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Irish Learning Alliance Visit

Kapp Notes

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate it enough to travel to see the Prime Minister of Ireland and hear about the Irish Learning Alliance. Unfortunately, I didn't get to go to Ireland, instead I traveled with some friends up to New York to visit with the Irish Learning Alliance. Tom, Michelle & Dave take a break from at the ILA learning session.(taken One of my most authentic St. Patrick's days ever!!

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Camtasia Studio v6.0.2 Released - FLV is Back.

Visual Lounge

You've spoken and we've listened! As promised , we brought back the FLV format in Camtasia Studio v6.0.2 today. Download the update here. It is a free upgrade if you purchased Camtasia Studio v6. If you'd like to see everything updated in Camtasia Studio v6.0.2, visit here. Thanks for your patience and feedback. We appreciate it! What would like to see added to Camtasia Studio next?

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Why mobile learning is on the rise and benefits diverse populations

Ignatia Webs

In January 2009 Carly Shuler (a fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center ) came out with a fabulous paper on the benefits of mobile learning entitled: pockets of potential - Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Children’s Learning. Although the document focuses on mobile learning for children, you can easily deduct the benefits for all learner groups. It also offers great resources.

SMBs and Social Learning Technologies

Janet Clarey

Here are slides from the presentation I did yesterday. The session was hosted by SumTotal Systems. SMBs & Social Media (Sum Total). View more presentations from Janet Clarey. Some notes: Polls: Most attending work in L&D with some HR, IT, and learning services providers. Most attending work in organization with 2000+ ee’s but several were SMBs (under 2K ee’s for this presentation). Current learning delivery channels primarily ILT classroom and ILT online as well as a fair amount of self-paced e-learning. Very few people work with fellow employees at one physical location.

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.

Don't Play Video Games: Make Them

Kapp Notes

Screen capture from Scratch an MIT project that involves a simple to great game design software. Here is an interesting article that discusses how the creation of video games can be an excellend tool for teaching students. The article Computer games as liberal arts? provides some interesting insights into how creating games can teach a number of subjects. Making video games].turns turns out to be perhaps the ultimate form of liberal arts. In order to create a computer game you have to think about the content. You have to write a script. The programming involves logic, math and science.

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Corporate Training - Journalism or Entertainment?

Bottom-Line Performance

Last night Bill O’Reilly visited The Letterman show and they had a heated discussion about whether Bill O’Reilly is a journalist or entertainer. Regardless of your political leanings, it was an entertaining interview. Check out a highlight below (especially around minute 7:00): Click here to view the embedded video. While I’m not going to enter the political fray on this blog, it did make me think of some recent experiences where I’ve discussed the level of reality to convey in a training course. Which begs the question: Are we entertainers or journalists? Ask questions.

New - Camtasia Studio 6 and Visual Lounge Blog in German

Visual Lounge

Lots of good news at TechSmith today. In addition to putting FLV back in Camtasia Studio v6.0.2 , I'm happy to announce that Camtasia Studio v6.0.2 is now available in German! Details are here. And, we've launched a German version of the Visual Lounge Blog ! The content will be similar to this blog, but in German :-) and with some additional contributing editors. Bis bald!

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LMS and Social Learning

Tony Karrer

As a follow on to the discussion of social learning and formal learning in Long Live … great post by BJ Schone - Have LMSs Jumped The Shark? constantly hear people (across many organizations) complain about their learning management system (LMS). They complain that their LMS has a terrible interface that is nearly unusable. Upgrades are difficult and cumbersome. Users hate the system. It’s ugly.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Mobile Learning

Rapid eLearning

Every few years it seems that there’s some hot new trend in the world of training. Right now it appears that mobile learning is all the rage. The world of mobile gadgets is converging with an always available wifi network. This gives us instant access to all sorts of information which fits in well with on-demand training. Currently it appears that mobile learning (or m-learning) is the hot thing.

Social Learning Trends from Elliott Masie

Bottom-Line Performance

My husband asked me yesterday to explain Web 2.0 to him again. He’s a skeptic, (and, at heart, something of a luddite) and fails to see how twittering or facebook can really drive business results. That’s great for me, because it keeps me on my toes as I try to explain why all this really cool technology is also useful for something more than playing April fools jokes on my friends.

Screencast of the Week - SocialText

Visual Lounge

This week's Screencast of the Week came to me by way of a Twitter contact, Alan Lepofsky. picked this screencast from SocialText as the Screencast of the Week for a several reasons. love the use of SmartFocus and Callouts ! Plus, I like that they used a screencast to show off SocialText in action - I can see how it works before I download it. Click the screenshot below to start the video.

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.

Breathing life into an informal learning strategy

Learning Journal

A comment from Phil LeNir on last week’s informal learning strategy post got me thinking more about the human element with regard to informal learning.  It’s easy to get so wrapped up in creating or linking learning assets for quick access that we forget about enabling the human interactions that are really the most effective way we learn informally. As I see it, there are five key human roles in an informal learning strategy: Subject matter expert (SME). Are some SMEs so sought-after that we need to make the role part of their job responsibilities? Peer learning partner.

eLearning and Instructional Design Meme

Learn and Lead

Last year I wrote a brief post about tech support meme and posted a hilarious video. recently came across a whole book about, well not exactly tech support memes though some of stories are about tech support, Indian BPO stories. BPO-Sutra is compiled and edited by Sudhindra Mokhasi and he is already calling for more stories for a volume II. So do instructional designers have any stories to build the elearning or instructional design meme? Here are two to start with. Would love to hear more from you. So we ramped up quickly going from a team of 15 to 200 very quickly. Share your story here.

Captivate 4 tutorials

Adobe Captivate

Captivate 4 , Captivate tutorials. Late last year, I had blogged about a set of Captivate 3 tutorials on the Adobe website. These were specifically crated for the education industry and most of our readers have found them very useful. This has now been completely refreshed for Captivate 4- with new topics on the key Captivate 4 features. The PDFs are below: Recording and Publishing software simulations. Roundtripping with MS PowerPoint. Scenario Simulations using Captivate. Editing Captivate Projects. Creating Quizzes. Creating dynamic presentations with the new 'Variables'. Audio. Drawing.

Have Questions about Camtasia Relay?

Visual Lounge

If you're like me, when researching and learning about a new product, I like the combination of seeing the product in action (videos and screencasts) plus some write-ups and reviews to understand it. Sometimes if I'm really lucky, I can get a live demo of the product at a tradeshow or other event. If you learn like I do, you're in luck. just got word from the Camtasia Relay team that they're doing live webinars weekly. So, if you would like to see the product in action or have questions for the team, you can attend one live. Details are here. hope you're able to attend!

LearnX Asia Pacific 2009 - Day 1

E-Learning Provocateur

I attended the annual LearnX Asia Pacific conference this week at Sydney’s Darling Harbour. While the weather was dreary, I found the sessions topical and thought provoking. Ken’s central theme is that being able to think faster and better can help us unlock ideas and improve our productivity. must admit, it lifted the energy of the room. So should you use an actor?

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.

Informal Workplace Learning: paradigm changes - more

The E-Learning Curve

I'm looking at some influences which are contributing to the emergence of informal and non-formal learning in the workplace. In my previous post on this topic, I outlined five change factors: The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.

Communities, PLEs, small groups, & power

Adventures in Corporate Education

My mom loves telling the following story about me, to emphasize the fact that I have always been bossy. I am the oldest, and I have one brother who is 16 months younger than me and another who is 3 and a half years younger (there are seven of us in all). Apparently, we all played together very nicely until my brothers discovered that they didn’t have to play exactly they way I told them to play. Once they figured this out, they would let me play with them as long as I didn’t try and dictate the rules. would just pick up and leave. What topics will be discussed. corporations.

New Tool for Explaining Concepts

Bottom-Line Performance

PC World recently published a list of 101 free web tools. I’m slowly making my way down the list, alphabetically. I’m only through “f&# but I’ve found a tool that I really want to share. . Flowgram allows you to combine several different mediums, including PowerPoint, websites, videos, and pictures, along with on-screen captions. Flogram User Interface.  .

Ignatia Webs: Big Question: get your innovative eLearning ideas out no matter what others think!

Ignatia Webs

skip to main | skip to sidebar Ignatia Webs eLearning techtales with social media in low resource and mobile settings Thursday, April 2, 2009 Big Question: get your innovative eLearning ideas out no matter what others think! eLearning is fun, great, innovative, wonderful… up until the moment you meet – most of – the clients (corporate or educational) feedback.

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!

Irish Government to tax learners with "failure fee"

The E-Learning Curve

The Irish Government is set to tax learners with a "failure fee" in the budget next week. As you know, we're embroiled in the worst global economic crisis for nearly a century, and here in Ireland, The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.

LearnX Awards 2009

E-Learning Provocateur

The annual LearnX E-Learning & Training Awards were announced today, and I’m proud to say that my team won a Gold award for Best Training Team , for our development and support of a self-paced, blended learning model at AMP.

News Commentary Curation Distribution

Tony Karrer

The post The Future of the News Ecosystem pointed me to the Stephen Johnson Picture shown above. While I don't necessarily believe that things are nearly so linear, it is a good picture of the kind of flow, enhancement, filtering that happens. There's definitely an open question of what makes sense in what case as described in Aggregation Types. Human tagging? Automated? How do you access it?

Great innovative work by Opera: facial features to surf the net

Ignatia Webs

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.

Microsoft Surface Launched

Upside Learning

Microsoft Surface was formally launched and is now available in 12 countries. school in the UK used it for a day; here’s what they did with it: Such technology opens up a paradigm of interaction that been under-utilized in learning. Surface will probably be the first in a long line of products that include software and hardware for touch and gestures. It’ll only get better from here.

Future of Digital Music--The Future of LMS Content

Kapp Notes

Recently, I spoke with a reporter from The Vancouver Sun about the future of the music industry and digital music. have written before on the topic in my post New Music Distribution Model: Video Games. The music industry is still struggling with creating a new revenue model and how to handle the disaggregation of content. told the reporter: "I think they (CDs) will go the way of 8-tracks,” he said.

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Why call it ‘eLearning’ when it is clearly NOT eLearning?

Dont Waste Your Time

This has been brewing for some time now. I don’t apologies in advance if you see yourself in what I’m about to say. You know what really gets my goat? It’s when people keep talking about eLearning when they actually mean ‘distance’ learning, or ‘online delivery’, or computer-based training (CBT). In In the same way that everything has [.]. Blog CBT Distance Learning University 2.0 Web 2.0

Virtual Interns

Bottom-Line Performance

This morning I was at the sports therapist for a running injury. My doctor had a fourth year medical student working with him. The student was learning the ropes hands on, participating in the small talk, listening as the doctor explained each step of the exam, his initial prognosis and the treatment plan. The medical student was very pleasant, and I think he’ll do well interacting with patients. But, what if I wasn’t real, at least not in the traditional sense, and suppose the doctor, the small talk and the exam all occurred virtually? What might the medical student learn about patient care?

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.

Articulate ’09: Tips for Resolving Common Issues

Upside Learning

Articulate’s suite of products rate high in the rapid authoring segment. We have used them for several projects, and have found them very effective for development and simple to use. They give standards-conformant output, and save development time and cost. You can read more about some of its popular features here. However, if your project is graph-heavy, then images may not be a good idea.


Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Visuals and Audio in eLearning (Ruth Clark)

Learning Visions

This would be a great article to forward to a client. You know the one. They want audio narrating that long paragraph of text that they think should also appear on the screen in order to appeal to different learning styles

Getting Revolutionary: LC Big Q

Clark Quinn

The Learning Circuits’ Blog Big Question of the Month is whether and how get ‘unstuck’, when you’ve got a lot to offer and it’s well beyond what they expect you to do in your job. This actually resonates with two separate things, some thoughts around ‘being revolutionary’, and a previous post based upon a similar complaint that triggered this month’s question (must be a lot of understandable angst out there).  Similarly the big question was triggered by someone knowing what should be done but feeling trapped. Show them the way. 

Training vs. Information: When do we need what?

Bottom-Line Performance

I just read an article by Jay Cross, a big proponent of Web 2.0 tools. He wants to get us away from talking about e-learning and instead talk about “emergent learning&# or “improv learning.&# He argues that much of our traditional approaches to learning are out of sync with the realities of  today’s work world. Cross comments: The first wave of e-learning brochures invariably touted the benefits of focusing on the learner. Schools and classes had always been organized for the convenience of the faculty-one size fits all. The members of the organization are known as “ workers.

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.

Hosted vs. Behind-the-firewall LMS – How To Decide?

Upside Learning

Purchasing and implementing an LMS for your organization is a business-critical activity. And the wide number of choices available all around doesn’t make it any easier to decide which LMS fits your needs and of course, the bill. Adding to this dilemma is another level of decision making – whether to go for an OnDemand / SaaS / Hosted LMS service, or for a behind-the-firewall LMS deployment.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: On Reflective Learning

Learning Visions

I clipped this a year ago, with the intention (I suppose) of writing more on the subject in order to become more engaged with the content and thus more capable. didn't do it anything with it then and I'm not going to do much with it

ASTD Central Iowa Presentation Resources

Kapp Notes

Here are links and resources mentioned during the presentation: Find out what level of "Gamer" you are with Gamer Rater. Avoiding Death by PowerPoint. Tell a story with your slides. meet Jessica View more presentations from bengardner135. Wiki resources: Wikispaces PB Wiki Social Networking Links Ning Facebook LinkedIn __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

Social Media Goals

Clark Quinn

I spent yesterday touring the Web 2.0 expo (part of the time with fellow miscreant Jay Cross ), and it led me to think a bit more about social media tools and approaches.  After touring the floor, having lunch, and touring the floor some more before the keynotes, my reflections have to do with hybrids and implementation. We were prompted to visit Blue Kiwi , which is probably the leading European social media platform.  Talking to them, and the others there (Vignette & Lithium) has me reflecting more broadly.  Mzinga is clearly targeted at the learning space, being integrated with an LMS. 

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.

GDC’s Serious Games Summit

Upside Learning

We’ve been following GDC’s Serious Games Summit, and the Serious Game portal has just posted about emerging trends in the serious games market as evident from the summit presentations and discussions. You can view the article here. They point to three key trend areas. 1. Early Prototyping. 2. Market Shift – New Demands. 3. Hybrids Studios and Hybrid Games. We’ve been interested and dabbling in developing casual games for learning, and the information from GDC validates some of our trend spotting. We’d like to think of it as the first step towards an authoring environment for learning games.

Visuals and Audio in eLearning (Ruth Clark)

Learning Visions

Donald Clark posted a link to a lovely little article by Ruth Clark: Give Your Training a Visual Boost in the April 09 edition of ASTD's T&D. The article contains such gems as: "Decorative visuals defeat learning." " and "The least successful learning resulted from text and audio repetition of that text." " This would be a great article to forward to a client. You know the one. They want audio narrating that long paragraph of text that they think should also appear on the screen in order to appeal to different learning styles.