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VISUAL LOUNGE  You had me at Snagit - Snagit for Mac is Coming!
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2009
Now that we've released Camtasia for Mac , one of the top questions I've been hearing is, 'Will there be Snagit for the Mac?!' Well, you asked for it. The good news just keeps coming today! I'm pleased to share the news that you will be getting your wish! I'm happy to announce that TechSmith is in the early stages of actively developing Snagit for the Mac! Want to keep up with the latest news about Snagit on the Mac? You can sign up to receive email updates here.
VISUAL LOUNGE  Today is the Day! Meet Camtasia for Mac!
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2009
Today is the day that many of you have been waiting for! I'm really happy and pleased to finally be able to share Camtasia for Mac v1.0 with you! Thank you for supporting us on this fun journey! We built Camtasia for Mac from the ground up. We conducted focus groups, surveys, and received great feedback from a good number of very early beta testers, and did of usability testing. I hope you enjoy the product as much as we enjoyed creating it. Get comfortable, this is a long blog post!
VISUAL LOUNGE  Screencast of the Week - Orchestrate
| SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2009
Think you can't make an engaging story about labor scheduling software? Think again! Ian Ozsvald and the team at ProCasts did just that! ProCasts wins the highly coveted Screencast of the Week award this week with the screencast they created for Orchestrate - Employee Scheduling Software. I liked this screencast for several reasons. The audio is high quailty - as you know audio is king!
VISUAL LOUNGE  Welcome TechSmith's New Education Community Site
| THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009
I'm happy to share some good news with you! My partner in crime, Dave McCollom , our Education Evangelist at TechSmith has just launched a brand new blog. Plus, he's added a new page chock full of great resources for educators that are using all TechSmith products. There is already some tutorials and examples showing how to creatively use Snagit, Camtasia Studio and Jing in the classroom. Dave will be working to provide you with more content all the time.
VISUAL LOUNGE  Screencast of the Week - Fighting Hunger, Editing By Candlelight and WFP
| SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2009
When Beth Kanter talks, I listen! Beth is wonderful for so many reasons. Beth is very innovative and is a rock star in the Nonprofit world. She teaches Nonprofits to effectively use technology and social media. She also happens to be a Camtasia Studio user. :-). Beth caught my eye the other day when she posted this on Twitter : . What a cool use of Camtasia Studio! The UN World Food Programme (WFP) recently launched a video blog called 'On the Road'.
VISUAL LOUNGE  Come Visit TechSmith! May 28 is 'Take Your Customers To Work Day'
| FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009
Now here's a 'holiday' I'm excited to celebrate and I hope you will join in too! I just learned that May 28th is ' Take Your Customer To Work Day '! We like to think that every day is ' Take Your Customer To Work Day ' at TechSmith and our doors are always open to visitors. We love it when users come to visit. We've even had people spend part of their vacation with us ! So, on May 28th, I'd like to invite you in to visit TechSmith in Okemos, Michigan.
VISUAL LOUNGE  Bacon, 360|Flex and TechSmith
| TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009
Part of my job is to connect with people. And, as you may know, I might be what some people call a little quirky. :-) So, I thought we should have something fun in the booth. Somehow I stumbled up Maple Bacon Lollipops - I had to try them! I mean, what could be better than sugar plus organic bacon on a stick?! I figured, it'd be fun for Brooks Andrus, our Senior Flash Developer, and I to take them down to Indianapolis for 360|Flex this week.
VISUAL LOUNGE  Attending TechEd or in Los Angeles?
| MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009
TechSmithies have descended on Los Angeles this week for Microsoft TechEd. If you're in the area or attending the show, I'd love to meet up! Beverage of your choice is on me! E-mail , call or text me (517.410.0030). I'm looking forward to a busy week doing demos in the booth and attending some sessions. Also, I don't know LA very well. Any advice on places to eat downtown? I'll be posting pics of our travels here.
FROM THE COLEFACE  How professionals learn
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
In the November Issue of TJ , Des Woods and Henry Marsden have an article called “How professionals learn” As the former head of learning at Ernst & Young and head of professional development at Linklaters, Des is writing from considerable experience. This is a great article if you are relatively new to professional services in your L&D career, especially if you’ve worked in a different industry previously.
THE ELEARNING COACH  Chunking Information
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
If we ran a contest for the favorite esoteric word of Instructional Designers, the term “chunking might win. It’s one of those terms you never hear until you enter the world of online learning or writing for the Internet. Chunking is a great concept that’s worth diving into, so let’s examine the purpose of chunking and how to accomplish it. Chunking Defined.
VISUAL LOUNGE  We Need You! To Beta Test Camtasia for the Mac
| THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009
One of the steps in software development is to beta test the software. And, we could use 50 - 100 beta testers for Camtasia for the Mac. Interested? Just fill out this shortly survey here. Troy Stein and the Camtasia team will review the submissions shortly. And, if you're accepted to beta test, you'll hear from them shortly. Thanks for your help in the development of Camtasia for the Mac! We could not do it without you.
RAPID ELEARNING  Build Branched E-Learning Scenarios in Three Simple Steps
| TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009
This post is in response to some conversations I had during the last ASTD conference in Washington, DC. There were some people who suggested that rapid elearning was only good for basic linear courses and they lamented that they couldn’t build interactive scenarios. I’ve built hundreds of rapid elearning courses and I can tell you that building branched scenarios with your rapid elearning tools is not only possible, but it’s actually pretty easy to do.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Blog Carnival
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2009
If you want to share tips in a longer format than a comment allows, join our new blog carnival. The first carnival entry will run on July 29, and (not surprisingly) the topic will be synchronous e-learning.You can enter your post by e-mailing me HERE or by including a link to your post as a comment on this blog entry before July 28th. On the 29th, I’ll gather up all the posts we have, and run a summary and links to all of them
LARS IS LEARNING  How to build a social learning culture
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
I was asked by Trainingzone to provide some tips for bringing the learning benefits to bear of social tools within an organisational context. All comments/feedback welcome. Resisting the rush to social media feels a bit like trying to push water back up a waterfall doesn't it? A fairly futile exercise. Why is it so popular? Well, homo sapiens are a particularly social
ID REFLECTIONS  Data, Information, Insight.A Fine Balance!
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009
"Data is raw material! Analyzed data lead to assumptions. Assumptions can lead to mistakes. Don't assume.know! Don't settle for information, demand insight!" I don't know who is the originator of the quote above, but it appears on almost every wall here in the form of posters, banners, wall stickers, table stands.
EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  Blogging in a Walled Garden
| SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
Kylemore Abbey Garden. One of the features of Sakai that our team was looking for in a new LMS is a blogging tool. I admit some significant improvements in usability are possible in this tool. However, it does give us the option of blogging within the system. Previously, we’ve used tools like Wikispaces and Edublogs, but we’ve had a number of requests for internal tools that don’t require a separate login and location.
TONY KARRER  Too Much Information or a Skills Gap
| THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2009
Wesley Fryer discusses How are you dealing with TMI? Too Much Information) (found via Stephen Downes ). Wesley points us to a post by Kevin Washburn “TMI! Information Overload and Learning.” where Kevin points out: TMI floods the brain with data, preventing comprehension and elaboration, and thus, preventing learning. Jonah Lehrer suggests the danger of too much information is “it can actually interfere with understanding.” Because the brain has a do-it-yourself attitude toward learning.
VISUAL LOUNGE  Camtasia Studio v6.0.2 Released - FLV is Back.
| TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2009
You've spoken and we've listened! As promised , we brought back the FLV format in Camtasia Studio v6.0.2 today. Download the update here. It is a free upgrade if you purchased Camtasia Studio v6. If you'd like to see everything updated in Camtasia Studio v6.0.2, visit here. Thanks for your patience and feedback. We appreciate it! What would like to see added to Camtasia Studio next?
LEARNING WITH E'S  [from bwatwood] Learning with 'e's: e-Learning 3.0
| MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009
I'm excited by the future. It's something I have always looked forward to! But what will e-learning look like in a few years time? When Stephen Downes laid down his manifesto for e-Learning 2.0 in 2005 , he tapped into the zeitgeist of emerging social technologies and theorised a number of possibilities. Four years on technology is moving ever more rapidly, and a reappraisal of learning within digital spaces is overdue.
VISUAL LOUNGE  Win a Copy - Camtasia Studio 6 - The Definitive Guide
| MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009
Just leave a comment on this blog post by May 10, 2009 11:59 pm EST with either some feedback about Camtasia Studio (ex. Daniel Park of dappertext has been at it again! Daniel is a professional screencaster (and he use to work at TechSmith making our videos). And, when he's not busy making screencasts and training people all over the world about how to use Camtasia Studio, he works on his book - _Camtasia Studio 6: The Definitive Guide_.
TONY KARRER  eLearning Conferences
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009
JANUARY 2009 January 3-4, 2009 New Presidents Program , sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs, Florida, USA. January 4-7, 2009 Presidents Institute : Investing in the Future – Students, Institutions, and the Public Good sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, Hyatt Regency Cocomut Point, Bonita Springs, Florida, USA. link] aspx January 14-17, 2009 British Educational Technology Show , London, United Kingdom.
EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  2009 Review
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009
Looking at just the numbers, my number of views didn’t increase dramatically in 2009. It’s time for that annual ritual of looking back at the year. Unlike last year , this year I’m actually reviewing before the new year starts. What did I do this year? A few things come to mind. In January, we officially launched Sakai as our LMS , marking the end of a long process of choosing the right system and converting all our courses.
XYLEME  Learning Pulse
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009
Home > Industry Talk > Learning Pulse Learning Pulse April 8th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Jay Cross has started a conversation on the Future of Organizational Learning and Development. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. Great ideas have been shared so far. We are looking forward to the discussion on April 21st! Michael Hanley analyzing 5 factors that are contributing to the emergence of informal and non-formal learning. Blended learning, Talent management and Learning 2.0
XYLEME  Learning Pulse
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2009
Home > Industry Talk > Learning Pulse Learning Pulse October 30th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Harold Jarche is blogging about the future of the training department , briefly looking back at the pre-training age and then at how training has evolved after its invention in the 20th century. Clive Shepherd is blogging on how this has changed in 2009. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.
JANET CLAREY  Conflicting personas: social media as an ‘AND’ role (initially titled ‘AND’ job which is entirely inappropriate, even for this blog)
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2009
You know one of those brief tweets or status updates that can easily be lifted from bigger, continuous conversations you’re having with online friends and followers? Out of context stuff. Or, it’s a user’s name that’s exploited, like this from NBC news anchor Brian Williams: “There’s no way of knowing if the incoming text from partygirl99 is being written from Tehran or Texas.. Poor partygirl99. Williams’ statement is very true.
CLIVE ON LEARNING  Ten commandments of e-learning (content design)
| THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009
Cath Ellis recently set out her ten commandments of e-learning and this prompted me to try and articulate my own. Now e-learning's a big subject if you include all its many variants - formal and informal, synchronous and asynchronous and so on - and if you take into account all the issues relating to its management and marketing. So, what I've done is restrict my thoughts to the design of interactive, e-learning content, drawing heavily from the 60-minute masters : Structure into modules.
XYLEME  learning pulse
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2009
Home > Industry Talk > Learning Pulse Learning Pulse May 27th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Tony Karrer is blogging about the term “meta-learning” and its definition as it was used in the article “ Become a chief meta-learning officer ” by Jay Cross and Clark Quinn. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.
THE ELEARNING COACH  Reality eLearning
| FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009
We have reality tv and virtual reality, so why not reality eLearning? I don’t mean in the visual sense, but in terms of cognition. Learning in the workplace is created to improve and enhance job performance. So workplace learning should include a strong dose of reality to prepare learners for the varied situations that arise during work. As far as I can tell, reality is fluid. It warps, it changes, it flows, it halts, it screeches and surprises.
TONY KARRER  eLearning Conferences 2010
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2009
December 2009 December 1-4, 2009 New Zealand Association for Research in Education , Distinction Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand. link] December 2, 2009 Security and Defence Learning : International Forum on Technology Assisted Learning and Training for Defence, Security and Emergency Services, 5 th , Hotel InterContinental Berlin, Berlin, Germany. www.online-educa.com December 2-4, 2009 eAsia , Colombo, Sri Lanka.
RAPID ELEARNING  Here’s Why You Need an E-Learning Portfolio
| TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009
A few weeks ago I announced a job opening. I got about 1000 inquiries and ended up looking at over 200 portfolios. I could have looked at more but I got a lot of emails from people who didn’t have portfolios. They tended to fall into one of two camps. They either didn’t have a portfolio or the projects they worked on were proprietary so they couldn’t share them. I know that many of you are in the same boat.
LIVING IN LEARNING  The Learning Continuum – Using the PDR Design Model
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2009
I recently had the honor to participate as a panelist in the July 27, 2009 online discussion sponsored by Learning Trends, ISA, and Training Magazine Network. Many of us cut our professional learning design teeth using the long-held tradition of the ADDIE instructional design (ISD) model. In our blogosphere I have heard how “old school”, and in some cases, how obsolete this foundational design model from the 1960s has become. If age denotes obsolescence, then I am in trouble for sure.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Goodbye 2009!
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009
As we prepare about the new year, I encourage you to check out the Learning Circuits Big Question: What did you learn about learning in 2009? Thanks for spending part of 2009 with us, whether in person or here on Lessons on Learning! Hello blog readers! BLP is wrapping up our year and we won’t be posting over our holiday break. and consider how you’d answer the question. I know I’ll be thinking about that and will have a post on the topic in early Janaury.
JANET CLAREY  Are you playing the role of the Subject Matter Expert instead of the Instructional Designer?
| FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009
I had a conversation by email with someone I really care about that probably came off a bit bitchy, a bit holier-than-thou…it you can have just “a bit of either of those traits. And, I’m probably about to come off the same way here. That’s not an apology. I yam what I yam. And, no doubt I’ll piss off some people for my opinion of rapid e-learning tools.
XYLEME  $1 million e-learning no more…
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
Home > Instructional Design , Single Source > $1 Million e-Learning no more… $1 Million e-Learning no more… April 15th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment I’ve been in the training and development business for nearly 20 years now. September 18th, 2009 at 12:02 | #1 rapid elearning courses rapid elearning courses… Hey nice post there. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.
XYLEME  single-source learning content development…
| FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009
Home > Instructional Design , Single Source > Single-Source Learning Content Development… Single-Source Learning Content Development… March 13th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment If the number of people in my recent conference sessions are any indication more and more organizations are seeing the promise of single-source learning content development. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.
JAY CROSS  Not Your Father’s ROI
| SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2009
The July issue of Chief Learning Officer is now available online. It features an article in which Jon Husband and I delve into how to measure the impact of learning in the network era. Productivity in a Networked era: Not Your Father’s ROI. Today’s networked era requires a new way to make investment decisions that incorporates intangible assets and more accurately depicts how value is created. The industrial age has run out of steam. Look at General Motors. Look at Chrysler.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Analyzing and Driving Performance - What Not to Do
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2009
As we focus on analyzing and driving performance this month, I thought I’d start a list: How to Ensure Your Bottom-Line Doesn’t Improve. In other words, what shouldn’t we do when analyzing performance or choosing performance interventions? Rely on self-reporting to determine needs. While self-reporting can be valid and should always be a consideration, the higher risk the topic, the less we should rely on it to make conclusions about the needs of our learners.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Preparing for Change
| FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2009
When I was fifteen my father told me that one thing I can always count on is that things are going to change. In the moment I couldn’t fully comprehend what he was telling me. Since that time I have learned this to be true. For better or for worse, I fully expect change - I know its going to happen. Throughout our lives we are challenged to deal with personal and professional upheaval.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Asking the right questions during design to track down elusive content
| SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
As a first-time BLP blogger, I was very eager to lock down my e-learning topic and join the ranks of my fellow bloggers. Last week, I determined my three blog topics for the month, all focused on curriculum design and development. I felt good identifying my first topic: designing an e-learning course with little to no content in sight, and then…do you know what happened next? Ironically, I had created the topic and struggled with…the content. I can’t escape!
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Moodle: A fantastic tool for informal learning - and not just “e-learning”
| MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2009
Last week I hosted a webinar called “Come Moodle with Us: Straight Talk on Moodle as an LMS Solution. Along with two of my colleagues at BLP, we showed attendees OUR Moodle site - and attempted to illustrate many of the cool features Moodle provides and how Moodle facilitates informal learning and not just functions as a place to house and track e-learning.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  The Future of the LMS
| MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2009
We started the month talking about the features and functions of learning management systems. It’s only fitting we end talking about the changes the future holds for those features. Soon, it won’t be enough that the LMS tracks formal learning like instructor-led training courses or e-learning modules; the future is here, and learning management systems are changing rapidly to keep up.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Every multimedia developer’s nightmare…the LCMS
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009
It seems important to begin this post with a disclaimer…this is my “multimedia developer opinion. You’ve been warned. As a multimedia developer the thought of developing e-Learning with an LCMS development tool sends shivers up my spine (not the good kind, like when you learn a new way to make something animate in Flash…yes, I know I need to get out more).
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Tips and Tools for Synchronous e-Learning
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2009
The blog carnival didn’t get quite the response I was hoping for this month, so I decided to go in a slightly different direction, and look to see what the higher education field had to share about e-learning. Higher education started out as all synchronous learning - and as they have branched into web-based solutions they have stuck with the synchronous model in many cases. They also like to do a lot of research and writing about theories, which makes for some good ponderables.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Give Them Permission to Learn
| FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009
In live facilitation we often remind folks to shut off their cell phones, we select an appropriate learning environment, schedule the time – it’s a training event. Just as Gayle indicated in her recent post that it’s important for learners to apply good business practices when taking e-learning, it’s also important for the organization to give the learners permission to do so.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Impact of Culture on Learning
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009
I’ve been working on an instructor-led project lately and it’s caused me to think about what impact does culture have on learning preferences? My disclaimer for this post is that I’m not advocating that we teach to “learning styles. Check out this post for a starting point to learn more about why we shouldn’t design to learning styles. However, my question is - How much should culture influence my design?
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Analogies are like Informal Mnemonics
| TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009
Analogies have been a source of great amusement for me this past wee k. Analogies can be very helpful in learning, if they’re used correctly. In this award-winning (if I do say so myself) sample , we use water as an analogy to teach the surprisingly complex topic of electricity. Learning games use analogies all time. Anne Derreberry talks about games that mirror reality (like a flight simulator) and others that teach through metaphor (like World of Warcraft as a leadership training lab).
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Mobile phones as training tools
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009
What role do you think mobile phones should play in training? Check out this video - admittedly focused on using cell phones in the classroom - and let me know what you think? 1) Are mobile phones a viable training tool in the distance-based or live classroom in a training setting for adults? 2) Should schools be embracing mobile phones as teaching tools for children in schools? Can’t wait to hear what you think! Click here to view the embedded video.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Informal Learning
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2009
A recent survey that found that employees (in the UK, at least) are more interested in innovative learning and collaboration than the HR and training people in those same institutions. The study, conducted in March, found that 44% of employees want to see collaborative tools like blogs, forums and wikis developed, while just 32% of HR professionals agree. More HR professionals (42%) than employees (38%) wanted to see more classroom learning.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Engage the Right to Land on the Left
| FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009
“Emotion is the fast lane to the brain.” These are the words of Doug Stevenson , author of the Story Theater Method , and speaker at today’s CIASTD meeting. I have to tell you Doug made me laugh, he made me sad, at times I was touched – the key is I was feeling and learning at the same time. The Story Theory Method is about using your personal stories to enthrall and engage learners to make a point.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Are Learning and Entertainment Mutually Exclusive?
| THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009
Jennifer’s post titled Corporate Training – Journalism or Entertainment , really got me thinking about learning versus entertainment. Are they congruous or exclusive? I want to believe training can effectively be delivered in an entertaining way. I for one want to be entertained. However, is it possible that I may learn more from something on the boring side? Possibly, it is a fine line to follow. Let’s consider a couple examples.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  Corporate Training - Journalism or Entertainment?
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2009
Last night Bill O’Reilly visited The Letterman show and they had a heated discussion about whether Bill O’Reilly is a journalist or entertainer. Regardless of your political leanings, it was an entertaining interview. Check out a highlight below (especially around minute 7:00): Click here to view the embedded video.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  April’s Big Question - Stuck?
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009
The Learning Circuits blog posted their big question for April – Stuck? Getting Unstuck? I feel very fortunate that I don’t typically face being stuck in old and boring ways of doing things due to oppressive corporate standards. I don’t know that I can go as far as Ignatia and say that I’ve never taken no for an answer when a cool idea is blocked. I do think I can honestly say that we get to play with enough new ideas and concepts that stuck isn’t typically an issue for me.
VISUAL LOUNGE  Camtasia for Mac - Sneak Peek, Text & Shapes
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2009
I've been bouncing around the country on planes, trains and automobiles today trying to get to Seattle for Gnomedex. Thankfully I eventually made it to Seattle, but unfortunately my luggage did not. :-) So, I'll keep the sneak peek for Camtasia for Mac short and sweet tonight. Sometimes you need to draw your viewers attention to a particular area of the screen. Or, you need to provide them with additional instruction. There's a way to easily do this with Camtasia for Mac.
VISUAL LOUNGE  Camtasia for Mac - Sneak Peek, Adding Polish
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2009
It's time for another sneak peek all about Camtasia for Mac! One of the things that sets a good screencast apart from a great screencast is a little polish. After you've recorded your screencast, you can use Camtasia for Mac's sophisticated editing options to make your screencasts standout from the rest. Whether you're new to screencasting or are an expert, Camtasia for Mac has great features and options for you.
VISUAL LOUNGE  Camtasia for Mac - Sneak Peek, SmartFocus
| MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009
I've never been good at keeping secrets. Even to this day, I still have a hard time keeping holiday gifts or other news as a secret - I just get so excited and have to share the good news! So, blog readers, you get the benefit from my weakness! I'm going to let you in on a few secrets as we get closer to the launch of Camtasia for Mac on August 25. Up first is a sneak peek of one of the new features in Camtasia for Mac - SmartFocus.
VISUAL LOUNGE  Matt Lagrotte and his Camtasia Studio Story
| SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2009
Last weekend I jumped in the car and headed to Ann Arbor, Michigan. They were having a " GiveCamp ". Haven't heard of a GiveCamp? Well, they truly a wonderful thing. Here's the lowdown: "A GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations.
VISUAL LOUNGE  Roadtrip to San Francisco for Web 2.0 Expo.
| THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009
On the road again. just can't wait to get on the road again! I always find myself humming that old Willie Nelson tune when I'm packing my suitcase. And, this week is no different! On Monday (March 30), I'm heading San Francisco with Dirk Frazier, the Screencast.com Product Manager, and Justin Welsch, from R&D, for the Web 2.0 It's my first year attending the Web 2.0 Expo so I'm excited to see what the conference is like.
LEARNING VISIONS  Accidental Instructional Designers #dl09
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009
At DevLearn ‘09, I had the pleasure of hosting a Thursday morning Breakfast Byte. Conference participants gather around a topic of interest at an ungodly early hour, while sipping coffee and eating croissants. A bleary-eyed, loosely organized conversation. If you know me, you’ll know my topic was right up my alley: “Instructional Design: You Do What for a Living?” Over 25 IDs gathered to talk about how they got here and where they're going.
RAPID ELEARNING  Are Your E-Learning Courses Pushed or Pulled?
| TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009
Tidbits: I’m trying something new for the ASTD 2009 International Conference & Exposition. Here’s the challenge for many of us. We want to make our courses engaging and interactive, yet sometimes the content or the time pressures of work don’t make that easy. The default position for many elearning courses is to merely push the information out to the learners. The end result is that the course is heavy on information and light on interaction.
TONY KARRER  How long does it take to select an LMS?
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
I saw a post by Bryan Chapman discussing how long it takes to select an LMS. I've known Bryan for quite a few years - more than 10. And he and I do a lot of LMS selection and implementation work. And I think we are both pretty good at it. I may even be the person he's talking about in his post as the other consultant, but I'm not quite sure. So, the real answer to how long it takes is, of course, it depends.
KAPP NOTES  Predications for 2009
| MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
Take a look and let me know what your predictions are for 2009. eLearn Magazine's Predictions for 2009 __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide. It is that time of year again. Lisa Neal Gualtieri of eLearn Magazine has issued her annual list of predications from elearning folks in academia, business and not-for-profit organizations.
UPSIDE LEARNING  Do Microcourses Have a Place in Workplace Learning?
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2009
From Wikipedia – Microlearning deals with relatively small learning units and short-term learning activities. Generally, the term ‘microlearning’ refers to micro-perspectives in the context of learning, education and training. More frequently, the term is used in the domain of E-learning and related fields in the sense of a new paradigmatic perspective on learning processes in mediated environments on micro levels.
UPSIDE LEARNING  Five Things Not to do While Selecting an LMS
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2009
Selecting an LMS is a challenging task and that’s just because it takes care of an important business function and needs to work well. The web today holds a great deal of information on how to select an LMS, LMS Selection tools, directories of leading LMS systems, sample RFIs, and a whole lot of other very useful and handy information.
TONY KARRER  When Do Learning Games Make Business Sense?
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2009
T+D Blog - Serious Gaming in the Workplace asks the question: Is serious gaming being taken seriously in your workplace? It is time to change the perception of "gaming" among CEOs and other corporate executives. It is a valuable learning tool that is taking too long to become a mainstream part of everyday learning. However, I've been wondering for long time about when the added costs of building games really pays off.
TONY KARRER  eLearn 2009
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009
Just a quick note that I will be up in Vancouver for E-LEARN 2009 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education. If you are attending and see this post, please drop me a note. It's always good to connect with people face-to-face at events. eLearning Technology. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs
JANET CLAREY  Personality type and a learner’s success with social media
| TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009
I’ve been thinking about a possible link between a specific personality type (introvert) and social media success for several months and what it means for learning in the workplace. (I I haven’t done any significant research on this topic yet.).
JANET CLAREY  Googley design
| TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009
Googley design …worth thinking about in the context of instructional design. Focus on people—their lives, their work, their dreams. Every millisecond counts. Simplicity is powerful. Engage beginners and attract experts. Dare to innovate. Design for the world. Plan for today’s and tomorrow’s business. Delight the eye without distracting the mind. Be worthy of people’s trust. Add a human touch. The principle flows from Google’s Corporate Philosophy.
JANET CLAREY  LMSs that kick ass - OutStart
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
Another Friday and another LMS that kicks ass! This week’s featured system is OutStart. I interviewed Jeff Whitney, Vice President of Marketing. By way of background, Jeff told me that OutStart has two flavors: Participate, their general social software solution and TrainingEdge.com, their SaaS solution which includes LMS, collaborative authoring, and social media specifically configured to support learning.
JANET CLAREY  LMSs that kick ass: ElementK’s KnowledgeHub
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
Probably just three years ago, if you said Element K I would have immediately thought about off-the-shelf courseware. However, Element K has made substantial, progressive improvements to their LMS, most recently by building custom integrations between Jive Clearspace and KnowledgeHub, Element K’s LMS. They announced this in October, 2008. Via email, I asked Sue Rodeman, VP., Platform Prod Management & Marketing, Element K about their social media capabilities.
E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  LearnX Awards 2009
| THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009
The annual LearnX E-Learning & Training Awards were announced today, and I’m proud to say that my team won a Gold award for Best Training Team , for our development and support of a self-paced, blended learning model at AMP. We’re in good company, with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service taking out the Platinum award, and the Commonwealth Bank and TheCyberInstitute also claiming Gold.
RAPID ELEARNING  3 Things to Consider When Building Your E-Learning Courses
| TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009
The difference between effective and ineffective elearning is how you design the learning process. In this post, I’ll do a quick run through of some ideas centered on instructional design and three things that you want to consider when building your courses. Focus on meaning and not information. We tend to equate learning with sharing information. Typically if there’s something we want to change, we think about how to get more information to people.
LEARNING SOLUTIONS MAGAZINE  Six Steps to Creating High Quality Video Training by Jeremy Vest
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009
Games and immersive learning are great, but today the most accessible and most easily developed instructional medium is video. Producing great video instruction for use online is simpler than you may think, and may also be less expensive than other rapid development methods. Here are six steps you can begin using today to develop online video e-Learning.
JANET CLAREY  SMBs and Social Learning Technologies
| THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009
Here are slides from the presentation I did yesterday. The session was hosted by SumTotal Systems. SMBs & Social Media (Sum Total). View more presentations from Janet Clarey. Some notes: Polls: Most attending work in L&D with some HR, IT, and learning services providers. Most attending work in organization with 2000+ ee’s but several were SMBs (under 2K ee’s for this presentation).
JANET CLAREY  Role Models in Educational Technology on Ada Lovelace Day
| TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
Suw Charman-Anderson is the catalyst behind Ada Lovelace Day , “an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology.”. Suw described Lovelace as someone who understood that computers could do a lot more than crunch numbers. I think our little corner of the blogosphere – the edusphere – has a fair amount of women who understand that “learning technology” encompasses a much broader definition of both learning and technology.
JANET CLAREY  LMSs that kick ass: Mzinga
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
It’s Friday yay! That means it’s time to feature another LMS that kicks ass! This is the seventh featured system in my Friday series highlighting LMSs that are doing innovative, kick-ass things with social media. Mzinga is the result of a merger between KnowledgePlanet and Shared Insights at the end of 2007. My first encounter with them was when they were still known as KnowledgePlanet.
UPSIDE LEARNING  The Big Question - What I Learned About Learning in 2009
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2009
What did you learn about Learning in 2009? I think my learning for 2009 was focused around three primary areas; this obviously derives from my focus on innovation in elearning and is biased, but here goes. Mobile Technologies – 2009 was the year that mobile technologies have exploded on the scene. Related posts: The Big Question: Time Spent CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2009 Top 50 Mobile Learning Resources.
TONY KARRER  LearnTrends 2009 – Free Online Conference
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
George Siemens , Jay Cross and Tony Karrer are pleased to announce our third annual free online conference: LearnTrends 2009 The Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations Conference November 17-19, 2009 | Online | Free The theme/focus this year is on Convergence in Workplace Learning. I'll also be providing details shortly about the LearnTrends Innovation Awards 2009.
THE ELEARNING COACH  The Future Of Learning Design
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
If you are intrigued by the future of learning design, you won’t want to miss the second half of this interview with Karl Kapp. In case you missed the first half, see Games and Simulations. Coach: What types of challenges do newer technologies, such as mobile and podcast, present to the instructional designer?
UPSIDE LEARNING  Seven Tips for an Easy and Effective LMS Switch
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
A recent survey on customers’ happiness with their LMS (conducted in Jan 2009, published in Mar 2009) by Bersin & Associates observed: “The study found that a significant proportion of LMS customers – fully one-quarter of customers – are dissatisfied with their systems and say they are likely to switch vendors within the next year.” For an eLearning initiative to be successful, strong leaders and champions are needed in the organization.
E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  LearnX Asia Pacific 2009 - Day 2
| SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2009
Following on from my previous article , below I share some of the key messages that I drew from Day 2 at the LearnX Asia Pacific conference held recently in Sydney… Personal Professional Development: I expected the keynote by Stephen Downes to be the standout session of the event, and I was not disappointed. Instead of focusing on supporting the learning of others, Stephen shifted his focus to how e‑learning professionals can support their own learning.
E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  LearnX Asia Pacific 2009 - Day 1
| FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009
I attended the annual LearnX Asia Pacific conference this week at Sydney’s Darling Harbour. While the weather was dreary, I found the sessions topical and thought provoking. Below I’ve shared some of the key messages that I drew from Day 1… The Magic of Speed Thinking: Ken Hudson , Director of The Speed Thinking Zone , kicked off proceedings with a keynote address about working smarter, not harder.
TONY KARRER  eLearning Templates – 20 Resources
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2009
Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts come through eLearning Learning that provide eLearning templates or toolkits or other kinds of interesting resources.
TONY KARRER  Convert ILT to eLearning - Estimating
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009
I received an inquiry from a reader and I'm hoping that people can chime in on their thoughts. It relates to my post about eLearning Costs , which bases cost estimates on seat time of the eLearning course. So, the basic question is: We current provide a two day (16 hour) classroom training course for our employees. We are planning to prepare an e-learning course based on this classroom course. How should we estimate the e-learning course duration for this lesson?
LEARNING VISIONS  A Year in Books (2009)
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2009
2009 was a big year for me. Working with and designing for Moodle was new for me in 2009. Visual Design & Presentations In 2009, I co-presented two sessions at DevLearn, gave a talk at the Massachusetts chapter of ISPI and presented a few online webinars. New job. New company. Working full time from a home office. Oldest child in kindergarten. New challenges – and some old ones too. A great year, really.
WILL AT WORK LEARNING  Learning Styles Challenge -- Three-Year Update
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
It has been over three years since I offered $1,000 to anyone who could demonstrate that utilizing learning styles improved learning outcomes. Click here for the original challenge. So far, no one has even come close. For all the talk about learning styles over the last 15 years, we might expect that I was at risk of quickly losing my money. Let me be clear, my argument is not that people don't have different learning styles, learning preferences, or learning skills.
LEARNING WITH E'S  Why do I bother?
| SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2009
The Edublogger Awards are in full swing, and people are voting as I write this. I have been blogging seriously since the end of 2006, and have done so on a regular basis, so I will be interested in the results when they are announced. Reading Tom Barrett's post tonight ' Why Bother Blogging? ' got me thinking about my own reasons for blogging. It can be hard work, but it can also be very rewarding.
KAPP NOTES  Gaining "Momentum" 2009 PDG Conference
| THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2009
Opening my talk at the PDG Momentum 2009 Conference in Philadelphia. This year I once again had the privilege of speaking at the client conference of Performance Development Group (PDG). I was challenged with a really interesting topic. The title of my talk was " The Wrong Information to the Wrong Person at the Wrong Time: Why Corporate Training Programs are Not Alighted with Today's Workforce." The talk was heavily influenced by the work of my co-author-- Tony O'Driscoll.
ID REFLECTIONS  Learning in 2009: My Story
| SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2009
b) it forced me to think of what I have learned and done differently in 2009. I have not been a regular responder to the LCB's Big Question of the month. However, I do read the responses that flow in each month from varied bloggers. This month's question prodded me out of my lethargy because. a) it is that last question of the year, and. I couldn't ignore point b and sat down to do some serious.
KAPP NOTES  2009 Predictions, Remembrance and Challenges
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2009
ASTD's Big Question for January is, again, a series of questions. What are your biggest challenges for this upcoming year? What are your major plans for the year? What predictions do you have for the year? First a little reflection. This year has been a busy year as my consulting has been more active than any previous year.
ELEARNING CYCLOPS  Predictions for 2009
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009
My predictions for 2009: With the continued economic difficulties, e-learning will grow due to its cost efficiency, or at least its perceived cost efficiency. And because of its low environmental impact it will become very attractive to companies wishing to become "green." Blogs and social media will grow as a knowledge management tool. It has already begun, but we will see it become more common place.
RAPID ELEARNING  Three Practical Ideas for Using Twitter in E-Learning
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2009
Twitter’s all the rage. Some people love it. Some people hate it. But many people really don’t know much about it or don’t do much with it. I’ll have to admit, I have mixed feelings about Twitter (and much of the other social media). On one hand, I really love to play around with all of the new social media tools and am excited about what’s going on and the potential for learning. On the other hand, much of their value is exaggerated.
TONY KARRER  eLearning Portal Integration
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2009
I've had a similar discussion several times over the past few months. These discussions center on what requirements should go into an LMS RFP and more broadly how the LMS should really be integrated into the organization. Initially, the conversation was about having learning content appear on the enterprise portal. Many LMS vendors provide portlets, gadgets or widgets that allow for access of learning content (most often meaning courses and courseware) through the corporate portal.
TONY KARRER  Video-Based eLearning Authoring Tools
| MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
I've been asked several times a similar question so I thought I would throw it out to see what readers here will recommend for doing basic video-based elearning authoring. The situation is that they have five, two-hour training videos (10 hours total). It's currently used as a watch and then answer these questions experience. The topic almost doesn't matter, but assume it's Safety Training. They would like to convert this to self-paced eLearning.
SKILFUL MINDS  Using Social Network Analysis in Social Business Design
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
My previous post discussed the Open/Closed culture fallacy in social business design. I contended that leaders of large corporations are typically unable to answer the key strategic questions posed by David Armano in an important post recently. In this post I'll continue that line of thinking by considering a combination of David's third and fourth questions in light of the open/closed culture fallacy.
TONY KARRER  Innovation Awards 2009
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2009
We’ve just announced the innovation awards associated with LearnTrends 2009. The session was fraught with technical difficulties, so I thought it would be worth capturing a bit about each of the four award winners here. CUDA Business Brain CUDA technologies is a small software firm within the Hi Performance Learning and IQ Business Group in South Africa, the United Stated and Australia. In 2007, they launched the CUDA Business Brain as an integrated Workplace Performance Support Solution.
KAPP NOTES  CAC 2009 Student Presentations
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2009
Mock E-Learning RFP Fall 2009 This semester the focus is on developing a “Training System” for the introduction of a new product from Big Power Tool Company (BPTC). Today student's present their mock solution to a mock exercise as part of their Master's of Science in Instructional Technology degree requirement. It is a great event.
TONY KARRER  2009 Predictions How Did I Do?
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2009
In fact, my 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009 , was most popular post for 2009 (see 2009 Top Posts and Topics ) and it came up pretty high in the recent Top 125 eLearning Posts of 2009. So this post is my chance to go back to the predictions I made at the start of 2009 and see how I did. #1 As I discussed in my look at what I learned during 2009, I’ve found that the term eLearning 2.0 My thinking has definitely evolved around this in 2009.
TONY KARRER  Dilbert Warns Me About Work Literacy
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009
Maybe reading blog posts about the topic is okay :) Tool Set 2009 Work Skills Keeping Up Top-Down Strategy Better Memory Information Radar Processing Pages with Links Networks and Learning Communities Collaborate Twitter as Personal Work and Learning Tool Search Browser Short Cuts Work Literacy Workshop eLearning Technology. Should the following Dilbert worry me about Work Literacy?
CLARK QUINN  Whither the library?
| TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009
I go to libraries, and check out books. I admit it, when there’s a lot I want to read, I’d rather read it on paper (at 1200 dpi) versus on the screen. And some recent debates have got me thinking about libraries in general, public and university. There’re some issues that are unresolved, but leave me curious.
CLARK QUINN  The ‘Least Assistance’ Principle
| FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009
While I agree vehemently with most of a post by Lars Hyland, he said one thing I slightly disagree with, and I want to elaborate on it. He was disagreeing with “buying rapid development tools to bash out ill formed ‘e-learning’ to an audience that will not only be unimpressed but also none the wiser - or more productive , a point I want to nuance.