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Game Based Learning Isn’t Always Electronic

Upside Learning

A very popular myth surrounding game-based learning is that it involves learning through video games. This article showcases The Healing Blade , a card game which is slowly gaining popularity among medical students in the United States. The Healing Blade is a card game that teaches budding Med students the ins and outs of infectious disease. American Megafauna. Erosion. Britannia. Zendo.

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Educational Games: A $5 Billion Dollar Market

Kapp Notes

Any market this big is bound to bring in the big boys and Google is seriously looking at getting into the educational game business on an App basis. According to the article Google Pushes Education Software Through App Store Google seeks to lure more educational developers and is stepping up efforts to generate revenue from educational related applications. And, more importantly, if someone can learn algebra from a smartphone, what does this do to the schools (who by-the-way) still ban mobile devices since that can’t figure out how to integrate them into the curriculum.&#. Let them play.

PowerPoint 2007: Adding Voiceover Narration to Presentations Converted to Movies

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. Last week I detailed how to turn a PowerPoint 2007 presentation into a movie that could be uploaded to popular video sharing sites like YouTube.      If you wanted to add voiceover narration to the movie, however, you may have run into a bit of a problem--there is only one row in the Windows Movie Maker timeline for audio. Note (And this is important!):

Lost in Translation:

Performance Learning Productivity

Why Learning Professionals Need to Learn to Speak their Stakeholders’ Language The language we use is important. There’s no doubt about that. Human cultural development owes a great deal to our ability to communicate complex thoughts and be clearly understood by others so they can take actions. The problem is, like opinions, there are just so many languages to choose from at any one time.

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#Moodle #Mobile, the follow up action is called Moodbile

Ignatia Webs

It has been quite a year for mobile devices! So many initiatives, so many actions. Mid March 2010 some of us volunteers got together and started to work on Moodle for iPhone. After the initial excitement, different people realized that if we wanted to get Moodle mobile, a lot needed to be addressed, including cleaning up the existing code, adding php-recoding, starting native apps.

Countering Social Media Fatigue (SoMeFat)

Learning Visions

In these days of Social Media, many of us live increasingly in the public eye. What I write here can be viewed by anyone. What I say on Twitter can be viewed by anyone. What I update on my Facebook status can be viewed by lots of people (not anyone – I have designated my FB friends and set my privacy settings, but 300 people isn’t really a private place, is it? fell WAY back on Twitter.

Elearning applications


News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 1/02/2011 Top 10 Open Source e-Learning Projects to Watch for 2011 2011 is the e-Learning year! Traditional instructor led training is expensive and, in some cases, difficult to track its effectiveness. Enjoy! You can create a quiz app to assess your employees knowledge.

Tackling Wicked Problems Using an Iterative Approach

ID Reflections

Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well-informed just to be undecided about them. Laurence J. Peter Recently, while doing a keyword search for complexity , I stumbled across an article called Wicked Problems. The term was coined by Horst Rittel, the inventor of the Issue-Based Information System (IBIS) structure upon which Dialogue Mapping is based.

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.

Call 4 #papers: #mobile #mLearning IADIS conference in Avila Spain

Ignatia Webs

Stretch your fingers, speed up your word-processor and get typing for the extended deadline: 26 January 2011 to submit a paper/poster/panel. for the IADIS mobile learning conference that will take place on 10 - 12 March 2011. The IADIS Mobile Learning 2011 International Conference seeks to provide a forum for the discussion and presentation of mobile learning research. Fischer, G. Fischer G.

Buzzing with Social Curation Tools!


Today, we are all facing information , and it is often difficult to find what we are looking for, especially if we are looking for updated collections of resources to support a topic, issue or idea. It is amazing how much spam comments I get on this blog alone (10 - 20 spam comments a day!), thanks to SEO strategies. Amazingly annoying! DELICIOUS = RIP? Let's explore! Which one to use?

Top 50 eLearning Posts For 2010

Upside Learning

What’s better than starting a new year looking back upon the year gone by? To see what we have achieved and lost; to retrospect and to analyze. So we thought it would be interesting to look back upon the Upside Learning blog for some of the most popular and noteworthy posts of 2010. We have pulled these up based on social signals (views, comments, twitter and more).  January. 1. February. 4.

Disruptive activism

Learning with e's

At the top end of a new year I have been reading some of the expected predictions people 'in the know' have been making. Some are plausible, others a little outlandish, and some downright rediculous. If I were to make my own prediction about what we can expect this year, I would say that we can expect a lot of change. think this would be a safe prediction, because it has always been thus.

Customer Training Completion Rates

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Adaptive Thinking, Deliberate Practice, and Complexity

ID Reflections

In military parlance, the term Adaptive Thinking has been used to describe the cognitive behavior of an officer who is confronted by unanticipated circumstances during the execution of a planned military operation. It refers to the thinking a leader must do to adapt operations to the requirements of unfolding events and is thus a key component of competency in battle command. Adaptive Thinking is a behavior. Source: Think Like a Commander.PDF) I discussed the need for Adaptive Thinking in this earlier post as well. In short, this helps us to deal with complex situations.

Synchronous Software Scavenger Hunts

Experiencing eLearning

If I’m doing software application training, doing it as a webinar isn’t really my first choice. I’d rather create a bunch of Captivate tutorials and job aids to let people learn at their own pace, when they need to use the skills. Just-in-time, interactive training that supports or simulates actual tasks is my first choice. Sometimes synchronous training is what we need to do though, so I’ve been trying to find ways to make it more effective. In my current contract, I’ve been working on creating a Moodle site for a year-long training program. Lessons Learned.

11 Ways to Learn in 2011

The eLearning Coach

This year's list of how to learn in 2011 is filled with surprises and great finds. Post from: The eLearning Coach 11 Ways to Learn in 2011. eLEARNING 2.0

Meet the new learning architect


We are all learning machines, constanty adapting to the ever-changing threats and opportunities with which we are confronted. The new learning architect designs environments that enable specific target populations to take maximum advantage of all these opportunities for learning. In the next month Onlignment will be publishing my latest book The New Learning Architect.

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.

2011 Predictions

Clark Quinn

For the annual eLearn Mag predictions, this year I wrote: I think we’ll see some important, but subtle, trends. Deeper uses of technology are going to surface: more data-driven interactions, complemented by both more structured content and more semantics. These trends are precursors to some very interesting nascent capabilities, essentially web 3.0: think it’s worth elaborating on what I mean (I was limited to 75 words). I’ve talked before about web 3.0, and what it takes is fine granularity and deep tagging of content, and some rules about what to present when. 

Enterprise mLearning Predictions for 2011

mLearning Trends

It is time once again to ponder the research, extrapolate on recent experience, and attempt to read the tea leaves so we can predict the future of enterprise mobile learning in 2011. After such an exciting and rewarding 2010, my predictions for the coming year seem broader and more varied given the fast changing dynamics of the marketplace and accelerated adoption of mobile learning by organizations of all sizes. 1. mLearning Engagements Expand. If 2010 was the year of the pilot, then 2011 will be the year of the deployment. examples the industry has waited for over the past many years.

Coherence vs Fragmentation

ID Reflections

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The antidote for fragmentation is coherence. How, then, do we create coherence? In organizations and project teams – in situations where collaboration is the life blood of success – coherence amounts to shared understanding and shared commitment. From [link

The end of free?


The new decade has only just started and already we’re seeing significant changes in the virtual meeting/classroom market. Yugma. First of all Yugma changed their terms and conditions to reduce the service offered on their free accounts. Previously the free account allowed you to host unlimited meetings for up to 20 people, albeit without some of the features of the paid for version. DimDim.

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.

My top 10 #eLearning and #mLearning posts from 2010

Ignatia Webs

These where the top 10 posts (= most visited posts) in 2010: Blooms taxonomy for a digital world : an overview of how you can fit new media into Blooms taxonomy. How to add a retweet and facebook button to your blog. What to take into account when choosing a mobile phone. Sumo paint, the free alternative for Photoshop. My top 10 learning tools for 2010. The 2011 one will be coming out soon!

3 Ways to Make Mandatory Training Less Mandatory, More Effective


What’s the most sure-fire way to ensure people do not learn anything from a training program? Send an email announcement with a “MANDATORY TRAINING Next Week&# subject line. There are three things you can do to break out of this pattern and reduce or eliminate the need to force people to take your training. 1. Target training to specific people and their needs. Never, ever be boring.

How can e-Learning, or computer based training, be more effective? [Quora]

Aaron Silvers

The question expanded was the following: “Most of the people that I’ve met are not happy with eLearning / CBT applications. The only time an employee goes online is when something is mandated for appraisal, and that’s true especially for IT/Software companies. Any guesses why? Consider this from design-thinking perspective (which requires a little bit of history for context).

App Fusion: Learning Face-off with Facebook by Terrence Wing

Learning Solutions Magazine

The enormous and growing numbers of Facebook users create an opportunity for e-Learning. Facebook Developer API allows you to change Facebook's functionality from a Content Management. System (CMS) to a Learning Management System (LMS). Here's how to bend Facebook to your will! Blended Development Strategies Instructional Design Learning 2.0 Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Social Media

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.