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Top 50 eLearning Posts For 2011

Upside Learning

One week into the New Year it’s the right time to look back on the year gone by. So we thought it would be interesting take a journey down our blog for some of the most popular and noteworthy posts of 2011. We have pulled these up based on social signals (views, comments, twitter and more). So without much ado, here are Top 50 eLearning Posts of 2011 from our blog as determined by you, our readers.

The best Presentation on Social Learning and the New Role for Educators

mLearning Revolution

I’m fascinated by the impact Social Media has had on just about everything we do, including how we learn and how we share knowledge with our peers. It’s no exaggeration to say that we are now learning something new all the time, from just about anywhere there’s a connection, and through just about any mobile device. I can’t think of a better time in history to be alive than now.

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How to Improve Learning Outcomes With Performance Support

Social Learning

Given that the goal of instructional designers and training developers is to improve employee performance, it’s surprising that many continue to create blended learning programs with little or no reliance on performance support tools or systems. Fortunately, performance support systems have received more attention in recent years, thanks to a broader trend toward informal learning strategies.

A story about 3D collaboration

Kapp Notes

Here is a little vignette describing how 3D collaborative environments can impact large organizations. Just as technology has advanced in almost every field, so has the technology surrounding learning and collaboration. Three-dimensional virtual immersive environments are the next logical evolution and extension of existing technologies—a convergence of 2D virtual classrooms, social media, Web 2.0 and three-dimensional graphics. While they may have waned in the past few months, it would be a dangerous assumption to think they are gone. The possibilities are too rich. The Story. 3D worlds lrn3

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Adobe Captivate: FMRs Rule?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    I've been teaching and developing with Adobe Captivate for years. The program has always been able to record Full Motion Recordings (FMRs). Never heard of an FMR? You are not alone. Usually developers learn about them by accident. If you record your screen using Captivate's Automatic mode, every click of your mouse will result in a single screen capture.

Top 50 Education and Technology Journals

Stoatly Different

I’m knee-deep in literature review at the moment for my doctorate. Such a joyous way to start the new year! Anyhow, a part of this has been to review the quality rankings of journals in the area. It was a bit of a pain so I thought I would share the results, just in case some poor unfortunate soul needs to do something similar! Using the SJR indicator, (González-Pereira et al, 2010) available through the SCImago Journal & Country Rank portal, Journals within Social Sciences and Education were ranked according to quality score. Title. Total Docs. 2011). Total Docs. 3years). 1. 0.089.

E-Learning events in the Asia-Pacific region 2012

E-Learning Provocateur

With 2012 gathering steam, it’s time to plan the next round of professional development events to attend. If you’ll be in my corner of the globe over the next 12 months, may I draw your attention to the following… Learning Cafe Unconference. • Where: Sydney. • When: 16 February 2012. • Theme: Near future of learning in Australia. • More info: Learning Cafe. Australian Instructional Design Conference. • Where: Sydney. • When: 21 March 2012. • Theme: Designing instructionally sound and engaging learning. Blended Learning Conference.

Build a powerful PLN

Learning with e's

If you are a professional, you should have a PLN. Your PLN (personal or professional learning network) is the community of people you interact with and learn from on a regular basis. They may be people you meet on a daily basis, but more often than not in the digital age, many PLNs are comprised of people we interact with on social networking sites. Some are personal friends of mine.

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.

Learning Management Practices that Sabotage Scalability

Absorb LMS

Organizations that move from managing training manually using spreadsheets or pen and paper to using a learning management system (LMS) invariably see improved efficiency and cost savings. Thrilled with the gains achieved, these organizations often stop short of any further optimization. ” The result is that the organization rarely taps into the true power of their learning management system.

How much is an authoring tool worth?

Clive on Learning

The recent release by Trivantis of Snap! Empower , a rapid Flash interaction builder, for the princely sum of $99, got me wondering if I have any idea any more of what an authoring tool is worth. Empower looks like it is much more powerful than Articulate Engage, which sells for four times as much, and almost certainly cost Trivantis much more to develop. So why the low price? They may be right - and the interest which is shown in free and low-cost tools on Jane Hart's C4LPT site bears this out - but does this really help us to determine what a tool is actually worth? authoring tools

Adobe RoboHelp: Import Word Documents and Keep the Shapes

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    You can do a lot of fancy stuff in Word. In fact, if you're really comfortable using the program, you can create a book that looks every bit as good as those produced by desktop publishers using programs such as QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign or Adobe FrameMaker. Okay, okay. I'm not going to venture any deeper into the muck. prefer to use FrameMaker.)

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Learning, unlearning and relearning

Learning with e's

We all value learning. And much of what we have learnt can be difficult to unlearn. Usually that's a good thing. But there are times when unlearning just has to be done. Sometimes it's impossible to learn new things if you don't unlearn some of the old stuff you are hanging on to. It's a principle a number of clinical interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy are based upon.

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Stop creating, selling, and buying garbage!

Clark Quinn

I was thinking today (on my plod around the neighborhood) about how come we’re still seeing so much garbage elearning (and frankly, I had a stronger term in mind). And it occurred to me that their are multitudinous explanations, but it’s got to stop. One of the causes is unenlightened designers. There are lots of them, for lots of reasons: trainers converted, lack of degree, old-style instruction, myths, templates, the list goes on. You know, it’s not like one dreams of being an instructional designer as a kid. Because their organizations largely view learning as a commodity.

Top Four HOT Concepts in Distance Learning

eLearning Acupuncture

Distance Learning itself. At my institution, we are scratching our heads a little bit wondering why we have an above average number of enrollments in our distance learning courses. However, if you do a quick Google search and read a few reports it is clear that the pundits have been predicting that distance learning enrollments will rise. So called ‘anytime, anywhere’ learning. Mobile learning.

Consider Player/Game Interactions

Kapp Notes

Instructional or serious games should be driven, in part, by the types of interactions you wish to illicit from learner. common mistake among novice instructional game developers it that they focus too much on the topic or instructional goals and not enough time on the interactions that will drive the learner toward those goals. The best way to design from that perspective is to think about what the learner needs to do on the job and try to mimic those activities, actions or behaviors in the game and then design the game so the player has to do those activities. Start with the tasks of the job.

The Accidental Instructional Designer

Learning Visions

I’m extremely honored to be the featured article in this week’s Learning Solutions Magazine: The Accidental Instructional Designer. I’m enjoying the comments on the article as well – would love to hear your story, too

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

In Presentations and eLearning Visuals are worth a thousand Bullets on a Slide

mLearning Revolution

Whether you are a presenter or developing eLearning, our job is to engage our audience and no other things does the exact opposite more than a never ending list of bullet points on a Powerpoint slide. One of the best presentations I have ever witnessed in person was delivered by Seth Godin. He came to speak to us when I was at Adobe during one of our annual sales and marketing conferences and wow, was I blown away, not only is he sharp and funny but the visuals he uses in his presentation leave you wanting more. never seen anyone captivate an audience in that way that Seth did. Amen to that.

Move Aside TEDx, Here Comes The Learning Innovation Talks (LIT)!

ZaidLearn

Alright, we should not talk big before things happen, but sometimes in life you get that feeling. THIS IS GOING TO WORK!" ORIGIN Somehow, I got that feeling when I joined ' iPTA-iPad (& Tablets) for Academicians ' Facebook group (invited by the electrifying Prof. Karim ). But, then I stumbled upon this Facebook group, and the rest is history in the making (Hopefully!). Welcome to. Please come!

Workplace Performance Services: more than just Training

Jane Hart

In his recent post, Informal Learning , 95% solution, Harold Jarche provides the reason why many workplace learning professionals can only think about “informal learning” and “social learning” in terms of how they can manage them within a blended training solution – rather than simply support them,  as they happen, naturally and continuously, in the workflow. Social learning

Need to Combine E-Learning with Mentoring? Here’s a Simple Solution.

Rapid eLearning

Recently someone asked how to combine their mentoring program with elearning courses. This is something I’ve worked on a few times over the years. It usually involved a production environment where peer coaches were tasked with training new employees on the floor. But the ideas in this post could work in any type of training program that includes some sort of mentoring or peer coaching. Common Case. person’s hired to a new position and often assigned a peer coach who walks beside him until he’s up-to-speed. Here are a few of the challenges I’ve encountered: Pulling people from real production.

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.

Gaming with the Nine Events of eLearning

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. recently joined a project that involves designing a series of eLearning games to teach sales skills. The intent is for learners to learn entirely by doing , in the context of a fun game. At one point, the training project team discussed how to include Gagne’s nine events of instruction in each game, or whether it was even necessary to do so. If your game presents a compelling (and entertaining ) story and challenge, you’ll easily capture learners’ attention and maintain it. --2-- Inform learners of objectives. The context of the game likely provides this intuitively.

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The Accidental Instructional Designer by Cammy Bean

Learning Solutions Magazine

When keeping the focus on the future in 2012, it’s important to include your own ongoing professional development as part of the picture. If you’re new to the instructional design and eLearning fields, it’s good to look at what those who are established have done to develop themselves. If you’re one of the established practitioners, compare notes. Here are some tips from a top professional!

A world without bosses

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Can your organization work without bosses? In the documentary, Ban the Boss (one hour BBC video) Paul Thomas shows that most organizations can run just fine without bosses, or at least without traditional, hierarchical bosses who tell workers what to do. Gwynn Dyer explained that historically, hierarchies were the result of a communications problem, in  Why the Arabs can handle democracy.

Kineo Webinar: What Color is Your Parachute Case Study Jan 13

Learning Visions

If you’re still wondering what the buzz is about open-source learning management systems and their place in the corporate world, come check out this free Kineo Webinar, this Friday January 13, 2012 10-11:00 AM Central time. We’ll be showcasing what you can do with Totara LMS – a corporate distribution of Moodle. Capella and Bolles were looking for a solution that added “online oomph”.

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.