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Gamification In Learning

Upside Learning

There has been so much buzz around gamification recently that it can be difficult to separate the hype from the reality. With clients asking the first questions about In this post I’m attempting to draw some lines around gamification in learning. First off, as I understand it, gamification in learning means attempting to apply the principles that make individuals play games for thousands of hours.

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

Clayton R. Wright has done his 28th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year. Past years eLearning Conferences 2012 , eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: crwr77 [@] This year, he has cut down the list slightly to cover "selected events." " But its still a massive list. Do Different.

Facebook as an “interactive learning resource”?

Dont Waste Your Time

For those interested in using Facebook with students the following links may be of use: Stephen Heppell: Using Facebook in the Classroom. Here Stephen writes with his daughter Juliette Heppell, herself a teacher at Lampton Academy in London, and this short page outlines the main events on using Facebook with students, and the do/ don’t mentality we all ought to consider. link]. Ball, L.,

A Paycheck Away, Our Learning Game For Change, Was a Game Changer

Bottom-Line Performance

We hosted a public game play session of “A Paycheck Away” as part of the Spirit and Place Festival last Friday, November 9th. 140 people gathered together to play as a homeless character and try to get out of homelessness within three months. You see, a major component of the A Paycheck Away experience is discussion that happens before and after the game. He was a trained Game Master.

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How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

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“The Proof, Promise, and Potential of Digital Education” NESTA Report

Dont Waste Your Time

This NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) report was highlighted on the BBC News website this morning with the text that caught my attention – “there is clear evidence that technology can boost learning” Powerful words. When talking about expensive technology, the report found that. ” Excellent, I’ll be spending some time reading this then.

Solutions for learners with #disabilities using specific #social media

Ignatia Webs

Karel Van Isacker from PhoenixKM and VIPI just gave a presentation on social media in an accessible learning perspective. He gave an amazingly interesting talk. So if you are looking for inclusive education that can be accessed by all people, have a look at his presentation. Here are the slides provided by Karel, 15 slides with a mountain of information for people with and without disabilities.

The Role of a Learning Management System in a World Awash in Learning Content

Absorb LMS

A client recently asked if I could help him prepare a presentation he’ll be delivering to colleagues within his organization. The aim of the presentation is to provide an overview of workplace learning technology in 2012. So far, he has a very impressive slide deck that covers: An introduction to e-learning. Learning modalities and content types (simulations, games, video, etc.). mLearning.

Insights: L&D is playing a key role in supporting informal learning

Clive on Learning

This post continues my commentary to the Learning Insights 2012 Report produced by Kineo for e.learning age magazine. The second of the ten 'insights' in the report is that ‘L&D is playing a key role in supporting informal learning'. Informal learning is a broad term, covering everything from on-job instruction and coaching, through to the use of performance support materials, collaborative and experiential learning; anything, in fact, that doesn't come bundled up as a full-blown course. If this really is a trend, then it's a very important one. They are a relic of another age. insights

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.

“Learning the new” vs “Learning the old”

Jane Hart

For many people the word “learning” is synonymous with studying, lessons, classes, etc – because that is how we have been conditioned to believe how “learning” happens. We think back to how we learned at school with a teacher, who took us through a topic step by step, in a logical way.

iSpot a global #mobile enabled environmental #crowdsourcing initiative

Ignatia Webs

For those interested in the development logic behind an ever growing, durable mobile project, the iSpot growth will be of interest. Especially as they share the choices they made and whether those were good or bad. There is also a link to the new Google mDesign recommendations. Last October I met Will Woods who is part of the team behind iSpot a UK-based group linked to the Open University of UK.

Instructional Design Pointers shared by Nadine Jeffers


Recently, Raptivity had organized a Games Show Webinar where Nadine Jeffers shared some vital pointers on designing instructionally sound interactivity using raptivity. gist of these points is listed below: 1. Be Creative 2. Maximize Pictures and Colors 3. Movement Grabs [.].

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Next generation learning

Learning with e's

In my previous blog post, the architecture of learning , I outlined some of the key characteristics of learning in a digital age, and started to identify some of the main differences between Learning 1.0 before social media) and Learning 2.0. Learning 2.0 is socially much richer and more participatory, and relies more on interaction with other learners than any previous learning approach.

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.

Top 5 Mistakes Managers Make: Misunderstanding Motivation

Enspire Learning

Management Challenge Program Designer Kate McLagan is penning our latest blog series “Top 5 Mistakes Managers Make” Over the next five weeks, Kate will explore these critical mistakes that managers make in their relationships with their direct reports. Read on for Part 5: Misunderstanding Motivation. Manager Mistake #5: Misunderstanding Motivation.

The future of #HigherEd and #apps & #web two free report by Pew

Ignatia Webs

The American Pew research center publishes a wide variety of human research topics. On many occasions these reports are linked to educational technology or trends, which is great when you are interested in training/education with innovative technologies. But they disagree about how these whirlwind forces will influence education, for the better or the worse". more hybrid world is likely.

Why support self-organized learning in the workplace?

Jane Hart

I recently shared a diagram of what it might look like to move from a focus on organizing and managing training,  to helping individuals and teams self-organize in the workplace? But But why would you want to do this, some have asked? The Smart Worker (SW) learns continuously as she does her job   > Integrate learning in the workflow. self-directed learning Social learning

Skills for Learning 2.0

Learning with e's

I have been thinking and writing about ' Learning 2.0 ' for some time now. This is the argument that there has been a paradigm shift in the way students learn - from 1.0 to 2.0, from passive to active, from individual to social and from consumer to producer. The University of Toronto's Mark Federman is a major contributor to this discourse. Firstly, learners need to be able to connect.

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.

You Can’t Hug a Horse

Enspire Learning

I love horses. As young as I can remember I was collecting model horses, setting up jumping trails, learning forelocks from fetlocks, doodling Appaloosas and Oldenburgs in the margins of all my written assignments. These days, most of my writing takes the shape of design documents and scripts, and there’s less room for horses in the margins. watched the cars slush by in the early snow. She asked.

eLearning: Is Repetition the Key?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  Recently I was trying out  Knowledge Guru , which, according to its site, is "a game engine that uses the power of play to help learners learn facts fast." " I've been reading a lot lately about the  gamification of learning  but had never heard of Knowledge Guru before, so I thought I'd look into it and see what possible implications it could have for the eLearning field. Knowledge Guru's sample game revolves around football facts. My first thought was that this was a shortcoming. Are you utilizing repetition in your eLearning?

From organizing and managing learning to supporting self-organized and self-managed learning

Jane Hart

In Harold Jarche ‘s recent post  What is learning’s role? , he writes: “Learning is not something done to us, it is what we do together. Learning delivery in a constantly changing work environment is an outdated notion. For example, training courses are artifacts of a time when information was scarce and connections were few. mean integrated into the daily work flow.”

Know Thy Culture

The Peformance Improvement

Every organization has a culture. But not every organization has the kind of culture that will help that organization achieve success. Matt Monge says that organizations should take Socrates’ advice and “know thyself”. Monge says, “…we have to be willing to ask ourselves tough questions and give honest answers.”. Culture is who we are. Getting that right helps with recruiting.

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.

The architecture of learning

Learning with e's

One of the characteristics of Web 2.0, according to the man who coined the phrase, is to be found in its architecture. As far as Tim O'Reilly is concerned, Web 2.0 tools are configured in such a way that they 'get smarter the more people use them.' This facet was explained very clearly in Michael Wesch's excellent video Web 2.0. In his famous Wired article, Kevin Kelly suggested Web 2.0 Web 2.0

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“How I use my iPad” #edtech

Dont Waste Your Time

Thanks to Terese Bird ( @tbirdcymru ) for sharing this resource earlier today on the use of iPads in UK Higher Education. really liked the short video (below) from Nathan Huneke from Manchester Medical School and how he uses his iPad for storing and organising academic papers: How I use my iPad – Nathan Huneke from Manchester Medical School on Vimeo. edtech. Video App Application iPad

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Harold Jarche on the need for #corporate #networking and learning

Ignatia Webs

During the Learning Day at the European Environmental Agency (EEA), an organisation filled with knowledge workers, I had the pleasure of hearing a keynote of Harold Jarche ( @hjarche and ). These are my live blognotes. totally agree. Without pauzes, my brain would not be able to compute and emotionally process all the input absorbed by the day. Breaking down barriers Change is human.

The training world is changing

Learning and Working on the Web

From the Citrix GoTo Blog : Open online courses, talent management, social collaboration: The training world is changing. Traditional training structures, based on institutions, programs, courses and classes, are under pressure. One of the biggest changes we are seeing in online training is that the content-delivery model is being replaced by social and collaborative frameworks.

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.