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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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The Secret - Get 100.000+ Followers On Twitter In 24 Hours!

ZaidLearn

". Would you like to get 16,000 Followers in 90 days & Make Money doing it? ".more more THE SECRET Why think so small! If you first want to think really big, you might as well go for it for real. mean what is 16,000 followers (and in 90 days, come on! Peanuts, man!), even if it is a targeted audience to your personal, or company needs to generate traffic and revenue. Please, tell me know!).

6 Jing Videos in 60 Minutes. Jing Speed Series Has Begun!

Visual Lounge

Cross posted from The Jing Blog. And, we're off! The Jing Speed Series has started! Can we pull off 6 Jing Screencasts in 60 minutes? We will find out! Up first, we have David Moulton, Senior Web Designer, shows me how to turn an unused button on your mouse and making it a hotkey for Jing. Makes captures fast! You can see the Jingcast here. You can see the Jingcast here.

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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.

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?

Co-operation for Networks

Learning and Working on the Web

Stephen Downes took me to task for my suggestion that collaboration was the optimum type of group work in networks: collaboration means ‘working together’. That’s why you see it in market economies. markets are based on quantity and mass. cooperation means ’sharing’. That’s why you see it in networks. So is the distinction important? think so.

Our Top 10 Learning Tools 2009

Upside Learning

Jane Hart conducts annual surveys of the top 100 learning tools. Her site, Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies , has some wonderful resources on learning tools, social learning, and more. If you’ve not yet visited this website, I strongly recommend you do. We decided to contribute to the 2009 list by sending in our own list of Top 10 Tools for Learning Professionals. So here’s a list of our favorite tools for creating custom content for clients: 1. Adobe Flash: It’s no wonder this is at the top of our list. Our team just loves it. 3. My Twitter id: www.twitter.com/gargamit100.

The future is people, not technology

Jay Cross

More Human Than Human. CLO magazine, June 2009. Column on Effectiveness, by Jay Cross. The future is people, not technology. My last column in CLO called for the abolition of corporate training departments. Now some instructors and traditional instructional designers see me as a job threat. They needn’t worry. Enlightened e-learning requires more people, not fewer. We’re all in this together.

Discovering Instructional Design 8: Developing Material for Learning Programs

The E-Learning Curve

Continuing this series on instructional design. Today, I'm going to outline some guidelines for developing the material for a learning program. Now read on…. Criterion Tests. These are. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.

Vendor-Client Relationships: A few challenges

Bottom-Line Performance

Those readers who are either 1) vendors or 2) clients who hire the services of vendors may see themselves in this video. What do you think? And…who did you want to share this with in hopes that they might recognize themselves - and see your frustration -  in it? Interesting conversation starter!

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.

Vendor Client Relationship

Learn and Lead

I am pretty sure I shouldn't really comment on this one. :-).

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Informal Learning Part 1 from Jay Cross

ID Reflections

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.

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.

#IeL09 Game Jam WINNER

In the Middle of the Curve

Will Wright's choice for Game Jam! Project: Permanent Campaign Team: Stephen Martin, Maria Anderson, Dan Petrak, Richard Sebastian Concept: You are an ambitious candidate. Goal: Presidency of the US. Collection of Mini- Games. Wii based - Work the Room. Shake hands and meet people - Teleprompter Kareoke - Deliver the speech. Office serves as central command and information post. Congrats!

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.

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.

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

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.

#IeL09 The End of a Long Week

In the Middle of the Curve

This is not Scoble. it's Peter from ADL - who happened to find Scoble's nametag lying on the floor) This conference was incredibly validating. love walking away from a week knowing that yes, despite seeming a bit "out there" in the eyes of my co-workers and clients and other members of the broader professional community, I am on the right track. In a couple of cases, even more-so.

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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!

Informal Learning Part 3 from Jay Cross

ID Reflections

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.

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.

#Iel09 Thursday evening brain dump

In the Middle of the Curve

I left the conference after having some munster cubes and a couple of chicken quesadilla cones. My brain pretty much stopped working after Will Wright's talk. would have been perfectly happy to hang out with a couple bottles of wine and some of the conference goers as we try to process it all. This is a gathering of some crazy-smart people. Crazy crazy smart people. Aaron had to follow Will Wright.

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.

The Big Question: Time Spent

Upside Learning

The Big Question posed on Learning Circuits this time is thought provoking - Where is your time spent? It causes one to pause and reflect on our state of being. Where am I spending my time? I’d say my waking time is spent on three distinct areas: Work – quite obvious since I have to feed the family and myself. It goes without saying that Web 2.0 It’s not local, it’s global. Web 2.0 Hurray!

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.

#IeL09 GameJam Projects

In the Middle of the Curve

This year's symposium featured a Game Design workshop. Participants created proposal boards for judging by the conference participants and Will Wright. This easily falls under the "how cool is that?!?!" category. Feedback from one of the top guns in the industry. Oh yeah - my apologies for the cruddy pictures. And the really brief captions. Not much time between sessions. PC-based. Thanks.]

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.

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.

The Big Question: Time Spent

Upside Learning

The Big Question posed on Learning Circuits this time is thought provoking - Where is your time spent? It causes one to pause and reflect on our state of being. Where am I spending my time? I’d say my waking time is spent on three distinct areas: Work – quite obvious since I have to feed the family and myself. It goes without saying that Web 2.0 It’s not local, it’s global. Web 2.0 Hurray!

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.

#ASTD09 Thoughts on Day 2

In the Middle of the Curve

Here's my picture with Cammy Bean. Taking pictures of yourself from smartphones.not an easy business. -- I'm starting to see a lot of reaction to my thoughts and other comments coming from ASTD09. haven't absorbed many of them yet and it will all be works in progress. Bear with me while I try to take this amorphous mass and try to make sense of it. This may take awhile.and be very disjointed.

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.

Plagiarism? Turnitin with Plagium Instead!

ZaidLearn

Plagium Via Jane Hart PLAGIUM? Plagium is an innovative, fast, and easy-to-use means to check text against possible plagiarism or possible sources of origination. Simply enter text that you would like to analyze into the text box and let Plagium do the rest of the work. Turnitin). In short, Plagium is free and a quick way to check our students' coursework against possible plagiarism. seconds.

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Audio in eLearning: Do American and British customers differ?

Upside Learning

I came across this interesting post by Cammy Bean about cultural differences in the use of audio in eLearning. Her colleague, Mark Harrison, believes that audio is used a lot less in eLearning in the UK than in the US and she is exploring the reasons for this. That caused me to wonder about our own experience. So I asked our delivery managers to pull out data and validate this. Why this difference?

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

#ASTD09 Basic Cartooning for the Trainer

In the Middle of the Curve

Presentation: Basic Cartooning for the Artistically Challenged Trainer Presenter: Mike Artell - Author/Illustrator I am not certain how well this session will blog. Hopefully, I can use the spiffy cool PowerPoint napkin shown at DevLearn08 to help. - 1 picture worth a thousand words. People who train tend to talk. - We think in pictures. Think in pictures, never forget. Move AROUND things. Zoom in!

Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.

Plagiarism? Turnitin with Plagium Instead!

ZaidLearn

Plagium Via Jane Hart PLAGIUM? Plagium is an innovative, fast, and easy-to-use means to check text against possible plagiarism or possible sources of origination. Simply enter text that you would like to analyze into the text box and let Plagium do the rest of the work. Turnitin). In short, Plagium is free and a quick way to check our students' coursework against possible plagiarism. seconds.

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Audio in eLearning: Do American and British customers differ?

Upside Learning

I came across this interesting post by Cammy Bean about cultural differences in the use of audio in eLearning. Her colleague, Mark Harrison, believes that audio is used a lot less in eLearning in the UK than in the US and she is exploring the reasons for this. That caused me to wonder about our own experience. So I asked our delivery managers to pull out data and validate this. Why this difference?

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