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Dont Waste Your Time

Credit to Joachim Stroh on Google+ for this graphic, in honour of the post by Euan Semple called “ Dumbing down and victimhood “: Euan’s original post states: “I have to confess I get frustrated when people complain about technology dumbing us down. Related posts: The Growth of Distance Learning #eLearning. eLearning Learning. The Future of Learning in a Networked Society.

End of a personal era at the Institute of Tropical Medicine

Ignatia Webs

Today is my last day at the Institute of Tropical Medicine. After a wonderfully inspiring six years, I am clearing out my office and preparing myself to set sail for a new professional horizon. Happy endings, and wishing you all inspiring new beginnings in 2013! education ITM future

Integrate Raptivity with Adobe Captivate


We have earlier showcased in one of our blogs how Raptivity integrates best with the various versions of Adobe Captivate under various scenarios. This blog will shell light on the step by step process of integration with the help a [.]. Authoring Tool Videos adobe captivate authoring tools integration of raptivity Jigsaw puzzle video clip

Research for Practitioners: How to Improve Knowledge Retention by Julie Dirksen

Learning Solutions Magazine

In academic approaches to teaching and learning that focus on knowledge rather than skill, the activities often involve traditional studying that involves repetition of the content. There are other methods that may also support learning. Do you know which one works best? One study attempted to find an answer to that question. Design Strategies Getting Started Measurement Training Strategies

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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.

An Organisational Perspective to Managing Change in Learning: Part 2

Connect Thinking

Last month I wrote a big picture perspective on managing change when introducing technology (e-learning) into a learning strategy (see Part 1 ). Today is the second of 5 posts on this topic. will share some things to think about from an organisational perspective – covering Corporates, Not-For-Profit organisations and Training Providers. We’ll look at it from three perspectives: 1.

Social Media Revolution 2013: the video

Jane Hart

I’ve just noticed that Erik Qualman updated his video on the Social Media Revolution in November 2012. This one is number 4 in the series – for 2013. YouTube

Recapping a Smashing 2012!


Alhamdulillah, 2012 was an exciting year with many inspiring learning adventures and memories ! For those of you who missed some of them, or are new to ZaidLearn, here is a compilation of the learning adventures and ideas explored in 2012. The compilation is organized into themes, rather than just a bunch of links archived according to chronological order. Facebook for Learning and Teaching?

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A Look at Learning’s Future

CLO Magazine

A slow but steady economic recovery is driving optimism toward learning investments. Firm spending on learning and development has been volatile since 2008, declining and recovering in reaction to the global financial crisis and its abatement. But in 2012, the economic recovery combined with a rebound in learning spending appeared to drive learning investments. Measurement also remains a challenge.

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The Turn

Aaron Silvers

“Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge” The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn” The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking.

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eFront 3.6.12 just released


What better time for new toys if not Christmas! Today we would like to announce a new version of eFront. This maintenance update includes important speed optimizations, full text-search for documents for our enterprise clients, a module to bootstrap modules production, a new sleek modern theme, dozens upon dozens of minor bug fixes, and several tweaks to make your favorite tool even more enjoyable!

Free E-Learning Podcast 30: Tips for Producing Video for Organisational Learning

e-Learning Academy

Podcast 30 is the second of a series of three videos exploring the role of video in organisational learning. In this video we explore video design for four kinds of video – conceptual, procedural, expertise and recordings. Why not down this free training resource from iTunes. Or read the transcript. Or watch the entire free e-learning [.].

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.

Managing to Outcomes in Nonprofit Sector

The Peformance Improvement

This is the traditional time to reflect on trends observed during the past year. One major trend I have observed is performance management of nonprofit organizations. Actually, this is an accelerating trend that got its impetus from Peter Drucker decades ago. Nonprofits are becoming more and more focused on what McKinsey & Company calls “managing to outcomes”.  . million people.”).

The Turn

Aaron Silvers

“Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge” The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn” The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking.

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Custom Newspaper Headlines for your Learning Resources

Dont Waste Your Time

Get a nice little image like this for your eLearning resources, made up of your own content from this website: Here’s one I made earlier from the introduction to my recent “ What is a Learning Technologist (part 8) ” post. How would you use this? Self-Service Custom Infographics (@visually) in education.

Announcing Learning Cafe UnConference 2013

Learning Cafe

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Learning Café UnConference – a gathering of experienced learning and development professionals who will collaborate and discuss  trends in Learning and Development. This is a unique event open to a limited number of experienced learning & development professionals  to maintain the quality and intimacy of discussions. Date : Thursday, 21 Feb 2013. Sydney.

Social Media in 2012: Month by Month

Jane Hart

This infographic takes a look at what happened in social media in 2012, from The SEO Company. The State of Social Media 2012 by The SEO Company. Social learning

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.

2012?s Top articles on Working Smarter

Jay Cross

Working Smarter Daily points to ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more. These disciplines add up to what I call “working smarter.” Here’s how.

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Gear Up for Mobile Learning


Mobile is everywhere. We all know this intuitively as we walk down the street or at the mall or at the airport, and observe people looking down at their mobile devices. Mobile stats are staggering. For example, there are six billion (87% of the world’s population) mobile subscribers, 300,000 apps developed over the past three years, and 1.2 billion people access the web using their mobiles.

2013 is the Year of the WordPress LMS


Merry Christmas! hope that everyone is having a relaxing time with their friends and family this holiday.  I am resting myself, but couldn’t keep my thoughts away from the LearnDash WordPress LMS plugin for very long – so here I am! (I need to type rather quietly though as I have a few people taking a nap around me). The 2013 calendar is going to be the year of WordPress LMS.

I'm dreaming of a White laptop.

Learning with e's

Me with Keith in 2009. or any colour really. It doesn't matter that much, as long as it does the job. My old laptop Keith (named after a Rolling Stone - he's very old and has seen better days, falling to pieces, but is still just about functioning), is just about to pop his clogs I fear. You see, Keith is almost 8 years old. In computer years that is way beyond geriatric. Cheeky beggars. Keith

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!

Participant Analysis: Matching Your Audience in E-Learning


One of the topics we have spent quite a bit of time talking about around here is participants. Namely, learning how to keep your focus on your participants and create initiatives that clearly meet their needs.  This sounds gr eat !  There’s only one problem. How do you do it? Tough questions for sure, but I think I may have an answer. Ever heard of a participant analysis ? So give it a try. 

2012: That was the year that was

Jane Hart

In the first of two reviews of 2012, here are the 10 most popular posts on my own blog this year – based on viewing stats, tweets and FB likes. Shown in order of popularity, with the most popular first. 1 -  The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 list is revealed. That was one of the findings of  a survey I ran in April 2012 on how people learn best in the workplace. Articles

Why Should Managers Teach?

Designed for Learning

I recently read an article in CLO titled, "Those who manage teach." It is a powerful statement and I completely agree with it. I have always believed that managers are the first line of teachers. Also, whether you know it or don't - whether you want to or not, every manager is a teacher.  While many managers focus on the project goals: time and cost, some managers do something more - they also. good trainer teaching training good managers

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Happy Holidays! A Gift from TechSmith

Visual Lounge

This month, we encourage you to get festive with lots of free, holiday inspired extras made to help you spice up your captures and recordings! For our Snagit users. Check out the snazzy Holiday stamp sets  we’ve created for you this month! In the Holidays set we have included Christmas and Hannukah, along with snowflakes and a tree waiting to be decorated. After Snagit stamps.

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.

Virtual Meetings for Free!


Ever wish you had the same tools that large corporations utilize for virtual meetings? Your wait has ended thanks to Zoom.Us. This startup company whose principals herald from both Webex and CISCO allow up to 15 people to use their virtual meeting tool at no charge. I've thoroughly tested the service, and am most impressed. It even allows one to include iOS devices in your meeting! Web/Tech


Can You Show the Value of Your Training?


You designed and developed a training program that meets a business need. You delivered it, and since then, you have been gathering and analyzing data. Now comes the moment of truth: Can you show that your training delivered organizational value

Happy Holidays!

Jane Hart

Happy Holidays / Happy Christmas. to all my readers. from Jane. Social learning

Blogs I follow religiously

Jay Cross

Adaptive Path. Andy McAfee. Charles Jennings. Clark Quinn. Dan Pontefract. Dave Gray. Dave Snowden. David Gurteen. David Weinberger. Dawn of Learning. Dion Hinchcliffe. Doc Searls. Donald Clark Plan B. Eide Neurolearning. Ellen Wagner. Euen Semple. George Siemens. Harold Jarche. Internet Time Alliance. Irving Wladawsky-Berger. Jane Hart. Jay Cross. Jerry Michalski. John Hagel. Jon Husband.

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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.

Exploiting The Link Between Employee Development & Customer Engagement

Performance Learning Productivity

This  post is adapted from a commentary written for the Spark Interactive / ClerkWell 2012 Digital Customer Experience Report – an annual industry report that focuses on customer engagement and how businesses are using digital means to build closer relationships and interact with their consumers. You can download the report from the Spark Interactive website. It contains excellent data and

Toolkit: The Tumultuous Year in Review by Joe Ganci

Learning Solutions Magazine

What happened this year? Historians will see 2012 as the tipping point for eLearning tools. Joe reviews the past 366 days (goodbye, leap year) and the highlights in the world of design and development software. Design & Development Tools Design Strategies Development Strategies Emerging Topics

Tuition Assistance’s ‘Fiscal Cliff’

CLO Magazine

If the U.S. economy heads off the so-called fiscal cliff, how will tuition assistance programs be affected? As the U.S. economy stands at the brink of a “fiscal cliff” — a combination of tax increases and spending cuts by the federal government set to take effect Jan.1 unless a deal is worked out before then — the way corporate tuition assistance programs are taxed also hangs in the balance. If the Budget Control Act of 2011 is allowed to go into effect Jan. 1, tuition reimbursement money may become taxable. Why should learning leaders be concerned?

10 most popular posts of 2012

Jay Cross

Google Analytics tells me these are 2012′s greatest hits on Dan Pink’s new book. Dan Pink has written another best seller. The book won’t be released until December 31 but is already in its third printing.) The The U.S. Government reports that one worker in eight is a sales person. Dan disagrees. Learning by Doing. The Coherent Organization. Puzzler. Mortimer Adler. Woody Allen.

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.

PKM workshop 2013

Learning and Working on the Web

A number of people have requested that I run another Personal Knowledge Management workshop, so the next online PKM workshop is now scheduled for 21 Jan – 15 Feb 2013 through the Social Learning Centre. This will be the last workshop in the current format. In the Spring I will look at what has been learned to date and redesign the resources and activities.


Jumping on the bandwagon. My alternative predictions for 2013

Tayloring it

As the end of another year approaches it’s time for the blogging fraternity to turn to the tried and tested ‘ Top ‘this that and the other’ of 2012 ” and ‘ My predictions for 2013 ” blog posts. Far from me to turn down the opportunity to poke a little fun, here are my 2013 predictions / absolute cast iron guarantees…. 2013 will be the year of mobile. Again.

Study: 2013 U.S. Job Forecast Better, But Still Cautious

CLO Magazine

While the number of employers who are adding headcount is trending up from 2012, so is the number planning to reduce staffs, according to a new study. Chicago — Dec. 27 Next year is expected to usher in more jobs, but U.S. employers will continue to play it safe, according to CareerBuilder's annual hiring forecast. Twenty-six percent of hiring managers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in 2013, up three percentage points over 2012. The study also points to heightened competition for high skill labor and improved compensation trends. Source: CareerBuilder

MOOC on complexity

Jay Cross

I just signed up for Santa Fe Institute’s free, 11-week MOOC on Introduction to Complexity. Join me. Just Jay

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.

10 Tips For a Freelancer’s Guide to Budgeting


Posted in FREELANCE I’m a freelancer. Not to be confused with a freeloader. quit my corporate job after 15 years – on purpose. I now run my own business out of my home. The thing with running your own business in the world of freelancing is a having a solid budget that involves concentration and a consistent [.]. FREELANCE budget

Learning Resolutions: Addressing the Freelancer's Dilemma


My resolutions for 2012 are all linked to the tension a freelancer always has – the tension between billable work and non-billable skills development, research, and changing (successful) behaviour patterns. It can be summed up by the phrase: “I want to find more ways to…” Right Learning Resolutions