Sat.Mar 20, 2010 - Fri.Mar 26, 2010

Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles

Tony Karrer

In a recent conversation, I was asked what I thought about twitter as a learning tool. Over the course of the past few years I’ve moved from saying “I don’t get it” – to feeling like it’s a good addition to my Learning Tool Set. But I also think that there’s a lot more help now around how to make effective use of Twitter as a learning tool. I thought it would be worthwhile to pull together these resources.

Tools For Mobile Learning Development

Upside Learning

Upside is doing a fair bit of mobile learning development and we blog about it regularly. In the process of development, we are often forced to explore the various tools available. I want to share some tools which may assist you in developing mobile learning applications.

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Q&A With Student from King's College

Kapp Notes

From time to time, I get questions from students who have an assignment to speak to someone in the field. I think those kinds of assignments are wonderful because they link pre-professionals and people learning about the field with people who have been in the field for a while. Those types of introductions and relationships keep the "old timers" fresh and introduce new ideas and ways of looking at things to the people asking the questions.

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Camtasia Studio 7 - Sneak Peek, Keystroke Callouts

Visual Lounge

When making a screencast, you want to make sure your viewers are easily able to follow along. I've noticed in the past, sometimes I leave details out of narration. Maybe a task is routine to me, like using hotkeys shortcuts, and I forget to mention it.

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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Learning with e's

Three of my third year B.Ed Primary education students, Adam Skill, Danny Houton and James Carhart, have created a most excellent video to accompany their paper for the Plymouth e-Learning Conference next month.

Camtasia Studio 7 - Sneak Peek, Cursor Effects

Visual Lounge

Coming in Camtasia Studio 7 are editable cursor effects! A nice, new feature in Camtasia Studio 7 is that you'll be able to help viewers follow along by enlarging the mouse pointer, making it a spotlight, or visualizing clicks. while you're in editing mode.

Webinar Series: The Story


Our friend and guest blogger, Ray Jimenez is co-hosting a free webinar series, The story. Here’s a quick series description: After growing Training Magazine Network for the past two years, we found the same: Learning by growing Training Magazine Network to over 13,000 members has given us a rare opportunity to apply the theories and emerge with facts, best practices and anecdotes to share with our colleagues in learning.

Text To Speech Synthesizers

The eLearning Coach

Do you like Paul and Kate or are you fond of Mike and Crystal? Personally, I think Charles and Audrey from the UK are brilliant. This is how you start to think about voice characters after listening to them through text to speech synthesizers (TTS). When Adobe included a text to speech application in Captivate 4, I began to think that TTS might be a viable option in certain situations.

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.

Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at the Moment of Need #ls2010

Learning Visions

My live blogged notes from eLearning Foundations Intensive with Bob Mosher. Here’s a picture! J.I.T. = “just in time” – the acronym was born in 1992. What does this mean to the learner? they expect it, informal, interruption, necessary eLearning invented J.I.T. We equated availability with relevance. Anytime, anywhere”. But J.I.T. doesn’t equate with relevance, because it’s often not targeted. Once eLearning came along, learners starting asking for help! Contextual learning.


Confucius 2.0

E-Learning Provocateur

I’m a big fan of ancient proverbs. Sayings such as… Fortune favours the brave. Pliny the Elder. and… Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. - Lao Tzu. …I find truly inspirational. Confucius 1.0.

Top ten tips for reviewing a storyboard

Spicy Learning

A storyboard review stage is crucial as it’s hard to be objective when you’re the one who’s written the content. Here are our top ten questions to ask yourself if you’re the one reviewing someone else’s storyboard. Are the basics in place? Before you even start reviewing the content of a course, check the obvious (but easy to miss) things like headers and footers, dates and page numbers. Are these clear and consistent throughout?

Why Use ActionScript 3.0 in Flash Based eLearning Development?

Upside Learning

Adobe Flash Professional is undoubtedly the most popular tool for custom eLearning development. With the help of its inbuilt programming language ActionScript developers can code interactions, communicate with servers, program animations etc. The latest version of ActionScript- ActionScript 3.0 [AS AS 3.0] was released in 2006. It has many new APIs and better performance which were not available in the previous versions of ActionScript [AS 1.0 & AS 2.0]

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.

Acrobat 9: Scanning into a PDF Portfolio

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by David R. Mankin Here's the scenario: You work at a law firm. "Client Z" has a date in court coming soon. You have created a PDF Portfolio for "Client Z." " This portfolio contains dozens of individual documents.

3 More Free Tools to Help Build Better E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

Who doesn’t like a free application that’s going to make work easier? Today, I’ll share three free applications that might come in handy as you work on your elearning courses. Two of the applications come courtesy of a couple of screencast tutorials I saw the other day.

Facebook vs The LMS: Can Someone explain this to me?

Mark Oehlert

Here are some numbers from the Facebook press room : More than 400 million active users. 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day. More than 35 million users update their status each day. More than 60 million status updates posted each day. More than 3 billion photos uploaded to the site each month. More than 5 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each week. More than 3.5 million events created each month.

VenueGen Announces 3D Meetings for "Everyone"

Kapp Notes

Virtual world provider, VenueGen , recently came out of private Beta to a public Beta (whatever that means) and loudly announced their virtual meeting platform. They call it both visually appealing and easy to use.

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!

Adobe Captivate 4: Crop It!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel I've been teaching Captivate for years. One of my favorite parts of any class is showing features of the software that even veteran developers of the program did not know were available.

#LS2010 Keynote with Jonah Lehrer: How We Decide

Learning Visions

My live blogged notes from Thursday’s keynote at Learning Solutions in Orlando. Heidi’s intro: When our learners are taking courses, they are making decisions about what they are learning… _ Jonah Lehrer author of How We Decide and blogger at The Frontal Cortex.

What's the Future of Diversity Training?

The Peformance Improvement

I fear that diversity training is losing favor among senior executives and HR departments.

Let go to move on.

ID Reflections

Have you ever felt free? Really really free? Unfettered, unbounded, untethered? If you have stretched yourself to your limit and beyond to get a really really important project, and then finally gotten it, you are left with a feeling of exhilaration mixed with a sudden emptiness.

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.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: To Outline or Not to Outline

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby In school I had a teacher who insisted on receiving an outline before every writing assignment. I would love to be able to report that the experience made me an outlining fiend. It did not. I found that I could not write an outline until I knew what I was going to say! I had to write my essay, then create an outline based on what I had said. I took from this experience the idea that I was just a person who could not write outlines ahead of time.

Baltimore's Bid for Google Fiber

eLearning Cyclops

Baltimore has put in a bid for Google Fiber , which is Google's experiment to select one or more trial locations for a ultra high speed fiber network.

Learning New Skills

Bottom-Line Performance

I want to learn to play video games, because I think it will boost my brain in ways that I am excited about – and I think it will make me a better learning designer. Video games change your brain in ways not directly addressed in the game. One of my favorite presentations, by Dr. Ralph Chatham talked about ways games change the brain. For instance, studies have shown that gamers perform some psychomotor tasks 10 times faster than non-gamers. Gamers can also track more variables in their head.

The Metaphor of Personal Space

ID Reflections

Personal space is a metaphor of our existence! Here's a little story before I get to the crux of my post. A few years’ back, in an earlier organization where I used to work, I was sent onsite for about 8~9 weeks. When I came back, I found someone else sitting at my workstation.

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.

mLearning: Some Technical Tips

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George Back in February I discussed the growing adoption of mobile learning as a viable means for eLearning and communicating ideas. Now I'd like to take a brief look at a few technical aspects to keep in mind when developing mLearning. Keep file sizes relatively small. A typical mLearning lesson should be no more than 2-3 megabytes. Be mindful of how many images you use and their sizes.

Tell Me First or Last – I’ll Remember it Better

eLearning Brothers

I ran across this interesting post the other day: Start and End eLearning Courses with Methods That Facilitate Learning (Integrated Learning Services). Shelley discusses that learners tend to remember the content presented first and last better than everything in the middle.

Mobile Learning: No iPhone required

Bottom-Line Performance

As Lisa previously posted, several of us went to the annual SALT conference at the beginning of March. Some of the sessions I was most interested in were the ones on mobile learning. I haven’t ever used my cell to actually learn anything and was interested to see what others in the field were doing in the area. A few things I learned: There weren’t very many examples of real learning (I now know something that I didn’t before and can use that knowledge) shared.