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ASTD #TK11 – Opening Keynote Kara Swisher

Learning Visions

Information is ever-changing When you apply social tools to information, it makes it more useful Quora as an example of information with social Everybody becomes a producer of content (people make Facebook useful by posting pictures, text, links, etc. astd tk11These are my live blogged notes… Kara Swisher – All Things Digital What is happening now in Silicon Valley is a quantum leap – changing industries. issues you need to be aware of (if you’re involved in delivery of information): Social Computers have traditionally been hard to use… Google is like giant yellow pages.


Impressions of the Masie Learning 2011 Conference

Social Learning

Last week I was fortunate to attend the Learning 2011 conference, organized every year by Elliott Masie.  So in this month’s blog I wanted to talk about some general impressions I had there. For example: How do you provide a mobile learning experience without ensuring that your employees have access to the devices? Uncategorized mobile learning Elliott Masie Learning 2011

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eLearning Conferences 2012

Tony Karrer

Past years eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. Note also that some events will be cancelled at a later date, such as those in Tunisia and Egypt in early 2011. December 2011 November 27-December 1, 2011 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE): Reaching Across Boundaries, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Online.

Using Scenarios in eLearning (My #TK11 Presentation)

Learning Visions

This is the question I posed to the group at my presentation here at ASTD’s TechKnowledge in San Jose. It was a great group, some lively discussion, great questions and lots of examples. astd tk11What’s the most boring eLearning project you’ve had to work on lately? Boring, boring stuff. The truth is you can do a lot with text/graphics or text/graphics/audio.

Upcoming Webinars, Articles and Events

Kapp Notes

Thursday, December 8, 2011 10:15 AM (Pacific Time). You’ll see many examples of game-based learning for performance improvement and highlights of how organizations have used games to achieve learning success, and discover how research-based practices fit in with today’s need for quick, effective online instruction. Instructional Gaming: December 9, 2011. Date: Friday, December 9, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Additionally, I am speaking at ASTD’s 2012 TechKnowledge Conference in Las Vegas. I am presenting a couple of Webinars in the near future. FREE Webinar.

Falling in Love all Over Again with ISD – with Allison Rossett at #ASTD2011

Learning Visions

These are my notes from a session with Allison Rossett “Falling in Love All Over Again—With ISD” at ASTD ICE in Orlando, May 24, 2011. The experience is vivid and authentic – full of worked examples , with opps to think about and DO something. “So that’s how it works” – with commentary and progressive building checklists that explains how it works. people learn best with worked examples, repeated practice on stretch tasks Greatness emerges from positive deviance! Example of sales training in pharma: Find the lesson or message you want them to know. Motivation.

Using Social Media for Learning: Tools & Practices #BHsocialmedia

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from a webinar presented by Brandon Hall on Wednesday, April 26 2011. (I joined about 10 minutes late, so missed a bit!) Best practices of social media for learning: (these 3 examples one Brandon Hall Awards of Excellence): Chrysler Academy 2.0 They will be at ASTD ICE in Orlando. Tom Werner, Chief Research Officer, Brandon Hall [link] LMSs are adding social features – including RSS feeds, peer ratings of content. In Brandon Hall’s research, haven’t talked to a single LMS vendor who is NOT adding these tools. Draw knowledge from dealerships.

The Big Question: How do you respond to the ‘I want it now’ demand?

Clive on Learning

On the ASTD Learning Circuits blog, they ask the question “How do you address the ‘I want it now’ demand from stakeholders.” If you want to help make the message stick then you have some other quick-fire options: set up a forum for Q&A allow for comments, blog-style prepare some short and simple worked examples or case studies create a quick quiz TV stations and newspapers have a plan B.

E-Learning: An Impossible Dream?

eLearning 24-7

Example. You see in Linkedin groups – go check out the ASTD Linkedin group and see how many times they focus on ILT vs WBT. Until a few years ago, ASTD didn’t offer a standalone E-Learning conference, yet e-learning has been around for more than a dozen years. ASTD is not the only ones. A lot of professional associations in the learning and development inc. It is 2011. E-Learning (web based) has been in existence for more than 12 years, yet its impact in terms of the masses is still relatively low in comparison with other training approaches.

9 Ways to Encourage the Adult E-Learners

Rapid eLearning

For example, if I was training operating room techs on setting up an operating room in the real world there’s the cost of pulling a room offline for training, coordinating staff, and maintaining a sterile environment and tools. Tidbits: Hard to believe we’re in the final stretch of 2011. November 4: San Diego, CA (ASTD)— Your Turn to Learn. Learning is a funny thing.

Overcoming Resistance to Games and Simulations

Kapp Notes

Recently, I wrote an article for ASTD’s Learning Circuits titled Barriers to Adopting Games in Corporate Environments. And, with lots of examples, as I wrote about in the piece What Instructional Designers can learn from IBM’s Watson. The time is now for multiple examples, experiential learning in an online environment and for moving toward mastery of content as it relates to application and not just memorization. Perception of games as only entertainment. Not understanding of the mechanisms in games that make them educational. conditions. you passed a test. master.

10 mobile questions

Clark Quinn

As part of an initiative for ASTD’s upcoming International Conference and Exposition , I was filmed as I responded to 10 questions around mobile (if you’re there, hope to hear how it goes) from Tony Bingham (he came in via conference call). Second, I think it has emphasized more granularity in design, separating out concepts from examples from practice activities, and that’s beneficial in terms of looking forward to adaptive and personalized systems. How do you define mobile learning? Why mobile / why now? We have workable app stores and easy usage. mobile

Here’s Why Slide Count is Irrelevant to Your E-Learning Course

Rapid eLearning

For example, I can make ten points on a single screen or have ten screens, each with a single point. November 4: San Diego, CA (ASTD)— Your Turn to Learn. November 14: Minneapolis, MN (ASTD)—Articulate Workshop: Build Interactive E-Learning…Rapidly. December 8 : Charlotte, NC (ASTD)— Rapid E-Learning Design. I’ll also be doing a free Articulate jam session while in town.

Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning


The Festival Speech Synthesis System Festival offers a general framework for building speech synthesis systems as well as including examples of various modules. Recent Comments Blog Archive ▼ 2011 (3) ▼ January (3) Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Le. As a eLearning consultant I would prefer to use a human narration professional. As of version 4.3,

Are You Asking These Questions to Build Effective E-Learning?

Rapid eLearning

For example, the human resources department is introducing a new bonus program and they want to have an “elearning course.” December 8 : Charlotte, NC (ASTD)— Rapid E-Learning Design. I’ll also be doing a free Articulate jam session while in town. January 25-27: Las Vegas (ASTD TechKnowledge 2012). Louis (ASTD). How we view effective elearning is somewhat subjective.

15 Free Display Graphics to Use with Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

For example, if you put a TV monitor on the screen you’re less inclined to use bullet points. If you’d like me to come to your area, the best bet is to connect with a group like your local ISPI or ASTD chapter and have them contact me. November 14: Minneapolis, MN (ASTD)—Articulate Workshop: Build Interactive E-Learning…Rapidly. WARNING: Course context is everything. Folder.


7 Secrets to Getting the Graphics You Need for Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

In the example below, I applied a pencil filter to a common piece of clip art and added it to a piece of paper for effect. October 25: Baton Rouge, LA (ASTD)—Webinar. November 14: Minneapolis, MN (ASTD)—Articulate Workshop: Build Interactive E-Learning…Rapidly. I had a great time in Atlanta last week. We use the same words, but we don’t always mean the same thing.

Accelerated Learning: Where Does It Fit In? | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

Accelerated Learning attempts to change this imbalance by including activities that trigger the other intelligences, for example, Brain Gym® , games that involve movement, MindMapping® tools, songs and raps, and word cards. One of the examples that we shared with him from the training series at the Minneapolis Art Institute was a session on modern art.  link] Blog this! Properly d.

Clarity needed around Web 3.0

Clark Quinn

I like ASTD; they offer a valuable service to the industry in education, including reports, webinars, very good conferences (despite occasional hiccups, *cough* learning styles *cough*) that I happily speak at and even have served on a program committee for.   And it’d be easy to slough this off and say it doesn’t matter, but ASTD is a voice with a long reach, and we really do need to hold them to a high standard because of their influence.  They may not be progressive enough for me, but I’m not their target market.  Their definition: Web 3.0 and 2.0.

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Small Businesses: How to Get Started with E-Learning (Without Blowing Your Budget)


ASTD’s Learning Circuits just published their annual survey of E-Learning Trends and, being the training geek that I am, I’ve taken some time to compare last year’s survey with the current survey to spot trends that may impact my work and inform my interactions with clients. Check out 2010′s chart on the left compared to 2011′s chart on the right.

3 E-Learning Lessons Learned on the Road

Rapid eLearning

What I like best is that I run across so many different questions and elearning use cases and examples. I’m always amazed at the creativity in our industry. Tidbits: What’s left for 2011. December 8 : Charlotte, NC (ASTD)— Rapid E-Learning Design. I’ll also be doing a free Articulate jam session while in town. January 25-27: Las Vegas (ASTD TechKnowledge 2012). 2012….coming

Use This Free E-Learning Template to Inspire Your Next M-Learning Course

Rapid eLearning

For example, instead of a screen with eight bullet points, I’d have a screen with eight icons. Tidbits: Here’s a list of some of my other upcoming speaking events and conferences: June 8: Philadelphia, PA (ASTD)— How to Cultivate Communities of Practice. June 9 : Langhorne, PA (ASTD)— Tips to Becoming an E-Learning Pro. Here’s one I got while messing around with my iPad.

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3 Simple Ways to Find the Resources You Need to Build E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

For example, a large part of the course’s construction involves the visual design of the course. In the same sense, you have access to some elearning examples like in the image above, but you may not need to use everything in them. Break apart the free PowerPoint templates & examples. Tutorial 2: Look through template samples. 3. Take Advantage of the Free Stuff.

Here’s How to Make Your E-Learning Course Meaningful

Rapid eLearning

For example, you could challenge them to solve a problem prior to starting the course. April 21 : Nashville, TN ASTD: Rapid E-Learning 101 and Building Shared Practice Communities. June 8 & 9 : I’ll be in doing two sessions for ASTD chapters in the New Jersey/Philadelphia region. Is this course important? To quote James Stockdale , “Who am I? Why am I taking this course?”.

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DevLearn 2011 – Notes from One ID Challenge and HTML5 Authoring Tool Review

E-learning Uncovered

If you would like to read in more depth about a few of the programs listed here, feel free to check out my recent article in T&D. I’ll also be following up regularly here on the E-Learning Uncovered blog, on, and, in December 2011, on ASTD’s Learning Circuits blog. Uncategorized conferences design devlearn examples html5HTML5 Authoring Tool Review.

Here’s a Noteworthy PowerPoint Template (and It’s Free!)

Rapid eLearning

You can see an example of the notes app below. You can see an example in the demo below. Everything’s created in PowerPoint (another example of how great it is as an illustration tool). August 16 : Atlanta, GA—ASTD: I’ll be doing two sessions. With a budget you can hire a graphic artist who can come up with some different design ideas for your elearning courses.

3 Things You Can Only Learn from a Real E-Learning Expert

Rapid eLearning

Here are a few sample tweets: Encouraging words. April 21 : Nashville, TN ASTD: Rapid E-Learning 101 and Building Shared Practice Communities. May 22-25 : Orlando, FL— ASTD International Conference & Expo. June 8: Philadelphia, PA (ASTD Greater Philadelphia Chapter)— How to Cultivate Communities of Practice. Dr. Werner, it’s always a pleasure to talk to you.


My evolving learning journey

Jay Cross

ASTD held TechKnowledge in San Jose this year. It was, as the Michelin Guide would say, “worth the journey.&# Dan Pontefract and David Mallon’s presentation on creating a culture of collaboration at TELUS was one of the most useful things I’ve ever heard at an ASTD event, and I was making presentations at ASTD events thirty years ago. grumbled. Yes, yes, yes.

Make Sure Your E-Learning Course Looks the Way It’s Supposed To

Rapid eLearning

Ask them to show you examples of what courses they like or have seen. Odds are that if they have a strong idea about what they want to do, then most likely they’ll have examples to pull from. Give Them Some Examples. Provide a list of diverse elearning examples where they can see different approaches to elearning. What’s in Your Client’s Head? Come prepared.


Me, ‘to go’ and on the go

Clark Quinn

also have given a series of webinars on mobile for a variety of groups, here’s a sample. And I’ll be participating virtually with a mobile  event with the Cascadia Chapter of ASTD also in June. The Metro DC ASTD chapter in November as well. Owing to a busy spring pushing the new book on mobile, I’ve been captured in a variety of ways. If you haven’t already seen too much of me talking mobile, here are some of the available options: Cammy Bean did an audio interview of me for Kineo (cut into sensible size chunks). Hope to catch up with you somewhere.

How to Be Successful at Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Here’s a cool example where the Qwiki site is inserted into an elearning module. For example, James Kingsely, one of the Articulate MVPs, does a lot of custom programming and hacks. Tidbits: I’m at ASTD TechKnowledge in San Jose all this week. Training 2011 Conference & Expo in San Diego on February 7. Here’s what I find typical of people who do rapid elearning.

Here’s How to Help Your Subject Matter Experts Build Better E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

For example, create scenarios or case studies that are relevant and meaningful. Here are a few upcoming events where I’ll be speaking: Training 2011 Conference & Expo in San Diego on February 7. ASTD TechKnowledge in San Jose on February 2-4. Subject matter experts know their subject matter. That’s why they’re called experts. This can be critical in your course design.

How Good Graphic Design Helps Build Meaningful E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Good examples. For example, some shapes convey meaning even if they don’t contain any significant content. Here’s a simple example. This is a good example of how to confuse the learner where the visual structure of the content implied a relationship and meaning that didn’t exist. October 25: Baton Rouge, LA (ASTD)—Webinar. This makes sense on a few fronts.


Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


For example, I see people reporting that optimal learning experiences can be no longer than five to eight minutes long, or that blended learning is always superior to either instructor-led or e-learning alone. For example, it’s really helped to note that effective interactive instructional events are constructed of context, challenge, activity, and feedback (CCAF). For example, many early users began building very large applications straightaway. Other times, we provide suggestions or examples, explain options, or fix problems. ABOUT Dr. MICHAEL W. THE INTERVIEW: 1.