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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. I list the elements that I feel require key focus to ensure outsourcing is delivering the goods for you now and in future. Define Clear Objectives. This applies to eLearning Outsourcing equally well.

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.

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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.

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…. Me? …

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Take Charge of your eLearning environment

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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.


Zemanta – will it make me a rock star?

Spark Your Interest

Image via Wikipedia. I 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. . Or is that blogstar? Multimedia.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. I often get questions about how to make the Flash files work properly in Articulate.


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.

Join us for ID Live this Week

Learning Visions

This week on ID Live! Zuochen Zhang and Rickard F. Kenny will be joining us to discuss their article: Learning in an Online Distance Education Course: Experiences of Three International Students. Join the conversation, Friday at noon eastern at EdTechTalk. About Instructional Design Live: A weekly online talk show, Instructional Design Live is based around Instructional Design related topics and is opportunity for Instructional Designers and professionals engaged in similar work to discuss effective online teaching and learning practices.

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.

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.

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. I often get questions about how to make the Flash files work properly in Articulate.


Learning to Share Data

The Peformance Improvement

One of the biggest barriers to learning both inside and outside organizations is the reluctance to share information. Departmental units and academic disciplines put up cultural walls that prevent people   from sharing what they know. In doing so, people lose out on their collective wisdom. However, we are seeing some examples of critically important medical breakthroughs that have occurred because those barriers have been overcome.   One example is in the area of Alzheimer’s research. No one would own the data.

Some Interesting Business Simulations/Games

Kapp Notes

Here are some interesting Business Education Simulations from Realityworks. The Business Education Simulations apply key business concepts taught in a traditional instructor-led class to a series of three online games that test students’ knowledge of successful business strategies. Students create their own company and product, and participate in simulations, including The Business Game, The Entrepreneurship Game and The Finance Game. In addition, students are required to build relationships with simulated mentors and co-workers through daily e-mails and video phone calls to form decisions.

Weighing up the benefits of traditional book publishing

Clive on Learning

In an interview with MediaBistro , Seth Godin declares that he has given up on writing books. With 12 in the bag, he no longer thinks that the traditional publishing process is “worth the effort”. “I I like the people, but I can’t abide the long wait, the filters, the big push at launch, the nudging to get people to go to a store they don’t usually visit to buy something they don’t usually buy, to get them to pay for an idea in a form that’s hard to spread,” he says. One of these is a book I’ve had on the go since 2007 entitled The new learning architect. What would you do

[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course

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