Mon.Aug 01, 2011

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Seven billion teachers

Learning with e's

Everyone on Earth is a teacher. We all have the ability to help others to learn. This is exactly what Vygotsky had in mind when he proposed his famous Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) theory. Children (and adults too) can learn more broadly, deeply and extensively if they have a knowledgeable person by their side, than they can on their own. But it need not be. What is the study for?

Nuts and Bolts: What's Your Story? by Jane Bozarth

Learning Solutions Magazine

In Learning Solutions Magazine, a number of authors have suggested using stories to support learning. Sometimes managers object to the idea of using stories as being too touchy-feely. Here’s a new way to look at the process, and some words to replace “story.”. Getting Started Instructional Design

Design Instruction Like a Game Developer

Kapp Notes

As a way of improving instruction and creating more effective learning tools, let’s recast classroom and online instructional methods using game-based thinking. For example, we traditionally teach problem-solving, leadership, decision making and other critical higher order thinking skills by providing learners a list all the elements that need to be learned. trainer careful explains each item and what it means and then the learners are given a case study or role-play. With game-based thinking, that design is turned on its head. Instead, the player starts with a problem.

Enspire Learning Blog Now Featured on eLearning Learning

Enspire Learning

We’re excited to announce that our blog has joined eLearning Learning , an online community that collects and organizes the best information on the web about e-learning. eLearning Learning provides a wealth of information on the hottest trends and newest ideas in the e-learning industry, and we’re proud to be a contributing member of this group.

Steps to make your Flash courses mobile compatible

Stuck with a bunch of Flash-based courses that cannot be viewed on mobile devices? This eBook will take you through the steps to convert existing courses into HTML 5 format and make it compatible with the latest devices and browsers.

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Prioritization: What To Do When Everyone Wants Your Help

CLO Magazine

There are worse problems to have; namely, people think so little of the L&D group that no one wants their help. That said, most L&D groups are good, and the more typical problem is that they are asked to do more work than they can realistically do. So, what should you do when you find yourself in that situation? You will need to prioritize and this means saying NO to some requests. have found that this is incredibly difficult for many L&D professionals to do. In fact, many groups pride themselves on never saying NO, on accepting every request that comes in.

Technical training: What do they need to DO?

Making Change

Here’s a common question: All employees have to know how to use our software. Why isn’t that a good enough goal for instructional design? Why should I go through action mapping ? Identify what they need to do, not what they need to know. People use software to do things. If you know what those things are, you can design easily updated job aids or online help for the most common tasks.

4 Ways to Improve Your Webinars (And Keep Your Audience From Dozing Off)

Mindflash

By definition, a seminar, unlike the traditional lecture, is small enough to allow all participants to actively engage. But the digital-age child of the traditional conference table seminar, the webinar, hasn’t always retained the interactivity of the bricks and mortar seminar. Is this fate avoidable? Is there a way to restore the original sense of  an engaged conversation to the webinar? Prizes.

Technical training: What do they need to DO?

Making Change

Here’s a common question: All employees have to know how to use our software. Why isn’t that a good enough goal for instructional design? Why should I go through action mapping ? Identify what they need to do, not what they need to know. People use software to do things. If you know what those things are, you can design easily updated job aids or online help for the most common tasks.

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.

Vacation in August for the LCBQ

The Learning Circuits

Just a quick note to say that the Big Question Thought Leaders and I will be taking a vacation in August from the LCBQ. Enjoy the time off. Look forward to next month's big question

Most Revolutionary Google Product Launch of the Past Month (Hint: It’s Not Google+)

Social Learning

Since its launch in beta format a month ago, Google+ has registered some significant buzz within the social learning community.  Whether it turns out to be a game changer or just another useful tool in the social learning arsenal has yet to be determined, but in my opinion, it wasn’t even Google’s most revolutionary social launch that week. Yes, you heard me right. 

NorthstarNerd.Org. Liked except in Central Africa!

eContent

My Google Analytics stats are in for January through July (22,911 visits). NorthstarNerd.org does not seem to be a favorite web destination for Central Africa! See below (click to enlarge). Web/Tech

July 2011 Review

Jane Hart

Tweet. But my 5 favourite articles from July (that are not Google+ related) were: Why excellent performance isn’t nearly enough , bnet, 8 July 2011. Don’t forget the YOU in social learning , Dennis Callahan, Learnstreaming, July 2011. Future work skills 2020 , July 2011. When training is not the answer , Marc Rosenberg, Learning Solutions Magazine, 11 July 2011.

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.

Review of Snap! 1.1 Update

E-learning Uncovered

About three months ago, Trivantis released Snap! by Lectora – a PowerPoint authoring tool à la Articulate. Today they announced their 1.1 update. Normally I only comment on major releases, but this one has some important features. I’d put about half of them in the keeping-up-with-the-Joneses category, meaning the addition of basic features that Articulate already has. The rest of the new features provide some differentiation. This last feature is something that Lectora has done. makes it a little bit easier.). Full list of features as presented by Trivantis. Advantage: Articulate.

Easygenerator is coming to the USA

easygenerator

We are moving forwards with easygenerator and the next step will be that we will enter the US market. After our 7.4 release (July first) we are convinced that we now have a very competitive authoring platform that can take on any other authoring tool. We will open office in Boston (within a month or two), from there we will coordinate US business development and provide services and support. We expect the office to open in October or November. We have hired our first dedicated US sales person. We are finishing all the paperwork right now, but we hope to introduce him within a few weeks.