Sat.May 21, 2011 - Fri.May 27, 2011

Gamification vs. Serious Games–What’s the Difference?”

Kapp Notes

Interesting comment the other day, Dianne asked: Just curious if you make a distinction between gamification and serious games. (I

To Improve Learner Retention, Focus on the Dynamics of Forgetting

Social Learning

When we talk about learning, the concept of retention is almost always an integral part of the discussion. For example, we frequently talk about how and when to present information to optimize retention. In fact, retention is almost synonymous with learning.

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Adobe Captivate 5: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Clone 'Em

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel Ever find yourself in a love-hate relationship with Captivate's default object styles? Admittedly, there is more to love about styles than hate. As far as I'm concerned, styles are a wonderful enhancement in Captivate 5. And if you haven't used styles yet, I urge you to dive in. Styles allow you to quickly update the look and feel of objects throughout your project with just a few clicks.

Falling in Love all Over Again with ISD – with Allison Rossett at #ASTD2011

Learning Visions

These are my notes from a session with Allison Rossett “Falling in Love All Over Again—With ISD” at ASTD ICE in Orlando, May 24, 2011. Forgive typos and incoherence… ** ISD got its start in WWII – when the country was preparing soldiers for war. 400 + films – taught standards. Observations in classes to see that standards were met. From the war, these trainer types went into industry – telecom (ATT) Walter Dick – “ISD is applied educational psychology” Instructional design is all abut theory.

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Adobe Acrobat X: Filling in Online Forms

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Barb Binder  In a perfect world, everyone would not only own, but also know how to use, Adobe Acrobat X Professional. And if they did, they would only post online forms with fields that were enabled for typing. Sadly, that's not currently our world. Or at least it's not mine.

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A Challenge For Designers Of Game Based Learning

Upside Learning

I came across a challenge posted on the Innocentive website titled – Games for Health: Inspiring Adolescents to take Control of their Health. This challenge was posted by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Collaborative Chronic Care Network (C3N).

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Big Cat Trail--Ranthambore Rocks!

ID Reflections

Our next destination was Ranthambore. Just the thought of visiting any forest is enough to add bliss to my existence. But Ranthambore is extra-special. It is home to the legendary tigress, Machhli. This is the forest that Valmik Thapar and Fateh Singh Rathore wrote about exhaustively.

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Avatars and Social Learning Theory

Kapp Notes

Recently, I posted about Bandura’s Social learning theory , this posting continues the discussion and relates it specifically to instruction involving avatars. Social Learning Theory. Robert Bandura in the late 1970’s articulated the concept of social learning theory as a method in which individuals learn from one another in the context of a social situation through observation.

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.

PowerPoint 2010: Working With Guides

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George. For some PowerPoint projects you may find that you would like to line up elements in a certain way and that having guides on the slide would be useful.

LMS – All You Ever Wanted To Know

Upside Learning

Almost a year back, the LMS was under fire from many corners and questions were being raised about its very future. Experts around the world were contemplating if the LMS will survive.

Engagification

Clark Quinn

The latest ‘flavor of the month’ is so-called gamification. Without claiming to be an expert in this area (tho’ with a bit of experience in game design), I have to say that I’ve some thoughts both positive and negative on this. So what is ‘gamification’?

Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation: A Critique

The Peformance Improvement

At the end of Dan McCarthy’s blog post , “How to Evaluate a Training Program”, in which he explains his pre-post, survey approach to applying the Kirkpatrick four levels of training evaluation , he asks: Has anyone used a system like this, or something better?

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.

Strategies for Optimal SME Engagement

Integrated Learnings

By Dean Hawkinson. As we all know, subject matter experts (or as we like to call them “SMEs”) are key to what we do as instructional designers or performance consultants. We rely on them to provide insight into our project and to validate what we are writing or creating. While we would like to believe that all of our SMEs are thoroughly engaged from the beginning and are responsive to our requests 100% of the time, we all have stories of when this was just not the case.

What I read on my holiday: Drive

Clive on Learning

And finally to the last of the three books that I managed to complete on my holiday in Tuscany, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. So, is what Daniel has to say about motivation so surprising? Well, yes, to many people I think so. Conventional wisdom has it that extrinsic rewards, particularly financial, will encourage us to work harder and achieve better results.

20 hot resources for customer-facing social media

E-Learning Provocateur

Someone asked me recently where they can learn more about customer-facing social media; or in other words, social media used to engage externally with customers rather than internally with colleagues. I’ve always considered this an example of “e-learning&# because – if you do it right – you are educating people. They just happen to be outside of your organisation. So here are 20 suggestions… Face to face. Social Media Club. Cases. Fiskateers. Bubble O’Bill. •

Stock Boy to Tech Mogul: The First Jobs of Tech Billionaires

Mindflash

For many tech billionaires, the pleasures of easy money, private jets, and business empires was a distant dream when they landed their first job. Many of these billionaires started off small and worked their way up the entrepreneurial ladder. Click image to enlarge).

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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.

Making Scenarios Realistic in eLearning

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. Several posts on this blog promote the idea of using scenarios to make training as realistic and hands-on as possible. Most of us don’t need a blog to remind us of that. But do we all know how to write scenarios realistically? Show rather than tell. This certainly isn’t new advice. But let’s explore what this might mean for writing scenarios for training. Write dialog. Many of us tend to write scenarios that describe situations rather than create them.

Working Smarter in the Enterprise

Jay Cross

On April 27, 2011, Clark Quinn and I kicked off a meeting of the Chief Learning Officer Executive Network at Symantec in Mountain View. The Executive Networks people took notes; here are the main points from my presentation. Work Is Changing.

Getting iNtimate

Clark Quinn

In a recent post , I talked about the difference between a smartphone and a tablet (substitute PDA for smartphone if that’s how you roll). I’ve been thinking more about that, and have wondered about the effects of a particular phenomena. In my experience, I have found the relationship with a tablet to be more ‘intimate’ (to use the technical term :). What I mean here is I hold it close instead of arms length and I touch the device itself, not some intermediary peripheral.

Dev Corner - Interview with Tony Lambert

Visual Lounge

It's time for another Dev Corner from Randall Brown and Jared Wein. Take a sneak peek into our development department with an interview of Tony Lambert, the lead developer on Camtasia Relay. It's a short video that runs just over 8 minutes. What questions do you have for our developers?

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Yesterday's blog post

Learning with e's

You are only as good as your last game - so goes the sporting maxim. And it's true - in sport you can't rest on your laurels, or live on past glories, because before you know it, some young pretender is ready to bury you, and you are suddenly second best.

Reinforce Learning Through Storytelling

Mindflash

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin. Trainers bring a full tool box to reinforce content: small group work, role plays and a myriad of experiential learning techniques.

Designing Text-based Information

The eLearning Coach

A half dozen principles for designing text for learning. Post from: The eLearning Coach Designing Text-based Information. GRAPHICS MEDIA

5.1 Reasons How and Why to Build Learning with Social Media

Wonderful Brain

Using social media (SM) to prepare material for instructional design, courseware and webinars and such is the flip side of the same coin that encourages social media as intake media. We read a lot about using SM to learn, but how about to build? Here are 5.1 reasons to build learning via SM. A Social Collective. People learn best in a social context and are self-directed, particularly when focused on a specific task.

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?