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Taxonomy of Learning Theories

E-Learning Provocateur

Academia is teeming with learning theories. Some of them are old, some of them are new. Some are flash-in-the-pan, others stand the test of time and remain applicable to this very day. Some of them are controversial, while others have assumed the aura of conventional wisdom. Some of them are simple, while others are incomprehensible to mere mortals. Where do you start? Which theory do you choose?

Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Adult Learners

The eLearning Coach

Motivation is the force that drives people to fulfill a need. If you can tap into a learner’s intrinsic motivation—where an individual is rewarded by the learning itself or an internal goal—you’ve got it made. But in both workplace and academic environments, people are often unmotivated because they are required to take courses in which they have no interest. Provide options. Buzz up!

General Considerations for Mobile Learning (mLearning)

Upside Learning

Wikipedia defines mobile learning as “Any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, or learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies&#. In other words, mLearning decreases limitation of learning location with the mobility of general portable devices 1. the ability to use GPS?

Learning Resources from Informal Learning (Jay Cross): Part 1

ID Reflections

I am re-reading Informal Learning by Jay Cross and was going through the resource links he has provided. Apart from the book, which is a must read for anyone interested in the field of learning, the resource links are gold mines of knowledge, information and insights. I am putting some of my favorite sites from the list here for reference. Communication Nation : Dave Gray's Blog.

[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course

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The big question: predictions for 2010

Clive on Learning

The Big Question for January in the Learning Circuits Blog is, rather predictably, what are your predictions for 2010? I’m happy to participate in the sure knowledge that nearly all so-called expert predictions in practically any field prove to be miles off the mark. only one will matter and that is surviving the downturn. The recent ASTD study certainly bears this out. This has been the case.

Project Management for Trainers: Key Concepts and Learning

ID Reflections

I have just finished reading the book, Project Management for Trainers by Lou Russell. At the outset, let me admit that this is a somewhat unusual book for me to read. I am more into books about learning and performance, training, design, creative thinking, innovation and management, writing, and the like. Project Management jumped out at me in a font size 10 times larger.

Portfolio: Intranet Walkthrough Course

eLearning Brothers

The company did a total redo of their intranet site and wanted to introduce it to their employees. It’s designed to give a short general overview and then let them choose parts to explore. View the course.

Technology and learning: From cooooool to implementation

Bottom-Line Performance

The past few weeks have given us several exciting technology announcements and rumors, most notably the new android phone from Google and the Apple iTablet/Slate.  It’s easy to be excited by tools like these as well as augmented reality and other technologies. We just assume that we’ll be able to use it somehow, and that we’ll figure it out once we have it! Try stuff out.

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Experiencing E-Learning » Daily Bookmarks 01/15/2010

Experiencing eLearning

Open for Learning: The CMS and the Open Learning Network | in education. Paper arguing that CMSs make online learning less effective. The authors propose an Open Learning Network as an alternative, a cross between the traditional CMS

Cat and My Room: Influences that Shaped Me.

ID Reflections

“All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point—a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,” wrote Virginia Woolf. room of one’s own develops the mind, body and spirit. Here are the influences that shaped me, made me into the person I am today, taught me about life and fortitude. This used to be my grandparents’ bedroom. Did the hair fall just so?

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Portfolio: Web Product Ordering Course

eLearning Brothers

This quick course is a guided tour (also a marketing piece) that shows how to order supplies from the customer’s portal. It begins with a brief company introduction and then tours the product portal. View the course.

The Age of DIY

Bottom-Line Performance

Due to budget restrictions many people are tackling projects on their own, including everything from home improvement, car repairs, landscaping, and yes, even corporate learning.  DIY DIY in corporate learning is a growing trend and from what I’m hearing, it’s gaining momentum. Where’s Eric Stromer when you need him? DIY should be taken on with a grain of caution. Eric Stromer is the host on HGTV’s Over Your Head – he rescues overwhelmed homeowners on their DIY projects. Do you think DIY in learning is a good thing? could envision endless content dumps, limited structure, and confused learners. 

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2010 Predictions - Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

January's Big Question at the Learning Circuits blog asks for our 2010 predictions. So, here we go; m-Learning continues to grow. think the growing popularity of social media apps on mobile devices will assist with a growth of social learning (I consider social/informal learning on mobile devices m-learning too). Micro-courses for mobile devices will become more prevalent too. Google Wave will be released as a much less cumbersome application than the current beta version, but will struggle with adoption by general public. and what is best blended. Perhaps an e-reader mode.

Is eLearning As Credible As Classroom Training?

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. recently came across a discussion on LinkedIn that debated whether classroom (instructor-led) training is more credible than eLearning. After comparing the effectiveness of the two methods in a variety of studies, many researchers have concluded that they can be equally effective and that the instructional strategies drive effectiveness, not the medium. As training professionals, we have the knowledge to make informed decisions about whether to use classroom training, eLearning, or another approach to meet an instructional need. Classroom training is more familiar.

Picking the Right LMS Logo and Design

eLearning Brothers

We all know that branding is important. I’ve discussed the importance of branding our online courses before however I didn’t mentioned tying that into the branding/logo of the LMS. good LMS name/logo can really help learners and the company culture adopt online learning. I’ve seen things from plays on university/college terms to words that describe action/learning/performance.

Witness to the power of 2.0 tools

Bottom-Line Performance

This is not your normal business post…only an observation of my personal experience with the power of 2.0 tools. Like many of you I have been glued to CNN watching the coverage of the devastation in Haiti. While I have a personal interest in the story, as I wait for word from a friend leading a mission trip in Haiti (sidenote: same location of my own mission trip in 3 weeks), I have been moved by the stories coming out of that country and how they’ve been delivered. Many of the first stories and accounts of the devastation came via Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and other 2.0 tools.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

A Podcast for Training Magazine

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Here is a summary of the podcas t I recently did with Training magazine Senior Writer Margery Weinstein about a better way to learn. Margery Weinstein: When you say "interactivity in training," what are you referring to? VJ: Learners are better engaged when their trainer establishes a two-way dialog. Monolog, as we know, is boring. This is true regardless of the learning modality – be it classroom instruction or e-learning. By “interactivity” I mean an artifact (such as a piece of software) that allows for a two-way dialog that is non-trivial. VJ: That’s a great question. Why does this happen?

Live and Online Tour Dates for "Learning in 3D"

Kapp Notes

While the online blog book tour for Learning in 3D is going extremely well, it is important to note that the authors can be seen live and on the web talking about virtual immersive environments for learning as well. Here are a few of the "appearances" over the next few weeks.(January January 19th is a big day) January 19, 2009 Tony O'Driscoll will be headlining the LIFE SCIENCES 2010: The Global Collaboration Imperative sponsored by ProtonMedia and Microsoft. This is an invitation only event but you can get an invite by mentioning you saw the post on here on Kapp Notes.

Portfolio: Flash Cabinet Website

eLearning Brothers

We recently had the privilege of partnering with M2Results , a brand-based marketing design group, to develop this stellar website. They came to us to assist them with brainstorming the sites functionality as well as developing the Flash content. It was an exciting opportunity and the site has been a great success. View the site. Multimedia Portfolio course Flash

Who's making all this money?

Clive on Learning

I may be living too sheltered a life, but I simply can’t fathom out how the estimates of the e-learning market are as big as they are. Let’s take Ambient Insight’s impressively titled The US market for self-paced elearning products and services: 2009-2014 forecast and analysis , issued in October 2009. According to this report, the US market for self-paced e-learning products and services (which presumably excludes anything collaborative) reached $16.7 billion in 2009. Yes, that’s right, $16.7 billion. Sadly, I had to make do with the executive overview.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

Social media – big in 2010 for L&D…or not

From the Coleface

At this time of year, there’s loads of commentators talking about emerging trends in L&D in 2010. Chances are that you’ve read a few that say that social media will be the big thing, and in particular the use of on-line communities to share learning. Whilst I’m happy to be proved wrong, it sounds to me like yet another cycle of hype and disappointment waiting to happen. So I’ll be happy to watch this one from the side lines, but before I do so, let me explain my reasoning. Take a moment to think about what motivates people to use social media in their personal lives.

Instructional Designers with Degrees: Jan 2010 Updated Survey Results

Learning Visions

It's January 14, 2010 and in the two plus years since I've posted this survey, 385 people have responded. The question was "Instructional Designers: do you have an advanced degree in ID?" I make no claims for the scientific validity of my research, but I think there are some interesting results. 61.8% of respondents do not have an advanced degree 58% of respondents work in corporate ID (Any correlation there?) I think this one tells an interesting story ("How long have you been working as an Instructional Designer?": Where do all the IDs go over time? We're a diverse bunch.

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Moodle Journal - Untitled Article

Moodle Journal

Are you trying to Twitter with students, I like to, but network filtering has started to become more than a problem of late. So how about a microblogging system that has been designed specifically for teachers and students? If you have not seen it yet, then take a look at Edmodo. In essence similar to Twitter, but with some functionality to support classroom activities. If you sign up as a Teacher, then you can create groups that students can join, then messages, files, links, and even assignments can be sent to the whole group. Students on the other hand can belong to multiple groups.

Learning in 3D Blog Book Store Starts Today

Kapp Notes

Today is the beginning of a 30+ stop blog book tour. Below are the tour dates and "stop" locations. During the Blog Book tour, I will be not be posting on Kapp Notes, instead, I will be posting on the blogs which are listed below. although I will have some posts about live appearances and such.) The tour will last into February and promises to be a lot of fun. During the tour, the participating blogs will post interviews, stories, reactions, insights, related stories and even reviews of Learning in 3D. Enjoy all the postings and you can even read the some of the book for yourself. Check it out.

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