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  • KAPP NOTES  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009
    [Providers] Steps for Designing a Virtual Learning World Experience
    Step Eleven: Provide sessions to teach learners how to navigate in a virtual world if they are novices to ensure navigation issues don’t interfere with learning. Here is a step-by-step process for designing and launching a virtual world learning experience within an organization. Step One: Identify the learning objective and outcomes required of learners. Step Two: Determine the content that must be learned to enable participants can achieve the desired outcomes. Step Three: Determine if content is appropriate for learning within a virtual world environment. Did I miss something?
    [Providers] Pedia Palooza
    You can read about it in Wachovia Turns To Wikis, Blogs To Support Growth To see a great list of all types of organizations using blogs, check out Fortune 500 Business Blogging Wiki which provides a large list of customer facing blogs created by large corporations. Lately there has been a lot of buzz about using Social Networking software and techniques in organizations. I've written about a number of uses: Social Networking Not Corporate Enough for Your Company? Pharmaceutical Leveraging Web 2.0 --In a Big Way I have recently, given a presentation on the topic.
    [Providers] Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Science Fiction Foretells the Darkside of Games for Learning
    Consider checking out the book Ender's Game which provides a compelling and, sometimes scary look at learning and gaming in the future. If you are looking for a glimpse into the mentality of the upcoming gamer generation and the future of e-learning but also want to be entertained. Ender's Game written by Orson Scott Card is a scary look into a future in which the Earth finds itself preparing for a battle against an alien race. The main teaching tool throughout the entire book is the use of games both virtual and physical.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2007
    [Providers] Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Build Dangerous 3D Environments
    These virtual tours can provide some type of insight into the environments in which students may consider working. One effective method of using 3D worlds like Second Life , Active Worlds , ProtoSphere and others for education is to build environments and 3D models for the students to learn about places they could not otherwise visit or inhabit. Build a dangerous or deadly environment and let them freely explore to learn in a realistic manner just how dangerous the particular environment can be. Create a mock airport terminal and let the employees identify suspicious people and items.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2007
    [Providers] Great Leads and Misc Information.tying it all together
    Nothing provides faster, more constructive feedback than a video game. Sometimes, things just all seem to come together at once. number of alumni and friends of Bloomsburg University's Instructional Technology program have sent me some great links and they are all about wildly different things but all are related to the gamer generation. Check them out. Here is one titled Most-Praised Generation Craves Kudos at the Office from Alison Stone. It talks about the gamer generation and their desire for feedback and praise.a You know instantly if you are on target or wrong. Are you ready?
  • KAPP NOTES  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Providers] Learning in 3D Second Class.Tech problems
    First he created a very helpful link on this blog providing a number of SLURLs which are worth visiting. The second "Learning in 3D" class had a few technical difficulties. Second Life was slow and not everyone could log in. And our other 3D space was not accessible either. Our goal of this class was to view a number of educational locations to see what types of educational environments are being created within Second Life. We had a great guest speaker, one of our graduates, Bart Pursel. Bart did a great job with his presentation in spite of the technical difficulties.
    [Providers] Final ReCap of Blog Book Tour for Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning
    Then on day two Tom King over at Mobilemind posted a great piece which provide a quick, high level view of the book and then provided a great strategy for reading the book if you only have a little bit of time (ok, ok it did get long) Check out his laugh-out-loud post. She provided a great perspective on the book. Before it was even published, he provided over 18 pages of comments that really fueled alot of the ideas and insights into the book. Well the Blog Book Tour is finally over and what a great experience. Here is a recap of all the stops. Thanks Mark.
    [Providers] Content or experience
    What we do is create content.  In elearning, we create introductions and concept presentations, we portray examples, and we make interactivities that provide practice. There’s now an Experience API that provides some infrastructure for creating such an experience management system, but there’re still some intermediate steps needed. I continue to have a problem with the term content as a component of what our field does.  I think there are potential problems with the label, so let me make them clear. However, I think there’s a problem with thinking of it that way.
    [Providers] Designing Social Processing
    Having teams submit intermediate representations gives the instructor a chance to provide guidance, ala Laurillard. Social learning does provide richer processing (next to an individual Socratic tutor, but that’s not very scalable), but it takes careful design as well.  In reflecting on the presentation I gave earlier this week, I realize that I didn’t make it clear that just making it social will make activities lead to better processing.  Of course, my goal was evangelizing, but I reckon I should followup with some clarity.  There are some design principles involved.
    [Providers] Collaborative co-design
    What we will need to do, instead, is ensure that a full suite of tools are available, and provide individuals with the ability to work together to create worthwhile working/learning environments. Obviously, providing a good default is the starting point, but if people can invest as much as they want to get the power they want to configure the system to work the way they want, with minimal assistance, we’re making progress. In short, tying back to my post on collaboratively designing job aids, I think we need to be collaboratively designing workflows.
    [Providers] Explorability and Incremental Advantage
    related concept is Andi diSessa ‘s ‘incremental advantage’, where he proposed that interfaces should elegantly allow the investment by a user to learn more to provide more power. Fast-forward a few years, and as a newly-minted academic using HyperCard for student interface design projects, I recognized that the notion of buttons, fields, and backgrounds provided a reasonable implementation of the ideas of explorability and incremental advantage. The requisite property would be predictability, requiring consistency, and learnable interfaces would empower users.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010
    [Providers] Training Book Reviews
    The book looks at how our minds interact with the world, how we use the clues that our current environment provides us coupled with our prior experience to figure out how to do things. While his subsequent books, including Things That Make Us Smart and Emotional Design , add deeper cognition and engagement (respectively) and more, the core understanding from this first book provides a foundation that you can (and should) apply directly. The eminent Jane Bozarth has started a  new site called Training Book Reviews.  Push on a door that pulls or vice-versa?  Don explains why. 
    [Providers] Foundations
    Technology advances provide new opportunities to improve products, processes, and services. Recognize the attendant issues: you have to be willing to tolerate failure, share mistakes as well as successes, and provide time for reflection! Otherwise, you get what we cog types call ‘inert knowledge’, you can recite it back on a test, but when it’s relevant in the world it never gets activated! However, it got me to thinking about individual versus group behavior.  And I realize that there were some key points I take as foundational: that orgs will need innovation.
    [Providers] Beyond the course
    The interesting thing for me is that this provides a strong justification for using social networks in learning: wikis can be places where people can store the information about problems they’ve solved, discussion boards and profiles fill the need of finding expertise, blogs may support people in their problem-solving as well, serving as a way to share questions and get feedback.  The social network provides the rest of the support around the courses which really only serve the situation where a major skill-shift change is needed. Does it make sense to you
  • CLARK QUINN  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2008
    [Providers] Summer Seminar Series
    Jeff’s got a commercially-validated track record of successful games and a consequent insight into how to create compelling experiences, and provides the perfect foil for my focus on the learning side. Being run by the eLearning Guild, of which I’m a fan because they do such a good job of providing value for money just reinforces the expectations that the experience will be worthwhile. With the caveat that I’m one of the speakers, I’d like to bring the eLearning Guild’s upcoming Summer Seminar Series to your attention.
    [Providers] The Big Question: What will workplace learning look like in 10 years?
    In bigger organisations we will see activity at the top end of e-learning - serious games, virtual worlds and the like - and no doubt some publishers will enter this arena to provide this type of stuff off-the-shelf. Can it be that time again? Another month of my life gone, another Big Question from the Learning Circuits Blog. And the questions don't get any easier do they? The problem with predictions is that they're almost impossible to make with any certainty. And if they cover too short a period, then it's easy for people to check back and prove you wrong. Don't be daft.
    [Providers] Recipes for second generation blended learning
    At the same time, in the three years since the first edition of this book, options for learning media have continued to multiply and evolve, providing ever more cost-effective choices for anyone responsible for assembling the blend. Blended learning is no longer a major talking point in learning and development and perhaps that’s not such a bad thing. But, as ever, there’s little chance of much peace and quiet, because there’s always another bandwagon not far behind. In the case of blended learning, following it into town came the bandwagon snappily labelled Learning 2.0,
    [Providers] All Jock Tamson's Bairns
    What I also like is that BSkyB are allowing employees to rate any content on the portal, providing a Web 2.0 All Jock Tamson's Bairns' was the strangest title yet for a conference on e-learning, and I must confess I never did find out what it meant. The conference was run by the eLearning Alliance , a non-profit group representing the e-learning community in Scotland, and was held in the very lovely city of Edinburgh. spoke first, which was ideal, because it allowed me to sit back and enjoy listening to the other speakers. My parent's generation kept quiet and got on with things.
    [Providers] Telepresence: upping the stakes in synchronous online communication
    So, I was interested to read in The Economist this week - see 'Far away yet strangely personal' - about attempts by Cisco and Hewlett Packard to provide a more appealing alternative to what it calls the 'despised business of videoconferencing'. I've just booked a four-day trip to Indianapolis to participate in a client problem-solving meeting. There are just four of us participating, two from the UK, to from the USA. The meeting lasts just two days, so the remaining two days are largely wasted in travelling. So, why are we meeting face-to-face when we could be online?
    [Providers] The new IT training, part 1: How we got here
    So, in the first phase of IT user training, the role of the IT trainer was to provide face-to-face support and to do plenty of hand-holding; to re-assure users that whatever keys they pressed on the keyboard, they could not blow up the computer (although if you've ever tried cleaning your keyboard, while your PC's still turned on, as I have, you'll know that some pretty confusing things can happen). A plea to IT user trainers in five thrilling instalments Some forms of training never seem to change. But if you opt for a career in IT training then change is a way of life. Until then
    [Providers] Informal learning - less than a dollar a hit
    What's more, I believe that blended, formal programmes can provide an important bridge to informal learning. For some months now I've been carrying Jay Cross's new book Informal Learning around in my bag to read on train journeys. must have been making lots of very short journeys because I never seem to have spent more than ten minutes or so on any one of the topics - a sort of lucky dip reading experience. So, what do I think? like it. Jay's friendly, unassuming and approachable personality shines through the book. I get the impression he's writing for me.
    [Providers] 3D e-learning is as diverse as 2D
    3D worlds are engaging, immersive, can provide the learner with a greater sense of being in control, and (assuming the world is matched to the subject matter) are more authentic. The focus of most discussion concerning 3D worlds, at least in the education and training space, is related to the live, multi-player variety, as exemplified by Second Life. But restricting our view of the scope and potential for 3D worlds to a single form is as unhelpful as regarding all conventional, i.e. 2D e-learning (and I never thought I'd use the word 'conventional' for this purpose) as self-study.
    [Providers] Why we need both live and self-paced communication
    It also provides the receiver with the ability to pace their own reading, watching or listening, to suit their own preferences and abilities. Recently we have seen the release of two annual reports - the ASTD's 2007 State of the Industry Report and Training Magazine's 2007 Industry Report. Both show similar growth in the use of e-learning in the USA. As a share of total formal training hours, the ASTD shows e-learning at approximately 25% (up from 11% five years ago), while Training Magazine shows e-learning at 30%. started at the beginnings of human existence.
    [Providers] Blended learning's a balanced meal
    When you offer someone a choice of ways in which to undertake a learning activity, you may be doing them a favour by allowing them to express a preference, but you're not providing a blend. I sometimes use a series of slides to try and get across what an effective blended solution might look like. start with what it is not: It is not a series of choices - in this case a cooked breakfast, cereal or a croissant. You get A or B or C, not AB, AC or some other combination. You'll get a similar reaction if you serve up, say, a series of papers to read, a workbook and some web links.
    [Providers] Effectively Using eLearning for Compliance Training
    While compliance training is important – a company certainly doesn’t want to set itself up for liability issues by failing to provide such courses – it’s also among the most boring subjects for employees and management. Using eLearning for Compliance Training. Then there’s the question of efficiency, and that’s where standard compliance training models fall flat. Using eLearning for compliance training not only makes a tedious task more interesting, but saves your company the two most essential items for any business – time and money. Training Compliance elearning
    [Providers] Inappropriate usage?
    As you might imagine, this upsets me.  I work hard to put worthwhile information out.  I expect to at least get credit for it, given that it provides no direct revenue (yep, still ad-free).  To have someone take my intellectual property and redistribute under their banner, without at least providing a pointer back strikes me as less than appropriate.  I note Jeff Cobb is getting credit. He preceded me in the use of Creative Commons licensing, but from his example (and Harold Jarche), I placed a BY – NC – SA license in the side bar. attribution). Why not me? strategy
    [Providers] Interactivity & Mobile Development
    This analysis provides 3 meaningful levels of interactivity for defining content, and indicates what is currently feasible and what still provides barriers for mobile as well.  A while ago, I characterized the stages of web development as: Web 1.0: producer-generated content, where you had to be able to manage a server and work in obscure codes. Web 2.0: user-generated content, where web tools allowed anyone to generate web content. Web 3.0: More recently, interactivity has been proposed as a item to tag within learning object systems to differentiate objects.  Fingers crossed!
    [Providers] May Big Q: Workplace Learning Technology 2015
    tablets) are expanding the possibilities.  It’s highly plausible that we’ll have expanded the performance ecosystem to be location independent, and be providing the 4C’s in ways that allow powerful access, sharing, and collaboration. The Learning Circuits Blog Big Question of the Month for May is “What will workplace learning technology look like in 2015?&#   This is a tough question for me, because I tend to see what could be the workplace tech if we really took advantage of the opportunities. Smartphones are on the rise, and new portable devices (e.g.
    [Providers] Extremophiles & Organizational Agility
    Organizations can’t provide everything employees need anymore, but they can provide support for developing skills for learning, and coping. I’m reminded of how Outward Bound got started, where older mariners were surviving situations that younger, presumably healthier ones weren’t.  A number of years ago, I co-wrote a chapter with Eileen Clegg called The Agility Factor , that appeared in Marcia Conner & James Clawson’s excellent collection of organizational culture articles in the book Creating a Learning Culture. are known as extremophiles. 
    [Providers] Designing Learning
    And that includes Cross’ informal learning.  We need to go beyond just the formal courses, and provide ways for people to self-help, and group-help. There’s both a top-down and bottom-up component to this.  At the bottom, we’re analyzing how to meet learner needs, whether it’s fully wrapped with motivation, or just the necessary information, or providing the opportunity to work with others to answer the question.  It’s about infusing our design approaches with a richer picture, respecting our learner’s time, interests, and needs. However, it’s not enough. 
    [Providers] Journal of Learning Design
    will continue to review articles from past journals that I believe help to alter how we see learning and to provide practical ideas that the average learning designer or facilitator can implement. I have been reading articles lately from the Journal of Learning Design. For those who don't know of the journal, it is a journal that focuses on designing the learning environment to assist the learning process, concentrating on a design focus rather than technology and looking to move beyond a traditional instructional focus. Here is a quote from the article that sums this up for me: ".
    [Providers] There's still a place for Learning 0.0
    New learning technologies do however provide learning designers with a far greater range of tools and options so that you are better able to tailor learning solutions to the specific needs of both the learner and the organisation.  I've written a range of posts over the last few months that in some way have referred to the rising use of various technologies in workplace learning environments. that is low tech in nature!) I think it is time for a little breather! Without a doubt the emergence of new technologies gives learning professionals a greater range of tools to choose from. Web 2.0
    [Providers] Spelling error free projects in Adobe Captivate 5
    Adobe Captivate 5 provides the ability to check spelling for text in your project such as text captions, slide notes, text animations and quizzes. Compared to Adobe Captivate 4, Adobe Captivate 5 has been enhanced to check spelling of text in Buttons and Table of Contents also. Before you start spell check, you can customize [.]. How do I
    [Providers] #Training2014 Resources, Slides & Other Related Information Session M16
    Employing the approach of providing spaced quizzes for learners over time taps into two powerful and empirically supported instructional strategies—Retrieval Practice and Spaced Retrieval. Retrieval Practice alone can provide improved recall performance by as much as 10-20%.[2] When combined with Spaced Retrieval the effect is multiplied. Here are the slides and some links related to my presentation at the conference. Five Things Game Designers Can Teach eLearning Designers from Karl Kapp. Here are the five elements of thinking like a game designer. 2013). In H. L. Pashler (Ed.),Encyclopedia
    [Providers] ROI: Should You Host The LMS or Let the Vendor
    What level commitment will the IT department provide to you when course scores are not being properly reported? The hours spent learning how to administer the server, optimize performance and troubleshoot can easily be saved through the use of an externally provided solution. There always seems to be a debate about whether or not an organization should host a Learning Management System (LMS) application internally or externally. There are arguments on both sides. An informed client needs to consider costs as well as some questions about the ability to host internally.
    [Providers] Games And Simulations
    Then the announcer, as if reading my mind, provided the answer. Games provide immediate feedback unlike a test or a quiz which requires time for an instructor to grade and return. They provide a context for the learning that can be highly realistic for knowledge transfer. Karl Kapp, professor, author and speaker, understands the value of games and simulations in learning. In this two-part interview, Karl covers everything from video games to virtual 3D worlds, their cognitive advantages and future trends in online learning. At that point, it hit me. couldn’t believe it.
  • ELEARNING 24-7  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
    [Providers] LMS vendors: R u hearing us?
    Provide only their local phone number. In the e-mail, provide briefly your company, your needs, and what you are seeking in a product  (i.e. We live in a global marketplace. Global. We seek to enrich our end users with engaging course content, solid LMSs that are easy to use, navigate and meet our needs. We are extremely interested in SAAS based solutions, but we have expectations that align to the entire LMS industry. LMS Vendors. 30% vendors offer at least one type of social media – from my latest LMS directory. 15% offer a trial – from my latest LMS directory.
    [Providers] Why Video In Healthcare is Vital in 2015
      If you’re aiming to grow your health care practice and bring on new patients, it’s imperative that you provide remarkable content. So, you know you need to provide educational content – but how should you be presenting that material? Patients want great content that teaches them how to live healthier lives, and it’s your job to offer them that. Content is what can set you apart from your competitors and also help brand you and your company as an authority in healthcare. Including explainer, or how-to, videos on your practice’s website proves very effective.
    [Providers] Mobile Work
    In this case I’m looking at the 4 C’s by work categories.  I see augmenting formal learning as one, providing performance support as a second, social media as a 3rd area, and the unique mobile contribution of context-sensitive support as a 4th area. realize there are some problems in this, in that Social and Communicate are hard to discriminate (hence using the catchall phrase social network ), and Capture is core to context-sensitivity. Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) don’t have to be social, but can be. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? What am I missing? mobile strategy
    [Providers] Thinking Strategy, Pt. 2
    The strategy will need partners including fundamental ones providing necessary components (e.g. Building on yesterday’s post , in another way of thinking about it, I’ve been trying to tap into several layers down. Like the caveat on an  attempt  at mind-mapping the performance ecosystem, this only begins to scratch the surface as each of these elements unpacks further, but it’s an attempt. The plan you take (your sequence of prioritized goals), the metrics you use, and your schedule, will be individual. However, the other elements will share some characteristics.
    [Providers] Adobe Captivate and eLearning webinar series
    These sessions will generally be held every two weeks (on alternating Wednesdays, skipping the winter shutdown at the end of December) and will aim to provide basic information about eLearning and Captivate in the basic session, and to provide a forum and resource to advanced users through the advanced eSeminars. The advanced sessions specifically will focus on a wide variety of relevant topics, with the ambition of providing a sound resource worthy of recurring attendance. Allen will be actively participating in this forum going forward. In his words.
    [Providers] Cloud service and deployment models
    Cloud Software as a Service , or SaaS (pronounced “sass&# ) has been the term used by learning management system providers for several years to described their  &# hosted&# service model. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in their effort to “promote the effective and secure use of the technology within government and industry by providing technical guidance and promoting standards,&# has defined SaaS, as: The capability provided to the consumer is to use the provider’s applications running on a cloud infrastructure. Seriously.
    [Providers] Progress at SDSU
    Sounds lame to be excited about school but honestly I am stoked because these classes are definitely providing me with tools that will help me do better at my job So far, the Ed Tech program has been hard work but extremely rewarding. It's very exciting to find a Masters program that is catered to the line of work I have a passion for. So far, I have completed a course on Educational Technology and I am currently enrolled in a class on Web Design. just started Ed Tech 541 - Web Design and I am loving it.
    [Providers] 's How to Save Time & Money Building Your Next E-Learning Course - The Rapid eLearning Blog
    Why build a time consuming course, when you might be able to provide a less expensive document that serves the same purpose? “Why build a time consuming course, when you might be able to provide a less expensive document that serves the same purpose?&#. I ask that question all the time. The Rapid Elearning Blog. Here’s How to Save Time & Money Building Your Next E-Learning Course. December 4th, 2007. 17 comments. Unless you work for the Count of Monte Cristo, you most likely have limited resources to build your e-learning courses. Click here to view module. fisher.
    [Providers] Tin Can API – What you need to know
    With mobile becoming an increasingly larger part of the online learning experience, it’s no surprise that we need to adapt our methodology to provide a consistent experience across all devices. Tagoras has provided us with some useful commentary on Tin Can API version 1.0 This is where the Tin Can API comes into play, giving us the ability to track and evaluate different types of learning experiences through one cohesive “language.” You can read more about the Tin Can API in some of the articles below: Tin Can API version 1.0 Released. Some of the new features supported in 1.0
    [Providers] Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Gin System
    The Gin System provides you with (among other things): Secure login Calendar of events Phone & Email lists Email group s ("public" f0r all members; or private for designated members only) Questions: Allows for easy posting of questions. It seems to me that a system like this could provide some of the networking that FaceBook provides -- within an organization -- and provide a lot of content. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Then again, perhaps Im missing something. Its about "facilitating communication."
    [Providers] Online Form - Advanced e-Learning Instructional Design: New Techniques and Strategies
    In this session, you will learn: * Whether learners will naturally learn and share information when provided with Web 2.0 Its not too late to sign up for this week's online forum. Its a killer conference without the travel and hotel food. Kick back and enjoy some of our industries brightest right from your desktop. Or better yet gather your colleagues in a room and learn together for a couple days. My good friend, colleague, and long-time non-blogger Frank Nguyen is opening the event with Fact or Fiction? Confronting Instructional Design Myths. What if he says I'm full of
    [Providers] Simple lessons in learning!
    Pampers Feel 'n Learn provides an immediate signal of wetness! feedback during a multiple choice test provide the same deep level of learning? pampers Originally uploaded by Brent Schlenker. Ya know, for most things it really is that simple! Feel 'n Learn. I saw the commercial for this product last night and immediately wanted to contact their marketing department to see if there were any ISD folks on their design team. Feeling something physically, AND emotionaly is a powerful learning tool. i.e. touching fire=pain, or wet pants=pee'd my pants. Does "Wrong Answer!"
    [Providers] Learning with 'e's: Digital Culture and Education
    In their first editorial, Apperly and Walsh provide readers with a clear idea of what they can expect from the journal: "Digital culture has transformed many fundamental parts of our working, public and personal lives in terms of how we communicate and consume, create knowledge and learn and even how we understand politics. In response, we founded DCE to provide a forum for dialogue around the educational, economic, political, cultural, social, historic, legal or otherwise relevant aspects of living in a society increasingly dominated by digital communication and media.
    [Providers] Improved adaptive courses with easygenerator’s Plus edition
    It will provide the learner with an at-a-glance view of the course, including location in the course and what additional pages and activities the learner must complete to reach their identified goal. The presentation below shows the template set-up and provides brief explanations of how to use it. Easygenerator and its partner, Inbrain, together have collaborated to create a completely new adaptive master page (template) for the Windows based Plus Edition of easygenerator. The best way to understand this new template and its approach is to see it.
    [Providers] Improved adaptive courses with easygenerator’s Plus edition
    It will provide the learner with an at-a-glance view of the course, including location in the course and what additional pages and activities the learner must complete to reach their identified goal. The presentation below shows the template set-up and provides brief explanations of how to use it. Easygenerator and its partner, Inbrain, together have collaborated to create a completely new adaptive master page (template) for the Windows based Plus Edition of easygenerator. The best way to understand this new template and its approach is to see it.
    [Providers] Responding to Requests for Proposals for Learning Projects
    We find ourselves asking a lot of questions as we attempt to accurately pinpoint the scope of the project and provide concept, price, and time line information. The information that follows is straight from a document we created titled, “Creating a Good RFP.&# We provide it free-of-charge to customers who don’t have any experience creating RFPs…or who’ve provided us with RFPs in the past that lead to lengthy Q&A sessions to understand what they want/need. Most of them tell us it’s a really helpful guideline. The due date of the response.
  • MINDFLASH  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012
    [Providers] Developing an Online Training Course
    Paper handouts that provide additional illustrative examples of lessons, or practice problems in which pupils must apply the material from the textbook and lectures. With powerful new tools like learning management systems, building online training courses is easy. In sounds contradictory, but the first step to developing an online course — whether it’s for general education or specific training — is to forget that it’s an online course. Technology may dictate the medium by which educational content is delivered, but it can’t help with the fundamentals. It Starts with Questions.
    [Providers] Were We Responsible for the Financial Mess.?
    Eric provides a great list of things on the learning side. Eric Shepherd, CEO of Questionmark, asks a great question on his blog. "As Learning and Assessment Professionals What Could We Have Done to Prevent the Financial Crisis?" Click to check it out. added some things as well. I'm a great believer that we all have some ability to influence, so I'm inclined to say, "YES," we could have done some things better. Not that we have control. Not that others aren't more responsible. But, we could have done some things differently. What do you think?
    [Providers] Using the Right Knowledge Management Tools
    Like any corporate asset, knowledge management tools have to be handled correctly in order for them to provide quality results. Like many assets, the proper use of knowledge management devices and tools must be regulated in order to provide personnel with an optimum level of assistance. If used properly, they can reduce employee training costs , optimize personnel development and help trainees learn what they need to learn. Choose the Right Kind of Knowledge Management Tools. Take note, however, that different tools have different features. What Do You Want Your Tools to Do?
    [Providers] Course of the Week: Protect Your Data From Latest Security Issues
    Learn Windows 8 provides a comprehensive overview of the most recent operating system, walking learners through the new start screen, features, and even providing keyboard shortcuts to increase productivity. If you or your company build applications, it is critical your technical staff know how to properly secure their code—and who better to provide instruction than the experts? Only a few weeks out from the Heartbleed Bug, another major web security vulnerability has been unearthed. This time, a browser itself is the problem. The U.S. Featured Courses. Firefox. By: Atomic.
    [Providers] Hans Rosling - The MOST beautiful DATA
    He also talked at TED last year, so I link to both pages below: TED links: June2007 Feb2006 If you want to see similar data visualizations specific to eLearning you've got to check out the Direct Data Access provided by The eLearning Guild. The visualization of data is AMAZINGLY powerful! This video of Hans is great! Its a must see! And catch some commentary on the dynamic data as it is flowing in on the Research Blog
  • CLARK QUINN  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2009
    [Providers] Monday Broken ID Series: Seriation
    The intention is to provide insight into many ways much of instructional design fails, and some pointers to avoid the problems. While that’s a good default, it doesn’t have to be that way, and there are times when it makes sense to provide other approaches or even self-navigation.  Previous Series Post. This is one in a series of thoughts on some broken areas of ID that I’ve been posting for Mondays.  The point is not to say ‘bad designer’, but instead to point out how to do better design. And more. Show Me, Let Me). Was there benefit from this? 
    [Providers] How Blockchain is changing Learning & Development
    CapitalWave provides online courses about Blockchain. Let me share with you one of the latest and rising concepts being seen in education, learning and development, and that is “blockchain”. I am sure if you have been in learning and development, you must have heard of it this year. So, what blockchain basically is and is blockchain going to be the next great thing in learning and development? Well, this is the question I have been encountering with high frequency regarding this technology that until recently, previously belonged to cryptocurrency Bitcoin. This record is un-editable.
    [Providers] Blockchain Solutions for Cyber & Data Security
    Blockchain technology is indeed able to provide us with the kind of all in one cyber security solution. In the world of increasing cyber-crimes and businesses’ struggle to cope with data security, its regulation and privacy concerns, can blockchain be a great relief? Previously in our posts at [1] , we have discussed the potential of blockchain in terms of security and privacy of the transactions. In this post, we will see this in a more comprehensive way to reveal its capabilities specifically for cyber and data security proposes. It’s not only stock trading.
    [Providers] What is Blockchain & why does it Matter
    CapitalWave provides online courses about Blockchain. More We have previously discussed the fundamental concept and the factors underlying. Though, we also discussed the significance in many terms, yet I consider the significance enriched enough to be talked about more. Hence, this article will discuss why blockchain matters? Most importantly, the benefits it is bringing about that make it important, are of much interest especially for the corporate world. In addition, for the newbie reading the article, it is always good to revise the concept again in a brief manner.
    [Providers] Breakthrough eLearning: Figuring Out the Blended Learning Puzzle
    Instead of misleading stock answers, we provided general guidelines with case examples to get folks thinking creatively about how to tackle their own training challenges. Learners can be "prepped" via eLearning before they arrive for classroom-based (or hands-on) sessions, and/or eLearning can provide continuing support or job aids after such face-to-face sessions. And we looked at how self-service eLearning can be blended with supported eLearning provided by online coaches for those requiring extra assistance. They are doing this for two reasons. promise I will stop!).
    [Providers] Sify eLearning Services Exhibits at DevLearn 2014 Conference & Expo by News Editor
    Sify eLearning Services, a leading provider of learning and performance support solutions, is exhibiting at DevLearn 2014 Conference & Expo. Team members from Sify will demonstrate mobile learning solutions, content gamification, enterprise social learning, and much more. Design Strategies Development Strategies Games & Learning Mobile Learning
    [Providers] Zenler Online Schools Launches Beta by News Editor
    Zenler (, an eLearning authoring tool company and LMS provider, has launched a public beta of its Zenler. Online Schools (ZOS). Anyone can start an online school using ZOS, creating, selling, and tracking eLearning courses, and. building their own business. Design & Development Tools Learning Systems Training Strategies
    [Providers] 5 great speakers from the AITD conference - a summary of ideas
    I'll give you a bit of a summary in this post and will provide a link to my Twitter feed for the conference, I think that will help to flesh out how I found some of the sessions! Indeed Janet quickly found Jay Cross and Gary Woodill via skype to provide some further input into the session and answer questions! To get a better idea of these have a look via the links Amantha has provided. . We can't just expect others to see the potential that we see for new technologies to provide new and exciting platforms for enhanced informal learning. Fat Chance. Shifting.
    [Providers] 100+ Free E-Learning Tools for Employee Training and Personal Learning
    She really provides and enormous service to our field. For each of those categories, we provide a few pages describing the technology and its uses. Then, within each category, we provide a profile of each tool: Description. Jane Hart and I collaborated on a new report, 100+ Free E-Learning Tools for Employee Training and Personal Learning , and have just now released it. If you’re not familiar with Jane, you need to be.  Jane is a Social Media and Learning Advisor and founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT). DAILY! Blogging Tools.
    [Providers] The role of T&D in the 21st Century: it’s about the method
    The short answer (based on my read…and this is a mouthful): support, via bottom-up, workers’ meaning-making activities by providing mechanisms for feedback and by communicating their ‘learnings’ to those that focus on performance indicators and their impact on business results. Or is the role to provide support for pre-set, top-down performance indicators set around the business needs by communicating ‘learning objectives’ and creating activities around those objectives? sampling of customers tried it and liked it. It’s about the method.
    [Providers] Shift represents a new commercial model for authoring software
    MindMuze are proactive in providing support and advice to help you both creatively and technically in coming up with effective content. Sandra Arnold of Mercer UK alerted me to a new authoring tool that they are using called Shift. Here's how the vendors describe the tool on their website : "Shift by MindMuze is more than an eLearning Authoring Tool. It is an eLearning ecosystem. It can be used to create detailed answers to frequently-asked questions, or sophisticated multimedia presentations, or even interactive tests or quizzes. Best of all, everything is online.
    [Providers] Technology is not the major obstacle
    It's one thing to provide knowledge of ICT; it's another to foster the design and communication skills needed to generate great content. Today I have been attending the ITU Regional Human Capacity Development Forum for Africa in Kampala. Before I got to make my presentation, I listened with fascination to Brian Neilson from BMI-TechKnowledge in South Africa as he painted a picture of the telecomms landscape here. must confess to being shocked as to the low Internet penetration and even lower broadband usage. Again, the problem is not purely an African one.
    [Providers] E-learning: the fad that's lasted 30 years
    Whatever you think of e-learning, it insults the intelligence of the learning and development community to pass it off as a fad, whatever motives he has as a provider of classroom IT training. Rob Chapman caused quite a stir yesterday when his article The elearning diet: Not recommended for long term results was published on TrainingZone. Here's how the synopsis reads: "Like the Atkins diet, numerous boy bands and the dot com bubble, is elearning no more than just a passing fad? Rob Chapman pulls no punches in this outspoken opinion piece about the fate of the elearning industry."
    [Providers] Adobe eLearning Suite: for the master of all trades
    For $1799 or £1509 the suite will provide you with Captivate 4, Presenter (formerly Breeze), Photoshop CS4, Dreamweaver CS4 (with e-learning interactions added), Soundbooth CS4, Flash Professional CS4 (also with e-learning add-ons), the latest Acrobat and all the goodies needed to tie all the bits together. The imminent release of the Adobe eLearning Suit e has got me thinking about the authoring tools market as it stands in 2009. Who needs authoring tools and which tools do they need? Quite a bundle and an exciting prospect for toy lovers. So who will buy the eLearning Suite?
    [Providers] Blogging is no longer what it was
    As for me, I don't care if blogging is not quite as sexy as it might once have been; mainstream or not, it is providing a useful resource for readers, and wonderful therapy for the writers An article in The Economist of November 6th entitled " Oh, grow up ", highlighted the way that blogging has entered the mainstream and explored the positive and negative implications of this. " As the article rightly pointed out, this is probably typical of all media as they become more commonplace, the transition looking to its pioneers as 'suspiciously like death'.
    [Providers] Synchronous e-learning myths #2: Classroom will always be best
    We may not fully appreciate yet what attributes of synchronous online communication are providing this unexpected additional value, nor do we know what exact conditions are necessary for the greatest success; however, we should be encouraged that we are beginning to see really effective use of a new medium, going beyond a mere imitation of the face-to-face classroom. Continuing my review of last Friday's eLearning Network Thinking Synch event, I was surprised by several case studies that seemed to suggest that better results could be achieved in the virtual classroom than face-to-face.
    [Providers] Downturn detail
    After all: self-study e-learning is twice as quick as its classroom equivalent, and that's a money saver; e-learning in all its forms saves bucket loads of cash when it comes to travel and subsistence costs; e-learning is more flexible and accessible (which, if you're cynical about these things, might just mean employees doing it in their own time); and as a bonus, e-learning is the green alternative, providing employers with a positive spin that they can put on any decision to axe classroom events. From what I've heard so far, these arguments are holding up. techniques.
    [Providers] Moomis
    expect Aardpress hope to benefit by providing supporting services and good luck to them in that. As someone who uses Moodle as a tool to support blended learning projects for several of my corporate clients, I was interested to hear Mark Tointon's speak at the recent eLearning Network showcase about some new add-ons for Moodle which are specifically designed to support corporate use of the tool. Mark's company, Aardpress , could have regarded this as an opportunity to create and sell expensive add-on functionality for Moodle.
    [Providers] Up, up and away
    So, if any of you can provide some great arguments why the software specialist should stay on board until the end, then I'd appreciate your help. Phil Green, Chairman of the eLearning Network has twisted my arm (once again) and persuaded me to take a trip in a balloon with seven of my e-learning colleagues. The trip up is likely to be smooth enough - it's the accelerated descent I'm more concerned about. Phil has organised an 'eLearning Balloon Debate' as an invitation-only event at Learning Technologies 2007 in London. Urgent action is needed within the next twenty minutes. Thanks Phil.
    [Providers] Straight talk - am I the only one enjoying myself?
    Anyway - the point of this post is that I really liked the interview format, providing as it did a rare opportunity to avoid the usual present + slides arrangement. Here at the eLearning Guild Annual Gathering in Boston (click the link and see if you can work out what it takes to be a keynote speaker - I'm already bald, I just need the beard), I have to say I really enjoyed the Straight Talk session, part of the impressively-titled Learning Management Colloquium (whatever that means). Great stuff - wait until I tell those instructional design dinosaurs I know. Perhap I should ask them
    [Providers] No more excuses for poor e-learning content
    We provide helpful feedback. By and large, the figures coming out of industry surveys in recent times have been kind to e-learning. There's more of it about and a generally positive disposition, at least in the case of employers, to use more of it in future. Naively, I rather supposed that this was a sign that the quality of e-learning was improving and that e-learners were more likely than not to be having positive experiences. That's the theory anyway. After all these years, this situation is simply not good enough. We make effective (i.e. If we can, we employ humour.
    [Providers] Any tool as long as it's Adobe
    So, returning to the theme of my last few posts on online authoring tools, One prediction already on target followed by Online authoring tools not so novel , here is the quandary: with the desktop tools that Adobe and others like Articulate provide, your content is pretty safe because it resides on your local computer and you can continue to use the tool even if, like Authorware, it is discontinued by the vendor. Simulation tools: #1 Captivate (79%); #2 Flash (45%). Audio recording (!!!!): #1 Captivate (44%). Animation: #1 Flash (78%). Screen event capture: #1 Captivate (64%).
    [Providers] Guest posting: Seven free distance courses from Yale
    Introduction to Psychology – This course, taught by Professor Paul Bloom, provides a comprehensive overview of thought and behavior. Receiving a high quality education from an Ivy League school is now just a click away, thanks to complimentary online courses from Yale. While you won't receive a prestigious degree from the university, you will have access to the same high-quality education and world-renown professors. This includes Extra-Solar Planets, Black Holes and Dark Energy. Kagan is Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale. Hayes is the Robert F.
    [Providers] It's the method, not the medium
    If you want to provide tutorial support, you could do this face-to-face, by telephone, by email or by instant messaging. In a reply to my posting E-learning: An oxymoron? which discussed Jakob Nielsen's rather negative views on the efficacy of e-learning, Tom Werner of Brandon-Hall brought some interesting research to my attention: The research (Sitzmann et al., 2006, a meta-analysis of 96 studies) refutes Nielsen's point. It's the instructional method, not the delivery medium, that makes the difference. are compared, there's little or no difference in outcomes.
    [Providers] Wikipatterns
    They provide lots of practical tips which help to manage the change process, not least how to encourage reluctant contributors. I've been browsing through Wikipatterns , Stewart Mader's excellent guide to getting wikis working inside organisations. The book evolved organically from a wiki on the Wikipatterns website and, as such, actually has a range of contributors over and above Stewart. These patterns are most clearly explored on the website, where each represents a page on the wiki, whereas the book has a more conventional narrative style.
    [Providers] Awesome Games and Interactions for Articulate Presenter
    We also provide a PPT master template file that you can use to speed up the development process. If you’ve been coming to this site for awhile you probably know that we build a lot of custom flash games/quizzes/interactions for eLearning developers. want to take a moment and focus on how the templates work with Articulate. eLearning Games. Each of the games is created in Flash and has scoring and looks amazing. learner answers various questions and gets feedback and a running score. Every game comes with the.fla file so that you can customize everything until your heart is content.
    [Providers] Conferences Go Paperless -- How Learning, Remembering, and On-the-Job Application Suffer
    Unfortunately, two of the conference decisions (1) not to provide participants with paper handouts (2) not to allow electronic handouts to include sufficient pages to provide images of the slides that are shown may have hurt learning results. Participants were provided with realistic learning-design decisions to make before topics were introduced. Examples of real-world e-learning courses were provided to again link realistic context cues to the learning points. For me, this meant that more than 85% of my slides were NOT provided to my learners. think so.
    [Providers] Analysis of ProtoSphere/Lync Integration
    The integration (first of its kind that I know of) provides echo-free sound every time one or more people communicate via voice with ProtoSphere. This announcement moves the 3D virtual collaborative software industry front and center in the collaboration space and provides a rich, visually appealing and compelling environment in which to hold meetings, collaborate and to create real value across distances. Event. The Lync server is a software product that unifies enterprise voice, instant messaging and web-, audio- and videoconferencing into a, connected communications experience.
    [Providers] Principles for Designing 3D Learning Environments
    Providing the right level of strategic ambiguity or ill-structured problems within the situational context incents participants to become more engaged in the flow of the 3DLE. Participants should be required to demonstrate their ability to perform a given task or challenge, that they experience the consequence of their actions in carrying out that task, and that they are provided feedback related to the task to allow them to improve their performance on subsequent iterations. Principles for Effectively Designing a 3D Learning Environment. Instructionally Grounded. Action Oriented.
    [Providers] Second Life Happenings: CEO Steps Down (again)
    It’s been an intense few months of transition, and we all feel like we are in a better place now, with a clearer sense of direction and more focus, and are ready to bring someone new into the mix as a leader. I don’t think the timing on this is too good from a corporate perspective as articles such as Academics Discuss Mass Migration From Second Life are starting appear due to the elimination of the educational discount once provided to academic and non-profit institutions using Second Life. He has done this before and then come back. You can find the original here.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010
    [Providers] Summits, Conferences and Some Relaxation
    As the press release indicates: Kaplan EduNeering, a leading provider of compliance and knowledge management technology solutions, and ProtonMedia, the developer of the ProtoSphere virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, today announced a new multi-year partnership. ProtoSphere’s virtual environment provides an arsenal of business-focused collaboration and communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making and raise productivity, improving workplace performance overall. Here are some photographs from the panel discussion.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009
    [Providers] Online Education: Better than the Classroom?
    Analysts screened these studies to find those that (a) contrasted an online to a face-to-face condition, (b) measured student learning outcomes, (c) used a rigorous research design, and (d) provided adequate information to calculate an effect size. The practice of providing online quizzes does not seem to be more effective than other tactics such as assigning homework. Of course it seems to come down to the fact that well design e-learning is good sound instruction. As a result of this screening, 51 independent effects were identified that could be subjected to meta-analysis.
    [Providers] CAC: Fall 2007 Corporate Advisory Council Event ReCap
    Their solution had the benefits of high interactivity between the user and a virtual doctor, instant proof of certification of new employees to sell products, the assessments were self-paced and the solution was provided by experienced experts in the field. They don't always enjoy the feedback at the time but, in the long term, the feedback and insight provided to them by the professionals helps make them stronger professionals in the field.It This year we had over 35 corporate professionals and at the end of the week, we have 11 companies interviewing 16 students for jobs.
    [Providers] Benefits of Microlearning for Sales Training [Infographic]
    For this, they need a training that can provide relevant information at their point of need, anywhere, anytime, and on any device. Sales representatives face a dynamic work environment with intense competition, tight deadlines, changing consumer needs, etc. Being constantly on the move, they can’t afford long training activities. But they need to be up-to-date with product knowledge, in-sync with product launches, and should be knowledgeable about the entire product portfolio. Thinking what can address all these aspects? Well, Microlearning is the answer for you. Hope you like it.
    [Providers] Aotearoa. kei te aroha au ki a koe
    The geothermal activity down in Rotorua can be spectacular, provided you don't mind the constant smell of sulphur in the air. The smart shed project I visited at Unitec will provide richer situated learning experiences for construction students and will no doubt be copied by other training colleges in the future. New Zealand is simply amazing. What can I say about the many sights I have seen, people I have met and things I have experienced? This was a barefoot keynote , because no-one should enter the marae with their shoes on. will treasure it always. Unported License.
    [Providers] Dispatch from the Digital Frontier: The Mechanics of Social Learning Networks for 9th Graders (Part 3) by Anne Derryberry
    Identifying – and assembling – the right set of freeware tools to provide the infrastructure that will spawn an active social learning network among a class of mid-performing 9th graders was like being back in grad school.”. “Determining the right technology package for a learning solution can be challenging under any circumstances. Social Media Tools
    [Providers] OpenSesame Development Team Feature Update: July
    The report downloads include: At the OpenSesame Plus subscription level, we provide overview data such as the date the user was added, how many courses completions they have, what level of access they are permitted (Course Specific vs. All of OpenSesame Plus). At the course specific level, we provide course level details including their course status, when they were enrolled, when they completed, their score, and a link to their completion certificate. . We’ve been working on some great new resources to help support you in running your training program. .
    [Providers] SharePoint Social Learning Experience
    The L&D organization provided some instruction on the basics for how the sessions would operate and some information around Web 2.0, but a lot of the effort was discovery by the marketing professionals themselves. I had a great conversation last week that sparked an early stage idea for what I think would be a wonderful way for learning and development organizations to leverage SharePoint better. HP Web 2.0 for Marketing – Social Learning Experience The concept is probably easiest to understand by considering what HP did around their course on Web 2.0 for Marketing.
    [Providers] Learning Power Laws
    The The Long Tail which tells us moving from providing best selling products to a wider spectrum of offerings gives an opportunity for larger, potentially more lucrative market overall, if you can service it cost effectively. Great post by Dion Hinchcliffe - Twenty-two power laws of the emerging social economy where he discusses what Steve Balmer calls “the new normal”. Balmer talks about how a reset of economic expectations during the downturn has created an environment that is putting pressure on business to do more with less. Value shifting from transactions to relationships. tools.
    [Providers] Sales Team Portal for Content and Expert Access
    I wanted to share some discussions I've recently had around an interesting project where the company provided the sales team a collaboration, content distribution and expert access portal. So, a few directors in Sales Communications continually look for interesting news and then create a piece that links to the article, provides a bit more background and helps the sales person have a good answer to questions around the piece. If they want to be seen as providing day-to-day value, they need to get into the flow. Do you have a case study for me? learning. Posters were funny.
    [Providers] Twitter Brings Lower Quality Clicks
    So, I went to the list of All Traffic sources: and while Direct Traffic does have a good number of referrals, it really doesn't provide good results. Richard Hoeg points out that for his blog Twitter = High Visits But Low Conversion. Basically, he shows his "referring sites" from Google Analytics for the past two weeks: His conclusion: Folks who visit from Twitter don't visit as many pages and spend less time of the site. Of course, that made me wonder if twitter really was bringing lower quality clicks than other sources. That's contrary to what I would expect. eLearning Technology.
    [Providers] Speaking and Workshop Services
    Benefited from the barriers + work around discussion Tony did a great job of providing an overview of various tools available. In Learning, Extended Brain and Topic Hubs , I talked about the story behind the launch of Speaking Pro Central. While I've been speaking and conducting workshops for quite a while, I've never really treated this aspect of my professional life … well professionally. So, this post (and since Blogger only allows posts) represents a first step. For subscribers, I apologize – you only will see this once and then it becomes a fixture on the site that I can update.
    [Providers] LMS and Social Learning
    And I don't think that many of us expect our LMS vendor to provide the solution that organizations will adopt more broadly. As a follow on to the discussion of social learning and formal learning in Long Live … great post by BJ Schone - Have LMSs Jumped The Shark? constantly hear people (across many organizations) complain about their learning management system (LMS). They complain that their LMS has a terrible interface that is nearly unusable. Upgrades are difficult and cumbersome. Their employees’ data is locked in to a proprietary system. Users hate the system. It’s ugly. Seriously?”
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