July, 2011

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mLearning: The Time is Now

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George   The push for mobile learning (mLearning) has been a surprisingly long one. Last year we talked about how mLearning wasn't quite ready , but we threw out some technical tips in case you were ready to dive in. Almost a year later we noted that the Horizon Report slated adoption of mLearning for one year or less. " It looks like the future of mLearning is officially now.

Four Phases of Learning

Social Learning

How Many Accelerated Learning Phases Are There? In the training world, the optimum number seems to be “four.” There are four learning styles, four stages of competence, and a four-level evaluation model. There is also a four-phase learning cycle. There are different ways of thinking about the learning cycle and different numbers of phases. There are also different names for these learning cycles.

Future of elearning industry looks Bright!

Kapp Notes

Reports, factors and the current market conditions strongly indicate that elearning is going to be a growth industry over the coming years. As Tony Bingham, president and CEO of ASTD states, “Today, we actively pursue content based on search terms and our preferences [while in the future]…content will find you – rather than actively seeking it, your activities and interests will determine what finds you, be delivered how you want it, and to your preferred channel. This provides tremendous potential for learning.” Source. billion in 2010. The five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is 9.2%

Lurking is Not a Static State

ID Reflections

Lurking and its role in communities has been on the forefront of my mind for the past few days. It has received a lot of attention in the past from the thought leaders in the realm of learning and the role of communities in personal as well as organizational learning. They are lurking on the edge, consuming content. They are the free riders. However, is that truly the case? Not really.

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Lurking or Legitimate Peripheral Participation

Experiencing eLearning

During the July 7 early #lrnchat about social media and social learning, there was a lot of discussion about lurking. In response to the question “What are some ways you learn through social media that aren’t collaborative, with other people per-se?&#. I replied : I do a fair amount of lurking (ie “legitimate peripheral participation&# ). and Jane Bozarth replied. Most likely.

eLearning and Fun: Two Words Not Normally Seen Together

Social Learning

Over at the Learning Circuits blog, the big question for July is “How do you make eLearning fun?&# They are not asking for much there, are they? It depends on the topic, the audience, the organization and a myriad of other considerations. If you are creating an eLearning course on interpersonal skills, then sure, it can and probably should be fun. Wrong, wrong and wrong. Oops.

Gamestar Mechanic-Check It Out

Kapp Notes

Here is an educational game and community you may have heard about called Gamestar Mechanic. Gamestar Mechanic is a game and community designed to teach kids the principles of game design and systems thinking in a highly engaging environment. Gamestar Mechanic description. It includes three levels: Play. Design. Share. Games

Writing & Grammar: Checklists, Part III

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. This week I am featuring two different kinds of checklists from readers. One kind is a planning checklist with slots for recording the date each task is done. The other kind is a list of tasks for converting training materials from Captivate 4 to Captivate 5. Reviewing other people's checklists is a good way to develop your own. I inevitably forget things if I don't.

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Learning And Social Networks

Upside Learning

Google Plus is making waves among technology savvy social networkers. Like so many other Google products, this one is in beta and is gradually opening up to more users. One unique aspect separates Plus from other Google services. This is a more manageable approach for dealing with the humongous amount of incoming data that social networks generate. For now, it remains a geeky sort of place.

What managers really want

Clive on Learning

I've been returning over and again to the LMMatters / Towards Maturity survey of UK organisations on leadership development. The reason I keep returning is that I find it hard to believe the results. It's not that I doubt the honesty of those conducting the research (although they do, of course, have an interest in the results as I do), it's just that they surprise me so much. What surprises me?

Using a Skills Hierarchy to Organize eLearning Content

Integrated Learnings

By Dean Hawkinson. Imagine that you have been assigned the task of creating a series of eLearning courses to teach a particular job. In addition, this job is quite complicated with numerous skills and tasks that need to be taught. Imagine that this job is so extensive that you just don’t know where to begin. Once you have compiled this list, where do you go from there? Hints.

Four Phases of Learning

Social Learning

How Many Accelerated Learning Phases Are There? In the training world, the optimum number seems to be “four.” There are four learning styles, four stages of competence, and a four-level evaluation model. There is also a four-phase learning cycle. There are different ways of thinking about the learning cycle and different numbers of phases. There are also different names for these learning cycles.

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Advantages/Disadvantages of Online High Schools

Kapp Notes

Online high schools are not without challenges. Elizabeth Birr Moje, a professor of education at the University of Michigan who has studied online learning, says “there are some huge advantages&# to online high schools, including an individualized pace and better access to multimedia content. But she points out disadvantages as well…&# The disadvantage is that you may not learn to work with other people quite as well.&# Some students do report feelings of isolation and state they lack connections with others students in the online environment. The Florida Virtual School has a model U.N.,

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Show For the Rest of the Project. Or Not

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. If you'd like to repeat an object over a majority of your slides, one of the easiest ways to proceed is to select the object and, on the Properties panel, Timing group, select Display for rest of project. Alternatively, you can create and use master slides. However, working with master slides involves multiple steps (creating them and then using them). Preview the project.

Some Thoughts On Failure

Upside Learning

I’ll admit it; I failed miserably at something this week. After having labored over a presentation, the elements of which I’ve been obsessing about and researching for more than a few days, I found I couldn’t tie them together into a cohesive vision. Without a vision, there was nothing to articulate in the presentation. Result? Society views failure negatively, and is set up only to reward success.

Workplace Incentives: How Are Companies Keeping Their Talent?

Mindflash

From on-site laundry service to made-to-order sushi, the following companies offer their employees some serious perks. But do companies know what their employees really want? One age-old study says otherwise. Click image to enlarge). Uncategorized employee retention incentives perks talent

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.

Seven reasons teachers should blog

Learning with e's

I have written extensively on what makes a good blogpost and why it is so powerful. F rom personal experience blogging is one of the most beneficial professional development activities I have ever engaged with. I learn more from blogging than I do from almost any other activity I participate in. Here are 7 good reasons why teachers should blog: 1) Blogging causes you to reflect. Unported License.

Knowing where to look is more valuable than knowing what

Clive on Learning

According to an article in last Saturday's Guardian , research conducted at Columbia University and reported in Science Magazine shows just how much people have come to rely on the internet as 'an external memory source that we can access at any time'. In one experiment, participants were given pieces of information to type into a computer. Half were told the computer would retain the information and the other half were told it would be erased. Only those in the latter group attempted to memorise the material. The emphasis has shifted from knowing 'what' to knowing 'where to find it'.

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Player Types/Levels in Educational Video Games

Kapp Notes

To start with, when creating an educational game, the various skill levels of current and future players must be considered. The approach taken to motive and attract a new or novice player needs to be different from the approach used to hold onto players who consider themselves masters of the game. For a novice, an important first step is to guide them into the game gently but with a great deal of attraction and interest. Many successful games provide a simple method of slowly getting into the game. Once the player gets to the area, they receive a reward or token—immediate reinforcement.

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Export Audio

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. I received an interesting email last week from a Captivate developer asking where imported audio was physically stored on the computer. She had edited much of the audio from within Captivate and needed to share some of the edited clips with team members in her office. Once audio clips are imported into a Captivate project, they are embedded within the project and are not stored externally. While this might seem like a deal-breaker if you need to hand off those audio files to someone, there is a way to export the audio files. Select some or all of the audio files.

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6 Alternatives To Bullet Lists

The eLearning Coach

Bullets make lists of important points easy to read. When those near-perfect little circles are vertically aligned, readers can quickly process the text. Yet too many bullet lists in an eLearning course or slide presentation can be repetitious and mind-numbing. Learners and audiences need novelty to maintain and sustain attention. The trick for going beyond bullets is to think visually. GRAPHICS

Custom Lectora Video Controls

Integrated Learnings

By Joseph Suarez. Video can be an engaging enhancement to an eLearning course built with Lectora. However, there may be times when video needs to be controlled without the default video playback controls. These controls can also visually clash with an eLearning course’s template or theme. Fortunately, Lectora offers another way to control video playback. Webdings. On: Mouse Click. Action: Play.

India And The Mobile Internet Revolution

Upside Learning

While doing some research, I came across this interesting article ‘Can India lead the mobile-internet revolution?’ registration required) that McKinsey published in February of this year. Three things in the article struck me as being spot on. Even though typical Indian consumers have no Internet access, they have a remarkable appetite for digital content. In fact, they consume an average of 4.5

Flash in eLearning - Seven Traps to Avoid

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Flash is a free cross-browser plug-in that allows interactive content to play on most browsers and computers.The sophisticated Flash development environment allows programmers and designers plenty of room for creativity. No wonder then, a lot of e-learning is built using Flash. If you are considering the on-going use of Flash for developing e-learning, here are seven traps to avoid. The frame rate trap Flash files can support multiple frame rates. By itself, your interactive component shockwave file (.SWF) SWF) will play okay regardless of the frame rate.

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