Tue.May 03, 2011

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Doctoring the Informal Learning Environment

E-Learning Provocateur

Anne Marie Cunningham is a GP and Clinical Lecturer at Cardiff University, Wales. She authors the blog Wishful thinking in medical education , which she uses to advance thinking about the training of student doctors. We know that entering wards can be a daunting experience for students. They don’t feel part of a team. They don’t know who everyone is. So what can we do? would browse.

9 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 21

Upside Learning

Learning as we knew it has undergone (and continues to undergo) a sea change. Today, we have new forms of learning like – blended, informal, social, mobile etc. And these new forms gain more momentum as we shift into a world were time and attention spans are both shrinking. Learn about some of these new approaches here. You can dig into our previous lists here. 1. Find it all here. 2.

The Aesthetics of Games

Kapp Notes

It might not seem like it but aesthetics–art, beauty and visual elements—are part of every game from the symmetry of the tic-tac-toe game space to the clever little Monopoly pieces and all the way to the cinematic detail of a video game like Red Dead Redemption with its panoramic views of the American Wild West. Regardless of the game, aesthetics play an important role. Foursquare Badges.

TechSmith in Japan - Meet Hiroshi Kusaka

Visual Lounge

Most of you probably know that TechSmith is a global company, but did you also know that one of our largest international offices is in Tokyo, Japan? We opened our Japanese office in April 2009 to increase our connection with the Japanese and Asian markets, but over the past two years, the office has become much more than an expansion of our company. News TechSmith 157 38

How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

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

Rapid eLearning

Years ago when I did video production, it seemed that every one of my customers wanted the final video to be like an MTV music video—fast moving with quick cuts. They didn’t seem to care much about whether or not that was the right approach; they just knew they wanted it to be like MTV. By the way, this was back when MTV actually showed music videos. What’s in Your Client’s Head? Come prepared.


Rock and a hard place

Learning with e's

Earlier today Shelly Terrell tweeted that she would prefer to see schools invest in mobile technologies than in Interactive White Boards (IWBs). Here's what she said: "Personally, I feel $$ better spent on mobile devices in classrooms vs IWBs." Many teachers I have watched tend to use IWBs like an expensive display board. They won't let smaller hands anywhere near it. Never! Elf and safety mate.

Engagement Matters: Five Tips on Building Employee Engagement


In a post last week, we studied the experience of Holly Spoth-Torres, an Alaskan Park Superintendent, as she transformed her workforce into a nimble, collaborative, problem-solving team. Now it’s time to apply her lessons learned to workforces in general. Why does engagement matter? Creating eLearning Courses Enterprise

Using scenarios to involve learners

Spicy Learning

I have often seen courses where the learner has to read information in a popup on clicking a button. This click appears with its associated learner instruction and at times is just ornamentation on the screen. If this happens too frequently in a course, the learner starts responding in almost ‘Pavlov-esque’ fashion: a conditioned reflex (okay, so it was the dog and not Pavlov that responded, but you see my point!). The course is no longer entertaining and certainly not engaging. However by definition you could say it is interactive! admit I have been party to such a line of thought many times.

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.

The ‘Wikified’ Future of Employee Training


The recession is technically over, but that doesn’t mean organizations are keen to spend one penny more than they have to. Just look at training — back in 2009 when the financial crisis was still raging, research firm Bersin & Associates asked firms how their training budgets were faring. Today, broadcast quality video can be shot on a digital SLR camera that costs less than $2,000.&#.

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ID Secret Handshakes: First Round

Ellen Wagner

Regardless of where you learned your craft, whether you have a graduate degree or not, whatever the market sector where you work - there are certain things that people working in instructional design settings do that make themselves unique from, Instructional Design Trends

Beyond Points, Badges, and Scoreboards

Twitterpated with Learning

In the past, when I’ve told people that I’m interested in serious games for learning, I’d often need to clarify “not like online Jeopardy,” because quiz show games had become the standard in so many people’s minds.  Now, that gamefication is super-trendy, the discussions often revolve around whether or not to pepper online courses with points, scoreboards, and badges. generally lean towards not. It’s not that I think the gamefication of learning is necessarily bad.  I just think that most of the time, we can do so much better. The video is an hour long, but it’s absolutely worth the time.

Spring Conference Season continues – ASTD New England Area 2011 Conference

Adventures in Corporate Education

Last Friday I presented at the ASTD New England Area 2011 Conference. ASTD is the American Society for Training and Development for my storage friends. The conference had an underlying theme of getting everyone comfortable and participating with social media. This was the brainchild of Jean Marrapodi. Brilliant idea I must say!!). All of the speakers have posted their presentations in the ASTDL20 Facebook Fan page , and follow-up blog posts have been posted there as well. My presentation is embedded below. My presentation was about how to deal with naysayers.

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.