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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 [.].

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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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.

How to Create a Customer Training Strategy

Want to develop an effective customer training strategy for your organization? Download this guide to learn some simple steps you can follow to set your team up for success. Click to download.

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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.

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.

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.

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

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

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.

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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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.  .

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

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.

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

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

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”.

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.

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.”

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

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.

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.

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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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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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.

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.

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.