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Gamification vs. Serious Games–What’s the Difference?”

Kapp Notes

Interesting comment the other day, Dianne asked: Just curious if you make a distinction between gamification and serious games. (I think getting overly wedded to terminology is a distraction from looking at the quality, or lack thereof, of particular games, but do see that the emphasis seems a bit different when people talk about the two “fields.”.). Does that make sense to everyone? Design Games

To Improve Learner Retention, Focus on the Dynamics of Forgetting

Social Learning

When we talk about learning, the concept of retention is almost always an integral part of the discussion.  For example, we frequently talk about how and when to present information to optimize retention.   In fact, retention is almost synonymous with learning.  And, no discussion about retention can be complete without also discussing its opposite:   forgetting.

Adobe Captivate 5: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Clone 'Em

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel Ever find yourself in a love-hate relationship with Captivate's default object styles? Admittedly, there is more to love about styles than hate. As far as I'm concerned, styles are a wonderful enhancement in Captivate 5. And if you haven't used styles yet, I urge you to dive in. Styles allow you to quickly update the look and feel of objects throughout your project with just a few clicks. Anyone who has developed eLearning using Adobe Captivate 4 or older knows how ineffective those pesky Apply to All buttons were. Note the sarcasm here.) However,

A Challenge For Designers Of Game Based Learning

Upside Learning

I came across a challenge posted on the Innocentive website titled – Games for Health: Inspiring Adolescents to take Control of their Health. This challenge was posted by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Collaborative Chronic Care Network (C3N). Key Healthcare Issues. Critical Issues That The Solution Must Address. C3N wants the game to do (at least) two main things. Next Steps.

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How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

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Falling in Love all Over Again with ISD – with Allison Rossett at #ASTD2011

Learning Visions

These are my notes from a session with Allison Rossett “Falling in Love All Over Again—With ISD” at ASTD ICE in Orlando, May 24, 2011. Forgive typos and incoherence… ** ISD got its start in WWII – when the country was preparing soldiers for war. 400 + films – taught standards. Observations in classes to see that standards were met. From the war, these trainer types went into industry – telecom (ATT) Walter Dick – “ISD is applied educational psychology” Instructional design is all abut theory. Behaviorism – incentives and consequences. what it looks like when you can do it. Motivation.

Adobe Acrobat X: Filling in Online Forms

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Barb Binder  In a perfect world, everyone would not only own, but also know how to use, Adobe Acrobat X Professional. And if they did, they would only post online forms with fields that were enabled for typing. Sadly, that's not currently our world. Or at least it's not mine. But if a PDF isn't set up to add data, what can be done? That's the good news.

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LMS – All You Ever Wanted To Know

Upside Learning

Almost a year back, the LMS was under fire from many corners and questions were being raised about its very future. Experts around the world were contemplating if the LMS will survive. Not just did it survive, but today, it has successfully evolved to adapt itself to the changes in the learning ecosystem. This is evident as we look at changing role of LMS in Training Companies. Nothing else!

The Real Problem with Instructional Design

Trina Rimmer

I'm attending ASTD's 2011 ICE in Orlando this week and in every session I hear the same things from my fellow IDs: "Learner's don't want to do mobile learning.".  "My organization won't allow us to access Social Media.".  "Our company isn't ready for informal learning.".  "My management doesn't have a tech infrastructure.". There's no way my company will ever let me do edgy/cool stuff.".

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.

Big Cat Trail--Ranthambore Rocks!

ID Reflections

Our next destination was Ranthambore. Just the thought of visiting any forest is enough to add bliss to my existence. But Ranthambore is extra-special. It is home to the legendary tigress, Machhli. This is the forest that Valmik Thapar and Fateh Singh Rathore wrote about exhaustively. almost felt I knew some of the tigers there. couldn't wait to see it. We were booked into a hotel called Hammir.

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PowerPoint 2010: Working With Guides

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. For some PowerPoint projects you may find that you would like to line up elements in a certain way and that having guides on the slide would be useful. In the steps that follow I will show you how to make guides visible, and (because there is only one horizontal and one vertical guide that intersect in the center by default) how to add extra guide lines. The Ruler will help with this. 

Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation: A Critique

The Peformance Improvement

At the end of Dan McCarthy’s blog post , “How to Evaluate a Training Program”, in which he explains his pre-post, survey approach to applying the Kirkpatrick four levels of training evaluation , he asks: Has anyone used a system like this, or something better? What do you think, is it worth the bother? Since McCarthy asked, here is my response. There are at least six reasons for this.

Avatars and Social Learning Theory

Kapp Notes

Recently, I posted about Bandura’s Social learning theory , this posting continues the discussion and relates it specifically to instruction involving avatars. Social Learning Theory. Robert Bandura in the late 1970’s articulated the concept of social learning theory as a method in which individuals learn from one another in the context of a social situation through observation. Social learning theory is based on the premise that observation and imitation by an individual leads to learned behavior. And there are several advantages to implementing avatars as social models.

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.

Engagification

Clark Quinn

The latest ‘flavor of the month’ is so-called gamification. Without claiming to be an expert in this area (tho’ with a bit of experience in game design), I have to say that I’ve some thoughts both positive and negative on this. So what is ‘gamification’? As far as I can tell, it’s the (and I’m greatly resisting the temptation to put the word ‘gratuitous’ in here :) addition of game mechanics to user experiences to increase their participation, loyalty, and more. But I want to suggest that we strive a little bit higher. Please.

New Hire Practices

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet I know that there are no “best practices&# in new hire development, also known as onboarding, as each organization is unique and often rather complex. Unemployed Girl by Kazimir Malevich (1904). Reference :  Onboarding bookmarks on Diigo. Here are some of the key themes that I found about onboarding programs across many organizations. Communities Performance Improvement Work

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Strategies for Optimal SME Engagement

Integrated Learnings

By Dean Hawkinson. As we all know, subject matter experts (or as we like to call them “SMEs”) are key to what we do as instructional designers or performance consultants. We rely on them to provide insight into our project and to validate what we are writing or creating. While we would like to believe that all of our SMEs are thoroughly engaged from the beginning and are responsive to our requests 100% of the time, we all have stories of when this was just not the case. Below are these barriers and some of the strategies that we came up with. Barrier 1 – Lack of commitment/accountability.

What I read on my holiday: Drive

Clive on Learning

And finally to the last of the three books that I managed to complete on my holiday in Tuscany, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. So, is what Daniel has to say about motivation so surprising? Well, yes, to many people I think so. Conventional wisdom has it that extrinsic rewards, particularly financial, will encourage us to work harder and achieve better results. That's why we offer huge bonuses to executives, bankers and lesser incentives to those further down the scale. It seems the science simply doesn't support this. We need an upgrade. What can I say? agree.

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.

Dev Corner - Interview with Tony Lambert

Visual Lounge

It's time for another Dev Corner from Randall Brown and Jared Wein. Take a sneak peek into our development department with an interview of Tony Lambert, the lead developer on Camtasia Relay. It's a short video that runs just over 8 minutes. What questions do you have for our developers? I'd love some ideas for future Dev Corner blog posts! Dev Corner 617

20 hot resources for customer-facing social media

E-Learning Provocateur

Someone asked me recently where they can learn more about customer-facing social media; or in other words, social media used to engage externally with customers rather than internally with colleagues. I’ve always considered this an example of “e-learning&# because – if you do it right – you are educating people. They just happen to be outside of your organisation. So here are 20 suggestions… Face to face. Social Media Club. Cases. Fiskateers. Bubble O’Bill. • 7 Australian Social Media Examples & Case Studies. Reports. State of the Blogosphere. Books.

Making Scenarios Realistic in eLearning

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. Several posts on this blog promote the idea of using scenarios to make training as realistic and hands-on as possible. Most of us don’t need a blog to remind us of that. But do we all know how to write scenarios realistically? Show rather than tell. This certainly isn’t new advice. But let’s explore what this might mean for writing scenarios for training. Write dialog. Many of us tend to write scenarios that describe situations rather than create them. For instance: Mr. Brock calls to cancel his flight. What should you do next? What are my options?” What should you do next?

A practical guide to creating learning scenarios: part 2 – simple, principle-based tasks

Onlignment

In part 1 of this series, we looked at what a learning scenario is, its basic structure, capabilities and applications. We move on now to look in more detail at the steps involved in creating simple scenarios to support learners in understanding the principles underlying everyday problem-solving and decision making. Irritable behaviour can be caused by lack of sleep. Step 2: Develop a storyline.

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Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.

Cultural Issues in Dealing with Clients

Learn and Lead

Puja Anand writes another guest post for Learn and Lead. In this post, earlier published on her blog Accidental CEO Strategic Mom , Puja shares her experiences of dealing with clients from different cultures. Into my third or fourth year dealing extensively with Asian clients, with a few American/UK clients thrown in, I had formed most of the ideas written here. However, I shied away from this topic because it is a form of stereotyping, and being an Indian expat living in Singapore, I have seen enough of stereotyping applied to me to be wary of it. You have to work much harder to build trust.

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Stock Boy to Tech Mogul: The First Jobs of Tech Billionaires

Mindflash

For many tech billionaires, the pleasures of easy money, private jets, and business empires was a distant dream when they landed their first job. Many of these billionaires started off small and worked their way up the entrepreneurial ladder. Click image to enlarge). Uncategorized Billionaires jobs Technology

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Working Smarter in the Enterprise

Jay Cross

On April 27, 2011, Clark Quinn and I kicked off a meeting of the Chief Learning Officer Executive Network at Symantec in Mountain View. The Executive Networks people took notes; here are the main points from my presentation. Work Is Changing. Work is no longer just doing just what is in your job description. In 1986, 75% of the knowledge that a worker needed was stored in their heads. Fowler.

Getting iNtimate

Clark Quinn

In a recent post , I talked about the difference between a smartphone and a tablet (substitute PDA for smartphone if that’s how you roll).  I’ve been thinking more about that, and have wondered about the effects of a particular phenomena. In my experience, I have found the relationship with a tablet to be more ‘intimate’ (to use the technical term :). What I mean here is I hold it close instead of arms length and I touch the device itself, not some intermediary peripheral. Now, how about the emotional experience?  Is there anything there? But wait, there’s more!

Best Practices for Launching an LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.

My Interview in IDConnect

Learn and Lead

Rupa Rajagopalan has been instrumental in running the Instructional Designers Community of India for the last few years along with some other enthusiastic members of the profession. As part of IDCI, Rupa edits a newsletter IDConnect. Rupa interviewed me for the second issue of the newsletter. You can view the complete newsletter on the IDCI community site. I am reproducing my interview here. The Interview You have been conducting salary surveys for the past 2 years. Have salary levels for Instructional Designers in India improved? What are the current trends in salary? Many ways really.

Yesterday's blog post

Learning with e's

You are only as good as your last game - so goes the sporting maxim. And it's true - in sport you can't rest on your laurels, or live on past glories, because before you know it, some young pretender is ready to bury you, and you are suddenly second best. Fortunately, for most of us at least, the academic world usually isn't as cut-throat as that. But are you as good as your last blog?

The Networked Workplace

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet The networked workplace is the new reality. It’s always on and globally connected. This is where all organizations are going, at different speeds and in a variety of ways. Some won’t make it. First you connect people inside the workplace, then you connect organizations, and then you connect the world. That’s where we are today. Look at how work gets done. It’s chaotic.