eLearning: In Fonts We Trust
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
MAY 4, 2010
by AJ George There is no denying that the most important thing about eLearning is solid content. But could you be inadvertently making your content harder to read and understand by using the wrong fonts? Is good font selection really important? Read on to discover the many surprising ways fonts can affect your content. Some Fonts Read Better On-Screen eCommerce Consultant Dr. Ralph F. Formality?
Contemporary E-Learning: Delivering Knowledge Or Dishing Out Information
DECEMBER 30, 2010
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? — T. S. Eliot. That’s a pertinent question that we need to ask ourselves. We take immense pride in meeting project deadlines and delivering courses within budgets; however, somewhere in our quest to showcase our potential, we may have forgotten about the core objective — Delivering Knowledge. So, what differentiates knowledge from information?
Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles
MARCH 24, 2010
In a recent conversation, I was asked what I thought about twitter as a learning tool. Over the course of the past few years I’ve moved from saying “I don’t get it” – to feeling like it’s a good addition to my Learning Tool Set. But I also think that there’s a lot more help now around how to make effective use of Twitter as a learning tool. thought it would be worthwhile to pull together these resources. Now What? subQuark , June 14, 2009 Twitter Collaboration Stories eLearning Technology. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs
Online courses must die!
JULY 7, 2010
A touch dramatic, isn’t it? Now that I have your attention, please bear with me. There’s method in my madness… The myth of rapid authoring. The proliferation of so-called rapid authoring tools over the last few years has coincided with an explosion in the number of online courses developed in-house. Critics rail against boring page turners – and rightly so. But you know what?
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.
Infographic: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs & the Social Media that Fulfill ‘Em
Dont Waste Your Time
AUGUST 16, 2010
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, & the Social Media that Fulfill ‘Em. Thanks for Ryan Bretag for finding this. Related posts: Infographic: The Social Landscape. Social Media and Social Network Educational Infographics. Presentation: ROI of Social Media. Social Network Facebook Infographic Social Bookmark Social Media Twitter Web 2.0
Four roles for social media in workplace learning
Clive on Learning
SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
I write this as I travel to Birmingham to participate in a panel discussion with Nick Shackleton-Jones and Robin Hoyle on the role of social media in learning. The discussion forms part of the agenda for the World of Learning Conference, an event that I have enjoyed participating in for something like ten years now. Anyway, this post provides me with an opportunity to clarify my thoughts in preparation for the discussion. There is no question whatsoever that social media is transforming our personal and business lives. In some cases the results have been transformational.
Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning
OCTOBER 17, 2010
eFront News from the e-learning frontier 10/17/2010 Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning As an e-Learning consultant I always was fun of open source software. The answer is simple. Because I could use them as I wish, for whatever I wish, without long-term commitments and with the extra bonus of a community of professionals that use, extend and support them. No signup, no passwords, no charge!
Anatomy of a PLE
Learning with e's
JULY 11, 2010
Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) do exactly what they say on the can - they are personal to each individual, created by them, owned by them, used by them within their lifelong learning. Delegates at the conference could not agree whether PLEs should remain the sole domain of the learner, or whether in some way they could be incorporated into institutional infrastructures. Web 2.0
Why E-Learning is So Effective
FEBRUARY 2, 2010
E-learning is hot. And for good reason. If done right, it can produce great results by decreasing costs and improving performance. Also, unlike a one time classroom session, the elearning course is available for others. This includes the static elearning course as well as any ongoing conversations in networked communities. think this is common as more people are joining the world of elearning.
Adobe Captivate 5: Two-Bits for the Best Rate
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
DECEMBER 21, 2010
by Kevin Siegel. You can easily record audio from within Captivate by choosing Audio > Record to. You can record audio directly to slide objects, a single slide, multiple slides or the project background. Regardless of your choice, you'll end up within the Slide Audio dialog box. In the lower left of the Slide Audio dialog box is a Settings button. So many decisions. so little time.
30 Top Online Resources For Instructional Designers To Keep Up With
MAY 20, 2010
ID is an interesting domain to be involved in. On the one hand, you are continuously learning about different work environments as you are called upon to resolve different performance issues. On the other hand, your understanding of the domain, and your role in it, changes over time. As an instructional designer, you start by learning a whole lot of theories and models. aLearning Blog by Ellen.
Top 35 Articles on eLearning Strategy
NOVEMBER 1, 2010
I’ve been recently working on lots of eLearning strategy consulting engagements and one of my colleagues asked me to provide a set of resources around this topic. went back and looked at what I had written before on eLearning Strategy and saw that I had said at the time: I've spent several hours this morning trying to find good resources on eLearning Strategy development and particularly looking for examples to use in this post. I've really been striking out. I'm hoping that people will help out. Here’s some of what I found. Strategy eLearning 3.0 eLearning Technology.
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.
Taxonomy of Learning Theories
JANUARY 12, 2010
Academia is teeming with learning theories. Some of them are old, some of them are new. Some are flash-in-the-pan, others stand the test of time and remain applicable to this very day. Some of them are controversial, while others have assumed the aura of conventional wisdom. Some of them are simple, while others are incomprehensible to mere mortals. Where do you start? Which theory do you choose?
3 Barriers to adoption of Serious Games/Immersive Learning Simulations
DECEMBER 1, 2010
Here is my answer to the second of a series of questions from a graduate student about serious games/immersive learning environments. The question is What have been the barriers to widespread adoption of Serious Games/Immersive Learning Simulations? People tend to accept and hold in high esteem past experiences with which they are familiar. This is the idea that “game” is a four letter word.
Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Adult Learners
The eLearning Coach
JANUARY 14, 2010
Motivation is the force that drives people to fulfill a need. If you can tap into a learner’s intrinsic motivation—where an individual is rewarded by the learning itself or an internal goal—you’ve got it made. But in both workplace and academic environments, people are often unmotivated because they are required to take courses in which they have no interest. Provide options. Buzz up!
Who Needs Training, Again?
Performance Learning Productivity
DECEMBER 28, 2010
At some point in time I am sure we’ve all found ourselves with an answer staring us in the face, but we just haven’t managed to see it yet. Spending money, time and effort providing face-to-face training or eLearning courses for workers in an attempt to equip them to use new processes and systems as they’re rolled out across our organisations is one of these cases. Most of us know there are
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.
Why we need conferences
Clive on Learning
NOVEMBER 23, 2010
It's easy to think of conferences as rather old hat - top-down and push in an era that is increasingly bottom-up and pull; very un-green when we face huge environmental challenges; very extravagant when everyone but the Chinese is running out of money. But having spent some time now immersed in The Power of Pull by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison (2010), I'm convinced that conferences will have an important role to play for years to come. The reason? Conferences are primarily networking events - they bring people together and spark off opportunities. My conclusion?
Free e-Learning books
NOVEMBER 14, 2010
Since I am a great fun of open source software (Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning, Free and Open Source Web Conferencing Tools for e-Learning) and active member of online communities I created the following list with free
Why Twitter is so powerful
Learning with e's
APRIL 3, 2010
There are two types of people in the world. Those who get Twitter and those who don't. OK, I'm joking, but Twitter does seem to divide people. What can you say that's worthwhile in 140 characters? some people ask. Others claim that much of the Twitterverse is vacuous rubbish that isn't worth reading. It's stripped down and very simple. Self disclosure is a risky thing, but others often reciprocate.
#Situated learning via #mobile #augmented learning for our #educational future
DECEMBER 27, 2010
Learning within context was a difficult task in the past (travel, content design.). But with the ever growing (and simplifying) augmented mobile learning, it becomes a very feasible way of getting learners up to speed with the latest knowledge. Situated learning was first proposed by Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger as a model of learning in a Community of practice. And I am in to that concept!
Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success
Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.
eLearning & mLearning: Using Color in Learning
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
JUNE 16, 2010
by AJ George I've previously written about how to effectively use fonts to convey ideas and emotions in your eLearning courses. Effective use of color is equally important and is often overlooked and under utilized. What is the purpose of your eLearning course? Are you presenting somber, factual material? Are you welcoming new employees? Or maybe you are teaching a complex process?
Elements For Constructing Social Learning Environments
MARCH 10, 2010
Everyone’s been talking about Social Learning Environments (SLEs), the internet offers a plethora of tools that could become a part of a SLE. While some of these tools cost money, the bulk of them are free. We can construct our very SLE using these free tools. She covered the major tools that can be used to create a Social Learning Environment for free or at a low cost. No related posts.
Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources
OCTOBER 25, 2010
I received an inquiry about resources that would help instructors who are about to move into teaching online courses. It made me immediately think back to my first experience with an online session. It was the first ever public session for Placeware - a virtual meeting software company that was much later acquired by Microsoft and became Microsoft Live Meeting. Because it was their first ever public session and my first ever online session neither of us knew what we were doing. The topic was roughly (surprise) New Technology for eLearning. They had 100 people participating. hope this is useful.
How to revamp your learning model
SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
In my articles Online courses must die! and The ILE and the FLE in harmony , I advocate the development of a virtual Informal Learning Environment (ILE) to work in tandem with the Formal Learning Environment (FLE) to support both the learning process and its administration. Informal learning. believe in the power of informal learning. The ILE illustrated. Figure 1. Informal Learning Environment.
Best Practices for Launching an LMS
When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.
Moving Games Forward
OCTOBER 26, 2010
Here is an interesting whitepaper called Moving Learning Games Forward: Obstacles, Opportunities and Openness written by Eric Klopfer, Scot Osterweil, and Katie Salen with contributions by Jason Haas, Jennifer Groff and Dan Roy and right out of the Education Arcade. Here is the list from the report. As a result, K-12 curriculum standards “lock down” the curriculum leaving no space for adoption.
eLearning Predictions for 2011 and Beyond
DECEMBER 23, 2010
This summer I attended the 2010 Distance Teaching and Learning Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Some very interesting topics came up in the facilitated Think Tanks, and I wanted to share some of the predictions that were developed from these active group discussions regarding where eLearning will go in the next ten years. 2011 distance education eLearning future mobile learning predictions
QR Codes: In the Classroom #QRCode
Dont Waste Your Time
MAY 28, 2010
But first … I have found that there is something about the QR Code generation we ought to know about; this is. Using a QR Code Generator (like qrcode.kaywa.com ) means you can have the code store either a short URL or your contact details as text. Be warned: the more data you ask it to store the larger the final QR Code will be. Example: The BIT.LY address for my blog is [link]. Classroom.