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Tackling a New Captivate Project

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When I'm not performing interpretive dance, this is what I do. could have sworn I have written this down before somewhere in this blog. If I have, it's been awhile and I'm sure I've fine-tuned the process since then. So.by the request of the Manager.How Wendy tackle's a new Captivate project! create software simulations about 95% of the time. This is how I tackle a software simulation project.

#iel11 Leveraging ARGs for Learning

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Case Study: DevLearn 2009, Zombie Apocalypse - Goals + Introduce/practice using different social media technologies for communication, collaboration and learning + Encourage networking and provide opportunities for relationship building - Game structure + Team play + Collecting clues - Tweets and clue codes. Alternate reality games - storyline based, can be low tech Augmented reality games - overlay of info on real life. Can be used to create alternate reality games. Help to guide. Adjust to accommodate OR squash + Scoring modified - Curtain - separation between puppetmaster and players.

#iel11 Thursday Morning Keynonte

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Also define the outcomes By the end of 2009, Dell had generated 6.5 Ran into Clark Quinn, then Dave Ferguson and Joan. Joan noticed that it didn't seem like stuff had "changed" all that much. would argue that acceptance of the bleeding edge that we have been discussing since at least 2007 is getting greater. We still have to sell these ideas to our clients - who have the notion that "training" = a day in a classroom and multiple choice assessments. Shift from authority-managed to community-managed content How do you optimize your investments? Measurement? Finances? Knowledge Transfer?

What I Learned in 2009

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I'm not going to entirely couch this in terms of "What I Learned About Learning" ( this month's Big Question ) because I think it is all of a piece this year. Lesson 1: Learning how to play well with others I find that playing well with others often means ceding control. This requires huge amounts of trust. This year, the administrative team for our partially implemented LMS grew from 1.5 ( the Veteran did a lot of work with the Instructor-Led tracking piece) to 4. trust the other team members implicitly. History. They seem to feel the same way about me. It ain't policy - just common courtesy.

Keeping Momentum

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Sally (not her real name) is one of our stakeholders. She comes from another training group that happens to have the ear of the Executive VP. Since my last discussion with my Control freak , she has let herself be co-opted into our developing administrative group for this LMS. Much to the dismay of the control freak, I've given her administrative access too. So now, there are 3 of us.

Before the Trend Becomes a Problem

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Disney has a huge research arm. They get information from every direction. Most interesting is when they act on it. How do we convince people to act when it is not a problem.yet

Breaking Things Down

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I learned that nothing good comes without work and a certain amount of pain. Henry Rollins There are many days where I think about what I want to accomplish and become overwhelmed by the scope of it all. In my Thoughts on Goals , I talked a little about how I break down goals into Immediate, Short-term, Medium-term and Long-term. Jon M. Set a time goal for yourself and focusing for that period.

The Details

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You all may have sussed out by now that I am a HUGE process junkie. How do things work? What are the steps to get there? During one of the exercises, I noticed that Disney not only focuses on the overarching processes related to the bigger vision, they also focus on the smaller, almost individual processes that impact their front line staff. What are you doing that is solving a problem?

Editing Blogger Templates part Deux

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Example: all of my posts for Annual Gathering 2009 I tagged AG08. b) I used Blogger's Search Blog feature to make sure that all of the AG08 posts appeared when I used the tag AG08. c) I copied the resulting link [link] for safekeeping in WordPad. Maybe this will get me re-inspired. 1) For the existing widgets on my older template - I made sure I had a text file of the original HTML code.

Angering My Control Freak

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This is what MY control freak looks like. From rottentoons.com -- When we last left the LMS - Sid (my soft skills counterpart) was bemoaning how we can't seem to get our colleagues to see the value of having one place for training across the university. We let the sleeping dog lie for awhile. Neither of us had the energy or the time to sell the idea. We are all used to our little fiefdoms. To help.

Back from Vacation

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In case I seemed a bit quiet this week. was out being productive. BTW - that's the 21" bass I caught. also caught an 18". Both were mighty tasty

RIP - Kaia

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Kaia puppy had to be put down yesterday. She's been ill for awhile and having a progressively harder time walking. Each time the SO and I saw her, we figured it would be the last. She would rally each time. This time.no rally. She lived an awesome life. Rest in peace old girl. You will be missed. Dealing with Unforseen Variables The Cat/Dog Experiment Round 2

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Summer Hockey Break

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One of the fantastic things about living near an NHL practice rink is the ability to catch hockey in July. managed to catch the first period of the Washington Capitals Development Camp scrimmage. Loved how they brought John Walton from the Hershey Bears to call the game, provided "goal" music and horns, and generally made it as close to a real game as possible. With better seats. Blue v. White.

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#IeL09 Game Jam WINNER

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Will Wright's choice for Game Jam! Project: Permanent Campaign Team: Stephen Martin, Maria Anderson, Dan Petrak, Richard Sebastian Concept: You are an ambitious candidate. Goal: Presidency of the US. Collection of Mini- Games. Wii based - Work the Room. Shake hands and meet people - Teleprompter Kareoke - Deliver the speech. Office serves as central command and information post. Congrats!

#IeL09 The End of a Long Week

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This is not Scoble. it's Peter from ADL - who happened to find Scoble's nametag lying on the floor) This conference was incredibly validating. love walking away from a week knowing that yes, despite seeming a bit "out there" in the eyes of my co-workers and clients and other members of the broader professional community, I am on the right track. In a couple of cases, even more-so.

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#Iel09 Thursday evening brain dump

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I left the conference after having some munster cubes and a couple of chicken quesadilla cones. My brain pretty much stopped working after Will Wright's talk. would have been perfectly happy to hang out with a couple bottles of wine and some of the conference goers as we try to process it all. This is a gathering of some crazy-smart people. Crazy crazy smart people. Aaron had to follow Will Wright.

#IeL09 GameJam Projects

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This year's symposium featured a Game Design workshop. Participants created proposal boards for judging by the conference participants and Will Wright. This easily falls under the "how cool is that?!?!" category. Feedback from one of the top guns in the industry. Oh yeah - my apologies for the cruddy pictures. And the really brief captions. Not much time between sessions. PC-based. Thanks.]

#ASTD09 Thoughts on Day 2

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Here's my picture with Cammy Bean. Taking pictures of yourself from smartphones.not an easy business. -- I'm starting to see a lot of reaction to my thoughts and other comments coming from ASTD09. haven't absorbed many of them yet and it will all be works in progress. Bear with me while I try to take this amorphous mass and try to make sense of it. This may take awhile.and be very disjointed.

#ASTD09 Basic Cartooning for the Trainer

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Presentation: Basic Cartooning for the Artistically Challenged Trainer Presenter: Mike Artell - Author/Illustrator I am not certain how well this session will blog. Hopefully, I can use the spiffy cool PowerPoint napkin shown at DevLearn08 to help. - 1 picture worth a thousand words. People who train tend to talk. - We think in pictures. Think in pictures, never forget. Move AROUND things. Zoom in!

#ASTD09 Monday Keynote

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Presentation: Monday Morning Keynote Presenter: Tony Bingham, President ASTD No internet in the big halls. Probably interferes with the audience polling system. Something I’ve never seen used before. Probably because I’ve never been to a professional conference this large. Cameras, big fancy set (nice job on the capital BTW. Freeman does nice work.), Good stuff. or is it a train?” Oldest is 32.

#ASTD09 Day 1 Thoughts, Day 2 Prep

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Happily found one batch of cushy chairs in this convention center. have a fantastic view of the Starbucks. Thankfully, I'm a local, so I found the one caddy-corner to the convention center. MUCH smaller line :') -- That's another thing about being a local at a large conference. It's like being a commuter student at a large university. The things we do for better health. Very focused exercises.

#ASTD The Science of Brain-Friendly Teaching

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Presentation: Using Your Noggin - The Science of Brain-Friendly Teaching Presenter: Dr. Spencer Kagan Any research information I can pick up on what we do can't hurt. Noticed when I walked into the room he works to create a very positive, upbeat environment. 50s music, smiley people giving handouts, happy-looking clip art in the handouts. Bright colors on the site. Pen and paper. We did same.

A Field Trip to Hershey

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What's with all you Caps fans? heard a variation of this comment from practically every Hershey Bears fan I ran into last weekend. I get the impression that there were more of us interlopers from Washington than usual. Ryan and I went up there to root for the guys who kept the Caps going - particularly mid-season. That's pretty cool! -- The Giant Center is a very nice arena. View from Center Ice.

One Step Forward

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Yup - I think this picture pretty much sums up Game 7 - Caps v. It looks worse than it really is. Thanks to the nurse in the first aid station behind section 414, Verizon Center for patching me up after I found a nice patch of spilled beer to step in. Hobbling around this morning. Hopefully, I'll be good to go by Monday. It's been over a decade since the Capitals have gotten this far. Says volumes.

Second Day Odds and Ends

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Whenever I am at a conference, one of the things I like to do is find a hidey hole with good internet. Oftentimes, that hidey hole is on the floor outside of an out-of-the-way meeting room. At the Pennsylvania Convention Center - I hit the jackpot. Leather cushy chairs! Even better - I can see the comings and goings of conference-goers. The renovation really is spectacular. tad rough.

Crossing Functional / Technical Divide

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From LinuxKungFu Yup - this is what communication across projects looks like. Nice blog for linux folks on the site. My takeaway: Scroll down and take a look at the baseline assumptions. They do a nice job of making those assumptions apparent. personally do a lot of translation between the two groups. Have for most of my career. Everyone should play nice with each other. Really. What is the Divide?

First Day Odds and Ends

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I got a chance to do some sightseeing yesterday. The Macy's on Market Street in Philly was built as a Wanamaker's back in the heyday of department store shopping. When going to the department store was a special occasion. You would dress up to shop, eat at the elegant restaurant at the store, make a day of it. The classic mother/daughter (or grandmother / granddaughter) day out.

As Promised: Vacation Video

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Ryan's comment after seeing this video Wendy - that's PARASAILING, not WINDSKIING! Whatever. - Yes - I say Um. A lot. Ummmmmmmm. - I am disliking the way the still pics from my camcorder come over using the Mac. Sorry for the pixilation. need to figure out a better process. Fruity rum drinks + filming does not = best practice. Thank goodness we have better editing tools now.

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Game 11: Top Golf

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This is Mike playing Top Golf. He doesn't know I took this picture (or posted it). He may kill me if he reads this blog. BTW - by the time you read this - I should be on a beach, umbrella drink in hand. -- Game: Top Golf Platform: The Top Golf facility in Alexandria, VA Price: Varies. Imagine a really tricked out practice range. Or a live version of a golf simulator. That's this place. Golf clubs.

Open Letter from the Trenches

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Dear new C-level person: I have been asked to represent the members of trench 52A - the group that helps you do stuff. We are happy that you got the position and, from the information we have received so far as it has trickled down through the 5-layer management chain, think you are headed in the right direction. We would like to help you make your vision come to life. We have been tasked to implement a new tool that some believe will help the department function better. 2a) What quantitative goals do you have for this department's performance? We look forward to your response.

Turning an amorphous blob into a chaotic ball

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You're overcomplicating it Wendy. SysAdmin Guru So I've managed to get a baseline technical process figured out for the awkward project. Person enters a staffing request - Staffing request goes to manager - Manager assigns a resource Pretty straightforward. Where I got stuck - what resources, as a manager, do I have to determine which resource to assign? Well.there is (supposedly) information from the time sheets people (supposedly) have been entering. There is also (supposedly) information from the projects that have (supposedly) been added to the system by (seemingly random) managers.

One Way to Move from Training to Performance

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We keep hearing about how corporate educators need to transition themselves into performance consultants. Rather than agonizing over "how", maybe we should just keep our eyes peeled for opportunities. Right now, I am working on a project where we are supposed to implement another module of a project management application that we are using. One problem - there is no process, there is no policy, there is little configuration and there is no clear way to perform the tasks required. Or what the real requirements are. This is another instance where we are trying to fit the problem to the tool.

Random Mind Dump

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Some good debate on the Wave as to whether having an LMS as a portal is a good idea. Here is my situation: - Lots of information scattered among multiple domains - VERY hard to find what you need - Multiple training groups sprouting like weeds across the organization My conclusion: ANYTHING is better than nothing and we can clean it up later. If I've got one place, no matter how imperfect, I can point people to - we've won. - I ran into Sally early one morning and had the same discussion. What would the ideal training environment look like? We debated whether the technology was truly there yet.

Google Wave Collaboration Experiment

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So I managed to get Google Wave invites for the other 2 members of our LMS Administration team. figured that Wave would help us improve our collaboration process - which currently consists of Elluminate or Virtual Classroom when we have the license space + teleconference (because not everyone has a working mic on their computers) + a word doc + multiple emails. Wave HAD to be an improvement. Right? Setup: I created a Wave with a rough outline of decisions that needed to be made. then sent the Wave to my colleagues. Sid and Sally were very excited to try this new toy. Mostly Sid, Sally and I.

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Question 5 - Tell me about your LMS!

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How did you organize your groups? By department? By job description? Other criteria? I'm looking for ideas for our folder structure. If we get the structure right, we can get the reports right.or so I hope. The current plan is for us to organize folks by department and by whether or not they are managers. There is also talk about organizing by job description. We plan to use our Enterprise system (Banner) to help automate this process. We are taking any and all ideas. If I get permission, I will share what we came up with on these pages a few months (I hope) from now.

Question 4 - Tell me about your LMS!

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What reports in your LMS do you find most valuable? Just curious. Again, please leave comments

Question 3 - Tell me about your LMS!

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Do you find the LMS enhanced learning? Question from @mkfrie) I'm looking for honest feedback. Any comments welcome