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What makes a great icon?

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Imagine; you’re in an airport and your flight has been delayed for a few hours. You walk around the terminal, go shopping, use the washrooms, get something to eat. You’ve

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Five ways to ‘gamify’ your elearning

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Is 2014 the year gamification can be taken of the ‘to do’ list and put into practice? While it has been a buzzword in the elearning industry for years now, it seems like this year the time has come for gamification to start delivering real benefits for online learning. Gamification – the use of game play mechanics for non-game applications – promises much: an engaging, dynamic, memorable and rewarding learning experience. But it can be very difficult to know where to start. Dynamic storytelling. Both choices may be appropriate depending on the circumstances. Exploration. Ranks.

We need to talk about me

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We need to talk about me. Nick Baum. Senior Instructional Designer. Saffron Interactive. Why do I want to learn this? What’s in it for me? What am I expected to do? Learners want to know what’s in it for them before they’ll even consider beginning to engage with a course. “If I don’t know what’s in it for me, I won’t be switched on. If I’m not switched on, I’m not going to be motivated to do.

‘I reflect, therefore I apply’: What Descartes can tell us about making elearning more applicable

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This post is part of a sequence of articles which draw upon a book called the Six Disciplines of Breakthough Learning. This month, I’m exploring one of my favourite chapters: Blog Blogs

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What works about the webinar for learning?

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Webinar is probably my favourite portmanteau (web + seminar). And that’s saying something, because I genuinely believe that ‘spork’ is one of the finest words (spoon + fork) to ever come into existence. But then again, webinars and sporks aren’t so different, when you think about it. know what you’re thinking, I heard myself too. But let’s try and justify that seemingly ill-founded analogy. Stand back everyone, I’m going to attempt logic. Firstly, sporks are a useful combination of two different yet related tools. In many ways, they are a marvel of modern technology. Don’t worry, it’s coming.

Infographics: overused, undervalued or still full of potential?

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As this early example reminds us, an ‘infographic’ isn’t just about compressing large amounts of information into an image. It’s really the art of telling a story by turning that data into a more subtle and persuasive visual narrative. In the past two years infographics have grown more commonplace. But there’s a real danger that some of the basic principles behind them are being forgotten.

Minimal design and e-learning: Why less is definitely more

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“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” —  Antoine de Saint-Exupery , French writer (1900–1944). So you don’t believe me when I say that design is more about taking elements away than adding new ones? Try taking a look at the evolution of the Starbucks logo. The concept of ‘less is more’ may be a little clichéd, but you can see how powerful it is here: the simple, clean image is instantly recognisable and familiar; nothing is extraneous. Squirrel these references away so you can pull them out for future use. 

Toys, table-tops and the virtuous cycle of experiential learning

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Watching a toddler negotiate obstacles is fascinating, especially the ‘toy under the table’ scenario.  Running full pelt, all the focus is on their favourite toy, not the height of the table … BANG!  Need I say more?  10 days later, the same scenario is playing out, but this time upon reaching the table, the toddler ducks. Experiential learning is part of our make-up. Attribute.  . Course feature.

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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.

7 quick tips to improve knowledge management

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Following on from our webinar last week (you can find the recording here), we wanted to show that improving knowledge management doesn’t always have to cost a great deal of time.

How can Instructional Design be visual as well as engaging?

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My dad used to explain astronomy to me using salt pots and oranges. The orange generally represented the sun, whilst the salt pots, ketchup bottles and whatever else was on the kitchen table stood in for planets and comets. Learning has been using this ‘show, don’t tell’ approach for a long time. We can create virtual kinaesthetic learning in different ways.

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How can Instructional Design be visual as well as engaging?

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My dad used to explain astronomy to me using salt pots and oranges. The orange generally represented the sun, whilst the salt pots, ketchup bottles and whatever else was on the kitchen table stood in for planets and comets. Learning has been using this ‘show, don’t tell’ approach for a long time. We can create virtual kinaesthetic learning in different ways.

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The app effect: why playfulness is indispensable to learning

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My name’s Jasper, and I’m one of the new instructional designers at Saffron Interactive. I’m also an information junkie. love learning new things, and the more fun I can have while doing that, the better. So with that in mind, I decided to write my first blog post on the subject of apps, play, and flags (you’ll see), and what they can bring to the table in an e-learning, or m-learning, environment. I’d like to begin my post with a quick moment of reverence for the mobile phone. It’s an astonishing piece of technology. But these days it’s something that we take for granted. But it is.

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Does the glove fit? How to make the most of HTML5 in e-learning

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The HTML5 mark-up language has now been around for about three years. It’s not yet fully recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) but, as of last December, it’s well on the way. Some of us have already embraced the change, thrown out Flash and welcomed HTML5 into our e-learning content. But what does HTML5 actually deliver above and beyond Flash? Is it right for you? This post takes a look at some examples from a recent Saffron course to offer some guidance. Firstly, a warning: HTML5 may not be right for you. Look at how long the dreaded Internet Explorer 6 has stuck around!

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How personal stories help learners and organisations grow and change together

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Having been raised in a household of oral storytelling, stories have been in my life blood since the day I could understand language and narrative.  Being able to explore human behaviour and cultural differences through stories has always fascinated me.  So when. listened to a webinar involving Pat Kenny, a national e-learning manager from the Health Service Executive, that discussed using storytelling in e-learning it, it made me think. According to Clarke & Rossiter , in adults there are three ways to learn through stories: stories heard, stories told and stories recognised. You Change.

‘Learner as producer’: what Amazon can teach us about the activist LMS

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In a recent post, I mentioned that the order of the training transaction is currently the wrong way around. We treat learners as passive consumers, and don’t recognise their potential as producers. It’s an idea which is underlined in an excellent recent post by Steve Wheeler, from whom I’ve borrowed the first part of my title (although I suspect that Walter Benjamin got there first ). Wheeler points out that: “The importance of the situatedness of learning at all levels cannot be overemphasised. Much like an e-learning version of Amazon. And most people love Amazon, right? Clever, isn’t it?

An illustrated guide to illustrating elearning

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Who doesn’t like cartoons? Illustrations are designed to break up large amounts of text, introducing fun and laughter into the process. More than any other type of television, I can still remember the cartoons that brought me so much joy as a child. So it makes sense that illustration remains one of the major points of graphic design. However, that’s really not the case. Blog e-Learning Top tip

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.

5 Tips to make sure e-learning is effective

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I love Sheldon Cooper! I’m talking about the eccentric genius from the TV sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. He’s a know-it-all and knows it! So, why do I love him? Apart from the fact that he’s funny, it’s the hidden desire to be that know-it-all, to know almost everything there is of any practical worth. After all, no use confusing him any further! How do I do that?

5 Tips to make sure e-learning is effective

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I love Sheldon Cooper! I’m talking about the eccentric genius from the TV sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. He’s a know-it-all and knows it! So, why do I love him? Apart from the fact that he’s funny, it’s the hidden desire to be that know-it-all, to know almost everything there is of any practical worth. After all, no use confusing him any further! How do I do that?

Respect the system! – Creating engaging systems training

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When I started as the new Instructional Designer at Saffron, I had to get my head around an abundance of new ‘systems’ in a short space of time. Of course, Blog Blogs e-Learning Instructional design

Square pegs and round holes: How to make e-learning more mobile responsive

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A few days back I was browsing my favourite website on my sister’s new smartphone. Even though I made sure I was accessing the mobile version of the site, I still wasn’t able to see content I could see when browsing the same site on my PC. The impact on the user experience that just a small impediment like this makes is huge. So are you providing the right shaped space for your learners? link].

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 most compliance e-learning doesn’t actually work

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Why do companies offer compulsory compliance training to their employees? To meet the company regulations that are in place. When staff training is approached in this way, many individuals may have reservations before they even begin, because ultimately, they do not have a choice in how their learning material is delivered. Let’s look at the bigger picture. I’ll take a simple example. In hospitality, employers have a duty to inform their staff about food and hygiene. But what about the employees in hotels and restaurants?

Before, after, and beyond: why in 2014 we need to ‘design the complete experience’

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Recently I’ve been rereading The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning , first published in 2006. It’s a fantastic toolkit for learning professionals who want to design programmes which make a genuine business impact. Pleasingly iconoclastic, the book challenges some of the bad habits and received wisdom which limit the scope of our ambitions. Most importantly, it also offers an easy-to-use framework for implementing breakthrough learning strategies. Those tools can be summarised in the six disciplines, as follows: Define Outcomes in Business Terms. Design the Complete Experience.

Saffron Interactive’s learning portal named on Top 20 Watch List

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Saffron Interactive has been named as ‘one to watch’ on this year’s Learning Portal Companies Watch List. Training Industry has recognised Saffron and its open source LMS, Saffron Grow, as.

Education 3.0: How can the corporate world learn from children?

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I recently watched an inspirational and informative YouTube video on a TED talk by Sugata Mitra on the Self Organised Learning Environment (SOLE).  Mitra explored the natural inquisitiveness of children and their thirst for knowledge using just a simple computer. He found children sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas and teaching each other.  The child became the teacher.  The result of his research and observation is SOLE: collaboration on a global scale.  He intends to build a school in the cloud where children can explore, collaborate and learn from each other. for the corporate world.

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

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Top 5 Learning Apps

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After Christmas’s over-indulgence, self-improvement is most definitely at the top of everyone’s agenda come the New Year. In that spirit, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite learning apps. There’s. Apps Blog Blogs

“Hey, those are MY learning outcomes!”… The endowment effect, e-learning and resilience

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The ‘endowment effect’ is the well-known theory in behavioural economics that a sense of ownership makes a big difference to how we think and act. On a transactional level, it means that people will pay more to retain something they already own than to obtain something similar which is owned by someone else even when there is no real cause for attachment. Put simply, a coffee cup becomes more valuable when it is my coffee cup. Experiments demonstrate that such an endowment, or sense of ownership, can be established in just a few moments. An example of this is Arthur Andersen’s employees.

Beyond winning points: reflections on ‘gamification’ (Part 1)

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Like most of Londoners, I rely on tube transportation to travel around the city. When on the tube, I usually spend my commuting time playing video games on my smartphone. When I look around I realise that many others, like me, are immersed in trying to solve puzzles, escape from zombies, shoot pigs, and so on. Games have been around for hundreds of years and video games are today becoming the preferred form of entertainment. If we look at the most recent statistics about online gaming, we learn that: The average age of a gamer is 30 and he/she has been playing for an average of 14 years. Right?

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What is quality when it comes to e-Learning?

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Does a good-looking course qualify as good quality? What about an ordinary course that brings about great behavioural change? I’m sure the argument can be extended to both sides. But my argument is to take the middle-path (very Buddha-like indeed, except I see no chance of Nirvana!). At the same time, most of us are also looking to maximize our profits. Where does that leave quality?

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

Why emotional outcomes matter just as much as learning outcomes

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This article is an edited extract from the upcoming June issue of Inside Learning Technologies and Skills magazine. Last month, Nicholas Baum explained some of the principles of something called ‘me-learning’. He outlined the mechanics of how an e-learning course can become a space in which learners can visualise new behaviours in action: ‘Here’s where I am; here’s where I could be; this is what I need to do to get there’. Personalised input and personalised output via emotionally charged content is another way to put it. So how does it work? Where does the why really come from?