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Our Top 10 Learning Tools 2009

Upside Learning

Jane Hart conducts annual surveys of the top 100 learning tools. Her site, Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies , has some wonderful resources on learning tools, social learning, and more. We decided to contribute to the 2009 list by sending in our own list of Top 10 Tools for Learning Professionals. So here’s a list of our favorite tools for creating custom content for clients: 1. MS Word: This is our preferred tool for storyboarding.

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Our Top 10 Learning Tools 2009

Upside Learning

Jane Hart conducts annual surveys of the top 100 learning tools. Her site, Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies , has some wonderful resources on learning tools, social learning, and more. We decided to contribute to the 2009 list by sending in our own list of Top 10 Tools for Learning Professionals. So here’s a list of our favorite tools for creating custom content for clients: 1. MS Word: This is our preferred tool for storyboarding.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineo Product Knowledge E-Learning Webinar

Learning Visions

Monday, July 13, 2009 Kineo Product Knowledge E-Learning Webinar Kineo will be holding a free webinar on creating effective product knowledge e-learning on July 16th, 2009. Product knowledge training creates major challenge for organizations, including: Keeping content up to date: products change rapidly. Keeping it short and focused: sales people who need product knowledge information work in challenging, fast paced and often noisy retail environments.

10 Social Media Tools For Learning

The eLearning Coach

Many of these tools and services are free or have a free trial period, which can encourage you to experiment in a small way at first. Be sure to do additional research and comparison with similar products prior to making a selection as this is just a small sampling.

2009 Technology Trends That Impact Online Learning

The eLearning Coach

What technology trends of 2009 have impacted online learning and will continue to do so in the coming year? Web-based tools for scheduling, project management and documentation increase productivity and enhance personal mobility. Open Source Software.

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Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). Should you be using rapid authoring tools?

Mobile Authoring Tools: Hot Lava Mobile

The eLearning Coach

In an ongoing exploration of how to design and develop for mobile learning, I plan to examine many of the products and design paradigms in the mLearning space. In this interview, Michael Gregory, Director of Systems Engineering for Hot Lava Mobile, explains this mobile authoring tool.

Articulate ’09: Tips for Resolving Common Issues

Upside Learning

Articulate’s suite of products rate high in the rapid authoring segment. To get around this, we created a new custom certificate wherein the HTML file containing the certificate SWF file extracts the user name from the LMS using a SCORM API.

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Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). Should you be using rapid authoring tools?

eLearn Authoring Round-Up

Learning Developments

As my organization selects an LMS and gears up for web based training, I've been looking at a variety of authoring tools for online training. I was naive enough to think that tool existed that would have everything I want. Such a tool does not exist yet. However, there are several tools on the market that have a lot to offer. For this post I tool a look at the following products: SoftChalk Articulate Lectora Captivate My Findings.

eLearn Authoring Round-Up

Learning Developments

As my organization selects an LMS and gears up for web based training, I've been looking at a variety of authoring tools for online training. I was naive enough to think that tool existed that would have everything I want. Such a tool does not exist yet. However, there are several tools on the market that have a lot to offer. With the release of Captivate 4, Lectora and Captivate have become very similar products.

The Learning Continuum – Using the PDR Design Model

Living in Learning

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. We whip out ADDIE and complete a knowledge and skills-oriented, training needs assessment and storyboard a solution on a pre-determined authoring platform to publish to the LMS. Notice the thread of continuity that exists from Prepare to Deploy: • The learner used the knowledge base (tool) in a scavenger hunt in Prepare. •

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PDR Design Model Supports Shift to Learning Design in the Work Context

Living in Learning

I will use a sales training scenario from the Pharma industry to serve as our example, and just for the record, Product Development and Product Marketing conspired to throw the stone. If Product Marketing is true to form, the rollout is next week.

Template Based Rapid Interactions: Overcome the Myths

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

That was the question Seema Chaudhary posed, to highlight the difference between template-based rapid interactions and traditional custom interactions. Traditional custom interactions meet unique needs by offering full programming freedom. Are hard to customize 2.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Are You an Order Taker?

Learning Visions

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 Are You an Order Taker? When you design learning interventions, are you trying to create better learning or are you just taking the customers order and delivering what they asked for? At times our customers are pleased, and often surprised, with the results.

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eLearning Costs : eLearning Technology

Tony Karrer

Personal Learning Informal Learning Corporate eLearning eLearning Design Authoring Tools Rapid e-Learning Tools eLearning (e-Learning) e-Learning Software Blended e-Learning e-Learning Tools Learning Management Systems (LMS) e-Learning ROI and Metrics Search via eLearning Learning for first time visitors Thursday, September 10, 2009 eLearning Costs : eLearning Technology A reader sent a note asking my opinion on the vendor pricing in The Great eTrain Robbery?

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Social Grid Follow-up

Tony Karrer

A few of the tools and methods I use to tap into the social grid. Tools and Methods for Networks and Communities - Discusses specific tools and methods for using Networks and Communities as part of Knowledge Work. Tools for quickly getting the question out there.

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[from gminks] Social Learning Measurement : eLearning Technology

Tony Karrer

The recent MIT Study that showed that more highly networked individuals were more productive (see Workplace Productivity ). A lot of them are for environments that face the customer, but some are for internal. As an example, we might be focusing on Customer Loyalty. or social learning or more specifically with using social tools to do things like have interesting conversations - what I want to measure is really not at all what is learned.

New Learning Solutions

Tony Karrer

As I mentioned in Blogger Outreach , I'm now getting quite a few emails that are announcements of new services, products, events, etc. One thing that really surprises me is the number of new products that constantly appear that leave me scratching my head. In some cases, I'll connect back to the vendor to ask how it's different than some of the other products in the market. In most cases, they will mention some neat new feature that makes their product marginally better.

QMlive: The way software should be « Change to learn

Challenge to Learn

Skip to content Homepage Kasper Spiro Change to learn “ On a mission to make EasyGenerator the best and most successful e-Learning authoring tool in the world ” ‹ Output management Social networks › February 6, 2010 QMlive: The way software should be One of the roles I have at Stoas is the role of Product manager for Questionmark Perception. Over the past twenty years Perception grew out into the world leading software for assessments.

GDC’s Serious Games Summit

Upside Learning

As strong believers in early prototyping, we know the customers and developers benefits from being able to play-test our games way before they are actually ready for learners. Casual game engines with tools for content development will significantly lower the cost of development and deployment of content specific games. We’d like to think of it as the first step towards an authoring environment for learning games.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Designing for Articulate: A Newbie’s View

Learning Visions

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 Designing for Articulate: A Newbie’s View I’m new to Articulate. My canvas for the past four years has been custom Flash. At Kineo , we often work with our clients’ tools of choice. We also do a lot of custom Flash, Mohive, etc.)

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Will the Real eLearning Industry Please Stand Up?

Learning Visions

Friday, July 31, 2009 Will the Real eLearning Industry Please Stand Up? Is it the vendors? -- The LMS companies, the custom content developers, the off-the-shelf content creators. Is it the tools we use to create eLearning? Is it the companies and people who create those tools?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Learning Visions

Friday, June 26, 2009 The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point? Why do companies continue to pay huge dollars for products that are now being offered for free? Moodle and other open source products have huge communities behind them. Kineo has recently worked on creating a classroom management add-on for a corporate client and has a fabulous Moodle reporting tool. But the beauty of open source is you can customize it. Our customers are price sensitive.

Podcasting for E-Learning: Recording with Audacity

The E-Learning Curve

Figure 1 describes the end-to-end audio production process. Audio Production Process [Click to enlarge] And these are the steps in detail: Activity Requirement Audio source A Narrator Capture A Microphone Encoding Audio editing software Audacity Sound Forge WaveLab GarageBand Once you have your narration script, your mic, and your audio-enabled computer you may begin recording.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: eLearning Brand Name Recognition?

Learning Visions

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 eLearning Brand Name Recognition? I see a listing of products and tools. Clearly says something about the state of the fragmented eLearning market -- mostly small shops providing services or companies doing it in-house using all of the aforementioned tools. I tried and couldnt think of much other than this myself, except for more tools. :) Sreya 1:08 AM Lynn Ireland said. For me, tools and online resources automatically come to mind.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do!

Learning Visions

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do! Masters degree in Instructional Systems Design Process 10 years at Intel working in tools. We don’t typically create the new tools in eLearning – that innovation is happening in other places – e.g., marketing. We bow to the will of the SME… Little room for creativity New technology gives us new tools.

Reflecting* on the second half of 2009

Jay Cross

Mark Oehlert discusses Identity and Authority. Michael Allen tells about a futuristic, object-oriented authoring system. Productivity in a Networked Era: Not Your Father’s ROI. Collaboration gets things done and is the most powerful learning tool in the CLO’s playbook.

Not Your Father’s ROI

Jay Cross

Productivity in a Networked era: Not Your Father’s ROI. Several purported authorities on calculating ROI suggest taking intangibles into account by putting them on a list but refusing to estimate their value. The July issue of Chief Learning Officer is now available online.

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50 Practical Tips & Tricks to Build Better E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

They really speed up my production. Rapid elearning is all about creating the tools for you to build effective courses without having to be a programmer. Computers came on the scene and there were only a few experts who could build resumes using that fancy desktop publishing software.

Free e-Learning books

eFront

Therefore, as we move forward, we all must consider when, how, and why we integrate the tools that we do into our classrooms. => for Associations Jeff delivers an easy-to-read primer on how to leverage social media tools to expand the learning value that associations deliver.

Web 2.0 and Change Present Challenges to Many Learning Executives

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Jay Cross is a champion of informal learning (and author of the definitive book on the topic), Web 2.0, tools being used in learning—are getting more attention than the end result? One place CLOs have been missing the boat is in helping customers learn. Web 2.0

Free, now with added capitalisation

Learning Rocks

The basic premise is that with the cost of production asymptotically approaching zero, you can more or less round it out to nothing. Even Audacity, where the quality of output is indistinguishable from paid for alternatives, is still not the tool of choice with pros. Sure, it costs bugger all to copy the files, but just as with Big Pharma, the cost of development of genuinely new products is so high that it can't be ignored.

Free, now with added capitalisation

Learning Rocks

The basic premise is that with the cost of production asymptotically approaching zero, you can more or less round it out to nothing. Even Audacity, where the quality of output is indistinguishable from paid for alternatives, is still not the tool of choice with pros. Sure, it costs bugger all to copy the files, but just as with Big Pharma, the cost of development of genuinely new products is so high that it can't be ignored.

The Master SME: How to become one? How to work with it?

Vignettes Learning

Customer support logs often show valuable insights. Feedback from operations people who have to deliver and maintain products and services often times see the problems first-hand. Focus groups consisting of customers are good sources.