September, 2012

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PowerPoint: Create an Infographic

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  If you need to create an Infographic, there are better programs than PowerPoint that you could use. Photoshop would be a good choice, or maybe Fireworks. That being said, PowerPoint is likely on your office computer right now. Additionally, PowerPoint is often underutilized as a design platform and is surprisingly agile. First you'll need to design your infographic.

4 Key Emerging Trends in LMS

Upside Learning

More than 2 years back, I had carried out a SWOT analysis of the LMS to get some understanding on the LMS scenario. Today, after the rapid evolution of the LMS – hastened by several factors, right from the inclusion of social learning tools, to an ever increasing need for usability – many things have changed, and still continue to change, in the LMS. 1.Cloud Based LMS. 3.Gamification.

6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012

Bottom-Line Performance

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard by now that mobile learning is no longer the next big thing – it IS the big thing. Here is a quick breakdown of the mobile learning trends you need to be watching. All of these trends saw significant uptake in 2012… and look to continue. 1. mLearning in the classroom…and in the workplace. The best part? Snack learning”.

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Ideas About Games and Learner Assessment

Kapp Notes

Just read an article in our local newspaper that indicated the state of Pennsylvania spent $30 million dollars last year on testing. It kinda made me sick…especially since fill-in-the-blank testing only really has value when measuring a person’s ability to be successful at fill-in-the-blank tests, no real-world application. Games would be so much better at teaching application. Games

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The power of one

E-Learning Provocateur

A lifetime ago I worked in an office that, like most others, had a tacit dress code. A tie was not mandatory unless you were meeting clients; otherwise a collared shirt and sensible slacks (or a nice blouse and a long-enough skirt) sufficed. Then the next week, more people were in their civvies. You would look very strange indeed if you turned up in a suit. Are you using it? Ironic, eh?

The Mobile Learning Ecosystem I – 10 Important Questions

Upside Learning

Mobile technology penetration is racing ahead in the corporate workplace, with the BYOD (bring your own device) movement affecting companies in varied ways. During some time off earlier this month, I’ve been ruminating how a ‘mobile learning ecosystem’ evolves in an organization; here are ten questions I asked. Thought you might find them interesting. value for the learning ecosystem).

Over-teaching experts and under-teaching novices

Clive on Learning

No two learners are the same. There are seven billion people in the world each with their own unique life experiences, which have in turn shaped their aspirations, their personality, their attitudes, their preferences and their capabilities. It goes without saying that one of the greatest mistakes we can make as designers of learning experiences is to treat them all as if they were the same. The most common manifestation of this, in my experience, is to provide the same solution for those with a great deal of prior knowledge as for those who are relative beginners. These are the extremes.

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Three Views on #Gamification

Kapp Notes

Here are three different and sometimes opposing views of Gamification. You probably have seen this all before but I thought it was worth bringing them together in one location. The first is by Jesse Schell at the 2010 DICE conference. Here is a view from Amy Jo Kim. Her view is to look at Gamification as more of a Journey. Gamification is B t. Games

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.

Students and Information Technology 2012 #edtech #eLearning #educause

Dont Waste Your Time

The Educause Centre for Applied Research (ECAR) has recently published their “ ECAR Study of UNdergarduates and Information Technology, 2012 ” report. The report summary has the following key points and recommendations: Key Findings. Blended-learning environments are the norm; students say that these environments best support how they learn. ECAR Recommends. grades).

Barriers to Implementing Mobile Learning

Social Learning

Oh, those fateful words. The ones that you wish you could call back and place deep in the confines of your brain, as far away from consciousness as possible: “In my next blog I’ll discuss some of the challenges related to mobile learning development, and suggest some solutions.” What a blithe, naïve promise. Woe is [.] mobile learning barriers

The power of one

E-Learning Provocateur

A lifetime ago I worked in an office that, like most others, had a tacit dress code. A tie was not mandatory unless you were meeting clients; otherwise a collared shirt and sensible slacks (or a nice blouse and a long-enough skirt) sufficed. Then the next week, more people were in their civvies. You would look very strange indeed if you turned up in a suit. Are you using it? Ironic, eh?

An Unfinished Election Game (Or, you can’t win everything all of the time)

Twitterpated with Learning

I started creating a serious game during maternity leave that is likely going to remain unfinished now that I’m back to work full-time. However, I did want to at least capture some of my thoughts about the project here. Essentially, I was just looking for a fun project to help maintain my sense of sanity while taking care of my newborn son. Newborns. Cute, but not always good for my sanity. Sorry.

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Learning videos - anyone can do them, but that doesn't make them easy

Clive on Learning

Last week I explained why video trumps e-learning , at least in certain situations. A lot has been said about why video has become so much more accessible in recent years: Video cameras have dropped in price like a stone. In fact, you don't really need a specialist video camera, when you can record in HD on a mobile phone, a compact camera or a DSLR. Some of these cameras work really well in low light, removing or at least reducing the need for professional lighting. remember clearly 30 years ago when I joined a specialist corporate video production company. Unfortunately, not really. video

Think Like a Game Designer–Playtest

Kapp Notes

Here is a great video aimed at getting game designers to consider the concept of playtesting in the design of video games. In instructional design “talk” we call it formative evaluation. Take a look at the video and see if the instruction interventions you create could somehow benefit from playtesting (hint, they can). ” Design Games

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Is MOOC Suitable For Corporate & Workplace Learning?

Upside Learning

The MobiMOOC is now in its second week and there have been some very interesting discussions happening there. Personally, it’s been a great experience getting to understand the very diverse opinions and views. If you’ve not joined in yet I’d urge you to do so by joining the Google Groups here. Some prominent ones that come to mind are – Coursera , edx , Udacity. Look forward to your thoughts.

Barriers to Implementing Mobile Learning

Social Learning

Oh, those fateful words. The ones that you wish you could call back and place deep in the confines of your brain, as far away from consciousness as possible: “In my next blog I’ll discuss some of the challenges related to mobile learning development, and suggest some solutions.”. What a blithe, naïve promise. Woe is me! But this raises some other issues, discussed below. Compatibility.

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.

Video: Education Technology is the Future of Education?

Dont Waste Your Time

I came across this great video over the weekend, posted by Brian Kotts ( @ iEducator ). I was not aware  that the Norwegian and Swedish education systems were as good as is reported on this post : “When policy makers support and cooperate with practitioners, schools prosper and do well. Let us take an example of educational research. ” YouTube: The Future Start Now (2012 ed).

John Traxler with questions on the global impact of #mobile devices #mobimooc

Ignatia Webs

Yesterday was again an enlightening day at MobiMOOC. The webinar on the global impact of mobile devices was given by John Traxler, focusing on some of the ethical and philosopical issues surrounding the global impact of using mobile devices that are manufactured in the North and bring the Northern pedagogy to all regions of the world. mobile mLearning mobile learning mooc mobimooc presentation

On the brink with mobile– what learning executives say

Allison Rossett

Words without actions. Words without actions. That’s how I described the status of mobile learning in an article  in eLearn magazine ten months ago. My point then was that mobile offers immense potential for learning and support but that it is not yet making much of a difference in the enterprise. Performance support and mobile devices only rarely appeared in the organizational playbook they described. As we look at more recent data, we find an uptick for performance support, in general, but not yet for mobile delivery. Things, finally, are changing. Now, This is what they said.

#Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Blog Book Tour Recap

Kapp Notes

The blog book tour for The Gamification of Learning and Instruction has come to an end. I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the tour. THANK YOU! THANKS TO EVERYONE. The tour has really brought the subject of gamification to light and provided both pros of gamification and highlighted the cons of gamification. One of the most exciting thing about the tour was the unscheduled stops. Stops.

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.

Embedded Ubiquitous Learning

Upside Learning

We struggle to come to terms with the volumes of information that stream past us each day. More and more, we depend on digital agents to help us navigate that ‘data stream’ and glean information from it, and then to make sense of it. The agent might even be distributed across varied computing platforms accessing multiple resources. You could turn a table into a computer.

Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

eLearning 24-7

Tools these days come in three flavors. Geared toward e-learning developers and instructional designers. Geared towards the masses. combination of both. Authoring Tools for developers. The biggest problem facing the industry in the past few years are the lack of course authoring tools for e-learning developers and instructional designers. Celtix - Enables you to create storyboards and scripts.

I’ve been bot-bombed!

E-Learning Provocateur

Just as I was getting excited about reaching the 2,000 follower milestone on Twitter, I suddenly jumped to 26,000 followers. No. I’m not that popular. Smelling a giant stinking rat, I perused my follower list and saw that I was being followed by the likes of @TAKAKOD8STIN and @ELKEg00CALL. Brilliant. I was afraid this might happen one day. Why did it happen? I do not know. Unlikely. Hardly.

Two days before free, open, online #mLearning course #MobiMOOC launches

Ignatia Webs

Okay, I admit, as organizer of MobiMOOC I am at this point feeling both very anxious ("I will never get everything done in time!), blissfully excited ("Oh my, so many wonderful people have joined!") and definitely nervous ("I sure hope everything will work. crossing fingers"). We are with 526 registered participants already, from all around the world (only Alaska is not represented as a continent).

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.