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Vegas Workshop Resources

Kapp Notes

Here are the resources and slides from my workshop presentation in Las Vegas. Introduction Materials for Gamification Workshop from Karl Kapp. Motivation slides from Workshop from Karl Kapp. Here is a link to his slides from the 2010 Game Developer’s Conference related to the one page game design document. Day One: Here are the introductory slides. Day Two. 2006).

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Converting Empty Phrases to Gold

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby.   It is important to note that empty phrases relate to the reader's amount of interest concerning your topic. Empty words and phrases, such as the ones in bold in the preceding sentence, delay giving your readers the information they want, create a boring tone, and make your material seem vague and difficult. Strangely, these wordy phrases tend to pop up in the first sentence of an article or training document, right where you need to be grabbing the reader's attention and holding it. Then say those things instead. Let's try that on another example.

eLearning Conferences 2010

Tony Karrer

link] January 2010 January 3-4, 2010 New Presidents Program , sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, Marco Island, Florida, USA. link] January 3-6, 2010 International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking (ICDC), Kolkata, India. link] January 4-7, 2010 Presidents’ Institute sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, Marco Island, Florida , USA.

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. www.online-educa.com December 1-3, 2010 Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture , Rome, Italy. And send that to Clayton. link].

Rapid E-Learning Workshop: How to Create a Tabbed Notebook

Rapid eLearning

In this case, it’s a tutorial that I created over two years ago after a rapid elearning workshop I had given. The output of the workshop is an interactive tabbed notebook. Click here to view the rapid elearning workshop. If you’re just getting started with rapid elearning, this is a good basic workshop that takes you through some of the essential techniques.

Out and About: Past and Upcoming Events

Kapp Notes

Upcoming Events March Tuesday, March 23, 2010: Presenting at an AdvaMed event called Employee Training Under FDA Scrutiny: Creating and Maintaining Robust Training Programs. Wednesday, March 24, 2010: Presenting a webinar to the members of the MI AECT chapter from 7:30pm - 9:00pm (1hr presentation, 30 mins discussion) titled "Learning in 3D." Tuesday, March 30, 2010: Presenting a PowerPoint webinar to the PA Coalition Against Rape. Wednesday, March 31, 2010: The Department of Instructional Technology at Bloomsburg is having an open house for potential students.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Is It Website or Web Site?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

  To the great joy of my colleague AJ at IconLogic, who tipped me off about this change, and to the relief of writers and editors everywhere who use the Associated Press Stylebook , the 2010 edition has declared website to be one word and lowercase, instead of the official spelling listed in Websters: Web site. by Jennie Ruby. And the AP--as editors affectionately call the style guide--has also released an AP Stylebook application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. And I was able to verify that smart phone does not need to be capitalized.

Top 60 eLearning Posts for October 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

October 2010 did not disappoint!  Free Tools to Help Get Your PowerPoint from Good to Great , October 21, 2010 Continuing the recent trend of PowerPoint in the news , I stumbled upon  an article in USA Today that provided some tips and advice for designing more engaging presentations. Open Source eLearning Tools , October 13, 2010 I was just asked about trends in open source for eLearning and particularly open source eLearning tools. PLENK2010 the future of education, my vision of the future , October 15, 2010 This is how I envision the learning future. EverNote).

Why You Need PowerPoint 2010 for Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

I get a lot of questions about upgrading to PowerPoint 2010. PowerPoint 2010 has built on that success and added a lot of features that will make the production process that much more efficient. I can’t cover everything in a single post, so I am going to share five of the features I use most when creating elearning content with PowerPoint 2010. 1. Enhanced Picture Editing.

Learning and teaching with Twitter

Learning with e's

I have presented a few workshops now on how to use Twitter as a learning and teaching tool. There has been a spectrum of reactions to the workshops I have presented, from the sceptical throught to the enthusiastic, and all of the questions that have been asked are valid and representative of the concerns and issues associated with using any informal tool in a formal context.

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Writing & Grammar Workshop: Acronyms Happen

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby Nearly every piece of technical writing has acronyms. Yet they can be a barrier to a reader who is trying to absorb technical information or to a learner who is encountering new terms for the first time. Of course most editors know to spell out an acronym on first use and introduce the acronym in parentheses. For  For example, below is a paragraph similar to the paragraph you are reading now, but using acronyms: The use of acronyms (UOA) can be a problem for readers of technical writing (RTW) and LENTs (learners encountering new terms for the first time).

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Mind Mapping

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby Circles, boxes, and lines on large paper have long been the tools of writers in search of an outline. Add colors, sketches, faces, and numbers, and you have a writing tool called mind mapping. Mind mapping is a way to get your thoughts, plans, and ideas from abstract and random to concrete and organized. The pressure to write an outline in list form can block your thoughts. Mind mapping allows you to scribble, scrawl, or draw your individual ideas in any order, in any position. You take a blank sheet and start with whatever is on the top of your mind.

21st Century L&D Skills

Performance Learning Productivity

It got me thinking about a piece I’d written for TrainingZone a few months ago titled “What does your ideal L&D team look like in 2010?”. I’ve posted that article here, with some changes and updates. This was due to the fact that the role was almost entirely focused on designing, developing and delivering training or learning events in face-to-face workshops and classes.

The 12 Days of Screencasting - On the Seventh Day.

Visual Lounge

VizNetwork provides coaching and conducts workshops on learning, simulations, visualization, and communication all over the world for thousands of people. Have you ever heard the quote, "Practice make perfect"? This also applies in screencasting. If you want to master the art, you need to practice. Chime in the song. " On the seventh day of Screencasting, Tom Crawford gave to me. ".

Meet Anton Bollen - TechSmith's New Evangelist

Visual Lounge

Need help with your workshop? I'm happy to announce that there is a new kid on the block! No, not a new boy band member , but rather a new TechSmith evangelist! Anton Bollen will be joining Education Evangelist, Dave McCollom and me! Anton is TechSmith's new European Evangelist. He'll be focused on Germany and will be based in Berlin. Anton would love to hear from you! Anton is TechSmith's.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: The Reverse Outline

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. Essays, narratives, introductions, reviews and opinion pieces can benefit from reverse outlining. In a reverse outline, you take your first draft and label its parts. Every paragraph gets a label summarizing its main idea, or at least its first idea. You can write these labels in the margin of a printout, in a separate screen, or on a piece of paper. Once you have identified the first topic of a paragraph, check the rest of the paragraph to make sure it sticks to its topic. If a new topic or idea surfaces, write an additional label. Here is where technology can help.

Do People Really Like To Go On Training Courses?

Upside Learning

It’s the responsibility of those in charge of organizational learning, those in charge of instructional design, and those in charge of class/workshop delivery to make it so. “Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.&# – Plato. What Plato said then holds true for training today. From the days when training was deemed a crucial element in the development of an individual to today when it has come to become a bitter pill forced down peoples’ throats by HR. They spend time thinking about it while they are in training. Wrong notions.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: More on Funny. or Not

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby I was happy to receive multiple responses to my humor article last week. During my article, I asked whether humor has a place in training materials. One reader wrote that the reason you don't see much humor in training materials is that humor is hard to create, or create well, so that many writers don't even try. Another reader agreed, saying that it was about time "a few brave souls take the risk and thereby encourage others to catch the humor wave." My thanks to Dan , Joseph , Sara , a Sr. hope you can join me. Click here  to learn more.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Funny? Do You Think That's Funny?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby What role, if any, should humor play in technical and training materials? When writing training materials, I am always looking for new ways to introduce a lesson and keep the tone engaging. The introduction to a lesson needs to draw in the learners and get them motivated to continue the training, and the writing throughout the lesson has to keep their attention. Can the use of humor help? To find an answer, I skimmed some of the writing in my shelf-full of training books. found many examples of engaging and personable writing styles, but very few examples of out and out humor.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Recasting Sentences for Clarity and Emphasis

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby Recasting sounds like something a fly fisherman would do, but in writing and editing it means to restructure a sentence. Restructuring is sometimes needed to avoid awkwardness, to give information in the order the reader needs it, or to introduce new concepts in a way that will promote understanding. Take this problem sentence: It is [I, me] who [demand/demands] a change in the rules. The correct grammar is this: It is I who demand a change in the rules. However, the correct grammar here sounds unfamiliar or wrong to readers used to seeing who with demands , not demand.

Enable Learning Anywhere with World’s First Portable LMS

Ignatia Webs

Register for this complimentary webinar and you will receive: A PDF copy of the Brandon Hall Research briefing report on mEKP, and A free USB drive with a trial version of mEKP Webinar Schedule Date: October 21, 2010 Time: 10:00am - 11:00am EDT (or 16:00 CEST), link to a world clock converter. In the Linqed workshop that a co-organized, institutional partners came from all corners of the world: Indonesia, Morocco, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Uganda, India, Nepal, South-Africa. It requires no installation or Internet connectivity. Click here to register for this webinar.

Over 75 Free Rapid E-Learning Resources

Rapid eLearning

PowerPoint Color Swatch : quickly create custom color themes in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. Kineo’s sponsoring a couple of elearning workshops. I’m doing a 30 minute session at each. The other day this guy asked me how to develop color schemes for his rapid elearning courses. Like a lot of guys, he has some issues with color perception so he wanted an easy way to match colors. original.

Part 1 - Would Nemo Survive Using the Blue Ocean Strategy?

ZaidLearn

TWO PART SERIES In this two part series I will explore Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) , and reflect back on a 2-day BOS workshop I attended a few weeks back (1st - 2nd December) at the UCSI Blue Ocean Strategy Regional Centre. "Blue Ocean Strategy is a bestseller across five continents. Blue Ocean Strategy is a business strategy book first published in 2005 and written by W. What baloney! PART 2?

How To Create Successful M-Learning Strategy: mLearnCon – Part I

Upside Learning

Last week I attended a day-long certificate workshop at the inaugural mLearnCon in San Diego titled Creating a successful m-learning strategy: From Planning to Implementation conducted by Judy Brown ,  Rovy Branon , Jason Haag , and Chris Raasch. believe this to be true and all organizations will realize this sooner or later. networked device. audio/video capable of recording and playback.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Do Training Examples Need to Keep it Real?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. So I am in the middle of keystroking (reviewing) my way through training materials I'm going to teach on Microsoft Excel. The directions tell me to select January through April values to create a quarterly total. Later, the same materials tell me to select January through March to create a "tritotal." " Now, I'm from out of town, but I think that the tradition for a quarterly total is that it covers three months, or one quarter of the year, not four months. The question of the day is this: to what extent do training examples need to be real-life examples?

Top 70 eLearning Posts for June and Hot Topics including iPad and Mobile Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

June 2010. Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises - Performance Learning Productivity , June 18, 2010 I read a piece written by Kate Graham of e2train on Thursday and it started me thinking about the ‘real learning versus managed learning’ debate. 20 Facts You Must Know About Working Memory - The eLearning Coach , June 2, 2010 Without adapting learning experiences to the learner’s cognitive architecture, instructional design is hit or miss. Spark Your Interest , June 3, 2010 June’s BQ is… “what tools should we learn?&#.

John Blackmon – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

John:  Actually, Flypaper was bundled with Lectora in 2010, when Flash creation was still extremely relevant in the industry. ABOUT JOHN BLACKMON (Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Trivantis Corporation). As Chief Technology Officer for Trivantis Corporation, John Blackmon is responsible for all aspects of development and strategy for the company’s eLearning products. Prior to joining Trivantis, John worked in a variety of industries, including Electronic Data Systems, IBM, and General Motors. THE INTERVIEW: 1. How did you scale this height? John:  It makes me quite proud.

Can a Workshop Change Behavior?

The Peformance Improvement

Companies invest billions of dollars on half-day, full-day, and multi-day workshops with the hope that these one-time events will somehow make a difference. Vendors, who would rather sell workshops than results, are eager to claim that their product will make a difference. What companies don’t know much about is if these one-time workshops truly change behavior significantly. She writes about conducting an extensive evaluation of a four-hour, EI workshop for 11 people in a company. So it is a marriage made in heaven.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: One Word or Two?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. My colleague was writing on his laptop across the room when he asked "Is smackdown one word or two?" " Intrigued as to why a training professional was writing about wrestling or extreme fighting, I walked over to take a look at his document. "Show me how you are using it," I said. "Are you using it as a noun or a verb?" " "Why do you need to know how I'm using it? just need to know one word or two!" " The fact is, the way a word like smackdown is used in a sentence determines whether it is one word or two. It worked!

Agile Bengaluru 2010 - Facilitating Dialogue in situations of Conflict (session outputs)

The Learning Generalist

As promised, here are the workshop outputs from the session Rixt Wiersma and I ran on the topic of 'Facilitating Dialogue in situations of Conflict' at the Agile Bengaluru 2010 conference. Tags: facilitation agile conference dialogue confrontations conflict agile bengaluru 2010 It was a really enjoyable session for us as participants and we had a wonderful crowd that impressed us with their keen interest in the humanistics of Agile software developments. At the end of the exercise, here are the thoughts that teams had about dealing with conflict. who is involved?)

#IEL2010 Gaming Design Workshop (Part 2)

In the Middle of the Curve

What is the general breakdown of how game team is structured? Anything you are doing is because game designer said you are going to. Game Designer - architecht - Programmers - construction guys - Artists - interior designers - Sound guys - Producer - keeps the schedule Probability and statistics most common math. Some calculus Let people run head-first into their own problem. Will run into the problem of odds eventually. They have a problem they want to solve. Mathematical patterns hold the key to future games. Challenge #3 - the last business you were at Examples - ebay - auction. be mayor.

The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

Learnnovators

“In July 2010,  Rackspace Hosting  and  NASA  jointly launched an open-source cloud-software initiative known as  OpenStack. I am not the kind to crystal gaze. I lay no claim to being able to predict the future. Five years seem like a pretty short time but in today’s context, it can be a very long time. Anything can happen in five years. ” – Wikipedia. Utopian? Maybe.

Update: Designing mLearning

Clark Quinn

The book, I’m now assured, will ship on 2 February.  I’m glad to have a firm date, and the only real problem with 2 Feb is that it makes a dodgy proposition of having the book available for the very good TechKnowledge conference (where I’m presenting a mobile learning workshop on 1 February).  Well, it’s been a bit of a saga, but there are some new developments about my forthcoming: Designing mLearning: Tapping Into the Mobile Revolution for Organizational Performance. It’s the usual good news/bad news scenario, but only mildly. First, for the bad news. 

Grammar Workshop: Can I start a Sentence With "This"?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby When a desperate-sounding student asked me this week why it was incorrect to start a sentence with the word this, I realized I was once again in Bogus Grammar Rule land. This bogus rule was a new one to me, but some editor somewhere was making my student miserable over it. First, let's be clear that the actual rules of grammar, as found in grammar books, do not forbid starting a sentence with the word this. The only possible origin of such a rule is the problem of the unclear antecedent. The actual guidelines for starting a sentence with this are a little more nuanced.

Grammar Workshop: i.e. versus e.g. and such as versus like

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby Interrupting a sentence to explain a term or give examples of a concept is a way to get your reader to see immediately how the new information relates to the real world. But how to introduce the interruption is something many writers are shaky on. Should I use e.g.? Should I use the words "such as" or the word "like"? Is i.e. the same as e.g.? Where do the commas go with all of these? Here is a guide to simplify your choice of interruption style: i.e. = that is. e.g. = for example. explanation or definition]. incomplete list of examples"].

Top 74 eLearning Posts from September 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning in September 2010. Examples and Samples of Game Design Documents - Kapp Notes , September 15, 2010 Here is a collection of several game design documents and information about game design documents. 10 Unusual Sources Of Inspiration for eLearning - The eLearning Coach , September 29, 2010 We all need inspiration at times. Must-See PowerPoint Tutorials for Creating Better Training - Mindflash , September 29, 2010 From the New York Times to the US Military , 2010 may go down as the year PowerPoint-hating went mainstream.  2010).

How to Design An Elearning Course on a Budget

Rapid eLearning

The past few days I’ve been pulling some content together for a couple of workshops I’m doing at the ASTD TechKnowledge conference in San Jose. The workshops are for those who are just getting started with the Articulate tools. only have about 75 minutes for each workshop, so I am pre-building most of the course that we’ll use for a few practice activities. Use it as you wish.