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eLearning: Free Zombie Characters

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ Walther    Even though Halloween is months away, you can still inject a bit of terror into your eLearning.    Head over to NuggetHead to download free zombie eLearning characters. Not only are these zombie characters fun, but with some creative imagining they could be ideal for a range of professional eLearning circumstances. eLearning: Finding Characters.

Use interactive video in your flipped classroom


Use of videos represents the basis for the flipped classroom teaching model. Even though I’ve already described the benefits of using videos in teaching in my previous post – Why you should add video to your teaching , I have to emphasize one more aspect of the use of a video. The linear nature of a video forces the student to acquire information without any interaction. Example.

Multiple pathways: Blending xMOOCs & cMOOCs

George Siemens

I’m running a MOOC on edX in fall on Data Analytics & Learning (registration will be open soon). As part of this process, we organized a designjam recently bringing together 20 or so folks to think through the design process. I’ll post separately on this event. After much discussion at our designjam, I’ve concluded that cMOOCs and xMOOCs are incompatible.

The Big 7: Create Online Courses Based On These Principles of Learning

SHIFT eLearning

There are principles of good learning design and delivery every training professional should be aware of. These are not mere abstractions but rather serve as a practical guide in planning effective online training programs. In fact, Geri E. McArdle, in his book Training Design and Delivery , encourages training professionals to become familiar with these and apply them later. Basically, i f they understand these principles and weave them into their training, they''ll create more effective online learning experiences. 1. Part or Whole Learning. Whole learning is the exact opposite. Feedback.

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E-Learning Tips in 140 Characters or Less

E-learning Uncovered

This past week I thought it would be fun to do some crowdsourcing on Twitter and encourage people to share their best e-learning tips in under 140 characters. created a simple hashtag ( #elearning140 ) for people to share their tips. have to say, I was more than surprised at how quickly the campaign took off and how many people participated.

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#ASTD2014 Session report: 5 advantages of Sam over Addie

Challenge to Learn

A session by Michael Allen on Sam. When you read this blog more often you know that I’m a fan of Michael and of agile development. ( see my series of post  on the topic).Michael Michael only covered three of the 5 advantages, because he had to explain the basic principles of Sam first. But he is so knowledgeable and experienced that you always learn something new. Learning

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Tips for Soliciting ELearning Feedback


One of the challenges with elearning program implementations is finding a way to solicit feedback that is both constructive and actionable, and most of the feedback that is obtained is generally from alpha and beta testers at the earlier point in the program. These reviews are good, but they typically only provide feedback in relation to delivery and not necessarily the usefulness of the content.

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Learning and Working on the Web

“I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.” ” – Groucho Marx. usually ignore “best of” lists that tell us the “Top XX” people in a field. In this case it was the  Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness : We wanted to compile a list of the best Learning & Development blogs. jarche.com #2.

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.

Workday Recruiting: Will It Disrupt The Talent Acquisition Software Market?

Learning on the Leading Edge

This week Workday introduced Workday Recruiting, a long-awaited new module in the company's growing suite of cloud-based HR and Financial Management applications. In many ways this product has the potential to disrupt the landscape for corporate recruiting software. The Corporate Recruiting Software Market. The market for corporate recruiting software, now over $1.5 billion in size, is red hot.

Restaurant Trainers – Ever think about starting your own training business?

eLearning TV

Hey restaurant trainers, do you ever daydream about quitting your job and starting your own restaurant training business? I interview Jim Rich, the former VP of Training & Development for. click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]. eLearningTV Episodes Hospitality Hotel Restaurant custom elearning elearning employee onboarding goanimate harold jarche hospitality training hotel training novita training restaurant lms restaurant training retail training

Evidence-Based Learning WILL be used in Schools. What about in Training?

Will at Work Learning

Robert Slavin, Director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, recently wrote the following: "Sooner or later, schools throughout the U.S. and other countries will be making informed choices among proven programs and practices, implementing them with care and fidelity, and thereby improving outcomes for their children. Because of this, government, foundations, and for-profit organizations will be creating, evaluating, and disseminating proven programs to meet high standards of evidence required by schools and their funders. But what about us?

Electrify Your Online Training

Everything E-Learning

Is your online training in need of some spark? At the 2014 Lectora® User Conference, Peter Sorenson, owner of Quizzicle, shared his recipe for electric e-Learning. Peter recommends you begin with these ingredients: A dash of jQuery. general understanding of Library Objects. handful of problem-solving. willingness to enhance native Lectora Objects. So why does Peter choose Lectora? jquery.

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.

Personal Learner Knowledge Graph

George Siemens

The entire education system is focused on content/curriculum. Content drives almost all academic conversations. Content is the work of designers (how should we structure this), academics (what and how should I teach), administrators (how can we prove [to some random agency] that we taught students stuff that matters), and employers (this is the content I want potential employees to master).

#ASTD2014 session report: Stan McChrystal

Challenge to Learn

The second keynote. This means that all of us where together, 9.000 people is a lot! This conference is really huge. But on to the keynote. Stan McChrystal is a former 4 star general. He did a great presentation. He applies the lessons he learned in the army now as a consultant and in this keynote he shared them with us. He started out with some stories that underline the importance of adaptivity.

Journal of Learning Analytics

George Siemens

Interest in learning analytics is growing. It’s a data centric world and will only become more so in the future. From my biased view, it is critical that educators are aware of the role of analytics in education because of the heaving influence algorithms, data, and analytics have on teaching, learning, and decision making in schools, colleges/universities, and corporate settings. SoLAR just announced the inaugural issue of Journal of Learning Analytics. It is an open access journal. If you’re interested in data and analytics in learning, this is the journal for you!

#ASTD2014 session report: Charles Jennings 70-20-10

Challenge to Learn

Great session by Charles Jennings. He covered the principles of 70:20:10 and a bunch of information on how to apply it. He shared a paper “Strategy to action” with us that you can download with a lot of this information at 702010forum.com/freepaper. tried to catch the whole session in this mind map. 702010 framework ASTD2014 Charles Jennings

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.

Course of the Week Highlight: Ace Your Next Interview, No Matter Which Side You're On


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#ASTD2014 Session report: Little Bigs

Challenge to Learn

Great session by Lisa Bodell. She is CEO of Futurethink and author of the book ‘Kill the company’ Another great presentation on innovation and change. very practical tips and her main message is: Change your approach. See mind map for all the details. ASTD2014 e-Learning

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Tech Headlines for May 2014

ATD Learning Technologies

Tech headlines for May 2014 include: ADL Learning App Challenge, New Adobe Voice App, Intrepid Launches Corporate MOOC, Totara Offers Free Downloadable Version of LMS, and New Analyst Report Examines Growth in E-Learning Market. Click here to read full version

Modernise Workplace Learning Online Symposium

Jane Hart

If you are interested in updating your organisation’s approach to workplace learning, and don’t want to start a revolution, but rather prefer to introduce change gradually, why not join the Modernise Workplace Learning Online Symposium, which is taking place from 19 May for 4 weeks. Every weekday (for 20 days) I [.]. Social learning

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.

Subscription-Based Learning Iteration 2

In the Middle of the Curve

I am using the Subscription-Based Learning model for a second time. This time, in our Unified Communications pilot. Here are the results of the first time. A few things made me think that pulling out this technique again was a really good idea: 1) Self-limited timeframe. The posts will last for the duration of the pilot. found during Telecommuting that when projects started to hit - the model was too human-resource intensive to maintain indefinitely. The previous version did not engage our audience nearly as much as I would have liked. About anything. Will keep you posted with findings

General Stan McChrystal, #ASTD2014

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from the general session keynote at ASTD International Conference & Expo, this week in Washington, D.C. Forgive any typos or incoherencies. four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military''s most sensitive forces. He is also the author of the bestselling leadership book, My Share of the Task: A Memoir. Technology can increase rather than reduce complexity. Technology brings its own challenge. There''s an adaptability gap.

Stan McChrystal #ASTD2014 Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

General Stan McChrystal gave an inspiring and insightful talk about adapting to change, based upon his experience. strategy

ProProfs Training Maker now speaks 72 languages!


No matter what language your customers, clients or students speak, they can now take the training you’ve made for them in a language they know and understand. With multiple language support in the Training Maker , you can now create training and assign it for your users in a language you know they prefer. With 72 languages supported, we’re sure you will be able to make your pick easily. No Problem.

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.