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QR Codes: In the Classroom #QRCode

Dont Waste Your Time

But first … I have found that there is something about the QR Code generation we ought to know about; this is. Using a QR Code Generator (like ) means you can have the code store either a short URL or your contact details as text. Be warned: the more data you ask it to store the larger the final QR Code will be. Example: The BIT.LY address for my blog is [link]. Classroom.

Here Are Ten Rules to Create Engaging Elearning

Rapid eLearning

At the recent ASTD conference, I was asked how to create engaging elearning. If you’ve been reading the Rapid E-Learning Blog for a while, then you know I’ve tackled this subject before. decided to pull ten ideas that are fundamental to building good elearning courses. Rule 1: Don’t Create the Course. This is probably not the advice your client wants to hear. Rule 3: Understand Your Objectives.

24 Screencasts About Snagit in 24 Hours. Starts Now!

Visual Lounge

Here we go! It's time to kick off our marathon of 24 Screencasts about Snagit in 24 hours! Tune in live here. And, we will also have a chat room going in there as well. And, you can follow us on Twitter as well @techsmith and @betsyweber. We'll be giving some fun prizes throughout the day too! will post the videos on this blog post as soon as we finish producing them (I figured you didn't want 24 different blog posts). :-) We plan on recording close to the top of the hour if you'd like to tune in. And, we'll have several guests throughout the day. What do they have in common?

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3 Rs of Smarter Training Design: Reuse, Recycle, Renew


With many training and development departments stretched thin or nearly non-existent, the task of creating new online training is daunting enough. Who has time to think about, let alone do ,  maintenance?  Of course program maintenance is usually the one thing no one ever budgets [enough] time or money for. Don’t “Date Stamp” Your Material. Question the Need for New. Teach Trainees How to Fish.

How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

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ID - Instructional Design or Interactivity Design in an interconnected world?

Performance Learning Productivity

Instructional design is not only seen as a core competency for learning and development/training specialists, but it’s a huge industry, too. Most learning vendors tout their ‘expertise in instructional design’ as a key reason as to why we should engage them to produce learning content. have a real problem with this approach and the thinking behind it. And ‘action’ is the key word. Challenging?

Are You a Manager by Chance or by Choice?

Designed for Learning

Are you a manager by chance or by choice? The reason I ask this is because most managers become managers only by a matter of their vertical growth (by chance) in the organization and not necessarily because they can manage people well or that’s what they’d like to do (by choice). believe that most people are not prepared for the transition from managing self to managing others. They are made.

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UL Fun-e-toons: Rapid Learning

Upside Learning

Related posts: Should you be using rapid authoring tools? Top 25 Rapid eLearning Blog Posts Rapid Authoring – Freeform Vs Template Based.

LSG Webinar - Choosing the right social and collaboration platform for learning

The Learning Generalist

finally made it to this one. Had a busy afternoon till now, but now it's webinar time. Today's LSG webinar is by Jane Hart , one of the world’s leading experts in social and collaborative learning. In today's webinar she's promised to examine three platforms explin what they can and cannot offer. I'm kinda interested in what could be a low-cost Ning replacement. Will it be for a PLN/. site here.

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

“Finding a Place for Twitter in Higher Education” eLearn Magazine

Dont Waste Your Time

I received the email newsletter from eLearn Magazine earlier this week and was interested in the lead article: “ Finding a Place for Twitter in Higher Education “ The article makes some interesting points so please read the original on the link above, but I want to comment on just a couple of them; “Twitter has various educational uses in both developing countries and more developed ones. But the real tipping point for Twitter in education will only come if teachers can manage to add Twitter to their arsenal of teaching tools. The question is can they do it?&#. Web 2.0

Announcing new Text-to-speech voices in Captivate 5

Adobe Captivate

Take a moment and think about the eLearning content that was generated last year-. honestly, did you not create more courses with audio narration last year? My customer interactions definitely indicate that this is the case. And the single biggest reason is Captivate 4 voices. The NeoSpeech text-to-speech (TTS) feature really touched a chord. Many Captivate customers use TTS as the voice in the final published course. These folks have figured out how to use the dictionary to customize the NeoSpeech voices, and to use VTML tags to add more character to the voices.

PowerPoint 2007: Insert YouTube Videos, Part 2

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George Last week I showed you how to insert YouTube videos into a PowerPoint 2007 presentation, but in order for it to work you would need to be presenting on a computer with an internet connection. This week I'll show you how to insert a YouTube video when the computer you'll be presenting from does not have an internet connection. Copy the URL for the video.


Training Industry

Survey Results: Delivering Virtual Instructor-Led Training. Table of Contents. Survey Overview. 3. Key Findings. 3. About the Study. 4. Current State of VILT. 7. Strengths and Limitations of VILT. Elements of Effectiveness. About General

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.

Best of Both Worlds: Integrating Adobe Captivate and Articulate Presenter

eLearning Blender

Adobe Captivate and Articulate Studio have different skill sets and sometimes you need the best of both worlds. While Captivate is great for software simulations, I think Articulate is better for soft skills projects and tying the whole thing together. Because Captivate and Articulate have unique qualities you may come across the situation where you want the best of both worlds by using the two programs together. For example, I'm currently working on a project where branching scenarios lead into software simulations.

Mobile Learning Roundup: 10 Top Posts From Our Blog

Upside Learning

Mobile technology, by far, has been the most rapidly adopted technology in history. At Upside Learning, we understand this well and have constantly strived to address multifarious platforms in this technology space. Over the past couple of months, we have discussed how mobile technology will permeate into our lives, radically changing the way we live and learn. The Practice Of Mobile Learning.

Adobe Captivate 5: The Mother of All Upgrades!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel I've been using, writing about and teaching Captivate since, well. before the program was known as Captivate. I've seen all of the upgrades. I've been underwhelmed (Captivate 1 to 2 didn't do much for me) and amazed (Captivate 3 to 4 was a major step forward for the program). With the upgrade from Captivate 4 to 5, I'm awestruck. mean hate them. mean love them.

Google TV for Education

Learning and Technology

Earlier, Google showed their new Google TV solution. Some pundits dismissed it due to the fact that much of this technology exists, but I think that Google has a pretty good feel for timing. think the timing feels right for integrating television programming with web-browsing. There are so many factors that play into how TV is consumed and how people use the Internet in that same environment.

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.

Book Review: Ruth Clark’s Evidence-Based Training Methods

Learning Visions

I’ve been trying to read a lot lately – books, not just blogs. And I do find that the age-old book report is a great way to synthesize and encode all those juicy learning nuggets. My latest review: Ruth Clark’s Evidence-Based Training Methods: A Guide for Training Professionals. Recommendation: Thumbs Up. presented a webinar today and found myself quoting liberally from this book.

CloudCourse – Is it really a learning platform?

Upside Learning

Just very recently Google announced the release of CloudCourse , calling it both an internal learning platform and also a course scheduling system. Built entirely on Google’s App Engine, it is primarily a scheduling platform which integrates with Google Calendar. Coming from Google, built on its own App Engine, I wonder what Google wants (or wanted) to do with the tool.


mLearning: The Latest Trends and Why You Should Care

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Rosie Hausler Mobile Learning (mLearning) has been around for quite a while now. As a subset of Distance Learning and eLearning it has promised a more immediate and more flexible approach to those bleeding-edge providers that have wanted to deliver more complete blended training programs. If you consider the definition of mLearning as untethered (from cords and cables) and interactive (so learners can participate from almost anywhere), you can see how the limitations of the available legacy mobile devices have kept mLearning in the emerging phase over the last decade. Why now?

Google TV for Education

Learning and Technology

Earlier, Google showed their new Google TV solution. Some pundits dismissed it due to the fact that much of this technology exists, but I think that Google has a pretty good feel for timing. think the timing feels right for integrating television programming with web-browsing. There are so many factors that play into how TV is consumed and how people use the Internet in that same environment.

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.

3D Virtual Immersive Environment Role Plays

Kapp Notes

A 3D Virtual World role play provides a realistic environment in which two or more people act out a scenario. Role playing is valuable for immersing a trainee in a job she would actually be doing. This type of environment is flexible. No matter what direction a learner takes, the experienced person playing the other role can provide the right feedback and act appropriately for the role.

A Different Type of Recognition

Upside Learning

This quarter, our Social Welfare Group embarked upon its first activity: a blood donation camp, conducted in association with Ruby Hall Clinic’s Blood Bank. Saturday morning saw a flurry of preparations, and come 9:00 A.M., all was ready for the first donor. We had a total of 45 donors—not bad for starters! Some were hardened old hands, while others were first-time donors.

Adobe RoboHelp: Links to PDFs in the Baggage Files Folder

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel If you want to include PDFs in your RoboHelp Help System there are basically two ways to proceed. First, you can store the PDFs on your Web server and then create a standard link to the PDF from within any topic in your Help system. However, if you go that route, the PDFs won't be searchable from within the Help System. If you instead add the PDF to your Baggage Files folder, and then create links, the PDFs will be part of the generated Help System and the PDFs will be searchable via the Search tab. Sweet! Read on to learn how. On the General tab, give the page a title.


PowerPoint Tips from Seth Godin

Learning and Technology

There are nine, but this is my favorite. Lee Pay by the word. Here's the deal: You should have to put $5 into the coffee fund for every single word on the wordiest slide in your deck. 400 words costs $2000. If that were true, would you use fewer words? A lot fewer? I've said this before, but I need to try again: words belong in memos. Powerpoint is for ideas. Two if you have to. Three never.

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.