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Top 100 Learning Game Resources

Upside Learning

When writing the whitepaper about Casual games , I did a fair bit of research and looked at several hundred web links. While doing so, I documented a few of the better ones. I’d been mulling posting these to the blog. So here they are – a Top 100 Learning Game Resource list. If you are already developing learning games, these links will broaden your horizons, as they did mine. Educause.

The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Think Small (Iterations, Action Maps, Storyboards, and Mini-Modules)

The Learning Generalist

We explored the waterfall approach towards elearning development in a prior post of this series. As you will notice in the above representation of the model, the issues are: Too much time gets spent in upfront design and planning when all of this is quite likely to change. Can we reduce flab in our analysis and design phase? Can we create more opportunities for customer feedback? Rapid Elearning?

Welcome TechSmith's New Education Community Site

Visual Lounge

I'm happy to share some good news with you! My partner in crime, Dave McCollom , our Education Evangelist at TechSmith has just launched a brand new blog. Plus, he's added a new page chock full of great resources for educators that are using all TechSmith products. There is already some tutorials and examples showing how to creatively use Snagit, Camtasia Studio and Jing in the classroom.

Impact of Culture on Learning

Bottom-Line Performance

I’ve been working on an instructor-led project lately and it’s caused me to think about what impact does culture have on learning preferences? My disclaimer for this post is that I’m not advocating that we teach to “learning styles&#. Check out this post for a starting point to learn more about why we shouldn’t design to learning styles. However, my question is - How much should culture influence my design? And how much does my own culture influence the way I design courses? suspect that I don’t want to design to culture and here’s why. Any thoughts?

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Screencast of the Week - Fighting Hunger, Editing By Candlelight and WFP

Visual Lounge

When Beth Kanter talks, I listen! Beth is wonderful for so many reasons. Beth is very innovative and is a rock star in the Nonprofit world. She teaches Nonprofits to effectively use technology and social media. She also happens to be a Camtasia Studio user. :-). Beth caught my eye the other day when she posted this on Twitter :  .    What a cool use of Camtasia Studio!

Analogies are like Informal Mnemonics

Bottom-Line Performance

Analogies have been a source of great amusement for me this past wee k. Analogies can be very helpful in learning, if they’re used correctly. In this award-winning (if I do say so myself) sample , we use water as an analogy to teach the surprisingly complex topic of electricity. Learning games use analogies all time. Anne Derreberry talks about games that mirror reality (like a flight simulator) and others that teach through metaphor (like World of Warcraft as a leadership training lab). Either can. Analogies can be useful in classroom training, too. like the idea a lot – with a few caveats.

Layar the first mobile augmented reality application

Ignatia Webs

Augmented reality is the natural next step off technological mobile applications. Augmented reality gives you just that bit more information when and where you need it. Layar is a Dutch app, build by Claire Boonstra, Raimo van der Klein and Maarten Lens-FitzGerald from the sprxmobile company. Layar builds on the Android platform. The extra information is displayed in layers. Cool idea.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Learning Visions

Richard Nantel of Brandon Hall recently posted about average LMS prices. A 'low-cost' LMS starts at an average of $58K. That's the low price. Which is still a whole LOT of money. And “in times like these…” Why pay for a pricey LMS when

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.

Writing Learning Objectives—Part 1

The eLearning Coach

There are really TWO categories of learning objectives based on their purpose.  One type of learning objective is for internal use—the design team, client and subject matter expert. The other type is for the audience members. If designers would write different learning objectives for each category, the world would be a better place. This is because internal learning objectives tend to be too technical and non-motivating for your eLearning audience. The Notorious Three-part Learning Objective. Using the analysis, the designer then writes learning objectives. Example: Given a large, snarly cat).

Gagne and the Events of Instruction: Discovering Instructional Design 19

The E-Learning Curve

In yesterday's post, I looked at the ASSURE instructional design model, which was originally developed by Heinich et al in the 1990's, and is now popularly and widely-used in both classroom and. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.

Associations Can Extend Reach of "Career Messaging" via Game Based Learning

Web Courseworks

Many professional associations are taking a second look at eLearning for revenue generation or for recruitment appeal to the next generation to take interest in their profession. Today Web Courseworks’ games and simulations group released an educational game on the Internet casual game circuit. Very cool stuff.

Cogain – Look Ma, no hands!

Upside Learning

We picked up something from ICT results on 24th June – more amazing stuff that’s changing the way we interface with computers. This time it’s emerging from Cogain (Communication by Gaze Interaction) , an EU-funded project under eInclusion tasked to use expertise on interface technologies for the benefit of users with disabilities. Take a look: The Cogain project was funded to the tune of 2.9

Customer Training Completion Rates

Curious to learn how different factors in your training courses may affect completion rates? We crunched the numbers to help you set goals for course completion and build your content strategy. Download the study to learn what kind of content keeps learners engaged, how long courses should be, and more.

New e-Book From e-Learning Guild

eLearning Cyclops

The latest e-Learning Guild e-book has just been released. 98 Tips For Selecting and Working With e-Learning Providers FYI: All their e-books are free. It includes 54 Tips for Selecting e-Learning Service Providers, 44 Tips for Working Successfully with e-Learning Service Providers, and an article by Evelyn Jackson, "Improve Outsourced e-Learning Quality with Consistent Standards.".

ASSURE Model: Discovering Instructional Design 18

The E-Learning Curve

As we saw when we investigated the Three-Phase Design Model, a number of stakeholders including subject matter experts, educationalists, and technical experts need to work together to design and. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.

Malcolm Gladwell live

Clive on Learning

Last night I saw Malcolm Gladwell speaking at the Brighton Dome. I’ve read The Tipping Point , and currently have Outliers on my pile of books to read, so I was keen to see how Gladwell shaped up as a speaker. wasn’t disappointed. He spoke for one hour without visual aids and with no more than a cursory glimpse at his notes. He was the very epitome of calm, confidence and charm.

Cogain – Look Ma, no hands!

Upside Learning

We picked up something from ICT results on 24th June - more amazing stuff that’s changing the way we interface with computers. This time it’s emerging from Cogain (Communication by Gaze Interaction) , an EU-funded project under eInclusion tasked to use expertise on interface technologies for the benefit of users with disabilities. Take a look: The Cogain project was funded to the tune of 2.9

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.

Android and Flash?

eLearning Cyclops

It was announced today that Verizon and T-Mobile are offering Motorola smart phones based on Google's Android operating system. These will be available later this year. Mobile already offered one phone with Android, the G1, and will have the My Touch 3G during the summer. Will these new Google Androids have Flash? And it is expected to be on Androids. Adobe Flash Lite flashlite m-Learning Google

What Sports Teach Our Kids and Why Video Games are Better.

Kapp Notes

Violence at a Youth Hockey Game. Introduction Recently I appeared on a local radio talk show to speak about some of the benefits of Video Games for education. It is a popular topic for radio talk shows because it is somewhat controversial and many people have strong opinions on the topic (not really based on fact but strong opinions never-the-less.) Do sports always teach these laudable values?

The power of pictures

E-Learning Provocateur

Pictures… Diagrams… Charts… They don’t just look pretty. They can also be a useful means of delivering extensive information to your audience in a concise format. For example, how would you explain the GFC to your colleagues? Multimedia summaries. The power of pictures has been recognised in educational psychology for a long time. My two cents’ worth.

Top 100 Learning Game Resources

Upside Learning

When writing the whitepaper about Casual games , I did a fair bit of research and looked at several hundred web links. While doing so, I documented a few of the better ones. I’d been mulling posting these to the blog. So here they are - a Top 100 Learning Game Resource list. If you are already developing learning games, these links will broaden your horizons, as they did mine. Serious Games Blog.

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.

Build Your Own Twitter

Bottom-Line Performance

I came across a great new service, similar to Ning. It allows you to create your own microblog. Basically, it’s a “build your own&# Twitter. ShoutEm allows you build a public or private microblog network, that you can connect to your Facebook account, a Ning site, or even Twitter. Now you have 140 characters to craft your own community. And, of course, it’s free. This would be a great tool for groups focused on one topic. Check it out and let me know what you think!

ZaidLearn: My First eBook Joins The +100,000 Hits Club!

ZaidLearn

View eBook - 69 Learning Adventures in 6 Galaxies SERIOUS? Since my ' 69 Learning Adventures in 6 Galaxies ' ebook was published using SCRIBD on August 6th (2008), it has been viewed more than a 100,000 times. That is really cool! Have you read (or scanned through for juice) it, too? have discovered "69 Learning Adventures." instead. Usually, it is the other way around! Well, it’s not. That's All!

The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Learning Visions

Richard Nantel of Brandon Hall recently posted about average LMS prices. A ‘low-cost’ LMS starts at an average of $58K. That’s the low price. Which is still a whole LOT of money. And “in times like these…” Why pay for a pricey LMS when you can Moodle or Drupal or Sakai ? Why do companies continue to pay huge dollars for products that are now being offered for free? Web conferencing services like DimDim now offer the equivalent of WebEx. For free. (I’m a recent convert, perhaps on the path to open source evangelism.) So what are some of the hurdles to overcome in the corporate market? Wrong.

It Came From Hollywood - Storyboarding

eLearning Cyclops

At the moment I am busy storyboarding a course. So, here is what I would like to share today.a great video about the history of storyboarding, how it is done in the film industry, and its benefits. Please pay attention because much of it translates to what we try to accomplish in e-learning. link]. video Storyboard ISD e-Learning

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.