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3 Barriers to adoption of Serious Games/Immersive Learning Simulations

Kapp Notes

Here is my answer to the second of a series of questions from a graduate student about serious games/immersive learning environments. The question is What have been the barriers to widespread adoption of Serious Games/Immersive Learning Simulations? People tend to accept and hold in high esteem past experiences with which they are familiar. This is the idea that “game” is a four letter word.

How not to do social media

E-Learning Provocateur

As my friends can attest, I’m a big Socceroos fan. grew up playing football (aka soccer) and although a few different codes compete for my attention in my home town, the World Game is the one I truly care about. It was to my great joy, therefore, that the national administrators of the sport comprehensively revamped the local league several years ago. Maybe it was a sign of things to come.

Best Lecture

Tony Karrer

I just read George Siemens post Will online lectures destroy universities? He makes the point that despite articles like Why free online lectures will destroy universities – unless they get their act together fast : Statements like “universities are obsolete” or “universities are dying” are comical. And untrue. Universities are continuing to grow in enrolment and general influence in society. Calling universities obsolete while we are early on in the so-called knowledge economy is like declaring factories obsolete in the 18th century just as the industrial revolution was taking hold.

Presentation: “Creative Commons: What every Educator needs to know”

Dont Waste Your Time

From my observations of some student presentations I invigilated recently I know there are clearly issues with students knowing and understanding what is legal and what is not when you use and re-use content or images you find on the Internet. It is well worth listening to the 20 minute slidecast that accompanies this presentation, it brings the static pages to life.

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 cult of the question

Clive on Learning

Sometimes it seems that instructional designers are obsessed with questions. They cannot imagine an effective learning resource that is not liberally sprinkled with opportunities to interact: Plain text is frowned at, yet strangely not in blogs or on the WIkipedia. Page turners are frowned at, yet strangely not on your Kindle. Presentations are frowned at, yet strangely not when shown on TED. The reality is that it is not always essential for online materials to include interactivity. Not everything needs to be an online tutorial. In other words, interaction is part of the blend.

Adobe Learning Summit 2011 – Mark your calendars

Adobe Captivate

The Adobe Learning Summit 2011 registrations are now open. Date - 21st March 2011 Venue – Hilton, Walt Disney world resort, Orlando. We will be co-located with Learning Solutions 2011. Join leading eLearning designers, developers, trainers, industry experts and Adobe product teams in a collective explosion of information, imagination, and inspiration. Catch Steven Johnson , best-selling author of six [.]. Conferences and events Adobe Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe eLearning Suite 2 Conferences Events

The most updated and informative e-Learning community on Twitter


On Twitter exists a resourceful community of e-Learning professionals. During the last 2 years I was able to exchange ideas, share thoughts, and learn from this community of practice. As a result, I have created the following list of

It’s ‘snow’ joke, eLearning works (reflection)

Dont Waste Your Time

Well, here we are again. The UK has ground to a halt, it’s covered in quite a thick blanket of snow (for the UK in November/December), and most people can’t get where they ought to be; work, family, study, etc. However, it didn’t bother me too much. could access the various personal and network drives to get information I needed, remotely. If not, it’s mine!). Image Source.

Tune in to The Forge - Live Today at 2pm EST

Visual Lounge

Today is the day! You're in the right spot to tune in live for our December episode of The Forge. To watch the show live, just visit this blog post on the Visual Lounge at 2pm EST to join us! Note: you may need to refresh your browser at 2pm. What will we be talking about on The Forge today? Mostly music! You'll learn where you can find music that you can use for free and legally in your screencast. Snagit Product Manager, Tiffany Wood, will show you how to build a digital card. We'll look at gifts you can get for screencasters. We'll also have a few surprises too! Welcome to "The Forge" Chat!

Holiday Giveaway from E-Learning 24/7

eLearning 24-7

Many of us, see e-learning vendors who put $$$ ahead of their customers. They see us a data point to place in their bottom line. The holidays means nothing. No thank you. No, we appreciate you. No, we care about you. Perhaps a card is sent, rarely personalized, but with a signature stamped. It’s a shame.  It’s even a bigger shame, during this holiday season, when times are tough for everyone.  When the global economy is still struggling and all of us are feeling its impact. There was no quid pro quo. The Vendors (alphabetical order, followed by giveaway). Must be used by Feb.

Learning 2010

The Learning Circuits

We are going to continue a tradition in the Big Question. The Big Question for December is: What did you learn about learning in 2010? If you are a blogger, I would highly recommend taking this as an opportunity to go back through your blog posts over the year and looking for any "aha moments" or highlight the posts that you think were the best/most interesting. 2006 - Past experiences.


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.

“Evolution of the Blogger” #Infographic

Dont Waste Your Time

From it’s (our?) origins in the early 90′s and the geeky individuals who examined and wrote code, the ‘blogger’ has evolved into a business stream, hobby, professional enterprise, educator, student, political activist, obsessive blogger, etc, some earning a learning through their activity and others (like me) doing it because I can and because I want to.

Best Practices for Using Video in e-Learning by Jessica Athey

Learning Solutions Magazine

Video is a valuable support for asynchronous online instruction, but it takes planning and forethought to use it well. Here are some tips to help you add video impact to your e-Learning! Design Strategies Getting Started Media Tools

Screencast of the Week - Behind the Scenes of a Screencast

Visual Lounge

This week's screencast is from Mel Aclaro. have to say the title of his blog post about his screencast caught my eye right away - " Camtasia Isn't Just For Screencasting ". picked this screencast for several reasons. Mel recorded his editing session and narrates over it to explain his workflow in Camtasia for Mac. love how he shares his tips with us. This week's screencast is from Mel Aclaro.

The Perils of an Email Centered Strategy to Social Learning

The Learning Generalist

A few days back Nikhil Nulkar and I were discussing the need for social media in the enterprise. After all, we still have the original killer app of the internet - email. As Andrew McAfee says, "Email is freeform, multimedia (especially with attachments), WYSIWYG, easy to learn and use, platform independent, social, and friendly to mouse clickers and keyboard shortcutters alike." Let me explain.

Friday Cartoon: “The tech repair video said to first unplug the computer…”


One of my favorite kinds of cartoons to do is one where it circles back on itself. After that it was a fairly short walk to the trainee working on the computer that was also instructing him. The Check out more of Mark Anderson’s Mindflash cartoons: “The millennials are testing much better since we changed true/false to like/dislike.”. Now he’s our boss.&#.

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.

Newest Flash Player Update Breaks Captivate Published Content

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

If you spent the Thanksgiving holiday away from your computer, the Internet and Captivate then you missed all of the excitement. It appears that the latest Flash Player update (10,1,102,64) is causing much angst in the Captivate community. It seems that if you are using Captivate 5 and included text animation in your projects, the published lessons will not play correctly in the newest Flash Player. You can learn more about the issue here. And there is a fix for the problem here. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate

Rapid E-Learning Workshop: How to Create a Tabbed Notebook

Rapid eLearning

It’s funny what you find when cleaning out your computer files. In this case, it’s a tutorial that I created over two years ago after a rapid elearning workshop I had given. For some reason, I never ended up posting it. So here it is. The output of the workshop is an interactive tabbed notebook. But the focus is really on learning some core rapid elearning tips when working with PowerPoint.

My Top 10 'Learning' books from 2010

Sticky Learning

Another year comes towards to an end and its been another year of great reading for anyone with an interest in learning. Once again I have read from a wide range of areas, all with something to add to how I think of learning. Below you'll find my top recommendations for the year along with a short summary of what I got out of reading each book. Do you think there is a standout number one?

From learning to working technologies

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Here is a graphic of Moore’s technology adoption curve. Inspired by Jane Hart , this is my view of the current state of the learning technologies industry: The Late Majority and Laggards are focused on meeting their compliance needs. Many of these are in traditional industries. The Early Majority are focused on learning and particularly course delivery.

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!

Taking Cues from Industry: Using Casual Games for Learning at DAU by Alicia Sanchez

Learning Solutions Magazine

The Defense Acquisition University in the U.S. is launching a gaming portal today. While this was an. obvious move, it required strategy. This week’s spotlight explains how and why DAU is taking this step. Management Strategies Serious Games

SnowFlake Nordic GoPro Camera Test


As many of you know, last Winter I wore a GoPro wide angle digital camera when I competed in several of the regions cross-country ski loppets, including the Mora Varaloppet, the City of the Lakes Loppet and the American Birkebeiner. It was a great experience becoming SkiCam Man , and like a bad dream. he's back! Yesterday I experienced both clouds and sun during my workout.

PowerPoint 2010: Secret Passageways, Part II

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. Last week I shared a couple of the lesser-known PowerPoint tricks to help speed up your workflow. This week, a few more. Change Your Point of View. Faster You can switch your View options by using the View tab on the Ribbon. faster way is to use the buttons at the bottom right of the screen. This will move the object just 1.25 points each time instead. points. " PowerPoint

5(+1) Biggest Mistakes in Online Education

eLearning Acupuncture

Guillermo Ramirez from Politecnico Grancolombiano in Bogota Columbia has shared a provocative presentation on SlideShare that attempts to bring us back to the basics of what education is and what education is not. His presentation highlights that the primordial essence of the concept of education is strongly rooted in a relationship between teacher and learner. Have a look at the slides below.

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.

My Personal Learning Network is the most awesomest thing ever!!

George Siemens

We wrapped up our open course on Personal Learning Environments and Networks a few weeks ago. want to address a few aspects of the discussion about personal learning networks (PLN). Often, on Twitter, blogs, and Facebook, I’ll read some variant of “my PLN is the most wonderful thing evar!!!&# “It meets all my knowledge and emotional needs&# “It’s better than getting a university degree&# “It makes my toast in the morning&# “It cleans the oven and the toilet&#.and and so on. Let’s tackle this in a bit more detail. Connectedness is crazy stuff.

Get Serious About Social Learning by Focusing on What Matters by Eric Davidove

Learning Solutions Magazine

Social learning supports powerful learning experiences, leverages social networks to accelerate. learning, and improves productivity. Learn here how to create a great strategy to make these. things happen. Social Media

The End of Paper Based Resumes?

Learning on the Leading Edge

Over the past year, we have been covering innovation in the talent acquisition market. As organizations look to become more efficient in the way they identify and attract talent, solution providers are responding in a big way. We are seeing more in terms of employer branding capabilities, sourcing analytics, and social networking integration. In fact, over 70% of organizations use social networking in their recruitment efforts. Recruitment is no longer what it used to be. Given this rapid evolution of talent acquisition technology, where is the market heading? What does SocializedHR do?

How I used Wordle as a basic TNA tool | Good To Great

Good To Great

12 Responses to How I used Wordle as a basic TNA tool. Craig Taylor | November 30, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Reply. You certainly did Stephanie. loved the use of Wordle as TNA tool… I think you may have started a craze as I know that I and 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.

What will emerge from the mayhem?

Clive on Learning

The Towards Maturity 2010 Benchmark Report has confirmed what you would have expected to come out of a severe recession in terms of e-learning. Here's my interpretation: Live, group, face-to-face courses are being converted lock, stock and barrel into self-paced, self-directed, online courses as a panic solution to a lack of funds. This is allowing most of those working in e-learning to maintain business as usual and in some cases to grow their revenues. These decisions are in many cases not being made rationally and certainly not out of a heartfelt desire for e-learning.

Table: Key Advantages of Serious Games/Immersive Learning Simulations

Kapp Notes

Recently I was asked a series of questions by a Ph.D., candidate about games and simulations to augment his literature review. decided to answer the four questions in blog postings. So here is the answer to the first question which is, “What are the key advantages of Serious Games/Immersive Learning Simulations?&#. Since I am working on another project to link game attributes to learning outcomes, I’ve decided to answer the question in the form of a table. Game Element. Theory and/or Empirical Support. Key Advantage. Immersion in learning environment (which can be highly realistic).

How To Avoid Project Failure

The eLearning Coach

You don't want your project to fail, but how can you control it? Post from: The eLearning Coach How To Avoid Project Failure.

Good Evaluation Facilitates Learning

The Peformance Improvement

Evaluation of programs (e.g., training, coaching) and organizations has more to do with facilitating learning than it does with statistics. Typical measures such as ratings of programs, frequency of participation, or fluctuation in revenue are useful only if they become the stimulus for a facilitated discussion of stakeholders that addresses implications for enhancing performance. Good evaluation requires good facilitators. Kylie Hutchinson writes about this issue in her post on the American Evaluation Association blog, AEA365.

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.

Will online lectures destroy universities?

George Siemens

Statements like “universities are obsolete&# or “universities are dying&# are comical. And untrue. Universities are continuing to grow in enrolment and general influence in society. Calling universities obsolete while we are early on in the so-called knowledge economy is like declaring factories obsolete in the 18th century just as the industrial revolution was taking hold. Utter nonsense. When I read articles like Why free online lectures will destroy universities – unless they get their act together fast I’m generally more amused than informed.

Making an impression

Learning with e's

If all the world is a stage, I demand better lighting! also want someone to prompt me when I forget my lines. Some better costumes would be nice. Oh, and more exotic scenery? And while we're at it, how about a better script - one that more accurately reflects my true feelings. When William Shakespeare wrote those immortal lines. not all the other stuff above. But what is the real 'me'?

Are we addicted to Social Media?

Dont Waste Your Time

With statistics like “28% of iPhone users check/update Twitter before they get out of bed&# it makes me feel better … I’m ba,d but not that bad! Mind you, I am among the 23% of iPhone users who rely on Twitter for my news. Infographic from Social News Watch. Related posts: Infographic: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs & the Social Media that Fulfill ‘Em.

Design with, not for.

Sticky Learning

I've had a short phrase stuck in my head now for a few weeks, in fact it is stuck so well that I have found myself using it numerous times when speaking with clients. The phrase is: Design with, not for.  . simple philosophy, however so often it is the straightforward things that cut right to the heart of the matter! When designing learning we have a choice, to push our approach, emphases, content, style etc onto our learners and clients. In other words we can 'design for'. The result, design is pulled towards learners' needs.

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.

Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 2

Upside Learning

In continuation to our weekly roundup of the best links shared on Twitter and Facebook, here is a collection of our top 15 links from the last week, each accompanied by a quick brief. 1. Learning Management System Acquisition Statistics. More organizations are looking to invest in Learning Management Systems as the economy slowly improves. Read it here. 2. What Makes Good Teaching? Read it here. 3.

So I took the ISM practice exam…

Adventures in Corporate Education

I got a 72 (67 is passing). Wow some of these questions are like goldie-oldies—haven’t had to think about them for a long time. I got the iSNS question right – but missed some really basic questions. This practice test is supposed to show you where you need to concentrate your studies… so I guess I need to get cracking! have always been more of an application person, so I really don’t remember some of the in-depth disk questions. So, now its off to study the ISM book – starting with Chapter 1. So are you studying?