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Instructional Game Projects

Kapp Notes

As I begin to reflect upon this year coming to a close, I have to admit that I am pretty excited about two instructional game projects of which I have been involved. Here are videos describing each project. You can link here for additional information. You can link here for additional information. Design Education Gamers Games Games video games

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

eLearning 24-7

Every year, I identify five trends that I am seeing in the industry as a whole, and forecast on where they will be heading throughout the year. In 2011, I saw quite a few items that resonated. They involved talent management, “hello and goodbye” with vendors, social learning, upswing in mobile learning, new feature sets in the authoring tool space, flat lining in web conferencing and standalone platforms. LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. Here now are five trends and their respected forecasts. ” The Future. #1. Boring.

A Refreshing Take on User Experience Design

Upside Learning

I recently came across a blog-post by Susan Weinschenk which provides a quick overview of ideal user experience guidelines from a psychologist’s point of view. The article addresses a diverse set of user experience guidelines and standards and consists of some really practical and useful tips which can and ought to be implemented right away. Progressive Disclosure ). People need feedback.

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The Biggest Myths in Learning and Development

Absorb LMS

In the early 1960s, philosopher Abraham Kaplan and psychologist Abraham Maslow independently described the idea that being in possession of  an instrument affects our perception. The idea, now commonly called the Law of the Instrument, is illustrated in the phrase  ”if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” . ” . False. He may know how I should do this task.”

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.

Winning Student Presentation at CAC

Kapp Notes

Every year I talk about our Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) conference at Bloomsburg University and describe how well the students perform at that event. They present a solution to a Request for Proposal (RFP) to a group of corporate professionals (many are alums of the program). Here is a link to this year’s winning student team (Fall 2011). We record the presentation in MediaSite.

Where is the model for e-learning?

Clive on Learning

With most learning media, there is an expectation of how it should look and behave based on the mass media. We can benchmark what we do against 1000s of everyday examples. We can model our learning videos on what we see on TV and on YouTube. We can model podcasts on what we hear on the radio. We have endless examples from print media and the World Wide Web on which to model our text-based materials. And even when it comes to learning sims, we can relate what we see to our experiences with video games. As designers, we don't have that steady stream of everyday examples to give us inspiration.

Editing Images with PowerPoint

Integrated Learnings

By Joseph Suarez. Sometimes an eLearning course needs to be enhanced with an image , but finding the right one can be a chore in itself. It’s frustrating to locate an image only to find it just isn’t quite right. In these cases, it’s possible to tweak the image with a graphics editor. However, newer versions add more abilities and previously hard-to-find options are more prominent. Resize. Rotate.

Game Based Learning Showcase:

Upside Learning

After being hooked onto Angry Birds, I now find myself fascinated by a collection of games hosted on a website called [link]. As you must have already guessed, this website showcases numerous physics-based online games developed in Flash. The games have been classified into 7 broad categories. Block Removal. Construction. Demolition. Platform. Projectile. Stacking. Other. Why I Like This Site.

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On-Demand is the Future of Online Learning


TIVO and DVRs completely changed the way we watch television. People no longer have to watch a program at the exact time it’s aired, since it’s so easy to record it and watch whenever you have the time. So what can workplace learning professionals learn from the TIVO generation about the future of learning? Two things happened: 1. to watch Friends or Mash or Dallas or The Love Boat.

In case you missed it – 2011 in posts

Clive on Learning

Before I take my leave for Christmas, I thought I'd provide you with this summary of all my posts on Clive on Learning in 2011. I've marked with asterisks a few posts that were particularly significant from my point of view. December Where is the model for e-learning? Massively scalable training * Face-to-face is for special occasions * Can we dispense with email? November Profile of a learning architect: Darren Owen Shepherd accused of sensationalist claptrap Beware who's selling informal learning * Blending is a continuum Want to write? Back in business If in doubt, do it yourself

Adobe Captivate: Nudge the Screen Area

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    When creating a new Software Simulation in Adobe Captivate, the red box that you can drag to any area of your screen display is known as the  Screen Area. And I'll readily admit that it sometimes takes me two or three attempts before I am successful in moving the thing where I need it. hate to admit it when I'm wrong. but kudos to Timothy.

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.

Is Design Thinking Missing From ADDIE?

The eLearning Coach

People who create on demand need more than ADDIE. Post from: The eLearning Coach Is Design Thinking Missing From ADDIE? eLearning Design


Want a Great Looking E-Learning Course? Here’s a Simple Way to Get It.

Rapid eLearning

There are three core questions that help guide the development of an elearning course. discussed this a bit in the post on building a roadmap for elearning. What is the look and feel of the course? What information needs to be in the course? What will the learner do with the information? In today’s post I’ll share a simple way to get a nice look for your course that will give it a rich feel.


eLearning Conferences 2012


Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences for January to June 2012 Clayton R. Wright has done his 26th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year. You can contact him at: crwr77 [@] This 26th version of the conference list covers selected events from four continents. The list focuses primarily on the use of technology in educational settings and on teaching, learning, and educational administration. Note also that some events will be cancelled at a later date, such as those in Tunisia and Egypt in early 2011. Petersburg Beach, Florida, USA. What’sNext?,

Writing and Grammar: More on Lists, Bullets, and Tufte

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby "PowerPoint.has beaten the bulleted list to death," says Skills & Drills reader  Jeannine Statter. "Add a new content slide to a PowerPoint presentation and up pops a bullet followed by  Click to add text. Because every]  new slide [is presented] this way, I'm lead to believe I need a bulleted list whether I really have items that need bulleting or not." " She goes on to say that "A list is an invaluable means of presenting information when it is used properly.  Sometimes bullets are not effective. In 1970, 2.5

Building the future

Learning with e's

Like any other part of the training and skills sector, the construction industry depends upon the reliable and effective training of well qualified and competent individuals. Training is rigorous and comprehensive, because if a builder gets it wrong, the consequences can be catastrophic. You see, almost every house in New Zealand is constructed predominantly of wood. What I saw impressed me.

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.

Infographic: How To Give & Ask For a Raise


For many, the most nerve-wracking conversation for both the employer and employee is a discussion about a salary raise. Nationally, employees will receive an average 3 percent wage increase this year. With this in mind, employers must carefully decide who gets a raise and when, while employees must perfect the art of salary negotiation. click image to enlarge).

The Seventh Hat of a Community Manager: UX Design

ID Reflections

"Nothing important should ever be more than two clicksaway", said Steve Krug in his classic Don't Make Me Think ! This is anexcellent thumb rule for designers--and as I got into my role of a communitymanager--I learned the value of this rule for community managers as well. Ihave recently blogged about The Six Hats of a Community Manager , and here isthe seventh one. Does a community manager need to become an UX expert? This doesn't of course mean that we become UX designers byvirtue of being community managers. That might be stretching it too far. will elaborate on this theme in the post.

Give the Ultimate Gift in 2012: Coaching

Learning on the Leading Edge

This is the time of year when many of us give gifts to our family and our friends. We search for weeks – sometimes months – to find just the right thing. But there is probably someone – or many someones – whom you have left off your list. Have you thought about what gift you want to give your colleagues and your organization in 2012? Consider giving the gift of coaching.

The Well-Chosen Gift: Designing E-Learning with the Audience in Mind

Enspire Learning

At Enspire Learning, we pride ourselves on creating learning experiences that directly impact a specific target audience, designated by each valued client. So when we design those experiences, we take a great deal of care to investigate and understand who those end-users are. As a timely metaphor, our best learning products are like well-wrapped presents, carefully chosen for each recipient.

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!

Working Smarter: Most popular posts of 2011

Jay Cross

Best of  Working Smarter Daily. January 1, 2011 to December 17, 2011. Working smarter draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more. Why E2.0 Enterprise 2.0

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Reflections 2011

Clark Quinn

On this, the shortest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere, it seems like a good time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming one.  It’s certainly been an interesting year, and a good one personally.  I feel there are lots of reasons to hope for good things to be coming too. The opportunities are big. think more should be thinking about mobile from a strategy perspective as well. Still, the benefits of supporting workers wherever and whenever they are can make some big impacts on organizational outcomes. meta-learning

Learning Web Design & Development is fun when Gamified

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Gamification is a buzzword that is frowned upon by many. It's more of a trend than anything else and since it's hanging around I thought this example might be fun to share. This blog post from The Gamification blog landed in my Google reader. The blog post points out the use of gamification elements in the web development learning environment created by Team Treehouse. Go for it!

My Auto-Conversion WISH to Delicious, & Co!


PROBLEM! Have you seen this great collection (Click the link!!!)? Alright, it is not great, but it is a useful list of links (URLs) to mostly free learning repositories and resources (that needs to be updated!). Now, how can I CONVERT this web-page full of web links into a visually mind stimulating magazine/newspaper (web-page) in an efficient manner? STOP ! Isn't happening!!! No, what if.

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.

Evidence-Informed Practice

The Peformance Improvement

Some nonprofit organizations, in an effort to improve outcomes for their clients and to be more accountable for results, are applying an “evidence-informed practice” approach to their work. They are examining practices that have been proven to be effective and applying this experience to their own delivery of services.

Warm wishes to all: how the potential to learn and network blessed me this year

Ignatia Webs

The last couple of years I have been racing: racing to stay on top of the latest eLearning and mLearning news, racing to be at a maximum amount of events that I perceived as 'important', racing to combine working life with personal life (failing at it), racing to get a degree, racing to be found interesting and 'a person to know', racing. luckily life suddenly stopped me from racing.

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50 Tools that didn’t quite make the 2011 Top 100 Tools for Learning List

Jane Hart

It seems that many people like tools lists, if the fact that there have been over 110,000 views of the 2011 Top 100 Tools for Learning presentation via Slideshare since 13 November is anything to go by! So here is my Christmas present to you – 50 More tools! This time the ones that didn’t quite make it onto the 2011 list.  25 of the tools have actually already appeared… Read the rest. Social learning

The non-formal learning toolkit


Throughout 2011 we will be publishing extracts from The New Learning Architect. Here we bring chapter 8 to a conclusion: Top-down approaches. Employers have a wide range of non-formal options at their disposal that they can implement on a top-down basis: On-job training. Coaching. Webinars. Podcasts. White papers. Mini-workshops. Rapid e-learning. Internal conferences. Online video. Bottom-up approaches. There may well be a plethora of opportunities available for top-down non-formal learning, but there’s still plenty of scope for bottom-up initiatives: Open learning. Communities of practice.

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.

LMS – Before the Launch – 2

Upside Learning

In a previous post I had discussed how changing technology might call for a change in approach to make implementing and managing change in an LMS more effective and fruitful. Stakeholder engagement’ is a term commonly thrown around in the communications and project management worlds. One that, although there are many popular ‘buzz-words’, should not be overlooked. So, who are stakeholders? link].

The Human Factor: Winter Reading List by Mary Arnold

Learning Solutions Magazine

Looking for some good reading during the holiday break? Mary recommends the five business books she’s found most useful in her ongoing professional development in 2011. Instructional Design Management Strategies Professional Development

Course Authoring Tools: Tips on SCORM Settings


As an open marketplace for buying and selling elearning courses, OpenSesame supports a variety of different elearning course formats: SCORM (both 2004 and 1.2), AICC and video files. Right Creating eLearning Courses Selling eLearning Courses SCORM eLearning Solutions

Three Ways to Make Your Workplace More Like Your Company Party


We had our office Holiday party last night. Almost everyone came and brought their special someone. We all had a terrific time. know it sounds like a vacation postcard, but as I stood in the food line waiting my turn for some outstanding hors d’oeuvres, I noticed how much fun everyone was having. So, what was so different about this event? What was activating this side of my coworkers?

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5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget

In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.

A Christmas Carol of e-learning development

Spicy Learning

Chapter One. The Spirit of Christmas Plagiarism. have endeavoured in this Ghostly little blog, to raise the Ghost of an Idea … *. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, 2012 is the year of Charles Dickens’ 200 th birthday. Part of his enduring celebrity is due to modern readers being able to relate to themes discussed almost two centuries ago. Chapter Two. Chapter Three.

Northern Newspaper App. the USA Today


You may not think of the USA Today as the newspaper of Duluth, Minnesota. After all, Gannett certainly does not target the NorthstarNerd who lives in the frozen northland! However, spend some time with my post and you will learn a number of items: The USA iPad App is phenomenal, and free! Old media which does not adjust is doomed. Let's address the second item first. Oh yes. Enjoy! Remember.

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New ways to distribute content: part 3


Whichever format you choose for your content, you need a way to make this accessible to learners. As ever, there are plenty of options: Use your intranet or internet web site : A relatively simple option is to make your content available directly on your web site. It’s probable that your organisation uses a content management system (CMS) of some sort (such as Microsoft SharePoint) as a platform for your website, in which case you can work directly within this. This may sound complex, but it won’t take long before you know your way around the CMS. Your internet or intranet web site.

What the network saw

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Instead of comments, many people are using other media to indicate what they think about a web page or blog post, as Doc Searls discusses in Comments vs. Likes, Tweets, Shares and +1s. Here are the top eight (this blog is in its 8th year). Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise (April) One of my longest posts. As We learn socially because we are wired to do so. Communities

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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.

Gearing Up for a Laptop-Free TechKnowledge 2012

The Learning Circuits

While I like my laptop, I’ve gotten very tired of lugging it around conferences, and my mobile devices get better battery life and pick up WiFi signal better than my laptop anyway. Here’s how I’m preparing. Gear I have an iPad case that I love; it looks slick, protects the device well, has Smart Cover functionality, and allows me to stand it up at a variety of angles for reading and notetaking.

Key social learning resources: part 15 #sociallearning

Jane Hart

Here is this week’s roundup of 5 resources about social learning and the use of social media for learning. Again lots of great articles to choose from this week. 1 – We start this week with a couple of educational resources. The first is This is a research experiment, from Microsoft, for students focused on combining web browsing, search, and social networking for the purposes of learning. … Read the rest. Social learning

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