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  • KNOWLEDGESTAR  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2010
    [Providers] A Purpose-Driven Blog
    Then we stopped to think about it … What do we provide to our customers and clients when we design and deliver education and training? [.]. When we were thinking about creating a blog, we initially had all this great stuff we wanted to share – articles, stories, parts of research papers, quotes, pictures and more. Brain Education Learning
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012
    [Providers] Mobile Learning Modernizes a Ghana University Making it Easier for Students to Learn and Communicate
    Mobile now provides us with a way to leap over many of the obstacles that have been connected with learning and its distribution for years. Central University College in Ghana was facing significant challenges in serving its students. Most learning occurred within the classroom but they needed to expand their options. The country has poor internet service but a high number of mobile users. To better reach their students the university decided to forego traditional e-learning in favor of mobile learning.
  • E-LEARNING ACADEMY  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011
    [Providers] Comparison of E-Learning Authoring Tools and Available Training
    Something we want from e-learning providers is a relationship – someone who understands uor business, our needs and strives to value-add. Richard from Openlearn informed me about a recently published comparison of authoring tools, which I am sharing with you now. Thanks Thanks Richard.   E-Learning Uncovered is an organisation whose business focus is to support people to develop skills in e-learning [.]. Authoring tools Development
  • E-LEARNING ACADEMY  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011
    [Providers] The sometimes disconnect between client and e-learning provider
    As an independent e-learning consultancy, my partner and I are privileged to observe both sides of the e-learning fence; client and provider. Both share their frustrations with me about e-learning projects. There is no-one to blame; simply a difference of perspectives that will become better aligned as the industry matures and relationships develop. Let me explain [.]. Changing practice Development
  • MOODLE JOURNAL  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012
    [Providers] First week of 2012
    As part of an overall eLearning strategy, I have put together an initial ePolicy discussion document that I feel should provide us with a reasonable set of outline suggestions and proposals to address thosew particular circumstances, expectations and requirements for eLearning covering :- Student Privacy, the use of email, forum and chat discussions, submission of assignments particularly with regard to deadlines, issues regarding the provision of technical help, Student Codes of Conduct, plagiarism linked to Intellectual Property Rights.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
    [Providers] Selection & Management of Outsourced Content Providers: Part 1 ? Five Common Challenges
    As learning needs have changed and technology has made new development tools available to us, we have been able to move from a single delivery model for learning to providing a variety of materials to support not only individual learning needs, but also specific business requirements. While these improvements have increased the flexibility in training they have also presented more challenges for content providers, especially when outsourced content providers are utilized. To support this training need, the organization contracts with one or more content providers.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011
    [Providers] CEOLutions Integrates Mobile with GPS for Location-based Learning
    When students approached a historic site, the program provided location-specific content. Mobile learning brings a number of transformative opportunities because of the size, power, and portability of our increasingly smarter mobile devices. This allows learning to be available when and where you need it. You can make better use of “found” time to engage in needed learning activities or have learning available along side you as you perform a specific task. This is what CEOLutions did in Singapore with their Learning Trails. This was hugely successful.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011
    [Providers] Checklist Manifesto: Great Ideas in Their Simplicity
    Clark Quinn has provided a nice review of a very interesting book, Checklist Manifesto. The rise of mobile communications has greatly increased the reach and opportunity that checklists can provide. mobile platform provides an efficient way to offer both types as you can instantly move from the process checklist to the people checklist on the same device regardless of where you are located. have been a user of checklists for as long as I can remember. use them for business and personal tasks.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011
    [Providers] First European Study Reveals New Automotive Sector Approaches to Learning
    Yet the sector continues to innovate with competitive advantage going to those who are able to quickly respond to market demand and provide excellent customer service. link] About Towards Maturity Towards Maturity’s is a benchmarking company that provides independent expert advice and support to help organisations use learning technologies to accelerate business performance. The automotive industry has been hard hit by the recession with production levels down and falling sales. On average 45% of all learning is face-to-face, 41% is blended and 14% is entirely online.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2011
    [Providers] KM World Session Notes: Digital Workplace Trends
    The leaders are doing more change management activities and providing more means to share best practices in how to use the social tools. I am attending the KM World 2011 conference in Washington DC this week. Here is the first in a series on my notes from the event. attended the session, Digital Workplace Trends, by Jane McConnell , Intranet Strategy Consultant - NetStrategy/JMC. Here is the session description. Here are some of the hot topics covered: Is the mobile intranet a reality? Has social computing killed the intranet? What is the state of enterprise search?
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011
    [Providers] Mixing Speed with Quality in Learning Content Creation #LCBQ
    It is a real tough balance of providing instructionally sound courses/events and providing it is an time frame acceptable by stakeholders.” Glen Hansen provided a very useful response, he begins with “The prevalence of mobile data in smart phones, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices means that every day we become more accustomed to being able to locate information and have our questions answered immediately.” The ASTD Learning Circuits Blog asks a learning related question each month.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011
    [Providers] Join Us at eLearning Guild?s mLearnCon Mobile Learning Conference
    Massood Zarrabian, President and CEO of OutStart commented: “Mobile learning is finding its place in the corporate learning environment by augmenting formal learning, providing performance support, and delivering priority communications. They’ll provide answers to such questions as: What types of training materials can you deliver on a mobile device? He’ll demonstrate how Hot Lava Mobile allows users to easily provide impactful mobile learning, performance support, and priority communications. We hope to see you there.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011
    [Providers] My 2011 Enterprise 2.0 Conference Notes: Selling Enterprise Sales Collaboration Up the Chain
    will be providing more session notes on this blog over the next few days. focuses on providing premier digital experiences to their consumers. However, they did not provide this same level to their sales force so they wanted to change this. sales force needs a not of information as they provide unique sales pitches to their customers, advertisers on Yahoo! However, if you provide too much information you paralyze the sales force. Here is part a series of notes on the 2011 Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston. The moderator is Sameer Patel, Partner, Sovos Group.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011
    [Providers] My 2011 Enterprise 2.0 Conference Notes: Business Leadership Roundtable with Andrew McAfee
    Also there is a rise in a new set of tech providers. Ted provided some data on this. Also, people are more likely to get their own tools and not wait for their firms to provide them. Ted provided an example of a banker who changed jobs as he was hired to make changes in an old style bank so there is appetite here. Here is another in a series of notes on the 2011 Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston. This covers the session: Business Leadership Roundtable with Andrew McAfee. Andy is the moderator. Everyone listening raised their hand.
  • MOODLE JOURNAL  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2011
    [Providers] The LMS is Dead!
    partly quoted) There is a Take a Tour option that’s worth looking at because it provides a nice insight into the appearence and feel of the system in operation. Have you come acrosss OpenClass yet? It's a new kind of learning environment that goes beyond the LMS. It’s open to everyone, easy to use, and completely free — and it's making an amazing impact on education. Will OpenClass compete with Moodle, who can tell. One thing is for sure though, and that is competition is always good, at least that’s my view, so let’s sit back and see what happens in the coming months. please comment.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011
    [Providers] My 2011 Enterprise 2.0 Conference Notes: Got Strategy? How to Capitalize on the Mobile Revolution
    Mobile connects the internet of things, functions globally using a wide range of networks, and integrates with cloud services Third, provide stability with policy, security, and management. Here is another in a series of notes on the 2011 Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston. This covers the session: Got Strategy? How to Capitalize on the Mobile Revolution. The speaker is Maribel Lopez, Principal Analyst and VP, Constellation Research, Founder, Lopez Research LLC. ” Maribel was joined by Cimarron Buser of Appian. conference.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011
    [Providers] OutStart Offers Organizations Opportunity to Experience Mobile Learning at No Cost
    Hot Lava Mobile provides the ability to develop once and deliver a variety of content and analyze results in support of corporate communications and mobile learning. Here is a recent review: OutStart’s Hot Lava Provides Flexible Mobile Communication Platform. To help organizations experience and gain comfort with mobile learning (mLearning) OutStart is offering a free 30 day trial of OutStart Hot Lava Mobile , voted “Best Mobile Learning Solution” in each of the last two years by eLearning! Magazine's Readership Awards.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011
    [Providers] Jay Cross on Working Smarter in the Enterprise
    ” Relevancy of information is the key here and our trusted personal networks provide the best filter for this relevancy. Informal learning through relevant networks supported by social business software that allows these networks to thrive can provide an answer to this rising challenge. Social business software can provide access to these peers and experts so an individual can better tap into the collective knowledge of their organization. Jay provides a useful comparison of formal and informal learning and notes that a mix of both in an organization works best.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011
    [Providers] Oscar Berg on Enterprise Transparency
    Oscar Berg notes in his excellent post, We Should All Care More About Transparency , that “what is still lacking in most online work environments is a really intelligent system that informs people about what’s going on elsewhere, a system that provides them with cues and signals telling them when it’s time to act, when there is certain information they need to consider, and so forth.” technologies intensively to connect the internal efforts of employees,” providing the desired transparency into their efforts.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011
    [Providers] Learning Case Series: Best Practices and Planning for the Future
    This is the first in a series of interviews we are providing that cover the experiences our consultants encounter working with clients as they implement learning content management systems (LCMS) and other tools. In addition, these developers had to be able to interact with experts who would be providing content. As part of this effort they needed a solution in place for SME's to provide content to developers that could be quickly ingested into the application as native content or objects. Kevin: Yes.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011
    [Providers] Making Subject Matter Experts More Accessible in the Learning Process
    Brent Schlenker recently provided a very interesting post, eLearning and Subject Matter Experts - Alex Lifeson of RUSH teaches me Tom Sawyer , that discusses how we can learn from innovations in the music industry. It is both motivational and provides more accurate content. While that direct connection might not be possible in a commercial application such as the music example that Brent provides, it can certainly make sense for key learning efforts in a business context. ” This is a nice use of graphics and technology.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011
    [Providers] Dan Pontefract Provides a Comprehensive Learning Framework
    ” Dan has provided a very useful service here as it is a great and essential move to include the informal and social aspects of learning in a framework for learning in today’s connected work place. The components on each axis can be flexible and Dan provides two examples, customer education and internal education that show the power of this approach. The top of the T refers to breadth and the stem refers to depth. Dan notes that informal and social models of learning will not replace formal learning, just complement and extend it.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011
    [Providers] Andy McAfee on the Fifth Year of Enterprise 2.0
    Conference in Boston , Andy McAfee provided an assessment of the enterprise 2.0 They will want knowledge solutions that will provide greater empowerment. In anticipation of his keynote at the recent Enterprise 2.0 movement at the 5 year anniversary of his article which coined the term. We are pleased that he wrote, “the use of emergent social software platforms has become a mainstream business phenomenon.” ” We certainly agree. Andy then covers the people centered aspect of social business software. “The real change here (with E 2.0)
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2011
    [Providers] Hot Lava Mobile Covered on the eLearning Coach
    Hot Lava Mobile provides the ability to develop and deliver a variety of content and analyze results in support of corporate communications, performance support and mobile learning. Connie Malamed writes the blog, the eLearning Coach, and often has conversations with people connected with tools in this space, She recently interviewed me on our mobile solution, Hot Lava Mobile. Here is a summary of some of my comments. Hot Lava Mobile has been available through OutStart since we acquired Hot Lava Software in June 2009.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2011
    [Providers] Review of Sharing Hidden Know-How
    Kate Pugh, president of Align Consulting, has provided us with some useful guidelines on in her recent book: Sharing Hidden Know-How: How managers solve thorny problems with the knowledge jam. ” This approach was developed by Kate and uses human interaction to capture unwritten insights, and position them to provide business value. The book provides a step-by-step process and practical tools that will help organizations harness their untapped knowledge. Kate covers the related technologies to the methods she provides.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011
    [Providers] Learning Development Case Series ? Part 1: Using Training as a Revenue Engine
    The company’s training team has also extended the use of its Training Systems to train new employees by leveraging the quality content built for clients and providing their employees with the same quality training experience their customers receive. This would allow the department to manage more customers and provide easier and more cost effective processes for updates. Customers are more pleased with the training that the company is providing as well as the timeframe in which it is delivered. ” The result? ”
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2011
    [Providers] Learning Development Case Series ? Part 2: Reducing Military Training Development Time and Costs
    Ascent is a 50/50 joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Babcock with a 25-year contract to provide the UKMFTS for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to bases across England and Wales. This included budget requirements, timescale requirements as well as the development of all assets associated with the courses, substantiating that the UKMFTS program would be a more efficient and affordable way of providing training to aircrew in the UK. “Every military flight training cell produced their own training materials.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011
    [Providers] Learning Development Case Series ? Part 3: Opening Up New Markets Through Training Development
    They have educated more than 150,000 students from more than 75 pharmaceutical and biotech companies worldwide, making them the leading provider of educational solutions for healthcare representatives and managers. This is the third in a series of posts covering the use of a learning content management system (LCMS) in a variety of companies. CMR Institute , founded in 1966 by a group of physicians, offers non-branded, unbiased, and practical education to biopharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics professionals.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2011
    [Providers] Learning Development Case Series ? Part 4: Using Training Development for a Competitive Edge
    A training and job performance solutions company faced increasing competition from other training content providers, as well as from their customer’s internal training departments. A group development environment would also provide the company with the capability to standardize the look and feel of their training, which is something they had wanted to do but were unable to with the authoring tools they were using at the time. “We developed using various authoring tools and assembled the training in the LMS. ” 
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
    [Providers] TrainingEdge.com 2011 Edition Extends LMS and Traditional eLearning to Include Informal, Social and Mobile Learning
    Social business software capabilities provide learners with a secure, online environment to carry on all of the discussions, consultations, contributions and sharing that are a natural part of traditional learning, with the added benefit of capturing those interactions for future use. We are announcing today the immediate availability of the newest version of OutStart TrainingEdge.com. This learning and knowledge suite blends learning management, content development and management, social business software and mobile capabilities.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
    [Providers] Sharing Social Business Software Success Stories on the Web and within the Enterprise
    Instead, it is best to provide clear stories of success that is relevant to their needs. It now provides the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin on a monthly basis. They sent information updates to individuals and provided documents through e-mails and text messages with a link to the downloadable document. Once a crisis does occur mobile learning software can be harnessed to provide a more comprehensive response. I recently read an interesting post on Mashable, 15 Case Studies to Get Your Client On Board With Social Media.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
    [Providers] Learning Development Case Series ? Part 5: Achieving Consistency Across One Million Plus Associates Through Personalized Learning Delivery
    To provide content that is both consistent and personalized, including standard operating procedures for the restaurants and e-learning for employees, Yum instituted a LCMS in 2007. Each one provides documented results. This is the fifth in a series of posts covering the use of a learning content management system (LCMS) in a variety of companies. Brands is the world’s largest restaurant company with 37,000 locations in more than 110 countries and territories, more than 1 million associates, and global brands including KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
    [Providers] Learning Development Case Series ? Part 6: The Benefits of Single Source Content and Personalization
    American Automobile Association (AAA) provides insurance, emergency road service, auto repair, school safety patrol, and driver education programs, as well as special cruise and tour packages. Our plan was to provide personalized training instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, something we had wanted to do previously but could not because of the limitations of our legacy system.” ” LCMS Provides a Speedy Start for AAA “Our requirement list for a content development system was very specific,” says Verheyen.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
    [Providers] Increasing Engagement in Event Feedback Through Mobile Surveys
    The ubiquitous adoption of mobile devices that rarely leave our side, are always connected, and the dynamic nature of how we use them provides a new channel for the immediate gathering, scoring and reporting on session feedback that can complement other methods. Daily reports were designed that provided both raw numbers and percentages on participation, as well as answers to each question by session. This will provide ELCE organizers with an immediate sense of the pulse of the event. This year the Enterprise Learning! Results are often not available until after the event.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011
    [Providers] Hot Lava Mobile 2011 Fall Edition Offers Native Mobile Apps for Smartphones and Tablets, Streaming Video, and LMS Support
    Our Hot Lava Mobile app allows you to develop, deliver and analyze content once and then provide secure delivery across a variety of mobile devices, ranging from basic mobile phones to smart phones and tablets. This new release provides native mobile apps for Android, Blackberry, iPhones, iPods, iTouch, iPads, and Windows Mobile and an enhanced WAP experience. Enhanced question rendering provides simple, intuitive, and instant feedback for users. It also includes streaming video functionality, favorites, and branding capabilities.
  • OUTSTART KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011
    [Providers] Defining Mobile Learning
    Mobl21 has provided a useful post listing definitions of many of the terms connected with the new mobile learning (or m-Learning). want to share and provide examples for a few that I think are particularly important and/or useful aspects of the new mobile learning. For example, a global pharmaceutical company used mobile learning to extend the new formal product introduction training provided to its worldwide sales force. suggest you mark it as a handy resource. Now mobile enters the mix. The issue wasn’t the quality of their content.
  • BLOOMFIRE  |  THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011
    [Providers] The Creators of SocialFish Tell Us How They Use Their Bloomfire
    Lindy and Maddie provide everything you need to know about how social media can work for your association or nonprofit. Maddie Grant, CAE and Lindy Dreyer were both well-known association industry bloggers when they met and launched their consulting firm, SocialFish. Click here to read their SocialFishing blog.). Access step-by-step guides, on-demand Q&A, monthly virtual learning sessions, and peer-to-peer discussions on their SocialFish Bloomfire. It’s all the social media training you’ll need, all in one place, so you can become the trusted expert in your organization.
  • BLOOMFIRE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011
    [Providers] 5 Pieces of Hardware Your Online Learning Community Should Consider (PART 5)
    We are offering you a little taste of the seven part series that provides tips on igniting passion and sparking conversation in your personal online learning community. As our blog evolves, we want to connect with our readers and get YOU involved in the process. Feel free to e-mail gena@bloomfire.com to suggest topics that interest YOU! We’ve broken down our list of  101 Quick Ideas to Ignite your Online Learning Community (click on it to see the full list!) into bite-sized chunks that are easier to digest. HARDWARE. Place a sign on the back of the chair that says “Rockstar Teacher.”.
  • BLOOMFIRE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2011
    [Providers] The Power of Exclusivity and How to Use it to Ignite your Online Learning Community (PART 6)
    We are offering you a little taste of the seven part series that provides tips on igniting passion and sparking conversation in your personal online learning community. Try to fix a big problem by providing just-in-time training resources that can be easily accessed in times of need. Bloomfire provides an environment where people can help each other out and tackle the learning curve together. As our blog evolves, we want to connect with our readers and get YOU involved in the process. Feel free to e-mail gena@bloomfire.com to suggest topics that interest YOU!
  • BLOOMFIRE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2011
    [Providers] 31 Ways to Create Purpose and Seed Content When Igniting Your Online Learning Community (PART 7)
    We are offering you a little taste of the seven part series that provides tips on igniting passion and sparking conversation in your personal online learning community. Next time, ask employees to blog about the trip and provide a useful archive for others to follow along and learn. Provide clear instructions for the recipient to write an answer on one page, flip the page over, and pass it on. On the last page of the notebook, provide clear instructions to drop the notebook off at a designated location. Provide a way for them to share this with the rest of the staff.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2010
    [Providers] "Get Out There"
    My desire to provide our learners with an engaging, visually rich, intuitive portal into SAP is borne out of the disengaging, unappealing, complicated SAP GUI. For me the outcome of the meeting was a realisation that whilst the integration was perfectly feasible (Capita had achieved it along with a number of other organisations) it may be more prudent to wait for the SAP Learning Solutions platform to be implemented within my business as this could quite possibly provide the intuitive, engaging tool that I am looking for. have already commented on this in a previous post.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010
    [Providers] WANTED: Blogging Discipline
    I get the benefits of blogging… I get that it enhances the learning experience by providing an environment in which to reflect… I get that it provides others with an opportunity to learn from me, as I do on many occasions from them… I get that it is a wonderful networking opportunity… I get all of this and yet, despite the promises I made myself to blog on a fortnightly basis (as a minimum) I have failed to do this! Is it down to a lack of time? Is it down to being paranoid over my digital footprint? Is it down to a lack of content? Hmmm, probably not.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010
    [Providers] Mobile Learning Boot Camp
    Twitter provides me with many benefits, one of which is a forecast of events that are taking place that I might be be interested in. was a little reticent over attending the event as I work in neither HE, FE nor a work-based learning provider; I do however work for an organisation that delivers an incredible amount of training due to compliance and regulatory driven needs. Several days ago I picked up Tweet from @James Clay , who was conducting a Mobile Learning Boot Camp. One email later and I was buying my train ticket to Gloucester. link]. Share/Bookmark.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2010
    [Providers] Will an ‘in-house’ unconference work???
    Encourage delegates to set up a Twitter account prior to the un-conference and provide the support for them in doing this. Had a little thought whilst driving home tonight. Part of my role involves facilitating the Continuing Professional Development of a number of internal Learning Facilitators. normally do this by facilitating some lunchtime-learning sessions, which to be quite honest receive a very poor response in relation to the number of facilitators we have on-site (part of this is due to operating a shift-pattern). Invite all Learning Facilitators to attend. Share/Bookmark.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2010
    [Providers] I'm not alone… help is at hand
    Whilst technically being outside the criteria for formal RSC support as I work for neither a HE, FE or workbased learning provider, I do work for an organisation that delivers an INCREDIBLE amount of training. So RSC NW have kindly agreed to provide me with some guidance and advice as to how I might approach a wider integration of learning technologies within my organisation. As a result of spending the last few weeks furiously catching up on James Clays ‘elearningstuff’ podcasts (I’m a late-comer to the party!) Share/Bookmark.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010
    [Providers] Happy Tweetiversary to me!
    Twitter has enabled me to attend Jane Harts Masterclass on Using Social Media for Learning, James Clays Mobile Learning Boot Camp, the eLearning Network 2010 showcase (which subsequently led me to joining the eLN) It has provided me with some excellent contacts and some fantastic learning opportunities. So here I am 12 months later with approx 2500 tweets under my belt, 175 followers and following 92 other people. Everyone one of these people is in some way shape or form involved in L&D, Learning Technologies, Social Media or more usually all 3! See you in the Twittersphere!
  • TAYLORING IT  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2010
    [Providers] All you ever wanted to know about Personal Learning Environments/Networks…
    … is unlikely to be answered by me or my Blog… Yet again Twitter has provided me with a CPD opportunity. The other day I spotted a re-tweet by Steve Wheeler ( @timbuckteeth ) relating to an Open Course on Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge. Now I believe that I have been operating within a PLE/N for approx 8 months now (since my attendance at the Learning Technologies Conference in Jan 2010), I had just never labelled it as such or realised what I was involved in. Steve Wheelers tweets during his ‘European Tour 2010′! Image: Source.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 2010
    [Providers] Amazon Kindle as an Enterprise solution???
    Delegates would be able to access the suggested reading ‘any time’-'any where’ due to the freedom provided by the lightweight, portable device. The recent release of the Amazon Kindle within the UK has prompted me to look into the feasibility of this resource within my organisations learning activities. Previous ILM Leadership programme delegates have had the opportunity to utilise a number of conventional books that were purchased from the ILM ‘suggested reading’ list. This would also negate additional resources in terms of arranging loans and returns.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Small Chunks…
    As always these ‘physical’ activities provide me with a great opportunity to further cement friendships made online as well as to make new acquaintances. Ask my IT Department to provide any facilitator with ‘admin rights’ to the virtual classrooms website to allow them to update any settings without creating a burden on the IT Department. All in all, some great ideas and wonderful conversations coupled with my new approach to gathering ‘small chunks’ provided another wonderful CPD opportunity. Share/Bookmark.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2010
    [Providers] Training is about telling people what they should and should not do…
    Given the extremely high importance which we apply to safety, we have a Compliance Department which contains a number of H&S Advisers, who interpret the various rules, regulations and red tape and then provide guidance and direction to the organisation on how to meet those rules and regulations. really wanted to hear what they wanted and not how their wishes were interpreted by workplace providers. Like I said training is about telling people what they should and should not do…… Now I know why I have been having such an uphill struggle. ??. Share/Bookmark
  • TAYLORING IT  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010
    [Providers] Learning Beyond the Course (eLN event)
    Throughout the day the entire conference had taken the form of a crossword/wordsearch/game of battleships which I thought was really innovative and brought an interesting element to the event, my only concern with taking this approach was that I (and perhaps my learners) would be so distracted by the gaming element that the learning could suffer… not something I’m instantly dismissing though, and as with the rest of the day has provided food for thought… Share/Bookmark. RobHubbard was our compère for the day, decked out as usual in a gloriously flowery shirt.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010
    [Providers] Hmmmm, this is Delicious…
    Regular readers will know that during a recent un-conference for a group of my organisations Learning Facilitators, I introduced them to Delicious and encouraged them to use the tool to provide their learners with an opportunity to continue their learning journey beyond the confines of their formal learning event. then asked a number of our Learning Facilitators to PILOT the module for me; as this is where things got interesting… @Reevo66 provided the following feedback. I have been aware for some time now as to the benefits of social bookmarking and in particular the Web 2.0
  • TAYLORING IT  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010
    [Providers] QR codes? sounds like something out of a Bond film!
    Blog posts from @jamesclay and @ hopkinsdavid have provided me with some great ideas as to how QR codes could benefit learners. I’ve been aware of QR codes for some time now after reading one of many blog post s on the subject from @jamesclay , but I had never really seen the benefits to them for learners in my organisation (or maybe that should read that I had never applied myself to researching the benefits!). Admittedly I may be held back a little due to certain restrictions on the use/carriage of mobile phones on my site, with the primary phone being a very attractive brick.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010
    [Providers] Now I wasn't expecting that!!
    have created my own Blog and am truly benefiting from the reflection that this provides me, I have set up my own Delicious, Flickr, Slideshare and YouTube accounts. Many of you will know that I didn’t really take my first formal foray into Learning Technologies until 10 months ago at the Learning Technologies conference. Since then I have taken what I consider to be an active role in pursuing current and emerging technologies and using them as part of my own Personal Learning Network to (if I may say so myself) some success. Share/Bookmark.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Video ‘enhanced’ the Radio Star…
    walk-through - talk-through of Skype was provided for those attendees who were not Skype users demonstrating. After a short break we had a look at ‘Interactive Training & Online Assessment’, with Nicola Harper from KAPLAN Financial providing us with an overview as to how they had used WebEx to facilitate synchronous online learning events to a widely dispersed audience. to assess vehicle maintenance apprentices undertaking an assessment whilst providing evidence. Video calls. Recording Skype calls. Pamela, Call graph, etc). Exchanging files. Sharing desktop.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2010
    [Providers] Bringing elearning back ‘in’house
    The interview below was conducted earlier this month to celebrate 12 months of the system being ‘live’ The interview was then broadcast over the info-screen system that we have around our site in order to celebrate the efforts of everybody involved, to maintain the profile of elearning and to provide a glimpse of what the future may have in store for us… During the interview I mention some research that I have done into the use of Learning Technologies within schools, HE & FE, a real eye-opener for me was when I attended @jamesclays Mobile Learning Bootcamp.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010
    [Providers] Folks, allow me to introduce you to…
    then provided them with 30 minutes or so to undertake an individual desktop Action Mapping exercise in relation to their anticipated piece of elearning. … Action Mapping… …Was how I kicked off a CPD session yesterday afternoon for a small number of our internal elearning authors. Podcasts. Info-screens. Screencasts. Our intranet. amongst others). As way of proving the simplicity of using video, I asked them to participate in a simple ice-breaker exercise by videoing each other on a Flip camera answering the question. Here is their video (quirky camera angle and all!).
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010
    [Providers] Homework time… CWCCM Task 2.3
    Given that I am interested in developing both this blog and my organisations intranet pages, I have provided responses below for both areas: My Blog. surmise that this group of people are looking for content which will provide them with an initial perspective on a subject or an innovative approach to undertaking an activity. As part of the  Certificate in Web Content Creation & Management (CWCCM) programme I am undertaking, I have been asked to expand upon the following in relation to the Internet or intranet website on which I am working/intend to work. The goals for website.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010
    [Providers] I have another cap to wear…
    If you have any feedback, it would be great if you could provide it in the comments area below, as this will allow me to ensure that future commentaries really do reflect ‘current thinking’ Share/Bookmark. … and that is of Social Media correspondent for Nuclear TV. This is a ‘ title ‘, I hasten to add that I have not bestowed upon myself but as the nucleus of Nuclear TV sits within my immediate team (and I never stop harping on about the benefits of engaging with Social Media), I guess it was inevitable that I was going to end up with that role!
  • TAYLORING IT  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2011
    [Providers] Unfortunately in my world…
    It is an example of location-based services, where information is provided to you based on your location, and even the direction that your phone camera is facing. In the future, forward thinking training organizations will provide their print materials in downloadable formats for employees to study or reference as needed. And as more digital readers become Internet-ready, books will hyperlink to other sources of information, providing a richer reading experience. My comments are shown in red italics. Learning Technology Trends To Watch In 2011. Here are my observations.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 2011
    [Providers] Homework time… CWCCM Task 4.3
    In fact, services such as Audioboo and iPadio both offer Smartphone apps that allow you to record audio and then upload it onto their website, which then provides a feed that listeners can subsribe to… Voila! great starting point would be to pick up a copy of ‘Podcasting for Dummies’ which provides easily understood, humorous, technical advice for beginners onwards, whilst if you are searching for some good examples of podcasts (particularly if you are responsible for the education of others) then why not have a listen to some of James Clays podcasts. Podcasting? podcast!
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 2011
    [Providers] I’m absolutely loving…
    There were a few interactions within the induction game, that caused me to raise an eyebrow as the responses that the characters provided did not neccesarily fit with what I considered to be a holistic approach to elearning; this was echoed by other members in the Ning site that acts as the social-learning element of the programme (we are thinking that the responses were deliberate, in order to spark debate) – I’ll be checking this with Rob tomorrow during the Week 2 webinar. Rob can do a much better job of explaining the premise in this video here. Rapid eLearning. Webinars.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011
    [Providers] Happy Twitterversary to me!!!
    Twitter has enabled me to attend Jane Harts Masterclass on Using Social Media for Learning , James Clays Mobile Learning Boot Camp , the eLearning Network 2010 showcase (which subsequently led me to joining the eLN) It has provided me with some excellent contacts and some fantastic learning opportunities. So here I am 12 months later with over 2600 tweets under my belt, over 200 followers and following over 1oo other people. Everyone one of these people is in some way shape or form involved in L&D, Learning Technologies, Social Media or more usually all 3! Image source.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2011
    [Providers] Following #LT11UK, it’s back down to Earth…
    of bullet-point riddled slides and he certainly proved that point by providing a visually engaging presentation allowing only single, full-screen images or perhaps the odd word or two to adorn his slides as opposed to lines upon lines of text (this approach received very positive feedback via the Twitter backchannel). … with a bump! At least it will be on Monday morning when I’m back in work, having left behind the visionaries, disruptivists, forward-thinkers and all round ‘good eggs’ that I was surrounded by at Learning Technologies (LT) 2011. Day 1. Day 2.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2011
    [Providers] The story of how I got to speak at #LT11UK….
    Why not provide your responses in the comments box below? … begins in the Summer of 2010. remembered the presentations at LT10 being broadly broken down into 2 types: The sage on the stage with a pocket full of Bullet Points. And the ‘guide by your side’ with a pocketful of interaction and activities. It will probably come as no surprise to you to hear that the content of the latter still resonates with me today and indeed Julie Wedgwood (who has become a friend and has delivered that same session back into my organisation for me) falls into that category.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2011
    [Providers] Homework time… Rapid eLearning Design Text Assignments
    However, as I have my own blog I prefer to post my assignments here as it: a) provides more opportunities for wider feedback. Many social bookmarking services provide  web feeds for their lists of bookmarks, including lists organized by tags. Regular readers will be aware that I am currently undertaking an online  Rapid eLearning Development programme which is being facilitated by  @robhubbard. b) helps to promote what is a fantastic online learning programme. Ideally this should be some of the source written content for your final assignment. Social media. Policy. Business.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011
    [Providers] Craig’s Thoughts on Learning Podcast #1 – Action Mapping
    The purpose of the conversation was to further promote the thinking that elearning is not just the traditional ‘click-next’ type of elearning that many of us are used to and that podcasting is a relatively simple (and far quicker way of producing a learning resource) whilst also providing a period of reflection for the attendees themselves. In this, my first podcast, I am joined by a small number of my organisations elearning authors, Steven Mahay, Geoff Owens, Andrew Pilkington & Chris Hyndman to discuss an Action Mapping session that I had just facilitated.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2011
    [Providers] My first taste of Pecha Kucha.
    …was provided to me by Clive Shepherd at the 2010 eLN showcase. Clive’s effort when combined with fantastic Pecha Kuchas (PKs) from Barry Sampson and Phil Green was enough to inspire me that PK was something I needed to have an attempt at… now it was just a case of waiting for the right opportunity… That opportunity arose at a recent eLearning Network event , where myself, @KimSGeorge and @fionaleteney each delivered a Pecha Kucha session. chose to talk about how my organisation had utilised technology to enhance it’s assessment processes. Did I enjoy it?
  • TAYLORING IT  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011
    [Providers] Podcast #6: Tick, tick, tick, tick in the box
    Pristine Condition manual handling training provider. Craig chats with Stephanie Dedhar , Col Hawksworth and Sam Burrough on the subject of compliance training, their best and worse experiences of it and what we in the Learning Technologies field can do to enhance its reputation. Download podcast in mp3 format: Tick, tick, tick, tick in the box. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Shownotes. Innovation in compliance training (blog post ). Training is about telling people what they should and should not do… (blog post). steps to compliance greatness (Stephanie’s blog post).
  • TAYLORING IT  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011
    [Providers] Have you ever struggled…
    Have you ever struggled to provide assistance to somebody else who was struggling with an IT application? …… with a function in an IT application? If the answer to either is “Yes”, then could I be cheeky enough to ask you to take part in this survey? link]. There are only 2 questions and I’m not looking for any lengthy responses, a couple or words or a sentence will be sufficient. The results will be used as part of a workshop I am facilitating for the eLearning Network on the 08th April 2011 on the subject of screencasting. Share/Bookmark.
  • SPICY LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011
    [Providers] Saffron Interactive is a Top 20 Learning Portal Company again!
    TrainingIndustry.com shortlists 20 training companies each year whom they judge to be outstanding in terms of the breadth of capabilities they provide, their innovation, the number and strength of their clients and their commitment to the corporate training industry. Saffron Interactive is proud to announce its inclusion in the 2011 Top 20 Learning Portal Companies for the second year running. Saffron is delighted to have once again received this recognition of their achievements.
  • STEVE HOWARD  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2008
    [Providers] Adobe shows off Captivate 4 and the Adobe eLearning Suite
    Choose File > New Widget in Flash from the Captivate 4 menu and, provided you have Flash CS4 installed, a new Flash file opens that includes the base ActionScript code required to start building your own widgets. This is pretty easy to do, as demonstrated above, but Captivate 4 will allow us to publish directly to pdf in a single step provided we have Acrobat Pro 9 installed. At the Adobe Learning Summit in San Jose, November 10th, Adobe showed several exciting new features from the next version of Captivate and from the up-coming eLearning Suite. becomes.
  • STEVE HOWARD  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [Providers] Adobe eLearning Suite Announced
    To further boost engagement, learning professionals can use system and custom variables to provide learners with a personalized learning experience. Adobe , Captivate , ELS , eLearning Suite , Device Central. Adobe has released the eagerly-awaited eLearning Suite. Offering seven innovative applications in one complete, integrated package, Adobe eLearning Suite combines full new versions of: Adobe Captivate® 4 Go beyond screen capture to author rich eLearning experiences. Adobe Flash® CS4 Professional with Learning Interactions Create and deliver rich interactive content. SAN JOSE, Calif.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2011
    [Providers] Numbers Talk -- Evaluation Matters
    These measurement models provide a flexible framework that offer pragmatic data capture and analysis processes to indicate, or not, business impact of leadership development. As our research indicates, effective leadership development will ensure that your organization stays in the race no matter what changes occur or crises arise. With more organizations prioritizing and investing in leadership development, more CEOs are demanding proof of the investment value. In my opinion, this is so for at least three reasons: 1. Reasons for Evaluating Leadership Development. Until next time&helli
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011
    [Providers] Hurricane Performance Appraisal: Will Your Organization Hide in the Cellar, Board Up the Windows or Party?
    Organizations that know why they manage performance and what they expect to get from it, align performance management with the organization’s culture, goals and strategy, and focus on providing actionable feedback to employees will be the ones partying away this winter. It is coming – the annual performance appraisal. Similar to when a hurricane is about to make landfall, some organizations are already prepared (and thus looking for the nearest hurricane party!), ignore the problems with the process and keep on doing the same old thing).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Level 5 Leadership (By Jim Collins. Wonderful resource!)
    This site provides bundles of knowledge in this area. This wonderful resource might just provide some useful guidance. Link to JimCollins.com Do you want to know what makes a great leader? How to become a great company? What are the ingredients of a great company? What kind of characteristics do great leaders have? How do good companies become great? Also, you can download audio Q&A files (Lecture Hall) covering everything from characteristics of a great leader to the hedgehog concept. Visit the site! Study the resources!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Creating Educational Games for Online Courses!
    Thiagi: [link] Thiagi updates this web site every week to provide you with free training games, instructional activities, puzzles, online learning activities, web-based games, and creative training techniques. WebCT Game Community: [link] Highlighted resources: [link] They provide discussion areas and resources that can be categorized into three general areas: o designing and developing games that can be easily modified for use in online courses, o finding, modifying and deploying customizable games in online courses, and o Researching the effectiveness of games in online learning.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2007
    [Providers] Top-Ten Teaching and Learning Issues (2007)
    HTML Version: [link] PDF Version: [link] Authors: John P. Campbell, Diana G. Oblinger, and Colleagues "Creating a culture of evidence tops the list of important issues as the academic technology profession moves to an “Instruction 2.0” In short, show me the evidence of learning outcomes (or improvement) and you will get the support. Easier said than done :) "If it ain't fixed, don't be afraid to explore new ways!" I suppose that sums up the current state of higher education around the world :). learning teaching and learning
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Open University Malaysia (e-Learning Review)
    An excellent component, which provides useful guidelines and tips on education and life in OUM. It's mission is: To provide innovative quality services and products that exceed tutors? Training Consultancy - Provides quality training and consultancy in ODL Pedagogy. The Centre's objectives are: To provide Quality Assurance services including planning, facilitating, supporting and monitoring OUM?s To provide Pre-award Management Services for research and innovation including contractual and information dissemination. quality assurance processes. University
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Planning for Neomillennial Learning Styles
    learning style will prompt a shift to active construction of knowledge through mediated immersion" Rapid advances in information technology are reshaping the learning styles of many students in higher education.Over the next decade, three complementary interfaces to information technology will shape how people learn: The familiar world to the desktop interface, providing access to distant experts and archives and enabling collaborations, mentoring relationships, and virtual communities of practice. Link to article (By Chris Dede) "Shifts in students? Yes, I am already getting immersed!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Quality in e-Learning from a Learner's Perspective
    It is important to acknowledge that quality of a learning process is not something that is delivered to a learner by an e-learning provider but rather constitutes a process of co-production between the learner and the learning-environment. Everyone involved in education (lecturers, learners, LMS providers, software developer, etc.) Link to article (By Ulf-D. Ehlers. Best Paper Award at the Third EDEN Research Workshop 2004, Oldenburg, Germany) ".In the discussion about the best strategy for e-learning it becomes more an more clear that e-learning has to be based on the learner.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Game-based Learning: An x-Learn Perspective Paper
    In truth, games are much more powerful; they provide situated experiences in which players are immersed in complex, problem solving tasks. Good games teach players more than just facts; they provide ways seeing and understanding problems and, critically, supply opportunities to become different kinds of people. Link to Game-based Learning paper (620 KB PDF file. Games are now a multi-billion dollar industry, and new conferences, journals, and research initiatives are all competing to become the home of serious gaming. Have fun reading! educational gaming
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Learning Objects: A Practical Definition (By Rory McGreal)
    Rory McGreal provides a rationale to relate variations in terminology into a single practical definition of Learning Objects. Link to article "Learning objects make it unnecessary to have thousands of iterations of the same teaching point. Metadata makes it possible to select and integrate relevant learning experiences from a relatively small library of learning objects. Reusable learning objects permit lessons to be generated and customized for specific groups or even for individuals. instructional design
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] The Campus Computing Project (US)
    The US Campus Computing Project also provides the foundation for affiliated research projects in other nations, including Brazil (University of Sao Paulo), China (Peking University), Hong Kong (University of Hong Kong), and South Korea (Ewha Woman?s Link to Computing Project "Begun in 1990, The Campus Computing Project is the largest continuing study of the role of information technology in American higher education. University). learning
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2007
    [Providers] Effective Teaching with PowerPoint: A Learning Theory Approach
    Display the content with distinctive features Providing Learning Guidance - Semantic Encoding. Providing Feedback - Reinforcement. Provide spaced reviews and varied practice. Link to resource (By David M. Antonacci) "This presentation examines teaching and learning from an information-processing perspective, using the events of instruction developed by Robert Gagne. It shows you how to apply these ideas to developing PowerPoint presentations that effectively support instruction. Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction: Gaining Attention - Reception. Use abrupt stimulus change.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] Virtual Instructional Designer
    The purpose of the VID is to provide 24/7 desktop access for faculty to instructional design assistance on the process of developing online instruction or courses. Click here to visit/register Virtual Instructional Designer "The Virtual Instructional Designer (VID) is a Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnership (LAAP) grant-funded project to create a Web-based performance tool for post-secondary faculty designing Web-based distance courses. Excellent for SMEs (Facilitators, tutors, lecturers, etc.) and Instructional Designers! Register now! It's Free!). instructional design
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] Learnactivity (By Daniel Churchill)
    The site provides growing collection of learning objects, e-lessons and other exemplary practical applications of technology for learning that might be useful to students, teachers, researchers and learning designers. ". Click here to visit Learnactivity site "The Learnactivity site, developed and maintained by Daniel Churchill , explores innovative approaches to use of technology for learning. instructional design
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] Guidelines for Authors of Learning Objects (By Rachel Smith)
    Click here to visit NMC Learning Object Initiative "This practitioner-focused monograph, authored by Rachel Smith and produced with sponsorship from McGraw-Hill, provides straightforward suggestions and tips for authors of learning objects. Included topics are the range and types of learning objects, pedagogical and design considerations, as well as discussions of standards, metadata, interoperability, and reusability. " " Download the Guidelines for Authors of Learning Objects (PDF,1.6 instructional design
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] Web Survey Guidelines (By Malcolm Conway)
    Provide a help number and a number to report problems. Monitor the results as they arrive and provide summaries of the data in real time for review. Click here to view full article "When administering electronic surveys, consider the following tips: Protect Web surveys with passwords. Check the reliability of the hardware, the software, telecommunications, and the computer networks over which the questionnaire is administered. Offer a fax or other hard copy alternative to respondents who may not be able to take the electronic version of the survey. complete? input, if possible.".
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] Better Practice Checklists (By AGIMO)
    The checklists are short documents which provide information in a simple, non-technical manner." Here are a few interesting Better Practice Checklists (visit AGIMO to view the rest): Providing Form Online Website Navigation Testing Websites with Users Use of Metadata for Web Resources Managing Online Content Selecting a Content Management System Implementing a Content Management System Knowledge Management Information Architecture for Websites Digitisation of Records Access and Equity Issues for Websites. teaching and learning
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007
    [Providers] The the Map of Creativity (Flash version)
    The Next Generation Foundation (NGF) exists to promote a 'culture of creativity' by providing exceptional educators working in marginalised communities with opportunities to learn new skills, by supporting exemplary projects around the world, and by providing a platform for dialogue, debate and exchange of ideas. Link to the Map of Creativity "The Map of Creativity is a user-friendly, interactive database of innovative educational projects throughout the world. learning skills
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2007
    [Providers] CourseLab (100% Free e-learning authoring tool?)
    No demo versions (What about no cost for Extras?) ", provides the kind of happiness that can turn into frustration if you do not read between the lines. URL: [link] Download: [link] Showcase Samples: [link] "CourseLab is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, e-learning authoring tool that offers programming-free WYSIWYG environment for creating high-quality interactive e-learning content which can be published on the Internet, Learning Management Systems (LMS), CD-ROMS and other devices.It No time limits. They might argue that the authoring tool is free, but you need to pay for the Extras.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2007
    [Providers] FreeMind - Free Mind Mapping Software
    Along with the advantage of unlimited free usage, it provides extensive export capabilities. URL: [link] "FreeMind is a free mind mapping application written in Java. FreeMind is licensed under the GNU General Public License. An XHTML export allows you to create a mapped image with links to a folding outline. What follows are the most notable features of FreeMind. Folding of branches Exports to HTML, XHTML, PNG, JPEG, SVG, PDF, Flash Icons on nodes Clouds around branches Graphical links connecting nodes Search restricted to single branches Web and file hyperlinks from nodes.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] 50 Ideas + 15 tools for Free (or low cost) E-Learning
    Also, it provides many useful ideas to fuel our minds on thinking wiser in terms of e-learning implementation, usage and practice. Link to free white paper:50 Ideas for Free E-Learning (PDF, 658 KB. By Matthew Fox at Kineo) "Matthew Fox at Kineo reviews 15 free or low cost tools and gives 50 ideas on how to use them in your own organization." An excellent 58 page free article or white paper worth reading (or at least browse through). Who said that e-learning needs to be time consuming or expensive? Who came up with that funny term " White paper "? Another funny one is "Blue Print".
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007
    [Providers] Learning From Disappointment: When Learning Solutions Fail to Deliver
    Link to article (By Jack J. Phillips, Ph.D.) More than 500 impact studies have been conducted or reviewed. Some studies show positive results; others are not so positive?often often yielding negative returns on investment. Along the way, we have observed repeat patterns of issues that inhibit or enhance results. In every impact study, the major barriers, obstacles and inhibitors to the transfer of learning are always collected, revealing the impediments to success for a particular program. Even when the program is successful, issues are identified that prevent more impressive results."
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2007
    [Providers] What Good Teachers Say About Teaching (Berkeley)
    Students' engagement with the subject is enhanced by knowing about the teacher's own research, and the interaction with students often provides new insights into the research. Article: [link] A-Z Index (short essays): [link] "At the University of California at Berkeley, the Distinguished Teaching Award was instituted in 1959 to recognize and reward excellence in teaching. On at least ten propositions, the contributors are in near or total agreement: The teacher's main task is to guide students through the learning process , not to dispense information. The mediocre teacher tells.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2007
    [Providers] Schoolr (All-In-One Online Research Tool)
    Better yet, why not create a tool that enables us to add whatever tools we want to use for online researching (By the way the 'r' in Schoolr stands for 'research'), providing us the flexibility to access all our personal favorite juicy research tools from one site , saving us precious time. Since the search fields on Schoolr are linked directly to the sites they represent, it should not be difficult to add more (Though, information overload might kick-in). Enough!!!! As far as I understand (after watching the Channel News video. Yeah, I liked the 'Chicken Little' promotion method, too!),
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2007
    [Providers] Level 5 Leadership (By Jim Collins)
    This site provides bundles of knowledge in this area. This wonderful resource might just provide some useful guidance. URL: [link] Do you want to know what makes a great leader? How to become a great company? What are the ingredients of a great company? What kind of characteristics do great leaders have? How do good companies become great? Also, you can download audio Q&A files ( Lecture Hall ) covering everything from characteristics of a great leader to the hedgehog concept. Visit the site! Study the resources! Learning is easy and fun, if you really want to learn!"
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2007
    [Providers] Webometrics Ranking (South-East Asia Strikes Back?)
    If not do something about it, we should at least understand a bit about the methodology used and explore the best practices provided. the four indicators were obtained from the quantitative results provided by the main search engines as follows: Size (S) - Number of pages recovered from four engines: Google, Yahoo, Live Search and Exalead. Scholar (Sc) - Google Scholar provides the number of papers and citations for each academic domain. Blame it on the rain? Blame it on the methodology used? Blame it on the English language preference? Take a 'Who cares!' attitude? Ethics?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2007
    [Providers] 30-Minute Masters in Instructional Design (Clive Shepherd)
    Interestingly and seriously, according to the authors anyone can build their own 30-minute masters course based in whole or in part on these materials provided on this site. URL: [link] IDEA? The 30-minute masters originated from a discussion between Cammy Bean and myself (Clive Shepherd) at the Boston eLearning Guild Annual Gathering earlier this year. We set out to develop a curriculum that could teach subject experts and generalist trainers the essentials of instructional design in just 30 minutes (The 30-minute masters will be presented at DevLearn 2007 ).more more " GOAL?
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