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Learning Design Insights

Clark Quinn

I attended a recent Meetup of the Bay Area Learning Design & Technology, and it led to some insights. I was tapped to host the Learning Design conversation (there were three others: LMS, Measurement, and Social Learning), and that meant that a subset of the group sat in on the discussion.

Reordering the Serious eLearning Manifesto

Clark Quinn

So, as you may know (and if you don’t, you should ), almost three years ago now, I teamed up with colleagues Michael Allen, Julie Dirksen, & Will Thalheimer (all worth knowing about) and put together the Serious eLearning Manifesto. design

Beyond Instructional Design: How Performance Support is Revolutionizing eLearning

Jane Hart

Trivantis have asked me to host this free webinar, in which I will consider how you can move beyond instructional design to designing for performance support. Ready to get results with performance support? In the session I will cover the following aspects. Trends in modern authoring. Insights on providing resources and bite-sized content, such as video, screencasts, or text instead of courses. How to support content personalization.

Thoughts on Learning Design Strategy

Clark Quinn

At the DevLearn conference, I ran a Morning Buzz on Learning Design Strategy. I started with a set of questions to address, so I’ll go through their comments in roughly that order (though we didn’t exactly follow this structure): What is learning design strategy?

Flash Dead for eLearning

Tony Karrer

Of course, that still leaves some really hard questions about how you design for all the different mobile platforms with widely different screen sizes and their non-standard inputs and widely varying connection speeds. eLearning Technology.

eLearning Process Survey results!

Clark Quinn

So, a few weeks ago I ran a survey asking about elearning processes*, and it’s time to look at the results (I’ve closed it). eLearning process is something I’m suggesting is ripe for change, and I thought it appropriate to see what people thoughts. design strategy

The Quinnovation eLearning Process Survey

Clark Quinn

My interest is in finding out about the processes used in designing and delivering elearning. design strategyIn the interests of understanding where the market is, I’m looking to benchmark where organizations are. Sure, there are other data points, but I have my own questions I would like to get answered. So I’ve created a quick survey of seven questions (thanks, SurveyMonkey) I’d love for you to fill out.

Agile eLearning - 27 Great Articles

Tony Karrer

I was not as familiar with it in terms of eLearning development. So, I wanted to pull together some reading and resources around Agile eLearning , Agile ADDIE , etc. Integrated Learnings The Agile Elearning Design Manual: Problems with existing approaches - The Learning Generalist The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Iterations huh? - Agile Instructional Design I'm still studying all of this to see whether I really buy that Agile methods will work.

eLearning Learning Launches New Features

Tony Karrer

Over on eLearning Learning , we've just launched a new version with some great new features. The intent of eLearning Learning is to bring together and make it easy to find great content. There are some pretty interesting new features coming soon for eLearning Learning.

Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?

Xyleme

The answer is, over 50%, through instructor-led and virtual classrooms and another 22% through rapid authoring tools that convert PowerPoint presentations to eLearning. The easy thing for an instructional designer to do is to rely on simple instinct and maintain the status quo.

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eLearning Strategy

Tony Karrer

This is either in terms of specific needs, e.g., improve customer satisfaction, or as part of an overall eLearning strategy. I've spent several hours this morning trying to find good resources on eLearning Strategy development and particularly looking for examples to use in this post.

eLearning Conferences 2011

Tony Karrer

Past years eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. link] December 9-10, 2010 What’s Hot, What’s Not in e-Learning , eLearning Guild Online Seminar. link] January 28-29, 2011 Designing the 21 st Century Classroom , Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

I was just asked about trends in open source for eLearning and particularly open source eLearning tools. Beyond that, probably the best thing to do is to use eLearning Learning to go through it’s open source eLearning and open source eLearning Tools. Of course, I’d recommend skimming through eLearning Learning to find the latest and greatest. Applications in Learning - eLearning Technology , March 3, 2008 Have LMSs Jumped The Shark?

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Lots of discussion and debate around interesting questions for eLearning professionals. Grows - But Creating "eLearning 2.0 Elliott Masie Learners as designers. Tony Bates - eLearning Outlook for 2011 1. Here are my top 10 eLearning predictions for 2011.

Workshopping what’s needed: going deep on elearning

Clark Quinn

It’s past time, both at the level of our elearning design, and at the level of elearning strategy. In different places with different goals, but each is a way to proceed on going deep on elearning. If getting serious about elearning design is your thing, you should join us on Wednesday, Nov 30 at Online Educa in Berlin. It’s past time to stop producing elearning that’s ineffective. design strategy technology

Design like a pro

Clark Quinn

And yet, if you’re going to be a learning designer or engineer , you should know the science and be using it. That’s the premise behind the Serious eLearning Manifesto , for instance (read it, sign it, use it!). You could read Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn as a very good interpretation of the science. We see elearning that’s arbitrary info dump and simplistic knowledge test. Look, if you’re going to do design, do it right.

So you (still) want to be an elearning consultant?

Harold Jarche

I have seen companies completely outsource all course design/delivery in order for internal staff to focus on informal and social learning to support collaboration.

Reviewing elearning examples

Clark Quinn

I recently wrote about elearning garbage , and in case I doubted my assessment, today’s task made my dilemma quite clear. I was asked to be one of the judges for an elearning contest. Importantly, it could easily be argued that several were appropriately instructionally designed, in that they had clear objectives, and presented information and assessment on that information. design

Instructional Design Orthodoxy

Xyleme

I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. The idea that you might allow scrolling was to many an Instruction Designer taboo. In my blog posts, I’ve been challenging instructional designers to embrace cultural shifts, and evolving technologies rather than brace against them.

Quip: design

Clark Quinn

If you get the design right, there are lots of ways to implement it; if you don’t get the design right, it doesn’t matter how you implement it. Too often, people under design and overproduce, resulting in great looking products that are worthless. This is certainly the case in elearning, but you see it in other fields, too. Similarly, I’ve found that if you get the design right, you don’t need lots of production. design

Crowdsourcing the Future of eLearning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

one of the things that is not done well in course design is formative evaluation, and maybe there are ways to enable students to support this. will all be on the same system - eLearning will make no sense in the future, it will be standard learning with content, etc., Based on points submitted beforehand, and the discussion at the final plenary. Paul Stacey created a slide show based on the contributions. Global - it's not about e-learning, it's about we-learning.

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

Xyleme

It’s a new world out there for the Instructional Designer. It’s no longer about producing 3-ring binders, or monolithic eLearning. 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. In light of this, a waterfall ADDIE process that cranks out a monolithic elearning courses doesn’t work anymore. Instructional designers are now learning facilitators.

Quinn-Thalheimer: Tools, ADDIE, and Limitations on Design

Clark Quinn

We decided to continue, and here’s the second in the series, this time trying to look at what might be hindering the opportunity for design to get better. And again, a serious convo leavened with a somewhat demented touch: Clark : Will, we’ve suffered Fear and Loathing on the Exhibition Floor at the state of the elearning industry before, but I think it’s worth looking at some causes and maybe even some remedies. design

ROI and Metrics in eLearning

Tony Karrer

I'm working on an article around the use of ROI and metrics in eLearning. Does it cost less to design and develop online teaching and learning today than it did a few years ago? In this article, Clive Shepherd argues the case for return on investment (ROI) as a ROI from Workflow-Based E-Learning Business process management (BPM), workflow management, business activity monitoring (BAM), and workforce optimization software also are designed to reduce lag time.

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Getting Serious about eLearning

Clark Quinn

Well, I won’t give it all away, since we’re doing an official launch next week, but in short, we’re attempting to do something about what we perceive as the sorry state of elearning. design strategy

Levels of eLearning Quality

Clark Quinn

Of late, I’ve been both reviewing eLearning, and designing processes & templates. As I’ve said before , the nuances between well-designed and well produced eLearning are subtle, but important. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the work is well-produced, and explore some levels of differentiation in quality of the learning design. Which brings up another way learning designs go wrong. design

Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning

Tony Karrer

Some challenging questions are being raised in this month’s Big Question - Voice Over in eLearning. This post is part of the series on Text-to-Speech (TTS) for eLearning written by Dr. Joel Harband and edited by me. The other posts are: Text-to-Speech Overview and NLP Quality , Digital Signal Processor and Text-to-Speech , Using Text-to-Speech in an eLearning Course , and Text-to-Speech eLearning Tools - Integrated Products. eLearning Technology.

eLearning Templates – 20 Resources

Tony Karrer

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts come through eLearning Learning that provide eLearning templates or toolkits or other kinds of interesting resources. And the list would be even better with help - see Curator Editor Research Opportunities on eLearning Learning. eLearning Technology. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs

What do elearning users say?

Clark Quinn

The report, a survey of 2000 folks in a variety of positions in organizations, asks what they think about elearning, in a variety of ways. The report covers a variety of aspects of how people learn: when, where, how, and their opinion of elearning. design strategy Towards Maturity is a UK-based but global initiative looking at organizations use of technology for learning.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

Also, before you read these, you might want to go back and look at predictions in the past and how well I did on those predictions: Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008 , 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009. Do a search on something like “instructional design”. eLearning Technology.

eLearning Conferences

Tony Karrer

crw Another source of major eLearning conferences is: Tom King's eLearning Google Calendar. link] ResearchatAUC/conferences/ elearning/Pages/default.aspx January 11-14, 2009 Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA) Winter Seminar – Unified IP Communications Applications Across the Enterprise and Preparing Communications Technologies for Emergencies and Disasters, Palm Springs, California, USA.

Evidence-based Design

Clark Quinn

In my last post , I asserted that we need evidence-based design for what we do. There are several good books out (and I believer that there is at least one more on the way) that summarize the implications of research design. Ruth Clark has been a co-author on a couple, eLearning and the Science of Instruction, and the subsequent Efficiency in Learning. Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn is another good one. design

eLearning Conferences 2010

Tony Karrer

Clayton Wright just sent me his incredible annual list of eLearning Conferences. link] December 3-4, 2009 International LAMS and Learning Design Conference, 4 th , MacQuarie University, Sydney, Australia. link] March 22-26, 2010 eLearning Guild Annual Gathering, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Update: Designing mLearning

Clark Quinn

Well, it’s been a bit of a saga, but there are some new developments about my forthcoming: Designing mLearning: Tapping Into the Mobile Revolution for Organizational Performance. The good news is I’ve finally got a downloadable PDF sample of the book, including what I think is a clever cover design (caveat, my idea :), the ‘about the book’ section, Ellen Wagner ‘s gracious foreword, and the short section introduction and first chapter.

100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

My collection of eLearning Articles, White Papers, Blog Posts, etc. eLearn magazine: Feature Article Ten Web 2.0 eLearn: Opinions Good short article on characteristics of 2.0 eLearn: Case Studies - The Reluctant Online Professor 12. Storyboards & eLearning (Pt. E-Performance Essentials: ELearning and Social Software An interesting article - Early e-learning traded technology for human interaction. Mzinga : White Paper Series : eLearning 2.0 &

eLearning Guild Mobile Learning Research Report now available

Clark Quinn

I’ve had my head down on a couple of projects, but I can now announce one of them: the eLearning Guild’s Mobile Learning Research Report is now available. of organizations either implementing, designing, or building the business case for social networking and only 25.7%

Origins of “eLearning”

Jay Cross

Home Speaker Contact internet time alliance Learnstream Resources Internet Time Blog from Jay Cross and Internet Time Group Origins of “eLearning&# by Jay Cross on November 30, 2008 On April Fool’s Day of this year, I wrote the following page in the Learnscaping un-book.

Origins of “eLearning”

Jay Cross

Home Speaker Contact internet time alliance Learnstream Resources Internet Time Blog from Jay Cross and Internet Time Group Origins of “eLearning&# by Jay Cross on November 30, 2008 On April Fool’s Day of this year, I wrote the following page in the Learnscaping un-book.

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Video-Based eLearning Authoring Tools

Tony Karrer

I've been asked several times a similar question so I thought I would throw it out to see what readers here will recommend for doing basic video-based elearning authoring. They would like to convert this to self-paced eLearning. The currently planned design is to chop the video up into relatively short segments, put in questions in between the segments as knowledge checks, and then have a graded exam at the end.

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Is Gagne Relevant for eLearning Courseware Design?

Tony Karrer

We certainly will provide additional content via eLearning in another year or two to help follow-up on it. As instructional designers, we need to use models like Gange, but we also need to be creative. There's an interesting discussion sparked by Donald Clark's - Gagne's Nine Dull Commandments.