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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.

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.

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?

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

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.

Recap: ASAE 10 and PD Council Meeting

Web Courseworks

Upon returning from the annual meeting for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), I wanted to reflect on my whirlwind experience at the conference. First of all, I took the bold move of staying at a hotel in Redondo Beach instead of downtown Los Angeles, and, with fear and trepidation, rented a car and decided to venture onto the LA freeway system. More on that later though….

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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.

Cliff Atkinson’s Beyond Bullet Points

Learning Visions

I’ve been slowly making my way through Cliff Atkinson’s Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 to create presentations that inform, motivate, and inspire. While it’s geared toward the live, stand-up presentation (e.g., the sales presentation, the keynote, a lawyer’s opening arguments at a trial), there’s a lot to apply towards self-paced, asynchronous eLearning programs.


Customer Training Completion Rates

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Lifting conferences to become real learning environments

Ignatia Webs

Many conferences tend to leave their participants a bit weary after the (too) many, rather passive sessions. Thanks to Wilfred Rubens (Dutch), I got hold of an enlightening presentation by Jeff Hurt that promotes a different conference approach. We hope to push the boundaries of the conference format and get some real informal learning going, also inside the sessions.

Zemanta – will it make me a rock star?

Spark Your Interest

Image via Wikipedia. have found a new tool (hopefully it’s not just a shiny object?), which I am pretty excited about.  It’s called Zemanta , it’s totally integrated into WordPress and it takes your boring text and recommends images/media and links that might enhance your post. . That’s likely what they have on their website anyway. . Is it: Interesting links. Multimedia.

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.

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

Kapp Notes

Check out 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.

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.

Interested in Grand Challenges in Global Health in combination with Low Cost cellphones? Let me know

Ignatia Webs

In the past (and present) the Grand Challenges in Global Health from the Gates foundation have given rise to a great set of interesting projects. Interesting for these funds are only dedicated to really WILD projects that have a global impact. In a second phase we will try and work out the WILD technological solution involving low-cost cellphones. We would love to get a collaboration going.

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.

A short history of spam

E-Learning Provocateur


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 Captivate 5 for University Educators.

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.

Simple voting boxes to enhance learning

Ignatia Webs

From this academic year onward, voting boxes (= Audience Response System = ARS) will be used to enhance courses. We have to reasons to do this: a technical reason, and an educational research driven reason linked to pedagogical benefits. Enabling the teacher to respond to feedback of the ARS, by tailoring to the gap of knowledge that it displays. Activate participation in the complete group. 2009).

21st Century Education From New Learning Institute

Upside Learning

Thanks to a tweet from @ChrisLAtkinson I reached this blog post and from there the 21 st Century Education website. The site features 12 videos by educators explaining what works and what does not in our education system. They argue what should be done to actually deliver 21 st century education. Below are a couple of those videos. Educating the Mobile Generation.

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.

Inserting Flash Games and Interactions into Articulate

eLearning Brothers

Do you have a Flash file that you’ve inserted into Articulate Presenter and it is doing “weird&# things? Does it skip the first frame? Does it just keep playing and seem to ignore the stop actions? We have many Articulate users that use our Flash Games and Interactions to build courses. often get questions about how to make the Flash files work properly in Articulate.


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.