DECEMBER 1, 2008
Courtesy of lisa_funtime. Free education? I’m not referring to grants or scholarships. I’m talking about a change in the way we acquire marketable knowledge and skills. Could there really be such a thing as free education? MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has made essentially all its course content available in a free, web-based format. Tag line: “Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required. Other institutions are offering similar content and services. Are there any drawbacks? In the current environment, yes. Free content.
Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations 2008
NOVEMBER 15, 2008
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.
Building Communities with Ning
NOVEMBER 24, 2008
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
NOVEMBER 21, 2008
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!
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.
NOVEMBER 10, 2008
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
OCTOBER 29, 2008
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.
DECEMBER 8, 2008
SimplyBox is a free browser plugin that is part: screen capture tool. screen touring application. organizer. collaboration tool. According to the website: “SimplyBox is a free service to Capture, Share, and Organize ANYTHING you find on the web. Using SimplyBox, you capture images, videos, or text from web pages and organize these screen captures into boxes (thus the name SimplyBox). You can then organize boxes into containers. Add comments to your screen captures, and even return to the original web page(s) to see your clippings in context with the click of a button. Browser.
Twitter for Learning
NOVEMBER 27, 2008
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.
NOVEMBER 17, 2008
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.
Live Blogging with Cover It Live
NOVEMBER 12, 2008
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.
Adobe Captivate 4 Sneak Peek
NOVEMBER 11, 2008
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?
NOVEMBER 7, 2008
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
NOVEMBER 5, 2008
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
OCTOBER 31, 2008
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.
Xerte - Free eLearning Development Tool
OCTOBER 28, 2008
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.
OCTOBER 24, 2008
Adobe is offering a familiar service â€¦ 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.
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.
Lynda.com | Learning @ Your Own Pace
OCTOBER 22, 2008
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 …
OCTOBER 21, 2008
Since posing the question â€œ Which Internet browser is best for learning professionals? â€ 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.
EclipseCrossword.com and Articulate Presenter ‘09
OCTOBER 20, 2008
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?
OCTOBER 16, 2008
I realize that's a loaded question. Perhaps the question should be, â€œ What is your favorite Internet browser? â€ And the logical follow up: â€œ Why? â€. 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?
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!
The Future Role of Learning & Development
APRIL 22, 2016
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.
eLearning: Interactive vs. Engaging
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
JUNE 15, 2016
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.
Top 5 Learning Technology Trends for 2016
Your Training Edge
DECEMBER 23, 2015
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.
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.
Vary Sentence Structure in Voice Over Scripts
JUNE 28, 2016
When you use voice over for elearning, do you want it to sound natural and flowing, or do you want it to sound stiff and didactic? great voice over person can make a good script more engaging, and a great script sound fantastic. However, if the script itself is completely stiff and unnatural, there’s only so much a voice over person can do. Rewriting Complicated Sentences. sound like a robot.
eLearning: Quick Tips for Engaging the Learner
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
MAY 17, 2016
by Sally Cox Creating engagement with your learners greatly increases their retention of the information and makes the course that much more enjoyable. often use the word "fun" when I describe eLearning--we're not talking balloons and unicorns here. But I want the course to be easy to navigate, thought-provoking, and an all-around pleasant experience for the learner.
10 Mobile Learning Terms that Every Instructional Designer Should Know
APRIL 27, 2016
By Guest Blogger Christopher Pappas / @cpappas. Are you looking for a quick reference guide that can help you brush up on your mobile learning vocabulary before your next Learning and Design meeting? In this article, I'll highlight 10 mobile learning terms that you may want to commit to memory by the time you walk into the conference room. Mobile Learning Christopher Pappas
Organizational Learning Engineering
JUNE 28, 2016
Organizational learning processes – across L&D, Executive Development, Leadership Development, and more of the roles in HR and talent management – are largely still rooted in both industrial era models and myths. We see practices that don’t make sense, and we’re not aligned with what we now know about how we think, work, and learn. Let’s go! strategy
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.
The future of entertainment
JUNE 27, 2016
In the space of a couple of weeks, I have previewed the future of entertainment twice. The first instance was at AFTRS in Sydney, where I attended a presentation of VR Noir: A Day Before The Night. Billed as an “interactive crime thriller”, this immersive virtual reality experience might best be described as a combination of a film and a game. think my adrenalin is still pumping!
The Link Between BYOD and Increased Productivity
JUNE 23, 2016
Of all the trends in technology today, BYOD, short for “bring your own device,” is among the most popular. This makes sense considering nearly 100 percent of employed individuals own at least one mobile device that they bring to work on a daily basis. Naturally, people want to use their device(s) at the office or wherever it is they work. Access only to non-sensitive systems and data. Jeffrey A.
How to Get the Greatest ROI from eLearning
JUNE 7, 2016
It’s safe to say that no intelligent individual has ever spent a significant amount of time and money on an investment that did not promise to yield a good return. Whether it’s an investment in oneself, a business, another person, or a product, a quality return is always desired. These movers and shakers want the very best for their organizations and personnel but also have budgets to honor.
eLearning: Attention, Attention!
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
APRIL 7, 2016
by Kevin Siegel A few years ago I wrote about the perfect playtime for an eLearning lesson (or module). In my article, I referenced a piece by the BBC, Turning into Digital Goldfish , where the author said "The addictive nature of web browsing can leave you with an attention span of a goldfish." 15 seconds! Does
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.
E-Learning Interaction Building Tools Comparison
MAY 9, 2016
An eLearning course looks incomplete without interactions. No one likes to take a boring page turner course. Interactions help in making the course engaging and collaborative. They foster active learning through a meaningful interchange between the course and learners. We are excited to bring out the first ever Interaction Building Tools Comparison. Here is the detailed comparison for you.
7 Technical Tips for Creating Video Lectures
JUNE 14, 2016
Create engaging educational videos with no hassle or specific training? Never been easier – if you use the right approach and technology. Check out 7 tips for creating video lectures on how to put together text, visuals and audio for the ultimate video lecturing experience. Creating video lectures these days is a piece of cake. Engaging text is half the battle. redundancy goodbye. 2. Audio tips.
The benefits of applying the 70:20:10 learning framework
MARCH 1, 2016
Considering a new informal learning approach? New report outlines the benefits of applying 70:20:10. The report discusses, in part, the benefits of applying 70:20:10 — the concept that suggests the majority of learning happens via on-the-job training and through coaching — to any organizational learning and development strategy. Does the 70:20:10 framework help?
What Are Yours? Top Ten Cognitive Biases in Learning
APRIL 21, 2016
Cognitive biases – or the tendency to think in certain ways that lead to systematic deviations from a standard rationality or good judgment – color almost every aspect of our daily lives. Top Ten Cognitive Biases in Learning appeared first on Dashe & Thomson. Learning Motivation Training Training Development cognitive bias
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.
Learning Locker Wins MongoDB Open Source Innovation Award 2016
JUNE 28, 2016
The post Learning Locker Wins MongoDB Open Source Innovation Award 2016 appeared first on HT2. News & Announcements Awards Learning Locker LRS Open Source
Uberizing Organizational Learning – Thinking Beyond Courses
JANUARY 6, 2016
Designing courses is passé! In a world where the shelf-life of knowledge and skills are rapidly shrinking, where best practices of yore yield increasingly little or no return on investment, where exceptions are the norm, and constant change and flux the new normal, designing set courses using SME-defined content is like trying to build a dam to rein in the surging waves of a tumultuous ocean.