Collaborative Learning Lessons from Wikipedia (and Small Insects.

Dashe & Thomson

A truly excellent article by Matt Thompson, titled An Antidote for Web Overload , addresses the reasons behind Wikipedia’s increasing replacement of traditional news sites as the go-to source for breaking news items.

Year in Review: The Worst Employee Training Mistakes of 2011


’” Morell also looks to CEO Sara Sutton Fell who, like Blair, has learned some training lessons through the school of hard knocks. The end of the year is a good time to look ahead and make plans and resolutions to improve in the year to come.

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Training Lessons from Seinfeld: Lesson #3 – Do the Opposite


Training Lesson: Do the Opposite! Check out this month’s issue of Learning Solutions magazine, specifically the Nuts & Bolts article by Jane Bozarth in which she discusses using social media tools, like Twitter, to build a personal learning network (PLN).

Silicon Valley Parents Question Value of Technology in Learning. Should We?

Dashe & Thomson

Some experts interviewed for the first article in the series, In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores , point out that there is little or no clear evidence that technology is paying off. What can or should Learning and Development professionals take away from these articles?

The Flipped Learning Revolution — Coming to a Brain Near You?

Dashe & Thomson

My colleague Jon Matejcek first covered it back in March in his article “ Online Academy Helps to Keep Lectures Where They Belong: Out of the Classroom.” One of the concepts in training that has taken the biggest strides this year has been that of the “flipped classroom.”

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Upside Learning

Mobile Trends: The Future Guide To The Best Predictions For 2011. Find the most interesting and relevant trends, anticipations and predictions about the mobile world and how these will affect any web site publisher work in 2011. Read this article to know more.

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Lessons in Social Learning: What Happens in the Classroom Stays in the Classroom


There are several lessons that I take away from this case study that I think are useful as we think through what social learning could mean in our organizations. This is an important lesson that we need to learn.

Virtual Boot-Camp: Games and Learning with the U.S. Military.

Dashe & Thomson

Military by Jim on May 19, 2011 in Gaming Theory Think game-based training doesn’t have anything to offer your organization in the way of savings? The game has an open platform that allows new details to be constantly added, reflecting lessons learned from a recent mission, for example.

Can Bill Gates Lead the Informal Learning Revolution?

Dashe & Thomson

I stumbled upon an article about an effort by the Gates Foundation to swing the direction of education standards with a mega-investment in digital learning. Why not assign lectures and short lessons at home and allow tutoring in the classroom, from teacher and student alike?

Unearthing Diamonds in Twitter

Dashe & Thomson

My Twitter breakthrough came about a month ago — along with a surprising social learning lesson. The lesson is that we might not find the most valuable diamonds in our backyard. First, I have to confess that I am not a Twitter pro.

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Upside Learning

Lesson for us – avoid them! A recent spate of articles in the popular press highlight the impact of distractions on our lives. Here are just a few “must read&# articles from the last several weeks.

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Adobe Captivate 5: Nervous About Editing Your RDL? Dupe It. But Watch the Name

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Kevin Siegel Back in March I wrote an article about editing Captivate's RDL files to control much of the text and punctuation that will appear in a project's text captions before  recording any of your lessons.

Using Captivate to Create Cool Text Animations

Integrated Learnings

You Failed!" ;) or "Lesson Complete"). To learn how to put this on your web page see this article from Adobe or just Google " embed Flash in HTML ". I like to use a text animation as an award when a lesson is completed or when a perfect score is obtained on a quiz.

Musings on Memory Engineering to Aid Learning Retention

Dashe & Thomson

In my search for something to write about this month I stumbled upon an article in Wired magazine entitled “ Clive Thompson on Memory Engineering.” How might our society be improved if we were reminded of the history and civics lessons so many of us have forgotten?

Online Academy Helps to Keep Lectures Where They Belong: Out of.

Dashe & Thomson

From a recent article at Knowledge@Wharton called Technology and Teaching: Flipping the Model : Khan stumbled upon the idea for his free web-based academy while trying to teach math to cousins in New Orleans.

Learn From Success or Learn From Failure: You Decide

The Performance Improvement Blog

Amy Edmondson makes this case in a recent article in Harvard Business Review and in a podcast interview. Organizations need new and better ways to go beyond lessons that are superficial (“Procedures weren’t followed”) or self-serving (“The market just wasn’t ready for our great new product”).

Learning from The King's Speech | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

In her article* 10 Brainpowered Wonders in the King’s Speech , Dr. Ellen Weber nicely summarizes a few of the lessons this movie teaches us about learning.

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What to See in a CEO

The Performance Improvement Blog

Adam Bryant provides some insightful answers to this question in an article adapted from his new book titled, The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed. How do you hire a great leader?

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Adobe Captivate & eLearning: How Long is Too Long?

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

You can create the best-looking, most well-written eLearning lesson anyone has ever seen. But for the lesson to be effective, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that more does not mean better. If your lesson plays too long, you run the risk of losing the attention span of your learner and lowering the effectiveness of the lesson in general. In her article,  Keeping Pace with Today's Quick Brains ,  Kathie F. by Kevin Siegel.

Who's Building the Social Learning Roads? | Social Learning Blog

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by Paul on April 20, 2011 in Classroom Learning , Informal Learning , social learning Over the last few months I’ve discussed with my brother, a professor at Bethel University here in Minneapolis, how to incorporate social media into his classes.

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eLearning as Part of an Informal Learning Strategy

Integrated Learnings

Much of my learning came from brainstorming with peers, participating in online forums , reading (articles, books, blogs, etc.), Compare that to making time to complete a 1-hour lesson. We could make short eLearning lessons available as a supplement to new employee training, or any other formal course. The formal course builds the foundational knowledge and skills required for the job, with short eLearning lessons available to help people advance their skills later.

What Can eLearning Learn from “7 Ways Video Games Reward the Brain?”

Integrated Learnings

But what about a longer course with several eLearning lessons? An experience bar might represent lessons completed, case studies resolved, tasks done correctly.or How we can apply it: A previous post on this blog suggests that several smaller lessons can motivate learners by offering a clear sense of progress through a course. So, the several levels over the duration of a game seems similar to having several lessons that make up a course. --3-- By Shelley A. Gable.

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Failing to Learn

Clark Quinn

My colleague Harold Jarche pointed me to a post by Dave Snowden about deliberative practice , which I found interesting for a facet not part of the key article (which makes worthwhile points). Now, first of all, I’m sure you recognize that failed experiments aren’t a complete waste, as long as you learning something (“when you lose, don’t lose the lesson” as the saying goes).

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Adobe Captivate: Set a Master Movie

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

If you've never used Captivate's Overlay feature, check out the TOC overlay article I wrote earlier this year. Create an overlay TOC in at least one of the lessons you plan to add to the aggregated course. Publish all of the Captivate lessons as SWFs. by Kevin Siegel. Last week I showed you how to remove the TOC from an Aggregated Captivate course. One reason that people elect to hide the TOC is that the TOC simply takes up too much space on the learner's screen.

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Cues that You Need an Image Instead of Text

Integrated Learnings

As a text-oriented person myself -- someone who finishes reading an article's text and then goes back to view the tables and charts -- translating text into images does not come naturally for me. After drafting a lesson, I've developed the habit of scrolling back through it in search of opportunities to replace text with something more visually appealing (e.g., By Shelley A. Gable. We know that meaningful images provide a memorable and efficient way to learn information.

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eLearning: Putting it Into Context

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

There are lots of learning situations where these methods would be overkill, but in the ones where it is not (like the medical field), the possibilities are exciting (more on that in a future article). The lesson then needs to be presented in a manner that will help the learner retrieve the information at a later date. Instead of drilling home the point about age of depression on-set, adding the baseball game to the lesson might cause the brain to relate the information to baseball.

Who's Going to Build the Social Learning Roads?

Dashe & Thomson

by Paul on April 20, 2011 in Classroom Learning , Informal Learning , social learning Over the last few months I’ve discussed with my brother, a professor at Bethel University here in Minneapolis, how to incorporate social media into his classes.

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Conveying Tacit Knowledge in eLearning

Integrated Learnings

In a May-June 2009 article printed in Organization Science, Nonaka suggests knowledge of wine tasting or crafting a violin as other examples of tacit knowledge. Think about it – fairy tales often convey a lesson without explicitly stating what the lesson was. By Shelley A. Gable. Tacit knowledge can be challenging to teach in formal training, but it's not impossible. So how can we convey tacit knowledge in eLearning?

Emphasizing the “Doing” in the Nine Events of Instruction

Integrated Learnings

Though most articles list these as the first and third events, respectfully, I frequently combine them at or toward the beginning of an eLearning lesson. It also establishes the relevance of the eLearning lesson’s content without having to explicitly state it. (2) Though in fairness, you should probably clearly state the lesson’s objectives at some point, so that learners know explicitly what is expected of them. (4) By Shelley A. Gable.

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Upside Learning

There I Was”: Lessons Learned Converting Instructor-based Pilot Training to Blended Learning. This article will help you get the most value out of Twitter, should you decide to include it in your personal learning strategy or that of your organization.

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Rules and Instructional Games

Kapp Notes

View article about MIT Card Counting Here. The actual game play would not have changed if the score went down but the instructional lesson may have been diminished if it had. At its simplest form, a game is just a set of defined rules.

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Training Gen Y for Today’s Open Jobs: Pros and Cons


Starting their careers in a recession, Gen Y has had their book learning supplemented by real-world lessons in economic uncertainty and job instability. Recommendations on how to train workers for the jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow differ hugely.

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Top 113 eLearning Posts and 28 Hottest Topics for 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles - eLearning Technology , March 24, 2010. Lesson I: Making your own Custom Articulate Player | LearnNuggets - LearnNuggets , May 20, 2010. Here it is - the very best posts and the hottest topics for 2010. How do we come up with these - well it’s based on social signals (clicks, views, twitter, delicious and more). So, really, you’ve been voting on this all year long just based on your activity. Congrats to all for making the list!

How Vacations Can Boost Learning

CLO Magazine

A recent article in CNN Health titled “Why your brain needs vacations” explores how vacation time keeps an individual fresh and allows them to generate new ideas and innovate. The article states “When you’re in the middle of a problem, it’s sometimes hard to untangle yourself from it to think about it clearly.

Discover the Secrets that Make the Story-Based Lesson Tick

Vignettes Learning

According to Bridget Murray in her article "What Makes Mental Time Travel Possible?," "Memory allows us to mentally travel backward in time as well as into the future. From the start to the end of the lesson, this has to be the tie and glue that leads the learners to engagement.