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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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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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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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Measuring Quality in eLearning through 33 indicators

Ignatia Webs

Quality Assurance (QA) hits all of us at some point, but QA in eLearning is fairly new. I was looking for something else when coming across this nice quality assurance online manual that is the result of a European Research on quality assurance. This online manual features six chapters each focusing on a specific eLearning part and in total it features 33 eLearning benchmarks.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Adobe Captivate: No More Autosizing, Thanks!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. Maybe I was imagining things. but I set a pesky text caption to a specific size. Later on, when I re-opened the slide, the caption was much smaller. attributed the episode to drinking too much coffee. But then it happened again! resized a text caption to a very, very specific size--no doubt this time. At some point I used the spell check feature ( Project > Check Spelling ). There was a typo flagged in that very same caption, which I naturally allowed Captivate to fix. And bam! The caption resized. Has this happened to you? It's not a bug. it's a feature.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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.)

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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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

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″

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.

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.

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.

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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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)

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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!

How Much Narration in eLearning? Our Lessons Learned by Don Bair and Mike Dickinson

Learning Solutions Magazine

Whether to narrate eLearning content, how much to narrate, and choosing the person or "voice" to narrate are among questions that come up constantly for eLearning designers. Unfortunately, the research and the guidance from experts is not necessarily consistent or easy to apply. Here is what one team learned from their own study of the questions, and the guidelines they adopted. Asynchronous Blended Instructional Design Media

The road is endless.

Learning with e's

It's official. Brussels Air sucks. I'm very disappointed in them, and if they were one of my students, they would get a big fat zero. have to admit that the only thing with Brussels in front of it that I dislike more at the moment is sprouts. have just arrived home after a horrendous 20 hours being trapped in transit. And it was all Brussels Air's fault. Here's why. And we wait. But where is it?

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.

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

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.

Instant Learning: How it works and how to make it happen?

Vignettes Learning

Synthesis: The brain’s ability to replicate real life events that enables us to share them with others is a powerful learning tool that we can maximize to facilitate instant learning in our elearning sessions. Explore with me the steps that may help you create a more meaningful and experiential learning environment for your learners. This is instant learning. How do we do that? Do not teach.

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.

New Horizon Report: Alan Levine – Mindmap

Clark Quinn

This evening I had the delight to hear Alan Levine present the New Media Consortium’s New Horizon Report for 2011 to the ASTD Mt. Diablo chapter.  As often happens, I mindmapped it. Their process is interesting, using a Delphi approach to converge on the top topics. For the longer term (4-5 years), the two concepts were gesture-based computing and learning analytics. technology

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.

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.

Evolving from Social Learning to Workforce-Centric Learning

CLO Magazine

Do you ever find yourself not only explaining what social learning is but also justifying why it needs to be part of your larger learning strategy? Do you find yourself interchangeably using the terms “social learning,” “learning 2.0” and “informal learning” — knowing that they are not all the same? I, too, have found myself in the matrix trying to explain the difference between the above terms and, in addition, “social media.” Does the term “social learning” need to be evolved to move beyond the perception that it is a license for employees to play rather than a genuine way of learning?

The road is open

Learning with e's

In spite of the trials and tribulations of international travel, I actually had a wonderful time in Elmshorn, Germany this week during the two day Moodlemoot event. I met a lot of smart people, and engaged in some very valuable conversations about learning, technology, culture and life in general. My slides are here. Unported License. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Which graphic should I use?

The eLearning Coach

Most instructional designers have not been taught how to conceive abstract visuals, so here are some guidelines. Post from: The eLearning Coach Which graphic should I use? GRAPHICS MEDIA

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

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.

Gen X + Gen Y: A Perfect Marriage?

CLO Magazine

Gen X is portrayed as having middle-child syndrome , always being ignored and underappreciated, as a result of the generations that preceded and followed it. Gen Y is classically characterized as spoiled, empowered, self-confident and technology-reliant. Gen Y’s adoption of Gen X innovations, such as Google, YouTube and Amazon, has inspired technologies like Facebook and Dropbox. Can these two generations partner to make a significant impact on workplace technology and learning, or will the conflicting egos lead to disparity? The article, “ Consumerization Culprits? What does this mean?

Smartphones in mobile healthcare

Learning with e's

I have just had a new paper published on how smartphones are being used in patient education and remote health care. This paper provides a brief state-of-the-art overview of health and healthcare smartphone apps (applications) on the market today, including emerging trends and market uptake. and the emerging Windows Phone 7 platform). Unported License.

April #SANchat is Wednesday(4/20). Topic: VDI

Adventures in Corporate Education

Join us for the April #SANchat this Wednesday, April 19th. We’ll get started at 9 a.m. CT, 10 a.m This is the first time we’re trying for an early start – trying to find the optimal time for everyone! After last month’s diversion into the world of the Dell Storage Forum, #SANChat is back to its vendor neutral roots. This month’s #SANchat will be about VDI (virtual desktop integration). Our co-host this month is Stu Miniman. Stu is an analyst and researcher at Wikibon. Will Urban from Dell EqualLogic is also joining us. What are the barriers to adopting VDI?

Is the LMS Dead?


Every now and then the blogosphere buzzes about whether the LMS (Learning Management System) is still the best way to manage training. Some say yes, we still need a way to track learners’ progress, especially for compliance training or grades tracking (for those in higher education). Others say the LMS is quickly being supplanted by the proliferation of PLEs (personal learning environments — where individuals construct their own mashup of Web sites, blogs, social network contacts, e-books and magazines, asynchronous courses, and other resources) which support informal learning.

How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy

A staggering 80% of sales professionals report they don’t remember or implement their lessons from annual sales kickoff meetings.Our new publication, available below, explores how companies can avoid costly mistakes in sales training.

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.

We Need Learning and We Need It Now!


On this month’s Learning Circuit Big Question, Tony Karrer asks the learning & development community how they respond to the “I want it now!” demand from stakeholders. Karrer summarizes the dilemma: eLearning Solutions Creating eLearning Courses