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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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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?

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.

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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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.

Screencast of the Week - Picture-in-Picture for Whiteboard Recordings!

Visual Lounge

There are a couple elements that can make screencasts interesting and engaging. Motion from drawing on the screen with something like a Tablet PC or Wacom tablet make a screencast dynamic and can focus viewers attention. And, the Picture-In-Picture (PIP) option in Camtasia makes screencasts lively and shows off the presenter's personality. Typically PIP usually shows a webcam recording or sometimes an image.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Making Sense Of The iPad For Online Learning

The eLearning Coach

The noise about the release of Apple’s iPad has been a bit overwhelming. Were you too busy to read the reviews, analysis and opinions? No problem. I summarized the gist of it in a quick handy dandy rating system focusing on the iPad’s future for online learning.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

[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.

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.

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.

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 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?