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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.

Why Google Will Enter The E-Learning Industry

LearnDash

I am not really big on “what-ifs”, but I thought about an interesting concept recently as I pondered the current state of our industry. When you consider that e-learning (and now m-learning) is growing exponentially in terms of revenue generated, it’s not all that inconceivable to think that a juggernaut like Google would enter the fray to get their piece of the pie.

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.

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.

New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.

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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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.

50 free sources of learning content for your curation

Stoatly Different

Christmas always brings a conundrum. The kids want new toys, but they don’t play with the ones they’ve already got! Dutifully, you spend your hard earned cash adding to the pile of toys. Recognition is fleeting. By the time you read this blog, all new toys will have become a part of the amorphous mass of toys that sits in the corner of the bedroom. There they are doomed to remain, relatively untouched for the rest of the year, until of course the cycle begins again. Nothing changes as we get older. Or indeed when we move to the world of work. New toys, that’s what we need.

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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!”

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).

#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.

E-Learning events in Australia in 2013

E-Learning Provocateur

2013 has well and truly arrived. That means it’s time to plan your next round of professional development events to attend. If you’ll be down under over the next 12 months, may I draw your attention to the following… ACE2013 – Australasian Computing Education Conference. • Where: Adelaide. • When: 29 January – 1 February 2013. • More info: ACE2013.

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.

5 Challenges Developing E-Learning as a Revenue Stream

Connect Thinking

With the promise of faster national and global broadband networks comes opportunities for entrepreneurs in the training industry. As an independent e-learning consultant, I’m often asked how to develop e-learning courses as a viable revenue stream for their business - to sell to clients. You can imagine the answer is complex. Analyse your idea. It all sounds like a good idea.

Adobe Captivate 6: Instant Answer Feedback

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Lori Smith  Adding a quiz to an eLearning lesson gives you the ability to assess a learner's comprehension. Certainly tracking comprehension and pass/fail rates is important for anyone designing a course. However, quizzes can often be stressful to the learner. treat quizzes as an opportunity for me to communicate with my learner.   Me: "Hey Bob."

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.

2013: The Year to Step into eLearning

B Online Learning

The world of eLearning is vast and it is growing by the day. There are plenty of training professionals who would like to venture into eLearning but hardly know where to begin. At first eLearning can seem rather intimidating, especially when people are talking about LMSs, MOOCS, mobile learning, social learning and authoring tools. What [.]. Articulate

Why Your Organization Should Support a Knowledge Sharing Culture

Adobe Captivate

There is a fundamental problem that exists in the typical business workplace today. Chances are that you or someone in your office is already painfully aware of it. We’ve seen an explosion in the number of people whose jobs are directly related to their expertise, and for whom ‘what they know’ has become a kind [.].

Storyboarding for eLearning

Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.

Moving from Linear to Non-linear Courses: 3 Simple Tips

Raptivity

We have all witnessed the recent paradigm shift from linear to non-linear e-learning courses. Well, this means that instructional designers are all on their toes struggling to create non-linear designs. Creating designs that allow learners to explore knowledge through challenges [.].

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Questions about Instructional Design Careers

Experiencing eLearning

Last month, a reader named Jackie asked me a number of thoughtful questions about transitioning from teaching K-12 public school to instructional design. She graciously agreed to let me publish some of her questions and my answers here, since I thought others might be in similar positions and share these questions. Question mark made of puzzle pieces by Horia Varlan, on Flickr. CC-By.

Join #UNESCO #mobile learning week at 18 - 22 February

Ignatia Webs

From 18 - 22 February 2013 the second UNESCO mobile learning week is taking place at the UNESCO European headquarters in Paris, France. It will be a great moment to get together and exchange ideas on the future of education, or at least on how we can change education to reach more people around the world. More information on the sessions and speakers can be found here.

E-Learning events in Australia in 2013

E-Learning Provocateur

2013 has well and truly arrived. That means it’s time to plan your next round of professional development events to attend. If you’ll be down under over the next 12 months, may I draw your attention to the following… ACE2013 – Australasian Computing Education Conference. • Where: Adelaide. • When: 29 January – 1 February 2013. • More info: ACE2013.

Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI

Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!

TechSmith Camtasia Studio 8: Timeline Groups

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    I've been developing eLearning lessons in TechSmith Camtasia for years. One of the biggest drawbacks to using the tool was the inability to group Timeline objects. That shortcoming has been addressed in version 8 of the Studio. Creating a group is simple. On Right-click the selected objects and choose  Group. Looking to learn Camtasia quickly?

The Role of Incentives in Learning (Hint: Read to the end to get a reward!)

Social Learning

One of the little absurdities of human nature that I’ve always found fascinating is how easily we allow our actions and priorities to be shaped by rewards and incentives that are not, when you think about them, very rewarding or incentivizing. I was recently reminded of this rule while walking [.] The post The Role of Incentives in Learning (Hint: Read to the end to get a reward!) appeared first on Social Learning Blog. Performance Improvement social learning Uncategorized corporate training instructional design learning incentives

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Reading: “Online learning in the workplace”

Dont Waste Your Time

Like many of my peers I read around my ‘subject’ a lot. Sometimes I print copies out and store them, other times I save to favourites (on Twitter mainly , very rarely to a browser), or to Delicious (when I remember to use it). The Australasian Journal of Educational Technology is always worth looking at as the papers are interesting and varied. world. 2012). link].

Game Architecture: Delivering Meaningful Learning Experiences by Mayra Aixa Villar

Learning Solutions Magazine

Recent research challenges the assumption that games are not an appropriate channel for learning. By focusing on delivering the necessary experience, designers can produce meaningful, engaging eLearning as games. Here are guidelines to effective mechanics, story, aesthetics, and technology selection that support contextualized practice, invitation to action, and self-assessment of decisions.

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.

Kindle Singles - a sign of the times

Clive on Learning

I read a lot in the course of my work - blog posts, reports, books, magazines - but in reality I'm just skimming at great speed, looking for highlights. can't remember the last time I sat down and properly studied any piece of non-fiction. Why is this? Well, it could be that, like so many people, I'm just too busy, but it's just as possible that my brain has re-wired to adjust to a change in behaviour brought about by the abundance of material that I just have to read. Once we've wired new circuitry in our brain we long to keep it activated.' Kindle Singles.

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You are not the only bee in the hive

Learning and Working on the Web

Joachim Stroh adds some perspective to my post on  tools and competencies for the social enterprise : “It’s about you, but you’re not the only bee in the hive; the further you expand the more you grow.” ” I think this image gives a good view of the various facets people have in the workplace: My Content; My Presence; My Networks; My Tasks; My Reputation; My Goals.

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How to Win with Video for Small Businesses

Visual Lounge

Today’s post is guest-authored by Phil Nottingham of Distilled, a creative online marketing company. Screencasts can be fantastic marketing content for small businesses—they’re cheap, easy to do and can provide a great return on investment. brilliant example of this is the WordPress Guide to Small Businesses. So what are the benefits of the screencast format? Watch it on YouTube. ). 557 tweets.

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How Your Visual Voice Helps Build Better E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Having the right look for your elearning course can help engage the learner and set initial expectations because how your course looks tells the learner what to expect. There’s a look that’s right for your elearning course. It’s just a matter of finding it. And that’s when listening to your visual voice is critical. What is the Visual Voice? The secret is learning to hear the voice. Sure enough!

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Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

Tired old elearning? Want some ideas? Free Webinar!

Learning Visions

Join me this Tuesday, January 22 at 1:00 eastern for a free webinar hosted by Training Industry and Brainshark. I'll share some tips and strategies for spicing up your eLearning designs - simple tips for better writing and more thoughtful interaction that don't have to blow your budget. Yawn Proof Your eLearning without Busting the Bank. Hope to see you there

The citizen journalists are taking over

Clive on Learning

Photographed near London Bridge station, yesterday evening. believe it

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Learning by Creating: Turning Bloom’s on Its Head

Visual Lounge

Guest post by Library Media Specialist, David Phillips. If you attended a university educator prep program, you’ve likely seen Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy. At the bottom of the pyramid, the most basic skill is remembering; built upon that is understanding; then applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating. ” This means they never reach higher-level thinking. Why is this important? Texas.

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Social networking & the workplace

eFront

What most do not realize is that “some 70% of the extra profit to be made through social technologies has nothing to do with marketing. It’s in areas of the company such as knowledge management, innovation, communication, and better integration with the supply chain.” 1. In this ‘knowledge-building ecosystem’ people are at its core and information-transfer becomes a form of currency.

5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget

In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.

‘PlainText’ App

Dont Waste Your Time

PlainText (iPhone, iPad):  I’ve only just downloaded this app but I can already see the benefits of being able to makes notes and work on documents and store/transfer them through  Dropbox. “PlainText is a simple text editor with an uncomplicated, paper-like user interface. Here are my notes: When you first start the app there some handy hints and tips, read them!

Innovative Customers in Action

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

According to Tom Kelley, the innovation guru, one of the ten faces of an innovator is that of an anthropologist - someone who really understands what people want, and why. Well, when it comes to software tools, who knows what users want better than the users themselves? We recently discovered this quite serendipitously. user on Raptivity community, InteractivityHub , suggested we build a learning interaction that involves characters and speech bubbles. His idea was to allow the course designer to input a dialog, and then for the software to render it in speech bubbles in a sequence.

Use eLearning Characters as Presenters

Adobe Captivate

Guest Blog by: Bryan Jones, President of eLearningArt, a company that provides thousands of eLearning templates and images, and author of the Assets eLearning Blog. eLearning Characters make Great Presenters In my last guest post, I talked about how you can use characters as eLearning avatars or guides in your eLearning courses. In addition to [.].

The Need to Adapt to the Speed of Change or Die: lessons for L&D from the retail industry

Performance Learning Productivity

Yesterday another great British institution slid into the history books. HMV opened its first retail shop in Oxford Street, London in 1921 with great brouhaha. Composer Edwin Elgar took part in the opening ceremony. Music lovers spent many hours (or weeks) browsing HMV stores, which were part of the only ‘chain’ for music when I first came to England in the early 1970s. think there are. think not.

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Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.

The Secret to Designing Training For Busy Schedules

Mindflash

When one gets started in e-learning, it is easy to think, “This is great, now we don’t have to do classroom training anymore.” ” This is certainly one benefit of e-learning. However, you do not have to think of this as an either/or proposition. There are a variety of ways in which blending learning methods can be applied. You’ve Got One Hour. “Three hours?

Your Finger's in the Dike and the Dam's About to Burst!

Ontuitive

Why 2013 is the year for Performance Support. It's January 2013 and the dam is about to burst. For the past few years I think we've become a little complacent, plugging our finger in the dike but only standing in ankle-deep water. But that's about to change! The economic downturn of 2009 is now fading into the past. Businesses are growing again, competition is heating up, and the outlook for the future is bright again. The dam is getting full