December, 2012

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eLearning & Gamification: The Octalysis Framework

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  After covering gamification in a few articles, I've been getting lots of feedback requesting more information. I've been doing a bit of research recently and came across the  Yu-kai Chou  & Gamification Blog. If you're interested in gamification in general, you should definitely add this blog to your RSS feed. What is the Octalysis Framework?

How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century—A Revision

Social Learning

I was asked by Wendy Kirkpatrick to remove the copyrighted Kirkpatrick diagrammatic model from my original blog post, How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century. This revised post includes a step-by-step table as a replacement for that diagram. think the table actually makes the process easier to understand. Even though many [.]

8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning

mLearning Revolution

2012 has been an amazing year for mobile! This year we have seen technology companies introduce a myriad of mobile devices of all sizes, prices and operating systems. In 2012 Apple announced the iPhone 5, two new iPads and the new iPad mini; Google unveiled their first tablet, the nexus 7 and later the 10″ version; Amazon gave us three Kindle Fire HD tablets. iPhone) and Android (e.g.

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

eLearning 24-7

Well here it is, the final countdown. Other final countdowns: Europe – great song, but really how many times can you listen to “it’s the final countdown” Movie starring Kirk Douglas, Charlie Sheen – “The Final Countdown”, the navy goes back in time before Dec. 7, 1941 – great movie. Unlimited portals. TinCan with online/offline synch. SCORM compliant.

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.

Mobile Enables Informal Learning

Upside Learning

Last week I was at the eLearning Network’s 25th Birthday Bash in London. It was a fantastic event with some great speakers and an opportunity to learn drumming. spoke (for 5 min) on how mobile enables informal learning. Here’s a summary of my talk. Informal Learning. One of the challenge L&D staff has had is to understand Informal Learning and what can they do something about it.

How to Use a Learning Management System for Performance Support

Absorb LMS

About a dozen years ago, learning and development professionals thought performance support was bigger than Tom Hanks , Meryl Streep , and The Beatles all rolled into one. Conferences about performance support were filled to capacity. Help authoring tools such as Robohelp and Doc-to-Help were selling like hotcakes. Electronic performance support support systems (EPSS) were the rage.

eLearning & Gamification: Apply the Octalysis Framework to Your Training

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  Last week I gave a pretty in-depth explanation of  Yu-kai Chou's Octalysis Framework  that I thought might be useful if you'd like to incorporate gamification into your eLearning courses. So far I have mostly covered what the Octalysis is and how it is set up. Now I'd like to get into how you can apply this to your own course. Here's another example.

How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century—A Revision

Social Learning

I was asked by Wendy Kirkpatrick to remove the copyrighted Kirkpatrick diagrammatic model from my original blog post, How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century. This revised post includes a step-by-step table as a replacement for that diagram. think the table actually makes the process easier to understand. According to Donald L. Level 2. Level 3. Level 4.

The Future of E-Learning in 2013

LearnDash

Picture from insidehighered.com. As the year comes to an end, I find myself looking at the emerging trends in our industry, particularly in regards to e-learning. Arguably the most exciting advancement is the new Tin-Can API as we move away from the clunky SCORM protocols of the past. But what is in store for our industry in 2013, or even the medium to long term? This leaves a lot to be desired.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

eLearning 24-7

I love the end of the year. It enables you to look back and see the triumphs, the disappointments, the good and the bad. Many people look back and are amazed. Others look back and say “What if I did that” or “What if…”   It is always a half full/half empty experience. Thankfully, rather than just one person looking back and seeing what happened, we can all do so. .

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Technology Options for Developing and Leveraging Staff Knowledge and Skills

Connect Thinking

Question from a client: Our staff need to be agile in knowledge and skill development to thrive in an environment of ever faster change. What are the technology options for different states in skill and knowledge? Of course, foundation knowledge or skills should always be couched in learner’s context so that they can understand how the information relates to them.

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.

Transforming learning and development

Clive on Learning

Over on the Onlignment blog, I have, throughout 2012, been setting out a model for a transformation in workplace learning and development. started the series by arguing the case for transformation. Establishing a learning architecture and infrastructure that recognises these unique characteristics. Putting in place processes for improved performance needs analysis and blended solution design.

Adobe Captivate 6: Delivering Standalone eLearning Lessons

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    I recently received an email from a new Captivate developer who had delivered an eLearning lesson to a client via email attachment. The client informed the developer that he could not open the email attachment since he didn't own Adobe Captivate. If you decide to publish a SWF, the learner will use a web browser to access the lesson.

LMS Switching Guide – A Free eBook!

Upside Learning

There are things that are easy to do, and then there are a few that are easier said than done. Switching to a new LMS, for most organizations, belongs to the latter. We have addressed various areas in LMS switching on our blog earlier. Titled ‘LMS Switching Guide’ , this free eBook is a start to end guide on LMS switching. Understanding the components of the LMS switching process.

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Learning Attitudes #eLearning

Dont Waste Your Time

Credit to Joachim Stroh on Google+ for this graphic, in honour of the post by Euan Semple called “ Dumbing down and victimhood “: Euan’s original post states: “I have to confess I get frustrated when people complain about technology dumbing us down. Related posts: The Growth of Distance Learning #eLearning. eLearning Learning. The Future of Learning in a Networked Society.

A Course to Remember: Facilitating Memory Retention in eLearning

B Online Learning

Instructional designers are interested in the question “How do people learn?”. This is not an easy question to answer because there are so many factors involved in the learning process—motivation, environment, ability and so on. In this post I would like to take the question one step further to ask “How do people retain what [.].

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.

Course-of-the-Month Club: Using a Learning Management System to Sell Subscriptions to Learning Content

Absorb LMS

It seems as if almost every organization I speak to wants to use a learning management system (LMS) in a different way. One company I recently met with uses a magazine subscription-like business model to sell bundles of courses: A customer signs up for an annual subscription. The person immediately gets access to some courses. This continues monthly until the subscription expires after 12 months.

Mexico City Workshop Materials

Kapp Notes

Had a great time in Mexico City and really enjoyed meeting everyone, presenting on games and gamification. Here are the slides from the presentation. Introductory Slides. Introduction to Workshop for Grupo Salinas from Karl Kapp. Here are the slides about different game types. Game Type Slides. from Karl Kapp. Here are the game design document slides. Creating a Game Design Document from Karl Kapp.

Adobe Captivate 6: Best Practices for Creating Compliant eLearning

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    Several years ago I was in Canada teaching Captivate for a large Toronto-based company. We were just getting ready to cover the accessible features found in Captivate when I was informed that I could skip the section because Canadians were not required to create accessible content. I was surprised that the Canadian government had not addressed the issue of compliance (compliance is often a requirement in the United States), but I skipped the section as requested. If you work in the United States, or create eLearning content for a U.S. Slide accessibility text.

Learning On Tablets At Emirates Airlines

Upside Learning

It can be quite hard to find examples of tablets being leveraged for performance and learning in the public domain. Most companies are quite cagey about how they are using tablets and related technology for learning; to be honest, I don’t see why, but that is another matter altogether. Quite interesting to see an actual EPSS that works on a tablet. The rollout involves about 1000 devices.

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!

How Students Learn

Dont Waste Your Time

While we may think we know ‘how students learn’, do we? ” I’ll sit on the fence on this one: while there may be some positive benefits to these kinds of games I’m not sure if they outweigh the negative? Science practicals … “isn’t always as effective as it may appear on the surface.” Related posts: Games for Learning Infographic.

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Eulogy for a long lost love, lost, no networks for the lonely

Ignatia Webs

Last week my ex-partner died. Tina Vanbiervliet , a ferocious painter and artist. We lived together for 7 years, but it was already 10 years ago that we departed our ways. heard the news only yesterday. She was found days after being dead. In her small apartment covered with paintings. Murals on every wall including the ceiling. Her dog next to her. She took her own life. Painting. Your mind.

Mixing it up in MOOCs

Enspire Learning

The New York Times declared this The Year of the MOOC. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are a fantastic innovation in distance education: university-level courses free to the masses. People are flocking to them by the thousands … and then dropping out of them… by the thousands! know this, yet I’m a habitual MOOC dropout. I’ve tried three times now. We dropped out together.

User Experience Design – What it Is / What it Isn’t

Social Learning

Are you one who scowls at confusing signage on the highway? Reprimand your laptop when filling out unclear online forms? Scoff at designs that don’t communicate efficiently? You, my friend, are a victim of bad user experience design, and you’re not alone. I’m not an angry person or an overly anal person, but I just take notice of dysfunctional design in the physical and digital world. optional.

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.

Raptivity Bags an Award in Mauritius

Raptivity

We are pleased to share with you the news of Raptivity being conferred the award of ‘Best Rapid eLearning Tool’ under the Best in Class Technologies group by the Africa Learning & Development Leadership Awards 2012. The award programme was [.]. Award raptivity 2012 accomplishments and recognitions Africa Learning & Development Leadership Awards Best Rapid eLearning Tool Kalleo People Grou

The Pulse of Mobile Learning

Allison Rossett

A faint pulse today. Most of what is said and written about mobile learning and support  touts potential and points to the future. Current studies confirm a faint pulse for mobile in enterprise learning today. first noticed this enthusiasm-action gap when colleague Jim Marshall and I  surveyed workplace learning professionals about their learning technology practices. To our surprise, even in this professionally active sample, only 4% said they were using mobile to deliver learning and support in their organizations. ” Most were not. Only a very few hands hoisted proudly. Consider mobile.

What is a Learning Technologist (part 8)?

Dont Waste Your Time

2012 has been a challenging and adventurous year for me and I planned to round it off with another post in my series of “What is a Learning Technologist” articles (this is number 8 – read the others from the list here ). To some this is familiar and you’re nodding in appreciation of what I’ve done and put my famly through. They need to find answers. part 3).

End of a personal era at the Institute of Tropical Medicine

Ignatia Webs

Today is my last day at the Institute of Tropical Medicine. After a wonderfully inspiring six years, I am clearing out my office and preparing myself to set sail for a new professional horizon. Happy endings, and wishing you all inspiring new beginnings in 2013! education ITM future

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.

Five Drivers to Organisational Learning

Connect Thinking

There are so many contributing factors to successful organisational learning. I’ve been thinking through what might be the top 5. Importantly to note, two are intrinsic to the individual, two are extrinsic, and only one of the five requires a specific learning intervention. let’s take a look at these, and our role in promoting these drivers. 1. Curiosity (intrinsic). Time (extrinsic).

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The Genericization Of Content

Upside Learning

This proliferation of devices is having a strange ‘dumbing-down’ effect on a lot of the eLearning courseware being created right now. We are starting to ‘genericize’ content, it is starting to look the same, feel the same, and function in a similar manner. Whatever happened to those interactive engaging pieces of courseware that made one go ‘cool, I like this’; not much of that to be seen.

Top 100 Tools for Learning in 2013

OpenSesame

You don’t have to go it alone. Online tools will help you find collaborators, stay organized, build community and get creative in the new year. We’ve scoured the web for the top 100 tools available to help you do what you dream in 2013. Right Content Revolution

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When is eLearning a Smart Management Decision?

Social Learning

I was asked recently to define situations where eLearning is a smart management decision over the same course in an instructor-led training (ILT)  format. There There is a tremendous amount of information available about the advantages of eLearning as a delivery method, but there is not a whole lot devoted to this particular question. decided to poll some of [.]

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5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget

In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.

Why do we choose to learn online?

Dont Waste Your Time

While this infographic covers the ‘ Profile of an online student ‘ the stats that interested me the most are those below, about why they chose to study online: Reasons include: Lower costs. Study anywhere, any time. “Earn while you Learn” Accelerated learning. Lack of internal motivation – again, not the learning or learning materials at fault. For others, maybe not.

5 Call for #papers on #mLearning, #MOOC and #eLearning

Ignatia Webs

Having finished my draft thesis to submit for review, I am ready to dive into the call for papers and … get some abstracts in. Here are some of the calls that got into my mailbox. EdMedia 2013 – World Conference on Educational Media and Technology Deadline for submissions : 12 December 2012 Conference dates : 24 – 28 June 2013 Location: Victoria, British Colombia, Canada. 2007).

Managing Change in Organisational Learning: Part 1

Connect Thinking

Question from client: What do we need to think about to manage the change associated with introducing technology into our learning strategy? This is such a big topic that I thought I would respond over a series of blog posts. Today I’ll make comment on three broad questions. For end users to adopt technology, they must perceive that the return to do so is greater than their effort.

Santa is here to Stay

Raptivity

Team Raptivity is getting infected with the holiday spirit. The music, lights and food are more exciting. What more to say? This is the time of the year we all wait to meet and greet our near and dear ones [.]. Uncategorized 2013 Christmas festivities Friends and family holiday season New Year Team Raptivity

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How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy

A staggering 80% of sales professionals report they don’t remember or implement their lessons from annual sales kickoff meetings.Our new publication, available below, explores how companies can avoid costly mistakes in sales training.

Insights: Assessment is changing

Clive on Learning

This post continues my commentary to the Learning Insights 2012 Report produced by Kineo for e.learning age magazine. The eighth of ten 'insights' is that ‘Assessment is changing', in the sense that assessment of knowledge is not enough - it is performance that matters. By and large, employers are not really interested in their employees having knowledge; they want them to be able to fulfil their job responsibilities, and to do that they must be competent. The best way to measure competence is through observation of actual job behaviour, something which most managers do routinely. Simple.

When is eLearning a Smart Management Decision?

Social Learning

I was asked recently to define situations where eLearning is a smart management decision over the same course in an instructor-led training (ILT)  format. There There is a tremendous amount of information available about the advantages of eLearning as a delivery method, but there is not a whole lot devoted to this particular question. Situation: Your audience is geographically diverse.