December, 2010

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Contemporary E-Learning: Delivering Knowledge Or Dishing Out Information

Upside Learning

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? — T. S. Eliot. That’s a pertinent question that we need to ask ourselves. We take immense pride in meeting project deadlines and delivering courses within budgets; however, somewhere in our quest to showcase our potential, we may have forgotten about the core objective — Delivering Knowledge. So, what differentiates knowledge from information?

3 Barriers to adoption of Serious Games/Immersive Learning Simulations

Kapp Notes

Here is my answer to the second of a series of questions from a graduate student about serious games/immersive learning environments. The question is What have been the barriers to widespread adoption of Serious Games/Immersive Learning Simulations? People tend to accept and hold in high esteem past experiences with which they are familiar. This is the idea that “game” is a four letter word.

How not to do social media

E-Learning Provocateur

As my friends can attest, I’m a big Socceroos fan. grew up playing football (aka soccer) and although a few different codes compete for my attention in my home town, the World Game is the one I truly care about. It was to my great joy, therefore, that the national administrators of the sport comprehensively revamped the local league several years ago. Maybe it was a sign of things to come.

Transform YouTube into an ACTIVE learning tool for your students

eLearning Acupuncture

Nina Arjarasumpun, from Knewton Inc. , was kind enough to write me an email out of the blue earlier this week. In her email she wanted to introduce me to a novel way in which the GMAT Prep team at Knewton was leveraging YouTube’s free video hosting service. She likened their work to the classic ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books that are popular with kids. It’s awesome. Very cool!

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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2 More Game Mechanics To Include In Learning Games

Upside Learning

As I mentioned in my previous post , we’re continuing to explore game mechanics that are apt for learning. While I mentioned three that are a ‘must-include’ in a learning game, the ones I’m about to mention two that aren’t quite at that level. However, adding these makes for a certain of gaminess in the interaction mix. 1. Levels – Yes, the ones we’ve seen in pretty much all games.

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Report identifies problems with education

Kapp Notes

Interesting perspective on American Education from the Department of Education. Education is vital to America’s individual and collective economic growth and prosperity, and is necessary for our democracy to work. Once the global leader in college completion rates among young people, the United States currently ranks ninth out of 36 developed nation s. Arne Duncan , US Secretary of Education. If primary education is not strong, resources and efforts are wasted at the secondary level. The NETP report calls for “revolutionary transformation rather than evolutionary tinkering.”. Education

Who Needs Training, Again?

Performance Learning Productivity

At some point in time I am sure we’ve all found ourselves with an answer staring us in the face, but we just haven’t managed to see it yet. Spending money, time and effort providing face-to-face training or eLearning courses for workers in an attempt to equip them to use new processes and systems as they’re rolled out across our organisations is one of these cases. Most of us know there are

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#Situated learning via #mobile #augmented learning for our #educational future

Ignatia Webs

Learning within context was a difficult task in the past (travel, content design.). But with the ever growing (and simplifying) augmented mobile learning, it becomes a very feasible way of getting learners up to speed with the latest knowledge. Situated learning was first proposed by Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger as a model of learning in a Community of practice. And I am in to that concept!

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.

eLearning Predictions for 2011 and Beyond

Web Courseworks

This summer I attended the 2010 Distance Teaching and Learning Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Some very interesting topics came up in the facilitated Think Tanks, and I wanted to share some of the predictions that were developed from these active group discussions regarding where eLearning will go in the next ten years. 2011 distance education eLearning future mobile learning predictions

The 12 Days of Screencasting - On the First Day.

Visual Lounge

What would you ever do if someone gave you a partridge in a pear tree? often wondered that when hearing the song, " The Twelve Days of Christmas ". All the gifts were impractical in that song. thought it would be fun to make a more useful version of the traditional Christmas carol and change it to be "The 12 Days of Screencasting"! And, I'll share with you their insights over the next 12 days!

Adding Social To Learning Games

Upside Learning

As our services in game design and development advance, we’re often asked how ‘social gaming’ paradigms can be used in learning games. My instant response to those would be ‘yes’ it’s possible; but faltered on further details. I’ve been doing some thinking about social games; what makes them tick. Greed is an exceptional instance, game players are greedy, they want more. HealthSeeker.

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Top Game Lists from Others: Best and Worst

Kapp Notes

So its the time of year to talk about best and worst. So, from the video game perspective, here are some ideas. Worst. Here is the list of top ten most disappointing games of 2010 found at Wired. Over at a Yahoo! site check out 5 Worst Video Games of 2010. Here is a list of top ten video game awards from msnbc. Here is a list from CNBC. Let me know what you think. What are the best and worst of 2010? Content Guide Games video games

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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.

Learned vs. Learners

ID Reflections

I have been deviating from the key themes of this blog, i.e., learning, performance, training and collaboration, for some time now. However, the deviations have been topics that moved me deeply, and I did not want to write about them in a separate blog. They are as much a part of me as all things learning. In the future too, I see this blog being intermittently peppered with posts unrelated to organizational learning but delineating experiences that are of personal import. With today’s post, I am back on the theme of learning and its impact on performance—personal and organizational. Maybe not.

Engaging Learners with a Social Game: A Case Study

Stoatly Different

Last week we launched one of our latest projects, PonyPrep , on behalf of our clients The Pony Club. Most of our projects are internal or otherwise private, so I take a great pleasure in being able to show this one off! About PonyPrep. PonyPrep is the place to practise online for Pony Club. We wanted participants to be in control of their own learning. The Twist… So far, so familiar.

Want a cushy little number? Why not be a training specialist?

Clive on Learning

According to US News , Training Specialist (note the old-fashioned but nevertheless still largely accurate job title) is one of the to best careers for 2011, at least in the US. That's good news for all of you out there who fell foul of the recession. Here are some other interesting snippets from the article: Prospects (US figures): Employment is expected to jump by 50,500 jobs, or more than 23 per cent, to 267,000 jobs by 2018, the Labor Department reports. Activity level: Average. Stress level: Pretty low. Money (US figures): Median annual earnings were $52,120 in 2009.

The 12 Days of Screencasting - On the Sixth Day.

Visual Lounge

We're half way through our "12 days of Screencasting. Have you found the tips useful? Today you're in for a tasty treat. Forget the Six Geese-a-Laying - who wants that?! Today's tip is from screencast expert and veteran Scott Skibell. All together now. "On the sixth day of Screencasting, Scott Skibell gave to me. Transparent Images!". So what's my present this year? Transparent images. Frames.

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.

3 Game Mechanics To Include In Learning Games

Upside Learning

Continuing my unintended series of posts about Learning Games , I’m moving the focus to some game mechanics I try to include every time I try to design a game that’s meant for learning. While you will almost certainly encounter these in commercial games, I’ve seen some learning games fall flat because the designers are ignoring some fundamental mechanics. Achievements – The most obvious one.

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Virtual World Presentation

Kapp Notes

Last night I had the pleasure of speaking to a group at the University of Washington Virtual Biodome. It was part of a innovative curriculum taught by Randy Hinrichs who is CEO of 2b3d. And, last night wearing the hat of professor teaching at University of Washington in a Virtual World Certification program. Jamm'n in the virtual world. Keep up the great work. Nice job. 3D worlds 3D worlds lrn3d

Web 3.0 and onwards

Learning with e's

Web 3.0: The way forward? View more presentations from Steve Wheeler. Continuing my retrospective of the year, one of the surprising highlights for me was the aftermath of a presentation I gave at a school in Exeter, South West England, in July. I was invited by Vitalmeet to present my latest views on the future of the web in education, so I chose to talk about 'Web 3.0 - the way forward?' Web 3.0

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How Much Do People Forget?

Will at Work Learning

This blog post is excerpted from the full report, How Much Do People Forget? Click here to download the full report. You may also access the report and many other reports by going to my catalog page by clicking here. Everybody Wants to Know—How Much Do People Forget? For years, people have been asking me, “How much do people forget?” and I’ve told them, “It depends.” The learners’ prior knowledge.

Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.

In case you missed it – a year in posts

Clive on Learning

In the unlikely event that you’re bored over the holidays, here’s a quick index to 104 posts and 35000+ words of Clive on Learning in 2010. I’m going to enjoy a little break. January Learning in 3D: a stop on the world blog book tour (review) Is it time for Learning Technologies to use learning technologies? British Telecom Dare2Share case study Who writes web content? review) For newspaper read classroom It’s not a surprise when change comes slowly Who's making all this money? Selling myself the masterclass The Big Question: how can we leverage open content in workplace learning?

The 12 Days of Screencasting - On the Seventh Day.

Visual Lounge

Have you ever heard the quote, "Practice make perfect"? This also applies in screencasting. If you want to master the art, you need to practice. On the seventh day of Screencasting, Tom Crawford shares his insights and tips about screencasting. Chime in the song. " On the seventh day of Screencasting, Tom Crawford gave to me. ". Those are great spots to have halfway done and waiting for you.

Three Ways to Use Mobile Devices in Workplace Learning

Upside Learning

Mobile learning is certainly a hot discussion topic with elearning and training solutions providers in Australia – like anywhere else in the world. In my meetings with clients and prospects in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne over that last couple of weeks, it is clear that the interest in mobile learning is very strong. Used as a Part of the Blend. Device to Access Information.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Converting Empty Phrases to Gold

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby.   It is important to note that empty phrases relate to the reader's amount of interest concerning your topic. Empty words and phrases, such as the ones in bold in the preceding sentence, delay giving your readers the information they want, create a boring tone, and make your material seem vague and difficult. Strangely, these wordy phrases tend to pop up in the first sentence of an article or training document, right where you need to be grabbing the reader's attention and holding it. Then say those things instead. Let's try that on another example.

Best Practices for Launching an LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.

The Social Learning and Reflection Continuum

Big Dog, Little Dog

Recently I had a Twitter conversation with Marcia Conner ( @marciamarcia ), Aaron Silvers ( @mrch0mp3rs ), and David Winter ( @davidawinter ) on the subject of reflection. This allows the learners to not only perceive each other for comparison and self-evaluation, but also see others as a neutral source of information, which may help or speed several forms of instrumental learning. differences.

Learning Technology Trends To Watch In 2011

The eLearning Coach

A look back at what we've seen in 2010 and speculation about 2011. Post from: The eLearning Coach Learning Technology Trends To Watch In 2011. eLEARNING 2.0

The cult of the question

Clive on Learning

Sometimes it seems that instructional designers are obsessed with questions. They cannot imagine an effective learning resource that is not liberally sprinkled with opportunities to interact: Plain text is frowned at, yet strangely not in blogs or on the WIkipedia. Page turners are frowned at, yet strangely not on your Kindle. Presentations are frowned at, yet strangely not when shown on TED. The reality is that it is not always essential for online materials to include interactivity. Not everything needs to be an online tutorial. In other words, interaction is part of the blend.