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ZaidLearn: Use Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for Writing Learning Outcomes

ZaidLearn

Do you have problems writing learning outcomes/objectives for your content or courses? Or more specifically, do you have trouble finding the right ACTION VERBS to describe what you want your students to achieve from the course, module, topic or unit? Have you tried using Bloom's Taxonomy wheel(s) before to assist finding those magic action verbs? Trust me! It is helpful, but to me it is misleading.

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This Made My Day

Bottom-Line Performance

I am a huge history buff. minored in history in college, just for fun. Give me a good biography about a historical figure, and I’m set for the evening. So when I discovered Historical Tweets , I fell in love! Historical Tweets combines my love of history with the feeling “I just don’t get the point of twitter&#. Definitely check out Mozart and, of course, Ben Franklin.

Blackboard vs. Moodle: a comparison

Dont Waste Your Time

As a user of Blackboard at Bournemouth University I have been involved in various discussion about it’s merit or lack of). These are usually started by someone who doesn’t like Blackboard, and probably hasn’t used it much either (or even tried?). They are usually fans of Moodle, even if they’ve not used it (but have talked [.]. Blackboard Moodle myBU PLN Technology University 2.0 VLE Web 2.0

Learning Management: What does a Training Company need an LMS for?

Upside Learning

Training companies the world over are changing the way they operate and the services they offer customers. An important one is the inclusion of eLearning (or online training) as part of their core offerings for existing and new customers. Such an offering is not purely driven by a cost-saving strategy on the customer’s part, but is also due to the growing acceptance of eLearning as an effective way of delivering training. An appropriate Learning Management System (LMS) is the key to the successful execution of this piece of strategy. Who’s who in the LMS?

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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.

The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Why Synchronous Learning makes so much sense today

The Learning Generalist

At the very outset, let me apologise for being late on this post. My dog went through surgery this weekend, my wife's had exams and life's been incredibly hectic as a consequence. As I wrote earlier, if you're a service provider, then people matter most in your business. Much as we may deny it, the experience of interacting with each other in a collaborative environment is special.

Getting the Most from your Screencast.com Account

Visual Lounge

Are you new to Screencast.com or want to learn how to go past the basics with your account? We have a few new resources to help you out. You can find 3 new PDF guides that you can download here. The PDFs are about: 1. Getting Started Using Screencast.com. 2. Getting the Most from your Screencast.com Account 3. Thanks to Kelly Mullins from our Informational Development group for the documents!

Breakthrough?

Gram Consulting

Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge. Are you ready for Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge (B.O.O.K) ?  Apparently “thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and investors are reported flocking to the medium&#. learned about the new device through this B.O.O.K MARK while browsing a local supplier of B.O.O.K on the weekend. informal learning social media book humour technology

The 100 Best Open Education Resources on the Web

eLearning 3.0

MasterDegreeOnline.com has release a comprehensive list ( The 100 Best Open Education Resources on the Web ) of some of the finest educational resources that are available for free via the web. I see a couple of my favorite sites on this list: MIT Open Courseware. W3Schools.com. iTunesU. Related posts: 100 Open Technology Courses You Should Have Taken in College | OnlineUniversities.com. Education Needs to Be Turned on Its Head. Why Distance Education in a Rough Economy? Distance Ed Featured

Jeff Bezos

Nigel Paine

There he is in front of a flipchart talking to camera to the employees of Zappos which Amazon just bought! Great insights: 1. Obsess over Customers 2. Invent 3. Think long term 4. It is always day one. Plus what a great message to Zappos staff: you've done great, but you ain't seen nothing yet! Flatter and share an exciting future.

Chicago Meet-up plus Blogher

Visual Lounge

I've got my mini bottles of shampoo packed and ready to go! I'm headed to the BlogHer where I will join over one thousand other bloggers. I'm looking forward to learning from them, being inspired and joining the conversation. And, if you're really feeling crazy, I'd love to shoot a quick video or screencast with you. I'll be armed with my camera and video camera.

3 Brainstorm Ideas for Your Next E-Learning Course

Rapid eLearning

One of my favorite parts of designing elearning courses is coming up with some treatments or ideas that we can present to the client. I’m always playing around with ideas. Most of them are kind of goofy and not always appropriate for the client’s project. However, it’s okay to come up with dumb ideas. Besides there are enough boring elearning courses to provide balance to the occasional dumb idea.

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.

The 100 Best Open Education Resources on the Web

eLearning 3.0

MasterDegreeOnline.com has release a comprehensive list ( The 100 Best Open Education Resources on the Web ) of some of the finest educational resources that are available for free via the web. I see a couple of my favorite sites on this list: MIT Open Courseware. W3Schools.com. iTunesU. No related posts.

Great Work is not Recognized

Learn and Lead

I recently read this in one of the blogs that I follow (which unfortunately I can’t remember, apologies). Great work is not recognized by managers, exceptional work is. Great work is expected from you anyway. This is so true. have heard many people complain that they got no recognition for the work they did. In some cases they said they got no recognition for the great work they did.

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Personal in Personal Knowledge Management

Tony Karrer

Great dialog between Harold Jarche and Stephen Downes around Harold's PKM process … Stephen Downes wrote in response: … what does the concept of a ‘method’ here imply? That there is a ‘best’ way to manage knowledge an information? Isn’t that what we’ve learned there isn’t ? All of my articles on PKM are descriptive, not prescriptive. That's a real mistake. Your mileage will vary.

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What we need is a little more slide:ology

Clive on Learning

I’ve just finished slide:ology , a wonderful book by Nancy Duarte, which celebrates ‘the art and science of creating great presentations’. Nancy is well qualified to show us how PowerPoint and similar packages can be used to greatest effect, as Duarte Design was the firm that created Al Gore’s Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth. The book is full of great examples and tips.

In Response to "The fewer the competitors, the harder they try" from Economist.com

ID Reflections

I was reading a post by Clive Shepherd called Sometimes Smaller is Better, where he disucsses an interesting article from the Economist.com called The fewer the competitors, the harder they try. The articles discusses the "n"-effect where "n" represents any numerical value in mathematics and the outcome of several experiments conducted to understand the relationship between the number of participants in a competition and the motivational level of the competitors. found that test scores fell as the number of people in the examination hall increased. We tend to think, "Oh my god!

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.

The Evidence on Online Education

Lars is Learning

Clive Shepherd tweeted a link to this research report: The Evidence on Online EducationThe study found that students who took all or part of their instruction online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through face-to-face instruction. Further, those who took "blended" courses -- those that combine elements of online learning and face-to-face instruction -- appeared to.

The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Why Synchronous Learning makes so much sense today

The Learning Generalist

At the very outset, let me apologise for being late on this post. My dog went through surgery this weekend, my wife's had exams and life's been incredibly hectic as a consequence. As I wrote earlier, if you're a service provider, then people matter most in your business. Much as we may deny it, the experience of interacting with each other in a collaborative environment is special.

The Problem with Web 2.0…

The E-Learning Curve

Discuss. --. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more. web 2.0 duplex media distribution content delivery learning 2.0

Designing Synchronous e-Learning Courses

Bottom-Line Performance

We’re continuing our discussion of synchronous e-learning (aka. distance learning) this month. Today, I want to talk about how to actually design synchronous e-learning courses. There are many elements of course design that need to be taken into consideration for synchronous e-learning. However, here are just a few questions to consider: 1. Technology. Facilitators. Participants. Content.

Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI

Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!

Mobile Technology: Bigger than the Internet and the PC combined

eLearning Acupuncture

Mobile technology is going to change your life and the change has not really begun yet. That's the take home message from Elliot Soloway (Professor, Univ. of Michigan) and Cathie Norris (Professor, North Texas Univ.). This amazing new resource is available 24/7 in the palm of your hand. Once in place in the culture of our society, so many constraints will be removed from our daily lives.

Out and About: Visiting with Ty

Kapp Notes

Catching up with Ty. While in Arizona, I had the good fortune to meet up with a former student, Ty Howard and catch up with his busy work as an adjunct faculty member among other projects he was doing. It is always good to see a former student and to hear what they are doing and how they are using their degree in instructional design.

The World has a New Mania: The "Learn English" Mania

ID Reflections

Came across this TED talk in a friend's blog--someone whose intellect, passion and creativity I admire. Mountains of Molehills A wonderful talk by Jay Walker on the English Learning mania that is sweeping across the world--2 billion worldwide are trying to learn English.most of all in China. China will become the world's largest English speaking country! English--the language of problem solving.a

Glitchy Failure Captions in Captivate

Experiencing eLearning

Recently I’ve been working on a Captivate tutorial to help our facilitators better understand the thought process of troubleshooting a specific part of their course setup. This is basically a software simulation with an avatar & audio. Most slides have a clickable area within the LMS interface. This click box has both a hint caption and a failure caption. Posted in e-Learning, Tools.

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.

The Future Business of Learning for Suppliers

Performance Learning Productivity

Last month Tony Karrer wrote an very insightful piece on his eLearning Technology blog about the Business of Learning. The post and the discussion underneath it are well worth reading. Tony equated the challenges of the learning industry to those of the publishing industry. Publishers have been going through a very tough time over the past few years. It has no other option. The Masie figure is 88%.

Shout Out: Michael Qaissaunee

Kapp Notes

Gordon introducing Mike--the Educator of the Year. Congratulations to my colleague and friend, Mike Qaissaunee who won the Educator of the year Award at the National Science Foundation's HI-TEC conference in Arizona. It is a well deserved award. Mike accepting his well-deserved award. I've known Mike for years and consider him one of the most knowledgeable and gifted educators I know.

Pre-network with LinkedIn

Tony Karrer

There are a wide variety of local events in the Los Angeles area that I periodically attend. must say that I go through phases where I attend more events for a while and then I pull back and only attend a few. Right now, I'm in a fairly selective mode. So, when I go to an event, I want to make sure that I get the most I can from the time. It used to be that I first looked for good content.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Last Weeks Kineo Product Knowledge E-Learning Webinar:

Learning Visions

On Thursday Kineo's Stephen Walsh and I presented a webinar on Product Knowledge e-Learning. After having participated in and live-blogged many a webinar, this was the first I've actually helped present. It was great fun

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

Moodle the Internet and learning

Moodle Journal

If like myself you are very much a VLE'er in you course delivery then you will also know the many advantages and to some extent the issues that can become apparent and very real when you encourage students to connect to all those digital resources out there on the Internet.

Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Three

Kapp Notes

Experimenting with building in SL. This class was a blended class, as I am travelling in AZ, I recorded the first part of the session as an asynchronous class which students listened to before attending the "live" session. The recording discussed Learning Archetypes and using the ADDIE model to create instruction. Why3 D2 Penn State Presentation View more presentations from kkapp.

The Eagle has Landed - Apollo XI

eLearning Cyclops

One of my earliest memories as a child was the Apollo 11 Moon landing 40 years ago. With the anniversary upon us (7/20), I am promoting some of the great resources NASA has on the web celebrating this event. NASA - Apollo 40th Anniversary Explore the Apollo 11 Landing Site Interactive: One Small Step Restored Videos of the Moon Walk Real-Time Replay of Mission Audio (July 16-July 24).

Google Calendar in Lectora

Integrated Learnings

I'm a big fan of Google and I use Google's online applications on a daily basis. I've found the Google Calendar to be easy to use and easy to access at home, at work, and on the go. When I was recently asked to teach a class on how to use Google Calendar I started thinking about how to integrate it with Lectora. Having a calendar in your training can be useful for a variety of reasons.

5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget

In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.

Social Networking: As Easy as Pie

ID Reflections

While we all know it is imperative today to network in order to keep up with the changing trends and shifting paradigms, to a new comer into the arena of social networking and the virtual world, the reality can hit hard. The sheer number of options can be overwhelming. The best example is of course the way Twitter is used today. The feeling of a new comer as I see it.for a lighter touch! :).

Bored? Try Some Space Related Games

Kapp Notes

In honor of the Apollo 11 flight, I have gathered a few space related games. A few are even educational. Take some time to relive the space flight with these games and even learn a few things in the process. Go to NASA's Kids Club to play all kinds of neat space games for elementary level kids. (I confess, some of the games are even fun for adults.) If you feel heroic, play Rocket Rescue.

Summer Hockey Break

In the Middle of the Curve

One of the fantastic things about living near an NHL practice rink is the ability to catch hockey in July. managed to catch the first period of the Washington Capitals Development Camp scrimmage. Loved how they brought John Walton from the Hershey Bears to call the game, provided "goal" music and horns, and generally made it as close to a real game as possible. With better seats. Blue v. White.

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A Critical Evaluation of Blackboard (by Stephanie Coopman)

Dont Waste Your Time

Wow, talk about powerful stuff! I’ve just finished reading the report by Stephanie Coopman called “A Critical Evaluation of Blackboard’s eLearning Environment“, and right on the heals of my previous post: “Blackboard vs. Moodle: a comparison&#. For those interested, I found the report when I followed the reference to it from the eLearn Magazine post by Mark [.]. Blackboard Academia 2.0 eAssessment eDelivery eLearning eResources mLearning myBU PLN VLE Web 2.0

Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.

Beware the cloud

George Siemens

I’ve found personal benefit to moving more and more of my information into “the cloud&#. Web-based tools like Google Docs, Twitter, wordpress, delicious, etc. provide the freedom to access my resources regardless of device. The development of smart phones over the last several years makes this model of data creation/access particularly valuable. With MobileMe and LiveMesh, we get the additional value of being able to store resources - via the cloud - across multiple devices. Good ol’ redundancy. All is not well, however.

The Educational Value of Apollo 11

Kapp Notes

In 1961, when President John F. Kennedy announced the goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade, it was a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG). No country had ever put a man on the moon but a mere eight years later the goal was accomplished. The country geared up and achieved its goal. The educational value wasn't in the education at all, it was in achieving the goal.