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by Chris Jennings

It’s great that online instruction scales to global availability, but if it doesn’t engage learners and encourage them to think critically, what’s the point? Here are five ideas for building content that takes advantage of the Internet, uses creativity to get engagement, and does what is right for the learners.

Feature   |   December 2, 2013
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by Jason Haag

Augmented reality (AR) provides a view of the real world, with enhancement from computer- generated input: sound, graphics, text, video, and GPS data. This article expands on a session from DevLearn 2013 and provides examples of how AR delivered on mobile devices is already providing support for learning and performance in real-life situations.

Feature   |   November 25, 2013
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by Bill Brandon

Interoperability is a major concern as platforms and technologies for learning proliferate. SCORM and the xAPI, LMSs, and LRSs came about because of attention from government and corporate organizations. But what about the education field? The IMS Global Learning Consortium provides guidance and support for learning technology in organizations worldwide.

Feature   |   November 18, 2013
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by Mark Teachout, Mike Dickinson

Managers, executives, and other clients often come to the training department with the solution to a perceived problem already in mind. They often have a laundry list that they believe the course should or must address. How can you direct the conversation to performance and not knowledge? Here’s a simple tool to turn things around: the Do—Know—Access triangle.

Feature   |   November 11, 2013
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by Inge de Waard

With so many new training technologies and trends appearing one after the other, we face a major challenge: ensuring a smooth, simple training environment for all our learners. Here’s a look at how to create a seamless learning environment. Check the parts that your training strategy covers and the parts that you can optimize or add.

Feature   |   November 4, 2013
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by Paul Clothier

Studies have shown that interactive video increases attention, engagement, recall, satisfaction, and time spent watching a video. Most interactive video has a marketing aim, but some pioneers are beginning to use it for learning. This article explains the concepts, gives an overview of the techniques, and provides some ideas for getting started.

Feature   |   October 28, 2013
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by Donna Wells

Recent news about facial recognition and tracking technology, and its potential use in adaptive eLearning, has intrigued some people and alarmed others. What exactly does this technology offer instructional designers, what are the benefits for learners, and what are the privacy concerns? This capability will begin showing up soon in authoring tools. Here is an overview from an early adopter.

Feature   |   October 21, 2013
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by Steve Foreman

Traditional learning management systems (LMSs) have not been useful in managing learning that happens during workplace activity, such as coaching and work assignments. The Experience API (also called “Tin Can” or “xAPI”) integrates learning and working. This final part of Steve’s series on LMSs explores the relationship between the LMS and the xAPI, and explains how the xAPI works.

Feature   |   October 14, 2013
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by Jennifer Neibert

Today’s instructional designers and eLearning developers are faced with an incredible amount of change. We work in a shifting business landscape, with new tools and processes, as we ensure our learners transfer knowledge and skills to on-the-job competence. AGILE instructional design is one approach that may help us meet these demands more quickly and effectively.

Feature   |   October 7, 2013
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by Mayra Villar

Long-standing ways of teaching and learning are challenged by more dynamic and collaborative ways of finding and exchanging context-relevant information. We need to start thinking beyond the traditional courses and educational environments. How can designers leverage social interactions and uniquely mobile experiences to better support learning? Here are some ideas from around the world.

Feature   |   September 30, 2013
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