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3 uses of Virtual Reality in workplace education

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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

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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.

Our secret world of learning

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One of my peers in Australia, Arun Pradhan , is developing an app to help us learn smarter, faster and deeper. In your working life, how have you learned effectively from experience, please provide an example if possible? how have you used intentional practice, learned from failure, learned from ambitious projects and/or used reflection). You have to do it.

Virtual Duality

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Something struck me during this year’s Virtual Reality Working Out Loud Week. Billed as an event for “anyone who is working with or experimenting with virtual reality, whether that be at home, at school or at work”, this was the second time I had run it. Again I was keen for our peers in L&D and other industries to share what they are doing with this emerging technology.

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How to fix our senseless compliance training

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All big organisations have a Learning Management System. It’s used to track and record the training that the employees do. In practice, it tends to be used to administer compliance training, though it can be much broader than that. And this is a good thing. But here’s the rub… Let’s say I work at Bank A. That’s normal. Then I get a job at Bank B.

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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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.

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The future of entertainment

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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. I think my adrenalin is still pumping!

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.

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.

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. A golden age in which learning & performance would be transformed. Then… nothing. Then… BOOM! Now, I use the term “overnight” with poetic licence.

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10 journals every e-learning professional should read

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I was delighted when Matt Guyan blogged 5 Books Every eLearning Professional Should Read in response to my 5 papers every learning professional should read. I feel the urge to lob the ball back over the net, so I shall do so now with a list of 10 journals I believe every e-learning professional should read. Here are the journals in alphabetical order. Each one is freely accessible. Online Learning.

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.

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.

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. I 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.

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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. I hereby commit to the following five resolutions: No facey, no connecty. Humans have heads and names.

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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 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!

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. I 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.

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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

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. A link takes you somewhere else, which contains other links that take you somewhere else yet again. Rhizomatic learning is something that I have been superficially aware of for a while.

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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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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. Seeing this little animation was one of those serendipitous moments, as I had that very day experienced something eerily similar.

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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.

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. I 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. I stuck to them fairly well, actually. My Top 10 movers and shakers – Some of my influencers in the Asia-Pacific region. Where is L&D heading?

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 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. I’ll explain later.).

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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. I’ll explain later.).

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