December, 2009

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Blending Learning with Social Technology Components

Upside Learning

A lot of companies today face a resource situation that’s not unique in this age. A few key individuals holding important technical and project management knowledge is quite common. Such key knowledge in the hands of few prevents it from being disseminated broadly and leads to an unhealthy dependence on those individuals. Each blend is unique and purposed to address a specific need. Web 2.0

8 Scary and Uncomfortable Reasons for the Growth of Virtual Worlds

Kapp Notes

S top, proceed with caution. While I think there are many legitimate reasons why an organization should partake in virtual immersive environments (VIEs) for learning and collaboration, there are also some "less-than-comfortable" reasons organizations are leaning in this direction. Many times these reasons aren't discussed but they are just as valid in the minds of many. Pandemic(s) People are becoming more and more paranoid about contagious disease and these diseases are getting more and more pressing making people more nervous about "catching something." won't. Are these on target?

35 More Qualities Of The Ideal Instructional Designer

The eLearning Coach

A few months ago I published a list of the 10 Qualities Of The Ideal Instructional Designer. Since then, the eLearning community contributed so many qualities to the list it is now overflowing. The comments more or less fell into a few categories: working with SMEs, designing and developing content, love of learning, business savvy and personal attributes. So here are the next 35 qualities. Price).

eLearning Templates – 20 Resources

Tony Karrer

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts come through eLearning Learning that provide eLearning templates or toolkits or other kinds of interesting resources. And the list would be even better with help - see Curator Editor Research Opportunities on eLearning Learning. eLearning Technology. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs

Steps to make your Flash courses mobile compatible

Stuck with a bunch of Flash-based courses that cannot be viewed on mobile devices? This eBook will take you through the steps to convert existing courses into HTML 5 format and make it compatible with the latest devices and browsers.

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Do Microcourses Have a Place in Workplace Learning?

Upside Learning

From Wikipedia – Microlearning deals with relatively small learning units and short-term learning activities. Generally, the term ‘microlearning’ refers to micro-perspectives in the context of learning, education and training. More frequently, the term is used in the domain of E-learning and related fields in the sense of a new paradigmatic perspective on learning processes in mediated environments on micro levels. Earlier this week Clark Quinn talked of Microcourses wondering if microcourses have any use. He writes: “.I absolutely agree there.

Webinars: Past, Present and Future

Kapp Notes

Here are links to webinars past, present and future.not quite a Christmas Carol but. Past: Here is a link to the presentation I gave last week titled " Reaching and Teaching Across Generations " Screen shot from early in the presentation, the discussion was already lively. Examine generational differences, as well as pedagogical strategies and techniques to best engage your entire classroom.

Conflicting personas: social media as an ‘AND’ role (initially titled ‘AND’ job which is entirely inappropriate, even for this blog)

Janet Clarey

You know one of those brief tweets or status updates that can easily be lifted from bigger, continuous conversations  you’re having with online friends and followers? Out of context stuff. Poor partygirl99. Williams’ statement is very true. It is hard for traditional media to vet information coming from the public in a form they’ve never seen. It’s the AND part of the job.

Six Steps to Creating High Quality Video Training by Jeremy Vest

Learning Solutions Magazine

Games and immersive learning are great, but today the most accessible and most easily developed instructional medium is video. Producing great video instruction for use online is simpler than you may think, and may also be less expensive than other rapid development methods. Here are six steps you can begin using today to develop online video e-Learning.

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.

Firefox 3.5: The World’s Most Popular Browser

Learning and Technology

Firefox 3.5 is now the most popular browser worldwide, edging past Internet Explorer 7, according to analytics site StatCounter. The timing has favored FF3.5, however: IE7 usage has died off as people upgrade to IE8, meaning that Internet Explorer’s Internet Explorer market share is currently spread equally across IE7 and IE8. via Slashdot ] via feedproxy.google.com Firefox finally caught IE.

Why do I bother?

Learning with e's

The Edublogger Awards are in full swing, and people are voting as I write this. have been blogging seriously since the end of 2006, and have done so on a regular basis, so I will be interested in the results when they are announced. Reading Tom Barrett's post tonight ' Why Bother Blogging? ' got me thinking about my own reasons for blogging. It can be hard work, but it can also be very rewarding.

eLearning: Top Posts of 2009 - Upside Learning Blog

Upside Learning

As we knock on 2010’s doors, it’s a good time to look at what we did on this blog in 2009. We started this blog in March 2009 and in its 10 month existence has more than a 100 posts. The blog now has about 500 subscribers and has received more than 53000 page views and more than 200 comments. Top 100 Learning Game Resources. 2. Top 47 eLearning & Workplace Learning Blogs. 3.

Great Year End ReCap

Kapp Notes

This time of year there are many recaps of blog postings and reflections on the "year in blogs." One good site to check out is ASTD's Learning Circuits Blog Big Question for December. It contains a number of great postings about what bloggers have learned this year. Another great year end post was done by Zaid Ali Alsagoff over at ZaidLearn. He always does creative graphics and has created interesting and valuable assets for anyone looking to increase their knowledge or resources in the area of e-learning. Check out the year end post, The Very Best from ZaidLearn!

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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.

Best of eLearning Learning - First Half of December 2009

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. I’ve fallen a bit behind on my reading in December, so I was glad to be able to use eLearning Learning to catch me up on the good stuff for the month.  A couple of real gems in here. December 1, 2009 to December 15, 2009. eLearning Templates – 20 Resources - eLearning Technology , December 7, 2009. It’s Culture, Leadership and E2.0 … or fail - trainingwreck , December 13, 2009. Hot Topics in eLearning for 2009 - eLearning Learning Posts , December 2, 2009. Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter - Adobe Captivate Blog , December 11, 2009. Go Online!

Five media forms

Clive on Learning

Last week I posted on Exploring e-learning in all its forms , which Mark Bethelemy elaborated on in his post From formal courses to social learning. The following table is my attempt at allocating technologies to each of the five categories. added a column to explain whether e-content would be an input to the activities involved or an output.

RSS Reader Market in Disarray, Continues to Decline

Learning and Technology

RSS Reader Market in Disarray, Continues to Decline Written by Richard MacManus / December 20, 2009 8:04 PM / 74 Comments « Prior Post One of the interesting trends of 2009 has been the gradual decline of RSS Readers as a way for people to keep up with news and niche topics. So what's happened to RSS Readers. Do people still use them and is there still a viable market for them? bookmarklet.

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Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter

Adobe Captivate

I’ve finally managed make a decent recording of my session at the Adobe Learning Summit. The session was titled ‘Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter’- and showcases a new idea around how we believe Captivate courses of the future can help bridge the gap between 'Classroom based training' and eLearning. Follow this link to view the demo (runs 18 mins).

Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI

Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!

eLearning Development: 4 Tech Considerations When Using Videos

Upside Learning

With increasing bandwidths and better compression techniques available, use of videos in Flash platform based eLearning courses is on the rise. However, often we find videos not being used optimally. This could leave your learners with a bad experience. Here are a few technical aspects to keep in mind when working with videos. Please do share any others that you may know in comments area. 1.

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Not a Good Week for the Virtual Worlds Space

Kapp Notes

First, Metaplace announced it will be closing its virtual doors on January 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. This was one of the alternatives I listed for something other than Second Life in my Alternatives to Second Life (continued, again) I described Metaplace as: Is a Flash-based virtual world platform that allows players to buy and sell items, own property and play online games. Because it is Flash-based there is no download required. Another particularly interesting aspect of Metaplace is that it can be embedded into a webpage. Formerly Meteplace was known Areae. LAYOFFS REPORTED.

ADDIE should have been DADDIE all along

Integrated Learnings

By Jay Lambert. Being in the realm of performance improvement, we are always searching for ways to improve our own processes. So it was an “aha” moment when I read Gerry Wasiluk’s post about the DADDIE model on the Articulate Forum. Basically, his former group borrowed from Six Sigma and added the ‘Define’ step to the beginning of the learning industry-standard ADDIE model. (As a reminder, ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate.). What constitutes Define? Things we are all already doing anyway really. Define encompasses the logical first steps of a project.

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Is Classroom Training More Credible than Online Training?

eLearning Brothers

Recently at a round-table discussion about eLearning in the Commercial Lending industry an interesting point surfaced periodically: “Why is classroom training perceived as being more credible than online training?&#. think that this varies a bit by industry (and commercial banking is not known to be pioneers in the latest technology) but many people believe that classroom training is the “best way&#. Learning is acceptable as a “second-best&# option but will not work as well as a classroom session. Why does this perception? Yes they had buns in a seat. Why or why not?

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.

NBA Player Fined $7,500 for a Tweet

Learning and Technology

Brandon Jennings [ @YUNGBUCK3 ] has made headlines for his unconventional road to the NBA — after skipping college he played professional basketball in Europe before getting drafted by the Bucks in 2009 — but now he’s making headlines for his tweets. Last weekend Jennings tweeted 15 minutes after the Bucks game against the Trailblazers ended. The cost for Jennings’ Twitter hiccup? hefty $7,500.

What's On Your Screencast Gift Wish List for 2009?

Visual Lounge

It's that time of year. And, I need your help! In the past, we've done gift lists for Screencasters in "2006":[link] and "2008":[link] It's time to compile the list for what to get your favorite screencaster for 2009. I'll get the list started for the screencasters on your 'nice' list: "Storyboard graph paper":[link] - perfect for planning your screencasts and stories. Chime in!

Weapon of mass detraction

Learning with e's

It became a phenomenon in 2009. No, not Twitter. I'm talking about the use of Twitter as a weapon of mass detraction - as a means of heckling keynote speakers at conferences. As a way to vent your spleen when you feel that the speaker you paid to come to hear is missing the mark. Such heckling using Twitter is now a new word in our lexicon: Tweckle (twek'ul) vt. It's the same with Twitter.

Learning in 3D Book Tour Start Date Announced

Kapp Notes

It is official, the Learning in 3D book tour will start on January 11, 2010. We've got over 30 bloggers on the tour with a special Twitter hashtag of #lrn3d, a Twitter book give away, a 20% discount from the publisher and even a "prize" for folks that follow the entire tour and leave a comment on every blog. Details will be forthcoming. The tour promises to be an exciting event so get ready. The tour stops will be announced in the near future but I will tell you the first stop will be at the blog of the person that wrote the forward to the book, Ron Burns at ProtonMedia's blog.

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

5 Essential Rapid E-Learning Tips

Rapid eLearning

A manager I know works for a multibillion dollar company that has its own elearning group. However, when she needs to train her staff of about 200, she has no access to the elearning group’s resources. Without rapid elearning tools, she’d be hard pressed to offer her team the benefits of online learning. And there aren’t a lot of places for them to get help inside the organization.

The eLearning Singularity or The Inevitable Evolution of eLearning Development

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Its that time of year again where everyone wants to know what's coming up in 2010. Or we look back at 2009 and reflect. Both are excellent practices, but I think everyone has pretty much covered all of the bases. If you can't find any, then just leave me a comment and I'll see what I can find for you. This might not be much of a look into 2010 but I definitely feel a new trend. I'm not even sure what to call it. After years of thinking about it and talking about it, I finally found a blog pot hit me in the face with it. Okay, those were my words, not his. Everybody wins. By today's 2.0

Sad to lose Chris Henry

Learning and Technology

[link] [link] Crazy story if true: "On December 17 , 2009 Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry died from injuries sustained from a domestic dispute with his fiance, Loleini Tonga. His official time of death was 6:36 AM, reported police. 1 The cause of death is was from injuries sustained from falling out of a moving pickup truck, which his wife is believe to have driven.

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