What does a real life e-learning strategy look like?
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Here it is eL Strategy Blueprint 2008- 2009. I was reading a post recently about e-learning strategies [link] and one of the things that I totally agreed with was the fact that there aren’t that many examples of e-learning strategies available on the internet ! Now as much as I like to take I also acknowledge I gotta give back too ! So here’s my 2 cents worth. have created a few e-learning strategies in my past roles and I have learnt a lot about them along the way. agree with Alisson Rossett’s view ([link] that a strategy tells everybody who you are and what you intend to accomplish.
Online Educa Berlin 2009 : what a day!
DECEMBER 3, 2009
And it’s not even over yet ! didn’t realize how tiring tweeting was.can’t doze off. It’s been a jam packed day and it’s so difficult to pick the winning sessions. went for the corporate ones and i think i may have missed the mark today – lots of info, stats and practices that have been around for a while were presented. haven’t really seen anything that blew me away. But on saying that it is good to see that companies are embracing blended learning and getting more serious about it. Have they out grown the rapid stuff? Getting more sophisticated?
Online Educa Berlin – What would you like to see/read?
NOVEMBER 23, 2009
My countdown to Online Educa Berlin has officially started – only 9 days to go ! The agenda for the conference is excellent and i am very keen to share as much as i can from Berlin. There are some great speakers (and very active bloggers: Clive Shepherd, Nick van Dam, Jane Hart, Karyn Romeis, Donlad Clark) lined up. Check it out here [link]. So with my tools in hand i plan to blog, twitter and make Flipumentaries (love that word – got from @AnneBB). My question is what would YOU like to see or read from Online Educa Berlin?
Tips for managing e-learning projects
NOVEMBER 17, 2009
Just read a great post on tips for managing e-learning projects: [link]. think the most important tip is ‘ Communicate, communicate, communicate!’ ’ - I have found we become too caught up in emails and our own deadlines etc that we forget to touch base to see how everyone is coming along. One of the things that really worked for us with our last big e-learning project were daily 5 minute ‘huddles’ At the beginning of the day my team would gather for a brief on how the day before had gone, any major issues or hiccups and plans for the day.
What would be the best area/scope to focus on when launching e-learning and trying to get quick wins?
OCTOBER 21, 2009
I recently received an email from an old work mate who is moving into an e-learning role for the first time. He asked some good questions and I thought I’d share one of them here: What would be the best area/scope to focus on when launching e-learning and trying to get quick wins? guess you could say this is the biggest slice of the pie! Everyone wants the quick wins up front – it paves the way for a smoother ride and opens a lot of doors. But it’s a lot easier said than done and if you get it wrong it can be costly (both in terms of actual budget and reputation).
Can a program design model ensure quality and consistency?
OCTOBER 8, 2009
Does the perfect program design model exist? If it does, can I apply it in my work place to solve the quality issues we have with designing training packages? This is a paper i wrote a few years ago - The aim was to deepen my understanding of program design and develop or adapt a suitable model to use as reference in my work place at the time. wanted to ensure my team maintained an acceptable level of quality throughout our training design projects. The motivation for this paper came from a workplace issue at the time. Our roles consisted of designing and delivering training to the business.
Argentina and radical education
OCTOBER 8, 2009
Going through some old docs on my laptop i came across this paper i wrote during my Master’s program at UTS. It is not e-learning related but it may be an interesting read for some. In the paper i discuss the Recuperated Factory Movement in Argentina (circa 2001 – 2006) from an adult education perspective. A bit of a snapshot: Buenos Aires, December 2001: “Que se vayan todos” (they all must go) yelled by millions of Argentineans to the beat of pots and pans was the catalyst that signalled the country’s rapid fall into a social and economic abyss.
Discovering a gold mine of e-learning information, knowledge and expertise
SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
I have been a fan of Tony Karrer for a while now – he’s one of the best e-learning bloggers around. One of the things that Tony has done for the e-learning community is start e-learning learning. Haven’t heard of e-learning learning? You’re missing out on a gold mine of e-learning information, knowledge and expertise ! In Tony’s own words, e-learning learning is a community collecting and organizing the best information on the web about eLearning. And there’s one more reason e-learning learning is very cool – cause my blog is now included ! bites now contributes content.
e-Learning Methodology Toolkit: templates to design and manage your e-learning projects
SEPTEMBER 10, 2009
Part of my role here at work is to put a bit of structure into our e-learning development process. So i have been working on an e-Learning Methodology Toolkit – basically a set of documents and templates that will help my team structure the way they work – improving the overall analysis, design and deliverables we produce ! Not to mention reduce our timeframes for development !! So here it is. eL Methodology Toolkit. I can’t say i have created all the documents from scratch – i have gathered some and produced others. Hopefully someone will find them useful !
Getting back on track.all the way from Amsterdam
SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
So they say time flies when you’re having fun and it’s true – especially in Amsterdam ! have been here 6 months already and a lot has happened. I’ll write a few short posts on some of the projects I have been working on, some lessons learnt and a bit of a look into the future ! Horaay. I’m back
Training across business lines and languages – the multilingual jungle
SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
The first project i handled was quite a complex one – supporting the rollout of a new system to users across The Netherlands. We produced 10 e-learning modules in 2 languages, support documentation, trainer packs, and an updated e-campus site in under 2 months ! Lots of work ! So here’s a bit of info : In April business trainers approached us to let us know that there was going to be a big software rollout in the Dutch retail organisation and that they needed e-learning lessons – in English AND Dutch ! We took a step back – asked ‘What’s the real problem here?’ Our Solution.
Learning professionals today, the credit crisis and grabbing attention
FEBRUARY 28, 2009
I was on a train trip to Den Haag yesterday and remembered I had a few podcasts on my ipod I hadn’t got around to listening – one of them was an interview with Alisson Rosset, Prof of Ed Tech at San Diego State University : [link]. In it she discuses how learning has changed in the past 10 years. The main points she makes are: * Basics are still the basics – customer needs, recognition of learning as one of many interventions to achieve business outcomes. Geographical dispersion of workforce – we are now delivering messages and services to a wider audience. link].
2009 Top Posts and Topics: Kapp Notes
DECEMBER 4, 2009
The ASTD Big question this month is an annual question: What did you learn about learning in 2009? So one of the tasks I will do to answer this question is to see what posts were the Best of 2009 from several different sources. How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of E-Learning-Updated for 2009. I had done some work in this area in 2003 and wanted to see if any information had changed. Here are my top posts via Google Analytics for 2009.(I'll So there are my most popular posts for 2009. First from eLearning Learning , Here are my top posts. Random Web 2.0
Highlights from 2009 in Pictures
Learning and Technology
DECEMBER 29, 2009
via feedproxy.google.com Great video on 2009. really think Orli captures the core technologies and trends of 2009. Posted via web from Lee's posterous via feedproxy.google.com Great video on 2009. really think Orli captures the core technologies and trends of 2009. Posted via web from Lee's posterous
eLearning: Top Posts of 2009 - Upside Learning Blog
DECEMBER 31, 2009
As we knock on 2010’s doors, it’s a good time to look at what we did on this blog in 2009. We started this blog in March 2009 and in its 10 month existence has more than a 100 posts. Here’s a screen grab of tag cloud for our posts: Here is a list of some of the best posts of 2009: Top 20 Most Viewed Posts. 1. Our Top 10 Learning Tools 2009. 5.
Top 100 Learning Game Resources
JUNE 24, 2009
Building Better Learning Games- Learning Visions, April 9, 2009. Marc Prensky – Twitch Speed, June 17, 2009. Using computer games in education- ThirdForce Blog, January 30, 2009. Digital games and learning gains (PDF), June 17, 2009. Examples from TWITCHSPEED.COM Digital Game-Based Learning, June 17, 2009. Casual Games get Serious, June 17, 2009.
State of elearning 2009
Learning and Technology
DECEMBER 19, 2009
State of elearning 2009 Tony Bates reflects on 2009 , noting positive developments and disappointments: Then we look at the public sector, and in particular the big research universities, and what do we see? No comments By gsiemens – December 18, 2009 via elearnspace.org Interesting quote via George Siemans, from Tony Bates. think there is too much focus on trying to innovate within the system rather than innovating the system itself. The latter requires vision, leadership, and experimentation/failure. Posted in Uncategorized. Posted via web from Lee's posterous
Tool Set 2009
JANUARY 5, 2009
But hopefully 2009 will be the year when that begins to change. If you care about being relevant and valuable in 2015, you had better be making moves in 2009. Recommendations The intent of this series is to capture my thinking at the start of 2009 about the tools and methods for work and learning. I thought I'd kick off this year by posting a series of posts on topics related to tools and methods for work and learning. I'm hoping to address questions such as: How do you create a personal tool set or Personal Learning Environment (PLE) for yourself? So, here goes.
Top 50 Mobile Learning Resources
NOVEMBER 2, 2009
The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009. 2009 Horizon Report. I’ve spent an inordinately long time writing a whitepaper on mobile learning trying to expound our thoughts about it and how it might be used in the workplace. I’ve been doing some research around it and I’ve documented some of the better links I’ve come across. Again, as with the links I posted about Games and Simulation, these aren’t categorized in any way nor does the order assume any significance. Apple Education. Mobile Learning Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training.
Best of eLearning Learning - First Half of December 2009
eLearning Learning Posts
DECEMBER 21, 2009
December 1, 2009 to December 15, 2009. eLearning Templates – 20 Resources - eLearning Technology , December 7, 2009. It’s Culture, Leadership and E2.0 … or fail - trainingwreck , December 13, 2009. Hot Topics in eLearning for 2009 - eLearning Learning Posts , December 2, 2009. Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter - Adobe Captivate Blog , December 11, 2009. Dont Waste Your Time , December 10, 2009. Free-to-Use E-Learning Development 19: Techsmith Jing (Part 3) – Conclusions - The E-Learning Curve , December 8, 2009.
12 eLearning Predictions for 2009
JANUARY 26, 2009
In my post, 2008 2009 - written in December 2008, I looked at how well I did in those predictions, and my results were pretty good, not perfect. Some training will still be preferred face to face such as when team building or in-person soft skills are important, but 2009 will be the year when we realize that we should be justifying any in-person training. self-directed learning, quick wins and toolkits all suggest that more web pages - authored via wikis - will be the name of the game in 2009. 2009 is going to be a big year for this issue. tools.
Effective virtual facilitation
OCTOBER 13, 2009
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.
Blending Learning with Social Technology Components
DECEMBER 22, 2009
A lot of companies today face a resource situation that’s not unique in this age. A few key individuals holding important technical and project management knowledge is quite common. Such key knowledge in the hands of few prevents it from being disseminated broadly and leads to an unhealthy dependence on those individuals. Each blend is unique and purposed to address a specific need. Web 2.0
Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism?
MARCH 16, 2009
Instructivism is dead. Gone are the days of an authoritarian teacher transmitting pre-defined information to passive students. In the 1990s, constructivism heralded a new dawn in instructional design, turbo-charged by the rise of Web 2.0. Students morphed into participants , empowered to seek new knowledge and understanding for themselves, in the context of their own unique, individual experiences. In turn, teachers enthusiastically transformed themselves into facilitators , guiding and coaching the participants to inquire, explore, discover and even generate new learnings. Slippery slope.
Fall 2009 Corporate Advisory Event Starts Today
NOVEMBER 18, 2009
Today marks the beginning of one of my favorite events of the year. Our annual Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) event. This is an event where students of instructional technology have a conference with professionals in the field where they can learn, exchange ideas and select students for jobs and internships. It is a great win-win event. This semester we have over 35 individuals representing 31 different companies including representatives from Kodak, KPMG, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Tyco Electronics, Vanguard, Northrop Grumman and others are in attendance. and social media solutions.
Top 47 eLearning & Workplace Learning Blogs
AUGUST 20, 2009
As a company, we have now been active in the blogosphere for about 6 months. We follow a whole lot of blog – most of them focused on the learning, workplace learning, eLearning, and learning technology domain. We have learnt a lot from these blogs and thank all those blog writers for their invaluable insights on various topics. Here is a list of top 47 blogs (in alphabetical order) that Upside Learning team follows. 1. Adventures in Corporate Education. 2. Bersin & Associates : Blogs. 3. Big Dog, Little Dog. 4. Blogger in Middle-earth. 5. Bozarthzone. 6. Clive on Learning. 8. Daretoshare.
Workplace learning in 10 years
MARCH 24, 2009
The Learning Circuits Big Question for this month is: 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? To answer this question, I’ve organised my own two cents’ worth under six major banners… 1. Learning development should be no different. Learning will be fully networked.
10 online icebreakers
Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning
MARCH 4, 2009
For the third time I was going through all my resources- files and bookmarks to find online icebreakers. thought I'd do myself (and you) a favour by listing the most interesting ones. 10 online icebreakers (the picture relates to number 10!): 1. Two Lies and A Truth. Two must be lies and one must be true. Other participants must vote to determine which interesting thing is the truth. Three words.
Observe the Supreme Court, Become President, Negotiate Peace with Online Games
OCTOBER 27, 2009
Here are three games that can be used to teach the civics topics of how elections are conducted, how the Supreme Court functions and the complicated issues of the Middle East. Supreme Court Justices in the game Supreme Decision. Supreme Decision," the first of several planned web-based games, went online earlier this month as part of a project called Our Courts. In it, students can play a U.S.
LearnTrends 2009 – Free Online Conference
SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
George Siemens , Jay Cross and Tony Karrer are pleased to announce our third annual free online conference: LearnTrends 2009 The Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations Conference November 17-19, 2009 | Online | Free The theme/focus this year is on Convergence in Workplace Learning. I'll also be providing details shortly about the LearnTrends Innovation Awards 2009.
ZaidLearn: Use Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for Writing Learning Outcomes
JULY 24, 2009
Do you have problems writing learning outcomes/objectives for your content or courses? Or more specifically, do you have trouble finding the right ACTION VERBS to describe what you want your students to achieve from the course, module, topic or unit? Have you tried using Bloom's Taxonomy wheel(s) before to assist finding those magic action verbs? Trust me! It is helpful, but to me it is misleading.
What's On Your Screencast Gift Wish List for 2009?
DECEMBER 10, 2009
In the past, we've done gift lists for Screencasters in "2006":[link] and "2008":[link] It's time to compile the list for what to get your favorite screencaster for 2009. It's that time of year. And, I need your help! I'll get the list started for the screencasters on your 'nice' list: "Storyboard graph paper":[link] - perfect for planning your screencasts and stories. Chime in!
Webinars: Past, Present and Future
DECEMBER 15, 2009
The webinar begins on December 17, 2009, at 2 p.m. Here are links to webinars past, present and future.not quite a Christmas Carol but. Past: Here is a link to the presentation I gave last week titled " Reaching and Teaching Across Generations " Screen shot from early in the presentation, the discussion was already lively. It was a lively discussion with good input from the attendees.
Irish Learning Alliance Visit
MARCH 28, 2009
NetWORKed Learning - Redefining Learning in a World Gone Web Dr. Tony O'Driscoll, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University Informal Learning Becoming Formal Al Johnson, Senior Advisor, Bersin & Associates ILA ELITE 2009 - Tools for our Times Jonny Parkes, Chairman, Irish Learning Alliance The visit was on March 16th, one day before Saint Patricks Day. One of my most authentic St.
Training Industry Statistics
NOVEMBER 23, 2009
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.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
I spend a fair amount of my consulting time working with large organizations to help define how they will apply technology to particular business / performance / learning needs. This is either in terms of specific needs, e.g., improve customer satisfaction, or as part of an overall eLearning strategy. I've really been striking out. I'm hoping that people will help out. This is very hard.
Learning, Web 2.0 and Gaming Statistical Round Up
NOVEMBER 27, 2009
Learning Statistics Video Games, Education and Entertainment Statistics Learning Statistics from ASTD 2009 State of the Industry Report Random Web 2.0 Lately I've posted a number of entries related to statistics for video games, Web 2.0 and the learning industry. Here are a list of the entries. Statistics Training Industry Statistics _ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.
Blogger of the Week
NOVEMBER 13, 2009
Thanks to E-Learning Planet for naming Kapp Notes the "Blog of the Week" for (November 01, 2009 to November 08, 2009N You can read the criteria and entry at Planet’s Pick of the Week. So thanks to E-Learning Tyro for the shout out. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.
These Are NOT Serious Games!
AUGUST 7, 2009
Recently I’ve been consulting with a customer on the design of a series of digital learning games for sales training. Most clients have done their research online about serious games, and find the whole gamut of samples, demos, etc. Clients typically have some thoughts about what they feel are serious games and whose game-play and mechanics they intended to emulate. Just one look at their collated ‘portfolio’ was enough to tell me that none of the content in the portfolio was really a serious game. Are they? Here are five clues to what serious games are NOT: 1. Environment. 2.
8 Scary and Uncomfortable Reasons for the Growth of Virtual Worlds
DECEMBER 1, 2009
S top, proceed with caution. While I think there are many legitimate reasons why an organization should partake in virtual immersive environments (VIEs) for learning and collaboration, there are also some "less-than-comfortable" reasons organizations are leaning in this direction. Many times these reasons aren't discussed but they are just as valid in the minds of many. Pandemic(s) People are becoming more and more paranoid about contagious disease and these diseases are getting more and more pressing making people more nervous about "catching something." won't. Are these on target?
Apple Keynote.no.not that one
JANUARY 8, 2009
Yes, I am in San Francisco and yes I am at a conference where a representative from Apple is the Keynote speaker but no.it's not Macworld. I am at the Winter 2009 ICT Educator conference. Jon Burgess of Apple presenting to ICT Educators. So the keynote was by Jon Burgess of Apple who did an excellent job outlining what educators should focus on for the future.
Spending Some Time At Penn State to Learn about Games and Social Media
OCTOBER 21, 2009
Beaver Stadium, home of Penn State Nittany Lions. The past few days, I have spent quite a bit of time at Penn State University. First I visited for the football game against Minnesota. That was a cold, wet day but we still had a great time! Next, I returned to learn about the use of Social Media across the Penn State Campus and the development of Penn State's Educational Gaming Commons area.
NOAA: Advice for Federal Agencies about Virtual Worlds & a Great Interactive Example
JULY 10, 2009
Waiting for the tsunami to hit on NOAA's island in Second Life. Check out this article, Living NOAA's Second Life It is about how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)--a government agency--is using a virtual world to reach into the future and it has some great advice on considerations before launching into a virtual world.
How Much for that E-Learning in the Window?
AUGUST 25, 2009
One of the biggest obstacles companies encounter when looking for e-learning is the question.how much does it cost? That question has been around for ages and never seems to have a satisfactory answer. Most e-learning vendors are a little evasive when it comes to answering that question. As a case in point, check out this posting called Does anyone know how to price e-learning? Love the concept.
E-Learning Debate 2009
Clive on Learning
SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
Today saw a tremendous gathering of the who's who of UK learning technologies in the historic debating chamber of the Oxford Union. Many thanks must go to e-learning developers Epic for putting together this event and allowing their own industry to be placed under the microscope. The motion was as follows: "This house believes that the e-learning of today is essential for the important skills of tomorrow." " Needless to say this wording is open to all sorts of interpretations. There were eight speakers, so excuse the fact that my notes are sketchy: For: Prof. serious gaming, etc.