Sat.Sep 02, 2006 - Fri.Sep 08, 2006

Trending Sources

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

So what do we do now?

In the Middle of the Curve

Since the eLearnDevCon 2006 conference, I have been thinking about how to structure our training programs to get the most "bang-for-the-buck". The shift is obvious. The application - not so much. I've read many blogs addressing Web 2.0, eLearning 2.0, Learning 2.0, Knowledge 2.0, and other 2.0(s). This is what I've gathered so far: - "2.0" = social interaction and group knowledge construction.

eLearning 1.0 vs. 2.0 - Help Needed

Tony Karrer

I want to try an experiment. think there's an interesting bit of content in here, but in exchange, I would ask that you maybe throw me a bone and answer a question or two in exchange. I'm still preparing for a couple of presentations at DevLearn and a presentation for ASTD Los Angeles - What's Next in eLearning? I'll explain that in a minute) and eLearning 2.0. That's not really the case.

The writings of Lee Kraus: "What is a Podcast." Correct.

Learning and Technology

My wife was just flipping throught the channels getting to Whose Line and when she passed Jeporady, Alex asked "Download a file and load it on an Ipod." and the lady said "What is a podcast." and Alex answered Correct

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.

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.

Cookie crumbs, Breck shampoo, and a little experiment

In the Middle of the Curve

Every day I receive newsletters from ZDNet. tool in my feeble attempt to keep up with technology trends. Dan Farber's post today led to a great blog - Confused of Calcutta containing beautifully written essays on the nature of information. These essays contain links that lead to more potentially useful information which also contain links.

Finding Answers and Power of Questions

Tony Karrer

I just saw a post by Mike Oehlert on the Power of Questions where he says: So then I read about how Yahoo! , MSN and another service called AnswerBag are valuing the question ( Google Answers is also in the mix along with AllExperts ). These folks are all offering services which allow you to post your question to a community and get answers. Some allow people to offer those answers to you for a small price (couple of dollars). This has been done for quite a while in corporate environments through a variety of mechanisms. What's interesting is that this maps nicely to part of how we learn.

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

Harvard Law goes Learning2.0 with courses in SecondLife

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Law in the Court of Public Opinion is Harvard's try at using SecondLife as a learning platform. So cool! Well, if its good enough for Harvard, I suspect its good enough for the rest of us.wouldn't you say? discovered this via Joho the Blog.thanks David

How maleable is the model?

In the Middle of the Curve

I am beginning to wonder if the innovativeness change curve is more malleable than Rogers suggests. If individuals have a natural static disposition towards change, it stands to reason that some groups will be more willing to adopt a change than others. Academics, being academics, try to codify how this process works. What strategies do you use to work with the various groups

Defending the Status Quo - Seth Godin

Tony Karrer

A list that we all recognize posted by Seth Godin - Defending the Status Quo "That will never work." ". That said, the labor laws make it difficult for us to do a lot of the suggestions [you] put out. And we do live in a lawsuit oriented society."" "Can you show me some research that demonstrates that this will work?" Well, if you had some real-world experience, then you would understand." "I don't think our customers will go for that, and without them we'd never be able to afford to try this." There are government regulations and this won't be permitted." We'll let someone else prove it works.

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.

elearningpost » The Innovation Sandbox


The Innovation Sandbox. CK Prahalad writes on how to innovate at the bottom of the pyramid: The process for designing both of these breakthrough innovations started with the identification of the following four conditions — all of which

What is Corporate eLearning Development all about?

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

The blog that is.this blog to be specific. recently had my 1 year blog birthday party (or was it aniversary?) and so now seemed like a good time to reflect on just what the heck this thing is all about. started Corporate eLearning Development in August of 2005. We affectionately refer to it as the year we lost control. ahead and scroll down on that link.see, told ya so. But I digress. What's MMO?


Individual Innovativeness Theory

In the Middle of the Curve

Rogers' (1995) Individual Innovativeness Theory suggests that individuals react differently to change based on a stable trait or predisposition. He developed the following categories to define the various groups. From what I've observed, members of these groups have a key question they ask when looking at a particular technology. Innovators - What is it? Late Majority - Does it work? And how well?)

Harvard Extension Class in Second Life

Tony Karrer

Found this on Joho the Blog - but you almost have to go visit the class description just to see that - yeah that's Harvard Law and yep, they are using Second Life for real

Informal Learning Blog » The business environment of informal learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Informal learning is not some new option to toy with. Rather, it's a response to a new world of business, a new contract with workers, a new definition of knowledge, and an incredible philosophy and technological conglomerate known as

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.

School Crash.made me think

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

This accident slowed traffic to a crawl while on my 60min commute to my teaching gig at the Art Institute. pulled out the ol' Treo650 and snapped this shot. Okay, so its not great, but it got me thinking for the remainder of my drive. Is that us, the web2.0 crowd, driving that car into the web2.0 car into the back of the traditional school system bus? mean seriously! The network will grow.

Implementing Moodle

In the Middle of the Curve

Ta, Gesine and I started our Moodle installation for our organization yesterday. We are doing a small 3 course installation on our old intranet test server. Once we get the settings just right and test out some items (LDAP authentication, reporting, test score imports), we will wipe out the old server and make the whole server our Moodle server. Thank goodness for leftover hardware. We did the Moodle + Apache + MySQL + PHP v.1.6.1 install. Because the machine we are using currently has a bunch of junk on it, we ran into a couple of issues with the installation. - The installation uses Port 80.

Better Discussion / Debate in Learning

Tony Karrer

Mark Oehlert post: I long for this kind of debate in our learning circles. talks about something that definitely stuck a chord for me. In particular, he laments that as he was reading a discussion in a different domain and "working on the team picking out sessions for the 2007 ASTD conference " he found himself wanting to have better discussion and debate in our world of learning. Mark - I do too! However, as I continued to read Mark's post, I realized that he and I may not want the same thing. We've all seen this. Then you sit around the table with little or no real dialog. Not about your LMS.

Informal Learning Blog » LMS, we hardly knew ye

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

After this, neither SumTotal,, Saba, nor Plateau will ever hire me for a consulting gig. Nonetheless, I must tell you that in informal learning, THE LMS EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES. Use learning management systems (LMS) for

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!

Steve Irwin: "Education is all about.passion and enthusiasm"

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

I was awake at 1am (irrigating my property.its an Arizona thing) when I heard about the death of Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter. My kids call it Animal Chanimal, but Animal Planet is where my children have learned just about everything they know about animals. But its more than that. Educators like Steve engage kids with a passion that contagious. They simple want to learn more. No way!

Harold Jarche » Analysis for Informal Learning

Learning and Working on the Web

This is a follow-up to Informal Learning and Performance Technology. I've created this diagram to show a rather simplistic representation of how you would conduct an analysis to determine where informal learning might fit in to your

Goodbye LMS?

Tony Karrer

I had seen this paper ( Social software: E-learning beyond learning management systems ) before, but Jay Cross's take on the implications of the paper in LMS, we hardly knew ye is interesting: LMS create a walled garden in an era when walls are falling down. Why not use the real internet and real internet technology rather than some hokey oversimplification? Does a Learner WANT an LMS? Moving from One to Many - LMS Products are Two Generations Behind Tools for On-Demand Information - An LMS? Further, it causes us to think in LMS terms (course). Does a Learner WANT an LMS?

Informal Learning Blog » Get them to RTFM

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Kathy Sierra has a great post on making instruction manuals useful. Or even exciting. This is how performance support is supposed to work. If only manufacturers would do the math on the ROI of treating customers to a learning path

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.

Free eBooks / Manuals - NorthStarNerd.Org


When I first learned of these eBooks via my partner in crime, Rafael from Really Simple Sidi, I was intrigued, but wanted to wait and see if their stuff was any good. FreeLoadPress now has their initial selection of manuals

Breakthrough eLearning: Making the Connection

Breakthrough eLearning

i recently came across a refreshingly frank article by david maister titled "why (most) training is useless." after years of experience as a trainer he has come to the conclusion that "the majority of business training

Q&A - eLearning Standards Especially SCORM

Tony Karrer

Now that I posted about Better Questions for Learning Professionals , I've been receiving questions via email from a variety of people. That's great! like getting interesting questions. Some of them I just respond with an email. But, I'm going to try to make a practice of creating blog posts around some of the questions. Here's a recent one to get me started: Is it mandatory to use SCORM while developing an E-learning Software? SCORM is as close as you get to Mandatory in the world of eLearning. More than that is most often not expected and can cause you integration problems.

Another reason why Apple ROCKS!

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

With the cloud of layoffs hanging over Intel employee's heads, spirits are low to say the least. But, in my case when the going gets tough, the tough! Okay, so not normally, but I thought it sounded funny. Anyways. Monday afternoon I ordered up a fully loaded 20" iMac. Can you imagine my dissapointment when I saw the wednesday morning announcement of the NEW iMacs ? Just as I'm about ready to pick up the phone and raise some heck, I get this email. To Our Valued Apple Customer: Apple is pleased to announce the new iMac with Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Thanks APPLE!

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.

SuperNova 2006 Podcasts - NorthStarNerd.Org


Are you interested in where the net is headed? IT conversations is bringing online podcasts from SuperNova 2006. This past June in San Francisco, SuperNova brought together leading internet thought leaders. Topics included: Need for new

Harold Jarche » “never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee”

Learning and Working on the Web

In a nearby school classroom is a sign that states, “for whom the bell tolls” and the teacher says to the students that “it tolls for me, not you”. This reminded me of John Taylor Gatto's teacher of the year acceptance speech in 1992

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 9/2/2006

Big Dog, Little Dog

iPods for Learning - Knowledge Jump. So, what is the iPods' value in a corporate setting? For example, you could place an audio and visual guide of your organization on an iPod and send new hires on a "tour" of their own (just like the Museum of Modern Art does), rather than having them wait for a class just to sit through a PowerPoint presentation. Or perhaps record a step-by-step procedure of a task, along with a few picture and/or notes to an iPod and use it as a training device. Interview with Steve Rubel - Rocketboom. Scrap Web 2.0, yes, but embrace Knowledge 2.0 surely - ZD Net. Web 2.0

Evolution or Revolution.I'll take one revolution to go please

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Another great find from elearnspace. I'm all about the revolution. The post he links to is an outstanding commentary on the change process. Basically, when evolution does not occur then a revolution is required to ANY effective change to occur. This is the current state of learning with corporations and the educational system. Most people are still approaching web2.0 as new tools, and I'm even seeing it in my own company. The change is SO much bigger than simply the tools and requires a revolution. And if that scares you then all the more reason to do it.

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.

Yeah! Why don't learning platform vendors open their platform?

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

I'm certain that in the near future they will have no choice but to do exactly that. from e-clippings) Mark, my friend, I'm scratching my head wondering the same thing. Oh, and those numbers you mention in your question at the end. What is the value add in paying $100K for something that will takes weeks/months to stand up, when I could possibly pay 1/10th of that and have something turned on today?".Let's Let's just say $100k is laughably low for one of those systems you listed. Try 6 million! They've become bloatware loaded with stuff you really don't need. So, game over for Mr. big vendor.

The 19 Best eLearning Blogs

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Gabe from articulate has posted his list of The 19 Best Elearning Blogs. Corporate eLearning Development landed the #17 spot. Thanks, Gabe. This is very cool! have 52 blog feeds in my Learning folder, so I can understand how difficult this task must have been. One glaring omission I see is e-clippings published by Mark Oehlert

The Internet: The ultimate learning machine

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Jay Cross is on a roll and I would encourage everyone to read the following posts and the links within them: The business environment of informal learning LMS, we hardly knew ye Remember folks, embrace the chaos

The intersection between Enterprise2.0 and Learning2.0

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Rod Boothby at the innovation Creators blog has back to back awesome posts that help me answer questions about Learning2.0 in my corporate environment. When to Use a Blog and When to use a wiki This one is short and to the point. Very good stuff. Email is critical to Enterprise2.0 and Office2.0 Well I wouldn't say critical but it will be useful for many years to come but reduced significantly with each passing year. still hear the younger generations say things like, "I only use email to communicate with old people

Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.

Harold Jarche » Schooling, deschooling or unschooling?

Learning and Working on the Web

Rough First Day. There seems to be a growing chorus questioning our Western school system. The conversation has been strong amongst bloggers, voices like Brian Alger or Robert Paterson on the value of homework or Chris Corrigan on

Another learning professional discovers the learning reality of virtual reality

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

I'm trying not to blog during this long holiday weekend, but I couldn't help check the blogosphere just once. I was moved to post by several posts that I saw, but none more so than the virtual worlds? post at Learnlets. love to read about the experiences others are having within virtual environments. And I don't care which environments either, although most of the action these days is happening within SecondLife. The video he links to is very well done and I've shown it many times over. So you can make models or representations and share them. THIS is a major benefit.