July, 2011

Getting Started as a Freelance Instructional Designer

Experiencing eLearning

If you are starting out as a freelance instructional designer or consultant, what do you need to know and do? I am currently exploring my options for freelance work. I know many of you out there have made the leap from regular employee to consultant.

Learning And Social Networks

Upside Learning

Google Plus is making waves among technology savvy social networkers. Like so many other Google products, this one is in beta and is gradually opening up to more users. One unique aspect separates Plus from other Google services.

Four Phases of Learning

Dashe & Thomson

How Many Accelerated Learning Phases Are There? In the training world, the optimum number seems to be “four.” There are four learning styles, four stages of competence, and a four-level evaluation model. There is also a four-phase learning cycle.

mLearning: The Time is Now

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by AJ George   The push for mobile learning (mLearning) has been a surprisingly long one. Last year we talked about how mLearning wasn't quite ready , but we threw out some technical tips in case you were ready to dive in.

View from the Learner's Perspective: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Lonna Jobson, Instructional Design Team Lead, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

Learners make an investment when they participate in learning initiatives - an investment that is often overlooked. Their schedules, priorities, and even their colleagues’ schedules are impacted. The Triple Bottom Line of Learning acknowledges the learner as a crucial stakeholder in the learning process. Join Miriam Taylor and Lonna Jobson of Inno-Versity as they continue in this series by looking at eLearning from the learner's perspective!

e-Learning shouldn’t be fun #LCBQ

Challenge to Learn

Because it is the holiday season we decided at the LCBQ to take on a light subject for this month: “How do you make e-Learning fun&#. Well I think that you shouldn’t. In the eighties I wrote a series of textbooks on bookkeeping (I know that there isn’t much fun in that).

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Lurking or Legitimate Peripheral Participation

Experiencing eLearning

During the July 7 early #lrnchat about social media and social learning, there was a lot of discussion about lurking. In response to the question “What are some ways you learn through social media that aren’t collaborative, with other people per-se?&#.

Five Practical Mobile Learning Tips

Upside Learning

Find a problem with learning or performance first , think about learning next, and mobile learning last. This is somewhat analogous to “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

eLearning and Fun: Two Words Not Normally Seen Together

Dashe & Thomson

Over at the Learning Circuits blog, the big question for July is “How do you make eLearning fun?&# They are not asking for much there, are they?

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Show For the Rest of the Project. Or Not

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Kevin Siegel. If you'd like to repeat an object over a majority of your slides, one of the easiest ways to proceed is to select the object and, on the Properties panel, Timing group, select Display for rest of project. Alternatively, you can create and use master slides.

Think Outside of the Box: Tips and Best Practices for Content Distribution

You invest a lot of energy creating courses, and you didn’t spend all of your time creating content just to let it sit on the shelf. This eBook covers the various ways to get your content in front of learners, track utilization, and drive revenue.

Lurking is Not a Static State

ID Reflections

Lurking and its role in communities has been on the forefront of my mind for the past few days. It has received a lot of attention in the past from the thought leaders in the realm of learning and the role of communities in personal as well as organizational learning.

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Snap! by Lectora Review

Integrated Learnings

By Joseph Suarez. Recently Trivantis, makers of the eLearning development program Lectora, announced the release of Snap! by Lectora. While the product isn't revolutionary and at times leaves more to be desired, with a $99 price tag, Snap deserves a closer look. So just what is Snap?

Weekly Bookmarks (7/17/2011)

Experiencing eLearning

Ed Tech and Instructional Technology Related Programs in the United States. Curt Bonk’s collected list of masters and doctoral programs in instructional technology. tags: instructionaldesign highered newid. Future Work Skills 2020 (PDF). Drivers that will change the landscape of work and key skills needed in the next 10 years (sense-making, social intelligence, novel & adaptive thinking, cross-cultural competency, new media literacy, virtual collaboration, etc.).

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At Play – Storytelling And Story-making

Upside Learning

In my recent play sessions with my six-year old (soon to be seven) I realize that one critical element of children’s play, and indirectly learning, is the ability to tell stories and just plain make them up going along.

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Leveraging Training to Go Beyond with Sales Enablement

Speaker: Matthew Hawk, VP of Instructional Design and Training Delivery, Synchrony

Whether you’re pitching a new training program, improving your onboarding process, or working to move a key metric, the trick is to optimize content creation and deployment for maximum results. In this webinar, Matthew Hawk, VP of Instructional Design & Training Delivery at Synchrony, will lay out a schematic for Sales Enablement, and demonstrate where training should fit in your overall strategy.

Four Phases of Learning

Dashe & Thomson

How Many Accelerated Learning Phases Are There? In the training world, the optimum number seems to be “four.” There are four learning styles, four stages of competence, and a four-level evaluation model. There is also a four-phase learning cycle.

Writing & Grammar: Checklists, Part III

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Jennie Ruby. This week I am featuring two different kinds of checklists from readers. One kind is a planning checklist with slots for recording the date each task is done. The other kind is a list of tasks for converting training materials from Captivate 4 to Captivate 5.

Checklist for strong elearning

Making Change

Do you want a checklist you can use to evaluate elearning? Here’s my contribution (PDF). I’m calling it a checklist because several people have asked for one, but it’s not really a checklist. Instead of checking a box to say, “Yup, got that covered!&#

Using a Skills Hierarchy to Organize eLearning Content

Integrated Learnings

By Dean Hawkinson. Imagine that you have been assigned the task of creating a series of eLearning courses to teach a particular job. In addition, this job is quite complicated with numerous skills and tasks that need to be taught.

There’s Not a Skills Gap in the U.S… or Is There?

Your search for the perfect candidate has resulted in zero perfectly skilled applicants. What’s going on? Enter… the skills gap. This report, ‘The Employment Skills Gap and What To Do About It,' breaks down the issue with solutions you can apply now.

Weekly Bookmarks (7/3/2011)

Experiencing eLearning

Big Dog, Little Dog: Five Years later: A Review of Kirschner, Sweller and Clark’s Why Minimal Guidance during Instruction Does Not Work. Review of Kirschner, Sweller, and Clark’s paper bashing constructivism, discovery, and problem-based learning, plus some context and research on the other side. tags: learning training pbl constructivism research inquiry.

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3 Essential Themes for Mobile Learning Systems

Upside Learning

This takes on a post I wrote several weeks ago, that spoke about four themes that will (and not five) predominate learning in the future.

Evaluating Social Learning

Dashe & Thomson

It seems to me that right now this is a wide open field. There are people looking at applying the Kirkpatrick model, there are people measuring the use of social learning tools, and there are people talking about something similar to Brinkerhoff’s Success Case Method.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: The Pros of Contrast

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Kevin Siegel. I fell in love with Captivate 5 the moment I started the program. The user interface (UI) was a vast improvement over every legacy versions of the program. Looking back on my experience with Captivate 5, I have few complaints.

View from the Learning Team: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Andrea Mikulenas, Instructional Design Team Lead, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

As a learning leader, you are regularly faced with a dilemma: prioritize the needs of the learners, or succumb to the budgetary demands and deadlines of the C-suite? This proverbial tug-of-war is a constant in learning development - but it doesn't have to be. Join Miriam Taylor and Andrea Mikulenas of Inno-Versity as they dive into the second layer of the Triple Bottom Line of eLearning – the Learning Leaders!

Checklist for strong elearning

Making Change

Do you want a checklist you can use to evaluate elearning? Here’s my contribution (PDF). I’m calling it a checklist because several people have asked for one, but it’s not really a checklist. Instead of checking a box to say, “Yup, got that covered!&#

Custom Lectora Video Controls

Integrated Learnings

By Joseph Suarez. Video can be an engaging enhancement to an eLearning course built with Lectora. However, there may be times when video needs to be controlled without the default video playback controls. These controls can also visually clash with an eLearning course’s template or theme.

Weekly Bookmarks (7/31/2011)

Experiencing eLearning

The impact of instructional elements in computer-based instruction_July2007.pdf. Study examining what happens when you remove common elements of instruction. Practice with feedback was critical; information, objectives, examples, and review made little difference. “This study investigated the effects of several elements of instruction (objectives, information, practice, examples and review) when they were combined in a systematic manner.&#.

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India And The Mobile Internet Revolution

Upside Learning

While doing some research, I came across this interesting article ‘Can India lead the mobile-internet revolution?’ registration required) that McKinsey published in February of this year. Three things in the article struck me as being spot on.

Go Beyond with Compliance Training

Speaker: Justin Muscolino, Head of Compliance Training North America, GRC Solutions

There are few words that will make corporate learners tune you out more quickly than "compliance” or “mandatory." Justin Muscolino, Head of North America Compliance Training for GRC Solutions, believes that compliance training can be engaging, interesting, and yes, sometimes fun - and he has the experience to back up that claim. Let’s be part of a push to remove this psychological block and do what’s best for our organizations. Who's in?