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Adobe Captivate: Pre-Edit Your Text Captions

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. When you record a Captivate demonstration or simulation, one of the coolest things that Captivate can do for you is automatically create the text captions. All you need to do to enjoy this feature is select Add Text Captions for any of the recording modes prior to recording. By default, Captivate does not add the end of sentence punctuation to the text captions. Exit Captivate.  

Rules and Instructional Games

Kapp Notes

At its simplest form, a game is just a set of defined rules. There are rules indicating the maximum number of players who can play a game, rules describing how to score points, rules indicating what is allowed in the game and, in the case of digital games, rules that apply to writing the code that makes the video game character jump. Without rules, games would not exist. Rules for play. Games

The Big Question: how to assess informal learning

Clive on Learning

The Big Question on the ASTD Learning Circuits Blog is long enough to fill a post all by itself: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results? think we can group this stuff together as all those forms of learning which are not formal, i.e. courses. Can they perform?

The Parable of the Monkeys

E-Learning Provocateur

I was pondering the notions of innovation and adaptability the other day – nerd alert! – when I remembered the Parable of the Monkeys. I’m not sure who invented this parable. I don’t think it’s a true story; at least I hope not (poor monkeys). Perhaps it’s a corruption of an ancient fable? If you can shed any light on it, please let me know. Anyway, here’s the ryanised version… The experiment. In a room there were 5 monkeys. bunch of bananas hung from the ceiling, and a ladder stood nearby. He climbed the ladder and reached for a banana.

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.

eLearning & Grammar: Should eLearning Text Contain End of Sentence Punctuation?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby We recently received the following from Midal, a Skills & Drills reader:  "[In Captivate caption boxes,] is it necessary to include periods at the end of every sentence in a text caption even if it is as simple as "Click Submit"? have been leaving out periods (but using commas and ellipsis), but our Editor mentioned that the text in caption boxes should always have periods at the end since the sentences are complete." " Should a short, one-sentence caption have a period at the end? Is there a correct answer to this question?

Think Video Game:Create Multiple Levels of Entry into Your E-Learning

Kapp Notes

Playing a game that is too difficult is not fun. Playing a game that is too easy is not fun either. Therefore, the quandary for game developers is to create a game that is neither too hard nor too easy. But when developing a game for a broad audience of unknown skill sets, the task becomes even more daunting. Select your character to begin the adventure. Bonus Fourth Level: Free Play.

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The Kindle – what is it good for?

Clive on Learning

My Kindle has become one of those possessions that I would take with me almost anywhere – like my iPhone, my credit cards and my watch. It’s light, compact and is very low maintenance – in fact I often forget that it needs charging at all. It looks and feels like a book, yet in many ways is much more practical. In this respect the Kindle doesn’t really compete.

Camtasia for Mac meet the Mac App Store.

Visual Lounge

Mac App Store meet Camtasia for Mac! I'm happy to announce that Camtasia for Mac is now available in Mac App Store ! One of the best things about purchasing through the Mac App Store is that whenever we update Camtasia for Mac, the Mac App Store will let you know when an update is available. That way you always have the latest version of Camtasia for Mac! Camtasia for Mac Mac News 475 198 157

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PowerPoint 2010: A RANDom Fact

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. Trying to decide on a typeface but wish you could see what all the letters of the alphabet in that type face look like at the same time? Here's a trick: Type =RAND() into the text box and press [ Enter ]. Voila! "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" appears across your slide. The font will automatically change as you scroll through. " PowerPoint

Upside’s Learning Design Philosophy

Upside Learning

Learning design is not just a science, it is an art. When the team works and generates effective learning designs, they are a result of a deep rooted instructional design philosophy. We like to look at instructional design in two clear veins, the first is the philosophy of learning design – the beliefs and faith in models that underly everything we do in design.

2020 Learners

Learning with e's

Children who are born this year will be halfway through primary school when 2020 arrives. What will be their experience of education? If the last few years is anything to go on, we can expect some far reaching changes between now and 2020. We will witness the introduction of many new digital tools and technologies. We will also see changes in the curriculum, teacher roles, and learner needs. Harsh.

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.

Game Levels and Scaffolding–They’re Related

Kapp Notes

Mission-based levels serve several purposes within the design of a game. One purpose is to keep the game space manageable. Early level.simple and easy.but wait, it gets harder. Developing a game in which a player wanders through one vast level accomplishing hundreds of objectives and interacting with dozens of non-player characters is a daunting programming task and is intimidating for the player.

Business Social Media Benefits

Clark Quinn

For the Australasian Talent Conference that will run in Sydney May 24-26 (where I’m speaking), they’ve been drumming up interest with a press release. As a consequence, I’ve been doing some interviews, some live, some via email. When you can get connected to the person you need, get answers to your burning questions, connect to colleagues who can mentor, morally support, and more, you find that doing without is no longer acceptable.  People might be concerned with what folks share, and there are two answers.  There isn’t time. Hope to see you there

15 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 16

Upside Learning

The second generation of the iPad is here. iPad 2, with its multitude of features and functionalities (a notch higher than its parent), is a boon for tech-hungry classrooms. days away from the official ‘in stores’ date, it is already poised to revolutionize the education industry. Get the entire lowdown right here. You can dig into our previous lists here. 1. Top 5 eLearning Skills For 2011. Yikes!

Close to the Edge: The Radicalization of Training

Living in Learning

As I reflect on this title, I can imagine some rather extreme images springing forth in the minds of long-time training purists. I say this with confidence because the topic of facilitating learning at the edges of the ecosystem has freaked out both platform trainers and instructional design professionals before. Yeah, and yours truly was that source of disruption. Several actually questioned if the time had come to update their resumes. My thinking around this radicalization of training becomes more urgent by the day, and the only thing that gets blown up is a paradigm or two.

The Lonely eLearner: Creating Social Learning Anchors | Social.

Social Learning

The other day, I ran across Clive Shepherd's recent blog post The New Social Learning – a review and I was struck by an observation he made there. The gist of it was that even though we have an enormous amount of tools available to

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.

2020 Curriculum

Learning with e's

When I talk to teachers about the school curriculum, whether primary or secondary, guess what they want to discuss the most? Correct - assessment. When I crowdsourced for material for this series of blog posts on #learning2020 , a lot of the comments I received back were about assessment. Just about the only people who love assessment are the government and the organisations who. questions.

Thinking Social

Clark Quinn

In talking about the 4C’s of Mobile , the last one I usually mention is ‘communicate’   Communicate isn’t last because it’s least, but instead because it leads us furthest afield, into the areas of social learning, which has many ramifications in many ways: organizationally, cognitively, culturally, and more.  However, it is of importance for mobile in terms of thinking about how and when to take advantage of it.  It is also something that the Internet Time Alliance is wrestling with. This is a necessary step before you decide your intervention.

“I’m not an idiot!” – A Letter from an Agonized Adult Learner


I’m an adult, literate, and a professional. manage my finances, my investments, wealth and health with equal ease. manage my family, team, career, and social needs effortlessly. I see no reason why I cannot manage my learning and training sessions. But my training managers tend to think otherwise. Here’s what my training managers think of my ability to learn: I cannot spot Next and Back buttons.

Behind the Scenes - How We Create Screencasts

Visual Lounge

I was absolutely blown away at the number of screencast examples many of you shared on this recent blog post. The screencast that was listed the most in your feedback was one done our Instructional Designer, Ryan Eash. wanted to make sure everyone saw this screencast. Ryan has created a lot of our tutorials for Camtasia Studio. He recently made a video showing behind the scenes from start to finish about how he creates our Camtasia training videos. know you'll find it useful. The video runs a little longer than most of our videos. It runs 30 minutes long. Topics include: Writing a script.

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!

Infographic: How To Recruit Top Talent Through Social Media


Social media may not be the be-all, end-all when it comes to finding the ideal employees to work for your business. But when used properly, it can save time and money when you’re on the hunt. So, if your company hasn’t tapped into this valuable resource yet, it’s time to get moving. Click Image To Enlarge). Online Training Hiring recruiting social media

2020 Classrooms

Learning with e's

Will we still need classrooms by 2020? If so, what kind of learning environments will they be? Or will students learn on the move, in their workplaces, at home, and through the multiple connections facilitated by new communication technology? Also under the spotlight are the demands of society, work, family and community, and how these are balanced against the needs of individual learners.

But I’d Never Say That! Choices for Conversation-Based Decisions in Scenarios

Twitterpated with Learning

I’m currently working on a course designed to support sales representatives during the launch of a new product by allowing them to practice pitching, demonstrating, and fielding questions. feel like this is particularly true in sales, where each salesperson tends to have his or her own ‘flair’ and might avoid selecting a piece of dialog just because it just doesn’t sound like something they’d say.

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Are We Wired For Mobile Learning? (Infographic)

Jane Hart

Whether or not you agree with the term “digital native&# and what it stands for, this is an interesting infographic  - from the Voxy Blog (where you can find full details of how to embed it on your blog). Because of the proliferation of new technologies, the younger generation today is outgrowing traditional forms of

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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.

Kable.MY - Malaysia's Premiere Instructional Technology Website


Kable.MY "This website provides the latest news, articles and tutorials on emerging technologies for educational purposes, and serves as a hub for educators to congregate and share ideas that can be put into practice. It is hoped that this website will be on the forefront of Malaysia's instructional technology and inspire educators to use technologies to enhance their instructions." INSPIRING!

Make Learning An Experience. Blend It! | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

If you still believe that “classroom learning is the best learning” for your training and learning programs, I have some news for you. While we may like to believe that directing and guiding our learners to new understanding is the most

Adapting 20th Century Training Models for the Future

Integrated Learnings

By Jay Lambert. The Technology Association of Georgia's (TAG) Workplace Learning Society tried an interesting experiment recently by holding a discussion-only meeting on the topic of "Adapting 20th Century Training Models for the Future: Technology's Impact?" Obviously this is a hot topic as probably close to 70 people attended to form a standing room only crowd. The questions posed were: What is your learning philosophy? For example, does your organization have a preferred model such as ADDIE, Kirkpatrick.? Are you learner-centric or value-centric? We still use the ADDIE model.

The Social Learning Community

Jane Hart

Yesterday I launched the Social Learning Community – a new Community of Practice intended for those interested in the use of social media to work and learn smarter. This is a place where you can join discussions, ask questions, share links, experiences and events with others about social learning – whether it be in education or [.]. Social learning

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.

Adobe Capitvate 5 and Adobe RoboHelp books now available in the iBookstore

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

I'm very excited to announce that I was able to use the Adobe FrameMaker to Adobe RoboHelp workflow to convert my print books on Captivate and RoboHelp into the ePub format. And After a bit of complex paperwork, those books are now available for purchase on the iBookstore. If you have the iPad, iPod or iPhone, you can access the iBookstore today and purchase the books. To learn more about the iBookstore, click here

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What Can Charlie Sheen Teach Us About Internal Marketing? | Social.

Social Learning

Charlie Sheen I'll be honest. My original intention was to use this headline to draw you in, at which point I would hit you with the old bait and switch – no Charlie Sheen. Just good, wholesome, social learning knowledge

2020 Vision

Learning with e's

I read a post by Tina Barseghian on the Mind/Shift Blog entitled ' 21 things that will be obselete by 2020 ' today, which prompted me to start a conversation on Twitter to discuss what we think school would look like in another decade or less. By thinking about what the future may look like for schools, we reflect on what we would like to see. The organisers had obviously done this for a purpose.

Use Backupify to Backup Your Social Media Stuff!


Backupify "Backupify is an all-in-one archiving, search and restore service for the most popular online services including Google Apps, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa and more. " If you are looking for a tool to backup your social media stuff (Google Docs/Sites, Twitter, Blogger, Facebook, etc.), Backupify is a pretty cool tool. The free version does weekly backups of up to 5 accounts (e.g.

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.

Marc My Words: Beyond SCORM – A Welcome New Direction by Marc J. Rosenberg

Learning Solutions Magazine

While the LMS and SCORM may not be dead, they do not address the complexities of new learning design strategies and their transcendence of technical standards. Marc reflects on the history of standards and comments on the new ADL Future Learning Experience Project. Content Management Design Strategies Development Strategies Future Trends Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Management Strategies

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Here’s a Simple Way to Save Time When Working with Graphics in PowerPoint

Rapid eLearning

PowerPoint’s Clip Organizer is one of those features in PowerPoint that’s been there for years and gets very little use. However, it’s also one of the most powerful time-saving features in PowerPoint, especially if you work with a lot of custom graphics. In today’s post, we’ll explore how to use the clip organizer. This comes in handy if you download and customize lots of clip art. Easy as that!

Finding the time for networked learning

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet A survey of small and medium sized businesses (SMB) showed workers spend about half their day on unproductive taks: Knowledge Workers are among the largest staff component in a typical SMB. SMB Knowledge Workers spend an estimated 36 percent of their time trying to. Contact customers, partners or colleagues. Find information. Schedule a meeting. Managing unwanted communications (e.g.

March’s #LCBQ- Assessing Informal Learning – Are you an accountant or financial adviser?

Spark Your Interest

How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results? Are we trying to… track if someone learns something without a formal learning intervention? make the case that we shouldn’t put people though a formal training course if they don’t need it?


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.

e-Learning Programs' Support Services to Learners


The most e-Learning developers focuses on instructional design, curriculum design, project management, etc. However, how do we support our learners before, during, and after an e-Learning course, program, and (or) certificate? Some of you might think what is the purpose of not focusing only in the creation and development of an e-Learning course. The answer is simple. By focusing on the support services before the the e-Learning course begin you will attract and prepare the learners. By focusing on the support services during the e-Learning course you will enhance learning. We Said It.)

How Long Does it take to Create Learning?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Bryan Chapman with Brandon Hall Research has an interesting blog post where he lists the timing it takes to create all types of learning, including instructor led training (ILT) and eLearning. For instance, Chapman's research states that it takes 82 hours to produce a single hour of ILT if the training contains "complex subject matter." " He also says it can take 267 hours for 1 hour of eLearning if the "eLearning output contains advanced and custom interactions, embedded simulation activities and lots of media."

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