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In recent weeks I have been grappling with learning theories and models and trying to create my own mental model of how all the theories relate to each other and how they fit into the timeline of mankind’s understanding of how we learn. My understanding thus far is that we do learn different things in different ways. As George puts it " We are social beings.

Web 3.0 - eLearning 3.0?

Tony Karrer

First let me apologize for talking about Web 3.0 and eLearning 3.0 when we don't really understand much less have digested eLearning 2.0, but there's so much buzz, I can't help myself. Will Thalheimer posted about Web 3.0 and Learning where he is discussing what is being called Web 3.0. In particular he cites a recent NY Times article. But Web 3.0 has been getting lots of attention for a while now. Oh, and I have an 11-year-old child." Will (and I would agree) says that there will be big impact on learning if the web could answer these kinds of queries. Do we ask questions like that? Well - no.

Harold Jarche » Getting to Maybe – Review

Learning and Working on the Web

I've just finished reading Getting to Maybe. This is a book about social innovation in complex environments (our world). It covers the stories of many social innovators and discusses the various parts of a common path that many take

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Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Army's Future Force

Kapp Notes

An interesting article over at Wired talks about a new real time strategy game developed by the US Army called Future Force Company Commander. The game is based on the US Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) Networked Weapons. As instructional designers who are considering the development of games (for Algebra or Spanish for example), the idea of characters or AI that learns is important.

Time for a Second Life

Moodle Journal

Just recently I decided that the time had come to put my money where my enthusiasm was, so I upgraded my membership in Second Life and bought some land and see how it could be used in conjunction with my work on Moodle. In fact I bought a small island from, these are really nice properties and the company extremely helpful.

Knowledge Management Core Issues

Tony Karrer

Great post by Denham Grey - Perennial KM issues that are very similar to the core problems that we deal with in eLearning: How to speed learning, increase awareness and share experiences. With an ever deceasing half-life of knowledge , just keeping up has become a major corporate imperative. Sure we have improved search engines, more stuff on the web and many ways to make connections, but the difficulty is making sense and finding people really 'in-the-know'. We need practical ways to build personal informal networks. Could we improve the situation by adopting some emergent mindsets & web2.0

Hey Wiki! Your so fine you blow my mind. Hey Wiki


After setting up a very basic wiki, I have just started to take a look at the use of wiki's in education. My findings are summarized below and are based on reading the following 4 web documents and listening to a skypecast (link below). 1. Naomi Augar, Ruth Raitman and Wanlei (Nov 2004) Zhou “Teaching and learning online with wikis” [link] 2 Joe Grohens and Norma Scagnoli (Spring 2006). Uses of Wikis in Teaching” [link] 3. Chien-min Wang Turner, D. April 2004) “Extending the wiki paradigm for use in the classroom” [link] 4. According to Vicki she explains that the way she looks at it: 1.

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e-Learning Acupuncture: Q: Does group collaboration online work?

eLearning Acupuncture

A: YES! If you remain unconvinced, please take a look at the result of this group collaboration by distance at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's Department of Instructional Technology. The fruits of their group collaboration have

The Senior Management Un-Meeting

In the Middle of the Curve

It took a number of attempts and rescheduling but I FINALLY introduced our Senior Management to Moodle. This took a bit of politicking on the Boss's part and some formal letter skill on mine. Below is the letter I used to bribe them to put together a meeting: [Insert wonderful practice administrator name here]: I have been in the process of putting together a Learning Management System (Moodle) to help us keep track of the tutorials. This tool will be an important part of the upgrades scheduled for next year, including TW v. 11 and FlowCast 4.0. look forward to hearing from you.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: More Second Life

Kapp Notes

Basically Second Life is the Matrix , as in, “Wake Up Neo, the Matrix has you.” You can learn a little more by checking out my previous entry on the subject, Get a "Second Life." Second Life is a virtual world in which people can act, react and function as if they were in the actual physical world. You can buy, trade and barter for virtual goods and services within the virtual world.

Hyperactive e-learning at the Cappuccino U

Clive on Learning

Caffeine addicts and afficionados of informal learning can obtain two fixes in one with Jerome Martin's free e-book Cappuccino U , recently published by Spotted Cow Press and brought to my attention by Jane's e-learning pick of the day. Martin's book is quite short so I won't steal all his thunder. His main point is that real learning these days is not going on at work, in colleges or even in homes, but in so-called 'third places', i.e. libraries, book shops and, as you've probably guessed, coffee houses. don't react well to caffeine. Just try and get me to stop! Catchy, huh

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.

The Big Question for November - Future of ISD / ADDIE / HPT?

Tony Karrer

November's Big Question on the Learning Circuits Blog has been posted. The question this month is: Are ISD / ADDIE / HPT relevant in a world of rapid elearning, faster time-to-performance, and informal learning? To me, this is one of the most important questions facing us today. If you look at the shift between eLearning 1.0, 1.3 What you have to ask yourself is: What business are you in?

Podcast or videocast, which do you prefer?

Moodle Journal

Do you podcast you lectures? have started this in a small way but from the system logs the results were not encouraging. Anyway I started to give the whole idea some serious thought recently. From my own perspective, if am driving or travelling on public transport, then yes I would listen to a podcast, however if was sat in front of a computer, then I would appreciate something more visual. The feasibility of videoing and editing a whole lecture on a regular basis would for me be unrealistic. If you would like to take a look just click here.

The writings of Lee Kraus: Mashups of Elearning

Learning and Technology

Wayne Hodgins talks about the importance of mashups in his recent blog post as a follow up to his presentation at Learning 2006. have always loved Wayne's presentations. have attended many of them over the past 6 years

Comprehension and Retention

In the Middle of the Curve

Paul Murphy is doing an informal experiment that could shape everything we are doing as eLearning specialists. He needs 100s of people to help. figure if I can rope myself and 2 others to do this, he will eventually have his statistics. Directions are in his ZDNet post Comprehension and Retention. The experiment is on my to do list for this evening. I'd love to hear your feedback on the experiment, both the design and your experiences with it

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: Learning Spanish in a Game

Kapp Notes

In addition to being in Algebra (see Algebra Game ), my 12 year old son is also in a Spanish Class. gentleman named David Dunlap has spearheaded an incredible effort to create a game which immerses the learner in the Spanish language by virtually dropping him or her into a Spanish speaking town and letting that individual fend for themself. It is an interesting and effective approach.

Learnlets » Designing Informal

Clark Quinn

I haven't received Jay's Informal Learning book yet (he's promised it's coming) but I've been thinking about informal learning a lot lately, not least because it's emerged as an issue in some recent elearning strategy engagements

Blogs, Automated Translations, and a Better Site Feed

Tony Karrer

I ran into a little utility this morning - Snap - that let's you add previews of any link on your site as a quick little pop-up. It's kinda cool. You'll have to visit my blog to see this in action. While you are there, definitely check out the new translation capability that can be found at the bottom of each post. This is provided by Yahoo's, AltaVista's, BabelFish - aren't acquisitions fun? Since I've found that about 30% of the links to my posts come from blogs in other languages, maybe this will be of value. I'm actually surprised at how much you can understand from automated translation.

Free learning resources from the OU via Moodle

Moodle Journal

free and open educational resources If like myself you are always on the lookout for some quality e-Learning materials, then you simply have to take a look at the Open Universities Moodle site OpenLearn. The resources here are free to use and are of an excellent quality, well done OU

Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

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Me>We v We>Me

Clive on Learning

David Freedman took the brave step of challenging some pretty widely held beliefs with his September article in Inc magazine, The Idiocy of Crowds. In case you missed it, this is what he is saying: "In the age of instant messaging, wikis, social networking sites and videoconferencing on cell phones, collaboration and consensus are gaining yet more currency. We can, and do, get everyone to weigh in, all the time." Unfortunately, he reckons, "the effectiveness of groups, teamwork, collaboration and consensus is largely a myth. David's swimming against the tide. And yet.

Comprehension and Retention - participation

In the Middle of the Curve

In Paul Murphy's experiment he provides a document that might require some prior familiarity with the topic. know this is not in the scope of his experiment, but I am curious to hear how well people feel they retain the information in any of the categories if they are not familiar or comfortable with the content. If you decide to do the experiment, please comment and let me know your impressions. wish he provided feedback so I could see how far off I was with my answers. It would be nice to see formal research on these differences.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Learning Algebra in a Game

Kapp Notes

Here is a game where you navigate to a specific location using coordinates displayed on a graph. It is designed to teach about the X and Y axis to students taking an algebra class. have a 12 year old son in an Algebra I class, so I was excited to find a game designed specifically to teach algebra concepts using a first person perspective. mixing of video games and algebra.

The Trouble with Blogging


So it has been about 5 weeks since my last blog. It annoys me that i have not managed to get a blog in over this period, but what does one do when one is working full time 9-5, going about regular business and looking into various aspects of interactive and collaborative technology in the evenings and at weekends. After all one has to have something to blog about. Plenty has been going on: * I have had the joys of faciltating in an interactive and collaborative synchronous classroom. I've started designing interactive and collaborative activities for synchronous classrooms.

Best Practices for Launching an LMS

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Peer Review vs. Search Engine Places - Quality of Information in a Web 2.0 Sources

Tony Karrer

Interesting article from EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 41, no. 6 (November/December 2006): 12-13 - Scholarly Reputations: Who's Got Buzz? that discusses whether: scholars would choose (1) to have their work published in the premier journal in their field or (2) to have that work regularly come up on the first screen in an appropriate Google search Having gone through a PhD process and having been in academia for 11 years where you needed to "publish" - this is a really interesting question to me. Of course sometimes, both things happen such as in the case of Stephen Downes' article on eLearning 2.0

Value Added Moodle?

Moodle Journal

Keen as I always am to make use of our vle for course delivery, I am also very keen to find evidence on its effectiveness with regard to student outcomes. One of the courses that see particularly heavy use of the vle here at Bromley is my BTEC National Software Development. Just the other day I am informed that it has attracted highest Value Added in the country for this course, wow. How much of that is due to the vle, difficult to say, but I was asked to put my views in writing; 50 words! Anyway here is my response.


Is instructional systems design still relevant?

Clive on Learning

As November's Big Question, Learning Circuits asks Are ISD / ADDIE / HPT relevant in a world of rapid elearning, faster time-to-performance, and informal learning? Well, I always thought ISD and ADDIE (never heard of HPT) were pretty much common sense. Pretty much any logical model for any activity consists of a bit of digging around to find out what's needed (analysis) and then some form of plan-do-review cycle. We need to be reminded of this discipline to avoid jumping to solutions, without having a proper understanding of the problem. believe it helps me to play and to write better music.