mLearning: The Time is Now
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
JULY 6, 2011
by AJ George The push for mobile learning (mLearning) has been a surprisingly long one. Last year we talked about how mLearning wasn't quite ready , but we threw out some technical tips in case you were ready to dive in. Almost a year later we noted that the Horizon Report slated adoption of mLearning for one year or less. " It looks like the future of mLearning is officially now.
iPad Applications In Bloom’s Taxonomy
AUGUST 24, 2011
This has bubbled up in my feeds not once, but several times now. It’s an interesting graphic that actually places example iPad applications into Bloom’s levels of performance in the cognitive domain. Focussed around students, and not really workplace learning, but interesting nonetheless. Check it out.
Gamification vs. Serious Games–What’s the Difference?”
MAY 26, 2011
Interesting comment the other day, Dianne asked: Just curious if you make a distinction between gamification and serious games. (I think getting overly wedded to terminology is a distraction from looking at the quality, or lack thereof, of particular games, but do see that the emphasis seems a bit different when people talk about the two “fields.”.). Does that make sense to everyone? Design Games
eLearning Conferences 2012
NOVEMBER 17, 2011
Clayton R. Wright has done his 26th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year and has asked me to post again. Past years eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. It covers events from four continents. All Internet addresses were verified at the time of publication. Private? Personal? What’s Next?,
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.
Questioning Gagné and Bloom’s Relevance
AUGUST 2, 2011
Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Hirsh. Lauren needed to do an informational interview for her masters program, and I needed some new profile pictures. The pictures turned out terrific; I’m sure I got the better end of the bargain.). During the interview, Lauren asked some very thoughtful questions about the relationship between theory and practice. Gagné’s Nine Events.
Join the open and free course on mobile learning: #MobiMOOC
MARCH 17, 2011
Mobile learning (mLearning) is all the rage at the moment, but how do you get started and how do you maximize the mLearning plans you have? Simple, follow this free online course facilitated by 7 mobile experts and turn your mLearning knowledge into a practical project. Interested? Join the online google group, the course wiki and enter the mLearning conversation with other peers. Interested?
14 reasons why your multiple-choice quiz sucks
APRIL 19, 2011
Unlike some of my peers, I’m not an opponent of the multiple-choice quiz. It’s a convenient and efficient means of assessing e-learners, if it’s done well. The problem, unfortunately, is that it’s often done poorly. So poorly, in fact, it’s embarrassing. At my workplace, I am regularly subjected to the multiple-choice quiz. The ridiculous answer is obviously incorrect.
Lurking is Not a Static State
JULY 20, 2011
Lurking and its role in communities has been on the forefront of my mind for the past few days. It has received a lot of attention in the past from the thought leaders in the realm of learning and the role of communities in personal as well as organizational learning. They are lurking on the edge, consuming content. They are the free riders. However, is that truly the case? Not really.
20 Signs of Employee Disengagement
The Peformance Improvement
DECEMBER 7, 2011
Employee engagement seems to be the current hot topic of survey organizations. Gallup , Mercer , BlessingWhite , and others are regularly conducting national and international studies of engagement. It’s interesting to discover from these surveys that roughly 30% of employees indicate that they are engaged in their work. You don’t need an organization-wide survey to answer this question.
eLearning & PowerPoint: A Great FREE Resource
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
OCTOBER 7, 2011
by AJ George. I've talked a lot about where to get free stock photos , about how to manipulate stock photos , and tips for creating your own graphics. Somehow, in the midst of all that, I remained in the dark about what is probably the best free resource I've come across in a while. This is often seen as a less effective way to present learning, but it doesn't have to be. SHUT-UP!
How Long Does It Take To Develop An Hour Of Elearning?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
I’ve been away from the blog for a while; work assignments have required that I travel to North America. After some long flights and the resultant jetlag, I’m just starting to get back into the groove now. Take a look: View more presentations from Chapman Alliance. There are quite a few interesting bits in the presentation. eLearning Custom eLearning eLearning solutions
The Storytelling Element of Instructional Games
MARCH 4, 2011
While not all games have a story narrative behind them, storytelling is an essential part of the gamificaiton of learning and instruction. Simple games like tic-tac-toe are not guided by a story. Neither are games like hide and seek, freeze tag or word searches. But a surprising number of simple games have more story behind them than you may think. Saving the Earth from Aliens. Content Guide
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.
Flash Dead for eLearning
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
I've been warning about this since January 2010 in Still No Flash , and called it out further as the signs became more serious in May 2010 with Beginning of Long Slow Death of Flash. My words then: We are hitting a tipping point where you have to question building anything that uses Flash as the delivery mechanism. And said, The death of Flash is continuing. What does all of this mean?
Rapid Instructional Design for Accelerated Learning
OCTOBER 6, 2011
Created in the military during World War II, the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) model has dominated curriculum design for the last 40 years. It is still taught in universities and by most train-the-trainer firms. However, according to Dave Meier, in The Accelerated Learning Handbook , the ISD model is “too slow, cumbersome, stiff, linear, and emotionally dull…to get the job done today.”
Getting a job as an Instructional Designer
SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
I get a lot of emails from people asking me how to break into the ID field. This post is my response to those emails. Because I’m an extremely flawed human being I don’t always respond to these right away and then they sit in my inbox for months and months and wither away on the vine. So my apologies to those of you who’ve written that I didn’t get back to! Well – make something up! About what?
Why does learning content seem so much more exciting on an iPad?
Clive on Learning
NOVEMBER 11, 2011
I'm convinced that the future of e-learning will be on tablet devices. Not so much performance support, because you need that to hand every minute of the day and a smart phone is the obvious vehicle. But for learning, a tablet seems such a perfect fit. Since DevLearn last week, when it seemed every other person was carrying an iPad, I've been trying to figure out just what it is that tablets offer as a delivery medium for learning which a laptop can't do equally as well. I'm still not really sure but here are my first thoughts: There is still a degree of novelty about using these devices.
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.
Are #mLearning projects in Africa really successful? #ICT4D critique
NOVEMBER 10, 2011
Although a propagator of learning with mobile devices, in this seminar John Traxler takes a look at learning with mobile devices from another angle, a critical one while looking for answers from all of us. John Traxler lives and breathes mobility. During his seminar, John raised two major questions: Are learning projects based on mobile devices really helping Africa forward? Is it real progress?
The 4 S’s of mobile design
APRIL 12, 2011
Given that smartphone sales are estimated to exceed PC sales by the end of this year, and mobile Internet users are expected to exceed desktop Internet users soon after, I have finally concluded that the time is ripe for mobile learning. While I am no m-learning expert, I thought I’d share with you several tips that I have collected on my journey so far. Simple. if the content is relevant.
Lurking or Legitimate Peripheral Participation
JULY 18, 2011
During the July 7 early #lrnchat about social media and social learning, there was a lot of discussion about lurking. In response to the question “What are some ways you learn through social media that aren’t collaborative, with other people per-se?. replied : I do a fair amount of lurking (ie “legitimate peripheral participation ). and Jane Bozarth replied. Most likely.
Learning Organization: Simple Diagram
JANUARY 22, 2011
A diagrammatic representation of Senge's Learning Organization
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: Is Using Copyrighted Materials Okay?
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
APRIL 14, 2011
by AJ George. In response to my blog post about inserting Youtube videos into PowerPoint presentations, I was asked about the legality of downloading YouTube videos for your own use. Was downloading a violation of copyright or did it fall under Fair Use or the TEACH Act? Am I allowed to use copyrighted materials in my eLearning video? and got some answers. Sharing is Caring.
Mobile Learning: A Quick SWOT Analysis
APRIL 11, 2011
For over two years now, we have not only just been hearing about mobile learning but also actively understanding and working on it. From trying to explain five myths of mobile learning to assisting customer new to mobile learning, getting started with mobile learning has been an exciting journey through which we have seen mobile learning seeing increasing adoption. Weaknesses. Opportunities.
Feedback Essential for Video Games and Learning
MARCH 17, 2011
One of the features video games, board games and other types of games have over traditional learning environments is the frequency and intensity of feedback. Feedback in games is almost constant. In fact, often a screen or a player will flash to indicate they are in danger of being eliminated with the next wrong move. It is designed to inform the learner in two important areas. Design
Emerging Asynchronous Conversation Models
JUNE 22, 2011
I had an interesting conversation with Patrick Randolph from TalkWheel about different kinds of asynchronous conversation models that are emerging and how they might fit into broader eLearning Initiatives. Particularly we focused on the implications of TalkWheel, Quora and Namesake. Below I've captured aspects of our conversation (interestingly enough done via email - how old school).
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.
To Improve Learner Retention, Focus on the Dynamics of Forgetting
MAY 25, 2011
When we talk about learning, the concept of retention is almost always an integral part of the discussion. For example, we frequently talk about how and when to present information to optimize retention. In fact, retention is almost synonymous with learning. And, no discussion about retention can be complete without also discussing its opposite: forgetting.
Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen @usablelearning
NOVEMBER 30, 2011
If it’s possible to be in love with a book, then I am in love with this one. Julie Dirksen has written a most excellent book for the beginning practitioner as well as the seasoned veteran of instructional design: Design for How People Learn. I'm buying this for my design team and will recommend this to clients as an essential book for their learning design libraries.
Massively scalable training
Clive on Learning
DECEMBER 15, 2011
Some fantastic progress has been made recently in realising the concept of massively scalable education. You've probably already heard plenty about the Khan Academy , which has contributed to the maths education of millions, as well as the free online courses being run by faculty at Stanford University. An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence , led by Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun, attracted some 160,000 enquiries, of which 25,000 or more have made it through to its conclusion. Interested as I am in all this, my work is not in education, it is in training. There is, of course, an overlap.