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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.

#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.

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.

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. 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!

How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

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

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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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?

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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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.

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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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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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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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.

#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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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

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.