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Help EMC indentify the storage industry’s trends & challenges

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Last year’s survey had questions that specifically addressed how the downturn in the economy in 2009 had impacted storage professionals, and those results were pretty telling. It’s that time of year again – time for EMC Education’s annual survey of storage and IT managers and individual contributors. Cutting to the chase - this is the link to the survey. Each year we publish the results at EMC World. Last year’s survey results can be downloaded here. One place the results were discussed last year was in the Proven Professional Community.

McKinsey Report: Using technology to improve workforce collaboration

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As you know if you are following me on twitter, this semester I am taking two performance classes. This means I’m paying more attention to things that measure performance and performance gaps. Since I’m always hyper-focused on social media, I’m also looking at how emerging tools can be used to close performance gaps. This report from McKinsey talks about the importance of collaboration to knowledge workers. Interestingly enough, they did an analysis on how things are right now, or the current state of performance of knowledge workers. It is a great report. What are you seeing?

Systems approach of designing instruction

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I’ve posted before about the Dick & Carey method of instructional design - while I was taking a class based on the Dick & Carey method. This method of instructional design is very popular because it represents a systems method of designing instruction. The definition of system is: A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole. Instructor led?

If the Gervais principle isn’t working, what is the ideal management structure

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This is our 2009 Pyramid, reflective of the faces behind the best ideas from the more than 1,400 submitted by EMCers in 19 countries this past few months. This principle was based on this image of Company Hierarchy by Hugh MacLeod. This image is a take on the Peter Principle , or the idea that in a hierarchy a person will rise to his/her level of incompetence. think this may be closer.

Instructional Systems Award Ceremony

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I was nominated for the “Best Distance Learning Student&# in the awards ceremony for my school this year. didn’t win - a very honorable classmate of mine did (way to go Matt!!). Three of the nominees and our professor met each other on Landis Green in Second Life. Apparently they also had it displayed while we were waiting - which is a little scary because we were being quite silly.

Women in Technology – tell your story!

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I had an interesting Facebook conversation last night with Storagezilla (a fellow EMC blogger, and one of the biggest geeks I know). He’s at a big EMC internal conference, and he had a conversation with folks at the conference about the lack of women present. He made a pretty familiar comment: talking earlier as to how we could change that mix (men to women at the conference) but we can’t hire what isn’t there. This is what started the conversation. So a woman asked him about his job, in particular how much it paid, and he basically told her how hard the job is. My kids.

Community

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I just finished my class meeting, and saw this posted by @courosa : Pursuing the elusive metaphor of community in e-learning environments. View more presentations from Richard Schwier. This presentation is about community and eLearning. It talks about non formal and informal learning. really wish I had been able to hear that presentation! We’ve been working on building that sort of learning community with the EMC Proven Professional Community. Right now we have discussions going on about ZBR (Zoned Bit Recording), RAID5 , Spherical disks , and time dilation of all things. community.

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We need a root cause analysis of the gender in IT problem

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The statistics speak for themselves. 24% of professional IT jobs are held by women, even though 57% of professional jobs are held by women. In 2008, 56% of all AP test-takers were female, 51% who took the calculus AP test were female, but only 19% of the Computer Science test takers were female. In 2008, 57% of people graduating with a Bachelor’s degree were women, but women only made up 18% of the Computer and Info Science degrees and only twelve percent of the Computer Science degrees. They didn’t even bother to count the American Indian women who are computer scientists. College.

My top 10 posts of 2009

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Here are the the top 10 viewed items from my blog in 2009. The Power of Language: What does sexy mean. This post was a response to responses to my post and activities at PodCamp Boston this year. I’m still really struggling with what happened during PCB4, but I’m lucky enough to be around people who really challenge me when I challenge their thinking on societal-based issues such as gender. 9. If the world is changing, why am I studying about the guys that sent us down the wrong path? In the Fall ‘09 semester, I took 2 Human Performance Theory (HPT) courses.

Networked Learning - Value Networks - and ITIL

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This post is my attempt at figuring out how to explain a connection. Last Thursday, Corporate Learning Trends & Innovation presented an online conference entitled J une Learn Trends - Networked and Social Learning. only got to hear one presentation, but that one really got my mind going. The session was Organizational Challenges in a World of Networks given by Verna Allee. She talked about how social networks operate based on roles, not on hierarchical structures. Solid lines between the nodes show tangible, or formal deliverables. ITIL stands for Information Technology Information Library.

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The World is Changing Right In Front of Our Eyes

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I first wrote this post on EMC’s internal social media site. want to share it publicly (especially with my edupeeps!). find myself saying that phrase - The world is changing right in front of our eye s - more often these days. I can see this so plainly, and it shocks me that there are still people who can’t see it. The glaring example right now of how the world is changing is the post-election conflict in Iran. I’m pretty comfortable with Twitter, and when I started seeing the #iranelection hashtag I had to go check out what was going on. Marketing? Education ?

Was Kirkpatrick influenced by the guys who thought up “planned obsolescence”"?

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A few days ago Clive Shepard wrote a post entitled What’s the Problem with Kirkpatrick ? Who is Kirkpatrick? For those of you who aren’t all geeky about instructional design, Donald Kirkpatrick came up with the four levels of instruction back in the late 1950s.  The four levels (according to Kirkpatrick) are: Level 1: Reactions - measures how participants in a training program react to it. Level 2: Learning - assesses the extent to which students have advanced in skills, knowledge, or attitude after a training event. Are Kirkpatrick’s levels still relevant? What do you think?

How I want to lead

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I have blogged about my experiences at the Simmons School of Management Leadership Conference. One session had me boiling inside - and they didn’t even have a Q&A session! thought I’d write a bit about the session that bothered me, and why it bothered me, as the themes are very important in a connected world. The session was a Leadership Seminar led by Annie McKee. Many of the first statements made were very good. For example: we are living in a time of profound changes that are reshaping the social structures around us. Ok, so far I could agree with it all. This is just crazy.

Twitter Cheat Sheet version 1.1 is up

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Fixed some typos, added the idea that you should have a profile before you follow someone (thanks Dave), and added the author info (who knew people would actually like this!). Twitter Cheat Sheet 1.1. Authored by gminks. Hosted by Edublogs.

Ready, Set, Go V-Max!

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Today EMC, the company I work for, launched a new addition to our core product line, the Symmetrix V-Max system. The official launch site is at overtakethefuture.com , and a very good blog round-up of the coverage is over at the Storage Anarachist’s site. As you can probably tell from the coverage, this release is a very big deal for EMC. Until today, information about the V-Max system was tightly guarded. So you have to wonder, how do you train the folks who need to be ready for such a big, secret release? Today EMC had a huge announcement about the Symmetrix V-Max.  Authored by gminks.

Twitter Job Aid - work in progress

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Looking for a little feedback here… I’m using my lunch break tomorrow to help some folks set up Twitter accounts. This is not the first time I’ve done this, so I decided to put together a job aide for people. Its definitely 101 level for Twitter, just how basics of how to get an account, set it up, and look for people to follow. You can download it here. I do not like the second page…so it needs some polish I know. Someone suggested adding in something about shortening URLs, so I did (sort of). Any other suggestions? Thanks! Authored by gminks. Hosted by Edublogs

ASTD Big Question: Am I still stuck?

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This month the ASTD Big Question is about a blog post I wrote back in December! The post was called “ I think grad school is making me crazy “ Basically, I was venting my frustration about learning new ways of doing things while being in a role where I can’t implement change (it did not help that I was participating in the CCK08 experiment at the same time). So here is the Big Question: Do you sometimes feel stuck? Feel like you have so many more ideas about how you could help your organization or your clients, but that What Clients Want is just some training? Yes and no.

Another view on the Informal vs. Formal learning

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I really like the posts on the blog Corporate eLearning Strategies & Development. This post gets right to the point of what Corporate Learning departments really need to focus on - enabling the performance of our audiences. From the post: Here is a good example of a battle you should stop fighting:  Training Departments taking responsibility for Learning within Corporations.  Give it up folks.  Making employees learn, without their full and complete cooperation, is NOT possible.  So give up the dream that you are all about “creating learning&#.  Try it!  love it! Authored by gminks.

Is Facebook just for fun and games?

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Today there are stories everyplace about social media sites such as Facebook. Everyone I know is on it - my kids, my mom, workmates, classmates, and old friends from college & high school. love reconnecting with old friends, and playing Mafia Wars (I am not going to deny it). So is Facebook just for fun and games? Can you really use Facebook to do anything related to work (or learning)? Absolutely YES. I’ll explain with a story. As may you know I work at EMC developing training for our Network management products. He was also in school like I am. Authored by gminks.

Learning Circuits Blog Big Question: What are your Challenges, Plans and Predictions for 2009

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ASTD’s Learning Cirtuits Blog Big Question for January is What are your Challenges, Plans and Predictions for 2009? But not by much. I’m looking forward to 2009. Tags: 2009 predictions big question plans influence challenges grad school Since I haven’t done my New Year’s post yet, I’ll just talk to this question. Challenges. I’ll talk about the challenges from a personal level. How do I incorporate what I am learning about connected learning into my “day job&# ? How do I know when I am pushing to hard and when I need to back off?

December Big Question – What did you learn about learning in 2009?

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It’s the last day of December, the last day of 2009, the last day of a decade. But I still want to answer December’s Big Question : What did you learn about learning in 2009? Grad School. Personally, I took five graduate courses (for my Master’s degree in Instructional Systems at FSU). Development of Computer Courseware : I am not sure if learned anything new about learning in this course – I did learn that my organization at EMC does a very good job of creating computer courseware though! Web 2.0 Performance Systems Analysis: This was  my HPT course.

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How important will storage education be in 2009?

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A couple of things happened to me over the last few days that have me thinking about storage + education. I was reading a post from Brian Henderson, one of my colleagues at EMC. Once I got past the 80s’s hair band reference , the post left me with a lot to think about. He talked about his disaster recovery plan for his digital music, videos and pictures. That made me think about the first house project I’ll be tackling once I graduate: digitizing my vinyl, home videos, and old pictures. We’ll be purchasing some sort of storage and using Mozy to back it up, just like Brian did.

My Edublog Awards Nominations

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Its time for the 2009 Edublog Award Nominations. Tags: edublogger edublog awards 2009 Here’s my list: Best individual blog: Harold Jarche’s blog pushes my thinking beyond what I do at work currently, and shows a more practical view of the theories I’m learning in my graduate studies. Best individual tweeter: @janebozarth is a real eLearning practitioner who is not afraid to share her expertise with lowly grad students such as myself. Best group blog. It also shows whats popular in the eLearning community at any given time. Most influential blog post.

Reputation, Authenticity, and Credibility

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Janet Clarey has a great post about the topic of determining authenticity in social media. She gives a great example of how messages (in particular tweets) can be taken out of context by folks applying traditional methods to interpreting dialogue to conversations going on in social media spaces. It just sounds funny!). Jay took a video of the panel as he participated. Be authentic.

Language that homogenizes creates losers

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In my last post, I talked about the Gervais Principle and the Company Hierarchy diagram: Notice the huge bottom layer of “losers&#. Losers isn’t necessarily this sort of loser: But as Venkatesh Rao (inventor of the Gervais principle) explains, loser is more in the economic sense. They gain the security of working for an employer in trade for doing as the company directs.

EMC’s Virtualization Journey

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EMC is creating a documentary series on YouTube about our own IT department’s journey to virtualization. The videos will come out monthly, and will be covering topics such as server virtualization, optimized storage and networks for a virtual environment, closed looped automated configuration management and monitoringVDI, and Private Cloud.

Podcamp Boston, lack of women speakers, and bringing things to neutral

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Yesterday I attended PodCamp Boston. Its an interesting conference, lots of planned presentations about social media. attended one about measurement where the speaker didn’t show up, so someone just jumped up and led the discussion. That was a very interesting discussion too, 3 minutes into no one remembered the speaker didn’t show. found this to be true as well. just wanted to enjoy.

Lessons learned from my Web 2.0 class: we need something NEW

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I just wrote my final (official) blog post for my summer class about Web 2.0. One of the biggest things I learned this semester is that we have to stop this idea that we can apply old themes and metrics and ways of doing things to these new tools. I am not saying we need to throw out the old stuff. On the contrary, we need to build bridges between the old and the new. world. What do you think??

Are the new ways of creating content creating a new sense of self

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This video is great. It talks about how putting things out on the Internet causes context collapse - we know ANYONE can see it, and we may even have to see it. So one way we know ourselves is by our relationship to others. Now that there are new ways to connect with others, we have new ways to know others. Does this mean we are finding new ways to know ourselves? Authored by gminks.

eLearning Guild ID Symposium New England - Day 2 wrap up

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If you are looking my wrap up of Day 1, look here. forgot to mention the Tweet-up. I got to meet up with @bschlenker @edwsonoma @kasey428 @cammybean @smartinx, plus a lot of non-tweeps. We even sent pictures into #lrnchat. That was fabulous. On to the wrap up of Day 2: ID Considerations for Synchronous Online Learning Sessions. This session was given by Karen Hyder of the eLearning Guild. ASSURE.

The power of Twitter (or how Twitter fixed my vacation fail!)

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For those of you who may have missed my tweets and Facebook updates, I’ve been on vacation this week. We rented a condo on the Gulf of Mexico in my hometown (I’ve learned that staying with family sorta negates the restful feeling vacation gives you). The drive down was pretty uneventful. Once we checked into the condo we had some issues. But our condo wasn’t ready. It was.

Vacation is good for clearning your head

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I’m writing this while I’m still on vacation. This week we drove to my hometown, rented a condo on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, and I didn’t do a thing I didn’t want to do. took naps. went to a parade and caught tons of beads and candy. I ate food I’m not supposed to eat. stayed out too late and probably had one too many martinis. And I read. A lot.

My Wordles

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Someone on our internal social media site is asking us to post our worldes, so I thought I’d post them here for the world to see. This one is from this blog: And this one is from my delicious account: Authored by gminks. Hosted by Edublogs.

Twitter Chat

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Last night I participated in the #lrnchat twitter chat again. I’ve been trying to explain what a twitter chat is, and I honestly think you have to participate in one to “get it&#. Basically, here is how a twitter chat works: Someone organizes a chat, gives it a hash tag, and tells everyone to come. They tweet about it before the chat, advertising the time and the hashtag.

Ed Tech - Using VMware for educational labs

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I have been getting very geeky about education theory, because that is what I am learning in grad school. But sometimes I look at the posts of some of the other EMC bloggers and I feel a little left out of the techie side of things. So this post is about how I’m using VMware to develop the lab environments for the courses I’m working on now. just make a new snapshot! Authored by gminks.

PLE construction, instructors, & converting Instructor led learning to eLearning

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In my last post I talked about the learning environments (LEs) we as developers create for students, and the Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) students create to situate themselves so that they can master the course objectives. Instructional designers provide course prerequisites and course objectives. They they create course LEs based on this information. Guess what takes precedence.).

Learning Enviroments I am dealing with this quarter

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After I wrote my last post about my eLearning course, I started thinking about Learning Environments (LEs). made concept maps for both of my classes that include the designed LE as well as the personal learning environment (PLE) I’ve created to make sense of the courses. My PLE starts with the LE, and then I add the components I need for an effective learning environment. Authored by gminks.

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