Future location of Cyclops eLearning (formerly MinuteBio)
Last week, I had the pleasure of touring the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. This is a training center that uses numerous types of simulations – everything from live actors to mannequin and online sims. As I toured the center, I tweeted a few pictures and some notes, which I am sharing below.
The Simulation Center is an extremely impressive training center and I was very pleased to have the opportunity to get a tour. You can learn more about the center at the following link – Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center.
It is not every day I use “wicked” as an adjective, but this calls for its use. While attending the Enterprise Learning Conference & Expo today, I saw an example of the use of augmented reality as created by BMW. The video clip shown during the “Next Generation of Learning Systems” session is the same clip as the one found on YouTube and embedded below. I promise it will wow you and even if you are not a New Englander, like me, you will still say is “wicked cool.”
With Hurricane Irene on its way towards the east coast (U.S.) I thought I would share the following online learning courses that may be of assistance to those in its path.
Are You Prepared? – 72hours.org
Be Red Cross Ready – American Red Cross
Hurricane Preparedness – Propane Exceptional Energy
To all those potentially affected by the hurricane, please be careful, prepare as well as you can, and be safe.
I have been honored to be a involved in the revitalization of the Learning Circuits’ Big Question. For several years now I have been responding to the Big Question and have over and over been inspired by the questions posed, not to mention by the many fantastic responses and comments. It has also been a great opportunity to interact with other e-learning bloggers. I am looking forward to being involved and also very excited to be working with Tony Karrer, Glenn Hansen, Thomas Edgarton, and Holly MacDonald on this venture. I hope in the coming months to see the Big Question grow even more in contributors and perspectives.
I hope that you will be visiting and participating in the discussions. We will also be tweeting posts, responses and all things Big Question using the #LCBQ hash tag. So, keep your eyes out for the next BIG QUESTION!
Over at the Learning Circuits’ Big Question it is time once again to reflect on the past year. So, I took a look at my most popular posts during 2010. FYI: I used eLearningLearning to identify my “Best of” posts according to social indicators.
Here are the top 10 posts written in 2010:
- My e-Learning Don’ts
- A Few Practical Tips on Storyboarding
- Development Tools I Would Learn If I Were You – June’s Big Question
- Looking for THE SCORM Resource?
- e-Learning and Games in Healthcare
- Keeping Up – April’s Big Question
- What is HTML 5?
- Voice Over in e-Learning, Sometimes
- e-Learning via the BBC
- Flash Tutorials on Screenr
While it is nice to see I still have posts from 2009 that make it in the top 10, I only included those written in 2010. The first thing that jumps out is that quite a few relate to development. Although on reflection I probably wrote a great deal this year on development. Any skew towards development is probably due to starting a new job last February and dealing with learning a new LMS, some new software, and getting reacquainted with some old software. All of which I was able to do and the blog helped by being a tool of self-reflection and a great source of helpful comments and shared resources from my very generous readers.
I was very pleased to see the “My e-Learning Don’ts” post at number one. I wrote it as a bit of a rant against “ineffective” e-learning, but it was tweeted quite a bit and was referenced in several other blogs. That was very flattering and on reflection I think I hit on many of the things that also irk others and sinks many e-learning projects. Hopefully it provided a dose of prevention… I know for me I will revisit it, and the comments generated, as reminders of what not to do.
Thank you everyone who visited my blog in 2010 and here’s to a great 2011. Happy New Year everyone!
My organization is just finishing up its compliance period and I have gotten my share of calls and e-mails from staff regarding their courses. For As long as I have been in e- learning, the majority of the calls I’ve received from users have fallen into one of the following issues:
- A pop-up blocker on the user’s computer is enabled.
- The user does not have Adobe Flash.
- A manager wants to confirm their staff took the course.
Whether you receive similar calls regarding your courses or other calls for assistance, here are a few tips to make things a bit easier for you and for those taking your courses.
- Create concise job aids for common problems. Send the appropriate job aid via e-mail to staff in need. For example, directions with screenshots on how to disable a pop-up blocker will be well received plus they can use it again and again instead of calling again and again.
- Provide clear information on the LMS, Intranet, course announcements of whom to contact if assistance is needed. Also provide links to help pages and job aids.
- Give your organization’s help-desk the heads up. Let them know certain courses are currently in demand and they may also receive calls. Give them information regarding the types of calls that might come in, solutions, and job aids they can also send callers.
- When your are not available, add helpful information to your out-of-office message. For example, links to help pages and job aids.
- Provide instructions to managers on how they can access their own reports and/or staff transcripts themselves if your LMS accommodates that ability.
These are some tricks I have been using over the years and some I picked up recently and will be applying going forward. Hopefully, these will relieve the influx of calls and also provide quicker resolutions for anyone taking your courses. Please feel free to share your tips in the comments section. Thanks!
As my readers may remember from my past posts, I believe it will be quite a while before HTML5 becomes a practical means of delivering e-learning or a viable threat to Flash. However, Adobe has begun prototyping a tool for creating animation in HTML5. Still a long way to go, but a good start. The video preview from Adobe TV is below.
If you are looking for music for your e-learning or educational games, I have a resource for you – mOsno. The right music can add great depth and emotion to e-learning and especially games. Just as any good instructional designer uses or creates graphics that support the learning, use of music and audio should do the same. However, it is not always easy to find the right music, or musician to create music, that will support the learning and design. Well meet mOsno. He creates some fantastic stuff including the music you are hearing now created for an educational environmental game, My Own Biome. FYI: He is not only a very talented musician, but has a game development background in addition to experience producing music for games.
If you are looking to connect with mOsno, here is his site – www.mosno.net. There are also more fantastic examples of his work on the site.