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Long Tail Learning - Size and Shape

Tony Karrer

a long tail? to my post Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis. I'm not limiting that to the "traditional means" training topics, but I do limit that to things that are job-related, which is why I think the tail has a limit. So, even if there was a way to define my current tail, tomorrow there's more.

Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis

Tony Karrer

Adler's recent article - Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 talks about the implications of the Long Tail on Education. Background If you are not familiar with the concept of the Long Tail, head over to take a look at the Long Tail article on Wikipedia. It's a crisis born of the Long Tail and the Attention Economy.

Long Tail Blogging is Dying?

Tony Karrer

Just read an article in the Guardian The long tail of blogging is dying (Found via Donald Clark ). He points to backup evidence of this from a NYT article and based on Technorati's 2008 survey of the state of the blogosphere , which found that only 7.4m I'm sure that this will continue to change, but I would question the notion that long tail blogging is dying. But recently – over the past six months – a new trend: fewer blogs with links, and fewer with any contextual comment. Some weeks, apart from the splogs, there would be hardly anything. Lives get busy.

100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

Horizon Report 2008 The annual Horizon Report seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression within learning-focused organizations. Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 My collection of eLearning Articles, White Papers, Blog Posts, etc. just reached 100. Thought I'd share. No particular order to these. Creating Passionate Users: Crash course in learning theory 2. Understanding E-Learning 2.0

Summer Reading List 2008

Kapp Notes

One book that compliments Wikinomics and Inside the Tornado is The Long Tail which describes a new economic process involving a sale of a few things but all the time. Ok, I know this is a little late but I have actually been away on vacation using Blogger's advanced posting function for the past two weeks. It is great for vacation by the way. Any way here are some interesting books for summer reading. Because of its unique layout, you don't need to read cover to cover, good to causally pick up from time to time. Next check out Wikinomics. Happy reading, see you on the beach.

Learning 2.0 Strategy

Clark Quinn

You need to be able to spot new kinds of opportunities that you might not have been involved in before (see Long Tail Learning ). Over the past two years, I've worked with start-ups and corporations around the world who are grappling a bit with the impact of Web 2.0 on learning. One of the more interesting aspects of this is that I've really changed and refined what I advise both audiences in terms of their learning 2.0 strategy. But, here's what I see in terms of a CLO perspective. Seven Key Aspects of Learning 2.0 Strategy 1. I initially attacked eLearning 2.0 and Learning 2.0

PWLE Not PLE - Knowledge Work Not Separate from Learning

Tony Karrer

If we are going to make progress with Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis , I think we have to think about these things in an integrated fashion Mohamed Amine Chatti (a fellow Eddie eLearning nominee) last two posts The LaaN Perspective , and Requirements of a PLE Framework are both interesting posts and worth reading. His requirements for a PLE Framework include: Personalization Social features Social filtering I ncorporate various Web 2.0 concepts and technologies (mashups, widgets, aggregation, OpenID, RSS, etc.) But, too much structure is not going to work.

Day 4 - Man.I'm just getting warmed up! (and a shocker!)

Mark Oehlert

found via an article in the Wall Street Journal) turns out that a Harvard professor has found out that the arguments put forward by WIRED editor Chris Anderson in The Long Tail, might not be exactly spot on. " Elberse writes that "It is therefore highly disputable that much money can be made in the tail. That must change how we view the head versus the tail. **I

Learning Objectives, Performance Objectives and Business Needs

Tony Karrer

see my posts: Learning Responsibility , Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis and Long Tail Learning - Size and Shape) has raised some interesting questions in my mind. However, it dawned on me that if you define the scope of responsibility based on learning objectives you end up limiting yourself to focus only on content, immediate knowledge transfer, the fat end of the Long Tail Learning. This month's Big Question - Scope of Learning Responsibility? Mick Leyden - Professional Responsibility??? This sounds quite reasonable at the surface.

Write for Skimming

Tony Karrer

Back in January 2008, I suggested that people Stop Reading and instead Skim Dive Skim. Most people proved me wrong and they actually read things - see the survey results about whether people found a small bit of text embedded in the middle of my post: 74% of the people saw it 21% missed it 5% not sure I'm still convinced there's lack of ability to get people's attention and have them focus on any details - see Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis or better yet read the comments in Stop Reading where they passionately discuss people not reading emails.

Learning Responsibility

Tony Karrer

The big question for March 2008 is - Scope of Learning Responsibility? First, my earlier posts Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis and Long Tail Learning - Size and Shape lay out that I believe the space in which Corporate Learning (and realistically all learning professionals) operates is changing such that unless they look at providing Long Tail Learning, they will be a continually smaller part of the overall information landscape. I wanted to capture some thoughts as I've been reading these posts so far. Period. Or is it just me?

Who's Responsible for This?

Kapp Notes

So, here is the big question for this month: Do educational institutions and corporate learning & development departments have responsibility for supporting Long Tail Learning? Turning to academia, I think the instructor has an obligation to the learners to allow all types of content into class (as long as it is related) so an open debate can be had about its appropriateness.

Social Learning Objects - Flash Cards

Tony Karrer

This is something we've wanted to do for a long time in learning, but it's always been hard. This is exactly what the implication is Learning's Long Tail and Attention Crisis , Long Tail Learning - Size and Shape , eLearning 2.0. I was contacted by Mike Hogan, the creator of Flashcard Friends. This is an interesting little application and might imply a few things around where things are going. FlashCard Friends does a lot of what you'd expect in terms of creating Flash Cards for students. It's well designed and very easy to use.

Death of Magazines - Broader Deeper Coverage

Tony Karrer

In Disruptive Changes in Learning , I point to how the long tail of learning is addressed through alternative sources. How do you pursue opportunity in the long tail Rick Nigol posted and reminded me of a post by Donald Clark - Training magaZZZZZZZZZZines. Both are lamenting about the fact that picking up any publication tends to cover roughly the same ground over and over. I have a similar feeling about the limited value of these publications for me and it's something that I mention at most presentations I ever do on eLearning 2.0.

Some Questions and Answers

Kapp Notes

Business-to-business online auctions, 3D spaces for collaborative design, RSS feeds to inform customers and clients, online marketplaces for the ranking items by consumers and the concept of "the long tail" are all IT related factors that are driving and shaping business decisions, even things like self-service interactive web sites created by insurance companies to help you manage your diseases and health care are all shaping interactions and the way businesses work. 1) How is e-Learning Evolving? I think it is evolving along four paths. The first is a "quick and dirty" path.

Leading Learning and New Skills

Tony Karrer

This month on the Learning Circuits Blog - I asked some very leading questions If we have responsibility for informal learning, social learning, eLearning 2.0 , long tail learning , etc. I'm personally out to change this, but we are a long way from being in a position to lead. Don't we have to conclude that learning professionals must be literate in these things? If so, then what should learning professionals do to become literate? Should workplace learning professionals be leading the charge around these new work literacies? We should!" Harold Jarche - Skills 2.0 Web 2.0

Scope of Learning Responsibility

The Learning Circuits

Karl Kapp helped me with the March 2008 Big Question which is: What is the Scope of our Responsibility as Learning Professionals? There was also discussion on my blog around the fact that in corporations there is a limit to what we can do as a training organization (see Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis and Long Tail Learning - Size and Shape ).

Leading Learning and New Skills

Clark Quinn

This month on the Learning Circuits Blog - I asked some very leading questions If we have responsibility for informal learning, social learning, eLearning 2.0 , long tail learning , etc. I'm personally out to change this, but we are a long way from being in a position to lead. Don't we have to conclude that learning professionals must be literate in these things? If so, then what should learning professionals do to become literate? Should workplace learning professionals be leading the charge around these new work literacies? We should!” Harold Jarche - Skills 2.0 Web 2.0

Do Better

The Learning Circuits

Virginia Yonkers inspired the April 2008 Big Question which is: What would you like to do better as a Learning Professional? Nicola - my 3 Malinka Ivanova - The Students' Long Tail Jeffrey Keefer - What I Hope to Improve as a Learning Professional Benjamin Hamilton - Push Back Christy Tucker - My Goal: Better E-Learning Interactivity Stephen Downes - Mine. Here's mine.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Day 4 - Man.Im just getting warmed up! (and a shocker!)

Mark Oehlert

Tag Cloud | Main | A Must Watch: Openness, Localization, and the Future of Learning Objects by David A Wiley » July 17, 2008 Day 4 - Man.Im found via an article in the Wall Street Journal) turns out that a Harvard professor has found out that the arguments put forward by WIRED editor Chris Anderson in The Long Tail, might not be exactly spot on. just getting warmed up!

Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

Also, before you read these, you might want to go back and look at predictions in the past and how well I did on those predictions: Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008 , 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009. Organizations will need you to shift a it towards Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis and Long Tail Learning - Size and Shape. You can’t.

The wonders of community

Jay Cross

On another floor, we twisted a 3′ long rod attached to a chrome globe that was supposed to generate sound and create a 3D image; the screen was dark. Fernanda had to leave for her Humberto Matarana conversation group, but Luiz, John, and I headed to File 2008: Millions of Pixels, a mind-blowing series of interactive video events. I arrived in Sao Paolo knowing no one.

Strength of weak knowledge sources

Jay Cross

Chris Anderson - The Long Tail. The strength of weak ties explains that you never find your new job through your friends; you find it through their friends. Your pool of contacts overlaps that of your friends; there’s nothing new there. But their friends are members of many different communities. In diversity, there are job leads. The same principle holds true for information. Go to training conferences for a few years, and you find that you can almost mouth the words of some of the speakers. Novices learn lots; that’s who most of the conferences are for.

Lead the Charge?

The Learning Circuits

So, if we have responsibility for informal learning, social learning, eLearning 2.0 , long tail learning , etc. I'm trying something a little different this month. I'm taking a bit more of a position in the question (maybe you could even call it a rant). I'm hoping this will spark some discussion. Karl Fisch - wrote the Edublog post of the year in 2007 with Is It Okay To Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher? - And by the end of the next decade, I think there will be very little chance of success for those that are technology illiterate. In order to teach it, we have to do it.

2009 Top Posts and Topics

Tony Karrer

I’ll also do a post similar to my post last year 2008 2009 that will look at my 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009. I’m including posts from December 2008. Twitter as Personal Learning and Work Tool Tool Set 2009 Knowledge Work Types LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers SharePoint Using SharePoint SharePoint Examples SharePoint Fear and Loathing by Learning Professionals 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009 Long Tail Long Tail Blogging is Dying? It’s interesting at the end of the year to go back through blog posts to see what my Best of 2009 is.

Business of Learning

Tony Karrer

I personally would bet against training as publisher of formal learning in the long-term. Incremental changes, e.g., going from face-to-face in a classroom to virtual classroom or courseware, likely are not going to be sufficient in the long run. This is a very strange time. It makes me realize that we had really better get moving on thinking about our collective future.

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Hot Topics in eLearning for 2009

eLearning Learning Posts

Using SharePoint , December 16, 2008. SharePoint Examples , December 5, 2008. Building a Studio for Instructional Videos on a Tight Budget , December 4, 2008. With all that is going on in terms of long tail learning and the business of learning , not to mention social and informal learning, there’s no surprise that there’s a lot of discussion around changes in design and instructional design as well as lots of discussion about new roles in this new world. Long live ADDIE! Collaboration Tools , December 2, 2008. In other words, What’s missing?

Long Live?

Tony Karrer

Just got through reading - Long Live Instructor-Led Learning - by Saul Carliner, who is a person I know, like and respect. He had me scratching my head about Long Live what? Long Live – is actually an important issue being raised through this discussion that I'll get to below… Let me start with the fact that Saul and his article made no attempt to directly engage with any of the "bloggers" who he so quickly lumps together and dismisses. Can you make it 5 minutes long and just teach them how to use the rest of the resources? percent in 2008. Long Live?