Sat.Feb 06, 2010 - Fri.Feb 12, 2010

Seven Ways to Use the iPad for Workplace Learning

Upside Learning

The iPad is here. After all the hype, which it didn’t quite live up to, there was a lot of commentary web-wide on whether it’s suitable for elearning, or a specific type of learning. Here at Upside our camp is divided, there are iPad lovers and there are iPad baiters. The lovers are typically Apple fan-boys who are crazy about anything Apple, so their devotion to any bit of technology that Steve Jobs throws into the market is taken for granted.

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Meet Kate Sumbler - Technical Support Specialist

Visual Lounge

Kelly Rush and I have been wandering the halls of TechSmith for our behind the scenes interviews. Cathy Nagle-Ervin left a comment on one of our recent videos requesting an interview with someone from Tech Support. So Kelly and I headed down to our Tech Support department to grab some video.

Trending Sources

What is being a curator of digital microcontent? Or, the one with the big stuffed animals at Wal-Mart.

Janet Clarey

Microlearning as a term reflects the emerging reality of the ever-increasing fragmentation [emphasis mine] of both information sources and information units used for learning, especially in fast-moving areas which see rapid development and a constantly high degree of change.

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Growing Talent Gaps

Bottom-Line Performance

It was just a few years ago that I was in the midst of kicking off a major succession plan across my organization. I can recall the presentations we delivered to the executive team to garner their support. We spoke of the coming talent shortage due to baby boomers retiring, the need to narrow skills gaps to prep people for leadership roles, and to provide cross training and developmental projects to build necessary skills. In these lean times I’ve sometimes wondered, were we wrong?

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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Buzz without the munchies

Janet Clarey

So I sit down at my desk this morning, opened up Gmail as I always do and noticed Google Buzz. I read like 61 trillion tweets about Google Buzz over the past few days so, of course, I was fatigued with it to begin with. Tweets, blog posts, RSS feed just loaded with it. I was expecting someone to say at breakfast, &# hey, did you try Google Buzz…what’s that about?&# (no one would ever say that to me at breakfast though… make me eggs!

Theory-informed design tips

E-Learning Provocateur

In my previous article , I proposed a Taxonomy of Learning Theories to organise a few of the myriad of theories into some semblance of order, and to assist instructional designers in using theory to inform their work.

SkillSoft To Be Acquired By Private Firm by Anne Derryberry

Learning Solutions Magazine

Skillsoft PLC, one of the largest e-Learning companies in the world, announced today that it has agreed to be acquired by SSI, a private firm formed for this purpose. Shareholders Foundation has raised concerns about the agreement.

Here’s How to Add Personality to Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

In a previous post, I shared some free handwritten fonts. Today, we’ll explore how you might use them in your elearning courses. We already looked at how fonts are more than the text you read. As a graphic element, they convey meaning and play a role in the message you communicate.

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.

Web 2.0 Strategy

Janet Clarey

I’m finally getting around to reading the ASTD State of the Industry Report for 2009 which was released in November. I found this graphic quite interesting. I suspect one of the greatest needs now is to come up with an actual strategy for implementation.

Your Brain On 3D Learning

The eLearning Coach

Help! I’ve been caught in an immersive 3D Learning Environment! Oh wait, this is just my office. I guess the book, Learning in 3D, has kind of rewired my brain. I’m sure this is an improvement.

Learning Styles Reviewed by Association for Psychological Science AND FOUND WANTING.

Will at Work Learning

The Association of Psychological Science commissioned a review of the evidence for the benefits of using learning styles, and the report is clear. We conclude therefore, that at present, there is no adequate evidence base to justify incorporating learning-styles assessments into general educational practice. Thus, limited education resources would better be devoted to adopting other educational practices that have a strong evidence base, of which there are an increasing number.

When Your SME Goes MIA

Integrated Learnings

By Jay Lambert. At lunch today, someone was discussing problems that instructional designers frequently face while working with subject matter experts (SMEs). Don't get me wrong; there are many wonderful SMEs out there.

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.

Resources for "Enterprise Learning and Collaboration in 3D Virtual Worlds" Webinar

Kapp Notes

Dan Bliton of Booz Allen Hamilton asked Tony and Karl to present a webinar entitled "Enterprise Learning and Collaboration in 3D Virtual Worlds." The presentation promises to be a lot of fun. Here are the supporting resources. Slides Here are the slides from the presentation.

My Subject Matter Expert Toolkit

Bottom-Line Performance

I recently presented a case study at the central Indiana ASTD fall conference. The focus of the case study was on using e-learning templates to facilitate rapid design. But as part of the presentation, I talked about how we managed a large group of SMEs (over 40 total) on the project. The room became alive and there were so many questions and comments I had to halt the discussion. I had obviously hit a hot topic!

Interview with Ana Donaldson: Episode #5 on EdTechTalk ID Live

Learning Visions

In this week’s edition of Instruction Design Live, we talked with Ana Donaldson author of Engaging the Online Learner. These are my liveblogged notes while participating in the conversation. Apologies if they don’t always cohere. I will post a link to the recorded conversation and recommend you take a listen!) Ana’s background: Started as a programmer. Discovered ID and it became her passion. At University of Iowa for 8 1/2 years in ID with specialty in performance and training.

What Can We Learn From Toyota?

The Peformance Improvement

What can we learn from Toyota’s fall from grace? This company, that for the past two decades has been the benchmark for quality, has suddenly had severe damage done to its worldwide reputation and probably to its market share. Toyota seemed to be doing everything right in terms of high performance. Employees were taught “ The Toyota Way ”, a set of efficiency and quality principles that has been the envy of competitors and now is being adapted to a variety of different industries.

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!

Skillsoft Goes Private

Kapp Notes

SkillSoft (Nasdaq: SKIL) a provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses with a huge catalog of "off-the-shelf" courses in a variety of subjects from IT to business skills announced today that it will no longer be publicly held.

What Makes an LMS Easy to Use?

Tony Karrer

I’ll have more coming on this topic, but today someone asked me how to approach is going through an LMS selection because the general feeling was that the existing LMS was too hard for users to use. In this case, it’s customer training around products that the company sells. They are doing a combination of virtual classroom training (via WebEx) and self-paced eLearning. They currently use Moodle as an LMS with some customizations.

The secrets of success

Clive on Learning

Last year I was lucky enough to see Malcolm Gladwell live in Brighton (see my review ). Thanks to a train journey to and from London yesterday, I’ve finally followed this up by reading Gladwell’s Outliers (Allen Lane, 2008). Many of you will have read this by now, but just in case you haven’t, the gist of Gladwell’s ideas is as follows: Becoming a world-class success in what you do, is only partially related to what you are as a person, i.e. what you were born with.

Google Buzz and Social Learning: Connect the Dots

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Now, the deafening Google Buzz is here. It resides right inside Gmail, requires no separate account, and makes it easy to share your pictures, links, videos and updates with your Gmail contacts. When you share something, others presumably like it, comment on it and a threaded discussion starts. So, who is Buzz for? Some say Buzz is for Twitter drop-outs. Others feel Buzz is Google's answer to Facebook, and is particularly useful for those who care for extra online privacy.

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.

What if…

Spark Your Interest

I read a fascinating post at Mission to Learn this morning, about a conference in Washington DC (site of Snowmageddon) which was cancelled. Or not. The organizaers/participants decided that they would hold it anyway and go out on a limb and try some new ways of “unconferencing&#. . It made me stop and think.

Interoperability – It works every time! Wrong.

eLearning 24-7

Interoperability – The Double Premise for a LMS/LCMS. You can take any course from one system pull it out and then upload it into another system and it will work without any problems whatsoever. No issues, perfect. So, if the course is SCORM 1.2 and the LMS/LCMS is SCORM 1.2 everything works fine. SURE IT WILL ! What about in your current system?

Metanomics Presentation Starting Shortly

Kapp Notes

At 12:00 PST Tony and I are going to be presenting at Metanomics Here is a preview pic. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

Converting Live Workshops to an Online Course (Part I)

Web Courseworks

A lot of trainers and instructors have struggled with the question, “How can I take my full day workshop and create an online equivalent?” Design approaches for course conversion range from providing recorded webinar/ webcast series to purist academic approaches following formulas like William Horton’s Absorb—Do—Connect methodology to even more complex evaluation-driven design using a Quality Matters rubric.

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.

How cool is this?

Spark Your Interest

Stumbled across this site today: [link] #. You have to look at mscapes , most definitely Augmented Reality and Interactive Relighting (more for the cool factor than the application to learning).

LMS/LCMS Reports: Generate or Perish

eLearning 24-7

Let’s get right to the chase. You have a LCMS/LMS. You generate reports about your employees or customers or both on information that you need to validate impact of learning or return on investment or because department xyz wants the information to ensure that Bobby is actually completing the course. Oh, yeah, if you have compliance training in there – data reports are necessary as well, for obvious reasons. Bottom Line. You need the reports, just as you need data.


What’s Your ID Job Description?

Learning Visions

Ellen Wagner and I are collaborating on few ID-related sessions for the eLearning Guild’s upcoming Learning Solutions Conference & Expo in Orlando. As we prepare for our session, we’re thinking a lot about ID competencies and eLearning in the real world. We’re interested in looking at what’s being advertised for in ID positions – perhaps compared to what people are actually doing. What skills and competencies are ID positions actually asking for? Do they align with what you’re actually doing?