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  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2009
    [2009] Using the Dreyfus Model to engage people in your Online Learning program
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. The success of your Knowledge Management or online learning initiative depends on how well you can engage different people in your organization and really, how apt is your mode of delivery, to the content you're delivering. Very simply, the purpose of any online learning/ knowledge sharing implementation is to make capabilities explicit in an organization. I've been thinking about this recently and I think the Dreyfus Model of Skills Acquisition is a great way to articulate the different levels of expertise in a certain area, in an organization.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2009
    [2009] The Big Question - What I Learned About Learning in 2009
    What did you learn about Learning in 2009? think my learning for 2009 was focused around three primary areas; this obviously derives from my focus on innovation in elearning and is biased, but here goes. Mobile Technologies – 2009 was the year that mobile technologies have exploded on the scene. Related posts: The Big Question: Time Spent CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2009 Top 50 Mobile Learning Resources. The Big Question posed on Learning Circuits this time,as always , is thought provoking –. Five Myths of Mobile Learning. 2. Mobile Learning in India. 3.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2009
    [2009] Conflicting personas: social media as an ‘AND’ role (initially titled ‘AND’ job which is entirely inappropriate, even for this blog)
    You know one of those brief tweets or status updates that can easily be lifted from bigger, continuous conversations  you’re having with online friends and followers? Out of context stuff. Or, it’s a user’s name that’s exploited, like this from NBC news anchor Brian Williams: “There’s no way of knowing if the incoming text from partygirl99 is being written from Tehran or Texas.&#. Poor partygirl99. Williams’ statement is very true. It is hard for traditional media to vet information coming from the public in a form they’ve never seen. Wha???
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009
    [2009] Ten commandments of e-learning (content design)
    Cath Ellis recently set out her ten commandments of e-learning and this prompted me to try and articulate my own. Now e-learning's a big subject if you include all its many variants - formal and informal, synchronous and asynchronous and so on - and if you take into account all the issues relating to its management and marketing. So, what I've done is restrict my thoughts to the design of interactive, e-learning content, drawing heavily from the 60-minute masters : Structure into modules. Keep each module to one main idea. That's enough for most learners to cope with in one session.
  • TONY KARRER  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] eLearning Conferences
    JANUARY 2009 January 3-4, 2009 New Presidents Program , sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs, Florida, USA. January 4-7, 2009 Presidents Institute : Investing in the Future – Students, Institutions, and the Public Good sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, Hyatt Regency Cocomut Point, Bonita Springs, Florida, USA. link] conferences_events/presidents/ 2009.asp January 4-7, 2009 Hawaii International Conference on Education , 7 th annual, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. link] index.php January 18-22, 2009.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
    [2009] Seven Tips for an Easy and Effective LMS Switch
    recent survey on customers’ happiness with their LMS (conducted in Jan 2009, published in Mar 2009) by Bersin & Associates observed: “The study found that a significant proportion of LMS customers – fully one-quarter of customers – are dissatisfied with their systems and say they are likely to switch vendors within the next year.”  For an eLearning initiative to be successful, strong leaders and champions are needed in the organization. The LMS remains a key link in the success chain. Read on. The key point here is NOT to forget this is true. Some could be: a. Data migration.
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
    [2009] Learning Styles Challenge -- Three-Year Update
    It has been over three years since I offered $1,000 to anyone who could demonstrate that utilizing learning styles improved learning outcomes. Click here for the original challenge. So far, no one has even come close. For all the talk about learning styles over the last 15 years, we might expect that I was at risk of quickly losing my money. Let me be clear, my argument is not that people don't have different learning styles, learning preferences, or learning skills. The challenge is still on.
  • XYLEME  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009
    [2009] Learning Pulse
    Home > Industry Talk > Learning Pulse Learning Pulse April 8th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Jay Cross has started a conversation on the Future of Organizational Learning and Development. Brandon-Hall just published a new 526-page report entitled “Learning Technology Products 2009: Authoring Tools, Learning Management Systems, and Learning Content Management Systems” that contains short one – to three – page profiles of the products featured in three Brandon Hall Research KnowledgeBases: Authoring Tool KnowledgeBase, LMS KnowledgeBase and LCMS KnowledgeBase.
  • XYLEME  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2009
    [2009] Learning Pulse
    Home > Industry Talk > Learning Pulse Learning Pulse October 30th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Harold Jarche is blogging about the future of the training department , briefly looking back at the pre-training age and then at how training has evolved after its invention in the 20th century. Clive Shepherd is blogging on how this has changed in 2009. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. Learning technologies are not adopted similarly by all types of people. But this year we have seen a major shift. Many of my colleagues are doing the same.” No trackbacks yet.
  • XYLEME  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2009
    [2009] learning pulse
    Home > Industry Talk > Learning Pulse Learning Pulse May 27th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Tony Karrer is blogging about the term “meta-learning” and its definition as it was used in the article “ Become a chief meta-learning officer ” by Jay Cross and Clark Quinn. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. Great insights are shared by author and commenters. Harold Jarche is exploring the challenges of training in complex environments. “In complex environments, only emergent practices are effective, as backward-looking “good practices” are inadequate”. No trackbacks yet.
  • RAPID ELEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009
    [2009] 13 More Tips to Help You Record Narration Like the Pros
    You don’t need to be a professional audio engineer to record narration. However, you do want to pay attention to what you’re doing and do the best job possible. Last week, we looked at some basic tips to record high-quality audio. Those tips leaned more on the technology. Today we’ll look at what you can do to get the best narration. also added some tips from last week’s comments section. 1. Place your microphone in the right position. By setting the microphone 6 to 12 inches from the narrator you’ll get a crisp clear voice. While he was rambling on I noticed that the mic was turned off.
  • TONY KARRER  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2009
    [2009] eLearning Conferences 2010
    December 2009 December 1-4, 2009 New Zealand Association for Research in Education , Distinction Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand. link] December 2, 2009 Security and Defence Learning : International Forum on Technology Assisted Learning and Training for Defence, Security and Emergency Services, 5 th , Hotel InterContinental Berlin, Berlin, Germany. link] December 2-4, 2009 Online Educa Berlin International Conference on Technology Supported Learning and Training, 15 th , Hotel InterContinental, Berlin, Germany. You can contact him at: crwr77@gmail.com. ichov, Špindler?v
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009
    [2009] Goodbye 2009!
    As we prepare about the new year, I encourage you to check out the Learning Circuits Big Question: What did you learn about learning in 2009? Thanks for spending part of 2009 with us, whether in person or here on Lessons on Learning! Hello blog readers! BLP is wrapping up our year and we won’t be posting over our holiday break. and consider how you’d answer the question. know I’ll be thinking about that and will have a post on the topic in early Janaury. We hope you are able to do the same as you spend time with your family and friends over the holidays!
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009
    [2009] Going from 0 to 60 - 6 Jing Videos in 60 Minutes
    So, for our speed test, we'll create 6 Jing screencasts in 60 minutes next Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm EDT (GMT-4)! "I feel the need. the need for speed!" Ah, one of my favorite quotes from the movie, Top Gun. Remember that scene? Last weekend was the Indianapolis 500. I was watching the news and found out that those cars hit speeds of 220 mph or more!? That got me thinking about speed. It's all about speed, baby! And, I've been thinking lately about how much fun it was to do the Camtasia Studio 24 videos in 24 hours. If you'd like to tune in live, we'll be streaming from Ustream.TV
  • JANET CLAREY  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009
    [2009] Are you playing the role of the Subject Matter Expert instead of the Instructional Designer?
    I had a conversation by email with someone I really care about that probably came off a bit bitchy, a bit holier-than-thou…it you can have just “a bit&# of either of those traits.  And, I’m probably about to come off the same way here. That’s not an apology. I yam what I yam. And, no doubt I’ll piss off some people for my opinion of rapid e-learning tools. My email conversation came at a time when I saw the tweet (below) from Clark Quinn on Twitter so I felt some sort of validation of my opinion (don’t you love serendipity?). Same holds true for our field.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2009
    [2009] Happy Holidays from TechSmith - It's the Most Robotic Time of the Year!
    2009 was a great year because of you and your support! Robots are always cool, right? I've always loved them - in fact, I'm even "knitting a robot army":[link] At TechSmith, we're getting in the holiday spirit by celebrating the most 'Robotic' time of the year! We made an electronic holiday card to celebrate the 'Most Robotic Time of the Year' which you can view "here":[link] It even has a TechSmith holiday jingle, some pics with our favorite robot around TechSmith, and. you can even download and make your own "TechSmith robots":[link] (PDF)! We have a robot for each product! Thank you!
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2009
    [2009] The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Of Project Spaces & Project Managers
    My Tenets of Leadership From Training Specialist to Learning Generalist Why your Training Team needs Versatilists © Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Whether you're part of a consultancy or an in-house training outfit, you're providing a service to a customer your people should matter a great deal to you. A few years back, I read Guy Kawasaki 's Art of the Start and Guy insists that product manufacturers and service providers should niche themselves. He explains the thought using a graph like the one you see above. You're perhaps stupid if you provide a unique service and no one wants it.
  • XYLEME  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
    [2009] $1 million e-learning no more…
    Home > Instructional Design , Single Source > $1 Million e-Learning no more… $1 Million e-Learning no more… April 15th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment I’ve been in the training and development business for nearly 20 years now. September 18th, 2009 at 12:02 | #1 rapid elearning courses rapid elearning courses… Hey nice post there. I’m Aaron from rapid elearning courses and I’ll be following your stuff from now on. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. Things certainly have changed a lot in that time. Each course cost over $1 million dollars! Regards!…
  • JAY CROSS  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2009
    [2009] Not Your Father’s ROI
    The July issue of Chief Learning Officer is now available online. It features an article in which Jon Husband and I delve into how to measure the impact of learning in the network era. Productivity in a Networked era: Not Your Father’s ROI. Today’s networked era requires a new way to make investment decisions that incorporates intangible assets and more accurately depicts how value is created. The industrial age has run out of steam. Look at General Motors. Look at Chrysler. We are witnessing the death throes of management models that have outlived their usefulness. What to do?
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2009
    [2009] Analyzing and Driving Performance - What Not to Do
    As we focus on analyzing and driving performance this month, I thought I’d start a list: How to Ensure Your Bottom-Line Doesn’t Improve. In other words, what shouldn’t we do when analyzing performance or choosing performance interventions? 1. Rely on self-reporting to determine needs. While self-reporting can be valid and should always be a consideration, the higher risk the topic, the less we should rely on it to make conclusions about the needs of our learners. For example, self-reporting “Do you like chocolate?&# = reliable. Usually, that’s not accurate.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2009
    [2009] Preparing for Change
    When I was fifteen my father told me that one thing I can always count on is that things are going to change. In the moment I couldn’t fully comprehend what he was telling me. Since that time I have learned this to be true. For better or for worse, I fully expect change - I know its going to happen. Throughout our lives we are challenged to deal with personal and professional upheaval. I use the word upheaval because even when change is good there remains a learning curve and time to adjust to new circumstances. Around any change there is fear, rumors, and reluctance. Prep for Change Now.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
    [2009] Asking the right questions during design to track down elusive content
    As a first-time BLP blogger, I was very eager to lock down my e-learning topic and join the ranks of my fellow bloggers. Last week, I determined my three blog topics for the month, all focused on curriculum design and development. felt good identifying my first topic: designing an e-learning course with little to no content in sight, and then…do you know what happened next? Ironically, I had created the topic and struggled with…the content. I can’t escape! So, I did what I always do…begin the “content inquisition.”. Don’t get me wrong! What should they believe ? What will success look like?
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2009
    [2009] Moodle: A fantastic tool for informal learning - and not just “e-learning”
    Last week I hosted a webinar called “Come Moodle with Us: Straight Talk on Moodle as an LMS Solution.&# Along with two of my colleagues at BLP, we showed attendees OUR Moodle site - and attempted to illustrate many of the cool features Moodle provides and how Moodle facilitates informal learning and not just functions as a place to house and track e-learning. Those who want to use it just to track learning are missing its point. In our case, it connects all the employees in our organization to each other. Example: I created a “course&# in Moodle called Adobe Max.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2009
    [2009] The Future of the LMS
    We started the month talking about the features and functions of learning management systems. It’s only fitting we end talking about the changes the future holds for those features. Soon, it won’t be enough that the LMS tracks formal learning like instructor-led training courses or e-learning modules; the future is here, and learning management systems are changing rapidly to keep up. Leanne talked about Moodle’s ability to categorize those on the system by their expertise in her last post. In a sense, she saw the LMS as more like a social network and less like a database.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009
    [2009] Every multimedia developer’s nightmare…the LCMS
    It seems important to begin this post with a disclaimer…this is my “multimedia developer&# opinion. You’ve been warned. As a multimedia developer the thought of developing e-Learning with an LCMS development tool sends shivers up my spine (not the good kind, like when you learn a new way to make something animate in Flash…yes, I know I need to get out more). Don’t get me wrong, the majority of LCMS development tools are great for rapid development, and are a great way to manage content and content objects with a single application.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2009
    [2009] Tips and Tools for Synchronous e-Learning
    The blog carnival didn’t get quite the response I was hoping for this month, so I decided to go in a slightly different direction, and look to see what the higher education field had to share about e-learning. Higher education started out as all synchronous learning - and as they have branched into web-based solutions they have stuck with the synchronous model in many cases. They also like to do a lot of research and writing about theories, which makes for some good ponderables. store of real-life experiences. An inclination to problem-centered learning. Desire for meaningful learning.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009
    [2009] Give Them Permission to Learn
    In live facilitation we often remind folks to shut off their cell phones, we select an appropriate learning environment, schedule the time – it’s a training event. Just as Gayle indicated in her recent post that it’s important for learners to apply good business practices when taking e-learning, it’s also important for the organization to give the learners permission to do so. In some work cultures or due to personal bias a learner may feel that they aren’t really “working” when attending training. So give learners permission to learn and restrict their activities while taking the course.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009
    [2009] Impact of Culture on Learning
    I’ve been working on an instructor-led project lately and it’s caused me to think about what impact does culture have on learning preferences? My disclaimer for this post is that I’m not advocating that we teach to “learning styles&#. Check out this post for a starting point to learn more about why we shouldn’t design to learning styles. However, my question is - How much should culture influence my design? And how much does my own culture influence the way I design courses? suspect that I don’t want to design to culture and here’s why. Any thoughts?
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009
    [2009] Analogies are like Informal Mnemonics
    Analogies have been a source of great amusement for me this past wee k. Analogies can be very helpful in learning, if they’re used correctly. In this award-winning (if I do say so myself) sample , we use water as an analogy to teach the surprisingly complex topic of electricity. Learning games use analogies all time. Anne Derreberry talks about games that mirror reality (like a flight simulator) and others that teach through metaphor (like World of Warcraft as a leadership training lab). Either can. Analogies can be useful in classroom training, too. like the idea a lot – with a few caveats.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009
    [2009] Mobile phones as training tools
    What role do you think mobile phones should play in training? Check out this video - admittedly focused on using cell phones in the classroom - and let me know what you think? 1) Are mobile phones a viable training tool in the distance-based or live classroom in a training setting for adults? 2) Should schools be embracing mobile phones as teaching tools for children in schools? Can’t wait to hear what you think! Click here to view the embedded video.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2009
    [2009] Informal Learning
    A recent survey that found that employees (in the UK, at least) are more interested in innovative learning and collaboration than the HR and training people in those same institutions. The study, conducted in March, found that 44% of employees want to see collaborative tools like blogs, forums and wikis developed, while just 32% of HR professionals agree. More HR professionals (42%) than employees (38%) wanted to see more classroom learning. Having been in both learning and HR roles, (not to mention being an employee for most of my career), These results make perfect sense to me.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009
    [2009] Engage the Right to Land on the Left
    “Emotion is the fast lane to the brain.” These are the words of Doug Stevenson , author of the Story Theater Method , and speaker at today’s CIASTD meeting.  I have to tell you Doug made me laugh, he made me sad, at times I was touched – the key is I was feeling and learning at the same time. The Story Theory Method is about using your personal stories to enthrall and engage learners to make a point. It’s about engaging the right side of the brain, tapping into the audience’s emotions, involving them in your story. Think about some of your stories, maybe a time you made a mistake at work.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009
    [2009] Are Learning and Entertainment Mutually Exclusive?
    Jennifer’s post titled Corporate Training – Journalism or Entertainment , really got me thinking about learning versus entertainment. Are they congruous or exclusive? want to believe training can effectively be delivered in an entertaining way. I for one want to be entertained. However, is it possible that I may learn more from something on the boring side? Possibly, it is a fine line to follow. Let’s consider a couple examples. How frequently does an instructor lead training have a lively and entertaining facilitator, is fun to attend and popular with learners? Where is the balance?
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2009
    [2009] Corporate Training - Journalism or Entertainment?
    Last night Bill O’Reilly visited The Letterman show and they had a heated discussion about whether Bill O’Reilly is a journalist or entertainer. Regardless of your political leanings, it was an entertaining interview. Check out a highlight below (especially around minute 7:00): Click here to view the embedded video. While I’m not going to enter the political fray on this blog, it did make me think of some recent experiences where I’ve discussed the level of reality to convey in a training course. Which begs the question: Are we entertainers or journalists? Ask questions.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009
    [2009] April’s Big Question - Stuck?
    The Learning Circuits blog posted their big question for April – Stuck? Getting Unstuck? feel very fortunate that I don’t typically face being stuck in old and boring ways of doing things due to oppressive corporate standards. I don’t know that I can go as far as Ignatia and say that I’ve never taken no for an answer when a cool idea is blocked. I do think I can honestly say that we get to play with enough new ideas and concepts that stuck isn’t typically an issue for me. Still, I enjoyed reading the other responses. agree wholeheartedly. Blogging changes the way you look at the world.
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009
    [2009] Accidental Instructional Designers #dl09
    At DevLearn ‘09, I had the pleasure of hosting a Thursday morning Breakfast Byte. Conference participants gather around a topic of interest at an ungodly early hour, while sipping coffee and eating croissants. bleary-eyed, loosely organized conversation. If you know me, you’ll know my topic was right up my alley: “Instructional Design: You Do What for a Living?” Over 25 IDs gathered to talk about how they got here and where they're going. asked people to introduce themselves and tell their stories – how they each got into instructional design. Many of us thought that we would be teachers.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009
    [2009] The Secret - Get 100.000+ Followers On Twitter In 24 Hours!
    ". Would you like to get 16,000 Followers in 90 days & Make Money doing it? ".more more THE SECRET Why think so small! If you first want to think really big, you might as well go for it for real. mean what is 16,000 followers (and in 90 days, come on! Peanuts, man!), even if it is a targeted audience to your personal, or company needs to generate traffic and revenue. Forget all the Twitter Gurus (for a few minutes!), and read carefully the secret to getting (Can't wait! Please, tell me know!). This means that if you follow one million, you will eventually get 100,000 followers. censored).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2009
    [2009] 2 Juicy Ways to Insert YouTube Videos into PowerPoint
    RealPlayer YouTube Video Wizard Format Factory Today we basically have FREE access to millions (if not billions) of videos on the Internet ( my personal favorites! ) , and surely among them you are going to find some mind stimulating videos that you would like to infuse into your face-to-face learning sessions (like this amazingly funny video: Learning English Pronunciation ). Now, I am going to share with you two (2) juicy ways to insert your favorite YouTube videos (or videos from other sites) into your PowerPoint presentations. So, how can we get the job done quickly?
  • TONY KARRER  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [2009] How long does it take to select an LMS?
    I saw a post by Bryan Chapman discussing how long it takes to select an LMS. I've known Bryan for quite a few years - more than 10. And he and I do a lot of LMS selection and implementation work. And I think we are both pretty good at it. I may even be the person he's talking about in his post as the other consultant, but I'm not quite sure. So, the real answer to how long it takes is, of course, it depends. But to give you some better answers than that the eLearningGuild has some great survey data on it. I put out some of that data in my post - LMS Team Size and Time - Wow 23 Months! months.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2009
    [2009] Jing Me, Tweet Me! Jing Direct to Twitter Coming Soon!
    Sometimes words are not enough! Especially when you only have 140 characters on Twitter. Soon, you'll be able to easily add visuals and screencasts to Twitter with the click of a button in Jing! There will be a Jing update on December 8 that will give you a fast and easy way to add your Jing screen captures and screencasts to Twitter! How will it work? Simple! Set up a new Share button in Jing for Twitter. Just as always, you will capture an image or make a video of your desktop. Jing will post your tweet along with a link to your Jing screen capture or screencast. That's it! Tweet away!
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2009
    [2009] Be the Camtasia for Mac Product Manager for a Day.
    If you could take "Troy Stein":[link] job as the "Camtasia for Mac":[link] Product Manager for one day. what would you do with the product? Camtasia for Mac was released a little over 2 months ago. And, as you know, we're always looking for feedback and ways to improve. Our software is better because of you and your input. As the Product Manager, part of Troy's job is to set the roadmap for Camtasia for Mac, select new features and functionality, see trends and steer the product. So, if you were the Camtasia for Mac Product Manager job for a day, what would you do? What would you change?
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2009
    [2009] Happy 5th Anniversary 'Screencast'!
    It's been 5 years since "Jon Udell":[link] invited his readers to "propose names":[link] for making videos of software. They landed on the term "Screencast":[link] for this genre. And, since then, screencasting has grown leaps and bounds. It's easier to record and produce a screencast. Software and hardware have improved. The barriers to entry on screencasting have been lowered. You don't need a production studio or expensive, complex equipment to do it. You can read the post "here":[link].
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2009
    [2009] Screencast of the Week - Why Most Screencasts are Tedious.
    A blog post title caught my eye last week, 'Why Most Screencasts And Online Presentations Are Tedious (And How To Fix It)'! knew I had to check it out! Turns out it was written by "Sean D'Souza ":[link] who has a great site, "PsychoTactics":[link] that uses an understanding of psychology to understand why customers buy (or do not buy). love Sean's blog post and screencast. He talks about techniques they use in TV programing like the scene, camera angle or some other change in the shot. Typically there is a change __every seven seconds__. No change. Here's Sean's great screencast. Enjoy!
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2009
    [2009] Berlin Meet-up - TechEd EMEA
    I'm sitting in Detroit, Michigan at the Airport watching people run to catch their planes, wrestle with their luggage, and herding children. It's good people watching today! :-) I'm getting ready to head across the pond for "Microsoft TechEd EMEA":[link] in Berlin! TechSmith will have a booth at the show, so if you're attending the tradeshow, please stop by! I'd love to meet-up! Troy Stein, the Camtasia for Mac Product Manager, will also be attending the show. So, if you have any feedback for him, this would be a great time to meet and share thoughts with him. We'd love to see you!
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2009
    [2009] Spork Adventures plus Tasty Screencasts at Blogworld Expo
    Last week, the TechSmith crew was at the Blogworld Expo. We had a great time and even had a fun new booth. The theme of our booth was all about Snagit, Camtasia and Jing making tasty screencasts and yummy screencaptures. In our booth, we had our new Om Nom Nom Monster. He's eating some screencasts and screencaptures with a spork ! :-). And, keeping with the theme of tasty video and screencaptures, we thought it would be fun to get some titanium TechSmith sporks! If you find me on the road, ask me for your own titanium TechSmith spork. It's a quick one - it runs less than a minute long.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2009
    [2009] Progress Reports with Camtasia for Mac
    This week's Screencast of the Week is a great one! How many of you take pictures? If you're like me, you love taking pictures to document travels, capture milestones and fun times with friends, family and co-workers. What if you took those pics, added some background music and turned it into a video to share with your friends and family? It's a great way to commemorate good times! John Basile (aka Scraster ) did that for his good friends who had chronicled the progress of their pregnancy with a photo session every Sunday morning. The baby, (John's Goddaughter) was born September 13th.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2009
    [2009] Free Tool for Camtasia Studio Users
    I'm starting the Bill Myers fan club! I've blogged about him several times before. Bill's been using Camtasia Studio to create training DVDs and CDs. And, he has recently created a free tool to quickly build custom user interfaces (also known as front end menus) for Camtasia movies placed on CDs. Bill has been nice enough to make his CD creator public for anyone to use. You can see his free CD User interface builder, along with a short video showing how to use it and what can be created with it here. Don't you love it when people share?! Thanks, Bill!
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2009
    [2009] Welcome Camtasia Relay 1.2!
    Good news! We've been busy at TechSmith working on Camtasia Relay! And, I'm happy to report that we have a new release of Camtasia Relay available. And, if you are an existing Camtasia Relay customer, the new version is a free update! You can find more info here ! Not familiar with Camtasia Relay? Camtasia Relay makes it easy for instructors and presenters to record live lectures, training or presentations on a Mac or PC and publish the videos automatically in multiple formats (for Web and portable media devices). What's new? Improved Real Media outputs.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
    [2009] All About Screencasting - Meet Scrast and Camtasia Users Group
    Calling all Camtasia users! There have been some great resources cropping up on the internet for screencasters and Camtasia users that I wanted to share with all of you. First up, check out Scrast. Scrast is a site all about screencasting. Scrast launched earlier this year and they've been adding more content, tips and tricks and tutorials all the time. They have a nice section with 'Tips for better Screencasts' and a section dedicated to Camtasia. Also, Camtasia Studio expert, Lon Naylor has set up the Camtasia Users Group. love the tagline for the group, "Simply useful Camtasia stuff!".
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
    [2009] We Need Your Help - Screencasting Tips for New Screencasters
    In the words of a great band, The Beatles, "Help, I need somebody, Help, not just anybody, Help, you know I need someone, help!". Yes, I need your help! More and more people are screencasting. We're looking to gather and compile a list of the best screencasting tips to share with people that are new to screencasting or looking to take their screencasts to a new level. If you have any tips to share, would you please comment on this post? look forward to seeing your feedback and creating a great resource! Where will we use the info we gather? Together we can make better screencasts!
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2009
    [2009] You had me at Snagit - Snagit for Mac is Coming!
    Now that we've released Camtasia for Mac , one of the top questions I've been hearing is, 'Will there be Snagit for the Mac?!' Well, you asked for it. The good news just keeps coming today! I'm pleased to share the news that you will be getting your wish! I'm happy to announce that TechSmith is in the early stages of actively developing Snagit for the Mac! Want to keep up with the latest news about Snagit on the Mac? You can sign up to receive email updates here. I'll also post any news and info here on the blog and on Twitter.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2009
    [2009] Today is the Day! Meet Camtasia for Mac!
    Today is the day that many of you have been waiting for! I'm really happy and pleased to finally be able to share Camtasia for Mac v1.0 with you! Thank you for supporting us on this fun journey! We built Camtasia for Mac from the ground up. We conducted focus groups, surveys, and received great feedback from a good number of very early beta testers, and did of usability testing. hope you enjoy the product as much as we enjoyed creating it. Get comfortable, this is a long blog post! wanted to show you what is new in Camtasia for Mac as well as answer some question I've been hearing lately.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2009
    [2009] Screencast of the Week - Orchestrate
    Think you can't make an engaging story about labor scheduling software? Think again! Ian Ozsvald and the team at ProCasts did just that! ProCasts wins the highly coveted Screencast of the Week award this week with the screencast they created for Orchestrate - Employee Scheduling Software. liked this screencast for several reasons. The audio is high quailty - as you know audio is king! also thought the opening animation was interesting and added a nice touch - it made the screencast seem professional and polished. And, ProCasts made great use of zooms , transitions and callouts. Think again!
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009
    [2009] Welcome TechSmith's New Education Community Site
    I'm happy to share some good news with you! My partner in crime, Dave McCollom , our Education Evangelist at TechSmith has just launched a brand new blog. Plus, he's added a new page chock full of great resources for educators that are using all TechSmith products. There is already some tutorials and examples showing how to creatively use Snagit, Camtasia Studio and Jing in the classroom. Dave will be working to provide you with more content all the time. We made the site with you in mind and need your input on what you need and how to improve. Education Community Site. Education Blog.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2009
    [2009] Screencast of the Week - Fighting Hunger, Editing By Candlelight and WFP
    When Beth Kanter talks, I listen! Beth is wonderful for so many reasons. Beth is very innovative and is a rock star in the Nonprofit world. She teaches Nonprofits to effectively use technology and social media. She also happens to be a Camtasia Studio user. :-). Beth caught my eye the other day when she posted this on Twitter :  .    What a cool use of Camtasia Studio! The UN World Food Programme (WFP) recently launched a video blog called 'On the Road'. The first series was shot in Tanzania with Marcus Prior. Check out several videos made with Camtasia Studio here - 'On the road: Tanzania'.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009
    [2009] Come Visit TechSmith! May 28 is 'Take Your Customers To Work Day'
    Now here's a 'holiday' I'm excited to celebrate and I hope you will join in too! just learned that May 28th is ' Take Your Customer To Work Day '! We like to think that every day is ' Take Your Customer To Work Day ' at TechSmith and our doors are always open to visitors. We love it when users come to visit. We've even had people spend part of their vacation with us ! So, on May 28th, I'd like to invite you in to visit TechSmith in Okemos, Michigan. Come have coffee (or a beverage of your choice) and some sweet treats with us! Come on in - we've been waiting for you! Can't make it on May 28th?
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009
    [2009] Bacon, 360|Flex and TechSmith
    Part of my job is to connect with people. And, as you may know, I might be what some people call a little quirky. :-) So, I thought we should have something fun in the booth. Somehow I stumbled up Maple Bacon Lollipops - I had to try them! mean, what could be better than sugar plus organic bacon on a stick?! figured, it'd be fun for Brooks Andrus, our Senior Flash Developer, and I to take them down to Indianapolis for 360|Flex this week. The lollipops would be a great hook to get people to talk to us and a way to have fun at our demo table. So far, so good! Maple + Sugar + Bacon + Stick = Good?
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009
    [2009] Attending TechEd or in Los Angeles?
    TechSmithies have descended on Los Angeles this week for Microsoft TechEd. If you're in the area or attending the show, I'd love to meet up! Beverage of your choice is on me! mail , call or text me (517.410.0030). I'm looking forward to a busy week doing demos in the booth and attending some sessions. Also, I don't know LA very well. Any advice on places to eat downtown? I'll be posting pics of our travels here. And, you can always see where in the world we are by visiting our Calendar of Events here. Any requests on where should travel to next or events we should attend?
  • RAPID ELEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009
    [2009] Build Branched E-Learning Scenarios in Three Simple Steps
    This post is in response to some conversations I had during the last ASTD conference in Washington, DC. There were some people who suggested that rapid elearning was only good for basic linear courses and they lamented that they couldn’t build interactive scenarios. I’ve built hundreds of rapid elearning courses and I can tell you that building branched scenarios with your rapid elearning tools is not only possible, but it’s actually pretty easy to do. added some tutorials at the bottom of the page that shows you how to do so. And in the other I show you how to insert it in a course.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Predications for 2009
    Take a look and let me know what your predictions are for 2009. eLearn Magazine's Predictions for 2009 __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide. It is that time of year again. Lisa Neal Gualtieri of eLearn Magazine has issued her annual list of predications from elearning folks in academia, business and not-for-profit organizations.
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2009
    [2009] When Do Learning Games Make Business Sense?
    T+D Blog - Serious Gaming in the Workplace asks the question: Is serious gaming being taken seriously in your workplace? It is time to change the perception of "gaming" among CEOs and other corporate executives. It is a valuable learning tool that is taking too long to become a mainstream part of everyday learning. However, I've been wondering for long time about when the added costs of building games really pays off. Last year in Training Method Trends I showed some data from the eLearning Guild that had games and simulations decreasing as a modality. But transfer does not equal ROI.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009
    [2009] We Need You! To Beta Test Camtasia for the Mac
    One of the steps in software development is to beta test the software. And, we could use 50 - 100 beta testers for Camtasia for the Mac. Interested? Just fill out this shortly survey here. Troy Stein and the Camtasia team will review the submissions shortly. And, if you're accepted to beta test, you'll hear from them shortly. Thanks for your help in the development of Camtasia for the Mac! We could not do it without you.
  • TONY KARRER  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009
    [2009] eLearn 2009
    Just a quick note that I will be up in Vancouver for E-LEARN 2009 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education. If you are attending and see this post, please drop me a note. It's always good to connect with people face-to-face at events. eLearning Technology. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs
  • JANET CLAREY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009
    [2009] Personality type and a learner’s success with social media
    I’ve been thinking about a possible link between a specific personality type (introvert) and social media success for several months and what it means for learning in the workplace. (I haven’t done any significant research on this topic yet.). I can’t synthesize this provocative older post from Venkatesh Rao but his insight was this: …the word “social” in the term “social media” represents the ultimate in misleading advertising, and is responsible for many failures and a lot of disenchantment, especially within the enterprise.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009
    [2009] Googley design
    Googley design …worth thinking about in the context of instructional design. Focus on people—their lives, their work, their dreams. Every millisecond counts. Simplicity is powerful. Engage beginners and attract experts. Dare to innovate. Design for the world. Plan for today’s and tomorrow’s business. Delight the eye without distracting the mind. Be worthy of people’s trust. Add a human touch. The principle flows from Google’s Corporate Philosophy. “Ten things Google has found to be true:&#. Focus on the user and all else will follow. Fast is better than slow.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] LMSs that kick ass - OutStart
    Another Friday and another LMS that kicks ass! This week’s featured system is OutStart. interviewed Jeff Whitney, Vice President of Marketing. By way of background, Jeff told me that OutStart has two flavors: Participate, their general social software solution and TrainingEdge.com, their SaaS solution which includes LMS, collaborative authoring, and social media specifically configured to support learning. OutStart acquired Participate Systems in November, 2005 and since then they’ve enhanced the system extensively and integrated it with their other learning solutions. Thanks Jeff!
  • JANET CLAREY  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] LMSs that kick ass: ElementK’s KnowledgeHub
    Probably just three years ago, if you said Element K I would have immediately thought about off-the-shelf courseware. However, Element K has made substantial, progressive improvements to their LMS, most recently by building custom integrations between Jive Clearspace and KnowledgeHub, Element K’s LMS. They announced this in October, 2008. Via email, I asked Sue Rodeman, VP., Platform Prod Management & Marketing, Element K about their social media capabilities. This is fueled by the various Web 2.0 tools at everyone’s finger tips and by the changing demographic of today’s workforce.
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009
    [2009] LearnX Awards 2009
    The annual LearnX E-Learning & Training Awards were announced today, and I’m proud to say that my team won a Gold award for Best Training Team , for our development and support of a self-paced, blended learning model at AMP. We’re in good company, with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service taking out the Platinum award, and the Commonwealth Bank and TheCyberInstitute also claiming Gold. Congratulations also to the winners of the other categories , including the AMP Horizons Financial Planning Academy which won a Gold award for Best Employee Induction Training Program.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2009
    [2009] Camtasia Studio v6.0.2 Released - FLV is Back.
    You've spoken and we've listened! As promised , we brought back the FLV format in Camtasia Studio v6.0.2 today. Download the update here. It is a free upgrade if you purchased Camtasia Studio v6. If you'd like to see everything updated in Camtasia Studio v6.0.2, visit here. Thanks for your patience and feedback. We appreciate it! What would like to see added to Camtasia Studio next?
  • LIVING IN LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2009
    [2009] The Learning Continuum – Using the PDR Design Model
    recently had the honor to participate as a panelist in the July 27, 2009 online discussion sponsored by Learning Trends, ISA, and Training Magazine Network. Many of us cut our professional learning design teeth using the long-held tradition of the ADDIE instructional design (ISD) model. In our blogosphere I have heard how “old school”, and in some cases, how obsolete this foundational design model from the 1960s has become. If age denotes obsolescence, then I am in trouble for sure. Insightful words to be sure, certainly not an overt indictment of ADDIE. training. So what do we do?
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009
    [2009] Win a Copy - Camtasia Studio 6 - The Definitive Guide
    Just leave a comment on this blog post by May 10, 2009 11:59 pm EST with either some feedback about Camtasia Studio (ex. Daniel Park of dappertext has been at it again! Daniel is a professional screencaster (and he use to work at TechSmith making our videos). And, when he's not busy making screencasts and training people all over the world about how to use Camtasia Studio, he works on his book - _Camtasia Studio 6: The Definitive Guide_. He just updated it for Camtasia Studio v6 and it is hot off the presses! The book offers over 500 pages of step-by-step instruction and tips and tricks.
  • THE LEARNED MAN  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010
    [2009] Global eLearning Market Reached US$27.1 Billion in 2009, Will Reach $49.6 Billion in 2014
    billion in 2009 according to a new report by Ambient Insight called, "The Worldwide Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and Services: 2009-2014 Forecast and Analysis." The demand is growing by a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.8% and revenues will reach $49.6 The global market for Self-paced eLearning reached US$27.1 billion by 2014
  • LEARNING SOLUTIONS MAGAZINE  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009
    [2009] Six Steps to Creating High Quality Video Training by Jeremy Vest
    Games and immersive learning are great, but today the most accessible and most easily developed instructional medium is video. Producing great video instruction for use online is simpler than you may think, and may also be less expensive than other rapid development methods. Here are six steps you can begin using today to develop online video e-Learning.
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2009
    [2009] Will at Work Learning: Myths the Business Side Has About Learning: Result of Data Gathering
    About Search This Blog Web Notable Books Sponsoring Ads (vT1) Tracker Sponsoring Ads (vG2) « Performance Support for High-Stress Situations | Main | Famous Measuring-Training Story from Neil Rackham » Friday, 23 January 2009 Myths the Business Side Has About Learning: Result of Data Gathering I've been gathering a list of Myths that the Business Side Has about Learning. link] Posted by: Dan R | Saturday, 24 January 2009 at 05:57 AM Very useful will. Will at Work Learning Will Thalheimers research-based commentary on learning, performance, and the industry thereof.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009
    [2009] SMBs and Social Learning Technologies
    Here are slides from the presentation I did yesterday. The session was hosted by SumTotal Systems. SMBs & Social Media (Sum Total). View more presentations from Janet Clarey. Some notes: Polls: Most attending work in L&D with some HR, IT, and learning services providers. Most attending work in organization with 2000+ ee’s but several were SMBs (under 2K ee’s for this presentation). Current learning delivery channels primarily ILT classroom and ILT online as well as a fair amount of self-paced e-learning. Very few people work with fellow employees at one physical location.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
    [2009] Role Models in Educational Technology on Ada Lovelace Day
    Suw Charman-Anderson is the catalyst behind Ada Lovelace Day , “an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology.”. Suw described Lovelace as someone who understood that computers could do a lot more than crunch numbers. think our little corner of the blogosphere – the edusphere – has a fair amount of women who understand that “learning technology” encompasses a much broader definition of both learning and technology. I’ve blogged about women edubloggers a total of six times (list below) each time finding new and interesting voices to follow and learn from.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] LMSs that kick ass: Mzinga
    It’s Friday yay! That means it’s time to feature another LMS that kicks ass! This is the seventh featured system in my Friday series highlighting LMSs that are doing innovative, kick-ass things with social media. Mzinga is the result of a merger between KnowledgePlanet and Shared Insights at the end of 2007. My first encounter with them was when they were still known as KnowledgePlanet. I was at a demo of their system at a company near where I live - an area that is not an easy destination to fly to. Anyway, the rep I was working with at the time was Jen Chambers. Thanks Dave!
  • RAPID ELEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009
    [2009] Here’s Why You Need an E-Learning Portfolio
    A few weeks ago I announced a job opening. I got about 1000 inquiries and ended up looking at over 200 portfolios. could have looked at more but I got a lot of emails from people who didn’t have portfolios. They tended to fall into one of two camps. They either didn’t have a portfolio or the projects they worked on were proprietary so they couldn’t share them. know that many of you are in the same boat. And based on the tons of emails I get about finding work in this industry, I’d like to share some thoughts about why you need a portfolio and how it can help you get better at elearning.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
    [2009] LearnTrends 2009 – Free Online Conference
    George Siemens , Jay Cross and Tony Karrer are pleased to announce our third annual free online conference: LearnTrends 2009 The Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations Conference November 17-19, 2009 | Online | Free The theme/focus this year is on Convergence in Workplace Learning. I'll also be providing details shortly about the LearnTrends Innovation Awards 2009. We will bring together people who look at different aspects of learning and knowledge work to understand better what's going on in those areas and how we should be thinking about this holistically.
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2009
    [2009] LearnX Asia Pacific 2009 - Day 2
    Following on from my previous article , below I share some of the key messages that I drew from Day 2 at the LearnX Asia Pacific conference held recently in Sydney… Personal Professional Development: I expected the keynote by Stephen Downes to be the standout session of the event, and I was not disappointed. Instead of focusing on supporting the learning of others, Stephen shifted his focus to how e‑learning professionals can support their own learning. His premis is, bluntly, if you don’t take care of your own career, you risk losing it. Is m-learning just learning hype?
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009
    [2009] LearnX Asia Pacific 2009 - Day 1
    I attended the annual LearnX Asia Pacific conference this week at Sydney’s Darling Harbour. While the weather was dreary, I found the sessions topical and thought provoking. Below I’ve shared some of the key messages that I drew from Day 1… The Magic of Speed Thinking: Ken Hudson , Director of The Speed Thinking Zone , kicked off proceedings with a keynote address about working smarter, not harder. Ken’s central theme is that being able to think faster and better can help us unlock ideas and improve our productivity. must admit, it lifted the energy of the room.
  • THE ELEARNING COACH  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009] The Future Of Learning Design
    If you are intrigued by the future of learning design, you won’t want to miss the second half of this interview with Karl Kapp. In case you missed the first half, see Games and Simulations. Coach: What types of challenges do newer technologies, such as mobile and podcast, present to the instructional designer? Karl: The biggest problem is that in the learning field we sometimes get seduced by the technology and forget the underlying learning need and, even more importantly, the underlying business need. Learning initiatives are not altruistic for companies. Wrong format. Thanks, Karl!
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2009
    [2009] eLearning Templates – 20 Resources
    Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts come through eLearning Learning that provide eLearning templates or toolkits or other kinds of interesting resources. And the list would be even better with help - see Curator Editor Research Opportunities on eLearning Learning. eLearning Technology. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009
    [2009] Convert ILT to eLearning - Estimating
    I received an inquiry from a reader and I'm hoping that people can chime in on their thoughts. It relates to my post about eLearning Costs , which bases cost estimates on seat time of the eLearning course. So, the basic question is: We current provide a two day (16 hour) classroom training course for our employees. We are planning to prepare an e-learning course based on this classroom course. How should we estimate the e-learning course duration for this lesson? What are the important criteria in estimating eLearning duration when its based on a classroom course? Is it feasible to do so?
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2009
    [2009] A Year in Books (2009)
    2009 was a big year for me. Working with and designing for Moodle was new for me in 2009. Visual Design & Presentations In 2009, I co-presented two sessions at DevLearn, gave a talk at the Massachusetts chapter of ISPI and presented a few online webinars. New job. New company. Working full time from a home office. Oldest child in kindergarten. New challenges – and some old ones too. great year, really. Thanks for joining me in this journey and for all you’ve contributed to my learning over the past 12 months. Hopefully I learned something from all that book reading.
  • LEARNING WITH E'S  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2009
    [2009] Why do I bother?
    The Edublogger Awards are in full swing, and people are voting as I write this. have been blogging seriously since the end of 2006, and have done so on a regular basis, so I will be interested in the results when they are announced. Reading Tom Barrett's post tonight ' Why Bother Blogging? ' got me thinking about my own reasons for blogging. It can be hard work, but it can also be very rewarding. Some readers have remarked that they wish they were as prolific as me when it comes to blogging, and other have asked me where I get all my ideas from to blog about. Now tell me.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009] Does your organization need a Chief Learning Officer?
    Innovation in eLearning | Upside Learning CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2009. Upside Learning sponsored the inaugural CLO Summit India at the end of last week. My partner Amit Gautam and I attended the summit and came back satisfied with the level of participation seen at this inaugural summit. Overall we felt it was a great inaugural event that pulled in some respected names to speak. There were some equally respected names in the audience too. We feel the CLO Summit has the potential to grow into a premier HR event in India focused around L&D. Do you need a CLO?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009
    [2009] The Best EDU Blogs on the Planet!
    Here are other useful blog lists: 100 Most Inspiring and Innovative Blogs for Educators Blogs by Indian Learning Professionals and Companies (Manish Mohan) Top 50 P-12 Edublogs (Dangerously Irrelevant) Top 100 Language Blogs 2009 Top ELearning Blogs The Top 20 Venture Capital Bloggers (Erick Schonfeld) Top 47 eLearning & Workplace Learning Blogs (Upside Learning Blog) 8 Top Elearning Blogs You Don’t Want to Miss (Articulate) SPECIAL MENTION Alright, I cannot resist! TOP BLOGS! blogs or sites of this and that. Is that so hard to ask for? within 10-15 minutes. MY TOP LISTS = TROUBLE?
  • KAPP NOTES  |  THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2009
    [2009] Gaining "Momentum" 2009 PDG Conference
    Opening my talk at the PDG Momentum 2009 Conference in Philadelphia. This year I once again had the privilege of speaking at the client conference of Performance Development Group (PDG). I was challenged with a really interesting topic. The title of my talk was " The Wrong Information to the Wrong Person at the Wrong Time: Why Corporate Training Programs are Not Alighted with Today's Workforce." The talk was heavily influenced by the work of my co-author-- Tony O'Driscoll. See Chapter Two of the upcoming Learning in 3D where the topic of the marginalization of learning is discussed.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009
    [2009] The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS
    As responses to a recent post where I listed f ive things not to do while selecting an LMS I received a couple of queries about using an Open Source LMS, customizing it to suit the requirements and if it is advisable to do so. There were also questions around the best approach to use an open source LMS and on how to estimate the amount of maintenance such might require on an ongoing basis. This post is for people exploring an open source LMS as an option either for a new LMS setup or for a switch-over. A lot has already been written about open source LMSs in multiple contexts. Training.
  • ID REFLECTIONS  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2009
    [2009] Learning in 2009: My Story
    This month's question prodded me out of my lethargy because. a) it is that last question of the year, and. b) it forced me to think of what I have learned and done differently in 2009. I have not been a regular responder to the LCB's Big Question of the month. However, I do read the responses that flow in each month from varied bloggers. couldn't ignore point b and sat down to do some serious.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2009
    [2009] Mobile Learning in India
    Six in ten people (more than 4 billion individuals) around the world are carrying a powerful computing device in their pockets and purses. They don’t realize it, but today’s mobile phones have the computing power of a personal computer from the mid-nineties, while consuming a fraction of the energy and are made at significantly lower cost. In India, the mobile phone has revolutionized communication and India is now one of the fastest growing markets for mobile phone services, with growing usage and increasing penetration. All of these learning processes can be supported through mobile phones.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2009
    [2009] 2009 Predictions, Remembrance and Challenges
    ASTD's Big Question for January is, again, a series of questions. What are your biggest challenges for this upcoming year? What are your major plans for the year? What predictions do you have for the year? First a little reflection. This year has been a busy year as my consulting has been more active than any previous year. Try Dissecting a Frog #2: Top 5 Funny and Semi-Learning Related Videos (My favorite) #3: Help, I have an Instructional Design Master's Degree and I Can't Create E-Learning What are your biggest challenges for this upcoming year? with time management. To continue blogging.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2009
    [2009] ZaidLearn: Any Free Hosted CMS or LMS? (Yes, Obama Says!)
    Related Posts - Edu2.0 & LectureShare Can We Host and Facilitate Our Courses Online For Free? Are there any FREE Course/Learning Management Systems (C/LMS) out there that require no financial hardware, software and hosting investments? In other words, are the any free hosted C/LMS that we can explore and perhaps use? FREE HOSTED C/LMS? Features include: wiki content editing, course blogs, online grades, announcements, text messaging, Nfo mail, message boards, student journals, and chat. MyiCourse Provides tools for users to build, manage and deliver courses. How do they make money? IMAGINE!
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2009
    [2009] eLearning Development: 4 Tech Considerations When Using Videos
    With increasing bandwidths and better compression techniques available, use of videos in Flash platform based eLearning courses is on the rise. However, often we find videos not being used optimally. This could leave your learners with a bad experience. Here are a few technical aspects to keep in mind when working with videos. Please do share any others that you may know in comments area. 1. Choosing source video. a. Don’t double compress videos – use uncompressed or lossless formats when compressing to FLV format. b. Supported source formats are: asf, avi, dv, mov, mp4, mpg, mpeg, wmv.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2009
    [2009] HTML 5 and eLearning Development
    A couple of weeks back we posted about Silverlight posing some (at this time, actually little) competition to Flash. Now we have HTML 5 coming up – this makes the race hotter. Or does it? Those of you have heard of HTML 5 will know it’s a new version of HTML and XHTML being promoted by Google and Apple in a bid to move the web away from proprietary technologies like Flash, Silverlight and JavaFX. It makes HTML more powerful by adding new elements like video and audio. list of new elements in HTML 5 can be found here at IBM’s site and the draft specification is available here at W3C’s site.
  • ELEARNING CYCLOPS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Predictions for 2009
    My predictions for 2009: With the continued economic difficulties, e-learning will grow due to its cost efficiency, or at least its perceived cost efficiency. And because of its low environmental impact it will become very attractive to companies wishing to become "green." Blogs and social media will grow as a knowledge management tool. It has already begun, but we will see it become more common place. And they will not only be used as learning tools internally, but also externally, reaching out and educating clients and customers. Blogging m-Learning e-Learning Networking
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2009
    [2009] Camtasia for Mac - Sneak Peek, Text & Shapes
    I've been bouncing around the country on planes, trains and automobiles today trying to get to Seattle for Gnomedex. Thankfully I eventually made it to Seattle, but unfortunately my luggage did not. :-) So, I'll keep the sneak peek for Camtasia for Mac short and sweet tonight. Sometimes you need to draw your viewers attention to a particular area of the screen. Or, you need to provide them with additional instruction. There's a way to easily do this with Camtasia for Mac. You can add text annotations, shapes and arrows to your screencasts. The screencast runs less than a minute.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2009
    [2009] Camtasia for Mac - Sneak Peek, Adding Polish
    It's time for another sneak peek all about Camtasia for Mac! One of the things that sets a good screencast apart from a great screencast is a little polish. After you've recorded your screencast, you can use Camtasia for Mac's sophisticated editing options to make your screencasts standout from the rest. Whether you're new to screencasting or are an expert, Camtasia for Mac has great features and options for you. And, the multiple audio and video tracks can be moved and edited independently so it's easy to update and add new elements while maintaining maximum creative control.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009
    [2009] Camtasia for Mac - Sneak Peek, SmartFocus
    I've never been good at keeping secrets. Even to this day, I still have a hard time keeping holiday gifts or other news as a secret - I just get so excited and have to share the good news! So, blog readers, you get the benefit from my weakness! I'm going to let you in on a few secrets as we get closer to the launch of Camtasia for Mac on August 25. Up first is a sneak peek of one of the new features in Camtasia for Mac - SmartFocus. Those of you familiar with Camtasia Studio on Windows will recognize this feature. Camtasia for Mac will also include TechSmith's patented SmartFocus technology.
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