May, 2010

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eLearning: In Fonts We Trust

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George There is no denying that the most important thing about eLearning is solid content. But could you be inadvertently making your content harder to read and understand by using the wrong fonts? Is good font selection really important? Read on to discover the many surprising ways fonts can affect your content. Some Fonts Read Better On-Screen eCommerce Consultant Dr. Ralph F. Formality?

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30 Top Online Resources For Instructional Designers To Keep Up With

Upside Learning

ID is an interesting domain to be involved in. On the one hand, you are continuously learning about different work environments as you are called upon to resolve different performance issues. On the other hand, your understanding of the domain, and your role in it, changes over time. As an instructional designer, you start by learning a whole lot of theories and models. aLearning Blog by Ellen.

Knowledge Summit--Talking about Social Media But, Will it Blend?

Kapp Notes

Today and tomorrow I will be at the 7th annual Kaplan-EduNeering Knowledge Summit. have been to many EduNeering Knowledge Summits and always have a great time. I'll be doing a book signing, facilitating a video interview about the strategic relationship between ProtonMedia and Kaplan-EduNeering with Lisa Clune and Ron Burns and generally mixing with a great group of folks. Web 2.0

QR Codes: In the Classroom #QRCode

Dont Waste Your Time

But first … I have found that there is something about the QR Code generation we ought to know about; this is. Using a QR Code Generator (like ) means you can have the code store either a short URL or your contact details as text. Be warned: the more data you ask it to store the larger the final QR Code will be. Example: The BIT.LY address for my blog is [link]. Classroom.

How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

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Meet David Frazier, State of Alabama technology trainer

Visual Lounge

Our newsletter Editor, Daniel Foster , caught up with a Camtasia Studio user, David Frazier. David was kind enough to share his story and screencasting insights with us. Enjoy! Meet David Frazier, State of Alabama technology trainer. With budgets being cut left and right, classroom training often suffers.and workers can fall further behind on technology. We don't specifically offer IT software.

Future of Learning Technology – 2015

Upside Learning

The Learning Circuits Big Question this month asks – “ What will the workplace learning technology look like in 2015 ”. The question is inspired from a post by Derek Morrsion – Technology to Enhance Learning in 2015 , quite an interesting post, a must read. I can only wonder at the pace of change of technology that the world has seen in last decade. Isn’t that what the Internet really is all about?

Presentation Resources for DPW Webinar

Kapp Notes

Here are some presentation resources that might be helpful when creating an exciting PowerPoint presentation. PCAR Presentation Resources Resource for Presentations Learning Circuits Big Questions: Avoiding Death by PowerPoint Here is an example of a presentation using some techniques to avoid bullets, lists and other PPT distractions. Learning Technology View more presentations from kkapp.

Beginning of Long Slow Death of Flash

Tony Karrer

Earlier this year I questioned why there was Still No Flash on the iPhone and iPad. It’s become quite clear that Apple (Steve Jobs) is going to block putting Flash on these platforms. Today the big news is Scribd Switches to HTML5; Adobe To Make Tools for HTML5. Now any document can become a Web page," Scribd co-founder and CTO Jared Friedman told TechCrunch. What does this mean in practice?

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Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

Elearning example: Branching scenario

Making Change

You’re a US Army sergeant in Afghanistan. Can you help a young lieutenant overcome cultural differences and make a good impression on a Pashtun leader? That’s the challenge behind “ Connect with Haji Kamal ,&# a decision-making scenario that my cool client Kinection and I developed for the US Army. The goals. Complex branching. The debating squad leaders. Minimal media.

Join the #moodlewish Twitter Stream!


Click image to view the visualized #moodlewish story clearly PLEASE WISH UP! Do you feel that Moodle needs improvement in some areas? Or perhaps don't like some of its features? Then why not make your voice heard in 14o characters, using the #moodlewish hashtag. But let's face it, 99% of the suggestions and frustrations will never bother going there, but if you are interested, why not. Annoying!),

24 Screencasts About Snagit in 24 Hours. Starts Now!

Visual Lounge

Here we go! It's time to kick off our marathon of 24 Screencasts about Snagit in 24 hours! Tune in live here. And, we will also have a chat room going in there as well. And, you can follow us on Twitter as well @techsmith and @betsyweber. We'll be giving some fun prizes throughout the day too! will post the videos on this blog post as soon as we finish producing them (I figured you didn't want 24 different blog posts). :-) We plan on recording close to the top of the hour if you'd like to tune in. And, we'll have several guests throughout the day. What do they have in common?

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Does An LMS Actually Manage Learning?

Upside Learning

During the time I posted my last post – The LMS – Will it survive? and continuing after that, there have been some interesting discussions around LMS by Clark Quinn, Jane Hart, Harold Jarche, Dave Wilkins and others debating the need of an LMS, raising questions from why we need it, whether we need it, how it should be viewed, will it survive, etc. There have been other suggestions as well.

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.

Survey Request: Take some time and help the industry

Kapp Notes

A colleague of mine, Dan Bliton asked me to help promote this survey, I think it is a worthwhile endeavor and would invite you to take a few moments and participate. Here are the details. Please complete the survey on Effective Approaches for e-Learning and share it with others. link] elearning. We need at least 100 survey responses from e-Learning developers for an I/ITSEC conference paper. The first page of the survey asks about your experiences on e-Learning projects. Click the link to open a new window and review the examples.

Online Tools: Improve Your Productivity

The eLearning Coach

Want to be so productive you can leave work early? Then try out some of these online apps. Post from: The eLearning Coach Online Tools: Improve Your Productivity.

Technology in the Classroom – Hindrance or Help?

eLearning Acupuncture

I know the title of this post may seem inappropriate considering the times we live in. Our world would come to a standstill without technology, so why are we even asking the question if it would be more of hindrance than help in a classroom? The fact is that technology is good when used in the right way, but when you don’t know how to use it or if you use it for the wrong purposes, then it is more a destructive weapon than a constructive tool. When it comes to the school classroom, there’s a reason why technology should be restricted.

Compliance of an industry

Learning and Working on the Web

compliance – acting according to established and accepted standards. Mandated training is a standard response by industry regulators when dealing with human performance issues. This is “compliance training&#. They see it as the only way. years in jail. That mindset also permeates the training industry. This is the wrong approach and the most costly. Inadequate resources. Not likely.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

What makes a good blogpost?

Learning with e's

I have now been blogging for almost four years, and during that time I think I have learnt a thing or two about what makes a good blog post (and also what doesn't). Here are seven things I believe are important to include if you want to write a blog post that attract a readership: The first important feature of a successful blogpost is a good, snappy title. Wonderland '.

Is HTML5 Ready for eLearning Development?

Upside Learning

Last week, while justifying Apple’s refusal to allow Flash player on iPhone/iPad, Steve Jobs wrote– “ New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too) ”. A few days before the launch of iPad Apple had released a list of ‘iPad ready’ websites having support for HTML5. Yes, HTML5 is a major revision over its predecessor HTML4.

PowerPoint 2007: Insert YouTube Videos

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George I am often asked how to get YouTube videos into a PowerPoint presentation, and, unless you're using the latest version (PowerPoint 2010), it's an understandable question. it's not a simple process. Over the next few weeks I will show you how to insert YouTube videos into PowerPoint 2007 (both with and without an internet connection) and PowerPoint 2008 for the Mac.

3 Rs of Smarter Training Design: Reuse, Recycle, Renew


With many training and development departments stretched thin or nearly non-existent, the task of creating new online training is daunting enough. Who has time to think about, let alone do ,  maintenance?  Of course program maintenance is usually the one thing no one ever budgets [enough] time or money for. Don’t “Date Stamp” Your Material. Question the Need for New. Teach Trainees How to Fish.

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.

Sizing Up an eLearning Lesson

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. If you’re designing a one-week course, or even a partial day course, how do you divide its content into lessons? Intuitively, I used to define lessons by topic. Some lessons I’ve designed are as short as 15 minutes, while others are up to four hours. The topic would drive the length. Conversely, an instructional designer I used to work with felt strongly that a lesson should be an hour, and he would look for ways to logically organize content into one-hour chunks. Why does lesson size matter? the end of a lesson). Do you aim for a certain lesson length? By tasks?

What is the signature of the storage blog-o-sphere

Adventures in Corporate Education

The topic of blogging independence is rearing its head again in the storage blog-o-sphere again, this time because some of the “independent&# bloggers have been hired by EMC. wanted to weigh in – reminding everyone up front that I work for EMC. think this whole idea of independent bloggers needs to be defined. Is there such a thing as an independent blogger? They just apply new filters.

Webinars In May 2010

The eLearning Coach

There are lots of great webinars happening in May. This is your chance to learn something new, ask questions and contribute to the ongoing conversation. Note: I’ll be presenting on how to design graphics that impact learning on May 18th Post from: The eLearning Coach Webinars In May 2010.

The big mistake in elearning

Making Change

Here’s a short presentation that includes: The one powerful change that will make our elearning a lot more effective. quick demo of action mapping. A fun example of the type of information that should go in job aids. How to get people to stop telling you, “Turn this information into a course&#. To see a bigger version on YouTube, click the movie when it’s playing.

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.