. Microsoft announced the new Surface 3 with the latest Atom “Cherry Trail” processor, which would run Windows 8.1 andbe upgradeable to Windows 10 when it is released later this summer. The specifications noted that the…
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  • Bottom-Line Performance Ranked by IBJ on 25 Fastest Growing Private Companies List

    Steven Boller
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bottom-Line Performance, Inc. (BLP) was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2015 “Fast 25” list. Fast 25 is the IBJ’s annual ranking of the fastest growing private companies in the Indianapolis area. According Kirk and Sharon Boller, a combination of forward-thinking clients, a talented and dedicated team, and the launch of an award-winning product have made BLP’s growth possible. “Seeing BLP on this list is a reminder of just how many people have contributed to our success over the past two decades,” said Kirk Boller, BLP CEO. “Our outstanding client partners have…
  • Can Micro-Learning Help Stressed, Unmotivated Learners?

    Sharon Boller
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    I’ve published two posts on micro-learning in recent months. One was on this site; one was done for ATD. Both generated discussion with some folks debating my assertion that we need to be very cautious about leaping to it. I’m going to stand by my assertion. I think “micro-lessons” can be great for some things; I do not think they are the answer to most things. And for learners who are over-extended and not motivated to learn in the first place, they are not the answer at all. Will Thalheimer, someone I respect tremendously in the arena of learning science research and…
  • Using Bloxels to Teach Programming, Adobe Digital Trends Report, and Video Branching Scenarios: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    #BLPLearn is for our fellow members of the L&D community. We take the best articles and resources shared between members of our teams and publish them in this weekly post. We include commentary from the original BLPer who found the article to provide you with context on why we felt it is worth sharing out. THIS WEEK’S ARTICLES Now that introductions are out of the way, let’s dive in to this week’s articles: Teaching Programming to Kids: Bloxels Submitted by Corey Callahan, Senior Multimedia Developer  So, we’ve shared a few links before about creative ways to teach programming…
  • Practicing Shortcuts, CrazyTalk Animation, and Working with SMEs: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of  sharing resources our internal team finds relevant with the wider community. We take the best articles and resources shared between members of our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product teams and publish them in this weekly #BLPLearn blog. We include commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to provide the L&D community with a dependable source for quality, curated content on a diverse array of topics related to learning and development. Check back every Thursday. THIS WEEK’S ARTICLES Practicing Shortcuts Submitted…
  • Product Launch Training Template (Free Download)

    Steven Boller
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    If you have spent much time developing training to support product launches, you know that the need extends far beyond a single launch meeting. For sales reps to be successful, you need a plan before and after the launch meeting that teaches and reinforces key knowledge and skills. This is why we frequently design product launch curriculums using a three-phased approach. Basic facts and processes are established in pre-training, followed by skills practice at the launch meeting, supported by reinforcement tools and activities after the launch. The model looks something like this: While we…
 
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    Clive on Learning

  • Six characteristics of compelling content: an introduction

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    Compelling is not the same as compulsoryMeet Meili. She has been working for three months on a 4-hour e-learning programme that teaches employees how to use her organisation’s new CRM system. So far the only people who have used the programme are those for whom it was made mandatory. Other employees have gravitated instead to a collection of quick and dirty software demos produced by an enthusiastic user of the system.And here’s Paul. He made a video recording of a one-hour presentation he gave at a recent conference and then made it available online. To date, 100 people have accessed the…
  • Compelling content requires a cunning plan

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    Second in the series: Six characteristics of compelling contentFirst you need a compelling conceptYes, you probably got it - they’re talking about the same subject. One person’s boring compliance course is another person’s hot topic. If you approach the development of learning material as a tedious chore, that’s how it will come over to your audience. Your job is to engage your learner and that starts with a compelling concept.In our leisure time, we might choose to consume content, such as TV shows, novels and music, for the entertainment value alone. The content is an end in itself.
  • Twenty questions to ask when taking a brief

    18 Jun 2015 | 12:41 am
    As a learning professional, it’s absolutely vital when you’re taking a brief from a project sponsor that you ask the right questions and are persistent in making sure you get a clear and satisfactory answer. Here’s my list of essential questions: About the need1. What goal is this intervention intended to support? It’s vital to identify the real underlying purpose of the proposed intervention. In the workplace, learning is usually just a means to an end. 2. At which people is this intervention aimed? This question establishes the scope of the intervention in terms…
  • Every learner is different but not because of their learning styles

    5 Jun 2015 | 4:37 am
    I've been reading Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown and Henry Roediger (Harvard University Press, 2014). What a great book! It provides a whole load of useful tips for learners, teachers and trainers based on solid research. Although, believe it or not, I do have a romantic side, primarily I'm a rationalist and I'm drawn to new evidence relating to learning and teaching, even if this confounds my current thinking.Finishing this book coincides with The Debunker Club's Debunk Learning Styles Month. And learning styles really do need debunking,…
  • Let’s face it, compliance is not the same as learning

    29 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    A while back I did something quite unusual. I completed a self-study e-learning programme, as a student, not as a consultant running their eye over someone else's work. Some time later, having had the chance to reflect on the experience, I can't resist making a few comments. I'm not going to tell you what the programme was or who it was made by. but I will say it was a compulsory piece of training, completion of which was required if I was to be able to go ahead with some work with a client. Contrary to the nature of much compliance training, the subject in this case was inherently…
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  • My Advice for New Bloggers - Don't do it!

    Brent Schlenker
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Nick Leffler shared a tweet of mine in his blog post Community Advice for New Bloggers. It's a great post. And I say that because it got me thinking. Not many posts that I read, or write for that matter, do that any more. In fact I reflected so deeply on the post that I felt moved to blog here again. I haven't posted here in a while and the few posts that I have done have been few and far
  • Is Vertical Video the Next Big Thing?

    Brent Schlenker
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    I've always wanted a reason to try out Storify and so I took my own advice and just did it. This week I posted about Mary Meekers Internet Trends Report on the Litmos blog. There are just under 200 pages of information.  And each page lights up a new nugget of information shining light on an otherwise unseen trend in technology. One of the most interesting items Mary reveals is the trending of
  • VIDEO: Bschlenker - Streaming with Periscope and Meerkat

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

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

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

    Clark
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    I had lunch recently with Paul Signorelli, who’s active in helping libraries with digital literacy, and during the conversation he talked about his vision of the future of the library. What I heard was a vision of libraries moving beyond content to be about learning, and this had several facets I found thought-provoking. Now, as context, I’ve always been a fan of libraries and library science (and librarians). They were some of the first to deal with the issues involved in content organization, leading to information science, and their insight into tagging and finding is still…
  • The New Business Imperative

    Clark
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Learning is the new business imperativeIt is now an indisputable business reality: companies must become more nimble and agile. As things move faster, new processes arise, and the time to copy a new business approach drops, it becomes clear that continual innovation is the only way to not just survive, but thrive.  And this doesn’t, can’t, come from the status quo. And if the answer isn’t known, as is inherent in situations like problem-solving, trouble-shooting, new product/service creation, and more, then this, too, is a form of learning. But not the type addressed by…
  • A Nurturing Culture #blimage

    Clark
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    My colleague Jane Hart dobbed me (and several other colleagues) in for the #blimage challenge.  I usually resent when someone publicly asks me to do something, but fortunately this is easy and, well, it is Jane ;). She presented the following image and our task is to blog about it: So my take is how things grow in a nurturing environment.  Here plants are flourishing under the energy of the sun.  This to me is a metaphor for the benefits of creating a culture in which learning can flourish.  I’ve earlier detailed what the research says about the elements of a learning…
  • Trust and betrayal

    Clark
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    I’ve been part of several online communities for some years now, and one just blew up. From the reasons why, I think that there are lessons to be had that go beyond personal to implications for L&D. The thing that was critical to the success of the group was trust; you could trust it was safe to share opinions, seek out others’ help, etc.  People ‘let it all hang out’, and that was a good thing. While it was risky, it worked because everyone was open and honest. Or so we thought. Then something happened that broke the trust. What had been safe no longer was.
  • Engagement

    Clark
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    I had the occasion last week to attend a day of ComicCon. If you don’t know it, it is a conference about comics, but also much, much, more. It covers movies and television, games (computers and board), and more. It is also a pop culture phenomenon, where new releases are announced, analysis and discussion occur, and people dress up.  And it is huge! I have gone to many conferences, and some are big, e.g. ATD’s ICE or Online Educa, or Learning Technology (certainly the exhibit hall).  This made the biggest of those seem like a rounding error.  It’s more like the…
 
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  • My Book Kickstarter Campaign -- The First Dozen Hours

    Will Thalheimer
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Today, about 10 in the morning, I launched my Kickstarter Campaign. It's now about 12 hours later and already the campaign is 30% to its goal. Un-freakin-believable! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! For me, I'm awestruck. And grateful -- deeply grateful to those who have pledged to contribute should the campaign reach it's goal. Thank you! I am Grateful to Many This book would not be possible without: academic researchers, journals, libraries, and database developers. all the folks who have given me wisdom about book publishing and concrete help. all the folks who have reached out…
  • New Scientific Review of Learning Styles

    Will Thalheimer
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Just last month at the Debunker Club, we debunked the learning-styles approach to learning design based on our previous compilation of learning-styles debunking resources. Now, there's a new research review by Daniel Willingham, debunker extraordinaire, and colleagues. Willingham, D. T., Hughes, E. M., & Dobolyi, D. G. (2015). The scientific status of learning styles theories. Teaching of Psychology, 42(3), 266-271. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0098628315589505 Here's what they tried to do in the article, in their own words: "The purpose of this article is to (a) clarify what…
  • Wisdom from John Medina -- and Lunch

    Will Thalheimer
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:08 pm
    John Medina, author of Brain Rules, and Development Molecular Biologist at University of Washington/ Seattle Pacific University, was today's keynote speaker at PCMA's Education Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He did a great job in the keynote, well organized and with oodles of humor, but what struck me was that even though the guy is a real neuroscientist, he is very clear in stating the limitations of our understanding of the brain. Here are some direct quotes from his keynote, as I recorded them in my notes: "I don't think brain science has anything to say for…
  • Max C Roser and 223 of his closest friends are Enemies of the Truth!

    Will Thalheimer
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Like an arrow through the heart! Max Roser's tweet really kills. With his one tweet he spread false, misleading, and dangerous information to thousands -- maybe tens of thousands -- of people across the globe. 223 Retweets. 198 Favorites. Egads. What a disaster! More reason The Debunker Club is needed. More reason for you to help debunk these myths! Please, someone, please send me a tranquilizer... And apologies to Max. I'm sure he's a fine human being. And of course he's not the only one who sends this bad information around (we have evidence that 223 others followed his…
  • Integrating the Serious eLearning Manifesto Into Our Work

    Will Thalheimer
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:13 am
    People have been cheering on the Serious eLearning Manifesto for over a year now... Those of us who instigated the effort have been delighted with stories about how people are integrating the Manifesto and its 22 principles into their work. Here's an example from Mark T. Burke, Founder and Lead Innovative Educational Program Designer for ThinkID8 and elearning consultancy. Mark believes so strongly in the eLearning Manifesto that he's created a series of posters in his office. Asked why he did such a thing, he said, "I was looking for something I could use as a personal…
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  • 5 Factors to Consider While Choosing an App Type for Learning

    Amit Garg
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    Today, there’s an app for just about anything; from shopping to news to games, learning and beyond! And there are different types of apps that you can create – native, hybrid, or web. ‘Which of these is the right app type for you?’ We believe the below mentioned factors can help you in selecting the […]
  • The LMS with NO Fine Print!

    Amit Gautam
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:58 am
    Your organisation bought a new software or hardware and the vendor claimed to have included all the features in it. However only when you started using it did you hit the roadblock, and the only solution was paying the vendor an additional amount for making certain changes and additions. How often have you faced a […]
  • The Multi-device World Is Evolving!

    Amit Garg
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    It’s no secret that we live in a multi-device world. Google was one of the first to talk about this in its 2012 report titled ‘The Multi Screen World’. However, since the publishing of the Google report, the world has changed quite a bit. Let’s have a look at 3 key trends that indicate this […]
  • 4 Tips on Designing Training for Your Leadership Team

    Amit Garg
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:53 am
    “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy. Every organisation has a hierarchical system, with different levels that perform different job functions. The top level typically consists of two groups – the leaders in the making and the leaders/the leadership team. The existing training programs promote the grooming of new (would-be) […]
  • 10 eLearning Trends For 2015 – Presentation

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:40 am
    Latest trends have been known to be the game changers; be it in the fashion industry or eLearning industry. Trend watchers are constantly on the lookout for new trends in the market that have the potential to change the face of the industry. In the case of eLearning, evolving technologies and improvised approaches make up […]
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  • 10 Visual Design Tips For eLearning And Slides

    Connie Malamed
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    Many people have told me they can’t draw well. If your goal is to get better at visual design, you don’t need to draw. You need to learn and apply the principles of design. I’ve gathered up ten important principles and little tips from my book, Visual Design Solutions, and uploaded it to SlideShare. Since […]Post from: The eLearning Coach10 Visual Design Tips For eLearning And Slides
  • 10 Fortune Cookies For eLearning Designers

    Connie Malamed
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    It was a rainy afternoon when the ten of us entered a Chinese restaurant known for great food. The patter of rain on the roof added to the cozy atmosphere inside. My companions were all eLearning designers and developers, so the conversation was brilliant and witty. After finishing our meal, the waiter served a plate […]Post from: The eLearning Coach10 Fortune Cookies For eLearning Designers
  • 10 Interaction Design Books

    Connie Malamed
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:12 am
    Interaction design involves more than just clicking or tapping on an object. One must consider the context and environment, emotional appeal of the design, the goal and behaviors of the user, the user’s affect, the microcopy for instructions, the responses or states resulting from every action and so on. As our tools and devices allow […]Post from: The eLearning Coach10 Interaction Design Books
 
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  • How about Introducing Nano Learning to Improve Corporate Performance?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    We are familiar with macro and micro learning. Macro learning is associated with large content for large No. of people for long time where as micro learning / teaching is to do with small content for small No. of people for short duration of time. How do you define nano learning / teaching then? I shall define it as ultra small content catering to one learning objective meant for individuals (or very small group of not more than 4) lasting less than or equal to 9 min. duration. It would definitely be part of micro teaching / learning which in turn would be part of macro teaching /learning and…
  • My latest updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:50 am
    My latest updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing can be accessed by clicking the following links: Educational Technology Social Media Marketing SMM Consultant
  • Corporate Learning Week

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Corporate Sector's #1 event for L& D Leaders will be held from Nov. 9th-12th 2015 at Dallas, Texas. For details visit http://www.clnweek.com/  
  • Asia - Men & Women of Achievement

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    I am glad to inform that my profile has been selected for inclusion in ASIA MEN & WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT (VOL. VIII) by REGUERDON INC. 1369 Kashmere Gate, Delhi 110006, India
  • Geofeedia: Location Based Social Media Monitoring Tool

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:39 am
    We are familiar with social media monitoring tools based on keywords / hashtags. Now let me introduce Geofeedia that monitors based on location first and then using other parameters. According to Geofeedia’s website, it is a  ‘location based social media monitoring platform that lets you search, engage, and analyze real-time social media content from anywhere in the world — with a single click’ Image Source: http://bit.ly/1MRyJWX Unlike usual social media listening tools, Geofeedia runs the search first by location rather than by keywords or hashtags. Thus you get more hidden data…
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  • Akon To Visit 10 African Countries To Assess Solar Power Progress

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The singer and businessman Akon is heading to Rwanda on Tuesday to monitor the progress of his lauded Akon Lighting Africa Solar Power Initiative Thi Tuesday, Akon and his co-founders Samba Bathily, a Malian businessman, and Thione Niang, a political activist, will have a meeting with Rwandan officials in order to ascertain what the progress is with his initiative. With his program, Akon is providing solar-powered electricity to African villages. So far, he has established his program in 14 African states, and with this program, Akon plans to extend his solar reach to 11 additional…
  • Solar-powered ‘treehouse’ has 360-degree views, Wi-Fi and refrigerated beer

    26 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Real treehouses are a thing of the past. In 2015, the ultimate off-the-grid pad is here and don’t worry, it has Wi-Fi, beer, 360-degree view from its transparent walls and plenty of options for mood lighting. Dubbed ‘The Skysphere’, the innovative elevated room has been designed by plastics engineer and graphic designer, Jono Williams who wanted to build an elevated room with a view that could sit virtually anywhere in the world not just where large trees grow. The Skysphere is located in Linton, New Zealand, the structure is a circular single room accessible by a ladder in its base…
  • What Is a Solar Bird Bath Fountain?

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    A solar bird bath is a type of water source is solar powered. The collected energy is stored in batteries or used immediately to operate the filter system and pump and control the water flow. If there is enough sunlight a solar birds drinking fountain is easy to install and run. Adding a water fountain in the courtyard can provide a variety of benefits for the lawn and garden. These are some of the most beneficial reasons to install this feature garden: Easy to install: An important quality of solar systems is the ease of installation and use. This type of function garden is fully autonomous…
  • In the Know About Solar Roof Panels

    25 Jul 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Solar panels usually work by harnessing the sun’s energy and convert it into a form of energy that can be stored and used. This special type of solar panel is designed to be placed on the roof of a structure for photovoltaic energy. This type of energy is produced when sunlight is converted to energy using solar cells. Energy becomes a ceramic heating method or electrically. Two types of solar roof panels, which are: • construction of solar thermal collectors by simply absorbing this energy in a liquid medium that will later be used as thermal energy • Module-this type of…
  • Japan’s Abandoned Golf Courses Are Being Transformed Into Solar Power Farms

    20 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    The Kyocera Corporation is transforming an abandoned golf course into a solar power farm, with ambition to partner and repeat the same sustainable work elsewhere in Japan. An abandoned and bankrupt golf course is being transformed into a solar power station by the Kyocera Corporation. Last week, the business announced it would turn the former golf course in Kyoto into a 23-megawatt solar farm; the artist’s rendition is shown above. Once the solar power farm is finished and online (in 2017), it will generate enough electricity to power 8,100 homes. 
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  • Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Part 2, Additional Roles of the LMS Administrator

    Jon Aleckson
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Handling Site Settings, Report Generation, and the Front/Home Page – An Interview with Michael Lanius: As promised in my last post on LMS administration, I have a second set of interview clips to share from my chat with Michael Lanius about his perspective on an LMS Administrator’s role. In this second part of a two-part interview, we discuss generating reports, managing courses, course development, site settings, the importance of the front page (home page), front page administration and monitoring, common issues with the front page, and the skills that a good LMS Administrator needs…
  • Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Part 1

    Jon Aleckson
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:14 am
    Setting Things Up and Dealing with Errors – An Interview with Michael Lanius: Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Personal Attributes Desired, LMS Duties and Technical Skills Required Today we are going to focus on some of the nitty gritty software issues that LMS Administrators face in uploading user information and assigning users to courses in the LMS system.  We’ll do this by talking with Michael Lanius.  This is the first of a two-part interview with Michael.  Michael is a senior support staffer at Web Courseworks who has played all the roles related to being a Learning…
  • Hiring the Right LMS Administrator

    Jon Aleckson
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Work Tasks and Skill Set Uncovered: An Interview with Elizabeth Lepkowski Elizabeth Lepkowski, Education Manager, American Society of Anesthesiologists I occasionally encounter customers of our Learning Management System that are unaware of the need to hire people to support the system. Or they end up hiring a person who does not have the technical skills to administer the LMS. Sometimes customers make the false assumption that any administrative assistant can do the job. So I set out to ask veteran Association Education Managers and Learning Management System Administrators their opinion on…
  • Game-Changing Games

    Jon Aleckson
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:43 pm
    I have been exposed to Dr. Kurt Squire’s video games and learning curriculum since 2006, when I was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Squire inspired me to provide leadership for development teams that created innovative game-based learning for Miller Brewing (Score Your Pour) and an extensive curriculum for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. This was all before the creation of the term “gamification.” So it was with this background that I was excited to be invited to participate in Game-Changing Games, a day of collaboration hosted by the Hybrid X Zone at the…
  • Management Tips from Pixar Animation

    Jon Aleckson
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Disney/Pixar Animation post upon Steve Jobs passing. I have found that managers often educate and enrich themselves professionally by reading non-fiction business books.  Why?  Because this allows a budding manager an opportunity to peek into the inner workings of another business to see what works and what doesn’t.  This can provide managers with insights on how to modify or change aspects of their business, and give them ways to make sometimes substantial improvements in the operation of their organization. The book Creativity, Inc., by Ed Catmull, provides just such an opportunity. …
 
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    Vistas: Geri Stengels Blog

  • Changing The World One Period At A Time

    Geri Stengel
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Like many other entrepreneurs, Miki Agrawal starts companies based on her needs and the needs of those she cares about. When she sees an unmet need, she fills it. In 2005, when her twin sister, Radha, had one of those embarrassing moments during a three-legged race at a family barbecue — she got her period and soiled her bathing suit — Miki and Radha had an “aha” moment. With all the innovation in the world, there had to be a better way. Miki’s second “aha” moment happened when she asked a school-aged girl in South Africa why she…
  • How Lucrative Israeli Tech Investments Opened Up To Global Investors

    Geri Stengel
    11 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    Two women have taken on the task of connecting high-return Israeli tech start-ups with the angel funding they need to take off. It’s been a challenge, despite the track record of such companies. Angel investors are beating out venture capitalists when it comes to Israeli tech companies. Between January 2011 and July 2014, nearly half of the most profitable investor exits were funded exclusively by angels, according to iAngels, an equity crowdfunding platform. Although angels invested smaller amounts of money than VCs, they reaped the high rewards that VCs crave: 10 to 30 times…
  • A Business Vision That Steve Jobs Would Envy

    Geri Stengel
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Being the next Steve Jobs requires a bold vision for your company. So when Joanna Drake Earl, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist, told me about Danielle Applestone’s vision for the Other Machine Co. (OMC) I knew I wanted to talk to her. Applestone’s vision captured the imagination and wallets of more investors in Broadway Angels, a group of world-class angel investors, than any other entrepreneur’s vision. Sounds a lot like Jobs! To read all of A Business Vision That Steve Jobs Would Envy go to Forbes.com
  • Child Support Doesn't Have To Create Family Stress

    Geri Stengel
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Creating a product to meet your own big pain point In the U.S. alone,  $200 billion in child support and expenses changes hands annually, according to Sheri Atwood, founder of SupportPay. Parents (the vast majority are dads) don’t have a problem paying for their children’s expenses, they just want to make sure that what they pay is for the child. Parents are 90% more likely to exchange child support and expenses when they clearly see what they are paying for, said Atwood. SupportPay makes sharing expenses transparent as well as easy to do. To reall all of Child…
  • How To Create An Entrepreneurial Community When No One Is Nearby

    Geri Stengel
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sara Davidson needed a boost to grow her own business. But, as a woman entrepreneur in the Midwest, she had trouble finding kindred spirits. The midwest consists of 12 states in the north central United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. It does have cities that are among the top 25 metro areas for women entrepreneurs including Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis and St Louis, according to Julie Weeks, president and CEO of Womenable, which researches and recommends policies and programs to…
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  • Taking A Music Class In High School Improves Teen Language Skills, May Boost Academic Performance

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    "Musical training in high school boosts a person’s language skills, and may improve academic performance." continues Medical Daily.  Photo: Medical Daily Nina Kraus, director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University School of Communication, has produced a multitude of studies showing the importance of sounds and hearing when it comes to development. In children, she recently told NPR that reading begins not with our eyes but with the way our ears, and brains, analyze and codify speech sounds — this developmental facet holds true in a person’s…
  • The brain and music: McGill team graphs regions of the brain responsible for music training and individual skill

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    "Nature and nurture in music has now been mapped by McGill neurologists who have recorded the activity and changes in the brains of young adults over the course of a six-week piano training session. Among the results of the research is a greater understanding of how natural disposition factors into skills like music." summarizes The Speaker News. Photo: The Speaker News “I would venture to say that new skills probably change almost the entire brain in some way or another,” Dr. Robert Zatorre, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill’s Montreal Neurological Institute and…
  • The sound of music, according to physicists

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    "Researchers elevate musicians in the air and attach lasers to their instruments." reports Brigham Young University (BYU).The musicians played in an echoless room with lasers helping them hold the instruments perfectly in place. Photo: Brigham Young University (BYU)Joshua Bodon is sick of hearing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." More specifically, he's sick of hearing one 25-second clip of the song repeated more than 550 times.For almost two years, this physics grad student has been testing how sound radiates from live musical instruments, which includes hearing the same song over and over……
  • Commentary: Love of learning is the key to success in the jobless future

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    Follow on Twitter as @wadhwa"Not long ago, schoolchildren chose what they wanted to be when they grew up, and later selected the best college they could gain admission to, spent years gaining proficiency in their fields, and joined a company that had a need for their skills. Careers lasted lifetimes." according to Vivek Wadhwa, fellow at Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, director of research at Duke University and distinguished scholar at Singularity and Emory universities.Education will always be a platform on which to build success, but it really doesn't matter…
  • How (and why) to start music lessons later in life

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:43 am
    Carlton Wilkinson, composer, music professor, writer and editor, has a doctorate degree in music writes, "A lot of folks I run into — young adults, older folks, some retired — have decided to try to pick up a musical instrument for their own enjoyment."Ted Velykis owns the Collingswood Music store, which opened last year on Lincoln Avenue. The business offers music lessons to both children and adults. Photo: Cherry Hill Courier PostThese are not delusional people itching to be on “America’s Got Talent.” They are just folks sensing music could offer their lives an additional,…
 
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  • How Big Is Space? Interactive version

    david
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    Buckle up and ride a rocket through our interactive view of the Solar System to explore our cosmic neighborhood. View the interactive graphic The post How Big Is Space? Interactive version appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • How Could Opting Out Affect School Ratings?

    david
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:37 pm
    How Could Opting Out Affect School Ratings? See how a relatively small number of homogenous students opting out could tip a school’s rating into a different score bracket. View interactive graphic The post How Could Opting Out Affect School Ratings? appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • CNN Spelling Bee

    david
    29 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    Interactive Spelling Bee Think you’re a stellar speller? The Scripps National Spelling Bee is underway this week, so put your skills to the test with 12 doozies from past competitions. Play the video to hear a word and its description, and type your best guess at its spelling in the box below. Good luck! View the video quiz The post CNN Spelling Bee appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • How Family Income Affects Children’s College Chances

    david
    28 May 2015 | 4:35 pm
    How likely is it that children who grow up in very poor families go to college? How about children who grow up in very rich families? We’d like you to draw your guess for every income level on the chart below. View the interactive graphic The post How Family Income Affects Children’s College Chances appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • Interactive Video Quiz Example

    david
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Here’s an example of an interactive video quiz in e-learning. The quiz was designed in Articulate Storyline and can be downloaded from the E-Learning Heroes community. View the video quiz Learn more and download the video quiz template The post Interactive Video Quiz Example appeared first on Elearning Examples.
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  • Meet Bloomfire Business Manager and Yogi, Wafae Owen

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Welcome back to our employee spotlight series. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Wafae Owen, Business Manager for Bloomfire. She’s pictured outside the company’s offices in downtown Austin, just off the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail.  What is your title at Bloomfire and translate that to what you actually do all day? My title is Business Manager. I wear many hats to take care of our employees, customers and business partners’ needs. In a nutshell, I handle the HR functions, facilities, purchasing, event coordination, basic IT needs, and also assist with…
  • Is the Generational Digital Divide Real?

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    Formal learning still plays an important role in the workplace, but the impact of social learning is empowering to today’s workforce, particularly to those younger workers who grew up with both social tools and mobile devices. The challenge to companies today is to empower all workers and provide them with an environment conducive to how they want to learn. Younger workers are the least engaged employees; fewer than 30 percent of millennials feel they have the opportunity to contribute to the best of their ability at work. But the millennial generation also tends to be far more comfortable…
  • Transferring Knowledge from Baby Boomers to Millennials

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    Baby Boomers are retiring in droves. In fact, the Pew Research Center revealed that 10,000 Baby Boomers will reach age 65 every day during the next two decades. As these individuals exit the workforce and head to Florida, they’re taking more than their belongings; they’re also taking years of invaluable knowledge, skills, and experience that companies are dependent on. In response, these businesses are hiring young employees who were raised in an information age ripe with social networks—from Facebook to Instagram to Twitter and text messaging. These millennials have always had…
  • Why a Streamlined Support Funnel is Important

    Chad Schexnayder
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    How many times have you been using a piece of software and needed help, but weren’t sure how to get it? Unfortunately, this seems to be a common issue. Should you send an email, and if so, where? Tweet? Facebook message? Phone call? Most of the time, it doesn’t really matter to you as a customer. You want answers and you want the most efficient way to get them. Enter the role of the “support funnel.” It may sound like an odd term, but the experience itself is deeply rooted in the history of the Internet. The role of the support funnel is to create a home for all inbound support…
  • How to Create a FAQ Page that Will Win Over Customers and Prospects

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    If you are in customer support or marketing, you may have or be considering adding a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to your website. But what information do you include in a FAQ? Too many FAQ pages don’t provide useful information or answer the questions people have about a company and its products. A good FAQ page can be a powerful tool to satisfy customer needs, increase online sales, and even help your SEO efforts; however, creating a good FAQ takes planning and regular care. Sourcing FAQ Page Content To create a good FAQ, you first need to find out what questions your customers…
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  • ScopeAR beams an expert to you through augmented reality [Greg Kumparak]

    Daniel Christian
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    ScopeAR beams an expert to you through augmented reality — from techcrunch.com by Greg Kumparak Excerpt: Everyone needs an expert sometimes; a helping hand to point you in the right direction so you can get the job done. Maybe you’re a mechanic working on an exotic car. You know everything there is to know about […]
  • 27 superb sites with royalty free stock images for commercial use [Lane]

    Daniel Christian
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    27 superb sites with royalty free stock images for commercial use — from verveuk.eu by Dave Lane Excerpt (emphasis DSC): For my own benefit, I wanted a ‘go to’ list of sites that offered royalty free stock images for commercial use. There did not seem to be much available that wholly offered what I was […]
  • That ‘useless’ liberal arts degree has become tech’s hottest ticket [Anders; Forbes]

    Daniel Christian
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    That ‘useless’ liberal arts degree has become tech’s hottest ticket — from forbes.com by George Anders; with a shout out to Krista Spahr for bringing this item to my attention Except: What kind of boss hires a thwarted actress for a business-to-business software startup? Stewart Butterfield, Slack’s 42-year-old cofounder and CEO, whose estimated double-digit stake […]
  • Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps [Schwartz]

    Daniel Christian
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps — from kqed.org/mindshift by Katrina Schwartz Excerpt: Educators and students are quickly becoming more comfortable with classroom technology, allowing them to shift from thinking about the technical side of integrating a new tool to focusing on how it improves learning. While the sheer number of education apps is still […]
  • “Technologists & venture capitalists are betting that the data online learning generates will reshape education.” [Byrnes; MIT Tech Review]

    Daniel Christian
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    Lessons from the Digital Classroom — from technologyreview.com by Nanette Byrnes Technologists and venture capitalists are betting that the data online learning generates will reshape education. Excerpt: In four small schools scattered across San Francisco, a data experiment is under way. That is where AltSchool is testing how technology can help teachers maximize their students’ […]
 
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  • Readers Q&A on E-Learning

    Craig Weiss
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    For those new to the E-Learning 24/7 blog, every quarter I offer readers the opportunity to ask any questions related to e-learning and post them along with a response.  This last quarter saw the most questions ever asked, which was quite cool, but made it difficult to select which ones would appear this quarter. Topics covered in this quarter’s Q&A: Assessment Tools in 2020 LMS Vendors to watch Top 50 LMS Rankings Cornerstone OnDemand Drum roll.. uh, you imagine that to yourself.. Q:  I attended your session on the Future of E-Learning 2020 and was curious on your perspective of…
  • LMS Do and Don’ts – Isn’t it time to do what’s right?

    Craig Weiss
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    As a child you may have decided that the cookies were a must.  There you are, grabbing them, hiding and munching away (I still do this as an adult).   Anyway, a voice calls out, “Ahem. Where are the cookies?”.  Your caught, but not before you shove more into your mouth.  Welcome to the world of “do not do this”. Adult Stage Your boss tells you that their boss will be making the rounds today and whatever you do, do not surf the net and such and such time.  Your significant other says that it is okay if you go out with your friends.  You smile with glee. Point…
  • State of the Authoring Tool Industry 2015

    Craig Weiss
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:24 pm
    I’ll just say it right now, the industry as a whole isn’t doing much.  There I said it and honestly I can’t believe I said it.  Yes there are vendors doing some new stuff, okay many, but a few items are not new, rather they have been around for a long time. The industry as a whole continues to miss the opportunities that are laid out before them. The new and cool.  The “WOW”.  They have failed to grasp the power of mobile content, beyond “responsive”; understood gamification (a few have, the rest “nope”) and see the real power and…
  • Future Technologies – Get Ready because they could change the way we learn online

    Craig Weiss
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Say out loud learning technology and the two words just seem not to go together. Learning? You mean the classroom?  The same approach to learning since humans went to school?  Technology?  That sounds so advanced – so in the “time to come”.  They cannot be associated with one another – we are talking about learning here folks! But they can not only work together but achieve something far greater than any of us could imagine, success. There have plenty of technologies and technological capabilities that have scored the big “F” when it comes to…
  • Current state of Gamification in the LMS Market

    Craig Weiss
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Imagine you are looking at a pinball machine.  It is your favorite machine. You see that Steve has more points than you, but ZZERAF is just slightly below you (and you wonder who is that person?).  You really want that top score, but you just do not have the time to spend or skill to achieve the top score. But you continue to try.  Then something out of the blue happens.  Your ball gets stuck right next to the 10,000 whammy bumper and you smack the machine. Uh, oh. TILT. Where Gamification is right now in the LMS space Before we dovetail into the state of Gamification, let’s review…
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    Ridge View Media - Jenise Cook - Instructional Design and e-Learning Development

  • How to Improve Video for e-Learning: Eye vs. camera – Michael Mauser | TED-Ed

    Jenise Cook
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    Video in e-learning modules can enhance your instructional design by bringing real-world “action” into an asynchronous learning activity. I love video in e-learning when it’s used appropriately, especially when you’re training sales staff on how to deal with client (customer) or prospect conversations. We’ve worked on similar projects and can’t wait to do more work with video and e-learning in the future. In this post, I want to share a brief but very helpful TED-Ed video by Michael Mauser, titled: Eye vs. Camera. It helped me because I’m not an…
  • How to Write Release Notes – Here Is My Way

    Jenise Cook
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Someone recently asked me how to write release notes. Here’s my answer so others can see my response. Please use Comments to share your ideas on how you write release notes, so others can learn from you! I have a strong background in technical writing. In fact, for the majority of my career I’ve worn two hats simultaneously: instructional designer and technical writer, when I worked for large corporations with small training and documentation budgets.           Then, some years ago I dove head first into instructional design (ILT) and in 2007, I moved into…
  • How to Enjoy the Most Popular Posts on this Blog

    Jenise Cook
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Hello! Good to see you today. As of this post’s date, we’re busy working, learning, exploring, and ramping up for some new adventures. Yes, we’re still doing (and able to take on new) client work. I’m just not blogging much this year. I’ll return to blogging as I do love this communication venue. Until then, here’s a list of links to some of the most frequently visited posts on this blog. Enjoy visiting and reading some of the more popular post on my blog. Feel free to leave a comment. I’d like to hear from you. (You can find me on Twitter…
  • How to Use Camtasia to Show Your Work – User Guide Sample

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

    Jenise Cook
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Happy April Fools Day! Select this link to view online, outside of this blog, and to create some basic (and free) web comics of your own!
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  • How to Improve Video for e-Learning: Eye vs. camera – Michael Mauser | TED-Ed

    Jenise Cook
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    Video in e-learning modules can enhance your instructional design by bringing real-world “action” into an asynchronous learning activity. I love video in e-learning when it’s used appropriately, especially when you’re training sales staff on how to deal with client (customer) or prospect conversations. We’ve worked on similar projects and can’t wait to do more work with video and e-learning in the future. In this post, I want to share a brief but very helpful TED-Ed video by Michael Mauser, titled: Eye vs. Camera. It helped me because I’m not an…
  • How to Write Release Notes – Here Is My Way

    Jenise Cook
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Someone recently asked me how to write release notes. Here’s my answer so others can see my response. Please use Comments to share your ideas on how you write release notes, so others can learn from you! I have a strong background in technical writing. In fact, for the majority of my career I’ve worn two hats simultaneously: instructional designer and technical writer, when I worked for large corporations with small training and documentation budgets.           Then, some years ago I dove head first into instructional design (ILT) and in 2007, I moved into…
  • How to Enjoy the Most Popular Posts on this Blog

    Jenise Cook
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Hello! Good to see you today. As of this post’s date, we’re busy working, learning, exploring, and ramping up for some new adventures. Yes, we’re still doing (and able to take on new) client work. I’m just not blogging much this year. I’ll return to blogging as I do love this communication venue. Until then, here’s a list of links to some of the most frequently visited posts on this blog. Enjoy visiting and reading some of the more popular post on my blog. Feel free to leave a comment. I’d like to hear from you. (You can find me on Twitter…
  • How to Use Camtasia to Show Your Work – User Guide Sample

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

    Jenise Cook
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Happy April Fools Day! Select this link to view online, outside of this blog, and to create some basic (and free) web comics of your own!
 
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    Web Courseworks » Web Courseworks

  • Interview with a Veteran LMS Administrator

    Jon Aleckson
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Connie Welch, Director of Student Services at CUNA The following is an interview with Connie Welch. Connie is the Director of Student Services at the Credit Union National Association, otherwise known as CUNA. She has been involved in online training at CUNA since 1999, when CUNA first began offering online training to its member credit unions. Connie has helped defined the “features” direction of CUNA’s learning management system and how it would be utilized by member credit unions to train employees. She has performed all of the roles related to an LMS administrator, including…
  • Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Part 2, Additional Roles of the LMS Administrator

    Jon Aleckson
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Handling Site Settings, Report Generation, and the Front/Home Page – An Interview with Michael Lanius: As promised in my last post on LMS administration, I have a second set of interview clips to share from my chat with Michael Lanius about his perspective on an LMS Administrator’s role. In this second part of a two-part interview, we discuss generating reports, managing courses, course development, site settings, the importance of the front page (home page), front page administration and monitoring, common issues with the front page, and the skills that a good LMS Administrator needs…
  • Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Part 1

    Jon Aleckson
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:14 am
    Setting Things Up and Dealing with Errors – An Interview with Michael Lanius: Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Personal Attributes Desired, LMS Duties and Technical Skills Required Today we are going to focus on some of the nitty gritty software issues that LMS Administrators face in uploading user information and assigning users to courses in the LMS system.  We’ll do this by talking with Michael Lanius.  This is the first of a two-part interview with Michael.  Michael is a senior support staffer at Web Courseworks who has played all the roles related to being a Learning…
  • Hiring the Right LMS Administrator

    Jon Aleckson
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Work Tasks and Skill Set Uncovered: An Interview with Elizabeth Lepkowski Elizabeth Lepkowski, Education Manager, American Society of Anesthesiologists I occasionally encounter customers of our Learning Management System that are unaware of the need to hire people to support the system. Or they end up hiring a person who does not have the technical skills to administer the LMS. Sometimes customers make the false assumption that any administrative assistant can do the job. So I set out to ask veteran Association Education Managers and Learning Management System Administrators their opinion on…
  • Game-Changing Games

    Jon Aleckson
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:43 pm
    I have been exposed to Dr. Kurt Squire’s video games and learning curriculum since 2006, when I was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Squire inspired me to provide leadership for development teams that created innovative game-based learning for Miller Brewing (Score Your Pour) and an extensive curriculum for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. This was all before the creation of the term “gamification.” So it was with this background that I was excited to be invited to participate in Game-Changing Games, a day of collaboration hosted by the Hybrid X Zone at the…
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  • E-Learning Gamification Made Simple

    Tim Slade
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    We all love our buzzwords in the field of e-learning. Responsive design, localization, social learning, blended learning, flipped classroom, flat design…the list goes on and on. Although some buzzwords come and go with the times, there are other buzzwords that seem to stick around. E-learning gamification is one of these terms. The idea of introducing games into learning is nothing new. When I think about my time spent as a child in grade school, almost every lesson was turned into a game of some type. The truth is, people of all ages love games. Games are interactive and engaging, and they…
  • It’s Not You. It’s Me.

    Heather Wilson
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:45 pm
    I have found that by working virtually, it’s sometimes difficult to really gauge what someone else is feeling. Let’s say I’m giving instructions to a contractor for an e-learning project or communicating the impact of a schedule delay with a client, I don’t have the benefit of seeing body language. I can’t tell if someone looks tense, annoyed, or hurt. I can’t always interpret the tone in a phone conversation, and the other person may not be able to interpret mine. And we all know that the emotions and meanings one person reads into an email might be the complete opposite of what…
  • Event Recap: mLearnCon 2015

    Tim Slade
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Here at Artisan E-Learning, we attend many different conferences throughout the year. This year alone, we attended ATD Techknowledge (recap here), Learning Solutions (recap here), the Lectora User Conference (recap here), and the ATD International Conference & Expo. And because we clearly don’t have enough frequent flyer miles yet, this year we decided to add another one to the lineup: mLearnCon. I thought I’d share some of the great information from that conference here. Being that this was my (and Artisan’s) first time attending mLearnCon, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.
  • Event Recap: Lectora User Conference 2015

    Tanya Seidel
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Back in May, I presented at the 11th annual Lectora User Conference. My presentation was all about using Lectora’s status indicator object and showcasing unique, but easily implemented, uses for it within courses. A few lucky participants walked away with our recently released E-Learning Uncovered: Lectora 12 book.  If you weren’t able to attend, you can download my presentation here. Being at the conference made it easy to see that while Lectora may not be the top e-learning authoring tool on the market today, it still has a strong following and many dedicated users who are constantly…
  • Tips for Working with E-Learning Voice-Over Talent

    Tim Slade
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Working with professional voice-over talent can help your courses be more polished and professional, but this comes at an expense. Over the years, I’ve discovered several tips for working with voice-over talent to help make the process easier and more efficient, which can help keep your costs down. Here are my top three tips for working with voice-over talent. 1. Provide file type, naming, and editing preferences. While it’s easy to assume your voice-over talent will record, edit, and name the files in a logical manner, it’s really your job to provide this guidance. Remember, your…
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  • Challenges and Solutions of creating e-Learning Solutions for an Enterprise-Wide Global Audience

    Arunima Majumdar
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:36 am
    In recent years, the market for e-learning services and platforms is growing rapidly in the corporate environment. E-learning is being utilized for training within the corporate structure in various ways, including employee training, organization on-boarding, process trainings, soft skills trainings and so on. According to a popular research, the global e-learning market is growing at the rate of 15.06 percent, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Driving this growth is the massive popularity of handheld devices, such as mobiles and tablets, which is heralding the era…
  • Hospitality Industry and E-Learning Technologies – Some Experiences and Insights

    Arunima Majumdar
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am
    Adoption of e-learning technologies provides a definite competitive advantage for businesses today in all the leading industries of the world. This is especially true for the hospitality and tourism industry, which relies upon people to provide services and thus has a constant need for training. But keeping in mind the turbulent economic times, the industry also needs to cut down budgets. So the only effective way to implement impactful learning is to reduce the costs and increase the quality of training. Facing realities, we have to consider the fact that Hospitality experiences of the…
  • Organizational Blended Learning – Five Common Challenges and Solutions

    Arunima Majumdar
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:07 am
    Over the last decade, technology-aided learning is being adopted for corporate learning for different learning needs and varying audiences. This is opening up the limits of a classroom-only approach. Gone are the days when training would be limited by distance and cost. Employees can now avail multiple learning modules every day to enhance their learning. Though online learning is certainly showing results, for many organizations Blended Learning is often a preferred route. Blended learning delivery includes online learning, classroom-based instruction, electronic performance support,…
  • Mobile Devices in Learning: Utilizing the Ubiquitous Platform for Corporate Learning

    Arunima Majumdar
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:22 am
    Mobile Devices are an indispensable  part of our people’s life – both at work and home. Using smartphones or tablets, they read newspapers on their handheld devices, send work emails, plan their schedules, book airline tickets, find maps for desired destinations – it is difficult to list the many utilizations of the mobile device. In the work scenario, handheld gadgets are now a necessity and for many organizations, a way to deliver training as well. One of the many strengths of the mobile platform is that it really is the primary portal for social communication for many…
  • Developing an Organization-wide Culture of Learning – Some Tactics

    Arunima Majumdar
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:19 am
    The benefits of a strong learning culture are many. It is a proven fact that organizations where employees take pain to gain more knowledge, stay competitive and become better over the time.  Some organizations try to encourage learning by providing adequate training and learning infrastructure – Learning Material, Training Class Rooms, Trainers, Learning Management System, and pertinent content. Learning technology companies are also continually researching new ways of learning, innovative content, and so on. However, even the most innovative elearning solutions sometimes find little…
 
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  • Benefits of Micro-modules in Online Learning

    Amarnath Marpadga
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    One of our clients, a leader in the healthcare industry, had an e-learning course which was developed using Flash components and JavaScript. Most of the client’s employees could not complete the course as per schedule and faced accessibility issues, as the duration of the course was very long. After analyzing the client inputs, we suggested that the course be divided into smaller micro-modules. A micro-module is a small part of the course which is easily digestible by the learner. Also, we advised the client to develop the course in Articulate Storyline. This tool can be used to make…
  • Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: Homage to a Great Teacher

    Phani Madhav
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a college student, I had an opportunity to read Wings of Fire, the autobiography of the former Indian president, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The story of the “missile man” who rose to great heights from humble beginnings is truly inspiring. The sudden demise of this eminent scientist is a great loss to the country and has saddened millions. The life of Dr. Kalam is a testimony to the fact that determination and hard work can overcome the shackles of financial and other constraints. He was a strong supporter of the use of technology for educational purposes, and even set up a mini…
  • Why Should Social Media Awareness Training for Employees Be Mandatory?

    Aruna Vayuvegula
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    There were a few letters marked “Never sent. Never signed” that were discovered in Abraham Lincoln’s desk after his death. When he was upset with someone he would write a letter expressing his anger but would refrain from sending it to the intended person. This practice allowed him to vent his anger, yet not allow needless or unpleasant consequences. One of the famous unsent letters was to Gen. George G Meade, who was blamed for letting Robert E Lee escape after Gettysburg. Unfortunately, in today’s age of social media, people have “lost the art of the unsent…
  • 5 Proven Tips to Frame Good Questions in E-learning Assessments [Infographic]

    Raja Palaparthy
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It is common knowledge that good assessments play a key role in the making of an effective online course. They not only help evaluate the learner’s comprehension of the subject-matter, but also reinforce the learning effectively. Quizzes are very commonly used in e-learning courses to evaluate the knowledge gained by the online learner. But, how can you develop quizzes that help assess your learners efficiently? What are the aspects you need to consider to frame effective questions for quizzes in e-learning assessments? Well, here is an info-graphic that lists 5 proven tips. Hope you find…
  • Articulate Storyline: Adding Movable Feedback Pop-ups

    Satish Kumar Viyyapu
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Final quiz is the last part for an e-learning course and a good learning strategy. Learners should attempt the quiz in order to complete the training program successfully. And, feedback should be given for individual questions in the quiz to reinforce learning. Consider a scenario in which the options for the question and feedback for the options have heavy content and learner cannot see the question and selected choices while viewing the feedback. As we cannot chunk the content of the options and feedback, we should make the pop-up ‘dragable’ so that learners can drag it aside…
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  • 3 Reasons To Attend ATD's E-Learning Design Training

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist, @ethanedwards  We at Allen Interactions have partnered with ATD for more than a decade to deliver the two professional instructional design training workshops for e-learning design. The two workshops (E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate and Advanced E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate) cover important aspects of mastering the art and science of creating motivating and impactful e-learning programs.
  • Visual Design is More Than Skin Deep

    Connie Malamed
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    By Guest Blogger Connie Malamed, Author/Speaker/Writer /@elearningcoach          How much effort should you expend on the visual design of an e-Learning course or a slide deck? Does it really matter to busy learners if their instructional materials are well designed? The answer is an emphatic, “Yes, it matters.”
  • 5 Reasons Why Game-Based Learning Should Matter to Organizations

    Karl Kapp
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
      By Guest Blogger, Karl Kapp, Professor / Author / Speaker            According to a document called “The Power of Play: A Research Summary on Play and Learning”, by Dr. Rachel E. White for Minnesota Children’s Museum, play has several aspects that make it important to children. The list includes items like being intrinsically motivating, focused more on the process than the outcome, and that it is pleasurable.
  • E-Learning Design: CCAF It!

    21 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    By Linda Rening, PhD, Instructional Designer Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a brat when it comes to grammar. Please do not use a split infinitive in my presence, always put your end punctuation inside your quotes, and don’t even think about using a plural pronoun (they) with a singular antecedent (everyone). (I know the construction “he or she” following “everyone…” is clunky, but it’s correct, so deal with it.) Given that, why would I, of all people, use a noun—and an abbreviation at that—as a verb? The best rationale of all: to make a point.
  • 6 Reasons To Attend The Allen Experience

    16 Jul 2015 | 9:34 pm
     By Carrie Zens, Director of Marketing The countdown has begun and the anticipation is building. Co-located with Training magazine's Online Learning Conference, The Allen Experience is our exclusive and premiere workshop event—and it's an unbeatable value at $395! So, here are 6 reasons why you should consider attending The Allen Experience, October 6th, in Denver!
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  • E-learning Tips: Creating Content for Novice Learners

    Marcela Martínez Ibarra
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    As eLearning professionals we want to take our students on a learning adventure where they come out on the other side brimming with knowledge, inspiration and staggering awe for their superhero-like trainer. Ok, maybe these goals might be a tad unrealistic. Even the best eLearning designers can sometimes drop the ball when it comes to training because we forget that what comes easily to us might not come easily to our students and maybe, just maybe we might even overestimate our students’ abilities and interest level. In order to effectively train, we have to evaluate how we present…
  • 9-Point Checklist for the Perfect eLearning Course Design

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    We have been designing eLearning for quite some time now, but this blog post from Canva made us realize that great design is actually simple to create if you follow a few rules. So we thought we will spill the beans and let the world (the other eLearning designers who are still fumbling with the rules of the game) know about the 9 essential design tactics that will magically transform ho-hum eLearning courses into scintillating works without compromising on instructional effectiveness.
  • Use Power Words to Grab Your Learner's Attention

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    Why do you think film makers employ scriptwriters to write dialogs? Why can't anybody write an ad copy? Why do writers spend hours polishing the language of their texts? Why do our political leaders and heads of nations depend on speechwriters to write what they want to say to their followers? That's because words matter! Words are powerful tools that can stir emotions and rouse crowds to action. A cheery "hello" breaks the ice. A heartfelt "how are you" is the start of many lasting relationships. A sincere "sorry" mends broken hearts. And think of all the great political speeches delivered…
  • Comparing Typical (Crammed) Learning vs. Spaced Learning

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    Remember those days in school when you used to cram in whole books the night before the test? Did you remember afterwards even a wee bit of what you gobbled up within the space of a few hours? You didn't because you had to cram in the same chapters again when the next test was around. On the other hand, you still remember the multiplication tables that you learned years ago. Why do you think you forgot what you learned the night before the test and remember what you learned years ago? It couldn't be that you didn't work hard to learn. No it isn't. The answer is in the way you learned. Crammed…
  • These 27 Questions Will Help You (Really) Know Your Learners

    16 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    What’s the point of creating a course that no one wants? No point at all, right? YET, we find hundreds of eLearning designers creating courses that nobody wants. Courses which the designers themselves can’t figure: who would want! It should ALWAYS be the other way around. Designers must first understand their target audience and then build content around their needs, circumstances, limitations, preferences, and wants. This means that one must move beyond the common descriptions handed out by SMEs, the manager, or even the client.  Hence, this post where I will talk about empathy…
 
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  • Engage Your Learners with Digital Storytelling

    Stephanie Ivec
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Let’s Talk About The Basis Of Storytelling. The earliest example of storytelling is mythology. In The Power of Myth, noted American mythologist and lecturer Joseph Campbell defines the function of a mythology as the provision of a cultural framework for a society or people to educate their young, and to provide them with a means of coping with their passage through the different stages of life from birth to death. In the same way, you can use a myth or story to teach a business strategy or policy and provide your team with the knowledge they need to successfully cope with different business…
  • Trust And Online Training As A Two Way Street

    Mitchell Causey
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    A Two-Way Street: Trust And Online Training Here are 3 tips to help you build trust between you and your employees in online training. Pay Attention. As a manager, be conscious of your training methods. Whether you’re learning eLearning software or on-the-job training (we recommend a combination of both), it’s important to keep up with your trainees. Track their learning with the training software, and if they’re new, keep a checklist for the onboarding grounds covered.Tracking learning in online training can consist of frequent quizzing, feedback, accuracy, and plain old general…
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    eLearning Industry Events Team
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    ICEM 2015: Any Time, Any Place Learning The 21st Century comes with new challenges in regard to past decades. Shaped by mass media, new technologies of information and communication, ideological reconfigurations, permanent political organization reforms and diversified productive systems, today’s society is taking paths that have never been explored before. Education, historically and as a subject on its own, is at the core of the changes; it is not, however, always able to keep up to the rest of the world’s rapidly changing pace. In today’s society, particular attention is paid to the…
  • From Kids To Adults: How eLearning Is Becoming A Game Changer In Education

    Srilakshmi Janardanan
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Need For eLearning  With its first mention dating back to the year 1999, eLearning or online learning is in every part a story that defined all odds and escalated to the stature that it holds today. It truly is on top of the game and is edging to a spectacular future. For starters, it challenged a tradition that was in place for more than centuries; a tradition that made students the passive recipients of the knowledge sharing process. A section from Dr. Martin Luther King’s article The Purpose of Education (published in Morehouse College Student Paper, The Maroon Tiger, in 1947)…
  • Active Learning In Online Training: What eLearning Professionals Should Know

    Christopher Pappas
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Active Learning In Online Training In 1991, Charles C. Bonwell and James A. Eison stated in their report Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom that active learning is about “involving students in doing things and thinking about what they are doing. (…) When using active learning students are engaged in more activities than just listening. They are involved in dialog, debate, writing, and problem solving, as well as higher-order thinking, e.g., analysis, synthesis, evaluation.” In other words, active learning describes an ideal learning process, as deep engagement with…
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  • Tip of the Week: Modify images using the ‘Image Editor’

    Snehal
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
  • Mini-Lessons – How to Begin

    Raptivity Marketing
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    The learner needs to understand and grasp the subject, and to satisfy themselves or others that they know the intention of the lesson – and, in the case of mini-lessons, achieve all this really quickly.  The first thing to determine is the outcome – ask yourself, What do I want the learner to learn? Just one outcome is ideal.With mini-lessons, refinement is the key.  Drill to the essential essence of your defined outcome – finding the ‘kernel’ of the piece of knowledge is one way to express this focus. This is the most important, and sometimes the most difficult, aspect of…
  • Tip of the Week: Find interaction models with feedback

    Snehal
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
  • The (Not So) Curious case of Corporate eLearning

    Isha Sood
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    So you head the Learning and Development function at your organization. Or wait, maybe you are involved in Talent Management. Whatever your role be out of these, I am sure what takes up most (or at least half) of your time is, finding out ways and means to train your employees on existing and sometimes new processes, policies or technologies. You come up with the fanciest of ideas but all of it generally boils down to resource constraints, both human and financial or some cliched’ in-person, classroom kind of training sessions (Trust me; your employees are tired of them). You are constantly…
  • Tip of the Week: Discover the features supported by all interactions

    Snehal
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
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  • How To Bring the Joy Back Into Learning

    Saga Briggs
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Last year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was publicly accused of “killing students’ joy for learning.” The OECD publishes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which is an assessment that allows educational performances to be examined on a common measure across 34 countries. A letter signed by 120 leading academics and teachers from 12 countries – including Britain, the US and Germany – argues that the current PISA tests distort the curriculum, reduce teachers’ autonomy, and increase student’s…
  • How to Win a Nobel Prize, According To a Nobel Prize Winner – And What It Has To Do With Learning

    Saga Briggs
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Not everyone is destined to win a Nobel Prize, but a close examination of past winners’ practices suggests we all have control over the way we approach learning and discovery. In 1986, esteemed mathemetician and computer scientist Richard Hamming delivered a talk to his former Bell Labs colleagues called “You and Your Research.” In it, he illuminated the process of doing “Nobel-Prize type work,” or research that leads to significant and frequent “aha” moments. Richard Hamming The talk is famous among applied mathematicians and computer scientists…
  • Why Straight-A Students Haven’t Learned As Much As You Think

    Saga Briggs
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The moment I received my college diploma, I knew I was going to enter the workforce remembering at best a third of what I’d learned. Nearly everthing I’d read or heard about Existentialism, British Imperialism, and Japanese wood block prints would slip from my memory and flutter away with every dollar I’d spent on it. I’d become one of those people at cocktail parties who spent half the night trying to remember a line from Nietzsche. I could already feel it happening as I shook the president’s hand. It’s not that I hadn’t learned a lot about these…
  • The Ultimate Lesson: Teaching Your Students to Be Resourceful

    Saga Briggs
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:25 pm
    When we think of resourceful people, we tend to look to the past, picturing our parents and grandparents building rich lives with what little they had at hand. But resourcefulness has become an important quality once again, something we need to instill in younger generations. With so many luxuries in today’s society, from good healthcare to Google, we need to be resourceful in a way that our ancestors would be proud of: we need to welcome inconvenience. Only by challenging our own ideas and the ideas of others, by embracing obstacles and conflicts, and by recognizing the value of…
  • Here’s What Learners Have to Say About Student Engagement

    Saga Briggs
    11 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Considering how obsessed we are with student engagement, you’d think we would have stopped to ask the students themselves what they think of it all. Unfortunately, there is precious little research devoted to student views on engagement. Maybe this has been our first misstep. Student engagement is about increasing achievement, positive behavior, and a sense of academic belonging. Originally, it was intended to be directed towards students in grade levels 6-12, who are most susceptible to disengagement, rebellion, and drop-out. Now, it applies to all students in a much broader way:…
 
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    Learnnovators

  • Workplace Learning in a World “Beyond Automation”

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    I just finished reading an HBR article by Thomas Davenport and Julia Kirby called Beyond Automation, which is the trigger for this post. With automation, AI and robots looming over the job scene, there seems to be a constant fear of humans losing out to computers and technology. It’s akin to one of our childhood sci-fi movies finally becoming a reality – the machines are taking over. The digital disruptors in the shape of Robots, Big Data and Sensors are here. However, this HBR article takes a different view of automation and digitization of work, going beyond the gloom and doom…
  • Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:06 am
    ABOUT BOB LITTLE (Senior Partner, Bob Little Press & PR) Bob Little is a writer, commentator and publicist who works globally, specializing in the corporate online learning industry. His interests include singing and sport – notably cricket. He is also a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Carmen and a Freeman of the City of London. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘Crystal Balling with Learnnovators’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on…
  • L&D’s Role In A Purpose Driven Workplace

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This post is inspired by the #ihrchat on Twitter hosted by Dr. Tanvi Gautam and supported by Team #ihrchat. The chat was full of insights and learning, as always. Flood of tweets poured in with inputs and suggestions on this thought-provoking topic – Reinventing HR for a Purpose Driven Workplace (PDW). And the trigger for this post was the question: How will learning & development shift in a PDW? I have been writing about the shifts required by L&D to meet the connected and collaborative knowledge economy for some time now. Here are links to some of the earlier posts:…
  • Laura Overton – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    ABOUT LAURA OVERTON (MD, Towards Maturity) Laura Overton is the Founder and Managing Director of Towards Maturity – a not for profit benchmark practice that provides independent research to help organisations deliver improved performance through learning innovation. Her work is based on 25+ years of practical experience in implementing technology enabled learning strategies for business advantage and is backed by her independent research. Laura authored ‘Linking Learning to Business’ in January 2004 – one of the first industry benchmark studies at the time. Since then she has authored…
  • 7 Strategies to Facilitate “Working Out Loud”

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:35 am
    I spent the greater part of the weekend mulling over the practice of working out loud, what makes some folks adopt the habit with ease while others struggle, and what could be some of the possible enabling factors that support working out loud. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that it is one of the fundamental blocks of building a community of practice. A community grows around a domain where practitioners share their insights, knowledge and doubts, the work processes. A community grows through conversation, collaboration, and showcasing of work in progress. Community…
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  • How to Improve Your Employee Training Processes

    Roz
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:21 am
    Getting your work force to perform better is key to improving your business and increasing your bottom line. Not every group of people are the same, so it will take some trial and error to figure out what will motivate, educate, or help your employees achieve their potential. Keep in mind that in addition to having the right management tools to monitor and train your employees, it will take some time to get it right. Your patience will pay off though, and you will be able to see results within weeks of executing your plan. A Detailed Look At Employee Performance  Having key measurements that…
  • How to Reduce Employee Absences

    Roz
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    Everyone needs a day off every now and then to get their lives and health back on track, but at some point too many days off from work crosses over to absenteeism. Naturally this is bad for business because staff need to be available to their colleagues and to customers. Missing too many days at work can leave the employee out of the loop when it comes to internal changes in office policy, or even simple office news. The employee feels out of the loop and starts performing poorly, or they’re missing crucial pieces of information to perform their jobs well. Address existing absenteeism…
  • How to Improve Time Management Skills

    Roz
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    There are restrictions on how much time an employee can be asked to stay behind after hours, which means that the amount of time a worker has to complete their tasks is somewhat fixed. Luckily time management skills can be learned to ensure that the work is submitted on time. Furthermore, the best part is that good management skills are relatively easy to learn, which means that any employee can benefit from these pieces of advice.   1. Motivation Your employee may not struggle equally with all tasks. If it’s clear that there’s a pattern in how they fail to meet deadlines,…
  • How to Host Better Web Conferencing Calls

    Roz
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    This is a contributing post written by Micheal Ibberson. Micheal is the head of marketing at VoIPITS, a custom VoIP provider, and its subdivision MyPBX, a hosted business phone solution. Ibberson writes frequently about the telecommunications industry- its technology, development and application. Team meetings happen in every workplace. But with more employees telecommuting, the opportunity to wrangle staff is rare. For this reason, many employees must get together virtually using web conference suites. Keep Participants Attentive and Foster Deeper Conversation with These Conference Call Tips…
  • 6 Tips for Analyzing Your Webinar Performance

    Roz
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:42 am
    Webinars are an increasingly popular form of holding meetings or announcing the latest news for many corporations and businesses. They are held for many reasons, but regardless of delivery are almost always important to how a company operates. When you have to head a webinar, it’s natural to feel a little anxious considering how many eyes will be on you as you play host to the event.   After you have strategically planned out and prepared for your webinar, it is time for it to be presented, but how do you truly know how well you did after it is over? Well, there are specific ways you…
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  • Why Your Company Should Have an Employee Volunteer Program

    Laura Suzuki
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Last week, the interns at OpenSesame took the morning off to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank with a couple of other tech companies around Portland. Taking unbelievably flattering group photos in hairnets, latex gloves and aprons was just one of the perks of the event. We made our contribution through packaging onions waiting to be shipped off to families all around Oregon. What we often see is that people genuinely want to volunteer, but find it difficult to maintain their work-life balance. However, studies show that 70% of young employees believe that companies should use volunteering as…
  • Welcome To Our New Content Specialist

    Blake Johnson
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    Hey! I’m Blake Johnson, the new Content Specialist here at OpenSesame. I am thrilled to help build and maintain the seller community on our amazing platform for employee training and development. It is an honor to be a part of a growing company with a compelling product that helps connect people from around the world to fresh, highly engaging elearning content. When I’m not building relationships and adding compelling elearning content at our charming Portland office, you’ll probably find me exploring Forest Park, shooting photography with friends, or watching my favorite bay area…
  • Getting the Most Out of Social Wellness Month

    Will Rosenfeld
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The excitement is virtually palpable when summer comes around. It’s a time to revel in the weather and rejoice. And every summer comes July, which mean it’s also Social Wellness Month. A perfect time to look into your social life outside of the office. Social Wellness Month is a great time to nurture and revive your social-self. At first, you may consider the topic of social wellness to be pointless to you overall well-being. However, finding social activities to participate in outside of work can greatly impact your productivity, morale, and happiness during the work day. Who knows?
  • 8 Books and Courses to Fuel Your Summer Learning

    Madalyn Rose
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We all know that the pace of summer can provide the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy leisurely vacations and weekend trips. But, summer can also be a great time to learn a new skill, create new personal and professional goals, or tackle that book collecting dust on your nightstand. At OpenSesame, we’re always interested in continued learning, including reading up on the latest advancements in business, marketing, technology, and workplace productivity. To help kick start your summer learning, we’ve compiled a few books covering our favorite subjects and a few related OpenSesame…
  • What Monty Python Can Teach Us About elearning

    Simone Smith
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    eLearning doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, elearning can be pretty funny. OpenSesame offers several training videos that feature the legendary comedian, John Cleese. Most famous for co-founding the storied comic group, Monty Python, John Cleese ventured into the realm of corporate training videos in the early 1970’s. At the time, corporate training videos had a notorious reputation for being both dry and overly factual yet Cleese’s training videos end up being neither. Interactive and filled with wit, sarcasm, and traditional humor, Cleese manages to be entertaining and informative.
 
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    Atrixware E-Learning Solutions

  • 4 Keys to Effectively Evaluating you E-Learning Initiatives

    carrie
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    The other day I had the chance to sit down for a bit with an old colleague. We spent some time reminiscing about the old days and I was excited to hear that he is still with the company and enjoying what he does. Then came the fun part. He asked about what I was doing now. What was I up to after all this time? My friends let me tell you, I love getting this question!I jumped in with both feet. Talking about eLearning and developing content. Delivering strategic solutions and creating unique products designed to fit the customer needs. In short, all my favorite thing! He listened with interest…
  • The Balancing Act – Time Management and E-Learning

    carrie
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:29 am
    Lately I have had the opportunity to meet with and talk with several of my peers from the eLearning world. We spent some time talking shop and going over all the up’s and down’s of what we do each day while also sharing about some of the more exciting projects we’ve had over the years. That was the fun part! I always love to hear about how other people work and what they are working on at any given time. But what really stuck out to me during these conversations was the fact that each person I talked with admitted to struggling with the same issue……time.
  • E-Learning Designs that POP! The Visual Aspect of Training

    carrie
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    Recently I was asked by a good friend of mine to help review one of their new courses. The project was for an important client and they wanted to make sure they had everything exactly right before they submitted. As someone who has been there before I was only too happy to help. I opened up the file and started working my way through only to find my mind wandering. It didn’t matter what I did, I couldn’t focus on what I was reading. That’s a problem my friends. In fact, it is one of the biggest red flags I look for when I am editing and reviewing content. Here’s why:…
  • Key eLearning Statistics for 2015

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

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

    Kim Morrison
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    Running training on a regular basis is a hugely important part of aiding your employees’ development, but what do you do after the training has taken place? Are you looking at how effective your training has actually been, or have you been guilty of simply thinking running training sessions is... Read More
  • Preparing for Study Over the Summer Break

    Kim Morrison
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    With the summer break already in full swing for some people, it can be easy for thoughts to drift to relaxing and having a bit of a break for studying. However, the thought of returning to education can never be too far from your mind, especially with shops already stocking... Read More
  • Tips for Being a Great Teacher

    Kim Morrison
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:46 am
    As a teacher, how do you decide what makes you good at your job? You obviously want to make sure you are delivering learning to your students in an effective manner so they leave you classes understanding the material, and are able to carry it forward into assessments, exams, and... Read More
  • Using the 70:20:10 Approach to Workplace Learning

    Kim Morrison
    28 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    In the past, we’ve discussed a lot of different ways in which training professionals and company managers can deal with their workplace training and employee development. Recently Vado released a whitepaper called 70:20:10 Guide: Providing Structure to the 70%, which is a great resource and introduction to the 70:20:10 method, so... Read More
  • Using Custom Training Plans for New Employees

    Kim Morrison
    21 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Whether you’re hiring some new staff, or just feel your current training plan could use a bit more structure, personalised training plans are a great way to make sure everyone is getting the training they need. However, they can be especially important when you are bringing on new staff, as... Read More
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  • Learn the ‘Fika’ aspect to productivity…

    Origin Learning
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Ever heard of coffee breaks being a vital factor for raising productivity? Talks or chats near the cooler are passé’! How would you react if you were told that ‘synchronized’ coffee breaks led to 2 notable achievements for a company – profits soaring and swelling to $15 million; 10% employee satisfaction reported! Fika!! Stumped by the word? Well, the first thing we do on encountering this word is launch a google search and presto! The search engine’s answer is: Fika (pronounced fee-ka) is a Swedish custom, a kind of social coffee break where people gather to have a cup of coffee…
  • Creating Immersive Learning Solutions for Industrial Technical Training

    Origin Learning
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:28 am
    Concept is what is core to content. By that we mean the delivery of an output that can create or leave an ever-lasting impact on the customer. Concept here pertains to complicated technical scenarios and engineering environments that require core competence and suitable skill-sets. Let’s explore this a bit more if you agree that understanding of a concept can result in outcomes that are bound to at least meet expectations if not exceed them! For, understanding technical concepts can work wonders in creating a powerful and relevant customer engagement… Now, we all know that the car or any…
  • Learning the Ukulele way…

    Origin Learning
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:43 am
    Does the word ‘ukulele’ ring a bell? If it does, then, you need not look any further. But if you are among those, who are hearing this word for the first time, then read on as this post tries to unearth a trick or two or get the learner more tuned in to the altering landscape of learning! So, before we come to the crux of this post, let’s first try and put forth a few questions to ourselves: Have you ever felt grossly incompetent? Are you familiar with the 10,000 hours rule in the context of learning? Will you have 45 minutes to spare every day? In short, these are teasers that are…
  • Game on, ‘learn’

    Origin Learning
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    All of us have a competitive streak. Participating in a contest or a challenge to find out an innovative solution is something that inspires individuals. In a business scenario too, such an initiative acts not only as a great motivator but it also speaks volumes about the personality of an individual, who decides to jump into the fray! Sometimes, an exercise to compete when one finds the ‘deadlock’ situation throws up profound knowledge that is beyond one’s imagination. Image Credit – http://progresoweekly.us Consider this example. GE, a front-runner in technology and innovation…
  • Social Learning is here to stay!

    Origin Learning
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    Who would have imagined that the rapid pace of technology advancement would transform the learning landscape so dramatically! So, if Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest are not part of your vocabulary, then either you are living in isolation or you certainly do not belong to this era. Let’s dwell for a minute on social learning which has redefined the framework of learning in organizations, big and small! Insanely easy to use, effortless and an expression platform are words that will surely lead you to experiment with the social method of learning. As you read Marc Rosenberg’s…
 
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    TalentLMS Blog - eLearning | Instructional Design | LMS

  • Set up shop with the new Shopify – TalentLMS integration

    Nikos Andriotis
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    In last month’s post discussing TalentLMS’ integration options, we mentioned that our team is working hard on adding a tighter integration with the eCommerce king, Shopify.Well, the time is now! In this post we’ll have a look at how our new integration with Shopify works, how you configure it, and what it enables you to do.Shortcut: check the Talentlms-to-Shopify step-by-step integration guideShopi-what?With over 150,000 merchants and billions in sales, Shopify, created by the Canadian company of the same name, is one of the most widely used eCommerce platforms, letting anyone set up an…
  • Top 10 Cloud myths busted, part 1

    Nikos Andriotis
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Here at Epignosis, the company behind TalentLMS, we view the Cloud as one of the pillars of modern computing in general and educational technology in particular, both now and for the foreseeable future. Until direct to brain interfaces become popular and training material is directly implanted into our memories, that is.Cloud computing remains a mystery for many enterprise departments and businesses, and there are plenty of myths built up around deploying and running applications on it.Let’s wear our myth-busters suits, and clean up those myths once and for all.Myth #1 : Everything works…
  • Online Learning Activities to build Learning Communities

    John Laskaris
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    Online learning is seldom complete without reinforceming activities which provide evidence that learning did take place. When designing any online activity with social media as an engagement strategy, the instructor must bear in mind Bloom’s Taxonomy (Sylvia, 2014).In higher education and the corporate training environment, the focus is more on application and synthesis, as opposed to recalling activities. To improve the chances of transfer, activities that encourage deep reflection, retrospection, insight and community collaboration of ideas are highly recommended (Colley et.al,…
  • Metacognition for Effective Online Learning

    John Laskaris
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:14 am
    Metacognition is not as techy as it sounds.In fact, it has everything to do with the non-technical elements in eLearning. Metacognition is the knowledge about one’s own learning.It is the self-criticism that comes with conflict and argument. It is the evaluation and filtering out of old and new knowledge, measuring it with relevancy and accuracy and then internalizing it. It is also all about understanding how to learn effectively, in a limited amount of time, using strategies that are corrected over time.Metacognitive capabilities are either inborn, or are developed by incorporating…
  • Avoiding drop outs in your eLearning courses

    John Laskaris
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Isn’t it amazing, the expectations we have from our hard work?In our case, a complete eLearning course that (apparently) does not lack any feature to entice and retain a learner. Unfortunately, and we hate to break it to you, many of the eLearning courses fail to create loyal learners and dedicated followers in the course learning communities.What starts out as an enthusiastic beginning, soon faces a dramatic decline. There is an alarming rise in dropout statistics. In this article, we will investigate why and how we can avoid the common pitfalls.The key is to hook the learner in your…
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    Learning In The Cloud

  • LMS Tech Today: What Do Learning Leaders Say?

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:16 am
    By guest contributor, Katrina Baker, elearning consultant & author, LMS Success Recently, I had an opportunity to lead a discussion on corporate learning technology at the Expertus customer summit. This event was special for me because it brought me face-to-face with a group of training managers and administrators who are genuinely committed to transforming the way learning happens in their organizations. The spirit of the session was refreshingly collaborative. Everyone openly shared their experiences and ideas about a variety of technology topics. As the discussion rolled along,…
  • How Do You Measure Training Impact? Real-World Advice

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    By Tina Shibue, Product Marketing Director, Expertus Tina Shibue, Product Marketing Director, Expertus Recently, our marketing team met with some of our most innovative customers to discuss their biggest challenges in learning management. At one point, the conversation turned to how they prove the impact of training programs. The responses were revealing. Participants openly shared a variety of approaches — reinforcing the notion that one value metric does not fit all circumstances. Some organizations are tackling engagement. Others are striving to measure learning application…
  • Learning and Engagement: How Do You Connect The Dots?

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    By Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus As a specialist in how to market training, I’m always curious about what organizations do to connect people with learning experiences. But recently, learning engagement seems to be a hot topic across the L&D community. Casual conversations with colleagues at the Bersin by Deloitte IMPACT summit and the ATD Conference confirmed that other learning professionals are just as concerned as I am about creating stronger linkage between training programs and the people those programs are designed…
  • Trend Report: Extended Enterprise Training Goes Mainstream

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    By guest contributors, Catherine Upton and Jerry Roche, Elearning! magazine If you’re an online banking customer, or if you use software like Salesforce.com, you’ve probably learned how to use those applications through online training. In recent years, many organizations have developed extended enterprise training (EET) programs to educate external audiences. In fact, almost half of learning organizations now deploy EET, according to a recent Elearning! magazine user study. The State of Extended Enterprise Training EET is the delivery of training, certification programs and…
  • Learning Engagement: 4 Laws of Attraction

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    13 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    By Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus Industry events are often an eye-opening experience — and the recent Bersin by Deloitte “Impact” Conference was no exception. For me, one of the most memorable insights was a conversation I had with a learning director at a Fortune 100 company. When she was a new employee, someone told her the best way to learn how to work successfully in that organization was to complete two excellent training courses. Unfortunately, that person couldn’t recall the name of either course. Eager to…
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    The Lambda Solutions eLearning Blog

  • Getting Started with Moodle | Planning for Success

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Introduction Here’s the scenario: You are about to setup your Moodle LMS installation, and you aren’t sure where to start, what to consider, or what you should know. The good news is if you are outsourcing your Moodle hosting - which is the recommended method - the Moodle installation process will be taken care of for you. Moodle hosting vendors, like Lambda Solutions, help take away the headache of installing the site on a server, and remove stress surrounding the optimization of your Moodle site's performance. 
  • Corporate e-Learning Gamification: A Case Study

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    We've previously discussed how gamification is changing corporate training. But what does a gamified course actually look like? And how do gamified course results compare with those of a more traditionally designed course based on the same content?
  • How to Create a Moodle Quiz

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    Now that we have shown you how to set up Moodle, courses, and users, it’s time to learn how to set up the most used Moodle feature - Quizzes! Knowing how to create a moodle quiz is going to be essential for Moodle administrators and teachers as it is a great way to test knowledge comprehension before, during and after modules and courses. The great thing about the Quiz feature in Moodle is that quizzes can be set up to be automatically marked, or saved for grading by the instructor later.
  • Lambda Partners with lynda.com for Seamless Integration in Moodle

    20 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    Lambda is partnering up with the online learning company, lynda.com, to provide an extensive library of video tutorials, and online courses that can be directly integrated with Moodle.
  • How to Enroll Students into a Moodle Course

    16 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Once you have created your Moodle course the next step is to enroll your learners into that course! The following instructions are for manual Moodle enrolments.
 
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    Wranx

  • The Latest Trend for Corporate eLearning

    Chloe from Wranx
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Despite the fact some organisations used to be somewhat sceptical about adopting eLearning for training purposes, the progressive capabilities of technology mean this form of teaching is now difficult to ignore. In fact, more and more businesses are implementing electronic media and communication technologies for educational purposes in the workplace. However, just like any other aspect of technology, it is crucial to stay on point with the latest trends for fear of getting left behind. So, what exactly is the latest trend for corporate eLearning? Well, in recent years we have seen a number…
  • Confidence Based Learning – Everything You Need to Know

    Chloe from Wranx
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:06 am
    Imagine a workforce made up of highly skilled individuals that have a comprehensive grasp of what is required from them on a daily basis. Not only do they have a great deal of adeptness and expertise, these employees also recognise the company’s core values and act in accordance with this. Sounds like an ideal scenario doesn’t it? However, if they don’t have confidence or belief in their own abilities, this knowledge will surely go to waste. A lack of conviction or commitment could be devastating for your company, as targets won’t be met and deals won’t get closed. In recent years,…
  • What you’re missing in your employee on-boarding strategy

    Chloe from Wranx
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Seeing as you can’t put a price on people power, onboarding is an increasingly important priority for numerous businesses in a wide range of different sectors. Despite the fact technology has advanced to a point where countless careers are under threat from machines, the indispensable attributes of accustomed employees cannot be beaten. On top of that, the recovery of world economies in recent times has meant more organisations are bringing in new staff, which in turn calls for onboarding programs. This growth has also brought about more mergers and acquisitions, which also calls for…
  • Corporate Gamification Is The Hip Thing Nowadays? Why?

    Chloe from Wranx
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Before we explore the reasons why gamification has taken off in the corporate world, let’s take a step back and explain this term for those unfamiliar with it. According to a definition by Gartner, gamification is “the use of game mechanics and experience design to digitally engage and motivate people to achieve their goals.” Game mechanics can include things like rewards or achievements, whereas experience design refers to the journey a player takes, such as following a story or narrative. Finally, digital engagement and motivation makes reference to our increasing use of computers,…
  • Sales Training: What’s Better Than A Freebie?

    Chloe from Wranx
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    It is fair to say that some organisations have a negative opinion of sales training. In addition the money it costs, not all members of staff will be able to remember and apply newly acquired knowledge. However, this is only the case if the wrong type of sales training has been adopted. By choosing the right teaching techniques and learning approaches, both the business and workforce can enjoy countless benefits. Businesses can choose what knowledge will be taught and target specific skills to meet current objectives or future goals. Along with increasing conversions, this can also bring…
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    QuickWayTo

  • Quickest Ways to Cook Stew

    Ifemidayo LayGiri
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    Nobody cooks stews better (and faster) than mothers and so I got my mama on this one. I’ve always been mad at myself when I have to cook a stew and have just a few minutes but end up spending more than a few hours cooking, which usually isn’t my fault, but nevertheless annoying. Mama... Read More Source: Quickest Ways to Cook Stew
  • How to Broil Chicken

    Ezim Osai
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    Fried chicken is unhealthy and full of calories, sometimes it’s too tough to eat. Boiled chicken is too soft and sometimes is not ‘sweet’. What am I going to do? I love chicken! Between fried chicken and boiled chicken, there’s a balance: a way-point where you can get the tastiness of fried chicken with its... Read More Source: How to Broil Chicken
  • How to handle an Annoying Client

    Ezim Osai
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    “Manners maketh man” said the cool gentleman spy in Kingsman: The Secret Service. This is something lacking today not just in the business world but in the world at large. A lot of times, people think because they pay you money for a service, they have a right to be rude, uncouth and downright annoying.... Read More Source: How to handle an Annoying Client
  • Tips on how to pick Friends

    Ifemidayo LayGiri
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    After spending a while discussing with a longtime friend of mine, I decided to write this article on how to pick friends. Picking friends is based on a whole lot of criteria which differs from person to person; however, there are some points which everyone should consider before they pick anyone as their friend. Friendship... Read More Source: Tips on how to pick Friends
  • How to Select a Bank to Open an Account With

    Ifemidayo LayGiri
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:17 am
    There is a lot of dilemma as to which banks to work with when in school or at work or for some purpose or the other. This article aims to help you select between a few choices of banks when opening a savings account for a student or for an upcoming entrepreneur. When opening a... Read More Source: How to Select a Bank to Open an Account With
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    Grovo Blog

  • Microlearning Goes Mainstream

    Jeff Fernandez
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Grovo just closed the books on an extraordinary first half of the year. This morning, we announced that that we’ve added more than 200 clients to our community since the beginning of 2015 and hit a milestone 3 million microlearning lessons assigned. Major League Baseball, Return Path, Compass, Chop’t Creative Salad Company, and the Kansas The post Microlearning Goes Mainstream appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • C.R.E.A.M: Content Rules Everything Around Microlearning

    Ben Contillo
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s been a busy month for Grovo’s content team. We tackled lessons in a wide array of topics, including workplace benefits, digital marketing, and management training. Here are a few examples of the video lessons we’ve created in July. Health insurance. You learn something new every day in this job. Until this month I thought The post C.R.E.A.M: Content Rules Everything Around Microlearning appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • Your Brain in “The Shallows”: 5 Tricks For Learning In The Internet Age

    Leonard DeFranco
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    The Internet is doing strange things to the way you think. You’ve probably felt some of them already. Don’t be alarmed if you start to have fewer moments of deep, tranquil thought, or if your attention darts constantly when you’re trying to read a book. It’s not just you. Your brain is reeling from the The post Your Brain in “The Shallows”: 5 Tricks For Learning In The Internet Age appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • What If The Internet Was Completely Video?

    Leonard DeFranco
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    According to an estimate by the Cisco Visual Networking Index, 80% of the Internet’s total worldwide traffic will be video by 2019. It’s already around 65% of the web’s total bandwidth today, mostly as streaming entertainment content. Netflix alone accounted for 35% of all US Internet traffic in 2014, and it’s estimated that an additional The post What If The Internet Was Completely Video? appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • Too Many Cooks in the Millennial Kitchen: Grovo’s Friday Roundup

    Leonard DeFranco
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    To kick things off, we’d like to offer a big shoutout to PC Magazine for giving Grovo 4 out of 5 stars and an “Excellent” rating this week. Your positive, thoughtful review means a lot. We’re excited about our product, and we’re glad to hear that you are too. And now, on to the articles. Are women The post Too Many Cooks in the Millennial Kitchen: Grovo’s Friday Roundup appeared first on Grovo Blog.
 
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    eLearning Brothers

  • History of the Semicolon

    Brother Sean
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    eLearning content writers beware! A rogue punctuation mark is on the loose, and your writing may be in danger. If you come across this fiend, do not attempt to apprehend! Please contact your local English teacher for assistance. As any past or present student can attest, the semicolon is a big source of controversy in English writing. In less civilized times, the mark has even been the subject of a duel. In 1837, two professors at the University of Paris were arguing about the correct grammar of a piece of Ancient Roman texts. One insisted that a certain sentence required the use of a colon,…
  • Christmas in July! 2 Free Flash Games

    Brother Shawn
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    Ho ho ho! Have you boys and girls been good this year? Well have we got an early Christmas treat for you! At the end of a particularly taxing eLearning session, nothing makes a better stocking stuffer than a good Flash game. And not just any Flash game, but a cool (pun absolutely intended), winter-themed Flash game with customizable graphics and sounds! Our free library has two Christmas-tastic Flash games for you and your kin to play while you celebrate an eLearning job well-done. Snowball follows the exploits of a lone gingerbread man as he defends the homestead against an onslaught of…
  • Template Tuesday: Slick and Modern

    Brother Shawn
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    This week’s template highlight is a masterpiece of an Articulate Storyline template called Business 06. The biggest strength of this beauty lies in a slick look and modern design. As we’ve said in the past, flat is the new black. Business 06 incorporates a smooth, flat design with soft pastel colors and borderless shapes. The transparent overlays are wonderful! This template is great for recruitment and group presentations where first impressions matter. With smart layouts and simple sensibilities, this is sure to do the trick. It’s also well-suited to introductory…
  • Choosing a Style Guide for Your eLearning

    Brother Sean
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:40 pm
    In our school years we all (hopefully) learned the basic elements of grammar. At its basest level, grammar constitutes the rules necessary for our speech and writing to make sense. For instance, if you simply uttered the phrase “to the” without any context, all we know is that someone or something is, has, or will change in relation to something else. Without knowing what the change is, when it happened, what did the changing, or what the change is being compared to, “to the” holds very little meaning at all. But if you said, “We went to the store,” someone…
  • The ELB Summer Party came back and was bigger than ever!

    Brother Shawn
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    If three times makes a tradition, then that’s what eLearning Brothers officially has. For our summer celebration party, 150+ people descended upon the Pleasant Grove city pool for food and fun.This year’s event marked just over six years of being in business! How cool, right? Highlighted items of interest include the most delicious chicken you have ever tasted (cooked up by our awesome sales team, pictured lower left), a sweet beach cruiser bike being raffled off (the winner of which you can make out in that center picture before she rode off in glory), and Brother Andrew being…
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    Learning Seat

  • First Impressions

    Ben Webber
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    On-boarding and the art of employee induction This article is part 2 of a series called ‘On-boarding and the art of employee induction’. In part 1, we discussed the needs of the employee versus that of the employer. Now, in part 2 we’ll look at the role that a well-structured online induction plays in creating high employee engagement and reducing employee turnover. Part 2- First Impressions It’s 11am on your first day at your new job. Things are going pretty well considering your lack of sleep and you’re happy to report that the knot in your stomach has loosened somewhat. You’ve…
  • Driver Safety events in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane

    Learning Seat
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Learning Seat’s next breakfast series will be held in partnership with Driver Safety Australia. Driver Safety’s Managing Director, Russell White, will lead us though a presentation covering topics such as: Work related driving safety Legal requirements governing work related driving The chain of responsibility The Fleet safety 101 e-learning course Russell White’s experience in the Driver Training Industry spans more than 20 years and he is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading Road Safety advocates.  Russell  has been at the forefront of some of the most recent…
  • How do you like your learning – just in case or just in time?

    John Slattery
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:12 pm
    ‘Hey, just in case I decide to buy one, I might take an e-learning course about the pro-level functions of the latest (insert gadget name here).’ How often do you find yourself being subjected to such flashes of inspiration? If your answer is ‘quite often’, all power to you. You clearly have greater powers of comprehension and memory recall than us non-geniuses. So where does that leave the rest of us? Would it be fair to say that, before we start rummaging around for ‘power user’ tips and tricks, we’re more likely to wait until we have that gadget in our hands? Well, unless…
  • Learning Seat releases e-learning courses for the health industry

    Learning Seat
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Learning Seat released courses fitting into its health category in July 2015. These courses have been developed by SIMTICS, an organisation that offers innovative online simulations for learning how to perform sonography, radiography, medical, basic nursing, and other healthcare procedures. Why online training for health modules? Developed by leading academics and practitioners to enhance healthcare education, these courses feature text, anatomy, video, quiz, and simulation in one comprehensive package, available wherever you are. Virtual reality cognitive simulation offers an effective…
  • Fair procedure, relevant policies and consistency of treatment among lessons for employers in unfair dismissal case

    Lindsay Evans
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has recently ruled that the sacking of a team leader by the Leighton Boral Amey Joint Venture (LBAJV) was unfair, despite the fact that he engaged in several acts of misconduct and sexual harassment at a work party. The case raises vital questions for employers about ‘out-of-hours’ conduct and the fairness of any disciplinary procedure in dealing with inappropriate workplace behaviour and unfair dismissal. Background The FWC found that, at the party, the team leader for the LBAJV told a company director to ‘f–k off’ when he attempted to join a…
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