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The Gamification of Learning and Instruction

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Karl Kapp’s new book “The Gamification of Learning and Instruction” launched this week – I was able to preview the book. It’s available on the ASTDBook store and Amazon. Make sure to use your Chapter Code when ordering the book to support your local ASTD Chapter - the Houston ASTD Code is CH7032.

Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse

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There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e.

Screen Captures using Office 2010

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Did you know that there is a screen capture tool built into Office 2010? Access the tool in any Office application (Word, Excel etc.) by clicking the Insert ribbon and then clicking Screenshot.

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Early Bird Discounts for Immersive Learning University (ILU) Conference

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NexLearn is hosting the inaugural Immersive Learning University (ILU) Conference at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA January 18-20, 2012. I think it will be an interesting, hands-on experience and worth the cost. Plus you get the software as a bonus.

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

Time Saving Tip in Word & Outlook - Autocorrect

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Finding a quick solution to expedite work and improve accuracy is a win/win solution. According to a study conducted by the Microsoft PC Accessories group, American workers expend an average of six hours per day on the computer at work.

Apture - free pop-up glossary

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Apture is a free browser extension that works with most major browsers. When you highlight a topic, a "Learn More" bubble pops up but you don't leave the webpage you are viewing. Click the bubble to get a pop-up window with more information. Check it out: [link

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MinyanLand - have fun, play games, learn about money

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Most virtual worlds have to do with fun and games. MinyanLand, brought to you by the Council for Economic Education,is a virtual community designed to engage students in games and other interactions that are both entertaining and educational.

Free Webinar Series: Learn to Use Articulate Storyline

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Buildinginteractive eLearning usually means you have to have programming skills or ateam of programmers at hand. Today, that’s no longer the case. With ArticulateStoryline you can experience the simplicity of working in a familiar interfaceand the power of creating more than click-and-read eLearning…all at the speedof business. Attend"How to" workshops - free to members of Training Magazine Network.Registration will be limited to the first 2,000 to sign up.

16 Free Tools to Create Media for Learning

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October26th, 1:00pm ET Space isLimited Reserve Your Webinar Seat Now At: [link] As a trainingdeveloper, you're no stranger to budget cuts. Companies everywhere are turningto e-learning and mobile learning as a solution to improve performance whilecutting costs. But how do you create engaging, high-quality content for youronline training courses? How can you make simple adjustments to images andrecordings without having to spend thousands of dollars on a suite of products?

There’s Not a Skills Gap in the U.S… or Is There?

Your search for the perfect candidate has resulted in zero perfectly skilled applicants. What’s going on? Enter… the skills gap. This report, ‘The Employment Skills Gap and What To Do About It,' breaks down the issue with solutions you can apply now.

Free Webinars - Working with Adobe Captivate

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Topic: Creating Quizzes with Random Questions in Adobe Captivate 5.5 Date and time: Thursday, March 1, 2012 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh and Vish to learn how to create quizzes with random questions using Adobe Captivate 5.5. They will show you how to create a question pool, create a quiz with random questions, reuse question pools created for other projects, and create a quiz with questions coming from various question pools.

New Gmail Option - Gmail Motion

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I'm really excited about the new Gmail feature - Gmail motion. Now you can control Gmail with your body. Check it out at [link

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WEN 2013 Biennial Conference

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I attended the WEN 2013 Biennial Conference, April 3 - 5, 2013 at the Westin Memorial City Hotel in Houston Texas. Overall, it was one of the best conferences I have attended in years – lots of good information and sharing of ideas. About WEN: WEN was founded in 1994 by Karyl McCurdy Lawson with the purpose of fostering the development and advancement of women in energy by developing a strong network.

eLearning Atlas

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The eLearning Atlas is a comprehensize free list of elearning and LMS providers - brought to you by Rustici Software, LLC. One interesting feature is the ability to select a product type and then narrow down the choices to those who have specific specification support - such as authoring tools that support the Tin Can API. The list is being updated on a regular basis. Check it out: [link

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

A great customer onboarding program is a proactive and meaningful way to make a lasting impact on customer engagement, retention, and expansion. In this eBook, Skilljar will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

Twitter and Presentations

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Presenting with Twitter can be challenging. Olivia Mitchell has written a fantastic free eBook “How to present with Twitter (and other backchannels” to help your speakers avoid the fate. Download a free copy. Check it out: [link] Also, check it Olivia's blog for great presentation tips: [link

OSHA Heat Safety Tool - Available for Android OS. Others coming soon

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Living in Houston, the heat index is always a concern - especially for those who work outdoors. The OSHA Heat Safety Tool allows workers and supervisors to calculate the. heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers.

Slide Layout Templates

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Get pre-created animated slide templates at a reasonable cost. Most sets are $29 and include 30 variations of the slide. Insert the slide into your presentation and update the text. Slides include animation effects. Check it out: [link

Monthly free e-book from The University of Chicago Press

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About once per month,The University of Chicago Press offers a free e-book. This month's book is "Revel with a Cause: Liberal Satire in Postwar America". Before there was Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, or Bill Maher, there were Mort Sahl, Stan Freberg, and Lenny Bruce—liberal satirists who, through their wry and scabrous comedic routines, waged war against the political ironies, contradictions, and hypocrisies of their times. Revel with a Cause is their story."

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The Definitive Guide to Customer Education Metrics

As you build and scale your customer education program, the right data can help you identify patterns, make evidence-based decisions, and adapt strategy to meet business goals. In this eBook, Skilljar will share the data and metrics best practices that have helped their customers meet program goals and communicate business impact.

Creating an interactive YouTube video - video-based scenarios

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Have you checked out interactive YouTube videos and wondered how they were created? How it works: while the video plays, it offers options through links embedded in the video, which take you to a different place on the timeline or to a different video, which offers new options, and so on. The combined effect is a seemingly infinite number of choices, but for interactive YouTube videos it is in fact very finite: a separate video has to be created for each choice.

e-Learning for Kids: Professional Instructional Design Volunteers Needed to Make a Difference for Children!

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Do you have timeto volunteer your instructional design skills during a three-month period?If If so, e-Learning for Kids, a global non-profit foundation that reachedover 3 million children in 190 countries in 2011 (with 50 percent usage inthe United States) with its free courseware, needs your help! The goal is todevelop 100-plus lessons in 2012 for Math World—a virtual world for learning Mathin the context of different countries and continents. To-date, more than 80lessons have been launched!

The Story of Bottled Water - In Honor of Earth Day

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The Story of Bottled Water , released March 22, 2010 on storyofbottledwater.org, employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap.

Free Webinar: 2/10 - Litmos "Love your LMS": Experience the world's most user-friendly Learning Management System

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February10th, 1:00pm ET Space isLimited Reserve Your Webinar Seat Now At: [link] Litmos is the Learning Management System (LMS) that people love to use. Easy to assemble courses, assign them to learners and watch the resultscome in. The best part is Litmos is a hosted training system, which means you'll neverneed help from the IT department to set up. You can literally get started inminutes. Key features in Litmos: · Hosted/SaaS LMS · SCORM 1.2

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Top E-Learning Software - Recommendations and Pricing

Zero in on the best E-Learning software for your company. Get expert recommendations and pricing comparisons based on your specific needs.

Using the Internet for Scavenger Hunts - Adapt for Corporate Training?

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There's a website designed for kids that you should explore for interactiveexercises for corporate training. The mission of the USA-SOS Internet Challenge is to promote cybercitizenship among students by engaging them in a fun, age-appropriate,competitive online program where they learn how to safely and responsibly usethe internet. One of the activities is a scavenger hunt. Use the Scavenger Hunt Documentto help you find important tips. Click an icon to open a new web page withinformation.

Free webcast (ASTD members) - Twitter 101: The Basics and Tips for Learning Use

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Thursday, January 12 • 2:00 p.m. ET Presenter: David Kelly Twitter is an excellent tool to leverage for both personal and professional learning and growth, and more and more organizations are harnessing its power as part of learning programs. And with that, many learning professionals are encountering the same challenges, such as: How can I use Twitter in my learning programs if I don't even know how to use Twitter myself? What is the platform's value?

Search Cube - An Alternate Search Method

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One of today's tips from the Smart Workers Guide to Social. Media online programme: [link]. search-cube is a visual search engine that presents web search results in a unique, three-dimensional cube interface. It shows previews of up to ninety-six websites, videos and images. Check it out: [link]. Other Search Engines: [link

Free Webinar: Clark Quinn on How Mobile Enables Social Learning, May 23

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Social learning is an increasing part of organizational learning, and mobile learning brings a new dimension to social learning in important ways. What do we need to know to do this well? Find out on May 23 in How Mobile Enables Social Learning with mLearning expert Clark Quinn. Register now for this complimentary webinar. You do not need to be a member of The eLearning Guild to access this event. Check it out: [link

Choosing the Right Technology for External Training

According to Talented Learning, more than 700 LMS vendors compete in today’s learning platforms marketplace. But of course, not all platforms are created equal. In this eBook, Skilljar will discuss the key components of an external training LMS, and why they’re essential for a well-designed customer training program.

Partnering to Heal - Excellent Example of Scenario-Based Learning

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"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health released Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections , an interactive computer-based video-simulation training program. Healthcare-associated infections harm many patients, causing injury and raising costs.

Internet Safety: Educational programs for parents and kids

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I recently read a Facebook entry by one of my “tween” relatives that disturbed me. She probably thought it was an innocent remark but to a predator it could have been interpreted differently. I wanted to find the right words to convey what I thought and provide some good education resources for her and her mom. In surfing the web, I found a website with some interesting statistics: Did you know that.? 26% of children report having a public social networking profile.

ASTD Essentials Series: Essentials of Experiential Learning and Simulations

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Experience is the Best Teacher – Using Simulations to Build Experience Ken Spero, Executive Director, NexLearn - Immersive Learning University Are you interested in developing simulations but don’t have the time to go to a workshop or conference? If so, this ASTD online workshop may be the answer. Each Essentials Series online workshop is delivered by a live facilitator who is an experienced learning and development practitioner.

Free Webinar: Leveraging Voice Tools for Training

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January27th, 1:00pm ET Space isLimited Reserve Your Webinar Seat Now At: [link] You've tried every trick in the book to engage your learners. Everything fromsimple drag and drop to highly animated avatars but you may be missing out onone of the best and simplest forms of engagement, conversation. Learn how tointegrate interactive voice tools and audio based instructions to activelyengage the learner in a mobile application or a blended learning solution.

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Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

Strengthen new employees and develop existing teams with Lessonly’s Employee Training Playbook.