8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning

mLearning Revolution

Instagram was not only a mobile-first success story, but until recently it was a mobile-only photo sharing service. However we need more from our Industry and it’s my hope that 2013 will be the year we fully immerse ourselves into what I call the ‘ Post-eLearning era ‘ and seize the potential of mLearning. With that said, here are 8 things I believe we must do in 2013 to leverage mobile and advance mobile learning: 1. Here’s to having an amazing 2013!

Ghost Edition – Top 10 Authoring Tools for 2013

eLearning 24-7

This year we will focus on the top ten authoring tools for 2013. And yes, I have some cool photos and stories that would make you not want to sleep at night. Was in the top 10 for 2012 and stays in for 2013. Perhaps one of the most famous ghost photos of all time – the Brown Lady. #4 Ghost Photo – #2 – The Sailor. #3 There you have it – the top ten authoring tools for 2013. Who took this ghost photo?


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10 (Free!) Stock Photo Resources for eLearning

DigitalChalk eLearning

When taking your own digital images isn’t an option, free stock photos become the go-to-tool. We have narrowed it down to 10 FREE stock photo sites , to help you manage your time a little better and find what you need on your budget. Morgue File is an easy to use free photo site, with thousands of high-resolution images. Public Domain Pictures.net is a source for free public domain photos. Free Images has more than 6,000 original stock photos.

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Converting Cutout People Photos into Sketched Drawings in Photoshop

eLearning Brothers

. Add another tool into your eLearning toolbox. Learn how to create awesome sketch characters using this simple technique in Adobe Photoshop. Watch the tutorial below: Trouble viewing the video? Click here to watch the video on our YouTube page. eLearning Featured Graphic Design Resources Resources cutout people graphic design People Pictures sketch

If Only I Could Live Tweet Faster: My ASAE 2013 Session Standouts

Association eLearning

In the comments, let me know your favorite quotes or tweets from ASAE Annual Conference & Expo 2013! Instead of thinking ‘What else takes photos?’ This was my first year at ASAE Annual but it certainly won’t be my last. I got to meet and make so many association friends as well as gain a lot of valuable information.

1st update on 10 Tools Challenge 2013

Jane Hart

Photo/image. It has been good to see the varied interest in the 10 Tools Challenge both on my blog and Twitter as well as on other social channels – so here are a few updates. 1 – In response to a number of requests I’m now collating the blogs of those who are taking part as an update on the introductory blog post - so that the posts can be shared more widely.

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Screenchamp Awards 2013 – UPDATE

TechSmith Camtasia

We received 239 submissions for this year’s 2013 Screenchamp Awards. Photo Credit: mikecogh via Compfight cc. 2013 Screenchamp Awards Screening Team. The post Screenchamp Awards 2013 – UPDATE appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. Wow—what an incredible turnout! That’s a 160% increase over last year! We have begun the difficult (yet fun!) process of reviewing all your amazing entries.

Remove the Background & Improve a Photo Using Snagit 11

TechSmith Camtasia

Have you ever had a great photo except for that one annoyance in the background? The post Remove the Background & Improve a Photo Using Snagit 11 appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. Tips & How To''s Editing Effects photo retouch Snagit 11 spotlight watermark Like someone’s head or hand over a shoulder, or, in this case, a couple of people? Snagit can help you remove people, buildings, etc. from your images so you can focus on the area that is most important.

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Give Your Photos Some Artistic Flair with Snagit 11

TechSmith Camtasia

I know there are TONS of really great apps out there that let you add amazing effects to your photos with just one click. However, at times you might enjoy a more hands-on, creative approach to working with your photos. Snagit allows you to add some terrific photo effects using the basic tools and some photo masking stamps. I know there are TONS of really great apps out there that let you add amazing effects to your photos with just one click.

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Analysis of ASTD International Conference and Expo 2013

eLearning 24-7

Photo ID required when you got your badge, especially when you had your e-mail with you and their bar scan – which didn’t work me and apparently more than a few others. EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it. It’s the yearly review of the ASTD International Conference and Expo. Did I get your attention? If I did, then you might be one of the folks still standing in line at the Starbucks at the convention center.


Spice Up Your eLearning Course with Photos


So how do you determine the perfect photo for your content? The stylish business woman leading a group of project managers, the angry boss yelling at his employees, or the snapshot of two thumbs up. A good picture can make elearning experiences visually stimulating and engaging. When choosing images for a course, you should have three goals in mind. Right Getting Started Good Times

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Create a photo slideshow in PowerPoint


I recently created a photo slideshow (using PowerPoint) of my dad’s life-sized chess set sculpture that’s at Facebook (Go Dad!). Note: I’m working in PowerPoint 2016, but the steps are similar for 2013 and 2011. Insert a photo album to your presentation. Go to “Insert” → “Photo Album” → “New Photo Album”. Select the photos from your computer. Note: You can hold down Ctrl while clicking several photos to select them individually.

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A Guide to Superior eLearning Graphics

Bottom-Line Performance

I created illustrations for the environments the “characters” existed in, and then we used photos for real people. Once you have found a balance where the graphics can truly complement the text, then you can start playing around with different illustration techniques and photo collaging. Regardless of whether you believe in “learning styles” (almost all of the research debunks them), it still stands that a huge percentage of our learning is visual.

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How to Convince Higher Ups That “Fun” eLearning Is Good Business

Bottom-Line Performance

A photo-driven example. The entire course relies on photos, rather than illustrations, of John who is travelling for work and must make decisions as he waits on his plane to arrive. A mix of illustrations and photos. The internal screens use a combination of illustrated lab settings and real-life people photos to convey a feeling of fun and engagement while bringing realism to the challenges.

eLearning and PowerPoint: The Right to Bare Slides

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

If you find the selection isn't enough to suit your needs, try looking online for stock photos. A useful list of stock photo sites can be found  here. by AJ Walther    I saw a guy the other day wearing a t-shirt that read, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." " Often the same holds true for PowerPoint presentations. "PowerPoint doesn't kill presentations, people kill presentations."

Guest Post: 5 Effective Ways of Maximizing Mobile Tech In Learning Pursuits

Kapp Notes

Photo courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Based on 2013 Ed Tech Magazine’s data , 94% of college students (18-24 years old) in traditional American colleges own and use mobile devices for academic pursuits. This will will start off with a guest post form Jenni Birch who writes about apps, computer art, music and the latest developments in technology. Thanks Jenni for agreeing to post some of your thoughts on mobile tech and learning.

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Retiring Workforce? Use Your LMS To Capture Their Knowledge

Upside Learning

By allowing your staff to share their own blogs and media (photos/videos), you are allowing each one of them to ignite a thought. CIPD HRD 2013 | Apr 24 – 25 | Olympia, London, UK | Stand #425. ASTD ICE 2013 | May 19 – 22 | Dallas, TX, USA | Stand #839. Australia's economy is thriving. A mining boom fueled by demand from China has led to a shortage of skilled workers and a 5% jobless rate in this country ( Source ).

Throw them in the deep end! (but keep a life preserver handy)

Making Change

Photo by anuarsalleh. “You’re setting them up to fail!” ” You’ve probably heard this if you’ve proposed starting with an activity instead of first providing instruction. “Everyone knows” that people should be carefully shown how to do something and only then allowed to practice doing it. If you just throw them in the deep end, frustration and cognitive overload and squashed self-esteem will supposedly inhibit their learning.

Try This `Winning Strategy’ to Increase Learner Engagement

Absorb LMS

Photo by Richard Nantel. There are two ways to get a young child to school on time in the morning: Method 1: Every minute or so, repeat the words `HURRY UP!’ ’ at increasing levels of volume. After about ten minutes, and upon reaching a decibel level similar to a low flying jet, your goal will be achieved.

Three simple but powerful ways to get love from your leaders

Making Change

Photo: Victor1558. Here’s a reminder that I’ll be in Australia in late November 2013. Business leaders love their L&D departments! Well, maybe 20 percent of them do. “Survey after survey has repeatedly shown that the proportion of business leaders who are satisfied with their learning function’s performance is around 20 percent,” write the authors of a recent article in The European Business Review.

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4 ideas you should steal from interactive fiction

Making Change

Instead of spending an hour searching for non-awful stock photos of people talking on the phone, we could spend that hour making the story stronger. Here are a few fun stories from the wild world of interactive fiction. Try them out to see cool techniques you can steal for your training scenarios. Put the backstory in links. The most realistic scenarios are rich in detail, but lots of detail can mean lots of text on the screen.

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ASTD ICE Conference Recap, Lessons Learned and Random Events

Kapp Notes

The location is awesome and the workshop will be as well if the workshop at ASTD ICE 2013 is any indication. All the audience members getting closer together for a group photo! The resources for the presentation and the slides can be found at here at ASTD ICE 2013 Presentation Resources. Talking gamification and games with Silvia Llacera at ASTD 2013. Karl Kapp and Trish Uhl catching up at ASTD ICE 2013.

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This Week on #TalkTech: The Nexus 7, Your Future Self, and 3D Collaboration

Bottom-Line Performance

We’re shaking things up in 2013 here at #TalkTech! "People who saw their aged photos said they would allocate more money to savings--6.17% compared to 4.41%." #TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats. We publish all the topics a few hours before the chat so you can show up at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST on Thursdays ready to discuss. We discuss three topics a week and the chat lasts around 30 minutes.

When do you need a branching scenario?

Making Change

Photo credit: Signpost image used to represent this post is by The Nick Page. A mini-scenario. Make your decision, see the result, that’s it. When should you go to the trouble of designing a branching scenario? Let’s look at some examples. First, you might not need a branching scenario. Most of the time, a one- or two-scene mini-scenario does the job fine. In a mini-scenario, you make your decision, see the realistic consequence, and figure out if you made a good choice.

Staying Connected from Learning Solutions 2013

Unicorn Training

Unicorn Chief Operating Officer, Jackie Kennedy, and CEO, Peter Phillips are off to Learning Solutions Conference and Expo 2013 in Orlando tomorrow. I’m getting excited now, all packed and ready to go, it's less than 24 hours before I head of on my travels to the Learning Solutions Conference and Expo 2013. 4. The aim is to add some context to my tweets by including multimedia, in the form of links and photos.

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What Can You Expect in 2013?

CLO Magazine

Several trends will drive performance and development in 2013, and learning leaders will need to strategize for mobility. The video trend will continue in 2013 as video is embedded into Web courses, attached to learning databases and appears on self-generated YouTube sites, Skype and video-enabled webcasting. Apps, videos and more sophisticated blended learning and collaboration schemes are just a few of the learning trends to watch and implement in the next year.

This Week on #TalkTech: Halloween Tech, Scary Tech, and Wearable Tech

Bottom-Line Performance

Will a demon post photos of you on line? #TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats We publish all the topics a few hours before the chat so you can show up at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST on Thursdays ready to discuss. We discuss three topics a week and the chat lasts around 30 minutes. This week’s curator is Nancy Harkness , Vice President of Learning Services here at Bottom-Line Performance. If you are interested in being a guest curator for TalkTech, let me know!

A personal look at crowd sourcing

Clark Quinn

Well, this creates a conundrum, because I’ve plenty of promo photos out there for various speaking engagements that now are no longer appropriate. It was time for a new official photo (it was anyways, this is close to a decade old, and I do not want to be the guy who’s photo is decades out of date). And, lo, one of them stepped up and offered to work on the photo. The last time I had a beard was right before college graduation.

Enabling Global eLearning Across Cultures and Languages

Bottom-Line Performance

Include photos if at all possible. Notice the “iStock Photo” watermark on each image. If images are too literal and realistic, anyone who cannot directly relate to the photo will miss the point. Our eLearning Challenges blog series explores the common situations our clients face when deploying learning solutions. We use samples from real projects to help you uncover the best way to meet these challenges in your organization. This is Part 4.

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The past tense of open badges

E-Learning Provocateur

For example, if I were an employer who needed a graphic designer, I would seek someone who knows how to take awesome digital photos and edit them in Photoshop. Some commentators are heralding open badges as the nemesis of the college degree. I don’t quite see it that way. It is true they are uneasy bedfellows.

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5 Ways to Handle Boring eLearning Content Like a Pro

eLearning Brothers

” We expect them to be excited by our factoids, stock photos and sound effects when in reality the learner just doesn’t care. Have you ever been tasked with building eLearning games or courses, only to find that your soul source of material is a collection of lifeless, boring eLearning content? We’ve all been there: spending hours trying to put lipstick on a pig that is, well, still going to be a pig at the end of the day.

MobiLogic: Inside iOS 7

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

There was lost data (a few iPads lost Contacts, Calendars, photos or all three), performance issues and bugs. by Kevin Siegel  Apple, Inc. released iOS 7 last week, its latest and greatest operating system for its mobile devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch). The  The last time Apple offered an update to its iOS, several IconLogic staffers wasted little time and installed the update. Some of us paid the price for being zealous.

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Thank you, LPI, for the Colin Corder Award

Jane Hart

Last night I attended the Learning Awards 2013 hosted by the Learning & Performance Institute at the Dorchester Hotel. The first indication was that it was a woman – but I was absolutely stunned to hear my own name mentioned and my own photo flash on the screen. Here’s a photo that Lesley Price took of me that also includes Susanna Reid, the BBC Breakfast presenter, the host for the Awards evening.

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Gamification In Application Software Training


These tasks are built around key Photoshop functions such as removing redeye, whitening teeth, and replacing the colors in a photo. “The future of eLearning cannot be boring courses lacking engagement or emotional response…the future of eLearning must include games and gamification.” ” ~ Karl Kapp. INTRODUCTION. The revolution has begun! It is not just a fancy buzzword anymore.

iPads do make sense for schools

Clark Quinn

And I’ll bet that the video and photo editing tools on tablets are just the simple tools that kids really need; they just need basic capabilities. Donald Clark (the UK one) generally writes great posts: insightful and irreverent, and consequently fun. I like that he is willing to counter the prevailing wisdom with good research. I hope to someday meet him. However, his recent post against iPads in the classroom seemed to me to miss a couple of points.

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3 Things to Consider for eLearning Translation

eLearning Brothers

Stay away from photos that have text, but rather, use images that can speak without words. Have you ever faced the challenge of managing eLearning translation, or localization of training into other languages? It can be a little tricky. Especially, for those who have never made courses for a global audience. If you find that your training will need to localized, don’t fall into the thinking that you don’t have to consider the localization until the original course is complete and approved.

Lights, Camera, eLearning: What Project Managers and Hollywood Directors Have in Common

Association eLearning

For instance, if the eLearning course will include photos, one of the tasks might be a photo shoot. A potential trouble spot would be the start date for media production, because media production depends on having the photos to work with. Media production cannot begin until the photo shoot has taken place. If the photo shoot is delayed, then media production must be delayed. I recently watched a sci-fi movie with tons of special effects.

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