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Internet of Things: Imagination is the only limit

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

I started my journey with Harbinger Systems sometime back. Though I am just a couple of months old here, the knowledge and exposure which I have received has been enormous. have interacted and learned a lot from my colleagues who always push and encourage me to dabble in new things. A few days back, one of my colleagues mentioned about The Internet of Things (IOT) to me.

Crowd-sourced Learning Content: Opportunities and Challenges – (Part 1)

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We are doing this post a bit differently. We present a short interview with Vikas Joshi, the primary author of this blog, and Maheshkumar Kharade, a technology expert. In this post, we start by understanding the opportunities inherent in crowdsourced learning content. Q: How is the nature of learning content changing with time? Vikas Joshi] Nowadays crowdsourcing is playing an increasing role in the creation of learning content. When people have a question, they simply post it on a social networking site, and elicit responses. Vikas Joshi] Absolutely. Vikas Joshi] Undoubtedly.

Six Simple Questions about Learning

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Our world keeps changing and we need to continuously adapt to change. There is a process through which we adapt to change, and that process has a name, and that name is learning. Today, let’s boil this topic down to six simple questions about learning. 6. What is learning? Learning is not what they teach you, learning is what you get out of it, right? When do we learn? Hardly. Where do we learn?

MOOC Evaluation at Harbinger

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Base Camp is a ritual that is followed every year at Harbinger. This year, we formed six teams, each taking a project related to Harbinger operations / roadmap. Our team got an opportunity to work on the project - “Learning culture at Harbinger.” It was about researching on how learning happens at Harbinger and suggest steps to build the learning culture. Base Camp learning culture MOOC

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.

Avatars in eLearning: Best Practices

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Avatars are interactive animated pedagogical agents. Avatars personalize a course, add variety to learning, especially in long modules on complex subjects. life-like ‘human’ interface makes the learning experience more ‘real’. Research has shown improvement in learning outcomes when avatars are used. One should expect to find them everywhere. Those are the pros and cons. What tools do you use?

Power vs Ease of Use: Do We Need to Choose One?

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Industry gurus have long maintained that authoring tools can be either powerful or easy to use. They say: choose one. I say: I want both. Is that possible? Well yes, if the tool designers pay attention to flexibility. Consider interactivity templates. The very idea of a template connotes a cookie-cutter approach. Easy to learn, easy to use. The answer is in flexibility. How many steps in a process?

7 Fun Ways to Get Participation and Collaboration Going in Classrooms

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Yes, I hear you. Preparing to teach a class is hard enough. Who has the time to add fun activities? Well, you do - given these no-frills group activities that only take minutes to build, whether you use a board, a flip chart or an interactive software like YawnBuster. Show of Hands Conducting a quick poll is a perfect icebreaker in the beginning of a class. and watch the hands go up. Click here.

Using Raptivity with Captivate

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Several Captivate users build Raptivity interactions for use in their elearning and presentation materials. Adobe, the maker of Captivate, has been releasing upgrades and new versions of Captivate over the past several quarters. Naturally, their users want to stay on top of the best ways to use Raptivity within Captivate. The resources I will cite here are useful for Raptivity 5.5, 6.0, 6.1, 6.2

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.

Next Generation Content Authoring - From LearnX, Sydney

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LearnX 2010 in Sydney, Australia was a special occasion for Raptivity because of the Best e-learning tool award. Here, I also had the opportunity to deliver a session on the next generation content authoring. The goal was to outline the various aspects trainers and educators need to consider while designing their training material for next generation learners. courtesy 1.

Twelve Ways to Add Value to Open Source LMS Systems

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I've been too wrapped up thinking about interactivity to pay attention to the pains learning managers must go through for making their Moodle implementations effective. So, when I sat down to talk with Dr Asheesh Choksi, technology consultant and architect, about Moodle, he gave me a 12-point program to add value to Moodle - which was quite an eye opener. 1. User Management User management is the starting point in making Moodle successful. Catalog Management What does the learner see on logging in? This is the province of content display and catalog management.

The Future of e-Learning Content after Adobe Kills Flash on Mobile Devices

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It is official. Adobe, in a written statement , announced that it will not support Flash in mobile browsers henceforth. As it is, iPhone and iPad don't play Flash content. It will be a matter of time before new versions of other mobile devices (based on Android and other platforms) stop supporting Flash in browsers. What does this mean for e-learning content? Well, Adobe continues to be committed to supporting Flash on the PC platform. Adobe also says that mobile content can be packaged using Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) and delivered through app stores in the form of native apps.

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Building m-learning : Eliminating Redundant Effort

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Training Magazine’s Learning 3.0 Conference in Chicago on 4th and 5th October 2011 features a talk by Bijoy Banerjee on what he calls Single Source Content. talked to Bijoy, Senior General Manager at Harbinger Knowledge Products, about his vision for eliminating redundant effort in building m-learning and e-learning. Okay, what's the pain point you are addressing? BB: Today’s learners are prepared to access learning on desktops, laptops, smart phones and tablets. As a training content developer, are you prepared to support all these different devices, their operating systems and browsers?

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

Better Productivity with Raptivity: A Story of Customer Centricity

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When Yehudi Menuhin was asked: "What has music taught you?" he replied: "It has taught me to listen." It is no different with product design. You design products in a flash of inspiration, and keep making them better by listening to your customers. The Raptivity 6.5 release is full of productivity features that are based on ideas that come straight from the trenches. Here are some examples. Users found it a chore to delete sample content from interaction templates before adding their own. That was the genesis of Raptivity's Blank Template.

Crowd-sourced Learning Content: Opportunities and Challenges – (Part 2)

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Last week, Vikas Joshi shared his thoughts on opportunities inherent in crowdsourced learning content. This week we talk to Maheshkumar Kharade, a technology expert, to follow up on the previous post. Q. How are tracking systems keeping pace with the opportunities inherent in crowdsourced learning content? Maheshkumar] Due to its multidimensional nature, crowdsourcing apparently brings in multiple challenges and opportunities for tracking systems, content creation and content delivery platforms. Though these steps have helped gain some momentum, it’s not yet enough. Q. What needs to be done?

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A Learning Interaction Look-up Table

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Here is the quick learning interaction look-up table I promised in an earlier post for instructional designers to locate some of the best examples of the various types of ready-made interactive elements. Build guided adaptive scenarios, explorative branching simulations, immersion learning situations and whiteboard simulations Click Raptivity Standard 3 technical training -overview visuals, flow diagrams and software simulations.

Flash in eLearning - Seven Traps to Avoid

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Flash is a free cross-browser plug-in that allows interactive content to play on most browsers and computers.The sophisticated Flash development environment allows programmers and designers plenty of room for creativity. No wonder then, a lot of e-learning is built using Flash. If you are considering the on-going use of Flash for developing e-learning, here are seven traps to avoid. 7. The frame rate trap Flash files can support multiple frame rates. By itself, your interactive component shockwave file (.SWF) SWF) will play okay regardless of the frame rate.

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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.

Enhancing Interactions with Media Elements

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A few years back, e-learning courses were largely static, with a few interactions here and there. As interactivity takes center stage, more and more learning happens through interactions. learner may spend more time working through a simulation, playing a game or exploring an interactive visual than reading the course material. With this, course developers are increasingly feeling the need to provide additional information elements within interactions. large number of interactions today are developed using interaction templates. Raptivity Media Toolbox. button can also pop up a video (.flv/.f4v),

Mobile Learning and Interactivity

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Does mobile learning need interactivity? Even more so, says Janhavi Padture, one of the invited speakers at Washington Interactive Technologies Conference, hosted by SALT (Society of Applied Learning Technologies). talked to her to get her take on the subject. Mobile content is short-duration, small-screen. Why bother making it interactive? JP: There is inherently a greater chance of distraction since the learner is on the move. So the need for delivering engaging content is even greater. Give us examples of interactivity on mobile devices. JP: Real time polling, games, interactive diagrams.

Five Types of Interactive Elements for Next Generation Learning

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In my last post, we looked at the next generation content authoring. In this post, I include an interactivity that will help you explore the five types of interactive elements for next generation learning. Use your mouse pointer to explore any of the five panels here, and click on the little round button at the bottom right of each panel to know more. Click "Restart" button on bottom right to go back to the panel. Enjoy

mLearning marches ahead: new trends in mobile learning

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Robert Gadd has written an insightful post on emerging trends in enterprise mobile learning for 2011. His predictions are backed by his long experience with mobile learning. They ring true, given the telltale signs of some of the changes he discusses. In his prediction concerning authoring tools he points out the possibility of authoring tools providing 'publish to HTML5' option. Gadd follows this up with another post titled New mlearning Authoring Offerings - Wave #1 where he discusses two leading tools that have already provided HTML5 capability

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.

Building Your E-Learning Course Design Tool Kit

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If the title of this post makes you think I will list a whole bunch of tools here, let me first set the expectations right. It is my endeavor to take a look at the e-learning course design process here, so that you can decide how to build a tool kit that addresses all process components. learning course creation is all about having a design process in place to build the right course in time.

Celebrating 5 years of Raptivity : Form is Temporary, Class is Timeless

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In the game of cricket, they say a player's form is temporary, but the class is timeless. Likewise, when a product stands the test of time, it deepens your belief in the innovation and quality underlying it. Five years is a long time in the software industry. At the same time, Raptivity's growing customer base and growing sales charts imbue us with a sense of expectancy towards the future.

Learning at Harvard

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For all the discussion on learning and interactivity in these pages, I always had a hunch that I would discover something new about learning if I were to go back to school. As it turns out, the hunch was right. I did get the opportunity to spend some time at Harvard Business School recently. And, getting back to campus life was both enriching and fun. So, what are the ''new'' things I discovered about learning? Here we go. A lot of learning is accidental. You run into someone from a different walk of life, start chatting and come away with a new idea. Happens all the time. That was cool.

Content Authoring with Video Interactions

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Trainers have long known the importance of video in all types of training. Digital video has now become so commonplace that nearly everyone knows how to shoot video using a camera or a smart phone, upload it to Youtube and share it with others. It is high time these two trends converged. Content authoring needs to embrace digital video. The newly announced version 8.0 of Elicitus, a leading desktop authoring tool for trainers, educators, subject matter experts and other e-learning creators worldwide, makes this happen. Creating great courses with Elicitus requires no programming.

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.

Job Aids Come to Help

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Since time immemorial, job aids have been in use by workers and artisans of all kinds. well-designed job aid helps in improving efficiency, cuts down time to get the work done, and reduces frustration. We recently spotted one opportunity for a new kind of job aid for Raptivity users. Raptivity has the largest number of interaction templates among all elearning tools. Being a specialized interactivity builder that works with all authoring tools, Raptivity continues to the at the forefront of interactivity. To download the Raptivity Album, click here.

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One Interactivity Builder for Many Authoring Tools

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Of late, some vendors in the e-learning tools industry have started using the word 'interactivity' in a rather loose way. You hear of authoring tools that provide interactivity building features. This leads some users to believe they are getting course authoring and interactivity building in one package! Of course, we do welcome the efforts by authoring tool vendors to help their users build engaging courses. What is important for course designers to understand is that the state-of-the-art in interactivity is further along. Why a separate interactivity tool? There are many good reasons.

Global Poll Reveals Key Trends in e-Learning Design

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In a recent online event, we polled hundreds of course designers spread throughout Australia, Europe and USA with four simple questions. The results are quite interesting. Question 1. In your experience, over the past several years, are customer budgets per hour of eLearning increasing, decreasing or remaining about the same? Figure 1: Poll Results on E-Learning Budgets Per Hour of Seat Time Question 2. What level of interactivity do clients expect in the courses you deisgn? Figure 2: Poll Results on Level of Interactivity Clients Want Question 3.

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Innovative Customers in Action

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According to Tom Kelley, the innovation guru, one of the ten faces of an innovator is that of an anthropologist - someone who really understands what people want, and why. Well, when it comes to software tools, who knows what users want better than the users themselves? We recently discovered this quite serendipitously. user on Raptivity community, InteractivityHub , suggested we build a learning interaction that involves characters and speech bubbles. His idea was to allow the course designer to input a dialog, and then for the software to render it in speech bubbles in a sequence.

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.

Next Generation Audience Response Systems for Teachers and Trainers

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Audience Response Systems (ARS) establish interactivity between presenters and their audience. Traditionally ARS consist of several units of wireless hardware (a clicker pad which looks like a remote control) used by the audience, and it is combined with a presentation software used by the presenter. Among the several well-known benefits of ARS, the most important one is that it creates an interactive and fun learning environment. Presenters can gain and retain audience attention, help increase knowledge retention, and confirm audience understanding of material presented.

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