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NOVEMBER 7, 2009  Highlights of ELELTECH India 2009
The ELELTECH India 2009 national conference was organized jointly by CDAC and JNTU. The National Seminar on e-Learning & e-Learning Technologies concluded yesterday in Hyderabad in the JNTU campus. It was good to attend a conference on eLearning after very long. The high point of the conference was the speech by the chief guest (Prof Ananth, Director IIT Madras). He talked about the need for experiential learning as the key to effective learning. He shared his vision of education for all and how the NPTEL program was working towards this vision through the virtual IIT classes.
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AUGUST 12, 2009  Are you offering a Merc when he's looking for a Maruti? – Are you scaring your clients away?
It's but natural that given the economic situation, companies are selling hard and aggressively in the market. But all the hard selling and aggression can be futile if this does not match the need of the market. Given the crisis in the industry, most companies have evolved methodologies and processes to strengthen their systems. This in turn means that their sales teams are under double the pressure to market these competencies as well as fetch business. Are you scaring your clients away? Often, more than the cost, an overly grandiose proposal can scare your clients away. What is your motive?
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JANUARY 27, 2009  Are Web 2.0 tools designed to support learning?
Whether it is Web 1.0 or Web 2.0 tools, we need to understand and evaluate the affordances of the tools and their abilities to support and deliver learning effectively. Today, I came across a case study that evaluates the pedagogical affordances of web 2.0 technologies. The case study makes some interesting points about the pedagogical affordances of web 2.0 technologies. To put it across in layman’s perspective, the case study analyses the abilities of web 2.0 tools to deliver training. 1) Very few of the current crop of Web 2.0 technologies started life designed as educational tools. Web 2.0
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JANUARY 27, 2009  Designing Training Delivered Using Web 2.0 Tools
This is the first in the series on learning, training, and designing instructions in the Web 2.0 environment. remember having a discussion with Vaishnavi about how instructional design for Web 2.0-based learning should be different from that of traditional learning (classroom training and eLearning). The fact remains that learning is about learners and not about tools or technology. Also, web 2.0 is not about a tool or technology, it is about the philosophy where technology empowers learners to do much more than just view and read off the web. In web 2.0 Informal learning is learner-driven.
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JANUARY 30, 2009  Workshop 2.0: Training 2.0 in progress
Our first workshop "Training 2.0: Training's New Avatar" is off to a great start today. We have 7 participants toady and the workshop started off to a great start over cups of steaming tea, coffee on a pleasant Saturday morning!! We have an interesting mix of participants: hoteliers, individual trainers, and participants from IT world. This is bringing in great discussions among the group.
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JANUARY 31, 2009  Workshop 2.0: Session on Virtual World!
Our workshop participants are crazy about games. Considering their profiles during registrations, we are pleasantly surprised that they are avid gamers. Lots of games mindgames.com, Age of Empires, Cricket 2008, racing games, shooter games, snooker, chess, Quake. so it wasn't surprising that most of them were familiar with the Virtual World. how can they make money on virtual world?' It's fun!
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IDIOT  Workshop 2.0: Insights and Ideas for Future
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
Our first workshop on Training 2.0 ended on a great note on January 31. Vaishnavi has captured it well. The participants were happy about that the workshop met their expectations. Don't forget to hear what they have to say about the workshop. The workshop also threw up some interesting insights about Web 2.0. Most of the participants have been using Web 2.0 tools without actually being aware that these are Web 2.0 tools. The most common perception about Web 2.0 tools are that these are just networking tools. You can use these to stay connected. tools. Web 2.0 tools workshop web 2.0 MORE >>
IDIOT  Design Thinking!
| MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2009
I am a great fan of Ideo. love the way they have institutionalized design. What can be more charming than the ability to summon creativity at will! learned early in life at my art Fine Arts academy that creativity is not an art, it is a craft. Although I was always fascinated at how our Aquilla Sir could transform his thoughts on paper ever so effortlessly, I grew up to realize that it's the thinking behind the creation that really makes a difference. This was further reinforced in my journalism school. You only need to cultivate an eye for detail to make the cut. MORE >>
IDIOT  Siftables - A shift in the way we do things?
| FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2009
Siftables are the latest rage - gamers, technology enthusiasts, learning professionals, researchers, everybody is trying to explore its potential. From the limited information that we have about Siftables on the Internet, I could think of the following uses off the cuff: - teaching-aid during workshops (demo flow charts, processes, phases, cause-effect relationships) am tired of flip charts, videos, and flash cards :). demo tools during boardroom meetings (can say bye bye to laptops/LCD projectors - but yes may be cumbersome for a larger group). Watch the Siftables and Mediamesh video. MORE >>
IDIOT  Kern's Second Workshop on Web 2.0 in Mumbai
| FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009
Kern's second web 2.0 has started off to a great start in Mumbai. It's a great convention center - Avanta at Bandra Kurla Complex. We have one whole wall that overlooks the Mumbai landscape, Our participants have come in well ahead of time, which is a great thing. This time we have an interesting mix of participants from diverse background - Nitin from Mahindra First Choice, Ruchita, Swati, and Shikha from Kotak Life Insurance, Vineeta from Godrej Agrotech, Vijay from Castrol, Sachin from Convergys and Jayanti from ICMR. What are the web 2.0 tools that I can use for training? How to teach? MORE >>
IDIOT  Kern's Second Workshop on Web 2.0 in Mumbai - Post Lunch
| SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2009
The session is underway post lunch! Vaishnavi is doing a great job of facilitating this group of enthusiastic and vocal participants. Every participant has great insights and opinions to share - which has made the session very interactive. Now, the participants had a go at the Virtual World. They created their 'avatars' and explored places - from IKEA to Coca Cola to Amity Business School! Interesting discussion followed about the potential of using virtual world in real world training. They weighed out the pros and cons of using virtual world versus simulations. Post a preview of the web 2.0 MORE >>
-  5 things IDs can think differently about! IDIOT | THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2009
-  Do you simply test your eLearning product or do you evaluate it? IDIOT | SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2009
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