Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

Before I start with any of my actual predictions, let me throw in an overall prediction that the year is going to start off slow for most people, but by the end of the year, we will all be thinking: “Wow, 2010 was a crazy year!” For example, Harold Jarche tells us 2010: Year of the CM.

Helping People Find Jobs: Part of Our Responsibility as a Bloomsburg Professor

Kapp Notes

And I view a large part of my responsibility as helping Pennsylvanians and others find jobs. They are all working hard to help students find meaningful and well-paying jobs in this tight economy. I can't speak for other departments but, here is what we are doing in the Department of Instructional Technology to help our students find jobs. He does a great job supervising the student's, coordinating employer needs and helping to ensure a good match between employer and student.

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Survey Request: Take some time and help the industry

Kapp Notes

A colleague of mine, Dan Bliton asked me to help promote this survey, I think it is a worthwhile endeavor and would invite you to take a few moments and participate. Here are the details. Please complete the survey on Effective Approaches for e-Learning and share it with others. link] elearning. We need at least 100 survey responses from e-Learning developers for an I/ITSEC conference paper.

PowerPoint 2010: Working With Guides

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

The Ruler will help with this.  by AJ George. For some PowerPoint projects you may find that you would like to line up elements in a certain way and that having guides on the slide would be useful.

eLearning Conferences 2011

Tony Karrer

Past years eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. December 2010 November 30-December 3, 2010 International Workshop on Cloud Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (CPSRT), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

Online courses must die!

E-Learning Provocateur

By all means invest in authoring tools, but only in ones that will help you create interactive and engaging objects – easily. A touch dramatic, isn’t it? Now that I have your attention, please bear with me. There’s method in my madness… The myth of rapid authoring.

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PowerPoint 2010: Turn Off Picture Compression

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

I may be able to help and then share the solution here. by AJ George  You may not realize it but PowerPoint is lowering the quality of the images in your presentations. By default, PowerPoint is set to compress the images in your files. In

PowerPoint 2010: Audio Won't Trim? Compress It!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

All you have to do is this: In PowerPoint 2010, select File > Info. Unfortunately, I have not found a suitable explanation as to why the trim function in PowerPoint doesn't always work, or why compressing the media helps, but it is nice to know that it is easily remedied.  by AJ George.   Have you ever been frustrated by an inability to trim audio in PowerPoint?

PowerPoint 2010: Using the Selection Pane

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This can be immensely helpful if you have several objects overlapping each other and you want to work with one of the objects that is not in front. by AJ George  Have you ever been working on a slide with text, images, animations and some shapes. and then "lost" something?

Top 35 Articles on eLearning Strategy

Tony Karrer

I'm hoping that people will help out. I’ve been recently working on lots of eLearning strategy consulting engagements and one of my colleagues asked me to provide a set of resources around this topic. I went back and looked at what I had written before on eLearning Strategy and saw that I had said at the time: I've spent several hours this morning trying to find good resources on eLearning Strategy development and particularly looking for examples to use in this post.

Report identifies problems with education

Kapp Notes

Minimal assessment of students’ thinking during learning so teachers can help students learn better. Interesting perspective on American Education from the Department of Education. Education is vital to America’s individual and collective economic growth and prosperity, and is necessary for our democracy to work. Once the global leader in college completion rates among young people, the United States currently ranks ninth out of 36 developed nation s.

Will Mobile Apps Change Training Forever?

Upside Learning

Apps that help the workforce perform better or safer are already out in the market. Technology around us is evolving at a rapid pace and is in turn affecting a speedy evolution of learning technology. Work is changing and, to keep pace with it, training is changing too.

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Army Discovers the Weapon to Kill PowerPoint Briefings…Video Games

Kapp Notes

There is a military unit tasked with using videogame tools and techniques to help soldiers and commanders understand how to not only train smarter, but also to understand how their enemy thinks. Recently, there has been a lot of calls for the death of PowerPoint especially from the US Army.

Five Software Products for Adding an Avatar to Your eLearning

Kapp Notes

Avatar helping out with a multiple choice question. Customer service training incorporating an avatar to help the learner through the course. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.

Training for a Critical Incident in a 3D Virtual Environment

Kapp Notes

These are critical incidents and 3D learning environments can help people prepare and train for these events. Galvanek helped rescue two victims from an overturned SUV on the shoulder of a North Carolina interstate.

Good Games and Good Learning

Kapp Notes

Players can perform before they are competent, supported by the design of the game through just-time help and on demand information as well as by clues, hints and contextual interface.

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In Good Company: Thanks Zaid Learn and Everyone Create a Personnel Learning Network

Kapp Notes

He is encouraging everyone to create their own Top Ten List that helps them become better at their subject matter, with web skills or any area in which they desire.

11 Free Game Creation Software Programs (At least for 30 Days)

Kapp Notes

RPG Maker Game screen from RPG Maker RPG Maker :RPG Maker VX is software that helps you create you own unique RPG without any programming experience necessary.

Presentation Resources for DPW Webinar

Kapp Notes

Here are some presentation resources that might be helpful when creating an exciting PowerPoint presentation.

Class Meeting in 3D World of Second Life

Kapp Notes

As instructional designers, one of our "missions" is to help learners overcome the scary and daunting aspects so learning occurs. Learning in 3D Class sitting around conference room table. Jumping into a virtual world can be a fun but scary and daunting place for first timers.

Presentation Recap for the U.S. Air Force’s Global Learning Forum

Kapp Notes

A little over a year ago Air University formed GLF to help support virtual collaborative prototyping efforts and research. Dr. Langer and Dr. Knefelkamp discuss a model to help understand the elements of digital literacy.

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Volatility in 3D Virtual World Industry

Kapp Notes

Venuegen has offered to help Second Life Enterprise users move from the SL Enterprise edition to the Venuegen platform for free. There is a great deal of "churn" in the 3D virtual immersive environment space.

Tools For Mobile Learning Development

Upside Learning

To make it easier, you can use engines/frameworks which will help you in developing games. Upside is doing a fair bit of mobile learning development and we blog about it regularly. In the process of development, we are often forced to explore the various tools available.

HP Agrees to Buy Palm

Kapp Notes

The move means that HP doesn't have to spend the R&D dollars to create a smartphone from scratch and it helps rescue an operating system and concept that has received good reviews but hasn't caught the attention of the public.

Expectations From eLearning Authoring Tools

Upside Learning

The mind map can help learning professionals choose the right authoring tool for their requirements and expectations. One more feature which is not required in most cases but would be much of help to advanced authors – is some way to extend/customize tool functionality through programming.

Linden Labs Raising Prices But Extending Discount for Current Users

Kapp Notes

Of course there was a backlash and so Linden has offered up a temporary solution, one which will bring in monies in the short term and help educators and non-profits to “buy more time&# at the discounted rate: Here is a “mass email&# sent to education users from Linden. If your organization renews and enters into a contract no later than December 31, 2010, it can lock in the current discounted rate for up to 24 additional months.

Tools for Developing Augmented Reality Applications

Upside Learning

These applications can help the learners to get real time learning using their mobile phones about various places. We have been experimenting with development of Augmented Reality [AR] applications for some time now.

eLearning Conferences 2010

Tony Karrer

link] January 2010 January 3-4, 2010 New Presidents Program , sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, Marco Island, Florida, USA. link] January 3-6, 2010 International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking (ICDC), Kolkata, India. link] February 22-23, 2010.

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Whether you currently teach online or you are thinking about doing it in the future, we are here to help you sort through this process and we hope that this handbook might help you along the way. I follow you on Twitter @cpappas November 16, 2010 2:05 AM Carlton said.

The Real Cost of a Free (Open Source) LMS!

Upside Learning

It would help to read my other post – the right way to go about open source LMS. Since this would be the initial stage of eLearning initiative a disinterested user base will not help carry the initiative forward.

PowerPoint 2010: Animating the Pieces of a Grouped Object as a Whole

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Naming all of the elements on your slide will help you keep them straight. by AJ George. Last week I was revamping the presentation accompanying our Online Trainer Training: Engaging the Virtual Learner class when I ran into a bit of an animation shortcoming in PowerPoint.

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. It was definitely helpful to spend time going through Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles. 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. I really think that 2010 marks the Beginning of Long Slow Death of Flash.

Gastrogaming for Your Labor Day

Kapp Notes

You can even get a "personal trainer" to help you learn to cook. Labor Day is here, traditionally, many people in the US consider it the last day of summer. And to celebrate they usually cook out on the grill and have a picnic. Well, the celebration doesn't have to end even when the weather gets cold, there are plenty of fun and exciting cooking games that you can play to stay sharp. You can even challenge the Iron Chef if you feel up to the challenge.

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3 Game Mechanics To Include In Learning Games

Upside Learning

So if your game’s theme is a ‘quest’ (a common game theme), you don’t want the learner stumbling on to the content that doesn’t help them advance in the quest or let them overcome the obstacle they’re facing at the time.

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Likert-Type Scales: Examples, Samples and Information

Kapp Notes

Here is a link to a page that has some templates that might be helpful. If you are doing a formative or summative evaluation of instruction or doing a needs assessment or a program evaluation, sooner or later you are going to need a Likert-type scale. You also may have a question about using odd or even numbers in the Likert-Type Scale, here is some insight on that. Here are several types of scales that you might find handy.

Three Approaches to Overcoming Objections to Learning in 3D

Kapp Notes

I find that if I can help the decision-makers make the positive connection between good game design – the reason people become so hooked on the experience – and memory creation and retention, I can then move on to making a connection to serious gaming. This helps make the connection that it is not about the game or the technology, it is really about designing an experience to get to relevant learning outcomes.

Social Media for Trainers: Filled with Great Ideas and Techniques

Kapp Notes

Many thanks to them for their help with this project! So this is wild for me, first time I am a tour stop on a blog book tour! I've been an author on blog book tours but now I get to be a stop on a tour and I couldn't be happier to be a stop for my friend and prolific author, Jane Bozarth. Social Media for Trainers is a great book for understanding the ways to leverage social media to extend training beyond the traditional four walls.