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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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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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APRIL 9, 2009  5 things IDs can think differently about!
I often come across instructional designers who are pretty much stuck with things that they had started out doing early in their careers. While over time, their exposure to tools, kinds of courses, and abilities to handle content and clients have increased, what I see unchanged is their approach to instructional design. To begin with, let's check out 5 things IDs can think differently about! 1.
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MARCH 6, 2009  Kern's Second Workshop on Web 2.0 in Mumbai
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. The participants have listed down their expectations on post-its on the wall: - What are the various web tools? What are the web 2.0
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MARCH 7, 2009  Kern's Second Workshop on Web 2.0 in Mumbai - Post Lunch
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!
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FEBRUARY 4, 2009  Workshop 2.0: Insights and Ideas for Future
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 You can use these to stay connected.
IDIOT  Workshop 2.0: Session on Virtual World!
| SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2009
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. Well, we are now on the session on how we can use Virtual Games for Training or learning. The session's resumed after a sumptuous lunch of Subs, sandwiches, chips and coke. We have all settled in well for an engaging workshop ahead. It's fun! It's creative. MORE >>
IDIOT  Workshop 2.0: Training 2.0 in progress
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
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. There are some who are new to Web 2.0, some are just about familiar with Web 2.0, and some who have not quite accepted the change that web 2.0 has brought in. More follows. workshop web 2.0 MORE >>
IDIOT  Are you offering a Merc when he's looking for a Maruti? – Are you scaring your clients away?
| WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2009
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? MORE >>
IDIOT  Do you simply test your eLearning product or do you evaluate it?
| SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2009
I often encounter questions about the virtues of testing versus evaluating an eLearning product. These are critical questions that each learning professional must ask in order to design an effective course. While most companies are happy with a typical QA that includes the usual rounds of reviews and course testing, it is not enough to make a course usable and learnable. There remains the obvious BIG gap - the role of the "learner" in the testing process. Here are 5 reasons why you should relook at your development process and involve your learners in the "evaluation" process. 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 >>
-  Design Thinking! IDIOT | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2009
-  Designing Training Delivered Using Web 2.0 Tools IDIOT | TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009