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14 reasons why your multiple-choice quiz sucks

E-Learning Provocateur

Unlike some of my peers, I’m not an opponent of the multiple-choice quiz. It’s a convenient and efficient means of assessing e-learners, if it’s done well. The problem, unfortunately, is that it’s often done poorly. So poorly, in fact, it’s embarrassing. At my workplace, I am regularly subjected to the multiple-choice quiz. The ridiculous answer is obviously incorrect.

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Teaching World Peace to 4th Graders–with a game

Kapp Notes

Check out what John Hunter has to say about his interesting and intriguing game about world peace and his Wisdom Table. Content Guide

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Learning Creativity and About Creativity From Lego

Upside Learning

Oftentimes, I attribute my few creative skills to extensive play, building with Lego being a substantial part of it. So what do I mean by creative skills? These three mainly: The ability to create/generate ideas, create things either virtual or real that have value, are new and surprising. Being ‘creative’ within a system/framework. So how does Lego figure in all this?

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Talking about blended learning – part 1 – foundations

Clive on Learning

In this extended interview, I address a wide range of key questions about blended learning, which I hope will be of interest to just about anyone responsible for learning and development in the workplace. In this first part, I attempt to answer the following questions: What's the case for blended learning? What's so new about the idea of blended learning? When is blended learning appropriate?

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Learning & Skills Survey: 87% More eLearning & Mobile Learning; 73% Less 2-3 Day Classroom Training

Upside Learning

The Centre for Performance Development has released the results of their Learning & Skills 2011 survey – which was held both at the event and online. Read more about it on the survey page on their website. The survey asked people to put blue or orange m&ms in various jars representing the L&D activities they expected to do more or less in 2011. Blue for more and Orange for less.

Talking about blended learning – part 2 – analysing the situation

Clive on Learning

In the second part of this interview, I address the following questions: How should someone set about designing a blended solution? What impact does the learning requirement have on your design decisions? What audience characteristics have the biggest impact on your design? What difference do the constraints and opportunities make to your design decisions? Part 3 follows on Tuesday.

Kirkpatrick Revisited | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

After I finished my post a few weeks ago on Reevaluating Evaluation, I found out that Donald Kirkpatrick, the granddaddy of the Four Levels of Evaluation, was taking a farewell tour before his retirement and would be presenting a

How can health within clinics be improved by mLearning? A research report with 29 recommendations

Ignatia Webs

Full research reports sometimes stop me from really reading it in full, so I was very happy when the Epic newsletter dropped this summary research report on mLearning for NHS (UK's National Health Service, but also accessible for other countries health services) in my mailbox. The report starts of with a nice overview on the benefits of mLearning (just-in-time, any place, context.)

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.

Simulation Showcase – Inside the Haiti Earthquake

Upside Learning

I came across a blog-post by Clark Aldrich titled – Using Serious Games and Simulations: A Quick and Dirty Guide. In this post, Clark talks about: What simulations are and aren’t. Where simulations fit in an organizations’ flow of skills. Best practices in designing and creating simulations. One that really struck a chord was – Inside the Haiti Earthquake. 

Writing & Grammar: Name That Error--The Answers

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. Here are the answers to last week's grammar challenge. Were you able to name the errors? Did you fix them correctly? Some of these problems may have more than one correct answer. For example, the sentence fragment can be corrected many different ways. If you have questions about any of these, I would love to hear from you. Using the new iPad app, the best erosion control method can be found quickly. Using the new iPad app, engineers can find the best erosion control method quickly. You can correct this run-on sentence by adding a comma after moons. While you may need.

Embracing Innovation in Learning | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

In her recent blog post Wonders or Woes of Change, Dr. Ellen Weber discusses the paradigm shift from traditional leadership to brain-powered, or innovative, leadership. This shift in leadership style can be characterized as moving from

What Makes eLearning Boring?

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. Most posts on this blog focus on what to do and how to do it – providing navigational cues , designing with social media , stimulating recall , forming sticky ideas , and so on. In this post, we’ll look at what we do too much of, resulting in boring eLearning. Too much text. It’s popular to hate PowerPoint because of the way a slide full of bullets strangles the life out of a presentation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Have you watched a TED talk? Those presenters use text sparsely and convey messages with images more often than not. Think visual design.

Customer Training Completion Rates

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Tune in to The Forge - Live Today at 2pm EST

Visual Lounge

You're in for a treat - We have a great line-up for The Forge today! Tune in on this blog post today at 2pm EST to see the live stream of The Forge! Tom Crawford from the Visualization Network and VizChef , will talk about Visual Communication. Mike Curtis, Information Developer for Jing, will share his tips for embedding video. Mark Schall, Software Engineer for Jing, will talk about TechSmith's hackathon. Adam Marks, lead Snagit developer (Windows), will talk about TechSmith's Makerbot. And, I'll share my pick for the Screencast of the Month. Welcome to "The Forge" Chat! The Forge 573

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Twitter’s Impact on Your Brain-Same as Bilingualism

Kapp Notes

Studies on infant brains have shown that knowledge retention is only possible when accompanied with personal interaction or activity, but this becomes even more important as people get older. Adults must be socially stimulated to learn, which is why language retention is usually only successful for adults when they are immersed with other language-speakers. Bilingual people “build new bridges” in the brain, says Dr. Kuhl, a University of Washington professor and co-author of a recent study on social learning, and their brains are constantly adapting and reshuffling data as they translate.

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet The social learning revolution has only just begun. Corporations that understand the value of knowledge sharing, teamwork, informal learning and joint problem solving are investing heavily in collaboration technology and are reaping the early rewards. ~ Jay Cross. Social learning. Note: This is a re-post and update of a previous article, originally published as a  White Paper (PDF). Internal.

Adobe FrameMaker 10: Why Should I Care About the New Background Color?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Barb Binder  Some time ago, a client was considering using Adobe FrameMaker for a project and wanted to be able to electronically highlight text. That existing version of FrameMaker couldn't do it so the client decided to use Adobe InDesign. Because of that one incident, I was keenly aware when Adobe added background colors into FrameMaker 10.

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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.

The Pad and the Pod

Clark Quinn

I had a conversation today where I was asked about the difference with a tablet versus a smartphone (or pad versus pod :). This is something I’ve been thinking about, and some thoughts coalesced as I answered. I don’t think this is my definitive answer, but it’s worth wrestling with (learning out loud and all that). The must-read for mobile designers, The Zen of Palm , shows data collected from years ago on the early Palm devices ( Figure 1.3 ) which showed the difference between usage of desktops versus handhelds. Yes, this blurs when we’re talking about 7.1″

E-Learning Trends and Challenges in Malaysian Higher Education Institutions


It turned out to be a very exciting and enriching learning experience for me, and here are my discoveries and reflections. MALAYSIA EDUCATION ONLINE (MEdO) Malaysia Education Online (MEdO) is part of the Malaysia Government Transformation Plan (GTP) to expand international distance learning. Six other Malaysian universities and institutes have already signed up to offer programmes on MEdO. and x.0)

Gaming Playing for Education

Kapp Notes

Here are some interesting pieces from articles about video games for learning: According to an article titled Medical Students Open to Learning With Video Games: Among the more than 200 medical students surveyed, 77 percent said they would participate in a multi-player online health care simulator provided it helped them to accomplish an important goal. “Role-playing games may have special educational use to help students envision what their life would be like in different types of professional practice,&# says Michael D. Fetters, M.D., M.P.H., Content Guide

What to See in a CEO

The Peformance Improvement

How do you hire a great leader? Adam Bryant provides some insightful answers to this question  in an article adapted from his new book titled, The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed. Wally Bock writes this about Bryant's book: Adam Bryant's Corner Office interviews are must-reads for me, so I'm excited about his new book.

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.

New blends in learning

Learning with e's

I started a discussion on Twitter today about blended learning, after reading an exchange between @simfin and @whitec. Unfortunately, the limit of 140 characters, on this occasion at least, badly let me down. Now look, just like any other academic, I don't mind a bit of a verbal punch-up, in fact I relish it. But what I don't enjoy under any circumstances being misunderstood. you get the idea.

I want it now – who doesn’t? #LCBQ

Spark Your Interest

This month’s Big Question is: How do you address the “I want it now!&# demand from stakeholders? It wasn’t an AprilFool’s and yet Jay has a point - it is silly to assume that formal training will be the white knight to rescue the day. My advice, for whatever it’s worth is this. Instructional designers are service providers.

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Importing Adobe Illustrator Smart Objects into Adobe Captivate [VIDEO]

mLearning Revolution

Below is a video I recorded and published last week on the topic of importing Adobe Illustrator smart objects into Adobe Captivate 5 with the help of Photoshop. This topic was inspired by a question we received during our very first ‘Ask the Adobe eLearning Team ‘ session. The hashtag is #AskAdobeTeam. Here’s the Facebook Page. Send to Kindle. eLearning

Designing Good Questions for E-Learning


Part 1. Why do we use questions in e-learning? It might be to let the user check their own understanding or mastery of what they have been learning, or it might be to prod them into thinking about a subject before exploring it in more detail. We also use questions to direct learners along branches so that learning can be modular and truly individualised. Instead of providing answers, you let the user’s response take them to another part of the training. If you do not have a ckear reason for using a question, then don’t include one! Pre-test or not. Make it cover a real objective. Pizza.

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.