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Free Whitepaper: Using Alternate Reality Games in Corporate Training December 27, 2007

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Enspire Learning has released a free whitepaper that outlines Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) and their role in corporate training. It’s an interesting read, and they present an interesting case study of an ARG they used internally. If you’re not familiar with ARGs, here’s a definition according to Wikipedia:

An alternate reality game (ARG) is an interactive narrative that uses the real world as a platform, often involving multiple media and game elements, to tell a story that may be affected by participants’ ideas or actions.

ARGs are games that you live; they are real-life simulations. As an example, if I am training to be an IT security consultant an ARG may be used to simulate a security breach that must be investigated resolved. It’s a way to train people without them thinking, "Oh great, more boring training…" And it embeds their learning in a scenario that is both likely and relevant.

I mentioned ARGs a while back in this post from DevLearn 2007. Check out the comments on that post. There’s good info there.

You can read more on the Enspire Learning blog, too.

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Free eBook: 162 Tips and Tricks for Working with e-Learning Tools December 18, 2007

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The eLearning Guild has just released a free eBook titled 162 Tips and Tricks for Working with e-Learning Tools. The Guild describes the eBook as follows:

The eLearning Guild asked members for their favorite tips for using software for the creation of e-Learning. Members could submit tips in any or all of the following five categories:

  • Courseware authoring and e-Learning development tools
  • Rapid e-Learning tools
  • Simulation tools
  • Media tools
  • Combining and deploying authoring tools

A total of 122 members responded to the survey, contributing 162 usable tips. As with our previous Tips eBook efforts, the tips range in length from one-sentence ideas all the way up to page-long discourses. Some are very basic in nature, and others are quite advanced. We have not edited the tips in any way, other than to correct spelling – everything you see in this book is in the tipsters’ own words. As a result, these tips will be useful to any designer or developer looking for best practices to incorporate into their own production process.

I submitted several tips for this eBook; you can see them listed on page 14. I’ve only skimmed the rest of the eBook, but I like what I see so far. Check it out!

eLearning Videos December 11, 2007

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UPDATE: The videos section is now integrated with the main eLearningPulse.com feed, so videos will show up on the home page instead of using a separate page.

eLearningPulse has a new Videos section featuring eLearning videos from throughout the web. Take a look, and let us know if you can recommend any other videos to add. Feedback is appreciated, too! We plan on adding more videos as they pop-up, so check back often…

Instructional Design Central December 7, 2007

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Heads up, ID folks: I recently learned about an interesting site called Instructional Design Central. This resources aims to be a one-stop shop for anything related to instructional design. Here you can find instructional design jobs, web sites, graduate programs, conferences, definitions, forums, and more. The site looks good, and I especially think the forums could be helpful.

I originally saw Instructional Design Central on Cammy Bean’s Learning Visions blog. Thanks, Cammy!