March, 2012

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PowerPoint 2007 & 2010: How to Turn an Image Into An Animated Puzzle

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  A recent  question in the Microsoft Office forums  inquired about the process of animating a picture in PowerPoint so that it came onto the slide piece by piece--like a puzzle. The question was answered, but the answer was not exactly what the original poster had wanted. That is what I will cover today. Make an Image Look Like a Puzzle. Unzip the file.

Instructional Design Basics: Designing A Timeline

Upside Learning

I spent a lot of time over the past few months reading about the design of timelines and trying to understand what makes a well designed timeline. soon realized that I had only discovered the tip of the iceberg, and that there is a lot of thought that needs to go into designing an interactive timeline. This blog-post is an attempt to put together what I learnt about the design of timelines.

Impact of Games on the Economy, the World and Schools

Kapp Notes

Here are some interesting facts about the video game industry in terms of the impact on society from The Entertainment Software Association web site. study, “Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2010 Report,” detailed the impact that computer and video game companies have on America’s economy. Over the same period, the entire U.S. GDP in 2009. The U.S. billion. Education Games

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What's Better: eLearning or Classroom?

The Peformance Improvement

We need to examine the proliferation of Web-based education before it gets out of hand (It may be too late.). Online college courses are being promoted as the panacea for producing more college graduates and strengthening the workforce. Many companies are also convinced that “elearning” is the answer to their employee training and development needs. Nobody wants to be left behind. study by the U.S.

Steps to make your Flash courses mobile compatible

Stuck with a bunch of Flash-based courses that cannot be viewed on mobile devices? This eBook will take you through the steps to convert existing courses into HTML 5 format and make it compatible with the latest devices and browsers.

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AR: Augmenting the Reality of Learning

Social Learning

Introduction to AR. Augmented reality (AR), as defined by the infallible Wikipedia, is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.  It differs from virtual reality in that it modifies the real world instead of replacing it with a simulated one.

John Maeda The Art of Leadership #LSCon

Learning Visions

Opening keynote session with John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design. I’m at Learning Solutions in Orlando today – hosted by the eLearning Guild. Forgive typos and poor grammar! The Art of Leadership Maeda was tenured faculty at MIT – professor by day, student by night as he got an MBA. And then four years ago he became college president with no training! So he bought books. And now he’s been learning about art and design. Four things he’ll talk about today in regards to leadership: build from foundations, craft the team, sense actively, fail productively. Most leaders use “we”.

Presentation Resources and Notes from IMU Learning Webinar Series

Kapp Notes

Tonight I am speaking at the IMU Learning Webinar Series. The series is about “connecting inspiring and exceptional educators around the world to share their knowledge, best practices, experiences and wisdom to IMU and educators attending from around the world.” ” My talk this evening is on the topic of “Games, Gamification and the Need for Engaging Learners.” 2006).

Adobe Captivate: Create Object Styles on the Fly

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    Last week I talked about the importance of saving changes to existing object styles so that you can ensure a consistent appearance of slide objects, project-wide. I'd like to take that concept one step further. In  In the image below, the Style being used on all of the text captions in my project is once again the  [Default Caption Style]. Just like last week , I wasn't happy with the font or font size used in any of my project captions. From that point forward, the [Default Caption Style] will display the updated formatting.

New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.

Transforming learning and development

Clive on Learning

This video packages up a presentation I made at Learning Technologies in London in January. It describes how corporate learning and development appears to be at a crossroads. On one hand it faces unparalleled cost, budgetary and environmental pressures, while on the other it is blessed with the most exciting opportunities in a generation.

Revisiting Learning Styles

Experiencing eLearning

As part of David Kelly’s Learning Styles Awareness Day , I’m revisiting the idea of learning styles. admit that when I was taught learning styles in my education program, I didn’t question it. It made intuitive sense, and I’d never heard a real criticism of the theory. When I started digging into the research though, I realized that the research support for learning styles is pretty flimsy. If I think back to the way learning styles were taught to me though, it was never applied the way that the theory is “officially” supposed to work. What about you?

Employee Satisfaction and Engagement Once Again Linked to Financial Success

The Peformance Improvement

Still another study , recently published by The Forum at Northwestern University, supports the notion that satisfied and engaged employees are essential to the financial success of companies. Dr. James Oakley , now Associate Professor of Marketing at UNC Charlotte's Belk College of Business, led this comprehensive study of these factors across a sample of 100 media companies. They used R.A.

PowerPoint and Prezi

Dont Waste Your Time

If you’re a PowerPoint user, whatever level, and have thought about using Prezi but have been unsure of making the switch, then those lovely folks at Prezi have made it easier for you to get started – why not import your existing PowerPoint slides into Prezi and spice them up? Go on, give it a try. will if you will? Thanks to James Clay and Bex Ferriday for sharing the video.

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.

3D Virtual Worlds are NOT Dead, Dying or Disappearing

Kapp Notes

There are many reasons by I believe that virtual worlds are not dead, dying or disappearing. Here are three indicators that I see. Classes in 3D Worlds and About 3D Worlds. First contrary to the belief of many, Second Life is not dead or dying. Last night I had the pleasure of traveling to Randy Hinrich’s Virtual World Certificate Class for 2012 in their Winter Thinkfest. Version 2.0

What the flip?

Learning with e's

Everywhere I look I'm seeing 'Flip teaching' or 'Flipped classroom'. There's a lot of hype about this 'flipping' idea and it's getting me flipping irritated. What does flipping actually involve? Does anyone know, or is the term being misused or misrepresented? Even Aaron Sams, a highly visible proponent of the flipped movement admits that the term is ambiguous. Well, dip me in mayonnaise.

Adobe Captivate: Custom Cursors Anyone?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    A student in a recent  online Captivate class  asked me if it was possible to create a custom mouse cursor for a Captivate eLearning lesson. Sadly, I had to tell the student that it wasn't possible. While you cannot create cursor files (CUR's) within Captivate, you can easily create your own, and you can find a bunch of cursor images on the web. For

Overcome Your Formal Education with Unschooling

Bottom-Line Performance

How many years of formal education have you received in your life? We like to think we are pretty smart, but what did we really learn? The technological advances of the industrial revolution created huge demand for a certain type of individual: follows instructions, sticks to procedure, generates predictable results, easy to manage. Ever wonder why? You risk ridicule, even failure.

Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI

Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!

10 things to remember about social learning (and the use of social media for learning)

Jane Hart

Yesterday I listened into the #lscon Twitter stream for Learning Solutions conference in Orlando, Florida. There was some discussion about social learning, so I tweeted a few thoughts myself. I’ve been asked to repeat them in a blog post here, so here are some of my tweets plus a few more points. As  I’m not constrained by 140 characters I’ve added a few more words to some of them. Social learnin

Pinterest, what’s the fuss?

Dont Waste Your Time

In the fast-paced world of Internet start-ups and social media companies Pinterest has been around for a couple of years already. It has however gained a lot of interest in the past few months after high profile names start using it, and a slightly dubious legal issue it needs to address (more later). But, what is Pinterest ? ” Does that make sense? Be Creative. Give Credit. Web 3.0

TED Gets into Education in a Much Bigger Way!

Kapp Notes

TED, the organization that brings thought provoking and exciting talks to the web and around the world (a group is doing a TEDx event to Bloomsburg.more later) is launching the idea of TEDEd. It’s a wonderful idea. They are teaming up animators with master instructors to create engaging content to teach specific targeted concepts. The quick videos are designed to gain attention and education.

Infographic: How To Train Your Employees To Handle Your Social Media

Mindflash

Social media consultants can be an expensive addition to your business. But in this day and age, no company can operate without a sound social plan. Despite the swanky pitches you may receive from pros, your best social media team might actually be your current workforce. But how can you find your company’s natural social media rockstars and get your entire team on board with your goals?

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.

Adobe RoboHelp: Synonyms Made Easy

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    One of the most often used areas of any Help System is Search. And since Search is created automatically when you generate a layout, there's nothing the RoboHelp author has to do to make Search available for the user. Search does have one main drawback for the user. failed Search is a missed opportunity for both you and the user. We offer a live, online class.

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Learning, learners and logistics

Clive on Learning

For some time now I have settled on a simple three stage approach for gathering the information I need in order to come up with a design for learning. It seems to work at a micro level, say designing a short e-learning module, as well as from a wider perspective, such as scoping out a learning architecture. The three Ls. checked this out on Google and could come up with no obvious online reference to this method in short or long form, but I'm sure there's someone reading this who can pinpoint the source. What, if any, learning is required to support this change in performance.

Libraries without walls

Learning with e's

I recently wrote about how libraries are adapting to the digital age. The traditional library is viewed by many as a place for stacks of books to gather dust, and where stern librarians in tweed jackets tell you to keep quiet. Libraries are shaking off this image, and embracing new technologies and approaches to support learning in the 21st Century. Unported License.

eLearning Content Proofreading: Don’t Trust Anything

Upside Learning

The other day, a colleague came up to me and asked me the how the word “sam-ma-ree” is spelt, which didn’t leave me surprised, floored, dumbfounded, or any of those adjectives. What was entertaining though, in an otherwise mundane day, was the bemused look on his face. The spellchecker thought the word Summery was perfectly fine. Well, it was, and it is. Do you?

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Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

Thinking About Social Media

Kapp Notes

One thing about Social Media is that new technologies claiming to be a new form of Socail Media are being introduced almost daily. To help determine if a new technology qualifies as Social Media or not, Li and Benoff (2008) in their book Groundswell created a list of questions to consider when determining if technology should be included as Knowledge Media. Ask these questions when evaluating how effective a new piece of software will be in terms of enhancing the exchange of knowledge within an organization: Does it enable people to connect with each other in new ways? Is sign up effortless?

Global Poll Reveals Key Trends in e-Learning Design

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

In a recent online event, we polled hundreds of course designers spread throughout Australia, Europe and USA with four simple questions. The results are quite interesting. Question 1. In your experience, over the past several years, are customer budgets per hour of eLearning increasing, decreasing or remaining about the same? Figure 1: Poll Results on E-Learning Budgets Per Hour of Seat Time Question 2. What level of interactivity do clients expect in the courses you deisgn? Figure 2: Poll Results on Level of Interactivity Clients Want Question 3.

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PowerPoint 2010: Turn Off Picture Compression

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  You may not realize it but PowerPoint is lowering the quality of the images in your presentations. By default, PowerPoint is set to compress the images in your files. In  In most cases compressing the images is a good idea because smaller images mean smaller overall presentations. In some cases however, you may wish to maximize the image quality. PowerPoint