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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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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.

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

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 Create a Customer Training Strategy

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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

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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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

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

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.

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.

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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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.

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

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.

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.

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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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

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.

Workplace learning is like learning a second language

Jane Hart

In a recent comment on my blog I compared learning in the modern day workplace with learning a second language. The more I thought about this analogy, the more it worked quite well to make my points about what workplace learning is all

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

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.

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. ".

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.

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.

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The Year’s Most Thought-Provoking Training Blog Posts

Mindflash

It’s that time of year again — the onslaught of top 10 lists, wistful reflections, and flawed predictions for the year to come. Enjoy! Visual Design in Online Training. In 2010, the humble infographic managed to achieve communication rockstar status without losing its geek credibility. This Watch and appreciate the clever and informative use of pictures and words. Yoda would be proud.

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.

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.

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.