- Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises- Performance Learning Productivity, June 18, 2010
I read a piece written by Kate Graham of e2train on Thursday and it started me thinking about the ‘real learning versus managed learning’ debate. found I disagreed with Kate’s view on a number of points, and stand on the other side of the fence from her argument for a number of reasons. don’t want anyone to get me wrong. like Kate a lot.
- 20 Facts You Must Know About Working Memory- The eLearning Coach, June 2, 2010
Without adapting learning experiences to the learner's cognitive architecture, instructional design is hit or miss. Post from: The eLearning Coach 20 Facts You Must Know About Working Memory.
- Looking for THE SCORM Resource?- MinuteBio, June 12, 2010
Yesterday I attended a SCORM webinar provided by Advance Distributed Learning (ADL). If you do not know the ADL, they are a part of the U.S. Department of Defense and are the producers of SCORM. At the conclusion of the webinar they gave a tour of some of the available resources on their site. They also provide a test suite.
- Video: ‘A Plagiarism Carol’- Dont Waste Your Time, June 14, 2010
I found this really funny, and quite well put together, video outlining the pitfalls of plagiarising text this morning. You’ll need to press the button (shown here) to get the captions/translation (unless your German is better than mine, which I’m sure it is!). YouTube: Plagiarism Video. Video: The Singularity University.
- What I learned this week at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston- Adventures in Corporate Education, June 17, 2010
This week I attended the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston. Today I was on a panel about social learning. In the spirit of that presentation and #lrnchat, I wanted to share the biggest thing I learned at this conference. No matter what anyone tells you, no one really has a clue how to “do&# social in the enterprise. Seriously.
- Text-to-Speech Overview and NLP Quality- eLearning Technology, June 8, 2010
This post is a new kind of thing for me. Joel Harband wrote most of this post and I worked with him on the focus, the content and a little bit of editing - actually I couldn't help myself and I edited this a lot. So this is really a combined effort at this point. Please let me know if this kind of things makes sense and maybe I'll do more of it.
- The Learning Professional’s toolkit – what’s essential?- Spark Your Interest, June 3, 2010
June’s BQ is… “what tools should we learn?&#. Tony’s question is fairly specific, but anchored in the “what did I learn that I’m glad I did&# vein. First off, let me be clear. I am not a programmer nor a developer, so my perspective is more from a trainer/learning manager’s point of view.
- eLearning Must Look Good- eLearning Brothers, June 15, 2010
We are shallow people! Let me explain why I say that… The other day I was on an airplane and watched the person next to me “read&# a magazine. He basically flipped quickly through the pages and stopped occasionally on a pretty picture and usually started flipping again. At one point he stopped and seemed to read a bit. We all do it.
- 10 Free Audio Programs to Use for E-Learning- Rapid eLearning Blog, June 1, 2010
I’m no audio engineer. And odds are that neither are you. So I won’t get into all of the nitty gritty details of audio editing. If you want more details, one of the community MVPs shared some tips on how to improve your audio quality. It’s a good post and worthy reading. Let’s start with narration. Do the Basics Right. Makes no sense. Audacity.
- Introduction to Social Networking- Learning and Working on the Web, June 21, 2010
As our Work Literacy Ning site (2008) is in danger of getting bumped off the Net due to Ning’s new pricing policy , I will post some of the key articles here so we don’t lose them. Thanks again to Michele Martin for writing a significant portion of this. Introduction to Social Networking. friends, professional colleagues), etc.
- Top Myths & Misconceptions of Mobile Learning by Robert Gadd- Learning Solutions Magazine, June 9, 2010
Mobile learning is still getting its feet on the ground, but there are already many misconceptions about what it is and what you can or cannot do with it. Here are eight myths that you often hear, and some expert information to the contrary.
- Collaborative and cooperative learning- Learning with e's, June 13, 2010
I enjoyed presenting my workshop entitled 'Collaborative and Co-operative Learning: The How and the Why' at Olympia 2 in London on Tuesday. We stared a little earlier than scheduled, which was a relief to me, as I had a cab booked to dash me across London and out to Gatwick Airport for my flight to Valencia.
- Time Saver Tuesday - 10 Tips - Before You Record- Visual Lounge, June 15, 2010
Anyone can make a screencast, right? mean, you just hit the big red button and start recording. But, what sets apart an average screencast from a masterpiece? With a little planning, you can take your screencast to the next level. There a few small things you can do before you hit the record button to get a higher quality screecast. Conan Heiselt.
- The Return on Peer Review- elearnspace, June 14, 2010
Martin Weller – a long time advocate for openness in education, demonstrating through practice rather than hype – discusses the return on peer review : Peer-review is one of the great unseen tasks performed by academics. Peer review is an important lifeblood of any discipline. cannot fathom how this system came into place.
- Fraught Decisions- Usable Learning, June 22, 2010
The last post (on the pay gap in e-Learning ) was a bit of a digression in terms of topics for this blog, but it kind of wasn’t at the same time. I don’t usually get into industry stuff, but I also think that the gender pay gap is an interesting topic from a learning point of view. Fraught Decisions. Degree of Difficulty. Frequency.
- Are you being fooled by claims of brain-based learning?- Will at Work Learning, June 2, 2010
What happens when people add scientific-sounding words to their arguments--even if the scientific-sounding words have nothing to do with those arguments? Research now has the answer. bad explanation) × 2 (without neuroscience vs. with neuroscience) design. Subjects in all three groups judged good explanations as more satisfying than bad ones. 2008).
- Tony Bates on epistemology, course design and e-learning- Janet Clarey, June 28, 2010
Defined narrowly, epistemology is the study of knowledge and justified belief. 8211; Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. So there you go. mispronounced epistemology several times during a class last year. This is probably why: from Greek ???????? It’s like the symbol formerly known as Prince. Anyway, my nemesis. Epistemology.
- Rapid Authoring Tools For Creating mLearning- Upside Learning Blog, June 17, 2010
After a few years of hype, mobile learning has now started flourishing; the advent of new generation of mobile devices, high-speed network access, powerful mobile browsers and better native apps are all contributing to this. Before beginning to develop mLearning on their own, they should keep in mind some technical considerations. Chalk Pushcast.
- Tomi Ahonen: Mobile in Learning: lessons from around the world- Ignatia Webs, June 15, 2010
First key speaker at mLearncon Tuesday 15 june 2010. Tomi Ahonen comes in with a grey mob-reminding hat and starts with a joke on the age of a mobile learner based on sms-capacity. What was his speech about: mobile phones are the most prevalent technology, ever. 4,6 billion people have a phone. Sms is much faster than e-mail. In Japan in 2000.
- Top five tips for creating effective interactions- Spicy Learning, June 14, 2010
Interactions pose a dilemma to all instructional designers. While they can be fun, visually exciting and effective, they can also require a lot of development and be difficult to create. It’s worth taking the time to get your approach to interactions right because they’re key to making e-learning effective. Make them relevant. Test, don’t just tell.
- Course Content Authoring Tools – Open Source (Free)- eLearning 24-7, June 7, 2010
Below is a list of course authoring tools – think “rapid e-learning authoring software&#. The list is followed by free open source software that mimics and can even beat – IMO some of its more well known competitors – that you might use when building your WBT. All software below is free. Rapid E-Learning Course Software.
- Analysis For eLearning Projects- The eLearning Coach, June 30, 2010
Not sure how to get on the analysis phase? Start here. Post from: The eLearning Coach Analysis For eLearning Projects.
- If I Were CEO, I’d Mandate Enterprise 2.0- trainingwreck, June 5, 2010
The title doesn’t sound very 2.0-esque, now does it? It’s dripping with irony. How can one ‘mandate’ something in a world whereby we’re striving to be flatter, more connected, less hierarchical and ostensibly more socially aware of our brethren? If I were a CEO, I’d mandate Enterprise 2.0 Intrinsically, it’s the right thing to do. technologies.
- Social Media and Social Network Educational Infographics- Dont Waste Your Time, June 15, 2010
I am seeing and reading so many blog posts and tweets with someone trying to explain what is a Social Network, or what is a PLN/PLE. Which is why I couldn’t resist showing you these Educational Social Media Diagrams from the HubSpot Blog; This first one highlights, for those slightly confused about what exactly is Web 2.0,
- Development Tools I Would Learn If I Were You - June’s Big Question- MinuteBio, June 3, 2010
June’s Big Question over at the Learning Circuits blog is regarding tools one should “…learn today in order to be a valuable eLearning professional in 2015.&#. So you know my perspective, since my start in e-learning I have always been both a designer and developer. Five years is tough to predict too, but I will attempt it anyway.
- 5 Super-Easy Techniques for Removing Backgrounds from Stock Images- Mindflash, June 1, 2010
Have you ever found yourself struggling to find a stock image with a transparent background? Or, maybe you’ve wasted hours of your time trying to remove the background from an image? You’re not alone in being annoyed by this problem. I call this balance the “glory-to-effort&# ratio, i.e. PowerPoint (Quality: Medium, Ease: Simple!). . Sweet! .
- 7 lessons how to use social media in an event with social media beginners- Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning, June 14, 2010
Last year we've experimented with various social media to improve a sharing event for about 100 participants (for more details see my older blogpost ). This is not too difficult when all your participants are social media adepts, you announce your hashtags and off they go. However, in this case the majority wasn't actively using social media.
- Getting strategic- Learnlets, June 28, 2010
Was on a call with my Internet Time Alliance colleagues, and we were talking about how to help organizations make the transition from delivering courses to supporting the full performance ecosystem. She was about to give a presentation, and we were talking through her slides. ISPI) would miss the same things it misses. That’s the goal.
- LMS: A Quick SWOT Analysis- Upside Learning Blog, June 16, 2010
The LMS has been a hot discussion topic for some time now. There have been posts discussing its survival and a few posts before that discussing its future – Jane Hart posted what is the future of the lms reviewing useful of LMS, followed up by a similar post by Harold Jarche suggesting LMS is no longer the centre of the universe. Weaknesses.
- Thinking about mobile learning? Ask yourself these questions- eLearning Roadtrip, June 24, 2010
I recently had the opportunity to write a short article for ELearning! Magazine on the topic "When Mobility Meets Learning". It gave me an opportunity to share a series of questions that I have been asking my clients over the.
- 10 Tips on Using Tables in Your E-Learning Courses- Rapid eLearning Blog, June 15, 2010
I had a blog reader ask about the best way to animate a table in her rapid elearning course. Like a lot of things, it’s usually less about the best way and more about understanding the many ways that you can do something. Once you know what you can do, it’s easier to choose the best option that meets your objectives. explain more below. Tidbits.
- What tools should we learn?- Learning and Working on the Web, June 1, 2010
The LCB question this month is, What Tools Should we Learn , or: The question is really about the specific tools that would make sense to learn today in order to be a valuable eLearning professional in 2015? believe it is important for everyone, especially those in teaching or training roles, to develop critical thinking skills. Social Bookmarks.
- Creating Safer Peer-to-Peer Learning Experiences by Eric Davidove- Learning Solutions Magazine, June 16, 2010
Peer-to-peer (informal) learning is a popular topic of discussion today and becoming more so as social media increase their penetration into everyday life. But is it safe to rely on peer-to-peer learning? Isn’t there risk and exposure from unqualified ideas and unauthorized procedures? These issues can be dealt with, using social media itself.
- Words and images- Learning with e's, June 17, 2010
I had the pleasure yesterday afternoon to sit in a seminar presented by Gunther Kress. Known for his work not only in the theorisation of English language teaching, but also his study of communication through new media, Kress is an intriguing character. At 70 years old, he is still very sprightly and energetic, and is a prolific writer.
- Anatomy of an eLearning Lesson: Nine Events of Instruction- Integrated Learnings, June 24, 2010
By Shelley A. Gable. You’re tasked with outlining an eLearning lesson. You’ve analyzed your content and audience, and you have a clear understanding of what learners need to be able to do by the end of the lesson. But how do you avoid designing a lesson that’s little more than a basic info dump? How do you truly engage learning? Stimulate recall.
- CellCast mSCORM Player Announced- mLearning Trends, June 13, 2010
We're pleased to announce the availability of the CellCast mSCORM Player , the latest extension to our CellCast Solution platform for enterprise mobile learning delivery. This new functionality allows mobile workers to access learning content deployed as standard SCORM v1.2 and higher) and smartphones running Windows Mobile v6.1 and v6.5.
- Dissection: What's a PLN?- eLearning Acupuncture, June 11, 2010
Have you heard this term - PLN? Personal Learning Network. It's becomming a mainstream word in the field of education. Skip Via , an Instructional Technology professor at the University of Alaska, has createda nice 5 minute video that thoroughly explains the purpose of a PLN, what a PLN is, and he outlines exactly the tools he uses to make his PLN.
- Moodle Pros and Cons Update- eLearning Blender, June 1, 2010
With all the hype surrounding the upcoming arrival of Moodle 2.0, I thought it might be a good time to revisit what we love and hate about Moodle 1.9. While the response wasn't enormous there were some great pros and cons added to the list from Joseph Thibault and other fellow Moodlers. Now that we are getting ready to say goodbye to Moodle 1.9,
- PLEASE Don’t Blog or Tweet- Engaged Learning, June 30, 2010
Can you ever imagine these situations in a business setting? By by D'Arcy Norman on Flickr. Billy grabs a pen and paper and starts writing, “Hi. am writing this note because I was told I should. I am not sure who I am writing to or why I am writing, I just am.&#. Jane picks up the phone and dials a random number, “Hi. Enterprise 2.0
- Here are 6 Social Learning Platforms you can enable 'On-Demand'- Free as in Freedom, June 27, 2010
A few weeks back you may have read my recap of Jane Hart's webinar on choosing the right social learning platform. Jane outlined a variety of parameters that you should use to select your social learning platform - I've tried to summarise them in the picture above. The fewer boundaries you place on social learning, the better. Ready? has it. a try.
- 10 Common 3D Virtual World Training Questions and Answers- Kapp Notes, June 11, 2010
Recently a number of folks have asked me some questions about 3D worlds that I think can be answered in some of my previous posts so here are some of those posts as answers to frequently asked questions about virtual immersive environments: 1) How do I get started in 3D? Creating the right 3D learning space environment.
- The Difference Between Technical Writing and Instructional Design- The Writers Gateway, June 4, 2010
A lot of people frequently ask me about the difference between Technical Writing and Instructional Design. had written a post about this earlier and also argued that you require more or less the same kind of skills for both these fields and it was completely my standpoint on these two professions. So here we go! Technical Writing. API Manuals.
- The Two Faces of ePortfolios- Learning Visions, June 18, 2010
These are my live blogged notes from this week’s Instructional Design Live show on EdTech Taclk with Helen Barrett, Ph.D. Portfolio as workspace vs. showcase. Collect evidence of learning in a variety of ways – a “collection of artifacts”. Can hyperlink artifacts (assume all electronic) to a reflective journal (e.g., facebook and twitter).
- Evaluating Non-Formal Learning in the Context of Kirkpatrick’s Four-Level Model- The E-Learning Curve, June 7, 2010
The Four-Level Model is incompatible with the assessment of non-formal learning. Discuss. Evaluating Non-Formal Learning in the Context of Kirkpatrick’s Four-Level Model is a post from: E-Learning Curve Blog.
- Brain Rules & learning- Informal Learning, June 13, 2010
Neuroscientists have figured out a lot about how the brain works in the time since the fMRI was invented 18 years ago. developmental molecular biologist named John Medina has summarized many of these finding as they relate to learning in a marvellous book and multimedia site entitled Brain Rules. We know for sure that: Exercise boosts brain power.
- Online Communites are Changing my World- Daretoshare, June 26, 2010
Should online communities have a better reputation? Should Should you join and participate in one more online community? Are online communities profoundly changing the world for the better? Here are four examples of how online communities have changed my world: I was organizing a conference in London UK for a client.
- What? Or How?- aLearning, June 18, 2010
Let me say right off the bat that if you’re doing needs assessment (you are, aren’t you?!?), I’m glad to hear it. If you’re coming up with a narrowed (preferably prioritized) list of topics to cover in upcoming educational programs, kudos and all that. But you’re only getting started. See the difference?
- Augmented Reality, Future for eLearning?- Designing Impact, June 8, 2010
Video examples of the latest in augmented reality used in marketing world. How will elearning design evolve because of this? eLearning learketing learning design innovation learning strategy marketing social learning mobile learning pop-up learning learning revolution augmented reality innovation
- Designing e-learning for IMPACT- Lars is Learning, June 7, 2010
Creating an engaging, effective e-learning experience can be a daunting task. There are many considerations, the LEAST of which is the technical delivery which most folk normally latch on to. The tools are an enabler, for sure, but the ability to communicate – in words, in pictures, with meaningful interaction, with clarity – is much more important.
- Tools to Learn- The Learning Circuits Blog, June 1, 2010
I did an interview last week for the Frank Peters Show around my experience working as a Startup CTO. It was a lot of fun because I regularly list to Frank's podcast. Most high schools don't teach programming. For me, that's when I was exposed. There was a great teacher, Mr. It's what got me into computer science. think that's a great idea.
- Social media: Prevention is better than cure- E-learning in the Corporate Sector, June 1, 2010
My previous article, Social media: It’s not about the technology! focused on the internal use of social media by employees to import and share knowledge inside the organisation. This article shifts its focus to the external use of social media by employees to export knowledge outside of the organisation. The big bad wolf. complaint is a gift.
- Generalities & specifics- Internet Time, June 17, 2010
The ‘Learning Knights’ of Bell Telephone in the Op/Ed section of today’s New York Time is a case study of Push learning vs Pull learning. In 1955, Bell Telephone was concerned about leadership development: “A well-trained man knows how to answer questions, they reasoned; an educated man knows what questions are worth asking.”
- eLearning & mLearning: Using Color in Learning, Part III- I Came, I Saw, I Learned, June 30, 2010
by AJ George. Over the last couple weeks I've discussed the impact that thoughtful use of color can have on your learner's mood and ability to learn material. This week I'm going to focus on the use of color when designing eLearning for audiences with special needs. What about the elderly or people who are dyslexic?
- 10 Minutes of Motivation Research- Experiencing eLearning, June 13, 2010
Daniel Pink shared this animated whiteboard video explaining some of the research and ideas from his book Drive. Pink’s ideas have been applied to learning by others, but the basic idea is that for all but the simplest tasks, people aren’t motivated well by big monetary rewards. What rewards people is autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
- What are the Organizational Limits to Analytics in SCRM?- Skilful Minds, June 24, 2010
Recent studies, one by Sentiment360 and the other by FreshMinds, contend that social media monitoring tools aren't very accurate in measuring sentiment, much less influence. The insight isn't a new one and speaks to the now well-known issue of whether social media engagement is scalable. SCRM Social Business Design social CRM
- How people really watch television- Clive on Learning, June 24, 2010
In a fascinating Economist article, The Lazy Medium: How people really watch television , we discover once again how rapid changes in technology are only slowly reflected in meaningful changes in behaviour. People want to watch ‘Pop Idol’ when everyone else is watching it,” says Mike Darcey of BSkyB. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
- Seven Truths About Learning and Technology by Geetha Krishnan- Learnability Matters, June 21, 2010
Geetha Krishnan is among the most respected learning specialists in the learning and education circles today. In a guest session at Kern, Geetha put forth some interesting and thought-provoking ideas about technology and learning. Digging [.].
- Bandwidth issues - why they're a problem- Learning Rocks, June 21, 2010
As ever, a brilliant article on website usability from Nielsen that has ramifications for elearning. The article cites common problems as being "complex data processing", eg lots of server-side activity, be it script or database activity, and slow "widgets" or too many of them. With LMSs, especially those adopting more "web 2.0"
- Nearly Instant Download & Playback of Captivate Files Online - Adobe Captivate Blog, June 14, 2010
People often ask me about Captivate file sizes and how to optimize the learner experience accessing online content. The crux of the question of course is how can i make playback start right away and keep size small enough that it downloads smoothly on the learners' computer. It's actually a lot easier than you might think.
- Organizational Redesign- The Peformance Improvement Blog, June 14, 2010
Much of evaluation in organizations is focused on making incremental change in programs when what is needed might be redesign of the program and the organization as a whole. The current economic crisis presents an opportunity for all organizations to re-examine what they are doing and how they do it. William A. It’s a natural reaction to threat.
- Obesity Prevention Utilizing Internet Game-based Learning- Web Courseworks, June 11, 2010
First Lady, Michelle Obama’s interest in obesity prevention has put this topic on many educators’ radar screens. My company, Web Courseworks, has assisted the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s (CHW) efforts to teach healthy behaviors to children via eLearning since 2002. Now that I have made my disclaimer, I would like to introduce Dr. Schafer
- What is cloud computing?- ThirdForce Blog, June 11, 2010
Increasingly when we are looking at e-learning purchases we are coming across terms like Application Service Provider, Software as a Service, Grid Computing, Utility Computing, Platform as a Service… Just this past week Microsoft launch a web based version of Microsoft office. Virtualization has become a growing trend and for good reason.
- How Smarter Leaders collaborate !- Web 2.0 and Learning, June 9, 2010
Being a part of IBM feels so great as one not only experiences the best environment not just in terms of the technology , but in terms of ideas as well.Enjoy this , have fun and learn as much. newintelligence on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free
- Social Learning – Confusion 2.0: Getting Beyond Campfires & Cavemen- Living in Learning, June 4, 2010
Social Learning is so simple a caveman can do it.but not if he has to facilitate a virtual classroom event. We are way beyond campfires and cavemen with social learning when we inject a plethora of technology into the mix. Call it Confusion 2.0. Never has this been more true than with getting the most out of Social Learning.
- Taking the ego out of education- Learning Technology Learning, June 2, 2010
There are a number of barriers when it comes to approaching the tricky subject of converting an existing face-to-face course to being purely online. want to concentrate in this post on what motivate thes teacher/educator to do the job they do. raise this point again because I think it’s often an unspoken aspect of the teaching profession.
- A Billion Users, But a Trillion Sensors- Learning and Technology, June 1, 2010
The web is starting to bring on new sensors that will change the way that we interact with the internet, data, and the world. By connecting the items of the world to the web, we will be immersed in a (insert really big metaphor like sea or galaxy) of data and information. This will change things once again. Trillions from MAYAnMAYA on Vimeo.
- Social networking is fast becoming ubiquitous- Onlignment, June 25, 2010
Further evidence of the near universal appeal of social media comes in the form of a new report from Neilsen , which shows Internet usage in April of this year. According to the report: Worldwide, 22% of all online time is spent social networking. Australians spend the most time networking, followed by Americans and Italians. Don’t ask me why.
- Hollywood or YouTube - What’s the right level of training video production?- Bottom-Line Performance, June 13, 2010
A couple of weeks I completed a video shoot for two short training videos. When I say “I&# , I mean I made sure there were snacks and supplies for my hard working video team.) I know that 90% of my job as project manager on shoot days is making sure that there is sugar around to get us through the afternoon! How old is your audience?
- How to design action-packed elearning- Making Change, June 9, 2010
Need to design lean, lively elearning? You might get ideas from this recording of a webinar that I gave today for the Baton Rouge ASTD. It’s about 45 minutes long and shows how to use action mapping to quickly identify which content and activities will be most useful. Identify what content really needs to be included—and what can be cut.
- The Ideals and Reality of Participating in a Massive Open Online Course- elearnspace, June 30, 2010
Open invitation: I’ve managed to convince Jenny, John, and Roy to present a paper on their experience in the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge course online: When: On Friday, June 2, at 11:00 am EST ( Time zone conversations ). Where: Here in Elluminate. Topic: The Ideals and Reality of Participating in a Massive Open Online Course.