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!

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.

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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. Serious Games Blog.

What Sports Teach Our Kids and Why Video Games are Better.

Kapp Notes

Violence at a Youth Hockey Game. Introduction Recently I appeared on a local radio talk show to speak about some of the benefits of Video Games for education. It is a popular topic for radio talk shows because it is somewhat controversial and many people have strong opinions on the topic (not really based on fact but strong opinions never-the-less.) Do sports always teach these laudable values?

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.

Reading Comprehension and Line Length - Survey Results

Bottom-Line Performance

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

Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.

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!

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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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!).

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.

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.

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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10 Strategies for Integrating Learning and Work (part 1)

Gram Consulting

The goal of learning in the workplace is performance–individual and organizational.  If we’ve learned nothing else in recent years, we’ve learned that improving performance through learning is more effective the more it is integrated with real work.  How can we begin to truly reduce the number courses and catalogs in enterprise training and find ways to bring learning to the job?

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.

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.

New online book on mobile learning -available for free download

Ignatia Webs

New online book on mobile learning -available for free download by Jan Herrington, Anthony Herrington, Jessica Mantei, Ian Olney and Brian Ferry (editors), New technologies, new pedagogies: Mobile learning in higher education, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong, 2009, 138p. Thanks to IAmLearn to send this new information around.

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.

5 Common Visual Design Mistakes

Rapid eLearning

I was working with a student intern the other day. We reviewed his first attempt at a rapid elearning course. For this review, we focused on the course’s visual design. Overall, he did a great job, especially for someone just starting out. However, he made some mistakes that are common to many of the courses I see. Not Considering the Impact of the Visual Design. Look at a company like Apple.

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.

The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now

10 Strategies for Integrating Learning and Work (part 3)

Gram Consulting

This post continues the Ten Strategies for Integrating Learning and Work series. Last post I discussed communities of practice and social media, two strategies focused on collaboration and networks where learning and knowledge are a natural byproduct.  Each uses problems and work tasks as the subject matter for learning, reflection and behaviour change. Understand the job. 2. They are: 1. Summary.

The Ideal Computer for Camtasia Studio

Visual Lounge

I got an email last week from a user in the market for a new computer and he wanted to know what the best new computer would be for recording and producing Camtasia Studio. Great question! I did some research with the Camtasia Studio developers and tech support. figured other people would be interested in what I found out. Simple as that. Nvidia or ATI dedicated graphic cards work well.

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Layar the first mobile augmented reality application

Ignatia Webs

Augmented reality is the natural next step off technological mobile applications. Augmented reality gives you just that bit more information when and where you need it. Layar is a Dutch app, build by Claire Boonstra, Raimo van der Klein and Maarten Lens-FitzGerald from the sprxmobile company. Layar builds on the Android platform. The extra information is displayed in layers. Cool idea.

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 ?

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

A staggering 80% of sales professionals report they don’t remember or implement their lessons from annual sales kickoff meetings.Our new publication, available below, explores how companies can avoid costly mistakes in sales training.

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

Rapid eLearning

Mobile phones as training tools

Bottom-Line Performance

What role do you think mobile phones should play in training? Check out this video - admittedly focused on using cell phones in the classroom - and let me know what you think? 1) Are mobile phones a viable training tool in the distance-based or live classroom in a training setting for adults? 2) Should schools be embracing mobile phones as teaching tools for children in schools? Can’t wait to hear what you think! Click here to view the embedded video.

The writings of Lee Kraus: Google Wave as a Learning Tool

Learning and Technology

The web is a buzz over Google Wave. The platform is an incredible communication tool that if realized will change the way we work, collaborate, and learn. The tool was created by the engineers that brought us Google maps