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PowerPoint 2007 & 2010: How to Turn an Image Into An Animated Puzzle

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  A recent  question in the Microsoft Office forums  inquired about the process of animating a picture in PowerPoint so that it came onto the slide piece by piece--like a puzzle. The question was answered, but the answer was not exactly what the original poster had wanted. That is what I will cover today. Make an Image Look Like a Puzzle. Unzip the file.

Instructional Design Basics: Designing A Timeline

Upside Learning

I spent a lot of time over the past few months reading about the design of timelines and trying to understand what makes a well designed timeline. soon realized that I had only discovered the tip of the iceberg, and that there is a lot of thought that needs to go into designing an interactive timeline. This blog-post is an attempt to put together what I learnt about the design of timelines.

Impact of Games on the Economy, the World and Schools

Kapp Notes

Here are some interesting facts about the video game industry in terms of the impact on society from The Entertainment Software Association web site. study, “Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2010 Report,” detailed the impact that computer and video game companies have on America’s economy. Over the same period, the entire U.S. GDP in 2009. The U.S. billion. Education Games

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Employee Satisfaction and Engagement Once Again Linked to Financial Success

The Peformance Improvement

Still another study , recently published by The Forum at Northwestern University, supports the notion that satisfied and engaged employees are essential to the financial success of companies. Dr. James Oakley , now Associate Professor of Marketing at UNC Charlotte's Belk College of Business, led this comprehensive study of these factors across a sample of 100 media companies. They used R.A.

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.

What the flip?

Learning with e's

Everywhere I look I'm seeing 'Flip teaching' or 'Flipped classroom'. There's a lot of hype about this 'flipping' idea and it's getting me flipping irritated. What does flipping actually involve? Does anyone know, or is the term being misused or misrepresented? Even Aaron Sams, a highly visible proponent of the flipped movement admits that the term is ambiguous. Well, dip me in mayonnaise.

Pinterest, what’s the fuss?

Dont Waste Your Time

In the fast-paced world of Internet start-ups and social media companies Pinterest has been around for a couple of years already. It has however gained a lot of interest in the past few months after high profile names start using it, and a slightly dubious legal issue it needs to address (more later). But, what is Pinterest ? ” Does that make sense? Be Creative. Give Credit. Web 3.0

Asynchronous E-Learning Vs. Synchronous E-Learning


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How Can Infographics Produce Better E-Learning Courses?

Rapid eLearning

Infographics are the hot! They catch your attention because they look great and have strong visual hooks. like them because they remind me a little of I Spy where you get to explore a busy graphic and search for interesting nuggets of information. Of course, not everyone’s a big fan of infographics. There are many parallels between infographics and elearning. Keeping it Simple. That’s right.


Camtasia Small Business Drive: Netvantage, Week 4

Visual Lounge

In the final week of the Camtasia test drive, Netvantage Co-Founder Adam Henige reflected back on their month of screencasting. Netvantage. netvantage. What have you discovered during your fourth and final week of the test drive? This week we started down a road that will hopefully provide a new revenue opportunity for us - training. Bottom line?

‘Out of Office’ emails put to good use

Dont Waste Your Time

Email is still the foundation of modern business communication and we use it all day, very day (even weekends and evenings for some). While some are lamenting its use and hailing its demise, the rest of us still use it because everyone we deal with still uses it. ” No one really wants to know you’ve booked two weeks holiday in somewhere warmer than they are. Image Source.

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IMU-LS-06: From Tinkering to Tottering to Totally Extreme Learning (Curtis Bonk)


IMU LEARNING SERIES 06 We are thrilled to announce that our sixth invited International speaker is Curtis Bonk. Yes, it was a MIGHTY CHALLENGE to get him to do an IMU webinar, so please do not miss this amazing educator. Some resist. Others persist. Such is state of online learning today. But what is highly resistible for some is often passionately irresistible for others. UPCOMING WEBINARS?

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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.

Sharon Burton's 8 steps to amazing webinars

Clive on Learning

If you do webinars then I can pretty well guarantee that you'll find something useful in Sharon Burton's e-book for Kindle and Nook 8 Steps to Amazing Webinars. I've done loads of them but I still managed to find 22 extracts that I wanted to highlight and save in my Kindle's clippings file. Be sure it really is webinars you do. If you use web conferencing for meetings or for virtual classrooms then this is not the book for you ( Onlignment do some good ones and they're free!). Webinars are web seminars; they are the equivalent of sessions at a conference. Sharon certainly believes in promotion.

The Benefits of Online Learning


E-Learning Solutions Allow Workers to Access Training Materials from Anywhere, at Any Time. Online learning , or e-learning , offers a number of advantages for people and companies looking to develop a new content program or curricula — none bigger than the ability to offer that training anywhere, anytime. But those are just some of the benefits of online learning. Articles Channels E-learning

Campaign For Effective Elearning (#c4ee)

Upside Learning

Earlier this year Rob Hubbard chair of the eLearning Network launched a campaign for effective elearning at the Learning Technology 2012. With so much of mindless elearning being created around us everyday this is a welcome initiative. Here’s a video by Rob Hubbard explaining the campaign.

What is a MOOC? #edtech

Dont Waste Your Time

A MOOC is a ‘Massive Open Online Course’ and, as the video from Dave Cormier below introduces it as a. “response to the challenges faced by organisations and distributed disciplines at a time of information overload.” ” A MOOC is not for credit, it’s for (networked) learning. You participate in a MOOC because you want to learn about a particular topic or subject.

Bern, baby, Bern

E-Learning Provocateur

While I was in Europe for Didacta last month, I took the opportunity to visit Bern in Switzerland. The Swiss capital is both beautiful and odd. (I mean that in a good way.) The town centre is medieval, the people speak a peculiar dialect of German peppered with French, and a riverside park at the edge of the old town houses a couple of real-life bears! It’ll be well worth it. Figure 2.

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.

A workscape perspective

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet There are few best practices for the network era workplace, but definitely many next practices to be developed. good place to start is with an integrative performance framework that puts formal training and education where they belong: focused on the appropriate 5%. It is a fluid, holistic, process. Learning emerges as a result of working smarter. Technology connects people.

Adobe Captivate: Apply Your Changes

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    Over the past several months I've written myriad articles extolling the value of using styles on slide objects (including how to  reset them ,  clone them  and how to create styles  on the fly ). Have you been a good developer? Are you using Object Styles? I'm going to give each and every one of you the benefit of the doubt. Read on.

It’s Not eLearning On A Phone

The eLearning Coach

The only way we can understand something new is to create an analogy from something we know. So it makes sense that most of us think that mobile learning is eLearning on a portable device. That description barely scratches the surface. Mobile is a strategy more than a technology. And its potential use is far [.] Post from: The eLearning Coach It’s Not eLearning On A Phone. Mobile

Classroom without walls

Learning with e's

I've written before about the idea of the classroom without walls. Today, with the sun shining down on the UK's warmest March in recorded history, my students and I sat in a classroom without walls - literally. We went outside and held our final teaching session of the term in the warm sun. The students enjoyed it, and frankly, so did I. But today was the real deal. Unported License.

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!

Social business drives workforce development

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet In a workscape perspective I described how new frameworks help management, HR and L&D professionals get away from the trees to see the forest of workforce development. Communities of practice are the bridges between the work being done and diverse social networks, fostering cooperation without hierarchical structure. Cooperation is moving from a soft skill to a required hard skill.

Are You a Performance Consultant?

Integrated Learnings

By Dean Hawkinson. Let’s face it – the title “Instructional Designer” comes with a reputation that designing instruction or training is all that we do. We have been placed into a box that can be a real challenge to get out of, especially when it comes to moving into more of a performance consulting type of role. How do we break beyond the barriers that have been placed on us and convince our clients to look beyond training as the only available solution? So…what is Performance Consulting, anyway? Here is an illustration to help clarify the concept of performance consulting. Individual Factors.

#LSCON day 3: Scenario based assesments and Choices

Challenge to Learn

I was able to attend two session at the last day of LSCON. The first (concurrent) session was from Iskandaria Masduki about scenario based assessments. Good session with an interesting mix of theory and practical examples. The procedures you need to know. The tools that you have to use. The knowledge you need to have. The performance you have to deliver. The art of choosing by Sheena Iyengar.

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HTML5 for Multimedia Experiences: Judy Unrein at Learning Solutions


Interactivity is not just built in Flash anymore, Toto! With tools like HTML5 and Javascript, developers can create rich interactive experiences that load quickly, work on any device and provide full accessibility for readers of any kind (whether human or robot!) - all big challenges elearning developers face when developing and delivering interactive experiences.

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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.

Six Quick Ways To Design Like A Pro

The eLearning Coach

All you wanted to know about positive and negative space. Post from: The eLearning Coach Six Quick Ways To Design Like A Pro. Graphics

70:20:10 Learning Framework – Where did those numbers come from ?

Learning Cafe

“I have a question relating to this webinar, that I’d love answered, and that is really to substantiate the rigour behind the 70-20-10 model” This was one of the questions raised about the Learning Cafe theme for March 2012 – “ 70-20-10 – Approach Is it New? Is it different this time ?”, Here is what some our panellist have to say. This is achieved by: 1.

Social Collaboration Services: the missing piece in the L&D jigsaw

Jane Hart

This post is an extract from a new Internet Time Alliance whitepaper, available in both web and PDF formats. Performance Support Services  focus on providing access to, and supporting use of a range of resources (content and people) for performance improvement. This service area  will therefore serve as the main entry point in the Framework. So let’s take a closer look at it. Social Collaboration.

4 Free Training Resources You Better Know Of By Now


If you make a living creating e-Learning and Instructor-led courses, then you need to know about these four tricks and tools that will bolster any learning development initiative. Resource #1: Royalty Free Pictures at [link]. Okay, the URL for this website is pretty strange (I’m not even sure what country “.hu” But rest assured, it is legit. Stop using the same old images in your training.

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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.

This kids, is why hallucinogenics and the internet don’t mix

George Siemens

I had to do a quick double take on this article (first, to determine if it was April 1, anywhere in the world): Evolution Unbound: Blackboard embraces open source. This is what I imagine the experience would be like if one dropped hallucinogenics and browsed the web – a feeling of incredulity and weird confusion that can only come from time and reality being featured in a will it blend video. I’m not surprised that Blackboard is interested in openness. They’ve made overtures in the past. discussed this in a post on the race to platform education. So what does Bb gain? By far.

Video Tip Series - Part two: Editing Tools

Visual Lounge

So you have your audio and video recorded but don't know how to take it to that next level? No worries. Week two brings you tips on how to reinforce your audio instructions using editing tools such as annotations, callouts and zooms. The video is posted below and presents three tips that will help you utilize editing tools to enhance your final product. Not seeing the video?

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Computers, Learning Professionals, and their Roles in Curation

The Learning Circuits

In my first post for Learning Circuits, I explored how I use Twitter as a professional development tool. Over the past two weeks, we've looked at Filtering: A Challenge and Responsibility for Learning Professionals , and Curation: A Core Competency for Learning Professionals. In this closing post in my Learning Circuits series, I want to dig into curation in greater detail, describing what role technology plays in the curation workflow, and what it looks like for learning. Who Qualifies as a Curator? This fact was proven to me in the most unlikely of places: my mother's dining room table.

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History of the LMS


Channels Learning Management Systems

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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.

4 Training Resources You Better Know Of By Now


If you make a living creating e-Learning and Instructor-led courses, then you need to know about these four tricks and tools that will bolster any learning development initiative. Resource #1: Royalty Free Pictures at [link]. Okay, the URL for this website is pretty strange (I’m not even sure what country “.hu” But rest assured, it is legit. Stop using the same old images in your training.

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Let's Get Our Meta On! Conversations about Conversations and a Soylent Green mention!

Mark Oehlert

  . FAIR WARNING: The video embedded here is safe for work but does contain a good bit of me talking. Please proceed with caution!  My view of technology is greatly informed by a concern for the humans at the user end of it. What does it do for you? How does it make your day better? So I tend to look at what existing human dynamics new technologies either support, extend or both.

Announcement of Serious Games Directory

Kapp Notes

New Online, International Directory for Serious Games Industry Offers. Offers Free Listings for Titles, Tech, Services, Textbooks, Schools. The  Serious Games Association  announced a new, international resource for developers, providers, analysts, educators and consultants, the  Serious Games Directory.   All listings and access will be available free in 2012. Games and sims will be organized by market: Education. Corporate. Military/Government. Health Care. Games for Good. Screens, photos and video can be added plus a link to a site for more information. Games Games video games

Formal Training Vs. Informal Learning: Which Makes More Sense?


There’s been a great deal of discussion over the last few years related to informal learning. Today, just about any training magazine, website, or conference probably devotes significant time to talking about informal learning. Many times, I feel those discussions miss the mark. think this focus on ‘better’ is a distraction from the more important discussion. like PowerPoint.

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.

Shifting control

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet In The Learning Workplace , Anne Marie McEwan describes “f our profiles of learning workplaces according to structure, global reach, knowledge type, workstyle and social complexity”: Traditional, Emergent, Networked & Hyper-networked. Expanding reach to be more global, as the Internet seeps into all aspects of business. The big question is, How do we get there?

Is the cloud hastening the demise of the LMS?

Dawn of Learning

LEARNING REACHES TO THE CLOUD. The IMS Global Learning Consortium has announced the release latest version of the IMS Learning Tools Interoperability Specification – Version 1.1. This specification provides a way for courses running in IMS-conformant Learning Management systems to securely access remote content, tools and services, and receive back user’s results. This is a big change, and a welcome one. At long last, we have entered a new phase in learning technologies that is driven by cloud content and services. Perhaps the unintended consequence of the IMS LTI 1.1 Cloud learning

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