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  • EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] Blogging in a Walled Garden
    Kylemore Abbey Garden. One of the features of Sakai that our team was looking for in a new LMS is a blogging tool. admit some significant improvements in usability are possible in this tool. However, it does give us the option of blogging within the system. Previously, we’ve used tools like Wikispaces and Edublogs, but we’ve had a number of requests for internal tools that don’t require a separate login and location. During the pilot of our new facilitator training course, I lurked in the forums during a heated debate about the use of the blog tool. Blog Conversations.
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
    [2009] Learning Styles Challenge -- Three-Year Update
    It has been over three years since I offered $1,000 to anyone who could demonstrate that utilizing learning styles improved learning outcomes. Click here for the original challenge. So far, no one has even come close. For all the talk about learning styles over the last 15 years, we might expect that I was at risk of quickly losing my money. Let me be clear, my argument is not that people don't have different learning styles, learning preferences, or learning skills. The challenge is still on.
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2009
    [2009] LearnX Asia Pacific 2009 - Day 2
    Following on from my previous article , below I share some of the key messages that I drew from Day 2 at the LearnX Asia Pacific conference held recently in Sydney… Personal Professional Development: I expected the keynote by Stephen Downes to be the standout session of the event, and I was not disappointed. Instead of focusing on supporting the learning of others, Stephen shifted his focus to how e‑learning professionals can support their own learning. His premis is, bluntly, if you don’t take care of your own career, you risk losing it. Is m-learning just learning hype?
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009
    [2009] LearnX Asia Pacific 2009 - Day 1
    I attended the annual LearnX Asia Pacific conference this week at Sydney’s Darling Harbour. While the weather was dreary, I found the sessions topical and thought provoking. Below I’ve shared some of the key messages that I drew from Day 1… The Magic of Speed Thinking: Ken Hudson , Director of The Speed Thinking Zone , kicked off proceedings with a keynote address about working smarter, not harder. Ken’s central theme is that being able to think faster and better can help us unlock ideas and improve our productivity. must admit, it lifted the energy of the room.
  • 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?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2009
    [2009] The Secret Recipe to Delivering World Class Lectures
    And after exploring some of the educators and lectures I have shared above, I believe I need to spend the rest of 2009 to first improve myself. "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” – Albert Einstein Firstly, you might get annoyed with the term 'World Class' and I would perhaps, too. But at least it got you to this sentence, so it is working (until now!). Think of 'World Class' in this context as delivering exceptional or inspiring lectures, talks, presentations, etc. With that I totally disagree ! It is about discovering the joy for learning. Why wait?
  • TONY KARRER  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009
    [2009] eLearning Conferences
    JANUARY 2009 January 3-4, 2009 New Presidents Program , sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs, Florida, USA. January 4-7, 2009 Presidents Institute : Investing in the Future – Students, Institutions, and the Public Good sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, Hyatt Regency Cocomut Point, Bonita Springs, Florida, USA. link] conferences_events/presidents/ 2009.asp January 4-7, 2009 Hawaii International Conference on Education , 7 th annual, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. link] index.php January 18-22, 2009.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2009
    [2009] Using the Dreyfus Model to engage people in your Online Learning program
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. The success of your Knowledge Management or online learning initiative depends on how well you can engage different people in your organization and really, how apt is your mode of delivery, to the content you're delivering. Very simply, the purpose of any online learning/ knowledge sharing implementation is to make capabilities explicit in an organization. I've been thinking about this recently and I think the Dreyfus Model of Skills Acquisition is a great way to articulate the different levels of expertise in a certain area, in an organization.
  • 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.”
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2009
    [2009] Four C’s of digital media
    Gaurav Mishra wrote a guest blog post at Beth Kanter’s blog, on the 4 C’s of social media , complete with explanations and possible uses of this framework: Content. Collaboration. Community. Collective Intelligence. like the way that Gaurov puts these on the axes of becoming more visible and at the same time more difficult, as one progresses from content creation to collective intelligence. His rationale for the framework: If you are a journalist, analyst or academic in the business of understanding social media initiatives, you’ll find the 4Cs Framework really useful.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009
    [2009] The Secret - Get 100.000+ Followers On Twitter In 24 Hours!
    ". Would you like to get 16,000 Followers in 90 days & Make Money doing it? ".more more THE SECRET Why think so small! If you first want to think really big, you might as well go for it for real. mean what is 16,000 followers (and in 90 days, come on! Peanuts, man!), even if it is a targeted audience to your personal, or company needs to generate traffic and revenue. Forget all the Twitter Gurus (for a few minutes!), and read carefully the secret to getting (Can't wait! Please, tell me know!). This means that if you follow one million, you will eventually get 100,000 followers. censored).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2009
    [2009] 2 Juicy Ways to Insert YouTube Videos into PowerPoint
    RealPlayer YouTube Video Wizard Format Factory Today we basically have FREE access to millions (if not billions) of videos on the Internet ( my personal favorites! ) , and surely among them you are going to find some mind stimulating videos that you would like to infuse into your face-to-face learning sessions (like this amazingly funny video: Learning English Pronunciation ). Now, I am going to share with you two (2) juicy ways to insert your favorite YouTube videos (or videos from other sites) into your PowerPoint presentations. So, how can we get the job done quickly?
  • ADOBE CAPTIVATE BLOG  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009
    [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.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009
    [2009] [from davidds] A Guide to Social Learning - How to use Web 2.0 tools for learning
    Twitter Directory EduNetworks Directory A Guide to Social Learning 100+ Websites 100+ Websites for learning about anything & everything 100+ Language Learning websites 100+ Websites for Learning about Business 100+ Apps for the iPhone/iPod Touch C4LPT NETWORKS & COMMUNITIES Ning communities 25 Tools Workplace Learning 2.0 ocial media tools and sites include blogs, wikis, social networks, social bookmarking, podcasts, RSS, micro-blogging, photo sharing and video-sharing sites. The contents list appears below. CONTENTS Part A: Introduction What is Social Learning?
  • RAPID ELEARNING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009
    [2009] 3 Things to Consider When Building Your E-Learning Courses
    The difference between effective and ineffective elearning is how you design the learning process. In this post, I’ll do a quick run through of some ideas centered on instructional design and three things that you want to consider when building your courses. Focus on meaning and not information. We tend to equate learning with sharing information. Typically if there’s something we want to change, we think about how to get more information to people. In fact, most of the elearning courses I see are focused exclusively on sharing information. That is when the learning happens. shape?
  • ELEARNING 3.0 BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
    [2009] MediaToday - April 2009
    My partner, Dr. Harry Sova, has published his new version of MediaToday. MediaToday is in its 12th year of publication, it is an exploration and celebration of emerging media technologies and trends in popular culture throughout the global marketplace. MediaToday is all about your world of Interactive Communication; stories of new ideas, creative applications, and developments relative to your lifestyle and careers. MediaToday is targeted at academic faculty, staff and industry professionals that are interested in interactive media and communication news and trends.
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2009
    [2009] Will at Work Learning: Myths the Business Side Has About Learning: Result of Data Gathering
    About Search This Blog Web Notable Books Sponsoring Ads (vT1) Tracker Sponsoring Ads (vG2) « Performance Support for High-Stress Situations | Main | Famous Measuring-Training Story from Neil Rackham » Friday, 23 January 2009 Myths the Business Side Has About Learning: Result of Data Gathering I've been gathering a list of Myths that the Business Side Has about Learning. link] Posted by: Dan R | Saturday, 24 January 2009 at 05:57 AM Very useful will. Will at Work Learning Will Thalheimers research-based commentary on learning, performance, and the industry thereof.
  • TONY KARRER  |  THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2009
    [2009] Too Much Information or a Skills Gap
    Wesley Fryer discusses How are you dealing with TMI? Too Much Information) (found via Stephen Downes ). Wesley points us to a post by Kevin Washburn “TMI! Information Overload and Learning.” where Kevin points out: TMI floods the brain with data, preventing comprehension and elaboration, and thus, preventing learning. Jonah Lehrer suggests the danger of too much information is “it can actually interfere with understanding.” Because the brain has a do-it-yourself attitude toward learning. This is similar to the list of Web 2.0 tools that I often use in my presentations. eLearning Technology.
  • FROM THE COLEFACE  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009] How professionals learn
    In the November Issue of TJ ,  Des Woods and Henry Marsden have an article called “How professionals learn”  As the former head of learning at Ernst & Young and head of professional development at Linklaters, Des is writing from considerable experience. This is a great article if you are relatively new to professional services in your L&D career, especially if you’ve worked in a different industry previously. There were 3 things that really resonated with my experience: Professionals want learning in small chunks as the pressure to remain chargeable is high.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009
    [2009] Give Them Permission to Learn
    In live facilitation we often remind folks to shut off their cell phones, we select an appropriate learning environment, schedule the time – it’s a training event. Just as Gayle indicated in her recent post that it’s important for learners to apply good business practices when taking e-learning, it’s also important for the organization to give the learners permission to do so. In some work cultures or due to personal bias a learner may feel that they aren’t really “working” when attending training. So give learners permission to learn and restrict their activities while taking the course.
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009
    [2009] New online book on mobile learning -available for free download
    New online book on mobile learning -available for free download by Jan Herrington, Anthony Herrington, Jessica Mantei, Ian Olney and Brian Ferry (editors), New technologies, new pedagogies: Mobile learning in higher education, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong, 2009, 138p. ISBN: 978-1-74128-169-9 (online) Available: [link] It is fully downloadable from this site either as individual chapters or as the whole book in pdf form. Thanks to IAmLearn to send this new information around.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009
    [2009] Are you playing the role of the Subject Matter Expert instead of the Instructional Designer?
    I had a conversation by email with someone I really care about that probably came off a bit bitchy, a bit holier-than-thou…it you can have just “a bit&# of either of those traits.  And, I’m probably about to come off the same way here. That’s not an apology. I yam what I yam. And, no doubt I’ll piss off some people for my opinion of rapid e-learning tools. My email conversation came at a time when I saw the tweet (below) from Clark Quinn on Twitter so I felt some sort of validation of my opinion (don’t you love serendipity?). Same holds true for our field.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2009
    [2009] Conflicting personas: social media as an ‘AND’ role (initially titled ‘AND’ job which is entirely inappropriate, even for this blog)
    You know one of those brief tweets or status updates that can easily be lifted from bigger, continuous conversations  you’re having with online friends and followers? Out of context stuff. Or, it’s a user’s name that’s exploited, like this from NBC news anchor Brian Williams: “There’s no way of knowing if the incoming text from partygirl99 is being written from Tehran or Texas.&#. Poor partygirl99. Williams’ statement is very true. It is hard for traditional media to vet information coming from the public in a form they’ve never seen. Wha???
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  MONDAY, MAY 25, 2009
    [2009] Enterprise 2.0 Knowledge Management - A Revolution of Knowledge in Three Parts
    Knowledge Management Presentations now Available in English | Besser 2.0 // Mrz 13, 2009 at 16:34 [.] There is also an english landing page for besser20 now that shows the three presentations and the basic messages at a [.] 2 Stefan // Mrz 15, 2009 at 20:07 Die Präsentationen sind der HAMMER. Stefan 3 Sorting Thoughts // Mrz 16, 2009 at 21:31 ENTERPRISE 2.0 Part 2 and 3, also available in German …… 4 Kuba Karpel // Mrz 17, 2009 at 13:53 Hi Great work on this guys we are in the middle of implementing point solutions for Enterprise Web 2.0 in Mars. km km2.0
  • UPSIDE LEARNING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
    [2009] eLearning Development India: Results of Salary Survey 2009
    I’d been waiting for the results of the Unofficial Salary Survey 2009 after we wrote about it about 6 weeks back. Related posts: eLearning Development India - The Unofficial Salary Survey 2009 eLearning Development: How long does it Really take? This year the survey got over 100 responses from eLearning professionals in India – up from 54 last year. At such a growth rate this survey has the potential to be a good benchmarking source for Indian eLearning companies. Or is such a wide range in remuneration a reality we live in. Another thought comes to mind - are all IDs same?
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2009
    [2009] Describing What You Do: Instructional Design
    You're at a playground and you start talking to the mom sitting on the bench next to you. Eventually, she asks you what you do for work. What do you say? Are you met with comprehension or blank stares? This was me yesterday: Playground Mom:  So, what do you do? Me:  I'm an instructional designer.  I create eLearning. Playground Mom:  [blank stare] Me: corporate training. Playground Mom:  [weak smile] Me:  I create training for companies that's delivered on the computer. Playground Me: weak nod."Oh, Oh, I see." I see that she really doesn't see and I just don't have the energy to go further.
  • BUSINESS CASUAL  |  THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2009
    [2009] How to share a link to a specific timecode in YouTube video
    I wanted to share this quick tip with you about sharing YouTube videos. It has been so useful for me since having recently learned about it myself. The tip is about a simple piece of information you can append to the URL (web address) of a YouTube video that allows you to link someone directly to a specific point (timecode) in that video. In other words, to get you to the point that is 1-hour, 13-minutes and 5-seconds into the YouTube video that is defined by this link: [link] (copied directly from the YouTube video page), then all you'd have to do is add #t=1h13m5s to the end of the URL.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009
    [2009] cathellis13: Ten Commandments of eLearning
    skip to main | skip to sidebar Monday, 20 April 2009 Ten Commandments of eLearning Frequently when I talk to colleagues about eLearning they say something like I set up a bulletin board/blog/wiki etc but the students didnt use it. 20 April 2009 09:58 DivineChoice said. Ive added you to my blog list! * 20 April 2009 13:15 Tony Karrer said. My response to them is always the same: that the problem is more likely to be with their design rather than with their students. Like the original ten commandments, with these the first is the most important. Don’t be too ambitious.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2009
    [2009] Facebook Applications for Learning - 2009 - ASTD
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  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2009
    [2009] 40 Great Resources for Developing a Community Management Strategy « emergent by design
    emergent by design Home About 40 Great Resources for Developing a Community Management Strategy 2009 November 13 tags: community , community management , Media , Social Media , strategy by Venessa Miemis A practical guide for Community Management strategies, best practices, and resources. Tools for Community Managers: Networks & Social Media Guidelines The Community Roundtable Database of 107 Social Media Policies Expectations & Salary What is an online community manager ? Brian Solis, @briansolis) Shepherding 2.0 An excellent resource that should readily share.
  • RAPID ELEARNING BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009
    [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. thought I’d do a quick rundown of what they are and provide some tips on how to prevent them. 1. 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.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING BLOG  |  MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010
    [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.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2009
    [2009] The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Of Project Spaces & Project Managers
    My Tenets of Leadership From Training Specialist to Learning Generalist Why your Training Team needs Versatilists © Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Whether you're part of a consultancy or an in-house training outfit, you're providing a service to a customer your people should matter a great deal to you. A few years back, I read Guy Kawasaki 's Art of the Start and Guy insists that product manufacturers and service providers should niche themselves. He explains the thought using a graph like the one you see above. You're perhaps stupid if you provide a unique service and no one wants it.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
    [2009] Seed, feed, & weed
    In my presentation yesterday, I was talking about how to get informal learning going.  As many have noted, it’s about moving from a notion of being a builder, handcrafting (or mass-producing) solutions, to being a facilitator, nurturing the community to develop it’s own capabilities.  Jay Cross talks about the learnscape , while I term it the performance ecosystem. The point, however, is from the point of the view of the learner, all the resources needed are ‘to hand’  through every stage of knowledge work. But if you build it, they may not come. Networks take nurturing. 
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009
    [2009] Every multimedia developer’s nightmare…the LCMS
    It seems important to begin this post with a disclaimer…this is my “multimedia developer&# opinion. You’ve been warned. As a multimedia developer the thought of developing e-Learning with an LCMS development tool sends shivers up my spine (not the good kind, like when you learn a new way to make something animate in Flash…yes, I know I need to get out more). Don’t get me wrong, the majority of LCMS development tools are great for rapid development, and are a great way to manage content and content objects with a single application.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2009
    [2009] Tips and Tools for Synchronous e-Learning
    The blog carnival didn’t get quite the response I was hoping for this month, so I decided to go in a slightly different direction, and look to see what the higher education field had to share about e-learning. Higher education started out as all synchronous learning - and as they have branched into web-based solutions they have stuck with the synchronous model in many cases. They also like to do a lot of research and writing about theories, which makes for some good ponderables. store of real-life experiences. An inclination to problem-centered learning. Desire for meaningful learning.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009
    [2009] Analogies are like Informal Mnemonics
    Analogies have been a source of great amusement for me this past wee k. Analogies can be very helpful in learning, if they’re used correctly. In this award-winning (if I do say so myself) sample , we use water as an analogy to teach the surprisingly complex topic of electricity. Learning games use analogies all time. Anne Derreberry talks about games that mirror reality (like a flight simulator) and others that teach through metaphor (like World of Warcraft as a leadership training lab). Either can. Analogies can be useful in classroom training, too. like the idea a lot – with a few caveats.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2009
    [2009] Struggling for a metaphor for change « Connectivism
    pdf) Learning in Tough Times (Conference Board of Canada - for purchase, though Canadians can get it for free) This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 4:48 pm and is filed under Networks , Uncategorized. Responses to “Struggling for a metaphor for change&# @bfchirpy says: September 2, 2009 at 7:42 pm I think you were on the right lines when you mentioned the article ‘Should you build strategy like you build software?’ Specifically, what is it that is changing in society? With technology? How do these changes impact corporate learning?
  • LEARNING WITH E'S  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2009
    [2009] Why do I bother?
    The Edublogger Awards are in full swing, and people are voting as I write this. have been blogging seriously since the end of 2006, and have done so on a regular basis, so I will be interested in the results when they are announced. Reading Tom Barrett's post tonight ' Why Bother Blogging? ' got me thinking about my own reasons for blogging. It can be hard work, but it can also be very rewarding. Some readers have remarked that they wish they were as prolific as me when it comes to blogging, and other have asked me where I get all my ideas from to blog about. Now tell me.
  • GRAM CONSULTING  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009
    [2009] 10 Strategies for Integrating Learning and Work (part 3)
    This post continues the Ten Strategies for Integrating Learning and Work series. Last post I discussed communities of practice and social media, two strategies focused on collaboration and networks where learning and knowledge are a natural byproduct.  This post shifts focus to how structured problem solving and Action Learning approaches can intimately wed learning with working.   I’ll discuss strategies 6 and 7 from the list.  Each uses problems and work tasks as the subject matter for learning, reflection and behaviour change. 10 STRATEGIES FOR INTEGRATING LEARNING AND WORK. 1.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2009
    [2009] Camtasia for Mac - Sneak Peek, Text & Shapes
    I've been bouncing around the country on planes, trains and automobiles today trying to get to Seattle for Gnomedex. Thankfully I eventually made it to Seattle, but unfortunately my luggage did not. :-) So, I'll keep the sneak peek for Camtasia for Mac short and sweet tonight. Sometimes you need to draw your viewers attention to a particular area of the screen. Or, you need to provide them with additional instruction. There's a way to easily do this with Camtasia for Mac. You can add text annotations, shapes and arrows to your screencasts. The screencast runs less than a minute.
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009
    [2009] Accidental Instructional Designers #dl09
    At DevLearn ‘09, I had the pleasure of hosting a Thursday morning Breakfast Byte. Conference participants gather around a topic of interest at an ungodly early hour, while sipping coffee and eating croissants. bleary-eyed, loosely organized conversation. If you know me, you’ll know my topic was right up my alley: “Instructional Design: You Do What for a Living?” Over 25 IDs gathered to talk about how they got here and where they're going. asked people to introduce themselves and tell their stories – how they each got into instructional design. Many of us thought that we would be teachers.
  • LEARNING AND WORKING ON THE WEB  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009
    [2009] Sense-making with PKM
    Note: This is a revised HTML version of previous PDF’s posted on the site , which should make it easier for sharing. We may learn on our own but usually not by ourselves. People learn socially. In looking at how we can make sense of the growing and changing knowledge in our respective professional fields, I see two parallel processes that support each other. One is internally focused, as in “How do I learn this?” and the other is external, as in “Who can help me learn this?”. Here is an internal process based on repeating four activities: Sort. Categorize. Make Explicit. Retrieve. Write.
  • LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009
    [2009] Top 10 things I Don't Have Time to Blog About
    I am using Posterous now and thought that I would like to try to post to my blog from Gmail and so here it is. Top 10 things I Don't Have Time to Blog About When people don't respond to your email. What do you do? Did they miss it? Do they hate you? CreateWV Conference has some great tracks on Education. Web 2.0 and elearning. Where are we at right now? Where Marketing and Training come together. Data mining and SEO and Paid Search. Twitter app in the form of Google Reader would be awesome. Squarespace pros and cons. Mostly Pros. Not once, BUT TWICE? They hate you. If not will they soon?
  • LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2009
    [2009] Google Latitude
    I have been playing with Google Latitude , but the fact that they don't have an iphone app is a real pain. You actually have to open the browser to get it to pick up your location and there is no other reason to go to that page. That isn't very practical. They should connect it to something else, that you actually use, like gmail. I am looking for a solution for my Dad. Does the Droid automatically update latitude? If so how often? Every X minutes? Can you set it? Thanks.
  • THE ELEARNING COACH  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009] The Future Of Learning Design
    If you are intrigued by the future of learning design, you won’t want to miss the second half of this interview with Karl Kapp. In case you missed the first half, see Games and Simulations. Coach: What types of challenges do newer technologies, such as mobile and podcast, present to the instructional designer? Karl: The biggest problem is that in the learning field we sometimes get seduced by the technology and forget the underlying learning need and, even more importantly, the underlying business need. Learning initiatives are not altruistic for companies. Wrong format. Thanks, Karl!
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009
    [2009] Learning games - some interesting ideas
    I’ve written a few different posts on games.  I love games - and i think games help engage people and make learning more fun. found a few interesting games today, by chance. I was looking at Mashable, a blog on new medai and social networking, and came across their weekly list of job postings. Worth skimming just to see the plethora of new jobs available that didn’t exist 10 years ago!). scrolled through the posts and found several game sites who want developers. The online version is timed (45 seconds) and you have to find the five items in 45 seconds. Darn it!
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009
    [2009] How a 40,000+ Employee Company Trains its Employees on Social Media
    More Trending Stories View my My Posts Facebook Twitter Friendfeed LinkedIn MySpace How a 40,000+ Employee Company Trains its Employees on Social Media December 16th, 2009 | by Adam Ostrow Comments If you need further evidence that social media is here to stay in the corporate world, look no further than Telstra, the Australian telecom giant. The 40,000+ person company makes social media training mandatory for its employees and formalized a policy of “3Rs” – responsibility, respect and representation. Phones Coming Before Years End Is Social Media an Industry? Love it!!! Well done!
  • UPSIDE LEARNING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2009
    [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. 1. Choosing source video. a. Don’t double compress videos – use uncompressed or lossless formats when compressing to FLV format. b. Supported source formats are: asf, avi, dv, mov, mp4, mpg, mpeg, wmv.
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2009
    [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. 2. Internal. 3. Personal.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009
    [2009] Are Learning and Entertainment Mutually Exclusive?
    Jennifer’s post titled Corporate Training – Journalism or Entertainment , really got me thinking about learning versus entertainment. Are they congruous or exclusive? want to believe training can effectively be delivered in an entertaining way. I for one want to be entertained. However, is it possible that I may learn more from something on the boring side? Possibly, it is a fine line to follow. Let’s consider a couple examples. How frequently does an instructor lead training have a lively and entertaining facilitator, is fun to attend and popular with learners? Where is the balance?
  • RAPID ELEARNING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009
    [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. great way to create a pull-type course is build it around problem-solving scenarios. 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. What’s in it for the learner?
  • UPSIDE LEARNING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
    [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?
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009
    [2009] Convert ILT to eLearning - Estimating
    I received an inquiry from a reader and I'm hoping that people can chime in on their thoughts. It relates to my post about eLearning Costs , which bases cost estimates on seat time of the eLearning course. So, the basic question is: We current provide a two day (16 hour) classroom training course for our employees. We are planning to prepare an e-learning course based on this classroom course. How should we estimate the e-learning course duration for this lesson? What are the important criteria in estimating eLearning duration when its based on a classroom course? Is it feasible to do so?
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009
    [2009] HOW TO Sell Social Media to Cynics, Skeptics & Luddites - Tips, Resources & Advice - UPDATED
    blog archives about Services Contact HOW TO Sell Social Media to Cynics, Skeptics & Luddites - Tips, Resources & Advice - UPDATED January 19th, 2009 by Robin Broitman Trying to make the case to someone on the benefits of using social media? Reasons You Need Social Media Marketing in 2009 From Stuntdubl: Offers up advice on how to pitch social media marketing internally in 6 easy steps along with 9 reasons you NEED social media marketing in 2009. Adrianne Machina 2 Selling Social Media Marketing to the CFO | Hot Ideas & Hot Air Jan 19, 2009 at 4:49 pm [.]
  • BOZARTHZONE   |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2009
    [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.
  • ELEARNING 3.0 BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2009
    [2009] Top 60 Jobs That Will Rock the Future
    Republished With Permission from GetDegrees.com. We know where the jobs are now… but where will they be ten years from now? Twenty? Some job descriptions will always be in need, but many others are evolving to fit the ever-changing course of technology and science. When the future of employment comes, will you be ready? Read on for some ideas of what to expect: HEALTH CARE. 1. Medical Roboticist. New technology is doing amazing things for medical patients these days, especially in the world of robotics. We aren’t quite at a Six-Million Dollar Man level yet – but we’re getting awfully close.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2010
    [2009] Top Posts of 2009
    Predictions for 2009. welcome your thoughts of what made these the most interesting posts of 2009.  Seeing all the top 10 lists, I thought I’d look at what the top 10 posts were for Learnlets (using Google Analytics), and I have to say that the responses were interesting, as some weren’t the ones I thought were most interesting. suspect that they’re the ones that other people pointed to most for a variety of reasons (including me pointing people to the Broken ID series beginning). Here’s the list: The ‘Least Assistance’ Principle. Learning Twitter Chat!
  • SKILFUL MINDS  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
    [2009] Using Social Network Analysis in Social Business Design
    My previous post discussed the Open/Closed culture fallacy in social business design. 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.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2009
    [2009] Snagit - Best of the Best
    We're honored that Snagit made the cut for their March - June 2009 list. You can see all of the Best of the Best: Hive Five Winners, March through June 2009 here. Post your comment by 10:00am EST on Friday, July 17, 2009 to qualify. One of my favorite blogs is Lifehacker. The blog is all about getting things done and who doesn't need tips about how to improve that? learn something new in every post. Periodically Lifehacker asks readers for their picks for software, hardware, and other tools. Thanks to everyone who voted for Snagit! appreciate it!
  • 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.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2009
    [2009] eLearning On The Rise
    Recently I came across this June 2009 dated survey analysis report from AchieveGlobal , called Learning in Difficult Times. This survey was conducted in early 2009 and concludes – amongst other trends – that eLearning is on the rise. Related posts: Training Companies Are Adopting eLearning CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2009 The Ten Commandments of eLearning. In March earlier this year I wrote – ‘ while the times are tough, they are on our side ’ (by ‘our’ I meant all technology enabled learning solution providers). Here’s more to support that thought.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] LMSs that kick ass: ElementK’s KnowledgeHub
    Probably just three years ago, if you said Element K I would have immediately thought about off-the-shelf courseware. However, Element K has made substantial, progressive improvements to their LMS, most recently by building custom integrations between Jive Clearspace and KnowledgeHub, Element K’s LMS. They announced this in October, 2008. Via email, I asked Sue Rodeman, VP., Platform Prod Management & Marketing, Element K about their social media capabilities. This is fueled by the various Web 2.0 tools at everyone’s finger tips and by the changing demographic of today’s workforce.
  • BUSINESS CASUAL  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
    [2009] Two activities to maximize networking opportunities at your next meetup.
    Ever have one of those moments where you realize that feedback you had given about ways to improve something was. listened to? I'm really proud of my friends and colleagues at my local ASTD chapter (Orange County). In response to feedback a number of us had given a few months back, it was gratifying to see last night's monthly meetup hit the nail on the head with structured networking activities. Last evening's theme: New Beginnings With New Connections. Appropriate for the new year, wouldn't you say? Do you attend for the presentation or the people? Don't get me wrong.
  • TONY KARRER  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [2009] How long does it take to select an LMS?
    I saw a post by Bryan Chapman discussing how long it takes to select an LMS. I've known Bryan for quite a few years - more than 10. And he and I do a lot of LMS selection and implementation work. And I think we are both pretty good at it. I may even be the person he's talking about in his post as the other consultant, but I'm not quite sure. So, the real answer to how long it takes is, of course, it depends. But to give you some better answers than that the eLearningGuild has some great survey data on it. I put out some of that data in my post - LMS Team Size and Time - Wow 23 Months! months.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009
    [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. 
  • JANET CLAREY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
    [2009] Role Models in Educational Technology on Ada Lovelace Day
    Suw Charman-Anderson is the catalyst behind Ada Lovelace Day , “an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology.”. Suw described Lovelace as someone who understood that computers could do a lot more than crunch numbers. think our little corner of the blogosphere – the edusphere – has a fair amount of women who understand that “learning technology” encompasses a much broader definition of both learning and technology. I’ve blogged about women edubloggers a total of six times (list below) each time finding new and interesting voices to follow and learn from.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009
    [2009] Social Media Revolution
    2009 US Department of Education study revealed that on average, online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction 1 in 6 higher education students are enrolled in online curriculum 80% of Twitter usage is on mobile devices…people update anywhere, anytime…imagine what that means for bad customer experiences? Great video similar to Did You Know? Here are some of the stats from the video: By 2010 Gen Y will outnumber Baby Boomers….96% last year met via social media Always love to see this. Pretty amazing stuff. eLearning Technology.
  • ELEARNING ACUPUNCTURE  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009
    [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.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2008
    [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.
  • RAPID ELEARNING BLOG  |  MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009
    [2009] How to Create E-Learning Courses That Don’t Waste Your Learner’s Time - The Rapid eLearning Blog
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2009
    [2009] When Do Learning Games Make Business Sense?
    T+D Blog - Serious Gaming in the Workplace asks the question: Is serious gaming being taken seriously in your workplace? It is time to change the perception of "gaming" among CEOs and other corporate executives. It is a valuable learning tool that is taking too long to become a mainstream part of everyday learning. However, I've been wondering for long time about when the added costs of building games really pays off. Last year in Training Method Trends I showed some data from the eLearning Guild that had games and simulations decreasing as a modality. But transfer does not equal ROI.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009
    [2009] Twitter As a Learning Tool. Really. - 2009 - ASTD
    Site Map My ASTD Membership Store Home > Learning Circuits > 2009 > Twitter As a Learning Tool. Reprinted from the March 2009 issue of T+D. Request more information or give feedback close Request Information close Name: Email: Comments: 2009 Home American Society for Training & Development About Us Contact Us Terms & Privacy Jobs at ASTD © 2008 ASTD All Rights Reserved 1640 King Street, Box 1443 Alexandria, VA 22313-1443, USA Phone: 703.683.8100 Fax: 703.683.8103. Really. Twitter As a Learning Tool. Really. Here’s a scenario to give trainers pause. It can be Googled.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009
    [2009] Personality type and a learner’s success with social media
    I’ve been thinking about a possible link between a specific personality type (introvert) and social media success for several months and what it means for learning in the workplace. (I haven’t done any significant research on this topic yet.). I can’t synthesize this provocative older post from Venkatesh Rao but his insight was this: …the word “social” in the term “social media” represents the ultimate in misleading advertising, and is responsible for many failures and a lot of disenchantment, especially within the enterprise.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009
    [2009] Googley design
    Googley design …worth thinking about in the context of instructional design. Focus on people—their lives, their work, their dreams. Every millisecond counts. Simplicity is powerful. Engage beginners and attract experts. Dare to innovate. Design for the world. Plan for today’s and tomorrow’s business. Delight the eye without distracting the mind. Be worthy of people’s trust. Add a human touch. The principle flows from Google’s Corporate Philosophy. “Ten things Google has found to be true:&#. Focus on the user and all else will follow. Fast is better than slow.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
    [2009] LMSs that kick ass - OutStart
    Another Friday and another LMS that kicks ass! This week’s featured system is OutStart. interviewed Jeff Whitney, Vice President of Marketing. By way of background, Jeff told me that OutStart has two flavors: Participate, their general social software solution and TrainingEdge.com, their SaaS solution which includes LMS, collaborative authoring, and social media specifically configured to support learning. OutStart acquired Participate Systems in November, 2005 and since then they’ve enhanced the system extensively and integrated it with their other learning solutions. Thanks Jeff!
  • RAPID ELEARNING BLOG  |  MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009
    [2009] 3 Graphic Design Principles for Instructional Design Success - The Rapid eLearning Blog
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009
    [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. The following table is my attempt at allocating technologies to each of the five categories. added a column to explain whether e-content would be an input to the activities involved or an output.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009
    [2009] The 7 c’s of natural learning
    Yesterday I talked about the seeding, feeding, and weeding necessary to develop a self-sustaining network. referred to supporting the activities that we find in natural learning, for both formal and informal learning.  Commit : we take ownership for the outcomes.  We work until we’ve gotten out of it what we need. Crash : our commitment means we make mistakes, and learn from them. Create : we design, we build, we are active in our learning. Copy : we mimic others, looking to their performances for guidance. Converse : we talk with others. Collaborate : we work together.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009
    [2009] 100 Commercial Learning Management Systems
    Home About me 100 Commercial Learning Management Systems by Richard Nantel on July 17, 2009 For years, people have been predicting consolidation in the world of learning management systems. Earlier this year, we launched the 2009 edition of our LMS KnowledgeBase. Share and Enjoy: Tweet This { 1 trackback } List of 100 Commercial Learning Management Systems - Richard Nantel July 17, 2009 at 2:52 pm { 2 comments… read them below or add one } Naomi Bloom July 17, 2009 at 2:53 pm There are also zillions of payroll packages, but less than a dozen really matter.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009
    [2009] Moodle is an Airport, Not a Total Solution!
    No, it is not an Airport! It is more like a space station ! If you ask a true learning professional, he or she will probably articulate Moodle as a virtual learning environment (VLE) , or course management system (CMS) , or worst case a learning management system (LMS). Whatever Moodle is, in this post Moodle is an 'Airport' (figurative speech that is!). However, I am not going to spend the rest of this post proving the 'Airport' theory, but I will share some of my experiences and ideas on how we can get the best from Moodle, and not fall into the pitfalls (that I have faced over the years).
  • DONT WASTE YOUR TIME  |  TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009
    [2009] Presentation: Twitter in Education
    Twitter in Education Twitter Blogging eLearning Social Network University 2.0 Web 2.0
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2009
    [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! I use it myself, found out about it from a friend. Agree with the spread? Nothing more.
  • LEARNING WITH E'S  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 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.
  • LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2009
    [2009] Google Sites Upgrade with Lists
    I just noticed a cool upgrade in Google Sites. You can now embed a Google spreadsheet as a list. This was a much need feature that allows you to edit the spreadsheet within google sites. wonder how long it has been there? Look for it when you set the properties when embedding a spreadsheet in your page.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2009
    [2009] Social Networking on Intranets (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
    Jakob Nielsen sAlertbox, August 3, 2009: Social Networking on Intranets Summary: Community features are spreading from "Web 2.0" to "Enterprise 2.0." Full-day course on Integrating Social Features on Mainstream Websites , with usability guidelines for user-generated content, social media, collaboration, and moreat the Usability Week 2009 conference in Las Vegas and Berlin. > Other Alertbox columns (complete list) > Sign up for newsletter that will notify you of new Alertboxes Copyright © 2009 by Jakob Nielsen. will drive Enterprise 2.0? Using Web 2.0
  • RAPID ELEARNING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
    [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.
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2009
    [2009] Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points
    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points Jane Bozarth : Better than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging eLearning with PowerPoint. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Session hosted by Training Magazine. Effective design using PPT as a tool. Not PPT 101. But will talk about how to make instruction more engaging, interactive and interesting. Why PowerPoint? We have it. It’s cheap. It’s idiot proof. Pretty universal. Easy to deal with. Can do an awful lot with PPT. Info dumps are not instruction!
  • UPSIDE LEARNING BLOG  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2009
    [2009] The Semantic Web cometh
    The information age is rapidly turning into an age of information overload. simple search of the web using a search engine like Google reveals a fantastic array of information. As I’ve discovered given the thousands if not millions of results, trying to sort through and make sense of any of that data is an exercise in futility. This sort of rudimentary search and pray approach isn’t effective, and grows more ineffective by the day with the growing size of the web. Why can’t it be easier? It can – Web 3.0 or the Semantic Web holds that promise. Let’s say you want to look for my postal address.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009
    [2009] SMBs and Social Learning Technologies
    Here are slides from the presentation I did yesterday. The session was hosted by SumTotal Systems. SMBs & Social Media (Sum Total). View more presentations from Janet Clarey. Some notes: Polls: Most attending work in L&D with some HR, IT, and learning services providers. Most attending work in organization with 2000+ ee’s but several were SMBs (under 2K ee’s for this presentation). Current learning delivery channels primarily ILT classroom and ILT online as well as a fair amount of self-paced e-learning. Very few people work with fellow employees at one physical location.
  • JANET CLAREY  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] LMSs that kick ass: Mzinga
    It’s Friday yay! That means it’s time to feature another LMS that kicks ass! This is the seventh featured system in my Friday series highlighting LMSs that are doing innovative, kick-ass things with social media. Mzinga is the result of a merger between KnowledgePlanet and Shared Insights at the end of 2007. My first encounter with them was when they were still known as KnowledgePlanet. I was at a demo of their system at a company near where I live - an area that is not an easy destination to fly to. Anyway, the rep I was working with at the time was Jen Chambers. Thanks Dave!
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009
    [2009] Be TechSmith's Guest at StackOverflow DevDays or Defrag
    In November, we're heading to the Degrag 2009 conference in Denver, Colorado. I love loading up the car and heading out for a roadtrip! It's a good time to turn of the technology (expect for GPS!), clear my mind, and think creatively. And, once I reach my destination, I love meeting with our users, attending events, and learning about a new city and culture. have a few extra tickets for two upcoming events that you can enter a drawing to win! The first conference I have a ticket to share with one lucky reader is the StackOverflow DevDays in Toronto on October 23.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009
    [2009] Hi, I'm a Mac, and I have Camtasia.
    Camtasia for Mac will have a special introductory price of $99, through the end of 2009. You have probably already heard that we've been working on Camtasia for Mac. I'm happy to say that the wait is finally over.well almost :-). Camtasia for Mac will be available on August 25! Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing more information and details with you about the release. After that, the MSRP will be $149. I've posted some preview screenshots of the UI (user interface) of Camtasia for Mac at the end of this blog post. And, you can follow the news here on the blog and on twitter too.
  • TONY KARRER DELICIOUS LINKS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009
    [2009] eLearn: Best Practices
    15 Tips for Webinars: How to Add Impact When You Present Online By Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE July 7, 2009 Whenever you open your mouth, whether youre talking to one person or a thousand, you usually want to get a specific message across. How do you do that best when you are communicating through a webinar? Whats different when the lecture is in the virtual world? How do you catch and keep your audience? Here are 15 tips. In the Beginning 1. Use looping slides. Once your audience tunes in, how do you make sure they are entertained and feel involved even before the talk starts? Use a hook.
  • RAPID ELEARNING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009
    [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.
  • BUSINESS CASUAL  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009
    [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. Are you a fellow "Tweep"? Follow me on Twitter ( @melaclaro ) Or, connect with me on LinkedIn:  LinkedIn.com/in/melaclaro  or Facebook:  Facebook.com/melaclaro. Got friends?
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2009
    [2009] Moodle: A fantastic tool for informal learning - and not just “e-learning”
    Last week I hosted a webinar called “Come Moodle with Us: Straight Talk on Moodle as an LMS Solution.&# Along with two of my colleagues at BLP, we showed attendees OUR Moodle site - and attempted to illustrate many of the cool features Moodle provides and how Moodle facilitates informal learning and not just functions as a place to house and track e-learning. Those who want to use it just to track learning are missing its point. In our case, it connects all the employees in our organization to each other. Example: I created a “course&# in Moodle called Adobe Max.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2009
    [2009] The Future of the LMS
    We started the month talking about the features and functions of learning management systems. It’s only fitting we end talking about the changes the future holds for those features. Soon, it won’t be enough that the LMS tracks formal learning like instructor-led training courses or e-learning modules; the future is here, and learning management systems are changing rapidly to keep up. Leanne talked about Moodle’s ability to categorize those on the system by their expertise in her last post. In a sense, she saw the LMS as more like a social network and less like a database.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009
    [2009] Mobile phones as training tools
    What role do you think mobile phones should play in training? Check out this video - admittedly focused on using cell phones in the classroom - and let me know what you think? 1) Are mobile phones a viable training tool in the distance-based or live classroom in a training setting for adults? 2) Should schools be embracing mobile phones as teaching tools for children in schools? Can’t wait to hear what you think! Click here to view the embedded video.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009
    [2009] Engage the Right to Land on the Left
    “Emotion is the fast lane to the brain.” These are the words of Doug Stevenson , author of the Story Theater Method , and speaker at today’s CIASTD meeting.  I have to tell you Doug made me laugh, he made me sad, at times I was touched – the key is I was feeling and learning at the same time. The Story Theory Method is about using your personal stories to enthrall and engage learners to make a point. It’s about engaging the right side of the brain, tapping into the audience’s emotions, involving them in your story. Think about some of your stories, maybe a time you made a mistake at work.
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