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.

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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

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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

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.

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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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.

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?).

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Touch Raptivity

Raptivity

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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.

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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.