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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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Sense-making with PKM

Learning and Working on the Web

Note: This is a revised HTML version of previous PDF’s posted on the site , which should make it easier for sharing. We may learn on our own but usually not by ourselves. People learn socially. In looking at how we can make sense of the growing and changing knowledge in our respective professional fields, I see two parallel processes that support each other. Categorize. Make Explicit. Write.

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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.

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.

Make your own cartoons online

eLearning Acupuncture

Ever wanted to be a cartoonist, but can't draw? Welcome to my world. Anyway, I came across today and this website is letting me live my dream (free of charge!). I can now easy make cartoons by simply dragging and dropping backgrounds, characters, and props, etc. Try it. You'll like it. Here's a sample 3 panel cartoon that I made - it took me about 10 mins. Not bad for a 1st time.

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.

Informal learning short-cut: alerts bring your interested parties closer to you

Ignatia Webs

Yesterday I twittered that I was looking forward to the release of the Nokia N97. Nothing special there, but my tweet got intercepted by Nokia and within a couple of hours the twitter account of Nokia N97 (not a bot the twitter account assures me) was following me. Than it dawned on me that I have never been writing a post on alerts. Let’s say you are interested in self-regulated learning ?

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.


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.)

Tentative 3D Book Outline--Based on Your Input

Kapp Notes

A few weeks ago, I posted a request for feedback on a book I am working on with Tony O'Driscoll tentatively called Learning in 3D asking what was needed in such a book. The post called Book on 3D Learning Environments: What Do You Want From It? got some awesome responses from Guy W. Wallace , Carol, Catherine Lombardozzi , Jacob Everist , Geeta Bose , Rachel , and Dave Ferguson.

Network aspects: communication, a whitepaper on Networks in Organizations' and why social intelligence is an asset (also in business)

Ignatia Webs

One of the difficult parts of eLearning is to get a community going. The separation of students, the cultural differences and the loss of non-verbal communication can affect the learning network between learners (be it students or employee learners). Networks and communication is becoming increasingly important, but networks have many dynamics working within them.

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.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: 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

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.

X minutes

In the Middle of the Curve

During the AG09 morning session, Craig Wiggins tweeted : misconception 2: "I need you to create 1 hr of training" what huh? learning is supposed to render that irrelevant I have been thinking about this same issue for almost a week. Karl Kapp has posted a survey to see how much time it takes for us to develop e-learning. link to Karl's survey. This is where I demonstrate my complete lack of professionalism. have my "Instructional Designer" badge ready to turn in, if necessary. There are only 3 time measures I look at. 1) What is the maximum amount of time I have with the student? Minutes.

From David Hockney to Photosynth: applications that build on social media content

Ignatia Webs

During the latest mobile learning conferences, I was frequently surprised by the surplus of mobile learning possibilities. One of which is that the user would use her/his mobile phone, not just to capture the environment (whether it is audio, video, picture), but also to add to the reality s/he is experiencing. In the coming weeks I will be posting some of these reality enhancing mobile solutions.

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.

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.

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

Informal learning in everyday practice: getting to know a city and its symbols

Ignatia Webs

What a couple of weeks! Combining formal learning, with speaking at conferences, informal learning and a full time job is just not my idea of great time management. Nevertheless I did order my own agenda, so I can only blame myself for cramping it in such a way that I had to give up blogposting just to keep my mind sane. Barcelona and Bremen were inspiring though.

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.

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!

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%.

(Waves Hi to Everyone)

In the Middle of the Curve

A few odds and ends in more than 140 characters. - I get to go to the exotic locale of Philadelphia PA this month instead of Orlando FL. As a result, I am looking at: Mark O's Cover It Live for AG 09. Tracy Hamilton's Live Blog of AG 09 (Way to go Tracy!!!!) The Gordon Ramsay of eLearning - Shawn Rosler starts the blog just to twitter AG09. That just ROCKS!!!!! The AG 09 Twitter Feed (Hey Brent - why so worried? See pic lower left) The AG09 Live! Why did I forgo AG09 (one of my favorite conferences EVER) to go to yet another vendor conference? Major. enterprise. upgrade.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Learning from Worms—and Words

Electronic Papyrus

In future postings on this blog, I will talk about new frontiers in science education publishing. But today I’d like to take you back to an earlier era to celebrate a previous revolution in thinking made possible by science publishing. This year marks the 200-year anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the famous English naturalist. Thousands of copies were sold.

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.

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.

Intellectual Capital


Intellectual capital seems to be making a comeback. It features as the cover story of the current issue of People Management , and the expression, dormant for a while, seems to be in use again. For me, this is a welcome development. It first emerged in the 1990s, and was a vogue expression, along with knowledge management, in the most swollen state of the dot com bubble.

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.

Kindling for Ideas

Gram Consulting

I came across another interesting web 2.0 app recently. It’s called Kindling and it allows users to submit an idea, discuss it and then vote on it.  From the companies website… “Kindling makes it easy for your group to submit, discuss and vote on ideas. Similar applications have been creatively used by Starbucks ( MyStarbucksidea ) and Dell ( Ideastorm ) to collect customer ideas. 

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

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.

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.

Kern's Second Workshop on Web 2.0 in Mumbai - Post Lunch


The session is underway post lunch! Vaishnavi is doing a great job of facilitating this group of enthusiastic and vocal participants. Every participant has great insights and opinions to share - which has made the session very interactive. Now, the participants had a go at the Virtual World. They created their 'avatars' and explored places - from IKEA to Coca Cola to Amity Business School!