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Problem-Based Learning in 3D Environment

Kapp Notes

Today I am presenting on the topic of Designing Problem-Based Learning Environments in a 3D On Line Virtual World at the 19th International Conference on Teaching and Learning. And I am receiving an Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching,Learning and Technology (I was nominated by Bloomsburg University for the award, I am honored.) More impotantly, here is the MSIT Second Life Wiki which ontains the paper for the conference and a ton of useful resources. Here are some resources I mentioned concerning other Second Life presentations I've done.

Larger LMS Audience Means Lower Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

I just pulled a report as part of an LMS Evaluation and saw an interesting pattern: The pattern shows that the larger the audience the lower the satisfaction scores. My guess is that Learning Management Systems that target enterprise solutions and larger audiences will come out lower in LMS Satisfaction surveys. Other posts around Learning Management Systems: LMS Selection Presentation LMS Team Size and Time LMS RFP LMS Selection Presentation Reformulated LMS Selection Team and Stakeholders LMS Selection Process Learning Management Systems (LMS) Gotchas

Learnlets » eLearning Guild Keynote: Keith Sawyer

Clark Quinn

Today I'm at the eLearning Guild's Annual Gathering. Yesterday I was part of two different pre-conference symposiums, one on Immersive Learning Simulations (read: serious games) and Mobile Learning, and today we started off with a

What $1,000,000 buys in Northern California

Jay Cross

Poppy Lane is a quiet, one-block street in the Berkeley hills that ends at a small public park where people come to climb Remillard Rock, watch their kids in the tiny playground, or play fetch with their dogs. The Meyer lemon tree out front bears fruit all year long. Bougainvillea and black bamboo hide the vaguely Japanese-looking house from the street. Deer sometimes sleep under the back deck.

How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

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What would I like to do better as a Learning Professional?

Learn and Lead

In response to the Learning Circuit's April Big Question, What would you like to do better as a Learning Professional , here's my list. As a learning professional, I would like to see myself making a greater connect between learning and business needs, and between training and on the job productivity. This will include not just technical skills, but communication skills and life skills.

Teaching Habits That Inspire You Out of Learning? (Part 1)

ZaidLearn

Link to ZaidLearn's Del.icio.us Teaching Links “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” - William Arthur Ward Can anyone become a great educator (teacher or lecturer)? Or is it gift that we are born with (Nature)? Or can we become a great educator through learning, practice, feedback, reflection, etc. Nurture)?

AG08 keynote speaker John Patrick: the future of the Internet

Ignatia Webs

(my own thoughts - if any - in itallics) info on John Patrick Up until now only 5% is being used of the Internet; and the Internet is about PEOPLE. Digital music if the music managers would have listened to technologists, the music industry would have had no discussion about legally sharing music. The same thing will happen to all the other industries. The net is never offline. Voice2.0:

Experiencing E-Learning » Daily Bookmarks 04/18/2008

Experiencing eLearning

lancaster university. centre for e-science. collaboration tools. blogger. step-by-step directions for the blog tool in sakai. tags: sakai, blog, walledgarden, lms, tutorials. webaim: webaim section 508 checklist

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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.

Ten years is not so long in learning and development

Clive on Learning

Harold Wilson once famously remarked that 'a week is a long time in politics'. Well, for that remark to make sense you have to be able to compare it with something - how about 'ten years is no time at all in learning and development'. enjoyed Daniel Wain and Graham O'Connell's session, Ten Years of Changing Trends in Learning and Development at the CIPD's HRD 2008 show in London this week, mainly because both presenters were honest enough to admit that not much had changed at all. That said, the data is still valuable and paints some interesting pictures. Shame I think

Teaching Habits That Inspire You Out of Learning? (Part 1)

ZaidLearn

Link to ZaidLearn's Del.icio.us Teaching Links “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” - William Arthur Ward Can anyone become a great educator (teacher or lecturer)? Or is it gift that we are born with (Nature)? Or can we become a great educator through learning, practice, feedback, reflection, etc. Nurture)?

AG08 session I'm Busy Enough. What Do I Need a Second Life For? by Alan Levine

Ignatia Webs

(For the live blogging info look below the AG08 synopsis) Alan Levine's blog the presentation that he gave The Second Life wiki of the NMC campus Second Life, and virtual worlds in general, are high on the hype curve this year. Second Life is an easy target for shoot-from-the-hip media articles, and it's proponents often come off as religious zealots. why do virtual worlds grow in this day and age?

Experiencing E-Learning » Daily Bookmarks 04/17/2008

Experiencing eLearning

voicethreads: extending the classroom with interactive multimedia albums | edutopia - annotated. using voicethread as an asynchronous multimedia discussion with sixth graders with great results and conversations from students

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.

Day 3 - Concluding thoughts

In the Middle of the Curve

The Case study for Makrini told me a lot more about the game development process and the ideal relationship between SME and designer than any of the other sessions. Seeing it in practice is incredibly valuable. Got some interesting information about creating an infrastructure for informal learning. My one reaction - I wish they talked a little more about the human supports behind the running of the infrastructure. The Thursday keynote was my favorite - simply because I love seeing others creative processes. Overall - an incredibly useful conference for me. Can't wait

eLearning Design and Development Training Course

Tony Karrer

Someone on LinkedIn asked: Can anyone recommend a really good e-learning design/development training course? This is for a colleague who is new to instructional design & development so something that covers the basics at an introductory level would be best. Thanks! The responses pointed me to a couple of resources I hadn't seen before: MyUdutu A simple course that describes some basic principles of online training course design, and will serve as a template for a simple course if you copy it and substitute your own content. link] I know that I've seen others. What else is out there

AG08 session Scanning the Globe: Connecting your Digital World to the World Around You by Brent Schlenker

Ignatia Webs

(For the live blogging info look below the AG08 synopsis) blog of Brent Schlenker (btw do not get scared while looking at the picture, he only showing his energetic soul) It is still difficult to use mobile devices to interact with the Web and the world around us, but new technologies are being created to help solve that problem. in 2008. Barcode readers tightly integrated in devices 4. show below.

TCC08 Keynote: Why Do We Need A Second Life?

Experiencing eLearning

Presenter: Dr. Barbara P. McLain, Professor, Music Education and Secondary Instrumental, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. In Second Life: Professor Lilliehook. “Change ahead requires vision now&#. Visions for change. Touch screen computers. Holographic displays. 3D TV. Merged technologies. What would you do as an educator if you had a holographic display? Trends. Social networking. Visual communication. Diminishing attention spans. Multitasking. Game-based learning. Improved bandwidth & access. High def screens. Touch screen interfaces. Merged technologies. Open source software.

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.

Is Your ELearing Engaging - Web Analytics

In the Middle of the Curve

Presentation: Analyze This: Is your elearning truly engaging Presenter: Ryan Sparks, Care2Learn How we can use existing software to measure engagement Google Analytics (free) Google tool (cost) - dependent upon firewall Basis of Web Analytics - Tracks how people arrive at a website and what they do when they arrive - Bounce rate: percentage of single page visits or visits in which the person left your site from the entrance (landing) page + In courseware - will typically apply to the first page of the course. Activities require a minimum amount of time being completed?

Bad Course on Instructional Design

Tony Karrer

I just posted about eLearning Design and Development Training Course listing two examples of courses that talked about instructional design for eLearning. Whoops. should have looked more closely. The course from MyUdutu ( [link] ) may talk about it, but it is a classic example of what not to do in eLearning. So while it talks about Instructional Design - it hardly is something to review. As Chris pointed out in a comment and I talked about in Audio Narration vs. On-Screen Text you should never have voice-over that's the same as the text on the page. That's just annoying and slows you down.

What does the big room at AG08 look like?

Ignatia Webs

Well here is a small vlog to get an idea of what the room looks like. Keynote will start within a few minutes

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TCC08: Social Bookmarking to Support Professional Practice

Experiencing eLearning

Using a Social Bookmark Site to Assist in Diffusion of Online Information to Support Professional Practices. Presented by Heather Carter-Templeton, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee. Working to improve information literacy skills in nurses. Professor #1. Does online research. Gets email subscriptions. Can’t find the information she wants when she needs it–it’s at home when she needs it at work, etc. Professor #2. Uses social bookmarking so can find what he needs. Social Bookmarking Sites. CiteULike: academic papers & links, does citations.

Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.

Thoughts on Live Blogging

In the Middle of the Curve

This was really the first time I've live blogged. Very pleased with the results of this particular experiment. 1) I have a place where I can now reference all of the stuff from the conference. When I get a chance (probably tomorrow), I'm going to tag all of the posts and put a link on the side (probably replacing the Moodle link). I'm overdue for updating my blogger template anyway. 2) The manager commented that it seemed like she was right there with me - which tells me that I did a good job taking notes. 3) Maybe I really ought to figure out how to seamlessly add pictures next time.

Open Source Mahara and Moodle

Moodle Journal

I was wondering if anyone out there in Moodle land has thought of trying out the e-portfilio and social networking tool Mahara yet. Mahara has been designed as a means of storing evidence of lifelong learning in digital format called artifacts, a Mahara concept. An advantage to this approach is that students can display their artifacts in views depending on the intended audience; seems good in itself. In relation to Moodle, its appears that 1.9 and Mahara v0.9 support a transparent Single Sign On, all well worth a look. Please feel free to reply to this blog of you have any thoughts

AG08 session Mobile Learning Today and Tomorrow by Judy Brown

Ignatia Webs

(For the live blogging info look below the AG08 synopsis) The breakfast byte with Judy was already very motivating, so I am getting high hopes (she did mention she would speedtalk and speeddeliver knowledge. well, I am ready!) The presentation of Judy Brown Blog Judy Brown (AG08 synopsis) If not already doing so, learners will be requesting mobile capabilities for learning.

TCC08: Making Distance Learning Courses Accessible

Experiencing eLearning

Making Distance Learning Courses Accessible to Students with Disabilities. Presenters: Adam Tanners, Doctoral Student in Exceptionalities, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI. Kavita Rao, Educational Technology Specialist, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu HI. Overview. Background. Legal Mandates. Four Scenarios. Conclusion. Four student profiles. Matthew: Blind. Marlee: Deaf. Albert: Learning disability–difficulty reading large blocks of text, overwhelmed by too much info. Universal Design. Tools: Many built into computers. More available specialized.

Best Practices for Launching an LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.

Another Example of LiveBlogging

In the Middle of the Curve

Christy Tucker (Experiencing E-Learning) has been live blogging her participation in the Technology, Colleges and Community online conference. Lots of fantastic stuff going on in parallel

Boolify - tackling a new basic skill

Lars is Learning

Thanks to Jane Hart for pointing me to Boolify - David Crusoe and his team are, in his own words addressing what I would term a 21st century basic skill:"One of the challenges of web searching is that while it's important for kids to know how to conduct good searches, e.g., for research, the common textual tools do a poor job of modeling, for kids, the impact that their boolean has on results

AG08 session Evidence-based eLearning Methods to Build Creative Thinking Skills by Ruth Clark

Ignatia Webs

(For the live blogging info look below the AG08 synopsis) wikibook Ruth Clark (AG08 synopsis) In a global economy, organizations must increasingly rely on adaptive expertise for innovative competitiveness. What evidence do we have on using e-Learning to accelerate expertise and build a more innovative workforce? Ruth Clark is immediately diving into it and. What makes creativity programs stick?