Top Ten Tools for Learning 2014

Experiencing eLearning

You can vote for your top tools until September 19, 2014. Almost all of that is helping clients use Moodle more effectively. Jane Hart is collecting her eighth annual list of top tools for learning. I haven’t done my list in a few years, but you can see my past lists from 2011 , 2009 , 2008 , and 2007. My list is divided into personal learning and course design/development. Personal Learning. Feedly is my RSS reader of choice since the demise of Google Reader.

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Business of eLearning – Trends for 2014


I’m sure by now you’ve seen all kinds of predictions on what elearning is going to look like in 2014. Social, MOOC, gamification, games, byte-sized learning, performance management, mobile content, HTML5, Tin Can API – these were the buzz words in 2013, and many gurus have predicted that these trends will gain further momentum in 2014. So I have tried to put together how the business of elearning might behave in 2014.

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Best eLearning Resources of 2014

eLearning Brothers

We can’t believe 2014 is coming to a close. If you happened to meet with us personally at an eLearning Conferences this year, you know that we released tons of great eLearning products in 2014: eLearning Stock. Another great part of 2014 was all the great eLearning resources, tips, and tutorials. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective eLearning Designers. And thanks to you, for reading our blogs in 2014.

Bottom-Line Performance Wins Three 2014 Brandon Hall Awards for its Knowledge Guru Platform

Bottom-Line Performance

BLP and ExactTarget also won a bronze award for Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning in the Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning awards earlier this year, bringing our total to three Brandon Hall Awards for the 2014. ” “I am honored by the recognition BLP’s Knowledge Guru platform has received in 2014,” said Sharon Boller, President and Chief Product Officer of Bottom-Line Performance. “It

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

Google AI Blog (2014), ‘A picture is worth a thousand (coherent) words: building a natural description of images’ 4 Give Your Video. When they’re set up within an effective authoring tool, you don’t need to attend to every. and is displayed in the most effective way possible.

Donald L. Kirkpatrick, 1924 - 2014

The Performance Improvement Blog

I always had tremendous respect for the man who simply wanted to help individuals and organizations become more effective. The field of training and development lost one of the great ones on May 9 th when Donald L. Kirkpatrick died. Over the past 50 years, he was one of the most influential thought-leaders in the area of evaluation of employee training.

November 3, 2014 - How to Organize ELearning Content Effectively with JoomlaLMS


How to Organize ELearning Content Effectively with JoomlaLMS. With the courses becoming more complex, content becoming more informative and the structure itself confusing the question of effective information overload management appears. With the course of time many eLearning course developers face the problem of expanding materials’ base and a necessity to organize the data.

DevLearn 2014 Conference Review

eLearning 24-7

To me the show is geared more towards those folks who are building courses (either by choice or not), instructional designers, e-learning developers and those seeking new e-learning tools to make their ability to build content more desirable and effective. Best Product at DevLearn 2014. Easy and very effective. Top 10 AT for 2014. DevLearn 2014 had everything you could want or find in a Vegas event. DevLearn DevLearn 14 DevLearn 2014 DevLearn14

September 30, 2014 - How to Create an Effective eLearning Course Without Extra Effort?


How to Create an Effective eLearning Course Without Extra Effort? The rest looks for alternative means of creating cost effective training courses and today’s post highlights such techniques. More and more companies realize the need of investing money, time and effort into staff training, however, the number of businesses that can allocate a considerable part of their budgets to employee training programs is extremely small.

See the Results from Our 2014 Learning and Remembering Survey

Bottom-Line Performance

The results provide a snapshot of the type of knowledge employees need to remember most to be effective in their jobs… and the challenges that make it difficult to train them on this knowledge. We received a variety of thoughtful responses to our two-question survey on learning and remembering. Their was a wide diversity in respondents: 34 individuals from 21 different industries participated.

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Principles of Effective Learning

Dashe & Thomson

Every principle might not be right for your specific situation, but as a general rule, they make for a more effective learning experience. 23 Principles of Effective Learning 1. The post Principles of Effective Learning appeared first on Social Learning Blog. The list of principles below is by no means a complete list (if I’m missing any, please share them in the comments).

Our 10 Best Corporate Learning Articles of 2014

Bottom-Line Performance

As 2014 comes to a close, your head just might be swimming with plans, mandates and ideas for the coming year. Some of our most popular articles in 2014 were really case studies of successful eLearning projects. Games are only effective for learning when carefully linked to the science of remembering. eLearning Trends That Will Fizzle, Sizzle, or Simmer in 2014 .

June 25, 2014 - How Does Rapid eLearning Work?


However, eLearning software is just a small piece of eLearning mechanism intended for tailoring successful and effective eLearning. How Does Rapid eLearning Work? Being LMS developers we are interested in delivering the best possible eLearning experience for our customers. Besides Learning Management System there are such aspects as audience and industry knowledge, learning incentive, course content, design and strategy.

September 15, 2014 - How to Get Students to JoomlaLMS Classroom?


To manage classroom effectively first of all you need to bring students to the classroom! How to Get Students to JoomlaLMS Classroom? A new semester has just started and if you are a teacher you have a lot of stuff to do on the agenda, especially if you are a distant learning beginner. However, users, classroom and task management, performance assessment, students and parents’ engagement etc. have no sense if your online classroom is empty, right?

July 31, 2014 - Foster Quick Learners using LMS


The constantly changing environment forces employers to search for sharp, savvy and quick-witted employees with the ability to learn new things quickly and effectively. Foster Quick Learners using LMS. We have recently highlighted Rapid eLearning technique aimed at saving eLearning developer’s time. Today we decided to take a look at eLearning course development from students’ side and to recommend some techniques you can use to ensure quick learning. eLearning

9 Effective Instructional Design Tactics


Effective online (or offline) instructional design is a critical component to improving learning retention. Cooperative Learning - Grouping learners results in a positive effect on overall learning. Without a well through-out instructional model, learning opportunities can be missed – sometimes completely. There are many theories on instructional design best practices. Below are nine strategies, as originally detailed by Robert Marzano.

Making Learning Games Effective: 5 ways of ensuring that players LEARN


Contrary to entertainment games, where the production costs have to be huge to produce the desired gaming experience, learning games can be made effective by employing strategies that are not cost prohibitive. However, this certainly does not mean that learning game has to look exactly like the work environment to be effective. An effective way of creating the connection between ‘virtual’ and ‘actual’ is to insert contextual details that players can recognize.

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Learning Solutions 2014 Conference Takeaways

dVinci Interactive

I recently had an exciting opportunity to attend the 2014 Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando. Case studies are effective stories that support training in all fields and give the learner a chance to apply what they’re learning. Gamification, storytelling, and subscription learning were just a few of the trends featured at the Learning Solutions 2014 Conference and Expo. The post Learning Solutions 2014 Conference Takeaways appeared first on JPL Learning Solutions.

Kapp ASTD 2014 (ATD) Slides and Notes

Kapp Notes

Had a great time at ASTD 2014 this year (now known as ATD-Association of Talent Development). 8 Types of Stories to Effect Change. Had a wonderful audience for my session. Orange of course gets accolades throughout the land!! Blue…better luck next time. Getting a briefing on Flow during the presentation. As promised, here are the slides and notes related to the presentation. Thanks again for everyone who attended and asked the great questions about interactive learning.

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Origin Learning Wins the 2014 Chief Learning Officer Gold Award for Excellence in Social Learning

Origin Learning

Origin Learning , a leading providers of eLearning , Mobile Learning and Social Learning Solutions , has won GOLD at the prestigious 2014 edition of the Chief Learning Officer award ceremony held at Carlsbad, California. Its these set of features and effective use for training that has helped win the CLO award.

2014 DOE Symposium Conference Resources

Kapp Notes

Here are my resources for the 2014 DOE Symposium Conference. 8 Types of Stories to Effect Change. Here are the slides from the Keynote and Breakout sessions. Here is some additional information. Articles and Blog Entries of Interest. Storytelling and Instructional Design. Eight Game Elements to Make Learning More Intriguing. Games, Gamification and the Quest for Learner Engagement. Gamification, Separating Fact from Fiction. Show the Learner Visible Signs of Their Learning.

3 Ways to Create Effective ELearning


One question that many people ask is, “how do you create effective elearning”? The effectiveness of any elearning program is dependent on a variety of factors. While there isn’t one exact thing you can do, there are a few general components to keep in mind while you are building your elearning courses to ensure their effectiveness. If you are just starting off in the elearning industry, creating your first course is a way of passage.



We believe that 2014 will see more powerful changes, owing to the maturing and convergence of some of these technologies. If 2013 was a year of ‘contemplations’, 2014 will be a year of ‘decisions’! e-Learning Forecasts for 2014. Our forecasts for 2014 are inspired by the great learnings we had from our thought-provoking interview series titled ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’. Gamification is all set to pick up speed in 2014.

Trends in Learning: What’s Latest!

Origin Learning

The gamification trend has picked up quite well because of its effectiveness in training, so it is here to stay. A 2013 Accenture survey on Skills and Employment Trends revealed that a large skills gap exists in most businesses. Nearly half (46 per cent) of the 400 participating executives were concerned that they won’t have the skills they need in the next one to two years.

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Tips for Creating Effective Quizzes


Besides not making your questions too easy, here are some other tips for making effective questions in your quizzes: Multiple Choice. One of the easiest ways to add some interactivity into any elearning course is to use knowledge checks and quizzing. In fact, with nearly every elearning development project I participated in, this was a requirement from the client.

Knowledge Guru Platform Wins Three 2014 Brandon Hall Awards

Knowledge Guru

BLP and ExactTarget also won a bronze award for Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning in the Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning awards earlier this year, bringing our total to three Brandon Hall Awards for the 2014. ” “I am honored by the recognition BLP’s Knowledge Guru platform has received in 2014,” said Sharon Boller, President and Chief Product Officer of Bottom-Line Performance. “It

Video and LMSs – Why changes will need to be made in 2014

eLearning 24-7

With 2014 already in play, it is time for many LMS vendors to awaken by the trumpets playing the background – you might think it is Muzak, but no it’s trumpets. In 2014, I believe it will be the year of video for consumers in e-learning, specifically with content and as a one off on that – in the LMS. There is no doubt that video is going to be red hot in 2014. 2014 LMS video video learning learning management systems video courses

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E-Learning = Innovation = Science

E-Learning Provocateur

Classic experimental design is based on two hypotheses: the null hypothesis, in which the treatment has no effect; and the alternative hypothesis, in which the treatment has an effect. In each case, the null hypothesis is that her new method, idea or product has no effect – on what? Have you ever been to a conference where the presenter asks the audience, “Who’s implemented a mobile learning strategy?”, ”, and only 2 or 3 people raise their hand?

Learning Rebel Yell for DevLearn Technology: Tom Spiglanin

Learning Rebels

Now, rather than writing more details about the actual DevLearn conference sessions and what have you, I’m going to let out a Learning Rebel Yell and instead address one specific thing I thought was profound at DevLearn 2014: the conference app! As I marveled at the result, it hit me that the Guild had effectively demonstrated to everyone in attendance the value and fun from a live stream. It was, in effect, its own backchannel.

Fundamentals of Designing and Developing Cost-Effective eLearning

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

How will you be able to measure the effectiveness of your eLearning? Among other things, you'll learn: Strategies for building effective eLearning. When: September 22-25 Where: McCormick Place, Chicago (Part of the Online Learning Conference Certification program). There are multiple tools available that will let you create compelling eLearning content including Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, TechSmith Camtasia Studio, and Adobe Presenter.

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4 Ways to entice the Unwilling Learner: Solutions for effective learning


Utilizing more than one platform of learning is a sure-shot way of increasing the effectiveness of training. ‘Human beings are born to learn and learning is what they are better at than any other species’. This premise works throughout our lives – especially in the context of corporate trainings. In the cut-throat competitive work environment, learning has become a necessity in order to survive and succeed. So then, is the unwilling learner a myth?

Getting more out of Learning Videos: Four ways of Jazzing-up plain-vanilla videos


Video-based learning is effective because of several reasons. With advancement in technology, videos have raised the ranks in terms of visual appeal and effectiveness. There is a lot that can be done to transform a regular plain-vanilla video into an effective learning tool. Here are some innovative ways that can be employed to create effective and hard-hitting learning videos. We hope to keep sharing more of our experiences in creating effective videos for learning.

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2014 - A Rambling Retrospective

ID Reflections

I had intended to go through 2014 a little differently from the earlier years. Thanks to books like Creative Visualization , The Power of Now , Small Victories , and such, I have come to believe -- in principle and seen the effect in practice -- in the power of being able to achieve what we want. Overall, 2014 has been a good year.

Voice Over Script Pitfalls

Experiencing eLearning

Let’s leave aside the topic of how effective those bullet point lists are in e-learning in general. Instructional designers sometimes run into pitfalls when writing voice over scripts. Jill Goldman of Goldivox is a voice over professional who graciously agreed to share with me the issues she sometimes sees in scripts. I’ll share her perspective in block quotes below, along with my own tips. This is part 3 of my series on writing voice over scripts.

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Year in Review - 2014

The Performance Improvement Blog

Throughout 2014, I used this blog to illuminate important leadership and management issues. In this environment, people need to be continually figuring out different ways to learn, whether that be individually using new technology, in teams that are trying to become more effective, or as the whole organization learns how to communicate, how to use resources more efficiently, and how to make better decisions.