Wed.Dec 14, 2011

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Great TED Video by Tom Chatfield: 7 ways video games engage the brain

Kapp Notes

Here is a great TED Video that clearly details the ways that video games engage us, transfix us and compel us to action. Tom Chatfield also describes how video games are data collection machines and they are constantly collecting data on players. Imagine what a learner professional can do with all those data points in terms of improving learning and promoting behavioral change. Interesting stuff.

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The Flipped Learning Revolution — Coming to a Brain Near You?

Social Learning

One of the concepts in training that has taken the biggest strides this year has been that of the “flipped classroom.” My colleague Jon Matejcek first covered it back in March in his article “ Online Academy Helps to Keep Lectures Where They Belong: Out of the Classroom.” Essentially, the idea is to upend the traditional teaching model of classroom lecture followed by personal practice at home.

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Learning in Wonderland: the untapped potential of workplace learning

Performance Learning Productivity

This is the first of three posts adapted from articles I have written for Inside Learning Technologies & Skills magazine. This article appeared in November 2011.  The second and third articles will be posted here a little while after they have been published in the magazine. I’ve taken Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a theme for the series. The illustrations here are Sir John Tenniel’s

Authentic Learning

Clark Quinn

This week, #change11 is being hosted by Jan Herrington (who I had the pleasure of meeting in West Australia many years ago; highly recommended). It’s an interesting program; very international, and somewhat non-traditional. Overall, the presentations were quite well done. Despite some small variation in quality and one very unique approach to the problem, I was impressed with the coherence of the presentations and the solidity of the outcomes. Some were very clearly uniquely innovative new ideas that would benefit the firm. and provided live feedback. design meta-learning

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HTML5—What’s the Urgency?

The Learning Circuits

I’m starting to get some questions along the lines of, “We’ve been hearing we need to switch to HTML5 delivery, and we’d like to be forward-thinking, but why and when should we do it?” Those are really good questions; thanks for asking! Some companies need to deliver content on iPads now. In that case, there is urgency to consider something other than a Flash-based solution. One option may be to deliver that content through (VPN) access, like Tom Kuhlmann wrote about on the Rapid E-Learning Blog a few months ago. The same post covers some publish-to-video and -PDF options. Much bigger.

Beginning Instructional Authoring: Are You Looking Out for YOUR Skills? Pep Talk, Part 1 by Patti Shank

Learning Solutions Magazine

Professional development is vital in any career, and especially so in those careers that move as fast as ours in eLearning does. But the task can seem overwhelming: what should be in your professional development plan, and where do you start? It’s not all technical skills. Here is some excellent advice on creating your own plan for 2012 – and for starting on it today!

Gen Y Wants its Employers to Go Green, Mostly


The young are often perceived as crusaders for a better, cleaner, fairer way of doing business, and there is some evidence that this folk wisdom on youthful idealism is correct. recent analysis by Pew found that the younger the person, the more likely they are to support clean energy and environmental protections. Scratching the Green Surface. Survey Says…. So which is it?

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Last chance to vote for a ScreenChamp!

Visual Lounge

We have an important job for you: determine which screencaster deserves a brand new MacBook Pro (and a bunch of other goodies). Voting for our ScreenChamp Awards ends Friday, December 16 at 4:00pm ET (21:00 UTC). You can vote once per day , so depending on when you read this you still have 2-3 votes left! your vote does matter! Watch videos & vote for ScreenChamp Best in Show. Save the date ).

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.

New ways to distribute content: part 2


Learning content can be distributed online in a number of formats. Let’s compare them …. Native document : By this we mean the output format of a proprietary application, most commonly Word, Excel or PowerPoint. These applications have sophisticated editing and formatting capabilities, but were never really designed as a means for distributing finished content. The consumer has to have their own copy of the application that was used to prepare the original document and often in a particular version. They are slow to display, because the application has first to be loaded into memory.


Second Screen Apps Aren’t Just for Television

Enspire Learning

After reading a recent Wired article about applications aimed at users’ secondary attention , I started thinking about new ways to use mobile devices for learning: second screen apps. Second screen apps are mobile apps that are typically used to complement television viewing. Why couldn’t they be used to complement learning events, too? The instructor/speaker gets live feedback from the audience.

Beginning Instructional Authoring: Are You Looking Out for YOUR Skills? Pep Talk, Part One by Patti Shank

Learning Solutions Magazine

Professional development is vital in any career, and especially so in those careers that move as fast as ours in eLearning does. But the task can seem overwhelming: what should be in your professional development plan, and where do you start? It’s not all technical skills. Here is some excellent advice on creating your own plan for 2012 – and for starting on it today!

We are Learning Designers

Sticky Learning

Let me explain why I don't call myself an Instructional Designer - I do a lot more than design instruction! To me the word instructional brings forth notions of teacher led instruction in formal education settings. Chalk and Talk, Tell and Do, information being 'pushed' from the facilitator to the student. We design so that people can do what they need and/or want to do more effectively.  .

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Course of the Week: Bloodborne Pathogens by Convergence Training


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1000+ eLearning Posts in 6 years

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Milestones are important. remember looking back at my blogging at the 5 year mark, but I've never thought about quantity of posts as a milestone.until I saw 1000 posts in the blogger admin section. From post 1 to 1000 it's been an incredible ride. Seriously! New technology arrived like the iPhone and the iPad. mLearning became so big that The eLearning Guild dedicated an event with mobile learning as the singular focus, mLearnCon. So much has happened that I'd need a lot more time to list every item.

Engineering Learning via the Web


The Northstar Nerd has been remiss in not performing a major update of my engineering learning portal. Quite frankly it is never fun to run check link software, and then research all the updates, omissions, moves, etc. However, sometimes one just have to buckle down and do the work. My portal is not flashy, but it is very functional. and you will never find a single advertisement. Legos. Podcasts.

The New Metric: Compound Learning Rate


A few weeks ago, my nephew asked me what the word “expert” means. told him it was a person who knew a lot about something and learned more everyday. When I answered, he nodded and asked “so am I an expert about superheroes yet?” It made me think about how that question would translate [.]. Brain Corporate Learning Education future of learning Learning Social Learning

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.

Do The Needful


I work for a large Fortune 100 firm, and my job involves collaborating with people from all over the world. Over the past few months, a number of us from the USA had remarked in casual conversation how colleagues from India often used the English phrase: "Do the needful" While we understood the request, this particular phrase was not common to our own local use of the English language. 

Learning is turning ? into !


Learning is essentially is all about turning ? into ! Learning always starts with a question. Where?, and How? Brain Education Learning

More 3D Training in the UK?

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development I've often wondered why Europe seems more accepting of interactive 3D technologies than the US. The first interactive 3D tool I used was called Superscape. They were headquartered in Germany. think. So, let me know what you think. If you have thoughts or concerns leave me a comment

Secrets of an organised person

Good To Great

Most people have a Christmas shopping list, but I have a Christmas shopping spreadsheet. This doesn’t paint me in a particularly carefree, spontaneous light, I know (although it does keep me within budget) – but when I recently confessed this on Twitter, I wasn’t met with much surprise, especially from those who’ve worked with me. manager once wrote on my performance appraisal form something along the lines of: ‘It may not be the most glamorous of attributes, but your organisational skills are formidable.’ So, what is my organisational secret weapon?

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.