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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. From the book - The engagement achieved through games means that gamification is a concept that needs to be a part of every learning professional's tool box.

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. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.

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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?

5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development

In 2021, many of your competitors will invest in talent development software. If you make the right decision, invest in the right software, and if your organization is willing to use it, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide, 5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development.

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.

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

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. Available Windows will allow you to capture a screenshot of an entire window you already have open Screen Clipping option will let you draw a box around an area so you can pick and choose your screenshot area

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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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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.

Deliver Effective Online Education and Events Your Members Will Love

This guide identifies the biggest challenges for associations moving their training online and provides practical solutions so that you can hit the ground running. Download now to keep your members engaged and growing even in times of COVID-19.

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!

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. The Immersive Learning University (ILU) is chartered to educate the learning development industry with practical and advanced knowledge in the science of creating, producing, and deploying interactive learning courseware.

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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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.

Bridging the Gap Between HR and Safety

Members of HR are known for taking on different types of tasks. Safety training isn’t always one of them, but in reality, it makes sense that it should be. Learn how safety aligns with the goals of any HR team and how managing it can make your job easier.

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?

Need a good video transcoder?

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Handbrake is an open-source program (free) thatconverts video.It is available for PC, MAC and Linux platforms. I discovered Handbrake when I was convertingPowerPoint presentations to video for iPAD distribution. The PowerPoint Saveand Send as Video function converts the PPT to a WMV file. I used Handbrake toconvert the WMV to MP4 format. Start by selecting your source file (or files). Handbrakescans and sets up the GUI for the selected source file.

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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. Much of that time often involves digital communication (e-mail, various online channels, etc.). What if you could reduce that time? You can! Microsoft’s autocorrect tool can quickly replace long phrases with just a few key strokes.

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

3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

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

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.

5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

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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Complimentary eBook: 62 Tips on Graphic Design, UI/UX Design, and Visualization for eLearning

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Effective eLearning deliverables require more than just text and a few random graphics. Good graphic design, user interface (UI) design, and user experience (UX) design aren’t optional – they’re necessary to ensure maximum learner comprehension and retention.

Computer Security Games for Download (includes Flash source files)

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OnGuardOnline.govprovides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industryto help you be on guard against internet fraud, secure your computer, andprotect your personal information. The websitehas lots of great games that can be downloaded and included in your training -the download includes both published and source files! The Internet Education Foundation, through GetNetWise.org , has contributed videotutorials for OnGuardOnline.gov.

Free Articulate Storyline Interaction - Octodogs

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Here's a free Articulate Storyline interaction that I came accross in a LinkedIn group. Credit to Alexandros Anoyatis ( twitter@ anoyatis ). View Demo : [link] Download Story : [link] Screenr : [link

The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

Tom Peters - Best of Excellence. Now Presentations

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TomPeters has distilled down thousands of slides from over 2,500 presentationsthat he has done on organizational and personal excellence into 23 separatepresentations that you can download. Peters say, “Use this material as you wish andplease 'steal' all you want.” Includes both a PDF and PPT - he is releasing onea week so you'll want to bookmark the site and go back! Check it out: [link

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Free Webinar: Designing Instructionally Sound and Engaging mLearning

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | 10:00AM Pacific Time Free Webinar, Membership Not Required This webinar showcases one of the most popular, best-rated sessions from mLearnCon 2011 Conference & Expo, newly updated and now available to all through this special online presentation. It is clear that mLearning presents a unique challenge for instructional designers.

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Free Webinar: Hands-on Training: Creating an HTML5 course using Adobe Captivate 5.5 and HTML5 converter

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Topic: Creating an HTML5 course using Adobe Captivate 5.5 and HTML5 converter Date and time: Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh to learn how to create a good looking eLearning course which can be published as HTML5 output. In this Hands-on session, we will also look at using HTML5 converter for Adobe Captivate 5.5. While doing this, we will discuss creating content slides and question slides as well for the course.

Dec 8 Free webinar: Ten Technology Musts for 2012

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Ten Technology Musts for 2012 Social. Mobile. Cloud. Virtual. 75%of enterprises are leveraging virtual solutions to serve customers, trainstaff and engage suppliers. 35%are leveraging social media for recruitment, marketing and collaboration. Which technologies should you embrace? What is the impact? Whereshould you start? Check out ELCE Encore and discover the ten technologies your enterprise must haveto drive results in 2012.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

The Ultimate TV Companion, Delivering Value, Innovating the Social TV Space & More With Somrat Niyogi On TZLive

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Somrat goes over the beginnings of Miso and how they are striving to be the ultimate TV companion. Somrat and Amanda discuss how the check-in craze is just a feature and how Miso is working on delivering true value to the consumer. Visit TechZulu for full story. Entrepreneurship New Media Retail & Consumers Social Media Startup TechZulu Live Video Amazon AppleTV Bazaar Labs Boxee Chrome OS Foursquare GetGlue GoogleTV Miso NASA Netflix Roku Somrat Niyogi Wikileaks