Sat.Feb 11, 2012 - Fri.Feb 17, 2012

The Future Of Higher Ed And Its Impact On Elearning

Upside Learning

I recently came across the 2012 Higher Education Edition of the NMC Horizon Report , and found it quite fascinating. It gave me a lot of insights about the state of higher education globally and also left me thinking about how these developments would impact the global elearning industry.

Adobe RoboHelp: iFrames

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    If you have a need to include PDFs in your Help system, you have a few options. You can create a link to the PDF (which will open the PDF once the user clicks the link) or you can import the PDF into the project (which will create a topic out of the PDF).

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Did-you-Know Raptivity?

Raptivity

There are many fascinating facts, stories, theories, tricks and tips of certain people, things or processes. Do we all know about it? Most of us may not. After all we are humans and not overtly smart enough to retain all [.].

State of the LMS 2012

eLearning 24-7

For the past month, I have been conducting a survey on learning platforms and specifically learning management systems. . The data shows that what many vendors assume end users want is far from accurate.

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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Online learners need the means, the motive and the opportunity

Clive on Learning

Means, motive and opportunity might be necessary if you are to convince a jury to convict in a trial, but they also apply in a wide variety of other circumstances, not least whether or not learning technologies make sense for a particular population: Means Learners need the means to engage with technology, in particular the IT literacy. While not so long ago this was a major obstacle, even in developed economies, the problem is fast reducing.

Book Review: Design for How People Learn

Experiencing eLearning

Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn is a great book for instructional designers because it actually is written using the principles taught. Some instructional design books use a “do as I say, not as I do” kind of approach: they talk about chunking content into manageable amounts, using effective visuals, and motivating learners, but they are filled with long, unbroken blocks of dry text.

Join us LIVE on The Forge - Thursday at 2pm ET

Visual Lounge

This month on our live web show, we're bringing you a special focus on education! Video is more popular than ever, as it's being used to deliver content as part of blended learning, flipped classroom , and 1:1 tech initiatives. Tune in Thursday, February 16, at 2:00pm ET. (

7 Tips for developing an E-Learning Strategy

Connect Thinking

Part of my job is to provide e-learning strategy support to clients. I have a number of processes for this kind of engagement, and E-Learning Academy members to have access to an e-learning course on Strategy , and a number of other tools and resources.

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.

Writing & Grammar: Adjectives Versus Adverbs

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby    Last week's challenge was a tough one. Several readers correctly punctuated the sentences but did not correctly identify which commas were optional. Sadly, only a minority of respondents got everything right. Here are the answers as presented by  Larena Jackson. The goals were to correctly punctuate (or refrain from punctuating) these introductory phrases and to indicate whether the comma was optional or required.

Book Review: Design for How People Learn

Experiencing eLearning

Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn is a great book for instructional designers because it actually is written using the principles taught.

Conducting Good Virtual Meetings

Web Courseworks

“Do you see the L?” ” “Yes, we see the L,” came the response. We typed the O, and we asked, “Do you see the O.” ” “Yes, we see the O.” ” Then we typed the G, and the system crashed … ” (source). Technology has come a long way since the first ARPANET link was established [.]. eLearning elearning Jon Aleckson meeting virutal Web Courseworks

Three Tips for e-Learning Dominance

Kapp Notes

Wouldn’t it be great to have the most dominant, overruling, kick butt e-learning imaginable. meaning people actually learned and applied what you wanted them to learn and apply from taking your e-learning module). Here are three tips to help you achieve that goal. ONE: Make the learning meaningful. The learner needs to see an immediate need and application of the content to what they are doing. Make it realistic, targeted and focused on actions and activity.

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.

Top Ten eLearning and Training Topics for 2012

OpenSesame

As elearning continues to comprise a growing portion of the overall mix of corporate training and learning initiatives, elearning developers are eager to position themselves ahead of the curve. What courses are in demand? Where can they differentiate their services?

Microsoft PowerPoint: Hide a Master Slide Logo

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  A PowerPoint user approached me recently with an issue. She was given a PowerPoint template with a company logo on it. She was asked to remove the logo but could not. My first thought was to tell her to remove it from the master slides.

Mobile Learning should be more than converting Desktop eLearning to HTML5

mLearning Revolution

Over the weekend, I was looking at the entries submitted to the Adobe Captivate HTML5 Contest, hosted by my former Adobe colleagues. The basic idea behind this contest is that Adobe Captivate 5.5 users create a project and then use the HTML5 Converter for Adobe Captivate to convert it into HTML5. The entry with the most votes wins.

Social media budget line item?

Clark Quinn

Where does social media fit in the organization? In talking with a social media entrepreneur over beers the other day, he mentioned that one of his barriers in dealing with organizations was that they didn’t have a budget line for social media software. That may sound trivial, but it’s actually a real issue in terms of freeing up the organization. In one instance, it had been the R&D organization that undertook the cost.

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!

Collaboration and community skills are the new workplace skills

Jane Hart

OK, these skills are not actually “new” – they’ve always been present – but perhaps they have not always been as visible as they should have been, as Oscar Berg explains in The collaboration pyramid (or iceberg).

Quit Wasting Time Trying to Find the Right Look for Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

A while back I shared an example of how to create more engaging course objectives. It’s a great way to get past the bullet list of learning objectives that we often see in courses. I then did a follow up post on how to quickly find images for your elearning courses.

Educating Factory and Technical Workers

Kapp Notes

There was an article today over at CNN titled “ Desperately seeking Americans for factory jobs ” that stated: There is a “critical shortage of machinists,” a common and crucial position in factories, said Rob Akers, vice president at the National Tooling and Machining Association. “Enrollment in this field in technical schools has been down for a long time.” ” The problem comes at a terrible time.

Bad News is Good News

The Peformance Improvement

When evaluating programs and organizations, bad news can be good news. What I mean by that is any feedback is helpful to an organization if leaders listen to the feedback, look for value in the information, and make improvements accordingly.

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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.

(New) e-Learning metaphors: cased based learning

Challenge to Learn

In my quest for new learning metaphors I have to pay attention to cased based learning (CBL) or Scenario based learning (SBL). It is not new, but it is very powerful. The great thing about it is that it approaches learning for the learners perspective, based on real world problems. It is great to use it in combination with the principles of action mapping , because these cases are always about a situation where you have to do things.

Bear pit pedagogy

Learning with e's

In our digital literacy teacher training programme at Plymouth University we create environments that encourage critical thinking. My colleague Peter Yeomans (AKA @ethinking on Twitter) says we create the 'bear pits' for our students.

Write the Questions First.

Learning Visions

"Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." ~ Rainer Marie Rilke, from “Letters to a Young Poet". Words to live by. And, it turns out, words by which to design instruction. Read more in Kineo Top Tip 64: Write the Questions First

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What will your training role be in the future?

The Learning Circuits

After sitting in on a training professional competencies focus group at TechKnowledge 2012, I became more inspired than ever to think about the role that learning and development professionals can look forward to in the future. For those who remain flexible and partake in continuous learning, I think this field will be more exciting than ever, providing wonderful opportunities for the 21st century.

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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.

Becoming a Learning Architect

Integrated Learnings

By Dean Hawkinson. I recently came across a review of a book written by Clive Shepherd called The New Learning Architect. In this book, Shepherd makes the point that we, as instructional designers, need to shift our focus from simple course creation to that of an architect who designs an entire learning environment, similar to the way an architect designs environments for living and working.

Never mind the quality

Learning with e's

While waiting for my flight home from Cyprus last week, I did an impromptu interview for some colleagues from Pakistan in the departure lounge. They quizzed me about my views on quality in education, and recorded my responses on video.

Who Trains the Trainers?

Mindflash

Are you someone who has ‘fallen into’ your role? In most fields, professionals have gone to school and been ‘prepared’ in some way for their role in the workplace. An accountant, for instance, generally has some sort of degree or certification that relates to finance.

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