by Karl Kapp
In a recent article in Learning Solutions Magazine, “Why Games Don’t Teach,” Ruth Clark says it’s “not that games can’t teach, but that advocating games as a main or even frequent instructional strategy is misleading.” Karl Kapp disagrees and offers this counterpoint, including evidence from research showing that games are effective teachers.
The demand for scenario-based learning (SBL) is growing rapidly. Learners gather information throughout an SBL and create solutions based on what they already know and the information they find. Until recently, creating SBL could be expensive and time-consuming, but this is changing with some new authoring tools. Here’s an overview of the theory behind the method—and some guidelines.
With curiosity and candor, Tiffany Shlain set out to make a film answering one question: What does it mean to be connected in the 21st century? The result is her critically-acclaimed documentary and personal memoir, Connected, in which she explores the visible and invisible connections that link us as humans to one another, to the major issues of our time, and to the world at large.
by Ruth Clark
Ask trainers to define what they mean by the term “game” and you will likely hear a mix of features or examples. The problem is that many things that could be called a game do not necessarily lead to learning. A leader in the field of instructional technology takes on the question: Is it right to advocate games as a main or frequent instructional strategy?
by Troy Fulton
When creating mobile applications, developers sometimes overlook a critical group—the IT department. The same is true when launching a mobile learning or performance-support initiative. Not taking IT’s policy management needs into consideration can lead to problems. Here are some tips that will ensure all goes smoothly!
Is it necessary to communicate all content in the form of courses? There are real reasons to deliver some content as well-designed information instead of instruction. Marc invites us to think critically about what fits the eLearning paradigm and what doesn’t.
by Bill Brandon
Learning Solutions Conference & Expo is one of the two largest and most successful gatherings in North America focused on technology-supported learning and performance (the other one is The eLearning Guild’s DevLearn in the autumn). Learning Solutions Conference & Expo returns to Orlando March 13 – 15, 2013. Read about it here to understand all that this outstanding event offers!
by Nic Laycock
Finding and verifying information on the web to support eLearning development can be time- consuming. In large organizations, “push” methodology (the LMS) makes eLearning manageable for learners, but elsewhere, it’s a “pull” world, with no help. Is there a way around these difficulties? A start-up in the UK is exploring how crowd sourcing can improve things for developers and for learners.