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Designing a Digital Future: Presentation Resources

Kapp Notes

Here are resources from my talk at The Pennsylvania College of Technology for their workshop “Designing a Digital Future” Combining Art, Creativity and Industrial Simulations: Game-Based Tools for Learning and Instruction. View more presentations from Karl Kapp. References from Presentation. Here is a great example of augmented reality. Courtesy of BMW. Software Resources. Online Games.

Flash For Mobile Is Dead

Upside Learning

Recently Amit had written about how the eLearning industry and digital media in general has been driven to HTML5 by the rapid adoption of tablet computers, namely the iPad. To further reinforce that thought, Adobe announced just yesterday that it has ceased development on the Flash mobile browser plug-in. As I see it, this brings up lots of questions. What will a web without Flash look like?

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Are #mLearning projects in Africa really successful? #ICT4D critique

Ignatia Webs

Although a propagator of learning with mobile devices, in this seminar John Traxler takes a look at learning with mobile devices from another angle, a critical one while looking for answers from all of us. John Traxler lives and breathes mobility. During his seminar, John raised two major questions: Are learning projects based on mobile devices really helping Africa forward? Is it real progress?

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Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Recently I had a chance to talk to a speaker at e-Learning Africa 2011 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Vinod Ganjoo is an e-learning enthusiast who works as Senior Manager - e-learning Business Development at Harbinger. Vinod has traveled throughout the Middle-east, Africa and South Asia on business. He interacts with instructional designers and training managers in several countries regularly.

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.

PowerPoint 2010: Animating the Pieces of a Grouped Object as a Whole

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. Last week I was revamping the presentation accompanying our Online Trainer Training: Engaging the Virtual Learner class when I ran into a bit of an animation shortcoming in PowerPoint. wanted to animate the boat below so it "sailed" onto the slide. Then from Animations > Effect Options , I selected From Right. Here's the solution. " PowerPoint

Why does learning content seem so much more exciting on an iPad?

Clive on Learning

I'm convinced that the future of e-learning will be on tablet devices. Not so much performance support, because you need that to hand every minute of the day and a smart phone is the obvious vehicle. But for learning, a tablet seems such a perfect fit. Since DevLearn last week, when it seemed every other person was carrying an iPad, I've been trying to figure out just what it is that tablets offer as a delivery medium for learning which a laptop can't do equally as well. I'm still not really sure but here are my first thoughts: There is still a degree of novelty about using these devices.

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Call to Action: 3 Big Reasons You Need a Portfolio

Trina Rimmer

Dear Reader, I hate to be a nag (even though I'm awfully good at it.) but now that DevLearn is done and the year is coming to a close, you really need to get your act together! Where's your portfolio? Why aren't you sharing your work with the world yet? With all of these changes, it's time to started asking ourselves: 1. How can I demonstrate what I'm capable of doing? Win and win. Think. Repeat.

The Future of e-Learning Content after Adobe Kills Flash on Mobile Devices

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

It is official. Adobe, in a written statement , announced that it will not support Flash in mobile browsers henceforth. As it is, iPhone and iPad don't play Flash content. It will be a matter of time before new versions of other mobile devices (based on Android and other platforms) stop supporting Flash in browsers. What does this mean for e-learning content? Well, Adobe continues to be committed to supporting Flash on the PC platform. Adobe also says that mobile content can be packaged using Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) and delivered through app stores in the form of native apps.

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Training: The Value of Assessments

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. Very few readers commented on my recent question about course assessments. Although I do know of at least one training company that offers assessments and feedback after the class, I am deducing that conducting assessments is not the norm. have read a couple of articles--and one book--saying that we will need to start proving that our training is effective by providing after-the-class assessment. Training on Trial , by Jim D. Kirkpatrick and Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick, published in 2010, makes this case. The other levels of assessment are largely left undone. The result was xxx.

Barriers to Learning in Organizations

The Peformance Improvement

Continuous acquisition and application of knowledge, skills, and beliefs by individuals, teams, and the ? whole enterprise is an essential aspect of high performance organizations. However, barriers to this learning are common in organizations. These barriers must be overcome in order for organizations to have long term success. individual success but not recognizing team success.

Avoiding the Trap of Clicky-Clicky Bling-Bling #devlearn

Learning Visions

OK – so I can’t live blog my own session, but I can share my slides: presented Thursday, Nov 3 2011 at DevLearn in Las Vegas. It was a great session – lots of conversation with the group which you won’t see on the slides, a few side bars and tangents, and some free t-shirts at the end! Thanks to everyone who joined in. Avoiding the Trap of Clicky-Clicky Bling-Bling. devlearn instructional design

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.

7 Signs Your Rockstar Employee Is Looking For a New Job

Mindflash

You’ve spent time and money to hire the right employees for your business, so keeping them satisfied and engaged is priority numero uno. The following case studies reveal the clues that tell you if an employee is currently searching for another job. Click image to enlarge). Online Training employee engagement employee retention small business

A Snagit Milestone - Join us for The Forge, November 10 at 2pm EST

Visual Lounge

Think back to 1991. Remember where you were? What were you doing? What did your hair look like (I was rocking some fantastic 90's hair! Hot rollers and hair spray, baby! )? Remember what tech was like back in 1991? pound 'laptops'. Apple introduced the PowerBook laptop. Remember Compuserve and BBS ? Microsoft Releases MS Dos 5.0 and Windows 3.1. And, Tim Berners-Lee from CERN turned on the Web!

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John Lithgow Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

John Lithgow graced us, talking about storytelling, as an eloquent storyteller. design

Tom Crawford: Design for Mobile The Ups and Downs of the Small Screen #devlearn @vizchef

Learning Visions

My live blogged notes from Tom Crawford, @vizchef, @viznetwork session at DevLearn November 3, 2011 in Las Vegas. Forgive the typos and omissions. And also forgive the delay – forgot to publish these right after the session on Thursday! The mobile market: Smart phones are growing; but not-smart-phones are still significant part of the market. Today we’ll talk about smart phones. wasted space?

Building eLearning Scenarios in Working Sessions with SMEs

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. We know that scenarios benefit performance by immersing learners into workplace situations within training. The storytelling quality of scenarios helps make the lessons learned in training memorable. And there are many ways to incorporate stories and scenarios into eLearning. But how do you write these scenarios in the first place? After all, crafting a realistic scenario requires leveraging tacit knowledge that only a subject matter expert (SME) might possess. Knowledge that is often not documented, even in the most comprehensive knowledge management systems. And so on.

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.

Changing the Game. Welcome Coach's Eye!

Visual Lounge

At TechSmith, I can guarantee to you that we're always working on something new. I'm happy to share with you something exciting we've been cooking up. Welcome the newest app to the TechSmith family, Coach's Eye ! What is Coach's Eye? It's a new iOS 5 application for the iPhone and iPod touch. You can provide instant feedback to an athlete! think John Madden drawing on the screen). Coach's Eye Blog.

President Clinton Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

President Bill Clinton riveted the crowd with a keynote covering a broad swath of problems. His solutions include systems thinking and positive dialog. Engaging and powerful. strategy

Online Trainer Training: Engaging the Virtual Learner

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Published reports say " the average student in online learning conditions perform better than those receiving face-to-face instruction." " That's encouraging news for trainers and training companies looking to offer classes online. Before jumping into the online training world with both feet, consider this: the world is littered with online courses that fail. Typically, online classes that do not succeed are dull and far from interactive. The simple fact is this: if you don't quickly and constantly engage your students, you've lost them. Who should attend this class?

HTML5 Fans Rejoice – Adobe Ditches Flash Player on Mobile Devices

eLearning 24-7

Exciting news, I tell you. Especially for us fans of HTML5 who knew in our hearts of hearts that it was a superior product to Flash. Adobe announced today, Nov. 9th, that it is abandoning its work on Flash for mobile devices and instead focusing on mobile development of development of HTML5 for mobile. This will only empower folks in the e-learning industry who were pro-HTML5 and believed as I do, that it is the better route to go. For LMS vendors, adding “HTML5 feature sets makes sense – especially if they are adding mobile learning components in their system.  Right now.

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!

Celebrating 20 Years of Snagit on The Forge - Tune in Live Today

Visual Lounge

Today is the day! Tune in at 2pm EST on this blog post and watch The Forge live! This month's show is dedicated to all things Snagit. Snagit turns 20 years old this year! Were you wondering what Snagit looked like way back in 1991? It looked a little different than it does today. :-). Tell us what you think of this episode by leaving a comment below or tweeting with the hashtag #tscforge.

So you (still) want to be an elearning consultant?

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Last week I commented that many people in the “learning” field are too absorbed in their own interests and not the businesses they are supporting. Working smarter in the 21st century requires the integration of learning into the workflow. This has become a necessity due to the increased complexity facing today’s networked business. This makes business sense.

Social Learning in Financial Services – Tales from the Real World

Social Learning

I sat down with Shane Raymond, Director of Training and Development at RBC Wealth Management , the US Wealth Management division of Toronto-based Royal Bank of Canada , to discuss social learning. Shane, a veteran of the training industry, has encountered various levels of success with social learning and I asked him to share those experiences with us. Shane : This is true. Shane : Definitely.

Ken Zolot Mindmap

Clark Quinn

Ken Zolot spoke on entrepreneurialsm in orgs. Good lessons for coupling execution with innovation. strategy

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 - Magic Numbers In Designing

Visual Lounge

Everyone should know what I mean by Magic Numbers. Those no named numbers in code that live just to make you scratch your head and scream.  I know I've come to despise seeing numbers without a variable name. It's this reason that I took some time to see how we could improve the readability of numbers in XAML. Example XAML: In Jing we try to stick with 3 different standard margins: 4, 7, and 14.

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What is a Cognitive Apprenticeship?

Kapp Notes

The concept of cognitive apprenticeship is grounded in the theory of Situated Cognition. Situated cognition is a theory of instruction that suggests learning is naturally tied to authentic activity, context, and culture. The idea is that the person and the environment in which they are learning cannot be separated in any analysis of learning. They are each part of a mutually constructed whole. Therefore, the learning must take place in the environment in which it will be applied because the environment and the person’s perception of the environment are part of the same learning process.

DevLearn 2011 Recap: Expanding the Possibilities for Learning by Bill Brandon

Learning Solutions Magazine

DevLearn 2011 broke new ground in many ways: A new venue (Las Vegas), new themes, and on-site curation. Read about it here! Design Strategies Development Strategies Development Techniques Future Trends Management Strategies Professional Development

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Learning 2011 Interview Mindmaps

Clark Quinn

Elliot Masie has interviewed Stephen Lambert (Producer of Undercover Boss) and Peter Capelli (Managing the Older Worker). Here are the mindmaps: social strategy

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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.

Social Learning Demonstration: How to Be a Backup Singer

Social Learning

We talk a lot about social learning on this site.  And we link to lots of others who talk – and talk, and talk.  Sure, it’s all very smart and worthwhile, but sometimes you have to go out on a limb and do a really cool demonstration. That’s why, today, I’m going to demonstrate the power of social learning in two simple steps: Step One: First I’m going to describe how to do something.  Ready? 

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New ProtoSphere Update: Some Great Stuff

Kapp Notes

Check out this video showing some great new features, I like those slick new improvements of the interface and the environment. The action bar is great! It’s even more user friendly than before. Check out this preview video. virtual immersive environment

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Live Training vs. eLearning: Which is Better? The Results Part II

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. Last week we focused on the benefits of classroom training. This week, I planned to focus on eLearning or asynchronous learning alone. However, as I reviewed the responses from readers over the past two weeks, I found that far more readers favored a combination of classroom or instructor-led methods and eLearning. Some additional thoughts on the benefits of classroom training came in this week. " Christine Grauer. Another reader gives us reasons students like having an instructor with them: "I was a college lecturer for over 11 years teaching computer graphics.

Don’t use Facebook for teaching your class – use Edmodo!

eLearning Acupuncture

If you are like me, you probably had not heard about Edmodo until right now. I had never heard of it until it flew across my twitter stream in a posting from a colleague. So what is it? It’s a web-based social network space for teachers and students. Its safe and easy Facebook-like interface allows the class to collaborate, connect, share content, access homework, etc. It’s free for both students and teachers. To appeal to today’s mobile generation it also has both iPhone and Android apps. So the idea of anywhere, any place, any device learning can be truly experienced using Edmodo.

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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.

Engaging the trustworthy

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet In my post on spreading social capitalism I concluded that Mavens (experts) exhibit the greatest intellectual capital; Connectors have the most diverse (creative) networks and Salespeople get things done (action). recently came across a post on The Trusted Advisor that adds another twist to how we connect to each other. On the info-graphic,  How trustworthy are you?

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Authoring Tools- The DevLearn Experience

eLearning 24-7

Last week, I attended DevLearn. readily admit that I was unsure what to expect. knew that its core audience would be instructional designers and e-learning developers.  . suspected that the expo would feature a large quantity of rapid content authoring tools.  I wasn’t disappointed. From products that ranged from the latest versions of RCATs to new vendors in the space, including text to speech. . I was enthralled. Anyone for Avatars? Everywhere you looked, someone was incorporating avatar characters. FT’s Aura product.  Lucky for me, I did. Let’s do the Template Tango. 2011).

Adobe Captivate: Understand Cache and Possibly Save Some Cash

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. first ran this article more than a year ago. In the past few weeks, I've received several emails about reviving corrupt projects and the role of the Project Cache folder. felt it important to rerun the original article now, updated a bit for Captivate 5.5. Note: Before ever clicking the Clear Cache button shown in the image below, please read through this entire article. A few moments spent now will save you a tremendous amount of heartache later. After starting Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5, You will see two options in the Default Locations area: Publish at and Project Cache.

Why is a Mobile Learning Strategy Important?

The Learning Circuits

With mobile learning getting a lot of interest recently (roughly 50% of businesses surveyed say they have plans to implement some form of mobile learning in the foreseeable future), it’s becoming clear that many companies don’t have a plan to successfully create a sustainable, robust mobile learning strategy. This is evidenced by the quick jump from talking about goals and roadmaps to the proverbial “We need an app for that!” conclusion that is being reached in meetings and boardrooms across all industries and company sizes. Perhaps the app shouldn’t have been built at all.

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.

What Is eLearning Waiting For?

OpenSesame

Apple has revolutionized consumer devices - not just through great hardware design but through forward thinking about the ways consumers find, select, purchase and use content with their devices. While Apple is dominant in music, web content and phones, so far, TV has resisted the Apple golden touch. Right Content Revolution eLearning Solutions

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Marc My Words: eLearning Myths, Part 2 by Marc J. Rosenberg

Learning Solutions Magazine

More eLearning myths, folklore, and legends busted this month! Has Marc left out any of your favorites? Design Strategies Evaluation Getting Started Instructional Design