Sat.Apr 07, 2012 - Fri.Apr 13, 2012

Active and Passive Learning in Organizations

The Peformance Improvement

Many of the typical methods of learning in the workplace make the learner a passive recipient of knowledge and skills. Employees are asked to read, watch, or listen to information being dispensed.

Organizing Content: PPT, Index Cards, Other Methods?

Experiencing eLearning

On one of my recent projects, I had a series of videos to intersperse throughout a course. I had an outline in the design document, but when I started actually developing it, I realized the structure wasn’t quite right. I was struggling a bit to figure out how to organize the pieces.

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Adobe Captivate 5/5.5: Join Objects in a Snap

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    If you've ever tried to draw a line between two objects (so you could join them to show a relationship between one object and the next), you'll appreciate Captivate's  Snap to Object  feature.

Webinars are better, but not yet best

Allison Rossett

Tweet From my sunny office in San Diego, I checked into the happenings at CLO’s spring conference in Miami. I did this by tracking the twitter stream, #closym. One tweet grabbed my attention. A researcher reported that the keyword, webinar, was searched more often than the keyword, elearning.

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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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UL Acquires EduNeering from Kaplan

Kapp Notes

It looks like EduNeering, the leader in compliance-based learning has been acquired by UL, a global independent safety science company offering expertise across five key strategic businesses: Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, Knowledge Services and Verification Services. Looks like it is going to be a perfect fit. Keep your dial right here for more updates and any potential impact on Kapp Notes. Here is the press release.

Nominate Raptivity at the Ed-Tech Readers’ Choice Awards


Last couple of days left to support your favorite interactivity builder. By doing so, you would share your choice of interactive building tool with fellow eLearning professionals. You can support Raptivity software by just filling out the simple nomination form. [.].

Visual design: learning from the professionals

Clive on Learning

Clearly, you do not need to be a naturally gifted artist to perform effectively as a designer of learning experiences. Graphic design and instructional design are quite separate, but they are related. The way content is designed visually is going to make a big impact on how easy that content is to use, how clearly it communicates, how easily it engages, and how credible it comes across to the learner.

Building the Next Generation of SCORM

Integrated Learnings

by Jonathan Shoaf. Last Thursday was the kick off of project Tin Can. While project Tin Can has been championed by Rustici software for years now, it is speeding up activity to produce a 1.0 version of the Tin Can API (planned for June of this year). This project is a first step towards the next generation of SCORM. As one of the most widely used versions of SCORM , the SCORM 1.2 specification is over 10 years old.


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: One Word or Two?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby    I came across this error in a heartfelt book review: "It is a painful acceptance of the solitude and the loneliness of each and everyone of us." " The problem is that the writer needed two words rather than one: every one of us. The compound indefinite pronouns everyone, someone, and anyone sometimes need to be separated into two words.

Webinars are better, but not yet best

Allison Rossett

From my sunny office in San Diego, I checked into the happenings at CLO’s spring conference in Miami. I did this by tracking the twitter stream, #closym. One tweet grabbed my attention. A researcher reported that the keyword, webinar, was searched more often than the keyword, elearning. Think about that. People are seeking information about webinars more often than they are drawn to elearning. A few years ago, Colleen Cunningham, Antonia Chan and I examined the webinar phenomenon.

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The problem with pre-work

Clive on Learning

Time and again, trainers tell me that they have trouble getting trainees to complete their 'pre-work'. For some this failure has become such an obstacle that it threatens the whole basis of blended learning, which will typically mix asynchronous activities (which these trainers would categorise as 'pre-work' and 'post-work') alongside the synchronous (whether bricks-and-mortar classroom or its virtual equivalent).

Learning scenarios: the future of the learning organizations #lrnwscen

Challenge to Learn

At the online Educa in Berlin Willem Manders and Hans de Zwart facilitated a workshop on the future of learning organizations. They both work For Shell. Shell uses scenarios to investigate the future to assess its current strategy.

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.

Video Tip Series - Part four: Object Positioning

Visual Lounge

It can be difficult to set up a shot in the camera viewfinder. However, when successfully done it makes your video look more professional. This week's video is posted below and presents two tips that will help you position the item you are filming correctly. Not seeing the video? View it on YouTube.

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eLearning: A Bit of Inspiration

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  It's been a little while since I've hit you with a dose of unsolicited inspiration, so here you go. HTML5 Learner Integration. Fair warning: you may get this mediocre pop song stuck in your head. But pop song aside; check out this Jasmine Villegas's Internet Explorer-sponsored music video to show how using HTML5 can produce some really interesting viewer interaction. What if we incorporated this into our eLearning?

When the Learner is the Teacher, Do We Need Instructional Designers?


It’s a new world out there for the Instructional Designer. It’s an entirely different canvas, with new colors on the pallet. It’s no longer about producing 3-ring binders, or monolithic eLearning. It’s about harnessing the new ways of learning that are enabled by a new breed of technology, and a cultural shifts in how we use it. When designing for mLearning, we need to put ourselves in the shoes of the user who is walking around with a very powerful tablet and/or smart phone.

Here’s a Simple Screencasting Tip That Will Save Time & Frustration

Rapid eLearning

I get a lot of requests for software demos and quick tutorials. I also do quite a few webinars. Because of this, I am always figuring out just the perfect screen resolution for my software applications.

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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!

What Angry Birds Can Teach Us About Instructional Design


You’re probably familiar with Angry Birds, the massively popular iPhone game. What is it about this game that’s so addictive? And how can learning and development pros tap into that stickiness to get people this excited about training programs?

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Community really is the curriculum

Learning with e's

I'm in Tallinn, one of the most beautiful of the old Hanseatic cities dotted along the Baltic coast. It is the capital of Estonia , a small country with a population of around 1.3 million, 400,000 of whom live in Tallinn.

SCORM-ify YouTube Videos with ScoTube

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development issued a press release about ScoTube this week. Many eLearning professionals are locked into creating SCORM compliant courses for their customers and that has been limiting in regards to new user-generated content on services such as YouTube.

Beginning Instructional Authoring: Getting Good Scenario Content from SMEs by Patti Shank

Learning Solutions Magazine

Do you have trouble getting “the right content” from subject matter experts? This is a typical problem that many instructional designers have. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to fix. Here’s how! Design Strategies Development Strategies Getting Started Instructional Design Professional Development

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.

BETA Testers Needed for WordPress LMS


The Learning Management System for WordPress is well underway and will eventually need Beta testers. This is an extremely important role for this project as the beta testers will shape the program to what it will become.

Get it in glass

Learning with e's

What is the best way to merge web with world? Let me put it another way - how can I integrate my online experiences using social media platforms, with what I do out in the real world? For a while, Augmented Reality (AR) has been promised as the next big thing in enhanced technological living.

Milestones of a Typical E-Learning Project

e-Learning Academy

Last week I blogged about what to include in an e-learning request for quotation (RFQ). A RFQ helps make clear the requirements of an e-learning course for development. Meeting requirements and expectations during an e-learning courseware development project is a 2-way street. The role of the client is to keep objectives clear, manage the internal stakeholders and project [.]. Development Project Management

Measuring Learning: The Theory of Change

The Learning Circuits

Last week, we kicked off Measurement Month with a discussion of why measurement matters. This week, we’ll dig into connecting measurement and design to build the metrics in from the beginning. Throughout this post I’ll use an example from a training program I worked with earlier in my career to illustrate how the measurement models can be put to work in training.

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.

The Most Popular e-Learning Tools [GRAPH]


Source: [link]. It seems like every day there is another e-Learning tool claiming to be the be-all, end-all for e-learning development.

Interactions of the fourth kind

Learning with e's

Interaction. For many teachers, it has become the keystone of contemporary education. Many studies into the importance of interaction in education have been conducted. We all have different definitions of what interaction involves, but most of us agree - it's an important component of learning.

How to Evaluate Instruction, Including eLearning by Stan Bunson

Learning Solutions Magazine

Evaluation should be an integral part of each activity of the instructional development process, although. designers often overlook it or leave it out. Evaluation is important because it is the most reliable tool for. continuous improvement in training system quality.