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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.

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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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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.

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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.&#

What Gets Measured Gets Done.or Not

The Peformance Improvement

"What gets measured gets done." That quote, often attributed to Peter Drucker, is used frequently (I have used it many times, myself.) when talking about performance improvement. However, it would be more correct to say, "Some things that get measured get done." We measure student academic performance in schools, but it doesn't improve the quality of teaching and schools for most kids. We measure every aspect of the health of Americans, but it doesn't change access and quality of care for most Americans. If you watched the new reality TV show “Undercover Boss”. They measure everything.

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.

New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.

Time Saver Tuesday - Guest Post from Nick Kwiatkowski

Visual Lounge

This week's Time Saver Tuesday comes from Nick Kwiatkowski! Nick's been using Camtasia Studio to record a live event in Lansing, Michigan called IgniteLansing. Ignite was started by O'Reilly and is an evening of 5-minute speed presentations about anything from Fighting Dirty in Scrabble to Clunkers for Cash and everything in between. Enjoy Nick's Time Saver Tuesday! Now here is the time-saver.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Social computing in knowledge-intensive workplaces

Learning and Working on the Web

Ross Dawson discusses a Gartner report on social software, looking at some particular forecasts for the next three to five years out: 20% of businesses using social media instead of e-mail by 2014. 50% of businesses using activity streams, such as micro-blogging, by 2012. 20% of businesses will use social network analysis by 2015. 70-95% of IT dominated social media initiatives will fail through to 2012. I’ve highlighted the last point because it’s time to look at social media as a connecting force in the enterprise. So many parallels. haven’t seen this trend.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Free mobile sms service getting to grips with bullying in schools: Bullyproof

Ignatia Webs

If you are a teacher, principle or kids-psychologist worried about counseling or guiding young children on the topic of bullying, this software might be of interest to you. Bullyproof will be released in March 2010, but you can check it out with the developer Brendan O'Keefe pre-release. This FREE software caught my attention for two reasons: first of all the obvious one in that it could reduce bullying, and second that it uses software that has been around in Africa for some time now, including great live saving medical applications. What is the link with Africa?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Handwritten Fonts – Where to Find Them

eLearning Brothers

I’ve come across various posts lately about handwritten fonts and they can be a great addition to an online course. Examples of handwritten fonts being used: Here are some free Handwritten Fonts: Articulate. Da Font. TripWire Magazine. Instant Shift. Great Post: Tom and the Rapid eLearning Blog on when to use handwritten fonts.

Is it real or is it telepresence?

Electronic Papyrus

When Mike Derocher, the Experience Design Manager for HP in Corvallis, Oregon invited us to see a demonstration of their Halo telepresence system, I wondered how this might be relevant to our work in financially strapped higher education. My first impression is a slight feeling of disequilibrium mixed with mild shock at the realism of the experience. Listen to our podcast about telepresence.

The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now

Learning in 3D Week 5 Stops for Blog Book Tour and Webinars

Kapp Notes

Here are the great stops for week 5 of the blog book tour. Also, follow the tour on Twitter with hashtag #lrn3d. And, join us on Facebook at the Learning in 3D page. We are trying to hit 200 fans by the end of the week. Can you help? Invite your colleagues, friends and relatives to become a fan. Also, if you like, stop by our Amazon web page and leave a review. Tour Stops Day Twenty-One 02/08/10 John Rice at the Educational Games Research blog. Day Twenty-Two 02/09/10 Dan Bliton at the DC Metro ASTD Podcast site.(Yes, Yes, this will be a podcast.) Unfortunately all 290 slots are taken.

Exploring the learning landscape

Sticky Learning

In my previous post I asked the question, 'Is Autonomous Learning the same as Informal Learning?' I'd been reading Daniel Pink's new book Drive and my mind had turned to thinking about autonomy, learning and motivation. The post itself was a fair reflection of this thought, but not the end. Now look again at my doodle. I'll start however by clarifying what I mean by structure and control. Control.

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