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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. 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.

#LAK11 analyse your learner/worker interactions with SNAPP to increase #elearning outputs, pedagogy and #performance

Ignatia Webs

Many of us use learning management systems, and some of us even track students to support learning processes, but let's face it: tracking does not always result in clear visualization of the interactivity that is taken place amongst learners. Here is where SNAPP comes in. There are other visual analyzing tools, but SNAPP is simple to use and easy to install, which is why I really like it.

Social learning for business

Learning and Working on the Web

Here’s an elevator pitch , in 10 parts, for social learning , which is what really makes social business work. The increasing complexity of our work is a result of our global interconnectedness. Today, simple work is being automated (e.g. bank tellers). Complicated work (e.g. accounting) is getting outsourced. Complex and creative work is what gives companies unique business advantages.

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.

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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.

Adobe FrameMaker: Adding a Drop Cap

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Barb Binder    Adding a drop cap in FrameMaker is easy, right? Just activate the Apply Drop Cap checkbox and specify how many lines to drop down, right? Sadly, there is no drop cap feature in FrameMaker, but that doesn't mean you can't have one. You just need to know how to create the drop cap manually.   Place your cursor at the beginning of the paragraph where you'd like to have a drop cap.   Delete the first character in the paragraph.   Choose Special > Anchored Frame.   Change the Anchoring Position to Run Into Paragraph.

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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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. There is some overlap: both types of platforms can deliver resources and both can support certain types of learning activities. But the nature of those resources and activities is typically very different.

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.

One Secret Recipe to Great Memory is


Trying hard to forget it! The harder you try to forget something, the more likely you will remember it!" - Zaid Ali Alsagoff FORGET IT! Have you noticed that when you try hard to forget something that you don't want to remember (e.g. crappy presentation you did!), it becomes harder to forget it. It just sticks in your mind like glue.Forget! Forget! Forget! It isn't going to happen! The secret?

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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. Every Want a few highlights? Brace yourself. Take the Mindflash Constitution Course.

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Challenges and Failure are Great Tools for Learning

The Learning Generalist

For the last few months I've been a self confessed fan and avid user of iPhone OS. Yesterday, as an impulse buy, I picked up a Droid. Months of conditioning to Apple's interface left me confused when I first saw the HTC Sense skinned Android interface. That was at noon yesterday. little over a day and I'm happily doing all of my mobile computing tasks using my Android. What do you think?

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

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.

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. 1. Mobile Web, Native App Use Increases at Night. Meanwhile, more traditional types of communications attract increased attention during the day. 2. Ten Top Technology Tools for Teachers. This infographic depicts how.

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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Learning Through Stories

Designed for Learning

My father has told me countless stories and continues to be a good storyteller. Whether it is to share his opinion or advice or just generally talk about his experiences, he has always kept a story ready! First it was us, and now it is his grandchildren. And so, I have always liked stories; both telling and listening to them. And I hope to continue my father’s legacy by sharing countless stories. storytelling corporate storytelling learning through stories stories learning story

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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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.

Freelance Company Name: Ideas Needed

Experiencing eLearning

Idea by annais. For some time, I’ve been meaning to set up an official business for my freelance side projects. However, I’m stumped on the name. Tucker is a common last name, and there are several other Christy Tuckers in the online space (including one in education even). The best idea I have right now is to steal from Robert Kennedy and call my business CT Learning Solutions.

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Where is the road map?

Learning with e's

Warning - this is a rant. Disruption is not a bad thing. An enormous amount of things need changing and a great deal of reform needs to be done, particularly in the compulsory education sector. We need to deliberately disrupt what exists to achieve any positive change or meaningful progress. But we don't have a road map. Anyone who claims they know the way forward is either deluded, or lying.

QR Codes: The nuts and bolts #QRCode #edtech #ukedchat

Dont Waste Your Time

I’ve had some amazing discussions with some colleagues recently about QR Codes and how we can use them. When I got over the initial “huh?&# response as to what they are, and they understood that the code can contain type of data, we started to get somewhere really quite quickly. What is a QR Code? Source: Wikipedia. Your phone displays the text, link, e. Your phone number.

How to Have a Learning Conversation

The Peformance Improvement

Employees learn best when they have guidance, support, and performance feedback from someone they trust and respect in the organization. Ideally, this is a boss, supervisor, coach, or mentor who knows why that learning is important and how it aligns with strategic business goals. Managers, at all organizational levels, should have regular learning-focused conversations with the people who report to them. In these conversations, described in our book, The 5As Framework , managers should ask: What do you need to learn in order to help this organization achieve its business goals?

The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now

The Forge - Cliff Atkinson Live on Thursday, January 20

Visual Lounge

I've had enough! I've wasted too much time sitting through boring presentations. know you have too. Heck, I've even given some of those boring PowerPoint presentations. It doesn't have to be this way. You are not going to want to miss our guest on The Forge this week. Cliff Atkinson will be joining us and sharing how he helps people communicate and present effectively. Can't join us live?

How Entrepreneurs Differ and are the Same (Article Review)

Will at Work Learning

As an entrepreneur, I'm always curious about entrepreneurship. 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.

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.

Training Consumed in 60 Seconds: Microlearning Is Made For Today's Growing Teams

Microlearning is a way to solve the problems facing educators and trainers of today. Learn how to create effective training programs through Microlearning with Grovo.

#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. This one not so much and I’m still carrying it like its fragile.

Social business on the edge of the chasm

Learning and Working on the Web

Last year I was asked what I thought about Enterprise 2.0 E2.0). While it’s a popular subject amongst some management theorists, there aren’t many examples of E2.0 in practice. Peter Evans-Greenwood has a good analysis of why E2.0 is not ready for mainstream business implementation due to regulatory constraints: So, I agree with naysayers that the business case for E2.0