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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?

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

ZaidLearn

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bacon, 360|Flex and TechSmith

Visual Lounge

Part of my job is to connect with people. And, as you may know, I might be what some people call a little quirky. :-) So, I thought we should have something fun in the booth. Somehow I stumbled up Maple Bacon Lollipops - I had to try them! mean, what could be better than sugar plus organic bacon on a stick?! So far, so good! Interested in the response to the lollipops? Somehow I stumbled.

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

ZaidLearn

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!

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.

Do not go quietly into the classroom

Dont Waste Your Time

  A Brave New World-Wide Web (Blip.tv). Video Blogging Collaboration eLearning Generation Y Millenials mLearning Mobile Learning Semantic Web Social Network Web 2.0

Visual Communication, Camtasia Studio and Bacon

Visual Lounge

Brooks Andrus and I are having a great time at 360|Flex today! We had a chance to catch up with Renaun Erickson , a RIA developer at Adobe and who is also the driving force behind Structured Log Testing , an open source project for RIA Flash platform developers. He shared how he uses Camtasia Studio. He may be the biggest bacon fan I have ever met! The video is just under 4 minutes long.

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e-Learning PhD scholarships

Learning with e's

The University of Plymouth is about to announce 40 funded PhD scholarships. These will be available to well-qualified and highly motivated candidates in strategic priority research areas, one of which is pedagogic (HE) research (including teaching and learning in higher education; technology assisted learning; sustainability education). Web 2.0 use by lecturers in higher education in the UK.

Metalearning

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.

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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.

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.

Presentation in a Box - Free to Order

Visual Lounge

I'm at 360|Flex this week and was at Microsoft TechEd last week. After talking with many of the attendees, I noticed that one of the things that the shows have in common is that a lot of participants also are active in User Groups. And, that reminded me of something that many newer blog readers may not know about. we are happy to support you!

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On curriculum

Learning and Working on the Web

I noticed today something that reinfornced my opinion of education curriculum. As you can see from my last post, there’s a production of My Fair Lady at the high school for the next three nights, plus an in-school presentation this morning. Our son came home from the session today and after an extended long weekend of practices he’s exhausted, but happy. He took a nap and is now preparing for this evening’s performance. He has a lot of lines plus many songs, dances and stage movements to memorize and perform. However, he has almost no time to get it done.

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 phrases.here 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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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.

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.

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

Learnadoodledastic

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.

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!

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?

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Friday’s Finds #1

Learning and Working on the Web

In an attempt to make my finds on Twitter more explicit, this may be the start of regular post on some of the things I learned this past week. Numbers & Measurement. From Charles Green at The Trusted Advisor : If you can measure it, you can manage it; if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it; if you can’t manage it, it’s because you can’t measure it; and if you managed it, it’s because you measured it. Every one of those statements is wrong. But business eats it up. And it’s easy to see why. Open Souce. Learning & Working. asked him if he would consider taking me on full time.

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

ZaidLearn

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.

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.

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.

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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?

A Yummy Free Online PDF to Word Converter

ZaidLearn

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

ZaidLearn

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.

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.

Make your knowledge shine via conferences and online fora

Ignatia Webs

The eLearning Guild has launched its recent call for presenters. And if you still have some time in the fall, or you want to show off your latest eLearning accomplishment, this might just be for you. have put two proposals in, one on mobile learning with added social media (for the online fora) and one on the challenges of eLearning with a focus on cultural diversity (for the DevLearn conference). Hoping they will get through the selection process. So digg in and get your proposals to the eLearning Guild as well. Do you have successful tips for rapidly building engaging e-Learning?

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, asking people what were their favorite eLearning brands. Or maybe the question was, what brand names come to mind when you think about eLearning? No service companies. No eLearning development houses. What does this mean? What brand names come to your mind when you think eLearning?

Twitter TechSmith LinkedIn Learning Strategy

Tony Karrer

Hot List - May 8, 2009 to May 15, 2009 Once again, used eLearning Learning to generate a list of the best from last week. The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals. The Truth About Twitter - Social Enterprise Blog , May 11, 2009 Twitter Tips: for Teachers & Educators - Don't Waste Your Time , May 9, 2009 Twitter and Webinars - eLearning Technology , May 14, 2009 Developing a PLE Using Web 2.0 Tools - Don't Waste Your Time , May 10, 2009

Is talent really in short supply?

Clive on Learning

How important is talent management when the going gets tough?' is the question in the Clare McCartney's article for the CIPD, Talent Management Under Threat in Uncertain Times. Now I haven't really been following the emergence of talent management as an approach, but I can't help but think the question should be revised to read 'How important is talent management?' Full stop. It seems to me that talent management was born in a seller's market, when there were skill shortages and businesses may have been worried about losing their best employees. First of all, the name is contentious.

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.

Twibal Drums

E-Learning Provocateur

Do you think Twitter is a self-indulgent waste of time? You’re not alone. But like most things in life, it all depends on your perspective. David Hopkins asked his followers recently (via Twitter!)… … How would you describe Twitter to the uninitiated, in 140 characters or less? My initial reply was… Twitter is a personal message board…? And of course it is. Twitter is traditionally described as a “micro blog&# that allows account holders to post short, sharp messages (or “tweets&# ) of up to 140 characters each. Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. Twibes.

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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 having for lunch in Palermo or Rome. But Twitter is way more than that. Twitter is a powerful platform for resource sharing, community building and connection. It's a gift-giving economy: you give, you receive. Karmic learning. In my first eLearning Tip for Kineo , I've created a short piece on getting started with Twitter. It's tip #23.