3 uses of Virtual Reality in workplace education
JULY 18, 2016
I’m always surprised when someone makes a sweeping declaration such as “No one’s using virtual reality in the workplace” I heard this very statement recently at an e-learning conference. Yep, an e-learning conference. Sure, VR is an emerging technology, but as 20 real-world examples of Virtual Reality can attest, early adopters are indeed putting it to use in the workplace.
The 70:20:10 lens
FEBRUARY 8, 2016
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.
The future of entertainment
JUNE 27, 2016
In the space of a couple of weeks, I have previewed the future of entertainment twice. The first instance was at AFTRS in Sydney, where I attended a presentation of VR Noir: A Day Before The Night. Billed as an “interactive crime thriller”, this immersive virtual reality experience might best be described as a combination of a film and a game. think my adrenalin is still pumping!
A framework for content curation
JUNE 17, 2015
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.
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FEBRUARY 29, 2016
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.
5 papers every learning professional should read
JULY 1, 2015
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
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
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
FEBRUARY 23, 2015
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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APRIL 18, 2016
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
JANUARY 11, 2016
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.
AUGUST 4, 2015
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.
Let’s get rid of the instructional designers!
AUGUST 12, 2014
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.
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.
I can’t use Facebook
MAY 27, 2014
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
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
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.
My blogging year in the rear-view mirror
DECEMBER 8, 2015
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.
The grassroots of learning
OCTOBER 22, 2014
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.
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
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The joy of UX
SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
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.
The learnification of education
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
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!
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
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
JANUARY 5, 2015
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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E-Learning = Innovation = Science
JUNE 10, 2014
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?
AUGUST 26, 2013
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
MAY 12, 2014
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.
The relationship between learning and performance support
NOVEMBER 18, 2014
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.
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The dawn of a new generation
JULY 22, 2014
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
NOVEMBER 25, 2012
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?
DECEMBER 1, 2015
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 3 mindsets of m-learning
JANUARY 28, 2014
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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Reflections of a mooc unvirgin
MARCH 11, 2013
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.
E-Learning events in Australia in 2014
JANUARY 13, 2014
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.
Clarifying the extension
MAY 9, 2016
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.
MOOCs, open badges & the future of e-learning
DECEMBER 10, 2013
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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