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2 More Game Mechanics To Include In Learning Games

Upside Learning

As I mentioned in my previous post , we’re continuing to explore game mechanics that are apt for learning. While I mentioned three that are a ‘must-include’ in a learning game, the ones I’m about to mention two that aren’t quite at that level. However, adding these makes for a certain of gaminess in the interaction mix. 1. Levels – Yes, the ones we’ve seen in pretty much all games.

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Top Game Lists from Others: Best and Worst

Kapp Notes

So its the time of year to talk about best and worst. So, from the video game perspective, here are some ideas. Worst. Here is the list of top ten most disappointing games of 2010 found at Wired. Over at a Yahoo! site check out 5 Worst Video Games of 2010. Here is a list of top ten video game awards from msnbc. Here is a list from CNBC. Let me know what you think. What are the best and worst of 2010? Content Guide Games video games

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Adobe Captivate 5: Two-Bits for the Best Rate

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. You can easily record audio from within Captivate by choosing Audio > Record to. You can record audio directly to slide objects, a single slide, multiple slides or the project background. Regardless of your choice, you'll end up within the Slide Audio dialog box.   In the lower left of the Slide Audio dialog box is a Settings button. So many decisions. so little time.

eLearning Predictions for 2011 and Beyond

Web Courseworks

This summer I attended the 2010 Distance Teaching and Learning Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Some very interesting topics came up in the facilitated Think Tanks, and I wanted to share some of the predictions that were developed from these active group discussions regarding where eLearning will go in the next ten years. 2011 distance education eLearning future mobile learning predictions

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In case you missed it – a year in posts

Clive on Learning

In the unlikely event that you’re bored over the holidays, here’s a quick index to 104 posts and 35000+ words of Clive on Learning in 2010. I’m going to enjoy a little break. January Learning in 3D: a stop on the world blog book tour (review) Is it time for Learning Technologies to use learning technologies? British Telecom Dare2Share case study Who writes web content? review) For newspaper read classroom It’s not a surprise when change comes slowly Who's making all this money? Selling myself the masterclass The Big Question: how can we leverage open content in workplace learning?

Engaging Learners with a Social Game: A Case Study

Stoatly Different

Last week we launched one of our latest projects, PonyPrep , on behalf of our clients The Pony Club. Most of our projects are internal or otherwise private, so I take a great pleasure in being able to show this one off! About PonyPrep. PonyPrep is the place to practise online for Pony Club. We wanted participants to be in control of their own learning. The Twist… So far, so familiar.

Career Paths for Trainers

Learn and Lead

Someone asked a question on the career growth paths for trainers on one of our internal forums. And about the same time I came across this interesting blog post which talks about not worrying about career path and living your career story , written by Jason Seiden. It is from Dan McCarthy’s list of 20 Best Leadership Blog Posts of 2010. Just loved the way Jason explains the need to dump career paths and focus on building your career stories. So, what could be a Trainer's career stories? This seems to be least favorite path of trainers but is the most crucial and can take trainers to the peak.

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I'm Sorry - Training isn't a Bad Word

The Learning Generalist

"We're dropping use of the word 'training.' Replacing it with learning? Training materials? Training materials? We don't need any stinking training materials Training is a turn off! Learning is what I go for. Training is what you do to me. Learning is what I do for myself I hope "training" is discontinued on an ongoing bases - requirements change. More sunset laws for training programs.

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.

Training Companies and LMS

Upside Learning

The recession of 2008 changed more than just the world economy. It changed the way Training Companies functioned. Post the economic downturn, Training Companies the world over were revamping the way they operated and the services they offered to their customers. And as such, an appropriate Learning Management System (LMS) was the key to the successful execution of this piece of strategy.

Part 1 - Would Nemo Survive Using the Blue Ocean Strategy?

ZaidLearn

"Blue Ocean Strategy is a bestseller across five continents. It has been published in over 40 languages and sold over 2 million copies (since 2005). " - Source BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY? Blue Ocean Strategy is a business strategy book first published in 2005 and written by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne of The Blue Ocean Strategy Institute at INSEAD , one of the top European business schools. The firm?

Questioning the Questioner

CLO Magazine

On my way to work the other day, I walked by a large ad for the local NBC news affiliate here in Chicago on the side of a bus stop. Beside a stern looking news man, the ad read: “I am asking the questions you’re asking.”. It infuriates me every time I see it. Forgive a brief rant. Mr. Serious Looking Newsman, I’m quite capable of asking questions. I don’t need, nor do I want, you to ask the questions I’m asking. Your job isn’t to be a mouthpiece for me. No, it’s your job to do the research I don’t have the time, energy or ability to do. Don’t get me wrong, sir. The IT department won’t step up.

Activity Steams: Splicing information and social relations

George Siemens

Whenever a new technology a) changes how we access, create, and share information or b) changes how we connect and interact with each other, there are educational implications to consider. It takes time to develop language, methods, categories, and concepts with which to communicate these changes. ″ was used to describe the read/write web. Google has been digitizing books for years.

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Allergic to ATNA

E-Learning Provocateur

The reactions of some world leaders to the US diplomatic cables on WikiLeaks has been, well, predictable. According to The Guardian , Gaddafi of Libya praised WikiLeaks for exposing American “hypocrisy&#. Chavez of Venezuela called on Hillary Clinton to resign in the wake of “all of this spying and delinquency&#. And so on around the globe. Yeah, right. Hence I have published this post.

CIDER session: supporting online Teachers: Moving Pedagogical Know-How into Virtual Classrooms

Ignatia Webs

Technology does not necessarily result in better teaching. There are many instances where one can wonder why trainers and teachers even use technology. virtual classroom for instance does not immediately translate to a more open, pedagogically sound teaching, on more then one occasion virtual classrooms have resulted in ex-cathedra lessons, where the only benefit for the learner is that you do not get caught sleeping. In fact, I truly belief that a bad teacher does not become better with technology, in fact they make it worse, for bad teachers give eLearning a bad name. in public!

Is game based eLearning on the verge of an epic win? Jane McGonigal’s Latest Alternate Reality Games Suggest So

Adobe Captivate

As social networking, games and education converge great minds continue to explore the potential of gameplay to encourage and enhance learning. Among the most impressive innovators I’ve encountered in 2010 is Jane McGonigal. McGonigal’s online games have genuinely carved open a wonderful new pathway to human evolution via games. McGonigal’s ideas seem radical at first [.]. Whats new

What’s wrong with (M)OOCs?

George Siemens

When Stephen Downes and I ran Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2008 , the term MOOCs (massive open online course) was coined – by Dave Cormier and Bryan Alexander – to describe open online courses with fairly high registration numbers. Open online conference that we were offering and University of Manitoba, and courses offered by David Wiley and Alec Couros, served as a fairly natural foundation for the development of MOOCs. Do we have a revolution yet?? Well, it’s great to see increased attention to, and adoption of, open learning. Open learning/teaching is the next.

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.

My path to ITA

Clark Quinn

As my colleagues Harold and Jane have done, I thought I’d capture my learning journey that led me to the Internet Time Alliance.  I started out seeing the connection between computers and learning as an undergraduate, and designed my own degree. My first job out of college was designing and programming educational computer games, which led me back to graduate school and a Ph.D.

Does Your Organization Suffer From ADD?

The Peformance Improvement

Organizations, as well as children, can have ADD (attention deficit disorder)? Do your managers have trouble keeping their attention focused on new performance-improvement initiatives? Do they get excited about new management models and new (or reconstituted) management/leadership theories but lack the persistence to follow through on implementation. He worked for a large company for seven years.

Weird recursion

Learning with e's

Brian Kelly has posted a fascinating analysis of the success of my slideshow 'Web 3.0 - the way forward?'. In What's the value of using Slideshare? he addresses several pertinent issues, and I highly recommend it as a thought provoking read. The story so far: You may recall if you have read previous posts on this blog that in July this year I presented a talk for an audience of 15 teachers.

From e-Learning to iPad: How to adjust the user interface by Dr. Carmen Taran

Learning Solutions Magazine

When we move learning from one medium to another, it is tempting to do it the easy way: scrape the. old content and dump it into the new format. Unfortunately, this creates more problems than it. solves, especially in the interface. Here are the five questions to ask, with illustrated answers. Asynchronous Design Strategies Future Trends Getting Started Instructional Design Mobile Learning

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.

How to Design An Elearning Course on a Budget

Rapid eLearning

The past few days I’ve been pulling some content together for a couple of workshops I’m doing at the ASTD TechKnowledge conference in San Jose. The workshops are for those who are just getting started with the Articulate tools. only have about 75 minutes for each workshop, so I am pre-building most of the course that we’ll use for a few practice activities. Use it as you wish. Bonus tip! IT group.

Captivate Blog is More than You Might Imagine

Adobe Captivate

Did you know that this year the nearly 30 Authors who contribute to eLearning, rapid eLearning, technology learning, eLearning Software & Adobe eLearning products articles found right here on the Adobe Captivate blog contributed over 125 articles? This team of passionate men and women wrote dozens of sample projects, pondered the latest trends and research [.]. Whats new

Harvard Physics Professor "Gets it"

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Eric Mazur is AWESOME! Its this type of higher ed professor that drives change in the classroom. Having students become "oblivious to the instructor" is scary to most professors, but not Eric. He embraces the technology that drives the most powerful learning experiences. Amplify’d from fm.schmoller.net "Data is not the plural of anecdote". Eric Mazur talks about how to improve large group learning.

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Announcing Open Course: Learning & Knowledge Analytics

George Siemens

A number of open courses will be offered early 2011 (CCK11, PLEs, Digital Storytelling). Which is great! and, my new maxim for open online courses is “never teach alone – grow network competence by co-teaching&# ). Adding to the mix, we’re (Jon Dron, Dave Cormier, Tanya Elias, and I) happy to announce an open course on Learning & Knowledge Analytics. If you’re interested, please join this group LAK11. All updates on the course will be posted there. The course is offered in preparation for the Learning and Knowledge Analytics conference (Banff, Feb 27-Mar 1, 2011).

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.