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eLearning: Let the Learner Decide the Path

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  "It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." " -- Albert Einstein After attending  Edward Tufte's seminar (that I wrote about last week) , it got me thinking about being authoritarian with an audience. Tufte admonished the use of the "slow reveal" in PowerPoint presentations, suggesting instead that if you must use bullet points (he advises against using them altogether), present all your information--clearly and at once. I  I don't think this applies just to giving a presentation, but also to eLearning.

How Suitable Is HTML5 For Mobile Learning?

Upside Learning

HTML5 is adoption for mobile learning is picking up; perhaps the iPad is one driver of change , rapid improvements in regular and mobile browsers rendering HTML5 another. Recently, Recently, while speaking to customers, we encountered one of the primary issues that corporate stumble upon when deciding on HTML5 for pilots or technology exploration initiatives. Are our customers ready for it?

Tips for Starting to Freelance

Experiencing eLearning

In August, I quit my job as a long-term contractor at Cisco to officially make the leap to freelancing. I did some side projects earlier in the year, but not enough to replace my full-time income. want to share my experiences and tips from these first three months as an independent contractor for anyone else thinking about making this change. Get a Project First. If you’re currently working, don’t quit until you have a project lined up. Obviously, not everyone has this luxury, but if you do, stay put until you’ve signed an agreement with a new client. Put Money in Savings.

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A convenient untruth

Learning with e's

What do you think is the teacher's worst enemy? Some would say lack of time. Others would say unsupportive leadership, or the dreaded government inspection. Rigid curriculum, lack of resources and bad student behaviour may also be high on the list for many educators. For me, the worst enemy is bad theory. Bad theory, when accepted without challenge, can lead to bad practice. References Coffield, F.,

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.

The Principles of eLearning (Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Design)

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Check out these 10 videos covering the principles of eLearning as defined by researchers including Clark and Mayer. The videos are based largely on the cognitive theory of multimedia.   eLearning

Growth In Formal Learning

Upside Learning

There has been a lot of talk about informal and social learning vs. formal learning. There is so much about it on the internet, that we wonder sometimes if formal learning has any sort of place in the future of learning at all. The fact hasn’t change, formal learning will exist in the future. There are a variety of reasons for it; but let’s just quickly delve into it a bit.

Beware who's selling informal learning

Clive on Learning

There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that historically we have underplayed the importance of informal learning, whether that's experiential, on-demand or social. I'm equally convinced that, with the proliferation of great social networking tools and the ever-increasing confidence that learners are displaying when it comes to managing their own learning, informal learning should rightfully play a central role in our future learning architectures. To some extent because employers need assurance that critical skills and knowledge are in place. Therein lies my concern. informal learning

Tools of the trade

Learning with e's

I was quite impressed by Joyce Seitzinger's Professional Learning Environment (PLN) model that she presented at Deakin University in Melbourne this week. The first slide on the left shows a quadrant model in which she has used a work/office metaphor to define four discrete functions of a PLN. Yet she leaves blogs and other authoring tools to insert into the final quadrant, the Portfolio.

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Adobe Captivate: Aggregated? Go TOC-Less

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. covered the process of using Captivate's Aggregator utility some time ago. The Aggregator offers a quick way to combine multiple published SWFs into one, seamless lesson. Once the lessons are aggregated, they will share a single TOC, allowing learners to jump from one lesson to another at will. There will not be any obvious changes to the Aggregator project at this point.

The Non-Training Approach to Workplace Learning

Jane Hart

Social learning

Holiday Shenanigans and a Sale

Visual Lounge

If your family is like mine, the holidays aren't just about relaxing with family. You can pretty much count on some crazy stuff to go down. My family still tells stories about the time we started out shovelling the shed roof and ended up sledding off of it. The year we built fireworks from black powder and chocolate eggs. The Great Marshmallow Gun Wars of 2002. Share the link with everyone!

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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.

Top 100 Tools used by Learning Professionals in 2011!


Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011 TOP 100 LEARNING TOOLS The list is compiled (by Jane Hart ) from the Top 10 Tools lists of 531 learning professionals worldwide (from education, training and workplace learning). Well, this year I missed the boat in participating, but that is not going to stop me from sharing it with my readers (for those that missed it, I mean!). What else can I say!

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A new PLN?

Dont Waste Your Time

I’ve been fascinated by the ideas of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) for ages now, pretty much ever since I first heard about it. Perhaps this is why Steve Wheeler’s (is that @timbuckteeth or @stevewheeler ? But that’s another story) latest blog post made me think long and hard about it again. So, what do you think … does it strike a chord for you like it did for me.

Do You Walk To Work or Carry Your Lunch? Putting Content Into Context. Part II.

Social Learning

Kristin Ford is Owner and President of PC Training Source, an independent consulting firm that specializes in premier learning industry products and services. She is also President of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. Kristin has known Dashe & Thomson for many years and is very excited to contribute a two-part guest post to the Social Learning Blog.

Thank YOU from TechSmith.

Visual Lounge

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day. Robert Caspar Lintner. Today we're celebrating Thanksgiving in the US. It is one of my favorite holidays! It is simply about sharing a meal with friends and family and giving thanks. This week, Greg Smith from our logistics department, and I wandered the halls at TechSmith and asked people to share what they were thankful for.

Text in E-learning: The Unsung Hero


Being part of the learning industry, most of us have seen how e-learning has changed and evolved with time. As e-learning comes of age and newer ways of instruction gain popularity, let us ask ourselves one question—Is text in e-learning as important today as it was when this industry took its first steps? know that most of you will answer “yes” and that’s true. Probably not! Keep it simple.

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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.

One Learning Challenge: Four Designers Put Their Skills to the Test by Tracy Bissette

Learning Solutions Magazine

At DevLearn 2011, one session challenged three eLearning developers to respond to the same set of course requirements, and to present the results to conference participants. The result was a set of different and highly effective visions that showcased outstanding instructional design. Design Strategies Getting Started Instructional Design

Prezi: a big step from Powerpoint

Challenge to Learn

The worst presentations you can attend are those where the presenter reads out his PowerPoint to you without adding anything to it. The root of the problem is of course the lack of presenting skills from the presenter, but PowerPoint doesn’t really help. It forces the presenter in a linear one-dimensional mode, often bringing out the worst of the presenter. I do my share of presenting at workshops, webinars, conferences and expo’s. I’m not a brilliant presenter, most of the times I do OK (sometimes a bit better). So if I find something that can help me improve this, I’m interested. Presenting.

Only 1 Screencast Can Win. Cast Your Vote!

Visual Lounge

15 screencast videos. and only one winner! need you to cast your vote and help pick the first ScreenChamp Awards winning screencast! Voting for Best in Show is now open! Who do you think is best screencaster? Check out the 15 screencasts and cast your vote here: [link]. Voting ends December 16th and you can vote once per day. What do you think of the entries? How did you decide who to vote for?

Let Them Make Mistakes… And Learn!

Adobe Captivate

Consider this! You have completed a training course and now you need to take a test. You give it a shot and unfortunately you fail in the test and are denied of the course completion certificate. You end up feeling bad! You are playing a game. It has a lot of levels and it’s pretty [.]. eLearning this week Adobe Captivate 5.5 Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5 Assessment Engaging Learning Instructional Design rapid elearning authoring tools Trial and Error

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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!

Toolkit: Easygenerator Impresses by Joe Ganci

Learning Solutions Magazine

A number of new tools launched at DevLearn this year, and one that received a great deal of attention and buzz was easygenerator. In its North American debut, this SaaS offering from the Netherlands brings many extremely interesting features, as you will see in this review. Development Strategies Future Trends Tools

3 E-Learning Lessons Learned on the Road

Rapid eLearning

I’m coming off of back-to-back-to-back conference sessions and elearning workshops. While the travel gets old, I really enjoy getting to connect with so many of the blog readers. What I like best is that I run across so many different questions and elearning use cases and examples. I’m always amazed at the creativity in our industry. It’s important to connect with people. And it stood out. 2012….coming

Personalize Your Kindle Fire w/o Rooting


My Kindle Fire arrived last Saturday, and given an extended Thanksgiving vacation, my life has revolved around two items: configuring my Fire and the search for skiable early season snow ( x-ski )! While not an iPad, the Kindle Fire is worth every penny of its $199 price. Amazon's App store is rapidly expanding, and the seven inch screen is proving quite capable.   However. In my case.

Agile E-Learning development

Challenge to Learn

In this demanding world we usually don’t get a few months to create an e-Learning course. And our clients (either internal or external) are rapidly getting more knowledgeable on e-learning and they are demanding an increasing role in the process of developing a course. Therefore we need to work faster, more efficient and we need to involve our clients more in the development process. I do believe that all waterfall methods will fail in this and that we need to turn to other methodologies. believe in the AGILE approach. The agile e-Learning process. Very informative and practical.

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.

(re)Designing learning in a digital world

Learning with e's

(re)Designing Learning Spaces for a Digital World View more presentations from Steve Wheeler My keynote speeches to academic staff at Massey University on the Palmerston North and Wellington campuses this week were accompanied by the slides above. Things are changing, and so is the nature of knowledge. Unported License. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Learning in the 21st Century Workplace

Jay Cross

Businesses talk about speed, but they don’t take advantage of it. Organizations that don’t embrace new ways of operating and radically different approaches to corporate learning will not survive for three reasons: We’re witnessing a dizzying rate of change. Business people are being overwhelmed by the pace of progress and the explosion of knowledge. Intangibles are the prime source of value. Speed.

To Coach or Not to Coach? That is Not the Question

Learning on the Leading Edge

If Hamlet were a manager in 2011, he might have asked himself, “is it worth it to spend time coaching my employees?” ” In new coaching research published today, High-Impact Performance Management: Maximizing Coaching , we show that this is not the question any manager or senior leader should be asking themselves. Figure 1: Relationship between Coaching and Employee Results.

Shepherd accused of sensationalist claptrap

Clive on Learning

Jay Cross , someone who I respect immensely professionally and like as a person, has accused me, with some justification, of 'sensationalist claptrap'. At a time when, in the UK, we are in the middle of the Leveson enquiry , which is looking at the 'culture, practice and ethics of the press', Jay's comment hit home. No-one has been more angry than me as, every day, more evidence is revealed of the disgraceful practices of the UK tabloids, yet perhaps, in my own small way, I am as guilty as any. As a result, I came to the conclusion in 2009 that blogging is journalism , pure and simple.

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.

Infographic: ‘Tis The Seasonal Worker: A Glimpse At The Temporary Employee Workforce This Holiday Season


Each year businesses prepare for the holiday onslaught by calling in the reserves: seasonal employees. These temporary hired hands help companies get through the busy season without having to keep extra staff year-round. But finding the right employees takes considerable effort and training. Click image to enlarge).

Is your creativity blocked?

The eLearning Coach

No ideas? See four types of creative blocks you may need to bust through. Post from: The eLearning Coach Is your creativity blocked? Cognition

Survive Thanksgiving Using the ADDIE Model

Enspire Learning

Instructional designers should apply the ADDIE Model to every aspect of their lives. It is particularly important on Thanksgiving Day. Analysis: Before approaching any food, determine what you’re craving. What have you enjoyed in the past? How hungry are you? How large is your hunger gap? Design: First, take an inventory of the food selections. What combination might fill your hunger gap?


Business = service

Jay Cross

This is important. Read my friend Dave Gray’s post, Everything is a Service. Unlike products, services are often designed or modified as they are delivered; they are co-created with customers; and service providers must often respond in real time to customer desires and preferences. Services are contextual – where, when and how they are delivered can make a big difference. Right on. Ah ha.

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.

The One Thing Your Must Do to Develop Leaders


If you want to ensure your leadership development programs are successful, you need to instill a single belief among aspiring leaders in your organization. This single belief trumps all other efforts you undertake in preparing your program. It is more important and more powerful than top leadership commitment. It will be more successful than selecting a good leadership development vendor.

Lifesavers for those facing death by PowerPoint


I’ve been experimenting with a fun library of PowerPoint artwork and templates called Doodleslide. It comes in the form of a plug-in for PowerPoint or Word on Office 2003-2010 (PC only, not Mac). If you use Doodleslide artwork throughout a presentation, it will certainly break the mould. It could work just as well for PowerPoint-based e-learning if that’s what you do. Worth a look.

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Fabulous learning spaces

Learning with e's

I have been keenly interested in the design of learning spaces for some time. guess my background as a designer (I attended Hereford College of Art and Design in the 70s) and my professional life as an educator draw me back to this again and again. The vision statement of the school is simple but powerful: We nurture each other, we inspire each other, we empower each other. Unported License.


Wonderful Brain

The benefits of knowledge management (KM) are a monster value-add to any organization. Nevertheless, the more I learn how companies capture and leverage their intellectual property, the more disheartened I become. How could such a straightforward process for transferring information and learning become bogged down in dense MBA rhetoric taking what is essentially a simple idea and obfuscating it in layers of process and jargon? Some might think large enterprises require significant resources to carry forward a KM initiative. I’m not one of them. Consider this KM for Dummies—No offense intended.

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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.

The importance to stimulate children/student/youngsters #brain #medialearning2011

Ignatia Webs

Peter Adriaenssens (expert in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at KULeuven) speaks at the conference of Media and Learning in the Flemish Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Some notes from his speech. Brain and educational practice All starts at the neuron level. These neurons and their branches will form a neural network. From birth to 2 years, this neural network is growing at a quick speed.

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Awesome Students

Kapp Notes

Last week, we had our twice annual Corporate Advisory Council meeting and it was a huge success because of the effort and work of our students. Student team discusses how they are going to gain the learner's attention during the symposium. You can see an example of “Winning” proposal presentation here. Discussing the budget. But the results were spectacular.