ZaidLearn: A Free Learning Tool for Every Learning Problem?
JUNE 13, 2008
skip to main | skip to sidebar. Wednesday, April 2. Free Learning Tool for Every Learning Problem? 101 Free Learning Tools OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources Free EduGames Printer-Friendly Version Lets explore the idea that there is at least one excellent free learning tool (or site) for every learning problem, need or issue! want a FREE : Easy-to-use and secure Internet browser? Teemu.
Connectivism and the modern learner
DECEMBER 27, 2008
Recently, I read a blog article about connectivism by Debora Gallo. Soon after, I attended a presentation about m-learning by Jan Herrington, in which she too mentioned connectivism. This got me thinking… I don’t know anything about connectivism! Theoretical foundations. According to Chaos Theory , everything is connected, as illustrated so eloquently by the Butterfly Effect. Moving on.
Forums vs. Social Networks?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
I'm debating the value of forum / group / threaded discussion software vs. social network software for a particular situation. It aims at a very broad audience that includes everyone from early adopters to technology laggards. We generally expect users to break into: 5% - Heavy Users - spend quite a bit of time and heavily participate 15% - Light Users - spend a little time, participate a little 80% - Fly-Bys - spend very little time, read bits and pieces It is likely that some of the Heavy Users will be technology laggards, but they will want to participate because of the content.
New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends
Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?
FEBRUARY 15, 2008
As an instructional designer/eLearning professional, what books are the essential tools in your reference library? I'm not looking for the obtuse theory books. prefer the get-down-and-dirty variety. These are my current faves
100 eLearning Articles and White Papers
APRIL 28, 2008
My collection of eLearning Articles, White Papers, Blog Posts, etc. just reached 100. Thought I'd share. No particular order to these. 1. Creating Passionate Users: Crash course in learning theory 2. Keeping Up with the Pace of Change Informal learning will help employees survive in the future workplace 3. Understanding E-Learning 2.0 There are some very interesting changes going on in the world of e-learning that seem to have crept up on practitioners. 4. eLearn magazine: Feature Article Ten Web 2.0 Web 2.0: A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning? collaboration 8. learning 2.0
The Rapid eLearning Blog » What Everybody Ought to Know About Instructional Design
JULY 21, 2008
As I was contemplating a response, I stumbled upon this video that does a great job illustrating the value of instructional design. Watch the video first and then I've got a few observations. If you don't have access to YouTube
Learning styles don't exist
Clive on Learning
AUGUST 28, 2008
The debate was already red hot before this video by Professor Daniel T Willingham from the University of Virginia (brought to my attention by Stephen Downes ) added fuel to the fire. On the one side are the learning and development romantics, all voodoo and crystals, holding firm to their pseudo-psychological beliefs. On the other, the cold, clinical and calculating rationalists, trying to make sense of the multitude of interacting variables that impact on teaching and learning by resorting to the ultimate killjoy that is science. You can guess which side I'm on.
My Top 10 Mobile Tools for Learning
AUGUST 6, 2008
Jane Hart from the Center for Learning & Performance Technologies is still looking for Top 10 Tools for Learning. Anyone who wants to add their knowledge feel free to go to [link] and add your own list. have added my Top 10 Mobile Tools for Learning and they are: Opera mini browser [link] : this browser saves me on download time and size (which comes down to saving money).
Communities of Practice, Learning as a social system (Wenger, 1998)
Viplav Baxi Meanderings
JULY 22, 2008
We frequently say that people are an organization’s most important resource. Yet we seldom understand this truism in terms of the communities through which individuals develop and share the capacity to create and use knowledge. CoP: Best Practices, Etienne Wenger, “Systems Thinker , June 1998. He then proceeds to look at the role and relations of CoPs to the organization. elearning 2.0
Leadership Impact on Workplace Learning
Learn and Lead
APRIL 19, 2008
In my previous post, I wrote about why workplace learning is largely Learning 1.0. wrote that organizations found it easier to focus on training rather than learning because training is measurable while we still struggle with measuring learning. There are also social pressures of not using Web 2.0 tools. The post received generated an interesting discussion. world. Notwithstanding the use of Web 2.0
University Learning = OCW + OER = FREE!
JUNE 18, 2008
Wiki version Printer-Friendly Version OCW/OER Search ZaidLearn's Delicious OCW Adventure 130+ Free Learning Tools 75 Free EduGames ZaidLearn is back from another non-blogging vacation (Who cares!)! Excellent point! In short, this post is about smashing all free University learning related OCW and OER resources and collections discovered into an all-in-one (sounds like shampoo!) Amazon).
DeFragging Your Brain!
OCTOBER 11, 2008
Many people understand that occasionally one needs to DeFrag your hard drive. remove and reorganize the clutter. then add new content. The same holds true for your brain. In slightly less than a month I will head to Denver, Colorado for DeFrag 2008. This conference bills itself as accelerating the "aha" moment in Enterprise 2.0. will be both a speaker and panelist. My question to you.
We Need a Degree in Instructional Design
FEBRUARY 23, 2008
Image from Kathy Sierra's old "creating passionate users" blog via Jane Bozarth Lately there has been a lot of discussion over at Cammy Bean's blog Learning Visions about whether or not someone has the "right" to be called an instructional designer or whether or not you even need to know instructional theories to be called an instructional designer. But I wouldn't want that person as my doctor.
Learning Styles, Brain-Based Learning, and Daniel Willingham
SEPTEMBER 11, 2008
I’ve gone off on learning styles before because there’s a lot of fluff and not much substance.Â I’d been pointed to Dan Willingham ’s video on brain based learning, and in pointing it to someone else, found his one on learning styles. He’s a cognitive psychologist (my background, btw), and is putting out the research-based views on these topics. Â I love his conclusion:Â “good teaching is good teaching, and teachers don’t need to adjust their teaching to individual learning styles. Hear, hear (and not “see see or “feel feel :).
Storyboarding for eLearning
Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.
LinkedIn Connection Approach Rethought
OCTOBER 30, 2008
If you read my blog much, you know that I use LinkedIn quite a bit to help me find experts and expertise. You can see how I do this in my posts/screencasts LinkedIn Searching for Experts and Expertise and LinkedIn Answers to Get Help. One of the techniques that I show in the first is that you can expand the reach of your search by choosing to search groups. Thus, by searching the eLearningGuild or ASTD groups, I'm able to find people who can help answer questions. The screencast then shows how I would go about formulating a request for help through an intermediate contact. So, what do you do?
The Rapid eLearning Blog » Why Looks Matter in E-Learning Courses (And What You Can Do About It)
MARCH 17, 2008
Looks matter. We all like to think we're not prejudiced and won't judge something based solely on its looks. But the truth is it's very difficult to ignore the way something looks. Just go clothes shopping with your teenage daughter and
Gadgets, games and gizmos for learning
Clive on Learning
JANUARY 29, 2008
I've enjoyed reading Karl Kapp's Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning (Pfeiffer, 2007). It's been out a few months now, but I just got round to it. Karl's basic premise is that there's a wide cultural gulf between the boomers (that's me) and the gamers (those brought up with technology), and that this gets in the way of the transfer of knowledge and expertise from one to the other. With the boomers all set to retire (don't count me out yet, I'm sticking with it a little longer), the urgency for knowledge transfer is exacerbated. It's the wrong tool for the times." More's the pity
Celtx a free and open source software for developing eLearning storyboards
JUNE 9, 2008
If an eLearning course will be build with audiovisual aids, in most cases you will draw up or write a storyboard. The storyboard is useful to: make sure you cover all the learning objectives, test the continuity of the story/narrative you use to enlighten your learners keep the team of developers informed of their expected input and when their input is due. Celtx is a great storyboard software.
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!
Learning on the Leading Edge
JULY 24, 2008
Do consumer social networking sites like Facebook have a place inside corporations? The answer to this question is the subject of much discussion across the corporate world. On one hand, an outplacement consulting firm, Challenger, Gray, & Christmas , recently surveyed 200 human resource professionals. They found that 23% businesses block access to Facebook. One third view Facebook as a major source of lost productivity. Many others view Facebook as a security risk. Finally, another intriguing case, especially to the Learning & Development industry, is Udutu. Thanks, David.
Salman Khan Uses Microsoft Paint to Inspire Learning
DECEMBER 29, 2008
The Khan Academy Khan Academy YouTube Channel Via Helge Scherlund THE KHAN ACADEMY Salman Khan ( Sal ) founded the Khan Academy with the hope of using technology to foster new learning models. The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere. which he uses to draw and illustrate step-by-step what he is explaining.
The Next Right
DECEMBER 20, 2008
Everday Creativity is one of my favorite videos. Photographer Dewit Jones explains that he may have the right shot, and then find an even better one, and then an even better one. The first photo could have been fabulous, but it paled in comparison to what came next. He has
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
President Elect Brings Web 2.0 to the People
NOVEMBER 10, 2008
We all know that President-elect Barack Obama used text messages and his web site to a distinct advantage in the election. Well, we now know his is going to be using those tools in his presidency as well. He just launched Change.Gov The web site will be used to revolutionize the way the commander in chief communicates with the American people through online videos and interactivity via the web.
Learnlets » Anxiety, ergonomics, and performance
MAY 21, 2008
I'm a little under the weather today. Not sick, but I've had a procedure done (minor, really), and have been a naughty boy on my keyboard. They've combined to jump on me this week, and there are some interesting side effects
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Value of Instructional Designers
JANUARY 7, 2008
I've been having on ongoing conversation with other instructional designers as to whether or not we need to have the technical skill sets to actually build the courses we design. Many instructional designers (Christy Tucker
NOVEMBER 10, 2008
Daniel Pink's book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future contains a description of new age - the Conceptual Age. He describes how our society has gone from agricultural to industrial to the information age. But then he describes how we've really moved on past that to a new age where the dominant value for most organizations are created by high-end knowledge workers working on concepts. He calls them creators and empathizers. That is to make emphasis on his focus on the right-brain aspects. In other words. That's not as helpful as it should be.
Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program
A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.
LMSs that kick ass: Learn.com
DECEMBER 26, 2008
This week on the Friday series, LMSs that kick ass , I’ m pleased to feature Learn.com ’s LearnCenter system. By way of background, Learn.com’s primary customer base is corporate universities and their total number of registered ‘learners’ is reported at over 2,000,000 worldwide at several hundred organizations. So, they’re one of the big players among commercial learning management systems. When reviewing systems, you’ll find that a key differentiator of this system is that it is homegrown and not an integration of several outside products.
The art of changing the brain
Clive on Learning
MAY 13, 2008
I've been dipping into The art of changing the brain by James E Zull (Stylus, 2002) for some time now. The subtitle of the book, 'Enriching the practice of teaching by exploring the biology of learning,' pretty well sums it up - this is neuroscience for teachers, written by a Professor of Biology and Director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education at Case Western Reserve University. If you want to explore and validate the neuroscience, then you'll have to read the book I'm afraid. It is change in ourselves because it is change in the brain. It will decide on its own.
My top 5 list of agonising eLearning Myths
AUGUST 18, 2008
Through the last decade some myths got their paws on eLearning. And although a lot of us try to get these myths banned, they keep popping-up whenever I have an introduction talk on eLearning. Because these myths keep on roaring their ugly heads, I have written down my top 5 list of agonising eLearning myths to use them in a small booklet I am working on. Everyone knows what eLearning is!
The Rapid eLearning Blog » The Hidden PowerPoint Shortcut Everyone Should Know
SEPTEMBER 22, 2008
If you're like me, when you use PowerPoint to build your rapid elearning courses, you end up doing a lot of copying and pasting of objects. Or you seem to be inserting the same images over and over again. Well, here's a tip that's going
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.
Instructional Designer Competencies
Learn and Lead
JANUARY 26, 2008
My article Death of the Instructional Designer sparked off some interesting debate and provided some good points. In case you missed it, do view the comments posted for the article. The poll also showed that most readers believe that instructional designers do add value to content development projects. Tom Crawford makes some interesting points in Is Instructional Design Dead.
Coaching Critical Thinking to Think Creatively! (Zaid Alsagoff)
MARCH 12, 2008
Link to Printer Friendly Version PDF Version “We want the development of modal insan, students who can think critically and creatively , who are able to solve problems and have the ability to adapt themselves to an ever-changing global environment.” - Blueprint for Education Development, Malaysia (2006 – 2010) ONCE UPON A TIME …. THE UNITAR WAY! COURSE REENGINEERING NEEDED? Bassham & Co.,
DECEMBER 20, 2008
Whatever joy there is in this world, all comes from desiring others to be happy, and whatever suffering there is in this world. arises from desiring only myself to be happy. -- Shantideva. From: Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying] More at [link
OCTOBER 30, 2008
Great presentation last week to a group of enthusiastic trainers. Group Three Group Two. Group One. Today I am doing a presentation called "Innovations in Technology And What it Means to Learning and Training" Here are some resources related to the presentation; List of Recommended Books Definition of Mnemonic Here is a copy of the presentation.
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.
Learning Organization Dimensions
DECEMBER 12, 2008
After my post on Improving Organizational Learning Infrastructure, Daan Assen suggested that it was too limited in reference to the broader Learning Organization picture. That’s valuable feedback, because I really mean it to be the learning organization culture and the technology infrastructure, the latter of which isn’t included traditionally in the learning organization work. Clearly the label has some issues, as Stacy Doolittle also opined, suggesting architecture may be a better word than infrastructure. Anyone have an opinion?
SEPTEMBER 16, 2008
I have read lots of the fantastic discussions that are going in the CCK08 course, but I needed to break away from the pack and without reference to the wealth of information, think through for myself how connectivism can be distinguished from other learning theories. would welcome your thoughts and insights in order that I can clarify my understanding. know that i could go and read this somewhere, but i felt i) it was beneficial for me to think it through and ii) beneficial to get some feedback. Ertmer’s and Newby’s (1993) offer “five definitive questions to distinguish learning theory”.