March, 2012

Impact of Games on the Economy, the World and Schools

Kapp Notes

Here are some interesting facts about the video game industry in terms of the impact on society from The Entertainment Software Association web site.

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PowerPoint 2007 & 2010: How to Turn an Image Into An Animated Puzzle

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  A recent  question in the Microsoft Office forums  inquired about the process of animating a picture in PowerPoint so that it came onto the slide piece by piece--like a puzzle.

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Revisiting Learning Styles

Experiencing eLearning

As part of David Kelly’s Learning Styles Awareness Day , I’m revisiting the idea of learning styles. I admit that when I was taught learning styles in my education program, I didn’t question it. It made intuitive sense, and I’d never heard a real criticism of the theory.

What's Better: eLearning or Classroom?

The Peformance Improvement

We need to examine the proliferation of Web-based education before it gets out of hand (It may be too late.). Online college courses are being promoted as the panacea for producing more college graduates and strengthening the workforce.

2018 Customer Training Goals

Are your customer training goals actually achievable? Or will they be cast aside as your team gets caught up in their daily tasks? If you’re not sure, this guide can help.

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Presentation Resources and Notes from IMU Learning Webinar Series

Kapp Notes

Tonight I am speaking at the IMU Learning Webinar Series. The series is about “connecting inspiring and exceptional educators around the world to share their knowledge, best practices, experiences and wisdom to IMU and educators attending from around the world.”

AR: Augmenting the Reality of Learning

Dashe & Thomson

Introduction to AR. Augmented reality (AR), as defined by the infallible Wikipedia, is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.

Revisiting Learning Styles

Experiencing eLearning

As part of David Kelly’s Learning Styles Awareness Day , I’m revisiting the idea of learning styles. I admit that when I was taught learning styles in my education program, I didn’t question it. It made intuitive sense, and I’d never heard a real criticism of the theory. When I started digging into the research though, I realized that the research support for learning styles is pretty flimsy.

John Maeda The Art of Leadership #LSCon

Learning Visions

Opening keynote session with John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design. I’m at Learning Solutions in Orlando today – hosted by the eLearning Guild. Forgive typos and poor grammar! The Art of Leadership Maeda was tenured faculty at MIT – professor by day, student by night as he got an MBA. And then four years ago he became college president with no training! So he bought books. And now he’s been learning about art and design.

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.

Adobe Captivate: Custom Cursors Anyone?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    A student in a recent  online Captivate class  asked me if it was possible to create a custom mouse cursor for a Captivate eLearning lesson. Sadly, I had to tell the student that it wasn't possible.

Transforming learning and development

Clive on Learning

This video packages up a presentation I made at Learning Technologies in London in January. It describes how corporate learning and development appears to be at a crossroads.

TED Gets into Education in a Much Bigger Way!

Kapp Notes

TED, the organization that brings thought provoking and exciting talks to the web and around the world (a group is doing a TEDx event to Bloomsburg.more later) is launching the idea of TEDEd. It’s a wonderful idea.

What the flip?

Learning with e's

Everywhere I look I'm seeing 'Flip teaching' or 'Flipped classroom'. There's a lot of hype about this 'flipping' idea and it's getting me flipping irritated. What does flipping actually involve? Does anyone know, or is the term being misused or misrepresented?

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

Employee Satisfaction and Engagement Once Again Linked to Financial Success

The Peformance Improvement

Still another study , recently published by The Forum at Northwestern University, supports the notion that satisfied and engaged employees are essential to the financial success of companies.

10 things to remember about social learning (and the use of social media for learning)

Jane Hart

Yesterday I listened into the #lscon Twitter stream for Learning Solutions conference in Orlando, Florida. There was some discussion about social learning, so I tweeted a few thoughts myself. I’ve been asked to repeat them in a blog post here, so here are some of my tweets plus a few more points.

PowerPoint & eLearning: PhotoPin, a New Stock Photo Resource

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  I have previously written about  my favorite stock photo resources.    I've also posted about how to find  Google images you can actually use for commercial use.    In that same vein I'd like to present  Photopin , a new resource that may be useful in your search for budget-friendly stock photos. The photos are lifted from  Flickr  and are, by and large, Creative Commons  licensed.

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Learning, learners and logistics

Clive on Learning

For some time now I have settled on a simple three stage approach for gathering the information I need in order to come up with a design for learning. It seems to work at a micro level, say designing a short e-learning module, as well as from a wider perspective, such as scoping out a learning architecture. My terminology for the three elements is (1) learning outcomes, (2) audience characteristics and (3) practical constraints and opportunities - quite a mouthful.

Content Planning Map: A Template for Training Teams

Are you delivering disjointed feature-based training? Rather than looking at small tasks, focus training content on goals that you want your students to achieve. Download the template to learn how!

Thinking About Social Media

Kapp Notes

One thing about Social Media is that new technologies claiming to be a new form of Socail Media are being introduced almost daily. To help determine if a new technology qualifies as Social Media or not, Li and Benoff (2008) in their book Groundswell created a list of questions to consider when determining if technology should be included as Knowledge Media.

Deployment Vs. Implementation – Is There a Difference?

Living in Learning

Okay…so my trigger got tripped this morning on a white paper put out by HR.Com…which, by the way, was very well done. What tripped my trigger was not what was included in the article, “An Overview of HCM Technology Deployment and Factors Influencing the Strategy, but what was left out. For me, it was a gaping hole that I had fallen into earlier in my corporate training life – reaching deployment [GoLive] – is not the end of the effort; instead, it marks the beginning of implementation.

Libraries without walls

Learning with e's

I recently wrote about how libraries are adapting to the digital age. The traditional library is viewed by many as a place for stacks of books to gather dust, and where stern librarians in tweed jackets tell you to keep quiet.

Infographic: How To Train Your Employees To Handle Your Social Media

Mindflash

Social media consultants can be an expensive addition to your business. But in this day and age, no company can operate without a sound social plan. Despite the swanky pitches you may receive from pros, your best social media team might actually be your current workforce.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

Adobe RoboHelp: Synonyms Made Easy

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    One of the most often used areas of any Help System is Search. And since Search is created automatically when you generate a layout, there's nothing the RoboHelp author has to do to make Search available for the user. Search does have one main drawback for the user.

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At the Water Cooler of Learning

KnowledgeStar

We have become obsessed with formal learning in the workplace. In our zeal to learn, we have transferred the formal model of learning into the collective mind of our corporations. Even e-learning is simply less-expensive formal learning at a distance. Our obsession began when we decided we were in the knowledge economy. We concluded that [.].

3D Virtual Worlds are NOT Dead, Dying or Disappearing

Kapp Notes

There are many reasons by I believe that virtual worlds are not dead, dying or disappearing.

A question of attitude

Clive on Learning

When I first entered the learning and development profession, I was assigned a mentor, a certain Mr Ernest Knagg. Ernest had strong opinions on just about all matters of pedagogy and good practice and that included the issue of attitudes. Clive," he said, "It's not our business to try and change people's attitudes. We can try and change what they do, but not what they feel about things.

The Essential Template for Your Customer Training Strategy

Looking to build your customer training strategy? The process can be overwhelming, if you don’t have a set plan from the start. This template can help.

New ideas in a digital age

Learning with e's

How are new ideas spread through society? Before the digital age, we had mass media to do the job - TV, radio and newspapers and prior to that, more primitive technologies were employed to spread news.

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Asynchronous E-Learning Vs. Synchronous E-Learning

Mindflash

Articles E-learning

PowerPoint 2010: Turn Off Picture Compression

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  You may not realize it but PowerPoint is lowering the quality of the images in your presentations. By default, PowerPoint is set to compress the images in your files. In