YouTube versus Vimeo — What’s the Difference?
MARCH 4, 2011
Vimeo. Vimeo is optimized for HD video (default playback setting) and gives the user numerous ways to share and distribute video. However, Vimeo, like YouTube, works best when your video is exported and optimized for the compression settings Vimeo prefers. This can be either an advantage or disadvantage depending on your audience. Vimeo compression website: [link]. Format: MP4. YouTube. link] |.
Is Blogging Really Worth My Time? Throwing Down The Gauntlet (Part 1)
FEBRUARY 15, 2011
I’ve had several recent discussions with colleagues about whether one’s blogging actually influences others in meaningful ways. And we’re not just talking about page views, comments, and pingbacks. Over the last several years of blogging, I’ve searched for articles or studies that examine blogging from a more rigorous social science perspective and have found very little. features in the other.
Digital Literacy – Recent Articles
MAY 11, 2011
Understanding technological literacy, or the lack thereof, is a crucial issue not just for small scale instructional technology projects, but also for qualifying some of the social or environmental drivers that influence and shape our audience’s behavior and preferences. Serif or sans serif font? Sharing or bookmarking digital text and the conventions to support this activity?
Webvisions 2011 – Technology Snapshots of the Future
JUNE 2, 2011
I recently attended the Webvisions conference in Portland, Oregon. Blaise Aguera y Arcas and Douglas Rushkoff were a few of the well-known speakers. Many of the sessions were led by developers who were working with cutting-edge web technologies. Some of the main themes I heard at the conference were as follows: HTML5, CS3, and JQuery. Dave McFarland from PSU framed this discussion well.
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.
6 Tips for Creating Audio for E-learning Podcasts, Screencasts and Online Presentations
JANUARY 26, 2010
Recording audio for E-learning contexts is a straightforward process when you use the right equipment and adhere to some basic steps to optimize your recording environment. When was the last time you heard a poorly recorded E-learning course, podcast or online presentation? You know of what I speak. It’s unbearable and you long to hear a stereo-balanced, amplitude appropriate MP3 file. Microphone.
Netflix’s rise to the top – how did they do it?
APRIL 26, 2011
Netflix surpassed yet another milestone this week: It now has more subscribers than the largest cable TV operator in the U.S. You heard right…that’s 23.6 million users to be exact… an awful lot of subscribers. Their subscription base grew over 70% last year and that mean that more than 7% of Americans now subscribe to Netflix. Here are a few thoughts. 1. Core business. It’s about the software.
Technology for the Next Decade – What I’ve Learned from Children
APRIL 18, 2011
While technology is often about manipulating physical matter to achieve some kind of efficiency or product, it is also very much about perspective and thinking about doing old things in new ways. And so, it hasn’t surprised me that my own thinking of technology has been heavily influenced by watching how my 10- and 6-year old boys interact with computers, mobile devices, and new media.
Our New OSU Campus Tree Tour iPhone/iPad Application
JANUARY 28, 2011
We released Oregon State University’s first official iPhone application recently. Three of us worked on the application for many months and also helped define the licensing requirements that would allow us to release this application via the Apple Standard licensing type. This basically allows anyone to download the application using iTunes. We look forward to your input.
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.
Technology and Discretion
JANUARY 12, 2011
I enjoyed Mark’s last post “ The Art of Disconnecting ” about moderating technology usage. The timing couldn’t have been better. recently added a 3rd arrow to my quiver and have been enjoying watching my baby girl discover her fingers, cheeks, and anything else in reaching distance. And so, Mark’s last post about the need to disconnect resonated with me deeply.
Gardening and Web-based Multimedia – Some Basic Tips
DECEMBER 1, 2010
Gardening is one of our most popular topics within Cooperative Extension. In the spirit of form following function, we set out to capture some short vignettes from an expert gardener and convey the most important elements of these discussions in video, podcast, and caption-enhanced photo slide shows in a simple and easy to access format. link]. As always, think about your audience. Tools?
A New Way to Connect with Plain Old Telephones
NOVEMBER 3, 2010
After being on a phone call last week with 11,554 other people, I’ll never think of telephones as POTS –Plain Old Telephones–again. Our exposure to an innovative way to use telephones arose through an e-learning project called “ Mastery of Aging Well ” produced in collaboration with AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons). with targeted information.
Mobility status report: balancing convenience and quality
OCTOBER 21, 2010
When do mobile devices serve as temporary replacements for tethered devices, and when do mobile devices become primary devices? What is lost and what is gained in the migration to mobile devices? When do mobile devices help us do the things we did before in a new way, and when do they help us do new things? How do you rate the status of mobile technology?
Place-based Learning and Mobile Devices – Part I
OCTOBER 11, 2010
Treasure maps, letterboxing, scavenger hunts and geocaching all leverage environmental markers to guide a participant from one location to another. Just as geocaching enhanced earlier forms of interpretive tours or location-based hunts to a wider audience, smart phones are pushing the potential of place-based learning into uncharted territory. UF Pest Identification. UC Davis Soil Survey.
E-learning potential via random video chat?
OCTOBER 5, 2010
Educational models usually stress the importance of clearly defining learning objectives at the outset. How can e-learning balance this doctrine with the great untapped potential of unplanned learning? Can we get any insights to help answer this question from the recent rise in popularity of random online video chatting? When you go to a random video chat site like JabberCam! Well, of course.
Planet of the Apps: E-learning in a Brave New World
OCTOBER 4, 2010
Galloping down the beach, Charlton Heston suddenly stops his horse and dismounts, staring up in disbelief at an object just coming into view. He begins approaching the object before descending into a fit of rage and screaming: “We finally really did it. You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you. Damn you all to hell! Need the weather forecast? Another app.
The Fate of the Book
SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
The Fate of the Book. The Chronicle Review, October 1, 2010. Essays by William Germano, Jeffrey R. Di Leo, and Diane Wachtell. In the most recent issue of the Chronicle Review, several authors ask: Is the printed book dead? Some quotes from these essays: The overarching goals of publishing have been “universal access to knowledge and building knowledge as a self-correcting, collective exercise.”.
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.
How Long Does it Take to Create E-learning?
SEPTEMBER 29, 2010
For those developing E-learning deliverables, this is THE question. Essentially, it’s all about project scope and assuming that your most conservative estimate is still probably too low—there’s always something else that will need to be added, modified or enhanced. However, you need to size the project using hours, so you reference past projects relative to the requirements of this new deliverable.
What file sharing strategies work for e-learning developers?
SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
As you collaborate with others outside your local network in the development of e-learning materials, how do you share files? As a project manager, I’ve usually found ftp an easy way to exchange files between content providers, production staff, and design contractors. But what if your company or institution does not support an ftp site? There are many file sharing options out there. Thanks!
Instructional Design and Glassblowing – Science and Art
AUGUST 30, 2010
On a recent flight to Madrid, I sat next to a glassblower from the Portland area and we talked shop. After hours of discussing the intricacies of blowing and shaping glass, I tried to explain to him where my work as an instructional designer and technologist finds overlap with his occupation. learned that working with glass requires an eye for the artistic and a concern for the technical. 1990).
Audio Slideshows – Human Interest Storytelling
JULY 20, 2010
Online teaching takes many shapes and isn’t always conventional in form. One of the more compelling online pedagogical approaches is digital storytelling that combines audiovisual elements and focuses on a human interest story. well-known medium for digital storytelling is the audio slideshow. In the example below, the “Bagging Up section is an example of story without narration.
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.
Your Social Media Horoscope
JULY 2, 2010
Tidbits of wisdom for social media as dictated by the stars, planetary alignment, moon phases, and other Earth-bound sources*. Taurus: April 20-May 20. Not a good day to be boring. Express yourself today about what you know, and do it with passion. Don’t think of the facts, but instead think “story”. It’s the most powerful media. And follow your bliss today. It’s infectious. Gemini: May 21-June 21.
iPad, The Ultimate Family Room Device?
JUNE 8, 2010
Several months back, I posted a comparison of the iPad , iPod and Kindle from the perspective of e-reader functionality. Now, I’d like to provide some input about the iPad relative to what I see as its true product category: the family room web device. So, I’m hard pressed to imagine the iPad finding its way into the home office when it is obviously so comfortable in the family room.
Nonlinear Presentations: Alternatives to “Death By Powerpoint”?
MAY 25, 2010
A recent reference in the New York Times indicates the U.S. Army is close to declaring war on PowerPoint. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who heads U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told the Times, “It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control. Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.” For many, PowerPoint has become “a way of knowing.”
Engaging the e-learner who lacks interest and incentive
MAY 10, 2010
Learning opportunities are often geared for two main groups: those motivated to take a course, either because it is required or would provide advancement in their career or other practical benefit in their life; and those with a passionate interest in enriching their understanding of a subject or improving their skills in some activity. Antonin Artaud.
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.
Ning… where to go when the public square charges an entrance fee?
APRIL 16, 2010
Ning announced today that it will soon convert existing customers to a fee-for-service subscription or cut them loose. Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Ning , announced the shift in the company’s business model while downsizing his company by more than 40%. The first question for most Ning community owners not willing to pay up is “where do I take my online community of practice now”? It depends. Web 2.0
The future is mobile, but will it be participatory or proprietary?
APRIL 9, 2010
What could be a more perfect recipe for learning opportunities than the introduction of each new increasingly sophisticated mobile device and the growing numbers of smart phone users worldwide? learning developers are clearly eager to apply their ideas and skills in the mobile kitchen and cook up some new mobile innovations. Zittrain starts his story in 1890, when the U.S.
Ten Tips to Produce More Professional Online Video Interviews
MARCH 26, 2010
The personal interview is perhaps the most powerful tool for video storytelling both online and off. Here are some basic technical production tips for producing more effective and watchable video interviews. I’m aiming at those readers who may be beginners, or who may “know enough to get themselves in trouble.”. 1. Use a lavalier mic. Use the best microphone you can get your hands on. Use a tripod.
Mobile E-learning Publishing: iPad, iPhone, or Kindle – Which do iChoose?
FEBRUARY 22, 2010
While it was enlightening to see Steve Jobs demonstrate what the iPad can do, I found it more interesting to see what the iPad cannot do. Dev Patnaik at BusinessWeek recently discussed product innovation in this light and the relation to mobile content and e-reader growth is telling. What did their “stealth” analysis uncover? Is it a game, an e-learning course, a marketing tool?
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.
It’s Not (Only) About the Money
FEBRUARY 16, 2010
Although it is true that much of our e-learning thinking these days revolves around money, our work is not only about the money. Through this troubled economic time, we must maintain some attention to our ultimate goals: effective teaching and learner success. USDoE graphic. systematic review by the U.S. Without over-simplifying too much, it appears to relate to time on task.