Mon.Apr 04, 2011

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The College Tour Right of Passage–Done Virtually

Kapp Notes

Well, its the time in my life where things have gone full circle. I am now touring colleges with my oldest son. remember tour colleges myself trying to find that perfect fit. So, we pile into the car and drive all over in search of the perfect campus. Visiting college campuses was never easier. But…there will soon be another way of touring campuses. Designing Digitally, Inc. Twitter: [link].

Twitter: Le triple filtre

Learning with e's

I've been discussing the merits of Twitter as a professional social network recently in conversation with colleagues. One of the regular objections to using Twitter professionally is that there is too great a noise-to-signal ratio. Professionals don't have a lot of spare time, and want to maximise the time they do have. don't blame them. Firstly, see Twitter as a fast moving stream.

Preparing For Serendipity - A Crucial Knoweldge Work Skill

The Learning Generalist

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. believe there's a reason for this.

Snake Oil and (April) Fools

Clark Quinn

For April Fool’s of this year, we (the Internet Time Alliance , with large credit to Jane and Harold) posted a message on our site: The Internet Time Alliance (ITA) has spent much of the past year on a mission. We have located and assembled a huge collection of informal learning content. “Without content there is no learning. Repositories of informal learning content. next 5 years.&#.

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Nuts and Bolts: Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) by Jane Bozarth

Learning Solutions Magazine

Trainers and instructional designers have professional development needs too! Social media tools can be as powerful for solving your information and skill needs as they are for your learners’ needs. Here is the way to develop your own Personal Learning Network. It’s simple, and it’s free! Future Trends Getting Started Learning 2.0 Professional Development Social Media Tools

Is Leadership Limited by Age and Job Title?

CLO Magazine

“Generation Y will not be management/leadership material for years to come.” This is one of the facts that the Next Generation Leaders: Competency Deficits and the Bridge to Success referenced in reaching the conclusion that the United States lacks a sufficient number of qualified people to fill the executive seats needed to be filled due to impending retirements. This statement implies that management is synonymous with leadership. Ultimately, this leads to Gen Y workers being left off the class rosters. The fact is leaders can be any age. Is leadership limited by age and job title?

Tips on Using Video for eLearning from ej4


This week, the OpenSesame crew is celebrating not only our successful April Fools'' Day prank but our partnership eith ej4 , an elearning content developer. The ej4 team uses snappy writing and creative video production to create engaging elearning courses. Creating eLearning Courses

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Augmented Reality Marketing Today

Upside Learning

I ran into this interesting infographic this morning about Augmented Reality marketing today. While it’s not completely relevant to eLearning or learning in general, it’s interesting to see that AR is making rapid strides in marketing. Also, the figures seem to suggest that while it’s gimmicky, it improves engagement and gets individuals to spend more time on those website that use AR. At Upside we do experiment with AR on and off, and are doing so currently as well. Here are links to a couple of our AR experiments. 1. Upside Pune Layar. 2. Street Racing Game. Developing A Layar Application.

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

Knowledge, Networks and Nations

George Siemens

Religion, economics, and science are global entities. To explore what is happening in these three domains provides greater insight into global trends than the aspirations, intentions, or policies of any particular country. The Royal Society has published an outstanding report on Knowledge, Networks and Nations (.pdf). The report is packed with all kinds of statistical goodies: almost $1.2 trillion spent annual on research, 7.1 million researchers, and 1.58 The growing need for open access – not only in developing countries, but for the benefit of science globally. 48-56).

Not Measuring ROI for Training? Then Don’t Bother With the Investment


Although many learning professionals talk about the importance of conducting return on investment (ROI) analysis of training programs, few actually do it. Many reasons are given for not conducting this level of analysis. One reason is that time and resources are limited and learning professionals have many other programs to deliver. Fair Fair enough. Why ROI Matters. No Measures, No Training.

Social Networks & Learning: Research Seminar

George Siemens

Last year, TEKRI and Athabasca University hosted a week-long research seminar on networks and learning. The event was quite successful. As a result, we are organizing a similar event this year. The seminar will be held in Edmonton from June 20-24 and is open to students and faculty. It’s an opportunity for review of existing and leading research as well as intensive discussion about the roles of social media and networks in education. For more information: on s eminar leaders and cost/registration

SNWusa Day 1

Adventures in Corporate Education

Today was the first day of SNW in Santa Clara. The Dell team was there, working in the hands-on labs area (more on that tomorrow!) and giving presentations. Will Urban had a session on VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) where he covered some of the basic considerations for moving from a test bed of 50 users to a more realistic user base of 1000 (and more). You know, the guy who co-founded Apple.

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Requirements and measurement, or, whatcha lookin’ at?

Dave's Whiteboard

A discussion on lrnchat included lots of comments and questions about data collected about people’s performance, particularly in training, testing, or learning situations. I’m always inclined to say you can’t do evaluation if you don’t measure, which means I quickly exasperate people who think evaluating is measuring. For them, perhaps it is. What to do? sales per month).

The success of our ‘Shoot to Share’ experiment, LT2011

Spicy Learning

So we shot and we shared. At Learning Technologies 2011, we ran an experiment in social learning by inviting people to be filmed answering one of six questions about our industry, such as how were they using social media in learning and what did they think was the best use of mobile technology. We shared these short videos by uploading them, after some simple editing, to our YouTube channel. The lure was the promise of a Flip Minio camera, the type we used in shooting, and the prize will go to the most valued contribution. Vote with your mouse! I’ll wait here until you get back.

Data Visualizations


I love data visualizations. However, that fact is obvious to my long time readers who remember my being interviewed by the NY Times about ManyEyes. Since that interview back in the Summer of 2008, I've continued to work and do research with data visualization. You may ask why the subject of visual data is exciting? Charts and Percentages!). It can be fun exploring via nGram.

Innovation Always Starts With Empathy


Wonderful article by Ziba rebutting the recent skepticism on the UCD process: When Ziba investigates a specific user as part of a design project, the end result isn’t a set of new products, it’s an internal understanding of what that user is like: The challenges she faces each day, the things that excite and concern her, and her motivations and values. If you don’t come out of a research effort feeling like a different person, you’re doing it wrong

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.

Mindflash in the New York Times: How One Business Made the Switch


In case you missed it: the New York Times’ profile of Mindflash last week showed how one company — DBS Financial of Akron, Ohio, an auto loan provider with 30 employees — is turning to online training courses not just to streamline the process but to upgrade the quality and effectiveness of the training itself. You could see people’s minds wandering during the presentations.