March, 2012

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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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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.

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.

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. That was never how it was applied in the classroom though. What about you?

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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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).

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”.

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?

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.

‘Out of Office’ emails put to good use

Dont Waste Your Time

Email is still the foundation of modern business communication and we use it all day, very day (even weekends and evenings for some). While some are lamenting its use and hailing its demise, the rest of us still use it because everyone we deal with still uses it. ” No one really wants to know you’ve booked two weeks holiday in somewhere warmer than they are. Image Source.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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 & eLearning: PhotoPin, a New Stock Photo Resource

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  I have previously written about  my favorite stock photo resources.    I've also posted about how to find  Google images you can actually use for commercial use.    In that same vein I'd like to present  Photopin , a new resource that may be useful in your search for budget-friendly stock photos. The photos are lifted from  Flickr  and are, by and large, Creative Commons  licensed. If, however, you would like to use the images in your eLearning, you will probably need images labeled for commercial use.

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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.

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.

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

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?

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

At the Water Cooler of Learning

KnowledgeStar

We have become obsessed with formal learning in the workplace. In our zeal to learn, we have transferred the formal model of learning into the collective mind of our corporations. Even e-learning is simply less-expensive formal learning at a distance. Our obsession began when we decided we were in the knowledge economy. We concluded that [.]. Education elearning Formal Learning Future of education future of learning Informal Learning Learning Social Learning Water Cooler Learning adopt and adapt definition of learning formal learning informal learning

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.

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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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

Campaign For Effective Elearning (#c4ee)

Upside Learning

Earlier this year Rob Hubbard chair of the eLearning Network launched a campaign for effective elearning at the Learning Technology 2012. With so much of mindless elearning being created around us everyday this is a welcome initiative. Here’s a video by Rob Hubbard explaining the campaign.