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Lurking is Not a Static State

ID Reflections

Lurking and its role in communities has been on the forefront of my mind for the past few days. It has received a lot of attention in the past from the thought leaders in the realm of learning and the role of communities in personal as well as organizational learning. They are lurking on the edge, consuming content. They are the free riders. However, is that truly the case? Not really.

Player Types/Levels in Educational Video Games

Kapp Notes

To start with, when creating an educational game, the various skill levels of current and future players must be considered. The approach taken to motive and attract a new or novice player needs to be different from the approach used to hold onto players who consider themselves masters of the game. For a novice, an important first step is to guide them into the game gently but with a great deal of attraction and interest. Many successful games provide a simple method of slowly getting into the game. Once the player gets to the area, they receive a reward or token—immediate reinforcement.

Using a Skills Hierarchy to Organize eLearning Content

Integrated Learnings

By Dean Hawkinson. Imagine that you have been assigned the task of creating a series of eLearning courses to teach a particular job. In addition, this job is quite complicated with numerous skills and tasks that need to be taught. Imagine that this job is so extensive that you just don’t know where to begin. Once you have compiled this list, where do you go from there? Hints.

Workplace Incentives: How Are Companies Keeping Their Talent?

Mindflash

From on-site laundry service to made-to-order sushi, the following companies offer their employees some serious perks. But do companies know what their employees really want? One age-old study says otherwise. Click image to enlarge). Uncategorized employee retention incentives perks talent

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Adobe Captivate 5.5: Change the Background, Keep the Objects

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. fellow Captivate developer sent me an email asking for advice. It seemed that he had just completed a slick eLearning lesson in Captivate. But as soon as he published the lesson, an email arrived from his application developer informing him that the application had just been updated. "Yes." " I asked him if he had included a significant number of buttons, text captions and other objects in the original project. "Yes." " "Yes." " and "Oh yes!" "Yes." " After his final yes, I had a "yes" of my own.

Pack your Sporks for ScreencastCamp!

Visual Lounge

We're a few weeks away from the first ScreencastCamp ! Have you registered yet? If not, what's holding you back? I'm excited to see attendees coming from around the world! We have a few more spots left if you'd like to attend. We've been busy behind the scenes planning to make this the best unconference yet and I promise there will be several fun surprises! We've added a wiki to the event site.

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Times are changing – trends in the content authoring tool market

eLearning 24-7

As the rapid content authoring market continues to grow, new features and capabilities are equally growing.  For the most part, that is a great thing, but as you are about to read, some are not. There are 124 authoring tools in my latest directory, of which 30 are SaaS or a combination of desktop and SaaS – which really what is the point of that? Trend 1. Slow growth of SaaS. Even though more tools are adding the features of collaborative and peer review (more on that in a sec) they are still heavy geared towards a desktop solution. SaaS:  Software is in the cloud, on the internet. Apple.

Training departments will shrink

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet The Epic social learning debate for Summer 2011 states: “This house believes that as social learning grows, so the requirement for traditional training departments shrinks.&#. Let’s examine why they grew in the first place. Training on a massive scale was a requirement for preparing citizen soldiers for war and initial methods were tested during the second world war (1939-45). A

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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.

The great collective

Learning with e's

When there is live TV coverage of an event do you want the entire broadcast or just the highlights? The answer of course will depend on a number of factors, including how interested you are in the event, and how much time you have available to you. It's exactly the same with content on the web. Earlier this month I wrote about the ' tsunami of content ' on the web that threatens to swamp us all.

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Addendum: Success is Half Strategy, Half Execution, and Half Culture

The Peformance Improvement

My previous post was about the impact of culture on two contrasting news organizations. In UK Parliament hearings yesterday, we heard another example of the negative impact culture can have on a media company. Rupert Murdoch , CEO of News Corporation, said he was not responsible for phone hacking and payoffs by the staff of his News of the World tabloid.

Learning at mLearnCon: Here We Go Again, or Do We? by Neil Lasher

Learning Solutions Magazine

Many of us who were at mLearnCon a month ago are still processing the experience. That includes the experts who led sessions and major parts of the program. Here are the reflections of the MOSHPit Master, as he relates his learning in San Jose to the challenges we face. Mobile Learning

The Art, Science, and Practice of Coaching – Part 2

Enspire Learning

Kate McLagan continues her discussion of “The Art, Science, and Practice of Coaching.&# Click to read Part 1: The Art of Coaching. The Science of Coaching. To get the best out of people, we have to believe the best is in there. But how do we know it is? How much is there? How do we get it out? What is the reasoning behind those figures? effective response in a crisis.

Customer Training Completion Rates

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The Amazing HR Technology Conference

Learning on the Leading Edge

Once again it's time to start making plans to come to Las Vegas (not Chicago this year, thank god) to the annual HR Technology Conference. This conference (October 3-5, 2011) is by far the biggest and most educational place to go to learn about HR technologies of all shapes and sizes. And Bill has invited many more. New Solutions for Performance and Talent Management. Please come join us.

Enhancing Analytics

eContent

Most of us know that url shorteners are valuable. Some of the leading services are bit.ly, Google and BudURL. While the temptation is to use a free service, consider an inexpensive premium service. Linking your url's to your web analytics service can really enhance your knowledge of what is truly generating your traffic. And a service can be easily invoked! Web/Tech

The Amazing HR Technology Conference

Learning on the Leading Edge

Once again it's time to start making plans to come to Las Vegas (not Chicago this year, thank god) to the annual HR Technology Conference. This conference (October 3-5, 2011) is by far the biggest and most educational place to go to learn about HR technologies of all shapes and sizes. Randy McDonald from IBM will talk about how IBM manages its workforce and implements global talent analytics.

From Learning Management to Learning Leadership

Jane Hart

Tweet. I’m continuing to update my State of Learning in the Workplace Today piece: Leading Learning Forward: From Learning Management to Learning Leadership. This This is clearly a work in progress, but currently it consists of: Part 1: 20 reasons the traditional Training/L&D Department needs to change. Part 2: Guidance for leading learning forward.

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.

Fostering Creative Design Opportunities

Coffee and Design

The other day we discussed how a designer’s creativity often happens during their downtime… but we are always on. So what do we do?  Let’s look at a recent posting on The 99% which is a daily web magazine whose purpose is to interview emerging creative professionals known for their high level of productivity and share their tips with the world. Perhaps you can too. Brian Eno. Blank State.

Video: Obvious to you, Amazing to others

Dont Waste Your Time

There are some good animated videos from Derek Sivers YouTube Channel that are worth watching (try a few out and enjoy the distraction for a few minutes) but this one I especially liked. So, who has inspired you, and who have you inspired … ? Related posts: Infographic: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs & the Social Media that Fulfill ‘Em. Learning Tools: what do you use?

Building a Learning Ecosystem? – Define Readiness First

Living in Learning

To some, the words “learning ecosystem” may smack of jargon, or at a minimum, offer a veiled attempt to spin an old tale by attaching a new title. Not so. Google “learning ecosystems” and prepare to wade through over 12 million returns. Funny thing – I Googled that phrase a few years ago and found only a fraction of what is there today. The “learning ecosystem” concept is a new reality in corporate America, and in this new reality, we must consider the shrinking role Training plays. Talk about paradigm shifts…oh my….

Personal infrastructure

Jay Cross

The first computers I used were gigantic contraptions on raised floors in glass-walled, air-conditioned rooms. Maintenance was a nightmare. remember wiggling circuit boards to make sure they were seated in their slots. could never have imagined we’d one day have computers installed in our homes! Five computers, three printers, and a bunch of oddball peripherals. Yesterday was not good.

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.

Building a Learning Ecosystem? – Here Is a Readiness Assessment Methodology

Living in Learning

To some, the words “learning ecosystem” may smack of jargon, or at a minimum, offer a veiled attempt to spin an old tale by attaching a new title. Not so. Google “learning ecosystems” and prepare to wade through over 12 million returns. Funny thing – I Googled that phrase a few years ago and found only a fraction of what is there today. The “learning ecosystem” concept is a new reality in corporate America, and in this new reality, we must consider the shrinking role Training plays. Talk about paradigm shifts…oh my….