December, 2011

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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.

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.

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

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?

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.”

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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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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Customer Training Completion Rates

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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.

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.

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.

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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Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

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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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

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!

50 Posts and Articles that Made Me Think in 2011

ID Reflections

Inspired by JaneHart’s Top100 Articles of 2011 , I thought I should put down at least the top 50 thathas made me reflect and ponder in the past one year, has changed the way I dothings and shaped quite a bit of my work-life decisions. Not all the posts havebeen written in 2011, but since I either stumbled across them in 2011 or readthem with greater appreciation this year, I thought it fair to include these inthe list. have divided them across five categories for easy reference. From the categories, you willbe able to see what has influenced me the most in the past one year. approaches?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.