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Revisiting Learning Styles

Experiencing eLearning

As part of David Kelly’s Learning Styles Awareness Day , I’m revisiting the idea of learning styles. admit that when I was taught learning styles in my education program, I didn’t question it. It made intuitive sense, and I’d never heard a real criticism of the theory. That was never how it was applied in the classroom though. What about you?

Don't be afraid to call yourself a trainer

Clive on Learning

The word 'training' is unfashionable, so much so that at one recent conference it was referred to as 'the T word'. As a result, just about every self-respecting trainer has been relabelled with a title that centres on 'the L word' (whether or not their role has changed or not). Yet when I first entered the profession I was perfectly happy to be called a Training Specialist. Of course, training is just one of many inputs that can be applied to vocational learning, alongside experiential learning, self-directed learning and all forms of connected and collaborative learning.

ROI Analysis for Trainings – How We Are Doing It


ROI calculation for training initiatives has been one of the most interesting areas for me – it holds so much potential, but due to complexities involved in calculating ROI for trainings it’s very rarely calculated by the organizations. So when we institutionalized the internal training process for G-Cube around a year back (before that it was more of adhoc trainings managed at department level), one of the key focus areas for us was to ensure that we capture ROI for all the trainings that were undertaken by our L&D team. It turned out to be anything but that! Our first attempt included –.

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PowerPoint & eLearning: PhotoPin, a New Stock Photo Resource

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  I have previously written about  my favorite stock photo resources.    I've also posted about how to find  Google images you can actually use for commercial use.    In that same vein I'd like to present  Photopin , a new resource that may be useful in your search for budget-friendly stock photos. The photos are lifted from  Flickr  and are, by and large, Creative Commons  licensed. If, however, you would like to use the images in your eLearning, you will probably need images labeled for commercial use.

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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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Lights, Camera, Action! Welcome New Versions of Snagit!

Visual Lounge

I'm happy to announce new versions of Snagit 11 for Windows and Snagit on Mac 2 are available today! You've asked and we've listened. The number one request from Snagit users? Video! The new release of Snagit is full of new video features and capabilities on both platforms! What's new in Snagit? Video Capture (Windows and Mac). Image Outputs to Facebook, Twitter and Evernote (Windows and Mac).

What's different about mobile learning?

The Learning Circuits

As the doors open to a new era of mobile learning and performance support, it's a good time to step back and think about the new mindset required when designing for mobile. Although a mobile pedagogy will continue to evolve, we already know quite a bit about how people use mobile devices and some of the advantages of mobile learning. That's an old-fashioned and highly collaborative approach.

“Nice to Know” vs “Need to Know”

eLearning Brothers

We have all had project “kick-off” meetings with Subject Matter Experts where they do an information “dump”. They share with us anything and everything they have ever learned about the topic. We are then left reviewing all the content/information that has been given to us and try to determine what is “Nice to Know” and what is “Need to Know”. Of course to the SME, all of the content is “Need to Know”, so it is our job to ask the right questions to sort through all the information. Just because the “SME says so”, is not a good reason for including unnecessary content in a course.

Adobe Captivate: Saving Changes to Object Styles

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    Object styles were introduced in Captivate 5. While they aren't necessarily the coolest features in Capitvate, Object styles provide one of the fastest ways to update the look and feel of slide objects project-wide. As I've continued to  teach Captivate  to new eLearning developers, one of my challenges is ensuring that object styles are used efficiently. Changing the way a selected object looks is fast and easy via the Properties panel. However, using the Properties panel to change the appearance of a single object can be problematic.

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.

Everyone's a critic

Learning with e's

Everyone's a critic, they say. Until it comes to academic writing, that is. Many students fail to realise their full potential when it comes to essay writing, usually because they can't seem to find their way out of the descriptive cul-de-sac they make for themselves. If they could only find it within themselves to write critically, they would earn higher grades. Reference Carr, W. and Kemmis, S.

Workplace Frustration Trumps Engagement

The Peformance Improvement

A frustrating work environment trumps engagement every time, especially for the most motivated and committed employees. This is the theme of a webinar (see video) that David Zinger, of the Employee Engagement Network , did with Mark Royal of the Hay Group and co-author of The Enemy of Engagement. Enemy of Engagement from David Zinger on Vimeo.  . Lack of equipment to do their jobs.

Is management on the table?

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet As you soon as you try to address a problem, it gets more complicated, because that’s what conventional management does; I wrote last week in Managing collaboration , and Paul Chepolis commented: I couldn’t agree more. How many times has this occurred with leadership teams and organizational leaders. We kill ourselves! Just one. Better yet, define a “working” institution. See the problem? 

IMU-LS-05: Games, Gamification and the Need for Engaging Learners (Karl Kapp)


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER IMU LEARNING SERIES Welcome to the IMU Learning Series (Round 5)… The most electrifying webinar series on the planet (by 2013)! We are thrilled to announce that our third invited International speaker is Karl M. This session shows you how to use the existing research literature in your own design and delivery of engaging online learning. Kapp , Ed.D. UPCOMING WEBINARS?

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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.

The Designer’s Toolbox

Jay Cross

Most of the three dozen people convened by the irrepressible Aaron Silvers for a recent retreat in Sedona, Arizona, would say they’re designers, but not instructional designers. We’re software nerds, change agents, standards developers, experience designers, game developers, and problem solvers. Sedona is a magic spot in the high desert, about two hours north of Phoenix. Mindmapping.

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Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 3

E-Learning Provocateur

In Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 2 I explained how to self publish an e‑book. If you’re like me, you’ll now want to create a hard copy – a “real” book. While I am certainly a fan of e-books, I am also a lover of old fashioned page turners. And so are many of your potential customers! But Steven’s book was nothing like that. ″ x 8.5″

Library 2.0

Learning with e's

What does the future hold for our university libraries? Are they obsolete or are they essential? The library has long been seen by many as a very traditional, conservative institution, and is often portrayed as a place where rows upon rows of antiquated book shelves slowly gather dust. Just how are libraries adapting to the digital age and all it brings? The digital age would have put paid to them.

Here’s Some Background Information for Your Next E-Learning Course

Rapid eLearning

During the year I conduct dozens of elearning workshops. dedicate a large part of the workshop to graphic design because based on what I see, it’s an area that challenges many elearning developers. Most of the people I meet have a training background. They may have some graphic design skills, but they usually find their roots in training. What content needs to be in the course? Nothing fancy.

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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.

5 Tips to make sure e-learning is effective

Spicy Learning

I love Sheldon Cooper! I’m talking about the eccentric genius from the TV sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. He’s a know-it-all and knows it! So, why do I love him? Apart from the fact that he’s funny, it’s the hidden desire to be that know-it-all, to know almost everything there is of any practical worth. After all, no use confusing him any further! How do I do that?

Before You Begin: What To Know About mLearning by Anita Rosen

Learning Solutions Magazine

Mobile training and performance support sounds like a simple and sensible idea: make help available where people need it, on devices that they always have with them. But, it turns out that making things mobile isn't quite as easy or straightforward as one might wish. Here's an analysis of the things you must consider in the design and execution of mLearning.

Strive to develop Automaticity in your learners

Kapp Notes

Automaticity can be defined as “the status of any knowledge or skill that has been used so many times that it can be activated from long-term memory and applied using minimal working memory resources.” Clark, Nguyen & Sweller, 2006). Skills become automatic after repeated rehearsals of the activity. Multiple instances of performing a task helps learners develop automaticity with tasks and skills. Research indicates that a task such as matching letters can take as many as two thousand practice sessions but that the result can be significant. Source: (Clark,R., Nguyen, F., & Sweller, J.

Give Tests a Test Run

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. After drafting an assessment for training, what steps do you take to validate that it is realistic and accurate? Many of us probably have assessments reviewed by subject matter experts (SMEs). But have you considered administering the assessment to a group of experts as well? First, let’s look at what makes for a quality training assessment. Just to be clear, this post focuses on assessments that take place while the initial training event is in progress (i.e., Level 2 assessment). Level 3 ). Now let’s think about the SME review. And how about doing a test run of the test?

Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.

5 Tips to make sure e-learning is effective

Spicy Learning

I love Sheldon Cooper! I’m talking about the eccentric genius from the TV sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. He’s a know-it-all and knows it! So, why do I love him? Apart from the fact that he’s funny, it’s the hidden desire to be that know-it-all, to know almost everything there is of any practical worth. After all, no use confusing him any further! How do I do that?

Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 3

E-Learning Provocateur

In Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 2 I explained how to self publish an e‑book. If you’re like me, you’ll now want to create a hard copy – a “real” book. While I am certainly a fan of e-books, I am also a lover of old fashioned page turners. And so are many of your potential customers! In other words, you could just tell that they were home-made. But Steven’s book was nothing like that. It was glossy and colourful and wonderful. I was hooked! found CreateSpace really easy to use. links, how-to guidelines and downloadable templates.

Writing & Grammar: Can a Sentence End With a Preposition?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby    Can I end a sentence with a preposition? Well, yes and no. The old school rule that you cannot end a sentence with a preposition has some validity, but it has also been mocked by personages high and low. Allegedly, for example, Winston Churchill said, "That is something up with which I will not put." " The practical solution is to try removing the preposition from the end of the sentence. If it changes the meaning of the sentence, put it back. If you can move the preposition to another place in the sentence, try that. think we should throw them out.

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Scientific management yields Scientific schooling

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Work is learning, and learning is the work – that’s what’s currently on this site’s masthead. You could add the tagline – life is learning, and learning is life – to Seth Godin’s comprehensive piece on the state of public schooling, Stop Stealing Dreams. The connection revolution is upon us. Connecting people to one another. Fifty. Pick yourself.

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Best Practices for Launching an LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.

Massive open online courses as new educative practice

George Siemens

Interest in open online courses – and startups see this as an opportunity to automate and scale education. In a recent interview by Tamar Lewin for NYTimes, I stated that while you could call Udacity, Coursera, and Codeacademy examples of MOOCs (Massive open online courses), they are largely instantiations of existing educational practices. Their primary innovation is scaling.

WEE3 – Time to Settle Down


We’ve fixed a date for the next WEELearning event.! And we’ve gone back to being free entry again! And we’ve moved the start time to 6.30pm, so there’s no need to go home after work just head straight down the … Read more › events get involved

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Working Smarter in Social Business

Jay Cross

If you’re not plugged in and running fast at work, you’re falling behind. Continuous improvement. Business people face more and more novel situations every day. You have to be learning continuously to deal with the onslaught of unfamiliar, complex problems. There’s no longer time to learn things in advance; you have to learn what you need in real time. This is a game changer.

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