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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. First from eLearning Learning , Here are my top posts. 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. In my consulting practice, I get asked a lot about how to pilot test new technologies within an organization. Bored?-Try

eLearning Strategy

Tony Karrer

I spend a fair amount of my consulting time working with large organizations to help define how they will apply technology to particular business / performance / learning needs. This is either in terms of specific needs, e.g., improve customer satisfaction, or as part of an overall eLearning strategy. Predicting Needs The starting point for an eLearning Strategy is predicting needs.

These Are NOT Serious Games!

Upside Learning

Recently I’ve been consulting with a customer on the design of a series of digital learning games for sales training. So what really makes a ’serious’ game? A lot of casual game solutions available in the elearning development market claim to be ’serious’ games. Tags: Game Based Learning Learning Design eLearning Development Casual Games DGBL Serious Games Most clients have done their research online about serious games, and find the whole gamut of samples, demos, etc. Are they? Here are five clues to what serious games are NOT: 1. Objects. 3.

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

The Learning Generalist

We explored the waterfall approach towards elearning development in a prior post of this series. Customers get to see working elearning pretty late in the process - as a consequence we run the risk of an endless cycle of amendments. Can we release working elearning quicker, to harness learner feedback sooner than later? Rapid Elearning? Server based elearning?

An L&D Consulting Tip you Shouldn't Miss - Plan your Obsolescence

The Learning Generalist

I've often heard my colleague and ThoughtWorks consultant, Angela Ferguson talk about the importance for consultants to plan their obsolescence. So think about this from the perspective of L&D and elearning projects - how about having instructional designers pair with builders and project managers. Sumeet Moghe, 2009. There were no visible ends.

Convert ILT to eLearning - Estimating

Tony Karrer

It relates to my post about eLearning Costs , which bases cost estimates on seat time of the eLearning course. What are the important criteria in estimating eLearning duration when its based on a classroom course? For many types of content, elearning clearly offers an advantage. The research generally shows that there is at least a 50% reduction in seat time when a course is converted from classroom learning to elearning. Will subject matter experts (SMEs) be available for consultation as needed? eLearning Technology. Is it feasible to do so?

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Role Models in Educational Technology on Ada Lovelace Day

Janet Clarey

Betty Collis , Emeritus Professor, Consultant. Nancy White , Founder at Full Circle Associates, Consultant. Beth Kanter , trainer, blogger, and consultant to nonprofits and individuals in effective use of social media. Lisa Neal Gualtieri , Editor-in-Chief, eLearn Magazine, Adjunct Professor at Tufts University. Margaret Driscoll , Managing Consultant, IBM. Gloria Geri , Consultant. Artichoke, Consultant, Blogger. Cathy Moore , E-Learning consultant, Blogger. Michelle Martin , Blogger, Consultant. Global Consultant at Cisco WebEx.

How long does it take to select an LMS?

Tony Karrer

And I think we are both pretty good at it. I may even be the person he's talking about in his post as the other consultant, but I'm not quite sure. Point Solutions vs. Suites and Composition eLearning Learning - LMS Browse eLearning Content at saw a post by Bryan Chapman discussing how long it takes to select an LMS. I've known Bryan for quite a few years - more than 10. And he and I do a lot of LMS selection and implementation work. So, the real answer to how long it takes is, of course, it depends. So, we have a difference of 11 months vs. 2.5

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

The Learning Generalist

I've worked forever in the services industry and as an in-house consultant, I've realised that people like working with other people. That said, its not enough as an in-house trainer to set up a couple of elearning modules, forums, wikis, chat rooms, etc and believe that everyone will participate. This is the last of my posts in The Agile Elearning Design Manual series.

The Best EDU Blogs on the Planet!


The Rapid eLearning Blog ( Tom Kuhlmann) When you think about improving your rapid e-Learning , instructional design, PowerPoint or graphic creation skills, Tom Kuhlmann's Rapid eLearning blog provides you with a lot of great advice, tips, examples and short-cuts (One word = Amazing!). Also, don't forget to get his free elearning ebook while you’re there. TOP BLOGS!

LearnX Asia Pacific 2009 - Day 2

E-Learning Provocateur

Training Remote Workers and Their Managers - Getting the People & Technology Right: Margaret Aspin , Director of Aspin Online Consulting , explored the challenges of managing and training teleworkers and virtual teams. Instead of focusing on supporting the learning of others, Stephen shifted his focus to how e‑learning professionals can support their own learning.

LearnX Asia Pacific 2009 - Day 1

E-Learning Provocateur

Learning without boundaries: Ben Saunders , Business Analyst Consultant at HCS , provided us with a comprehensive overview of m‑learning. Glen also recommends The eLearning Guild’s Handbook on Synchronous e‑Learning. I attended the annual LearnX Asia Pacific conference this week at Sydney’s Darling Harbour. must admit, it lifted the energy of the room.

LMSs that kick ass: Mzinga

Janet Clarey

Mzinga believes that while traditional web-based training and eLearning courses have provided great ROI and cost reduction, they lack the social aspect of learning—the diversity in perspective, the insights, and the real-world stories and sharing that have always happened in a classroom. All the technology and consulting in the world can’t force these cultural requirements into existence. It’s Friday yay! That means it’s time to feature another LMS that kicks ass! Mzinga is the result of a merger between KnowledgePlanet and Shared Insights at the end of 2007.

ASTD ICE 2009 -Impressions

Web Courseworks

sensed some of the same vibrancy of those heady days when eLearning exhibits reached several stories high. Yes, the eLearning folks are getting their swagger back, especially newcomers like Citrix’s “ GoToTraining Beta.” ” That’s right, you might start seeing trainers chain-sawing their flip charts on new TV commercials. I was a little disappointed that ASTD decision makers, whoever you are, did not put the eLearning vendors together. Elaine is a no-nonsense trainer, consultant, author and grandmother.

Workplace Learning Professionals Next Job - Management Consultant

Tony Karrer

Well not quite, but it is pretty dang close to the definition of Management Consulting in Wikipedia: Management consulting refers to both the industry of, and the practice of, helping organizations improve their performance, primarily through the analysis of existing business problems and development of plans for improvement. In this world, you can't really distinguish the mandate of Management Consulting from the mandate of: Enterprise 2.0 would predict that this half becomes some kind of management consultant within the next 10 years. Browse eLearning Content

CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2009

Upside Learning

It’s disappointing to read that a little more than a third of the respondents will introduce or continue their eLearning programs. Perhaps this ties into the current economic conditions or their company’s track record and results in implementing eLearning. Organizations that have failed with their eLearning experiment the first time, should consider the time ripe to try again.

Hot List - April 1, 2009 to April 11, 2009

Tony Karrer

Luckily, I have a short cut to seeing the stuff that is generating interest across most of the top eLearning bloggers. So, here's the hot list for April 1 - April 11 via eLearning Learning. Top 100 eLearning Items - eLearning Technology , April 7, 2009 Interesting that my own post got the top spot. My top ten tips for getting started with eLearning: - Ignatia Webs , April 6, 2009 It ain’t always easy to dive into eLearning. If you are indeed considering to start with an eLearning project, you might want to demystify some eLearning myths.

Top 20 Posts for Q1 2009

Tony Karrer

Of course, I cheated and used eLearning Learning to help me come up with these. Twitter as Personal Learning and Work Tool 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009 eLearning Conferences Tool Set 2009 Remote Collaboration Better Memory Share Best Practices – Patterns Information Radar How long does it take to select an LMS? Browse eLearning ContentOne of the best things about having kids is getting a Spring Break with them. I'm fortunate enough to be doing that this week. Good Writing What Goes in the LMS?

Three Practical Ideas for Using Twitter in E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

It can also be incorporated into your elearning courses. Consider it a post-course consulting tool. What are some other ways that you can think of blending Twitter with your elearning courses? Twitter’s all the rage. Some people love it. Some people hate it. For me it’s all about context. I am bombarded by so much info that I tend to tune out quite a bit. You know who you are.

Business of Learning

Tony Karrer

The challenges for publishers has been well documented: From Terrible to Terrifying : “The stats show that total newspaper ad sales dropped by an unprecedented 28.28% in the first quarter of 2009, a deep plunge that represents a loss of more than $2.6 The safe bet is for them to build things that are closer to existing eLearning solutions. Browse eLearning Content

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Social Media And Learning

The eLearning Coach

eLearning Coach: You were an early adopter of using social technologies for learning purposes. eLearning Coach: What are your criteria for defining a technology as social ? eLearning Coach: From a cognitive perspective, how does learning through social media differ from structured and self-paced eLearning? Post from: The eLearning Coach Social Media And Learning.

Reduce Searching Start Talking

Tony Karrer

I just saw When Knowledge Management Hurts … Professors Martine Haas from the Wharton School and Morten Hansen from INSEAD , for example, examined the use of internal knowledge systems by teams of consultants in one of the big four accountancy firms trying to win sales bids. They measured to what extent these teams accessed electronic documents and how much they sought personal advice from other consultants in the firm. eLearning Technology. Browse eLearning ContentThey figured that, surely, accessing more knowledge must be helpful, right?

Contest - Win a Free Copy of Digital Habitats via LearnTrends 2009

Tony Karrer

Nancy White and John Smith will be doing a session at LearnTrends 2009 (a free online conference – you should definitely go register). We would really appreciate if your blog post can also mention the conference and the innovation awards and the Digital Habitats Contest: LearnTrends 2009 - Free Online Conference LearnTrends Innovation Awards Rules 1. eLearning Technology.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, June 26, 2009 The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point? According to an eLearning Guild survey conducted in 2007 , 18% of respondents in corporate settings reported using Moodle. Last week in Madrid, I worked with Moodle consultants who have extended the system and install it in major corporations. Most government IT rags on the market have poisoned the openSource well, as have most consultants that do work with the government. That’s the low price.

Online Coaching

Tony Karrer

Recent examples for me are … Business side of professional speaking Aggregation technology Research on categorization / types of eLearning New Way of Learning In fact, if you run down my blog posts you could consider about half of these to be part of this. So, the reality is that we need to be looking at Workplace Learning Professionals Next Job - Management Consultant. eLearning Technology. Browse eLearning ContentCatherine Lombardozzi recent post Coaching informal learning sparked something for me around online coaching opportunities. It's somewhat event oriented.

Top 125 Workplace eLearning Posts of 2009

eLearning Learning Posts

It’s always fun at this time of the year to look back at what’s happened in the world of eLearning. This also contributed to the Hot Topics and eLearning Trends for 2009. So without further set, I’m happy to announce the Top Posts as defined by Social Filtering - meaning by everyone involved directly or indirectly in eLearning Learning. You can see more detail of how this works here in Curator Editor Research Opportunities on eLearning Learning (and see how you can be involved). Top 125 Workplace eLearning Posts of 2009. Really.

The Six Hats of a Trainer

The Learning Generalist

In time, the organisation also learns that elearning or training or social media aren't silver bullets and that every extrinsic effort to creat learning falls flat without the intrinsic support of coaching and mentorship. While I talk about Consulting last, its definitely the meta-hat for all the above hats. As service providers to our organisations and clients, we're all consultants.

Instructional Designers need more skills than just writing!

The Learning Generalist

In the recent past, Patricia Carlin has taken charge of ThoughtWorks Bangalore and her evangelist leadership where she's actually spending time training consultants, strongly reinforces my belief in the mantra of Leaders as Teachers. Consulting Skills At ThoughtWorks we believe that everyone's a consultant, regardless of the role they play. Sumeet Moghe, 2009.

Preparing for DevLearn09 - Part 4 - FREE Consulting

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Getting feedback is critical to the success of any project.  So why not get over 1000 eLearning pros to review your latest project and give you the BEST feedback?  Tell your boss, or the bean counter, that DevLearn is the cheapest consulting you'll pay for EVER!  or as we like to call it, DEMOFEST!  DEMOFEST is a big part of your learning at DevLearn. 

Google Wave - Twitter - eLearning Learning Best of October 2009

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. October 2009. Online Games for Teaching Business Concepts and Ideas - Kapp Notes , October 16, 2009. Learner Personas for eLearning - The eLearning Coach , October 5, 2009. Rapid Learning Management Systems - eLearning Technology , October 20, 2009. Twitter for learning - Sticky Learning , October 25, 2009. The Standalone LMS is Dead - trainingwreck , October 24, 2009. Educational iPhone Apps to Make You Smarter - Kapp Notes , October 8, 2009. Spicy Learning , October 2, 2009.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designer as Consultant?

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, February 08, 2008 Instructional Designer as Consultant? With the rise of rapid eLearning tools and the ease with which virtually anyone can now create a course, whats changing for the instructional designer? SMEs using rapid eLearning tools)? Is this whats happening?

One Trick Pony or Problem Solving Consultant?

The Learning Generalist

In my experience I see a lot of fanaticism in certain circles -- elearning exponents can't look beyond their trade; trainers swear by the classroom; informal learning geeks scoff at the LMS and novices just follow the loudest fanatic. I'm currently spending most of my time on ThoughtWorks University - our graduate consultant programme. Sumeet Moghe, 2009. It's social capital.

How to Convert Your PowerPoint Presentation into an Elearning Course

Rapid eLearning

One of the most common scenarios for rapid elearning developers is to take an existing PowerPoint presentation and convert it to an “elearning course.&# Sometimes you get the luxury of meeting with the subject matter expert and then reworking the content to transform it from a presentation to an elearning course. Dump the Drone: Livelier Elearning. Get creative.

2009 Edublog Award Nominations

Janet Clarey

Here are my nominations, by category, for the 2009 Edublog Awards : Best individual blog: elearnspace (George Siemens). Most influential blog post(s): There are two on the same topic. #1: The Great Keynote Meltdown of 2009 and #2 Spectacle at Web 2.0 Best elearning / corporate education blog: Two things come to mind about this category – aggregation sites with no original posts and ‘how to guides’ for a specific elearning too. just love George’s writing style and spin on things. Best individual tweeter: Mark Oehlert ( @moehlert ). La la.