January, 2010

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Taxonomy of Learning Theories

E-Learning Provocateur

Academia is teeming with learning theories. Some of them are old, some of them are new. Some are flash-in-the-pan, others stand the test of time and remain applicable to this very day. Some of them are controversial, while others have assumed the aura of conventional wisdom. Some of them are simple, while others are incomprehensible to mere mortals. Where do you start? Which theory do you choose?

General Considerations for Mobile Learning (mLearning)

Upside Learning

Wikipedia defines mobile learning as “Any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, or learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies&#. In other words, mLearning decreases limitation of learning location with the mobility of general portable devices 1. the ability to use GPS?

New Year Thoughts about 3D Virtual Worlds for Learning

Kapp Notes

What seemed like science fiction a few decades ago is now reality. While creating products, working on deliverables and collaborating across organizations on a large scale in virtual worlds seems like science fiction, the truth is that 3D environments for working, learning and collaborating are the not-too-distant future. Today, for many, it is hard to imagine a 3D Internet when so much content and information is still presented in two dimensions. To not be left behind, organizations need to evolve and begin working and learning completely within these spaces.

Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Adult Learners

The eLearning Coach

Motivation is the force that drives people to fulfill a need. If you can tap into a learner’s intrinsic motivation—where an individual is rewarded by the learning itself or an internal goal—you’ve got it made. But in both workplace and academic environments, people are often unmotivated because they are required to take courses in which they have no interest. Provide options. Buzz up!

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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Beware critics of Connectivism ! Or how I feel connectivism opens up content creation and access

Ignatia Webs

In 2008 I enrolled in the CCK connectivism course. It was the first time I took such a mass course and … I liked it, though I could not really say why I liked it. In 2009 I wanted to follow the second run through of the course, but due to time restraints (buying a house, taking a master, full-time job) I just could not cope and so the intention stayed just that. The content is open.

Here's how I'm approaching Personal Knowledge Management

The Learning Generalist

A few months back, Harold Jarche wrote a very interesting article about sense making with Personal Knowledge Management (PKM). Harold suggested a model that he uses to manage his personal knowledge and stay on top of his social media intake. strongly suggest that you also look through the webinar he did on PKM at the LearnTrends conference. Using my information - Reviewing & Retrieving.

A peak at “Learning in 3D”

Janet Clarey

I was happy to be asked to participate in a Blog Book Tour for the newly released book Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration by Karl M. Kapp and Tony O’Driscoll. This is stop #14 on the tour. When it comes to virtual worlds for learning, I’m most frequently asked, “who’s doing it?&# and “is it working?&#

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Is this instructional design?

The eLearning Coach

A reader named Michaela recently emailed to ask what an instructional designer does. She will be receiving a technical degree soon and thinks she might be interested in this field. This is a good question to answer at the start of the year for all of those readers who are curious about this career. There are lots of debates online regarding the value of instructional designers. Here’s mine.

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.

Videoblogging versus Blogging


This blog post gives me an initial opportunity to consider the potential of videoblogging compared with straightforward blogging. My initial conclusions are that for learning purposes, both types of blogging require some thinking through and some preparation and planning. Having a visual stimulus on the blog i think will spark more initial interest.

Prezi.com – free account for educators & students

Dont Waste Your Time

I’ve extolled the virtues of Prezi before, and have shared my first example presentation (see related links below for URLs). Now, however, the bods over at Prezi have been listening to the comments that have been posted to twitter and they’ve ‘released’ an account for educators and students. What’s the fuss, I hear you cry? Edu Enjoy : same as Enjoy above, but free!

Learning Resources from Informal Learning (Jay Cross): Part 1

ID Reflections

I am re-reading Informal Learning by Jay Cross and was going through the resource links he has provided. Apart from the book, which is a must read for anyone interested in the field of learning, the resource links are gold mines of knowledge, information and insights. I am putting some of my favorite sites from the list here for reference. Communication Nation : Dave Gray's Blog.

The Six Hats of a Trainer

The Learning Generalist

Wow, its 2010 already - a beginning of new decade! It seems like the last year and even the last decade, just went by in a breeze. There have been so many developments in the L&D space in this last decade that have really revolutionised this field. It's as if it was yesterday that Jane Bozarth very smartly predicted that "Trainers won't be replaced by technology. Or is it alternate reality ?

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

The Advent of Mobile Learning Technology

Upside Learning

“May we live in interesting times” –Chinese Proverb. It’s amazing to see an accelerating rate of change leading up to what is now generally accepted as the true beginning of the ‘age of collaboration’. As more and more humans bring devices into their lives that connect them to the global network in its myriad forms. believe the digital divide is real and involves several generations.

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Tony Karrer

10 Ways To Learn In 2010

The eLearning Coach

There are so many cool ways to learn online now. The whole world is a school. This list is meant for continuous learners and for procrastinators looking for distractions in the coming year. 1. Learn through Visual Search Engines. How would you like your search engine to show results in a collage? Spezify does just that. Other visual search tools include: viewzi , Kart00 and search-cube. 2. Buzz up!

Distance Learning / Distance Education

Dont Waste Your Time

fast track – road in motion from Crestock Stock Photos. Below are a few thoughts I’ve had, and submitted to Steve as comments too; “ The space between us all&# : Pt. 1. “Distance is almost always conceived of as being geographical in nature. In class I often ask my students ‘what is the distance between you and I?’ “ Short hand, long distance &# : Pt. 2. Well done.

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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.

How Will the iPad Change Interactive Learning?

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

One of the things that has always bothered me about m-learning is the small form factor of a smartphone device. The key idea of e-learning is engagement, and the more you can immerse the learner in an online experience the better. The optimal balance of screen size and handling convenience has long been elusive. Now the iPad shows a ray of hope. Sporting a 9.7 Can it revolutionize the way we learn?

Critical pedagogy: people can learn, but that does not make them philanthropists

Ignatia Webs

Social media helps us all to connect, we all learn at an increased pace, both in educational institutions, in our professional organizations/companies and just for ourselves. But how much of our learning is aimed at making the world a nicer (more human and balanced) place? How much of our learning is aimed at becoming more critical? Or impossible in this more corporate ruled world?

Mobile Learning (mLearning) Applications - An Example

Upside Learning

During the course of a routine trawl of my news-feeds I stumbled on something interesting that I found relevant to my current research into mobile learning. What make this iPhone application different is that it’s not targeted at meeting a specific need. Rather, it’s more an application that can be tailored to your specific need. Tool use in a controlled environment – as a simulation. 2.

An example of informal learning from Europe

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Three years ago I talked with a former KPPG consultant, Harm Wegstra, at Online Educa Berlin. Harm told me about his team’s experience with informal learning in an engagement with Sara Lee. Here’s an extract of an email Harm sent me. Hi Jay, As promised, I send you some details about the research I’ve done at Sara Lee, being then a senior manager at KPMG Consulting. Training programs.

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.

Realistic Graphics and Learning: What’s most effective?

The eLearning Coach

Before you just place any old photo into an online course or informational web site, it’s a good idea to think about whether a realistic graphic is required. And if so, how much realism will be most effective? By realism, I mean how well a graphic appears to be a successful copy of its referent. common assumption is that more realism corresponds to greater comprehension. Tweet This! Buzz up!

PKM: aggregate, filter, connect

Learning and Working on the Web

Knowledge Squared equals Power Squared, says Craig Thomler : However the knowledge hoarding model begins to fail when it becomes cheap and easy to share and when the knowledge required to complete a task exceeds an individual’s capability to learn in the time available. He asked professionals “What percentage of the knowledge you need to do your job is stored in your own mind?&#.

How you can build Meaningful Interactivity into your eLearning

The Learning Generalist

So last week I tweeted an example of immersive learning scenario built entirely in Powerpoint and published using Articulate Presenter. Given that I saw the tweet travel a fair bit, I thought it might be a good idea to share some of the related ideas on this blog. Does Rapid eLearning mean Crapid eLearning? No, it doesn't have to. How I built my scenario So, first things first - the credits.

Using Wireframes to Design eLearning

eLearning Brothers

Here’s another article that I ran across. think that this is a good idea to do some wireframe sketches of various course elements before adding fonts, colors, and other visual elements. This might help during early review periods to focus on the content instead of the look/feel. It could also help the graphic designers to more quickly develop. Have a read below. learning Development – Is It Time You Started Using Wireframes in Your E-learning Design Process? By L Scott Hewitt. Wireframes are used as part of the design process is a range of industries. link]. Article Source: [link].

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.