June, 2009

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Top 100 Learning Game Resources

Upside Learning

When writing the whitepaper about Casual games , I did a fair bit of research and looked at several hundred web links. While doing so, I documented a few of the better ones. I’d been mulling posting these to the blog. So here they are – a Top 100 Learning Game Resource list. If you are already developing learning games, these links will broaden your horizons, as they did mine. Educause.

Simulations and Learning how to run a "Code"

Kapp Notes

Taking a break from the Innovation in Learning workshop conducted at Johns Hopkins. My presentation at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center was a lot of fun. I got the chance to work with a great group of educators and demonstrate an interactive audience response system and several computer-based simulations. It was interesting. Here we are right before the simulated heart attack.

The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Think Small (Iterations, Action Maps, Storyboards, and Mini-Modules)

The Learning Generalist

We explored the waterfall approach towards elearning development in a prior post of this series. As you will notice in the above representation of the model, the issues are: Too much time gets spent in upfront design and planning when all of this is quite likely to change. Can we reduce flab in our analysis and design phase? Can we create more opportunities for customer feedback? Rapid Elearning?

When it's just so obvious NOT to train it's painful to watch it happen

Performance Learning Productivity

The amount of time, effort and money wasted on formal ILT training prior to rollout or upgrade of enterprise platforms (particularly ERM and CRM) and other new software systems is really quite amazing. Some managers and L&D people just don’t seem to get it. You might as well throw the money spent on these activities out the window. Training User Guides are quintessentially shelfware. Bingo!

How to Create a Customer Training Strategy

Want to develop an effective customer training strategy for your organization? Download this guide to learn some simple steps you can follow to set your team up for success. Click to download.

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Not Your Father’s ROI

Jay Cross

The July issue of Chief Learning Officer is now available online. It features an article in which Jon Husband and I delve into how to measure the impact of learning in the network era. Productivity in a Networked era: Not Your Father’s ROI. The industrial age has run out of steam. Look at General Motors. Look at Chrysler. The network era now replacing the industrial age holds great promise.

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The Secret - Get 100.000+ Followers On Twitter In 24 Hours!

ZaidLearn

". Would you like to get 16,000 Followers in 90 days & Make Money doing it? ".more more THE SECRET Why think so small! If you first want to think really big, you might as well go for it for real. mean what is 16,000 followers (and in 90 days, come on! Peanuts, man!), even if it is a targeted audience to your personal, or company needs to generate traffic and revenue. Please, tell me know!).

The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Agile Re-explained

The Learning Generalist

In my last post we looked at the problems with our existing approach to building elearning. In summary, the problems we noticed were: A lack of shared understanding within the team, about the the customer's learning problem. The high risk associated with not having generalists in the team. The delay in seeing working pieces of elearning. The time spent in creating documentation and in analysis.

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Welcome TechSmith's New Education Community Site

Visual Lounge

I'm happy to share some good news with you! My partner in crime, Dave McCollom , our Education Evangelist at TechSmith has just launched a brand new blog. Plus, he's added a new page chock full of great resources for educators that are using all TechSmith products. There is already some tutorials and examples showing how to creatively use Snagit, Camtasia Studio and Jing in the classroom.

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Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

Learning games - some interesting ideas

Bottom-Line Performance

I’ve written a few different posts on games.  I love games - and i think games help engage people and make learning more fun. found a few interesting games today, by chance. I was looking at Mashable, a blog on new medai and social networking, and came across their weekly list of job postings. scrolled through the posts and found several game sites who want developers. Darn it!

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13 More Tips to Help You Record Narration Like the Pros

Rapid eLearning

You don’t need to be a professional audio engineer to record narration. However, you do want to pay attention to what you’re doing and do the best job possible. Last week, we looked at some basic tips to record high-quality audio. Those tips leaned more on the technology. Today we’ll look at what you can do to get the best narration. also added some tips from last week’s comments section. 1.

Personality type and a learner’s success with social media

Janet Clarey

I’ve been thinking about a possible link between a specific personality type (introvert) and social media success for several months and what it means for learning in the workplace. (I haven’t done any significant research on this topic yet.). I can’t synthesize this provocative older post from Venkatesh Rao but his insight was this: …the word “social” in the term “social media” represents the ultimate in misleading advertising, and is responsible for many failures and a lot of disenchantment, especially within the enterprise.

Nintendo’s Four I Standard

Upside Learning

I was digging through some older GDC related posts during the course of some research yesterday. In a keynote that Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata delivered to a packed house at this year’s Game Developers Conference. He mentioned the “Four I’s&# that Nintendo uses as a standard for the games it develops. We call these standards the Four Is. Second, is it intuitive ?

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.

Business of Learning

Tony Karrer

This is a very strange time. While increasing amount of concept work and the pace of change puts a premium on learning, the business of learning faces an incredibly difficult time. In the past few weeks, I've had some really eye-opening conversations about the state of Learning as a Business. It makes me realize that we had really better get moving on thinking about our collective future.

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Screencast of the Week - Fighting Hunger, Editing By Candlelight and WFP

Visual Lounge

When Beth Kanter talks, I listen! Beth is wonderful for so many reasons. Beth is very innovative and is a rock star in the Nonprofit world. She teaches Nonprofits to effectively use technology and social media. She also happens to be a Camtasia Studio user. :-). Beth caught my eye the other day when she posted this on Twitter :  .    What a cool use of Camtasia Studio!

Impact of Culture on Learning

Bottom-Line Performance

I’ve been working on an instructor-led project lately and it’s caused me to think about what impact does culture have on learning preferences? My disclaimer for this post is that I’m not advocating that we teach to “learning styles&#. Check out this post for a starting point to learn more about why we shouldn’t design to learning styles. However, my question is - How much should culture influence my design? And how much does my own culture influence the way I design courses? suspect that I don’t want to design to culture and here’s why. Any thoughts?

Here’s Why You Need an E-Learning Portfolio

Rapid eLearning

A few weeks ago I announced a job opening. I got about 1000 inquiries and ended up looking at over 200 portfolios. could have looked at more but I got a lot of emails from people who didn’t have portfolios. They tended to fall into one of two camps. They either didn’t have a portfolio or the projects they worked on were proprietary so they couldn’t share them. Opportunities exist. Getting Started.

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.

Informal Learning: People can train you but they can't "learn" you.

ID Reflections

As always, Jay Cross gets his points across in a langugae all can understand, identify with, apply. Some key points: Informal learning vs. formal learning 1. Informal learning is never over. Its going on all the time. 2. Formal learning has a fixed goal, syllabus and usually ends with some recognition. You know when its over. 3. More than 80% of learning in the workplace is informal learning. 4.

Reach for the clouds

E-Learning Provocateur

Earlier this week, Michael Bromley , Head of Online Services at Telstra Business , visited my workplace to provide me and my colleagues with an overview of cloud computing. What is cloud computing? Michael defines “cloud computing&# as: …common business applications, platforms or infrastructure that are hosted on the internet (i.e. Private clouds. What does this mean for e-learning?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Learning Visions

Richard Nantel of Brandon Hall recently posted about average LMS prices. A 'low-cost' LMS starts at an average of $58K. That's the low price. Which is still a whole LOT of money. And “in times like these…” Why pay for a pricey LMS when

The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Iterations huh?

The Learning Generalist

I was unsure about what I should write in this blog post. realized that I had perhaps generated some sort of interest in iterative elearning development, but I hadn't written enough about what goes into an iteration. So it doesn't take any guessing why I've chosen this as the topic for today's post. The key is not in a process or a tool. What's an iteration again? So where do we start?

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.

Analogies are like Informal Mnemonics

Bottom-Line Performance

Analogies have been a source of great amusement for me this past wee k. Analogies can be very helpful in learning, if they’re used correctly. In this award-winning (if I do say so myself) sample , we use water as an analogy to teach the surprisingly complex topic of electricity. Learning games use analogies all time. Anne Derreberry talks about games that mirror reality (like a flight simulator) and others that teach through metaphor (like World of Warcraft as a leadership training lab). Either can. Analogies can be useful in classroom training, too. like the idea a lot – with a few caveats.

How to Create E-Learning Courses That Don’t Waste Your Learner’s Time - The Rapid eLearning Blog

Rapid eLearning

Writing Learning Objectives—Part 1

The eLearning Coach

There are really TWO categories of learning objectives based on their purpose.  One type of learning objective is for internal use—the design team, client and subject matter expert. The other type is for the audience members. If designers would write different learning objectives for each category, the world would be a better place. This is because internal learning objectives tend to be too technical and non-motivating for your eLearning audience. The Notorious Three-part Learning Objective. Using the analysis, the designer then writes learning objectives. Example: Given a large, snarly cat).

Morning Joe and Calculations in Lectora

Learning Developments

How can you use Lectora to convert kilobytes to megabytes? On the surface this seems like a basic question not worth expanding on. However, the solution in Lectora involves using variables in a creative way so I thought I'd share my thoughts. Hopefully I won't go off the deep end! Accept the defaults but change both the entry name and associated variable name to "kilobytes". Choose any button.

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.