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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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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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Growing Talent Gaps

Bottom-Line Performance

It was just a few years ago that I was in the midst of kicking off a major succession plan across my organization. I can recall the presentations we delivered to the executive team to garner their support. We spoke of the coming talent shortage due to baby boomers retiring, the need to narrow skills gaps to prep people for leadership roles, and to provide cross training and developmental projects to build necessary skills. In these lean times I’ve sometimes wondered, were we wrong? The answer is no.  It’s hard to imagine these gaps are real when the job market is tight.

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.

How to Create a Customer Training Strategy

Want to develop an effective customer training strategy for your organization? Download this guide to learn some simple steps you can follow to set your team up for success. Click to download.

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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.

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!

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.

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.

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

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.

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).

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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. 

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.).

Skillsoft Goes Private

Kapp Notes

SkillSoft (Nasdaq: SKIL) a provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses with a huge catalog of "off-the-shelf" courses in a variety of subjects from IT to business skills announced today that it will no longer be publicly held. In an announcement today, Skillsoft stated that a group of independent investors (investment firms) including Berkshire Partners LLC , Advent International Corporation and Bain Capital Partners, LLC will take Skillsoft private. billion. The problem? million, net income was $19.6

Interview with Ana Donaldson: Episode #5 on EdTechTalk ID Live

Learning Visions

In this week’s edition of Instruction Design Live, we talked with Ana Donaldson author of Engaging the Online Learner. These are my liveblogged notes while participating in the conversation. Apologies if they don’t always cohere. will post a link to the recorded conversation and recommend you take a listen!) Ana’s background: Started as a programmer. Discovered ID and it became her passion. At University of Iowa for 8 1/2 years in ID with specialty in performance and training. Took early retirement and now teaches part-time with Walden University (Ph Students in ID). She uses a group contract.

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.

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.

What Can We Learn From Toyota?

The Peformance Improvement

What can we learn from Toyota’s fall from grace? This company, that for the past two decades has been the benchmark for quality, has suddenly had severe damage done to its worldwide reputation and probably to its market share. Toyota seemed to be doing everything right in terms of high performance. Employees were taught “ The Toyota Way ”, a set of efficiency and quality principles that has been the envy of competitors and now is being adapted to a variety of different industries. Toyota’s problem seems to go much deeper than that. Toyota, likewise, doesn’t have much experience being attacked.

What Makes an LMS Easy to Use?

Tony Karrer

I’ll have more coming on this topic, but today someone asked me how to approach is going through an LMS selection because the general feeling was that the existing LMS was too hard for users to use. In this case, it’s customer training around products that the company sells. They are doing a combination of virtual classroom training (via WebEx) and self-paced eLearning. They currently use Moodle as an LMS with some customizations. However, the resource who did the customizations is no longer with the company. Does a Learner WANT an LMS? eLearning Technology.

The secrets of success

Clive on Learning

Last year I was lucky enough to see Malcolm Gladwell live in Brighton (see my review ). Thanks to a train journey to and from London yesterday, I’ve finally followed this up by reading Gladwell’s Outliers (Allen Lane, 2008). Many of you will have read this by now, but just in case you haven’t, the gist of Gladwell’s ideas is as follows: Becoming a world-class success in what you do, is only partially related to what you are as a person, i.e. what you were born with. To fulfil your potential takes a serious amount of practice (10 years or 10,000 hours as a guide).

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

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.