2009 Top Posts and Topics: Kapp Notes
DECEMBER 4, 2009
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. It generated some good discussion about objectives in virtual spaces and helped to clarify some of my thinking in that area. Here are my top posts via Google Analytics for 2009.(I'll
eLearning: Top Posts of 2009 - Upside Learning Blog
DECEMBER 31, 2009
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
JUNE 24, 2009
If you are contemplating beginning – it might help to look at links that interest you to get some grounding ideas. 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. Educause.
Tool Set 2009
JANUARY 5, 2009
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. would also recommend considering participating in a workshop that will help you get going on these tools. 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. What should be in your tool set?
Can Fun Help Change Behaviors?
OCTOBER 30, 2009
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?
We Need Your Help - Screencasting Tips for New Screencasters
SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
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. 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!
13 More Tips to Help You Record Narration Like the Pros
JUNE 9, 2009
Headphones help isolate the audio and you’ll be able to hear any problems with the narration better than if you listen with speakers. This helps me focus on capturing the best narration possible without being distracted trying to time the animations. 5. These tips will help you get started recording audio narration like a pro. Those tips leaned more on the technology.
12 eLearning Predictions for 2009
JANUARY 26, 2009
In my post, 2008 2009 - written in December 2008, I looked at how well I did in those predictions, and my results were pretty good, not perfect. Social learning solutions like social homework help provided by Cramster ; CampusBug , Grockit , TutorVista , EduFire , English Cafe , and the list goes on and on. Some training will still be preferred face to face such as when team building or in-person soft skills are important, but 2009 will be the year when we realize that we should be justifying any in-person training. 2009 is going to be a big year for this issue.
Effective virtual facilitation
OCTOBER 13, 2009
As previously noted , adult learners are problem-oriented, so you need to explain how spending this hour or so will help them in their job. 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. The Model.
Observe the Supreme Court, Become President, Negotiate Peace with Online Games
OCTOBER 27, 2009
Here is a free computer game for teenagers created with the help of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor that helps explain what happens at the Supreme Court and its impact on the United States. Supreme Court clerk helping a justice with a tie-breaking vote over a First Amendment case. Supreme Court Justices in the game Supreme Decision.
ZaidLearn: Use Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for Writing Learning Outcomes
JULY 24, 2009
When developing content with SMEs it certainly helps having relevant and agreed upon learning outcomes early on to guide the content development process. It is helpful, but to me it is misleading. The list is not "a magic bullet", but it helps educators who have difficulty finding the word that describes what they want their students to achieve. Trust me! 3-24), by C. R.
LearnTrends 2009 – Free Online Conference
SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
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.
What's On Your Screencast Gift Wish List for 2009?
DECEMBER 10, 2009
And, I need your help! In the past, we've done gift lists for Screencasters in "2006":[link] and "2008":[link] It's time to compile the list for what to get your favorite screencaster for 2009. And, here's where I need your help. It's that time of year. It is a nice camera if I want to mix real world video with my screencast. Chime in! What if they are on the naughty list?!
SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
I spend a fair amount of my consulting time working with large organizations to help define how they will apply technology to particular business / performance / learning needs. I'm hoping that people will help out. You get requests for help building particular kinds of solutions. You can't afford to be constantly saying, "We can't help you with that."
8 Scary and Uncomfortable Reasons for the Growth of Virtual Worlds
DECEMBER 1, 2009
Terrorism One event that curbed travel and helped spur a wider adoption of virtual classroom technology was the vicious attacks at the World Trade Center on 9/11. S top, proceed with caution. While I think there are many legitimate reasons why an organization should partake in virtual immersive environments (VIEs) for learning and collaboration, there are also some "less-than-comfortable" reasons organizations are leaning in this direction. Many times these reasons aren't discussed but they are just as valid in the minds of many. won't. The same thing happens in organizations.
Spending Some Time At Penn State to Learn about Games and Social Media
OCTOBER 21, 2009
He is working with large sections of students in a variety of disciplines to help faculty leverage Web 2.0 Beaver Stadium, home of Penn State Nittany Lions. The past few days, I have spent quite a bit of time at Penn State University. First I visited for the football game against Minnesota. That was a cold, wet day but we still had a great time! He is doing some great work! Good stuff!
NOAA: Advice for Federal Agencies about Virtual Worlds & a Great Interactive Example
JULY 10, 2009
Use the numbers in terms of visitors, time spent on the site, etc., to help refine your design and improve your conversion rate to your goal. Waiting for the tsunami to hit on NOAA's island in Second Life. My advice to other federal agencies interested in virtual worlds is to define your goals before you break ground. You can fly through and remotely collaborate about a real-time dataset.
Virtual Hospitals Protocol
APRIL 6, 2009
In an article titled Can Second Life help teach doctors to treat patients? Because their assignment takes place in a respiratory ward, they can access recordings of real-life patients' breathing to help with their diagnoses. Teaching young doctors to work with others is yet another skill that can be taught in a virtual world. Then students enter a patient's room and their work begins.
Simulations and Learning how to run a "Code"
JUNE 15, 2009
As part of the workshop, I got to experiment and see some of the medical mannequins and tools they use to help train future nurses. I got the opportunity to run a "code" with a life-sized simulation dummy (we called him Mr. Wham) in Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. Taking a break from the Innovation in Learning workshop conducted at Johns Hopkins. It was interesting.
Finding a MMOLE/Virtual Learning World Vendor
APRIL 27, 2009
It is acceptable to speak with vendors to help clarify what you want at trade shows and venues create for such interactions but when you finally craft a Request for Proposal, make sure you have a clear understanding of the requirements you need. A screen shot from the MMOLE of ProtoSphere. Tie your request to a business need. Know what to expect. You need to explore.
Elements of a Virtual World/Metaverse
JANUARY 29, 2009
This provides a realistic feel to the interaction and helps the learners feel that they are in an actual space working, learning and collaborating together. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide. Using a virtual world or metaverse for training is not as science-fiction as it sounds. This is similar to the Web 2.0
Virtual World Brainstorming Session
JANUARY 28, 2009
One of the great things about what I do is getting to meet and work with really thoughtful and creative people and the other day, I got a chance to brainstorm with a group of great people on the topic of Virtual World Implementations. It makes it more fun and more engaging. Clark Aldrich, Karl Kapp and Eilif Trondsen on their way to lunch to continue the discussion on Virtual Worlds.
Implementing a Virtual World
JANUARY 13, 2009
First, they help assure senior management that virtual worlds can represent their image and culture in an appropriate way, which helps gain trust and confidence in the pilot. Image from a virtual world created by Forterra. Considering the implementation of a virtual world? The main product of Forterra is OLIVE™ (On-Line Interactive Virtual Environment). Branded facilities.
Facebook--Good for Your Memory: Twitter--Not So Much
OCTOBER 1, 2009
Your attention span is being reduced and you're not engaging your brain and improving nerve connections.'' In another article, Study: How Twitter is hurting students , Alloway found that: Keeping up-to-date with Facebook improved children’s IQ scores Playing video games – especially those that require planning and strategy – and Sudoku also were beneficial Using Twitter, YouTube and text messaging does not engage enough of the brain to be helpful, and actually reduce attention span. Bad news for all you Twanker's in a Twance.* Design
9 Free Tools That Help Me Build Better E-Learning
MAY 5, 2009
In today’s post, I’ll share with your some of the free tools that I use regularly to help me be more productive. Color Schemer helps you create color schemes. Here’s a link to some tutorials to help you get started. 4. Which free tools help you be more productive? I get a lot of questions from blog readers who are on a limited budget. Pixie. Color Schemer. Paint.net.
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Describing What You Do: Instructional Design
MAY 6, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009 Describing What You Do: Instructional Design Youre at a playground and you start talking to the mom sitting on the bench next to you. Ellen Wagner says, " I Ds help transform intangible information assets into things of great business or epistemological value." Thats a great description, but it still doesnt help me tell the woman on the playground what it is that I do. usually say "I create training that genuinely helps people do their jobs better." When I explain that I help people learn, the immediate question is which field. think.
Our Top 10 Learning Tools 2009
JUNE 4, 2009
We decided to contribute to the 2009 list by sending in our own list of Top 10 Tools for Learning Professionals. It helps us create interactive and engaging web-based Learning Solutions. Advanced features for character creation and animation, and special (CG) effects and dynamics, help to display realistic environments, situations, and actions. 7. Jane Hart conducts annual surveys of the top 100 learning tools. Her site, Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies , has some wonderful resources on learning tools, social learning, and more. Our team just loves it. 3.
Transfer of Learning - Theories and Implications
Designed for Learning
OCTOBER 31, 2009
In that sense, when learners manage their own learning and are more self-aware, they increase the accessibility of their learning to be applied in situations that occur in the future and help themselves in transferring their learning! In this context, our role as L&D professionals changes to helping learners learn meta-cognition skills and strategies! Interesting.
The Higher Educational Bubble Continues to Grow
NOVEMBER 5, 2009
They amenities are not going to help new college graduates to get jobs, they are not preparing them for workplace acumen. The definition of an economic bubble is, according to Wikipedia , “trade in high volumes at prices that are considerably at variance with intrinsic values ”.(Another Another way to describe it is: trade in products or assets with inflated values.) Universities and colleges have inflated values disproportionate to their value. number of signs of the stock market bubble, technology bubble, and recent credit bubble point to the higher education bubble continuing to grow.
What is a Learning Technologist?
Dont Waste Your Time
AUGUST 13, 2009
Learning Technologists are not always involved in purely online, distance, eLearning or mLearning, we are used to help improve and update face-to-face materials to either introduce a new technique or just to update a presentation, make it more 2009 and less 1999. The question "what is a Learning Technologist", I've finally realised, can be answerd differently based on who you ask, where they work, and what day of the week it is. We are also sometimes referred to as an Educational Technologist, but never as a Demonstrator. Does that make it any easier? No, how about this.
Some Posts About Web 2.0 and Informal Learning
OCTOBER 19, 2009
and SharePoint Pedia Palooza A Pharmaceutical Leveraging Web 2.0 --In a Big Way The Right Place to Find Help: ASTD's Big Question Tear Down the Walls: Web 2.0 Here are some posts about the various uses of Web 2.0 in corporate settings. Web 2.0 Extends Class Informal Learning: Structuring a Blog Some informal learning resources Wiki or a Blog? Creating a Vibrant Learning Community Embracing Informal Learning (Whitepaper) __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide. Web 2.0
Seeking Some Assistance and Advice
DECEMBER 3, 2009
So please add a suggestion or two about how you would envision a viral campaign to help potential readers learn about the book. As you may know in January 2010 (around the 19th or so) my new book co-authored with Tony O'Driscoll is being published. The book, Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration is about using 3D virtual immersive environments for learning and collaboration. Learn more about the book here. Leveraging the "wisdom of crowds" we am seeking your input and ideas on how to conduct a viral marketing campaign for the book.
Audio in E-Learning
NOVEMBER 3, 2009
Clark, Mayer, 89-90) So having text with programmed audio reading word-for-word is not a good design technique (although, you might want to have audio together to help those with certain disabilities). We discuss Cue Summation Theory and other theories of using audio in e-Learning. I had a lot of fun with Dan and Charles who helped with the technical aspects and some of the logistics. Audio is a powerful and impactful tool, but it is often used incorrectly within e-learning courses. The general answer is no. And research show that is not the best for learning.
Accidental Instructional Designers May Want to Just Say No
DECEMBER 3, 2009
degree is a foundation for the individual and, more importantly, for the field which helps distinguish fads from facts. Help, I have an Instructional Design Master's Degree and I Can't Create E-Learning So, before we move the discussion to the skills required of an instructional designer, I have one more idea. Being an instructional designer is about applying a systematic process to help others learn. Perhaps this is the annual right of passage in the field when Cammy Bean and I get into a "degree vs non-degree" in instructional design discussion. I've seen it. Rant over.
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Building Better Learning Games
APRIL 9, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009 Building Better Learning Games Interested in building casual games for your learners? Read on for notes from a webinar today, April 9, 2009: Building Better Learning Games: Leveraging Game Design and User Testing for Results Our hosts today: Enspire Learning (Ben Katz) Doorways to Dreams D2D -- financial entertainment. Focus on casual video games. Assessment.
4 Simple Tips for Recording High-Quality Audio
JUNE 2, 2009
If you do have a limited budget (or you want to do the narration yourself) then here are some tips to help you do the best job possible. Use a screen to help prevent the popping p’s that plague so many amateur recording sessions. Tidbits: I’m at the ASTD 2009 International Conference & Exposition this week. Good audio is critical to your elearning success. Dampen the sound.
Top 100 Learning Game Resources
JUNE 24, 2009
If you are contemplating beginning – it might help to look at links that interest you to get some grounding ideas. 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. June 17, 2009.
10 Social Media Tools For Learning
The eLearning Coach
NOVEMBER 16, 2009
Understanding the universe of options can help you match your need to the best approach. Blogging could help an organization’s knowledge quotient to explode and is definitely something worth exploring. Do you have a training or information need that could benefit from a social media strategy? Listing is alphabetical.). Audacity. Category: Podcasts. Dimdim. Think of it. TalkShoe.
Best Practices for Creating Online Courses
NOVEMBER 11, 2009
hope that the previous list helps get you thinking while designing online training. There are many things to think about when creating eLearning. There’s no way that I can mention all of them in this post but I’d like to mention a few that come to the top of my mind. Course Outline / Storyboarding. Know the audience. Find good SMEs. Always create an outline of the course. Storyboarding allows you to structure content flow. Decide what knowledge/skills need to be taught first. SMEs can take a glance at the flow and content. Learners scan, they don’t read. Keep it simple.
35 More Qualities Of The Ideal Instructional Designer
The eLearning Coach
DECEMBER 13, 2009
It also helps guide design choices when you know how to facilitate. Feel ‘powerful’ in helping people become more effective in their personal and professional life and rise to the responsibility of doing that work effectively and to the best of one’s ability. A few months ago I published a list of the 10 Qualities Of The Ideal Instructional Designer. Steve Burdick).
The Big Question - What I Learned About Learning in 2009
DECEMBER 30, 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. Can Fun Help Change Behaviors? 3. Five Myths of Mobile Learning. 2.
Posts that Influenced Me in 2009
JANUARY 1, 2010
That pondering took me back to all the blog posts by various bloggers that have most influenced my thought process and my posts in 2009. Understanding Homophily on the Web (Bamboo Project: this blog was also my discovery of 2009) What did I learn: The Internet encourages the coming together of like minds. But, I had not planned for it. What is Informal Learning? and Cynefin 13.
Content Organization Cheat Sheet
The eLearning Coach
NOVEMBER 30, 2009
In addition to researching and developing content for courses, you may find yourself creating training manuals for webinars or the classroom, writing web copy, making reference materials, and developing Electronic Performance Support Systems, Help documentation, presentations and so on. Example: Help documentation, glossaries, lists like this. Alphabetical. Categorical. Sequential.
eLearning Conferences 2010
NOVEMBER 19, 2009
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. Louis, Missouri, USA. and Web 3.0
When it's just so obvious NOT to train it's painful to watch it happen
Performance Learning Productivity
JUNE 12, 2009
Even if you’ve never been involved in training for rollout and upgrade and then finding that users demand re-training or simply call the help desk as soon as go-live happens, it helps to be aware of some fundamental truths about this flawed model. They are far more likely to reach for the phone and call the Help Desk. Some managers and L&D people just don’t seem to get it.