March, 2007

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Book Related Developments

Kapp Notes

As Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning nears it release day of April 14, 2007. number of book related developments are occuring. First, Training Consultant Steve Woodruff's on his blog Impactiviti has done a nice and thoughtful review of the book (scroll down to see it.) This was one of many illustrative stories sprinkled throughout the book that increased its practical value.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Informal/DIY Learning: Montessori School for Adults?

Learning Visions

We've been exploring the notion of sending our son to a local Montessori school come this fall. He'll be 4. So last week, we had the chance to take a tour of the school, peek in on some classrooms, and ask a lot of questions

eLearning Trends 2007 and 2008

Tony Karrer

See also - Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008 I was talking with someone last night who asked me what some of the bigger eLearning Trends were. told him about eLearning 2.0 and the move to DIY. But I also promised to point him to some of my posts that I thought would help him get a handle on the most important eLearning Trends going on today: eLearning Trend #1 - eLearning 2.0 - see What is eLearning 2.0? and eLearning 1.0 vs. 2.0 Does a Learner WANT an LMS? However, this should be a good basis for diving in deeper

Informal Learning Blog » Inside out

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Teemu Arina and I met online about 18 months ago. I was leading a remote presentation on informal learning from California to a group in Helsinki. We finally got together F2F at Online Educa in Berlin last year

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.

Learnlets » LCBlog’s big question of the month: Supporting New Managers

Clark Quinn

This month's Learning Circuit's big question is What Would You Do to Support New Managers? I've noticed that some create long answers to these questions, but I try to be brief. Of course, I risk people missing the nuances of my reply

VLE's and poor attendance

Moodle Journal

I was surprised by the concerns expressed in the recent HE Forum about VLE’s leading to reduced attendance. And so an emailed was circulated to a national list, not by myself I must add, to see if this is generally seen as a problem. The responses indicate the opposite. You will find a link here to some of the responses that you may find useful. Is it true? How do you counter it?

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Fun with Learning

Kapp Notes

It was low graphics but high entertainment. So the other day my youngest son and I go on the Jellyvision site to check it out. We go to the iCi showroom and play the CompassLearning games. Every topic my 9 year old says."hey hey we are learning that in school." Alright, I know this." This is fun!" Many they like, some they think are horrible and a few they love. The secret to Jellyvision is. sound.

Being a Degenerate Blogger

In the Middle of the Curve

Until I read Tom Haskins' post, A degenerate form of blogging , it never occurred to me that I could be degenerate and blog at the same time. challenge too good to pass up. So I signed up for a Twitter account. Because, dangit, if I'm gonna throw stones - I want to know what I'm throwing at. My gut inclination is to agree with the Twitter critics. This can't be remotely interesting or useful.

Articulate, Captivate, Dreamweaver and Lectora Tops in eLearning Authoring Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

I was somewhat surprised that my post: Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction didn't generate more interest. You can see the detailed view of the sat numbers here. This data shows that the Articulate tools, Adobe Captivate and Dreamweaver and Lectora are near the top for elearning course authoring. While tools such as Toolbook and Authorware are down a bit. What surprised me is that there wasn't more discussion around this. Is this just common knowledge these days? Do people buy this

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Games for Girls.

Learning Visions

and by girls, I mean women. Specifically me. Image of Torus Trooper -- a game I've never even heard of -- from yotophoto. CC License). I've been trying to learn about games lately. Inspired by all this blog talk about simulations

Informal learning - less than a dollar a hit

Clive on Learning

For some months now I've been carrying Jay Cross's new book Informal Learning around in my bag to read on train journeys. must have been making lots of very short journeys because I never seem to have spent more than ten minutes or so on any one of the topics - a sort of lucky dip reading experience. So, what do I think? like it. There are just two issues I'd like to take up.

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 writings of Lee Kraus: Incredible Presentation the will Make you think about your Job!

Learning and Technology

An incredible presentation by Nancy Orthberg, make time to check this out. I got it form here. Signal Without Noise--by Guy Kawasaki by Guy Kawasaki

School House Rock, School of Rock

Kapp Notes

Remember School House Rock? It was a fun, interesting way to learn the boring aspects of conjunctions, how a bill becomes a law and multiplication tables (remember 3 is a magic number.) This type of knowledge is known in academic circles as declarative and conceptual knowledge. Information that must be memorized as well as concepts to be understood…like what is a bill ( listen to song ).

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Elluminate - FREE Web conferencing

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

This is AWESOME! Especially for those of us on the outside of corporate funded apps like NetMeeting etc. While at Intel I became very used to NetMeeting despite its issues. So, I'm very excited to now have my own vRoom that doesn't kill my budget.because its FREE! I can tell you without hesitation that this is a must have. Go get it! And set up a meeting with me. Seriously, I want to try it out with Get your FREE vRoom (And NO! don't mind plugging apps on my blog. Especially when its a free app that has value

Disruptive Changes in Learning

Tony Karrer

George Siemens recent post - Formal and informal.control vs foster discusses the move from mainstream, controlled information to consumer generated information. His examples include: Mainstream media -> YouTube Mainstream press -> Blogs Microsoft Office -> Office 2.0 It's easy for us to look at this and think about it as "those guys" being disrupted. But take a look at my post around eLearning 1.0


Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Video Games & Retirees

Learning Visions

Interesting article in today's New York Times by Seth Schiesel about the increasing acceptance of video games among retirees/baby booomers, especially older women. Some of this due to the introduction of the Wii

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.

Case studies galore

Clive on Learning

Laura Overton, who has been working with e-skills UK , the sector skills council for IT professionals and IT users, but who is not yet a blogger (come on Laura), put me on to this excellent resource of UK e-learning case studies. counted 66 in total and no, I haven't read them all (actually I haven't read any yet, but they will definitely become part of my knowledge network

Learnlets » Another tale of travel heroism

Clark Quinn

Ok, my fault. don't know how, but after rushing onto the Bart train and sitting down, my phone wasn't in the holster at my waist. I was off to Taiwan for four days, and while the phone wouldn't work there, it has become my 'external

Today's Toys, Tomorrow's Tools

Kapp Notes

This week over at TrainingDay , my post Today's Toys, Tomorrow's Tools is a little bit of a rant. But I think it is important to continually remind ourselves that the upcoming gamers are going to learn differently than us digital immigrants and we need to adapt as well as help them adapt.we can't dictate terms to these digital won't work. Cooperation is the answer. __ Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

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Disconnecting Input and Output

In the Middle of the Curve

Before the Electronic Health Record, doctors scribbled incomprehensible code onto pieces of paper that wound up in a large manila folder on a shelf. These were called clinical notes. The doctors refer to these clinical notes to treat patients. With the advent of the Electronic Health Record, doctors now enter their clinical notes in one of 3 ways: - The stubborn ones continue to scribble incomprehensible code on pieces of paper - which are then scanned into the Electronic Health Record. More sophisticated users type their notes directly into the Electronic Health record. Better tracking.

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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!

Happiness - Must Watch Video

Tony Karrer

Found via Tony O'Driscoll. guess Dan Gilbert - author of Stumbling on Happiness was the keynote at Training 2007. Tony was nice enough to point us to a video from a Ted talk: You really should watch this. People who won the lottery and people who are paralyzed are equally happy one year after the event. The brain is amazingly good at synthesizing happiness. don't want buyers remorse.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Enciclomedia: Mexican Classrooms go hi-tech

Learning Visions

Found via Slashdot, this BBC News article on the use of Enciclomedia in Mexican classrooms. In a world where video game consoles, computers and television are already integral parts of young peoples lives, it was only a matter of time

Six disciplines of breakthrough learning

Clive on Learning

Now I don't know if the train journeys to London are getting slower or I'm reading faster, but I managed to get through The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning by Wick, Pollock, Jefferson and Flanagan (Pfeiffer, 2006) in the time it took to travel 60 miles. don't remember who put me on to this book - I think it was a posting on Bill Brantley's Design of Knowledge - but thank you to whoever it was because this was a worthwhile read. The book is subtitled 'How to turn training and development into business results', which about sums it up.

e-Learning Acupuncture: Find files instantly with Google

eLearning Acupuncture

I work in a military university that has a military computer network. This network has a firewall that is very stringent. Some file types are blocked by the firewall. In fact, the list is quite long and that makes me very frustrated at


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.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Virtual Reality is Back

Kapp Notes

When I was in graduate school many moons ago, the big thing was virtual reality. The concept was that the learner would immerse him or herself into an environment and then interact with the environment. It was really over-hyped and never went anywhere. It appears to me from recent events that virtual reality is a big way. You need to read the article. Intel (INTC ) Corp.

Beyond Fear

In the Middle of the Curve

Kathy Sierra has received attacks beyond anything I was afraid of when I started blogging. What is happening to her makes me ill. Really ill. The message those threats sends - Don't aim too high. Don't speak your mind. Don't do anything extraordinary. Yes - I'm a Z-list blogger. I'm thankful that people read me. I'm thankful I reside in a friendly and supportive corner of the bloggosphere. And I'm not going to stop speaking just because a collection of people(known and unknown) choose to spend their time attacking others in progressively uglier ways. For no real purpose.

Second Life and Learning - Tony O'Driscoll

Tony Karrer

Tony O'Driscoll - who will be on a panel at the eLearningGuild conference in Boston coming up in a few weeks and will be talking about this very topic - has published a paper in eLearn and created an interesting blog post with video (embedded below) that starts with a question many of us are asking: Are virtual worlds a breakthrough technology that will forever reshape learning and business?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Blogging & Boundaries in the Professional Sphere

Learning Visions

Karyn Romeis' recent post echoed stuff that's been rolling around in my mind about blogging, professionalism, sharing, confidentiality, roles, boundaries, etc. So first -- why have I started blogging about e-Learning with

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.

Keeping fit

Clive on Learning

I've been tagged by Don Taylor to share with you some inside knowledge of my keep fit regime. Personally, I just think Don's a nosey so-and-so - what's next, revelations about activities between the sheets? Anyway, I shall be a good sport (if you'll excuse the pun) and let you a little further into my life. Working from home I have few obstacles to keeping fit. play tennis between 2 and 5 times a week, at least one of which is usually a coaching session. This might seem like rather a lot but I enjoy the variety in the games and meeting my opponents for a chat.

Find files instantly with Google

eLearning Acupuncture

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Interface Be Gone

Kapp Notes

Interfaces, or the lack of interfaces seems to be a theme lately. thought the posting, What Interface? provided a provocative glimpse into the future was nothing compared to the concept of a helmet that reads your thoughts and then controls images on the screen to help you play video games without a controller. You can now control software with your mind (instead of software controlling you.)

Update on the Twitter Experiment

In the Middle of the Curve

Thursday night, I had a productive Skype chat with Brent Schlenker and Paul Fender. We talked about our respective projects, blogging, educational theory and the like. Inevitably, Twitter came up. I'm writing this from my sketchy memory. I am certain that the order of the conversation is completely wrong. And I hope I'm properly attributing who said what. Brent, Paul - I trust you to correct me. It was a blast talking to both of you. Paul: I know you 2 have been experimenting with Twitter - I don't see it. Wendy: There's a couple of things I want to investigate. Sort of a semi-asynchronous IM.

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.

Get Together at Conferences - F2F Still Matters

Tony Karrer

Just yesterday, I posted about Conference Preparation and I'm preparing for a couple of conferences so I definitely looked back at: Be an Insanely Great Professional Conference Attendee. One of the questions I often ask attendees - especially as we are discussing virtual classroom tools and virtual environments (e.g., Second Life) - is: Why did we come to this conference? You do get inspired.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Immersive = Addictive

Learning Visions

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the eLearning Guild online presentation of their 360 Report on Immersive Learning Simulations hosted by Steve Wexler and Mark Oehlert. The conversation was initially focused on defining just what

Made to stick

Clive on Learning

On a recommendation from Donald Clark , I have been reading Chip Heath and Dan Heath's Made to Stick (Random House, 2007), and an excellent read it was too. The authors have pooled their experience and their collective wisdom (Chip is a Professor at Standford, Dan a consultant at Duke Corporate Education), to try and figure out what it is that links "sticky ideas of all kinds, from urban legends to corporate mission statements to advertisements to proverbs". Make it easier for the learner by building on prior knowledge. Use analogies. Surprise gets our attention, interest keeps it.

The writings of Lee Kraus: WebEx purchase ripple on elearning Industry

Learning and Technology

Cisco just agreeded to purchase WebEx for a small lump of change. Billion I think (without the need for a $500 million to be set-aside for lawyers). It is most likely they will make it open source and sell services around it

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.

Design: Are You Designing Elementary Instruction?

Kapp Notes

Somehow I end up watching the show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” ” Amusing show focusing on information to be memorized. The type of stuff presented in most corporate training programs (This is our policy on customer wait time. Here are the three features of product x.ARM means Adjustable Rate Mortage.) The game on TV is being played by a blonde, energetic real estate agent named Avis.

Still Another Update

In the Middle of the Curve

Brent told me how to add people without spamming them (thanks). Best to let this experiment evolve. There's gotta be something about the buzz