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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.

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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Informal Learning: People can train you but they can't "learn" you.

ID Reflections

As always, Jay Cross gets his points across in a langugae all can understand, identify with, apply. Some key points: Informal learning vs. formal learning 1. Informal learning is never over. Its going on all the time. 2. Formal learning has a fixed goal, syllabus and usually ends with some recognition. You know when its over. 3. More than 80% of learning in the workplace is informal learning. 4.

Reach for the clouds

E-Learning Provocateur

Earlier this week, Michael Bromley , Head of Online Services at Telstra Business , visited my workplace to provide me and my colleagues with an overview of cloud computing. What is cloud computing? Michael defines “cloud computing&# as: …common business applications, platforms or infrastructure that are hosted on the internet (i.e. Private clouds. What does this mean for e-learning?

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Informal Learning Part 1 from Jay Cross

ID Reflections

Learning in 3D Outline

Kapp Notes

Tony posted the outline for Learning in 3D on his blog Learning Matters. check it out. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

Discovering Instructional Design 7: Objectives Analysis

The E-Learning Curve

As I've discussed in previous posts, an important element in the instructional design process is the identification of learner entry behaviors. It is critical to the instructional development process. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.

The Big Question: How do I spend my time?

Clive on Learning

June's Big Question on the Learning Circuits Blog asks a personal question: How much time do you spend and how do you find the time for reading blogs, twitter, social networks, etc.? What are you doing less of today than you were 3-5 years ago? Do you have less of a life with all these new things? First of all, I do realise that you probably have no interest at all in how I spend my time.

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

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Informal Learning Part 2 from Jay Cross: Informal learning is like a bicycle ride

ID Reflections

Jay Cross compares formal learning to a bus ride--where everyone is travelling together, in almost the same direction, and will, on an average, reach the same destination at around the same time. This is great for novice learners. Informal learnign, on the other hand, is like a solo bicycle ride. I can change my own direction, go where I want, stop when I want to and take a break. great simile.

Firefox Bookmark Shortcuts

Tony Karrer

I had asked in Blog Post Updates - Effective Pattern? how to update a previous post. I'm still not sure I have the answer. wanted to add something to Browser Keyboard Shortcut Basics. Since the title of the previous post is a bit different, I'm going to create a new post that is just about this one thing and then I guess I'll cross link. Ctrl+T elt Opens the page. eLearning Technology.

Learning in 3D Manuscript is Done!

Kapp Notes

Here it is the 403 double spaced manuscript for Learning in 3D.the book Tony O'Driscoll and I have written (with input from tons of others.) The book is scheduled for release in early 2010. Now onto making sure the images meet the needs of the publisher. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.

What’s happened to this blog?

From the Coleface

Someone was rude enough to hack the Coleface blog, so it has been re-born (Gandalf style) as a whiter kind of thing. Talking of birth, I have also been enjoying the fun of becoming a father again. Martha was born the last Wednesday in May. She’s doing well and the sleep deprivation may end any day soon… accountancy e-learning legal training

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Informal Learning Part 3 from Jay Cross

ID Reflections

Speaking and Workshop Services

Tony Karrer

In Learning, Extended Brain and Topic Hubs , I talked about the story behind the launch of Speaking Pro Central. While I've been speaking and conducting workshops for quite a while, I've never really treated this aspect of my professional life … well professionally. So, this post (and since Blogger only allows posts) represents a first step. tools and the associated methods and skills. and Ph.D.

First Impressions of Twitter

Experiencing eLearning

I finally signed up for Twitter last week after resisting for quite a while. Part of my resistance/reluctance to join was that this just seemed too out there for the audience I work with and our online facilitators. I’m willing to fight the battles to include blogs and wikis and chat and a bunch of other stuff, but this seemed like too much to throw at them. Over the last 6 months or so, I’ve been seeing more examples of personal learning with Twitter though. Two weeks into it, I’m still not sure I totally “get&# Twitter, which is probably OK. What am I missing?

Free e-Learning Page ISD Additions

eLearning Cyclops

My Free e-Learning page has received a consistent number of visitors since adding the page. The page receives approximately 10% of my blog's hits. And from my blog stats, I can see many are launching the free courses. My intention for the page was to not only provide educational opportunities, but also to showcase examples of e-learning. Many of us, myself included, are inspired by seeing what other e-learning professionals are creating. And I am happy to see the page is being attended. So, with the intention of increasing the value of the page I have added an "Instructional Design" category.

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.

Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves: Social learning at its best

ID Reflections

A post from Guy Kawasaki on the Hole in the Wall experiment.

ASTD ICE 2009 -Impressions

Web Courseworks

I’ll confess that I may not have been at the ASTD conference every day this past week, but I do have some impressions of the event I’d like to share. I was pleasantly surprised at the large turn-out (unofficial estimates are somewhere around 8,000), which was comprised of a large contingent of international attendees and probably a good amount of people networking for a job. This was my first visit to ICE since the DotCom Era. sensed some of the same vibrancy of those heady days when eLearning exhibits reached several stories high. There are insiders, and then there are outsiders.

Social Media Conversations

Tony Karrer

This post is just a quick reminder of the beauty of interesting new social media conversations and social media relationships. Ken Allan and I have had several interesting exchanges via our blogs and around the eLearning Learning site. I'm not even sure what I would call Ken – it's somewhere in the peer, colleague, friend space. I've never met Ken and I don't think we've had a real-time conversation (apologies to Ken if that's not true). And the list of these kinds of relationships that I have is fairly long. But it's a beautiful relationship with wonderful conversations. Good luck with that.

Brain rule #10

Clive on Learning

Rule 10: Vision trumps all other senses In chapter 10 of Brain Rules, John Medina makes the simple but nevertheless powerful point that pictures are worth a thousand words. Some extracts: "We do not see with our eyes. We see with our brains. We actually experience our visual environment as a fully analysed opinio n about what the brain thinks is out there." " "If you think the brain has to devote to vision a lot of its precious thinking resources, you are right on the money. It takes up about half of everything you do, in fact." We pay lots of attention to orientation.

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We participate and therefore we are

ID Reflections

As John Seely Brown says, ~Instead of “ I think therefore I am ”, it is “We participate and therefore we are” ~ Social learning has always been around. And has probably been one of the most effective means of learning as Bandura and Vygotsky had said long back. We turned toward our colleague or friend to ask for help when stuck. Recession 2. Decreased training budget 3. knowledge-driven economy 8.

eLearning Shows the Way!

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

A digital cinema provider from Hollywood will soon start using Raptivity for sales presentations. The owner of a Spanish humanities and technology web site has plans to use Raptivity for enhancing his web portal. Raptivity , the e-learning tool? Yes, and no. Yes, because in essence, both will use the same Raptivity software we use in e-learning. No, because their versions of Raptivity - Raptivity Presenter and Raptivity Web Expert - are specially adapted to support presentation making and web development respectively. What is happening here? How does this process work? So much for the process.

Does Deliberative Practice Lead to Quick Proficiency?

Tony Karrer

In Social Media Conversations , I posted the story of how this post came about. Briefly, I sent Ken Allan the following question: Any thoughts on how deliberative practice relates to becoming something less than an expert. It seems like it should be applicable to all levels of achievement, but everything I'm reading is the study of becoming an expert. Is that just aspirational, or is deliberative practice also studied for quick attainment of proficiency? And he responded with Proficiency and Deliberative Practice. In this case, I'm going to create a post out of it. Jack of all trades.

Project Natal

Upside Learning

The E3 2009 extravaganza just concluded in Los Angeles recently. As is always the case at this expo, every major electronic entertainment company that develops game hardware and software was demonstrating their wares. Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft made major game hardware related announcements. Ubisoft, Square Enix, Sega, Konami, Namco Bandai, Eidos, MTV Games and others announced game content.

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.