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Instructional Design And The Six Thinking Hats

Upside Learning

I spent most of my free time over the last few weeks reading Edward de Bono’s book, Six Thinking Hats , and thinking about how this thinking process can be applied to Instructional Design. Before I get to that, I’d like to give a brief overview of what the Six Thinking Hats are all about. In parallel thinking, confrontation is replaced by a cooperative exploration of the subject. The Hats.

eLearning & mLearning: 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Takeaways

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. Another year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has come and gone. What did this year's CES bring to the table for the eLearning industry? Tablets Many have coined 2011 "the year of the tablet" and I believe it. The iPad has been well received among educational institutions. I think this trend in tablet computing will continue, moving beyond fad and into what could potentially make tablets an essential educational tool, and perhaps even a major money-saver for college students who would otherwise dump a large amount of money into hard-copy textbooks.

Laura's learning cupcakes

Clive on Learning

Laura Layton-James is a long-standing colleague of mine who has recently started her own blog, Purple Learning. I couldn’t help but be intrigued by one of her recent posts on learning cupcakes. She writes: I like to think of traditional training as a wedding cake: a rich mix of the right ingredients to make a delicious creation perfect for the traditional wedding. But so what? links are free!

Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning


Open source software can be used as we wish, without long-term commitments and with a community of professionals that extend and support them. This post is a post of the series "Free e-Learning Resources" and I am going to talk about

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Totara: re-shaping Moodle for corporate use

Clive on Learning

Last week I asked Can the ‘big LMS’ break clear of formal training? - I wanted to know whether Saba, one of the most successful of the big LMSs, could reinvent itself to accommodate informal learning. This time I’m exploring whether it is possible for one of the world’s most popular academic virtual learning environments, Moodle, to be adapted to suit the needs of corporates. I don’t believe the distinction is so clear in the USA, yet it really needs to be. There is some overlap: both types of platforms can deliver resources and both can support certain types of learning activities.

The 10-Minute Guide to the U.S. Constitution


Turns out there may be a truly useful — if not urgent — purpose to having members of Congress take turns reading the U.S. Constitution. And party affiliation has nothing to do with it. According to the latest survey from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute , elected officials in the United States actually understand less about the U.S. Constitution than average Americans — who don’t exactly qualify as Constitutional scholars to begin with. click image to enlarge). No joke. Want a few highlights? Brace yourself. Take the Mindflash Constitution Course. Constitution

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Why Instructional Designers Should Be Familiar with Flash

Integrated Learnings

by Donna Bryant Why should we instructional designers become familiar with development programs such as Flash? After all, most development is not done by writers or designers--it is usually done by technical developers. Here are some reasons to consider: Helps you to gauge time to create interactions so that you can provide better overall time estimates for a given project. Helps you to decide whether to include an interaction--just because you can do it doesn't mean you should. Helps you to know what is possible to do with the program so that you are inspired as you write and design content.

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Our viral web

Learning with e's

We are all Big Brother now. Not in the Orwellian dystopic sense of course. But we all have access to the power of social media, and with appropriate use, and with enough of us involved, we are all watchers - and we can all make a difference. MacDonald witnessed a tube train guard threatening and verbally abusing a passenger. He reported it online, sharing his outrage with his social network.

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The Forge - Live Today at 2pm EST

Visual Lounge

Today is the day! You're in the right spot to tune in live for our December episode of The Forge. To watch the show live, just visit this blog post on the Visual Lounge at 2pm EST to join us ! Note: you may need to refresh your browser at 2pm. Here's the line up for today: Beyond Bullet Points author, Cliff Atkinson will sharing how he helps people communicate and present more effectively. Ryan Eash, Instructional Designer - What to do before you hit the record button when making a screencast. Meet a 'Smithie" - Go behind the scenes at TechSmith with UX Designer, Chris Bacheldor. Don't worry.

#CCK11: Introductory Post--Reasons for joining

ID Reflections

I joined the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK11) MOOC a tad late. It is a 12 week course that started on January 17 and will continue till April 11. I am really excited to see what it holds. This is my introductory post. I am a bit worried that I am lagging behind in my reading but not too worried since many of the articles and posts that are linked are stuff I have already read. I am eager to go through this journey as a part of a group of people who are passionate and keen about the same things that I am. Week 1 : Connectivism Week 2 : Patterns Week 3 : Knowledge Week 4 : Unique?

Life with a smartphone

Spark Your Interest

Now that I am less dumb, or my phone is anyway, I thought I’d blog about my initial response. Here’s 5 observations: 1. I am on my computer less. One of the main challenges of self-employment is that there is no distinction between work and home, but my home office is downstairs, while the main family living is done upstairs. So, I would find myself drawn downstairs mainly to check email and then get sucked in. Now that I can check email and twitter from the couch, I don’t feel quite as anxious. Weird. It’s really a small computer, but not.

Where is the road map?

Learning with e's

Warning - this is a rant. On the day the UK government announces its new 'slimmed down' curriculum , here's my personal view on the current situtation in schools: Guy Claxton once remarked on the complexity of life: 'We have to learn to make our own way through a complex world without the benefit of an accepted trustworthy route map.' Disruption is not a bad thing. But we don't have a road map.

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LMS for Training Companies – Then & Now: Get The Free eBook

Upside Learning

Now, more than ever, Training Companies are accepting eLearning with open arms. Now, more than ever, Learning Management Systems are undergoing a massive transformation. ‘ LMS for Training Companies – Then & Now ‘ is an eBook which will take you through this journey of the LMS. And here’s the deal – it’s absolutely FREE. So download now.

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Continual Learning

Clark Quinn

A recent request for feedback on new learning technology research areas highlighted areas they thought were important, and a subset naturally struck me: the connection between formal and informal learning : an interest of mine since I first noticed the gap in organizations. emotional and motivational aspects of technology-enhanced learning which was the topic of first book. informal learning : which is a major component of my work as a member of the Internet Time Alliance. personalization of learning : which was the focus of a project I led a decade ago and still an area of interest.

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How Entrepreneurs Differ and are the Same (Article Review)

Will at Work Learning

As an entrepreneur, I'm always curious about entrepreneurship. I came across this article by Cardiff Garcia in The Observer (the magazine of the Association for Psychological Science). It highlights similarities and differences between entrepreneurs and most people. You can read the article (best method), or just read my synopsis (okay method): How Entrepreneurs are the Same (as most other people): They don't care any more about financial success than most people. They don't care more about money. They don't care any more about following family traditions. They do not crave more risk.

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A Free Tool & Free Graphics to Simplify Your E-Learning Course Design

Rapid eLearning

Most people I talk to have limited graphic design skills and they don’t usually have access to a graphic designer. This wouldn’t be a problem if they could hire a graphic designer, but they usually can’t do that either since they have no money. Considering this, the goal is to find as many free or low cost graphic design solutions as possible. Following are a few ideas to help you get started.

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.

Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 9

Upside Learning

In continuation to our weekly roundup of the best links shared on Twitter and Facebook, here is a collection of our top 15 links from the last week, each accompanied by a quick brief. Mobile Web, Native App Use Increases at Night. Meanwhile, more traditional types of communications attract increased attention during the day. Ten Top Technology Tools for Teachers. 40% of All Tweets Come From Mobile.

ReThinking MMORPGs

Kapp Notes

Most Massively Multiplayer Online Role Play Games are similar. Will Wright was quoted in a post at New World Notes Will Wright on the Future of User-Generated Online Game Worlds (Circa 2002) as saying: The main limitations on the MMORPG market really seem to be self-imposed: Most developers can’t shake the fantasy/sci-fi mindset or conceive of an alternative way of playing. So what kind of new elements can be added to a MMORPG to take it to the next level. But for many so-called “hardcore&# gamers, having an open world is not appealing. How can 3D worlds push the learning envelop?

Thought trails

Clark Quinn

I’ve riffed before about virtual mentorship , and it resonated again today. We were getting a tour of one of the social platforms, organized as many are around tasks, questions, and dialog. While implicitly it could support tracking a group’s progress, separate thoughts as recorded through blogs and tweets aren’t a natural feature. Yes, there’s integration with wikis and blogging tools, but it’s not quite the same. What if we could make it lower overhead for higher impact? The notion is that learners ‘follow’ potential leaders. meta-learning social

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Do I Have to Repeat "a" or "the" in a List?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. In my most recent online writing class , I noticed that when deleting unnecessary words from a sample sentence, some students wanted to keep the word the before every item in a list, and some wanted to take it out. Here is the original wordy sentence:   You must order the lumber, as well as the nails, additionally to include the concrete and the sealant, at the very beginning of the planning stages of the project. Here is the revised version, a simple list: You must order the lumber, the nails, the concrete and the sealant at the beginning of the project.

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

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Who Wants a Self-Paced, Free, World Class Education?


eLearning is making education accessible to anyone. This is no surprise to anyone who devotes their days to connecting professionals to learning and development opportunities. But what we’re talking about now is a free, world class, self-paced high school or even college education

E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

eLearning 24-7

I love innovation. It is what makes any product or service, aspire to new heights. I especially love it when it happens in the e-learning industry. Our industry is made up into four camps. Innovators and Risk Takers – emerging technology integrated, new ideas, pushing the envelope in what is possible in e-learning/social learning/m-learning, coming up with something that has never been done before – risk takers. Steady as it Goes – with updates and new features – occasionally new innovations, but go to the next level.whoa, whoa. New concept. Because, you know what?

The social impact of disruptive technology

Learning with e's

Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor of Learning Technology at the University of Plymouth, will give a public keynote on February 2 at the LEARNTEC Bildungsforum, in Karlsruhe, Germany. Being a self-declared 'disruptive activist', the subject of his speech 'The Future of Web 2.0 Technologies in Learning' is very close to the core of his professional interests and endeavours. to do with it?

Adobe Captivate 5: Get Ready, Get Set. Reset!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. You can easily add a Table of Contents to your lesson by choosing Project > Table of Contents and then selecting  Show TOC.     Like magic, all of the project slides will be added to the TOC. If you spent the time adding Labels to the slides before accessing the Table of Contents screen, the Labels would appear on the TOC as slide names. You can change the name easily enough by double-clicking any slide name on the TOC and typing a name. If you don't add slide Labels, the name given to each slide is based on the slide number.

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