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What Is Game Based Learning?

Upside Learning

I spent close to a year laboring under the delusion that game based learning was all about incorporating course material into a game. After all, what else could it be? If I incorporate all the course learning objectives into a game setting and keep score – it qualifies as game based learning doesn’t it? It doesn’t! So what conclusion can we draw here? What makes a good learning game?

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Emerging Asynchronous Conversation Models

Tony Karrer

I had an interesting conversation with Patrick Randolph from TalkWheel about different kinds of asynchronous conversation models that are emerging and how they might fit into broader eLearning Initiatives. Particularly we focused on the implications of TalkWheel, Quora and Namesake. Below I've captured aspects of our conversation (interestingly enough done via email - how old school).

PowerPoint 2010: Adding Animation to SmartArt

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. PowerPoint's SmartArt allows you to visually communicate information. You can create SmartArt graphics that are lists, process diagrams and organizational charts. Adding SmartArt is simple. all you need to do is click the SmartArt command on the Insert Ribbon. While adding animation to the SmartArt is just as simple, some of the features are a bit hidden.

You're Invited to ScreencastCamp!

Visual Lounge

Come on in! Our doors at TechSmith are open! I'm really excited to invite you to the first ever ScreencastCamp ! So, what is ScreencastCamp? It is a gathering of screencasters and visual communication aficionados who want to network, learn, and collaborate on the art of screencasting. The event relies on. All sessions, discussions, and demos are led by attendees sharing their knowledge. Where?

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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Adobe Captivate 5.5: Only The Shadow Knows!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. While some of the new features in Adobe Captivate 5.5 such as the ability to free rotate and publish to Apple mobile devices ) have gotten all the fanfare since Adobe released the new software, one new feature has sat on the sideline, overshadowed by the others: Shadow. But don't let this understated feature fool you. it's awesome. No worries.

Dev Corner - Programming for Fun

Visual Lounge

Last month, TechSmith Developers organized their own internal 2-day conference, DevKhan. At TechSmith, we are always striving to learn and DevKhan is a way for our developers to share their expertise with each other. They spoke on a wide variety of topics. The video runs about 25 minutes. Enjoy! What would you like to know from our developers for future Dev Corner posts ? Dev Corner 617

The 21st century workplace: moving to the edge

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet The evidence of simple and (merely) complicated work getting automated and outsourced is widespread. Meanwhile, the business imperative is to be innovative, creative and agile. The current Canada Post strike is evidence of this shift, with workers reacting against a major automation initiative. What is the future of complicated work, such as mail sorting and delivery? complexity Work

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The l&d professional as curator

Clive on Learning

I enjoyed attending the always-entertaining Julie Wedgwood's session at the Learning and Skills Group meeting in London last week. She was sharing her thoughts about the emerging role of the curator in organisations which have established systems to encourage user-generated content. Julie's argument for curation went as follows: We really can have too much information. Overload causes depression. We suffer from the menace of continuous partial attention. We try to concentrate but we can't. As a result we can't get things done. The content curator finds, groups, organises and shares information.

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.

A practical guide to creating learning videos: part 2


In part 1 , we looked at the various forms that learning videos can take and the ways they can be used, either as a stand-alone solution or as an element in a blend. We move on to the practicalities of getting a video made, starting with what the film and TV industries call pre-production – essentially all those tasks that need to be completed before you press record on the camera.

Ten Tips for Designing Mobile Learning Content by Gerry Griffin

Learning Solutions Magazine

The driver for mobile learning is not technology. It is content — and not just any old content or re-heated content from existing eLearning or classroom programs. Here are ten tips that will create demand for your mLearning, plus advice about getting buy-in from the right groups of people. Design Techniques Getting Started Mobile Learning

ProtoMedia/Kaplan EduNeering Big Virtual World Announcement

Kapp Notes

ProtonMedia Raises $4.5 Million in Series B Financing Led by Kaplan Ventures. Kaplan EduNeering concurrently forms strategic reseller partnership with ProtonMedia. ProtonMedia announced the successful completion of a $4.5 million Series B venture financing led by Kaplan Ventures. ProtonMedia will use the funds to extend its leadership position within life sciences by further integrating its ProtoSphere virtual collaboration environment with ComplianceWire®, Kaplan EduNeering’s validated cloud-based learning management system. and Osage Venture Partners, Bala Cynwyd, Pa., Content Guide

Jeremiah Owyang mLearnCon keynote mindmap

Clark Quinn

Jeremiah Owyang, analyst at Altimeter, keynoted the opening day of the eLearning Guild’s mLearnCon conference.  He talked about the intersection of mobile and social, talking mobile definitions, organizational structures, and core transitions, using a metaphor of bees. mobile social

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.

Improving Communication in High Performance Organizations

The Peformance Improvement

My colleagues, Leslie Stambaugh and Jim Stilwell, and I have published an ebook to illustrate principles and best practices of effective communication in organizations. Leaders in every organization in which we have worked have told us that their organizaion had a "communication problem." These problems can be extremely complex because of the multiple factors that cause messages to go awry.

Future directions

Learning with e's

The first EDEN ( European Distance and E-learning Network ) Fellows day was a thought provoking and absorbing event. Pictured - Fellows discussing a proposal for a position paper). Many of those who presented identified similar themes, including the exponential rise and popularity of social media (blogs, wikis, podcasts, social network tools), open educational resources and mobile learning.

On-Boarding For Dummies: How To Successfuly Bring New Employees On-Board


Employee turnover is a costly problem. And with 22% of employees leaving their jobs within the first 45 days of employment, it’s all the more important to be sure that your employees are assimilated into your company with special care and ease. Of course, successful on-boarding is easier said than done. Click image to enlarge). News Link Employment Hiring Human Resources retention

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Social Media Revolution 2011 Video

Jane Hart

Tweet. I’ve been waiting for this! The 2011 revision of the well known video by Erik Qualmann. “Part of the world’s most watched Social Media video series; “Social Media Revolution&# by Erik Qualman. Based on #1 International Best Selling Book Socialnomics by Erik Qualman. This is a shorter version that includes new social media statistics for 2011. “

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.

PowerPoint 2010: What's the Difference Between Duplicate and Copy?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. Recently I was asked about the difference between the duplicate and copy commands, since they seemingly do the same thing. Duplicate (Ctrl-D) will automatically copy and paste whatever slide you select and place it right below the original slide. It will be identical in every way to the previous slide. Copy, (Ctrl-C) will save a copy of the slide to your clipboard so that it can be pasted (Ctrl-V) elsewhere in the presentation. Choosing duplicate is a time saver because it negates having to manually paste the slide by doing it automatically for you. Very important!

Say Goodbye to Gen Y

CLO Magazine

Growing up, my father, far from a millennial, was a job hopper. He always chose to hop, and with a doctorate degree in computer science and robotics, there always seemed to be plenty of new engagements to hop to. He said he hopped so that he was able to always move up the ladder and never stay stagnant, so my mother didn’t have to work, but mostly because he wasn’t satisfied after some time with his employer. He taught me to hop, and I did. After graduating, I spent only a few months in a position before taking off. work for a small publishing company, but we’re both equally satisfied.

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#MobiMOOC has ended #eduMOOC will start

Ignatia Webs

The MobiMOOC experience was (and is still) a blast. The MOOC format worked well and for many of the MobiMOOC'rs including myself, the knowledge that was shared amongst all of the MobiMOOC participants was incredibly enlightening. For those interested in getting into another educational MOOC, feel free to join the EduMOOC that will cover the idea of Online Learning Today and. Tomorrow. mooc edumoo

Clicky-Clicky Bling-Bling Part 2

Learning Visions

Part two of my article: Avoiding the Trap of Clicky-Clicky Bling-Bling is up on eLearn Magazine. And if you missed part one, by all means….click click here. Photo credit: my bling bling by pheezy. instructional design

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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.

Learning Content Is Not Your Job Any More: The Effect of Convergence by Rick Wilson

Learning Solutions Magazine

Our roles are changing, as content types converge. Dealing with transformative change requires changes in thinking and changes in working. One answer is intelligent content engineering. Here’s a high-level overview of the concept and the practices needed. Content Management Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Management Strategies Mobile Learning

Adapting to Life in Perpetual Beta

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet On my consulting page, I have summarized my perspectives on 21st century work. It’s called: Adapting to Life in Perpetual Beta. There is no such thing as a social media strategy. There are only business strategies that understand networks. Collaborative and distributed work is becoming the norm. Social learning is how work gets done in networks. Sharing, enabling conversations and transparency are some of the values of networked business. This is done through knowledge-sharing, self-directed learning and user-generated content. Learning is part of work, not separate from it.

Writing & Grammar: Apostrophes and Possession

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. Lately I've been hearing a lot of people use expression's like Jennie and I's house. The most alarming use, perhaps, was in a sentence very much like this one: "All of the editing and proofing is handled by Jennie and I's department." " When the head of the editing department struggles with a grammatical issue, you know it is a bad one. As I discussed last week , having a person's name and a personal pronoun in the same sentence seems to make our normal ear for grammar go out the window. They own separate cars.]. They co-own one car.

EDEN comes of age

Learning with e's

Today saw the start of the 20th Annual EDEN (European Distance and E-learning Network) Conference, which is being held on the campus of the University College Dublin. Although the first two speakers were excellent, and provided thought provoking, challenging and inspirational value to the conference, it was the speech from Mary McAleese that took many by surprise. Unported License.

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

Learning in the workplace – in less than four minutes

Jay Cross

At the International Conference on eLearning in the Workplace , I talked with Sid Slover, the founder of Learn It Live. Just Jay

Social learning in action at #elnil

Jane Hart

Tweet. Picture of @brrough and @sarsentrekker tweeting away was taken by @mikecollins007. Last Friday, I had the pleasure of chairing the eLearning network’s first regional event in Bristol. The topic was Making the most of informal learning. In fact @HappyHenry tweeted. “Fascinating to be at an event where there are more people tweeting about it than are in the room!&#.

Writing & Grammar: What Should Editors Change?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. First, a point of clarification re last week's contest : we had more than two dozen entries, not just several. Second, an excellent question was raised on the blog : how much re-writing can be allowed on something like this before the meaning is changed?When When I set up the contest, I did have in mind just ridding the existing text of redundancies. That is exactly what the majority of contestants did, and I categorized those entries as "editing." " The other entries were complete rewrites; in other words, they were substantive edits. Writing & Grammar