Sat.Aug 21, 2010 - Fri.Aug 27, 2010

World Texting Message Smashed!! (I guess this is good news)

Kapp Notes

A 27-year-old British woman has smashed the world record for typing the fastest text message. Apparently, she was able to text a message in 25.94 seconds. But not just any message. The official message for the world record is: "the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human ".

eLearning Outsourcing: 5 Keys To Make It Work

Upside Learning

Some months back I wrote a couple of posts about elearning outsourcing focusing on why to outsource elearning and how to select a vendor. This post focuses on how to make outsourcing work for you.

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Outrageous alternatives

Learning with e's

What is the most outrageous alternative education scenario you could imagine? Children not attending school, but instead learning from home? Done it. Got the t-shirt.

Employer-Employee Loyalty

The Peformance Improvement

The social contract between employer and employee has changed dramatically in recent years. Loyalty has been the loser. In commenting about a post I wrote last year, Milan Moravec presents the case that long- term loyalty is no longer part of the implied understanding between management and worker. He writes: Employee loyalty and retention: It's not what you think! Business and the public sector are into a phase of creative disassembly where reinvention and adjustments are constant.

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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eLearning & mLearning: Everything You Need to Know About Graphics, Part V

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George.   Over the past few weeks we've covered whether you should use static or dynamic images, what kinds of static images promote learning, image resources, and easy image manipulation for those images that are good, but just not quite right.

Flash Export in Captivate 5

Adobe Captivate

Export to Flash is an old feature modeled in a new way. In previous versions of Captivate, for this feature to work, Flash needs to be installed on the same machine from where you want to export. But, taking the advantage of the XML-based FLA file format introduced in Flash CS5, we have removed the dependency of Flash for this feature to work. Yes, for export, now there is no need for Flash to be installed at all.

E-Learning Uncovered: Articulate Studio '09

Take an e-Learning Break

Just got my copy of E-Learning Uncovered: Articulate Studio '09 - I've included a direct link to the book on Amazon's website. If you are new to Articulate Studio, you will love this book. It contains step-by-step instructions along with great tips. If you already use Articulate Studio, you will still find good information including timesaver shortcuts and special information for getting more from the software. The accompanying website has a good resource page: [link].

Recap: ASAE 10 and PD Council Meeting

Web Courseworks

Upon returning from the annual meeting for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), I wanted to reflect on my whirlwind experience at the conference.

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: Slide Numbering Made Easy

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Lori Smith.   If you're using Adobe Captivate 5 there's a handy dandy SlideNumbering widget that lets you put the slide count on any/all of your project slides using the format you like (e.g. slide x of y, this is page x, etc).

Cliff Atkinson’s Beyond Bullet Points

Learning Visions

I’ve been slowly making my way through Cliff Atkinson’s Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 to create presentations that inform, motivate, and inspire. While it’s geared toward the live, stand-up presentation (e.g.,

Zemanta – will it make me a rock star?

Spark Your Interest

Image via Wikipedia. I have found a new tool (hopefully it’s not just a shiny object?), which I am pretty excited about. It’s called Zemanta , it’s totally integrated into WordPress and it takes your boring text and recommends images/media and links that might enhance your post. .

Want to Teach Math, Science and Engineering to Kids? Think Guitars

Kapp Notes

Check out If you think math, science and engineering are boring subjects, you need to re-think the topic and pronto. Check out this cool curriculum designed by The National Center for Manufacturing Education.

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.

Writing & Grammar: Less than or Fewer?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. Many people who know that "10 items or fewer" is correct and "10 items or less" is wrong still get confused by amounts of money and time. Is it "They gave me less than 10 minutes to fill out the form" or should that be fewer ? Usually, you should use fewer with things you can count: I have fewer CDs than my roommate. You should use less with noncount nouns--things that come in mass rather than units: I drank less water than my horse did.

A short history of spam

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Captivate 5 for University Educators

Adobe Captivate

This week’s eSeminar was chock full of solutions as we discussed ‘how to’ start developing eLearning based on the kind of face to face classroom content educators already have prepared for the courses they teach. The session examines the growing phenomena of online courses and online supplemental eLearning modules for courses that remain face to face or are becoming blended online and offline instruction. I’ve embedded the slides for the presentation above.

Similarities – and Differences – Between Training and Communication

Bottom-Line Performance

“I need training.”. Don’t get me wrong, I dearly love to hear those words when I pick up the phone, because it means that I might get the chance to help someone and work on a new exciting project. The problem, of course, is that a pretty significant percentage of the time that declaration is just not quite…true. Training, as far as I’m concerned, means that the person going through it can do something at the end that they couldn’t do at the start.

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!

Inserting Flash Games and Interactions into Articulate

eLearning Brothers

Do you have a Flash file that you’ve inserted into Articulate Presenter and it is doing “weird&# things? Does it skip the first frame? Does it just keep playing and seem to ignore the stop actions? We have many Articulate users that use our Flash Games and Interactions to build courses.

Rapid Prototyping Advice for Simulation Software Courtesy Thinking World

Kapp Notes

Here is some rapid prototyping advice courtesy of simulation developer, Thinking Worlds. Use a stock environment with the same general characteristics that the final environment will have. For example, select one of the stock offices in Thinking Worlds if your final game will be in an office. For characters, use several stock characters that have the same general look-and-feel that the final characters will probably have.

Join us for ID Live this Week

Learning Visions

This week on ID Live! Zuochen Zhang and Rickard F. Kenny will be joining us to discuss their article: Learning in an Online Distance Education Course: Experiences of Three International Students. Join the conversation, Friday at noon eastern at EdTechTalk.

Product Review: SoftChalk 6 – Rapid Content Authoring Tool

eLearning 24-7

I would love to tell you that this is an amazing rapid content authoring tool that can do it all, achieve it all and frankly is absolutely fantastic. But sadly, this is not to be. While I had some exciting expectations when I jumped into the product, by the end of it all, I felt drained. Don’t get me wrong, SoftChalk 6 has some very nice and robust features and lots of tiny extras, but it lacks other functionality to take it, to the next level. The Breakout. Great Features.

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.

Inserting Flash Games and Interactions into Articulate

eLearning Brothers

Do you have a Flash file that you’ve inserted into Articulate Presenter and it is doing “weird&# things? Does it skip the first frame? Does it just keep playing and seem to ignore the stop actions? We have many Articulate users that use our Flash Games and Interactions to build courses.

Sales eLearning – 21 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

I was asked about approaches for eLearning for Sales People. I’ve had quite a bit of experience with this and actually one of my very first projects was creating a pretty incredible eLearning solutions for Lexus sales people. Of course, it’s such a big topic that I decided to cheat and quickly point the person to eLearning Learning and particular to eLearning Sales , eLearning Sales Metrics , Sales eLearning Case Studies , and Sales Performance Support.

Learning to Share Data

The Peformance Improvement

One of the biggest barriers to learning both inside and outside organizations is the reluctance to share information. Departmental units and academic disciplines put up cultural walls that prevent people   from sharing what they know. In doing so, people lose out on their collective wisdom. However, we are seeing some examples of critically important medical breakthroughs that have occurred because those barriers have been overcome.

Some Interesting Business Simulations/Games

Kapp Notes

Here are some interesting Business Education Simulations from Realityworks. The Business Education Simulations apply key business concepts taught in a traditional instructor-led class to a series of three online games that test students’ knowledge of successful business strategies. Students create their own company and product, and participate in simulations, including The Business Game, The Entrepreneurship Game and The Finance Game.

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.

Weighing up the benefits of traditional book publishing

Clive on Learning

In an interview with MediaBistro , Seth Godin declares that he has given up on writing books. With 12 in the bag, he no longer thinks that the traditional publishing process is “worth the effort”. “I I like the people, but I can’t abide the long wait, the filters, the big push at launch, the nudging to get people to go to a store they don’t usually visit to buy something they don’t usually buy, to get them to pay for an idea in a form that’s hard to spread,” he says.

Weekly Bookmarks (8/22/10)

Experiencing eLearning

Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers – Cat’s Pyjamas. Matrix showing how different types of activities can be completed with different tools in Moodle. The focus is on the activity and end result, not on the tool–the guide shows what tools fit the outcome you’re looking for. tags : moodle education e-learning tools. Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here. Filed under: Bookmarks.

Seth Priebatsch Talks About the Game Layer On Top of the World

Upside Learning

You need to take the time to listen to what Seth Priebatsch says about the emergence of the game layer. He also talks about four game dynamics, very interesting. “…we