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Another Student Generated Machinima

Kapp Notes

Here is another example of using one of the learning archetypes (described in Learning in 3D ) to create a lesson in a virtual world created by one of the many talented students in our Instructional Technology program at Bloomsburg University. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.

What is a Learning Technologist?

Dont Waste Your Time

The question "what is a Learning Technologist", I've finally realised, can be answerd differently based on who you ask, where they work, and what day of the week it is. We are also sometimes referred to as an Educational Technologist, but never as a Demonstrator. The Association of Learning Technology describes the following; " Learning technology is the broad range of communication, information and related technologies that can be used to support learning, teaching, and assessment.  Learning Technologist is also described, by Johnny Finnis of  eZine Articles , as ". No, how about this.

[from catspyjamasnz] Learning with 'e's: Two fingered salute

Learning with e's

They stood facing each other across a muddy ploughed field. It had rained heavily the night before. On the one side, flying their colourful banners, the pride of French medieval nobility: at least 30,000 men in shining armour, armed to the teeth and ready for an overwhelming victory. The French looked like they had just stepped out of a Louis Vuitton boutique, and their opponents looked like crap.

Four C’s of digital media

Learning and Working on the Web

Gaurav Mishra wrote a guest blog post at Beth Kanter’s blog, on the 4 C’s of social media , complete with explanations and possible uses of this framework: Content. Collaboration. Community. Collective Intelligence. What are the boundary conditions needed to succeed at each layer?

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The Learning Continuum – Using the PDR Design Model

Living in Learning

Many of us cut our professional learning design teeth using the long-held tradition of the ADDIE instructional design (ISD) model. In our blogosphere I have heard how “old school”, and in some cases, how obsolete this foundational design model from the 1960s has become. If age denotes obsolescence, then I am in trouble for sure. Obsolescence can be averted when a willingness to change, a willingness to re-think, to re-apply proven methodologies is baked into the model. Insightful words to be sure, certainly not an overt indictment of ADDIE. The problem we face is composition. training. below).

Social Software Adoption

Tony Karrer

You can find all sorts of interesting resources via eLearning Learning around Adoption. Not surprising, the terms most closely associated with Adoption are Adoption of Social Software and Adoption of Enterprise 2.0. There are some great resources on this such as: Ten tips for choosing & using social software Adoption of Web 2.0 and eLearning 2.0 adoption Facilitating Adoption of Web 2.0 Web 2.0

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points

Learning Visions

Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging eLearning with PowerPoint. Session hosted by Training Magazine. Effective design using PPT as a tool. Not PPT 101. But will talk about how to make instruction more engaging

eLearning On The Rise

Upside Learning

It seems more and more like this recession will further enhance the position of eLearning amongst various training options an organization could choose from for their learning and development initiatives. In March earlier this year I wrote – ‘ while the times are tough, they are on our side ’ (by ‘our’ I meant all technology enabled learning solution providers). Here’s more to support that thought.

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.

Where’s your data?

Learning and Working on the Web

I wrote about the importance of owning your data for blogging a while back and last week’s Twitter crash coupled with the demise of an URL shortener only reinforce that in my mind. The case of tr.im may not be so obvious to some, but whenever you use a URL shortener, that connection gets stored in the cloud and if the service goes down, you won’t be able to trace back the link.

Podcasting for E-Learning: Introduction to Audio Production

The E-Learning Curve

Having outlined the conceptual terrain of podcasting, it's time to look at the nuts and bolts of podcast production. Today, I'm going to talk about digital audio, and the basic hardware and software you'll need to begin creating your own podcasts. In the last five years however, the price of recording audio has gone down, while the quality of consumer recording devices has increased exponentially.

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Get Creative and Build Better E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

I once had a job where I was a one-person media department with a budget of about $11.17. This didn’t go very far so I learned to be creative with my resources and the things I had to do. One of my favorite tricks was using overhead projectors to light my video interviews. printed colors and designs on the overhead transparencies for my background and shadows. Here’s a frame from one of the videos.

7 Invaluable Thoughts about Film Making That Applies to Instructional Designing too! | The Writers Gateway

The Writers Gateway

have started reading this interesting book called Directing the Story by Francis Glebas. I am sure you have seen or heard of the movies Lion King and P ocahontas. Francis Glebas has worked on these really popular movies. I am enjoying this book - Directing the Story in which Francis Glebas gives some practical tips on film making. While I was reading this book, it struck me that whatever Glebas is talking about applies to e-learning too. have always compared instructional designing to film making. have also likened the role of an Instructional Designer to a movie maker. Thought 1. Thought 2.

Customer Training Completion Rates

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Articulate vs. Lectora | LearnNuggets

NuggetHead

When it comes to software development tools, I'm fortunate to work in an environment that understands no two tools are the same and each provide advantages and disadvantages. The fun part of my job is having a plethora of tools in my

Interview (Part 1) with Clark Aldrich, author of Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games

Web Courseworks

I am planning to conduct a series of interviews with Clark Aldrich about his upcoming book (available for pre-order) called The Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games: How the Most Valuable Content Will Be Created in the Age Beyond Gutenberg to Google. As Clark notes, his new book should provide a basis for “common ground.”

Formal vs. Informal Learning: Gathering My Thoughts Post Learnchat Session Today

ID Reflections

Preamble Today's #learnchat question revolved around formal and informal learning. The initial part of the session was spent on trying to pin down the meanings—denotation as well as connotation—of formal and informal. This led to some interesting Derridean debate bordering on Deconstruction in a bid to unravel the layers of meanings and possibilities encompassed by the two words. Scheduled 4.

eLearning Guild Presentation: Applying ADDIE to 3D Worlds

Kapp Notes

The schedule for the first day of the online conference. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to present at the eLearning Guild's "Designing and Managing Learning in 3-D Virtual Worlds and Immersive Environments" for the opening general session of the online conference. It was a lot of fun with a great group of attendees. Why3 D2 Penn State Presentation View more presentations from kkapp.

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.

Technology Training Videos for Teachers

eLearning Acupuncture

Let’s face it, whether you are a teacher, instructional designer, teaching assistant or multimedia developer, the shear amount of new tools being released on the Internet makes it difficult to stay up to date with what’s new and what can apply best to your specific discipline. He runs a great site called teachertrainingvideos.com.

Google Wonder Wheel & Other Search Options

Experiencing eLearning

OK, apparently I have been oblivious in the last few months, because I didn’t even realize that Google had added a whole new set of search options. Click “Show options&# on any Google search results page to see what’s there. Google Wonder Wheel. The “Wonder Wheel&# is an interactive map with related searches. Google Search Timeline. The timeline view is also interesting.

A Good Combination

Bottom-Line Performance

Typically we format training into some combination of explanation or tell followed by a knowledge check or practice. It’s helpful to incorporate a compelling story and perhaps a game to reinforce learning.  I recently saw a cool example of a Supervisor Effectiveness course from Allan Interactions as part of the ASTD elearning certificate program. This course combined interesting story lines and gaming elements to teach desired behaviors. Yet it was unique as it skipped the up-front explanation. I’ll start with the story. Your job is to identify the team member who has been drinking at work.

Learning in 3D-Example of Using SL for Education

Kapp Notes

In the Learning in 3D class, students have created some great machinimas showing the use of a 3D virtual world for learning. Here is one of the first examples.

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.

2 Juicy Ways to Insert YouTube Videos into PowerPoint

ZaidLearn

RealPlayer YouTube Video Wizard Format Factory Updated Version: The Real Way to Download-Convert-Insert YouTube Videos into PowerPoint! Now, I am going to share with you two (2) juicy ways to insert your favorite YouTube videos (or videos from other sites) into your PowerPoint presentations. So, how can we get the job done quickly? Simply install this YouTube Video Wizard (YTV) dude.

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Sony to launch new Reader(s)?

Dont Waste Your Time

Rumours are still rife that Sony are expected to release details of the (imminent) release of not one, but two new Readers. ZDNet: Sony launches two new readers including a pocket-sized $199 device. While we know Sony for their innovative, if somewhat lacking, Sony Reader PRS505, news of an updated model is not unexpected (since the Kindle is now on it's second edition).

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Who Is Using Moodle? We are!

Bottom-Line Performance

I checked today and since April we’ve logged about 160 hours getting Moodle installed and configured as well as getting 3 courses created in it. We’ve also input a whopping 16 users (who I still haven’t figured out how to send a mass email to). In general, we’re having a ball learning Moodle and I am extremely excited about its power to enhance learning in an organization. When I say “we,&# I mean two people with some peaks over the shoulder from a third one. If you are using Moodle: Why did you choose it as your LMS? What have been your greatest triumphs?

Progressing towards onlignment

Clive on Learning

Since I announced a state of onlignment in June, I've been cheating on Clive on Learning by posting to the Onlignment blog. These postings have all centred on Onlignment's focus of attention, i.e. the art of live, online communication. In case you're interested in synchronous comms, whether that's for online meetings, webinars or virtual classrooms, I thought I'd update you on my postings so far: The importance of being synchronous How being online can trump face-to-face Functionality or fidelity – choose your weapon So are webinars effective? Mixing media: happiness or headache?

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.