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ELearning Project Managers – Misunderstood Heroes

Upside Learning

“Aneesh, what does a Project Manager do?&# asked my friend who was contemplating a career in elearning.  Without a moment’s hesitation, I replied – “They are ruthless slave drivers, that’s what they are.&#. To which my friend replied – “Well, now that you’ve told me what you think of Project Managers, why don’t you tell me what they do?&#. Feel free to comment.

The College Tour Right of Passage–Done Virtually

Kapp Notes

Well, its the time in my life where things have gone full circle. I am now touring colleges with my oldest son. remember tour colleges myself trying to find that perfect fit. So, we pile into the car and drive all over in search of the perfect campus. Visiting college campuses was never easier. But…there will soon be another way of touring campuses. Designing Digitally, Inc. Twitter: [link].

Adobe Captivate: Best Practices for Working with User Defined Variables

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Lori Smith. Have you ever inserted a User variable into a Captivate text caption so that the lesson was personalized for your learner? Perhaps you added something like Ah, nice to meet you $$learner_name$$ and expected the variable ($$learner_name$$)   to be replaced by text typed by the learner. Upon previewing the project, there is a good chance that the resulting text caption will look something like the image below. Ah, nice to meet you no name ? As you can see, the learner's name did not appear in the text caption. No TEB means no data.   The problem is easy to fix.

Agile eLearning - 27 Great Articles

Tony Karrer

The first couple of responses to this month's LCBQ Addressing I Want it Now #LCBQ have come in and Kasper Spiro's caught my eye: On demand: agile e-Learning development #LCBQ. Like Kasper, I'm very familiar with Agile in software development. I was not as familiar with it in terms of eLearning development. So, I wanted to pull together some reading and resources around Agile eLearning , Agile ADDIE , etc. Agile Instructional Design I'm still studying all of this to see whether I really buy that Agile methods will work. It's the updating part that doesn't happen. eLearning Technology.

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How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

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Editing with Acrobat: Get the Comment Pane's Numbers to Match Acrobat's Page Numbers

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. This week a past student of my Editing with Acrobat class contacted me with this problem: The page numbers used in the Comments pane at the bottom of her screen did not match the page numbers displayed in the page number field at the top of the screen. Endless confusion resulted when she tried to discuss editorial changes with authors--Is that on page 2? or page 21? Page Navigation toolbar: Comments Pane: Where did these different numbers come from? The number 21 corresponds with the actual printed number on that page as it will appear in the printed publication. Acrobat

The A to Z of learning

E-Learning Provocateur

It all started with a tweet by Anne Bartlett-Bragg ( @AnneBB ) observing an instance of the term s-learning representing social learning. Amused by our industry’s obsession with single letter prefixes, I replied facetiously that I preferred the term slearning – simply because it sounds so awful. action learning? adaptive learning? Sure, you can make up anything (eg zebra learning ).

Attract Students’ Attention in 30 Seconds or Less

Experiencing eLearning

Better Beginnings: How to attract students’ attention in 30 seconds or less. Presented by Dr. Carmen Taran. Thanks to the eLearning Guild. Official description: Information overload, tripletasking, hyperchoice, and short attention spans are just a few of the symptoms of the modern client. These are my live blogged notes from the session. Any awkward wording, incomplete thoughts, typos, etc.

The Big Question: How do you respond to the ‘I want it now’ demand?

Clive on Learning

On the ASTD Learning Circuits blog, they ask the question “How do you address the ‘I want it now’ demand from stakeholders.” Now I know this question went up on April 1st but I’m taking it at face value. Because wanting it now is an everyday request for many people in l&d. Or does it? So what do you do if your client wants it now? Well guess what, providing information is a pretty good start.

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.

Dev Corner - Software Development Methodology

Visual Lounge

For this week's Dev Corner, Randall Brown and Jared Wein caught up with Tricia Broderick, TechSmith's Director of Development. Tricia shares what she has learned about working with a variety of different software development methodologies. Enjoy! As a developer, lead developer, project manager and now the director of development, I've been in the business of building software for a number of years.

Learn From Success or Learn From Failure: You Decide

The Peformance Improvement

We learn more from studying successes than we do from studying failure. have become convinced of this from my experience evaluating many change interventions in many different types of organizations. However, a case can be made for both. We can see this in the contrast between the approach of columnists Dan and Chip Heath and that of Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson.

TOP eLearning and Workplace Learning Blogs

eFront

During the last 5 years I was able to exchange ideas, share thoughts, and learn from an eLearning community of practice that exists in the blogosphere. I did my research and I listed 134 eLearning and workplace Learning Blogs. We support Free eLearning! and Learning Web Courseworks Will at Work Learning Workplace Learning Today Writers Gateway ZaidLearn.

A question of balance

Clive on Learning

It is easy to get in a position where you feel obliged to take a stance on some aspect or other of learning and development in the workplace – in particular when it comes to challenges to the status quo. Typically you’re either with the old way or the new. I’ve never found this particularly helpful, as there are usually plenty of good arguments on either side. The issue, as ever, is getting the balance right between taking advantage of new developments as they come available, while continuing to exploit the potential of long-standing approaches. This slider may seem a little confusing.

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.

Angry Birds and my moment of need.

Stoatly Different

This blog first appeared as a guest post for my 30 under 30 colleague, Innovative Sarah. Check out her blog for a fast growing guide to the world of innovative learning technology through the eyes of a Googler. You know what they say; fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. What happens on the third occasion? Well, in my case I write a blog.

My Interview on Making Money in Virtual Worlds

Kapp Notes

At the end of last year, I was interviewed on the topic of “Making Money in Virtual Worlds&# and spoke at the University of Washington Virtual Worlds Program 2011. It was a lot of fun and the questions were very thought provoking. Here is the interview. 3D Book 3D Book Tour 3D worlds lrn3d Avatar Content Guide virtual immersive environment

Learning Experience Design thru the Macroscope

Clark Quinn

Our learning experience design is focused, essentially, on achieving one particular learning objective.  At the level of curricular design, we are then looking at sequences of learning objectives that lead to aggregate competencies. And these are delivered as punctate events. But with mobile technologies, we have the capability to truly start to deliver what I call ‘slow learning’: delivering small bits of learning over time to really develop an individual.  It’s a more natural map to how we learn; the event model is pretty broken. But can we do better?

Twitter: Le triple filtre

Learning with e's

I've been discussing the merits of Twitter as a professional social network recently in conversation with colleagues. One of the regular objections to using Twitter professionally is that there is too great a noise-to-signal ratio. Professionals don't have a lot of spare time, and want to maximise the time they do have. don't blame them. Firstly, see Twitter as a fast moving stream.

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.

Who Is The New Knowledge Worker?

Mindflash

The Knowledge Worker has played an imperative role in the development of business over the decades. In fact, knowledge workers have driven an estimated 70 percent of U.S. economic growth in the past 30 years, and 85 percent of the new jobs created in the past 10 years have required what are considered complex knowledge skills. click image to enlarge). link].

Turning an Exam into a “Game”

Kapp Notes

Here is an interesting example of using an immersive 3D learning environment to provide a realistic training experience and an unusual examination process. Below are some highlights from a case study sent to me by Caspian Learning, the makers of the 3D simulation software, Thinking Worlds. Its pretty fascinating and ground breaking use of 3D for testing in the energy industry.

Preparing For Serendipity - A Crucial Knoweldge Work Skill

The Learning Generalist

Before I begin today's blogpost, I have to mention the biggest event in Indian cricketing history over the last three decades or so. India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup on Saturday and what a win it was! The eleven played like true champions against a tough opposition and at the end of it came out on top. People actually took to the streets in celebration. believe there's a reason for this.

Snake Oil and (April) Fools

Clark Quinn

For April Fool’s of this year, we (the Internet Time Alliance , with large credit to Jane and Harold) posted a message on our site: The Internet Time Alliance (ITA) has spent much of the past year on a mission. We have located and assembled a huge collection of informal learning content. “Without content there is no learning. Repositories of informal learning content. next 5 years.&#.

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Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.

5 Time-saving Tips from the E-learning Community

Rapid eLearning

A few days ago I came across this thread in the user community. In it, Dave Newgass was asking how to build an interaction of a person going in and out of a cubicle. He got a couple of responses and a demo PowerPoint file to review. Dave’s question (and the feedback he got) really speak to the value of the user community and why you need to be part of it if you aren’t already. Free Image Generator.

Gamification Books

Kapp Notes

Here are some books that can be read that discuss different elements of “Gamification.&#. Total Engagement: Using Games and Virtual Worlds to Change the Way People Work and Businesses Compete by Byron Reevers and J. Leighton Read. Published by Harvard Business Press. This book primarily focuses on massively multiplayer online role play games (MMORPGs) and is focused toward a business audience. Game-based Marketing: Inspire Customer Loyalty Through Rewards, Challenges, and Contests. by Gabe Zinchermann and Joseline Linder. Published by Wiley.  methodologies. Published by Morgan Kaufmann.

Graduation Nation: How Degrees & Careers Match Up In America

Mindflash

More Americans are graduating with bachelor’s degrees (or higher) than ever before. With this in mind, we decided to compare the degrees that are being earned with the occupations that will add the most jobs in the near future to see if there is any correlation. What we found may surprise you. Click image to enlarge). Uncategorized degrees jobs

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Social Learning – What’s the Point? Time to turn the tables on the naysayers

eLearning 24-7

What’s the point? That is what one senior exec said to me, the other day when it came to social learning. shot off the usual reasons, the benefits, the gains and then found myself expanding into the next possibilities of where a system and content authoring tool had to go.  It didn’t seem that far of a stretch, actually. Not at all. For end users, they have to see value that is the point. For vendors, they could make it happen and generate revenue. So, where do we begin? Slideshare. What solution ?  LMS/LCMS/Learning Who can use it ? Anyone, regardless of vertical. Scribd. Connotea.

Best Practices for Launching an LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.

Learning and working effectively

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet. An effective networked workplace can be viewed as a three-sided framework, with a leadership/management strategy ( radical & wirearchical ) that supports collaborative work enabled by social learning. All three are necessary. If there is any degree of complexity in the work, collaboration needs to be supported by a flexible management framework that encourages social learning.

Nuts and Bolts: Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) by Jane Bozarth

Learning Solutions Magazine

Trainers and instructional designers have professional development needs too! Social media tools can be as powerful for solving your information and skill needs as they are for your learners’ needs. Here is the way to develop your own Personal Learning Network. It’s simple, and it’s free! Future Trends Getting Started Learning 2.0 Professional Development Social Media Tools

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Are Gen Y Prepared for Leadership?

CLO Magazine

In his book, The Myth of Leadership: Creating Leaderless Organizations , Jeffrey. Nielsen makes the case for the end of leadership as we commonly recognize it and for the creation of peer-based, leaderless organizations. He discusses leadership as a myth and states that it’s an ideology society has created that justifies the significance we place on the concept of anointed management and control. Leaderless implies pandemonium and organizational anarchy, and that’s not something I think millennials endorse, but there’s reason to wanting to redefine leadership.