Sat.Apr 25, 2009 - Fri.May 01, 2009

Finding a MMOLE/Virtual Learning World Vendor

Kapp Notes

A screen shot from the MMOLE of ProtoSphere. There are a number of preliminary things to consider when beginning to search for vendors to assist you in developing a MMOLE. Tie your request to a business need. Successful projects start by aligning virtual world needs with your organization’s goals.

Ten commandments of e-learning (content design)

Clive on Learning

Cath Ellis recently set out her ten commandments of e-learning and this prompted me to try and articulate my own. Now e-learning's a big subject if you include all its many variants - formal and informal, synchronous and asynchronous and so on - and if you take into account all the issues relating to its management and marketing. So, what I've done is restrict my thoughts to the design of interactive, e-learning content, drawing heavily from the 60-minute masters : Structure into modules.

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What We Can Learn About Instructional Design from Post-it_ Notes - The Rapid eLearning Blog

Rapid eLearning

VTML tags in Text to Speech !

Adobe Captivate

VTML (VoiceText Markup Language) - This Powerful hidden gem in Text to Speech helps you control the generated speech by adding pause, changing the pitch etc ! This post on customizing text to speech Pronunciations received many comments requesting a way to control the generated speech with html like tags. The interesting thing is that this feature is already there in Captivate 4 ! Even more interesting is the fact that it is so simple to use.

The Top 7 Features Your LMS Must Have

An LMS has the power to enhance training effectiveness, and improve business outcomes. The key is knowing which features will enable your organization to get there. This guide will help ensure your LMS is capable of meeting your learning objectives.

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My Top Ten Tools for Learning 2009

Experiencing eLearning

I’m updating my Top Ten Tools for Learning for Jane Hart’s Top 100 list. I decided this year that I wouldn’t look at my 2007 or 2008 lists first and would just start fresh. I’m also organizing my list into tools for personal learning and for developing courses.

Video debate: the future of e-learning

Clive on Learning

Dangerous Duo :)

Kapp Notes

Lately I've had the great opportunity to work side by side with Clark Aldrich and John Cone. I'm learning a lot working with these two wonderful learning minds.

The Big Question: Stuck? Getting Unstuck.

ID Reflections

There's really quite a bit to this question. I’ll begin by quoting something I read in Tony Karrer’s blog, eLearning Technology.

[New eBook] How to Market Customer Training

Want to increase awareness of your course offerings? Download this guide and learn how to keep your content at the top of students' minds using email marketing, social channels and other effective strategies.

Old School is New Again

Bottom-Line Performance

It’s May, which means final exams are just around the corner for our school kids. I’m brought back to my junior year in high school. It was a late night cram session with a couple of my girlfriends. We were studying for our social studies Regents Exam. For any of you from New York State, you may be familiar with the all or nothing exam given at the end of the year - pass the test or spend your summer at school.

Design by status

Clive on Learning

One of the main decisions a designer of learning interventions has to make is the social context best suited to the learning requirement, the audience characteristics and the practical contsraints and opportunities.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Name That Tool

Learning Visions

I just got a FaceBook query from someone and I thought you all could help: I'm looking for a tool you might have come across, but I don't even know what product/programming group it belongs to. I want to be able to ask people a series

Call for eLearning Demonstrations

Tony Karrer

One of the hardest things to find are real-life examples of different kinds of eLearning solutions. On May 21, Learn Trends will be hosting a free online event where the people who have developed interesting eLearning solutions will demonstrate and briefly discuss what they've done. This is an online call for people who can "demonstrate" their system. Even if you can't participate - please help me get the word out on this.

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.

Rules, Shmules - Structuring eLearning and online collaboration

Bottom-Line Performance

As a general rule, I’m very pragmatic. My questions tend to be “how&# - How will we accomplish that? How does that impact our other initatives? That’s why I really like it when we can condense lots of thoughts into a few key points. Cath Ellis recently posted her “Ten Commandments of eLearning&#. As I read it, I realized that it’s really about collaboration spaces and/or distance learning.

508 Compliance, Even If You Do Not Need To

eLearning Cyclops

Even if your organization does not require courses to be 508 compliant , e-learning designers/developers should still take accessibility into consideration. In my current position I am not required to make my courses compliant. This does alleviate me from the arduous task of meeting strict 508 compliance guidelines.

Name That Tool

Learning Visions

I just got a FaceBook query from someone and I thought you all could help: I'm looking for a tool you might have come across, but I don't even know what product/programming group it belongs to. I want to be able to ask people a series of questions and correlate their answers with topic areas to indicate what courses they should take. So if you say, yes I have signoff authority for travel vouchers, I could tell this tool to mark four courses.

Diffusion of Innovations

Kapp Notes

Helping an organization to adopt a new technology is not easy. Often resistance is encountered and people become frustrated. To help organizations understand this process of how an innovation (new technology) is adopted among members of a group, researcher Everett M. Roger has done extensive study of how new technologies are accepted among social groups. Rogers is the author of the well-known book, “Diffusion of Innovations.”

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.

Funny Training Videos

Bottom-Line Performance

Ok, try something on your next coffee break. Go to YouTube and type the words “training&# and “funny&# into the search. You might get some dog training videos, but you may be surprised by the number of actual training videos that are out there. And you’ll probably be even more surprised by how funny many of them actually are. Fair warning: If you don’t like fake blood, stay away from some of the safety videos. Ewwww!).

Debating the future of e-learning (video)

Lars is Learning

I recently took part in a video debate for the British Computer Society (BCS) which discusses the future of e-learning. Good opportunity to discuss some key issues with Clive Shepherd, Chair of the e-Learning Network; Samantha Kinstrey, MD of 2e2 Training; Laura Overton, MD of Towards Maturity; and Jooli Atkins of Matrix FortyTwo and Chair of the BCS Information and Technology Training Specialist.

Twitter Learning

Tony Karrer

Saw a tweet this morning from @willrich45 ( Will Richardson ): Reading: " Why Most Twitter Users Give Up " Interesting how edTwitterers use it for learning, unlike most, it seems. This is a big meme right now based on a Nielsen study that resulted in the blog post: Twitter Quitters Post Roadblock to Long-Term Growth. I'm not surprised to see that there are lots of people who sign up and then leave.

It’s Cammy for Kineo

Clive on Learning

Blogging connections certainly make the world a smaller place. I met Cammy Bean at an eLearning Guild event in Boston, having followed her blog Learning Visions for some time. As a result we went on to collaborate in putting together the 60-minute masters , a curriculum for an e-learning course for rapid e-learning designers. E-learning developer Kineo developed the first implementation of this curriculum.

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.

Test Driving Google Labs' Similar Images

eLearning Cyclops

I took the time today to check out Google Labs' Similar Images , which was recently released. It does make the search quite a bit easier. A challenge I have always found when searching images via Google Images was that I had to sort through many unrelated images that shared the same keywords. With Similar Images even if you have many images unrelated to what you intended, you only have to identify one that is the subject you were looking for and click the "similar images" link below it.

Global Conversations

ID Reflections

Blogging is no longer what it used to be--outpourings of an individual's thoughts and ideas. To be honest, a somewhat narcissistic activity. Today, even as a very sporadic blogger, I feel the hum of "conversation". The blogging community is like a huge, gigantic meeting room--where the participants are invisible to each other but nonetheless responding to each other. One post is a trigger for thousand others with layers of links and trackbacks.

Learning Goals

Tony Karrer

In talking with Jay Cross about the recent Learn Trends session and through experience in the #lrnchat , I've come to realize that there are easier personal disconnects for me with informal, social learning experiences and my personal learning goals. Let me provide some context … I'm an Infovore (sometimes called an Information Addict ). As such, I have to be careful about not oversubscribing or falling prey to the myth of keeping up.

Brain rule #5

Clive on Learning

Rule 5: Repeat to remember While repetition is covered in this chapter, the main idea underlying this rule is that "information is remembered best when it is elaborate, meaningful and contextual. the quality of the encoding stage is one of the single greatest predictors of learning success. quality of encoding' means the number of door handles one can put on the entrance to a piece of information."

Tips for Driving Learning Success with Moodle LMS: Recorded Webinar

Learn how to get analytic insights into your Moodle learner data. You’ll also get tips and tricks on how to quickly access, analyze, and share this information for actionable insights that will help you improve the effectiveness of your learning programs.

CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2009

Upside Learning

CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) recently published their annual Learning and Development report and is now available for download. Some data that’s emerged is quite interesting.

Instructional Design: On the road to learning: Big Question: OMG I'm Stuck!!

ID Reflections

Instructional Design: On the road to learning: Big Question: OMG I'm Stuck!! One of my favourite responses to this month's LCB's Big Question. The post mirrors our situation and gives a logical, step-by-step process for overcoming it

New Free Online Learn Trend Events

Tony Karrer

Over on Learn Trends , we've posted the days/times for the next two online sessions. May Learn Trends May 21 - 9AM - Noon US Pacific Time I'll be organizing this one and the specific topic and speakers will be getting announced in about a week. It should be good. June Learn Trends - Networked and Social Learning June 18 & 19 - Times TBD George Siemens will be organizing a two day session on Networked and Social Learning.