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eLearning: How to Incorporate Gamification Elements

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  If you happened to catch my earlier article on the  gamification of learning , then you know that I have been dubious about its effectiveness. To be clear, it's not the premise of having fun in learning that I feel we should be wary of. It's the tendency to turn everything into a competition based more on winning than on learning. guess you could say I don't mind using a few tricks from gamers; it's the actual games that have me worried. Stories, Yes. Bullets, No! One option is to think like a video game developer. Make your learning contextual.

The future of MOOCs

E-Learning Provocateur

MOOCs get a bad rap. Dismissed as prescriptive, or teacher-centric, or unsocial, or something else, it’s like a badge of honour to espouse why you dislike MOOCs. Despite their pedagogical flaws, however, MOOCs provide unprecedented access to quality content for millions of learners. Consider the teenager in central Australia whose school has only one teacher. Ka ching! Dental, anyone?

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How Khan Academy Nike Training Club and SparkPeople Motivate Users Behavior

Tony Karrer

I mentioned in my post Online Systems for Behavior Change that I'm working on a very interesting project that is designed to lead to some important changes in behavior that has already had dramatic impacts. But we want to do even better and so we are studying some parallel offerings and what they are doing relative to promoting specific behavior in their systems. for motivating user action?

Introducing: mLearning Design Training [6-hr Workshop with RJ Jacquez]

mLearning Revolution

After delivering my 6Hr Mobile Learning Workshop for companies for a few months, today I’m opening it up for Learning Professionals. Why Register for this Training? This workshop is a result of months of  research  on mobile; mobile app design testing for  best practices ; countless hours of  consulting  and lots of learning about  design  from trial and error. Touch Targets guidelines.

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.

2 Critical Factors Of LMS Switching

Upside Learning

Have you ever thought as to why LMS switching is a highly conscious decision? will tell you why. It’s not only because it calls for heavy investments and cumbersome processes pertaining to LMS selection and implementation, but it also brings along a factor of ‘change’ that affects the learners in the process, significantly. Options Research. Selection. Migration. Implementation.

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The future of MOOCs

E-Learning Provocateur

MOOCs get a bad rap. Dismissed as prescriptive, or teacher-centric, or unsocial, or something else, it’s like a badge of honour to espouse why you dislike MOOCs. Despite their pedagogical flaws, however, MOOCs provide unprecedented access to quality content for millions of learners. Consider the teenager in central Australia whose school has only one teacher. Ka ching! Dental, anyone?

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Shifting from Trainer to Community Manager

Bottom-Line Performance

Profit margins are razor thin and the business landscape is more competitive than ever. Past inefficiencies that were once tolerable at work are now unsustainable. As businesses, we must adapt or contract. But where does this leave the learning and development department? The training paradigm has not changed too much in the last 100 years, has it? The same paradigm shift is happening in learning.

Twitter for Teachers … a great video introduction

Dont Waste Your Time

I know I tweeted this out earlier this week but it’s so good I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget it, so here it is again: YouTube: To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Produced in a great puppet-master way it’s engaging and informative, and really good if you want to demonstrate to someone the benefits of Twitter for academic purposes: research, student engagement, etc.

What L&D Professionals Should Know About Tin Can API

Upside Learning

Ever since I first heard about the Tin Can API, I launched a full-fledged quest to learn and understand as much as I could about this development which was hailed by many in the elearning fraternity as a game-changer. That’s primarily because it has the potential to change the paradigms of workplace learning by tracking and recording learner data outside the traditional elearning environment.

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Camtasia Studio 8: Reset Application Preferences

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    I'm hard at work on my newest Camtasia Studio book (for version 8,  which was recently released by TechSmith ). As with all of my books, there will be hundreds of screen captures. In Camtasia, I played around with some of the program's available settings (such as Font, Font Size, Color, etc) but I didn't want to keep any of those changes.

Mobile #Moodle ready for beta release: feedback welcomed

Ignatia Webs

It has been more than 2 years since the Moodle4iPhone project [link]. Unfortunately it was not ready to be officially released, but after additional work from Beto, Carlos and Ludo, the official release will be rolled out in the following weeks. Two themes will be released, 1 for mobile devices and the second one for tablets. Than one week of tweaking based on the feedback received and. release!

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.

Insights: E-learning design is changing

Clive on Learning

This post continues my commentary to the Learning Insights 2012 Report produced by Kineo for e.learning age magazine. The fifth of ten 'insights' is that ‘E-learning design is changing'. For at least ten years I have been trying to broaden the use of the term 'e-learning' to include any use of technology to assist the process of learning, whether that's synchronous or asynchronous, interactive or linear, collaborative or self-study. have now just about given up on this. I'm beginning to accept this narrow definition and use the term 'learning technologies' for the broader perspective. insight

Performance Support: Hiding in Plain Sight in Life, but Not So Much in the Training World

Ontuitive

I went into Starbucks this morning. It was packed, yet all the drink orders came out correct; a really low error rate. On each cup is a simple checklist job aid, completed when the order is made that tells the barista how to make the drink. Performance support. I had always been confounded when completing my tax retun. But now, Turbo Tax hides the complexity and, after asking me a variety of simple questions, a miracle (at least to me) happens: my tax return comes out of my printer without me having to know anything about the pretzel logic of the tax code. Performance support again

Adobe Captivate: Adding Assets Doesn't Have to Be a Drag

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    When it comes time to add assets such as images, animation or audio to your Captivate project, it's no secret that you can accomplish the task by choosing  Insert  and then selecting  Image  or  Animation. To insert audio, visit the  Audio  menu. Perhaps you need to import 100 audio clips. You can learn more here.

Tin Can: learner #analytics for the next #research frontier

Ignatia Webs

What if you are looking for an easy, accessible learner analytics that does not only map access and timings, but actually allows trainers and teachers to take a more in-depth look into the actual learning? THAT is what I am looking for. Looking at Tin Can will reveal a bit of the future of learner tracking and open opportunities for future educational research. version, so near public release).

Insights: Experiential learning is an important part of the architecture

Clive on Learning

This post continues my commentary to the Learning Insights 2012 Report produced by Kineo for e.learning age magazine. The sixth of ten 'insights' is that ‘Experiential learning is an important part of the architecture'. As learning and development professionals we are most alert to those opportunities which will help employees to ‘learn to’ carry out some task or fulfil some responsibility. We want to get ahead of the game, to equip employees with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the requirements of current and future job roles. Because, if something goes well, we want to repeat it.

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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.

Get yourself trained by Experts for Live Online Training

Raptivity

Every content creator’s goal is to engage their audience with the most compelling and edutaining content. Developing live and online training has its own pre-requisites. If you are unsure of where to start and discouraged with typical web platform interaction [.].

Adobe Captivate 6: Best Practices for Creating Compliant eLearning

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    Several years ago I was in Canada teaching Captivate for a large Toronto-based company. We were just getting ready to cover the accessible features found in Captivate when I was informed that I could skip the section because Canadians were not required to create accessible content. I was surprised that the Canadian government had not addressed the issue of compliance (compliance is often a requirement in the United States), but I skipped the section as requested. If you work in the United States, or create eLearning content for a U.S. Slide accessibility text.

Free course on Learning Design #MOOC #oldsmooc

Ignatia Webs

Open Learning Design Studio , a free and open course on learning design (how learning can be designed, how a curriculum can be build.)! That is something I cannot resist. Admittedly, the organizers are still getting all the locations and spaces ready, but there is a lot to be seen already. Starting on 10 January 2013 (and lasts for 9 weeks, clocking off on 13 March 2013) a set of UK based learning institutes are rolling out a MOOC on learning design. Although the course is free, you do need to register. and I can just relax and learn, not having to worry about anything else.

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Making a difference

Learning with e's

Many times I've heard it said that there is no evidence that technology improves learning. This is a vacuous claim, based on ignorance of the research literature, and possibly borne out of a fear or dislike of technology in general. My usual retort to such a claim is that children with special educational needs are a classic example of technology improving learning. Unported License.

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!

20 Things To Remember About Forgetting

The eLearning Coach

Remembering and forgetting are crucial aspects of learning. Some things to remember inside. Post from: The eLearning Coach 20 Things To Remember About Forgetting. Cognition

Are Your E-Learning Courses Going to Land You in Jail?

Rapid eLearning

Whenever I do a post on clip art , I get bombarded with emails and comments about copyrights and whether or not they can use these assets in their elearning courses. It makes sense, no one wants to violate any laws or steal someone’s intellectual property. So let’s take a look at some options. What Does the Microsoft Services Agreement Say? As you can see below in section 8.1: What do you think?

Professional Learning: The SCOPE Approach and Plan

Jane Hart

Professional Learning is often seen as something that takes place outside the workplace. However, if professional learning is encouraged and supported by an organization, it can benefit immensely from the continuous learning of its employees. I recommend the SCOPE approach to Professional Learning planning. SCOPE SCOPE stands for. Self-regulated :  The individual is in the driving seat.

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Authentic learning

Learning with e's

In his 1970 book Deschooling Society, the radical philosopher Ivan Illich wrote: 'Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting. Most people learn best by being "with it," yet school makes them identify their personal, cognitive growth with elaborate planning and manipulation.' This is a real challenge to many schools.

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.

Competition: Love elearning & writing about it? You can win an iPad!

eFront

We would like to invite you to participate in our eLearning competition for best blog post! The competition will take place from November 26th to Dec 17th and during that period we will accept blog entries on the following topics: Informal learning in the workplace. Social learning in the workplace. Tablet learning. Performance support. How LMS’ save money and increase revenue.

OpenSesame Now Offers More Than 5,000 Courses for iPad & iPhone

OpenSesame

We are  proud to announce that OpenSesame now offers more than 5,000 courses that work on iPad, iPhone and other iOS devices. Workers in today’s knowledge economy need access to training content that works on their favorite mobile tools - especially on best-selling iPads. Right Press Releases

A one access point for all books and music? YEAH

Ignatia Webs

Hans De Zwart got me onto this site and. what a great resource for avid readers and listeners! admit I need to finalize my thesis, but I just could not resist taking a break to peruse through the content shared by the Internet Archive. learn every day and. will do for ever no doubt. The Internet Archive gathers all types of content, and allows people to add it as well. Such fun! And now.

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10 characteristics of authentic learning

Learning with e's

I argued yesterday that authentic learning is a vital part of education in the 21st Century. The need to create learning opportunities that are grounded in reality, and form a concrete basis for real world transferable knowledge and skills has never been more important. We also need authentic assessment for learning. But exactly what is their success or failure? But it can be nurtured early. 2002).

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.

Coherence in complexity

Learning and Working on the Web

Many of our older business models are not working any more. Anecdote reports that John Kotter,  leadership guru , is accepting that methods like his 8-step process for leading change may not be effective in the face of complexity. The network of strategic accelerators complements the formal systems; it does not replace them. Complexity, driven by global networked communications, is the main factor.

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My Favorite e-Learning Infographics

Sudden Insight

Summary: Christopher Pappas posted links to 10 Awesome Infographics About e-Learning. looked at all ten and here are the three I liked best. The first infographic below discusses the principles of adult learning. Of course, this isn’t all that could be said about the topic, but the information Nicole gives here is generally consistent with the empirical evidence. Guess who wins?

Writing & Grammar: More and More Confusing Words

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby    Several respondents called these word-choice challenges fun, so let's do this one more time. Your challenge this week, once again, is to choose the right word or phrase: I wish someone had  appraised/apprised  me of the situation with the angry client. thought the books had  already/all ready  been shipped. When I left on Friday, the books were  already/all ready  to go. When I got back to work on Wednesday, I found out the shipment had been held so we could send the books and the other items  altogether/all together.

Parabolic learning

Learning with e's

Reflection and Amplification Now that I have some time, I can sit down and reflect on an extraordinary two hour session with my BA Education Studies students this morning. They are only a small group of a dozen students, but over the last few months, my elearning module group has created a very large amount of content, including blogs, wiki pages and videos. Unported License.

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.

The Role of the Collaboration Advisor

Jane Hart

In my previous post, Emerging new roles for learning and performance professionals , I identified some of the new roles appearing in the workplace. Today I want to look at the role of the Collaboration Advisor. So who will help them? But there is an opportunity for learning professionals to get involved and help out in this new area of work, if they so desire. You can find out more here.

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Book Review: Mastering Adobe Captivate 6 by Damien Bruyndonckx

Adobe Captivate

A few days back, I started reading Damien’s Mastering Adobe Captivate 6 book. would say that it’s a great resource for people who wish to learn and master Adobe Captivate 6. It’s a comprehensive guide to help you create your eLearning course from start to end, and covers everything from pre-production to publishing stage. [.]. How do I.

Is it Time for a Change? The Environment Model by Neil Lasher

Learning Solutions Magazine

Is the handwriting on the wall for eLearning? The design, development, and delivery of content intended to facilitate learning have undergone many changes. Perhaps it is time to change the way we are doing things. If you believe that eLearning is not providing sufficient value for anything other than “tick box compliance,” read this for a different direction that you may want to consider.

A collection of VLE or learning ‘bad’ practices, pt.1 – Comments welcome

Dont Waste Your Time

What are your pet-peeves about how your VLE is used – are you the culprit or is this what you see others do? Is it the technology at fault or how we / you / ‘they’ use it? Come on, let’s have your examples of the things you’ve seen in your VLE that leave you in despair. Please leave your examples as comments below … we’ll see what we get.

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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.

The right information is not enough

Learning and Working on the Web

There is quite a bit of research on the significant value of making the right information available to the right person at the right time – and quite a bit of research shows clearly that Enterprise Search has a direct impact on the success of organizations. This calls for integration into a single platform that continuously evolves as the workplace changes. SocialLearning Technology

New Workflow App for Captivate

Adobe Captivate

Hey Captivate Developers , Have you ever wondered. 1. How to bring in beautiful HTML animations created using various tools inside a Captivate course? 2.How to publish your courses as Native Apps to various devices and platforms like Android and iOS ? I am sure some of you would have tried either one of the above and have [.].

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