Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Crowd-sourced Learning Content: Opportunities and Challenges – (Part 1)

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

We are doing this post a bit differently. We present a short interview with Vikas Joshi, the primary author of this blog, and Maheshkumar Kharade, a technology expert. In this post, we start by understanding the opportunities inherent in crowdsourced learning content. Q: How is the nature of learning content changing with time? Vikas Joshi] Nowadays crowdsourcing is playing an increasing role in the creation of learning content.

Six Simple Questions about Learning

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Our world keeps changing and we need to continuously adapt to change. There is a process through which we adapt to change, and that process has a name, and that name is learning. Today, let’s boil this topic down to six simple questions about learning. What is learning? Learning is not what they teach you, learning is what you get out of it, right?

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Three Things Learning Practitioners Can Learn from the Open Source Community

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

As I listened to the TED Radio Hour “What is Original?” I kept wondering what originality really means in today’s age of building on top of what is already there. Back in the early days of modern science, the scientific method was new, and you could discover new scientific truths by observation – in your backyard, or in a home laboratory. Even in those times, getting together with other like-minded people in a cafeteria was a ritual frequented by the scientists.

MOOC Evaluation at Harbinger

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Base Camp is a ritual that is followed every year at Harbinger. This year, we formed six teams, each taking a project related to Harbinger operations / roadmap. Our team got an opportunity to work on the project - “Learning culture at Harbinger.” It was about researching on how learning happens at Harbinger and suggest steps to build the learning culture. We started with interviewing various people to understand how people at various levels and experiences learn.

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Mini-bite Learning - One of the Top e-Learning Trends

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Came across an article on Vista Training''s blog that talks about 8 trends in eLearning. Last one in the list is about mini-bites of learning (also called learning chunks by Craig Weiss in his blog) where the author talks about learning which is incremental and can be done through short learning programs. Here is a portion of the article, which paraphrases Craig Weiss''s thoughts. You can access the article here.)

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Twelve Ways to Add Value to Open Source LMS Systems

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

I've been too wrapped up thinking about interactivity to pay attention to the pains learning managers must go through for making their Moodle implementations effective. So, when I sat down to talk with Dr Asheesh Choksi, technology consultant and architect, about Moodle, he gave me a 12-point program to add value to Moodle - which was quite an eye opener. User Management User management is the starting point in making Moodle successful.

Getting a Head Start with Mobile Interactions

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

When Raptivity released its first collection of mobile interactions for iPad and iPhone based eLearning, the path-breaking HTML5 Pack received several accolades. While it was a very useful collection of interactions, it mainly featured a bunch of memory aids such as flash cards. Clearly, there was a need for adding more interactions to make it instructionally more useful and complete.

One Interactivity Builder for Many Authoring Tools

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Of late, some vendors in the e-learning tools industry have started using the word 'interactivity' in a rather loose way. You hear of authoring tools that provide interactivity building features. This leads some users to believe they are getting course authoring and interactivity building in one package! Of course, we do welcome the efforts by authoring tool vendors to help their users build engaging courses.

Internet of Things: Imagination is the only limit

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I started my journey with Harbinger Systems sometime back. Though I am just a couple of months old here, the knowledge and exposure which I have received has been enormous. I have interacted and learned a lot from my colleagues who always push and encourage me to dabble in new things. A few days back, one of my colleagues mentioned about The Internet of Things (IOT) to me. This was something new for me and so I decided to do a little research to understand what it is all about.

Bridging the Gap Between HR and Safety

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Learning at Harvard

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

For all the discussion on learning and interactivity in these pages, I always had a hunch that I would discover something new about learning if I were to go back to school. As it turns out, the hunch was right. I did get the opportunity to spend some time at Harvard Business School recently. And, getting back to campus life was both enriching and fun. So, what are the ''new'' things I discovered about learning? Here we go. A lot of learning is accidental.

Building Your E-Learning Course Design Tool Kit

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

If the title of this post makes you think I will list a whole bunch of tools here, let me first set the expectations right. It is my endeavor to take a look at the e-learning course design process here, so that you can decide how to build a tool kit that addresses all process components. E-learning course creation is all about having a design process in place to build the right course in time. Every instructional designer follows some sort of an e-learning course design process.

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Power vs Ease of Use: Do We Need to Choose One?

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Industry gurus have long maintained that authoring tools can be either powerful or easy to use. They say: choose one. I say: I want both. Is that possible? Well yes, if the tool designers pay attention to flexibility. Consider interactivity templates. The very idea of a template connotes a cookie-cutter approach. Easy to learn, easy to use. How do the template designers maintain the ease of use and yet provide powerful features that the course designer can control? The answer is in flexibility.

Using eLearning Tools - It's Like a Relationship

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

The tools you use for producing e-learning day-in and day-out are no more than a bunch of software, programmed to work in a certain way and produce course output, right? Well, in part that may be true, but you might want to think again about that one. Consider this: The last time you were stuck with an animation that wouldn't work, or a picture that was looking distorted, or the exam score that wouldn't appear correctly on the LMS - who did you turn to for expert help?

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A Learning Interaction Look-up Table

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Here is the quick learning interaction look-up table I promised in an earlier post for instructional designers to locate some of the best examples of the various types of ready-made interactive elements.

mLearning in Africa

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Recently I had a chance to talk to a speaker at e-Learning Africa 2011 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Vinod Ganjoo is an e-learning enthusiast who works as Senior Manager - e-learning Business Development at Harbinger. Vinod has traveled throughout the Middle-east, Africa and South Asia on business. He interacts with instructional designers and training managers in several countries regularly. What's the big excitement about m-Learning in Africa? VG: The stage is set for m-Learning in Africa.

Global Poll Reveals Key Trends in e-Learning Design

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In a recent online event, we polled hundreds of course designers spread throughout Australia, Europe and USA with four simple questions. The results are quite interesting. Question 1. In your experience, over the past several years, are customer budgets per hour of eLearning increasing, decreasing or remaining about the same? Figure 1: Poll Results on E-Learning Budgets Per Hour of Seat Time Question 2. What level of interactivity do clients expect in the courses you deisgn?

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Using Raptivity with Captivate

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Several Captivate users build Raptivity interactions for use in their elearning and presentation materials. Adobe, the maker of Captivate, has been releasing upgrades and new versions of Captivate over the past several quarters. Naturally, their users want to stay on top of the best ways to use Raptivity within Captivate. Raptivity for its part has also kept a high pace of innovation, with new releases coming out ever so often. The resources I will cite here are useful for Raptivity 5.5,

3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

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

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Crowd-sourced Learning Content: Opportunities and Challenges – (Part 2)

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Last week, Vikas Joshi shared his thoughts on opportunities inherent in crowdsourced learning content. This week we talk to Maheshkumar Kharade, a technology expert, to follow up on the previous post. How are tracking systems keeping pace with the opportunities inherent in crowdsourced learning content? Maheshkumar] Due to its multidimensional nature, crowdsourcing apparently brings in multiple challenges and opportunities for tracking systems, content creation and content delivery platforms.

Better Productivity with Raptivity: A Story of Customer Centricity

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

When Yehudi Menuhin was asked: "What has music taught you?" he replied: "It has taught me to listen." It is no different with product design. You design products in a flash of inspiration, and keep making them better by listening to your customers. The Raptivity 6.5 release is full of productivity features that are based on ideas that come straight from the trenches. Here are some examples. Users found it a chore to delete sample content from interaction templates before adding their own.

7 Fun Ways to Get Participation and Collaboration Going in Classrooms

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Yes, I hear you. Preparing to teach a class is hard enough. Who has the time to add fun activities? Well, you do - given these no-frills group activities that only take minutes to build, whether you use a board, a flip chart or an interactive software like YawnBuster. Show of Hands Conducting a quick poll is a perfect icebreaker in the beginning of a class. Start with a question like 'How many of you know that.' or 'Who wants to.' and watch the hands go up.

Building m-learning : Eliminating Redundant Effort

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Training Magazine’s Learning 3.0 Conference in Chicago on 4th and 5th October 2011 features a talk by Bijoy Banerjee on what he calls Single Source Content. I talked to Bijoy, Senior General Manager at Harbinger Knowledge Products, about his vision for eliminating redundant effort in building m-learning and e-learning. Okay, what's the pain point you are addressing? BB: Today’s learners are prepared to access learning on desktops, laptops, smart phones and tablets.

Five Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

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mLearning - What Works? What Doesn't?

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This summer's thought leadership webinar from Harbinger Group attracted over 1000 registrants. Perhaps it was the powerful and relevant theme that drew such crowd: Interactions on Mobile. What works? What Doesn’t? The Raptivity-sponsored event provided several insights in interactive mLearning.

Mobile Learning and Interactivity

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Does mobile learning need interactivity? Even more so, says Janhavi Padture, one of the invited speakers at Washington Interactive Technologies Conference, hosted by SALT (Society of Applied Learning Technologies). I talked to her to get her take on the subject. Mobile content is short-duration, small-screen. Why bother making it interactive? JP: There is inherently a greater chance of distraction since the learner is on the move. So the need for delivering engaging content is even greater.

Learning Interactions in PowerPoint: Add Engagement to Instructor-Led Training

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

e-Learning course designers have traditionally turned to traditional classroom instruction for insights in instructional design. Now with a couple of decades experience of e-learning, classroom instruction can incorporate some of the best practices in e-learning. The use of learning interactions is one such example. Self-paced e-learning courses employ learning interactions that allow learners to engage with the course materials in interesting ways.

Avatars in eLearning: Best Practices

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Avatars are interactive animated pedagogical agents. Avatars personalize a course, add variety to learning, especially in long modules on complex subjects. A life-like ‘human’ interface makes the learning experience more ‘real’. An avatar doubles as a learning assistant (learning aid) that guides the learning by either answering questions, or guiding the learners, linking to external content and so forth. Research has shown improvement in learning outcomes when avatars are used.

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.

Top Five Budget Breakers in eLearning Course Development

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

I recentntly spoke at a webinar on “ Interactive Courses on a Shoestring Budget ”. This webinar, conducted on Novermber 11, 2011 in three different time zones, was attended by hundreds of instructional designers and e-learning producers worldwide. One topic discussed during the webinar was the top five e-learning budget breakers. It generated a lot of interest and discussion. Just like a balanced diet is crucial to our well-being, likewise a good budget plan is pivotal to any eLearning course.

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Six Learning Techniques

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Every human being learns through six different learning techniques. The quality of our learning is the binary value of the 6-nibble (24 bit) word, where each nibble is a technique, as shown below. Here value of each nibble represents the expertise level in respective technique. The overall expertise of a person as considered in Industry could be the total binary value of 24 bit word. Memorize – It’s the least significant nibble of learning word.

Why is Augmented Reality not Mainstream in Learning?

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Augmented reality technology has been around for over a decade now, and there is a lot of talk about its promise and applications. In this post, we would like to survey our readers to discover why augmented reality is not a mainstream technology in learning. We offer four reasons we have heard around the industry. Please feel free comment and let us know where you are on this issue. There is not enough awareness about where AR can really help B. It is expensive to build AR applications C.

Flash in eLearning - Seven Traps to Avoid

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Flash is a free cross-browser plug-in that allows interactive content to play on most browsers and computers.The sophisticated Flash development environment allows programmers and designers plenty of room for creativity. No wonder then, a lot of e-learning is built using Flash. If you are considering the on-going use of Flash for developing e-learning, here are seven traps to avoid. The frame rate trap Flash files can support multiple frame rates.

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

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Next Generation Content Authoring - From LearnX, Sydney

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LearnX 2010 in Sydney, Australia was a special occasion for Raptivity because of the Best e-learning tool award. Here, I also had the opportunity to deliver a session on the next generation content authoring. The goal was to outline the various aspects trainers and educators need to consider while designing their training material for next generation learners. Content authoring has moved way beyond creation of simple textual pages and assessments.