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Upside Learning Buzz - January 2018 - Issue 76
 
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FLASH TO HTML5 CONVERSION

WITH TIME RUNNING OUT FOR FLASH TO HTML5 CONVERSION, THIS EBOOK WILL HELP YOU PLAN YOUR MIGRATION EFFECTIVELY

Ever since eLearning became popular, Flash enjoyed a popular presence as the favourite development tool for eLearning delivered to desktops and laptops. But there came a time when it was discovered that Flash was a little insufficient at fulfilling the demands of the new tech world. Apples’ mobile devices did not support Flash, due to a conscious call taken by Steve Jobs, since Flash consumed a lot of processing power and was ‘buggy’. Since then, HTML came to be recognised as a better alternative for eLearning development.

End result: The popularity of Flash diminished considerably coming to a point where it was announced that Flash will officially be phased out in 2020. HTML5 is now the future and migrating your eLearning towards HTML5 is a decision you cannot avoid any longer.

We at Upside Learning have launched an eBook titled The Ultimate Guide to migrating eLearning from Flash to HTML that aims to give readers a lowdown on the what, the how and why of the whole process.

With very little time left before the phasing out of Flash, you need to plan the conversion process ASAP. The good news is that this eBook can be your go-to option for anything and everything related to the Flash to HTML conversion!

What are you waiting for? Access the eBook now...


 
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OVERCOMING PASSIVITY IN OUR INTELLECTUAL CULTURE

WHAT NOT TO DO IN 2019

A couple of months into 2019, some of us may have already broken our New Year Resolutions. A big shout out to those who are diligently sticking to them! But then, why should it always be about the ‘Things to do’ during a year? Don’t we also need to pay equal attention to ‘Things that we should not do’? We think it’s important to do exactly THAT in 2019!


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Employees spend 11% more time learning than is ideal for performing at their best.

Take a look at what Gartner says about investment on learning.

 

For the longest time, we have believed that every person has a certain learning style. Some learn best visually, some through aural or heard information, some through reading, or some others through ‘kinesthetic’ experiences. In fact this was made popular as the VARK model (Visual, Auditory, Reading, and Kinesthetic) in the early 90s by Neil Fleming, a teacher from New Zealand. It sorted out students into categories based on which way they think they learn the best.

But as years passed by, the myth about people having one particular learning style just kept getting busted thanks to several newer studies. Like this study published last year in the journal Anatomical Sciences Education found that not only did students not study in ways that seemed to reflect their learning style, those who did adapt their studying to suit their style didn’t do any better on their tests.

There have been other studies too that have pointed out that people aren’t really only one certain kind of learner or another. In fact, some experts like Daniel Willingham, a psychologist at the University of Virginia, say, “Everyone is able to think in words, everyone is able to think in mental images. It’s much better to think of everyone having a toolbox of ways to think, and think to yourself, which tool is best?”

Point is, for anyone looking to learn something new, the most important thing is just to really focus on the material rather than thinking you have a particular style of learning.

Read here to know more about busting the myth about ‘learning styles’.

 

Time is a precious resource especially in today’s day and age when a busy professional life coupled with an equally busy personal life is a norm. While the workforce continues to put its best foot forward to fit into its role, the list of distractions keeps piling up. From social media to BuzzFeed quizzes to water-cooler (and coffee machine) sessions, it’s not easy to stay away from interruptions. So, it’s all the more essential then to make an effort to develop habits that will allow us to be our most productive selves, isn’t it?

How do we do that? Here are a few simple tips that can easily be followed in managing time wisely:

Finish off the most important tasks first: Once you have your to-do list in place, crossing off the most tedious first can certainly help you relax a little. At the workplace too, you can start your day with that heavy-duty task and then take it a bit easy while finishing off the rest.

Always keep a buffer: There's an expression that says ‘Early is on-time and on-time is late’. It simply means that if you have a Wednesday deadline for an assignment, ensure you finish it on Tuesday and have some buffer time.

Stay organised: This is not limited to cleaning up mess in a physical space. It is about keeping everything in place right from work station, laptop, Inbox etc. Of course, organising your list of things to-do during the day is important as well.

Begin work on time: If you reach office at 9am, sip some coffee, check Facebook, Twitter etc and then begin productive work only an hour later, you are wasting valuable time. The simple solution: get to office, begin work right away and save time!

Avoid procrastination: There is no point in putting off work. If you can complete something right away, just finish it. If you keep pushing away work to later, it is only going to pile up and in turn slow you down and hinder your productivity.

Make use of your on-the-go time: You can definitely make use of your travel time when you are on your way to work or heading back home. You can also utilise those 10 minutes between back-to-back meetings to do some productive work rather than checking Instagram.

Say no when needed: If you don’t think you can take up something (doing a favour to a colleague, meeting someone etc), you have to take a call and say no. Putting your own tasks ahead is perfectly acceptable.

Read more such tips here

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