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What I Learned Before My Summer Vacation

Aaron Silvers

If anyone ever tells you you’re too old to skateboard, maybe you should listen to them. Then again… that’s not exactly what I would do. or what I did. So, on April 26, 2013, I hit a milestone on an epic journey that began almost five years before, with all the thinking that went into this idea (blogged often between 2008-2010) called BAQON. specification on a Friday. It was great.

The Turn

Aaron Silvers

“Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge” The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn” The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking.

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The Turn

Aaron Silvers

“Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge” The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn” The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking.

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Tornadoes & Strawberry Yogurt

Aaron Silvers

Aggregating data across multiple enterprise systems isn’t something new. Companies like SAP and Oracle have offered such end-to-end solutions for years now, and the largest supply chain organizations in the world have already bought-in. Supply chain organizations concern themselves with sourcing products from all over the world to get anywhere else in the world. You may have your own needs.

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On Education, Badges and Scouting

Aaron Silvers

There is a growing amount of discussion about the use of “badges” in education. I’ve been following a few strands of discussion on the topic and this morning something clicked for me and I began tweeting a little about the stream of thought I had on the subject. Photo by rocket ship - [link]. I am a second-generation Eagle Scout (yes, my dad is an Eagle Scout, too). Still, I hope.

Reflections on 2012

Aaron Silvers

So we get it out-of-the-way, here is the executive summary of things I did instead of just talk about doing these things in 2012: I helped lead the charge on moving “ Project Tin Can ” into a full-on specification called Experience API with a whole bunch of people. founded a new community (and a retreat) called Up to All of Us , organized with newfound partner-in-crime, Megan Bowe (@meganbowe) and a whole lot of help from those in attendance. We organized a second retreat for the Overlap community, paying forward the incredible amount of experience I had at Overlap ’11. wrote magazine articles.

Reflections on 2012

Aaron Silvers

So we get it out-of-the-way, here is the executive summary of things I did instead of just talk about doing these things in 2012: I helped lead the charge on moving “ Project Tin Can ” into a full-on specification called Experience API with a whole bunch of people. founded a new community (and a retreat) called Up to All of Us , organized with newfound partner-in-crime, Megan Bowe (@meganbowe) and a whole lot of help from those in attendance. We organized a second retreat for the Overlap community, paying forward the incredible amount of experience I had at Overlap ’11. wrote magazine articles.

Follow Your Arrow

Aaron Silvers

Sometimes I find myself listening to country because NPR tells me to. Sometimes I up and move across the country for a new job because my spirit animal tells me to. It’s happened before. Most times my spirit animal sounds like Pantera’s “ Walk.” Occasionally it sounds like Digital Underground’s “ Doowutchyalike.” This year it sounded like Kacey Musgraves’ “ Follow Your Arrow.” My spirit animal is super eclectic. I’m leaving ADL and Problem Solutions. Experience API shipped. The community is going strong. The market for “Tin Can” is growing. There’s no drama. It’s why I breathe.

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The Inklings, and Where Ideas Come From

Aaron Silvers

Bars, Pubs, Tea Houses and Coffee Shops… these are all places where diverse groups and individuals get together and co-mingle. Steven B. Johnson (@stevenbjohnson), in his book “ Where Good Ideas Come From ,” describes how in coffee shops and places like them, many innovations were born: The science of electricity. The insurance industry. Modern democracy. Among the Inklings were C.S.

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When Did You First Realize You Were a Designer?

Aaron Silvers

“When did you first realize you were a designer?” ” Earlier on this Tuesday night, several friends in the Chicago area got together for pizza and wine and beer (maybe some whiskey, too) and sat around a table at the Coop and we bounced this question around the table. We each sketched a picture to describe our personal “a ha” moment and then we shared it with the group.

On Entrepreneurship in Public Education

Aaron Silvers

list these as caveats first and foremost because while I have no particular dog in this fight, I certainly have enough history around this topic to have formed opinions — and we all kinda know for whom I currently work. One of the panel discussions today was on “Education 2.0″ ″ and on it were John Connolly (@johneconnolly), the EdTech Director for Chicago Public Schools.

Reflecting on 2011 – Making Awesome Happen

Aaron Silvers

2011 is about to wrap-up, and when I look back on the fullness of life that happened in this small period of time (and especially looking back at my reflection of 2010), I wonder how much bigger things can get… because 2012 is already shaping up to be monumental and I wonder how I will get out from the shadow that towers from this past year. year ago, I wrote about how I took command of my career.

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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.

Takeaways from #SketchCamp Chicago

Aaron Silvers

Earlier last week, I found out that there was a SketchCamp hitting Chicago. It was $25 for the day at a local design shop, GravityTank , and it was a good investment of my time (and money). chase after opportunities to draw and use other tools in the toolbelt after a very good (but very packed) two months of work behind the computer and on the phone for The Learning Registry. What I Learned.

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#mLearnCon: Augmented Reality is “Everywhere” Learning

Aaron Silvers

mLearnCon is coming up in two weeks! Kris was available to answer a few questions to give you a taste of what we’ll be going into at mLearnCon. Me: As learning people, why should we care about Augmented Reality? Kris: Augmented Reality can extend the world around a user by layering digital reference information on top of the physical world. user is visiting the ruins of the Parthenon.

On Losing My Good Boy…

Aaron Silvers

It pains me to come back after a long hiatus from blogging with this, but it’s a personally sad day around these parts. Today, after a long year of watching his health decline, we had to put Mr. Chompers down. My family had a few dogs growing up. Mr. Chompers was *my* first dog. And how I loved him. Mr. Chompers' First Day Home. We’d go on late night walks together. He was my Boy.

How can e-Learning, or computer based training, be more effective? [Quora]

Aaron Silvers

The question expanded was the following: “Most of the people that I’ve met are not happy with eLearning / CBT applications. The only time an employee goes online is when something is mandated for appraisal, and that’s true especially for IT/Software companies. Any guesses why? Consider this from design-thinking perspective (which requires a little bit of history for context).

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!

Catching Up

Aaron Silvers

It’s been a busy few months since my last post here. iFest happened. So did BIF-8.  In the midst of that, there’s been a lot of travel and writing. This post will attempt to consolidate things that have been going on and are still to come this year. Writing. just got done with a series of posts for ASTD’s Learning Technologies Blog of which I’m really quite proud. We’re All New at This. Roll With It. Design with Service in Mind. On Templates. There are also two articles currently in the works for Training Magazine and T+D Magazine. Speaking. He totally gets it.

Catching Up

Aaron Silvers

It’s been a busy few months since my last post here. iFest happened. So did BIF-8.  In the midst of that, there’s been a lot of travel and writing. This post will attempt to consolidate things that have been going on and are still to come this year. Writing. just got done with a series of posts for ASTD’s Learning Technologies Blog of which I’m really quite proud. We’re All New at This. Roll With It. Design with Service in Mind. On Templates. There are also two articles currently in the works for Training Magazine and T+D Magazine. Speaking. He totally gets it.

Influence

Aaron Silvers

When I was six years-old, I learned BASIC on my Apple II+ and I learned to program with High-resolution graphics because I wanted to make Yoda and ET move across the screen. When I was 15 years-old, I turned in a project in high school for a chemistry class on 3.5″ ″ disk using Hypercard that I did on my dad’s SE/30. My teacher was Mr. Edington and we bonded because he actually was interested in how I did it and we exchanged stories of coding back from 1978 when he was in college writing in assembly, and I was coding in BASIC. Both of us were on Apple II+.

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#mLearnCon: The Use of Tablets in the Future of mLearning

Aaron Silvers

mLearnCon is coming up next week! John Alonso of Outstart , John Gibbs of Tata Interactive Systems and Steve Lee of Allen Interactions will chat with me on Tuesday, June 21 about how  f irst the iPad and now a plethora of other tablet devices are flooding the market. What value do they hold as a learning device? Are they truly “mobile” devices? Are tablets a passing fad?

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.

Vapor Trails

Aaron Silvers

Ima go Star Trek nerd on you for a minute. My favorite Star Trek movie is “ Wrath of Khan.” ” My *second favorite* is directed by the same guy, Nicholas Meyer: “ The Undiscovered Country.” This is special, important, disruptive and interesting because it is a break from the established “rules” of the Star Trek universe to that point. Silvers.

Vapor Trails

Aaron Silvers

Ima go Star Trek nerd on you for a minute. My favorite Star Trek movie is “ Wrath of Khan.” ” My *second favorite* is directed by the same guy, Nicholas Meyer: “ The Undiscovered Country.” This is special, important, disruptive and interesting because it is a break from the established “rules” of the Star Trek universe to that point.

Steer into the Fear

Aaron Silvers

I’ve had a remarkable couple of weeks starting with DevLearn 2011. I’ve had the opportunity to dwell at length with my heroes in the eLearning community. The response from hundreds of attendees at DevLearn to the causes I’ve championed, namely the revolution needed in learning technologies, has been humbling and validating as it became clear that not only do so many get what I’ve been talking about with things like Activity Streams, but that the organization I’ve come to represent is truly on the path to meeting the needs of the broader community.

It Starts With Love

Aaron Silvers

I’m sitting on my couch with my girls, watching Super Hero Squad, enjoying much needed cuddles while my thoughts drift to a replay of last weekend, an hour+ outside of Austin, Texas. Today, my thoughts turn to my role in this adventure, what makes Up to All of Us special and why this year was different from last year — because it was different. It starts with love. Photo by Jay Cross.

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Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

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Why We Text

Aaron Silvers

I am a major proponent of using social media in learning, education and training. dedicate a good deal of professional and personal energy explaining how organizations improve knowledge flows, how social media becomes a means for collective intelligence and how individuals and groups can improve performance, collaborate and innovate as knowledge and speed increase. No caller ID existed.

What are the risks of starting an internal community without thinking through effective community management? [Quora]

Aaron Silvers

The question on Quora is expanded to ask: When launching an internal community platform, it’s often quite tempting to get lost in the technology implementation. Now it’s definitely quite important to provide an attractive first release of collabware, but what role does community management play in making the roll out effective? Means for teams to communicate clearly and effectively.

How Unconferences Work

Aaron Silvers

Over the past year with two gatherings for Up to All of Us , we’ve continued to make the time in each excursion to build a common language we can all speak which helps set the expectations that we’re here to make ideas better and shared… not to cut them down. One can argue a lot about how to make ideas actionable and the filtering that inevitably comes from that — that’s not what our time together is for. Our time together is to dare; to make explicit the dents we want to put in the world that we keep to ourselves like cards held too tightly to the vest.

#DevLearn Bound

Aaron Silvers

In what has become the seminal event of my year in learning for the past three years, tomorrow I arrive in Las Vegas for the annual DevLearn conference. have enjoyed seeing the conference grow over the past several years and once again I am both honored and humbled to be a part of it. Tuesday, November 1. ” Wednesday, November 2. Thursday, November 3. 3pm, Thursday. Friday, Noveber 4.

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Getting the Word(s) Out

Aaron Silvers

This week, with much thanks to Tony Karrer (@tonykarrer), this blog began being featured in eLearningLearning , which is pretty much the biggest aggregator of eLearning-related blogs (and wow, there are a lot of them now). So, if you’re new to this blog, I bid you a hearty welcome and a big ol’ bear hug. Once again, thanks for reading!

Me, MrCh0mp3rs- Avatars, Branding and Us

Aaron Silvers

Years ago when social media started to become a “thing” I wasn’t sure about how out in the open I wanted to be. Sound familiar? went with the handle “MrCh0mp3rs” because in L33Tspeak it says “Mr. Chompers” which is my dog’s name. It absolutely worked. Funny thing is a few years ago, I started making lots of friends online in services like Pownce, and then Twitter. It validates the choice.

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Reflecting on 2010, Causes and Effects

Aaron Silvers

2010 was a pretty big year for me. Every year has felt that way, but I really believe this last year will prove to be a milestone for me in a number of ways. I won’t be able to do it justice since I lack the perspective needed to appreciate what’s happened, but here are what have been the big leaps along my learning journey. took command of my career. While I have kept myself mentally challenged and fit over the last several years, I can’t help but look back at my work before this year as me more or less reacting to my situations, instead of being the driving force behind them.

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Start With Me

Aaron Silvers

This past week I blogged about a “culture of text” that is growing more prevalent (at least in the US). briefly touched on how simulation and simulacrum shape this culture and wrote a bit about latency and agency. Yesterday, I offered a way to avoid awkward moments presented by incoming messages. In this post, I share another approach that starts with the self. ”).

What's New In Adobe Captivate 9!

Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, Sr. Adobe eLearning Evangelist, as she showcases the latest features & enhancements in the all-new Adobe Captivate 9. You will learn about the stellar features of this release along with Captivate Draft –the new storyboarding app.