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  • 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?
  • KAPP NOTES  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009
    [2009] Google Book Preview of "Learning in 3D"
    Want a sneak peak at Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration ? Here is a link to a Google book preview that you might enjoy. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009
    [2009] The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Think Small (Iterations, Action Maps, Storyboards, and Mini-Modules)
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. We explored the waterfall approach towards elearning development in a prior post of this series. As you will notice in the above representation of the model, the issues are: Too much time gets spent in upfront design and planning when all of this is quite likely to change. Customers get to see working elearning pretty late in the process - as a consequence we run the risk of an endless cycle of amendments. Can we reduce flab in our analysis and design phase? Can we create more opportunities for customer feedback? believe the answer is a resounding "Yes!"
  • 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.
  • ELEARNING LEARNING POSTS  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2009
    [2009] Webinar Blackboard Slides - Weekly Best of eLearning Learning
    Week of July 24, 2009 to July 31, 2009. Proven tips in custom course development ,  Tuesday, August 04, 2009. CoachingOurselves 2hr Workshop for Individual Managers , Thursday, August 06, 2009. The Business Case for Measurement of Learning, Thursday, August 06, 2009. Your Social Learning System As A Profit Center, Friday, August 07, 2009. Better Than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging E-Learning With Power Point , Monday, August 10, 2009. The e-learning skills gap - Clive on Learning , July 24, 2009. Blogger in Middle-earth , July 31, 2009.
  • ELEARNING LEARNING POSTS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
    [2009] Video - Screencast - Webinar - Best of eLearning Learning
    August 21, 2009 to August 28, 2009. –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Friday, September 04, 2009. –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Friday, September 11, 2009. –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Monday, September 14, 2009. Top 99 Workplace eLearning Blogs - eLearning Technology , August 24, 2009. Electronic Papyrus , August 25, 2009. Tackling a New Captivate Project - In the Middle of the Curve , August 21, 2009. Blogger in Middle-earth , August 26, 2009. Kapp Notes , August 24, 2009.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2009
    [2009] This Made My Day
    I am a huge history buff. minored in history in college, just for fun. Give me a good biography about a historical figure, and I’m set for the evening. So when I discovered Historical Tweets , I fell in love! Historical Tweets combines my love of history with the feeling “I just don’t get the point of twitter&#. You can see exactly how useless 140 characters can be in the hands of historical figures, from Lincoln to Napoleon, to Neil Armstrong. Definitely check out Mozart and, of course, Ben Franklin.
  • ELEARNING LEARNING POSTS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009
    [2009] Knowledge Skills Mentoring Tips - Best of eLearning Learning
    July 1, 2009 to July 10, 2009. LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers - eLearning Technology , July 6, 2009. mLearning; Tricks to using the iPod Touch in class - Don’t Waste Your Time , July 7, 2009. New skills for learning professionals - Informal Learning , July 1, 2009. So many thoughts, so little time - Internet Time , July 6, 2009. Kapp Notes , July 9, 2009. eLearning Technology , July 2, 2009. Presentation: iTunes U - Don’t Waste Your Time , July 6, 2009. Learning Developments , July 2, 2009. July 1, 2009.
  • 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.
  • LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009
    [2009] RSS Reader Market in Disarray, Continues to Decline
    RSS Reader Market in Disarray, Continues to Decline Written by Richard MacManus / December 20, 2009 8:04 PM / 74 Comments « Prior Post One of the interesting trends of 2009 has been the gradual decline of RSS Readers as a way for people to keep up with news and niche topics. 2009 Update on RSS Reader Market Well, unfortunately Feedburner no longer publishes any useful data about RSS Readers. Pheedo also has gone quiet from a blogging perspective - its last blog post was January 2009. Posted by: almostinfocus | December 20, 2009 9:10 PM I'm with Francine.
  • LEARNING WITH E'S  |  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009
    [2009] [from bwatwood] Learning with 'e's: e-Learning 3.0
    I'm excited by the future. It's something I have always looked forward to! But what will e-learning look like in a few years time? When Stephen Downes laid down his manifesto for e-Learning 2.0 in 2005 , he tapped into the zeitgeist of emerging social technologies and theorised a number of possibilities. Four years on technology is moving ever more rapidly, and a reappraisal of learning within digital spaces is overdue. In conversation earlier today on Twitter with Sue Waters and Darcy Moore , we discussed what learning would look like in a Web 3.0 believe that e-Learning 3.0 If Web 1.0
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009
    [2009] 2009 Review
    Looking at just the numbers, my number of views didn’t increase dramatically in 2009. It’s time for that annual ritual of looking back at the year. Unlike last year , this year I’m actually reviewing before the new year starts. What did I do this year? A few things come to mind. In January, we officially launched Sakai as our LMS , marking the end of a long process of choosing the right system and converting all our courses. In April, I presented with my colleagues at the TCC conference on our LMS selection and implementation process. No more renting! Why a Wiki? World.
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009
    [2009] Adult learning shminciples
    In the global game of Corporate Bingo, the term “adult learning principles&# must be one of the most abused. It’s a convenient abstract that can whitewash a range of unsubstantiated claims and half-truths. But what exactly are adult learning principles? The theory. Malcolm Knowles is widely regarded as the father of adult learning. Since the 1960s, he articulated a distinction between pedagogy (the teaching of children) and andragogy (the teaching of adults). In a nutshell, andragogy boils down to 5 key assumptions: 1. Adult learners are self directed. 2. The real world. The ideal.
  • LEARNING WITH E'S  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2009
    [2009] [from catspyjamasnz] Learning with 'e's: Two fingered salute
    They stood facing each other across a muddy ploughed field. It had rained heavily the night before. On the one side, flying their colourful banners, the pride of French medieval nobility: at least 30,000 men in shining armour, armed to the teeth and ready for an overwhelming victory. On the other side, the army of Henry V - less than 8,000 English and Welsh soldiers, weakened and bedraggled from weeks of forced marching, dysentery and hunger. The French looked like they had just stepped out of a Louis Vuitton boutique, and their opponents looked like crap. The personal web is on the rise.
  • THE ELEARNING COACH  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009] Chunking Information
    If we ran a contest for the favorite esoteric word of Instructional Designers, the term “chunking&# might win. It’s one of those terms you never hear until you enter the world of online learning or writing for the Internet. Chunking is a great concept that’s worth diving into, so let’s examine the purpose of chunking and how to accomplish it. Chunking Defined. Chunking refers to the strategy of breaking down information into bite-sized pieces (Oh, that’s the visual!) so the brain can more easily digest new information. Why We Chunk Content. George A.
  • TONY KARRER  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Twitter Conference Ideas
    Twitter has become a pretty great tool to help with socializing at conferences. Here are a few of the things we've been doing Twitter as Social Chat At both DevLearn and TechKnowledge , we created a hashtag and created a specific Twitter account that was the hub. Using TweetLater and GroupTweet anyone who sent a direct message to the hub account then broadcast to everyone following that account. We also encouraged everyone to put in the hashtag. Through twitter search you can see the various conversations going on. DevLearn was more successful because of the free Wifi.
  • 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?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009
    [2009] The Finnish Education System Rocks! Why?
    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela FUTURE LEARNING FINLAND A couple of weeks back (16th September), I attended a Future Learning Finland one-day seminar & networking session. Finpro had invited a few dozen people from Malaysia for this session. Their goal was basically to share and market their world class Finnish education system and related educational products and services, and also gain more insight into the current and future learning trends and needs in Malaysia. Though, how come they invited me of all people? NOKIA!
  • LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009
    [2009] Sad to lose Chris Henry
    [link] [link] Crazy story if true: "On December 17 , 2009 Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry died from injuries sustained from a domestic dispute with his fiance, Loleini Tonga. His official time of death was 6:36 AM, reported police. 1 The cause of death is was from injuries sustained from falling out of a moving pickup truck, which his wife is believe to have driven. Henry was seen jumping into the bed of the pickup truck as Tonga drove away from their house, where tire marks were found in the yard. feel for his three children. Posted via web from Lee's posterous
  • RAPID ELEARNING  |  TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009
    [2009] Are Your E-Learning Courses Pushed or Pulled?
    Tidbits: I’m trying something new for the ASTD 2009 International Conference & Exposition. I’ll be doing a series of rapid elearning demos at the Articulate booth. Here’s the challenge for many of us. We want to make our courses engaging and interactive, yet sometimes the content or the time pressures of work don’t make that easy. The default position for many elearning courses is to merely push the information out to the learners. The end result is that the course is heavy on information and light on interaction. It’s just a matter of rethinking how you approach the course design.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, JULY 6, 2009
    [2009] LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers
    I do a lot of presentations where one of the topics is how to use LinkedIn more effectively as part of your knowledge work. In most cases, I will ask for a show of hands: How many of you have a LinkedIn Account? Generally 50-70%. How many of you actively use LinkedIn? Generally down to 10%. How many of you get really high value from LinkedIn? - Now down to 2-5% I am continually surprised by this result ( Getting Value from LinkedIn ). can't remember how I could get things done without LinkedIn. And I consider knowing how to effectively use LinkedIn to be a core Work Literacy.
  • 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!
  • LEARNING WITH E'S  |  MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009
    [2009] 7 skills for the successful e-tutor
    Today I read an interesting article entitled: 'Seven habits of highly effective teachers' in the Times Education Supplement. It's an adaptation of Stephen Covey's self-help book: 'The seven habits of highly effective people' and I'm glad the TES has herded these ideas into a teaching context. Teachers are under a lot of pressure to perform and achieve good results, and it's not easy for them. They need all the help they can get. that e-learning tutors require to be highly effective. As ever, I value your opinions and invite you to comment on this post. But it helps. Why must I do it this way?
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2009
    [2009] Can Fun Help Change Behaviors?
    Yes, we believe it can. Having fun is an experience that stays with you longer than any form of instruction. We advocate inclusion of games & fun interactions to achieve long term learning, and change of behaviors. Learning Games that pull learners to have fun (and learn while they have fun). This video below from the fun theory , an initiative of Volkswagen, shows just how fun could be effective in getting people to consider changing their habits. Let’s use more fun activities in our learning courses as well. Related posts: What are Serious Games?
  • 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.
  • LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] The writings of Lee Kraus: Collaboration at Cisco via John Chambers
    Home My Story Portfolio iPad Bookshelf Social Media February 20, 2009 Collaboration at Cisco via John Chambers tags: Cisco , collaboration , web2.0 The writings of Lee Kraus Welcome! I try to focus on creativity, innovation, collaboration, technology, and elearning. Here is an interesting video of John Chambers , fellow WVU grad, discussing command and control versus collaboration style management. It is very clear that Cisco applies a very sophisticated management style to production and operations. Lee Kraus, 2010. Template by Tina Chen. Powered by Blogger
  • 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!
  • LEARN AND LEAD  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2009
    [2009] Rules for Kids and Teenagers for Facebook Usage
    So I succumbed to pressure and signed up my daughter on Facebook. Most of her friends are already on Facebook. In just a few hours, she has 7 friends and 3 more pending requests. Her FB wall is now active and flowing. browsed her wall updates and some of her friends’ profiles and I am… PETRIFIED, and that’s an understatement. So I plan to give her a printout of the following rules for Facebook. Don't talk to strangers. Just as we tell you not to talk to strangers in real life, the same rule applies online. Do not accept friend requests from people you don't know. Watch what you say.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2009
    [2009] Five Things Not to do While Selecting an LMS
    Selecting an LMS is a challenging task and that’s just because it takes care of an important business function and needs to work well. The web today holds a great deal of information on how to select an LMS, LMS Selection tools, directories of leading LMS systems, sample RFIs, and a whole lot of other very useful and handy information. However it is equally important for the decision makers to know what NOT to do while (before and during) selecting an LMS as many of these things aren’t clearly highlighted elsewhere. More so, the don’ts leave a deeper impression! It is not an IT system purchase.
  • LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009
    [2009] Google In Discussions To Acquire Yelp For A Half Billion Dollars Or More
    Yelp has whispered that 2009 revenues will be around $30 million and are expecting $50 million or so in 2010. Google and Yelp are in advanced acquisition negotiations, we’ve confirmed from multiple sources. And while the deal isn’t done, we’ve heard that it’s very likely to close. The price is supposedly at least $500 million. Yelp was founded in 2004 as a way to let users leave reviews on local businesses. Yelp last raised venture capital in early 2008 from DAG at a $200 million pre-money valuation, we’ve heard. They’ve raised a total of $31 million over four venture rounds.
  • LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2009
    [2009] NBA Player Fined $7,500 for a Tweet
    Brandon Jennings [ @YUNGBUCK3 ] has made headlines for his unconventional road to the NBA — after skipping college he played professional basketball in Europe before getting drafted by the Bucks in 2009 — but now he’s making headlines for his tweets. Last weekend Jennings tweeted 15 minutes after the Bucks game against the Trailblazers ended. That’s a big no-no in the NBA, as the league’s social media policy spells out that players aren’t allowed to tweet post-game until the team has finished talking to the media. The cost for Jennings’ Twitter hiccup? hefty $7,500. Yess!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2009
    [2009] Matt Lagrotte and his Camtasia Studio Story
    Last weekend I jumped in the car and headed to Ann Arbor, Michigan. They were having a " GiveCamp ". Haven't heard of a GiveCamp? Well, they truly a wonderful thing. Here's the lowdown: "A GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations. The only limitation is that the project should be scoped to be able to be completed in a weekend." See here for more info. The event kicked off on Friday and the developers and charities worked round the clock all weekend long. Inspired?
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009
    [2009] Roadtrip to San Francisco for Web 2.0 Expo.
    On the road again. just can't wait to get on the road again! always find myself humming that old Willie Nelson tune when I'm packing my suitcase. And, this week is no different! On Monday (March 30), I'm heading San Francisco with Dirk Frazier, the Screencast.com Product Manager, and Justin Welsch, from R&D, for the Web 2.0 It's my first year attending the Web 2.0 Expo so I'm excited to see what the conference is like. If you're in the Bay Area or attending the conference, we'd love to meet up. First round of a beverage of your choice is on me!
  • KAPP NOTES  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Blogosphere Happenings for Kapp Notes
    __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide
  • 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!
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009
    [2009] McAfee Keynote at DevLearn 2009
    Andy McAfee gave us a lively and informative presentation on his view of Enterprise 2.0.  BTW, Cammy Bean’s has posted a prose recitation of the talk.  With no further ado
  • LEARNADOODLEDASTIC  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009
    [2009] The Three Dubya's - Wimba, Webex and WiZiQ
    Coming towards the end of a phase of Live Online Learning learning using Wimba Live Classroom. Thought i'd take some time to reflect on the Wimba application and compare it with my previous experiences with Webex (training room) and WiZiQ. These are just my initial comparisons, I intend to go into much more depth on these and other applications at a later time. With each of the three tools that are the focus of this post i have been involved heavily in design, delivery and support of live online synchronous classes. Can be integrated to Blackboard VLE, but was not for this trial.
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009
    [2009] The Future of the Training Department
    The latter 20th Century was the golden era of the training department. Before the 20th Century, training per se did not exist outside the special needs of the church and the military. Now the training department may be at the end of its life cycle. Join us for a brief look back at the pre-training world and some thoughts about what may lay ahead. Before industrialization, work was local or industry meant cottage-industry. People had vocations, not jobs. Sometimes guilds helped apprentices learn by doing things under the eye of a master, but there weren’t any trainers involved. The U.S.
  • TONY KARRER  |  THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2009
    [2009] Too Much Information or a Skills Gap
    Wesley Fryer discusses How are you dealing with TMI? Too Much Information) (found via Stephen Downes ). Wesley points us to a post by Kevin Washburn “TMI! Information Overload and Learning.” where Kevin points out: TMI floods the brain with data, preventing comprehension and elaboration, and thus, preventing learning. Jonah Lehrer suggests the danger of too much information is “it can actually interfere with understanding.” Because the brain has a do-it-yourself attitude toward learning. This is similar to the list of Web 2.0 tools that I often use in my presentations. eLearning Technology.
  • 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.
  • DONT WASTE YOUR TIME  |  THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2009
    [2009] Blackboard vs. Moodle: a comparison
    As a user of Blackboard at Bournemouth University I have been involved in various discussion about it’s merit or lack of). These are usually started by someone who doesn’t like Blackboard, and probably hasn’t used it much either (or even tried?). They are usually fans of Moodle, even if they’ve not used it (but have talked [.]. Blackboard Moodle myBU PLN Technology University 2.0 VLE Web 2.0
  • ELEARNING ACUPUNCTURE  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2009
    [2009] 2009 Edublogs Awards
    The 2009 Edublog Awards are open for nomination! Here are the categories that I would like to submit nominations for: * Best individual blog - Making Change by Cathy Moore( [link] ) * Best individual tweeter - Sydney-Eve Matrix @sidneyeve * Best resource sharing blog - Jane Knight - Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day ( [link] ) * Lifetime achievement - Stephen Downes - OLDaily - ( [link] ) If you have a blog and you want to nominate another blog for one or more 2009 Edublog Award, then please read these details. Nominations close December 8th, 2009.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009
    [2009] What Sports Teach Our Kids and Why Video Games are Better.
    Violence at a Youth Hockey Game. Introduction Recently I appeared on a local radio talk show to speak about some of the benefits of Video Games for education. It is a popular topic for radio talk shows because it is somewhat controversial and many people have strong opinions on the topic (not really based on fact but strong opinions never-the-less.) Then he contended that video games can't teach ethics, empathy or other important skills. The implication is that kids learn far more positive lessons in organized kids sports than playing video games. Do sports always teach these laudable values?
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2009
    [2009] The Social Media and Mobile Computing Explosion
    Interesting numbers about the Social media and mobile computing revolution, while we wont really vouch for the numbers, Gary goes to great lengths to provide sources and substantiation for the basis of his calculation. The rate of adoption of these technologies is phenomenal, and has cut across varied age-groups. Regardless of what aspect of learning you’re interested in, you can be sure that learners are using mobile technology and social media, are you ready for it? Related posts: Types of Social Media Users Five Myths of Mobile Learning The Semantic Web Cometh – 2.
  • 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.
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009
    [2009] Why mobile learning is on the rise and benefits diverse populations
    In January 2009 Carly Shuler (a fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center ) came out with a fabulous paper on the benefits of mobile learning entitled: pockets of potential - Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Children’s Learning. Although the document focuses on mobile learning for children, you can easily deduct the benefits for all learner groups. Carly Shuler recently graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation and Education, where she studied how new media and emerging technologies can be used to effectively educate children.
  • 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.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2009
    [2009] The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Agile Re-explained
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. In my last post we looked at the problems with our existing approach to building elearning. In summary, the problems we noticed were: A lack of shared understanding within the team, about the the customer's learning problem. The high risk associated with not having generalists in the team. The delay in seeing working pieces of elearning. The time spent in creating documentation and in analysis. The risk of endless reviews and amendments. In today's post I'd like to introduce Agile thinking. Elearning development isn't very different from Software Development.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2009
    [2009] Top 20 Posts for Q1 2009
    Twitter as Personal Learning and Work Tool 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009 eLearning Conferences Tool Set 2009 Remote Collaboration Better Memory Share Best Practices – Patterns Information Radar How long does it take to select an LMS? One of the best things about having kids is getting a Spring Break with them. I'm fortunate enough to be doing that this week. So, rather than doing my normal posts, what I decided to do was to go back and do a couple of best of posts during the week. Of course, I cheated and used eLearning Learning to help me come up with these.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2009
    [2009] Do Microcourses Have a Place in Workplace Learning?
    From Wikipedia – Microlearning deals with relatively small learning units and short-term learning activities. Generally, the term ‘microlearning’ refers to micro-perspectives in the context of learning, education and training. More frequently, the term is used in the domain of E-learning and related fields in the sense of a new paradigmatic perspective on learning processes in mediated environments on micro levels. Earlier this week Clark Quinn talked of Microcourses wondering if microcourses have any use. He writes: “.I absolutely agree there.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2009
    [2009] The Ten Commandments of eLearning
    We discovered ‘The Ten Commandments of eLearning” as elucidated by Cath Ellis and Clive Shepherd. We’ve decided to follow in the same vein and list our commandments. First off, we thought ten is too many to remember, so we cut it down to five. There are some similarities to Cath and Clive’s commandments but that is to be expected given the nature of this post. 1. Pedagogy First, Technology Second – Cath put it first on her list, we do as well. Use technology, leverage it, but always remember it’s a means to an end. Remember, technology can’t replace learning, only augment and support it. 2.
  • 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.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2009
    [2009] Reading Comprehension and Line Length - Survey Results
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009
    [2009] Learning games - some interesting ideas
    I’ve written a few different posts on games.  I love games - and i think games help engage people and make learning more fun. found a few interesting games today, by chance. I was looking at Mashable, a blog on new medai and social networking, and came across their weekly list of job postings. Worth skimming just to see the plethora of new jobs available that didn’t exist 10 years ago!). scrolled through the posts and found several game sites who want developers. The online version is timed (45 seconds) and you have to find the five items in 45 seconds. Darn it!
  • 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
  • LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2009
    [2009] About Three and Half Years to Appear
    I wrote this post in April 2007 wondering if my cell phone could be connected to my bathroom scales so that I could easily monitor my weight. happen to like to weigh in a lot. link] Well, [link] is now available. So what else is now available from this list? want it to be the key to my car and home. want it to track my family members and tell me where they are. want it to be my wallet. want to watch the news on it. want it to translate different languages. want it to be a universal remote control. want it to monitor my heart rate and blood pressure and transmit the data to my doctor.
  • LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2009
    [2009] How to Train Corporate on Social Media: One Approach
    Mashable has noticed an interesting approach to training employees on using social media. The company, Telstra has put together a guide to social media and posted it online. The use a comic book format to discuss Facebook and MySpace. The format is interesting and it seems easy enough to go through. It also has embedded video that is available on YouTube. It is certainly worth a closer look. Certainly worth a deeper look. Mashable has noticed an interesting approach to training employees on using social media. The company, Telstra has put together a guide to social media and posted it online.
  • LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009
    [2009] Firefox 3.5: The World’s Most Popular Browser
    Firefox 3.5 is now the most popular browser worldwide, edging past Internet Explorer 7, according to analytics site StatCounter. The timing has favored FF3.5, however: IE7 usage has died off as people upgrade to IE8, meaning that Internet Explorer’s Internet Explorer market share is currently spread equally across IE7 and IE8. Add together all versions of IE versus all versions of Firefox Firefox , and Microsoft’s browser is still leading the pack by a long way. StatCounter uses its tracking codes on 3 million websites (5 billion total pageviews) to generate the numbers.
  • 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, 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
  • FROM THE COLEFACE  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009] How professionals learn
    In the November Issue of TJ ,  Des Woods and Henry Marsden have an article called “How professionals learn”  As the former head of learning at Ernst & Young and head of professional development at Linklaters, Des is writing from considerable experience. This is a great article if you are relatively new to professional services in your L&D career, especially if you’ve worked in a different industry previously. There were 3 things that really resonated with my experience: Professionals want learning in small chunks as the pressure to remain chargeable is high.
  • LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
    [2009] Google's New Interface for News: The FastFlip
    Google has released a new interface for thier news. FastFlip. think it is interesting because it represents another way to access and browse information. As we start to combine realtime information such as Twitter search and Google Waves with news and articles we need new ways of reading through the large amounts of data. kind of like the new format, but I am not sure if I would seek it out. have been using Cool Iris more lately so maybe it can be useful.
  • 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
  • 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?
  • THE WRITERS GATEWAY  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009
    [2009] 2009 Top Posts – The Writers Gateway
    This post is in response to the Big Question December 2009 – What did you learn about learning in 2009? Well, 2009 is also now very special because this year I decided to become an independent professional. guess this year I learnt much more than last year. Let me quickly list some highlights here: I have written better quality articles. have gained good instructional designing and technical writing skills. learnt microblogging through Twitter. The Instructional Designers Community of India was formed this year and I got the opportunity to  organize learning sessions.
  • LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] A Big Year in 2009: A Physical Challenge
    So I am setting myself up for a big year. I am finalizing a transition to a new job and getting myself organized around the goals that I have set out for myself in 2009. Here's to 2009 and setting big goals! Tags: running goals Disney 2009 On the personal side I am seeking to find balance in my spiritual, mental, social, and physical components of my life. For me it is important to set goals that I can see and obtain. The goal that I am focused on this year is to participate in the 2010 Disney Marathon next January. This will be my second marathon.
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Twitter as Personal Learning and Work Tool
    Other Posts in the Series Tool Set 2009 Work Skills Keeping Up Top-Down Strategy Better Memory Information Radar Networks and Learning Communities Collaborate Twitter as Personal Work and Learning Tool Search Browser Short Cuts Work Literacy Workshop Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.comFor people new to the concepts of social media and reviewing their tool set, is Twitter a good choice as a tool? Thus, my opinion is: Twitter is not a tool for people who are new to social media and the use of social media for personal learning and work. There is one exception to this.
  • 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.
  • LARS IS LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
    [2009] How to build a social learning culture
    I was asked by Trainingzone to provide some tips for bringing the learning benefits to bear of social tools within an organisational context. All comments/feedback welcome. Resisting the rush to social media feels a bit like trying to push water back up a waterfall doesn't it? fairly futile exercise. Why is it so popular? Well, homo sapiens are a particularly social
  • GRAM CONSULTING  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
    [2009] ADDIE is dead! Long live ADDIE!
    I’m at risk of flogging a very dead horse here, but some recent posts from Ellen Wagner (What is it about ADDIE that makes people so cranky?) and Donald Clark ( The evolving dynamics of ISD and Extending ISD through Plug and Play ) got me thinking about instructional design process and ADDIE in particular (please  don’t run away!). Don responded with some great comments on how ISD (ADDIE) has evolved and adapted. Much of my career has been involved in applying ADDIE in some form or other and I’ve landed on LOVE/HATE relationship with it that that you, lucky reader, will now be subjected to.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2009
    [2009] Synchronous vs. Asychronous E-learning
    A review of more than 350 comparative studies found e-learning modes of delivery every bit as effective as traditional modes of delivery. When the study was published 10 years ago, most e-learning was asynchronous. Since that time, the explosion of bandwidth has made it much easier to use synchronous e-learning. This study of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning shows (not surprisingly) that each one is better at some aspects of the learning experience. This table provides a nice overview of the differences and best uses of each. Using Asynchronous vs. Synchronous E-Learning. Asynchronous.
  • TONY KARRER  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2009
    [2009] Corporate Training
    Jay Cross - father of the Informal Learning Flow has been doing some great writing recently that look at the future of corporate training. His recent posts make me really think (that's good) but also make me wonder. How many people really have the opportunity to pursue the Future of Corporate Training? More on this below. But first some context. Courseware and Broader eLearning Jay's post eLearning is not the Answer : Corporations are flocking to eLearning for all the wrong reasons. It’s cheaper: no travel, no facilities cost, no instructor salaries. Great points Jay. Can you reduce it by 50%?
  • ID REFLECTIONS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009
    [2009] Data, Information, Insight.A Fine Balance!
    "Data is raw material! Analyzed data lead to assumptions. Assumptions can lead to mistakes. Don't assume.know! Don't settle for information, demand insight!" I don't know who is the originator of the quote above, but it appears on almost every wall here in the form of posters, banners, wall stickers, table stands. The first few weeks here, I did not fully appreciate the depth of this message till I came across the following video by Nick Milton of Knoco.com discussing data, information and knowledge. Jones: I Finally Get It – Why Social Networking is So Important. moment today. Who was wrong?
  • EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] Blogging in a Walled Garden
    Kylemore Abbey Garden. One of the features of Sakai that our team was looking for in a new LMS is a blogging tool. admit some significant improvements in usability are possible in this tool. However, it does give us the option of blogging within the system. Previously, we’ve used tools like Wikispaces and Edublogs, but we’ve had a number of requests for internal tools that don’t require a separate login and location. During the pilot of our new facilitator training course, I lurked in the forums during a heated debate about the use of the blog tool. Blog Conversations.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2009
    [2009] The Secret Recipe to Delivering World Class Lectures
    And after exploring some of the educators and lectures I have shared above, I believe I need to spend the rest of 2009 to first improve myself. "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” – Albert Einstein Firstly, you might get annoyed with the term 'World Class' and I would perhaps, too. But at least it got you to this sentence, so it is working (until now!). Think of 'World Class' in this context as delivering exceptional or inspiring lectures, talks, presentations, etc. With that I totally disagree ! It is about discovering the joy for learning. Why wait?
  • 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.
  • RAPID ELEARNING  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2009
    [2009] Three Practical Ideas for Using Twitter in E-Learning
    Twitter’s all the rage. Some people love it. Some people hate it. But many people really don’t know much about it or don’t do much with it. I’ll have to admit, I have mixed feelings about Twitter (and much of the other social media). On one hand, I really love to play around with all of the new social media tools and am excited about what’s going on and the potential for learning. On the other hand, much of their value is exaggerated. A lot of this social media stuff can be distracting and a waste of time. like to focus on the more practical information that I can use. You know who you are.
  • 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.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009
    [2009] Business of Learning
    The challenges for publishers has been well documented: From Terrible to Terrifying : “The stats show that total newspaper ad sales dropped by an unprecedented 28.28% in the first quarter of 2009, a deep plunge that represents a loss of more than $2.6 This is a very strange time. While increasing amount of concept work and the pace of change puts a premium on learning, the business of learning faces an incredibly difficult time. In the past few weeks, I've had some really eye-opening conversations about the state of Learning as a Business. billion in ad revenue compared year-over-year.”
  • 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).
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