Five Software Products for Adding an Avatar to Your eLearning

Kapp Notes

Here are 4 software products that allow you to add an avatar to your elearning courses. The company can create the instruction for you or you can build NOAH products yourself. Vcom3D --This company has a product suite including Studio and Gesture Builder.

Online Tools: Improve Your Productivity

The eLearning Coach

Want to be so productive you can leave work early? Post from: The eLearning Coach Online Tools: Improve Your Productivity. Tags: BUSINESS SOFTWARE REVIEWS online apps online tools productivity Then try out some of these online apps.

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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.

PowerPoint 2010: Animating a Venn Diagram

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

It would be difficult to add such an animation to a Venn diagram created with shapes and text boxes as outlined above because each section is not an actual shape; rather the sections are products of overlapping shapes. by AJ George. A typical Venn diagram has two or more related topics.

PowerPoint 2010: Using the Shape Union & Subtract Tools for eLearning

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Over the last two weeks I've introduced PowerPoint 2010's Shape Union and Shape Subtract tools.     The goal is to have each of the puzzle pieces illustrate a potentially missing piece to the overall productivity picture. by AJ George.

Top 35 Articles on eLearning Strategy

Tony Karrer

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. I've really been striking out.

How to revamp your learning model

E-Learning Provocateur

There are plenty of other examples, such as a certain level of product knowledge, that may be critical to the role. In my articles Online courses must die!

PowerPoint 2010: Create Your Own Gauges

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Here's what the finished product would look like:    And here's how you'd do it: In PowerPoint, insert a doughnut chart. by AJ George  Want to create a speedometer-like gauge for your PowerPoint or eLearning deck?

Army Discovers the Weapon to Kill PowerPoint Briefings…Video Games

Kapp Notes

Recently, there has been a lot of calls for the death of PowerPoint especially from the US Army. From We’ve Met the Enemy and He is PowerPoint where the article discusses perhaps the worlds most challenging PowerPoint slide. Complicated slide explaining inter-relationships, hard to read.

Still More Alternatives to Second Life: More 3D Worlds to Explore

Kapp Notes

OpenSimulator is released under a BSD License, making it both open source, and commercially friendly to embed in products. Product Animations Part of a training program called "Introduction to Making Tablets". Here are even a few more alternatives to Second Life for you to check out.

Class Meeting in 3D World of VirtualU

Kapp Notes

The exhibit hall provided a show case for vendor products and services and if you clicked on the exhibit for information, the system could launch a web site and gather information to assist the vendor in tracking visitors.

Volatility in 3D Virtual World Industry

Kapp Notes

Parker, President of Digitell , Inc.informed me that he had a great reception and a tremendous amount of buzz around his VirtualU product and many of the people with whom he spoke are desperate to find a more engaging platform than 2D virtual classrooms.

Great ending to 2010

Jay Cross

Innovation in process trumps innovation in product. In order to create successful products, it is as important (if not more) to invest in the design of the design process, as in the design of the product itself.

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

Kapp Notes

We oversee graduate assistantships where they work with real clients such as the PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence, several local manufacturing companies and other organizations so students can gain practical skills to apply their craft and so the students have working products to show potential employers. This improves productivity and helps ensure the employees remain skilled for their jobs. In Pennsylvania, the job situation is rather bleak.

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Linden Labs Raising Prices But Extending Discount for Current Users

Kapp Notes

An educational or not-for-profit institution that is currently under contract with us will be able to renew early (or purchase additional regions) and continue to receive the current 50% discount on land maintenance provided that the renewal takes place prior to the December 31, 2010. 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.

Another 3D Virtual World Shutting Down

Kapp Notes

There avatars wave good bye as the virtual world closes on March 9, 2010. The well-known virtual world called There is closing on March 9, 2010. Our hats have to go off to the team, which have in a very short time introduced a whole new suite of casual games, a completely new foundation for our user interface, improved internal efficiencies for the product, real estate, a whole new level of Community Involvement, etc, etc.

2010 LMS Products of the Year

eLearning 24-7

LMS Products of the Year 2010. A lot of great products out there this year, new updates and latest versions; new companies, new services and just some real innovation. If you are seeking TM as your focus and you want one of the big dogs – I found Plateau’s system to offer appropriate functionality for it, but found some real concern in other areas (see my product review). Extended Enterprise 2010 System of the Year.

eLearning Development Is An Iterative Process

Upside Learning

It’s amazing how fresh eyes can find things you might have overlooked during production. Earlier this month, Tom Kuhlmann talked about 10 things to do before your eLearning course goes live. His post makes great sense but what really caught my attention was the statement he began with. “It’s

Free e-Learning books

eFront

A total of 147 members responded to the survey, contributing 239 usable tips on 28 products (17 of which were not included in the original list). As a result, these tips will be useful to any designer or developer looking for best practices to incorporate into their own production process.

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

Upside Learning

Additionally, there are the hassles of product management, versioning, transitioning, data migration (if needed), etc. Moodle is a good LMS with which has grown over the years and offers a host of functionality and features that are very useful to have in an LMS.

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.

Adding Social To Learning Games

Upside Learning

Social game developers and studios use these to monetize their product, as learning designers we can use these to capitalize on learning. As our services in game design and development advance, we’re often asked how ‘social gaming’ paradigms can be used in learning games.

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Learning in 3D Week 4 Stops for Blog Book Tour

Kapp Notes

Specifically, we will discuss practical, research-based recommendations and techniques for integrating existing training and business into productive 3D virtual work environments. The event is Tuesday, February 9, 2010 12:30 to 1:30 pm ET Register HERE! Here are the great stops for week 4 of the blog book tour. Also, follow the tour on Twitter with hashtag #lrn3d. And, join us on Facebook at the Learning in 3D page.

What it means that MS LifeScience Award Goes to 3D Virtual Conference Design

Kapp Notes

Event By now you've probably already heard that the Microsoft Life Sciences Innovation Award 2010 has gone to a project that uses a 3-D virtual environment to hold a virtual scientific poster session. But Microsoft with no known 3D product or initiative has recognized the importance of 3D for innovation.

Who archives the web?

Clive on Learning

What you'll hear in this program is how he developed his idea, why he insisted on an imperfect launch, how he got coverage for his new product, and the exact tools he uses to get customers to pay How do you get your first $10,000 in sales with a part-time project and a "ghetto launch"? That's what I invited Jason Baptiste to teach. He launched PadPressed, which enables blogs and other publications to automatically make their content iPad friendly.

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Product Review: BlueVolt

eLearning 24-7

Ability to offer ads for products or ads to specific sections for folks to visit – for each child (sub-portal) - yes – every child can be skinned to look a different way then the parent. At one time BlueVolt was just a spark, a system among many other systems in the market.

New Year Thoughts about 3D Virtual Worlds for Learning

Kapp Notes

While creating products, working on deliverables and collaborating across organizations on a large scale in virtual worlds seems like science fiction, the truth is that 3D environments for working, learning and collaborating are the not-too-distant future. Hopefully in 2010, but if not then, I hope soon after. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.

Social Media for Trainers: Filled with Great Ideas and Techniques

Kapp Notes

I just want to add one last item which is the fact that the book is as applicable for teachers as it is for trainers with attitudes like the one I wrote about in Advice to Teachers in Florida: Don't use Facebook with Students we need to present the positive and productive side of social media and this book does an excellent job of doing that with enough detail to walk even the most unsure trainer or teacher through the necessary steps.

Social Media for Trainers: Filled with Great Ideas and Techniques

Kapp Notes

I just want to add one last item which is the fact that the book is as applicable for teachers as it is for trainers with attitudes like the one I wrote about in Advice to Teachers in Florida: Don't use Facebook with Students we need to present the positive and productive side of social media and this book does an excellent job of doing that with enough detail to walk even the most unsure trainer or teacher through the necessary steps.

Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning

Tony Karrer

The other posts are: Text-to-Speech Overview and NLP Quality , Digital Signal Processor and Text-to-Speech , Using Text-to-Speech in an eLearning Course , and Text-to-Speech eLearning Tools - Integrated Products. Global web training by a Systems Engineering Manager at a Large Product Corporation. Company-wide training modules by a Lead Courseware Developer at a Security Products Corporation.

Virtual World Vendor Forterra Systems Purchased by SAIC.

Kapp Notes

Forterra personnel and the OLIVE product line will be absorbed into SAIC's Analysis, Simulations, Systems Engineering and Training (ASSET) Business Unit based in Orlando, FL. We see virtual worlds as the direction of the future in modeling and simulation – emphasis on interpersonal interaction and collaboration enables us to take our products in new directions, and to new markets.”

3D Video Game Revolution is Close

Kapp Notes

As a bridge to the full scale adoption of 3D video games, the software company NVIDIA has a product called 3D Vision™ which helps to transforms PC games into full stereoscopic 3D right out of the box, without the need for special game patches. While venturing into a 3D world is interesting, exciting and opens all sorts of possibilities, it is equally as exciting to have a 3D world surround you.

eLearning & mLearning: Using Color in Learning

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Blue is often used in offices and gyms to stimulate productivity. by AJ George I've previously written about how to effectively use fonts to convey ideas and emotions in your eLearning courses. Effective use of color is equally important and is often overlooked and under utilized.