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Why we need conferences

Clive on Learning

It's easy to think of conferences as rather old hat - top-down and push in an era that is increasingly bottom-up and pull; very un-green when we face huge environmental challenges; very extravagant when everyone but the Chinese is running out of money. But having spent some time now immersed in The Power of Pull by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison (2010), I'm convinced that conferences will have an important role to play for years to come. The reason? Conferences are primarily networking events - they bring people together and spark off opportunities. My conclusion?

What digital literacies?

Learning with e's

In June this year I presented a keynote speech at Middlesex University entitled Digital Tribes and the Social Web. One of the themes I developed during my speech was around the concept of new digital literacies. My argument is that new media and new opportunities for learning trhough digital technologies requires new literacies. Below are the digital literacies I have identified.

Augmenting reality - technology is going invisible

Lars is Learning

Here's my article, just published on Trainingzone as the headline story, exploring how augmented reality and mobile technology promise to radically improve learning effectiveness. Would value your comments and feedback. -- The pace of technological innovation continues to surprise. This week reports suggest that, in theory at least, it will be possible to create new materials that.

Where do you find legal music for your videos?

Visual Lounge

?? Jingle bells, Jing bells. ?? Adding music to your video can get viewers in just the right mood. But it can also get you in hot water with your legal department or get your video banned from YouTube. Fortunately, there's a growing number of royalty-free and creative commons music sites. You won't get the rights to "We Are the Champions" but you also won't wind up singing "I'm a loser, baby.".

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Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.

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A most fundamental human right

Learning with e's

In 2005 I accompanied a group of students and staff from the University of Plymouth on a two week study tour of South Africa. We spent most of our time in and around Cape Town, visiting schools in the city and in the townships. We also took the motorboat out to Robben Island - the notorious former penal colony throughout South Africa's apartheid regime. It was their personal triumph too.

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The most updated and popular E-Learning Blogs


After a long research, I have created a list of the most updated and popular e-learning blogs regarding e-learning. encourage you to click on the links below and read the posts you find that match your interests and needs

Video: Twitter for teachers, in 60 seconds

Dont Waste Your Time

As we’ve all said before … Twitter is the biggest, best staffroom you can find, and share! Watch this and share with anyone who doesn’t believe you … Well, nice and simple, eh? Love it! Related posts: Twitter Tips: for Teachers & Educators. Video: the 21st Century Learner. WordPress Plugin #15: Blackbird Pie (WordPress and Twitter). YouTube

Collaboration: It’s Not About Technology, It’s About the Culture

Learn and Lead

I got a chance to talk about how companies can use technology internally to collaborate and share more effectively. started with examining what’s currently in use in organizations. Email is the most commonly used collaborative tool. Unfortunately it is also perhaps the worst tool for open collaboration in an organization. You can only collaborate with people you send the email to. Collaboration 3.0

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.

Why eLearning Development Ratios Can be Hazardous to Your Career

Social Learning

Brandon Hall, in partnership with Chapman Alliance, recently published the results of its latest survey about eLearning development ratios. Based on survey responses from nearly 4000 learning professionals at 249 companies

Becoming invisible

Clive on Learning

Is social networking addictive, like caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and narcotics? The only test would be to try and wean yourself off and see what happens. Would you break out in cold sweats, suffer headaches or panic attacks? Or,much worse, would you cease to exist. Are we all fighting against solipsism (the belief that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist). As Proust said, a solipsist is someone who cannot cope with the disappointment of being ignored. Let's face it, no-one truly likes being alone. If they stop sending messages, they become invisible." don't think so. "

Foursquare in education and the classroom #Foursquare

Dont Waste Your Time

I signed up to Foursquare a while ago, and then did nothing with it. couldn’t see the point, and am still struggling to see it even now. like it, I sign-in to various places as I go about my travels, I’m even the Mayor of a couple too. But why? Firstly, let’s look at Foursquare and what it is. Do we really need this level of intimacy? Mayors. Points. Badges. Friends.

Mark Your Calendars for The Forge in December plus Ian Oszwald

Visual Lounge

It's that time again. Tune in to the next Forge live on December 2 at 2pm EST here on the Visual Lounge Blog. The theme will be all about music and fun! We'll explore places to find music you can use for free and legally, how to built a digital card, how to use music well in your videos and look at gifts for screencasters. Ian Oszwald is the co-founder of ShowMeDo. It's that time again.

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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.

Crossing the divide

Learning with e's

Transliteracy can be defined as being literate across a number of platforms. In essence, it is the ability to be able to create content, organise, share and communicate across, and through, a variety of social media, discussion groups, mobile tools and other services that are commonly available. This assumes that we communicate differently depending on the tool we use. Reference: Thomas, S.,

Infographic: Who’s Hiring For The Holidays?


Each fall, retailers hire tens of thousands of workers as they staff up to handle Black Friday and the holiday shopping rush. Economists watch those hiring numbers closely as a leading indicator of holiday sales expectations and as a barometer of economic health in general. Here’s a look at the overall hiring picture this holiday season. Click image to enlarge).

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Reflection on a presentation: Social Media and Social Network #SoMe

Dont Waste Your Time

Earlier this week I gave the following presentation to a groups of first year Accounting and Finance students: Social Media & Networks: How to survive online (or “your [next] employer is watching you”). and was kindly asked by Pauline Randall of Florizel Media to write up a reflective account of the presentation and what kind of impact it had on the students. CBS News Interview – [link].

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Adobe Captivate 5: One Spelling Option Not To Ignore

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. I am the most accurate typist in the world. Want me to prove it? Fine! I was recently working on a Captivate project that contained more than 70 text captions. I was the one who both created those text captions and typed the text. Just prior to publishing the project, I ran Captivate's spell check utility by choosing Project > Check Spelling. And you know what?

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.

Watch your back!

Learning with e's

I'm always asking myself the question - what do my students need to know to be able to use the web effectively? One of the important skills I identified in a previous post on digital literacies is how people manage and protect their privacy. This is aligned to e-safety, which is about protecting people online. This begs the question - can any of us protect our privacy on the web? Hellooo.

Everything That Can Be Digital, Will Be


"Everything that can be digital, will be." Selling eLearning Courses Buying eLearning Courses Content Revolution

Learning in public

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet In a succinct post on the nature of knowledge management in a knowledge-intensive field, Jasmin Fodil looks at how rocket scientists learn. She shows how workers at the NASA Goddard Space Fight Center reapply their knowledge: -. Because of that, the system is unique in that is dovetails nicely with a socialized knowledge management system. Of course, Goddard may already be doing this.


Animations – Audio sync issue

Adobe Captivate

A few of the users have observed that the animations which have some audio or flv video embedded in them, when used in Adobe Captivate, face sync issues. The embedded audio starts playing ahead of the actual timing of the animation which was leading to audio going out of sync. Worry no more, here is


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.

Reach out and connect

Learning with e's

One of the digital literacies I identified in yesterday's blogpost was effective social networking. So what's the big deal about this? We all do it these days don't we? Most of us have a Facebook account, and maybe a LinkedIn account too. Lots of us use Twitter, and some of those out on the periphery may still be using Myspace or Bebo. In his blogpost What's so social about social media?

PowerPoint 2010: Secret Passageways, Part I

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. When you work with PowerPoint frequently, every little tip could help improve your productivity time. quick Google search will turn up a list of common keyboard shortcuts for working in and presenting with PowerPoint, but here are a few lesser known tips I'd like to share. This never fails to be a huge lifesaver for me. Choose File from the Ribbon and then select Options.

McKinsey Discovers What We Already Knew About Training Impact

The Peformance Improvement

Only a fourth of respondents to a McKinsey survey said that their training programs made a measurable difference in business performance. This survey was conducted online in January 2010 and received responses from 1,440 executives “representing the full range of regions, industries, functional specialties, and seniority.”. In 20 years, that measly percentage hasn’t changed much.

The urgent need for education/learning tech entrepreneurs

George Siemens

I started blogging in 2000. Since that time, I’ve tracked significant trends in education, technology, and society. I’ve focused heavily on openness and on change in teaching/training/learning. Innovation comes from random idea collision, which raises the need for diversity of ideas and concepts. I’ve tried to balance my involvement in formal education and corporate learning and training. This focus has resulted in large open online courses (with Dave Cormier, Stephen Downes, Rita Kop) and the LearnTrends conferences (with Jay Cross and Tony Karrer). Change is rarely easy.

The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now

Death by reorg

Clark Quinn

Even if you haven’t experienced it, you’ve heard about it, seen it, and now it’s a epidemic. The familiar reorganization: changing management structures, reporting relationships, moving units around.  It can happen infrequently, but in many organizations it seems to be a regular occurrence: every 2 years, every year, or more frequently.  The expression ‘drive-by reorgs’ isn’t hard to countenance. Reorganizations restructure the top-down approach to guiding performance, where one person thinks for several.  What is the alternative? 

I’m taking the EMC ISM (E20-001) Proven Professional exam. Wanna study with me?

Adventures in Corporate Education

I have been putting off posting about this — but I don’t think I can avoid it much longer. I’m going to start studying to take the EMC ISM (E20-001) Proven Professional exam. Hopefully I’ll sit for the exam before the end of the year. Why am I doing this? already have a Proven Professional Specialist certification (EMCIE SAN). But the EMCISA Associate credential came out after I took the associate exam required for my EMCIE. So I figured, what the heck! should probably get the new credential. Feel their pain. Not so sure that is a good idea… :O.

The future of e-Learning, according to Kasper Spiro | Change to learn

Challenge to Learn

Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog about starting up my work as CEO for EasyGenerator. At the end of the blog I concluded that we needed to come up with a coherent vision and mission to determine the direction of future developments of