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Come Visit TechSmith! May 28 is 'Take Your Customers To Work Day'

Visual Lounge

Now here's a 'holiday' I'm excited to celebrate and I hope you will join in too! just learned that May 28th is ' Take Your Customer To Work Day '! We like to think that every day is ' Take Your Customer To Work Day ' at TechSmith and our doors are always open to visitors. We love it when users come to visit. We've even had people spend part of their vacation with us ! Can't make it on May 28th?

Are Your E-Learning Courses Pushed or Pulled?

Rapid eLearning

Here’s the challenge for many of us. We want to make our courses engaging and interactive, yet sometimes the content or the time pressures of work don’t make that easy. The default position for many elearning courses is to merely push the information out to the learners. The end result is that the course is heavy on information and light on interaction. Then you push it out to all of the learners.

ZaidLearn: Any Free Hosted CMS or LMS? (Yes, Obama Says!)


Related Posts - Edu2.0 & LectureShare Can We Host and Facilitate Our Courses Online For Free? Are there any FREE Course/Learning Management Systems (C/LMS) out there that require no financial hardware, software and hosting investments? In other words, are the any free hosted C/LMS that we can explore and perhaps use? FREE HOSTED C/LMS? Users can even construct private and public universities.

Social Business, the Golden Rule, and Open Empathy Organization

Skilful Minds

I first took real notice of the term "social business" in a post early this year over at Peter Kim's blog. The concept is discussed by a range of observers interested in the implications of large numbers of people using web 2.o technologies, especially social media, within corporate enterprises as employees, or outside them as customers. Policies, processes, channels, touch points and transactions are increasingly viewed as parts of the social experiences organizations use to engage employees in collaboration and customers in conversation.

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Awesome New Search Tool

Bottom-Line Performance

I found this search tool completely by accident last week. Middlespot is geared to researchers and functions in a way that is very different from Google. First, it organizes my past searches so that I can see them listed out every time I go to website. Then, it shows the search results two ways, as a list on the left and screen grabs on the right. But perhaps my favorite feature is the Workpad.

Here's the Course

eLearning Cyclops

Today, I was able to participate in Corporate Learning Trend's e-Learning Tour. Thank you Tony Karrer for including my presentation. Demonstrating the course via screenshots did not give full justice to the the course. So, here is a link where you may view it at your leisure. Hopefully, their will be many more like it to come. Learning Courses ISD flash e-Learning

Final Top Ten Annoying Technology Phrases

Kapp Notes

A few entries ago, I asked for some help in figuring out the Top Ten most annoying technology is the list with some wonderful input. Check out the original post and be sure to check the comments. They are especially good for some laughs. No, no move your mouse to the left (or right or anywhere "Back-seat computer driving") 9. Are you a Mac or a PC Person? Mac Commercials 8. Web 2.0

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A Field Trip to Hershey

In the Middle of the Curve

What's with all you Caps fans? heard a variation of this comment from practically every Hershey Bears fan I ran into last weekend. I get the impression that there were more of us interlopers from Washington than usual. Ryan and I went up there to root for the guys who kept the Caps going - particularly mid-season. That's pretty cool! -- The Giant Center is a very nice arena. View from Center Ice.

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.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: eLearning Tip #23: Karmic Learning with Twitter

Learning Visions

You probably already know that Twitter is the 140-character microblogging platform. It's where people talk about what they had for lunch. So what? But I have to tell you that sometimes it really is interesting to hear what Jay Cross is

Shut your mouth: Nasal Breathing is a snorting good choice


In Praise of Bikram Yoga Having completed around twenty sessions of Bikram Yoga, what i love about this from of yoga is the solid, know where you stand, never to be changed, carefully thought out structure of twenty six postures (and two breathing :-)) exercises. My Struggle to Breath (correctly) One such question for me was centered around the correct way of breathing. Points to note were: 1.

Violence in Video Games: Really Not Fun

Kapp Notes

Mortal Combat, Death from Above. So we always thought violence in video games was gratuitous and unnecessary but game developers keep saying, "that's what makes games fun." Well, it turns out violence does not make games fun. It's gameplay.of course, haven't gamer's been saying that for year. We'll we needed some scientists to "prove" it.

When the Game's Up

Performance Learning Productivity

Last month I was asked to give my thoughts on the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) 2009 Annual Learning & Development Survey. One thing became clear when I examined the CIPD data. It was that many L&D professionals (in the UK at least) seem to lack the innovation necessary to push the profession forward to become a leader rather than a follower. What’s happening here?


Customer Training Completion Rates

Curious to learn how different factors in your training courses may affect completion rates? We crunched the numbers to help you set goals for course completion and build your content strategy. Download the study to learn what kind of content keeps learners engaged, how long courses should be, and more.

eLearning Outsourcing to India will reach USD 603 million by 2012

Upside Learning

I have always believed that the present economic slowdown would positively benefit the eLearning industry in the long run. The ValueNotes report, eLearning Outsourcing 2009: Advantage India , reveals that: “Revenues from the Indian e-learning offshoring industry stand at approximately USD 341 million at the end of calendar year 2008.

Your Top 10 Videos (That Inspire Us To Rethink The Way We Learn)?


Starting point - 80+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy My Top 10 List (Vote or rearrange according to.) THINKING I was last night exploring Dr. Alec Couros amazing list of videos for Tech. & Media Literacy , and then an idea popped in my wondering mind. Believe it or not!), but often fall short for one reason or the other. Let's face it, not all of us can inspire like Obama. Thank you!

Association eLearning Guru

Web Courseworks

The association marketplace has caught my attention as a promising avenue for eLearning services. The market is as large and diverse as it can get— an association exists for almost all types of interests and businesses from the American Bar Association to the Knitting Guild Association. There are associations for associations, with ASAE being the most well-known, and there are associations for companies providing management services for associations ( AMC Institute ). Fortunately, expert guidance to help navigate this endeavor is available. His Blog is also quite valuable.

Implementing New Learning Technology? Choose the Right Pilot Group

Kapp Notes

Before a large scale implementation of any new learning technology, you really need to run a pilot group. You need to catch problems on a small scale and then adjust, correct and modify based on the feedback and experience of the pilot group. Skipping a pilot of a new technology is a dangerous gamble. It could be, as they say, "career limiting." So I suggest a carefully chosen pilot group, but, you might ask, what does that pilot group "look like"? Here are some suggestions if your are implementing a virtual learning world or Highly Immersive Vitual Environment (HIVE). Any more ideas?

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.

Is Adobe’s AIR better than Microsoft’s Silverlight?

Upside Learning

The New York Times recently launched version 2.0 of their Times Reader for Windows, Mac, and Linux, developed using Adobe’s AIR and Flex. This is available for download from the NY Times’ Time Reader 2.0 site or Adobe’s Marketplace. The previous version of Times Reader was developed using Microsoft’s Silverlight and Windows Presentation Format (WPF). While this worked well on Windows PCs, its Mac version received poor feedback, as you can see in many of these comments on the NY Times official website. We are not sure if Siverlight is good enough for development of eLearning.

Your Top 10 Videos (That Inspire Us To Rethink The Way We Learn)?


Starting point - 80+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy My Top 10 List (Vote or rearrange according to.) THINKING I was last night exploring Dr. Alec Couros amazing list of videos for Tech. & Media Literacy , and then an idea popped in my wondering mind. Believe it or not!), but often fall short for one reason or the other. Let's face it, not all of us can inspire like Obama. Thank you!

Imprompu thoughts on m-learning

Clive on Learning

This week I was lucky enough to present at the World Summit on the Information Society, hosted by the ITU, a UN agency, in Geneva. At the very last minute I was drafted into a panel discussion on 'ICT applications for a better life,' with a focus on the impact of mobile devices on many aspects of our lives, including learning. All very good, but I didn't know I'd have to make a short presentation on the subject. don't consider myself an expert on m-learning, but I managed to improvise a few words. Here's roughly was I said: Up until now, m-learning hasn't really happened.

Farewell to a Great Corporate University

eLearning Cyclops

Tomorrow on 5.22.2009, Provident Bank will cease to exist. It was founded in 1886, but has now been acquired by another bank. With the end of Provident Bank, so ends a fantastic corporate university, the University of Provident. The University of Provident is the absolute best training department that I have seen. And I am truly honored to have been a part of it. In this short post I will not be able to do justice to the high quality of training produced, but I will try. The incredibly high level of skill and talent among the team was not chance.

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.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: eLearning Brand Name Recognition?

Learning Visions

The eLearning industry is a weird beast. It's not really one beast at all. Maybe it's a whole bunch of beasts. Or maybe it's a fruit bowl instead. Whatever your analogy. A few weeks ago I did a very informal query on Twitter

A Yummy Free Online PDF to Word Converter


PDF2Word Online Via CLC Online The PDF-to-Word conversion occurs directly on the site and can be saved to a location of your choosing. You don't need to provide your email address. The Word document will be ready immediately after the conversion is done. However, I am sure there are several other interesting FREE PDF-to-Word converters out there. Indeed there is! What do you think?


Getting the balance right

Lars is Learning

Just realised that I have been neglecting this blog over recent weeks and could well have missed offering a post in the month of May. Well that just wouldn't do, would it? It's been interesting balancing the competing (and sometimes mutually supporting) demands of writing articles, tweets, linkedin messages, as well as the day job of consulting with customers and delivering on their requirements.


Tony Karrer

I just got through reading Jay's post and article (with Clark Quinn) around Become a chief meta-learning officer – one of the hot list items from two weeks ago. It's a great article, definitely worth a read. It discusses the needed transition in focus of a CLO The scope of the job of the CLO is mushrooming. CLOs will neither prosper nor even survive if they fail to take responsibility for the overall learning process within their organizations. Your charter as Chief Meta-Learning Officer is to optimize learning throughout the organization, not just in the pockets that once belonged to HR.


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.