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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!

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Social network begins where google search stops!

ID Reflections

7 Tips for Better E-Learning Scenarios

Rapid eLearning

In a previous post, we looked at how you can make your elearning courses more effective and engaging by getting your learners to pull the course content rather than you just pushing it out to them. great way to create a pull-type course is build it around problem-solving scenarios. Even if you don’t create a pull-type course, scenarios are still effective in helping your learners. Or flip it.

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.

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.

Accountability for Business Results

Performance Learning Productivity

UK politicians have been in the spotlight over the past few weeks with their creative use of the parliamentary allowance scheme. Flipping” was one common way that some found to maximise their allowance income. Then they’d “flip” and claim expenses on the other house. This was a really neat, if totally immoral and possibly illegal, way to spend taxpayers’ money. That’s the way found it at Reuters.


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.

Adobe eLearning Suite: is it worth it?

Clive on Learning

In an anonymous reply to my posting yesterday on the pirating of PC software, an elearning developer asked "How do real people actually afford/justify purchasing something like the Adobe eLearning Suite?" " He'd tried open source and free software but had to admit that, as far as e-learning development software was concerned, "Adobe is still king and will remain so for our foreseeable future." But Adobe made its name primarily through the sale of professional tools to design professionals, and these products still form the basis of the Adobe catalogue.

#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.

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.

[from davidds] e-Learning 2.0 Workshop (Stephen Downes)


Link to Stephen Downes Homepage All His Papers All His Presentation Slides + KL Workshop Slides Blogs - OLDaily & Half an Hour Web 1.0 = Read Web 2.0 = Read -Write Web 3.0 = Read -Write - Research Web 4.0 = Read -Write - Research - Rambo! At last I got to meet Stephen Downes in person and attend one of his workshops. In this e-Learning 2.0 NEW DISCOVERIES? Not bad! 3rd time lucky!). Myau!!!

Examples of Using Virtual 3D Spaces for Learning

Kapp Notes

Here are some interesting examples of using virtual worlds for learning, manufacturing and business: In the manufacturing arena, the level of complexity of today’s assembly lines cannot be accomplished with two-dimensional visualization. virtual 3D world is needed to make sure all of the manufacturing equipment and human employees work together flawlessly. The use of a 3D world can lead to significant savings. small manufacturing plant can realize an annual savings of one million dollars and a 5 to 1 annual return on investment. Read the article here. from paper-based article: Tambascio, S.


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.

Indian Learning Professionals on Twitter

Learn and Lead

Following up on my post on blogs by learning professionals in India , here’s a list of Indian Learning professionals who tweet a little more frequently on Twitter. My criteria for selecting: minimum 50 tweets and must have bio text. Mind you, not all tweets are about learning/elearning. You can catch me on twitter at @manishmo. Here’s the list of Indian learning professionals on Twitter, sorted on most tweets: Ruchi Bhatia @rucsb : Web 2.0 buff,IBMer,Learning professional, Indian, geek,net addicted, thought leader, luvable ! Abhinava @Abhinava : biker. dreamer.

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

#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.

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.

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?

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?


Fun does not mean effective!

ID Reflections

#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).

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!

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

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.

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

#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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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

#ela2009 workshop George Siemens: social networking technologies for teaching and learning transformation

Ignatia Webs

One of the workshops in eLearning Africa 2009 was lead by George Siemens , a Canadian from the Manitoba University who was one of the organisers of the CKK08 massive course in 2008 in which I participated my two cents. He is always a source of innovative ideas. The great thing about these slides is that it gives you a holistic approach of what learning embraces: experimenting, gossip, collaboration, debating, constructing ideas. name I had to google was Seymour Papert , and it showed me again that learning is based on sharing knowledge through networks. constructivism conferences

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 & Bloggers/Tweeters/eLearning folks: Monday, June 1st 7/8:00ish and on at the Dubliner.

Capture Examples

Tony Karrer

The primary reasons for doing the eLearning Tour was that it is hard to see examples of what is being done by fellow eLearning professionals and get a sense of the patterns that exist. As part of pulling together the tour, I asked for contributions from this blog and from Learn Trends. received quite a few responses. Far more than I could accommodate. And while I believe that I gave a flavor of what's happening out there through the tour, my gut tells me that it would be helpful to capture more examples. Should we look to capture more examples? You can grab stills to illustrate the points.

5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget

In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.

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).

#ela2009 thursday presentations: mobile learning for health care workers

Ignatia Webs

Yesterday my esteemed colleague Carlos Kiyan gave the presentation on our mobile project in Lima, Peru. As he is a very vivid speaker, it was fun to hear him present. He gave a holistic view of everything that comes into the equation if you want to start up a mobile learning project in an area that is not used to it. Slides of the presentation: mLearning Tibotec project presented at eLearning Africa in Dakar Senegal View more OpenOffice presentations from ignatia.

In response to Twitter Quitters - 40% leave after one month.

ID Reflections

Why am I writing about Twitter? Because it is a powerful social networking tool that is fast becoming a social learning tool. The connotation of the word social is changing from one of "connect" to bring into its fold other meanings like collaborate, learn, share, give, participate, hear, be heard, ask, be answered.This is not a litany in praise of Twitter--it is in support of all social networking sites (SNS) that will help us to collaborate and build collective knowledge. The latter will be our saviour in this time of recession when corporate training budgets are at an all time low.

PC software piracy

Clive on Learning

The following brief article appeared last week in the Economist: "The share of software on personal computers that is pirated rose to 41% last year, according to a report by the Business Software Alliance, a trade group, and ICD, a market-research firm. further 44% is paid for. The rest is free or open-source. Piracy rates are falling in half of all countries and stable in another third. But in countries where sales of PCs are growing fastest, the piracy rate is high. The worst offender is Georgia, where 95% of all software is unlicensed.

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.

What Are Your Favorite Twitter Applications?


Starting Point - Jane's Twitter Applications List THINKING There are more than a 150 3rd party applications that work with Twitter that could be useful for teaching and learning (at least according to Jane's master list ). However, how many of us have the time to explore all, or figure out which one is appropriate and useful for our own learning and teaching. But the juice will grow as I learn.

Getting the SME to Share Expertise for eLearning: Understanding “Type”

Web Courseworks

I noticed Jane Bozarth's blog posting concerning a lively discussion on "Tips for Working with SMEs?" " My blog post on handling subject matter experts back in January also seemed to stimulate discussion. I am currently working on my PhD. dissertation proposal on contributing factors to expertise-sharing between the SME and the design team. Project success depends on several factors, starting with achieving respect between the two parties. This goal is best attained through mutual understanding. Respect can then move beyond mere protocol. Feltovich, Kenneth M. Ford, and Robert R.