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eLearning & Gamification: The Octalysis Framework

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  After covering gamification in a few articles, I've been getting lots of feedback requesting more information. I've been doing a bit of research recently and came across the  Yu-kai Chou  & Gamification Blog. If you're interested in gamification in general, you should definitely add this blog to your RSS feed. What is the Octalysis Framework?

8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning

mLearning Revolution

2012 has been an amazing year for mobile! This year we have seen technology companies introduce a myriad of mobile devices of all sizes, prices and operating systems. In 2012 Apple announced the iPhone 5, two new iPads and the new iPad mini; Google unveiled their first tablet, the nexus 7 and later the 10″ version; Amazon gave us three Kindle Fire HD tablets. iPhone) and Android (e.g.

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

eLearning 24-7

Well here it is, the final countdown. Other final countdowns: Europe – great song, but really how many times can you listen to “it’s the final countdown” Movie starring Kirk Douglas, Charlie Sheen – “The Final Countdown”, the navy goes back in time before Dec. 7, 1941 – great movie. Unlimited portals. TinCan with online/offline synch. SCORM compliant.

Mobile Enables Informal Learning

Upside Learning

Last week I was at the eLearning Network’s 25th Birthday Bash in London. It was a fantastic event with some great speakers and an opportunity to learn drumming. spoke (for 5 min) on how mobile enables informal learning. Here’s a summary of my talk. Informal Learning. One of the challenge L&D staff has had is to understand Informal Learning and what can they do something about it.

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.

Course-of-the-Month Club: Using a Learning Management System to Sell Subscriptions to Learning Content

Absorb LMS

It seems as if almost every organization I speak to wants to use a learning management system (LMS) in a different way. One company I recently met with uses a magazine subscription-like business model to sell bundles of courses: A customer signs up for an annual subscription. The person immediately gets access to some courses. This continues monthly until the subscription expires after 12 months.

Mexico City Workshop Materials

Kapp Notes

Had a great time in Mexico City and really enjoyed meeting everyone, presenting on games and gamification. Here are the slides from the presentation. Introductory Slides. Introduction to Workshop for Grupo Salinas from Karl Kapp. Here are the slides about different game types. Game Type Slides. from Karl Kapp. Here are the game design document slides. Creating a Game Design Document from Karl Kapp.

10 Books For Learning Professionals To Read In 2013

The eLearning Coach

Make some time for reading. It will give you a new mindset. Post from: The eLearning Coach 10 Books For Learning Professionals To Read In 2013. Book Reviews

Advantages of WordPress over Moodle

LearnDash

Open-source software has ushered in a new era of possibilities in the learning space. For a while now, Moodle has been the world’s most popular open-source learning management system. It  has enabled organizations of all sizes to deliver and track learning to (likely) millions of people across the globe. Lately, however, Moodle is becoming rather stale. Unless you are a skillful programmer, removing the clunkiness that Moodle has out-of-the-box can be quite the task. What are the advantages of using WordPress over Moodle? As you may know, Moodle started to be developed back in early 2000.

‘Google Maps’ App

Dont Waste Your Time

Ever since the upgrade to iOS6 the one thing I, and many more, have missed are the Google Maps. Well, ever since news leaked of Google Maps being ready for the App Store we have been waiting for it’s release. And here it is! ‘Google Maps’ (iPhone/iPad/iPod) : Thankfully available on the iPhone again, I’ve missed this. and it’s back and better than before.

Writing & Grammar: Confusing Words and Usage

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby    We continue our series of challenges with a mixed challenge on confusing words and confusing usage. See if you can ace these without looking them up. Please send your answers  directly to me. We waited with  baited/bated  breath. The university conducts  symposiums/symposia  on linguistics every semester. The  electric/electrical  train was plugged  in to/into  the same  electric/electrical  outlet as the electric/electrical  toothbrush. The speech was  a/an  historic moment.

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The Twitter Top 100: Education Technology Must-Follows

OpenSesame

Getting “on Twitter” is just the first step. To make the most of Twitter for professional development and learning, you need to build a network of people with shared interests, unique experience and insights to network with and learn from. If you’re interested in education technology and training, we’ve got your starter kit right here. Still not on Twitter? Right Social 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.

Gathering a #research tribe has benefits

Ignatia Webs

The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that this era demands collaborative approaches to stay on top of any expertise. In order to enable collaboration, mutual trust and respect is needed. This in part will result in the necessary openness and willingness to grow collectively, research collectively. It was a great, open, informal research experience. And now, I want to expand on this.

Academic Excellence in 140 Characters

Dont Waste Your Time

This study provides experimental evidence that Twitter can be used as an educational tool to help engage students and to mobilize faculty into a more active and participatory role.” ” YouTube: Academic Excellence in 140 Characters. Thanks to Edutopia for this and many more  excellent Twitter / Video resources. Related posts: Twitter for Teachers … a great video introduction.

Employees Leave Managers, Not Jobs

Enspire Learning

Enspire Learning recently released Management Challenge , the newest addition to Enspire’s suite of simulation-based leadership and management development programs! Management Challenge uses a combination of team-based simulations, video-based role-plays, and facilitated discussions to help managers become better prepared to communicate with their employees and avoid turnover. 13 at 11 a.m.

Adobe Captivate 6: A Production Tip That'll Save You Time

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    After inserting an object onto a Captivate slide, you have multiple ways that you can control when the object appears on the slide. For instance, you can change the  Appear After  timing for the selected object on the  Properties  panel,  Timing  group.       You can also drag the left edge of the object left or right on the Timeline to change the Appear After time.  At the top of the Timeline, click at the exact time where you want an object to first appear. Looking to learn Captivate quickly?

Analyzing institutes online #presence for increased competitiveness

Ignatia Webs

During the last few weeks I was asked to see where my current institute was in terms of innovation, digital identity, online visibility. and more of those knowledge age connected characteristics. This lead me to set up a presentation with some options to find out where your institute or organization is placed among its competitors or partners. Where is your institute at? exiting and fun stuff!

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.

Twitter Tips we should all know, and care, about #edchat

Dont Waste Your Time

I use Twitter a lot. Perhaps too much. I, like many others, have learned the hard way about hashtags, avatars, profiles, “ tweetiquette ” (or ‘twettiquette’), URL shorteners, keeping it real, keeping it professional, keeping it polite (well, I do), etc. Think ‘networking event’, it’s OK to greet people, but auto-DMs are not the way. Would you follow you?

Marc My Words: Seven Trends, Predictions, and Resolutions for the New Year by Marc J. Rosenberg

Learning Solutions Magazine

If you thought 2012 was an action-packed year, get ready for 2013, because it will be more of the same. Marc looks ahead to what he sees as the key trends, offers some advice about what you can do about them, and suggests where you should remember to learn more. Design Strategies Development Strategies Emerging Topics Management Professional Development Training Strategies

Non-verbal communication for online facilitators

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

At the University I did communication studies as one of my subjects and I always liked non-verbal communication. As someone who is really enormously mirroring others non-verbal behaviours - it made me notice how often I do this. Non-verbal communication can by via posture, eyecontact, gestures, but also movement or appearance - for instance having long hair as a man - what message does that convey?

Insights: Evaluation and follow-up matters

Clive on Learning

This post completes my commentary to the Learning Insights 2012 Report produced by Kineo for e.learning age magazine. The tenth and final 'insight' is that ‘Evaluation and follow-up matters'. This insight mirrors the findings of Towards Maturity , which places 'demonstrating value' as a key element in their model for effective application of learning technologies. To quote from their latest benchmark report, demonstrating value means: 'Closing the value loop from strategic objective to achievement – and ensuring that stakeholders are kept fully informed along the way.' insights

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!

cooperative competencies

Learning and Working on the Web

Last month I wrote a post that included a presentation on enterprise social dimensions. It was based on three different perspectives I had come across. recognized certain patterns and put these together to create a lens that could be used to determine if a selection of enterprise social network tools covered the spectrum of performance/learning needs in networked workplace.

5 Ways to Demonstrate Your E-Learning Success

Rapid eLearning

At a recent workshop someone asked how to demonstrate that they were successful and that the courses they built made a difference to the organization. That’s a good question, especially in this economy because the training group is usually one of the first groups targeted when an organization needs to make some cuts to the budget. So we want to make sure that we’re providing real value. That’s OK.

Motivation Employees Crave

CLO Magazine

Good managers explain the context of organizational change and meaning for individuals. Yet, few have time to discuss employees’ work experiences or ambitions. past column in this space highlighted the lack of research to support the 70/20/10 model. True, the ratio has not yet been supported empirically, but let’s not miss the intent of this rule of thumb. In today’s do-more-with-less environment, improving development opportunities represents a diamond in the rough for organizations. Let me explain. Recent focus on high potentials has de-emphasized the rest of the employees.

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Course-of-the-Month Club: Using a Learning Management System to Sell Subscriptions to Learning Content

Absorb LMS

It seems as if almost every organization I speak to wants to use a learning management system (LMS) in a different way. One company I recently met with uses a magazine subscription-like business model to sell bundles of courses: A customer signs up for an annual subscription. The person immediately gets access to some courses. This continues monthly until the subscription expires after 12 months.

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.

What to do if they just want “awareness”

Making Change

“We just need everyone to be aware of the policy,” your client says. “I’ve sent you the 97 slides that we use in the face-to-face training. Could you have it ready by next Monday?” ” Which of the following should you do next? a) Clear your schedule and open your PowerPoint converter software. b) Ask the client some questions. Uncover the goal. What’s next?

Compounding Intelligence

Clark Quinn

It is increasingly evident that as we unpack how we get the best results from thinking, we don’t do it alone. Moreover, the elements that contribute emphasize diversity. Two synergistic events highlight this. First, my colleague Harold Jarche has an interesting post riffing off of Stephen Johnson’s new book, Future Perfect.  In looking at patterns that promote more effective decision making, an experiment is cited. In that study, a diverse group of lower intelligence produces better outputs than a group of relatively homogenous smart folks. Are you practicing them?

Things ain't what they used to be

Learning with e's

Not so long ago, objects were simply objects. They only came alive in Disney cartoons, or after a heavy drinking session. Most of the time, objects were simply there to be used to perform a task the user required. Now that is all about to change, as we advance into the next phase of Web evolution. We are about to see the emergence of what Kevin Ashton called ' the Internet of Things '.

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Designing Learning for “When Things Change” by Michele Medved

Learning Solutions Magazine

People sometimes have to unlearn an old way of doing things and relearn a new way. This is one of the “Five Moments of Learning Need” for learning, but learning strategies often do not consider it. The result of this omission can be resistance to change. Here is a method that will help you succeed in the relearning situation. Design Strategies Training Strategies

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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.

11 Steps to Effective E-Learning Voice Overs [INFOGRAPHIC]

LearnDash

If there is one area that is often overlooked in the realm of e-learning, it is effectively implementing voice overs. Doing voice overs is an art in itself, more than most people think. But hiring a professional can be expensive, and getting the subject matter experts can be just as hard due to schedules.  So that leaves you, the instructional designer. elearning instructional design

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Insight: Learner journeys need to become seamless

Clive on Learning

This post continues my commentary to the Learning Insights 2012 Report produced by Kineo for e.learning age magazine. The ninth of ten 'insights' is that ‘Learner journeys need to become seamless'. Although you should really read what the report has to say on this topic, the gist is that employees want easy access to information that is relevant to their job responsibilities. I'm not convinced this is anything to do with 'learner journeys', more a continuation of the experiences they have come to expect in their everyday interactions with Google, YouTube, Wikipedia and the like. features.

Those Who Manage, Teach

CLO Magazine

Bosses who teach skills and habits to employees drive higher individual productivity and elevate team performance. There’s an old saying that those who can, do and those who can’t, teach. But in business, as it turns out, those bosses who can, in terms of generating higher productivity, are in fact teachers. According to a study by economics researchers from Stanford and the University of Utah , replacing a low-performing boss with a high-performing one boosts productivity by 12 percent, which is better than adding a 10th worker to a nine-person team. What Makes a Good Boss?

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networked unlearning

Learning and Working on the Web

Our nature – our bias towards an inward focus based on tradition and the past, or an external focus on what we’re seeing around us – cuts across age. Those of us who are willing to question our assumptions will find that we can unlearn (and relearn) at any age. Those who put more weight on what they already know will struggle to change at any age. Peter Evans-Greenwood. Unlearning takes practice.

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.

Sitting kills

Jay Cross

Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics. The health hazards of sitting for long stretches are significant even for people who are quite active when they’re not sitting down. Still, scientists have determined that after an hour or more of sitting, the production of enzymes that burn fat in the body declines by as much as 90 percent. switched to standing desks several years ago. My

eLearning Guild Research: If You're Happy and You're Overworked, Clap Your Hands by Patti Shank

Learning Solutions Magazine

Do you like your work but feel that you’re working too hard? If so, you have company, because many of your colleagues expressed similar feelings in the research report The eLearning Guild released on December 5, 2012. Here’s a summary of some surprising findings from the 674 respondents to a survey we conducted recently. Learning Research Professional Development

What is Tin Can?

eFront

The Tin Can API is a brand new learning technology specification that opens up an entire world of experiences (online and offline). This API captures the activities that happen as part of learning experiences. wide range of systems can now securely communicate with a simple vocabulary that captures this stream of activities. Previous specifications were difficult and had limitations whereas the Tin Can API is simple and flexible, and lifts many of the older restrictions. What’s more, the Tin Can API is community-driven, and free to implement.  ( TinCanAPI.com ). Who’s using the Tin Can API?

organizational relevance

Learning and Working on the Web

Peter Evans-Greenwood has had some good articles lately. This is from his latest,  is your organisation irrelevant? However, the environment we operate in today is a lot more fluid than the environment of the past, the environment where the vast bulk of our current organisational theory was formulated. Leadership is a role to be adopted when needed, and then passed on when the need has gone.

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.

ScreenDraw: Whiteboarding with Camtasia Studio

Visual Lounge

At a conference I attended this summer, a few math teachers were discussing their options for recording hand-written lessons. asked if they had tried using ScreenDraw, a live annotation tool built into the Camtasia Studio recorder. Most of them didn’t even know it was there – and I wondered how many other users had yet to discover it! Can’t view the embedded video?

Study: Enhanced Employee Development Needed in 2013

CLO Magazine

The convergence of a sluggish economy, globalization and other challenges has fundamentally changed workplace dynamics and requires greater emphasis on development, a new study shows. Arlington, Va. — Dec. 10 CEB, a member-based advisory company, has released its annual “Executive Guidance” report, which indicates that the majority of executives are seeking performance gains of 20 percent from their employees to achieve business goals in 2013. However, only 5 percent of employees have the ideal mix of core skills and competencies to deliver the results required. Source: CEB

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