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: Working with Audio

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

  Adding audio to a PowerPoint 2010 slide is simple.     In a perfect world, you would be able to make adjustments to an audio clip by either right-clicking a slide's sound icon, or by using the Audio Tools. Select the icon for the sound file on your slide. If you would like the sound to play by clicking anywhere on the screen, say after a title appears, then select Animate as part of click sequence. by AJ George.

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PowerPoint 2010: Perfecting the Motion Path

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Does this scenario sound familiar? by AJ George. Using motion paths in PowerPoint is fun, but also kind of complicated. Probably the most complicated aspect of using motion paths is continuing the motion from slide-to-slide. You want an image on your slide to move using a custom motion path.

Top 75 eLearning Posts - May 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

May 2010. Performance Learning Productivity , May 28, 2010 Instructional design is not only seen as a core competency for learning and development/training specialists, but it’s a huge industry, too. A Defense of the LMS (and a case for the future of Social Learning) - Social Enterprise Blog , May 12, 2010 For some time now, I’ve seen a growing negativity toward LMS solutions by a pretty wide group folks in our space. LMS Resources - aLearning , May 8, 2010 I know, I know.

Taxonomy of Learning Theories

E-Learning Provocateur

This concept was demonstrated in the early 1900s by Ivan Pavlov, who reported that after a period of conditioning, a dog will associate the sound of a beating metronome (neutral stimulus) with food, and respond to it in the same manner (salivate). . Academia is teeming with learning theories.

Army Discovers the Weapon to Kill PowerPoint Briefings…Video Games

Kapp Notes

sound familar?). So, the cries to get rid of PowerPoint sound all well and good but what is the alternative? And the problems they are solving with video game technology sounds like the problems of almost every organization I’ve encountered.

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

Kapp Notes

It allows you to make games with backgrounds, animated graphics, music and sound effects, and even 3D games. Game Maker comes preloaded with a collection of freeware images and sounds to get you started.

Forget Your Keyboard: Turn Your Body into a Touch Screen Computer

Kapp Notes

Researchers have found a way to exploit the way skin, musculature and skeleton combine to make distinctive sounds when tapped on different parts of the arm, palm, fingers and thumb. Image of a skin-based interface from Huffington Post Article on the subject.

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

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Note: If the notion of keeping the pieces of the copy separate from the original sounds daunting to you, check out this article on using PowerPoint's selection pane. by AJ George.

Adobe Captivate 5: Two-Bits for the Best Rate

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

    If you decide to use a higher quality bitrate than FM Bitrate, you should spend time experimenting with the options to see which selection sounds best to you. As by Kevin Siegel. You can easily record audio from within Captivate by choosing Audio > Record to.

Augmented Reality and M-Learning

eLearning 24-7

Images, text, sound can be seen and heard immediately as they are looking at you or anywhere in the classroom or conference room. Let me pose this scenario: Every day, you walk down the same street. You walk past the buildings, see the crowds and yawn.

Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning

Tony Karrer

That way, you have a good idea what it will sound like once it’s recorded. Publishing a straight recording keeps all of the errors of the subject matter expert, speaking too fast, low sound quality, running on or off topic. We found that the added production time, and having to schedule around voice over, plus re-doing entire segments for one small correction, to get the sound to match, was prohibitive both cost and time-wise.

Three Reasons To Focus On Media Design In Learning

Upside Learning

That’s certainly true, it’s the first step to make a learning solution instructionally sound. Yes, I’ve not been blogging as regularly as I might have liked to. I’ve been busy with projects – bread and butter. We’ve always focused on instructional design being essential to the design of courseware. The next in line is to make it interesting, engaging, interactive. Too many solutions fail at that crucial stage.

The Sound of Silence | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

Rapid Content Authoring Tools 2010 – Innovators, Winners and Updated Trends

eLearning 24-7

In 2010, the RCAT market continued its upswing and nothing indicates to me it will be changing anytime soon. 2010 E-Learning 24/7 Awards (No official icon logo handed out to winners, rather just a “WHOO-HOO&# – uh, you can make that sound to yourself.thank you). Market Trends Update 2010. Support for Office 2010. The end of the year is here, okay in just a few short weeks, but for those on vacation, the festivities have already began.


Converting Instructor-Led Training to E-learning or Distance Learning: Keys to success

Bottom-Line Performance

Sometimes the course needs to be almost completely redesigned, especially if the ILT version wasn’t instructionally sound. Bottom-Line Performance, Inc. Promote Your Page Too. We receive frequent requests to convert ILT courses to e-learning or distance learning.

Using Punctuation and Mark-Up Language to Increase Text-to-Speech Quality

Tony Karrer

Authors know what the voice should sound like, they use punctuation and mark-up language to makes the TTS voice achieve the intended meaning and clarity as well as enlivening it. This post is part of the series on Text-to-Speech (TTS) for eLearning written by Dr. Joel Harband and edited by me.

Collaboration: A mantra that makes work play!

ID Reflections

At the cost of sounding egoistic I have realized that like most experienced knowledge workers, I don’t appreciate being informed, I have to be involved.

Custom eLearning Development Costs – Results From Chapman Alliance Study

Upside Learning

That sounds fairly high and it seems like many of the organizations participating in this study are not outsourcing their custom elearning development work. 2010).

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Audio for eLearning: What's that Popping Sound?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Rick Zanotti Have you ever listened to an eLearning lesson and heard annoying popping sounds as the narrator spoke? The popping sounds are called plosives , as in "explosives," or P-pops. The air causes the microphone to create the "popping" sound, which can be distracting to learners. I'm betting that you're nodding your head right about now.

The 12 Days of Screencasting - On the Fourth Day.

Visual Lounge

You can script the presentation in its entirety, if you want to be sure every word is where it should be, but until you get a lot of practice at reading from a script, it will SOUND scripted and unnatural. Listen up fellow Screencasters!

On the Road with Internet Time Alliance, December 2010

Jay Cross

Over the course of 18 days in December 2010, I took part in learning events in seven countries. She stomped me ten to nothing, slamming the ball into the goal so hard it sounded like rifle shots.

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. 20 Facts You Must Know About Working Memory - The eLearning Coach , June 2, 2010 Without adapting learning experiences to the learner’s cognitive architecture, instructional design is hit or miss.

24 Screencasts About Camtasia in 24 Hours. Starts Now!

Visual Lounge

1:00 pm: Getting Great Sound - Chris McQueen, Instructional Designer. Here we go! It's time to kick off our marathon of 24 Screencasts about Camtasia in 24 hours! Tune in live here. We will also have a chat room going in there as well.

Text-to-Speech Costs – Licensing and Pricing

Tony Karrer

The rates are given in $ per hour of recorded sound. Based on the second criterion, the TTS vendors work with the following two general usage categories: Personal Use - reading books, making sound files for personal use, etc. Audio Distribution – a sound file that was created with the voice is distributed and played to an audience. On-Demand - Voices can be purchased via on-demand web services or desktop products that accept text and generate sound files.

Creating a good elearning or ILT course: Getting SMEs to think about outcomes

Bottom-Line Performance

This sounds amazingly simple, yet you wouldn’t believe how many times people say they need training and yet they cannot articulate a simple goal or outcome this training should achieve. So…anyone can create a course, right?

Meet David Frazier, State of Alabama technology trainer

Visual Lounge

I also edit the narration and take out all of the "ahhhs" and my breathing sounds. Our newsletter Editor, Daniel Foster , caught up with a Camtasia Studio user, David Frazier. David was kind enough to share his story and screencasting insights with us. Enjoy!

Don’t Convert! Redesign Instructor-Led Training for eLearning

Integrated Learnings

Employ sound instructional design principles. Sounds obvious, right? By Shelley A. Gable. Though eLearning isn’t new to the training field anymore, it’s still relatively new to many organizations. And once those organizations buy into the benefits of eLearning, many are tempted to run and dive into the deep end of the pool as quickly as possible. Sometimes even before taking a swimming lesson…or changing into a proper bathing suit. The result?

Why eLearning Development Ratios Can be Hazardous to Your Career.

Dashe & Thomson

So, what to do when a “boutique vendor” (our client’s label for us) gives you a number that sounds outrageously high? Our off-shore competitor, whose development rate we later learned an thrifty-sounding $20/hour, came in with a surprising bid: $2 million.

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What is being a curator of digital microcontent? Or, the one with the big stuffed animals at Wal-Mart.

Janet Clarey

Still sounds like the typical spin-off.

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My Top 10 'Learning' books from 2010

Sticky Learning

Now these might sound a little unusual, but the model is interesting and as learning is essentially about change, from what we know and do now to what we could do be, this book and it's model for change provides some new ways of thinking about things!

Audio for eLearning: Do You Want to Sound Like a DJ?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Rick Zanotti One question I get asked a lot is "How can I get my eLearning audio to the point so that I sound like a DJ?" " The most sure-fire way to sound like a DJ is to have been born with great pipes (i.e. Here's some simple techniques to make your voice sound deeper. Getting closer will engage what's called the "proximity effect," lower the sound of your voice, and make it sound fuller.

Learning Resources from Informal Learning (Jay Cross): Part 1

ID Reflections : Social network analysts.also look at their blog: The Network Thinker Quinnovation : wonderful resource site on games, mobile learning, performance support, content models--all based on sound cognitive background, vast technology and business experience.

Top 74 eLearning Posts from September 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning in September 2010. Examples and Samples of Game Design Documents - Kapp Notes , September 15, 2010 Here is a collection of several game design documents and information about game design documents. 10 Unusual Sources Of Inspiration for eLearning - The eLearning Coach , September 29, 2010 We all need inspiration at times. Presentation: “Twitter in Education, what next?” - Dont Waste Your Time , September 10, 2010 As a follow-up to my (successful?)

PowerPoint 2007 & 2010: How to Extract Audio & Images from a Presentation

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Note: In this scenario, your working file must have a PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 file extension (.pptx,ppsx,pptm,ppsm All of the sound and image files used in the presentation will be inside this folder. by AJ George.


How to Harness Informal Learning

Rob Hubbard

Sounds great, what’s the catch? Picture the scene… an increasingly frustrated Bob is trying to work out where a particular field is on a database. After much poking around, he finally calls across to Sally, his colleague, to ask if she knows where it is.

ID - Instructional Design or Interactivity Design in an interconnected world?

Performance Learning Productivity

If we do so, then almost invariably their approach is around developing content in an ‘instructionally-sound way’ to produce a set of ‘learning interventions’.