January, 2013

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15 Authoring Tools For mEnabling Your eLearning For iPads

Upside Learning

Last week I asked if you had thought about mEnabling your eLearning for iPads (mEnabling, is what we are calling the process of getting your existing eLearning to run on iPads and other tablets) but didn’t really tell you how? So here’s a few – 15 actually! – pointers on some of the tools out there, that you can use to help you take that ‘leap of faith’ into mLearning. It’s free! 2.

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Testing Games vs. Teaching Games

Kapp Notes

There is an important difference between games that teach a learner how to do something and games that test what a learner already knows. Too often those two types of games are confused and an instructional designer or other person places the wrong type of game into the curriculum. Testing Games are games where the learner already needs to know the information to be successful. Games

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eLearning: Copyright Caboodle

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  Copyright in the eLearning biz can get confusing. Can you use that awesome image you found on Google in your eLearning course? What if it's just for internal view? What if you're going to sell it? What if it's for a paying client to use internally?   Copyright information: Is Using Copyrighted Materials Okay for eLearning? definitely recommend this site.

Learning Trends, Technologies, and Opportunities – New White Paper by Sharon Boller

Bottom-Line Performance

Sharon Boller , President of Bottom-Line Performance, has authored a new white paper: “Learning Trends, Technologies and Opportunities.” ” Using both quantitative research and anecdotal evidence from our work with Fortune 500 clients, Sharon uncovers both what the learning and development field currently looks like AND where is it headed in the next 12 – 18 months.

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How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

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Designing eLearning For iPads (LT 2013 – Slide Deck)

Upside Learning

We have been talking a lot about iPads (by iPads we also imply other ‘tablets’) on our blog for the past couple of weeks. And it’s for a reason. We believe that 2013 is going to be the year of tablets and smartphones, and for us, at Upside Learning, eLearning on iPads (tablets) and mEnablement (as we call it) are powerful themes – ones that can get organizations started towards mLearning.

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Summary of a Literture Review on The Effectiveness of Instructional Games by Robert Hays

Kapp Notes

In 2005, Robert T. Hays, of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division published the results of an extensive literature review on games for instruction. It is an expansive look at the literature on the effectiveness of games for learning up until the year 2005. Here is a link to the technical paper. The literature includes research on different tasks, age groups, and types of games.

Free #research papers on #mLearning from mLearn conference

Ignatia Webs

Today the free proceedings of the mLearn2012 conference that was organized in Helsinki were put online. For all that want to get a peek into recent research, it is a blast! The topics are very diverse: augmented learning, health (diabetes 1 support among others), gender, learning analytics, mLearning pedagogy, language learning, learning with tablets.

4 Ways Gamification Drives Business Results

Bottom-Line Performance

What’s the value of a more informed sales rep? What’s the ROI of a more engaged employee? These types of results are hard to quantify, yet they drive meaningful value for a business. Plenty has been written on the value of games and gamification. Heck, a lot of that has been written by us. But sometimes L&D exists in a vacuum. “You talked with Kayla about social media. points!”

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

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20 Most Popular Learning Management Systems [INFOGRAPHIC]


In recent years, one thing has become abundantly clear: the learning management system market is growing by leaps and bounds.  I remember the days when the only viable LMS was Blackboard – and the cost for implementation was somewhere to the tune of $25,000. Today it isn’t enough to offer a piece of software – people want solutions. 2012 Capterra, Inc.

50 Best eLearning Posts Of 2012

Upside Learning

We hope you have had a good start to 2013. We are going to make it even better! We have compiled the 50 best eLearning posts of 2012 from our blog. It’s a chance for you to catch up on some interesting stuff you might have missed the last year. And for us, it’s a time to relook at the posts that trended on twitter and other social channels, and were loved by our readers. Mobile Learning. Brilliant!

Using Fantasy in Instructional #Games

Kapp Notes

I am often asked if an instructional or training game should be “realistic” or can the game have “fantasy” elements and still be an effective learning tool. It turns out that there are several valid and research-based reasons for including fantasy as a key element in the design of games to help people learn. There are both cognitive and emotional reasons for evoking fantasy.

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Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

The nature of e-learning in Australia

Spark Your Interest

This post is written by Ryan Tracey. The young nation of Australia has a rich history in e-learning. They say necessity is the mother of invention, and so in 1951 the  School of the Air  was launched to educate children dispersed across the outback. From Kalgoorlie in the west to the aptly named Longreach in the east, school students in remote communities received their instruction over the radio.

The moot point of MOOCs

E-Learning Provocateur

Some people are head-over-heels in love with MOOCs. Or perhaps more accurately, the idea of MOOCs. They believe the new paradigm will democratise – and even revolutionise – education. Others, however, consider MOOCs a passing fad, an unsustainable business model, yet another a buzzword destined for the scrapheap like so many before it. happen to stand somewhere in the middle. believe MOOCs will democratise education to some extent, and they will revolutionise the delivery of education. And don’t forget the intangibles of marketing. just don’t buy it.

#Mobile #Moodle plugins available for download

Ignatia Webs

Great news for all of us Moodle users. Carlos Kiyan and many other contributors have released their plugins for mobile Moodle to the plugins repository. These two plugins started as one of the earliest Mobile Moodle projects (back in 2010: Moodle4iPhone ). The two new themes can be downloaded and applied to your Moodle site (they support Moodle 2.4 devices.

5 Reasons to Implement E-Learning

Connect Thinking

From a business perspective, there are arguably five (5) main drivers for implementing e-learning (learning technologies): 1. Build staff productivity. The business decision to employ anyone is all about productivity. What an employee costs an employer must be a fraction of the profit he or she contributes to the business. Build efficiencies in staff development. Learning options -. Manage risk.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

The Emergence Of Mobile Learning For Higher Education In Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

Upside Learning

With the rapid development of mobile technologies, a new style of learning, termed as mobile learning, has exploded everywhere in the world. This is now considered as an essential learning style in the future. The students can learn just in time in their daily lives whenever they need to learn using mobile devices like Tablets and Smart Phones. JUSUR, LMS System. Saudi Digital Library. 5-Year CAGR.

AAF-Greater Lehigh Valley Gamification Presentation Resources

Kapp Notes

Here are the resources for my presentation to the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter. Here are the slides: Gamification Strategies How to solve problems, motivate and engage people through Games! from Karl Kapp. Cost information: Remember it depends on a lot of variables. Some costs of games. How Real Businesses Are Using Gamification to Spice Up Their Marketing.

Adobe Captivate 6: Audio Control Without a Playbar

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Lori Smith  If you've spent any time using Captivate's new Pretest and the Branch Aware settings, I think you will agree that they are very cool. However,  However, if you've used either feature, you have probably noticed that you cannot have a playbar in the published lesson. Or maybe the learner is relying on closed captions? Here's how you do it.

The moot point of MOOCs

E-Learning Provocateur

Some people are head-over-heels in love with MOOCs. Or perhaps more accurately, the idea of MOOCs. They believe the new paradigm will democratise – and even revolutionise – education. Others, however, consider MOOCs a passing fad, an unsustainable business model, yet another a buzzword destined for the scrapheap like so many before it. happen to stand somewhere in the middle. believe MOOCs will democratise education to some extent, and they will revolutionise the delivery of education. And don’t forget the intangibles of marketing. just don’t buy it.

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.

7 Myths in the Online Classroom

Dont Waste Your Time

Photo credit: Lincolnian (Brian) via Photopin / CC. Online learning, or distance learning, or eLearning (or even e-learning) has been around now in various guises for quite some time. This article from eLearn Magazine “7 Student Myths of the Online Classroom” highlights some of the more popular myths surrounding the student’s perspective of online learning. Don’t be silly.

Case Study: Flipped Classrooms Work for Students. Period.


This case study grabbed my attention for several reasons. It is written by the Greg Green, the Principal at Clintondale High School in Clinton Township, Michigan. It talks about how he flipped what he terms ". a financially challenged school near Detroit". The flipped version of the school way out-performed the standard model that was failing in almost every respect. And he wraps it up with the following statement:"Instead of placing blame on each other, we need to recognize the solution, which has been right in front of us the whole time. It’s It’s time to change education forever.".

So…How Do You Build eLearning For iPads?

Upside Learning

Now that we have thought about what we can do with our existing courseware let’s think about building some new eLearning and what’s all the fuss about HTML5. Not surprisingly, there is a plethora of rapid authoring tools available today that do this. Naturally, Apple have their own – the iBook Author, an eBook authoring application. and later. Surprised? So what’s the fuss about HTML5?

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Summary of #Games Research Qualitative Literature Review Conducted by Fengfeng Ke

Kapp Notes

Most of the time a meta-analysis of studies looks at only the numbers as a means of comparison. Here is an interesting qualitative meta-analysis and the highlights of the results. Fengfeng Ke, a researcher focusing on digital game-based learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, and simulations for instructional use, conducted a review of 89 research articles that provided empirical data on the application and effectiveness of computer-based instructional games. Ke chose to conduct a qualitative meta-analysis. She analyzed 256 reports and eliminated 167 for various reasons. 2009).

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.