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eLearning: Putting it Into Context

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. Another eLearning Devcon has come and gone, and if you missed it you missed a great conference with great well as gorgeous weather and scenery in Salt Lake City, Utah. attended many sessions (from mLearning, to 508 compliance, to HTML5, etc), but it seemed to me that it all came back to one topic, and that was putting learning into context so that learners could understand and easily retrieve the learned knowledge later so that it could be implemented. Make sure it makes sense in the context of your organization (more on that next week). What are your thoughts on this?

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Profile of a learning architect: Tiina Paju-Pomfret

Clive on Learning

In this next profile, extracted from The New Learning Architect , we see another fine example of how a learning and development department has been able to break free from the confines of the face-to-face course to provide support for learning across multiple contexts. Rethinking formal ICT training Working alongside colleague Kerry Baker, Tiina has transformed ICT training at Bupa.

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Games are an Abstraction of Concepts and Reality

Kapp Notes

Abstraction of Concepts and Reality. Vintage SimCity. Imagine trying to duplicate all the complexity of running a major city, creating an amusement park or gearing up for a military assault. These are involved and complicated processes and the backdrops for a variety of engaging and fun games. The player is involved in an abstraction of events, ideas and reality. It minimizes the complexity.

Become A Better Writer

The eLearning Coach

Becoming a better writer is a lifelong process. Here are tips from a pro. Post from: The eLearning Coach Become A Better Writer. DESIGN INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

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Surgical Insertion of Micro-Scenarios that Beautify and Fire Up Your eLearning

Vignettes Learning

Synthesis: The points of insertion of micro-scenarios in your eLearning program will boost learning effectiveness. The insertion points are important since it is best to use micro-scenarios sparingly and at the appropriate areas. When properly done, you can save on time and improve the quality of your programs. Because scenarios can be costly if not used properly. Please see related blog. Apply.

Flash to HTML5 – Swiffy From Google

Upside Learning

This has come just in time for mLearning implementers; there is a new tool out in Google Labs called Swiffy that let’s one convert flash animation (swf files) to a device independent HTML5. Simply put, this will allow existing libraries of flash animation content to be ported to devices that run iOS – iPhones, iPads, and iPods. This also helps us poor elearning developers circumvent the continuous war between Adobe and Apple over flash technology, and allow delivery across devices/platforms. Incidentally, Adobe had worked on just such a tool called Wallaby.

Training departments: wake up, smell coffee

Jay Cross

TechCrunch reports that “Social enterprise giant Jive is releasing a study today, called the Jive Social Business Index, which surveyed 902 US-?based based executives at large and mid-sized companies on their views of social in the enterprise. Conversations are the stem cells of business learning. Social networks are the carrier wave of corporate conversations. Just Jay

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Top Five Reasons You Should Write a Blog


I have not always been a blog enthusiast. They require so much time,” I mumbled, while reading others’ lively, reflective, thought-provoking blogs. When am I going to find time for that? How am I going to possibly find enough things to write about?” I worried so much it kept me from thinking about the potential positive outcomes. But it hasn’t been easy. Good Times

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

21st century management practice

Jay Cross

I caught up with former telecom exec Marie Bjerede after a three day retreat in North Carolina. We were hunkered down at the Asheville airport waiting for a brooding storm to pass by. Marie describes managing a team of 70 leaders. Marie’s program is a near-perfect fit with Steven Denning’s concept of Radical Management. Just Jay

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Adobe Captivate Updated to Version 5.5: Should You Upgrade? by Joe Ganci

Learning Solutions Magazine

Adobe has upgraded Captivate to Version 5.5 by providing a new interface for faster development, a. number of new features, and several improvements. Is it worth the cost to upgrade? Joe takes you. through the important changes to help you decide. Development Techniques Tools

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Google’s New Sales Training Tactic: Talk-Show-Style Conference Calls


When it comes to fast-shifting product lines, Google is a powerhouse, with an ever-evolving array of offerings and new features. So how does the search megalith manage to keep its sales associates up to date with what they’re selling? Fast Company recently spoke to the company’s learning and development manager Debbie Newhouse to find out. Image courtesy of Flickr user Robert Scoble , CC 2.0 ).

Coactivism – A Learning Model

Rob Hubbard

For many years now I’ve been dissatisfied with how training is delivered and in particular the concepts of ‘classroom’ and ‘elearning’. In 2009 I developed a new learning model that addresses the issues as I see them. Since then I’ve been trialling this learning model in our Rapid eLearning Development course. It gives a quick overview of the learning model. Featured on EcoPressed.

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Issue with PowerPoint 2010 Recorded Narration while Importing PPTX into Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate

Some of you might have noticed that when you record narration in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 via SlideShow > Record SlideShow > Start Recording from Beginning and import this PPTX in Adobe Captivate, the slide narration is not available in project’s library. This was happening due to a small bug in PowerPoint 2010 which affected the [.]. Technical Support

Learning by Doing

Rob Hubbard

We all know instinctively that the best way to learn a new skill is by practicing it. The trick is to find a safe way to practice which has no physical, monetary, or reputational risk, associated with it. Pilots use flight simulators, in driving lessons we use dual-control cars and we learn to swim with floats. Why then do we fail to allow people the chance to practice in the work environment? Perhaps it’s because practice takes time and effort. Perhaps it’s because it’s too hard. And this doesn’t have to be hard. Encourage them to reflect on their performance and strive to improve it.