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The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Think Small (Iterations, Action Maps, Storyboards, and Mini-Modules)

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. We explored the waterfall approach towards elearning development in a prior post of this series. As you will notice in the above representation of the model, the issues are: Too much time gets spent in upfront design and planning when all of this is quite likely to change. Can we reduce flab in our analysis and design phase? believe the answer is a resounding "Yes!"

The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Agile Re-explained

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. In my last post we looked at the problems with our existing approach to building elearning. In summary, the problems we noticed were: A lack of shared understanding within the team, about the the customer's learning problem. The high risk associated with not having generalists in the team. The delay in seeing working pieces of elearning. No, not at all. Yes you can!

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4 Reasons Why YOU Don't want to Touch Social Learning with a Barge Pole

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. So, you recently read Jane Bozarth's Social Learning for Trainers and followed it up with a read of Enterprise 2.0 by McAfee and The New Social Learning by Conner and Bingham. You're excited by the promise of social software for learning. You're already a Facebook and Twitter junkie and life couldn't be better with vendors announcing "Facebook for the enterprise". Errrm.

Challenges and Failure are Great Tools for Learning

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. For the last few months I've been a self confessed fan and avid user of iPhone OS. Yesterday, as an impulse buy, I picked up a Droid. Months of conditioning to Apple's interface left me confused when I first saw the HTC Sense skinned Android interface. That was at noon yesterday. little over a day and I'm happily doing all of my mobile computing tasks using my Android.

Using the Dreyfus Model to engage people in your Online Learning program

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. The success of your Knowledge Management or online learning initiative depends on how well you can engage different people in your organization and really, how apt is your mode of delivery, to the content you're delivering. Very simply, the purpose of any online learning/ knowledge sharing implementation is to make capabilities explicit in an organization.

Knowledge Management in the age of Social Media

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Last week Dinesh , Nikhil and I encountered the second stage of our social business journey at ThoughtWorks. Over the week, we had a few conversations with other ThoughtWorkers focussing on one common question, "Where do I put x?". It's been about four years since I last created a very structured folder system on my computer. Flexible consumption is the need of the hour.

Preparing For Serendipity - A Crucial Knoweldge Work Skill

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Before I begin today's blogpost, I have to mention the biggest event in Indian cricketing history over the last three decades or so. India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup on Saturday and what a win it was! The eleven played like true champions against a tough opposition and at the end of it came out on top. People actually took to the streets in celebration. Just believe!

The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Of Project Spaces & Project Managers

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My Tenets of Leadership From Training Specialist to Learning Generalist Why your Training Team needs Versatilists © Sumeet Moghe, 2009. He explains the thought using a graph like the one you see above. We measure a product/ service by the value it provides to the customer and its uniqueness. You're perhaps stupid if you provide a unique service and no one wants it.

The Power of Pull - John Seely Brown

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I'm sitting here at the keynote by John Seely Brown (JSB) and am I excited to hear him speak this morning. picked up his recent book, the Power of Pull for my Kindle and each time I've picked it up for a reading burst, I've struggled to put it down. This is a packed house at this point and we haven't even gotten close to being started. Something has to give.

3 Visual Design Tips to Make Your Presentation Slides Pop

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Cammy Bean is hilarious - and she's also just spot on. Some months back she wrote about her newly discovered syndrome - SoMeFat. My friend Neil Lasher talked about that on his blogpost to kick off the year. It feels like a bit of an epidemic to me, I tell you because I think the SoMeFat bug has reached me. There are several ways of creating contrast.

Here's how I'm approaching Personal Knowledge Management

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. A few months back, Harold Jarche wrote a very interesting article about sense making with Personal Knowledge Management (PKM). Harold suggested a model that he uses to manage his personal knowledge and stay on top of his social media intake. strongly suggest that you also look through the webinar he did on PKM at the LearnTrends conference. pkm social media enterprise 2.0

Fun is Serious in Social Business

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. When I went to Ranthambore this year, I was pretty awestruck by the glory of the men's moustaches there. As some of you know, I was inspired enough to grow my own moustache. week down the line, when I was back at work I thought of the Movember tradition and wondered if people would be willing to donate to a charity if I kept growing my moustache. Errrm. That value is fun.

Micro Learning - Knowledge in Four Minutes or Less with @intellectus_kc

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I've just run into Joseph O'Malley's session on Micro-Learning. Given my fascination with YouTube and things like 50 Lessons , this is a topic I'm quite interested in. So I'll just liveblog what I'm learning. Joseph seems to be a very entertaining guy, given the conversation he's striking before the talk begins. So I think the session (which is a full house) will be entertaining to say the least. Joseph is the senior director of knowledge for St Luke's Health System. Directors go to project meetings and take credit for others work. The challenge is that of time.

I'm Sorry - Training isn't a Bad Word

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. "We're dropping use of the word 'training.' Replacing it with learning? Training materials? Training materials? We don't need any stinking training materials Training is a turn off! Learning is what I go for. Training is what you do to me. Learning is what I do for myself I hope "training" is discontinued on an ongoing bases - requirements change.

Your Brain on Graphics with @elearningcoach

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I've just run into Connie Malamed 's sessionabout research around visuals and I'm late. I'm going to start blogging right away. Connie's been talking about the power of visuals - e.g how Dan Roam simplified the US healthcare problem. Connie's the author of one of my favourite books - Visual Language for Designers. Here's what she's covering. We're hardwired for visuals.

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Mobile Learning Best Practices and Lessons Learned with @JudyB

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. This morning, after my successful iPad purchase (yeah!), I'm attending Judy Brown 's session on mobile learning best practices. Judy's an absolute goddess in this neck of the woods, so I'm hoping to learn heaps from her, so without further ado, I'm going to start liveblogging and letting you know what I think I'm learning. Technology is changing rapidly and it's a whole new world today, says Judy. The US seems to be a little behind Japan in terms of technology, but they're definitely up there in learning innovation. people engaged in mLearning, 40% exploring. An app?

The Six Hats of a Trainer

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Wow, its 2010 already - a beginning of new decade! It seems like the last year and even the last decade, just went by in a breeze. There have been so many developments in the L&D space in this last decade that have really revolutionised this field. It's as if it was yesterday that Jane Bozarth very smartly predicted that "Trainers won't be replaced by technology.

Think Workscapes, not Training

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. A few days back I watched a pretty awesome video by Nick Shackleton Jones about the Affective Context Model. Nick told a great story about the importance of the affective context - the emotional metadata that allows us to connect and remember various pieces of information. Nick's also written a splendid article about this very topic for those who want more detail.

Customising your Social Business platform - 5 things to keep in mind

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Most social business platforms are maturing quite fast. The landscape now has players that have been around for a while and provide functionality that'll put some consumer apps to shame. That being said, often times the stock platform isn't 'exactly' what you want. You may need to customise the platform to get the most out of it for your company. platforms. Let me know.

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Knowlegeable to Knowledge-able with @mwesch

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I'm very excited to be at Michael Wesch's keynote at Learning Solutions 2011. Michael's from the department of anthropology at Kansas state university and is a well known figure exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. I'm expecting a lot of real stories and empirical evidence. He's also a twitter god - 10,000+ followers? The other examples was disputes.

The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Why Synchronous Learning makes so much sense today

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Of Project Spaces and Project Managers The Role of Social Media © Sumeet Moghe, 2009. At the very outset, let me apologise for being late on this post. My dog went through surgery this weekend, my wife's had exams and life's been incredibly hectic as a consequence. As I wrote earlier, if you're a service provider, then people matter most in your business. So what's the solution?

3 Ways to Spice up Linear Navigation in Elearning

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Who doesn't want to create engaging elearning? But when managing projects, you're often balancing time, cost, money, scope and team. Sometimes, the mix of these factors means that you end up having to design simple and quick, linear courses - where every learner moves along only one predictable path in the course. So without further ado, let's get going.

Here's why social business will not save your cheese

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. If you're reading this article then I guess you have a keen interest in social business or are perhaps already running your own setup. If my guess is true, then you perhaps have some frustrations running your internal program. Now don't get me wrong, I am a big, die hard fan of social media in the workplace and frankly I wouldn't have it any other way. Enterprise 2.0

The 4 Passions of an Instructional Designer

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. A couple of days back I posted a presentation on Visual Design Basics. What was really the result of work between breaks from being the host for RubyConf India , turned out to be a fairly popular presentation on Slideshare with over 2000 views and counting! I'm sorry again that the presentation doesn't have too many notes for you to glean the narrative in the background.

On the Social Web, Everyone Knows If You're a Dog

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I remember using a computer for the first time in 1990 - it was when I wrote my first computer program, in BASIC. Internet access in the nineties was an absolute luxury in India. The cartoon featured two dogs at a computer, with one dog saying to another, " On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog ". The internet in those days was definitely a lot about content.

Here are 6 Social Learning Platforms you can enable 'On-Demand'

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. A few weeks back you may have read my recap of Jane Hart's webinar on choosing the right social learning platform. Jane outlined a variety of parameters that you should use to select your social learning platform - I've tried to summarise them in the picture above. Now before you run off to find yourself a social learning platform, let me play party-pooper a bit. Ready?

Easy ways to create your elearning templates

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Putting together an e-learning/ presentation template in Powerpoint or Keynote can be quite easy. What most of us struggle with is color combinations. used this very example to create a little fictitious demo of an airline's features. I've found these to be easy ways to start designing a template/ look and feel of an e-learning module and sometimes even a presentation.

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4 Social Business Lessons I Learnt Last Week

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. The last week at work was great. Against several odds, we launched our internal social business platform - myThoughtWorks. The uptake until now with just three working days of operation, has been tremendous. We've seen 1016 documents, 347 social bookmarks, 294 threads and 293 blogposts on the platform from about 524 contributing users. Let me give you an example.

Making teams tick - 5 things even I can tell you

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Photo credit: Éole © Sumeet Moghe, 2009. ThoughtWorks is a company of really smart people - we base our business on it. As part of my job at this company, I am privileged to work with the smartest of the smarts. Some of our best consultants come to ThoughtWorks University and that's what makes the program as good as it is today. Set Context At ThoughtWorks, my favourite word is context.

#Lrnbk - A Twitter Book Club Experiment

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. (Image courtesy - Patrick Gage ) Do you read interesting books on learning and find wonderful snippets you’d like to share with your social network? Do you wish you could share far and wide? Did you ever wish you could discuss your reading experience with others? Do you like sharing book reviews? Are you a learning professional looking to be part of a social experiment?

What constitutes a Social Learning Culture?

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I've often thought of social learning as a very culture dependent phenomenon. A few weeks back I read an interesting article by Thierry de Baillon, his conclusion being - we don't need more social platforms, we need more human companies. A lot of social software marketing seems to suggest that the tools will change the world. question. most people would say.

Learning to Learn in the modern Enterprise

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. The last few days in Hong Kong have been incredible -- I saw some great sights, participated in some interesting activities and backed all of it up with some great food. Talking of food, I very quickly realised that its kinda tough to get by without using chopsticks in Hong Kong. Now I'm sure that some upmarket restaurants offer forks and knives for food. enterprise2.0

5 Simple Ideas to Avoid Presentation Nervousness

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. A few weeks back I was in a conversation with one of my smartest and most confident colleagues. What he told me might leave you a bit surprised. If your were to meet this gentleman in person, you'd have no idea that someone like him would ever be nervous. In today's blogpost I want to share the advice I shared with my friend - five tips to deal with presentation fright.

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The State of Learning in the Workplace Today

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I've just scrambled into Jane Hart's session about the state of learning in the workplace today. This is a guide in soundbites and images and is a way to summarise the excellent guide on Jane's website that a lot of us have already seen. There are 10 factors that are shaping the new era of workplace learning. The 10 Factors 1. They learn when they feel a need to know.

Lose the Teaching, Work is Learning

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. A year back, when I decided to go with the idea of ThoughtWorks University V2 , I was seriously influenced by Jay Cross 's idea of a workscape. We already had a very successful graduate induction program in the form of ThoughtWorks University, and to change it meant flouting rules like "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." You cherish values by living them.

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Understanding the Tools of the Social Learning Landscape

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I am with Mark Oelhert this morning in his all day workshop about the tools of the Social Learning Landscape. Mark's focus is to look at social media tools, their impact on an organisation's culture. When Tim Orielly coined the term Web 2.0, he talked about a break in the way we do business. The catch is that you can use social media and Web 2.0 (or 3.0 or X.0 fashion.

6 Mistakes you should never make as a Presenter

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. In today's blogpost I want to touch upon one of my other favourite topics - presentations. There's no doubt that an effective presentation is a killer tool for business success. The ability to express your idea effectively lends a tough to beat edge to your technical skills. That isn't the case, is it? Read on to know more. Why does it matter? What's the solution? Never!

The Perils of an Email Centered Strategy to Social Learning

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. A few days back Nikhil Nulkar and I were discussing the need for social media in the enterprise. After all, we still have the original killer app of the internet - email. McAfee is right, and let me add that email is easy - it's the one thing everyone knows about and looks at. It's personalised - everyone sets up their inbox the way they want. Let me explain. Web 2.0

Identities 2.0 - The Human Face for Enterprise Social Software

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Image credit: Faithful Chant People have identities. Whether we like it or not, these identities exist regardless of whether someone works at your company or not. People create and share content already. Whether we like it or not, they do a lot of this outside of your company. I'm a big believer of the notion that enterprise social software needs porous walls.

Does Hiring play a part in a Social Learning Culture?

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. One of the most popular posts on this blog is about my ideas of what constitutes a social learning culture. In that article, I wrote about the need to bring together the most passionate people you can find for your business. If that is true, then intelligent hiring has to be at the center of an organisation's social learning strategy. What do you think?

The Seven Deadly Sins of Social Business

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. Dinesh Tantri , Nikhil Nulkar and I are on a project together at ThoughtWorks and we share some incredible moments together talking through our social business approach at ThoughtWorks. The project is part of the reason I've been a little late to write my weekly post. learn heaps just being around them. That said, doing the simple things aren't often the easiest.

Use Learning Paths to develop the right Learning Strategy

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If you liked this article, you're likely to enjoy my other posts on similar topics: The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Think Small (Iterations, Action Maps, Storyboards, and Mini-Modules) Using the Dreyfus Model to engage people in your Online Learning program Put your learners on a diet - consider a pull based approach Empowering learners in an Induction Program © Sumeet Moghe, 2009.

5 Things I've learnt about Training and Presenting from Disney

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. The last week has been absolutely incredible. The Agile 2010 conference seemed to be heaps bigger and better than last years conference and that seems to be a continuing trend. I was able to deliver a solo workshop on "Making Feedback work in Your Teams" , to a packed house. More on that later, but the best feedback comment I got was, "I could listen to Sumeet all day!".

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Changing our 'Trainer' Mindsets

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. I am a trainer by profession. know there are war cries in the industry to just get rid of the training department completely. agree and I disagree. Jane Bozarth 's landmark quote remains at the back of my mind. Trainers won't be replaced by technology. They will be replaced by trainers who are willing to use technology.” So am I really a trainer? Let me tell you why.

The "New" Social Learning isn't a New Thing

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. For the last few days I've been reading Marcia Conner and Tony Bingham 's book - The New Social Learning. It's an intriguing read, with several interesting case studies from organisations that are using social media to advance their business goals. Replete with heaps of evidence from the real world, the book is one that I recommend to anyone making a career in L&D.

2009 Top Posts and Topics: Kapp Notes

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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

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