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Post from: The eLearning Coach User Interface Design For eLearning – Updated. Share this on Facebook Share this on del.icio.us Share it on StumbleUpon Add this to 100 bookmarks. The computer user interface is that nebulous space where humans interact with the machine. Many people find this space frustrating because it’s easy to get lost or because the system doesn’t work as expected.

Social Media And Learning

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In this article, I’m featuring a wonderful interview with successful social media expert, Jane Hart. She provides compelling reasons to implement a social and collaborative environment as part of workplace learning. You can read more from Jane at her blog, Social Media in Learning. eLearning Coach: You were an early adopter of using social technologies for learning purposes. eLearning Coach: What are your criteria for defining a technology as social ?

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eLearning Cyclops: Great Resource for Using Graphics in eLearning.

eLearning Cyclops

The eLearning Coach. Recently I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by the eLearning Coach , Connie Malamed, at an ISD breakfast we have for our Johns Hopkins instructional designers. So, thank you eLearning Coach for the fantastic presentation and for sharing your knowledge at theelearningcoach.com. My New Social Bookmarking Tool. eLearning Cyclops. My insights on elearning and mlearning. Pages. Free eLearning. Cloud Apps. About Me. Privacy Policy.

Work Literacy Launch

Clark Quinn

When discussing new(ish) tools like blogs and social bookmarking, and discussing things like advanced search techniques, there's a gap in knowledge work skills. Our goal is create a vibrant network of individuals, companies and organizations interested in participating in a variety of ways: learners, testers, experts, teachers, coaches, and I'm sure many others. Point us to resources using the Del.icio.us

Announcing Free Storyboard Templates

The eLearning Coach

In case you haven’t heard, The eLearning Coach now has a collection of free downloadable storyboard templates for both Word and PowerPoint that were graciously donated by the eLearning community. Post from: The eLearning Coach Announcing Free Storyboard Templates. Share this on Facebook Share this on del.icio.us Share it on StumbleUpon Add this to 100 bookmarks.

Informal Learning: An Interview With Jay Cross

The eLearning Coach

Social learning technologies, which often facilitate informal learning, seem to have paved the way for greater interest in this approach. So I think readers of The eLearning Coach would appreciate an interview with a person who wrote the book on the subject … literally. Coach: What is your definition of informal learning? Coach: What are examples of offline informal learning? Coach: And examples of online informal learning? Jay: Learning is social.

10 Rules For Writing Multiple Choice Questions

The eLearning Coach

Post from: The eLearning Coach 10 Rules For Writing Multiple Choice Questions. Share this on del.icio.us. This is a back-to-basics article about the undervalued and little-discussed multiple choice question. It’s not as exciting as a 3D virtual learning environment, but it might be just as important. If you need to use tests, then you want to reduce the errors that occur from poorly written items.

Realistic Graphics and Learning: What’s most effective?

The eLearning Coach

Post from: The eLearning Coach Realistic Graphics and Learning: What’s most effective? Share this on del.icio.us. Before you just place any old photo into an online course or informational web site, it’s a good idea to think about whether a realistic graphic is required. And if so, how much realism will be most effective? By realism, I mean how well a graphic appears to be a successful copy of its referent.

Is this instructional design?

The eLearning Coach

As social media technologies for learning become increasingly important to organizations and to individuals, instructional designers will need to focus on broad learning events and strategies that incorporate many approaches rather than on individual courses. Post from: The eLearning Coach Is this instructional design? Share this on del.icio.us. A reader named Michaela recently emailed to ask what an instructional designer does.

How creative is your environment?

The eLearning Coach

Post from: The eLearning Coach How creative is your environment? Share this on del.icio.us. I’ve worked with numerous design and development teams over the years and one noticeable characteristic of these teams was their creativity. They spent lots of productive time creating games, matching themes to content, brainstorming interactions and developing suspenseful scenarios. Yet among some learner groups, online learning has a reputation for being boring and dull.

Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

You can find a long list of tools broken into authoring tools, games/simulations, quiz/test tools, social media, delivery platforms, tracking and whether they support mobile. eLearning Technology , July 28, 2006 Scuttle – an open source social bookmarking tool Corporate Social Bookmarking Tools - eLearning Technology , May 21, 2008 Web 2.0 I was just asked about trends in open source for eLearning and particularly open source eLearning tools.

10 Ways To Learn In 2010

The eLearning Coach

It’s a visual search engine that draws content from all over the Web, particularly social media sites. Other real time search engines that get better reviews are Twazzup , Tweetzi, IceRocket (searches other social media too) and TweetScan. Scrapplet uses a drag and drop approach for mashing up content, particularly from social media sites. Post from: The eLearning Coach 10 Ways To Learn In 2010. Share this on del.icio.us.

The Future Of Learning Design

The eLearning Coach

Coach: What types of challenges do newer technologies, such as mobile and podcast, present to the instructional designer? Coach: In general, how do you compare the effect and impact of informal learning in the workplace versus formal, structured eLearning? Coach: How do you think social media and newer technologies will converge in the learning space in the next 5-10 years? They are leveraging social media technologies Facebook, Twitter, ect.,

Writing Microcopy: Tips and Pointers

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Read more about User Interface design on The eLearning Coach. Post from: The eLearning Coach Writing Microcopy: Tips and Pointers. Share this on del.icio.us. Did you ever spend an hour writing a four or five word phrase or short instruction? During that time, you probably felt like an obsessive perfectionist—hunched over the computer trying to get it just right.

Your Brain On 3D Learning

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Post from: The eLearning Coach Your Brain On 3D Learning. Share this on del.icio.us. Help! I’ve been caught in an immersive 3D Learning Environment! Oh wait, this is just my office. I guess the book, Learning in 3D, has kind of rewired my brain. I’m sure this is an improvement. According to the authors, Karl Kapp and Tony Driscoll, it’s just a matter of time until virtual immersive environments are commonly accepted as the learning mode of choice.

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Text To Speech Synthesizers

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Post from: The eLearning Coach Text To Speech Synthesizers. Share this on del.icio.us. Do you like Paul and Kate or are you fond of Mike and Crystal? Personally, I think Charles and Audrey from the UK are brilliant. This is how you start to think about voice characters after listening to them through text to speech synthesizers (TTS). When Adobe included a text to speech application in Captivate 4, I began to think that TTS might be a viable option in certain situations.

Motivating The Instructional Designer

The eLearning Coach

Consider alternative instructional strategies, like adding social media technologies and informal approaches. Post from: The eLearning Coach Motivating The Instructional Designer. Share this on del.icio.us. Perhaps it hits you when you’re writing a storyboard to teach a poorly designed and uninspiring software program. Or maybe you just received a fax from a course sponsor and revisions are scribbled on every page.

Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Adult Learners

The eLearning Coach

Build community through social technologies for learning. Implement a social media strategy as part of a learning experience. Use social networking applications and services to build groups with a common interest or goal. 10 Social Media Tools For Learning. Social Media and Learning. Post from: The eLearning Coach Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Adult Learners. Share this on del.icio.us.

35 More Qualities Of The Ideal Instructional Designer

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Post from: The eLearning Coach 35 More Qualities Of The Ideal Instructional Designer. Share this on del.icio.us. A few months ago I published a list of the 10 Qualities Of The Ideal Instructional Designer. Since then, the eLearning community contributed so many qualities to the list it is now overflowing. The comments more or less fell into a few categories: working with SMEs, designing and developing content, love of learning, business savvy and personal attributes.

Games And Simulations

The eLearning Coach

Coach: How did you become an evangelist for learning through games, simulations and gadgets? Coach: In terms of online learning, what are the cognitive advantages of learning through games rather than through presentation-style instruction? Coach: What technologies and gadgets could eLearning designers be making better use of right now? Share with the social buttons below. Post from: The eLearning Coach Games And Simulations.

eLearning Around The Web

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Brief History of Social Media. Brett Borders has written a history lesson of social media that may surprise you. Post from: The eLearning Coach eLearning Around The Web. Share this on del.icio.us. Tags: DESIGN ISD RECENT ARTICLES elearning social media Here is an end-of-the-year roundup of eLearning and related articles you might find helpful, interesting or enjoyable. They cover all kinds of topics. 12 Top Notch Online Presentation Tools.

Cognitive Psychology Anyone?

The eLearning Coach

Post from: The eLearning Coach Cognitive Psychology Anyone? Share this on del.icio.us. As a learning professional, it’s important to stay fresh and current. You need to feel motivated and even fascinated with your work. One way to do this is to delve into how people learn and how the brain works. This can give you the deep insights required to understand learners and to create worthwhile learning experiences.

Content Organization Cheat Sheet

The eLearning Coach

Post from: The eLearning Coach Content Organization Cheat Sheet. Share this on Facebook Share this on del.icio.us Share it on StumbleUpon Add this to 100 bookmarks. People who create eLearning get involved in many types of content development tasks.

Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Adult Learners

The eLearning Coach

Build community through social technologies for learning. Implement a social media strategy as part of a learning experience. Use social networking applications and services to build groups with a common interest or goal. 10 Social Media Tools For Learning. Social Media and Learning. Post from: The eLearning Coach Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Adult Learners. Share this on del.icio.us.

Are Your Online Tests Valid?

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Post from: The eLearning Coach Are Your Online Tests Valid? Share this on Facebook Share this on del.icio.us Share it on StumbleUpon Add this to 100 bookmarks. You can’t make it through a year of designing eLearning without having to write test questions at some point. If you don’t have formal training in this area or if you forgot what you learned in that sleep-inducing Educational Statistics class, this article is for you.

Are Your Online Tests Reliable?

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Post from: The eLearning Coach Are Your Online Tests Reliable? Share this on Facebook Share this on del.icio.us Share it on StumbleUpon Add this to 100 bookmarks. After going through all the effort of developing a test, you want it to be an accurate measure, right? That’s why it’s so important to plan for a test’s validity and reliability. In the suspenseful and dramatic article, Are Your Online Tests Valid? ,

Learning From Visual Data

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Post from: The eLearning Coach Learning From Visual Data. Share this on del.icio.us. In the not so distant past, the visualization of data was reserved for the scientific community. It helped researchers grasp the structure and relationships in large sets of data. But the explosion of complex information in most knowledge domains has changed all that. It seems that now, the appreciation for visual thinking is growing and you can find many data visualizations in the popular media.

The Power Of Visual Grouping

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Post from: The eLearning Coach The Power Of Visual Grouping. Share this on Facebook Share this on del.icio.us Share it on StumbleUpon Add this to 100 bookmarks. In the very early stages of vision—before we’re really conscious of it—our perceptual processes are humming away, attempting to organize the sensory data from our eyes into something that might be meaningful.

Great FREE Software Downloads

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It’s a way to broadcast and get updates with AIM buddies from all your social media. Post from: The eLearning Coach Great FREE Software Downloads. Share this on del.icio.us. I don’t mean to sound dated, but sometimes I use the type of software that installs on my hard drive rather than an online application. And every so often, some great software comes along that saves time and frustration and can be downloaded for free.

Making Sense Of The iPad For Online Learning

The eLearning Coach

Social Media. Because the iPad can connect through Wi-Fi and 3G (depending on the model) and has a screen size that makes text legible, it’s ideal for mobile social media activities. Users of social iPhone apps, like Facebook Mobile, LinkedIn, TweetDeck and Seesmic, will have an easy time integrating the iPad into their social media universe. Post from: The eLearning Coach Making Sense Of The iPad For Online Learning. Share this on del.icio.us.

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Emotions And Learning: Part I

The eLearning Coach

Emotions not only increase our general awareness and help us adapt to changes in an unpredictable environment, but they also facilitate social communication and interaction. Post from: The eLearning Coach Emotions And Learning: Part I. Share this on del.icio.us. I’ve never done a formal survey, but I’m going to guess that the majority of online courses don’t have a strong emotional impact on their audience.

2009 Technology Trends That Impact Online Learning

The eLearning Coach

Social Media. Social media technologies are exploding, providing an array of offerings for learning online. The prevalence of social networking, real-time search and discussion, and collaborative technologies increase the opportunities for informal and unstructured learning and can enhance structured learning strategies as well. Although organizations have been slow to adopt and promote social media technologies for learning , interest in these approaches is increasing.

Emotions and Learning: Part II

The eLearning Coach

For example, when a group collaborates and successfully solves a difficult challenge, the achievement and social nature of the experience can arouse positive emotions. Post from: The eLearning Coach Emotions and Learning: Part II. Share this on del.icio.us. Over the past few decades, research has shown that emotions have an effect on many of the processes involved in learning.

How To Communicate The Value Of Social Media

The eLearning Coach

How do I communicate the value of social media as a learning tool to my organization? Identifying the IT social media users and doing some initial legwork for them could help. She presents a matrix that shows the types of learning that can occur through the use of varied social media tools, such as blogs, presentations and podcasts. This important resource is a rather convincing testament to the ways people learn through social media. Prevent Social Learning Backlash.

10 Social Media Tools For Learning

The eLearning Coach

Do you have a training or information need that could benefit from a social media strategy? So here are descriptions of ten applications representing different social media technologies that promote learning. Category: Social Networking Platform. Elgg is a social networking engine and publishing platform for running your own social networking site on a public or private server. Elgg is an aggregate of many social media technologies in one platform.

Lynda.com Online Training Library Review

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Post from: The eLearning Coach Lynda.com Online Training Library Review. Share this on del.icio.us. If your job or life demand that you learn software applications quickly, then you’ll probably be interested in lynda.com. I’ve been a subscriber to the lynda.com training library for years and found them to be a life saver when working under tight deadlines with little time to learn something new.

10 Ways To Design For Emotions (Part III)

The eLearning Coach

Design for social interaction. Using collaborative tools and social media can help learners build relationships, cooperate on tasks, and provide support and feedback to each other. If you design for social interaction, consider providing guidelines to make the experience more meaningful. See 10 Social Media Tools for Learning and Social Media and Learning for more on the social approach to learning. Share this on del.icio.us.

10 Reasons Why You Should Pay For Stock Photos

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Post from: The eLearning Coach 10 Reasons Why You Should Pay For Stock Photos. Share this on del.icio.us. Stock photos and illustrations won’t solve all your graphic needs but there are a lot of uses for them in online learning. Unless you always shoot your own photos, the question is whether you should pay for stock photos and illustrations or use one of the free services. You can find a long list of both types on this Resource page— Stock Photo and Illustration Sites.

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Bouncy, bubbly or British? How To Choose Voice Over Talent

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Post from: The eLearning Coach Bouncy, bubbly or British? Share this on del.icio.us. Integrating the perfect voice into an online course, video or slide show enhances the audience’s perception and enjoyment of the program. On the other hand, choosing a voice that doesn’t fit can sometimes feel like fingernails scraping across a blackboard. It takes lots of talent and skill to be a professional narrator.

Review: The Back of the Napkin

The eLearning Coach

Post from: The eLearning Coach Review: The Back of the Napkin. Share this on Facebook Share this on del.icio.us Share it on StumbleUpon Add this to 100 bookmarks. eLearning is an abundantly visual medium. As a result, designers and developers who can think visually are able to envision the final product, conceive visuals for content and visualize how information fits together. The great news is that visual thinking can be developed.