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xAPI, LRS – The Interview

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When we were coming up with an approach for the Experience API back in summer of 2009, I talked quite a bit with Chris Messina who was an author of the ActivityStrea.ms Today’s post is quite unique since it takes a different path than previous posts. xAPI and LRS (Learning Record Stores) have been in the news and frankly everywhere within the e-learning industry in the past 1.5 years.

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Education learning management system trends

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meta-analysis of thousands of studies conducted by the Department of Education (2009 and updated in 2010) concluded that students in online only instruction performed modestly better than their face to face counterparts. Many in the education market are still in love with open source systems, such as Moodle. With that comes trends. Available at your local college and school – NOT!

Five LMS Lists

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Social Learning Management Systems -While I coined the term in 2009 to represent systems whose core features were geared towards social, some of the newer SLMSs, seem to have just enough to place them under this umbrella. . Everyone loves a good list.  Whether it is a list of the top food that make you ill or the top 1o of worst flops in learning history, people love to read them.  This is especially true when it comes to e-learning. Okay, maybe not true, but just go with it). So, I figured, let’s do it. The Lists. buzz.bee, oh never mind). Five Misnomers in the e-learning space.

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Best of the Best: Content Authoring Tools

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haven’t seen anything that has wowed since 2009. While traditionally best of the best are announced in December, I decided why wait.  I mean it is not like something is going to change in just a few weeks for any such product. Before I get to the list, people always want to know how do I decide what constitutes the best of the best. Here are my criteria. Innovation – if the product doesn’t offer some innovative features, then they are stale. If they are stale – seriously do you deserve to the best? Desktop vs SaaS – a factor in the decision making.

Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad

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For example, Cornerstone On Demand, 46.6M USD in 2010, 29.3M USD in 2009. In 2009 and 2010, many vendors in the LMS market, tossed in items that at one time were extra fees. While a trend started in late 2009, grew a tad more in 2010 and continues to grow through the end of Q1 – is the marketplace of courses (buyers and sellers) of the same LMS, this other trend is a result of one company – OpenSesame. After one quarter (for most companies) into the fiscal calendar year, it is time to see what the future holds in our space. There is Money in those Hills. Months.

LMS Maintenance

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If you selected a vendor, did they mention the maintenance aspect to you? Did you request specific information about maintenance schedules, contact requirements and issues? What about maintenance times? If you have not selected a vendor, then the above questions are what we will address in today’s article, because you will have maintenance from your provider and without assurances on certain items, your employees/customers will be upset, your administrator (if you have one) will be irritated and frankly you will be taking some heat. What is Maintenance? When does it occur – Time?

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LMS Maintenance

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If you selected a vendor, did they mention the maintenance aspect to you? Did you request specific information about maintenance schedules, contact requirements and issues? What about maintenance times? If you have not selected a vendor, then the above questions are what we will address in today’s article, because you will have maintenance from your provider and without assurances on certain items, your employees/customers will be upset, your administrator (if you have one) will be irritated and frankly you will be taking some heat. What is Maintenance? When does it occur – Time?

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TechKnowledge Jan. 27th-29th in Las Vegas

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I will be attending TechKnowledge , the largest and frankly in my opinion the best conference and expo on e-learning, on the 27th-29th of January in Las Vegas. It is being held at the Rio Hotel. would be happy to meet up with anyone who is attending the event, to discuss e-learning, LMSs, implementations,  web 2.o/social social media integration into e-learning, emerging technology, etc. If this of interest, please email me. Practitioners of Learning. Aren’t hotels and airfare expensive? Check out bookit.com or Expedia to see the deals (inc. a/f). Coming Tuesday:  Dec. Learning 24/7.

TechKnowledge Jan. 27th-29th in Las Vegas

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I will be attending TechKnowledge , the largest and frankly in my opinion the best conference and expo on e-learning, on the 27th-29th of January in Las Vegas. It is being held at the Rio Hotel. would be happy to meet up with anyone who is attending the event, to discuss e-learning, LMSs, implementations,  web 2.o/social social media integration into e-learning, emerging technology, etc. If this of interest, please email me. Practitioners of Learning. Aren’t hotels and airfare expensive? Check out bookit.com or Expedia to see the deals (inc. a/f). Coming Tuesday:  Dec. Learning 24/7.

LMS Customization

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Let’s pose a hypothetical: You are close to deciding on your LMS/LCMS, however you notice there are items or components or reports you want to include or have, but they are not available on your solution.  So, what do you do? A. Nothing and just move forward figuring that it really doesn’t matter. B. Ask and see what can be done by the vendor – Customize it! Customization can be a big deal when it comes to your LMS/LCMS for a simple fact, many of times what you are purchasing is “off the shelf&# and comes with standard features, capabilities. Hello, customization!

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LMS Customization

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Let’s pose a hypothetical: You are close to deciding on your LMS/LCMS, however you notice there are items or components or reports you want to include or have, but they are not available on your solution.  So, what do you do? A. Nothing and just move forward figuring that it really doesn’t matter. B. Ask and see what can be done by the vendor. Customization can be a big deal when it comes to your LMS/LCMS for a simple fact, many of times what you are purchasing is “off the shelf&# and comes with standard features. Now, customization comes into play. Additional cost.

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What about UR infrastructure? Questions 2 Ask B4 Implementing a LMS

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Often the voice is heard or the decision is announced to go and get a LMS. Research is conducted – RFPs are developed and preparation is made, yet one of the biggest components is typically left to the end – or forgotten until it is too late – your infrastructure. What does this mean to you and your end users? Customers?  Who is going to access this LMS and how are they going to do it?  In part two (covered later this week), we will discuss the planning stage, the stakeholders you need to get involved in the process and the key of happiness for you: the help desk.

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What about UR infrastructure? Questions 2 Ask B4 Implementing a LMS

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Often the voice is heard or the decision is announced to go and get a LMS. Research is conducted – RFPs are developed and preparation is made, yet one of the biggest components is typically left to the end – or forgotten until it is too late – your infrastructure. What does this mean to you and your end users? Customers?  Who is going to access this LMS and how are they going to do it?  In part two (covered later this week), we will discuss the planning stage, the stakeholders you need to get involved in the process and the key of happiness for you: the help desk.

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3rd Party Contractors – Course Builds and Costs

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3rd party contractors/vendors – Creating a Course 4 U. I am a big fan of having 3rd party contractors creating courses. That said, I am extremely picky on who I select and often will use previous contractors who I know can meet and exceed my expectations, as well as my deadlines/deliverables, etc. require all my courses to be built in Flash, to be fully interactive and engaging.  Plus they all must have real world experience and applications incorporated.  Now, this does not mean, I just go and land someone who knows Flash. storyboarding plus Flash.  Now, I want to make this very clear.

3rd Party Contractors – Course Builds and Costs

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3rd party contractors/vendors – Creating a Course 4 U. I am a big fan of having 3rd party contractors creating courses. That said, I am extremely picky on who I select and often will use previous contractors who I know can meet and exceed my expectations, as well as my deadlines/deliverables, etc. require all my courses to be built in Flash, to be fully interactive and engaging.  Plus they all must have real world experience and applications incorporated.  Now, this does not mean, I just go and land someone who knows Flash. storyboarding plus Flash.  Now, I want to make this very clear.

Off the Shelf Seats and LMS seats

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There are key points to remember when it comes to LMS seats and course seats – if the content is off the shelf. Off the shelf means that the courses have been purchased from a 3rd party vendor – and are already pre-built. For example, MS Word or Rosetta Stone Latin American Spanish. LMS Seats and Courses seats: 1. If you are using an open source LMS – for example Moodle – then you have unlimited seats for your LMS. You would have unlimited seats for any courses you build yourself. 2. Those x number of seats are for any courses you build yourself. You have two options. 1.

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Off the Shelf Seats and LMS seats

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There are key points to remember when it comes to LMS seats and course seats – if the content is off the shelf. Off the shelf means that the courses have been purchased from a 3rd party vendor – and are already pre-built. For example, MS Word or Rosetta Stone Latin American Spanish. LMS Seats and Courses seats: 1. If you are using an open source LMS – for example Moodle – then you have unlimited seats for your LMS. You would have unlimited seats for any courses you build yourself. 2. Those x number of seats are for any courses you build yourself. You have two options. 1.

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LMS – Seats, Huh?

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Seats:  It is a common term, and in the e-learning world for a LMS/LCMS – it means something that will cost you more later on, if you do not realize the true essence of how it works. Confused?  You should be, because if it was simple, everyone would enjoy the process. : ). 99% of all LMS/LCMS (and for this topic, I will just call them ‘LMS’), use a format called seats when it comes to placing your audience, end users, learners, employees, whatever into the system. Excluding them, lets discuss “SEATS&#. Here is how the typical conversation goes. Every happened to you?

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LMS – Seats, Huh?

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Seats:  It is a common term, and in the e-learning world for a LMS/LCMS – it means something that will cost you more later on, if you do not realize the true essence of how it works. Confused?  You should be, because if it was simple, everyone would enjoy the process. : ). 99% of all LMS/LCMS (and for this topic, I will just call them ‘LMS’), use a format called seats when it comes to placing your audience, end users, learners, employees, whatever into the system. Excluding them, lets discuss “SEATS&#. Here is how the typical conversation goes. Every happened to you?

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SCORM: What you should be asking your LMS Vendor to be

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SCORM, SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, AICC what does it all mean?  Better yet, what does it mean to YOU when trying to find that LMS or LCMS vendor? How do you know that they really know what they are talking about?  You would be surprised on how many sales reps have zero clue.  I’ll exclude the technical components or specifics on SCORM and AICC – plenty of info. out there on the net for that.  Rather, I will focus on some questions you should ask or be asking your soon to be LMS/LCMS vendor. Key Points. SCORM is not a certification process.  It is a standard – compliance.   courses.  

SCORM: What you should be asking your LMS Vendor to be

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SCORM, SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, AICC what does it all mean?  Better yet, what does it mean to YOU when trying to find that LMS or LCMS vendor? How do you know that they really know what they are talking about?  You would be surprised on how many sales reps have zero clue.  I’ll exclude the technical components or specifics on SCORM and AICC – plenty of info. out there on the net for that.  Rather, I will focus on some questions you should ask or be asking your soon to be LMS/LCMS vendor. SCORM is not a certification process.  It is a standard – compliance.   SCORM and AICC.

E-Learning – My Background

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In 2000, I beta tested an html course on a Palm PDA, who knew that in 2008 and more so in 2009 mobile learning would start to evolve. In 1998, I was one of the few who were involved at the beginning stage of e-learning and have been involved ever since. started building HTML courses and a LMS database (proprietary) and then went on to create a five level online university, other online LMSs (at multiple companies), online interactive content that was engaging (not static) asychronous and SCORM 1.2 compliant. pitfalls – inc. anyone? Learning – 24/7. Update: On Sept.

Static E-Learning – DANGER Will Robinson!

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There is nothing worse or nothing more scary then seeing a web based training course that identifies itself as such, with lots of text and a few pictures.  The end user (the learner) goes through the screens as though they are nothing more than a robot and every so often click on a word or so and a pop-up appears (if they are lucky) with something else in the box.  OR. The end user sees lots of text on the screen and photographs or images or clip art. The images sit there. How involved would you be? Would you want to go and take the course again and again? Of course not! Engaging, interactive.

UPDATED: Other Open Source LMS Solutions

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Olat -   IMS Learning Impact ‘Leadership Award’ 2009 for best open source learning platform. A list of other Open Source LMS vendors, besides Moodle. They are not in any specific order. These are the newest listings (6-2-10). Ectolearning – Open learning environment, with collaboration tools plus LMS – for Education/academia. offers test capabilities based on rubrics. Sloode - Multi-user virtual environment of Second Life® with the Moodle® learning-management system, Can be used in corporate and education. From Germany – Corporate, Education, Government, Non-Profit. Open LMS.

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Other Open Source LMS Solutions

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Olat -   IMS Learning Impact ‘Leadership Award’ 2009 for best open source learning platform. Here is a list of other Open Source LMS vendors, besides Moodle. This is not an all encompassing list, rather I have listed a wide swath, that you may wish to consider, including ones that are intriguing. Nor are they in any specific order.  This is part one.  Part two discusses some pros vs. cons on Moodle and open source LMS/LCMS in general. ILIAS 4 e-Learning. Pojosoft. Docebo -  Integrates with external systems such as video conferencing and HR systems. Atutor. efront. Joomla.

2009 Top Posts and Topics: Kapp Notes

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The ASTD Big question this month is an annual question: What did you learn about learning in 2009? So one of the tasks I will do to answer this question is to see what posts were the Best of 2009 from several different sources. How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of E-Learning-Updated for 2009. I had done some work in this area in 2003 and wanted to see if any information had changed. Here are my top posts via Google Analytics for 2009.(I'll So there are my most popular posts for 2009. First from eLearning Learning , Here are my top posts. Random Web 2.0

eLearning: Top Posts of 2009 - Upside Learning Blog

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As we knock on 2010’s doors, it’s a good time to look at what we did on this blog in 2009. We started this blog in March 2009 and in its 10 month existence has more than a 100 posts. Here’s a screen grab of tag cloud for our posts: Here is a list of some of the best posts of 2009: Top 20 Most Viewed Posts. 1. Our Top 10 Learning Tools 2009. 5.

Top 100 Learning Game Resources

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Building Better Learning Games- Learning Visions, April 9, 2009. Marc Prensky – Twitch Speed, June 17, 2009. Using computer games in education- ThirdForce Blog, January 30, 2009. Digital games and learning gains (PDF), June 17, 2009. Examples from TWITCHSPEED.COM Digital Game-Based Learning, June 17, 2009. Casual Games get Serious, June 17, 2009.

Best of eLearning Learning - First Half of December 2009

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December 1, 2009 to December 15, 2009. eLearning Templates – 20 Resources - eLearning Technology , December 7, 2009. It’s Culture, Leadership and E2.0 … or fail - trainingwreck , December 13, 2009. Hot Topics in eLearning for 2009 - eLearning Learning Posts , December 2, 2009. Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter - Adobe Captivate Blog , December 11, 2009. Dont Waste Your Time , December 10, 2009. Free-to-Use E-Learning Development 19: Techsmith Jing (Part 3) – Conclusions - The E-Learning Curve , December 8, 2009.

Top 50 Mobile Learning Resources

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The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009. 2009 Horizon Report. I’ve spent an inordinately long time writing a whitepaper on mobile learning trying to expound our thoughts about it and how it might be used in the workplace. I’ve been doing some research around it and I’ve documented some of the better links I’ve come across. Again, as with the links I posted about Games and Simulation, these aren’t categorized in any way nor does the order assume any significance. Apple Education. Mobile Learning Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training.

Tool Set 2009

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But hopefully 2009 will be the year when that begins to change. If you care about being relevant and valuable in 2015, you had better be making moves in 2009. Recommendations The intent of this series is to capture my thinking at the start of 2009 about the tools and methods for work and learning. I thought I'd kick off this year by posting a series of posts on topics related to tools and methods for work and learning. I'm hoping to address questions such as: How do you create a personal tool set or Personal Learning Environment (PLE) for yourself? So, here goes.

Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism?

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Instructivism is dead. Gone are the days of an authoritarian teacher transmitting pre-defined information to passive students. In the 1990s, constructivism heralded a new dawn in instructional design, turbo-charged by the rise of Web 2.0. Students morphed into participants , empowered to seek new knowledge and understanding for themselves, in the context of their own unique, individual experiences. In turn, teachers enthusiastically transformed themselves into facilitators , guiding and coaching the participants to inquire, explore, discover and even generate new learnings. Slippery slope.

Effective virtual facilitation

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As virtual classes rapidly become de rigueur , the need for an effective virtual facilitation framework accelerates. propose the 5-stage model of e-moderation developed by world-renowned networked learning guru,  Gilly Salmon. While Salmon’s model primarily supports asynchronous networked learning, I contend that it supports synchronous networked learning just as well. The Model.

Blending Learning with Social Technology Components

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A lot of companies today face a resource situation that’s not unique in this age. A few key individuals holding important technical and project management knowledge is quite common. Such key knowledge in the hands of few prevents it from being disseminated broadly and leads to an unhealthy dependence on those individuals. Each blend is unique and purposed to address a specific need. Web 2.0