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Thoughts about 2006 and Predictions for 2007

Kapp Notes

The Learning Circuits Blog Question for December has been posted. The questions this month are: What will you remember most about 2006? taking my lead from Tony Karrer's post ) What will you remember most about 2006? started my blog in September 2006. Again, belated thanks to Waleed. I met some great online folks through blogging and my book effort.

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Subscribing to a blog is easy. Do you want a handy way to consolidate all your blog reading in one place? Do you read a lot of blogs? Do you forget the URLs of all your favorite blogs? If you answered Yes to any of these questions, you might want to consider creating a single location where you can view all the blogs you read on one convenient web page. You can easily do this by signing up for a blog aggregator like Then you can go to your other favorite sites and add those blog feeds to your MyYahoo site as well. 7.

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Blogging to Build Your Business

Experiencing eLearning

I recently gave a presentation to the Online Network of Independent Learning Professionals about blogging to build your business. This is specifically about what I have learned about blogging to build your reputation as a learning consultant over my 9+ years of blogging. started blogging in December 2006 as a tool for my own professional development. Planning.

Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog

Tony Karrer

Updates recent studies show additional reasons: Blogging and Social Networking Boosts Your Social Life. Blogging -- It's Good for You. But I may have used them slightly out of context. :) Oh, and finally, to all of you who commented or put up blog posts already, if I didn't happen to quote you out of context, I apologize. Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Blog 10. Or as Karyn Romeis & Barry Sampson both said - I've learned more via blogging over the past year than I learned in the preceding several years! 9. wonder who came up with such a lame question.

Elves, Measuring Results and Informal Learning

Tony Karrer

Brent and I have been having a nice blog discussion. Our previous posts discuss what should be measured: Intermediate Factors in Learning , Intermediate Factors - Impact Many Measure One. And we finally seem to be agreeing with one exception. And this exception relates closely to my earlier concern eLearning Technology: Informal Learning is Too Important to Leave to Chance. How do I know it works? How do I know what it's limitations might be? It turns out that you really want more than just a program. You want one that you know how and why it works. It tells us about the system.

Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools - A Summary

Tony Karrer

This might provide more insight in developing various exercises or homework - pairing people with like needs.” When I originally conceived the course, I assumed that most attendees would know about Blogs, Wikis, etc. introducing 3 new technologies (blogs, BlogLines , wikis) at the same time is a bit much" "Specific introductory directions would have been helpful.” "liked to have started the week with more background and knowledge on blogs and wikis. think that we achieved a different kind of understanding around Blogs, Wikis, Discussion Groups, etc.

Corporate pandemics of 2006

The Learning Circuits

Inspired by a batch of recent frustrating consulting gigs, a battery of medical check-ups and the current buzz about pandemic preparedness, here are my predictions for six emerging corporate pandemics that trainers will have to deal with in 2006: 1) Ulteriorsclerosis - the clogging of an important initiative by personnel or policies, for spurious reasons that mask more pernicious ulterior motives. Widespread ulteriorsclerosis will lead to the demise of several organizations in 2006. Compliments of the season to all, and may your 2006 be filled with health, wealth, and happiness!


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Jay Cross's Informal Learning

I started this blog when Informal Learning was released, November 10, 2006. Join me at Internet Time Blog. That’s where I’ve blogged for more than a decade and where I engage new thoughts and interactions. Even I was getting confused about which blog to post in. The Internet Time Search box will continue to cover both blogs. Informal Learning

Wikimania 2006 and Wikiversity

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

As it just so happens, the Wikimania 2006 conferense is in full swing at Harvard. Fellow blogger and Intel colleague Josh Bancroft is blogging the event at Check out his flickr stream here. Sounds like lots of great conversations going on. Also, Mark Oehlert over at e-clippings points me to the Wikiversity. Tons of wiki goodness here. Wikibooks is fabulous in and of itself but the addition of wikiversity makes me smile. My daughter is a big fan of our solar system and she loves this. Get ready for a lively discussion on wikis at the elearndevcon2006.

Elearning platforms meeting PENS standard makes online training easier


The PENS   Standard was developed by the Aviation Industry Computer-Based-Training Committee ( AICC ) in 2006, and since then, it has grown in popularity because it makes uploading Sharable Content Object Reference Model ( SCORM ) content to an LMS a one-click process. Docebo Blog E-learning Industry ELELIn its next update, the Docebo LMS will support the PENS standard.


2006 and 2007 - Dump Microsoft Now and Best Posts of 2006

Tony Karrer

Doug Belshaw post of his "20 top blog posts of 2006" Doug's perspective is a bit different than mine, but the list was interesting to see. I'm curious what people in eLearning felt were the top posts of 2006? Stephen Downes provided a list of year-end wrap-ups that had several interesting posts. Included were: Wesley Fryer article that says that in 5-years, school district says - "not a single desktop in this 52,000-student school system in metropolitan Dallas will carry the image of a proprietary school software program." Wow - dump your Microsoft stock now!

Blogging and Collaboration

Tony Karrer

world: Four phases of collaboration and After blogging - collaboration. One of the wonderful things about blogging has been the ease with which collaboration occurs. If you look at some of the posts around blogging from the LCB October Big Question and my summary: Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog , you can see the fear of blogging, fear of inequality, but the quick turnaround. That's why folks are talking about Blogs and Community more and more Tom Haskins has written a couple interesting posts on collaboration in the Web 2.0

Blogs and Community

Tony Karrer

I just read Nancy White's Blogs and Community – launching a new paradigm for online community? Truly a great article on how blogs build community. Her description of a topic centric community really helps you to think about the loose community network that gets created by blogs. The article also pointed me to a couple of interesting related pieces: What's Better to Build Community: Blogs or Forums? Compares conversation in blog world vs. forums. What struck me was: In general, blogs are great at connecting and bridging to a NEW community.

September Blog Clean Up

Tony Karrer

As I've mentioned before ( eLearning Technology: Managing your RSS Feeds ), I go through a ritual every three months to add and remove blogs. You can see the blogs that are in my highest priority reading list and not quarantined in the list on the right. See also: eLearning Technology: eLearning Blogs - Quick Way to Find Good Ones. also probably need to go through my blogs listed on the right to clean out some. If you have suggestions of blogs that I should be reading that are on eLearning, KM, PKM, communities, I'm always happy to hear about them

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Common Questions and Some Thoughts Around Blogs and Blogging

Tony Karrer

I've had a brief blog conversation with Quintus Joubert - eLearning Blog: Blogs: Engaging the reader. It started when he questioned the blogs cited on Gabe's list of top 19 eLearning blogs as ( eLearning Blog: Top 19 eLearning blogs ). His post are good to look at as an example of some of the common questions that people new to the world of blogs have. thought it was a great spark for some discussion: Why do "the blogs look like a random collection of ideas, rather than a discussion around a particular topic"? Great question.

Blogging to Peak in 2007?

Tony Karrer

I received a great set of questions via email over the weekend roughly coming out of a two articles: Gartner: Blogging to peak in 2007 , By Some Measures, Blogging May Be Peaking. By end of 2007, will those educators who would ever dabble in blogging have dabbled? And if so, where will that leave blogging as a tool for education? Will it only be used by educators that have kept up blogging. Also, there's been some commentary on this already in the edublog space: Blogs are a waste of time - no-one blogging by 2010? Dramatically! social computing.

Informal Learning: Structuring a Blog

Kapp Notes

There is an interest question on the Learning Circuits blog that asks whether or not it is appropriate to write a book about informal learning. Informal learning tools like blogs still require formal structure and conventions or these informal tools will be utterly useless to learners within an organization or in an academic institution. The article, Learning to Blog, Blogging to Learn , describes how a formal structure can facilitate informal learning and provides guidelines to any person who is suddenly asked to "blog" their expertise.

Blogs vs. Discussion Groups or Mis-Understanding Blog Reading and Blog Communities

Tony Karrer

What's been most enlightening for me is the "bad rap" that blogging gets from people who've probably only visited a few blogs and have been inundated with a general media bias against blogging. Below I've listed a few of the more interesting reasons that people don't like blogs: "you have to go there to 'pull' out information" Most people participating in blog reading and especially those participating in the blog community do so using an RSS Reader such as Bloglines. They subscribe to the blogs (and other sources) that interest them. felt so.


Tom Haskins - The Beauty of Blogs

Tony Karrer

A must read post by Tom - I found it inside my blog reader! need to figure out how to add it to my post: Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog

How Do People Interact with Blogs?

Tony Karrer

think the comment is so good that I'm writing a blog post to respond to the comment. Thus, I'd hate for readers of my blog to miss out on something that I think is pretty interesting. Part of the issue is that I have only rudimentary stats on readership of my blog and I'm making some assumptions about how people read my blog and how they participate. also know that I get about 200 visitors a day to the blog site itself, but very few maybe 50 will come through an RSS reader. However, I could be completely wrong about how people interact with blogs.

Should all learning professionals be blogging?

Clive on Learning

Learning Circuits asks the question, should all learning professionals be blogging? Most learning professionals have never heard of blogs and, even if they have, they do not understand the concept, let alone their relevance as a learning tool. So let's suppose we overcome that one, surely the next step is for them to find blogs that interest them and start to read them. Probably they will need help in finding learning-related blogs that they can really relate to, that are not too theoretical/too obviously commercially-driven/too esoteric. The 1% rule is helpful here.

#40years of educational technology: Social media

Learning with e's

By 2006 several social networking sites were enjoying surges in popularity, including MySpace, Bebo and of course, Facebook. 2006 was also the year Twitter was launched. My initial interest in researching the social web stemmed from some early work my colleagues and I did around wikis and blogs in medical education in 2005-2006. Unported License.

Pew Survey on Blogging - Training Professionals Far Behind

Tony Karrer

Found via Joho Blog - Pew has a new report on a national survey of bloggers and blogging ( PDF Link Directly ). Interesting information: Eight percent of internet users, or about 12 million American adults, keep a blog. Thirty-nine percent of internet users, or about 57 million American adults, read blogs - a significant increase since the fall of 2005. 37% of bloggers cite "my life and experiences" as a primary topic of their blog More than half (54%) of bloggers are under the age of 30. Publications, e.g., Training Magazine, CLO, etc. - 99% Blogs - 2.5%

Perspective in Blogs (or how Guy Kawasaki almost ruined my blogging experience)

Tony Karrer

The other day I ran across Guy Kawasaki's Signum sine tinnitu blog. I've always enjoyed Guy's speaking so I spent some time on his blog (really good stuff), but then I ran across The First 100 Days: Observations of a Nouveau Blogger where he says: The more a blogger uses the pronoun "I,” the less he has to say. If you notice my first paragraph (which is fairly standard in my blog) it contains four "I"s. So, for a couple of days, I've been self-conscious about the number of "I"s in my blog. The good news is that I've been able to rationalize the word "I" in blogs.

Move from Discussion Groups to World of Blogs?

Tony Karrer

That said, in one of the groups that is looking at whether to continue, I suggested that its members consider using blogging as an alternative. then realized that over the past few months we've accumulated some pretty good resources on this topic: So, if you want to consider whether blogging and blog reading/commenting might make sense: Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog I found it inside my blog reader! Blogs vs. Discussion Groups or Mis-Understanding Blog Reading and.

More Good eLearning Related Blogs (and Various Notes)

Tony Karrer

You can see my September Blog Clean Up. If you know a good blog on eLearning that's not in my list on the right, I'd like to hear about it in a comment. Finally - as a note to the bloggers I just added to the list, one suggestion that I'd make to each of you (and to pretty much every blogger) is to add a Blog Guide (for first time visitors). What is likely going to happen is that someone will visit you for the first time and have a heck of a time figuring out what your blog is about and if they are going to be interested.

Blogs, Automated Translations, and a Better Site Feed

Tony Karrer

You'll have to visit my blog to see this in action. Since I've found that about 30% of the links to my posts come from blogs in other languages, maybe this will be of value. I've certainly been using it to translate from other languages to English so I can see what people are saying relative to the topics in my blog. would suggest that readers of this blog might want to change over to the FeedBurner feed to get these added functions: [link I ran into a little utility this morning - Snap - that let's you add previews of any link on your site as a quick little pop-up.

LCB's Big Question - Should All Learning Professionals be Blogging?

Tony Karrer

Over on LCB , The Big Question for October has been posted: Should All Learning Professionals be Blogging? Corporate eLearning Professionals are Blogging More More corporate eLearning professionals are taking up blogging. couple recent interesting blogs as examples are: In the Middle of the Curve - Good example post that I cite later: Fear of Blogging. Blogs are a Great Personal Learning Tool As learning professionals, we should all be at the forefront of knowing how to learn ourselves. Learn Me Happy - Example post - A really worrying trend. question.

IBM Taps Employees for Innovation Using Blog Like Tools

Tony Karrer

To help with that, IT rolled out in October 2004 a so-called jam ­â€" a worldwide brainstorming session that Truskowski describes as "a blog on steroids.” It drew ideas from 33,000 employees, and IBM later implemented the top 35 suggestions as determined by an employee vote. On ComputerWorld, ran into an article IBM: Tapping Employee Brain Power you may find the print version easier to read (and on one page). More recently they've used "Jams" to look at innovative product/service ideas.

My Most Popular Blog Post Ever -- by Far!!

Will at Work Learning

I''m a bad blogger. I don''t analyze my site traffic. I don''t drive my readers down a purchase funnel. I don''t sell advertising on my blog site. I''m a bad, bad blogger. Two months ago, I set up Google Analytics to capture my blog''s traffic. Over April and May 2014, my most popular blog post--that is, the one most visited--was a blog post I published in 2006. How popular was this 2006 blog post? It accounted for 50% of all my blog traffic! What blog post was the envy of all the others? Holy heck batman! Fifty freakin'' percent!

The LCB Big Question Reframed: Should More Learning Professionals Be Blogging?

Tony Karrer

Out of the original October 2006: Should All Learning Professionals Be Blogging? As Peter posted ( The Learning Circuits Blog: Community Net Worth ): Now that the first wave of bloggers and blog-readers have read the initial results both in the form of serious utterances, straw polls and comic reformulations (thanks, Tony for that refreshing exercise), whither go we? found that by going through and creating my lists ( eLearning Technology: Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog ), I personally learned quite a bit about reasons on both sides.

Will Blogs, Wikis, RSS, Mashups be Used in Corporate eLearning?

Tony Karrer

I saw another post from Dave Boggs, Has The Blogging Trend Begun To Fade, Even Before It Ever Got Started In Corporate Training / e-Learning Environments? In this post, Dave unfortunately lumps together blogs, wikis, mashups, rss feed together (probably because eLearning 2.0 RSS and Blogs have much slower adoption. and web 2.0 often lump them together). However, I think the answer about adoption rates is going to be quite different for these things with Wikis and Mashups being adopted at a very high rate. We will dump Dreamweaver and RoboInfo in favor of Wikis.

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: How to comment like a king (or queen!)

Tony Karrer

Great postL: Cool Cat Teacher Blog: How to comment like a king (or queen!) found via CrispyNews

The Learning Circuits Blog: DevLearn Handouts and A Success Story: Elearning and Instructional Design Musings

Tony Karrer

Whoops, yesterday I posted a link to my recent presentation on the wrong blog. You can find the post with my thoughts around a direct success story from the presentation on LCB at: The Learning Circuits Blog: DevLearn Handouts and A Success Story: Elearning and Instructional Design Musings and you can find my presentation at: What's Now and What's Next in e-Learning: Technologies and Practices edited 10/19 to remove the link to other handouts