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3D Virtual Worlds are NOT Dead, Dying or Disappearing

Kapp Notes

There are many reasons by I believe that virtual worlds are not dead, dying or disappearing. Here are three indicators that I see. Classes in 3D Worlds and About 3D Worlds. First contrary to the belief of many, Second Life is not dead or dying. Last night I had the pleasure of traveling to Randy Hinrich’s Virtual World Certificate Class for 2012 in their Winter Thinkfest. Version 2.0

My love-hate relationship with learning objectives

Clive on Learning

I think most people would agree that workplace learning interventions need a clear purpose, closely aligned to the needs of the organisation, and should be directed at helping employees to acquire competences that will help them in doing their jobs effectively and efficiently. But statements of purpose or competence are what we would normally regard as learning objectives, which define the outcomes of a learning intervention in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes. But only part of me believes this works out in practice. But is the world really like this? So where does that leave things?

Overcome Your Formal Education with Unschooling

Bottom-Line Performance

How many years of formal education have you received in your life? We like to think we are pretty smart, but what did we really learn? The technological advances of the industrial revolution created huge demand for a certain type of individual: follows instructions, sticks to procedure, generates predictable results, easy to manage. Ever wonder why? You risk ridicule, even failure.

Adobe RoboHelp: Synonyms Made Easy

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    One of the most often used areas of any Help System is Search. And since Search is created automatically when you generate a layout, there's nothing the RoboHelp author has to do to make Search available for the user. Search does have one main drawback for the user. failed Search is a missed opportunity for both you and the user. We offer a live, online class.

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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.

TED Gets into Education in a Much Bigger Way!

Kapp Notes

TED, the organization that brings thought provoking and exciting talks to the web and around the world (a group is doing a TEDx event to Bloomsburg.more later) is launching the idea of TEDEd. It’s a wonderful idea. They are teaming up animators with master instructors to create engaging content to teach specific targeted concepts. The quick videos are designed to gain attention and education.

Transforming learning and development

Clive on Learning

This video packages up a presentation I made at Learning Technologies in London in January. It describes how corporate learning and development appears to be at a crossroads. On one hand it faces unparalleled cost, budgetary and environmental pressures, while on the other it is blessed with the most exciting opportunities in a generation.

Web 2.0 culture

Learning with e's

In previous posts I argued that as teachers, we should be prepared to give our content away for free. There are two reasons for this. One is to benefit those learners worldwide who wish to learn from you and need to see your content. Secondly, it is so you can reap the exponential rewards the social web offers. Look at the photograph. It is only later, when they are more immersed into the Web 2.0

PowerPoint 2010: Turn Off Picture Compression

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  You may not realize it but PowerPoint is lowering the quality of the images in your presentations. By default, PowerPoint is set to compress the images in your files. In  In most cases compressing the images is a good idea because smaller images mean smaller overall presentations. In some cases however, you may wish to maximize the image quality. PowerPoint

Educational Reform, Flipping the Classroom and Innovation

Kapp Notes

Somethings things just come together in strange and exiting ways to trigger light bulbs and a different or accelerated way of thinking. You may have seen all of these videos before but together they make a powerful case for changing education and viewing instruction and learning in a new light. Additionally, I love the animated whiteboard technique. The following are three videos. Its disruptive.

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Dont Waste Your Time

“So long, and thanks for all the fish” – immortal words from Douglas Adams and ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’, a parting comment from the dolphins leaving Earth. What has this to do with me? Well, I’m off, so … “thanks for all the fish” After 5 years at Bournemouth University I am going to join the College of Social Science at the University of Leicester. know that Leicester is a big user of BlackBoard so I am among ‘friends’ and will be using a system I am familiar and confident with. For me and my family, exciting times.

New ideas in a digital age

Learning with e's

How are new ideas spread through society? Before the digital age, we had mass media to do the job - TV, radio and newspapers and prior to that, more primitive technologies were employed to spread news. But these media were used to spread ideas, news, and views that were often sanctioned by the broadcasting channel or publisher. This concept was elaborated further by Geoffrey A. Why might this be?

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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.

Adobe Captivate: Force Re-Publish

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    One of the wonderful hidden advantages of using Captivate 5 and 5.5 over older versions of the program is the overall speed of the publishing process. In legacy versions of Captivate, it could easily take 3-5 minutes to publish a moderately-sized project as a SWF. With Captivate 5 (and 5.5), I've seen my publishing wait time lower by as much as 95%.

The State of Rapid Development Tools for Mobile Learning: Webinar Recording Now Available

mLearning Revolution

If you were not able to attend our Webinar yesterday on mLearning and the state of rapid development tools for mobile learning, the recording is now available. I’m very happy with how the webinar turned out and I would like to thank Jeff Tillett  and Chad Udell  from Float Learning for having me, as well as Robert Gadd  for sharing the microphone with me. billion devices expected by 2016.

Snagit webinars - discover what's new

Visual Lounge

Do you love webinars? OK, don't answer that. Do you love Snagit? We're putting together a few not-boring webinars, loaded with real-life examples of how you can use the new Snagit. And you'll have a chance to ask questions, too. One session will be geared for educators; the other for everyone else. The basic structure for each: intro, demo, Q&A. Schedule. What's NEW in Snagit for education?

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Shock of the new

Learning with e's

Teachers in many schools will tell you they are running hard just to stand still as they attempt to adopt new technologies for learning. It is a real struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of change that defines the digital age. Often, this is a bewildering process, and one which many teachers try to avoid. Adpated from John, P. D. and Wheeler, S. Abingdon: Routledge/David Fulton. (p 99).]

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Gamification Company Bunchball Makes Interesting Announcement

Kapp Notes

Fortunately, yesterday I had a chance to talk to Rajat Paharia the CEO and Founder of Bunchball when he briefed me on the upcoming announcement and talked about the concept of gamification, how he started his company ahead of the curve in 2005 and how the Nitro gamificaiton platform has helped create engagement in many companies. Here is what Rajat said about this announcement. Games

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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.

The Snowball Effect: Documentation and Training for Global ERP Systems

Social Learning

Once upon a time, a major manufacturing company implemented SAP to handle all of their North American operations. Several years passed and the company implemented new SAP modules and fine-tuned existing modules. Everything was working well and they were getting a good return on their system investment. Finally, it was time to start bringing the wonder of SAP to the company’s global operations.

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How Google’s Designers Can Help You Build Better E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

I read this interesting article the other day about how Google’s designers changed the look and feel of their products. It reminded me a lot of what we have to do when building elearning courses and it’s in line with many questions I get about elearning design during my workshops. Here are some things that relate to what we do in the world of elearning. Build Consistent Navigation. Tidbits.


Net Work Skills

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Imagine if we limited our conversations to only those in the same office.  We would miss out on so many learning opportunities. Well it seems some people are still missing out. Today, people with larger and more diverse networks have an advantage as professionals and in dealing with change. They are engaged in a constant flow of sense-making through multiple conversations. Most of us are not.

The Thing About Multiple-Choice Tests … by Mike Dickinson

Learning Solutions Magazine

How do you determine whether learners “got it” in an eLearning program? The most common method is to give them a multiple-choice test. However, developing a test that gives a valid measure of the learner’s knowledge requires considerable care. Here is a guide that will save you a lot of effort as you design tests! Assessment Certification Design Strategies Getting Started Instructional Design

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!

Filtering: A Challenge and Responsibility for Learning Professionals

The Learning Circuits

In last week ’ s Learning Circuits, I explored how I use Twitter as a professional development tool , and explained how doing so has helped me build a personal learning network. Personal Learning Networks (PLN) are, in many ways, both the past and the future of how people will learn. Technology has finally reached a point where it is no longer a barrier to this sharing, and can actually amplify it.


Writing & Grammar: Should a Comma Go After Although?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby    I rarely go out on a limb and say the word  never  in answer to a punctuation question, but I am going to chance it this time: Never put a comma after  although --unless what follows it is a completely nonessential interruption. Okay, so it turns out I still can't say  never. But let's examine why I  want  to say never. have recently seen writers incorrectly do this: Although, Betsy did not want to go swimming that day, Tommy convinced her to jump. In the first example, there is no reason for a comma after although.

Self-Service Custom Infographics (@visually) in education

Dont Waste Your Time

Like Infographics (I do), then you might like to try out , a tool that enables you to create your own (basic) infographic quickly and easily. As reported on Mashable this week: “The tool will eventually use APIs from sources including ESPN, the Economist and social media sites to compile and create data visualizations. Here are a couple I created earlier (click to enlarge):

Marc My Words: Qualifying eLearning Vendors by Marc J. Rosenberg

Learning Solutions Magazine

No matter how good you are at building eLearning, sooner or later you will likely have to rely on an outside provider. But how do you separate the good vendors from the bad? Here are seven vendor qualities you should look for. Design Strategies Development Strategies Getting Started Management Strategies Project Management

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.

Three Essential Tips for New Online Training Designers


One of the biggest challenges online training developers have is that they often have no background in online training. Online training is very different than face-to-face training, yet many classroom trainers inherit the online learning developer role simply because their organization has decided to begin offering online training. These are decisions of budget, not of learning and performance.

mLearning #research focus: new features of #html5 for future offline #mLearning

Ignatia Webs

Chillian researchers from the Universidad de Chile, Santiago have a wonderful and useful research paper focusing on new features of html5 and how they can be used for situated learning scenarios. The full paper can be found here (English) at page 252 of the mLearn2011 proceedings. The authors of the paper are: Nelson Baloian , Jonathan Frez, Marc Janser, Gustavo Zurita. It is a long paper that is both theoretical, technical and practical = great combination. And I gladly share some of the paper's content here. Furthermore, images can be added to a canvas that can be moved, rotated and scaled.

Using Wikis for Learning and Collaboration

The eLearning Coach

Now that social is more accepted, this might be the time to build a wiki. Post from: The eLearning Coach Using Wikis for Learning and Collaboration. eLearning 2.0

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Innovation is about making connections

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet. The network era workplace requires collaboration and cooperation because complex problems cannot be solved alone. Tacit knowledge, that which cannot be codified or put into a database, needs to flow. Social learning, developed through many conversations, enables this flow of tacit knowledge. This is why social learning in the workplace is necessary for business. SocialLearning Wirearchy

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.

Join us for The Forge - Using Visuals in Community

Visual Lounge

If you haven't noticed, the watering holes of the web are getting increasingly visual. Facebook timeline, Pinterest, Google+ are all giving more priority to photos and visuals. Infographics are hot. What does this mean for you as a communicator and content creator? How can you use visuals to engage people and build community? We'll be streaming the show right here on the blog. Infographics are hot.

LMSs, TMs and HCMs

eLearning 24-7

And now a brief announcement: Shocking news! SumTotal is calling their product a Human Capital Management system. Sure, they offer a separate LMS called SumTotal Maestro, but their TM has surprisingly (not really) been morphed into a HCM, will others follow? Oh wait, others were starting the trend. Never mind, now back to our regular scheduled blog. The Taleo Spin. If you visit the Taleo home page, you will learn the following two items. And even better (now remember, the above tag line). must have been sleeping, but when did “learning” slide under Talent Management?  Call to Arms.

Learning Styles: What Is All the Fuss About?


I’ve recently been reading quite a few articles, tweets and blog posts about whether learning styles exist. Most I read make their arguments against, but there are still others who are holding onto their belief in the various models and theories. Both sides are blogging, tweeting and retweeting in defense of their positions. Frankly, I don’t understand what all of the fuss is about.

Net Work Literacy

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Working online is different. Few traditional jobs prepare anyone for this. How can you develop a professional network that is not dependent on a job or an employer? For people who have been working in the same job for 10 years or more, when they step out they will see that it’s a different world today. Now that’s a change from a decade ago. Communities NetworkedLearning

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.

Webinar recording: What's new in Snagit

Visual Lounge

If you couldn't make it to the Snagit webinar today, we've got you covered! And if you tried to attend but couldn't connect, we're so sorry! It was not one of our better moments.). We wanted to get the video recording posted right away. This one covers Snagit for general users. We'll add the one for educators as soon as we can. Connect with Snagit on the social tubes: @Snagit.

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#SLCONF 2012–Social Learning in action

Lars is Learning

Last Thursday I attended the #SLCONF Social Learning Conference in London. It largely practiced what it preached – in that it proved to be a highly social discussion and effective forum for sharing ideas and experiences with an experienced group of professionals and practitioners. Good use was made of alternative formats and seeding conversation between groups. think the fact that this was a. social networking social media social learning mobile learning #SLCONF motivation

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Another chance to win an iPad 3!! Scenario-Training Contest…

Adobe Captivate

After the successful HTML5 contest for Adobe Captivate on our Facebook Page, we’re launching a global contest for the best Scenario-based training content created using Adobe Captivate. This contest is live now on our Facebook page. Contest Rules: Upload any scenario-based course created using Adobe Captivate. For examples of scenario-based courses, visit [link] or [link] [.]. Conferences and events eLearning this week Extending Captivate How do I. Rapid Authoring Rapid eLearning Whats new "Elearning authoring tools" Adobe Captivate Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe Captivate 5.5

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Effective Storyboarding

Integrated Learnings

By Dean Hawkinson. Storyboarding for an eLearning course can be a very effective way to lay out the overall look and feel of your course, as evidenced by this post by Donna Bryant. Storyboarding can serve a couple of different purposes: It can be an easy way for your subject matter experts (SMEs) to review content during the development stage It can serve as instruction for a developer when the actual development of the course is not done by the designer of the course. In this article, I intend to share some of the highlights of that webinar. These notes will not be shown to the end user.

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 does a disrupted education system look like?

George Siemens

A group of us (Clark Quinn, Jay Cross, Stephen Downes, Grainne Conole, Martin Weller, and numerous others) are in New Dehli this week at the EDGEx conference. The event is being streamed live. Some great resources on Indian education can be accessed here (bottom tab on left-side menu). Slides from my presentation this morning are here: Edgex Disruption. View more PowerPoint from gsiemens

#MOOC benefits for international learners

Ignatia Webs

Organizing a massive open online course enables content to be discussed and created by a wide variety of international learners. In running up to a set of presentations, here is an overall view of MOOC benefits and a short look at what it comprises. MOOC benefits for international learners - an overview View more presentations from Inge Ignatia de Waard. mooc open education networked learning

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