January, 2010

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Taxonomy of Learning Theories

E-Learning Provocateur

Academia is teeming with learning theories. Some of them are old, some of them are new. Some are flash-in-the-pan, others stand the test of time and remain applicable to this very day. Some of them are controversial, while others have assumed the aura of conventional wisdom. Some of them are simple, while others are incomprehensible to mere mortals. Where do you start? Which theory do you choose?

New Year Thoughts about 3D Virtual Worlds for Learning

Kapp Notes

What seemed like science fiction a few decades ago is now reality. While creating products, working on deliverables and collaborating across organizations on a large scale in virtual worlds seems like science fiction, the truth is that 3D environments for working, learning and collaborating are the not-too-distant future. Today, for many, it is hard to imagine a 3D Internet when so much content and information is still presented in two dimensions. To not be left behind, organizations need to evolve and begin working and learning completely within these spaces.

Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Adult Learners

The eLearning Coach

Motivation is the force that drives people to fulfill a need. If you can tap into a learner’s intrinsic motivation—where an individual is rewarded by the learning itself or an internal goal—you’ve got it made. But in both workplace and academic environments, people are often unmotivated because they are required to take courses in which they have no interest. Provide options. Buzz up!

General Considerations for Mobile Learning (mLearning)

Upside Learning

Wikipedia defines mobile learning as “Any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, or learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies&#. In other words, mLearning decreases limitation of learning location with the mobility of general portable devices 1. the ability to use GPS?

[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course

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Time Saver Tuesday - Snagit Print Driver + PDF

Visual Lounge

Surfing Twitter today, reminded me of a little known feature in Snagit that can save you lots of time. Snagit has a 'printer' capture option. Snagit shows up as a 'printer' that you can choose when you go to print an image or document. This is useful for several reasons - you can use Snagit as a virtual printer. often travel so I don't always have access to a printer or a fax machine.

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Learning Resources from Informal Learning (Jay Cross): Part 1

ID Reflections

I am re-reading Informal Learning by Jay Cross and was going through the resource links he has provided. Apart from the book, which is a must read for anyone interested in the field of learning, the resource links are gold mines of knowledge, information and insights. I am putting some of my favorite sites from the list here for reference. Communication Nation : Dave Gray's Blog.

Is this instructional design?

The eLearning Coach

A reader named Michaela recently emailed to ask what an instructional designer does. She will be receiving a technical degree soon and thinks she might be interested in this field. This is a good question to answer at the start of the year for all of those readers who are curious about this career. There are lots of debates online regarding the value of instructional designers. Here’s mine.

How Will the iPad Change Interactive Learning?

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

One of the things that has always bothered me about m-learning is the small form factor of a smartphone device. The key idea of e-learning is engagement, and the more you can immerse the learner in an online experience the better. The optimal balance of screen size and handling convenience has long been elusive. Now the iPad shows a ray of hope. Sporting a 9.7 Can it revolutionize the way we learn?

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Take Charge of your eLearning environment

eLearning Certifications

Tony Karrer

The Advent of Mobile Learning Technology

Upside Learning

“May we live in interesting times” –Chinese Proverb. It’s amazing to see an accelerating rate of change leading up to what is now generally accepted as the true beginning of the ‘age of collaboration’. As more and more humans bring devices into their lives that connect them to the global network in its myriad forms. believe the digital divide is real and involves several generations.

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An example of informal learning from Europe

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Three years ago I talked with a former KPPG consultant, Harm Wegstra, at Online Educa Berlin. Harm told me about his team’s experience with informal learning in an engagement with Sara Lee. Here’s an extract of an email Harm sent me. Hi Jay, As promised, I send you some details about the research I’ve done at Sara Lee, being then a senior manager at KPMG Consulting. Training programs.

Using Wireframes to Design eLearning

eLearning Brothers

Here’s another article that I ran across. think that this is a good idea to do some wireframe sketches of various course elements before adding fonts, colors, and other visual elements. This might help during early review periods to focus on the content instead of the look/feel. It could also help the graphic designers to more quickly develop. Have a read below. learning Development – Is It Time You Started Using Wireframes in Your E-learning Design Process? By L Scott Hewitt. Wireframes are used as part of the design process is a range of industries. link]. Article Source: [link].

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10 Ways To Learn In 2010

The eLearning Coach

There are so many cool ways to learn online now. The whole world is a school. This list is meant for continuous learners and for procrastinators looking for distractions in the coming year. 1. Learn through Visual Search Engines. How would you like your search engine to show results in a collage? Spezify does just that. Other visual search tools include: viewzi , Kart00 and search-cube. 2. Buzz up!

Substance Abuse: The Danger of Superficiality in e-Learning by Dr. Carmen Taran

Learning Solutions Magazine

Instructional designers must always deal with the question of how much is enough? Unfortunately, under the pressure of clients’ “I want it yesterday” demands, too often the default is to offer as little as possible in order to get the product out the virtual door on time and under budget. Take some time to savor this essay on avoiding superficiality!

How to Navigate Social Media (and Avoid Information Overload)

Rapid eLearning

There’s a lot of conversation about social media. And for good reason. The tools let you connect with peers who share common interests. It’s also a great way to build a personal learning network. For example, if you build rapid elearning courses with Articulate products there are all sorts of resources available to you: Articulate’s Facebook page keeps you up-to-date on news and information.

Mobile Learning (mLearning) Applications - An Example

Upside Learning

During the course of a routine trawl of my news-feeds I stumbled on something interesting that I found relevant to my current research into mobile learning. What make this iPhone application different is that it’s not targeted at meeting a specific need. Rather, it’s more an application that can be tailored to your specific need. Tool use in a controlled environment – as a simulation. 2.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Start and End eLearning Courses with Methods That Facilitate Learning

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. Think back to the last time you were in training, whether it was online or in the classroom. What pieces stand out most? While hopefully there are memorable moments from throughout the course, you can probably also recall how the course started and ended. Below is a simple explanation of each. the beginning of a course) compared to information later in the sequence.

Portfolio: BootCamp Challenge

eLearning Brothers

This Flash BootCamp Challenge is one our  eLearning template games. We just wanted to take a moment and highlight it as one of our new products that we developed in 2009. If you’re familiar with our flash templates, you know that pretty much every element in the template is customizable (we give you the Flash source file). We think it turned out quite nice.  Play the game.

Bouncy, bubbly or British? How To Choose Voice Over Talent

The eLearning Coach

Integrating the perfect voice into an online course, video or slide show enhances the audience’s perception and enjoyment of the program. On the other hand, choosing a voice that doesn’t fit can sometimes feel like fingernails scraping across a blackboard. It takes lots of talent and skill to be a professional narrator. They must emote a variety of moods to fit the script. Tweet This!

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People Policy at IDEO

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

John Foster describes human resources at IDEO during the Future of Talent Retreat at Asilomar.

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

Here’s a Quick Way to Create Your Next E-Learning Template in PowerPoint

Rapid eLearning

In a previous post, I showed you how to design your own PowerPoint templates. In other posts, I’ve talked about how to use PowerPoint’s drawing features to build the envelope icon and television monitor. These are all intended to help you become more proficient with PowerPoint and your graphic design skills. have a published example below, as well as a step-by-step tutorial.

Apple iPad Disappoints eLearning Industry

Upside Learning

I have great respect for Apple as an organization particularly because I use an iPhone and I think the iPhone has definitely become one of those game-changers in the smartphone world and by a large margin. I was looking forward to the Apple iPad even more so as we have been doing good stuff on mobile learning and putting up applications and tools on iPhone as pilots and on a trial basis. The iPad was supposed to be better and bigger than the iPhone, closer to a computer and much more than just a phone. Whoops!). However now I feel that’s not going to happen. Some reasons: 1. The missing camera.

15/5's – or – Fifteen/Fives

NuggetHead

I first heard of this term this morning. After it was explained to me it made perfect sense! As with many corporate elearning initiatives, many projects sit on the shelf due to lack of funding for custom development or lack of resources

Learning Object Reusability: E-Learning Development 8

The E-Learning Curve

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