mLearning: The Time is Now
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
JULY 6, 2011
by AJ George The push for mobile learning (mLearning) has been a surprisingly long one. Last year we talked about how mLearning wasn't quite ready , but we threw out some technical tips in case you were ready to dive in. Almost a year later we noted that the Horizon Report slated adoption of mLearning for one year or less. " It looks like the future of mLearning is officially now.
iPad Applications In Bloom’s Taxonomy
AUGUST 24, 2011
This has bubbled up in my feeds not once, but several times now. It’s an interesting graphic that actually places example iPad applications into Bloom’s levels of performance in the cognitive domain. Focussed around students, and not really workplace learning, but interesting nonetheless. Check it out.
eLearning Conferences 2012
NOVEMBER 17, 2011
Clayton R. Wright has done his 26th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year and has asked me to post again. Past years eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: email@example.com. It covers events from four continents. All Internet addresses were verified at the time of publication. Private? Personal? What’s Next?,
The Storytelling Element of Instructional Games
MARCH 4, 2011
While not all games have a story narrative behind them, storytelling is an essential part of the gamificaiton of learning and instruction. Simple games like tic-tac-toe are not guided by a story. Neither are games like hide and seek, freeze tag or word searches. But a surprising number of simple games have more story behind them than you may think. Saving the Earth from Aliens. Content Guide
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.
Four Phases of Learning
JULY 12, 2011
How Many Accelerated Learning Phases Are There? In the training world, the optimum number seems to be “four.” There are four learning styles, four stages of competence, and a four-level evaluation model. There is also a four-phase learning cycle. There are different ways of thinking about the learning cycle and different numbers of phases. This is what it is: Preparation: Arousing Interest.
Join the open and free course on mobile learning: #MobiMOOC
MARCH 17, 2011
Mobile learning (mLearning) is all the rage at the moment, but how do you get started and how do you maximize the mLearning plans you have? Simple, follow this free online course facilitated by 7 mobile experts and turn your mLearning knowledge into a practical project. Interested? Join the online google group, the course wiki and enter the mLearning conversation with other peers. Interested?
Questioning Gagné and Bloom’s Relevance
AUGUST 2, 2011
Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Hirsh. Lauren needed to do an informational interview for her masters program, and I needed some new profile pictures. The pictures turned out terrific; I’m sure I got the better end of the bargain.). During the interview, Lauren asked some very thoughtful questions about the relationship between theory and practice. Gagné’s Nine Events.
Top Resources for Instructional Designers
AUGUST 15, 2011
So where do you send new practitioners for ideas and inspiration? Here’s a list I recently compiled for some new members on my team. Allen Partridge Adobe Captivate Blog For those of you who work with Captivate, you can’t miss Allen Partridge’s blog -- practical know-how with a spark. link] Articulate’s Online Community Lots of sharing of templates and ideas in the user community. link] Want more?
14 reasons why your multiple-choice quiz sucks
APRIL 19, 2011
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.
5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012
DECEMBER 20, 2011
Every year, I identify five trends that I am seeing in the industry as a whole, and forecast on where they will be heading throughout the year. In 2011, I saw quite a few items that resonated. They involved talent management, “hello and goodbye” with vendors, social learning, upswing in mobile learning, new feature sets in the authoring tool space, flat lining in web conferencing and standalone platforms. LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. Here now are five trends and their respected forecasts. ” The Future. #1. Boring.
Lurking is Not a Static State
JULY 20, 2011
Lurking and its role in communities has been on the forefront of my mind for the past few days. It has received a lot of attention in the past from the thought leaders in the realm of learning and the role of communities in personal as well as organizational learning. They are lurking on the edge, consuming content. They are the free riders. However, is that truly the case? Not really.
Writing & Grammar Workshop: Happy New Year! (or is it New Year's?)
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
JANUARY 9, 2011
by Jennie Ruby. New Year's Day is the proper noun naming the day we celebrate the new year. That is why it is always capitalized. New Year's Eve is the night before, when all the partying really takes place. When wishing someone a happy new year, the phrase is capitalized and does not need the possessive apostrophe: Happy New Year! Occasionally, you may be using the phrase as an abbreviated form of the proper name of the day: Will I see you on New Year's? is actually short for New Year's Day , or possibly New Year's Eve , and therefore has the apostrophe.
Mobile Learning: A Quick SWOT Analysis
APRIL 11, 2011
For over two years now, we have not only just been hearing about mobile learning but also actively understanding and working on it. From trying to explain five myths of mobile learning to assisting customer new to mobile learning, getting started with mobile learning has been an exciting journey through which we have seen mobile learning seeing increasing adoption. Weaknesses. Opportunities.
Flash Dead for eLearning
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
I've been warning about this since January 2010 in Still No Flash , and called it out further as the signs became more serious in May 2010 with Beginning of Long Slow Death of Flash. My words then: We are hitting a tipping point where you have to question building anything that uses Flash as the delivery mechanism. And said, The death of Flash is continuing. What does all of this mean?
Gamification vs. Serious Games–What’s the Difference?”
MAY 26, 2011
Interesting comment the other day, Dianne asked: Just curious if you make a distinction between gamification and serious games. (I think getting overly wedded to terminology is a distraction from looking at the quality, or lack thereof, of particular games, but do see that the emphasis seems a bit different when people talk about the two “fields.”.). Does that make sense to everyone? Design Games
Rapid Instructional Design for Accelerated Learning
OCTOBER 6, 2011
Created in the military during World War II, the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) model has dominated curriculum design for the last 40 years. It is still taught in universities and by most train-the-trainer firms. However, according to Dave Meier, in The Accelerated Learning Handbook , the ISD model is “too slow, cumbersome, stiff, linear, and emotionally dull…to get the job done today.”
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 is not the same as social media
Clive on Learning
JULY 21, 2011
I have noticed in recent discussions just how confusing it can get when social learning is regarded as synonymous with the use of social media. First of all, social learning pre-dates social media by thousands of years. We have always and always will learn socially. It isn't the only way we learn but it is a highly significant element. social media
Getting a job as an Instructional Designer
SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
I get a lot of emails from people asking me how to break into the ID field. This post is my response to those emails. Because I’m an extremely flawed human being I don’t always respond to these right away and then they sit in my inbox for months and months and wither away on the vine. So my apologies to those of you who’ve written that I didn’t get back to! Well – make something up! About what?
Develop HTML5 interactions with enhanced Raptivity 6.6
OCTOBER 13, 2011
It’s been an exciting time for Raptivity users so far. But then, Raptivity has flexibility and this is certainly not the end. There is always room for improvement and innovation. And so…the new enhanced Raptivity 6.6, has all this and [.].
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!
20 Signs of Employee Disengagement
The Peformance Improvement
DECEMBER 7, 2011
Employee engagement seems to be the current hot topic of survey organizations. Gallup , Mercer , BlessingWhite , and others are regularly conducting national and international studies of engagement. It’s interesting to discover from these surveys that roughly 30% of employees indicate that they are engaged in their work. You don’t need an organization-wide survey to answer this question.
Getting a Head Start with Mobile Interactions
Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
When Raptivity released its first collection of mobile interactions for iPad and iPhone based eLearning, the path-breaking HTML5 Pack received several accolades. While it was a very useful collection of interactions, it mainly featured a bunch of memory aids such as flash cards. Clearly, there was a need for adding more interactions to make it instructionally more useful and complete.
eLearning & PowerPoint: A Great FREE Resource
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
OCTOBER 7, 2011
by AJ George. I've talked a lot about where to get free stock photos , about how to manipulate stock photos , and tips for creating your own graphics. Somehow, in the midst of all that, I remained in the dark about what is probably the best free resource I've come across in a while. This is often seen as a less effective way to present learning, but it doesn't have to be. SHUT-UP!
Instructional Design And The Six Thinking Hats
JANUARY 19, 2011
I spent most of my free time over the last few weeks reading Edward de Bono’s book, Six Thinking Hats , and thinking about how this thinking process can be applied to Instructional Design. Before I get to that, I’d like to give a brief overview of what the Six Thinking Hats are all about. In parallel thinking, confrontation is replaced by a cooperative exploration of the subject. The Hats.
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.
eLearning Learning Launches New Features
AUGUST 15, 2011
Over on eLearning Learning , we've just launched a new version with some great new features. In case you don't know about eLearning Learning, it brings together content from leading experts and companies like the Adobe Captivate Blog , Clark Quinn , Clive Shepherd , Jay Cross , Karl Kapp , and really too many to list. You can find a long list of the Featured sources on the right side.
Instructional Game Projects
DECEMBER 21, 2011
As I begin to reflect upon this year coming to a close, I have to admit that I am pretty excited about two instructional game projects of which I have been involved. Here are videos describing each project. You can link here for additional information. You can link here for additional information. Design Education Gamers Games Games video games
eLearning and Fun: Two Words Not Normally Seen Together
JULY 19, 2011
Over at the Learning Circuits blog, the big question for July is “How do you make eLearning fun? They are not asking for much there, are they? It depends on the topic, the audience, the organization and a myriad of other considerations. If you are creating an eLearning course on interpersonal skills, then sure, it can and probably should be fun. Wrong, wrong and wrong.
The Big Question: how to assess informal learning
Clive on Learning
MARCH 8, 2011
The Big Question on the ASTD Learning Circuits Blog is long enough to fill a post all by itself: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results? think we can group this stuff together as all those forms of learning which are not formal, i.e. courses. Can they perform?
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.
Twiitering = learning?
Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning
OCTOBER 11, 2011
I often have conversations about the role of social media in learning processes. Sometimes people might say: ' Ok, but twitter is not learning. How can you learn from 140 characters?! The theory about learning you embrace determine how you look at social media and its importance (or unimportance). From a behaviourism point of view, twitter might not be very relevant as a means for learning.
4Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking and Creativity
Dont Waste Your Time
AUGUST 9, 2011
I found this video on Twitter tonight thanks to David Walker ( @drdjwalker ) who re-tweeted the video from The Partnership of 21st Century Skills. The video is called “Above and Beyond: the story of the 4Cs. Enjoy. The video is described as; “In an increasingly complex, demanding and competitive 21st century, students need to learn more than the 3R’s they are tested on in school. It’s
Are #mLearning projects in Africa really successful? #ICT4D critique
NOVEMBER 10, 2011
Although a propagator of learning with mobile devices, in this seminar John Traxler takes a look at learning with mobile devices from another angle, a critical one while looking for answers from all of us. John Traxler lives and breathes mobility. During his seminar, John raised two major questions: Are learning projects based on mobile devices really helping Africa forward? Is it real progress?
The Colors of eLearning
MARCH 1, 2011
Color impacts your courses and your learners. Choosing the “correct colors can hinder or increase the speed of learning and retention. Colors can affect mood, have different meanings in various cultures, and bring immediate things to our minds. Here is a quick summary of each color’s psychological effect. Red is a stimulant and can evoke passion and excitement. Use it for fonts.
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.
Small Business Marketing Tips From SMX East 2011
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
While I was at SMX East last week I had the opportunity to sit in on the SoLoMo Landscape session (my liveblog ) that was taking place there. The goal of the session was to look at the convergence happening among social media, local search and mobile, and discuss how small business owners could take advantage of it. Why should small business owners even care? If you’re not there, you don’t exist.
eLearning: Finding Google Images You Can Actually Use
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
OCTOBER 16, 2011
by AJ George. have previously written about some good, free stock image resources. In response to that article, a reader asked me if the images on these sites were royalty free and could be used in courses that he planned to sell. The short answer is that it's a case-by-case basis. Sometimes you can use the images, but only if you credit the original artist. " eLearning
How Long Does It Take To Develop An Hour Of Elearning?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
I’ve been away from the blog for a while; work assignments have required that I travel to North America. After some long flights and the resultant jetlag, I’m just starting to get back into the groove now. Take a look: View more presentations from Chapman Alliance. There are quite a few interesting bits in the presentation. eLearning Custom eLearning eLearning solutions
Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ
FEBRUARY 22, 2011
This month's #LCBQ is the first with the Big Question Thought Leaders. It's been fun working with them and has definitely added a new spark. I'm hoping that others will join the effort. We strongly believe the #LCBQ offers an opportunity to have something online that's like a sophisticated cocktail party. Lots of discussion and debate around interesting questions for eLearning professionals.
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.
Two Software Tools for Creating Simulations
DECEMBER 5, 2011
Here are two tools that can be used for creating effective and engaging simulations. Let me know of other tools. SimWriter. Screen Capture from SimWriter simulation creation software. What started as a tool for internal simulation development is now a patented authoring tool available to license and use for your own e-learning simulation development. It is now on version 3.0 CodeBaby.
7 Fun Ways to Get Participation and Collaboration Going in Classrooms
Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning
MAY 15, 2011
Yes, I hear you. Preparing to teach a class is hard enough. Who has the time to add fun activities? Well, you do - given these no-frills group activities that only take minutes to build, whether you use a board, a flip chart or an interactive software like YawnBuster. Show of Hands Conducting a quick poll is a perfect icebreaker in the beginning of a class. and watch the hands go up. Click here.