September, 2006

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Harold Jarche » Don’t feed the dinosaurs

Learning and Working on the Web

This cartoon, from Hugh MacLeod, sums up much of my work over the past few years: dinosaur001.jpg. My focus on open source software & business models as well as informal learning, puts me outside many established business and education

Is Gagne Relevant for eLearning Courseware Design?

Tony Karrer

There's an interesting discussion sparked by Donald Clark's - Gagne's Nine Dull Commandments. His basic point is that Gagne's: Gaining attention Stating the objective Stimulating recall of prior learning Presenting the stimulus Providing learning guidance Eliciting performance Providing feedback Assessing performance Enhancing retention and transfer to other contexts is in his words. Stating the objective Now bore the learner stupid with a list of learning objectives (really trainerspeak). Give the plot away and remind them of how really boring this course is going to be.

Voting with your feet

In the Middle of the Curve

Dion Hinchcliff, in his post Can Web 2.0 be Adapted to the Enterprise reminds us that end-users "vote with their feet" and prefer tools that are simple and familiar. Key to this discussion is that unlike the Web, users tend to have very few software options in the enterprise and are usually prescribed the tools to use to get their work done. technologies into the enterprise than I thought.

Making certificates count

Clive on Learning

Elliott Masie has been getting quite aeriated recently about overblown certifications - see Tougher certifications please. He writes: "I am quite concerned about assessments and certifications that are too easy! We have been tracking the rise of certifications that are really just 'Certificates of Sitting'. Now informal learning afficionados might wonder why we bother with certification at all.

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Harold Jarche » Aliant connection speed – the saga continues

Learning and Working on the Web

I'm currently on hold with Bell Aliant technical support to complain about my very slow DSL connection speed, for which I pay $85.00 per month (plus tax), as part of a bundle that is called, “Value Package Ultra High Speed

e-Learning Acupuncture: Wikipedia for the classroom

eLearning Acupuncture

I hope it's not a secret that I am a supporter of Wikipedia. This is not the first time I write about Wikipedia here (see this). I was reading Stephen Downes' OLDaily this morning and he writes about having come across a page on

Adoption of Web 2.0 and eLearning 2.0 Revisited

Tony Karrer

A consistent pattern in our response to new technologies is we simultaneously overestimate the short-term impact and underestimate the long-term impact. - Roy Amara of the Institute for the Future. In response to my post Personal and Group Learning Using Web 2.0 and my post on eLearning 1.0, eLearning 1.3 and eLearning 2.0 , I got asked about adoption. Will people really use this stuff?

Convincing the boss - The Demo courses

In the Middle of the Curve

For this project, I built 4 different demo "courses". Only 2 of them are courses in the traditional sense. The other 2 are project work areas. I got that idea from Michael Armacost (who I'm going to contact to see if I can post a few slides from his Moodle presentation addressing this structure). Patient Communication Policy Group - an open project area. Assumes 1 leader. That could be interesting.

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.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Flash Celebrates 10 Years!

Learning Visions

Check out the presentation at Adobe, celebrating 10 years of Flash. Includes video clips from Jonathan Gay and a detailed product timeline. Flash 10th Anniversary

The writings of Lee Kraus: Learning Design

Learning and Technology

learningDesign.jpg (JPEG Image, 827x566 pixels). Tony Karrer has posted this mental model on learning design. Three areas being addressed. Performance Analysis, why is the training needed and what do you expect to change

Give Gagne a chance

Clive on Learning

Donald Clark's posting Gagne's Nine Dull Commandments was, true to form, amusing and designed to rock the boat. He pokes fun at the instructional design gurus whose pronouncements have been so slavishly followed for decades and which are so rarely evaluated for their real contribution and current relevance. As Donald suggests, Gagne's commandments do seem rather restrictive and old-fashioned. think that's because they envision only one over-arching teaching/learning strategy, i.e. structured instruction. These are less structured and, by and large, more learner-centred.


Moodle Journal

Last week I decided to start using a podcast approach as part of my regular Moodle material. have incorporated these as part of my level 4 groups work in Object Oriented Design. The course is delivered as a series of lectures accompanied by detailed course notes and assessed using a portfolio approach of exercises. It’s the presentation in class of these exercises that I have decided to make available as mp3’s. have installed them all into their own folder and students access them through Moodles Add a resource/Display a directory feature.

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Monday Question - Learning Design Different Now?

Tony Karrer

Jim Belshaw suggested in a comment on a previous post suggested that a good model for a blog is to post a question each week that might stimulate discourse (something that many of us want). The question today actually comes from a Lee Kraus post. eLearning 1.3 and eLearning 2.0 ) where SMEs and the Worker / Learner play an increasingly central role in content development. For eLearning 1.3,

More breadcrumbs.

In the Middle of the Curve

This link from Brent Schlenker's blog within Harold Jarche's comment. After digging through the site Harold gave Brent, found this article. degrees of separation

Learnlets » Models, manuals, and more…

Clark Quinn

Jay Cross' Informal Learning Blog, InformL pointed me to this blog post about the need for manuals and the problems with them. The diagram says it all, really. My PhD work included mental models, and the research is robust: that with

The writings of Lee Kraus: The Long Tail

Learning and Technology

I finished The Long Tail on the drive in this morning. really interesting book on the economics of niche markets and how technology has enable companies like Google and Lego to capture these small markets by empowering users through

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.

Why you should ply your subject experts with drinks

Clive on Learning

Donald Clark has set the cat amongst the pigoen again with his posting about subject matter experts (or egomaniacs as he calls them). have to say I'm on his side with this one. It's not often that SMEs contribute anything that a learner would want to learn from, although I'm not sure learning designers always ask the right questions (which may be why learning designers don't always produce anything anyone would want to learn from either). Sure designers ask lots of questions about the concepts, the rules and the procedures, but so often these end up as indigestible abstractions.

Tell and post

Moodle Journal

I started three new level 3 groups today and as a first exercise decided they should begin to make use of Moodle by posting lifestyle styles and ambitions to a forum. Postings could include links, particularly if they had Myspace, some did. then asked them to reply to at least 2 postings, but not if they were already friends; I encourage this in support of the need to establish a virtual presence, after all given the diminishing requirement of funding bodies, students are only actually at College 2.5 days a week, so what happens the rest of the week?

Learning Design in a Nut Shell

Tony Karrer

I've recently updated my mental model of how I go about Learning Design, so I thought I'd share. These days is that we have such a big mix of different delivery models, tools, etc. and such different kinds of blends that emerge that it's difficult to feel comfortable and confident with what tools to use in what situation. Great question and I'm not sure that I have a good answer.

Super Datacenters and Education

In the Middle of the Curve

Dan Farber interviewed Mark Anderson on the super datacenters being built by Google, Amazon, Microsoft, et al. Much like what corporations do now when they purchase customer information. Instead of using all of the collected information to encourage people to buy things they don't need, maybe we can use that information to create more useful 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.

Learnlets » Virtual Worlds?

Clark Quinn

A number of years ago I was involved in James Burke's great Knowledge Web project. In organizing it, we were using Active Worlds, a 3D virtual environment. We'd stand around in this gorgeous room, each with our avatars, and text message

The writings of Lee Kraus: The Tipping Point

Learning and Technology

I realize it was a little late, but I just finished listening to the The Tipping Point, a book by Malcom Gladwell about what causes an epidemic to spread. It was a very interesting book. I did, by mistake, grab the adbridged version of

Learning 1.5 - for those who prefer evolution to revolution

Clive on Learning

This week I had the job of setting up a new Moodle site in order to run a course for a European Union project I am involved in. The people hosting the site (the very capable and modestly-priced , asked me what domain name I wanted for the site. hadn't really given this any thought, but made a bit of an effort to come up with something that meant something - at least to me. I had a mad moment and thought of working it around 'learning 2.0'. First I checked out what on earth it really meant. David Jennings reminded me: "What is E-learning 2.0? technologies." Fair enough.

Myspace induction

Moodle Journal

The HND course officially started today with an induction. I had an hour to present myself and courses to them. This year has been really different though rather than explain courses in detail with references to handouts, assignments and grading, I talked almost exclusively about the part Moodle would play as a delivery platform in support of the collaborative leaning framework and assessment strategies that proved successful in last year’s trial.

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