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.
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.
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.
How not to do social media
DECEMBER 1, 2010
In 2009, customer Nick Getley liked the brand so much he created a Bubble O’ Bill page on Facebook that – at the time of writing – has 844,276 fans! As my friends can attest, I’m a big Socceroos fan. grew up playing football (aka soccer) and although a few different codes compete for my attention in my home town, the World Game is the one I truly care about.
LearnX Asia Pacific 2009 - Day 2
APRIL 5, 2009
Following on from my previous article , below I share some of the key messages that I drew from Day 2 at the LearnX Asia Pacific conference held recently in Sydney… Personal Professional Development: I expected the keynote by Stephen Downes to be the standout session of the event, and I was not disappointed. Margaret also recommends the resources at Telework Australia and Knowledge Ability.
LearnX Asia Pacific 2009 - Day 1
APRIL 3, 2009
I attended the annual LearnX Asia Pacific conference this week at Sydney’s Darling Harbour. While the weather was dreary, I found the sessions topical and thought provoking. Ken’s central theme is that being able to think faster and better can help us unlock ideas and improve our productivity. must admit, it lifted the energy of the room. So should you use an actor?
LearnX Awards 2009
APRIL 2, 2009
The annual LearnX E-Learning & Training Awards were announced today, and I’m proud to say that my team won a Gold award for Best Training Team , for our development and support of a self-paced, blended learning model at AMP.
AUGUST 6, 2009
From the instructional designer’s point of view, the term “Analysis fulfils the “A in the ADDIE Model, which in turn forms the backbone of the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) process. What is analysis? Big Dog & Little Dog provide an excellent Instructional System Design Manual that covers analysis quite comprehensively. However the basics are really straightforward.
A tough little m-learning device
MAY 11, 2009
I attended the CeBIT Expo at Sydney’s Darling Harbour this morning. While there wasn’t a lot that caught my eye in terms of e?learning learning (it is an IT event after all), I liked the look of these tough little tablet PCs that were being demonstrated by Motion Computing. They look perfect for “on the go kind of work, and I’m pondering their potential for m?learning in
I’ve twitterised my blogroll
FEBRUARY 20, 2009
While the digital age has opened up (and continues to open up) new avenues for learning and knowledge sharing, I sometimes feel the effects of information overload. Indeed, useful tools are available for managing the avalanche of information. For example, RSS allows us to aggregate feeds from our favourite sources, without the need to visit each and every site every day.
Who shall inherit the Earth?
JANUARY 1, 2009
DECEMBER 18, 2009
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? 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. The thin green line.
Taking the “e” out of e-learning
NOVEMBER 30, 2009
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. Whole new world. You bet!
Just log in
MAY 1, 2009
The 2009 Horizon Report states: The cloud is the term for networked computers that distribute processing power, applications, and large systems among many machines. In fact, the 2009 Horizon Report maintains that cloud computing is likely enter mainstream use in learning-focused organisations within one year or less – and that was written in December 2008! What is cloud computing?
Social networking is king
JULY 6, 2009
In my previous article , I explored one of the principles to emerge from the recent AMPLIFY09 festival, namely “Everything big started small. Another principle that resonated with me was, in my own words: Social networking is king. This principle featured in many of the sessions I attended, but it was showcased in no uncertain terms by two speakers in particular: 1. technology. Yes we can.
Everything big started small
JUNE 30, 2009
Last week, AMP hosted its biannual innovation and thought leadership festival, which this year was billed AMPLIFY09: Convergence and Emergence. I was lucky enough to attend many of the speaking sessions, and even live blog some of them. Starting small. BJ offered Google as an example, which started as a search engine developed by a couple of college students. Implications for e-learning.
The power of pictures
JUNE 20, 2009
Pictures… Diagrams… Charts… They don’t just look pretty. They can also be a useful means of delivering extensive information to your audience in a concise format. For example, how would you explain the GFC to your colleagues? Multimedia summaries. The power of pictures has been recognised in educational psychology for a long time. My two cents’ worth.
Rise of the smart cities
APRIL 17, 2009
I read a news article today about the announcement by the Queensland Government to provide wireless internet access to commuters on its Citytrain network. Other articles claim this service will be free. Queensland is not the first government to offer free public wi-fi. Wikipedia lists dozens of cities around the world that have free municipal wireless networks. Read blogs. Explore wikis. learning.
JANUARY 31, 2009
I’ve been seeing a lot more social media icons on websites these days, and you may have noticed that I’ve recently added a few to this blog. Well, I figure that if I’m serious about the use of social media for collaborative learning and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, then I should do what I can to encourage participation. However, not everyone shares my view. Quality. Quantity.
MAY 18, 2009
Do you think Twitter is a self-indulgent waste of time? You’re not alone. But like most things in life, it all depends on your perspective. David Hopkins asked his followers recently (via Twitter!)… … How would you describe Twitter to the uninitiated, in 140 characters or less? My initial reply was… Twitter is a personal message board…? And of course it is. Twitter is traditionally described as a “micro blog that allows account holders to post short, sharp messages (or “tweets ) of up to 140 characters each. Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. Twibes.
A refreshing perspective of Web 2.0
FEBRUARY 11, 2009
Today I watched this 6-minute video clip from MyRaganTV , in which Jim Davis, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of SAS , talks about that company’s approach to Web 2.0. think Jim maintains a refreshing perspective of Web 2.0 in the corporate sector. SAS doesn’t just talk about transparency, integrity and collaboration: they breathe life into these principles through their application and approach to internal blogs, customer blogs and external social media. Shouldn’t more companies follow SAS’s lead? web 2.0 challenges participatory culture positives
JANUARY 15, 2009
Different people have different learning styles , so it’s important that we apply this fact to our delivery models. An excellent illustration of this concept is provided by The Unteachables , a BBC documentary currently showing in Australia on the ABC.
Facts are a bitch
OCTOBER 28, 2010
It’s clear the guy was joking, but it got me thinking… Being the geek I am, I looked up the state’s crime statistics and graphed the homicides recorded by the police from 1995 through to 2009: The results are intriguing – not only because the figures are incredibly low for a major metropolis. The word play is genius, no? Oh, my. • Is Gen-Y collaborative?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.