Why lectures?

Learning with e's

A recent article on the BBC News website asks why lectures aren't obsolete. It seems strange that although research points to their ineffectiveness as a method of learning, lectures still figure predominantly in higher education. The third concerns the nature of the lecture itself.

No Lecture Webinars

Experiencing eLearning

These are my live blogged notes from the webinar How to Create No Lecture Webinars by Ray Jimenez , presented through Training Magazine Network. This reduces the size of the slides. Sent a survey in advance, including a question asking for ideas on how to stop lecturing in webinars.

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How to Draw Attention in Video Lectures


Video lectures are one of the most promising teaching materials in online learning. Empirical evidence suggests that adding attentional cues in the instructor behavior guides learners’ visual attention and thus improves their learning performance in video lectures.

7 Technical Tips for Creating Video Lectures

eLearning Brothers

Check out 7 tips for creating video lectures on how to put together text, visuals and audio for the ultimate video lecturing experience. Creating video lectures these days is a piece of cake. You might want to take your lecture to the next level and turn it into a dialogue.

The Complete Guide to Lecture Capture

TechSmith Camtasia

What is lecture capture? Lecture capture is the process of recording classroom lectures as videos, and making them available for students to review after the class.”. You may need to record something as simple as audio and PowerPoint point slides. Lecture capture 101.

The Complete Guide to Lecture Capture

TechSmith Camtasia

What is lecture capture? Lecture capture is the process of recording classroom lectures as videos, and making them available for students to review after the class.”. You may need to record something as simple as audio and PowerPoint point slides. Lecture capture 101.

Tools of Engagement Slides from Texas Distance Learning Session

Kapp Notes

Here are some slides and information covered in my presentation at the Texas Distance Learning Association conference. I’ve included the slides from the presentation and slide on using PollEverywhere and writing directly in PowerPoint in slideshow mode.

Guest post: Perfecting Your Video Lectures – 3 Quick Tips


Video lectures are essential in the elearning world. But not all lecture videos are the same. Just like when giving a lecture with a live audience, you want to properly transition your students to the day’s lesson.

Udemy for you and me

E-Learning Provocateur

Creating lectures, rearranging them and uploading the content is a dream. When I couldn’t figure out how to delete a lecture, for example, I found the solution via someone else who had raised a similar problem. Udemy assumes that the bulk of your course will be lectures.

Here’s An Easy Way to Create Whiteboard Lectures for Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

It’s a simple tool that lets you write and capture your whiteboard lectures. In this case, you see the lecture inserted on a slide and I included a couple others and inserted them in a different elearning tool so you can see how they work. I’m a doodler. It helps me think.

Camtasia Assets for Any eLearning Setting

eLearning Brothers

You’ve got yourself a beautiful lecture that would make John Keating jealous. Overlays, Title Slides, and Lower Thirds. Camtasia is one of the most popular screen capture tools currently on the market.

At M.I.T., Large Lectures Are Going the Way of the Blackboard

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Yesterday’s New York Times carried this wonderful article on introductory physics lectures at MIT. I recall sitting in a crowded lecture hall listening to a profesor prattle on about Physics 101 with several hundred fellow bored Princeton students some forty years ago. Over the greenboard hung a 12′ long slide rule, a relic that had seen duty in World War II calculating bomb trajectories.

What I miss and what I don't

Learning with e's

Lecturing at a university can appear glamorous. Standing in front of large groups of undergraduates to give a lecture, or running a seminar for a small group of students looks fun, and usually it is. To have any worth, lecturers need to publish in the 'right kind' of academic journals.


Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

Often the first lecture or contact point with the students will be an introduction made by the teacher on who they are, what their background is and why they are the one who should give the course.

How Online Learners Are Using Interactive Video Transcripts [STUDY]

3Play Media

177 online students answered 10 questions specifically about their use of 3Play Media’s interactive transcripts in conjunction with their video lecture courses. What was particularly revealing was the preference towards multimodal learning as well as controlling the pace of the lectures.

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Learning From the World’s Biggest Brands, How to Consult, and Scaling Up a Niche Course Subscription Platform with Gary Fox of WP Slide Sync


Learning from the world’s biggest brands, how to consult, and scaling up a niche course subscription platform with Gary Fox of WP Slide Sync in this episode of LMScast with Chris Badgett of LifterLMS. Where did your product, WP Slide Sync come in?

Opening Pandora's box

Learning with e's

It started off in sedate style a few years ago, when several students began to ask if they could audio record my lectures and seminars to play back later. Soon students were tweeting the highlights and soundbites of lectures, and now they are liveblogging entire sessions from start to finish.

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Donald. Duck!

Learning with e's

Maslow's hierarchy of needs is only popular, because triangles are easy to put into Powerpoint slides" he opined. Clark argued that lectures are a relic of the medieval age, and complained that modern university teaching rooms are not tech friendly.

Making Virtual Learning Stick with Activity Debriefs

InSync Training

Unfortunately, we are still holding on to a content model that insists the most important outcome is getting through all of the slides. Few of us have the motivation or concentration to focus on 60 minutes of lecture. We’ve been using virtual classroom technologies for close to 20 years now. This webinar approach to content delivery is perhaps the most ineffective way to get information out to the world.

Selling Storytelling in Learning

Experiencing eLearning

We’ve already got the slides built, so it just needs to be converted to an online format. Everything’s all in the text on the slides.” Is it mostly lecture, or do you have some activities or role plays or anything?”

Video Production and Learner Engagement in MOOCs

Your Training Edge

Learners like a combination of talking head lecture and demonstration. There are two basic types of videos used in MOOCs: lectures and demonstrations. Learner engagement is highest for videos that combine approaches, for example, a talking head–style interspersed with PowerPoint slides.

Empower your lessons with audio and video tracks


You sink into the office chair and prepare to enjoy the video lecture given by one of your favorite experts in the field. But when the expert refers to the slide number one, you come to the horrible realization: you cannot see the slides. Prepare the slides.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Audio in eLearning: Cultural Differences?

Learning Visions

Do you use audio on every slide because the client says people will think its broken if you dont? Other than that - pretty much no way (unless its strategic - the best way to teach a concept is by audible lecture or story).

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Instructional Video Styles: Choose Your Own


Before you even begin creating your instructional video , you will need to consider your lecture style. Animated lectures. Simple Slides Presentations. Presence overlapping the slides presentation. The level of synchronous social interaction within the lecture.

Taylor Ehlert Responds to #AskMeMonday on PowerPoint Action Buttons

eLearning Brothers

Action Buttons are pre-coded shapes that allow you to hyperlink to different slides, run programs outside of PowerPoint, and even start up macros. Shapes can be distorted, changed, flipped, animated, and even hyperlinked to a different slide or file.

What You Should Know About ELearning


ELearning tools such as discussion boards, bulletin boards, breakout rooms, real-time live lectures, and interactive games and activities allow learners to be a part of a learning community, share information, ask questions and engage with others.

Engage! Top 6 Best Practices that Foster Learner Engagement with Online Instructional Video

E-Learning Acupuncture

Videos that intersperse an instructor’s talking head (where the instructor looks directly into the camera) with slides are more engaging than slides alone. Avoid displaying the instructor’s head for the entire video unless there are no slides that accompany the presentation.

Selling Storytelling in Learning

Experiencing eLearning

We’ve already got the slides built, so it just needs to be converted to an online format. Everything’s all in the text on the slides.” Is it mostly lecture, or do you have some activities or role plays or anything?”

eLearning & Training: How Long is Too Long?

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

According to  Joan Middendorf  and  Alan Kalish , Indiana University, "Adult learners can keep tuned in to a lecture for no more than  15 to 20 minutes  at a time." " In their excellent article,  The 'Change-Up' in Lectures , Middendorf and Kalish found that after three to five minutes of 'settling down' at the start of class, a lapse of attention usually occurred 10 to 18 minutes later.

The Flipped Learning Revolution — Coming to a Brain Near You?

Dashe & Thomson

My colleague Jon Matejcek first covered it back in March in his article “ Online Academy Helps to Keep Lectures Where They Belong: Out of the Classroom.” Essentially, the idea is to upend the traditional teaching model of classroom lecture followed by personal practice at home.

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Tips for Storytelling in Learning

Experiencing eLearning

Brains switch off when we see a slide full of bullet points. TED Talks Storytelling Techniques by Akash Karia: Great TED Talks include great storytelling to share a message without the audience feeling like they’re being lectured or preached to.

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Resources from Training Magazine’s Training 2018 Conference and Expo

Kapp Notes

Here are the slides and some resources from my presentation Games, Gamification and Interactivity for Learning. Here are the slides: Games, Interactivity and Gamification for Learning from Karl Kapp. Instructions on How to Take Notes Directly on a PowerPoint Slide from Karl Kapp.

Virtual Reality Training Trends Worldwide


The corporate learning environment was bursting with boring presentations filled with too many words, occupying too many slides with something as obscure as Virtual reality training to make no sense at all Most of the instruction was a lecture-style, delivered face-to-face in. Initially, game based training and virtual reality training was something completely unheard of.

Technology for E-Learning: What You Need


While new technology is slowly making its way into the classroom (most instructors use PowerPoint slides rather than chalkboards), other innovations have yet to find their place (laptops in lecture halls are still a distraction more than a learning aid). Google Drive allows you and your learners to easily share documents in a central location, while Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides allow multiple users to access and edit the same document at once.

Fewer Full-Sized Courses. More learning snacks, ePubs, Videos, and Reference Tools

Bottom-Line Performance

Lectures get recorded and learners consume those lectures in their own time and perhaps in small chunks. and did the following: Listened to 11 lectures ranging in length from 3:27 to 14:37 with the average length appearing to be about 10 minutes.