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We Need You! To Beta Test Camtasia for the Mac

Visual Lounge

One of the steps in software development is to beta test the software. And, we could use 50 - 100 beta testers for Camtasia for the Mac. Interested? Just fill out this shortly survey here. Troy Stein and the Camtasia team will review the submissions shortly. And, if you're accepted to beta test, you'll hear from them shortly. Thanks for your help in the development of Camtasia for the Mac!

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Whither the library?

Clark Quinn

I go to libraries, and check out books.  I admit it, when there’s a lot I want to read, I’d rather read it on paper (at 1200 dpi) versus on the screen.  And some recent debates have got me thinking about libraries in general, public and university.  There’re some issues that are unresolved, but leave me curious. As the editor on one for-profit journal (British Journal of Education Technology), and now on one ‘open access’ (Impact: Journal of Applied Research in Workplace E-learning), I’ve been thinking more about the role of the journal, and the library. 

50 Practical Tips & Tricks to Build Better E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

I’m in Orlando this week at the eLearning Guild’s Annual Gathering. If you happen to be there swing by the Articulate booth and say hello. On Wednesday, I’ll be facilitating a session on rapid elearning at the ID Zone. In fact, here’s a link to a resource page for that session. Many of the emails I get ask about information that I’ve gotten in previous posts.

Skimming and Learning Design

Tony Karrer

One of the common themes on my blog is the world we live in with availability of trillions of web pages, millions of people, and thousands of tools, has meant a significant and continuous change in our work literacy. It also has an impact on Learning Design and Learning Organizations … more on this below. Read the Whole Thing ? Note to self, figure out how this could have worked.)

How to Create a Customer Training Strategy

Want to develop an effective customer training strategy for your organization? Download this guide to learn some simple steps you can follow to set your team up for success. Click to download.

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Tips for facilitators in Ning

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

I've been exploring Ning a little further than I did and compared it to other forums like socialgo, collectivex and is open source, has a lot of similar functionalities to ning (and more- you can upload files easily) and is also without advertisements (for free!). The advantage of ning is that it is slightly more attractive in look and feel. Besides it is getting very popular.

Creds to the Classroom Trainers

eLearning Cyclops

Since the announcement of my bank's acquisition my e-learning projects have been cancelled. So, I have returned to the classroom to teach online professional networking, which has a focus on using LinkedIn.  I am not new to teaching face-to-face classes, but I have not done it on a consistent basis since 2002. Here are some of the great things about being in the classroom that either we do not have the advantage of in asynchronous e-learning or are at least a challenge for the e-learning designer. Meeting and knowing your audience (I mean literally meeting them). And getting anecdotal feedback.

Deja Vue All Over Again. More Lawsuits

Kapp Notes

Remember a few years ago when Blackboard claimed to have invented e-learning. ( Who invented e-learning? patent dispute shakes up academic computing ) and when Al Gore claimed to have invented the Internet. In that spirt of "hey I invented." another crazy is claiming to have invented virtual worlds and is suing everyone to prove they are right (you know it's the principle not the money.) thank you for your wisdom and for initially sharing virtual worlds for free.can I now send you a check). So the interesting thing is this kind of hubris upsets many people and some with deep pockets.

Calling all you customer service trainers?

From the Coleface

It’s funny how trends at the macroeconomic level sometimes fail to translate into microeconomic reality. Bearing in mind there’s a recession happening, you’d expect that companies would in general be far keener for business and therefore customer service would improve. Reflecting on the past couple of months I have had a substandard customer experience from several companies (if you don’t like being named and shamed look away now Audi, BT, Fox & Sons, Lloyds TSB and Sky). So what’s actually going on? Possibly. training

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.

Informal Learning About Accessibility

Experiencing eLearning

Two weeks ago, I posted a poll that asked How Do You Learn About Accessibility? The poll is still open, so you can still vote, but I wanted to share the results so far. This is an extremely small sample size, so please don’t consider this scientific research. I had 76 votes total but that counts the number of votes, not people. If you checked three choices, that’s three votes. It does seem like there isn’t much formal learning about accessibility happening though; most of the responses were for various kinds of informal learning. Web sites: 20% (15 votes). Blogs: 14%.

Brain rules #1

Clive on Learning

John Medina's excellent book Brain Rules has received quite a bit of attention already (see my original post based on the videos and online information I explored first on John's website , as well as Donald Clark's recent review ), but I've only just got round to reading it properly and I want to take a look at each of the twelve rules in a bit more detail. Whether I sustain this remains to be seen. John is a developmental molecular biologist (whatever that means) and serious about distinguishing brain myths from brain facts, so I've got some confidence in his work.

Questions Before You Ask

Tony Karrer

I need some help with appropriate way to handle a somewhat common situation. Let me set this up a bit … I've said many times in presentations and on this blog that I really like to get questions. To me, that's the fun part. It's so much fun that I spend time on posts like Social Grid Follow-up just going through and answering the questions that came up during the presentation. also have an open invite to engage me around Conversation Topics. Both of these helps me learn, understand what is interesting to others, and where people find challenges. I'm working on XXX. Read through What You Find 5.

Flashback: DIY vs. Formal Learning

Learning Visions

I was looking through my blog recently, finding some old nuggets from my early days (which was all of two years ago!) This post stood out: DIY vs. Formal Learning. So what's changed in the past two years with the rise of social media tools? Are more people doing it themselves? Is the economy pushing that change?

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.

Survey Says.

Kapp Notes

One article that I wrote seems to get more attention than any other, it is called How Long Does it Take? Estimation Methods for Developing E-Learning and while the formulas and ideas in the article are up-to-date (written in 2003), one section really needs to be updated. That is the section on Industry Standards. have a feeling some of those numbers may have changed but I'd like to seek confirmation. So, if you are a designer or developer of e-learning, please take a moment to complete a survey that will help update those numbers. Here is a link to the survey.

Three months a-Twittering

Clive on Learning

Back at Online Educa in Berlin last December, I made the decision to undertake a three month trial of Twitter. must admit I didn't really get it, but I was encouraged by the enthusiasm of Jane Hart , Josie Fraser and others, and decided to give it a go. Well, the three months are now up and it's time to reflect on my experience. Do I continue or call it a day? The stats show a reasonable amount of activity: I am following 107 others, 286 are following me and I have made 343 tweets, which works out at about 3 or 4 a day. Technically all this has worked fine and cost me nothing. I'm not sure.

Skills Training

Tony Karrer

Skills Gap There's a great post by Catherine Lombardozzi - Learning 2.0 that discusses the skills that "many employees … well beyond school … could use help in developing … skills are different." She goes on to list out the skills and I think it's quite a good list. When I combined this with a common theme across a lot of my writing and on Work Literacy : Tool Set 2009 ASTD Follow-Up I'm more convinced all the time that there's a gap in awareness and skills among Concept Workers. describe this as the Tilde Effect. Skills Training? I'm not so sure that really works. eLearning Technology.

elearning, strategically

Clark Quinn

While I’ve lots more to say, I put a short version of my vision of elearning strategy in Michael Allen’s 2009 e-Learning Annual.  It’s about both getting the individual elements right, and establishing the connections between the elements to achieve synergy, not irrelevance (or worse). However, I did want to make my chapter available, and am happy to say that I’ve done so.


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.

Grown up digital

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

I read the book 'Grown up digital' by Don Tapscott. I was curious to understand more about the generational differences. I've definitely not grown up digital; I almost missed the introduction of digital technologies because I was living in a village in Mali that did not even have telephone or electricity. Often when I mention generational differences, people start whiping the issue under the carpet by refering to their grandma who is 86 and skypes with her daughter in Australia. So I do think there are differences. The Tapscott kids are not examplary for a whole generation. and what do I do??).

Lectora Score to LMS Basics

Learning Developments

I have completed developing my first course in Lectora and it is ready to run inside the LMS. The LMS I am using is Saba. This is important to note because each LMS handles SCORM content slightly differently and some SCORM related settings must be adjusted appropriately. For this course, I am not requiring a passing score for an assessment. Lectora Saba SCORM

Is Twitter the Semantic Web?

Learning with e's

Saw a blog post from Alan Cann over at the University of Leicester this evening which got me thinking. His post was entitled ' Twitter drives traffic to blogs and social networks ', and in it he claims that Twitter is the semantic web. He has a great poem on his site called ' The Semantic Web will not be Televised ' which expresses this idea perfectly.

A wee bit o’ experience…

Clark Quinn

A personal reflection, read if you’d like a little insight into what I do, why and what I’ve done. Reading an article in Game Developer about some of the Bay Area history of the video game industry has made me reflective.  As an undergrad (back before there really were programs in instructional technology) I saw the link between computers and learning, and it’s been my life ever since.  I designed my own major, and got to be part of a project where we used email to conduct classroom discussion, in 1978! Since then, I’ve been an independent consultant.

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.

Miro HD Video Player

Take an e-Learning Break

Miro is a free application that turns your computer into an Internet TV video player. It can play almost any video file and offers over 6,000 free Internet TV shows and video podcasts. You can put your own videos on Miro and then offer it to your students via RSS feed. Check it out: [link


Lectora Score to LMS Basics

Learning Developments

I have completed developing my first course in Lectora and it is ready to run inside the LMS. The LMS I am using is Saba. This is important to note because each LMS handles SCORM content slightly differently and some SCORM related settings must be adjusted appropriately. For this course, I am not requiring a passing score for an assessment.

YouTube is skill in music

Learning with e's

YouTube is blocking all music videos from its service in the UK from today, due to a disagreement with the Performing Right Society (PRS). YouTube has clashed with other media owners in the past too, and there seems to be no end to the disagreements that could be had between old and new media. The initial outlay was alarming, with studio and production costs very steep. Please think again YouTube.

Monday Broken ID Series: Summaries

Clark Quinn

Previous Series Post. This is one in a series of thoughts on some broken areas of ID that I’m posting for Mondays.  The intention is to provide insight into many ways much of instructional design fails, and some pointers to avoid the problems. The point is not to say ‘bad designer’, but instead to point out how to do better design. When it comes to closing the elearning experience, not surprisingly too often we drop the ball here, too.  Our endings tend to be too abrupt, and merely rehash what has been learned, and, if we’re lucky, point out further directions.

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.