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  • 15 steps closer to quality higher education in Africa

    Online learning | The Guardian
    Anna Leach
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:19 am
    Improving higher education is a complex challenge, but essential to the continent’s development. An expert panel offered these routes to tackling itCollaborate across universities: Faced with a lack of essential services such as transport, water, power, healthcare and educational systems, and a government uninterested in investing in research, the question of how African countries can conduct cutting-edge research to tackle problems related to local needs can be difficult. One solution is to form collaborations among scientists in different universities. Sadiq Yusuf, deputy vice chancellor…
  • Distance learning taps in to virtual reality technology

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

    Harold Jarche
    Harold Jarche
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:42 am
    Jane Hart compiles a list every year of the Top 10 Tools for learning. Voting closes on 18 September. Here are my top tools this year, with last year’s position shown in brackets. Please add yours! 10 (new): Netflix: I find I am watching a lot of documentaries on this popular video streaming service and I am learning a lot. The latest was a series on the American civil war. 9 (new): Slack: this message application is a great way to stay connected and work in small groups and I am a member of two active Slack communities. More information on why Slack is more than chat. 8 (new): Skype: I…
  • A mixed-methods exploration of an environment for learning computer programming

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    A mixed-methods approach is evaluated for exploring collaborative behaviour, acceptance and progress surrounding an interactive technology for learning computer programming. A review of literature reveals a compelling case for using mixed-methods approaches when evaluating technology-enhanced-learning environments. Here, ethnographic approaches used for the requirements engineering of computing systems are combined with questionnaire-based feedback and skill tests. These are applied to the ‘Ceebot’ animated 3D learning environment. Video analysis with workplace observation allowed…
  • A Three-Step Process to Create Hand Drawn Custom Characters

    The Rapid E-Learning Blog
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:35 am
    In previous posts we discussed how visual thinking helps us focus on core concepts and teaches us to communicate those with graphics and other visual elements. We also looked at ways to practice developing your visual thinking skills so that you can effectively apply them to your course design. In today’s post we’ll look at how to create custom characters that you can use in your visual thinking activities and course design. The Case for Hand Drawn Custom Characters You don’t have to be an artist to create custom characters. In fact, there’s a lot of value in hand drawn characters…
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    Online learning | The Guardian

  • 15 steps closer to quality higher education in Africa

    Anna Leach
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:19 am
    Improving higher education is a complex challenge, but essential to the continent’s development. An expert panel offered these routes to tackling itCollaborate across universities: Faced with a lack of essential services such as transport, water, power, healthcare and educational systems, and a government uninterested in investing in research, the question of how African countries can conduct cutting-edge research to tackle problems related to local needs can be difficult. One solution is to form collaborations among scientists in different universities. Sadiq Yusuf, deputy vice chancellor…
  • Out of Africa: e-learning makes further education a reality for tens of thousands | Mark Anderson

    Mark Anderson
    20 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    As the eLearning Africa conference gets underway in Addis Ababa, there is a growing recognition that online courses can boost further education accessZuhur Yasin has never been to the US, but she holds a bachelor’s degree from an American university. Part of Yasin’s studies in Somaliland, a self-declared independent country in Somalia, were spent in a special classroom, lined with rows of computers equipped with webcams and microphones. The 29-year-old watched videos and took part in live virtual classes at Indiana University as part of her journalism programme at the University of…
  • E-learning in healthcare: benefits, challenges and limitations

    Sarah Johnson
    11 May 2015 | 1:20 am
    Our expert panel talks about what e-learning can offer the NHS and its staff• Read the discussion in fullColin McEwen, account manager, eCom Scotland: One of the major benefits is the flexibility e-learning offers ... This can help ensure learning is more accessible and is not overlooked. There are also benefits when it comes to managing compliance and continual professional development, both from an individual and organisational perspective ... There can also be budgetary and time saving benefits for the organisation. Continue reading...
  • How can the healthcare sector and staff best use e-learning? Live discussion

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

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

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    A mixed-methods approach is evaluated for exploring collaborative behaviour, acceptance and progress surrounding an interactive technology for learning computer programming. A review of literature reveals a compelling case for using mixed-methods approaches when evaluating technology-enhanced-learning environments. Here, ethnographic approaches used for the requirements engineering of computing systems are combined with questionnaire-based feedback and skill tests. These are applied to the ‘Ceebot’ animated 3D learning environment. Video analysis with workplace observation allowed…
  • A review of predictive factors of student success in and satisfaction with online learning

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    Students perceive online courses differently than traditional courses. Negative perceptions can lead to unfavourable learning outcomes including decreased motivation and persistence. Throughout this review, a broad range of factors that affect performance and satisfaction within the online learning environment for adult learners will be examined including learning outcomes, instructional design and learner characteristics, followed by suggestions for further research, and concluding with implications for online learning pertinent to administrators, instructors, course designers and students.
  • The Open University continues to be rated highly for student satisfaction

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:28 pm
    The Open University has once again performed well in the latest National Student Survey released today by HEFCE. The OU was given an overall satisfaction rating of 90% making it one of only three Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to consistently score 90% or above every year since 2007. The Open University
  • 6 concerns students have about MOOCs

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    New qualitative research reveals students may know more about MOOCs than institutions think; have doubts on reliability. eCampus News
  • lackboard Acquires Nivel Siete

    25 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Companies to Bring More Solutions and Services to the Open Source Community in Latin America Blackboard
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    The Rapid E-Learning Blog

  • A Three-Step Process to Create Hand Drawn Custom Characters

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:35 am
    In previous posts we discussed how visual thinking helps us focus on core concepts and teaches us to communicate those with graphics and other visual elements. We also looked at ways to practice developing your visual thinking skills so that you can effectively apply them to your course design. In today’s post we’ll look at how to create custom characters that you can use in your visual thinking activities and course design. The Case for Hand Drawn Custom Characters You don’t have to be an artist to create custom characters. In fact, there’s a lot of value in hand drawn characters…
  • How to Create an Interactive Image Template

    Tom Kuhlmann
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    As noted in an earlier post, an easy way to build interactive elearning modules is by choosing a single image and adding interactive elements to it. This is a great solution for those who don’t have graphic design skills or access to a graphic designer. The key is finding a single image that has a few potential content buckets. Finding images is relatively easy today. I look for images like the ones below. They need to have some visual interest, a consistent context, and potential content areas that can be clicked on or zoomed into. Interactive Image Example In a previous post, I…
  • How to Customize Free Stock Photos For Your Presentations

    Tom Kuhlmann
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Most of us are scrambling to find free assets to use in our presentations and elearning courses. The good news is that there are more than enough free stock images available, such as these three earlier posts where I shared 80 free stock photos, 45 free stock photos, and 60 more free stock photos. The challenge with all of these free stock photos is that it’s not always easy using them for your presentations or elearning courses as they are. The characters are easy enough to figure out. But whatr about the various background images? Here are some tips to help customize free stock…
  • Create an Interactive Course Using a Single Image

    Tom Kuhlmann
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:44 am
    This post gives you a two-fer: that’s two freebies for one. I found a free desktop image made available by Anastasia Kolisnichenko. I used the free image to create an interactive course prototype for an upcoming workshop activity. The template is free for you to download and use as you wish. Below is an example of the template in action. It’s embedded on the blog page. Click here to view the template if the embedded version isn’t visible in the email. The example above was created in Storyline 2 and uses the zoom region feature and triggers to pause the timeline. Here are…
  • Free PowerPoint Template: Circle Lift

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

  • Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools

    Jay Cross
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    It’s time once again to contribute to Jane Hart’s annual survey of tools for learning. I was the first person to take part in this project some nine years ago and now it’s an annual ritual. It’s enlightening to review what’s best in the toolbox. My top tools for learning are: Experience. Extracting the lessons of simply living my life. Friends. My colleagues in Internet Time Alliance and colleagues. Books. I have an extensive library and am in the midst of looking back through to refresh what I’ve learned from them. Journals.  I buy a new black book at…
  • VUCA

    Jay Cross
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:51 am
    VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Perhaps it’s a  lesson for people who don’t understand what complexity is all about. Image courtesy of Boiling Frogs (!) VUCA is redundant. Complexity captures the whole deal. Easier to just say complex. Complex situations are always volatile, uncertain, and ambiguous, aren’t they? That’s their DNA. Some acronyms are a lot more fun, for example “WEIRD = Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratized,” coined by Adam Alter for his book Drunk Tank Pink. Or the Guardian’s…
  • Think for yourselves, plagiarists

    Jay Cross
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    In 2006, Jossey-Bass published a book of mine on Informal Learning. The book describes informal learning as “the unofficial, unscheduled, impromptu way people learn to do their jobs” It compares formal learning to riding a bus and informal learning to riding a bicycle. The book says that “Work = Learning; Learning = Work.” Plagiarists For the second time in a week, I came upon words I had written, unattributed, in an infographic and  a presentation on the web. I put “unofficial, unscheduled, impromptu” and “informal learning bicycle bus” into…
  • Benchmarking Online Learning

    Jay Cross
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
        Fascinating data.  WHAT KEEPS WORKERS FROM LEARNING ONLINE? 63% lack of time for self-study 40% can’t find what they need 41% find current online learning not relevant to their need 28% lack of somewhere appropriate to study 26% find learning content uninspiring 25% technology issues such as low bandwidth 22% learning objectives are not clear This is one of thousands of findings from benchmarking studies drawing on the experiences of more than 3,500 L&D professionals and 16,000 learners. WHAT DO LEARNERS VALUE HIGHLY FOR LEARNING? 91% team collaboration 81% manager…
  • Screencast, Aha!

    Jay Cross
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Screencasts are a great way to look over someone’s shoulder remotely to see what’s happening on screen. I used to use Camtasia for this but the price tag drove me away. I used Jive instead. Both Jive and Snagit were rendered inoperable by the latest update of Yosemite for the Mac. Recordings show a black screen with a blinking cursor. Nothing else. I and a lot of other users are ticked. Couldn’t they have alerted us? I snooped around a little and found that you can replicate what Jive did with QuickTime. It’s built into Yosemite. The interface is primitive but…
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    Harold Jarche

  • cooperation, measurement, security and more

    Harold Jarche
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. @hrheingold: “Don’t refuse to believe; refuse to start out believing.” #crapdetection @nielspflaeging: “Any tool involving points and badges is superfluous, even systematically destructive in an organizational context.” @kjeannette: What is a Community of Practice? 6 lessons: 1) Narrow down the domain and purpose (i.e. make it attainable) 2) Hire a community facilitator, or even better, a social artist? 3)Reduce bottlenecks and start with…
  • top tools for 2015

    Harold Jarche
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:42 am
    Jane Hart compiles a list every year of the Top 10 Tools for learning. Voting closes on 18 September. Here are my top tools this year, with last year’s position shown in brackets. Please add yours! 10 (new): Netflix: I find I am watching a lot of documentaries on this popular video streaming service and I am learning a lot. The latest was a series on the American civil war. 9 (new): Slack: this message application is a great way to stay connected and work in small groups and I am a member of two active Slack communities. More information on why Slack is more than chat. 8 (new): Skype: I…
  • it’s all about our data

    Harold Jarche
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
    Platform capitalism is the ability of a common internet exchange medium to enable easy commercial transactions. Buyers of services get convenience, while sellers get a larger market. The spoils go to the owner of the platform, receiving a significant percentage of revenues. Most of these platforms are created when regulations and oligopolies make these transactions difficult by traditional means. Platform capitalism initially disrupts a sector that is poorly served. It requires four contributing factors. A platform: a central application that controls the data on all interactions and…
  • buck the established way

    Harold Jarche
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here is a good story that shows the value of learning as working, as opposed to relying on previous expertise. “On the surface, John looked like the perfect up-and-coming executive to lead BFC’s Asia expansion plans. He went to an Ivy League B-school. His track record was flawless. Every goal or objective the organization had ever put in front of him, he’d crushed without breaking a sweat. But something broke when John went to Asia. John struggled with the ambiguity, and he didn’t take prudent risks. He quickly dismissed several key opportunities to reach out for feedback and guidance…
  • network leadership = adapting to perpetual beta

    Harold Jarche
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    Even five years ago it was not the norm to work at a distance. Employers wanted to keep workers on-site when it made no sense. Some asked for people to do virtual work, but still required they be on-site. Virtual work is no longer limited to mostly free-agents, as many salaried employees today work at least part-time off-site. It is becoming the norm and bringing change with it. When people work at a distance, in time or space, an implicit shift occurs. They have to be trusted to get the work done. Management also shifts from measuring time to measuring results. A new culture emerges. It…
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  • There is no eLearning! Only Zuul!

    Brent Schlenker
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    What is eLearning? (Please pardon the gratuitous movie line as a blog title.) Every few years it's important to step back and look at our industry. I've had conversations with colleagues recently covering the state of the industry. And sadly, the conversation ends up feeling more like the state of the industry...according to the gurus, experts, and thought leaders. Instead of the reality of our industry as faced by the other 98% of corporate training professionals. So, I'd like to take a moment and sort out my thoughts on this topic. According to the latest wikipedia entry for eLearning...
  • Guest Post: eLearning...It's Bigger On The Inside - by Mark Sheppard

    Mark Sheppard
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    About Today's Guest Blogger, Mark Sheppard I've known Mark Sheppard for a while via the magic of the internet. I'm honored to call him a colleague and enjoy our conversations immensely. I appreciate his perspective on eLearning and glad he agreed to share some recent thoughts with the Litmos community on our blog. If you do not know Mark, then you should follow him on twitter @marklearns and get to know him better. You'll be glad you did. "When not trying to manage his Twitter feed and ever-growing list of readings, he works for a neat little learning services & innovation firm in the…
  • The Best Microphone Options for the Training Professional

    Brent Schlenker
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Why You Need A Good Microphone Audio is a powerful medium. It's a powerful medium on its own, but also an integral part of video. For many of us that's where the conversation about audio ends. We feel like it's someone else's responsibility because they record the voice overs, or they record the sound. But things have changed. It's easier than ever to engage with others via the internet using audio and video. And so you need to know how to sound good. We have systems like Skype, and Facetime that allow us to communicate with others via audio/video.  And it's important that you sound good.
  • Blabbing About Blab.im in Learning & Development - Join the Conversation

    Brent Schlenker
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:38 am
    Blab.im is the latest social media phenomenon. It's a fantastic live streaming system that runs in browsers or on their mobile app. It's similar to Google Hangouts but is far superior in its usability. There are so many use cases for a tool like blab and I want to figure out how we can apply blab, and tools like it, to corporate training and education. Why blab? Didn't we all get excited about WebEx, Connect, and so many other "teleconferencing" tools already? Yes! And when they first launched we were right to be excited about the possibilties. Those tools were cutting edge in their day. But…
  • How I Saved $50,000 Moving from Classroom Training to eLearning

    Ant Pugh
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    When I started working with Inmarsat back in 2011, they didn't have any elearning. With a team of trainers travelling all corners of the globe, there was an understandable push to reduce travel costs. My remit was to introduce an elearning strategy that would not only provide a cost-saving against classroom training, but that would allow these highly technical trainers to spend less time delivering repeat courses and more time to deliver training in which their expertise would be maximized. So whilst we were busy implementing a new Learning Management System (you can read a Beginners…
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  • White House: Innovation in Higher Education

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to the White House. The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation. This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education, to help prepare for the conversation. The event organizers made it clear that no media or social media was allowed during the event in order to have an open brainstorming session. My thoughts below are suitably vague so as to not identify who else was there…
  • Employability and quality of life

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

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

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

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

  • Gaining the Competitive Advantage without the Price Tag with an Online MBA

    Ray Schroeder
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:11 pm
    by Ashley Wren Collins, Huffington Post In CBS’s “What’s an Online MBA Worth?” Peter Shea, former head of the online education system for the State University of New York, said, “There is a growing body of evidence that suggest that the quality of online learning outcomes…is actually better than that of face-to-face instruction.” Be sure to vet your online MBA choices. You want to make sure that the on-line MBA faculty has a crossover with the residential faculty – if they outsource their faculty it is a sign the program is not as reputable and…
  • Study identifies new cheating method in MOOCs

    Ray Schroeder
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:04 pm
    by Harvard Gazette While the proliferation of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has expanded learning opportunities for individuals around the world, the digital classroom is also subject to many of the same issues as the traditional one — such as cheating. In a new working paper, researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have identified a new method of cheating specific to open online courses, and have recommended a number of strategies that are proving effective in preventing it. The working paper, “Detecting and Preventing…
  • Coursera Pivots to Focus on Job Training

    Ray Schroeder
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:02 pm
    By AINSLEY O’CONNELL, Fast Company Back in 2012, we welcomed the dawn of the massive open online course (MOOC) and its promise to democratize learning with open arms. Stories like that of Christos Porios, a 16-year-old living in Alexandroupoli, Greece, who discovered a Stanford computer science class on online platform Coursera and soon mastered machine learning, captured our collective imagination. The learning experience was new, but the brand-name institutions providing the content were familiar, with universities like Harvard, MIT, and Stanford leading the way. Fast-forward to 2015,…
  • Campuses transition to the ‘Internet of Things’

    Ray Schroeder
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:08 pm
    By Travis Seekins, University Business Human-to human communications have been the bedrock of our lives. More recently, machine-to-machine streaming has become a dominant and often disruptive dance partner in the communication landscape. And now we are glimpsing a world where human-to-machine links culminate in one seamlessly orchestrated waltz. Imagine smart sensors embedded in the school parking garage, alerting you to a much coveted, and now suddenly available, spot right by your office. Real-time, actionable data will help schools know exactly when to service equipment and achieve savings…
  • 25 ways to strengthen workforce education

    Ray Schroeder
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:05 pm
    by eCampus News California Community Colleges Task Force on Workforce Education recommends ways to increase competitiveness, job creation: Key recommendations of the task force call on the college system to: • Revise career technical education (CTE) curriculum approval processes to ensure that instructional programs keep pace with industry needs. • Increase the pool of qualified CTE instructors through hiring practices and consider options for meeting minimum qualifications to better integrate experienced industry professionals into instructional programs. • Expand partnerships with…
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    E-Learning Journeys

  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:31 am
    The Classroom Dreaming Tree An interesting global project that asks for contributions - childrens dreams and hopes. tags: education globalproject VoiceThread’s Free Workshops: September-December - My VoiceThread – Blog and Webinars tags: education voicethread free workshops Archives Change Lives - YouTube tags: archive education history youtube Amazon.com: Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom eBook: Esther Wojcicki, Lance Izumi: Kindle Store tags: education moonshot blendedlearning NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition | The New Media Consortium…
  • If Berea can do it - so can you! A story of global collaboration success for learning!

    Julie Lindsay
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:35 pm
    The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Global Educator, being published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in early 2016. I share it here now to show how careful planning in conjunction with 'leaping into new learning modes' has started to transform teaching and learning in Berea District, Ohio, USA. This could be you and your school and/or district! Online global collaboration is imperative - when will you take that leap?My quest is to find the true global school and I am excited to share the work of global educators in Berea City Schools District…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:31 am
    What does 'flat' learning look like Margaret Simkin shares thoughts about flat learning based on a short presentation I gave to the INF537 class Digital Futures Colloquium tags: education flatconnections pedagogy ISSUU - Global Digital Citizenship by Sonya Van Schaijik tags: digitalcitizenship education fcge14-2 Global Virtual Classroom Web Contest Open to Grades 1-7 and Grades 8-12. Teams of 3 schools join to collaborate on a website. tags: education globalcollaboration Global Virtual Classroom: A Free Online Educational Program tags: globaleducation globalcollaboration education Victorian…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    16 Aug 2015 | 3:31 am
    What Does "The World Is Flat" Mean for Education?: A Closer Look at Our Educational Globe | Edutopia A blog post from 2006 by colleague Chris O'Neal..... tags: friedman education Intentional Innovation in Education – A.J. Juliani Excellent blog post by A.J. Juliani about the need for innovation in education. tags: education innovation flatconnections #globaled15 Attendees at #ISTE2015 Look at all of the global educators who attended #ISTE2015 Global Ed day! tags: education globaled15 padlet Voice Dream Reader and Writer Excellent app for text to speech applications tags: education app…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    9 Aug 2015 | 3:31 am
    Global Collaboration Highlights - Flat Connections - Flat Connections tags: education globalcollaboration flatconnections Why is Good Instructional Design More Important than Ever in the Modern World? | ReadyToManage tags: instructionaldesign education Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Innovation, Leadership, Creativity, Collaboration
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  • Pay It Forward

    9 Aug 2015 | 3:20 am
    tl;dr… just click here and do the right thing. I’ve done it. You’ve probably done it too.  You’re making some kind of digital product and you needed a digital asset of some sort to use with it. Maybe you were putting together a short video and needed some music for the soundtrack, or maybe you were working on some kind of poster and needed an image to include on it. Fortunately, we live in a world where we have access to amazing digital tools that make it easy to create, as long as you have some raw materials to work with. While it’s technically…
  • Why Is This Even A Debate?

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    On TV tonight I saw an ad from some group that calls themselves the “Marriage Alliance“. I looked at their website which seems to be a thinly veiled attempt to be open minded when really all they want to do is oppose same sex marriage and maintain the unfair status quo… Their site poses a number of open questions about marriage, and while they purport to being just trying to encourage a healthy discussion about the value of marriage in general, it’s pretty obvious what their agenda is. They are clearly in opposition to same sex marriage. So, since they asked,…
  • I’ve Seen The Future

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

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

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

  • Lapworks Adds Two Great Tablet Accessories for the Teacher

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Over the years I have reviewed several products from LapWorks, who has been manufacturing and selling fine accessories for laptops and tablets, but had not heard from them in years. But just last week, I received and email from them announcing some new products for iPads and tablets that I just had to take a look at. Lapworks has just recently released two products that really make a huge difference when you want to use an iPad or Tablet for instruction in the classroom. If you have ever tried to balance or hold an iPad or tablet in your hand as you move about the classroom-then you…
  • Incipio Delivers on Sleeves and Cases for Surface 3

    20 Aug 2015 | 4:51 pm
    As students start heading back to school many will return with Microsoft Surface 3 devices which is a great choice. Having a light weight tablet to take to classes with Office 365 is a perfect combination. With the release of Windows 10 the Surface 3 is transformed to a powerful mobile device allowing students the opportunity to take it wherever they are. The Surface 3 really shines when using the digital pen and OneNote for taking notes which can easily be shared. For students on the go-who want to travel in style take a look at the Roosevelt Folio from Incipio which wraps a…
  • Vernier Go Wireless Link: Creating New Opportunities for Mobile Data Collection

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

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

    9 Jun 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Ok, so you already know if you have been reading my blog just how much I love gadgets. Especially, gadgets that are easy to use and can extend the learning that is taking place in my classroom. When I read about the Equil Smartmarker from Luidia a couple of months ago, I was enthralled with the possibilities. As an Assistive Technology Consultant I am often supporting students with disabilities who may require that classroom notes be provided to them.  So when I came across the Equil Smartmarker, I had to get my hands on one to review. Luidia was kind enough to send me an Equil…
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  • Bottom-Line Performance Ranked #4049 on 2015 Inc. 5000 List

    Steven Boller
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:47 am
    Bottom-Line Performance  (BLP) #4049 on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. BLP joins the Inc. 5000 for the first time thanks to three years of rapid revenue growth and an expanding client portfolio. “Being listed on the Inc. 5000 is truly a group effort,” says BLP CEO Kirk Boller. “Inclusion on this list represents the great relationships we have built with our clients, and that is all because the great work our people are doing every day.” BLP qualified for the Inc. 5000 by growing revenue by 71% from 2011 to…
  • Hex Invaders, Expanding Your Thinking, and Avoiding Creativity’s Rabbit Holes: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    #BLPLearn is for our fellow members of the L&D community. We take the best articles and resources shared between members of our teams and publish them in this weekly post. We include commentary from the original BLPer who found the article to provide you with context on why we felt it is worth sharing out. THIS WEEK’S ARTICLES Now that introductions are out of the way, let’s dive in to this week’s articles: Hex Invaders Submitted by Brandon Penticuff, Technology Director   I love to find little gem games that combine classic arcade styles with very specific learning objectives. In…
  • Should Instructional Designers “Teach to the Test”?

    Sharon Boller
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    There is a lot of angst these days in the education field about “teaching to the test.” It started in K-12 but it’s crept into corporate speak as well. Some say that tests are no longer relevant. They are viewed as hold-overs of an out-of-touch education system. A growing bandwagon of people are saying that they want to help people learn to problem-solve and do critical thinking… and not just memorize facts. In the corporate world, people really do need to recall facts to do their jobs well. There are plenty of times where being able to “Google it” is not…
  • Classroom Gamification, What is Code, and Learner Engagement: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    7 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    #BLPLearn is for our fellow members of the L&D community. We take the best articles and resources shared between members of our teams and publish them in this weekly post. We include commentary from the original BLPer who found the article to provide you with context on why we felt it is worth sharing out. THIS WEEK’S ARTICLES Now that introductions are out of the way, let’s dive in to this week’s articles: Classroom Gamification Submitted by Sharon Boller, President and Chief Product Officer  At BLP, we focus a lot on learning games. We think less about how we can gamify a…
  • Learning Maps, Say Something Nice, and Call Center Support in eLearning: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    #BLPLearn is for our fellow members of the L&D community. We take the best articles and resources shared between members of our teams and publish them in this weekly post. We include commentary from the original BLPer who found the article to provide you with context on why we felt it is worth sharing out. THIS WEEK’S ARTICLES Now that introductions are out of the way, let’s dive in to this week’s articles: Using Learning Maps Submitted by Jackie Crofts, Multimedia Developer  We know that digital games are really fun and engaging for learning, but sometimes you need activities…
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    Clive on Learning

  • Compelling content hooks you in and won't let go

    10 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    We are told that learners are no longer able to concentrate on content that's more than four or five minutes long. And there's no doubt that, when it comes to consuming information, we'd prefer it concise. After all, we want that information to help us achieve some goal and we don't want to take too long in the process. GIGIGO - get in, get it, get out.But meaningful learning does not take usually place in minutes; it can take days, months or years of testing ideas out, reflecting and discussing, honing our skills and building our confidence. Our content can play a valuable role in that…
  • Compelling content requires some media chemistry

    10 Aug 2015 | 4:51 am
    Media chemists know less is usually moreMedia consumers, especially learners, want the easy life. They're interested in the content, not the container. The technology and the interface with which they interact should be invisible. Your design decisions should be invisible. And all that requires a little media chemistry.There is a limited range of elements which make up all media formats. While there is generally more than one element capable of fulfilling any task, they each have their own particular strengths:Text is precise. You can read it at your own pace. It requires the barest minimum…
  • Compelling content requires a cunning plan

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Second in the series: Six characteristics of compelling contentFirst you need a compelling conceptYes, you probably got it - they’re talking about the same subject. One person’s boring compliance course is another person’s hot topic. If you approach the development of learning material as a tedious chore, that’s how it will come over to your audience. Your job is to engage your learner and that starts with a compelling concept.In our leisure time, we might choose to consume content, such as TV shows, novels and music, for the entertainment value alone. The content is an end in itself.
  • Six characteristics of compelling content: an introduction

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

    18 Jun 2015 | 12:41 am
    As a learning professional, it’s absolutely vital when you’re taking a brief from a project sponsor that you ask the right questions and are persistent in making sure you get a clear and satisfactory answer. Here’s my list of essential questions: About the need1. What goal is this intervention intended to support? It’s vital to identify the real underlying purpose of the proposed intervention. In the workplace, learning is usually just a means to an end. 2. At which people is this intervention aimed? This question establishes the scope of the intervention in terms…
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    Donald Clark Plan B

  • 10 top online learning writing rules and the psychology behind them

    Donald Clark
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    Don’t waste your reader’s time. There is a difference between reading from the printed page and reading from a screen. Reading from paper makes use of reflected light, whereas the screen is lit from behind. This makes it more difficult to read on screen, particularly when large amounts of text are involved, and where the user is required to read for long period of time. It is almost always a mistake to simply transfer text from the printed page or workbook to the screen, without taking into account this fundamental difference.In all reading, we do not simply scan letter-by-letter, word by…
  • Top 10 stupid mistakes in design of Multiple Choice questions

    Donald Clark
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    Some online learning designers write their assessment items first, as they can match the assessment to the objectives or competences before being distracted by the detail in content. This avoids the trap of writing test items that simply test atomic facts and words from the presented text.Many test items are quite simply not fit for purpose, as they don’t really assess, test the wrong thing or are so badly designed that they mislead or annoy learners. Bad test item writers tend to simply pluck out key words from the text and test the recognition or the meaning of those terms. Good test item…
  • 7 ways women are ignored in education from Jane Roland Martin

    Donald Clark
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    Jane Roland Martin is a remarkable woman as she widened up educational theory in line with those such as Dewey and Illich. yet her real contribution is in the many issues around women in education. Her views are inclusive but above all expansive.1. Women ignoredShe saw the role of women as a largely unexamined issue in education. Women had for centuries been excluded from access to education but even recently, ignored in teaching, schooling, higher education.2, New sourcesAs women have been denied access to education, excluded from education, educational institutions and the vehicles of…
  • Kohlberg's moralising and its revival - character education

    Donald Clark
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    The Nazis and the Holocaust led Lawrence Kohlberg to focus on the moral dimension of education. Drawing on the Socratic interest in values and virtue, and John Dewey’s view of education as the development of the individual, he saw education not as moral instruction but as the development of moral judgement and behaviour. His inspiration was Piaget’s stages of development, which he applied to the moral development of children and adults. His theoretical work was matched by practical recommendations around the concept of a ‘just community’. These could be schools, professions, social…
  • Understanding Carol Dweck - queen of growth mindsets

    Donald Clark
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    Carol Dweck’s work on ‘growth mindsets’ has had wide-reaching influence. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2006) took motivational theory in a specific direction around a specific attitude that, she claims, leads to accelerated learning. For Dweck, students can too often see school as the place where they perform for teachers, who then judge them, whereas, for Dweck,growth is what education should be about and keeping the momentum by encouraging grow mindsets, is an essential teaching skill. Fixed and growth mindsetsShe has observed that many educators still believe that…
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    Cammy Bean's Learning Visions

  • Webinar: 10 Tips for Better eLearning Design on Sept 3

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    Join me on September 3rd, 1:00 eastern for a webinar with Training Magazine Network.Here's the description:Has your eLearning design gotten dull and same-old, same-old? Looking for some design ideas and inspiration?  Cammy Bean, Kineo's VP of Learning Design, shares some ideas and examples to get your design juices flowing. In this session, you'll learn to:Liven up your eLearning designs with strategies for making your content more humanDesign interactions that rely less on clicking and more on thinkingIdentify ways to extend the learning experience outside of the course and into…
  • How I Blog: #DevLearn Bloggers

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    DevLearn, that mecca of a eLearning conference, is coming up quickly! This year, we'll be running around the MGM Grand in Las Vegas from September 30-October 2, filling our heads with eLearning goodness. I'm honored to be a part of the #DevLearn Bloggers team. Each of us has been asked to write a post about how we blog...here's my offering:I’ve always been a note taker. At college, I filled notebook upon notebook with my somewhat illegible handwritten text. (This was in the days before laptops, so yes, I am dating myself.) The act of note taking kept me focused on the lecture or…
  • Moving Beyond Event-based Learning—a Managed Journey to Demonstrated Proficiency [Article]

    10 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    Chip Cleary and I just published and article in Learning Solutions Magazine, Moving Beyond Event-based Learning—a Managed Journey to Demonstrated Proficiency.We’re going to open with a bold and brash statement—eLearning has really dumbed down the training world. We know that’s blasphemy from two people who have both been immersed in the eLearning world for over 20 years.Ooh -- them's fightin' words. So where should we be going? Read on for more....
  • Becoming a Better eLearning Designer: 4 Areas to Focus On #ATD2015

    21 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    Yesterday, I had the honor of being interviewed for ATD TV as part of the International Conference & Expo that just wrapped up in Orlando this week.  Here I talk about the four pieces of eLearning pie you should eat if you want to be a well-rounded eLearning professional. These ideas all originated from conversations I've had over the years with my friend and mentor, Dr. Ellen Wagner of Sage Road Solutions.
  • Six Psychological Tricks to Increase Recall #ATD2015 @MindGym

    19 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    These are my liveblogged notes from a concurrent session at ATD 2015, happening this week in Orlando, Florida. Forgive any typos or incoherencies.Sebastian Bailey from Mind Gym "Six Psychological Tricks to Increase Recall"1. How do you increase the quit rate of smokers? (let's take a look at habit change).When you look at all literature on habit change you see these stages:Persisting "I enjoy smoking"Contemplating "Maybe I should give up."Preparing "I'm definitely going to quite..."Acting "I've quite. It's hard but i've quit."Maintaining "I've not smoked for six…
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  • 3 C’s of Engaging Practice

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:28 pm
    In thinking through what makes experiences engaging, and in particular making practice engaging, I riffed on some core elements.   The three terms I came up with were Challenge, Choices, & Consequences. And I realized I had a nice little alliteration going, so I’m going to elaborate and see if it makes sense to me (and you). In general, good practice is having the learner make decisions in context. This has to be more than just recognizing the correct knowledge option, and providing a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ feedback.  The right decision has to be made, in a…
  • Aligning

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    I’m realizing that a major theme of my work and the revolution is that what we do in organizations, and what we do as L&D practitioners, is not aligned with how we think, work, and learn.  And to that extent, we’re doomed to failure. We can, and need to, do better. Let’s start with thinking. The major mismatch here is that our thinking is done rationally and in our head. Results in cognitive science show, instead, that much of our thinking is irrational and is distributed across the world. We use external representations and tools, and unless we’re experts, we…
  • Concrete and Contextual

    19 Aug 2015 | 8:38 am
    I’m working on the learning science workshop I’m going to present at DevLearn next month, and in thinking about how to represent the implications of designing to account for how we work better when the learning context is concrete and sufficient contexts are used, I came up with this, which I wanted to share. The empirical data is that we learn better when our learning practice is contextualized.  And if we want transfer, we should have practice in a spread of contexts that will facilitate abstraction and application to all appropriate settings, not just the ones seen in the…
  • Where in the world is…

    18 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    It’s time for another game of Where’s Clark?  As usual, I’ll be somewhat peripatetic this fall, but more broadly scoped than usual: First I’ll be hitting Shenzhen, China at the end of August to talk advanced mlearning for a private event. Then I’ll be hitting the always excellent DevLearn in Las Vegas at the end of September to run a workshop on learning science for design (you should want to attend!) and give a session on content engineering. At the end of October I’m down under at the Learning@Work event in Sydney to talk the Revolution. At the…
  • Designing Learning Like Professionals

    12 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    I’m increasingly realizing that the ways we design and develop content are part of the reason why we’re not getting the respect we deserve.  Our brains are arguably the most complex things in the known universe, yet we don’t treat our discipline as the science it is.  We need to start combining experience design with learning engineering to really start delivering solutions. To truly design learning, we need to understand learning science.  And this does not mean paying attention to so-called ‘brain science’. There is legitimate brain science (c.f. Medina,…
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    The Bamboo Project

  • Tell Me Your Toxic Work Story

    Michele Martin
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:51 am
    A few weeks ago I launched two online courses on using expressive writing--one to recover from a toxic workplace and the other on recovering from unemployment. The more popular course by far has been the course on recovering from toxic work.  I have to say that this makes me a little sad, but also that I'm not surprised. Most of the people I know who are struggling with their careers feel this way because they are locked into work environments that are soul-killing. There are different flavors of toxic work--from jobs that feel useless, to working with colleagues and supervisors that bring…
  • How to Jumpstart Your Stuck Career

    Michele Martin
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    What happens when you feel like you're stuck in a career rut? How do you get moving in a different direction? I think we make things more complicated than they need to be. Here are three steps you can take.  1. Admit that there's a problem. The first step is to recognize and accept the reality of your situation. As I've written before, one of the most important things you can do when you want to make a change is to take a scrupulous, unflinching look at what's going on. Be clear about what is and isn't working and where you want to see change. The more honest and complete you can be in this…
  • How to Find Time to Grow Your Career, Start a Side Gig or Do Anything Else That Matters

    Michele Martin
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:04 am
    Ah, time. If there's one thing we're good at, it's listing all the reasons we don't have the time to do the things we say we want to do.  So many people I know have a great idea for a side business, but they don't start because they say they don't have the time.  Other people tell me that they'd really love to explore changing careers, but they simply don't have the time to do it.  Whatever amazing thing it is we want to accomplish in the world, our most enduring reason for not doing it is that we don't have the time.  So today, several ways to find time . . .  Keep a Time Log Start by…
  • Why Denial Doesn't Work

    Michele Martin
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:27 am
    One of the participants in my Toxic Workplace Course brought up the discomfort that comes with acknowledging to herself that she's in a toxic work situation. If she admits this then it opens up the question that she must DO something about it. And, of course, that feels REALLY uncomfortable.  But the discomfort of acknowledging reality and the various implications of our current situation is NOTHING compared to what happens when we deny what is going on.  Here's the thing.When we deny reality, the truth of our situation starts to pop up in other ways--usually physically. We feel exhausted…
  • 50 is the New 65 in the Job Market: 9 Things You Should Be Doing to Be Prepared

    Michele Martin
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:36 am
    Last week I had lunch with my accountant and a friend of his who was laid off a year ago (at 62) and is now starting his own business because he can't find an employer who will hire him. We spent much of that lunch talking about how many people we knew who were in this situation.  For the past year, I've been facilitating the Speedy Startup--a 12-week program to help people who are unemployed start up their own businesses. With only a few exceptions, everyone I've been working with is over 45, laid off and unable to find new employment. I'm recruiting for a new Fall class and finding…
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    Will at Work Learning

  • Research on Smile Sheets -- New Video

    Will Thalheimer
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:21 pm
    I created a video to help organizations fully understand the meaning of their smile sheets. You can also view this directly on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QucqCxM2qW4
  • Pilot Opportunity Re-Opened...

    Will Thalheimer
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    Hello blog readers! Earlier this year, I offered a subscription-learning pilot to organizations interested in leadership development. Now, having acquired a license to use one of the top subscription-learning tools, I'm offering the opportunity again. To read more, click here.
  • My Book Kickstarter Campaign -- We Did It!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Will Thalheimer
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
    In just two short weeks, the Kickstarter Campaign to get my book printed and marketed has reached it's goal!! Over 160 people made pledges, selecting Kickstarter rewards to get over 200 copies of the book: Performance-Focused Smile Sheets: A Radical Rethinking of a Dangerous Art Form. While I was nervous at first as I launched my campaign, I couldn't be more thrilled that so many people have showed interest in the book! And in the summertime no less! I'm deeply grateful to all those who pledged to contribute! Thank you everyone!! Kickstarter Campaigns can't be turned off…
  • My Book Kickstarter Campaign -- The First Dozen Hours

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

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

  • Converting eLearning to mLearning? 4 Steps to Set the Wheels in Motion

    Amit Garg
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:15 am
    In our day to day interactions as eLearning vendors, we are very often asked this question – “How do I convert my legacy eLearning to mLearning?” Here are 4 steps to help you go through the process of converting eLearning to mLearning. 1. Content & Context One of the most common Mobile Learning Pitfalls is […]
  • Responsive LMS: All about Selection and Implementation (Webinar)

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:41 am
    In her book ‘Designing Multi-Device Experiences‘, Michal Levin has described the multi-device environment as an ecosystem. She says that, “in looking at the world of online apps and electronics today, we can see a type of ecosystem emerging. In this system – this climate of multiple devices – we see smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs, and […]
  • 8 Key Considerations for Selecting a Responsive LMS

    Amit Gautam
    5 Aug 2015 | 2:37 am
    A recent report by comScore, Inc, states that multi-platform usage has increased drastically between 2013 and 2014, among every generation. The on-the-go populace of today, accesses most of the digital content via handheld devices rather than PCs and laptops. Users in the workplace too are increasingly demanding various enterprise applications to be available on a […]
  • 5 Factors to Consider While Choosing an App Type for Learning

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

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

  • How To Set Up Your Workflow For eLearning Development

    Connie Malamed
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:49 pm
    In the spirit of ‘Show Your Work,’ I thought I’d share the workflow I use during course development with an authoring tool. This workflow is the process I typically use after I have an approved storyboard/script and prototype. It’s simple and straightforward and may be similar to what most people do, but I thought I’d […]Post from: The eLearning CoachHow To Set Up Your Workflow For eLearning Development
  • How To Create An Animated Video

    Connie Malamed
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    After you’ve designed and developed 60 million eLearning courses, you’re bound to start looking around for something new. I think I’ve found that newness in the easy-to-use animation tools that are now available. Here, I’m going to take you on a tour of GoAnimate, where I think you can have a creative and fun experience. […]Post from: The eLearning CoachHow To Create An Animated Video
  • ELC 026: Looking Into The Future Of Instructional Technology

    Connie Malamed
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Are you curious about the future of instructional technology and learning? Abbie Brown, Ph.D., and Tim Green, Ph.D., make it a point to follow the trends and issues in our field—from the latest technologies to new research. Together, they produce the Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology and Learning Sciences Podcast. Abbie Brown […]Post from: The eLearning CoachELC 026: Looking Into The Future Of Instructional Technology
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Emerald Who’s Who in Asia

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:54 pm
    I am glad to inform you all that my profile has been selected for inclusion in the print version of forthcoming reference work ‘Emerald Who’s Who in Asia’ by Rifacimento International, Publishers of Specialised Reference Books. To know more about it, click here.
  • How about Introducing Nano Learning to Improve Corporate Performance?

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

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

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

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

    Andy Hicken
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:32 pm
    We’ve been talking to a lot of people about performance improvement (PI) lately, especially the type found in continuing medical education (CME) and maintenance of certification (MOC Part IV). One consistent theme in our conversations is that many organizations, large and small, need help developing a performance improvement activity. To that end, we’ve been working on an infographic that summarizes the process of designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating PI-CME: We’re interested in your thoughts on this first draft! Expect more detail to come. And check out this…
  • Interview with a Veteran LMS Administrator

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

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

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

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

    Geri Stengel
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Research shows that entrepreneurs with larger and more diverse networks grow their businesses bigger. Yet, networking can be uncomfortable, especially if you’re an introvert. Leave it to an introvert, Dorie Clark, to write a practical, actionable e-book, Stand Out Networking: A Simple and Authentic Way to Meet People on Your Own Terms, that anyone can follow. It maps out how to make meaningful connections that can lead to an investment, a major new customer or partnership, media coverage, a publishing contract, a speaking opportunity, and much more. Read all of How To Make The…
  • Profit Is Nice. Margins Are Even Better

    Geri Stengel
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Most people who own a company would say that a big reason they’re in business is to make money. There’s more to being successful, however, than the absolute dollar amount you bring in. Revenue and profit are important, but alone they do not provide the full picture of a company’s overall health. Revenue shows how much you’ve earned and profits show how much money your company has made in absolute terms. Margin ratios, however, offer a look at your profitability by telling you how much you're making relative to your revenue. It's not an absolute…
  • An Agile Mindset: Not Just For the Leader

    Geri Stengel
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    What sets highly successful leaders apart from the rest? Agile learning does, and entrepreneurs are better at it than corporate executives, according to The Korn Ferry Institute. They should know. The Institute researches leadership and has found that the ability to navigate through novel situations—and to learn from experience without becoming rigid—is a key leadership skill set. Agile learners are better able to work through complex problems drive innovation and grow a bottom line. The three traits characterize of an agile learner: Tolerance of ambiguity: Comfort with vague…
  • 6 Common Misconceptions About Equity Crowdfunding

    Geri Stengel
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Only a tiny percentage of wealthy people—less than 3%—who qualify to become angel investors actually do so. When people decide to claim their accreditation wings, angels are the most likely investors to focus on early-stage companies. In 2014, angels invested $24.1 billion in 73,400 U.S.-based ventures, according to the Center for Venture Research. There is now a new way to reach angels that centralizes, streamlines and brings transparency to the financing process for both entrepreneurs and investors: equity crowdfunding. This is done using…
  • 9 Ways to Perfect Your Pitch and Investor Presentation

    Geri Stengel
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Whether you’re pitching to investors at a business plan competition, angel group meeting or one-on-one, your goal is to interest them enough so they want to know more about you and about your company. “You need to present a compelling business case that makes them believe not only that your company will generate significant returns on their investment, but also that you have the capability to execute that vision,” according to Amy Millman, president of Springboard Enterprises, an accelerator for women-led businesses in technology, media and…
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  • 10 steps to PhD failure by Kevin D. Haggerty and Aaron Doyle

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    Kevin D. Haggerty, professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Alberta and Aaron Doyle, associate professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Carleton University offer tips on making postgraduate study even tougher (which students could also use to avoid pitfalls if they prefer).Given the stakes involved, one peculiar aspect of graduate school is the number of students who seem indifferent to its pitfalls. Year after year many run headlong, like lemmings, off the same cliffs as their predecessors. Yet a good share of these people ignore or are even hostile…
  • People are confusing computer-generated music with the works of J.S. Bach

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    "The robot revolution has come to classical music composition." writes, Mike Murphy, reporter at Quartz, covering technology.There's an app for that. Photo: QuartzDonya Quick, a lecturer in Yale’s computer science department, has built a computer program that can create music that the university reported has already confused some “music sophisticates” into thinking it was composed by J.S. Bach. Quick’s machine-learning system, which she’s called Kulitta, uses a library of different genres and styles of music as a basis for entirely original pieces of music.Automated Music…
  • Educators discover new ways that students cheat on MOOCs

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:39 am
    "Paper describes ways to detect two major methods." reports Abby Abazorius, MIT NEWS OFFICE.Photo: Jose-Luis Olivares/MITWhile the proliferation of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has expanded learning opportunities for individuals around the world, the digital classroom is also subject to many of the same issues as the traditional one, such as cheating.In a new working paper, researchers at MIT and Harvard University identify a new method of cheating specific to open online courses and recommend a number of strategies that prove effective in preventing such cheating.The working paper,…
  • The 6 e’s of elearning – Part 2 by Brayley Pearce

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:05 am
    Photo: Brayley Pearce"Be guided through the elearning process with practical tips for L&D professionals and learning designers at each stage." according to Brayley Pearce, Instructional Designer.Part 1 took us through the first 3 e’s of elearning: Engagement, emotion and empowerment. We finish by discussing the learning environment, ways to excite learners and how to evaluate the course.Photo: Sponge UK (blog)Environmental Learning In her book ‘Design for how people learn’, Julie Dirksen argues that students studying for an exam are wise to choose to study in the grey,…
  • Stephen Hawking presents new theory on black holes

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
    Jan Petter Myklebust summarizes, "Cambridge University Professor Stephen Hawking has proposed a new theory of black holes, arguing that information lost in black holes could be stored in alternate universes and that some black holes could be passages to them.Photo: Stephen HawkingSpeaking at a ‘Hawking Radiation’ conference this week in Stockholm, Hawking said the message of his lecture was that black holes “ain't as black as they are painted".“They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought to be,” he said. “Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and…
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  • Video Interview

    18 Aug 2015 | 12:27 am
    In this video interview example, learners can simulate a real-world conversation using interactive video and text-based questions. This video interview was created for a recent e-learning challenge. View the video interview example. The post Video Interview appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • Musical Solar System

    15 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    Solar Beat is a musical solar system based on real orbital frequencies. View the interactive graphic The post Musical Solar System appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • How Big Is Space? Interactive version

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

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

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

    Bloomfire Ambassador
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Whether it is knowledge management or knowledge hoarding, there is a knowledge sharing issue within organizations. Companies are suffering because individuals are having trouble accessing the knowledge they need in order to do their job. Not only can they not access it, sometimes the people who have that information refuses to share. That my friends, is called knowledge hoarding, which is a detriment to any organization. It causes distrust among employees, killing any efforts to get your team collaborating. Here are 5 ways you can encourage knowledge sharing within your organization:…
  • How Top Producers Can Provide Valuable Training Content

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:52 pm
    An important part of training and onboarding for all businesses is providing and communicating practical knowledge to new employees. With much to learn and a limited amount of time, training managers must strategically consider which pieces of information will be the most helpful to new hires. “The very first thing you’ve got to do is make sure that if you’re going to teach somebody and take the time to put them through something, that the content you’re teaching them is going to matter and make a difference,” insists Mike Kunkle, Commercial Training & Development Leader for a…
  • Moving from a Talent Culture to a People Culture

    Mark Hammer
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Earlier this year, Josh Bersin described what he sees as the importance of the human resources function today in engaging and quantifying employees. He argues that HR should be interested in people management rather than talent management. But what does this mean? Bersin suggests HR stop thinking about the word “talent” and start thinking about “people” – that employees shouldn’t be defined by their skills and ability to drive results alone. Companies need to think of their employees as whole people. The company and the employee are engaged in a voluntary relationship for as long…
  • 6 Ideas to Inspire Your Next Blog Post

    Eleanor Bowman
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    As part of my job, I write for our blog – in fact, our whole marketing team contributes content. The approach is great because it provides a variety of perspectives and voices and keeps a steady stream of content flowing to our website and social networks. But for the past few weeks, I’ve been avoiding eye contact with our Director of Content. Because, while some weeks, the topics seem so obvious and easy that they almost write themselves – there are also the slumps. Lately, time is crunched, no ideas really stand out, and I’m stuck. If you’re reading this and contribute content for…
  • Engaging New Hires with Gamification

    Jodi Bart Holzband
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Many training managers face the honest truth that training can be slow and sometimes uninteresting. Businesses want new employees to have a strong, impactful start in the organization, so it is important that employees learn what they need to do their jobs well while staying engaged and inspired. Gamification can turn the at times tedious task of training into something fun and motivating. By giving your employees goals to reach and levels to achieve you can increase their drive to complete their training assignments. In a recent survey, 62 percent of participants said they’d be motivated…
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  • Are we neglecting to ask some key questions within higher education? [Christian]

    Daniel Christian
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:49 pm
    From DSC: Are we neglecting to ask some key questions within higher education? I’ll get to those questions in a moment, the ones that came to my mind after seeing the following posting: The robots are coming for your job! Why digital literacy is so important for the jobs of the future — from theconversation.com […]
  • The future of learning spaces is open ended [Vattel]

    Daniel Christian
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The future of learning spaces is open ended — from eschoolnews.com by Lucien Vattel Excerpt (emphasis DSC): The spaces we inhabit have a profound effect on how we inhabit them. Space induces a particular way of feeling, of being. What are we saying to our children with we line them up in 5×8 rows facing […]
  • Reflections on “Harvard Business School Intros HBX Live Virtual Classroom” [Kelly]

    Daniel Christian
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    HBX Intros HBX Live Virtual Classroom — from campustechnology.com by Rhea Kelly Excerpt: Harvard Business School‘s HBX digital learning initiative today launched a virtual classroom designed to reproduce the intimacy and synchronous interaction of the case method in a digital environment. With HBX Live, students from around the world can log in concurrently to participate […]
  • Flipped Classroom Survey Highlights Benefits and Challenges [facultyfocus.com]

    Daniel Christian
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    Flipped Classroom Survey Highlights Benefits and Challenges — from facultyfocus.com Excerpt/Key findings: Results from the survey are based on the responses from the 1,089 Faculty Focus readers who completed the survey. Highlights include: More than two-thirds (69.5%) have tried flipping an activity, class, or course, and plan to do it again. Another 5.49% have tried […]
  • Psalm 94:18-19

    Daniel Christian
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    Psalm 94:18-19 New International Version (NIV) 18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,”     your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. 19 When anxiety was great within me,     your consolation brought me joy.
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  • Product Review – Adobe Captivate Prime LMS

    Craig Weiss
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    Adobe Captivate Prime brings forth a modern UI, along with a simple UX (user experience), but along the way misses the boat on several items that leaves one wondering why? The solution which is captivating many in the industry offers something for many folks, a solution that focuses on the learner, yet offers caveats to those that it is trying to better.  On the administration side easy sometimes isn’t better and the solution faces some early challenges. This isn’t to say the solution is in the minus rack, rather it is to say it is still a work in progress. Let’s Go to the…
  • Are we there yet? Latest Trends in the LMS/LP Industry

    Craig Weiss
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:12 pm
    No time like the present to bring you the latest trends in the LMS and LP industry.  I’d include LCMS but since there are like two top tier ones and then what is left of the rest, nothing to report – except there are two who, if you love LCMSs, they exist and if you don’t, well congrats you are in the right place. Learning Platforms for me have become a separate entity within the entire learning system marketplace.  The key difference between them and say the LMS market in general are analytics and reporting – as in not as robust or strong than say on average for the…
  • Top Nine Web Conferencing Vendors for 2015 Plus Trends

    Craig Weiss
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:14 pm
    I know what you are thinking.  You are wondering – “Nine?” Why not 10?  Well, every one who puts lists like these together always goes in a top 10 angle.  Not me. No sirree.  I’m thinking out of the box all the way here. And it kick it out of the box, you need to say – hey you know blah blah is not number one.. because XYZ.  And it isn’t because their product is outrageously expensive – but yowsa many of them are, when was the economy fully out of a recession yet (globally)?  I must have missed that announcement. Let’s Hit The Trends then…
  • It bothers me – what about you?

    Craig Weiss
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:06 pm
    If you are like me there are plenty of things to get bothered about in 2015.  Maybe its the supposedly faster electronic checkout lanes at supermarkets that inevitably have someone in front of you who can’t figure out how to use it.  Yeah that’s bothersome. Or the person who has decided that the high speed lane means driving slower than even the posted speed limit and then refuses to move over (even though the lane next to them is empty) for you to drive by.  Yeah, that’s bothersome. Or perhaps its watching MasterChef here in the U.S. and wondering how in the heck are…
  • Readers Q&A on E-Learning

    Craig Weiss
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    For those new to the E-Learning 24/7 blog, every quarter I offer readers the opportunity to ask any questions related to e-learning and post them along with a response.  This last quarter saw the most questions ever asked, which was quite cool, but made it difficult to select which ones would appear this quarter. Topics covered in this quarter’s Q&A: Assessment Tools in 2020 LMS Vendors to watch Top 50 LMS Rankings Cornerstone OnDemand Drum roll.. uh, you imagine that to yourself.. Q:  I attended your session on the Future of E-Learning 2020 and was curious on your perspective of…
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  • Diverging Convergence

    11 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    There is a divergence of devices. We are no longer limited to the desktop or a laptop. Mobile devices have overtaken the desktop and laptops. These mobile devices may be tablets or phones. Wearable devices is no longer a thing of the future. We have devices that control refrigerators, air conditioners and a host of other appliances. We have devices controlling our television and even our automobiles. The devices are everywhere. The Internet of Things is here.And yet, we want the same information on all devices. Whether we are using laptop, or tablet or phone, we want the…
  • My Top 10 Photo Editing Mobile Apps for 2014

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I have been trying my hand at photography for a few years now. I started with a point and shoot camera before moving to a DSLR. The most interesting advice I read about photography was that the best camera is the one you have when you need it. Now I use the mobile phone more than any other camera. DSLR is too bulky to carry around all the time and gets used only on special occasions. I bought my phone based on the camera it has. The camera was one of the most critical criteria in my selecting the phone.The mobile phones these days come with features that make the phone camera so powerful. You…
  • My Top 10 Productivity Mobile Apps for 2014

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Continuing my post of My Top 10 Mobile Apps for 2014, I share my top 10 productivity enhancing mobile apps. In the last year, I found myself using the smartphone mobile more and more, not requiring me to use my laptop many a times. These apps allowed me to access my data anywhere and allowed me to be ubiquitous online.My Top 10 Productivity Mobile Apps:CalendarWhile there are many Calendar apps available, I settled for native HTC Calendar app as my preferred app. The native app allow me to sync multiple accounts. I synced Microsoft Exchange for my office calendar. You can additionally sync…
  • My Top 10 Mobile Apps for 2014

    17 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    The year 2014 was the year when I feel I actually started using my smartphone smartly. I could get much of my work done on my mobile, many a times not requiring me to switch on my laptop. In the new few posts I will share with you my top apps for networking, productivity, music, photography, chats, reading/news and games. Since I use an Android phone, the links below are Google Play links. I am sure you can get most of these apps for iPhone and perhaps Windows Phone.My Top 10 Mobile Apps that I used and liked most in 2014 are:CamCard Business Card Reader: I collect a lot of business cards as…
  • What Kind of a CLO Are You?

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Inspired by a recent post by Anand (who btw has just turned to become an independent Learning Consultant, give him a shout out in case you are looking for someone) where he categorizes variety of stakeholders who want to get on the LMS bandwagon as Yell, Yum and Yes.In my view there are three kinds a CLOs implementing or having implemented a Learning Management System (LMS). They are the Learning CLO, Management CLO and the Systems CLO.The Learning CLOs are all about learning and not so much about training. In fact they might not even care about LMS or other systems as long as learning is…
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  • Best Practices for Blended Learning Design

    Jon Aleckson
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Darcy Luoma, Lead Instructor, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program Aphra Mednick, Program Director, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program Association educational leaders who are responsible for developing adult learning programs often struggle with defining what makes for a quality educational program, especially one that relies heavily on technology. National associations are often challenged to come up with professional development programs that garner a strong reputation and brand and also generate revenue. This is the story of a university extension…
  • Speaking at DevLearn 2015

    Web Courseworks
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Image credit: eLearning Guild Dr. Jon Aleckson and Dr. Andy Hicken of Web Courseworks will be speaking on MOOCs (massive open online courses) at the DevLearn 2015 Conference in Las Vegas, September 30 – October 2. Their session will cover innovative work being done by EdCast and other companies using edX, the open-source MOOC platform created by MIT and Harvard. Stay tuned for more info, including exact dates and times. To whet your appetite for MOOC-related learning, check out these other posts and resources: A Review of a Coursera Course How to Make Your Own MOOC 10 Things MOOCs Do that…
  • Authoring Performance Improvement CME

    Andy Hicken
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:32 pm
    We’ve been talking to a lot of people about performance improvement (PI) lately, especially the type found in continuing medical education (CME) and maintenance of certification (MOC Part IV). One consistent theme in our conversations is that many organizations, large and small, need help developing a performance improvement activity. To that end, we’ve been working on an infographic that summarizes the process of designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating PI-CME: We’re interested in your thoughts on this first draft! Expect more detail to come. And check out this…
  • Interview with a Veteran LMS Administrator

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

    Jon Aleckson
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Handling Site Settings, Report Generation, and the Front/Home Page – An Interview with Michael Lanius: As promised in my last post on LMS administration, I have a second set of interview clips to share from my chat with Michael Lanius about his perspective on an LMS Administrator’s role. In this second part of a two-part interview, we discuss generating reports, managing courses, course development, site settings, the importance of the front page (home page), front page administration and monitoring, common issues with the front page, and the skills that a good LMS Administrator needs…
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  • Two Quick Time-Savers in Adobe Captivate 9

    Diane Elkins
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    Last week’s release of Adobe Captivate 9 has some great new features that really set the tool apart: More flexibility in responsive projects Greatly enhanced object styles The ability to capture video demos from mobile devices, such as an iPad (only available on the Mac version of Captivate) An iPad app that lets you create a storyboard/wireframe that you can import into Captivate. But I’m most excited about some of the little things—little enhancements that are likely to make every single course a little easier to create. (Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about efficiency!) Effects…
  • One Way Storyline Saves You Time When Creating Accessible Courses

    Diane Elkins
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:49 pm
    A few months ago, Articulate released an update for Storyline 2 that included a number of features that can help you make your courses accessible to those with disabilities.  These tools are useful if you want to comply with WCAG or Section 508 rules. Many of the major e-learning authoring tools (Lectora, Captivate, Storyline) have features built in so you can create accessible courses. Many aspects of accessible design are fairly easy…but also time consuming.  With many authoring tools, you have to manage each object (image, text box, etc.) individually and often have to go different…
  • E-Learning Gamification Made Simple

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

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

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

    Akanksha Garg
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    As the technology around us evolves, the way we learn also evolves along with it. Learning and Technology are closely linked than ever before in schools, higher education institutions as well as corporate houses. A survey by leading community of IT professionals, EDUCAUSE surveyed more than 17,000 faculty members from 151 institutions and more than 75,000 students from 213 institutions on their experiences as well as expectations from higher education technology. Analyzing the findings, we can create better learning experiences for students as well as the future corporate learners. Use and…
  • E-learning Solutions in the Healthcare Sector: Creating Knowledge and Enlightenment

    Arunima Majumdar
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:39 am
    Catering to the growing numbers and the varied learning needs, e-learning opens us to a world of possibilities. In recent times, our experience in creating e-learning for the Healthcare Sector has been growing and we bring forth the learning from some of these experiences. Regulatory bodies closely scrutinize the healthcare sector to ensure that every organization is working within the guidelines of the industry. Compliance trainings are put in place so that every employee understands the guidelines. In addition, various internal and external Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) trainings also…
  • Why Learning should be a part of your Marketing Strategy

    Sayan Guha
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:52 am
    Why indeed. Typically Learning has been considered a part of the Human Capital Management (HCM) function of the HR department. It is integral to the development of the employee base and has been majorly linked to increased productivity, innovation and satisfaction. Outside HR though, learning has struggled to find a foothold in any of the other corporate functions. I would like to make a case for using learning as a marketing tool. Before you say “…but isn’t educating your customer a very commonly used marketing technique?”, hear me out. Learning is not about wrapping pieces of…
  • Challenges and Solutions of creating e-Learning Solutions for an Enterprise-Wide Global Audience

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

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

  • Training Medical Representatives – A Few Best Practices [Infographic]

    Saritha Esaboyuna
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The job of a pharmaceutical sales representative is quite challenging. Often, they need to convince doctors, who are more knowledgeable about diseases and medicines than themselves, to prescribe their firms’ products. So, it is very important that pharmaceutical companies impart comprehensive training to their sales personnel, to enable them to handle physicians’ queries effectively. But, how can sales people of pharmaceutical companies be trained effectively? What does it take to develop a winning training program for medical representatives? Let us see. Hope you find this post useful.
  • E-learning for Highly Effective Performance Management Training – Free Webinar

    Phani Madhav
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Effective performance management is the mantra to success in today’s highly competitive business environment. A well-designed performance management process involves various steps such as setting goals, spotting performance gaps, coaching, discussing improvements and rewarding personnel for their contribution. Every organization needs to equip its managers with knowledge of its performance management process. But, what does it take to impart good performance management training? To find out, check out the webinar Performance Management and Coaching Through E-learning – 5…
  • E-learning Design: 4 Tips to Make Boring Learning Content Interesting [Infographic]

    Phani Madhav
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    “The most important principle for designing lively e-learning is to see e-learning design not as information design but as designing an experience.” – Cathy Moore “Oh no!”, “Why do I need to take this online course?” – these are some of the common reactions from learners when they are asked to take courses on dry topics such as regulatory norms. As instructional designers, we are often tasked with creating e-learning courses on subjects that most learners consider boring. What does it take to present bland learning content in an interesting…
  • 4 Key Principles to Create Your eLearning Graphic User Interface

    Sonal Paul
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    In any eLearning course, we are so caught up with creating content and visuals that we tend to neglect a vital aspect of any eLearning course, which is the Graphic User Interface, popularly known as the GUI. It is a well-known fact that the GUI can have a make or break effect on your e-learning course. Now many factors contribute to the designing of a GUI; the most common one is to match the interface with the product or company branding. In addition to this, designers have ample freedom to play around and create a unique graphic user interface. However, while designing your GUI it is best to…
  • Using M-Learning in your organization – Recent Practices

    Girish Tallam
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Gone are the days when training was imparted only through PCs. With learning playing a bigger role in enhancing performance especially in the global environment, it becomes important that learning is imparted using latest technologies. These technologies deliver significant value to those who are required to perform at the highest level in an industry. Nowadays, Mobile Learning Technology has become the latest trend in the e-learning industry. Organizations need to adopt the latest technology and modify their learning needs through Mobile learning. I would like to share how companies are…
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    e-Learning Leadership Blog

  • "We Don’t Need No Education”—L & D Heuristics from 6 Famous Movie Quotes

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    By Gerald Matykowski, Inside Sales Manager   Recently, I reviewed responses to surveys completed by ID professionals who are active on the Allen Interactions website. The surveys collected information from respondents about major challenges that interfere with doing their job well. Perhaps you were a contributor to one of these surveys. It shouldn’t surprise you that the most typical aggravations include:
  • 5 Ways Clients Can Foster Success in an e-Learning Project

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    By the Studio K Instructional Design Team Hannah Hunter,  Linda Rening and Ann Iverson Here at Allen Interactions, an important part of our formula for success is made up of our partnerships with our clients. We have found that truly engaging, behavior-changing e-learning is built in large part out of the strong client relationships and collaboration. We love it when our clients ask us what they can do to help with the e-learning design and development process.
  • What Are Your Top e-Learning Design & Development Challenges?

    20 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    By Richard Sites, Vice President - Training & Marketing  @rhillsites  As you know, designing and developing e-learning is full of challenges and opportunities. A while back, we enlisted our blog subscribers to share their biggest e-learning challenges they face on a daily basis. That Top 10 list is below and we want to know what you think! Are there other critical challenges you often face when designing and developing e-learning?
  • 3 Ways to Design e-Learning for the Modern Learner

    18 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    By Ann Iverson, Instructional Designer  A recent study from Microsoft Corporation shows that the average attention span for humans has dropped from 12 seconds in the year 2000 to 8 seconds today. Oh look, a squirrel! According to scientists, the age of mobile devices has left humans with a shorter attention span than the common goldfish. Apparently, Goldie beats us out by one second. What’s for dinner? Fish again? Does this mean the end of human civilization as we know it?
  • The Right Way to "Blend" E-Learning

    13 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    By Steve Lee, Co-Founder/ Strategic Relationship Manager  What is good blended learning? Is it just creating some e-learning modules to enhance your ILT? Is it an e-learning course with some live or virtual touchpoint? Or is it something that is truly blended that includes multiple modalities and a new way to teaching?
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    SHIFT's eLearning Blog

  • How Storytelling Can Improve Your eLearning Courses

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    You have to schedule meetings with the SME. You have to speak with the business executives to figure out the learning objectives. You have to know the target audience. It seems you have your hands full. Why should you bother to rack your brains and think of a story? Why would you need to tell a story in an eLearning course? Stories hold enormous power over our minds and hearts for a reason. They are how we think, how we make sense of information, how we define ourselves, and how we persuade others. According to a recent article in Psychology Today, stories continue to hold power in…
  • A Quick Overview Of Four Instructional Design Models

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    If you’re new to eLearning, then understanding and following instructional design best practices from the beginning is crucial to your success. The eLearning niche is vast, and you will find numerous theories, models and resources that have worked for different experts. Leave them for later. Begin with the basic, most widely used models that eLearning designers acknowledge and use to structure and plan their training: ADDIE Model Merrill’s Principles of Instruction Gagne’s Nine Events of Instructions Bloom’s Taxonomy Note: This overview doesn't intend to evaluate the models.
  • The Anatomy of a Modern eLearning Course

    20 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    If you are a training manager, you have seen it develop for quite some time now. Your learner profile is slowly but surely changing. You now see many more members of Generation Y at the workplace and taking your training programs. These are the Millennials or the modern learners who are vastly different temperamentally, attitudinally, and psychologically than their predecessors, the Baby Boomers..
  • 4 Simple Tricks to Make Mandatory Training Suck Less

    18 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    Learning is mentally taxing. So, why would you assume that your employees want to spend additional time learning something, especially when you’ve labeled it "mandatory"? Here are some synonyms that are dancing through the minds of your employees as soon as they receive your email about the new “mandatory” training course: COMPULSORY; Unavoidable; ENFORCED; Obligatory; and a horde of other disfigured words dancing in the distance, chanting: “THERE IS. No. Escape.” Given your position, you may understand the significance of the course and its relation to bigger, strategic…
  • Be Ready! Millennials Are Calling the Shots in the eLearning Industry

    13 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    Whether you are a training manager, learning & talent development consultant or an eLearning designer, it is now time to take a fresh look at your audience. They have changed! The Millennials are everywhere, and they make up the lion's share of your audience.
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    eLearning Industry

  • The Top 10 TED Talks For eLearning Professionals

    Christopher Pappas
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Top 10 TED Talks eLearning Professionals Should Not Miss TED talks are inspirational and innovative speeches that delve into the presenter's topic of choice. Each video features stories, tips, and helpful insights that you won't find elsewhere, all packed into an 18 minute time limit. Here are the top 10 TED talks that eLearning professionals won't want to miss! Eddie Obeng: Smart Failure For A Fast-Changing World. One of the most valuable teaching tools we can offer our corporate learners is the ability to benefit from their mistakes. Failure is not the end; it is the beginning of a…
  • The Problem With Modular Learning And 3 Easy Ways To Fix It

    Nicholas Crowe
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Problem With Modular Learning   One of the biggest challenges organizations have today is managing their capacity to produce learning that meets all of their training needs. The struggle to create a wide variety of effective learning materials that cater to a broad range of needs for different departments, roles, and competencies can be a daunting and extremely costly endeavor. At Learnkit we see a lot of organizations attempt to overcome this challenge by developing an extensive content library. Human Resources and training departments try to create large content repositories that can…
  • 23 Effective Uses Of Gamification In Learning: Part 1

    Christopher Pappas
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    How To Use Gamification In Learning: Part 1 One of the greatest quotes I’ve read about gamification comes from the book Theory Of Fun And Game Design by Raph Koster: That’s what games are, in the end. Teachers. Fun is just another word for learning. Indeed gamification, that is the use of game thinking and mechanics in a non-game context to engage learners in the learning process, has been one of the most effective learning methods for over 15 years now. Gamifying the learning experience increases learners’ levels of goal achievement, engagement, interactivity, and motivation; what more…
  • Adobe Flash Fading Away: How It Is Going To Impact The eLearning Industry

    Anand Timothy
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    How Adobe Flash Fading Away Is Going To Impact The eLearning Industry   It is common knowledge that Adobe Flash is not supported on iPhones and iPads. While Apple has been a long-standing critic of Flash, recently the software from Adobe found criticism from two more technology companies: Mozilla and Facebook. Recently, Mozilla’s technical team decided to block Adobe Flash from the Firefox browser. And a week before, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer had asked Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash as the software is too vulnerable from a security point of view. In light of…
  • eLearning In The Cloud And Slow Internet: Who’S To Blame?

    Darren Humber
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Slow Internet: What Is The “Problem”? During 10 years of providing cloud based learning platforms I’ve often had to explain slow internet and what the “problem” is. The “problem” is users of an online learning platform being unable to access their learning platform over the internet. There are also variations on the “problem”: “It’s running slow”. “It always slows down at lunchtime”. “The site is running slow for me, but it’s okay for my colleagues”. Essentially, “the problem” amounts to the same thing. Users of the learning platform are not enjoying…
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    USMLE / Internal Medicine ABIM Board Exam Review Blog

  • Now available in the App Store!

    6 Aug 2015 | 11:26 pm
    We’re excited to announce the launch of our new mobile app for iOS and Android platforms! The Knowmedge app is designed for studying on the go, and includes: 900+ IM Boards-Style Questions | 4,000+ IM Flashcards | 1,500+ Medical Mnemonics Already signed up for the Knowmedge web platform? Download our app today and start studying the way you want! Not yet on Knowmedge? Sign up today!
  • Ciguatera toxin poisoning cases underreported, study finds

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:58 am
    Earlier this week, New York Times readers found a picture of a menacing barracuda (shown above; credit: Science Source) in the Health section. Nope, it wasn’t regarding the shark-like attacks on swimmers this time of year. Instead, the article was regarding ciguatera toxin poisoning with the accompanying headline: “Fish Poisoning More Common Than Believed.” The article cited a study in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.       Although most medical students and residents won’t encounter ciguatera toxin poisoning during their training (especially those…
  • ABIM Updates Internal Medicine MOC blueprint

    11 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    Keeping to its promise to review the Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification exam, ABIM has announced a new examination score report and updated MOC examination blueprint. As the press release explains, starting in Spring 2015, examinees will begin receiving more detailed score reports with “visual presentation of results, more detailed feedback about missed questions and links to supplemental information.” ABIM also updated the Internal Medicine MOC exam blueprint. There were some shifts in categories though Cardiology remains the largest aspect of the exam.   In addition to…
  • Board Review: Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) syndromes

    4 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    In medical school, the three multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndrome types hardly take up a couple of Powerpoint slides during your endocrinology course. During Internal Medicine residency, you may see one case during your three years…if you are lucky. Even as an internist with a storied career spanning decades, you’ll be able to count on a single hand the number of patients with any of these syndromes. Yet, for some reason, USMLE Step exams, Internal Medicine shelf exams, and the ABIM board certification and recertification exams all love to test students, residents and attending…
  • Studying for the Internal Medicine Boards: In-Training Examination (IM-ITE)

    7 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    What’s a good predictor of your likelihood of passing the ABIM Internal Medicine Board Exam? While the research is relatively light in this area, a couple of studies have concluded that your In-Training Examination (ITE) scores can be a predictor of success rate. The Internal Medicine In-Training Exam, developed by the American College of Physicians, is administered annually to allow residents the opportunity for self-assesment. It is designed specifically to allow residents to identify areas where they may need to focus their efforts. The blueprint for the IM-ITE  is based on the ABIM…
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  • Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    ABOUT SAHANA CHATTOPADHYAY (Social Learning & Collaboration Strategist, Performance Consultant Exploring Emergent Learning, Blogger) Sahana Chattopadhyay is a performance consultant and an L&D professional with 15 years of experience in the field of academia and organizational learning. Her passion is to help organizations become learning organizations through social and collaborative learning. Her work with various companies like Tata Interactive Systems, Zensar Technologies, ThoughtWorks and Future Group has given her a width of experience that spans instructional design, workplace…
  • Deeper eLearning Design: Part 4 – Examples

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:38 am
    This is the fourth post in a series of six that covers Deeper eLearning. The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning really work. It is particularly focused on eLearning, but almost all of what is mentioned also applies to face-to-face or virtual instruction. We started with objectives, practice, and continued with concepts. Here we’re talking about the role of examples in learning, and we’ll continue on through emotional elements, and finally putting it all together. Examples are a part of…
  • Social Technology, Community Management & Organizational Development

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:52 am
    I have been reading a spate of articles and posts related to the need for a change in the way organizations function. The diagram below by Dion Hinchcliffe is a succinct illustration of how digital technology has been and will continue to play a key role in bringing about this change. The diagram traces the evolution of different social technology and their potential to enforce and enable a deep change in how organizations function and their structure. With digital technology growing exponentially, the speed of change is going to be faster than any we have encountered before. And there will…
  • Workplace Learning in a World “Beyond Automation”

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

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

    17 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    The advantages of online training vs in-person training may best be understood by envisioning how each delivery model would be applied to a given business’s employee training requirements. Let’s say that a fictional company, “Sell Co.,” needs to hire two additional salespeople because it is rolling out an additional product. Each model will be discussed across a few dimensions: the trainer; the learner’s learning style; convenience, and cost.   1. The trainer.  With in person training, the trainer must deliver the training separately each and every time an…
  • Great Ways to Get Your Boss to Invest In HR Technology: INFOGRAPHIC

    11 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    Being in the midst of a technological boom, there are constantly new tools and gadgets that help refine, improve and elevate existing training processes. Despite, all this new exciting technology that helps HR professionals progress, there are many people who still struggle to get investment in HR technology initiatives. Having a more traditional and conservative boss who believes in a ‘old school’ way of thinking can be frustrating. But it doesn’t have to be this way! There are many effective techniques you can use to overcome resistance and convince your boss to invest in…
  • Easy Employee Training Options

    11 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Thanks, to Skyprep’s online training platform, providing your employees with impactful, time-efficient, and cost effective training has never been easier. Here are a few different options for delivering online training to your employees.   1. Videos Video based training has the potential to be a highly engaging way to train your employees. When employees actually engage intellectually with the content of your training material, they will be much more likely to retain the content being delivered. This could very likely have a direct impact on your company’s bottom line –…
  • Tips for Effectively Tracking Your Webinar Results

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    You’re an expert in your area, and now you have the chance to share your knowledge and passion with clients, other professionals in the industry, and peers. A webinar is a great platform to do so, but after it’s all said and done, how do you know if it had the intended effects? In this article, we’re walking through a few tips for how to track the most useful metrics related to your webinar.   Using the Information available  There are a few aspects that are difficult to track based solely on the sheer amount of information passing through, but you can still rely on…
  • How to Improve Your Employee Training Processes

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

    Lara Wurster
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    With hectic schedules and differing priorities, it can be difficult for employees to find the time to focus on their health. A study by the Society for Human Resource Management looked into some of the health risk factors affecting American employees. Among other factors, they found that 49% are physically inactive, 43% have high stress, and 76% do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. Poor health not only spells trouble for the employee, but it can also negatively impact the workplace as a whole. Here are 3 leading reasons why your workplace should consider supporting wellness: Less…
  • 5 Simple Hacks to Staying On-Task All Day

    Alex Kanevsky
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    With constant bombardment from various distracting things like games, social networking, people, unhealthy food, and the internet,  it’s hard to focus on a project or assignment for a long period of time. Even without distractions, attention spans and focused powers can only last so long before wanting to do other tasks. Due to this, some individuals think they are only able to focus by drinking coffee and energy drinks, or by ingesting supplements full of harmful chemicals. Fortunately, you can stay on-task all day using easy and natural methods. Drop the drinks and pills: here are the 5…
  • 3 Ways to be Powerfully Punctual

    Will Rosenfeld
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    You walk into a meeting only to be immediately received by a pack of angered faces. You look at the time, you’re a minute late. What’s the big deal? You ask yourself. It’s only sixty seconds. This is the type of mindset that puts many employees in a bad place. The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter if you’re a minute late or twenty minutes late. Late is late, and being late tells a lot about your character. There are a few ways that can easily change your habitual lateness, and if followed, can create a huge impact on your career and life. Convince Yourself of Your Punctuality…
  • 5 Tips to Remember for Cell Phone Courtesy

    Madalyn Rose
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Cell phones are one of the greatest advancements in communication technology. In the past five years, cell phone usage has increased exponentially, even replacing landlines in many homes and businesses. According to an April 2015 report released by the Pew Research Center, 64% of Americans now own a smartphone, up from only 35% in April 2011. Cell phones have become so enmeshed in our daily lives, it can be easy to forget that cell phone etiquette still matters--especially in the workplace.  1. Know when to put your phone away The convenience and ease of cell phone communication can…
  • How To Ace The Informational Interview

    Dana Rosen
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Interviewing is no longer just for active job-seekers. While scouring the job market for a future full-time position, people often forget the value of the informational interview, especially for someone undecided about a field or unconfident about their resume. Though the informational interview won’t directly land a job, it certainly will help advance any job seeker’s search. What’s the difference between an informational interview and a traditional job interview? In the case of an informational interview, there’s typically no job opening. Rather, the goal is to build knowledge, get…
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  • Creating the Best Content for Your Internal Training

    Kim Morrison
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    If you are in charge of designing your internal training program in a workplace, chances are you’ll also be in charge to creating the content that will be used in these training sessions. Depending on the size of your company, or the complexity of your training sessions, the training materials... Read More
  • The Hallmarks of a Successful Training Organisation

    Kim Morrison
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    Recently our Sales Director, Richard Cassidy, had the pleasure of presenting at Learning Technologies Summer Forum, which was held at the Olympia, London. This free event is an extension of the very popular Learning Technologies exhibition and conference, which was held in January this year, and gives attendees the chance... Read More
  • Making the Move to Online Health and Safety Training

    Kim Morrison
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:28 am
    Every company will have different training and development needs for all of their employees, but one type of training that the majority of workplaces will all have in common is health and safety training. While it may be quite extensive for some workplaces, depending on how hazardous a particular job... Read More
  • Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Workplace Training

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

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

  • Social Learning pays off! A Success Story

    Origin Learning
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:02 am
    Learning by force is passé. How do organizations engage with young, trendy, and tech-savvy people when it comes to learning and development? In a world where the social platform is increasingly the way to connect, learn, grow and scale, businesses are being made to alter their thinking.  Organizations are finding innovative ways of training and upskilling the workforce. If the dose of social learning can be tailored to meet the needs of a business then a learner’s participation graph is sure to reflect an upward trend. Recognition by Brandon Hall and the CLO forum is considered…
  • How about “mind games” and “virtual running” to stay in focus?

    Origin Learning
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Do you constantly look at innovative ways to keep your workforce calm, mindful, and happy? The present, as well as the future, is all about technology and how businesses are adapting to it. Virtual reality is a concept that has become relevant for different kinds of businesses. Imagine being able to track your focus component through a game! What if a game measuring the competency of a purely physical sport that requires tremendous endurance enables this kind of assessment? Games facilitate the “constant exploring of people’s understanding of the technology and what it might be able to…
  • Maslow, Confucius and 3 keys to operate in Dragon land!

    Origin Learning
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    Can Abraham Maslow have made a mistake?  His theory of psychological health premised on fulfilling innate human needs in order of priority culminating in self-actualization, is a known fact. But given the speed of change that is currently taking place everywhere, the 3rd level of human needs based on relations will perhaps need to be re-evaluated. The way the world is advancing is responsible for making people re-think, reconsider, and “unlearn” embedded ideas.  Growth opportunities, expansion, and diversification make it imperative for companies to understand and adapt to local…
  • Continuous Learning is strategic to business

    Origin Learning
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:23 am
    ‘Small Is Beautiful’ – A popular quote, derived from the book of the same name, is synonymous with the world-renowned British Economist E F Schumacher,who picked it up from his teacher Leopold Kohr. The 4-part book (‘The Modern World,’ ‘Resources,’ ‘The Third World,’ and ‘Organization and Ownership’ captures the brilliance of the economist, who believed in effective use of technology for sustainable development) was published in 1973, where Schumacher set the context for using smaller and appropriate technologies that were aimed at empowering people. That a title of a…
  • Influence, Innovation, Inspiration

    Origin Learning
    7 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
    …and the power of great minds! Two luminaries have permanently etched their name in the knowledge era. Hailing from 2 totally different backgrounds and nationalities, their phenomenal contributions through thoughts or deeds have made them a toast to humankind! Two individuals who have left their imprint in the planet in ways that make them very special to people across the globe. This is a tribute post that is aimed at recognizing the need to follow the paths they have both tread, to kindle and nurture the spirit to pursue ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking and innovation – two key elements of…
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    TalentLMS Blog

  • 9 Study Tips for eLearners

    John Laskaris
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    Never assume that online learning is easier than in-class learning. You are all alone, and the only way to get well-connected to your eLearning environment is to communicate, communicate and communicate. And also, re-program your study habits. In this article, we show you how to make these personal changes to reap greater rewards! Instructional designers and eLearning developers, this information can be relayed to your students during the introduction phase of your eLearning program. Are you a learner looking for eLearning success? Use these tips to help you perform like an ace in your next…
  • 5 Tips for Applying Differentiated Instruction in eLearning

    John Laskaris
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
      Learning styles are not a new adult learning concept. In fact, psychologists have been discussing the categorization of learning environments according to learner types. Previously, these concepts were thought to be possible only in the live learning environments. But with the proliferation of educational technology tools, all popular learning styles can be catered. In this article, we show you how! Not all adult learners learn alike! We all are unique in our level of assimilating information, applying it, connecting it with past experiences, recalling it and even perceiving it. We all…
  • 7 Awesome mLearning Benefits

    John Laskaris
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    Mobile learning is rapidly becoming the norm of eLearning! mLearning has invaded the eLearning scene, regardless of the age of the learner. A successful eLearning project caters to mLearning by default. In this article, we discover why mLearning is the preferred method of learning among eLearners. Performance support or collaborative eLearning environment, mLearning has all the cards. Throw in the favorite handheld device (the smartphone) and your eLearning course becomes a favorite pastime! What’s with the enormous success of mLearning anyway? Why are learners more motivated to browse…
  • Top 10 Cloud myths busted, pt. 2

    Nikos Andriotis
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    Mythology. We use to think of it as something ancient societies did. In fact the modern world never stopped producing its own myths, and the IT sector is no exception, as it has its own share of urban legends, conspiracy theories, fear-mongers and snake-oil salesmen. In the first part of this series of posts our myth-busting team took down 5 common Cloud computing myths. Now we’re back to dispel some more Cloud-related misconceptions and FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt). Myth #6 : The cloud is for small businesses This myth, like most myths, has some basis in the truth: indeed, the Cloud is…
  • 5 reasons startups should embrace eLearning

    Stefanos Livos
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    Big organizations consider Training & Development a major part of their motivation and retention strategy. On the contrary, small businesses don’t seem to invest a lot of time and money –if at all– in training their staff. Startups rely on two things: an innovative product or service and the people behind it. eLearning cannot do much about the former, but it can definitely help with the latter. In this post we will look at 5 ways startups can benefit from adopting eLearning. New skills Startups grow not only when their revenues increase, but also when their employees broaden their…
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    Learning In The Cloud

  • LMS ROI: New Math for Modern Learning Technology

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    By Tom Bronikowski, Director of Strategic Accounts, Expertus Tom Bronikowski, Director of Strategic Accounts, Expertus You’ve done the research. You know the facts. You believe a modern, SaaS-based learning management system is a smart move for your training initiatives and your organization’s bottom line. But it takes more than conviction and positive word-of-mouth to get buy-in from your stakeholders, business units and senior executives. These decision makers are interested in data that illustrates how a cloud LMS will pay for itself through increased productivity, improved…
  • Learning Luminary Interview: John Leh, Talented Learning

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:51 am
    By Joy Church Millard, Sr. Editor, Expertus Editor’s Note: Welcome to the sixth interview in our “Learning Luminaries” series — where we showcase conversations with the brightest and most innovative minds in the world of enterprise training and development. This month, we feature John Leh, CEO and Lead Analyst at Talented Learning, LLCJohn is an LMS selection consultant and training industry blogger,focused on helping organizations plan and implement technology strategies that support extended enterprise learning. In 20 years as a learning innovation specialist, John has…
  • Tin Can Chronicles: xAPI Facts and Fiction

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:26 am
    By learning technology consultant, Craig Weiss, E-Learning 24/7 Editor’s Note: For years, learning organizations have sought better ways to understand and improve how people engage and interact with synchronous and asynchronous training content. However, they’ve struggled with tools that are proprietary, complex and limited in scope. See more by Craig Weiss, E-Learning 24/7 Now, a surge in content and device innovation is fueling renewed interest in tracking, analyzing and customizing diverse learning activities across applications, locations and time. This has opened the door…
  • LMS Tech Today: What Do Learning Leaders Say?

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

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

  • Using Badges in Moodle

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Harvard Business Review named elearning badges as one of the most innovative trends to watch in 2013, and two years later, lms badge functionalities have only gotten better. A digital Moodle badge is essentially an online recognition of your achievements and skills. If a user has a number of certifications, for example, they can receive and display lms badges online to recognize their achievement or competency. Moodle badges can be given out based on a number of different achievements or criteria. With the ability to track a recipient’s communities of online interaction, a Moodle badge…
  • Games and Gamification in Moodle

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Gamification in Moodle is one of the most effective ways to engage and motivate learners, by using game mechanics and games. Let us quickly clarify the difference between the two. Game mechanics are common gaming tactics used to ignite competition and the desire for learners to ‘win’. Games on the other hand, are the tangible games themselves, such as hangman, or crosswords. The Moodle Games Plugin allows you to utilize glossaries, short answer questions, multiple choice questions, and true/false questions to quiz learners with the following available games:
  • Moodle's Advanced Features: Moodle Mobile

    21 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mobile Moodle learning can refer to two things - mobility of learning (i.e. learning on the go), and learning directly from your mobile device. Not surprisingly, the two definitions are interdependently related. Learning on your mobile phone allows increased collaboration, and it acts as an extra channel for communication in a course. Mobile Moodle learning is best when used as a supplementary method to eLearning environments, or even face-to-face classes.
  • Moodle's Advanced Features: Communicating in Moodle

    19 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    A steady stream of communication is essential for learner engagement. There are a few common tools available for communication in Moodle: Forum modules, blogs, messaging, and attendance. 
  • Advanced Moodle Features: Multimedia Capabilities

    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the greatest benefits of eLearning, is the ability to incorporate multimedia. Moodle’s multimedia capabilities are available through plugins. By enabling your Multimedia plugins filter in Moodle, multimedia will be transformed from a link that points to a multimedia resource, to the appropriate multimedia player. An example of this is if a teacher places a video file as a resource in a course, or includes a URL link to an external video file. When the multimedia plugin is turned on, students will then be able to play video files from a screen within their Moodle interface.
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  • 5 reasons you should be talking about employee engagement

    Chloe from Wranx
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Regardless of an organisation’s size or sector, employee satisfaction is incredibly important. Although each member of staff will be motivated by something different, whether it is receiving a hefty pay-packet or being of assistance to customers in need, every employee requires fulfilment at the end of the day. But while various companies will have certain initiatives in place to ensure its workforce remain content, several overlook the importance of engagement. In many respects, this should be taking greater precedence than employee satisfaction, as the advantages are extensive and the…
  • Training taboos you should break

    Chloe from Wranx
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    In order to get ahead in the world of business, most companies will have to stand out from the crowd and do something different. More often that not, this will involve bending the rules in someway, albeit legally and legitimately. However, the same goes for training. Even though there are various best practices in place and long-established procedures that most organisations will abide by, a lot can be said for thinking outside of the box and breaking traditional taboos. In many respects, there are no rigid rules or regulations associated with training. After all, it is fair to say most…
  • How call centres aren’t as bad as you think

    Chloe from Wranx
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    On a daily basis, the vast majority of households up and down the country will receive at least one nuisance telephone call. Regardless of whether they are trying to sell you something, access your computer, or steal bank account details, most of us will put the receiver down within a couple of seconds. However, authentic call centres that genuinely want to be of assistance can’t help but get a bad reputation, even if their intentions are honest and upstanding. This makes things incredibly difficult for call centre representatives as well as the organisations reliant on this sales and…
  • The Latest Trend for Corporate eLearning

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

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

    Ezim Osai
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    Pre-Article Note: This article is focused on computers running the Windows Operating System. I’ve had a number of people ask me how I take screenshots on my PC and so today, I will share the (not so) secret with you. Screenshots are very useful when illustrating or trying to show someone the current progress of... Read More Source: How to Take Screenshots on PC
  • How to Take Pictures in Restricted Places

    Ezim Osai
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:33 am
    Have you ever gone to the movies or a restaurant or an event and you want to take pictures then a beefy armed security guard walks up to you and says “Eskiss me sah, ya not allowed to snap pictures hia”? I don’t know about you, but that really annoys me. In this article, I... Read More Source: How to Take Pictures in Restricted Places
  • How to Enjoy a Novel

    Ezim Osai
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:57 pm
    I’ve met a good number of people who tell me that they don’t like reading novels and when I ask why, I hear a lot of weird things like ‘novels are too big’ and ‘I’d rather just watch the movie’; this article is not aimed at you who would rather watch a movie than read... Read More Source: How to Enjoy a Novel
  • Where to Get the Best Free Online Courses

    Ezim Osai
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:35 am
    Education freaks in the house, let me hear you say ‘Yeah Yeah’… Silence? Okay, moving on. Today we will be talking about where you can great courses for free online. Online Courses or MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are essentially a great way of gaining theoretical, practical and up-to-date knowledge that you might not otherwise... Read More Source: Where to Get the Best Free Online Courses
  • How to Differentiate Between Rock and Metal (Music)

    Ezim Osai
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:13 am
    Rock and Metal are what we call ‘borderline genres’ which means that one phases into the other. Genres like Electronic and House/Techno are also borderline but less borderline than rock and metal. Friends of mine have often asked me what the difference between Rock Music and Metal Music is, and so in this article, I... Read More Source: How to Differentiate Between Rock and Metal (Music)
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    Grovo Blog

  • 5 Media Tricks That Build Culture Through Learning

    Leonard DeFranco
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    More media outlets exist today than ever before. A generation ago, most people got their current events from relatively few sources: periodicals, broadcast news, and, quite literally, the water cooler. These same outlets still exist in the 21st century, but they’ve been joined by a universe of new content sources, including social media and the The post 5 Media Tricks That Build Culture Through Learning appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • Why Every New Hire Needs A Mentor

    Leonard DeFranco
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    The best way to convey the value of constant development to new hires is to get them familiar with what proven success in your organization looks like. Give every rookie that joins your company a mentor to guide them. Choose mentors from among the best veteran performers at the organization, establish interface between them and The post Why Every New Hire Needs A Mentor appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • Grovo for Good Visits The Bowery Mission

    Kandace Davis
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:08 pm
    On August 7, Grovo for Good held the first of our monthly service days – Fridays for Good, at The Bowery Mission’s Harlem center and it was a success! Grovo employees spent about two hours with an amazing group of men. We exchanged life stories, learned about their professional aspirations, and assisted with professional development The post Grovo for Good Visits The Bowery Mission appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • Can 80s Training Videos Work As Microlearning?

    Leonard DeFranco
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The 1980s was the golden age of training videos. I remember it well. It was a decade of big hair, loud colors, and shoulder-padded blazers, all of which showed up great in the low-resolution video that was fashionable at the time. Every month brought a new innovation in synthesizer technology, creating rhythms that were both The post Can 80s Training Videos Work As Microlearning? appeared first on Grovo Blog.
  • Why 21st Century Learning Could Fix Occupational Licensing

    Leonard DeFranco
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    Last week, the White House released an economic report that criticized the proliferation of occupational regulation in the United States. The administration surprised many by taking a downright libertarian tone on the issue, which it described as an unnecessary inhibitor to competition and employment opportunity. “The current licensing regime in the United States creates substantial costs, The post Why 21st Century Learning Could Fix Occupational Licensing appeared first on Grovo Blog.
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    eLearning Brothers

  • Freebie Friday: Storyline Character Set

    Brother Thomas
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    We’ve introduced yet another new item to both our Free Library and Cutout People subscriptions!  This week, we’ve added a Storyline Character set of our classy businesswoman, Courtney. Courtney is one of our more popular cutout people and was recently named Cutout Person of the Month for July! Click here to view the character set! Courtney fits into a lot of different environments, though business workplaces are the most natural fit.  She also works well to represent a teacher or a facilitator for a course. As with all of our Storyline Characters, this set comes with 10…
  • 10 New Captivate 9 Theme Designs

    Brother Bryce
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    With the release of Captivate 9, 10 new themes have been added to your resources. Each of these themes is fully-customizable, and we’ll show you how. Theme Colors Changing theme colors in Captivate 9 is an easy way to update any theme file. Simply click on Theme Colors button on the bottom right of the Themes dropdown (make sure you are in Filmstrip view).  There you can select pre-set color pallets from the dropdown or click Customize to edit and add your own. A nice feature while using this window is that when a pallet is selected, the elements on the current slide update to match…
  • Advanced Storyline Interactions: Drag and Drops

    Brother Nate
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    I recently was given a storyboard which had a drag and drop Storyline interaction where the answers “two” and “three” could go in either order. Meaning it could read either: “Nam luctus at ligula  __two__  porttitor donec mauris sapien __three__, commodo.” Or “Nam luctus at ligula __ three __ porttitor donec mauris sapien __two__ , commodo.” The problem with Storyline’s default drag and drop is that, although you can have multiple Drop Targets that can accept more than 1 Drag Item, you cannot have a Drag Item that can go into two…
  • New Breakpoints in Captivate 9

    Brother Bryce
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Adobe Captivate 9 introduced two more breakpoints in their responsive design. This enables a developer to design for portrait (up and down) and landscape (sideways) views in both a tablet and mobile device. A developer will have the ability to change the breakpoint sizes, however, their default sizes can be very useful if you are unsure what size the user will be viewing their course on (e.g. iPad vs. Android tablet or iPhone vs. Android phone). At first glance, the sizes chosen for the landscape to the portrait views look arbitrary. The Tablet landscape is 896 X 627px and the Portrait is…
  • Social Media for eLearning Professional Development (Part 2)

    Brother Thomas
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    Liz Sheffield is a freelance writer with a background in training and development. She specializes in writing about everything related to the human side of business. You can contact her via LinkedIn or Twitter.   As I said in my last post, earlier this summer I attended the Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) annual conference where 15,000 HR professionals gathered to share best practices, learn new skills, and improve the HR profession. The experience served as a good reminder that professional development is important for all of us, especially if we’re responsible for…
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    Learning Seat

  • The Power of Photography in E-Learning

    Greg Taylor
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:58 pm
    How thoughtful photography can enhance the learning experience and offer a whole lot more.   It’s no secret that in an expanding technological world, e-learning is becoming an increasingly popular approach for learning and development. Engaging and thoughtful design of e-learning modules is, therefore, more important than ever. In 1921, Frederick R Barnard used the phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ in the first national trade magazine for advertising Printers Ink. The idea that graphics can tell a story as effectively as, if not more effectively than, a large amount of…
  • Learning Seat releases Safety Leadership suite

    Cath Ellis
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:23 pm
      Safety is a top priority for every organisation these days; however it is always a good idea to review the safety systems you have in place and consider how you might be able to make improvements to ensure your workplace is a safer, happier and more productive environment for your workers. To help get your safety systems in order, Learning Seat is thrilled to announce the release of our new ‘Safety Leadership’ suite. Safety Leadership is a suite of online courses designed to develop your employees’ understanding and management of health and safety issues in the workplace. This…
  • First aid awareness

    Learning Seat
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:56 am
    One of your staff collapses. Do their colleagues know what to do? The First Aid officer is on a lunch break and won’t be back for another 20 minutes… Learning Seat is pleased to release a program of bite-sized First Aid Awareness courses to deal with situations just like this. Comprising eight titles – covering topics such as scalds, sprains and dealing with an unconscious casualty – the program ensures that this essential training is fast and focused. Medical information is regularly updated. What is the current best practice? Clear definitions of helpful acronyms such as RICER…
  • Bullying orders made to stop “unprofessional” workplace culture

    Lindsay Evans
    9 Aug 2015 | 5:18 pm
    This week, the Fair Work Commission made its first formal bullying finding since introducing changes, in January 2014, enabling employees to pursue complaints of bullying through the Fair Work Commission. In this case against a small real estate business, Commissioner Peter Hampton said that he was satisfied that a property manager had bullied and harassed two employees and that the manager’s behaviour ranged from unreasonably undermining the quality of their work, belittling and humiliating conduct to abusive language and threats of violence. The manager in question resigned subsequent to…
  • First Impressions

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

  • Prepare Your Documents for Google Drive

    Jeremy McBrayer
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    Your district has decided to adopt Chromebooks. You are excited that your students will now have a device in their hands everyday. You get all of your kids enrolled in your Google Classroom and upload the first assignment to distribute to students. The students get to class, download the assignment to their Chromebooks, and then promptly raise their hands because they cannot open it. You have distributed an assignment you created as a Microsoft Word file and now it is useless to the students. All of the assignments you have ever created are useless, you’ll have to start over from…
  • Google Calendar: Managing a Shared Resource

    Jeremy McBrayer
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    I am taking a short break from my series on Google Sites to share an easy and useful Google Apps for Education Calendar tip. In the past it was always a challenge to find a good system for managing lab time, LRC book check out times, or laptop cart check-out. Usually, it involved a spreadsheet with dates and times posted on a door or window so people could sign-up for a time. This involved the teacher bringing their calendar to the lab, cross-checking dates and times, then finally signing up. Sometimes the teacher would call the LRC Director to reserve time, but it is still not an efficient…
  • Make Your Google Site More Appealing: Invisible Tables

    Jeremy McBrayer
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    When designing your Google Sites page, it can be difficult to align your content the way you want it to align. An easy trick to do this is simply by inserting a table and using the individual cells to align your content properly. This practice is similar to when web designers use wireframes to arrange content. The problem with doing this in Google Sites is that it is seemingly impossible to change the color of the table borders or make it disappear. The good news is that with just a small tweak, you can make invisible tables. After inserting your table and aligning all of your content, but…
  • Make Your Google Site More Appealing: Navigation

    Jeremy McBrayer
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:38 am
    In my attempt to get more people using Google Sites for more things, I want to share a quick tip for making the appearance of your Site a little nicer. This time, we will get rid of the ugly sidebar navigation and incorporate the more subtle and elegant horizontal navigation.   Doing this is pretty easy, but there are a few steps to follow. First, choose the gear in the top right, then ‘Edit Site Layout.’ This is the same step we used to customize our header in my last post. Once you are there, click on ‘Sidebar’ to turn it off and on ‘Horizontal…
  • Make Your Google Site More Appealing: Change the Header

    Jeremy McBrayer
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    It is no secret that I am a big fan of Google Sites. The ability to create websites with absolutely no coding ability is great. There is one huge problem with Sites though….they are pretty ugly. There are a few things you can do to improve the look and feel of your Google Site. Change the Header Changing the header on a Google Site is one of the easiest and fastest way to improve the look of it and personalize it a bit. The default header on a Google Site is just the name that you have given the website. It also incorporates the logo for your Google Apps for Education Domain. Chances…
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