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  • JAY CROSS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] Speaking and practice
    The November 2008 issue of Harvard Business Review contains an article by Nick Morgan entitled How to Become an Authentic Speaker. In brief: Instead of rehearsing gestures to make a speech feel authentic, you should tap into four fundamental aims, or “intents,” of a good presentation: to be open with your listeners, to connect with them, to be passionate about your topic, and to listen to messages from your audience, whether spoken or unspoken. Note the paradox here. This method is designed to achieve authenticity through the mastery of a calculated process. Related. To be rather than to seem.
  • JAY CROSS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Serendipity
    I was walking through the exhibit hall two floors below the Learning Technologies 2009 conference just at the moment Clive Shepherd was bringing up something I’d written. member of the audience, Jeroen Van Eeghem, snapped this surreal photo of me seeing myself on screen.
  • JAY CROSS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] No net connection, no Jay
    Parador Gil Blas in Santillana del Mar. Last night around midnight, wireless connectivity at my hotel in Santillana del Mar disappeared. When I complained at the front desk this morning, the fellow told me that wireless really worked only in the lobby and the reading room. brought my computer downstairs; wireless was still dead. They gave me a cable to try; it did not work. told the clerk that for me, going without internet access was like doing without running water or electricity. Parador headquarters in Madrid investigated the problem and reported back that wireless was working. Mierda.
  • JAY CROSS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] Images matter
    In his keynote at Learning Technologies, Tony Buzan asked the audience to remember the first thing that popped into their heads when he said the word “Clinton.&#   Nearly everyone flashed on a picture, not a bunch of words. That’s the way we humans are wired. Santander. The Guggenheim in Bilbao would not let me photograph a written explanation of Richard Serra’s works that was pinned to the wall. The Museum of Basque History and Culture doesn’t permit photographs either.The same held true at the Alta Mira Caves and in Westminster Abbey. find this aggravating.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] Why Is It So Hard to Copy Toyota?
    Steve Denning attempts to unpack why GM is not able to copy the Toyota Production System (TPS) A nice introduction to the Toyota Way of work and the important elements in it. At the heart of the matter, Denning says, is that GM and the likes tend to focus more on the 'process' and 'continuous improvement' angle of the TPS and not on the 'people' and 'teams' angle
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] University Leadership
    Blindingly obvious statement: how we access information and interact with each other has (disruptive) implications for educational institutions as well as leadership models. Openness and transparency, as guiding principles for organizational design, are now readily acknowledged by business leaders and educators. The recent American election and current spirit of the new administration reflected these ideals. What is to come of university leadership in this climate? As goes information so goes society’s organizations (business, universities, schools, politics).
  • BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] Presentations
    4 multimedia learning principles that will improve your slides - Slideshare. Instructional design helps people learn. It does this by taking into account how people learn from different media. This is called the cognitive theory of multimedia learning. One of the key ideas of this theory is that we have separate channels for processing verbal material and visual material. Each channel is limited in the amount it can process. Six Don'ts for the End of Your Presentations - Decker. Those last few seconds amount to the last important picture people remember of you. Finishing on time.
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] A Virtual Learning Environment gets grounded
    One of the best things about writing an e-elearning blog is its flexibility of the medium to mould itself to accommodate new events. These days, I'm regularly interrupting one series of posts to. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] Preparing for Business 2.0
    If you were to advise someone considering going into business or becoming an entrepreneur today, what would you tell them? What is the best advice for today’s business schools? Where would you start; with underlying processes, human psychology, supply & demand theories or principles of management? I’ve been using the wirearchy tag to note articles that talk about the changing nature of work. Think that sounds like science fiction? Think again. Scott Anthony : The Great Disruption creates real challenges for managers who have made a career out of focused execution.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] Geeks Bearing Gifts:unwrapping new technology trends
    Came across a great course- Geeks Bearing Gifts:unwrapping new technology trends. don't think the class is open to the public but you can download the materials. This class is intended to provide a fun, fast-paced, and informative introduction to and update on today’s hottest technology trends. Program participants will be able to identify technology trends and they will understand how these trends will impact or can be integrated into traditional library services. Course structure will include brief vignettes and demonstrations of a wide variety of technologies. Check it out: [link
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] More on ASTD Keynote
    I know that Jon didn't create his post - ASTD TechKnowledge Comments in order to get me to post and link to him. But it certainly made my day when he said - It was Tony Karrer (number one eLearning Blogger) who was awarded my five stars for his engaging Thursday morning opening speech that put David Pogue’s message in a context that made sense for attendees. Considering that David Pogue is always highly entertaining and engaging - and plays the piano and sings at his presentations - I was somewhat worried having to be the next day's keynote following such a dynamic presenter.
  • MARK OEHLERT  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] My Twitter Mosaic
    Get your twitter mosaic here.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] Book on 3D Learning Environments: What Do You Want From It?
    Standing in a virtual book store requesting input on "Learning in 3D" book. Tony O'Driscoll and I have teamed up with Pfeiffer and are writing a book tentatively titled Learning in 3D which will discuss how to create and deliver effective learning through virtual worlds including implementation, design and evaluation. My questions to you are: "What would you like to see in this book?" What questions do you want answered?" What types of case studies would be of interest?" What should be the focus of the book?" What do you want to tell us about a book like this?" Please leave a comment below.
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] Corporate Social Media Policies
    There's a very interesting set of questions in the post Happy New Year! AND do you have opinions about social media governance? This is by an IBM employee, Jen Okimoto, who works in the domain of Web 2.0 and is asking about a very important issue. Access to and Governance of Social Media Tools in Corporate America. This is a big issue. I've posted before a list of Corporate Policies on Web 2.0 and you can see some of the patterns that have emerged, but these don't necessarily help answer the questions being raise. have some numbers in Web 2.0 Her questions are right on the mark.
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] Hot List - Second Half of January
    Alternatives to Kirkpatrick Wiki as repository for a virtual community Wikipedia - tightening editing Remote Collaboration the Horizon report 2009 from Educause Items HP Learning Center - free online software, business, marketing and IT classes for small and medium business Keywords Social Media Work Skills Twitter Photoshop Captivate Adobe Google Articulate eBook Tools Demo ASTD TechKnowledge Notes on the list. As I was at ASTD last week, I missed doing my Hot List for the week. You can find out more about this in Hot List and Hot Last Week. Other items come from other sources.
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] A Week Without Google
    My daughter is taking a New Media Research studio class at NYU where (somewhat to my dismay), she's learning about using RSS and Delicious. I'm dismayed because I would have taught her about these things for free, but you know college students. Parents are good for tuition, not for tutoring. Or maybe I'm just jealous that I can't take the course. At any rate, this week's assignment is a doozy-- A Week Without Google. For my daughter and her friends, the hardest thing to do without is YouTube, which has replaced channel surfing on cable as their favorite time-waster. What do you think? Web 2.0
  • MARK OEHLERT  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] "The Evolution of Education: Empowering Learners To Think, Create, Share, and Do" (THE Journal)
    ( link ) "According to Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University, education is evolving "due in large part to emerging information and communications technologies." And that's got him excited. According to Dede, that challenge can be met by utilizing a range of tools and technologies that kids are already using and, in many cases, already very skilled at. He broke those tools down into three--albeit loose--categories representing "ways of empowering people individually and collectively to: Think. Create. Share and do.".
  • MARK OEHLERT  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] Following up on the conference thread.TED and VenueM
      Now this is how you mobilize a conference. TED has worked with VenueM to create a great iPhone app (launches iTunes) that lets you access a truckload of content from the past and present TED conferences (content not yet created is not available). The app includes video and audio and the ability to bookmark and "share" - via email. My one little wish would be that the "share" would include the ability to push favorites to social networks. Now this is thinking. mean TED is clearly a diff animal.$6,000 6,000 a year for 'conference membership'? You have to apply for membership. What about that?
  • MINDLEADERS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] Adult Learners’ Festival 2009
    Adult Learners’ Festival 2009. 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. Daily themes being promoted this week are all about encouraging adults of all ages to celebrate learning through - collaboration, the community, the workplace, lobbying and engagement. Thursday’s theme is Learn@Work Day , which highlights the importance of workplace learning and upskilling.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] Pie In The Sky?
    I read blog posts and articles that tell where education and learning are supposed to be heading with the economic downturn. wonder how much this evident crisis is being used by many would-be educators to assist them to push their own barrows. It might be my age, but I feel that the rush-rush-rush of postmodernity is no excuse for continuing campaigns for further change just for the sake of it. Especially in training and education. New age The present digitalogical age is nearly new. Some of us are still playing with the packaging from much of this technology. Nothing new in that. But ooh!
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] Skype 4.0 for Windows
    Skype 4.0 for Windows has been released and now includes: bigger video. better sound. easier juggling of conversations. Skype 4.0 for Windows.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] Online conference on improving traditional conferences
    Just a quick reminder - AACE is hosting an online conference on improving face-to-face conferences: Partial speaker list …main conference site and sign up for mailing list…and ning site. The conference is free and online. Feb 18-20
  • LEARNING DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] NEWSeum app
    Here is a nice little Flash application of Web 2.0 technology. This is a nice little tool to browse the news, but it is also extremely valuable if you are an analyst that needs to constantly stay on top of the news in different parts of the world.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] UT-Battelle's Tips for Sharepoint Success
    Sign-up Publications SAVE | EMAIL | PRINT | MOST POPULAR | RSS | SAVED ARTICLES | REPRINT UT-Battelles Tips for Sharepoint Success February 03, 2009 By Sarah Boehle After determining that available off-the-shelf training would not adequately advance the companys Microsoft SharePoint initiative, UT-Battelle LLC in Oak Ridge, Tenn., SEARCH > Advanced Search this site (past 3 months) Members Sign-in Not a Member? decided to build its own curriculum focusing on the specific tasks that users throughout the organization conduct using the software each and every day. Usage is up, too.
  • THOMAS TECH TALK  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] Are We Headed for an eLearning Regression?
    in eLearning in 2009 or even 2010. Let me just start by saying that I am a bit fearful for the next phase of eLearning. I'm fearful because I think we are facing what I will call a "design regression". I've been excited about integrating Web 2.0 technologies into my eLearning, and am excited that the tech bar is lower and more people can take advantage of it, however, I don't think that we are going to see the explosion of Web 2.0 In fact, I think that "page turners" may return with a passion. Here is my logic.let me know if my thinking is sound.
  • MARCIA CONNER  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] My Tweeple
    As if I wasn't already amazed with fascinated with Twitter as a productivity tool, a new application for Twitter users takes my fascination further. TwitterSheep aggregates the biography text from the people who follow my updates on Twitter and displays them on a visual cloud. Although I don't know personally many
  • ADVENTURES IN CORPORATE EDUCATION  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] EMC Proven Professional Community
    I’ve hinted that I have been doing some community building at work (I work for Education Services at EMC ). Well, I can finally talk about it because the EMC Proven Professional Community has been launched! The Proven Community is part of a bigger community called ECN - EMC Community Network. Obviously our community is for the over 30,000 folks who hold one of EMC’s Proven Professional certifications. know I didn’t learn about storage technologies in college. How are people picking up these skills? This is your official invite to come check out the community.
  • ENGAGED LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] @slqotd on Twitter: January e-Book
    Here are all the question and answers to the SLQOTD for January and December. Jan: [link]. Dec: [link]. It is hard to get all the value out of Twitter if it isn’t immediate.  Here it is, boiled down, easy to read.
  • ENGAGED LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] Rethinking the Conference Structure - Time to Step it UP
    Mark Oehlert attended TechKnowledge ‘09 and his thoughts were very similarly to mine: Conferences need to be updated. have been thinking a lot about this lately (with my spare brain cycles) and would like to expand on a few of his points. “Social media should be the default and should kick in as soon as I register and continue past the conference.&#. Ohhhhhh yes.  Specifically, I should have the contact of everyone else who has signed up - their blogs, their twitter handle, and anything else they want to share with us.  Yes, Mark, it is. But not that it shouldn’t be done.) 
  • TONY KARRER  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] Social Job Seeker Resource
    She has her first informal webinar for February 9, 2009 at 12 noon (EST). Yesterday, I was lamenting on the lack of resources available to people seeking jobs who don't know how to use social media. had blogged about one technique in the past - Networking to a Job. But we realistically need a whole lot on this topic. just saw that Michele Martin has set up the Career Commons. Knowing Michele, this will be a fantastic discussion and resource. But she's limiting participation. I'd suggest you move quickly if you want to participate. Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.com.
  • ELEARNING ACUPUNCTURE  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] Hot Topic: Nursing Simulations in Second Life!
    The most frequently visited posting on this blog was written on March 7th, 2008 on the topic of Nursing Simulation in Second Life. If you visit that old posting, you will see that the architect behind leading edge nursing simulation in Second Life is John Miller, a professor of Nursing at the Tacoma Community College of Nursing in Washington, USA. John actively writes about this topic on his blog. If you are interested in keeping up with his experience, then it is a must read! John has posted to newer videos on YouTube that demonstrate how he uses Second Life to support learning at his college.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] What Learning Professionals Can Learn From the Steelers
    Having grown up in the Pittsburgh area during the Steelers first run at four Super Bowls, I am a born and breed Steeler's fan. Loved seeing the team get number six! So why are the Steelers so successful and what can Learning and Development professionals learn from the Steelers. First, one of the things that Ben Roethlisberger said to his team in the final minutes of the game when he walked on the field and got into the huddle hoping to to march down the field was ".it’s s now or never, I told the guys all the film study you put in doesn’t matter unless you do it now. Drop back. Scramble right.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] The Lean Intranet: from Intranet Zero to Intranet 2.0 and beyond
    Patrick Walsh has written a beautiful article explaining the the dire conditions of many intranets (Intranet Zero) and the misconceptions that drive it. In my opinion, the current paradigm for intranets has never worked. call the current state ‘Intranet Zero' because popular approaches offer virtually zero benefit to intranet users and their organizations, while giving zero chance of breaking out of the spiral of uselessness, poor user perception and even poorer usability
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Designing Web Interfaces
    Theresa Neil and Bill Scott have put up a blog to extend their much anticipated book on Designing Web Interfaces. They freely share the patterns from the book. Good stuff
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Usability testing on the cheap
    A friend of mine asked me about doing usability testing on the cheap. Thought I'd share some apps and websites I have bookmarked. Userfly - This is a new service and could become the next big thing. It captures user sessions on video and overlays it with screen interactions. Silverback - Mac only app that uses the video cam on the mac to record user reactions and screen interactions. use this frequently. Ethnio - Online recruitment for conducting usability studies, focus groups and surveys. Usertesting - Low cost usability testing. Captures user sessions on video.
  • ECONTENT  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] Corporate Social Media Governance
    An IBM employee, Jen Okimoto, who works in the domain of Web 2.0 has posted upon a very important issue. access to and governance of social networking tools in Corporate America. Her questions are great, and are problems many corporations are trying to understand and address. It is not enough to just say. my company should provide open access to all these various tools. One needs intelligent conversation on this topic. Thus, I will defer to Jen's blog post and ask you to link. and discuss on Jen's blog. What about content that falls squarely in the HR domain?
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] e-Learning DevCon 2009
    If I had to pick one conference, I'd go to e-Learning DevCon 2009. Have limited budget for training conferences this year? Your $699 registration includes a full conference pass—and all meals are included! There are 70+ sessions on e-Learning development using a variety of software packages. Presenters for many of the sessions are end-users. Bill Horton is giving one of the keynote speeches. Check it out: [link
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] Jen O - A Room of My Own: Happy New Year! AND do you have opinions about social media governance?
    About Jens Twittering follow me on Twitter January 2009 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 What Im Reading Neal Stephenson: The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. Main January 27, 2009 Happy New Year! Posted by: Jen O | January 30, 2009 at 08:17 PM Jen - It was nice talking to you last week. Posted by: Doug Cornelius | January 30, 2009 at 05:26 AM Hehe, I never did read those guidelines. significant portion of that journey includes my experiences working at IBM. It was a fun read. Daniel H.
  • TONY KARRER  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] ASTD Follow-Up
    Knowledge Work Framework Tilde Effect Concept Worker Knowledge Work Not Separate from Learning Tool Set 2009 Search Better Memory Network Learning Information Radar Remote Collaboration Common eLearning 2.0 Last week at ASTD TechKnowledge , I did a keynote on Work Literacy and eLearning 2.0, an online Q&A Session for the Virtual Conference and a session on using Web 2.0 Tools for eLearning. You can find the handouts for the last session via TK09 Handouts. thought I'd capture some links and thoughts around these sessions. But I also see things that I feel need to be addressed.
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] "Do you have a blogging policy?"
    Just got back from another interview, but this was the first one where I asked "Do you have a blogging policy?" I'm hardly a high profile blogger - there's only you that reads it - but nonetheless, a couple of the people I've spoken to recently have indicated that they are aware of my online activity. Perhaps because I am the top ranked "danroddy" (in categories as diverse as 'frisbies owned', 'slices of toast consumed annually' and ' Google rank ') this should be expected. But in this interview we were getting down to the nitty-gritty (me? Healthcare insurance? Do they know you blog?
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] Composica 4.0
    Composica 4.0 is a social e?learning learning authoring system that offers real-time collaboration among team members and provides a WYSIWYG environment to create and deliver interactive e?learning learning 2.0 content with embedded social media.  Features include: Social Authoring. Project blog, comments, and RSS feeds keep authors connected. Individual and group chats for fast and easy communication. Powerful tasks system with built-in audit trails. Community Dashboards for project management and team visibility. Social Learning. Moderated or open course blogs, embedded within the content.
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] The Impact of the Current Economic Crisis on E-Learning: February ‘09 LCBBQ
    This month’s Learning Circuits Blog Big Question asks What is the impact of the economy on you and your organization? What are you doing as a result? In response, I returned to a post I wrote. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more. learning economics recession e-learning current financial crisis rapid elearning disintermediation challenge to e-learning Depression 2.0
  • BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Digital, Rapid eLearning, & Social Media Conversations
    From Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom - Innovate. Digital wisdom is a twofold concept, referring both to wisdom arising from the use of digital technology to access cognitive power beyond our innate capacity and to wisdom in the prudent use of technology to enhance our capabilities. It Only Took HOW Long? Duthie earning. We've ended up with 78 minutes of what could be argued is elearning content for doctors. Total production time? hours. Run the math and it comes to 9.15 hours' development time per hour of finished 'seat time,' roughly 9:1.
  • MARK OEHLERT  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Thoughts on Tech Knowledge 2009 and Conferences in General
    So I just got back from ASTD's Tech Knowledge 2009 in guess where? The usual suspects did their usual great jobs ( Brent Schlenker , Tony Karrer , Michelle Lentz ) - I'm not trying to slight any other speakers - just don't want to name the whole program. FYI - I did upload my slides here.) Double FYI - You can also look at the slides for the ILS Design Challenge that I mentioned here ). also think that Linda David at ASTD is probably one of the hardest workers in this industry and that Bob Mosher, et al served bravely on the conference committee. FIGURE OUT WIRELESS!!!! Do you?
  • THOMAS TECH TALK  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] The Great Joomla Project
    I found a tutorial online.I'm m gonna follow it and see if I can get the Great Joomla Project off the ground. link]. Wish me luck! Original post blogged on b2evolution.
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Elearning is weather-proof
    The Irish calendar does not observe the typical astronomical seasons (beginning, in the Northern Hemisphere, on the equinoxes and solstices), or the meteorological seasons (beginning on March 1, June. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Economic Impact
    The Learning Circuit’s Blog Big Question of the Month is “What is the impact of the economy on you and your organization? What are you doing as a result?&#.  Heavy topic, but appropriate for the times.  I’ll answer two-fold: myself, and what I see for clients. First, the impact: for some organizations it appears mostly an issue of scale, trying to do more with less, but for others it’s more cataclysmic; layoffs, no ability to secure capital for activity, no new business.  I very much believe in walking the walk, so I’m investing in my own capability. 
  • THOMAS TECH TALK  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] SCORM Jump Start
    Leo Lucas is an eLearning consultant who has made a series of SCORM templates that are inexpensive and easy to implement. talked about his site at ASTD TK all last week, and I wanted to link to his site from here. spent about $500 here and it has saved me hours and hours of work around simple SCORM implementation. Thank you Leo! Visit the software section for Flash, HTML and developer toolkits which make SCORM less painful to implement. link] Original post blogged on b2evolution.
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Centring on strengths at core of self-directed learning approach
    Appearing in today’s issue of Axiom News, Building Better Organizations : Better to begin from positive assumptions about employees. by Michelle Strutzenberger. Jay Cross, thought leader in the field of self-directed learning in the workplace, says promoting individual strengths is at the heart of his philosophy. One of his articles, Informing Learning – the Other 80 Per Cent , Cross makes the point that training is inherently pessimistic. Managers often start with the mindset that learners are deficient, and the objective is to bring them up to par,” Cross writes.
  • LEARNING CONVERSATIONS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Reflections on Learning Technologies 2009
    This was my first Learning Technologies conference, and I was pleasantly surprised. In the past, I've found conferences unsatisfactory affairs - often promising more than they achieve. Gradually, though, they are starting to change. These days, the conference or event is often the culmination of professional relationships that have developed online, whether through LinkedIn , FaceBook , or via the other various blogging, Twittering and RSS-based networks that we have. but we're talking here about a tool that would help delegates get much more value from the event itself. to run from 4pm to 7pm?
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Understanding Blogging for Knowledge Workers
    Blogs are now mainstream and it’s no longer necessary to explain what one is. It wasn’t that long ago that bloggers were being put down as a bunch of guys in pyjamas. Lilia Efimova, Mathemagenic , was one of my early sources of understanding about blogs, as I made my initial attempts at online conversation. Lilia introduced me to the concept of personal knowledge management. Here is my first attempt at explaining PKM in action and this is my latest. Lilia is finishing her dissertation on the blogging practices of knowledge workers and has summarized her conclusions.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Search
    2009 for recent materials. Primarily I use: Google Image Search Flickr But there are a lot of sources out there, especially if you need royalty free sources: Stock Photo Image and Other Media Sources Free Sources of Photos and Images Copyright Friendly Image Sources Other Posts in the Series Tools and Methods 2009 Work Skills Keeping Up Top-Down Strategy Better Memory Information Radar Processing Link Pages Network Learning Collaboration Twitter as Personal Work and Learning Tool Search Browser Short Cuts Work Skills Workshop Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.com
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Adobe eLearning Island on Second Life
    Adobed launched an eLearning experience for Adobe Systems in the virtual world of Second Life. The Island highlights its eLearning Suite and Captivate 4 products, which launched last week. The island features several interactive elements meant to educate and entertain audiences about Adobe's eLearning products. Adobe's eLearning Island can be reached in Second Life at the following location: [link
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] the mobile project update 1: html + mp4 + mobile moodle
    As I started writing the previous week , we are working on a mobile module that is accessible by a lot of (I know it is vague for now, but I will make it more substantial soon) mobile devices. The models we aim for are currently iPhone 3G, Nokia N95 and HTC TyTn. We have been dabbling with some applications, but let's face it, going back to basics normally gives the best result. It might not be sounding sexy, but it does deliver all: the HTML + CSS + mp4 set will be our main coding set for the mobile modules we are planning to give. what more would one want? It really looks nice.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] A Long, Long Time Ago
    On this day, fifty years ago, the life of a young singer-songwriter ended tragically. The end for this brief and brilliant artistic career was a supernova in the pop music galaxy that continues to reverberate with the shock. Early in the morning (3 February 1959) a light plane crashed shortly after take-off, near Mason City Municipal Airport, Iowa. All passengers died: pilot Roger Peterson, Ritchie Valens, J P “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and Charles Hardin Holley, otherwise know as Buddy Holly. Don McLean’s famous line on the event, “ the day the music died ”, is a conundrum.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Stacey - learner of today
    I was really impressed by the work shown at Learning Technologies 2009 last week by Kirstie Donnelly and Deborah Prynne of learndirect.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] TwTask
    I forgot to mention this new Twitter application in my review yesterday, so I'll squeeze it in here: TwTask is an application that lets you create tasks directly from Twitter - for free TwTask.
  • MARCIA CONNER  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] Edible Pampers
    For the past few weeks I've been working behind the scenes preparing to relaunch this blog with new content and a more consistent flow. Although it isn't exactly a preview, I can't not re-post this gem of a video from an otherwise lackluster Saturday Night Live last night. The faux
  • ECONTENT  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] Ski Loppets and PhotoPeach
    Earlier this week I learned about a new photo editing tool, PhotoPeach. This free service allows one to easily upload photos and create "active photoshows" with music. Your photos zoom and pan; in addition, PhotoPeach couldn't be easier to use. You upload, select music, add some captions and voila! Instructions are not necessary. Here is a brief slideshow I created ot today's City of the Lakes Loppet (25k cross-county ski race). It was a challenge to ski the event one armed (my recent injur prevented me from holding a ski pole in one hand. enjoy. less than a minute in duration!
  • CLARK QUINN  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] (New) Monday Broken ID Series: Objectives
    This is the first in a series of posts on some broken areas of ID that I will be posting on Mondays.  The intention is to provide insight into many ways much of instructional design fails, and some pointers to avoid the problems. The point is not to say ‘bad designer’, but instead to point out how to do better design. The way I’ve seen many learning solutions go awry is right at the beginning, focusing on the wrong objective.  Too often the objective is focused on rote knowledge, whether it’s facts, procedures, or canned statements.  First, our brains are really bad at rote remembering. 
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] Learning about Business
    When I left the Army and started working at an applied research and consulting group at Mount Allison University I didn’t really know much about the business world. After several years, I’ve realised that there were some things that transferred from military to civilian life. In the past decade I’ve learned a lot, mostly from experience, conversation and observation. It’s been an interesting apprenticeship. I’ve found that you learn much more from failure than success. One difference between school and life is that in school you get the lesson followed by the test.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] Thirsty for knowledge on social networks and information systems?
    Here you go then. Information Science Reference recently published a book by Miltiadis Lytras from the University of Patras, Greece, Robert Tennyson from the University of Minnesota, USA, and Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos, from the Universidad de Oviedo, Spain called Knowledge Networks: The Social Software Perspective. Here’s a description: Social networks are collections of individuals linked together by a set of relations. Knowledge Networks: The Social Software Perspective concentrates on strategies that exploit emerging technologies for the knowledge effectiveness in social networks.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] The week in review
    Here are a few of the other interesting resources I came across this week: A recent report from Pew: Generations Online in 2009 states "Contrary to the image of Generation Y as the "Net Generation," internet users in their 20s do not dominate every aspect of online life. Generation X is the most likely group to bank, shop, and look for health information online. Boomers are just as likely as Generation Y to make travel reservations online. Academic Earth is an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world class education. 
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] Career Commons is Open for Business
    I've also scheduled our first informal webinar for February 9, 2009 at 12 noon (EST). Per my post on Friday, I've now set up the Career Commons community on Ning. I've seeded it with some initial content, but hope that if/when the community builds, more will be added. Please note that the webinar will be limited to the first 15 people who RSVP, so please go here and let me know if you plan to attend. We'll be using Go-To-Meeting , so once you RSVP, I'll send you the log-in info. I've already had some great response through comments and email.
  • ADVENTURES IN CORPORATE EDUCATION  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] PLE construction, instructors, & converting Instructor led learning to eLearning
    In my last post I talked about the learning environments (LEs) we as developers create for students, and the Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) students create to situate themselves so that they can master the course objectives. In this post I want to explore the instructor’s role in helping students get over barriers they have to meeting course objectives, and if this role is still critical to eLearning. Instructional designers provide course prerequisites and course objectives. They they create course LEs based on this information. Not wanting to be in the course (attitude).
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] Free Image/Graphics Editors " It is Time to Tweak eLearning
    It is Time to Tweak eLearning Home About Articles for your Feedback Free Image/Graphics Editors January 28, 2009 In the field of instructional design (being it corporate, education or independent sectors) it is sometimes hard to have the latest and most expensive editors out there. Wii wiki wonderland world Blog Stats 16,672 hits Slideshows Feeds Entries (RSS) Comments (RSS) Archives January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 Theme: Blix by Sebastian Schmieg.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2009
    [2009] Flatworld
    From an interesting new startup called Flatworld : "We preserve the best of the old - books by leading experts, rigorously reviewed and developed to the highest standards. Then we flip it all on its head. Our books are free online. We offer convenient, low-cost choices for students – softcovers for under $30, audio books and chapters, self-print options, and more. Our books are open for instructors to modify and make their own (for their own course - not for anybody else's). Our books are the hub of a social learning network where students learn from the book and each other
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] What is the semantic web?
    If you haven't heard about the semantic web (Web 3.0), get ready for it. It's basically the "web of data" - a way to understand the meaning behind the stuff on a web page. Understanding what a person, place or event is - rather than depending on just keywords and then using that data to present information. To see this in action, compare Freebase and Wikiopedia. Wikipedia and Freebase both appeal to people who love to use and organize information, but the difference lies in the type of information covered, and the way it's organized.
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2009
    [2009] Get Out of the Training Business
    Jay’s column on Effectiveness, CLO magazine , February 2009. The dawn of a new age. If you’re looking for a way to weather the economic downturn, the first thing you need to do is realize that it’s a permanent climate change, not a passing storm. What we are experiencing today is fundamental. The industrial age is in its death throes, making way for the unfolding of the network age. This is akin to when the Industrial Revolution overwhelmed the agrarian age. During that time, people moved from farms to cities. Clock watching replaced working to the rhythm of the sun.
  • CORPORATE ELEARNING STRATEGIES AND DEVELOPMENT  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2009
    [2009] Great Video Lecture: @mwesch - Michael Wesch
    Outstanding Video of the cultural anthropologist, Michael Wesch , who created The Machine is Us/ing Us. Portal to Media Literacy DevLearn 2008 Conference & Expo - November 10-14 - San Jose, CA
  • ELEARNING WEEKLY  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2009
    [2009] The gLearning Challenge
    and more… Submissions will be accepted until Friday, March 6, 2009. The eLearning Guild has announced an interesting challenge for their upcoming Annual Gathering conference in Orlando. It’s called The gLearning Challenge and the concept is to create a learning solution using ONLY Google products. Here’s a more thorough description, from their web site : The gLearning Challenge is your chance to use the slew of free and easy-to-use Google tools to showcase your e-Learning design chops. Get Creative! Win Prizes! Be crowned the Master of gLearning! gMail. YouTube.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2009
    [2009] It takes years to perfect this type of timing
    Thanks to Jeroen van Eeghem for this picture, which captures the moment at Learning Technologies 2009 when Jay Cross (right) strolled past as I delivered my presentation on the exhibition floor, just as his picture appeared on the slide. I'm not a fatalist, but what are the chances of that?
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2009
    [2009] Caspian Learning
    Now that the Learning Technologies conference is over, I've had time to reflect on some of the exhibitors.  Caspian Learning is an intriguing one.  Here's how they describe themselves in the Exhibitors list. Caspian Learning is the leader in the use of 3D games and simulations technology for education and training, having developed over 50 ‘Serious Games’ applications in sectors as diverse as motor, finance, pharmaceuticals, defence, education and adult skills. Caspian has researched and built the unique, technology platform - Thinking Worlds™. Caspian Learning.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2009
    [2009] I’m Not Dancing with you Anymore
    This video is a tongue in cheek take on the new realities of marketing and the role of the consumer in choosing what to buy. love it as a great example of social media explaining the impact of web 2.0 tools on the buyer - seller relationship. The arrogance of the marketing executive is over the top but overall I believe the video reflects the “head in the sand&# mentality of many executives in the business, non profit and educational sectors.
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2009
    [2009] A cure for the page/slide hangover?
    One of the example demos for online presentation tool Prezi makes a very valid point: slides are a side effect of an old unused technology, slide projectors. Still, all presentation software today relies on slides. Likewise, most e-learning (asynchronous courseware) still exhibits features of its flat/linear predecessors. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as some very good stuff has been done using those earlier technologies, but the computer screen is not a page or a slide. In fact, it can be so much more. Thanks to Jane Hart for the Prezi link, lost in the torrent of good stuff on her PotD.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2009
    [2009] Sales Dancing with Dignity, Passion and a System
    I decided early in life that I wasn’t a sales person. couldn’t get excited about getting people to buy things and I had very little interest in making scads of money. chose to develop my career in social work with a major focus on youth work and community development. love my work as a change agent with organizations and young people however this past year, I’ve being taken over by a strong desire to work on my own as an independent consultant.  Those attitudes had softened over time as 20 years in the non profit industry taught me that my work used sales skills all the time.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2009
    [2009] Social Networking - Travel Guide
    Tripwolf combines travel tips from professional travel writers with a vast collection of travel information, experiences and reviews from a worldwide community of thousands of travelers. Search for a destination and get a PDF guidebook along with tips from fellow travelers. Another example of people teaching people by sharing experiences and opinions. Check it out: [link
  • BOZARTHZONE   |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Information Skills Needed
    I've been doing a good deal of research/work lately with knowledge management. One of my concerns is that the focus so often seems to be only on output: where can we store knowledge? What sort of database can we build for it? Do we need more procedures manuals ? Here is a piece out of Millikin University on the information skills needed by those entering knowledge work roles. Apart from providing an opposite-side-of-the-coin view, it points to new taks for educators and trainers in developing workers.
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2009
    [2009] Learning Technologies 09 - the exhibition
    I've only been to LT a couple of times before, back in 2005/6. There seemed to be much more going on this year and that point of view was reinforced by a conversation I had with a former colleague who felt that this year there were genuine innovations in evidence, rather than last year which, for him at least, had been a load of waffle and hot air. Others may differ in this view of course. In this post I'll look at the exhibitors and I'll talk about the (free) talks that I caught later. As always with these things, some stands made a bigger point than others. We'll see.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Tractable Notepad
    Notepad , a simple text editor, has been released with all versions of MS Windows since 1985. I've been giving it a bit of airing recently. It’s one of those little apps that seem to have countless uses, simple as well as complex. Easy and simple html : Late last century, in my sojourn with html, I learnt that web builders often used Notepad directly to build web pages. This intrigued me. d realised that a file-extension had a function, and that in some files the extension could be changed without the screen exploding. Of course, the code remains visible as code when the Notepad file is saved.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Driving Change: Selling SharePoint and Social Media Inside the Enterprise
    Businesses and established organizations are vastly different environments than the Web 2.0 social networking-centric universe. Where Web 2.0 is all about sharing information and engaging in two-way conversations, the enterprise concerns itself, in part, with individuals who are guarded with information and an organizational structure that disseminates information in top-down fashion. From my experience of evangelizing the benefits of social media at a mid-sized civil engineering company, I have learned many lessons on how the enterprise regards and judges social media. Sponsor. Discuss.
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Do Instructional Design Degrees Get "Wasted"?
    In my recent post Instructional Design - What's in a Name? the usual controversy erupted. ID student commented: My problem with the industry is that the degree in instructional design is required of management. which is pretty stupid. My (educational) background is in Management of technology (MBA/IT). I've seen jobs that require a MA/MEd/MS in ID even though those individuals in those jobs don't design instruction. You truly don't need an ID education for that. Interesting observation. How does this comment compare to your own organization? Is that a waste of an ID degree? Or has it?
  • MINDLEADERS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Using computer games in education
    Computer games now play a major part in most young people’s lives. In March 2008, a government-funded report from the DCSF indicated that sales of games for the under-12 age group represented nearly three quarters of the total UK games market. 87% of 5-16 year olds have a games console at home, and the enormous success of the Nintendo Wii has shown that new technologies can reach and hold audiences who never expected to enjoy playing computer games. However games still struggle with their association with frivolity, violence and mindlessness. Watch this space!
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] Pipl
    Well, Pipl is much better than Google in searching for people. It gives details in webpages, documents, business profiles, personal profiles, etc. Good stuff, but scary
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Academic Earth
    Academic Earth - video lectures from the world's top scholars. They even have an entire course in psychology. Now they should provide an iTunes link or an iPhone app. via elearnspace
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Lessons from the art of storyboarding
    I’ve made a commitment to improving my ability to communicate with images. As a result, I’ve been more aware of visual communication strategies. Presentation Zen offers comments (and links to a video) on Lessons from the art of storyboarding : Storyboarding as we know it may have been pioneered by film makers and animators, but we can use many of the same concepts in the development of other forms of storytelling including keynote presentations or short-form presentations such as those made popular at TED.
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] A small business boom
    Lots of industry predictions (like this for e-learning ) coming out are linked to the recession, but perhaps the best predictions are those focused on demographics, because we know that almost all 20 year-olds today will be 30 in ten years. It’s hard to refute those numbers. Judy Martin made 7 Work Life Culture Predictions this month which had me going down several Internet rabbit holes following the links. found out that I’m part of Generation Jones or may be labeled a Cusper (b. 1959). went out on my own 6 years ago, at the age of 44. Photo by Matt McGee.
  • TONY KARRER  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Social Brain
    I've been looking for a term that defines - Crowdsourcing in the Small What do you think about calling the network it's the Social Brain and then we can talk about Social Brain Building Social Brain Access I'm liking this. Thoughts? Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.com.
  • ENGAGED LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Gen Y - What They Want & How They Will Get It
    Here is a great article that shows how the business landscape is changing.  This HBR article sets up a situation and then allows three featured commentators adds their perspective (one of which is my father-in-law). The situation shows how a structured process, time proven, is interrupted by a new Gen Y employee and the reaction of his manager.  How would you deal with the situation? After you read the article, think about these questions: This WILL happen to you in some form.  How will you deal with it when you are presented with a similar situation? Other thoughts on Gen Y found here.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Rethinking the value of college
    When higher education is viewed as being primarily about getting a job, reports of this nature understandably arise: “Today’s economic downturn has blindsided a generation of young people around the globe brought up to believe that a college degree guaranteed them financial prosperity. Whether in the US, China, or in countries in between, graduates from even marquee-name schools are feeling the crunch, prompting many rightly to rethink the value of their education&#.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] How far have we come?
    I’ve been collecting links and resources on early views of technology and the internet. News recordings from 1980s seem rather comical. And yet…consider what the next 25 years might bring. Here are two short clips of people grappling with what the internet might become. Peter Mansbridge the internet as a “15 million people revolution&#. Fascinating, considering that the 1 billion online threshold was exceeded in December 2008. 1981 Internet report - “imagine turning your computer on in the morning and reading the news
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Obama Wired - Obama CTO
    Lots of interesting uses of technology in the new administration. One I'm watching is t he Obama - Chief Technology Officer website which uses technology from UserVoice. UserVoice lets you capture feedback and ideas from your customers. They can vote and/or s hare their ideas. Check it out: [link] [link
  • LEARNING DEVELOPMENTS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Take Pleasure in what you do
    I work out in a gym most mornings before work. As I work out I'm always observing those around me (and no, not in the creepy way). I take pleasure when I see a person who started out as a timid newbie at the gym turn into a more healthy person who enjoys working out. For example I've noticed a swimmer that could hardly swim a lap that now does long workouts back and forth across the pool like she's been doing it all her life. Training at the gym has made these people healthier and happier.
  • ECONTENT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] He Shoots! He Scores! Not!
    During the process of trying to innovate, we are often challenged to think outside the box. or in this case should I say. outside the goalie crease. Via the Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog , I learned about a high school ice hockey goalie who redesigned his protective pads to blend into the goal net behind him. This was the young man's idea (quoted from the Boston Globe ): "When the shooter comes down and only has a split second to shoot the puck, they're looking for net," said Leahy, a senior from Hampton, N.H., who grew up in Byfield. " Neat idea. will it work?
  • ECONTENT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Aviation History. Through Pictures!
    Warning! If you enjoy browsing old aviation photographs, this site eats up tons of time! The magazine Aviation News is 100 years old, and every article. every photograph. every airplane cutaway drawing is available online for free viewing. While the search engine is a bit slow, browsing the photo archives was fast and a treat. Access everything via their archive : (click to expand either image). Photo Archives. Pre-1914. 1930s (civil). 1930s (military). 1939-1945. Post World War II
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Free Online Job Club--Need Your Help!
    Here's the deal. Unlike a lot of people in this economy, I'm very fortunate right now to have a stable consulting practice that actually looks like it will improve when the stimulus package goes through because of the nature of much of the work I do. And honestly, I feel a little guilty about this. see how many people are struggling and, while I feel incredibly lucky that things are going well for me, I also feel like it's incredibly unfair that so many other people are NOT doing well.  also teach their staff how to facilitate career development and job search activities.  I Need Your Help!
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] PhotoPeach
    Make your own social slideshow in seconds. PhotoPeach helps you share your memories in a lively and vivid way by moving your photos like a video. with your choice of background music, captions on each photo, fun effects, and more. Take a look at this demo. PhotoPeach.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [2009] Academic Earth
    In the spirit of “aggregation is content creation&# , Academic Earth provides what it calls “thousands of lectures from the world’s top scholars&#. Aside from being useful learning resources for individuals, I’d like to know how many universities are using lecture videos from other scholars/universities. haven’t come across research to date that discusses how open educational resources are being used. Yes, we get information like “MIT’s OCW gets X number of million hits per month&#.
  • THOMAS TECH TALK  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] ASTD TK 09 - Day 2 - All About Web 2.0
    m beginning to see a pattern here - everyone is talking about Web 2.0 and how we must, must, must start implementing this technology into our eLearning. Here are a couple observations about Web 2.0 and the feedback I've been receiving from people I am meeting at the conference: Majority of folks I'm talking with have loved learning about Web 2.0 because they didn't know about it until now. This was very surprising to me.but then again.this ASTD show tends to attract the newer developers, managers and people just getting started in eLearning. Some of this will not be used, no matter how cool.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] Blogging, Networking or Collaborating - which platform to use?
    Recently I was asked for advice from from a colleague in the educational sector in regards to choosing an online tool for a group of educational administrators. They were a group who were not particularly tech savvy and wanted something online to help them share practices around school initiatives within their Board. My friend and colleague said that he would like it to an open space where people can think and share freely and that currently they are using a site made on blogspot.com. He added that they may have some money available to pay for a platform with more to offer than blogspot.
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