Top 100 Learning Game Resources
JUNE 24, 2009
When writing the whitepaper about Casual games , I did a fair bit of research and looked at several hundred web links. While doing so, I documented a few of the better ones. I’d been mulling posting these to the blog. So here they are – a Top 100 Learning Game Resource list. If you are already developing learning games, these links will broaden your horizons, as they did mine. Educause.
Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism?
MARCH 16, 2009
Instructivism is dead. Gone are the days of an authoritarian teacher transmitting pre-defined information to passive students. In the 1990s, constructivism heralded a new dawn in instructional design, turbo-charged by the rise of Web 2.0. Students morphed into participants , empowered to seek new knowledge and understanding for themselves, in the context of their own unique, individual experiences. In turn, teachers enthusiastically transformed themselves into facilitators , guiding and coaching the participants to inquire, explore, discover and even generate new learnings. Slippery slope.
Observe the Supreme Court, Become President, Negotiate Peace with Online Games
OCTOBER 27, 2009
Here are three games that can be used to teach the civics topics of how elections are conducted, how the Supreme Court functions and the complicated issues of the Middle East. Supreme Court Justices in the game Supreme Decision. Supreme Decision," the first of several planned web-based games, went online earlier this month as part of a project called Our Courts. In it, students can play a U.S.
10 online icebreakers
Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning
MARCH 4, 2009
For the third time I was going through all my resources- files and bookmarks to find online icebreakers. thought I'd do myself (and you) a favour by listing the most interesting ones. 10 online icebreakers (the picture relates to number 10!): 1. Two Lies and A Truth. Two must be lies and one must be true. Other participants must vote to determine which interesting thing is the truth. Three words.
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.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
I spend a fair amount of my consulting time working with large organizations to help define how they will apply technology to particular business / performance / learning needs. This is either in terms of specific needs, e.g., improve customer satisfaction, or as part of an overall eLearning strategy. I've really been striking out. I'm hoping that people will help out. This is very hard.
10 Social Media Tools For Learning
The eLearning Coach
NOVEMBER 16, 2009
Do you have a training or information need that could benefit from a social media strategy? Understanding the universe of options can help you match your need to the best approach. So here are descriptions of ten applications representing different social media technologies that promote learning. Listing is alphabetical.). Audacity. Category: Podcasts. Dimdim. Think of it. Edublogs Campus. Yammer.
Best Practices for Creating Online Courses
NOVEMBER 11, 2009
There are many things to think about when creating eLearning. There’s no way that I can mention all of them in this post but I’d like to mention a few that come to the top of my mind. Course Outline / Storyboarding. Know the audience. Find good SMEs. Always create an outline of the course. Storyboarding allows you to structure content flow. Decide what knowledge/skills need to be taught first. SMEs can take a glance at the flow and content. Content creating will go more quickly. (it’s faster than creating content and then starting over). Learners scan, they don’t read.
Using Gagne's 9 Events of Learning in e-Learning
JANUARY 29, 2009
How well does Gagne’s Nine Events of Learning fit in e-learning? think it is a good fit, but in full disclosure, I do not always use all events or in the intended order. If you are not familiar with Gagne, here is a quick overview. The following are examples of how I believe we can incorporate each event, although I have taken some interpretive liberties with each event. make this any easy task. The
Control vs. Influence
Learn and Lead
AUGUST 16, 2009
This is a guest post by S Ranganathan. I got a chance to interact with Ranganathan during a leadership development program that I attended at ISB. Ranga, as he would like to be called, is a regular Executive Coach at ISB where he partners with different trainers in their Global Leadership Program. Ranga is the Founder-Director of SymIndia Training and Consultancy Pvt.
Top 50 Mobile Learning Resources
NOVEMBER 2, 2009
I’ve spent an inordinately long time writing a whitepaper on mobile learning trying to expound our thoughts about it and how it might be used in the workplace. I’ve been doing some research around it and I’ve documented some of the better links I’ve come across. Again, as with the links I posted about Games and Simulation, these aren’t categorized in any way nor does the order assume any significance. If you’re considering mobile learning in any shape or form, I’d suggest you give these a browse. Apple Education. Mobile Learning Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training. Learning Org.
Effective virtual facilitation
OCTOBER 13, 2009
As virtual classes rapidly become de rigueur , the need for an effective virtual facilitation framework accelerates. propose the 5-stage model of e-moderation developed by world-renowned networked learning guru, Gilly Salmon. While Salmon’s model primarily supports asynchronous networked learning, I contend that it supports synchronous networked learning just as well. The Model.
NOAA: Advice for Federal Agencies about Virtual Worlds & a Great Interactive Example
JULY 10, 2009
Waiting for the tsunami to hit on NOAA's island in Second Life. Check out this article, Living NOAA's Second Life It is about how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)--a government agency--is using a virtual world to reach into the future and it has some great advice on considerations before launching into a virtual world.
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.
What is a Learning Technologist?
Dont Waste Your Time
AUGUST 13, 2009
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.
The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Think Small (Iterations, Action Maps, Storyboards, and Mini-Modules)
The Learning Generalist
JUNE 22, 2009
We explored the waterfall approach towards elearning development in a prior post of this series. As you will notice in the above representation of the model, the issues are: Too much time gets spent in upfront design and planning when all of this is quite likely to change. Can we reduce flab in our analysis and design phase? Can we create more opportunities for customer feedback? Rapid Elearning?
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Describing What You Do: Instructional Design
MAY 6, 2009
You're at a playground and you start talking to the mom sitting on the bench next to you. Eventually, she asks you what you do for work. What do you say? Are you met with comprehension or blank stares? This was me yesterday
Twitter Conference Ideas
JANUARY 30, 2009
Twitter has become a pretty great tool to help with socializing at conferences. Here are a few of the things we've been doing Twitter as Social Chat At both DevLearn and TechKnowledge , we created a hashtag and created a specific Twitter account that was the hub. Using TweetLater and GroupTweet anyone who sent a direct message to the hub account then broadcast to everyone following that account.
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.
35 More Qualities Of The Ideal Instructional Designer
The eLearning Coach
DECEMBER 13, 2009
A few months ago I published a list of the 10 Qualities Of The Ideal Instructional Designer. Since then, the eLearning community contributed so many qualities to the list it is now overflowing. The comments more or less fell into a few categories: working with SMEs, designing and developing content, love of learning, business savvy and personal attributes. So here are the next 35 qualities. Price).
4 Simple Tips for Recording High-Quality Audio
JUNE 2, 2009
Good audio is critical to your elearning success. You might be a great instructional designer and create the most engaging courses possible. But it all falls apart if the audio quality in your course is not very good. In an earlier post we looked at when it makes sense to consider paying for professional narration. If you have the money, this is a viable option. Invest in a good quality microphone.
When it's just so obvious NOT to train it's painful to watch it happen
Performance Learning Productivity
JUNE 12, 2009
The amount of time, effort and money wasted on formal ILT training prior to rollout or upgrade of enterprise platforms (particularly ERM and CRM) and other new software systems is really quite amazing. Some managers and L&D people just don’t seem to get it. You might as well throw the money spent on these activities out the window. Training User Guides are quintessentially shelfware. Bingo!
How to build a social learning culture
Lars is Learning
SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
I was asked by Trainingzone to provide some tips for bringing the learning benefits to bear of social tools within an organisational context. All comments/feedback welcome. Resisting the rush to social media feels a bit like trying to push water back up a waterfall doesn't it? fairly futile exercise. Why is it so popular? Well, homo sapiens are a particularly social
Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success
Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.
Blending Learning with Social Technology Components
DECEMBER 22, 2009
A lot of companies today face a resource situation that’s not unique in this age. A few key individuals holding important technical and project management knowledge is quite common. Such key knowledge in the hands of few prevents it from being disseminated broadly and leads to an unhealthy dependence on those individuals. Each blend is unique and purposed to address a specific need. Web 2.0
Workplace learning in 10 years
MARCH 24, 2009
The Learning Circuits Big Question for this month is: If you peer inside an organization in 10 years time and you look at how workplace learning is being supported by that organization, what will you see? To answer this question, I’ve organised my own two cents’ worth under six major banners… 1. Learning development should be no different. Learning will be fully networked.
Irish Learning Alliance Visit
MARCH 28, 2009
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate it enough to travel to see the Prime Minister of Ireland and hear about the Irish Learning Alliance. Unfortunately, I didn't get to go to Ireland, instead I traveled with some friends up to New York to visit with the Irish Learning Alliance. Tom, Michelle & Dave take a break from at the ILA learning session.(taken One of my most authentic St. Patrick's days ever!!
7 skills for the successful e-tutor
Learning with e's
MAY 11, 2009
Today I read an interesting article entitled: 'Seven habits of highly effective teachers' in the Times Education Supplement. It's an adaptation of Stephen Covey's self-help book: 'The seven habits of highly effective people' and I'm glad the TES has herded these ideas into a teaching context. Teachers are under a lot of pressure to perform and achieve good results, and it's not easy for them.
Best Practices for Launching an LMS
When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.
This Made My Day
JULY 23, 2009
I am a huge history buff. minored in history in college, just for fun. Give me a good biography about a historical figure, and I’m set for the evening. So when I discovered Historical Tweets , I fell in love! Historical Tweets combines my love of history with the feeling “I just don’t get the point of twitter. Definitely check out Mozart and, of course, Ben Franklin.
Happy Holidays from TechSmith - It's the Most Robotic Time of the Year!
DECEMBER 20, 2009
Robots are always cool, right? I've always loved them - in fact, I'm even "knitting a robot army":[link] At TechSmith, we're getting in the holiday spirit by celebrating the most 'Robotic' time of the year! you can even download and make your own "TechSmith robots":[link] (PDF)! We have a robot for each product! The TechSmith robot visited several departments around the office for some fun.
Narrowing Gap between Face-to-Face and Online Presentations
SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
Are people noticing this? It seems that face-to-face and online presenting are becoming more similar. Some aspects: Wireless access is becoming more common in places where presentations occur. If you are a conference organizer and you don't arrange for wireless, be prepared for some negative comments. See Better Conferences. larger percentage of the audience these days brings a laptop to presentations and it seems that the factor of Laptop Distraction is quieting down. You can get the audience to provide thoughts and suggestions just like chat online. for how great the audience input can be).