Wed.Dec 12, 2012

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eLearning & Gamification: The Octalysis Framework

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  After covering gamification in a few articles, I've been getting lots of feedback requesting more information. I've been doing a bit of research recently and came across the  Yu-kai Chou  & Gamification Blog. If you're interested in gamification in general, you should definitely add this blog to your RSS feed. What is the Octalysis Framework?

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

eLearning 24-7

Well here it is, the final countdown. Other final countdowns: Europe – great song, but really how many times can you listen to “it’s the final countdown” Movie starring Kirk Douglas, Charlie Sheen – “The Final Countdown”, the navy goes back in time before Dec. 7, 1941 – great movie. Unlimited portals. TinCan with online/offline synch. SCORM compliant.

10 Books For Learning Professionals To Read In 2013

The eLearning Coach

Make some time for reading. It will give you a new mindset. Post from: The eLearning Coach 10 Books For Learning Professionals To Read In 2013. Book Reviews

What to do if they just want “awareness”

Making Change

“We just need everyone to be aware of the policy,” your client says. “I’ve sent you the 97 slides that we use in the face-to-face training. Could you have it ready by next Monday?” ” Which of the following should you do next? a) Clear your schedule and open your PowerPoint converter software. b) Ask the client some questions. Uncover the goal. What’s next?

Get an Exclusive Articulate Storyline Game Show Template from eLearning Brothers

Download one of the most popular game templates from eLearning Brothers with a look and feel exclusively made for eLearning Learning subscribers! eLearning Brothers creates awesome templates and assets to help you look like an eLearning Rockstar!

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eLearning Guild Research: If You're Happy and You're Overworked, Clap Your Hands by Patti Shank

Learning Solutions Magazine

Do you like your work but feel that you’re working too hard? If so, you have company, because many of your colleagues expressed similar feelings in the research report The eLearning Guild released on December 5, 2012. Here’s a summary of some surprising findings from the 674 respondents to a survey we conducted recently. Learning Research Professional Development

Get Serious About Animated GIFs

Enspire Learning

I built my first website in the late ‘90s as an undergraduate at the University of Georgia. It was titled “Matt’s World” with a spinning globe at the top of the page. Needless to say, it was awesome (the animated GIF, not my website). Since then, animated GIFs have come a long way. They were the source of many chuckles during the 2012 presidential campaign. Users don’t need the Flash player.

Designing eLearning for Cognitive Ease

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. recently started reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, and the chapter on cognitive ease offered all sorts of implications for eLearning design. Promote a good mood. The Finding : Kahnemann describes a study in which participants needed to rely on intuition to complete a task. The study found that participants in a good mood doubled their accuracy, while those in a bad mood performed poorly. This, combined with additional discussion in the book, suggests that a bad mood creates cognitive strain, and a good mood promotes cognitive ease. Create clean visuals.

Start Your New Year Off Right with the Leap Ahead eLearning Conference


Are you looking to start 2013 out with a bang? Our partners at BlueVolt are offering a great opportunity to immerse yourself in instructional design, elearning development and program management at the BlueVolt Leap Ahead eLearning Conference. Events

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.

eSeminar now on demand: Working with Simple Buttons & Actions

Adobe Captivate

Today’s eSeminar was loads of fun as dozens gathered to explore the use of basic buttons & actions in Adobe Captivate 6 with me. You can see the PowerPoint deck below, or enjoy the on Demand recording of the session here: [link] Learn how to make the most of simple interactive buttons in Adobe Captivate [.]. Community Documentation How do I. Rapid Authoring Rapid eLearning Whats new "Elearning authoring tools" Adobe Captivate 6 rapid elearning

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Free Articulate Storyline Interaction - Octodogs

Take an e-Learning Break

Here's a free Articulate Storyline interaction that I came accross in a LinkedIn group. Credit to Alexandros Anoyatis ( twitter@ anoyatis ). View Demo : [link] Download Story : [link] Screenr : [link

The Ingredients of Innovation

Rob Hubbard

We were recently recognised with an award for innovation. This meant a huge amount to us as a company and to me in particular. I’m a designer. love design in all its forms and I’m passionate about making things work better. Being recognised for something that I designed (and that utterly consumed me for about nine months) is a BIG deal to me. You’ll lose faith in what you’re doing.

Supporting EdTech Journalists

George Siemens

There are many active contributors to conversations about educational technology, elearning, online learning, whatever learning. Some folks do it while gainfully employed ( Stephen Downes , Alec Couros ), others have made it part of their consultancy work ( Jay Cross , Harold Jarche ), and some ( edsurge ) who are VC funded. She is without peer in her insightful coverage of the edtech space. If you need convincing, have a look at her recent series on top trends in edtech 2012. Audrey is a journalist, full time. encourage readers to support her directly through a donation page.

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.

Learning Resolutions: The Challenges of Bridging The Gap


I’m tempted to say that I’m going to give up trying to understand the entire elearning world – only because it is an impossible task! As a company that has been focused on face to face training for 15 years, 2012 saw our first meaningful foray into the world of elearning, with our Mind Mapping Mastery course. fragmented. Learning Resolutions

My day out to My Learningworx

Tayloring it

Today saw me attend the official launch of Learningworx which also doubled as a workshop centering on how to design online learning content. Here’s a bit of the official blurb. Take a course. Make a course. Change the world. But when it actually comes to making a course we understand you might not know where to start. You probably haven’t created any kind of online content before.

Quick and Easy Goals for 2013


Like many of the best goals, my 2013 goals are not lofty, but I have them firmly planted in my mind: I want to continue to co-host the (mostly) weekly web tv show, #eLearnChat. I am learning so much -- at least as much about myself, as I am from the guests. want to continue to participate in Tweet Chats. They are gold mines filled with nuggets of learning.

How to be Innovative – 10 Top Tips

Rob Hubbard

by Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions. Being innovative doesn’t mean that you have to come up with big radical new ideas all the time. Sometimes the very best learning innovations are quite simple and subtle or are just improvements or diversions from existing ideas. Having just won an award for innovation, we’d like to share our 10 top tips for innovative thinking with you….

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.

Fun with LEGOs at TechSmith

Visual Lounge

Original calendar set. Tower built out of calendar set pieces. Did you know that LEGO is the contraction of two Danish words, “leg godt” which means “play well”? Around TechSmith, one thing we know how to do is play! Each Christmas we create a new and creative calendar to send out for the holidays. The result was quite impressive, and they are still standing today… LEGOs and Snagit.

Twelve more shopping days until Christmas

Jay Cross

There’s still time to buy a copy of Informal Learning before Christmas. know, I know. My wife and I still chuckle over a Christmas episode of the Bob Newhart show where Bob gives Emily a thoroughly utilitarian gift, a blenderizer. But maybe you’re stuck for ideas about what to give your staff. The above comes from the Wiley & Co. Kindle version for $32.54.) Informal Learning

PowerPoints in mLearning Courses

Developer on Duty

For easy, step-by-step instructions on incorporating a narrated PowerPoint presentation into your Rapid Intake course, check out  this blog post. You can also view a sample course with a converted PowerPoint.  . eLearning Strategy

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Mark Oehlert

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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.