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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.

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

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.

[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course

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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.

The Non-Training Approach to Workplace Learning

Jane Hart

Social learning

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.

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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Take Charge of your eLearning environment

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.

Text in E-learning: The Unsung Hero

G-Cube

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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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.

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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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.

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

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.

(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.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

The One Thing Your Must Do to Develop Leaders

Mindflash

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.

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.

Adobe RoboHelp: Convert Glossary Terms to Tool Tips

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Thanks to the ExtendScript capabilities found in Adobe RoboHelp 8 and 9, you can run a script that will automatically take existing glossary terms and convert them to either tooltips or text pop-ups. You can learn how to use the script here. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite RoboHelp

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

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

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

Thoughts on Creating a Virtual Lab

Kapp Notes

One instructional technique used frequently in the simulation/game arena is the creation of a virtual lab. Here are some thoughts on creating an effective virtual lab. good method to create a virtual simulation is to create something with different levels to allow learners different entry points into the simulation. The first level would be a demonstration in which the simulation performs the task being requested and shows the learner what needs to be done. The second level would be guided practice. The final level is a sandbox or test level. simulation simulations

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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.

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

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study