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World Texting Message Smashed!! (I guess this is good news)

Kapp Notes

A 27-year-old British woman has smashed the world record for typing the fastest text message. Apparently, she was able to text a message in 25.94 seconds. But not just any message. The official message for the world record is: "the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human ". The wonderful achievement was done using Samsung's new Galaxy S's "SWYPE" key pad, which enables users to input text without their fingertip leaving the screen.

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eLearning Outsourcing: 5 Keys To Make It Work

Upside Learning

Some months back I wrote a couple of posts about elearning outsourcing focusing on why to outsource elearning and how to select a vendor. This post focuses on how to make outsourcing work for you. list the elements that I feel require key focus to ensure outsourcing is delivering the goods for you now and in future. 1. Define Clear Objectives. This applies to eLearning Outsourcing equally well.

Skype Ettiquette

Dont Waste Your Time

Skype is one of those tools I have had installed but rarely used. Over the past few weeks I seem to have been using it nearly everyday; I don’t know what happened but all of a sudden it’s become more popular with the people I work with. Or could be my new best friend. But with Skype; You can see if I’m online and contact me. If not, don’t take it personally.

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What are Learning Analytics?

George Siemens

Last week, I announced an upcoming conference in Banff on Learning Analytics ( call for papers can be found here). We have also set up a Google Group for discussions about learning analytics and the conference. What are Learning Analytics? (LA). What does this look like? This data happily sits in a database, waiting for some type of analysis. To date, online identity and profiles are a mess.

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.

Outrageous alternatives

Learning with e's

What is the most outrageous alternative education scenario you could imagine? Children not attending school, but instead learning from home? Done it. Got the t-shirt. Distance education in the outback of Australia and other large area countries has been there for years, and so has home schooling in all its hues and colours. What about no school at all then? Nope, completely passe. Are we?

Employer-Employee Loyalty

The Peformance Improvement

The social contract between employer and employee has changed dramatically in recent years. Loyalty has been the loser. In commenting about a post I wrote last year, Milan Moravec presents the case that long-  term loyalty is no longer part of the implied understanding between management and worker. He writes:  Employee loyalty and retention: It's not what you think! Business and the public sector are into a phase of creative disassembly where reinvention and adjustments are constant. and the state, counties and cities. Until recently, loyalty was the cornerstone of that relationship.

Want to Teach Math, Science and Engineering to Kids? Think Guitars

Kapp Notes

Check out www.guitarbuilding.org If you think math, science and engineering are boring subjects, you need to re-think the topic and pronto. Check out this cool curriculum designed by The National Center for Manufacturing Education. In other words, Math, Science and Engineering. All cleverly disguised as a cool building project. And what is cooler for kids to build than a guitar.

Augmented Reality App from the Museum of London

Dont Waste Your Time

It’s taken me awhile to find this (thanks to Ignatia on Twitter for the tweet to the PetaPixel website), but how good is this … “ Streetmuseum is a new (and free) augmented reality iPhone app created by the Museum of London that allows you to browse historical photographs in various parts of the city&#. So, who’s next? Image/Quote Source. Video: Augmented Reality Explained.

Writing & Grammar: Less than or Fewer?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. Many people who know that "10 items or fewer" is correct and "10 items or less" is wrong still get confused by amounts of money and time. Is it "They gave me less than 10 minutes to fill out the form" or should that be fewer ? Usually, you should use fewer with things you can count: I have fewer CDs than my roommate. You should use less with noncount nouns--things that come in mass rather than units: I drank less water than my horse did. So what is it about amounts of money and time that is confusing? The movie lasted less than 2 hours.

Do You Really Need Instructions on How to Use an E-Learning Course?

Rapid eLearning

In the late ‘90s the company I worked for was installing a new network in anticipation of the Y2K bug.  I was responsible for training how to use the computers on the network. learning has a similar history.  And besides, many elearning courses use a similar layout which makes it easy to know what to do.  Here’s an example from a recent course I previewed: This is the volume button. 

Advice to Teachers in Florida: Don't use Facebook with Students

Kapp Notes

So rather than teach teachers or students how to intelligently use social media tools to communicate(like people do in corporations or in everyday social interactions), a school in Florida decided to advise against such silly and dangerous Web 2.0 behavior without supervision. This is going after the symptom and not the root cause. Joseph Donzelli, referred to in the article, is the director of communications and printing services at Lee County Public Schools. Is that an academic position?) Instead, they are asking teachers not to use it with students. Stay way.danger. Web 2.0

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.

Rapid Prototyping For Mobile Learning Applications – III

Upside Learning

In this, my last post in the series (continuing from Part I and Part II ), I explore what questions we’ve been asking when considering rapid prototyping tools (not just purely for mobile applications) and what we’ve learnt from it. You’ll certainly want to ask some questions before investing a rapid prototyping tool for mobile applications. Every tool has its own features – weaknesses and strengths.  Explore these fully before making the (not large) investment. Is the tool easy-to-use? Or does it have a steep learning curve? Can it be adapted across a variety of design projects?

"Courage in Women is Often Mistaken for Insanity"

Ellen Wagner

Today is the 90th anniversary of the Certification of the 19th amendment. My friend Libby Dorsey shared an email this morning with a reminder of this important anniversary, asking that we remember the day and remember the efforts of those.

37signals’ Idealogy Meets Online Training (Part 1): Meetings are Toxic

Mindflash

[ Editor’s note: Simply put, we at Mindflash are big fans the 37signals’ ethos. Usefulness, simplicity, and ease-of-use are principles we strive for. We also think that these principles apply to online training, whether you are building a full blown LMS or developing a simple eLearning courses. In this blog series, guest blogger Lee Graham will explore a few of 37signals’ concepts and discuss how we can apply them to the online training realm. This is Part 1 of the series. ]. Part 1: Meetings are toxic. The worst interruptions of all are meetings.”. Why are meetings toxic? Meeting Detox.

eLearning & mLearning: Everything You Need to Know About Graphics, Part V

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George.   Over the past few weeks we've covered whether you should use static or dynamic images, what kinds of static images promote learning, image resources, and easy image manipulation for those images that are good, but just not quite right. So what if after all of that, you still can't find the exact image you're looking for? Take the people above.

The ivory towers are crumbling

Learning with e's

Intellectual property is a strange and difficult concept. It's also increasingly anachronistic. The Law journal has this definition of IP: "Intellectual property (IP) is a term referring to a number of distinct types of creations of the mind for which property rights are recognised - and the corresponding fields of law". How ridiculous. What do their course fees entitle them to then?

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.

Seth Priebatsch Talks About the Game Layer On Top of the World

Upside Learning

You need to take the time to listen to what Seth Priebatsch says about the emergence of the game layer. He also talks about four game dynamics, very interesting. “…we like to joke, with seven game dynamics, we can get anyone to do anything.”, “school is a game” makes some very powerful statements with serious implications for designers and developers of learning.

How do you manage information?

George Siemens

I’ve posted a few thoughts on AU’s Landing about how I manage information. specifically use the term information instead of knowledge. Our encounter with information is one of sensemaking and wayfinding. We encounter a continual flow of information – most of it will never become “knowledge&#. We file it, we share it, we cite it.

Adobe Captivate: Slide Numbering Made Easy

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Lori Smith.   If you're using Adobe Captivate 5 there's a handy dandy SlideNumbering widget that lets you put the slide count on any/all of your project slides using the format you like (e.g. slide x of y, this is page x, etc). What's that you say, you're still using Adobe Captivate 4? Sorry, but the SlideNumbering widget uses AS3 and is only for use Adobe Captivate 5.

Closure: a path, not a plaque

Dave's Whiteboard

Last April, about six months after my dad died at the age of 96, I met someone whose own father had passed away at 97.  I said something about how, when a family member’s over 90, you always have an unspoken awareness of their mortality. She agreed, but added that for her, there was also a feeling that her father had always been there and would always be. Not a logical feeling, but a true one. When my grandmother died, two years after my grandfather, I remember my dad saying, “Now I’m an orphan.&#  He was 59. All my siblings, as well as my mother, live in metro Detroit.

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!

How we spend our time in the UK

Clive on Learning

The BBC news website describes a new Ofcom report which surveyed 1138 adults in the UK to determine how they spend their time, in particular the media they consume. The findings are startling. The statistics suggest people in the UK spend seven hours a day – almost half their waking lives - "engaging in media and communications activities" The article goes on: “However, the average person actually squeezes in the equivalent of nearly nine hours of media and communications by multi-tasking on several devices. hours watching television every day.” people.

Thanks to a Great Librarian

eContent

How do you say thanks to the person who opened up the world of books to you? There is truly no adequate way to express my gratitude. Earlier this month my elementary school librarian died. She taught me to love books, starting with Dan Frontier! Over the years I branched out to other books, and I never stopped visiting Mrs. Bissonett. My visits to this great lady lasted for over 45 years!

Sales eLearning – 21 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

I was asked about approaches for eLearning for Sales People. I’ve had quite a bit of experience with this and actually one of my very first projects was creating a pretty incredible eLearning solutions for Lexus sales people. Of course, it’s such a big topic that I decided to cheat and quickly point the person to eLearning Learning and particular to eLearning Sales , eLearning Sales Metrics , Sales eLearning Case Studies , and Sales Performance Support. Specifically, the web. In Part 2, I'll list some of the levels within one of the learning types. Most action plans last four to six weeks.

Why you need to set limits

Making Change

What happens if you don’t set any boundaries in your relationships? You wear yourself out doing everything for everybody and the next thing you know, you’ve cursed everyone out, grabbed a couple of beers, and slid down the escape chute. The same thing can happen to your course. Just say no. It’s fun to say “no.&# Try it! We need to pick one or the other.&#.

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.

What’s in a Moodle

Spicy Learning

A lot of people in e-learning and beyond have been asking us about Moodle recently. They’re curious about this funny word because what was once a little-known verb is now a global movement: forty million users in 216 countries and fifteen books written about how to use it so far. And it’s no longer just universities, colleges and schools which are using Moodle-based online learning environments. Increasingly, the corporate LMS is a Moodle-based LMS. Private sector ears pricked up when they heard that Moodle was adaptable, easy-to-use and above all, open source. Things are very different now.

Captivate 5 for University Educators

Adobe Captivate

This week’s eSeminar was chock full of solutions as we discussed ‘how to’ start developing eLearning based on the kind of face to face classroom content educators already have prepared for the courses they teach. The session examines the growing phenomena of online courses and online supplemental eLearning modules for courses that remain face to face or are becoming blended online and offline instruction. I’ve embedded the slides for the presentation above. You can enlarge / download etc. using the tools from Acrobat.com. Captivate 5 for University Educators.

The Evolving Social Organization

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Co-author: Thierry deBaillon – @tdebaillon. Simplicity and the Enterprise. Most companies start simple, with a few people gathering together around an idea. For small companies, decision-making, task assignments and direct interaction with clients are rather straightforward.  With growth, the simplicity ends. As every entrepreneur knows, the initial growth of a company is often synonymous with efficiency drops and decreases in profits, since administrative tasks, indirect structural costs and middle-term forecasts add financial and human pressure on early growth. Complication.

Personal Learning Resources

Learning with e's

Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) are made up of more than web tools. People and non-digital resources are also important components. My Personal Learning Network is essentially the people I connect with in order to learn what I need when I need it. Twitter, Facebook and other social networking tools are simply the means through which I do it. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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.

Delivering Social Learning (Cartoon)

Upside Learning

Patch for Adobe Captivate 5 to resolve Upgrade related issues

Adobe Captivate

Install this patch to fix the issues that occur while upgrading Adobe Captivate 4 projects to Adobe Captivate 5. Installation Steps: Windows: Take a backup of the file VeelaUpgrader.dll. Download the Zip File. Unzip the contents and double-click on the extracted set-up file. The patch gets installed, replacing the old VeelaUpgrader.dll file with the new one. Mac: Take a backup of the VeelaUpgrader framework file. Download the attached dmg file. Mount the dmg file and then install the patch installer. The patch gets installed, replacing the old VeelaUpgrader framework file with the new one.

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37signals’ Idealogy Meets Online Training (Part 1): Meetings are Toxic

Mindflash

[ Editor’s note: Simply put, we at Mindflash are big fans the 37signals’ ethos. Usefulness, simplicity, and ease-of-use are principles we strive for. We also think that these principles apply to online training, whether you are building a full blown LMS or developing a simple eLearning courses. In this blog series, guest blogger Lee Graham will explore a few of 37signals’ concepts and discuss how we can apply them to the online training realm. This is Part 1 of the series. ]. Part 1: Meetings are toxic. The worst interruptions of all are meetings.”. Why are meetings toxic? Meeting Detox.

E-Learning Uncovered: Articulate Studio '09

Take an e-Learning Break

Just got my copy of E-Learning Uncovered: Articulate Studio '09 - I've included a direct link to the book on Amazon's website. If you are new to Articulate Studio, you will love this book. It contains step-by-step instructions along with great tips. If you already use Articulate Studio, you will still find good information including timesaver shortcuts and special information for getting more from the software. The accompanying website has a good resource page: [link]. The page includes guides for the color schemes and a football game (free) created using Quizmaker.

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.

Similarities – and Differences – Between Training and Communication

Bottom-Line Performance

“I need training.”. Don’t get me wrong, I dearly love to hear those words when I pick up the phone, because it means that I might get the chance to help someone and work on a new exciting project.  The problem, of course, is that a pretty significant percentage of the time that declaration is just not quite…true. Training, as far as I’m concerned, means that the person going through it can do something at the end that they couldn’t do at the start. Most of what businesses call training actually isn’t training by that definition. It’s communication. Training. Communication.

The Real Way to Download-Convert-Insert Videos into PowerPoint!

ZaidLearn

HOW DO YOU. 1. DOWNLOAD YouTube videos? 2. CONVERT YouTube videos into a format supported by PowerPoint? 3. INSERT YouTube videos into PowerPoint (and run it offline smoothly)? Since I am always asked those three (3) questions above, why not screencast it once for ALL! This screencast explores these questions: ( Click here to download this screencast) TOOLS? Trust me! Now that would be AWESOME :).

Mobile Learning: An Upside Learning Point of View

Upside Learning

Upside Learning has moved into providing solutions that include mLearning in some form or the other. In some cases, the solution revolved purely around mobile technology. We often answer the same questions repeatedly – where do we use it? How do we use it? What devices are suitable? While the answers depend a lot on the context in which the question is asked, there is a fair bit of common ground in each answer. I’ve written about the issues and considerations often, here on this blog. You can download the paper from here. Hope it helps you with your mobile learning strategy. More questions?

Rapid Prototyping Advice for Simulation Software Courtesy Thinking World

Kapp Notes

Here is some rapid prototyping advice courtesy of simulation developer, Thinking Worlds. Use a stock environment with the same general characteristics that the final environment will have. For example, select one of the stock offices in Thinking Worlds if your final game will be in an office. For characters, use several stock characters that have the same general look-and-feel that the final characters will probably have. This is helpful, although not necessary, because any character will do as long as it is accompanied by an explanation.

How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy

A staggering 80% of sales professionals report they don’t remember or implement their lessons from annual sales kickoff meetings.Our new publication, available below, explores how companies can avoid costly mistakes in sales training.

On the job: who works where?

Dave's Whiteboard

Once upon a time — the time of the first-century poet Juvenal — the phrase black swan implied something that didn’t exist.  More recently, the black swan theory refers either to highly improbable things, or to outliers with an outsized influence on events. Small Business Administration. In 2008, there were 21.4 million non-employers in the U.S.  According to the U.S. trillion.

Flash Export in Captivate 5

Adobe Captivate

Export to Flash is an old feature modeled in a new way. In previous versions of Captivate, for this feature to work, Flash needs to be installed on the same machine from where you want to export. But, taking the advantage of the XML-based FLA file format introduced in Flash CS5, we have removed the dependency of Flash for this feature to work. Yes, for export, now there is no need for Flash to be installed at all. When you export, a FLA file will be generated which can be taken to some other machine where Flash CS5 is installed and you can work on it. All this trouble is gone now.