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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.

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.

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A Deep Dive into the Lectora Project File

Integrated Learnings

by Jonathan Shoaf. It may surprise some people that the Lectora project file, that.awt file, is actually XML. Big flipping deal? Well, maybe. In making this file XML, Lectora is allowing developers to make changes to it without going through the Lectora interface. Editing the XML directly allows you to perform some tasks much quicker than using Lectora itself. For example, you can search and replace text to change the video sizes in your project. You can even automate the course creation process. For example, I have a Lectora project template for video-based content. AICC) and a title ID.

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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.

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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.

Here's why social business will not save your cheese

The Learning Generalist

If you're reading this article then I guess you have a keen interest in social business or are perhaps already running your own setup. If my guess is true, then you perhaps have some frustrations running your internal program. Now don't get me wrong, I am a big, die hard fan of social media in the workplace and frankly I wouldn't have it any other way. The truth is that not many enterprise 2.0

#mLearning at #museum's is a thrill for all #art lovers

Ignatia Webs

mLearning started out to be a more formal, corporate and academic field. After its initial phase a lot of inspiring more thrilling applications started to take shape. One of the most intriguing and inspiring sectors to explore mobile implementations for increased knowledge creation are the museums. So I thought it was high time that I had a peak at some mLearning or mExperiences from the art world.

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.

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

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

Teams 15 Names Enspire Learning to Top 20 Content Development Companies

Enspire Learning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. AUSTIN, TX – June 29, 2011 – Enspire Learning, a leading learning solution provider, announced today that it has been named to the Top 20 Content Development Companies by This list recognizes the top content development companies in the training industry. Capability to develop a broad set of custom training programs across many modalities.

Customer Training Completion Rates

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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.

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

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.

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.

Scaling the teacher qualifications challenge

Viplav Baxi Meanderings

Yet another example of a one size fits all approach has manifested itself recently. An excerpt from an article in the Indian Express on June 29, 2011 titled B.Ed. must, alternative schools weigh options reads: At Rishi Valley School and Doon School, many teachers have been working for a long time without a Bachelor’s degree in education, though some have a Master’s and some even a Ph D from elite institutions such as the IITs in India and Harvard abroad. This is quite ironic. Why make sweeping generalization that wilfully result in situations like these?