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  • 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.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] Featured on eLearning Learning Blog
    I am now featured on the eLearning Learning Blog! eLearning Learning is a community that tries to collect and organize the best information on the web that will help you learn and stay current on eLearning. Check it out: [link
  • CORPORATE ELEARNING STRATEGIES AND DEVELOPMENT  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] My Creation Station - TK09
    Welcome to my session on Social Media Soup. Mobile post sent by bschlenker using Utterli. Replies. DevLearn 2008 Conference & Expo - November 10-14 - San Jose, CA
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] Learning leaders 2008
    Elearning magazine has published the results of the 2008 Bersin competition on Learning Leaders -- companies with good learning programs for their staff. For example, "Sun Microsystems: Leadership Connections, part of Sun’s comprehensive Leadership Academy, prepares senior and executive leaders through skills assessment, coaching, training, and a sophisticated custom-designed simulation. Keys to Sun’s success include CEO and executive team involvement in the leadership framework, the selection of content and topics, and the design and piloting of the simulation.
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] eLearning breaking through - Articulate reviewed
    Before Christmas I mentioned that I'd spotted a review of Moodle in a national magazine. Well, I bigger and more widely influential magazine, PC Pro, has reviewed the current darling of the rapid development movement, Articulate Studio. They rate it quite highly, it scores 5 of 6; here's the summary: A simple, fast and effective way to produce sophisticated online presentations, but it's expensive. Anyone else used it?
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] Winding down from Learning Technologies
    So another Learning Technologies conference and exhibition comes to a close, in fact the tenth - an accomplishment for any event. The organisers may have worried that attendance was going to be affected by the downturn, but they could have saved themselves the sleepless nights - this was by far the busiest and buzziest event yet. How can this be? There clearly is a heightened interest in e-learning as organisations look to cut budgets and speed up training delivery - in this way e-learning seems counter-recessionary. The highlight for me was George Siemens' keynote this morning.
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] Gathering Input
    As I mentioned in my last post , I am revamping the new user training program for our big enterprise system. I've been thinking about this for awhile. It may be better to come at the problem with a clean slate. I want 2 pieces of information from the stakeholders: - What do they want the end-users to DO? What type of training support do they want/expect? Sid ( Remember her? She's my soft-skills counterpart.)helped helped me clarify the above questions. So my next step is to ask those questions of the IT Enterprise folks and the Steering Committee folks. Other ideas on how best to approach thi
  • ENGAGED LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] TechKnowledge09 - Another Conference that Missed the Social Opportunity
    Not that TK09 is a BAD conference - there are many great things about it.  But after the last couple years of attending I decided not to attend this last one for a few reasons. At the end of the last conference I sent in an informal proposal for some changes through email to the organizers.  One was to do have internet access and make it easy for people to blog the sessions (and do other things if they want).  Another was to focus on Social Learning - almost have a conference within the conference focused on that.  And there were a few other small ones.  Sour grapes?  Fast forward to today. 
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] E-Learning and Depression 2.0 Revisited
    Prologue: Today’s post was meant to be a short piece about how the e-learning industry is faring in current market conditions, but as I carried out my research for the article, something a little. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more. elearning research and development definition of e-learning recession economic downturn bersin and associates Depression 2.0
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] Free e-books and magazine: e-Learning Tips and Tricks
    The e-Learning Guild is a great resource for information. To get all the benefits, you'll need to get a membership (minimum $99/yr) but you can access lots of great stuff for free. For example, Guild eBooks are FREE for everyone and Guild membership is not required to access them. Check it out: [link] The free Learning Solutions eMagazine is a forum for sharing strategies, techniques, best practices, and case-studies for the management, design, development, and delivery of e-Learning. Join now: https://www.elearningguild.com/join/index.cfm sid=1
  • ELEARNING ACUPUNCTURE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] Free Academic Videos for Everyone
    It's new and it is in a 'beta' state; however, Academic Earth is something to keep your eyes on. Currently, it offers thousands of post-secondary lectures from authorative sources - all free. The creators of this repository have worked hard to integrate features into it that make it extra useful. Nice!). Each lecture is rated by registered users of the website (registration is free!). So over time, the most highly rated lecture will float to the top. At the time of launching, it is billed as "Thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars." What do you think?
  • KAPP NOTES  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] Elements of a Virtual World/Metaverse
    Using a virtual world or metaverse for training is not as science-fiction as it sounds. metaverse or virtual world is simply the natural extension and convergence of several technologies currently used for online learning. The first software element that makes up a virtual world is a synchronous learning tool similar to WebEx or Adobe Connect or Saba’s Centra. Synchronous learning tools allow for real-time interaction on a computer among learners separated by great distances. At a designated time, an instructor logs into the software as do the learners. This is similar to the Web 2.0
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] How do develop web content on the iPhone
    The next couple of months I will be working with colleagues from Peru (Luis Fucai, Ellar Llacsahuanga and Carlos Kiyan) on a mobile learning project (funded by the Reach initiative , Tibotec grant) that involves iphone's and NokiaN95's for physicians in Peru. The choice of the phones that are used in this project was primarely given by the types of mobile devices that were supported in Peru and the preference of people involved. The biggest disadvantage of the iPhone is the non-flash and non-java options, definitely limiting a wide aray of mobile interactivity, but.
  • BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [2009] Twitter, Social Media, Design, & Color
    10 Ways Social Media will Change in 2009 - Read Write Web. 2009 Color Predictions - Colour Lovers. My twitter mosaic. Twitter Followers Vis-A-Vis Mosaic Collage - Twitter Mosaic. clever and useful way of viewing and clicking on your followers on Twitter. Via (e)Learning 2.0 & Beyond. Social media" was the term du jour in 2008. Consumers, companies, and marketers were all talking about it. We have social media gurus, social media startups, social media books, and social media firms. 50 Useful Design Tools For Beautiful Web Typography - Smashing Magazine. Primary Color: #2C17B1.
  • DISCOVERY THROUGH ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [2009] Looking at Blogs to Share About Blogs (which do you use?)
    I'm currently preparing for a presentation on learning how to blog and learning from other's blogs and so that is exactly what I'm doing. I'm surfing around looking at blogs that I've only been reading in the past to dive a little deeper into some of the tools/widgets that seem most common. Looking to see if there is a standard length of a post.doesn't appear so. Looking at the use of colour and fonts. Has the blogger modified the standard template to their own or are they content with the format offered? Another big thing I'm trying out is to see how different Blogger is from WordPress.
  • THOMAS TECH TALK  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [2009] Test, Test, Test : Presenting on the Road with Tech
    My first session of the day has started off with major technical glitches. If you are going to be presenting technology at a conference, you must know: You cannot rely on a good Internet connection: Supply your own wireless connection. think that Verizon and other wireless carriers offer them. Don't rely on the room's overhead projection : Get in 90 minutes early and test, test, test. Don't rely on your computer to survive the trip : Back up your files onto CD or web disk or portable drive. Don't rely on your CD or web disk or portable drive: Back up to all 3. Grr.very frustrating.
  • BUSINESS CASUAL  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [2009] "Are project status reports really necessary?".
    That statement from the account manager assigned to us for "Longhorn," more than any other statement since starting this project, dang near stuffed a red flag in my face. Or, should I say another red flag?). On the heels of milestone delays in the past month , I had finally, last week, begun escalating the issue to senior management of the company managing our application upgrade. In addition, I went in search of "other" senior management. I'm now also insisting, on pain of walking, that the long-overdue weekly status reporting be implemented. We needed to make a change.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [2009] Tools and tradeoffs
    Old Site. I’ve been busy updating my website.  The previous version was done by hand in an old version of Adobe’s DreamWeaver , and while it was very light and minimal, it wasn’t very ‘elegant’   For instance, I’d had one problem that really bugged me, hadn’t been able to fix (though recently I managed to beat it into submission).  I had several options: continue to maintain it, pay someone to do a better job, or find some tool that makes it easy to make reasonable sites.  New Site. The interesting thing to consider here, however, are the tradeoffs. 
  • THOMAS TECH TALK  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [2009] None of Us is as Smart as All of Us
    Day 1: ASTD TK. just got out of the opening session, and its Web 2.0 over and over again. Tony Bingham, President of ASTD kicked things off very well - pushing the audience to get into Web 2.0 stuff. was surprised - not much of the audience of well over 1000 people hadn't connected the Web 2.0 movement to their training initiatives. It looks as if this ASTD crowd is still figuring out how to get their content to talk with their LMS and keeping their learners engaged, and few have made the leap to interactive learning. That's what Web 2.0 I'm thinking about it.still wrapping my head around it.I
  • ENGAGED LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [2009] Podcast - Tools to Get You Started
    Each week the podcasts are getting better and better.  The audio is much improved over the first episode (although in this one my breathing is magnified - I guess I should stop breathing).  The discussions are not only fun with Dave, but we hit some great topics with some fun stories mixed in between. All the podcasts (all 4 of them so far) can be found on iTunes. The latest can also be found HERE.  Last week we said that to get started, you have to start doing it yourself.  Jump in and experience it. 
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [2009] Selecting OS learning technology platforms
    Dave Cormier has written a great article on selecting a content management system (CMS). Dave discusses three platforms, all of which I have used - WordPress , Moodle , Drupal. All are open source and there are a variety of hosting models available for most budgets. Like Dave, I’m not crazy about Moodle because it replicates the institutional course-centric education model, which I feel is outdated. Do you want to do a wordpress project, a moodle project or a drupal project. would add Elgg to mix if there is an interest in the functionality of Ning, but with the advantage of open source.
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [2009] Upload Adobe Presenter content to a Learning Management System (LMS) – more
    Further my recent post on Adding E-Learning Presentations to Blackboard, Brian S Friedlander was kind enough to comment on my post. He suggested that you could import e-learning presentations and. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [2009] The End of Solitude
    The End of Solitude is an interesting essay. It induces, in me at least, that odd mixture of “yes! that’s it!&# and “no, not at all&#. In periods of solitude and reflection, the world seems more real to me than it does in periods hustle, distraction, and busy-ness. partly agree with the author that: “we live exclusively in relation to others, and what disappears from our lives is solitude. Technology is taking away our privacy and our concentration, but it is also taking away our ability to be alone.&# But it is over-stated.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [2009] Learning Technologies: the road ahead
    I'm at the Learning Technologies conference at Olympia in London, and sitting in the first session of the Learning Technologiy track in which Seb Schmoller and Jay Cross are looking at the future of learning.  Seb has demonstrated the exponential growth and the ubiquity of the technology.  He also emphasised the importance of open source software and open content.  For the latter, he remarked "learners will use it whether we like it or not", and it is scalable unlike the current cottage industry content development. Links for Seb's talk appear at his Fortnightly Mailling site.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [2009] Help with color selection and palette creation
    Need some fresh ideas for color selection and palette creation in your training project? Check out myPANTONE. An interactive color workspace, the software aids in locating and identifying information relevant to color and color combinations and provides ways to create, use and manage color palettes. myPANTONE palettes works in conjunction with the myPANTONE community by enabling the upload and download of favorite colors and palettes. usually leave this to the graphic artists - but have to admit that the site sucked me in for a while and inspired me to create color combinations on my own.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [2009] Technology and ideology
    I view technology as being imbued with ideology. Technology is not neutral. learning management system reflects a certain view on the part of designers. Second Life does as well. Social bookmarking tools also. see the trend?). Technology is frequently thought of as “whatever has happened in the last several decades&# (or, as Alan Kay says “Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born&# ). Obviously, technology includes books, paper, pencils, even institutions. Third proposition: the campus is a very expensive instructional technology
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009] Learning Makes Itself Invisible
    Nice perspective on learning : "Once you have learnt something you see the world differently. Not only can you appreciate or do something that you couldn't appreciate or do before, but the way you saw the world before is now lost to you. This works for the small things as well as the big picture. If you learn the meaning of a new word, you won't be able to ignore it like you did previously. If you learn how to make a cup of out of clay you won't ever be able to see cups like you used to before
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009] User Experience Deliverables
    Peter Morville lists 20 UX deliverables (with links to more reading). The deliverables range from using 'proverbs' to 'plans' to 'storyboard'. This list describes twenty user experience deliverables with links to relevant resources and examples. Clearly, these artifacts of the process are not the whole story. We must also think about the relationship between goals, methods, and documents. And yet, for many of us, deliverables are the coin of the realm and merit special attention.". via infodesign
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009] Scitable
    Scitable is a "personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group, the world's leading publisher of science. Read more than 150 free, evidenced-based articles that explain the science of genetics for undergraduate students. Connect with a global community of faculty, researchers and students. Contribute to the Scitable community by uploading articles, video, or other information". Via Stephen Downes
  • THOMAS TECH TALK  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009] First Podcast a Success :: Secrets Behind the Curtain
    I have received a mountain of emails, hits and link backs regarding our first podcast with Jenna. The responses have been extremely positive. Thank you to YOU for tuning in, and thanks again to Jenna for an awesome interview. In some of the email's I've been receiving, people have asked me what I used to record the session and how I got it all online. Here are the details: I used Skype. Yes, the free software you can download to make calls using voice over IP. Jenna did not have a Skype account, so I called her cell phone using Skype's land line service - at a whopping.02 cents per minute.
  • BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009] Training, Myths on Learning, Obama Effect, & Discussion Network
    Training Is Taking a Beating in Recession, Studies Find - Workforce. Average training expenditures per employee fell 11 percent in the past year, from $1,202 per learner in 2007 to $1,075 per learner in 2008, according to a report issued Friday, January 23, by research firm Bersin & Associates. Bersin said its figures include training budgets and payroll. Bersin also said the U.S. corporate training market shrank from $58.5 billion in 2007 to $56.2 billion in 2008, the greatest decline in more than 10 years. Will Thalheime gathers a list of Myths that the Business Side Has about Learning.
  • ELEARNING 3.0 BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009] Free Global Online University?
    Is this too good to be true? Or too far out there? Maybe not… an Israeli entrepreneur by the name of Shai Reshef has a plan to create the “University of the People&# as an online only, educational school that is pretty much free. There are still potentials issue such as language and cultural, but Mr. Reshef already has taken a few of these into account. There are monetary issues as well. This nonprofit startup will cost $5 million, but Mr. Reshaf said he will cover $1 million of that. QUOTED FROM NYTIMES.COM. “We know that online peer-to-peer teaching works.
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009] Are You an Order Taker?
    When you design learning interventions, are you trying to create better learning or are you just taking the customer's order and delivering what they asked for? Will Thalheimer, in the follow-up notes to his brown bag on Learning Myths , writes: "Many of us have been trying for decades to make changes, but I think also that many of us are just doing our little part as order takers. We build learning interventions when asked." What's your reality? Photo Credit: mr. bartley's burger cottage waitress by irina slutsky.
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009] The future of certification
    At some point in the life of a discipline there is a drive toward certification. Want to be a real estate agent ? It’s a quality thing, so we’re told. was once a Certified Performance Technologist, and as I said to Dave Ferguson , I don’t see much value in re-certification when it consists of checking off boxes of how many conferences you have attended. For example, I think technology in learning and performance is at this point a core skill, as are informal learning approaches and sister competencies such as knowledge management and performance consulting.
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009] Under the radar: great technologies you could be using
    Learning Technologies 2009. Track 1 Session 1. Learning technologies: the road ahead. Under the radar: great technologies that you could be using. URL for this page:[link]. TInyURL for this page: [link]. Collaborative Learning; Blip.fm for exploring music (and our soundtrack) MariaFernanda choconancy. Backnoise for back channel, to get more conversations going. Go here to take part. Poll : Jane’s Top 100 List. Write a blog? Twitter. TED talks. RSS Reader. YouTube, SlideShare. Skype/Instant messaging. Google Docs/collaborative writing. Learner redefined. Becoming who you are.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] Read books by email
    Have daily, bite-sized chunks of books you've always meant to read delivered to your inbox for free. Choose the day and time you want to read. Read on any computer or mobile device (including your Blackberry). Why read books by email? Because if you are like us, you spend hours each day reading email but don't find the time to read books. DailyLit brings books right into your inbox in convenient small messages that take less than 5 minutes to read. In the words of Dr. Seuss: Try it, you might like it! So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may.") Check it out: [link].
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] Text Google
    Text "weather houston tx" or wherever you live to 466453. Get tomorrow's forecast as a return text message. That number? It spells Google. For a list of useful shortcuts and tips, text message "help" to 466453. Check it out: [link] [link].
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] Natural software for studying, making, printing and sharing flash cards
    Flash My Brain is a unique suite of software that makes flash card learning easy, fun, and worthwhile. The Flash My Brain learning process helps you learn things faster and more completely, while keeping you engaged and challenged. You can even use Flash My Brain to make flashcards for your iPod or cell phone -- or use them with Flash My Brain for the iPhone. Check it out: [link].
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] smart-e-bear by Intellitoys
    but put this toy on your list for 2009. It's too late for Christmas. This soft bear will be your child’s companion during playtime and bedtime for years to come. Not only is he cuddly, he recites up to four hours of songs and stories, and plays games such as “Simon Says” – thanks to electronics tucked into his back. Parents can customize the bear’s responses with their child’s name, favorite music and stories, by using the included software (PC and Mac compatible) and USB port on the bear. Kids can engage the bear in interactive games by pressing his hands and feet to respond.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] Brain Games
    Yet another way to get your brain exercising. improve memory with scientifically designed brain games from Lumosity. got sucked into Brain Age on the Nintendo DS last year so I thought I'd give this site a try. This site offers a large catalog of quick-to-play visually appealing browser-based flash games that claim to boost and sharpen your cognitive powers. They are organized into progressive levels of difficulty and different categories of brain challenge – like “cognitive control” and “processing speed.” Check it out: [link] There's a 7 day free trial and then it costs $9.95 a month or $79.95
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 2009
    [2009] Use comics to spice up your learning
    In the last several years, the comics art form has flourished, generating much interest from the literary, art and educational communities. Comic Life is an award winning application for creating not just comics (obviously), but also annotated images, story books, instruction guides, and brochures. The software costs $29.95 and you can download a 30-day trial version. Be prepared to lose yourself for a while - this software is lots of fun, even for those of us with little or no graphic talent! Comic Life allows you to create page layouts with boxes for images and text.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009
    [2009] Live collaboration on text documents
    I've signed up to beta test Etherpad , an online application that allows real-time collaboration on documents. It does not require downloading or installation of any software packages. But, unlike many web applications, it does not require registration, either. Simply click “Create a Pad” on the homepage and you will open a new editing session. You can then copy and send the URL of the session to anyone you want to invite. By opening the link, they join in the editing. Each person can write simultaneously and the text is updated in real time. I'll let you know how it goes. Check it out: [link].
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009
    [2009] Adobe Captivate 4 - Sneak Peek
    Came across a blog that has info on the yet-to-be released Adobe Captivate 4. Check it out: [link] and a sneak peek article: [link].
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2009
    [2009] Google your way to a younger brain
    UCLA researchers compared people 55 to 76 who surfed the Internet and those who didn't. MRI scans showed more brain activity in those who routinely do web searches compared to novice web surfers. However, even novices boosted their brain activity after spending an hour a day for 5 days surfing. Web surfing stimulates the brain, particularly the frontal lobe, which is involved in complex decision-making. iBrain reveals a new evolution catalyzed by technological advancement and its future implications: Where do you fit in on the evolutionary chain? How must you adapt and at what price?
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2009
    [2009] Social Learning
    I've been waiting for the flatworld knowledge site to go live. It looks really promising. could this work for business learning as well? I'll let you know what I find. In the meantime, check out the preview videos. From their site: "We preserve the best of the old - books by leading experts that are 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 – print, audio, by-the-chapter, and more. Our books are open for instructors to mix, mash, and make their own. It is 11:30 p.m.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [2009] Free Screen Capture Program. beyond Print Screen
    Just started using Jing , a free online screen capture program. It's not as full-featured as Snagit but it is simple, easy to use and does the job. This program hangs around as a "sun" image at the top of your screen. Click the image and then select the area of the screen you'd like to capture. Mark up your screenshot with a basic text box, arrow, highlight, or rectangle to annotate or make comments about the screenshot. Save the screenshot to any number of places, including your computer or to Screencast (online free storage). Paste the link in an email (instead of pasting an image).
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [2009] More brain exercise ideas
    Maybe 2009 is the year to learn a foreign language, as well? These are great - and they may spark some ideas for your own interactive exercises. link] [link] [link] Lunar Tunes is an exercise that will test your auditory and visual-spatial memory. link] Hoop Nut is an exercise that will test your auditory processing speed and ability to focus your attention. Radica Brain Games - low tech game for those not ready for a Nintendo DS The iBrain book also suggests some low tech ideas like learning how to play chess, taking up the tuba and volunteering at a local hospital.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [2009] The element - new book by Sir Ken Robinson available
    Just got my pre-order shipment notice for The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything from Amazon. Check out: [link] for reviews and an excerpt. first encountered Sir Ken Robinson on the ted.com website. His video is worth watching. Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Check out: [link] Check out ted.com for other interesting videos. You can download them to your computer or iTunes (audio or video).
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] Video: Web Search Strategies in Plain English
    Check out this video designed to help you get more out of your web searches. The folks who created the video are Common Craft. Their custom, handcrafted videos are short, simple and focused on making technical information easy to understand. They use a whiteboard-and-paper format called Paperworks that is designed to cut out the noise and stick to what matters. Once you have watched this video, check out the others at The Common Craft Show. The videos are free to view and share. You can purchase them at a reasonable cost from their store.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Learn about our government
    With all the news on our president-elect, Congress and the Senate, I've found myself having some very interesting conversations with my nephews and nieces. Lots of questions about how folks are elected, how laws are made etc. Here are kids websites I access for reference and refreshers. Lots of great e-learning examples - plus quizzes, games and trivia. May spark some ideas for your course development! Check it out: [link] (U.S. House of Representatives) [link] (White House kids site - I am going to miss Barney!) link] This site has a number of interactive modules about Congress.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Free text messaging polling system
    Here's a way to get those Millennials perked up during your training class. Poll Everywhere is a text message polling and audience response system. You create the poll, the audience responds via text message or on a web page. The results update live on the web page or in your PowerPoint presentation. You can set up an account for free (30 responses per poll). Check it out: [link] You can respond to my poll below online or via cell phone. The results are displayed instantly. Pretty cool. Make your own poll voting question with Poll Everywhere Create your own sms poll at Poll Everywhere.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] How To Find The Best Free Image/Photo/Graphics
    This article discusses finding the best free images etc. for your blog but I think it's appropriate for e-learning as well. It also discusses Creative Commons Images - a set of free licenses that allow artists to share their work, while still retaining some of their rights. Check out this article: [link
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] CES 2009: Mattel's Mind Flex Game Is Powered by Brainwaves
    The coolest gadget out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week has to be a game - Mind Flex by Mattel. It will be out in the Fall and cost around $80. Read about it: [link] [link] Image credits: Engadget.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Train SMEs in design of rapid e-learning materials
    Do you need to train Subject Matter Experts in the design of rapid e-learning materials for use in the workplace? Check out the free 60 minute masters course. This course was developed using PowerPoint and Articulate Presenter. There are both audio and non-audio versions of the course, along with handouts, resources and an online discussion area. The course is hosted in a Moodle LMS so you get a chance to check out that application as well. Check it out: [link] Sign up and take the online course. link] Sign up and view course outline and project background.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Stepping into Science: A Second Life Conference
    Wondered about how to use Second Life as a learning tool? Or just want to check it out? Attend the Stepping into Science conference on 1/30/09. This day long conference costs $65 and will be hosted inside of Second Life. During this conference, they will talk about and actually visit some of the best and most creative work being done in promoting science in a virtual world environment. Participants in this conference will enter the virtual world of Second Life to attend presentations and visits simulations. Check it out: [link].
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] View and share documents online
    Need a quick way to share documents online? Check out Zoho Viewer - you just select a file from your computer and specify the amount of time you'd like the file to be available. tried it with a Microsoft Word document as well as an Adobe PDF document. Once the file is uploaded, just provide the URL to anyone who needs to view it. No sign up is required. think this would be great for those documents too big for email! If you want to delete the file, you have to email the Zoho folks - this will probably change once this product gets out of beta. Have one-on-one meetings online. at no charge.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Inauguration of the President
    There's a wonderful website containing all you need to know about the inauguration next week. link] Watch the Video "So Help Me God" , a historical look at the Inaugural Ceremonies 1789-2005. Any videos can be watched on the site or downloaded. This site would be great to share with your kids this weekend - prepare them for the big day! If you are at work on Tuesday, you'll be able to watch the swearing-in ceremony online. It will be streamed live on the website
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] "What's Your iCue?" - A reason to check out Facebook
    "What's Your iCue ?" is the only video trivia quiz in Facebook with multiple categories, thousands of questions, and videos from the NBC News archive. Test your own knowledge and advance up the ladder from Trivia Newbie to Trivia Genius!- Challenge your friends and play against them in real time.- Start your own trivia team and take the challenge to the next level.- Check out the weekly match-up and see which teams are pitted against each other. link] You'll need to set up a Facebook account - this will give you a chance to check out the application. look me up.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Martin Luther King - test your knowledge
    In keeping with MLK day, take this short quiz to test your knowledge about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. Check it out: [link
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Wikipedia leads to great new resource
    Sometimes one resources leads to another. which provides you with a real gem. One of my first sources for information is Wikipedia. spent some time reading about the history of the presidents. link] A link on this page lead me to [link] containing info on the presidents. The Internet Public Library is a site to bookmark. The Internet Public Library is a public library for the world wide web.Students from a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science develop and maintain the IPL
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Top new features in Adobe Captivate 4
    Text-to-speech functionality Keep learners tuned in to your content thanks to automatic voice-over functionality that turns text to high-quality speech in a few clicks. Need to change the text? Just click once to update the audio. Table of Contents and Aggregator Enable learners to easily navigate through content and track their progress with a multilevel Table of Contents. Also, use the new Aggregator to combine multiple content modules to create a complete eLearning course.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] TIME WARP TRIO
    The TIME WARP TRIO television series offers a wonderful opportunity to get kids excited about history. Its lively humor and irreverent attitude combine to make the programs refreshing and appealing, while providing solid historical facts. It's on the Discovery Kids Channel - in Houston, it's 336- Comcast. Check your local listing. The accompanying website is a great resource to spark some ideas for your training. Check out the Sandwiches of time game - if you get the answer correct, you build parts of a sandwich. Put it back Jack is a research game. It has an interesting twist.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Converting Corporate Speak into Plain Language
    Do you struggle converting "corporate speak"? Then check out this website: [link] [link] The site contains "how- tos ", references and examples. It's aimed at improving communications from the government to the public. loved the before and after examples: [link] A word about "plain English." The phrase certainly shouldn't connote drab and dreary language. Actually, plain English is typically quite interesting to read. It's robust and direct—the opposite of gaudy, pretentious language. You achieve plain English when you use the simplest, most straightforward way of expressing an idea.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] Social Learning: share and learn information
    Came across an interesting site that allows people to share and learn information - eHOW. Every month, over 26 million people visit our site. We have more than 300,000 articles that are professionally written with clear and concise directions on how to do things. We also have a rapidly growing library of articles created by eHow's members. We love sharing our knowledge with the world and have created a platform for you to share your knowledge with others. Here's an interesting example: [link
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009] Social Learning: Part 2
    [link] This video led me to an interesting website that has great links on how to help your family and friends reduce your environmental impact. The learning idea I took away from this site is a good example of to incorporate good resources from other websites into your training. Of course, you'll need to check the links on a regular basis - the Internet is an ever changing tool - but you can take advantage of really great information at a low cost. Check it out: [link
  • KAPP NOTES  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009] Learning Statistics
    Here are some interesting statistics about learning. Of course, the data was collected before the great finanical meltdown but still interesting data According to ASTD, an organization of professional learning and development practiioners: ASTD estimates that U.S. organizations spent $134.39 billion on employee learning and development in 2007. This amount reflects direct learning expenditures such as the learning function’s staff salaries, administrative learning costs, and non-salary delivery costs (including outsourced activities). Nearly two-thirds of the U.S. total ($83.62
  • MINDLEADERS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
    [2009] Learning Technologies Exhibition - 10 Year Anniversary
    January is a busy month for shows and this week we’re looking forward to Learning Technologies in Olympia, London on the 28th and 29th. The event hosts both a conference and exhibition running simultaneously, with additional free seminars throughout the two days. The success and popularity of Learning Technologies is evident in that this is its tenth year of showcasing the use of technology supported learning in the workplace. Millions upon millions were invested into software companies, the Dot.coms as they were known, by entrepreneurs who saw opportunity on every Internet highway corner.
  • ECONTENT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] One Armed Skier Builds Dorm in China!
    My first of three " Kilometers for Kids " cross-country ski races start this Sunday with the City of the Lakes Loppet. Due to a recent ski injury that saw me break my thumb and tear a ligament, I will compete minus one ski pole (i.e. can't hold anything with my left hand). Although this will slow me down significantly, and cause me problems going uphill. can't let the kids down. Contributions to the China Tomorrow Education Foundation are tax deductible in the USA ( full report ). Donate via PayPal. even a $10 donation helps! Here are two photos of me. cast and all. After all.
  • ECONTENT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] Push Your Brain! Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
    IHMC ( Institute for Human and Machine Cognition ) is the same great academic organization which provides the mind / process mapping tool for which I recently provided a tutorial. Even if you don't want to use the software, attend one of their free IHMC lectures via the web. Here are some recent offerings: Dr. Dan Arvizu , Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL): The Role of R&D in the Age of Renewable Energy. Fraser Stoddart : Mingling Art with Science. will definitely add this content to my engineering seminar search engine and wik
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] Adding E-Learning Presentations to Blackboard
    Today’s Question: how do you turn this: in to this? You have to read the blog post to find out. Now read on…. If you’ve read The E-Learning Curve Blog recently, you’ll know that I. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
  • LEARNING DEVELOPMENTS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] eLearning Learning
    Tony Karrer has created a web site called  eLearning Learning that collects postings from a variety of eLearning professionals' blogs and organizes them in one place. Learning Developments is now featured there. Tony describes his site as follows: "eLearning Learning is a community that tries to collect and organize the best information on the web that will help you learn and stay current on eLearning." eLearning Learning can be a good place to search for eLearning specific information that has been posted on many of the members' blogs.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] Rapid authoring for immersive games and sims
    It's definitely the time of year for authoring tool releases, with Adobe announcing their eLearning Suite and a version 4 of Captivate , an extensive upgrade to the 200+ interactions in the Raptivity library, and now Caspian Learning's Thinking Worlds , the first tool that I know of to support the rapid creation of immersive, single-player 3D worlds for learning. know the guys at Caspian well and I've had a little bit of influence on the design of this tool, so I'm delighted that they've been able to move mountains and get it to market so quickly. For a quick preview there's an online demo.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] Wikipedia - tightening editing
    It is not much of a surprise that Wikipedia deals with consistent concerns about accuracy. Openness does not change humanity, but it does reveal its breadth. Those who have a penchant for destruction find openness as appealing as those who have a desire for creating something of value. To combat accuracy concerns, Wikipedia is considering restrictions on editing. Perhaps the complexity and challenges of one encyclopedia that incorporates all information could be overcome by smaller individual wikis under the care of networks and communities that have a vested interest.
  • DISCOVERY THROUGH ELEARNING  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] Back to the grind stone, almost!
    Well my first day back from vacation did not disappoint. tried extremely hard while away to never think of work; I think I succeeded about 98% of the trip. had planned to come back and even had blocked off 3 solid days to just click through every single screen of my LMS. I'm now at the MAKE IT HAPPEN OR ELSE stage of the implementation project. Now realizing I have little choice (economically) for any change to a new system and now need to focus in on every detailed aspect of the system from both a user perspective and an administrative perspective. Yes one full day = half an org. chart.
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] the Horizon report 2009 from Educause
    The Educause Horizon Report for 2009 has just been published. It makes predictions about the emerging technologies that are likely to have a significant impact on education. This year's predictions are: mobile devices, cloud computing, geo-everything, the personal web, semantic-aware applications, and smart objects (always linked with examples). With its 36 pages it is a great report to read. Not always that surprising, but I bet you will be able to use some of the links to your benefit. For more details see the full report.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009
    In my post, 2008 2009 - written in December 2008, I looked at how well I did in those predictions, and my results were pretty good, not perfect. Some training will still be preferred face to face such as when team building or in-person soft skills are important, but 2009 will be the year when we realize that we should be justifying any in-person training. self-directed learning, quick wins and toolkits all suggest that more web pages - authored via wikis - will be the name of the game in 2009. 2009 is going to be a big year for this issue. 2 - eLearning 2.0 tools.
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] Online Portfolio Examples to Share?
    I'm currently working on a longer online workshop version of the webinar I did last year on how to create an online portfolio. had collected a number of great examples then, but I'm wondering if you've run across any that you think are noteworthy and should be included? I'm interested in portfolios that have been created using free, readily available tools, as opposed to portfolios developed as part of proprietary systems, like through a university. If you know of any great examples, please leave me a link in comments or feel free to email me at michelemmartin@gmail.com.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] Informal Learning Flow
    I've always been a big believer in the value and power of informal learning. Over the past few years, I've written quite a few posts about informal learning. In many ways, eLearning 2.0 is one part of systematizing support for informal learning. just saw that Josh Bersin wrote about this issue. The person I most associate with informal learning is Jay Cross. And I'm happy to announce that he's working with me to help bring together resources via the Informal Learning Flow. You can find his announcement here. Jay tells us. You’ve got to see this in action to understand its power.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] Virtual Worlds.The rumors of their death have been greatly exaggerated
    Articles like Second Life's death knell tell of the lack of interest in virtual worlds with a recant of the death of Google's Lively and the pulling of the Reuters Second Life in world reporter. But, to mis-quote Mark Twain, The rumors of their death have been greatly exaggerated. According to Virtual Worlds Management, a leading virtual worlds trade media company, over $594 million was invested in 63 virtual worlds related companies in 2008. While $595 million is small change compared to the TARP $700 billion dollar bail out, it is hardly a death knell for virtual worlds.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] May It Be A Lofty Mountain
    te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei Pursue the treasures you hold most dearly – should you stumble let it be against a lofty mountain. ori proverb I’ve just dropped in on Andrea Hernandez’s latest post, Getting (and staying) focused. She summarises her goals for the year but goes further, speaking of the self, the inner being, its place and relationship with the rest of the universe, and the need for avoiding overstretching. She has started what she set out to do by giving her blog a new look. said in my heart, “I am sick of four walls and a ceiling. have need of the sky.
  • LEARNING CONVERSATIONS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] Be HypeAware
    As a learning professional I get a lot of material written by companies that want me to buy or recommend their products. wish, though, there was a little bit more reality in the descriptions and a lot less hype and FUD. As an example, here's an excerpt from a recent Learning Magazine. Other sources are just as guilty!). Major elearning company] unveiled a global survey that shows roughly seven out of 10 workers have been asked to accomplish tasks without receiving proper training beforehand. Within IT. the problem is even more pronounced. The "problem"?! Why is it a problem? David Beckham).
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
    [2009] Plinky
    When I was in San Francisco in November, and having lunch with Jay Cross at the MOMA cafe, I met Jason Shellen (on the left in the picture below). in 2003, when he was an employee of Pyra Labs, Jason was part of Google's acquisition of Blogger, and during his tenure at Google, he became the founding product manager of Google Reader.  Jason told us about  his new startup, Plinky, of which he is the CEO and founder - and Plinky has now launched on 22 January.  What's Plinky?  Plinky makes it easy for you to create inspired content. Every day they provide a prompt (i.e. Take a look: Plinky.
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2009
    [2009] Getting over a haggis
    Guest post by Graham McTavish Watt. Apropos of nothing other than a getting over a haggis munch yesterday at the Robbie Burn’s Evening, let me run this by your keen eyes. The Inuit people have been teaching and learning for at least a thousand years. And their learning is important because frequently the lack of it can be fatal. Not fatal to the learning, fatal to the learner. They have done all this learning through the oral tradition. Much of today’s technological detritus is in a way oral, even text messaging. But much of it is frittered (sorry) rather than substantial. Graham Watt.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2009
    [2009] E-Learning No How - Jan - ASTD
    Site Map My ASTD Membership Store Home > T+D > Archives > 2009 > Jan > E-Learning No How E-dition Email PDF Podcast Print Email this page to a friend! close From: To : Message: T+D January 09 //DELIVERING TRAINING// E-Learning NO How 7 disastrous decisions sure to sink any e-learning implementation By Mark Simon You finally did it. After researching and selecting all the e-learning development tools that you needed to author your first lesson, you’ve rolled up your sleeves and produced an excellent, captivating e-learning course. What could possibly go wrong? Fire and forget Myth.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009
    [2009] 1984: Steve Jobs demos the Macintosh (video)
    Insanely Great
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2009
    [2009] Ship-shape And Bristol Fashion
    Several miles inland, on the estuary of the English River Avon, is Bristol City, one of the oldest seaports in the world. It has been in use for over a thousand years. consequence of Bristol’s geographical location is that it experiences extremely variable tidal flows. Water levels vary as much as 10 metres between tides. Ships anchored at Bristol were stranded on the mud at low tide. Since they were beached twice a day, t hey needed to be built robustly to avoid damage. Everything on board had to be secure, neat and orderly. It happens because of the presence of what’s known as html. Presto!
  • ELEARNING WEEKLY  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009
    [2009] How NOT to Design eLearning
    Mark Simon wrote a great article in the January 2009 edition of T+D Magazine titled, "E-Learning NO How: 7 disastrous decisions sure to sink any e-learning implementation." " The article begins like this… You finally did it. After researching and selecting all the e-learning development tools that you needed to author your first lesson, you’ve rolled up your sleeves and produced an excellent, captivating e-learning course. You know that learners will absorb the learning concepts you’ve given them, as they sail through the module. What could possibly go wrong?
  • THOMAS TECH TALK  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Grrr.Joomla is Frustrating Me
    Ok.first rant. Joomla is not making things easier for me. I'm a tweaker and things need to be perfect, and Joomla is offering me degrees of compromise. I'm sure its me, but the Great Joomla Project is not moving forward as planned. seem to be moving in slow motion. Of course, I'm sure its user error, but many of my associates advised me to "Jump In" so I did. Maybe my error was in starting with ready made user data. Joomla: 1. Thomas: 0. I'll keep banging on it, but if you want to see my progress, visit www.myelearningguru.com. Its kind of pink now. Original post blogged on b2evolution.
  • THOMAS TECH TALK  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] What is Web 2.0 and Why Should You Care?
    When computers first entered into the training world, we had many different names for the projects, but the most popular name (the one that stuck) was CBT - Computer Based Training. CBTs were delivered on CD-ROMs, had lots of cool graphics and interfaces. Some of the better ones incorporated video and audio. Most of the big, expensive ones were programmed by hand using high-level programming languages or using a program like Authorware. These CD-Based training courses were great, could be very interactive and were a staple for training groups that could afford to have them.
  • THOMAS TECH TALK  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Do You Need to Freak Out?
    I've noticed a trend on the social networking groups, and when I talk to people at the conferences I present at: trainers and instructional designers are freaking out again. mean nervous, edgy, freak outs about eLearning. In 2000, training and development people were losing their minds because they believe that the sky was falling and eLearning was going to steal their jobs. They were convinced that they would be replaced by a screen and a mouse. Nothing was further from the truth, as eLearning has grown into a tool that is used as a part of an overall training strategy. But, that has changed.
  • THOMAS TECH TALK  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Adobe eLearning Suite is Here!
    If you haven't seen it yet, Adobe has created an eLearning Suite and bundled my favorite software together. It's a really sweet suite: Captivate - great for screen capture and for recording software demos. Really good tool and the current version is top notch. Flash CS4 - great tool, but I'm still fighting with Flash CS4 on the Mac.long story, but nested movie symbols in ActionScript 3.0 movies are slowing down the function of the application.on both Macs.I'm m not alone in this, but they are finally elevating my issue.see here , here and here. Note: It works in Office XP, 2003 or 2007.
  • THOMAS TECH TALK  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] New TTT Podcast and the ASTD TechKnowledge 2009 Conference
    I'm very excited about ASTD TK 09 this year. I'm looking for some new ideas and new ways of thinking and programming, and I hope that you will tune into my daily reporting from the conference. plan on writing each day, providing you with "on the scene" details, information and opinions. Also, I am happy to be presenting on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning. will be sharing my presentation notes and materials on this site. have a fun ActionScript 3.0 primer and an analysis and demonstration of the Adobe Creative Suite 4, specifically Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks and Soundbooth.
  • LEARNING JOURNAL  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009
    [2009] On being a professor and coach
    It’s well worth considering how to be among the best in these roles, and it’s one of my personal commitments for 2009 to become more fit myself in this area. The late Randy Pausch ( The Last Lecture ) described the role of professor as being a fitness instructor for the mind.  As I have been considering ways to improve my own skills as an instructor/facilitator and as a mentor/coach, that image haunts me and inspires me. There are two kinds of fitness instructors.  One kind you just hate.  The other kind you love to hate.  They don’t let you get away with slacking off. 
  • SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009
    [2009] How Large Organizations Use Social Media
    Some of the best examples of using social media tools come from the corporate business sector.  I like to highlight (and promote) how social media tools can be (and are being) adopted by non profit organizations and the educational sector.  In this post, I’m showing the extent to which the business world is utilizing these tools and transforming the culture of corporate/consumer learning. follow Janet Clarey’s blog at the Brandon Hall Research as she gives great commentary on learning management systems and using social media for workplace learning. Janet interviewed Ben Willis, Sr.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] Improve Collaboration & Networking - with the Ning Online Platform
    I am very pleased with the performance of the Ning Platform for collaboration and networking purposes. So much so, I am recommending this networking software platform for a number of groups I’m working with in York Region. It is a very useful tool for organizations and practitioners wanting to communicate with each other about important issues in their sector. The Ning platform is easy to set up, it’s free, very customizable, easy to administrate and helps create a sense of community among members.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Using Visuals to Express Your Ideas
    I’m researching the best presentation format for helping audiences of social change agents understand and act on a variety of social work research reports. Today George Siemens at his elearnspace blog wrote about improving his use of visuals to express ideas. When I do workshops I need good visuals that support a solid communication strategy. Like George, I’m working at improving my ability to design effective visuals. I’ve scrolled through the resource George listed in his post and I was blown away by the excellent tools available online. Thinking Visually. Exploratree.
  • ADVENTURES IN CORPORATE EDUCATION  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009
    [2009] Learning Enviroments I am dealing with this quarter
    After I wrote my last post about my eLearning course, I started thinking about Learning Environments (LEs). made concept maps for both of my classes that include the designed LE as well as the personal learning environment (PLE) I’ve created to make sense of the courses. My PLE starts with the LE, and then I add the components I need for an effective learning environment. Here’s the c-map for the eLearning course: I’d say this is a behavorist-styled designed learning environment. To be fair, I created a concept map of how one of the courses I am working on has been designed.
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009
    [2009] Planning Planning Planning
    So February is shaping up to be a crazy work month. guess this is the payment for the very relaxed January. The most important thing on the books is the beginning of the needs assessment for our really mondo big Enterprise upgrade. I'm going to do the needs assessment differently this time. Old Way: Wendy takes the input from her classes/phone calls/overheard snippets of conversation and redesigns the course. The old way worked when I was also the subject matter expert and operated in a smaller environment. It won't fly this time. train on it, yes. Second - my environment is much much larger.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009
    [2009] Mi vida loca - Spanish course
    The BBC has produced a fun and interactive course, which is available for free. It draws you into a web of intrigue dealing with real natives and you can't help but learn Spanish! You'll find yourself at the heart of a fast-paced mystery drama, which starts off in Madrid. Broken down into 22 bite-sized episodes of 10 minutes, it allows beginners to learn Spanish from scratch and more advanced users tom refresh their skills, all at their own speed. Here's the trailer: Mi vida loca.
  • BUSINESS CASUAL  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Where are my project deliverables?
    If you've been following along, then you know about my increasing concerns about our chosen service provider. Oh, I'll eventually name the company. But, for now, I want to give them the benefit of the doubt. I'm still holding out some hope (not fool's hope, I, uh, hope ) that, by the end of this project, our service provider and I will look back to today with nostalgia as we celebrate a wildly successful project completion. hope we'll be able to correctly label these first two months as the fluky pains of the project initiation stage. I'll let you decide if that labels me a vindictive client.
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