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Instructional Design And The Six Thinking Hats

Upside Learning

I spent most of my free time over the last few weeks reading Edward de Bono’s book, Six Thinking Hats , and thinking about how this thinking process can be applied to Instructional Design. Before I get to that, I’d like to give a brief overview of what the Six Thinking Hats are all about.

eLearning & mLearning: 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Takeaways

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. Another year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has come and gone. What did this year's CES bring to the table for the eLearning industry? Tablets Many have coined 2011 "the year of the tablet" and I believe it. The iPad has been well received among educational institutions.

Laura's learning cupcakes

Clive on Learning

Laura Layton-James is a long-standing colleague of mine who has recently started her own blog, Purple Learning. I couldn’t help but be intrigued by one of her recent posts on learning cupcakes.

Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning


Open source software can be used as we wish, without long-term commitments and with a community of professionals that extend and support them. This post is a post of the series "Free e-Learning Resources" and I am going to talk about

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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Totara: re-shaping Moodle for corporate use

Clive on Learning

Last week I asked Can the ‘big LMS’ break clear of formal training? - I wanted to know whether Saba, one of the most successful of the big LMSs, could reinvent itself to accommodate informal learning. This time I’m exploring whether it is possible for one of the world’s most popular academic virtual learning environments, Moodle, to be adapted to suit the needs of corporates.

The 10-Minute Guide to the U.S. Constitution


Turns out there may be a truly useful — if not urgent — purpose to having members of Congress take turns reading the U.S. Constitution. And party affiliation has nothing to do with it. According to the latest survey from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute , elected officials in the United States actually understand less about the U.S. Constitution than average Americans — who don’t exactly qualify as Constitutional scholars to begin with. click image to enlarge).

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Why Instructional Designers Should Be Familiar with Flash

Integrated Learnings

by Donna Bryant Why should we instructional designers become familiar with development programs such as Flash? After all, most development is not done by writers or designers--it is usually done by technical developers. Here are some reasons to consider: Helps you to gauge time to create interactions so that you can provide better overall time estimates for a given project. Helps you to decide whether to include an interaction--just because you can do it doesn't mean you should.

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Our viral web

Learning with e's

We are all Big Brother now. Not in the Orwellian dystopic sense of course. But we all have access to the power of social media, and with appropriate use, and with enough of us involved, we are all watchers - and we can all make a difference.

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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.

The Forge - Live Today at 2pm EST

Visual Lounge

Today is the day! You're in the right spot to tune in live for our December episode of The Forge. To watch the show live, just visit this blog post on the Visual Lounge at 2pm EST to join us ! Note: you may need to refresh your browser at 2pm. Here's the line up for today: Beyond Bullet Points author, Cliff Atkinson will sharing how he helps people communicate and present more effectively. Ryan Eash, Instructional Designer - What to do before you hit the record button when making a screencast.

#CCK11: Introductory Post--Reasons for joining

ID Reflections

I joined the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK11) MOOC a tad late. It is a 12 week course that started on January 17 and will continue till April 11. I am really excited to see what it holds. This is my introductory post. I am a bit worried that I am lagging behind in my reading but not too worried since many of the articles and posts that are linked are stuff I have already read.

Life with a smartphone

Spark Your Interest

Now that I am less dumb, or my phone is anyway, I thought I’d blog about my initial response. Here’s 5 observations: 1. I am on my computer less. One of the main challenges of self-employment is that there is no distinction between work and home, but my home office is downstairs, while the main family living is done upstairs. So, I would find myself drawn downstairs mainly to check email and then get sucked in.

Where is the road map?

Learning with e's

Warning - this is a rant.

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.

LMS for Training Companies – Then & Now: Get The Free eBook

Upside Learning

Now, more than ever, Training Companies are accepting eLearning with open arms. Now, more than ever, Learning Management Systems are undergoing a massive transformation.

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Continual Learning

Clark Quinn

A recent request for feedback on new learning technology research areas highlighted areas they thought were important, and a subset naturally struck me: the connection between formal and informal learning : an interest of mine since I first noticed the gap in organizations. emotional and motivational aspects of technology-enhanced learning which was the topic of first book. informal learning : which is a major component of my work as a member of the Internet Time Alliance.

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How Entrepreneurs Differ and are the Same (Article Review)

Will at Work Learning

As an entrepreneur, I'm always curious about entrepreneurship. I came across this article by Cardiff Garcia in The Observer (the magazine of the Association for Psychological Science). It highlights similarities and differences between entrepreneurs and most people. You can read the article (best method), or just read my synopsis (okay method): How Entrepreneurs are the Same (as most other people): They don't care any more about financial success than most people.

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A Free Tool & Free Graphics to Simplify Your E-Learning Course Design

Rapid eLearning

Most people I talk to have limited graphic design skills and they don’t usually have access to a graphic designer. This wouldn’t be a problem if they could hire a graphic designer, but they usually can’t do that either since they have no money.

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.

Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 9

Upside Learning

In continuation to our weekly roundup of the best links shared on Twitter and Facebook, here is a collection of our top 15 links from the last week, each accompanied by a quick brief. Mobile Web, Native App Use Increases at Night.

ReThinking MMORPGs

Kapp Notes

Most Massively Multiplayer Online Role Play Games are similar. Will Wright was quoted in a post at New World Notes Will Wright on the Future of User-Generated Online Game Worlds (Circa 2002) as saying: The main limitations on the MMORPG market really seem to be self-imposed: Most developers can’t shake the fantasy/sci-fi mindset or conceive of an alternative way of playing.

Thought trails

Clark Quinn

I’ve riffed before about virtual mentorship , and it resonated again today. We were getting a tour of one of the social platforms, organized as many are around tasks, questions, and dialog. While implicitly it could support tracking a group’s progress, separate thoughts as recorded through blogs and tweets aren’t a natural feature. Yes, there’s integration with wikis and blogging tools, but it’s not quite the same.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Do I Have to Repeat "a" or "the" in a List?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. In my most recent online writing class , I noticed that when deleting unnecessary words from a sample sentence, some students wanted to keep the word the before every item in a list, and some wanted to take it out. Here is the original wordy sentence:   You must order the lumber, as well as the nails, additionally to include the concrete and the sealant, at the very beginning of the planning stages of the project.

[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.

Who Wants a Self-Paced, Free, World Class Education?


eLearning is making education accessible to anyone. This is no surprise to anyone who devotes their days to connecting professionals to learning and development opportunities. But what we’re talking about now is a free, world class, self-paced high school or even college education

E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

eLearning 24-7

I love innovation. It is what makes any product or service, aspire to new heights. I especially love it when it happens in the e-learning industry. Our industry is made up into four camps. Innovators and Risk Takers – emerging technology integrated, new ideas, pushing the envelope in what is possible in e-learning/social learning/m-learning, coming up with something that has never been done before – risk takers.

The social impact of disruptive technology

Learning with e's

Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor of Learning Technology at the University of Plymouth, will give a public keynote on February 2 at the LEARNTEC Bildungsforum, in Karlsruhe, Germany. Being a self-declared 'disruptive activist', the subject of his speech 'The Future of Web 2.0

Adobe Captivate 5: Get Ready, Get Set. Reset!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. You can easily add a Table of Contents to your lesson by choosing Project > Table of Contents and then selecting  Show TOC.     Like magic, all of the project slides will be added to the TOC. If you spent the time adding Labels to the slides before accessing the Table of Contents screen, the Labels would appear on the TOC as slide names. You can change the name easily enough by double-clicking any slide name on the TOC and typing a name.

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?