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How Khan Academy Nike Training Club and SparkPeople Motivate Users Behavior

Tony Karrer

Provides an interesting concept in terms of allowing users to earn points to be able to change their avatar. This is a good way to provide structured actions that tie back to the central motivational scheme. Khan also provides points as a motivator. Ultimately, we are trying to design something that will motivate users to take action that we know will have positive impact.

eLearning Conferences 2012

Tony Karrer

Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Clayton R. Wright has done his 26th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year and has asked me to post again. Past years eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: It covers events from four continents.

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

link] March 11-13, 2013 EDUCAUSE Northeast Regional Computing (NERCOMP) Annual Conference: Improvising the Future, online and Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Clayton R. Wright has done his 28th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year. Past years eLearning Conferences 2012 , eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. Do Different.

What's Wrong with Traditional Stock Photography Sources for eLearning

Tony Karrer

Back in 2007, I provided a long list of sources of stock photography for eLearning. And there are lots of other posts available on eLearning Learning Stock Photography. At the start of the conversation, I wasn't quite sure why a company would focus on stock photography specifically aimed at eLearning. The best way to illustrate the point is with an example.

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Prediction #1 => Growth of Working Smarter and Increase in the Schism Between Learning and Doing Organizations What do you call the combination of informal learning, performance support, social learning, providing help directly at the point of need, providing tools, access to peers/experts and the other kinds of techniques that can be used to improve business results but that are not training?

Mobile Learning and the Continuing Death of Flash

Tony Karrer

By way of background, Rapid Intake provides tools that allow you to very rapidly input content that is composed into courses. About a year ago, I wrote about the Beginning of Long Slow Death of Flash. Now any document can become a Web page." Yesterday, I saw what Rapid Intake is doing with their tools to allow authoring of Mobile Learning - what they call mLearning Studio.

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eLearning Startup Opportunities

Tony Karrer

Cramster helps students with homework by providing answers to textbook questions and interactive support - think little pieces of eLearning for helping students figure out those problems. More broadly, addressing the issue of information overload for particular audiences is going to provide big time opportunity. We'll see startups providing rating systems, filtering systems, etc.

Top 35 Articles on eLearning Strategy

Tony Karrer

I’ve been recently working on lots of eLearning strategy consulting engagements and one of my colleagues asked me to provide a set of resources around this topic. went back and looked at what I had written before on eLearning Strategy and saw that I had said at the time: I've spent several hours this morning trying to find good resources on eLearning Strategy development and particularly looking for examples to use in this post. I've really been striking out. I'm hoping that people will help out. Here’s some of what I found. Strategy eLearning 3.0 eLearning Technology.

Understanding Skill Based Learning for Business

This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture One significant way that training and learning organizations can play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization is by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives.

Examples of eLearning–Ten Great Resources

Tony Karrer

Two examples of elearning Elearning example: Branching scenario eLearning Examples 100+ Free Websites to Find out About Anything & Everything 100+ places to learn a language online 100+ free sites for learning about business The last three provide a glimpse into the great variation that exists to learn and get help on particular topics. I was just asked for some examples of eLearning. I had collected up eLearning Examples a couple years ago, but thought it was worth going back to look for more. The following are some very good lists of widely varying examples of eLearning.

eLearning Conferences 2011

Tony Karrer

Often conference organizers forget to provide the full name of the organization and an e-mail contact address. Clayton Wright has done his amazing list of conferences again this year and has asked me to post again. Past years eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: And it covers a broad range of types of topics. link] As of Nov.

LMS Low-Cost Webinars Hosted eCommerce Subscriptions

Tony Karrer

I was talking with a startup that has an existing audience and now want to provide a monthly subscription for access to training to this audience. They will only convert a portion of the audience to the new service. The learners will get access to webinars, recorded webinars, videos, and other online content that they will author separately. They don't really have a tech team, so going with a hosted solution that would live at a subdomain would be best, i.e., subscribers would go to: in order to sign up, pay, and get access to webinars, content, etc.

Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) for Managing Course Assets

Tony Karrer

But I’m not sure they line up with what most LCMS packages provide – unless you decide that you will use it as a super-authoring tool. I received an inquiry from a reader at a large company that is continuously working on large projects with lots of course content running around. They have Articulate courses, classroom courses, SharePoint sites, etc. They have an LMS but not an LCMS. And they currently manage all of this using what I’ve seen at a lot of companies: network drives, naming conventions, some SharePoint. Of course, it’s still a bit of a mess. Sound familiar? Greater re-use?


Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

but might be a little vague in providing concrete actions, so you’ll need to dig a bit deeper. Providing OTS courseware in these situations has several advantages. OTS curriculum, it’s fairly easy to provide training to individuals or groups whenever you. While the mainstream social media platforms can provide opportunities for. Seven Simple Secrets to. capital. You’re.

Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning

Tony Karrer

It offers a significant advantage over other methods of providing audio with PowerPoint. C. We were looking for something that provided us with a short production and turn-around time, that our small development team could do in-house. But a couple of the reasons from these case studies have to do with providing support to ESL learners: B. The support provided by Speech-Over for modulation and pronunciation is good. B. Some challenging questions are being raised in this month’s Big Question - Voice Over in eLearning. Are there places where text-to-speech makes sense?

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

It provided high value for me and hopefully value for people reading it. I’m looking forward to doing more of this going forward. Aggregation and Social Filtering Provide High Value eLearning Learning has somewhat become my singular source of great eLearning content. I use it to filter and find all the best content on a daily, weekly, monthly basis. And every year I use this as a Big Question – see: Learning 2010. A lot of it is thinking through where my thinking has changed over the course of the year. So here are a few of the things that are a bit different for me. 1.

Flash Controversy Continues - Is It a Good Choice for Development?

Tony Karrer

Do I need an interface that could be provided more quickly via Flash? Garin Hess wrote a post 5 Reasons Flash is NOT dying.give me a break! and it seems like my recent post Mobile Learning and the Continuing Death of Flash got him a little fired up. I am fed up with people saying Flash is dying. That it's old technology. That HTML5 is the ultimate replacement. That it shouldn't be allowed to go forward. Come on! Give me a break! Garin has some good arguments on why he likes Flash as a delivery mechanism. Probably worth visiting his blog to read them. The costs. Why not? Impact of iOS?

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eLearning Strategy

Tony Karrer

Most often this includes some kind of vision for what you are looking to provide. What's your role relative to providing business and performance focused initiatives? Do you get in and analyze aspects of performance relative to that and provide Data Driven performance solutions? Or are you going to be brought in to provide training? I've really been striking out.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

would love to provide, we need a change. We must go beyond providing great content. to instead take responsibility for providing. Totara, an open source LMS), provides structure. Our platform provides. well beyond providing content to include. provide the manager with talking points. We provide practice guides to help Sue. We now. Right?

LCMS - Warehouse and Authoring

Tony Karrer

Meta tags provide information on where the content came from, who the owner of the content is, when it was created, when the last time it changed etc. Powerful and flexible workflows facilitate content reviews, approvals and provide audit trails. While content can be authored, tagged and stored from any authoring tool the built in ones provide for very powerful content management. Obviously, the LCMS can provide big time value here if used in a way that supports these changes. Know anyone who can contribute to this? This in very common across all larger companies.


Training Magazine Network Now Bringing You eLearning Learning

Tony Karrer

critical element of our value is providing the kind of in-depth thinking and research that is brought together in eLearingLearning’s site and newsletter. I'm really excited today. We get to finally announce that eLearning Learning has partnered with Training Magazine Network. When you visit the eLearning Learning site, you probably won't notice that much different. You see a new logo.

Using Punctuation and Mark-Up Language to Increase Text-to-Speech Quality

Tony Karrer

Here’s a very quick summary of some of the responses regarding the added learning value of a voice-over as opposed to plain screen text: Audio provides an additional channel of information which the brain can process in parallel with the visual information [Kapp]. This post is part of the series on Text-to-Speech (TTS) for eLearning written by Dr. Joel Harband and edited by me.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

One of the common reasons I hear from knowledge workers inside large organizations for not following the suggestions I provide is that the organization itself puts up barriers to working this way. When the personal tools in your mobile phone are more empowering than what your company provides or approves for your projects, how can you be saved from devastating market forces?

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

would love to provide, we need a change. We must go beyond providing great content. to instead take responsibility for providing. Totara, an open source LMS), provides structure. Our platform provides. well beyond providing content to include. provide the manager with talking points. We provide practice guides to help Sue. We now. Right?

Low-Cost Test and Quiz Tool Comparison

Tony Karrer

Data Collection : Does the tool provide detailed statistics on individual and/or group performance? Instructors are able to modify score reports to provide feedback. The instructor can set up various security settings for each class to provide more secure grading and decrease the risk of cheating. I’ve recently been working with Sameer Bhatia the CEO of ProProfs as I was going through an evaluation of various online tools that support easy, fast, low-cost testing and quiz tools. Trial periods wouldn’t count. Ease of Use : Is the tool well supported and easy to learn?

Twitter Conference Ideas

Tony Karrer

For my keynote at TechKnowledge, I did something a little different to plan out my presentation - and provide value to the audience (or at least part of the audience). Twitter has become a pretty great tool to help with socializing at conferences. Using TweetLater and GroupTweet anyone who sent a direct message to the hub account then broadcast to everyone following that account.

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Narrowing Gap between Face-to-Face and Online Presentations

Tony Karrer

You can get the audience to provide thoughts and suggestions just like chat online. Are people noticing this? It seems that face-to-face and online presenting are becoming more similar. Some aspects: Wireless access is becoming more common in places where presentations occur. If you are a conference organizer and you don't arrange for wireless, be prepared for some negative comments. See Better Conferences. larger percentage of the audience these days brings a laptop to presentations and it seems that the factor of Laptop Distraction is quieting down. 75% of the audience had a laptop.

Facebook as a Learning Platform

Tony Karrer

Facebook provides an API that gives you access to friends, groups, etc. You can think of Facebook as providing a platform that handles authentication, profiles, networks, groups and notifications. Facebook seems to be coming up everywhere the past few weeks. The most recent, which finally got me to post, was a Stephen Downes post - I'm Majoring in Facebook, How about You?

Are your managers ready for a world without formal performance reviews?

GIVING FEEDBACK: I provide constructive. SETTING. EXPECTATIONS: My team members are clear on. their roles & responsibilities. 2. DELEGATING: I effectively identify tasks that. others can take on to develop their. capabilities and free my time for. more strategic activities. 3. COACHING: I support my team members by. challenging and encouraging them. to think for themselves and take.

LMS eCommerce Solution

Tony Karrer

In this case, they are looking to provide their content as eLearning and sell it to individuals and organizations. Users will self-select their role which will take them to the appropriate version of a SCORM course Test at the end, pass or retake Provides certificate for the individual that they can print This all seems like pretty simple stuff right? Do any marketplaces provide the group eCommerce capabilities? I just got off the phone with someone who has a fairly common need that I've heard before. What system would you use?

Forums vs. Social Networks?

Clark Quinn

It's providing the necessary direction and hand holding. I'm debating the value of forum / group / threaded discussion software vs. social network software for a particular situation. It aims at a very broad audience that includes everyone from early adopters to technology laggards. Participation will eventually mean a lot of different things, but initially it will primarily be sharing ideas. user can do this through posting to a threaded discussion quite easily. They could also do it as comments on a blog. Typically they center around threaded discussions. Options are simple.

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100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

eLearning Reviews: research on elearning Provides those interested in research on elearning with concise and thoughtful reviews of relevant publications. My collection of eLearning Articles, White Papers, Blog Posts, etc. just reached 100. Thought I'd share. No particular order to these. 1. Creating Passionate Users: Crash course in learning theory 2. Keeping Up with the Pace of Change Informal learning will help employees survive in the future workplace 3. Understanding E-Learning 2.0 eLearn magazine: Feature Article Ten Web 2.0 EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE CONNECT 7. collaboration 8.

Effective Web Conferences – 41 Resources

Tony Karrer

glimpse behind the scenes of technical moderation - eModeration , June 10, 2010 For anyone who believes that a moderator spends his or her time deleting rude words from forums and hitting 'reject' on naughty video submissions (although we do this also), I wanted to give a quick glimpse into the nitty-gritty involved in eModeration's most complex project for a mobile phone provider client. Conferences have traditionally provided foundation knowledge for instructional designers, trainers, CLOs, and others in the field. wanted to provide a bit more context for this. &#.

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The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

development, provides better data on. and providing the resources and support. effectively, monitor performance on a day- to-day basis, and provide timely feedback. Means: We have to have a way to provide an ongoing. 1Why Your Company Will Need to. Rethink Performance Management eGuide Part 1: The Argument. for Change 2 3About this Guide Organizations are increasingly.

Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog

Tony Karrer

You cannot know any of this without the openness blogging (or equivalent) provides. Updates recent studies show additional reasons: Blogging and Social Networking Boosts Your Social Life. Blogging -- It's Good for You. has been fantastic and it's great to see such a wide variety of thoughts on the subject. wanted to summarize, for everyone, the responses in a completely unbiased way. :) Most everyone, who has at least half a brain, and certainly most of the responses made it over that hurdle, came back and said more or less what Mark Oehlert said "My answer is.yes.and no." Sheesh.