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    [2009] Learning Professionals’ Skills 2.0 – Learning Circuits Big Question July 2009
    This month's Learning Circuits Blog Big Question is. In a Learning 2.0 world, where learning and performance solutions take on a wider variety of forms and where churn happens at a much more. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more. skills development Learning Circuits Blog Big Question Learning Professional
    [2009] E-Learning Tools List - Top 10 for 2009
    Every year Jane Hart – owner and proprietor of the estimable Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies website asks learning professionals to submit their Top 10 E-Learning Tools for the. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
    [2009] The Big Question: Predictions for 2009
    The Learning Circuits Blog Big Question for January asks what are your challenges, plans and predictions for 2009? Here are my offerings: Challenges Keeping innovation and change on the agenda when all anyone's interested in is survival. Keeping the income flowing in when spending on external contractors could take a hit. Plans I want to finish my project Learning in all Contexts , which has been on the back burner too long. I also want to write a short and really accessible book on learning technology for trainers. When there are days left over you do your own thing.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009
    [2009] Hot List - April 1, 2009 to April 11, 2009
    Top 100 eLearning Items - eLearning Technology , April 7, 2009 Interesting that my own post got the top spot. My top ten tips for getting started with eLearning: - Ignatia Webs , April 6, 2009 It ain’t always easy to dive into eLearning. Building Better Learning Games - Learning Visions , April 9, 2009 Interested in building casual games for your learners? Communities, PLEs, small groups, & power - Adventures in Corporate Education , March 31, 2009 My mom loves telling the following story about me, to emphasize the fact that I have always been bossy. Web 2.0
    [2009] Dilbert Warns Me About Work Literacy
    Maybe reading blog posts about the topic is okay :) Tool Set 2009 Work Skills Keeping Up Top-Down Strategy Better Memory Information Radar Processing Pages with Links Networks and Learning Communities Collaborate Twitter as Personal Work and Learning Tool Search Browser Short Cuts Work Literacy Workshop eLearning Technology. Should the following Dilbert worry me about Work Literacy? Much of the idea of Work Literacy is to help people who need to keep up with how technology impacts knowledge work.
    [2009] My Top Ten Tools for Learning 2009
    As of January 2009, Sakai is our LMS, a great improvement over our previous system. I’m updating my Top Ten Tools for Learning for Jane Hart’s Top 100 list. I decided this year that I wouldn’t look at my 2007 or 2008 lists first and would just start fresh. I’m also organizing my list into tools for personal learning and for developing courses. Personal Learning. Google Reader is my main tool for personal learning right now, as it’s the hub where everything I read comes in. When I’m actively working on new ideas, this is where I collect my thoughts.
    [2009] Whither the library?
    I go to libraries, and check out books. I admit it, when there’s a lot I want to read, I’d rather read it on paper (at 1200 dpi) versus on the screen. And some recent debates have got me thinking about libraries in general, public and university. There’re some issues that are unresolved, but leave me curious. As the editor on one for-profit journal (British Journal of Education Technology), and now on one ‘open access’ (Impact: Journal of Applied Research in Workplace E-learning), I’ve been thinking more about the role of the journal, and the library.
    [2009] The ‘Least Assistance’ Principle
    While I agree vehemently with most of a post by Lars Hyland, he said one thing I slightly disagree with, and I want to elaborate on it. He was disagreeing with “buying rapid development tools to bash out ill formed ‘e-learning’ to an audience that will not only be unimpressed but also none the wiser - or more productive&# , a point I want to nuance. I agree with not using rapid elearning to create courses for novices, but there is a role for bashing out courses for another audience, the practitioner. And there’s something deeper here to tease out.
    [2009] Over 100 Free Handwritten Fonts
    One of the questions I’m asked the most is, “What font are you using?” And it’s usually asked when I’ve used a handwritten font. That’s because handwritten fonts really stand out from the font crowd. Many of you are stuck with the default computer fonts. So you end up with elearning courses that all use the same familiar fonts. When you do want a font that’s less formal, you’re kind of stuck with comic sans, and we all know how much people like comic sans. Sure, you have the option of purchasing more fonts. That means you either buy them or you can’t use them. Use them as you wish. It’s free.
    [2009] Top Nine Posts of 2009
    Building Better Learning Games My live blogged notes from an April 2009 webinar with Enspire learning. From January 2009, in which I get Karl Kapp’s goat ;) 5. I wrote this one back in June 2009 and it does seem to be the year of Moodle. The eLearning Guild’s 2009 LMS report certainly agrees , and by evidence of the number of corporate Moodle projects we’ve worked on this year at Kineo the tipping point seems to have arrived. Looking through this list, most of these posts weren’t even written in 2009! Why not ten? I don’t know. Lots of great information here!
    [2009] Learned about Learning in 2009
    And as part of this, I’ve been taking advantage of: 2009 Predictions How Did I Do? 2009 Top Posts and Topics , Top 125 Workplace eLearning Posts of 2009 and just running through my blog posts for the year. 2009 has continued that effort. And many of my 2009 Top Posts and Topics are related to exactly this. When I look at my particular skills, methods and tools for 2009 and compare them to 2008, I would say that it’s mostly a question of degree of use and certainly my use of Twitter has grown. However, during 2009, I had a bit of an aha moment.
    [2009] Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Top Ten Tools for 2009
    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 My Top Ten Tools for 2009 Cammys Top 10 Tools of 2009 These are my favorite tools in support of my own learning adventures. ASTD TechKnowledge 2010 #tk10 ▼ 2009 (87) ► December (6) ► November (11) ► October (10) ► September (7) ► August (4) ► July (5) ► June (6) ► May (10) ▼ April (6) Games for the Six and Under Crowd (iPod Touch/iPho. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Now I stop first at Twitter. Have a question?
    [2009] 2008 2009
    It's always interesting to look back at the past year - 2008, think about what has changed for me during the year, and think about what that means for the next year - 2009. In my Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008 , my last prediction was: Prediction #10 => Knowledge Worker Skills - Just Beginning in 2008, Big in 2009 The discussion of knowledge work skills is going to be BIG. We won't hear much this year, but in 2009, this will be something you'll hear in a big way. The fact that this is one of the general sessions at ASTD TechKnowledge is interesting way to start 2009.
    [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] Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Five
    Scripting tips from Matt. This week's class was a whirl wind of different platforms. We started in Second Life and then we went to ProtoSphere and then to Centra and then back to Second Life. We visited the Genome project and the Particle Laboratory in Second Life, both great places and then we went into ProtoSphere to check it out and then we went to learn a little about scripting in Centra and then we went into Second Life to do some scripting. One really cool web site we visited allowed us to create automatic Second Life scripts. Hillary's page also has other great Second Life information.
    [2009] Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Four
    Class visits the Holocaust Museum in Second Life. This class consisted of three different parts. The first part we visited the exhibit at the US Holocaust Museum. The interactive nature of the exhibit and the interactions of the avatars with the exhibit made it a great educational place to visit. Holocaust Museum has some really well done effectives like fire and falling glass. We then had guest speaker Heather Gee. Heather provided a great tutorial on how to build a building within Second Life. She provide advise on creating phantom walls, how to make a roof and other key building information.
    [2009] Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Three
    Experimenting with building in SL. This class was a blended class, as I am travelling in AZ, I recorded the first part of the session as an asynchronous class which students listened to before attending the "live" session. The recording discussed Learning Archetypes and using the ADDIE model to create instruction. The presentation below combines last night's class with some concepts (like the Tony O'Driscoll's Seven Sensibilities) that we covered in other classes. Why3 D2 Penn State Presentation View more presentations from kkapp. Then we all experimented with building.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009
    [2009] Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Two
    Border crossing created in Second Life for use at Loyalist College. This class began with a tour of the border patrol work done by Ken Hudson and others at Loyalist College. It took a while but we were able to get everyone assembled and then toured the area and where able to see both the automobile crossing and the location used for air transportation training as well. Impressive. Here is a video about the project at Loyalist. We then discussed the Seven Sensibilities of 3D Learning developed by my co-author Tony O'Driscoll. Here is a video he created on the topic.
    [2009] Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class One
    Getting the class together in SL. Recently, we had our first summer class of the course "Learning in 3D," the class focuses on how to create 3D learning spaces and how to use those spaces effectively to promote learning and to leverage the wonderful attributes of 3D. First we talked about different levels of Gamers (Game 1.0-4.0). To find out what level gamer you are, consider playing Gamer Rater. created by an awesomely talented group of students (Nicole Clark, Heather Gee, Aaron Kennelly and David Robbins.special thanks to Heather Gee for key updates.)
    [2009] 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009
    In my post, 2008 2009 - written in December 2008, I looked at how well I did in those predictions, and my results were pretty good, not perfect. Some training will still be preferred face to face such as when team building or in-person soft skills are important, but 2009 will be the year when we realize that we should be justifying any in-person training. self-directed learning, quick wins and toolkits all suggest that more web pages - authored via wikis - will be the name of the game in 2009. 2009 is going to be a big year for this issue. 2 - eLearning 2.0 tools.
    [2009] Here's to the crazy ones
    Are you considered a little crazy? Are your ideas looked on with scorn, or with mild amusement? Well, don't give up. Twice I have come across the same quote today, in two different versions, and I now think that someone, somewhere is trying to tell me something. So I share it here with you. I'm not sure whether this is even the complete quote, but it's one that really inspires me, and the words also turn up within the amazing portrait by Dylan Roscover of Apple guru Steve Jobs (left): Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
    [2009] A Web 2.0 wonderland
    Instead of simply recommending some Web 2.0 tools to you in the traditional way, I thought I would do something different. It's the festive season after all, and if that's not a licence for a bit of fun, then what is? So here are the links to some tools some of you already know about and may have been using for some time, and perhaps a few tools you have not heard of, or would like to try out. Many more Web 2.0 tools can be found with links on the Go2Web20 Website. And here's a little Christmas gift from me to you. An API New Year to all! Beware the Jabbify , my son! One, two! One, two! Yahoo
    [2009] Selling Learning Communities – Not Everyone Will or Wants a Group Hug
    Jack Merklein from Xerox Global Services did a really great presentation at LearnTrends 2009 entitled - Common tools for Diverse Communities at Xerox Global Services. You can find the LearnTrends 2009 Recording including Jack’s presentation. A few follow-up thoughts. Jack is responsible for the development, care and tools for learning communities and knowledge sharing initiatives. In practice this means a lot of different things and across many different learning communities. Instead, it focused on Jack’s no nonsense ability to make communities an effect part of learning. Yikes.
    [2009] Open Source LMS
    Open Source life, LMSs beyond Moodle - Learning Rocks , December 18, 2008 The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS - Upside Learning Blog , October 23, 2009 The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point? Learning Visions , June 26, 2009 Concerning Open Source, LMSs and SCORM: Correcting Some Common Misconceptions - The E-Learning Curve , October 19, 2009 To open source or not? Yes, Obama Says!) - ZaidLearn , May 16, 2009 Sakai 3 Development Process - Experiencing eLearning , June 9, 2009 How Big is Moodle? MinuteBio , June 12, 2009 Moodle! -
    [2009] Business applications of Twitter
    Earlier this week, I attended a Twitter Camp billed Twitter is not for dummies. I 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] Cammy Beans Learning Visions: eLearning Guild 2009 Salary Report
    Wednesday, January 07, 2009 eLearning Guild 2009 Salary Report Check out the 2009 salary report from the eLearning Guild. ASTD TechKnowledge 2010 #tk10 ▼ 2009 (87) ► December (6) ► November (11) ► October (10) ► September (7) ► August (4) ► July (5) ► June (6) ► May (10) ► April (6) ► March (9) ► February (4) ▼ January (9) Do Instructional Design Degrees Get "Wasted"? Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Want more?
    [2009] Top 20 Posts for Q1 2009
    Twitter as Personal Learning and Work Tool 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009 eLearning Conferences Tool Set 2009 Remote Collaboration Better Memory Share Best Practices – Patterns Information Radar How long does it take to select an LMS? One of the best things about having kids is getting a Spring Break with them. I'm fortunate enough to be doing that this week. So, rather than doing my normal posts, what I decided to do was to go back and do a couple of best of posts during the week. Of course, I cheated and used eLearning Learning to help me come up with these.
    [2009] Curator Editor Research Opportunities on eLearning Learning
    This results in posts such as: LearnTrends - Sound - Best of eLearning Learning Design - Knowing Doing Gap - Best of eLearning Learning Camtasia - LMS - LCMS - Best of eLearning Learning August 2009 These posts are sent via email to people who have subscribed to the Best Of. eLearning Learning continues to improve, but I'm hoping to find people who want to work with me to make it even better. How eLearning Learning Works I've described all the elements of eLearning Learning before, but never in that much detail. We currently have several different groups of Curators. Human tagging?
    [2009] 7 Tips for Better E-Learning Scenarios
    Tidbits: Next week, I’ll be in Washington DC at the ASTD 2009 International Conference & Exposition. In a previous post, we looked at how you can make your elearning courses more effective and engaging by getting your learners to pull the course content rather than you just pushing it out to them. A great way to create a pull-type course is build it around problem-solving scenarios. A scenario can put the course content into a context that is relevant to the learners because they can use the information in a real world setting. Focus on the desired result. Or flip it. Keep it simple.
    [2009] Reflecting on 2009's Posts - Big Question
    December's Big Question at the Learning Circuits blog is "What did you learn about learning in 2009," but they also suggest looking at your top 2009 posts for "aha moments." So, here are my top ten 2009 posts according my blog's best of list found through eLearningLearning. I cannot speak about what I learned without mentioning that in 2009 my employer (Provident Bank) was acquired another bank. In 2009, I learned that I was extremely lucky to have been part of, and to have learned from, such a cohesive, talented and very effective team of trainers.
    [2009] Does your organization need a Chief Learning Officer?
    Innovation in eLearning | Upside Learning CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2009. Upside Learning sponsored the inaugural CLO Summit India at the end of last week. My partner Amit Gautam and I attended the summit and came back satisfied with the level of participation seen at this inaugural summit. Overall we felt it was a great inaugural event that pulled in some respected names to speak. There were some equally respected names in the audience too. We feel the CLO Summit has the potential to grow into a premier HR event in India focused around L&D. Do you need a CLO?
    [2009] How to Create E-Learning Courses That Don’t Waste Your Learner’s Time - The Rapid eLearning Blog
    [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] Learner Personas for eLearning
    One thing we can learn from the field of User Experience design is how to create user personas , better known as learner personas in the world of eLearning. Personas are well-developed profiles of audience member groups for whom we are designing a course. These audience groups are prototypes of learners in your target audience that share common characteristics, such as their training goals, job responsibilities, educational background or skill level. Every course has at least one audience group and most courses have several. Why Create Personas? Gather Information First. Then Write.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009
    [2009] Business of Learning
    The challenges for publishers has been well documented: From Terrible to Terrifying : “The stats show that total newspaper ad sales dropped by an unprecedented 28.28% in the first quarter of 2009, a deep plunge that represents a loss of more than $2.6 This is a very strange time. While increasing amount of concept work and the pace of change puts a premium on learning, the business of learning faces an incredibly difficult time. In the past few weeks, I've had some really eye-opening conversations about the state of Learning as a Business. billion in ad revenue compared year-over-year.”
    [2009] The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS
    As responses to a recent post where I listed f ive things not to do while selecting an LMS I received a couple of queries about using an Open Source LMS, customizing it to suit the requirements and if it is advisable to do so. There were also questions around the best approach to use an open source LMS and on how to estimate the amount of maintenance such might require on an ongoing basis. This post is for people exploring an open source LMS as an option either for a new LMS setup or for a switch-over. A lot has already been written about open source LMSs in multiple contexts. Training.
    [2009] eLearning is not the answer
    eLearning is not a big cost-cutter. Corporations are flocking to eLearning for all the wrong reasons. It’s cheaper: no travel, no facilities cost, no instructor salaries. This sort of fanciful thinking tripped up eLearning ten years ago. In that first wave of eLearning, venture capitalists and the learning industry saw fortunes to be made by replacing instructors with computers. It didn’t work. Clive Shepard wrote about this a few months back. We were going to change the world and pick up some dot-com riches while we did it. Irrational exuberance? What happened? We were wrong.
    [2009] Why you want to focus on actions, not learning objectives » Making Change
    Pop quiz! What do these people need to do? Put out the fire. Describe the techniques used to extinguish a fire. What does this woman need to do to stay in business? Sell flowers. Explain the principles of the flower-selling process. This young man wants you to give him money. Which objective are you more likely to fund? Build a home for a displaced family in Sudan. Describe how to build a home for a displaced family in Sudan. Learning objectives are wimpy. Identify the action, then the knowledge. Many people start their design by writing learning objectives. What’s an action?
    [2009] 2009: the year of bad measurement?
    However, what we will see in 2009 is even more pressure being exerted on L&D departments and suppliers alike to get more from less. So my tip for a trend to watch in 2009 is bad measurement…and lots of it. Having been at Learning Technologies, I got the sense that the e-learning industry is maturing to the point where there’s little radically new. This will inevitably lead to more effort on measuring results as a means of prioritising scarce resources. Here’s a few examples of how focusing on one measure can lead to the wrong conclusions being drawn: 1.
    [2009] TRUST – if L&D is to have any impact, it's vital
    Trust is very important in our lives. As children we put our trust in our parents. As we grew we learned to make decisions regarding when we should trust and when we should be more circumspect. When we start a new job or project we spend time figuring out who we can turn to for advice, who we can trust, and whose advice we need to double-check. With the rise of the networked society and the increasing use of social networking tools, trust is probably on our minds every day. So, trust is probably at the forefront of our thinking most days. I think we're all aware of that. The difference is this.
    [2009] What Does a 21st Century L&D Department Look Like?
    A month ago, on April 21, Jay Cross at learntrends co-ordinated a round-the-globe series of online conversations on how learning can impact performance in organisations. Starting on the US West Coast and ending somewhere east of New Zealand, these virtual conversations opened up a whole Pandora’s Box of issues around the challenges and opportunities that learning & development faces if it is to really have an impact of organisational effectiveness. Jay’s reflections on the event are worth reading. Here are some of the core capabilities identified: 1. the ability to ‘speak business’.
    [2009] Accountability for Business Results
    UK politicians have been in the spotlight over the past few weeks with their creative use of the parliamentary allowance scheme. Flipping” was one common way that some found to maximise their allowance income. This involved declaring one of their homes - either in their constituency or in London closer to the House of Commons - as their main residence, then claiming all manner of expenses against their second home. Then they’d “flip” and claim expenses on the other house. This was a really neat, if totally immoral and possibly illegal, way to spend taxpayers’ money.
    [2009] Mobile Learning in India
    Six in ten people (more than 4 billion individuals) around the world are carrying a powerful computing device in their pockets and purses. They don’t realize it, but today’s mobile phones have the computing power of a personal computer from the mid-nineties, while consuming a fraction of the energy and are made at significantly lower cost. In India, the mobile phone has revolutionized communication and India is now one of the fastest growing markets for mobile phone services, with growing usage and increasing penetration. All of these learning processes can be supported through mobile phones.
    [2009] Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter
    I’ve finally managed make a decent recording of my session at the Adobe Learning Summit. The session was titled ‘Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter’- and showcases a new idea around how we believe Captivate courses of the future can help bridge the gap between 'Classroom based training' and eLearning. Follow this link to view the demo (runs 18 mins). This makes use of a Captivate widget that we will be sharing with you in the near future. So, post viewing this session, if you find the idea interesting and would like a copy of the widget, please drop me a note.
    [2009] Social network begins where google search stops!
    [2009] Informal Learning: People can train you but they can't "learn" you.
    As always, Jay Cross gets his points across in a langugae all can understand, identify with, apply. Some key points: Informal learning vs. formal learning 1. Informal learning is never over. Its going on all the time. Formal learning has a fixed goal, syllabus and usually ends with some recognition. You know when its over. More than 80% of learning in the workplace is informal learning. Social networks are vital to informal learning. The most powerful educational technology ever invented is human conversation. Social networks are bringing people together; that's why learning takes place.
    [2009] 5 Common Visual Design Mistakes
    I was working with a student intern the other day. We reviewed his first attempt at a rapid elearning course. For this review, we focused on the course’s visual design. Overall, he did a great job, especially for someone just starting out. However, he made some mistakes that are common to many of the courses I see. I thought I’d do a quick rundown of what they are and provide some tips on how to prevent them. Not Considering the Impact of the Visual Design. Good elearning design is as much about visual communication as it instructional design and learning theory. Look at a company like Apple.
    [2009] The eLearning Singularity or The Inevitable Evolution of eLearning Development
    Or we look back at 2009 and reflect. Its that time of year again where everyone wants to know what's coming up in 2010. Both are excellent practices, but I think everyone has pretty much covered all of the bases. If you can't find any, then just leave me a comment and I'll see what I can find for you. This might not be much of a look into 2010 but I definitely feel a new trend. I'm not even sure what to call it. After years of thinking about it and talking about it, I finally found a blog pot hit me in the face with it. Okay, those were my words, not his. Everybody wins. By today's 2.0
    [2009] CCK09: Connectivism and Constructivism
    Magnetix. This was written as a comment on April Hayman’s post comparing Legos and Magnetix as metaphors for constructivism and connectivism. One of her readers, Plain_Gillian, said she was struggling to verbalize the difference between the two learning theories. My response is below, but you should go check out the original post and discussion there too. I think the table comparing learning theories to connectivism is a good way to start. In the constructivist view, you would take little pieces out of that overabundance and build them into something new. Does that help at all?
    [2009] My Top Ten Tools for 2009
    Cammy's Top 10 Tools of 2009 These are my favorite tools in support of my own learning adventures. Google Reader It's how I stay informed on the latest blog posts and news. Used to be my first stop in the morning after email, although that's recently changed. Now I stop first at Twitter. Tweetdeck I'm officially hooked to Twitter and use Tweetdeck to organize and group those I follow. My best column: eLearning, of course! Not only is Twitter great for the occasional laugh, but also a great source of information and links. Have a question? Ask your Twitter network! Very cool! Really.
    [2009] Learning 2009
    The Big Question for December is: What did you learn about learning in 2009? We are going to continue a tradition in the Big Question. If you are a blogger, I would highly recommend taking this as an opportunity to go back through your blog posts over the year and looking for any "aha moments" or highlight the posts that you think were the best/most interesting. If you happen to be a blogger who is part of eLearning Learning , there are some tricks you can use to help you find your best stuff for the year - see Using Special Parameters to Create Year End Post for details on that.
    [2009] Leave A Comment
    Blogs are all about conversation. I just saw a post that explained to readers how to leave a comment, and I thought that might be a good idea to have that post as well and it would be a nice addition to the content in my First Time Visitor's Guide. Please, if you have thoughts or questions on one of my posts leave a comment. It shows me that you care. That it inspired a thought or a question. I learn a tremendous amount from the comments on my blog. So, please, please, leave a comment. Have I begged enough? I try to respond to comments fairly quickly. eLearning Technology.
    [2009] Corporate Training
    Jay Cross - father of the Informal Learning Flow has been doing some great writing recently that look at the future of corporate training. His recent posts make me really think (that's good) but also make me wonder. How many people really have the opportunity to pursue the Future of Corporate Training? More on this below. But first some context. Courseware and Broader eLearning Jay's post eLearning is not the Answer : Corporations are flocking to eLearning for all the wrong reasons. It’s cheaper: no travel, no facilities cost, no instructor salaries. Great points Jay. Can you reduce it by 50%?
    [2009] eLearning Guild 2009 Salary Report
    Check out the 2009 salary report from the eLearning Guild. Brent Schlenker asks, " Are you making over $78k as an elearning professional?" Want more? Here's an older post of mine on salaries for instructional designers.
    [2009] eLearning Development: 4 Tech Considerations When Using Videos
    With increasing bandwidths and better compression techniques available, use of videos in Flash platform based eLearning courses is on the rise. However, often we find videos not being used optimally. This could leave your learners with a bad experience. Here are a few technical aspects to keep in mind when working with videos. Please do share any others that you may know in comments area. Choosing source video. Don’t double compress videos – use uncompressed or lossless formats when compressing to FLV format. Supported source formats are: asf, avi, dv, mov, mp4, mpg, mpeg, wmv.
    [2009] HTML 5 and eLearning Development
    A couple of weeks back we posted about Silverlight posing some (at this time, actually little) competition to Flash. Now we have HTML 5 coming up – this makes the race hotter. Or does it? Those of you have heard of HTML 5 will know it’s a new version of HTML and XHTML being promoted by Google and Apple in a bid to move the web away from proprietary technologies like Flash, Silverlight and JavaFX. It makes HTML more powerful by adding new elements like video and audio. A list of new elements in HTML 5 can be found here at IBM’s site and the draft specification is available here at W3C’s site.
    [2009] The Project Management Tip You Can’t Ignore
    The following week, I’ll be at DevLearn 2009 in San Jose. Managing elearning projects requires good communication between the instructional designers and subject matter experts. In most cases, this communication happens via email. Thus, better email communication ultimately leads to better project management, which most likely means better elearning courses. At a recent ASTD conference, I ran into Mike Song , the author of The Hamster Revolution. It’s a book on how to effectively manage emails. Mike gave me a free copy which I skimmed through on the plane flight home. Check it out.
    [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] Dialectical innit?
    Well let's have a little New Year's fun shall we.? There is an absolutely hilarious app available called The Dialectizer which turns any web site text content into. Elmer Fudd, Swedish Chef (remember the Muppets?), Jive talk, Redneck or. yeah Cockney, innit? Below is a blog post of mine from New Year's day which has been dialectized into Cockney. Characteristically, post-modernist essays are verbose and full of dense vocabulary, but tend ter say right wee. Below is an extract from a post-modernist essay. Right. However, the bleedin' subject is contextualised involvin' reality as a paradox.
    [2009] Using Social Network Analysis in Social Business Design
    My previous post discussed the Open/Closed culture fallacy in social business design. I contended that leaders of large corporations are typically unable to answer the key strategic questions posed by David Armano in an important post recently. In this post I'll continue that line of thinking by considering a combination of David's third and fourth questions in light of the open/closed culture fallacy.
    [2009] LearnTrends 2009 Archive Videos Now Available
    If you were not able to attend this past week's LearnTrends Conference, they have recorded the sessions and made them available at the link below. link] The sessions were wonderful. Thank you to everyone who put it together. I learned quite a bit during these 3 days and plan to visit the recordings of the few sessions I was unable to attend. Social Media ISD m-Learning e-Learning
    [2009] eLearning Learning – March 1 – 15 2009
    Here are the top items via eLearning Learning. Adult Learning in the Workplace – Research Findings Top Keywords PKM eLearning Tools Informal Learning Swish Adobe Captivate Twitter LinkedIn Tools Harbinger Adobe Google Articulate Microsoft eLearning Technology. Browse eLearning Content
  • JAY CROSS  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009
    [2009] Informal Learning 2.0
    Published in Chief Learning Officer, August 2009. Effectiveness – Jay Cross. Informal Learning 2.0. Jay Cross. In the world of business, the era of networks is crowding out the Industrial Age. Network connections are replacing rigidity with flexibility, penetrating internal boundaries and silos and obliterating the walls that have separated businesses from their customers. Networks reduce transfer costs to zero, enabling companies to focus on what they do best while outsourcing what others can do better. In sum, networks are ushering in new ways of doing business. Like the U.S.
    [2009] Edubloggers 2009
    It's that time of the year and the Edublogger Awards are upon us again. Josie Fraser has done a remarkable job over the past few years organising this event. She deserves all of our thanks for the impact and reach it has had over the last few years in encouraging a veritable phalanx of creative and energetic posts on every educational topic imaginable. I felt very honoured last year to be nominated in two categories - best individual blog and most influential blog post (neither of which I stood a cat's chance in Hell of winning of course.)
    [2009] Fall 2009 Corporate Advisory Event Starts Today
    Today marks the beginning of one of my favorite events of the year. Our annual Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) event. This is an event where students of instructional technology have a conference with professionals in the field where they can learn, exchange ideas and select students for jobs and internships. It is a great win-win event. This semester we have over 35 individuals representing 31 different companies including representatives from Kodak, KPMG, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Tyco Electronics, Vanguard, Northrop Grumman and others are in attendance. and social media solutions.
    [2009] I want to facilitate online discussions but how do I choose the right platform?
    Photo: participants in our workhshop on online facilitation In many situations non-ICT specialists want to organise some online conversations and are looking for a good online space. A discussion forum functionality is key for this purpose, other things are nice to have but often blur the decision about the forum to choose. Situation 1 : You're looking for an online platform for your sailing club or for your family to prepare for the yearly family reunion. You make an easy choice and open a ning or groupsite. Situation 2: Now at work. Possibility 1. What is it? It's free. It's easy to set up.
    [2009] US eLearning Market Stats: 2009
    eLearning Network today released the below graphic providing some stats about the US eLearning market in 2009. That report put the world market in 2009 at $27.1 Related posts: Global Self-Paced eLearning Market Forecasts eLearning Development India: Results of Salary Survey 2009 CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2009. Tags: eLearning eLearning Business eLearning Development eLearning Market eLearning Market Stats US eLearning Market Stats US eLearning Market Stats: 2009 Click To Enlarge The Image.
    [2009] How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of E-Learning-Updated for 2009
    And now, I have partnered with Robyn DeFelice of DishingDesign and we have updated the article for 2009. Time to Develop One Hour of Training Perhaps the most interesting part of the article is the comparison of 2003 and 2009 numbers. In 2009, the low estimate is 49 and 89.both higher. Ever wonder how long it takes to design and develop one hour of e-Learning? Lots of people have wondered and there are a few resources on the topic: Here is a good one by Bryan Chapman How long does it take to create learning? How Long Does it Take? If nothing else, check out the chart.
    [2009] LearnTrends 2009
    LearnTrends 2009 is going to be awesome. Check the Agenda on the LearnTrends 2009 tab. Yesterday I drew up the tentative agenda. Our theme is convergence in corporate learning. We aim to explore how to corral the loose pieces of learning technology, both on the web and off, in order to come up with a unified, targeted strategy for moving forward. These people… …will be addressing these topics: Convergence in Learning. Extending Learning to the Edges of Organizations. Building a Social Learning Environment. Merging Information, Media, and Social Learning. Enterprise 2.0,
    [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?&#. I 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&#. E-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?
    [2009] Basic mLearning with BlackBerries
    I’ve spent the past few weeks figuring out how to design and deploy content that can be accessed on BlackBerry phones. I’ve run into some obstacles, but overall it’s been a good experience. I thought I’d share my adventures here and talk about some of the speed bumps I encountered (to hopefully save you some time and frustration). I’ll assume you… Have done up-front analysis and determined your organization has a need that can be addressed by mobile learning (mLearning). Have an audience that primarily uses BlackBerry phones. Heads up, Mac users.
    [2009] 5 Essential Rapid E-Learning Tips
    A manager I know works for a multibillion dollar company that has its own elearning group. However, when she needs to train her staff of about 200, she has no access to the elearning group’s resources. Without rapid elearning tools, she’d be hard pressed to offer her team the benefits of online learning. However, with rapid elearning tools she’s gone from no elearning to dozens of quick hit elearning courses. While rapid elearning presents opportunities like this, the challenge is that many who build rapid elearning courses are not experienced at doing so. Start with a blank slide.
    [2009] Allen Tough, informal learning pioneer
    Allen Tough, a brief talk at the 3rd New Approaches to Lifelong Learning (NALL) Conference. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. February 19, 1999. They’re not aware of other people’s learning, educators don’t take it into account and so on. So there’s this normal, natural thing going on, people are spending 15 hours a week at it or on an average, and yet it’s not talked about, it’s not recognized, it’s sort of ignored or invisible. It seems to happen in all demographic groups. We found a 20/80% split. And the other 80% was informal.
    [2009] 3 Graphic Design Principles for Instructional Design Success - The Rapid eLearning Blog
    [2009] Pointing to the Five Moments of Learning Need
    I can remember a project a few years ago where the subject matter expert (SME) fought and fought to include his 20-step process (complete with details and charts) in the course we were developing. He eventually persuaded his boss and won out, so we built the process into the course. Feedback from the learners was not positive and ranged from comments like "what is this and why in the world would I need to know it" on down to, shall we say, less positive remarks. Obviously a better needs analysis should have been conducted. I'm sure that most of you have encountered the same SME.
    [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. I’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] CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2009
    CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) recently published their annual Learning and Development report and is now available for download. Some data that’s emerged is quite interesting. “Fewer practitioners (39 per cent) are involved in “introducing or extending e-learning” this year, a fall of 6 per cent on 2008.&#. It’s disappointing to read that a little more than a third of the respondents will introduce or continue their eLearning programs. Perhaps this ties into the current economic conditions or their company’s track record and results in implementing eLearning.
    [2009] Contest - Win a Free Copy of Digital Habitats via LearnTrends 2009
    Nancy White and John Smith will be doing a session at LearnTrends 2009 (a free online conference – you should definitely go register). We would really appreciate if your blog post can also mention the conference and the innovation awards and the Digital Habitats Contest: LearnTrends 2009 - Free Online Conference LearnTrends Innovation Awards Rules 1. Session Descriptions Below are the descriptions of the sessions that Nancy and John will be involved with at LearnTrends 2009. I've known Nancy White and John Smith for quite a while. Together they are a formidable team.
    [2009] Reach for the clouds
    Earlier this week, Michael Bromley , Head of Online Services at Telstra Business , visited my workplace to provide me and my colleagues with an overview of cloud computing. What is cloud computing? Michael defines “cloud computing&# as: …common business applications, platforms or infrastructure that are hosted on the internet (i.e. in the cloud) and are accessed locally from a web browser, while the software and data are stored remotely on servers. Of course this is a far cry from migrating all of their data and IP into cloud-based infrastructure, but it’s a significant start.
    [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] 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] 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.
    [2009] Nintendo’s Four I Standard
    I was digging through some older GDC related posts during the course of some research yesterday. In a keynote that Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata delivered to a packed house at this year’s Game Developers Conference. He mentioned the “Four I’s&# that Nintendo uses as a standard for the games it develops. The reason, I believe, is that it meets the standards we set for all software we develop. We call these standards the Four Is. First, is it truly innovative – something different from what has come before? Second, is it intuitive ? Third, is it inviting ?
    [2009] Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?
    Friday, June 26, 2009 The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point? ASTD TechKnowledge 2010 #tk10 ▼ 2009 (87) ► December (6) ► November (11) ► October (10) ► September (7) ► August (4) ► July (5) ▼ June (6) The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point? Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Richard Nantel of Brandon Hall recently posted about average LMS prices. A ‘low-cost’ LMS starts at an average of $58K. That’s the low price. Which is still a whole LOT of money.
    [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!
    [2009] Knowledge vs. Information…Which is it?
    Is there a difference between Knowledge and Information? As training professionals are we sharing information, teaching knowledge, or both? Last week I was discussing Commercial Lending training with various designers from financial institutions and someone mentioned how we aim to give knowledge not information. The comment made me start to think about how courses are created. What is knowledge and was is just information? Maybe they are the same? Information: knowledge obtained from investigation, study, or instruction. Today there is tons of information available at our finger tips.
    [2009] The Big Question: What did you learn about learning in 2009?
    Quite a lot actually. Or have we?
    [2009] Here’s What You Need to Know About Mobile Learning
    Every few years it seems that there’s some hot new trend in the world of training. Right now it appears that mobile learning is all the rage. The world of mobile gadgets is converging with an always available wifi network. This gives us instant access to all sorts of information which fits in well with on-demand training. Since this part of the industry is so new to many of you, I thought it might be best to hook up with an expert in the industry to learn more. So I called one of my mentors and a real pioneer in the elearning industry, Dr. Werner Oppelbaumer, to pick his brain. Good question.
    [2009] McAfee Keynote at DevLearn 2009
    Andy McAfee gave us a lively and informative presentation on his view of Enterprise 2.0. Punctuated by insightful examples, he defined Enterprise 2.0 as “&# use of emergent social software platforms by organizations in pursuit of their goals&# , and characterized it more simply as ‘bringing web energy into organizations’ Along the way, he emphasized points about emergent behavior, inherent altruism, emergent process, developing innovation, the intelligence of crowds, and real business benefits. A 20% improvement in innovation was one concrete result. With no further ado
    [2009] Writing Learning Objectives—Part 1
    © Connie Malamed 2009. There are really TWO categories of learning objectives based on their purpose. One type of learning objective is for internal use—the design team, client and subject matter expert. The other type is for the audience members. If designers would write different learning objectives for each category, the world would be a better place. This is because internal learning objectives tend to be too technical and non-motivating for your eLearning audience. The Notorious Three-part Learning Objective. Using the analysis, the designer then writes learning objectives.
    [2009] Learning Management: What does a Training Company need an LMS for?
    Training companies the world over are changing the way they operate and the services they offer customers. An important one is the inclusion of eLearning (or online training) as part of their core offerings for existing and new customers. Such an offering is not purely driven by a cost-saving strategy on the customer’s part, but is also due to the growing acceptance of eLearning as an effective way of delivering training. An appropriate Learning Management System (LMS) is the key to the successful execution of this piece of strategy. Who’s who in the LMS?
    [2009] Love-Hate Theory, Learner Motivation, Connectivism and Other Such Thoughts.
    Preamble I missed IDCI session yesterday but am thankful for the tweets from @gargamit100 and @sreyadutta. These followed by Sreya’s post gave me some idea of the discussion. You can read the post here: Business-driven Learning and LH Theory (Love-Hate Theory). The post set me thinking about when do we use “Love vs. Hate” to design a training program. This triggered thoughts related to learner motivation and how even a “business driven” or “business centric” program benefit from motivated learners. This confidence sustains motivation and engagement.
    [2009] Estimating course development times
    I have seen a lot of estimates out there regarding development times per hour of e-learning content. It baffles me how some designers, not all, can rattle off "150 hours to develop an hour long course." There may be times where we are pushed in a corner and we need to quickly estimate development time without all the information we require, but to get a realistic estimate I suggest we consider the following: The complexity of the content. Is there any content or literature already written that may be helpful to developing the e-learning content? Multimedia required (e.g. video or audio).
    [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. A PKM Method.
    [2009] Learning Statistics from ASTD 2009 State of the Industry Report
    ASTD , recently released their State of the Industry Report. Here are a few highlights. US organizations spent $134.07 billion on employee learning and development in 2008. billion was spent on the internal learning function $45.48 billion was allocated to external services Average annual expenditure per employee feel 3.8% from 2007 to $1,068 The figure for learning expenditure as a percentage of payroll was 2.24% a small increase from 2007.
    [2009] Five media forms
    Last week I posted on Exploring e-learning in all its forms , which Mark Bethelemy elaborated on in his post From formal courses to social learning. Mark referenced a number of alternative models which somehow led me to Diana Laurillard’s conversational framework. The following table is my attempt at allocating technologies to each of the five categories. I added a column to explain whether e-content would be an input to the activities involved or an output.
    [2009] Rapid Learning Management Systems
    I've been asked numerous times over the past couple of years by various types of people and companies a very similar question: I plan to or have been conducting and charging for training workshops for clients. I'd like to creating this as self-paced eLearning possibly with other capabilities as well. And I want to charge for this. How can I do that? I was just asked the question again the other day. It's a company that has been offering 3-day workshops and now they want to put some portion of that content online. To me this is a new kind of system. It's hosted. It's easy to use. Systems?
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009
    [2009] Free Webinars
    Have you ever wanted to have a single list of the various free webinars brought together in a single place? In conjunction with eLearning Learning , we are working with Jon Udell (thanks Jon) to use his calendar aggregation technology to bring together a list of free webinars that we believe will be of interest to learning professionals. Free eLearning Webinars Let me know if you think this will be valuable. Integrated with Best of eLearning Learning We are planning to include events that are coming up in the Best of eLearning Learning each week. I will tweet about it. Is this a good idea?
    [2009] Using Social Signals to Find Top eLearning Resources
    I recently had a great experience working with Abhijit Kadle one of the authors of the Upside Learning Blog ( disclosure ). As part of writing an eLearning Games White Paper he had collected a wonderful list of articles, posts, white papers, etc. as part of his research. We decided that it would make sense to bring those great resources into eLearning Learning and then use the automatic categorization, filtering and social signals capabilities of Browse My Stuff to have it surface some of the better content. Thanks Abhijit! eLearning Technology. Browse eLearning Content
  • TONY KARRER  |  THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009
    [2009] Text to Speech
    As part of the eLearning Tour , Christopher von Koschembahr demonstrated a podcast where he conducted an interview. The interviewer was a female voice asking questions. She would ask a question and then he would respond. What was interesting is that the interviewer was produced using Text to Speech. You can listen to the result at the 12:23 mark of the first video on the eLearning Tour page. The effect was interesting. For short bursts of text, the computer generated voice was okay. Thus, it works well with the interview structure. Of course, you quickly know that he's written the questions.
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