What’s Wrong with Using Learning Styles?

What’s Wrong with Using Learning Styles?

Reflections from DevLearn: Can preconceptions about learners limit their ability to learn? At last week’s DevLearn event in Las Vegas, we launched a new survey. We’re asking L&D professionals their opinions on Neil Fleming’s (and others’) model—that individuals fall into distinct learning styles, like Visual, Auditory, Read-Write, and Kinesthetic. (If you're reading this before October 16th, there's still time to take the survey!) The topic is thought-provoking, to say the least. Many of us have been told we have a particular learning style. “You’re such a visual learner” and similar phrases come often from teachers and instructors. This seems to…read more >
Send In The Training Reinforcements

Send In The Training Reinforcements

With interactive video training, businesses can apply learning reinforcement techniques needed to keep sales training from evaporating. Not everyone is a born salesman. Effective sales techniques can be taught in the classroom (real or virtual), but too often that training disappears very quickly if the material is not reinforced. In his 2013 ATD blog, Sales Horizons co-founder Richard Ruff noted, “If your organization does not reinforce the skills learned during sales training, learning will decay—and decay will be rapid. Indeed, many skills may disappear within three months.” Ruff and others maintain that coaching and institutional support (easily accessible messaging, success…read more >
What Really Matters in the Flash Debate

What Really Matters in the Flash Debate

Technology companies should serve the needs of the end user, even when it’s hard to do. In a recent TechCrunch article, LiveRail’s head of client services Vijay Balan posed the familiar “Flash is Dead” argument, using some unnecessarily harsh rhetoric (i.e., “the upcoming Flash-pocalypse.”) As expected, this stirred up a snarky flash debate between partisans of Flash and HTML5. Balan’s piece focused on digital video publishers, but the issue impacts other users of online video—especially eLearning professionals. To be clear, Flash is an older, desktop-centric technology in the late stage of its existence. For mobile devices—particularly those running Apple iOS—it’s…read more >
The Secret to Scenario-Based Learning

The Secret to Scenario-Based Learning

eLearning Applications for Interactive Video Earlier this year, Viddler commissioned an intensive research survey of learning and development (L&D) professionals. Our goal was to better understand their views and priorities on the subject of interactive video in workforce development. The first hurdle we discovered is that many in the L&D world do not have a clear idea of what “interactive video” means! Some felt that simply pushing play on a video constituted interactivity—an idea discussed in my previous blog. Once respondents were shown some examples of in-video interactivity—such as timeline comments or links, questions, etc.—they had definite opinions on what…read more >
Is Flash Dead? Or is the Venerable Web Technology “just resting”?

Is Flash Dead? Or is the Venerable Web Technology “just resting”?

Like the infamous Dead Parrot, the Adobe Flash plugin is at the end of its viable life cycle as a Web technology. Recent disclosures of exploitable bugs in Flash—plus this week’s decision by browser developers at Mozilla to disable the plugin—have accelerated the trend away from Flash in favor of HTML5 for Web video and animation. Even Adobe’s beautiful plumage (in the form of HTML5-based output from Flash Professional) cannot disguise the fact that Flash is increasingly viewed as an unnecessary security risk. Flash Dance The demise of Flash should not come as a surprise. In 2011, Steve Jobs’ open…read more >
What IS Interactive Video, Anyway?

What IS Interactive Video, Anyway?

When someone uses the phrase, "interactive video," what do they mean? The answer may surprise you. Online video has been with us since the early 2000s. As popularized by YouTube, the ability to watch videos on demand is part of our digital culture. But what are people actually doing when they watch that inspirational clip? Press the "Play" button? Maybe adjust the volume or go to full screen view? Nod and share it on Facebook? If the player is little more than a tiny TV, then the video experience is "flat" or passive in nature (even if the video itself…read more >

The Player’s The Thing: What is Interactive Learning?

This blog post was originally published on elearningindustry.com. eLearning Industry is the largest online community of professionals involved in the eLearning industry, serving 45,000 + email subscribers. Online video means different things to different people. Further, when it comes to interactive video learning, there is no clear public trend -- at least for now. For positive learning outcomes, however, it’s the quality and features of the video player that will make the difference.   What Is Interactive Video Learning? Mention the phrase "online video" or "interactive video learning" and you're likely to get mixed responses, puzzled looks, or both. Some…read more >

Video-Powered Learning

C-SPAN’s StudentCam 2015 contest receives a record number of submissions (and votes) For the past six years, the C-SPAN Classroom service has used Viddler’s Contest Manager to conduct its annual StudentCam competition for U.S. high school and middle school students. Each group creates and submits a short documentary on an issue of national importance, and then students vote for their favorite. This year the number of submissions reached an all-time high (2,280) with the top entry receiving 119,258 votes. This year, students submitted videos on the topic, “The Three Branches and You,” showing how an executive, legislative, or judicial action…read more >

Interactive Video Player to be Showcased at TechKnowledge 2015

Bethlehem, PA ● January 7, 2015 — Interactive video provider Viddler will be showing the latest version of its interactive video player, Arpeggio, at the upcoming ATD TechKnowledge conference (#atdtk) in Las Vegas, January 14-16. Incorporating Viddler’s patented timeline commenting technology, the Arpeggio player provides significant benefits for trainers, distance learning companies, and corporate communications departments. Founded in 2005, Viddler pioneered the use of timeline-specific commenting and tagging in its Flash-based player. With the rise of mobile devices, the company developed its HTML5 player technology specifically for use on multiple screen sizes—often a necessity for training on employee-owned devices. The new player’s use of…read more >
Doing Radio on TV

Doing Radio on TV

Every disruptive media technology goes through a phase where its proponents really don’t understand its applications or potential — but use it anyway. Invariably, they do what they’ve always done with their familiar medium, and hope that somehow it will work in the new. They’re usually wrong. Early TV shows featured former radio dramas and comedies with actors in front of microphones. The fact that it was done in front of a camera added nothing. It took a while for people to realize that this was really a new medium, not just a new way of doing radio with cameras.…read more >