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.

4 Simple Tips for Recording High-Quality Audio

Rapid eLearning

Good audio is critical to your elearning success. You might be a great instructional designer and create the most engaging courses possible. But it all falls apart if the audio quality in your course is not very good. In an earlier post we looked at when it makes sense to consider paying for professional narration. If you have the money, this is a viable option. Invest in a good quality microphone.

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!

[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course

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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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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.

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.

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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Take Charge of your eLearning environment

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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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.

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!

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?

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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.

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 ?

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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?

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

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

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.

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

Rapid eLearning

Gagne and the Events of Instruction: Discovering Instructional Design 19

The E-Learning Curve

In yesterday's post, I looked at the ASSURE instructional design model, which was originally developed by Heinich et al in the 1990's, and is now popularly and widely-used in both classroom and. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

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.

Everything big started small

E-Learning Provocateur

Last week, AMP hosted its biannual innovation and thought leadership festival, which this year was billed AMPLIFY09: Convergence and Emergence. I was lucky enough to attend many of the speaking sessions, and even live blog some of them. Starting small. BJ offered Google as an example, which started as a search engine developed by a couple of college students. Implications for e-learning.

Storyboard Templates and Resources

eLearning Cyclops

For the last week I have been in storyboard mode for a large course I am creating. Since grad school I have been using the same format for storyboards, when I do use them. Some projects benefit from use of storyboards, some do not, but that is another post. The storyboard I use is a very simple, but flexible format that we used in my school's ISD program. have made a few small changes to it.

Malcolm Gladwell: All about Spaghetti Sauce and Dosas

ID Reflections

As I listened and watched Malcolm Gladwell's video, the truth of what he was saying hit me with an almost blinding flash. Now, I am certain none of these dosawallas have heard Gladwell speak or know about the history of Howard and the Spaghetti sauce. But they have tapped into the essential lessons on choice and on delivering customer delight--stuff that we pay lakhs to learn in MBA schools.

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