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Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning?

Tony Karrer

And, since Open Content comes in under the Creative Commons license structure. Actually, I’m curious if Open Content ever is not Creative Commons? In any case, to understand the use of Open Content, it’s important to understand Creative Commons licensing. Creative Commons Licensing Terms Creative Commons licensing terms. Most of the OCW content appears to come under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0

How to Create Effective Test Questions


If every student answers a question correctly, does that mean your question is too easy, or is it a perfect example of an effective test question? How to Create Effective Tests and Quizzes. Image: “ Quiz ” by Animated Heaven, via Flickr Creative Commons License.

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How to Measure Online Course Effectiveness


Instructional designers aim to provide the necessary content to accomplish these goals, but sometimes the delivery of a course or training isn’t very effective. Luckily, there’s a proven process that helps you measure the effectiveness of your courses and start to fix any problems in their delivery. organizational culture, structured performance reviews, etc.) How to Implement Effectiveness Measurement Plans.

A new framework for supporting learning and performance in the social workplace

Jane Hart

Here is an updated version (V3) of the WSD Framework with more charts and descriptions, and now available as a PDF to download under a Creative Commons Licence. What will be required is a completely new range of services – which we might call non-training services – that are focused on supporting continuous performance improvement and learning in the workflow as people do their jobs. Click image for full-size version. 2 – Performance Support Services.

The ripple effect

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Anyone who is interested in the social media phenomenon would be very interested to read this from Abday Adhikari, writing in the Guardian : Every time we publish information on the internet, we are effectively starting a conversation, because people can respond or react to it. We are susceptible to the ripple effect, but direction changes can be made if the network requires them. We are essentially performing our ideas to a vast and unseen audience.

The hidden audience effect

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It must have been a very long day for the kids, but they performed very well, and were very entertaining and raised a few laughs too. In effect, S'cool Radio is taking a similar approach to Dave Mitchell's Quadblogging concept but developing it in another direction. What both projects have in common is their capitalisation on the 'hidden audience' effect. Performance levels are raised as extra effort is made.

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12 tips for great speaking

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You'll also need to be convincing if you want to put your arguments across effectively. Better still, use images and other evocative visuals to support your presentation. Images almost always evoke better memories than text. Use your entire body to perform your presentation - hand movements and facial expressions can convey a lot of meaning. Pause for dramatic effect if required.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points

Learning Visions

Effective design using PPT as a tool. It’s very easy to load content on slides – but it takes more creativity to move learner to actual understanding! Use scenarios – apply what you know to make a decision.Ask the learner to take info that’s not clearcut and apply it using a question (in PPT – picture of a farmer and 3 images of “experts&# to ask for advice. Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.

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Music, learning and pedagogy

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Image from Pexels Being interviewed by Rick Zanotti last week got me thinking about music and learning. The conversation turned to music, my songwriting and performances with various bands during the 80s and 90s. If you decide to go off on your own, there is likely to be discord, confusion and a general loss of tempo or impetus in a performance. Teachers who work with their students tend to be more effective than those who stand apart. 2) Performance is connection.

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Identity in a digital age

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Goffman saw social interaction as a drama performance, in which the actor's behaviour was framed by front stage and back stage roles, scripts, props and costumes. This has great import in our understanding of how we perform to audiences in social media (of which more later in this post).

How to Make Sure Your Course Meets Its Learning Objectives


Scientists, economists, accountants, and mathematicians all have one thing in common: they all deal in “absolutes.” To be effectively measured, these objectives must be framed in terms of the ABCD guidelines proposed by educational psychologist and theorist Robert Mager to include: A = Audience. Image: “ Bullseye ” by Emilio Kuffer, via Flickr Creative Commons License.

Classic Learning Research in Practice – Avoid breaching Copyright

Adobe Captivate

If content creators want to protect their expressions with copyright then they will require a fixation in a tangible medium, that shows originality and is minimally creative. Copyright contains a bundle of Exclusive Rights that can be transferred to: Reproduce, Distribute Copies, Create Derivative work, Perform Publicly, Display Publicly. Fair use is evaluated on: Purpose, Nature, Amount and Effect on the Market (Did the owner perceive loss).

Perspective Matters

Tom Spiglanin

Most of us would instinctively say that we see ourselves, but of course we’re really looking at a reversed image of what others see. Our perspective of our image is inaccurate, but it’s nonetheless how we see ourselves through our mirror. This means that learning and development (L&D) professionals must understand not one, not two, but three significantly different perspectives when addressing performance needs in the workplace.

How to Maximize Collaboration in Instructional Design


As instructional designers create eLearning courses, they must perform a variety of jobs to deliver the final product, including (but not limited to): Project Management. Even if you’re a “star performer” who can do it all, the extensive scope of some projects coupled with pressing deadlines often requires additional assistance. You can add users to the project based on the roles they will perform: Graphic Artists, Developers, Authors, Editors, etc.

How to Measure the Impact of Training on Your Bottom Line


In conversation, we use terms like “great”, “exceptional,” or “very useful” to express opinions, such as what we think of a Christmas or gift or the performance of our favorite team. Research from over 66 studies shows a definite positive correlation between training and an organization’s performance. RELATED: Read our tips on how to make professional development training better , more enjoyable, and more effective.

9 Budget-Friendly Ways to Revamp Outdated Online Training Content

InfoPro Learning

Here are 9 cost-effective ways to revamp outdated online training content as quickly as possible. Is your current online training course bogged down with irrelevant images and ideas? De-cluttering your eLearning course design can give it a cost-effective makeover. For instance, customer service associates would like to see more interactive online training simulations and branching scenarios to improve their task performance. Has your online training gone sour?

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Is the Training You’re Providing the Training Your Employees Want?

Your Training Edge

Instead, find ways to more effectively engage your audience by delivering the right training to the right employees at the right time. For example, provide performance support resources online so that people can access the resources they need at the moment they need them. Pappas notes that “characters, avatars, compelling images and graphics, [and] real world examples” are all facets of online training that employees enjoy because they provide an emotional connection.

Imagined futures 5: Robot teachers

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Image source: Novak Archive (1965) In a conversation with Sugata Mitra several years ago, the novelist Arthur C. Good, effective teachers are intuitive, empathetic and responsive to the needs of their students. They get to know their charges well, finding creative ways to help them to learn optimally, engaging them with methods and activities designed to draw out the best performances. Enjoy the retro-futuristic images!

How Well Does Your Company Know its World?


What is popular, effective, and attention-getting? Are performance expectations established and managed? Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user RambergMediaImages. I used to teach an introductory-level course for an online MBA program. This program introduced MBA students to the role of accounting, basic financial statements, monetary policy, and macro- and microeconomics. In one class, we focused on the Federal Reserve, its role and impact.

Python's got legs!

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Actually, if you're a teacher who's interested in anything to do with critical thinking, creativity or logical reasoning you should definitely be interested. At each stage, students can check the viability of their coding by clicking on a self-checking tool 'Assess Your Performance' icon.

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Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 1

Tom Spiglanin

Some point to TED and Khan Academy content as exemplars of the future of workplace learning, including the ability to learn at convenient times and places or the effectiveness of “flipped” training where content is consumed outside a classroom and face-to-face sessions are used to discuss it and application within the organization. Learning and Development, Learning and Performance, Training and Development, etc. Cloud image courtesy Wikicommons user Sam Johnson.

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Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 2

Tom Spiglanin

They’re looking to decommission their behind-the-firewall server farms, applications, services, and platforms by migrating to more cost-effective cloud-based infrastructures that are also “elastic,” able to be expanded and contracted as needed. Working remotely, disconnections and other issues are common, both in personal experience and what I’ve heard from others. Learning and Development, Learning and Performance, Training and Development, etc.

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Connected pedagogy: Social networks

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Connected students can become the nodes of their own production, and are creating more content than ever before as they perform their learning for global audiences." Being able to share content as text, hyperlinks, video, audio and images allows us to be more versatile in the way we assimilate and apply knowledge. Connected pedagogy: Social networks by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Three Questions Every Workplace Trainer Should Ask


By understanding how an employee spends his day, the educator can identify whether their performance is a result of being well-matched to their job, or whether they may requires further skills training. And lastly, asking this kind of question can help identify whether the learner has real interest in improving their performance. Tell me a little about an education program that you watched or attended that made a difference in your performance.


It’s Time for E-Learning to Embrace ‘BYOL’


She writes: “An increasing number of the workforce –— smart, social, autonomous workers — are already doing their own thing and solving their own learning and performance problems much more quickly and more easily by using their own tools and devices. (An ” But being effective in this new environment will require a change in mindset. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user wgreller.

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Why Blended Learning Is Really Just Blended Training


But that has nothing to do with learning and performance effectiveness, only money. It’s learning by actually performing. And doing it — performing it — is how people really learn. If learning professionals can start focusing more on improving people’s performance than on simply “delivering content,” we can create a true “blended” learning model — one that gets away from the “knowledge-delivery” industry.

Four Ways to Rethink Employee On-Boarding


So ultimately, L&D pros are in a unique position to make a direct and measurable impact on employee retention and performance by rethinking the on-boarding process. If we can get a new employee up to a productive level quickly, where they’re contributing value to the organization, not only will they be effecting your organization’s bottom line, but also increasing client satisfaction, and feeling more engaged personally.

How to Choose the Right Sales Trainer


Remember please that effective sales training is not picking one subject for this year’s sales kickoff meeting and then another subject for next year’s. Large, global enterprises have few choices for one-stop shopping when it comes finding the right sales performance improvement partner. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user jennace. Selecting the best sales training provider for your company’s needs isn’t easy.

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Let Employees Choose Their Own Training Materials


The employee has the ability to customize their learning — to assess specifically what they need to improve their performance — rather than be forced to participate in education that is defined by the organization. Playing a part in identifying and selecting education holds the employee accountable for assessing his performance challenges and owning the process to address and solve them. Image by Casie Yoder used under Creative Commons via Flickr user aflcio.

Required Learning for Training Managers: Business 101


If trainers don’t truly understand how a business works, what it expects out of its training department, or what it ultimately wants its employees to be able to do, they simply can’t be effective. But there are two things any organization, or department, can and should always do: Look for ways to be more efficient, and look for ways to be more effective. Effectiveness is about producing more with what you already have. If you have to choose, be more effective.

Should We Change The Language of Training?


When I speak with my peers in the field of organizational learning and performance, either in person or virtually, I’m always amazed at the amount of time we spend discussing, debating, and examining the language of our profession. A body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition. Do we need to change the language of Employee Learning and Performance?

How Trainers are Holding Themselves Back


In many organizations, the value of effective training and performance support programs is not well understood. We need to get away from the widget-based metrics of the past and focus on the impact and value our efforts have on critical business performance. If we find ourselves saying “I’d be more effective if I only had…”, then we’ve already lost. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user dno1967b.

How to Save ‘Social Learning’ Before We Destroy It


Social Learning is a term that is rapidly spreading throughout the learning and performance field. The phrase and topic “social learning” followed shortly thereafter within the learning and performance industry. Social media allows us to effectively scale learning (and learning programs) without having to sacrifice the critical social interactions often lost in self-paced e-learning courses. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user Jeff McNeill.

How to Create Your Own Khan Academy for Training


Khan Academy , which has made this form of learning popular (and effective) in public education; and TED videos, which are wildly popular among those looking for short, inspirational bursts of learning. Yes, I know, this sounds a lot like performance support, but I say it’s different in the sense that these tutorials can be casual, fun, and engaging videos rather than boring PDF job aids. For Managers: How to run an effective meeting.

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Three Ways to Speed Up Instructional Design


Also be sure to check out some of the Thiagi books on performance, or check out some of their free interactive courses. Some of the best learning experiences I ever created were those in which we had people perform their real-life, everyday work in a high-support environment. What could be more effective than that? Believe me, they’re less concerned with proper instructional designs and effective and andragogy than with their people doing their jobs effectively.

Teach less, learn more

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A growing collection of colourful images of the conference can be found at the Flickr Group Pool for sharing and download. I think this is quite profound, that in effect we as teachers can get in the way of a child's progress.

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How iPhone Apps Fit Into Online Training


Designers will need to think more in terms of performance support and micro-learning, rather than long courses. For example, are there ways we can take use the GPS, camera, video, phone communication and motion sensors to make learning more effective? In March, Connie will be presenting a session about designing mobile performance apps at the Learning Solutions 2012 conference in Orlando, FL. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user Veronica Belmont.