August, 2011

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Top Resources for Instructional Designers

Learning Visions

So where do you send new practitioners for ideas and inspiration? Here’s a list I recently compiled for some new members on my team. Allen Partridge Adobe Captivate Blog For those of you who work with Captivate, you can’t miss Allen Partridge’s blog -- practical know-how with a spark. link] Articulate’s Online Community Lots of sharing of templates and ideas in the user community. link] Want more?

Questioning Gagné and Bloom’s Relevance

Experiencing eLearning

Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Hirsh. Lauren needed to do an informational interview for her masters program, and I needed some new profile pictures. The pictures turned out terrific; I’m sure I got the better end of the bargain.). During the interview, Lauren asked some very thoughtful questions about the relationship between theory and practice. Gagné’s Nine Events.

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Match Content to be Learning with Right Game Type

Kapp Notes

Matching the right type of game-thinking and mechanics to the right type of content to be learned, is the right way to design an instructional game. Declarative knowledge is taught with simple games like Jeopardy-type games, matching games, hangman-type games, sequencing game and multiple choice games which reinforce declarative knowledge (information that needs to be memorized).

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PowerPoint 2010: Animating a Venn Diagram

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. typical Venn diagram has two or more related topics. To depict the similarities and differences of these topics, you might create a diagram like the example below.    If you find yourself in need of a Venn diagram, there are a few basic Venn diagrams available via PowerPoint's SmartArt. If you don't like those available via SmartArt, you can easily create your own.

[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course

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Practical guides rolling off the press

Clive on Learning

Over on the Onlignment blog , I've been posting up a series of practical guides for digital learning content designers. These guides are not really meant for those who design content full-time, but for the increasing numbers of learning professionals who are occasional designers. Anyway, so far I have completed the following guides: Creating learning podcasts. Creating learning slide shows. Creating learning screencasts. Creating learning scenarios. Creating learning videos. Creating learning tutorials. In the pipeline are guides to creating quizzes and reference documentation.

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Social Learning Has Its Place…And Informal Learning Does Too.

Social Learning

Two weeks ago Jane Hart wrote an article titled, Social Learning: to be or not to be? , in which Jane expresses her dislike of the term Social Learning (big S, big L).  That being said, I believe Jane’s first misstep occurs when she uses the term Social Learning (big S, big L).  Social media can be an accelerant for social learning, both in formal and informal settings. 

Fourth Summer 2011 Learning in 3D class

Kapp Notes

For this class, we were privileged to have Andrew Hughes, the president of Designing Digitally visit with us. And he gave us a tour of their browser-based 3D campus tour software. You can check out this video to an idea of what the student’s experienced on their tour. The graphics were excellent and the 3D environment felt like an actual campus. What other applications can you think about?

PowerPoint 2010: Changing the Default Theme

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. have an update to last week's article on creating new color palettes. I had been asked if there was a way to change the default color palette and I had reported back that there was not. Well, I nerded out a bit and realized that there actually is a way to do this. For example: when you draw a shape you want it to be a different color other than medium blue with a dark blue line.

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

The Promise Of 3D Learning

Upside Learning

Every now and again I wonder about the multi-user 3D environments, or virtual worlds that were all the rage just a couple of years ago, the finest example being Second Life. Second Life itself was a promising collaborative 3D learning platform. While there are many experiments, very few are able to justify any sort of return on the expense. That day is far off yet. Learning in 3D.

From Instructional Design to Enterprise Community Facilitation

ID Reflections

This is a long overdue post, the draft of which had been languishing in my dropbox for some time--half forgotten. But finally I felt this needs to see the light of day. have reached something of a cross-roads in my career, and I wanted to document the process of this arrival. It has been a long and exciting journey so far, dotted with exciting projects, some wonderful clients, and a tremendous amount of learning. But now I am traversing down a new path--albeit one I have wanted to travel for a long time. And my own foray into the world of social media with Twitter. Powered by enterprise2.0

Presentations in the cloud

Clive on Learning

A week or so back I was given a sneak preview of a new tool for distributing recorded presentations online called dpcloud. The system allows you to deliver the presentation in three formats: A video of the presentation alone. video with media alongside (typically slides, but could also be Flash movies, Twitter feeds, web pages, etc.). The media with accompanying audio. Got to have a go.

Creating eLearning interactions gets more Flexible

Raptivity

This summer has been very eventful for us. Raptivity has been completely made over and is friendlier to the user like never before. Raptivity is no more limited to its application and use. It brings unparalleled flexibility to the user [.].

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One Player Video Game that is Multiplayer: Intriguing Concept

Kapp Notes

Jason Rohrer, well known game designer, created a fascinating video game concept called Chain World. Rohrer unveiled Chain World at the 2011 Game Design Challenge, held on March 4 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The design challenge is essentially a contest: Three game designers compete to make a videogame that does some crazily ambitious thing that a videogame is not supposed to be able to do…[this]year’s theme [was] Bigger Than Jesus: games as religion. Rohrer created a game where a person only plays it once. He or she goes into the world, creates an artifact.

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Add Some Status to Your TOC

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. When you add a Table of Contents to a Captivate project ( Project > Table of Contents > Show TOC ), the default settings include Show Duration. With this option selected, the duration of each slide in the lesson will be shown to your learners. The Duration column is perfectly useful if your lesson is a simple demonstration. Choose Project > Table of Contents.

How to Motivate Learners without Rewards: Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation

Social Learning

After college, I jumped on an airplane and flew to Switzerland to look for work in the international organizations and “keep the party going” with several other friends that had also moved overseas. Many of us were idealistic with big ideas of “changing the world.”. Starting out, most of us stumbled into temporary administrative positions. The urge to direct our own lives. Mastery. Purpose.

Does L&D belong in HR?

E-Learning Provocateur

That was the topic of last week’s Learning Cafe in Sydney. In short, my esteemed peers and I agreed on “yes&# , but that’s not the end of the story. Allow me to explain… According to one school of thought, L&D belongs in HR because that’s how you achieve scale. So it makes sense to centralise their management. Of course, both POVs are right.

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Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

What low growth and high debt mean for l&d

Clive on Learning

Although here in the UK inner-city rioting is grabbing all the headlines, behind the scenes we are experiencing (another) economic sea change, one that will influence just about everyone in the western world. The markets have woken up to the fact if you're going to tackle crippling levels of national and personal debt then that necessarily means spending less and that economic growth will suffer as a result. So, again management will be casting their eye over any activities that are not absolutely necessary. This situation is not temporary.

ID Guru: A new iPhone App for instructional designers

Learning Visions

That Connie Malamed (@elearningcoach) is one smart cookie. And now she’s created, through an act of devotion and love to her profession, an iPhone resource for Instructional Designers. It’s a glossary of ID terms – over 450 terms in all – in an easy to use and very hyperlinked format. Need to sound smart in a client meeting, but missing that important term? Find it here. It’s here. It’s here.

Social Networking – A Contrarian View

Upside Learning

Today, I’m going to adopt a contrarian view. We all know social networks promote learning; while the mechanisms aren’t documented or well-understood, that it works isn’t in doubt anymore. But we must ask, are the ‘social media/networking systems’ out there promoting this learning? Or does it happen in spite of these systems? Has your organization implemented a social networking platform?

Decision Tree: Should You Let Your Employees Work From Home?

Mindflash

Today, many companies offer their employees the option to work from home, even if they live relatively close to the office. But common sense tells us that for some employees, this may not be the best option. As you can imagine, some unsupervised employees would sooner fill their day playing World of Warcraft than actually working. Click image to enlarge).

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Change the Mouse Pointer Project-Wide

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. seasoned Captivate developer contacted me with a small dilemma. It seems that he was new to Captivate 5.5 (but had been using Captivate for nearly 4 years). He needed to change the appearance of his mouse pointer throughout the project. In Captivate 5 and 5.5, He found the ability to change the appearance of the mouse pointer easily enough on the Properties panel.

Instructional Design Lessons from the World of Theatre

Social Learning

For more than a decade in the late part of the last century (I get a kick out of saying that) my life was theatre. During that period, I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing for the stage. Lesson 1 – Active Listening. Active listening is arguably a much more important skill, and one that does not come naturally to many people.

Instructional Design Questions? There’s an App for that! …You need to check it out.

Kapp Notes

My friend and colleague, Connie Malamed (aka The eLearning Coach ) has developed a handy iPhone application that will help you become a better instructional designer making tips, definitions and ideas available right at your finger tips. GET THE APPLICATION HERE. Need to know ID.there's an app for that! How is it of value to instructional designers and other learning professionals? Design

Mobile Learning and Interactivity

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Does mobile learning need interactivity? Even more so, says Janhavi Padture, one of the invited speakers at Washington Interactive Technologies Conference, hosted by SALT (Society of Applied Learning Technologies). talked to her to get her take on the subject. Mobile content is short-duration, small-screen. Why bother making it interactive? JP: There is inherently a greater chance of distraction since the learner is on the move. So the need for delivering engaging content is even greater. Give us examples of interactivity on mobile devices. JP: Real time polling, games, interactive diagrams.

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