Wed.Feb 29, 2012

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Don't be afraid to call yourself a trainer

Clive on Learning

The word 'training' is unfashionable, so much so that at one recent conference it was referred to as 'the T word'. As a result, just about every self-respecting trainer has been relabelled with a title that centres on 'the L word' (whether or not their role has changed or not). Yet when I first entered the profession I was perfectly happy to be called a Training Specialist. Of course, training is just one of many inputs that can be applied to vocational learning, alongside experiential learning, self-directed learning and all forms of connected and collaborative learning.

“Nice to Know” vs “Need to Know”

eLearning Brothers

We have all had project “kick-off” meetings with Subject Matter Experts where they do an information “dump”. They share with us anything and everything they have ever learned about the topic. We are then left reviewing all the content/information that has been given to us and try to determine what is “Nice to Know” and what is “Need to Know”. Of course to the SME, all of the content is “Need to Know”, so it is our job to ask the right questions to sort through all the information. Just because the “SME says so”, is not a good reason for including unnecessary content in a course.

Everyone's a critic

Learning with e's

Everyone's a critic, they say. Until it comes to academic writing, that is. Many students fail to realise their full potential when it comes to essay writing, usually because they can't seem to find their way out of the descriptive cul-de-sac they make for themselves. If they could only find it within themselves to write critically, they would earn higher grades. Reference Carr, W. and Kemmis, S.

Workplace Frustration Trumps Engagement

The Peformance Improvement

A frustrating work environment trumps engagement every time, especially for the most motivated and committed employees. This is the theme of a webinar (see video) that David Zinger, of the Employee Engagement Network , did with Mark Royal of the Hay Group and co-author of The Enemy of Engagement. Enemy of Engagement from David Zinger on Vimeo.  . Lack of equipment to do their jobs.

Steps to make your Flash courses mobile compatible

Stuck with a bunch of Flash-based courses that cannot be viewed on mobile devices? This eBook will take you through the steps to convert existing courses into HTML 5 format and make it compatible with the latest devices and browsers.

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Where is reflection in the learning process? (@jackiegerstein)

Dont Waste Your Time

I found the following post by Jackie Gerstein recently, and wanted to share it with you – “ Where is reflection in the learning process? ” Why am I sharing it … because it is the student voice, or lack of it, that I found most interesting. Jackie was getting frustrated at their inability to ‘reflect’ until. “a major AHA struck me … They are products of a standardized system where they were asked to memorize standardized information and spit that information out on standardized tests. Related posts: ePortfolios: continuing my thought process.

Scientific management yields Scientific schooling

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Work is learning, and learning is the work – that’s what’s currently on this site’s masthead. You could add the tagline – life is learning, and learning is life – to Seth Godin’s comprehensive piece on the state of public schooling, Stop Stealing Dreams. The connection revolution is upon us. Connecting people to one another. Fifty. Pick yourself.

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Presentation Tomorrow on Gamification

Kapp Notes

Tomorrow I will be presenting ideas from my new book: “The Gamification of Training: Game-based Methods and Strategies for Learning and Instruction.”. This books shows how to design online instruction that leverages the best elements of online games to increase learning, retention, and application. It explains how to match different game strategies to types of learning content for the right learning outcome and discusses how gamification techniques can be used in a variety of settings to improve learning, retention and application of knowledge. When: March 1, 9.00 am PT/noon ET/18.00 CET.

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Customer Service – Food for Thought

Enspire Learning

Before I came to Enspire Learning I spent years working as a chef and restaurant owner. I’m frequently struck by the degree to which working for a learning provider is like working at a restaurant. Some restaurants sling pre-packaged value meals. Some learning providers do that, too, while others prepare sumptuous feasts created specifically for the person or business consuming them.

New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.

Social Learning Platform Curatr Releases Version 2.0 by News Editor

Learning Solutions Magazine

(Press Release) UK-based Curatr, an award-winning platform that creates rich, active, and social. eLearning, has released version 2.0 of the software. Curatr combines a unique interface with. game-like mechanics and a collaborative learning environment. Design Strategies Development Strategies Social Media Tools

In Memoriam: Tim M. Martin

Ellen Wagner

I'm still a little uncomfortable using social media when it comes to sharing really sad news. And yet, I know that tweets and posts and blogs really are the fastest way to share. It is with this in mind that

The Accidental Instructional Designer: A Learning Solutions Workshop!

Learning Visions

On March 19, I'll be leading a one day workshop in Orlando as part of the pre-conference program for the eLearning Guild's 2012 Learning Solutions conference. From the workshop description: Most of us working as instructional designers got here by accident, by showing an aptitude for training or expertise in a particular subject matter area. And now, here you are, responsible – in some way – for the design, development, and/or delivery of eLearning. And now you’re actually passionate about what you do. So now what? What flavors does it come in and do I need to be an expert in all areas?

How to Turn Your Resident Experts Into Star Trainers

Mindflash

One of the great debates within the learning professional circle right now is whether subject-matters experts (SMEs) can be used as effective trainers. SMEs, which can come from anywhere — including within your very-own organization — are just people who happen to have an area of special expertise, whether that’s sales, using the computer system, or making coffee. You are a trainer.

Storyboarding for eLearning

Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.

Course of the Week: eZDiversity by Myca Multimedia

OpenSesame

Check out the OpenSesame Course of the Week: eZDiversity by Myca Multimedia - and get 50% off this week! eZDiversity is an online diversity training course designed to increase knowledge, awareness, and skills for effectively managing diversity and inclusion. In order to be competitive, businesses must become culturally competent. Course of the Week

MOOC reflections

Clark Quinn

A recent phenomena is the MOOC, Massively Open Online Courses. I see two major manifestations: the type I have participated in briefly (mea culpa) as run by George Siemens, Stephen Downes, and co-conspirators, and the type being run by places like Stanford. Each share running large numbers of students, and laudable goals. Each also has flaws, in my mind, which illustrate some issues about education. The Stanford model, as I understand it (and I haven’t taken one), features a rigorous curriculum of content and assessments, in technical fields like AI and programming.

The psychology of swindling

Dave's Whiteboard

In the current issue of Smithsonian magazine, Teller (of the professional duo, Penn & Teller) reveals some secrets of his art. First he talks about the world of neuroscience and perception, into which he’s often invited as a speaker. And he makes the point that when it comes to experimenting with human perception, neuroscientists are amateurs compared with magicians. recall his partner Penn Gillette saying once that they were not  magicians. They were tricksters, swindlers. His point was that nothing in their act was magical. They’re not exempt from the laws of physics. Instead,

Training: Adobe Photoshop basics for Adobe Captivate 5.5 users – Part 2

Adobe Captivate

Date and time: Thursday, March 22, 2012 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaising to learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop for creating and editing images/assets for Adobe Captivate 5.5. This is the second part of 2 part series wherein we will discuss different techniques used in creating and managing [.]. Conferences and events eLearning Suite eLearning this week How do I. Rapid eLearning Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" Adobe Adobe Captivate Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe Captivate 5 training Adobe Captivate 5.5

Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI

Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!

Follow the Sun: Global online conference

George Siemens

In case you are urgently looking for opportunities to learn something online, have a look at the Follow the Sun online conference. Great group of keynote speakers. It’s open, free… sign up here

Training: Adobe Photoshop basics for Adobe Captivate 5.5 users – Part 1

Adobe Captivate

Date and time: Thursday, March 8, 2012 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh to learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop for creating and editing images/assets for Adobe Captivate 5.5. This is the first part of 2 part series wherein we will discuss different techniques used in creating and managing [.]. Conferences and events eLearning this week How do I. Rapid Authoring Training and Tutorials Adobe Adobe Captivate 5 training Adobe Captivate 5.5 Adobe Captivate webinar Adobe eLearning Suite Adobe eLearning Suite 2 Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5

ABR Trails (Winter Wonderland Video)

eContent

Molly and I are snowed in. spending an extra day in the Ironwood, Michigan area at the Black River Crossing Bed and Breakfast (fantastic place). which gave me the opportunity to create a video from yesterday's ski at ABR Trails. Northern Life

When People Matter--Really Matter

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today's service industries--restaurants, hotels, retail and the like-- account for vast numbers of employees. Often industries with low margins and high regulation, they are also plagued with high turnover -- averaging between 75-125%, with ranges sometimes much higher. With hiring costs escalating to $3500 according to the recent Bersin & Associates Talent Acquisition Factbook (of course, cost per hire varies by type of position, with higher-level and more highly skilled jobs costing more to fill than others. One thing these industries all have in common is the concept of shifts.

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.

When People Matter--Really Matter

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today's service industries--restaurants, hotels, retail and the like-- account for vast numbers of employees. Often industries with low margins and high regulation, they are also plagued with high turnover -- averaging between 75-125%, with ranges sometimes much higher. With hiring costs escalating to $3500 according to the recent Bersin & Associates Talent Acquisition Factbook (of course, cost per hire varies by type of position, with higher-level and more highly skilled jobs costing more to fill than others. One thing these industries all have in common is the concept of shifts.