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Building Communities with Ning

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Use Ning to build online communities and memorable learning experiences.  Ning is a free social networking platform that offers a wide array of features and capabilities.  Networks can be public or private, which gives facilitators greater control over the direction of their communities. My recent experiences with Ning (as a learner) have been excellent!  ( Work Literacy Web 2.0


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I have two objectives for this post. First, I will review Freepath 2.0 Beta , a free presentation tool.  Second, I will use Freepath to present 25 Free Tools for Learning Professionals as researched and compiled by Jane Hart. You then call up the content for a presentation when you want it, presenting it in a non-linear flexible way. Watch a brief tour of Freepath. Freepath. Freepath FAQs. Enjoy!


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Today, I’m reviewing SlideRocket , an online presentation tool.  My review is mixed. Let’s start with the good points. It’s free.  You can purchase individual or business accounts with more functionality, but the free account is fine for most uses. The image quality is superb. The user interface is fairly self-explanatory.  PowerPoint users beware.  It is nothing like PowerPoint.

New LinkedIn Applications

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Michele Martin and Chris Brogan pointed me to newly released applications for LinkedIn that you can add to your profile to extend its capabilities and improve your business opportunities.  The following nine applications are currently available.  Click on the links below to learn more. added my WordPress blog, Learning Journeys , to my LinkedIn profile with one click.  It’s that easy.

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Twitter for Learning

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I am a Johnny-come-lately to the Twitter scene (Twittersphere).  I thought Twitter was nothing more than instant messaging on steroids.  Forget information overload.  I saw it as information suicide.  Experience has changed my mind. It’s Thursday evening, Thanksgiving Day in the United States.  I’ve been following the #Mumbai hash tag on Twitter, and it has been a learning journey in more ways than one. I’ve learned that Twitter can be a source of up-to-the-second information from around the world.  No filters.  No holds barred. 


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Literally create learning journeys with Flowgram.  It is like a guided tour of the World Wide Web, … and you get to be the tour guide! Flowgram is a free, online service that you can use to create slide shows, scavenger hunts, or student assignments.  I created a sample Flowgram below. Use Flowgram to visualize your favorite sites on a particular topic.  Rather than providing your students with a link to your Delicious or Diigo account, give them a link to a Flowgram that incorporates those bookmarks.  Students can then interact with the content directly in ways that you specify. 

Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations 2008

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I will be attending the free, online conference, Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations 2008 , at Ning.com next week, November 17-21, 2008.  The event is moderated by Jay Cross , George Siemens , and Tony Karrer. “Join us to explore new developments, track emerging opportunities, and network with learning pioneers.&#. There are already 275 members, and you could be next.  Look at this list of events!  If you are at all intrigued by the future of the learning industry, you should join the conversation.  November 17 Monday. Best Online Collaboration Tools for Learning. Working Smarter.

Live Blogging with Cover It Live

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Interested in live blogging an event?  Want your microblogging updates to be posted in real-time to a single blog post? Try Cover It Live. I ran across this fantastic service being used at Mark Oehlert’s e-Clippings blog.  He is live blogging DevLearn 2008 in San Jose, California. Cover It Live answers the question, “What will my readers see?&# , with this explanatory video.  However, if you want to see it in action, visit e-Clippings today. From www.CoverItLive.com : CoveritLive’s web based software takes your next live blog to a new level. Your readers will love it.

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

Adobe Captivate 4 Sneak Peek

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I didn’t get to attend the Adobe Summit or DevLearn 2008 this week in San Jose, CA, and I’m totally jealous of everyone who got a sneak peek of Adobe Captivate 4.  . Thankfully, Philip Hutchison posted an excellent overview of all the new features on his pipwerks blog.  Captivate 4 will be part of the new Adobe eLearning Suite.  You must check out Philip’s review. Thank you, Philip! Tagged: adobe, captivate

Information overload … not so bad?

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Thanks to a tweet from Tony Karrer , I came across a fascinating blog post by Teemu Arina on information overload.  It’s was certainly a learning journey. have been consciously battling information overload by trying to reduce my blog subscriptions and staying away from too many social networking tools.  I practically restrained myself from jumping into Twitter without knowing fully what I was getting into and how to “control&# it.  (I finally took the Twitter plunge this week.  Lucky me!).

TCExam - Open Source CBA/CBT

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TCExam : Courtesy of amatbest54. TCExam is an assessment software system that enables educators and trainers to author, schedule, deliver, and report on surveys, quizzes, tests and exams. TCExam project was started in 2004 and now it is translated in several languages and freely used all over the world by universities, schools, private companies and independent teachers. TCExam is open source and completely free to use. haven’t tested TCExam yet, but it looks promising.  The website promotes the following features: Free and Open Source. Community support. Platform Independent.

Online Events vs. Face-to-Face Events

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This post was spurred by Tony Karrer’s comparison of Online Conferences and In-Person Conferences. Obviously, there are pros and cons to both types of events.  However, in my opinion, online events are heavy in pros, and F2F (face-to-face) are heavy in cons. Courtesy of Seven Springs. Online events are often free or, at the very least, are far less expensive.  They may be synchronous (everyone participating at the same time) or asynchronous (everyone partcipating at different times).  Synchronous events provide live, real-time interaction.  Stop by.). They can be very expensive. 

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Xerte - Free eLearning Development Tool

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Thanks to Jane Hart , I was introduced to Xerte today.  Xerte is an open source software package for creating interactive eLearning content. The learning object interface feels a little awkward, but that is easily overlooked for its price tag … free.  It appears to have decent documentation to help you get started, and you don’t have to know any scripting to create interactive learning content (including quiz questions and drag-and-drop features).  If you are comfortable with ActionScript, you can extend its functionality with code. Xerte - Learning Object Demo.


Adobe ConnectNow

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Adobe is offering a familiar service … for free ! Anyone who has used Adobe Connect to host live meetings on the Internet knows that it is a powerful tool for screen sharing, file sharing, marking up documents, chatting, taking notes, and interacting with audio and video. Adobe is now offering this service for free for up to three participants at a time. Simply sign up for a free account to get started. The meeting interface is fairly intuitive, but Adobe does provide documentation to help you use and troubleshoot ConnectNow. They can enter the meeting as a guest.


Lynda.com | Learning @ Your Own Pace

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I wanted to take a moment to tout an online training portal, www.Lynda.com , for their low-cost, excellent eLearning material.  Lynda.com catalogs hundreds of software training courses , and they are often the first to offer training material for the newest software on the market.  For example, Lynda.com released a complete training program for Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) the same week that the product was released to the public (October 13, 2008). Lynda.com, though not a free service, is very affordable. Monthly = $25 per month for access to all courses (no contract; month-to-month).

Update: Internet browsers …

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Since posing the question “ Which Internet browser is best for learning professionals? ” last week, I have received great feedback and learned new information that bears sharing. Google Chrome. The new Google Chrome browser is still in its infancy. Updates will be many and often during its beta phase. Google keeps a news feed to announce release notes for each update. Many of the very latest updates are only issued to their Dev Channel subscribers, but others are issued to the public. However, I've found myself spending more and more time in Flock 2.0 , the social web browser. Firefox.


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.

EclipseCrossword.com and Articulate Presenter ‘09

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Thanks to ZaidLearn 's list of 101 Free Learning Tools (#75), I came across EclipseCrossword.com. Their claims are true… EclipseCrossword is the fast, easy, free way to create crossword puzzles in minutes. You can quickly generate professional-looking crossword puzzles. You can print your crossword puzzles for hard copy distribution. You can save them in formats compatible with Microsoft Word. You can even publish them as interactive web pages. published the results, and it was a success! Click the image below to launch the Articulate example with the embedded EclipseCrossword puzzle.

Which Internet browser is best for learning professionals?

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I realize that's a loaded question. Perhaps the question should be, “ What is your favorite Internet browser? ”   And the logical follow up:   “ Why? ”. These questions never really registered on my radar until recently. Then I encountered Google Chrome and became addicted to its speed.   To compound this dilemma, I followed up on a tip from Harold Jarche that pointed me to Stuart Henshall's blog about Flock , the social web browser. Each time I flirted with alternatives, I'd run home to IE as soon as I noticed missing objects and mangled layouts. What are your thoughts?

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i've been discovering my way through the work literacy web 2.0 for learning professionals workshop, which is a six-week collaboration to experience new tools and their impact on personal and professional development

The Future Role of Learning & Development


I’ve just returned from the ASU GSV Summit this week in San Diego, CA. The summit is THE event for Education Technology companies, practitioners, and investors. This year 3500 people from all over the world converged in lovely San Diego to discuss (and envision) the next major transformational innovations in EdTech. It was a fascinating discussion covering a wide range of topics around the future of corporate learning and skills development. One particularly interesting discussion point touched on the future role of the Learning & Development (L&D) organization within corporations.

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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.

8 Best Practices For Designing Gamified eLearning Experiences


How To Design Gamified eLearning Experiences. There isn’t any doubt that gamification holds a prominent place in the future of eLearning. This comes as no surprise, thanks to the fact that gamified eLearning courses boost learner engagement , increase motivation , and trigger their competitive nature. Determine WHY And HOW To Gamify Your eLearning Course. Go Beyond Leaderboards.

Infographic: The Periodic Table of Instructional Design

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Students and scholars of chemistry make frequent use of the periodic table of the elements in order to contextualize and organize their understanding of the many substances they work with, as well as help to memorize each of their different properties. To that end, we’ve compiled a table of elements specifically for the instructional designers. Click on the image to see the table!

Top 5 Learning Technology Trends for 2016

Your Training Edge

New Year is coming and we all are at the edge of planning and redefining a lot of things, so do the businesses and their learning departments. If there is something quite certain about the future, it’s the emerging eLearning. In this article, we would explore what’s in the store for the novel learning methods in 2016. Trend # 1 Automation. Trend # 2 Augmented Learning. Trend # 3 Big Data.

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Skills: The last frontier for digital learning

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I’ll cut straight to the point. To most learners and most learning professionals, digital learning is a way to meet requirements for knowledge. Even in its most contemporary forms – responsive, massive, open, mobile, point-of-need, video-based and gamified – the priority is still knowledge, whether that is of facts, concepts, principles, processes, rules, procedures or spatial positioning.

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.

A Range of Options for Scenarios and Storytelling

Experiencing eLearning

When someone mentions scenario-based learning, do you automatically think of complex branching scenarios? While that’s one way to implement scenarios (and a very effective one!), I don’t think it’s the only option. range of options are available, from passive to active. Some of these options can work for both elearning and instructor-led training. Provided Examples. What Else?

eLearning: Interactive vs. Engaging

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Sally Cox    People love to talk about how they want their eLearning courses to be interactive, but to be really effective eLearning, it has to do more than just interact with the learner; it has to engage them.    Just adding a simple button is interactive, but it's not engaging the learner. No learning here!  Therefore, I engaged them.   Learn. Then Do.

Psychology of Corporate eLearning: 5 Things to Consider

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There comes a point in time when our inner voice starts whispering: “You are not clever and interesting enough. You’ll undergo degradation if you don’t start learning anything new right now!” ” Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? It’s not about learning how to prepare for life. Tell WHY they need it. ” Learning is hard. How can you figure them out?

The Magic of Microlearning

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One of you car’s headlights is out. It’s supposed to be pretty easy to replace, so you buy a new one and decide to give it a try. Where do you go for instructions? I’m guessing you’d probably try one or more of the following: Go to YouTube, or a similar site, and watch a video. Run a Google search. Ask someone at your local auto store. Ask a family member or friend who’s knowledgeable about cars.

Quality Control process for E-Learning

Quality assurance is often reduced to correcting errors in a nearly completed learning product. But creating a quality assurance process that influences decisions throughout production reduces the amount of revisions. This is the final step to ensuring that e-Learning applications are not themselves a barrier to learning

Top Experts Predict What Will Transform ELearning in 2017


ELearning is a rapidly evolving and constantly changing field that is never at a stop. A few years ago eLearning was perceived as an innovative way of studying. This very day eLearning is taken for granted, whereas the changes happening inside the eLearning field itself are accepted as innovations. Blog articles