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Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles

Tony Karrer

In a recent conversation, I was asked what I thought about twitter as a learning tool. Over the course of the past few years I’ve moved from saying “I don’t get it” – to feeling like it’s a good addition to my Learning Tool Set. But I also think that there’s a lot more help now around how to make effective use of Twitter as a learning tool. thought it would be worthwhile to pull together these resources. Now What? subQuark , June 14, 2009 Twitter Collaboration Stories eLearning Technology. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs

Tools For Mobile Learning Development

Upside Learning

Upside is doing a fair bit of mobile learning development and we blog about it regularly. In the process of development, we are often forced to explore the various tools available. want to share some tools which may assist you in developing mobile learning applications. On broad level those tools can be categories into tools for: Enterprise application like LMS, LCMS. Games. Augmented Reality.

Q&A With Student from King's College

Kapp Notes

From time to time, I get questions from students who have an assignment to speak to someone in the field. think those kinds of assignments are wonderful because they link pre-professionals and people learning about the field with people who have been in the field for a while. Those types of introductions and relationships keep the "old timers" fresh and introduce new ideas and ways of looking at things to the people asking the questions. Here are some questions and my answers from a student at King's College. 1. How did you initially go about utilizing the technology? That isn't happening.

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Camtasia Studio 7 - Sneak Peek, Keystroke Callouts

Visual Lounge

When making a screencast, you want to make sure your viewers are easily able to follow along. I've noticed in the past, sometimes I leave details out of narration. Maybe a task is routine to me, like using hotkeys shortcuts, and I forget to mention it. We've added 'Keystroke Callouts'. And, the best part? It's fully automated which means less work for me and my viewers benefit!

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.

Make your Joomla or Drupal learning envirnmont mobile for any mobile device and for free. YES

Ignatia Webs

While my focus was on the learning system of Moodle the last couple of days, there are also free and open source projects for other CMS's (Content Management System). Like the Osmobi initiative developed by Siruna ( University of Ghent , Belgium spin-off). Now let's say you are a learning manager in your organization or institute, and you have a Joomla and Drupal CMS. Than what do you do?

eLearning Development Is An Iterative Process

Upside Learning

Earlier this month, Tom Kuhlmann talked about 10 things to do before your eLearning course goes live. His post makes great sense but what really caught my attention was the statement he began with. “It’s amazing how fresh eyes can find things you might have overlooked during production. So, before launching your elearning course, it’s a good idea to have others review it.  This is true.

The 4 Passions of an Instructional Designer

The Learning Generalist

A couple of days back I posted a presentation on Visual Design Basics. What was really the result of work between breaks from being the host for RubyConf India , turned out to be a fairly popular presentation on Slideshare with over 2000 views and counting! I'm sorry again that the presentation doesn't have too many notes for you to glean the narrative in the background. The fact is that I love it!

Camtasia Studio 7 - Sneak Peek, Cursor Effects

Visual Lounge

Coming in Camtasia Studio 7 are editable cursor effects! nice, new feature in Camtasia Studio 7 is that you'll be able to help viewers follow along by enlarging the mouse pointer, making it a spotlight, or visualizing clicks. while you're in editing mode. The cursor now has it's own track on the timeline. You control how (and whether) the cursor appears at any point on the timeline! while.

Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at the Moment of Need #ls2010

Learning Visions

My live blogged notes from eLearning Foundations Intensive with Bob Mosher. Here’s a picture! J.I.T. = “just in time” – the acronym was born in 1992. What does this mean to the learner? they expect it, informal, interruption, necessary eLearning invented J.I.T. We equated availability with relevance. Anytime, anywhere”. But J.I.T. doesn’t equate with relevance, because it’s often not targeted. Once eLearning came along, learners starting asking for help! Contextual learning. The promise of JIT and the reality as it played out in the 90s. So welcome to performance support. To support, not teach.

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Why Use ActionScript 3.0 in Flash Based eLearning Development?

Upside Learning

Adobe Flash Professional is undoubtedly the most popular tool for custom eLearning development. With the help of its inbuilt programming language ActionScript developers can code interactions, communicate with servers, program animations etc. The latest version of ActionScript- ActionScript 3.0 [AS 3.0] was released in 2006. It has many new APIs and better performance which were not available in the previous versions of ActionScript [AS 1.0 & AS 2.0] and is well backed by a great Flash developer community that has contributed in developing many open source frameworks/classes/APIs. and AS 2.0

Text To Speech Synthesizers

The eLearning Coach

Do you like Paul and Kate or are you fond of Mike and Crystal? Personally, I think Charles and Audrey from the UK are brilliant. This is how you start to think about voice characters after listening to them through text to speech synthesizers (TTS). When Adobe included a text to speech application in Captivate 4, I began to think that TTS might be a viable option in certain situations. Of course computer-generated voices do not have the warmth and richness of a human voice, nor can they display the range of talents found in a skilled narrator. TTS is a way to overcome these obstacles. iSpeech.

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.


Learning with e's

Three of my third year B.Ed Primary education students, Adam Skill, Danny Houton and James Carhart, have created a most excellent video to accompany their paper for the Plymouth e-Learning Conference next month. It gives more than a nod in the direction of the Lee LeFever Plain English videos, but it's still quite original in its own way as you will see. Reference Johnson, M. and Liber, O.

Camtasia Studio 7 - Sneak Peek, Audio Enhancements

Visual Lounge

I'm writing this post from Lansing GiveCamp tonight. one handed! I had minor surgery yesterday on my hand and I'm in a cast now. I've been having fun decorating the cast with some TechSmith stickers - geek chic! So, if you notice that the next few blog posts are short, you'll know why! :-). Today's sneak peek video is about the audio enhancements coming in Camtasia Studio 7.

Webinar Series: The Story


Our friend and guest blogger, Ray Jimenez is co-hosting a free webinar series, The story. Here’s a quick series description: After growing Training Magazine Network for the past two years, we found the same: Learning by growing Training Magazine Network to over 13,000 members has given us a rare opportunity to apply the theories and emerge with facts, best practices and anecdotes to share with our colleagues in learning. In this webinar series, we will share statistics, stories, and insights that will inspire you and guide you in your own implementations.

#LS2010 Keynote with Jonah Lehrer: How We Decide

Learning Visions

My live blogged notes from Thursday’s keynote at Learning Solutions in Orlando. Heidi’s intro: When our learners are taking courses, they are making decisions about what they are learning… _ Jonah Lehrer author of How We Decide and blogger at The Frontal Cortex. Paralysis Analysis” – we get paralyzed by everyday decisions like buying a box of cereal or a tube of toothpaste. just had this feeling.”

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How to add a retweet and facebook button to your blog

Ignatia Webs

With all the commotion with opening up Moodle to iPhone (and now some android driven phones, but still in the initial try-out phase), I was not keeping up with my blog lay-out. But now, I finaly got the retweet button for blogger embedded in my blog html template, as well as a facebook button. In order to do this, I relied on the blogger plugins blog: here is the link for the retweet button and this one for the facebook button. But to make things easy, I wrote down what I chose. Once I got the code, I followed the steps below: How to install the Retweet Button on your blog?


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.

Camtasia Studio 7 - Sneak Peek, YouTube

Visual Lounge

YouTube is the world's leading video community on the web. In fact, in 2008 it became the number 2 search engine. Plain and simple. if you want your screencast in front of millions of people, YouTube is the place to be! With Camtasia Studio 7, you'll be able to produce and upload HD-quality videos to YouTube without even leaving Camtasia Studio! Check out today's sneak peek screencast below.

Confucius 2.0

E-Learning Provocateur

I’m a big fan of ancient proverbs. Sayings such as… Fortune favours the brave. Pliny the Elder. and… Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. - Lao Tzu. …I find truly inspirational. Confucius 1.0. The master of ancient proverbs, however, must be Confucius. If only we heeded these 2,500-year-old words of wisdom!

UL Fun-e-toons: The World of Social Media

Upside Learning

Related posts: Social Media Libraries for Flash UL Fun-e-toons: eLearning By Pages.

Facebook vs The LMS: Can Someone explain this to me?

Mark Oehlert

Here are some numbers from the Facebook press room : More than 400 million active users. 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day. More than 35 million users update their status each day. More than 60 million status updates posted each day. More than 3 billion photos uploaded to the site each month. More than 5 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each week. More than 3.5 million events created each month. More than 3 million active Pages on Facebook. More than 20 million people become fans of Pages each day.

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!

Hunting Rabbits in Indiana!

Visual Lounge

I *think* I've finally caught up on sleep after our Chevy SXSW Road Trip Challenge ! As you may remember , the Snagit Product Manager, Tiffany Wood, Kyle Mulka, developer of Twilk , Kathy Jacobs , and I had to drive from Lansing, Michigan to Austin, Texas (and back) in a Chevy Traverse ( made in Lansing, Michigan, our hometown! ) to SXSW. Hare is the old transportation company in the United States!

Top ten tips for reviewing a storyboard

Spicy Learning

A storyboard review stage is crucial as it’s hard to be objective when you’re the one who’s written the content. Here are our top ten questions to ask yourself if you’re the one reviewing someone else’s storyboard. 1. Are the basics in place? Before you even start reviewing the content of a course, check the obvious (but easy to miss) things like headers and footers, dates and page numbers. Are these clear and consistent throughout? 2. Does the format support the right focus? This enables reviewers to focus on the words without distraction. 3. Are you convinced?

Digital Interaction Design to Tangible Interaction Design

Upside Learning

Interaction design is almost always a synthesis of traditional methods and approaches from varied established disciplines. When I write about interaction, most people reading it view it in the context of software or some form of digital technology. Interaction” isn’t only about technology or software. This is not just about computing ability or adding intelligence to objects. Sensors provide input.

Troubleshooting: Parallels Mouse Synchronization

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George We had a bit of a panic here at IconLogic. When doing a routine install of a wireless mouse onto our iMac running Parallels, we somehow managed to anger the computer gods and found ourselves unable to run Parallels in Coherence mode (the mode allowing Windows and the Mac operating system to operate seamlessly as one). Furthering our frustration were the hoops we were being made to jump through to get technical support from the Parallels website. To access the site's live chat, a service code was needed, one which none of us seemed to possess. Select Control Panel. Click Finish.

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.

3 More Free Tools to Help Build Better E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

Who doesn’t like a free application that’s going to make work easier? Today, I’ll share three free applications that might come in handy as you work on your elearning courses. Two of the applications come courtesy of a couple of screencast tutorials I saw the other day. And one comes from a need I recently had publishing a SCORM course. Artweaver. Karen’s Directory Printer. Poladroid.

The elements of online communication 4: animation


And so, we move on to the fourth stop on our tour of the elements that make up all our online communications. The subject this time is animation. What contribution can it make? In which situations is it less effective? How is animation best delivered online? What animation is good for. Animation is to diagrams and illustrations what video is to photographs. Weaknesses. Coming next: video.

Is the Recession Bad for Effective Learning Solutions?

Upside Learning

When eLearning came into being through its early predecessors in the form of CBT and then WBT one of the primary reasons and its drivers was increasing acceptance of its potential to save costs due to the inherent advantages in centralizing (more with WBT) content, the reduction in logistics costs, persistent storage and to an extent uniformity in content delivery. will explain how.

Knowledge artisans choose their tools

Learning and Working on the Web

How can you be a knowledge worker if you’re not allowed to pick your own tools? We let craftsmen and artisans pick the tools they think fit the task at hand and their personal skills best, but we still don’t allow our professionals in knowledge intensive environments to do so. like the term Knowledge Artisan to describe this growing field of economic activity.

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.

The Science and Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback

Designed for Learning

We cannot underestimate the value of feedback. Feedback is an important aspect of building a constructive relationship - personal and professional. It is an invitation to interact. It can help improve our performance and change our behaviour. It can help us become self-aware and also allow us to help others discover themselves. Most of us know and understand the importance of feedback. But when it is time to give or receive it; we are not at our comfortable best. I can assure you, it is not easy and it does not come naturally. Remember, feedback is not an annual process! Make it planned.

Acrobat 9: Scanning into a PDF Portfolio

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by David R. Mankin Here's the scenario: You work at a law firm. "Client Z" has a date in court coming soon. You have created a PDF Portfolio for "Client Z." " This portfolio contains dozens of individual documents. There is one document that is still missing--It's a police report from another district. The report arrives just in time. via mail. Not to worry.

Learning Tools

Clark Quinn

Owing to sins in my past, I not only am speaking on mobile learning at the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions conference e-Learning Foundations Intensive session, but also introduced the tools section.  The tools will be covered by smart folks like Patti Shank, Harry Mellon, Steve Foreman, and Karen Hyder, but I was supposed to set the context. Does this make sense

PKM in a nutshell

Learning and Working on the Web

Personal Knowledge Management: A way to deal with ever-increasing digital information. Requires an open attitude to learning and finding new things (I Seek). Develops processes of filing, classifying and annotating for later retrieval. Uses open systems that enable sharing. Aids in observing, thinking and using information & knowledge (I Sense). Helps to share ideas with others (We Share).


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.

The Metaphor of Personal Space

ID Reflections

Personal space is a metaphor of our existence! Here's a little story before I get to the crux of my post. A few years’ back, in an earlier organization where I used to work, I was sent onsite for about 8~9 weeks. When I came back, I found someone else sitting at my workstation. Initially thinking this to be a temporary arrangement, I was deeply hurt to find out that the arrangement was permanent.

Adobe Captivate 4: Crop It!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel I've been teaching Captivate for years. One of my favorite parts of any class is showing features of the software that even veteran developers of the program did not know were available. Case in point: during a recent class a student asked if it was possible to crop imported images directly within Captivate. The answer to her question was a resounding yes.

Rapid Intake® Unison™: The Pros and Cons of Authoring e-Learning in the Cloud by PJ Babcock and Dan Cox

Learning Solutions Magazine

As SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solutions become more widely adopted, movement to. collaborative online course authoring is increasing. This review explores one example of these. always on” tools that are accessible from any Web browser. The authors identify some. attractive advantages, as well as some potential reasons for staying with desktop authoring.

Child friendly technologies

Learning with e's

Along with some of my third year Primary education students I'm presenting four papers at the Plymouth e-Learning Conference later this month. One of the papers, co-written by Gareth Excell and John Edwards, is entitled: How can child-friendly technologies enhance children’s learning? It may even be a new term for educators to consider. References John, P. D. and Wheeler, S. Norris, C. So, H-J.,

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.

How Managers Learn

Jay Cross

On YouTube , Peter Casebow and I continue our conversation, talking about learning and performance, and how informal learning works. Learning and Performance 5:06. Informal Learning and Performance 5:39. How Managers Learn – In Their Own Words. Jay Cross &  Peter Casebow video 1 -Intro Jay and Peter introduce themselves, the internet time alliance and GoodPractice.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: To Outline or Not to Outline

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby In school I had a teacher who insisted on receiving an outline before every writing assignment. would love to be able to report that the experience made me an outlining fiend. It did not. found that I could not write an outline until I knew what I was going to say! I had to write my essay, then create an outline based on what I had said. took from this experience the idea that I was just a person who could not write outlines ahead of time. Not until I started writing training materials as an adult did I really learn to create outlines. No wonder I could not outline in advance.

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