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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.

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.

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?

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?

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 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.

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.

5 Common Visual Design Mistakes

Rapid eLearning

I was working with a student intern the other day. We reviewed his first attempt at a rapid elearning course. For this review, we focused on the course’s visual design. Overall, he did a great job, especially for someone just starting out. However, he made some mistakes that are common to many of the courses I see. Not Considering the Impact of the Visual Design. Look at a company like Apple.

Personality type and a learner’s success with social media

Janet Clarey

I’ve been thinking about a possible link between a specific personality type (introvert) and social media success for several months and what it means for learning in the workplace. (I haven’t done any significant research on this topic yet.). I can’t synthesize this provocative older post from Venkatesh Rao but his insight was this: …the word “social” in the term “social media” represents the ultimate in misleading advertising, and is responsible for many failures and a lot of disenchantment, especially within the enterprise.

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.

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).

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.

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

Wonderful Chaos: Nonlinear Learning on the Web (Part I)

Electronic Papyrus

When I was a kid, the whole world was one giant “Learn-O-Rama.” For the most part (outside of the standard classroom), I picked what interested me and learned my way through it. It was a nonlinear process, much like a bloodhound follows its nose to sniff out new information. This may seem like a new concept to many: the idea that the learner chooses the sequence in which they learn new material.

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!

Google Wave in 10 Minutes

Experiencing eLearning

Lots of people have written about Google Wave, but I haven’t really had time to watch the full 80-minute demo. If you’re looking for a shorter version, this 10-minute video shows the highlights and some of the possibilities without requiring the full time commitment of the full preview. I’ve been using Google Docs to collaborate with SMEs for over two years now, and it’s great for a lot of things. This has possibilities for a lot richer collaboration with SMEs though, with multiple tools pulled into one place. Posted in Tools.

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.

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.

Black Flag! (Grandma's Marathon)

eContent

Lake Superior did not provide her air conditioning today at Grandma's Marathon. Instead the wind blew from the West and the heat rose to dangerous temperatures (87 degrees at the finish). hope you enjoy the short video; you'll learn what it's like to run a "black flag marathon" The Northstar Nerd ran a personal worst by almost 50 minutes (5 hours 17 minutes), but I finished! Follow this link for a higher res version of the video) Black Flag Marathon on PhotoPeach.

[from randommind] Learning with 'e's: Another nail in the coffin?

Learning with e's

I will be speaking in a symposium at ALT-C in Manchester in September along with James Clay and Graham Attwell. The title of the symposium is 'The VLE is Dead!'. The report is quite damning, suggesting that many institutional VLEs are being poorly used. The best VLE deployments were generally reliant on single enthusiastic teachers rather than whole institutions.

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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.

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.

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!

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

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.".

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

Get Your Paws Off My Training Budget

Living in Learning

Don’t you wish you could say that? Don’t you wish leadership could understand and value the contribution that your training department makes? Don’t you wish that justifying your existence did not become a distraction to your departmental mission and divert precious time and resources away from being productive? Why can’t they see it? Why is it that in every organization I’ve worked for…or with…they ask these same questions? Now that’s a good question, and it is likely the one whose answer holds the key to protecting budgets and avoiding reduction in staff. The way we learn has changed.

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 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

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!

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In the Middle of the Curve

Yup - as has been the habit I have dropped off the face of the blogging earth after the round of conferences. Being in the weeds on a major project had a lot to do with it. The university is in the middle of completely revamping their web site. The primary goals are to provide consistent navigation across ALL pages across the site (which may prove to be a minor miracle in and of itself) and to provide tools to the content owners that allow them to edit their site with a minimum amount of coding. We are using Vignette as the back end for our site. You have no IDEA how rare that is. Wish me luc

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.

It's not enough to be a professional, you also have to act like one

Clive on Learning

You wouldn't hire an interior designer only to inform.them that you've already chosen all the colour schemes and furnishings; you wouldn't engage an accountant and then explain to them the way you wanted them to process your figures; you wouldn't employ a fitness trainer and then tell them what to include in your workout; you wouldn't buy a dog and then insist on doing all the barking. You'd like a 6-hour e-learning package to train customer service staff to sell over the telephone? No problem. That's what we're here for, to meet your requirements. Hang on a minute.

ISA Participating - Future of the Business of Learning

Tony Karrer

I just finished a great conversation with Pam Schmidt, the Executive Director of ISA. I've been in the training industry since the early 90s and only recently ran into ISA. I'm curious if readers here already know about this organization? They describe themselves as "the executive connection for training industry leaders." The membership seems to be a who's-who of training company CEOs. Pam and ISA will be helping me to pull together the event that focuses on the issues raised in Business of Learning. I'm looking forward to more conversations with ISA members and in the conversation on July 23.

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Developing With Flash Lite Video Series

eLearning Cyclops

Dale Rankine recently launched the first video of his video training series for Flash mobile developers. If you are interested in developing with Flash Lite, say m-learning, you will want to check this out. The videos are developed for delivery on Adobe TV, but he is also making them available on Vimeo. Here the link,  [link]. I am looking forward to seeing more of these videos and will be adding this to my Free e-Learning page, of course. video Adobe Flash Lite Free e-learning

Blogs by Indian Learning Professionals and Companies

Learn and Lead

Last December I posted top 10 blogs by learning professionals in India. Since then I have come across many other blogs by learning professionals and companies in India. Here are the blogs by learning professionals and companies in India that I read.

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.

Content? or malcontent?

From the Coleface

Some two years ago I was blogging about the analogy that buying e-learning by the hour is nearly as absurd as trying to buy a fitted kitchen by the cubic metre. Would you expect to pay the same for a cubic metre of kitchen whether that cubic metre was the space next to the door or occupied with an aga? The cost of a kitchen is driven by 1) what purpose it needs to fulfil and 2) what it contains. Even now, there seems a widely held tacit assumption that an hour of e-learning content is homogenous and therefore can always be measured at the same value to its users and therefore the same cost.

Using Social Signals to Find Top eLearning Resources

Tony Karrer

I recently had a great experience working with Abhijit Kadle one of the authors of the Upside Learning Blog ( disclosure ). As part of writing an eLearning Games White Paper he had collected a wonderful list of articles, posts, white papers, etc. as part of his research. We decided that it would make sense to bring those great resources into eLearning Learning and then use the automatic categorization, filtering and social signals capabilities of Browse My Stuff to have it surface some of the better content. Thanks Abhijit! eLearning Technology. Browse eLearning Content