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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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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

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.

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.

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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

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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


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

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.

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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.


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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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.

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!

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.

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?,

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.