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    [2009] Weapon of mass detraction
    It became a phenomenon in 2009. Galper was keynote speaker at the High Ed Web 2009 conference held in Milwaukee, USA earlier in the year. Expo (danah boyd) The great keynote meltdown of 2009 (Michael Fienen) Image source (edited) Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's. No, not Twitter. I'm talking about the use of Twitter as a weapon of mass detraction - as a means of heckling keynote speakers at conferences. As a way to vent your spleen when you feel that the speaker you paid to come to hear is missing the mark. It's not the only occurance of 'harshtagging' either.
    [2009] eLearning Guild DevLearn 2009 Trip Report
    I received a very nice direct message from Shanta Rohse (@shantarohse) yesterday, alerting me that she'd used one of my DevLearn 2009 presentation slides in her recently featured blogpost in eLearning Magazine. am super flattered that my "Hype Cycle.
    [2009] LMS and Social Learning
    As a follow on to the discussion of social learning and formal learning in Long Live … great post by BJ Schone - Have LMSs Jumped The Shark? constantly hear people (across many organizations) complain about their learning management system (LMS). They complain that their LMS has a terrible interface that is nearly unusable. Upgrades are difficult and cumbersome. Their employees’ data is locked in to a proprietary system. Users hate the system. It’s ugly. Did I miss anything?) We’ve recently seen LMSs shift to include more functionality, such as wikis, blogs, social networking, etc. Seriously?”
    [2009] 10 online icebreakers
    For the third time I was going through all my resources- files and bookmarks to find online icebreakers. thought I'd do myself (and you) a favour by listing the most interesting ones. 10 online icebreakers (the picture relates to number 10!): Two Lies and A Truth. Ask participants to list three interesting things about themselves. I own two iguanas; I once shook hands with Tom Cruise; and I love to waterski.) Two must be lies and one must be true. Other participants must vote to determine which interesting thing is the truth. The participant with the most incorrect votes wins. Childhood Dream.
    [2009] Learning Performance Business Talent Focus
    One of the more interesting aspects of the discussions I've had over the past few weeks as I prepare for the free online conference on the future of learning is the perspective on the focus and scope of responsibility of internal learning organizations and external learning/training companies. Caveat: This is definitely not a new issue. I'm not really claiming any great new insights. It's a first cut at a developing mental model. This is only partially formed and I need help to flesh out my thinking. Please let me know what you think. Does this ring true? Does the model work for you? Thoughts?
    [2009] 2009 Top Posts – The Writers Gateway
    This post is in response to the Big Question December 2009 – What did you learn about learning in 2009? Well, 2009 is also now very special because this year I decided to become an independent professional. guess this year I learnt much more than last year. Let me quickly list some highlights here: I have written better quality articles. have gained good instructional designing and technical writing skills. learnt microblogging through Twitter. The Instructional Designers Community of India was formed this year and I got the opportunity to  organize learning sessions.
    [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.
    [2009] Prepare to Feel Old
    Workplace Learning Today pointed me to a post Ten Common Phrases That Could Soon Be History. use similar kinds of examples in my presentations (and posts such as Work Skills Keeping Up? ). thought it might be fun for me to catalog some of the ones that I’ve used in my presentations and other places as well as have this ready for future presentations. So here is a list of technologies that: Boomers – used Gen X – know what it is (probably) Millenial – never used / likely don’t know what it is If you are a Boomer or an older Gen X, this list is sure to make you feel a bit old. Call me collect?
    [2009] Corporate learning not preparing workers for the future
    Clark Quinn and I will present the results of the survey of hundreds of chief learning officers at the CLO Fall 2009 Symposium in Colorado Springs next week. Three out of four chief learning officers say their people are not growing fast enough to keep up with the needs of their business. Another way to state this would be “Our people are falling behind.&# That’s but one of the findings of the togetherLearn / CLO Survey on Meta-Learning. We plan to post the results of the Survey — and the session in Colorado — at togetherLearn.
    [2009] Social Software Adoption
    Dion Hinchcliffe declared 2009 - The year of the shift to Enterprise 2.0. You can find all sorts of interesting resources via eLearning Learning around Adoption. Not surprising, the terms most closely associated with Adoption are Adoption of Social Software and Adoption of Enterprise 2.0. There are some great resources on this such as: Ten tips for choosing & using social software Adoption of Web 2.0 and eLearning 2.0 Revisited Social Media - The Challenge of Adoption - Rob’s Dummies Guide The secret sauce to successful Enterprise 2.0 adoption Facilitating Adoption of Web 2.0 Web 2.0
    [2009] Missed Opportunities?
    m supposed to be preparing for a panel session at DevLearn 2009. The panel description is: From Learning to Performance — Using Technology to Make It Happen Thursday November 12, 2009 01:15 PM Tridib Roy Chowdhury, Adobe Systems, Inc. I need your help. But instead, I’m finding myself wondering what I’m going to be discussing with people. Ruth Clark, Clark Training & Consulting David Metcalf, University of Central Florida Lance Dublin, Dublin Consulting Joe Ganci, Dazzle Technologies Corp. Tony Karrer, TechEmpower, Inc. and learn some frameworks for execution. Please help.
    [2009] Top Picks for August 2009
    Below are the top picks for the Boggs e-Learning Chronicle's August '09 posts: e-Learning Lingo Podcast: SyberWorks e-Learning Lingo Podcast #102: Teleconferencing SyberWorks LMS e-Learning Implementation Series: SyberWorks LMS e-Learning Implementation Podcast Discusses Performance Management in a Manufacturing Organization SyberWorks e-Learning Podcast Series: SyberWorks e-Learning Podcast Episode #34: Interview with Dana Fine, Senior Instructional Designer at SyberWorks, Inc. Learning Management Systems: An article about e-Learning ROI. elearning. learning management systems.
    [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.
    [2009] How to Use This Free Screencasting Tool for E-Learning
    You may have heard the news last week that Articulate launched a new screencasting tool called Screenr. It is a free web-based tool that lets you create screencasts without installing any software. really like Screenr. If you haven’t tried it out yet, you should give it a whirl. Here’s what I like best: Screenr is super easy to use and there’s nothing to download. You just click the record button on the website and you’re recording your screen activity and your narration. The image quality is pretty darn good. You can even watch the screencasts back at HD-quality and they look great. Tidbits.
    [2009] When it's just so obvious NOT to train it's painful to watch it happen
    The amount of time, effort and money wasted on formal ILT training prior to rollout or upgrade of enterprise platforms (particularly ERM and CRM) and other new software systems is really quite amazing. Some managers and L&D people just don’t seem to get it. It reminds me of the remarkable insight of the author Aldous Huxley when he said “I see the best, but it’s the worse that I pursue” The evidence has been around for a long time that formal training on detailed task and process-based activities in advance of the need to carry out the task or use the process is essentially useless. Bingo!
    [2009] Blogs by Indian Learning Professionals and Companies
    Last December I posted top 10 blogs by learning professionals in India. Since then I have come across many other blogs by learning professionals and companies in India. Here are the blogs by learning professionals and companies in India that I read.
    [2009] I'm an Irish Web Awards 2009 Finalist!
    I am delighted to announce that I have been shortlisted as a finalist for two categories in the 2009 Irish Web Awards sponsored by Realex Payments. ve been nominated for the following categories: Best Education and Third Level Website The E-Learning Curve Blog (you’re reading it now) Best Podcaster E-Learning Curve’s Other Podcasts The awards ceremony takes place in the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Dublin on just under two weeks from now on Friday October 10th 2009. Tags: IWA09 best podcaster education irish ireland irish web awards 2009 web awards IWA
    [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!
    [2009] Hive Five: Five Best Mind Mapping Applications | Lifehacker Australia
    Babble Australia Defamer Australia Gizmodo Australia Kotaku Australia Lifehacker Australia US | Chumby | Mobile | Twitter | RSS | Tip Your Editors Lifehacker Australia Communicate Design Fix Money Organise Travel Work Work Hive Five: Five Best Mind Mapping Applications By Jason Fitzpatrick on March 30, 2009 at 2:00 AM Mind mapping is a great way to add structure to brainstorming sessions and visualise your ideas. Permalink Reply Tim Rogers March 30, 2009 at 3:45 AM MindMeister is very good! Tim Rogers BrettKS March 30, 2009 at 3:41 AM Ive never used any of these. web app?
    [2009] Three Practical Ideas for Using Twitter in E-Learning
    Twitter’s all the rage. Some people love it. Some people hate it. But many people really don’t know much about it or don’t do much with it. ll have to admit, I have mixed feelings about Twitter (and much of the other social media). On one hand, I really love to play around with all of the new social media tools and am excited about what’s going on and the potential for learning. On the other hand, much of their value is exaggerated. lot of this social media stuff can be distracting and a waste of time. For me it’s all about context. You know who you are. Follow the Subject Matter Expert. today.
    [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  |  MONDAY, JULY 6, 2009
    [2009] LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers
    I do a lot of presentations where one of the topics is how to use LinkedIn more effectively as part of your knowledge work. In most cases, I will ask for a show of hands: How many of you have a LinkedIn Account? Generally 50-70%. How many of you actively use LinkedIn? Generally down to 10%. How many of you get really high value from LinkedIn? Now down to 2-5% I am continually surprised by this result ( Getting Value from LinkedIn ). can't remember how I could get things done without LinkedIn. And I consider knowing how to effectively use LinkedIn to be a core Work Literacy.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009
    [2009] Your Top 10 Videos (That Inspire Us To Rethink The Way We Learn)?
    3-10 minutes) in my presentations to spark or inspire participants to think about, or rethink the way we learn and teach in the 21st century (It is already 2009!). Wouldn't it be cool if we could do something similar to Jane Hart's Top 10 Tools Lists of Learning Professionals 2009 for inspiring learning videos, and then do the top 100 and hoopla, hoopla, hoopla.! Starting point - 80+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy My Top 10 List (Vote or rearrange according to.) THINKING I was last night exploring Dr. Alec Couros amazing list of videos for Tech. Believe it or not!),
    [2009] ID Webcomic #1 – Working with SMEs on Content
    (You can make them sit through it, but you can’t make them pick it up and carry it around…). Also: more on working with SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) at Learning Circuits.
    [2009] The Myth of "Best Practices"
    I get lots of requests for list of "best practices".in e-learning, in the virtual classroom, in instructional design, in classroom presentation. Here's the deal: there's no such thing. A "best practice" is best only in the precise, specific context in which it exists. don't recall who first offered this analogy, but think of it this way: what works in my marriage won't necessarily work in -- and may even damage -- yours. Even if moved from one situation to another very close one, the odds of transfer being made with practice intact is nil.
  • JAY CROSS  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2009
    [2009] Not Your Father’s ROI
    The July issue of Chief Learning Officer is now available online. It features an article in which Jon Husband and I delve into how to measure the impact of learning in the network era. Productivity in a Networked era: Not Your Father’s ROI. Today’s networked era requires a new way to make investment decisions that incorporates intangible assets and more accurately depicts how value is created. The industrial age has run out of steam. Look at General Motors. Look at Chrysler. We are witnessing the death throes of management models that have outlived their usefulness. What to do?
    [2009] Time to Develop One Hour of Training - 2009 - ASTD
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  • JAY CROSS  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2009
    [2009] Informal learning hot list for February 2009
    February 2009 Posts. February 2009 Keywords. Wouldn’t it be cool to let the wisdom of your crowd suggest things on the net that merit your attention? It beats threshing a barrage of chaff to locate the kernels of information you want. It’s a time-saver, time is money, and most of us could use more of it. Enter smart aggregation. The Informal Learning Flow aggregator is beginning to take social signals into account. As Tony Karrer explains , we are using what is happening: with the content out in the network. on the eLearning Learning. Hot List on Informal Learning.
    [2009] Designing Choreographies for the New Economy of Attention
    Others bemoan the emergence of a new educational economy that threatens to convert students into nomadic consumers of information and faculty into "automatic professor machines" [ Winner 2009 ]. Winner 2009 Winner, Langdon. Langdon Winners Homepage [Website] 2008 [cited January 20 2009]. Interacting with personal screens during a lecture or other live event has become commonplace and, as a result, the economy of attention that defines these situations has changed. Is it possible to pay attention when sending a text message or surfing the web? In 2007, two thirds of U.S.
    [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
  • TONY KARRER  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009
    [2009] Valuable Content - Views and Social Signals
    I just saw two posts by a couple of the nicest people out there: Nancy White - Most Viewed Posts First Quarter 2009 - What next? Nancy's top ten posts for Q1 according to various social signals were: Tom Vander Wall Nails My Sharepoint Experience - Full Circle , March 23, 2009 CoP Series #6: Community Leadership in Learning - Full Circle , March 10, 2009 Twitter as Search Engine or Community Seed - Full Circle , March 6, 2009 CoP Series #5: Is my community a community of practice? Portals and KM , March 18, 2009 Enterprise 2.0 eLearning Technology.
    [2009] Presentation Resources
    Thinking of converting your Slide Presentation from drab to fab (I always wanted to write that.) Well here are some resources that can be of assistance. So, Interactivity by Design is an older book and not specifically geared toward a slide show (it is focused on designing visually appealing e-learning). But it is well written with wonderful examples. strongly recommend it if you are creating PowerPoint, Keynote or e-learning presentations/training. Here is one: One Hour PowerPoint: Ten Strategies for Improving Presentations View more presentations from David Jakes.
    [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.
    [2009] Are Your E-Learning Courses Pushed or Pulled?
    Tidbits: I’m trying something new for the ASTD 2009 International Conference & Exposition. Here’s the challenge for many of us. We want to make our courses engaging and interactive, yet sometimes the content or the time pressures of work don’t make that easy. The default position for many elearning courses is to merely push the information out to the learners. The end result is that the course is heavy on information and light on interaction. By changing the way you structure the information, you can quickly build the framework for more engaging and interactive courses.
    [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. 
    [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.
    [2009] Twitter Brings Lower Quality Clicks
    Richard Hoeg points out that for his blog Twitter = High Visits But Low Conversion. Basically, he shows his "referring sites" from Google Analytics for the past two weeks: His conclusion: Folks who visit from Twitter don't visit as many pages and spend less time of the site. Of course, that made me wonder if twitter really was bringing lower quality clicks than other sources. That's contrary to what I would expect. You would think that someone who gets a link referred by someone they know would visit and then look around. It should be pretty qualified. Bloglines also has better numbers.
    [2009] Conference Report: Make it Personal, July 2009
    I started making notes of the key points I wanted to take away from today’s Conference at the University of Greenwich. Then I gave up and just listened instead. was going to tweet my way through the various presentations, but with no open-access wifi available I was stuck with texting my tweets, which I decided [.]. Conferences Academia 2.0 Blogging Collaboration Conference eAssessment eDelivery eLearning PLN Presentation Social Network Technology Twitter Web 2.0 Web 3.0
    [2009] Challenges Plans and Predictions for 2009
    Thus, for January the question is: What are your Challenges, Plans and Predictions for 2009? Happy New Year! We had great response to last month's question - What Did You Learn about Learning in 2008? This was a great opportunity to look back at 2008. This month we are going to look forward. The goal here is again to be a bit reflective. What are your biggest challenges for this upcoming year? What are your major plans for the year? What predictions do you have for the year? December 2006 - Past experiences. Present Challenge. Future Predictions.
  • 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!),
    [2009] A Few More Alternatives to Second Life
    With all the bad news in the virtual worlds space this week (read Not a Good Week for the Virtual World Space ), I wanted to point out that many healthy 3D virtual immersive environments still exist and more are coming on line daily. Here are three more virtual worlds to explore Blue Mars Hanging out in the visually rich Blue Mars Virtual Immersive Environment. Blue Mars features CryENGINE™2 powered graphics for highly realistic avatars and environments. The Blue Mars platform supports thousands of simultaneous users per region. Venuegen Hanging out in a coffee shop in Venuegen.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2009
    [2009] eLearning Guild Presentation: Applying ADDIE to 3D Worlds
    The schedule for the first day of the online conference. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to present at the eLearning Guild's "Designing and Managing Learning in 3-D Virtual Worlds and Immersive Environments" for the opening general session of the online conference. It was a lot of fun with a great group of attendees. My subject was "Applying the ADDIE Model to 3D Virtual Learning Worlds" We discussed ways in which the traditional method of instructional design needs to be modified to accommodate elements of 3D virtual worlds (we call them Virtual Immersive Environments).
    [2009] Futurist Top Ten for 2009 and Beyond
    Here are the editors top 10 forecasts from Outlook 2009: 1. The Society hopes this report, covering developments in business and economics, demography, energy, the environment, health and medicine, resources, society and values, and technology, will assist its readers in preparing for the challenges and opportunities in 2009 and beyond. The Outlook 2009 report was released as part of the November-December 2008 issue of THE FUTURIST magazine. Everything you say and do will be recorded by 2030. Humans will have nanoimplants, facilitating interaction in an omnipresent network.
    [2009] The Best EDU Blogs on the Planet!
    Here are other useful blog lists: 100 Most Inspiring and Innovative Blogs for Educators Blogs by Indian Learning Professionals and Companies (Manish Mohan) Top 50 P-12 Edublogs (Dangerously Irrelevant) Top 100 Language Blogs 2009 Top ELearning Blogs The Top 20 Venture Capital Bloggers (Erick Schonfeld) Top 47 eLearning & Workplace Learning Blogs (Upside Learning Blog) 8 Top Elearning Blogs You Don’t Want to Miss (Articulate) SPECIAL MENTION Alright, I cannot resist! TOP BLOGS! blogs or sites of this and that. Is that so hard to ask for? within 10-15 minutes. MY TOP LISTS = TROUBLE?
    [2009] KnowHow to KnowNow
    What a difference one letter change makes to that old term “knowhow”. KnowHow meant retaining knowledge in your head so you could apply it at some undefined point in time in the future. While clearly there are basic skills and knowledge that we need to retain internally it is often a fallacy to think that short term, event driven training will be retained long enough, and in a good enough state, Tags: education Memory KnowNow UPS performance support
    [2009] Mashups for Learning - 2009 - ASTD
    Site Map My ASTD Membership Store Home > Learning Circuits > 2009 > Mashups for Learning Mashups for Learning By Ryann K. Ellis Along with social networking, Gartner indentified enterprise mashups as one of its Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2009: “ Enterprises are now investigating taking mashups from cool web hobby to enterprise-class systems to augment their models for delivering and managing applications.&# However, while the workplace learning and performance community is familiar with social networking tools for learning, mashups are still a new concept for many.
    [2009] Ultimately it’s line managers that determine the success of learning and development
    A week or two back I attended an interesting presentation, Great employers need great line managers , by John Purcell, Strategic Academic Adviser, Employment Relations for ACAS and a part-time Research Professor at Warwick University. Here are some notes I took: There is a gap between intended policies and actual practices. What matters is not the policy, but what employees actually experience. There are big variations in employee perceptions of the quality of line management behaviour in terms of people management. The lesson from all this evidence is quite clear.
    [2009] Social Media Conversations
    This post is just a quick reminder of the beauty of interesting new social media conversations and social media relationships. Ken Allan and I have had several interesting exchanges via our blogs and around the eLearning Learning site. I'm not even sure what I would call Ken – it's somewhere in the peer, colleague, friend space. I've never met Ken and I don't think we've had a real-time conversation (apologies to Ken if that's not true). And the list of these kinds of relationships that I have is fairly long. But it's a beautiful relationship with wonderful conversations. Good luck with that.
    [2009]'s Top 10 Articles for 2009.
    (courtesy wstera2 via creative commons-attrib-nc-sharealike) Yesterday I listed the top 5 "aha" moments I had about Learning in 2009. At the end of the article I also posted BusinessCasualBlog's Top 5 most read articles for 2009. But, yesterday's "most read" list was based on the tally by a niche community of Learning professionals at If, on the other hand, I look at a tally using Google analytics , a different list comes up. The Business Casual "Best Of" list according to Google: #1. Favorite 10 Tools For Creating Learning.
    [2009] Business applications of Twitter
    Earlier this week, I attended a Twitter Camp billed Twitter is not for dummies. had the privilege of facilitating one of the breakout sessions, which focused on the business applications of Twitter. We discussed a range of issues around this topic, and we generated some really bright ideas that I feel are worth pursuing in the corporate sector. Some of the ideas specifically relate to e-learning, while others may fall more comfortably into other portfolios. In a nutshell, I see the business applications of Twitter falling into three main categories: 1. External. Internal. Personal. Scanning.
    [2009] How do I learn to teach online?
    For some teachers, there are misconceptions about the process of teaching online. Some think it’s exactly the same as teaching in the classroom. Well, as a practitioner of both types of teaching I can attest that they are significantly different processes. So if you have never had the opportunity to be a student in an online course or have never had a mentor who can teach how to teach online then where do you gain the knowledge and skills? There are few different answers to this question. You could go to school to learn this material. That’s what I did. This document is fantastic.
    [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?
    [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.
    [2009] The Big Question: What will workplace learning look like in 10 years?
    Can it be that time again? Another month of my life gone, another Big Question from the Learning Circuits Blog. And the questions don't get any easier do they? The problem with predictions is that they're almost impossible to make with any certainty. And if they cover too short a period, then it's easy for people to check back and prove you wrong. The good thing about ten year predictions is that absolutely no-one will remember that you made them. It's easy when projecting ahead to imagine a future which would be entirely of your liking. Wishful thinking is fun but it's hardly useful.
    [2009] Social Media And Learning
    In this article, I’m featuring a wonderful interview with successful social media expert, Jane Hart. She provides compelling reasons to implement a social and collaborative environment as part of workplace learning. You can read more from Jane at her blog, Social Media in Learning. eLearning Coach: You were an early adopter of using social technologies for learning purposes. What motivated you to jump in? Jane: Using social technologies has just been an evolution of my experience and interest in learning technologies for a long time now.  And can it be measured? Jane: Many different ones!
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009
    [2009] Free Webinar - Models for Learning in a New World
    I'm doing a free webinar in a few weeks where I will be discussing some of the major trends that are affecting models of learning. think this will be an interesting discussion and I welcome your participation. Models for Learning in a New World This is a very interesting time to be a learning professional. Fragmentation of jobs, increasing concept work, and constant change all put a premium on learning. At the same time, we are seeing an explosion of information sources, greatly increased accessibility of experts and expertise around the world, and new tools emerging every day. Holly St.
    [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.
    [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.
    [2009] Twitter in your Teaching
    Is it just me or are you seeing the word ‘Twitter’ almost everywhere these days? live in a semi-rural community and last weekend I was leafing through my local free community newspaper and I stumbled across a quarter-page announcement saying that I can now receive updates via their Twitter-feed. When the local community-based newspaper has a twitter feed that really emphasizes the fact that Twitter is everywhere!!! So if it’s everywhere you have to ask yourself, how can you use Twitter for Teaching? Well, luckily other people are asking themselves that question too.
    [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.
    [2009] Resources for Researching Virtual Worlds
    Recently, a number of individuals have inquired about resources for virtual world research. Here are some valuable links. Please add your own resources in the comments. Journal of Virtual World Research --Great resource. This journal has freely available PDF articles describing the vast amount of work being done in virtual worlds. Recently, the journal featured a number of articles on using virtual worlds in the field of Healthcare. Articles The Effects of Gaming on Socializing, Social Behavior, and Making Friends EMERGING Technologies Center Nursing Education 2.0: by Robert J.
    [2009] eLearning Templates – 20 Resources
    Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts come through eLearning Learning that provide eLearning templates or toolkits or other kinds of interesting resources. And the list would be even better with help - see Curator Editor Research Opportunities on eLearning Learning. eLearning Technology. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs
    [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.
    [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).
    [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 [.].
    [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.
    [2009] LearnTrends: Personal Knowledge Management
    These are my live blogged notes from Harold Jarche’s LearnTrends session on Personal Knowledge Management. My side comments are in italics. Sense-making with PKM. When he moved to consulting and didn’t have an IT department and those resources, he realized he had to do something different. Idea from Will Richardson: what do you do when you read a blog post and come across an interesting few sentences? What do you do with that system? PKM is a set of problem-solving skills for work, focused on getting things done but not necessarily task focused. Too much information. PKM Method.
    [2009] Kineo Product Knowledge E-Learning Webinar
    Kineo will be holding a free webinar on creating effective product knowledge e-learning on July 16th, 2009. The free Kineo webinar will use real case studies to demonstrate: Effective designs for product knowledge e-learning How to use sales scenarios as part of the learning Prototyping effectively How to use xml files to update product e-learning in a matter of minutes How to use games and challenges to motivate learners How to design and deliver a product portal The one hour webinar will be held at 3pm UK time/10am Eastern on July 16th, 2009.
    [2009] Sales Team Portal for Content and Expert Access
    I wanted to share some discussions I've recently had around an interesting project where the company provided the sales team a collaboration, content distribution and expert access portal. Do you have a case study for me? I'm hoping to do a lot of case studies over the next 6-12 months looking at interesting examples of the use of social/informal/web 2.0 learning. If you have an example, please drop me an email: Another example of this is: Discussion Forums for Knowledge Sharing at Capital City Bank. They are a large, distributed organization. They discussed iterations.
    [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
    [2009] 8 Scary and Uncomfortable Reasons for the Growth of Virtual Worlds
    S top, proceed with caution. While I think there are many legitimate reasons why an organization should partake in virtual immersive environments (VIEs) for learning and collaboration, there are also some "less-than-comfortable" reasons organizations are leaning in this direction. Many times these reasons aren't discussed but they are just as valid in the minds of many. Pandemic(s) People are becoming more and more paranoid about contagious disease and these diseases are getting more and more pressing making people more nervous about "catching something." won't. Are these on target?
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2009
    [2009] Learning in 3D-Example of Using SL for Education
    In the Learning in 3D class, students have created some great machinimas showing the use of a 3D virtual world for learning. Here is one of the first examples. This piece contrasts traditional education with the use of a virtual 3D world and shows how co-creation can be a powerful tool for learning within a virtual world. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.
  • 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.
    [2009] Indian Learning Professionals and Companies on Twitter
    I have updated my list of Indian learning professionals on Twitter. have included company Twitter accounts in the list. Feel free to leave a comment to suggest more professionals and companies who should be on the list. have been less discerning this time and have included all professionals who have more than one tweet on the list. Also listed them in alphabetical order. You can now use the TweepML link to easily follow these professionals on Twitter. dreamer. sapiosexual amitgautam - Amit Gautam atuljog - Atul Trainer,Executive Coach & a curious learner! Motto: Help others help themselves.
    [2009] E-Learning and the Panopticon
    Bentham developed the idea of the panopticon , a prison design that provided a single central point from which all prisoners/cells/activities could be observed. Many American shopping malls adopted this as a design guide, too.)Foucault Foucault wrote at length of the pervasiveness of the idea -- the need to observe and regulate -- as it extended to other institutions such as hospitals and schools. And it extends to a new realm, now. While the Dean could always drop by the traditional classroom, he/she didn't do it very often, and when it happened you knew he/she was there. That's it.
    [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
    [2009] What's On Your Screencast Gift Wish List for 2009?
    In the past, we've done gift lists for Screencasters in "2006":[link] and "2008":[link] It's time to compile the list for what to get your favorite screencaster for 2009. It's that time of year. And, I need your help! I'll get the list started for the screencasters on your 'nice' list: "Storyboard graph paper":[link] - perfect for planning your screencasts and stories. like that one side of the paper is a story board and the back side is just a dot grid if you need to map out bigger ideas without the constraint of the storyboard. And, here's where I need your help. Chime in!
    [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.
    [2009] Brandon Hall Free Webinars Added
    Just a quick note to announce that the crew at Brandon Hall have joined up as eLearning Calendar Curators. Janet Clarey just announced it today on Workplace Learning Today. The bottom line to this is that we will all be working together to create a calendar of Free Online eLearning Events. If you want to subscribe to be notified of upcoming events , go subscribe to the Best of from eLearning Learning. If you want to help by becoming a calendar curator , please Leave A Comment. If you see events that we are missing, please Leave A Comment. eLearning Technology.
    [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”.
    [2009] Favorite 2009 posts on Informal Learning Blog
    Here are the most popular posts on the Informal Learning Blog in 2009. Business Impact of Social and Informal Learning. o implement social/informal learning infrastructure projects, learning and development professionals need to shift their focus from learning to earning. The place to begin is by identifying a business objective that is vital to a corporate sponsor. New roles for former trainers. et Out of the Training Business , my most recent column for Chief Learning Officer, called for the abolition of corporate training departments. Help me write the next installment. ust fooling.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009
    [2009] Online Education: Better than the Classroom?
    A recent study issued by the United States Department of Education, titled Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning found that “ On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction. The study is a study of studies (meta-analysis), meaning they looked at many studies comparing online, face-to-face and blended learning and then drew conclusions. Of course it seems to come down to the fact that well design e-learning is good sound instruction. Kapp's Note: Read "Instructional design was better in the online course."]
    [2009] Audio in eLearning: Cultural Differences?
    What's your take on using audio in eLearning? For or against? Do you use audio on every slide because the client says people will think it's broken if you don't? This has happened to me!) We've taken this up before and many of us IDs know the strategies for using audio most effectively by now. We know to avoid narrating text word for word, for instance. You do know that, right?) As I'm ramping up in my new job, I'm talking with my new Kineo colleagues about everything under the sun. Really. It's quite fascinating, the conversations we've been having and it's only Tuesday! Do I hear India?
    [2009] Learning, Web 2.0 and Gaming Statistical Round Up
    Learning Statistics Video Games, Education and Entertainment Statistics Learning Statistics from ASTD 2009 State of the Industry Report Random Web 2.0 Lately I've posted a number of entries related to statistics for video games, Web 2.0 and the learning industry. Here are a list of the entries. Statistics Training Industry Statistics _ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.
    [2009] Slow Evolution of Learning Solutions
    Great post from Charles Jennings – Down But Not Quite Out: what can we learn from the plights of Learning Tree International and Readers Digest? Learning Tree reported a decline of 31.2% in earnings compared to 2008. Operating expenses were down from $22 million to $14.6 million ($1.5 million of that contributed by producing less of those damn catalogues). And overall operating profit was down by 40.7% compared to the same period in 2008. Net income was down 44.7%. This is similar to what I've been discussing in the Business of Learning and we are both citing Learning Tree's woes.
    [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.
    [2009] Is Classroom Training More Credible than Online Training?
    Recently at a round-table discussion about eLearning in the Commercial Lending industry an interesting point surfaced periodically: “Why is classroom training perceived as being more credible than online training?&#. think that this varies a bit by industry (and commercial banking is not known to be pioneers in the latest technology) but many people believe that classroom training is the “best way&#. Learning is acceptable as a “second-best&# option but will not work as well as a classroom session. Why does this perception? Yes they had buns in a seat. What do you think? 
  • JAY CROSS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2009
    [2009] Win an award for an innovative project, product, or practice
    George Siemens ,  Tony Karrer , and I are pleased to announce the LearnTrends 2009 Innovation Awards. The awards are designed to recognize products, projects, processes, and companies that represent interesting innovations in applying technology for Corporate / Workplace Learning and Performance. Winners will make short presentations during the LearnTrends conference. Deadline for submission is: October 30. To apply for an award, fill out the: Submission Form. Spread the word. There’s no admission charge. We want to recognize innovations, from individuals to teams to enterprises.
    [2009] LearnTrends: Microlearning
    Hug & Friesen, 2009. These are my live blogged notes from Janet Clarey’s LearnTrends session on Microlearning. My side comments are in italics. Official description: Microlearning: Beyond Learning Objects and Just-in-time Performance Support. The need and pressure to learn continually, coupled with limited time available to learn, make new digital media viable for professional development. Let’s discuss how microlearning might address the realities of learning in a digital age. What is microlearning? Current context since 2002. No single definition. Why study microlearning?
    [2009] Social Media and Love
    This is in response to a post put up by my co-blogger. The post highlights in a very straightforward, and therefore hard-hitting, terms the values and commitments one must bring in when engaging with social media. You can read the original post here. Two statements that leapt out and struck a chord with me: “Social media is your own child and once you are committed to it, you cannot stop loving it.” There is no room for translucency in the name of transparency.” Absolutely true! am first and foremost a mother before anything else. It’s the same with social media too. Be totally transparent.
    [2009] Are Knowledge Workers the New "Blue Collar" Workers?
    I'm currently reading Matthew Gardner's Shop Class as Soul Craft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work, and it's raising some interesting questions about "knowledge work" and where we may be going with the information economy. For a decent summary of some of Gardner's main points, check out his NYT Magazine article, The Case for Working with Your Hands ). Gardner's argument is a muti-pronged ode to working with your hands that challenges some of our fundamental notions of white collar and blue collar jobs. lot of what he discusses isn't  new, but the way he makes his case is pretty compelling.
    [2009] Rules for Kids and Teenagers for Facebook Usage
    So I succumbed to pressure and signed up my daughter on Facebook. Most of her friends are already on Facebook. In just a few hours, she has 7 friends and 3 more pending requests. Her FB wall is now active and flowing. browsed her wall updates and some of her friends’ profiles and I am… PETRIFIED, and that’s an understatement. So I plan to give her a printout of the following rules for Facebook. Don't talk to strangers. Just as we tell you not to talk to strangers in real life, the same rule applies online. Do not accept friend requests from people you don't know. Watch what you say.
    [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.
    [2009] Cognitive Load vs. Load Time
    This article, by Eric Matas, is the first of a three part series on the Psychology of Elearning. Eric is an Instructional Designer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Thanks, Eric!! Designers love a little cognitive load theory. Any glimpse into the brains of learners sparks a trainer’s curiosity. It makes sense: if you want to influence brains with new knowledge, it helps to know how brains function best while learning. Cognitive psychology certainly aims to give trainers such a look inside the brain. Influencing different neural systems means developing different events. won’t go on.
    [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.
    [2009] Outsource Training to Customers
    The Business of Learning (see Free Online Conference – Future of Learning with Recordings Here ) event went really well. One of the really interesting ideas came from Allessandria Polizzi who is Group Manager for Accountant Training & Relations at Intuit. Her role is to make sure that accountants are trained on the Quickbook products. You can see Allessandria at 21:30 of the following video: Intuit used to produce the content themselves, but they have transistioned to hiring their Accountants (their customers) to produce the training content for them. They add legitimacy to the content.
    [2009] Twitter Conference Ideas
    Twitter has become a pretty great tool to help with socializing at conferences. Here are a few of the things we've been doing Twitter as Social Chat At both DevLearn and TechKnowledge , we created a hashtag and created a specific Twitter account that was the hub. Using TweetLater and GroupTweet anyone who sent a direct message to the hub account then broadcast to everyone following that account. We also encouraged everyone to put in the hashtag. Through twitter search you can see the various conversations going on. DevLearn was more successful because of the free Wifi.
    [2009] Preview of the 2009 Holiday Wrap-Up on the SyberWorks LMS e-Learning Implementation Podcast Series
    Here's a sneak preview of our holiday wrap-up on the SyberWorks LMS. Learning Implementation Podcast Series. Have a listen. Audio Preview. Time: 23 Seconds. elearning. learning management systems. elearning podcasts. Competency Management. Dave Boggs SyberWorks, Inc. SyberWorks e-Learning Podcast Series. SyberWorks LMS e-Learning Implementation Podcast Series e-Learning Lingo Podcast Series SyberWorks Training Center Learning Management System. Join the SyberWorks Learning Management Technology Group on Linkedin. Follow SyberWorks on Twitter.
    [2009] Learning Community, Peers and Outside Experts
    While strife with technical challenges, Nancy White and John Smith’s presentation at LearnTrends 2009 ( LearnTrends 2009 Recordings ) provided some really interesting food for thought. In some ways this relates closely to the post on Selling Learning Communities. By way of background, Nancy White and John Smith are gurus around all things Communities and Networks. ve worked with Nancy to create the Communities and Networks Connection which helps me continuously learn. And I keep a copy of their book Digital Habitats; Stewarding Technology for Communities next to my computer.
    [2009] Live Blogging - ASTD Orange County's November 2009 Meetup With CEO of WD-40
    In this morning's post , I mentioned that I was considering liveblogging this evening's keynote with Garry Ridge.  I'm still thinking. thinking. don't pressure me!). thinking. okay, yes!  Unless you're attending in-person at the meetup venue (registration required), feel free to join us here instead at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 18.  (Note:  Dinner served only at the live meetup.)  :). Are you a fellow "Tweep"? Got friends? Forward this post or save it to any of the bookmarking sites below
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