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by Nic Laycock

There are some amazing things going on in education, in places you might least expect. Here is a look at learning in the twenty-first century, as experienced by those who have never lived anywhere else. Please open the links, watch the videos, and reflect on where learning is going. Are you ready for this?

News   |   April 24, 2014
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by Brandi Krause

One of the routine tasks that instructional designers must perform is converting or repurposing content. This can be time-consuming, confusing, and sometimes frustrating. However, there is a simple way to lay out the work required—using a template. This tip just may reduce your stress!

Tip   |   April 23, 2014
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by News Editor

Animated videos provide flexibility and range that often just aren’t attainable with live-action video. GoAnimate offers an easy-to-use drag-and-drop online animation suite, with access to thousands of character models, backdrops, and props. GoAnimate has now extended its capabilities with two new features: whiteboard animation and integration with Lectora Online. Here are the details!

News   |   April 23, 2014
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by Joe Ganci

This is the second of two mini-review articles Joe has done this spring, responding to your requests for information about tools you may never have seen reviewed. But being unknown doesn’t mean these tools don’t have strengths and unique characters! Enjoy the grand tour!

Review   |   April 22, 2014
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by Megan Torrance

Agile project management is an approach for managing a creative project process, where team members accept and expect change throughout the life of the project. Here are the hallmarks of the agile process, and a way to begin learning how (and why) to put this effective, fluid approach to work for your eLearning development projects.

Feature   |   April 21, 2014
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by Michael Boyette

Given the task of creating eLearning that teaches “soft skills”—sales, coaching, and leadership are examples–it’s tempting to try to pack as much information as possible into a module. There’s a better, research-supported way to approach this kind of design challenge and shrink workplace learning to a manageable size. Read about it here.

Tip   |   April 16, 2014
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by Christian Gainsbrugh

By now, you have probably heard of the Heartbleed exploit that may be one of the most extensive security vulnerabilities to have ever affected the Internet. We hope you have changed your passwords on affected sites by now! Here is an action guide for response to Heartbleed, written for eLearning professionals. Talk this over with your IT manager as soon as possible!

Spotlight   |   April 16, 2014
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by Patti Shank

The eLearning Guild has completed an important study of how people interact with mobile devices. If you design mobile apps for eLearning, this study will help you design better: minimum sizes of text for various mobile devices, preferences for touching different devices, designing for keyboards, design differences for phones, phablets, small tablets, and large tablets, and much more.

Research   |   April 15, 2014
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by Conrad Gottfredson

Big data legitimately receives a lot of attention today for the important insights it can provide to executives as they make decisions. But by itself big data is not enough to create improved performance. What is needed is learning agility, and the key part played by performance support. Here is a guide to developing an integrated learning and performance support strategy.

Feature   |   April 14, 2014
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by Art Kohn

It is a painful fact that employees quickly forget most of what they learn in training. The forgetting curve quickly erodes the benefit of the instruction—that is, unless you know the secret of the “booster”! Here is a simple way, proven through research, to improve memory and behavior change following instruction.

Column   |   April 10, 2014
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