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Seven Ways to Use the iPad for Workplace Learning

Upside Learning

The iPad is here. After all the hype, which it didn’t quite live up to, there was a lot of commentary web-wide on whether it’s suitable for elearning, or a specific type of learning. Here at Upside our camp is divided, there are iPad lovers and there are iPad baiters. The lovers are typically Apple fan-boys who are crazy about anything Apple, so their devotion to any bit of technology that Steve Jobs throws into the market is taken for granted. On the other hand, Apple’s business practices aren’t the ones I find inspiring. Can you? 2. Lotus or MS Exchange? 3.

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Netiquette: a handy guide for online students

Dont Waste Your Time

Nice laptop on a glass table. from Yuri Arcurs Website. came across this guide from the LSC (Lake Superior College) wiki of netiquette for their online students. Here they are (I have removed one or two as I don’t agree with them, and have put my interpretations at the bottom): Behind Every Name There is a Person: Respect the privacy of your classmates and what they share in class.

Meet Kate Sumbler - Technical Support Specialist

Visual Lounge

Kelly Rush and I have been wandering the halls of TechSmith for our behind the scenes interviews. Cathy Nagle-Ervin left a comment on one of our recent videos requesting an interview with someone from Tech Support. So Kelly and I headed down to our Tech Support department to grab some video. Meet Kate Sumbler, one of our seven Technical Support Specialists. The video runs just under 4 minutes.

What is being a curator of digital microcontent? Or, the one with the big stuffed animals at Wal-Mart.

Janet Clarey

Microlearning as a term reflects the emerging reality of the ever-increasing fragmentation [emphasis mine] of both information sources and information units used for learning, especially in fast-moving areas which see rapid development and a constantly high degree of change. Lucky you! Maybe *you* already see it everywhere. Example: The People of Wal-Mart. To Wal-Mart. Sears advertises there.

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Screencast of the Week - Picture-in-Picture for Whiteboard Recordings!

Visual Lounge

There are a couple elements that can make screencasts interesting and engaging. Motion from drawing on the screen with something like a Tablet PC or Wacom tablet make a screencast dynamic and can focus viewers attention. And, the Picture-In-Picture (PIP) option in Camtasia makes screencasts lively and shows off the presenter's personality. Typically PIP usually shows a webcam recording or sometimes an image. Some researchers at Microsoft have done something really creative for their screencasts using PIP! This is an easy way to add a handout to your screencast. Great use of technology!

Buzz without the munchies

Janet Clarey

So I sit down at my desk this morning, opened up Gmail as I always do and noticed Google Buzz. read like 61 trillion tweets about  Google Buzz over the past few days so, of course, I was fatigued with it to begin with. Tweets, blog posts, RSS feed just loaded with it. I was expecting someone to say at breakfast,  &# hey, did you try Google Buzz…what’s that about?&# (no one would ever say that to me at breakfast though… make me eggs! is usually about the best I get for breakfast conversation.). So my point is, I was not enthusiastic. posted my first Buzz message “ test.&#

Emerging Trends in Interactivity that Training Professionals Cannot Ignore

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

In this post I would like to relate five emerging trends in interactivity that training professionals cannot ignore. will also name a few tools that help you leverage those trends. Interactive Presentations Presenters are increasingly relying upon interactive elements to help their presentations come alive. Trainers and teachers can no longer make do with bullet points. Learners expect interactive elements in your presentations. Examples of tools that help you build interactivity to your presentations are YawnBuster, Flash and Silverlight - to name a few. Raptivity is a great example of that.

How to effectively architect information for your elearning course

The Learning Generalist

As Instructional Designers, its always a challenge to balance meaningful instruction with information. Cathy Moore's action mapping framework is a great way to create lively elearning that allows you to include just the right amount of information in your elearning course. Its a consulting challenge to make the trade-off between meaningful instruction and information overload in such cases.

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

Theory-informed design tips

E-Learning Provocateur

In my previous article , I proposed a Taxonomy of Learning Theories to organise a few of the myriad of theories into some semblance of order, and to assist instructional designers in using theory to inform their work. In this article, I go one step further by listing specific, practical instructional design tips that are informed by those theories. Behaviourist design. Cognitivist design.

Web 2.0 Strategy

Janet Clarey

I’m finally getting around to reading the ASTD State of the Industry Report for 2009 which was released in November. found this graphic quite interesting. suspect one of the greatest needs now is to come up with an actual strategy for implementation. Or is the plan just to let the horses out of the barn? Technology and standards. Organizational and learning culture. Skills and competencies.

SkillSoft To Be Acquired By Private Firm by Anne Derryberry

Learning Solutions Magazine

Skillsoft PLC, one of the largest e-Learning companies in the world, announced today that it has agreed to be acquired by SSI, a private firm formed for this purpose. Shareholders Foundation has raised concerns about the agreement.

Learning Styles Reviewed by Association for Psychological Science AND FOUND WANTING.

Will at Work Learning

The Association of Psychological Science commissioned a review of the evidence for the benefits of using learning styles, and the report is clear. We conclude therefore, that at present, there is no adequate evidence base to justify incorporating learning-styles assessments into general educational practice. Thus, limited education resources would better be devoted to adopting other educational practices that have a strong evidence base, of which there are an increasing number. 105) Research Citation: Pashler, H., McDaniel, M., Rohrer, D., & Bjork, R. 2008).

Customer Training Completion Rates

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Here’s How to Add Personality to Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

In a previous post, I shared some free handwritten fonts. Today, we’ll explore how you might use them in your elearning courses. We already looked at how fonts are more than the text you read. As a graphic element, they convey meaning and play a role in the message you communicate. Below are images from some web sites that include the use of handwritten fonts. Barista iPhone App.

Your Brain On 3D Learning

The eLearning Coach

Help! I’ve been caught in an immersive 3D Learning Environment! Oh wait, this is just my office. guess the book, Learning in 3D, has kind of rewired my brain. I’m sure this is an improvement. According to the authors, Karl Kapp and Tony Driscoll, it’s just a matter of time until virtual immersive environments are commonly accepted as the learning mode of choice. Not so. Buzz up!

eLearning: Interesting Weekly Finds #11

Upside Learning

CopperLicht – fast WebGL JavaScript 3D Engine. CopperLicht is a JavaScript 3D engine for creating games and 3d applications in the webbrowser. It uses the WebGL canvas supported by modern browsers and is able to render hardware accelerated 3d graphics without any plugins. 2. Google Buzz. Google has announced Buzz a new social media service that would be integrated within Gmail.

When Your SME Goes MIA

Integrated Learnings

By Jay Lambert. At lunch today, someone was discussing problems that instructional designers frequently face while working with subject matter experts (SMEs). Don't get me wrong; there are many wonderful SMEs out there. But unfortunately there are also enough of the other variety that you see a lot of 'what to do when your SME.' type articles. You know the SME I mean. And the SME vanishes.

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

Resources for "Enterprise Learning and Collaboration in 3D Virtual Worlds" Webinar

Kapp Notes

Dan Bliton of Booz Allen Hamilton asked Tony and Karl to present a webinar entitled "Enterprise Learning and Collaboration in 3D Virtual Worlds." The presentation promises to be a lot of fun. Here are the supporting resources. Slides Here are the slides from the presentation. Bah Learning In 3 D View more presentations from kkapp. Web site for the book Learning in 3D.

Are you better than Steve Carell at using technology in the classroom?

eLearning Acupuncture

Most people have seen at least one episode of Steve Carell’s hit show, The Office. If you haven’t seen an episode then please go here to check one out. It’s very funny stuff! Lynn Schofield Clark in collaboration with her Innovation in Mass Communications class at the University of Denver have produced a very witty video as part of a class mini-project. It’s a parody video based on The Office.

Google Buzz in eLearning

Upside Learning

The web is abuzz with talk of Google Buzz. So what is Buzz – simply put it’s a personal aggregator that is coupled to your Gmail account. Buzz is to email what Wave will eventually be to real-time collaboration around email thread and embedded documents or media. What does buzz do? Let Google do the explaining –. However, even its current form, it’s a significant reinvention of email. 

How to incorporate subtitles in a movie you are converting for mobile devices

Ignatia Webs

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post (see here ) on how to convert a DVD you have bought to a format that can be played on a mobile device. Some of you have tried it already, but there was a question concerning subtitles. If you want to, you can use AVS4YOU to add the appropriate subtitles to your converted format. Before you push the convert button, we are going to add the subtitles.

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.

Making Sense Of The iPad For Online Learning

The eLearning Coach

The noise about the release of Apple’s iPad has been a bit overwhelming. Were you too busy to read the reviews, analysis and opinions? No problem. summarized the gist of it in a quick handy dandy rating system focusing on the iPad’s future for online learning. As Apple says, the iPad is slightly smaller than a magazine. Its 9.7 inch diagonal screen bodes well for mobile learning. and 1.6

My Subject Matter Expert Toolkit

Bottom-Line Performance

I recently presented a case study at the central Indiana ASTD fall conference. The focus of the case study was on using e-learning templates to facilitate rapid design. But as part of the presentation, I talked about how we managed a large group of SMEs (over 40 total) on the project. The room became alive and there were so many questions and comments I had to halt the discussion. I had obviously hit a hot topic! Working with SMEs can be a challenging part of the design and development of learning solutions - but it doesn’t have to be! etc.). What time is “end of day&# ?, etc.).

Graffiti at Upside Learning

Upside Learning

A large blank white wall is an invitation for creative individuals to express themselves. Some call it graffiti, some call it art, all in all its great fun. We had just such a wall at our offices in Pune. We decided to make the best of it and let graphic designers and artists from the team have a go at it. The results speak for themselves. Here is a time-lapse video of the activity.

Video: Don’t do this to your students …

Dont Waste Your Time

A wake up call for everyone … especially those who think eLearning is as easy as providing an electronic resource! Please, don’t! “Would you do this to your face-to-face students? Then don’t do it to your online students.&#. Related posts: PowerPoint: embedding YouTube video. Video: Bring your presentation alive. Video: Educational Transformation, Sir Ken Robinson.

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.