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The 70:20:10 lens

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In 70:20:10 for trainers I advocated the use of the 70:20:10 model by L&D professionals as a lens through which to view their instructional design. The excellent comments on my post, and insightful blog posts by others – notably Mark Britz , Clark Quinn and Arun Pradhan – have prompted me to think deeper about my premise. Both of these approaches miss the point. It just is.

A framework for content curation

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In conversation at EduTECH earlier this month, Harold Jarche evoked George E. P. Box’s quote that “all models are wrong, but some are useful” Of course, the purpose of a model is to simplify a complex system so that something purposeful can be done within it. have grown weary of hotchpotch lists of resources that we L&D pro’s tend to cobble together. ” *. Tell me.

The dark side of gamification

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How well do you chop your cucumber? It’s a ridiculous question, I know, but in the short film Sight the protagonist plays an augmented reality game that awards him points for the consistency in the thickness of his slices. The scene irked me. The last thing I would want while preparing dinner is a computer judging me. It’s certainly not my idea of fun. Life is not a game.

Paper cuts

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I’m late to the party, but finally I’ve gotten my hands onto Google Cardboard. I’ve been tinkering with it and, in the spirit of Virtual Reality Working Out Loud Week , I’ve decided to share with you what I’ve learned so far. I’ll also share my problems – and there are plenty of them – so if you can solve any for me I’d be grateful! The device.

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Where is L&D heading?

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Last week I was invited by David Swaddle to be a panellist at the Sydney eLearning and Instructional Design meetup. The topic of the evening was Where is L&D Heading? and some questions were posted through by the attendees ahead of time, while others emerged through the discourse. Is the race to the bottom on time and price for degrees affecting employers’ perceptions of universities?

5 papers every learning professional should read

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I don’t read as many journal articles as I’d like. Given the challenges and pressures of professional life, combined with everything else that’s been going on privately, I’ve fallen out of the habit of scanning the latest abstracts and deep diving into particular studies. This in turn got me thinking about good papers – the ones that stand out from the rest. Sfard, A.

The caveat of content curation

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At last week’s Learning @ Work conference in Sydney, Clark Quinn declared: Curation trumps creation. And this resonated with me. Why spend time, effort and money reinventing the wheel? However I’d like to explicate his implied caveat: …if good content is available. There is a belief prevailing among L&D folks that all the information we need is at our fingertips.

Game-based learning on a shoestring

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Game-based learning doesn’t have to break the bank. That was the key point of my presentation at The Learning Assembly in Melbourne last week. Sure, you can spend an obscene amount of money on gaming technology if you want to, but you don’t have to. Take Diner Dash for instance. In this free online game, you play the role of a waitress in a busy restaurant. But that’s by design.

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Educate everyone

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My all-time favourite example of augmented reality has been reinvented. When I first saw BMW’s augmented reality glasses on YouTube over 8 years ago, I was excited. It heralded a new dawn in educational technology. golden age in which learning & performance would be transformed. Then… nothing. Then… BOOM! Now, I use the term “overnight” with poetic licence.

70:20:10 for trainers

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Learning & Development Professional has been running a poll on the following question: Is the 70:20:10 model still relevant today? And I’m shocked by the results. At the time of writing this blog, over half the respondents have chosen “No” Assuming they are all L&D professionals, the extrapolation means most of us don’t think the 70:20:10 model is relevant to our work. But what does this really mean? In LDP’s article The 70:20:10 model – how fair dinkum is it in 2015? If this is a backlash against the numbers, I urge us all to let it go already.

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Collateral damage

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The L&D community may be divided into two camps: (1) Those for whom the mere mention of learning styles makes their blood boil; and (2) Those who are inexplicably unaware of the hullabaloo and are thus oblivious to the aforementioned boiling of blood. This is sound advice. Nonetheless, I urge my peers not to throw the baby out with the bath water. But that’s not the point.

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Let’s get rid of the instructional designers!

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That’s the view of some user-oriented design proponents. It’s something I remembered while writing my last blog post about user-generated content. Whereas that post explored the role of the learner in the content development process, how about their role in the broader instructional design process? Carr-Chellman & Savoy (2004) provide a broad overview of user design. Definition.

My blogging year in the rear-view mirror

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As the year draws to a close, I like to reflect on my blog posts. invite you to scan the list below and catch up on any that you may have missed. It’s never to late to comment! Taking out the trash – My new year’s resolutions. stuck to them fairly well, actually. The 2016 list is currently under construction. The definition of Enterprise Social Network – An esoteric joke.

I can’t use Facebook

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This one goes out to all the L&D folk who are wary of the “I haven’t been trained” excuse. informal learning motivation attitude autodidacticism autodidactism cartoon excuse Facebook funny humor humour learning pull self-directed learning teaching training

E-Learning conferences in Australia in 2015

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Here we go again with another round of awesome PD opportunities for e-learning professionals in the land down under! While not all of these conferences focus purely on e-learning, the observant among us will discover components of interest. The Future of Learning in Higher Education Summit. • Where: Sydney. • When: 16-17 February 2015. • More info: Informa. • Where: Sydney.

The joy of UX

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One of the funniest tweets I have ever seen was brought to my attention by Vala Afshar … How it feels to watch a user test your product for the first time. #UX pic.twitter.com/IwcqECciFN. — Jonathan Shariat (@DesignUXUI) March 13, 2015. In A way with the fairies I described how I used this app to replicate Disney’s fairy trail in my local botanic garden. And fail I did.

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.

The grassroots of learning

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Here’s a common scenario: I “quickly” look up something on Wikipedia, and hours later I have 47 tabs open as I delve into tangential aspects of the topic. That’s the beauty of hypertext. link takes you somewhere else, which contains other links that take you somewhere else yet again. The Internet is thus the perfect vehicle for explaining the concept of rhizomatic learning.

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The learnification of education

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I start this post by thanking Angela Towndrow , a fellow Aussie whom I met virtually via a mooc, and from whom I continue to draw insights on things related to education. After reading my previous post Let’s get rid of the instructors! Angela pointed me to the journal article Giving Teaching Back to Education: Responding to the Disappearance of the Teacher by Gert Biesta. ” Ouch!

Let’s get rid of the instructors!

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The title of my previous post, Let’s get rid of the instructional designers! , was a tongue-in-cheek reference to a radical view of instructional design. think it would be safe to say that the vast majority of us in the L&D profession do not advocate the riddance of instructional designers. Ergo, xMOOCs are bad. Indeed, I advocate direct instruction under the following circumstances: 1.

Taking out the trash

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Happy new year! I’m looking forward to 2015 as a time for exploring, building, experimenting, discovering, and learning. Many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions in January – which rarely survive February – but this year mine are designed to last forever. hereby commit to the following five resolutions: No facey, no connecty. Humans have heads and names.

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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!

E-Learning = Innovation = Science

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Have you ever been to a conference where the presenter asks the audience, “Who’s implemented a mobile learning strategy?”, ”, and only 2 or 3 people raise their hand? Forgive me: it’s a rhetorical question. know you have. Because everyone has. While a lot of talk is bandied around about e-learning, it’s evident that relatively few of us are actually doing it.

Is the pedagogy of MOOCs flawed?

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This is a question that I tackle in my Udemy course The Wide World of MOOCs. Almost immediately after I uploaded this preview to YouTube, someone on Twitter politely challenged me. She took umbrage to my assertion that MOOCs are pedagogically richer than “regular” online courses. While this claim is partly true, I wish to share with you my [elaborated] defence of my initial assertion.

They’re not like us

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As learning in the workplace becomes increasingly informal, the motivation of employees to drive their own development becomes increasingly pivotal to their performance. This is a point that I fear many of our peers fail to grasp. You see, we love learning. We tinker with software, experiment with new ideas, attend conferences, and join local meetups. The list is endless. It defeats the purpose.

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The relationship between learning and performance support

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This post is the third in a series in which I deliberate over the semantics of education. dedicate this one to Jane Hart whom I was delighted to meet in-person in Sydney last month. Jane is a renowned advocate of performance support in the workplace, and I wonder what she’ll make of my latest musing. The platform I have in mind is the corporate intranet. Hence we see an intersection.

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.

Offside

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Five years ago today, I wrote How not to do social media to express my disappointment at the Football Federation of Australia’s mismanagement of its social business strategy. As you can tell from the latest graph of Facebook likes, the pride of the nation is still getting licked by the ice-cream cowboy.

The dawn of a new generation

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User-generated content (UGC) is not a novel concept, but most of us in the corporate sector have barely scratched its surface. Beyond enterprise social networks – which are hardly universal and face substantial challenges of their own – UGC in the broader sense is beset by concerns about content quality, accountability, organisational culture, job security and power dynamics.

The future of MOOCs

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MOOCs get a bad rap. Dismissed as prescriptive, or teacher-centric, or unsocial, or something else, it’s like a badge of honour to espouse why you dislike MOOCs. Despite their pedagogical flaws, however, MOOCs provide unprecedented access to quality content for millions of learners. Consider the teenager in central Australia whose school has only one teacher. Ka ching! Dental, anyone?

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The 3 mindsets of m-learning

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One of my most popular posts of last year was M-Learning’s dirty little secrets. By “popular” I mean quantitatively: it attracted a relatively large number of hits and comments. Qualitatively, however, the situation was somewhat different: while many of the comments were concordant, others were not. felt that I had missed something. Mindset #1 – Push.

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Clarifying the extension

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Extended Enterprise Training (EET) is a term that was introduced to me by Don Presant in response to my previous blog post Educate everyone. EET is poised to become the “next big thing” in corporate L&D, but what is it exactly? Take franchisees as the first talking point. consider it a stretch to think of them as being outside of your organisation. And rightly so.

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Reflections of a mooc unvirgin

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I recently completed my first mooc, and I will soon receive the certificate to prove it. Many people don’t think a certificate of completion means much, but this one will mean a lot to me. I put substantial time and energy into this course, so it will be satisfying to have something tangible to recognise it. also considered the independent(?) You can’t tar them with the one brush.

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E-Learning events in Australia in 2014

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As another year dawns, another round of professional development opportunities beckon down under… Bonza! Australian eLearning Congress. • Where: Melbourne. • When: 11-13 February 2014. • More info: Ark Group. Learning Cafe Unconference. • Where: Sydney. • When: 20 February 2014. • More info: Learning Cafe. The Future of Learning Conference. CeBIT Australia.

MOOCs, open badges & the future of e-learning

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Another year of blogging draws to a close, this time dominated by the themes of MOOCs, open badges and the future of e-learning. This year my blog enjoyed more robust discussion, and I thank everyone who cared enough to comment. Comments are the lifeblood of bloggers, so cheers! Thanks so much for your thoughtful, supportive and challenging comments: you improved my thinking. MOOCs. Open badges.

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5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget

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The future of MOOCs

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MOOCs get a bad rap. Dismissed as prescriptive, or teacher-centric, or unsocial, or something else, it’s like a badge of honour to espouse why you dislike MOOCs. Despite their pedagogical flaws, however, MOOCs provide unprecedented access to quality content for millions of learners. Consider the teenager in central Australia whose school has only one teacher. Ka ching! Dental, anyone?

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The Average Joe imperative

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There once was a time when I thought Second Life was going to take over the world. Well, the virtual world. I was so impressed with the technology – and amazed at its availability for free! – that I saw it as an unstoppable force. Yet more fascinating for me was its implications for education. However, I noticed something peculiar with web conferencing. Second Life was different.

The future of learning management

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People familiar with my blog will know that I’m not a member of the anti-LMS brigade. On the contrary, I think a Learning Management System is a valuable piece of educational technology – particularly in large organisations. In other words – and the name gives it away – an LMS is useful for managing learning. think of informal learning. Relevant stuff. Sucker. Enter Tin Can.

10 hot tips for moocers

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Now that I have participated in a mooc, I am naturally qualified to dispense expert advice about them. Seriously though, one aspect of moocs that I think requires urgent attention is the sense that many participants feel of being overwhelmed. This was certainly the case for some in the EDCMOOC , and I fear I was too dismissive of the issue in my previous blog post. Firstly: “Why a mooc?”

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Boiling the backchannel

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I enjoy attending conferences. Unfortunately I don’t attend as many as I’d like because so many of them are prohibitively expensive, are beyond my travel budget, or demand too much time out of the office. Whenever I do attend, however, I enjoy hearing and seeing what other people have to say and show, because they validate my own ideas, introduce new ideas, and spark tangential ideas.

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The caveat of the performance centre

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One of the more exciting ideas to emerge from the corporate learning space, which I hasten to add is yet to be realised, is to transform the Learning & Development department into a performance centre. – the Performance Consultant analyses the real needs of the business and identifies the relevant solutions. This is not a novel idea. On the face of it, this makes sense to me. Of course!