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Two Software Tools for Creating Simulations

Kapp Notes

Here are two tools that can be used for creating effective and engaging simulations. Let me know of other tools. SimWriter. Screen Capture from SimWriter simulation creation software. What started as a tool for internal simulation development is now a patented authoring tool available to license and use for your own e-learning simulation development. It is now on version 3.0 CodeBaby.

20 Signs of Employee Disengagement

The Peformance Improvement

Employee engagement seems to be the current hot topic of survey organizations. Gallup , Mercer , BlessingWhite , and others are regularly conducting national and international studies of engagement. It’s interesting to discover from these surveys that roughly 30% of employees indicate that they are engaged in their work. You don’t need an organization-wide survey to answer this question.

Face-to-face is for special occasions

Clive on Learning

Ask yourself. What proportion of the music that you consume is at a live performance? Chances are it's something between 0 and 10%. What proportion of the drama that you watch is at the theatre, rather than at the cinema or on TV? I'd be surprised if it's more than a few percent. And what proportion of the sport you watch is in a stadium rather than on TV. You get the idea. And yet, there's a good possibility that those live events that you have attended - music, drama, sport or whatever - are among the most memorable occasions of your life. Perhaps even peak experiences.

eLearning and PowerPoint: Usage Survey

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  I've heard from several eLearning developers expressing their frustration over being given lackluster PowerPoint presentations and asked to magically transform them into effective and engaging eLearning lessons and courses. Are  Are you in the same boat? Perhaps you are creating the PowerPoint presentations as well? Maybe (gasp) you're the one creating the lackluster presentations? Amongst my own office, opinions often differ when taking into consideration the presentation delivery goal and mode as to what constitutes a good presentation.

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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Freelance Instructional Design: More Tips from the Trenches

Experiencing eLearning

I’ve gotten some great tips from others working as independent consultants or freelance instructional designers in comments on my Getting Started as a Freelance Instructional Designer and Tips for Starting to Freelance posts. love having so many brilliant and generous people in my network who freely share the wealth of their knowledge. Networking. Rebecca notes that networking is an ongoing process : I think the biggest thing to success in consulting is to cultivate your networks and keep them going. also use social network sites like LinkedIn to let my network know that I’m looking.

Adobe Captivate: Export Audio

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    You can import or record audio to just about anything in Adobe Captivate. Right-click a slide object and you'll find you can select Audio > Import to  (or  Record to ). Right-click a slide and you'll find the exact same menu items. However, once edited the imported audio clip will no longer match the original file that you imported.

An Open LMS: CourseKit

Kapp Notes

A while back I posted on Facebook that LMSs were prisons for content because they tended to keep content inaccessible and unavailable for quick easy access. Well now their is a new kind of LMS that uses a Facebook type interface to conduct academic business. It’s called CourseKit. CourseKit instructor page. The concept is radical on two levels. billion.) Web 2.0 community

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The Flipped (or Social) Webinar

Jane Hart

Social learning

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.

Kineo eLearning Design Webinar December 8

Learning Visions

The most impressive learning designs draw from best principles of adult learning theory, take a card from marketing and advertising, and ultimately result in effective programs that inform, instruct, and perhaps even change behaviours. But how do you get there?… Come join our webinar this Thursday, December 8 at 11:00 eastern and download the free Learning Models guide

Writing Multiple-Choice Questions for Higher-level Thinking by Mike Dickinson

Learning Solutions Magazine

Multiple-choice questions don’t get a lot of respect from some instructional designers when it comes to evaluating higher-level thinking. However, these questions can be effective if the designer knows how to write them. Here is your guide to creating meaningful multiple-choice items. Assessment Blended Evaluation Getting Started Instructional Design

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Games Article Published in Online Training Magazine

Kapp Notes

Here is a link to an article by Margery Weinstein with an interview from me and great additional pieces and interviews with James Sharpe, senior vice president, Strategic Solutions, PDI Ninth House and Chris Musselwhite, Sue Kennedy, and Sue Probst of Discovery Learning Inc. In the article, Get Your Head in the Game, I discuss how there are two expectations of games for learning these days. One is based on the mega-realistic games like Halo and the Uncharted Series (realistic in visual quality and character movement…not in storyline or actual events). Check out the entire article here.

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The Mobile Internet Explosion In India

Upside Learning

Came across this really interesting presentation about the growth of mobile internet in India by Mashable here – Mostly Mobile: How the Internet Is Consumed in India [INFOGRAPHIC]. Three factoids that strike me as being interesting: 1. 71% of India’s population uses mobile phones – that is 858,370,000 individuals! 2.

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.

Camtasia Studio: Speech to Text

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Camtasia Studio 7.1 can convert (transcribe) speech to text. an awesome feature that will help make quick work out of creating closed captions. Review  this video  to learn how to use the speech to text feature

Can we dispense with email?

Clive on Learning

I was interested to read the following news in a post by Scott Gavin : Atos, the largest IT services firm in Europe, is going to do away with internal e-mail. Atos CEO Thierry Breton says that only 15 percent of the 200 e-mails his staff receive on average are valuable, and that staff are wasting between 5 and 20 hours a week handling e-mail. Instead of e-mail, he wants staff to use instant messaging and other chat-like communications media. The same story was picked up by Mark Bethelemy in Internal Communication - Beyond Repair? That's a lot of communication that needs to be protected.

Hazard: Learning at the Moment of Need

Social Learning

Last week I discovered that “learning at the moment of need” is not the most effective way to learn. In fact, it’s downright risky business and very unpleasant. On a recent trip to New York, my job was to provide on-the-fly navigational instructions using Google Maps. Two huge problems: I didn’t know how to use my mobile Google Maps app well – at all. No problem, Right? failed. ” “What?

Initial reflections on Slow Learning #change11

Clark Quinn

I have to say that I found the comments on my initial post very interesting and challenging.  A couple of themes have emerged that partly I want to elaborate on, and partly want to reflect upon.  I believe in, and do try, ‘learning out loud’, so I’ll both try to elaborate and draw myself up short. One of the themes that emerged is the rejection of the GPS idea, and extolling a preference for getting lost (I did  explicitly mention that GPS’s do not  help you learn the terrain, but I’ll add that they could).  I want to unpack that a bit.

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.

Writing and Grammar: List Lovers Unite!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby    After reading AJ's  Tips for Better Data Representation article , fellow Skills and Drills reader  Nancy Elliott  sent the following question/comment: " Edward Tufte  may think that the correct number of items that belong in a list is  zero , but does Jennie Ruby agree? I am old school. think bullets help people focus." " My immediate answer is "I do love me a list." Well, ok, I guess I can live without drop shadows if  AJ  can. Why do I love all these things about lists?

What Do We Mean When We Say HTML5?

The Learning Circuits

No doubt you’ve heard at least a whisper about HTML5 over the last year. It’s a Flash-killer. It’s the only way to get multimedia on mobile devices. It’s not going to be ready for use until 2022. It’s going to save the world. There’s a lot of hype. One thing that complicates the situation is that the spec is still technically undergoing revision, even as it’s currently being used in web development projects around the world. As of January 2011, it’s considered a “living standard,” and browsers are continuing to change as the spec is revised. So what’s an elearning designer—or developer—to do?

Welcome Camtasia for Mac 2!

Visual Lounge

One of the best parts of being an evangelist is that I get to share the good news with you. Today is one of those days! Camtasia for Mac 2 is here! You spoke up. We listened. We've redesigned and rebuilt Camtasia for Mac to help you create engaging, high-quality videos.faster, easier, and with more consistency. What's new in Camtasia for Mac 2? Download a free, 30-day trial of Camtasia for Mac 2.

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Slow Learning – #change11

Clark Quinn

This is a longer post launching my week in the #change11 MOOC (Massively Open Online Course).  . Our formal learning approaches too often don’t follow how our brains really work.  We have magic now; we can summon up powerful programs to do our bidding, gaze through webcams across distances, and bring anyone and anything to pretty much anywhere. Our limitations are no longer the technology, but our imaginations. The question is, what are we, and should be, doing with this technology? like to look at this a couple of ways. Stop and ask yourself that.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  And feel free to share!

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.

E-learning In Automobile Industry – New Report

Upside Learning

Last week Towards Maturity published its latest report on e-learning adoption, utilization & effects in the European automobile industry. worked in the automobile industry for a few years in the early part of my professional life. From our discussion and previous experience with the sector, we already know that technology adoption had been strong amongst most of the larger auto players.

What is quality when it comes to e-Learning?

Spicy Learning

Does a good-looking course qualify as good quality? What about an ordinary course that brings about great behavioural change? I’m sure the argument can be extended to both sides. But my argument is to take the middle-path (very Buddha-like indeed, except I see no chance of Nirvana!). At the same time, most of us are also looking to maximize our profits. Where does that leave quality?

Four Ways to Empower Your Team to Make its own Decisions

Mindflash

When I speak with managers, especially senior-level managers, a common complaint  I hear is, “How can I get my team to make more decisions on its own?” ” It’s a good question and one all managers need to spend time answering. So how do you teach people to make more and better decisions? Be honest. Don’t give your own, “better” idea. What do you think? Say, “Yes!

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Further (slow) thoughts on learning #change11

Clark Quinn

I’ve been monitoring the comments on my #change11 posts, and rather than address them individually, I’m posting responses.  So, a couple of questions have recurred about the slow learning concept. One is how the notion of quick small bites reflects a slower learning process. Another is how it might play out in the organization. And a final one is about the overall pedagogy.

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.