The drama of Facebook

Learning with 'e's

The world''s largest and most successful social network, Facebook - celebrated its tenth anniversary in February 2014. Facebook is a social phenomenon that cannot be ignored. The diverse behaviours witnessed on the site are just one of the many features that provoke great interest from psychologists and social anthropologists, and many studies have already been conducted into Facebook''s impact of relationships, social movements, self concept and personal, digital identity.

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! It was still possible to tweet or post to Facebook directly from the app, but the significant change were the incentives. It was, in effect, its own backchannel.

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Creating Secret Facebook Groups to Create Class Discussion

DigitalChalk eLearning

When looking to find an effective method to create discussion for your class, training, or just group discussion, creating a Facebook group is a great way to do this. When you create a secret group this hides the group and all its content from anyone else on Facebook. Here are the steps you need to take to create your private Facebook group. Login to your Facebook account. Click the “Create Group” option in the left sidebar on your Facebook homepage.

A tribute to Dr Donald Kirkpatrick, pioneer and veteran of Instructional Design

Origin Learning

Facebook 1 Twitter 5 Google+ 0 LinkedIn 1 Pinterest 1 Origin Learning mourns the loss of a great innovator. A professor emeritus at University of Wisconsin and the creator of the Kirkpatrick Four-level Evaluation Model , Dr. Kirkpatrick passed away on May 9, 2014 at the age of 90. He was a pioneer in corporate training effectiveness evaluation, and his model is still an industry standard for measuring the impact of training programs.

On the MOOC Horizon: Tin Can API

Your Training Edge

These digital learning environments and the technology-enabled learning tools that power them are making training more engaging, more relevant, and as a result, more effective. They allow organizations to track and mine training data on a large scale to improve training results, discover relationships between variables, customize training programs, and predict training effectiveness. Now we can determine the effectiveness of our training programs and measure ROI.”.


5 Top IT-enabled business trends that are affecting Corporate Learning


However, it took Facebook a mere year and Twitter even less time to reach the ‘50 million’ milestone. But today, all forward thinking organizations are open to harnessing the immense potential of social media platforms to increase the effectiveness of their learning solutions. Developments in information technology affect every nook and corner of the business world – creating leading trends that dictate business discourse and atmosphere.

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Effective Training Visuals—Reduce Realism


This is the third in a series of blog posts intended to help you evaluate elearning courses by considering the effectiveness of the visuals they include. The silhouetted human figure, gears, and mangled arm convey this hazard effectively. You can keep up with Jeff at the Convergence Training blog or on LinkedIn , Google+, Twitter , and Facebook.

Learning in 2024 #LRN2024

Clark Quinn

And I reckon most learners have begun to use technology in their own ways to get answers, whether via the Google, or social networks like FaceBook and LinkedIn. We’re seeing a richer picture of how technology can support us in being effective, and L&D can facilitate these other activities as a way to move to a more strategic and valuable role in the organization.

Choosing an LMS? Remember This!


Easy Integration - Your LMS is not the only thing you need to run your training program effectively. Your LMS should certainly have badge programs that are Mozilla backpack supported, point distributions, and social integration with networks like Twitter and Facebook. Choosing a learning management system for your online courses is an extremely important decision. Ultimately, you want to find something that is both intuitive and offers your learners a pleasant experience.

Effective Training Visuals—Clarify Complexity


Here’s the fifth in a series of blog posts written to help you evaluate elearning courses by considering how well their visuals add to the effectiveness of the training. Coherent means it should make sense—providing both the cause and effect, for example. For example, the arrows in the image below effectively explain the motion of the parts within a pump and the motion of the fluid through the line and the pump itself.

#astd2014 Conference recap and trends

Challenge to Learn

Here is my recap of the Washington ASTD ICE 2014 conference. The message is that we (L&D people) can do for our learners what Google and Facebook are already doing for us. Two ways off doing that faster and more effective are: Leadership development and better retention. This was my second ICE conference (did Dallas last year), it was huge and it was interesting. Most of the sessions were very good (just a few disappointed me). I did find it different from last year.

QuickLessons and eLearning Brothers Partner to Develop Awesome eLearning Experiences

eLearning Brothers

(SLC, UT, May 27, 2014) – QuickLessons , the Collaborative Platform for creating engaging and effective online courses, and eLearning Brothers (eLB) the leading provider of eLearning templates and custom e-learning design, announced a global alliance to better serve their current and future customers. Facebook: Facebook:

Effective Training Visuals—Directing the Eyes


This is the second in a series of blog posts intended to help you evaluate elearning courses by considering the effectiveness of the visuals they include. One way designers can use visuals so they increase the effectiveness of training materials is to direct the eyes of the learners to the important parts of the screen or, as Malamed says in her book, “through the structure of the graphic.”.

Megatrends in MOOCs: #13 MOOCs as Relationship Builders

Your Training Edge

In an age when customers can sink a business by posting negative reviews, and employees can take to Facebook and Twitter to broadcast their frustrations, relationships are paramount to business success. People interact within MOOCs on discussion forums, but also outside of MOOCs on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Copyright 2014 Bryant Nielson. We have finally come to the end of a long road.

Role of L&D in the 21C Workplace

ID Reflections

Repeatable tasks are performed more rapidly, with greater accuracy and more cost effectively by machines. Proficiency in social media usage – While we would all like to boast about being social media gurus, using it effectively for learning and enabling others to do the same calls for a different understanding of social media. It goes beyond a Facebook status update.

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Effective Training Visuals—Organizing for Perception


A great resource for learning how visuals can make training more effective is the book Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics that People Understand by Connie Malamed. In this post, and a short series of follow-up posts, we''re going to look at the visuals within some elearning courses created by Convergence Training and point out some visual techniques we''ve implemented from the book to make the courses more effective.

Effective Training Visuals—Abstract to Concrete


We’re back with the fourth in a series of blog posts written to help you evaluate elearning courses by considering how well their visuals add to the effectiveness of the training. This is really worth checking out—I posted a picture of it onto my Facebook page and friends got really excited about it.). The overall effect is to quickly demonstrate to the viewer how few people die of bear attacks, shark attacks, and airplane crashes, and how deadly the flu truly is.

Gamification Basics

Web Courseworks

In addition to the simulation experience, learners can connect and share their experiences on Facebook. Build Community - An effective game tackles a real problem within an industry and offers a real solution. Gamification is revolutionizing the field of learning and development. That was the main thrust of the Game On!

4 Ways to Jump Start an eLearning Lesson

Integrated Learnings

For example, an informal pre-quiz can be an effective way to acknowledge what learners already know about a topic, while also making them aware of what they don’t know, to help prime them for upcoming content. You might also be interested in our page on Facebook or Twitter feed. By Shelley A. Gable. I’ve heard learners criticize eLearning lessons that have too much “extra” stuff at the beginning.

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Effective Training Visuals—Add a Spark of Interest


Here’s the sixth in a series of blog posts written to help you evaluate elearning courses by considering how well their visuals add to the effectiveness of the training. This is why novelty and humor can be effective in training, though of course it’s important to use common sense and not use coarse humor or humor that will insult, alienate, shame, or offend others. You can keep up with Jeff at the Convergence Training blog or on LinkedIn , Google+, Twitter , and Facebook.

Social Media: Reinforce Your Brand

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Social platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook let you move content toward those who need it. I also posted regular updates to  my LinkedIn account , relevant LinkedIn groups, and FaceBook. By the end of the day, you'll understand what it takes to: create an effective social media ID. use an aggregator to increase effectiveness of incoming and outgoing content.

How to Encourage Social Learning within Your Organization

Origin Learning

Informal it is, but nevertheless we are learning all the time- when we see YouTube videos, when we read blogs and news stories on Facebook , when we tweet and retweet on Twitter , when we ask and answer questions on Quora- we are in fact, adding to our knowledge base all the time. Encouraging social learning within organizations can have a similar effect. The impact of social media on our lives has been terrific.

Avoid “Me Too” Methodology


I can recall when Facebook hit the scenes. They wanted to have their very own Facebook, but with very minor differences. If you fall prey to the “me too” mind-set, you will struggle to answer this question effectively, and ultimately you won’t be around very long. We have all been there before.

Game Based Learning: Is It Appropriate For My Association?

Association eLearning

Like any effective learning project, it’s critical to define your audience and determine if gamification is a good fit. If you’re interested in how to create extremely effective games – for learning or otherwise, I highly recommend it. Male players want a challenge, so motivating them with “scores to beat” is very effective. How can I leverage these game styles to create an effective learning experience, based on the learning objectives? Share this on Facebook.

A Knockout Year for Lectora

eLearning Brothers

As if that weren’t reason enough to dance in the streets, we got: enhanced transitions, modern effects that can be applied to your object, updated fade-in and fade-out, fly animations, and enhanced transition effects such as, elastic and bounce. The best news is that we plan to make our 2014 even better than last year, adding more templates, more themes, more interactions, and giving you the best tips and tricks possible. It was a pretty big year for Lectora.

Are You Asking the Right Questions at Your Association?

Association eLearning

In fact, the combination of data and tools available in 2014 should allow us to move beyond the standard operational dashboards we’ve been using for years and get to the “good stuff,” where we can start asking better questions and making better decisions. Share this on Facebook. The following is a guest blog post brought to you by Elizabeth Engel of Spark Consulting and Peter Houstle of Mariner Management. Both are well known veterans to the association industry.

Resources from ATD Presentation in Wisconsin

Kapp Notes

Facebook Page on Gamification of Learning and Instruction. Facebook Gamification Page. Five Gaming Elements for Effective eLearning. Here are the resources from my presentation. Opening Slides. Short Explanation of Gamification. Pinterest Page on Gamification Happenings. Gamification Happenings. Polling Software. Poll EveryWhere. Articles. Here is some information on thinking like a game designer. Improve Training: Thinking Like a Game Designer.

How to Create Engaging Video-based eLearning

Association eLearning

For more tips on creating effective, straightforward eLearning that learners will love, I suggest reading our recent blog post, Simplify Your Learning: 5 Tips for Slimming Down. Share this on Facebook. Visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. If that doesn’t make your jaw drop, then think about the fact that viewers spend twice as much time engaging with video content over text only. Video is great because it appeals to many types of learners.

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Top 5 Things Associations can Learn from Corporate Training Departments

Association eLearning

This process is time-consuming, but designed to create an effective learning experience. Share this on Facebook. Most associations have provided some degree of member education as part of their mission. For members, continuing education is a valuable benefit for their professional development. And for associations, educational offerings can be a valuable source of non-dues revenue.

PowerPoint or Prezi: Which is Best for eLearning?

Association eLearning

These programs are tools; what you do with them determines whether or not they’re effective. As long as a presentation is well-crafted it can be effective no matter what tool is used to create it. Share this on Facebook. The question is becoming more and more common — “Should I use PowerPoint (PPT) or Prezi?” The two presentation programs share many of the same features, such as the ability to include text, images, audio, and video.

eLearning Design – Choosing the Right Color

Association eLearning

As a result, you only need to use a little of a warm color like red or yellow for it to be effective. It teaches the ropes of making effective color schemes and tests your understanding with nifty color mixing, matching, and identifying activities. Share this on Facebook. Unless you want everything to blend together, you don’t put white furnishings in a white room. Likewise, if your learners can’t see your content clearly, they can’t learn from it.

Using PDF Job Aids for Just-in-Time Training

Association eLearning

How to Design Them Effectively. Share this on Facebook. When someone is on the job and needs an answer fast they don’t have time to go through a whole eLearning course. They need an answer they can get to just-in-time. This is where job aids come in, especially PDFs since they can be printed out or accessed on a device without giving the viewer the ability to edit the file.

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What Makes High Quality Instructional Design

Origin Learning

Facebook 0 Twitter 5 Google+ 0 LinkedIn 0 Pinterest 1 With the development of the Web 2.0, The quality of an instructional design is often gauged on three things: effectiveness, efficiency, and cost. eLearning is the new buzz word for organizations and employers as they struggle to save time and costs without compromising on keeping their employees updated. In fact, eLearning does a lot more than just save cost and time.

What It Takes to Have a Healthy Learning Environment in Your Organization

Origin Learning

Facebook 5 Twitter 3 Google+ 2 LinkedIn 10 Pinterest 1 Jan 11th and 13th saw me sunning it up (figuratively speaking) in the stimulating setting of The Hindu Lit for Life festival in Chennai. You may be asking yourself – can it be replicated, effectively , in the corporate world? A sumptuous spread of cerebral and endorphin-inducing fare, the subtext was learning, learning and more learning.

Putting Members’ Needs First: Working with Subject Matter Experts

Association eLearning

Assuming the learner’s perspective is essential to building effective training experiences. Share this on Facebook. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) may be from Mars, and Instructional Designers may be from Venus … but at the end of the day, your members are the actual center of the universe! The working relationship between Subject Matter Experts and Instructional Designers (IDs) is often portrayed as antagonistic, challenging, and “like pioneering a new frontier in the universe.”

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Getting the Board behind Online Learning Part 2

Association eLearning

Rather than going “all out” on your first eLearning course, look to cost effective authoring tools or vendors who can help create visually appealing, interactive content – without breaking the budget. Share this on Facebook. In a previous blog post I shared my tips for making an initial pitch for online learning to your association’s board of directors. How’d it go? Are you ready to move on to the “exploration phase” of your quest to implement online learning at your association?

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6 Ways to Have an Awesome Lectora User Conference – #LUC2014

eLearning Brothers

I often find that the folks who are outside elearning often have a fresh, unique take on development, leadership, asset management, or some other related vein that I can tap to make my elearning design and development more efficient, effective, and enjoyable. Don’t forget to follow eLearning Brothers on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll see you in Hollywood next week!