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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!

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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. I 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. I 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. But that has now shifted.

Problem-Solution Story: Adding real-life context to product elearning

Vignettes Learning

Funny. Simple. Shows the problems then offers the solution. This is the Problem-Solution Story Approach. Ray Jimenez, PhD. Vignettes Learning Learn more about story and experience-based eLearning

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Warning Letters from FDA - source of story triggers for learning

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Stories help learners understand otherwise boring, repetitive compliance courses. I 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.