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  • eLearning interactivity is defined as the “dialogue” between learners and eLearning tools through which learners become engaged and involved in the eLearning process
Apr 24, 15

"Here is an interesting infographic from university of Phoenix featuring 10 essential skills for the successful worker.Going through the list we remarked that these skills are important not only for a successful work for successful learners as well. In fact, these skills represent the ethos of the 21st century epoch, an era where knowledge economy and the social capital are so interdependently connected that it becomes extremely hard to decipher the dividing line between the two.

The top 10 skills for the 21st century worker, according this visual, include:

Critical thinking
Leadership
Communication
Collaboration
Adaptability
Innovation
Global citizenship
Productivity and accountability
Enterpreneurialism
Accessing and synthesizing information"

Apr 24, 15

"People make snap judgements. It takes only 1/10th of a second to form a first impression about a person, and websites are no different. It takes about 50 milliseconds (that’s 0.05 seconds) for users to form an opinion about your website that determines whether they like your site or not, whether they’ll stay or leave.

This number comes from specific studies. In the first study, participants twice rated the visual appeal of web homepages presented for 500 ms each. In a follow-up study they reduced the expsure time to 50 ms. Throughout, visual appeal ratings were highly correlated from one phase to the next as were the correlations between the 50 ms and 500 ms conditions. Thus, visual appeal can be assessed within 50 ms, suggesting that web designers have about 50 ms to make a good first impression

This first impression depends on many factors: structure, colors, spacing, symmetry, amount of text, fonts, and more. All the website screenshots below are for illustrative purposes only."

  • People make snap judgements. It takes only 1/10th of a second to form a first impression about a person, and websites are no different. It takes about 50 milliseconds (that’s 0.05 seconds) for users to form an opinion about your website that determines whether they like your site or not, whether they’ll stay or leave.

     

    This number comes from specific studies. In the first study, participants twice rated the visual appeal of web homepages presented for 500 ms each. In a follow-up study they reduced the expsure time to 50 ms. Throughout, visual appeal ratings were highly correlated from one phase to the next as were the correlations between the 50 ms and 500 ms conditions. Thus, visual appeal can be assessed within 50 ms, suggesting that web designers have about 50 ms to make a good first impression

     

    This first impression depends on many factors: structure, colors, spacing, symmetry, amount of text, fonts, and more. All the website screenshots below are for illustrative purposes only.

  • The key findings from their study were that websites with low visual complexity and high prototypicality (how representative a design looks for a certain category of websites) were perceived as highly appealing.
Apr 24, 15

"eLearning comprises of two kinds of designs – instructional design and graphic design. When we as commoners think about design, all we think of is superficial things. But design is more than just aesthetics. It involves emotional connect. It involves creating solutions that help in improving the lives of people.

Garr Reynolds rightly said that design changes things either in a profound or subtle manner. And good design almost always impacts the lives of people, irrespective of how subtle the changes may be.

Everyone concludes that design makes a great difference and that is quite obvious. But is there any living evidence that actually proves this claim? Yes, there are plenty of them."

  • Vitaly Friedman rightly said, “Good design is about effective communication, not decoration at the expense of legibility”. 
  • Vitaly Friedman rightly said, “Good design is about effective communication, not decoration at the expense of legibility”. 
  • The basis of good design is communication.

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Apr 24, 15

"We’ve just been writing an update for investors about the progress our partner companies have been making. A few of them have done good up rounds and the easiest way to describe the magnitude is to talk about the valuation multiple.
From the perspective of existing investors the right way to calculate the valuation multiple is to compare the pre-money valuation of the new round with the post-money valuation of the last round, which is the same as the increase in share price. (As a refresher, the post-money valuation is calculated as the pre-money valuation plus the amount of money invested.)
Investors and entrepreneurs alike want to present the progress in the best light by showing the biggest multiple they can and they often default to comparing the post-money valuation of the new round with the post-money valuation of the last round. At first glance that seems to be a fair representation of how far things have moved forward, but it doesn’t account for the impact of the new money."

  • We’ve just been writing an update for investors about the progress our partner companies have been making. A few of them have done good up rounds and the easiest way to describe the magnitude is to talk about the valuation multiple.

     

    From the perspective of existing investors the right way to calculate the valuation multiple is to compare the pre-money valuation of the new round with the post-money valuation of the last round, which is the same as the increase in share price. (As a refresher, the post-money valuation is calculated as the pre-money valuation plus the amount of money invested.)

     

    Investors and entrepreneurs alike want to present the progress in the best light by showing the biggest multiple they can and they often default to comparing the post-money valuation of the new round with the post-money valuation of the last round. At first glance that seems to be a fair representation of how far things have moved forward, but it doesn’t account for the impact of the new money.

Apr 24, 15

"As with many buzz terms that float around the Web, the exact definition of "Dark Data" can be hard to nail down. According to Gartner, which originally coined the term, dark data is defined as, "the information assets organizations collect, process and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purposes.""

  • As with many buzz terms that float around the Web, the exact definition of "Dark Data" can be hard to nail down. According to Gartner, which originally coined the term, dark data is defined as, "the information assets organizations collect, process and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purposes."

  • Customer acquisition cost (CAC) is a metric that has been growing in use, along with the emergence of Internet companies and web-based advertising campaigns that can be tracked.

     

    Traditionally, a company had to engage in shotgun style advertising and find methods to track consumers through the decision-making process.

     

    Today, many web-based companies can engage in highly targeted campaigns and track consumers as they progress from interested leads to long-lasting loyal customers. In this environment, the CAC metric is used by both companies and investors.

     

    CAC, as you probably know, is the cost of convincing a potential customer to buy a product or service. In this article, we will explain the CAC metric in more detail, how you can measure it, and what steps you can take to improve it.

  • the CAC can be calculated by simply dividing all the costs spent on acquiring more customers (marketing expenses) by the number of customers acquired in the period the money was spent.
  • This company has used a customer retention calculation to determine that its customer lifetime value (CLV) is $2,000. That means this particular company is able to turn a $2.00 investment into $2,000 of revenue! This is both attractive to investors and a signal to the marketing team that an effective system is in place.

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Apr 23, 15

"Collective or collaborative intelligence on a commercial level is the new currency. Appreciating the value of an 'Intellectual Bank' and what it brings to your business is not just forward-thinking on a theoretical level, it's a bottom line positive as well."

  • In a world business environment that is only growing more and more unstable, fast-paced and demanding, however, the bottom line needs to be about more than a monetary focus.
  • Collective or collaborative intelligence on a commercial level is the new currency.
  • Intellectual Bank

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  • The increasing trend of dark data and harness speed of internet is driving the growth of the market.
  • MarketsandMarkets forecasts the Cognitive Computing Market to grow from $2,510.4 Million in 2014 to $12,550.2 Million by 2019. This represents a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 38.0% from 2014 to 2019.

  • “It meets the needs of an individual in a very standardized way, but it doesn’t take into account who that kid is.”
  • personalization only comes when students have authentic choice over how to tackle a problem. A personalized environment gives students the freedom to follow a meaningful line of inquiry, while building the skills to connect, synthesize and analyze information into original productions.

  • hey understand that the only sustainable transformation in education has to be owned by the people who have to implement it: teachers.
  • Innovation will flourish if it is disintermediated: shorn of the externally imposed agendas and intermediaries that invite resistance and that de-professionalize teaching. It will also flourish if professional learning is collegial and self-determined.
  • As an industry, education is no different to any other, facing the immense challenges of a disintermediated, fragmented, yet socially connected, future.
Apr 23, 15

"For those about to engage in an epic design overhaul to take your product to the next level, I’ve got bad news for you. It’s probably not going to work.

The revolutionary, or “out with the old and in with the new,” approach to redesign has been the norm for many years. Websites, in particular, are often overhauled every 3-5 years, but remain fairly static between updates. The overarching issue is these redesigns are often based purely on aesthetics, not analytical data or feedback from users, which means it’s impossible to determine if the new sites will outperform the old ones.

Thankfully, there’s a much better way to tackle product redesign, and it focuses on evolution, not revolution."

  • The overarching issue is these redesigns are often based purely on aesthetics, not analytical data or feedback from users, which means it’s impossible to determine if the new sites will outperform the old ones.
Apr 23, 15

"One of the most effective ways to boost learners’ engagement and help them emotionally connect to your eLearning course is to integrate color into your eLearning design. Even if don't have very much experience in the eLearning industry, color can give you the opportunity to transform any subject matter into a successful eLearning course, thanks to the fact that the human brain has the power to convert color into emotions and moods."

Apr 23, 15

"Unless you want everything to blend together, you don’t put white furnishings in a white room. Likewise, if your learners can’t see your content clearly, they can’t learn from it. To keep your work in visual ship-shape, remember:"

Apr 22, 15

"Recent news of Pinterest acquiring a two-person startup was probably a head scratcher for most of you. It shouldn’t be. Along with Kosei, Hike Labs was a focused micro acquisition intended to bolster Pinterest’s content-discovery efforts. More companies should be following their lead."

Apr 21, 15

"A very basic and practical talk about supersimple methods that can dramatically increase the speed of your design practice. Applicable to both your personal design practice and for team practices. And based on the work of many amazing practitioners in the field. 45-min talk."

Apr 21, 15

"slides from my talk on Corporate Innovation Investing for SVB (April 2015, SF)

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Apr 20, 15

"The quality of a user’s experience is no longer limited to whether they can use an interface, but can now include how they feel as they are interacting with it. "

  • Truly understanding the feelings of our users has always been the dream of user experience researchers. Are they enjoying themselves? Are they frustrated? Are they genuinely interested and engaged? Understanding how a user truly feels in reaction to an experience can help us to optimize specific aspects of the experience to exude certain expressive states. We are entering a new age of insight that probes at the core of our users’ experience: studying their emotions.
  • However, it is important to recognize that participants (as well as researchers) are not always objective, and fall prey to the weaknesses of the human mind. A common way to address emotional and cognitive aspects in user experience testing today is through a retrospective self-report where users are asked to describe or answer questions about their experience, either verbally or through a written questionnaire. While these methods are commonplace, they rely too heavily on the highly subjective nature of participants’ interpretation and recollection of their emotions.
  • The quality of a user’s experience is no longer limited to whether they can use an interface, but can now include how they feel as they are interacting with it.

  • When it comes to getting more sales, web marketing is the best option for small to medium sized businesses. As time moves on it is becoming more and more important for businesses to embrace the web. Even over the last eight years that we've been running our business, we've seen a huge gap form between the capabilities of businesses who have embraced Internet marketing and those who haven't.

     

    So when thinking about what to include in a workshop on web marketing, my thoughts were around; "what are the things you need to do to get good results?" The fact is that it's not simply a matter of completing a number of steps and you get a result. You need to be always working on all the steps. Your success will be limited by your weakest area. Often, the issue is that people are unaware of a particular step altogether. They may be doing a great job in a number of areas, but overlooking something they weren't aware of.

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