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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.

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.

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.

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.

Great TED Video by David Perry: Are Games Better Than Life

Kapp Notes

Take a look at this interesting video about games and see if you agree. The points raised are interesting. Games Games video games

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Must Watch: The best Prezi of the Year!

eLearning Acupuncture

A colleague of mine, Dr. Jean-Marie Muhirwa, recently returned back from the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) E-Learn 2011 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education held in Honolulu, Hawaii on 18-21 October 2011. If you are new to Prezi, then check their website out. There you go! If so, leave a comment below.

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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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5 Stages of Workplace Learning (Revisited)

Jane Hart

Back in May 2010 I posted a diagram that I had created that showed what I considered to be the 5 stages of Workplace Learning.  My ITA colleague, Jay Cross, re-worked it so that I looked like this. Social learning

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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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.

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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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.

SAP To Buy SuccessFactors: Major Shift In Talent Management Market

Learning on the Leading Edge

This weekend SAP announced plans to acquire SuccessFactors for approximately $3.4 billion (almost 10X 2011 revenues). Just last week I delivered a webinar on trends in the Talent Management Systems market, and discussed the fact that this market is rapidly becoming commoditized and that the big vendors were starting to make a major impact. Click here for the replay.). Lars Dalgaard and his role.

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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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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.

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.

Exception handling is complex work

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet How is work different in a networked economy? We know that a lot of traditional work is constantly getting automated, from bank tellers, to lawyers to stock brokers. We also know that any work that can be outsourced will go to the place of cheapest labour , wherever that may be. Organizations do this all the time. Known Problems. That answer may have been automated or even outsourced.

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.

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.

The Flipped (or Social) Webinar

Jane Hart

Social learning

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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!

Introduction to Critical Thinking - 100,000+ Views on SlideShare!


IMAGINATIVE SUCCESS! never thought that my ' Introduction to Critical Thinking ' presentation would be viewed more than a 100,000 times on SlideShare (or would be my first SlideShare presentation to reach that feat!). It took four years, but so what! In Justin Beaber and Lady Gaga viewing terms that is probably achieved every second, so I am not going to use that as a measuring stick.

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?

Photography for Elearning Developers - Understanding Exposure

The Learning Generalist

Between the last post and today, I had a great time at Thattekad - one of India's finest bird sanctuaries down south. can't say it was the best photography tour - grey weather, rain and dark clouds never make for a good mix. I did have a fascinating birding trip, having spotted 110+ bird species during those three days. Along the way, I got some good photographs but not too many to be frank.

Making Slow Learning Concrete #change11

Clark Quinn

It occurs to me that I’ve probably not conveyed in any concrete terms what I think the ‘slow learning’ experience might be like. And I admit that I’m talking a technology environment in the concrete instance (because I like toys).  So here are some instances: Say you’ve a meeting with a potential client. You’ve been working on how to more clearly articulate the solutions you offer and  listening to the customer to establish whether there’s a match or not. Or, say, you’re walking around a new town. You could ignore them, or follow them up.

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

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.

Nuts and Bolts: Inviting Interaction by Jane Bozarth

Learning Solutions Magazine

Instead of asking how to manage informal learning and which tools to use, ask yourself whether you are. inviting interaction, and how. Here are some excellent ways to make informal learning more visible to both. managers and employees, and to invite interaction and develop something more akin to a partnership with. your learners. Design Strategies Future Trends Getting Started Social Media

Four Ways to Empower Your Team to Make its own Decisions


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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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?

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?

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.

2011 LMS Award Winners plus a quick note on m-learning

eLearning 24-7

Initially I was going to provide a list of all my award winners including web conferening, stand alone mobile learning, etc., but after much consideration, decided this week to focus only on the LMS sector. Before announcing the winners, I have seen a trend regarding mobile learning, that can easily mislead folks. Mobile Learning. Two years ago there were some folks who believed that mobile learning where tools, etc. that you could not access via a LMS nor were available on a desktop or SaaS based solution. Here are the spins. Reality. It shows up in your browser. Their response? SCORM 2004/1.2

App Fusion: Farewell, Terrence Wing by Terrence Wing

Learning Solutions Magazine

Terrence Wing, App Fusion columnist since January 2011, passed away on December 1. We are publishing his final column, received hours before his death, together with tributes from some of the many people who knew him and whose work he influenced. Design Techniques Development Strategies Management Techniques Tools

Here’s an Inexpensive Way to Build a Library of E-Learning Assets

Rapid eLearning

Over the years elearning software has become easier to use. But with that comes some challenges. In the past you had an instructional designer who designed the course. Then there was a programmer who did the programming of the course. And a graphics designer built the course’s graphics. Today, things have changed a bit. Here’s a Simple Solution. The Way It Works. AppSumo. MightyDeals. Fonts.

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?

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.

When being ‘social’ goes wrong (@tomscott)

Dont Waste Your Time

We are already doing so much that has implications beyond  our current understanding of ‘online behaviour’, all Tom has done here is join some dots as to one possible outcome of one little action, and the way in which it can escalate, be misinterpreted, and grow out of control. Makes you think? It did me. Tom’s website is [link]. Infographic: The Social Landscape.

What’s On Your Employees’ Wish List This Christmas?


I was in the mall this week (bad idea). large Santa’s village, complete with Santa and his minion of elves, was dwarfed by the queue of kids waiting to sit on Santa’s lap to share what they wanted for the holiday. remember (years ago!) bringing bringing my three kids to visit Santa and how their imaginations went wild on the ride to his artificial North Pole. They are powerful information sources.