December, 2011

Two Software Tools for Creating Simulations

Kapp Notes

Here are two tools that can be used for creating effective and engaging simulations. Let me know of other tools. SimWriter. Screen Capture from SimWriter simulation creation software.

20 Signs of Employee Disengagement

The Peformance Improvement

Employee engagement seems to be the current hot topic of survey organizations. Gallup , Mercer , BlessingWhite , and others are regularly conducting national and international studies of engagement.

Trending Sources

Massively scalable training

Clive on Learning

Some fantastic progress has been made recently in realising the concept of massively scalable education. You've probably already heard plenty about the Khan Academy , which has contributed to the maths education of millions, as well as the free online courses being run by faculty at Stanford University. An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence , led by Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun, attracted some 160,000 enquiries, of which 25,000 or more have made it through to its conclusion.

What eLearning Should Learn From Games

Upside Learning

There sure are lot of learning design community folks who love to play digital games. It’s always interesting to hear gamers talk about why they play certain genres of games and what aspects of those games they love.

2017 Customer Training Benchmarks Study

What are the baseline metrics for a successful customer training program? Find out in Skilljar's inaugural customer training benchmarks study, which includes an analysis of completion rates, course duration, and more. Click to download.

More Trending

Flash for Instructional Game Development

Kapp Notes

There are several books that can help you to utilize Adobe’s Flash (which I know has a bad wrap due to Apple, however, it is still great for creating instructional games). Here is another interesting book, its a little older but still has some relevant information.

Flash 127

The Biggest Myths in Learning and Development

Absorb LMS

In the early 1960s, philosopher Abraham Kaplan and psychologist Abraham Maslow independently described the idea that being in possession of an instrument affects our perception.

Where is the model for e-learning?

Clive on Learning

With most learning media, there is an expectation of how it should look and behave based on the mass media. We can benchmark what we do against 1000s of everyday examples. We can model our learning videos on what we see on TV and on YouTube. We can model podcasts on what we hear on the radio. We have endless examples from print media and the World Wide Web on which to model our text-based materials.

A Refreshing Take on User Experience Design

Upside Learning

I recently came across a blog-post by Susan Weinschenk which provides a quick overview of ideal user experience guidelines from a psychologist’s point of view.

Design 114

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.

Re-Recruitment and Re-Engagement

The Peformance Improvement

Every new employee, whether a front-line worker or top level executive, comes to the job with a high level of excitement and a strong desire to do well. Then, sometime during their tenure in their companies, most cease being engaged and many start to look elsewhere for new opportunities.

Adobe Captivate: Say Goodbye to the Mouse Click Sound

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    I received an SOS from a fellow Captivate developer who was having a hate-hate relationship with the mouse click sounds he was hearing in his Adobe Captivate demonstration.

Sound 69

Great TED Video by David Perry: Are Games Better Than Life

Kapp Notes

Take a look at this interesting video about games and see if you agree. The points raised are interesting. Games Games video games

Games 126

Ruth Clark: eLearning and the Science of Instruction: A 10 Year Retrospection

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from December 13, 2011: eLearning Guild Thought Leaders Webinar Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer’s book e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning – now in its 3rd edition. An expert in evidence-based elearning – author of seven books! Ruth@clarktraining.com Let’s reflect back on the three editions of the book – what’s stayed the same and what’s changed? Technology has changed!

3 Ways to Create a Best in Class Customer Training Plan

Looking to improve your training plan for Q4 and beyond? Download this guide to learn how the right goals, education, and tools can help.

Content Curation: One More Role for an Enterprise Community Manager

ID Reflections

Faced with the tsunami of information, we are all floundering to find our way to content that actually matters. From setting up filters--both of the automated and human variety--to trying to make sense of what we find, we are in a fix, so to speak. Hence, we see the rise of content curators as a breed who will help us to make sense of this world of worldwideweb that has suddenly gone amuck. The scene within an enterprise is not much different. The lifespan of enterprises are declining rapidly.

Face-to-face is for special occasions

Clive on Learning

Ask yourself. What proportion of the music that you consume is at a live performance? Chances are it's something between 0 and 10%. What proportion of the drama that you watch is at the theatre, rather than at the cinema or on TV? I'd be surprised if it's more than a few percent. And what proportion of the sport you watch is in a stadium rather than on TV. You get the idea.

Data is Not Knowledge

The Peformance Improvement

I like this quote by the Swedish author Henning Mankell that appeared in a Sunday New York Times op-ed column titled “ The Art of Listening ”: “. Many people make the mistake of confusing information with knowledge. They are not the same thing. Knowledge involves the interpretation of information.

eLearning and PowerPoint: Usage Survey

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  I've heard from several eLearning developers expressing their frustration over being given lackluster PowerPoint presentations and asked to magically transform them into effective and engaging eLearning lessons and courses. Are  Are you in the same boat? Perhaps you are creating the PowerPoint presentations as well? Maybe (gasp) you're the one creating the lackluster presentations?

How to Select an LMS for Customer Training

Finding an LMS suitable for customer training can be tough. Check out our guide to learn about some key considerations for selecting a customer education platform.

Great TED Video by Tom Chatfield: 7 ways video games engage the brain

Kapp Notes

Here is a great TED Video that clearly details the ways that video games engage us, transfix us and compel us to action. Tom Chatfield also describes how video games are data collection machines and they are constantly collecting data on players.

Brain 123

Through the 70:20:10 Looking Glass

Performance Learning Productivity

This is the second of three posts adapted from articles written for Inside Learning Technologies & Skills magazine. The original has been published here. The third article will be posted here a little while after it has been published in the magazine for the Learning Technologies Conference and Exhibition in London 26-27 January 2012. In the first

50 Posts and Articles that Made Me Think in 2011

ID Reflections

Inspired by JaneHart’s Top100 Articles of 2011 , I thought I should put down at least the top 50 thathas made me reflect and ponder in the past one year, has changed the way I dothings and shaped quite a bit of my work-life decisions. Not all the posts havebeen written in 2011, but since I either stumbled across them in 2011 or readthem with greater appreciation this year, I thought it fair to include these inthe list.

Profile of a learning architect: Dick Moore

Clive on Learning

Throughout my book The New Learning Architect I take time out to look at real-life examples of learning architects in action. In this final profile, w e look at the work of a learning architect who has worked within what is very much a top-down learning environment and on a very large scale.

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding & Support

Looking to create customers for life? Training can be used to successfully engage customers throughout their entire lifecycle - from initial awareness, to onboarding, to continuing support. Download this eBook to learn more.

A head teacher writes.

Learning with e's

We have had pencils in our school now for some time, and we were one of the first to adopt them, but it has been an uphill struggle. There aren't enough to go around, and often several of the children have to crowd around to use the pencils at the same time. But we are better off than many schools.

Adobe Captivate: Export Audio

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    You can import or record audio to just about anything in Adobe Captivate. Right-click a slide object and you'll find you can select Audio > Import to  (or  Record to ). Right-click a slide and you'll find the exact same menu items.

Instructional Game Projects

Kapp Notes

As I begin to reflect upon this year coming to a close, I have to admit that I am pretty excited about two instructional game projects of which I have been involved. Here are videos describing each project. You can link here for additional information. You can link here for additional information.

Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning Projects to Watch for 2012

eFront

Nowadays small and medium size organizations (SMEs), educational institutions, and independent consultants struggle to adopt an expensive eLearning solution.

Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

Strengthen new employees and develop existing teams with Lessonly’s Employee Training Playbook.