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    [2009] Nothing More Important in my Life Than Blogging
    From Jay Cross' Informal Learning Flow Hot List for August , fantastic video with Seth Godin and Tom Peters discussing the value of blogging. They sound a lot like what I say about blogging and learning. This is going to be pretty good for an upcoming presentation to professional speakers about the use of social media. Seth Godin Doesn't matter if anyone reads it. What matters is the metacognition of thinking about what you are going to say. How do you force yourself to describe in three paragraphs why you did something. It has changed my life. It has changed my perspective. Both And it's free.
    [2009] Virtual sessions at Online Educa
    Guten Tag! You are invited to attend several virtual sessions of Online Educa Berlin. Thursday, December 3. Tools of the Trade, Jane Hart. 16:30-17:30 Berlin. 10:30 New York. 15:30 London. World Time: [link]. Friday, December 4. Pecha Kucha. 11:30 – 12:15 Berlin. 5:30 New York. 10:30 London. World Time: [link]. Future of Leadership Training. 13:30 – 14:15 Berlin. 7:30 New York. 12:30 London. World Time: [link]. Future of Technical Training. 14:15 – 15:00 Berlin. 8:15 New York. 13:15 London. World Time: [link]. Video Festival. 15:00 – 16:00 Berlin. 9:00 New York.
    [2009] Business+Web 2.0 from McKinsey
    McKinsey has an insightful new study on business and web 2.0 that’s well worth a read. Free, but registration required.]. For the past three years , roughly 1,700 executives from around the world—across a range of industries and functional areas—have responded to a McKinsey survey on how organizations are using Web 2.0 technologies. This year we created an interactive tool that links the data from these survey results and charts it to the emerging trends in Web 2.0 adoption. Adoption is spotty but growing fast: Companies are using web 2.0 The heaviest users of Web 2.0 adoption.
  • JAY CROSS  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2009
    [2009] Ignite, a five-minute presentation
    Just as you can put a lot of information into a 140-character Tweet, you can convey many thoughts in a five-minute Ignite talk. Micro-content is on the way. Ignite. If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers. Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Since then 100s of 5 minute talks have been given across the world. There are thriving Ignite communities in Seattle, Portland, Paris, and NYC.
    [2009] Adult learning shminciples
    In the global game of Corporate Bingo, the term “adult learning principles&# must be one of the most abused. It’s a convenient abstract that can whitewash a range of unsubstantiated claims and half-truths. But what exactly are adult learning principles? The theory. Malcolm Knowles is widely regarded as the father of adult learning. Since the 1960s, he articulated a distinction between pedagogy (the teaching of children) and andragogy (the teaching of adults). In a nutshell, andragogy boils down to 5 key assumptions: 1. Adult learners are self directed. 2. The real world. The ideal.
    [2009] Selling Social Media for Learning: ASTD Big Question
    This month's ASTD Learning Circuit's Blog Big Question is "How do I communicate the value of social media as a learning tool to my organization?" Here are several ways to help sell Social Media in an organization. Address a Business Need The most important element in communicating the value of Social Media is to solve a pressing business need. If you try to sell the use of social media as a technology play, it will not work. Address the need to share knowledge over distances or the value of timely information to sales tactics, don't focus on the technology. Lessons Learned.
    [2009] Rules for Kids and Teenagers for Facebook Usage
    So I succumbed to pressure and signed up my daughter on Facebook. Most of her friends are already on Facebook. In just a few hours, she has 7 friends and 3 more pending requests. Her FB wall is now active and flowing. browsed her wall updates and some of her friends’ profiles and I am… PETRIFIED, and that’s an understatement. So I plan to give her a printout of the following rules for Facebook. Don't talk to strangers. Just as we tell you not to talk to strangers in real life, the same rule applies online. Do not accept friend requests from people you don't know. Watch what you say.
    [2009] Alternatives to Kirkpatrick
    While the Kirkpatrick taxonomy is something of a sacred cow in training circles—and much credit goes to Donald Kirkpatrick for being the first to attempt to apply intentional evaluation to workplace training efforts—it is not the only approach. Apart from being largely atheoretical and ascientific (hence, 'taxonomy', not 'model' or 'theory'), several critics find the Kirkpatrick taxonomy seriously flawed. Learners work within a system, and the Kirkpatrick taxonomy essentially attempts to isolate training efforts from the systems, context, and culture in which the learner operates.
    [2009] What e-Learning Tools are You Using
    In our survey out how long it takes to develop one hour of training , we also asked about what e-learning tools were being used. The results were interesting and are shown below. The two most widely used tools were MS PowerPoint and MS Word. What tools do you use? __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.
    [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] Alternatives to PowerPoint in the classroom
    We’ve all seen the presentation “Death by PowerPoint&#. if you haven’t, shame on you and go and see it now – “Death by PowerPoint / SlideShare“ This isn’t to say that using PowerPoint is wrong, or should be stopped. It highlights the techniques that are used over and over again to bore the audience, and should [.]. Technology Academia 2.0 eDelivery eLearning eResources PowerPoint pptPlex Presentation Prezi University 2.0 Web 2.0
    [2009] Ten commandments of e-learning (content design)
    Cath Ellis recently set out her ten commandments of e-learning and this prompted me to try and articulate my own. Now e-learning's a big subject if you include all its many variants - formal and informal, synchronous and asynchronous and so on - and if you take into account all the issues relating to its management and marketing. So, what I've done is restrict my thoughts to the design of interactive, e-learning content, drawing heavily from the 60-minute masters : Structure into modules. Keep each module to one main idea. That's enough for most learners to cope with in one session.
    [2009] Outsource Training to Customers
    The Business of Learning (see Free Online Conference – Future of Learning with Recordings Here ) event went really well. One of the really interesting ideas came from Allessandria Polizzi who is Group Manager for Accountant Training & Relations at Intuit. Her role is to make sure that accountants are trained on the Quickbook products. You can see Allessandria at 21:30 of the following video: Intuit used to produce the content themselves, but they have transistioned to hiring their Accountants (their customers) to produce the training content for them. They add legitimacy to the content.
    [2009] Learning Community, Peers and Outside Experts
    While strife with technical challenges, Nancy White and John Smith’s presentation at LearnTrends 2009 ( LearnTrends 2009 Recordings ) provided some really interesting food for thought. In some ways this relates closely to the post on Selling Learning Communities. By way of background, Nancy White and John Smith are gurus around all things Communities and Networks. I’ve worked with Nancy to create the Communities and Networks Connection which helps me continuously learn. And I keep a copy of their book Digital Habitats; Stewarding Technology for Communities next to my computer.
    [2009] ADDIE is dead! Long live ADDIE!
    I’m at risk of flogging a very dead horse here, but some recent posts from Ellen Wagner (What is it about ADDIE that makes people so cranky?) and Donald Clark ( The evolving dynamics of ISD and Extending ISD through Plug and Play ) got me thinking about instructional design process and ADDIE in particular (please  don’t run away!). Don responded with some great comments on how ISD (ADDIE) has evolved and adapted. Much of my career has been involved in applying ADDIE in some form or other and I’ve landed on LOVE/HATE relationship with it that that you, lucky reader, will now be subjected to.
    [2009] Training Industry Statistics
    2009 U.S. Small companies (10-999 employees) spent about 33 hours of training per employee in 2009. Midsized (1,000 to 9,999 employees) spent about 29 hours of training per employee in 2009. Large (10,000 or more employees) spent about 33 hours of training per employee in 2009. Here are some interesting statistics from TRAINING. Training Expenditures (including payroll and spending on external products and services) was $52.2 billion (a 7% decrease from last year) 41% of organizations plan on purchasing online learning tools and systems in the next year.
    [2009] Better Memory
    Other Posts in the Series Tool Set 2009 Work Skills Keeping Up Top-Down Strategy Better Memory Information Radar Networks and Learning Communities Collaborate Twitter as Personal Work and Learning Tool Search Browser Short Cuts Work Literacy Workshop Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.comIn Your Outboard Brain Knows All , Clive Thompson talks about how our need to remember is changing. Neuroscientist Ian Robertson polled 3,000 people and found that the younger ones were less able than their elders to recall standard personal info. I'll get back to this below.
    [2009] Blackboard vs. Moodle: a comparison
    As a user of Blackboard at Bournemouth University I have been involved in various discussion about it’s merit or lack of). These are usually started by someone who doesn’t like Blackboard, and probably hasn’t used it much either (or even tried?). They are usually fans of Moodle, even if they’ve not used it (but have talked [.]. Blackboard Moodle myBU PLN Technology University 2.0 VLE Web 2.0
    [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:  or Facebook: Got friends?
    [2009] A Growing List of Free Learning Tutorial Sites!
    Wiki-version - A Growing List of Free Learning Tutorial Sites I was thinking the other day, why not create a simple raw list of links to EXCELLENT SITES (with short descriptions) that have or link to tutorials that explore learning tools and online learning. Here is my initial list, but I am quite sure there are many more great resource sites out there. So, if you have anyone to share, please post them in the comments section and I will add them. Ops, shouldn't we be using a Wiki for this kind of activity (Collaborative list creation)? Click here , if you want to add using the wiki-version.
    [2009] Promoting social media
    The Big Question of the Month is “How do I communicate the value of social media as a learning tool to my organization?&#.  Now, this is late, but it’s because I’ve been getting ready for and then attending DevLearn (as always, was a great event), but Jay Cross and I spent a day talking about this issue in the larger picture of social learning in the media. Then, in last night’s #lrnchat , the question was asked again as part of the usual 3 question format.  So, I decided to pull out my tweeted contributions and elaborate on them a bit as my response.  Good luck!
    [2009] Go Online! Go Mobile! Lost in Space!
    ICEL 2009 On December 1st and 2nd, I attended the 2nd International Conference of e-Learning hosted by UiTM (in cooperation with AKEPT and MEIPTA as joint organizers). THINKING! So, when you prepare your curriculum, learning environment, or course content, do you develop everything yourself (Me, Myself and I)? Or are you good at using whatever you can find ? Or perhaps you combine the best of both worlds to mash-up amazing learning experiences for your students. So, what is your secret recipe to constructing effective learning content and activities? The theme was: Go Online! Go Mobile!
    [2009] Social Media and Love
    This is in response to a post put up by my co-blogger. The post highlights in a very straightforward, and therefore hard-hitting, terms the values and commitments one must bring in when engaging with social media. You can read the original post here. Two statements that leapt out and struck a chord with me: “Social media is your own child and once you are committed to it, you cannot stop loving it.” There is no room for translucency in the name of transparency.” Absolutely true! I am first and foremost a mother before anything else. It’s the same with social media too. Be totally transparent.
    [2009] Upcoming Webinar: The Future of eLearning Content
    The Webinar is called " Future of eLearning Content " and is scheduled for December 17, 2009, at 2 p.m. This Thursday I am on a great panel doing a webinar for Meridian Knowledge Solutions. hope you can join me and this exciting panel. Short Description If you’re responsible for buying or managing your organization's training content, don’t miss this free, 45-minute online discussion. Register today at: URL HERE. Our panel of experts will riff about the ways learning management technology, mobile applications and social media will shape the elearning content you buy.
    [2009] Pecha Kucha
    In preparation for the New Era of Corporate Learning track at Online Educa Berlin , my friend Heike Philp prepared this delightful, six-minute video about Pecha Kucha. You haven’t heard of Pecha Kucha? It’s Japanese for chit-chat. This is an event that’s both fun and practical. PechaKucha was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide.
    [2009] Ruth Clark: Evidence Based E-Learning #dl09 #dl09-104
    These are live blogged notes from DevLearn '09 -- session with Ruth Clark on Evidenced Based E-Learning. arrived a few minutes late to the session and just had to dive in. ** Learning Styles/the Learning Styles Myth -- Did an experiment: Self report, Barsch learning style inventory, memory test. What were the correlations? If someone said they were kinesthetic, were the other measures showing the same? Instead, they found NO Relationships! Her new book takes on the biggest myths of the field including Learning Styles. This is controversial!) For whom do graphics improve learning? Distracting.
    [2009] Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning
    I came across this study courtesy of Donald Clark who reviewed it back in early September. It reports on a meta-analysis of more than 1000 studies of online learning conducted between 1996 and 2008, focusing in on those which contrasted online learning with face-to-face instruction. It was published by the US Department of Education in May. The report can be downloaded here. Interpretations of this result, however, should take into consideration the fact that online and face-to-face conditions generally differed on multiple dimensions, including the amount of time that learners spent on task."
    [2009] E-learning chart toppers
    IT Training magazine has just published its tables of top e-learning companies in the UK market according to sales. To accompany the tables I have written a summary of the market for bespoke content developers, off-the-shelf content providers, authoring tool providers and LMS/LCMS providers. Understandably, it was not possible to obtain figures for all of the top players (Adobe a good example), and open-source providers aren’t likely to figure in a competition based on sales, but the tables still make interesting reading. Still, make of the information what you will.
    [2009] SkillSoft survey provides evidence for rethinking learning
    There's plenty to ponder in the results of Rethinking Learning , a report published in June by SkillSoft and based on research conducted on their behalf by OnePoll. The survey canvassed 2019 people working in companies with more than fifty employees, evenly divided across eight European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK). Around half of the respondents say that the formal classroom training they had been given was only useful in parts, with an overwhelming majority (87%) preferring to learn at their own pace. Only 35% have tried e-learning.
    [2009] Learning to teach through video | In the Library with the Lead Pipe
    Home About Authors Archives Contact Us News Submission Guidelines RSS (Posts) RSS (Comments) ISSN: 1944-6195 « An Inflection Point for American Public Libraries Learning to teach through video by Kim Leeder October 14, 2009 Print This Post samsungtv 009 / [link] / CC BY-NC 2.0 It’s a truth so many of us keep in the dark corners of our lives as instruction librarians: we were never taught to teach. 2009). –Chad Reply Ron says: October 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm This was extremely useful, thank you so much. The murder victim? Your library assumptions. Suspects?
    [2009] Defending 2.0
    I saw an interesting post by Mark Oehlert "Learning 2.0" " and why that name suddenly is torquing me off. Mark's main complaint and one that I've seen voiced before is that people are not really learning differently: I really don't believe that humans are learning differently - meaning, I think we are constituting memories, adapting behavior, practicing new skills - those activities that typically make up learning from the human standpoint - in much the same way as we have for hundreds if not thousands of years. I'm talking about our internal processes. Education 2.0) solutions.
    [2009] Computer-Based Training Improves Neuropsychological Status Scores
    Hat tip to Donald Clark for pointer to a Science Daily article - Improving Brain Processing Speed Helps Memory : Mayo Clinic researchers found that healthy, older adults who participated in a computer-based training program to improve the speed and accuracy of brain processing showed twice the improvement in certain aspects of memory, compared to a control group. For an hour a day, five days a week for eight weeks, study participants worked on computer-based activities in their homes. six auditory exercises designed to help the brain improve the speed and accuracy of processing.
    [2009] Captivate wins Best of eLearning! 2009
    2009 in the category- “Best Simulation Tool” This award is especially valuable because these are based on end user nominations- our customers voting for us. A good way to start of the year. Adobe Captivate has won Best of Elearning! Also, Adobe eLearning Suite (eLS), which is not even a year old, has won the Award of Excellence for  “Best E-Learning Development Tool” Our nascent eLS customer base has voted us up over other established products. would like to say ‘Thank You’ to all of you who took the time to vote. best of eLearning!
    [2009] Educa reflections #1
    Online Educa Berlin 2009 at the Interconti… …couple of thousand people from nearly 100 countries… Jerry Michalski, Roland Deiser, & Richard Straub at the Speaker Reception. Educa Party at the Wasserwerk. Charles Jennings, introducing Internet Time Alliance. Heike Philp brought Online Educa online… …as Harold Jarche and Jon Husband in Canada joined Charles, Jay and Jane live in Berlin.
  • LEARNING WITH E'S  |  MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009
    [2009] 7 skills for the successful e-tutor
    Today I read an interesting article entitled: 'Seven habits of highly effective teachers' in the Times Education Supplement. It's an adaptation of Stephen Covey's self-help book: 'The seven habits of highly effective people' and I'm glad the TES has herded these ideas into a teaching context. Teachers are under a lot of pressure to perform and achieve good results, and it's not easy for them. They need all the help they can get. that e-learning tutors require to be highly effective. As ever, I value your opinions and invite you to comment on this post. But it helps. Why must I do it this way?
    [2009] Converting Classroom Courses to Online Courses - Ask an Instructional Designer
    I recently answered an email question from a reader named Barb that might interest other readers as well: Question: Hi Eric, I ran into your site through the Internet and would like some advice on the following. I am a trainer and am currently working with a couple of other trainers on converting our Instructor led courses into online self paced courses using Captivate. We know there will be work to re-design some of the content etc. However, I am looking for shortcuts. the content has already been approved by SME's. In other words I want to avoid extra steps. Perhaps in MS-Word format.
    [2009] European report on 'The Impact of Social Computing on the EU Information Society and Economy' also mobile social media
    The European Commission JRC (Joint Research Center), Institute for Prospective Technological Studies released last week at the EU Ministerial Conference on e-Government a comprehensive report on social and economic implications of Social Computing [aka Web2.0, social media]. The Impact of Social Computing on the EU Information Society and Economy' (Eds.) Yves Punie, Wainer Lusoli, Clara Centeno, Gianluca Misuraca and David Broster. Valverde. For anyone interested in social media and the impact it has on both society and economy, this is a very worthwhile report.
    [2009] Find Your 20%
    I see lots of good-presentations-gone bad, often due to the speaker trying to put too much information into the available time. The result: Critical points are lost in the mass of content, or the speaker is rushing at the end to get to what s/he really wanted to say. Often in coaching presenters I watch them approach their content as if they were 8th graders assigned to give a report on their "topic". They visit Wikipedia and Google and clip art galleries to amass piles of information, factoids, job aids, video clips, and PowerPoint shows, then try to compress it into a 75-minute session.
    [2009] ADDIE should have been DADDIE all along
    By Jay Lambert. Being in the realm of performance improvement, we are always searching for ways to improve our own processes. So it was an “aha” moment when I read Gerry Wasiluk’s post about the DADDIE model on the Articulate Forum. Basically, his former group borrowed from Six Sigma and added the ‘Define’ step to the beginning of the learning industry-standard ADDIE model. (As a reminder, ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate.). What constitutes Define? Things we are all already doing anyway really. Define encompasses the logical first steps of a project.
    [2009] Using Gagne's 9 Events of Learning in e-Learning
    How well does Gagne’s Nine Events of Learning fit in e-learning? think it is a good fit, but in full disclosure, I do not always use all events or in the intended order. If you are not familiar with Gagne, here is a quick overview.   The following are examples of how I believe we can incorporate each event, although I have taken some interpretive liberties with each event. Then again, the events were not originally designed with e-learning in mind so some liberal interpretations must be made.      Gain attention – This works great in e-learning. Use of animation, audio, graphics, etc.
    [2009] Twitter - Social Media - Informal - Weekly Best of eLearning Learning
    July 31, 2009 to August 7, 2009. Slides without presenters - three more options - Clive on Learning , July 31, 2009. Online Induction: Icebreaker Activities - Dont Waste Your Time , August 7, 2009. Upside Learning Blog , August 7, 2009. Getting Started - eLearning Technology , August 3, 2009. Why is podcasting so successful if 93 percent of communication is nonverbal? - The E-Learning Curve , August 4, 2009. Social Learning Primer - Daretoshare , August 2, 2009. Shifting from push to pull - Informal Learning , August 3, 2009.
    [2009] LearnTrends Tweetstream backchannel
    link] Catch the sessions you might have missed. -4:48 PM Nov 18th, 2009. Feature | Block yuuhey RT @jackiegerstein : mLearnopedia – [link] – blogs, activities, research, resources for mobile learning – #learntrends -4:15 PM Nov 18th, 2009. voicethread, thinkingworlds, inxpo, odijoo, caspian learning, 5 moments of need – #learntrends -3:21 PM Nov 18th, 2009. Feature | Block trishuhl Poll results can be found at: [link] #learntrends -3:12 PM Nov 18th, 2009. send text to 99503 with 111231 then your msg -3:01 PM Nov 18th, 2009. Online!
    [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.
    [2009] Great Quote
    I was flipping through the channels last night and saw some sort of charity softball game between the players and the coaches of the New Jersey Nets (Yes, I know there was some other baseball game on last night as well). Anyway, the coaches were loosing to the players 10-4 and then came back and won the game. At the end of the game, a reporter asked the head coach why they won when the players team was so talented.
    [2009] Edublog Awards, 2009 (Nominations)
    Well, for those interested here are my nominations to the 2009 Edublog Awards. I don’t want to put a nomination in for each category, rather only for the ones that stand out to me. These are; Best individual blog: Jane’s eLearning Pick of the Day Best individual tweeter: Steven Anderson / Web 2.0 Classroom Most influential blog post: Steve [.]. Awards Award Blogging Collaboration eLearning Social Network Technology Twitter Web 2.0
    [2009] Battle of the Bloggers – last words – part 6
    This posting completes my re-cap of the responses I gave to the questions posed at last week’s Battle of the Bloggers at Online Educa 2009 : Question 6 is: With the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin wall, what walls would you most like to see broken down in learning? My response: There are some pretty major attitudinal walls to be broken down, particularly in the learning and development profession, where there is still a reluctance to contemplate any form of intervention that isn't formally packaged as a course and delivered face-to-face.
    [2009] Do You Want To Learn English As A Second Language?
    Launching June 2009. A person who speaks two languages is bilingual. person who speaks three languages is trilingual. person who speaks four or more languages is multilingual. What is a person who speaks one language? Answer (Tip: Click the link and scroll down) WHAT? Speak English as a second language? Why a second language? Why not a third language? Or perhaps a fourth language? For some language gurus it might be the 15th language that they learn. In short, it depends (Easy way out!). But for others (or me), it is just plain funny. That doesn't sound right either! Gerunds! Oh man!
    [2009] The Lincoln Interviews
    Last week I had the pleasure to visit Lincoln for the first time to help facilitate a workshop for Lincolnshire County Council. Lisa McGonigle of Learning Pool took the opportunity to interview me on video and has now posted the video on her blog. In the 3-minute interview I manage to answer the following questions: What is your definition of a mature approach to the use of e-learning? How do see e-learning helping to overcome the cost pressures facing particularly the public sector at the moment? What impact do you see social media happening on e-learning?
    [2009] Digital learning content does not have to mean CBT
    I am becoming increasingly aware of the the need to make clear a distinction between the broad concept of digital learning content, in all its many varieties, and the much narrower idea of interactive tutorials of the traditional CBT (computer-based training) variety. This is no more than a natural evolution from their traditional responsibility for the production of PowerPoint slides and handouts which support most classroom events. While some trainers will have the aptitudes and interests which will help them to excel in this area, in most cases this will remain a job for specialists.
    [2009] 10 Strategies for Integrating Learning and Work (part 1)
    The goal of learning in the workplace is performance–individual and organizational.  If we’ve learned nothing else in recent years, we’ve learned that improving performance through learning is more effective the more it is integrated with real work.  Learning pundits encourage the “integration of learning and work&# but don’t always offer practical strategies that busy learning professionals can to use to make it happen.  How can we begin to truly reduce the number courses and catalogs in enterprise training and find ways to bring learning to the job?
    [2009] LearnTrends Starts Tomorrow
    LearnTrends 2009 starts tomorrow! I’m really looking forward to very interesting conversations around the messy topic of convergence. There seems to be quite a bit of last minute registration activity. We have over 500 attending and over 140 who say they might attend. Should be lively. There will be lots of time for conversation as well. Speakers generally are scheduled for half the time and half for discussion. If for some reason you’ve not signed up (and read my blog). To register, you must first register on the LearnTrends community and then register on the Conference Event Page.
    [2009] The Standalone LMS is Dead
    This past week, I attended the SharePoint 2009 conference in Las Vegas. I’ll provide some feedback on that particular release in another blog posting (read Bill Simser for now) but what the conference itself got me thinking about was that, thankfully, the standalone LMS is definitely going to become redundant. Dinosaur. Soviet Union. Saturn Car. Hierarchy. you get the picture). Sadly, there are too many organizations like this out there. The LMS should no longer be thought of as a destination for the learner. Jon Husband does a good job of illustrating this over here.
  • 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.
    [2009] The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Think Small (Iterations, Action Maps, Storyboards, and Mini-Modules)
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. We explored the waterfall approach towards elearning development in a prior post of this series. As you will notice in the above representation of the model, the issues are: Too much time gets spent in upfront design and planning when all of this is quite likely to change. Customers get to see working elearning pretty late in the process - as a consequence we run the risk of an endless cycle of amendments. Can we reduce flab in our analysis and design phase? Can we create more opportunities for customer feedback? believe the answer is a resounding "Yes!"
    [2009] Connected World in Second Life
    Ratings in SL On 15 September 2009, Linden Lab successfully separated the "adult content" from the general grid. Maka, Huntress and Kallan enjoying a night out dancing This is the last of a series of September posts summarising some of what I’ve learnt while looking around Second Life (SL). Exploring SL from the elearning perspective, there are a range of features that facilitate communication, making it an accessible networking tool. In local text chat, selecting the range of communication provides a means of control over the ‘loudness’ of the chat.
    [2009] Effective virtual facilitation
    As virtual classes rapidly become de rigueur , the need for an effective virtual facilitation framework accelerates. propose the 5-stage model of e-moderation developed by world-renowned networked learning guru,  Gilly Salmon. While Salmon’s model primarily supports asynchronous networked learning, I contend that it supports synchronous networked learning just as well. The Model. Salmon’s 5-stage model of e-moderation is based on, umm, 5 stages: All 5 stages contribute to the learning process. This stage is about getting your remote participants up and running. Stage 5: Development.
    [2009] Learning in 3D Book Tour Start Date Announced
    It is official, the Learning in 3D book tour will start on January 11, 2010. We've got over 30 bloggers on the tour with a special Twitter hashtag of #lrn3d, a Twitter book give away, a 20% discount from the publisher and even a "prize" for folks that follow the entire tour and leave a comment on every blog. Details will be forthcoming. The tour promises to be an exciting event so get ready. The tour stops will be announced in the near future but I will tell you the first stop will be at the blog of the person that wrote the forward to the book, Ron Burns at ProtonMedia's blog.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009
    [2009] Implementing New Learning Technology? Choose the Right Pilot Group
    Before a large scale implementation of any new learning technology, you really need to run a pilot group. You need to catch problems on a small scale and then adjust, correct and modify based on the feedback and experience of the pilot group. Skipping a pilot of a new technology is a dangerous gamble. It could be, as they say, "career limiting." So I suggest a carefully chosen pilot group, but, you might ask, what does that pilot group "look like"? Here are some suggestions if your are implementing a virtual learning world or Highly Immersive Vitual Environment (HIVE). Any more ideas?
    [2009] Mobile learning – keep taking the tablets
    There is growing excitement with a new class of mobile device hitting the streets over the next few months – the electronic tablet. Most of the buzz is about Apple coming out with what’s dubbed the “iTablet” that essentially would be a larger screened iPhone or iPod Touch. Some enterprising people have mocked up images of what it could look like:   But several other vendors are beating Apple
    [2009] DevLearn 2009: Building the Future of Learning by Bill Brandon
    Each year, DevLearn gets better, and this year was no exception. Over 1,300 people attended this premiere event in the e-Learning community of practice, and all went home tired, happy, and with expanded horizons and much larger professional networks. Read all about it here! Management Strategies Tools
    [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? It's a company that has been offering 3-day workshops and now they want to put some portion of that content online. Ideally, they would offer it both publicly for fee and as well to particular clients. To me this is a new kind of system. Systems?
    [2009] SharePoint is not Enterprise 2.0 or Social Networking " Skilful Minds
    The title for this post is drawn from a recent assessment of SharePoint 2007 offered on Thomas Vander Wal's bog, Personal InfoCloud. Thomas' post, as always, offers a unique point of view on what Enterprise 2.0 consists and, specifically, how SharePoint measures up. He isn't offering his own formal assessment as much as reporting the stories clients and potential clients shared with him over the past couple of years. The social software stack, in particular the difference between collective understanding and collaborative understanding, frames Vander Wal's perspective. Web 2.0 elearning 2.0
    [2009] Creating scenarios for learning - a four-step guide
    Tom Kuhler and his “Rapid e-learning&# blog once again bats 1000 by sharing tips for creating e-learning scenarios. Tom’s recent post, “ 7 tips for better e-learning scenarios &# has inspired me to share a 4-step process we use to work with subject matter experts (SMEs) to create scenarios that drive many of our e-learning courses.  After I review the process, I’ll share a finished example to help illustrate the end result of the process. The 4-Step Process. We create “scenario worksheets&# that we use with SMEs. Note that the 4-steps are not completely linear.
    [2009] Your Favorite Rapid E-Learning Posts of 2009
    2009 zipped by so fast, that I’m still writing 2008 on my checks. And Now for the Top 10 Posts for 2009. It’s hard to believe that it’s almost 2010. think the emergency supplies in my Y2K kit have finally gone bad. Do people still write checks? It was a busy year. Most of my highlights were from meeting blog readers at conferences. It’s both a humbling and rewarding experience. especially love to learn what people are doing and the challenges they face building elearning courses. That’s probably a good tip for guns, but not so good for socks. Trust me on this one. Business socks?
    [2009] ID Webcomic #1 – Working with SMEs on Content
    (You can make them sit through it, but you can’t make them pick it up and carry it around…). Also: more on working with SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) at Learning Circuits.
    [2009] August Informal Learning Hot List
    August 1, 2009 to August 30, 2009. Blog – Five Futuristic Interfaces on Display at SIGGRAPH - Technology Review Feed – Tech Review Top Stories , August 3, 2009. How I use social media - Full Circle , August 4, 2009. Five Challenges Social Media Will Bring to Business - , August 14, 2009. Big Data and Real-time Structured Data Analytics - OReilly Radar , August 13, 2009. Defining the Big Shift - Edge Perspectives with John Hagel , August 2, 2009. 10 Ways to Archive Your Tweets - ReadWriteWeb , August 11, 2009.
    [2009] Learning = getting the job done
    DevLearn marked a significant shift in the field of corporate learning. Content and planning have become secondary to getting the job done. In today’s world, that means trusting workers to learn for themselves. The natives are taking control. Learning is mobile. Curriculum is toast. Skim through the following ideas from several dozen DevLearn speakers. None of these topics were being presented two years ago. Social/informal learning is crossing the chasm to mainstream acceptance. I’ll expand on that thought in later posts and video. Lance Dublin. Marc Rosenberg. David Mallon. Ellen Wagner.
    [2009] Showing the value of social media
    This month’s Big Question is one that I’m asked all the time. How do you cost-justify social learning initiatives? Social learning is no different from other business investments. You don’t sell the tools; you sell the business value of the project. Does it increase revenue? Cut costs? Improve service? Speed things up? How much? If there’s not an obvious, believable, significant business outcome, pick another project. Social media generally delivers astounding returns. Used by 20,000 employees, it saves $20 million a year previously wasted tracking things down.
    [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.
    [2009] Is Classroom Training More Credible than Online Training?
    Recently at a round-table discussion about eLearning in the Commercial Lending industry an interesting point surfaced periodically: “Why is classroom training perceived as being more credible than online training?&#. think that this varies a bit by industry (and commercial banking is not known to be pioneers in the latest technology) but many people believe that classroom training is the “best way&#. Learning is acceptable as a “second-best&# option but will not work as well as a classroom session. Why does this perception? Yes they had buns in a seat. Why or why not?
    [2009] [from catspyjamasnz] Australian Flexible Learning Framework - The seven deadly sins of e-learning - July 2009
    The s even deadly sins of e-learning Twitter , Moodle and Ning get you excited about learning, and blogs , wikis and RFIDs are common terms in your vocabulary. Visiting a virtual world is the norm, and you can’t understand why your colleagues don’t jump on board the e-learning super highway immediately. Well, according to Dr Karen Becker , a lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology with a PhD in ‘ Unlearning in the Workplace’ , many people need to unlearn past behaviours before they can accept that e-learning is a powerful teaching and learning tool.
    [2009] Text-to-Speech to Enjoying Traffic Jams!
    Do you experience traffic jams? Do you curse at other 'Monkey' drivers? Do you feel like beating the 'Beep' out of them? Do you listen to the radio hoping for the right song? Do you spend more than 1 hour traveling on the road every day? Do you feel that you are wasting your time? Do you prefer just listening to music (to relax and chill!)? Do you have an iPod or MP3 player? REFLECTING Why waste so much time basically doing nothing while getting annoyed in traffic jams. Some people could potentially have learned enough to get a degree while stuck countless hours in traffic jams.
    [2009] Is Boltelicious Keyboard Skills Required To Facilitate Online Effectively?
    Can you eat chicken nuggets a few hours before a 100 meters sprint race, and smash the world record with ease? If you are Usain Bolt, YES YOU CAN! Although, I have never been thrilled about eating chicken nuggets, I somehow feel like eating some right now. Since he went to McDonalds, I suppose. will stick to eating chicken rice at the Mamak stall. couple of juicy chicken legs with rice, and a mixture of different vegetables, curry and red hot chili peppers. Now, that is something I can't resist! His confidence and natural ability is breathtakingly breathtaking. 40+ words per minute.
    [2009] Noise pollution
    COP15 was a fiasco. At the eleventh hour, the world’s governments are cobbling together half‑baked emissions targets, after 2 weeks of posturing, grandstanding and generally faffing about. Why bother? At the next summit, they’ll realise they’ve got no hope of meeting those targets, so they’ll try to weasel out of the agreement just like they tried to weasel out of Kyoto. The fact is: Governments can’t govern very well. All they really can do is tax. And do we want a bunch of taxmen managing our environment? Corporate citizenship. Education is the key.
    [2009] Taking the “e” out of e-learning
    I started my new role in head office today: Learning & Organisational Development Manager. It’s broader than my previous E‑Learning Manager role, and I must admit that I’m mourning the loss of the term “E‑Learning&# from my title. Having said that, however, I consider it a sign of organisational maturity. In my humble opinion, e-learning has converged with learning to such a degree in the corporate sector that, finally, it’s no longer meaningful to differentiate between them. Anyone who isn’t embracing them will surely be left behind. You bet!
    [2009] Faceworking
    Madge C, Meek J, Wellens J and Hooley T (2009) Facebook, social integration and informal learning at university : It is more for socialising and talking to friends about work than for actually doing work'. Selwyn N (2009) Faceworking: exploring students' education-related use of Facebook , Learning, Media and Technology, 34 (2), 157-174. Should we try to use social networking services such as Facebook and Myspace as serious educational tools, or should they remain the domain of informal chat and backstage antics? toward a more critical perspective.
    [2009] BETT 2009 (Overview)
    Related posts: Conference Report: Make it Personal, July 2009. eLearning must be Social; Learning Technologies 2009. I’m getting ready for the BETT 2010 (British Education and Training Technology) exhibition next week (January 13th – 16th). There are two things I must (and am trying to) do, and that’s; figure out how best to spend my limited time on the one day I can attend, and see what previous years has given us. The first is quite [.] EdTech trends for 2010. it's started! YouTube
    [2009] Learning with 'e's: Teaching with Twitter
    Most would agree that Twitter was one of the social networking phenomena of 2008, and has enjoyed exponential growth in popularity. The microblogging tool has obvious potential to be used in formal learning, both in traditional online classroom settings and - through mobile technologies - for mobile learners. Ever since I first began to use Twitter I have been thinking about how to harness the potential of microblogging for the benefits of my own students, and have tried out several ideas to exploit it already. Below are my 10 top uses of Twitter for education: 1.
    [2009] [from catspyjamasnz] Learning with 'e's: Two fingered salute
    They stood facing each other across a muddy ploughed field. It had rained heavily the night before. On the one side, flying their colourful banners, the pride of French medieval nobility: at least 30,000 men in shining armour, armed to the teeth and ready for an overwhelming victory. On the other side, the army of Henry V - less than 8,000 English and Welsh soldiers, weakened and bedraggled from weeks of forced marching, dysentery and hunger. The French looked like they had just stepped out of a Louis Vuitton boutique, and their opponents looked like crap. The personal web is on the rise.
    [2009] How to be a Successful Technical Writer
    Swaminathan Moothy of Society for Technical Communication (STC) invited me to speak at their regional conference in Chennai. shared what I think is needed to be a successful writer. spoke about skills companies are looking for in a technical writer, tips on how to manage technical writing projects, and career options for a technical writer. It was quite a learning experience. The audience was a group of technical writers with varied experience and I got to learn new things. Here’s my presentation on being a successful technical writer.
    [2009] Facebook--Good for Your Memory: Twitter--Not So Much
    A study recently released by Dr. Tracy Alloway of Scotland’s University of Stirling found that using Facebook stretches a person's “working memory” (short-term or recent memory), while Twitter, YouTube and text messaging tend to weaken it. Bad news for all you Twanker's in a Twance.* Facebook requires you to keep track of past actions and then plan future actions, which stretches the working memory. Check out Twictionary for more great Twitter Jargon. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide. Design
    [2009] How Did You Do in 2009?
    Some of us see the end of the calendar year as a good time to evaluate learning against established industry standards. Benchmarking. Figuring out how we did. Where we stand. And from that, plotting a path through the next year. If your association dedicates more than 30% to alearning, congratulate yourself for moving online for the convenience of your members! – If you’ve experienced a return on your elearning investment, you’ve met the benchmark.  Only 0.9% reported losing money and fewer than 4% reported breaking even. Don’t know if you’re generating revenue?
    [2009] Content Expertise for Instructional Designers
    In the discussion on the course writer vs. instructional designer and SME models of development, Pdrum left this comment : My job includes being an IT division HR director at a university. We are just wrapping up a three year, multi-phased project to switch to a new ERP including modules in Finance, HR, and Student Applications. We needed SMEs and IDs, but the IDs needed to have a prior working knowledge of the subject of the module they were working on. We tried to deviate from this by hiring an ID with a masters in IDT. We had to let him go. Not just ID in their backgrounds.
    [2009] You can lead them to social media, but can you make them drink?
    Our office has been receiving numerous requests to help incorporate social media tools into a variety of communication and education projects. Our clients want help creating blogs, wikis, collaborative workspaces, and social networks. We’ve responded with cautious optimism. We’re always happy when our clients want to try out something new with technology. But we also have to be frank and point out that if you create a social networking space, there is no guarantee that it will be used. You can’t mandate that your audience “be social.”. Are they toes-. Or something in-. between? projects? Chats?
  • JAY CROSS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2009
    [2009] Whose learning are you responsible for?
    CLO Magazine, October 2009. Whose Learning Are You Responsible For? by Jay Cross. Last month I conducted several workshops to inject informal and social learning practices into hidebound organizations that were anxious to ramp up to the future. encouraged them to address the needs of people who had traditionally been left out of the corporate training agenda. In the old days, corporate training departments focused solely on workers on the payroll. Most of the effort went into getting novices up to speed and grooming fast-trackers as future leaders. Exactly. Take me, for example.
    [2009] The tail is not yet wagging the dog
    According to an article in this week's Economist, A World of Hits , the blockbuster hit is alive and well. In The Long Tail , Chris Anderson (formerly a reporter for the Economist) argued that the easy availability to media content afforded by the internet would shift purchasing power away from mass media and towards the previously hard-to-serve niches. Now to a large extent that has happened and speciality web sites, books and musical offerings are more accessible than ever before, but according to the Economsit, this hasn't affected the big hits. Take books for example.
    [2009] Yet another renaissance for the training video
    Last week I participated in a webinar hosted by Video Arts , one of the world's most successful vendors of training films, perhaps most famous for the comic 'see how not to do it, then learn how it should be done' videos featuring John Cleese and other comedy stars. Video Arts was formed in 1972 by a number of colleagues at the BBC, including Anthony Jay and Cleese himself, who were dismayed at the poor quality of the training films that the BBC were showing them and realised there was an opportunity to do a better job themselves.
    [2009] Coming to terms with live online learning
    Over at Onlignment , we're having trouble communicating. No, I don't mean that we're unable to communicate (we mostly use Skype) or that we're lost for words (chance would be a fine thing), just that we can't find the right words. The field of real-time, online communications (see the problem?) is seemingly devoid of simple, generally-recognised terms, yet that's where Onlignment's focus is and that's what we need to communicate about. think we know what to call a business meeting that's held online (an online meeting?) Synchronous training. Synchronous teaching and learning online.
    [2009] CIPD's blended learning manifesto
    A couple of months ago, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the UK's principle professional body for those working in HR, with over 130,000 members, published a completely revised competency framework for the profession. One element of this is the section on Learning and Talent Development, which can be downloaded here. This framework is quite a step forward. So, what's different? Well, first the name - learning and talent development. According to the document, this brings together 'training and development activity, coaching and career development'. Progress indeed.
    [2009] Jakob Nielsen on social networks on the intranet
    It has been fascinating to read the thoughts of arch rationalist Jakob Nielsen on the relatively romanticised world of enterprise 2.0. would not have a predicted such a positive review of the progress being made by early adopters, but if Jakob is convinced then we can be comfortable that there's good evidence to back this up. You really need to read his posting yourself, but here's a selection of extracts which grabbed my attention: "A main finding from our study's interviews is that most companies are not very far along in a wholesale adoption of Web 2.0
    [2009] #IeL09 The Social Web and Learning
    Presentation: The Social Web and Learning - A Case Study Presenter: Robert Jordan, Penn State U ASTD State of the Industry - learner control Learner controlling own learning key Social Web - how people socialize, interact with each other through the Web - Shared interest 2 types of social web - People focus (Facebook, myspace) - Hobby focus (Flikr, photobucket for photography) How do I harness this to promote learning? Social Web aps (social networks, blogs, wikis, rss feeds, social bookmarking, multimedia and file sharing, podcasts, mashup networks. the ususal suspects.) Web 2.0
    [2009] Changes in Knowledge Work and Implications for Workplace Learning – The Keynote That Wasn't
    I was supposed to be in Vancouver right now for the eLearn Conference. The conference has a diverse attendee list and I was very much looking forward to my keynote presentation: Changes in Knowledge Work and Implications for Workplace Learning. Unfortunately, some very sad news in my family as my wife's father, a man beloved by everyone who met him, passed away on Thursday. So, I won't be able to go and make my keynote presentation. I do want to thank the conference organizer, Gary Marks, for being incredibly understanding. So, I'm not sure what to say or do in this situation either.
    [2009] Individual Value Required
    Interesting post found via the Communities and Networks Connection - The Future of Collaborative Networks by Aaron Fulkerson, CEO of MindTouch. Aaron's main point is that enterprise 2.0 software or enterprise social software should not focus on: social networks or social software, which is focused entirely on enabling conversations Instead, Aaron points to what he calls Collaborative networks: Rather than focusing on socialization, one to one interactions and individual enrichment, businesses must be concerned with creating an information fabric within their organizations. & Web 2.0
    [2009] Online Coaching
    Catherine Lombardozzi recent post Coaching informal learning sparked something for me around online coaching opportunities. In prior posts she identifies the following elements as being needed for informal learning strategy to be effective in the workplace: Motivation for learning. culture that provides access to other people who support learning in a wide variety of ways Easy access to materials that support learning Skills in utilizing electronic tools to manage learning. There's a new level of responsibility on learners. It's somewhat event oriented. They originate based on the work itself.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009
    [2009] Workplace Learning Professionals Next Job - Management Consultant
    The Big Question this month is Workplace Learning in 10 Years : If you peer inside an organization in 10 years time and you look at how workplace learning is being supported by that organization, what will you see? What will the mix of Push vs. Pull Learning; Formal vs. Informal supported by the organization? Are there training departments? What are they doing? How big are they as compared to today? What new departments will be responsible for parts of workplace learning? What will current members of training departments be doing in 10 years? The answers to this have been very interesting.
    [2009] Impact, a new journal on workplace eLearning
    The inaugural issue of Impact, the Journal of Applied Research in Workplace E-learning just appeared on the web. You can read this first issue on the web for free. Disclosure: I am on Impact’s Editorial Board.). I’ve read a little over half of the 14 articles. Richard Straub writes cogently about the lay of the eLearning land. Andrew Whitworth presents a fascinating thought piece on context. Stewart Hase explains heutagogy (a new term for me, I’m going to have to re-read this one.) Kay Strong and Holly Hutchins contribute a great overview of connectivism.
    [2009] [from gminks] Social Learning Measurement : eLearning Technology
    Personal Learning Informal Learning Corporate eLearning eLearning Design Authoring Tools Rapid e-Learning Tools eLearning (e-Learning) e-Learning Software Blended e-Learning e-Learning Tools Learning Management Systems (LMS) e-Learning ROI and Metrics Search via eLearning Learning for first time visitors Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Social Learning Measurement : eLearning Technology Its been a while since I looked at: ROI and Metrics in eLearning and in this case, I was more looking at traditional content delivery and their impact. eLearning Solutions Enterprise 2.0 Is there any proof?
    [2009] The tools shouldn't matter - use your creativity
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I've tried my best this year to average at least a post a week. In the last few weeks however, my vacation has thrown me off my blogging schedule. Backpacking through Sri Lanka with limited access to the internet has meant that I couldn't be very prolific with my blogging. But now I'm back, so hopefully I'll be back on track in weeks to come. At DevLearn , I was in a discussion with a few other e-learning industry colleagues and a lot of them seemed to believe that they were limited by the tools they were using. Articulate seems to lend itself to this pretty easily.
    [2009] Free as in Freedom: The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Think Small (Iterations, Action Maps, Storyboards, and Mini-Modules)
    Sumeet Moghe, 2009. We explored the waterfall approach towards elearning development in a prior post of this series. As you will notice in the above representation of the model, the issues are: Too much time gets spent in upfront design and planning when all of this is quite likely to change. Customers get to see working elearning pretty late in the process - as a consequence we run the risk of an endless cycle of amendments. Can we reduce flab in our analysis and design phase? Can we create more opportunities for customer feedback? believe the answer is a resounding "Yes!"
    [2009] Anthropological Definition of Web 2.0 (More fun than it sounds)
    I spent the day at an ASTD conference on e-Learning design. We spent a very abreviated time talking about development tools, and HTML and XML came up. More about what else I learned at the conference later.). When I got back this evening, I wanted to know a little more about XML. Oddly, I discovered this video among the links, and I’m very impressed. think this video offers an astounding look at what XML really means, by tracing how society uses it to contribute to all that we call Web 2.0. Check out what one professor of anthropology has to say about the evolution on the web.
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