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  • My Top Tools 2014

    Harold Jarche
    Harold
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Jane Hart compiles a list every year of the Top 10 Tools for learning. Voting closes on 21 September. Here are my top tools this year, with last year’s position shown in brackets. I have also annotated these tools as to what part of my PKM practice they connect with: SEEK > SENSE > SHARE 10 (4): Slideshare: A simple way to share presentations online but I use it (and LinkedIn, which owns Slideshare) in a separate browser to prevent it from tracking me. SHARE 9 (7): Flickr: Still a fairly easy way to share photos online but getting more complicated to use and share. I like the feature…
  • Approaches to Interactivity Building in eLearning

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    Janhavi
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Introduction 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, time, or […]
  • 5 Challenges in Taking Your Content to Mobile Learning

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    Origin Learning
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:06 am
    Mobile Learning- it’s easy, it’s intuitive and it definitely gives good returns on investment. With many organizations already using it and others beginning to take the plunge, mlearning seems to have taken off well- thanks to rapid innovation in cloud computing and widespread adoption of BYOD policies. Already, combined tablet and smartphone shipments surpass those of desktops and notebooks. However, the inherent characteristics of a mobile pose a few challenges to instructional and content designers in avoiding the risk of defeating its purpose of learning. 5 Challenges in…
  • Action Mapping With a Twist: A Tool for Budgeting E-Learning Development

    E-Learning Uncovered
    Tanya Seidel
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Whether you’ve been developing e-learning content for years or you’re just getting started, it can be challenging to predict how much time and money an e-learning development project will take. But how exactly can we predict and calculate that amount of time and what factors influence those amounts? I found that completing an exercise similar to Cathy Moore’s Action Mapping process – the same process many of us use for designing our e-learning content – was an effective tool for identifying significant time and cost factors for the completion of a project. In a short amount of…
  • Designing eLearning to Maximize the Working Memory

    SHIFT's eLearning Blog
    Karla Gutierrez
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    The brain is a complicated machine, capable of creating extraordinary works of art, solving complex problems, and feeling the deepest of emotions. At the same time, our brains function on a daily basis taking on more mundane and routine tasks that are just as important as building bridges or writing books. In eLearning, one of the most important brain functions to consider is the working memory, one of the more everyday functions of the brain. In short, the working memory is what we use to perform efficiently and effectively in our daily lives, including learning. Working Memory as a Learning…
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  • Peer Learning in Virtual Schools

    fsaba
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    This article is about peer-to-peer learning amongst students within K–12 virtual schools. This issue is examined through a case study of experiences of three students with disabilities enrolled in one virtual school and that of their parents, teachers, and school administrators. The article is framed around variability in learners’ aptitudes for peer-to-peer learning, in the design of the learning environment and what it affords for interpersonal interactions, and in the context where that learning design is implemented (and whether or not it promotes peer-to-peer learning). Each of these…
  • Self-Regulated Learning Skills and Online Activities Between Higher and Lower Performers on a Web-Intensive Undergraduate Engineering Course

    fsaba
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    The objective of this study was to evaluate students’ self-regulated learning (SRL) skills used in a Web-intensive learning environment. The research question guiding the study was: How did the use of student SRL skills and student engagement in online activities compare between higher- and lower-performing students participating in a Web-intensive engineering course? Specific focus was given to exploring how higher- and lower-performing students’ forethought, performance control, and self-reflection as well as how their online activities differed. In this study, a Web-intensive course…
  • Unlearning the Past: New Foundations for Online Student Retention

    fsaba
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Many factors affect students selecting a university to attend and almost as many factors that can present challenges once they enroll and begin attending classes. Once they start taking courses, the next challenge is completing them, and this can be particularly taxing for online students. In the case of online universities, quality assessment criteria of the online courses and faculty may vary. Thus, it is important not only to get feedback from students, but also to look at course completion rates. The purpose of this paper is to share lessons learned regarding factors…
  • Flexible, Printed Batteries for Wearable Devices

    fsaba
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Imprint Energy is developing a long-lasting, bendable, and rechargeable battery. MIT Technology Review Full Article
  • The Post-LMS LMS

    fsaba
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Blackboard has Learn, Instructure has Canvas, and now, Desire2Learn has Brightspace. With Desire2Learn’s announcement, the three leading learning management system providers have all finally put a name to their products, but analysts say vendors may be on the verge of tearing down those silos in favor of an open ecosystem. Inside Higher Ed Full Article
 
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  • Create Your Own Custom Characters for Online Training

    tom
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    In this blog we’ve learned how to create custom characters with clip art. We’ve also learned to create our own illustrated characters in PowerPoint. And today, we’ll learn another way to create custom characters. A few months ago, Mike Taylor, one of our community managers had a great post on how to create your own graphics for your online training courses. It was one of those posts so good that I want to make sure it didn’t slip through the cracks. You can watch his tutorial below to see how easy it is to create custom characters using simple shapes. Click here to view how to create…
  • How to Provide Feedback for Drag and Drop Interactions

    tom
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:25 am
    Interactive elearning is all the rage and building drag and drop interactions is getting easier than ever. Drag and drop interactions are great because they get the learners to interact with the screen objects and make decisions. The dragging of objects is also usually more engaging than the more common click interactions. Here are some previous blog posts on drag and drop interactions for those less experienced: Basic Building Blocks for Drag and Drop Interactions 3 Tips for Building Drag and Drop Learning Interactions Since many of you are just getting started with elearning and creating…
  • Instructional Techniques for Building Effective Online Training

    tom
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:31 am
    Effective online training involves more than just sharing information. It also requires the learner practice and apply what you’ve taught them. Despite our best efforts many online courses are still mostly linear. As I’ve mentioned before, that’s probably fine for those annual compliance courses that aren’t tied to specific performance objectives. But if you want to build courses that are effective and engaging you need to focus on sound instructional design and the activities required to learn and prove understanding. Effective Online Training Starts with the Tell, Show,…
  • How to Create Your Own Illustrated Characters in PowerPoint

    tom
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:31 am
    PowerPoint is a versatile application. You can use it for all sorts of things from presentations to online training programs. In previous posts I’ve shown you how to customize clip art and create your own graphics. Today’s tip comes courtesy of blog reader, Daniel Albarrán. He sent me an email stating that once he understood the versatility of PowerPoint it opened his eyes to all sorts of possibilities—one of them being the ability to create illustrated characters. How to Create Illustrated Characters in PowerPoint Here are some of the graphics he created in PowerPoint. As you can see,…
  • How to Create an Interactive Story Template for E-Learning

    tom
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:39 am
    In a previous post I showed an easy way to convert your linear course to an interactive story. The essence of it is to reframe your content so that the information is aligned to a relevant scenario and then find the images to represent key points in the scenario. The images are the visual cues; and the learner clicks on an image as a means to get the information. From there you can make it as simple or complex as you like from basic information to elaborate scenario. Here’s the demo I used in the post. Click here to view the demo. How I Created the Interactive Story I received a lot of…
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    Harold Jarche

  • Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

    Harold
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Hierarchies A new model for work is required. Hierarchies, simple branching networks, are obsolete. They work well when information flows mostly in one direction: down. Hierarchies are good for command and control. They are handy to get things done in small groups. But hierarchies are rather useless to create, innovate, or change. We have known for quite a while that hierarchies are ineffective when things get complex. For example, matrix management was an attempt to address the weakness of organizational silos resulting from simple, branching hierarchies. In matrix management people have…
  • Preparing your workforce for tomorrow

    Harold
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    I created a performance improvement toolbox when I started this blog in 2004, and have kept adding to it over the years. I often look at workplace performance first from the perspective of whether the situation we are trying to address is complicated or complex. Training works well for complicated problems, when you have clear and measurable objectives. Training looks backwards, at what worked in the past (good & best practices), and creates a controlled environment to develop knowledge and skills. Training can be good to develop ways to reduce errors, which is only one part of improving…
  • My Top Tools 2014

    Harold
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Jane Hart compiles a list every year of the Top 10 Tools for learning. Voting closes on 21 September. Here are my top tools this year, with last year’s position shown in brackets. I have also annotated these tools as to what part of my PKM practice they connect with: SEEK > SENSE > SHARE 10 (4): Slideshare: A simple way to share presentations online but I use it (and LinkedIn, which owns Slideshare) in a separate browser to prevent it from tracking me. SHARE 9 (7): Flickr: Still a fairly easy way to share photos online but getting more complicated to use and share. I like the feature…
  • If you want to foster change, stay out of training

    Harold
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    In the mid 1990′s I served as a Training Development Officer working with tactical aviation (helicopters that support the Army).  We had just purchased 100 helicopters plus a full motion combat simulator and my office was next to the simulator, which I watched as it was installed, tested, and used. My work also involved writing papers to justify the use of other simulators, such as cockpit procedure trainers and maintenance trainers. One of the papers I wrote examined how we needed to develop an integrated approach to specifying what type of simulation, or emulation, was most suitable…
  • Not all innovation is disruptive

    Harold
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Given all the talk about disruptive innovation lately, I thought I’d dust off several posts I have written on the subject and update them. In the book McLuhan for Managers, the authors provide a lens for managers and owners to make business decisions primarily using McLuhan’s laws of media to understand the changes that are possible with any medium. According to co-author Derrick de Kerckhove, the tetradic laws of media state that every medium (or technology in the broader sense of the word) has four major effects: extends a human property (the car extends the foot); obsolesces the…
 
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    Litmos LMS

  • Adding Users – Educational Webinar Series

    Madeline Honig-Goepp
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    The Litmos first educational webinar was a great success!  Thank you to everyone who was able to join us. For those of you who were not able to attend, you are in luck!  We will be recording all webinars and posting them on our website, this one included.   The theme of this week’s webinar was adding users to Litmos.  We went over the different ways to add users to the system ranging from adding each user manually, self sign-up, and an overview of API capabilities. Stay tuned for the details of our next webinar on Reporting Wednesday August, 6th. The post Adding Users –…
  • Why Recording Instructor Led Training is Part of Your Design Process

    Brent Schlenker
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
      Recording events is easier than ever. If you have a smartphone then you have a video recording device with you right now. Audio only recording works fine too.  The important thing is that you capture the content.  You may already have a copy of your SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) slides, but what you really want is a recording of him/her talking about those slides. That’s the real gold. Catching up Let’s reflect for a moment on how we got to this point. We have been given a request for training. We have identified a SME. We have organized an instructor led training event…
  • Introducing the Litmos Education Webinar Series

    Madeline Honig-Goepp
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    We want you to be successful with your eLearning!  And so, the Litmos team is introducing the Education Webinar Series.  Every first and third Wednesday of each month the Litmos team will be hosting a 30 minute webinar at 10:00 am PST to educate Litmos users in ways they can better utilize the system and become an LMS wizard. The series will include a wide variety of webinars with topics for both beginners and well seasoned users.  Some sample topics include Instructor Lead Training (ILT) modules, customizing the system, Ecommerce solutions, Salesforce app, new features to the system,…
  • Tips for Successful Instructor-led Training Events…or Concerts!

    Brent Schlenker
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Last week I introduced you to the idea of making your subject matter experts the center of your initial training efforts. It’s their knowledge…not yours. Treat them like the knowledge rockstars they are and you will win. Recap of Last Post Lets recap the last post to understand why you should see your SMEs as rockstars. This is important because… you gain the trust of your SMEs you quickly add value to the business you can define/refine a repeatable ILT (Instructor led training) production process the event is the starting point for your new design process These are all…
  • How to Make Your Subject Matter Expert a Rockstar!

    Brent Schlenker
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    *image courtesy of blog.promoboxx.com Everyone wants to be a rockstar at some point in their lives. Corporate professionals are no different. Most of us will never get that chance, and probably don’t actually want it.  We just like to dream about it. What we’re really after is just a little recognition. We like that the company values our knowledge and expertise, and we enjoy talking about it and sharing with those who are interested. But most of this is seen as part of management’s responsibility.  Recognizing employees, and keeping employees motivated is their…
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  • 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…
  • Activating Latent Knowledge Capacity

    gsiemens
    5 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Last week, we wrapped up another successful Learning Analytics Summer Institute at Harvard. The recordings of most of the talks and panels can be found here. Since we were already in town, Dragan Gasevic and I were invited by edX to give a talk to their staff and member institutions (we are running a course on edX in fall on Data, Analytics, & Learning). The focus for the talk at edX, slides below, was to try and get at what is wrong with MOOCs and education in general. To answer the challenge of “what is wrong with education” it’s helpful to step back a bit and…
 
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    Cathy Moore

  • 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…
  • Branching scenarios: How many decision points?

    Cathy Moore
    5 May 2014 | 7:47 pm
    You’ve decided a branching scenario will be part of your project. But how long should it be? First, I’m assuming that we’re talking about an exploratory or “learning” scenario, meaning a story in which learners make decisions without a lot of hand-holding and learn from the consequences of their decisions. I’m also assuming that the skill you want learners to develop is relatively complex, such as managing a conversation to create the best results. Aim for 7 decision points in most paths As a general rule I recommend that each path include at least 7…
  • How to kick off a project and avoid an info dump

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

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

  • 3 ways Harvard President Drew Faust measures colleges – Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace

    Ray Schroeder
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    by Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace By 2015, the Obama administration will evaluate colleges on average tuition cost, low-income student enrollment, graduation rates and job earnings after graduation. When they released this proposal last year, the higher education community generally disagreed with their criteria. One strong critic is Drew Faust, the president at Harvard University. Here are some measurements she thinks are important to consider: Measurement: Jobs, but not salaries. Measurement: The percentage of students on financial aid. Measurement: How digital-forward teaching is.
  • A cheaper, faster version of a college degree

    Ray Schroeder
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY No one appears quite ready to dismiss the value of a college degree, but cheaper, faster alternatives are gaining credibility in the workplace. The latest example: AT&T is working with a for-profit online education provider to develop “nanodegrees,” its name for a series of courses that will take less than a year to complete and lead directly to entry-level jobs at the company related to Web and mobile applications development. The coursework, to be launched this fall by online education provider Udacity, will cost about $200 a month. The only…
  • New Portal to Offer Free Online Courses to Africa’s Managers and Entrepreneurs

    Ray Schroeder
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    BY LILIAN MUTEGI, All Africa The African Management Initiative (AMI) has launched the first series of online courses developed with top business schools aimed at reaching one million African entrepreneurs and managers in the next decade. Currently reaching over 800 managers, the first course – Managing Customers and Markets – is available on AMI’s new online learning platform. The course was developed by Strathmore Business School. Other online courses offered by AMI include managing myself, managing rojects, managing customers, financing impacts, managing people, scaling…
  • Minerva Project Mixes Online Learning With World Travel

    Ray Schroeder
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    By KIRK CARAPEZZA, WGBH Would you attend a college that sends you around the world to live in different cities while taking all of your classes online? Minerva Project CEO Ben Nelson is banking on the notion that the world is ready for a new and different kind of university. “If you want to have a student experience that is around the concept of a campus, sheltered environment, go to your local football games, fraternities, you have plenty of options,” Nelson said. “But if you want to go to school while really immersing yourself in the best the world has to offer, we are your only…
  • Competency-Based Learning Provides Perks for Online Students

    Ray Schroeder
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    By Devon Haynie, US News Imagine going to school in an online environment separate from any time requirements — where you could test out of a course in a day if you proved you mastered the content. While still rare, students increasingly have the option to do just that as more online programs embrace something called competency-based learning. Competency-based learning allows students to work through an online course at their own pace, taking less time if they understand the material and more time if they are struggling. When students feel like they can demonstrate their knowledge or…
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    E-Learning Journeys

  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    Going social | Learning in the Modern Workplace tags: sociallearning education business enterprisesocialnetwork 21st Century Education and 21st Century Citizenship "Released last year, Reimagining Citizenship for the 21st Century report (produced with the financial support of the Hewlett Foundation) outlines the practices and dimensions of citizenship today, within the context of 21st century learning. This new model, with the interconnecting aspects of civic literacy, digital citizenship and global engagement, provides a kickstart to the important conversation of how we can help schools and…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    Reflector Airplay Receiver - Mirror an iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC tags: ipad education ASB Unplugged- Globally Connected Projects (with images, tweets) · langwitches · Storify Sylvia Tolisano created this Storify after being part of my global collaboration workshop at ASB Unplugged 2014. tags: jul asbunplugged education globalcollaboration flatconnections Curation as a tool for teaching and learning (with images) tags: curation education digitalcitizenship GVC-Clubhouse - home Marsha Goren facilitates global projects https://twitter.com/gdgoren tags: globalcollaboration globalproject…
  • Flatten your learning with SEVEN new ideas: Flat Connections Global Educator Graduates

    Julie Lindsay
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Recently the Flat Connections Global Educator 14-1 cohort (February-June, 2014) graduated NINE new educators. After a rigorous and fully supported journey to understand how to flatten the classroom and promote online collaboration, including global project design and management, each of these participants concluded with a global presentation sharing their final project ideas. These projects are uniquely local in context and focus on the needs of the teacher-designer with ideas and plans to join classrooms for flattened learning and understanding about the world.These educators are to be…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    Julie Lindsay - Flat Connections: Connect, Collaborate, Change - YouTube Bob Greenberg from The Brainwaves video series recorded this at ISTE 2014 in Atlanta. tags: jul flatconnection education globalcollaboration ISTE 2014 by the numbers Some interesting numbers associated with the just gone ISTE 2014 conference in Atlanta tags: iste2014 infographic education The Classroom & Learning in 5 Years: Impossible to Envision? - Getting Smart by John Hardison - edchat, EdTech, education, Innovation, iste2014, learning | Getting Smart tags: iste2014 jul emergingtechnologies education How to Design…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    Five Step Activity to Develop Social Entrepreneurship // ISMOTION tags: social_entrepreneurship flatconnectionsconference education The ImageSeek Mozilla Webmaker Teaching Kit - CogDogBlog Alan Levine further refines his approach to searching for relevant images - excellent resource for all learners! tags: images search education creativecommons digitalcitizenship Tweechme is proud to announce its very own Mobile App on iOS and Android App tags: Twitter education Web2.0 [Infographic] A Framework for Global Competence - VIF Learning Center Blog - VIF Learning Center tags: globalcompetence…
 
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  • 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,…
  • Slam That!

    Chris Betcher
    9 May 2014 | 3:39 am
    I had the chance to take one of our Year 6 classes this morning while their teacher was away. This class is part of our BYOD iPad program where every student brings their own iPad.  Borrowing the Slam idea from the Google Summits, I got them to do an App Slam. Every student was given an opportunity to voluntarily participate, and they had 2 minutes to share an app, game, tool, tip, etc with the rest of the class. I said it could be anything at all, just something that they enjoyed using and would like to share with the class. I was amazed at just how eager they were to do this, and they…
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  • 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,…
  • It Has Been a Busy Spring-Lots of Tech

    18 May 2014 | 6:48 pm
    It has been a very busy spring trying to catch up from the cold and snowy winter. March was a busy month chock full of presentations and workshops. It was really exciting to be one of the organizers of the EDCampAccessNJ which was held at the College of St. Elizabeth. The highlight for me was putting together the venue and having all my colleagues there to share their expertise. It was a great day an I am hoping that we can make this an annual event. We had great support of the college and from vendors who gave us great give away and really were there in spirit.As much as I try to keep up the…
  • Tegware Bagel and Boogie Board Perfect Together!

    3 Feb 2014 | 9:01 am
    I have been following the digital writing market for some time now and was intrigued when I learned about a new product from Tegware, called the Tegware Bagel, which marries an iPhone case with a small Boogie Board eWriter display, which was released at CES 2014. Having reviewed the original Boogie Board when it was released, I saw first-hand how liberating it was to use for jotting down notes and for doodling and have enjoyed using one ever since. In fact, I now keep a Boogie Board Jot 4.5  on my desk at work to write down reminders and telephone numbers instead of wasting paper. There…
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    ASTD Philadelphia e-SIG

  • Gamification Case Study: Release Your Angry Bird

    stephanieF
    28 Jun 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Our June 19th session was hosted by Zsolt Olah, a Senior Program Manager at Comcast University’s Product Knowledge team. About five years ago, when Comcast University started using more and more “challenges” and “immersive learning activities” in blended and e-learning solutions, gamification was not as loud and widespread as it is today. In our session, […]
  • Battle of the eLearning Tools – Part One

    stephanieF
    20 May 2014 | 1:56 pm
    A few weeks ago at our April session at MCCC, twelve audience members were split among three teams to discuss four real-life training scenarios. Each team separately discussed the tool(s) they would prefer to use based upon their collective experiences. As a large group we discuss our preferences, and our experiences along with tips for […]
  • Secrets of (Good) Simulation Design – Synopsis

    stephanieF
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    Rich Mesch from Performance Development Group (PDG) joined us this month to discuss important aspects of good simulation design. By definition, a simulation is, “…a realistic controlled-risk environment where users can practice behaviors and experience the impacts of decisions.” There are several types of simulations: branching storyline (ex. choose your adventure), system dynamics (ex. decision-making […]
  • Coming in April 24, 2014 – Battle of the eLearning Tools!

    stephanieF
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Have you ever been in a situation where you found yourself debating which eLearning development software was the right tool for the job? Which tool will give you everything you need with the least amount of tweaks and workarounds? This session will be an open forum where we’ll walk through several scenarios as time permits […]
  • Research Participation for Reusability of Learning Objects

    stephanieF
    2 Mar 2014 | 6:24 pm
    This posing is by request from a local colleague, Latonia Ayscue, who is conducting research for her doctorate in Instructional Design. If you are interested please read and click on the short Eligibility survey included below.  Thanks! – Stephanie Attention: Instructional Designers with five or more years of experience and have reused learning objects to […]
 
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    Bottom Line Performance » Blog

  • Agile Learning Design for Beginners (Free White Paper)

    Jake Huhn
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Jennifer Bertram, Director of Instructional Design here at Bottom-Line Performance, has authored a new white paper on Agile Learning Design. In Agile Learning Design for Beginners, Jennifer gives a comprehensive introduction to one of her areas of expertise as a Director of Instructional Design: Agile. The white paper skips the buzzwords and gives a much needed overview of Agile methodology from the perspective of real instructional designers and managers. You can download the white paper by filling out the form below: Here’s an overview of the content covered in the white paper: Why…
  • Zombie College, The Great Flu, and Online Learning: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Abby Seifert
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:10 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…
  • BLP Hosts “Game Design Day” for the Children of Dayspring Center

    Sharon Boller
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Last Friday, 20 young people from Dayspring Center’s Camp Discovery program visited our offices. Kids from ages 10 to 15 spent time with us playing outdoor games and indoor games, eating tons of pizza, and then making games of their own with the help of our BLP game designers. Our first activity was a fun game where the kids worked together to make a perfect square out of rope with one catch: they had to wear blindfolds! For those unaware, Dayspring Center provides emergency shelter, clothing, and three nourishing meals-a-day for homeless families with children in central Indiana.
  • This Week on #BLPLearn: Gingko, Firebase, and Games We Care About

    Abby Seifert
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
  • This Week on #BLPLearn: Pushing Your Luck, Teaching With Games, and Hiring Weirdos

    Abby Seifert
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
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    Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

  • 21st Century Learning - Let's Leave 20th Century Education Behind!

    Brent Schlenker
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I'd like to restate something I've learned over the years living through and participating in the latest significant historical, world-changing event: The Internet. And you may find this to be obvious but here it goes...THE INTERNET CHANGES EVERYTHING!And if that statement seems a little vague then let me attempt to clarify it a little.Pre-internet there were gate keepers for everything: Newspapers and big TV networks were the gatekeepers of news, publishers were the gatekeepers of books, record companies were the gatekeepers of music, universities were the gatekeepers of…
  • Mobile Learning - No Pedagogy Required!

    Brent Schlenker
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    I've published a few blog posts at Litmos.com/blog over the last 3 months.  Most of the conversations around those posts occur in other places other than the blog, like Twitter, or Google+, or LinkedIn, etc. I started responding to someone in the comments today and realized it was getting very long and it would be better to share this thought as a blog post.The following is in response to my blog post The Two Paths to Mobile Learning: I love academic journals...at times. But after 20+ years in the corporate world I've learned to take it in with a healthy dose of skepticism.
  • Reviewing the Week: Knowledge Brokers, mLearnCon, Rock and Roll, and Apps

    Brent Schlenker
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The week leading up to the July 4th holiday weekend was very quiet around the office. It gave me some time to think and write quite a bit.  The first 2 of 4 blog posts written during that time were published this week:What Learning and Development can Learn from a Rock Band and YouTube - This post started out as a review of mLearnCon 2014 but quickly took a left turn at my stage presentation.  I realized that I've never really explained my thinking behind why I tell the Arnel Pineda story and so, as my blogs tend to do, it became a post about that in the end. How Corporate…
  • 6 Lessons in Powerpoint Design You Should Apply to eLearning Design

    Brent Schlenker
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    I am fascinated by designers...not just good, or great, designers either.  I'm talking about the designers who seem to just be born to be designers.I found another one today and have added him to my list. Emiland De Cubber redesigned the epic 2014 Internet Trends deck by Mary Meeker and I was amazed by the results.Lindsay Kolowich at Hubspot does a great job in highlighting and explaining the critical design features that make De Cubber's presentation more a appealing and I'll guess easier to learn from as well.Just highlighting this makes me cringe at the thought of another…
  • New Integrated Iterative Training Development Process

    Brent Schlenker
    28 May 2014 | 10:29 am
    Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.netI've been thinking a lot about how the management, design, development, and delivery of training happens these days.  One thing I know for sure is that the old, and current, processes for getting training done don't work in every situation. I've written a couple blog posts about it:How a New Training Process Scales Up Your Talent Making Training Delivery Part of Your Training Development Process I know that many training organizations have done training the same way for many years.  And if your culture still supports…
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    e-Clippings (Learning As Art)

  • Culture is the ground on which you (& your company) stands

    mark oehlert
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Would you ever go camping and just set your tent up without checking the ground underneath? You're supposed to check the view in your mirrors when you first get in the car right? Would you ever travel to a foreign country for the first time without at least glancing at a guide or phrasebook? Hopefully you answered "no" to those questions - let's act like you did anyway.  What you're doing up there is establishing the context for your actions - hopefully you're doing that because you know that understanding that context can be key to that endeavor being…
  • Let's just call it what it is...it's a brand name..not learning

    mark oehlert
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    mLearning. sLearning. The venerable and ancient eLearning. Can we just be clear that these names refer to product channels and/or brand names but not to actual 'learning'? I think the one that comes closest is social learning and that is most helpful in a Web 2.0 way in that it indicates, in my mind, a break with the way we've done education and training since the start of the Industrial Revolution when we started this idea that the demonstration of one's skills and knowledge should be done in some increasingly artificial and solitary manner. Social learning at least…
  • Who "owns" your organization's culture?

    mark oehlert
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
        The "C" word. Yep, culture. Haunts so many of our efforts. Often it's like a specter hanging over failed projects - "the culture wasn't prepared to accept that technology." We talk about it's importance and about having the right one and about disruptive ones and innovation ones but I think we need to be a bit more basic up front.      The first thing you need to understand about organizational culture is that you already have one. No one has to be tasked with creating a culture - it just happens when humans start doing that human thing and…
  • What I hear when I hear 'gamification' [end user perspective]

    mark oehlert
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    We're going to leave the debates behind for the moment about is 'gamification' is BS or not - not that they're not important but they're not focused on the end user.  Here is what the end user wants: They want to know what they're supposed to do when. Draw clear lines. If the lines happen to have badges along the way, then fine, just make sure they really point to where I need to be.  They want good UX/UI design. They're busy, they've got three bosses. They're reports are due THIS MORNING. Make life easy on them. Think about the UX/UI design from…
  • Thoughts on Soap Bubbles and Learning

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

  • The Accidental ID: Join me for a Q&A Webinar Session on July 31st!

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Join me on July 31 (two times available to create a truly global thing of it!) for a loose and wild webinar, where we explore your burning questions about instructional design and eLearning. "What will I be when I grow up?" Most of us never imagined the answer to that question would be an Instructional Designer. Like Cammy, many of us fell into the role by chance. We learned along the way, experienced a few face plants and witnessed some major technological shifts. All of which we keep in our handy dandy back pocket of "experience."Others are just beginning their journey. Bright-eyed and…
  • Check out our video recap of #mlearncon!

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Already a fading memory, but #mlearncon was loads of fun this year.Want to see what you missed? Want to see if we captured you on video? Want to see if Marty Rosenheck prefers a tablet or a book? Burning questions like these are answered here...Enjoy!
  • Join me for the Accidental ID Webinar Thursday July 17 with Training Mag Network!

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Are you an accidental ID?Looking to build more intention into your practice?Join me this Thursday, July 17 @ 1:00 eastern for free webinar with Training Magazine Network. I'll share my story, some tips, ideas and--hopefully--some inspiration!Register here and hope to see you online!
  • Share Your Accidental ID Story & Win a Copy of My Book!

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Bryan Jones over at eLearning Art has posted an interview with me...AND is giving away ten copies of my book to a few lucky winners who share their own Accidental ID story.So many of us landed in this field completely by accident? What's your story?
  • The Accidental (Mobile) Instructional Designer #mlearncon

    27 Jun 2014 | 9:08 am
    This week, it's been mLearnCon in sunny San Diego! A really great conference with an engaged community of practitioners actively solving problems and seeking out ideas and insights.I led a session on Thursday, riffing a bit off my new book. So many of us working in this field found ourselves here seemingly by accident. So we've been designing and developing eLearning all these years, and now a new twist has been added to our plates--making it mobile.Apologies that my slide deck doesn't capture all of the great insights and sharing that the group contributed, but this should give you an idea…
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    Learnlets

  • Top 10 Tools for Learning

    Clark
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Jane Hart compiles, every year, a list of the top 10 tools for learning.  And, of course, it’s that time again, so here we go. I like what Harold Jarche did about tagging his list with the steps of his Seek-Sense-Share model for Personal Knowledge Mastery, so I’m adding that as well. In no particular order: 1. Word: I write most of my articles and books in Word.  The outline feature is critical for me (and the main reason I haven’t switched to Pages, it’s just not industrial strength) in structuring my thoughts, and writing is one of the ways I think out loud. Sense…
  • Models for learning

    Clark
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    In a previous post, I suggested that we should not do the ‘click to learn more’, as it was just about presenting content.  But we do need to present content, so what content makes sense?  Obviously, examples are one thing, but let me make the case that the ‘how to’, the concept, should be in the form of a model. There’s a problem in that Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) don’t have access to the what they do,but they have access to what they know, so it’s real easy to get a knowledge dump. And it’s hard work to make sense of it, sometimes, and it’s easier to just recite…
  • Click to learn less

    Clark
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    All too often, when I review content, I see a recurrent interaction. And I really can’t figure out why, except a thorough lack of understanding of learning, and a determination to put interaction in regardless. Click here to learn more. It’s not just the next button I’m railing about here, but instead that, on a screen, there’ll be n things, tabs, boxes, something, with the instructions to ‘click to learn more’. The point being that information is available but not directly. It appears that the designer has a lot of content to present, and yet just presenting lots of content is…
  • Benign role-playing

    Clark
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    In #lrnchat a couple of weeks ago on anxiety in learning, Shannon Tipton suggested that role plays are the worst.  Now, I know Shannon and respect her (we’re in synch, her Learning Rebels movement very much resonates with my Revolutionary tendencies), so this somewhat surprised me.  We debated it a bit on twitter, and we thought maybe we should make the argument more extended, so here’s my take. Her concern, as I understood it, was role plays where a subset get up and play roles in front of the room are uncomfortable.  That is, there’re roles and goals, and…
  • Align, deepen, and space

    Clark
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    I was asked about, in regards to the Serious eLearning Manifesto, about how people could begin to realize the potential of eLearning.  I riffed about this once before, but I want to spin it a different way.  The key is making meaningful practice.  And there are three components: align it, deepen it, and space it. First, align it. What do I mean here?  I mean make sure that your learning objective, what they’re learning, is aligned to a real change in the business. Something you know that, if they improve, it will have an impact on a measurable business outcome.  This means two…
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    The Bamboo Project

  • Design Your Career: Harvest Insights

    Michele Martin
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Over the course of the next few 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.  On Tuesday, we talked about looking for themes in the information you've been gathering as part of your design process. Today, we're going to look at strategies for harvesting insights from those themes.  What do we mean by "Insights"? In this context, "insights" are concise expressions of what you have learned during your discovery and inspiration process. They sum up key learnings. You may find those insights in a…
  • Design Your Career: Looking for Themes

    Michele Martin
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Over the course of the next few 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.  As you begin capturing your learning in the Interpretation phase, you should also begin looking for themes and patterns. This can take some time, but is well worth the effort. Here are ideas for getting started: 1. Review your Idea Book and all of your documentation to identify repeating words and patterns.   Look for common themes and ideas, particularly those that seem interesting or exciting to you. Write key…
  • Design Your Career: Set Deadlines

    Michele Martin
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over the course of the next few 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.  For the past few weeks, we've been talking about how to use design thinking to create the career you want. One thing that's critical to your success in this endeavor is setting some deadlines for yourself. It's SO easy to be pulled off course by "life", as well as by the creative process itself. We can wander forever in the Discovery phase if we aren't careful.  Although there's a certain need to give yourself some…
  • Design Your Career: Capturing Your Learning

    Michele Martin
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Over the course of the next few 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.  You've defined your career project challenge and you've been gathering research and inspiration. Now we enter the Interpretation phase of the design process, where you begin to make sense of what you've been discovering.  This can be a confusing part of the process. You have a lot of information. Your perspective on your project is evolving and changing. In some ways your design challenge may seem clearer. In other…
  • Design Your Career: Gather Inspiration

    Michele Martin
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Inspiration is the fuel for your ideas. Plan activties to learn from multiple perspectives and to explore unfamiliar contexts. --Design Thinking Toolkit Over the course of the next few 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.  Today we enter the Discovery phase and talk about gathering inspiration to work on the career challenge you've defined.  Defining the career challenge you want to work on is an important first step in clarifying the issues and creating some focus for yourself. Once…
 
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    The Upside Learning Blog

  • From eLearning to bLearning – The Future of Blended Learning in Corporate Training

    Dhaval Trivedi
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:21 am
    Consider this scenario: a sales manager is returning from a client meeting. She checks her mail while waiting to board her flight at the airport, and comes across an introductory video link to a training session that is going to be conducted later in the day. She has nothing else to do, so she takes […]
  • LMS and Gamification

    Amar Pawar
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    Gamification in LMS…. Sounds like a perfect solution!!! Hold on to that thought. Let us first understand both LMS and Gamification concepts independently before we start correlating if and how implementation of Gamification would encourage usage of an LMS and how this can result in better performance of users or expected outcomes. Let's start with the […]
  • Assess Blended Learning Programs to Improve Business Performance

    Dhaval Trivedi
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    Did you ever imagine the day would come where you could use: A game of World of Warcraft to build leadership skills? Augmented reality to deliver dental training? Train online avatars to transform offline? It’s just like it is in the movies, right? Well, the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) at a leading management consulting, technology […]
  • Achieving The Right Learning Blend For Your Organization

    Dhaval Trivedi
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    Every organization has different requirements for their learning processes. Creating a customized Learning Management System for your organization with just the right blend of techniques and touch points is crucial to how efficiently your trainers train and your learners learn. There are a few factors that should be taken into consideration when you are on […]
  • Choosing The Right LMS For Your Blended Learning Program

    Lokesh Kumar
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:01 am
    Blended Learning strategies are great for holding trainee interest and and keeping them engaged in the process. These strategies also provide trainers with unprecedented resources and support. There are a number of ways and strategies for implementing Blended Learning programs depending on the specific training needs of the organization, and each of these can be […]
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    The eLearning Coach

  • Case Study: Visual Stories for Learning

    Connie Malamed
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    This case study demonstrates the challenges and opportunities of working with stories for learning, showing some rapid approaches due to a tight timeline.Post from: The eLearning CoachCase Study: Visual Stories for Learning
  • How To Get Started With Performance Support

    Connie Malamed
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:43 am
    Performance support or job aids fill a gap at work that usually arises in the context of performing a task or prior to doing one.Post from: The eLearning CoachHow To Get Started With Performance Support
  • ELC 017: The Limitless Possibilities of xAPI (Tin Can)

    Connie Malamed
    19 May 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Subscribe in iTunes Are you hearing buzz about the Tin Can API and wondering what it is and what it can do? Do you want to spread your wings and take advantage of modern technologies? In this episode, Megan Bowe demystifies the Tin Can API (a.k.a. Experience API or xAPI) and discusses its potential for […]Post from: The eLearning CoachELC 017: The Limitless Possibilities of xAPI (Tin Can)
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • 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!
  • My latest Updates on Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:36 am
    I’ve been curating interesting articles related to Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing on Scoop.It You can visit the following links to get a glimpse of what I had added on above mentioned topics. Educational Technology Social Media Marketing
  • Invite Only Domain Registration Service by Google

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Google launches invite only domain registration service in beta. Image source : http://domains.google.com/about/index.html Google is working with website building providers like Shopify, Squarespace, weebly and Wix to enable you to create a beautiful website. For an additional cost, without requiring coding, you can get customizable web templates, e-commerce features and mobile site management. Google offers following features to make your online presence easy. No additional cost for private registration Branded emails Capability to forward domains easily Customizable sub-domains Fast,…
  • Create and Share Content Easily Using Tackk

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today I came across Tackk that lets you create beautiful pages on the web that can be anything ranging from blog post to flyer, poster or your own web page. The educationists can use it to engage the students, improve collaboration and spark creativity or showcase your services /products and promote them in social networks. The interesting feature of Tackk is, that it lets you add an ecommerce element as it lets you sell stuff apart from letting you add audio, video and forms etc The following video suggests how you can create the content and share them easily in various social networks. As…
  • Monetization and Distribution features of Quampus

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Recently I had blogged about Quampus on the title ‘Campus on Cloud through Quampus’. That time I had highlighted the important features of Quampus when you log in as Learning Providers’ In this blog post I shall highlight the ‘Monetization and Distribution’ features of Quampus. Quampus, besides being a comprehensive learning delivery and management system with plethora of learning tools and delivery services, is a business platform for a learning provider to commercially monetize and distribute its services. The monetization and distribution features of Quampus make it a powerful…
 
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    Janet Clarey

  • There is no one ‘right’ online platform to support learning

    Janet
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    If you’re in the profession of learning & development you would no doubt select “TRUE” to the following statement if it was presented as a test question: We know that instruction, when spaced over time, produces substantial learning benefits (i.e., better retention) than instruction delivered at one-time. (follow that link to a great paper by Will Thalheimer – worth your time) That said, it seems there are still a fair amount of one-time events being developed. One course. One class. One workshop. One time. At the eLearning Guild Academy, I work with…
  • Community Manager Appreciation Day

    Janet
    27 Jan 2014 | 9:44 am
    Started by Jeremiah Owyang in 2010, today is Community Manager Appreciation Day - a day to say thanks! I’ve been a “part-time” community manager for the past six months supporting the Bloomfire communities that supplement Guild Academy live online courses. I was reflecting on the role of community manager and ran across this slide presentation from The Community Roundtable on ‘the dark side of community management.’ According to the eBook, a result of discussion among members, the biggest challenges community managers face: Lack of or limited resources Lack of…
  • What do we actually do in isolation anymore?

    Janet
    30 Dec 2013 | 10:59 am
    A guest post on VB Business titled Coming 2014: a smarter, interconnected you identified four changes to keep an eye on next year. The last paragraph under the first  prediction says: …a new era of social experiences around activities that were previously done individually; those experiences will no longer be consumed in isolation, but in a living, breathing network. The writer doesn’t give any examples of the specific types of activities that will no longer be done individually but this prediction made me wonder about the loss of what I would call healthy isolation – the…
  • Don’t be afraid to breach the evidence-free zone

    Janet
    30 Oct 2013 | 9:21 am
    I had the pleasure of attending a speech by Hillary Clinton a few weeks ago. One phrase she used was “evidence-free zone” and I couldn’t help but think about it in the context of the L&D industry. Here’s what Clinton said: “Increasingly, we have emphasized scorched earth over common ground. Many of our public debates are happening in what I like to call an evidence-free zone, where ideology trumps data and common sense.” – Hillary Clinton, Hamilton College I can’t count how many times I’ve cringed when someone stands in front of a group and…
  • Don’t look back (or down)

    Janet
    24 Sep 2013 | 10:34 am
    What’s your earliest memory of school? Mine is the school bus. Of course this “memory” might not be a true memory but me internalizing my mother’s story of her four-year old girl who was so small she had to board the bus knees first. She told it many times – mostly for encouragement or as a reminder of an independence streak (apparently, I didn’t look back). True memory or just true-ish, that act of climbing the stairs vs. walking them has become symbolic. It’s volunteering for a promotion even though the boss was nasty piece of work, running a long…
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  • 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…
  • Using Morphological Analysis to Solve Complex eLearning Problems

    Jon Aleckson
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:10 pm
    As an eLearning manager, you are required to confront and resolve complex problems on a daily basis. Each new project presents its own unique set of issues and considerations, but there are common issues that crop up: Do you hire additional full-time employees or do you outsource any of your content development for the project? Do you compensate SMEs? How much time should you allocate to analysis of underlying issues? What is the appropriate cost-per-minute that needs to be allocated in the budget for the project to fulfill its ultimate objectives? Are there any LMS-related issues that need…
  • Association Learning Technology

    Web Courseworks
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:37 am
    Web Courseworks is a learning technologies and consulting company. We recently launched a new brand that better represents its approach to doing business and emergent focus in learning IT. The new brand came to a head for Web Courseworks as we prepared for the roll-out of the new version of our LMS, CourseStage, and progression as industry leaders in the learning technologies and association managed services markets. We have been working with educational technology to improve learning since 1979 and have spent the past fifteen years focusing specifically on eLearning by providing a hosted…
  • A showdown between quality eLearning and rapid development? #ASTD2014

    Jon Aleckson
    7 May 2014 | 3:35 pm
    This week, Managing eLearning features another guest post from Andy Hicken, Web Courseworks’ Product Innovation Specialist. ASTD’s International Conference and Exposition is a massive, thoroughly capitalist, and rather carnivalesque convergence of people working in corporate talent development, along with the companies and consultants who sell to them. A smaller contingent of non-corporates also attends, including students, a smattering from the association niche, and government and NGO types. The latter were particularly well represented at this edition of the conference and expo,…
 
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  • How to Make Android Apps 10

    Derek Banas
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:11 pm
    I cover the basics of fragments, layout fragments, FragmentManager, FragmentTransaction, committing fragment replacements, LayoutInflator, Configuration
  • How to Make Android Apps 9

    Derek Banas
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    We'll make styles for different versions of Android, create styles to apply to single and multiple widgets, inheriting styles, default themes, and much more
  • No Videos for a Bit

    Derek Banas
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Hi Everyone. I just wanted to let you know that I won’t be making videos and I won’t answer questions for about a week. A very special person past away and I want to spend more time with my family. Please if you know anyone that has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. Force them […]
  • How to Make Android Apps 8

    Derek Banas
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I finish the app and cover use cases, activity diagrams, class diagrams, flexible ways to solve our conversion problem, dynamically changing classes
  • How to Make Android Apps 7

    Derek Banas
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    I start making an app and I cover cover relative layouts, grid layouts, array resources, Array Adapters, Spinners, and more
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  • Article from The CITE Journal.

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    I hope you would like to read this interesting article released by CITE Journal.Don't miss this article.Cleaning Up That Mess: A Framework for Classifying Educational Apps Todd Cherner, Judy Dix, and Corey Lee Coastal Carolina UniversityAbstract As tablet technologies continue to evolve, the emergence of educational applications (apps) is impacting the work of teacher educators.  Beyond online lists of best apps for education and recommendations from colleagues, teacher educators have few resources available to support their teaching of how to select educational apps.  In…
  • Current Site and App of the Week - eSchool News July 23, 2014

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Current Site of the Week  "Do your students need help learning key scientific concepts? This week's Site of the Week uses games and engaging methods to help students learn." writes Laura Devaney, Managing Editor.The Possible Worlds digital games are designed to help improve student understanding of phenomena that are often the subject of scientific misconceptions. Developed by the Center for Children and Technology, the games are the centerpieces of modules that address four topics: photosynthesis, heredity, electricity, and heat transfer. Each module includes accompanying…
  • Here’s why I never have to teach anything boring again

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    Photo: Brian McDermott Brian McDermott writes, "I wish I could say that’s because of my teaching panache as a visual journalism professor at UMass Amherst. But the reason is more universal. By creating a blended learning classroom—and incorporating external Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)—I can now confidently outsource what’s boring, remedial, monotonous and binary to self-guided online lessons."Photo: QuartzThis works. After teaching my university’s first MOOC last summer on basic web design and development, I witnessed how the lessons were most useful in a far less massive…
  • Top 10 applications and websites used with MathType

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    MathType 6.9 for Windows extends our Equations Everywhere and Anywhere™ initiative to 700+ applications and websites. While many people use MathType with Microsoft Word or Apple Pages, we thought you'd like to see the other applications and websites people use with MathType. Top 10 other applications and websites:  1.  Evernote 2.  Gmail 3.  Keynote 4.  PowerPoint 5.  Scrivener 6.  Mathematica 7.  InDesign 8.  Maple 9.  Moodle10. AutoCadOver 700+ applications and websitesCheck out our "works with"…
  • Philosopher uses game theory to understand how words, actions acquire meaning

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    "Why does the word "dog" have meaning? If you say "dog" to a friend, why does your friend understand you? A philosopher aims to address these types of questions in his latest research, which focuses on long-standing philosophical questions about semantic meaning. Philosophers and a mathematician are collaborating to use game theory to analyze communication and how it acquires meaning." continues ScienceDailyElliott Wagner, assistant professor of philosophyKansas State University philosopher Elliott Wagner aims to address these types of questions in his latest research, which focuses on…
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  • Reflections on “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League” [William Deresiewicz]

    Daniel Christian
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
      Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League — from newrepublic.com by William Deresiewicz The nation’s top colleges are turning our kids into zombies Excerpts: I taught many wonderful young people during my years in the Ivy Leaguebright, thoughtful, creative kids whom it was a pleasure to talk with and learn from. But most of them seemed content to color within the lines that their education had marked out for them. Very few were passionate about ideas. Very few saw college as part of a larger project of intellectual discovery and development. Everyone dressed as if they…
  • From Steelcase: How Classroom Design Affects Student Engagement

    Daniel Christian
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
                Also see: Report: Classroom Design Improves Student Engagement  – from campustechnology.com by Joshua Bolkan | 07/22/14 Classrooms designed for active learning can improve student engagement, according to new research from Steelcase, a company that provides furniture for use in educational settings. Excerpt: Findings of the study, which was conducted by Lennie Scott Webber, director of education environments globally at Steelcase Education and appeared in the peer-reviewed Planning for Higher Education Journal, include: Seventy-two percent of…
  • 3 solid items on the Maker Movement in education — from edutopia.org

    Daniel Christian
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    The DIY World of Maker Tools and Their Uses – from edutopia.org by Vicki Davis Excerpt: The Maker movement is spreading through schools. You’ll see many tools becoming part of unique maker ecosystems in schools based upon teacher expertise and student interests. (For more about the Maker movement read How the Maker Movement is Moving into Classrooms.) Let’s look at the most common tools being used in makerspaces.   Project-Based Learning Through a Maker’s Lens — from edutopia.org by Patrick Waters Excerpt: The rise of the Maker has been one of the most exciting…
  • Reflections on “C-Suite TV debuts, offers advice for the boardroom” [Dreier]

    Daniel Christian
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    C-Suite TV debuts, offers advice for the boardroom — from streamingmedia.com by Troy Dreier Business leaders now have an on-demand video network to call their own, thanks to one Bloomberg host’s online venture. Excerpt: Bringing some business acumen to the world of online video, C-Suite TV is launching today. Created by Bloomberg TV host and author Jeffrey Hayzlett, the on-demand video network offers interviews with and shows about business execs. It promises inside information on business trends and the discussions taking place in the biggest boardrooms.     The Future…
  • Top 10 programming languages [spectrum.ieee.org]

    Daniel Christian
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Top 10 Programming Languages — from spectrum.ieee.org     Also see their interactive version:  
 
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  • What if we train them

    Dennis Callahan
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
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    Dennis Callahan
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  • Freestyle Work

    Dennis Callahan
    18 May 2014 | 3:01 pm
    If Tom Petty wrote a song about the the future workplace it might be called Freestyling, “now I’m free…freestyling.” In Average is Over, Tyler Cowen compares freestyle chess to how people might work in the future. Freestyle chess is a type of chess where players use computers and other people to support their decisions in making chess moves. Freestyle chess teams are the most difficult to beat. Collaborating with people and using tools to get the job done – sound familiar? Complicated vs Complex Work Harold Jarche writes frequently about how automation is…
  • Reminders for Workplace Learning Professionals

    Dennis Callahan
    3 May 2014 | 7:59 am
    We all get caught up in our day to day work. Here are some things to keep in mind during your daily journey. What reminders do you have? Learning is not about learning, it’s about performance. Often times you have to move backwards with your partners before moving forward. Use terms that resonate with your partners, it differs in each company and within a company. Workplace learning is complicated L&D ego, don’t let it get in the way. L&D supports the business, not the other way around. Learning drives business but not the way you think. Find out what is important to an…
  • Read Every Day

    Dennis Callahan
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time — none, zero. Charlie Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. Another post in the improving your learning from A to Z series. If you’re not reading from a book every day, you’re missing out on one of the most powerful ways to learn and connect the dots. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be reading each day, it’s that important. Reading a book is like fertilizer to your mind. Don’t like or find it difficult to read? Listen to audio books (this can be as effective as…
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  • B2B Top Five LMSs

    Craig Weiss
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:06 pm
    I admit I love lists.  I’m one of those people who sees a book of lists about anything and then I must have it. I must read it.  I just like lists.  It seems to me that there are others who also love lists. After all there is a social media site dedicated to people making their own lists and then sharing those lists with other people. Yep, people love lists. Many times, the lists can be about information that is only relevant to a select few or to the person writing the list.  Yet, other times, the list carries value and benefit.  Recently, I was reading an article in a…
  • E-Learning in Education – Features on the Rise

    Craig Weiss
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    As anyone who has ever gone to school knows (excluding higher ed) when the bell rings that means you are in your seats ready to start the day. RING RING RING RING Hey Aaron get in your seat. You can stare at Ohio on the map another day. Features On The Rise As previously noted in other articles, my big gripe with e-learning in education is the idea of taking the whole classroom learning experience and shoving it online and saying that is e-learning.  Ah, first off its not, but let’s move on. This synchronous based experience, including the linear course approach, the groups (breakout…
  • Best of the Best – Top 5 Gamification LMSs

    Craig Weiss
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Let’s play a game. I want each of you right now to think of the best games you have ever played, regardless if it was on a board, on a device, in your head, on your tv, sitting at your computer or looking at your bedroom as a kid and wondering if the pick up your clothes game, is really a game after all. Anyway. Do you have your list?  Okay, now I want you to take that list and reduce it to five games.  Five games, that is it.  Yeah, I know you have dozens or more to enjoy. You still have the board game of Life and believe that it indeed, predict your future.  I get that you think…
  • Latest Eight #LMS #Trends

    Craig Weiss
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:42 pm
    With the amount of travel that I do, I’ve come to identify some trends.  Having the hotel’s frequent awards program card gets you free internet. Even not having the card prior to arrival, but signing up online, gets you free internet.   Free iced water mixed with cucumber slices or lemon or strawberries seems popular.  Especially with mini dixie like cups forcing you to stand there and look like a slob guzzling the ice water. Buying extras like sodas, chips, etc. from their “market” is outrageous. And for some reason, there is often a convenience store nearby, which…
  • LMS Administrator How To Guide

    Craig Weiss
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    If you are a LMS administrator, I want to personally thank you.  I know that it is a job that rarely gets the recognition it deserves.  I know that it is the first place someone goes when something goes wrong and yet, rarely appreciated when something goes right. I feel your pain, I really do. That said, you shouldn’t feel alone.  Forget the anguish, because at this very instance someone out there is starting their first day as a LMS administrator.  They may have been hired because of previous experience. They may have been moved into the role from another role at the company.
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  • 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…
  • 5 Types of People You Should NEVER Negotiate With

    15 May 2014 | 1:08 am
    I am starting to follow a lot of sales blogs lately. One interesting blog I am now following is The Sales Hunter by Mark Hunter. In one of his posts he talks about 5 types of people you should never negotiate with. Useful categorization if you are in sales.According to Mark, the 5 types of people you shouldn't negotiate with are:1. The person who will take your offer to the decision maker.2. The overly emotional person.3. The committee.4. The low-price champion.5. The “we can’t give a decision as to when we will buy” person.I have come across four of the five types of people listed…
  • Dump the Bullets

    5 May 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Seth Godin shares some useful insights on why bullets don't work in presentation in his post Most presentations aren't bullet proof. He says bullets don't save time and don't make easier to remember things. Don't miss navigating to the link to his bulletless solution in his earlier post.I find it so hard to resist using bullets in my presentations, though I must admit the most remembered presentation I made didn't have bullets. There must be some truth to what he says. Interestingly when I blogged about that presentation, I was inspired by Seth at that time too. Web And…
  • How Do You React To Customer Feedback?

    4 May 2014 | 12:45 am
    Are you measuring customer satisfaction? Do you ask your customers (external or internal customers) to rate you on a satisfaction survey index? If you do, then how you react to customer interactions before the survey could define feedback your customers give you, or not give you for that matter.If you rely only on customer satisfaction survey scores, you might be missing out valuable feedback that customers never give you in the surveys. You get feedback at all times from customers, sometimes direct and sometimes indirect. How you react to it defines how customers perceive your service as. If…
 
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  • 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…
  • Using Morphological Analysis to Solve Complex eLearning Problems

    Jon Aleckson
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:10 pm
    As an eLearning manager, you are required to confront and resolve complex problems on a daily basis. Each new project presents its own unique set of issues and considerations, but there are common issues that crop up: Do you hire additional full-time employees or do you outsource any of your content development for the project? Do you compensate SMEs? How much time should you allocate to analysis of underlying issues? What is the appropriate cost-per-minute that needs to be allocated in the budget for the project to fulfill its ultimate objectives? Are there any LMS-related issues that need…
  • Association Learning Technology

    Web Courseworks
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:37 am
    Web Courseworks is a learning technologies and consulting company. We recently launched a new brand that better represents its approach to doing business and emergent focus in learning IT. The new brand came to a head for Web Courseworks as we prepared for the roll-out of the new version of our LMS, CourseStage, and progression as industry leaders in the learning technologies and association managed services markets. We have been working with educational technology to improve learning since 1979 and have spent the past fifteen years focusing specifically on eLearning by providing a hosted…
  • A showdown between quality eLearning and rapid development? #ASTD2014

    Jon Aleckson
    7 May 2014 | 3:35 pm
    This week, Managing eLearning features another guest post from Andy Hicken, Web Courseworks’ Product Innovation Specialist. ASTD’s International Conference and Exposition is a massive, thoroughly capitalist, and rather carnivalesque convergence of people working in corporate talent development, along with the companies and consultants who sell to them. A smaller contingent of non-corporates also attends, including students, a smattering from the association niche, and government and NGO types. The latter were particularly well represented at this edition of the conference and expo,…
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  • 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…
  • Event Recap: Articulate E-Learning Heroes Community Event

    Tim Slade
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    This past week, I had the exciting opportunity to attend and present at very first Articulate E-Learning Heroes Community Event in the beautiful city of Toronto. For those of you who are actively involved in the Articulate Community, you’ve undoubtedly seen posts from people begging for Articulate to host some type of event in Canada. Needless to say, the Articulate users in Canada were thrilled when the event was finally announced. For this event, I had the pleasure of presenting my Top 10 Articulate Storyline Tips, Secrets, and Time-Savers. I thought it would be helpful to make these…
  • Action Mapping With a Twist: A Tool for Budgeting E-Learning Development

    Tanya Seidel
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Whether you’ve been developing e-learning content for years or you’re just getting started, it can be challenging to predict how much time and money an e-learning development project will take. But how exactly can we predict and calculate that amount of time and what factors influence those amounts? I found that completing an exercise similar to Cathy Moore’s Action Mapping process – the same process many of us use for designing our e-learning content – was an effective tool for identifying significant time and cost factors for the completion of a project. In a short amount of…
  • Updated E-Learning Authoring Tools Comparison

    Diane Elkins
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:26 am
    With the release of Adobe Captivate 8 a few weeks back, I thought I would update our popular—and often controversial—comparison grid on the major authoring tools. As always, the information contained within this comparison is based solely on my opinions. You may not agree with some of my assessments, and that’s okay! At the end of the day, the decisions about which tool(s) you choose to use should be based on the features that are most important to you and your organization. Notable Changes The only notable change since my last comparison is in the mobile category. With the new…
  • Make a Magnifying Glass Effect in PowerPoint

    Diane Elkins
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:36 pm
    In this short video tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a magnifying glass effect using only Microsoft PowerPoint. Make a Magnifying Glass Effect in PowerPoint from Artisan E-Learning on Vimeo. Click here to download the PowerPoint file used in this tutorial. Upcoming Events & Webinars July 10, 2014 | E-Learning Heroes Community Event | Toronto, ON July 17, 2014 | Learning Technologies Tradeshow | Tampa, FL October 27, 2014 | DevLearn Pre-Conference Workshop: E-Learning 101 | Las Vegas, NV The post Make a Magnifying Glass Effect in PowerPoint appeared first on E-Learning…
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  • Harnessing Learning Theories for the Mobile Platform: A m-learning perspective

    Arunima Majumdar
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    With the growing utility of mobiles devices in our everyday lives, the Training & Learning industry is realizing that learners are spending a large chunk of their time on their smartphones or tablets. The increasing popularity of mobile-based learning is a direct output of this realization. With developing technologies and development tools, many varied types of mobile-based learning modules are being created – but what is the basis of that? To capture the distinctiveness of the mobile platform, developers need to keep in mind that the m-learning is largely learner-led and occurs…
  • Avoiding Information Overload in Online Learning Environments: An e-learning perspective

    Arunima Majumdar
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:14 pm
    The effectiveness and impact of technology-aided learning in the corporate sector is unquestionable. With the aid of technology, training and learning has become more accessible to a wider spread of corporate learners, no matter where they are located across the globe. But the impact of this powerful medium is often diminished by information overload. To avoid this extraneous cognitive load, instructional design strategies can be put in place to make sure that your e-learning initiative is impactful – while at the same time ensuring that it does not overwhelm or overstrain your learners. To…
  • Taming the social learning ‘beast’ for organizational learning

    Arunima Majumdar
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Continual training provides many benefits in a work environment where the shelf life of skills and knowledge is getting shorter. Much of the learning in the workplace is now becoming learner-driven – a perfect setting for social and collaborative learning. With a little structure, social learning can be a huge success for organizational learning. How to drive Social Learning strategy in an organization? Traditionally, most enterprise-wide training and learning initiatives are have a top to bottom flow. L&D managers assess learning needs and choose from the available array of learning…
  • Increasing student engagement through Interactive Learning Design

    Arunima Majumdar
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Modern learning is a social and collaborative process of knowledge building where a learner interacts with the content and the instructor as well as with peers. Thus educational interactions within an organization can be of three types: Learner-to-Content interactions Learner-to-Instructor interactions Learner-to-Learner interactions For asynchronous learning delivery, where instructor and peers are absent, the Learner-to-Content interactions are of the utmost importance. Such deliveries are often ‘just-in-time’ to meet immediate or urgent learning needs and ‘just-for me’ for…
  • Exciting Learners about LMS: How to internally promote your e-Learning Initiative

    Arunima Majumdar
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:52 am
    We have been talking about LMS implementations and how different sets of groups within an organization find worth in a LMS. And we also know many horror stories of LMS administrators painstakingly waiting for users to login and consume e-learning. It is true that unless groups – be it users, managers or stakeholders –find the ways to best utilize the LMS, the initiative will not succeed. The next step, after you get your content and LMS up, is to promote the LMS and the courses to build organization-wise excitement for learning. Here are some time-tested ways to roll out the LMS and keep…
 
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  • How to Import External Storyline Files Into The Articulate Storyline?

    Raja Narsimha M
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last year, we developed several large curricula. On an average, each curriculum consisted of 15 modules, and each module consisted of 40 slides. In order to reduce development times and enhance efficiency, we “distributed” the work of developing each module among our developers, who use Articulate Storyline. But here arises an important question. How can you integrate the parts of each module and publish them as a single course? This is because each part was developed separately by the respective developer on his system. This issue can be effectively resolved with the…
  • 7 Online Training Tools – An Infographic

    Pavan Kumar
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It is common knowledge that organizations need to convey information about their products to prospective buyers in order to convert them into customers. So, how can companies educate potential customers efficiently in a cost effective manner? Well, you can use the online medium to create awareness about your products and generate the right leads for your organization. Here are 7 online training tools that go a long way in helping you disseminate information about your products. Thus, you can make the best use of the online medium to train your prospects. Hope you find this post useful.
  • 6 Tips to Make a Great E-learning course

    Mahammad Shafi
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How do you make a great e-Learning course? Great E-learning motivates learners and provides a great learning experience to employees. Good eLearning means writing good content. Here, I would like to share some tips that ensure you eLearning content is good and engaging. 1. Making Raw Content into Good E-learning Content: Reading through the raw content and writing the content in a simple and easy to understand way is the first step in the creation of a great eLearning course. Flow of the content is very important and provides information step-wise.; otherwise learners will get distracted and…
  • 6 E-learning Design Elements – An Infographic

    Jeevan Kavi
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here’s the recipe for making a perfect, effective, and engaging course. This info-graphic talks about the six design elements to make a good online course. Having clear learning outcomes for the course helps learners appreciate the actual requirement of the given online course and helps them apply the same skills and/or knowledge at their respective workplaces. By preparing a good outline for the eLearning course, learners can have a clear picture of the topics being covered in it and this effectively answers the question – “What’s in it for me?” Another point…
  • Posting Your Final Results in an E-mail Using Articulate Storyline

    Vijay Kumar G
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Most small business units conduct operations manually. These organizations may not be in a position to afford an LMS. So, is there a way by which we can send the scores through email to training managers? Yes, we can, using Articulate Storyline. Let’ see how. Step 1: First, create a final quiz for your eLearning course. Step 2: Insert a result page, for your final quiz. Then a slide properties tab will open. Click on the “Options” tab. Then check the “Show user’s score” and “Show passing score”. Then by default, four variables are created as shown in figure.
 
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    Cogentys

  • ASTD Los Angeles – Panel Discussion Episode #3 – Successful LMS Implementation

    LMS Master
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Final thoughts from our panel of industry experts Franz Villa, Joy Gemberling and Jo Lynn Feinstein for a lively panel discussion.  Click here for a free trial of a Learning Management System you... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
  • The Ugly Truth About Online Hospitality Training

    LMS Master
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    By now you have likely concluded that online hospitality training comes with a wide array of important benefits.  However, as with almost anything else, there is a dark side to online hospitality... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
  • What Not to Do in Online Hotel Training

    LMS Master
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    Quite often, we focus on what we think you should do.  But for this article, we are going to switch things up and cover what you should not do in online hotel training.  Following best practices... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
  • 3 Questions You Should Always Ask Before Buying a Restaurant Learning Management System

    LMS Master
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    It is also good to ask questions.  After all, asking questions is how we all learn.  When it comes to restaurant learning management systems, there are key pieces of information that you simply have,... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
  • ASTD Los Angeles – Panel Discussion Episode #2- Successful LMS Implementation

    LMS Master
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    With help from the Los Angeles Chapter of the ASTD, we were able to pull together a panel of industry experts Franz Villa, Joy Gemberling and Jo Lynn Feinstein for a lively panel discussion. In... [click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]
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    The Learning Dispatch

  • White Paper: eLearning Reporting Standards: SCORM and Tin Can

    admin
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    In this white paper Linda Warren and Mike Hruska discuss the significance of the Experience API also known as xAPI and “Tin Can”. The jump from SCORM to xAPI is a big one and learning managers and designers need to be aware of the limitations of SCORM and how xAPI is designed to address them.The paper helps you gain basic knowledge of terms and an understanding of the standards that provide the foundation for SCORM and xAPI (such as "TinCan"), and then discusses the how xAPi addresses some of the key limitations of SCORM in areas including:SecurityUse outside the LMSUse…
  • Creating a Simple Video in Windows Movie Maker

    adib
    1 May 2014 | 9:53 am
     There are plenty of ways to create a video using a free solution. Windows Movie Maker comes prepackaged with Windows operating systems and is more than capable of producing a decent video. In this blog post, we'll experiment with a few of its most essential features and also go through the final production process.What you'll need:Windows Movie Maker (download here)A video file (here is a list of supported video formats, under "What kind of files can I import?". If your file has not been saved in one of these formats, you may need to convert it to a supported format. There are…
  • Adding Accessible Captions to a Video in Camtasia Studio 8.1

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

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

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

  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Allen Interactions User Conference

    Angel Green
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    By Angel Green, senior instructional strategist | @LearnerAdvocate The countdown has begun. The buzz is palpable in our offices. Our first ever user conference is right around the corner. So, here are the ten reasons why I believe you will want to attend: 1. Be Inspired A bit of TED™, a dash of Ignite®, and a sprinkle of PechaKucha™. Throughout the day, you will hear from a select set of speakers (real Allen Interactions partners, respected business leaders, and of course Michael Allen) who are sure to inspire. During these brief presentations, they will share stories of…
  • 3 Ways to Start Implementing the SAM Process in Your Organization

    Richard Sites
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    by Richard Sites, vice president - training and marketing | @rhillsites Over past couple of years, I have taught a number of workshops on SAM (Successive Approximation Model) and have given even more talks on the subject. In these workshops and talks, I always get the same basic questions, which I guess makes sense since I am talking about the same thing. But, the one question I can guarantee I will be asked is,  “How do I implement SAM in my organization?” While I am happy to be asked this question, as I firmly believe organizations benefit from the efficiencies and…
  • [Webinar] 10 Ways to Ruin Your e-Learning: A How-To Guide in Reverse

    Allen Interactions
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    A Complimentary Webinar Presented with ASTD Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm CentralBy: Ethan Edwards Register Now In many professional areas, it is usually a good strategy to look to common practices in the field as a guide - maybe not for the most cutting-edge ideas, but at least for reliable models to follow. Unfortunately, in e-learning this can often be a recipe for disaster. Join Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist with Allen Interactions, on a journey uncovering the 10 most common design practices that are sure to ruin your e-learning. About Ethan Edwards Ethan…
  • Getting Executive Buy-In for Your e-Learning Needs

    Steve Lee
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    by Steve Lee, strategic relationship manager Over the past 20 years, Allen Interactions has been deeply committed to designing and developing meaningful, memorable, and motivational learning experiences with our many contributions in books, tradeshows, webinars, and training… not to mention our newly redesigned e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program available through ATD (formerly ASTD).  But despite our mark in the industry, we still hear the question: “I want to create the most effective learning experiences possible, but how do I get my boss to approve the time and…
  • Free Online Courses to Exercise Your Brain this Summer

    Hannah von Bank
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    by Hannah von Bank, relationship management assistant Here at the e-Learning Leadership Blog, we often discuss creative ways to train the brains of our learners so they can excel at what they do—but do we ever forget about ourselves? Studies have shown that spending just 15-30 minutes a day learning a new skill (or practicing a challenging one) allows brain cells to make new connections and produces numerous benefits including: improved memory, increased focus, faster thinking, and even prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Make some time in your busy schedule this…
 
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    SHIFT's eLearning Blog

  • Designing eLearning to Maximize the Working Memory

    Karla Gutierrez
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    The brain is a complicated machine, capable of creating extraordinary works of art, solving complex problems, and feeling the deepest of emotions. At the same time, our brains function on a daily basis taking on more mundane and routine tasks that are just as important as building bridges or writing books. In eLearning, one of the most important brain functions to consider is the working memory, one of the more everyday functions of the brain. In short, the working memory is what we use to perform efficiently and effectively in our daily lives, including learning. Working Memory as a Learning…
  • 10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

    Karla Gutierrez
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and more free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionals, so here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning. 1. Problem-solving. Adult learners are almost always taking an eLearning course for a specific purpose rather than just for fun. Focus on giving them what they want: answers to their real-world problems. You should be able to…
  • Being Pretty Isn’t Enough: Using the 5 Cs for eLearning Visuals

    Karla Gutierrez
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    Although infographics, charts, illustrations, and other visuals for eLearning will never replace quality content, they can often do a better job at explaining content easily. However, in order to become effective teaching tools, visuals must reflect the user’s cognitive architecture and add something meaningful to the learning experience. It is important that eLearning professionals decide, during the planning stage, whether an image should be supplementary or act as a substitution for content. This enables developers to design and use visuals in a way that will help students select,…
  • Breathe New Life into Your eLearning Courses: 5 Helpful Mantras to Live By

    Karla Gutierrez
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    At the beginning of their journey, eLearning and online training professionals need to find the “secret sauce” for what works best with learners. The following five helpful mantras provide refreshing ideas for creating eLearning courses that go beyond the conventional approach. 1. Think Visually. Bullet points and other rehashed text-based screens are not only boring and show a lack of creativity; they also take time to read — during which the learner becomes distracted from listening. The result: the audience is unable to concentrate fully on either the verbal or written…
  • Studies Confirm the Power of Visuals in eLearning

    Karla Gutierrez
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    We are now in the age of visual information where visual content plays a role in every part of life. As 65 percent of the population is visual learners, images are clearly key to engaging people in eLearning courses.  Moving and still images have been included in learning materials for decades, but only now has faster broadband, cellular networks, and high-resolution screens made it possible for high-quality images to be a part of eLearning visual design. Graphic interfaces made up of photos, illustrations, charts, maps, diagrams, and videos are gradually replacing text-based courses. In…
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    eLearning Industry

  • Super 7 Tips To Create Responsive Courses with Adobe Captivate 8

    Dr. Pooja Jaisingh
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    How To Create Responsive Courses With Adobe Captivate 8 You can author as you always have—content will rearrange itself for the new tablet and mobile views. You can also tweak and/or design content for specific devices and use the in-product preview to see how your course will appear on various screens. And finally publish as a single project to automatically deliver the most appropriate experience for your learner’s device. To make the most of responsive feature in Adobe Captivate 8, here’s a list of best practices you can follow: Tip 1: First things first – Set breakpoints: Adobe…
  • Becoming an Instructional Designer - Networking and Portfolios

    Marina Arshavskiy
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    In my last post titled Becoming an Instructional Designer - Areas of Expertise and Credentials, I covered areas of expertise, credentials needed to land a job, and components of an ideal instructional design program. In this post, I will talk about networking and portfolios. The Importance of Instructional Design Networking Breaking into any field, especially if you are fresh out of a learning program, is difficult. But if you take time to build your networks of contacts, you are bound to fare much better than someone who doesn't network. Networking is what will "spread the word" around for…
  • Gamified Learning Management System: An Upcoming Motivation Strategy

    John Laskaris
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    For every motivation strategy, there is a list of heuristics for improving quality. A strategy is successful only if implemented correctly. The impact of a learning motivation strategy should ideally improve achievement and participation in learning activities. E-learning environments have long provided an “edutainment” flair to learners. The multi-media features and the degree of control over the e-learning environment has made this medium a more preferred method of accessing learning materials. At Talent LMS, we are all about implementing quality and user-centric services. Learning is a…
  • The Rise of Competency-Based Education

    Sameer Bhatia
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    There are a couple of problems with this model that have become even more pressing in recent years: More people need education, but fewer can afford it Over the past several decades, the cost of education has risen faster than any other industry sector, including healthcare. Today, a quality traditional education is priced out of the reach of most people. Complicating this picture is the fact that employers are increasingly requiring candidates to have degrees, even for entry-level positions. A traditional degree takes too long to earn Although we think of bachelor’s degrees as typically…
  • Suite of Online Instructional Design modules to bridge the gap between "Theory" and "Application"

    Asha Pandey
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    New Concepts Series-Featuring our ProductLine InSight for Instructional Designers Early in my career as the Head, Instructional Design for my company, I had challenges in getting access to training materials for my Instructional Design team that could provide short nuggets of theory that were easy to internalize and easy to apply. Specifically, I needed training material that carried information that my ID team could use quickly apply at work. Un-fortunately, we could not quite get this mandate fulfilled. Last year, we embarked on the journey to create our own ProductLine series that could…
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    Raptivity Blog

  • Approaches to Interactivity Building in eLearning

    Janhavi
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Introduction 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, time, or […]
  • 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 […]
  • Use Crowdsourcing to Improve Products, Design New Products, or Solve Problems

    Poonam Agarwal
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    “Two heads are better than one”, I am sure all of you would have heard this saying and many of you might agree with it too. It’s a proven fact that two people working together have a better chance of […]
 
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    USMLE / Internal Medicine ABIM Board Exam Review Blog

  • 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.  
  • It’s coming! A revolutionary, new medical mnemonics platform!

    Admin
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Today, we are thrilled to announce that will be launching a revolutionary new platform for learning – a medical mnemonics platform featuring over 1,500 high-yield peer-reviewed mnemonics and 200 visuals.   Everything we do here at Knowmedge is to help further medical education through technology and high-yield content. We do this by focusing on tactics that help those in the Knowmedge community learn and retain information for the long run. That’s why we are thrilled to announce Knowmedge Mnemonics, the first and only web-based platform that allows students to discover, annotate,…
  • Medical Mnemonics: Go Look For the Adenoma Please

    ravibhatia
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    It’s Medical Mnemonics Monday! Regardless of whether you’re studying for your ABIM board exam, USMLE Step exams (or any other medical board exam), it’s important to understand the sequential loss of pituitary hormones due to mass effect. Sequential loss of pituitary hormones due to mass effect can be remembered by the mnemonic “Go Look For the Adenoma Please”. G – GH L – LH F – FSH T – FSH A – ACTH P – Prolactin function     You can see a list of our previous Medical Mnemonics here.  
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    Learnnovators - Bringing INNOVATION to E-LEARNING

  • 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…
  • Learnnovators ranked among the ‘Top 10 eLearning Content Development Companies for 2014’

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:17 pm
    We, at Learnnovators, are proud to be featured among the ‘Top 10 eLearning Content Development Companies for 2014’. The Top 10 list was released by eLearning Industry, a thriving network of over 150,000 eLearning professionals. Founded by Christopher Pappas, this is the largest and one of the most respected eLearning communities in the world. The Top 10 companies for 2014 were selected based on the following 7 criteria: eLearning Content Development Quality eLearning Expertise eLearning Industry Innovation eLearning Company’s Economical Growth Potential Customer Retention Employee…
  • Clive Shepherd – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:25 pm
    ABOUT CLIVE SHEPHERD (Learning Technologist, Director – Onlignment Ltd. & Fastrak Consulting Ltd.): Clive is a consultant learning technologist. He works with a broad range of public and private sector organisations internationally, helping them to build capability in the application of new media to learning, and to transform workplace learning through the effective integration of formal, informal, on-demand and experiential learning. He established his interest in interactive media as Director, Training and Creative Services for American Express in EMEA. He went on to co-found…
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    The Best Audio Engineering Schools

  • 14 Excellent Audio Engineer Interviews

    jamie
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    In any industry, getting inside the minds of those who’ve made it to the top is one of the quickest ways to forge your own path to success, and the audio industry is certainly no exception to this rule. In fact, given the infamously cutthroat reputation that the audio industry has cultivated over the years, learning how to gain your foothold has become more important than ever in this breakneck-paced profession! Getting Down To Business Listed below are links to interviews and additional relevant sources that I’ve compiled for this article. Above each link, you’ll find a…
  • Top 11 Youtube Channels For Audio Production

    jamie
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    As They Say – Watch And Learn!  There are few methods of instruction that are as directly influential or as memorable as the visual method, and in a field that’s inordinately complex and riddled with countless pitfalls and über-talented competitors, oftentimes it can be a great relief to watch a pro get on the decks and simply show you how they do what they do best.  Lined Up Like Little Plastic Ducklings In A Row Below I’ve compiled 11 of what I think are some of the best instructional YouTube channels for audio engineering that you’ll ever find, which will feature…
  • Audio Recording: 16-Bit or 24-Bit?

    jamie
    28 Jun 2014 | 12:34 pm
    As with many topics in the audio industry, the science behind acoustics and how digital signal processing makes it possible for us to record, edit, synthesize, mix, and master music entirely within the domain of a powerful and well-equipped computer is still a major source of confusion for many aspiring producers, engineers, and artists these days. Before we can discuss which bit depth you should use and why, it’s best to understand what the term “bit depth” actually means first. Step By Step, Bit By Bit To get a good idea of what the bit depth actually represents in the digital…
  • Audio Engineering Schools in Las Vegas

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

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

  • How To Foster Engagement In The Modern Workplace

    Sep Barkhodaee
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    Managers and HR professionals are almost universally chasing one key goal in the workplace. More than anything else, employee engagement has become the holy grail that HR strives for, and with good reason. Higher employee engagement can positively impact many other aspects of productivity and workplace effectiveness, from greater efficiency and better results to lower turnover. In light of a newer and younger workforce, HR has had to adapt previous engagement strategies to reach the current generation of employees. Moving forward, technology and flexibility are looking to become the new…
  • Power Up Your Performance Evaluations

    Sep Barkhodaee
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Managers know that employee training and development isn't just for first days. Development is an ongoing process that should be assessed on a regular basis to ensure worker and manager are both aligned with the same goals. The primary tool for accomplishing this goal is the performance review. Managers use these sessions to track progress, address areas of improvement and in some cases even determine eligibility for raises and promotions. However, especially as the workforce evolves and positions become more complex, the standard paradigm of annual or semiannual performance…
  • Cultivate Culture For An Effective Workplace

    Sep Barkhodaee
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
    Every employer wants to increase employee retention as much as possible. Turnover costs money and resources, and knowing how to not just attract but also retain top talent has become a major focus of HR and management efforts. Fortunately, cultivating a productive and happy workplace is much more attainable than you may think. If you're worried about tight purse strings or limited budgets, fear not. Salary and benefits packages are important, but more and more employees are placing value in other areas. Some of the happiest workplaces aren't the ones with the highest salaries, but…
  • What HR Can Do To Fight Turnover

    Sep Barkhodaee
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Employee turnover is one of the biggest bogeymen challenging managers and HR professionals. Dealing with high turnover and the subsequent recruiting, hiring and training that follows can take a huge toll on company time and money. In fact, The Wall Street Journal stated that it costs an estimated double an employee's salary to hire and train a replacement.  Figures such as these make battling turnover one of the most important objectives for HR to tackle. It may seem that turnover is an inevitability and that there is little that can be done to manage it, but in reality there are…
  • Use Screencasting For A Flexible Training Solution

    Sep Barkhodaee
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    One key virtue being chased by current-day training models among HR professionals is flexibility. With growing workforces stretching across international borders, time and infrastructure can become serious roadblocks for finding the best training solution.  Training software has seen substantial development in recent years thanks to the proliferation of new online technologies. One important development in particular lies in the area of screencasting, which has helped to revolutionize the online education software paradigm. If used effectively and coupled with existing well-designed…
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    opensesame.com

  • Course of the Week Highlight: It's Getting Hot in Here!

    Katherine Barrer
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Depending on your career, you may have had to deal with “heated” situations. No, we are not talking about an argument between you and your co-worker. Rather, have you ever had a job that required you to perform labor in the sun, work directly with heat or fire, or be hands-on with temperature devices? Occupations requiring work in high temperatures can cause heat exhaustion or dehydration. If one of your co-workers fell ill due to heat-related issues, would you know what to do? Other jobs depend on employees to work with heat and fire on a day-to-day basis. Are you aware of the…
  • The Psychology of Storytelling: What Can eLearning Creators Learn from Star Wars?

    Dana Rosen
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the last two post of this series, we discussed why stories present ideal contexts for learning and shared a helpful infographic about why elearning provides more effective training and improves retention. As a buyer of elearning, you want products that teach concepts effectively, and as a seller you want to offer content that rivals the best elearning products as the most effective, engaging, and fun courses. As a seller, how can you incorporate stories and challenges into your course? As authors, George Lucas, JK Rowling, and J. R. R. Tolkien did something right. They created series, or…
  • Innovative eLearning Trends: eLearning That Sticks

    Mike Thompson
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Remember the movie Braveheart? You know, the one with Mel Gibson? And all the robotic voices? And the standardized background screens? And the data-driven dialogue? And the clip art images? And the…what’s that? Oh, yeah. You’re right. That’s not Braveheart. That’s all-too-typical elearning. Let’s face it: no one ever walked out of a movie and said, “Man, I wish that were more like an elearning course.” At SVI, we diligently look to develop talent, but in some weird and wonderful ways. We believe our work can be instructionally sound AND entertaining. We use a variety of…
  • OpenSesame Development Team Feature Update: July

    Abby Miles
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We’ve been working on some great new resources to help support you in running your training program.  OpenSesame Plus: Report Downloads From the OpenSesame Plus subscription manage page or course specific manage pages, we have added the ability to download CSV reports of your “Track Users” data. This allows for easy exporting and analysis of your training records within Excel, or the spreadsheet tool of your choice. The report downloads include: At the OpenSesame Plus subscription level, we provide overview data such as the date the user was added, how many courses completions they…
  • Fastest Growing Jobs in America: Information Security Analyst

    Ernest Sliter
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We're back with the second post in our Fastest Growing Jobs series—don't miss last week's kickoff infographic! With recent security disasters such as the Heartbleed Bug and the Target Security Breach, the need for strong information security has never been more pressing. Hackers and cybercriminals are consistently becoming smarter, bolder, and more sophisticated in our data driven world. Every day, they are launching decisive and coordinated attacks to steal critical information from governments, companies, and individuals throughout the globe. Fortunately, there is a small but quickly…
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  • Encouraging Staff to 
Be Better Team Players

    Kim Morrison
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    Team work makes the world go round. It is essential to getting anything done. No one, regardless of how efficient they are, can fly solo and still meet constant deadlines as well as handle big projects. All of us have worked […]
  • How We Hire at Administrate

    John Peebles
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    Earlier this week our CEO gave a brief presentation on how we hire employees here at Administrate.  This was part of the an ongoing meetup hosted by the Edinburgh CodeBase for founders and CEOs of companies located within the building. […]
  • How Sports Coaching Can Inspire You to be an Excellent Trainer

    John Peebles
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    With the biggest football extravaganza on the planet coming to a close last weekend, there can’t be a better time to talk about ambition, passion, success – and its dark twin - failure. While the world is obsessed with the players, we […]
  • The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Training

    John Peebles
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    “All learning has an emotional base.” - Plato Emotional intelligence (EI) is defined as the “ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different emotions … and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour.” EI […]
  • Using Differentiation in the Classroom to Support All Students

    John Peebles
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    “Differentiated instruction is a way of thinking about teaching and learning that raises achievement for all students.” – Carol Tomlinson Differentiation is a hot topic in education these days. It is frequently misunderstood, which leads it to become a controversial […]
 
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  • Trends in Learning: What’s Latest!

    Origin Learning
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
    A 2013 Accenture survey on Skills and Employment Trends revealed that a large skills gap exists in most businesses. Nearly half (46 per cent) of the 400 participating executives were concerned that they won’t have the skills they need in the next one to two years. While nearly three- quarters (72 percent) of executives identified training as one of the top ways for employees to develop new skills, only 52 percent of workers employed by the companies surveyed currently receive company-provided, formal training. By comparison, a previous Accenture survey found that only 21 percent of US…
  • THE EVOLUTION OF LEARNING

    Arvind MV
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:57 am
    “Learning” by itself is a more personal endeavor towards gaining the required knowledge. Traditionally, different societies in different parts of the globe approached education (a.k.a) learning, based on the demands of the land. In Asia, since many countries were part of the British regime, learning was more oriented towards getting the basic education that could get one a job in a government department. The aspirations of most people revolved around this basic need and involuntarily forced them to pursue education that would get them a job in the government. Teaching methods were mostly…
  • Donald Kirkpatrick’s four levels of training: Lessons from a Legend

    Origin Learning
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    When Donald L. Kirkpatrick,  Professor Emeritus, University Of Wisconsin first gave his ideas for a  series of articles to be published in the Journal of American Society of Training Directors in the year 1959, hardly had anyone anticipated that this was to be the stuff of legend. The articles were subsequently included in what went on to become the bible of workplace training, his book- Evaluating Training Programs, published in 1994. The book further clarifies his earlier thoughts on training in the form of a comprehensive four-level evaluation model that is now considered the industry…
  • Do Organizations Still Need an LCMS?

    Shanmugam
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:33 am
    A Learning Content Management System or LCMS manages all the learning content of an organization in one place. The primary business problem a LCMS solves is to create just enough content just in time to meet the needs of individual learners or groups of learners. It gives authors, instructional designers, and subject matter experts the means to create e-learning content more efficiently. In an LCMS, content managers can create, store, reuse, and manage learning objects from a central object repository. A learning object can be thought of as a small, self-contained re-usable unit of content…
  • 5 Challenges in Taking Your Content to Mobile Learning

    Origin Learning
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:06 am
    Mobile Learning- it’s easy, it’s intuitive and it definitely gives good returns on investment. With many organizations already using it and others beginning to take the plunge, mlearning seems to have taken off well- thanks to rapid innovation in cloud computing and widespread adoption of BYOD policies. Already, combined tablet and smartphone shipments surpass those of desktops and notebooks. However, the inherent characteristics of a mobile pose a few challenges to instructional and content designers in avoiding the risk of defeating its purpose of learning. 5 Challenges in…
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