YouTube versus Vimeo — What’s the Difference?
MARCH 4, 2011
Vimeo. Vimeo is optimized for HD video (default playback setting) and gives the user numerous ways to share and distribute video. However, Vimeo, like YouTube, works best when your video is exported and optimized for the compression settings Vimeo prefers. This can be either an advantage or disadvantage depending on your audience. Vimeo compression website: [link]. Format: MP4. YouTube. link] |.
Is Blogging Really Worth My Time? Throwing Down The Gauntlet (Part 1)
FEBRUARY 15, 2011
I’ve had several recent discussions with colleagues about whether one’s blogging actually influences others in meaningful ways. And we’re not just talking about page views, comments, and pingbacks. Over the last several years of blogging, I’ve searched for articles or studies that examine blogging from a more rigorous social science perspective and have found very little. features in the other.
Digital Literacy – Recent Articles
MAY 11, 2011
Understanding technological literacy, or the lack thereof, is a crucial issue not just for small scale instructional technology projects, but also for qualifying some of the social or environmental drivers that influence and shape our audience’s behavior and preferences. Serif or sans serif font? Sharing or bookmarking digital text and the conventions to support this activity?
Technology for the Next Decade – What I’ve Learned from Children
APRIL 18, 2011
While technology is often about manipulating physical matter to achieve some kind of efficiency or product, it is also very much about perspective and thinking about doing old things in new ways. And so, it hasn’t surprised me that my own thinking of technology has been heavily influenced by watching how my 10- and 6-year old boys interact with computers, mobile devices, and new media.
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.
Avatars and Clippy the Talking Paperclip
MARCH 17, 2009
Don’t look now, but perhaps the next industry to be undone by robots is education. OK, maybe not. After watching a video clip of the robot’s Frankenstein-like ambulation , you can more easily conjure up images of terrorized children running out of their classroom when HRP-4C shows up with lesson in head. So, why the initial hesitation and angst when you hear “avatar”? What do you think?
Writing for Podcasts – An Electronic Papyrus Video Blog
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
[There is a video that cannot be displayed in this feed. Visit the blog entry to see the video.]. In our first video blog, EP Blogger Jeff Hino offers some tips for creating ear-friendly podcasts.
Webvisions 2011 – Technology Snapshots of the Future
JUNE 2, 2011
I recently attended the Webvisions conference in Portland, Oregon. Blaise Aguera y Arcas and Douglas Rushkoff were a few of the well-known speakers. Many of the sessions were led by developers who were working with cutting-edge web technologies. Some of the main themes I heard at the conference were as follows: HTML5, CS3, and JQuery. Dave McFarland from PSU framed this discussion well.
Rules for Social Media? Just say no.
OCTOBER 12, 2009
There’s a lot of traffic on the blogosphere about best practices for social media. But we need to be cautious not to confuse best practices with “rules.” Many of our colleagues in higher education in general, and Extension in particular, are seeking some hard and fast policies about social media. Social media needs to be carefully monitored for accuracy.” They are no longer the sage on the stage.
Gardening and Web-based Multimedia – Some Basic Tips
DECEMBER 1, 2010
Gardening is one of our most popular topics within Cooperative Extension. In the spirit of form following function, we set out to capture some short vignettes from an expert gardener and convey the most important elements of these discussions in video, podcast, and caption-enhanced photo slide shows in a simple and easy to access format. link]. As always, think about your audience. Tools?
Is it real or is it telepresence?
FEBRUARY 9, 2010
When Mike Derocher, the Experience Design Manager for HP in Corvallis, Oregon invited us to see a demonstration of their Halo telepresence system, I wondered how this might be relevant to our work in financially strapped higher education. My first impression is a slight feeling of disequilibrium mixed with mild shock at the realism of the experience. Listen to our podcast about telepresence.
You can lead them to social media, but can you make them drink?
AUGUST 25, 2009
Our office has been receiving numerous requests to help incorporate social media tools into a variety of communication and education projects. Our clients want help creating blogs, wikis, collaborative workspaces, and social networks. We’ve responded with cautious optimism. We’re always happy when our clients want to try out something new with technology. Are they toes-. Or something in-. between?
Wonderful Chaos: Nonlinear Learning on the Web (Part I)
JUNE 22, 2009
When I was a kid, the whole world was one giant “Learn-O-Rama.” For the most part (outside of the standard classroom), I picked what interested me and learned my way through it. It was a nonlinear process, much like a bloodhound follows its nose to sniff out new information. This may seem like a new concept to many: the idea that the learner chooses the sequence in which they learn new material.
Social Media and the Large Organization…Turn Your “Whuffie” into Serious Waffles
OCTOBER 26, 2010
As a communicator whose occupational focus is educational, I often find the social media landscape both exhilarating and downright annoying. Truth be told, the never-ending stream of articles, presentations, and books that focus on social media more often than not fall into the “annoying” category. For many, the sweet spot of social media is marketing. I don’t necessarily disagree.
6 Tips for Creating Audio for E-learning Podcasts, Screencasts and Online Presentations
JANUARY 26, 2010
Recording audio for E-learning contexts is a straightforward process when you use the right equipment and adhere to some basic steps to optimize your recording environment. When was the last time you heard a poorly recorded E-learning course, podcast or online presentation? You know of what I speak. It’s unbearable and you long to hear a stereo-balanced, amplitude appropriate MP3 file. Microphone.
Instructional Design and Glassblowing – Science and Art
AUGUST 30, 2010
On a recent flight to Madrid, I sat next to a glassblower from the Portland area and we talked shop. After hours of discussing the intricacies of blowing and shaping glass, I tried to explain to him where my work as an instructional designer and technologist finds overlap with his occupation. learned that working with glass requires an eye for the artistic and a concern for the technical. 1990).
Nonlinear Presentations: Alternatives to “Death By Powerpoint”?
MAY 25, 2010
A recent reference in the New York Times indicates the U.S. Army is close to declaring war on PowerPoint. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who heads U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told the Times, “It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control. Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.” For many, PowerPoint has become “a way of knowing.”
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.
Ning… where to go when the public square charges an entrance fee?
APRIL 16, 2010
Ning announced today that it will soon convert existing customers to a fee-for-service subscription or cut them loose. Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Ning , announced the shift in the company’s business model while downsizing his company by more than 40%. The first question for most Ning community owners not willing to pay up is “where do I take my online community of practice now”? It depends. Web 2.0
Ten Tips to Produce More Professional Online Video Interviews
MARCH 26, 2010
The personal interview is perhaps the most powerful tool for video storytelling both online and off. Here are some basic technical production tips for producing more effective and watchable video interviews. I’m aiming at those readers who may be beginners, or who may “know enough to get themselves in trouble.”. 1. Use a lavalier mic. Use the best microphone you can get your hands on. Use a tripod.
E-teaching personality is good for e-learning
JANUARY 5, 2010
Humor. Style. Attitude. Style. Attitude. Attitude. Personality. Expressiveness. Cleverness. Charisma. Expressiveness. Cleverness. Charisma. Cleverness. Charisma. Charisma. Are these characteristics in “e-teaching” friend or foe to e-learning? This post is a reminder that teaching style is just as important as learning styles. And e-teaching style is just as important as e-learning styles. Humor. Style. Attitude.
Social Networking – Library or Coffee Shop? Part I
JULY 27, 2009
The use of social networking tools continues to expand at a torrid pace across all layers of society both nationally and internationally. One of the larger longitudinal studies on adoption of social media in corporations comes out of Dartmouth University and shows an amazing rate of increased social media usage between 2007 and 2008. So, what does Web 2.0 Why is this usually the case? Have Web 2.0
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!
Social Networking in Times of Stress and Personal Emergencies
MAY 11, 2009
I recently had a family vacation turn into a nightmare. But that nightmare was mitigated in part due to the power of social networking. There is a lot of discussion about the value of Web 2.0 tools in educational settings. My wife takes her first sip of water after surgery. Lauderdale, Florida. That’s when I found a whole new dimension to social networking. The blog solved this problem elegantly.
Technology and Discretion
JANUARY 12, 2011
I enjoyed Mark’s last post “ The Art of Disconnecting ” about moderating technology usage. The timing couldn’t have been better. recently added a 3rd arrow to my quiver and have been enjoying watching my baby girl discover her fingers, cheeks, and anything else in reaching distance. And so, Mark’s last post about the need to disconnect resonated with me deeply.
iPad, The Ultimate Family Room Device?
JUNE 8, 2010
Several months back, I posted a comparison of the iPad , iPod and Kindle from the perspective of e-reader functionality. Now, I’d like to provide some input about the iPad relative to what I see as its true product category: the family room web device. So, I’m hard pressed to imagine the iPad finding its way into the home office when it is obviously so comfortable in the family room.
Engaging the e-learner who lacks interest and incentive
MAY 10, 2010
Learning opportunities are often geared for two main groups: those motivated to take a course, either because it is required or would provide advancement in their career or other practical benefit in their life; and those with a passionate interest in enriching their understanding of a subject or improving their skills in some activity. Antonin Artaud.
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.
Augmented Reality and The Coming Tsunami of Location Learning Apps
OCTOBER 26, 2009
Mobile devic e enhancements in GPS, image capture, computing power, APIs and the wireless networks that move mobile device bits and bytes have all matured to the point where the desktop computer is in some respects now playing catch up with the mobile device. It’s here and it’s called Augmented Reality (AR). So, what is AR? Let’s take a virtual reality trip sans technology for some answers.
iPhone…The Ultimate Learning Device (My 10 Top Learning Apps)
OCTOBER 6, 2009
I’ve been waiting patiently, but couldn’t take it any longer as I’ve watched more and more friends whip out their iPhone 3G to get a GPS fix on our location or perform some other mundane task sliced, diced and served on the micro-mobile-super computer that is the iPhone 3G. Chris’ Top 10 Eductional Apps for the iPhone. 1. Touch Physics by Games 4 Touch. Kindle for the iPhone. Abc Pocket Phonics.
Social Media and Brass Tacks…8 Examples from the Front Line
SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
About ten years ago, I left UCLA in the middle of my Ph.D. work and since that time, have always had mixed emotions when contrasting the relative calm of the academic classroom with the storm of a tech company’s cubicle. Needless to say, it felt ironic to recently come full circle and return to academia. and are oftentimes topics that are “near and dear to our audience. activity at OSU. 6.
Blogging Lessons Learned at 6 Months – Think “Reach”
SEPTEMBER 8, 2009
The Electronic Papyrus blog recently hit 6 months of existence and we felt that some reflection on what we have learned from our experience was in order. Here is a list of lessons learned in no particular order: Electronic Papyrus Traffic from March 2009 to September 2009 (6 months). 1) Content quality always determines the viability of a blog. 10) Share.
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.
E-learning in the Mobile World and the Right Business Model to Deliver It
JUNE 9, 2009
I think it is safe to say that for most of us the personal computer is the first place we go when we are looking for web-based information; however, new web-ready mobile devices are emerging with increased speed and are blurring the line of what traditionally constitutes a viable endpoint for digital content. Have you seen the new Verizon netbook ? Is it a laptop, a souped-up PDA?
Confessions of a Netflix E-Learning Developer
MAY 26, 2009
What did I learn about E-learning development when I worked at Netflix six months ago? Before I share some thoughts, let’s look at the numbers. Just this year, Netflix sales have topped 910 million dollars with 414 full-time employees at the helm. Seem improbable? Is it possible to design viable E-learning courses at a company like Netflix where business moves at the speed of light? Not so much.
How small is too small for educational technologies to be meaningful?
MAY 3, 2009
Using small, modular components as the building blocks of educational programs is nothing new to curriculum developers. But many relatively new technologies such as widgets and micro-blogs now provide greater options for delivering educational content in tiny sizes to massive audiences. These videos demonstrate that the minute is the new hour. But do they go far enough? How small is too small?
Facebook and the Public Square
APRIL 22, 2009
Oh no! Someone let the cat out of the bag – using Facebook too frequently saps your intelligence and degrades your academic performance. OK, maybe not an exact translation of Dr. Karpinski’s recent study out of Ohio State University, but it’s not as far off as you might think. Furthermore, Facebook users, who usually studied between 1-5 hours a week, had GPAs between 3.0 sites. add ons.
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.
Visual Pedagogy and CNN—the ‘Our Stuff,’ ‘Your Stuff’ Approach
DECEMBER 2, 2009
I recently gave a talk to the green industry about using web-based video and photo assets to help meet instructional goals. I was reminded of the amazing potential visual story telling holds for industries that find their center of gravity outdoors. Visual pedagogy is a powerful tool that can be used to unlock this potential and more effectively share the stories and underlying knowledge in the context of real-world physical settings. One of the leaders in this field is Michael Wesch at Kansas State University. As Keen reminds us, “It’s hard to beat free.”. Internet backbone in 2000.
Netflix’s rise to the top – how did they do it?
APRIL 26, 2011
Netflix surpassed yet another milestone this week: It now has more subscribers than the largest cable TV operator in the U.S. You heard right…that’s 23.6 million users to be exact… an awful lot of subscribers. Their subscription base grew over 70% last year and that mean that more than 7% of Americans now subscribe to Netflix. Here are a few thoughts. 1. Core business. It’s about the software.
Our New OSU Campus Tree Tour iPhone/iPad Application
JANUARY 28, 2011
We released Oregon State University’s first official iPhone application recently. Three of us worked on the application for many months and also helped define the licensing requirements that would allow us to release this application via the Apple Standard licensing type. This basically allows anyone to download the application using iTunes. We look forward to your input.
A New Way to Connect with Plain Old Telephones
NOVEMBER 3, 2010
After being on a phone call last week with 11,554 other people, I’ll never think of telephones as POTS –Plain Old Telephones–again. Our exposure to an innovative way to use telephones arose through an e-learning project called “ Mastery of Aging Well ” produced in collaboration with AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons). with targeted information.
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.
Mobility status report: balancing convenience and quality
OCTOBER 21, 2010
When do mobile devices serve as temporary replacements for tethered devices, and when do mobile devices become primary devices? What is lost and what is gained in the migration to mobile devices? When do mobile devices help us do the things we did before in a new way, and when do they help us do new things? How do you rate the status of mobile technology?
Place-based Learning and Mobile Devices – Part I
OCTOBER 11, 2010
Treasure maps, letterboxing, scavenger hunts and geocaching all leverage environmental markers to guide a participant from one location to another. Just as geocaching enhanced earlier forms of interpretive tours or location-based hunts to a wider audience, smart phones are pushing the potential of place-based learning into uncharted territory. UF Pest Identification. UC Davis Soil Survey.