December, 2011

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Instructional Game Projects

Kapp Notes

As I begin to reflect upon this year coming to a close, I have to admit that I am pretty excited about two instructional game projects of which I have been involved. Here are videos describing each project. You can link here for additional information. You can link here for additional information. Design Education Gamers Games Games video games

What eLearning Should Learn From Games

Upside Learning

There sure are lot of learning design community folks who love to play digital games. It’s always interesting to hear gamers talk about why they play certain genres of games and what aspects of those games they love. What is even more impressive is the passion and motivation that gets individuals to play these games. Watching him learn to play and master the game has been quite a revelation.

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

eLearning 24-7

Every year, I identify five trends that I am seeing in the industry as a whole, and forecast on where they will be heading throughout the year. In 2011, I saw quite a few items that resonated. They involved talent management, “hello and goodbye” with vendors, social learning, upswing in mobile learning, new feature sets in the authoring tool space, flat lining in web conferencing and standalone platforms. LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. Here now are five trends and their respected forecasts. ” The Future. #1. Boring.

20 Signs of Employee Disengagement

The Peformance Improvement

Employee engagement seems to be the current hot topic of survey organizations. Gallup , Mercer , BlessingWhite , and others are regularly conducting national and international studies of engagement. It’s interesting to discover from these surveys that roughly 30% of employees indicate that they are engaged in their work. You don’t need an organization-wide survey to answer this question.

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

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Massively scalable training

Clive on Learning

Some fantastic progress has been made recently in realising the concept of massively scalable education. You've probably already heard plenty about the Khan Academy , which has contributed to the maths education of millions, as well as the free online courses being run by faculty at Stanford University. An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence , led by Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun, attracted some 160,000 enquiries, of which 25,000 or more have made it through to its conclusion. Interested as I am in all this, my work is not in education, it is in training. There is, of course, an overlap.

The Biggest Myths in Learning and Development

Absorb LMS

In the early 1960s, philosopher Abraham Kaplan and psychologist Abraham Maslow independently described the idea that being in possession of  an instrument affects our perception. The idea, now commonly called the Law of the Instrument, is illustrated in the phrase  ”if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” . ” . False. He may know how I should do this task.”

Two Software Tools for Creating Simulations

Kapp Notes

Here are two tools that can be used for creating effective and engaging simulations. Let me know of other tools. SimWriter. Screen Capture from SimWriter simulation creation software. What started as a tool for internal simulation development is now a patented authoring tool available to license and use for your own e-learning simulation development. It is now on version 3.0 CodeBaby.

A Refreshing Take on User Experience Design

Upside Learning

I recently came across a blog-post by Susan Weinschenk which provides a quick overview of ideal user experience guidelines from a psychologist’s point of view. The article addresses a diverse set of user experience guidelines and standards and consists of some really practical and useful tips which can and ought to be implemented right away. Progressive Disclosure ). People need feedback.

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Ruth Clark: eLearning and the Science of Instruction: A 10 Year Retrospection

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from December 13, 2011: eLearning Guild Thought Leaders Webinar Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer’s book e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning – now in its 3rd edition. An expert in evidence-based elearning – author of seven books! Ruth@clarktraining.com Let’s reflect back on the three editions of the book – what’s stayed the same and what’s changed? Technology has changed! Smart phone…search functions…facebook/web 2.0…gaming…the gaming…the cloud. And what’s happened in your own life – new job?

Data is Not Knowledge

The Peformance Improvement

I like this quote by the Swedish author Henning Mankell that appeared in a Sunday New York Times op-ed column titled “ The Art of Listening ”:  “. Many people make the mistake of confusing information with knowledge. They are not the same thing. Knowledge involves the interpretation of information. Knowledge involves listening. We are awash with data and information.

Where is the model for e-learning?

Clive on Learning

With most learning media, there is an expectation of how it should look and behave based on the mass media. We can benchmark what we do against 1000s of everyday examples. We can model our learning videos on what we see on TV and on YouTube. We can model podcasts on what we hear on the radio. We have endless examples from print media and the World Wide Web on which to model our text-based materials. And even when it comes to learning sims, we can relate what we see to our experiences with video games. As designers, we don't have that steady stream of everyday examples to give us inspiration.

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The Flipped Learning Revolution — Coming to a Brain Near You?

Social Learning

One of the concepts in training that has taken the biggest strides this year has been that of the “flipped classroom.” My colleague Jon Matejcek first covered it back in March in his article “ Online Academy Helps to Keep Lectures Where They Belong: Out of the Classroom.” Essentially, the idea is to upend the traditional teaching model of classroom lecture followed by personal practice at home.

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Flash for Instructional Game Development

Kapp Notes

There are several books that can help you to utilize Adobe’s Flash (which I know has a bad wrap due to Apple, however, it is still great for creating instructional games). Here is another interesting book, its a little older but still has some relevant information. The primary concepts covered include layering animation, integrating audio, drawing, tweening, and exporting.” Games

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Measuring And Evaluating Learning – The Top Skill For L&D Teams

Upside Learning

Recent research by ASTD and REED Learning reveals that measuring and evaluating learning is the top-most skill L&D teams are looking for. From the report, here is the list of top 10 skills in demand: How relevant do you think the following topics would be, as part of a qualification aimed at trainers and L&D practitioners? responses are in order). Measuring & Evaluating Learning. Delivering Learning. Designing Learning. Coaching Skills. Improving Performance. Facilitating Change. Consulting Skills. Managing an L&D Function. Career Planning & Talent Mgt. Knowledge Management.

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Adobe Captivate: Say Goodbye to the Mouse Click Sound

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    I received an SOS from a fellow Captivate developer who was having a hate-hate relationship with the mouse click sounds he was hearing in his Adobe Captivate demonstration. He told me he had spent over an hour trying to figure out how to disable the mouse-click sound, project-wide. Project-wide? shared it with him and now I'm going to share it with you.

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Re-Recruitment and Re-Engagement

The Peformance Improvement

Every new employee, whether a front-line worker or top level executive, comes to the job with a high level of excitement and a strong desire to do well. Then, sometime during their tenure in their companies, most cease being engaged and many start to look elsewhere for new opportunities. Companies cannot afford to have a disengaged workforce and lose their talent to competitors.

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.

Face-to-face is for special occasions

Clive on Learning

Ask yourself. What proportion of the music that you consume is at a live performance? Chances are it's something between 0 and 10%. What proportion of the drama that you watch is at the theatre, rather than at the cinema or on TV? I'd be surprised if it's more than a few percent. And what proportion of the sport you watch is in a stadium rather than on TV. You get the idea. And yet, there's a good possibility that those live events that you have attended - music, drama, sport or whatever - are among the most memorable occasions of your life. Perhaps even peak experiences.

A head teacher writes.

Learning with e's

We have had pencils in our school now for some time, and we were one of the first to adopt them, but it has been an uphill struggle. There aren't enough to go around, and often several of the children have to crowd around to use the pencils at the same time. But we are better off than many schools. And they were right, pencils are in fact a game changer. Even the parents are complaining. should be!

Great TED Video by David Perry: Are Games Better Than Life

Kapp Notes

Take a look at this interesting video about games and see if you agree. The points raised are interesting. Games Games video games

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The Mobile Internet Explosion In India

Upside Learning

Came across this really interesting presentation about the growth of mobile internet in India by Mashable here – Mostly Mobile: How the Internet Is Consumed in India [INFOGRAPHIC]. Three factoids that strike me as being interesting: 1. 71% of India’s population uses mobile phones – that is 858,370,000 individuals! 2.

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!

Content Curation: One More Role for an Enterprise Community Manager

ID Reflections

Faced with the tsunami of information, we are all floundering to find our way to content that actually matters. From setting up filters--both of the automated and human variety--to trying to make sense of what we find, we are in a fix, so to speak. Hence, we see the rise of content curators as a breed who will help us to make sense of this world of worldwideweb that has suddenly gone amuck. The scene within an enterprise is not much different. The lifespan of enterprises are declining rapidly. Arnold Waldstein puts it elegantly: I’mdreaming hard for a conversational-based reality online.

Must Watch: The best Prezi of the Year!

eLearning Acupuncture

A colleague of mine, Dr. Jean-Marie Muhirwa, recently returned back from the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) E-Learn 2011 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education held in Honolulu, Hawaii on 18-21 October 2011. If you are new to Prezi, then check their website out. There you go! If so, leave a comment below.

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Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning Projects to Watch for 2012

eFront

Nowadays small and medium size organizations (SMEs), educational institutions, and independent consultants struggle to adopt an expensive eLearning solution. Enjoy! Follow us on Twitter Join us on Facebook Connect with us on LinkedIn Free eLearning Resources Visit our channel on YouTube Top 10 open source eLearning project to watch for 2012 View more presentations from Christopher Pappas.

Content as curriculum?

Learning with e's

I think it's about time we reconsidered the way curricula in schools are presented. The tired, just in case model of curriculum just doesn't make sense anymore. Content is still very much king in schools, because 'content as curriculum' is easy and cost effective to deliver, and that is what most governments require and impose. But most teachers will tell you it's not the best approach. Web Googl

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.

Great TED Video by Tom Chatfield: 7 ways video games engage the brain

Kapp Notes

Here is a great TED Video that clearly details the ways that video games engage us, transfix us and compel us to action. Tom Chatfield also describes how video games are data collection machines and they are constantly collecting data on players. Imagine what a learner professional can do with all those data points in terms of improving learning and promoting behavioral change. Interesting stuff.

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Infographic: Which College Majors Lead To Higher Employment, Unemployment?

Mindflash

As students around the country continue to raise their voices against the rising costs of education, former students are also looking for work. But higher education doesn’t necessarily mean employment. In fact, many who study the more popular majors are having a hard time finding a job. Click image to enlarge). Online Training college education training unemployment

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Through the 70:20:10 Looking Glass

Performance Learning Productivity

This is the second of three posts adapted from articles written for Inside Learning Technologies & Skills magazine. The original has been published here. The third article will be posted here a little while after it has been published in the magazine for the Learning Technologies Conference and Exhibition in London 26-27 January 2012. In the first

Time Saver Tuesday - the 10ish Commandments of Screencasting

Visual Lounge

It's Tuesday so that means its time for some new Time Saver Tuesday tips! Up today we have a snippet from previous episode of The Forge. Today's tips are all about how to make your screencasts less awful! I met Dan Nunez when he attended ScreencastCamp earlier this year. One of the sessions he led was called the '10 Commandments of Screencasting '. It was a big hit. Honor your resolution.

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.

Profile of a learning architect: Dick Moore

Clive on Learning

Throughout my book The New Learning Architect I take time out to look at real-life examples of learning architects in action. In this final profile, w e look at the work of a learning architect who has worked within what is very much a top-down learning environment and on a very large scale. Dick’s work at learndirect helped to ensure 2.8 Since 2000 it has used technology to enable more than 2.8

Writing Multiple-Choice Questions for Higher-level Thinking by Mike Dickinson

Learning Solutions Magazine

Multiple-choice questions don’t get a lot of respect from some instructional designers when it comes to evaluating higher-level thinking. However, these questions can be effective if the designer knows how to write them. Here is your guide to creating meaningful multiple-choice items. Assessment Blended Evaluation Getting Started Instructional Design

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Great TED Video by Salman Khan

Kapp Notes

The man who created Khan Academy talks about education in this thought provoking video. Education

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5 Stages of Workplace Learning (Revisited)

Jane Hart

Back in May 2010 I posted a diagram that I had created that showed what I considered to be the 5 stages of Workplace Learning.  My ITA colleague, Jay Cross, re-worked it so that I looked like this. Social learning

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.

Authentic Learning

Clark Quinn

This week, #change11 is being hosted by Jan Herrington (who I had the pleasure of meeting in West Australia many years ago; highly recommended). It’s an interesting program; very international, and somewhat non-traditional. Overall, the presentations were quite well done. Despite some small variation in quality and one very unique approach to the problem, I was impressed with the coherence of the presentations and the solidity of the outcomes. Some were very clearly uniquely innovative new ideas that would benefit the firm. and provided live feedback. design meta-learning

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The Six Hats of a Community Manager

ID Reflections

In my previous post, I wrote about the tenets of communitymanagement based on my learnings from the past 6 months. In this post, I wantto talk about the different hats that we need to don as community managers.This was well put in the diagram by Andy Wibbels which you can see in this post called Inside the Mind of a Community Manager.It graphically represents a number of things a community manager needs to be aware of in her/his role. In my post, I want to explore all the "hats" a community manager needs to wear to execute her role. What we are asking for is a behaviour change.

eLearning and PowerPoint: Usage Survey

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  I've heard from several eLearning developers expressing their frustration over being given lackluster PowerPoint presentations and asked to magically transform them into effective and engaging eLearning lessons and courses. Are  Are you in the same boat? Perhaps you are creating the PowerPoint presentations as well? Maybe (gasp) you're the one creating the lackluster presentations? Amongst my own office, opinions often differ when taking into consideration the presentation delivery goal and mode as to what constitutes a good presentation.

Editing Images with PowerPoint

Integrated Learnings

By Joseph Suarez. Sometimes an eLearning course needs to be enhanced with an image , but finding the right one can be a chore in itself. It’s frustrating to locate an image only to find it just isn’t quite right. In these cases, it’s possible to tweak the image with a graphics editor. However, newer versions add more abilities and previously hard-to-find options are more prominent. Resize. Rotate.

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

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An Open LMS: CourseKit

Kapp Notes

A while back I posted on Facebook that LMSs were prisons for content because they tended to keep content inaccessible and unavailable for quick easy access. Well now their is a new kind of LMS that uses a Facebook type interface to conduct academic business. It’s called CourseKit. CourseKit instructor page. The concept is radical on two levels. billion.) Web 2.0 community

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Learning in Wonderland: the untapped potential of workplace learning

Performance Learning Productivity

This is the first of three posts adapted from articles I have written for Inside Learning Technologies & Skills magazine. This article appeared in November 2011.  The second and third articles will be posted here a little while after they have been published in the magazine. I’ve taken Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a theme for the series. The illustrations here are Sir John Tenniel’s