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Video games as Good Teachers

Kapp Notes

It is obvious that games are immensely popular, what is less obvious is that they are also powerful teachers who have been “schooling” a generation for the past 30 years. Learning is most effective when the learner has an achievable, well-defined goal. With a goal, you are “willing to be corrected for your mistakes and accept ‘try this, do that’ advice in order to achieve your success [50].” Games are filled with goals. Reach the final level, defeat this creature, find the treasure, save the princess, beat your previous time, defeat the computer opponent, defeat your human opponent. 2001).

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The classroom option you should not ignore

E-Learning Provocateur

I’m sure you know the feeling. You’re sitting in a classroom watching a presentation – which started late to allow the “stragglers” to show up – when about 10 minutes in it dawns on you… What am I doing here? But whether it be due to politeness, shyness, peer pressure, or a sense of obligation, you remained bolted to your seat until the bitter end.

Insights: Organisations need multi-device learning solutions

Clive on Learning

This post continues my commentary to the Learning Insights 2012 Report produced by Kineo for e.learning age magazine. The fourth of the ten 'insights' in the report is that ‘Organisations need multi-device learning solutions'. It used to be that mobile learning was thought of as something quite separate from e-learning - a parallel path for learning technologies. True, you only tend to get one window on screen at a time, but as far as learning is concerned that's a big advantage. And, quite frankly, why should they? Not that many employers are yet using mobile devices that much for learning.

Blogphilosophy: Education makes the world a worse place

Ignatia Webs

These last few days were pushing the truth into my face again: education does not change the world. In fact: it helps destroying it. So why bother? Why do I put so much time and effort in researching education? It is not about Israël, it could just as easily be North Korea, China, Zimbabwe, waffles baking Belgium, … or the tiny country of Andorra for all I care. It will never do it. think not.

How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

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Insights: Formal courses are not dead, just different

Clive on Learning

This post continues my commentary to the Learning Insights 2012 Report produced by Kineo for e.learning age magazine. The third of the ten 'insights' in the report is that ‘formal courses are not dead, just different'. Formal courses have taken a bit of a beating in recent years, as the pendulum has swung towards more informal approaches. There has been a realisation, I believe, that courses have failed to deliver in terms of real performance change and that there's much more to learning at work than sitting in a classroom. Forty years later, we're getting the message. insights

Learner-Centric eLearning Design

B Online Learning

Years ago when I was learning to be a teacher, I was quickly thrown in the deep end to teach a group of adult learners. Prac teaching’ can be a daunting experience.  I still remember the feedback from the teacher who observed my first lesson; she said I needed to be more ‘learner-centric’. It took [.]. Adult Learning Principles Articulate eLearning Design eLearning Development eLearning Strategy adult learning principles elearning eLearning content eLearning course design instructional design learner centric Master elearning Course rapid eLearning

Using a Learning Management System to Gather Good Ideas

Absorb LMS

There’s a winding, two-lane highway in Quebec that has a telephone/electrical pole standing in the middle. This isn’t a joke. I’ve inserted a photo from a reputable news source below to show you that this really exists. How did this happen? Apparently, You can read about this here  and here. on Monday Nov. 19, 2012. Jocelyn Riendeau / Canadian Press / Sherbrooke La Tribune.

Emerging new roles for learning and performance professionals

Jane Hart

Over the last week or so I have been posting about how (I think) the workplace learning landscape is changing. For me, the biggest shift is not going to be about moving from creating instructional, formal courses to producing informational (or performance support) resources. That’s obviously a very useful first step, but it’s going to require more than that.

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.

8 Great Posts on Game Based Learning and Gamification

Bottom-Line Performance

Remember 2011? know… it seems like a long time ago. This This time last fall, we were just wrapping up an 8 part blog series on gamification and game based learning. Sharon Boller , President of BLP, authored the posts with the beginning game designer in mind. If you are just getting started with game based learning, all the information you need is right here. View Part 1. View Part 2.

Community of Practice and the TorranceLearning Download

The Peformance Improvement

One of many methods of organizational learning is a “community of practice”. This is a term coined by Etienne Wenger to describe “…groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” TorranceLearning has created a kind of community of practice that they call the Torrance Download. Did you learn it? Did you use it?

Book Review: “Essentials of Online Course Design”

Dont Waste Your Time

The book “ Essentials of Online Course Design ” from Majorie Vai and Kristen Sosulski is one I have heard about from a few people recently, and one I felt would be worth reading, and at a reasonable £22 from Routledge it’s a fair investment … not to mention the accompanying companion website. Activities and Tools: Working Collaboratively and Independently.

Returning to the didactical roots: innovation in eLearning?

Challenge to Learn

Earlier this month I presented at DevLearn on connecting learning to the business and this week I did a webinar and a seminar on adaptive learning. During these sessions I noticed that our basic approach (Determine learning objectives, Figure out how to assess and then create only the content that is really needed) is far from standard. Originally I’m a teacher in social studies and economics.

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.

Presentation does matter!


We talk about evoking high content retention among the learners. It’s truly important because effective learning happens only when a learner can show it easily. However, we should also realize and accept this fact that we retain visually presented information [.].

The Promise of True mLearning is a Tough Sell

mLearning Revolution

For the last few weeks, I have been busy delivering webinars and workshops on the topic of mobile learning, and throughout, the one question I hear constantly has to do with people asking me for mLearning examples. This got me thinking about the true meaning of that very popular question. In other words, I was thinking about what most people really expect to see as mLearning examples?

Using a Learning Management System to Gather Good Ideas

Absorb LMS

There’s a winding, two-lane highway in Quebec that has a telephone/electrical pole standing in the middle. This isn’t a joke. I’ve inserted a photo from a reputable news source below to show you that this really exists. How did this happen? Apparently, You can read about this here  and here. on Monday Nov. 19, 2012. Jocelyn Riendeau / Canadian Press / Sherbrooke La Tribune.

Writing & Grammar: More Confusing Words

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby    Because the results of last week's challenge were so revealing (see below), I bring you a similar challenge this week. Choose the correct word in these examples--discussion to follow. He lead/led the charge into the superstore for the one-day sales event. The biennial/biannual event last occurred in 2010. You may have to wait a while/awhile to see these prices again. remember playing the first version of that classic/classical game back when I was 12. The boyscout enjoyed his celebrity/notoriety after saving the little dog from the stream. Fewer. 0%. Weary. 0%.

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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.

Social business for organizational survival

Learning and Working on the Web

The potential of social business is organizational survival, because enterprises must be able to share knowledge quicker than before. As everyone and everything gets connected to the Net, feedback loops, both positive and negative, accelerate. video can go viral and generate fame and revenue almost overnight. Self-publishing makes everyone a broadcaster. What does this really mean? SocialBusiness

When is a LMS not a LMS?

eLearning 24-7

Over the course of the past few months, I’m seeing something. Okay, not something but SOMETHING.  It just isn’t going away. Not that I expected it to do so, mind you, because I recognized late 2011 that it would be big. I re-affirmed it in my forecasts for 2012. Yet, something has changed. Not the products – they are still the same, but rather the “anti-” that they preach is nothing more than a previous incarnation of the past, sans the message. It’s time for the real message. You are not that big scary monster of a LMS, rather you are light and fluffy.

How to Create a Dynamic Social Learning Space with High Engagement by Julian Stodd

Learning Solutions Magazine

Building a healthy social learning community takes a lot of time and effort, and it requires thoughtful strategy and implementation in four key areas. Do the job right and you enable a dynamic environment for learning—but one that you do not own. Here is some expert guidance on this somewhat paradoxical idea. Design Strategies Emerging Topics Social Media Training Strategies

Reading: “Students and recorded lectures: survey on current use and demands for higher education”

Dont Waste Your Time

I’ve been interested for quite a while now in the use of recorded ‘lectures’ (for want of a better word) in learning materials for distance learners. Do these kinds of recording help students ‘learn’? This paper, from the Research in Learning Technology journal should be of interest to anyone who is also looking into lecture capture. There is good data here from the students that ought to be considered by anyone contemplating the introduction of any system that would enable recording of lecture materials and it’s provision and supply to students. JOCHEMS, W.

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.

Vote Now for ScreenChamp Award Best in Show

Visual Lounge

Here in the US, the election frenzy has finally died down. Now it’s time to move on to matters of supreme global importance…like choosing the top screencast video to win this year’s ScreenChamp Award – Best in Show! team of TechSmithies screened and scored all 153 entries to find the cream of the crop. Now Vote now! Thanks for voting …and may the best screencaster win!

Teaching artistry

Learning with e's

I taught my first art lesson today. Passing colleagues were a little surprised to see me teaching in the art room, completely out of context. Normally I'm found teaching a session on educational theory or psychology, or information and communication technologies. Teaching an art lesson is therefore a little outside my comfort zone. have never stopped being an artist. Unported License.

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Selling Performance Support In-House

Living in Learning

Integrating Performance Support (PS) as part of a corporate learning strategy is one of the toughest sales we will ever have to make. The advent of Experience API [a.k.a. Tin Can], becoming a reality in early 2013, is turning the conversation from, "Do we really need to go there?" to a more urgent dialog of "Why didn't we see this coming?" More and more industry thought-leaders are seeing this integration as a strategic imperative, and the organizations who embrace the evolution will step beyond transferring knowledge to sustaining capability.

Become your own upstart

Learning and Working on the Web

Upstarts & Incumbents. In Clayton Christensen’s book,  Seeing What’s Next  the authors discuss how new business entrants (upstarts) can target non-core customers of industry incumbents. These Once the entrants have grown “under the radar”, they can grow to directly confront the incumbents. Overshot – find current offering more than adequate. Where are new business models emerging?

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.