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Gamification In Learning

Upside Learning

There has been so much buzz around gamification recently that it can be difficult to separate the hype from the reality. With clients asking the first questions about In this post I’m attempting to draw some lines around gamification in learning. First off, as I understand it, gamification in learning means attempting to apply the principles that make individuals play games for thousands of hours.

Solutions for learners with #disabilities using specific #social media

Ignatia Webs

Karel Van Isacker from PhoenixKM and VIPI just gave a presentation on social media in an accessible learning perspective. He gave an amazingly interesting talk. So if you are looking for inclusive education that can be accessed by all people, have a look at his presentation. Here are the slides provided by Karel, 15 slides with a mountain of information for people with and without disabilities.

You Can’t Hug a Horse

Enspire Learning

I love horses. As young as I can remember I was collecting model horses, setting up jumping trails, learning forelocks from fetlocks, doodling Appaloosas and Oldenburgs in the margins of all my written assignments. These days, most of my writing takes the shape of design documents and scripts, and there’s less room for horses in the margins. watched the cars slush by in the early snow. She asked.

iSpot a global #mobile enabled environmental #crowdsourcing initiative

Ignatia Webs

For those interested in the development logic behind an ever growing, durable mobile project, the iSpot growth will be of interest. Especially as they share the choices they made and whether those were good or bad. There is also a link to the new Google mDesign recommendations. Last October I met Will Woods who is part of the team behind iSpot a UK-based group linked to the Open University of UK.

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The Coherent Organization

Jay Cross

Co·her·ent  (k -hîr nt, -h r -) means. 1.  Sticking together; cohering. 2.  Marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts: a coherent essay. 3.  Physics  Of, relating to, or having waves with similar direction, amplitude, and phase that are capable of exhibiting interference. The American Heritage Dictionary). This post continues an ongoing conversation about The Coherent Organization. The lead article in the current issue of Chief Learning Officer is Building a Performance Ecosystem  by Clark Quinn. You need to optimize participation in all of them. itateam.

Nomination(s) for the 2012 Edublog Awards #eddies12

Dont Waste Your Time

November can only mean one thing … EduBlog Awards (and you thought I was going to say “nearly Christmas”, right?). Nominations are open for the 2012 Edublog Awards, and here are mine: Best Individual Blog: Steve Wheeler – Learning with ‘e’s. Best Individual Tweeter: Steve Wheeler @timbuckteeth. Best Twitter Hashtag: #edtech. Best Free Web Tool: Twitter. Best Mobile App: DropBox.

E-Learning Designs: Don’t Underestimate Learner Overload


I am at the beginning of a long-term project to create an internal certification program for a specific job type in my organization. The method for the learning content will be primarily asynchronous, so that people can go through the program at their own pace. Moreover, a self-paced e-learning program has the added benefit of being a resource that can be referred to over and over again.

eLearning Guild Research: Do I Need to Know about HTML5? by Patti Shank

Learning Solutions Magazine

What’s changing in your world of work? There’s almost certainly a lot more work, a lot more tasks, and a lot more variety. HTML5 is possibly a major part of this, and The eLearning Guild’s Research has plenty to say on the subject. Get an overview of it here. Design & Development Tools Emerging Topics Getting Started Learning Research Professional Development

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.

Extending the tablet proposition

Clark Quinn

A few months ago, I opined about what the opportunities for mlearning with a tablet are. And while I think I got it largely right, I missed one. What I said before is that tablets make sense when you need a fair bit of data at once, and/or when your mobility constraints aren’t too severe. There’s something nice about the big screen even if you don’t need the data, if you’ve the time and flexibility.  I take my iPad up to the living room, not my phone. But you don’t take your tablet with you  everywhere,  like you do your phone. Make sense? mobile

Design For All

ATD Learning Technologies

Universal, or inclusive, design [1] is the design of products or services that are accessible by as many people as reasonably possible. It's a mindset and a methodology you need to adopt and embed into your entire design and development process. It means designing each piece of content to be accessible by those with and those without disabilities or other limiting factors: Click here to read full version

My First ‘Captivating’ Blog!

Adobe Captivate

Guest Blog by: David Dunbar, Seasoned Educational Professional at Mochrum E-Learning Development When trying to think of how to begin my first ever ‘official’ blog, I thought about trying to make some profound or controversial statement, to provoke a response amongst the Captivate community! However, when it comes to Education, it would be difficult to [.]. eLearning Suite Extending Captivate Rapid Authoring Rapid eLearning "Elearning authoring tools" Adobe Captivate 6 Adobe eLearning Suite 6 Ease of use eLearning Guest post rapid elearning

Closing the Training Value Gap with Agile

Training Industry

In October of 2007, I co-authored an article for Training Industry, Inc. titled "The Training Value Gap." The thesis of the article was that delivering small nuggets of learning incrementally, rather than waiting until the entire learning program was completed (before delivering anything) would allow learners to quickly obtain at least some of the required knowledge and skills and rapidly translate those skills into incremental performance improvement. Chances are that you frequently receive small functionality updates to these applications. 

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Course of the Week: Sexual Harassment Prevention for Managers from The Inside Coach


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Changes in language learning for busy adults

Good To Great

I’ve been learning foreign languages since primary school. started with an after-school French club, added German and Spanish at GCSE and A-Level, studied French and Spanish at university and last year took up Greek. What’s What’s perhaps unusual these days is that all my language learning has been done through traditional methods. Aside Principles of language learning.

Compliance eLearning from Real-Life Government Penalties

Vignettes Learning

Oftentimes, the stories of non-compliance are right in front of us. Although some may find it unsuitable to their company because of sensitivities and legal constraints, citing court rulings and administrative penalties and judgment demonstrate clearly why compliance elearning is a must for learners. You will learn more of this from the workshop. Clicke here to learn more about this case.

Changes in language learning for busy adults

Good To Great

I’ve been learning foreign languages since primary school. started with an after-school French club, added German and Spanish at GCSE and A-Level, studied French and Spanish at university and last year took up Greek. What’s What’s perhaps unusual these days is that all my language learning has been done through traditional methods. Aside Principles of language 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.

Jennifer Aaker on happiness in business

Jay Cross

The Power of Happiness  by Jennifer Aaker, Stanford Business School. refreshing take on happiness from the author of The Dragonfly Effect. Just Jay Well-being

Saffron Interactive shortlisted for Learning Awards

Spicy Learning

‘It’s about making a difference’ says Saffron Interactive designer shortlisted for Learning Awards 2013. Moira Nicolson of Saffron Interactive has been shortlisted for ‘Instructional designer of the year’ at next year’s Learning Awards for designing a course on mental resilience with Transport for London (TfL).  The award recognises the instructional designer behind the most ‘innovative learning intervention’ which delivers a ‘demonstrable performance improvement.’. There are so many people in Britain today suffering from a mental illness who are too intimidated to seek help, says Moira.