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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. I 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.

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. Making Change Agile, Lego and Training: The common factors. - Agile Instructional Design I'm still studying all of this to see whether I really buy that Agile methods will work.

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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.

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.

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5 Myths About Digital Natives

Upside Learning

I’ve been working on some learning related material for children. Designing for children is a totally different ballgame from the workplace learning we are typically involved in. To put it mildly, designing for children is tough; to design for today’s children even tougher. The more I look at this demographic they call ‘digital natives’, I find individuals who take the digital world the internet enables for granted. To these individuals, the internet and its data services are just as mundane as electricity and phones were to us in older generations. Digital natives have short attention spans.

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

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.

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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! Do you? => > If you would like me to include your elearning and/or workplace learning blog in this list please leave a comment. =>

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?

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.

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Learn From Success or Learn From Failure: You Decide

The Peformance Improvement

We learn more from studying successes than we do from studying failure. I 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.

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. Ambient CO testing.

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.

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. I 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].

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.

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.&#.

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.

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

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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. I 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 ? Who can use it ? Anyone, regardless of vertical. Scribd. What solutions ? Connotea.

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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Organizational Change Management Cited – Again – as Key.

Social Learning

erp-project-failure In his IT Project Failures blog, Michael Krigsman frequently discusses the importance of change management, communication, and training in successful ERP implementations. In a recent post, he cites a recent poll by

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