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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.

Feature   |   March 4, 2013
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by Hans Kövi, Kasper Spiro

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.

Feature   |   February 25, 2013
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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?

Feature   |   February 19, 2013
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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!

Feature   |   February 11, 2013
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by Bill Brandon

Change is the one feature of professional life that never changes, except to get faster. This is especially true for practitioners in eLearning, performance support, and talent management. How can you keep up with new delivery methods and systems, new learning and performance research information, and new development tools? Here are some ideas you can use.

Feature   |   February 4, 2013
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by Bill Brandon

The next target of disintermediation is diplomas, certifications, and other “official” records of learning, skills, and knowledge. A number of organizations are promoting a credentialing approach that awards “badges” directly to learners from providers. Learners can maintain and publicly display their badge portfolios independent of employers. Read about these new initiatives here.

Feature   |   January 28, 2013
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by Bill Brandon

eLearning design (and many authoring tools) may often support rote learning, recall of information, and acquisition of discrete skills, but not use of the information or skills to solve difficult problems, evaluate ideas, or settle arguments. Is there a way to use eLearning to develop or sharpen critical thinking skills? This article explores the question and suggests some answers.

Feature   |   January 21, 2013
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by Mayra Villar

Recent research challenges the assumption that games are not an appropriate channel for learning. By focusing on delivering the necessary experience, designers can produce meaningful, engaging eLearning as games. Here are guidelines to effective mechanics, story, aesthetics, and technology selection that support contextualized practice, invitation to action, and self-assessment of decisions.

Feature   |   January 14, 2013
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by Joel Gendelman

Many organizations are looking at moving face-to-face classroom delivery of instruction to web conferencing or virtual classrooms in 2013 as a means of reducing cost. This is not necessarily simple, and this article offers some tips, suggestions, and resources to help guide the conversion process.

Feature   |   January 7, 2013
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by Bill Brandon

While 2012 went by quickly, it didn’t seem too complicated. We can’t count on being so lucky with 2013–it’s likely to present tricky challenges. It will be a good year to craft a mixed learning and support strategy for your organization.

Feature   |   December 17, 2012
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