Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises

Performance Learning Productivity

I read a piece written by Kate Graham of e2train on Thursday and it started me thinking about the ‘real learning versus managed learning’ debate. I found I disagreed with Kate’s view on a number of points, and stand on the other side of the fence from her argument for a number of reasons.

Top 70 eLearning Articles - Hot Topics: iPad Adobe Captivate - July 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

July 2010. Educational Games for the Classroom - Kapp Notes , July 19, 2010 Here is a list of educational games that can be used to teach kids during the school year or over the summer break. Education As We Know It Is Finished - Lars is Learning , July 14, 2010 So says Clayton M.

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January 2010 Informal Learning Hotlist

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Top Informal Learning links for the first month of 2010. Protecting Reputations Online in Plain English - Common Craft – Explanations In Plain English - , January 6, 2010. A Few Thoughts on the Nexus One - OReilly Radar , January 5, 2010. Networking Reconsidered - HarvardBusiness.org , January 4, 2010. Tonight On CrunchGear: Live At CES - TechCrunch , January 7, 2010. The opposite of “open” is “theirs” - Joho the Blog , January 14, 2010.

My mLearning Predictions for 2010

mLearning Trends

After many years of sitting on the sidelines and reading the postings of others, I've decided to enter 2010 with this new mLearning Trends blog where I can post my own scattered thoughts and musing about all things "mobile learning" and begin sharing my own experiences in the design, development, deployment and support of mlearning solutions for the enterprise. I'll start things off by offerings my own list of mobile learning-related predictions for 2010.

Bloomsburg University Instructional Technology Students Win Awards

Kapp Notes

Below are students in my class doing breathing exercises as they learn about preparing for presentations. Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Bloomsburg University College of Science and Technology Spring Honors Symposium and students from a number of departments were honored.

Ken Hudson’s Finland Keynote: They Became What They Beheld

Kapp Notes

Ken described how successful the virtual training program was for training border patrol officers as a pre-training exercise and as an in-class exercises.

Why does everyone hate role plays?

Clive on Learning

In the past when I have heard groups express their dislike (if not complete hatred) of role plays, I have been sceptical that this opinion was in some way swayed by the bad experiences of the group in question - they had clearly in some past existence been badly bitten during or as a result of a role play exercise.

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Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

And every year I use this as a Big Question – see: Learning 2010. During 2010, I’ve been ramping up my use of twitter as a learning tool. Learning Coach Model Very Powerful In 2010, I had a great experience where Dr. Joel Harband wrote a series of articles for my blog on Text-to-Speech in eLearning. Flash may Die and HTML 5 is Going to be Big 2010 opened my eyes are Flash and HTML 5. I really think that 2010 marks the Beginning of Long Slow Death of Flash.

What’s Happening with OLIVE? Find Out.

Kapp Notes

2) SAIC was purchased back in Feb, 2010. o An international global pharmaceutical giant to use OLIVE to create virtual customer support groups supported by experts and aimed at sustaining healthy lifestyle practices in diet, exercise, and nutrition.

Creating a Moodboard

Moodle Journal

It seems that you can also invite up to 10 friends along to make the whole exercise a more social experience.

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Anatomy of an eLearning Lesson: Merrill’s First Principles

Integrated Learnings

Present practice exercises in which learners identify errors (or the lack thereof) on sample applications. Practice exercises can be peppered throughout the presentation of content and learning guidance to break up the sections of the application. By Shelley A. Gable.

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Key Steps to Preparing Great Synchronous Interactions

Experiencing eLearning

Practice exercise–can be asynchronous. These are my live blogged notes from Karen Hyder’s webinar, Key Steps to Preparing Great Synchronous Interactions from the Training Magazine Network. My side comments in italics.

Managing Subject Matter Expert Engagement via Project Momentum

Web Courseworks

The “performance dimension” means making a commitment to formal formative evaluation, whether for public relations-project image enhancement, product improvement, or to increase the propensity to conduct post-mortem (after each user testing session) reflection exercises with the SME.

Are eLearning Standards Necessary?

Integrated Learnings

But even though standards are often simply accepted as being necessary, asking the question is still a good exercise to follow during the Analysis phase of any new eLearning initiative (for more on phases, see the post ADDIE should have been DADDIE all along on this blog). By Jay Lambert. This question pops up now and again, particularly with those just starting to offer eLearning courses to their associates. As with most anything, arguments can potentially be made either way.

Custom eLearning Development Costs – Results From Chapman Alliance Study

Upside Learning

Level 1 plus 25% (or more) interactive exercises (allowing learners to perform virtual “try it&# exercises), liberal use of multimedia (audio, video, animations). 2010).

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Three Things You Should Really Know about Avatars (and their relationship to you)

Kapp Notes

In a study, users watched an avatar that looked like them exercising and loosing weight in a virtual environment, the result was that those that watched the avatar of themselves subsequently exercised more and eat more healthy in the real world as compared to a control group. In similar study, discussed by Baylor (2010) , "participants were exposed to an avatar representing themselves running on a treadmill, another avatar running or an avatar representing themselves loitering.

Is it about learning or performance?

Spark Your Interest

If learning isn’t pushing towards improved performance on some level, then it’s aimless and has the potential of becoming a navel-gazing exercise. I care about learning. I spend most of my time helping clients develop great learning strategies.

Designing Training that Helps the Brain Learn and the Learner Perform

Bottom-Line Performance

Instructors run out of time, or simply want to win points with their audience by getting done early, and the first thing to go is the exercises. It’s been awhile since I tackled one of The Learning Circuits Blog Big Question of the Month – but this one is intriguing ” “Does the discussion of how the brain learns impact your e-learning design?”. I feel pretty confident answering yes, – and only partly because I have a boss who’s a huge fan of research-based instructional design.

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Is Your eLearning Team Sick?

Web Courseworks

She concludes her book with an appeal to the reader to do reflective exercises on truly understanding yourself, friends, family and envisioning the ideal future for them and yourself. I recently had lunch with an old acquaintance from the University of Wisconsin, Kathleen Paris, Ph.D.

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5 Building Blocks to Better Beginnings with Carmen Taran

Learning Visions

From the archive for the eLearning Guilds Online Forum – originally presented on January 29, 2010. (If Can use at beginning of session – maybe every 30 minutes use it again as a break exercise. Are you delivering an online webinar? Creating an aysnchronous learning experience?

Acrobat: Metadata!

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

I am frequently asked in the Acrobat classes if I know what program was used to create the source document of an exercise file. by David R. Mankin Metadata is information about a document and its contents (including the author's name, keywords and copyright information).

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Meridian Conference: Lots of Fun, Catching up with Virtual Friends

Kapp Notes

The panel on which I served did a fun little exercise, we were given topics and got to decide if they were fact or fad.

How long does it take to create e-learning?

Clive on Learning

Level 2 e-learning : includes many more practical exercises and a liberal use of multimedia. I often get asked how long it takes to create a piece of e-learning. As we all know e-learning means different things to different people, but usually people are asking about the formal stuff, in particular interactive self-study materials.

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Encourage Avatar Customization in a Virtual World Class

Kapp Notes

Here is an exercise I use in workshops and classes to allow learners time to customize. C ustomizing Abbott Bundy. When first introducing learners to a virtual immersive environment (VIE), it might seem like a waste of time to allow learners to customize their avatar.

Another perspective on stakeholder analysis

Clive on Learning

You may want to place IT in this box too, on the basis that l&d is a relatively low priority for them, but they all too frequently exercise their power to say no. Karen Spillane alerted me to the following tool for stakeholder analysis. You'll find more information about it here.

Anatomy of an eLearning Lesson: Nine Events of Instruction

Integrated Learnings

Present practice exercises in which learners identify errors (or the lack thereof) on sample applications. Practice exercises can be peppered throughout the presentation of content and learning guidance to break up the sections of the application. A final practice exercise could be handled as a game where the learner receives points for correct responses and is challenged to earn a certain number of points. -8- By Shelley A. Gable.

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Using Virtual Worlds in the Conspiracy to Create an ah-ha Moment

Kapp Notes

Many people are aware they should exercise every day.doesn't happen. Abbott Bundy with his backpack and walking stick ready to embark on a story quest with his guides. Yesterday, I had the privilege of touring a fascinating project in the 3D virtual immersive environment of Second Life.

Start and End eLearning Courses with Methods That Facilitate Learning

Integrated Learnings

An introductory exercise like this can grab learners' attention in a relevant way, serve as an advance organizer for the content, and may make a list of learning objectives that follow seem more interesting. By Shelley A. Gable.

ASTD Philadelphia Presentation Resources

Kapp Notes

In a study, users watched an avatar that looked like them exercising and loosing weight in a virtual environment, the result was that those that watched the avatar of themselves subsequently exercised more and eat more healthy in the real world as compared to a control group. Within 24 hours, after the experiment, participants who were exposed to the avatar running that represented themselves exercised significantly more than those in the other conditions.&#.

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Ad-hoc Social Learning Environment - How a Blog Drives Learning

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

The program, dubbed BaseCamp 2010, addressed 40 participants drawn from the senior and mid-level ranks of the company. One interaction, for example, was a fun exercise where you paired related concepts. The whole of BaseCamp 2010 was delivered in asynchronous mode, and that did not stop us from interacting in meaningful ways. I recently conducted a one-month leadership development program at Harbinger Group.

Improving Life Through Video Games

Kapp Notes

According to ScienceDaily in the article Modified Home Video Game Shows Promise for Improving Hand Function in Teens With Cerebral Palsy a team has modified a Sony PlayStation 3 Console, a virtual glove and customer software to provide exercises and activities to improve hand and finger movement. Each system communicated via the Internet to allow the Indiana and Rutgers researchers to oversee participants' exercise routines and evaluate the effectiveness of the systems.

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Reflective Learning in Virtual Worlds

Kapp Notes

or other emotion) Where was your focus during that exercise? So as you are designing a 3D learning experience, ask your self these questions to help focus the exercise to include a robust and meaningful debriefing session: Who Conducts Debriefing? A critical element in virtual world learning is the opportunity for the learner to reflect upon his or her experience.

E-learning modules are not the complete replacement

Clive on Learning

Chances are that you are using the classroom elements to enthuse students about the topics covered by the course, to explain key ideas with the benefit of visual aids and interactive exercises, to stimulate discussion and provide opportunities for working with the new ideas. Imagine you were running a pretty traditional formal course composed of face-to-face classroom sessions, backed up by handouts or reference books.

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Active Learning - Unleashing the Power of Scenarios and Activities

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

This is plain vanilla comprehension exercise as we know it. How do you make it an active learning exercise? The finding exercise can be implemented in many ways. Strategies promoting activities that involve students in doing things and thinking about what they are doing is called Active Learning, proclaims a white paper by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, an education-for-all movement that aspires to educate over 200 million children. Active learning is not just for children.

Consultation/Training Needs Analysis checklist

ID Reflections

These are some thought-starter questions and by no means an exhaustive list.part of an exercise in my attempt to collate my scattered bits of writing. I have found the questions below useful to ask when analyzing an organization's readiness/need for e-learning. I have jotted them down as they occurred to me and are in no ways very refined. These will need several iterations to reach some measure of perfection.

Writing & Grammar: Make Your Own Style Sheets and Feel the Awesome Power!

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

That means you can exercise your own judgment or taste or even whim in making your style decisions--feel the awesome power! by Jennie Ruby. Should I use quotation marks around the names of drop-down lists and radio buttons? Should I use italics for those? Am I correct in capitalizing them? These were the questions of one reader this week, and these questions come up in nearly every writing class I teach !

Excel Everest

Clive on Learning

It has 41 topics, 155 exercises, 339 buttons, and 87 embedded videos.' Recently I got an email from 'Sean, a fellow learning theory/tool fiend. I'm also a first year student at Harvard Medical School but I just launched my own tech-heavy learning project on the side. It's called Excel Everest ( [link] ), and it's a fully interactive "book" about Microsoft Excel, but written in an Excel file. There's a great introductory video on YouTube.