Archive for December, 2009

21st Century Skills & eLearning

I’m always a little amused and puzzled when an education paradigm with a catchy name and a reasonable underpinning of support begins to gain momentum. As an academic I’m generally very skeptical. But I have to admit that the 21st centuries skills movement is one that I am more than a little impressed with. The pleasant and substantial suprise for me in 21st century skills is that it seeks to find a compromise between didactic (traditional lectures & slides) instruction and experiential (projects, problem based, etc.) instruction.

As I researched I found some solid videos, and this one was my favorite. (Apologies in advance to my international readers, the end of the video takes an overtly nationalistic tone, but i think the quality of content overall is extremely useful.)


The video was created by You Tube user mapleseed25, on June 2 of 2009.

If you are interested in 21st Century Skills and specifically how Adobe’s eLearning Suite can contribute to the development of these skills in learners of all ages, I’d encourage you to attend the eSeminars I’m giving tomorrow, Wednesday Dec. 16. Details are below;

      BASIC: Meeting Educational Objectives with 21st Century E-Learning Development & Management Tools

A    ADVANCED: 21st Century Digital Literacy Skills; Tools for the next generation


The Captivate Twitter Widget Sneak

Shameer Ayyappan, Captivate Product Manager, posted a Connect recording of his very cool Captivate Twitter Widget presentation to the Captivate Blog.  He says…

I’ve finally managed make a decent recording of my session at the Adobe Learning Summit. The session was titled ‘Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter’- and showcases a new idea around how we believe Captivate courses of the future can help bridge the gap between ‘Classroom based training’ and eLearning. Follow this link to view the demo (runs 18 mins).

You can check out the original post here.  Basically this is a widget that makes it possible to do in place (on the right slide at the specified location) commenting – using Twitter & or in Captivate. Think of it as “In-Context Tweet Commenting”. 

What is Captivate? What is eLearning Suite?

In their 2008 eLearning Guild 360 Report on eLearning Authoring Tools and Software, the authors quite sensibly divided eLearning tools into four categories; Rapid eLearning Authoring Tools, Simulation Tools, Deployment Tools & Media Editors. It’s actually an incredibly helpful segregation and does a lot to help put the field of eLearning today into perspective.



(While the chart is from me, the concept of dividing the field this way comes from The eLearning Guild’s 2008 360 Report on Authoring and Development Tools.)

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Cold, Seriously Cold.

For most of the folks in North America, today was a ridiculously cold day. My local temperature was 19°, 7°Fahrenheit with the windchill. (About -14 Celcius). So it has been a really cold day. There is a light layer of snow on the ground here and by all reports considerably more in the American midwest. The snow, the cold, and all the associated sliding cars, windburned cheeks and sniffles that accompany the season are ever-present reminders of one of eLearning’s greatest advantages; bypassing the horrible cold.

In fact all week long, dozens of doctoral students have been handing in multiple drafts of their final papers to me, and not one of them needed to brave the cold to do so. This one small miracle of the eLearning age, I owe to Buzzword, which in my opinion is one of the greatest pieces of software of the 21st century.

Buzzword is a feature rich, hardcore word processor that runs in a browser. In many ways its the best word processor I’ve used. But enough writing, I’ll just show you. Check out the Captivate Overview below.


About this blog

eLearning is a field in need of considerable investigation. It is a challenge that is faced by all educators, trainers and knowledge workers as we slip ever more rapidly into a digitally enhanced world.

My hope for this blog is that we can form a community bound by a common interest in using the Internet and digital technology to teach people. Many hands make light work, and it is my

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About the Author

Allen Partridge, Ph.D. – Product Evangelist, Adobe Systems.

Dr. Allen Partridge is the Product Evangelist for Adobe eLearning Suite, Captivate, & Shockwave and teaches doctoral courses in eLearning. In addition he is the Director of the Applied Media and Simulation Games Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. With more than 20 years experience in higher education, Partridge has written several articles on eLearning and both educational and commercial simulations / games. His books, Real-Time Interactive 3D Games & Creating Casual Games for Profit and Fun leverage his expertise at writing and developing interactive training resources for a wide variety of content.

Celebrate Community: Announcing a new series of eSeminars on eLearning

Adobe will be hosting a series of eLearning eSeminars beginning next week, for both beginners and more advanced users of Captivate and the eLearning Suite.  These sessions will generally be held every two weeks (on alternating Wednesdays, skipping the winter shutdown at the end of December) and will aim to provide basic information about

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