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.

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.

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.

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.

Top 70 eLearning Posts for June and Hot Topics including iPad and Mobile Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

June 2010. Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises - Performance Learning Productivity , June 18, 2010 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. MinuteBio , June 12, 2010 Yesterday I attended a SCORM webinar provided by Advance Distributed Learning (ADL). Spark Your Interest , June 3, 2010 June’s BQ is… “what tools should we learn?&#.

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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Training Companies and LMS

Upside Learning

Training Companies needed to enable themselves with the tools and technologies needed to go online with their training material and find the right systems and backend partners to support them during and after this crucial exercise.

Visual Hierarchy in Web Design Applies to eLearning Desing Too

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

This article will examine why developing a visual hierarchy is crucial on the web, the theory behind it, and how you can use some very basic exercises in your own designs to put these principles into practice. Special thanks to @learnnuggets for tweeting this. I agree.

Research to Practice: Games and Simulations

Kapp Notes

In one study, users watched an avatar that looked like them exercising and losing weight in a virtual environment, the result was that those that watched the avatar of themselves subsequently exercised more and ate healthier in the real world as compared to a control group.

Creating e-Learning for Everybody Using Multiple Intelligences

Spicy Learning

Intrapersonal intelligence: Intrapersonal intelligence focuses on the internal aspect to learning and using reflective exercises is a great way to engage these individuals. What is the Multiple Intelligences theory? For the most part, it’s common sense! Penned by Howard Gardener in 1983, the theory describes what those of us who went to school already knew: Different people learn in different ways. Gardener initially described seven basic intelligences.

3 Rs of Smarter Training Design: Reuse, Recycle, Renew


Design training exercises that are focused on teaching trainees how to find information using existing resources. With many training and development departments stretched thin or nearly non-existent, the task of creating new online training is daunting enough.

Top five tips for writing an effective, engaging compliance course

Spicy Learning

Compliance training has a bad reputation for being little more than a box-ticking exercise. But here at Saffron we believe it’s absolutely possible to create effective, engaging training that achieves both competence and compliance. Read on for our top five tips for breaking the mould and delivering gold standard compliance training every time. Keep it positive. Avoid the temptation to instruct your learners in what they must and must not do.

A Roadmap for Building an E-Learning Course

Rapid eLearning

Case studies & scenarios : Present some problem solving exercises and activities. Blended approach : Mix elearning with real-world activities where they get the core information online and then it’s integrated in some team or class discussions and exercises.

10 Free Audio Programs to Use for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Based on how my kids have played with it, I can see where this could be a good tool to use in class as part of a creative exercise. I’m no audio engineer. And odds are that neither are you. So I won’t get into all of the nitty gritty details of audio editing.

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.

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.

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.

Emerging Trends in Interactivity that Training Professionals Cannot Ignore

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

The blog posts contained Raptivity elements, exercises and modules the learners to complete, and I used a Twitter gadget inside my blog. In this post I would like to relate five emerging trends in interactivity that training professionals cannot ignore. I will also name a few tools that help you leverage those trends. Interactive Presentations Presenters are increasingly relying upon interactive elements to help their presentations come alive.

Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning?

Tony Karrer

However, there is a clause that causes a bit of concern: You may not impose any effective technological measures on the Work that restrict the ability of a recipient of the Work from You to exercise the rights granted to that recipient under the terms of the License. As part of the Big Question this month Open Content in Workplace Learning? , I’m exploring whether Open Content can be used by for-profit companies.

Five Ways to Use an LMS for Effective Learning Measurement

Upside Learning

Before I begin citing some ways to use LMS for Learning Measurement, let me state that Learning Measurement is a very challenging exercise and not one that can be executed easily or quickly with some calculator.

A Dozen Handpicked E-Learning Resources

Rapid eLearning

It’s hard to believe that we’re approaching the last quarter of 2010. This post shares 10 visual design tips with a great mindmapping exercise. This year seems to have flown by. I’ve had fun with travel across the country and getting to meet so many blog readers at various conferences.

Acrobat: Metadata!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

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).


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.

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 - , 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.

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How PowerPoint’s New Shape Tools Can Upgrade Your Training Design


The more I experiment with PowerPoint 2010′s new features, the more I’m impressed. The New Features in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Here’s a quick video that nicely highlights some of the coolest new features. Cool, eh? And, those are just some highlights.

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.

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

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

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 !

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.

A Simple Tip to Add a Personalized Touch to Your Online Courses


Probably yes, this is the kind of feedback we generally receive in our online assessments or exercises. Research suggests that students want specific and detailed feedback from their instructors (Balaji & Chakrabarti, 2010). Great! Good job! Incorrect! Can do better!

What’s your favourite e-learning interaction?

Spicy Learning

With a bit of careful tweaking the long list can be transformed into a myth busting exercise where the learner plays the starring role. If you had to pick your favourite e-learning interaction, which would it be, and why? For me it’s easy: the myth and reality screen takes the top spot. But why?” I hear you cry. Here are my top three reasons (although I do have many more!): Simplicity.

Raptivity: A Review

The eLearning Coach

For example, in the Brain Teasers category you’ll find templates for a jigsaw interaction, flash cards, analogous pair, wild cards and a classification exercise.

Finland Key Note Resources and Part One of Recap

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.

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.

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.

3 Ways to Build Remarkable E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

David Anderson also has a great mind mapping exercise where he walks you through the process of building a unique look and feel for your elearning course s. By applying David’s mind map exercise, he was able to convert a somewhat generic-looking quiz to something much more rich and dynamic.

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.

How I used Wordle as a basic TNA tool | Good To Great

Good To Great

Unfortunately, the most common words are less positive: boring, tedious, forgettable, tick box exercises are the things we need to get away from. 12 Responses to How I used Wordle as a basic TNA tool Craig Taylor | November 30, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Reply You certainly did Stephanie.