Avatars and Clippy the Talking Paperclip
MARCH 17, 2009
Don’t look now, but perhaps the next industry to be undone by robots is education. OK, maybe not. After watching a video clip of the robot’s Frankenstein-like ambulation , you can more easily conjure up images of terrorized children running out of their classroom when HRP-4C shows up with lesson in head. So, why the initial hesitation and angst when you hear “avatar”? What do you think?
Rules for Social Media? Just say no.
OCTOBER 12, 2009
There’s a lot of traffic on the blogosphere about best practices for social media. But we need to be cautious not to confuse best practices with “rules.” Many of our colleagues in higher education in general, and Extension in particular, are seeking some hard and fast policies about social media. Social media needs to be carefully monitored for accuracy.” They are no longer the sage on the stage.
You can lead them to social media, but can you make them drink?
AUGUST 25, 2009
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. Are they toes-. Or something in-. between?
Wonderful Chaos: Nonlinear Learning on the Web (Part I)
JUNE 22, 2009
When I was a kid, the whole world was one giant “Learn-O-Rama.” For the most part (outside of the standard classroom), I picked what interested me and learned my way through it. It was a nonlinear process, much like a bloodhound follows its nose to sniff out new information. This may seem like a new concept to many: the idea that the learner chooses the sequence in which they learn new material.
Social Networking – Library or Coffee Shop? Part I
JULY 27, 2009
The use of social networking tools continues to expand at a torrid pace across all layers of society both nationally and internationally. One of the larger longitudinal studies on adoption of social media in corporations comes out of Dartmouth University and shows an amazing rate of increased social media usage between 2007 and 2008. So, what does Web 2.0 Why is this usually the case? Have Web 2.0
Social Networking in Times of Stress and Personal Emergencies
MAY 11, 2009
I recently had a family vacation turn into a nightmare. But that nightmare was mitigated in part due to the power of social networking. There is a lot of discussion about the value of Web 2.0 tools in educational settings. My wife takes her first sip of water after surgery. Lauderdale, Florida. That’s when I found a whole new dimension to social networking. The blog solved this problem elegantly.
Ning… where to go when the public square charges an entrance fee?
APRIL 16, 2010
The perceived failing or success of a single platform can often encourage those on either side of the open versus closed curtain to proclaim victory as Matt Asay at the End of the Road Blog suggests already happened back in September 2009. Ning announced today that it will soon convert existing customers to a fee-for-service subscription or cut them loose. Some suggestions follow. Web 2.0
Blogging Lessons Learned at 6 Months – Think “Reach”
SEPTEMBER 8, 2009
Here is a list of lessons learned in no particular order: Electronic Papyrus Traffic from March 2009 to September 2009 (6 months). 1) Content quality always determines the viability of a blog. March 1st to August 24th 2009 (roughly 6 months). (1) Electronic Papyrus : 50,137 visits, 73,034 page views. think that initially we had hoped for more comments on our posts.
Augmented Reality and The Coming Tsunami of Location Learning Apps
OCTOBER 26, 2009
Mobile devic e enhancements in GPS, image capture, computing power, APIs and the wireless networks that move mobile device bits and bytes have all matured to the point where the desktop computer is in some respects now playing catch up with the mobile device. It’s here and it’s called Augmented Reality (AR). So, what is AR? Let’s take a virtual reality trip sans technology for some answers.
iPhone…The Ultimate Learning Device (My 10 Top Learning Apps)
OCTOBER 6, 2009
I’ve been waiting patiently, but couldn’t take it any longer as I’ve watched more and more friends whip out their iPhone 3G to get a GPS fix on our location or perform some other mundane task sliced, diced and served on the micro-mobile-super computer that is the iPhone 3G. Chris’ Top 10 Eductional Apps for the iPhone. 1. Touch Physics by Games 4 Touch. Kindle for the iPhone. Abc Pocket Phonics.
Social Media and Brass Tacks…8 Examples from the Front Line
SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
About ten years ago, I left UCLA in the middle of my Ph.D. work and since that time, have always had mixed emotions when contrasting the relative calm of the academic classroom with the storm of a tech company’s cubicle. Needless to say, it felt ironic to recently come full circle and return to academia. and are oftentimes topics that are “near and dear to our audience. activity at OSU. 6.
E-learning in the Mobile World and the Right Business Model to Deliver It
JUNE 9, 2009
I think it is safe to say that for most of us the personal computer is the first place we go when we are looking for web-based information; however, new web-ready mobile devices are emerging with increased speed and are blurring the line of what traditionally constitutes a viable endpoint for digital content. Have you seen the new Verizon netbook ? Is it a laptop, a souped-up PDA?
Facebook and the Public Square
APRIL 22, 2009
Fast forward to 2009 and we are now assessing the consequences of this imbalance between privacy, access and relevance and how we should respond to market conditions that are not very tolerant of our predicament and are demanding more agile and innovative approaches to meeting our user’s needs—community being perhaps the most important. Oh no! and 3.5; as against GPAs between 3.5 sites.
Confessions of a Netflix E-Learning Developer
MAY 26, 2009
What did I learn about E-learning development when I worked at Netflix six months ago? Before I share some thoughts, let’s look at the numbers. Just this year, Netflix sales have topped 910 million dollars with 414 full-time employees at the helm. Seem improbable? Is it possible to design viable E-learning courses at a company like Netflix where business moves at the speed of light? Not so much.
How small is too small for educational technologies to be meaningful?
MAY 3, 2009
Using small, modular components as the building blocks of educational programs is nothing new to curriculum developers. But many relatively new technologies such as widgets and micro-blogs now provide greater options for delivering educational content in tiny sizes to massive audiences. These videos demonstrate that the minute is the new hour. But do they go far enough? How small is too small?
Visual Pedagogy and CNN—the ‘Our Stuff,’ ‘Your Stuff’ Approach
DECEMBER 2, 2009
Sometime around November of 2009, CNN completely reformatted their site to include a very heavy focus on video content (see the prominent position, size and number of video thumbnails) and pushed their video navigation tab to the top position on the top bar (after the Home tab). I recently gave a talk to the green industry about using web-based video and photo assets to help meet instructional goals. I was reminded of the amazing potential visual story telling holds for industries that find their center of gravity outdoors. As Keen reminds us, “It’s hard to beat free.”.
Encouraging New Media In Higher Education: Pushing the Glacier
DECEMBER 20, 2009
In private industry, successful use of new media technology is evaluated by the subsequent effect on revenue, with recognition, pay increases, and promotion the payoff. In contrast, Higher Education is slow—some say glacially slow– to adopt new media, and is ill equipped to reward individuals when they do incorporate new technologies in their research, education, and outreach strategies.
Social Learning Galleries of the Future: Art Overpowers Facebook
NOVEMBER 16, 2009
Institute for the Future. recently had the opportunity to hear Bob Johansen from the Institute for the Future present a vision of the future that is at once compelling and frightening: The term “consumer” will be replaced by “participant.”. Our perception of reality will be largely shaped by technology. To appear “trustworthy” will be held in suspicion. The art and science of “futuring” is not new.
Planes, Trains and Mobile Devices: How mobile technology is breaking down the digital divide
NOVEMBER 9, 2009
A few weeks ago I boarded a flight to St. Louis for a conference and met a young man who made me realize how connected we’ve become with mobile technology, across not only distance, but across cultural and social divides. Not surprisingly, this disparity can lead to just the briefest of conversations followed by hours of reading, listening to MP3 players, or watching in-flight movies. link].
Emphasis on the NETWORK!
AUGUST 19, 2009
Social media networking from Twitter and Facebook, to whatever the next hot idea that evolves has one rule for success. Know Your Audience!” is rule number one in the world of interactive communication. The real issue is less what we know about our audiences , than why we need to know. We have a lot of content, which we want to push out to our target learners. Pure logic, it seems.
Participatory, on-the-go education
AUGUST 10, 2009
Lately I’ve been absorbed in podcasts on a variety of topics—instructional gaming, carbon markets, sleep deprivation…. find what I want to learn about on the Web, sync to my iPhone, and listen on the go at my convenience. Podcasts can be audio or video. RSS feeds provide subscribers the latest files, to be watched or listened to on a computer or any number of mobile devices.
JUNE 26, 2009
Crowdsourcing has become a popular mechanism to generate innovations and harness the contributions of mass volunteers for a specific purpose. Crowdsourcing often takes the form of a company or agency placing an open call for help to solve a problem. Individuals respond with potential solutions and in some cases receive cash rewards if their solution is selected. Enter crowdsourcing.
Who feeds the information society?
JUNE 1, 2009
Through the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies, American taxpayers invest billions of dollars every year into research to improve health, safety, the environment, scientific understanding, etc. The accountability of whether these investments have real impact for Americans is tied to the education and communication of research findings. Yes, that too.
Make way for virtual learning communities
MARCH 25, 2009
When I worked as director of publications at the Soil and Water Conservation Society, I set up the SWCS network. Within minutes of invitations being sent out, people started joining, posting information, and forming groups on a variety of topics of interest to them—conservation photography, water quality monitoring, cover crops, etc. The content generated in the network was user-centered. Bingo.
Doing the Math: The Flip Video Phenomenon
MARCH 19, 2009
Flip Videos. You either love ’em or hate ’em. These remarkably compact and easy-to-use Flip Video cameras are a natural result of what has been called the “democratization” of video. Many professional video producers are skeptical of these little cameras and the power of instantly distributing video around the world using the camera’s built-in USB connection. Do the math. –Jeff.
Learning from Worms—and Words
MARCH 13, 2009
In future postings on this blog, I will talk about new frontiers in science education publishing. But today I’d like to take you back to an earlier era to celebrate a previous revolution in thinking made possible by science publishing. This year marks the 200-year anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the famous English naturalist. Thousands of copies were sold.
Baby Boomers and Instructional Design
MARCH 2, 2009
We recently began a project called, “Mastery of Aging Well: A Program for Healthy Living. The funding for this project came from the USDA and the principle investigator and content provider is a very well-respected associate professor tied to OSU Extension. Beyond that, we assumed accessibility would be extremely essential in the design of the course. 2006). Tom Johnson’s Blog.
U.S. Generations from 2000 to 2030
MAY 21, 2009
Here’s a PowerPoint presentation I posted to Slideshare about how the generations in the U.S. move through time, from 2000 - 2030, based on Census Bureau population data and projections: U.S. Generations: 2000-2030. By Mark Crossler, OSU.
Should You Tweet?
MAY 19, 2009
Many people think of Twitter as ego-centric micro-blogging: “Hey, world, I’m at McDonalds eating a Big Mac for lunch.”. So what?!! Twitter is called micro-blogging because it limits the user to just 140 characters, and as the above example illustrates, most tweeters use these precious characters to provide the world with a slice of their life. The reason Twitter keeps tweets to 140 characters or less is that it uses the cell phone text message standard, providing anyone the ability to tweet from their cell phone. Twitter can be used as an effective communication tool.
E-learning and the Way of the Pachyderm
APRIL 1, 2009
If visual media is king within the world of online instructional technology, then one of its most loyal subjects would be Pachyderm. Pachyderm was developed back in 2003 by the San Francisco Museum. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].
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.