Wed.Jun 15, 2011

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Five Types of Interactive Elements for Next Generation Learning

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

In my last post, we looked at the next generation content authoring. In this post, I include an interactivity that will help you explore the five types of interactive elements for next generation learning. Use your mouse pointer to explore any of the five panels here, and click on the little round button at the bottom right of each panel to know more. Click "Restart" button on bottom right to go back to the panel. Enjoy

5 Ways to Tell Stories in eLearning

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. We’ve talked about the value of storytelling for conveying tacit knowledge in eLearning and a formula for telling stories. So once we’ve assembled an instructional story, how can we include it within an eLearning lesson? Here are a few ideas to explore. Comic Strip. Who doesn’t enjoy a quick comic strip? They’re a relatively quick read, an effective method for displaying dialog, and visually engaging. If the rest of an eLearning lesson follows a standard, templated look, using fun images can contribute to the story’s attention-grabbing effect. Interactive Timeline. Video.

About blogging, tunneling visions and knowledge entrepreneurship

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

I had the pleasure to attend a presentation by Julie Ferguson. Julie is doing research for the university of Amsterdam (VU) into (micro-)blogging as part of her PdD research about knowledge and power in the development sector. The research has not yet been published. It analyzes the behaviour and perception of the bloggers. She has some remarkable conclusions. Facilitators: we are needed!

Motivational Considerations in the Study of Instruction

Kapp Notes

Mark R. Lepper at Stanford University is a leading theorist in social psychology and has written numerous academic papers, one I came across the other day is titled “Motivational Considerations in the Study of Instruction&# that was published in the journal Cognition and Instruction (1988), 5(4) 289-309. In the paper he discusses some principles for designing motivational instruction that I found useful. Here is a summary of some of those principles. Lepper’s Four Instructional Design Principles for Intrinsic Motivation. Control. Challenge. Curiosity. Contextualization. Design

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Everything connects at Amplify

E-Learning Provocateur

Last week I attended AMP’s biannual innovation and thought leadership festival, Amplify. As usual, the speaker lineup was first class. For those who couldn’t make it, I have linked to the recordings of most sessions below. For the sake of convenience I have organised them under three broad categories: Innovation, Social Media and Mobile. Innovation. Social media. Mobile.

Great Advice from Stanley Kubrick.

Visual Lounge

I stumbled upon this quote from film director Stanley Kubrick the other day. And, while he's referring to camera and film video, I think his advice holds true for screencasters as well. Sometimes the hardest part of making a screencast is simply getting started. And, by making screencasts, any screencast, you'll learn and gain experience. Can't think of a topic? What do you think? Screencast 32

Game Based Learning- Can Learning Really be Fun?


Game based learning or GBL is gaining ground as an interactive way of learning, across a varied audience. It used to be a popular notion that only children or teenagers gain from game-based learning. But today, this notion is definitely changed, as many of us would candidly confess being more than a little interested in computer or mobile games. Pradeep Sharma reverts to it with a firm ‘Yes’.

Fear of Consequences

Designed for Learning

PlayTrue Challenge Game. The economy has had an impact on how many potential game and simulation projects commissioned. To make matters worse, when government, non-profit or grant funded institutions look to inform and educate using a game stakeholders are often tentative about allowing certain game mechanics. “No, we cannot allow game players to do that.”

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Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

A practical guide to creating learning videos: part 1


Video is very much the medium of the moment. Not only do we spend many hours each day watching it on our TVs, it has become an integral part of the online experience. An ever-increasing proportion of the population does not only consume video, it creates and shares it with a world-wide internet audience. The same applies to the post-production process. Media elements. Interactive capability.

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What’s in a name?

Tayloring it

Or to be more accurate. “ What’s in a job title “? You might say (and I wouldn’t neccesarily disagree with you). “ not a lot, it’s what the individual ‘ does ‘ within that role that’s important ” You might come back to me and say (and again, I may not disagree with you). Really ? Now that’s not a rhetorical questions. Image source.

Book Review: Michael Allen's e-Learning Annual 2012 by Bill Brandon

Learning Solutions Magazine

As with his earlier editions of the e-Learning Annual, Michael Allen has identified the key controversies and. trends affecting the use of technology to enrich the learning experience. Then he found almost three dozen. experts to explore those topics. The result is a mother lode of ideas that will keep you busy for months.

Persuasive Technology Could Be Key to Gaining User Adoption

Social Learning

We know that user adoption is critical for major software implementations to be successful.  There are dozens of case studies and reports that illustrate how it’s not enough to get the technology working.  If users aren’t trained properly, or don’t accept the value of the system – the project will likely fail. Information architecture is about making things findable.

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Customer Training Completion Rates

Curious to learn how different factors in your training courses may affect completion rates? We crunched the numbers to help you set goals for course completion and build your content strategy. Download the study to learn what kind of content keeps learners engaged, how long courses should be, and more.

Gunflint Trail Tour


This is why I love northern Minnesota, and just last year finished building a house in Duluth allowing my family to slowing move back north. The Gunflint Trail is a dead end highway that reaches deep into the Minnesota border region with Canada, and is the premier canoeing region ( BWCA ) of North America (along with the Quetico Superior in Canada which it borders). Click to maximize! Day #1.

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Mobile Enterprise Content Management: Adding Tablets by Bob Little

Learning Solutions Magazine

[Product Announcement] eXact learning solutions (, a leading provider of online and mobile learning content management solutions, has launched eXact Mobile, one of the world’s first Mobile Learning Content Management solutions. eXact Mobile supports authoring, delivering, and tracking of SCORM content on mobile devices.


How to Train Potential Leaders? Easy. Treat Leadership Like Any Other Skill


In my recent  Mindflash post on developing leadership skills , I proposed three ideas. First, leadership is a skill set like any other. Second, it can be learned like any other. Third, not everyone wants to learn the skill of leadership despite great efforts to design effective leadership development programs. As it is with anything people want to learn, it is likely a combination of the two.

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The future is NOW!

Jane Hart

Tweet A year ago I spoke at a conference in the UK – and one of the content development vendors said my use of Twitter as a backchannel in my session was “gimmicky&# !! year on and the use of Twitter as a backchannel is the norm at a conference. Don’t be held back by the vendors you use –  who tell you they will help you to move gradually to the future. The future is NOW

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

Beginning Instructional Authoring: Line ‘Em Up by Patti Shank

Learning Solutions Magazine

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Our first step into e-learning software industry


As you may have noticed, yesterday we announced a beta version of SlideBlender. Yes, you’re right, this is yet just another e-learning software. So, the question why we’ve decided to start developing such a software is more than appropriate. Our team has been working on various e-learning solutions since 2002. We’ve developed around 30 “ high-end ”  online courses with high use of multimedia and  interactivity for our customers. These courses are designed for so-called self-paced e-learning. Furthermore, in e-learning industry (as elsewhere), everything is relative.

Developing a UX Practice of Practicing


A very nice piece by Jared Spool on the art of practicing. Practice is different. Good practice focuses on the process, while work focuses on the outcome. When doctors, musicians, and pilots are practicing, they are not doing the entire job. They are looking at the process of the work, often repeating the same step multiple times. For example, when a surgeon practices their suture techniques, they'll use butcher shop animal scraps to practice sewing up incisions. They don't perform the rest of the surgical procedure, because they aren't interested in the outcomes.

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Twitter Digest for 2011-06-15

Jane Hart

Tweet. RT @ LnDDave : Reflections on # realwplearn Chat: From Learning Design to Performance Design: [link] #. The C4LPT Daily is out! link] #. Learning is the new work, by @ jaycross [link] #. C4LPT Tweeted Times [link] – top stories by @ DonaldHTaylor , @ pgsimoes , @ ShellTerrell #. RT @ f_redant I'm not wasting time w # e20 tools, I'm sharing, learning, get the job done = I add value by using them, that's what it's about #. Powered by Twitter Tools. Twitter twitter

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Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.