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Using Gagne's 9 Events of Learning in e-Learning

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How well does Gagne’s Nine Events of Learning fit in e-learning? I think it is a good fit, but in full disclosure, I do not always use all events or in the intended order. If you are not familiar with Gagne, here is a quick overview.

Estimating course development times

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I have seen a lot of estimates out there regarding development times per hour of e-learning content. It baffles me how some designers, not all, can rattle off "150 hours to develop an hour long course." There may be times where we are pushed in a corner and we need to quickly estimate development time without all the information we require, but to get a realistic estimate I suggest we consider the following: The complexity of the content.

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Predictions for 2009

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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.

Reflecting on 2009's Posts - Big Question

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December's Big Question at the Learning Circuits blog is "What did you learn about learning in 2009," but they also suggest looking at your top 2009 posts for "aha moments." So, here are my top ten 2009 posts according my blog's best of list found through eLearningLearning. I cannot speak about what I learned without mentioning that in 2009 my employer (Provident Bank) was acquired another bank.

m-Learning e-Book "New Technologies, New Pedagogies: Mobile Learning in Higher Education"

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A free e-book, New Technologies, New Pedagogies: Mobile Learning in Higher Education , is available for free download through the University of Wollongong's Research Online. This book provides examples of m-learning implementation and concludes with some recommended design principles for m-learning.

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Using Blogs and Social Networks to Engage K-12 Learners

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Here is a nice video that shows good use of blogs and social networks in K-12 education. ISD K-12 Classroom Training

Video on SixthSense Technology

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Here is a great video about the potential of sixth sense technology. It will be very exciting to see this technology take hold and certainly exciting to think about all the potential it will have in e-learning. This was presented at TEDtalks , which after seeing this, I will be watching more often.

Google Chrome OS Announced

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Google has announced they will release the Chrome Operating System in 2010. This OS is for netbooks and takes full advantage of the cloud. Thus, less of a need for a hard drive and a much quicker machine. In fact, they are currently boasting of a 7 second boot-up time.

Free and Easy Chart Creation Tool

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Here is a free, practical tool for creating charts. ChartGo.com provides an incredibly easy to use web-based tool for creating charts, including bar, pie, line and area charts. You can quickly create a chart, save it, and add it to a course, website or blog.

Hey You Rapid e-Learning Peeps, Slooow Down and Take a Little Drive on the ISD Side of Town

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When I read e-Learning Magazine's article by Bob Little, Rapid e-Learning Polarizes Opinion , I was very irked by it. Especially when I read the following excerpt.

For Those of Us Who Didn't Get a Google Wave Invite

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If you did not get a Wave invite, but would like to get a peek at it, here are few videos from those that did get invites. And here is the Google Wave team on launch day. FYI: If anyone out there still has a Wave invite, I am still interested in receiving one. Thanks!

Wanna Read Some e-Learning Horror Stories?

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Over at the PLS Online Course Development blog they have been posting e-learning horror stories and they have had some doozies so far. These stories are not only entertaining, but also valuable ways to learn directly from the witnesses of such ghoulish e-learning events.

Learn About Tomorrow's Lunar Impact

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Tomorrow NASA has a planned impact with the Moon. Here are a few resources to learn more about the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission, which if successful will identify water on the Moon.

Quick Explanation of Google Wave - Video

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Here is a video from Epipheo that sums up Google Wave in just 2 minutes. If you want to learn more, go to [link]. Google

Adobe Flash in Your Car

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Adobe Flash has continually been showing up in more and more places. Phones, TVs, Billboards (really just big monitors in airports and mega stores), now in your car.

Adobe Cookbooks

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Adobe's Developer Connection has added Adobe Cookbooks , [link]. Members can post Adobe code for Flash, Flex, Air, ColdFusion, Dreamweaver, and other Adobe products. At this point the majority of the code shared is ActionScript and Flex code.

Video - A Vision of K-12 Students Today

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Here is a video created to inspire teachers to use technology to engage our "digital natives." Created by B. Nesbitt.

Learning Executives Discuss Social Learning

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Tonight I was lucky enough to attend a Tony Bingham (ASTD's CEO) presentation at University of MD, Baltimore County (UMBC). A very engaging presentation about maximizing learning in the workplace and informal learning.

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A Lot of Ingenuity and $148

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Two MIT students were able to accomplish a near space flight, capture images at 93,000 feet, track it with a GPS, and recover the equipment upon its return to Earth. You would think this would involve very high tech, expensive equipment. It did not.

Free Hot Lava Software

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Hot Lava, which was recently acquired by OutStart, is now offering a free version of their m-learning development tool. It is accessible at this link, Hot Lava download-registration. Here is also a description of Hot Lava. It is a full version and without any time limitations.

The Eagle has Landed - Apollo XI

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One of my earliest memories as a child was the Apollo 11 Moon landing 40 years ago. With the anniversary upon us (7/20), I am promoting some of the great resources NASA has on the web celebrating this event.

Storyboard Templates and Resources

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For the last week I have been in storyboard mode for a large course I am creating. Since grad school I have been using the same format for storyboards, when I do use them. Some projects benefit from use of storyboards, some do not, but that is another post.

New e-Book From e-Learning Guild

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The latest e-Learning Guild e-book has just been released. 98 Tips For Selecting and Working With e-Learning Providers FYI: All their e-books are free.

Android and Flash?

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It was announced today that Verizon and T-Mobile are offering Motorola smart phones based on Google's Android operating system. These will be available later this year. T-Mobile already offered one phone with Android, the G1, and will have the My Touch 3G during the summer.

Descend into a Black Hole

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Here is a great video on what it would be like to descend into a black hole. Yes, I am an astronomy nut and I love educational videos/animation. Plus, it comes from my alma mater, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Video on Twitter in the Classroom

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Here is a really well done video about Twitter being used in a UT Dallas classroom. It provides perspectives from the professor and the students. Goes to show ya, in the classroom Twitter is a great medium for increasing participation. Social Media Twitter

Gaining Audience Attention >

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Whether face-to-face or online, gaining attention is a crucial element to course design. This element is prevalent in both Gagne's 9 Elements and Keller's ARCS Mode l.

New e-Book on the Guild - Getting the Most Out of Your Budget

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The e-Learning Guild has released its latest e-book, 65 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Budget. And as with all their e-books you can't beat the price, free. Here the link where you can download it. link] I have a couple of tips in there too. I hope they are helpful.

Explore and Learn About Mars

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Google Earth now includes Mars. It is free and uses updated photos taken by NASA.

Here's the Course

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Today, I was able to participate in Corporate Learning Trend's e-Learning Tour. Thank you Tony Karrer for including my presentation. Demonstrating the course via screenshots did not give full justice to the the course. So, here is a link where you may view it at your leisure.

US Army Using Interactive Videos

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Here is an article on one way the army is using videos in online learning. link] They are creating "immersive cultural simulation" programs, which uses realistic video created in California, but also combines it with actual footage from Iraq. They make an important point in the article that ".soldiers

Adobe Flash on TV - Update

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Here's an update to a post I made last January regarding Adobe Flash on TV.

LinkedIn Power Tips - Sims

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I just completed my LinkedIn Power Tips page. The page contains interactive simulations for completing the following tasks.

Online Skateboard Training

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I was looking for some new online training to add to my Free e-Learning page and found these gems. For anyone who urgently needs to learn how to effectively kickflip your skateboard, these are a must. All kidding aside, both of these guys make good use of YouTube for delivering instruction.