Wed.Feb 01, 2012

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5 Top Game Based Learning Links: GBL Digest 2

Upside Learning

‘Gamification’ is a term that one comes across very often. Some of us love it, some of us might even hate it; but nobody can ignore it! As gamification gradually finds its way into the realm of education, more and more educators are voicing their criticism or admiration for it. Despite the criticism, the gamification of education is here to stay. Below are our top 5 GBL links from this week.

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My Thoughts on Adobe, Captivate, Articulate, Storyline, Mobile Learning and More [Interview]

mLearning Revolution

This morning, I had the opportunity to be on #eLearnChat, a video Podcast hosted by my good friend Rick Zanotti and Jean Franzblau. The one hour interview felt more like 20 minutes to me, as I enjoyed it thoroughly. Here are some topics we covered and my honest thoughts on how I feel about them: My departure from Adobe and my thoughts on the new corporate world. Mobile Learning and Tablets.

4 Useful Free E-Learning Tools to Try This Year


We all have our favorite e-learning tools we use ( I of course am partial to Atrixware e-learning tools , and I suppose everyone has their own favorite brand ). Maybe its something fresh and new, or maybe its something so old that you take extra steps to make sure it works every time you get a new PC. Slidepoint.Net. Just about everyone creates presentations of some kind ( mostly in PowerPoint ).

Social Learning: what actually is it?

Jane Hart

Following my last post  Social Learning: Are you starting from the right place , I was asked to explain what “social learning” actually is in an organizational context. Rather than provide a bland definition, I thought I would provide some quotes from some key resources that will give a flavour of what it is all about. We’re not talking classes and workshops here. Social learning

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PowerPoint & Articulate Studio: Resolve Performance Issues

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  While working with a PowerPoint developer this week I learned that she was experiencing performance issues while using PowerPoint and Articulate Presenter. looked into her issues and found that it's a bad idea to work from a network or USB drive. In fact, it appears that doing so can cause crashes. The Articulate web site suggests that developers ensure that all associated files (presentations, audio, quizzes, etc) are on the C drive or local hard drive. Still not working? There's one more solution. eLearning

Issue 27

What Learning Designers (Still) Need to Learn Themselves: Q&A With Julie Dirksen


How do you design course material for optimal retention, attention, and engagement — at the same time juggling the needs of your “learners,” subject matter experts, and others?  It’s a daunting challenge, but one that instructional designer Julie Dirksen believes anyone can master with some clear-eyed guidance. It kind of spins on “how do we craft those experiences?” One

What’s hip in learning in France

Jay Cross

Today I attended two learning events in Paris, in the morning the  iLearning Forum  hosted by  Sally Ann Moore  and this afternoon Expo-Langues , the conference where Peter Isackson and I will be speaking tomorrow morning. Looking at other cultures inevitably teaches me about nuances I had failed notice in my own. Buzzwords travel from the U.S. to France incredibly fast. Catalog of courses? Social?

Social networked learning in complex information environments

George Siemens

In mid-January I spent a wonderful day at American University learning about (and presenting on) the changing educational landscape, technology, and the practices and activities of learners. The slides from my presentation are below: Social Networked Learning

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.

MSF Lessons Learned

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Medecins Sans Frontiers [MSF], or Doctors Without Borders, is marking its 40th anniversary with a collection of stories exposing what it’s like to confront those difficult decisions. The book is called Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed: The MSF Experience and it comes out later this month. “Often that means making a compromise to a degree where you are helping the authorities.

New issue of the free #eLearning journal #IRRODL is out - a great read

Ignatia Webs

Below you will find the contents of the new issue of IRRODL, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. The issue contains 12 research articles and one field note, research note, and article reaction note. The winners of last years Best Articles of the year in IRRODL for 2011, have also been selected by the Editorial Board. This is a new reward the IRRODL people launched and it comes with it the opportunity to have the work translated and published in a number of our partner educational journals that publish in languages other than English (great initiative!). Garrison.

Three themes at Learning Technologies 2012

Good To Great

This year’s Learning Technologies event was a bit different from previous years for me. In the past, working for a supplier, I’ve spent most of my time on the exhibition floor – although I gained something new from the experience each year. This year, though, I was able to really experience the conference as a delegate and a track chair. Creativity and innovation don’t just happen – they require a conscious effort and a willingness to challenge the status quo. We mustn’t lose sight of who we are designing learning solutions for – the users.

There They Go Again: Bashing Brainstorming

The Peformance Improvement

What did brainstorming ever do to receive such vitriol? Jonah Lehrer writes in the January 30 issue of The New Yorker: Typically, participants leave a brainstorming session proud of their contribution. The whiteboard has been filled with free associations. At such moments, brainstorming can seem like an ideal mental technique, a feel-good way to boost productivity. It doesn’t work.

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Presenting performance (the healthy version)

Dave's Whiteboard

I’m not a fan of catchy for the sake of catchy, which probably explains why “celebrity” is not a word that appeals to me.  I am  a fan of titles, invitations, or openings that are succinct, intriguing, and mnemonic. One example comes in the first paragraph of Unhappy Meals , Michael Pollan’s January 2007 essay in The New York Times Magazine: Eat food. Not too much. The item?

Course of the Week: Projecting Inventory Buys (Course & Calculator)


Check out the OpenSesame Course of the Week: Projecting Inventory Buys Course & Calculator by the Retail Owners Institute. Course of the Week

Virtual Training

eLearning Brothers

The Learning eXplosion , by Matthew Murdoch and Treion Muller, is a great read that steps you through how to successfully move your classroom instructor-led training into the virtual classroom. The book specifically focuses on 9 Rules for Creating Effective Virtual Training : 1. The Rule of Continual Change – Learners and designers must always be prepared for change. 2. The Rule of Knowledge Transfer – When transitioning from instructor-led classroom to virtual classrooms, be prepared to think through a new approach to the training delivery, content, timing, etc. 3.

Presenting Training Results to Executives


Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2: #5. What information do executives really want from training? How should this information be presented? Listen to this seven-minute quick tip to find out the answers, and hear an example of how it was done successfully

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.

What Amazing Thing The Facebook IPO Did!!!!

Mark Oehlert

YOU HEARD ABOUT FACEBOOK RIGHT???? 5BILLION IPO!!!!! You know what changed? Nothing. Darfur? Peace in Middle East? Clean drinking water to anybody else in Africa? Any fewer people in this country denied basic civil rights like being able to marry who they want to? Any fewer abused kids today? absolutely mean to be a party pooper. Someone tell me what product got created here. The Japanese tsunami.

You’re Invited! Meet Bravais: Xyleme’s Cloud Learning Solution

Dawn of Learning

You’re invited to take part in the public’s first glimpse of Bravais [brav-ey]; Xyleme’s new cloud learning solution that allows you to quickly deliver personalized learning applications. This is a rare opportunity to attend a live webinar with Xyleme’s President & CEO, Mark Hellinger. He will be your guide as you explore everything Bravais. Along your journey you will find out how Bravais can revolutionize the way your learners access and interact with your learning content by: • Delivering learning anywhere, anytime, on any device. Reserve your spot now – before it’s too late!?