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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!

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).

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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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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Nominate Raptivity at the Ed-Tech Readers’ Choice Awards

Raptivity

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. [.].

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.

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.

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Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

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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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.

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

Atrixware

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. 

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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.

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.

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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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?

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

What Angry Birds Can Teach Us About Instructional Design

Mindflash

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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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: Gapingvoid.com. 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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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.

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?

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.

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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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

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.

SCORM-ify YouTube Videos with ScoTube

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

SCORM.com 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

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.