“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.
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.
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!
JUNE 24, 2010
LMS vs. Learners. LMS vs. Learning - ROI. LMS vs. Deewaar. For all those Deewaar fans! Couldn't resist this one. And, apologies to non-Hindi speaking audience. The translation will not do any justice to the strip. -. Sometimes, LMS can also make us smile.
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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 - 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!
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
Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication
We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.
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.
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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
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?
Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance
Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.
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.
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.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
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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
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
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!
Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]
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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
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.
Quality Control process for E-Learning
Quality assurance is often reduced to correcting errors in a nearly completed learning product. But creating a quality assurance process that influences decisions throughout production reduces the amount of revisions. This is the final step to ensuring that e-Learning applications are not themselves a barrier to learning
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.