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3 Game Mechanics To Include In Learning Games

Upside Learning

Continuing my unintended series of posts about Learning Games , I’m moving the focus to some game mechanics I try to include every time I try to design a game that’s meant for learning. While you will almost certainly encounter these in commercial games, I’ve seen some learning games fall flat because the designers are ignoring some fundamental mechanics. Achievements – The most obvious one.

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PowerPoint 2007: Converting Presentations to Movies

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. I am frequently asked if it is possible to convert PowerPoint presentations into movies that can be shared on websites such as YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook. Sadly, the answer is no, at least not from within PowerPoint. However, there is a workaround if you have Windows Movie Maker  on your system (most computers using Windows do have the program by default).   Click OK.

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Transform YouTube into an ACTIVE learning tool for your students

eLearning Acupuncture

Nina Arjarasumpun, from Knewton Inc. , was kind enough to write me an email out of the blue earlier this week. In her email she wanted to introduce me to a novel way in which the GMAT Prep team at Knewton was leveraging YouTube’s free video hosting service. She likened their work to the classic ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books that are popular with kids. It’s awesome. Very cool!

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

Over the past few years, I spend part of December going back through my blog to recap a bit of what some of the key things I’ve learned over the course of the year. I’ve been doing this the past few years, for example: Learned about Learning in 2009. And every year I use this as a Big Question – see: Learning 2010. A lot of it is thinking through where my thinking has changed over the course of the year. So here are a few of the things that are a bit different for me. 1. It was definitely helpful to spend time going through Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles. 2. for more on this. 7.

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 12 Days of Screencasting - On the Sixth Day.

Visual Lounge

We're half way through our "12 days of Screencasting. Have you found the tips useful? Today you're in for a tasty treat. Forget the Six Geese-a-Laying - who wants that?! Today's tip is from screencast expert and veteran Scott Skibell. All together now. "On the sixth day of Screencasting, Scott Skibell gave to me. Transparent Images!". So what's my present this year? Transparent images. Frames.

How Much Do People Forget?

Will at Work Learning

This blog post is excerpted from the full report, How Much Do People Forget? Click here to download the full report. You may also access the report and many other reports by going to my catalog page by clicking here. Everybody Wants to Know—How Much Do People Forget? For years, people have been asking me, “How much do people forget?” and I’ve told them, “It depends.” The learners’ prior knowledge.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Converting Empty Phrases to Gold

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby.   It is important to note that empty phrases relate to the reader's amount of interest concerning your topic. Empty words and phrases, such as the ones in bold in the preceding sentence, delay giving your readers the information they want, create a boring tone, and make your material seem vague and difficult. Strangely, these wordy phrases tend to pop up in the first sentence of an article or training document, right where you need to be grabbing the reader's attention and holding it. Then say those things instead. Let's try that on another example.

Learning Technology Trends To Watch In 2011

The eLearning Coach

A look back at what we've seen in 2010 and speculation about 2011. Post from: The eLearning Coach Learning Technology Trends To Watch In 2011. eLEARNING 2.0

The 12 Days of Screencasting - On the Fourth Day.

Visual Lounge

Listen up fellow Screencasters! Today's tip is from someone who has a lot of experience not only in front of the camera but also behind the scenes in production. Sean Carruthers has a ton of professional video experience. It's my pleasure to share his tips with you. Ready to sing with me? "On the fourth day of Screencasting, Sean Carruthers gave to me. ". You can find Sean on twitter here.

Free Storyboard Templates for e-Learning

eFront

What I really like about the e-Learning community is that the most e-Learning professionals have a great passion of sharing their knowledge. The least that I can do is to share with you a list of Free Storyboard Templates for e-Learning

How long does it take to create e-learning?

Clive on Learning

I often get asked how long it takes to create a piece of e-learning. As we all know e-learning means different things to different people, but usually people are asking about the formal stuff, in particular interactive self-study materials. Well, it’s hats off to Bryan Chapman of the Chapman Alliance who has surveyed 249 learning developers (I assume mostly from the US) to find out how long they spend on an average project, both in total and on the individual tasks. He also asked what the cost of this work was at internal rates.

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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.

Virtual World Presentation

Kapp Notes

Last night I had the pleasure of speaking to a group at the University of Washington Virtual Biodome. It was part of a innovative curriculum taught by Randy Hinrichs who is CEO of 2b3d. And, last night wearing the hat of professor teaching at University of Washington in a Virtual World Certification program. Jamm'n in the virtual world. Keep up the great work. Nice job. 3D worlds 3D worlds lrn3d

The 12 Days of Screencasting - On the First Day.

Visual Lounge

What would you ever do if someone gave you a partridge in a pear tree? often wondered that when hearing the song, " The Twelve Days of Christmas ". All the gifts were impractical in that song. thought it would be fun to make a more useful version of the traditional Christmas carol and change it to be "The 12 Days of Screencasting"! And, I'll share with you their insights over the next 12 days!

Adobe Captivate 5: Make Quick Work Out of Adding Audio to a Project

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. Adding audio to your Captivate project is one of the best ways to increase the effectiveness of the lesson. When the time comes to add audio, you have a couple of different options. For instance, if you want to add audio to the project slide, you would choose Audio > Import to > Slide. Again, not difficult stuff but certainly time-consuming. the gift of time.

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Want a cushy little number? Why not be a training specialist?

Clive on Learning

According to US News , Training Specialist (note the old-fashioned but nevertheless still largely accurate job title) is one of the to best careers for 2011, at least in the US. That's good news for all of you out there who fell foul of the recession. Here are some other interesting snippets from the article: Prospects (US figures): Employment is expected to jump by 50,500 jobs, or more than 23 per cent, to 267,000 jobs by 2018, the Labor Department reports. Activity level: Average. Stress level: Pretty low. Money (US figures): Median annual earnings were $52,120 in 2009.

How To Revamp Your Learning Model by Ryan Tracey

Learning Solutions Magazine

Informal learning today is a lot like the old saying about the weather: everybody talks about it, but nobody knows what to do about it. Here’s an approach to creation of an environment that will support both formal and informal processes. Design Strategies Future Trends Instructional Design Learning 2.0 Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Social Media

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.

The 12 Days of Screencasting - On the Fifth Day.

Visual Lounge

Who creates a screencast for an April Fool's Day joke ? Alan Lepofsky from SocialText does! Alan also won one of our Screencast of the Week awards last year. Alan is always finding new and interesting ways to use screencasts. That's why our next tip in the "12 Days of Screencasting" comes from him. Sing it with me. "On the fifth day of Screencasting, Alan Lepofsky gave to me. ".

Fair measures

Learning with e's

Many forms of assessment have been tried in schools. The current UK secondary curriculum is based on a combination of summative (exams) and continuous (project based) forms of assessment, and is thought to be fair because it measures learner performance over a long period of time. And yet this approach to assessment is flawed. But it's the best we have, I hear some of you say. Unported License.

What constitutes a Social Learning Culture?

The Learning Generalist

I've often thought of social learning as a very culture dependent phenomenon. A few weeks back I read an interesting article by Thierry de Baillon, his conclusion being - we don't need more social platforms, we need more human companies. A lot of social software marketing seems to suggest that the tools will change the world. On the other hand, I also see quite an amazing culture at ThoughtWorks.

Everything about ILT

Speak Out

How can an ID add value to an ILT? ILT requires as much instructional design as an eLearning does. Even if PPT is the backbone of your presentation, an ID can do a lot. Make sure the course is real. Give your slides character: You can do this using a template or interface for your presentation. Define a theme for your ILT. Visual Look and Feel : Use placeholders for images. Avoid too much text.

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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!

What’s Black & White and scanned all over? #QRCode

Dont Waste Your Time

Related posts: Augmented Reality on campus. QR Codes: In the Classroom. iTunes U: "better than going to class"? QR Codes Video eDelivery Podcast QR Code Technology Vodcast YouTube

Multiple identities

Learning with e's

Who am I? What is my online persona? Do I present myself as the same in every situation? What do I change about me when I find myself in an unfamiliar context? How do I act differently when I'm in a reduced social cue context such as text based communication? These and many other questions are currently being addressed by researchers who are interested in the study of digital identity.

Brainstorming for eLearning: Rules of Brainstorming

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. We know that some of the most effective training follows a problem-centered approach , engages learners , is abundant with practice and coaching, and simulates the work environment as closely as possible. Easier said than done, right? Let’s be honest – it’s challenging to create training like that (especially with the time constraints most of us work within!). If it were easy, we wouldn’t have so much eLearning with the page-turner design. So how do we do better? How about rounding up some colleagues for a brainstorming session? Brainstorming Rule #1: Withhold judgment.

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The Play’s The Thing: Learning from Games

Stoatly Different

This blog post first appeared as an article for the British Institute for Learning & Development’s Connect Magazine in Q4 this year. strongly urge you to check out the BILD and be on the look-out for this years conference! Epic win is a phrase you might not have heard before, but it’s popular in the gaming world. Jane McGonigal, speaking at the world famous TED conference in 2010, defined an Epic Win as an outcome that is so extraordinarily positive that you had no idea it was even possible until you achieved it. And play them they do. Motivating Players. That’s not Epic.

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.

The 12 Days of Screencasting - On the Third Day.

Visual Lounge

We're up to day three in " The 12 Days of Screencasting " series. know you know the words by now. Sing along! ?? "On the third day of Screencasting, Gary Short gave to me. "??. "I have three tips for the new screencaster and oddly, since screencasting is a visual medium, they are all to do with sound, something you may not have thought about. Firstly, I'd say, write a script.

The Fluidity of Learning in Today's Organizations

There Is No Chalk

The question is posed - as has been an annual tradition for several years now - in this month's Big Question: What have you learned about learning in the past year?For For me the answer to this question is easy: How people process information in the modern context, and how technology has enabled each person's inner individualist.A few months back I wrote a white paper for a masters class that dealt. information literacy curation performance improvement adult learning

New Tool: Create Awesome eLearning Interactions Online

eLearning Brothers

Make your eLearning Awesome! Quickly create eLearning Interactions. We’re excited to announce that you can now build amazing flash activities, quizzes, and games without using Flash or any programming. eLearning Interactions is an online tool that allows you to quickly build interactions that can be downloaded and embedded in whatever eLearning authoring software you use. How it works: 1.

Marc My Words: E-Dreaming by Marc J. Rosenberg

Learning Solutions Magazine

Marc’s wish list for the New Year. How many of these are on all our lists? Future Trends Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Management Strategies Professional Development Research

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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.

If the ancient Greeks only had Legos!

eContent

This is so very cool. The ancient Greeks developed a mechanical computer which they used to predict celestial events. All knowledge of their computing device was lost for over 2,000 years. In the year 1901, a shipwreck is discovered along with the Antikythera Mechanism. Fast forward a bit over 100 years and some Apple Computer engineers replicate and build a copy of the device using Legos! Legos

We Need to Save our Tigers

The Learning Generalist

My blog has a focus - learning and education in the enterprise. I do my best to not divert from this focus. Unless of course, there's something I really feel strongly about. First things first, there are just 3200 odd tigers left in the wild today. Of those about 1400 odd tigers are in India - most people believe this country to have the best chance of bringing the tiger back from extinction.

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Rapid Content Authoring Tools 2010 – Innovators, Winners and Updated Trends

eLearning 24-7

The end of the year is here, okay in just a few short weeks, but for those on vacation, the festivities have already began. In 2010, the RCAT market continued its upswing and nothing indicates to me it will be changing anytime soon.  Some acquisitions, some goodbyes, but overall very strong.  Innovation abounded and the push to focus on the “PPT to Flash&# angle continued to shine. Yet, there were some products that stood out, if nothing else – for taking the lead and doing something that says “yes  it is possible, and oh, it works&#. 31st). RCAT Product of the Year. Dynamic.

Adobe RoboHelp 8: Creating Multiple Topics From One Word Document

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. One of the most common ways to add new content to a RoboHelp project is by importing a Word document via File > Import > Word Document. If  If the Word document contains a TOC, Headers, Footers or Index, they will import nicely into RoboHelp. So how do you instruct RoboHelp to create several topics out of the one Word document? Read on.

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.

The 12 Days of Screencasting - On the Second Day.

Visual Lounge

According to the traditional Christmas carol, " The 12 Days of Christmas ", today we would have received two turtle doves. Well, my true love can keep the birds. Instead, let's continue with our next tip for the "12 days of Screencasting". We have a great tip for those just getting started in screencasting from Ian Ozsvald. Ian has made over 170 screencasts! He knows what he's talking about. Sing it loud and proud! "On the Second Day of Screencasting, Ian Ozsvald gave to me.". "If you haven't made a screencast - just get on with it. Start with Jing, graduate to Camtasia later.

Create a Chalkboard Template with These Simple Tips & More Than 40 Free Graphics

Rapid eLearning

Many of the rapid elearning courses I see use whiteboards or chalkboards. You can buy stock images of these, but it’s easy enough to create them in PowerPoint. So today, I’m going to share a few simple ways to create your own boards. Even if you don’t need to use them, there are some good PowerPoint tips that you could apply to other projects. And chalkboards usually have wood frames.

Gamification Explained at GoogleTechTalks

Kapp Notes

Here is a presentation by Gabe Zichermann who blogs at gamification.co that explains how gamification is fundamentally rewriting the rules of engagement for product design and marketing. From Foursquare to Farmville and from Nike to the Navy, game mechanics like points, badges, levels, challenges, rewards and leaderboards are being used in ever greater numbers. Check out the video. Content Guide

Top 12 posts of 2010, a year in review

Dont Waste Your Time

I’m not a big fan of ‘Top …’ lists, but I do like to organise my thoughts and have something to look back over to help me think and reflect on what I’ve done,  why I did it, and sometimes what I can do better next time. Here are my top 12 posts from the past 12 months. January, 2010: Be a better online educator by thinking like an online student. Happy Christmas.

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.

Talking Instructional Design to Non-Instructional Designers

Bottom-Line Performance

Hello!  I’m new as a Lessons on Learning blogger.  I am NOT a learning designer; I am a marketer, and when I started at BLP, I quickly found out there was a lot about learning that I didn’t understand.  I’d done stand-up training in the past so I thought I knew what it meant to design a training session.  Here are five things I try to do.  If you are a learning designer/instructional designer, I’m guessing these five things can help when you meet with clients: 1. Don’t assume the client knows what “instructional design&# is.  learning design

On Innovation

Viplav Baxi Meanderings

For my 200th post, I thought it would be a good idea to write about a possible model to comprehend the spate of technological changes happening around us. There is a wealth of material available on defining what  innovation really is. And, of course, multiple views and types of innovation have been identified and argued about. There is an interesting discussion here  summarized here.