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Getting a job as an Instructional Designer

Learning Visions

I get a lot of emails from people asking me how to break into the ID field. This post is my response to those emails. Because I’m an extremely flawed human being I don’t always respond to these right away and then they sit in my inbox for months and months and wither away on the vine. So my apologies to those of you who’ve written that I didn’t get back to! Well – make something up! About what?

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Profile of a learning architect: Charles Jennings

Clive on Learning

Throughout my book The New Learning Architect I take time out to look at real-life examples of great learning architects in action. Next up is Charles Jennings, who believes firmly in the power of social and experiential learning at work, and has successfully applied these beliefs within the complex and fast-moving environment of an international news agency. Little was shared.”

Adobe Captivate 5.5: The Fastest Angle Remover in the West

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. You may have noticed that Captivate 5.5 allows you to quickly change the angle of a slide object by dragging the free-rotate icon you will find just above any selected object. While rotating an object is great, getting rid of the rotation can get a bit sticky if you try to use the free-rotate icon. Most people will nearly remove the rotation, but are surprised to find that a slight angle remains. There are two painless ways to remove the rotation (the Angle). First, with the rotated object selected, expand the Transform group on the Properties panel and change the Angle to 0.

Techno Takeover: Can Your Job Be Done By a Robot?


Sure, everyone at work may like you, but is there a chance you could be replaced by a robot? Humans doing the following jobs might want to keep an eye out for a new computerized coworker. Click image to enlarge). Online Training artificial intelligence Employment jobs occupation robot takeover robots

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Making Facts Stick With Stories - Jiggling Atoms

Vignettes Learning

Synthesis: Even technical, software and scientific information can be made engaging and fun for learners because everything and everyone carries a story within themselves. Crafting story development is crucial to the success of emotionally fertilized content integral to learning. Richard Feynman, the renowned Nobel Laureate who has worked in Caltech for many years, has proven otherwise.

Smart Habits

Clark Quinn

I admit that I’m not patient. While this has it’s faults, I use it to drive certain behaviors that are positive. For instance, I’m almost an obsessive optimizer in travel.  I try to minimize my luggage (I typically travel out of just an expanded briefcase for trips of around 3 days), and similarly the amount of times sitting in lines. And I use apps to try to find the best places to eat in airports and around wherever I’m staying. App use is one of the tools we have to accessorize our brains.  We can use the standard PIM software (e.g. meta-learning mobile

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My "10 Commandments" for Online Learning

Ellen Wagner

Just imagine how online learning might evolve if we ever-so-engaged online learning professionals inscribed the following "commandments" somewhere on one of our personal digital tablets: Thou shall provide prospective students with respectful responses to expressions of interest. Listen before you. Diffusion of Innovation Distance Learning eLearning Online Education Online learning

Social Flow and the Paradox of Exception Handling in ACM

Skilful Minds

There is nothing like an exception to the way things are done to highlight the need to increase knowledge sharing, especially if the exception is one instance of a pattern that results in bad experiences for customers. As Jay Cross recently noted, people learning at work rely on social, or informal learning, around 80% of the time. Change Management Collaboration Customer Experience ACM adaptive case management Business Business process management exception handling informal learning Performance management shared experience social flow social 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.

Emerging Technology for Learning


This week, OpenSesame’s Josh Blank and ej4’s Dan Cooper gave a presentation at the Enterprise Learning Conference and Expo on the applications of exciting new technologies for learning: video, games, mobile, and social. Left eLearning Solutions

QR Codes are Still Alive and Useful - Thanks Wikipedia!

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

I've been excited about the possibility of QR codes for a couple years now. But, for whatever reason, they've never really taken off. must admit that I find it a little cumbersome to fumble around my iPhone apps trying to find the right QR code reader that will get the job done. So, in general, I've stopped thinking about them other than to impress non-geek friends as a party trick.

Dev Corner - What programming languages do we use?

Visual Lounge

It's always interesting to find out what technologies developers use to build their software. At TechSmith, we use a broad range of technologies ranging from low level C to high level scripting languages like Ruby and Python. discussion of programming languages at TechSmith can be split into two categories. Windows and Mac. Windows. Snagit, Camtasia, and Morae use a lot of C++ and MFC.

Do they just know it, or can they USE it?

Making Change

It’s easy and tempting to write activities that test whether learners know something. How can we make learners use their knowledge as well? You might be familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy. Its current form identifies six categories of intellectual performance, from remembering to creating. Use activities ask learners to apply information to realistic situations. Example. Transmogrify it.

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Customer Training Completion Rates

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Two Noteworthy Game News Items

Kapp Notes

Here are three game related news items that I think are of interest. 1) Using a crowdsourcing game called FoldIt , players have unlocked a protein mystery that had baffled AIDS researchers. As the linked article states: “Following the failure of a wide range of attempts to solve the crystal structure of M-PMV retroviral protease by molecular replacement, we challenged players of the protein folding game Foldit to produce accurate models of the protein,” the study reads. The refined structure provides new insights for the design of antiretroviral drugs.”… Games


Do they just know it, or can they USE it?

Making Change

It’s easy and tempting to write activities that test whether learners know something. How can we make learners use their knowledge as well? You might be familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy. Its current form identifies six categories of intellectual performance, from remembering to creating. Use activities ask learners to apply information to realistic situations. Example. Transmogrify it.

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Emerging Leaders as Learners

Enspire Learning

Management and leadership talent development is an increasingly urgent business problem. Global demographic trends are increasingly causing scarcity of management talent with business skills. Responses to these demographic pressures fall into two categories: hiring from outside the organization and promoting from within. In a recent poll we conducted, representatives of talent management departments overwhelmingly favored increasing the available resource by promotion from within the organization. Promotion and training actually increase the scarce resource.

Fire Trigger Pulled!


Within minutes today of the Amazon Kindle Fire becoming available for sale, I made the purchase. Thanksgiving should be fun (expected delivery date). I don't normally jump to be the first kid / nerd on the block to purchase a techie device, but here were a couple of reasons (alpha order): Android based. Flash support. Price ($199 game changing?). USB port (expand the device).

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.

Key social learning resources: Part 4

Jane Hart

This article first appeared on TrainingZone on 25th September 2011. This is the fourth and final instalment of my weekly articles curating key social learning resources for TrainingZone’s social learning month. 1. This week we start with a posting by Mark Britz, Nature finds a way. “A simple truth revealed – people will connect, people will share, people will collaborate. It’s in our DNA to be social, it’s our nature and that life, uh. finds a way.” ” [link]. 2. Clark Quinn in his latest blog post talks about the importance of Reflecting socially. ”  .

Gesturing and Projecting with Mobile Devices

Learning Developments

I love the progress mobile technology has made in the past 2 years. However, I've always thought the big limiters to mobile computing are the screen size and a clumsy interface to input data. Tiny videos, images, and small text on web pages are just not ideal for those of us past our teenage years. Three years ago I wrote a blog post about how technology may address these issues in the future.

Storyboarding – Challenges in the Process and Solutions


Though an established crucial step in e-learning development, Storyboarding is also often forced to be the most hurried one. There are various stakeholders working together on a storyboard – the client, subject matter experts, graphics team, programmers and of course, the ID team. But overall, it is the responsibility of the ID team to present a strong and meaningful storyboard. Blogger).

Designers should envision the unexpressed and unrealized…

Coffee and Design

This post discusses a recent article in TechTrends, by Jason McDonald— The Creative Spirit of Design. The article discusses three characteristics instructional designers, like myself, may exemplify, i.e., imagination, creation-oriented, and inter-disciplinary action. will say things to them like, what would you do if you were teaching this class face-to-face? What would you show? What would you do?

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.

Breaking Down Communication Silos: One Approach

The Peformance Improvement

In my September 20, 2011 blog post , I presented a scenario about communication silos from my new book, Communication in High Performance Organizations: Principles and Best Practices , and invited readers to submit possible solutions. Customers were complaining that they were no longer receiving the customized solutions they had come to expect from High Tech Inc.  . He writes: Hi Stephen.

what can you expect from weelearning?


There’s no shortage of events, conferences and seminars these days about learning and technology, so why should you give up your free time to come to weelearning.?   The idea for weelearning was born a few months back when Dan … Read more › history introductions

My Latest Learning Obsession


I’m at the point where I’m beginning to think that we’ve come full circle. 350 years ago, before “education” became formal and public, we had spent hundred’s of thousands years learning stuff. We sat around fires and listened to stories. The best place at the fire was kept for the Shaman who was usually the [.]. Education instructional design Learning

Create a Soundtrack that Captures What You Learned in 2011 So Far


I’m working on mine and looking forward to yours. Mine includes the following sounds: New Years Cheers Wine corks pulling and popping Kids yelling Gunshots  Rachel Maddow Lots of NPR bits … and MUCH more. Let’s literally HEAR from you! Advertisement. Learning

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.