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True Pioneer: William C Norris

Learning Cafe

With all the discussion we have about learning technologies, social networking and relevance to learning it’s worth spending a few minutes to reflect on, and be humbled by, the work of a man who, at the height of his pioneering career in the mainframe computer industry, had a vision to improve learning that we not only enjoy today but take for granted. William C Norris was the founder and Chairman of Control Data Corporation.  He passed away 21 August 2006 at a nursing home  in Bloomington, Minn. USA.  He had Parkinson’s disease and was 95 years of age. Yes, this was in 1973!  PLATO

What’s your Language, ‘We should’ or ‘I will’?

Learn and Lead

Many times we get frustrated with things around us, thingsthat are not working or not working the way we want. That’s when we are full ofideas on how to make things right, make it more productive, more effective, andmore… well, just more right. So what’s our language when we share ideas? Weshould…” do this or that, “We shouldn’t…” do this or that.

What if Story Approach: Set-up and present

Vignettes Learning

Simple scenarios happen in our minds. We only need one question - "what if" and our mind fills in the rest. So a good technique in using stories in eLearning is to present a "what if" setting. See the example above. relate the "what if" approach to the SET-UP, the initial part of the SRIA model: Set-up, Relate, Interpret and Apply.

What did 100 blog posts bring me?

Challenge to Learn

WordPress pointed out to me that I have published 102 posts in just over 2 years. decided that this is a good moment to look back and see what it has brought me. Feedback. When I started my blog in December 2009 I was curious what it would be like to blog and I wanted to improve my English (I’m still working on that). The biggest change is that there are now people who read my posts and who respond to it. My blog now has an average of almost a 100 views per day. When I started out I just wrote about my learning experiences in my work and at conferences. Writing on demand. Quit cool!

How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

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My mind on Story Impacts - mapping ideas

Vignettes Learning

Mapping ideas like the above is making sense of the different stories and conversations I have (within myself and others) -- my learnings and discoveries. This is another form of story-based eLearning. I use Ray Jimenez, PhD [link] more eLearning stories: Story Impacts eLearning System [link] Ray Jimenez, PhD. Vignettes Learning Learn more about story and experience-based eLearning

Warning Letters from FDA - source of story triggers for learning

Vignettes Learning

Stories help learners understand otherwise boring, repetitive compliance courses. learned from an attendee to my Learning Solutions session on "Adding Contemplation in eLearning" (March 22, 2012), that the use of FDA alerts or violation notices serve as a good starting point for a helping learners appreciate the need for compliance policies and procedures. Ray Jimenez, PhD.

Combining familiar images with new meanings

Vignettes Learning

One way of communicating new ideas is by expressing the new idea in the context of an old, familiar, comfortable association. In this case, the mail box is a old association while Inbox and Spam are new meanings. Photo from Photo Disaster.  Ray Jimenez, PhD. Vignettes Learning "Helping Learners Learn Their Way

Jiro Dreams of Shushi - Incredible insights into learning our craft

Vignettes Learning

The movie "Jiro Dreams of Shushi"  reminded me of the need for designers, developers and leaders as well as all types of workers to focus on refining our craft. Our world today, sadly, forces us to focus on speed rather than quality.  Jiro Shushi bar won three Michelin Stars - one wonders how Jiro achieved this when he only serves ten people at a time. And the minimum charge is $300 per person. Reservations accepted only months in advance.  You will learn too how learning content is embedded in the story of Jiro.  Fascinating!  See more stories: Story Impacts Ray Jimenez, PhD.

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.