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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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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.

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.

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

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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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.

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 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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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#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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

In 2011, I hope L&D partners with Focussed HR

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Sumeet Moghe, 2009. It's been a great year - before I write another word, I'd like to thank you for reading this blog. For the few people that subscribe to this blog, thanks for your support. also want to apologise for missing last week's blogpost while on holiday, but I must say the break has done me a world of good and I'll be hitting the digital space with a vengeance in this new year.

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.

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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