“I’m not an idiot!” – A Letter from an Agonized Adult Learner
MARCH 9, 2011
I’m an adult, literate, and a professional. manage my finances, my investments, wealth and health with equal ease. manage my family, team, career, and social needs effortlessly. I see no reason why I cannot manage my learning and training sessions. But my training managers tend to think otherwise. Here’s what my training managers think of my ability to learn: I cannot spot Next and Back buttons.
Are Web 2.0 tools designed to support learning?
JANUARY 27, 2009
Whether it is Web 1.0 or Web 2.0 tools, we need to understand and evaluate the affordances of the tools and their abilities to support and deliver learning effectively. Today, I came across a case study that evaluates the pedagogical affordances of web 2.0 technologies. The case study makes some interesting points about the pedagogical affordances of web 2.0 technologies. To put it across in layman’s perspective, the case study analyses the abilities of web 2.0 tools to deliver training. 1) Very few of the current crop of Web 2.0 technologies started life designed as educational tools. Web 2.0
Startup Saturday - Hyderabad July 10
JULY 10, 2010
I spent an interesting Saturday with the Hyderabad Startup Group. The theme was Mobile. Apart from Farhan Azhar and Shiva the guest speakers, there were a couple of lightning speeches as well. It was good to hear Farhan speak. Farhan is a successful serial entrepreneur from Hyderabad. It will be good if someone can update Farhan's entrepreneurship ventures. His talk was interesting as he highlighted the key points about building products especially those that are self-funded. The key takeaways: a. Simplicity: The product should be simple b. Voice 2. SMS 3. Mobile web. Welcome your thoughts
Sartup Saturday Hyderabad Nov 10 - Cloud Startups
NOVEMBER 13, 2010
Startup Saturday Hyderabad once again lived up to its reputation of being an active forum for startups in the city. Today's session was very topical - Cloud Startups. The objective of the session was beautifully articulated by Priyanka in her invitation email: "A peek into Hyderabad Startups dabbling in the cloud. Innovative solutions on cloud. Learn more about the product.
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What are your success criteria?
JULY 21, 2010
Recently, I was interacting with a team of budding entrepreneurs as a mentor for the MentorEdge initiative. realized that most new entrepreneurs are passionate, enthusiastic and driven. At the same time, for most of them, the measure of success is how large you grow and how much money you make. Well, quick money is like quicksand, it disappears faster than it comes!
Celebrating learning and development professionals and their initiatives
MAY 20, 2010
Having run a training and learning consulting company for the last 6 years and having worked with clients, vendors, and fellow learning professionals; I realize that the world is divided into two parts - those who provide training (vendors) and those who need training (clients). Big thank you to eLearningArt for the useful stock images!). The angst is equal on the other side as well.
How to facilitate synchronous learning for real and virtual learners using technology?
MARCH 28, 2010
The other day I had interesting discussions with Geetha Krishnan about possible ways of using technology to facilitate synchronous learning for remote learners. Let's explore a scenario. An institute wants to deliver a training program to a global audience not only for its on-campus learners but also for remote learners. What are the program objectives? What are the challenges? world. c.
The Idiot’s Guide to Storyboarding!
JANUARY 21, 2010
(Warning and Disclaimer: Those who have not watched the movie 3 Idiots may find it difficult to relate to the 3 I references. No attempts to lay claims on the box office proceeds from the movie. ;). enjoyed watching 3 Idiots so did 200 odd people sitting in the theater. The movie achieved its goal – entertain the audience, engage them, and connect with them. Look at persona creation of VIRUS.
5 things IDs can think differently about!
APRIL 9, 2009
I often come across instructional designers who are pretty much stuck with things that they had started out doing early in their careers. While over time, their exposure to tools, kinds of courses, and abilities to handle content and clients have increased, what I see unchanged is their approach to instructional design. To begin with, let's check out 5 things IDs can think differently about! 1.
Kern's Second Workshop on Web 2.0 in Mumbai
MARCH 6, 2009
Kern's second web 2.0 has started off to a great start in Mumbai. It's a great convention center - Avanta at Bandra Kurla Complex. We have one whole wall that overlooks the Mumbai landscape, Our participants have come in well ahead of time, which is a great thing. The participants have listed down their expectations on post-its on the wall: - What are the various web tools? What are the web 2.0
Kern's Second Workshop on Web 2.0 in Mumbai - Post Lunch
MARCH 7, 2009
The session is underway post lunch! Vaishnavi is doing a great job of facilitating this group of enthusiastic and vocal participants. Every participant has great insights and opinions to share - which has made the session very interactive. Now, the participants had a go at the Virtual World. They created their 'avatars' and explored places - from IKEA to Coca Cola to Amity Business School!
Workshop 2.0: Insights and Ideas for Future
FEBRUARY 4, 2009
Our first workshop on Training 2.0 ended on a great note on January 31. Vaishnavi has captured it well. The participants were happy about that the workshop met their expectations. Don't forget to hear what they have to say about the workshop. The workshop also threw up some interesting insights about Web 2.0. Most of the participants have been using Web 2.0 You can use these to stay connected.
Workshop 2.0: Session on Virtual World!
JANUARY 31, 2009
Our workshop participants are crazy about games. Considering their profiles during registrations, we are pleasantly surprised that they are avid gamers. Lots of games mindgames.com, Age of Empires, Cricket 2008, racing games, shooter games, snooker, chess, Quake. so it wasn't surprising that most of them were familiar with the Virtual World. well they were having fun on SL. It's fun! It's creative.
Workshop 2.0: Training 2.0 in progress
JANUARY 30, 2009
Our first workshop "Training 2.0: Training's New Avatar" is off to a great start today. We have 7 participants toady and the workshop started off to a great start over cups of steaming tea, coffee on a pleasant Saturday morning!! We have an interesting mix of participants: hoteliers, individual trainers, and participants from IT world. This is bringing in great discussions among the group.
ICICI's Internet Banking - All Pain No Gain
NOVEMBER 7, 2008
I know there is lot venom spewed about ICICI Bank's services, and I too have sympathized on occasions about the painful process of Internet security. But I realized the degree of pain only after I went through the process myself. seriously wonder if I would be half as pained if my account was hacked into. :) 1. Wish we could create such compelling business models for our business!! 2. But hold on.
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.
Thinking of Setting Up an Advisory Panel?
JUNE 13, 2010
During my research about how to set up an advisory board, I came across some useful information. Hope this comes in handy for new entrepreneurs and startups looking for advisors who am sure have questions galore about how to go about this arduous task. remember attending a Webinar last year conducted by TiE Mumbai where Madan Padaki spoke about how he set up his advisory board. Summarizing some of the key points from Madan's session as well as from Mark Suster , Jordan Cooper , and others' blogs: Why look for advisors? The reasons why companies look for advisors may vary.
Highlights of ELELTECH India 2009
NOVEMBER 7, 2009
The National Seminar on e-Learning & e-Learning Technologies concluded yesterday in Hyderabad in the JNTU campus. It was good to attend a conference on eLearning after very long. The ELELTECH India 2009 national conference was organized jointly by CDAC and JNTU. The high point of the conference was the speech by the chief guest (Prof Ananth, Director IIT Madras). He talked about the need for experiential learning as the key to effective learning. He shared his vision of education for all and how the NPTEL program was working towards this vision through the virtual IIT classes.
Are you offering a Merc when he's looking for a Maruti? – Are you scaring your clients away?
AUGUST 12, 2009
It's but natural that given the economic situation, companies are selling hard and aggressively in the market. But all the hard selling and aggression can be futile if this does not match the need of the market. Given the crisis in the industry, most companies have evolved methodologies and processes to strengthen their systems. This in turn means that their sales teams are under double the pressure to market these competencies as well as fetch business. Are you scaring your clients away? Often, more than the cost, an overly grandiose proposal can scare your clients away. What is your motive?
Do you simply test your eLearning product or do you evaluate it?
JUNE 21, 2009
I often encounter questions about the virtues of testing versus evaluating an eLearning product. These are critical questions that each learning professional must ask in order to design an effective course. While most companies are happy with a typical QA that includes the usual rounds of reviews and course testing, it is not enough to make a course usable and learnable. There remains the obvious BIG gap - the role of the "learner" in the testing process. Here are 5 reasons why you should relook at your development process and involve your learners in the "evaluation" process.
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!
Siftables - A shift in the way we do things?
FEBRUARY 27, 2009
Siftables are the latest rage - gamers, technology enthusiasts, learning professionals, researchers, everybody is trying to explore its potential. From the limited information that we have about Siftables on the Internet, I could think of the following uses off the cuff: - teaching-aid during workshops (demo flow charts, processes, phases, cause-effect relationships) am tired of flip charts, videos, and flash cards :). demo tools during boardroom meetings (can say bye bye to laptops/LCD projectors - but yes may be cumbersome for a larger group). Watch the Siftables and Mediamesh video.
FEBRUARY 9, 2009
I am a great fan of Ideo. love the way they have institutionalized design. What can be more charming than the ability to summon creativity at will! learned early in life at my art Fine Arts academy that creativity is not an art, it is a craft. Although I was always fascinated at how our Aquilla Sir could transform his thoughts on paper ever so effortlessly, I grew up to realize that it's the thinking behind the creation that really makes a difference. This was further reinforced in my journalism school. You only need to cultivate an eye for detail to make the cut.
Designing Training Delivered Using Web 2.0 Tools
JANUARY 27, 2009
This is the first in the series on learning, training, and designing instructions in the Web 2.0 environment. remember having a discussion with Vaishnavi about how instructional design for Web 2.0-based learning should be different from that of traditional learning (classroom training and eLearning). The fact remains that learning is about learners and not about tools or technology. Also, web 2.0 is not about a tool or technology, it is about the philosophy where technology empowers learners to do much more than just view and read off the web. In web 2.0 Informal learning is learner-driven.
Wishing for a Google Writer!
DECEMBER 10, 2008
Everyday when I check blog feeds on my Google Reader, I wonder when Google Reader will not just be a 'reader' but become Google Reader cum Writer! Especially, when I have more than 50 blog feeds to read and reflect, the last thing I want to do is go to 50 individual blogs just to share my comments with them. The idea of Google Reader is great. You have all on one page. But that was great to begin with, now we demand more! If I can view them all on one page, why can't I write or comment on them as well as I scan across? The need to write becomes a necessity in the Web 2.0 Google Reader
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.
What sets apart a great performer from a good one?
NOVEMBER 18, 2008
(Inspired by Rash’s article on Innovation at Kern) I often get into discussions with my colleagues about what makes a good performer great. What are the characteristics that set apart one from the other? And, here I’m only referring to the intrinsic qualities and characteristics. know there are loads of other external factors; but when working in a small high-performing innovation-driven company, the intrinsic factors play a critical role. To begin with, I believe passion is the single most important thing that drives a great performer. So what’s wrong with that? Nothing yet everything!
Online Learning Games - Top 20
AUGUST 18, 2008
Larry Ferlazzo has compiled a list of 20 best online learning games. I'm still viewing them and plan to blog about those that I find most interesting. The National Geographic games are fun. They have amazing graphics and lively voice over. Considering the profile of learners these are designed for, they seem fairly effective!
Designing Learning for N-Gen Learners
AUGUST 18, 2008
One of the recent posts on Work Literacy titled Presentation Literacies for the 21st Century (don’t be misled by the title :)) has an interesting article Why Professor Johnny Can't Read. This article focuses on the gap between our generation of “read and write” traditional learners and the new age “scan and share” digital learners. This article set me thinking about how to design and deliver learning differently for the N-Gen learners. 1. Capturing learner’s needs: Currently, understanding learner’s needs through contextual inquiry is a key step in our development process.
Is Small Beautiful?
JULY 17, 2008
Sometimes I wonder, is small really beautiful? In my everyday interactions with individuals, companies, government departments etc, I increasingly realize that the system around us does not see value in supporting small enterprises. Recently, Kern formed a joint-venture with HumanCentric , a US-based user research and product design company. We wanted to send a press release to the national dailies and magazines to announce this. Not a single PR agency (big or small) really came forward to take this up. They kept pushing us "additional services" instead. Why don't you hold a press conference?""Why
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.
Journalists! Wake up!
JULY 7, 2008
Yatin shared an interesting blog today Pen Pricks. This blog makes entertaining read considering the Nazi spy story most of us read in the morning newspaper the other day! Whoa, it is fun seeing how they pulled the rug from under our watchdog's feet! Check out the fun here (read the July 2008 entry): NAZI-GATE -- HONOURING THE REAL PRICKS IN THE MEDIA
Partner or Perish
JUNE 19, 2008
That's the survival mantra for most companies big and small today. Let's pool our strengths to prosper. Ten years back my boss used to say "why slog alone trying to re-invent the wheel when you can stand on the shoulder of a giant." And this wisdom works wonders today as well. More so for small companies that do not have deep pockets. Companies like us have niche services, great people, precious clients, and survive comfortably. But to expand our services, expand into newer geographies and expand our client base we need not run looking for VCs. After you are one! 4. Talk, talk , and talk.
Subsidies are like steroids - they may look attractive in the short run but they cripple you in the long run!
MAY 30, 2008
These days fuel price hike is making headlines. There are debates about how much to increase, whether to increase the price of diesel and LPG as well and how will this impact the price of consumables. This situation was bound to happen. And, every time this issue arises, it sends political parties in a frenzy of activity that only a Bofors or a Tehelka can! The faulty economic policies have ensured that our economy depend on the crutches of subsidies and licences. Let's consider farm subsidies. Farm subsidies have ensured that our farmers remain poor and unproductive always.
East Smiling, West Frowning!
APRIL 15, 2008
I read an interesting article in the editorial page of TOI yesterday about how the "Western mind is confused at Asia’s rise". don't want to sound xenophobic or racist but it's a fact that for very long US and Europe have maintained an economic domination that has been consciously monopolistic. Whether it is domination through trade or through the UN, the West has prospered without empowering the Eastern and African nations. This article struck me because very recently we experienced this while attending an international professional conference. Remember folks, the big bucks are moving East
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.
Five Easy Ways Instructional Designers Can Hone Their Skills
MAY 5, 2007
Asim’s article really got me thinking into what should instructional designers do to make themselves valuable in the industry. Especially in the face of such a paradox – so many eLearning professionals yet NOT one fit our bill! It was only yesterday I was ruing the fact that there seems to be a vacuum of good instructional designers in the industry. This thought is echoed by most good eLearning companies who practice meaningful eLearning and not the giant eLearning production houses. These professionals come with a disadvantage. The more you learn, the more you’ll grow.
Can Technology Companies Deliver eLearning?
JULY 9, 2006
In the last one week, I received calls from at least four companies looking for instructional design (ID) support, ID training, or simply instructional designers. There is nothing strange about these queries, except that these companies are eLearning companies who do not have instructional designers in their team. Can you imagine this scenario – eLearning companies with NO instructional designers? This is like a construction company with NO architects! Today, many technology and software companies are moving into the eLearning market. It is cheap, fast, but completely “unlearnable”.
Understand Training Needs First, Propose Solutions Later!
MARCH 12, 2006
We do not prescribe “e-learning”! We provide learning solutions! And this is what all learning companies must do. Help the client find a solution by understanding the problem. Many a times, clients realize that “elearning” is not the “only” solution. Clients may also realize that “training” is also not the solution. That’s perfectly fine because only then is the solution most effective. Today, most corporate is bitten by the “train-the-shit-out-of-people” syndrome. They either fail or do not want to analyze the training needs of the people. It’s a good business to be in! Assimilation of data 6.
Myths About E-Learning Outsourcing
OCTOBER 8, 2005
Get it done cheaper: If you are looking for a cheap solution, be ready. to sacrifice quality. If a cheap solution is really what you want, get a. bunch of summer trainees to do the job. DO NOT expect a vendor to. deliver what your team of experts delivers, at one-tenth the cost. Or, the next best solution—outsource to Uganda or Mogadishu, at least the. conversion rate will make more sense. Get it done quicker: If you think you are crunched for time and you want. to outsource, chances are your project will be screwed. Outsourcing. needs planning. If you are. reviews, and monitor quality.
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.
Usability in Elearning
JULY 5, 2005
Kern offers two kinds of services -- usability and elearning. Often our clients inquire about this holy matrimony of usability and elearning. think usability lends itself naturally to any elearning solution. This got us into an interesting discussion about how usability impacts learning solutions. Geeta: How do we apply the learning from usability to our elearning projects? Ripul : Usability is a measurable attribute where we measure the usefulness of a product. We can apply the same concepts to elearning where we measure the learning ability or "learnability" of learners. Geeta: That's right.
Workflow Learning - A Real-life Case Study
JUNE 25, 2005
The latest buzz word in the learning circles is workflow learning. While so much is written about workflow learning, I would like to take you through the workflow learning experience at our workplace. Kern was all set to hive off its editing services. This was six months back. Today, six months later, editing is the “gas” that keeps the machine running. What changed in these six months? Anu joined Kern! Anu had no clue about editing. She came from a BPO background; she had excellent communication skills and fluent spoken English skills (read American English). Kern is a small company.