November, 2006

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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.

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.

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. I don't react well to caffeine. Just try and get me to stop! Catchy, huh

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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.

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

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Podcast or videocast, which do you prefer?

Moodle Journal

Do you podcast you lectures? I 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.

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. In many cases individuals do much better on their own." And yet.

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Learnlets » Not your father’s ISD/ADDIE/HPT

Clark Quinn

Joining, once again, the Learning Circuit blog's big question of the month, which this month is “Are ISD / ADDIE / HPT relevant in a world of rapid elearning, faster time-to-performance, and informal learning

Breakthrough eLearning: Be Nice to Your SME!

Breakthrough eLearning

we had a lively webinar session on thursday on using subject matter experts wisely: keeping your elearning development projects on track. about 60 training and education folks from across north america jumped into the debate on how best

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.

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, What you have to ask yourself is: What business are you in? and 2.0,

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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

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. I believe it helps me to play and to write better music.

Learnlets » Visuals

Clark Quinn

Jay Cross is highlighting visuals. I'm very conceptual, so I don't usually use photographs, but I'm very big on graphics. Those who know me and/or have heard me speak will know that I'm always bringing in or creating graphics around the

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Caring is important for Real Professionalism

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

I've mentioned David Maister's podcasts before as one of my favorites. Perhaps its his wonderful speaking voice, but I think its more about his incredible content. After posting about my experience with the Little Sisters of the Poor , I listened to Episode#2 titled Real Professionalism. He basically boiled it all down to CARING!

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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. A 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.

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.

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. A bit Just a tad more that 50


Happy birthday Flash

Clive on Learning

Today I sat down to write a short column for a magazine on the use of Flash as a delivery medium for e-learning. While searching for some history, I came across this Flash History by Rick Waldron. It seems Flash has its origins in a product called SuperSplash Animator, based largely on the work of graphics enthusiast and programmer, Jonathan Gay. Anyway, Macromedia acquired this product, renamed it Flash 1.0 and launched it in November 1996. A quick look at the calendar to check and, yes, that makes it ten years ago this month. So, happy birthday Flash

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Breakthrough eLearning: Harvesting Your SMEs Brain

Breakthrough eLearning

one of the great things about working in the elearning field is the variety it affords. in the last year, for example, i have developed elearning courses or online job aids that teach people how to: use software; manage greenhouses

Big Toe is so old school!

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Just in case you were wondering, this is a picture of my daughter's THUMB toe (and 3 of the other lesser toes). Its not her BIG toe, as we might call it, but her Thumb toe. Having kids under 10 is probably the best way to truly understand learning. AND to see just how complicated adults can make the world. Next time you have bring your kids to work day.

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. I 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. A mixing of video games and algebra.

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

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