Sat.Feb 25, 2012 - Fri.Mar 02, 2012

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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.

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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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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Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.

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At the Water Cooler of Learning


We have become obsessed with formal learning in the workplace. In our zeal to learn, we have transferred the formal model of learning into the collective mind of our corporations. Even e-learning is simply less-expensive formal learning at a distance. Our obsession began when we decided we were in the knowledge economy. We concluded that [.]. Education elearning Formal Learning Future of education future of learning Informal Learning Learning Social Learning Water Cooler Learning adopt and adapt definition of learning formal learning informal learning

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.

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.

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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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.

“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.

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.

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? 

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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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.

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.

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.

10,000 Hours to Mastery: The Gladwell Effect on Learning Design

Bottom-Line Performance

I just finished reading Malcom Gladwell’s latest book,  Outliers. In one of its chapters, he explains the 10,000-hour rule. This rule states that people don’t become “masters” at complex things (programming, music, painting, free throws) until they have accrued 10,000-hours of practice. Examples: Mozart and the Beatles in music; Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak sin programming). Who cares, you ask?

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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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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.

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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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.

Online community ethics

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Are you on Facebook? Who isn’t these days? Here’s Here’s a question about using Facebook as an extension of work or classroom learning. For example, if I want to interact with our national public broadcaster, it seems the preferred venue is “The Facebook” Last December I put my Facebook account into hibernation (you cannot actually delete your Facebook profile).

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.

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″

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?

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?

Workforce Development Services: A new framework of training and learning support

Jane Hart

In my last blog post, From Social Learning to Workforce Collaboration , I talked about how I have been helping organisations support workforce collaboration. Here is a very brief explanation of each of them. 1 – Training services  –  The need for training services – face-to-face workshops, e-learning, will, of course, remain, but will likely include more social approaches.

The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now

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.

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.

Where is reflection in the learning process? (@jackiegerstein)

Dont Waste Your Time

I found the following post by Jackie Gerstein recently, and wanted to share it with you – “ Where is reflection in the learning process? ” Why am I sharing it … because it is the student voice, or lack of it, that I found most interesting. Jackie was getting frustrated at their inability to ‘reflect’ until. “a major AHA struck me … They are products of a standardized system where they were asked to memorize standardized information and spit that information out on standardized tests. Related posts: ePortfolios: continuing my thought process.