February, 2006

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The new IT training, part 4: The other option

Clive on Learning

A plea to IT user trainers in five thrilling instalments Welcome back again. For the benefit of those with limited random-access memory, let me just re-cap where we are so far in this series. I started by explaining how I thought that IT user training had evolved and was continuing to evolve over a number of phases. First of all we have to ask how users would benefit. Is this possible?

Image guide from TASI

Moodle Journal

I came across a really useful site the other day from the Technical Advisory Service for Images, it includes sections on creating and finding images, vector and animated graphics, images and copyright plus some comprehensive guides for using images in different VLE’s including Moodle. Just Click here to take a look, I think you will its worth a bookmark

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Learnlets » Learning Wisdom

Clark Quinn

The old canard about data->information->knowledge->intelligence->wisdom resonates with me. Don Norman wrote a book called 'Things That Make Us Smart', and it was great at taking a richly informed look at how we can enhance how we think

Build a better flipchart and the world will beat a path…

The Learning Circuits

As everyone on this blog knows, I'm eternally searching for a flipchart killer and have never failed to express my disappointment with the trends most of us (including myself) think will: do the job, convince people that it's sufficiently worthwhile (in terms of functionality) for them to adapt to, provide the comfort zone for them to adopt it as their standard landscape. and even does a bit more!

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Ten rules of thumb

Clive on Learning

I was looking through some course materials from a few years back and found these ten rules of thumb for adult learning. They predate the debate on formal/informal learning, so relate mainly to the design of formal training interventions. Anyway, the issues that interest me are: (1) can they be validated by research? (2) 2) do they still apply in practice? (3) All of these require your help.

Lesson plans with added value

Moodle Journal

With the use of Moodle expanding across the college, the question of standardising the appearance and content of the various courses calls for a solution. In a meeting last week I picked up some actions points to 1: make recommendations for a standard template and 2: re-design lesson plans to make them compatible with Moodle. At the moment lesson plans are written in Word, with content spread around a complex landscape table structure. My plan then is get students to build glossaries, so we have links to the keywords and terms in the lessons plans, should hopefully add some value

Museums and Folksonomies

Skilful Minds

A folksonomy results from distinct ways of organizing cultural categories developed from the tags, keywords, people use to describe specific content, or services, on the web. The emphasis in folksonomies is on organizing data, not making friends. social networking

OK, Now Let's Talk about Me!

The Learning Circuits

Well not about me. Let's talk about Learning Circuits Blog. In the Learning Circuits Blog Wiki, our current topic of discussion is LCB and its future. We've just finished a year of activity on LCB that saw increased publication by the author team, increased participation by our readers through comments, and a five-fold increase in the number of visitors. Dave your humble blogmeister

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Breakthrough eLearning: Just Do It! - Experiment Strategically With eLearning

Breakthrough eLearning

having been in the elearning field for over a decade, i can't tell you how many times i have heard people say that they were "thinking about elearning," "exploring their options," "seriously looking into it," etc.,

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 2/24/2006

Big Dog, Little Dog

February 24, 2006. Apple's iTunesU puts college lectures on your iPod - News 10. Almost a dozen universities, including some from the Ivy League, have agreed to take part in a pilot project run by Apple called iTunesU. Tag: Podcasting. Mapping informal relationships at a company is revealing -- and useful - Business Week. The use of social network analysis as a management tool is accelerating. Given the current emphasis on managing talent, companies are hungry for ways to find and nurture their organizations' most in-the-know employees. Also, see: Untangling Office Connections. Malcolm Gladwel.

Web 2.0 products and services - the listible

Clive on Learning

If you find yourself with a few hours to spend doing exactly what you fancy, then you may consider looking at this list of fascinating free websites and applications at listible.com : [link]. I know there are lots of other things you may fancy doing more than this, but let's just imagine these aren't available, alright

Snap happy

Clive on Learning

For some reason it's taken me ages to catch on to the potential for finding and sharing photos on the web. It's probably because my graphic designer colleague David Kori has been indisposed for a couple of months while he prepares a new suite of learning materials for schools. In the meantime, I've been making up for the lack of his illustration skills by begging, stealing (don't tell anyone) and borrowing photos from a host of online sites. My favourite for glossy and highly professional images is iStockPhoto.

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Patrick Dunn's Networked Learning Design

Clive on Learning

Patrick Dunn has created a an engaging and accessible site for learning designers called Networked Learning Design. As it says, it is: ".is is about design thinking and creativity, applied to the practice of learning design. It's based on research into a wide range of design disciplines including architecture, product design, interior design, graphics and web design. Its premise is that the relatively immature discipline of learning design - previously called 'instructional design' - may have something to learn from these more mature design disciplines." I'd have a look

Money Motive Can Revitalize Classrooms

The Learning Circuits

Steve Mariotti left his import/export business to become a New York City teacher. He has taught at some the city's worst schools. At first he says he was a horrible teacher who often lost control of his classes. One day he asked the kids what was wrong with his teaching style. One kid said, "Well, we did it because we can't stand you. You are boring." People were afraid of him.

Report from ASTD TechKnowledge 06

The Learning Circuits

This morning, hundreds of us packed the ballroom of the new Hyatt Regency Colorado Convention Center for the opening of TechKnowledge 06. Incoming ASTD president Kevin Oakes thanked the Rocky Mountain Chapter, advisory boards, hard-working staff, platinum sponsors, silver sponsors, planning committees, and others. Elliott Masie took the stage to encourage us to adopt Extreme Learning.

Further Beyond the Blog?

The Learning Circuits

Just when you thought it was over, it's BACK! Well kind of. We received a email from Jim Belshaw, CEO of the Ndarala Group , a consultancy in Rosebery, Australia. Seems the Australian Higher Education system and training are being assailed much in the same manner as Sam Adkins and David Grebow have done here in the States via LCB. revisiting Sam's Post and the comments that followed.

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Homeschooling and the Creative Class

The Learning Circuits

My son Slater was included in this week's BusinessWeek piece on home-schooling. Some nice phrases:, vowed he'd never put his kid through the eye-glazing lectures he endured in school done by a growing number of creative-class parents No longer the bailiwick of religious fundamentalists or neo-hippies looking to go off the cultural grid, homeschooling is a growing trend among the educated elite The No. 1 motivation, research shows, is concern about school environments, including negative peer pressure, safety, and drugs.

Personalized Learning- Lessons from Tim, Pizza Hut and Betty

The Learning Circuits

Data can help personalization, but data is a means, not an end. I stumbled into a nice reminder of that. Tim Sanders, Leadership Coach at Yahoo delivered an interesting keynote at DigitalNow last year. Follow the link below to learn how the CEO of Pizza Hut and a single customer shared a great experience when he called her. Tim Sanders - Betty the Pizza Lady (Windows Media, 7 very worthwhile minutes) How can we data mine the impersonal performance results to create this sort of memorable, high-impact experience for learners

Honesty, Oprah, and the Formal Learning Industries

The Learning Circuits

The Oprah/James Frey conversation, the Enron trials, even a recent post here got me thinking. The Formal Learning Industries absolutely requires honesty, for Big Skills and technical ones. Honesty in the end-learner. Honesty in the subject matter expert. Honesty in the creation and delivery of Formal Learning material. Honesty in the conversation between program manager and sponsor. Honesty is more than just not technically telling a lie, although that is a good place to start. Some common recent public dishonesty: Stating something that one thinks and hopes to be true as definitely true.

SimWord of the Day: Throttle

The Learning Circuits

The degree to which we can predictably facilitate in the transfer of Big Skills depends quite a bit on the ability to accurately capture them. If we don't do a better job of capturing them, we will be forever stuck on the training justification infinite-loop. One reason for some lack of success in transferring big skills is that most of us in the knowledge-capture biz think too much in terms of linear content, and therefore have crippling blind spots. These posts are designed to challenge that. One critical modeling analogy is the throttle. We all use management throttles every day.

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SimWord of the Day: Scramble

The Learning Circuits

Scramble: Using a mixture of reflex and practiced tactics in an attempt to get to a better, more strategic, situation. I love watching people play real-time simulations. You can tell by watching their eyes when they go from being in control to suddenly loosing it. Things go wrong. They panic. They flail. Then, something happens to the eyes. They gain resolve. They scramble. And , sometimes, they regain control, and are once again humming at a strategic level. I used to think that you don't really know another country until you are really bored there. Part of the SimWord of the Day Series

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 2/16/2006

Big Dog, Little Dog

Information Overload: Blogs As Content Navigators, Information Filters, Trusted Niche Guides - Robin Good. In the book by P. Evans and T.S. Wursters, Blown to Bits: How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy, authors speak about richness and reach: how companies could offer either rich information that is highly specialized and geared towards a niche market or they could have reach, more generalized information that is not as rich, but has a broader appeal. CompUSA has reach, while an Apple store has richness. Tag: Information Overload. gada.be: Information Overload.

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 2/8/2006

Big Dog, Little Dog

A Convergence: Complex Systems Theory, Open Space Technology, Frames, Freakonomics, and the Wisdom of Crowds - Dave pollard. In some recent work I have been doing, it occurred to me that Open Space Technology might provide a framework for capturing the Wisdom of Crowds to resolve complex problems. Money Motive Can Revitalize Classrooms - Donald Clark. People, no matter what age, must see a learning moment as relevent and important. If that teaching or training moment has no real impact on the learners' lives, then why should they bother to remember it? Cyberspace" Is Dead - Wired.

Breakthrough eLearning: Whats the Purpose of an LMS?

Breakthrough eLearning

I recently attended a CLO Magazine-sponsored webinar titled “Benefits and Best Practices for Moving to an Enterprise-Wide LMS.” The presenters were Josh Bersin of Bersin & Associates and Shelly Heiden of Plateau Systems

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