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A BETTr type of conference?

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The SoE website wasn't responding when I wrote this, so here are links: Paul was interviewed by the Grauniad in 2009 and blogs here. It's an interesting time to be involved with education in the UK. The government is hacking wildly at the structures that have been familiar for so long; results from UK schools seem to be slipping sharply; the industrial education model looks to be broken. And where can we find solutions to these problems, to bring education in this country back on track? I'll stick up the first bunch of speakers and add the others later. What are universities?

2009 - the year of consumer e-learning

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In fact, I'm going to make just one, as I believe it ties together a number of threads that other commentators have already: 2009 will see a rise in consumer e-learning. Precisely because there is this confluence of themes that others have been supporting and engaging with - mobile technology, cloud computing, ever easier to use devices, openness to gaming - coinciding with the ongoing spate of "unpredictable moments of opportunity" that is the net result of global turmoil that will be the steady background hum for 2009. Such examples are not rare.

2009 - the year of consumer e-learning

Learning Rocks

In fact, I'm going to make just one, as I believe it ties together a number of threads that other commentators have already: 2009 will see a rise in consumer e-learning. Precisely because there is this confluence of themes that others have been supporting and engaging with - mobile technology, cloud computing, ever easier to use devices, openness to gaming - coinciding with the ongoing spate of "unpredictable moments of opportunity" that is the net result of global turmoil that will be the steady background hum for 2009. Such examples are not rare.

Training Specialist - one of the 30 best careers for 2009?

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They list their choices for the 30 best careers for 2009 and amongst those on offer (3 others: usability expert, firefighter, clergy) you'll find Curriculum/Training specialist. Just spotted this interesting article on the US News website - bit late as they posted this before Christmas, but better late than never. This vague categorisation seems to take in the job spec of just about anyone in the EduBlogosphere, but then we're a flexible bunch. The list itself is quite interesting as they have tried to be objective and give their criteria for our consideration. news the market

A cure for the page/slide hangover?

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One of the example demos for online presentation tool Prezi makes a very valid point: slides are a side effect of an old unused technology, slide projectors. Still, all presentation software today relies on slides. Likewise, most e-learning (asynchronous courseware) still exhibits features of its flat/linear predecessors. In fact, it can be so much more. find this novel approach quite exciting.

My 10 Ten Tools for Learning

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I've been giving this some consideration lately as I've found myself populating and repopulating a couple of machines at home and work with all that I require to keep me happy. So, here they are: 1. Google Search (Personal) Despite the never ending torrent of brilliantly useful stuff that the Big G churns out, it still is barely necessary to append "search" to their name to be clear what you mean when you say Google is a vital tool. have Google on almost permanent standby, especially so now (see 10). 2. I'm also a fan of it's capabilities for laying out eBooks for publishing to PDF. Delightful.

My 10 Ten Tools for Learning

Learning Rocks

I've been giving this some consideration lately as I've found myself populating and repopulating a couple of machines at home and work with all that I require to keep me happy. So, here they are: 1. Google Search (Personal) Despite the never ending torrent of brilliantly useful stuff that the Big G churns out, it still is barely necessary to append "search" to their name to be clear what you mean when you say Google is a vital tool. have Google on almost permanent standby, especially so now (see 10). 2. I'm also a fan of it's capabilities for laying out eBooks for publishing to PDF. Delightful.

Flash - when and where?

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The cleverest part of this site's page is that it embeds an Articulate interaction directly on the page. Not thought of that before, but I can think of instances when that may be quite appealing. However, I'm struggling to see why you would want to do this. Sure, it moves nicely enough and has pretty colours, and it 'chunks' thing up a bit. Perhaps if the entries were thinned out and had audio (beyond the irritating mouseover click sounds) appended I could see a point. Surely this kind of thing would instead make more sense just being flat on the wiki page, or am I being unreasonable?

Flash - when and where?

Learning Rocks

The cleverest part of this site's page is that it embeds an Articulate interaction directly on the page. Not thought of that before, but I can think of instances when that may be quite appealing. However, I'm struggling to see why you would want to do this. Sure, it moves nicely enough and has pretty colours, and it 'chunks' thing up a bit. Perhaps if the entries were thinned out and had audio (beyond the irritating mouseover click sounds) appended I could see a point. Surely this kind of thing would instead make more sense just being flat on the wiki page, or am I being unreasonable?

Free, now with added capitalisation

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I've just trawled through the working and reworking of ideas spawned by Chris Anderson's book Free. It got a big response from the likes of Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin and on it went. lost quite a bit of time in there. The basic premise is that with the cost of production asymptotically approaching zero, you can more or less round it out to nothing. If it costs nothing to make, then you give it away Free. while paid for TV (cable/satellite) continues to do well. While it is implied that Free can apply anywhere, I'm not so sure. However, content, it would seem, is where free really works.

Free, now with added capitalisation

Learning Rocks

I've just trawled through the working and reworking of ideas spawned by Chris Anderson's book Free. It got a big response from the likes of Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin and on it went. lost quite a bit of time in there. The basic premise is that with the cost of production asymptotically approaching zero, you can more or less round it out to nothing. If it costs nothing to make, then you give it away Free. while paid for TV (cable/satellite) continues to do well. While it is implied that Free can apply anywhere, I'm not so sure. However, content, it would seem, is where free really works.

What passes for work

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I've just abandoned a post in which I wondered if it was time to ditch the 'e' in elearning. I was prompted to think about this as it is the question I have submitted to present to Eliot Masie when he speaks to an e-Learning Network seminar this week. When you've got a term that encompasses Articulate authored text 'n next packages to online synchronous webinars to emmersive multi-player simulation environments to videoed lectures on YouTube to Ning social networks, it strikes me that you are working with a term that has lost any specificity and thus any real meaning. Sorry. thoughts

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What passes for work

Learning Rocks

I've just abandoned a post in which I wondered if it was time to ditch the 'e' in elearning. I was prompted to think about this as it is the question I have submitted to present to Eliot Masie when he speaks to an e-Learning Network seminar this week. When you've got a term that encompasses Articulate authored text 'n next packages to online synchronous webinars to emmersive multi-player simulation environments to videoed lectures on YouTube to Ning social networks, it strikes me that you are working with a term that has lost any specificity and thus any real meaning. Sorry.

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Why I do what I do

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Learning rocks. Let me say that again. Learning new things rocks. It's a buzz. Learning gives me a thrill. When I learn something new I feel good. It doesn't matter if that is an immediate and interesting fact that won't materially change my life*, or the slow dawning that things I have read weeks or months ago are coming together in my head to be synthesized in to a powerful new understanding that I know will make my personal or professional lives easier, more productive or just plain better. Why am I so presumptious? You're not likely to be here by chance. Buzz leads to buzz. might be.

Why I do what I do

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Learning rocks. Let me say that again. Learning new things rocks. It's a buzz. Learning gives me a thrill. When I learn something new I feel good. It doesn't matter if that is an immediate and interesting fact that won't materially change my life*, or the slow dawning that things I have read weeks or months ago are coming together in my head to be synthesized in to a powerful new understanding that I know will make my personal or professional lives easier, more productive or just plain better. Why am I so presumptious? You're not likely to be here by chance. Buzz leads to buzz. might be.

Internal Communications Manager - "trainer" for the informal learning era?

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The Internal Communications 2009 * show boasts in the email (though not clearly on that link, but definitely on this PDF ** ): HR And Internal Communications Debate Should internal communications and HR be integrated? So is this qualification - Internal Communication Management PgDip - run jointly by Kingston University and Capita L&D, the future of L&D qualifications in an era of informal learning? This item may have passed unnoticed, however, today I spotted another piece of junk mail that fed the same thoughts. Does your organisation 'get' peer-to-peer communication?

Internal Communications Manager - "trainer" for the informal learning era?

Learning Rocks

The Internal Communications 2009 * show boasts in the email (though not clearly on that link, but definitely on this PDF ** ): HR And Internal Communications Debate Should internal communications and HR be integrated? So is this qualification - Internal Communication Management PgDip - run jointly by Kingston University and Capita L&D, the future of L&D qualifications in an era of informal learning? This item may have passed unnoticed, however, today I spotted another piece of junk mail that fed the same thoughts. Does your organisation 'get' peer-to-peer communication?

"Do you have a blogging policy?"

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Just got back from another interview, but this was the first one where I asked "Do you have a blogging policy?" I'm hardly a high profile blogger - there's only you that reads it - but nonetheless, a couple of the people I've spoken to recently have indicated that they are aware of my online activity. Perhaps because I am the top ranked "danroddy" (in categories as diverse as 'frisbies owned', 'slices of toast consumed annually' and ' Google rank ') this should be expected. But in this interview we were getting down to the nitty-gritty (me? Healthcare insurance? Do they know you blog?

"Do you have a blogging policy?"

Learning Rocks

Just got back from another interview, but this was the first one where I asked "Do you have a blogging policy?" I'm hardly a high profile blogger - there's only you that reads it - but nonetheless, a couple of the people I've spoken to recently have indicated that they are aware of my online activity. Perhaps because I am the top ranked "danroddy" (in categories as diverse as 'frisbies owned', 'slices of toast consumed annually' and ' Google rank ') this should be expected. But in this interview we were getting down to the nitty-gritty (me? Healthcare insurance? Do they know you blog?

Learning Technologies 09 - the exhibition

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I've only been to LT a couple of times before, back in 2005/6. There seemed to be much more going on this year and that point of view was reinforced by a conversation I had with a former colleague who felt that this year there were genuine innovations in evidence, rather than last year which, for him at least, had been a load of waffle and hot air. Others may differ in this view of course. In this post I'll look at the exhibitors and I'll talk about the (free) talks that I caught later. As always with these things, some stands made a bigger point than others. We'll see.

A cure for the page/slide hangover?

Learning Rocks

One of the example demos for online presentation tool Prezi makes a very valid point: slides are a side effect of an old unused technology, slide projectors. Still, all presentation software today relies on slides. Likewise, most e-learning (asynchronous courseware) still exhibits features of its flat/linear predecessors. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as some very good stuff has been done using those earlier technologies, but the computer screen is not a page or a slide. In fact, it can be so much more. Thanks to Jane Hart for the Prezi link, lost in the torrent of good stuff on her PotD.

Learning Technologies 09 - the exhibition

Learning Rocks

I've only been to LT a couple of times before, back in 2005/6. There seemed to be much more going on this year and that point of view was reinforced by a conversation I had with a former colleague who felt that this year there were genuine innovations in evidence, rather than last year which, for him at least, had been a load of waffle and hot air. Others may differ in this view of course. In this post I'll look at the exhibitors and I'll talk about the (free) talks that I caught later. As always with these things, some stands made a bigger point than others. We'll see.

eLearning breaking through - Articulate reviewed

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Before Christmas I mentioned that I'd spotted a review of Moodle in a national magazine. Well, I bigger and more widely influential magazine, PC Pro, has reviewed the current darling of the rapid development movement, Articulate Studio. They rate it quite highly, it scores 5 of 6; here's the summary: A simple, fast and effective way to produce sophisticated online presentations, but it's expensive. Anyone else used it? rapid tools tools

eLearning breaking through - Articulate reviewed

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Before Christmas I mentioned that I'd spotted a review of Moodle in a national magazine. Well, I bigger and more widely influential magazine, PC Pro, has reviewed the current darling of the rapid development movement, Articulate Studio. They rate it quite highly, it scores 5 of 6; here's the summary: A simple, fast and effective way to produce sophisticated online presentations, but it's expensive. Anyone else used it?

Will's Webinar - Learning Myths

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Attended the Will Thalheimer webinar (sorry, I just can't call it webinosh). Struggled a bit since I signed in at the last minute (thought I'd registered in advance but I didn't get any reminder like last week - which I missed anyway.) So, here are the notes I hammered down and later I'll add my reflection on the approach - this was my first non-sales type webinar. liked it. Contemp notes Gathered 140 myths. Wow, that's a lot of myths! Top myth, bad learning design is good learning design. really can relate to. also relate to the mistaken proclamation - It's a training issue when it isn't.

Will's Webinar - Learning Myths

Learning Rocks

Attended the Will Thalheimer webinar (sorry, I just can't call it webinosh). Struggled a bit since I signed in at the last minute (thought I'd registered in advance but I didn't get any reminder like last week - which I missed anyway.) So, here are the notes I hammered down and later I'll add my reflection on the approach - this was my first non-sales type webinar. liked it. Contemp notes Gathered 140 myths. Wow, that's a lot of myths! Top myth, bad learning design is good learning design. really can relate to. also relate to the mistaken proclamation - It's a training issue when it isn't.

Learning Technology - making the most of a learning opportunity

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I sat last December eyeing up the conference line-up for this year's Learning Technologies , the UK's main commercial e-learning event and was drawing up a fantasy timetable. Sadly, being a lowly freelancer with no-one to pick up the tab* for the eye-watering ticket cost, it was nothing more than day-dreaming, which was a real shame as the line up includes quite a few speakers that I'd like to see (how about Itiel Dror , Tony Buzan , or George Siemens ?) Still, never mind. Any opportunity to learn from others in the business is good (and by extention I intend to share what I find with you).

Learning Technology - making the most of a learning opportunity

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I sat last December eyeing up the conference line-up for this year's Learning Technologies , the UK's main commercial e-learning event and was drawing up a fantasy timetable. Sadly, being a lowly freelancer with no-one to pick up the tab* for the eye-watering ticket cost, it was nothing more than day-dreaming, which was a real shame as the line up includes quite a few speakers that I'd like to see (how about Itiel Dror , Tony Buzan , or George Siemens ?) Still, never mind. Any opportunity to learn from others in the business is good (and by extention I intend to share what I find with you).

The 'learner' fallacy - delusions of influence in L&D

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The training/development/HR profession is always intensely interested in its own use of language. Perhaps because it spends so much time alongside the diversity hounds of the HR department, or in the company of the mind-benders of NLP, the 'Training Department' has seen the change to 'Learning & Development' and is obsessed with its 'learners'. While this is laudable, and shows a commendable attempt to place the focus on the recipient of their endeavours, it strikes me as a bit odd. What's the alternative? Instead perhaps we should take a step back a think of our audience as 'users'.

The 'learner' fallacy - delusions of influence in L&D

Learning Rocks

The training/development/HR profession is always intensely interested in its own use of language. Perhaps because it spends so much time alongside the diversity hounds of the HR department, or in the company of the mind-benders of NLP, the 'Training Department' has seen the change to 'Learning & Development' and is obsessed with its 'learners'. While this is laudable, and shows a commendable attempt to place the focus on the recipient of their endeavours, it strikes me as a bit odd. What's the alternative? Instead perhaps we should take a step back a think of our audience as 'users'.

A BETTr type of conference?

Learning Rocks

The SoE website wasn't responding when I wrote this, so here are links: Paul was interviewed by the Grauniad in 2009 and blogs here. It's an interesting time to be involved with education in the UK. The government is hacking wildly at the structures that have been familiar for so long; results from UK schools seem to be slipping sharply; the industrial education model looks to be broken. And where can we find solutions to these problems, to bring education in this country back on track? I'll stick up the first bunch of speakers and add the others later. What are universities?

2009 Top Posts and Topics: Kapp Notes

Kapp Notes

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

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

Upside Learning

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

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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

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

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Tool Set 2009

Tony Karrer

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.