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This Dummy is No Dummy

Kapp Notes

When most training and education developers think of simulations, they think of online simulations or if you talk to an airline pilot she might mention a flight simulator. Sounds like they need some practice. Enter medical mannequins also known as patient simulators. These gadgets are the medical equivalent of flight simulators. One such medical mannequin is named iStan.

Will at Work Learning: FREE Research Report on Feedback

Will at Work Learning

call me crazy, but i think it's important to invest in the research base for our field. i've spent a good chunk of the last year reviewing research from the world's preeminent refereed journals in regard to how to give learners feedback

Online collaboration

Jay Cross

Digital Natives of Today are Digital Immigrants of Tomorrow!

Designed for Learning

This month's question from Learning Circuits is around Learning design differences for Digital Natives. My basics are clear - good design works for all. The basic principles of learning were the same before the digital divide and they still work now - we learn when we 'do' - when we make mistakes. Doing' is important to any learning that has happened in my life and in yours. And they did.

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.

Are we nearing entrance to The Matrix?

Kapp Notes

The ideas and concepts of the widely popular movie The Matrix are closer than many people think. An article at indicates that in many ways and with many technologies we are getting closer and closer to entering The Matrix.a world where computer generated images are indistinguishable from physical objects and computers interact with humans as if they were.human.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Making Six Sigma Training Fun

Learning Visions

So Many Ducks OK. Maybe it's not possible to make Six Sigma eLearning fun. But I've tried. And to be honest, it wasn't quite Six Sigma, but close. This manufacturing process training course was originally delivered as a four hour plus

Internet Time Blog » Interesting sites

Jay Cross

the sextet shares a few non-learning sites that may interest you. jon husband's wirearchy blog provides an alternate point of view on corporations, technology and organizational development. jon's focus is on the “social architecture

Telemedicine: courses and information on a new initiative

Ignatia Webs

In the near future ITM will be involved in a cooperation with the soon-to-be-build English RAFT. At this moment RAFT is a French forum focusing on Telemedicine and courses build to access in low resource settings. RAFT has weekly medical courses open to all, with a real gift for medicine. They have been providing free medical courses from as early as 2003.

You ask for some online games.I give you the FBI.

Kapp Notes

Ok, so one of my favorite quotes in Die Hard is when Hans and Theo are trying to get into the vault and Theo is not sure how they are going to get past a certain lock and then, the FBI agents (Johnson and Johnson)cut the power circuits thus opening the vault and Hans says "The circuits which cannnot be cut locally are cut automatically in response to a terrorist attack.

Is PowerPoint Evil? (Part 3)


Part 1 - Teaching Habits That Inspire You Out of Learning? Part 2 - I Have Bragging Rights, Because I Am.? ZaidLearn's PowerPoint Links "It's the way people depend on all those bells and whistles that come with the software to try to shore up a weak presentation." - Chris Oakes (1998) ".To PowerPoint is a competent slide manager and projector. suppose PowerPoint is evil! Wait a minute!

Experiencing E-Learning » Daily Bookmarks 05/09/2008

Experiencing eLearning

will at work learning: free research report on feedback. 21 points from research on feedback summarized, plus a downloadable free report with all the details. feedback is generally good for learners and should tell them the right

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.

share your thoughts on these three topics with other eLearning professionals

Ignatia Webs

The SCoPE seminar on social media benefits for researchers is going smoothly with lots of input from different eLearning experts. So if you have any thoughts on: research should ALWAYS be OPEN to the public at every stage! Net-etiquette is crucial to make or break Web2.0! How would you subdivide social media apps with eLearning and/or research in mind? or any of the other topics. Feel free to join SCoPE (its free and a great eLearning community) and share your ideas

Online Presentation for ELearning! Magazine

Kapp Notes

Join me on Tuesday May 13, 2008 for an online presentation titled Increasing Learner performance Through Interactivity. The time is 10:00 AM PST which is 1:00 EST. The presentation description: Designing engaging interactive instruction can help learners increase knowledge and performance. Learn how to use instructional strategies to develop interactive exercises and activities that support on-the-job performance. Review five key design strategies that encourage interactivity. See examples of interactive exercises and explore the possibilities of adding similar activities to your instruction.

Is PowerPoint Evil? (Part 3)


Part 1 - Teaching Habits That Inspire You Out of Learning? Part 2 - I Have Bragging Rights, Because I Am.? ZaidLearn's PowerPoint Links "It's the way people depend on all those bells and whistles that come with the software to try to shore up a weak presentation." - Chris Oakes (1998) ".To PowerPoint is a competent slide manager and projector. suppose PowerPoint is evil! Wait a minute!

Twitter Crowds

Learning and Technology

links SCoPE corrected in previous post

Ignatia Webs

The links in my previous post were broken (thank you Ullrich for bringing it to my attention), but now they are working. cheers

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.

I Report Bugs - Do You?

Tony Karrer

I received an email telling me that my blog was having problems (showing code all over the page). quickly checked and didn't see a problem and sent an email back. The response I received was: Your blog looks fine now. Sorry for wasting your time. What a misconception. The person had taken the time to report a possible bug on my site. In my mind they are doing me a huge favor. Most of the time I report bugs. And this extends beyond the online world. If I'm at a restaurant, I will try to tell the manager about an issue - most of the time not to fix it, just to make them aware. is this the norm?

Differing Expectations?

In the Middle of the Curve

OK - I am going to put on my flak jacket for this. wonder if the conversation about whether learning design should be different for the "Digital Natives" is a red herring. There's more research demonstrating that the standard training operating procedure (stand in front of classroom, babble, watch eyes glaze over) doesn't work. And, like Clark Quinn , I am beginning to doubt that the increasing need for more engaging and effective instruction is a result of cultural change (particularly in regards to the technologies available at the time).

Learnlets » Social Nutworking

Clark Quinn

It's not the well-meaning people who are nuts, it's the proliferation of ways in which to network; it's completely nuts! In recent weeks I've received invitations to join Pulse, FriendFeed, Naymz, Twitter, and now Diigo (and I'm

Ignatia Webs - Untitled Article

Ignatia Webs

In relation to the SCoPE seminar on social media in research I am currently facilitating , I have planned a live session. So let's get together and exchange ideas live on social media that is used in research, I have set up a session through WiZiQ. After an intro of about 20 minutes in which I will give a short overview of the big outlines on social media and how it is linked to research, the floor will be completely opened to discuss possible thoughts and questions you might have. These questions can be the basis of discussion threads during the ongoing seminar in SCoPE. Feel free to join

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!

Twitter Status

Tony Karrer

My twitter status just changed. Sue Waters - who I met through the posts: Reframing Conference Social Tool Participatio and Social Conference Tools - Expect Poor Results yesterday walked me through what she had done at a couple of conferences. See her page: mlearn2007 by others and mlearn2007 my notes. Along the way, she convinced me that Twitter was something that I should stop resisting. She did this by sending a tweet out that asked how Twitter helped people with their personal learning. She quickly got back: dmcordell @dswaters Hi, Sue. I'm the only LMS in a rural district. Great for PD.


Comments on the Facebook Adoption Curve

In the Middle of the Curve

I've been getting some amazing comments on Facebook. Too much food for thought!!!! For those (like me) who hate leaving our feed readers, I'll share: sleepycat said. For me (as a 35+ person), the generalness (for lack of a better term) of Facebook that really holds no appeal. blog and read blogs that appeal to me. I'm active in subject-focused social networks. That's enough. think you're right in that it does come down to priorities. learn from the blogs I choose to read and the networks in which I participate. Facebook has an overwhelming number of gadgets and widgets. christytucker said.

Making Six Sigma Training Fun

Learning Visions

follow up on ITC presentation about mobile projects and discussion

Ignatia Webs

In follow-up of a previous mail here is the multimedia result. Yesterday I delivered a presentation on three mobile projects through the online classroom tool WiZiQ. The presentation is now available as a recording through this WiZiQ-link. In order to view it you need to register for WiZiQ and afterwards link to the link I mentioned. The slides of this presentation have been uploaded to Slideshare: SlideShare"> | View | Upload your own. The WiZiQ-presentation became very lively once the introduction was given. The presentation takes a minute to really start going but I think it is worth a look.

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.

Experiencing E-Learning » Community Size & Connection Strength

Experiencing eLearning

britt watwood asked a thought-provoking question in a comment, and he graciously agreed to let me promote his comment to a post. question i think for all of us - which ties in with shirky's latest book - is at what point does a

Catching Up to Our Imagination

In the Middle of the Curve

In one sense, the emergence of a generation that grew up with the expectation that 'digital environments provide high degrees of sensorial satisfaction and intellectual stimulation' has smoothed the path: at last the demand, and consequently the market, is there for learning practitioners to create great content. If we look to examples like the popular Nintendo Wii Big Brain Academy I think we can see the first glimmerings how we can create learning content in the short-to medium term. still think we're a bit short on effective authoring tools to facilitate this. Finally(!), No one has it.

Not just the "Scary Times" Success Manual

Learn and Lead

Using Dave Ferguson’s three clicks out method I discovered I found ten strategies for transforming negativity and unpredictability into opportunities for growth, progress, and achievement that comes from Dan Sullivan's Strategic Coach. As I read through the ten strategies I wondered why these were only for the scary times like the recession. These are strategies that we should use even in the good times. found these useful and similar to some of the things I base my life on. 1. Forget about yourself, focus on others. Focus on helping others transform their negatives into positives.

How to compare CMS and wiki's clearly within seconds

Ignatia Webs

A quick note for all of you out there that are looking for the right CMS and/or wiki: CMSmatrix : lists CMS's and makes it possible to quickly have an overview of their strengths and weaknesses. Wikimatrix : lists wiki's and makes it possible to quickly have an overview of their strengths and weaknesses. really like this. This information (together with other info and a small framework) will be fit into a document/booklet I am working on. have been asked to make a short list of pointers for 'setting up an eLearning program in low resource areas'.

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.

Experiencing E-Learning » Daily Bookmarks 05/04/2008

Experiencing eLearning

impress your friends and co-workers: obscure firefox keyword search » cogdogblog. set up a keyword search in firefox for any site that has a search box. handy little trick, with directions and a useful example

Bowling Team Update: The Joys of Being Bad

In the Middle of the Curve

I've been trying to get some stuff out the door for some implementation projects - so lots of material, little processing bandwidth (Thanks Tom for pointing out I've been slack!). The season ended yesterday - and our motley crew of mediocre bowlers came in 1st place! One-Armed Joe (the best bowler in the league) said to me "You all are tough to beat!" Best compliment we've received all season. Because this is a handicap league and we are so streaky, if 2 of the 5 of us have a really good game and the rest of us don't completely blow it, we win. Joe and his crew have it much tougher.

EDEN on the Tagus

Learning with e's

This year's EDEN ( European Distance and Elearning Network ) conference looks like being a real blast. It will be in Lisbon, Portugal, in the middle of June. Last week, I was informed that my paper had been accepted (I will be talking about blogs, would you believe?) and so this week I booked my hotel. Today the message below was sent from EDEN to all delegates, and it looks very appetising.

join free online seminar on Social Media benefits for Researchers

Ignatia Webs

SCoPE has invited me to facilitate a seminar on Social Media - Benefits for Researchers for which I am very grateful. The seminar begins this Wednesday May 7 and runs up until May 18, 2008. If you have ideas on the topic, mail them or join! Short description : Social media provides opportunities to socialize, read, write, collaborate, aggregate, create, synthesize, track. How do we use social media for conducting research? What are our new research questions and strategies now that we have access to social media? This forum will open on Wednesday May 7, 2008.

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.

Daily Bookmarks 05/03/2008

Experiencing eLearning

Dave's Whiteboard » Blog Archive » Think and do? Dave Ferguson explains at the end of this post his “three links out&# idea. You read a post on one of your regular blogs, then click a link (1). From there, click another link (2). From that place, click a third link (3). This brings you outside your regular circle of reading so you’re explosed to new people and ideas. Seems like a good lifelong learning technique. tags: blog , conversation , connection , lifelonglearning. The Heart of Innovation: The Top 100 Lamest Excuses for Not Innovating. tags: change , orgculture.

From the Beginning to the End of the Curve

In the Middle of the Curve

A friend who I have not talked to in over 15 years contacted me through Facebook a couple of weeks ago. MZ is easily one of the smartest people I know. During freshman year at Virginia Tech, we were practically inseparable. Life got in the way, of course, and though we occasionally found ourselves in similar orbits, we hadn't communicated directly until now. Thankfully, his penchant for making me think to the point of paralysis has not changed in that time. Funny how slow our generation is about getting on facebook. I've been putting it off for years it seems like. We're talking 1988.

New partnership needed


I must admit, I thought my last few posts would have generated more of a reaction. They could have been interpreted as a vendetta against vendors. But they’re not. Software vendors have made a significant contribution to encouraging e-learning, by introducing learning and development professionals to useful applications of digital technology. But that doesn’t mean they should now be ignored.

How real is a training simulation?

The Learning Generalist

In my training career, one of the wishes I've seen a lot of professionals express is; "I want the training to be as close to reality as possible". While I appreciate the intent, its often important to understand that there are various reasons why a training environment should not model reality a 100%. Trying to mimic that environment with a group of inexperienced folks does NOT model reality.

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.


Learning with e's

The new free satellite service being offered across the UK probably won't cause any dramatic changes in pay-to-view TV in the coming months. But we could certainly see the demise of FreeView, which the new service could make completely redundant. So, no change there then. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Wdigets Conference 2008

Vignettes Learning

Stay tuned for the Widget Summit [link] Check some of the sessions and speakers. Although this may seem too geeky for the average trainer and learning officer, this illustrates how organizations continue to make our lives better with improved widgets in social networking, mobile learning, etc.