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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 qrcode.kaywa.com ) 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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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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Heads you win, tails you lose

Learning and Working on the Web

The Long Tail is one of the most commonly quoted models for business on the Internet: The Long Tail or long tail refers to the statistical property that a larger share of population rests within the tail of a probability distribution than observed under a ‘normal’ or Gaussian distribution. In pocket #2 of the curve, he also talks in terms of the creator. Why is that?

Broadband Haves and Have Nots

Learning and Technology

According to the FCC, about 93 million Americans don’t use fast, broadband Internet, citing cost and complexity as a factor in their refusal to enter the 20th century. The study, below, found that 80 million adults and 13 million children either still use dial-up or don’t use the Internet at all at home, suggesting that either the survey methodology might be flawed or we’re in serious trouble. Read the rest of this entry » via feedproxy.google.com It would be interesting to overlay West Virginia's demographics to this chart. also don't think this reflects demand. That is a separate issue.

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.

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.

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

Mindflash

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.

Sizing Up an eLearning Lesson

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. If you’re designing a one-week course, or even a partial day course, how do you divide its content into lessons? Intuitively, I used to define lessons by topic. Some lessons I’ve designed are as short as 15 minutes, while others are up to four hours. The topic would drive the length. Conversely, an instructional designer I used to work with felt strongly that a lesson should be an hour, and he would look for ways to logically organize content into one-hour chunks. Why does lesson size matter? the end of a lesson). Do you aim for a certain lesson length? By tasks?

Top 10 Qualities of a Good Manager

Learn and Lead

Loved this post by Taruna Goel where she asks if you are a manager by choice or by chance. Taruna nails it when she shares her view of top 10 qualities of a good manager. These are: It is about people. It is about management. It is about mutual respect. It is about work ethics. It is about being responsible and accountable. It is about letting go. Good managers never micro-manage. It is about communication. It is about thinking out-of-the-box. It is about developing yourself. It is about still being friendly. Head over to her blog to read the whole post.

Video: Sir Ken Robinson “Bring on the learning revolution!”

Dont Waste Your Time

This is a follow on, from Sir Ken Robinson’s  2006 talk at TED ,where he “makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning – creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.&#. Related posts: Video: Educational Transformation, Sir Ken Robinson. Video: Bring your presentation alive. Video eLearning Academia 2.0

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.

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.

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.

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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.

“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

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.

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!

Memorable eLearning on Budget

Upside Learning

Going through my feeds yesterday, I came across this great post by Cathy Moore titled – “ How to design eLearning thats memorable and budget friendly ”. In this, she has included a 5-part video series from her presentation at the UK eLearning Network earlier this month. The essence of what she says in these videos about doing eLearning on budget is: 1. Take a look at the videos below.

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?

Here are 6 Tips to make your Rapid Elearning a Success

The Learning Generalist

A few days back I ordered a large meal at a restaurant. Unfortunately, the food tasted awful - really awful. My first thought was to curse the chef - not for one moment did I think of complaining about the ingredients. strange thought came to my mind. A bad chef with great ingredients, can still produce an awful meal. Rapid elearning is not about cutting corners with design. Sumeet Moghe, 2009.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Once more, across that chasm

Learning and Working on the Web

Geoffrey Moore’s analogy of “ crossing the chasm ” is that any new technology is quickly adopted by innovators and early adopters, but there is a chasm to cross in order to get the more pragmatic majority to adopt the new technology. For marketing, this is the real challenge – can the new product get widespread acceptance? spend much of my time watching the innovators, and.

What does a facilitator of an online learning trajectory do?

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

I'm helping different people to facilitate online trajectories. It's always funny to see that people who are experienced facilitators face-to-face are so scared for an online process. And then suddenly they see they can use the same basic facilitation skills online. In the beginning, most are disappointed by the number of responses to messages. Somehow online, participation seems lower because the people who are reading with attention are not visible. This may be done by an individual or it may be the collective practices of a group to facilitate itself. Source: [link]. Initiate improvements.

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.

Sir Ken Speaks About a Learning Revolution

Upside Learning

A nice talk about the need for a ‘learning revolution’. Sir Ken Robinson makes some cutting comments about education today. Poignant at times, funny at some – well worth the 17 minutes. teenagers do not wear wrist watches, I don’t mean they can’t or they’re not allowed to, they just often choose not to. My daughter Kate who is 20 doesn’t wear a watch, she doesn’t see the point.

The eLearning Salary Gender Gap

Learning Visions

This post is part of a blog carnival hosted by Janet Clary – a response to my original post eLearning Guild’s 2010 Salary Report in which I declared I was ticked off by this: There continues to be a consistent gender gap in pay between men and women. On average, men are paid 14.5% more than women. lower than the rate men receive, while working a comparable number of hours. So – how off are you?

A Lot Happening in the 3D Space

Kapp Notes

Last week a lot of 3D news occurred, here is a round up of some of the highlights: I stopped by the ASTD booth of Digitell, Inc. and met James A. Parker, the President, who said his booth was buzzing the entire conference and a lot of people were interested in 3D webinars. Digitell is company that owns VirtualU a 3D virtual immersive environment that has been used for everything from meetings to rock concerts. Learn more about their 3D solution here. think these two activities signal a real "serious" look at moving 3D virtual immersive environments into organizations at the enterprise level.

Nonlinear Presentations: Alternatives to “Death By Powerpoint”?

Electronic Papyrus

A recent reference in the New York Times indicates the U.S. Army is close to declaring war on PowerPoint. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who heads U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told the Times, “It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control. Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.” For many, PowerPoint has become “a way of knowing.”

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.

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.

VILT - SALT

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

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.

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.

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.

Multitasking – Don’t Do It

Upside Learning

Earlier I’ve written about multi-tasking and published a small interaction to help you draw conclusions about it. When multitasking, productivity decreases up to 40% and stress rises. Our lives would be happier, healthier, and more productive if they just focused on doing one thing at a time. Harvard Business Review’s Peter Bregman spent a week consciously not multitasking and writes about it. His results? First, it was delightful. Second, I made significant progress on challenging projects. Third, my stress dropped dramatically. Sixth, there was no downside.

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.