Write conversationally for better learning

  Neuroscience has discovered that our brains remember things that it thinks are important. And our brains think conversations are important and should be remembered. Especially funny or emotional conversations. Conversational writing causes your brain to wake-up and pay attention. Your brain thinks it’s in a real conversation, even though you’re reading text on aContinue reading “Write conversationally for better learning”

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How long does it take to create learning?

Some learning development estimates from Bryan Chapman. Ratio  Type of learning 34:1  Instructor-Led Training (ILT), including design, lesson plans, handouts, PowerPoint slides, etc. 33:1  PowerPoint to E-Learning Conversion. Not sure why it takes less time then creating ILT, but that’s what we discovered when surveying 200 companies about this practice 220:1 Standard e-learning which includesContinue reading “How long does it take to create learning?”

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The Best Free Software for Windows

 Whether you just got a new computer for Christmas or your just looking for some specific software, here’s a good list of the best free software for Windows. I can personally vouch for most of these. My favorite is probably Picasa, which really makes managing all your digital photos a snap. Happy New Year! TheContinue reading “The Best Free Software for Windows”

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BitNami: Open Source. Simplified

Installing open source software usually isn’t as simple as installing commercial software. There are usually some prerequisite supporting software required in addition to the software you are wanting to install. This site takes care of this type of scenario with downloads packaged to contain everything you need and simplify this process. Check it out! BitNami:Continue reading “BitNami: Open Source. Simplified”

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Clive on Learning: e-Learning and the Science of Instruction

http://clive-shepherd.blogspot.com/2007/04/e-learning-and-science-of-instruction.html Use of media Use words and graphics rather than words alone (89% gain in learning). Keep graphics and text that relate to each other near each other (68% gain). Where possible, describe graphics using audio narration rather than text (80% gain). An exception here would be text (unfamiliar terms, instructions, etc.) which require timeContinue reading “Clive on Learning: e-Learning and the Science of Instruction”

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Sharedview: New take on NetMeeting?

 Via Webworker daily I see that Microsoft now has a beta of SharedView. My 1st question is how is this better/different than NetMeeting? Other than aesthetics, etc? Yes, it looks nicer but it actually takes extra steps to get someone into Sharedview as compared to NetMeeting. Am I missing something? If you don’t already useContinue reading “Sharedview: New take on NetMeeting?”

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