Tue.Apr 05, 2011

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ELearning Project Managers – Misunderstood Heroes

Upside Learning

“Aneesh, what does a Project Manager do?&# asked my friend who was contemplating a career in elearning.  Without a moment’s hesitation, I replied – “They are ruthless slave drivers, that’s what they are.&#. To which my friend replied – “Well, now that you’ve told me what you think of Project Managers, why don’t you tell me what they do?&#. Feel free to comment.

Adobe Captivate: Best Practices for Working with User Defined Variables

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Lori Smith. Have you ever inserted a User variable into a Captivate text caption so that the lesson was personalized for your learner? Perhaps you added something like Ah, nice to meet you $$learner_name$$ and expected the variable ($$learner_name$$)   to be replaced by text typed by the learner. Upon previewing the project, there is a good chance that the resulting text caption will look something like the image below. Ah, nice to meet you no name ? As you can see, the learner's name did not appear in the text caption. No TEB means no data.   The problem is easy to fix.

The A to Z of learning

E-Learning Provocateur

It all started with a tweet by Anne Bartlett-Bragg ( @AnneBB ) observing an instance of the term s-learning representing social learning. Amused by our industry’s obsession with single letter prefixes, I replied facetiously that I preferred the term slearning – simply because it sounds so awful. action learning? adaptive learning? Sure, you can make up anything (eg zebra learning ).

A question of balance

Clive on Learning

It is easy to get in a position where you feel obliged to take a stance on some aspect or other of learning and development in the workplace – in particular when it comes to challenges to the status quo. Typically you’re either with the old way or the new. I’ve never found this particularly helpful, as there are usually plenty of good arguments on either side. The issue, as ever, is getting the balance right between taking advantage of new developments as they come available, while continuing to exploit the potential of long-standing approaches. This slider may seem a little confusing.

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.

Graduation Nation: How Degrees & Careers Match Up In America

Mindflash

More Americans are graduating with bachelor’s degrees (or higher) than ever before. With this in mind, we decided to compare the degrees that are being earned with the occupations that will add the most jobs in the near future to see if there is any correlation. What we found may surprise you. Click image to enlarge). Uncategorized degrees jobs

Angry Birds and my moment of need.

Stoatly Different

This blog first appeared as a guest post for my 30 under 30 colleague, Innovative Sarah. Check out her blog for a fast growing guide to the world of innovative learning technology through the eyes of a Googler. You know what they say; fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. What happens on the third occasion? Well, in my case I write a blog.

My Interview on Making Money in Virtual Worlds

Kapp Notes

At the end of last year, I was interviewed on the topic of “Making Money in Virtual Worlds&# and spoke at the University of Washington Virtual Worlds Program 2011. It was a lot of fun and the questions were very thought provoking. Here is the interview. 3D Book 3D Book Tour 3D worlds lrn3d Avatar Content Guide virtual immersive environment

Resource: Creating cartoons for your eLearning (@toonlet) #eLearning #Cartoon

Dont Waste Your Time

Every now and then I come across something that gives me that ‘Eureka!’ ’ moment, and when I found Toonlet.com I had one. Instead of my usual introduction and walk-through on what the tool can do, why not let it speak for itself? would like to thank Flea Palmer for showing me Toonlet through her brilliant cartoon called “ Facing the consequences… a social networking horror story!

On demand: agile e-Learning development #LCBQ

Challenge to Learn

The Learning Circuits Big Question this month is: How do you address the “I want it now!&# demand from stakeholders? We had a lot of discussion on this question but I would like to approach this months question from the perspective of the e-learning author. The on demand question has a big effect on them. Usually we use a waterfall method when developing e-Learning. It really works.

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Learning and working effectively

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet. An effective networked workplace can be viewed as a three-sided framework, with a leadership/management strategy ( radical & wirearchical ) that supports collaborative work enabled by social learning. All three are necessary. If there is any degree of complexity in the work, collaboration needs to be supported by a flexible management framework that encourages social learning.

5 Time-saving Tips from the E-learning Community

Rapid eLearning

A few days ago I came across this thread in the user community. In it, Dave Newgass was asking how to build an interaction of a person going in and out of a cubicle. He got a couple of responses and a demo PowerPoint file to review. Dave’s question (and the feedback he got) really speak to the value of the user community and why you need to be part of it if you aren’t already. Free Image Generator.

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

Standing at the Crossroads – Providing Navigational Clues to Help Learners Find Their Way

Integrated Learnings

By Donna Bryant Imagine that you are out for a drive in the country. You’re cruising along, and you pass several little towns. Soon, you realize that you are in an unfamiliar area. You consult your maps, but you still aren’t sure where you are. You drive up to a crossroad, where the road veers off to the left on one side and to the right on the other. There is no sign to tell you which way to go.

Organizational Change Management Cited – Again – as Key.

Social Learning

erp-project-failure In his IT Project Failures blog, Michael Krigsman frequently discusses the importance of change management, communication, and training in successful ERP implementations. In a recent post, he cites a recent poll by

Training Lessons from Seinfeld: Lesson #2 – Don’t Overwhelm Your Trainees

Mindflash

As I recently watched this classic Seinfeld episode featuring George Costanza’s “morbidly obese” wallet, I immediately made a real-world training connection. Watch and see if you’re reminded of anyone you work with… One of the biggest challenges I hear about working with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) is getting them to focus on “need-to-know” training content. the U.S. tax code.

Touch Raptivity

Raptivity

Link: Touch Raptivity. eLearning Software eLearning tools interactive learning rapid learning raptivity e-learning software rapid eLearning software rapid interactivity builder

Presenting Next Week – Why Your Brain Loves Video Games

Usable Learning

Hey Twin Cities folks, I’m doing the  Why Your Brain Loves Video Games & The Implications for e-Learning presentation at the Digital Learning Forum next week (April 11 6:45 pm). All the relevant information is here:  [link] and it’s FREE (who doesn’t love free?).

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.

Exploring the Usefulness of Chartjunk at STLUX’11

Skilful Minds

At the end of February I co-presented at STL UX 2011 with Dave Gray. Our presentation was called Exploring the Usefulness of Chartjunk. The collaboration behind the presentation started as an exchange between the two of us on Twitter regarding whether the whole concept of Chartjunk is a myth. Over a series of conversations about recent research on the relative importance of visual embellishment in how people remember and understand data, I suggested to Dave that we develop a presentation around the topic.

Pushing results into SharePoint from an Assessment System using.

SharePoint and Assessment

I've been looking at ways of getting results from assessments into a SharePoint list. Once you do this, you can report on them within SharePoint and look at using other lists or workflow to take actions – for instance collate results

Internet Buttons – help get people online

Jane Hart

I’ve just received an email about Internet Buttons, as follows. “Currently, 9.2 million people are digitally excluded in the UK, of which 6.4 million are over the age of 65. Yet 75% of those excluded know someone who could help get them online. It removes all the complicated bits of the internet and makes it easy to keep going back to the places they like. They work well as a homepage.

A practical guide to creating learning slide shows: part 4 – distribution

Onlignment

In the  first part of this practical guide, we discussed the potential of stand-alone slide presentations as a tool for learning. We moved on to look at the visual element in the presentation – the slides – and the auditory component – the narration. In this final section, we explore what’s involved in getting your slide show out there in front of as many eyeballs as possible.

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!

Trade Peanuts for Cashews

aLearning

Working for peanuts? Well, here’s the data you need to up your pay to cashews (or pecans or macadamia nuts, if you prefer). You can thank the eLearning Guild for their annual Salary and Compensation Report for the work they did — and the fact that they included non-profits in their survey. Hooray!! The complete report is well worth the time to read, and you should get a copy if you plan to march into your CEO or Executive Director’s office and demand a raise — which you should. If your responsibilities include elearning (they do, don’t they?!?!