Fri.May 06, 2011

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Hey Teachers: Educational Game Testers Needed

Kapp Notes

I don’t work  with the game Immune Attack  but got this notice today that they are looking for teachers to help test it. If you know a teacher, pass this information along. Immune Attack is a 3rd person shooter inside a human body.  Your ray gun can activate proteins and locate cytokines.  But can you get the job done before the bacteria grow out of control? Call for teachers. to evaluate.

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Writing & Grammar: Acronyms--Are they Both Efficient and Clear?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby I have been told, and have taught, that you define an acronym on first use if it is used at least once more in the document. But during a recent class one of my students opened my eyes to thinking further about acronym use. Writers and editors at her agency, she said, have a policy that if an acronym is not used at least five times in the text, they do not use the acronym at all. That policy struck me at once as being so sensible that I immediately adopted it for my own use. Just spell it out the second time. The people were then called MWUs throughout the text.

CIPD survey shows the cuts are hurting L&D

Clive on Learning

The CIPD’s Learning and Talent Development Survey for 2011 has recently been released. Some 11,562 UK L&D practitioners were invited to participate, although only 601 did, which rather indicates that people have other things on their mind at the moment – like staying in a job. So what does the survey tell us from an e-learning perspective? Blended learning is not on the list of options by the way. Having said all of the above, some 76% thought that e-learning was effective for training non-managerial employees. Only 9% of respondents report their budgets growing in the past 12 months.

10 Tips For Designing mLearning And Support Apps

The eLearning Coach

For quite a while now, I’ve been pouring over mobile design books, listening to podcasts and reading online content to learn the best practices for designing mobile phone applications as I design one of my own. Strangely enough, it seems as though many gurus actually agree on the basics of functionality, usability and aesthetics required [.] Post from: The eLearning Coach 10 Tips For Designing mLearning And Support Apps. MOBILE

Get an Exclusive Articulate Storyline Game Show Template from eLearning Brothers

Download one of the most popular game templates from eLearning Brothers with a look and feel exclusively made for eLearning Learning subscribers! eLearning Brothers creates awesome templates and assets to help you look like an eLearning Rockstar!

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Massive Open Online Courses: Interview with Howard Rheingold

George Siemens

Howard Rheingold is a highly regarded thinker/theorist on the social impact of technology (see his book Smart Mobs ). Recently, he’s been exploring on how social media influences learning – see Social Media Classroom project and he’s working on a new book on this topic (couldn’t find a link, though I’m sure it exists). Video below

Award Nominee Reveals His eLearning Authoring Toolkit [Guest Post]

eLearning Weekly

Larry Ober has been nominated as Best eLearning Designer in the  Maestro eLearning Awards , dubbed the OSCARS of the eLearning industry. What follows is an interview between Steve and the award’s organizers,  Maestro eLearning. Q. How did you get your start with eLearning design? Several years ago we engaged a vendor to create three eLearning modules for a new product launch. As you know, good quality eLearning modules are expensive. We were happy with the results, but realized after only a few months that the content already needed updating. They agreed, and we invested in Articulate.

Course completion rates in online programs

George Siemens

Online programs are frequently criticized for high drop out rates. This might have been an accurate view at one time…but no longer is. For example, at Athabasca University, our course completion rates are high. From the draft report: As was the case in previous years, 85% of courses started by undergraduate students were successfully completed (the other 15% withdrew or failed; graduate and “non-starter” registrations were excluded). Online courses that I’ve taught through University of Manitoba have similar high success rates. What are your experiences?

Captivate Training: Amazing Image Slideshows with Adobe Captivate 5

Adobe Captivate

Topic: Amazing Image Slideshows with Adobe Captivate 5 Date and time: Thursday, June 30, 2011 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh to learn about creating good looking image slide shows. They will also discuss about adding audio to these image slides to make the content enjoyable. What’s in [.]. eLearning Suite How do I. Rapid Authoring Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" "Screen capture software" Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe Captivate 5 training Image Slideshows rapid elearning

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.

Organizational Dashboards

The Peformance Improvement

Organizational dashboards have become a popular tool for monitoring performance. They are being used by a wide variety of organizations. Here are some examples: Healthcare. The Dashboard Spy presents some examples of performance measures that hospitals are tracking on their dashboards. Nonprofit. Government.

Captivate Hands-on Training: My First Captivate Project

Adobe Captivate

Topic: Hands-on: My First Captivate Project Date and time: Thursday, June 2, 2011 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh to get introduced to Adobe Captivate 5 workspace and to use different standard and Interactive objects. Also learn how to preview and publish the finished projects. What’s in it [.]. eLearning Suite How do I. Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" "Screen capture software" Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe Captivate 5 training Adobe eLearning Suite 2 Rapid Authoring

Illustrated People Pictures

eLearning Brothers

Need some illustrated people for your next training course? We have just released packs of characters with transparent backgrounds. Just insert them into your course and you’re ready to go. Each pack includes: 45 poses.png files with transparent, cutout backgrounds. Dimensions: 1200×700 (may vary slightly). Individual file size: 100 KB (may vary slightly).

Captivate Training: Adobe Captivate Interface Made Easy!

Adobe Captivate

Topic: Adobe Captivate Interface Made Easy! Date and time: Thursday, June 23, 2011 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh and Vish for an introductory session on Adobe Captivate interface. In this session, they will walk you through the Adobe Captivate workspace and show you how to use the toolbar, panels, [.]. eLearning Suite Rapid Authoring Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" "Screen capture software" Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe Captivate 5 training Adobe eLearning Suite 2 Filmstrip View Interface timeline toolbar

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.

Oh well, at least somebody’s finding my work of use…

Tayloring it

… pity it’s not my employer! Regular readers will know the ongoing struggle that I am having with my organisation in terms of enabling anything beyond ‘click next’ type elearning, it will probably come as no surprise to many that I have considered letting this blog fizzle out for similar reasons as Karyn Romeis , however I have always been aware that my best chance of securing another job with a more forward thinking organisation lies with being able to demo an up-to-date knowledge of the industry. Do you blog? If so, why? If so what? Share/Bookmark.

Executive Engagement in Leadership Development – What’s The Big Deal About The “Big Cheese”?

Learning on the Leading Edge

During our annual IMPACT conference last week, I shared highlights of this year’s research results on high-impact leadership development and the 21st century leadership trends. As we discussed in our intimate group of 100+ global senior HR/LD/OD/Talent/Business executives, our leadership talent is becoming scarcer and developing global leaders from within is becoming increasingly important. Maintain strong executive engagement; 2. Define tailored leadership competencies; 3. Align with business strategy; 4. Target all levels of leadership; 5. Integrate with talent management; and, 6.

Captivate Hands-on Training: Enhancing PowerPoint Courses with Adobe Captivate 5

Adobe Captivate

Topic: Hands-on: Enhancing PowerPoint Courses with Adobe Captivate 5 Date and time: Thursday, June 9, 2011 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh and Vish for an exciting hands-on session on how to convert the existing eLearning courses from PowerPoint to Adobe Captivate projects. Learn how to edit a PowerPoint presentation, [.]. eLearning Suite Rapid Authoring Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" "Screen capture software" Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe Captivate 5 training Adobe eLearning Suite 2 PowerPoint PowerPoint Workflow

Executive Engagement in Leadership Development – What’s The Big Deal About The “Big Cheese”?

Learning on the Leading Edge

During our annual IMPACT conference last week, I shared highlights of this year’s research results on high-impact leadership development and the 21st century leadership trends. As we discussed in our intimate group of 100+ global senior HR/LD/OD/Talent/Business executives, our leadership talent is becoming scarcer and developing global leaders from within is becoming increasingly important. Maintain strong executive engagement; 2. Define tailored leadership competencies; 3. Align with business strategy; 4. Target all levels of leadership; 5. Integrate with talent management; and, 6.

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.

Big Cat Trail, Leg 3 - Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

The Learning Generalist

Ranthambore is my favourite park.", Gaurav reminded me as I spoke to him on the phone. Gaurav Athelye's a friend and runs Jungle Lore - a wildlife tourism outfit. He'd suggested to me that I should definitely visit Ranthambore and promised to help us organise the visit. Our big cat trail landed at the town of Jaipur on 4 May. Our hotel, the Hammir wasn't exactly in the lap of luxury. said Saad.

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Need Some Training? Watch Your Co-Worker's Video

Learning Unbound

The next department to share its expertise with the rest of the organization just might be the training department. Rather than relying on a dedicated team of training professionals, companies might soon look to all employees to capture and transfer knowledge about what they do and how they do it. read more

Developing HR! A Battle Cry at Bersin & Associates Impact Conference

Learning on the Leading Edge

First off, I just want to say Thank You to those who joined us both in person and virtually last week at our Impact 2011: Building the Borderless Workplace conference. Personally, I always get energized by these events, especially when I have the opportunity to participate in real-time conversations with the amazing people who make up the leaders, practitioners, solution providers, media market, and researchers of the HR industry. What a passionate and vocal industry we work in! think her exact words were “I was being chased”, but it was said with a smile. Sarah St. Stacey Harris.

In for a penny, in for a pound

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet It’s been a long week and not much of it has been on Twitter. considered not writing a Friday’s Finds post, having recently hit the 100 week mark. However, as I sit in our kitchen (with four computers), my son tells me that he writes in his journal every night before going to bed. So, after a 1,100 KM drive today, here are some of the things I’ve learned via Twitter this past week. “Every company has an underground reward program of bad behaviors not punished. Tolerated values are often stronger than stated values&# – by @Globoforce. Friday's Finds

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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.

Developing HR! A Battle Cry at Bersin & Associates Impact Conference

Learning on the Leading Edge

First off, I just want to say Thank You to those who joined us both in person and virtually last week at our Impact 2011: Building the Borderless Workplace conference. Personally, I always get energized by these events, especially when I have the opportunity to participate in real-time conversations with the amazing people who make up the leaders, practitioners, solution providers, media market, and researchers of the HR industry. What a passionate and vocal industry we work in! think her exact words were “I was being chased”, but it was said with a smile. Sarah St. Stacey Harris.

Captivate Training: Different Types of Slides in Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate

Topic: Different Types of Slides in Adobe Captivate Date and time: Thursday, June 16, 2011 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh to learn how to use different types of slides in Adobe Captivate 5. What’s in it for you? After attending this session, you will be able to: [.]. eLearning Suite How do I. Rapid Authoring Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" "Screen capture software" Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe Captivate 5 training Adobe eLearning Suite 2 slides

Top Five Free Web Tools I Use – My Toolbox

OpenSesame

A few weeks ago I shared my top apps for productivity, collaboration and learning on the job (and I think there was something about a burrito). This week’s Friday top five is free web tools. Some you might already know, some you might not. Either way, they’re awesome, and rendering many other, more expensive tools obsolete. eLearning Solutions

Cartoon: ‘OK, I’ve shown you the ropes, gotten you up to speed. All that’s left is actually training you.’

Mindflash

I’ve always been a huge fan of George Carlin. remember borrowing/stealing my sister’s Carlin records as a kid and, very quietly so my mom wouldn’t know, listening to them over and over and over. And as brilliant, hilarious, and profane as he was, what still amazes me was his grasp of language. Online Training cartoon training

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.