Sat.Oct 13, 2012 - Fri.Oct 19, 2012

5 Ways Tin Can API Revolutionizes eLearning

Bottom-Line Performance

Do these sound familiar? “Brian watches a tutorial on how to fix a problem in Photoshop.” ” “Jane emails a co-worker in another building to solve a work issue.” ” “Lionel completes level two of a mobile learning game on sales skills.”

Does #Gamification Have Advantages Over Traditionally Designed Instruction?

Kapp Notes

Gamification has several definitions but the one I find most compelling is one that involves elements of games beyond just points, badges and leaderboards. A definition that includes using elements like challenge, story, role-play, feedback–what I call “deeper” game elements.

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The Return Of Video To eLearning

Upside Learning

Josh Bersin cites YouTube Videos as one of the best learning tools available in his session at the HR Technology Conference last week. I agree and see a bigger role for videos in the learning mix. Ten or fifteen years ago, video was used by most organizations for training.

Want to go mobile for learning and support?

Allison Rossett

John Park is my guest blogger. I invited him to write this when I recognized my lack of clarity about the options for mobile development and delivery. I think you will enjoy his tour of our choices. We want to use mobile devices, but which mobile?

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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TV In The Future Of Learning

Upside Learning

In the last couple of posts, I have been exploring themes that are related to the future of technology-mediated learning. One element discussed was television and how TV will probably continue to hold its own in a ‘multi-screen’ world.

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How to Use a Learning Management System to Support Your Workplace Culture

Absorb LMS

Nilofer Merchant wrote a blog post for Harvard Business Review last year titled “ Culture Trumps Strategy, Every Time.”

Writing & Grammar: Verb Agreement

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby    Verb agreement. On one level, it is considered elementary: one dog runs, two dogs run. But as soon as your sentences become a little more sophisticated, verb agreement becomes more challenging. For example, if I have a collective noun, such as staff, but the individual staff members act separately, do I use plural or singular? Is it. The staff is working on their new assignments this Monday. The staff are working on their new assignments this Monday.

How to Record Skype, Google Hangouts, and Webinars

Visual Lounge

This post offers a wealth of information when it comes to recording things like webinars, Google Hangouts, and Skype calls. Before we dive in, I want to highlight two takeaways: If you have Windows XP, you may not be able to do this without a workaround/hack (more detail in the PDF). The TechSmith products that work best for this task are Snagit 11.1 on Windows, Camtasia for Mac 2.2, Camtasia Studio 7 or 8, and Camtasia Relay 4.1.1.

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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.

Working the system

Learning with e's

One of the questions I discussed today with some of my third year teaching students was: what is the use of school exams? We discussed why we should put kids through the stress and anxiety of testing, when tests do little to help kids to learn meaningful things.

How to Use a Learning Management System to Support Your Workplace Culture

Absorb LMS

Nilofer Merchant wrote a blog post for Harvard Business Review last year titled “ Culture Trumps Strategy, Every Time.”

eLearning: Are Games Really Necessary?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  I like the idea of games in learning, generally speaking. Why shouldn't learning be fun? Set the capitals of the states to music, turn the stock market into a game, great. But lately the eLearning community is all aflutter about the gamification of learning. Game this. Video that. Avatar everything! Sure, I think there's a place for games in learning. Yes, I think to some degree games can improve learner engagement. But what about retention?

Becoming an Entrepreneurial Learner

Jane Hart

On 1st March 2012 John Seely Brown gave a keynote presentation at the DML (Digital Media and Learning) 2012 Conference in San Francisco, called Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Learner in the 21st Century. You can watch the recording here , and you can read the transcript here.

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.

Want to Become a Rapid E-Learning Pro? Then Check Out All of These PowerPoint Tips

Rapid eLearning

I’ve been doing this PowerPoint stuff for so long that I often think the tips I share are common knowledge and everyone knows them. But every time I do a workshop, I’m reminded that what may be old to me is often new to others. Over the years I’ve shared all sorts of PowerPoint tips and tricks.


Moving the goalposts

Learning with e's

Listening to the Welsh Minister for Education and Skills speak yesterday at the iNet Conference in Cardiff made me question once more the reasons for school exams.

Mac Troubleshooting: It's Time for the Time Machine

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  When I need to create screen captures on my Macintosh, I turn to  Skitch. Skitch is simple to use, it's stable, and, heck, I even like the way the app looks. I  I love it.    When I heard that a new version of Skitch was available, I immediately upgraded. I  I soon regretted my decision. After starting the new Skitch, I was now required to have an Evernote account to use Skitch. The simple functionality I once enjoyed was gone.

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Enterprise Learners v Entrepreneurial Learners

Jane Hart

A few days ago I made a posting in which I shared an animated video of a keynote presentation by John Seely Brown in which he talked about the concept of the entrepreneurial learner, and today I’d like to follow up on that post.

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!

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Moodle Journal

If you have been around the Mood le vle or for that matter any vle for a while, then you will have I am sure over the years developed and or deployed in support of eLearning various scorm packages.

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Should I accept free e-learning for my organisation?

e-Learning Academy

Question from a client: We work closely with an affiliate organisation who has offered us their compliance e-learning for free. Should I accept? What are the risks? This is a great question. On the face of it, an organisation offering a copy of their e-learning for your use is a generous gesture. However, like all e-learning, [.]. Client question E-Learning strategy Implementation

Opening the Black-Box to Evaluation

The Peformance Improvement

Black-box evaluation is measuring the effects of a program or service without examining the nature of that program or service. It is evaluating what people think and do after the intervention (e.g.,

First Data Corp.’s David Kuhl: Crowdsourcing Development

CLO Magazine

David Kuhl, senior vice president of HR at First Data Corp., got a little help from his learning friends to build a virtual corporate university to address employee needs.

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.

Is Your Education Staff Ready for an eLearning System?

Web Courseworks

TMA Resources Interview on Best Practices in Association Technology I am honored to have been selected by TMA Resources to give my opinions on the “Best Practices in Association Technology” Taking an inventory of your education staff’s skills before committing to a Learning Management System (LMS) is incredibly important. Robust LMSs require administration, including catalog and [.]. eLearning

Learning There

Clark Quinn

A respected colleague recently suggested that Andy Clark’s Being There as a read to characterize the new views of cognition, so I checked it out. The book covers the new emerging views of cognition, grounded in the connectionist revolution and incorporating a wide variety of neural and robotic studies. The interesting thing to me are the implications for learning and instruction.

The Inconvenient Truth About Continuous Learning


“In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer Here are the facts: The vast majority of learning programs still rely on event-driven formal learning models. Formal and informal together are only a small [.]. Learning

How to Get Free Adobe Captivate, eLearning Suite & Adobe Presenter Upgrades for the Next Two Years

Adobe Captivate

Wondering how you can get free upgrades for Adobe eLearning Suite 6, Adobe Captivate 6 or Adobe Presenter 8 for the next two years? Read on for an amazing tip. Adobe has a new program in place for eLearning products (Adobe Software Assurance) that genuinely excites the bargain hunter in me and I wanted to [.]. Adobe Presenter eLearning Suite eLearning this week Rapid Authoring Technical Support Training and Tutorials Whats new Adobe Software Assurance

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.

Moving from Training to Performance Support

Jane Hart

“Not all training sessions are effective. Sometimes training is the wrong solution, but it is the only thing available, and is exactly what the boss or client asks for. Learning professionals who only know how to design training are missing out on many other opportunities to improve work performance. For instance, most learning happens informally on the job. Formal instruction accounts for less than 20%, and some research shows it is about 5% of workplace learning.

Singularity Summit 12, Day 1

Jay Cross

Today I attended the Singularity Summit in San Francisco. The opportunity to hear Temple Grandin, Stephen Pinker, and Daniel Kahneman was irrestible. We’re halfway through and I am disappointed. Temple Grandin was great but I had read and heard a much of her message before.

Easygenerator 8.3 released


Easygenerator 8.3 is officially released. Our free edition is part of this release but there is a lot more. This blog covers the highlights of this release. Free edition. We are very exited about the release of the free edition (see for details this. blog post ). Maybe the greatest thing is that it isn't really a seperate edition, in easygenerator terms we added another 'user role'.