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  • CLARK QUINN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Usability and Learnability
    Palm has just announced the Palm Pr? as a new smartphone, and it’s got a fair bit of things right.  Like the iPhone it’s got a touchscreen, but adds a keyboard.  And GPS, WiFi, etc.  However, that’s not what I’m on about, but instead key things, like usability.  And there’s a lesson here that I’ve talked about before but I want to generalize it a bit. He ended up with a core list of features that still defines Personal Information Management ( PIM ) today. Those were Contacts/Addresses, Calendar/DateBook, ToDos, & Memos/Notes.  So what’s the Pr?
  • JANET CLAREY  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] LMSs that kick ass: ElementK’s KnowledgeHub
    Probably just three years ago, if you said Element K I would have immediately thought about off-the-shelf courseware. However, Element K has made substantial, progressive improvements to their LMS, most recently by building custom integrations between Jive Clearspace and KnowledgeHub, Element K’s LMS. They announced this in October, 2008. Via email, I asked Sue Rodeman, VP., Platform Prod Management & Marketing, Element K about their social media capabilities. Here’s what she had to say: Q: What social media tools is Element K incorporating into their LMS? Generation21. Mzinga.
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] In Preparation for the Inauguration
    I live close enough to this weekend's festivities that I can walk from my house. If I were so motivated. And I'm not. Lots of scary tourist people invading DC like a plague of locusts. Finding out that if I leave my little corner of the DC Metro area anytime after Sunday afternoon morning, I may not be able to get back home. Oh yeah - and we've been warned we may not have cell phone service. So no communications lifeline. As we speak, I am praying to the technology gods that my cable and internet continue to function over the weekend. TP - check. Milk - check. grew up here. Hope for the best.
  • TONY KARRER  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Nonprofit Technology Portal
    I've been working with Beth Kanter on the creation of something similar to the eLearning Learning content community , but centered around the vibrant community that focuses on the use of technology in nonprofits. This is a work in progress, but she's done a pretty good job explaining what it is and why she's doing this in her post: How Do You Browse By Category Blog Content from NpTech Bloggers? She raises some interesting questions around how you browse through existing blog content which was one of the primary reasons for originally creating the technology.
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Obamacon Me
    In honor of next week's inauguration and my new plan to do something fun for Friday blog posts (that I just thought of this moment, I might add), here is me as an Obama poster. You can "Obamacon" yourself here. Leave me a link in comments if you do. We can create our own gallery
  • BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Learning at Zaxby's, Brain Switchboard, Twitter, Hiring, & Voice
    Franchisees Benefit from Learning 2.0 at Zaxby's - Chain Leader. Over the last two years, Zaxby's has developed a franchisee training program integrating classroom, on-the-job and Web-based training that allows trainees to learn at their own pace and creates a more collaborative, flexible learning environment. Switchboard In The Brain Helps Us Learn And Remember At The Same Time - Science Daily. The healthy brain is in a constant struggle between learning new experiences and remembering old experiences. At the same time, learning the pictures becomes easier when a word is forgotten.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Wireframes magazine
    Nice effort by Jakub Linowski to document the different styles and formats of wireframes
  • ADVENTURES IN CORPORATE EDUCATION  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] The Spring Semester is under way
    Spring semester started about two weeks ago, so I haven’t been able to get to the blog. I’m taking an eLearning class, and my final is an online self-study eLearning module. I’m planning to write it on Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, so stay tuned. The other class is a measurement class. I’ve been busy setting up a wiki and other technical things for my group. We haven’t decided what our research project will be, but I’m voting for researching how people are dealing with the high price of gasoline. also got a new boss at work. Authored by gminks.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] colaab
    What is colaab? Here's what they say. colaab offers any business or organisation secure, real time collaboration through a rich, simple user interface that streamlines work and cuts down wasted hours spent in meetings. Tired of sending emails back and forth with no audit trail and versioning nightmares? colaab is for you. colaab is the smarter, simpler and more effective way of collaborating in real time or your own time. For example, if someone makes a comment on a Resource you are viewing, it will appear straight away in front of you. No need to refresh the page or go backwards and forwards.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] BonzoBox
    BonzoBox is an interactive web tool that allows people to build their own customized “BonzoBox” home page with links to their favorite websites. BonzoBox operates on a very simple Drag and Drop function. Just grab a Website from one of the specially tailored tabs and drag the site into your BonzoBox! If you wish, set BonzoBox as your homepage so that the next time you open the internet, all your favorite sites and email accounts are saved for you ready to be clicked on. You can find out more by watching the video below: BonzoBox.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] This Is Not An Advert - It's A Rant
    courtesy make your own comic I’ve just read Dick Carlson's How to create amazing technical learning. It’s an ebook that contains a lot of down-to-earth common-sense advice. It’s a good read and hilariously funny, lightening what could otherwise be a rather boring topic. Carlson gives some grunty tips on preparing and delivering training as well as pointers on how to handle a few aspects of a training company. Check out the link at the base of this post [1] ; it’s in a 72 page portable document format ( pdf ). Techos hate them! like pdfs, and I was surprised to learn that techos hate them.
  • BUSINESS CASUAL  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Back from vacation - now do we can the service provider or not?
    One of the pain-in-the-butt realities about going on holiday is the coming back part. It seems you spend all your time right before vacation getting projects in a state where they can fly on auto-pilot for however long you're gonna be away. But, when you get back, you find out that the winds had changed somewhere on day two of your absence. That was me on January 6. got back from a relaxing Caribbean cruise only to find my carefully constructed flight plan had been slowly drifting off course for the prior two weeks. I'll save you the inglorious details of all my frustrations.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Creating a Vibrant Learning Community
    Today I am presenting at Immaculata University on the topic of Creating a Vibrant Learning Community as part of a faculty workshop. Here are my slides (although SlideShare did something to some of the photographs on my slides.sorry about that.) Communities Of Practice View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. tags: academic community ) My presentation notes: Faculty today are confronted with a very heterogeneous population of traditional and non-traditional students. All have been influenced by technology during their formative years in some way. At school, at home, everywhere.
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Back from Vacation
    Occasionally, I need to take a break from my pet computer to gain perspective. To remember how to function without the internet / smart phone etc. Despite calls from the SO that I really NEED to bring the laptop (to check on Caps scores, of course), I decided that I was going to travel the way I used to. No computer. No phone. Back in the day, before mobile, practically ubiquitous internet, I used to bring 3 things with me: - A copy of the most recent Fodor's guide to whatever country I am visiting (in this case, the Dominican Republic). Did some research. Gathered some survival tips.
  • MINDLEADERS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] ThirdForce Podcast Episode 3: R&D in ThirdForce - the future of e-learning
    David Mitchell , Head of Production at ThirdForce, talks about research and development within the company and the e-learning industry itself. He explains what innovation really is, how it is approached and also gives us some thoughts on the future including Web 3.0. David provides interesting insights into where ThirdForce sees innovative changes in content delivery and management systems and talks about how we need to focus on our customers needs, gazing through the crystal ball of the future. ThirdForce Podcast Episode 3: R&D in ThirdForce - the future of e-learning.
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Accountability
    Last month I wrote that it’s time to invert the pyramid and integrate learning into all that we do. Part of the research that led me to that conclusion was the notion of complexity and Dave Snowden’s cynefin framework. The cynefin framework comes up again in Patrick Lamb’s post looking at 3 different types of accountability via Glenda Eoyang [lots of background reading here if you're interested]. Basically: Stable systems => Outcome-based accountability. Active, self-organising systems => Learning-based accountability. felt accountable.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Screentoaster
    In my predictions of tools that had a good chance of making it into the Top 100 Tools in 2009, I mentioned ScreenToaster.  The new version of ScreenToaster has improved functionality: live audio capture. embed webcam in screen capture. subtitles. accelerated or slow-motion playback. download the completed screencast. experimental). ScreenToaster has recently been reviewed in a number of places, e.g. Amit Agarwal at Digital Inspiration says ScreenToaster "does a YouTube for screen videos". Frederic Lardinois at ReadWriteWeb thinks ScreenToaster "is clearly taking on Jing". ScreenToaster.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Time to end “courseocentricism”
    Aside from winning the most awkward new term - courseocentricism (why not just course-centricism?) - this article makes a compelling case for the limitations of current views of courses. The author appeals for ending course silos as a way to improve consistency across curriculum and thereby produce a more integrated or connected body of knowledge. like the idea of thinning our classroom walls and allowing connections to be formed between concepts from other subject areas. But that responsibility shouldn’t rest on the educator.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Adults and Social Network Sites
    Pew Internet’s recent report - Adults and Social Network Sites (.pdf) pdf) - doesn’t offer anything dramatically new for those who have been active in online social networking sites. Of greatest interest is the growth over the last three years - 35% of adults have a profile, four times the number from 2005…but significantly less than the 65% of teens with a SN profile. As is often the case with new technology adoption, the percentages decline with age (down to only 7% for those in the 65+ category).
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Web 2.0 Called; It Says It’s Just An Ad Platform Now
    I’ve whined before about how web 2.0 was/is a threat to open source software. Open source is an ideology (although watered down from Stallman’s initial version) about openness, democracy, and participation. Web 2.0 is about f ree of cost. It’s a soul-less version of open source that relies on certain external conditions for it’s existence. Ideologies can outlive many waves of change. It’s too early to say that web 2.0 Web 2.0
  • LEARNING DEVELOPMENTS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Learning Developments: I'm not yet Captivated by Lectora
    Jan 13, 2009 Im not yet Captivated by Lectora Im putting together a self-paced web-based training course for how to order textbooks using a PeopleSoft application. Learning Developments Thoughts and issues related to the development of eLearning content and general eLearning issues with an occasional diversion here or there. Im using Lectora to develop a SCORM package that will eventually be imported and used in the LMS. The course will contain several simulations I am creating in Captivate 3. So far Ive found Lectora to be a good course development tool. need some documentation on this.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] MindLeaders: Fueling the Learning Revolution: The Top Ten Training Needs
    MindLeaders: Fueling the Learning Revolution « Peer to Peer Support for Training Administrators: The MindLeaders User Group | Main January 13, 2009 The Top Ten Training Needs MindLeaders gets a lot of information about what people want to learn more about. According to Bersin & Associates' brand-new Corporate Learning Factbook 2009 , the topic areas this top ten falls into (Desktop Applications, Interpersonal/Soft Skills, and Management/Supervisory) are #9, #6, and #5 on their survey of training priorities. My results are a subset of the larger training industry.
  • ECONTENT  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] The Mechatronic Photograph
    Design News has a new free webinar available, A Mechatronic Marvel. The Digital Camera. Even if you don't care about digital photography, this excellent short seminar taught by two professors from Marquette University does a good job of explaining Mechatronics (Drs. Kevin Craig and Mark Nagurka ). Although the seminar first requires one to register. feel free to input dummy data. eMail verification is not required. have added this seminar to the Engineering Learning Wiki and its specialized Google Custom Search Engine ( Mechanical Engineering Section | Search Seminars ).
  • ECONTENT  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Baby It's Cold Out There!
    I wanted to go cross-country skiing tonight (park with 7.5k of lit trails near by), but I'm getting soft. The temperature is already down to -12F (-24C) and although I've skied when it's colder. just could not get psyched up. Ever wonder what it looks like up here in the Northland when it gets real cold? actually colder than -12F). invite you to enjoy a visit to a blog I discovered from the "other side" of Lake Superior near WaWa, Ontario: Mortimer on Lake Superior at Michipicoten. and the location of my new building lot. Anyhow.
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2008
    [2009] Happy New Year from the E-Learning Curve Blog
    look forward to bringing you more informative and educational posts in 2009. --. May I wish all my readers a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009
    [2009] Capture that E-learning Demo 1: Camtasia
    Getting right back to basics here, but what a good way to start the new year! So, if you’re new to e-learning courseware development, read on…. Ever wondered how to capture demos for delivery online. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2009
    [2009] Capture that E-learning Demo 2: Captivate
    As I’m doing a lot of demos at the moment, I thought that it would be apposite to discuss demo capturing and authoring tools. Yesterday, it was the turn of Camtasia, today, it’s Adobe Captivate. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] Capture that E-learning Demo 3: Captivate and Camtasia
    In the previous two blog posts, I outlined – at a very high level - some of the features and functionality of TechSmith Camtasia Studio and Adobe Captivate, and in today’s post I will provide a. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Capture that E-learning Demo 4: Captivate and Camtasia, concluded
    Continuing my evaluation of Captivate and Camtasia Studio. In my previous posting, I discussed the two applications' user interfaces and audio capabilities. Today, I will look at workflow and. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Daily Routines
    After my little productivity crisis of the past few months, I've been working on jiggering with my daily routine. I'm especially interested in finding that balance between activities that support the spark of creativity while still making sure that I get things done. In this spirit, I was quite excited to find the Daily Routines blog, which looks at how "writers, artists and other interesting people organize their days."  What's interesting first off is how many of these people have a routine. He makes breakfast for his family, takes Ella to school at 7:20 and is in the studio by 8. get fed up.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] The Quiver & The Gun
    (No, I’m not talking about weapons, or anthropological determination, sorry :). Organizations have to be nimble; the environment we face is more like sitting in the ocean waiting to ride the ever-changing waves than it is striding down a concrete road.  Increasingly, in these chaotic times, changes are unpredictable.  There are changing tides, swells, weather, and the resulting waves.  You’d rather ride them than be tossed by them, but what do you do?  When it comes to waves, how do surfers cope, and what are the implications? A gun is a board specifically for big fast waves. 
  • DISCOVERY THROUGH ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Potential Questions to Ask When Having an LMS Demo'd
    I've been having other LMS vendors contact me wanting me to see demonstrations of their systems several times over the last year. situation arose recently that made my department seriously question the system we had in place and should we switch to another vendor. made arrangements to visit a colleague at another hospital to see their system first hand from a user's perspective rather than the sales pitch that provided by vendor demos. can not begin to tell you how invaluable this visit turned out to be for my learning. How does the system import user ID information? Are they part of the fee?
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Donald Kirpatrick Answers Questions
    Donald Kirkpatrick Answers Questions. Click to view.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Learning Technologies Green Room
    Kineo and learndirect business have got together to produce the Learning Technologies Green Room , where you will find all sorts of e-learning people involved with this year's Learning Technology conference busy finishing their PowerPoint slides and generally fretting about what they can say that's different to last year. Who do you need to get involved to make e-learning happen? How do you engage learners in e-learning? Where are the obstacles in making learning happen? How do you overcome them? What's the one thing to remember if you want to make e-learning happen
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Networks and Communities
    Mercenary Rationale for Network Work & Learning As I discussed in Evaluating Performance of Concept Workers , evaluating the performance of a concept worker is difficult because there's no right answer and most often the evaluator knows less about the subject than the worker. Thus, the bottom line in evaluating a concept workers performance is by looking at: Was a reasonable process used? Are the conclusions reasonable? How would this compare to results from other concept workers? To make sure you pass this test - I suggest cheating. They said I've gone through the right steps.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] 8 Predictions for Enterprise Web 2.0 in 2009
    Dion Hinchcliffe makes 8 predictions for Enterprise 2009 : Tight budgets will drive the adoption of low-cost Web 2.0 Mobile platforms and devices will become highly strategic in 2009. and cloud/SaaS solutions. Online community and 2.0 technologies become a priority for most organizations. Cloud computing will remain one of the biggest new Internet developments. Internal use of 2.0 will continue growth in large enterprises while the struggle continues with market-facing 2.0 products. The economic climate will at long last drive major advances towards aligning IT with business.
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Resources and Tools
    I was asked to develop a list of important resources, especially the blogs that I find most valuable in my work. Since my work is focused on the intersection of learning, work and technology and especially how learning and working are becoming integrated in networked organisations, these are not just edtech blogs. These are not the best, but a good representation of some of the better resources. more complete list is available on my Bloglines public feed. Focused on Learning. Eide Neurolearning is a good source for me to get up to speed on the science of learning and cognition. Miscellaneous.
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] At M.I.T., Large Lectures Are Going the Way of the Blackboard
    Yesterday’s New York Times carried this wonderful article on introductory physics lectures at MIT. It brought back bitter memories. recall sitting in a crowded lecture hall listening to a profesor prattle on about Physics 101 with several hundred fellow bored Princeton students some forty years ago. The professor, who had written the text, reproduced the illustrations from the book with chalk on the green boards before us. Over the greenboard hung a 12′ long slide rule, a relic that had seen duty in World War II calculating bomb trajectories. Zzzzzz. My hat’s off to MIT.
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] A building for learning at MIT
    Reading the New York Times about the new ways MIT is teaching physics ( previous post ), this headline caught my eye: M.I.T. Sues Frank Gehry, Citing Flaws in Center He Designed. Researching Informal Learning , I interviewed MIT’s Chief Architect, Bill Mitchell, about this very building. Here’s an excerpt about the Stata Center from Chapter Four, Emergence. Creating Learning Spaces at MIT. Buildings at MIT must support learning communities. Social space (cafeterias, nooks, atriums, and other public spaces) are much in demand. Demand for private offices and cubicles is dropping. .
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Small Class Size and Technology-Enabled Learning at MIT
    Nice NY Times article on class size and technology-enabled learning at MIT, where they are getting rid of the large lecture hall, opting instead for "pioneering teaching methods drawn from research showing that most students learn fundamental concepts more successfully, and are better able to apply them, through interactive, collaborative, student-centered learning." The article talks about using clickers in the classroom as well, a subject near and dear to my heart.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Peace in a Sentence
    Kevin Hodgson ( aka Dogtrax ) is an amazing teacher, blogger and friend who continues to amaze me with his energy, enthusiasm and inventive ideas that are put into action; this man walks the talk. He was the first person ever to post a comment on my blog. He reads 500 blogs a day on his RSS Reader. awarded him the comment award medal during my first month of blogging because of the ubiquitous way he permeated the blogosphere posting comments everywhere I looked. He started his own published cartoon series, Boolean Squared. Your innovative products will be posted E O T W.
  • DISCOVERY THROUGH ELEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Does it have to be timely to be relevant?
    I saw a very interesting online conference come across my email the other day. It's for " Stepping into Virtual Worlds " which happens January 30 th , completely virtually through Second Life. How incredibly neat is that? did see this posted last year, but I was too late to attend at when I found the conference. So when I saw this the other day I was excited that perhaps I could attend this year and experience some true learning through Second Life. I've sat in on some concerts, movies, and even a few comedy shows. haven't yet experienced a learning scenario. My answer is yes.
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Stages of Twitter: What the Future Holds
    Rohit Bhargava (@rohitbhargava) has created stages of Twitter, a Kübler-Rossian kind of list. Here are his stages: And a few days ago, he added another stage: 6. Collaboration: "Actual, meaningful relationships and collaborations have occurred out of my usage of Twitter" You can see his post and the amazing number of people who commented at this webpage. Here is my addition to the list, an even dozen in honor of Kübler-Ross: 7. Bliss: "Blissful feeling of competence and connectivity, driven by obvious advantages perceived." Worry: "I wonder if I'm spending too much time Twittering? think not.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Indexing Blogger in Middle-earth
    Reading through Tony Karrer's recent post Better Memory , reminded me of the importance of cataloguing information so that it can be easily found again. The recent revision of his First Time Visitor Guide also got me thinking about the importance of indexing. Since I published my 100th post, I've found it more and more difficult to keep track of what's on my own blog. know from my own experience how difficult it is to find topics posted on other blogs and I'm often gobsmacked when I discover some archived gem on a blog that I thought I knew well. So I'm taking a few tips from Tony Karrer.
  • ENGAGED LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] This Week’s SL Podcast: Controlling Information
    This week’s podcast is all about control: Who has it, how to control information, what should be controlled and a ‘new’ way of ‘controlling’ it. NOTES: The audio isn’t the best quality, but we have fixed that for next week’s podcast. The SL podcast is now on iTunes - click here. Please hang in there while we make changes and make the podcast better and better each week. Please give us your feedback.  We would love to hear from you!
  • TONY KARRER  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Hot List
    This will be something like: Hot List for the Week of 1/2/2009 - 1/9/2009 Hot List Posts Tool Set 2009 The U.S. Air Force: Moving Full Scale Into Social Media i-Clickr Year of the cloud Rypple: telling it like it is 2009 Predictions, Remembrance and Challenges What is the TRUE cost Rapid eLearning? There are some very cool new features especially our hot list feature coming out soon on the eLearning Learning Content Community. The site is beginning to take into account social signals. Thus it belongs in both a best of list and a hot list. Other items come from other sources.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] The season of predictions
    I’ve never been fully convinced of the value of predictions (if someone says 2009 is the year of the mobile phone, what does that mean to me? few recent articles/predictions: eLearn magazine’s 2009 predictions (short statements from numerous well known elearning personalities). The season of predictions is upon us. What should I do differently? Use my phone more? Text more?). Ironically, the value of predictions is less in what they predict…and more in how they provide a framework for existing trends. Top Teaching and Learning Challenges
  • TONY KARRER  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Information Radar
    For many of the roles and projects you will be involved in, part of what you need to be able to do is to put yourself in a continuous learning mode. You need information radar that continuously scans for new, quality information that you should be aware of. And certainly, you have to be able to quickly commit it to your metamemory. Information Addiction Let me start this topic with a word of caution. Most of you reading this are infovores. When you find new nuggets of information, you get a chemical reaction in your brain much like an opium hit. Be careful about feeding your habit. no it's not.
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] "An Ideal Conference Helps to Define a Community"
    Over the holidays I had a chance to watch this video interview with Robert Scoble and Tim O'Reilly. Some good stuff on the differences between BarCamp (open to everyone) and FooCamp (invitation only), but the money quote for me was when O'Reilly said: "An ideal conference helps to define a community." I love this quote. It puts the notion of community-building at the center of conference-going. It says that the best conferences aren't about the workshops or the vendors or the location. They are about the processes that are in place to help create and define a sense of belonging and membership.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008
    [2009] Index Page for Blogger in Middle-earth
    return to top My Clean Up For 2009 – What Was Yours? Crystal Ball Gazing Experience is reality Hopes and Predictions for 2009 Need More Memory? This page is new and needs improving. To help me with this I’ll need your feedback so I'm able to provide you with what you’d like to see here. Tell me what you like or don't like about this index page. appreciate your suggestions. Please click the Post a comment link at the base of this page (or click here ) and say your piece. Your ideas are always welcome. Complexity Science and Social Media Learning Courtesy NASA Down To Earth Web 2.0
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] TimZon
    The private video discussion solution for the enterprise. the perfect collaboration tool enabling virtual teams to communicate effectively through video and across timezones" Timzon is currently in beta and is available for Google apps and Google Gmail users. TimZon.
  • MINDLEADERS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Plug into video conferencing…
    I’m writing this whilst circling Heathrow in a plane, an exercise that is very familiar to anyone who frequently flies into London. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever flown here without doing at least one lap of the circuit. If only I could be as dedicated at the gym! So I’m sitting here hot and slightly bothered as I’ll probably be late for my meeting, particularly if we have to put in a few more laps and to be honest by the time I actually do arrive at my destination all I’ll be fit for is a nap. Yes I’ve been up since 4.30!! Although now that we are on lap 6 I’m beginning to wonder ).
  • BOZARTHZONE   |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] The First Help Desk Call
    "Compared to the scroll, it takes longer to turn the pages of a book." And what about the manual
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Drupal for Education and E-Learning
    Bill Fitzgerald has written a comprehensive technical guide for the Drupal open source content management system with a focus on its use in formal education. Drupal for Education and E-Learning , by Packt Publishing , walks you through the setup of a Drupal installation, step by step. This is a how-to book, covering everything from themes to modules to backup and maintenance. The core of the book is on education-specific apsects, such as teacher blogs, forums, enrolling students and managing classes. Parts of it would be of interest to individual teachers.
  • ECONTENT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] How to Muffle an Aircraft!
    Actually Cambridge University calls the seminar The Silent Aircraft Initiative. Even if you're not an Aerospace engineer you may learn some useful aspects of mechanical design. This seminar has been added to my engineering seminar search engine
  • DISCOVERY THROUGH ELEARNING  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Disneynature Earth to be Release Earth Day 2009
    The movie is to be released this upcoming Earth Day , April 22, 2009. Tags: Earth Day 2009 Disneynature One of my favourite things about going to the movies is acutally watching the previews of movies yet to be released. This weekend I was pleasantly surprised to see the trailer for EARTH from Disneynature. I'm a sucker for nature shows, but to combine it with Disney too.I'm m there, get me my ticket. On a slightly more serious note the trailer looked fantastic.
  • BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Design, Thinking, Learning, Feedforward, & Predictions
    The essence of strategy for design - Adaptive Path. When I think of strategy in the context of our design work, I think of three things: Philosophy: What are you about? What do you stand for, what is your approach? Vision: Where are you headed? How will you know you're successful? Planning: How will you get there? Inside the Savant Mind: Tips for Thinking from an Extraordinary Thinker - Scientific American. know from my own experience that there is much more to "intelligence" than an IQ number. This sounds a lot to me like astrology, which lumps everyone into one of twelve signs of the zodiac.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Prepare for a Conference
    Heading into ASTD TechKnowledge , there's a particularly timely podcast that I just did for Tom Crawford of VizThink on the topic of: How to be an Insanely Great Conference Attendee If you follow the link you can get to the podcast. This is based somewhat on a post from a couple of years ago - Be an Insanely Great Professional Conference Attendee. The main ideas out of that post still apply. The key theme is to spend some time to come prepared with Better Questions. Some other specific recommendations on things you could do before the conference that would make your conference that much better.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Frustrating Conferences…
    The discussion happens February 18-20, 2009. Conferences are terrific opportunities for meeting colleagues, encountering new ideas, and getting as sense of what’s happening “over there&#. For dissemination of knowledge (information, really, but knowledge is the term most people relate to), few processes are more valuable. But conferences can be frustrating. Very frustrating. Several years ago, I was asked to join the ED-MEDIA steering committee. As a group, they have been very willing to entertain different approaches for improving the conference. Ning site for the event).
  • ENGAGED LEARNING  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Convincing others to Blog
    photo credit: dh. Last week I had a meeting with a president of a company and four other directors/managers who had previously committed to blogging on their company’s blog.  They were to take weekly turns posting, only committing themselves to blog once every five weeks - rotating.  This wasn’t happening (obviously, or this would be a really pointless blog post!). They walked in the meeting with comments that they were going to be in trouble, sent to the principles office, and get their hands slapped - all in fun, but with a touch of seriousness.  Write about that.  And that. 
  • CLARK QUINN  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] eLearn Mag predictions
    eLearning Magazine’s 2009 predictions are now up , including those of yours truly.  It’s a fascinating look of optimism, pessimism, and viewpoints from a lot of different perspectives.  It’s also an impressive array of thinkers (myself excluded), many are folks I follow through blogs and/or tweets.  It’s a thought-provoking list and I recommend give it a look. By my (informal) count, one of the major predictions is the rise of social networking. think that’s a no brainer, as I’ve been going off on this quite a bit recently.  Check it out!
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Predications for 2009
    Take a look and let me know what your predictions are for 2009. eLearn Magazine's Predictions for 2009 __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide. It is that time of year again. Lisa Neal Gualtieri of eLearn Magazine has issued her annual list of predications from elearning folks in academia, business and not-for-profit organizations.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] The Big Question: Predictions for 2009
    The Learning Circuits Blog Big Question for January asks what are your challenges, plans and predictions for 2009? Here are my offerings: Challenges Keeping innovation and change on the agenda when all anyone's interested in is survival. Keeping the income flowing in when spending on external contractors could take a hit. Plans I want to finish my project Learning in all Contexts , which has been on the back burner too long. also want to write a short and really accessible book on learning technology for trainers. When there are days left over you do your own thing.
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] What Do You Do With A Fan Of Links?
    Have you ever thought of how you go about reading links in a blog-post or a web-page? recent posting on Sue Water’s enviably informative site impresses me by advising bloggers to cite relevant information using links (hyperlinks), as long as it doesn’t mean going hyper with a fan of links. go along with her reasoning. also find comfort that she (a scientist after all!) is as fond of a fan of links in a post as I am. Links in a post can be extremely useful. They can put you in touch with people you didn't know existed. They can also keep you up to date with things perhaps you should know about.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] MixedInk
    MixedInk takes a fresh approach to collaborative writing. They say "It's a fun, democratic and elegant way for people to weave their best ideas together. Plus, it's free!)" MixedInk is useful for students, employees, fans, community groups, unions, citizen journalists. pretty much any group with an opinion. Watch the video. MixedInk.
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] eLearning predictions from across the globe
    While roaming the net I came across a lot of predictions for 2009. At the end of the year the people who got close to the achieved facts in 2009 wins. Editors' top 10 forecasts for 2009. While reading just a couple of predictions is fun, reading a variety of opinions and future visions gives a holistic idea of what lives in the minds of all these great eLearning people. Patterns do emerge. It is amazing how up-beat most of the predictions are considering the gloomy economic shadow that haunts the world right now. Is it because we tend to look for the best? eLearning
  • ECONTENT  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Cat 2.0 or. Cyrus Joins Our Corporate Yammer Network!
    Last night I went to a neighborhood party, but forgot shut my laptop down. Cyrus, our black tabby cat decided he wanted to understand what Web 2.0 and company wide chat via my Fortune 100 firm's Yammer network is all about. Anyhow, Cyrus settled down on my keyboard and invoked some commands. and even took a screenshot via SnagIt (like a dummy. did not save the screenshot). Four times Cyrus asked (via my profile). "what are you working on?" " Ultimately he received a few responses. The first response was "writing some reports for root cause investigations"! use your cat!
  • LEARNING JOURNAL  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Thoughts to start the new year
    I’m been having trouble deciding what to write about for the first post of a new year…  Should I venture a prediction for 2009?  Or maybe contribute a response to the “seven things you don’t need to know about me&# post that is going around?  Should my first post be something profound?   How about a little bit of all three?  . The prediction… A very old idea has come back to the forefront:  people learn more through informal means than they do from our formal training and development activities.  I think. . Who’d have thunk it?
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Learning in times of economic meltdown
    At Online Educa Berlin last month, I hosted a small discussion on Learning in Times of Economic Meltdown. dozen of us talked across a round table over lunch. Here are my notes: Massive, disruptive change is underway. This change is fundamental: the network era is replacing the industrial age. Things will never be the same. A “new normal” is on the way. Life-threatening crisis unfreezes organizational structure. This fluid state affords re-organizing, re-arranging, and replacing the status quo. Survivors develop and present agendas for change while things are in flux. Good bye to the fancy LMS.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Best of the Rest this Week
    10 Ways Twitter Will Change Blog Design in 2009 - This article by Rachel Cunliffe appeared on 4 January in Mashable.  She said "In 2009, Twitter will become much more tightly integrated with the rest of the blog in a variety of ways - watch out for tweetbacks and tweetstats to make their debut, and tweet comments to TwitterRolls to start appearing on blogs."  Every day I come across lots of interesting learning-technology-related resources (tools, articles, news etc) - far too many to post about in the Pick of the Day.  ready to link real life with the digital world. Skype 2.8
  • BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Management 3.0, Cognitive Load, Prototyping, Objects, Audio, & Broken
    Management 3.0 - Here We Are. Now What? Terrence Seamon writes that we are moving from Management 2.0 to Management 3.0: from focus on weaknesses to focus on strengths. from appraisal to appreciation. from "our way or the highway" to flexibility. from "one size fits all" to customization. from "command and control" to coach and engage. To fully move to Management 3.0 we are going to have to reverse the findings from Watson Wyatt's "WorkUSA 2006/2007" study that show only 49 percent of employees trust senior management, and only 36 percent believe top managers act with honesty and integrity.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] If a big corporation designed the stop sign
    I know this video has already made its rounds, but can't resist the urge to just blog it here. These guys have nailed the mental state of a designer trapped in big-org thinking. Really funny! Really real
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Stephen Downes: What not to build
    Stephen has made his list of things to avoid going into 2009. This includes Don't build a CMS, Don't build an educational game, Don't build a wiki, etc. Some material to reflect on if you're planning on doing something different in the new year
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] Quotable quote: Eleanor Roosevelt on discussing ideas
    Eleanor Roosevelt : "Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] And Now, For Something Completely Different.
    This is 2009! Last week, being in the middle of New Zealand’s summer holidays, I looked for something out of the ordinary. Whatever I was in search of, it had to take me and my kids away from the melee of technological society - away from TV, play-stations, mobile phones, blogging, elearning. You name it: I wanted to be away from it! front-page article in Wellington’s daily, splashed a picture of an activity I thought might just do the trick. So early next day, Catriona and I hurriedly bundled ourselves into the car with a lunch hamper, and off we set. Armour is not required.
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] It’s not about the technology?
    INATT makes sense because most of us realise that people make things happen, not technology. It’s not about the technology is a rallying cry amongst many in education or in fields that are being disrupted by information technology. Perhaps INATT, but: Imagine organising an international group of collaborators without access to Voice over IP (costs increase) or without presence monitoring (who’s available in what time zone) or without shared documents online (what’s the latest version?). Try to understand a different geographic market with no travel budget.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Wired study tips
    Apple Hot News : "Deep in the heart of Texas, they’ve learned a thing or two about successful study habits. And you can, too. Just by listening to Wired Study Tips. Brought to us by the Continuing and Professional Studies Office at Texas A&M University, the tips are just a few minutes long but offer great advice that, thanks to iTunes U, we can all take advantage of
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Learning Industry Predictions 2009
    eLearn Magazine offers predictions for 2009 and Editor Lisa Neal Gualtieri says that the people polled “ unanimously agree the global economic downturn is the overwhelming factor coloring their forecasts, [however] they do see a great array of opportunities and challenges in the coming 12 months. &#. Here are the predictions from my TogetherLearn colleagues: Jane Hart : As the recession bites and training budgets are slashed, organizations will no longer be able to afford the production of sophisticated courseware. You can find my predictions in with the rest as well.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] 2nd Crunchies Awards 2008
    TechCrunch has just announced the winners of the 2nd annual Crunchies competition "to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year", and some of my predictions for top tools in 2009 have done well: Cooliris is the winner of the Best Design category. Other nominees included Friendfeed and Sliderocket ). Evernote is the winner of the Best Mobile Startup category.  Other nominees included Qik and Posterous ). Friendfeed is the winner of the Best New Startup of 2008 category. iPhone 3G (for Best New Gadget/Device).
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Predictions for 2009
    You can find the 30 or so predictions (including my own) in the current edition of eLearn magazine: Predictions for 2009. Lisa Neal Gualtieri has again this year gathered predictions on what lies ahead for the e-learning community. She summarises the results as follows: "While our colleagues here unanimously agree the global economic downturn is the overwhelming factor coloring their forecasts, they do see a great array of opportunities and challenges in the coming 12 months. Their insights never fail to inspire further discussion and hope."
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2008
    [2009] Anatomy of an unworkshop
    think I’ll shoot for a dozen unworkshops in 2009. An unworkshop is composed of small pieces, loosely joined. always reserve the right to hop around based on my reading of the participants. Every unworkshop is unique unto itself.) Sometimes I get so worked up that I feel that I am channeling the material rather than presenting it. Unlike traditional workshops, nothing in one of these sessions is for sure. That’s the “un&# part. And it’s there because uncertainty engages the mind. The supporting presentation slides are all available on SlideShare. overview.
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2008
    [2009] Organizational competence
    plan to devote more energy in 2009 to exploring social learning. The dictionary defines competence as the ability to do something well. In business-speak, Bloomberg defines competence as “Sufficient ability or fitness for one’s needs. The necessary abilities to be qualified to achieve a certain goal or complete a project.&#. These definitions describe being able to do something. None of them address having the motivation to actually do something. Business progress is measured in accomplishment, not potential. Being able doesn’t mean anything is going to get done. Ah ha!
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] Under construction again.
    I am putting an electric fence around my stuff. See you in a day or two
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] A conversation with Malcolm Gladwell
    Charlie Rose interviews Malcolm Gladwell on his new book, Outliers. Wonderful interview that touches upon performance and meaningful work. Gladwell: Meaningful work is one of the most important things we can impart to children. Meaningful work is work that is autonomous. Work that is complex, that occupies your mind. And work where there is a relationship between effort and reward — for everything you put in, you get something out…. Gladwell also states that most people are experience-rich but theory-poor. Our minds are running helter-skelter all the time.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] 10 Most Common Misconceptions About User Experience Design
    Whitney Hess references many UX gurus and comes up with a nice primer on UXD that can be used for explaining to clueless mangers and in presos. Nice collection of thoughts on what UX is and what it is not
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] Virtual Conference on Teaching Science in Immersive Virtual Environments
    On January 30th, there will be an online conference, costing only $65, hosted in Second Life (so you can learn about Second Life as well), and it sounds intriguing with some solid speakers/hosts. Check it out. It's called Stepping Into Virtual Worlds.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] LMSs that kick ass: Mzinga
    It’s Friday yay! That means it’s time to feature another LMS that kicks ass! This is the seventh featured system in my Friday series highlighting LMSs that are doing innovative, kick-ass things with social media. Mzinga is the result of a merger between KnowledgePlanet and Shared Insights at the end of 2007. My first encounter with them was when they were still known as KnowledgePlanet. was at a demo of their system at a company near where I live - an area that is not an easy destination to fly to. Anyway, the rep I was working with at the time was Jen Chambers. Thanks Dave!
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] Report: Community Platforms Market Led by Jive Software and Telligent
    Forrester released a report today about the 'community platforms' market. They evaluated nine vendors, concluding that Jive Software and Telligent Systems "lead the pack because of their strong administrative and platform features." " KickApps and Pluck were also commended, for enabling large Web sites to scale quickly with social features. Awareness, Lithium Technologies, and Mzinga were other products that Forrester liked, for enabling companies to build branded communities. We summarize the report below and highlight our own past coverage of Jive Software and Telligent.
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] Instructional Objectives -- How Some of them Work
    Lunchtime webinosh with Will Thalheimer, PhD (president of Work-Learning Research, Inc. Help organizations to bridge the gap between research on learning and reality.) Brown Bag Learning follows subscription learning approach: Repeats key concepts over time: Spacing Enables you to get reminders and deepen your understanding Enables you to remember over time Learning News Big topic this week -- Neon Elephant Award to Robert Brinkerhoff for developing case success method evaluation of learning and his new book. Next event: Fri. What will happen? We'll come back to that in a minute. They do.
  • CORPORATE ELEARNING STRATEGIES AND DEVELOPMENT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] DevLearn08 Favorite Sessions - Encore Performances ONLINE Jan 15 & 16
    The eLearning Guild's January Online Forum is the best of DevLearn08 as voted by YOU, the audience.  Register NOW , here. Yes, I'm biased, I know, but these sessions really were VERY good.  There's a little in the mix for everyone, no matter what type of training project you are currently working on.  I would highly encourage you to set aside these 2 days as career development for yourself and participate with your eLearning colleagues in these conversations. Learning by Doing Ruth Clark, Clark Training & Consulting DevLearn 2008 Conference & Expo - November 10-14 - San Jose, CA
  • BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] Jobs, Training, Rapid eLearning, Inhibitory Skills, & Learning
    Changing jobs, 1 in 5 say they will in 2009 - JobRadio.fm. Twenty-three percent of workers are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with training and learning opportunities provided by their current employers. Training isn't a luxury -- it's a necessity - The Wichita Eagle. Decision makers often view employee learning and development as a cost center rather than a profit center. Areas not directly linked to revenue generation are typically easier to whittle away. What is the TRUE cost Rapid eLearning? Weiterbildungsblog. This is a horrible example of rapid eLearning! Developing Inteligence.
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] Is TV really like water, food, sex? A Missed Learning Opportunity
    I'm absolutely astonished that our national leaders are contemplating an extension of the TV-signal switch-date from analog to digital. See the AP article on how Obama has asked Congress to extend the deadline. Or this NY Times article explaining the thinking. First, let me say that I live in an analog-only TV house that doesn't have a convertor box. We've been thinking of buying a new TV, but we're also thinking maybe the price of TV's will come down after the switch, especially as the economy deteriorates (in which case we might rather have the money for food). Here's my counter-proposal.
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] PodCamp Halifax 2009
    PodCampHalifax2009 seems like a great mid-Winter activity. Time to get away from my computer screen and meet some folks. This year’s event is the Aldernay Gate Public Library on 25 January, from 9 to 5. This is an unconference , focused on social media (blogs, wikis, podcasts, video, etc). The goal is to have an open, participatory, user-generated series of workshops and the people who attend are the presenters. There are several folks from New Brunswick listed to attend, so sign up and come on out. If you plan on staying overnight, you may want to put yourself up for adoption.
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] Fill in the Blank
    This time of year makes me want to. Leave me something in comments or feel free to blog about it and then leave the link.  Maybe we'll have a contest for the most creative or amusing response. I'll even go first: This time of year makes me want to crawl into bed with several books, a year's supply of chocolate chip cookies, a thermos of milk, and all 5 seasons of The Wire on DVD (with my laptop), not to emerge until spring when I can once again sip margaritas or drink morning coffee on my tiny, but wonderful patio built by my large and wonderful husband. Your turn
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] PicLits
    PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and. meaning of the picture. PicLits.
  • ECONTENT  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [2009] A Nerd's Dorm Rises in China
    Report Date: January 8, 2009. Two days ago I was feeling sorry for myself. New Year's Eve day cross-country ski injury had left me with a broken bone in my thumb and a torn ligament. had planned to ski three long distance ski races this Winter (25k to 52k) to finish raising the money for a dorm my wife Molly and I are trying to build in the mountains of southern China near Vietnam (LingYun). Instead I was taught a lesson in humility when by chance yesterday photographs of the dorm's construction process arrived. thought. who cares how fast I ski. then donate. Goal - $7,500.
  • LEARNING DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [2009] Accessible Government
    In a two for one deal.this Sunday's edition of the Washington Post also had an article showcasing Arlington County's new virtual presence. The Arlington County Government has a cyber-office where visitors can read promotional posters, meet with economic development officials, gather market research, and conduct presentations and brainstorming sesssions with the intent of promoting economic development. As the article notes, the hope is to give visitors an idea of where the county is going in the future and let the visitors be a part of it.
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [2009] Game 11: Top Golf
    This is Mike playing Top Golf. He doesn't know I took this picture (or posted it). He may kill me if he reads this blog. BTW - by the time you read this - I should be on a beach, umbrella drink in hand. -- Game: Top Golf Platform: The Top Golf facility in Alexandria, VA Price: Varies. Imagine a really tricked out practice range. Or a live version of a golf simulator. That's this place. The game is played with the following: - 20 balls with a chip inside that has your name registered in it. A large field with flags and holes. Golf clubs. Try to aim the ball at the holes. Is the game fun?
  • DISCOVERY THROUGH ELEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [2009] 2 New Upgrades You May Want
    Articulate has releases some great updates to for Studio '09. Along with some bug fixes there are 3 new interactions available for use. The new activities are Flipbook, Flashcards and Stairstep. More information including how to upgrade your version can be found at Articulate - Word of Mouth blog. Also tomorrow Microsoft is offering the new Windows 7 beta and with that Internet Explorer 8. Rumour is to get in early to get this new upgrade. I'm not sure whether it is a good change or not, but many of the reviews I read seem to promote it as "exciting".
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [2009] Upcoming Webinars from eLearning Professionals
    It's Next Week January 15 & 16, 2009. The eLearning Guild is reprising the 10 most FAVORITE sessions from DevLearn, their recent conference. And OMG I'm a favorite. Better yet there is a whole group of fantastic folks including Ruth Clark and Clark Quinn. I'm going to be leading the Opening Session at 11:30 Eastern Time on Giving Learners Feedback, and the Research thereof. Check it out
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