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?

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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?

Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

Before I start with any of my actual predictions, let me throw in an overall prediction that the year is going to start off slow for most people, but by the end of the year, we will all be thinking: “Wow, 2010 was a crazy year!” When I say that, keep in mind that 90% of what workplace learning is all about will be basically unchanged this year. It’s mostly going to be the same – as it always is.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Evaluation Copy of Switch just came in. Very cool.

Learning and Technology

Posted via email from Lee's posterous

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.

Video: Learning to Change, Changing to Learn

Dont Waste Your Time

This video, forwarded to me by ShellTerrell on Twitter, is something that many of us already understand, but many administrative individuals do not. Those of us who work ‘in’ education understand these concepts (“the death of education, the dawn of learning&# as Stephen Heppell says), but those who work ‘for’ education (administrators, planners, managers, chancellors, [.] Related posts: Design Learning Spaces. "I teach, therefore you learn … or do you?" Video: Future of Learning. Video Academia 2.0 eLearning Technology University 2.0 Web 2.0 Web 3.0

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.

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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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 ?

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!

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.

AWESOME: Muscle-Based Computer Control Scheme

Learning and Technology

via feedproxy.google.com Very interesting idea on new way to interface with your computer or device. Posted via web from Lee's posterous via feedproxy.google.com Very interesting idea on new way to interface with your computer or device. Posted via web from Lee's posterous

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How to Become a Thought Leader

Learn and Lead

Three easy steps to become a thought leader: Have a thought. You can’t be a thought leader without a thought. Have a point of view about everything, be opinionated. Share your thought. It’s all very good to have a thought but it is quite useless unless you share it. To be a leader assumes you have followers. You can’t have followers if no one knows what your thoughts are. It’s easy to share. Share more at workplace, be a node of reference, start a blog, don’t pass on an opportunity to present, be available, be visible. Make sense. It is good to have a thought and to share it with others.

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.

Videoblogging versus Blogging

Learnadoodledastic

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.

Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI

Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!

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.

eLearning Certifications

Tony Karrer

Posts that Influenced Me in 2009

ID Reflections

As my thoughts surfaced from the subconscious to the conscious this morning when I woke up, I found myself thinking about Semantic Web and Homophily. Lying still for sometime, I tried to mentally brush aside the cobwebs and think back to what had triggered this association. guess this would have been a fitting post to write on the 31st or even yesterday. But, I had not planned for it.

Work is learning, learning work

Learning and Working on the Web

My Twitter bio reads, “ Work is learning, learning work – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know [apologies to Keats ]. That’s pretty much what I believe will be a necessity for the post-industrial and post-information era that we are beginning to enter. Some call it the knowledge economy or perhaps even the learning age. The enticements are ideas and education.

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.

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?

Apple iPad Disappoints eLearning Industry

Upside Learning

I have great respect for Apple as an organization particularly because I use an iPhone and I think the iPhone has definitely become one of those game-changers in the smartphone world and by a large margin. I was looking forward to the Apple iPad even more so as we have been doing good stuff on mobile learning and putting up applications and tools on iPhone as pilots and on a trial basis. The iPad was supposed to be better and bigger than the iPhone, closer to a computer and much more than just a phone. Whoops!). However now I feel that’s not going to happen. Some reasons: 1. The missing camera.

Use Learning Paths to develop the right Learning Strategy

The Learning Generalist

Last month when I was in Sri Lanka, I tried a local dish called Kottu. Kottu's a simple, yet complex street side dish and it contains roti bread, carrots, beans, onions, other vegetables, eggs, meats, coconut oil; well almost everything you can imagine, thrown onto a pan and tossed together. Hold on - did I just say 'everything '? That's a bit of a magic word for anyone in the learning world.

Suggestions Needed - Screencaster Suggested Reading List

Visual Lounge

I recently had a request by email to share a list of suggested books for screencasters. So, I asked a few people around the office like Daniel Foster, our "newsletter editor":[link] Matt Pierce, our Customer Engagement Manager, and Dave McCollom, "TechSmith's Education Evangelist":[link]. Great screencasts start with great writing. Make great graphics especially when recording PowerPoint.

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

I have seen a thousand faces.moments in life captured!

ID Reflections

The post, "I have seen a thousand faces" left me wondering and reflecting for a long time. It was my discovery of the morning.It is a visual representation of moments captured, moments that make up everyone's life, moments of pain, love, laughter. The human face has always been the teller of tales, and here you will see a beautiful rendition of that ageless story--the story of life.

Instructional Design for Videos

eLearning Brothers

A lot of training is using video and it’s becoming very easy to create and distribute. As things become easier and cheaper we often see the quality decrease. For example, if you had to spend $10,000 to hire a camera crew to come out and do a video shoot then you’d probably have all of the scripts and talent well prepared. However, if you can quickly create a video on your handheld camera and upload it to YouTube then you might be tempted to just “wing-it&#. Here is a great article by Jeremy Vest on things to keep in mind when doing instructional design for video.

Substance Abuse: The Danger of Superficiality in e-Learning by Dr. Carmen Taran

Learning Solutions Magazine

Instructional designers must always deal with the question of how much is enough? Unfortunately, under the pressure of clients’ “I want it yesterday” demands, too often the default is to offer as little as possible in order to get the product out the virtual door on time and under budget. Take some time to savor this essay on avoiding superficiality!

5 Reasons Why RSS Readers Still Rock

Learning and Technology

My conclusions in the previous post still stand: 1) Google now dominates what's left of the RSS Reader market; and 2) RSS reading is a very fragmented experience circa 2009/2010 due to Twitter, Facebook, start pages like Netvibes, Firefox bookmarks, and more. However, a lot of commenters wrote that they still use RSS Readers each and every day. Here are the main reasons why: 1. bookmarklet.

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5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget

In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.

Collaboration 2.0 - There's a Shift happening

The Learning Generalist

There's a shift happening and its all around us. We may not be a part of that shift yet, but I'm sure each one of us will soon be. We might want to think that technology is changing the way we collaborate and yes that's true! But there's a lot changing in the way we think as well. Let's see how we're changing! There was no arguing with that, was there? Things have changed significantly today.

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Time Saver Tuesday - Highlight Your Script

Visual Lounge

This week's Time Saver Tuesday tip comes from a comment by by Nina Volstad left on a blog post I did last year about using "card stock for your scripts":[link] (eliminates shuffling noise which could be picked up by your microphone!). For the great audio and less editing, it's best to do a little planning and prep before hitting record. Nina had a great tip about working with scripts.

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.

Sharing tacit knowledge

Learning and Working on the Web

Mencken , American satirist, wrote that, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.&# That pretty much sums up the problems we are facing today in our organizations and institutions. We are using tools that assume simple, or at most complicated, problems when many are actually complex. We live in one big, unfathomable complex adaptive system.

How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy

A staggering 80% of sales professionals report they don’t remember or implement their lessons from annual sales kickoff meetings.Our new publication, available below, explores how companies can avoid costly mistakes in sales training.

Bouncy, bubbly or British? How To Choose Voice Over Talent

The eLearning Coach

Integrating the perfect voice into an online course, video or slide show enhances the audience’s perception and enjoyment of the program. On the other hand, choosing a voice that doesn’t fit can sometimes feel like fingernails scraping across a blackboard. It takes lots of talent and skill to be a professional narrator. They must emote a variety of moods to fit the script. Tweet This!

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The Advantages of eLearning

eLearning Brothers

I came across this article and thought it listed some nice advantages of eLearning. Have a read! The Advantages of eLearning. By Karen L. Jones. Technology has revolutionized business; now it must revolutionize learning. In the 21st century, people have to learn more than ever before. Especially for global organizations, live classroom-based training is becoming too costly and cumbersome. The need to transform how organizations learn points to a more modern, efficient, and flexible alternative: eLearning. Anywhere, anytime, anyone. Substantial cost savings due to elimination of travel expenses.

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