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Finding a MMOLE/Virtual Learning World Vendor

Kapp Notes

A screen shot from the MMOLE of ProtoSphere. There are a number of preliminary things to consider when beginning to search for vendors to assist you in developing a MMOLE. Tie your request to a business need. Successful projects start by aligning virtual world needs with your organization’s goals. When the vendor understands the business requirements, they can better craft the solution.

Ten commandments of e-learning (content design)

Clive on Learning

Cath Ellis recently set out her ten commandments of e-learning and this prompted me to try and articulate my own. Now e-learning's a big subject if you include all its many variants - formal and informal, synchronous and asynchronous and so on - and if you take into account all the issues relating to its management and marketing. So, what I've done is restrict my thoughts to the design of interactive, e-learning content, drawing heavily from the 60-minute masters : Structure into modules. Keep each module to one main idea. That's enough for most learners to cope with in one session.

What We Can Learn About Instructional Design from Post-it_ Notes - The Rapid eLearning Blog

Rapid eLearning

VTML tags in Text to Speech !

Adobe Captivate

VTML (VoiceText Markup Language) - This Powerful hidden gem in Text to Speech helps you control the generated speech by adding pause, changing the pitch etc ! This post on customizing text to speech Pronunciations received many comments requesting a way to control the generated speech with html like tags. The interesting thing is that this feature is already there in Captivate 4 ! Even more interesting is the fact that it is so simple to use. All you need to do is insert the appropriate tags into the slide notes. You can type in (or copy paste) the tags just like you do any other text.

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My Top Ten Tools for Learning 2009

Experiencing eLearning

I’m updating my Top Ten Tools for Learning for Jane Hart’s Top 100 list. I decided this year that I wouldn’t look at my 2007 or 2008 lists first and would just start fresh. I’m also organizing my list into tools for personal learning and for developing courses. Personal Learning. When I’m actively working on new ideas, this is where I collect my thoughts.

Video debate: the future of e-learning

Clive on Learning

The debate addresses the following questions: Has e-learning come of age to replace classroom learning? Is the best approach a blended one? What technologies can help

Dangerous Duo :)

Kapp Notes

Lately I've had the great opportunity to work side by side with Clark Aldrich and John Cone. I'm learning a lot working with these two wonderful learning minds. Here I caught them trying to leave without me:) __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.

The Big Question: Stuck? Getting Unstuck.

ID Reflections

There's really quite a bit to this question. I’ll begin by quoting something I read in Tony Karrer’s blog, eLearning Technology. In the post, What Clients Want: eLearning Technology , he writes: Stunning: Even after all the hot air expelled ink spilled and electrons excited in the last 10 years regarding how we ought to be measuring business results, nobody is doing it !!!!!!!!! Not at all!

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Old School is New Again

Bottom-Line Performance

It’s May, which means final exams are just around the corner for our school kids. I’m brought back to my junior year in high school. It was a late night cram session with a couple of my girlfriends. We were studying for our social studies Regents Exam. For any of you from New York State, you may be familiar with the all or nothing exam given at the end of the year - pass the test or spend your summer at school. We weren’t too worried about the exam and we were actually having a pretty good time that night. With each new topic we would look at each other and say, “They won’t ask that!”

Design by status

Clive on Learning

One of the main decisions a designer of learning interventions has to make is the social context best suited to the learning requirement, the audience characteristics and the practical contsraints and opportunities. The main options that the designer has to choose from are self-study, one-to-one learning and learning in a group. If you're middle management, you get group training in classrooms.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Name That Tool

Learning Visions

I just got a FaceBook query from someone and I thought you all could help: I'm looking for a tool you might have come across, but I don't even know what product/programming group it belongs to. I want to be able to ask people a series

Call for eLearning Demonstrations

Tony Karrer

One of the hardest things to find are real-life examples of different kinds of eLearning solutions. On May 21, Learn Trends will be hosting a free online event where the people who have developed interesting eLearning solutions will demonstrate and briefly discuss what they've done. This is an online call for people who can "demonstrate" their system. Even if you can't participate - please help me get the word out on this. Because of my concerns about bandwidth - demonstrations will really be screen shot slides. Sorry. But it can still be done - just screen shot it and plan to explain it.

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Rules, Shmules - Structuring eLearning and online collaboration

Bottom-Line Performance

As a general rule, I’m very pragmatic. My questions tend to be “how&# - How will we accomplish that? How does that impact our other initatives? That’s why I really like it when we can condense lots of thoughts into a few key points. Cath Ellis recently posted her “Ten Commandments of eLearning&#. As I read it, I realized that it’s really about collaboration spaces and/or distance learning. She offers several good tips and things to consider when creating interactive sharing and learning portals. It was also during those conversations that I was most engaged.

508 Compliance, Even If You Do Not Need To

eLearning Cyclops

Even if your organization does not require courses to be 508 compliant , e-learning designers/developers should still take accessibility into consideration. In my current position I am not required to make my courses compliant. This does alleviate me from the arduous task of meeting strict 508 compliance guidelines. However, I find that there are many simple steps that can improve the level of accessibility, which take little effort on our part but makes a course more accessible to audience members with disabilities. To get a better understanding of 508 compliance, here a few resources.

Name That Tool

Learning Visions

I just got a FaceBook query from someone and I thought you all could help: I'm looking for a tool you might have come across, but I don't even know what product/programming group it belongs to. I want to be able to ask people a series of questions and correlate their answers with topic areas to indicate what courses they should take. So if you say, yes I have signoff authority for travel vouchers, I could tell this tool to mark four courses. I'd want to be able to do a couple things with the data before giving the user feedback. But that's not really my expertise. Can you name any names?

Diffusion of Innovations

Kapp Notes

Helping an organization to adopt a new technology is not easy. Often resistance is encountered and people become frustrated. To help organizations understand this process of how an innovation (new technology) is adopted among members of a group, researcher Everett M. Roger has done extensive study of how new technologies are accepted among social groups. Rogers is the author of the well-known book, “Diffusion of Innovations.” In his book and research, Rogers describes the characteristics of an innovation that makes it attractive for a group to adopt. Rogers, pg.5)

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Funny Training Videos

Bottom-Line Performance

Ok, try something on your next coffee break. Go to YouTube and type the words “training&# and “funny&# into the search. You might get some dog training videos, but you may be surprised by the number of actual training videos that are out there. And you’ll probably be even more surprised by how funny many of them actually are. Fair warning: If you don’t like fake blood, stay away from some of the safety videos. Ewwww!). My personal favorite tries to explain a new customer base and a new sales promotion all in 8 minutes. Check it out! Click here to view the embedded vide

Debating the future of e-learning (video)

Lars is Learning

I recently took part in a video debate for the British Computer Society (BCS) which discusses the future of e-learning. Good opportunity to discuss some key issues with Clive Shepherd, Chair of the e-Learning Network; Samantha Kinstrey, MD of 2e2 Training; Laura Overton, MD of Towards Maturity; and Jooli Atkins of Matrix FortyTwo and Chair of the BCS Information and Technology Training Specialist.

Twitter Learning

Tony Karrer

Saw a tweet this morning from @willrich45 ( Will Richardson ): Reading: " Why Most Twitter Users Give Up " Interesting how edTwitterers use it for learning, unlike most, it seems. This is a big meme right now based on a Nielsen study that resulted in the blog post: Twitter Quitters Post Roadblock to Long-Term Growth. I'm not surprised to see that there are lots of people who sign up and then leave. Contrary to what Will implies in his tweet, I'm not sure that among edTwitterers there's really that much of a difference in the effect for people who use it as a learning tool. Thoughts?

It’s Cammy for Kineo

Clive on Learning

Blogging connections certainly make the world a smaller place. I met Cammy Bean at an eLearning Guild event in Boston, having followed her blog Learning Visions for some time. As a result we went on to collaborate in putting together the 60-minute masters , a curriculum for an e-learning course for rapid e-learning designers. E-learning developer Kineo developed the first implementation of this curriculum. Well, all those connection have paid off, because Cammy has been appointed Kineo’s VP of Learning Design in the US, leading on learning design solutions for Kineo’s US clients.

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

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Test Driving Google Labs' Similar Images

eLearning Cyclops

I took the time today to check out Google Labs' Similar Images , which was recently released. It does make the search quite a bit easier. A challenge I have always found when searching images via Google Images was that I had to sort through many unrelated images that shared the same keywords. With Similar Images even if you have many images unrelated to what you intended, you only have to identify one that is the subject you were looking for and click the "similar images" link below it. As they describe it: Similar Images allows you to search for images using pictures rather than words.

Global Conversations

ID Reflections

Blogging is no longer what it used to be--outpourings of an individual's thoughts and ideas. To be honest, a somewhat narcissistic activity. Today, even as a very sporadic blogger, I feel the hum of "conversation". The blogging community is like a huge, gigantic meeting room--where the participants are invisible to each other but nonetheless responding to each other. One post is a trigger for thousand others with layers of links and trackbacks. No longer are blogs disconnected entities--private pages of individuals. It is exciting times we are living in, and I am so glad.

Learning Goals

Tony Karrer

In talking with Jay Cross about the recent Learn Trends session and through experience in the #lrnchat , I've come to realize that there are easier personal disconnects for me with informal, social learning experiences and my personal learning goals. Let me provide some context … I'm an Infovore (sometimes called an Information Addict ). As such, I have to be careful about not oversubscribing or falling prey to the myth of keeping up. I have various techniques that I use as part of my Information Radar where I specifically control the flow and try to improve filtering. somewhere.

Brain rule #5

Clive on Learning

Rule 5: Repeat to remember While repetition is covered in this chapter, the main idea underlying this rule is that "information is remembered best when it is elaborate, meaningful and contextual. the quality of the encoding stage is one of the single greatest predictors of learning success. quality of encoding' means the number of door handles one can put on the entrance to a piece of information." " Medina makes three key assertions: "The more elaborately we encode information at the moment of learning, the stronger the memory."

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