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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] A TED a day to keep the blues away
    Tired of hearing about job losses and folding businesses? View a TED. Wonderful stories of grit, gut, exploration and ideas that can perk you up. Here are a few of my picks: Jonathan Harris: The art of collecting stories. Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity. Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy? Tony Robbins asks why we do what we do. Jill Bolte Taylor's powerful stroke of insight
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Palm provides a case study in user experience strategy
    Marek Pawlowski writes a good essay on how Palm is trying to reinvent itself with the newly announced Palm Pre and the WebOS platform. Key to Palm's success this time around are the same goals that brought it fame the first time around: Reduce complexity. Keep users sync with their personal info. Open doors to third party apps. Enhance input experience. What we have in the Pre and webOS is a case study example of a company asking itself what users want and giving staff a mandate to build products to meet that user experience requirement.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] 101 Killer Open Courseware Projects from Around the World: Ivy League and Beyond
    The.Edu toolbox has put together an extensive list of free education materials from around the world : "The following list of 100 open courseware projects are designed to offer readers access to supplementary materials for education. They are free (hence “open”) and available to anyone who has access to the Internet. The downside to these courseware projects is that you cannot earn credits; however, a few colleges do offer tuition-paying students a chance to earn credits by completing some projects online
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Laptops, not mobile phones, are the means to liberate the developing world
    Cory Doctorow, in this piece for the Guardian, defends the goals of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project and counters the detractors who insist the mobile phones are the way to go. By contrast, an open laptop with mesh networking is designed to be locally customised, to have its lessons broadcast to others who can use them, and to avoid centralised control and vulnerability to bad weather and bad governments.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] On Weapons of Mass Destruction
    There have been 7 enemy assaults since mid-November 2008. Three intrusions in the last few days were from different locations. The latest sorties brought activity within local boundaries to a near halt. Strong garrison defended the battlements and three prisoners were detained - origin unknown. Following a perfunctory hearing, they were summarily executed and their remains destroyed. It’s not clear the extent of local injury sustained by the attack. Collateral damage is still being assessed and there’s a likelihood of some loss of life. take automatic updates from Windows.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Disruption and Adaptation
    I was pointed by Harold Jarche to Dave Snowden talking about the coming age and the characteristics of what it will take. He documents a shift from mechanistic to systematic, and posits that the coming age is chaotic, requiring a new approach.  Dave terms this ‘ praxis ‘, a continual cycle of experimenting on the basis of theory and reflecting, rather than pre-determined approaches. Harold wondered whether this counted as meta-learning, and I’d have to say yes.  Things aren’t slowing down.  Everything of any value at work will be adapting to change and solving problems.
  • COURSEWARE DEVELOPMENT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Personal Experience: HP Learning Center
    I recently took a free online class via Hewlett-Packard's Learning Center : JavaScript: web programming basics. Although the class was not very detailed, it did give a good overview of various aspects of using JavaScript, in a reasonable amount of time (it took me about four hours to complete). Also, the price was right! The Learning Center now has over 100 free classes, including those that deal with Microsoft products. If you take any of these classes, please feel free to post your comments here!
  • LEARNING DEVELOPMENTS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] A Budding Relationship for Captivate and Lectora
    I've been working with Lectora and Captivate to create my eLearning content (see Jan 13th I'm not yet Captivated by Lectora ). In that post I identified three possible techniques for passing the score/results from Captivate back to Lectora for processing: Use the e-mail command in Captivate and overwrite the JavaScript function for sending the mail. Use Javascript calls from within Captivate to write to variables in Lectora. Call a Javascript flash API from Lectora to pull the values out of the flash object. Since then I have tried out the first two techniques and have the following to report.
  • ENGAGED LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] AmeriCorps Conference - How Conferences Should Be Done
    Last year I did a 1/2 day session at the NW Network Conference and had a fabulous time and learned some great things from eachother.   This conference caters to AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Vista - volunteer organizations with a great purpose and reach.  This March they have invited me back to do the opening keynote and four sessions and I couldn’t be more excited not only because I get to come back and talk with some really great people, but also because of the way they are organizing it. They are creating a NING page for discussions and  to post pre & post-conference materials. 
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Will's Webinar - Learning Myths
    Attended the Will Thalheimer webinar (sorry, I just can't call it webinosh). Struggled a bit since I signed in at the last minute (thought I'd registered in advance but I didn't get any reminder like last week - which I missed anyway.) So, here are the notes I hammered down and later I'll add my reflection on the approach - this was my first non-sales type webinar. liked it. Contemp notes Gathered 140 myths. Wow, that's a lot of myths! Top myth, bad learning design is good learning design. really can relate to. also relate to the mistaken proclamation - It's a training issue when it isn't.
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Learning Myths with Dr. Will Thalheimer
    Another lunchtime webinosh with Dr. Will Thalheimer. The topic today: Myths the business side has about learning. But first, the news. Learning News Inaugural oath flub. Justice Roberts tried to administer the oath from memory. He should have had a job aid. Next Brown Bag will be Friday February 6th. Stay tuned for topic. Question of the Week -- Economy How has the economy affected your learning unit? 9% Hit us Hard 47% Hurt a little 41% Not much effect 3% Helped us MYTHS the Business Side Has about Learning Client asked him to develop a course for business side. Learners know how to learn.
  • ENGAGED LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Keynote for Volunteer Organizations
    Last year I did a 1/2 day session at the NW Network Conference and had a fabulous time and learned some great things from eachother.   This conference caters to AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Vista - volunteer organizations with a great purpose and reach.  This March they have invited me back to do the opening keynote and four sessions and I couldn’t be more excited not only because I get to come back and talk with some really great people, but also because of the way they are organizing it. They are creating a NING page for discussions and  to post pre & post-conference materials. 
  • BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] TRDEV-L
    TRDEV-L, the Training Development list created by Dr. David Passmore of Penn State in 1990, is renewed and is now up and running. It was shutdown after a ten-year run and immediately replaced by TRDEV, the Training and Development Discussion Group on Yahoo, in October 2000. joined TRDEV-L in the mid-nineties after hearing it was considered one of the premiere discussion groups, even by people outside the training and learning field. When TRDEV-L shutdown I immediately joined its baby sister - TRDEV. Now, after almost a nine-year run, TRDEV is shuting down.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Britannica and Wikipedia
    Britannica has announced the rather inevitable inclusion of reader suggestions under the banner of “ more participation, collaboration from experts and readers “ Disruptions and innovations either carve out an entirely new field, or they are co-opted by existing fields - consider the blogs that are now common on almost every newspaper website or the ireporter feature at CNN. applaud Britannica’s decision to encourage more participation from readers. I’m not convinced it will be successful, however. wikipedia edit has the gratification of immediacy.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Informal Learning Becomes Formal
    Josh Bersin declares Informal learning becomes formal : “I am now 100% convinced that “informal learning&# has become “formal.&# That is, if you want to build a high-impact, cost-effective, modern training organization you must “formally adopt&# informal learning.&# Jay Cross has been advocating for informal learning longer than most…his blog and book are great starting points. Paying attention to existing networks of information exchange and socialization (outside of formal training and classrooms) has the opportunity to yield valuable returns to organizations
  • KAPP NOTES  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] President's Get's a Cool New Phone.Or Maybe Not
    Sectera Edge and all its functions. The new President of the United States is a self-confessed techno-savvy person who loves his Blackberry and until recently, rumors where he was going to have to give it up and that he would be using a Sectera Edge. The Edge is a high-tech, spy-resistent phone with buttons to access classified or unclassified information at will. All this according to CNN article titled Obama to get spy-proof smartphone. You can check out the Sectera Edge for youself. While it has great functionality in terms of keeping secrets secret.it does seem a little big.
  • CORPORATE ELEARNING STRATEGIES AND DEVELOPMENT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Microsoft, IBM, Intel cutting jobs - Oh, the memories.
    It was just 2 years ago that while presenting at an eLearning Guild event I had a phone meeting with my managers about "re-deployment".  My personal exit strategy wasn't supposed to kick-in for another 6 months, but why look a gift horse in the mouth, right?  I had been cut loose and set free into the wild of new adventures, new media, new web, new jobs, and many, many new friends & colleagues. As Microsoft, IBM, Intel, and so many others not in the headlines, begin to reduce their labor force, I think about the employees now free to pursue other opportunities. 
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Adobe (finally) release eLearning Suite
    We’ve all been using Adobe products for years. Even the most non-techie “I-can’t-find-the-Any-key” computer user almost certainly has the Flash Player installed in their browser; if you’re an. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] PLEs and NRC
    Congratulations to Stephen Downes and NRC! In yesterday’s OLDaily, Stephen mentions approval for what looks like a large project on personal learning environments (PLEs). couldn’t find a detailed description of the project, but from the hiring requirements (five positions) and length (three years), it’s reasonable to assume significant financial resources have been allocated. I’m familiar with smaller research projects around PLEs and the odd journal issue devoted to exploring the concept. The project Stephen is managing - due to size and length - is a milestone.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Sketching on the iPhone
    Something to drool over this Lunar New Year
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Close the Training Department
    I get a lot of unsolicited e-mail asking me to review a new product or service, a small portion that actually gets my attention. recent e-mail said how much the writer liked my post on inverting the pyramid , and by the way, their product enabled this: Now, what if you could incorporate social media practices like blogging and chat and incorporate social media feeds and video directly into the training courses? wouldn’t it be even more effective then? think that social media can be powerful tools for collaboration, working and learning, but they are rather useless inside a training box.
  • BOZARTHZONE   |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] E-Learning Buzzword Bingo Card
    Clark Quinn, Cammy Bean, Steve Sorden and I have been having a Twitter discussion about buzzwords associated with e-learning. The conversation quickly showed that once-useful concepts are often cannibalized and reduced down to little more than hype for the marketing and the misguided. For more, read Clark's excellent post, "Less than Words." Meanwhile, help me complete the "Official E-Learning Buzzword Bingo" card as we are still short a few terms -- but I know they're out there. What terms did we miss
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Is less more?
    The Economist ran an interesting article recently on technology in the recession, called 'Less is Moore'. It questions the continuing relevance of Moore's Law, which boils down to the following: The cost of a given amount of computing power falls by half roughly every 18 months; so the amount of computing power available at a particular price doubles over the same period. The trend historically has been for consumers to spend roughly the same amounts on hardware and software while achieving ever more power and functionality. There must come a time when enough is enough. or playing 3D games.
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] Download the Woork free eBook on CSS, HTML, Ajax.
    Antonio Lupetti who is a CSS guru, engineer, pro blogger, Mac user and Web addict, this great new book saw the light of day on 3 January 2009. Antonio lives in Rome, Italy. The Woork Handbook is a free eBook about CSS, HTML, Ajax, web programming, Mootools, Scriptaculous and other topics about web design. It features 188 pages of great tips on all the mentioned topics and. it is kept up to date because it is an UnBook (a book that is updated as new knowledge is evolving and is accessible through the Web). It is a great book, with lots of goodies. Mille gracie Antonio!
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Performance Support for High-Stress Situations
    Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Roberts, administered the oath of office for the Presidency of the United States to Barack Obama on Tuesday January 20th, but screwed it up big time while relying on memory, even though the oath is only 35 words long. He's a very smart guy and thought he could easily recall the words to the oath. Steven Pinker, linguist and cognitive scientist extraordinaire wrote an op-ed piece in the NY Times trying to explain the cause of problem, but as is often the case with grand theorists, missed a much more practical and important point.
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Myths the Business Side Has About Learning: Last Chance for Webinar Signup
    Tomorrow (Friday January 23rd, 2009), I'm holding a webinar on the Myths the Business Side Has About Learning. I've gathered a list of myths from learning professionals (folks on LinkedIn, clients, books, me), have done a card sort on the myths, and I'd like to share those myths with you and get your additional thoughts. hope also to have time for a discussion regarding what WE (as learning professionals) need to do to overcome these perceptions. What responsibility should we take? Confronting myths directly is one thing I'll need to do in my course design.
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Present Like Steve Jobs? Yes, BUT.
    Here's a nice presentation about what makes Steve Jobs a great presenter. Check it out, then read my comment below: Here's my comment on this: Okay, Steve Jobs is great at giving a product-sales presentation. No doubt about that. But let's not generalize this too far. In my field, the learning-and-performance field, many of the recommendations made here are spot on (for example, keep slides simple and relatively undecorated), BUT some are not relevant (for example, "and one more thing") and some important things are not mentioned (for example, provide people with practice opportunities, etc.).
  • ECONTENT  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Mind Mapping / Process Mapping Tutorial
    If you work in a technical field, or manage projects this resource is FANTASTIC, and it's free (courtesy of a DARPA research grant). Earlier today while participating in the project / chartering definition phase of a project at work, I watched a colleague use a neat tool for visually defining and linking the parts of a project. Not only did the software seem easy to use, but the visualization really encouraged all the team members to participate. After the meeting, I linked to the software site ( IHMC Cmap ), downloaded the software, did an install. The user interface was very intuitive.
  • LARS IS LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Memory pills on the way
    Back in March last year I posted on how we'd soon be able to pop a pill to get smarter. Well it seems that the current semi-illicit practice will go mainstream if AstraZeneca and Epix Pharmaceuticals get there way. As reported in the Telegraph, medicine designed originally to help treat Alzheimer's disease could be adapted and licensed for sale in a weaker form within the next few years: Steven.
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Testing Twitterfeed Fix
    Move along.nothing to see here
  • JOITSKE HULSEBOSCH ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Wiki as repository for a virtual community
    Through a comment on a blogpost by Nancy White I found this article about a virtual community using a discussion list (listserv) in combination with a wiki. The wiki serves as a collaborative repository. You can access the article here if you want to read it in full. I've been advising a community where using an online discussion forum where few people had experience with a wiki. We started a wiki to put knowledge products together. So I'm a little jealous that the community in this article has such an active wiki process. But it does provide a clear picture of what's possible!
  • JOITSKE HULSEBOSCH ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning - Untitled Article
    Via Nancy White I found his funny video talking about blogs versus wikis. It matches well with my previous post about an online community using a mailing list, with a wiki as a repository. Because I have experiences with an online community using a mailing list, teleconferences and a weblog as a repository. It could have been a wiki too. The choice between the two probably depends on personal preferences and experiences (do members have more experiences/habits of reading weblogs or working with wikis?). In the video, wikis are shown as more democratic. That might be a consideration too.
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Farewell TRDEV
    Back in the mid-1990s, I joined this great training listserv called TRDEV. At the time, it was owned by David Passmore at Penn State and it was an excellent source of information, discussion and argument. Eventually David gave up the list and it moved over to Yahoo, where it's been managed by several individuals who have taken on the thankless (and unpaid) task of moderating a group of often cantankerous participants.I've ve continued to monitor emails from the list, but haven't posted in a few years now.  Looks like that's true for many other people too. Flickr photo via PappaJack
  • BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Video, Meetings, Wikipedia, & Twitter
    Video Training: Topics & Trends (PDF) - Wistia. Survey on using video in learning processes: Collective responses suggest that the value of video will be greater, and use of video will increase, when: Creating video becomes easier and less costly. Sharing becomes secure and auditable. Engagement can be measured in detail. Meetings Are a Matter of Precious Time - New York Times. But, please, don't just call a meeting and hope the magic happens. Take charge and take personal responsibility for meeting its objectives, whatever they are. All hail the information triumvirate! Nicholas Carr.
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Training Specialist - one of the 30 best careers for 2009?
    They list their choices for the 30 best careers for 2009 and amongst those on offer (3 others: usability expert, firefighter, clergy) you'll find Curriculum/Training specialist. Just spotted this interesting article on the US News website - bit late as they posted this before Christmas, but better late than never. This vague categorisation seems to take in the job spec of just about anyone in the EduBlogosphere, but then we're a flexible bunch. The list itself is quite interesting as they have tried to be objective and give their criteria for our consideration.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] My 2008 E-Learning Predictions.Not too bad.
    You can read the predictions in Predictions for 2009 and for the past few years Stephen Downes over at his Half an Hour blog grades the predictions. Every year Lisa Neal Gualtieri of eLearn Magazine asks for e-learning predictions about the upcoming year. It really raises the stakes of the predictions but is a great exercise in reflection and revisiting ideas to determine validity and accuracy of scope. enjoy his grading of the predictions.it keeps everyone on their toes. You can see his entire list of grades at Last Year's Predictions For 2008, Reviewed. Maybe in a few years.
  • TONY KARRER  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Processing Pages With Links
    Great post by Ken Allan asking - What do you do with a Fan of Links? This is all about what to do when you encounter a page that links to many other possibly interesting pages. This relates to the strategies that I defined for how to process information in the posts Better Memory and Information Radar. But, if I don't visit the other pages, then they will not have made it into your virtual Google Memory (as described in Better Memory ). So, what do you do? The suggestion by Tim on Ken's post is pretty much what I do, but I'm going to modify it slightly: Ctrl+Click on interesting looking links.
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Grassroots Community Building through Social Networks
    Grassroots Community Building through Social Networks is the topic that John Gunn ( Moncton ITA ) and I will be discussing at PodCamp Halifax on Sunday. Lisa Rousseau can’t make it, so we’re pinch-hitting. John and I have decided to take a look some of the professional and social networks in New Brunswick and ask the question: How can we develop community networks that address the social and professional issues unique to Atlantic Canada? even wrote my thesis on Learning in the NB Information Technology Workplace in 1998. This venture never gained much traction, for several reasons.
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Blogphilosophy: does the international eLearning we provide make the world a poorer place?
    Jonathan Gosier who currently lives in Kampala, Uganda has just published a post on singularities of globalization and convergeance. In his post he says that "Increasingly, people the world over share the same cultural moments. The Presidential Inauguration of U.S.A. President Barrack Obama on Tuesday was among the top events witnessed by more eyes on this planet than ANYTHING ever…in all of human history. This is not only due to the increasing number of methods available to consume media (the Web, Satellite TV, Digital TV, Mobiles etc.) I agree with him that the USA is taking over once again.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [2009] Sclipo
    I've mentioned Sclipio before, but I think it's worth another posting. Sclipo is a social learning network. . Use Sclipo to learn, teach and meet people that share your educational interests: learn just about anything such as Technology, Nutrition, Wellness or Business. Note, that Sclipo has one of the world's largest libraries of educational content created by thousands of member Academies Sclipo.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Blogging, When A Thing Is Worth Doing Badly
    " If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly! G K Chesterton - What's Wrong with the World Manny Charlton, once asked if he could come over to my place and watch colour TV. He wanted to see the launch of The Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles’ first TV film. Colour TV was new technology then, and Charlton’s black and white TV could not do justice to the film. few days after watching the film, I met up with Charlton. He was still dazed. He idolised The Beatles, along with Jimmy Hendrix and other pop icons that were around then. There's no way I can follow that!” was his explanation.
  • DISCOVERY THROUGH ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Vacation time and I'm still drawn to looking at this screen
    I'm happily on vacation. Loving the warm air. Falling head over heels in the waves. Seen puffer fish, 2 eels, a sea snake, urchins, coral, tons of fish, pelicans feeding, an iguana, seagulls (why are they everywhere!?!), I think I might have had a minor sting by a jelly-fish, 3 sting rays, and far too many people wearing bikinis that shouldn't and speedos (no one should wear these). We upgraded to a fancier room. Love the king bed and the view is spectacularñ oh the plasma tv´s not bad either. Learning many phrases via HBO and subtitling. The upgrade came with unlimited internet.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] More than words
    Monday was the US celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday, and on Tuesday was the inauguration of the first African American president of the United States.  That’s an awesome juxtaposition; that’s change , baby!  I not only found it wonderful, but informative. As background, I was highly trained to write in a very logical progression, choosing careful vocabulary, and in an objective manner. That’s a side-effect of graduate school and an academic career (one of my previous lives).  And some formal training on speaking, for communicating.  That’s important.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Location, Location
    Location-aware devices hold promise for learning (simple things like walking past an old building and being able to see - on your phone - images of the building as it was being constructed, notable events, a history of ownership, even real estate listings for similar buildings). Location awareness comes with a privacy issues. Most of us have been gently lulled into a gentle complacent demeanor on privacy issues - we need one of those “big incidents&# to focus our awareness on what we are revealing in our blogging, networking and tweeting. few thoughts: Location-based dating.
  • BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] A Learner's Framework
    Bill Moggridge ( 2007 ) writes about a framework that is geared towards developing web interfaces by showing a person's needs and behavior for a particular project or task. This framework could also be used for learners. This framework is a two-by-two matrix with a vertical axis describing the view of the learner, with a long-term view at the top and a short-term view at the bottom. Below them, in the bottom right-hand corner, are "Organizers" who are highly engaged but take a short term view. Organizers are engaged by the task, but don't view themselves as being the primary task-holders.
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] New Job Aid: Building Measurement into Training Development
    Today, Roy Pollock (CLO of the Fort Hill Company) and I release our job aid, " Building Measurement Into Your Training-Development Plan." It's not rocket science, but it is our attempt to provide some guidance for how you might better utilize learning measurement. Good learning measurement enables us to: Boost Learning Results. Improve Our Learning Designs. Prove Learning's Benefits. Unfortunately, in general we aren't very good at measuring learning. There are two ways to use the job aid. You can use it " as is " to guide your training development. We'd be delighted if you would join us.
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Hot Last Week
    Using the same approach as Hot List , I've compiled. Report: Community Platforms Market Led by Jive Software and Telligent - ReadWriteWeb Hot Last Week Keywords eLearning Strategy Social Media Work Skills KnowledgeHub ScreenToaster Cooliris Quizmaker OnDemand Meridian Mzinga GeoLearning Saba Notes on the weekly hot last week. The posts come from the primary sources for this group. Other items come from other sources. Keywords are based on occurrences this week in addition to other social signals. Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.com
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Learning Technology - making the most of a learning opportunity
    I sat last December eyeing up the conference line-up for this year's Learning Technologies , the UK's main commercial e-learning event and was drawing up a fantasy timetable. Sadly, being a lowly freelancer with no-one to pick up the tab* for the eye-watering ticket cost, it was nothing more than day-dreaming, which was a real shame as the line up includes quite a few speakers that I'd like to see (how about Itiel Dror , Tony Buzan , or George Siemens ?) Still, never mind. Any opportunity to learn from others in the business is good (and by extention I intend to share what I find with you).
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] The Year of the Network
    I've been thinking about Janet's post - Five Ways I hope NOT to screw up 2009. So instead of focusing on how not to f up 2009, I want to focus on improving certain WorkLiteracy skills. In the shower On the couch At the grocery store Wracking my brain to come up with 5 things I wish I didn't f up. things I wish I did "better." For the first time. the first year. can comfortably say that I am really happy with how I handled things this year. Wouldn't change a thing about the past and wouldn't call anything I did a mistake. Thought about problem situations. Me - not so much.
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Creating a "Sacred Cow-Free Zone"
    Regarding my post the other day on the Tyranny of Dead Ideas, commenter Kate Riel asked an interesting question: Just articulating a dead idea is a huge step for an individual or organization because it makes you question those notions that define self efficacy. So how does an organization nurture and support an environment with no 'sacred cows' where it is safe to express an existing pattern as potentially a dead idea? don't really have the answer. If I did, I'd probably be rich. But I do have a few thoughts. few months back I read A.J. Fake it till you make it. What ideas do you have?
  • MINDLEADERS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] ThirdForce Podcast Episode 4: Learning to survive these turbulent times - a ThirdForce perspective
    Managing Director of ThirdForce UK and International, Alan Maguire , talks about the financial crisis, how and where e-learning can have a positive impact and how ThirdForce can help organisations. He discusses both the challenges and opportunities facing us, and how we cannot lose sight of our customer’s needs in delivering them solutions that will help them to learn to survive and maximise output at this time. Please visit ThirdForce.com to sample the latest technologies in e-learning and e-assessment with unique wraparound services and infrastructure.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Blogosphere Happenings for Kapp Notes
    __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Adobe.tv
    I mentioned Wordpress.tv in my review of last week. Here's Adobe.tv: Adobe.tv is an online source for expert insight and inspiration about Adobe products.  So if you're an Adobe fun, you'll love it. Adobe.tv.
  • CORPORATE ELEARNING STRATEGIES AND DEVELOPMENT  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] iPhone App Updates that ROCK mLearning
    This is a quick blog post via iPhone. It seemed like a good thing to do since I wanted to point out 2 new apps. Ustream.tv and WebEx These 2 apps alone take mobile learning to a whole new level. just tried out Ustream and it works GREAT. It's only on wifi right now but that's okay. haven't tried WebEx yet but I thought it was worth noting in the hopes that adobe was reading this and ready to introduce the Connect for iPhone app. Can I start that rumor or is it out already and I totally missed it? DevLearn 2008 Conference & Expo - November 10-14 - San Jose, CA
  • ECONTENT  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Tales from the Ubuntu
    This almost sounds like "Tales from the Crypt" However, in this instance. Ubuntu does not represent the dead. Instead it was my four year old Dell desktop Dimension 8110. This system was never speedy to begin with. Here are its specs: System Type: Dimension 1100/B110. Processor, 80546, Celeron Prescott Desktop Socket N,325 E0. Dimm, 512, 400M, 64X64, 8K,184. This system was almost dead in the water under Windows XP and four year's of Hoeg Household software bloat. However, before making that purchase I decided: Let's try a virgin installation of XP (that was painful and slow.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] On being rather pathetic with visuals
    I have been blessed with an astonishing inability to draw or create visuals. Periodically, I will use Gliffy or Fireworks and create a graphic.The resulting image will reveal the severity of my condition. In spite of this, I am committed to improving my use of visuals in expressing ideas. turned, of course, to Twitter to see what gems of visual thinking I could glean from the network. Here are a few of the resources others provided: Thinking Visually. Periodic table of visualization methods. Chart of visualization options. Exploratree. WikiViz tools
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Throwing sheep in the boardroom
    Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom could be sub-titled everything you wanted to know about social media but didn’t have the time ask. The book is definitely comprehensive and is complete with hundreds of stories about the effects of online social networking. Anyone who is active in using and understanding social media may find this a bit of a repeat of the last few years of commentary on the subject, but those new to the field can find it here in one book, with plenty of end-notes. There is some good analysis around open versus closed social networking sites.
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] A reliable and straightforward guide to using Moodle 1.9
    I opened my copy of Moodle 1.9 E-Learning Course Development by William Rice with a high expectation that it would be an informative and practical reference text. was about to upgrade to. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
  • MARK OEHLERT  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Twitter Capture from Lowery's prayer where he asked for an 'amen"
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Adult learning celebrated in six videos
    From the Canadian Council on Learning: " Six short videos illustrate the power of adult learning. Each video provides a story on how adult learning has positively affected communities, individual learners and professional/community-based organizations.". from OLDaily
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Generation G
    Generational distinctions are usually flawed. It’s comical to take an entire group and define them by select attributes. To some degree, an era can be defined by a vague feel/spirit (the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s still conjure strong images of music, culture, and spirit…but even then, that spirit varies from country to country. suspect Cindi Lauper wasn’t huge in Afghanistan). Where generational distinctions are largely futile, trying to define the changing mindset of an entire society is even more challenging.
  • MINDLEADERS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] A day for history…
    Today is an auspicious day and one many of us will remember, as America welcomes Barack Obama as its President. Not only is he the first US black President to be elected, he is the first President to really have immersed himself in the social media of Web 2.0. His entire campaign could be followed by the masses using all the latest methods of online communication enabling him to reach more people, in a more personal and direct manner then ever before. Obama has taken hold of the reigns of technology and is driving it forward in a way we have not seen a global political figure do so before.
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Adobe E-Learning Suite
    As predicted, Adobe is on the march to monopolize the e-learning development world. Their new suite. Have they really integrated intelligence about human learning in there? Not sure, but I'm skeptical. If you're a competitor, that's probably your only path to success. If you're Adobe, that may be your only weak link. My services are available.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Adobe eLearning Suite: for the master of all trades
    The imminent release of the Adobe eLearning Suit e has got me thinking about the authoring tools market as it stands in 2009. Who needs authoring tools and which tools do they need? For $1799 or £1509 the suite will provide you with Captivate 4, Presenter (formerly Breeze), Photoshop CS4, Dreamweaver CS4 (with e-learning interactions added), Soundbooth CS4, Flash Professional CS4 (also with e-learning add-ons), the latest Acrobat and all the goodies needed to tie all the bits together. Quite a bundle and an exciting prospect for toy lovers. So who will buy the eLearning Suite?
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Miracle on the Hudson: The Group Dynamics Angle
    I previously wrote about wanting to know the part luck played in Flight 1549's miracle landing on the Hudson. Now, Bob Sutton writes about the part group dynamics played in the escape. To go beyond the cockpit, as Hackman's suggests, and I discussed here, there is also evidence from product development teams, top management teams, and surgical teams that being together awhile -- or having worked together on teams in the past -- is linked to greater performance
  • TONY KARRER  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Screencast Showing eLearning Learning
    Michael Hanley was nice enough to post a description and screencast of how to navigate the eLearning Learning Community and what he sees as the value proposition. It's very cool to have people like Michael involved who can add value to the collective whole. Thanks Michael. Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.com
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] The 'learner' fallacy - delusions of influence in L&D
    The training/development/HR profession is always intensely interested in its own use of language. Perhaps because it spends so much time alongside the diversity hounds of the HR department, or in the company of the mind-benders of NLP, the 'Training Department' has seen the change to 'Learning & Development' and is obsessed with its 'learners'. While this is laudable, and shows a commendable attempt to place the focus on the recipient of their endeavours, it strikes me as a bit odd. What's the alternative? Instead perhaps we should take a step back a think of our audience as 'users'.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Blog or Wiki?
    The other day, I received the following question in a comment on this blog. work of a medium size company (200 employees).I want to create either a Wiki or Blog to share training tips. For example, as a new system rolls-out, I want to set-up a place to share tips, questions, and discoveries, with search capabilities. Do you have any suggestions on the best method (Wiki or Blog) and what product? To me, the scenario that you described would be best served with a wiki. The wiki allows for multiple people to share tips and to all contribute their discoveries and ideas in a single location.
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Open and Free Seminar: Open Educational Resources: January 19 - February 8, 2009
    From the scope website: Title of the seminar: Open Educational Resources: January 19 - February 8, 2009 Facilitator : Scott Leslie The availability of Open Educational Resources is increasing almost daily. This seminar is part of the free educational seminars that are organized by ScoPE , a Canadian resource with seminars on all kinds of distance education topics. This will in its turn deliver insights in different topics with a variety in content delivery methods that can be used by all at suitable moments in their life or professional sphere. The seminar will be led by Scott Leslie.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Samepoint
    Samepoint is a conversation search engine that lets you see what people are talking about. Discover, learn and share new web sites and ideas. SamePoint.com is presently tracking millions of conversations, taking place in more than tens of thousands blogs and social media sites. User-generated discussions are typically not indexed by major search engines, such as Google, as they do not reside on static pages. SamePoint.com converts these discussions into web. pages, or permalinks, and organizes them within a tag cloud. Samepoint.
  • ECONTENT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Backup APU Saves US Airways Flight 529
    I like to keep my blog private from my professional life, but sometimes you just have to brag! My employer, Honeywell, manufacturers APU's ( auxiliary power units ) for commercial jet aircraft. In the case of the dramatic controlled landing by US Airways Flight 529 on the Hudson River, this is what CNN had to say about our APU. Backup System Helped Pilot Control Jet "The generators that routinely provide electricity weren't available because they are driven by the aircraft's engines -- which weren't putting out sufficient power after apparently having ingested several geese.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Second Life Workshop
    Heather showing some 3D moves in the metaverse of Second Life. On Friday, Heather and I conducted a "Basics of Second Life" workshop for some folks at Raritan Valley Community College. Here are some resources to accompany the class. Video presentation " Why 3D Matters." Slideshare of " Why 3D Matters." Links to lesson plans for 3D learning. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide
  • MARK OEHLERT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Micro vs Macro Production
    So I feel really very remiss about not blogging so long. Oddly enough, its not how I used to feel. Back in the day".like like a year ago.when I'd have a couple week hiatus from my blog for whatever reason, I'd feel guilty in a production sense - like I hadn't been kicking anything out and just letting ideas pile up and not get to them. Its different now. have really become quite addicted to Twitter (see graph, courtesy of Tweetstats ). Now however, Twitter really seems to have hit an age where it is incredibly interesting. What is acceptable? What is not? Is it rude to unfollow? Twitter
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] The E-Learning Curve Blog Joins the eLearning Learning Community
    I’m delighted to announce that the E-Learning Curve Blog has joined the eLearning Learning community. eLearning Learning is. community that tries to collect and organize the best information. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Exploring The Tyranny of Dead Ideas
    I'm reading Matt Miller's The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Letting Go of the Old Ways of Thinking to Unleash a New Prosperity. Some may argue with both the ideas that Miller identifies, as well as their implications. However I think that  few would challenge his premise that "in every era, people grow comfortable with settled ideas about the way the world works" and that it is this "intellectual intertia" that causes us problems, both individually as well as in the various relationships in which we find ourselves--in the partnerships, organizations, companies, institutions, etc. to which we belong.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Collaboration and the Productivity Revolution
    Jim Groff, CEO of PBWiki writes : "The irony is that the Web 2.0 ethos of openness and collaboration has the potential to revolutionize business productivity. but until the global recession hit, there was too much money available in time-wasting consumer applications to attract entrepreneurs to practical business applications. But times have changed
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Aluka: Building a digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa
    For those interested in Open Resources in Africa, a quickie. Since 2008 Aluka has build a strong portal for African resources. Although the contact address is situated in Princeton, USA, there are a lot of African partners. Especially if you are interested in botanical information, this is a great resource. From their website: "Aluka's success depends upon contributions of content from the global research and scholarly community. Aluka has benefited tremendously through contributions from dozens of partners and institutions around the world.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Homepage Startup
    If you're looking for quick access to your favourite websites, then Homepage. Startup offers the quickest way to do this I've seen. On the page are twelve square boxes. Each square box can be assigned a website by. you which will save onto your computer for next time you want to. access that website. Once you have set up your favourite websites, you simply set your. browser to open HomepageStartup.com as your home page. Homepage Startup.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Candles In The Dark
    So what does all this mean for learning in 2009? If there is any possibility that a solution will be found and implemented in 2009, it will not be achieved by technology alone. I’ve just re-read Kim Thomas’ article of her interview with Donald Clark. The Last Siege Tower Is Education was posted in December 2007. It gives Clark’s opinion of how governments have administered to teachers and the classroom model of education. Clark explained how this has not worked, in spite of the huge cost in the attempt. quote from Clark caught my attention. agree with him. m not.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Five ways I hope to NOT to screw up in 2009 (a look back at mistakes made in 2008)
    Andy Wibbels wrote “ Five Ways You’ll F Up 2009 ,” a look back at the things he wished he’d kept in mind in 2008. Five ways I hope to NOT to screw up in 2009 (a look back at mistakes made in 2008). ll say no more in 2009. mentioned to him via Twitter that he should make this a meme. So he did. So here I go. hope to not work so close to deadlines. When was the last time you missed a deadline, worked late to meet a deadline, or made others anxious because you were approaching your deadline? I’m talking about realistic deadlines.) or is that more lame?). But I’m passionate!
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