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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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Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.

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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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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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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.


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.

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.

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. 

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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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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.

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.

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.

The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now

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).

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

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