Wed.Mar 16, 2011

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Reader Feedback. eLearning & Grammar: Should eLearning Text Contain End of Sentence Punctuation?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

We received lots of feedback concerning last week's article, eLearning & Grammar: Should eLearning Text Contain End of Sentence Punctuation?  Here is a sampling: NO PERIODS and it is indeed to minimize visual clutter. That's why I use bullets whenever possible instead of lists. That's why I use bubbles. need to communicate fast, and since periods were invented for that, I figure that any improvement on the speed of communication is alright.  In general, I avoid punctuation at the end of instructions. Shelley List, IT Communications, DLA Piper LLP.

Instructional Design Portfolio Resources

Experiencing eLearning

I love how some of my posts from 2007 still generate regular comments, such as this question today about software for creating a portfolio. First, if you’re wondering why you need a portfolio , read Tom Kuhlmann’s explanation. Portfolio by cirox. Gather artifacts. Choose a CMS. Market your portfolio. April’s CMS post only addresses WordPress and Joomla.

Hassenzahl’s Model and eLearning

Upside Learning

During the course of my web wanderings which have revolved around usability and user experience recently, I came across this interesting Hassenzahl’s model in the book ‘Funology’, that talks about the relationships between an user and a product. It is mainly about user experience, especially in reference to ‘fun’ in product design. There are different attributes for each individual user. eLearnin

A Conversation with Andrew Hughes

Kapp Notes

Working in the space of 3D virtual immersive environments (VIE) is a small, but dedicated group of people who are creating some really wonderful and powerful learning. The other day I had a chance to virtually catch up with Andrew Hughes who is the president of Designing Digitally, Inc. and an instructor at the University of Cincinnati. Andrew’s company, Designing Digitally, Inc.

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.

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Multivariate Testing of your Web Site

eContent

Do you know if your web site is optimal? How much testing did you perform? Can you be sure? After all, if you are the web developer, didn't some of your own biases enter into the design? assume the answer to the last question has to be "yes" No matter how hard we try, it is hard to be 100% objective. Thus, why not let your web visitors be your testers? Change something small.

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Understanding by Design

Clark Quinn

I have long advocated, in consonance with sound learning  principles, that in a good design process works backwards: start with the desired outcomes as capabilities, align assessment to the outcomes, and then design the learning experience to achieve those outcomes. This shouldn’t be new.  Recently, I was pointed towards Wiggins & McTighe’s Understanding by Design , which turns out to be a curricular approach predicated on just such lines.  I am of mixed feelings. design

Adobe FrameMaker 10: Why are there Checkmarks in the Catalogs?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Barb Binder  When I started working in Adobe FrameMaker 10, one of the first differences I noticed was the appearance of checkmarks in front of the formats in the various Catalogs. My first guess was that the check marks indicated whether or not a format was being used in the document, or not. But I would see checkmarks on formats I wasn't using (i.e., At least not right away.

Crowd-inspired innovation

Jay Cross

TED’s Chris Anderson talks about How Web Video Powers Global Innovation. This same logic applies to any organization or community. Making it easy to create and share videos multiplies the potential connections between new ideas and a group’s members. It’s another way for an organization to work smarter. Speakers at TED spending more time, getting better. Crowd. Light. Desire.

New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.

Networked Knowledge: out of the ivory tower

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Many of the important issues that face our society are complex and require a good knowledge of science. Yesterday, I explained some of what I’ve been trying to learn about nuclear fission and power generation. Understanding how people learn and how we can integrate learning into work is a prime professional interest of mine. Each requires significant knowledge to understand the issues.

Google's Search for Good Managers

The Peformance Improvement

Managers have a critical role to play in the learning and development of the people who report to them. In fact, that relationship is more critical than anything the HR or Training departments can do to improve performance. This is born out in Google's internal study of good management. In this self-study, Google identified eight things that “good” managers should do. These imperatives are listed here in order of importance: Be a good coach. Empower your team and don’t micromanage. Express interest in team member’s success and personal well-being. Be a good communicator and listen to your team.

The new culture of learning

elearningpost

Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown take on a new challenge - to tell people that it’s time to embrace a new culture of learning. I am reading this book now and I am already excited by the possibilities—possibilities that we can achieve together if only we realize soon enough that “[t]he world is changing faster than ever and our skill sets have a shorter and shorter life”. One beautiful aspect that the authors highlight is the importance of learning “how to learn from others”. Others’ here refers to peers and the community at large.

Training: Adding Interactivity to eLearning Courses with Adobe Captivate 5

Adobe Captivate

The fourth session in the Adobe Captivate training program is scheduled for tomorrow -March 17th, 9AM to 10.30AM US Pacific Time. If you’ve been following this blog, by now you know that the training program is scheduled for every Thursday of the week. If you missed any of the previous three sessions, you can find [.]. Training and Tutorials Adobe Captivate Captivate elearning authoring rapid elearning

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

How & why to design scenarios

Making Change

I’ve added a substantial section about scenarios to the Elearning Blueprint. The section is open and free for everyone until March 31 to support my March 24th presentation at the Learning Solutions conference. The six parts cover: What are scenarios? includes examples of different approaches). Why use them? Scenario ingredients: characters, decisions, and feedback. What type of scenario? How to design a branching scenario. Media and tools. So if you’re interested in creating decision-making scenarios, visit the new section soon. And let me know: What did I miss? Scenario design

Getting to the Core

aLearning

“What Are the Core Competencies of a Trainer?&# This great question was posted by Ling-Huey on ASTD’s LinkedIn forum, and her question generated dozens and dozens of comments. Here’s a summary: Effective trainers … know the subject matter and can adapt key messages to learners’ levels of understanding while helping learners see the relevancy of the content. involve the learners. exude enthusiasm and passion. accept that it isn’t about them — it’s about the learners. understand how adults learn. model the desired behavior. are good listeners.

How & why to design scenarios

Making Change

I’ve added a substantial section about scenarios to the Elearning Blueprint. The section is open and free for everyone until March 31 to support my March 24th presentation at the Learning Solutions conference. The six parts cover: What are scenarios? includes examples of different approaches). Why use them? Scenario ingredients: characters, decisions, and feedback. What type of scenario? How to design a branching scenario. Media and tools. So if you’re interested in creating decision-making scenarios, visit the new section soon. And let me know: What did I miss?

Two great ideas for your next sustainability course

Good To Great

Sustainability is one of those hot topics of the moment, and I've recently come across a couple of things that I think could be adapted really effectively for a sustainability e-learning course. thought today I'd share them – let me

Storyboarding for eLearning

Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.

Career Development: Interview with Tom Kuhlmann, Part 2 by Temple Smolen

Learning Solutions Magazine

Part 2 of the video interview with Tom Kuhlmann about getting started in e-Learning. Tom shares some valuable lesson, including what he looks for when he hires an instructional designer. Getting Started Instructional Design Professional Development

“Brain Freeze: Does your eLearning System Cause Learning Paralysis?”

Vignettes Learning

Synthesis: The advent of technology options can be exciting. However, the influx of information to an individual’s brain may prove to be debilitating to one’s decision making process or may result to learning paralysis for learners. Dimoka explains that in bidding wars that resemble eBay, the more information the person receives, the less likely he/she makes good decisions. so LMS Web 2.0

How Top-to-Bottom Re-Training Can Be Critical to the Bottom Line

Mindflash

While the economy still hasn’t fully recovered from recession, smart employers are investing in one thing that keeps customers coming back — excellent service — even if it means re-training employees on basic skills you’d expect them to have in the first place. Why is Delta undertaking such a large-scale initiative? nancial success.

Drumroll … I am back … see?

Steve Howard

It has been far too long since my last post. But I have a good excuse, which I shall briefly explain. Around about May last year my wife Amy got a work opportunity in Atlanta, GA. Which she took. Because it paid well, and, well because we had already decided that Mississippi was not going to ever be a central hub of career opportunities for us. So off Amy went to Atlanta, leaving me in charge of the chickens and the goats. Fast forward to the beginning of March 2011, and I am finally in Atlanta too. So now I have the great pleasure (!) of a daily commute for the first time in a decade.

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.

Roadtrip Diversion - Spring has Sprung

Ellen Wagner

The last few months have been so busy that I have not been taking the time to blog. rather expect that there is a client or two who might be a little bit testy if they thought that *their*. social media

Usability FAIL

Learning Rocks

What on earth have I done wrong? usability appeals

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Usability FAIL

Learning Rocks

What on earth have I done wrong? usability appeals

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