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  • CORPORATE ELEARNING STRATEGIES AND DEVELOPMENT  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Social NetLearning - PCC: People, Context, Content
    The Annual Gathering 2009 Conference & Expo March 10-13 Orlando, FL DevLearn 2008 Conference & Expo - November 10-14 - San Jose, CAI'm not quite sure why there is so much angst within the eLearning community regarding terms.  You know the ones I mean: eLearning, mLearning, TWearning (Twitter learning), and my personal favorite - bLearning.  For those of you that missed that blog post , that would be "b" for Blog Learning.or Yea, yea, I know they are certainly related and bla, bla, bla.  What I mean is that you use all 3 TERMS in very different situations.  Give it up folks.  Try it! 
  • ELEARNING BLENDER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Train the Trainer
    I am responsible for an upcoming software rollout for a retail organization and I am looking for ideas for structuring a train the trainer course. The training plan involves the learners completing a series of eLearning courses which will be followed by a one day instructor led course. have finished developing the eLearning courses and the instructor led course so now I need to prepare SME’s to facilitate the instructor led classes on their own. The ILT course is largely based on completing a workbook filled with exercises that build on what they learned in the eLearning courses.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Social Media Workshop - Building Capacity Within the Housing & Settlement Sector in Windsor Essex County
    On Friday, Feb. 14th, I had the pleasure of delivering a workshop in Windsor to workers from the settlement and housing sectors. It  was held at the United Way of Windsor Essex County offices and hosted by the Applied Social Welfare & Research Group - York University in partnership with the Homeless Coalition of Windsor Essex County. The workshop was titled Building Capacity Within the Housing and Settlement Sector. We put together an array of social media tools and presented examples of how social media is transforming how we work, learn and communicate with our stakeholders.  Web 2.0
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Online Free Diagram Program
    Looking for a better way to create visual diagrams? Lovely Charts allows you to create sitemaps, visual diagrams and org charts. You can export the chart as a PNG file to import into your learning application. Check it out: [link
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Blogging Jobs Careers
    Fantastic post by Michele Martin - Blogging for Personal Branding. would have titled it as Blogging and Your Career. After reading this, I think you will realize the value that Michele is bringing that I mentioned in Social Job Seeker Resource. While I focus on Tapping the Social Grid as a part of current work. Michele is focusing on using Social Media as part of your Career. They are not mutually exclusive, and in many ways, she's covering the more important topic. Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.com
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Multimedia Storage
    Another good question from a reader. This person works in a military environment with some very particular requirements for how multimedia assets are treated during development. Because of that he's in the position of having to determine how much disk space will be needed during development. He's seeking help to answer. Are there formulas you use to determine disk space needs during development of multimedia training? My first reaction was - just buy more disk space. It's cheap. But the context here does quite allow for that. We are just about to move to Adobe's Version Cue.
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Changing Minds. How Hard it is. What it means to Learning Professionals.
    Since 1998 when I started Work-Learning Research, I've been trying to spread the word about research-based principles of learning. naively thought that good information would resonate so much that it would change practices industry wide. I've largely failed in that endeavor up to this point. That's okay. I've learned a simple truth about influencing others. It's hard. Take two recent examples outside the learning field. Antibacterial soap and vitamins. It has been widely reported for about five years or so that using antibacterial soap is generally counterproductive.
  • MINDLEADERS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Love Mondays? We do…
    Monday, monday. written by guest blogger Donal O’Nuallain. It’s Sunday night, the weekend has passed in its usual heady blur of enjoyment, sleep and not working. You’re relaxing on the couch reflecting on the last couple of days when suddenly the thought hits you like a double-decker bus being driven by Lewis Hamilton – “ I…have…work…in the…MORNING! ”. Now, in the past I have worked in jobs where this thought was even more of a nightmare than just the normal dread of getting up early and knowing you’re going to be missing out on some quality daytime TV. Group hugs.
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Blogphilosophy rethinking educational methodologies: is constructivism indeed a solution for all regions?
    The last couple of weeks I have been following a module of a Master in Distance Education at Athabasca University. This particular module focuses on the International issues that arise while developing distance education for different regions around the globe. It is moderated by Barbara Spronk, who seems to have traveled the world to such an extend that she does qualify as a global citizen indeed. So I have been learning a lot lately, but consequently blogposted less. had to come to terms with what I would post, when to find time and if anyone might be interested.
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Telling stories to “work the past”
    Working the Past by Charlotte Linde. Linde is an anthropologist who worked on a three-year study of a large insurance company as part of a team from the Institute for Research on Learning. She’s right that stories are an important way for organizaitons to find and uphold their identities. Want to preserve and protect a corporate culture? Tell and retell stories. Within business and management studies, the question of the past and its presetvation is both a concern — and also a business opportunity. As U.S. The past is a mental construct, a variable rather than a constant.
  • BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Pressure, Linkedin, Communities, Twitter, & Impromptu Learning
    How to Avoid Choking under Pressure - Scientific American. If you scrutinize your performance too much-trying to control, for example, the natural inflections in your voice as you present an important finding to your office mates - you will be priming your cerebral cortex to trip over your cerebellum, leaving yourself at a loss for words. But if you focus on a single word or idea that sums up your entire presentation ("smooth" or "forceful," for instance), you will be best equipped to prevent your brain from getting in its own way. LinkedIn traffic grows - cnet. Jay Cross - Informal Learning.
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Lessons on Networks
    Yes - I am playing lots of World of Warcraft these days. It's research. Really. Honest. Not affecting my blogging at all. Snerk. Before diving in - I had previously pinged my network (the blog, facebook, my in-person friends) for advice. EvilSue" was kind enough to offer her services for EverQuest II. Being half-a-world away from each other poses some interesting logistical challenges. At some point, I will take her up on the offer to see how best to mitigate those challenges. And to give me an opportunity to play with Skype again. Thanks Brian. Especially among the bowling league.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Online conference on improving conferences
    Our online conference on improving traditional conferences is coming together rather nicely. We start tomorrow and run through until Friday. Speaker schedule is here. Our Ning site is here. Jay has posted a few thoughts on the need for online conferences…and shares the results from an informal survey about the state of conferences
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Rethinking conferences
    According to a survey released last month that was conducted by the industry trade group Meeting Professionals International and American Express, 7 percent of business meetings already scheduled for 2009 have been canceled. When I signed up for Spaces for Interaction: An Online Conversation about Improving the Traditional Conference , I didn’t appreciate how timely the topic would become. Conferences have traditionally provided foundation knowledge for instructional designers, trainers, CLOs, and others in the field. over the years is wearing thin. of the network era. Wireless.
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Can social media bring about real change?
    Nicola Avery commented on my last post on changing the structure: How do you bring everyone together though - we do it in learning through various networks and initiatives but don’t know with this - who would be interested, how to connect them up ? It would be great to start an economic education initiative - but who to involve - as well as individuals - would it be organizations like World Economic Forum as well as the alternative World Social Forum - just some thoughts. So is it possible to use “frivolous&# social media for real change? Events like Charity Water can make a difference.
  • THOMAS TECH TALK  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] ASTD Handbook Special Offer
    Berrett-Koehler Publishers, with whom ASTD and I have an ongoing copublishing relationship and who recently helped ASTD develop the digital version of the Handbook, will be publishing all of the chapters of the ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals as stand-alone digital whitepapers as part of a series they’re calling Fast Fundamentals. I'm Chapter 23: Authoring Techniques and Rapid eLearning! This page is currently in beta-testing - take a few minutes to try it out! After you click on the link and the home page opens, choose a Topic from the menu. to $9.95
  • DISCOVERY THROUGH ELEARNING  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Why is it they only want to teach how to write an outline?
    I'm taking yet another course in online design and delivery. think I'm a glutton for punishment, but the trouble is I have yet to find a great course that really satisfies my craving for learning or meets my needs. did take a certificate with Bill and Kit Horton through Training Live and Online and I will say it was really good. walked away with a ton of great tips, tricks and resources that I could use right then and there. If you are like me you probably have little time to be wasting learning how to write an outline for the 10 th time.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Social Media Stats
    According to the article below, more adults are connecting online for both personal and professional reasons. How can we use this technology to promote learning? PEW Research Observes: 75% of online adults 18-24 have a profile on a social network site 57% of online adults 25-34 have a profile on a social network 30% of online adults 35-44 have one 19% of online 45 to 54 year olds have a profile 10% of online 55 to 64 year olds have a profile 7% of online adults 65 and older have a profile Check it out: [link
  • ECONTENT  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Engineering Blog Quest
    Last July I started my Engineering Blog Quest ( original post and it's six updates ). My goal was to identify blogs run by individuals which focused upon technology. without trying to sell you anything. In other words. folks like myself who were participating in the world of Web 2.0 with the simple goal of furthering knowledge. have posted my results / links to the Engineering Learning Wiki. My goal with this post is to demonstrate that corporations can have engineering / technology blogs that are "soft sell" and provide useful information. seems to be required to view. from GE.
  • TONY KARRER  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Tapping the Social Grid - Free Webinar
    I'm going to be doing a free webinar with Mark Sylvester of IntroNetworks that's about Crowdsourcing in the Small and Social Brain. Hat tip to Virginia Yonkers for calling it the Social Grid. I'm still not sold on the term - but the concept is very important. This should be a very interesting discussion. Tapping the Social Grid Date: Friday, February 27th Time: 9 - 10 am PACIFIC, Noon - 1 pm EASTERN Register Here Over the past 20 years, knowledge work has been transformed by the explosion of information sources and information flow. He has twenty years' experience as a CTO. and Ph.D.
  • TONY KARRER  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Communities and Networks Connection
    This is a great week for content communities. And there's a very interesting effect and a realization (aha moment) I've had about all of this that I describe near the bottom. Yesterday, I was able to announce that I've been working with Judy Brown to launch the Mobile Learning Content Community. Today I get to announcement that I've been working with Nancy White to launch the: Communities and Networks Connection For those of you who don't know Nancy. She has been my go to person for all things Community for years. She helped me launch Work Literacy. And have learned a few things along the way.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] The Big Question: What is the impact of the economy on your organisation?
    The Learning Circuits Blog Big Question for February is What is the impact of the economy on you and your organization? What are you doing as a result? Well, in my case, as an independent consultant, I am the organisation, so any economic impact is going to hit me directly. So what are we seeing, at least in the UK: Lower budget, rapid e-learning development is flourishing. If you can turn round short pieces of content quickly and cheaply, you'll be in demand. Rapid tools are selling well and trainers are more keen than they were to re-skill. We'll see.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Trackle
    Trackle is a new service that tracks all of your personalized information on the Web, all in one place. Offering the industry's most comprehensive index of popularly tracked categories, Trackle keeps tabs on everything in your life, from local, to social to shopping. Users get automatically notified over the Web, email or SMS whenever Trackle finds a match. The service is completely free, secure and privacy compliant. Trackle.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] E-Learning Seen as Bright Spot in Training Industry
    It seems likely that the cuts are will continue in 2009. As recently announced by Bersin & Associates , in the United States, corporate learning and development (L&D) expenditures dropped by more than 11 % in 2008. The organization continues to report that the spending has fallen from $1,202 per learner in 2007 to $1,075 per learner in 2008. Training staff resources are also dropping: Companies overall averaged 3.4 training staffers per 1,000 learners, down from 5.1 per 1,000 in 2007. However, there may be an e-learning bright spot.
  • EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Daily Bookmarks 02/16/2009
    Innovation Happens Elsewhere. CC-licensed online book about open source as a business strategy. Might be helpful in explaining why our company chose an open source LMS to the people who had panic attacks. tags : opensource , book , business , toread. Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here. Posted in Bookmarks.
  • ECONTENT  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] General Mills 2.0!
    This Thursday I will meet with Don Smith and the General Mills VP of Research to compare notes on the use of web 2.0 tools inside the corporation. Although you can't meet with Don, do the next best thing. subscribe to his blog or tweet. other than my recommendation? Quite simply, Don's employer has given him a very cool assignment. six month paid sabbatical to study the use social networking tools inside the corporation. In my first meeting over coffee with Don I was impressed with how he is mapping out the next six months. Link to his blog and see some of his initial research.
  • ECONTENT  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Pond Hockey
    Pond Hockey. grew up visiting the neighborhood skating rink in the Winter, and bicycling over to a sandlot for pick-up baseball games every Summer afternoon. This freedom allowed me to have fun and learn how to try things I would never had done in a formal practice. We need to give our kids this kind of freedom again. Here in America, we over-schedule children. Watch this excerpt from the Pond Hockey documentary. you learn what I mean. Link to the Pond Hockey site for a larger screen version
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] History of the Internet
    Yes, I watched the whole thing. The animation appropriately tells the riveting story
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] PowerPoint is tyranny (2)
    I’m getting into MindMeister for mindmapping. Feel free to tweak this one if you like. PowerPoint is Tyranny.
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Reader Six-Word Memoirs
    I'm working on a round-up post covering the great personal branding advice I got from my readers, but in the meantime, wanted to share with you the excellent 6-word memoirs people wrote after last week's post. I'm consistently amazed at the creativity, thoughtfulness and humor of my readers. An incredible group of people. Janet Clarey : It's OK to make a mistake. Rob O.:  Started living late, catching up fast! Kevin Hodgson : Writing is magical -- if they believe. Dan Callahan : First year sucked. got better. Peter Campbell : When in doubt, I changed careers. Kairos : I am good but no job.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Learning in and with an open wiki project: Wikiversity’s potential in global capacity building
    From the latest issue of First Monday : "There is a chance that Wikiversity will become the Internet’s free university just as Wikipedia is the free encyclopedia on the Internet. The building of an educational entity demands considering a number of philosophical and practical questions such as pedagogy and organization. In this paper we will address some of these, starting by introducing several earlier approaches and ideas related to wikis’ potential for education. We continue by presenting three commonly used metaphors of learning: acquisition, participation and knowledge creation.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Mobile Learning Content Community Launched
    I'm happy to announce that Judy Brown today officially launched the Mobile Learning Content Community. This uses the same technology behind eLearning Learning. Judy is THE person I have gone to for years for anything having to do with mobile learning. It's great to have her pull together content and bloggers into this community. I've personally not subscribed to these individual blogs, but I've just subscribe to the feed from this site in order to have Judy continue to feed me good stuff. Thanks Judy! Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.com.
  • DISCOVERY THROUGH ELEARNING  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Listing the Steps of the LMS is Difficult
    I'm working on my performance plan of the last year and I'm finding it surprising that the area that has occupied the most of my work life, the LMS implementation, is proving to be the most difficult to map out. I'm having little difficulty in listing all the steps for issuing our core training packages. very quickly mapped out the process I followed to host our annual spring gathering for all staff. even was able to list a few other major projects, but the LMS.wow that is much more difficult. Now I must find out why that is proving so hard. I'm at that point currently.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] The e-Learning Lingo Podcast
    Each week, the e-Learning Lingo Podcast Series discusses one or two important terms used in the e-Learning industry. There are currently 79 episodes in the series. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or just go to the URL below to down the MP3 file along with a PDF transcript. Check it out: [link
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] 9 year old kid builds an iPhone application for his sister
    As my colleagues are testing their iPhones for great mobile learning, the nine year old whiz kid Lim Ding Wen from Singapore just build an application for his sister. The application is also astonishingly simple and appealing at the same time. If you download Doodle Kids, you can draw on your iPhone with your fingers while touching the screen. If you shake your iPhone, the screen is whiped clean (this certainly brings back memories from my early sketch paths). Admittedly this is not your ordinary kid, but it is amazing. He has since completed about 20 programming projects.
  • BOZARTHZONE   |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Reality or. Media?
    My January 24 post, "Collapse of a Community of Practice", included an aside about what training practitioners are really doing v. what the media -- print, business blogs, "forums" and "webinars" would have us believe (another aside: there is nothing positive about the word "webinar"). My third book, From Analysis to Evaluation , was envisioned as a compilation of tools developed and used by practitioners in the field, loosely arranged around the ADDIE model of instructional design. For instance, no one -- not one -- person submitted anything on determining training results-on-investment (ROI).
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] 12 Year Olds Running Self-Directed Teams
    Catching a shark in RuneScape. Discussion with my son a few years ago. Dad, I want you to know the second clan meeting went better than the first,” my son unexpectedly announced one day. What, a clan meeting?” was my response, “clan, what do you mean clan?” I was nervous. I formed an online team in Runescape , we call it a clan.” Oh, of course.” We have six members but need someone who can cook shark.” He stated matter-of-factly. Cook shark?” We have someone who can catch shark; we need someone who can cook it. In our first meeting, we didn’t have any goals or tasks. Nobody knew what to do.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] The Simplest Symbolic Language
    Finger Painting by Hannah Dear - age 5 Mathew Needleman's Writing Tips #3: Pictures Aren't Just For Babies , brings forward a splendid way to 'unlock details from the brain' by drawing pictures. He made me think: Drawing pictures comes naturally to us. We’ve being doing it for thousands of years before Darwin. We have the historical evidence to prove it. What finer metaphor than a drawing for the thing that springs to mind? The word is a metaphor , but is at least twice removed from the image in the memory that it’s used to describe. The simplest symbolic language; it needs no translating.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] DailyBooth
    DailyBooth - - your life in pictures "Over time, your face changes. Your face shows emotion, your face shows age, your face shows thought, your face shows everything. Capture these little daily moments in a frame, day by day. See and share your evolution, your emotions, your thoughts.". Take the DailyBooth Tour: from jon on Vimeo. DailyBooth.
  • JAY CROSS  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Driving results through social networks
    Driving Results Through Social Networks: How Top Organizaiotns Leverage Networks for Performance and Growth by Rob Cross and Robert J. Thomas. This sequel to Rob Cross’s The Hidden Power of Social Networks is chock full of practical advice on leveraging networks for innovation and increased performance. If you’ve been scratching your head, wondering how all this social media stuff is going to increase the bottom line, this book has some answers for you. Not all value-based networks are the same. We are living in a time rife with opposites.
  • BUSINESS CASUAL  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Before lashing out on the global stage, step back.
    Just a quick post today to remind all my friends that, when you lose your cool with someone online, take a step back before reacting on the global stage. This professional meltdown on Twitter Ian described a few days ago logs another case study about the double-edged sword social media wields. It's another cautionary tale about the consequences of losing our professional demeanor in social media spaces. What you say in the heat of a few very brief moments can continue to taint your professionalism for a very long time. Question for you: it's now about 3 years later.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Intel Communities: IT@Intel Blog: Why Intel is investing in Social Computing
    Remember Me Search Home > Intel Communities > Open Port IT Community > IT@Intel > Blog > 2009 > February > 13 Up to Blog Posts in IT@Intel Previous Next IT@Intel Blog Currently Being Moderated 1 Why Intel is investing in Social Computing Posted by Laurie Buczek on Feb 13, 2009 10:37:38 AM In my post Testing Business Value in Social Networking I shared our results of extensive exploration to determine if there is value in adding professional networking for employee use. We are 1.5 I wanted to share with you the reasons. How did you learn about the company? 
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] How to Find the Right Wiki for Your Project or Organization
    WebWorks Wetpaint White House wiki adoption strategies wiki pilot Wiki tools Socialtext Wiki Uses Wikibility Workplaces WikiMatrix Wikipatterns book Wikipatterns.com Wikipedia Wikispaces WikiSym WordPress worldcup Writely Feb 9, 2009 How to Find the Right Wiki for Your Project or Organization Looking for a wiki for your team or organization? Don’t forget to check out the Atlassian Summit , May 31 - June 2, 2009. Published in the January, 2009 issue of Intercom , the magazine of the Society for Technical Communication. Enterprise 2.0 Online reputation is key to this.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] This week in review
    Firstly, some news about the C4LPT Learning Network, which I posted about a week ago.  We already have lots of new members, and a growing set of social, collaborative projects.  What is the C4LPT Learning Network?  Find out here.  If you are a learning professional, come and join us, and help build these projects. Just email admin@c4lpt.net for an account).  Here are just a few of the collaborative projects you will find - and what is more any member can set up their own collaborative project(s) as well: A Guide to. for workplace learning. Now, for some other news.
  • ECONTENT  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Hodge Podge World
    Thomas Friedman says " The World Is Flat" I say, Not! It is a hodge podge world. Interpretations of where we are heading is not easy. thus whether you are in Bethesda or Bangalore, watch my short video (4 minutes). Using population and natural resource data from the University of Sheffield's WorldMapper combined with music from the Renaissance, I try to raise some issues. It is "Western" viewpoint that the Age of the Renaissance was an "Age of Enlightenment" At that same time, "Eastern Thought" regarded the West as Barbarians! the slide show is automated ).
  • ELEARNING WEEKLY  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Reducing Costs in Precarious Times
    It’s no secret that we need to do more with less at work, given the financial mess the world is in. I’ve recently taken several steps at work to reduce costs and improve the effectiveness of our department’s offerings, and I thought it would be a good topic to discuss this week. Below are a few of my ideas. Please chime in with your ideas by adding a comment. Ideas for Reducing Costs. Go to fewer conferences (or none at all). chose to not go to the eLearning Guild Annual Gathering in March (even though I was approved to go). Use free / open-source tools. Create partnerships.
  • JAY CROSS  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Weapons of mass instruction
    Today I read Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto.  Formerly an award-winning school teacher, Gatto now spews more vitriol at schooling than anyone else I have ever encountered. If you are unfamiliar with his work, you must visit his site. Years ago, Heidi Fisk turned me on to Gatto; I began reading his The Underground History of American Education on the web and simply couldn’t stop until I got to the last page; it’s on my short list of seminal documents. few gems from Weapons of Mass Instruction : Quoting H.L. I’ve concluded that genius is as common as dirt.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Silent Visitors
    Lurkers, legitimate peripheral participants, silent participants, the silent majority and a host of other related descriptions can be used for about 99% of visitors to this blog. They refer to people who come to Middle-earth, have a look round, never comment and may never come back. Examination of data in Google Analytics shows that these visitors live all over the world, in their thousands. My intimate involvement, in many different ways, with teaching and elearning has developed within me a fascination for these visitors. And they appear to remain inaccessible. So I stick with ‘lurker’.
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Currently Working On.
    A momentary pause in the madness. This is the kind of work pace I like. Plenty to do, but not in a frantic way. Right on. Here's a taste of what's on my plate right now: Lots of Software Trai ning Finishing up a big project update for a large financial institution. Updating 19 courses (which I wrote last year). Little design work. Much juggling. Wrapping up software training for another client. Built six courses. Many lessons learned. Courses way too big, but some cool features that I really like. Starting a new project for another company. Small scale, help demos. Game-like program. Twitter.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Impact of Tough Times
    This month's ASTD big question is What is the impact of the economy on you and your organization? What are you doing as a result? wish I could say my bonus this year is only going to be $11 million instead of the usual $22 million but I don't work on Wall Street.I do not receive bonuses in good or bad times. So, here at Bloomsburg University , where I am a professor, it is a state run university. Bloomsburg is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), with 14 universities and more than 112,500 students. Penn State is not one of the 14 state universities.
  • LEARNING JOURNAL  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] My secret life
    I live a secret, split life. By day, I walk on the practitioner side of the street. I’m practical and results-oriented; I speak the language of business and work hard to support and promote learning in organizations, especially among those whose job it is to support and promote learning (like the learning leaders and practitioners at my company and the graduate students I encounter in instructional design programs). But at night, I quietly look both ways and cross over to the other side of the street - the scholar side.  What could be more practical than that? 
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Video games are good for you!
    This is the kind of report parents dream of - Video games are good for children : “video games can stimulate learning of facts and skills such as strategic thinking, creativity, cooperation and innovative thinking, which are important skills in the information society&#. It reminds me of Steinkuehler & Duncan’s Scientific Habits of Minds in Virtual Worlds (.pdf) pdf) where they address “the potential of games for fostering scientific habits of mind&#. People learn constantly - through games, strolling through a meadow, or sitting and thinking.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Facebook on top
    Facebook is creeping into all aspects of information exchange. Celebrities use it to share information with fans, businesses use it as a marketing tool, activists use it to generate support for causes, family members use it…well, you get the idea. For many, it has become the primary information and interaction tool. haven’t read stats on how Facebook use influences traditional media access, email use, or other social media. But more activity seems to be shifting to the platform in relation to other sites. It doesn’t have to be better than its competitors.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Learning and technology: success and strategy in a digital world
    In late January, I presented at Learning Technologies 2009 in London. Had a great time (including spending time with Jay Cross getting depressed in the Imperial War Museum ). I’ve posted a paper that I used as the basis for my talk: Learning and Technology: Success and strategy in a digital world. The paper focuses on the need for organizations - corporations, universities, NGOs - to conceive a more compelling vision for learning and development than currently exists
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Cappuccino U 2.0
    Jerome Martin has updated Cappuccino U , a good read for anyone not versed in all the informal learning activities available on the Web: The traditional education system cannot be expected to provide learning for everyone, everywhere, all of the time. Knowledge is growing so quickly in so many fields that educators cannot always remain current in their fields. Furthermore, there are new fields of study developing. Many of us are working in areas and fields which were not developed when we went to university.
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Yet Another Brain Dump
    Lots of brain space and spare time being taken up with Twitter, World of Warcraft, Hockey and work. Much of this may wind up being the topic of more substantive posts later - if I get around to it. Twitter - Feels like I am not doing something right. Maybe I need to pick up one of these Twitter aps so I don't wind up reading conversations between the folks I follow backwards / disjointed. Then again - maybe I shouldn't. Feels like a form of spying. Blogger to Twitter to Facebook - still digging this. Now I can spam all of my communities with my mindless ramblings in one go. Her name is Grisela.
  • TONY KARRER  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Content Quality
    When I do sessions on eLearning 2.0 , I often will ask for the audience to provide a list of barriers or risks. Often the audience is quite good at identifying all the things that may go wrong or that will prevent them from doing any of this. And quite often one of the first concerns listed is content quality. If I allow people to edit a wiki, how will I know it's good quality? To me this is one of the more overstated risks. Yes, someone could post something wrong on the wiki, but they likely are already putting that same information in emails and IMs. Plus you can rely on human nature. Sheesh.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Tagcrumbs
    Social Placemarking Tagcrumbs are places worth remembering. Discover and share the most interesting places, stories and opinions. Mark places you want to remember, add notes and tags. Filter places by tags and location to build a custom map each time you need one. Share the places you discover and recommend them to your friends. Soon you’ll be able to use Tagcrumbs on the go. Tagcrumbs.
  • EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Daily Bookmarks 02/11/2009
    Miro HD Video Player | Free internet tv and video podcast player. Open source HD video player. You can download videos from YouTube and other sources in multiple file types and play them with this full screen player. tags : opensource , multimedia , video. Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here. Posted in Bookmarks.
  • ELEARNING BLENDER  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] Software Implementation Training Plan
    I've been working on what I consider a large project and I am hoping to use this post as a sounding board for my plan. The project involves training approximately 180 users on a ERP software program in a chain of retail stores. Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions that can contribute to the success of this software implementation. The overall plan consists of a blend of training solutions including eLearning , Instructor Led Training, and Job Aids. Instructor led classes will begin 2 weeks prior to the implementation. There's the plan now I just need to execute.
  • EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Daily Bookmarks 02/12/2009
    Miro HD Video Player | Free internet tv and video podcast player. Open source HD video player. You can download videos from YouTube and other sources in multiple file types and play them with this full screen player. tags : opensource , multimedia , video. Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here. Posted in Bookmarks.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] 100+ Free E-Learning Tools for Employee Training and Personal Learning
    Jane Hart and I collaborated on a new report, 100+ Free E-Learning Tools for Employee Training and Personal Learning , and have just now released it. If you’re not familiar with Jane, you need to be.  Jane is a Social Media and Learning Advisor and founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT). She is also the author of Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day , a blog where she posts a daily item of e-learning interest. DAILY! often wondered if Jane was actually 2 or 3 people because she gets so much done. She really provides and enormous service to our field.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Upcoming events
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 1:00 PM (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada). Summit 2009. April 30, 2009, 7 AM PST - 2 PM PST - Virtual Event w/ Expo. I hope you can join me for some upcoming events. I’ll be presenting a Free Webinar, Powered by Saba, on the topic of: Multi-Generational Learning in the Workplace: Overview and Instructional Design Considerations. Registration. I’ll be presenting a Free Webinar, Powered by SumTotal, on the topic of: How Small and Medium Business Can Leverage Social Media Tools to Improve Workplace Learning. Elearning!
  • CLARK QUINN  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] On the road again
    This is based upon my chapter in the forthcoming Michael Allen’s eLearning Annual 2009 about both the important principles of elearning tactics like mobile, portals, social learning, and more, and tying those tactics together into a strategy.  Well, this spring is shaping up differently than I expected. Instead of the doing the familiar talks or workshops in the usual places: Training’s Conference , eLearning Guild’s Annual Gathering , and ASTD’s TechKnowledge and International Conference , I’m doing new things in old and new places.  At VizThink , for one. 
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] My Blog's Personality Type
    Well, it isn't very glamorous or creative sounding. But I suppose this is an appropriate description of my blog's personality? ISTJ - The Duty Fulfillers The responsible and hardworking type. They are especially attuned to the details of life and are careful about getting the facts right. Conservative by nature they are often reluctant to take any risks whatsoever. The Duty Fulfillers are happy to be let alone and to be able to work in their own pace. They know what they have to do and how to do it. don't think, however, that this is indicative of my personality. It likes company. And comments.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] How the Crash Will Reshape America
    Adhering to the motto “a provocative title will surely increase readership&# , Atlantic has an interesting article on How the Crash Will Reshape America : Economic crises tend to reinforce and accelerate the underlying, long-term trends within an economy. Our economy is in the midst of a fundamental long-term transformation—similar to that of the late 19th century, when people streamed off farms and into new and rising industrial cities. find Richard Florida’s “world is spiky&# view to be more accurate than Thomas Friedman’s “world is flat&#.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Periods of being randomly bored
    In odd moments of silence, thoughts have a way of creeping in that appear foolish, but on additional reflection reveal something of value. The obvious solution to these random thoughts is to pursue hyper-distractedness. don’t always succeed on that front. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how change happens. The US election was all about change. Did Obama drive it? Or what about Apple’s success with the iPhone/iPod/iMac? Did Apple create a market that didn’t exist? That’s the obvious view. We like to hail heroes and visionary leaders. Would any leader do?
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] E-learning: the fad that's lasted 30 years
    Rob Chapman caused quite a stir yesterday when his article The elearning diet: Not recommended for long term results was published on TrainingZone. Here's how the synopsis reads: "Like the Atkins diet, numerous boy bands and the dot com bubble, is elearning no more than just a passing fad? Rob Chapman pulls no punches in this outspoken opinion piece about the fate of the elearning industry." " Now I've met Rob Chapman and he's both a nice guy and a successful businessman, but well-informed he certainly is not. But to be a fad, it has to rise and then fall.
  • MARK OEHLERT  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] How To Kill A Community
    So I found this piece of work from the North Carolina Office of State Personnel's Grapevine ;  which ostensibly has the goal of providing "a vehicle to build community among. personnel and to foster a professional environment of sharing and learning." It is a moderated forum and evidently a HEAVILY moderated forum  - I mean Judas H. Priest - put a foot on my neck and squeeze why don't you? Read these rules and then guess at the level of participation in this 'forum.' Don’t spam.  **Ooops. think you guys just violated your own rule Don’t use UPPERCASE – This is the same as shouting.  **REALLY?!
  • TONY KARRER  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Good Writing
    What is Good Writing? Rubrics and Good Writing One of my favorite conversation topics is always looking at how school has changed from when I went through. When I was going through school, I often felt that my writing assignments were judged arbitrarily. Teachers would give you a B with little or no explanation. still believe that content was relatively unimportant. Form was dominant. Lots of metaphors. Using a Thesaurus. Style over substance. And style was not well defined. Then almost a miracle happened in college. Your first assignment only needed to meet the first requirement. It was clear.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] How to design good educational apps for the iPhone
    This is my new article for elearningpost after a 5 year hiatus. was encouraged to write this after I saw my daughter struggle with some educational apps on the iPhone. write this in the hope that going forward we'll see some real neat apps that kids can enjoy and learn from. In this article, I reflect on my observations and propose the following qualities of good educational apps. Clear goals. Useful & engaging start up screen. Interesting gameplay. Meaningful interactions. Appropriate feedback
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] I am a tag
    I am a tag. Get the free app for your phone at [link] , then point your camera phone at this barcode
  • BOZARTHZONE   |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Sacred Training Cows
    I am just home from Training 2009 where, among other things, I offered sessions on "Better than Bullet Points" and "Instructional Design for the Real World". With both these topics I always manage to tip a few sacred cows. While I hope the presentations provoke thought more than ire, I know that I sometimes ruffle feathers -- often, I suspect, by hitting too close to home. Here are some of the sacred training cows I tipped in Atlanta: --Much of what we call 'e-learning' would be much more useful if distributed as text documents. Good e-learning is about design, not software.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Blog Indices
    It appears from recent conversations about blog indices and related discussions [ 1 ] , [ 2 ] , [ 3 ] , [ 4 ] , [ 5 ] that the most use an index on a blog can provide is to assist the bloggers to find stuff on their own blogs. How extraordinary! As a blogger who has a very new blog-index, I must admit that I’ve found it extremely useful for finding stuff I've posted on my own blog. Before I built it, I would waste time looking for a post I’d written but couldn’t find – and my blog is nowhere near a year old even yet. stick with this, for I have my own reservations about its usefulness.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Creating an Online Game for Middle School Kids
    As part of a National Science Foundation grant with a team consisting of members from Hofstra University , Santa Barbara City College (working with Jim Kiggens and his team), Bloomsburg University , SUNY Buffalo and a independent company called Whitebox Learning I am involved with creating a game to teach middle school student math and engineering concepts and ideas. We have spent some time struggling with creating the right concept for the game. We initially had it be a wilderness survival type of game but it was too hard and artificial to inject formulas and problems into that environment.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Happy Birthday Charles Darwin
    The celebrations have already begun and will continue until 24 November 2009, the 150th anniversary of the publication of his famous book, On the Origin of Species. Today, Thursday 12 February, we celebrate 200 years since Charles Darwin, one of the world's most creative and influential thinkers, was born. Darwin200 is a national programme of events in the UK,  honouring his scientific ideas and their impact. Darwin200 at the National History Museum.
  • JAY CROSS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Another reason to live in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • ECONTENT  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Stack Overflow Podcast
    If you do software development, you owe yourself a trip to Stack Overflow. both for the blog and the podcast. After all, any blog that introduces me Bug Bash Cartoons definitely understands this domain. Make certain you click upon the cartoon to view it full sized! have added Stack Overflow to the Engineering Learning Wiki
  • ECONTENT  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] A Skier Cooks His Cast!
    Question: How does one make the Northstar Nerd happy? Answer: By giving him two arms! Movie: A Skier Cooks His Cast (short slideshow with music). As some of you know, I have a ski injury (broken thumb and torn ligament). This past weekend, quite by chance, I met Dr. Ralph Bovard who is the Chief Medical Officer of Exos Corporation. small medical start-up company. Dr. Bovard was a fellow competitor at a recent cross-country ski race. He saw my problem and offered to help. Quite simply, the foam cast is heated to 200 degrees and then cools to fit and protect the person's injury.
  • BUSINESS CASUAL  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] In a career transition? Get real!
    Career transitions have been a key topic amongst friends and professional connections. At a recent ASTD-OC meetup it seemed like at least 1/4 of some 60 attendees stood up when asked if they were job hunting. It wasn't to put them on the spot. The agenda usually includes a segment where we connect folks seeking career transitions with others who know of opportunities at their respective companies.). For my part, I've been passing along information I get online from recruiters and referring recruiter calls to colleagues whom I know are in the hunt. But, get "real." Got friends?
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] SharePoint in Corporate Learning - Free Micro Virtual Conference
    At the end of our Learn Trends conference last year, one of the comments was that we needed to do smaller versions in an on-going basis. Well we are going to start exactly that. And this also helps me work on making my eLearning Prediction #11 - Micro Virtual Conferences come true.) We will be starting with the topic: SharePoint in Corporate Learning Live Sessions: Tuesday March 10, 8 - 10 AM Pacific Thursday March 12 from 8 - 9 AM Pacific Community discussion will occur in between. If you are interested in attending, go to the Learn Trends Ning Site and sign-up.
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Six Word Memoirs About Work and Learning
    They say the shortest story ever written was this six-word beauty by Hemingway: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. Following up with that idea, Smith Magazine invited readers to submit their own six-word memoirs. The first compilation was Not Quite What I Was Planning and their the latest project is S ix-word memoirs on Love and Heartbreak (guess what my husband is getting for Valentine's Day?). If it can work for love, it can work for work, too, so I thought it would be cool to see if we could collect some six word memoirs about your experiences with work and learning. Have I learned it all?
  • DISCOVERY THROUGH ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Proving My Worth & Explaining Why I Need Less Interuptions
    It's been almost 3 weeks since I returned from my vacation and the 3 solid days of LMS work I had scheduled for myself still has not occurred. It's amazing how many "this is number one" priorities come up in a single day. came back to having to create org. charts, produce yet another paper version of curriculum, general document creation, meetings, budget concerns, binder stuffing, a/v equipment malfunctions , coordinating of orientation, and it goes on and on and on. Makes me shiver just to say the words. I've never had to do one before.ever. However.
  • ENGAGED LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Multi-Tasking & Social Media - Mastering the Balance
    While reading Will Thalheimer’s blog on multitasking , I started playing out situations in my mind. Twitter, email and IM popping up new messages. Going through my RSS feed. Checking LinkedIn & Facebook. Answering the phone. Attending to visitors. Yet as we do this we are all learning.  So if it actually is a disturbance to multi-task, where is the line?  What is considered multi-tasking and what is considered fruitful learning & performance?  This is what I have come up with initially… I see myself in a constant state of learning.  I wasn’t multi-tasking. 
  • MINDLEADERS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Twitizens of the world unite…
    So it goes Tweeters, also known as Twitterers are Twitizens of Twitter, who Tweet each other in the Twittersphere and will be participating in the global Twestival which is taking place around the world on 12 February 2009. I came across another new word to describe the growing breed of people who use Twitter the other day – Twitizens. Are you confused yet? was, utterly, when first introduced to Twitter but now as a self-confessed Twitizen I am fully signed up to it, this phenomenon that is sweeping Internet users. Go on find out more and sign up to Twitter.com !
  • KAPP NOTES  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Random Thoughts on 3D Learning Environments
    Think about it, the internet is just over 5500 days old. When we pause to consider this fact it is almost impossible to imagine how much change this technology has brought to Society, Business and Learning and how much more it will bring. Similarly, as we enter the age of the immersive internet, or 3D internet, it is equally impossible to underestimate the impact the 3D web will have on learning, business and society. As we enter the age of the immersive internet, it is important that we pause to consider the significant transformational impact it will have. Do you know of any others?
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Blogging - Not on Company Time?
    I saw a post by Dan Roddy - Do you have a blogging policy? As part of an interview for a new job, he got into a discussion with his potential new employer of their policy was around blogging. Their response was; if it helps you and you don't give away any secrets, and don't do it in company time, then that would be okay. The part I find interesting is "don't do it on company time". What if it helps the company? What if I'm using blogging as part of my Information Radar ? What if I need help from my learning network on a particular work challenge that I can ask without revealing any secrets?
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] Sample e-Learning: Learn about gems
    Came across an interesting e-Learning course. Check it out: [link] Take the "Diamond Essentials" course and look at a couple of pages. They use " slide shows " that pop up in the page for further explanations along with other methods to convey drill-down information
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Multi-Generational Learning in the Workplace
    Wednesday, 25 February 2009, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Do generational differences. impact instructional strategies or is it just hype? Janet Clarey, author of the Brandon Hall Research report. Multi-Generational. Learning in the Workplace ” will host a discussion of multi-generational. learning and instructional design considerations with a focus on the following. questions: What similarities. and differences exist in different generations? What do we need. to consider when designing instruction? What does existing. research say about generational issues and instructional design?
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Creativity, Space and Time
    Okay, okay, okay, okay! We have a lot of things happening in our lives today. We are expected to multi-task to cope with all that comes at us from every direction at work : emails that we’ve to respond to dropping in at a pace per minute, phone calls interrupting our daily routine, txt messages arriving on our mobiles with an incessant beep, new-post announcements hitting the RSS Reader at a digital rap, never mind the twitter and tweets. And then there’s life itself. When ever do we have time to think? was wondering about all his while watching a recent John Cleese vid on creativity. Nothing.
  • BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Training in a Recession, Memory, & Pacing
    The Crystal Ball: Predicting Stock Prices - McBassi & Company. Over the years, we have consistently found strong evidence that training expenditures are a predictor of future stock market returns for publicly-traded companies. See, for example, "How's Your Return on People?", Harvard Business Review, March 2004.). Note that McBassi found in the original study that a series of portfolios of firms that made the largest per capita investments in training subsequently returned 16.3% per year, compared with 10.7% for the S&P 500 index. The Answer? Yes, the relationship still exists.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Uneven impact
    Creative Class analyzes the sectors hardest hit by job losses. Traditional manufacturing fields are most impacted. Office, sales, computer, art, and architecture/engineering show large losses as well. Service sector jobs - health, education, legal - are fairing better than most. Many of those most impacted will soon be returning to colleges and universities to engage in new careers. One of the things that has always irritated me about education is how the model is one that learners must adjust to…rather than systemic flexibility to meet diverse needs of learners. Am I being too negative
  • EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Daily Bookmarks 02/10/2009
    Multimedia Learning » Compliance Poetry. Have boring content you want to make more interesting and memorable? What about putting it in poetry form? This is a creative use of poetry to create memorable summaries of copyright law. If intellectual property law can be made simpler to understand and remember, can’t your content too? tags : learning , writing , instructionaldesign , creativity. Our Boom De Yada « Cole Camplese: Learning and Innovation. What a fun project! tags : video , education , MEGA , inspiration , music , k-12. Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
  • CORPORATE ELEARNING STRATEGIES AND DEVELOPMENT  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Red = Details, Blue = Creative : My office is blue
    The journal Science studied 600 people and concluded that seeing Red helps you complete detail-oriented tasks, while the color Blue helps you be more creative.  So what happens when your room is half red, and half blue? DevLearn 2008 Conference & Expo - November 10-14 - San Jose, CA
  • CLARK QUINN  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Pacing
    We recently finished watching a video series called Kamichu (we like anime ).  It’s a remarkably cute series about a middle school girl who finds out she’s a god (apparently the Shinto belief system). There are some subtle digs at cultural artifacts like politicians, sweet explorations of the difficulties of romance, and funny running gags.  I recommend it, but the thoughts it prompted are what I’m talking about here. One of the interesting things about the show is it’s speed.  Each episode unfolds at it’s own leisurely pace, with soft musical backgrounds, and no laugh tracks. 
  • ELEARNING DEVELOPMENT NEWS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Access = Learning
    Learning is about access to information. The more information people have available to them, the more likely they are to learn. Sounds pretty obvious, right? After all, Google has turned into the greatest job support/learning tool ever created because it gives us instant access to the information we need, when we need it. Why should we treat learning in our organizations any differently? Learning resources should be freely available to the people that need them without forcing them to jump through hoops.  The learning landscape is moving beyond the concept of a course. Remember the newspaper?
  • BUSINESS CASUAL  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] ASTD chapters: Can we use social networks for mutual benefit with college students?
    During a meeting last month of our local ASTD chapter ( American Society for Training and Development, Orange County California Chapter ), I participated in a volunteer's breakout session. One of the points of discussion was to consider ways in which our chapter might increase membership. Especially in a tough economy where folks might better think to save their dollars instead of shelling out for an association membership. Content is King. Of course, one suggestion that immediately comes to mind is, as they say, content is king. Be Visible, Be Relevant. Say that ten times fast!).
  • CORPORATE ELEARNING STRATEGIES AND DEVELOPMENT  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Andrew McAfee - Enterprise2.0 - Don't forget your IT buddy!
    My biggest, simplest, tip for training professionals is this:  Get an IT buddy! Technology drives eLearning.period!  It doesn't matter if you are integrating it into the classroom or starting over with a completely virtual solution.  From now on you will ALWAYS need the help of your IT department.  So get to know them.  Not just the management but even the lowest server admin or code monkey.  You WILL need their help at some point so start the relationship NOW. With that said, their is one man leading the IT charge in the world of 2.0.  Andy's easy test of a "2.0 And is it emergent ?"
  • MINDLEADERS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Adult Learner Week
    The National Adult Learning Organisation in Ireland, AONTAS , is this week hosting its annual Adult Learners’ Festival, which in its third year is promoting a different learning theme each day of the week. AONTAS is a non-governmental organisation whose mission is “to ensure that every adult in Ireland has access to appropriate and affordable learning opportunities throughout their lives, thus enabling them to participate in the economic, social, civic and cultural development of Irish society&#. Adult Learner Week.
  • MINDLEADERS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Hands up who wants to go to numeracy class?
    It was hard to ignore the recent Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report into adult literacy and numeracy in the UK recently. After several years of significant investment and, to be fair, progress, the PAC dismissed UK illiteracy levels as ‘ unacceptably high ‘ and overall performance on the issue ‘ dismal ‘ Ouch! Notwithstanding the government’s predictably defensive response to the criticism, we have a slightly different take on the overall tenor of the report. So what can be done about it? Reining in ambition won’t hack it. What if anyone sees you?
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