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Going from 0 to 60 - 6 Jing Videos in 60 Minutes

Visual Lounge

"I feel the need. the need for speed!" Ah, one of my favorite quotes from the movie, Top Gun. Remember that scene? Last weekend was the Indianapolis 500. I was watching the news and found out that those cars hit speeds of 220 mph or more!? That got me thinking about speed. It's all about speed, baby! And, wondering if we should pull another all nighter to make 24 videos for Jing? So, tune in!

Jing 31

Social network begins where google search stops!

ID Reflections

Googley design

Janet Clarey

Googley design …worth thinking about in the context of instructional design. Focus on people—their lives, their work, their dreams. Every millisecond counts. Simplicity is powerful. Engage beginners and attract experts. Dare to innovate. Design for the world. Plan for today’s and tomorrow’s business. Delight the eye without distracting the mind. Be worthy of people’s trust. Add a human touch. The principle flows from Google’s Corporate Philosophy. “Ten things Google has found to be true:&#. Focus on the user and all else will follow. Fast is better than slow.

learning pulse

Dawn of Learning

tony karrer is blogging about the term “meta-learning” and its definition as it was used in the article “become a chief meta-learning officer” by jay cross and clark quinn. great insights are shared by author and commenters

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Text to Speech

Tony Karrer

As part of the eLearning Tour , Christopher von Koschembahr demonstrated a podcast where he conducted an interview. The interviewer was a female voice asking questions. She would ask a question and then he would respond. What was interesting is that the interviewer was produced using Text to Speech. You can listen to the result at the 12:23 mark of the first video on the eLearning Tour page. The effect was interesting. For short bursts of text, the computer generated voice was okay. Thus, it works well with the interview structure. Of course, you quickly know that he's written the questions.

Creating scenarios for learning - a four-step guide

Bottom-Line Performance

Tom Kuhler and his “Rapid e-learning&# blog once again bats 1000 by sharing tips for creating e-learning scenarios. Tom’s recent post, “ 7 tips for better e-learning scenarios &# has inspired me to share a 4-step process we use to work with subject matter experts (SMEs) to create scenarios that drive many of our e-learning courses.  The 4-Step Process. What do they look like?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Join Me at ASTD ICE June 1&2

Learning Visions

Are you going to ASTD this coming week? I'll be hanging out at the Expo with the Kineo crew on Monday and Tuesday. We're booth #1926. Stop by and say hi! And if you can't make it to the Expo, join us for Beer

e-Learning must become social learning!

ID Reflections

social learning informal learning adult learning

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.

#ela2009: pre-conference workshop feedback: evaluation kicks off when ethical issues are discussed

Ignatia Webs

Yesterday I had the pleasure of collaborating with John Traxler and David Hollow during a workshop on Effective Evaluation. The workshop was part of the pre-conference workshops organized in eLearning Africa. We had ten participants, but they were a very inspiring bunch. For those with limited time, just go to the last ‘ethics and quality’ part of the post. But still the strenghts came out.

Gaining Audience Attention >

eLearning Cyclops

Whether face-to-face or online, gaining attention is a crucial element to course design. This element is prevalent in both Gagne's 9 Elements and Keller's ARCS Mode l. The important thing to consider in implementing this element is that it does not need to be a single occurrence at the start of course, but can be integrated throughout the course. Caution, don't overdo it. How do you gain attention?

Twitterfall - letting the web work for you

eLearning Acupuncture

Why reinvent the wheel? If you need to use the Internet to do research on a particular topic, you can leverage other people’s research efforts using social media tools (i.e. the stuff of Web 2.0). There are several social media tools that can help you. One example is Twitterfall. Twitterfall allows you to tap into the Twitter data stream without having a Twitter account. So here’s what it does.

Fun does not mean effective!

ID Reflections

Customer Training Completion Rates

Curious to learn how different factors in your training courses may affect completion rates? We crunched the numbers to help you set goals for course completion and build your content strategy. Download the study to learn what kind of content keeps learners engaged, how long courses should be, and more.

#ela2009 thursday sessions: Boots on the ground - the only way to ensure impact in ICT4D projects

Ignatia Webs

Ignatz Heinz from Avallain Education for Development, Switzerland (A man in black with a obvious ethically, warm heart. he has dark hair with a wave in it and a kind face.) They do early feasibility tests and look locally for technical solutions, which I like enormously. Information: [link] (sorry for the blurry pictures by the way, my camera lens was smudged and I only noticed once I was back).

New e-Book on the Guild - Getting the Most Out of Your Budget

eLearning Cyclops

 The e-Learning Guild has released its latest e-book,  65 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Budget. And as with all their e-books you can't beat the price, free. Here the link where you can download it. link] I have a couple of tips in there too. hope they are helpful. Learning e-Learning Guild

Financial Investment

Tony Karrer

Should learning organizations make a financial investment in new forms of learning? fantastic comment by Bill Brantley on my post Metalearning : Before you start defining metalearning, you need definitions for: formal learning informal learning social learning collaborative learning personal learning that are more than just marketing buzzwords. What is the difference between these five concepts?


Twitter: The #1 Tool for Learning

Upside Learning

There’s been quite a bit written about how Twitter can be used for learning. A few interesting reads are listed at the end of this post. personally believe that Twitter is a great tool to get access to knowledge and information—provided you follow the right people. It’s also a great place to get answers—better than Google searches sometimes—if the right people are following you.

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.

#ela2009: Proof of concept for mLearning for formal education for mathematics in South-Africa

Ignatia Webs

presented by Riitta Vänskä, Nokia Finland info: Imfundo Yami/Yethu (Riitta is a woman in black with short, blond hair, glasses and a Finnish, English accent) Big desire to show how mobile phones can be used sustainably in developing countries. The mobile penetration in South Africa is very high. What did they do? Compare current technology uptake and access in South Africa.

Explore and Learn About Mars

eLearning Cyclops

Google Earth now includes Mars. It is free and uses updated photos taken by NASA. Besides being able to explore the red planet and its features, it also includes an interactive tour with Bill Nye the Science Guy, visits to landing sites of craft that have visited Mars, historical maps and a whole slew of other educational material. galaxies and nebulae), they also have a Sky view.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: iPhone and the End of All Boundaries

Learning Visions

I just got my very own iPhone on Friday. Well, my company's, to be more precise. But it's in my hot little hands and I get to caress its shiny sleekness. I had an iPod Touch, which I loved and was hopelessly addicted to

Upside Learning - “an outstanding company”

Upside Learning

When your clients appreciate your work, it does feel good. I was pleasantly surprised to discover this example of client appreciation while browing the web today… Some quarters back we worked on an eLearning project - Dancing for the Gods - which teaches Bharatanatyam - a classical Indian dance form. They have put up specific comments for different team members. That’s very nice.

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.

#ela2009: African learners - institutions and organisations should leave them to their own devices

Ignatia Webs

by John Maurice Traxler, Learning Lab, UK (John is a man in white, with glasses, holistic in speech and thinking). learning starts to mean something that it was not in the past He looks at projects that have been at what has been tried and tested all across the world. technology to reach people and to transform them into a different technological world. Taking learning out of the classroom.

Learning Tweets – and the Case Against Them

Bottom-Line Performance

I got a tweet this morning from a colleague who shall remain nameless (She knows who she is.) It said “Going to Dark Side…now tweeting from Blackberry.” I, of course, welcomed her and pointed out the cookies. Between that tweet and this post in my reader, I found myself thinking (again) about how and whether Twitter can be useful in a business learning context. I’ve seen some cool ideas for using twitter in a classroom. Start a fictional twitter stream for a historical figure,” “share one relevant link with the group”, “Post key points from today’s lesson”.

iPhone and the End of All Boundaries

Learning Visions

I just got my very own iPhone on Friday. Well, my company's, to be more precise. But it's in my hot little hands and I get to caress its shiny sleekness. I had an iPod Touch, which I loved and was hopelessly addicted to. But this just has me over the top and I can't keep my hands off it. Which isn't necessarily a good thing. Trust me. Dangerous ground. love it. But I might need help.

88 FREE EduGames & The Ultimate Post-Saving Puzzle!


88 Free EduGames to Spice Up Your Course Flash Countdown Timer Generator Unless you can decode the following text, and figure out what it really says: ACLHQKHZW It is not sufficient to only guess or provide the correct answer; you also need to explain the decoding process, or how you got to the correct answer. True enough (you can find EduGame lists elsewhere). educational gaming Fun OER/FREE

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.