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Active and Passive Learning in Organizations

The Peformance Improvement

Many of the typical methods of learning in the workplace make the learner a passive recipient of knowledge and skills. Employees are asked to read, watch, or listen to information being dispensed. The method might be entertaining, interactive, and of their own choosing, but fundamentally these methods are passive for the learner. Self-directed study of external courses  (of their own choice).

How To Evaluate An LMS – Use Case Scenarios

Upside Learning

If you are looking to purchase an LMS for the first time – you have begun on the right path. If you are looking to switch to a different LMS, it is great that you are actively using an LMS. Your IT- enabled learning initiative has matured enough for you to understand the gap between what you actually need and what you are getting. So how does one go about evaluating an LMS? Well, yes!

Webinars are better, but not yet best

Allison Rossett

Tweet From my sunny office in San Diego, I checked into the happenings at CLO’s spring conference in Miami. I did this by tracking the twitter stream, #closym. One tweet grabbed my attention. researcher reported that the keyword, webinar, was searched more often than the keyword, elearning. Think about that. That was the problem we found then. Consider what you have seen or done recently.

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Organizing Content: PPT, Index Cards, Other Methods?

Experiencing eLearning

On one of my recent projects, I had a series of videos to intersperse throughout a course. I had an outline in the design document, but when I started actually developing it, I realized the structure wasn’t quite right. I was struggling a bit to figure out how to organize the pieces. The orange blocks are videos; the blue blocks are content pieces. Do you just reorder the text in Word?

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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.

Nominate Raptivity at the Ed-Tech Readers’ Choice Awards


Last couple of days left to support your favorite interactivity builder. By doing so, you would share your choice of interactive building tool with fellow eLearning professionals. You can support Raptivity software by just filling out the simple nomination form. [.].

Adobe Captivate 5/5.5: Join Objects in a Snap

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    If you've ever tried to draw a line between two objects (so you could join them to show a relationship between one object and the next), you'll appreciate Captivate's  Snap to Object  feature. In the image below, I've drawn two simple shapes on a Captivate slide. Next, I'd like to draw a diagonal line between the two boxes. 

Learning scenarios: the future of the learning organizations #lrnwscen

Challenge to Learn

At the online Educa in Berlin Willem Manders and Hans de Zwart facilitated a workshop on the future of learning organizations. They both work For Shell. Shell uses scenarios to investigate the future to assess its current strategy. We applied this method to investigate the future of learning and learning organizations. Then we determined two extremes per trend, with this result: How work is done?

Organizing Content: PPT, Index Cards, Other Methods?

Experiencing eLearning

On one of my recent projects, I had a series of videos to intersperse throughout a course. I had an outline in the design document, but when I started actually developing it, I realized the structure wasn’t quite right. I was struggling a bit to figure out how to organize the pieces. The orange blocks are videos; the blue blocks are content pieces. Do you just reorder the text in Word?

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Video Tip Series - Part four: Object Positioning

Visual Lounge

It can be difficult to set up a shot in the camera viewfinder. However, when successfully done it makes your video look more professional. This week's video is posted below and presents two tips that will help you position the item you are filming correctly. Not seeing the video? Subscribe to the blog for next week's tip video on Using Music. Jaclyn Nagel is a digital media intern at TechSmith.

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Writing & Grammar: One Word or Two?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby    I came across this error in a heartfelt book review: "It is a painful acceptance of the solitude and the loneliness of each and everyone of us." " The problem is that the writer needed two words rather than one: every one of us. The compound indefinite pronouns everyone, someone, and anyone sometimes need to be separated into two words. This usually occurs when a phrase  starting with the word  of  follows: Any one  of the rakes will do nicely for this light job. Give the following examples a careful reading.

Building the Next Generation of SCORM

Integrated Learnings

by Jonathan Shoaf. Last Thursday was the kick off of project Tin Can. While project Tin Can has been championed by Rustici software for years now, it is speeding up activity to produce a 1.0 version of the Tin Can API (planned for June of this year). This project is a first step towards the next generation of SCORM. As one of the most widely used versions of SCORM , the SCORM 1.2 specification is over 10 years old. There have been a lot of changes in internet technology over those years, as well as, many changes in how professional learning is administered and tracked. Actor, Verb, Object.


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.

The 3 Things ‘Draw Something’ Can Teach Us About Being Better Designers

Trina Rimmer

A friend of mine introduced me to ' Draw Something ' last month and I must admit - I'm addicted. I've always been a doodler but this app really ups the ante by challenging me to illustrate a wide array of concepts - everything from simple words like 'cow' to people like 'Lady Gaga' or 'Madonna' - so they can be guessed by a friend who's also drawing words for you. Animate vs. Illustrate. Probably.

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UL Acquires EduNeering from Kaplan

Kapp Notes

It looks like EduNeering, the leader in compliance-based learning has been acquired by UL, a global independent safety science company offering expertise across five key strategic businesses: Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, Knowledge Services and Verification Services. Looks like it is going to be a perfect fit. Keep your dial right here for more updates and any potential impact on Kapp Notes. Here is the press release. UL Broadens Regulatory and Compliance Solution for Life and Health Sciences Sector with Acquisition of EduNeering. NORTHBROOK, Ill. PRINCETON, NJ. ” Ms.

The problem with pre-work

Clive on Learning

Time and again, trainers tell me that they have trouble getting trainees to complete their 'pre-work'. For some this failure has become such an obstacle that it threatens the whole basis of blended learning, which will typically mix asynchronous activities (which these trainers would categorise as 'pre-work' and 'post-work') alongside the synchronous (whether bricks-and-mortar classroom or its virtual equivalent). So is the concept of pre-work doomed? Well, yes and no. Yes, because the biggest problem is calling it 'pre-work' in the first place. Proper training takes place in the classroom.

Beware the Lemming: The Most Destructive Trends in E-Learning


First off, let me ask you this.  Does anyone know what a lemming is?  Well, I’d be happy to enlighten you!  See a lemming is a small rodent type creature that has a tendency towards mass suicide.  It works like this.  So here’s the question.  How could lemmings possibly relate to E-Learning? . Simple.  The E-Learning community tends to have a very lemming like mentality. 

Beginning Instructional Authoring: Getting Good Scenario Content from SMEs by Patti Shank

Learning Solutions Magazine

Do you have trouble getting “the right content” from subject matter experts? This is a typical problem that many instructional designers have. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to fix. Here’s how! Design Strategies Development Strategies Getting Started Instructional Design Professional Development

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.

What Angry Birds Can Teach Us About Instructional Design


You’re probably familiar with Angry Birds, the massively popular iPhone game. What is it about this game that’s so addictive? And how can learning and development pros tap into that stickiness to get people this excited about training programs? Sound silly? It is. But don’t underestimate the magnitude of this game’s popularity. It’s simple and intuitive. Not so.

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Visual design: learning from the professionals

Clive on Learning

Clearly, you do not need to be a naturally gifted artist to perform effectively as a designer of learning experiences. Graphic design and instructional design are quite separate, but they are related. The way content is designed visually is going to make a big impact on how easy that content is to use, how clearly it communicates, how easily it engages, and how credible it comes across to the learner. These won't earn you a living as a graphic designer, but they will make your work stand out head and shoulders above your peers in the world of digital learning content. This book will do the job.

Webinars are better, but not yet best

Allison Rossett

From my sunny office in San Diego, I checked into the happenings at CLO’s spring conference in Miami. I did this by tracking the twitter stream, #closym. One tweet grabbed my attention. researcher reported that the keyword, webinar, was searched more often than the keyword, elearning. Think about that. People are seeking information about webinars more often than they are drawn to elearning. A few years ago, Colleen Cunningham, Antonia Chan and I examined the webinar phenomenon. The  article , published in CLO magazine, had this snarky title: What Stinks about Webinars. It They are fine.

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Here’s a Simple Screencasting Tip That Will Save Time & Frustration

Rapid eLearning

I get a lot of requests for software demos and quick tutorials. also do quite a few webinars. Because of this, I am always figuring out just the perfect screen resolution for my software applications. Another challenge is that most screencasts are recorded at a higher resolution than used in the elearning courses. And any time you scale a screencast down you’ll run into some image degradation.

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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!

Loose Hierarchies, Strong Networks

Learning and Working on the Web

When I wrote that the only knowledge that can be managed is our own , I wanted to highlight that command & control methods do not work well in this network era that is replacing the industrial/information era. While a certain amount of hierarchy may be necessary to get work done, networks naturally route around hierarchy. Real business value today is in complex and creative work. Tweet.

Community really is the curriculum

Learning with e's

I'm in Tallinn, one of the most beautiful of the old Hanseatic cities dotted along the Baltic coast. It is the capital of Estonia , a small country with a population of around 1.3 million, 400,000 of whom live in Tallinn. In Estonia, runs the publicity, free wifi access is a human right, and it certainly seems to be true. What a fitting place then, to hold an e-Learning Conference.

eLearning: A Bit of Inspiration

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  It's been a little while since I've hit you with a dose of unsolicited inspiration, so here you go. HTML5 Learner Integration. Fair warning: you may get this mediocre pop song stuck in your head. But pop song aside; check out this Jasmine Villegas's Internet Explorer-sponsored music video to show how using HTML5 can produce some really interesting viewer interaction. What if we incorporated this into our eLearning? Dispersed throughout could be content-relative games. Imagine how fun (and interactive) learning could be then. Also, link]. How's it work?

5 Strategies for Rapid eLearning Development - Strategy #4 Build Course Content Styles & Templates

Developer on Duty

Rapid ePlatform Learning (eLearning & mLearning) development is about efficiency. By my count, with laptops, tablets, and mobile devices, we connect through technology to our lives and businesses at least a dozen ways.  Therefore, when you add elearning and mobile learning to the mix, you are asking or demanding that your learners add more information to what they consume each day.

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.

How to Evaluate Instruction, Including eLearning by Stan Bunson

Learning Solutions Magazine

Evaluation should be an integral part of each activity of the instructional development process, although. designers often overlook it or leave it out. Evaluation is important because it is the most reliable tool for. continuous improvement in training system quality. Here is a guide to conducting and reporting a training. evaluation.

Preparing for the future of work with PKM

Learning and Working on the Web

Hugh Macleod, one of my favourite cartoonists and someone who really understands the networked economy, recently asked;  How Do You Best Prepare For The Creative Age? Image: Chris Jablonski at ZDNet identifies five trends driving the future of work  as we get virtual, online and global [I think he misses "local" though, especially as energy prices continue to increase]. Tweet.

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Interactions of the fourth kind

Learning with e's

Interaction. For many teachers, it has become the keystone of contemporary education. Many studies into the importance of interaction in education have been conducted. We all have different definitions of what interaction involves, but most of us agree - it's an important component of learning. According to theorist Michael G. Moore, there are three types of interaction. Willis, D.J. Moore, M. G.

Something all learning pro’s should do

E-Learning Provocateur

Learn a language. I don’t mean a programming language (although the theory probably still holds). mean a bone fide foreign language like French, German, Japanese or Mandarin. By going outside of your comfort zone, you stimulate your brain into new realms. But more importantly, you experience once again what it’s like to be a novice learner. Now YOU are the one on a steep learning curve.

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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.

Don’t attempt to convert e-Learning to m-Learning – they’re different.


Mobile Learning can expand your reach. Recently I participated in a LinkedIn discussion started by one of the Learning and Development Managers in my LinkedIn Group – The eLearning Guild. The question raised by the member was – “What are the key challenges in developing e-Learning content for mobile devices?” If you want to participate in the discussion, here is the way to go. Marketing Manager).

Massive Open Online Courses: Setting Up (StartToMOOC, Part 1) by Inge de Waard

Learning Solutions Magazine

Collaborative learning and the Cloud were made for each other! And a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) leverages both in the service of online learning. In this six-part series, you will learn how to organize and manage a MOOC, step by step. Start today with this article, and set up the core elements. Development Techniques Instructional Design Learning 2.0 Social Media

BETA Testers Needed for WordPress LMS


The Learning Management System for WordPress is well underway and will eventually need Beta testers.   This is an extremely important role for this project as the beta testers will shape the program to what it will become. So if you are interested in potentially being a beta tester in the future for WordPress LMS, sign up using the form below. Thanks! Justin. No-Spam Guarantee. wordpress lms

IMU-LS-07: e-Learning in Malaysian Institutions of Higher Learning: Lessons Learnt, Issues & Challenges (Prof. Amin)


After being bedazzled by 4 International Speakers in the previous 4 webinars, it is time to GO LOCAL ! Our 5th invited speaker is no other than Prof. Dr. Mohamed Amin , Deputy Director (e-Learning), Centre for Academic Development, UKM. If you want to know the latest trends on e-learning in higher education in Malaysia, who are you going to call, message or tweet? Speaker: Prof. resources.

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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.

Get it in glass

Learning with e's

What is the best way to merge web with world? Let me put it another way - how can I integrate my online experiences using social media platforms, with what I do out in the real world? For a while, Augmented Reality (AR) has been promised as the next big thing in enhanced technological living. Some of us may even have theorised on the potential impact such systems might have on learning.

When the Learner is the Teacher, Do We Need Instructional Designers?

Dawn of Learning

It’s a new world out there for the Instructional Designer. It’s an entirely different canvas, with new colors on the pallet. It’s no longer about producing 3-ring binders, or monolithic eLearning. It’s about harnessing the new ways of learning that are enabled by a new breed of technology, and a cultural shifts in how we use it. When designing for mLearning, we need to put ourselves in the shoes of the user who is walking around with a very powerful tablet and/or smart phone. That person today has very different expectations that are informed by social media and YouTube. think not. 

When You Should Use Mobile Learning


There has been much back and forth regarding the need for mobile learning and whether it is absolutely necessary or not. In this short article, I will explain when learning should be mobile compatibile. For the most part, many organizations can get away with e-learning that is strictly laptop based (or lacking in mobile capabilities) – and this isn’t always a bad thing. wordpress lms

Measuring Learning: The Theory of Change

The Learning Circuits

Last week, we kicked off Measurement Month with a discussion of why measurement matters. This week, we’ll dig into connecting measurement and design to build the metrics in from the beginning. Throughout this post I’ll use an example from a training program I worked with earlier in my career to illustrate how the measurement models can be put to work in training. In partnership with a variety of community organizations, this program accomplished two key goals: Complete park improvements and train teens in in-demand job skills. What new responsibilities will they be qualified to take on next?

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.

SCORM-ify YouTube Videos with ScoTube

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development issued a press release about ScoTube this week. Many eLearning professionals are locked into creating SCORM compliant courses for their customers and that has been limiting in regards to new user-generated content on services such as YouTube. It's nice to see tools addressing these concerns moving the industry forward. tools compliance standards scorm corporate eLearning youtube

Making the Transition from PhD Student to Corporate Employee

Living in Learning

The world of academia can be a very insular place. As a result, many people who have had great success in post-graduate studies are unpleasantly surprised at how difficult the transition to corporate life can be, even after they have obtained their PhD. This is natural, as even those who work while attending some of the most demanding and best online PhD programs have not yet experienced the strictures and tedium of corporate management for 8-10 hours a day. Guest Bloggers Higher Education academia corporate graduate student Higher education job LinedIn PhD