Mon.Oct 10, 2011

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An Augmented Reality Future

Upside Learning

Every now and again, I’m blown away by the imaginative apps I see in the iOS App Store, as did this one: Ghost Guitar. The app utilizes the iPhone or iPad 2’s front-facing camera to track your hands. You strum with your right hand and fret chords with the left. Quite a simple mechanic that has been exceedingly well-implemented.

You Are Not a PowerPoint Monkey

Trina Rimmer

In Brian Dusablon's and Judy Unrein's recent ' The Toolbar ' podcast they talked about the features of their dream elearning authoring tools, and I was really struck by the point that most elearning authoring tools aren't designed for 'designers'; they're designed for people who aren't designers. Does that mean I'm against prototyping? Let's first start with the word 'design'. Got it?

Design e-Learning Like a Game Developer: Provide Incentives for Good Work

Kapp Notes

You do something great in a game, you get rewarded. In fact, you even get rewarded if you do something simple like bump into a gold coin. If you bump into it, you collect the coin and eventually you’ve bumped into or walked through enough gold coins to purchase something. Games provide incentives for doing what they want you to do. This is a good thing and is encouraged by the game developers.

Cases in custom content development - 3

Clive on Learning

For some background to these cases, see my initial post. Case 3 You were the project manager for an e-learning programme that was launched six months back. The purpose of the programme was to train administrative staff in a major systems change. You have just met with your client who has raised a number of issues: The system is due for a revision within the coming month and this will require some changes to the e-learning materials. Unfortunately, the project team has been disbanded and there is no-one available to oversee the changes. What would you recommend? cases

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Raptivity 6.6 Enhanced Element Collection Management

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

When a product evolves from one generation to the next, many things get better - sometimes to a point where you find it hard to imagine how they had been before. I am having one of those moments with Raptivity right now. One recently implemented feature of Raptivity 6.6 has got me thinking. It is the Enhanced Element Collection Management functionality. know that sounds a mouthful - but the idea is really basic. In designing interactions, you often need collections of similar elements. All these are examples of collections. That was life before Raptivity 6.6. Now with Raptivity 6.6,

Marc My Words: eLearning Myths, Part 1 by Marc J. Rosenberg

Learning Solutions Magazine

There are so many myths about eLearning that it is hard to know where to begin. But here are five myths about eLearning design, and the truth to counter each one of them. Design Strategies Evaluation Getting Started Instructional Design Rapid Tools

Elephants of HR Software Enter the Talent Management Market

Learning on the Leading Edge

Over the last ten years or so the talent management software providers have had a party building up a $3 billion, fast-growing marketplace. Now, starting in 2011 and 2012, the elephants from the markets of core HR have arrived - and they plan to come in and start making the party a lot messier. ADP Vantage HCM: Totally Integrated HCM and Talent Management. Hence all the acquisitions taking place.

Hitting the Road to Talk Social Media


We have been working with LINGOs to share resources about getting started with social media for learning, including sharing a guest blog post on using social media for learning and problem solving and sharing our “Beginning Twitter for Professionals” courses. Right Events

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.

Training’s like dieting, or, weighting for results

Dave's Whiteboard

About a year and a half ago, I decided to try losing weight by following the Weight Watchers program that my wife had enrolled in. After a few months, I began to view weight management as a kind of performance improvement project (see this post and this one ). Although I didn’t say so at the time, my ultimate goal was to lose 60 pounds, 50 of them in the first year. Some 20 months after I started, I’ve lost 43. . You could say “that’s great!”  The New York Times recently ran Why Even Resolute Dieters often Fail , in which Jane E. Hall and his associates.

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Please Don’t Call Your LMS an LMS


For Pete’s sake, do not call your learning management system, the “learning management system.” That is like telling your friend to call you on your “hand-held, long-range, mobile, radio-telephone device.” Too many times in organizations, I have seen that link on the intranet. It is ironic that no one calls their intranet, the “intranet.” We should do the same for the LMS. Avoid industry jargon. Isn’t

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Company News

E-learning Uncovered

There are lots of things happening at Artisan E-Learning that we wanted you to know about. Congratulations to Tanya Coomes! We are thrilled (for her) and sad (for us) to announce that our COO, Tanya Coomes, will be taking a job as the Director of Finance for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL. Tanya has been with us for almost three years (longer as a contractor) and has been an invaluable member of the team.  We knew that long-term she wanted to move to the finance industry, and she was recently offered her dream job. Upcoming Conferences. HTML5 Authoring Tool Review.

Social Network Engagement vs SPAM


I just received my latest group update from LinkedIn, the Duluth Business Network. Much to my surprise and amazement, without any action from me they decreased the frequency of my group email update from daily to weekly! While this may seen counter intuitive, consider some facts: I had not visited this group in a while (measurement. yea for analytics!). Thus, I had a low engagement level. Web/Tec

Customer Training Completion Rates

Curious to learn how different factors in your training courses may affect completion rates? We crunched the numbers to help you set goals for course completion and build your content strategy. Download the study to learn what kind of content keeps learners engaged, how long courses should be, and more.

Quizzing in Adobe Captivate – Interesting Basics (Part 2)

Adobe Captivate

In my previous blog post on Captivate basics, we discussed how the quiz scope works, how to control the question slides through preferences and how to play around with shuffle option to make the quiz more interesting. In this post we will see a few more options, often hidden inside Properties Inspector. It’s feedback time… [.]. How do I. Training and Tutorials Whats new "Elearning authoring tools" Adobe Captivate Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe Captivate 5.5 Adobe eLearning Suite 2 Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5 Captivate Captivate 5

Do we need a LMS?

e-Learning Academy

A question from a client in organisational learning: Do we need a LMS? This is an interesting question. Which comes first? The e-learning course or the LMS? Of course, the ideal is that your e-learning strategy encompasses the purchase, development and implementation of both. However, there are a couple of variables: If you are a [.]. Client FAQ Learning Management Systems

2011 aLearning Association Survey Results Summary — Part 1


A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who completed the recent aLearning Survey for Associations and to those who helped promote it! We were thrilled to see more respondents to this survey than those in the past, although we were disappointed that we didn’t achieve the numbers desired for it to be a reliable benchmark. Even so, the results are revealing and worth a close look. Those of you hoping to use the results as a benchmark will find some valuable insights as you compare your elearning status to other organizations. Despite some outliers, generalities can be made. 501-1000: 0-9. Budget.

Using Blank Slides for Feedback in Articulate Quizmaker

Learning Developments

Articulate Quizmaker is a great tool for quickly creating professional looking quizzes. It also contains the concept of a blank slide that can be put any where in a quiz and used for any type of learning, feedback, or reinforcement of learning concepts. show an example of how to use blank slides for creating rich feedback in Quizmaker in my guest blog post for Integrated Learning Services Crafting Feedback in Articulate. Quiz Articulate

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.


Wonderful Brain

What can we learn from the methods used to develop curriculum from the academic and corporate sides of the street? In this comparison we can draw come conclusions and discover ways to enhance the integrity of the processes and the resulting knowledge development. Click here for the Improving Performance White Paper. Comments and responses are welcome. Please respond via the blog

A Father's Joy!


My grandson, Ben, is extremely near taking her first steps. walking on his own. Much to my surprise, while getting a few final items put away in our new townhome, what should I find but a note I penned over 20 years ago when my youngest son, Erik, learned how to walk. This entry is dedicated to my children. Karen, Carl and Erik! little children can be. The first night was special.