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    [Providers] The Displacement Hypothesis -- a tangentially-related research study
    Results provide experimental evidence that video games may displace after-school activities that have educational value and may interfere with the development of reading and writing skills in some children. The Displacement Hypothesis says that one activity can displace another activity. In the following research by Robert Weis and Brittany Cerankosky, boys given video games (1) did worse in school, (2) spent less time in other after-school activities, (3) had more behavioral problems, and (4) had lower reading and writing scores. Social Networking. Web Surfing. Blogs. RSS following.
    [Providers] My Sim Predictions from 1999
    To meet this challenge effectively, employers of choice will provide sophisticated business simulations with the following characteristics: Employees will take on new roles, be presented explicit challenges and make decisions in a convincing, computer-generated environment. In 1999, when I was an analyst at Gartner, I made the following set of predictions. Simulated experiences are real experience s: Enterprises attempting to attract and retain people aged 30 or younger will need to offer virtual business simulations as a significant part of their learning programs.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010
    [Providers] Contest: Test Your 3D Instructional Design Skills and Win Some Money
    Caspian Learning will also be providing designers with free trial copies of their proprietary 3d engine and authoring tool, Thinking Worlds , to allow them to take part in the challenge. Here is a contest where you can put your design skills to use and win some nifty software: Caspian Learning today announced their plans to launch a Serious Games Challenge worth £3000 ($4, 514.79 USD) worth of software to the winner. The competition is free to enter and open to all aspiring instructional designers.
    [Providers] Conference round up - ELN Event Summary
    They’ve learnt of the need to understand differences at a ‘local’ level in order to provide training at a ‘national’ level, and of course e-learning consistently delivers content to an agreed national standard. They adapt the e-learning for these different tribes in the organisation – this includes the creation of a series of A5 sized cards used for reference and to provide insight. The e-learning Network held its most recent event on Friday 5th March 2010 in London with the theme – “Proven Recipes for Learning Success&#.
    [Providers] A Hierarchy of Learning
    There are at least three levels of understanding that can allow one to realise the significance of a scientific idea, such as the thermodynamic principles that were put to use in the construction of the air-conditioning units: It works provided certain conditions are met according to a recipe for installation. My work environment has been a bit noisy lately. The school is having the roof renovated. The building’s air-conditioning units have been disconnected during the time of this refurbishment. Other units were similarly introduced at points throughout the building.
    [Providers] A response to Blake Lapthorn, acting on behalf of PowWow Water
    Finally your letter lists 13 anonymous users and tells me that I should provide you with the IP addresses of those individuals, under threat of further action. Please note for context purposes that the below blog is the full transcript of a letter I have today sent in reply to correspondance received from Blake Lapthorn Solicitors, acting on behalf of PowWow Water. Blake Lapthorn requested that their letter should not be published and I respect this decision. Reference: PowWow Water Blog. FOR PUBLICATION. Dear Sirs. Firstly allow me to correct a small issue with your correspondence.
    [Providers] Your organisations next Facebook policy
    Currently, in order to get close to any of the benefits that a website like Facebook could provide your company, you first have to jump over all of the associated ‘risks’ that get thrown at you. So then let’s look to embrace the opportunity that providing access to Facebook will give us. If at any time during your working day you find yourself with a free moment, it is company policy that you MUST logon to your favourite social network and have a play about. Do this until more work arrives. No exceptions. It’s a mindset, one of a previous generation. This sucks.
    [Providers] iSpring 5.0 Product Family
    provides full support of Microsoft Office 2010, including new PowerPoint 2010 features, like new transition effects and control of inserted video playback. iSpring products provide PowerPoint to Flash conversion - along with e-Learning components like quizzes and LMS compliance. iSpring 5.0 The updated iSpring products are Windows 7 and both Office 2010 32-bit and 64-bit compatible. They also support embedded audio, video and Flash. You can customize the player and include YouTube videos. Check it out: [link
    [Providers] 5 Reasons Why I Decided to Buy Articulate Studio 09
    Articulate has definitely proven that it provides what I was looking for and many other benefits that I was not aware of. I'm just finishing up my test drive of Articulate Studio 09 and I am sold on driving my own version off the lot. As I discussed in my post " Articulate, Captivate, Both, Or.? ", I have been using Adobe Captivate but would like something that integrates with Power Point and speeds up the development process. Here are 5 reasons why I decided to pay the price for Articulate Studio 09. This is no problem with Articulate. Related Posts: Articulate, Captivate, Both.or?
    [Providers] Engaging the growing numbers of remote workers….
    Support staff visit employees at their chosen working location to provide mentoring and support on the courses they are taking, to talk through any issues and help them overcome any difficulties. Companies may assign each office or department with an e-learning champion – for example, a director champion may be in place to engage with managers and an admin champion to answer questions on e-learning and provide support to all those completing their training. 11% of the UK workforce are now “ remote ,” which equates to 3.5 ways of engaging remote workers. Personalised Learning.
    [Providers] Pass your certification exams, or get your money back!
    We’re hoping that this programme will provide organisations with the opportunity to try out our e-learning courses with minimal risk whilst maximising training budgets and investment. By offering a 100% money back guarantee we are providing our customers with the peace of mind that they are partnering with a company that delivers on price without compromising on quality. The guarantee promises to refund users of our IT Certification training if they fail their exam after completing the relevant ThirdForce course. Commented Mashood Rahman, Strategic Sales at ThirdForce.
    [Providers] Engaging the growing numbers of remote workers….
    Support staff visit employees at their chosen working location to provide mentoring and support on the courses they are taking, to talk through any issues and help them overcome any difficulties. Companies may assign each office or department with an e-learning champion – for example, a director champion may be in place to engage with managers and an admin champion to answer questions on e-learning and provide support to all those completing their training. 11% of the UK workforce are now “ remote ,” which equates to 3.5 ways of engaging remote workers. Personalised Learning.
    [Providers] Ten Technologies to watch in 2010
    However we think L&D organisations will be required to do better at providing metrics and business cases for their services. We’ll start to see these being integrated into LMS’s in 2010 providing users with significant benefits. Innovation coming out of a recession is unpredictable; however some clear trends are becoming apparent. It’s time for the annual list of ten technologies to look out for in 2010. 1/ Microsoft Windows 7. Windows 7 was released to very positive reviews on October 22nd and in fact beat Vista’s initial sales by 234%. 2/ Budgets won’t be as tight in 2010.
    [Providers] Mobile learning for development workshops by Great researchers
    These workshops will provide participants with the capacity to design their own solutions using mobile and social technologies. Over the years I have met both Niall Winters and Yishay Mor on many occasions. They are both strong believers in empowering people. They just finished the first of a series of workshops on the topic of mobile learning and. if you can join them in the upcoming workshops, do it (I will if I can), you are bound to learn a lot! What is it all about? If you have great mobile projects and you are willing to share your input send them a message.
    [Providers] Does the Big Question Make Sense Anymore?
    And since many of the responses provided (in comments and via blog posts) suggested that snacking is just fine, it seems hypocritical to say - “Well that kind of defeats a key purpose of the Big Question.” I’ve been facilitating the Big Question on ASTD’s Learning Circuit’s blog since sometime in 2006. Last month’s big question was Instruction in a Information Snacking Culture? The question was all about how we consume and work with information: People seem to be spending less time going through information in depth and less willing to spend time on information. But it does (and I am).
    [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.
  • ELEARNING 24-7  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2010
    [Providers] LMS/LCMS Puzzlers
    If you could get the key features (that all good WC’s provide – please see my blog article on Web Conferencing); wouldn’t you be more enticed to look at that solution? Just some thoughts that puzzle me on why some LMS/LCMS vendors (okay over 98% of them) are still in some time warp from the Eighties when it comes time to enhance their services and technological solutions.  Here are some gems they just fail to grasp: FREE CUSTOMER SERVICE AND TECH SUPPORT. know its a novel idea. You (your administrator or yourself and NOT your end users). love their arguments. Fantastic.
    [Providers] When is a SME not a SME, but a MIRAGE…
    What to do: get their input on the “big picture” of the project; provide regular status updates; include them in the review cycles, but not as the only or primary reviewer. What to do: Obtain as much information as possible from other sources; identify what only they can provide, and at what key point in the project you need it; find out their preferred way to communicate and use it (list of email questions instead of a phone call, for instance). A charming, eloquent, punctual, knowledge, available, eager SME is one of the working world’s greatest gifts. What can you do about it?
    [Providers] How the contents of my handbag help me to write
    Hopefully that made you smile and warm to me as a writer because I expressed something individual, something that goes beyond providing straightforward information. I’m currently reading a book by writer and consultant John Simmons, Dark Angels: How Writing Releases Creativity At Work , which has got me gripped. As an instructional designer at Saffron, my job involves writing - and lots of it. Every course I write is on a different topic and therefore demands a different style and tone, focused towards a particular audience. Not even lists can be boring.’ Mirror.
    [Providers] Creating a "Story" as the Foundation for Virtual World Learning Events
    Both of those outcomes provide opportunities for feedback and learning. Good stories shouldn't be relegate to only reading a novel on the beach, use them to promote learning! Storytelling is a powerful instructional tool, stories help learners contextualize information and gives them an experience-base from which they can recall techniques and actions when encountering the same situation at work. With virtual worlds, we can expand the use of storytelling. In a 3D virtual world, the learner is not just observing a story or scenario, the learner becomes a character within the story.
    [Providers] Create an Unforgettable First Impression with e-Learning
    Moreover, a well planned orientation can provide a consistent introduction to the company, its policies, its values. The excitement of working for a company committed to providing a great experience for every customer, his confidence that tomorrow would be better than today, and his absolute delight that he and the new employee would be on the same team. When built by experienced developers, e-Learning can be easily and economically updated and delivered, providing just-in-time training to employees when and where they need it. EASY UPDATES. What did he talk about?
  • CONVERGE  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2008
    [Providers] Is there Patient Education in the House?
    Working with leading medical providers in central Pennsylvania such as Jackson Gastroenterology and the Penn State Milton S. Research shows that patients who understand their medical condition and have reasonable expectations concerning the outcome of their treatment are less likely to sue their health care provider. The patient-physician relationship should be characterized by trust based on confidence in the physician’s skills and the accuracy of information provided. In educational jargon the event that triggers this desire is called a “teachable moment.” This is good.
    [Providers] Advance Your Learning Program with Technology
    Over 60% saw opportunities in providing programs to external audiences such as customers, distributors and others in the value chain. Recently, I spoke to a group of training professionals who are members of the local chapter of ASTD (American Society of Training and Development ) about current use of learning technologies. As part of the program, we used an interactive response system to engage the attendees and gauge their experiences and attitudes on the subject. So, what’s getting in their way? Here, I was surprised to see that no one selected organization management.
    [Providers] Transforming Learning in Your Organization
    You may also envision that all learning activities correlate to your organization’s mission and provides a measurable return on investment. Step back for a moment and look at how you’re delivering training in your organization today. You may have a mix of classroom-based courses, online instructor-led programs and maybe some self-paced online courses. Some of the courses may be custom-created while others may be off-the-shelf or more generic to your industry. Some may be developed in-house while others may be from consultants.
    [Providers] Six Learning Demands of a Recovering Economy
    By being innovative in how you collaborate with learning providers, you can quickly grow your organizational learning with the recovering economy and gain a competitive advantage. The economic challenges of the last two years have weakened many training organizations. According to training industry experts Bersin & Associates, the U.S. corporate training market shrunk from $56.2 billion in 2008 to $48.2 billion in 2009 – a decline of 14%. With reduced staffs and budgets, corporate learning programs struggled to maintain even minimal offerings. .
    [Providers] Blended Learning and Systems Training
    Often blended learning is used to optimize in-class and one-on-one training time by providing foundational content (e.g., Provide learners with a safe environment to practice using the CMS in a training mode or simulated version of the system. What’s the best way to teach a large group of employees how to use a new internal system? In-class training with hands-on practice. Complete user guide in PDF format. Learning modules. blend of all the above. For a large group of employees with varying skill levels, the blended learning approach is the ideal solution.
    [Providers] Today’s Range of e-Learning Solutions
    rapidly developed module may be all that is necessary to provide an effective, economical learning solution, and one that is much more valuable than no training at all. Training leaders today need to consider a wide range of e-Learning and blended learning approaches to accomplish their objectives. Frequently, I see organizations use rapidly developed e-Learning modules as the solution to all learning needs. Others may conduct all of their training in the classroom or through Web-Ex or some other single approach. Considerations when searching for the best e-Learning solution.
    [Providers] Why an Instructional Design Degree from Bloomsburg University ROCKS our Community!
    The CAC also provides internship opportunities, graduate assistant funding and project work that directly involves students, thus meeting the expressed need of students to integrate their academic learning with real-world experiences. The CAC also provides direct input and feedback for new curriculum directions and innovations. As well as provided support for such local (in Bloomsburg) companies as ASP Platform Services , Touche EDI , Keystone National High School and SusQ-cyber Charter School. It is a great calling.
    [Providers] How much "innovation" do e-learning providers really want?
    There's a big question here (a virtual elephant in the room): when e-learning providers talk about "innovation", what do they really mean? So how much innovation do e-learning providers really want? In my previous posting I suggested that the lack of widespread innovation around the e-learning industry was a result of the unhealthy, cautious relationships established between buyers and suppliers of e-learning products and services. This issue of innovation is niggling at me, not least because my business is innovation. don't think so. Not much I reckon
    [Providers] "Don't Touch/Wet Paint!" - "E"-Learning Vendors Try to Go "M"
    In fact, it is a "white paper" only in the sense that it's three total pages include a cover that's mostly white space balanced by a final page with only 7 total lines of text (and some disclaimers/addresses) along with a single page of information sandwiched in-between providing marginal tangible value and including several incorrect statements (e.g., I had a good chuckle today after receiving my latest emailed copy of the eLearning Guild 's eLearningInsider update. Ahh, the anticipation of discovering what "the big boys" are up to felt close at hand. Come on, SumTotal!
    [Providers] How do managers actually learn?
    For the last ten years at GoodPractice we’ve been fascinated by one question: How can organisations provide support to leaders and managers to improve their performance as work? We’ve spent the last couple of weeks writing and developing new content which we’re very excited about. To answer this, we need to understand what helps leaders and managers perform more effectively, and what they do when faced with workplace challenges. As a taster, managers find informal learning activities to be very effective.
    [Providers] Virtually There: The Top Ten Best Practices for Implementing Virtual Worlds
    In simplest terms, providing a social space such as a café or a lounge near your learning space will encourage your learners to chat and engage in informal learning. by Rich Mesch  . m hoping you’ll join me on March 24, 2010 at the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando, FL. Besides the obvious draws of warm weather and Disney frolics, you can stop by and hear my presentation, Virtually There: The Top Ten Best Practices for Implementing Virtual Worlds. wanted to use some blogspace to share the best practices. Today’s focus is on number 5, “Redefine the word ‘content.’”
  • LITMOS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010
    [Providers] Research Indicates Growth in Online Corporate Training
    The obstacles cited by employers to providing more training, are increasingly easy to overcome by choosing an online solution that offers a simple way to deliver, manage and track content and coursework. A new survey released last week by Citrix Online and Kelton Research of 1,100 businesses and 4,300 workers in Britain, France and Germany shows some very positive results for the online training industry. Schnicker.
    [Providers] How about a 12.5% increase on $8,000,000,000 in sales?
    the avatar coach provided useful insights and advice on customers and selling After the short video introduction, please consider this post and leave your comments. If you’ve been around sales and sales training long enough, you’ve seen and heard pretty much everything. But in the end, growing revenues is the ultimate proof of results. And really, you’re still just qualifying, recommending, overcoming objections and what really changes? Maybe it’s not the what that changes; maybe it’s the how. In this case, I’m talking about how you prepare , to improve sales results.
    [Providers] Why is e-learning just plain wrong?
    This category overview module provides greater context and meaning , as learners move on to a non-linear exploration of feature/benefit information. After the short video introduction, please consider this post and leave your comments. We aren’t taught to learn. We grow up doing it naturally: through exploration, example, and experimentation. Think about it: ever since that first’ve avoided hot stoves, right? That’s because you’re an awesome, natural born, mean, lean, learning machine! Now think about your e-learning program. Or is your program more e-reading than e-learning?
    [Providers] Mobile E-learning Publishing: iPad, iPhone, or Kindle – Which do iChoose?
    We are currently working on an app for the iPhone and feel this will provide us with an opportunity to understand how we can best use this format to help promote larger print-based projects and also bring interactivity to those publications that are place-based, procedural and fit the metaphor of a field guide. What remains to be seen is whether the iPad will allow users to import Epub documents directly into their device from a non-iTunes repository , which would provide a much needed nod to more equitable access What did their “stealth” analysis uncover?
    [Providers] What every L&D professional needs to know about e-learning - tell us what you thought!
    It was originally created to provide a quick snapshot of the current e-learning landscape to help L&D professionals highlight the opportunties that new technologies. If I'm honest it provided me with the knowledge I should really have known! Have you recently downloaded or picking up your free copy of 'What every L&D professional needs to know about e-learning' - if so we'd love to know what you thought! And it was made for sharing! We have had some really interesting feedback on how people have been using the resource: This was first class: simple, and accessable.
    [Providers] RIP Training Magazine
    The help Training provided in the early days of my career is so significant that I discussed it in my doctoral dissertation. I apologize for the length of this, but eulogies bring out the wordiness in me. Tuesday morning brought the sad, but not surprising, news that 41-year-old Training Magazine will cease publication with its March 2010 issue. From my view, the magazine had been in a downward spiral since its sale by Lakewood Publications to VNU Business Media and then again to Nielsen Business Media. don't know how it held on for as long as it did. owe Training Magazine a great deal.
    [Providers] In Response to Collaboration Provides Autonomy
    From: Anecdote: Collaboration provides autonomy A very short post from Anecdote, the para jumps out at you, not only because it is the first para in a post that is 3 paragraphs long, but because of the underlying message it conveys. Last week I started a new Making Strategies Stick project with a large IT company. The guys I'm working with are the technical sales folk and as we were working out their strategic story they mentioned that the passion that was once there for their products seemed to be waning among some of their technical specialists.
    [Providers] Discovery Methodology for a Learning Continuum
    The purpose of this document is to provide a guide for accomplishing discovery that defines attributes of a learning environment, in particular, the work context – when and where learning moments of need are manifest. It is essential that these attributes are identified in early planning stages in any project where learning assets are created to ensure design decisions are not negatively impacted by variables within the learner’s work environment.
    [Providers] Blending Formal and Informal Learning at EMC
    I just quick wanted to share this blended learning graphic from EMC , a provider of information infrastructure systems (and thanks for letting me use it!). Because they’ve acquired over 35 companies in the last five years (and have 50 new product launches each quarter), they have 10,000+ people who need an in-depth understanding of products. would call that a boatload. like how they used this three level approach. The formal components include rapid eLearning (Articulate), virtual classroom, and live instructor-led and workshop. nice model, isn’t it?
    [Providers] Using Elearning Resources and All That Gear
    Each resource set will provide teaching and learning material for a learner to achieve an associated NCEA Level 1 Science standard. Formative assessment can involve a teacher who provides feedback to the learner. This week I submitted my plans for three Science learning resources that I will be writing this year. The expectation is that the drafts will have an online component. say drafts, for when the resources are built and accessible to the learner, the intention is to amend and refine them, as part of an ongoing process, dependent on analysed feedback from the learner.
    [Providers] Forget the Kids--It's the Adults Online Who Need Critical Thinking Skills
    As a result, he says: Today's media environment provides an opportunity--and responsibility--for parents and schools to teach critical thinking. Stephen Downes points to a column by Larry Magid on the need for today's young people to develop critical thinking skills that will help them better evaluate what they read online. In it, Magid talks about the fact that in the old days" of mass media we had "trusted" news sources that we could generally rely on for the "truth." With the proliferation of media in the Internet age, this has changed. and "How do I know it's true?
    [Providers] It's Not the Tool That's Boring. It's You.
    How many of you provide anything more than your lecture notes? Great post from Sarah Horrigan on a training she did with University staff on using virtual learning environments (VLE's).  Apparently there were complaints prior to the session about VLEs being "boring," that Sarah decided to face head on, pointing out that it's not the VLE that's boring. It's what instructors do with it. asked, 'How many of you put your lecture PowerPoints in the VLE?'. Lots of hands. Anyone put any additional activities in there?'. no hands. asked them what that might feel like for their students. Hands.
    [Providers] It’s Not (Only) About the Money
    Among the types of individual studies that were reviewed in the meta-analysis, a couple of specific examples help provide greater detail, and together they indicate improvement can occur in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Although it is true that much of our e-learning thinking these days revolves around money, our work is not only about the money. Through this troubled economic time, we must maintain some attention to our ultimate goals: effective teaching and learner success. USDoE graphic. systematic review by the U.S. It is probably more how the learners use the tools.
    [Providers] Virtual Immersive Environments: From Theory to Practice, Part 2: A Matter of Life and Death
    Although the classroom training provided opportunities for practice, it wasn’t very realistic; there’s a big difference between trying a skill in the classroom versus doing it in the midst of busy traffic, noisy construction, and unpredictable weather. by Rich Mesch. This is part 2 of series that started here. met Dr. Glynn Cavin at this year’s ASTD TechKnowledge conference. He shared with me some of the work he is doing using Virtual Immersive Environments, and was good enough to allow me to interview him for this article.—RM]. Is your training a matter of life and death?
    [Providers] Learning Technologies in 2010 - the definitive top 10 list
    We've case studies on site, such as B/T’s ‘Dare2Share’ and IBM , that provide good examples of this). With all political parties talking about a focus on skills as a key contributor to economic growth and the opportunities that a digital Britain can provide, we’d love to see our colleges and universities being encouraged to innovate! Introduction It’s that time of year when everyone seems to feel compelled to generate their list of ‘Top Ten Predictions’ for 2010 – or perhaps their Top Five or Top Seven!
    [Providers] X-Learning™ By The Numbers
    learning, as you may remember from other w/ blog posts: Allows learners to eXplore content at a pace, and in the order, of their choosing Provides avatar-driven eXplanations and demonstrations of successful approaches to common problems, and Builds eXperience through practice in a safe, simulated environment When we put these three elements of x-learning together, we’ve created what w/ calls a PowerSim™. We design a PowerSim to provide practice in differentiating between good choices and better choices. The coach provided useful insights and advice on customers and selling.
    [Providers] Skillsoft Goes Private
    SkillSoft (Nasdaq: SKIL) a provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses with a huge catalog of "off-the-shelf" courses in a variety of subjects from IT to business skills announced today that it will no longer be publicly held. In an announcement today, Skillsoft stated that a group of independent investors (investment firms) including Berkshire Partners LLC , Advent International Corporation and Bain Capital Partners, LLC will take Skillsoft private. billion. The problem? million, or $0.21
    [Providers] Growing Talent Gaps
    We spoke of the coming talent shortage due to baby boomers retiring, the need to narrow skills gaps to prep people for leadership roles, and to provide cross training and developmental projects to build necessary skills. It was just a few years ago that I was in the midst of kicking off a major succession plan across my organization. can recall the presentations we delivered to the executive team to garner their support. In these lean times I’ve sometimes wondered, were we wrong? The answer is no.  It’s hard to imagine these gaps are real when the job market is tight.
    [Providers] Mapping Out An X-learning™ PowerSim™ From w/
    What we are doing, is providing learners with: Opportunities to really eXplore product information Avatar-driven product selling eXplanations, and Unmatched eXperience, through valuable customer interaction and insightful coaching. We build an incredible amount of learning into our PowerSims. That's why, at first, they seem really complicated to put together. But once you understand the pieces and parts, they become much simpler. And then.what stands the knowledge and value that learners pack away from all of the well-focused practice. C'mon.that's that's not learning!
    [Providers] Converting Live Workshops to an Online Course (Part I)
    Design approaches for course conversion range from providing recorded webinar/ webcast series to purist academic approaches following formulas like William Horton’s Absorb—Do—Connect methodology to even more complex evaluation-driven design using a Quality Matters rubric. Deb says, “If there is a reason to have people take the workshop as a group, other than to make it more cost effective to deliver, then you have to explicitly try to build a community online by providing and encouraging student-to-student interaction. Provide a mixture of media.
    [Providers] My Subject Matter Expert Toolkit
    recommend providing an actual written job description. I recently presented a case study at the central Indiana ASTD fall conference. The focus of the case study was on using e-learning templates to facilitate rapid design. But as part of the presentation, I talked about how we managed a large group of SMEs (over 40 total) on the project. The room became alive and there were so many questions and comments I had to halt the discussion. had obviously hit a hot topic! Here are my tips for working successfully with subject matter experts: 1. etc.). What time is “end of day&# ?, etc.).
    [Providers] An Enterprise Communities of Practies Engine: Newsgator Aquires Tomoye
    Consolidation activity is picking up in the provider markets, and the market for enterprise social software is no exception (see Josh’s post yesterday about SuccessFactors and Inform ). Two of the leading providers for employee communities and Enterprise 2.0, Their expertise and focus on employee knowledge sharing made them one of the very few pure social software providers that has had a eye on social learning use cases all along. First, I presented to a packed house at ASTD’s TechKnowledge conference on choosing a social learning provider. David
    [Providers] How To Win The War On Ineffective e-Learning
    PowerSims eXplorations & eXplanations The eXploration and eXplanation elements provide an interactive overview that incorporates brand, customer, category and product information. The template allows subject matter experts to provide maximum value in minimum time, while screening out non-essential information. Each scenario provides a safe environment for learners to practice , make mistakes , and get the right feedback to become more successful. It's really better described as e?reading. reading. And companies? They're stuck with ineffective results.
    [Providers] Virtual World Vendor Forterra Systems Purchased by SAIC.
    With a complementary customer base and access to opportunities by virtue of its size and relationships, SAIC provides an opportunity for us to support existing customers as well as to work with new ones in new markets. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post called Not a Good Week for the Virtual Worlds Space where I reported, based on other reports, that Forterra Systems had laid off some of its workforce. It now looks like the large consultancy firm SAIC has purchased Forterra and is going to leverage the 3D capabilities as part of its offerings.
    [Providers] Here Data, Data, Data – LMS
    Your HR stakeholder can provide you with the name of the new employees you will need IT to pull, hence you need both people, and of course, the ones who have left the company – for you to remove. If you have to extract your data from your LMS/LCMS to generate a report because your system, currently does not provide that report; it may be time to look to a new vendor… Why? We all want to have the perfect LMS/LCMS when we purchase it and implement it into our workplace. So, we investigate, ask questions, perhaps do a RFP, ask more questions and then purchase.
    [Providers] Person in the Picture + great design methods: Janet Clarey from Brandon Hall Research
    These process modes and methods provide a tangible toolkit which support the seven d.mindsets ? Basically this 36 page document provides you with some great tools that can prevent you from ever getting stuck in an eLearning or writers block ever again. Over the years I have been enjoying Janet Clarey's blogpost s very much. They are insightful as well as practical. Her writing (and comments) also show her passion for the eLearning related job, and life in general. Janet is "an industry analyst and researcher. got this from the about section on her blog).
    [Providers] Understanding Web 2.0
    web user may see one page of information but it can come from more than one web technology or provider. Many mashups are done to combine air, hotel, and other reservation technologies to provide travel services in a one shop location. technologies are "living" technologies that are constantly updated and can provide a quick way to get information updated. Do you know the reasoning behind why the world-wide web was created? Hint: it was not to exchange music and books for credit card information) It was created to help people share information. Web 2.0 product. Web 2.0,
    [Providers] Don’t stop at access to e-learning—we need experience and opportunity
    In addition to providing access, educators and e-learning developers need to provide a memorable experience (experiential learning) and stepping stones for life’s next steps (opportunity). New technologies, such as those frequently discussed here, now provide an abundance of tools for educators to engage learners online. Education should provide the experience that creates opportunity. The term “access” is used with great frequency and sense of purpose in education these days. We’ve got our accessibility standards, an open access movement, and just plain access.
    [Providers] Learning in 3D! Why? How?
    This is what I liked about it: It tells you what, why, when, where, how, and provides a whole chapter (6) exploring numerous real success stories in using virtual worlds or 3D learning spaces beyond sitting around tables. The chapters flow beautifully from possibilities and today’s learning needs, to providing an easy-to-understand implementation framework supported by real examples, and then gives us a glimpse of how the future learning world is unfolding or going to unfold (as the Japanese say ‘ Innovate or Die’). How could I say no! Forget you, What about the book? THE BOOK?
    [Providers] Saffron develops SmartVideo™ Workbench
    Hanif Sazen, Saffron’s CEO, says ‘The toolkit provides a simple and intuitive interface for adding and previewing features, so anybody can quickly and easily turn existing video into SmartVideo ™.’ Saffron is proud to announce the development of its new SmartVideo ™ Workbench, an easy to use toolkit that can turn existing video into truly interactive training material. Quiz questions and text can be added to enhance the learning, while transcripts and translations ensure the video is accessible to as many people as possible.
    [Providers] Saffron sponsors and is shortlisted for IT Training Awards 2010
    Saffron Interactive is a leading UK based learning and training provider specialising in building bespoke online and mobile based learning solutions. Our solutions are always focused on providing clear and measurable outcomes that help you to meet your business objectives. Saffron Interactive, one of Europe’s leading e-learning, mobile and blended learning companies, is the official sponsor of the IT Training Awards 2010 champagne reception. The company has also been shortlisted in two high profile categories. About Saffron Interactive.  . This is why we’re in business.
    [Providers] Top 25 Posts and 4 Hot Topics in January - Best of eLearning Learning
    However, 5 Easy Tips for Teaching Online Courses - Learning Putty , January 18, 2010 Technology has provided us with the ability to take an online course from anywhere.  If you answered ‘yes’ then this link I am providing below was meant for you. Best of eLearning Learning. See First Top 25 eLearning Posts of 2010 - Best of eLearning Learning for the first Best of Post for the year.  And subscribe to the best of to receive these in an ongoing basis. This post covers the Best of from January 15, 2010 to January 31, 2010. Cognitive Psychology Anyone? Then, as I was.
    [Providers] Distance Education - Ed Tech 650
    Being that I am the lone instructional designer/eLearning developer in my company I don't have as many opportunities to learn from others in a formal learning environment like this class provides. At work, I mainly develop self paced eLearning courses so that project will provide the opportunity to use a work project and kill 2 birds with 1 stone. I'm excited about the class taught by Dr. Bob Hoffman because it really dives into the development side of eLearning by applying principles from the textbook; " Michael Allens Guide to eLearning."
    [Providers] Self managed learning - Engage or Die?
    At Towards Maturity through the research we undertake and the work we do with many employers and training providers, we know that securing adoption and engagement are critical success factors in harnessing learning technologies for business benefit. In this paper Robin Hoyle, Head of Learning @ Infinity Learning, offers an industry insight while posing the question for individual learners to be engaged with ‘self managed learning’ or to simply die! Robin examines some common scenarios and considers from the individual learners perspective: Why do I need to do this?
    [Providers] New Towards Maturity Workshops for 2010
    The aim is to provide independent advice on how to move forward with learning technologies, based on sound experience rather than abstract theories or over-hyped new fads. In the current tough economic climate, UK organisations are looking for learning interventions which can address needs quickly, flexibly and effectively. Only by using new learning technologies can these demands be met. As a result, we have teamed up with Clive Shepherd to create 2 interactive workshops. Over 40 stakeholders were involved in the programme to contribute to the strategy moving forward.
    [Providers] Towards Maturity announces new partnership with Elearnity
    Towards Maturity announces new partnership with Elearnity New partnership to provide L&D departments with resources and toolkits to improve the impact of learning technologies in large organisations was announced at Learning Technologies 2010 today. About Elearnity Elearnity is Europe’s leading independent Learning Analyst providing independent expert research, analysis and advice on corporate learning, e-learning and learning technologies. Elearnity provides expert independent advice to help organisations accelerate and de-risk their corporate learning innovations.
    [Providers] The Three Words Your Customer Must Know
    Training is learning that is provided in order to improve performance on the present job. If no reinforcement is provided then there is a very good chance that performance will decline (we loose what we do not use). Learning professionals and their customers often get themselves into trouble when they provided training solutions to educational learning problems. Another method is to provide a performance support solution. And they all implemented them in basically the same way — a training solution was provided. Because its one of the words. Training.
    [Providers] Working Weekends is BAD for You!
    The company also had teams of programmers building learning management systems (LMSs) for companies including some major US auto manufacturers and phone service providers. Have you seen the TV commercial with the three skiers on the lift, each with their app-infested phones? At least one is doing something related to work… . Then there’s the commercial showing a man poolside on vacation who tries to hide his laptop but his wife finds it anyway when she almost sits on it? These commercials make me crazy. Too many of us are working around the clock, seven days a week. To see.
    [Providers] Elearning Patterns and Predictions
    What provisions must administration provide in a school to ensure that the number of active learners in a teacher’s group is kept to a manageable level? The Band Shell - ISTE Island In 1972 I took my first permanent teaching job in an elite Edinburgh secondary school. Just the year before, it had been a private school. James Gillespie’s High School ( JGHS ) always prided itself on its high standard of education. Class size was among many factors that JGHS continued to maintain. It strove to have no more than 25 learners per class. The size of my list is now well over 60.
    [Providers] mLearning Content Types - Level 5: Courseware
    As with elearning, HTML provides a platform to create content from the simplest of page-turners to a highly interactive learning experience. Level 5: Content and Courseware NOTE: This is part 6 of 7 in a continuing series; please see earlier posts for more background information. For most people, Level 5 content is analogous to the more traditional “online learning” or "WBT" courseware – more interactive and lengthy lesson-based or object-based learning. Available third party tools can also streamline the mobile content creation process. access, encryption, security) services
    [Providers] A discussion of the benefits and pitfalls of screen recording as an instructional tool
    Access details will be provided once you register Interesting free seminar coming up from Adobe: A discussion of the benefits and pitfalls of screen recording as an instructional tool 12.30 - 13.30 EST, February 10, 2010 [link] - to register We'll investigate the relative theories ranging from the classic Clark/Meyers psychology based recommendations, to the emerging trends toward experiential learning and ask important questions about whether audiences are actually changing? What Do You Need to Participate? Voice-Over IP will broadcast over your computer if you have audio.
    [Providers] First Top 25 eLearning Posts of 2010 - Best of eLearning Learning
    Many more will encounter a similar need this year or in years ahead, so I thought it might be helpful to provide a blog posting with some resources to aid your search. Best of eLearning Learning. January 1, 2010 to January 15, 2010. The following are the top items based on social signals. 10 Ways To Learn In 2010 - The eLearning Coach , January 3, 2010 So many cool ways to learn online now. The whole world is a school. This list is meant for continuous learners and for procrastinators looking for distractions in the coming year. I should add this into my list of posts around LMS.
    [Providers] mLearning Content Types - Level 4: Reference
    Typical reference material may already exist in this mode, and therefore the CellCast Solution provides a perfect platform to repurpose that material in a mobile format. Level 4: Reference Materials & Static Content NOTE: This is part 5 of 7 in a continuing series; please see earlier posts for more background information. Level 4 formats include content typically considered “reference” or supplemental material; it is not specifically learning-oriented, though it often accompanies ILT events or online learning courseware. access, encryption, security) services
    [Providers] A Year in Books (2009)
    The classic, in which Mayer looks at research and provides conclusions on effective use of multimedia in eLearning. 2009 was a big year for me. New job. New company. Working full time from a home office. Oldest child in kindergarten. New challenges – and some old ones too. great year, really. Thanks for joining me in this journey and for all you’ve contributed to my learning over the past 12 months. To try and hold on to – if just for a brief moment – some of what’s been going on in my brain this year, I thought I’d take a moment to catalogue the pile of topical books I’ve read.
    [Providers] 2 Things To Avoid For Effective e-Learning
    Provides a chance to experience new information and concepts in a way that lets them practice , get feedback and learn in a safe environment. Seems to me that faster and cheaper were the focus of much e-learning in 2009. But NEWS FLASH.faster and cheaper are NOT learning outcomes. If you believe all the ads and emails, then webinars and converted PowerPoints are the pinnacle of e-learning. And I get it, there are a lot of managers out there who think the results they want are faster and cheaper. Most communications are meant to inform employees. Think about your own experience.
    [Providers] The Problem of Content - Part 5 - I Only Consume "Fair-Trade" Content
    The lesson is that for providers to charge for content, that content had better come with a very obvious value proposition. Well, first, these sorts of questions are on the minds of the custom learning content providers with which you might already be engaged for development work, or used for such in the past. For all of the content challenges discussed so far, these providers are under pressure to reduce the price of custom content. Problem #4: Establishing the Value of Content. ™ Be sure to read the whole series. We live in an information-based economy. Craigslist).
    [Providers] Blog Book Tour Recap Week Two: Fabulous!!
    She lists six design principles we identified in the book and the provides her own ideas on those principles. The winner for week two is Barry Shields who also took one of Tony's tweets from the book and expanded the idea in his blog entry What strategic value does the central learning function provide? Week two of the blog book tour was hectic. We had five fabulous online stops, live stops and even webinars and in-worldinars (yes, I made that word up, feel free to dismiss it). If you missed last week's blog book tour recap, here it is. Here is the recap for week 2.
  • ELEARNING 24-7  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2010
    [Providers] Web Conferencing: Features U must Have and Nice Options
    Really it comes down to what else does your vendor provide, what type of agreement you are seeking, features, what do you want to do with your webinar – web conferencing solution.   Must have features for your webinar web conferencing solution.  Exception: Seats or licenses – depends on your situation and your goals. While, I have my personal preference, everyone is different, so the “what do I get Seats or Licenses?&# choice is based on your objectives and needs. Ability to hold multiple sessions per day or at the same time.  you can. You have 3 different rooms. 
    [Providers] Learning Technologies 2010 – here we come…
    It’s a must for anyone involved in workplace learning and development, providing not only a huge display of the most up to date resources and services available but also a great opportunity to network with the leading experts in the industry. It’s that time of year again, the Learning Technologies Exhibition and Conference is taking place next week, and it seems to come around faster every year. Taking place in the Olympia London on 27th and 28th of January, the two day event now in its eleventh year, will be host to over 130 exhibitors , 60 free seminars and over 3,000 visitors.
    [Providers] Are you a Tech-Savvy Teacher?
    If you answered 'yes' then this link I am providing below was meant for you. Have you ever been asked if you are a tech-savvy teacher? Probably not. Have you ever wondered to yourself if you are a tech-savvy teacher? In November 2009, Staff at Rasmussen College in the United States have compiled what they believe are the Top 100 Apps (50 for the Web and 50 for the iPhone) for Tech-Savvy Teachers. After looking it over, I must say it is a pretty good list. consider myself a Tech-Savvy Teacher and I have used some of the applications on this list. Always check TeacherTube out as well.
    [Providers] Leading Through a Rear-View Mirror
    Rather than looking backwards through a rear-view mirror, they should be looking at McLuhan's tetrad : four laws for looking at our culture and framed as questions: Enhancement or extend : what improved performance does it provide over the old. It extends the benefits of dL (distance Learning) by providing the best medium for delivering lectures. You can read the article at, A Look at the Industry in 2010 (the quote is on the last page, top paragraph). When faced with a totally new situation, we tend always to to attach ourselves to the objects, to the flavor of the recent past.
    [Providers] Wild and Wacky Friday: Cool iPhone/iTouch applications
    According to Lifehacker, this “amazingly slick free app provides a virtual tour of its galleries and lets users check out the works of everyone from DaVinci to Michelangelo. Brain Tuner — presents you with 20 to 100 math problems and asks you whether the solutions provided are right or wrong. Search for these applications in iTunes: Louvre Museum: From the most important museum in Paris. The app gets you up close and personal with paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and even the French Crown Jewels.” TED: TEDTalks need no introduction.
    [Providers] Relationship Building Tips
    But how do we do that if our clients keep labeling us as simply a Learning Support Provider? Ask an existing client or colleague who regards us favorably to provide an introduction to the new client. by Dawn Francis, Ed.D. In his book Relationship Economics , David Nour urges us to think strategically about our business relationships. significant component of that strategy, he says, is for us to know our purpose. As a Performance Consultant, our purpose is to serve our clients as a Strategic Business Partner. Here are some ideas. Building Credibility. Fostering Trust.  .
    [Providers] How do managers actually learn?
    For the last ten years at GoodPractice we’ve been fascinated by one question: How can organisations provide support to leaders and managers to improve their performance as work? We’ve spent the last couple of weeks writing and developing new content which we’re very excited about. To answer this, we need to understand what helps leaders and managers perform more effectively, and what they do when faced with workplace challenges. As a taster, managers find informal learning activities to be very effective.
    [Providers] Critical pedagogy: people can learn, but that does not make them philanthropists
    This way of critical pedagogy is also putting action back into the individual’s hands and possibilities, quote: “For Freire, pedagogy is not a method or an a priori technique to be imposed on all students, but a political and moral practice that provides the knowledge, skills and social relations that enable students to expand the possibilities of what it means to be critical citizens, while expanding and deepening their participation in the promise of a substantive democracy.” But how much of our learning is aimed at making the world a nicer (more human and balanced) place?
  • ELEARNING 24-7  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010
    [Providers] Web Conferencing: Voices from the Underground
    while still provide all types of training – regardless of the topic – to people anywhere in the world, day or night, 24/7. Let’s see, I have a training seminar that needs to be presented to my five sites across the nation on Wednesday. Three of the sites will be able to attend, but one site who has 39 employees will only have 50% of them viewing from their cubicles, and the other site has only overnight staff, so I have to figure out how I can have them view the seminar… This is learning in 2010. Time Savers. So Much to Cover, So Little Time. Hear Me!!!  See Me!! 
    [Providers] mLearning Content Types - Level 2: SMS Campaigns
    CSC's can be "rented" from various providers for a fee (transactional use or fixed price) and organizations can lease the own private CSC in the United States for a fee of US$500 to $1,000 per month. Outside the US, different countries/carriers may provide support for either Long Codes or Common Short Codes depending on regulatory requirements. Level 2: Interactive Messaging NOTE: This is part 3 of 7 in a continuing series; please see earlier posts for more background information. This process continues until all defined questions have been delivered and responded to.
    [Providers] Top ten tips for using video effectively in e-learning
    Providing a transcript makes a video accessible to everyone, such as learners with hearing difficulties or those without headphones or sound cards. Videos can be a great addition to e-learning packages - but only if they’re used in the right way. Here are Saffron’s top ten tips for making sure videos are adding value to your e-learning rather than just adding megabytes to your course. Keep videos short and to the point. Unless you’re making the video interactive, keep it short and focused so your learner doesn’t switch off. Use videos for emphasis. Be creative.
    [Providers] Synchronous Classroom Models
    Deployment of synchronous classroom software at a higher education establishment needs careful consideration of the intended uses and the ability of the synchronous classroom software to provide the necessary tools and features that will facilitate these intended uses. An online synchronous classroom can be a wonderful environment to create engaging and interesting online learning. Tools for the facilitator will include the use of whiteboards, imported PowerPoint slides, application sharing, file sharing and granting rights for participants to use the tools available.
    [Providers] Connectivism - Legitimate Learning theory?
    Externalization With regard point two above, connectivism it would seem does provide a significant new perspective about how we see learning happening. The process of externalizing will confirm understanding, provide feedback and thus consolidate and confirm the acquisition of knowledge that an individual has constructed. In reading through George Siemens response to Bijdrage van Pløn Verhagen's critique i am trying to establish in my own mind the legitimacy of connectivism as a new learning theory. don't expect to do that at this one sitting, but i shall make a start here.
    [Providers] Adobe Connect : Interaction and Collaboration
    If it does not work then using the pointer tool to surround the object with a large invisible rectangle will select the object, (providing the complete area of the text object is covered) and then again use the delete key on the keyboard. My initiation to interactive and collaborative live online learning was using the webex environment. My opinions of other synchronous collaboration software is somewhat clouded by what i perceive to have been an excellent schooling in an excellent webex environment. In anaylysing Adobe connect i make the following observations 1.
    [Providers] Hey Wiki! Your so fine you blow my mind. Hey Wiki
    Editing a page on most wiki websites is made easy by providers who provide editing toolbars. Authentication – By participants logging into a wiki any addition’s to content can be authenticated providing accountability in terms of who said what and when. After setting up a very basic wiki, I have just started to take a look at the use of wiki's in education. My findings are summarized below and are based on reading the following 4 web documents and listening to a skypecast (link below). Uses of Wikis in Teaching” [link] 3. Chien-min Wang Turner, D. Simple and easy to use 2.
    [Providers] Embrace web 2.0 technology or die - that's an order!
    Relying on subject expertise will not be enough, the online delivery and communication techniques used will sort out the winners from the losers It would seem that a lot of higher education institutions may think that by providing a VLE such as Blackboard they have done their bit for distance and e-learning and that is the end of the matter. It seems a no brainer to me that higher educational establishments offering distance learning courses should embrace web 2.0 technologies quickly otherwise their credibility is an institute of repute will quite frankly be tarnished. web 2.0
    [Providers] Making Sense of Learning
    Terry Mayes and Sara de Freitas (2004) offer the following definition “ Theories of learning provide empirically-based accounts of the variables which influence the learning process, and provide explanations of the ways in which that influence occurs ” What is apparent from reading the literature is that people can learn in a variety of different ways and are influenced by a number of factors. Theories of Learning Precisely because learning is not a universally fixed or agreed concept, learning has been defined in many different ways. So what are you doing when you are learning?
    [Providers] I’d rather have a wiki than a Blackboard VLE.
    For argument’s sake I am going to assume the use of the company wikispaces as my wiki space provider as I am familiar with their service. If I had a hammer, er no wrong tape responsibility for delivering a distance learning MA or BA Programme I’d rather have a wiki than a blackboard VLE to administer the programme and to co-ordinate learning activities. They will host for many different organisations and all are (can be) connected via wikispaces. Technically simple to setup and simple to access. Speed and Fluidity. Quick Connections/ Communications. This is a pro wiki article.
    [Providers] It's a Mash Up: Online Learning meets Classroom Teaching
    This session was very much an introductory and awareness raising session and with links provided participants have some initial signposts from where to gather deeper knowledge. Lesson: PgCert Teacher Training: Online Assessment and Evaluation – Wednesday 30th Jan – Group 1 Background This was the first group of three, to be taught on this lesson. was drafted in to help deliver this classroom based 90 minute session on online assessment and evaluation with colleague Heather Conboy. It was an interesting and rewarding experience. Leading up to the class there was a little apprehension.
    [Providers] Connectivism Course: First thoughts
    George emphasised that you will find your own comfortable way and reassured participants that it might be slightly uncomfortable in the beginning - explained that tools will be provided to help deal with all the information that will becoming your way and gave some ideas on how to start. The course is a wonderful opportunity to interact with a passionate group of people who appreciate the potential of a connectivist mindset. So even though at present I don’t have time to fully enjoy this (yeah, yeah, yeah), I am going to have a good go.
    [Providers] Higher Education, Work based learning and Web 2.0
    For higher education (in consultation with employer organizations and the employee) the newer understanding 3 brings with it the role of providing academic rigor by way of i) defining appropriate learning outcomes, ii) effective teaching and learning strategies and iii) valid and reliable assessment. After reading David Gray’s (2001) [i] “A Briefing on Work Based Learning” this document picks up on the main points that characterize work based learning (WBL) and briefly explores their relationship with higher education and web 2.0 technology. Gray (2001) 1 WBL and Web 2.0 Web 2.0
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