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  • The Role of e-Learning in Building and Managing Organizational Talent: A Case Study

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    Arunima Majumdar
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    For any organization, its ‘people’ are its greatest asset. Modern companies truly believe that an organizations’ strength lies in empowering its people with innovation and care. In the tryst to create a positive working environment, many talent management strategies are put in place to make sure that the employees find opportunities to grow and flourish in the organization structure. One such strategy is the implementation of Employee Satisfaction Surveys (EOS) to understand the needs of the workforce as well as identify and address pertinent needs. Just as market data is critical for…
  • 11 Resources On Tin Can API You Must Read

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    John Laskaris
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Tin Can API has been one of the biggest buzzwords for the last several months in e-Learning community and it’s unlikely that anyone who’s interested in eLearning haven’t (even faintly) heard about it.If you don’t want to dig through hundreds of articles or are still unsure if Tin Can API is the thing, we’re sharing a list of 10 articles that you need to read to understand what all the buzz is about.1. Overview from the sourceSo what is Tin Can API? Let’s see what source has to say about that. In this description you will find information about how it…
  • LINK Research Lab: Fall Speaker Series

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    gsiemens
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    At LINK Research Lab, we have a full slate of speakers for fall, including topics on distributed learning, synchronous instruction, success for under represented students, learning analytics, engagement, design based research, openness, flipped classrooms, health and the built environment, mentorship, and wonder. The full schedule is here. We will be streaming the events online and are exploring options for asynchronous interaction as well. If you’d like to be informed of event details, recordings, and links to live sessions, please register.
  • Self-determination at work

    Harold Jarche
    Harold
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    There’s a common saying that entrepreneurs should work on the business, and not in the business. It makes sense to stay above the day-to-day details in order to help steer the business. Perhaps it’s time to think of all businesses as networks of entrepreneurs. Everyone should be working on the business. As Peter Drucker said, “Nothing is less productive than doing what should not be done at all”. Being efficient at something that is not effective is a waste of time, and a cause for workers to mentally disconnect from the company. Efficiency for its own sake makes job a…
  • 9 Psychological Facts That Will Make Your Online Courses Better

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    John Laskaris
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    You have agonized over creating your online course: what information to provide, activities for students, quizzes, discussions and more. Unfortunately, it feels like it could be better somehow. You don’t want your learners dreading their tasks and assignments, struggling just to grasp the most basic concepts.The human brain is a vast sea of complex methods and processes, however, understanding the most basic fundamentals of how we process and retain information can help make your online courses 100 times better than you ever imagined.There is no reason why you should have to become a…
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  • Online learning: the UKs scepticism is holding it back

    Nancy Coleman
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The UK has a long tradition of online learning, but regulation and a shift in attitudes are needed to stay top on the international stageOnline learning is still seen as the poor relation in the UK but its time for attitudes to change. As the student cap is lifted, and opportunities for expansion increase, online education offers a way for UK universities to compete internationally without struggling to meet capacity.Its a different story in the US. There, online degree courses have turned a corner. No more lurking in the shadows as the lesser option, the fallback. If it wants to make the…
  • The tales teens tell: what Wattpad did for girls

    Hazal Kirci
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wattpad was just another story-sharing app, but then it was discovered by teenage girls. Hazal Kirci, 17, explains how it transformed her and her sisters lives, and made reading a crazeYou have to upload your next chapter, Hazal, I want to know what happens next, a close friend gushed to me one morning during registration. No, I do not have a publishing deal and no, I have no real experience in creative writing apart from a few amateur attempts at creating my own novel, a journey I began at the age of 11.What my gushing friend was trying to say was: When will you upload on to…
  • Will a degree made up of Moocs ever be worth the paper it's written on?

    Louise Tickle
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:32 am
    The University of the People can now hand out degrees to its online students but will employers take them seriously?Even if the heady attention of one-to-one tutorials is the stuff of Oxbridge dreams for most, personal attention from tutors who challenge students' thinking in small seminar groups is often cited as critical to the quality of learning in higher education, and integral to the value of a degree.Now close your eyes and imagine studying for a degree entirely by communing with your computer. Not just that, but you're one of thousands accumulating credits via massive open online…
  • 10 ways to realise the potential of e-learning

    Holly Young
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:54 am
    Can e-learning really deliver an education revolution across the globe? Our panel of experts share their thoughtsSecure the support of government and the private sector: E-learning offers the possibility of providing education at low cost so that marginalised groups can access quality education. But it will require that reaching the marginalised is a priority for government and a worthwhile social cause for the private sector. Continue reading...
  • Big data can transform learning as long as lecturers take control

    Diana Laurillard
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    The collection of data on a large scale has already revolutionised our experience of online shopping. Imagine what it can do for online learningBig data has been eagerly embraced by the business world. Now it's time to look at how it can be used in education.The term refers to the trails we leave behind every time we use a website. We're all familiar with sites such as Amazon suggesting that if we enjoyed one book, we might like another book on a similar topic. These recommendations are based on data collected from very large numbers of customers and as a rule work very well. It undoubtedly…
 
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  • Distance Education Policy Standards: A Review of Current Regional and National Accrediting Organizations in the United States

    fsaba
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    A review of distance education accreditation policies and standards written by the six United States regional accrediting commissions and two national accrediting organizations: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education; the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – The Higher Learning Commission; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges; the Western Association of Schools and Colleges…
  • Evaluating the Impact of the Administrator and Administrative Structure of Online Programs at Nonprofit Private Colleges

    fsaba
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Nonprofit private colleges lag behind their public and for-profit counterparts in offering online programs.  Many nonprofit private colleges affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) launched their first online programs within the past five years.  As a result, administrative structures to manage online programs at those institutions may be underdeveloped.  Unfortunately there is very little empirical research to guide institutions as they evaluate their administrative structure for online programs.  This research examined the impact of the administrator…
  • Will the Next Classroom Disruption Be in 3-D? Facebook’s Virtual-Reality Company Thinks So

    fsaba
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    College Park, Md. — Brendan Iribe dropped out of the University of Maryland here, but before he did he amassed 227 parking tickets. And he managed to meet two business partners who would help him build the virtual-reality company Oculus VR, which Facebook bought this year for about $2-billion. Wired Campus Full Article
  • Flexibility and quality make IGNOU popular

    fsaba
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:21 pm
    The Indira Gandhi National Open University is the largest university in the country and among the biggest in the world in terms of the number of students enrolled. According to the latest enrolment figures of the University’s Kochi centre, it is hugely popular among students in Kerala, too. The Hindu Full Article  
  • Sticking With Spanish: Reasons for Study and Motivation Maintenance in Adult Beginner Distance Language Learners

    fsaba
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This paper examines the reasons for study of adult beginner distance learners of Spanish and the relationships between those reasons and motivation maintenance. A survey of 563 Open University UK students found motivational orientations distinct from those of young people in earlier studies. Adult learners who maintained their motivation also demonstrated a greater number of reasons for study. Their motivation embraced intrinsic and extrinsic, integrative and instrumental orientations, short-term and long-term ambitions, and an L2 self both ideal and realistically attainable. During their…
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  • Here’s the First Step When Building Interactive E-Learning Courses

    tom
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    On past projects, many of my customers would ask for interactive elearning courses. When I asked them how they defined interactive elearning courses they’d usually list things like fancy mouseovers, drag-and-drop interactions, and a host of other ways to interact with the screen. They rarely described making decisions or using the content. Many times we dismiss this type of interactivity as novel and superfluous. I’ve heard other presenters deride those things as a waste of time and not being much more than lipstick on a pig. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a good looking pig. What’s…
  • Another Free PowerPoint Template & Learning Interaction

    tom
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:44 am
    Here’s a template I created for a recent workshop on how to create an exploratory learning interaction. I used a flat UI design for the learning interaction. Since it uses a similar style to this previous template, the two learning interactions can be combined. That’s what I did in the demo below. Example of the Learning Interaction Here’s an example of the learning interaction combined with the previous template. Click here to view the learning interaction. Learning Interaction Downloads Here are some downloads of the learning interaction: Free template: Storyline learning interaction…
  • Be More Productive with These Five Browser Apps

    tom
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    This weekend I reinstalled my operating system. After I installed my Chrome browser I was glad to see that everything sync’d properly, especially some of my favorite browser apps and extensions. I’ve come to depend on them as I use many online services to help me build elearning courses. I love them because they’re always at my fingertips and save me time. Here are five of the extensions I use quite regularly. IE Tabs If you use PowerPoint, then this is a must-have app. There are some things you can do in Internet Explorer that you can’t in other browsers. The IE Tabs app acts as if…
  • Here’s My E-Learning Pet Peeve. What’s Yours?

    tom
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Recently there was a great discussion in the elearning community on pet peeves. As you review them, I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to quite a few. Here are a few that stood out to me: My E-Learning Pet Peeve There are a lot of things I’d like to improve with elearning but one of those things that bugs me most is when the client wants to lock the course navigation. And then when I ask why, it’s because they want to make sure that the person is getting all of the information. I addressed this issue in a previous post. Locking online courses so that the learner “gets the…
  • 3 Interactive Games to Help You Learn About Fonts

    tom
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:33 am
    When building an elearning course there are three main considerations: What content will be in the course? What will it look like? What will the learner do? Most of the content in the course is text. And the look and feel of the course is also dependent on text. That’s because the text in your course serves two functions: it is what we read and it is a graphic that contributes a contextual look and feel. How to Learn About Fonts & Typography In today’s world there’s no shortage of free fonts. The challenge is learning more about them and how they’re best used in your elearning…
 
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  • Science of Happiness MOOC

    Jay Cross
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Along with 100,000 other people, I’ve enrolled in a free MOOC on The Science of Happiness. UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, is producing the course. It’s being administered on the EdX platform.  Week 1: Introduction to the Science of HappinessWill be available starting on September 9Week 2: Happiness & Human ConnectionWill be available starting on September 16Week 3: Kindness & CompassionWill be available starting on September 23Week 4: Cooperation & ForgivenessWill be available starting on September 30Week 5: Midterm Exam (and time to catch up on…
  • “It was the happiest day of my life!”

    Jay Cross
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    So said John G. Sperling of the day his brutish father died. Until age 15, John was dirt poor, sickly, severely dyslexic, and frequently beaten. He rose to become the most successful education entrepreneur in history. I worked for John in the mid-seventies, before the meteoric rise of the University of Phoenix. He was an amazing man. John died last week at the age of 93. The New York Times has a thoughtful obituary. This was a man who was obsessed with doing whatever he thought was right, regardless of prevailing opinion. Overcompensating for his miserable beginnings, John became an…
  • Future of Talent Weekend — Join me?

    Jay Cross
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Gather talent executives from two dozen Fortune 500’s for a long weekend of conversations about what matters most. Meet in an inspirational spot on the Northern California coast.   What do people talk about? The future, mainly. We talk through the trends that are likely to persist. Kevin Wheeler‘s annual forecast lights the fire. Back and forth discussion draws everyone in.  Kevin started Future of Talent ten years ago, and I’ve attended every one! This one weekend per year has profoundly shaped how I think about learning, talent, and the future of HR.
  • Big Data at Google

    Jay Cross
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
      To see Big Data at work, look to Google, where number-crunching on a massive scale has changed hiring and management practices. Measurements and analytics rule at Google. “All people decisions at Google are based on data and analytics,” according to Kathryn Dekas, a manager in Google’s “people analytics” team. Google’s conclusions have a bearing on where CLOs should be focusing their efforts. If you interviewed for a job at Google several years ago, you might have been asked to answer questions like these: You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender.
  • ASTD no more

    Jay Cross
    8 May 2014 | 10:56 am
    The American Society for Training and Development has ceased to exist. Now it’s the Association for Talent Development. I have mixed feelings about this.                  Tony Bingham announces name change in Washington, May 6, 2014. This is hardly the first time this professional association has taken on a new name. In 1947, it came to life as the American Society of Training Directors. That left out lower-level trainers so development replaced directors in a name change and the doors were opened to everyone in the training business. That change was a good move. Trainers…
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    Harold Jarche

  • Self-determination at work

    Harold
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    There’s a common saying that entrepreneurs should work on the business, and not in the business. It makes sense to stay above the day-to-day details in order to help steer the business. Perhaps it’s time to think of all businesses as networks of entrepreneurs. Everyone should be working on the business. As Peter Drucker said, “Nothing is less productive than doing what should not be done at all”. Being efficient at something that is not effective is a waste of time, and a cause for workers to mentally disconnect from the company. Efficiency for its own sake makes job a…
  • Cooking out loud

    Harold
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    The simple structure of the company, with its solidly embedded organizational chart restricting knowledge flow, cannot deal with the complexity of the networked economy. It takes too long to make decisions or try new things out. Looser hierarchies and stronger networks are required, but how do you go about this? Working and learning out loud are essential practices that can change the nature of work. They help make transparent what is happening in the organization and democratize knowledge creation. First of all, everyone must be engaged in observing their environment. Then groups of people…
  • Create space for sense-making

    Harold
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Listening to a story about exploitation in the ivory tower on CBC Sunday Edition this morning made me realize how much we are prisoners of our current reality. The poorly paid contract teaching staff saw no way out of their plight and the professor-turned-administrator went from questioning the current system to promoting its inequalities as the only viable way to keep universities afloat. It seems that as soon as you identify with a system, whether it is good for you or not, then it becomes the only frame of reference. There was no discussion on what systemic changes could humanize the life…
  • Post Labour Day Finds

    Harold
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Here are some observations and insights that were shared on social media this past fortnight. I call these Friday’s Finds. “We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow. – Oscar Wilde” – via @BestOscarWilde @ShawnCallahan – “The stories we find, and especially the ones we retell, change who we become.” @edmorrison – “Our challenge is not to banish hierarchies, but to balance them with open systems, properly guided.“ Last taboo: Secrecy About Salaries May Be on the Wane. Will that make for a happier or more…
  • Our education system stumbles into the future

    Harold
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    It’s back to school time and education issues come to the fore with a provincial election in a few weeks. According to a local professor, the New Brunswick education system is too centralized, but it’s not just education. Addressing the problems of centralization is an issue with all established institutions as we shift from an industrial to a networked economy. First we might look at the underlying premises of the current system. According to SFU Professor Kieran Egan, in The Educated Mind, three premises compete for attention in our public education systems: education as…
 
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  • Does Your eLearning Authoring Tool Save You Time and Money?

    Brent Schlenker
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    When we built Litmos Author we had a two-fold goal in mind: to make it possible to quickly create eLearning courses without sacrificing quality. We have been very successful on both fronts. As Litmos Author has matured, we continue to assess whether or not we continue to be successful on both fronts. Does Litmos Author still provide rapid authoring without sacrificing quality? A recent experience, though not scientific, helped us see that we’re still on track with our product goals. We’ve been ramping up our course development services. In order to meet the demand, we’ve reached out to…
  • Should We Model Corporate Training After TED-Ed?

    Brent Schlenker
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    I'm always quite curious about learning content that I find online. And every time I find something new I seem to think the same thoughts and have the same questions: Is this considered instructionally sound by academics? Could this be a good model to emulate in corporate training? Who created the system? What were they trying to achieve? Do normal people even care? I've been aware of TED-Ed for a while now, but only recently have I noticed an increase in TED-Ed content being shared heavily in my social media streams. The first encounter I had was simply to watch the video that was…
  • It’s Not a Training Event – It’s a New Media Cultural Experience

    Brent Schlenker
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    In my Tuesday morning post about Apple Announcement Day I highlighted the importance of the digital media cultural experience that surrounds an Apple event. And that, even if you don’t care about the products, you should be a little interested in how social media and new streaming technologies surround the event. But before I go into that, let me address the obvious. The event has come and gone. The Apple haters are out in full force. No more rumors. We now have confirmation of the iPhone 6 in 2 larger sizes…AND a wearable. Yes, it has a time feature. But it’s not a watch,…
  • Finding time to design: 5 useful tools to help manage your eLearning project

    Ant Pugh
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    I am an Instructional Designer. But it sometimes seems that instructional design is something I do when I’ve finished all the rest of my work. In fact, my other work should just be peripheral and the content development should be taking up most of my time – and definitely most of my energy. When I was a trainer I used to have the same issue – getting people into training, writing documentation, setting up equipment, evaluating feedback would all take far more time and effort that the actual training delivery itself. That was actually what led me into online learning…
  • What Does Apple Announcement Day have to do with eLearning?

    Brent Schlenker
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    This morning will most likely be the most unproductive morning for Apple enthusiasts since…well…the last Apple announcement. Except for tech journalists who will be busy, and have been bored since iPhone 5s. There will be live video streams, live blogs, hashtags, instagrams, Vines, hyperlapses, 360s, cats and dogs living together…mass hysteria! (+1 if you can name the movie) Social media is still a new phenomenon. It’s the digital wild west with no rules. However, if you ever wanted to see how the A-players step up their game then there is no better day than Apple…
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  • LINK Research Lab: Fall Speaker Series

    gsiemens
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    At LINK Research Lab, we have a full slate of speakers for fall, including topics on distributed learning, synchronous instruction, success for under represented students, learning analytics, engagement, design based research, openness, flipped classrooms, health and the built environment, mentorship, and wonder. The full schedule is here. We will be streaming the events online and are exploring options for asynchronous interaction as well. If you’d like to be informed of event details, recordings, and links to live sessions, please register.
  • Bundling and Re-bundling

    gsiemens
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I’m at the Knewton Symposium – an event focusing on the future of digital learning. This is the second year that I’ve attended. It’s a small event (last year had ~20 attendees, this year it’s closer to 60+). Knewton brings in a range of speakers and leaders in education, ranging from startups to big edtech companies and publishers to faculty and advocates for some type of change. The conversations are diverse, as can be expected when publishers and open education advocates as well as VC firms and academics share the same stage. The narrative of educational change…
  • Congrats to Paul-Olivier Dehaye: MassiveTeaching

    gsiemens
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    In a previous post, I commented on the Massive Teaching course at Coursera and that something odd was happening. Either Coursera deleted the prof from the course or the prof was running some type of experiment. It now appears to be primarily the latter. The story has now been covered by The Chronicle (here and here) and Inside Higher Ed (here). Thoughtful reflections have been provided by Rolin Moe and Jonathan Rees. Participants on Twitter have also had their say. The general consensus is that “wow, this is weird”. Coursera has deftly pushed everything back to the University of…
  • I was wrong

    gsiemens
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    I’ve made statements late last year to the effect that “corporate MOOCs will be the big trend in 2014″. I was wrong. Recently, with CorpU and Reda Sadki, I ran an open online conference on corporate MOOCs. We put together a strong line up of presenters and topics and I expected reasonably strong turnout as the topic was timely. While we had a large number of signups, we only had 15-30 people attend each session. The sessions were generally one-way information flow (from the presenter). Attendees appeared to be reluctant to share experiences and views. I’m not sure if…
  • Something weird is happening at Coursera

    gsiemens
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Something weird is happening at Coursera. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but have boiled it down to two options. Both are problematic. A bit of background About two months ago, I posted a short article on a DesignJam that we hosted at UT Arlington. The designjam brought together numerous folks who had some interest in teaching and learning online, often at a massive scale (i.e. MOOCs). Paul Olivier Dehaye commented on the post and described his interest in running a dual-track MOOC, blending instructivist and more collaborative. He was referring to the Massive Teaching course on…
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    Cathy Moore

  • 3 ways to save gobs of time when designing training

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

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

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

    Cathy Moore
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Elearning has genies, superheroes, and wizards. Live training has the all-knowing instructor. I say all of them should stop being so darned helpful. Here’s why. Let’s say that you’ve dusted off your bike and have been riding it to work, but it’s no longer shifting smoothly and the chain keeps falling off. You tightened a nut that you thought might help, but the chain fell off again. Now what? Which of the following will make you a smarter biker? A. You download a troubleshooting guide from the internet. You spend two minutes going through its steps to check cable…
  • 5 quick ways to pull learners into a course

    Cathy Moore
    20 May 2014 | 3:15 am
    “Welcome to the course Online Responsibility,” a too-perfect male voice intones while you stare at a stock photo of a man who’s grinning idiotically at a computer. “Billions of bits of data travel through our firm every day,” the voice drones on while the stock photo changes to science-fictiony swirling lines and numbers. “Since the dawn of the digital age, electronic communication has…” You lunge for the Next button, but you’re not allowed to click it until the droning man finishes, which he finally does while you’re in another…
 
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    Online Learning Update

  • MOOCs 2.0: Scaling One-on-One Learning

    Ray Schroeder
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    BY MARCEL SALATHE, Wired Numerous MOOC providers have appeared, competing for the attention of learners around the globe. What started with a few courses is now a rapidly developing field with thousands of courses on offer. Some providers have changed their focus from traditional higher education to more vocational training. Most have started charging for services such as verified certificates. All of them are trying to figure out where this rocket ship is headed. Anything that makes such a splash in such a short amount of time is guaranteed to have its critics, and MOOCs were no exception.
  • Virtual reality: Online classes can prove beneficial to athletes’ hectic schedules

    Ray Schroeder
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    By Alicia DelGallo, Orlando Sentinel Area high-school athletes increasingly are turning to virtual classes to repair or boost their grades, lighten traditional class loads or to make schedules more flexible, allowing ample time for practice and training. “It’s a recent thing for kids to start taking online classes, and mostly because Florida Virtual is offering more selection,” Lake Howell coach Vicky Hilbert said. “For those students who work better independently, it’s a great option.” In 2011, a state law went into effect that requires all public-school…
  • MOOCs give higher education a run for its money

    Ray Schroeder
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:02 pm
    By EMILY SCHEIE, World Magazine The cost of higher education is drowning students in debt, but college degrees are increasingly important in careers. Massive open online courses (MOOCs), offering free to low-cost online college classes, might have the solution for students. But how MOOCs might change traditional higher education and post-secondary credentials is less clear. Completing MOOC courses originally earned students no college credit. But people are beginning to pursue various kinds of credentials, including entire degrees, through the MOOC format, paying a small percentage of what…
  • Coursera President Daphne Koller: 2014 Is The Year MOOCs Will Come Of Age

    Ray Schroeder
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    by Alex Wilhelm, Tech Crunch At Disrupt SF, Coursera’s president Daphne Koller pushed back against the notion that her company is a for-profit education company: In her view, Coursera is instead a for-profit technology company. TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois pressed Koller on the completion rates the average class on her platform sees — only 5 percent of people that enroll in a future class finish the course. Koller wasn’t perturbed. According to her numbers, of the people who actually want to finish the course, 70 percent do so, a number that she said was high for “an online…
  • Smartphone Use Rising Fast Among College Students

    Ray Schroeder
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    by Inside Higher Ed Nearly nine in 10 students in the Harris Poll survey sponsored by Pearson used a laptop on a regular basis, compared to 83 percent who said they used a smartphone. Last year, 72 percent of survey respondents said they used a smartphone. Tablet use is increasing more slowly, with 45 percent of surveyed students saying they used one regularly — up 5 percent from the year before. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/09/11/smartphone-use-rising-fast-among-college-students Complete…
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    E-Learning Journeys

  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Altona Primary puts NAPLAN in context tags: education Australia test Framework for State Action on Global Education - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills tags: globalcompetence globaleducation education TeachMeetNZ - home tags: teachmeet education The 2014 Horizon Report for Schools | Global Digital Citizen Foundation tags: horizon-k12 hz14k12 education emergingtechnologies Strategies for a Whole-Community Approach to Digital Citizenship | Global Digital Citizen Foundation tags: digitalcitizenship education Fantastic Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship Education in Your Classroom |…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    The Possibility Post | Piktochart On-line Collaboration tags: digitalcitizenship education Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens | Global Digital Citizen Foundation tags: digitalcitizenship education Global Education - Math Collaborative - Global education Home tags: globalproject globalcollaboration mathematics education 7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | Edutopia tags: creativity education thinking Design Thinking in Schools: An Emerging Movement Building Creative Confidence in our Youth - Getting Smart by Guest Author - design thinking, IDEO, Innovation | Getting Smart "The need for…
  • Student presenters wanted! Global Education Conference 2014

    Julie Lindsay
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
    The 5th annual Global Education Conference (GEC) will be held November 17-21, 2014. Across the world many learners involved in global education will come together to share new ideas and encourage global interactions.GEC is organised by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon who set up the logistics and technology scaffold for the event to take place. They do this in conjunction with many passionate volunteers who help organise, moderate, tutor, and support all aspects of the live, online and free event.As in past years students have been invited and encouraged to participate as presenters and audience.
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    The Educator as a Design Thinker | User Generated Education tags: designthinking education Tablets fall out of favour in NSW classrooms tags: education tablet mobilecomputing Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Innovation, Leadership, Creativity, Collaboration
  • Who says global collaboration is hard??

    Julie Lindsay
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    We do!! Here at Flat Connections we acknowledge the fact that embedding meaningful connections and authentic collaborations into the curriculum is not easy....in fact it is hard! We also acknowledge that because global collaboration is hard MOST teachers and schools are not doing it in any form - even the schools who have spent thousands of dollars or RMB or Riyals or pounds etc. on technology resources!True global collaboration in the classroom needs a shift in teaching that allows teachers and students to 'flatten' the learning experience to bring the outside world in and put…
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  • An Act of Heresy

    Chris Betcher
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    Bless me father, for I’m about to commit an act of heresy. Whenever I say what I’m about to say, I get a reaction that ranges from raised eyebrows to outright hostility and arguments. But I’ll say it anyway. I don’t like the hashtag chat format on Twitter. And I don’t like the timed presentation format used for Teachmeets. There. I said it. Maybe I’m just becoming a cranky old man as I get older, but I don’t like either of these formats and for much the same reason. I find they dumb down the conversation. I know that both of these formats are very popular at the moment, and I…
  • Update your Search Methods

    Chris Betcher
    28 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    In 2013 Google released Hummingbird, perhaps the most significant update to their search algorithm since the search engine launched. From the Search Engine Land blog, here’s how they describe it… “On September 26, Google announced a new algorithm impacting more than 90 percent of searches worldwide. They called it Hummingbird. Google’s Amit Singhal later said it was perhaps the largest change to the algorithm since he joined the company back in 2001. Hummingbird allows the Google search engine to better do its job through an improvement in semantic search. As…
  • iPads, Games and BYOD

    Chris Betcher
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:53 am
    After a successful iPad trial at school last year, the teachers all agreed it was working really well.  So this year we asked our year 5 and 6 students to bring an iPad to school and I’ve been working with the teachers and students in those classes to help ensure we get the most from this arrangement. I think it’s been working really well; the kids have been incredibly responsible and have been producing some really interesting work with them. I had an email from a Year 5 parent a few weeks ago asking some questions about the iPad program, in particular about required apps, the…
  • 155 Lessons in the Creative Process

    Chris Betcher
    7 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am
    Some of you might have seen that I’ve been working on a daily blogging project this year called My Daily Create. You can visit it at www.mydailycreate.com (or click the link in the menu bar above). The basic idea is that I’m attempting to create something every day of the year during 2014. It could be music, a video, a drawing, a photo or a poem. It could be something practical and usable, or something retinal and frivolous. It doesn’t matter what it is, I just plan to make something each day. So far it’s going pretty well and I haven’t missed a single day yet.
  • Homage to Duchamp

    Chris Betcher
    17 May 2014 | 8:02 am
    It’s interesting that as you get older you become increasingly aware of your own influences. Aside from my parents and my direct family, who obviously had a major influence on my life, there are only handful of people whose ideas, thoughts and perspectives about the world have been so influential, so pervasive, so far reaching, that I can honestly say they have shaped the person I have become. We all have them. They are the people you would invite to your ultimate fantasy dinner party. The ones who are so interesting, so fascinating in their ideas and the way they think about things,…
 
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    Assistive Technology

  • Science Under the Lens: ProScope Micro Mobile from Vernier

    7 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Getting students engaged in the learning process is paramount these days and what better way to do this than with computer technology. As our American education is going through a transformation there is an understanding that the students in our classrooms today need to become well versed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Looking at the Next Generation Science Standards it is clear that this document is a real paradigm shift in how we deliver instruction in the classroom in these areas. It is clear that the shift ProScope Micro Mobileis a move…
  • Packing Miracast- The DELL Mobile Projector M900HD

    7 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The computer trends are pointing to lighter, more portable and highly mobile technology for today's work force. This is no less true for all of us in education as many schools are moving to tablets and devices that connect to the cloud. With this shift, it is exciting to think about how teachers are using their classrooms to cull out unique learning spaces. If you are thinking of how you can redesign your classroom space I would highly suggest that you consider reading The Third Teacher, and excellent book about re-thinking the learning space in our classrooms. This…
  • Belkin Portable Tablet Stage-Right for Any Tablet

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    It was great having a chance to visit with so many vendors while I attended ISTE 2014 Conference a couple of weeks ago. Walking through the Exhibitors Hall, I was struck by just how much "stuff" is out there that educators need to vet. As I walked the Exhibit Hall I came across some unique products that I know will finds its place into the classroom. One of favorite new products is from Belkin and it is the Portable Tablet Stage, a light weight and portable stand for your tablet that can turn it into a great presentation stage. When you pair up the Belkin Portable Tablet Stage with the free…
  • ScreenBeam Pro Education Edition from Actiontec

    26 Jun 2014 | 6:52 pm
    As a professor of education, I am always looking at new technologies that can enliven my classroom and give me and my students tools to share ideas. When I purchased my Surface Pro 2 and Dell Venue 8, I learned about an Intel standard called Wi-Di (Wireless Display) which allows you to stream the contents of your tablet or computer to a HDMI  device without cables or wires. Many educator often refer to Wi-Di by using the term Miracast to describe a peer-to-peer wireless screencasting standard formed via Wi-Fi Direct connections in a manner similar to Bluetooth. Having access to…
  • IPEVO iZiggi HD Wireless Document Camera -Innovative New Product from IPEVO

    24 May 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Over the past year, I have been enamored with the number of unique products the IPEVO company has released and in the last two weeks they released the iZiggi HD Wireless Document Camera for IOS, Mac & PC which adds considerable value to their product line. The iZiggi HD Wireless Document Camera is the perfect marriage of the iZiggi HD Camera and the IPEVO Wireless Station which I had reviewed in the past couple of months. Plugging the iZiggi HD Wireless Document Camera into the IPEVO Wireless Station created an ad-hoc WiFi network that would allow your iPad to connect through,…
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    Bottom Line Performance » Blog

  • The Corporate Learning Starter Pack (Free Download)

    Steven Boller
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    The status quo is no longer working in Learning & Development. Rapid authoring, agile learning design, game-based learning platforms and mobile have made their way into our field, along with other innovations. Stakeholders who understand the impact training can have on the business are asking L&D to measure this impact based on real business outcomes. And then we have our learners, who increasingly demand engaging, interactive learning solutions that truly help them improve their performance. It’s time for a new plan. For nearly 20 years, we have partnered with our clients to design…
  • eLearning Tips and Time Tracking: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Abby Seifert
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
  • Time for Training? 11 Rules for a Better Product Launch

    Jake Huhn
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Launching a product? The following is an excerpt from Nancy’s Harkness’ new white paper: Learning Solutions and Your Product Launch: The Secret to Success There are as many ways to learn about a new product as there are new products! Consider the following decision points: Prelaunch training: If you are limited on time, specifically analyze what learners have to know, versus what they can look up. Focus your training on the few key items that your learners need to know and recall—incorporate practice and repetition as much as you can in your tight timeframe. On a parallel path,…
  • Usability and Raspberry Pi: This week on #BLPLearn

    Abby Seifert
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
  • Designing a Product Launch Curriculum

    Jake Huhn
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    This is an excerpt from Nancy Harkness’ new white paper, Learning Solutions and Your Product Launch: The Secret to Success. Here is a section on designing product launch curriculums: Designing the curriculum Every launch curriculum is different, and has different needs based on what learners currently know, what the product is, etc. For some companies, the launch training begins years before the launch meeting, as the audience needs to learn a variety of foundational information before they even get to the new product information. In other cases, the launch training happens in a compact…
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    Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

  • Weekly Review - Sept 8-12 - Apple, LearningLIVE, Fireside lrnchat LIVE

    Brent Schlenker
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:55 pm
    This week was filled interesting events. Monday Phoenix flooded with more water in one day than we usually receive all year. Tuesday was Apple Announcement Day...which should be a holiday. #LearningLIVE was happening in the UK. Thursday was another fun Fireside #lrnchat LIVE. And Friday was...the day before the weekend! Phoenix Flooding Monday's flooding Phoenix kept most people in the house
  • Weekly Review - Sept 1-5 - Repetition, Storytelling, and Fireside Hangout Chat

    Brent Schlenker
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    This week's blog posts were very random.  Not in a bad sense, but in that last-minute-aha-moment sense. It started with some reflections on my book post from last week and realizing I had left out one of my personal favorites, Understanding Comics. So, I felt compelled to blog about it...and more. And then, I stumbled upon some research, a TED talk, and a blog about repetition in music by Dr.
  • Fireside #lrnchat LIVE via Google Hangout on Air

    Brent Schlenker
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    This was my second try and making G+ Hangouts on Air work.  I was lot more successful this week, however it wasn't without a little pain and frustration.  But it was an outstanding learning experience.  And after all, isn't that what we are all about? I want to thank the Godmother of #lrnchat @marciamarcia Marcia Conner for engaging in this new experience. For those of you new to Marcia's work
  • Weekly Review - August 25-29 - Blogs, Conference Season, and Tools

    Brent Schlenker
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    2 Weeks of Blog Posts This week was interesting. I read another post about the death of the LMS and it inspired me to write "The LMS is Evolving...Not Dying!". And a conversation with a friend inspired Thursday's post "To "e", or not to "e", that is the eLearning Question." And since I forgot to do a Weekly Review last week, I'll mention that this blog celebrated 9 Years of posts on the 23rd.
  • The LMS is Evolving...NOT Dying! (audio)

    Brent Schlenker
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    If you'd rather read the blog post you can find it at Litmos.com/blog.  
 
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    Cammy Bean's Learning Visions

  • The Accidental Instructional Designer: More positive reviews!

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    I continue to be blown away by the great reviews of my book, The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age. Five stars for five Amazon reviews!Thanks to everyone who have bought a copy and who continue to spread the word. The book has definitely struck a chord in the e-Learning ID community.Today, Jon Aleckson of WebCourseworks described me as a "frenemy" but then went on to share that he bought five copies of the book for his ID team! Read Jon's full review of the book on his blog.Have you read the book yet? Why not?! :)
  • eLearning Guild Best of DevLearn Webinar: Recording Now Available

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Last week I presented an encore performance for the eLearning Guild as part of their Best of DevLearn series: Design Models and Patterns for Creating Better eLearning.Ali called it "FABULOUS". Jennifer Valley and Chett Bradley both used the word "awesome". Judy Albers said she could listen to me "digress all day". Missed the webinar and want to see what the fuss was all about?The eLearning Guild Recording is now up and running from start to finish! Check it out: Design Models and Patterns for Creating Better eLearning.(I think you need to be a member to view the…
  • eLearning Guild Best of DevLearn Webinar This Wednesday!

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Just a reminder to join me for a Best of DevLearn webinar with the eLearning Guild on Wednesday, August 20th, 1:00 eastern/10:00 pacific: Design Models and Patterns for Creating Better eLearning.
  • Designing for Multi-Devices -- Poll Results

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    Check out the results of this poll on I ran on my blog a few months ago, asking people for what devices they're currently creating content. What do you think? Does this reflect your organization's reality? How do you think this will change -- if at all -- in the next six months, one year, five years?If you haven't already, take the poll!For what devices are you creating eLearning content?
  • The Accidental ID: Recording Now Available from @TrainingMagNetwork

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Did you miss my session with Training Magazine a few weeks ago on The Accidental Instructional Designer? Never fear, the Training Magazine recording is up and available for your listening pleasure.  Enjoy!
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    Learnlets

  • Learning in 2024 #LRN2024

    Clark
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    The eLearning Guild is celebrating it’s 10th year, and is using the opportunity to reflect on what learning will look like 10 years from now.  While I couldn’t participate in the twitter chat they held, I optimistically weighed in: “learning in 2024 will look like individualized personal mentoring via augmented reality, AI, and the network”.  However, I thought I would elaborate in line with a series of followup posts leveraging the #lrn2024 hashtag.  The twitter chat had a series of questions, so I’ll address them here (with a caveat that our learning really…
  • On the Road Fall 2014

    Clark
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Fall always seems to be a busy time, and I reckon it’s worthwhile to let you know where I’ll be in case you might be there too! Coming up are a couple of different events that you might be interested in: September 28-30 I’ll be at the Future of Talent retreat  at the Marconi Center up the coast from San Francisco. It’s a lovely spot with a limited number of participants who will go deep on what’s coming in the Talent world. I’ll be talking up the Revolution, of course. October 28-31 I’ll be at the eLearning Guild’s DevLearn in Las Vegas…
  • Learning Engineering

    Clark
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Last week I had the opportunity to attend the inaugural meeting of the Global Learning Council.  While not really global in either sense (little representation from overseas nor from segments other than higher ed), it was a chance to refresh myself in some rigor around learning sciences. And one thing that struck me was folks talking about learning engineering. If we take the analogy from regular science and engineering, we are talking about taking the research from the learning sciences, and applying it to the design of solutions.  And this sounds like a good thing, with some caveats.
  • Emotional connection

    Clark
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    I was just at my high school reunion, and despite initial doubts, I had a great time. And it made me wonder why.  These are people I haven’t seen in a long time (in some cases, for decades!).  How is it we could reconnect so easily and generate powerful emotions? I don’t have any obvious answers.  Now, you have to understand that this was a subset of the whole class. My graduating class was around 900 folks, give or take, and only around 200 or so were at this event, so it’s a non-representative sample.  So we had friends who brought in friends, and it…
  • Machinima?

    Clark
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    As a fan of comics and animations (read: cartoons) in learning, I was pleased to see a small mention of comics in a twitter discussion (triggered by this post). When I lauded the claim, I was asked what I think of machinima, and I had to think for a bit.  My feelings are mixed, so it’s probably worth it to think them through out loud. So, first, machinima are animations made by using characters in 3D virtual worlds or computer games.  They share the look and feel of whatever platform is used, which can range from cartoon-like to quite complex.  Similarly, their speed can range from…
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    The Bamboo Project

  • Designing Your Career: Reality Checks and Evolving Into Experimentation

    Michele Martin
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    This is the next in an ongoing series of posts  I'm doing about how to use design thinking in your career.  When we last left off in the Designing Your Career series, we had entered the Ideation phase where we talked about how to brainstorm potential ideas for experimentation. In this post we're going to discuss how to do a "reality check" on your ideas and how to begin evolving your thoughts for the next phase, Experimentation.  Reality Check As you look at the promising ideas you've developed in your initial brainstorming, you'll want to do some "reality checks" on these ideas in order…
  • On Down Time

    Michele Martin
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    At the end of July, my husband said to me, "We need to take off the last two weeks of next month." I immediately felt two things.  Panic--how the hell could I "afford" to take off two weeks? Desire--OH I want to do this! I sat with these two feelings for awhile. They represented the two aspects of myself that are always at war with each other it seems.  The panic came from the person inside who believes that I must always be "productive"--doing, accomplishing, making shit happen in the world. She fits in well with dominant culture, especially in the US, where it's all about the disease of…
  • 3 Reasons You Need to Start Sharing Your Dreams

    Michele Martin
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    I'm thinking a lot lately about how we get in our own way. It's easy to look around at this economy and to just want to give up. So many barriers and challenges--makes you want to stay in bed with the covers over your head. I get it. But even in the midst of challenge there is opportunity. We have to go after it though, creating possibilities where others only see the barriers.  One way we keep ourselves stuck is by keeping our dreams and ideas to ourselves. Interestingly, I find that people are willing to talk all day about what's wrong, but they have a much harder time talking about their…
  • Design Your Career: Brainstorming/Ideation

    Michele Martin
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Over the course of several weeks, I'm showing you how to apply design thinking and principles to your career planning and development. The series of posts so far is here.  We've gone through the Discovery and Intereprepation phases, gathering information about your career challenge, looking for themes and framing possibilities. Now we enter into the Ideation phase, where you are generating ideas that you could experiment with in the next phase.  Up to this point, your career design work may have been largely solitary. Although you may have talked to a select group of people to test out…
  • Design Your Career: Frame Opportunities

    Michele Martin
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Over the course of several weeks, I'm showing you how to apply design thinking and principles to your career planning and development. The series of posts so far is here.  In the Interpretation phase of design, we've been looking at capturing your learning, identifying key themes and harvesting your insights. Now it's time to frame your opportunities--how do you take what you've been learning and use it to set yourself up for the next phase? Create Visuals One useful strategy for exploring opportunities is to create some visuals that express your key ideas. Here are some examples that could…
 
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    Will at Work Learning

  • Triggered Action Planning

    Will Thalheimer
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    This article was originally published in Will's Insight News, my monthly newsletter. It has been updated and improved to include new information. Click here if you want to sign up for my newsletter... Radically Improved Action Planning Using Cognitive Triggers to Support On-the-Job Performance Most of us who have been trainers have tried one or more methods of action planning--hoping to get our learners to apply what they've learned back on the job. The most common form of action planning goes something like this (at the end of a training program): "Okay, take a look at this…
  • Recent Research Review -- Reviewed (and Lamented)

    Will Thalheimer
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    About two years ago, four enterprising learning researchers reviewed the research on training and development and published their findings in a top-tier refereed scientific journal. They did a really nice job! Unfortunately, a vast majority of professionals in the workplace learning-and-performance field have never read the research review, nor have they even heard about it. As a guy whose consulting practice is premised on the idea that good learning research can be translated into practical wisdom for instructional designers, trainers, elearning developers, chief learning officers and other…
  • Learning Styles Challenge -- Year Eight -- Now at $5,000

    Will Thalheimer
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As of today, the Learning Styles Challenge payout is rising from $1000 to $5000! That is, if any person or group creates a real-world learning intervention that takes learning styles into account--and proves that such an intervention produces better learning results than a non-learning-styles intervention, they'll be awarded $5,000! Special thanks to the new set of underwriters, each willing to put $1000 in jeopardy to help get the word out to the field: Guy W. Wallace (Eppic, Inc.) Sivasailam Thiagarajan (The Thiagi Group) Bob Carleton (Vector Group Inc.) Vector Group, Inc. (Bob's…
  • New Website Launched...To Promote the Practice of Learning Audits

    Will Thalheimer
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Last week I launched the website LearningAudit.com to promote the practice of learning audits. It is my passionate belief that our learning interventions would be tremendously improved if we took a research-based systematic approach to reviewing them. LearningAudit.com is dedicated to the proposition that we can all do this. On the site there is the research-to-practice report, "How to Conduct a Learning Audit" and a job aid to support the learning-audit process.
  • Update of Course Review Template

    Will Thalheimer
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:56 pm
    The Course Review Template is a research-based job aid that helps us review our training courses--whether classroom or elearning--to get a sense of the effectiveness their designs. Representative Comments: Great provocation. We're a training provider and scored a "typical" client assignment (20-21). Lots of food for thought for conversations with our clients about what they can do to improve the value they get from our training and follow-up! The CRT does an excellent job at evaluating using the most important measures. This template made me deeply aware of all of the variables…
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    The Upside Learning Blog

  • Is Informal Learning The Same As Social Learning?

    Amit Garg
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:28 am
    Very often I find that informal and social learning are grouped together. Sure there are some overlaps between the two, but they are not necessarily one and the same. Let's start by looking at their definitions. Social Learning Social Learning is participating with others to make sense of new ideas. Marcia Conner, author of The […]
  • Responsive eLearning Design & Development – eBook

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    From the launch of desktop PCs and laptops to the mass adoption of tablets and smartphones, the world of connected devices has expanded-and how! Today, individuals own multiple devices and shift seamlessly between them depending on task, location and time of day. Learning too has evolved from being traditional (read classroom-based) to responsive. Responsive (multi-device) […]
  • Mobilize Your Sales Team via Performance Support

    James Rasmussen
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    Upside Learning is bombarded on a daily basis with queries from companies prepared to leverage the capacity of mobile learning via the devices (yes, BYOD is here to stay folks) their people own and check constantly throughout the day. And while there are still some organizations that require more education before moving forward, more and […]
  • Mobile Learning Pitfalls To Avoid – Presentation

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    Mobile technology, having seeped into popular culture, is now finding widespread acceptance as a learning tool in the workplace as well. According to Towards Maturity’s In-focus report titled Mobile Learning in the Workplace, 2013 was the year when mLearning became the norm rather than the exception; with seven out of ten businesses now adopting mobile […]
  • Stop Creating Uninspiring eLearning – It’s Driving Your Learners Away!

    Amit Garg
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    While preparing for our webinar, Mobile Learning in The Workplace, based on the Towards Maturity In-focus report by the same name, I read through the Learner Voice, which is also produced by Towards Maturity. Published in April 2014, the Learner Voice draws on insights from 2,000 learners from a range of companies across the private […]
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    The eLearning Coach

  • How To Quality Check Your Own eLearning

    Connie Malamed
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    Before you send your eLearning on for a quality review, how well do you test it yourself? A self-check may seem like an obvious task, but some people pass on their eLearning courses for a quality check when the work is less than stellar. Within a few minutes, the reviewer or tester can tell it […]Post from: The eLearning CoachHow To Quality Check Your Own eLearning
  • 8 Ways To Choose A Color Palette For eLearning

    Connie Malamed
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:03 pm
    One of the most frustrating aspects of designing an eLearning course is choosing the color palette. The color palette refers to the limited and predefined set of colors you use in a design. If we only had 100 color choices, choosing a palette might not be a problem. But many scientists agree that people can […]Post from: The eLearning Coach8 Ways To Choose A Color Palette For eLearning
  • ELC 018: Designing Awesome Game Experiences

    Connie Malamed
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    If you're interested in learning games or gamification, you'll like this insightful interview with the author of Playful Design, John Ferrera.Post from: The eLearning CoachELC 018: Designing Awesome Game Experiences
 
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Have You Explored Twitter with Animated GIF?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    In this post I am going to tell how to convert your slideshare presentations into animated gif and how to promote that using Twitter. Step 1 Visit http://gifdeck.in/ and write your slideshare URL in the box provided and click ‘submit’ button. Click the gearbox icon and choose the time interval in which the slides have to be played and the No of slides to be converted into animated gif and in what size it should be shown. The following screenshot explains the above concepts. Step 2 After submitting the URL, you’ll be asked to save the file. Save the file and visit your Twitter page and…
  • SRecoder for High Quality Video

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Today I came across SRecorder free software that records your PC desktop at a high audio and video quality. The entire instructions for downloading and installing the software can be accessed by visiting the URL http://srecorder.com/home I have not explored the software yet, but those interested can explore by visiting the above link.
  • CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    'CUE and The Learning Revolution Project, the producers of the Google Teacher Academy and the Global Education Conference, are joining forces to expand globally connective opportunities for educators. This September, these organizations will be hosting the first ever Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, highlighting the work of Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves'. The summit is on Sept. 6-7, 2014.  9 am - 6 pm GMT-7 and the registration is open now. For more details visit 'CUE Learning Revolution Online…
  • Customized Learning

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    I have tried to explain visually, how one can provide a customized learning environment to learners based on their interest, cognitive skills, learning style and learning mode. I’ve suggested that if the assessments from various modes of learning such as F2F, eLearning, mLearning and informal are thoroughly analyzed, the analysis will pave way for customized learning that will try to bring the best out of the learner as content will be offered to the learner in the way most preferred by him / her. Here I have suggested that the knowledge from informal learning be analyzed by integrating it…
  • Quest-Based Learning Virtual UnConference

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Interested in Exploring 3D GameLab? Then attend the ‘Quest-Based Learning Virtual UnConference’ on July 30th –July 31st, 2014. Quest Boise is a free 2 day virtual unconference program where you can explore designing and teaching with experts in the field of quest-based and gamified learning. You can register for the QuestBoise sessions by clicking the following hyperlink. QuestBoise Sessions           Hope you will enjoy exploring 3D GameLab!
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  • eLearning Book Review: The Accidental Instructional Designer

    Jon Aleckson
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Instructional designers and eLearning managers can learn something from Cammy Bean’s book Here’s a question for the eLearning managers out there: How many members of your instructional design team got involved in the field by accident? As the demand for training within organizations, professional associations, industries, and businesses continues to outpace the supply of formally credentialed instructional designers, individuals with diverse backgrounds and skill sets are often recruited or incidentally assimilated into the professional ranks. I’d venture to say that no two…
  • Explore eLearning at the Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning

    Jon Aleckson
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    The summer is always a busy season for industry conferences and eLearning networking opportunities, and one event near and dear to my heart is the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning held in Madison, Wisconsin. The 2014 conference is set for August 12th-14th at the Monona Terrace. Having this important meeting of industry experts hosted so close to my home base is an added benefit, and I’m definitely looking forward to reconnecting with friends and colleagues from the region. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event, and leaders in the distance learning field…
  • Discussing the ASTD Handbook, eLearning, and Published Expertise with Elaine Biech

    Jon Aleckson
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    When my copy of the second edition ASTD Handbook arrived at the office this summer, I immediately felt the urge to explore my new resource and see what content made the final cut for an important industry asset. Call me old fashioned, but I do still see the value in a thoughtfully constructed book curated by a trusted source and filled with vetted content from a wide variety of industry experts. I’m happy to say that the ASTD Handbook meets my demands in every regard, and although I haven’t read through all 980 pages of this massive reference guide, I’ve searched the…
  • What Digital eLearning Trends will Emerge at the Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase 2014?

    Jon Aleckson
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    If you are an eLearning manager seeking a great opportunity to network with industry professionals, discuss the latest eLearning trends and best practices, and learn new approaches and techniques from experts, I strongly encourage you to make plans to attend the 2014 Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase. The all-day event will be held at the Northern Illinois University, Naperville Campus on August 5th, 2014. It is hosted by the Chicago chapters of the ASTD, ISPI, and STC, and at the Showcase speakers will explore cutting-edge advancements in instructional design, development tools,…
  • Cross-platform LMS Integration Strategies

    Victor-charles Scafati
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    You can integrate disparate technologies (such as LMS, AMS, eCommerce, and CRM) without significantly more effort than if both platforms were on the same stack. Integrating business systems still poses a challenge to CIOs, their technologists and their vendors. However, the technological barriers have decreased in recent years for a host of reasons that I describe below. In the past, ERP technologies (a category in which I would include association management systems) were often deployed on midrange hosts. Getting them to exchange information with learning management systems that were based…
 
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  • I’m Sick

    Derek Banas
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Sorry I haven’t made any videos for a while. I just wanted everyone to know I have an eye infection and I’ll continue the tutorials as soon as I’m well. Hopefully that will be this weekend
  • PHP MySQL Tutorial

    Derek Banas
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    I cover creating secure users, secure database connections, pulling data from a database, adding data to the database and prepared statements
  • The Last Contest

    Derek Banas
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    I have one more Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch left to give away. I decided I’d let everyone vote on what the last contest should be. I’d like it to be a skill based contest so that the prize doesn’t go to somebody randomly though. I’ve had videos based on […]
  • MySQL Video Tutorial

    Derek Banas
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    We cover 95 - 98% of everything you'll ever need to know about MySQL in one video.
  • Object Oriented PHP

    Derek Banas
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Everything about Object Oriented PHP : classes, objects, static, private, public, protected, __construct, __destruct, magic getters / setters, overring methods, final functions, __toString, interfaces, polymorphism, abstract and more
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  • Free Briefing: Learning Trends - Sept 23

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Live Video Briefing by Elliott Masie (Free)Learning TRENDS & Challenges in 2014! Tuesday, September 23rd from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Eastern Time)FOR:  Learning, Training and Performance ColleaguesTopics to Include:Learning Personalization: Just in Time, Just for Me, Just Enough!Compliance and Learning CrisisVideo in Learning: From TED to User Content to Live ChatLearningTech: Wearables, Apps and MoreThe Connected Classroom: Stretching the ClassGaming & GamificationCollaborative & Social Learning50+ & Learning: Boomers in the WorkplaceBig Learning Data &…
  • iPad Tips and Tricks – Free Video Training Tutorials

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    In iPad Tips and Tricks, Mac productivity expert Christopher Breen provides essential tips and techniques for getting the most out of the Apple iPad. The course shows how to get productive on the iPad immediately, with tips for effective gesturing and typing and for loading it up with content. It demonstrates how to connect the iPad with the rest of the world, how to sync documents between the iPad and a desktop computer or cloud-based services, and how to configure email and deal with the fact that the iPad has no spam filter. It demonstrates built-in and third-party solutions for…
  • 70 percent of students change major after enrollment, study finds

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    "Approximately 70 percent of students change their course of study during their time at the University, Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said in a recent interview, citing an internal study she had seen." continues The Daily Princetonian.Photo: The Daily Princetonian Associate Dean of the College Elizabeth Colagiuri said she was unable to confirm the accuracy of this number but confirmed she was aware that this study had been conducted. This particular study was conducted at the time of the Class of 2018’s matriculation, Colagiuri said.“At the point of matriculation, we typically survey…
  • The Maths Behind the Simpsons' Women

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    "When Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman in history to win a Fields Medal last month, the mathematical equivalent of the Nobel Prize, her feat was hailed as a milestone in efforts to undermine the corrosive stereotype that maths is not for girls. But, just as inspiring as the real life triumph of Mirzakhani, are the dogged efforts of fictional Lisa Simpson, who has been a cartoon role model for rational thinking for more than a quarter of a century." continues Newsweek.Photo: NewsweekIn an event at the Science Museum in London on 26th September, Simon Singh, author of The Simpsons and…
  • Current Site and App of the Week - September 17, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Current Site of the Week  Interactive U.S. history series for tablets As the new school year begins, the Library of Congress invites students everywhere to touch, draw on and explore some of its most valuable treasures—all via a new set of free interactive eBooks for tablets.The Library of CongressThe new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in for close examination, draw to highlight interesting details and…
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  • Upcoming Webinar: Improving Decision Making Through Collaboration

    Lindsey Tishgart
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    If you are a Bloomfire customer you already know the tremendous value that collaboration delivers. There are many obvious ones like sharing information, speeding training and shortening deal cycles. But have you considered the ways in which collaboration can improve organizational agility? Today, modern organizations are driven by their ability to react, change, and make decisions quickly. But attaining the agility can be difficult as organizations continue to become more diverse and dispersed. It takes an organizational commitment to a collaborative culture, supported by the right tools and…
  • Bloomfire Speeds Employee Onboarding and Training for Research & Consulting Firm

    Cybele Diamandopoulos
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Aite Group is a Boston-based, independent research and advisory firm that focuses on business, technology and regulatory issues; and their impact on the financial services industry. Aite Group’s analysts work remotely across the United States, Europe and Asia to deliver comprehensive, actionable advice that helps its financial services clients stay ahead of critical industry trends. The Challenge As the company quickly grew from its start in 2005, Aite Group realized the need for a formal onboarding process to train new employees. Many of its new hires learned on the job with the help of…
  • Agile Staffing and Consulting Saves $75K with Bloomfire

    Jodi Holzband
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Agile is an innovative IT staffing and consulting firm that helps technology leaders speed their time to talent by connecting great people with great opportunities. Based in Atlanta, the company has over 50 employees, including a presence in Jacksonville, Florida. Their staff includes an internal operations team, recruiters, and salespeople. The Challenge Agile is in a high growth mode and is continually hiring new employees and supplementing their staffing with both full time employees, contractors and partners that can help them during peak seasons. The first problem they were looking to…
  • Bloomfire Helps LIVESTRONG Foundation Unite Employees and Volunteers in Improving the Lives of People Affected by Cancer

    Jodi Holzband
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    The LIVESTRONG Foundation is one of world’s most successful and influential nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by cancer. Their iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristbands, more than 87 million in circulation, symbolize the organization’s efforts to provide free services to cancer patients and survivors while advocating policies that improve their quality of life. The Austin-based organization has served more than 2.5 million people affected by cancer and raised more than $500 million to support cancer survivors. With 84 percent of each dollar raised…
  • My Thank You Notes from BoxWorks 2014

    Jodi Holzband
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    Post by Kim Carlson, Bloomfire’s Director of Client Success and Community I attended #BoxWorks 2014 this week and can’t think of a better way to recap my BoxWorks experiences than in my own version of Jimmy Fallon’s “Thank You Notes”. Cue music…. Thank you @Starbucks, for putting my name on my Venti Soy Pumpkin Spice Latte – no whip. Now others at my booth will be able to tell their coffee from mine….coffee in the mornings is mandatory at conference booths. Thank you @Box, for the booth Survival kit, what a nice touch! You really take care of your sponsors…(hint hint all…
 
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  • iOS 8 now available; some articles describing its features/potential impact

    Daniel Christian
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
      What’s new in iOS 8? — from apple.com Review: iOS 8 brings new features and high performance to Apple’s mobile devices – from geekwire.com by Blair Hanley Frank 20 iOS 8 New Features & Tips You Need To Know – from hongkiat.com New in iOS 8: Start Text-To-Speech Easily with Speak Screen  — from bdmtech.blogspot.com / Assistive Technology Blog The exciting impacts of iOS8 on iBeacon  — from blog.fosbury.co by Willem Spruijt Apple Adds Bundles And Previews To Give App Developers More Way — from techcrunch.com by Darrell Etherington Why…
  • Incredible! This is pushing the envelop big time!

    Daniel Christian
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    Check out this video! Incredible! — from Front Pictures; a great example of pushing the envelop and refusing to accept that something can’t be done       Multimedia Renaissance by Front Pictures — blog.frontpictures.com  
  • Some items re: creativity and how to promote it

    Daniel Christian
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Opening minds to critical knowledge on play, creativity and learning — from legofoundation.com Cultures of Creativity (foundation research) — from legofoundation.com Cultures develop when people find ways to play, make, and share. This report describes how human cultures can be characterised by their similarities rather than their differences, and emphasises the importance of recognising playfulness and creativity to develop societies prepared to accommodate the rapid changes associated with technology and globalisation. Cultures of Creativity, nurturing creative mindsets (video)…
  • College presidents predict 4 new institutional models for higher-ed [Stansbury]

    Daniel Christian
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    College presidents predict 4 new institutional models for higher-ed — from ecampusnews.com by Meris Stansbury Presidents say these new models could be the future of all colleges and universities in the next decade Excerpt: A new think-tank-esque collection of leading college and university presidents last year came together to discuss the trends and disruptions shaping higher education thanks to new technologies and the evolving global economy. Outside of just naming trends, they also predicted four new models of higher-ed that may exist in the next 10 years. The brainstorming made…
  • Two postings re: the unbundling and rebundling of higher education [Horn, Siemens]

    Daniel Christian
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    Ed-Tech advances poised to revolutionize higher ed from all angles — from evolllution.com by Michael Horn Excerpt: There’s a flip side to unbundling, however, that receives far less attention. As a service’s architecture becomes modular, its performance becomes determined by the raw performance of its subcomponents, which consequently become interdependent — or re-bundled — as the entities making these subcomponents need to wring every ounce of performance out of them. In other words, as one stage becomes modular, an adjacent stage becomes interdependent. In education, as…
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  • Week in Review 090714

    Dennis Callahan
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Things I found online this week that caught my attention.  How about you? What did you discover? @JD_Dillon Again, learning doesn’t change. Our understanding and ability to support it will hopefully become more effective. #LRN2024 World in Beta from @hjarche  In a world exploding with potential, the way you embrace emerging technology, and the transformations it causes, will greatly affect your business. Be ready. Be part of it. 3 Issues Should Occupy Managers Over the Next 50 Years from @NimbleAtWork “the best leaders of the future will spend half their time reading…
  • My Top Learning Tools for 2014

    Dennis Callahan
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    It’s that time of year again! Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools. I enjoy sharing my tools and seeing what other tools people find most useful to them.  If you haven’t contributed, there’s still time. Here’s my list, in no particular order: Twitter – my social stream YouTube – great tool for visual and hands on learning WordPress – the blogging software for my learnstreaming blog Google – my primary search and another drive Audible -where I listen to many books Kindle app -where I do most of my reading LinkedIn – my business…
  • Search Isn’t the Answer for Everything

    Dennis Callahan
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
  • Learning is Connecting

    Dennis Callahan
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
  • Learning Mindset

    Dennis Callahan
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
     
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  • Top 8 FREE Open Source LMSs

    Craig Weiss
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Everyone loves free, especially with software. Free software should be in a class by itself, because it often rumbles into three areas: 100% free with no watermarks, limited features/capabilities 100% free but with limited features (if you want those gone you pay for it) 100% free but with limitations (and you cannot upgrade – some ATs actually do this – with the goal of you buying another of their products) In the 100% free with no limitations, I have personally found quality to be all over the place – sometimes excellent other times “ahh, I see why it is free”.
  • How to select the right authoring tool

    Craig Weiss
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Over the weekend, I did one of the most stressing things there is to do in life. Yep, house hunting.  There is nearly nothing out there that make you get excited and depressed in just a few hours, than looking for a new house. Where do you live? What amenities do you want or need? Pool? Beach? Center of town?  Close by or away from humans? And after all that, you have that wonderful thing we like to call – price.  What can you afford?  No, seriously, what can you afford without living on the floor with an air bed and eating crackers for dinner? Yep, it is exhausting.  Actually, it…
  • The Latest LMS Insight

    Craig Weiss
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    This week, rather than focus on one specific topic, I went wild and hit upon a few. Responding to Consumers I believe that Every E-Learning vendor should want your business and treat you as they would want to be treated Every LMS vendor should have a standard regarding response times, when they receive an inquiry via the internet. I know of one vendor who responds within 30 minutes of receiving an inquiry That every e-learning vendor who receives an internet inquiry, responds in a personal nature – rather than responding with a canned message, a pre-sales pitch or a pre-something…
  • Skillsoft buying SumTotal – My Take

    Craig Weiss
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Like many of you, I was surprised to find out that Skillsoft is in the process of acquiring SumTotal. The reason for the acquisition at least from a press release and information on the purchase (and available for viewing on the Skillsoft site), screams of HCM (Human Capital Management) HCM, among other things is all about HR (human resources), HRIS (human resources information systems) and the wherewithal of all that is part of it.  Here according to the documentation listed on the Skillsoft web site, is what they see as the real value of the SumTotal acquisition (text listed is actual…
  • To be or not to be Moodle

    Craig Weiss
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Right now you are probably in one of three camps when it comes to open source LMSs, specifically Moodle: Huge fan and most likely have it Not a fan of it Thinking of soup, I mean Noodles! And you may be thinking, okay, here it comes – here comes the “hate” with Moodle.  It is not hate that I bring upon you good folk, rather it is the facts concerning Moodle and to be fair a comparison between it and in general commercial systems (since feature sets may differ, systems do differ to a degree, design, UI, my mom’s BBQ chicken (mmm), etc.) I humbly thank you; well, well,…
 
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  • How to Find Royalty-Free Stock Photos, Images, Graphics, and Illustrations

    Jenise
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Ready for a ride? / by Bhakti                 Short answer: Use Pixabay.com OK, yes, well…this post is specifically about Pixabay. As you know, we have many choices when searching for royalty-free images: iStockPhoto.com, Shutterfly.com, just to name the top two. Recently, an instructional design colleague introduced me to Pixabay, and I really enjoyed using this site to search for images. What I enjoyed most about it was discovering so many talented photographers and designers I’d probably not hear about on the other royalty-free sites.
  • How to Quickly Create a Scenario Using Articulate Storyline and in Three Steps

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

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

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

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

    Jenise
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Ready for a ride? / by Bhakti                 Short answer: Use Pixabay.com OK, yes, well…this post is specifically about Pixabay. As you know, we have many choices when searching for royalty-free images: iStockPhoto.com, Shutterfly.com, just to name the top two. Recently, an instructional design colleague introduced me to Pixabay, and I really enjoyed using this site to search for images. What I enjoyed most about it was discovering so many talented photographers and designers I’d probably not hear about on the other royalty-free sites.
  • How to Quickly Create a Scenario Using Articulate Storyline and in Three Steps

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

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

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

    Jenise
    18 Feb 2014 | 1:14 pm
    If you work with media, you are probably already familiar with iStockPhoto.com – if you aren’t familiar with them, I’m happy to introduce you! e-Learning instructional designers and developers, graphic artists, Web developers, technical writers, video production specialists, voice-over actors, eBook authors and publishers, copywriters, advertising gurus…the list could go on for several more lines. I know that there are several terrific sites on the WWW for finding and downloading stock photos, illustrations, audio, and video files. For years, I’ve stuck with…
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  • Top 10 Technology Trends 2014

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    I was recently researching top technology trends and compiled the top 10 technology trends for 2014 from different sources.While Internet of Things, Wearable Technology and Big Data are of course common trends that most people are predicting, I was surprised to find 3D Printing as a key technology trend to watch out for.Here’s the compiled document with links to the original sources: Top 10 technology trends for 2014 from Manish Mohan
  • How to Decide Whether to Insource or Outsource Elearning Development?

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
    I recently got a query on LinkedIn about needing help with decision between insourcing and outsourcing elearning content development.I have a small request - is there a way to get a ball-park figure to develop one hour of e-learning content in India using rapid development software such as Articulate Studio/Storyline?We have been doing e-learning development in house and our new VP of HR wants to consider the possibility of outsourcing it. I am in the process of doing a cost-benefit analysis and so, need this information.I did go through the Chapman Alliance presentation and Karl Kapp's…
  • 6 Tips to Motivate Yourself

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    I am such a sucker for questions. So how could I resist when Mahindra Experience (@MahindraExp) tweeted to my handle, “@manishmoCan you share some tips that will motivate one to work harder and help them reach their goals?”Here are 6 tips to motivate yourself to work towards your goals:Write your goals and make them visible to you all the time (e.g. pin them on your soft board).Break down your goals into smaller goals with timelines.Celebrate small successes in your journey to reach your goals.Share your goals with someone you trust. Enroll them to work with you on your goals.Assign time…
  • Cool Augmented Reality Apps

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Came across this video blog by Matt Gonzalez in which he talks about augmented reality apps. I tried three of these apps and found two of them quite cool.Word Lens Translator app is a translation app that is really useful while traveling. You can just point to the words and viola, you get the translated version. Here's a sample of what I tried.Augment is a little harder to master but once you do, it seems quite cool. You can select objects and place them on real time camera pictures to see how they might look at the place. Quite useful say when selecting some furniture or appliance and seeing…
  • Seven Survival Skills in Today’s World

    1 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    I recently came across International Finance Corporation’s (IFC). It’s “6th International Private Education Conference, Rethinking Education, Shaping the Future, brought together thought leaders and investors in education from around the globe. On April 1-2, 2014 in San Francisco, USA, the delegates discussed how innovation and technology in education delivery and results measurement are giving us new tools for broadening access to quality education for millions of students around the world.”Their YouTube channel provides you with access to videos of their conference.The keynote…
 
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  • eLearning Book Review: The Accidental Instructional Designer

    Jon Aleckson
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Instructional designers and eLearning managers can learn something from Cammy Bean’s book Here’s a question for the eLearning managers out there: How many members of your instructional design team got involved in the field by accident? As the demand for training within organizations, professional associations, industries, and businesses continues to outpace the supply of formally credentialed instructional designers, individuals with diverse backgrounds and skill sets are often recruited or incidentally assimilated into the professional ranks. I’d venture to say that no two…
  • Explore eLearning at the Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning

    Jon Aleckson
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    The summer is always a busy season for industry conferences and eLearning networking opportunities, and one event near and dear to my heart is the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning held in Madison, Wisconsin. The 2014 conference is set for August 12th-14th at the Monona Terrace. Having this important meeting of industry experts hosted so close to my home base is an added benefit, and I’m definitely looking forward to reconnecting with friends and colleagues from the region. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event, and leaders in the distance learning field…
  • Discussing the ASTD Handbook, eLearning, and Published Expertise with Elaine Biech

    Jon Aleckson
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    When my copy of the second edition ASTD Handbook arrived at the office this summer, I immediately felt the urge to explore my new resource and see what content made the final cut for an important industry asset. Call me old fashioned, but I do still see the value in a thoughtfully constructed book curated by a trusted source and filled with vetted content from a wide variety of industry experts. I’m happy to say that the ASTD Handbook meets my demands in every regard, and although I haven’t read through all 980 pages of this massive reference guide, I’ve searched the…
  • What Digital eLearning Trends will Emerge at the Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase 2014?

    Jon Aleckson
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    If you are an eLearning manager seeking a great opportunity to network with industry professionals, discuss the latest eLearning trends and best practices, and learn new approaches and techniques from experts, I strongly encourage you to make plans to attend the 2014 Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase. The all-day event will be held at the Northern Illinois University, Naperville Campus on August 5th, 2014. It is hosted by the Chicago chapters of the ASTD, ISPI, and STC, and at the Showcase speakers will explore cutting-edge advancements in instructional design, development tools,…
  • Cross-platform LMS Integration Strategies

    Victor-charles Scafati
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    You can integrate disparate technologies (such as LMS, AMS, eCommerce, and CRM) without significantly more effort than if both platforms were on the same stack. Integrating business systems still poses a challenge to CIOs, their technologists and their vendors. However, the technological barriers have decreased in recent years for a host of reasons that I describe below. In the past, ERP technologies (a category in which I would include association management systems) were often deployed on midrange hosts. Getting them to exchange information with learning management systems that were based…
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  • Tim’s Top 5 BIGGEST (little) Features in Articulate Storyline 2

    Tim Slade
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    If you haven’t already heard the big news, Articulate released their first major update to their award-winning rapid e-learning authoring tool, bringing us to Articulate Storyline 2. This update has been long-awaited by many e-learning developers, wanting even greater tools to design best-in-class e-learning content. With all of the new and exciting updates Articulate has brought to Storyline 2, it’s easy to miss the little features that make this tool so easy (and fun) to use. Check out my video below, where I outline my top 5 BIGGEST (little) features you can find in Articulate…
  • One Simple Trick for Troubleshooting Technical Problems with E-Learning Courses

    Tammi Ritter
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    It’s bound to happen sooner or later: you get “that” call from a customer. There’s a technical problem with the course, and they need you to solve it. “The course isn’t working right. The narration and audio are completely out of sync.” “The interaction on slide 34 doesn’t work for me.” “The text on slide 15 doesn’t fit in the text box.” You want to be helpful.  The challenge is, you’ve tested the course extensively, and everything works just fine for you. You can’t reply with, “Sorry, but it works for me!” You need to gather some information about the…
  • How to Create an Animated GIF From Video in Photoshop

    Tim Slade
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    We’ve all seen them before. Those animated, funny and sometimes annoying images that get sent around the office or family in long chain emails. Animated GIFs are usually associated with entertainment blogs (such as buzzfeed.com) and other social media outlets. However, animated GIFs can also be used in e-learning to add visual movement and interest, without having to use a larger video file. In the below video, I’ll show how you can easily use Adobe Photoshop to create an animated GIF from a short video file. Upcoming Events & Webinars August 26 – 27 | Articulate Storyline…
  • Event Recap: ASTD Atlanta Conference & Expo (ACE) 2014

    Nick Elkins
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    This past week, Tim and I had the great opportunity to attend and present at the Greater Atlanta Chapter of ASTD’s ACE (Atlanta Conference & Expo) 2014. For those of you who are actively involved in ASTD national and local chapters, you undoubtedly know the benefits of these types of events. For those that aren’t involved in your local chapter, I encourage you to find the chapter closest to you and attend an event or get involved. Tim and I had the pleasure of presenting three sessions at this event: Comparison of Screen Recording Tools: You can find a copy of the matrix Tim…
  • Summertime Tips for Parents Who Work From Home

    Tammi Ritter
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    The summer of 2014 marks my first summer working full-time from home. Everyone tells me how lucky I am to work remotely—and they’re right. Yet as summer approached, one thing concerned me. You see, summer means that two people who were previously at school all day are now “working from home” as well: my boys, ages 13 and nine. I knew I needed to find a way for work and family to coexist all day, every day. The e-learning industry is full of folks who do contract work or telecommute from home, so I thought many of you might be facing some of the same challenges. Here are some tips that…
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    elearning and Learning Management System LMS blog by GCube

  • The Role of e-Learning in Building and Managing Organizational Talent: A Case Study

    Arunima Majumdar
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    For any organization, its ‘people’ are its greatest asset. Modern companies truly believe that an organizations’ strength lies in empowering its people with innovation and care. In the tryst to create a positive working environment, many talent management strategies are put in place to make sure that the employees find opportunities to grow and flourish in the organization structure. One such strategy is the implementation of Employee Satisfaction Surveys (EOS) to understand the needs of the workforce as well as identify and address pertinent needs. Just as market data is critical for…
  • Benefits of the Cloud LMS – Is it the future of Learning Management Systems?

    Arunima Majumdar
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    Learning is crucial for corporations, who need to acquire newer skills and knowledge on a continuous basis. This has generated tremendous interest and adoption of Learning Management Systems (LMSs) among corporations over the last decade or so. However, the increasing use of LMS brought with it overheads in the implementation and maintenance of the new system. The amount of time and finances invested in managing an LMS is considerable, and even companies which excel in change management find it increasingly difficult to achieve widespread adoption and user satisfaction. According to the 2014…
  • 3 ways of creating video-based online learning: An e-learning perspective

    Arunima Majumdar
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    It is a well-known and accepted fact that videos improve the effectiveness of online learning. Videos engage the cognitive processes of learners and promote constructivist learning – where the learners make sense of the learning material by creating a coherent mental representation of the same in their minds. The knowledge gained thus stays with the learner for a longer time. The learner is also better equipped to apply it in the sphere of practical work. There are many ways of creating a video-based learning module. Here are three strategies that have shown exceptionally positive response…
  • Adopting e-Learning: Tips for reaping business benefits out of your elearning initiative

    Arunima Majumdar
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    The growth of the e-learning industry has been massive in the last decade. With the evolution of communication and development technologies, e-learning has become cost effective and more accessible. The global e-learning market is worth 91 million dollars, with an anticipated 20% growth per annum. (Source) While this is good news for all, the flipside of it is that organizations are often uncertain about which technology-aided learning to choose. Is it sufficient to create a technology-backed platform of learning and make it accessible to the learners? In most cases, it is not. A latest study…
  • My Own Online Content – MOOC Modified

    Ashutosh Thatte
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    So haven’t you heard of Indian Chinese cuisine? Or a Peppy Paneer Pizza or a McSpicy Aaloo Tikki! We Indians are into this uncanny habit of localizing everything to suit our palate. The world had dating websites, we made them matrimonial, the world had mobile phones, we invented the “missed call”, the world had fashion houses, we had neck-tie rentals outside offices to facilitate job seekers. In short – you give us a plot for a hi-tech sci-fi thriller and we will be able to make it a daily soap with emotions, family – drama, tears and love songs! That’s what works! Of course…
 
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    Custom training and elearning, anywhere anytime!

  • Developing an E-learning Storyboard – Pitfalls to Avoid

    KomiReddy Deepika
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Storyboarding is the most important part of the development phase as it gives the complete structure of an online course. A storyboard is a document that combines instructions on using text, audio elements, photos, videos, graphics and interactivities. People make mistakes, inadvertently, while developing an eLearning storyboard. To develop an effective and error-free storyboard, you should avoid mistakes. Here are a few common mistakes that we should avoid, in order to develop a perfect and error- free course. Adding too much of on-screen content: Stop adding too much of content on the…
  • How to Present Learning Objectives Differently?

    Manisha Reddy K
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Learning objectives are the heart of any eLearning course, as they communicate to the learners what they are going to learn and what they will be able to do after completing the course. Learning objectives answer the ‘What’s In It For Me’ question and set the learners and course on the right track. The learning objectives screen is the most powerful element in any eLearning course. We tend to present them in a bulleted list, which is generally ineffective. But, how effectively you present them can motivate or de-motivate the learners. Today, I will share a few different and interesting…
  • 4 Trends in E-learning Design and Development – An Infographic

    N Kranthi Kumar
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Over the years, eLearning has made itself contemporary for the contemporary audience. The main reason can be the rise of Gen-Y, which constitutes the majority of the working population. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2015, millennials will overtake the majority representation of the workforce, and by 2030 they will make up 75% of the workforce. In order to cater to the needs of Gen-Y, organizations have adopted new trends in eLearning.  Let’s see an info-graphic, which sheds light on the top trends in the eLearning industry. These trends are likely to have a…
  • How to Publish an E-Learning Project to HTML5 and SWF Format in Adobe captivate 8 [Video]

    Md. Sohail
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In my Last blog, we have seen the interface features of Adobe Captivate 8; in this blog, I will show you how to publish your courses in this tool. After completing your project or course in Adobe Captivate 8, you can publish your courses to multiple formats in a simple way. You can choose the publish options from the Publish window. If you publish to SWF, your learners can view the course on their desktop computers. If you publish to HTML5, your learners can view the course on iPads and mobile devices. If you publish to both SWF and HTML5, the learner can view the course on desktop…
  • Give a New Life to Your Legacy E-learning Courses Using Articulate Storyline

    Aruna Vayuvegula
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Over the years, you might have invested large sums of money in creating legacy eLearning courses. These might have been created carefully, with painstaking efforts by SMEs, training managers or other stakeholders. But now, they have no takers. They are relegated to the cold storage, mainly because the courses have not kept pace with changing times and user needs. What can you do? Do you let that initial investment go down the drain? Not necessarily. You can make use of your legacy courses by converting them into a format that is easily read by latest devices and browsers. You can re-invent…
 
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    Cogentys

  • Learn How to Implement a Hospitality Learning Management System from the World of Startups

    LMS Master
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Yes, implementing a hospitality learning management system is a daunting task, but compared to starting a company from nothing, it’s a piece of cake. No, really, it is; just stop and think about it... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
  • This Could Be the Best Retail Training Tool in the History of Mankind

    LMS Master
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    One of the biggest challenges training retail employees is that they are never in one spot.  The mobility of retail employees most definitely presents a unique challenge but it is not a challenge... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
  • Beef Up Your Retail e-Learning with a Little Help from Salesforce.com

    LMS Master
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
      I know what you’re thinking: SalesForce.com has nothing to do with retail e-Learning. Okay, all I ask is that you keep an open mind, for as it turns out we can all benefit from learning more... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
  • Creating Custom Online Sales Training?  Use This Great Tool

    LMS Master
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    When you’re creating custom online sales training, it’s hard enough tracking down the right subject matter for experts in your company, but then there is also the issue of approvals, politics, well,... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
  • How to Use a Retail Learning Management System to Train Millennials

    LMS Master
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Training Millennials for retail sales has been described in many ways.  Often people are concerned about training Millennials for a variety of reasons.  You shouldn’t let the “Millennials boogeyman”... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
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    The Learning Dispatch

  • The Power of Limits

    adib
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
       In the past, I’ve taken a special pride in figuring out how to bypass the limitations of the various elearning tools that are on the market. Need a full screen button? Add in a Flash file! Default timings too long? Edit the xml! And then I got wiser. Read more >> read more
  • Quicker Development: Use a Storyboard

    adib
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
         It might seem like a good idea to cut development time by eliminating the storyboard. After all, once you have your content down, it would be quicker to just jump into your development tool and start programming the course. Don’t. Read more >> read more
  • The Lectora User’s Conference and my First Big Presentation - Part 9: The Big Moment

    mword
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    By Mary WordLights in my eyes. Don’t say UM. Can they hear me OK? Is the sound on the computer working like it did in the equipment check? Stop worrying and start talking. You’re on.    I said there were lights in my eyes… This picture is not from my presentation, of course. It is from the closing ceremonies, but it is the same stage, and similar lights. The podium is off to the right side of the picture—but it helps set the stage, so to speak. And we were called up to the stage, all of the presenters, and given an award during this ceremony. You will see it a…
  • The Lectora User’s Conference and my First Big Presentation - Part 8: LA is one great big freeway…

    mword
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    By Mary WordSo did I tell you the conference was in Los Angeles? No? So I guess I also didn’t tell you it was actually in Beverly Hills. At the Beverly Hilton. And that my talk was given from the same stage they use to present the awards at the Golden Globes. Pretty cool, huh? (cue:  Hoorah for Hollywood…) I kept that Beverly Hilton water bottle from my speaker podium and the slim, elegant red pen with the BEVERLY HILTON in white logo letters. I enjoyed going out on my balcony overlooking the pool and the outside tables from Trader Vic’s. I could have done more…
  • The Lectora User’s Conference and my First Big Presentation - Part 7: Practice practice practice (um)

    mword
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    By Mary WordWe have been discussing the content of the presentation, and the challenges and solutions at the core of it. I have not gone into the nitty-gritty detail of it, but I think I have covered the high points. I have provided a few takeaways that you can apply to your own challenges, and use to make your own solutions. Maybe some specifics, too, if you are a Lectora developer.Now let’s get back to the presentation itself. Content is important, and without it your talk can be all smoke and mirrors. But don’t forget that root word ‘present’—the verb, that is. You have to…
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    e-Learning Leadership Blog

  • 4 Creative Process Tips for the e-Learning Graphic Designer

    Christopher Palm
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    by Christopher Palm, media artist  Remember pencil and paper? That archaic method of taking notes that existed before touch screens and smartphones? Well, apparently it’s still pretty useful to have around! Ever felt stuck in an initial design or needed inspiration for an animation? Sometimes dusting off that sketch pad and removing yourself from the digital world will do wonders—to open up your mind and help process those creative ideas jumbled in your head. Tip 1: Sketch It Out Being able to quickly sketch out an intricate scene during Savvy Start meetings with our clients is…
  • 6 Things You Don't Know About Our Upcoming Conference

    Allen Interactions
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Here are 6 things you may not know about our upcoming conference, co-located with Training Magazine's Online Learning Conference, this coming Monday, September 22nd in Chicago.  1. Kimo Kippen to Keynote We are honored to have client partner, Kimo Kippen, chief learning officer at Hilton Worldwide, join us on Monday. He will provide our conference closing keynote, Valuing Design & DevelopmentA CLO's Perspective. 2. Hands-On Activities Group collaborations. Mind maps. Card games. Scenario brainstorming. Led by our client partners and thought leaders, get ready to dig into the…
  • 5 Common Missteps In Onboarding Programs

    Hannah von Bank
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    by Hannah von Bank, relationship management assistant First impressions are often the most lastingwhat does your onboarding program say about your organization? Research has shown that effective onboarding increases employee retention and productivity while ineffective programs waste money and can result in burnout and increased turnover. With 25% of the United States workforce transitioning between jobs every year, creating an engaging and informative new hire orientation should be a key business initiative for employers. So what does “effective onboarding” really mean?
  • Make 'Em Laugh: 4 Ways to Create e-Learning Courses with Humor

    Ann Iverson
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    by Ann Iverson, instructional designer | @iverson_ann Everyone wants to laugh. Our inherent desire for humor leads us to share YouTube videos of laughing babies and frowning cats, and use acronyms like LOL in our text messages. But humor does not belong in serious e-learning courses, right? Well, think again. Making people laugh has been scientifically proven to relieve stress, improve productivity and motivate employees. Humor can even increase learner retention of concepts and situations that might otherwise be easily forgotten. I know what you’re thinking. Whenever you try to bring…
  • 76 Trombones and the Dangers of the Think Method for e-Learning

    Nicole Mellas
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    by Nicole Mellas, instructional designer and writer As a director and producer of live theater, I have a certain love for the classics, the big showy musicals from Americana’s past where everyone in town happens to participate in a dance number and then end by going about their business. I like the big numbers. I like the ridiculous leaps of faith and plot silliness that we all just accept as truth because, hey, it’s a musical. You just go with the flow. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the flamboyant, brilliant 1957 musical, The Music Man. A flim-flam traveling salesman,…
 
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    SHIFT's eLearning Blog

  • The 6 Laws of Learning No Instructional Designer Can Afford to Ignore

    Karla Gutierrez
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Today it is almost more likely to find companies pursuing eLearning than it is the traditional course in education. This makes good designers of eLearning programs a necessity. As a designer, you want to be able to stand out from the crowd and become known not as simply a good designer, but as a great one. You want your students to be able to learn and to see that they are progressing and you want to be sought out for your knowledge and skill in designing. Educational psychologists have identified several principles of learning, also known as laws of learning. By following these tested…
  • Decoding the DNA of an eLearning Course: 5 Essential Instructional Elements

    Aide Peralta
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Let's make a memory exercise and remember biology class. What is a cell? The cell is the basic unit of every living being whether human, animal or plant. We could say that the cell is the beginning of life.  Now, let's take this idea to eLearning. In this case, an eLearning course is a unit with connections, ideas and goals composed of teaching units, that is: cells. And what injects life into each of these cells is the instructional design because of this process depends the quality and quantity of meaningful learning experiences.  If you want to create an eLearning course, follow…
  • eLearning vs Classroom Training—How Different Are They?

    Karla Gutierrez
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Just 15 years ago, eLearning was an experimental way of teaching very technical subjects. Today, educators across all fields use online training to teach just about anything; it would be difficult to find a school or training department that does not incorporate eLearning into its programs in some way. Unfortunately, learning professionals who are new to eLearning are often resistant to create online courses, usually due to a lack of knowledge, and many of those who do dabble in eLearning tend to use the same pedagogical methods for their online training as their traditional instruction, even…
  • 10 Things Successful eLearning Professionals Do Differently

    Karla Gutierrez
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    eLearning professionals need to raise the bar and reset their expectations if their learners are to consider courses worthwhile. The following ten points are things we have found successful eLearning professionals do differently. We hope they can help developers change their mindsets to create the best courses possible. 1. They Make it a Goal to Learn About Their Audience. Successful eLearning developers know what motivates their learners to take online courses instead of spending their time on other activities. They find out what students love, like, and dislike about their organizations.
  • Humanize Your eLearning Courses or Risk Losing Learners

    Karla Gutierrez
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    eLearning is a valuable tool in education. Whether the goal is training or professional development, even complete college degrees, eLearning is here and here to stay. This begs the question, how can we ensure that we maximize the potential of those who are engaged in eLearning? Certainly, if there is content we expect people to learn, we want that content to “stick” in their minds and to be something they can recall later. Personalizing learning, which must include making the eLearning more human, is one important way to maximize the potential from eLearning. eLearning at its core is…
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    eLearning Industry

  • Do Listening Styles Matter in Online Learning?

    Stephanie Ivec
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Try to spot the listening styles in this workplace scenario Susie: Can I talk to you about something, Bob? Bob: *Checks watch* I have a meeting in 5 minutes, so make it quick. Susie: Oh, well, I was just thinking about some ways to improve office morale. Maybe a potluck or some teambuilding activities like laser tag night or getting a group together to run in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure next month or—” Bob: Okay, Susie, I don’t have time for this. Just email me a list later, all right? Susie: Oh sorry, of course… Does it sound like anything was accomplished through this…
  • Webinar vs Virtual Classroom – Lecture vs Learning

    Grant Williams
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Webinar vs Virtual Classroom We all know the cost benefits of delivering training to a remote audience through virtual real-time sessions. These benefits include reduced costs (Travel, time away from role etc) increased speed to market of training and extended reach etc. Yet too many sessions are one way lectures rather than sessions that really facilitate learning. We have all been on real-time virtual sessions which advertise themselves as training sessions, but are really just a presentation with questions at the end. These lectures are not engaging, don’t allow you to share ideas, put…
  • What You Should Know About Software Training

    Sukumari P
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The Software Training Basics There is no doubt that software training has become a trend. But what makes software training so popular? Be it just a demo or a simple PowerPoint presentation, there is always some form of training needed in order to transfer knowledge to your learners. In simple words, software training is here to stay as long as organizations are driven by the need to save time and cost by digitizing the tasks for themselves and all their stakeholders ranging from customers to vendors to business partners. Therefore, recent years have seen a boom in software training…
  • Creating Context in Product eLearning Design

    Celeste Mulder
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    How To Create Context In Your eLearning Design There have been numerous articles written about the importance of creating context in your e-Learning design, here’s one of my favorites by Ethan Edwards from Allen Interactions: A Fresh Look at Context in e-Learning Design. In this article I will show a few examples of how I successfully created context in e-Learning designed for clients using our payroll software. Why creating context was the ‘secret ingredient’ in our product e-Learning design winning recipe and how we did it. The most important thing to remember about any client, is…
  • Articulate Storyline 2 Review: An E-learning Authoring Tool Evolves

    Misha Milshtein
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Articulate Storyline 2 Review Some two and a half years after Articulate Storyline was first introduced to the world, Storyline 2 has been released, an event long anticipated by many. The “new” flagship of the Articulate product line has experienced tremendous success for a relative newcomer to the e-learning authoring tool scene, but users will always demand bigger, better, more reliable, and better-performing solutions. Will some of our prayers be answered with the second installment of the popular software? Let’s take a look. Let me first note that this article was written based on…
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    Raptivity Blog

  • VIDEO LEARNING

    Greg Gardner
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    This summer I’ve put the smoker on my backyard deck to good use.  I’ve made beef brisket, chicken, spare ribs and even grilled fish with it.  We’ve enjoyed the variety of meat and side dishes that go with each.  Summer […]
  • Approaches to Interactivity Building in eLearning

    Janhavi
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ralph Lauren Sale We all know that adding meaningful interactivity into eLearning courses allows learners to participate in the learning process, thus creating an enhanced learning environment. But building interactivities can be challenging if you don’t have the right resources, […]
  • Myth, Raptivity is good only for game based interactivities!

    Govind Magdalene
    22 May 2014 | 10:11 am
    Post the release of Raptivity Linker, I have been talking to quite a few instructional designers to get their thoughts and comments on this new product. Recently, I was speaking to a friend of mine about Raptivity Linker. She was […]
  • Excerpts from Experts

    Isha
    2 May 2014 | 1:52 am
    Over the last one year, team Raptivity delivered a plethora of exciting webinars featuring seasoned learning consultants who discussed the latest eLearning trends and technologies. I thought I would take a look back at all and choose some key takeaways […]
  • A Quick Recap – ‘Create Learning Arcs Using Raptivity LinkerBeta’

    Isha
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    Before I jump into writing what I am supposed to write today, there is a confession I want to make. Quite candidly, despite having used Raptivity extensively, I always struggled with ways and means of putting Raptivity interactions together. Though […]
 
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    USMLE / Internal Medicine ABIM Board Exam Review Blog

  • ABIM / Internal Medicine Board Review Question: Cardiology

    Admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Happy Friday! It’s been a while since we’ve put up a internal medicine board review question. This one is straight out of the Internal Medicine QBank!   21-year-old female presents to the ED for pain in her chest with deep breaths. She denies any fevers or chills at this time but admits that she just recovered from a cold a week ago. She denies cough, night sweats, weight loss or any other symptoms. The patient doesn’t report any medical problems at this time. She denies smoking or doing illegal drugs but drinks alcohol socially. Family history is non-contributory. She…
  • #IceBucketChallenge gives us opportunity to master Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) for the Boards

    sunirkumar
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    If you’re like millions of other Americans and folks around the world, you’ve already taken the #IceBucketChallenge. Indeed, over $41 million —and growing—have been donated to the cause that has gone viral on social media since late July. The beneficiary of this campaign is the A.L.S. Association, a nonprofit aimed at funding research for enhancing treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Here’s what you need to know about ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) for the USMLE Step, ABIM certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exams. OVERVIEW One of the…
  • Medical Mnemonics: Skull Bones – Step of 6

    ravibhatia
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It’s Medical Mnemonics Monday! Mnemonics can help you whether you’re studying for the ABIM board exam, USMLE Step exams (or any other medical board exam). Today we focus on how to remember the 6 Skull bones. S – Sphenoid T – Temporal E – Ethmoid P – Parietal O – Occipital F – Frontal   Straight from the Knowmedge Medical Mnemonics Platform…     You can see a list of our previous Medical Mnemonics here.  
  • Knowmedge Medical Mnemonics Platform Launches!

    Admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Our Medical Mnemonics Platform is finally here! Just a little over a year after we launched the Internal Medicine Question Bank, we are thrilled to be announcing the launch of our second product. An idea that came to us after speaking with subscribers and followers has finally now come to fruition! After many months of design, development, and content review and creation, we’re thrilled to finally introduce the Medical Mnemonics platform.   We detailed the mnemonics screenshots in our last post. Now there’s only one thing left for you to do…. Go and sign up! If you’re already a…
  • Medical Mnemonics: Left iliac fossa – causes of pain

    ravibhatia
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    It’s Medical Mnemonics Monday! Mnemonics can help you whether you’re studying for the ABIM board exam, USMLE Step exams (or any other medical board exam). Today we focus on Left illiac fossa causes of pain. S – Sigmoid diverticulitis U – Uteric colic P – PID E – Ectopic pregnancy R – Rectus sheath haematoma C – Colorectal carcinoma L – Left sided lower lobe pneumonia O – Ovarian cyst (rupture, torture) T – Threatened abortion / Testicular torsion     You can see a list of our previous Medical Mnemonics here.  
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    Learnnovators - Bringing INNOVATION to E-LEARNING

  • A Not-So-Serious Debate on The Serious eLearning Manifesto

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    THE QUOTE: “We have been deeply concerned about the state of elearning. We’ve talked about it, lamented it, grumbled to each other, and wondered how things might change. Finally, we have decided to do something. The Serious eLearning Manifesto is the result.” – The Instigators (The Serious eLearning Manifesto) THE JOURNEY: Like many of you out there, we too are concerned at today’s state of e-learning which follows ‘the same old way of doing things’. Let’s first take a quick look at a few serious and thought-provoking shout-outs about the present state of e-learning today from…
  • The Changing Face of Corporate L&D

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    THE QUOTE: “Learning & Development needs a makeover…It’s time for a change.” – Clark Quinn THE JOURNEY: ‘Learning at the speed of need’ is a significant factor that powers up workplaces around the world today. However, after reviewing our many years of work, we realise today that training in isolation is rarely the RIGHT answer for most performance problems, since performance-related issues could find roots in numerous other aspects in the workplace. This great realisation also seems to have dawned on the Learning and Development (L&D) function, which has been doing…
  • Cathy Moore – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    ABOUT CATHY MOORE (International e-Learning Thought Leader, Blogger): Cathy Moore is an internationally recognized speaker and writer dedicated to saving the world from boring instruction. She’s a passionate advocate for improving business performance by respecting and deeply challenging people. Her advice and designs have been used by organizations that include Microsoft, Pfizer, the US Army, Barclays, and the US Department of the Interior. She’s the creator of the action mapping model of training design used to improve performance by companies worldwide. A fun speaker, Cathy has…
  • How INNOVATION Is Driving Today’s Workplaces

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    THE QUOTE: “Survival requires continual innovation, and at the core is learning faster than everyone else.” – Clark Quinn (Learning Technology Strategist) THE JOURNEY: Innovation is driving today’s businesses and workplaces around the world. And, ‘learning at the speed of need’ is the most significant factor that helps power up innovation. We, at Learnnovators, believe this too, and have been continuously striving to achieve results by making innovation an integral part of our learning and development process. We have been trying to leverage the possibilities of this quality while…
  • How Performance Support Apps Are Faring In Today’s Workplaces

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    28 Jun 2014 | 2:20 am
    THE QUOTE: “The incredible expansion of mobile technologies is an important factor that will both drive and support the deployment of workplace learning tools and systems in the area of performance support.” – Charles Jennings (Managing Director, Duntroon Associates, and Founder, 70:20:10 Forum) The above quote is from our interview with Charles Jennings. THE JOURNEY: We all know… this is the age of mobile apps! These are revolutionizing all aspects (personal and professional) of our lives. They have started capturing their space in our workplaces too. Thanks to the ubiquitous nature…
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  • How HR Can Improve Wellness Through Training

    Sep Barkhodaee
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    HR professionals are used to being responsible for devising training programs for employees. But in recent years, companies have begun investing time and resources into another type of employee education: health and wellness.  While previously thought to be outside the purview of corporate direction, more businesses are finding value in encouraging employees to take a more active role in maintaining health. Wellness programs are an increasingly popular way to achieve this. Regardless of method, encouraging workers to better manage their health is important for companies who want to…
  • Give HR an advantage with mobile learning technology

    Sep Barkhodaee
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    The past decade or so has seen a tremendous explosion in the technology being used within the HR industry. Internet and Web-based platforms are nearly ubiquitous now, and one area that has benefited greatly from this technologization has been training.  Companies want to find training solutions that can deliver the most knowledge to the greatest number of employees as effectively as possible. With this in mind, it stands to reason that elearning software and Internet-based courses have become wildly popular in recent years. Another area of growth gaining popularity is mobile…
  • Why HR Should Be Concerned About Data Security

    Sep Barkhodaee
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    The proliferation of Web, cloud and mobile technology in recent years has opened the HR industry up to whole new possibilities. Unfortunately, one area that has also made itself known is that of cybersecurity. In a world where data and information have become something of a new currency, protecting and securing them has taken on new importance.  This raises new concerns for HR and management professionals, who are responsible for safeguarding this new information capital. In the digital age, securing data isn't as simple as locking it in a safe on-site. The existence of servers, the…
  • How To Boost Management Training For Better Leaders

    Sep Barkhodaee
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    Training is about more than simply providing employees with essential skills and job knowledge. The companies that get ahead are the ones that also take care to train their management staff effectively as well. Leadership is an important skill to cultivate, especially in the face of the changing workforce. Fortunately, there are things organizations can do to train not just the staff, but managers as well to imbue them with the proper skills necessary for effective leadership. Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering your management training programs. Management training is big…
  • Collaborative Learning Puts Training Into The Hands Of Employees

    Sep Barkhodaee
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    Employee training is constantly evolving, with management and HR always seeking out more effective methods to cultivate the most efficient and knowledgeable employees. What executives are finding recently, however, is that some training is best left in the hands of the employees.  Collaborative learning is fast becoming a new HR trend. Companies that want to take advantage of this momentum-gaining learning practice should first understand the benefits it can offer, and how it can best be harnessed.  Understanding collaborative learning Collaborative learning is a fairly broad…
 
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  • Celebrating “Talk Like A Pirate Day” At the Office

    Katie Hurst
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you are a pirate enthusiast, like myself, Talk Like a Pirate Day (TLAPD) can be agony at the office. You may fear judgement from colleagues regarding your eye patch, or perhaps are concerned about offending your subordinates when referring to them as "bilge rats." Don't despair me hearties! I've got a series of tips on how to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day tomorrow while maintaining professionalism in the office environment. Know Your History International Talk Like a Pirate Day, celebrated each year on September 19, originated in Albany, Oregon in 1995. Friends John Baur and Mark…
  • Course of the Week Highlight: Prepare for Q4 with an End-of-Year Compliance Refresher

    Kate Cornelius
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    As we move closer to Q4, compliance topics are once again top of mind. Need to get that last minute training in? We can help your company and employees stay safe and legal! With our wide variety of off-the-shelf options, our courses are a quick and easy way to make sure you meet your 2014 compliance goals and deadlines. From OSHA to sexual harassment to HIPAA, the courses in our library are ready to help! This week, we’re featuring three courses to jumpstart your end of the year compliance initiative. Looking for AB1825 sexual harassment training, respectful workplace training, or…
  • OpenSesame Unlocks the Power of Alibaba for Buyers

    Gina Rau
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Small business owners can say open sesame to open the cave of wonders and access Alibaba, the world’s largest marketplace, pairing buyers and sellers on their ecommerce platform. While investors are busy sizing up the potential with Alibaba’s IPO quickly approaching, people across the world are discovering the opportunity for small businesses to leverage the resources and technology that have typically been accessible only by larger companies.  Buying business and production supplies is different from buying shoes at Zappos. There’s simply more to the buying equation. Alibaba offers a…
  • Introducing OpenSesame's New Space!

    Hannah Huston
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    After three years in the Portland State Business Accelerator, OpenSesame has a new office to call home! Our new 4,600 square foot office is located in Old Town, which is exactly what Josh Blank, OpenSesame’s vice president and co-founder, was looking for. “We wanted to be located in a vibrant part of the city,” he noted, with plenty of amenities within walking distance and easy biking and public transit access. He also added that we were looking for a place that could accommodate our expected growth for the next couple of years. Another important feature we were looking for was a place…
  • Welcome to Our New Engineering Interns!

    Abby Miles
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are very excited and proud to welcome Austin, Chase, and Corey to the team! They are the latest crew to join our OpenSesame Engineering Intern Program. They will spend the next 3 months embedded with our team. As our strongest and most advanced intern class yet, they will have countless opportunities to provide value to the company and help grow our product. While they bring us great value, we (the engineering team in particular) will strive to do so in return by helping advance their skills & experience, offering mentorships, and strengthening each intern’s portfolio of work. Our…
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  • Christian College Online University with a Bible-Centered Education

    Fatima Anwar
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Are you in search of resources for Christian college online university? Are you attempting to make your mind up between an online secular university and a Christian college? The decision will be a tough one; it considerations your future career, your social life, and your happiness for successive few years.When you opt for a Christian college online university, you create an affirmative decision to develop yourself both professionally and spiritually. Accredited online Christian colleges and universities give constant selection of majors and glorious education found at online…
  • Guitar Classes Online Help You to Become Guitarist at Home

    Fatima Anwar
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    The guitar is the most well liked of musical instruments. It is the one instrument that everybody loves or wants to play. An easy way to pass some time and to impress your friends is learning to play guitar. For a few individuals it's their hobby and for a few it's a livelihood. Taking guitar classes online and learning guitar will be lots of fun especially you learn it using the Internet.It is one in all the tough music skills to learn and needs special coaching and lots of practice. Previously, if somebody wished to learn the guitar use, they required to attend guitar classes, take tuition…
  • Best Online Tutorials Sites for Education Courses and Learning Resources

    Fatima Anwar
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The subject of online education has been additional standard these days quite ever owing to its ability to supply quality education to students. online tutorials introduced by several educators are gaining in quality for its several benefits. The tutorials are developed by subject consultants after researches on the subject. The system is additionally terribly versatile due to the very fact that it allows the learners to figure and learn at identical time. With online learning you'll be able to study what you want and when you want, I have published an Article Top e learning resources for…
  • Online Kinesiology Degree Programs - Study of Human Movement

    Fatima Anwar
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Online Kinesiology Degree Programs include courses that focus on studies of human and animal motion embrace measures from motion pursuit systems, electrophysiology of muscle and brain activity, varied strategies for observance physiological operate, and alternative behavioral and psychological feature analysis techniques.What is Kinesiology?Kinesiology is a psychotherapy that focuses coarsely the body and its movements from psychological, biological, and physiological perspectives. Online kinesiology degree programs about the study of the mechanics of body movements. Kinesiology degree is the…
  • Where to Find Home Education Courses for Homeschoolers

    Fatima Anwar
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Home Education Courses and home-schooling is the most enjoyable movement in education today! it is not specifically new, up till 1850 most kids in America were educated at home. however the past twenty five years have seen a revival in home schooling, and currently between 2 and 3 million kids within the US are learning at home.Exploring the web I found that home schooling students growing rate is 40% per year. Few years ago home education considered as rogue choice but today it is most convenient and best way for Home school students because parents can provide an excellent education with…
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    Origin Learning - A Learning Solutions Blog

  • How Can Learning Be Made Better Through Analytics?

    Origin Learning
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Let’s begin with an assumption. You have a good learning strategy in place that is a judicious mix of instructor-led and online courses to take care of the training and development needs of your employees. But, the question that you need to ask yourself is, even if I have online courses that are good for all my employees doing a particular job, how do I find out or measure when during an elearning course do learners go astray? The challenge before academicians or educators/instructors of any kind is to sustain learners’ interests throughout the courses intended for them. However, with…
  • Providing Contextual Learning Through Apple’s iBeacon Technology

    Origin Learning
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    The number of iPhone users has been growing steadily. From 17.5 million users in 2010, the number has gone up to 63.2 million in the US alone, and this number is continuously rising. The total number of iPhones sold globally in 2013 is reported to be 150 million. Coupled with the BYOD policy that is a feature of most workplaces now, this presents another interesting opportunity to deliver context-based learning. iBeacon is an indoor proximity system designed by Apple Inc. for its devices that allows these devices to be accurately located inside spaces. Beacons are small, low-cost devices that…
  • Hike: How Free Offline Messaging Works

    Origin Learning
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:09 am
    With the coming of affordable 2G and 3G networks for mobiles, it is like we have been hardwired to Instant Messaging (IM) on our phones. In fact, IM applications have evolved to provide much more than simple text-and-emoticon messaging. There’s voice notes, voice calls, video chats, audio/video sharing, location sharing and everything; organized in a way that makes communicating so much simple, handy and fun. While most of us are comfortable with one or two apps that suit our needs, there is a whole lot of apps out there- WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Line, ChatOn, WeChat, Viber, Line,…
  • Lumosity Review: Do Brain Training Games Make You Smarter?

    Origin Learning
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    There is a plethora of online games out there that promise to make you more intelligent if you signup with them and follow a disciplined brain-training regime. Out of these Lumosity stands out with its 14 million (and counting) user base. Lumosity is a product of Lumos Labs, a neuroscience research and development company that has a dedicated team of neuroscientists working everyday to evolve more and more levels of the game. Currently there are about 35 different types of games in Lumosity that focus on separate areas of mental development. The game starts with a basic free version that…
  • Making Learning Fun: Gamification

    Origin Learning
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    A Gartner report says that by 2015, 50% of organizations managing innovation processes will gamify aspects of their business. In another case, 53% of the respondents participating in a Pew research found said that by 2020 gamification will be widely adopted by most of industries, communications scene and most of all education. With all the hype about transforming simple training into a holistic and integrated ‘learning’ and thereby development process, this should hardly come as a surprise. Now the question is, how to make learning fun? Yeah. Gamification. But how exactly to…
 
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    TalentLMS Blog

  • 11 Resources On Tin Can API You Must Read

    John Laskaris
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Tin Can API has been one of the biggest buzzwords for the last several months in e-Learning community and it’s unlikely that anyone who’s interested in eLearning haven’t (even faintly) heard about it.If you don’t want to dig through hundreds of articles or are still unsure if Tin Can API is the thing, we’re sharing a list of 10 articles that you need to read to understand what all the buzz is about.1. Overview from the sourceSo what is Tin Can API? Let’s see what source has to say about that. In this description you will find information about how it…
  • 9 Psychological Facts That Will Make Your Online Courses Better

    John Laskaris
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    You have agonized over creating your online course: what information to provide, activities for students, quizzes, discussions and more. Unfortunately, it feels like it could be better somehow. You don’t want your learners dreading their tasks and assignments, struggling just to grasp the most basic concepts.The human brain is a vast sea of complex methods and processes, however, understanding the most basic fundamentals of how we process and retain information can help make your online courses 100 times better than you ever imagined.There is no reason why you should have to become a…
  • 4 Reasons Why an LMS Is Necessary For a Small Business Success

    John Laskaris
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    If you’re a typical small business owner you might wonder why you’d ever need an LMS platform.  After all, on a first look, e-learning appears to be something that only educational institutions and big corporations with thousands of employees have a need for. Then again, the fact that you are reading this post shows that you’re not a typical small business owner: you want to learn more about LMS platforms and how they can assist in the success of your small business. And that’s exactly what we’re going to cover in this post.1. Knowledge retentionThe number one…
  • “Where Do I Start?” ― Creating Your First e-Learning Course

    John Laskaris
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Creating your first e-learning course can seem like a daunting, if not impossible, task. An endeavor that fills you with questions: How do you come up with the appropriate content? How do you organize your material? How can you tell when your course is ready? Where do you even start? Is there a defibrillator nearby?Take a deep breath and relax. We’re here to help you with solid, time-tested, advice that has worked for countless educators. After all, writing e-learning courses is not rocket science (except if you’re writing rocket-science courses, in which case it is). Begin at…
  • Calculating the ROI of your e-Learning courses

    John Laskaris
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    If you’re reading this post, you already know that e-learning is an important tool for the modern enterprise. You have already deployed, or are preparing to deploy, an LMS platform to cover your organization’s training needs. And you probably already have an intuitive grasp of the ways e-learning can benefit your business and its bottom line.That’s all well and good, but as a business you also need to verify your investment. If you’re a department head, having to pitch the need for an LMS solution to the upper management to secure the appropriate budget, you know all…
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    Learning In The Cloud

  • What’s the Value of Customer Training? Prove It

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    By guest expert, John Leh In a recent post — Customer Training: 5 Reasons Why It’s Smart Business — I explained how companies can develop stronger customer relationships through learning programs driven by advanced LMS technology. But that raises an important question: How do you win the funding you need to improve customer education? The best way to gain support is by demonstrating return on investment (ROI). I know ROI is a controversial subject in some learning circles. Nevertheless, it’s essential for customer training programs. Here’s why… The Wisdom…
  • Customer Training: 5 Reasons Why It’s Smart Business

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    By guest expert, John Leh Have you ever sharpened your DIY skills by attending a Home Depot “Hands on Workshop” or watching one of their “How To” videos online? Or, after purchasing a software application like QuickBooks, have you ever used a companion tutorial or online discussion forum to understand key features? Or late on Christmas Eve, have you ever squinted your way through poorly translated print instructions, while trying to assemble your child’s new bicycle? As customers, we’ve all encountered many forms of training. Some are much more effective than others. But in every…
  • Employee Skills Training: Insider Tips for Better Business Results

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    By Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus Every year, companies invest heavily in employee training programs — most of which are designed to improve job skills and knowledge. Unfortunately, too often, competency development results don’t meet expectations. Yet some initiatives are highly effective. What sets these successful programs apart? Case studies offer helpful insights. For example, let’s look at the story of a world leader in advanced technologies for safe, secure, energy-efficient buildings. Despite its far-flung workforce of…
  • “Mobile First” Learning: The Way Forward

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    For years, organizations have looked forward to “going mobile” with training programs for employees, customers and partners. Today, that vision has become a workplace imperative. Research tells us that mobile learning is foremost on the minds of training decision makers. And, as a next-generation LMS developer, it’s one of our top priorities. But a superior mobile learning experience requires a strategy that fits into today’s fluid enterprise IT environment. That’s why we asked Aragon Research CEO, Jim Lundy, to join us for a special “Mobile First…
  • LMS Adoption: How to Win Champions for New Learning Technology

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    By guest expert, Lea-Ann W. Berst Innovative companies often seek competitive advantage by empowering their people with knowledge. And learning initiatives that blend formal, informal and collaborative elements can be very effective at achieving that goal. But convincing people to learn and collaborate isn’t always easy — especially when new technology is being introduced. That’s when a thoughtful marketing strategy can make a big difference. Leading Learners to New Technology As an activation marketing consultant, I often step in and promote workforce learning initiatives…
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    Lambda Solutions » Blog

  • The Learning Management System Market Today

    Sean Hougan
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The learning and talent management system market today marks a time of significant change.  According to research from Bersin by Deloitte, 61% of companies will be in a ‘learning management system replacement phase’ over the next year and a half. In addition to this, Bersin researchers cite that the market is growing at an unprecedented […]The post The Learning Management System Market Today appeared first on Lambda Solutions.
  • HR Survey Results: Service Delivery and Technology Trends

    Sean Hougan
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    In a recent survey from Towers Watson, several key HR survey results bring to light trending HR transformation plans, goals and progress from 1,048 organizations around the world. Namely, the survey indicated that HR activities are empowering organizations though: smart investment decisions, balancing efforts and managing change effectively. The survey also found that HR technology […]The post HR Survey Results: Service Delivery and Technology Trends appeared first on Lambda Solutions.
  • The Benefits of Online Learning for Introverts

    Sean Hougan
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Given that one to two thirds of the U.S. population self-identify as introverts, a question that has been circling our most important institutions, workplaces and schools are—how can we modify these spaces so they accommodate introverts and extroverts equally? Since watching Susan Cain’s TedTalk, the Power of Introverts, we haven’t been able to stop thinking […]The post The Benefits of Online Learning for Introverts appeared first on Lambda Solutions.
  • Innovation Needed in Healthcare

    Sean Hougan
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Poll Results from the Wisdom of the Cloud: Cloud Based Learning in Healthcare Webinar Last week our Director of Research in Healthcare,  Amelia Newbury, presented a webinar that educated participants on a developing cloud-based platform that has the potential to transform the effectiveness of clinical learning.  Essentially, this freemium system will allow clinicians to effectively […]The post Innovation Needed in Healthcare appeared first on Lambda Solutions.
  • Yet another Reason why Open Source Solutions are Less Risky Alternatives

    Sean Hougan
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Just over a week ago, many in the talent and learning management sector were surprised to learn that Skillsoft acquired Sumtotal to bring together their learning capabilities with Sumtotal’s talent management capabilities.  This is the 2nd capital transaction for Skillsoft this year—it was only in March that a London based firm acquired Skillsoft for $2.3B+. […]The post Yet another Reason why Open Source Solutions are Less Risky Alternatives appeared first on Lambda Solutions.
 
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