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LMS: Build Vs Buy – A Decision Paradigm

Upside Learning

Many times I come across this typical dilemma my clients face and deliberate upon – should they try to custom build an LMS or buy an off-the-shelf LMS and customize it? In my experience, I have seen two distinct beliefs that drive clients’ decision making process with respect to the “build v/s buy” decision. Does off-the-shelf LMS match your business requirements? How much?

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Lowering the Size of Published SWFs

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. often hear from Captivate developers who are required to output smaller and smaller SWFs, while making their lessons more and more interactive. Fortunately, adding interactivity to a lesson does not negatively impact the size of the published SWF. Rather, imported assets such as audio, video and images are the main culprits behind SWF bloat. We offer Beginner and Advanced classes.

Koulopoulos Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

The afternoon keynote at DevLearn was an energizing and insightful visitation of innovation and the future by Thom Koulopolous. social strategy

Ethan Edwards: 5 Most Important Analysis Questions You’ll Ever Ask #devlearn

Learning Visions

My live blogged notes with session with Ethan Edwards of Allen Interactions (www.alleninteractions.com). Same issues we’re dealing with in elearning today that we were dealing with 30 years ago. Better elearning, better processes! ADDIE…we’ve heard of it, is it iterative? Regardless of what you do – you need analysis/backgrounding. Often it’s skipped altogether. many authoring systems don’t support design – they provide formatting options. Or it’s perceived that analysis is already done by SMEs. SMES view analysis as a content dump and not a dialog. These are failures. We shouldn’t accept them.

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.

Over-engineered for information transfer, under-engineered for learning

Clive on Learning

I've seen some really good examples of self-study e-learning in the past few weeks. First when I sat in for a day judging for The E-Learning Awards and second during the Demo Fest at DevLearn 2011 here in Las Vegas. These were programmes that delivered on the promise. They tackled a topic that for which e-learning was an appropriate solution and they didn't compromise in making sure that there was a successful learning outcome for the learner. This should not be the case, at least not on such a widespread scale. After all, we've been doing this for at least 30 years now under various guises.

PowerPoint 2010: Creating a Spinning Animation

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. Have you ever tried to use PowerPoint to create a spinning animation (such as the ticking hands of a clock)? If so, you may have gotten frustrated and quit because the most logical animation to use--the spin animation--spins objects from their center axes. To illustrate, let's say you made a clock, and it looks like the example below. Copy the graphic ([ Ctrl ] [ C ]).

Michio Kaku Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

Michio Kaku keynoted the DevLearn keynote today. With his signature phrase,”in the future…”, he covered new techs and made tentative connections to learning. technology

Trickle Down Education: Taking Graduate Level Work to Sixth Graders

Kapp Notes

Yesterday, I spent the entire day with 6th graders. It was wonderful. As a student in my class, Anthony had to go through an exercise where, as part of a mock company, he had to research an elearning solution and, as part of a team, write a response to the elearning RFP and then present with his group the recommendations contained in their proposal to Bloomsburg’s Corporate Advisory Council.

Anatomy of an Outstanding Résumé

Mindflash

You’re well educated and you have great experience in the workplace, but landing a job is proving far more difficult than you imagined. Perhaps it’s time to step up to the plate and hit your résumé out of the park. Recruiters may sift through hundreds of résumés to fill one role and are looking for the ones that immediately catch their eye. Click image to enlarge).

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Custom QR Code generator #QRCode

Dont Waste Your Time

I found this custom QR Code generator today and it is excellent! I’ve seen a few of these highly modified codes before (see this post on the Mashable website for examples) but haven’t been able to get my limited Fireworks and Photoshop skills round to getting one for myself yet. Until today. So, how easy was this … very! Have you got your own custom QR Code?

Sage at the Side

Clark Quinn

A number of years ago, I wrote an article  (PDF) talking about how we might go beyond our current ‘apart’ learning experiences. The notion is what I call ‘layered learning’, where we don’t send you away from your life to go attend a learning event, but instead layer it around the events in  your life. Your performance would improve. Let’s go further. Reckon?

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.

Rick Raymer: Applying Game Design Principles to elearning #devlearn

Learning Visions

My live blogged notes from Rick Raymer’s (@trickylearning) session at DevLearn November 2, 2011 in Las Vegas. arrived a bit late…my apologies! Rewards need to evoke emotion. wanting + liking = rewarding Rick heard Medina speak at Learning Solutions – where in our brains do we learn? Got him wondering, do wanting and liking occur in two separate places in the brain? Turns out they do live in separate places, which could help explain addiction. Wanting and liking are NOT the same thing. Branching off the central hub like spokes are the topics/levels of the program. Reward effort.

The eLearning Bible- Part II- eLearning by Design by William Horton

Web Courseworks

I just got my copy of Bill Horton’s second edition of E-learning by Design.  Really, there is so much new material in this book that the publisher should have given it a new title.  Disclaimer: Bill and I are friends.   However, as he will attest to, I enjoy being  intellectually critical of his work. A [.]. eLearning Bill Horton book review books design elearning instructional design Jon Aleckson

Storyline and ZebraZapps: seriously powerful, seriously simple

Clive on Learning

Here at DevLearn 2011 in Las Vegas I've got authoring tools on my mind. Because I have been able to take a look at two new tools today, which I'm sure are going to have a major impact. The have one thing in common and lots of differences. First up is Storyline from Articulate. What I saw was still in beta and with no definite launch date, but it looked in good shape to me and so it's probably only a few months away. The Articulate Studio has been incredibly popular and some developers have achieved impressive results. Storyline addresses this shortcoming with remarkable success. That's a shame.

10 Types Of Writing For eLearning

The eLearning Coach

How many types of writing can one instructional designer master? At least 10! Post from: The eLearning Coach 10 Types Of Writing For eLearning. eLearning Design Storyboarding

Here’s Why Slide Count is Irrelevant to Your E-Learning Course

Rapid eLearning

I get a lot of questions about number of slides or screen count per hour of instruction. My answer is that screen count is usually irrelevant. Let me explain. First, to the elearner screen count means nothing. For example, I can make ten points on a single screen or have ten screens, each with a single point. The time it takes to get through each point may be the same. Ask the Right Question.

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.

Steve Rosenbaum – Curation Nation - #devlearn keynote

Learning Visions

These are my live notes from DevLearn November 4, 2011 in Las Vegas. Steve Rosenbaum (@magnify) author of Curation Nation ( www.magnify.net , [link] ) The world is changing fast. Curation is a good news/bad news thing. The cloud – sounds so fluffy and nice. It’s being presented as an awesome, good thing. But clouds are often gray and scary – storm clouds! Look at what we’re trying to managing in our personal lives – it’s similar with our data lives! 30% of respondents to a survey check their email in the middle of night. The is too much signal. There is too much noise. This is a big change.

How Much Does Informal Learning Actually Cost?

Social Learning

Current research indicates that 20% of  learning is formal and 80% is informal, yet 80% of training budgets are spent on formal learning and only 20% on informal learning. He says that even if all the numbers were correct, what the organization spends is more important than what the learning department spends.  repot coming out of an ASTD research project supported by the U. S.

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20th Century flops?

Learning with e's

I have just recorded an interview for my local TV station Westcountry Television. The interview was requested because there has been public outcry about one school in Cornwall called Mounts Bay Academy (very close to where I live here in Devon) that has recently purchased an iPad for each of its 900 students. Here is the story as reported by BBC News. It's to be expected of course. She is right.

Teach on the Beach

Kapp Notes

Here are my slides and relevant resources from my Boca Raton FL for the wonderful people at Grace Hill. Had a great time. Walked on the beach in the morning and presented Gadgets, Games and Gizmos right before lunch. Hope you find these resources helpful. Here the slides from my presentation: Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning: Teach on the Beach. View more presentations from Karl Kapp. Worlds.

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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!

It’s the network …

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet I presented on Managing in a Networked World at DevLearn 2011 today in Las Vegas. How do you manage a workforce that is both nomadic and collaborative? In a 24/7 always-on- and-interconnected world, do we need to rethink the industrial-workplace social contract that’s based on hours worked and being on-the-job ? Nurturing Creativity is now a management responsibility.

In Tough Times There’s Increased Commitment To Workplace Learning

Upside Learning

I stumbled on the ASTD State of The Industry Report 2011 yesterday – find it here. The title proudly claims “Increased Commitment to Workplace Learning” and that is indeed heartening to see. Not just because it means constant business for us but also because it means the top bosses recognize the importance of workplace learning more that they did a couple of decades back. percent in 2009 to 12.8

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Connected educators

Learning with e's

Are you a connected educator? Are you a teacher who has managed to harness the power of social media to connect with peers and experts around the globe? Coming hand in hand with these connections is a whole new culture of learning and teaching. Steven Anderson (@web20classroom) has a lot to say about the connected educator. Nicholas Provenzano (@thenerdyteacher on Twitter) was a major contributor.

Michio Kaku #devlearn opening keynote

Learning Visions

These are my live notes from today’s devlearn keynote. Forgive typos and omissions! Michio Kaku: author of Physics of the Future. link] (co-founder of string theory, a physicist) Today – a guided tour on the future of the elearning process. An authoritative look into the future (he says, while making making jokes about our abilities to predict the future). Education hasn’t changed much in 2000 years. Automation has reduced everything in price – except education. Moore’s Law – computers double in power every 18 months. In 2020, computer chips will cost a penny. The computer will disappear.

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.

TechSmith Meet-up in Sweden.

Visual Lounge

I landed in Stockholm, Sweden today! My luggage, however, did not. It decided to stay in Amsterdam for a little side trip. To combat jet lag, I decided to take a walk around the city rather than sit at my hotel. waiting for my luggage. only had my lighter coat with me as I had packed my bulkier coat in my luggage. It was a little chilly, but I wasn't going to let that stop my adventure!

Extended Enterprise Systems – Halloween Edition

eLearning 24-7

Truth be told, nowadays there are a lot of LMSs out there that are pitching themselves as an “extended enterprise” Perhaps they sell in the retail space or channel partners, but when you really drill down, what you see isn’t truly what you want to get. It reminds me of those horror movies you go and see. You hear about how scary they are and how you will be scream in fear. You sit down, nervously excited. Popcorn in hand, drink in another. The film starts – you tremble. Your heart pounds. . Cut to the end. Next Gen, I call them. Creepy House. We all had one. Bottom Line.

Do it yourself education

Learning with e's

Reading Edupunks, Edupreneurs and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education by Anya Kamenetz has been fascinating. It's a book that has been recommended to me several times over, so it was long overdue that I laid my hands on a copy. But we all know you don't judge a book by its cover. Anya Kamenetz is no edupunk, and doesn't pretend to be. and she does earn her living as a writer).

Reporting & Analysis of Mobile Learning: Is It Worth It? by Skip Marshall

Learning Solutions Magazine

Is the effort required to create and deliver mobile learning worth it? Many training organizations and educational institutions can’t answer that question today, but it is increasingly important that we do so. Here are some ideas to help you get started on reporting and analyzing your mobile content.

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.

Dev Corner - Installing Hubot on Heroku

Visual Lounge

Here at TechSmith, lots of our teams like to use Campfire to collaborate. We've built a few homegrown bots for things like announcing check ins and daily Dilbert comics, but we never took it to the level that GitHub did. When they released Hubot, we jumped at the chance to start using it ourselves. The easiest way to get up and running with Hubot is with Heroku , the cloud application platform.

SharePoint in Office 365: the Good, the Bad, the Brilliant and the Ugly

SharePoint and Assessment

What is Office 365 SharePoint Online like when you use it for real? And what potential application does it have for helping in learning? My company has been using Office 365 in anger for a month or so now, here is a review of the SharePoint component from a general business user perspective with a bias to using it for learning. Do things work well (the “Good” ), how much of a problem are the documented weaknesses (the “Bad” ), what makes a real difference (the “Brilliant” ) and what is unexpected (the “Ugly” )? The Good. Set up lists to track things. Search. Security. The Bad. The Brilliant.

By: Meghan Erickson

Enspire Learning

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AppFusion: Deploying the Social Graph by Terrence Wing

Learning Solutions Magazine

As a concept, the Social Graph has been around for several years. Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are built on the idea. But are you able to use it to drive your work? This month’s column gives you some direction about how you can do this. Future Trends Getting Started Learning 2.0 Social Media

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.

DevLearn 2011 Takeaways & Reflection

Jay Cross

Harold, Jane, Charles, Clark, and I led a session this morning that recapped people’s DevLearn experience. We used a minute of silence to clear our heads of the noise of overstimulation. Then we focused on how what we’d learned in the last few days would change our behavior. People enthusiastically shared what they planned to do differently. It’s a key component of learning.

Third Industrial Revolution – Review

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet The future should be networked writes Jeremy Rifkin in The Third Industrial Revolution. He sees the next industrial age, one bridging industrialism to continental collaboration as the most feasible post-carbon future. This era of networked energy will be based on 5 pillars, all essential for a successful transition: shift to renewable energy. shift buildings to become local power plants.

Employee Engagement: What to Make of Survey Findings

The Peformance Improvement

In reference to a recent Gallup survey of employee engagement that shows that 71% of employees are not engaged in their work, Wally Bock, in his Three Star Leadership Blog , offers these provocative observations: After a full decade of high-priced experts and "engagement partners" laboring away, engagement scores have not changed significantly. Maybe it's time to send the consultants packing and see if we can find a better use for the money we've been paying them…Perhaps we can do better with homebrew methods of improving engagement. That’s magical thinking.

Nuts and Bolts: Required Reading by Jane Bozarth

Learning Solutions Magazine

Even though it’s a digital world for readers of this e-zine, most of us still enjoy good old analog professional conferences and the opportunity to speak face-to-face with our colleagues and heroes. And even more – the secret love of many of us is browsing physical books in the conference bookstores! Jane suggests some great tomes to browse and add to your resources.

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.

If I was to change my Avatar … ? #avatar #edchat #poll

Dont Waste Your Time

I’ve met a few people recently both locally in Bournemouth and at Conferences around the country and it’s been really great to put faces to names and avatars. But no one knows what I look like when we’re looking for each other in coffee shops or crowded conference rooms. So, while I like my avatar it might be time I re-think my online ‘presence’ and not hide (?) behind an avatar any longer. What do you think? As I have some trusted friends and acquaintances on various Social Networks I thought I’d put a few suggestions out there and see what you think.

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Key social learning resources: Part 9 #sociallearning

Jane Hart

A nice selection of posts about social learning and social media for learning this week. 1 – In the first article this week, How the web has powered the Web for 20 years, WebWorkerDaily plots the role of Web technologies in business, summarising as follows: “The net result of all the technological developments outlined above has been to change the very fabric of how we work.

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