Mon.Jan 30, 2012

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ASTD TechKnowledge Wrap Up in Pictures #ASTDTK12

Learning Visions

Back home now after another exciting week in Las Vegas for ASTD’s TechKnowledge 2012 conference and expo. (I took a redeye home Friday night and then went camping with my son’s cub scout pack Saturday night. Crazy, I know.). know my brain was full but invigorated! live blogged most of the sessions I went to: Jane McGonigal. Stuart Crabb of Facebook. Connie Malamed on Cognitive Load. astdtk12

Introducing.the Camtasia Small Business Test Drive!

Visual Lounge

We're excited to introduce a fun new project we're working on this month--the Camtasia Small Business Test Drive! Starting last week, we challenged four small businesses in the Lansing, Michigan area to "test drive" Camtasia Studio and/or Camtasia for Mac in their business setting for four weeks. Visual Loungers, meet Ciesa Design, Gravity Works, Loudpixel, and Netvantage! CiesaDesign.

Reviewing elearning examples

Clark Quinn

I recently wrote about elearning  garbage , and in case I doubted my assessment, today’s task made my dilemma quite clear.  I was asked to be one of the judges for an elearning contest. Seven courses were identified as ‘finalists’, and my task was the review each and assign points in several categories. Only one was worthy of release, and only one other even made a passing grade. This is a problem. Let me get the good news out of the way first. There was enough variety in the situations faced to cover the real range of possibilities. The graphics were largely amateurish.

Nuts and Bolts: Opportunity Knocks? by Jane Bozarth

Learning Solutions Magazine

Formal design process gets a lot of attention, but not every problem requires the full treatment. Consider first what your client needs, before you start working on what the process flow chart requires, and when the problem is simple, keep the solution simple. Jane offers the key to remedies for performance issues. Design Strategies Getting Started Professional Development Rapid

[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course

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Is Social Learning Super? Gridiron Guru Launches Today!

Bottom-Line Performance

Last week , we announced our new social learning lab and invited you to participate. Gridiron Guru is a social learning game playable on the iPad as a web app or from your desktop. It tests your football knowledge across four categories: rules, offense, defense, and game strategy. The game is live today! Head over to to start playing. What are you waiting for? Let the social learning begin

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Drowning in E-Mail? A Few Tips for Staying Afloat

Mindflash

You’re sitting down to type up your big report, which is due by the end of the day. An e-mail pops up. Another one. Neither are particularly important. But somehow it’s just impossible to start working without checking them first. Back to the report. Another e-mail. Clearly, e-mail is a staple of the modern office. But for all its benefits, it may actually be hurting your overall productivity.

More Learning and Development Myths

Absorb LMS

As a follow up to my post of last December titled “ The Biggest Myths in Learning and Development ,” I asked the following  question within various LinkedIn discussion groups: What other learning and development beliefs do we hold to be true but probably aren’t? Jean-Marc R. L&D facilitators need to be subject matter experts on what they deliver. Anders B. Hannah T. James M.

What you should look for when doing a QA

Good To Great

Last week I set out the benefits of QA. But what does ‘QA’ actually mean? To many people, it is synonymous with ‘proof-reading’, but that’s a very simplistic view. QA stands for quality assurance, and that means quality in every respect. If you were QA-ing a newspaper article, the review would of course cover spelling and grammar. But it would also cover factual accuracy, tone of voice, sources for quotations and so on. If you were QA-ing a dining table, however, there’s no proof-reading required. Is the writing consistently UK or US English spelling?

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#astdTK12: Immersive Learning Simulations – Cutting Through the Hype

Sudden Insight

Summary: At ASTD’s TechKnowledge 2012, Steven Villachica and Deborah Stone defined immersive learning simulations, offered four tips for building them, and then discussed a simulation they had built together. Steven and Deborah defined an immersive learning simulation loosely, in my opinion. Learners should be engaged at the problem or task level, not just the operational or action level.