The Big Question - What I Learned About Learning in 2009

Upside Learning

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.

Hot List - April 1, 2009 to April 11, 2009

Tony Karrer

Top 100 eLearning Items - eLearning Technology , April 7, 2009 Interesting that my own post got the top spot. My top ten tips for getting started with eLearning: - Ignatia Webs , April 6, 2009 It ain’t always easy to dive into eLearning. Building Better Learning Games - Learning Visions , April 9, 2009 Interested in building casual games for your learners? Don't Waste Your Time , April 1, 2009 This has been brewing for some time now.

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Seven Tips for an Easy and Effective LMS Switch

Upside Learning

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.” A vendor who implemented LMS replacements similar to yours in scale will be able to drive your switch-over faster and in an effective manner.

eLearning Development: Useful Firefox add-ons

Upside Learning

Since its last major release in June 2009 it has already crossed one billion downloads and to celebrate that Mozilla Foundation has even launched this website [link]. Using Flash-Switcher you can also add or remove different versions of Flash Player.

TCC09: Evaluating Social Networking Tools for Distance Learning

Experiencing eLearning

One tool to use: Effective use of VLEs Infokit from JISC. Student satisfaction lower for the online version than face-to-face. Liveblogged from the TCC online conference. My notes in italics. Presenter: Ellen Hoffman, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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. For example there have been over 60 new versions of the Blackberry since its launch in 2002, that’s one every 5 weeks. Keeping costs down: Given the pace of change, product knowledge e-learning has got to be cost effective, otherwise the maintenance costs will be prohibitive.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Creating animation is also quite complicated as one has to code time slots and animation effects parameters manually into the XAML file. The Silverlight runtime is not yet available on Linux and the Mac version has some issues. A preview version of Moonlight was released some time ago.

Reseller program for UpsideLMS launched

Upside Learning

Following the recent release of UpsideLMS Version 4.0 Free trial access, video tours and live demonstrations of UpsideLMS Version 4.0 Related posts: Presenting UpsideLMS Version 4.0 Seven Tips for an Easy and Effective LMS Switch Learning Management: What does a Training Company need an LMS for? we have now introduced a reseller program for the product and related services. We invite independent organizations and individual professionals to the program.

The Semantic Web Cometh – 2

Upside Learning

It is the semantic web that will finally make the web an effective information repository, easily configured for learning. and subsequently to version 3.0 In my last post ( Semantic Web Cometh ), I mentioned how the underlying principles of the Semantic Web should make it highly inclusive and provide a uniform descriptive language across all sorts of media and technologies and consequently let users spend more time immersed meaningfully in the learning process.

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Articulate ’09: Tips for Resolving Common Issues

Upside Learning

We have used them for several projects, and have found them very effective for development and simple to use. The latest version, Articulate ’09, has some interesting new features like Single-slide Preview, FLV Support, Easy Audio Editor, and Articulate Branding Removed.

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The Future Business of Learning for Suppliers

Performance Learning Productivity

He references The Masie Barometer which provides a late-March 2009 snapshot of learning & development in a range of organisations – 77% of respondents based in the USA. When looking forward to 2009, the outlook was about the same – 86%.

LAMS Activity Planner

Moodle Journal

It provides advice on choosing effective approaches, as well as sample sequences and advice on editing individual tasks.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Creating animation is also quite complicated as one has to code time slots and animation effects parameters manually into the XAML file. The Silverlight runtime is not yet available on Linux and the Mac version has some issues. A preview version of Moonlight was released some time ago.

Covert Consulting: A Survival Competency for Today’s Training Organizations

Living in Learning

For the full benefit of blunt effect, I had a single PowerPoint slide with Sales Training smack in the middle of it…72-point font…bold…that’s it…and an animation with that red circle with a diagonal slash through it animated to overlay a second later. A “lite” version ensued in a relatively covert manner. The phone rings early, and I answer without the benefit of my first cup of caffeine.

Why you want to use scenarios in your elearning

Making Change

If some type is too small, click the “full&# icon in the player and you’ll get the big-screen version. Since many clients don’t actually measure the effectiveness of their materials and just want information put online quickly, it can be hard to argue for immersive scenarios. Imagine that you’re in a competition to overhaul an information-heavy course so it creates a real change in the world. What changes would you make?

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Kineo Product Knowledge E-Learning Webinar

Learning Visions

Kineo will be holding a free webinar on creating effective product knowledge e-learning on July 16th, 2009. For example there have been over 60 new versions of the Blackberry since its launch in 2002, that’s one every 5 weeks. Keeping costs down: Given the pace of change, product knowledge e-learning has got to be cost effective, otherwise the maintenance costs will be prohibitive.

8 Scary and Uncomfortable Reasons for the Growth of Virtual Worlds

Kapp Notes

This will become especially acute if a more fatal version of the H1N1 flu starts to spread. Technology as the Solution In some cases, the learning and development professionals of the organization don't want to take a hard look at the effectiveness of their programs. If they can sit in a virtual environment for 30 minutes and collaborate effectively without leaving their desk, they'll buy into the technology to save some time. S top, proceed with caution.

70 years on and still relevant: The Sabre-Toothed Future

Performance Learning Productivity

He made a name for himself by producing a very fine version of the pear-shaped chipped-stone tool anthropologists call the coup-de-poing , or fist-hammer. They practices these new approaches, refined them, and were always ready to try a newer, more efficient or effective approach.

eLearning Conferences 2010

Tony Karrer

December 2009 December 1-4, 2009 New Zealand Association for Research in Education , Distinction Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand. www.online-educa.com December 2-4, 2009 eAsia , Colombo, Sri Lanka. link] December 3-4, 2009 Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture , Rome, Italy.

eLearning Development: What’s new in Flash CS4?

Upside Learning

If you have been bugged by previous Flash versions not allowing you to publish for latest Flash Player there is some relief here. Flash CS4 allows us to finally publish SWF files for Flash Player 10 - the latest version of Flash Player. By first 2 quarters of 2009, it should cross 80%. Deco and Spray Tools - The Deco tool could be used to quickly create kaleidoscope-like effects and to apply fills.

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Social Software Adoption

Tony Karrer

Dion Hinchcliffe declared 2009 - The year of the shift to Enterprise 2.0. Sending a Word document in an email when there's a collaboratively editable version of the content somewhere else causes enough pain that the group forces the use of the new technology through peer pressure.

Top ten tips for writing effective questions

Saffron Interactive

Read on for Saffron’s top ten tips for creating effective questions that test learners in the right way, on the right thing. Negative questions, options that are identical except for one word, and questions on topics that weren’t actually covered in the course are neither fair nor effective. Giving learners a 50% chance of guessing correctly is not the most effective test. Time efficient and effective!

Ruth Clark: Evidence Based E-Learning #dl09 #dl09-104

Learning Visions

Which gets better learning: Base text and graphic Interesting anecdotes added to base lesson The basic version wins. 15) delayed procedural learning) – really small … The relationship between ratings (level 1 student rating sheets) is too small to assess lesson effectiveness. text text & simple graphic (this was more effective!) Visual examples were more effective – but animation/video not statistically different from each other.

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Intensive and Extensive Processing: Making Formal Stickier

Clark Quinn

We need reactivation, as massed practice isn’t as effective as spaced practice. That latter is a personal version of the more general task of having learners elaborate the content. I’ve been thinking around the ways to use social learning to augment formal learning, and it’s bringing interesting things together. The point is that there are things that make formal learning work better, and we want to draw upon them in smart ways.

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Revisiting the Training Department

Clark Quinn

And experts aren’t able to collaborate with each other, and to work effectively with practitioners to solve problems. That’s not an easy answer, because (and this isn’t just consultant-speak) it depends on where the particular organization is at, and what makes sense as a particular end version, and what metrics are meaningful to the organization. Harold Jarche and Jay Cross have been talking about rethinking the training department, and I have to agree.

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How To Design Custom PowerPoint Templates for E-Learning (Plus 8 Free Templates)

Rapid eLearning

Here’s a published version of my mock up. That would have a nice effect. You could also make smaller versions of the papers and use those as icons that link to sections in the course.

More Advantages of 3D Learning Worlds

Kapp Notes

When this happens, it allows the learner to more effectively encode the learning for future recall and provides the cues needed to apply the experience from the 3D world to actual on-the-job performance.

Triathalon Training Should be the Model for All Learning

Kapp Notes

So what lessons can be drawn between training for a triathlon and creating effective learning? Recently, I completed my first-ever sprint triathlon. in Avalon, NJ. It is called the Islandman Triathalon. It is called a "sprint" for real triathlon pros because it is so short, they sprint it.

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How to Convert Your PowerPoint Presentation into an Elearning Course

Rapid eLearning

There’s really nothing wrong with Cathy’s version, but I asked her if I could use it for this post because as Elaine Bettis would say, “It’s blog-worthy.&# There’s no narration, but there are a few slides that have some simple audio on them for effect.

Here’s Why PowerPoint 2007 Helps You Build Better E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

In between, I delivered three presentations, met hundreds of people, and we announced the winners of our Guru Awards 2009. I think it’s a perfect example of how you can use PowerPoint to build effective and engaging elearning courses. Last week was a blur.

3 Proven Techniques to Add Creativity to Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

Building an effective elearning course is more than just applying the mechanics of instructional design. You’re not trying to copy the work of others, but by pulling it apart and building your own versions you end up learning how to do things in a new way.

How to Convert Your PowerPoint Presentation into an Elearning Course

Rapid eLearning

There’s really nothing wrong with Cathy’s version, but I asked her if I could use it for this post because as Elaine Bettis would say, “It’s blog-worthy.&# That makes this approach very effective.

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Tony Karrer

Thus, they treat content delivered as bits as having less value than the equivalent atoms version. There's definitely a lot of questions raised by the book that will undoubtedly add to my thoughts around New Learning Solutions : What are the versions of offerings that can have different prices? What are network effects that we can leverage for greater value? Where do network effects outside a single organization instance help drive value?

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Five Tips for Creating Effective Learning Videos

TechSmith Camtasia

As a result, the expectations for this type of content have risen and video creators are finding it more difficult than ever to ensure that their content is effective and engaging. I still get recognized to this day as the guy who made Jing Videos back in 2009.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Audio in eLearning: When Rough Around the Edges is Better

Learning Visions

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 Audio in eLearning: When Rough Around the Edges is Better At our seminar today on using Articulate and Moodle and "Doing More for Less" , the conversation turned (as it always does) to using audio in eLearning. So thats one version. So thats the second version. So youve got one version thats pretty rough around the edges and one version thats smooth and polished. They piloted these two versions and got feedback.

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