Tue.Jan 31, 2012

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Learning Without Strategy

Stoatly Different

Mindmeld; there's an app for that. Last week I attended the Learning Without Frontiers conference and the Learning Technologies exhibition.  LWF was a pretty profound affair.  As Dan Pontefract put it; LWF is the TED of learning.  These words stuck with me as I experienced the rest of the conference and I began to link Chomsky’s thoughts back to my own world.  Nothing.  Nothing. 

eLearning in ‘the Cloud’

Web Courseworks

eLearning in ‘the Cloud’: Should you go with a brand name or look deeply at the facts? Several eLearning pundits predicted that 2012 will be “the year of the cloud” for those delivering education over the Internet. While I don’t disagree that cloud computing will continue to be an important, evolving service, its use loosely as [.]. eLearning cloud computing elearning Jon Aleckson redundancy SaaS scalability the cloud virtual servers web Web Courseworks

These Stats Bode well for Mobile Learning

mLearning Revolution

 . All signs continue to point to a near future where mobile devices will surpass desktop PCs for how we connect to the Internet, shop, and most other things, including learning. believe we are getting very close to a ‘mobile-first’ approach to developing content and I can’t wait to see we can come up as a community when it comes to mobile learning design. million iPads.

Adobe Captivate: Sometimes Manual Labor is the Best Kind of Labor

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    During the recording process, Captivate typically does a wonderful job of creating screen captures on processes you perform within an application. said "typically" because there are occasions when Captivate fails to create some of the screen captures and you are left in a bit of a pickle. You won't know Captivate missed an important screen capture until you stop the recording process and begin producing the lesson in Captivate. By then, the missing screen(s) may require you to record additional slides. What's a developer to do?

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.

5 Amazing Features That Make UpsideLMS 5.0 So Desirable

Upside Learning

Just over a week since we released UpsideLMS 5.0, and the interest it has generated in these few days is mindboggling! For those of you who still haven’t taken a look at this stunning, best value LMS , we suggest you do it now. UpsideLMS version 5.0 is an outcome of the sweat and thoughts put in by our engineering and UI experts. Stunning New GUI. Easy Navigation. UpsideLMS 5.0 Themes. UpsideLMS 5.0

5 Free Online Image Editors for Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

In a previous post, we looked at five free desktop image editors. Here are a couple of additional free desktop applications shared by some blog readers. They both look very capable. PhotoPlus SE. PhotoFiltre. challenge with free software is that sometimes your organization isn’t comfortable with you downloading and installing applications that aren’t approved. Aviary. Pixlr. Splashup. Sumo Paint.

Infographic — Baby Benefits: Is Your Company Offering Enough Maternity Leave?

Mindflash

Despite the long history of fighting for workers’ rights in this country and the cultural buzz around “family values,” the U.S. actually offers some of the weakest paid family leave benefits in the world. Though some individual states offer employees guaranteed paid family leave, a majority of new parents in the American workforce do not have many options for taking a leave.

TechKnowledge 2012 – Post Assessment

eLearning 24-7

Last week, I attended TK 2012 in Las Vegas. This was my third TK in a row to attend, and as usual it contained some WOW on the part of some products, some “huh” on others and even a few “boos” Overall Expo Analysis. Nice selection of vendors – in general. More vendors showing off their products then in the past – still a couple believe that a poster board will do the trick. Significant increase in custom development shops – the most I have seen ever at TK12. Wi-Fi worked a lot better, but vendors and end users still had issues inside the expo hall.

A welcome to Elearnity Vendor Perspectives

Clive on Learning

UK-based learning and talent analysts Elearnity have come up with a new service geared specifically to the UK and European e-learning market. Called Vendor Perspectives (slightly ironic as 'vendor' is very much a US expression, where we tend to say 'supplier') the service provides intelligence about available solutions to potential buyers in all the usual product and service categories, including custom content providers, authoring tools, learning management platforms, etc. Customers get to see Summary Perspectives for free but must pay for 'Deep Perspectives' (is that a mixed metaphor?).

Are Your e-Learning Courses Future-Ready?

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Designing e-Learning is like shooting a moving target while standing on a moving platform. By the time you are ready to fire, the world changes again and you are back to taking aim. Take, for instance, mobility. Recently there has been a lot of speculation about the best ways to get applications mobile-ready. The debate heated up especially after Adobe announced that they will no longer be supporting flash on mobile devices. Does this mean that all e-learning designed using Flash needs to be re-written? Here is what the users said. That's not all. Needless to say, the Flash option will stay.

When Did You First Realize You Were a Designer?

Aaron Silvers

“When did you first realize you were a designer?” ” Earlier on this Tuesday night, several friends in the Chicago area got together for pizza and wine and beer (maybe some whiskey, too) and sat around a table at the Coop and we bounced this question around the table. We each sketched a picture to describe our personal “a ha” moment and then we shared it with the group.

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.

Textbooks are dead. Or Should Be.

Dawn of Learning

I know it’s a bold statement but just for a minute here, humor me and think about a world without physical textbooks, where teachers assign, distribute, receive assignments and grade on a tablet computer. Where students can receive and complete assignments, and follow their grades on their tablet. Learning on a tablet means no paper, no heavy backpacks, instantaneous feedback, financial savings and the ability for customization to each student. And that is exactly what Jeff Katzman, CLO at Xyleme, is proposing; replacing textbooks and gradebooks with tablets for both students and teachers.

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Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 1

E-Learning Provocateur

Last year, I self published an e-book and two paperbacks. Since doing so, I have received loads of questions from people about various aspects of the process. Of course I’m only too happy to help, so please find below Part 1 in a series of tips & tricks for self publishers… Old school publishers. If you can get an old school publisher to publish your book for you, I say go for it. They’ve got the production, distribution and marketing capacity that you and I can only dream of. So by all means, send your manuscript to them. Literary agents.

How a Learning Culture Builds a Key Competitive Advantage — Employee Accountability

Mindflash

I’m on the road a lot, so I tend to find myself in a lot of different Starbucks coffee shops. And while they all sort of look alike, someone like me can pretty easily spot the best shops where the baristas develop a relationship with and care for their customers, as opposed to the shops where everyone just seems to be going through the motions. ” Much less impressive. Set expectations.

Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 1

E-Learning Provocateur

Last year, I self published an e-book and two paperbacks. Since doing so, I have received loads of questions from people about various aspects of the process. Of course I’m only too happy to help, so please find below Part 1 in a series of tips & tricks for self publishers… Old school publishers. If you can get an old school publisher to publish your book for you, I say go for it. They’ve got the production, distribution and marketing capacity that you and I can only dream of. So by all means, send your manuscript to them. Literary agents.

Justifying Learning @ the Point of Work

Living in Learning

A recent post “Evolving Training Into the Perfect Hole” brought a comment to me that I could really identify with as being a key challenge – justification for seriously considering learning @ the point of work. find it stunning that the concept of learning @ the point of work is such a hard sell, especially when you consider that opportunities to learn and moments of potential failure happen at the same time…and very often in the same place - @ the point of work. Better training…or more training…have little-to-nothing to do with justification.

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.

Paris et Expo-Langues

Jay Cross

On Thursday, I’ll be addressing the social web and its impact on practical education at Expo-Langues in Paris. plan to talk about the shift from push learning to pull that refocuses language learning from courses to learning environments. Du pousser au tirer. . Today started with a black swan event: snow on the French Riviera: I used to bring California weather with me wherever I travelled.

Newsletter,feedback and eMaterials

Moodle Journal

One aspects of eLearning that I have been very keen to get established is a newsletter. Apart from raising awareness for everyone regarding those things that are actually taking place with eLearning at the college, I also felt that it could act as a link to resources and news items in the e-digital world in general. To that end I have been working on a short feedback system based on a Moodle Quiz.

Always Said The Brain Rules!

KnowledgeStar

I always knew that it’s all in my head, that my brain ruled and not my heart. It’s taken years of work in the Neurosciences to get to the point where they are realizing that they hardly know anything at all about the way the brain really works. John Medina, author of Brain Rules, is [.]. Brain Brain Rules Education instructional design John Medina Learning