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  • Enterprise Learning & Digital Transformation

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    Jay Cross
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Enterprise Learning takes learning beyond the training department into the overall extended enterprise, the “Workscape.” It’s a breakout that’s happening throughout organizations as they embrace digital technology. Enterprise Learning is the learning component of Digital Transformation, defined by Altimeter Group as: The realignment of, or new investment in, technology and business models to more effectively engage digital customers at every touchpoint in the customer experience lifecycle. Nine out of ten companies sampled by Altimeter are engaged in one or more…
  • 15 Tips for Improving Instructor-led Training with a Focus on Logistics

    Brent Schlenker
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    Have you ever registered for a training class, attended the class, and learned a few things but just didn't enjoy the experience? We all know how much work goes into creating the content and instruction for a classroom training event. But do you spend an equal amount of time on the logistics required to make your training event happen? Or do you not consider that part of learning...and not your job? Classroom training events are often characterized as the worst form of training. Learners often experience them as a waste of time, constrained by time and space, and at the mercy of…
  • How to deal with the overloaded SME

    E-Learning Acupuncture
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    We are all busy. It’s the new normal. When I work on Course Development Teams that develop online learning, I often work with high calibre colleagues. I’ve noticed that high calibre colleagues are even MORE busy. They get stuff done, they work evenings and weekends. They are the “go-to” people when the organization or the department needs resources. When one of these people is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on a Course Development Team, sometimes it can be challenging. The time required for a SME to do their job well is almost universally underestimated. So now put an overloaded SME…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Share E-Learning Courses

    The Rapid eLearning Blog
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:14 pm
    To share elearning courses via a learning management system or Articulate Online is common. However, sometimes getting access to an LMS isn’t easy, especially if you want to share elearning courses that are quick prototypes or demos to solicit opinions. You definitely don’t want to fill out requisitions and wait for your LMS administrator to send you a link. There are also many of you who participate in the weekly elearning challenges and need an easy way to upload your demos. Below are a number of solutions that work if you need to share elearning courses. Here are the five options…
  • 45 Free Stock Images for Your E-Learning Courses

    The Rapid eLearning Blog
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:19 pm
    One of my favorite sites for free stock images is Unsplash.com. They provide hundreds of free stock images with a Creative Commons Zero license. That means you can do anything with the images, whether free or commercial. And that’s a good deal for those of us who are on a tight budget. As you can see above, I used one of the city images provided by Philipp Henzler for the Storyline 2 tutorials. It works well in an elearning context. I also used one of the free images for this free template that I shared a while back. You can download the free template it here. Click to view the free…
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  • 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…
  • Become a birdsong hero | video | @GrrlScientist

    15 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today’s caturday video introduces the online game, Bird Song Hero. It uses audio and visual cues to help people learn birdsongs so they can identify wild birds by voice alone. Those who follow along are aware that Saturdays are known as “caturday” amongst many within the blogosphere. Some “bloggers” only share pictures of and stories about their cats whilst others use this day as an opportunity to remind people about the world’s many fascinating animals, almost all of which are overlooked, under-appreciated or just plain unknown to the public.Since I’ve recently been having fun…
  • Learning a language – 10 things you need to know

    Holly Young
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thinking about learning a foreign language? From ignoring your age to avoiding the F-word, our multilingual experts share their tips1. Make realistic, specific goalsYou have decided to learn another language. Now what? On our recent live chat our panellists first piece of advice was to ask yourself: what do you want to achieve and by when? Donavan Whyte, vice president of enterprise and education at Rosetta Stone, says: “Language learning is best when broken down into manageable goals that are achievable over a few months. This is far more motivating and realistic.” Continue reading...
  • Live Q&A: What is the best way to learn a language?

    Holly Young
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    There are more ways than ever to learn a language, but how do you find one that suits your learning style and routine? Join us on 24 October, 1-3pm BST, to discussSince its launch in 2012 the Duolingo app has gained 50 million users. Its success has led it to become one of the names synonymous with the tech revolution in language learning, and not without good reason. In a recent interview for the series, its creator, Luis von Ahn, said: “There’s an independent study that shows that if you use Duolingo for 34 hours you learn the same as you would in one university semester of language…
  • Ebola crisis: online courses help spread awareness and fill the knowledge gap

    Clar Ni Chonghaile
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Founder of e-learning firm says platform provides crucial lifeline for west Africans looking to educate themselves about virusAmos Gardy is lucky. Thanks to an online course he took last month, he has educated himself about Ebola and has been busy spreading that knowledge through his community in Monrovia, Liberia.Gardy, who has two sons, works for an NGO and runs a youth organisation in Monrovia. He undertook his study through Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online (Alison), a Massive Open Online Course (Mooc) provider that launched an Ebola learning programme in August as the outbreak…
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  • The FCC’s net neutrality rules: 5 things you need to know

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Advocates for open access to the Internet were popping champagne corks on Thursday after the Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of reclassifying broadband Internet as a public utility. In addition to regulating fixed broadband lines that go into your home, the FCC vote also extended public utility rules to mobile broadband for the first time. PC World
  • BYU-Idaho Supports Online Learning with Automated Video Transcoding

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    Brigham Young University-Idaho has automated the process of converting videos created by professors into formats required for online viewing, and the system has processed more than 13,000 video assets in the last year and a half. Campus Technology
  • Too cool for school?: The effects of gamification in an advanced interdisciplinary course

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    Gamification is a subject of a great deal of conversations and advocates believe that the familiarity of gaming to the current student population gives it considerable potential to transform teaching and learning. The research literature presents a more ambiguous view and it remains to be seen whether or not gamifying instruction can significantly strengthen student learning outcomes. This question forms the basis of the current study, which focuses on an extensive gamification exercise applied in an upper-division interdisciplinary course. To phrase it colloquially, this research asks…
  • A Systematic Review of the Socio-Ethical Aspects of Massive Online Open Courses

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:47 am
    Massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer learners across the globe unprecedented access to education. Through sophisticated e-learning technologies and web approaches, MOOCs attract massive scale participation and global interest. Some commercial ventures place social equality at the heart of their missions, claiming to empower communities by making education accessible and affordable. In reality, the socio-ethical impact of MOOCs has not been investigated fully, so it is not clear whether they meet these aspirations. The aim of this study was to conduct a systematic literature review to…
  • Open informational ecosystems: The missing link for sharing resources for education

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Open educational resources are not available “as such”. Their provision relies on a technological infrastructure of related services that can be described as an informational ecosystem. A closed informational ecosystem keeps educational resources within its boundary. An open informational ecosystem relies on the concurrence of independent stakeholders that jointly provide (meta-) information also beyond its boundaries. Mechanisms of open informational ecosystems are described and how they contribute to the delivery of educational resources and to opening education. The paper describes the…
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    The Rapid eLearning Blog

  • 5 Easy Ways to Share E-Learning Courses

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:14 pm
    To share elearning courses via a learning management system or Articulate Online is common. However, sometimes getting access to an LMS isn’t easy, especially if you want to share elearning courses that are quick prototypes or demos to solicit opinions. You definitely don’t want to fill out requisitions and wait for your LMS administrator to send you a link. There are also many of you who participate in the weekly elearning challenges and need an easy way to upload your demos. Below are a number of solutions that work if you need to share elearning courses. Here are the five options…
  • 45 Free Stock Images for Your E-Learning Courses

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:19 pm
    One of my favorite sites for free stock images is Unsplash.com. They provide hundreds of free stock images with a Creative Commons Zero license. That means you can do anything with the images, whether free or commercial. And that’s a good deal for those of us who are on a tight budget. As you can see above, I used one of the city images provided by Philipp Henzler for the Storyline 2 tutorials. It works well in an elearning context. I also used one of the free images for this free template that I shared a while back. You can download the free template it here. Click to view the free…
  • Free E-Learning & PowerPoint Template

    16 Feb 2015 | 11:35 pm
    A few weeks ago I shared an elearning example I created for an elearning workshop. Many of you requested a template based on the example so here it is. There’s a PowerPoint version and one for Articulate Storyline 2 that offers a lot more interactivity. Click here to view the elearning example. Working with Templates One of the challenges when using a pre-defined template is that it tends to look good with real content. And then when you get the blank template it doesn’t seem to feel the same. That’s OK. Just add your own content. And don’t be afraid to move things around to make them…
  • Essential Guide to Visual Thinking for E-Learning

    9 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
      Here are two common challenges when building online training courses: knowing what content needs to be in the course and then having the right visuals to support the learning of that content. One way to overcome these challenges is to increase your visual thinking skills. You’ll learn to focus on the right content and then find the right visuals to support what you’re teaching. What is Visual Thinking? The essence of visual thinking is to convert your text-based information to images and text that show concepts and the flow of ideas. I like the way Dave Gray describes it as a way…
  • How to Build Better E-Learning

    2 Feb 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Are you tired of building the same courses over and over again? Sure you may get to build a hundred courses, but they’re essentially the same course built a hundred times. The result is that many of the courses look the same and they don’t provide the opportunity to expand your course design skills. Today I’d like to offer a few tips on how you can get out of the hundred course rut. Build Better E-Learning by Making Time to Do Something Different Many organizations allow their employees to have some free time to hack together ideas or work on other types of projects. I spoke to one…
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    Internet Time Blog

  • I’ve been depressed. You?

    Jay Cross
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    I’ve been depressed.  Telling you this will blow my chances of running for president, but what the hell: I have been clinically depressed for the last two years. It’s a form of going crazy. I lost interest in my work, stopped blogging and taking photos. I became a near-hermit.  I want to share my experiences with you so that if the black dog visits you or one of your friends, you’ll recognize it for what it is and take appropriate action. No one deserves to go through life feeling shitty and that’s precisely what depression can do to you. Everything is gloomy. Nothing seems…
  • Enterprise Learning & Digital Transformation

    Jay Cross
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Enterprise Learning takes learning beyond the training department into the overall extended enterprise, the “Workscape.” It’s a breakout that’s happening throughout organizations as they embrace digital technology. Enterprise Learning is the learning component of Digital Transformation, defined by Altimeter Group as: The realignment of, or new investment in, technology and business models to more effectively engage digital customers at every touchpoint in the customer experience lifecycle. Nine out of ten companies sampled by Altimeter are engaged in one or more…
  • Jon Kabat Zinn

    Jay Cross
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    I bailed out of the Wisdom 2.0 conference Main Stage events yesterday afternoon and missed the opportunity to see Jon Kabat Zinn, whom I only know from his books and tapes: Jon is a god. I revere him. He moves mountains. So I was elated to find this recording of his presentation this morning. The Good: Jon takes us into meditation, overviews the global mindfulness phenomenon, gives a characteristic uplifting message and call to action, gets you in a mood to finally start meditating daily, challenges you to be present and know what you are doing. It’s enchanting. The Bad: It’s 41…
  • Wisdom 2.0: Mindfulness and business

    Jay Cross
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Wisdom 2.0 Conference, San Francisco, February 27 – March 1. Billed as “the intersection of wisdom and technology,” the Wisdom 2.0 conference drew 2,500 people who spent $625 for two and a half days of secular Buddhism. I am interested in the interaction of mindfulness and business. Mindfulness – the opposite of mindlessness – is a natural component of Working Smarter.  I generally sit in the front row at conferences. You can see better and often get to schmooze with speakers. But this time I opted for… …the bean bag chairs in front of the front row.
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    Jay Cross
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:50 pm
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  • Friday’s Finds #240

    Harold Jarche
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Every fortnight I collate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. @ericgarland – “Humility is often painful, but arrogance is always fatal.” “The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.” – Zadie Smith – via @ShaunCoffey Healthcare with fewer managers  with @josdeblok “Jos de Blok is a nurse.  He owns a company that employs 9,000 community nurses in Holland.  The company has only 45 administrators, about a 10th of the average for a company that size.
  • innovation means learning at work

    Harold Jarche
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    “So it is important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all philosophy in terms of successful innovation. The one constant is that you have to be open to change and new points of view. Innovation is continuous. Successful innovators and entrepreneurs all embrace change and the risks that they pose. In fact, innovation is the poster child of the mantra that there are no rules. Only by trying out new things, by failing, by discovering what works and what doesn’t, do you gain answers to the innovation question.” – Shaun Coffey This is a continuation of my last post, where I…
  • my pkm story

    Harold Jarche
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    It has been over 10 years that I have examined, practiced, and developed models for personal knowledge management/mastery. Here are some reflections on how my thoughts have evolved over that decade. PKM shifts responsibility I started down the path of personal knowledge mastery in 2004, inspired by Dave Pollard, Denham Gray, and others. “To a great extend PKM [personal knowledge management] is about shifting responsibility for learning and knowledge sharing from a company to individuals and this is the greatest challenge for both sides. Companies should recognise that their employees are…
  • digital workforce skills

    Harold Jarche
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:53 pm
    “Are there new ways to think about our digital workplace skills that allows us to take our thinking up to a new plane, the next meta-level of thinking and working where we have much higher leverage, can manage change that is an order of magnitude or greater in volume than today, work in fundamentally better and smarter new ways — and perhaps even work a bit less — yet produce much more value?” Dion Hinchcliffe asks What Are the Required Skills for Today’s Digital Workforce? and provides an image that addresses a good spectrum of skills for the network era. I would like to add my…
  • economics for our time

    Harold Jarche
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:59 am
    Every fortnight I collate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. @johnrobb – “If you don’t own bots, bots will own you. Bots (software and hardware) are the capital & labor of the future in one package.” @goonth – “If people don’t know how to communicate, relate and interact, then tools are just tools. Businesses & markets depend on human competencies.” @Nynetjer-Maat-AtenRa – “If I plant seeds in the earth and get vegetables, did I create those veggies or the…
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  • 15 Tips for Improving Instructor-led Training with a Focus on Logistics

    Brent Schlenker
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    Have you ever registered for a training class, attended the class, and learned a few things but just didn't enjoy the experience? We all know how much work goes into creating the content and instruction for a classroom training event. But do you spend an equal amount of time on the logistics required to make your training event happen? Or do you not consider that part of learning...and not your job? Classroom training events are often characterized as the worst form of training. Learners often experience them as a waste of time, constrained by time and space, and at the mercy of…
  • You’ve Been Doing Your eLearning Research All Wrong!

    Henson Gawliu Jr.
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    With over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year, it's no surprise that Google is a great resource for your research needs.  But what if I told you that MOST of you aren't doing it right? And what do I mean by not doing it right? Advanced Search Functions for eLearning Research Google offers many different advanced search functions which they call Punctuation, Symbols & Operators in Search; however, most people don't use these search functions and in most cases even know about them. Here are my top 5 favorite advanced Google search functions: Use…
  • The Ultimate Blended Learning Course Design Pattern

    Brent Schlenker
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In a recent blog post I introduced the idea of training course patterns to kickstart your LMS. The needs of every department will vary, but that's the beauty of patterns. Patterns are broad enough to give you ultimate flexibility in your final design. As I look back on my career of training development, and conversations with so many professionals, there is one pattern that stands above all others. It has 3 basic elements: Pre-event content, training event, and post-event content. It's a blended learning pattern that can be use for just about any training solution. Pre-event Content In…
  • Online Instructor-led Training Production Tips

    Brent Schlenker
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    Online Instructor-led training continues to grow in popularity for delivering corporate training. I don't think that surprises anybody. This is not breaking news. It's the natural progression of an education system that defined the product of learning as a classroom consisting of an instructor who knows stuff and listeners/viewers who need to know stuff. It wasn't that long ago that voice over IP, or VoIP, was reserved for only the most geeky employees. However, that has changed in recent years. I think it's safe to say that most computer users have and use Skype, or Facetime, or some other…
  • Blending is Better - Guest Post by Dr Clark Quinn

    Clark Quinn
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Let’s assume you have something you do for fun outside of work; how did you get good at that? I’m willing to bet that it wasn’t through formal courses: you may have taken some but you also practice, talk with others, read magazines or books, watch videos, attend meetings, hire coaches, watch live events, and more.  And if you look at areas of endeavor where expertise is critical – sports, military, aviation, medicine – you’ll see a wide variety of mechanisms used: simulations, roleplay, coursework, coaching, and more.  This is blended learning, mixing together different…
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  • Post Doctoral Position at UTA

    20 Feb 2015 | 2:48 pm
    I’m pleased to announce a new post doc position at LINK Research Lab at University of Texas Arlington (we will be announcing several additional positions in the next month in various topic areas). The first position, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, is focused on assessing labour market data, specifically how the changing nature of work impact higher education institutions. For example, what type of work will we be doing in an age of increasing automation? How do universities identify important trends that require alteration of teaching practices from current models? What will the…
  • I now have a Canadian Father

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Over two years ago, I complained about the cruel and frustrating rejection of my dad’s Canadian citizenship. It has been a long process. It is deeply discouraging to see your parent frightened and stressed that he will be sent back to a country that hasn’t been his home for over 40 years, leaving behind children and grandchildren. The recent immigration discussion in the USA takes on a new meaning in the light of this experience. In our case, my dad was a Canadian citizen. Had been one since 1978. Voted in municipal, provincial, and federal elections for decades. Was employed his…
  • Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Higher education is digitizing. All aspects of it, including administration, teaching/learning, and research. The process of becoming digital has important implications for how learning occurs and how research happens and how it is shared. I’m happy to announce the formation of the digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), funded by a $1.6m grant from the Gates Foundation – more info here. From a broad overview, the goal of the grant is to improve the depth and quality of research in digital learning. I’m defining digital learning as anything that has a technology component:…
  • Brilliant folks that need to be read.

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Folks like Mike Caulfield, Bonnie Stewart, and Kate Bowles, deserve far more attention for their thinking and writing than what they are currently getting. It’s really not fair to lump them together, but they represent for me an intersection of humanity, tangible change, and deep thinking in education. Build your next conference around these three and I’m there. Just send me the registration link. A recent sampling of their thinking: From Kate: I really think the measure of our capacity to call ourselves a community relates to our responses in a whole range of situations for which…
  • Moving from openness advocacy to research

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Openness in education – including content, teaching, pedagogy, analytics, or any other flavours – is a 15+ year trend that is starting to cross over into the main stream. I’ve been involved in numerous faculty/leadership meetings with different universities and colleges over the past year and openness has become one of those concepts that everyone agrees with, supports, and promotes. In a way, it’s like “diversity”, given lip service, recognition in planning documents and policy statements, but often not reflected adequately in practice. A few weeks ago,…
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    Online Learning Update

  • Social Homework Platform Aims to Boost Student Engagement

    Ray Schroeder
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology Three physics professors at California State University, Long Beach have developed a new software tool for their own classes, which they are now marketing more broadly through a start-up company. Koondis, as it’s called, works in traditional large introductory lecture classrooms, blended classes and fully online courses that often are filled with students enrolled from various disciplines who are required to be there for their majors. Described as a “social homework system,” a “discussion forum that puts students in small…
  • BYU-Idaho Supports Online Learning with Automated Video Transcoding

    Ray Schroeder
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:04 pm
    By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology BYU-Idaho currently offers four online associate degrees, 10 online bachelor’s degrees and more than 100 online courses, and it’s working to expand its online course offerings. Some faculty members are also using video-based tutorials, lectures and course materials to augment traditional face-to-face classes, and the campus is home to a large broadcasting facility. Professors create their own videos and send them to the university’s in-house video production facility to be converted to the required format for online viewing, and the large…
  • 3 reasons online learning institutions fail

    Ray Schroeder
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    by Steve Perry, eCampus News This year (2015), working adult students, in particular, are turning to the Internet in pursuit of more cost-effective classes, certification programs and entire degrees in droves. However, while there are numerous proven benefits to an online education–such as flexible learning schedules, budget-friendliness and access to industry-leading curriculums–the industry is not without its challenges, as many online institutions face enrollment decline. Indeed, online educators face three key challenges in their journey toward mainstream industry and marketplace…
  • Instructor Engagement with E-Texts

    Ray Schroeder
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    by Serdar Abaci, Anastasia Morrone, and Alan Dennis, EDUCAUSE Review This case study of Indiana University’s e-text initiative reports on the participation levels and motivations of instructors in engaging with digital textbooks. Instructors can benefit from e-text features, including real-time reading and engagement analytics, note-sharing with students, and ability to integrate links, annotations, and multimedia materials into study materials. The findings from this study suggest that instructors play an important role in e-text adoption by modeling active e-text use and creating…
  • Why You Now Need a Team to Create and Deliver Learning

    Ray Schroeder
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:05 pm
    By Mary Grush, Campus Technology “Higher education institutions that intentionally move towards using a team-based approach to creating and delivering the majority of their education content and learning experiences will stand out and be successful over the long run.” — Daniel Christian Institutions employing a team-based approach to the creation and delivery of education content and experiences will differentiate themselves and succeed, even as the pace of change — both in technology and in the disciplines — accelerates, says Daniel Christian, a senior instructional…
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    E-Learning Journeys

  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:31 am
    Getting connected - Starting to collaborate (with images, tweets) · murcha · Storify Archived #isteglobalpln twitter chat-Getting Connected-Starting to Collaborate https://t.co/6CFj6Pg6hq #globaled @julielindsay tags: isteglobalpln globaled education 6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning tags: connected_learning education Australia e-Series OzeLive Have you viewed the presentations from 2014 yet? tags: OzELive online presentations education jul Connect and collaborate for global understanding A pedagogical shift #OZeLIVE Feb2014 - YouTube tags: jul video youtube online presentation…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:31 am
    Teaching Social Entrepreneurship: Tips and Resources for Educators | Impact Entrepreneurs at Portland State University tags: social_entrepreneurship education Letter from Australia 2: researchED Sydney and beyond - Tom Bennett - Blog - Tom Bennett - TES Community tags: researchEd education Being part of it: ResearchED Sydney | Filling the pail Being part of it: ResearchED Sydney http://t.co/50EYtrAXqa #rEDSyd #AussieED via @greg_ashman tags: AussieED education rEdSyd Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future | TIME tags: makerspace education futureofeducation The Future of…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:31 am
    Teachers to face mandatory numeracy, literacy tests from 2016 tags: education Literacy Australia How to be a great leader | Playlist | TED.com tags: TED leadership education ISTE 2015 "Create a Social Entrepreneurship Learning Collaborative" Join me at ISTE 2015 on Saturday June 27. Explore social entrepreneurship objectives fused with emerging technologies for connected and collaborative learning as well as community building for change. Use design thinking, flattened learning actions and social media to understand how to implement engaging curriculum to support student social…
  • Learning Disconnect?

    Julie Lindsay
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:32 pm
    The arrival in the mail today (ooohh....hard copy!) of the latest Education Technology Magazine, Australia, reminded me I meant to post this to my blog. The following 'Have your say' commentary appeared in the November 2014 EdTech Magazine. Don't forget to look at the Feb/March 2015 issue:Connected classrooms - Anne MirtschinDigital tattoos - Rob McTaggartTransformed learning with Google apps - Anthony Speranzaand lots more!Learning Disconnect?Is the current use of technology in schools fostering a learning disconnect? As a global educator I have had many experiences and developed…
  • Global Education Highlights (weekly)

    Julie Lindsay
    8 Feb 2015 | 2:31 am
    What Will the Learning Device of the Future Look Like? -- THE Journal tags: future education technology Global Education-what IS it? bethinkglobal – learning in globalised world tags: globaleducation education globaleducator Free Course On Blogging With Students - The Edublogger Enroll Now! tags: blogging Free education The Global Future Education Foundation and Institute The mission of the Global Future Education Foundation and Institute is to create and offer more effective alternatives to world education. Marc Prensky tags: future globaleducation education globallearning pedagogy…
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    In the Middle of the Curve

  • Bringing Structure to the Learning Ecosystem

    Wendy Wickham
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    Over the past year, we've implemented some new technologies that will help bring the Learning Ecosystem to life.It also expands the number of applications and technologies that are now available to us.Tools and toys we can use to help create an environment that supports people.(picture LE 1.0)(rough picture LE 2.0)Because of the huge increase in complexity, I figured it was time to find a model that could help organize this and bring some structure to what I was trying to do.-------------------I've been playing with the SWAT team over the past year or so, in between work on a major Unified…
  • Playing with Identity

    Wendy Wickham
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:14 am
    The Network Wall at Up To All of Us.2014  Thanks Craig for the pic.-------------I wrote this back in May 2014 and never posted it.   There has been a lot of personal ground covered since that time - which explains the recent quiet.Figured this could serve as an introduction to what's coming next :)----------------My job has been changing over the past year or so.I'm doing a lot less eLearning instructional design and development.A lot less instructional delivery. A lot less of the stuff I've been doing the past 14 years.I'm doing more strategy, systems design, thinking,…
  • We Have Met The Enemy....And He Is Us

    Wendy Wickham
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    - from Pogo, Walt Kelly 1971------------------------I've been doing a lot of thinking about cultural readiness in the past couple of months.Pretty much since the day one of my colleagues took all the air out of the room with a simple comment."We are not ready for this solution."He meant that the organization wasn't ready for the solution.But I wasn't so sure.Struck me that it was really our team that wasn't ready for the solution.----------------------------It's easy to point to the end user and say "well - they are just not ready."And for a few very vocal people, it was absolutely true.It's…
  • A Case Study in Environmental Influence

    Wendy Wickham
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    "What I started discovering is that the music from these places, the roots of it goes so deep that it's historic — there's history and there's culture, and all of these different elements influence the musical outcome of that place. Not just the studios, but the cities themselves." - Dave Grohl during an interview at UK's Absolute Radio---------------- Dave Grohl's current documentary series, Sonic Highways, is one of the best case studies I've seen showing how one's environment can influence what you create.Watch the Nashville episode (Episode 3).  Beginning to end.Carefully read the…
  • Unified Communications Pilot Training - Findings

    Wendy Wickham
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    Digging out from this really huge project and a bit of burnout.  I still don't think I have a wide enough perspective on this thing.  Anyway, figured it was time to share what I learned....Subscription-Based Learning Iteration 2Guerrilla Change Management in Action ---------------Tools we used to implement:- A ListServ- A Wordpress blog (SharePoint wasn't ready at the time of implementation)- Articulate Storyline (for movies etc)- Microsoft WordFindings: - The 4 weeks spent introducing the pilot and the interfaces made a huge difference when we got to the training event.  For…
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    Assistive Technology

  • Chromebooks in the Classroom: Changing the Landscape of Education

    15 Feb 2015 | 11:17 am
    Having just returned from the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) 2015 Conference I had a chance to connect with friends and colleagues and survey the landscape to pick up on trends and practices in the field of assistive technology. Without a doubt we are at the beginning of another trend in our field as more and more schools move to Chromebooks. Chromebooks in many ways represent a real paradigm shift for educators and students since all of the apps follow the students account as they are delivered through the Chrome browser. This is a huge shift allowing educators to customize…
  • OfficeMix-Off to a Great Start in 2015

    4 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    I trust you had some time to rest and recreate during the holidays and that you are now refreshed and rearing to go. As I start to plan for the semester ahead I am generally excited with all the possibilities and how I can engage my students in their learning. For the past couple of years I have taught many of my courses as a hybrid-meeting on campus for half the semester and teaching the rest online, which has worked out really well. Last semester, I experimented using OfficeMix an new plug-in for PowerPoint that makes the creation of digital assets extremely…
  • ActionTec's ScreenBeam Mini 2- Good Things Come in Small Packages

    29 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I have been a big fan of ActionTec's ScreenBeam Pro Education Edition and have used it successfully in my classroom with my Surface Pro 3 and Dell Venue 8 tablets. Having the ability to walk around my classroom and share my screen without physically being connected to the projector is a real pleasure. Setting up the ScreenBeam Pro is extremely simple and does not require one to connect the device to the existing WiFi network which is a real advantage of the Miracast technology. When I heard that Actiontec was going to release a new Miracast receiver, I knew I had to get my hands on it…
  • Cleanstylus for the Surface Pro 3- the Perfect Add-on

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Cleanstylus for Surface Pro 3As much as I enjoy using my Surface Pro 3, especially for the digital inking-it is just a matter of time, before I know I will eventually lose my stylus. So when I came across the Cleanstylus for the Surface Pro 3 from Cleanint I knew I had to take it out for a test run. I had a chance to speak with Tuan from Cleanint and he was kind enough to send me out one to review. If you are looking for an elegant and effective way to store your stylus then take a look at the Cleanstylus for the Surface Pro 3. The Cleanstylus for the Surface Pro 3…
  • Adobe Learning Summit 2014

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    In a couple of weeks I will be flying out to Las Vegas to present at the Adobe Learning Summit 2014- to present with my colleague Linda Mahnken, on the topic of Creating Accessible eLearning with Adobe eLearning Tools. Linda and I will focus on how you can use Adobe Presenter 10 and Adobe Captivate 8 to create elearning material that is accessible for individual with hearing, visual and learning disabilities. During the session you'll learn:Accessibility features in Captivate and Presenter Which content types are and are not accessible    Best practices for accessible online…
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    Bottom Line Performance » Blog

  • Animation in Web Design and Examples and Nonexamples: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Laura Schroeder
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
  • Ten Steps to a Successful Product Launch Training Implementation

    Steven Boller
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    We often support clients with complex products to bring to market. The training that supports these product launches is always a multi-faceted collection of learning solutions that must meet the needs of several different learner groups. For product launch training to drive desired knowledge and skills acquisition, it must be carefully designed and implemented. Careful consideration must be made to identifying the right goals during the design phase, getting necessary buy-in and designing solutions that help the right groups of learners acquire the right knowledge and skills at the right…
  • Testing Mobile Games, Being Productive, and How to Disagree Without Being a Jerk: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Jake Huhn
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
  • BranchTrack, Hololens, and the Scale of the Universe: This Week on #BLPLearn

    Abby Seifert
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. We’ll usually include some commentary from the original team member who found the article, too. Our goal is to make the weekly #BLPLearn blog a dependable source for quality, curated L&D content. Check back every Thursday. JOIN IN THE FUN Rather than restricting the social media conversation to a…
  • Is Your Process Training “Nice to Know” or “Need to Know”?

    Steven Boller
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    Process is critical to every business, and research increasingly tells us that “tiny habits” matter. It is the small actions, not the sweeping initiatives, that truly define our businesses… and our lives. Every individual has had to learn a set of processes that are tedious or difficult to follow. Think about the sales rep used to using Outlook to log follow-up tasks who is now asked to re-input the same data into the CRM, or the call center representative who must ask every customer who calls in, even the irate ones, to answer a three question survey. But at the same time,…
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    Clive on Learning

  • Seven ways in which stories power learning

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’d never written a film script before. The nearest I’d got to so-called creative writing was penning the dialogue for interactive scenarios, so this was a brave move. To be honest, I was pushed hard by my colleague Asatuurs Keim, a film-maker with a passion for storytelling and someone who believes we have failed to realise the full potential of film as a vehicle for learning at work.Now I was only ever proposing a really short film, but I was encouraged by Asatuurs to use the classic script structure:Setup: Establishes the main characters, their relationships and the world they…
  • The teacher as storyteller

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    A few days ago, I sat down to write a post explaining why I thought stories were such a powerful tool for learning. In my research, I came across a post I originally published in 2005. Once I had got over the shock of realising that this post was a full ten years old, I decided to share it again, given I probably now have a very different audience. I also believe it holds true today, although what I refer to as ‘the science’ has probably moved on. Anyway, I’m still working on my new post on storytelling and I’ll share it soon.Back in 2003, I devoted a great…
  • More than blended learning - we launch today

    15 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    We did it. We developed a whole new way of designing learning interventions, an approach that we really believe in. We started a new company to look after our new invention, a portfolio of products and services to support it, a new website to show it all off and a free online course for anyone who wants to learn how to use it.It’s called More Than Blended Learning (>BL) and, although we’ve been working on the underlying ideas for some ten years now, it launches officially today at Icetank in London’s Covent Garden.>BL is a refreshingly different but simple new approach to the…
  • The new age of exploration

    1 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    The rise of instructionFrom the earliest days of computer-assisted learning, way back in the mid 1970s, the dominant teaching strategy has been instruction. So dominant in fact, that those tasked with devising and assembling technology-based learning solutions have been called instructional designers ever since. As a result, it is easy to believe that there is only one valid approach to teaching on a computer and instruction is it.First of all, let’s just clarify what we mean by this term. Instruction is a structured teaching process that begins with behavioural learning objectives…
  • TV very much alive for learning professionals

    28 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    On Wednesday, on his Plan B blog, my old mate Donald Clark told us that TV is dying, and I believe him. But in some ways it is just changing form.Last night I tuned in to a live stream of the second episode of LearningNow TV, a monthly one-hour news magazine for learning professionals. I turned down the sound on the main TV and watched it on my iPad, expecting it to hold me for 10 minutes or so, but I was glued to it through to the end.Nigel Paine presents a mix of webcam interviews and professionally-produced pieces. Hats off to the editors because this odd mix hangs together really well. It…
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    Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

  • Why is Instructional Design Trending Downward ...since 2004?

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

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

    Brent Schlenker
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Cruising the twitter streams this morning I noticed this tweet retweeted by +Koreen Pagano. All I can think to say is thank you, thank you, thank you. http://t.co/g05g6H9cM7 — Brenda Romero (@br) January 27, 2015 A quick click on the link brought me to an article in the webzine Gamasutra. Brenda is the winner of the Ambassadors Award as part of this years Game Developers Choice Awards... "
  • Looking Back at Wikis - My Early Days of DevLearn - and 2015

    Brent Schlenker
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    Nobody really talks about wikis any more. I think the closest most people get to a wiki these days is wikipedia. Bummer. They were my absolute favorite new tech back in the day. The genius of the wiki was it's edit-ability. Of course today, everything is sharable and editable by multiple people. Google docs is the best current example. Ho hum... I still dream of an old-fashioned wiki circa
  • BSchlenker Talks about eLearning - Episode 4 - Learning Rebel, Shannon Tipton

    Brent Schlenker
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    This is episode 4 of The Brent Schlenker podcast. Shannon Tipton, Founder of LearningRebels.com, is my guest. Shannon is the 4th corporate training professional I've interviewed for this podcast.  We covered a lot of ground in our conversation and had a lot of fun. If you would like to be a guest, feel free to contact me @bschlenker on Twitter, or leave a comment here. Or if you'd rather just
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    Donald Clark Plan B

  • Forget 21st Century skills - revive 18th Century skills

    Donald Clark
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    A mantra (that has now turned into an empty trope) among educators who need a serious sounding phrase to rattle around in conferences and reports is ‘21st Century Skills’. I hear it often, almost always in some overlong, text-heavy Powerpoint presentation at an educational conference, accompanied by a cocktail of 'C' words  - collaboration, communication, creativity, critical skills. Can the real world really be that alliterative?But does this idee fixe bear scrutiny? In a nice piece of work by Stepahnie Otttenheijm, she asked some youngsters (radical eh?) what 21st C skills they…
  • Virtual Reality 'Game of Thrones' on Vive's stunning rival to Oculus

    Donald Clark
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:34 am
    VR is a amazing medium not a mere gadget. I’ve been playing around with the Oculus Rift Development Kit 1 then Development Kit 2 for over a year, helped get some learning applications funded and see it playing a real role in ‘learning by doing’. Having demoed it to hundreds of people across Europe and in Africa, all I can say is that the most common reaction is ‘Awesome!”. What we’re all waiting on is the consumer launch.Learning potentialIn learning we all yearn for something that can really hold sustained attention, induce intense emotion, allow learning by doing, provide…
  • What can we learn from the Million dollar teacher?

    Donald Clark
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:27 am
    Richard Spencer's a science teacher from Middlesburgh, who teaches biology using dance, songs, games and so on. He’s up for the $1 million Global Teacher of the Year Award. I’m not sure about these awards, another is the WISE Prize for Education at $500k. For me it’s all about the learning not the teaching. By focusing on the teacher, the articles read like lottery winner stories with no real analysis of what they do. Most teachers will know about the $1 million prize and Richard has had lots of publicity, but how many teachers actually know, in detail, what he or his students do? How…
  • Holy shit – swearing in conference presentations works!

    Donald Clark
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:51 am
    If you know me, or have heard me speak at conferences, you’ll know that I’m partial to the odd curse word. This is never planned, it’s part of my everyday speech. I should add that I’m Scottish, which far from being an excuse, is simply a description of a culture more attuned to swearing than more mild-mannered England. Billy Connolly, a genius when it comes to oral delivery, could never have come from England. Ireland maybe, England never.Swearing studyLet me start with some science. I’m not saying this study is definitive but there is at least one study, with a control, that shows…
  • The problem with Maths is ‘English’ - 'twenty' examples

    Donald Clark
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    Maths is difficult to learn and hard to teach. But one BIG problem, which few parents fully understand, is language – the use of English.Jack, do you know what volume means?Yes.Explain it to me.Ok, it’s the button on the remote control that makes your TV go louder.English is irregularEnglish is a magpie language, highly irregular and puts more load on working memory and that leads to more errors. Beyond working memory it is important to know that irregular terms have to be stored separately in memory, regular forms don’t have to be. This extra work, and extra steps, places an extra load…
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    E-Learning Acupuncture

  • Active Learning in the Online Classroom: Examples and Ideas

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Someone recently told me that they heard of an approach where all the boring content delivery lecture material is put online so that more active learning can take place in the classroom. They then asked me if this was the best approach for online learning? What they were describing is blended learning or the “flipped” classroom approach. Good blended classrooms have a significant amount of active learning. The active learning philosophies need not only occur in the classroom however. There are ways to leverage the online space to include active learning. Active learning is basically any…
  • Key Trends, Challenges, and Developments in EdTech - 15 years into this century

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Wow. 2015. 1999 seems so far away. I remember we were so scared about the Y2K problem and how it might impact our educational systems. Those 1999 problems are long gone. There are new challenges now. The EDUCAUSE Horizon 2015 report on Higher Education is out now. The project assembled a panel of experts from countries like Canada, Italy, India, Japan, Germany, Turkey, Spain, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, China, Denmark, the UK, New Zealand, and the United States to discuss the salient issues and whittle them down to tight lists. The Report is a very valuable read because it not only…
  • How to deal with the overloaded SME

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    We are all busy. It’s the new normal. When I work on Course Development Teams that develop online learning, I often work with high calibre colleagues. I’ve noticed that high calibre colleagues are even MORE busy. They get stuff done, they work evenings and weekends. They are the “go-to” people when the organization or the department needs resources. When one of these people is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on a Course Development Team, sometimes it can be challenging. The time required for a SME to do their job well is almost universally underestimated. So now put an overloaded SME…
  • Do you answer email? Student academic question in online courses

    9 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I often get new online instructors who tell me that the amount of email questions they had to answer during the semester was debilitatingly high. Some get discouraged by this mountain of email and they often say teaching an online course takes more time that teaching a face-to-face course. Well, don't despair. If students send you academic questions via email then you have an opportunity! The current student culture has as a default to ask academic questions via email. However, I think everyone can benefit if Teaching Teams actively try to resist this practice. For every question raised by…
  • Help your students before they are your students: Math Diagnostic Quiz

    10 Jun 2014 | 10:44 am
    If you have been to university or college recently in a science-related discipline then you may have encountered a mathematics diagnostic quiz. Some institutions use them to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their incoming students. Most institutions keep the results internal and some locations use the results to triage the students into different math course sections. You know - put the best students together to accelerate their learning and assemble the weakest students together to provide them the help they need to catch up. However, if your institution chooses not to adopt this…
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    Learning Reflections

  • NEW Elearnity Learning 9-Grid's for 2015

    David Perring
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:03 am
    For those of you who may have missed the release our latest 9-Grid reports at the Learning Technology Show 2015 in London last month...  here are the quick links to the FREE reports.They cover Learning Management Systems, Authoring Tools and Bespoke e-learning Development (with an update for Talent Management scheduled for March, just in time for HR Tech Europe - London).Independent International Perspectives As a quick reminder - our 9-Grid reports are focused on an unashamedly European / International  view of the market place where the operating realities of federated,…
  • Why has the LCMS market not been more successful?

    David Wilson
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    The following is from a posting I made on a linkedIn discussion on why there aren't more LCMS vendors and why they haven't seemingly been that successful. Thought it would be interesting to include here as well ...We have tracking the LCMS space for 8+ years including reviewing many of the leading solutions, and providing private advice to European corporates interested in this space. I think there are four main challenges:1. Corporates don't understand the business case for LCMS. In general, most organisations are largely ignorant of their learning content investment, resources and processes…
  • Launch of our new 9-Grid™ model mapping LMS and e-learning provision in the UK and EMEA

    Adrian Jones
    1 Aug 2013 | 5:05 am
    We're pleased to announce the launch of a new and unique insight into the European (EMEA) learning and talent market. Our new 9-Grid™ models for Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Bespoke E-learning Development are based on independent analysis and insights through our corporate research network of over 150 organisations including BP, Lloyds Banking Group, Rolls Royce and Vodafone.We created the 9-Grid™ approach in response to the lack of depth and flexibility provided by existing analyst models, which are typically US-focused and don't really reflect market differences in the UK and…
  • Workplace learning: what does it mean to you?

    Adrian Jones
    23 Jul 2013 | 2:53 am
    During our Symposium event in May, we took the opportunity to run a session on workplace learning. It’s interesting that this seems to be a term which provokes different interpretations across the L&D spectrum. To some, it’s an all encompassing term that applies to everything that happens within learning and development. To others, it means more of a performance support approach and focuses on learning that occurs on the job, perhaps supported by a manager or coach. Definitions included that it’s on-the-job, hands-on, and peer to peer and something you don’t need to leave your desk…
  • Innovation in learning and talent: is there any really happening out there?

    Adrian Jones
    21 Jun 2013 | 2:01 am
    At our recent Symposium event, one of the sessions focused on innovation in learning and talent and it was a discussion that yielded some interesting results. One of the first things that became apparent was the differing levels of knowledge regarding innovations in the learning technology space. Some attendees had very limited awareness of innovations, even those that have had a fair amount of publicity, such as Open Badges or the TinCan API, while others were actively assessing the opportunities offered and identifying pilot opportunities. It clearly illustrated that there is quite a…
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    Cammy Bean's Learning Visions

  • Responsive Design for eLearning [Article in @learningsolmag]

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:18 am
    "It’s a fact: we live in a multi-device world. I’m currently sitting at a desk with my laptop open, my phone next to me, and a tablet within reach on the counter. What about you? How many devices do you have going at this very moment? Chances are it’s more than one..."This is our new reality. So how do we design eLearning that fits into this new world order? Read the full article Responsive Learning Is a Must-have, Not Just Nice-to-have, featured this week on the eLearning Guild's Learning Solutions Magazine.Interested in more points of view on Responsive Learning? Check out…
  • Session Notes: Breaking Down Silos @JD_Dillon #TrainingMag

    9 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    These are my live blogged notes from the Training 2015 Conference and Expohappening this week in Atlanta. Forgive any typos or incoherencies.JD works in the higher-ed space, but is a corporate training guy. He supports the guys who work for Kaplan. JD was at Disney for awhile, AMC entertainment, and 5 years at Kaplan.JD's slides for this session if you want to follow along... Breaking Down Silos (Training 2015) from JD Dillon In 45 minutes, he's going to tell us a five year story.How Kaplan applied social and how that has changed the way work gets done.From topical discussion to enhanced…
  • Session Notes: "Driving Impact with Learning Analytics" Jeff Grisenthwaite #TrainingMag

    9 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    These are my live blogged notes from the Training 2015 Conference and Expo happening this week in Atlanta. Forgive any typos or incoherencies.Metrics that Matter with Jeff Grisenthwaite, VP of Client Success at CEB (www.executiveboard.com). Scrap learning -- on average across industries 41% of learning is considered "scrap" learning. ATD Research shows annual learning spend per employee is $1,195 -- so at 45% we're wasting a lot per learner ($537)!So how do we reduce scrap learning and create more impactful learning experience? Our goal: reduce scrap, improve performance.To…
  • Opening Keynote: The Science of Happiness & Success #TrainingMag

    9 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    These are my live blogged notes from the Training 2015 Conference and Expo happening this week in Atlanta. Forgive any typos or incoherencies.The Science of Happiness and Success (applied to the workplace)Michelle Gielan, Founder, Institute for Applied Positive Researchwith Shawn Achor (her husband)How can we ignite and sustain positive change in society?She was a news broadcaster with CBS. Decided she wanted to study research on positive change.We're all broadcasters. We're constantly broadcasting news and info to other people. And this influence not only our own lives, but also the lives of…
  • Kineo Learning Insights [Webinar Recording]

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    Feeling sad that you missed another fantastic Kineo webinar yesterday? Chip Cleary, Kineo VP of Solutions & Consulting, and I discussed the top 10 L&D insights and trends shared in our annual Learning Insights Report. And what a good time we had.Don't feel left out. We've posted slides and the recording for your viewing pleasure. What better way to spend a Friday afternoon?
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  • On the road again

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Well, some more travels are imminent, so I thought I’d update you on where the Quinnovation road show would be on tour this spring: March 9-10 I’ll be collaborating with Sarah Gilbert and Nick Floro to deliver ATD’s mLearnNow event in Miami on mobile On the 11th I’ll be at a private event talking the Revolution to a select group outside Denver Come the 18th I’ll be inciting the revolution at the ATD Golden Gate chapter meeting here in the Bay Area On the 25th-27th, I’ll be in Orlando again instigating at the eLearning Guild’s Learning…
  • Thinking ‘out loud’

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    I’m a big fan of the mantras of (variously) ‘show your work‘ or ‘working out loud‘. I think that the notion of showing what you’re doing helps other work with you to make it better, or learn from you if you do well.  This contributes to the success of the ‘coherent organization‘, where information flows in ways that are aligned with the goals of the organization.  But I want to extend it a bit. Let me use an analogy: remember when your teacher asked you to ‘show your work’?  It wasn’t just the product, but the intermediate…
  • mLearning more than mobile elearning?

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    Someone tweeted about their mobile learning credo, and mentioned the typical ‘mlearning is elearning, extended’ view. Which I rejected, as I believe mlearning is much more (and so should elearning be).  And then I thought about it some more.  So I’ll lay out my thinking, and see what you think. I have been touting that mLearning could and should be focused, as should P&D, on anything that helps us achieve our goals better. Mobile, paper, computers, voodoo, whatever technology works.  Certainly in organizations.  And this yields some interesting implications. So,…
  • Making ‘sense’

    24 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    I recently wrote about wearables, where I focused on form factor and information channels.  An article I recently read talked about a guy who builds spy gear, and near the end he talked about some things that started me thinking about an extension of that for all mobile, not just wearables.  The topic is  sensors. In the article, he talks about how, in the future, glasses could detect whether you’ve been around bomb-making materials: “You can literally see residue on someone if your glasses emit a dozen different wavelengths of microlasers that illuminate clothing in real time…
  • Engage, yea or nay?

    17 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    In a recent chat, a colleague I respect said the word ‘engagement’  was anathema.  This surprised me, as I’ve been quite outspoken about the need for engagement (for one small example, writing a book about it!).  It may be that the conflict is definitional, for it appeared that my colleague and another respondent viewed engagement as bloating the content, and that’s not what I mean at all. So I thought I lay out what I mean when I say engaging, and why I think it’s crucial. Let’s be clear what I don’t mean.  If you think by engagement…
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    Will at Work Learning

  • Gary Klein leads Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making

    Will Thalheimer
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Gary Klein, a winner of the Neon Elephant Award, is hosting a conference on naturalistic decision making. Click here to learn more... Klein is a powerhouse in utilizing research to support people at work. For those who are deeply interested in supporting on-the-job learning and performance, this is the kind of conference that will give you real-world science that you can use in your work. Forget the wild ideas of the informal-learning industrial complex, and get yourself grounded in the real world.
  • Will Thalheimer Interviewed by Brent Schlenker

    Will Thalheimer
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    I had the great pleasure of being interviewed recently by Brent Schlenker, long-time elearning advocate. We not only had a ton of fun talking, but Brent steered us into some interesting discussions. He's created a three-part video series of our discussion: Part 1 -- Will Thalheimer and His Research to Practice Efforts Part 2 -- The Futility of Learning Styles Part 3 -- The 3 Top Research Supported Methods to Improve Training Brent is a great interviewer--and he gets some top-notch folks to join him. Check out his blog.
  • How the Science of Learning Explains Superbowl Victory

    Will Thalheimer
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:56 am
    Sports is sometimes a great crucible for life lessons. Players learn teamwork, the benefits of hard work and practice, and how to act in times of success and failure. Learning professionals can learn a lot from sports as well. The 2015 Superbowl is a case in point. With 27 seconds to go, the Seattle Seahawks were on the New England Patriots one yard line. Only one more yard to go for victory. They called a pass play, rather controversial in the court of public opinion, but not a bad call according to statisticians. The Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson, thought he had a touchdown. “I…
  • New Video on Learning Objectives

    Will Thalheimer
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    It's been a labor of love creating a video on learning objectives. You can see the video and a quiz to reinforce what you learn at the following webpage: Click here to see the video on learning objectives! In the video, I pay homage to my dissertation adviser, and brilliant research, Ernst Z. Rothkopf (Ernie). I also challenge many long-held views on learning objectives.
  • Quinn-Thalheimer: Tools, ADDIE, and Limitations on Design

    Will Thalheimer
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    Clark Quinn and I have been grappling with FUN-da-mental issues in the learning space over the years, and we finally decided to publish some of our dialogue. In the latest conversation, Clark and I discuss how the tools in the learning field often don't send the right messages about how to design learning--that they unintentionally push us toward poor instructional designs. You can read the discussion on Clark's world-renowned blog by CLICKING HERE. Or, read an earlier discussion on how professionalized we are by clicking here.
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    The Upside Learning Blog

  • Learning in a Multi-device World – Webinar

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:31 am
    In 2012, Google’s study, titled ‘The New Multi-screen World: Understanding Cross-platform Consumer Behavior‘ gave us a glimpse of the multi device world. It claimed we were using multiple devices in a day, often switching between then to complete tasks. Today that phenomenon is only getting stronger. We are all using multiple devices to achieve our […]
  • Top Tips on Multi-device eLearning

    Pranjalee Thanekar
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    How many devices do you use in a single day? One? Two? More than two? In all probability you use more than 2 devices, unless you have been living under a rock! Studies indicate that the number of people using multiple devices to conduct their daily activities is on the rise. The multi-device world is […]
  • Open Source Does Not Mean Free. Moodle Anyone?

    Amit Garg
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:51 am
    I constantly come across clients who seem to be very impressed by the free tag that Moodle comes with. It is both disappointing and funny at the same time. What clients fail to realize, initially at least, is that there’s no such thing as ‘free lunch’. And there will never be. I think clients falsely […]
  • LT15 Event Experience – ‘Everyone Loves Responsive’

    Deep Dubey
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:48 am
    Learning Technology Exhibition and Conference is now over. With more than 7,000 visitors, 150 free L&D seminars, 250 exhibitors, two exhibition halls packed with the latest learning technologies, innovation and best practice at Europe’s leading L&D conference, it provided an unique and exciting environment for all those involved in workplace learning. We at Upside Learning […]
  • Mobile Learning for Single Location Enterprise

    Amit Garg
    3 Feb 2015 | 2:40 am
    Recently I met a well-known retailer, with physical presence in just one location. They have a decent training setup including sales and training academies, and they do induction and other compliance training. However, they’ve not ventured into elearning yet. But, they do wish to get started with mobile learning now. Does that sound odd? Actually […]
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    The eLearning Coach

  • Best Practices In Blended Learning

    Connie Malamed
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Originally, blended learning referred to adding an online component to instructor-led training or classroom education. But now that technology offers so many varied options, a blended approach has evolved to mean the use of more than one delivery method to provide and enhance training and support. This is the way of the future. Advantages of […]Post from: The eLearning CoachBest Practices In Blended Learning
  • ELC 022: All About Digital Badges

    Connie Malamed
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Digital badges are bound to become increasingly important in the years to come. If you have a vague understanding of digital badges and are wondering how learners can benefit from them, you’ll want to listen to this episode. I interview Jon Aleckson, PhD, and Andy Hicken, PhD, from Web Courseworks. They have a good sense […]Post from: The eLearning CoachELC 022: All About Digital Badges
  • Emerging Roles Of The Learning Designer

    Connie Malamed
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Right now, before our very eyes, the world of workplace learning is shifting. We find ourselves in a convergence of technological, cultural and workplace transformations—a perfect storm. Constant innovation and disruption are the new normal and there are no signs that this is stopping anytime soon. Speed and Quantity There are two very obvious changes […]Post from: The eLearning CoachEmerging Roles Of The Learning Designer
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, May 2-3, 2015

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:56 pm
    ‘CUE and The Learning Revolution Project, the producers of the Google Teacher Academy and the Global Education Conference, are joining forces to expand globally connective opportunities for educators. In September, these organizations hosted the first ever Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, highlighting the work of Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves.’ The registration fee is $10 for CUE Members $50 for new or renewing members (includes one year of CUE Membership) For details. Click here.
  • Will Casual Learning Replace Gamification?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:28 pm
    In this interview titled ‘GAMIFICATION IS OVER: NOW, IT’S ALL ABOUT CASUAL LEARNING’  Dave Cutler, the co-founder and CEO of mLevel, says that ‘Casual Learning is social, mobile and personalized. It’s designed to be consumed in short bursts when and where users need it. And it is designed to be fun’. The company’s mLevel ‘is the industry leading casual learning platform used by global fortune 500 companies to make learning fun, while improving real business results’. The following video suggests what mLevel is all about. mLevel mission manager enables the learning…
  • Explore Social Platforms Counter, Flapit

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Interested in impressing your offline community by showing your strength in online community? Then try Flapit, as it is the first physical counter that connects to many social platforms suchas FB, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and others. The following video shows how you can impress your off-line community by using Flapit. According to their website, ‘Flapit can be placed anywhere: in your store window, or on display at your agency or on the wall of your restaurant / hotel, you name it’. It can be tried by small businesses as well as corporations as it is an interactive marketing tool…
  • Happy NewYear 2015

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
  • Have You Explored Ello an Ad Free Social Network Environment?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Ello is a social network that is just simple, ad free and hence cultureless. It is created by small group of designers and artists who promise not to sell your data to third parties. To remain ad free Ello converted to a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). It works on mobile devices through web browser.                 The clutter offered in the updates of various social networks can be easily got rid of by choosing your connections between the options ‘friends’ and ‘noise’. This will enable you to view your friends’ updates easily and not having to search among…
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    Latest Solar News

  • Solar Energy; The Real Facts

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:08 am
    Most power plants in the United States and around the world are using fossil fuels to generate electricity and operate. Fossil fuels has-been used as an energy source while the man has learned to generate power. Fossil fuels have been-around for ages and when man started using this energy nobody but the consequences. Fossil fuels will run out and be a shortage of it in the near future. This scarcity of fossil fuels will affect our industries ict live and several newspapers. Today we see some of theses comments and concerns, awards to fossil fuels are increasing and electricity is more…
  • The Cost Of Solar Energy

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    Solar energy is a natural source of energy that comes directly from the sun. When solar energy hits the earth it spreads over the surface of the earth and provides heat evenly. If you could capture the sun’s rays in a particular area over a long period of time that will provide enough heat for the night or on cloudy days. Learn where to find solar energy can help you get started today. Solar energy costs nothing, since it comes from the sun. The font you choose may cost a bit, but in the long term, should be your only expense, unlike gas or oil heaters to keep paying for each month in…
  • The Benefits of Solar Energy

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:53 am
    The use of solar energy or energy from sunlight has many advantages. Let’s take a closer look at each of them. • Solar energy saves money. In 2006, we saw the highest jump in residential electricity rates. In some regions, increased to 60% was observed. Many experts agree that the trend will continue in the coming years. This means you have to pay more money to support their monthly electricity consumption. But if it produces its own energy, you can avoid paying the high cost of energy – especially now that energy prices are very unstable. On a larger scale, if American…
  • Solar Energy Systems for Pools

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
    If you have a pool, you know how much warming can mount your electricity bill. Solar systems for swimming pools offer an alternative method that does not devastate your bank account. Solar energy systems for swimming pools When most people think of solar energy systems, they think of large crystalline structures that are intended to collect a large amount of solar energy to convert solar energy. However, there are other uses for solar energy systems. One of the most ingenious uses for this technology is the use of solar energy for heating swimming pools. Using solar energy to heat your pool,…
  • Solar Energy Risks To Health

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Solar energy is a potential free electricity and water heating source. It has the power to take advantage of electricity in remote areas of the world. It seems to offer health and safety with power, but is it? Rarely health risks of solar energy are mentioned. This may be partly due to the limited use of this energy source. It may also be due to the lack of research in this area. Some have begun to study the health risks of solar energy, however, and if you study long enough, some estimates are available. Solar Thermal Risks Health Solar energy Health risks inherent in the design and…
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  • Podcast: All About Digital Badges

    Jon Aleckson
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Hear Jon and Andy Interviewed About Digital Badges for Learning Professionals on the eLearning Coach Podcast! Andy Hicken and I sure had a fun, interesting discussion about digital badges, microcredentialing, and more with Connie Malamed of the eLearning Coach podcast. We get into the educational (and psychological!) philosophy behind badges, specific use cases, such as association professional development and corporations working with learners who are not their employees, and a bit of the technology side, too. I have to say that Connie asked all the right questions, and to anyone nervous…
  • eLearning ROI Webinar: Register now for our event on Feb. 4, 2015

    Jon Aleckson
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    We invite you to join us as we kick off Web Courseworks’ 2015 Webinar Series on February 4th at 12 p.m. CT. Jon Aleckson, PhD, and Andy Hicken, PhD, of WCW will discuss how to present and pitch the ROI of an eLearning initiative to an executive board or board of directors. Talking eLearning ROI shouldn’t be an intimidating process. Aleckson and Hicken have experience consulting on business plans for large association eLearning initiatives, and during this live, interactive webinar they will break down the 10 steps to you can follow to prove the worth of your idea and get an…
  • ASAE Tech Conference 2014: A Recap

    Victor-charles Scafati
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Last month, I attended ASAE’s Technology Conference and Expo 2014, held outside of Washington. This was my first time attending this annual event, and I was curious to see if the organizers would be able to focus on technology that pertained to associations, or whether it would be ‘just another technology conference.’ I was pleased to find a great balance of meat-and-potatoes tech talk coupled with highly association-specific details. The sessions were divided into five “Educational Pathways”: Content C-Suite Leadership + Management Next Generation Learning Platforms + Applications…
  • eLearning Predictions 2015

    Jon Aleckson
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    The arrival of a new year means we have new eLearning predictions to reveal! In 2015,  we believe experimentation with analytics-driven performance improvement will lead to more “intelligent recommendations” and personalized professional development in Continuing Medical Education and beyond.  We also think that extended enterprise LMS solutions will allow corporations to expand training opportunities and license to external, third-party audiences. Additionally, we foresee that investment in micro-learning and MOOCs will increase the demand for meaningful micro-credentials…
  • Talking eLearning ROI

    Jon Aleckson
    23 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Are you an eLearning expert with an excellent idea for a new initiative or online education program? Do you see an opportunity for your association or organization to get ahead of the curve and leverage its collective expertise to become an industry expert? If you’ve identified an eLearning opportunity and developed a grand vision to capitalize on it, you’re probably thinking about how to approach your executive director or board of directors to get the funding you need. Talking eLearning ROI shouldn’t be an intimidating process. If you believe in your plan, it’s…
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    New Think Tank

  • Ruby on Rails Video Tutorial

    Derek Banas
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    In my Ruby on Rails video tutorial we explore all you need to know to start making Rails apps today
  • Ruby Programming Tutorial

    Derek Banas
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:25 pm
    I teach the whole Ruby programming language in one video
  • Go Programming Tutorial

    Derek Banas
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:29 pm
    We learn the Go Programming language in one video
  • Low Fat Vegan Recipes 7

    Derek Banas
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    We'll be making Barbecue Seitan, Vegan BBQ Sauce, Vegan Sloppy Joes and Sweet Potato Fries
  • How to Make Android Apps 27

    Derek Banas
    8 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    I provide an Android Material Design Sliding Tab Example and cover ViewPager and FragmentPagerAdapter
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    Helge Scherlund's eLearning News

  • Did Homer Simpson predict the mass of the Higgs boson?

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    Follow on Twitter as @BednarChuckChuck Bednar writes, "Fourteen years before researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) first observed the elementary particle known as the Higgs boson, another individual developed an equation that correctly predicted the mass of the so-called “God particle.”" That individual, believe it or not, was Homer Simpson.Photo: RedOrbit According to The Huffington Post, a 1998 episode of the popular animated television program ‘The Simpsons’ shows the titular clan’s typically thick-headed patriarch standing in front of a…
  • Grayling High School senior creates eye-catching mosaics with Rubik's Cubes

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Dan Sanderson-Staff Writer reports, "A popular puzzle, which has consumed the time and boggled the minds of millions of people over the last three and a half decades, has been transformed into eye-catching art in the halls at the Grayling High School."Above, Grayling High School senior Luke Petrosky is pictured with his collection of Rubik's Cubes of various sizes and configurations. Photo by Dan Sanderson Grayling High School senior Luke Petrosky recently received 600 Rubik's Cubes from a program called You Can Do the Rubik's Cube and is using them to create intricate art mosaics of famed…
  • Technology Is Transforming What and How We Learn

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Follow on Twitter as @DanielBurrus"In today's world of technology-driven transformational change, it's important to understand that "[i]f you received a Ph.D. ten years ago, it only means you used to know a lot."" according to Daniel Burrus,Keynote Speaker, Business Strategist and Global Futurist.Photo: The Huffington PostIt's not just what you learned but, more importantly, that you learned how to learn and keep learning, because things change so rapidly, and knowledge, even the most specialized kind, can get out-of-date very quickly. Given the accelerating pace of change, one has to ask:…
  • Learning Music Improves Communication Skills Says Study

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    "Research suggests strong connection between learning an instrument and learning to talk, listen and read" carried out by Northwestern University.  Photo: antiMUSIC.comA scientific study has suggested there's a strong link between children learning to play a musical instrument and developing better communication skills. The research implies that a musical education could be more valuable to educational development than many authorities believe.The study was carried out by Northwestern University, who took high school students from Chicago and placed half in a standard…
  • Denmark: International students – A good investment

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    University World News writes, "Foreign students contribute more to Denmark in financial terms than they cost to complete their higher education degrees, a study has found." The study, by a Danish think-tank on the socio-economic impact of international students, found that they contributed more than $US24 million to the economy in the 12 years to 2008, even after deducting the costs it took to educate them in Denmark. A report of the study says that the increasing recruitment of international students had led to fears that the cost of funding public higher education would rise.
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    Elearning Examples

  • Chinese Zodiac Matchmaking Guide

    20 Feb 2015 | 3:19 am
    Chinese Zodiac Matchmaking Guide The year of the ram (also known as goat or sheep) begins on Feb. 19. View the interactive graphic The post Chinese Zodiac Matchmaking Guide appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • Video Media Gallery Interaction

    3 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    Here’s a simple media gallery template designed to showcase a series of videos. Using PowerPoint’s hyperlinks, learners can click the video thumbnails to view a series of videos. Learn more about this project View published example Download the template The post Video Media Gallery Interaction appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • E-Learning Quiz: Around the World

    3 Feb 2015 | 4:58 am
      This is an advanced e-learning quiz designed in Articulate Storyline that leverages variables to track answered questions. Learn more about this project Preview the final project Download the free e-learning template The post E-Learning Quiz: Around the World appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • Healthy Food Game With Drag-and-Drop

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Test your food choices in the interactive game designed with Articulate Storyline line. Preview the final game Learn more about this project. The post Healthy Food Game With Drag-and-Drop appeared first on Elearning Examples.
  • The Year of Outrage

    3 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    The Year of Outrage Slate tracked what everyone was outraged about every day in 2014. Explore by clicking the tiles below, and then scroll down to read about how outrage has taken over our lives. View the interactive graphic       The post The Year of Outrage appeared first on Elearning Examples.
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    Bloomfire » » Blog

  • Bloomfire Helps Ogilvy Increase Client Satisfaction by 75 Percent

    Jodi Holzband
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    Social Knowledge Management Platform Powers Deeper Engagement Between Agency and Brands AUSTIN, Texas – March 3, 2015 – Bloomfire today announced that OgilvyOne Worldwide is using the vendor’s social knowledge management platform to improve collaboration and engagement between the agency and its clients. With more than 100 offices in more than 50 countries, OgilvyOne Worldwide is the world’s leading direct marketing, digital marketing and marketing consulting network with clients that include American Express, BP, BlackRock, British Airways, DuPont, E*TRADE, IBM, Intercontinental…
  • Why Personalization, Speed and Product Expertise are Key to Amazing Customer Support

    Jodi Holzband
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    by Chad Schexnayder (@chadschex), Bloomfire Client Success Manager Customers expect and deserve amazing customer service. Working with a large portfolio of customers on a daily basis means that at any given time, there may be critical issues that affect them. It’s for this reason that it’s not only important, but essential for customer service teams to bring their A game. With the popularity of social media and other online sharing options, a negative personal experience can quickly escalate into one seen and shared by many. Customer interactions should not be scary, however. If you focus…
  • What is Social Learning and Social Learning Software

    Jodi Holzband
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    by Mark Hammer (@markmhammer), VP of Marketing, Bloomfire It wasn’t long ago that companies offered a long onboarding process that included formal training sessions and significant ramp up time before an employee really got started in their job. My father, for example, went through a six-week training session before he could even begin his sales position within the financial services industry. Today, the learning environment has changed dramatically. And from my standpoint, thank goodness. When I join a company, I don’t want classroom instruction – I want to get going doing what I was…
  • Play Ping Pong and 6 Other Ways to be More Productive at Work

    Jodi Holzband
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    by Eleanor Bowman (@atxeleanor), Bloomfire Director of Marketing First, let me say, I swear my colleagues didn’t pay me to write this post. Playing ping pong can increase office productivity. It’s science, people. A recent post from Enviable Workplace references research from Dr. Daniel Amen, member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, that shows ping pong increases concentration and stimulates brain function. Don’t have a ping pong table in your office? Here are six other ways to be more productive. Turn off distraction and quit multi-tasking. At any given time, we have…
  • Five Ways to Drive Online Training Participation

    Jodi Holzband
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    by Jodi Bart Holzband, Bloomfire Director of Communications I’m often surprised at how slowly most corporate training is changing as compared with other areas inside the enterprise. The corporate training classroom looks the same as it did twenty years ago in many cases – with students sitting at desks and the trainer sharing their knowledge at the front of the room. I don’t know about you, but that’s not the best way for me to learn. It’s generally a recipe for my mind starting to wander. Not only is this kind of training not effective, but also expensive. The trainer needs to be…
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    Learning Ecosystems

  • 5 technology predictions & ed tech trends for 2015 and beyond

    Daniel Christian
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Technology predictions for the second half of the decade — from techcrunch.com by Lance Smith Excerpts: Big Data and IoT evolve into automated information sharing Self-driving vehicles become mainstream The appearance of artificial intelligent assistants Real-time agility through data virtualization     EdTech trends for the coming years — from edtechreview.in Excerpts: EdTech is about […]
  • Robots open up the world of art [CBS News]

    Daniel Christian
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
      With a special thanks to Krista Spahr, Senior Instructional Designer at Calvin College, for this resource   Description: March 1, 2015 | The De Young, one of San Francisco’s fine art museums, now has two robots that open the museum up to those who cannot attend, including the physically handicapped. John Blackstone reports on […]
  • Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 (NIV)

    Daniel Christian
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 NIV – from biblegateway.com These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  
  • Reflections on “Prepare for ‘the end of college': Here’s what free higher ed looks like”; plus other related items

    Daniel Christian
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
      Interview: Kevin Carey, author of ‘The End Of College’ — from NPR Ed Excerpt: But author Kevin Carey argues that those problems might be overcome in the future with online higher education. Carey directs the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation. In his new book, The End of College: Creating the Future […]
  • Adaptivity Tops Gartner’s Strategic Tech List for Ed [Schaffhauser]

    Daniel Christian
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Adaptivity Tops Gartner’s Strategic Tech List for Ed — from campustechnology.com by Dian Schaffhauser Excerpt: Even as education spending is projected to inch up two percent this year to reach $67.8 billion worldwide, the way in which school districts, colleges and universities are spending that money is evolving to reflect the growing digital nature of […]
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    E-Learning 24/7 Blog

  • Latest on LMS Insight – Before you buy

    Craig Weiss
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    In just the past two months, a lot of things have been going on in the LMS industry. Some good, some of concern, but nevertheless important to know. Performance Management There has been a big uptick in the performance management angle.  As mentioned in a previous post, the feature set for the most part includes the usual – skill gap analysis and 360 feedback. Some vendors have included performance reviews. What is different though is the inclusion of such items as succession planning, leadership development, career mapping (in some cases) and other PM feature sets including…
  • Mobile Mania – The Latest on M-Learning

    Craig Weiss
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    Mobile the final frontier.  These are the voyages of mobile learning.  To seek out new devices. To boldly go where no e-learning vendor has gone before, specifically LMS vendors who are now starting to get it.  To, ah forget it you now the rest, but what you may not know is the latest on the mobile learning front. The Saga I already saw that mobile planet Responsive – Talk to any LMS vendor (okay, a large swath of them) and they will tell you they have responsive for mobile.  For those who do not know what responsive is – basically the courses, LMS, etc. will conform…
  • Learning Technologies UK 2015 Review

    Craig Weiss
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:07 pm
    I’m back.  Well, back from being sick that is (hence the one week delay).  And with that delay, came my delay of the LTUK15 review. So, with out any further notice, let’s dive right in. Overall Impressions Generally speaking, I really came away quite impressed with the show. As with any e-learning conference and event, the show wasn’t 100% awesome, that is to say, it had some areas for improvement, but overall I give it was quite strong. Here are some quick takeaways The attendee size was solid.  I heard numbers of 500 and 750.  Which is good, but honestly, I was…
  • Top 10 LMSs of 2015

    Craig Weiss
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:38 pm
    I track 645 LMSs in the world. I estimate that there is quite likely 800 or so that are in existence today. Of that amount, 200 would fit at least the average category and of that, well you get the idea. On Saturday, I published my report, the Top 50 LMSs of 2015, which is available for purchase. Before I jump into the top 10, a couple of unique benefits to this year’s report. Discounts when you buy their LMS Several vendors are offering discounts, if you decide to purchase their LMS.  It is exclusive to buyers of the report. A few of the vendors are offering at least 10% off the price…
  • Feature Funtastic! LMS Latest

    Craig Weiss
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:41 pm
    I’m a big fan of fun. Actually, I think a lot of people like to have fun depending on whether or not the activity/item is fun for them.  I always hate it when someone says X is fun and then you do X and it stinks. It’s not fun, it’s boring or stupid or just dull. But fun.  Ahh fun. This brings me back to this post, because learning what features are in “vogue” and what is on the mind of many vendors, is fun to know. Why? It offers you a glimpse into features you either want to have NOW or want to have LATER Shows you where/what vendors are thinking in terms of…
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    Web Courseworks » Web Courseworks

  • Build a MOOC like Harvard

    Jon Aleckson
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Build a MOOC like Harvard: Laying the Groundwork at ASAE’s Great Ideas 2015 – Next week I’ll be presenting a session during ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference 2015 in Orlando, FL. This year’s event is all about innovative journeys. I’ll be contributing to the excitement with my session on how to Build a MOOC like Harvard. This event has always been a worthwhile trip because of the event’s commitment to providing a platform for association-relevant, great ideas that can become executable actions. During my session, I’ll delve into when conditions are right for an association to…
  • Podcast: All About Digital Badges

    Jon Aleckson
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Hear Jon and Andy Interviewed About Digital Badges for Learning Professionals on the eLearning Coach Podcast! Andy Hicken and I sure had a fun, interesting discussion about digital badges, microcredentialing, and more with Connie Malamed of the eLearning Coach podcast. We get into the educational (and psychological!) philosophy behind badges, specific use cases, such as association professional development and corporations working with learners who are not their employees, and a bit of the technology side, too. I have to say that Connie asked all the right questions, and to anyone nervous…
  • eLearning ROI Webinar: Register now for our event on Feb. 4, 2015

    Jon Aleckson
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    We invite you to join us as we kick off Web Courseworks’ 2015 Webinar Series on February 4th at 12 p.m. CT. Jon Aleckson, PhD, and Andy Hicken, PhD, of WCW will discuss how to present and pitch the ROI of an eLearning initiative to an executive board or board of directors. Talking eLearning ROI shouldn’t be an intimidating process. Aleckson and Hicken have experience consulting on business plans for large association eLearning initiatives, and during this live, interactive webinar they will break down the 10 steps to you can follow to prove the worth of your idea and get an…
  • ASAE Tech Conference 2014: A Recap

    Victor-charles Scafati
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Last month, I attended ASAE’s Technology Conference and Expo 2014, held outside of Washington. This was my first time attending this annual event, and I was curious to see if the organizers would be able to focus on technology that pertained to associations, or whether it would be ‘just another technology conference.’ I was pleased to find a great balance of meat-and-potatoes tech talk coupled with highly association-specific details. The sessions were divided into five “Educational Pathways”: Content C-Suite Leadership + Management Next Generation Learning Platforms + Applications…
  • eLearning Predictions 2015

    Jon Aleckson
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    The arrival of a new year means we have new eLearning predictions to reveal! In 2015,  we believe experimentation with analytics-driven performance improvement will lead to more “intelligent recommendations” and personalized professional development in Continuing Medical Education and beyond.  We also think that extended enterprise LMS solutions will allow corporations to expand training opportunities and license to external, third-party audiences. Additionally, we foresee that investment in micro-learning and MOOCs will increase the demand for meaningful micro-credentials…
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    E-Learning Uncovered

  • Six Proofreading Tips Straight From the Pros

    Amy Morrisey
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    It’s happened to all of us…we notice a grammar error just as we hit send on an email. Or we see that our bullets are not aligned as we are stapling our 50th document. It’s not that we don’t know the rules; it’s that we didn’t do an effective job of proofreading our (or someone else’s) work. When your reputation is on the line, proofreading is essential. Here are some tips professional proofers use. Tip 1: Enlist help. You have the best chance of catching all errors if you enlist the help of others in the proofreading process. Make sure you trust the person you ask, and…
  • Graphic Design Tips for Beginners

    Tim Slade
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Whether you’re creating a presentation, a document, or an e-learning course, graphic design is what brings your content to life. The importance of graphic design can’t be understated—good graphics can take an otherwise boring piece of content and turn it into something that is both engaging and memorable. Of course, this is easier said than done. We’d all love to be master graphic designers, but the truth is most us never anticipated needing a graphic design skill set. However, here’s some good news: most graphic design principles are extremely simple. This last week, I hosted a…
  • Confessions of a Project Management System Convert

    Nick Elkins
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:46 am
    “It’s so time-consuming to enter everything in!” “It’s so clunky!”  “It’s so much easier to manage everything in email.” “It’ll take too long to catch up.” Yes, I’ve said every single one of these. These were my excuses to not use Celoxis, our project management software. Even though we implemented the system a year ago, I’ll admit—I’m still adapting. As a project manager, I have daily task lists that include storyboard and online reviews, internal and client meetings, and troubleshooting within Storyline and Captivate. I love what I do, but sometimes it…
  • Adobe Captivate: Should You Buy or Subscribe?

    Diane Elkins
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    One way Adobe Captivate sets itself apart from other well-known e-learning authoring tools is that it offers a subscription model in addition to the option of buying it outright. Which is a better choice? Let’s start by explaining what the two offers entail. Purchase outright: You can purchase a new license of Captivate 8 for $999. You install it on your computer, and then you can use it for as long as you like. You can still be using that same license 5 years from now without paying any additional fees. (Although at that point, it may not be compatible with newer technology). Subscription:…
  • Event Recap: ATD TechKnowledge 2015

    Tim Slade
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    As January comes to a quick end, it has already been fun and exciting 2015 here at Artisan E-Learning! Two weeks ago, Diane and I attended (and presented at) the 2015 ATD TechKnowledge conference in Las Vegas. For those of you unable to attend, here’s a recap of our sessions and some of the resources we shared, which you might find useful. To kick things off, Diane and I spent our first two days facilitating ATD’s Articulate Storyline Certificate Program. When the full conference began, we presented a fast-paced concurrent session to show our top tips, secrets, and time-savers in…
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  • Wearable Technology: Does Google Glass still has the potential to transform Learning?

    Arunima Majumdar
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
    Mobile Technology has reached a new landmark as the number of estimated mobile devices has crossed the 7 billion mark. Added to this, is the growing popularity of wearable gadgets that enable continuous connectivity for users. The learning industry is making use of mobile devices to deliver just-in-time learning for some years now. Added to that, wearable technology will also be increasingly utilized to create better and more impactful avenues of learning Last year, all predictions pointed to the evident trend of utilizing Wearable gadgets for training and learning. We use smartphones daily…
  • Delivering Impactful Induction Training through Social Tools – Some Practical Tips

    Arunima Majumdar
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:58 am
    As more and more organizations break out of the traditional set up, the number of employees spread out across the globe has increased.  Training new recruits in this scenario has to take into account varying schedules and skyrocketing costs of travelling. Technology comes in handy when reaching out to a large group of learners, spread out geographically. While induction trainings can be created and accessed by learners across the various offices as per their convenience, what most new inductees miss is social interactions and shared knowledge – which is an integral part of learning in the…
  • Seven Technology-Enabled Tools that Empower the Modern Corporate Trainer

    Arunima Majumdar
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Technology has made training and learning more accessible and learner-friendly. Even as more and more organizations are leaning towards self-paced learning, Corporate Trainers are also changing their roles and teaching philosophies to suit the needs of the modern learners. Technology can provide a vehicle for continuing conversations beyond the time and space constraints of the classroom and conflicting schedules. It can support development of communities of like-minded learners and help the trainer meet learners where they are – as per emerging and evolving needs. Technology-aided training…
  • Heightening Learner Engagement and Retention through Visual Learning

    Arunima Majumdar
    5 Feb 2015 | 12:39 am
    Instructional designers and learning content developers have always affirmed the extensive impact of images and visual cues in learning – whether teaching 4-year-old in kindergarten or corporate learners in the workplace. The belief is rightly based on a lot of research which indicate that visual cues help us to understand, compartmentalize and remember information better. Furthermore, latest learning trends indicate that most learners do not follow a single learning style – visual, audio or kinesthetic. Most learners prefer a mix of elements from all – and visual learning is by far the…
  • Increasing LMS adoption: Does the User Interface make a difference?

    Arunima Majumdar
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:50 am
    With increasing training and knowledge needs within an organization, Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are a part of the training structure in every workplace. With changing technology and more importantly, changing learner needs, LMSs too are now evolving to increase their scope and impact on workplace learning. As users get exposed to the best in technology in every other aspect of their work, they expect the same from the LMS as well. According to the LMS trends survey 2014 by the Brandon Hall Group, the top reasons for learners’ dissatisfaction from a learning platform include poor…
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    Custom training and elearning, anywhere anytime!

  • Keep it Real! 3 Ways to Use Real Life Stories in E-learning Courses

    Sonal Paul
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Stories have a magical effect on people. They captivate everyone, from children to adults. Hence, it is not surprising that eLearning developers today extensively use storytelling as a part of their instructional strategies. However, just having a story in your course is not enough. The sole purpose of using a story is to connect with learners and generate interest in them. The best way to create this connection is to make your story real! Fiction doesn’t have the same impact as fact does. Making use of real life stories to simulate learning can be a daunting task; however, it can be broken…
  • A Few Useful Tips for Instructional Designers

    Neha Goel
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    It has been a very eventful one year as an instructional designer. Got to experience many things; some good and some not so good. I stated “not so good” because of the improper planning that led to rework and fewer times we were unable to understand the requirements of learners. Happened to meet diverse learners who came up with their own different requirements. Being an instructional designer, I got to understand many things. Let me share a few of them that would really go into making an effective eLearning course. Empathize with your learners: Try to create learner-centric…
  • Apps versus Browsers – Which is Ideal to Deliver M-learning?

    Harish Bhagavathula
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Welcome to today’s blog post. Recently, I had to update my skill set with one of the trending technology in the market that would be a great asset to my profile. I’ve signed up for an eLearning course from a well-known open courseware provider. After enrolling for the course, I opened the course page in the browser of my mobile device to start learning. A small pop-up appeared that asked me to download a mobile application for a better learning experience. I wanted to give it a try and installed the application. I was curious to find out what difference it would make, and took the same…
  • How to Use Gaming Mechanics for Designing Your E-learning Assessments? – An infographic

    Venkatesh G
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    In eLearning, assessments are usually in a way of click and go, which will not impact the learner more. How to design an assessment which engages learner? Using some design approaches we can make assessments more effective and engage to the learner like scenarios, case studies, interactivities like drag and drop, roll over etc. Assessments designed using games in background can be more engaging to the learner like cricket, football, golf etc. Games in assessments make the learner to show much interest and it helps in reinforcing when applying on job. Here this infographic shares some…
  • 7 Traits of a Good E-learning Project Manager – An Infographic

    Raja Palaparthy
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Under a good administration, the Nile gains on the desert. Under a bad one, the desert gains on the Nile. – Napoleon Bonaparte It is well-known that an efficient project manager plays a key role in the successful completion of an eLearning project. He assumes complete responsibility for the project and leaves no stone unturned to deliver a high quality online course to the stakeholders. He plans well and leads his team from the front. Stephen covey’s 7 habits have changed the way we think. Let’s see how his 7 habits can help an eLearning project manager deliver top-notch…
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  • What's So Funny About e-Learning?

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist I was watching television the other night and noticed a new advertisement for an online university. It was an institution of which I had never heard before (and I still don’t exactly remember the name) and it shall remain nameless here. 
  • A Leader’s Role in Building a Productive Team

    Allen Interactions
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    Often an outside voice adds to the conversation in a way that usual characters can’t. The following blog post is a perfect example of the diversity a contributor can add to the discussion. Lou Russell offers a wonderful view on the way leaders can build and maintain a productive team. Enjoy. —Richard Sites, VP Training and Marketing
  • e-Learning Design Challenge: Dump Next or Stump Linda

    24 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    by Linda Rening, PhD, Instructional Designer I have a challenge for you. And, it’s a tough challenge. I believe you are up to it, but I’m not sure you will believe that you are. Here’s the challenge: Design an e-learning course with no Next or Back button.
  • And the Winner is: Creating an Oscar-Worthy Learning Program

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist This week marks the culmination of the Academy Awards season. It is amazing how these awards draw attention to the film industry, even seeming significant to people who are not particularly interested in the movie industry. 
  • Make a Learning Love Connection: Five FACTS for Better e-Learning Courses

    12 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    by Ann Iverson, instructional designer | @iverson_ann What is love, really? We can love our cars, homes, and flat-screen TVs, but purists will tell you, “You can’t love things, dummy. You can only love people.” Hmmm, you sure about that? 
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  • Create Life-Long Learners with Experiential eLearning

    5 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Knowledge vs Experience You may be a wizard with numbers, but what good is your knowledge if you cannot number-crunch your way through the mortgage documents? What good is any knowledge if you cannot apply it to solve novel problems that the training courses didn't teach you about? Courses developed in the traditional manner only worry more about filling heads with knowledge. They are loaded with definitions and concepts and are probably accompanied by a list of scenarios or situations where these can be applied. The learners are expected to learn these by heart. But do business crises…
  • How to Make Infographics Work for eLearning Courses (Tips and Tricks)

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    If you had not been living under the rock (read: away from the Internet), you know infographics are everywhere. They are on websites. They show up on whitepapers. They are in the ads. They are splashed all over newspapers. But of course, there are plenty of good reasons why content creators use infographics. These stunners are also excellent learning tools. Most human beings are visual learners. As eLearning designers, you too should tap into the immense instructional potential of infographics. But before you blindly jump on the infographics bandwagon and splatter your course with these…
  • Alignment Should Always Be Our Watchword in eLearning

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    “The instructional decisions we make will increase the probability that our students will learn”—Anonymous.  How do you dress? For the occasion, of course. How do you choose your accessories? So they match the dress. You take care to turn out in a well-coordinated outfit. Then why shouldn't the eLearning courses you create show such harmony? The watchword here is alignment. The most effective eLearning courses are perfectly aligned, but most often this objective gets the miss when the course is being planned. At other times, eLearning designers are clueless about the concept, so…
  • A Do-Not-Do List for eLearning Designers

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    You have a Moleskin for your to-do lists. Or maybe you prefer an app. You probably get all (or most of) the items ticked off in the list. But what about the ones that you shouldn't be doing? It is as important not to do the wrong things—the ones that sap your energy needlessly or the time-wasters—as it is to do the right things. That is why, productivity champs ask you to take the Start/Stop/Continue road.  You know what to do; start doing them. Figure out what you are doing right; continue with it. But most importantly, STOP doing what is not serving you any purpose.  Here's a…
  • 4 Big Visual Design Trends the eLearning Industry Should Care About

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    As a learner, did you ever face a situation when you felt that a course had nothing new to offer and the same information was presented in an obvious manner like every other time you have taken an eLearning? That was a common situation for me as well... as an eLearning designer.  Every time I sat to design a course or training material, I was stuck with the same old style guide that the client has provided me and do not get enough scope to experiment. One fine day I decided to take a plunge and move forward. Visual design can affect a host of things in learning. It especially helps to…
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    eLearning Industry

  • 6 Tips For Creating A Winning Performance Management Online Training Strategy

    Christopher Pappas
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    How To Create A Winning Performance Management Online Training Strategy  While there is a variety of challenges involved with running a company, one of the most daunting tasks is ensuring that each member of your staff is doing his/her job effectively. Otherwise, you simply aren't making the most of your resources and the growth of your organization will stagnate. But, how do you create a performance management online training strategy that gives your employees the knowledge and skills they need to become an integral part of your company's success? Make your employers aware of expectations…
  • Data’s Dirty Secret: Is Your e-Learning Getting Results?

    Stephanie Ivec
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    To know if your e-Learning is getting results, you have to look at the data. What kind of data, you ask? All the kinds! Here are a few types of data that will give you a clear picture of how effective your training is: User feedback You can review information and comments submitted by your employees. Happy employees work harder, so it’s a good idea to make sure they think your online training is engaging and worth their time. This data doesn’t have to be a secret—and your team is probably more than happy to tell you what they love or hate about the training. Responses can be collected…
  • ACTC 2015

    eLearning Industry Events Team
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    ACTC 2015 Conference Theme: “Integrated Practices: Creating Experiences to Enhance Learning” Educators face continually shifting demands from all directions: students, administrators, and society. With some of these demands, teachers and learners may feel greater isolation and pressure. These trends may be seen in the disaggregation of the university or in frequent testing of discrete outcomes for analysis and accountability purposes. In the face of these developments, it is more important than ever to reflect on learning as experience, and to bring theory, research, and craft to bear on…
  • Interview Sample Requests: How To Make It Work For You

    Monique H
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    Interview Sample Requests: How To Make It Work For You Let’s face it! In today’s economy landing that perfect job can be challenging regardless of how “valuable” you believe your skill-sets are in comparison to the competition. As E-Learning professionals it’s almost imperative to have an online portfolio or CV that highlights your skills and experience with relevant visual samples of your e-learning projects. A resume with bullet points just doesn’t seem to cut it these days. Get started by researching a.k.a goggling ‘E-Learning Portfolios’ to gather general ideas. Then,…
  • Performance Support Tools For Customer-facing Staff

    Mike Alcock
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Supporting Performance With Performance Support Whether selling a car, stocking shelves in a supermarket or fixing a fridge, customer-facing staff across all sectors find themselves confronted with weird and wonderful questions. It’s the nature of customer-facing roles and it’s something that you can never fully prepare your staff for. It takes personable and patient staff to know how to assist customers and give great service. Because of the very nature of their roles, sales-floor and customer-facing staff will find very little time to sit through much learning. This shouldn’t mean,…
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  • Where Edtech Can Help: 10 Most Powerful Uses of Technology for Learning

    Saga Briggs
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Regardless of whether you think every infant needs an iPad, I think we can all agree that technology has changed education for the better. Today’s learners now enjoy easier, more efficient access to information; opportunities for extended and mobile learning; the ability to give and receive immediate feedback; and greater motivation to learn and engage. We now have programs and platforms that can transform learners into globally active citizens, opening up countless avenues for communication and impact. Thousands of educational apps have been designed to enhance interest and…
  • What’s in a Genius? How Popular Notions of Intelligence Are Holding Us Back

    Saga Briggs
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:39 pm
    The word “genius” has come to dictate the way we think about intelligence, and not always in the most accurate of ways. Traditional notions of the concept date back to Plato’s understanding of artistic creation, and define it as a state of being rather than a type of person: “God takes away the minds of these men,” he said of poets, presuming that they must be in the “grip of something divine” while composing. We now think of “a genius” as an exceptional individual whose talent arises from inherited skills or random genetic distribution.
  • Intelligence & Humour: Are Smart People Funnier?

    Saga Briggs
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Defined by psychologists, a joke is an “incongruity that is recognised and resolved in some way.” But we don’t need a rocket scientist to tell us when to laugh. There are countless types of humour, some of which we appreciate more than others, and rarely do we stop to ask why we find a particular joke funny. What if someone told you the reason you found a joke funny was because you had a high IQ? Or, alternatively, because you had a low IQ? You’d probably stop and think about the joke a little harder. The truth is, once you do start analysing the conceptual nature of…
  • 15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning

    Saga Briggs
    14 Feb 2015 | 3:04 pm
    What are some of the most encouraging known facts about learning? From taking a walk to learning a new language, there are countless things we can do to improve the way we learn. Below we list fifteen steps toward a better brain: 1. Laughter boosts brain function. Pam Schiller and Clarissa A. Willis, both PhD authors, speakers, and curriculum specialists, note that laughter not only increases one’s capacity to remember the humour, but also provides a feeling of security and contentment, both of which enhance learning and retention. Learn more about comedy in learning. 2. Personality is…
  • 25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

    Saga Briggs
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:21 pm
    “In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented. If you were, you wouldn’t need effort. In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented.” –Carol Dweck What if your true learning potential was unknown, even unknowable, at best? What if it were impossible to foresee what you could accomplish with a few years of passion, toil, and training? According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, this isn’t some hypothetical situation, dependent on any manner of factors from genes to environment. It’s a…
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    USMLE / Internal Medicine ABIM Board Exam Review Blog

  • Internal Medicine Question Bank Facebook Challenge 1st Half Results

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    The Knowmedge Facebook Internal Medicine Question Bank results are in! There was certainly a lot of participation and after the 1st half, it’s still anyone’s game! The leaders are currently Arsalan, Aaron, and Rajesh. However, as we remember from last year, the eventual winner had a come from behind victory! Keep the rules in mind and keep plugging away! 1st correct answer: 4 points Correct answer: 3 points Incorrect answer: 1 point “Like” the question: 1 point “Share” the question: 1 point Here is the official scoreboard.  
  • Internal Medicine Board Review Courses – 2015

    21 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Internal Medicine Board Review Courses Internal Medicine Board Review Courses Are you studying for the ABIM Internal Medicine Board Exam? We’ve touched upon our suggestions for studying for the ABIM exam including a brief overview of the independent internal medicine board review courses. There are a lot of internal medicine board review course options. We’ll cover the ones we’re aware of here. If you know of one we’ve missed, please post a comment or send us a note at support@knowmedge.com. Independent Internal Medicine Board Review Courses iMedicine Review iMedicine Review –…
  • The Medical Diagnoses NYT Columnist David Carr Faced In Life

    19 Feb 2015 | 6:09 am
    Not just budding journalists; writer’s life offers lessons to medical students and residents too A rumble spread through the media world last Thursday when, just hours after moderating a panel for The New York Times, the veteran journalist David Carr collapsed on the newsroom floor. He was rushed to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where was pronounced dead. An entire Sunday edition of the newspaper could be printed exclusively of all the tributes paid to Carr on social media, television, message boards, etc. In the days following, I’ve read about the wealth of life experiences…
  • Announcing the 2nd Annual Knowmedge Internal Medicine Question Challenge on FB!

    9 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    Hello everyone! My name is Nick Mephis. As the winner of the last Knowmedge challenge, I’ll be running the upcoming Facebook challenge and am pumped up to get started testing some High-Yield and key Internal Medicine concepts that YOU WILL see on your Boards. Having won a 3-month subscription to Knowmedge’s IM Qbank last year and gone through all 900+ Qs, I can be sure you guys/gals are going to enjoy learning and competing with your colleagues the coming weeks. We’re excited to kick off another Knowmedge Internal Medicine Question Challenge for all our Facebook followers starting on…
  • ABIM admits it screwed up on MOC requirements

    4 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    It’s not every day you get an email from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) with the subject line: “We got it wrong. We’re sorry.” Yet, that’s precisely the email heading that greeted thousands of ABIM diplomats in their in-boxes yesterday. The email (which can be found in its entirety below) opens with an acknowledgement that the ABIM prematurely launched the new MOC requirements that shifted the once-every-10-years certification process to a more continuous one without a consideration of how it would be practically implemented. I was present at a widely attended MOC…
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  • Encourage Better Employee Health By Raising Awareness Of Common Office Ailments

    Sep Barkhodaee
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:43 am
    Winter is a time for snowy weather and hot beverages. For managers, however, winter is often synonymous with a variety of health risks as well. Cold and flu season can take a toll on office attendance, resulting in more employees taking sick days, which can cut into productivity and even profits.  But while flu awareness is crucial to keeping your office healthy, it's not the only health risk facing you and your employees. In fact, many potential medical concerns aren't specific to a season, but can create concerns year-round. Here are a few of the more common office ailments…
  • How You Can Maximize Motivation In Your Office

    Sep Barkhodaee
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    With the average work day clocking in at around eight hours – and even longer these days with the rise of telecommuting and working from home – it can be unrealistic to expect employees to devote every second of their time in the office to being productive. But one of the key tasks of a manager is to recognize when employees are blowing off steam and when motivation has actually dipped into dangerous levels, and to know how to  keep things on track. Even though producing and, when needed, jump-starting drive in your staff is essential, some managers may struggle with the best…
  • Consider These Programs To Boost Workplace Happiness

    Sep Barkhodaee
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
    Managers want their employees to be productive and successful, but it's also important not to overlook their happiness as well. If your employees want to come into the office, and enjoy the time they spend there, they'll be more motivated and engaged, and less likely to leave their positions or call out sick. But it may seem to some managers like workplace happiness and satisfaction is beyond the scope of the training that can be provided – after all, how can you teach job satisfaction? The good news is, this may not be as impossible a concept as you'd feared. Here are a…
  • Office Hacks To Keep Your Employees On Track

    Sep Barkhodaee
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    Managing a team of employees can be a roller coaster ride for executives and management staff. Even though everyone is ostensibly working toward the same goal, the mixture of personality types, work habits and backgrounds that are inevitable in any office environment means that management needs to approach each situation differently depending on the people involved. Some workers are thorough and methodical, others may attempt to take on multiple tasks at once and keep several plates spinning. Knowing how to get the most out of your team is a process of understanding how each type of employee…
  • These Essential Tips Can Help Prevent Employee Burnout

    Sep Barkhodaee
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    Creativity and innovation are the holy grail employers are constantly chasing. Companies are constantly devising new strategies to stimulate their workforce into pushing the envelope and coming up with the best solutions and the brightest ideas.  However, as the old adage goes, the candle that burns twice as bright burns out twice as fast. Employee burnout is a near-constant threat in a business climate that's growing more competitive with each passing day. While employers want to get the best results from their staff, they also want to ensure that their employees are balancing…
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  • Judging a Job by Its Title

    Anna Taylor
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Job titles are important, and especially to the person wearing (or applying for) the title. And this is exactly why it's critical for hiring managers to consider the position's needs and the type of person they want to hire. There are two players in the job search: the job seekers and the companies recruiting. If you haven't clearly defined the type of person you want to find your post and apply, you probably won’t be able to reach them. Knowing what your ideal candidate is looking for in their job search is the key to success. There are two different ways you can go about titling a job…
  • Feedback: Giving and Receiving Tough Criticism

    Anna Taylor
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Feedback is a response to someone’s behavior or work that can be formal or informal. It can come from an employee review or the need to address an issue. Positive feedback is always welcomed, but often times negative feedback is incredibly difficult for both the person who has to give it and the one who has to accept it. Unfortunately giving and receiving feedback is an integral part of being coachable and a team player. As an employee, friend, or supervisor, it's important to master the ability to effectively give and gracefully receive feedback. Most people say they want to be evaluated…
  • A Word from the OpenSesame Development Team: February 2015

    Abby Miles
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We’ve been off to a great start in 2015! There have been lots of exciting changes in our marketplace over the past month or so as we’ve rolled out a website redesign…if you haven’t already experienced them first hand on www.opensesame.com, you can do so now or read on for an overview of some of the new features. Mobile Responsive Design We have changed a lot about the site, beyond just the look and design of it; we’ve also changed some of the underlying structure so that it is now mobile responsive. What does that mean exactly? It means that our site automatically adapts to your…
  • Check Your Stress Levels

    Hannah Huston
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Whether we like it or not, stress is a part of our daily lives. From work and school to family and bills, everywhere we turn there seem to be stress-inducing subjects. Even things we love can cause us stress; for me personally, despite the fact that I love school and all my classes, the words “midterm” and “final” can cause me minor heart attacks. With busy lives, it may seem like there’s no hope in reducing your stress levels, and the thought of trying to do so may even be somewhat stressful, but there are a bunch of small habits you can easily adopt which can help in reducing your…
  • Do You and Your Team Manage Your Time Effectively?

    Kate Cornelius
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    February is Time Management Month, so as the month comes to an end, we're once again featuring courses to help you master your time and get organized. Managing time can feel like an overwhelming task; luckily, there are many resources available to help you get control over your time. Whether you're always out of time or feeling like you have too much (which at times can be just as much of an issue!), elearning courses can teach you the skills you need.    Check out these great courses:    Improve your judgement and decisiveness skills with this two-hour course on business acumen. Learn to…
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  • How to Use Gamification in Training

    Kim Morrison
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:37 am
    Gamification: (noun) The application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity. If you’re trying to make your training sessions a bit more fun and interactive, gamification may be something you have considered, but perhaps weren’t sure how... Read More
  • Join Us in Orlando for ATD 2015

    Kim Morrison
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:53 am
    We’re heading to Orlando to exhibit at ATD 2015, and if you’re in the area, we’d love it if you’d stop by our booth. When: May 17-20 Where: Orange County Convention Centre Booth: #606 At ATD 2015 you’ll be able to see a live demo of the entire Administrate platform, a... Read More
  • Guest Post on eLearning Industry – Don’t Get Eaten!

    Kim Morrison
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:52 am
    Recently our CEO John Peebles wrote an interesting article for eLearning Industry discussing how training professionals can work with and respond to the fact software is apparently eating the world! While it may seem scary that software is threatening to take over how training professionals do business, John suggests you should... Read More
  • How to Get the Most out of Group Work

    Kim Morrison
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    For some of us, the thought of participating in group work can bring us out in a cold sweat. However, it is something that we’ve all probably had to experience, and most likely more than once! While you may not favour the thought of working with other people over completing... Read More
  • How to Make a Study Plan

    Kim Morrison
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:41 am
    One of the most important things you can do while you studying is to make sure you stay organised. While you may have some one-off assessments throughout your class or course duration, chances are you will have a whole loads of assessment grouped together at the end of each year... Read More
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  • How can we get our clients to play the “What If” game?

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Can we all agree that technology can sometimes be a double-edged sword? Some technology can cause people to lose their job because it is replaced by technology. Although, some technology can make new jobs possible. For example, according to Wikipedia, Dan Bricklin creator of VisiCalc, came up with the idea of an “electronic spreadsheet” during his time at Harvard. It was when he witnessed a professor’s difficulty updating a financial model due to an error on a blackboard. This simple 1980 green and black rendered spreadsheet which ran on the Apple 2 (which sold for only $99 btw) changed…
  • Designing Discomfort Into “Free” Games…

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Airports purportedly design the baggage claim areas to be uncomfortable in order to minimize crowds. What are other examples where designers deliberately create an unhappy user experience? Check out Quora to see what others have been sharing. See, What are examples where designers intentionally design for discomfort? Game designers involved with pay to play games have intentionally been designing “discomfort” into their games to get their consumers to pay. It isn’t always coercive monetization where consumers are tricked into making a purchase, but with enough motivation and discomfort…
  • What are some ways to cut corners, save time, and be more efficient at developeing eLearning?

    17 Jun 2014 | 11:51 am
    Be sure that you check out Google’s UX designer, Michael Margolis, tips on productive design (see Google Ventures On 8 Shortcuts For Better, Faster Design Research). Do these apply to eLearning or instructional design? Of course they do Start at the end: What questions do you want to answer? Before you do any work on a research study, clarify what you want to get out of it. For example, would it be most useful to figure out: Can new customers understand and figure out how to use the product? What are customers’ existing workflow and pain points? What are pros/cons of competitive…
  • How will social media change the #WorldCup?

    13 Jun 2014 | 7:18 am
    The World Cup officially kicked off yesterday! While I am not a fan of soccer or sports in general I am interested to see the effects of social media on such a major social event. Twitter has been planning ahead to avoid another crash like what happened with the 2014 Oscars.  They are also allowing users to choose your sides for the event by picking a team to unlock custom profile images, header photos, real-time scores and highlights (see Twitter & WorldCup). I wonder what the most popular tweet will be? Based on what happened on Twitter during Sochi it will probably be during an epic…
  • Using digital stories in elearning

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:41 am
    DaveHallmon:If you are not grounding the learner in a story that they can apply to their lives, what are you doing? Originally posted on Making a difference: Digital stories are a quick meaningful way to get a message across. They are stories told using technology that include a combination of images and audio to tell a tale. Digital stories have advantages in that you can get a consistent message across to many people, the story can be viewed at anytime and at any location. You can also get very creative with your story and key messages by using images and audio to engage your audience…
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    Origin Learning - A Learning Solutions Blog

  • Tips for Creating Good E-learning Content

    Origin Learning
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:49 am
    eLearning has now become the most preferred option for all kinds of learners mainly for its quick and easy learning methods, user-friendly interface, flexibility etc. among many others. Every new avenue that could remotely bring in a change in the way people live and operate will soon be shoveled for innovations and eventually pillaged to make the best of what it has to offer and eLearning is no exception. Every university, learning institute, business enterprise or even a small start-up for that matter is now moving on to eLearning methods to train their students/employees saving aplenty on…
  • Small is Big: Converting PDFs to E-Learning Modules

    Origin Learning
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:59 am
    What does a PDF bring to mind? Pages and pages of words? Lengthy research documents? Boredom at its peak? And no escape? Well to some extent that’s true, considering the omnipresent nature of these documents that haunt you everywhere. PDFs have almost become a standard for writing company announcements, policies, terms and conditions, how to’s, newsletters, training material and what not. While some PDFs may be short, quite many of them – such as those used for writing policies & procedures, or for training purposes may be mercilessly long. One of the biggest myths surrounding…
  • Social and Emotional Learning: Measuring the Success of E-Learning

    Origin Learning
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:08 am
    What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)? By definition, Social and Emotional Learning is “The process through which people gather and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” It is based on the concept that learning is maximized in an environment which is characterized by supportive relationships that make the process of learning challenging, engaging and meaningful. There are 5 core…
  • 5 Mobile Learning Trends: How M-LearningIs Changing the Workplace

    Origin Learning
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:55 am
    Mobile Learning Technology has opened up a whole gamut of options to extend the learning blend. No longer do employees have to rely solely on the usual means of training – be it ILT or e-learning. So much so, that even in organizations which have not yet adopted mobile learning, employees are using their smartphones to informally pull whatever information they can at the time of immediate need. Be it preparing for an interview or gathering the relevant statistics on the way to a meeting, mobiles have become tools of providing ubiquitous support, especially for accessing bite-sized…
  • Tips for Creating Effective E-Learning Assessments

    Origin Learning
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    Let us begin with an analogy: If training is a medicine, assessment is a mechanism to ascertain the effectiveness of that medicine. Just how a medicine is given to achieve specific goals to heal the body or improve its immunity and strength, training to employees is imparted with the purpose of empowering them with certain specific skills or knowledge and remedy or improve their existing capabilities to strengthen the organization as a whole. If the medication isn’t achieving what it must, a change is in order. Now with e-learning too, comes the necessity of an assessment mechanism to…
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    TalentLMS Blog - eLearning | Instructional Design | LMS

  • How to Choose the Right Course-Authoring Tool

    John Laskaris
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    So, you have the content ready with learning objectives. You have also planned out the assessment items and completed the storyboard. The best part is, you are enjoying this instructional design process. It has your creative juices on a free flow!You have come up with a storyline to embed in your new course. A fictional character that has problems and needs the learners’ help through active decision making process. Well done! What have you planned about the eLearning development? Have you a selected an authoring tool? A software that will convert your notes into the actual course? A…
  • 20 facts about eLearning [Infographic]

    John Laskaris
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    eLearning is now the fastest growing teaching and learning strategy. Not convinced? Read through this infographic based on extant statistics and consumer behavior analytics.eLearning is a relatively recent buzz word (1999) that has caught substantial amount of attention both from the education as well as the corporate sector. Quite impressively, eLearning has invaded the daily lives of the otherwise procrastinating individuals, luring them to learn and interact on an almost daily basis.This infographic demonstrates how eLearning has dominated the economy and the status quo of learning and…
  • Are you using your Intellectual Assets: Re-defining eLearning

    John Laskaris
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:13 am
    What are the intellectual assets of your organization? Better yet, who are the intellectual assets of your organization? These are your “knowledge brokers”. They are the main “know how” individuals, whose loss (as in brain drain in the form of a resignation) would prove fatal to an area of your business. How do you determine your main business processes and measure the extent to which experts effect their operations? Above all, how do you capture the seemingly impossible subject matter expertise trapped in their minds? That’s a real head-scratching dilemma!First things first, like a…
  • eLearning in the Workplace

    John Laskaris
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Workplace learning, professional development and eLearning are phrases with increasingly blurred meanings. Information technology systems are used to develop business infrastructure and conduct operational protocols like CRM, Finance and Human Resources. The same systems are extended to include learning management systems (LMS) that enable education and employee development. eLearning has become the cornerstone of education services to the mobile and the busy employee.Emerging educational technology and learning content is now platform and time independent. Just-in-time training is the name…
  • eLearning in Aviation Industry

    John Laskaris
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    The respect and popularity eLearning has earned in the aviation industry surpasses other industries. If you go back to the 1970s’, the US Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, DARPA was a pioneer in developing technology innovations like ARPANET and Artificial Intelligence. The office still runs to this date in Arlington, Virginia, with an annual budget close to 2.8 billion.The Advanced Research Project Agency Network, one of the world’s first packet switching networks, combined with the projects in Artificial Intelligence, could be considered as the beginnings of eLearning in…
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    Learning In The Cloud

  • Learning Luminary Interview: Todd Tauber, Bersin

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    By Joy Church Millard, Sr. Editor, Expertus Editor’s Note: Welcome to the fourth 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 Todd Tauber, VP of Learning and Development Research at Bersin by Deloitte, where he analyzes all facets of workforce learning, learning technology, and high-impact learning organizations. I spoke with Todd soon after Bersin released its 2015 Enterprise Learning Trends report, which Todd…
  • LMS Selection Advice: Who Do You Trust?

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    By Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus Corporate learning transformation. For years, it seemed like wishful thinking — available only to a few visionary L&D leaders with very deep pockets. But now, that promise is within reach for any organization — thanks to recent innovations in learning management systems, cloud computing, social networks and mobile technologies. As the economy rebounds, it’s no wonder demand for next-gen LMS platforms continues to surge. Not surprisingly, LMS supply is also on the rise. Analysts say…
  • LMS Predictions 2015: Mother of All Crystal Ball Picks

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    By Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus “It’s difficult to make predictions — especially about the future.” - Danish Proverb Forecasts are naturally uncertain. But for training professionals, one thing is always a sure bet. At the start of each year, the future of learning management systems takes center stage, as a wave of “crystal ball” blog posts, reports and webinars rolls across the business landscape. All that advice can be overwhelming — especially this year, with so many predictions fueled…
  • Know Your Mobile LMS: Responsive Design vs. Apps

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    By guest expert, John Leh If your organization is one of the many looking for a better LMS right now, there’s a good chance mobile learning is at the top of your “must have” list. Knowing this, every vendor will say their learning management system works on any mobile device. But before you sign a contract, be sure you understand the logic behind their mobile capabilities. Why? Here’s an obvious reason. Navigating a full-size webpage on a smartphone is just plain painful: Pan left … pan right … scroll down … go left again … zoom … right ……
  • Learning Luminary Interview: Denise Pazur, Empathos

    Expertus - Innovation in Enterprise Learning
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    By Joy Church Millard, Sr. Editor, Expertus Editor’s Note: Welcome to the third interview in our “Learning Luminaries” series — where we showcase conversations with the brightest and most innovative minds in the world of training and development! This month, we feature Denise M. Pazur, Founder and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Empathos, an organization dedicated to preventing suicide through widespread education of those who interact with at-risk individuals. After more than 20 years as a communications professional and suicide prevention advocate, Denise and her…
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    The Lambda Solutions eLearning Blog

  • 6 Expert Insights into Corporate Learning Trends

    5 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    It’s becoming evident that predictive trends are beneficial to the e-learning industry because they allow organizations to capitalize off these trends before they take off. Lambda has been in this industry for 13 years, so we fully understand the power of these predictive trends. We talked to 7 e-Learning experts and asked them what trends they thought would have the biggest impact on the way we learn at work this year. Here are just a few of the tips we received.
  • DIY or Outsource? 5 Benefits of Cloud Based Moodle Hosting

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the major decisions organizations have to make when implementing an LMS is whether to go with DIY (do-it-yourself), or outsourced hosting. Cloud based software is an advanced form of hosting that incorporates greater support and service levels, and offloads the aforementioned duties to the managed hosting firm.
  • 7 Tips for Your LMS RFP Selection Process, and Free RFP Template

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:21 pm
    We know that with over 300 options to choose from, selecting an LMS can be a tad bit daunting. It's a timely process that requires a lot of deep thinking and hard work. To make things a little easier, we have compiled everything you need to know to select an LMS, with tips on the process of creating an RFP.
  • 6 Reasons Why Everyone Loves Moodle 2.8

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Now that Moodle 2.8 is on its third minor release (Moodle 2.8.3)—we’ve had a solid quarter to review the features and see what’s jiving for our corporate, healthcare and education-based clients. Moodle 2.8 is hands-down the best version of Moodle yet and we couldn’t be more excited to share how you will benefit from the new and improved features. With Moodle 2.8, users are reaping the benefits of significant enhancements to gradebook, forums, analytics and the overall usability across all devices. Continue reading for the additional 6 features that have been approved by our team of…
  • 5 Tips to Inspire and Engage Online Learners

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    One of the major challenges LMS administrators often face with online learning  is keeping their learners inspired and engaged in their course work and we have some great advice on how to overcome this. Here are a few tips on how to keep online learners motivated:  
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    Defined STEM

  • THE Journal – 5 Tech Tools That Support Common Core

    Rob Eifler
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    With online assessments around the corner, we look at the hardware and software that districts are using to teach to the new standards.
  • Tech & Learning: Defined STEM Product Review

    Patrick Irvine
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Defined STEM is specifically created for teaching students real-world 21st century skills that challenge them by introducing real professionals in the particular field that they are studying and allows them to take on the role of that person by completing real-world tasks. This is a great match for education
  • Defined STEM – Congress Elementary Case Study II

    Rob Eifler
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    A couple of years ago, Congress Elementary school, in Arizona, wanted to make a significant culture shift in its teaching approach with a stronger focus on STEM learning. To help integrate the change, the school was one of seven in Arizona selected to receive a STEM grant via the Helios STEM School Project, through the Science Foundation of Arizona. Principal Stephanie Miller then had to select a product to use to help the STEM culture shift take hold among teachers.
  • Defined STEM – Congress Elementary Case Study I

    Rob Eifler
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    As the first-grade teacher for inquisitive six year olds, Emily Morse is always looking for new projects to inspire her students. With a recent culture shift in her district to increase STEM learning for students, Morse wanted to find new and creative ways to integrate STEM into various lessons for students to make it fun and engaging, and to instill an interest in science, but without making the lessons too advanced for the students.
  • Defined STEM – Phoenixville Area School District Case Study

    Rob Eifler
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    In an old steel town just outside Philadelphia, Preston McKnight knew it was time for a change. As the director of curriculum for Phoenixville Area School District “We had some STEM elements in our curriculum, but it wasn’t very integrated. Science was science, math was math, and we tried to teach a few engineering principles in our technical education classes, but that was it,” said McKnight. “We knew STEM could be so much more, and we wanted our students to experience the integration and multi-layered problem-solving pieces of that.”, he wanted to improve the district’s approach…
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    eFront Blog

  • Introducing the eFrontPro Plugin Guide

    Nikos Andriotis
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    The new version of the eFrontPro manual includes information on all the new functionality, several technical how-to guides, answers to common questions, a theme creating tutorial, and, last but not least, a plugin guide. Plug-in what? Plugins, as you may already know, are small programs that add new functionality to a larger system. Armed with our guide and a little spare time, anybody can create plugins for eFrontPro. You don’t even have to be an expert programmer (but, of course, it helps). Writing plugins for an existing system, even small ones, is a great way to learn the basics of…
  • Importance of e-learning for developing countries

    Nikos Andriotis
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Deploying e-learning to developing countries might initially sound paradoxical. After all those are countries that lack the infrastructure found elsewhere, so how could they support the state of the art in learning? It turns out that the state of the art might be more forgiving to the lack of certain infrastructures, than past methodologies. And, even more importantly for developing nations, much more cost effective. It’s something that we’ve seen in play these past 20 years. Poor African countries that lacked a wired telecommunication infrastructure, for example, found it easier…
  • eFrontPro marches forward with 4.1

    Nikos Andriotis
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    We decided to build eFrontPro from scratch in order to replace our eFront codebase that was getting long in the tooth and to be a great foundation to build upon for the next decade. It wasn’t an easy task: we had to rewrite legacy code, to re-think the architecture and UI, to make it more modular and speedy, and to learn and adapt new technologies. It also involved a lot of hair-pulling and head-scratching, in order to come up with the best solutions to the challenges we faced. Yep, it wasn’t easy. But, as hard work is known to do, it paid off. You’ve seen it yourself, in…
  • The HR Challenge: Analyze Your Corporate Training Needs

    Nikos Andriotis
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:33 am
    If there is one thing that holds true for developing eLearning training materials, it’s planning, planning and planning. You can’t go wrong with that one. Think of a training course a result of relentless hard work and dedication. In fact, it’s not uncommon to spend 40 hours to develop a course to yield only 2 hours of training time. With this perspective, we need to make sure we plan in detail, we plan with all details and we rule out unnecessary details. In short, make the planning stage the longest step in eLearning course design! Wow, that’s a lot of pressure! But it’s true.
  • LMS: The Essential Online Learning Tool

    Nikos Andriotis
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:09 am
    There isn’t any doubt that we are living in a technological age. Each day, people utilize their computers and mobile devices to stay connected and expand their knowledge. As such, elearning has been on the rise in recent years, and an increasing number of students are beginning to see the benefits that this convenient and invaluable educational resource can offer. However, elearning would probably not be possible without one key tool: the LMS. Why are learning management systems so important to education? An LMS (or Learning Management System) is a package that enables students to…
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  • Simple steps to get your WordPress website running

    Paal Ringstad
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This post takes you quickly through the different steps to get your website running. You'll see how to quickly find a good domain name and you'll be guided along how to create your first Wordpress website. The post Simple steps to get your WordPress website running appeared first on eLearnhero.
  • A fun WordPress tutorial for beginners

    Paal Ringstad
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Nothing is so complex that it cannot be explained simply. In this Wordpress tutorial, you'll learn the basics of Wordpress so that you can quickly understand and get started with Wordpress. The post A fun WordPress tutorial for beginners appeared first on eLearnhero.
  • How I finally got my father to understand how web pages works

    Paal Ringstad
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    The basics of web pages so that even your grandparents can understand! Read this and you should start have a lot of more fun when creating your online business. The post How I finally got my father to understand how web pages works appeared first on eLearnhero.
  • How to get massive traffic from Product hunt

    Sydney Cohen
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    What’s Product Hunt? Product Hunt is an online community where users can vote for the best product of the day. You just have to sign up using your Twitter account, and then you’re ready to vote for your favorite product, as well as comment on the different products featured on the platform. Product Hunt was researched […] The post How to get massive traffic from Product hunt appeared first on eLearnhero.
  • Applications that will help you automate your startup

    Paal Ringstad
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    Automation is key for startups to focus on the core of the business and drive business forward. Check these simple growth hacking strategies for your business... The post Applications that will help you automate your startup appeared first on eLearnhero.
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  • 5 Features Every LMS Should Have

    Joseph Conradt
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Ask any educator or administrator, and they will tell you their LMS needs better reporting, viewing on Mobile, and integrated e-commerce. Take a look at this infographic for the top 5 features every LMS should have. The post 5 Features Every LMS Should Have appeared first on CourseBit.
  • Online college students miss professor interaction

    Joseph Conradt
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    Recently a study was conducted at Kent State University asking 250 students their opinions of online courses. The findings were that students missed the interaction of in-person classes. They specifically addressed concerns over the level of interaction with professors. Studying online is often more isolating and difficult to communicate. “When students take online classes, they don’t expect that they are going to miss the interaction, but once they start every day getting on the computer and looking up their assignments themselves and doing everything themselves, they kind of miss their…
  • eLearning Growth (Infographic)

    5 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    Cool Infographic on eLearning statistics.   The post eLearning Growth (Infographic) appeared first on CourseBit.
  • Moodle Security Tips

    Joseph Conradt
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    How to ensure privacy and security for your Moodle site. Keep your Moodle site secure with these helpful tips. Share your experiences or advice in the comment section below. Use Roles properly Moodle’s role system allows you to define user capabilities that can be very specific. Instead of giving a user full admin privileges, evaluate what that user needs access to. Odds are most users will not need access to everything. This is especially important if you are having a 3rd party access your site. Example situation: You are granting access to an instructional design consultant who will…
  • Theme ‘Reveal’ sneak peak! Free Moodle theme

    Joseph Conradt
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:51 pm
    New ‘Reveal’ Moodle theme in the works. CourseBit is proud to announce the development of the new Moodle theme Reveal. Reveal is built using Bootstrap and will display stunningly on all devices. It will soon be released to the Moodle community and be available as a free download! The theme’s main goal is to provide appealing elements to the frontpage such as an image slider, testimonials, marketing sections, and press quotes. The footer has also been extended to support better custom content and formatting. Take a peak and the current development build! Reveal is being…
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    The Internet In Everyday Life | Grovo Blog

  • Capital One and Grovo Team Up on $150 Million Future Edge Campaign

    Jonathan Pack
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    Grovo is thrilled to announce that beginning this summer, we will join Capital One’s $150 million campaign to empower Americans to succeed in the modern economy. Sponsored by Capital One’s Investing for Good program, the Future Edge initiative will use… Continue reading →
  • Do Kids Need to Learn How to Code?

    Jonathan Pack
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Conventional wisdom since the dawn of the digital age has held that coding is an essential skill that far too few people have. For a long time, there wasn’t an executive or thought leader in tech who didn’t take the… Continue reading →
  • Google Takes on Digital Skills in Europe

    Jonathan Pack
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    This week, Google announced that it plans to initiate a training program in Europe that will teach “crucial digital skills” to one million people by 2016. They wrote that post with 310 days left in the year, so that means… Continue reading →
  • The Skills Gap is Part of Inequality, Paul Krugman

    Jonathan Pack
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:55 am
    In his op-ed this Monday, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman made the case for why the U.S. skills gap was not only not real, but an artifice constructed by political/social/economic elites to obscure the real causes of economic inequality:… Continue reading →
  • How to Create Value and Attract Capital, with Mike Edelhart

    Jonathan Pack
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:51 am
    Do you have startup fever? Are you bursting with a million-dollar idea that you would expend your dying breath—or more importantly, your last cent—to see make it to market? Even if you’re already running a business that’s ready to expand… Continue reading →
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