Tue.Jul 19, 2011

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eLearning and Fun: Two Words Not Normally Seen Together

Social Learning

Over at the Learning Circuits blog, the big question for July is “How do you make eLearning fun?&#  They are not asking for much there, are they? It depends on the topic, the audience, the organization and a myriad of other considerations. If you are creating an eLearning course on interpersonal skills, then sure, it can and probably should be fun. Wrong, wrong and wrong. 

Three ‘MUST HAVE” best practices in teaching online courses

eLearning Acupuncture

If you came to read this posting to find a definitive list of best practices in teaching online courses, then please accept my apology. will not be compiling the large golden list of best practices in online teaching. Why you might ask? Well – because there is no definitive list. Please describe one thing the instructor did that hindered your success in this course. It’s a must. What do you think?

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Knowing where to look is more valuable than knowing what

Clive on Learning

According to an article in last Saturday's Guardian , research conducted at Columbia University and reported in Science Magazine shows just how much people have come to rely on the internet as 'an external memory source that we can access at any time'. In one experiment, participants were given pieces of information to type into a computer. Half were told the computer would retain the information and the other half were told it would be erased. Only those in the latter group attempted to memorise the material. The emphasis has shifted from knowing 'what' to knowing 'where to find it'.

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Second Summer 2011?Learning in 3D” class explores another virtual world

Kapp Notes

Last night in class we had the opportunity to check out VenueGen and see how it functioned. The software provided a great opportunity for students to see a professional virtual world and to explore how it functioned. VenueGen Courtroom setting. David speaks to students in the "Learning in 3D" class about virtual worlds. They offer the person they want to hear their focus.

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How do we know it’s time for ‘Just In Time’ training?

Tayloring it

The YouTube vid below provides an example as to information being provided at point of ‘assumed need’ to a specified individual. For those of you who plan to dismiss the idea off the back of it being ‘just’ a sci-fi film, remember the virtual info screen that John Anderton (Tom Cruise)operates with his hands…… ? … Microsoft Kinect anybody.

Success is Half Strategy, Half Execution, and Half Culture

The Peformance Improvement

It sounds like something Yogi Berra said. Regardless of whether or not he did, it’s an engaging way for Martin Ashcroft, Editor-In-Chief of Business Excellence , to begin a post about the relationship between strategy, execution, and culture and how our thinking about these aspects of organization success have changed over time. Strategy and execution are certainly important, but without a culture that supports employee engagement, long-term success is unlikely. He writes: …the most successful companies seem now to be combining these two approaches in their 21st century strategies.

Too Hot for eLearning

eLearning Weekly

By the time school let out each summer, I was already done learning. Sure, classes were wrapping up and testing was done, but I was intellectually checked-out because it was too hot for learning. Right now, in the midwest especially, the heat and humidity are collaborating to ruin everyone’s days. The dew point is so high that windows and glasses are sweating. Except maybe a thunderstorm.

Making Learning Fun!

Designed for Learning

This month’s LCBQ is “How do you make e-learning fun?”  I begin with a quote by British novelist, Arnold Bennett who said, "There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul." I believe this quote sums up all the reasons why we should include emotions –. engaging fun elearning Design

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.

Learning Styles and Learning

Viplav Baxi Meanderings

When I was building up the story for LearnOS , in my mind I had a mathematical model for how a complex of factors, assessed through various instruments (psychometric, inventories, observable analytics), could result in heuristics not only for content presentation, but also for collaboration, tools usage and learning process design. Learning Weights Matrix mapped elements of the learning experience to learner, learning, media and organization indicators to arrive at an indication of design or experience. However, my thinking has changed past that phase, based on a few key considerations.

Learn to Learn By Studying Zombie Behavior

OpenSesame

As an OpenSesame summer intern, I’m surrounded by the ceaseless serious discussions of adults. fear that I’m not being respected, due to my younger age and often times less than serious demeanor, so I’m working hard to write an extremely serious, extremely adult blog post. And to that end, I’m going to talk about zombies. Good Times Social Learning

Breaking down fences

Learning with e's

Seth Godin's blog is always good value, but his post today is quite profound. He writes about his avid reading of the entire collection of one library's science fiction stock during his high school days and concludes that "Expertise is a posture as much as it is a volume of knowledge". Expertise does not come easily. We read for a degree. Reading is what it takes to master a topic.

Playing Cards at a Tech Conference: A Game of Phones Reviewed by Brian Dusablon

Learning Solutions Magazine

The card game A Game of Phones made its debut at The eLearning Guild’s mLearnCon in June. While you might wonder what a card game has to do with mobile learning, the experience of the players showed the value of combining social interaction with a game around the context of using mobile technology. Blended for sure! Here’s the impressions of one who played and won.

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Designing Development to Impact Business Results

Learning on the Leading Edge

During my last few blogs, we have discussed the first five best practices of leadership development. Here, we’ll chat about the last best practice: applying targeted solutions. What Is Targeted Leadership Development. Targeted development refers to customized learning opportunities for each leader level in order to reap the maximum business impact and benefit. · On-the-job training. Working on these strategies enables developing leaders to experience learning in the context of their daily work and by collaborating and partnering with others.

Our brutality and their emotions

The Learning Generalist

Last night something terrible happened. Toffee, my neighbourhood stray lost her puppy Sheena to some crazed driver who decide to knock the kid dead. Road kills happen all the time in India but for someone to be driving fast enough to kill a living being in a residential colony is brutal and inhuman. When I found Toffee this morning, she was mourning by the side of Sheena's corpse. She called me and almost implored me to check what was wrong. She kept squealing, crying and licking the limp body. We think of animals being a lesser life than us. That is untrue. Why do it to an animal?

Designing Development to Impact Business Results

Learning on the Leading Edge

During my last few blogs, we have discussed the first five best practices of leadership development. Here, we’ll chat about the last best practice: applying targeted solutions. What Is Targeted Leadership Development. Targeted development refers to customized learning opportunities for each leader level in order to reap the maximum business impact and benefit. · On-the-job training. Working on these strategies enables developing leaders to experience learning in the context of their daily work and by collaborating and partnering with others.

The Importance of Opportunity Cost for L&D

CLO Magazine

Last week we talked about the role of opportunity costs in valuing a switch from instructor-led training (ILT) to web-based training (WBT). This week we will explore the importance of opportunity cost more generally for L&D. Opportunity cost is an economic concept with tremendous relevance to training. In fact, if the concept didn’t already exist in economics, we would have to invent it. The definition will sound a little nerdy, but it is really just common sense. So, here we go. Opportunity cost is the value of whatever is foregone when one course of action is selected over another.

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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.

Conference Outlines Cutting-Edge Learning Technology

Mindflash

From how we communicate, to how we work, to how we shop, advances in technology have radically changed how we go about nearly all aspects of our lives — with at least one notable exception. In classrooms from grammar school to Master’s programs, many teachers still wield chalk, lecture notes and overhead projector slides in the battle to impart knowledge to their students. What gives?

Top Trends in eLearning: 9/15-16

Take an e-Learning Break

I'm presenting - eLearning Guild Online Forum on 9/16. My topic is "Is HTML5 Ready for eLearning?" Hope you will join me! In this Online Forum, you will review many of the top trends in eLearning. Is learning through play still on the rise? What about alternate reality, simulations, and visualization? Social learning? eBooks? Storytelling? What will HTML5 mean to eLearning? What business, economic, and cultural trends will impact how, when, and where we deliver learning? Check it out: [link] sept-15--16

mLearnCon 2011

Learning on the Leading Edge

I have several blog posts backed up like planes in the queue on the tarmac at O’Hare International. The first, while it is relatively fresh in my mind, is a review of mLearnCon, the eLearning Guild’s Mobile Learning Conference which took place a few weeks ago in San Jose. I was grateful for the opportunity to speak at the conference on the topic of mLearning readiness. Thanks David

How-To Learn by Trial and Error

KnowledgeStar

This post should not need to be written … Everytime, and I mean every time, you learn to do anything, you have done so by trial and error. Genius short circuits the process. Talent gets it quicker, but the process of learning is the same. Trial. error. The latest findings from the neurosciences show [.]. Brain Learning

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.

mLearnCon 2011

Learning on the Leading Edge

I have several blog posts backed up like planes in the queue on the tarmac at O’Hare International. The first, while it is relatively fresh in my mind, is a review of mLearnCon, the eLearning Guild’s Mobile Learning Conference which took place a few weeks ago in San Jose. I was grateful for the opportunity to speak at the conference on the topic of mLearning readiness. Thanks David