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.

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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Why is e-learning so unpopular?

Clive on Learning

Over the years I have spent many thousands of hours in conversations with l&d people. As you would expect, there is some commonality in the sorts of questions I get asked. Over the next few weeks, I am going to try and answer those questions in a series of posts, not because I have any problem with answering the questions directly, but for the benefit of all those l&d people whom I never get to meet. The first is: Why is e-learning so unpopular? In reality, this sentiment is not always expressed as a question. It’s just as likely to be phrased as ‘I don’t like it’. Virtual classrooms?

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Growth of Distance Learning #eLearning

Dont Waste Your Time

Distance Learning is growing, in part helped by the 2012 UK fees situation. The below infographic (click to view full version) is worth a look: Click to view full Infographic. Benefits of Distant Learning (DL) programmes, as described by the infographic (and analysed by me below): Mobility : “Students who have family and career obligations no longer have to worry about commuting to a campus.

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

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.

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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Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

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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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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Ethical Leadership and Organizational Success

The Peformance Improvement

Dov Seidman argues that principled leadership is a determining factor in developing and sustaining a successful organization. In the new edition of his book, How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything , he reports the findings from his company’s survey of 36,280 employees in 18 countries. Seidman suggests that "self-governance" organizations are the most successful over the long term. While

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!

Why I disagree with Mark Zuckerberg who claims the iPad isn’t mobile [Poll]

mLearning Revolution

I came across this interesting article on Forbes.com, which also includes a short video (below) of Mark Zuckerberg answering a question from the audience and basically saying that the iPad is not mobile. The question was about whether Facebook would build an iPad app, which at the time of the question (November 2010) it didn’t exist. This is where I disagree. Send to Kindle.

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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!

Adding Interactions as a Flash file to your Slides

Raptivity

You can add an engaging interaction on any slide of the PowerPoint. There are no gimmicks to it but certainly simple guidelines to be followed. Read them and get trending with interactive PPT slides. a. Open the PowerPoint presentation in [.]. Education Software eLearning tools Flash PowerPoint rapid learning raptivity Developer embed movie Flash file interaction powerpoint options PPT. presentations Shockwave flash object slideshow

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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.

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 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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Are You a Malaysian Learning Gladiator? Creating a Master list!

ZaidLearn

MALAYSIAN LEARNING GLADIATOR? CLICK HERE to join the Master list (the live updated list is below)! THE STORY Late Saturday evening (2/06/2012), Nor Fadzleen and I figured out during an informal tweet (Twitter) discussion (out of no where!) that it would be great if there was an easy way to discover and connect with all those (awesome) educators in Malaysia that share online (e.g. Criteria?

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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“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!

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.

Ten Skills for the Future Workforce

Marcia Conner

Sense-making, social intelligence, novel & adaptive thinking, cross-cultural competency, computational thinking, new-media literacy, transdisciplarity, design mindset, cognitive load management, virtual collaboration. These are the 10 skills needed for the future workforce. summery of the report  and detailed findings about each of the skills  are also available. collaboration design

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?

Adobe Captivate 6: What a Character!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    If you've spent time working with the Microsoft Office Suite, you  can appreciate how Microsoft provides free images that can be added to a slide with just a few clicks of the mouse. What kind of assets have historically been included with Captivate? With the newest release of Captivate, Adobe has addressed that shortcoming.

Top 10 Tips on How to Become a SUPER Trainer

Designed for Learning

"It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well." - Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821-81), Swiss philosopher, poet. Training is at the core of all our activities be it personal or professional. But good training is not a matter of coincidence, it is a. good trainer super trainer learners training tips learning trainer

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5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget

In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.

Do Learners on Mobile really know what they want in mLearning?

mLearning Revolution

While I was tracking the #mLearnCon hashtag on Twitter last week, I saw this tweet from Jay, whom I believe was attending Lasher’s session. really liked the tweet and immediately ReTweeted it: Ask how your audience is using mobile devices, then design for them ~ Lasher #mLearnCon — Jay Lambert (@LambertJay) June 21, 2012. thought about it for some time and decided to write this blog post. The thing is, most people are asking the wrong questions regarding what people really want out of mobile learning, including eLearning tools vendors. In other words, One Size does Not Fit All.

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.

mLearnCon 2011 Recap

Upside Learning

We’ll be attending and exhibiting at mLearnCon 2012 in San Jose, California next week. It promises three days of huge learning – intense ideation, discussion and information exchange for those interested in mLearning. We’ve had great conferences over the last couple of years, and there were some posts to the blog at that time. The Future Of E-learning Is Mobile – mLearnCon.

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3 Ways to Make Your E-Learning Course Look Like a Comic Book

Rapid eLearning

Comic book layouts are pretty popular. And they work well for elearning courses. For one, they look different. It’s that type of contrast that can hook your learners who might be bored with the standard-looking corporate elearning. It’s a great way to still have the simplicity of a linear course, but make it seem more engaging. Links to examples: Connect with Haji Kamal. Choose a Layout. That’s OK.

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.

PowerPoint: Another Polling Tool, Poll Everywhere

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  I've previously written about Shakespeak , a tool that allows presenters to collect and display responses to open-ended and multiple choice questions via text, web, and Twitter. One of our readers,  April Edmonds  let me know that she has used an alternate polling app for her PowerPoint presentations,  Poll Everywhere. I   PowerPoint

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Infographic: Why Retraining Current Employees Is Cheaper than Hiring New Ones

Mindflash

When productivity takes a dive, it can be tempting to fantasize about bringing in a whole new team to bring the fire back to your office. However, research shows that, in many cases, it is actually much less expensive to retrain current employees than to replace them with new hires. click image to enlarge).

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