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Why Not A Snapguide For Your Workplace?

Upside Learning

I stumbled across this article at Gigaom.com talking about how Snapguide is trying to be the how to guide for everything – on your mobile. The idea is quite simple really – anyone can create and upload a step-by-step guide using text, photos, and videos for a particular task/topic then others can search and find a relevant guide when they need one. We’ll share a case study on that soon.

Introducing a new Podcast: This Week in #mLearning [Episode 1: The new iPad and Mobile Learning]

mLearning Revolution

I’m am extremely excited to introduce a brand new weekly Podcast entitled ‘This Week in Mobile Learning” with my friend and co-host Robert Gadd. Each week Robert and I will discuss various trending topics and their impact on mobile learning, including the state of mobile in general, mobile devices, HTML5, Adobe Flash, Responsive Web Design, Rapid Development tools, especially as they begin making the shift from desktop to mobile, mobile apps, video, Education and more. Here are some sound bites of what you can expect in this first episode: Introductions. And much more.

Workshop, E-Learning or Video? A question of strategy

Connect Thinking

Question from a client: We’re rolling out workshops about a new people development process. We want to use e-learning to reach the people we miss. How should we go about it? Should we use e-learning via the LMS or video on the intranet? This is a good question. Of course the question should be linked directly to purpose, and all modalities should be planned concurrently. Workshop. Video.

New SCORM standard: I (Actor/Agent) Did (Verb) This (Activity) #TinCanApi

Challenge to Learn

Scorm is finally going to catch up with the current times. This evening I attended a webinar by ADL: the new standard (project TinCan) kickoff. The ADL will launch it in June. TinCan focuses on capturing activities: I (Actor/Agent) Did (Verb) This (Activity) and the ‘I’, the ‘Did’ and the ‘Activity’ can be almost anything. But this effect will be visible in 2013.

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How to Create a Customer Training Strategy

Want to develop an effective customer training strategy for your organization? Download this guide to learn some simple steps you can follow to set your team up for success. Click to download.

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Instructional designers aren’t ready for their interviews

Allison Rossett

Tweet Often, current and former graduate students ask for advice about how to be successful when they interview for instructional design positions. Yes, I have my opinions, but I wanted you to hear from someone I admire. Let’s Let’s welcome guest blogger, Alice Cutter, who has been interviewing MANY IDs for positions in her firm. Not by a long shot.

Organization Culture Change: Where There's a Will, There's a Way

The Peformance Improvement

Contrary to popular belief, organization culture can be changed, if only leaders put their minds to it. Some executives try to sidestep culture by arguing that the culture in their organizations can’t be changed. It is what it is. It's always been that way. This is short-sighted thinking. Culture is difficult to change but not impossible. This is a nonsensical argument.

Libraries without walls

Learning with e's

I recently wrote about how libraries are adapting to the digital age. The traditional library is viewed by many as a place for stacks of books to gather dust, and where stern librarians in tweed jackets tell you to keep quiet. Libraries are shaking off this image, and embracing new technologies and approaches to support learning in the 21st Century. Unported License.

Google’s Glass Project – Wearable Augmented Reality Glasses

Upside Learning

We just moved one more step closer what was science fiction in the past. Google officially announced Project Glass yesterday. You need to be logged into your Google Account to view this post]. Imagine using glasses like this in the workplace; rather than being connected to Google’s services, the glasses connect with your own organization’s web services. The future is now!

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

E-Learning – The Fast Food of Organisational Learning?

Connect Thinking

I recently reviewed a 2010 Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson where he argues for change in education. He warns us against the industrialisation, systematisation and standardisation of education – how this linear, ‘one size fits all’ treatment of education stifles the organic nature of learning. think we sometimes are. Social media for learning soft skills and tasks.

PowerPoint 2007 & 2010: How to Turn an Image Into An Animated Puzzle, Part II

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  Last week  I showed you how to animate a picture in PowerPoint so that it came in as a puzzle, piece by piece. That was cool. But if you followed along last week, read on to find some bonus tips for making the animation a little more realistic and adding some finishing touches. How to Make an Animated Puzzle Look More Realistic. Click the  Close  button.

Building Your E-Learning Course Design Tool Kit

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

If the title of this post makes you think I will list a whole bunch of tools here, let me first set the expectations right. It is my endeavor to take a look at the e-learning course design process here, so that you can decide how to build a tool kit that addresses all process components. learning course creation is all about having a design process in place to build the right course in time.

Social Learning, Strategically

Clark Quinn

Increasingly, as I look around, I see folks addressing learning technology tactics; they’ll make a mobile app, they’ll try out a simulation game, they’ll put in a portal. And there’s nothing wrong with doing each of these as a trial, a test run, some experience under the belt. However, in the longer term, you want to start doing so strategically. I’ll use social media as an example. Talking with my ITA colleague Jay Cross at lunch the other day, it occurred to me that I was seeing the same pattern with social media that I see elsewhere. Why not? social strategy

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

Video Tip Series - Part three: Holding Viewers' Attention

Visual Lounge

Viewers' minds tend to wander when the subject material isn't "fun" So what do you do when your content is instructional or otherwise not exciting? This week's video presents some tips and tricks including effectively using transitions and editing down scripts. The video is posted below and will present three tips designed to keep your audiences engaged. Not seeing the video?

Adobe RoboHelp: Edit Navigation Labels

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    Creating a  Section 508 Compliant  version of a Help System is often a requirement for Help authors. The process involves such things as adding screen tips to images and links, and ensuring Section 508 Compliant Output  is selected before you compile the layout.  At the right, there's a link with the word "Hide." ").

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Why We Should Stop Talking About ROI in Training

Mindflash

For as long as Return on Investment, or ROI , has been prevalent concept in business, it’s also been a fixture of workplace learning and performance. But no longer a welcome one. What started as a concept that had value — namely, the need for the work of trainers to be more linked to business performance — has in many ways devolved into something more dangerous — a cliché.

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Blackboard buys Moodle partners: open source?

Challenge to Learn

I was planning to write about the fact that this is my 100th post. I was surfing the web to prepare for that post, when I saw a BlackBoard press release and immediately switch subject: Blackboard acquires Moodlerooms, Netspot. This really is news. Blackboard is one of the largest LMS vendors in the world and is considered state enemy #1 in the Moodle community. The fourth post is about Angel.

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.

Pick of the Month:12 resources from March

Jane Hart

There were lots of great resources made available in March, that I shared on Twitter and in my Pick of the Day. Here are 12 of my favourite resources together with key quotes from each and/or embedded resources. 1 -  Learning without training , Jay Cross, 5 March 2012. CLOs who embrace this challenge of integrating learning into work face enormous job enrichment. Collaboration has a cost.

Nuts and Bolts: How Can We Know What We Don't Know? by Jane Bozarth

Learning Solutions Magazine

Following up on last month’s column (“Build or Buy?”), here’s practical advice on dealing with the common misunderstandings of in-house decision makers about outsourcing. Read it, see it, try it, and know what you want. Design Strategies Development Strategies Instructional Design Management Strategies

(Infographic) No Train, No Gain: What The 2012 Training Top 125 Means For Your Business

Mindflash

Each year,  Training  magazine recognizes 125 businesses for their amazing employee training programs. These are companies that have made employee training a top priority and implemented innovative programs. Below, we take a look at some of the 2012 winners to see how they improved their own internal training and find out how other businesses might follow suit. click to enlarge).

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Microsoft Project for the Thrifty Project Manager: 3 Free (or Almost-Free) Alternatives

Social Learning

With what free time I have at work, I’ve lately been on a mission to find a project management suite that can reproduce the best features of Microsoft Project, add on others, and cost less than $30/month all-together.  Some people of course might ask why I would take the time to do this – Project is a great tool, one that many PMs would swear is worth its weight in gold (and judging by the sticker price, they’re not far off). Our job ultimately is to think of our clients’ money as if it’s our own, and from that perspective, it’s certainly worth my time to see what’s out there for limited-cost. 

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.

It’s OK to Have Fun Too—isn’t it? Games in Training and Learning

OpenSesame

In my early days of building learning for performance support, I used to call myself “the McGuyver of training”. We didn’t have a learning management system and online social networks and rapid authoring tools were in the future. The development tools of choice were Microsoft Word, flip charts, masking tape, Mr Sketch markers and screen shots of mainframe computer screens.

Writing & Grammar: Precise Placement of Only

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby    While reviewing the submissions from  last week's challenge , I noticed that many respondents moved the word  only  to a position before the verb rather than keeping it where it was in my original. Placement of the word  only  is frequently tweaked by copyeditors for greater accuracy in writing-especially technical writing. Consider this conversation between police and a participant in a brawl: How many people hit Joe? Only  I hit him. Did you kick him, too? No. I  only  hit him. Did you hit other people as well?

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Great Training Starts With Asking Great Questions

Mindflash

The biggest problem I see with trainers and educators? Simple. They talk too much! They feel a need to lecture — to impart their knowledge on trainees. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) aren’t much better in this regard. They often think that their “expertise” means they must have all the answers to students’ questions. Great learning happens through questions — in the asking, not the telling.

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Steve the top Wheeler and Dealer

Clive on Learning

This morning I spent an enjoyable 30 minutes with Stephen Clee of iVIDiQ , looking at enhancements to his intelligent cloud-based presentation system (see my previous post on Presentations in the Cloud ). really like this system and the way it combines video with the presentation slides, and the way it allows you to easily random-access particular points in a presentation by referring to a slide or by searching for tags drawn from the slides themselves or added by hand. Well done Steve. Perhaps this plug will get you to 4000

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.