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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.

Screencast of the Week - Flotzam

Visual Lounge

A big part of my job is to listen. I am the conduit between you and the company and I need to make sure the different teams at TechSmith hear your feedback. Feedback often comes in through a variety of channels including email, our website , in person at a tradeshow or online in a blog post, on Twitter, and other places. found out they used a little app called Flotzam at Microsoft Mix. Enjoy!

Easy ways to create your elearning templates

The Learning Generalist

Putting together an e-learning/ presentation template in Powerpoint or Keynote can be quite easy. What most of us struggle with is color combinations. used this very example to create a little fictitious demo of an airline's features. All it took was the creation of a custom shape in Keynote, a few drop shadows here and there, a character from Design Comics and I was done. Sumeet Moghe, 2009.

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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.

Learning Object Interview

Kapp Notes

After my post Inexpensive Game Shells: Add Your Own Content , eLearning Teacher & Entrepreneur Jon Aleckson posted some information and thoughts about what Kay Chitwood the Director of Learning Innovations at Fox Valley Technical College did concerning learning objects since she is the lead on the project that lead to the creation the learning objects. You can read what Jon had to say in his post Queen of Learning Objects. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.

When should you use Informal Learning?

Upside Learning

In his webinar titled ‘Learning isn’t what you thought it was’, Jay Cross made a strong case for informal learning. He reiterated its advantages and told us why we should be considering it seriously. While there doesn’t seem to be any doubt about its popularity in the learning domain, the webinar set me thinking about the possible pros and cons of informal learning. about these tools.

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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Easy ways to create your elearning templates

The Learning Generalist

Putting together an e-learning/ presentation template in Powerpoint or Keynote can be quite easy. What most of us struggle with is color combinations. used this very example to create a little fictitious demo of an airline's features. All it took was the creation of a custom shape in Keynote, a few drop shadows here and there, a character from Design Comics and I was done. Sumeet Moghe, 2009.

Technology as philosophy

George Siemens

Technology is not neutral. We don’t apply it to our teaching in a “plug in and use&# approach. Technology is philosophy. Tools embed views and influence action. Google permits access to information (when not blocked). Blogs and wikis permit openness and information sharing. As any system of this nature, the will to power is strong. The desire to re-create society on the premise that drives the technology field forward is natural. In Iraq with Web 2.0 Iraq is short on the mojo that widespread internet can bring and the fast-track economic jolt that entrepreneurs feed on.

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.

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.

Ten Commandments of eLearning Design

eLearning Weekly

Cath Ellis has a great post outlining her Ten Commandments of eLearning. These basic principles, if adhered to, can make a huge difference in whether or not a project will be successful. These principles apply whether you are designing an eLearning course or introducing a new tool for your learners (ex. blog, wiki, discussion board, etc.). Here’s a summary of the Ten Commandments, but be sure to read Cath’s post for detailed information on each of the items: Put the pedagogy (not the technology) first. Be aware of workloads and work patterns (yours and theirs). Model good practice.

Experiences with Elearning on the Mac

The Learning Generalist

Its a bit of a pity that there are "no good rapid-elearning tools" (take this with a pinch of salt for now) for the Mac. When it comes to Windows of course, there's quite a wide array of tools in Articulate , Raptivity , Mohive , Captivate and what have you. Second of course, Quizmaker 09 is woefully slow on my virtual machine, so I have good reason to avoid it unless I really need it.

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. have various techniques that I use as part of my Information Radar where I specifically control the flow and try to improve filtering. somewhere.

Pay Attention!

George Siemens

How do you handle students/colleagues who are actively handling email, twittering, facebooking, and whatever-else-ing while you are conducting a class or attending a meeting? Some educators adopt a “it’s the student’s choice&# attitude, while others require learners to be present. Howard Rheingold posits attention as a form of literacy : I want my students to learn that attention is a skill that must be learned, shaped, practiced; this skill must evolve if we are to evolve. Related: PR 2.0

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.

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E-Learning Provocateur

A little while ago, I attended an executive briefing about cloud computing , hosted by SMS Management & Technology and presented by Paul Slakey , Director of Americas & Asia Pacific at Google , and Peter Coffee , Director of Platform Research at Salesforce.com. What is cloud computing? Head in the clouds. According to Paul and Peter, it’s clear that cloud computing is a rising trend.

My Top Ten Tools for Learning 2009

Experiencing eLearning

10. I’m updating my Top Ten Tools for Learning for Jane Hart’s Top 100 list. 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.

Twitter VLE Conversation - Best of eLearning Last Week

Tony Karrer

In case you missed any of these great posts last week - here's a recap of what the top stuff was from eLearning Learning. Top Posts The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals. Kapp Notes , April 20, 2009 Fantastic File Converter - eLearning Acupuncture , April 24, 2009 Throw away your powerponits, simply use Prezi - Ignatia Webs , April 21, 2009 Learning Tools: for the Educator/Teacher - Don't Waste Your Time , April 20, 2009 Top Other Items The following are the top other items based on social signals. Really. Browse eLearning Content

CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2009

Upside Learning

CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) recently published their annual Learning and Development report and is now available for download. Some data that’s emerged is quite interesting. “Fewer practitioners (39 per cent) are involved in “introducing or extending e-learning” this year, a fall of 6 per cent on 2008.&#. In all probability it’s a combination of these and more.

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!

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.

eLearning mash-up follow-up: Articulate presenter and Flash 10 compatibility

Ignatia Webs

Just a quick note : a useful fix for those working with Articulate presenter and are upgrading to the Flash 10 player. couple of months ago I wrote a post about a combination of Articulate presenter, Captivate, Camtasia, social media incorporation and a high definition webcam. It was a quick mash-up, but it resulted in a useful combination of tools that simply look cool.

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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

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!

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.

See How Easily You Can Design a Consistent Look for Your E-Learning Courses - The Rapid eLearning Blog

Rapid eLearning

Mobile content community: great news Judy Brown has launched a mobile content community

Ignatia Webs

Judy Brown is a pioneer in mobile learning. She has worked on a variety of mobile projects both in the North and in the South. If you ever have the possibility of meeting her in person and see her present her work, take that chance immediately. It is a really great resource to peruse through, so take some time and see for yourself. Her own current interests can be followed on the mLearnopedia blog.

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.

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!”

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.

My e-Learning Talk at Wawasan Open University (WOU)

ZaidLearn

WOU's Summary of My Talk e-Learning Talk (Slideshare) eBook - 69 Learning Adventures in 6 Galaxies WHY WOU? I was invited to spend two days at Wawasan Open University (WOU) to meet some of the key people there and share ideas about e-learning and so on. It was a thrill to interact with everyone from the Vice Chancellor to the driver. Don't we love such buzz words!). Amazing! Again, amazing!

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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. 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.

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.

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.

My e-Learning Talk at Wawasan Open University (WOU)

ZaidLearn

WOU's Summary of My Talk e-Learning Talk (Slideshare) eBook - 69 Learning Adventures in 6 Galaxies WHY WOU? I was invited to spend two days at Wawasan Open University (WOU) to meet some of the key people there and share ideas about e-learning and so on. It was a thrill to interact with everyone from the Vice Chancellor to the driver. Don't we love such buzz words!). Amazing! Again, amazing!

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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?

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.

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

How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy

A staggering 80% of sales professionals report they don’t remember or implement their lessons from annual sales kickoff meetings.Our new publication, available below, explores how companies can avoid costly mistakes in sales training.

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)

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?