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The Future Of Higher Ed And Its Impact On Elearning

Upside Learning

I recently came across the 2012 Higher Education Edition of the NMC Horizon Report , and found it quite fascinating. It gave me a lot of insights about the state of higher education globally and also left me thinking about how these developments would impact the global elearning industry. Here are the key points from the Horizon report. Mobile Apps. Tablet Computing. Game-Based Learning.

Did-you-Know Raptivity?

Raptivity

There are many fascinating facts, stories, theories, tricks and tips of certain people, things or processes. Do we all know about it? Most of us may not. After all we are humans and not overtly smart enough to retain all [.].

State of the LMS 2012

eLearning 24-7

For the past month, I have been conducting a survey on learning platforms and specifically learning management systems. . The data shows that what many vendors assume end users want is far from accurate. Too many vendors are focusing on talent/performance management as the next feature/component in their systems. Yet, as you will see from this survey, what you assume isn’t always the case.

Adobe RoboHelp: iFrames

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    If you have a need to include PDFs in your Help system, you have a few options. You can create a link to the PDF (which will open the PDF once the user clicks the link) or you can import the PDF into the project (which will create a topic out of the PDF). You can use iFrames (inline frames) to insert PDF files or HTML files within an HTML topic. 

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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.

The CBT Lady

Learning Visions

In the spirit of trying to explain to people what I do for a living, I was trying to explain to someone recently what I do for a living. “I help organizations design and deliver online training programs…” The guy made a cross with his fingers and hissed at me saying, “Oh no, you’re the CBT Lady!” Visions of hairnet covered lunch ladies. haven’t recovered yet from this one. The CBT Lady? “Oh no. You create those horrible things that we have to sit through. Every screen is locked out. Two weeks later. Same guy. He introduces me to his wife. She and I start chatting about what we do.

7 Tips for developing an E-Learning Strategy

Connect Thinking

Part of my job is to provide e-learning strategy support to clients. have a number of processes for this kind of engagement, and E-Learning Academy members to have access to an e-learning course on Strategy , and a number of other tools and resources. Top line tips for developing an e-learning strategy. 1. responsiveness, competition, changing consumer demands, legislation changes. Brandon Hall.

Book Review: Design for How People Learn

Experiencing eLearning

Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn is a great book for instructional designers because it actually is written using the principles taught. Some instructional design books use a “do as I say, not as I do” kind of approach: they talk about chunking content into manageable amounts, using effective visuals, and motivating learners, but they are filled with long, unbroken blocks of dry text. Design for How People Learn is an easy, fun read, with lots of visuals and realistic examples that touch on frustrating problems instructional designers face. ” Lots of Images.

Adobe Captivate: Troubleshooting LMS Woes

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Lori Smith. Captivate developer created a nifty eLearning lesson complete with a quiz, advanced actions and some nice navigation features. All she needed to do to wrap up the project was get the finished lesson posted to her LMS and ensure it reported correctly. And  And that, unfortunately, is where she ran into trouble. The lesson simply would not work once posted to the LMS. The developer contacted me. While I had never used her LMS, I have successfully posted and tested several Captivate lessons to myriad systems. One thing I have learned while working with all of those LMSs.

Join us LIVE on The Forge - Thursday at 2pm ET

Visual Lounge

This month on our live web show, we're bringing you a special focus on education! Video is more popular than ever, as it's being used to deliver content as part of blended learning, flipped classroom , and 1:1 tech initiatives. Tune in Thursday, February 16, at 2:00pm ET. ( Add to your calendar ) The streaming video will be posted below, so hit refresh on your browser just before 2pm.

Online learners need the means, the motive and the opportunity

Clive on Learning

Means, motive and opportunity might be necessary if you are to convince a jury to convict in a trial, but they also apply in a wide variety of other circumstances, not least whether or not learning technologies make sense for a particular population: Means Learners need the means to engage with technology, in particular the IT literacy. While not so long ago this was a major obstacle, even in developed economies, the problem is fast reducing. Just about every electronic gadget we use - a telephone, a tablet, a TV, a DVD player, a games console - is at heart a computer and works like one.

Conducting Good Virtual Meetings

Web Courseworks

“Do you see the L?” ” “Yes, we see the L,” came the response. We typed the O, and we asked, “Do you see the O.” ” “Yes, we see the O.” ” Then we typed the G, and the system crashed … ” (source). Technology has come a long way since the first ARPANET link was established [.]. eLearning elearning Jon Aleckson meeting virutal Web Courseworks

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.

Three Tips for e-Learning Dominance

Kapp Notes

Wouldn’t it be great to have the most dominant, overruling, kick butt e-learning imaginable. meaning people actually learned and applied what you wanted them to learn and apply from taking your e-learning module). Here are three tips to help you achieve that goal. ONE: Make the learning meaningful. The learner needs to see an immediate need and application of the content to what they are doing. Make it realistic, targeted and focused on actions and activity. This is accomplished by giving the learner an actual situation in which they need to apply the knowledge you are hoping they learn.

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Social media budget line item?

Clark Quinn

Where does social media fit in the organization?  In talking with a social media entrepreneur over beers the other day, he mentioned that one of his barriers in dealing with organizations was that they didn’t have a budget line for social media software. That may sound trivial, but it’s actually a real issue in terms of freeing up the organization. In one instance, it had been the R&D organization that undertook the cost.  In another case, the cost was attributed to the overhead incurred in dealing with a merger. These are expedient, but wrong. But who funds it? social strateg

Writing & Grammar: Adjectives Versus Adverbs

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby    Last week's challenge was a tough one. Several readers correctly punctuated the sentences but did not correctly identify which commas were optional. Sadly, only a minority of respondents got everything right. Here are the answers as presented by  Larena Jackson. The goals were to correctly punctuate (or refrain from punctuating) these introductory phrases and to indicate whether the comma was optional or required. In the morning she will leave the house by 7:30.   (optional comma as refers to time-In the morning, she.). Vera I. Sytch. Carrie Noxon.

Book Review: Design for How People Learn

Experiencing eLearning

Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn is a great book for instructional designers because it actually is written using the principles taught. Design for How People Learn is an easy, fun read, with lots of visuals and realistic examples that touch on frustrating problems instructional designers face. That’s basically what I did.” ” Lots of Images. Stories and Examples.

“you simply can’t train people to be social!”

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Over the past year I have been working on change initiatives to improve collaboration and knowledge-sharing with two large companies, one of them a multinational. In each case, implementation has boiled down to two components: individual skills & organizational support. These individual activities are not a single skill-set that can be trained in a classroom.

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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.

Top Ten eLearning and Training Topics for 2012

OpenSesame

As elearning continues to comprise a growing portion of the overall mix of corporate training and learning initiatives, elearning developers are eager to position themselves ahead of the curve. What courses are in demand? Where can they differentiate their services? Based on data from our own marketplace and industry-leading analysts, here’s our Top Ten eLearning Topics for 2012.  .

Microsoft PowerPoint: Hide a Master Slide Logo

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  A PowerPoint user approached me recently with an issue. She was given a PowerPoint template with a company logo on it. She was asked to remove the logo but could not. My first thought was to tell her to remove it from the master slides. However, she had already tried this and the logo appeared to be part of the actual background, even on the master slide. PowerPoint

(New) e-Learning metaphors: cased based learning

Challenge to Learn

In my quest for new learning metaphors I have to pay attention to cased based learning (CBL) or Scenario based learning (SBL). It is not new, but it is very powerful. The great thing about it is that it approaches learning for the learners perspective, based on real world problems. It is great to use it in combination with the principles of action mapping , because these cases are always about a situation where you have to do things. It’s not about learning but it is about applying what you have learned and about learning while doing that. It is not used as much as it should be.

Getting to Social

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet You are engaging with social media for marketing and customer support. You have also put in place a social intranet, with activity streams for sharing information, collaboration tools for work teams and document management systems that include social tags and easy sharing. Now the hard work begins. You’re ready to be a social business; everyone is connected but few know what to do.

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!

Mobile Learning should be more than converting Desktop eLearning to HTML5

mLearning Revolution

Over the weekend, I was looking at the entries submitted to the Adobe Captivate HTML5 Contest, hosted by my former Adobe colleagues. The basic idea behind this contest is that Adobe Captivate 5.5 users create a project and then use the HTML5 Converter for Adobe Captivate to convert it into HTML5. The entry with the most votes wins. In other words, while I think HTML5 will play a big role in how we develop and deploy learning and how our learners will consume those learning experiences on mobile, I think mLearning should be a lot more than just ‘converting’ desktop eLearning to HTML5. eLearnin

Quit Wasting Time Trying to Find the Right Look for Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

A while back I shared an example of how to create more engaging course objectives. It’s a great way to get past the bullet list of learning objectives that we often see in courses. then did a follow up post on how to quickly find images for your elearning courses. The tips in that post are good, but they set up an issue we commonly run into when building courses. Let me explain. That’s not ideal.

Collaboration and community skills are the new workplace skills

Jane Hart

OK, these skills are not actually “new” –  they’ve always been present – but perhaps they have not always been as visible as they should have been, as Oscar Berg explains in The collaboration pyramid (or iceberg). But, And Maria Ogneva agrees in her blog post, This is not your parents’ software training , when she talks about how organisations should approach Yammer “training”.

Understanding what you do

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet I came across this most thought-proving post by Seb Paquet on Google Plus , that looks at how new ideas and especially new business models can be understood. Seb notes that: There is a small group of people who understand why you are doing it; A larger group of people who get how you are doing it; An even larger group of people who get what you are doing; and finally.

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.

‘Prezi’ App

Dont Waste Your Time

Prezi (iPad): I like Prezi and yes I like the rotation and zoom effects you can use (I also try to use them as little as possible as I know some people get a bit queasy!). “View and present your prezis anywhere with simple, intuitive multitouch gestures. Drag to pan and pinch to zoom in or out of topics, just like you do in any map apps. ” Prezi Free: [link]. How are you using Prezi?

Changing Landscape in E-Learning

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

During the Thought Leadership Webinar on “ Interactive Courses on a ShoeString Budget ” in November, 2011, I had a good discussion with Jim Hanlin, President and Founder of Best Training Resources. Jim shared his views on the changing landscape in e-learning. Vikas: What are clients looking for in eLearning programs? Jim: What strikes me is that there is a phenomenal change in the eLearning industry in comparison to when eLearning was first introduced. As eLearning is ever growing and getting interactive likewise the clients' demands have also grown over the years. Jim:You are welcome

Never mind the quality

Learning with e's

While waiting for my flight home from Cyprus last week, I did an impromptu interview for some colleagues from Pakistan in the departure lounge. They quizzed me about my views on quality in education, and recorded my responses on video. They intend to share the video online once all the airport public address announcements have been edited out. It has never been about learning. Unported License.

Educating Factory and Technical Workers

Kapp Notes

There was an article today over at CNN titled “ Desperately seeking Americans for factory jobs ” that stated: There is a “critical shortage of machinists,” a common and crucial position in factories, said Rob Akers, vice president at the National Tooling and Machining Association. “Enrollment in this field in technical schools has been down for a long time.” ” The problem comes at a terrible time. He, too, is having a hard time, a situation that will worsen as his older machinists retire. “Getting the worker is becoming a problem.”

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.

Everything is a Remix

Dont Waste Your Time

This film of ‘Everything is a Remix’, part 4 in the series, covers various aspects of intellectual property, copyright, originality, ownership, etc. the film is introduced as: “Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. When others copy, we vilify!”

Bad News is Good News

The Peformance Improvement

When evaluating programs and organizations, bad news can be good news. What I mean by that is any feedback is helpful to an organization if leaders listen to the feedback, look for value in the information, and make improvements accordingly. However, what so often happens is that leaders immediately become defensive and look for ways to discredit or cast doubt on criticism. He writes: The N.C.A.A.

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Bear pit pedagogy

Learning with e's

In our digital literacy teacher training programme at Plymouth University we create environments that encourage critical thinking. My colleague Peter Yeomans (AKA @ethinking on Twitter) says we create the 'bear pits' for our students. In order to develop key critical thinking skills, learners need to be able to argue effectively. Unported License. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

What will your training role be in the future?

The Learning Circuits

After sitting in on a training professional competencies focus group at TechKnowledge 2012, I became more inspired than ever to think about the role that learning and development professionals can look forward to in the future. For those who remain flexible and partake in continuous learning, I think this field will be more exciting than ever, providing wonderful opportunities for the 21st century. One thing seems nearly certain—as time passes, the role of the training professional and instructional designer will be transformed. Start with the core and work outward.

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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.

Social Media in Universities (Infographic)

Dont Waste Your Time

Another great Infographic, this time on the ‘research’ (I use the term loosely) on the ‘Pros and Cons of Social Media in (Higher) Education’ Click here or on the image below for the full infographic highlighting how social media (Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc). I do like the final section which actually highlights some of the benefits/successes and challenges that Universities will encounter as they try and implement a social media campaign. just wished that the creators of these infographics realised there was a world outside of the USA!

The eLearning Guild Publishes 2012 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation by Bill Brandon

Learning Solutions Magazine

The eLearning Guild has released the 2012 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation Report. Summary and links are here, along with a salary calculator you can use to compute and compare baseline salaries with your own situation. Professional Development

Becoming a Learning Architect

Integrated Learnings

By Dean Hawkinson. recently came across a review of a book written by Clive Shepherd called The New Learning Architect. In this book, Shepherd makes the point that we, as instructional designers, need to shift our focus from simple course creation to that of an architect who designs an entire learning environment, similar to the way an architect designs environments for living and working. began to reflect on the 11+ years that I have been an instructional designer and how the role has changed dramatically over that period of time. Brief History. Then came Web 2.0 and move it into learning.

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Who Trains the Trainers?

Mindflash

Are you someone who has ‘fallen into’ your role? In most fields, professionals have gone to school and been ‘prepared’ in some way for their role in the workplace.  An accountant, for instance, generally has some sort of degree or certification that relates to finance. Their subject matter expertise gets them selected to become a trainer, and they just join the organization’s training department.

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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.

Write the Questions First.

Learning Visions

"Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." ~ Rainer Marie Rilke, from “Letters to a Young Poet". Words to live by. And, it turns out, words by which to design instruction. Read more in Kineo Top Tip 64: Write the Questions First

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Bending The Rules

Upside Learning

This weekend, one of my parents reminded me that I got my first digital game console exactly thirty years ago, the Atari 2600. I’d been playing simple games on my dad’s Apple II, but the Atari console was a totally different experience. Different because first you hooked up to a TV screen, and second, loading software was as easy as swapping cartridges and resetting the console. Also, the consoles’ ability to allow competition against another human opponent using a second controller was quite novel at the time. This is one way that gamers bend the rules. have a theory.