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How to Evaluate Learning: The Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century

Social Learning

Recent research by ASTD and REED Learning indicates that the top skills desired by Learning & Development departments are measuring and evaluating training. According to Donald L. Then we need to identify specific metrics to demonstrate and deliver on those expectations. For those of you who are not familiar with the original Four Levels, this is what they are: Level 1. Level 2. Level 3.

6 Trends in Rapid eLearning Tools to watch in 2012

mLearning Revolution

I absolutely love software, apps, applications, extensions, plug-ins, add-ons, whatever you want to call it. started in computers when DOS (Disk Operating System) was at its peak, I still remember knowing all the commands and I thought it was the coolest thing ever invented. still go to Church of course. Probably why I still love keyboard shortcuts. Fun times. So why do I share this?

Scary Presentation Mistakes Video

Kapp Notes

Thanks to @arossett. For pointing to this wonderful and scary video. And here is another along the same track, equally as scary because this one also sums up many presentations and educational sessions I’ve attended. presentations

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Confessions of an Occasionally Lazy Instructional Designer

Trina Rimmer

On occasion I've taken design shortcuts that resulted in mediocre (maybe even some lousy) eLearning. There, I said it. In some more recent cases, the design shortcuts I took seemed necessary because of the timeline for the project. Sure, you could say that I chose to pick my battles, but the honest truth is that - at least in a few cases - I chose to take the easy way out. Going with Your Gut.

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.

Top 20 Tools 2007-2011

Jane Hart

As you will know I finalised the 5th Annual survey of  Top 100 Tools for Learning in the middle of November 2011, and at that time placed the presentation on Slideshare. I’ve just noticed that in the subsequent two months it has been viewed over 200,000 times! Social learning

Writing & Grammar: The Importance of Knowing (at least some) Parts of Speech

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby    ????If If you have spoken English since infancy, you probably have a lot of the structures of English built into your head. You don't need me to tell you, for example, how to fix this sentence: Towel the into the dryer went. You probably immediately saw that the sentence was backwards (Yoda-speak) and that the word  the  goes before towel , not after it. The normally structured sentence would read: The towel went into the dryer. Why do we have to study grammar rules, then, if we know things like this without even thinking? recommend memorizing them.

5 Free Desktop Image Editors for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

I’m always asked what skills a rapid elearning designer should have. One of the most important skills is basic image editing. You don’t need to be a professional graphics designer. However, you should be able to do some basic editing. Because of this, an image editing application should be in your tool chest. But before we explore the free tools, a good budget-friendly option is Photoshop Elements.

The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

eLearning 24-7

The data is in, the results are interesting and the competition is growing.  What does it all mean? The RCAT (rapid content authoring tool) market continues to be healthy with nothing to slow it down – uh, except maybe one thing (more on that later). Early Signs for 2012. Yeah, I know we have just jumped into January, but in a review of the past several months, authoring tools continue to follow a similar path amongst themselves with certain feature sets. However, where you would expect some to move towards – they haven’t, which is disappointing on multiple tiers. Desktop.

How action mapping can change your design process

Making Change

Happy action mapping users say that the model helps them create lively elearning. But would it fit into your design workflow? Action mapping makes stakeholders work together to analyze the performance problem, commit to the same measurable goal, and agree to focus on activities rather than information. This can be a big change to the typical course development workflow. Who should be included?

Boots On The Ground: Introducing A Community of Practice at Bechtel by Paul Drexler and Ani Mukerji

Learning Solutions Magazine

A key activity for learning and development groups is supporting the growth and effectiveness of. informal and collaborative learning among employees or members of a community of practice. Social and mobile technologies are essential to success, as this case study illustrates. This is. essential (and inspiring) reading for all! Future Trends Learning 2.0 Management Strategies Social Media

Can Groups Be Creative?

The Peformance Improvement

It would be easy to become anti-teamwork after reading “The Rise of the New Groupthink” , a Sunday New York Times opinion piece written by Susan Cain, author of the forthcoming book , “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” She writes a thought-provoking article that challenges the prevailing thinking about employee innovation and creativity. Lone geniuses are out.

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.

Congratulations ScreenChamps!

Visual Lounge

Introducing.our 2011 ScreenChamps! Be sure to watch the full episode of The Forge for in-depth comments from the judges on what they thought worked well and could be improved across each category. There was also some good conversation in the chat room. And you can still view all 15 finalist videos if you haven't seen them yet. Entertainment Category Winner. Backyard FX FINALE Sword Stab Tutorial.

How action mapping can change your design process

Making Change

Happy action mapping users say that the model helps them create lively elearning. But would it fit into your design workflow? Action mapping makes stakeholders work together to analyze the performance problem, commit to the same measurable goal, and agree to focus on activities rather than information. This can be a big change to the typical course development workflow. Who should be included?

We learn by teaching

Learning with e's

Although I am employed to teach, I consider it something of a disappointment if I don't learn something myself during my teaching sessions. Sure, it is my prime responsibility to ensure that my students are given the best opportunities to learn, and I take pride in creating the best possible learning environments and experiences I can offer. If you want them to learn, get them to teach.

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Apple iBooks Author for Interactive Textbooks and Mobile Learning [VIDEO]

mLearning Revolution

Today Apple unveiled iBooks 2 for the iPad and iBooks Author for the Mac. The idea is to revolutionize Textbook as we know them (static) and make them interactive through video, audio, quizzes and other types of interactivity. Having experienced many eMagazines on the iPad, which have many of these interactive features, I along with many people knew that eventually Textbooks would be next. Perhaps the most impressive thing here is that connecting your iPad to your Mac gives you a real-time way to Preview your interactive book right on the device. It really is something. Send to Kindle.

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Adobe Captivate: FMRs With all the Trimmings

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    Last week  I showed you how to use Captivate to create a seamless video using the Full Motion Recording (FMR) mode. One of the problems with FMRs is limited editing ability. If you use Captivate's Automatic mode, every time you click your mouse a screen capture will be created. However, if you use the FMR mode, a single video will be created. When it comes to post-recording editing, the difference between the Automatic and FMR modes is very stark. Edit an FMR To begin the FMR editing process, select the FMR on the Timeline. 

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.

TechSmith and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA)

Visual Lounge

While I've been traveling the English countryside , meeting some great customers and users. several popular sites went dark and my friends back in Michigan started to hear from some of you about TechSmith's stance on the SOPA PIPA issue. TechSmith wants to thank our customers who have been in touch with us about SOPA or PIPA. TechSmith 157 38

QR Code Trend Infographic #QRCode

Dont Waste Your Time

For those interested in QR Codes, whether it’s for marketing or generally linking paper-to-digital materials then this infographic is worth looking at. It’s just using the basic facts that have been reported in the past few weeks (e.g. 14 million US people scanned a code last year – 2011). Good marketing. QRCodes/. Related posts: Custom QR Code generator #QRCode. QRCode. QRCode.

Writing Distractors for Multiple Choice Questions

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. Multiple choice questions – whether used throughout an eLearning lesson or in a knowledge assessment – are often frowned upon as unrealistic and limiting. But when written well, multiple choice questions can be quite robust. It’s like eLearning. Poorly designed eLearning lessons that are text-dominated, page-turners tend to be unpopular. Highly interactive eLearning lessons that present relevant content in realistic contexts tend to be well received and effective. Let’s briefly look at two common multiple choice offenses to avoid. So how does one write good distracters?

Democratization of the workplace

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet There was a most interesting thread on Twitter today. Bert van Lamoen ( @transarchitect ) in a series of tweets, said [paraphrasing several]: “Senge’s five disciplines provided instant utility for learning to organizations in 1990, yet learning organizations remain rare to this day. Hierarchy kills all learning. Our social systems are not designed to cope with complexity.

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!

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

Visual Lounge

Pull back the curtains and roll out the red carpet.we're going live with the ScreenChamp Awards show at 2pm ET, Thursday, January 19! Like the Oscars or Golden Globes, a celebrity cast will unveil the winners in each category. Unlike those big name awards shows, we'll try to deliver some thoughtful analysis of the entries to help you improve your own screencast technique. Entertainment Judge.

Infographic: How To Find And Train a Virtual Assistant

Mindflash

Twenty years ago, assistants were only available to senior executives and hotshot investors. Today, the Internet allows even the most modestly funded entrepreneurs and employees to hire their own virtual assistant for any task of their choosing. Here are some best practices for getting the most out of a VA. Click image to enlarge ). Online Training assistant office training virtual assistant

IMU-LS-03: How to Become a Rapid E-Learning Pro (Tom Kuhlmann)

ZaidLearn

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (100 Free slots made available to Public! Running out fast!) IMU LEARNING SERIES Welcome to the IMU Learning Series ( Round 3 )… The most electrifying webinar series on the planet (by 2013)! We are thrilled to announce that our first invited International speaker is Tom Kuhlmann … WOW! Let me repeat: TOM KUHLMANN.WOW! Title : How to Become a Rapid E-Learning Pro Date : 8th February, 2012 Venue : Online (WizIQ) Time : 10.00 AM ( Time zones ) Venue : Online (WizIQ) Description: Many developers work with limited budgets and resources. UPCOMING WEBINAR?

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Ensuring eLearning Success in 2012: Think Like a Charity by Martin Baker

Learning Solutions Magazine

Organizations around the world are working to manage effectively under the threat of looming economic crisis. This is most especially true for charities. In the U.K., a children’s charity, Barnardo’s, has received an award for their innovative and successful eLearning initiatives. Their approach contains much that for-profit organizations would do well to imitate. Here are five tips from the direc.

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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.

Narration of Work

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet I see three major principles for  working smarter in networked organizations : Transparency. Narration of Work. Distribution of Power. spoke about the distribution of power in my last post on the democratization of the workplace. The narration of one’s work is an essential practice that enables this. Hans Focus on helping each other to turn narrating your work into a habit.

Adobe RoboHelp: Importing & Linking Word Documents

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

RoboHelp allows you to integrate content created by different authors in Microsoft Word and Adobe FrameMaker. You can create projects by linking or importing Word and FrameMaker documents and then publish in different formats, including printed documentation. You can also use Word and FrameMaker documents as source files in an existing RoboHelp project.    This  article  is a quick summary of the import and linking process. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Help Authoring RoboHelp

Changing the Book game

Clark Quinn

I was boarding a plane away from home as Apple’s announcement was happening, so I haven’t had the chance to dig into the details as I normally would, but just the news itself shows Apple is taking on yet another industry. What Apple did to the music industry is  a closer analogy to what is happening here than what they did to the phone industry, however. As Apple recreated the business of music publishing, they’re similarly shifting textbook publishing. They’ve set a price cap (ok, perhaps just for high school, to begin ), and a richer target product.

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Exceptions are the new normal

ID Reflections

“Exceptions are the shadow economies of firms today and isfertile ground for social business solutions, which thrive in anexception-driven environment…” ~John Hagel : [link] In today’s work environment, exceptions and not rote taskrule. You can’t train for exceptions nor create checklists or Job Aids. Exceptionsencountered are solved by people bringing not a hammer for the nail but abagful of toolkits, problem solving skills and an open mind. And very often theexpertise of their network. Exceptions are more effectively tackled when thatnetwork has diversity built into it. This requires: 1.

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.

The Pelecon flies again

Learning with e's

We have enjoyed 6 successful e-learning conferences in Plymouth over the past decade. In recent years, the Plymouth e-Learning Conference (or PeLC) has grown from a small local one day teacher conference, into a large, international 3 day event which showcases the very best and latest in digital pedagogies. And if you register before 13 February the cost is only £160. Unported License.

The Real Killer Feature in Apple iBooks Author is Preview

mLearning Revolution

This morning I have been reading lots of articles on the new Apple iBooks 2 app and the iBooks Author software, that enables anyone to easily create interactive eBooks. If you don’t have a Mac or just want to see how iBooks Author works and what it takes to create interactive eBooks, I posted a hands-on video yesterday HERE. Too much work. — RJ Jacquez (@rjacquez) January 20, 2012.

What Makes a PowerPoint Slide Good?

Atrixware

PowerPoint … the tool we all love to hate. Well, that might not be exactly fair.  I mean, if I’m being completely honest then don’t I have to admit that the problem may lie with the user rather than the tool? Maybe not in all cases, but I know that my own personal issue with most of the PowerPoint presentations I have had the displeasure of viewing is they are boring. All of it. 

Interview with 3D Pioneer Randy Hinrichs, CEO of 2b3d–Part One

Kapp Notes

The other day I had an opportunity to catch up with Randy Hinrichs and ask him a few questions about the state of 3D virtual world software and about his new book. We had a great and long discussion so I have broken the interview into two postings. Also, he has just finished a book about 3D virtual worlds that you should really check out. First, a little bit about Randy. Randy Hinrichs is CEO of 2b3d , a company dedicated to building Internet based strategies and solutions employing usability methods to drive metrics based transformation. Augmented reality is part of the virtual world.

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.

Six factors to quality e-learning design

e-Learning Academy

Question from a client: I am working with Subject Matter Experts to manage the development of an e-learning course. What can I do to help the SMEs understand what is required for a quality e-learning outcome? There are a couple of overarching things we need to achieve when working with SMEs: Help SMEs become discerning [.]. Changing practice Design Project Management

Kirkpatrick's Revised Four Level Evaluation Model

Big Dog, Little Dog

I had an interesting discussion with Clark Quinn on using Kirkpatrick's model in learning processes other than courses. Clark argues that use of Kirkpatrick’s model is only for courses because training is the dominant discussion on their web site. It might sound good to forget an old model, but if you do not help people relearn, then their old concepts have a nasty habit of reappearing.

Content cost and creation – and how it relates to community building

Adventures in Corporate Education

During a meeting at the Dell Storage Forum in London Hans De Leenheer , one our invited bloggers, told me something to this effect: You are Miss Social Media. You have to make it so we are able to keep connecting. You have to make it so we can grow this community. That is your job! My first reaction was – hey wait I can’t single-handedly build a vibrant community. I may be able to architect an environment where people can connect. I may be able to find influencers who want to connect and create a community, and I may be able to create a space online where that can happen.

"Why Exaggeration Works in Learning"

Vignettes Learning

Synthesis Exaggeration is a potent method of bringing attention to an important or critical message. It’s humor and sarcasm underlies the objective of helping the learners discover the embedded learning content in the midst of a lighthearted approach. __ More often than not we associate exaggeration with comedy films. We also use it as a way to cope with and lighten up an otherwise serious agenda.

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.

Adobe RoboHelp: Apply a CSS Project-Wide in a Snap

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    If you want to ensure that the appearance of your topics is consistent project-wide, one of the first things you should think about doing is creating a Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) and then assigning the CSS to all the topics in your project. To assign the CSS to a single topic, open the topic. Using the technique above will get the job done. Need to learn RoboHelp? 

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E-learning and L&D salary data for the UK

Clive on Learning

The Blue Eskimo training and e-learning work and salary survey for 2011 makes interesting reading but leaves many important questions unanswered - at least for me. In total, 813 people from Blue Eskimo's client databases, predominantly UK-based, completed the survey. Blue Eskimo is a recruitment consultancy, so it is possible that this skews the results somewhat, because presumably only people interested in getting work will be on the database in the first place. Participants were mostly from the private sector, with 32% working in IT training, 21% e-learning, and 20% soft skills training.