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    [Providers] Different Types of Educational Simulations and What They Teach
    Here is a table from Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning (shown below) that describes several different types of simulations, provides examples and indicates the type of knowledge generally taught with that type of simulation. Type Definition Knowledge Taught Physical Procedures Simulator A simulated object, piece of equipment or machine. It works and functions like the actual physical device. Procedural, operation of equipment or machinery Software Emulation Simulated software that works and function in a fashion similar to the software that it is teaching or emulating.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2010
    [Providers] Exclusive: RWD and ProtonMedia Form Partnership
    RWD and their focus on human and operational performance improvement solutions is partnering with the 3D virtual learning and collaboration company, Protonmedia, to create an engaging and exciting solution that will provide their clients with a rich, 3D environment to encourage collaboration, innovation and foster learning. Here at the ASTD international conference , you can learning a lot just by listening and talking to folks. So, here is an exclusive piece of news (a couple of days before the "official announcement") Protonmedia and RWD are teaming up in a strategic partnership.
    [Providers] E-Learning Seen as Bright Spot in Training Industry
    learning is being seen as a way of providing training to employees even though it is cost prohibitive for the large gatherings of employees to get together for training because of travel related costs. As recently announced by Bersin & Associates , in the United States, corporate learning and development (L&D) expenditures dropped by more than 11 % in 2008. It seems likely that the cuts are will continue in 2009. The organization continues to report that the spending has fallen from $1,202 per learner in 2007 to $1,075 per learner in 2008. per 1,000 in 2007.
    [Providers] Informal Learning: Structuring a Blog
    The article, Learning to Blog, Blogging to Learn , describes how a formal structure can facilitate informal learning and provides guidelines to any person who is suddenly asked to "blog" their expertise. There is an interest question on the Learning Circuits blog that asks whether or not it is appropriate to write a book about informal learning. The argument goes "if informal learning is so important, why use a formal structure, like a book, to describe its value?" Thus an article I co-wrote with the editor of eLearn Magazine Lisa Neal.
    [Providers] RFPs and Proposals: LMS/LCMS Selection Templates
    The document, LMS Selection Template , provides several templates to help you develop a consistent approach to your LMS or LCMS selection process from the RFP outline to checklists for evaluating vendor demonstrations. The selection of a Learning Management and/or a Learning Content Management System is an important decision for any organization. Unfortunately, there are not many playbooks for this process. However, here is one that is very helpful. Sherry, also an alumni of Bloomsburg University, has put together document containing helpful and targeted information.
    [Providers] Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Learning about Avatars
    The article does a great job of defining avatars and describing the different types of avatars and provides examples of how they are used in a variety of settings. Here is a great article from the eLearning Guild on avatars. If you are not familiar with the potential of avatars for e-learning check out this article by Raj Sheth titled Avatar Technology: Giving a Face to the e-Learning Interface. Raj describes an avatar as: An avatar, in the broadest sense, is an image that represents one party in an interactive exchange.
    [Providers] Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Second Life by the Numbers
    The article, The Second Life Census provides a link to a spreadsheet showing some interesting SL numbers. Here is an article brought to my attention by one of my students Jason Kojtek. For example, the number of non-repeat credit card accounts is 2 million and the number of people online at any time is between 10,000 and 30,000. But the most interesting part of the article are the comments posted afterward. The vast majority blasting Second Life because it is not a "game" and there is nothing to do in Second Life except walk around.
    [Providers] Presentation to Research Working Group on Multigenerational Knowledge Transfer
    These postings and links support the presentation and provide additional information on the topic of "Tools for Transferring Know How." So last week I was speaking at Huntington Beach , CA (and it was cold) on the topic of "Learning in 3D" and this week I am in New York City (and it is warm) talking about Tools and Techniques for Transferring Know How from the Boomers to the Gamers to a group from various companies all struggling with the knowledge transfer issue. Here are some links to blog postings I've done related to the topic and other related links.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2008
    [Providers] Understanding the Generations
    A while ago (I am so far behind in "posts I want to make"), Colleen asked me if I had any references or anything about the differences in generations in the workplace so I wanted to provide her with some references and then thought I would share with everyone they are. Of course the first book I would recommend is " Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning " but that really just has the first chapter concentrated on the gap between boomers and the net generation (gamers). Forbes Magazine has a good article titled When the Old and Young Collide at Work.
    [Providers] Best Practices to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Training Reinforcement
    Dedicated tools and resources – To create the most effective reinforcement program, organizations should provide processes, structures, and tools that are accessible across the organization. 2. So you’re ready to start your first reinforcement program but you would like a little guidance. Where do you start? What do other companies do to make their programs more effective? At Mindmarker, we coach clients and partners on the best practices to make their reinforcement programs more effective. Our goal is to help clients get reinforcement engagement scores well over 90%.
  • PROPROFS  |  MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013
    [Providers] How ProProfs became a “Multinational Startup” – Killer Startups interviews founder Sameer Bhatia
    Killer Startups, a user driven startups community, recently interviewed ProProfs CEO and founder Sameer Bhatia, who told the story behind ProProfs and how it went from a low-cost  quiz making tool  to a multinational startup providing comprehensive online tools such as LMS software , online survey software and training software , which help instructors and educators create advanced online training and educational programs. Our brand promise is simplicity. We look at how we can make the product simple enough for anyone to use with no prior training. . Sameer Bhatia            . Media
    [Providers] Hey Retail Trainers – Save Massive Time With Keyboard Shortcuts!
    These handy, and often hidden, features provide a quick and easy way to accomplish tasks in. Can’t use a mouse or looking to save time on your everyday tasks? Look no further than keyboard shortcuts. click link to visit website for full episode, links, other content and more!]. Text Posts hospitality training hotel training restaurant training retail training retail training hotel training
    [Providers] Gamification: Blog Book Tour Recap
    The tour has really brought the subject of gamification to light and provided both pros of gamification and highlighted the cons of gamification. The important thing is that people are talking about it in an intelligent and thoughtful manner. One of the most exciting thing about the tour was the unscheduled stops. People or organizations that jumped on board to discuss the concept of gamification and the ramification of the practice within the field of learning and development. Click here to read full version
    [Providers] What makes elearning work?
    Portals such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are addictive social media sites, games consoles such as Xbox (kinect) provide ‘detailed’ addictive games, and mobile apps provide the short/quick addictive interaction.  Social sites provide us with a world of resources, information and connections to learn (as well as communicate).  It provides us with the foundation of exploratory learning.  In many organisations social networking is not allowed, as it is seen as a ‘social’ thing.  It is detrimental to the learning process stopping people from social networking. 
  • ELEARNING 24-7  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2010
    [Providers] Open Source and Free: Mobile Learning Tools, M-Learning Systems, SCORM
    SDKs for all the Smartphones. I can list them if this of interest, but there are plenty of sites that provide this information. Sites containing iPhone, iPad, iTouch, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows 7 and CE OS apps that you can download for free; again there are a significant number of sites that provide this information. I did tweet a few of these sites and if you follow me, you can review my past tweets and locate them or search Google or any other search engine for the sites. Provides score and in-depth analysis on how well your site does on a mobile device.
  • ELEARNING 24-7  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010
    [Providers] E-Learning News
    Every month, I’ll scope out a LMS vendor – see their front end, administration side and everything in between and provide you with a review of the solution, with screen shots (if applicable).  You read it here first -Exclusive: - SCORM Cloud a potential game changer in the e-learning industry goes live Monday – June 7th.  If you are unaware of this offering or interested in learning more, please read SCORM Cloud Review. New section – Coming this summer:  Secret LMS Shopper.  Remember the days of the ol’ secret shopper in the retail industry? 
    [Providers] Creating Social Presence in Online Classroom (ID Live on EdTechTalk)
    Can provide ways for students to connect with each other. Tools like Elluminate can provide connection through voice and immediacy. Today’s session of Instructional Design Live on EdTech Talk is led by Jennifer Maddrell. This is the first in a three part series of the Community of Inquiry Framework. What is social presence? Rourke, L., Anderson, T., Garrison, D. R., & Archer, W. 1999). Assessing Social Presence in Asynchronous Text-Based Computer Conferencing. Journal of Distance Education, 14(2), 50-71. Reaching beyond the classroom walls. Or should it be required?
    [Providers] EdTechTalk Episode #5: Promoting Learning Through Asynch Discussions
    Then he codes the posts – shows which posts are providing quality content for the group. Using Web Quests – like (provide format for students to investigate complex issues) Collaborate activities and project – discussions become so connected to rest of the course You can access the session recording here: [link] and [link] Next week: A conversation with Anna Donaldson, author of Engaging the Online Learner : Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction Join EdTechTalk: Every Friday at noon eastern: [link]. What is EdTechTalk Instructional Design Live? link] 3.
    [Providers] e-Learning Authoring Tools Crash Course -- Follow Up
    Note: you can generally tell if info was provided by a real user or by an authoring tool company ;) Bryan Chapman, Brandon Hall Research Report, Authoring Tool KnowledgeBase 2009 (A Buyer's Guide to 120+ of the Best E-learning Content Development Applications). Michael Hanley provides a great resource to the eLearning community with his ongoing review of open source tools. I had the great pleasure of speaking last night at the Massachusetts chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). Here are some of the resources I promised to post.
    [Providers] Bang! And the blog is off and running!
    The plan for this blog is to discuss issues that relate to my profession. However, profession and personal life often overlap so at times I may venture off of eLearning and into life in general
    [Providers] Four Industry Announcements
    Free resource now available that helps providers and training professionals wade through the oceans of e-Learning products available. Designed for use by both providers and training professionals, the eLearning Atlas maps over 1,300 companies and 1,700 products worldwide, with more added every day. Funded by Rustici Software (aka ), the eLearning Atlas is a completely free resource available to the community- for training professionals looking for the right provider and companies that want to list their products. There Well today, two more announcements.
    [Providers] Using Bloxels to Teach Programming, Adobe Digital Trends Report, and Video Branching Scenarios: This Week on #BLPLearn
    We include commentary from the original BLPer who found the article to provide you with context on why we felt it is worth sharing out. #BLPLearn is for our fellow members of the L&D community. We take the best articles and resources shared between members of our teams and publish them in this weekly post. THIS WEEK’S ARTICLES. Now that introductions are out of the way, let’s dive in to this week’s articles: Teaching Programming to Kids: Bloxels. Submitted by  Corey Callahan, Senior Multimedia Developer . Overall, any time you can empower a kid to create is time well-spent. Bloxels.
    [Providers] This Week on #TalkTech: Cognitive Biases, Phablets, and the End of Snow Days
    Truth is many managers face what might be called a creativity dilemma: their desire for novel ideas and creative workers is at odds with their need to provide practical order.” #TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats. We publish all the topics a few hours before the chat so you can show up at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST on Thursdays ready to discuss. We discuss three topics a week and the chat lasts around 30 minutes. If you are interested in being a guest curator for TalkTech,  let me know! HP almost missed out on the idea for the laser printer! Which do you prefer?
    [Providers] This Week on #TalkTech: Apprenticeships, Augmented Reality, and Creativity
    The main thing that differentiates apprenticeships from internships is that they are highly structured and provide more on-the-job experience and practical, career-relevant learning than internships.”. #TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats.  We publish all the topics a few hours before the chat so you can show up at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST on Thursdays ready to discuss. We discuss three topics a week and the chat lasts around 30 minutes. We’re shaking things up in 2013 here at #TalkTech! If you are interested in being a guest curator for TalkTech,  let me know!
    [Providers] This Week on #TalkTech: Replacing the Next Button, Gamification for Sales Reps and 4 Pillars of Gamification
    It provides a simple four part framework for understanding gamification. #TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats.  We publish all the topics a few hours before the chat so you can show up at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST on Thursdays ready to discuss. We discuss three topics a week and the chat lasts around 30 minutes. We’re shaking things up in 2013 here at #TalkTech! Every couple of weeks, a guest curator will be picking our topics and leading the discussion. If you are interested in being a guest curator for TalkTech,  let me know! April Fools joke or genius idea? You decide.
    [Providers] This Week on #TalkTech: President Obama Endorses Games, Tablets Make Us Smarter, and the Power of Informal Learning.
    We learn how to optimize the tablet to provide the best services possible for our clients. #TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats.  We publish all the topics a few hours before the chat so you can show up at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST on Thursdays ready to discuss. We discuss three topics a week and the chat lasts around 30 minutes. We’re shaking things up in 2013 here at #TalkTech! Every couple of weeks, a guest curator will be picking our topics and leading the discussion. If you are interested in being a guest curator for TalkTech,  let me know! What do you think?
    [Providers] This Week on #TalkTech: Jerry Seinfeld and UI Design, Learning Online and Creating Infographics Fast
    This web app provides a WYSIWYG platform for making infographics. #TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats.  We publish all the topics a few hours before the chat so you can show up at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST on Thursdays ready to discuss. We discuss three topics a week and the chat lasts around 30 minutes. We’re shaking things up in 2013 here at #TalkTech! Every couple of weeks, a guest curator will be picking our topics and leading the discussion. This week’s guest curator is Sharon Boller , BLP President. Let’s take a look at this topics!
    [Providers] This Week on #TalkTech: Infographics for eLearning, When Gamification Goes Bad, Simple Social Media Policy
    The approach provides learners with a needed break from the style of course they are used to seeing and is simply more effective for certain types of information. Topic 1: How can infographics be used as a fresh way to present ideas in eLearning? eLearning, especially the kind produced with rapid authoring tools, tends to have a similar look and feel no matter who designed it. Navigation on the side. Next button in the corner. Text and activities in the center and, if you’re lucky, a stock image or two. When do you think this approach can work? Don’t Lie, Don’t Pry.
    [Providers] This Week on #TalkTech: iOS 6 and Mobile Learning, Rapid Website Creation, Personal Learning on Social Media
    If we are truly providing learners support “in the workflow” and “at the point of need” like we say we want to, there may not always be time or funds to create a large scale training curriculum or set of eLearning courses. #TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats.  We publish all the topics a few hours before the chat so you can show up at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST on Thursdays ready to discuss. We’re never at a loss for new tech news, apps, and interesting blogs to explore in our weekly chats. How will iOS6 impact mobile learning? You decide.
    [Providers] Brandon’s App of the Week – Courtside for iPad
    The app provides “tags” that you can use to search for images associated with something specific. Each week Brandon Penticuff , Bottom-Line Performance’s Director of Technology and admitted app-obsessed iOS user will share an app that he is using that week. Whether it is an app to make you more productive, teach you something, or simply entertain you, we hope that you’ll enjoy learning about them! This week’s app is “ Courtside for iPad ”, an elegant Dribbble iPad client app for browsing through the designer shots and reading through the comments on each post.
    [Providers] Brandon's App of the Week – Art Authority for iPad
    In addition to giving you with a virtual museum to explore, the app also provides other clever features to help you get the most out of your experience. Each week Brandon Penticuff , Bottom-Line Performance’s Director of Technology and admitted app-obsessed iOS user will share an app that he is using that week. Whether it is an app to make you more productive, teach you something, or simply entertain you, we hope that you’ll enjoy learning about them! The app is incredibly robust, featuring art from over 2,000 museums from across the globe. Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft.
    [Providers] Brandon’s App of the Week – Courtside for iPad
    The app provides “tags” that you can use to search for images associated with something specific. Each week Brandon Penticuff , Bottom-Line Performance’s Director of Technology and admitted app-obsessed iOS user will share an app that he is using that week. Whether it is an app to make you more productive, teach you something, or simply entertain you, we hope that you’ll enjoy learning about them! This week’s app is “ Courtside for iPad ”, an elegant Dribbble iPad client app for browsing through the designer shots and reading through the comments on each post.
    [Providers] Trainers: Is Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule a Hoax?
    The training that you then provide will serve as a starting point and guide for their learning , but learners are still going to have to take responsibility for their own skill-building.   Well, no…but some trainers seem to think so. In the age of “awareness level training” and “click next to continue” courses designed to check a box or meet regulatory requirements, we risk missing out on opportunities to really let learning happen. Awareness may be necessary, but it’s just the beginning. If your training program begins and ends with “awareness,” you’re missing the boat.
    [Providers] 10,000 Hours to Mastery: The Gladwell Effect on Learning Design
    When our designs are all “tell,” and no “do,” then we are setting learners up to be absolutely no better at doing something AFTER training than they were before training – even if we provided lots of great information or “reference” material. I just finished reading Malcom Gladwell’s latest book,  Outliers. In one of its chapters, he explains the 10,000-hour rule. This rule states that people don’t become “masters” at complex things (programming, music, painting, free throws) until they have accrued 10,000-hours of practice. The research he cites to prove his point is compelling.
    [Providers] Using Media to Maximize Learning
    want to “show&# the impact of show. I am not saying words are useless, they do provide important details that images cannot; however, if my goal is to illustrate a simple point perhaps show is the appropriate means to an end. That’s a loaded title for a blog post no doubt! Well, hold on to your mouse, because that is the focus of BLP’s blog for the month of November. would like to kick off this topic with an example to do nothing more than stir the thinking pot and also note that there is more to come. Thanks for playing along. Belongs to the order Orthoptera.
    [Providers] Elements of Storyboards for Designing Interactive E-Learning
    wide variety of activities can be provided. From desktops to mobiles, e-learning has come a long way and gained a lot of popularity. The foundation of any good e-learning course is a good storyboard.  An e-learning storyboard is a document which combines instructions on using video, text, audio elements, still photos, graphics, and interactivities wherein the information in each of these mediums complements the main message. All these elements play a vital role in designing an effective storyboard. In fact, a storyboard is the blueprint of an online course. are shown in this area.
    [Providers] Training: Give Me a Break!
    where I provided updated research from Microsoft that suggests the goldfish was short-changed and may actually have an attention span of  9  seconds while the attention span for humans may have gotten worse (down to  8 or 9  seconds). by Kevin Siegel, CTT,  COTP         I've written several articles about adult learners and attention spans. For instance, there was the article titled " How Long is Too Long? Then there was my follow-up piece earlier this year ( Attention! Attention! Eastern): 10 a.m.: Class Start.
    [Providers] ATD 2016 It’s a Wrap! (PT 5): Homz Umrigar & Priyanka Chopra
    Since that isn’t the truth, we need to allow ourselves to be coachable, such that others, who might know more than us or who might be experts in different domains, can add value and provide holistic knowledge. Here we are – the last in the Learning Rebels Series – ATD 2016 It’s a Wrap! While at ATD 2016 I finally met up with Homz and Priyanka. How cool is that? Wonderful people, sharing the same passions in life. know you’ll like what you find. So, on to our last installment – from a He Said/She Said point of view. YOUR TURN! Speakers who were inspirational?
    [Providers] Bentley University Launches Career Development Course
    Career Development Introduction 101 aims to provide first-year students with a career toolkit and the opportunity to do mock interviews and elevator pitches in front of corporate recruiters. Career Development Introduction (CDI) 101 aims to provide first-year students with a comprehensive career toolkit and the opportunity to do mock interviews and elevator pitches in front of corporate recruiters. Successful completion provides a non-academic credit and appears on students' transcripts. Waltham, Mass. — Feb. It also opens the door for a one-credit internship course.
    [Providers] Pecha Kucha: My brief take on this presentation format
    It stimulates you, provides you with just the right amount of scintillating informaiton that leaves you craving for more if the topic is of interest to you. This is a long overdue post that I have been writing in fits and starts and never got around to completing. This often happens with me.especially when I am on a learning spree. tend to start on multiple things, create chaos in my mind, keep adding to that chaos till my mind somehow sorts them out, and helps me to see an emerging pattern. Till then, I don't try to write anything--hence my long absence from my blog. great deal more.
    [Providers] Importance of Questions in the Concept Age
    Thus, right from our school days, we are “trained” to provide the right answers else our grades suffered, entry to sought-after colleges/institutions were blocked.After that, once you enter the “ jobosphere ” of the corporate world and start your work life, the likelihood is that you will come across managers and bosses, 99% of whom: Hate to be approached with problems. “A QUESTION NOT ASKED IS A DOOR NOT OPENED.” ~ MARILEE GOLDBERG, THE ART OF THE QUESTION Powerful questions are viral. came across this paper via the World Cafe site: Conversation as a Co-evolutionary Force. Drive 5.
    [Providers] Switch: When change is hard.
    So provide crystal clear direction. Some is not a number; soon is not a time! Today is my birthday. However, that is not the subject matter of this post. The subject matter is a book called Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard ! finished reading it this afternoon. call this fortuitous because I had not planned it such. However, when one completes a book that tells you how to change or bring about change and it coincides with your birthday, it does cause you to reflect a little more than usual. My reflection usually circles back to how people learn. Analysis I am a teacher.
    [Providers] Project Management for Trainers: Key Concepts and Learning
    The book also provides a list of references and resources and is a must have on the shelf if you want to learn how training projects need to be managed and executed. I have just finished reading the book, Project Management for Trainers by Lou Russell. At the outset, let me admit that this is a somewhat unusual book for me to read. I am more into books about learning and performance, training, design, creative thinking, innovation and management, writing, and the like. Project Management jumped out at me in a font size 10 times larger. And I picked up the book I have mentioned above.
    [Providers] Serenity
    The phrase, “This is providence”, rang like an echo in my head. I am here, in this remote part of the USA, for this one afternoon, to spend these moments with myself, to experience this absolute inexpressible calm that comes perhaps once or never in one’s lifetime, that people spend their entire lifetime seeking. I had planned to write on topics like how not to turn a course into a content dump, about rapid authoring tools, and how performance outcome is related to course design, and other such matters of import to an instructional designer. The magic word beach did the trick.
    [Providers] New Skills for Learning Professionals
    This month's Big Question from LCB has received a huge response. have pasted the question here: "In a Learning 2.0 world, where learning and performance solutions take on a wider variety of forms and where churn happens at a much more rapid pace, what new skills and knowledge are required for learning professionals?" This is not a very new question and has been doing its rounds in different forums. My colleague and I had begun a similar discussion on our " explore learning solutions " forum as well. As I read the rest, I intend to add to this list. That is all that matters to an organization.
    [Providers] Formal vs. Informal Learning: Gathering My Thoughts Post Learnchat Session Today
    Can we provide tools and systems (e.g. Preamble Today's #learnchat question revolved around formal and informal learning. The initial part of the session was spent on trying to pin down the meanings—denotation as well as connotation—of formal and informal. This led to some interesting Derridean debate bordering on Deconstruction in a bid to unravel the layers of meanings and possibilities encompassed by the two words. One point that struck me was the use of the word social: Social = culture; Social = Group All learning need not be group driven or take place in groups. Scheduled 4.
    [Providers] News Commentary Curation Distribution
    While he's talking primarily about feeds of updates, e.g., facebook, twitter, friendfeed, etc., I think this applies pretty well to aggregation more generally: As we move toward a standardized way of presenting feed stories to aggregators, the value provided by the aggregators is essentially commoditized. The post The Future of the News Ecosystem pointed me to the Stephen Johnson Picture shown above. While I don't necessarily believe that things are nearly so linear, it is a good picture of the kind of flow, enhancement, filtering that happens. Human tagging? Automated? by Nick O'Neill.
    [Providers] Evaluating Performance of Concept Workers
    want to thank Dave who has provided thoughts in several posts such as Getting to Exemplary. I've recently been talking to people about evaluating performance of Concept Workers. Evaluating concept worker performance is an interesting challenge: No right answer - Most often there is no single right answer. Which authoring tool, LMS, etc. we should use in a particular situation - you can't possibly get it exactly right. You are trying always to arrive at a reasonably correct answer given all the other factors (amount of time you can spend finding an answer, etc.) Is my answer reasonable?
    [Providers] eLearning Learning Launched
    I've selected bloggers who I've been reading and felt provide value on interesting topics. I'm happy to announce the launch of eLearning Learning. This is the beginning of a community portal where the community will help to collect and organize the best content from blogs and web sites. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding eLearning. To be clear eLearning Learning is a jump off point. The content comes from other places. Tracy Hamilton - Discovery through eLearning "simple" Collin Kromke - Web 2.0
    [Providers] Adoption of Web 2.0 and eLearning 2.0 Revisited
    Adoption in the Enterprise - It's Personal ) I provided links to lots of posts discussing adoption issues that come from slightly different context. A consistent pattern in our response to new technologies is we simultaneously overestimate the short-term impact and underestimate the long-term impact. - Roy Amara of the Institute for the Future. In response to my post Personal and Group Learning Using Web 2.0 and my post on eLearning 1.0, eLearning 1.3 and eLearning 2.0 , I got asked about adoption. Will people really use this stuff? But, It's first and foremost about personal value.
  • TONY KARRER  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007
    [Providers] Get Together at Conferences - F2F Still Matters
    and she provides this picture: It shows that while we slowly approach real-time, realistic virtual conversations, it still isn't quite the same thing as being there. Just yesterday, I posted about Conference Preparation and I'm preparing for a couple of conferences so I definitely looked back at: Be an Insanely Great Professional Conference Attendee. One of the questions I often ask attendees - especially as we are discussing virtual classroom tools and virtual environments (e.g., Second Life) - is: Why did we come to this conference? Couldn't we all do this from home? Point taken.
  • TONY KARRER  |  THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2007
    [Providers] PowerPoint - Fantastic Resource by Karl Kapp - A Question
    Karl created a presentation and a blog post that is wonderful on many levels - not the least of which that his use of a slide presentation (PowerPoint) to provide insights into the topic itself. In response to the LCB Big Question - PowerPoint: What is Appropriate? When and Why? At the same time it raised a bunch of questions for me that I asked as comments on his post. One of my questions was on the use of images. took a look at a couple of other resources linked to by other people answering the Big Question and found that they helped the question become more concrete.
    [Providers] Big Question for January - Quality vs. Speed
    So, the real challenge posed by the Big Question is knowing when its really worth it to spend dollars on what we might consider a higher quality solution than providing something simpler that we know won't be as effective at improving performance. The Big Question on the LCB for January is: What are the trade offs between quality learning programs and rapid e-learning and how do you decide? There's a lot involved in this question and I plan to revisit it several times during the month. I'm hoping to see some contributions that will help thinking. In what cases?
    [Providers] LaunchCycle Simplifies Project Management: See It at DevLearn 2012 by News Editor
    LaunchCycle provides a simple way for teams to manage projects and tasks via an easy-to-use interface. Sealworks, Inc. will introduce the all-new at The eLearning Guild’s DevLearn Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, NV. Design & Development Tools Development Strategies Management Project Management
    [Providers] Dreaming of a Perfect Trainer? Educating Volunteer & Professional Trainers
    Everyone wants to learn and develop themselves,” Elaine said. “If an association provided train-the-trainer at an annual meeting or conference, people would jump at it.”. New Webinar Featuring Elaine Biech. As you may know, I am currently hosting a new webinar series, Managing eLearning: Thought Leaders , in which I invite thought leaders from the training & development and eLearning industries to discuss how associations can benefit from recent innovations in eLearning. These individuals are subject matter experts, but they may not be educators trained in adult learning.
    [Providers] Dreaming of a Perfect Trainer? Educating Volunteer & Professional Trainers
    Everyone wants to learn and develop themselves,” Elaine said. “If an association provided train-the-trainer at an annual meeting or conference, people would jump at it.”. As you may know, I am currently hosting a new webinar series, Managing eLearning: Thought Leaders , in which I invite thought leaders from the training & development and eLearning industries to discuss how associations can benefit from recent innovations in eLearning. caught up with Elaine the other day to get a preview of what we all can look forward to in her webinar later this month. Practice makes perfect.
    [Providers] Courses and resources
    don't feel qualified to provide a detailed review of affective context theory - better to read Nick's posting for that. Nick's approach is to provide resources wherever possible, to shift the emphasis from push to pull. I'm beginning to warm to Nick Shackleton-Jones's Affective Context Theory , not the title particularly - it's accurate but rather off-putting - but the idea. Without engagement, not just intellectually but emotionally, most of the message will go no further than working memory. There are important implications. Courses and resources - it even rhymes.
    [Providers] Rapid e-learning is gaining ground
    Rapid e-learning has enabled 32% of the organisations surveyed to speed up the shift from classroom training to e-learning : Interesting in that this was the goal in the first place, but understandable given that respondents also stated that “Training is moving online to reduce cost and provide learner flexibility”. Perhaps Forrester would like to conduct some more research to provide us with some indication of how effective this transition has been. This research was summarised in a webinar run by Claire Schooley of Forrester for Adobe in March. So, there’s a lot of it about.
    [Providers] Why mistakes matter
    Mistakes are welcome because they provide the learner with motivation to explore further and provide you with an opportunity to share what you know. In Mea Culpa and Rethink on Pre-tests , Clark Quinn makes a confession: Well, it turns out I was wrong. like to believe it doesn’t happen very often, but I do have to acknowledge it when I am. Let me start from the worst, and then qualify it all over the place ;). In the latest Scientific American Mind, there is an article on The Pluses of Getting It Wrong (first couple paragraphs available here ).
    [Providers] 1000 tweets but still not sure why
    have stopped using my blog to share resources, provide updates or make brief comments - these have all graduated to Twitter. Twitter has provided me with a useful channel for notifying the learning community of my new blog postings, particularly for those readers who don’t subscribe through a feed. In December of 2008 I started using Twitter on a three-month trial basis. At the end of this period I reviewed my experience and devided to continue (see Three months a-Twittering ). So, what has all this activity achieved? have you tried …? who’s available for …?
    [Providers] Brain rules #4
    hope he won't mind if I provide you here with a liberal sprinkling of direct quotes which make these points more clearly than I could manage: "The more attention the brain pays to a given stimulus the more elaborately the information will be encoded - and retained." Start with an overview and provide regular progress updates. In case you haven't been following this blog, this series of postings looks at John Medina's book Brain Rules chapter by chapter, looking to see what the implications might be for workplace learning. " "We can't multitask.
    [Providers] If a job's worth doing
    Now I must declare an interest here, in that I have in the past worked with the Training Foundation (an organisation that specialises in providing train-the-trainer services) in the development of their e-learning curriculum, although that is not the main subject of this study. said that learners provided better feedback when the TAP methodologies were applied by the respondents on their own courses. I have mixed feelings about classroom training. True, I am much happier when the classroom element forms only a small part of the blend, but an important element none the less.
    [Providers] Articulate has me lost for words
    When e-content is used in this way, you don't want it to come with a lot of embedded navigational features and add-ons, because these are more flexibly provided separately. And you don't always need a lot of built-in interactivity, because this can be provided in other ways, perhaps with a forum or a live discussion. I've been a user of Articulate Studio now for about three years. These do the job for me because it seems that nowadays I rarely need to create the sort of lengthy, stand-alone, highly elaborate, self-study courses that were so prevalent in the 80s and 90s.
    [Providers] The argument for blended learning
    This may involve conveying some background knowledge - facts, concepts, principles; it may demand that you demonstrate the skill in question; you may want to provide an opportunity for safe practice of the skill; the next step may be to support the learner in their first attempts to use the skill in a live situation. Following on from my posting last week, So what is blended learning? which attempted to define a workable definition for blended learning, I have been trying to clarify in my own mind whether the issue is of any real importance. So what are those situations?
    [Providers] In praise of collaborative online assignments
    Working with colleagues provides impetus/peer pressure/a sense of group responsibility, all of which encourage students to get the task done now rather than later. provided by so-called experts - are increasingly peripheral to the process of online learning, and in many cases could be unnecessary. Conventional online learning design focuses on self-study and self-pacing, with all the advantages and disadvantages with which these are associated. These activities have some powerful advantages: Students seem to really enjoy them - it's not what they expect from boring old e-learning.
    [Providers] Nuvvo: a good idea that needs good content
    Its aim - to provide a way for those who wish to teach online to reach those who want to learn online - seems attractive, even laudable. The problem is that it takes a lot of thinking time to come up with a good course, one that meets a demonstrated need, engages learners, provides relevant content and then stimulates reflection and debate. In hindsight I approached the e-learning site Nuvvo with unrealistic optimism. I was keen because Nuvvo has a modern, Web 2.0 feel and ethos. decided to try my luck. This was clearly work-in-progress. Why was it being offered in the catalogue?
    [Providers] mLearning
    At 156 pages this was a quick read and provided a useful overview of the state of m-learning circa 2005 (when the author concedes that it was written). I am not being critical here, because the book seems broadly current, but you have to sympathise with the author when the technology is changing so rapidly. don't find this particularly disappointing, in fact quite the opposite - mobile learning provides access to performance support and learning activities for more people, more of the time. This would not be a particularly good time for me to be a teenager.
    [Providers] Made to stick
    Use of stories: Stories provide an element of simulation (knowledge about how to act) and inspiration (motivation to act). "A credible idea makes people believe. story is also important because it provides the context missing from abstract prose. On a recommendation from Donald Clark , I have been reading Chip Heath and Dan Heath's Made to Stick (Random House, 2007), and an excellent read it was too. Beware the 'curse of knowledge' which leads you to believe that others have the same knowledge/interests as you and are therefore as fascinated by the theory/abstractions/detail.
    [Providers] The power of pictures - part 3
    In the case of the latter, I was coming to the conclusion that the presentation would probably have benefited from visual aids, to help the audience visualise the structure of the presentation, to help them maintain orientation within that structure and to provide some imagery to associate with the points I was making. I am assuming, of course, that the slides really were visual aids and not textual prompts for me. also reflected on the relative value of 'provided' visualisations, in this case via PowerPoint, and 'self-generated' visualisations, which participants created as notes.
    [Providers] Getting trainers on board
    Provide easy access to sahred content : The idea here was to make sure that any content which trainers produced could be easily picked up and shared by their colleagues. Provide training for the trainers : It's likely that your biggest obstacles are going to be attitudinal, but some trainers may lack the knowledge and skills to participate as fully as they'd like. blended solution is either right for the particular learning objectives, audience characteristics and practical constraints or it is not. We lose all credibility if we design solutions to please trainers.
    [Providers] Clear and to the point
    I'm a sucker for any publication that purports to provide some sort of objective, scientific message, in the hope that this might put some issues to bed and provide a sound base for practical application. With the debate about the vices and virtues of PowerPoint continuing to rage without any sign of a conclusion, I was pleased to be alerted to a new book by Stephen Kosslyn, Chair of the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. This book doesn't disappoint. Build on your audience's prior knowledge. Make differences clearly distinguishable.
    [Providers] Blackboard + Elluminate + Wimba = Blackboard Collaborate (Breaking News) by Bill Brandon
    announced late today that it is acquiring Elluminate and Wimba, leading providers of. Blackboard Inc. synchronous and collaboration technology. The teams from the three companies will combine to form. Blackboard Collaborate, a standalone platform.
    [Providers] Using the “force” of video technology to reveal your organization’s leaders
    Meanwhile, employees tell us that employers are not providing enough opportunity for professional growth and career advancement. Video not only allows employees to take control of what and when they are learning, it also provides them with the ability to share their ideas, collaborate with peers, mentor others, and let their leadership abilities shine. technology that provides easy-to-use tools for video capture and peer collaboration can ultimately help an organization to identify individuals that exhibit the chemistry, conviction, and character needed to fill leadership roles.
    [Providers] Mobile Learning at the Tipping Point by Ara A. Ohanian
    Implemented correctly, it provides an excellent means to deliver knowledge rapidly across an enterprise, to ensure that people understand new corporate initiatives, or that new product knowledge is quickly available to those who need it. Mobile learning is a valuable addition to organizational learning strategy.
    [Providers] Enabling Global eLearning Across Cultures and Languages
    If you need to deliver learning solutions across the globe, have your eLearning provider do the following: Avoid contractions. Consider the images below we included in a recent course for one of our clients: Not only did the illustrations give the course a fun look and feel, but it also made it easier for us to provide images that would be understood and recognized by learners. Our eLearning Challenges blog series explores the common situations our clients face when deploying learning solutions. This is Part 4. When we communicate, we seek to be understood. Cut the colloquialisms.
    [Providers] Sharepoint for Learning and Communication: How can corporate learning and development staff use it more effectively?
    Provide “need to have&# content. Also, the communication can be more robust than what would be provided in an email. Confession time: I like reality shows, especially those that show personal transformations. One of the shows I catch occasionally is Hoarders on A&E. It’s a fascinating look at people who can’t get rid of the stuff in their house…and has the side benefit of motivating me to pick up the house! What does Hoarders have to do with Sharepoint collaboration spaces and training? Get organized. Create clear naming conventions. Clean out the junk.
    [Providers] Finding Good Photos for Your eLearning Scenarios
    eLearning Art provides royalty free stock photos, images, and other assets to help you create some cool stuff in your own authoring tools. Do you struggle with finding good stock photos to use in your eLearning scenarios? You might find the right guy to play the role of the client in your story, but there’s only three shots of him and he looks like a goofball in one of them. So then do you go do a custom photo shoot? Maybe you have the time or the budget. But usually not. eLearning Art to the rescue! Character packs include models in up to 75 poses, giving you lots of choices.
    [Providers] Do Instructional Design Degrees Get "Wasted"?
    They manage people who design instruction, people who manage LMS, and they are the in-between people between upper management + clients, and the people who provide the design and training. In my recent post Instructional Design - What's in a Name? the usual controversy erupted. ID student commented: My problem with the industry is that the degree in instructional design is required of management. which is pretty stupid. My (educational) background is in Management of technology (MBA/IT). You truly don't need an ID education for that. Interesting observation. Or has it?
    [Providers] Connectivism: Week 1
    The best self-paced eLearning does this well, providing scenario-based learning and demos with plenty of opportunity for reflection and practice. With little time these days, I'll be auditing the auditor's version of the 12 week Connectivism course happening now. haven't signed up anywhere, I haven't taken part in any of the sessions, but I'm like a moth drawn to the flame: as I peer in on all the conversation beginning to happen, I can't help but join in. In my own lazy way, at the very least. Am I creating a new pattern? Am I growing new knowledge? (As opposed to building it?)
    [Providers] The Importance of Implementing a Marcom Strategy for Continuing Education
    If your association provides CE credits, you’re half way to your goal already. Marcom or marketing communications, is the branch of marketing that decides what messaging you’ll use, directed at whom, and on what channels you’ll place those messages. Marketing’s overall functions include: audience segmentation, demographic and psychographic research, and decisions on product, price, distribution, and promotion. Marcom decides what your marketing message is going to be and where your messages are going to be placed. Step 1: Define the message. What are their pain points?
    [Providers] HCCS Announces Low-Cost LMS for Healthcare by Learning Solutions Staff
    developed and vendor-provided online training, distance learning, and e-Learning content. SimPL is a low-cost hosted Learning Management System (LMS) for delivering internally.
    [Providers] Docnito Launches New State-of-the-Art Learning Management System by News Editor
    From simple testing to a full-blown campus-style environment, Docnito provides a customizable solution. Docnito Learning Management System Inc. announces the release of its new, state-of-the-art learning management system. Design & Development Tools Learning Systems Management Training Strategies
    [Providers] E-learning modules are not the complete replacement
    Chances are that you are using the classroom elements to enthuse students about the topics covered by the course, to explain key ideas with the benefit of visual aids and interactive exercises, to stimulate discussion and provide opportunities for working with the new ideas. Imagine you were running a pretty traditional formal course composed of face-to-face classroom sessions, backed up by handouts or reference books. The complete body of content is most likely covered more formally in the handouts and other reference materials. don't think so. My recommendation is not to go there.
    [Providers] Survey on the use of media elements in e-learning
    Links to the examples are provided throughout the survey, so you don't have to view them prior to starting the survey. I was very interested to take advantage of Karl Kapp’s recommendation to participate in a survey on the use of various combinations of media elements in e-learning. This follows up nicely from the series of posts I made recently for Onlignment under the heading The Elements of Online Communication and the e-book which followed, Media Chemistry. The survey is being conducted by Dan Bilton in preparation for an I/ITSEC conference paper.
    [Providers] European training survey shows HR and training holding back change
    According to a new survey conducted in March for training provider Cegos , employees are keener than HR and the training function to embrace innovative training practices and new technologies. Cegos commissioned an independent study among 2,355 employees and 485 HR directors/training managers from companies employing more than 500 staff in the UK, France, Germany and Spain. Learners are also keener to embrace collaborative tools like blogs, forums and wikis - 44% of employees want to see these techniques developed, compared to just 32% of HR professionals. " Tags: research
    [Providers] Rapid authoring for immersive games and sims
    Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this tool is the facility it provides for instructional designers and other l&d professionals to assemble simple 3D games without a PhD in rocket science. It's definitely the time of year for authoring tool releases, with Adobe announcing their eLearning Suite and a version 4 of Captivate , an extensive upgrade to the 200+ interactions in the Raptivity library, and now Caspian Learning's Thinking Worlds , the first tool that I know of to support the rapid creation of immersive, single-player 3D worlds for learning.
    [Providers] Why it's not worth paying peanuts
    In his posting All of the Above - how to cheat Multiple Choice Questions , Donald Clark provides the following quote from a talk given by Professor Dylan Wiliam, Deputy Director of the Institute of Education, gave at the ALT conference in 2007: “The variability at teacher level is about four times the variability at school level. If you get one of the best teachers, you will learn in six months what an average teacher will take a year to teach you. If you get one of the worst teachers, that same learning will take you two years.
    [Providers] Another case of no significant difference
    As always I'm an amorphous blend of every style going (in this case auditory, visual, kinaesthetic, metacognitive and emotional) with nothing standing out to provide me with a clear-cut label. The BBC and the Open University have got together to produce an interactive learning styles questionnaire, which you can play with at no cost on [link]. Now I don't know if it's me, but I never get much joy out of tools like these. regard myself as a decisive, forthright sort of person, so I'd like a learning style (or whatever else it's purporting to measure) to match. What do I get?
    [Providers] Nuvvo not so riche
    that would provide users with confidence in the service, act as exemplars and get the ball rolling. On October 3, Web 2.0 learning pioneers Nuvvo announced that it was for sale. Nuvvo styles itself as the 'eBay of online learning', because of its 'vibrant e-learning marketplace where online courses are promoted and purchased'. Back in July I posted Nuvvo: good idea, but needs good content. My argument was that I couldn't see them succeeding without seeding the system with a few gold nuggets (can you seed nuggets?) Only then can I see them making the idea a success
    [Providers] Is there anything Moodle can't do?
    I've been using it in three ways: To provide support for a predominantly classroom-based course (pre and post course activities, forums, wiki, etc.). Over the past two months I've been working extensively with the open source virtual learning environment (VLE) Moodle. To support a predominantly online course in the usual way. To build an online community for a potential audience of many thousands of course graduates. My question is, what am I not getting that I would with Blackboard, WebCT, FirstClass and other VLEs? Please tell me, where's the catch
    [Providers] Dump the drone
    If that's the case for you, you could do better than to provide your writers with a copy of Cathy Moore's Dump the Drone. If you were to ask a sample of e-learners in your organisation to describe their experience of e-learning in one word, there's a fair chance the most common response would start with a 'b'. And that's not 'beautiful', 'blistering', 'blinding' or even the just about acceptable 'beneficial'. It's quite likely to be 'boring'. It's only an 8-page PDF so don't accept any 'haven't got the time excuses'. People like to see people," he said, and I came to agree with him.
    [Providers] Birds of a feather
    Nobody goes to sites that provide them with views that are alternative to their own. Back in early June I posted a criticism of Andrew Keen's anti-Web 2.0 book, The Cult of the Amateur. received several comments on this posting, all supportive of my position. Recently, someone who goes by the name 'anonymous' posted this comment as a riposte: "The comments on this review underline the basic thesis of the book. herds everybody of the same opinion together. Then everybody sits back, pats each other on the back and becomes satisfied that they, and not that other group, know whats what.
    [Providers] Flockpod
    The central idea of FlockPod is to provide a space on any web page for you to collaborate and learn right on-the- spot, to share ideas, opinions, experiences, and anecdotes or sometimes even to question, reason or debate." I was interested to see a product like this coming from a developer associated with conventional self-paced e-learning. I was interested to have a play with FlockPod , a new social interaction tool from Harbinger Knowledge Products, the people who market Raptivity, the rapid e-learning tool. The fact that it works asynchronously suits it's role in self-paced learning.
    [Providers] HR departments face up to Web 2.0
    For instance, Facebook provides you with an opportunity to specify your religion and your politics as part of your profile, and it's really interesting to check who fills in these fields and who chooses not to. There were some interesting stats in the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's People Management magazine last week, in an article entitled Face to face with social networking. Apparently, in the UK: 20% of firms use social networking sites to research applications. 68% use search engines to check candidates. 70% of London firms block the use of Facebook at work.
    [Providers] Children, women and older people dominate UK internet usage
    Ofcom's latest Communications Market Report provides a fascinating insight into the dramatic changes taking place in the way UK citizens are using information and communication technology (the emphasis is mine): Children "Fewer children are playing console and computer games (61% regularly did so in 2005 down to 53% in 2007), watching videos and DVDs (59% did so regularly in 2005 and 38% in 2007) and listening to radio (40% listened regularly in 2005 and 20% in 2007). Young adults " Among 25-34 year olds, women spend more time using the internet than men.
    [Providers] Can Gen Y handle the downturn?
    As in all good children's novels, the spoiled, arrogant kids always get their come-uppance and real-life may be providing just such a possibility. I was reading yet another account of the generation gap in the UK's Management Today magazine - see My Generation. I got the distinct impression that, as a boomer, I should be just a little bit intimidated by the outrageous demands of Gen Y (born 1978 - 1994) and adapting my approach accordingly. And that's of course what they are, and the boomers have to take the blame for it. Just like all preceding generations
    [Providers] Access = Learning
    The way we provide information and training must match the way people consume it. If we want people to learn we need to be less concerned about how many pages they view or which quizzes they pass, and more concerned about providing the right information in the right way. Learning is about access to information. The more information people have available to them, the more likely they are to learn. Sounds pretty obvious, right? Why should we treat learning in our organizations any differently? The learning landscape is moving beyond the concept of a course. Remember the newspaper?
    [Providers] Screenchump to Screenchamp Review 5: Know Your Audience
    We are hopefully providing advice that will allow everyone, especially the owner of the video, to go back and make better videos. One of the challenges of creating video is that it’s hard to judge your own work. You make something, fall in love with it, and then changing it becomes difficult at best. In order to help everyone make better videos, we set out on this idea: what if we loaned our expertise and reviewed our customers’ videos in the same way we would review our own videos and gave them some screencasting tips? Possibly even ScreenChamp Award-winning videos! We like real people.
    [Providers] Living History: Capturing and Sharing Stories from Relatives Today
    Tom and his colleagues are expanding the network of advisors being trained to become Certified Legacy Advisors, a requirement of being involved with the International Association of Storykeepers (I-ASK), which provides a strong network of trained family historians, memoir writers and more. Tom Cormier. We’ve heard a lot about Genealogists using TechSmith products to capture their research. Be it screenshots of database searches or videos of their family history to share with others, screen capturing is a natural fit with genealogy. And that’s where Tom Cormier comes in. Looking forward.
    [Providers] Flipping Around the World
    Emilia then uses these recordings to assess the students’ progress and provide feedback that will help them improve their language skills. Teachers often find themselves having to be in two places at once. In fact, it was this very dilemma that inspired Emilia Carrillo, a foreign language teacher, to turn her style of teaching upside down. Two years ago, while teaching in Ukraine, Emilia Carrillo faced the difficult task of simultaneously teaching two different levels of Spanish in two different classrooms. Benefiting Students. Helping Teachers. And there’s even more to Emilia’s story.
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