Microlearning

My next session at DEVLEARN 2018 on Wednesday was how to making boring content interesting with microlearning.  This session talked about making the content super focused with one message per module.  The achievement of one specific objective is involved.  The presenter identified what makes training material painfully boring ... bullets lame questions reading objectives lots of content too long not relevant dull and repetitive not applicable to current tasks, adds no value and then they did the opposite ... short  (2-4 minutes) relevant exciting and fun "learn it, know it, do it" has a specific action item applies to everyone does not have theory or principles no company policies no boarding and un-meaningful statistics no definitions no content that is not absolutely necessary no basic information no history, no background ONE key message per video For an example, they showed a microlearning clip they had created for leaving an unknown USB drive alone ... it was short, to the point, funny.  It...
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Inspiration – Where to Find It

The first session I attended at DEVLEARN 2018 was at 7:30 am on Wednesday .. it was a discussion on unique places to find inspiration for the designing of learning materials, hosted by Kevin Thorn of NuggetHead Studioz. The first challenge he gave us was to design an e-learning module with a menu, based on the hotel elevator ... floors would have different information for the learner. Places for color inspiration: Carpet Fabric Nature Popular board games, Card Games Marketing Ads Children's Toys Comics - Will Eisner (I had actually explored this topic at Teacher's College).  PS Monthly He talked about the inspiration for the "hamburger"  symbol. We brainstormed a design for an e-learning module for emergency preparedness.  He talked about having the learner identify first considerations that affected how they were to prepare ... location, if they were elderly or had elderly inhabitants, young children, the time of year, etc.  Based on what they choose, different information would be provided.  The idea was...
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DEVLEARN 2018

I just returned from a 2 day conference in Las Vegas called DEVLEARN 2018.  It was been quite some time since  I had the opportunity to attend a large national conference.  It was a quick trip, unfortunately, however, I was like the energizer bunny, frantically taking in as many sessions as I could from 7:30 am in the morning till 5:00 pm at night ...  till I would just drop.  This conference is designed for learning developers and I finally felt I had found "my conference".  It was exciting, inspirational and one could just drink in the energy.    There were so many sessions, I found it overwhelming sometimes to choose.  I tried to get a cross section and each session was excellent. What was soooo exciting was that I got to see people I connected with at "a distance" via social media, or LinkedIn.  Others I had attended their webinars, such as Karl Kapp and the Storyline folks.  To see...
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That Is My Seat

On April 11, 2018 I had the opportunity to attend a free Educational Symposium at Steelcase in New York.  The symposium was amazing, however, what was a special treat was the opportunity to see the showroom.  Modern, sleek with a high tech feel, and functional I was constantly being amazed at the furniture as we walked through a number of "rooms" and "areas".  Super eye-candy!...
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I Flipped!

Today I attended an in-house event, The Flipped Classroom”, sponsored by  the Center for Faculty Development.  The speaker, Kelly Goedert, was a Professor of Psychology, here at Seton Hall.  We have presented this topic many times in the TLTC however I enjoy hearing how other faculty have flipped their classroom since my capstone course uses this same approach. Kelly presents an online lecture using Echo 360, which we have on campus, and provides an online pre-quiz for students which is 20% of the final grade.  Before class, she then looks at an item analysis of the questions to see what she needs to cover/review in addition to application activities.  The Echo 360 lectures are on content that is never going to change such as classic theory. Each semester the students in my capstone course struggle with learning theory as it applies to their own project.  It has occurred to me that perhaps they don't have a firm grasp of the material.  This...
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The Value of a Game

I attended an amazing day-long workshop (2nd NJEDGE Gamification/Games in Education Symposium)  on March 10, held at Rutgers University.  The highlight was Dr. Dr. Joey Lee, Ph.D. Teachers College, Columbia University.  His review of his keynote can be found here.  I also attended his workshop later in the morning which reminded me, nostalgically, of the excitement of my Teachers College days.  Wow, how I miss it. In looking at games, I always think of digital games first however he talked about card games, of which he created the cardgametoolkit as a prototype software application.  I was very impress by the actual game he was involved with called  EcoChains: Arctic Crisis. Later in the workshop, each table worked together to create their own card game.  I was reminded how difficult it is for a group to make a decision! The students in my capstone class (EDST 6306) are always thinking "digital" for their artifacts however, I was reminded how a simple card game, if...
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