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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Im Mrs. Dalloway

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 Im Mrs. Dalloway Im just back from vacation and still trying to make the transition back into work mode. I do love this book. The company you surround yourself with may be shallow, but their effects upon your reality are tremendously deep. To stay above water, you must try to act like nothings wrong, but you know that the truth is catching up with you. Im disturbed to report that Im The Poisonwood Bible.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Best Practices for Software Training?

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Ive been involved in I dont know how many training modules, ranging from the overly long to the shorter chunked variety. Remember, all I do is online, self-paced eLearning). The next project Im about to take on is going to be more of a just-in-time performance support tool. What have you been doing in the software training world of late? Cammy, thanks for doing this! Im thinking that teaching in a scenario-based mode (e.g.,

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designers: Do You Have a Degree in ID?

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Friday, November 02, 2007 Instructional Designers: Do You Have a Degree in ID? Im curious what other folks experiences has been. If youre working as an instructional designer, do you have an advanced degree? What do you think counts more? Clive says, "I must confess I dont really care how someone has acquired their knowledge of the subject, but I do care whether they are constantly striving to do a better job." Im so happy to see you post this up.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Getting Started in Instructional Design

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Ill share with you what I know and point you in the direction of some great resources where you can learn even more. For me, instructional design is about designing "engaging and effective" asynchronous learning experiences (web-based training programs). Im a writer and a schmoozer. Ive always had the good fortune to have a team of graphic designers and programmers who do that heavy lifting. Oh and I saw your post about telling other moms what you do.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Debunking the Learning Styles Myth

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007 Debunking the Learning Styles Myth As you may know, Ive been on a focused mission to better understand so-called learning styles and their place -- or not -- in e-Learning. It is probably more accurate that such instruction is effective because the multiple illustrations induce learners to devote more time to these concepts. I prefer to get the big picture view first, and often a diagram or metaphor will do that for me.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Audio in eLearning: Cultural Differences?

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Do you use audio on every slide because the client says people will think its broken if you dont? Weve taken this up before and many of us IDs know the strategies for using audio most effectively by now. We know to avoid narrating text word for word, for instance. You do know that, right?) As Im ramping up in my new job, Im talking with my new Kineo colleagues about everything under the sun. Do Americans just like to talk way too much?

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking

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Monday, June 18, 2007 Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking From the Eide Neurolearning Blog: Voluntary Control of Attention - Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking There is a yin and yang effect between visual and auditory attention. Mixed visual-auditory stimuli have an underadditive effect, so that if you have to do both at the same time, total brain activation goes down. Maybe the "underadditive effect" occurs when a multimedia presentation does all the thinking for you.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Audio in eLearning: When Rough Around the Edges is Better

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009 Audio in eLearning: When Rough Around the Edges is Better At our seminar today on using Articulate and Moodle and "Doing More for Less" , the conversation turned (as it always does) to using audio in eLearning. Im not sure if the SME was reading a script, reading the notes, or just speaking from the heart. My argument is that if the information is presented as 'real' conversation it is more believable, more engaging and ultimately more effective.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Getting to Good Enough

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" This adage works for me most of the time as Im designing eLearning courses. Right now, Im feeling like just getting to good would be an achievement. Client demands, project schedules -- sometimes all you can do is churn it out. Right now, Im proofing a storyboard thats full of endless text bullets and boring software demos with no interactivity -- and theres really nothing I can do about it. What would you do if you were me? Just do it.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Value of Instructional Designers

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Reuben on the downside of rapid e-Learning tools: The emergence of "easy-to-use" authoring tools, however, has tempted us to believe that the instructional designer can do it all! In reducing the value of an instructional designer by handing them tools to be lone gunmen, we have created the problem of believing we can replace or eliminate the instructional designer, since our in-house resident experts can do the very same job. Do you think you actually add any value these days? [I

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?

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Im not looking for the obtuse theory books. Im already feeling a bit overwhelmed. Im about halfway through Michael Allens new book, Designing Successful E-Learning. Between you and John Im going to need to ask for a visit to Ikea for a new bookshelf too! In addition to van Merrianboer and Norman, dont miss Writing Training Materials That Work: How to train anyone to do anything by Foshay and Silber. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Connectivism: Week 1

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I havent signed up anywhere, I havent taken part in any of the sessions, but Im like a moth drawn to the flame: as I peer in on all the conversation beginning to happen, I cant help but join in. As I sift through this weeks reading assignments, Im trying to pick out how this learning theory effects my work as a creator (an instructional designer) of self-paced eLearning experiences for the corporate market. Cammy, Im glad youre doing the auditing.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Making Six Sigma Training Fun

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I tried to make more effective use of audio. Do you think I went too far with the rubber duck motif? Cammy: Although I like to think Im good-humored, I am leery of "humor" or "fun" (scare quotes are deliberate) injected into training like salt water into a frozen turkey. Im glad youre on board with my ducks! Anybody knows that rubber ducks can make a real splash. but, you know.). Im particularly thrilled with using scenarios (naturally :).

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Writing Less Objectionable Learning Objectives

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He suggests a list of potential outcomes with check boxes , effectively allowing the learner to create his or her own objectives. Personally, I dont like to hide things from learners and play guessing games, so I am an advocate of letting the learner know, up front, what they will be expected to do at the conclusion of the course, lesson, or whatever. There are better ways to do some of the things we’ve been doing. How do you try to think like a learner?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Building Measurement into Our Training-Development Process

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Hit Us Hard 31% Hurt A Little 33% Not Much Effect 33% Helped Us 3% (Is "it hasnt hurt us yet, but Im nervous" an answer?) What will participants do different and better? could do a Level 3 support at that point. Level 4 Eval traditionally done during Learning Outcomes (there were a lot more things on his chart, but Im not that fast and it was somewhat complicated.) Most of us are doing Level 1 completion and smile sheets. Fewer doing Level 3 and 4.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Personalized Personal Work Learning Environmental World

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 My Personalized Personal Work Learning Environmental World Tony Karrer asked in the comments on my PLE post yesterday , Im curious if you distinguish your learning environment (tools, skills, etc.) Most of what Im doing outside of work these days involves the care and feeding of two small people, ages 2 and 4. Those of you whove done the small child thing know theres not a lot of time for extras, especially if you work full-time.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Styles

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Theories do not help us to expand our awareness and understanding of learning; they serve to reduce and confine it. The idea of learning styles commonly refers to some notion for a preferred way of learning. I can see how theorists might argue that reading text aloud to the learner addresses multiple "learning styles," but the real-world experience is one of frustration: you want to read ahead but you cant because the narrator reads more slowly than you do. Im with you.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Meeting Face to Face

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Its nice to know who youre really talking to. Or is it substituted by other tools (how effective?)(web If I notice Im losing someones attention in class, Ill instantly make direct eye-contact, maybe raise an eyebrow, and start talking directly to that student, and most of the time. How simple and effective is that eyebrow raise? ha Do we undervalue non-verbal communication? And how effective is that substitution? The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning

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Do They? ) Im a linear reader in recovery and have been actively learning how to skim books and not feel guilty about it. Although Im not in active instructional design mode for any projects right now, I did jot a bunch of ideas. 14) Its not whether or not you played games or still do, its simply the fact that you were shaped by a popular culture that was shaped by video games. those born between 1991-2000), Im a bit of an ape (no offense to apes, mind you).

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: NewsFlash: PowerPoint Bad For Learning

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It is effective to speak to a diagram, because it presents information in a different form. But it is not effective to speak the same words that are written, because it is putting too much load on the mind and decreases your ability to understand what is being presented." You know -- appeal to multiple learning styles; address the needs of both auditory and visual learners. Im thinking about Karl Kapps recent post Design: Bullets Be Gone.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Rapid e-Learning, Templates, & SMEs

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Our tools still require the user to work in the Flash environment, but you really dont need to know Flash. But as I look around at who is actually doing instructional design out there (and look at me ) I realize more and more that instructional designer is an over-used title and does not necessarily mean that one knows a thing about it; perhaps its just a role that someone evolved into. This approach saved them a ton of time, and resulted in an effective training program.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Objection to Learning Objectives

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As Michael Allen says in Michael Allens Guide to e-Learning : "Learners think, Im supposed to do my best to learn whatever is here, so I might as well spend all my time learning it rather than reading about learning it." (p. If they fail, theyll know what they are going to be able to do when they finish your program (hopefully, complete the task). And theyll be able to see what kinds of tasks they should be able to do at the end of the course.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: e-Learning Content & Version Control

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This is definitely a gap and I intend to start having this conversation going forward. If they dont do anything, find out why. At my company, we use SVN for version control (at a basic level I know that its a tool that allows you to check files in and out and keeps track of versions, etc.). Im sure it matters to them. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew! Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Design: Whats in a name?

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If all we do is write training material, then perhaps yes. The ID survey on this blog now has over 200 responses: 62% do not have advanced degrees. How much of the pedagogy used by IDs is less to do with learning and more to do with design? And by asking this, Im not suggesting that design isnt important, for it is - its seen by some as part of the pedagogy. I wonder about this, for scaffolding is important for the effectiveness of resources that are used.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Messy Learning OK. Messy Training Not OK.

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Or maybe you actually want to learn how to do your job better. The instructor doesnt really know the topic and is just completely winging it. But Im learning. Im just back from two this week, and presented yesterday at USQs Pedagogies and Learning Conference in Brisbane. Creativity and imagination are the mandates, with no end-gaming i.e, Sure experience is a great teacher but organizations are about efficiency and effectiveness.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Real World, SecondLife and FaceBook/MySpace

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Im not sure how this relates to danah boyds recent blog article on Viewing American class divisions through FaceBook and MySpace. Im a major geek, yet I avoid Second Life and continue to be skeptical about its use in elearning. If SL has this effect on other women, then it wont be the most effective place to send female employees as part of an elearning experience. However, ideas taken from Second Life, minus the cultural trappings, could be effective.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: e-Learning Guild Mobile Learning Report

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Clark Quinn : Has been doing this for 30 years. And if you havent completed the survey, you can do it right now. Adoption within organization: 33% say they have no plans to do m-learning in their organization (international said 24%, u.s. Performance Support: Sify eLearning see more examples at mlearnopedia.com Review or reinforcement: StudyCell Flashcard Pilots doing 30 days test that report back to their LM -- pocket Scorm. Business Drivers -- Why Do This?

How to Record Your Desktop with Screencasting

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Think of your apps, websites, IMs, emails, and everything that makes up your digital world. Common examples of screencasts are onscreen tutorials , video lessons , or slideshare presentations. We make both screen recording and video editing software because we know that being able to capture your computer screen at work increases productivity. Screencasting allows you to train your new hires effectively and free up your time. How do I reconnect to the printer?”.