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Rapid Instructional Design for Accelerated Learning

Social Learning

Created in the military during World War II, the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) model has dominated curriculum design for the last 40 years.  It is still taught in universities and by most train-the-trainer firms. However, according to Dave Meier, in The Accelerated Learning Handbook , the ISD model is “too slow, cumbersome, stiff, linear, and emotionally dull…to get the job done today.” 

Cases in custom content development - 1

Clive on Learning

I have been developing a set of cases to use at a workshop I am running next Thursday in Munich. They are designed to bring out a wide range of issues related to the development of custom e-learning content. want participants to be aware of the sorts of problems that all too frequently occur, but also the difficulties with coming up with a process that suits all stakeholders and all requirements. So here goes. Case 1 You have been the manager of a project to develop a new equal opportunities e-learning programme for use by all employees in your organisation. What would you recommend? cases

Dev Corner - Relocating Your TFS Workspace Data

Visual Lounge

I recently needed to move my local TFS source tree to a secondary drive, and for the most part, it worked quite well. First, the process I used was: Copy (do not move) the TFS folder -- or whatever you called it -- to pathtonewTFS. In Visual Studio, navigate to your Source Control Explorer view and open the "Manage Workspaces" dialog (via Workspace combo > Workspaces.). Dev Corner

You can't get a cloud in your hand

Clive on Learning

With iCloud appearing on the horizon, I was reminded yesterday of just how vulnerable you become when you trust all your data to a third party to store for you online. made a simple change to my Blogger template and pressed Save. Some bug in Google's software then rendered my blog as a complete dog's dinner of code. My instinct was to revert to the previous version and put this down to experience. Surely, there must be a copy of my template somewhere. Stuff that would take ages to re-assemble. decided not to both. Vanilla will have to do. I had a similar experience a few weeks back. online

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.

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Chronicle Interview: Why universities should experiment with open online courses

George Siemens

I did an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education on Why Universities Should Experiment With ‘Massive Open Courses’. Thanks to Jeff and Warren for the opportunity to share some of the work that Stephen Downes, Dave Cormier, Alec Couros, and a growing number of educators have engaged in over the last four years. This chasm is complicated by different language use and different visions. These two camps are talking past each other. Faculty should resist this movement at every turn. It will undermine and dilute higher education as we know it, mass producing degrees that mean nothing.

Top 10 most influential e-learning bloggers

Jane Hart

After many weeks of voting, the winners of the E-Learning Council’s Top Ten Most Influential Bloggers contest have been named. I am very pleased to appear at #1 on the list alongside many of my own favourite bloggers too. Very many thanks to all who voted for me.

High Touch vs. High Tech

The Peformance Improvement

Technology is putting up barriers to the kind of deep listening that helps two people learn from each other. This is especially true in healthcare. Medical patients, often nervous, scared, and in pain, are comforted by the personal caring and touch of their doctors, yet technology (and time pressure) is getting in the way of that relationship. He makes that point in this TED talk:  .

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Gen Y: A Driving Force Behind the Gig Economy?


When the parents of so-called Gen Y (aka the Millennials) graduated from college or high school, they knew exactly what to do: Get a job. Their employers may have changed periodically as they climbed the proverbially career ladder, but the basic concept that adults had full-time jobs with single employers over periods of years was pretty much a given. Who has a job anymore? ” Good for Gen Y?

New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.

Beer: the essential ingredient for successful community building

Adventures in Corporate Education

I don’t know if it was Bitnorth , spending the last couple of nights communing in Barcelona with other members of the internal Dell Storage community , or the tweets coming from my friend Ed Saipetch at Monktoberfest , but I have finally decided to write this post. Beer |  [ wine | $someOtherBeverage ] is an essential ingredient for successfully building communities. This may seem like a radical statement, but hear me out. A few months ago, I wrote a post about the definition of a community. Communion : a sense of attachment to a place, group or idea. Heck you may even talk about beer.

Best of working smarter for September 2011

Jay Cross

Best of Working Smarter Daily , September 1 – 30, 2011. Working smarter draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more. Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments in many disciplines. Here’s how we choose the crème de la crème for your enjoyment. The Why E2.0 Higher Education?

Slightly dangerous

Learning with e's

Barcelona is the most dangerous city in Europe. That is the assessment of well known author and TV producer Manuel Castells who resides in the city for part of each year. As I dined with him and his wife Emma last night at the upmarket La Camarga restaurant, he told me they had recently been attacked and robbed near to their home. Barcelona does have a rather edgy, slightly dangerous ambience.

Most influential e-learning bloggers

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Many thanks to the E-learning Council , members and their readers for the vote of confidence. Informal Learning Learning NetworkedLearning

Storyboarding for eLearning

Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.

I will remember Steve Jobs 2005 Commencement Address

Jane Hart

Steve Jobs died yesterday, 5 October, and the blogosphere is full of tributes today to him. For For me one of the most influential things he did was his commencement speech to Stanford University in 2005. I’ve forwarded the link to many people over the years, and I know it has impacted many others too. In fact it’s been viewed on YouTube over 6 million times. But if you haven’t seen it… Read the rest. Social learning

Reflecting on the Apple Experience

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

I decided to take a break and sit outside the Apple store at the Biltmore in Phoenix today. I sit here with an iPhone 4 in my hands. effortlessly swipe my thumb across the screen looking for the right icon. It's beautiful. Every pixel. Every icon. simply marvel at this little device every day. find the new Blogger icon and launch the app. The app opens. It's beautiful too. Hey, look!

Learning Conversation with Liz Griffin, Director, Global People Team, Ernst & Young – Part 1

Learning Cafe

We  had an opportunity to talk to Liz Griffin about learning and the challenges it faces in a leading professional services company – Ernst & Young. With a career in organisational development, learning and development, HR, line management and operations spanning 27 years, Liz’s experiences have encompassed the education, hospitality, airline and professional services sectors. Since 2003, she has worked closely with Ernst & Young practices in 20 countries across Asia Pacific and was based in Hong Kong working across Asia from 2006 – 2010. Liz: Thank you.

Symantec Vision Session: Winning with Dell Storage + Symantec

Adventures in Corporate Education

Note: This is my (almost) live blog from yesterday’s session with Andrew Corcoran & Ed Casmer. Traditional dcs are too rigid for evolving biz needs. IT has too spend most of the $$ supporting existing infrastructure, not expanding to new techs. virtualization + automation helps w costs, CapEx limits. Trillion spent annually just to “keep the lights on” (not reinvesting, getting better/more efficient). Check out for lots of technical information. that provides greater IT efficiency. Measure so TCO can be shown back to the biz. what access?

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

Mastering the Jargon of Game Design

Bottom-Line Performance

(We have created an 8-part comprehensive report containing a series of one-to-two page “briefs” regarding learning game design. This is part 2: Mastering the Jargon of Game Design. If you would like to see the white paper in its entirety, check out the Learning Briefs section on our website.). Game design and development is a thriving industry with its own jargon and terminology. What’s a game?



Apple’s iPad Officially Passes the Higher Education Test Note to Reader: I was working on this when I heard that Steve Jobs died. This is not directly about him since I have no words, just an empty space, a sort of hole in the universe … it’s about Steve Jobs and Apple and all the [.]. Education

I was little surprised…

Usable Learning

…at how sad I was to hear about Steve Jobs.  I would not have expected to choke up about it, but I did. From XKCD : Eternal Flame

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