Wanna be the Number One in Learning?

SuccessFactors’ Cloud Talent Success organization led by Jenny Dearborn has just been recognized as the #1 learning and development organization of 2013 by the Elearning! Media Group  in the Performance Excellence category.

Read the article here to find out more about what it takes to be amongst the top learning and development organizations in the world!

Also, congratulations to U.S. Defense Acquisition University for the #1 spot in the Collaboration Excellence award.

#1 baby!

#1 baby!

I am  proud to be part of this organization!

Top Learning Organization 2013 Meme

Cite this article:
Silva E (2013-08-27 12:37:37). Wanna be the Number One in Learning?. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 25, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2013/08/27/wanna-be-the-number-one-in-learning/

Trends in Educational Technology (eLearning Trends INFOGRAPHIC)

I know, too many buzzwords flying around. So, how do you keep up with all the terminology and make sure you’re not missing out on trends that *might* have a positive impact in your learning programs or personal learning experiences? Answer: keep up with resources such as this cheat sheet for Educational Technology Trends compiled by the people at Boundless in infographic form:


Educational Technology Trends Cheat Sheet

Learn about some of the latest trends in eLearning, in one infographic by @GoBoundless

Source article from LearnDash.

Cite this article:
Silva E (2013-08-07 10:52:03). Trends in Educational Technology (eLearning Trends INFOGRAPHIC). Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 25, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2013/08/07/trends-in-educational-technology-elearning-trends-infographic/

What’s with the (Virtual Class)Room Setup?

Dr. Jenny Dearborn, the CLO at SuccessFactors, an SAP company, recently posted her point of view on an often neglected aspect of instructor-led training: the room arrangement. After all, the environment has a big part to play in how people learn in the classroom.

Now, how about virtual instructor-led training or even completely self-paced eLearning experiences?

How do you design learning from an environment perspective for virtual classrooms or eLearning? When you can’t physically arrange chairs, place computer monitors, mobile devices in strategic places to foster discovery and conversations, what do YOU do as an instructional designer and instructor?

Please comment below!


Cite this article:
Silva E (2013-06-21 09:52:05). What's with the (Virtual Class)Room Setup?. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 25, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2013/06/21/whats-with-the-virtual-classroom-setup/

The Speed Test for Languages, Which Language is Faster? #INFOGRAPHIC

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Silva E (2013-06-13 12:30:25). The Speed Test for Languages, Which Language is Faster? #INFOGRAPHIC. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 25, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2013/06/13/the-speed-test-for-languages-which-language-is-faster-infographic/

Storyboarding Made Easy and Automagic by Amazon Storyteller

It looks like creating a professional storyboard from an existing script just got easier with the a href=”http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/07/amazon-launches-storyteller-to-turn-scripts-into-storyboards-automagically/#vb-gallery:1:753115″Amazon Storytelling Service/a.

I’m curious to if and how filmmakers, educators and others use this tool to create content.

Please share your experience here in the comments.

The Purge – Film – Universal Pictures presents The Purge in theaters everywhere on June 7!

This seems like a cool movie to watch. The social campaign around is interesting, a quiz to test your surviving skills and giveaways…

“Would You #SurviveTheNight? The Purge is coming!

The Purge follows one family over the course of a single night… From sundown to sunrise, for 12 hours, all crime is legal. Four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the danger of the outside world invades their home.

The question is… Would You #SurviveTheNight? Take the quiz to find out! Warn your friends The Purge is coming!”


How did you score in the game above? Post your answer and you’ll enter to win a shirt from the movie… not bad :)

Cite this article:
Silva E (2013-06-05 08:54:15). The Purge - Film - Universal Pictures presents The Purge in theaters everywhere on June 7!. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 25, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2013/06/05/the-purge-film-universal-pictures-presents-the-purge-in-theaters-everywhere-on-june-7/

Duolingo – Free Language Learning Curricula (Available on Web, iOS and Android)

I can’t begin to stress how learning languages opened my life to new opportunities, coming from the countryside of Brazil
There are several ways to learn a language for free online: Skype meetups, virtual worlds, video chats, chatrooms (I used to go to my sister’s house to get on ICQ chatrooms to practice English on her computer), applications, open curricula, and so forth… many of these discussed previously on this blog.

Duolingo is especially interesting because:

  • It helps translate the Web (in partnership with Google)
  • It contains gamification elements (rewards and levels are linked to how well you perform in the application)
  • The curricula are instructionally sound and well-designed
  • It is offered on the Web, for iOS, and for Android platforms
  • It is FREE for life (especially in light of major online language learning services like LiveMocha now charging for their services)

Duolingo currently (June 2013) offers courses in:

  • Spanish
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Italian

Look for Duolingo on your app store and download it for free.

Pick a language and start learning!


Duolingo on the go

Now on iPhone and Android.

Email a link to my device

Email a link to my device

Cite this article:
Silva E (2013-05-31 11:37:44). Duolingo - Free Language Learning Curricula (Available on Web, iOS and Android). Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 25, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2013/05/31/duolingo-free-language-learning-curricula-available-on-web-ios-and-android/

Top eLearning Authoring Tools Compared – A Matrix

There are sooooooooo many authoring tools out there…

So many tool choices, platform integrations, file formats to output, mobile compatibility, accessibility compliance… Flash, HTML5?!!! Ahhhhhhh….

The “paradox of choice” kicks in big time when trying to do the right thing.

Autonomy and Freedom of choice are critical to our well being, and choice is critical to freedom and autonomy. Nonetheless, though modern Americans have more choice than any group of people ever has before, and thus, presumably, more freedom and autonomy, we don’t seem to be benefiting from it psychologically.
— Ch.5, The Paradox of Choice, 2004

My friend Joe Ganci has created a great matrix comparing the main affordances of The Seven Top Authoring Tools in the market. Of course, from the time of publication to now there are probably 1269 new authoring tools out there (hyperbole granted).

The tools he compares are:

Adobe Captivate

  • Articulate Presenter
    Articulate Engage
    Adobe Connect
    TechSmith Camtasia
    Adobe Presenter
    Harbinger Raptivity
  • Reference:

    Paradox of Choice, Harper Perennial 2004


    Why confine creativity to a closed space? How Yahoo set back the workplace to the dark ages

    How interesting that people confine creativity to collaboration in a closed space…

    There is creativity in solitude and in collaboration (the latter being virtual or in person)…

    Creativity and productivity are organic…

    Open up your minds…

    In recent news, Yahoo steps decades backward in workplace evolution by banning their work-from-home program.

    All their CEO and high execs needed to do was search the Web for an Infographic or other sources of information on the advantages of working from home, and they’d have recanted this tragic decision:

    Source: dashburst.com via Enzo on Pinterest

    TONS of Free Tutorials and Videos for Learning Designers

    I came across this post on the Instructional Design and eLearning Industry Professionals group on Facebook. Whether you’re trying to learn how to use Adobe Captivate 6, how to administer Moodle, create content in Articulate Storyline, or even how to use Udutu, there’s a learning opportunity for everyone.

    Visit VivaELearning.com for more “free video tutorials for Educational Technologies” and sign up.

    55 Free Adobe Captivate 6 Video Tutorials

    34 Free Flash CS6 Video Tutorials

    105 Free Moodle Video Tutorials

    21 Free iSpring Presenter Video Tutorials

    31 Free eFront Video Tutorials

    13 Free Udutu Video Tutorials

    35 Free Articulate Storyline Video Tutorials

    and much much more!

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