June, 2012

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5 Tips For Managing Effective Blended Learning Through An LMS

Upside Learning

How often have we heard our clients lament about the main function of the Learning Management Systems (LMSs) – that they are largely concerned with the management of learning rather than the process of learning itself? Very often, if you ask me. In recent years, many organizations have been investing heavily in integrating technology into the learning/teaching process.

What's Wrong with Traditional Stock Photography Sources for eLearning

Tony Karrer

Back in 2007, I provided a long list of sources of stock photography for eLearning. And there are lots of other posts available on eLearning Learning Stock Photography. At the start of the conversation, I wasn't quite sure why a company would focus on stock photography specifically aimed at eLearning. The best way to illustrate the point is with an example. This greatly reduces image search time.

Mobile Learning: CHANGE YOUR WAYS OR YOU ARE DOOOOOMED!

Social Learning

In my last post I briefly mentioned my skepticism about the demand for mobile learning in the workplace. ”  In the developing world, where sustained electricity, let alone internet connectivity, is unreliable, the number of cell phone users has increased exponentially. And Morgan Stanley Research estimates that, worldwide, mobile internet users will surpass desktop internet users by 2014.

Native Apps vs. Mobile Web: Pros and Cons [infographic]

mLearning Revolution

I’m becoming a huge fan of infographics, they are everywhere. Infographics provide an aesthetically-pleasing way of presenting complex information quickly, clearly and cleanly. Recently a number of companies have come out with tools, that enable us to create these cool graphics with little knowlege of design, my favorite is  [link]. This can quickly become time consuming and very expensive.

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New Mobile Learning Research

Upside Learning

ASTD last week released its new research report, titled ‘ Mobile Learning – Delivering Learning in a Connected World ‘, which we are very pleased to have sponsored. The key findings in the report are: Less than one third organizations deliver learning content via mobile device, despite its high correlation with both the Learning Education Index and Market Performance Index.

“T-shaped” instructional design process

Spark Your Interest

(Not so) Recently I commented on Twitter about my approach to professional development this year and Steve Flowers (@xpconcept) commented that it made sense in a broader application  to instructional design. Then, I saw a tweet from David Kelly (@LnDDave) who was at an #ASTD2012 conference session with Michael Allen. And now, hopefully a few weeks later a blog post!

Topics of free #mLearning course #MobiMOOC

Ignatia Webs

After consulting all you wonderful mLearning enthusiasts, I gladly share the the topics that will be covered in the next free, open and online course on mLearning called MobiMOOC. The course will show examples from around the world with facilitators and speakers from different continents. The architecture of this course will follow the (peace) tree architecture.

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An Honest Assessment of Adobe Captivate 6 [First Impressions]

mLearning Revolution

First off, congratulations to my old team at Adobe for launching Adobe Captivate 6. Like many of you, I too watched some of the sneak peeks the team was showing off in preparation for the launch, but other than that, I had no idea what to expect. The thing is, almost nothing I thought would be in the product ended up making in Adobe Captivate 6. Haphazard Effort. Here are some examples. Conclusion.

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.

Drivers of Yammer use in the corporate sector

E-Learning Provocateur

Yammer has been quite a success at my workplace. Not off the charts like at Deloitte , yet very much alive and growing. It warms my heart to see my colleagues asking and answering questions, sharing web articles, crowdsourcing ideas, gathering feedback, praising team mates, comparing notes on where to buy the best coffee, and even whining a little. The results are summarised in the following graph.

Adobe Captivate 6: HTML5 At Last!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    You've probably heard by now that Adobe released Adobe Captivate 6 late last week. Over the coming weeks, I'll be highlighting all of the new features. This week, HTML5. Publishing in Captivate takes your source content and outputs it into a format that can be consumed (viewed) by the learner. Of course, SWFs have a problem.

Tin Can: My First impressions from mLearnCon 2012

Upside Learning

I attended a session by Aaron Silvers, Community Manager at Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL). The session interestingly was titled ‘Design of the Possible: Powered by the Tin Can API’. Given below is a short summary of what I gathered from this session and is my first impression. Post the summary I also raise a few questions. Tin Can is not a replacement of SCORM but it’s a whole new API.

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“T-shaped” instructional design process

Spark Your Interest

(Not so) Recently I commented on Twitter about my approach to professional development this year and Steve Flowers (@xpconcept) commented that it made sense in a broader application  to instructional design. Then, I saw a tweet from David Kelly (@LnDDave) who was at an #ASTD2012 conference session with Michael Allen. And now, hopefully a few weeks later a blog post!

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Is e-learning effective?

Clive on Learning

After ' Why is e-learning so unpopular? ’ and ' Will e-learning put me out of a job? ', my focus today is on another question that I am frequently asked by l&d people: ‘Is e-learning effective?’ A reasonable question, because there is no point in using a new approach if it doesn’t work, however much time or money it might save. Unfortunately - as is so often the case - there is no easy answer. learning is just a medium E-learning is a medium for learning, just like face-to-face communication, print, the telephone and countless other technologies. In other words, it is a delivery channel.

Drawing up an #mLearning #strategy in 10 steps

Ignatia Webs

Everyone is joining mLearning, but in many cases some of the basic steps are missing. Looking at my own mLearning roll out, I now see much more elements that will support a good and strong adaption and roll out of any mobile project. Here are 10 steps that make up my own mLearning strategy if I want to work on a new project, if you have additions, please add them via comment or social media: The 5 core steps are similar to any TELearning environment 1. What is the goal of the mLearning project? Is it to develop a course? Is it to get knowledge disseminated? Do all of them have a mobile device?

Drivers of Yammer use in the corporate sector

E-Learning Provocateur

Yammer has been quite a success at my workplace. Not off the charts like at Deloitte , yet very much alive and growing. It warms my heart to see my colleagues asking and answering questions, sharing web articles, crowdsourcing ideas, gathering feedback, praising team mates, comparing notes on where to buy the best coffee, and even whining a little. So I recently invited 14 community managers from around the world to rate the key factors that drive Yammer use in their respective organisations. The results are summarised in the following graph. The front runner is business champions.

eLearning: Fun Photo Editing Toy

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  I have previously written about ways to  manipulate images on a budget  so that graphics that are perhaps not all uniform looking can look more like they belong together. Recently I stumbled upon another fun (and free!) tool for editing images,  vintageJS , which quickly and easily gives photos a vintage feeling with adjustable settings.   eLearning

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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.

Microsoft Surface: Will It Help mLearning?

Upside Learning

Yesterday Microsoft finally unveiled its new tablet called Surface. It seems to have made a solid first impression , which is good news for Microsoft given this one represents several firsts for Microsoft. thought it looks stunning especially with the Windows 8 UI. The ‘Type Cover’ is also a great little innovation that’ll allow you do more with this tablet.

7 razones por las que Articulate Storyline cambiará radicalmente el aprendizaje electrónico y móvil

mLearning Revolution

En primer lugar, permítanme felicitar a quienes trabajaron en el desarrollo y lanzamiento de Articulate Storyline. Embarcarse en el proyecto tan ambicioso de desarrollar una aplicación como Storyline, desde cero, no es una tarea sencilla. Sin embargo, si existe una compañía que puede lograr eso, definitivamente es Articulate. Pero, por supuesto, aún hay más. 2.  Interfaz y experiencia del usuario. Si

Tools of a Learning Organization

The Peformance Improvement

The Adidas Blog asks the question, “What should a true learning organisation look like?” In response to this question, Harold Jarche writes that a learning organization has "shared power." In a learning organization, individuals control their own learning and they share this learning with others. Learning is a constant that is an essential part of working.

Training vs Learning: What’s the Difference?

Bottom-Line Performance

Is this why you train? Hint: Don't say "yes"). What are all of those courses, job aids, and apps training you to do? Follow procedure? Perform your daily tasks? Perhaps we need to start asking better questions. What’s the outcome of all this? Well, when you do it right, the outcome is learning…but training and learning are not the same thing. There’s a big difference.

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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.

A defence of the “Next” button

E-Learning Provocateur

The “Next” button doesn’t have many friends in the e-learning community. The humble yet shiny arrow is associated with boring page turners. Hell-bent on avoiding the “Next” button, many instructional designers will delinearise the content by creating a course homepage with a raft of topics represented by funky icons. This is constructivist design.

PowerPoint: Shakespeak for Presentations

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  I typically write about PowerPoint as it pertains to eLearning. This time I'd like to share a cool add-on I've discovered for PowerPoint for live presentations. Let's say you're presenting to a large, perhaps unfamiliar, audience. Audience participation can be a problem. Many people in your audience with perfectly great ideas might be scared to speak up.

A Mobile Game World

Upside Learning

Once or twice a week I commute to the office using public transport. Sitting on the bus for 20 minutes with not much to really do affords an opportunity to indulge in people watching. As a learning designer, it pays to watch what people are doing around me. Interestingly, over time the nature of my commute has remained the same, but what people do on it has changed drastically.

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Apple Proves Mobile makes the Desktop better: A lesson for us in mLearning and eLearning

mLearning Revolution

I think it’s fascinating that Apple is bringing Mobile features such as notification and Dictation to the Mac. MobileFirst. — RJ Jacquez (@rjacquez) June 11, 2012. Like millions of people around the world, I too was glued to my computer on June 11 2012, following closely every news announcement Apple shared at their annual WWDC event. iOS) and bringing them into their Mac operating system.

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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.