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Cave of Volume: Video Game Level Teaching Students Math

Kapp Notes

I am involved with a National Science Foundation project designed to teach middle school students various Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts. You can learn more at the web side Gaming2Learn. I am leading the design area of the team and other people are programming and piloting the process. Here is a video showing one of the first levels of the game called: Cave of Volume. Games

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Adobe Captivate: When It Comes to Images, Choose Your Quality

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. As a Captivate developer, you are constantly striving to offer the nicest-looking published file, at the smallest possible size. One thing you can do to lower the size of your published video is control the quality of your slides. Captivate offers four image quality levels you can specify. You can apply the settings to individual slides, or for all of the project slides.

50 tips for better presentations

Clive on Learning

In conducting some research on design for visual aids I came across this set of tips which I developed with my wife Sue some eight years ago now. Rather than see them gather dust, I decided to share them with you. In some respect presentations have moved on – we didn’t have Twitter back then – but most of these guidelines still hold true: Nervousness 1. Don’t be concerned if you’re a little nervous Practically all presenters are nervous to a degree, many seriously so. Control your nerves by being prepared The best way to keep your nerves under control is to be prepared. Getting started 6.

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Content Authoring with Video Interactions

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Trainers have long known the importance of video in all types of training. Digital video has now become so commonplace that nearly everyone knows how to shoot video using a camera or a smart phone, upload it to Youtube and share it with others. It is high time these two trends converged. Content authoring needs to embrace digital video. The newly announced version 8.0 of Elicitus, a leading desktop authoring tool for trainers, educators, subject matter experts and other e-learning creators worldwide, makes this happen. Creating great courses with Elicitus requires no programming.

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Here’s How to Make Your E-Learning Course Meaningful

Rapid eLearning

When I meet people who aren’t in the elearning industry I usually ask them if they have to take elearning courses at work, and if so, what they think about them. For today’s post, I’d like address some of the more common issues I hear from those who have to take elearning courses and offer a few ideas on how to deal with them. Is this course important? To quote James Stockdale , “Who am I? Wrong.

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The Emperor’s New Slide Show


Once upon a time there lived a vain Emperor whose only worry in life was to impress his subjects with the extraordinary quality of his business presentations. He developed new slide shows almost every day and loved to show them off to his people. Word of the Emperor’s tremendous presentations spread over his kingdom and beyond. And there are other benefits too. And you know what?

Computers are useless

Learning with e's

The ubiquitous presence of computers in our world can evoke a variety of different emotional responses. Sherry Turkle defined this influence in 'Life on the Screen' when she stated: “Computers don't just do things for us, they do things to us, including to our ways of thinking about ourselves and other people.” They only give you answers.” Computers can be emotive. Unported License.

The Future of Games for Learning


 . Last week, I blogged about three emerging trends in elearning, as revealed by the annual Horizon Report , which analyzes potential uses of emerging technology for learning. While the paper was very insightful, it had one omission: a discussion of the opportunity to use games for learning. How can we apply these kinds of game designs to professional learning? Creating eLearning Courses

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.

My 1-liners from ElNet 2011

E-Learning Provocateur

Last week I attended ElNet’s Workplace E-learning Congress in Sydney. As per my tradition, I will share my 1-line takeaways with you here, and I am more than happy to discuss them further. Simply add a comment! Please note my 1-liners don’t necessarily reflect a synopsis of each presentation. Instead, they represent something specific that I found particularly worthwhile.

Visual Storytelling: Interview with Nancy Duarte

The eLearning Coach

Stories are the oldest communication form and are proven to be easily recalled and repeated. Read the interview. Post from: The eLearning Coach Visual Storytelling: Interview with Nancy Duarte. DESIGN INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Re-evaluating Evaluation | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

For years, I have dutifully included a description of Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Learning Evaluation in every proposal for every company I have worked with. And every company has agreed to use “Level 1: Reaction,” or?as as it has come to

Fuelled by Informal learning

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet I’ve had a crash course in nuclear physics this week. took basic Physics in university, but my major was History, so I never really got into it. This interconnected world sure makes it easy to learn informally though. The Zircaloy casing is the second barrier to release that separates the radioactive fuel from the rest of the reactor. The core is then placed in the pressure vessel.

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.

The next ten years

Learning with e's

I spent yesterday at the JISC Annual conference in the Liverpool Echo Arena. It was a day packed full of seminars and workshops, and I will report on it later, when there is some space to think. Professor Thomas also highlighted recent scrutiny of universities’ connections with Libya as an example of how the public see education as operating within a different value system. Unported License.

On Homework

Clark Quinn

In the ‘getting it off my chest’ department: I gave a talk to a national society last week on the future of learning.  An off-hand comment on ‘homework’ got more interest than I expected.  My point was that there are limits to reactivation.  However, given the battles I know so many are having with schools on homework, and we too, some thoughts. The underlying mechanism, roughly, for learning is associations between related neurons (and, at a bigger scale into patterns). However, our brains saturate in their ability to associate new information.  design

Where innovation comes from

Jay Cross

To stay ahead in business, a firm must continually re-invent itself. In the twentieth century, firms could compete on execution. Winners were those who played the game well. No longer. Today’s standouts are game changers. They continually re-write the rule books. They are edgy. They invent new business models. In sum, they innovate. Innovation = working smarter. ecosystems. species. brains.

The 2011 Horizon Report: Keeping Up with Learners and Technology by Paul Signorelli

Learning Solutions Magazine

The annual Horizon Report provides e-Learning developers and instructional designers with concise analysis and forecasts of the technology that will most affect teaching, learning, and assessment over the next five years. Here’s a summary of what’s in this year’s edition. Development Strategies Future Trends Management Strategies

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.

Increase in Learning Tech Spending

Learning on the Leading Edge

2010 was a turnaround year for many U.S training organizations. After double-digit spending cuts in each of the prior two years, training budgets began to stabilize - and even increase within many organizations. Overall, companies spent 2% more on training in 2010 than in 2009. With budgets loosening up, many L&D organizations initiated learning infrastructure projects in 2010. The proportion of spending allocated to learning tools and technologies reached an average of 10% - nearly equaling its high of 11% in 2007. See Figure 1 below.).

The Secret of Effective Sales Training? Simple: Simplicity


If you do any research on sales training, most of what you will find is focused on sales approaches and methods and not how people actually, like, learn selling skills. In other words, there are plenty of good — even great — sales methodologies and schools of thought, but a surprising dearth of practical, applicable training methods. Keep It Simple. Keep It Small.

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Increase in Learning Tech Spending

Learning on the Leading Edge

2010 was a turnaround year for many U.S training organizations. After double-digit spending cuts in each of the prior two years, training budgets began to stabilize - and even increase within many organizations. Overall, companies spent 2% more on training in 2010 than in 2009. With budgets loosening up, many L&D organizations initiated learning infrastructure projects in 2010. The proportion of spending allocated to learning tools and technologies reached an average of 10% - nearly equaling its high of 11% in 2007. See Figure 1 below.).

ADDIE, Beware of the Video!

Learning Developments

Getting other departments in my organization to get on board with e-learning is a goal of mine. It’s been a little over a month since my organization has been providing web based training through our new LMS. Being the training developer, I have naturally become one of the leading advocates for getting the organization's training content online and available to employees. The new LMS has become a great working model that departments can look at to get ideas about what they can do with web based training. First batch of interest - videos. They use tools like Jing and Camtasia to create videos.

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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.

Things I'm fed up of doing in the 2010s

Learning Rocks

These are some productivity (for which read "Windows/Office") activities for which the case against was clear and present 5 years ago, or longer, and yet which persist. They're a mixture of training related and general points. Dealing with email. Need I go on? Irritating inbox limits, lost communications, spam, single line throw away comments, documents mailed to a dozen people on the same network. despise email. Responding to people setting up meetings via internal email to tell them to send a freakin' invite. Fixing PowerPoint slides. think it was within a month of getting a training job.

Learning objectives for formal e-Learning: Feedback requested!

Challenge to Learn

At easygenerator we are in the finishing stages of our latest version. This is the first version I had a say in, so I’m quite exited, a real milestone. We started working on it at the beginning of the year. The plan was to finish it in April. The good news is that it is ready. We are setting some dot’s on the i’s and are doing some extra work. Global objectives. Checking.

The $125,000 Teacher – And Corporate Counterpart

Wonderful Brain

This past Sunday 60 minutes featured a story that no doubt will contribute to the warm dialogues concerning the public schools, teacher unionism and tenure.   [link].  The Charter School – TEP, The Equity Project – makes the case that paying teachers a substantial salary, somewhat on par with (my words here) what a high level Instructional Designer or Learning & Development leader earns, will improve student test results. Or what we would call improved performance and employee effectiveness. Few of them have had good experiences in school. Should there be a. Learning

Extending Action Mapping for Performance Design

Gram Consulting

Through her Action Mapping process Cathy Moore has demystified, simplified and put a friendly face on an analysis process that produces lean and effective learning programs with an emphasis on practice and application. used the process (and visual mapping approach) to facilitate a learning requirements session a while back. Worked like a charm. thought then that the process might be taken a little further and be used to identify gaps in the immediate performance environment known to impede optimal performance and then specify solutions for improvement. Here’s what I’m getting at….

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.