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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.

[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course

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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.

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!

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.

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

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).

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. Foto.marcol.art.

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!

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.

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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.

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.).

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

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.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

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

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).

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

Google Buzz and Social Learning: Connect the Dots

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Now, the deafening Google Buzz is here. It resides right inside Gmail, requires no separate account, and makes it easy to share your pictures, links, videos and updates with your Gmail contacts. When you share something, others presumably like it, comment on it and a threaded discussion starts. So, who is Buzz for? Some say Buzz is for Twitter drop-outs. Others feel Buzz is Google's answer to Facebook, and is particularly useful for those who care for extra online privacy. Yet others feel email-centric knowledge-workers will tiptoe into social networking through Buzz. What do you think?

What if…

Spark Your Interest

I read a fascinating post at Mission to Learn this morning, about a conference in Washington DC (site of Snowmageddon) which was cancelled.  Or not.  The organizaers/participants decided that they would hold it anyway and go out on a limb and try some new ways of “unconferencing&#. . It made me stop and think.  What if… we cancelled all formal training in our organizations and asked the participants to figure out how to fill the gap (an action learning project that I’d love to organize!). organizational leaders picked an idea and just let the person run with it?

Metanomics Presentation Starting Shortly

Kapp Notes

At 12:00 PST Tony and I are going to be presenting at Metanomics Here is a preview pic. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

Converting Live Workshops to an Online Course (Part I)

Web Courseworks

A lot of trainers and instructors have struggled with the question, “How can I take my full day workshop and create an online equivalent?” Design approaches for course conversion range from providing recorded webinar/ webcast series to purist academic approaches following formulas like William Horton’s Absorb—Do—Connect methodology to even more complex evaluation-driven design using a Quality Matters rubric. As with a lot of things in life, the design approach selected often depends on the authoring tools and resources at your disposal. Social media has put this agenda item on overdrive.

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