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  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2009
    [2009] 2009 in Review: 100 great resources
    As 2009 draws to a close, here is the first in a series of postings reviewing the year. Here is my review of 2009 - click on the image for the. The 100 resources are listed here: Review of 2009: 100 great resources , chronologically by the month in which they appeared. At the end of 2008 I produced my review of the year by. listing 100 resources I enjoyed during the year.  proved quite popular, so I have done it again this year. . have selected 100 resources - articles postings, PDFs, presentations, videos etc -  about (workplace and. resources.  full-size image.
  • ELEARNINGPOST  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2009
    [2009] Intranet Innovation Awards 2009
    Here is my review of the Intranet Innovation Awards 2009 report by of Step Two Designs (thank you James for the review copy). The report has 10 case studies from around the world, each showcasing an idea, an innovation that serves a specific business requirement. The areas judged cover business solutions, frontline delivery, communication and collaboration and core functionality. recommend that you read Alex Manchester’s summary of the award winners to get a glimpse of the detail and richness the report provides. Doable solutions: the winning solutions are all doable.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2009
    [2009] The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Agile Re-explained
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. In my last post we looked at the problems with our existing approach to building elearning. In summary, the problems we noticed were: A lack of shared understanding within the team, about the the customer's learning problem. The high risk associated with not having generalists in the team. The delay in seeing working pieces of elearning. The time spent in creating documentation and in analysis. The risk of endless reviews and amendments. In today's post I'd like to introduce Agile thinking. Elearning development isn't very different from Software Development.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2009
    [2009] Learning to Learn in the modern Enterprise
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. The last few days in Hong Kong have been incredible -- I saw some great sights, participated in some interesting activities and backed all of it up with some great food. Talking of food, I very quickly realised that its kinda tough to get by without using chopsticks in Hong Kong. Now I'm sure that some upmarket restaurants offer forks and knives for food. Food for me however, spells 'cheap and streetside'. The only cutlery I got at these places were chopsticks and soup spoons. Thankfully I know how to use chopsticks, so I had no trouble. or "I don't learn that way."
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
    [2009] eLearning Strategy
    I spend a fair amount of my consulting time working with large organizations to help define how they will apply technology to particular business / performance / learning needs. This is either in terms of specific needs, e.g., improve customer satisfaction, or as part of an overall eLearning strategy. I've spent several hours this morning trying to find good resources on eLearning Strategy development and particularly looking for examples to use in this post. I've really been striking out. I'm hoping that people will help out. Rather, you are very similar to a services company.
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2009
    [2009] A Christmas Message from the E-Learning Curve Blog
    Tags: e-learning 2009 christmas message e-learning curve blog happy holidays ireland nollaig shone
  • TONY KARRER  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Remote Collaboration
    Other Posts in the Series Tool Set 2009 Work Skills Keeping Up Top-Down Strategy Better Memory Information Radar Networks and Learning Communities Collaborate Twitter as Personal Work and Learning Tool Search Browser Short Cuts Work Literacy Workshop Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.comMy primary interest here are the methods and tools that allow us to work better as part of remote work teams. In other words - How do we collaborate together in remote work teams to be as effective or even more effective than a team that works down the hall? It's truly a thing of beauty.
  • TONY KARRER  |  TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2009
    [2009] Social Network Analysis - Twitter - Social Media - Best Stuff from Last Week
    Overcoming Top 10 Objections to Social Learning - Social Enterprise Blog , April 24, 2009 Ten commandments of e-learning (content design) - Clive on Learning , April 30, 2009 Twitter Learning - eLearning Technology , April 30, 2009 Learning Goals - eLearning Technology , April 29, 2009 An eight-step process using Post-it notes to gain meeting consensus. Business Casual , April 25, 2009 Fantastic File Converter - eLearning Acupuncture , April 24, 2009 Call for eLearning Demonstrations - eLearning Technology , May 1, 2009 When should you use Informal Learning?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2009
    [2009] The Secret Recipe to Delivering World Class Lectures
    And after exploring some of the educators and lectures I have shared above, I believe I need to spend the rest of 2009 to first improve myself. "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” – Albert Einstein Firstly, you might get annoyed with the term 'World Class' and I would perhaps, too. But at least it got you to this sentence, so it is working (until now!). Think of 'World Class' in this context as delivering exceptional or inspiring lectures, talks, presentations, etc. With that I totally disagree ! It is about discovering the joy for learning. Why wait?
  • ENGAGED LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2009
    [2009] CMS vs. Web 2.0 vs. Social Media – Do You Know the Difference?
    On the SLQOTD on Twitter today, I am asking “What is the difference between a Web 1.0, CMS, Web 2.0 and Social Media.” Here is my take: Web 1.0 is a push from one ‘person’ to many people. To make a change or add, it often has to go through a process if internal to an organization or the person needs to know HTML (I am making some generalizations here, but go with me…) There is one person who owns the content and who is the authority. It is focused on the information or document and the user cannot customize what they want to see. Others can go get it. call it a 1:portal:1 model. Web 2.0
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009
    [2009] Ten commandments of e-learning (content design)
    Cath Ellis recently set out her ten commandments of e-learning and this prompted me to try and articulate my own. Now e-learning's a big subject if you include all its many variants - formal and informal, synchronous and asynchronous and so on - and if you take into account all the issues relating to its management and marketing. So, what I've done is restrict my thoughts to the design of interactive, e-learning content, drawing heavily from the 60-minute masters : Structure into modules. Keep each module to one main idea. That's enough for most learners to cope with in one session.
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
    [2009] [from emapey] Ignatia Webs: My top ten tips for getting started with eLearning:
    skip to main | skip to sidebar Ignatia Webs eLearning techtales with social media in low resource and mobile settings Monday, April 6, 2009 My top ten tips for getting started with eLearning: The eLearning Guild is putting together a list with top tips for starting with eLearning. April 6, 2009 9:59 PM Gabi said. Linking to existing content frees you up to focus on designing the learning process rather than writing the content :-) April 9, 2009 12:43 PM Ignatia/Inge de Waard said. It ain’t always easy to dive into eLearning. It always looks much easier than it ease.
  • ELEARNING BROTHERS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009
    [2009] Best Practices for Creating Online Courses
    There are many things to think about when creating eLearning. There’s no way that I can mention all of them in this post but I’d like to mention a few that come to the top of my mind. Course Outline / Storyboarding. Know the audience. Find good SMEs. Always create an outline of the course. Storyboarding allows you to structure content flow. Decide what knowledge/skills need to be taught first. SMEs can take a glance at the flow and content. Content creating will go more quickly. it’s faster than creating content and then starting over). Learners scan, they don’t read.
  • THE ELEARNING COACH  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009
    [2009] Characteristics of Adult Learners
    When it comes to learning, adults are not over sized children. Maturity brings unique characteristics that affect how adults are motivated to learn. By appealing to the unique qualities of adult learners, we can design more effective and motivating online courses. Here’s a list of generalized characteristics common to many but not all adult learners. Autonomy. Adults typically prefer a sense of control and self-direction. They like options and choice in their learning environment. Goal-oriented. Many adults have specific goals they are trying to achieve. Practical. Competence and mastery.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009
    [2009] ZaidLearn: Use Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for Writing Learning Outcomes
    Do you have problems writing learning outcomes/objectives for your content or courses? Or more specifically, do you have trouble finding the right ACTION VERBS to describe what you want your students to achieve from the course, module, topic or unit? Have you tried using Bloom's Taxonomy wheel(s) before to assist finding those magic action verbs? Here are a few examples: Bloom's Revised Taxonomy Wheel Source: [link] Source : [link] Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel Source: [link] Source: [link] Source: [link] Why not print out the one you like most (not too many, due to the shortage of trees today!),
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2009
    [2009] Tackling a New Captivate Project
    When I'm not performing interpretive dance, this is what I do. could have sworn I have written this down before somewhere in this blog. If I have, it's been awhile and I'm sure I've fine-tuned the process since then. the request of the Manager.How Wendy tackle's a new Captivate project! create software simulations about 95% of the time. This is how I tackle a software simulation project. This process assumes: - Yes, we need a Captivate tutorial on this and not something simpler like a PDF. I'm not gonna get into the Assessment process here. That's a whole 'nother post. It's ugly. It takes time.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2009
    [2009] State of elearning 2009
    Tony Bates reflects on 2009 , noting positive developments and disappointments: Then we look at the public sector, and in particular the big research universities, and what do we see? Clickers, lecture capture, multiple screens in the classroom, learning management systems with Powerpoint slides and pdf files loaded, and a total lack of recognition that the current formal higher education system is failing, and a total lack of vision of what is needed for the future, and the role that information and communications technologies can play in formal learning.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009
    [2009] The Juiciest Learning Professionals on Twitter?
    Directory of Learning Professionals on Twitter (Jane Hart) ZaidLearn's Twitter IMPORTANT NOTICE Since I posted this juicy list, Jane Hart has come to her 'Instructional Design' senses, and created a n exceptional list of 100 learning professionals that Twitter, which is also based on recommendations by others. Also, she has added links to their blogs and webpages (if any), and designed the list in an organized and stimulating manner. As the list is really juicy, I have decided to endorse and recommend it to others instead of mine (below). For now, I will leave the one I created below as it is.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009
    [2009] The 7 c’s of natural learning
    Yesterday I talked about the seeding, feeding, and weeding necessary to develop a self-sustaining network. referred to supporting the activities that we find in natural learning, for both formal and informal learning.  The goal is to align our organized support with our learners to optimize the outcome.  In thinking about it (and borrowing heavily from some slides by Jay Cross ), I discerned (read: worked hard to fit :) 7 C’s of learning that characterize how we learn before schooling extinguishes the love of learning: Choose : we are self-service learners. 
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009
    [2009] Moodle is an Airport, Not a Total Solution!
    No, it is not an Airport! It is more like a space station ! If you ask a true learning professional, he or she will probably articulate Moodle as a virtual learning environment (VLE) , or course management system (CMS) , or worst case a learning management system (LMS). Whatever Moodle is, in this post Moodle is an 'Airport' (figurative speech that is!). However, I am not going to spend the rest of this post proving the 'Airport' theory, but I will share some of my experiences and ideas on how we can get the best from Moodle, and not fall into the pitfalls (that I have faced over the years).
  • ELEARNING WEEKLY  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009
    [2009] DevLearn 2009 – Day 3 Recap
    Ah, the final day of DevLearn 2009. It’s been so much fun! But all good things must come to an end… If you haven’t caught up yet, be sure to read recaps of Day 1 and Day 2. And don’t forget: You can view photos from DevLearn , too! Keynote: Why New Media Matters – Leo Laporte. Leo gave a great keynote without using any slides at all. How refreshing is that?! His stories were engaging, and it’s clear why he’s been so successful as a radio/technology personality for so many years. You can see her notes here. Thanks again, Cammy! Be sure to take a look.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2009
    [2009] ZaidLearn: Any Free Hosted CMS or LMS? (Yes, Obama Says!)
    Related Posts - Edu2.0 & LectureShare Can We Host and Facilitate Our Courses Online For Free? Are there any FREE Course/Learning Management Systems (C/LMS) out there that require no financial hardware, software and hosting investments? In other words, are the any free hosted C/LMS that we can explore and perhaps use? FREE HOSTED C/LMS? Features include: wiki content editing, course blogs, online grades, announcements, text messaging, Nfo mail, message boards, student journals, and chat. A Free web-based education site with a comprehensive set of features for teachers, students and parents.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING BLOG  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009
    [2009] Five Myths of Mobile Learning
    I’ve been occupied with writing a paper to promote the adoption of mobile learning amongst corporates and enterprises. While trawling through multiple web-links, a pattern of myths about mobile learning emerges. Quite a bit of back and forth about these myths - I’m taking the liberty of listing and describing the five that struck me as odd, and am attempting to debunk them to an extent. While mobile devices’ still don’t match personal computers interface capabilities, they’ve come a long way in a very short time. Mobile content is expensive! How do you respond?
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009
    [2009] Ways of Effectively Leveraging your SME when developing e-learning
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I write this blog because I'm a little upset about the fact that we used our SME as a glorified proofreader in a recent module, than someone who could actually provide shape to the learning and its activities. I've been thinking all night about what we could have done and should do in future to use our SME(s) more effectively. Here are a few thoughts and I write it from the perspective of what a client would like a professional e-learning consultant to do: Do your homework An SME is likely to be quite passionate about their topic. or "How are you different?".
  • TONY KARRER  |  THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009
    [2009] Twitter and Webinars
    The last few online webinars I've attended there's been an interesting issue. Many of the participants are Twitter users who are becoming used to chatting via twitter. So, both the webinar tool (Elluminate, WebEx, Adobe Connect, etc.) have a chat stream happening and there's one going on via twitter. Presentation Mastery: Twitter as a Presentation Resource There are lots of good suggestions in these, but they don't really address the issue of how to present when the audience may be splitting their chat between the webinar tool and twitter. Twitter Chat Annoying? Short Term Right Answer?
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2009
    [2009] The Agile Elearning Design Manual: Problems with existing approaches
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. In recent months I've met over 50 elearning practitioners and evaluated at least 6 elearning firms. My inspiration for this series of posts has been what I've learnt about their style of learning design and how approaches we've tried internally at ThoughtWorks compare as a stark contrast. In today's post I want to outline the current state of elearning content development in the industry. Understanding the pains of this current state will help us explore the virtues of Agile Thinking in future posts. The need for a change So without further ado, lets get going.
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2009
    [2009] Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points
    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points Jane Bozarth : Better than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging eLearning with PowerPoint. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Session hosted by Training Magazine. Effective design using PPT as a tool. Not PPT 101. But will talk about how to make instruction more engaging, interactive and interesting. Why PowerPoint? We have it. It’s cheap. It’s idiot proof. Pretty universal. Easy to deal with. Can do an awful lot with PPT. Info dumps are not instruction!
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2009
    [2009] The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Of Project Spaces & Project Managers
    My Tenets of Leadership From Training Specialist to Learning Generalist Why your Training Team needs Versatilists © Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Whether you're part of a consultancy or an in-house training outfit, you're providing a service to a customer your people should matter a great deal to you. few years back, I read Guy Kawasaki 's Art of the Start and Guy insists that product manufacturers and service providers should niche themselves. He explains the thought using a graph like the one you see above. You're perhaps stupid if you provide a unique service and no one wants it.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
    [2009] Seed, feed, & weed
    In my presentation yesterday, I was talking about how to get informal learning going.  As many have noted, it’s about moving from a notion of being a builder, handcrafting (or mass-producing) solutions, to being a facilitator, nurturing the community to develop it’s own capabilities.  Jay Cross talks about the learnscape , while I term it the performance ecosystem. The point, however, is from the point of the view of the learner, all the resources needed are ‘to hand’  through every stage of knowledge work. But if you build it, they may not come. Networks take nurturing. 
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
    [2009] Learning Strategies You Can Use
    One of my favorite topics of all times since I got into the profession. I'd love to share all I have on my mind relating to this topic and from all perspectives I've seen it apply. remember once when I was working on a course, a certain part of it was more like paper work and some planning activity to be done before beginning the project and come up with a list of resources needed. The product enabled the user to use these resources and flesh out a complete process that interacted with real-time systems to deliver a service, say a shipping or billing service. So what are Learning Strategies?
  • ELEARNING WEEKLY  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009] Free Online Conference: LearnTrends 2009
    Tony Karrer recently announced the LearnTrends 2009 Online Conference , which will be held November 17-19, 2009. Here’s a description of the conference, straight from Tony’s blog : The theme/focus this year is on Convergence in Workplace Learning. We will bring together people who look at different aspects of learning and knowledge work to understand better what’s going on in those areas and how we should be thinking about this holistically. I’m particularly looking forward to discussions of how: Enterprise 2.0. Communities and Networks. Talent Management.
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2009
    [2009] Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points
    Jane Bozarth : Better than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging eLearning with PowerPoint. Session hosted by Training Magazine. Effective design using PPT as a tool. Not PPT 101. But will talk about how to make instruction more engaging, interactive and interesting. Why PowerPoint? We have it. It’s cheap. It’s idiot proof. Pretty universal. Easy to deal with. Many tools out there that still have to start with ppt Use it as a storyboarding tool, prototyping. Can do an awful lot with PPT. Creating asynchronous instruction. Info dumps are not instruction! How BAD can e-learning be? 73 slides of text.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009
    [2009] [from catspyjamasnz] Australian Flexible Learning Framework - The seven deadly sins of e-learning - July 2009
    The s even deadly sins of e-learning Twitter , Moodle and Ning get you excited about learning, and blogs , wikis and RFIDs are common terms in your vocabulary. Visiting a virtual world is the norm, and you can’t understand why your colleagues don’t jump on board the e-learning super highway immediately. Well, according to Dr Karen Becker , a lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology with a PhD in ‘ Unlearning in the Workplace’ , many people need to unlearn past behaviours before they can accept that e-learning is a powerful teaching and learning tool.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2009
    [2009] Instructional Designers need more skills than just writing!
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Today is Teacher's Day -- as a coach, trainer and learning professional I feel really proud every day this year. This is a career I'm deeply passionate about and each time I think of it, I strongly feel that I wouldn't have traded this for anything else! In the recent past, Patricia Carlin has taken charge of ThoughtWorks Bangalore and her evangelist leadership where she's actually spending time training consultants, strongly reinforces my belief in the mantra of Leaders as Teachers. More on that later! Today's post however is about one of my pet-peeves.
  • DONT WASTE YOUR TIME  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009
    [2009] Google Wave in education
    Continuing on from my first post on Google Wave: “What is Google Wave?&# I’ve been finding and reading (and printing, sorry trees) a fair bit of information. can’t keep my mind ordered enough to remember where I’m putting it all, so I’ll put links and choice quotes below; The Complete Guide to Google Wave Not necessarily about [.].
  • THE LEARNING CIRCUITS BLOG  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2009
    [2009] Presenting the Value of Social Media for Learning
    I've received various forms of the same question from different people over the past few years. The basic question is: How do I communicate the value of social media as a learning tool to my organization? Which provides us this month's big question: Presenting the Value of Social Media for Learning? Let me provide some flavor for this question straight from someone who asked me about this: My coworkers are Baby Boomers and Traditionals. They either haven't opened their mind to the idea or really care. In essence, if it is not classroom, they are really not interested in it. to management?
  • ELEARNING LEARNING POSTS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009
    [2009] Camtasia - LMS - LCMS - Best of eLearning Learning August 2009
    August 2009. –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Tuesday, September 08, 2009. –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Tuesday, September 08, 2009. –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Thursday, September 10, 2009. –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Friday, September 11, 2009. –( eLearning Events Calendar )–> Monday, September 14, 2009. The Secret Recipe to Delivering World Class Lectures - ZaidLearn , August 29, 2009. Electronic Papyrus , August 25, 2009. August 28, 2009.
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009
    [2009] SharePoint Fear and Loathing by Learning Professionals
    I was surprised by the fear and loathing expressed around SharePoint yesterday at LearnTrends 2009. don’t think it’s the best tool out there, but it likely is the best tool being adopted by your IT department and is part of the Enterprise 2.0 plan in your organization. My belief is that it’s going to be a big part of eLearning 2.0 for many workplace learning professionals. SharePoint 2010 looks to be a much better product. As such, I’m always looking for people who want to discuss how they are using it. And I’ll continue to collect examples of how organizations are Using SharePoint.
  • BOZARTHZONE   |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Alternatives to Kirkpatrick
    While the Kirkpatrick taxonomy is something of a sacred cow in training circles—and much credit goes to Donald Kirkpatrick for being the first to attempt to apply intentional evaluation to workplace training efforts—it is not the only approach. Apart from being largely atheoretical and ascientific (hence, 'taxonomy', not 'model' or 'theory'), several critics find the Kirkpatrick taxonomy seriously flawed. Learners work within a system, and the Kirkpatrick taxonomy essentially attempts to isolate training efforts from the systems, context, and culture in which the learner operates.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING BLOG  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009
    [2009] These Are NOT Serious Games!
    Recently I’ve been consulting with a customer on the design of a series of digital learning games for sales training. Most clients have done their research online about serious games, and find the whole gamut of samples, demos, etc. Clients typically have some thoughts about what they feel are serious games and whose game-play and mechanics they intended to emulate. Just one look at their collated ‘portfolio’ was enough to tell me that none of the content in the portfolio was really a serious game. So what really makes a ’serious’ game? Are they? Environment.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009
    [2009] Put your learners on a diet - consider a pull-based learning approach
    Photograph in this post taken from cocomo7's Flickr stream ) © Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Have you ever had a time when you got slammed in the face with a huge plate of food which you just couldn't say no to? Picture the above meal -- for some it might just be the tastiest thing they could imagine. For me, while I find it difficult to say no sometimes and even if I only want a little, I have to labour through the entire meal. just got off a five hour flight to Hong Kong, and I've had a bit of an epiphany. Let me tell you the story first. So what I really wanted on this flight was some sleep.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
    [2009] The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Why Synchronous Learning makes so much sense today
    Of Project Spaces and Project Managers The Role of Social Media © Sumeet Moghe, 2009. At the very outset, let me apologise for being late on this post. My dog went through surgery this weekend, my wife's had exams and life's been incredibly hectic as a consequence. As I wrote earlier, if you're a service provider, then people matter most in your business. I've worked forever in the services industry and as an in-house consultant, I've realised that people like working with other people. That's the reason social media has taken off in this age. So what's the solution?
  • DONT WASTE YOUR TIME  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2009
    [2009] What is a Learning Technologist?
    Learning Technologists are not always involved in purely online, distance, eLearning or mLearning, we are used to help improve and update face-to-face materials to either introduce a new technique or just to update a presentation, make it more 2009 and less 1999. The question "what is a Learning Technologist", I've finally realised, can be answerd differently based on who you ask, where they work, and what day of the week it is. We are also sometimes referred to as an Educational Technologist, but never as a Demonstrator. Does that make it any easier? No, how about this.
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009
    [2009] Convert ILT to eLearning - Estimating
    I received an inquiry from a reader and I'm hoping that people can chime in on their thoughts. It relates to my post about eLearning Costs , which bases cost estimates on seat time of the eLearning course. So, the basic question is: We current provide a two day (16 hour) classroom training course for our employees. We are planning to prepare an e-learning course based on this classroom course. How should we estimate the e-learning course duration for this lesson? What are the important criteria in estimating eLearning duration when its based on a classroom course? Is it feasible to do so?
  • DONT WASTE YOUR TIME  |  SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2009
    [2009] Twitter Tips: for Teachers & Educators
    Once people have found out I’ve been using Twitter for all of about 4 months now they think I’m an expert (I’m not, and do not profess to be) and keep asking me; what is it all about, then? Good question, and not one I’ve really been able to answer for myself, let alone answers for [.] Twitter Academia Blogging eLearning Social Network University 2.0 Web 2.0
  • TONY KARRER  |  THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009
    [2009] Network Skills
    So I was super excited when I saw that Nancy White, who helps me learn about all things communities and networks , posted a response to the New Skills for Learning Professionals Big Question for July 2009. But, I by no means consider myself an expert and find that I spend quite a bit of my time building my network skills so I can do this more effectively. When I looked at her first post, I was actually disappointed because it wasn't really about networks and communities. My disappointment was purely my own making. I've come to few realizations from the process. Meet once a month.
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009
    [2009] E-Learning Authoring Tools Characterized
    E-Learning authoring tools are part of a larger organizational infrastructure and learning ecosystem which typically includes hardware, software, content delivery mechanisms, and processes that support the delivery and management of learning programs. This includes everything from hardware such as servers and workers’ desktop computers, software such as learning management systems (LMSs) and authoring applications, delivery mechanisms such as routers and network wiring, and services and processes such as systems administration and the help desk. Web 2.0 tools category to their list. 2003).
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2009
    [2009] Podcasting for E-Learning: Introduction to Audio Production
    Having outlined the conceptual terrain of podcasting, it's time to look at the nuts and bolts of podcast production. In this part of the series, I won't delve too deeply into script-writing: I'll return to that subject in a later series of blog posts, but if you have a look at my series of articles on instructional design to understand my orientation on theoretical and pedagogical approaches to this activity. Today, I'm going to talk about digital audio, and the basic hardware and software you'll need to begin creating your own podcasts. But we’re not going to do that today. Figure 1.
  • BRAVE NEW ORG  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2009
    [2009] It’s Culture, Leadership and E2.0 … or fail
    Hewitt Associates conducted a Cost Reduction and Engagement Survey in April 2009 with 518 US based companies. There are two tell-tale points that resonated with me: 47% of companies surveyed reported a decline in employee trust as a result of the way in which they have managed their cost reductions in 2009. Top investment actions currently being undertaken during the difficult economic times of 2008 and 2009 include leadership development (47%) and manager capability training (35%). technologies. technologies become part of that new philosophy. technologies. thomas malone
  • ELEARNING WEEKLY  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009
    [2009] DevLearn 2009 – Day 2 Recap
    Day 2 of DevLearn kicked off with a keynote from Eric Zimmerman on Serious Game Design. Cammy Bean did a fantastic job of taking notes during the keynote, so I’ll defer to her on this. You can see her notes here. Thank you, Cammy!). Session 401: Overview of Latest Learning Trends: What’s Hot, What’s Not, and Why. This session was presented by Lance Dublin. In Lance’s typical style, it was full of interesting discussion and TONS of open (and often uncomfortable) questions. He covered everything from eLearning basics to all of the new “2.0″ Does it really help?
  • KAPP NOTES  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2009
    [2009] Audio in E-Learning
    Audio is a powerful and impactful tool, but it is often used incorrectly within e-learning courses. recently had a discussion with Dan Bliton in his role at the Metro DC ASTD chapter about this topic, here is a small part of the interview. common question is "Should we have audio in the e-learning module that exactly matches the text on the screen?" The general answer is no. It’s not that you can’t learn from audio and text, it is just that the learning is more productive if the two are separate (audio that enhances what is on the screen not repeats it word-for-word). Here are some reasons why.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009
    [2009] It's not enough to be a professional, you also have to act like one
    You wouldn't hire an interior designer only to inform.them that you've already chosen all the colour schemes and furnishings; you wouldn't engage an accountant and then explain to them the way you wanted them to process your figures; you wouldn't employ a fitness trainer and then tell them what to include in your workout; you wouldn't buy a dog and then insist on doing all the barking. You'd like a 6-hour e-learning package to train customer service staff to sell over the telephone? one-hour podcast to teach manual handling skills? No problem. Hang on a minute.
  • NO TRAVEL REQUIRED  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2009
    [2009] Goodbye 2009
    As we bring a close to 2009, it gives me pause for reflecting on what a very rewarding and exciting year in Distance Learning it has been. Let me break down some of our accomplishments, during 2009, we. Started the No Travel Required - A Distance Learning.( read more ).
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009] E-Learning Development Toolkit: A Complete List of OSS and FTU Applications
    So at last I have reached the conclusion of this E-Learning Curve Blog series of posts about Using Open Source and Free-to-Use software for E-Learning. Learning Development Toolkit: A Complete List of OSS and FTU Applications is a post from: E-Learning Curve Blog.
  • LEARNING CONVERSATIONS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2009
    [2009] From formal courses to social learning
    Following my last post on " Getting started with social software for learning ", I've had a number of conversations about how social learning fits into a more formalised training environment. Clive Shepherd's recent post on " Elearning in all its forms " gives an overview of the three main facets of elearning and how they can each be used across the spectrum of informal to formal learning. I've repackaged Clive's ideas into a table which tries to show the full spectrum: Formal Non-formal Informal. Online content. Self-study courses. Rapid e-learning content, podcasts, demos, presentations.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [2009] A Growing List of Free Learning Tutorial Sites!
    Wiki-version - A Growing List of Free Learning Tutorial Sites I was thinking the other day, why not create a simple raw list of links to EXCELLENT SITES (with short descriptions) that have or link to tutorials that explore learning tools and online learning. Here is my initial list, but I am quite sure there are many more great resource sites out there. So, if you have anyone to share, please post them in the comments section and I will add them. Ops, shouldn't we be using a Wiki for this kind of activity (Collaborative list creation)? Click here , if you want to add using the wiki-version.
  • E-BITES  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
    [2009] What does a real life e-learning strategy look like?
    Here it is eL Strategy Blueprint 2008- 2009. I was reading a post recently about e-learning strategies [link] and one of the things that I totally agreed with was the fact that there aren’t that many examples of e-learning strategies available on the internet ! Now as much as I like to take I also acknowledge I gotta give back too ! So here’s my 2 cents worth. have created a few e-learning strategies in my past roles and I have learnt a lot about them along the way. am going to share here an e-learning strategy I developed about 12 months ago.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009
    [2009] Easy ways to create your elearning templates
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Putting together an e-learning/ presentation template in Powerpoint or Keynote can be quite easy. What most of us struggle with is color combinations. There are a couple of tricks I like to use, to build my designs. a) Use a color schemer : Color schemers are easily available for all platforms and generally make decisions around color combinations an absolute no brainer. use Color Schemer on my Mac and the way I use it, is to specify a starting color and then I just let it tell me what colors will go well with it. Check it out and let me know what you think.
  • LEARNING CONVERSATIONS  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009
    [2009] Moodle - the wrong tool for the job?
    Via Jane Hart. George Siemens is discussing whether the future of learning is in Learning Management Systems (LMS) or Social Networking Systems. In his post, George describes Moodle as being one of many "content-centric" systems. Martin Dougiamas (founder of Moodle) then comments: Moodle itself is actually activity-centric. Facilitators using Moodle start with an empty course container and use a handy collection of tools/apps/modules to build a collection or series of focussed collaborative activities for a group of people. Both have their place. But there are often very good reasons.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2009
    [2009] E-learning on a shoestring
    E-learning in the workplace used to be the preserve of the large corporate or public body. Only they were able to afford the necessarily substantial investments in learning platforms and content development and had the large audiences against which these investments could be amortised. And only these major employers had the specialist technical skills and large l&d departments needed to support these investments. Smaller organisations were essentially priced out. But this year we have seen a major shift. Many of my colleagues are doing the same.
  • THE WRITERS GATEWAY  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
    [2009] Free Session on Learner Centric Methodology Used in E-learning on September 19, 2009 at 11:30 AM IST
    The Instructional Designers Community of India  is hosting yet another free  learning session on September 19, 2009. This time the session is about Learner Centric Methodology used in E-learning. The session coverage would be: 1. What is LCM? How does LCM help design effective learning? What are the key principles of LCM? How does LCM benefit stakeholders? case study based on LCM. LCM methodology will be explained using use cases/case studies. Audience Level : Advance. About the Speaker : Geeta  Bose heads a learning innovations and design company, Kern Learning Solutions. PLEASE NOTE.
  • DONT WASTE YOUR TIME  |  THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2009
    [2009] Blackboard vs. Moodle: a comparison
    As a user of Blackboard at Bournemouth University I have been involved in various discussion about it’s merit or lack of). These are usually started by someone who doesn’t like Blackboard, and probably hasn’t used it much either (or even tried?). They are usually fans of Moodle, even if they’ve not used it (but have talked [.]. Blackboard Moodle myBU PLN Technology University 2.0 VLE Web 2.0
  • BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2009
    [2009] Elearning - A Primer
    This article was first published on Futurelab in March 2008. I've reproduced the text of the article here with some minor amendments. Some links to resources are now no longer current. Considering the raft of links that could be included in the text, I chose to preserve the referencing style used in the original article. Those who detest wading through a fan of links will be relieved. Enjoy! It is today we must create the world of the future Eleanor Roosvelt What is elearning? But there is much discussion on what elearning should consist of. What skills are needed to teach online?
  • SKILFUL MINDS  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2009
    [2009] Empathy and Collaboration in Social Business Design
    To get to the main point quickly, let's do what few people offering thoughts about collaboration actually do. Let's explicitly discuss what it is. First off, collaboration isn't just about people sharing information to achieve common goals. Collaboration is about people working with other people to achieve common goals. Advocates of Enterprise 2.0 sometimes make the fundamental mistake of arguing that collaboration is really only about achieving goals, leaving the implication that incorporating social software into the workflow of organizations is sufficient. It requires shared experience.
  • TONY KARRER  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
    [2009] Discussion Forums for Knowledge Sharing at Capital City Bank
    Looking at Capital City Bank from the outside, I wouldn’t have expected to find a great example of social learning inside. They are a solid, conservative bank. They have more than 1,100 associates spread out across Florida, Georgia and Alabama. recently had a great conversation with Becky Barch, a performance consultant at the Bank, about her smart application of discussion forum software from ElementK. The forum is targeted to a small group – loan/lending assistants. There are roughly 22 people in that role in at Capital City Bank. One person had become the “defacto associate help desk”.
  • BRAVE NEW ORG  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009
    [2009] PhD 2.0
    Two months ago, September 2009, she essentially blogged the same thing I’m blogging about here. When I was a kid, I had a dream that I’d have a Bachelors by 20, Masters by 30 and Doctorate by 40. Given life’s development with our household having a six, four and two year old, the doctorate by 40 is just not going to happen. Unless, there is another way. Peter Rawsthorne got me thinking in a recent Twitter post. Drive this into the open and see what happens. Walk the talk when it comes to my Learning and Collaboration theorem/lifestyle, and go through a PhD 2.0
  • THE ELEARNING COACH  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009
    [2009] How To Communicate The Value Of Social Media
    How would you answer this question? How do I communicate the value of social media as a learning tool to my organization? Individuals and organizations gave their responses around the web this month. In case you missed it, here is a roundup of some valuable recommendations. Use Unique Strategies for Different Groups. At Minute Bio, Jeff Goldman advises taking a unique approach for each group in an organization. For example, for the Management group focus on ROI and case studies. For getting Staff buy-in, make a prototype and keep the content relevant to their work. Show Examples. question.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2009
    [2009] 2 Juicy Ways to Insert YouTube Videos into PowerPoint
    RealPlayer YouTube Video Wizard Format Factory Today we basically have FREE access to millions (if not billions) of videos on the Internet ( my personal favorites! ) , and surely among them you are going to find some mind stimulating videos that you would like to infuse into your face-to-face learning sessions (like this amazingly funny video: Learning English Pronunciation ). Now, I am going to share with you two (2) juicy ways to insert your favorite YouTube videos (or videos from other sites) into your PowerPoint presentations. Personally, I prefer the second (2) option.
  • TONY KARRER  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
    [2009] Nothing More Important in my Life Than Blogging
    From Jay Cross' Informal Learning Flow Hot List for August , fantastic video with Seth Godin and Tom Peters discussing the value of blogging. They sound a lot like what I say about blogging and learning. This is going to be pretty good for an upcoming presentation to professional speakers about the use of social media. Seth Godin Doesn't matter if anyone reads it. What matters is the metacognition of thinking about what you are going to say. How do you force yourself to describe in three paragraphs why you did something. It has changed my life. It has changed my perspective. Both And it's free.
  • ADVENTURES IN CORPORATE EDUCATION  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2009
    [2009] Twitter Cheat Sheet version 1.1 is up
    Fixed some typos, added the idea that you should have a profile before you follow someone (thanks Dave), and added the author info (who knew people would actually like this!). Twitter Cheat Sheet 1.1. Authored by gminks. Hosted by Edublogs.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2009
    [2009] Bridging the e-learning skills gap
    This morning I presented on ‘the e-learning skills gap’ for a webinar run by the Learning and Skills Group (LSG). The LSG webinars are always well attended (this one attracted 120) and ably hosted by Don Taylor. recording of the webinar will be available here in due course, although there’s also a SlideShare version if you just want to flip through the slides. was asked by Don at the end to identify three skills which all l&d professionals need to beef up on if they are to bridge the skills gap. Facilitation: the skills needed to run successful live online learning events.
  • THE ELEARNING COACH  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009] The Future Of Learning Design
    If you are intrigued by the future of learning design, you won’t want to miss the second half of this interview with Karl Kapp. In case you missed the first half, see Games and Simulations. Coach: What types of challenges do newer technologies, such as mobile and podcast, present to the instructional designer? Karl: The biggest problem is that in the learning field we sometimes get seduced by the technology and forget the underlying learning need and, even more importantly, the underlying business need. Learning initiatives are not altruistic for companies. Wrong format. Thanks, Karl!
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2009
    [2009] Workplace Learning Bloggers and Tweeters: My Awards 2009
    I would therefore like to pay my own tribute to the following 20 people, who either in their blogs and/or in their tweets have provided me with inspiration in their thoughts about workplace learning in 2009. . These people all appear in my 100 Learning Professionals to follow in 2009 - bloggers and/or tweeters who I consider provide information, inspiration and/or interaction on a range of. In an earlier posting on the Edublog Awards I said that I was disappointed to see only a few workplace bloggers shortlisted in the Corporate Education category.  Blogs : Informal Learning and.
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009
    [2009] Does Deliberative Practice Lead to Quick Proficiency?
    In Social Media Conversations , I posted the story of how this post came about. Briefly, I sent Ken Allan the following question: Any thoughts on how deliberative practice relates to becoming something less than an expert. It seems like it should be applicable to all levels of achievement, but everything I'm reading is the study of becoming an expert. Is that just aspirational, or is deliberative practice also studied for quick attainment of proficiency? And he responded with Proficiency and Deliberative Practice. In this case, I'm going to create a post out of it. Jack of all trades.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009
    [2009] Exploring e-learning in all its forms
  • ELEARNING BLENDER  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009
    [2009] 3 Steps to a Driving Question for Project Based Learning
    In the last post of the Project Based Learning series, I introduced what project based learning is and the benefits of using Project Based Learning in corporate environments. Now that we know what PBL is and have seen an example of it's use in a corporate environment, let's dive into developing Project Based Lessons for corporate training. Project Based Lessons begin with what I believe to be the most critical aspect of the instructional design process, the Driving Question. A great way to stay focused on authentic concerns is to enroll the help of learners in the brainstorming process.
  • EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009
    [2009] Experiencing E-Learning » Daily Bookmarks 12/12/2009
  • BRAVE NEW ORG  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2009
    [2009] Learnerprise 2.0: Why Learning 2.0 & Enterprise 2.0 Should Align
    Study after study tells us that our corporate training investment budget ratio is backwards. Most of the dollars are spent on formal events such as ILT classroom and eLearning rather than informal and social learning concepts or initiatives. Ironically, the real benefit is felt moreso during informal and/or social learning exchanges. Which brings me to Learnerprise 2.0. Andrew McAfee has coined the term Enterprise 2.0 as: the use of emergent social software platforms within companies, or between companies and their partners or customers&#. Learnerprise 2.0 it won’t happen).
  • BUSINESS CASUAL  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2009
    [2009] Top 5 aha moments about Learning in 2009.
    For this month it's asking " What Did You Learn About Learning In 2009? In thinking about my response, I found it helpful to dig through my articles this year and see what some of the "Best Of" highlights were through 2009. My top 5 "aha" moments from 2009. This past year (2009) I ran.zero (0) races. Most read articles in 2009. review of my queries from eLearningLearning.com suggest the following top 5 articles to date from my blog in 2009. ASTD's The Learning Circuits Blog posted it's question of the month the other day.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009
    [2009] The Finnish Education System Rocks! Why?
    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela FUTURE LEARNING FINLAND A couple of weeks back (16th September), I attended a Future Learning Finland one-day seminar & networking session. Finpro had invited a few dozen people from Malaysia for this session. Their goal was basically to share and market their world class Finnish education system and related educational products and services, and also gain more insight into the current and future learning trends and needs in Malaysia. Though, how come they invited me of all people? NOKIA!
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2009
    [2009] Social Learning Examples
    At DevLearn, many people lamented the difficulty of explaining the benefits of social media to their managers and peers. We talked about building a repository of web 2.0 learning applications. It turns out that my pal Jane Hart has already done it for us! Jane mined the submissions of her delightful tools database and came up with 100+ ways to use social media for learning. Each entry is tied to a tool and a description of how it’s used. Don’t go yet: there’s more. Next, Jane details using social media for different types of learning. This is awesome.
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Agile instructional design
    I’ve been thinking about fresh approaches to instructional design. Instructional design was invented around the time of World War II. Starting virtually from scratch, America had to train millions of men to be soldiers and millions of civilians to make ships and armaments. The training film was born, soon to be followed with the ADDIE model. ADDIE (analyze, design, develop, implement & evaluate) made it possible to manage the process of creating useful training programs systematically. Instructional purists still revere the logic of ADDIE. Training is generally imposed on people.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009
    [2009] Experiences with Elearning on the Mac
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Its a bit of a pity that there are "no good rapid-elearning tools" (take this with a pinch of salt for now) for the Mac. When it comes to Windows of course, there's quite a wide array of tools in Articulate , Raptivity , Mohive , Captivate and what have you. Yes you have Powerpoint on the Mac , but given the fact that you can't convert.wmf files into drawing objects, its greatly limited in its graphics editing and authoring capabilities. use Articulate to create elearning, and it packs a huge punch into your extremely familiar Powerpoint interface.
  • ELEARNING BLENDER  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009] Moodle Reporting and User Management: Is MOOMIS the answer?
    Moodle does a lot of things great, but site wide reporting and bulk user management are definitely not included in those great things. If you are a Moodle administrator for an organization I am sure you know the pain of having to go into each course site to produce grade reports for multiple courses. In my case, I have to send out a weekly report listing every users grades in every course they have taken on Moodle. This means I have to go into each course site and export a grade report to an excel spreadsheet and then merge all of those separate spreadsheets into one big grade report.
  • SPEAK OUT  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
    [2009] Characters in eLearning
    I read this interesting post on Have you thought of Character Driven Stories for Your eLearning? by Rupa (@ruparajgo). was tempted to blog about it myself (thanks for the inspiration, Rupa). What role can a character(s) play in your eLearning porgram? Expert: This is probably the most common use of a character in eLearning. Type 1: This type takes you through the course and is a constant feature. You can design an expert who will take the learner through the course. This expert simplifies information or provides useful tips drawing from his experience. It is a little freaky.)
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
    [2009] Four things Star Trek can teach us about Simulation Design
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I'm a big Star Trek fan and the last movie just rocked back childhood memories of idolising James T Kirk. Thinking of Captain Kirk reminded me of his famous line, "I'm a great one for rushing in where angels fear to tread!". Its so cool because it has great parallels with the learning industry which is going in directions we never imagined a few years back. With the growing maturity of Web 2.0 In that, some of Captain Kirk's brave world-play from Star Trek seems to have come true for our cult at least! I'm bound to get some criticism for this -- but that's fine.
  • EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] Blogging in a Walled Garden
    Kylemore Abbey Garden. One of the features of Sakai that our team was looking for in a new LMS is a blogging tool. admit some significant improvements in usability are possible in this tool. However, it does give us the option of blogging within the system. Previously, we’ve used tools like Wikispaces and Edublogs, but we’ve had a number of requests for internal tools that don’t require a separate login and location. During the pilot of our new facilitator training course, I lurked in the forums during a heated debate about the use of the blog tool. Blog Conversations.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009
    [2009] Games lessons
    This week's Economist carried an interesting article about the use of video games at school. The article, Games Lessons , describes how Katie Salen, a games designer and professor of design and technology at Parsons The New School for Design, in New York, has taken the initiative in setting up Quest to Learn , "a new, taxpayer-funded school which is about to open its doors to pupils who will never suffer the indignity of snoring through double French but will, rather, spend their entire days playing games." It will be extremely interesting to see how they get on.
  • JANE HART'S PICK OF THE DAY  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2009
    [2009] Edublog Award Winners announced 2009
    The Edublog award winners were announced last night, and I'd first like to say Congratulations to all the winners, runners-up and those who reached the shortlists. This year, Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day was awarded 2nd runner up in the Best Resource Sharing blog category - so very many thanks for all of you who took the time to vote for it. Thanks too for those who voted for me in the Lifetime Achievement award, where I actually came in a respectable 5th! You can view all the winners and runners in all the categories - together with all the voting results - at the Edublog Awards site.
  • ELEARNING WEEKLY  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2009
    [2009] LearnTrends 2009 Video Archive Available
    Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the LearnTrends 2009 Online Conference , but I heard great things about it. Fortunately, I ran across a video archive of the conference, thanks to a blog post by George Siemens. LearnTrends was sponsored by Jay Cross, Tony Karrer, and George Siemens.). Check out the video archive. There are tons of other details about the conference here , and you can get more info about LearnTrends on these social networks: Twitter. Delicious. Facebook. LinkedIn. Enjoy! eLearning Conferences InstructionalDesign learntrends technology Tools Training Web 2.0
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2009
    [2009] [from davidds] e-Learning 2.0 Workshop (Stephen Downes)
    Link to Stephen Downes Homepage All His Papers All His Presentation Slides + KL Workshop Slides Blogs - OLDaily & Half an Hour Web 1.0 = Read Web 2.0 = Read -Write Web 3.0 = Read -Write - Research Web 4.0 = Read -Write - Research - Rambo! At last I got to meet Stephen Downes in person and attend one of his workshops. Better yet, due to a secret arrangement (Not telling!) I got to become his personal bodyguard (I mean assistant) during this 2-day workshop in Kuala Lumpur (14th - 15th January). You can see me on the picture happily holding tightly to the handheld laser gun (I mean camera!).
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009
    [2009] Adult learning shminciples
    In the global game of Corporate Bingo, the term “adult learning principles&# must be one of the most abused. It’s a convenient abstract that can whitewash a range of unsubstantiated claims and half-truths. But what exactly are adult learning principles? The theory. Malcolm Knowles is widely regarded as the father of adult learning. Since the 1960s, he articulated a distinction between pedagogy (the teaching of children) and andragogy (the teaching of adults). In a nutshell, andragogy boils down to 5 key assumptions: 1. Adult learners are self directed. Adults are problem oriented.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Rapid Instructional Design with Powerpoint
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I was recently part a discussion on the ThoughtWorks Trainer Community, where we were talking about the problems of having to put together a course with 2-3 days in hand. Usually the only recourse in such a situation is to quickly slam together something in Powerpoint. Firstly, I think the problem is genuine which is why I'm writing the post. The pitfalls I notice however are: The delivery usually involves reading from slides. An average adult (in this case the trainer), can speak only at 120 words per minute. Sketch out your ideas on plain paper.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2009
    [2009] The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Iterations huh?
    Related Posts The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Problems with existing Approaches The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Agile Re-explained The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Think Small (Iterations, Action Maps, Storyboards, and Mini-Modules © Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I was unsure about what I should write in this blog post. realized that I had perhaps generated some sort of interest in iterative elearning development, but I hadn't written enough about what goes into an iteration. So it doesn't take any guessing why I've chosen this as the topic for today's post. What's an iteration again?
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2009
    [2009] July Informal Learning Hotlist
    July 1, 2009 to July 30, 2009. An 18-Minute Plan for Managing Your Day - HarvardBusiness.org , July 20, 2009. Transparency is the new objectivity - Joho the Blog , July 19, 2009. Blog – Why Incompetence Spreads Through Big Organisations - Technology Review Feed – Tech Review Top Stories , July 5, 2009. The Healthiest Foods On Earth - Forbes.com: News , July 11, 2009. How NPR is Embracing Open Source and Open APIs - OReilly Radar , July 16, 2009. The Generation M Manifesto - HarvardBusiness.org , July 8, 2009. July 7, 2009.
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2009
    [2009] Online Coaching
    Catherine Lombardozzi recent post Coaching informal learning sparked something for me around online coaching opportunities. In prior posts she identifies the following elements as being needed for informal learning strategy to be effective in the workplace: Motivation for learning. culture that provides access to other people who support learning in a wide variety of ways Easy access to materials that support learning Skills in utilizing electronic tools to manage learning. There's a new level of responsibility on learners. It's somewhat event oriented. They originate based on the work itself.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009
    [2009] Workplace Learning Professionals Next Job - Management Consultant
    The Big Question this month is Workplace Learning in 10 Years : If you peer inside an organization in 10 years time and you look at how workplace learning is being supported by that organization, what will you see? What will the mix of Push vs. Pull Learning; Formal vs. Informal supported by the organization? Are there training departments? What are they doing? How big are they as compared to today? What new departments will be responsible for parts of workplace learning? What will current members of training departments be doing in 10 years? The answers to this have been very interesting.
  • LEARN AND LEAD  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2009
    [2009] 10 Tips to Get Started with Twitter
    I have been getting a lot of Twitter newbie followers, some folks who I am inducting to Twitter and others who read my blog, or have worked me at some point of time. try to get them started by giving them tips and introducing them to people they can follow. So what’s my advice to get started on Twitter? Well Twitter is different things depending on how you use it and you need to experiment to figure out what works for you. Here are 10 tips to get you started with Twitter. The second is to upload your photo or an avatar. personally prefer a photo. am okay with the term ‘following’ though.).
  • EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2009
    [2009] Google Wonder Wheel & Other Search Options
    OK, apparently I have been oblivious in the last few months, because I didn’t even realize that Google had added a whole new set of search options. Click “Show options&# on any Google search results page to see what’s there. Google Wonder Wheel. The “Wonder Wheel&# is an interactive map with related searches. For “instructional design,&# the related searches shown include “instructional design models,&# “addie,&# and “instructional design courses.&# It might even be a way to help teach people how to come up with better search terms.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009] The tools shouldn't matter - use your creativity
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I've tried my best this year to average at least a post a week. In the last few weeks however, my vacation has thrown me off my blogging schedule. Backpacking through Sri Lanka with limited access to the internet has meant that I couldn't be very prolific with my blogging. But now I'm back, so hopefully I'll be back on track in weeks to come. At DevLearn , I was in a discussion with a few other e-learning industry colleagues and a lot of them seemed to believe that they were limited by the tools they were using. Articulate seems to lend itself to this pretty easily.
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