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Prototyping in eLearning

Upside Learning

Over the years, you have probably noticed that the typically linear eLearning development process has undergone some changes. One change that I’ve noticed are that customers are realizing that we aren’t just creating courseware or writing content and interactions, we are also developing software. In other words, it is about the end-user experience.

A new methaphor for e-Learning

Challenge to Learn

I’m convinced that we have to find a new metaphor for e-Learning in order to bring e-Learning to the next level. The old book-metaphor with chapters and pages is well suited for linear courses, but it doesn’t work for more flexible individual approaches of e-Learning. made it my and easygenerators goal for this year to find and implement a new metaphor in such a way that it is as easy to use as the book metaphor, while offering the learner much more flexibility in finding her way through the course. In this post I will share some of them with you. Flipboard. Galaxy. Learning maps.

MANAGERS AND MAD HATTERS: WORK THAT STRETCHES

Performance Learning Productivity

This is the third and final of three posts adapted from articles I’ve written for Inside Learning Technologies & Skills magazine. It was published and distributed in the magazine for the Learning Technologies Conference and Exhibition in London 25-26 January 2012. It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,” says the White Queen to Alice. In the previous two

Infographic: The Staggering Cost of a Bad Hire

Mindflash

Your company is growing rapidly, and you’re desperately looking to fill in the gaps as quickly as possbile. However, putting the wrong people in those positions could ultimately end up costing even more. Thanks to a survey published by Careerbuilder.com we learn just how much bad hires cost companie, and what you can do to avoid them. Click image to enlarge).

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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.

How to Create a Learning Journal to Go with Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

In an earlier post we looked at how to combine elearning with an on-the-job mentoring program. received a lot of questions about the learning journal. So in today’s post we’ll look at the basic structure of the learning journal and how you could use something like it to complement your elearning courses. The Value of a Learning Journal. Guides the learner’s progress. It also ensures consistency.

Evolving Training Into the Perfect Hole

Living in Learning

Deployment gets you to the end-of-training celebration party and the three-bite shrimp, the balloons, the creepy clowns, and the face painting. frightfully high percentage of system knowledge packed into the heads and hearts of learners evaporates [unreinforced knowledge retention loss] almost before all the confetti is swept up from the gala celebration. Now our learners are in their downstream, post-training environment called the work context. Now they are outside of the scope and charter of most training organizations. Now they are most dangerous.

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TechKnowledge 2012 Presentation Resources

Kapp Notes

Here are my slides from the TechKnowledge 2012 presentation “What Research Tells us about 3D Avatars, Storytelling and Serious games for Learning and Changing Behavior” plus videos and other links that go into more detail based on the topics I discussed. Kapp's ASTD TechKnowledge 2012 Presentation. View more presentations from Karl Kapp. Here is a video explaining how the video game America’s Army taught Paxton Galvanek enough medical skills to save a life. Here is a video talking about Zombies, Run! Here is some content and references. 1. 2006). 2005). 2009). 12, 1–25.

Does Mobile + Social + Games = Learning? Help us find out

Bottom-Line Performance

Yes, we’re all hearing the buzz. The holy grail of learning is shifting to games/gamification, mobile, and social. Within my team at BLP, we actually are already believers of the value that blending these three things together can have on a learning experience… but we want proof, not just gut feelings about this. Part 1 coincides with the Superbowl. Our game begins Monday, January 30th.

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How to Combat Cognitive Overload with Connie Malamed #ASTDTK12

Learning Visions

My live notes from session at ASTDTK12 with @elearningcoach. Long term memory is like a server farm. We can hold 4-5 bits of info in working memory (this is based on newer researcher – the old info was 7 +/- 2 bits…) Rather than concentrate on pushing facts on our learners, we should concentrate on what they have to DO. Give them small bits of info. Long term memory – as far as we know, it’s infinite. It stores info in schemas. We form schemas in working memory. We then bring them into long-term memory. Working memory is very vulnerable to overload.= automate schemas to free w.m.

Will tablets diverge?

Clark Quinn

After my post trying to characterize the differences between tablets and mobile, Amit Garg similarly  posted that tablets are different. He concludes that “a conscious decision should be made when designing tablet learning (t-learning) solutions”, and goes further to suggest that converting elearning or mlearning directly may not make the most sense.  I agree. As I’ve suggested, I think the tablet’s not the same as a mobile phone. Tablets are for more sustained interactions, in general. So I think that tablets like the iPad will be great elearning platforms.

Tom Kuhlmann and the E-Learning Heroes Roadshow Comes to Portland

OpenSesame

Big news! OpenSesame is thrilled to welcome Tom Kuhlmann and the E-Learning Heroes Roadshow to Portland on Thursday, April 5. . Learn from the master and you too can be an elearning hero! Tom focuses on bringing out the design genius in every elearning developer, with tips on leveraging basic resources to create excellent elearning content. Right Creating eLearning Courses

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.

Digital Learning Content: A Designer's Guide

Clive on Learning

This week sees the release of my new book, Digital Learning Content: A Designer's Guide. The book is for anyone with an interest in helping others to learn. You may be a teacher, trainer, lecturer or coach. You may be a subject expert with knowledge you want to share or an experienced practitioner who wants to pass on their tips. You may already be a creator of learning content, looking to update their skills. Whatever your interest, this guide will help you to design learning materials that really make a difference.

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Stuart Crabb of Facebook #ASTDTK12

Learning Visions

My live notes from the general session at ASTD TK12 on Thursday. Humans have been collaborating since the dawn of time. Facebook didn’t invent that, just created a great tool. What does it mean to be social? It’s not new. Cave drawings from 32,000 BC – telling a story, sharing with those around them). We’ve been doing social networking for millions of years. (He’s using Facebook timeline to tell the story). Middle ages the Guttenberg Press – huge advance in mass communication. Mass distribution of thoughts and ideas. YOU are the censor of your own social graph. Who is Facebook?

Adobe Captivate: A Font Frenzy

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    I received the following from fellow Captivate developer  Johan Van Eeden. It seems Johan ran into some nasty font issues on his computer that totally derailed Captivate. He found a solution and shares it below. Hi Kevin, I recently sent you some information about a Captivate problem that I experienced:  Soon after the green Captivate splash screen appears, the program freezes.    The problem of Captivate hanging up on start-up is, according to the Adobe forums, one that is encountered quite a bit with versions 4, 5, and 5.5."

Introducing UpsideLMS V5.0 – Best Value LMS With Stunning GUI

Upside Learning

The release of the new UpsideLMS version – 5.0, is generating a lot of excitement at Upside Learning. The Marketing team has been on their toes, getting the collaterals and other launch activities ready; the Sales team is now itching to show it off to prospects after laying their eyes on the new version. Here is what you will find in the v5.0 of UpsideLMS. The User Experience. The Features.

Interview With a Lead Developer: Paul Middlin

Visual Lounge

Who are you, and what do you do? Paul Middlin, Lead Developer on Camtasia:mac. How did you find out about TechSmith? Mike Malinak had found the company in 2002, while we were in grad school. Said it was a fantastic place. There were about 40 people here at the time. At first I took his ravings with a grain of salt, but when Tony Lambert was equally impressed, I sought out an interview! Dev Corner

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.

Learning with people, not technology

Jay Cross

This morning I revisited the delightful story of how people learn to do their jobs at New Seasons Market , a chain of nine natural food stores in Portland, Oregon. New Seasons exemplifies taking a non-training alternative to workplace learning. That New Seasons is a people-oriented business echoes in their approach to learning. Face-to-face methods like mentoring might be best. Not on your life!

Sharing Failure

Clark Quinn

I’ve earlier talked about the importance of failure in learning, and now it’s revealed that Apple’s leadership development program plays that up in a big way. There are risks in sharing, and rewards. And ways to do it better and worse. In an article  in Macrumors (obviously, an Apple info site), they detail part of Adam Lashinsky’s new Inside Apple  book that reports on Apple executive development program. However, you don’t want to celebrate failure, but you do want to tolerate it. What can you do? I’ve heard a great solution.

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Case Study: Engaging Learners in the Synchronous Distance Environment by Kim Bahr and Irene Boland

Learning Solutions Magazine

To accomplish more with fewer resources, many organizations are turning from costly traditional face-to-face (F2F) training to alternate methods, such as self-paced eLearning and distance learning. Here is a summary of the techniques used recently to convert a four-day F2F course to a synchronous distance format, highlighting design considerations, successes, and best practices.

Shining At #26 On The Top 100 Highest Ranking Websites In Learning Technology List

Upside Learning

One of the prime forces that drove us to release a new version of the website (back in 2010) was enabling visitors make the most of their time spent on our website. And as such, our website has reflected information that is accurate and to the point. Little did we know that one day these efforts will put us on the chart of the best websites! To our team – Cheers! View the entire list.

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!

iBooks Author: Any relevance for learning in the workplace?

Clive on Learning

As I've just returned from a week walking in the sunshine of Almeria, I'm probably the last to comment on Apple's announcement of it's publishing platform for multimedia text books on the iPad. If you missed it, see iBook Author here. Let's be absolutely clear, there is nothing whatsoever new about the idea of interactive multimedia books. As Managing Director of Publishing for Epic, back in the 1990s, I was involved in quite a few CD-ROM projects that mirrored quite closely was is envisioned for the iPad. So who benefits? Well, Apple of course, because they take 30% off the top of every sale.

Two Examples of how Brands are still not Joining the Social Media Conversation

mLearning Revolution

A couple of years ago, whenever someone did a presentation on Social Media, most likely the last slide in the presentation would read ‘Join the Conversation.”. I did a few and I had a slide like that at the end, encouraging people to join Twitter for example in order to learn what customers were saying about their Brand or documentation or eLearning courses. Not all of them as I have found.

Course Companion for Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate

Are you achieving your course objectives? Do you know if the course is being well received? Do you know how your learners are progressing? Do you know if your learners are learning from the course? Now Course Companion for Adobe® Captivate® will easily provide you with answers to these questions and many more. Adobe Captivate team [.]. Whats new Learner Analytics Learner Engagement

At The Water Cooler of Learning

Marcia Conner

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. The only way to attract, improve, and retain those assets is to offer learning.

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.

Top Five Budget Breakers in eLearning Course Development

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

I recentntly spoke at a webinar on “ Interactive Courses on a Shoestring Budget ”. This webinar, conducted on Novermber 11, 2011 in three different time zones, was attended by hundreds of instructional designers and e-learning producers worldwide. One topic discussed during the webinar was the top five e-learning budget breakers. It generated a lot of interest and discussion. Just like a balanced diet is crucial to our well-being, likewise a good budget plan is pivotal to any eLearning course. One usually selects a combination of free and paid tools to create courses within budgets.

Confused or Strong Beliefs?

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Much of my work is in helping organizations prepare for increasingly creative and complex work because this is where the business value is, whether in offering differentiated services in a competitive market or in advancing scientific R&D. Complex, as defined by Cynefyn is a state in which the relationship between cause and effect can only be perceived in retrospect, but not in advance.

Border crossings

Learning with e's

As ever, the Learning without Frontiers conference and festival was a rallying point for those who are at the forefront of innovation in education. Hosting the two major events in tandem for the first time was an experiment that was simultaneously exhilarating and frustrating. Indeed there were signs that things are changing, slowly but surely. Unported License.

Learner Experience Design with Julie Dirksen #ASTDTK12

Learning Visions

My live blogged notes from Julie Dirksen’s Friday session. Julie wrote the book: Design for How People Learn. www.useablelearning.com Learner experience design: overlap between user experience design (uxd) and instructional design User experience design – how Amazon makes sure that customers can buy a book. – as long as someone can get to the end of the process, it’s a success. With Instructional design – we have a higher standard – it’s not just about getting to the end of the process – it’s about creating behavior change. Making the user interface invisible to the learner. Context matters.

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.

“I can’t teach at Stanford again”

George Siemens

Open online courses really mess things up. The force educators/funders/learners to question the value point of traditional education. Over the past four years, many different open online courses have been offered – some through formal universities (U of Manitoba – Stephen Downes and I, BYU – David Wiley, U of Regina – Alec Couros, Stanford – Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, U of Illinois -Ray Schroeder). There is substance to massive open online courses (MOOCs) that goes well beyond the current buzz and hype. ”

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Part 3 of Interview with Virtual Worlds 3D Pioneer Randy Hinrichs

Kapp Notes

Here is part three of my interview with Randy Hinrich. It was a great interview and invaluable insights. Here is part one of the interview: part one of the interview here. Here is part two. Here is a link to his fascinating book about 3D virtual worlds that you should really check out. Kapp: What do you see as the obstacles to widespread adoption of virtual worlds for learning? They have been around for almost a decade in terms of 3D graphical virtual worlds but still, the overall adoption rate seems low. How can that be changed? That requires a lot of manipulation. Can you hear me now?

Do you need to be managed?

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet These days it’s more productive to think of organizations as  organisms. Managers become stewards of the living. Their role is to energize people, empower teams, foster continuous improvement, develop competence, leverage collective knowledge, coach workers, encourage collaboration, remove barriers to progress, and get rid of obsolete practices. Living systems thrive on  values  that go far beyond the machine era’s dogged pursuit of efficiency through control. Living systems are networks. Do we really need managers? Flipping management. View more presentations from Harold Jarche.

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Book Review: Design for How People Learn, by Julie Dirksen by Clark N. Quinn

Learning Solutions Magazine

Julie Dirksen has just published an excellent guide to better learning design. Here are the details. Her book is recommended for beginning designers, and for subject matter experts who have found themselves drafted into creating eLearning. Asynchronous Blended Design Strategies Instructional Design Synchronous

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.

Time is speeding up

Jay Cross

The metronome that measures the pace of human progress ticks ever faster. More happens in one of your seconds at work than in one of your grandfather’s hours. You can feel it, can’t you? People and organizations around the globe are linking into a single vast network. Every new connection creates more value than it gives up. Membership is snowballing. Interconnections form like topsy.

Creating iPad apps using Rapid eLearning authoring tools

Adobe Captivate

This video from Dustin has been gaining in popularity across our FB and Linked-in forums. I’m posting it here for the benefit of our blog readers. Dustin shows not just how to use the HTML5 converter, but also how to convert this into an iPad app and test it using Adobe PhoneGap. Now to see [.]. How do I. Rapid eLearning HTML5 Contest ipad apps Rapid Authoring rapid elearning

Positive deviance and the IPD

Learning with e's

We all know that organisations and institutions impose barriers to innovation. The larger they are, the more rules they tend to generate. This is because by nature large organisations are conservative and there is a perceived need to protect the status quo and maintain order. But this isn't always good news for creativity and innovation. think he's right. Unported License.

The Business Case for Talent Management: Steve Ballmer Agrees

Learning on the Leading Edge

Talent management makes money. If you are trying to build a business case for a corporate talent management program, here is some astounding data: Of the 700+ organizations we studied in 2010 and 2011 , only 7% told us that they have a "strategic talent management" program. " This data was collected through a variety of surveys and interviews. Now the big news. This pays off.

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.

ReviewLink: Online Review Tool for Lectora

Integrated Learnings

by Joseph Suarez. An important step in eLearning course development is getting feedback and approval from key stakeholders such as subject matter experts and other team members. Sometimes however, just getting a copy of a course to those stakeholders can be a challenge. Perhaps you have experienced one or more of the following: Emailed a course that bounced back due to a file size limit. Lost a USB drive distributing courses by hand. Had to explain how to unzip a folder or find and open “index.html”. Been asked to print out of a course loaded with Flash animations and interactivity.

Training: Best Practices for Creating eLearning Courses using Adobe Presenter

Adobe Captivate

Topic: Best Practices for Creating eLearning Courses using Adobe Presenter Date and time: Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh and Vish to learn how to rapidly create an eLearning course from within Microsoft PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter. In this training session, they will share some best [.]. Adobe Presenter Rapid Authoring Rapid eLearning Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5 adobe presenter Best practices rapid elearning