Sat.Apr 16, 2011 - Fri.Apr 22, 2011

14 reasons why your multiple-choice quiz sucks

E-Learning Provocateur

Unlike some of my peers, I’m not an opponent of the multiple-choice quiz. It’s a convenient and efficient means of assessing e-learners, if it’s done well. The problem, unfortunately, is that it’s often done poorly. So poorly, in fact, it’s embarrassing.

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Teaching World Peace to 4th Graders–with a game

Kapp Notes

Check out what John Hunter has to say about his interesting and intriguing game about world peace and his Wisdom Table. Content Guide

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Talking about blended learning – part 1 – foundations

Clive on Learning

In this extended interview, I address a wide range of key questions about blended learning, which I hope will be of interest to just about anyone responsible for learning and development in the workplace.

Adobe Captivate: No More Autosizing, Thanks!

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel. Maybe I was imagining things. but I set a pesky text caption to a specific size. Later on, when I re-opened the slide, the caption was much smaller. I attributed the episode to drinking too much coffee. But then it happened again! I resized a text caption to a very, very specific size--no doubt this time. At some point I used the spell check feature ( Project > Check Spelling ). There was a typo flagged in that very same caption, which I naturally allowed Captivate to fix.

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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Talking about blended learning – part 2 – analysing the situation

Clive on Learning

In the second part of this interview, I address the following questions: How should someone set about designing a blended solution? What impact does the learning requirement have on your design decisions? What audience characteristics have the biggest impact on your design?

Writing & Grammar: Name That Error--The Answers

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby. Here are the answers to last week's grammar challenge. Were you able to name the errors? Did you fix them correctly? Some of these problems may have more than one correct answer. For example, the sentence fragment can be corrected many different ways. If you have questions about any of these, I would love to hear from you. Using the new iPad app, the best erosion control method can be found quickly.

Learning & Skills Survey: 87% More eLearning & Mobile Learning; 73% Less 2-3 Day Classroom Training

Upside Learning

The Centre for Performance Development has released the results of their Learning & Skills 2011 survey – which was held both at the event and online. Read more about it on the survey page on their website.

Embracing Innovation in Learning | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

In her recent blog post Wonders or Woes of Change, Dr. Ellen Weber discusses the paradigm shift from traditional leadership to brain-powered, or innovative, leadership. This shift in leadership style can be characterized as moving from

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.

What Makes eLearning Boring?

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. Most posts on this blog focus on what to do and how to do it – providing navigational cues , designing with social media , stimulating recall , forming sticky ideas , and so on. In this post, we’ll look at what we do too much of, resulting in boring eLearning. Too much text. It’s popular to hate PowerPoint because of the way a slide full of bullets strangles the life out of a presentation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Have you watched a TED talk?

Tune in to The Forge - Live Today at 2pm EST

Visual Lounge

You're in for a treat - We have a great line-up for The Forge today! Tune in on this blog post today at 2pm EST to see the live stream of The Forge! Tom Crawford from the Visualization Network and VizChef , will talk about Visual Communication. Mike Curtis, Information Developer for Jing, will share his tips for embedding video. Mark Schall, Software Engineer for Jing, will talk about TechSmith's hackathon. Adam Marks, lead Snagit developer (Windows), will talk about TechSmith's Makerbot.

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Simulation Showcase – Inside the Haiti Earthquake

Upside Learning

I came across a blog-post by Clark Aldrich titled – Using Serious Games and Simulations: A Quick and Dirty Guide. In this post, Clark talks about: What simulations are and aren’t. Where simulations fit in an organizations’ flow of skills.

Adobe FrameMaker 10: Why Should I Care About the New Background Color?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Barb Binder  Some time ago, a client was considering using Adobe FrameMaker for a project and wanted to be able to electronically highlight text. That existing version of FrameMaker couldn't do it so the client decided to use Adobe InDesign.

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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.

Twitter’s Impact on Your Brain-Same as Bilingualism

Kapp Notes

Studies on infant brains have shown that knowledge retention is only possible when accompanied with personal interaction or activity, but this becomes even more important as people get older. Adults must be socially stimulated to learn, which is why language retention is usually only successful for adults when they are immersed with other language-speakers.

The Pad and the Pod

Clark Quinn

I had a conversation today where I was asked about the difference with a tablet versus a smartphone (or pad versus pod :). This is something I’ve been thinking about, and some thoughts coalesced as I answered. I don’t think this is my definitive answer, but it’s worth wrestling with (learning out loud and all that).

What to See in a CEO

The Peformance Improvement

How do you hire a great leader? Adam Bryant provides some insightful answers to this question in an article adapted from his new book titled, The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed.

New blends in learning

Learning with e's

I started a discussion on Twitter today about blended learning, after reading an exchange between @simfin and @whitec. Unfortunately, the limit of 140 characters, on this occasion at least, badly let me down.

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!

Gaming Playing for Education

Kapp Notes

Here are some interesting pieces from articles about video games for learning: According to an article titled Medical Students Open to Learning With Video Games: Among the more than 200 medical students surveyed, 77 percent said they would participate in a multi-player online health care simulator provided it helped them to accomplish an important goal.

I want it now – who doesn’t? #LCBQ

Spark Your Interest

This month’s Big Question is: How do you address the “I want it now!&# demand from stakeholders? It wasn’t an AprilFool’s and yet Jay has a point - it is silly to assume that formal training will be the white knight to rescue the day.

Importing Adobe Illustrator Smart Objects into Adobe Captivate [VIDEO]

mLearning Revolution

Below is a video I recorded and published last week on the topic of importing Adobe Illustrator smart objects into Adobe Captivate 5 with the help of Photoshop. This topic was inspired by a question we received during our very first ‘Ask the Adobe eLearning Team ‘ session.

The road is endless.

Learning with e's

It's official. Brussels Air sucks. I'm very disappointed in them, and if they were one of my students, they would get a big fat zero. I have to admit that the only thing with Brussels in front of it that I dislike more at the moment is sprouts.

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.

Which graphic should I use?

The eLearning Coach

Most instructional designers have not been taught how to conceive abstract visuals, so here are some guidelines. Post from: The eLearning Coach Which graphic should I use? GRAPHICS MEDIA

We Need Learning and We Need It Now!


On this month’s Learning Circuit Big Question, Tony Karrer asks the learning & development community how they respond to the “I want it now!” demand from stakeholders. Karrer summarizes the dilemma: eLearning Solutions Creating eLearning Courses

Instant Learning: How it works and how to make it happen?

Vignettes Learning

Synthesis: The brain’s ability to replicate real life events that enables us to share them with others is a powerful learning tool that we can maximize to facilitate instant learning in our elearning sessions.

Smartphones in mobile healthcare

Learning with e's

I have just had a new paper published on how smartphones are being used in patient education and remote health care. The paper appears here in Biomedical Engineering Online and is entitled How smartphones are changing the face of mobile and participatory healthcare.

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.

How Much Narration in eLearning? Our Lessons Learned by Don Bair and Mike Dickinson

Learning Solutions Magazine

Whether to narrate eLearning content, how much to narrate, and choosing the person or "voice" to narrate are among questions that come up constantly for eLearning designers. Unfortunately, the research and the guidance from experts is not necessarily consistent or easy to apply. Here is what one team learned from their own study of the questions, and the guidelines they adopted. Asynchronous Blended Instructional Design Media

Three Misconceptions and Myths about Learning


I work for an elearning company. This means I spend a lot of time explaining what elearning is, how it''s used and answering questions like “what does social media have to do with it?”.

New Horizon Report: Alan Levine – Mindmap

Clark Quinn

This evening I had the delight to hear Alan Levine present the New Media Consortium’s New Horizon Report for 2011 to the ASTD Mt. Diablo chapter. As often happens, I mindmapped it. Their process is interesting, using a Delphi approach to converge on the top topics.