Sat.May 16, 2009 - Fri.May 22, 2009

Come Visit TechSmith! May 28 is 'Take Your Customers To Work Day'

Visual Lounge

Now here's a 'holiday' I'm excited to celebrate and I hope you will join in too! I just learned that May 28th is ' Take Your Customer To Work Day '! We like to think that every day is ' Take Your Customer To Work Day ' at TechSmith and our doors are always open to visitors.

Are Your E-Learning Courses Pushed or Pulled?

Rapid eLearning

Here’s the challenge for many of us. We want to make our courses engaging and interactive, yet sometimes the content or the time pressures of work don’t make that easy. The default position for many elearning courses is to merely push the information out to the learners.

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Social Business, the Golden Rule, and Open Empathy Organization

Skilful Minds

I first took real notice of the term "social business" in a post early this year over at Peter Kim's blog. The concept is discussed by a range of observers interested in the implications of large numbers of people using web 2.o technologies, especially social media, within corporate enterprises as employees, or outside them as customers.

Awesome New Search Tool

Bottom-Line Performance

I found this search tool completely by accident last week. Middlespot is geared to researchers and functions in a way that is very different from Google. First, it organizes my past searches so that I can see them listed out every time I go to website.

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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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Final Top Ten Annoying Technology Phrases

Kapp Notes

A few entries ago, I asked for some help in figuring out the Top Ten most annoying technology is the list with some wonderful input. Check out the original post and be sure to check the comments. They are especially good for some laughs.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: eLearning Tip #23: Karmic Learning with Twitter

Learning Visions

You probably already know that Twitter is the 140-character microblogging platform. It's where people talk about what they had for lunch. So what? But I have to tell you that sometimes it really is interesting to hear what Jay Cross is

When the Game's Up

Performance Learning Productivity

Last month I was asked to give my thoughts on the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) 2009 Annual Learning & Development Survey. One thing became clear when I examined the CIPD data.


Association eLearning Guru

Web Courseworks

The association marketplace has caught my attention as a promising avenue for eLearning services. The market is as large and diverse as it can get— an association exists for almost all types of interests and businesses from the American Bar Association to the Knitting Guild Association. There are associations for associations, with ASAE being the most well-known, and there are associations for companies providing management services for associations ( AMC Institute ).

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.

Violence in Video Games: Really Not Fun

Kapp Notes

Mortal Combat, Death from Above. So we always thought violence in video games was gratuitous and unnecessary but game developers keep saying, "that's what makes games fun." Well, it turns out violence does not make games fun. It's gameplay.of course, haven't gamer's been saying that for year.

Imprompu thoughts on m-learning

Clive on Learning

This week I was lucky enough to present at the World Summit on the Information Society, hosted by the ITU, a UN agency, in Geneva. At the very last minute I was drafted into a panel discussion on 'ICT applications for a better life,' with a focus on the impact of mobile devices on many aspects of our lives, including learning. All very good, but I didn't know I'd have to make a short presentation on the subject.

Farewell to a Great Corporate University

eLearning Cyclops

Tomorrow on 5.22.2009, Provident Bank will cease to exist. It was founded in 1886, but has now been acquired by another bank. With the end of Provident Bank, so ends a fantastic corporate university, the University of Provident. The University of Provident is the absolute best training department that I have seen. And I am truly honored to have been a part of it. In this short post I will not be able to do justice to the high quality of training produced, but I will try.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: eLearning Brand Name Recognition?

Learning Visions

The eLearning industry is a weird beast. It's not really one beast at all. Maybe it's a whole bunch of beasts. Or maybe it's a fruit bowl instead. Whatever your analogy. A few weeks ago I did a very informal query on Twitter

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.

Implementing New Learning Technology? Choose the Right Pilot Group

Kapp Notes

Before a large scale implementation of any new learning technology, you really need to run a pilot group. You need to catch problems on a small scale and then adjust, correct and modify based on the feedback and experience of the pilot group. Skipping a pilot of a new technology is a dangerous gamble. It could be, as they say, "career limiting." So I suggest a carefully chosen pilot group, but, you might ask, what does that pilot group "look like"?

Getting the balance right

Lars is Learning

Just realised that I have been neglecting this blog over recent weeks and could well have missed offering a post in the month of May. Well that just wouldn't do, would it? It's been interesting balancing the competing (and sometimes mutually supporting) demands of writing articles, tweets, linkedin messages, as well as the day job of consulting with customers and delivering on their requirements.


Tony Karrer

I just got through reading Jay's post and article (with Clark Quinn) around Become a chief meta-learning officer – one of the hot list items from two weeks ago. It's a great article, definitely worth a read. It discusses the needed transition in focus of a CLO The scope of the job of the CLO is mushrooming. CLOs will neither prosper nor even survive if they fail to take responsibility for the overall learning process within their organizations.


eLearning Brand Name Recognition?

Learning Visions

The eLearning industry is a weird beast. It's not really one beast at all. Maybe it's a whole bunch of beasts. Or maybe it's a fruit bowl instead. Whatever your analogy. A few weeks ago I did a very informal query on Twitter, asking people what were their favorite eLearning brands. Or maybe the question was, what brand names come to mind when you think about eLearning?

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!

Is talent really in short supply?

Clive on Learning

How important is talent management when the going gets tough?' is the question in the Clare McCartney's article for the CIPD, Talent Management Under Threat in Uncertain Times. Now I haven't really been following the emergence of talent management as an approach, but I can't help but think the question should be revised to read 'How important is talent management?' Full stop.

Twibal Drums

E-Learning Provocateur

Do you think Twitter is a self-indulgent waste of time? You’re not alone. But like most things in life, it all depends on your perspective. David Hopkins asked his followers recently (via Twitter!)… … How would you describe Twitter to the uninitiated, in 140 characters or less? My initial reply was… Twitter is a personal message board…? And of course it is.


Twitter TechSmith LinkedIn Learning Strategy

Tony Karrer

Hot List - May 8, 2009 to May 15, 2009 Once again, used eLearning Learning to generate a list of the best from last week. The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals. The Truth About Twitter - Social Enterprise Blog , May 11, 2009 Twitter Tips: for Teachers & Educators - Don't Waste Your Time , May 9, 2009 Twitter and Webinars - eLearning Technology , May 14, 2009 Developing a PLE Using Web 2.0 Tools - Don't Waste Your Time , May 10, 2009

eLearning Tip #23: Karmic Learning with Twitter

Learning Visions

You probably already know that Twitter is the 140-character microblogging platform. It's where people talk about what they had for lunch. So what? But I have to tell you that sometimes it really is interesting to hear what Jay Cross is having for lunch in Palermo or Rome. But Twitter is way more than that. Twitter is a powerful platform for resource sharing, community building and connection. It's a gift-giving economy: you give, you receive. Karmic learning.

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.


eLearning Cyclops

I am considering buying a Wacom. If you do not know what is, it is a graphics tablet. You can connect it to your PC and with it's pen you can write, draw, illustrate, etc. This can give more of a pen to paper approach to creating graphics, which for me is a big advantage over creating graphics only with a mouse. And it is compatible with a fair amount of software including many Adobe products such as Flash, Fireworks, and Photoshop.

Dump the Drone: Livelier Elearning

ID Reflections

Check out this SlideShare Presentation: Dump the Drone: Livelier Elearning View more presentations from Cathy Moore

Learning, Extended Brain and Topic Hubs

Tony Karrer

I hope you will bear with me on this post. There's a bit of a back story, but I think it helps to paint the picture of a learning pattern that I'm finding myself using and the resulting topics hub and how they act as an extended brain. A few weeks ago, I was asked about presenting to the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the National Speakers Association. One of their members had seen me present and thought that my presentation around the use of Social Media would be a good topic for their group.

eLearning Outsourcing to India will reach USD 603 million by 2012

Upside Learning

I have always believed that the present economic slowdown would positively benefit the eLearning industry in the long run.

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.

Pushing at the boundaries

Learning with e's

Tomorrow is the deadline for submission of assignments on one of my first year modules for trainee teachers specialising in ICT. So what? Well, this is the first module I have ever run in which there is absolutely no paper involved.

Tips for Working with SMEs


We had a lively discussion in my VILT session today, "Instructional Design for the Real World". Here's a screenshot of the conversation (click to enlarge it). My own addition: the best SME may not be the one who's been doing the job the longest, but the one who has reached competence most recently.

Take the Rework out of Reviews

Take an e-Learning Break

Use Review Spice to get detailed feedback on storyboards, graphics, narration scripts, and screen text. You no longer have to take handwritten notes, faxes, multiple emails, and reviewer edited PowerPoints and consolidate them into one cohesive set of changes.