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Our Favorite Game Design Blogs

Upside Learning

The other is to look at other’s experiences, and there are many who’ve documented their game design experiences in various blogs. I’m listing (in no particular order) some of the ones we follow at Upside, perhaps you’ll find some good reading. Game Design Blog – Another frequently updated blog that contains a wealth of information about game design and development.

The truth about blogging

Learning with e's

Anyone who blogs regularly will have discovered several truths. Many people struggle to maintain a regular blog that is consistently good, or at least meaningful. Although you are only as good as your last blog, all your previously blogs are also out there, archived, published for people to read (and for you to revisit, if you wish). My writing has become a social act.

Videoblogging versus Blogging


This blog post gives me an initial opportunity to consider the potential of videoblogging compared with straightforward blogging. My initial conclusions are that for learning purposes, both types of blogging require some thinking through and some preparation and planning. Having a visual stimulus on the blog i think will spark more initial interest.

The 4 pillars of blogging

E-Learning Provocateur

I have been blogging for some time now, and I can honestly say that it’s been a growth journey. started blogging primarily for myself – essentially to organise and articulate the thoughts in my own head. Recently, a few people have been asking me for blogging advice, mainly around getting started. This got me thinking… What are my guiding principles for blogging?

2010 Redux

Learn and Lead

2010 was a rather quiet year for my blog. My blog didn’t see much of me this year, only 24 posts this year. Tweetstats tells me I posted only 854 tweets in 2010 against more than 2000 the previous year. And still, sometime during this year, this blog completed three years, crossed 50,000 hits and more than 370 feed subscribers. What’s interesting is the work we are doing with various ministries in the Government of India on employability and skill development, something that I hope to write more about in the coming year. Lists Top posts of 2010 Redux


Top 75 eLearning Posts - May 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

May 2010. Performance Learning Productivity , May 28, 2010 Instructional design is not only seen as a core competency for learning and development/training specialists, but it’s a huge industry, too. Defense of the LMS (and a case for the future of Social Learning) - Social Enterprise Blog , May 12, 2010 For some time now, I’ve seen a growing negativity toward LMS solutions by a pretty wide group folks in our space. Many of whom I really respoect. I see it in blog posts, comments, posts, LrnChat discussions, and all sorts of places. continued) , May 10, 2010.

Analyzing the ROI of Social Media in Training | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

Blog this! Download the whitepaper » Blog this! Trackbacks/Pingbacks Why Companies Should Spend More on Social Learning | Social Learning Blog - May 5, 2011 [.] this anecdotal story on the power of social media, however, my colleague Jim Thomson’s latest blog post describes how companies using Web 2.0 Download the whitepaper » Blog this! And [.] It is amazing ho.

Forget Photoshop, PowerPoint 2010 Rocks for AHA-G!


that I do not work for Microsoft (or get paid in any way by them!), and I am also NO GREAT SUPPORTER of Microsoft products in general, including Microsoft Office 2010. blog), or presentations quickly ( EFFICIENCY )! Anyway, my current blog header is better (I think), and it was developed 95% using PowerPoint (Cropping was done in Microsoft Paint). BEING ATTACKED! FORGET IT !

2010 in Retrospect: Top Few Blogs and Books

ID Reflections

This time, it was compounded by the lure of spending more time with my daughter (since I am in Mumbai after quite a few months) and the writing of the post just never got done. 2010 Shift Index - Passion and Performance by John Hagel 6. 2010 in Review Part 3: My year in reflective blogging by Jane Hart 21. Blogs Reading 2010 Books ReflectionThis post should have made its appearance a few days back—at least a day back—but procrastination sometimes overtakes me. In that spirit, I am aiming to get this post out. Posts and Articles 1. Wicked Problems 17.

eLearning Conferences 2011

Tony Karrer

Past years eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. December 2010 November 30-December 3, 2010 International Workshop on Cloud Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (CPSRT), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. December 1-3, 2010 Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture , Rome, Italy. You can contact him at:

Online courses must die!

E-Learning Provocateur

Suddenly SMEs are back in the game… Write up a Word doc and convert it? Not to mention blogs, wikis, discussion forums and social bookmarks. A touch dramatic, isn’t it? Now that I have your attention, please bear with me. There’s method in my madness… The myth of rapid authoring. Critics rail against boring page turners – and rightly so. But you know what?

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1 Million Views. Thank You!

Experiencing eLearning

Today, I reached a milestone in my blog: 1 million total views. It’s taken me over 8 years to reach this milestone, and I’m hardly the most-viewed blog in our field. For those out there struggling with low traffic on a new blog, don’t give up hope! Until 2010, I posted bookmarks via Diigo every day I saved a link. Filed under: Blogging , Lifelong Learning.

IMU Student Blogging Project to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle!


"Every blog has a story behind it." - Teenage Advisor THE STORY In late October 2010, Sheba DMani, the coordinator (facilitator) for the ' A Critical and Reflective Response to Media ' (Medical Humanities Selective) course (at IMU ) explored with me the idea of assigning students to work in groups to develop blogs addressing important issues and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Writing for Podcasts – An Electronic Papyrus Video Blog

Electronic Papyrus

Visit the blog entry to see the video.]. In our first video blog, EP Blogger Jeff Hino offers some tips for creating ear-friendly podcasts. Tags: Audio New Media Writing for the web podcasting podcasts [There is a video that cannot be displayed in this feed.

The Difference Between Technical Writing and Instructional Design

The Writers Gateway

A lot of people frequently ask me about the difference between Technical Writing and Instructional Design. I had written a post about this earlier and also argued that you require more or less the same kind of skills for both these fields and it was completely my standpoint on these two professions. Technical Writing. Technical Blogs. Know-how of technical writing tools.

Transform YouTube into an ACTIVE learning tool for your students

eLearning Acupuncture

Nina Arjarasumpun, from Knewton Inc. , was kind enough to write me an email out of the blue earlier this week. Chris Black at Knewton has prepared a great blog post that describes how to make these interactive logical branching videos. In her email she wanted to introduce me to a novel way in which the GMAT Prep team at Knewton was leveraging YouTube’s free video hosting service.

10 Ways To Learn In 2010

The eLearning Coach

Your collage might show a book from Amazon, a YouTube video and a page from a blog or web site. You can also use word clouds as the basis for writing a poem, for studying another language and for comparing two pages of information. Post from: The eLearning Coach 10 Ways To Learn In 2010. There are so many cool ways to learn online now. The whole world is a school. Tweet This!

Re-evaluating Evaluation | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Re-evaluating Evaluation by Barbara on March 16, 2011 in Project Management/Project Delivery For years, I have dutifully included a description of Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Learning Evaluation in every proposal for every company I have worked with.  Blog this! But it wasn’t.

Free e-Learning books


The Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro by The Rapid e-Learning Blog One of the great benefits of rapid e-learning is the ability to create e-learning courses much faster and easier than ever before. Cheers Carol Cooper-Taylor @theELsite November 16, 2010 1:11 AM Christoforos Online said. November 16, 2010 2:31 AM Christoforos Online said.

Social Media for Trainers: Filled with Great Ideas and Techniques

Kapp Notes

So this is wild for me, first time I am a tour stop on a blog book tour! I've been an author on blog book tours but now I get to be a stop on a tour and I couldn't be happier to be a stop for my friend and prolific author, Jane Bozarth. She starts with a basic description of social media and then covers all the biggies, Twitter, Facebook(online communities), Blogs, and wikis. But, that's just the danger of writing a book on the "bleeding edge" of technology, at press time Wave was big but as technology ebbs and flows, Wave is not so big. But she doesn't stop there.

Social Media for Trainers: Filled with Great Ideas and Techniques

Kapp Notes

So this is wild for me, first time I am a tour stop on a blog book tour! I've been an author on blog book tours but now I get to be a stop on a tour and I couldn't be happier to be a stop for my friend and prolific author, Jane Bozarth. She starts with a basic description of social media and then covers all the biggies, Twitter, Facebook(online communities), Blogs, and wikis. But, that's just the danger of writing a book on the "bleeding edge" of technology, at press time Wave was big but as technology ebbs and flows, Wave is not so big. But she doesn't stop there.

Reflecting on 2010, Causes and Effects

Aaron Silvers

2010 was a pretty big year for me. know there are more than a few people who have connected with me through this blog, through Twitter (even through Facebook) and now in-person because of the unbelievable good fortune I’ve had to share conference experiences with so many of you this year. If you are reading this blog post you found me. took command of my career. believe I think “big” thoughts. That’s not to say it’s been perfect, or easy or even without its sacrifices. What did I do this year? spoke at like eight different conferences. Last year I spoke at two.

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

Over the past few years, I spend part of December going back through my blog to recap a bit of what some of the key things I’ve learned over the course of the year. I’ve been doing this the past few years, for example: Learned about Learning in 2009. And every year I use this as a Big Question – see: Learning 2010. A lot of it is thinking through where my thinking has changed over the course of the year. During 2010, I’ve been ramping up my use of twitter as a learning tool. I’ve had to find ways to filter the flow and figure out when/how to reach out. for more on this. 7.

Four roles for social media in workplace learning

Clive on Learning

I write this as I travel to Birmingham to participate in a panel discussion with Nick Shackleton-Jones and Robin Hoyle on the role of social media in learning. The internet and mobile technologies are changing our lives as completely as the invention of writing, printing, the telephone and radio/TV have done in the past. Here is where blogging can play a valuable role. The discussion forms part of the agenda for the World of Learning Conference, an event that I have enjoyed participating in for something like ten years now.

Brain Rules for Learning: Who Knew? We All Did. | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Brain Rules for Learning: Who Knew? Likely you recited the phone number in your head, or even out loud, until you could write it down. If someone asked you the next day to write down the phone number for them, could you do it?  Blog this! We All Did. Properly d.

General Considerations for Mobile Learning (mLearning)

Upside Learning

Or would they use the mobile device to post to blogs or comment in forums? Wikipedia defines mobile learning as “Any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, or learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies&#. Simply ask a series of questions. the ability to use GPS?

2010: mLearning Year in Review

mLearning Trends

How our January 2010 Predictions Played Out! As we reach the first anniversary of this blog’s introduction, we thought we’d take stock and figure out how things are going by revisiting our list of predictions for enterprise mobile learning in 2010. So here’s the tally for "runs batted in (or attempted)" during the 2010 mLearning season. A.K.A. Validated (“Double”).

Policies for Staff use of Social Media and Social Networks

Dont Waste Your Time

This Ning site has a good draft/example policy for Law Schools to use as a starting point as well as a link to The Legal Watercooler Blog post by Heather Morse-Milligan on whether you actually need a policy to cover social media use or not? Anyway, this really only covers Twitter, Facebook and Blogs for departmental uses. Tags: Blogging Web 2.0 Check them out.

Top five tips for writing an effective, engaging compliance course

Spicy Learning

Download: Top ten tips for writing an effective, engaging compliance course. Tags: Blog Compliance Top tip e-Learning Instructional design Compliance training has a bad reputation for being little more than a box-ticking exercise. But here at Saffron we believe it’s absolutely possible to create effective, engaging training that achieves both competence and compliance. Read on for our top five tips for breaking the mould and delivering gold standard compliance training every time. 1. Keep it positive. Make it relevant. Keep it real. Make it varied. Keep it conversational.

Web 3.0 and onwards

Learning with e's

Even more valuable for me, many people commented and shared their ideas to me, which led to to write further blog posts, and publish a second, related post entitled Web x.0 Tracking back I could see that many people had discovered the presentation and had deemed it worthy enough to embed within their own websites and blogs, and that many more had commented on Twitter and elsewhere.

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Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning

Tony Karrer

As we worked with the TTS, we quickly developed a style of writing the scripts that really worked well with TTS, and minimizes the difference between using a computer generated voice, vs. human voice-over. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs Some challenging questions are being raised in this month’s Big Question - Voice Over in eLearning. How do you justify the budget and how does that factor into your choice of solution? Are there places where text-to-speech makes sense? Why not use human voice-over? Results?

Just disinfect

Learning with e's

Recently I''ve been receiving a lot of requests to publish blog posts from freelance writers. Then all the company''s designated ''guest bloggers'' run around like maniacs flash targeting the blogger''s e-mail inbox to try to convince him that their ''freelance'' post should be hosted on his blog. have a message for these parasites: Blog off! blogging learning writing

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Free Stock Photos Sites for e-Learning


You should be sure that the e-Learning community will very much appreciate if you write a comment with links to FREE stock photo sites. Free Digital Photos Download royalty free photos and illustrations for websites, newspapers, magazines, video and TV productions, iPhone applications, PowerPoint presentations, forums, blogs and school work. Morgue File An easy to use free photo site.

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Best Lecture

Tony Karrer

And this is something that I’ve been thinking (and writing – see Physics Lectures ) about for a long time. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs I just read George Siemens post Will online lectures destroy universities? He makes the point that despite articles like Why free online lectures will destroy universities – unless they get their act together fast : Statements like “universities are obsolete” or “universities are dying” are comical. And untrue. Utter nonsense. Some of the time, that’s quite true.

PLENK 2010 - The Most Awesome Course on Planet Earth!


CLICK HERE to register for PLENK 2010. used xtranormal to create the animation (above) by simply writing the dialogue script (text only! Though, xtranormal has a commercial version (besides the free features) with even more sizzling juice, and that __ me off :( MY PLENK 2010 REFLECTIONS? HOW DID YOU DO THAT? Seriously!).

Ad-hoc Social Learning Environment - How a Blog Drives Learning

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

The program, dubbed BaseCamp 2010, addressed 40 participants drawn from the senior and mid-level ranks of the company. We decided to outline our curriculum in a skeletal form using a blog, and then set social interactions in the curriculum context. Blog is the watering hole A learning blog is so much a happening place! The blog has a personal touch, it is easy to follow, its updates are delivered to participant's RSS reader instantaneously. We used Blogger, the Google blogging tool. Then, you were supposed to write an essay describing what you learnt.

Learned vs. Learners

ID Reflections

I have been deviating from the key themes of this blog, i.e., learning, performance, training and collaboration, for some time now. However, the deviations have been topics that moved me deeply, and I did not want to write about them in a separate blog. In the future too, I see this blog being intermittently peppered with posts unrelated to organizational learning but delineating experiences that are of personal import. They are as much a part of me as all things learning. And this is the trigger for today’s post. But I digress. Predictable, measurable, trainable!