August, 2011

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Top Resources for Instructional Designers

Learning Visions

So where do you send new practitioners for ideas and inspiration? Here’s a list I recently compiled for some new members on my team. Allen Partridge Adobe Captivate Blog For those of you who work with Captivate, you can’t miss Allen Partridge’s blog -- practical know-how with a spark.

Questioning Gagné and Bloom’s Relevance

Experiencing eLearning

Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Hirsh. Lauren needed to do an informational interview for her masters program, and I needed some new profile pictures. The pictures turned out terrific; I’m sure I got the better end of the bargain.).

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Match Content to be Learning with Right Game Type

Kapp Notes

Matching the right type of game-thinking and mechanics to the right type of content to be learned, is the right way to design an instructional game.

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PowerPoint 2010: Animating a Venn Diagram

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. A typical Venn diagram has two or more related topics. To depict the similarities and differences of these topics, you might create a diagram like the example below. 

Building a Business Case for Customer Training

Looking to expand your customer training program? Your executive team will likely have some concerns. Download this guide to learn how to prove the value of training and tackle objections head-on.

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Practical guides rolling off the press

Clive on Learning

Over on the Onlignment blog , I've been posting up a series of practical guides for digital learning content designers. These guides are not really meant for those who design content full-time, but for the increasing numbers of learning professionals who are occasional designers. Anyway, so far I have completed the following guides: Creating learning podcasts. Creating learning slide shows. Creating learning screencasts. Creating learning scenarios. Creating learning videos.

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Social Learning Has Its Place…And Informal Learning Does Too.

Social Learning

Two weeks ago Jane Hart wrote an article titled, Social Learning: to be or not to be? , in which Jane expresses her dislike of the term Social Learning (big S, big L). Jane claims that “Social Learning has come to refer exclusively to the use of social media in top-down, formal learning.”

Fourth Summer 2011 Learning in 3D class

Kapp Notes

For this class, we were privileged to have Andrew Hughes, the president of Designing Digitally visit with us. And he gave us a tour of their browser-based 3D campus tour software. You can check out this video to an idea of what the student’s experienced on their tour.

PowerPoint 2010: Changing the Default Theme

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. I have an update to last week's article on creating new color palettes. I had been asked if there was a way to change the default color palette and I had reported back that there was not. Well, I nerded out a bit and realized that there actually is a way to do this.

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

The Promise Of 3D Learning

Upside Learning

Every now and again I wonder about the multi-user 3D environments, or virtual worlds that were all the rage just a couple of years ago, the finest example being Second Life. Second Life itself was a promising collaborative 3D learning platform.

From Instructional Design to Enterprise Community Facilitation

ID Reflections

This is a long overdue post, the draft of which had been languishing in my dropbox for some time--half forgotten. But finally I felt this needs to see the light of day. I have reached something of a cross-roads in my career, and I wanted to document the process of this arrival. It has been a long and exciting journey so far, dotted with exciting projects, some wonderful clients, and a tremendous amount of learning.

Presentations in the cloud

Clive on Learning

A week or so back I was given a sneak preview of a new tool for distributing recorded presentations online called dpcloud. The system allows you to deliver the presentation in three formats: A video of the presentation alone.

Instructional Design Lessons from the World of Theatre

Social Learning

For more than a decade in the late part of the last century (I get a kick out of saying that) my life was theatre. During that period, I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing for the stage.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

One Player Video Game that is Multiplayer: Intriguing Concept

Kapp Notes

Jason Rohrer, well known game designer, created a fascinating video game concept called Chain World. Rohrer unveiled Chain World at the 2011 Game Design Challenge, held on March 4 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The design challenge is essentially a contest: Three game designers compete to make a videogame that does some crazily ambitious thing that a videogame is not supposed to be able to do…[this]year’s theme [was] Bigger Than Jesus: games as religion.

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Add Some Status to Your TOC

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. When you add a Table of Contents to a Captivate project ( Project > Table of Contents > Show TOC ), the default settings include Show Duration. With this option selected, the duration of each slide in the lesson will be shown to your learners.

Creating eLearning interactions gets more Flexible

Raptivity

This summer has been very eventful for us. Raptivity has been completely made over and is friendlier to the user like never before. Raptivity is no more limited to its application and use. It brings unparalleled flexibility to the user [.].

Does L&D belong in HR?

E-Learning Provocateur

That was the topic of last week’s Learning Cafe in Sydney. In short, my esteemed peers and I agreed on “yes&# , but that’s not the end of the story. Allow me to explain… According to one school of thought, L&D belongs in HR because that’s how you achieve scale.

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Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.

What low growth and high debt mean for l&d

Clive on Learning

Although here in the UK inner-city rioting is grabbing all the headlines, behind the scenes we are experiencing (another) economic sea change, one that will influence just about everyone in the western world. The markets have woken up to the fact if you're going to tackle crippling levels of national and personal debt then that necessarily means spending less and that economic growth will suffer as a result.

How to Motivate Learners without Rewards: Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation

Social Learning

After college, I jumped on an airplane and flew to Switzerland to look for work in the international organizations and “keep the party going” with several other friends that had also moved overseas. Many of us were idealistic with big ideas of “changing the world.”.

ID Guru: A new iPhone App for instructional designers

Learning Visions

That Connie Malamed (@elearningcoach) is one smart cookie. And now she’s created, through an act of devotion and love to her profession, an iPhone resource for Instructional Designers. It’s a glossary of ID terms – over 450 terms in all – in an easy to use and very hyperlinked format.

Social Networking – A Contrarian View

Upside Learning

Today, I’m going to adopt a contrarian view. We all know social networks promote learning; while the mechanisms aren’t documented or well-understood, that it works isn’t in doubt anymore. But we must ask, are the ‘social media/networking systems’ out there promoting this learning?

[New eBook] The 3 Stages of Customer Training Development

Want to expand your training efforts? You’ll often see success by starting small and growing your program in a sustainable way. Download the eBook to learn more.

Decision Tree: Should You Let Your Employees Work From Home?

Mindflash

Today, many companies offer their employees the option to work from home, even if they live relatively close to the office. But common sense tells us that for some employees, this may not be the best option.

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Change the Mouse Pointer Project-Wide

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. A seasoned Captivate developer contacted me with a small dilemma. It seems that he was new to Captivate 5.5 (but but had been using Captivate for nearly 4 years). He needed to change the appearance of his mouse pointer throughout the project.

Instructional Design Questions? There’s an App for that! …You need to check it out.

Kapp Notes

My friend and colleague, Connie Malamed (aka The eLearning Coach ) has developed a handy iPhone application that will help you become a better instructional designer making tips, definitions and ideas available right at your finger tips. GET THE APPLICATION HERE.

Mobile Learning and Interactivity

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Does mobile learning need interactivity? Even more so, says Janhavi Padture, one of the invited speakers at Washington Interactive Technologies Conference, hosted by SALT (Society of Applied Learning Technologies). I talked to her to get her take on the subject. Mobile content is short-duration, small-screen. Why bother making it interactive? JP: There is inherently a greater chance of distraction since the learner is on the move. So the need for delivering engaging content is even greater.

The complete eLearning journey

As an eLearning designer wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?