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Future of elearning industry looks Bright!

Kapp Notes

Reports, factors and the current market conditions strongly indicate that elearning is going to be a growth industry over the coming years. As Tony Bingham, president and CEO of ASTD states, “Today, we actively pursue content based on search terms and our preferences [while in the future]…content will find you – rather than actively seeking it, your activities and interests will determine what finds you, be delivered how you want it, and to your preferred channel. This provides tremendous potential for learning.” Source. billion in 2010. The five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is 9.2%

Five Practical Mobile Learning Tips

Upside Learning

Find a problem with learning or performance first , think about learning next, and mobile learning last. This is somewhat analogous to “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Look for a learning/performance problem and analyze carefully if mobile learning is a possible solution and not the other way round. Ask if there will be a real benefit for the user. Content pull?

Writing & Grammar: Checklists, Part III

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. This week I am featuring two different kinds of checklists from readers. One kind is a planning checklist with slots for recording the date each task is done. The other kind is a list of tasks for converting training materials from Captivate 4 to Captivate 5. Reviewing other people's checklists is a good way to develop your own. I inevitably forget things if I don't.

How Different Employees Survive a Workplace Meeting


The dreaded workplace meeting brings all sorts of communicators to the same table, and unfortunately each party present has their own unique way of surviving with the discussion. Let’s examine some of the most common employee profiles. Click image to enlarge). Uncategorized employee management employee profile workplace meeting

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Memorable Ways to End an eLearning Course

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. The recency effect tells us that people are more likely to remember information from the end of a sequence. In other words, when taking an eLearning course, learners are most likely to remember how the course ended, although the stuff in the middle might blur together. Cognitive theorists believe that as new information enters the working memory, earlier information is pushed out. Since the information entering at the end doesn't get pushed out as quickly, the brain has more time to process and remember that later information. Visual representation. Illustrative story.

The Smart Worker : needs immediate access to solutions to performance problems

Jane Hart

Tweet In the second of a series of blog posts on helping L&D move forward, I look at how we need to help workers gain immediate access to “learning&# that solves their performance problems. Jeff Bullas pointed out in How the iPad is changing our lives , that. In the same way employees want solutions to their performance or learning problems, NOW, and in a mouse-click.

Three things all teachers need

Learning with e's

Last night I took part in a 3-way Skype podcast recording for t , which was hosted by Jeff Bradbury, who is based in Philadelphia, USA. My co-panellist was Mark Greentree , who was speaking from Sydney, Australia. One of the scheduled questions which we never got around to addressing was: What should a parent expect from a teacher in the 21st Century? This is vitally important.

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Chomp, chomp chomp! Welcome ScreenChomp and TechSmith Labs!

Visual Lounge

Being an evangelist, by definition, means that I get to be the bearer of good tidings. Today I get to do that! I'm happy to share with you a new iPad app that we've been working on at TechSmith. Meet ScreenChomp! ScreenChomp is a digital whiteboard that users can write and draw on with the touch of a finger. You can draw using twelve different pen colors. Why would you use a recordable whiteboard?

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

Add Clouds to Captivate or PowerPoint Projects

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Adobe's Allen Partridge has documented the steps necessary to add Clouds to both Captivate and PowerPowerPoint projects. "I love word clouds. You know, those cool clusters of words that give instant summary of concepts by making words bigger and bolder the more times they are used somewhere," said Partridge. "I thought it would be fun to show you how you can make wicked cool word clouds based on your Adobe Captivate (and even Microsoft PowerPoint) projects in just a few minutes. The coolest part? " Click here to learn more.

The Smart Worker : needs job aids rather than courses

Jane Hart

Tweet. This is the third in a series of posts about how L&D departments can move forward from their traditional role of creating, delivering and managing formal learning. The two previous posts in this series were: The Smart Worker : learning continuously with social media. The Smart Worker : needs immediate access to solutions to performance problems. In post 2, I suggested liberating courses from the LMS and making them available on the intranet where they were more likely to be accessed and used. Marc Rosenberg, in a recent article, When training is not the answer , points out.

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Shaping the future

Learning with e's

Welcome to the future? Whenever we consider the future, it is always elusive, and always just around the corner. It is never quite here. We live in the present. All the time. All each of us have is our memories of the past, and a future that is imaginary. Forget the soothsayers, the horoscope writers, the clairvoyants and the crystal ball gazers. We just don't know what will happen next.

The New Capitalist Manifesto

Jay Cross

“This book is more than a manifesto, it’s a blueprint for building the sort of twenty-first-century company that will be loved by its customers, envied by its peers, and admired by all those who care about the future of our planet,&# says Gary Hamel in the introduction to this short tome by economist Umair Haque. This is ground zero for the 21C project. philosophies, not strategies.

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PowerPoint 2010: Change the Picture, Keep the Animation

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. You've just completed a very slick PowerPoint presentation. On one slide you have an image fade in. After it fades in, it pulses for emphasis. After it pulses, text appears above. Then when you click the image, it hyperlinks to another slide. Everything looks and works great. But then the client contacts you and says they'd like to swap the image with another. Trying to reconstruct all of the animations and actions, as well as ensuring they're in the proper order with everything else on the slide, could be a disaster for you (or, at the very least, a small headache).

The Smart Worker : learning continuously with social media

Jane Hart

Tweet. In the first of my blog posts on helping L&D department move forward, I want to focus on how we can help others learn continuously using social media. “today’s work environment doesn’t tolerate learners stepping out of their workflow to learn unless it is absolutely vital to do so. 2 – Creating and sharing content. 4 – Improving productivity.

Explore A New Learning Frontier: MOOC by Inge de Waard

Learning Solutions Magazine

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a relatively new format for learning. These are online gatherings of people willing to jointly exchange information and collaboratively enhance their knowledge about a topic of common interest. Learn here about MOOCs, how they work, and how to take part in the “Mother of all MOOCs”! Design Strategies Future Trends Learning 2.0 Social Media

What’s hurting the LMS market

eLearning 24-7

The LMS market is strong. Revenues across the board are up, profit margins are healthy and competition is on-going (always a good thing). But for all that is positive, there are negatives, and these negatives can hinder long term growth for commercial systems. The Negatives. Features First.Usability Second. I am a huge fan of feature sets and enhancements. They are necessary for the evolution of any system and mandatory to garner more market share. While this is a great concept for party decorations, it is not for a learning platform. Why Does it Occur? I know, I have. Great stuff, for 1996.

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.

Michael Allen's new eLearning Books


A few months ago I had the honor to talk with Michael Allen , Chairman and CEO of Allen Interactions. Michael told me about two new eLearning books that he was writing at the moment. Recently Michael told me that he just published his two news books. As you can understand I am super excited!!! What I really like about Michael is that he offers free chapters from these books.

What is shared between Compliance eLearning and Captain America and Anime Comics?

Vignettes Learning

Synthesis Cartoons and caricatures are affordable and easy to use graphical elements to enhance eLearning. However, they are only as good as the story you are trying to tell. Without stories, they are as weak as any other medium. Comic-Con just ended this week in San Diego with over 120,000 attendees. In theaters, Captain America has now surpassed the last Harry Potter franchise in gross revenues.

You May Already Own the Tools to Create Simple E-Learning Avatars

Rapid eLearning

The other day I had to re-install the webcam software for my Dell laptop. Usually I don’t install all of the other junk that seems to get bundled with software these days. But what I noticed in the Dell webcam software is that it came with Creative’s Live! Cam Avatar Creator. So I installed it. If you have a Dell computer, here’s a link to download the file. You’ll just have to do some digging.

Levels of analysis

Clark Quinn

When I was a grad student, a fellow student did an interesting study. In analogical reasoning, what helps is abstracting from the specifics to the more general (and folks are bad at generating good analogies, though okay at using them, according to my PhD and other research). Folks had made efforts at getting abstraction, and failed. What my fellow student did was to control the abstraction, and got useful outputs. It turns out some abstract too far, and of course in general most don’t go far enough. And that’s what I look for in other’s work as well. Really?

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.

Facebook for Educators

Moodle Journal

I have in past postings made both positive and not so positive remarks regarding the use of Facebook as part of course delivery. In one particular year, I certainly managed to get pretty much wholesale agreement with using the social network for both easy contact and handing out achievement comments’ and graphical badges and general course information. In the following year, a similar attempt led to me being almost completely unfriended, strange? I went on to look around the net for more on this and soon discovered [link]. Please feel free to comment Regards Barry

Vague Stories Help Learners to Discover

Vignettes Learning

Synthesis: Uncovering parallel tracks is essential in contextual learning – where the need is to help learners find applications of an idea in a story or feedback. Precision oftentimes kills the ability of the learner to discover multiple real-life applications. In In Praise of Vagueness (Wired Magazine July 21, 2011), Jonah Lehrer writes about studies on the benefits of vagueness versus precision.

Dev Corner - Customing the Internet with Greasemonkey

Visual Lounge

It's time for another Dev Corner update! We recently had an internal conference, DevKhan, at TechSmith for our technical staff. It is a great way for developers, the web team, and others to share their knowledge with each each other. Glen Hoeppner did a session called "Customing the Internet with Greasemonkey" We thought it would be useful for others to watch. Enjoy! Dev Corner 617

Ten Tips for Community Managers


Your office is a community: A network of people connected through a common theme, associating themselves voluntarily around a common purpose. On your worst days, when you’re thinking of tossing your laptop through a window, it may not feel like that. But building your community, is a powerful way to improve connectedness and facilitate learning. This is a new way to think about doing your job.

[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course

Want to create the perfect training course? The experts from Skilljar analyzed content creation trends within the training space. Their findings can serve as a benchmark as you build out your own strategy. Click to download.