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Taxonomy of Learning Theories

E-Learning Provocateur

Academia is teeming with learning theories. Some of them are old, some of them are new. Some are flash-in-the-pan, others stand the test of time and remain applicable to this very day. Some of them are controversial, while others have assumed the aura of conventional wisdom. Some of them are simple, while others are incomprehensible to mere mortals. Where do you start? Which theory do you choose?

General Considerations for Mobile Learning (mLearning)

Upside Learning

Wikipedia defines mobile learning as “Any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, or learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies&#. In other words, mLearning decreases limitation of learning location with the mobility of general portable devices 1. the ability to use GPS?

Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Adult Learners

The eLearning Coach

Motivation is the force that drives people to fulfill a need. If you can tap into a learner’s intrinsic motivation—where an individual is rewarded by the learning itself or an internal goal—you’ve got it made. But in both workplace and academic environments, people are often unmotivated because they are required to take courses in which they have no interest. Provide options. Buzz up!

Learning Resources from Informal Learning (Jay Cross): Part 1

ID Reflections

I am re-reading Informal Learning by Jay Cross and was going through the resource links he has provided. Apart from the book, which is a must read for anyone interested in the field of learning, the resource links are gold mines of knowledge, information and insights. I am putting some of my favorite sites from the list here for reference. Communication Nation : Dave Gray's Blog.

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Work is learning, learning work

Learning and Working on the Web

My Twitter bio reads, “ Work is learning, learning work – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know [apologies to Keats ]. That’s pretty much what I believe will be a necessity for the post-industrial and post-information era that we are beginning to enter. Some call it the knowledge economy or perhaps even the learning age. The enticements are ideas and education.

Skills Gap

T+D

Does your organization have a skills gap? If so, you're not alone. In a recent American Society for Training & Development survey that was published in the new white paper Bridging the Skills Gap , 79.2 percent of organizations admitted that the skills of their current workforce did not match the changes in their business strategy. The education system and organizations in the United States, along with the local, state, and federal government, bear equal responsibility in closing this skills gap. Have you assessed the skills and compentencies needed by your workforce now and in the future?

Finding Tools

Bottom-Line Performance

Jennifer’s last blog post makes the excellent point that it’s important to resist getting overwhelmed by the cool factor with Web 2.0 tools. An evaluation process, like the one she references, is critical. When Sharon and I were working on documenting our evaluation process, we had a recurring argu… discussion over the first step in the process. There are argu…discussion points on both sides.

Long Overdue Random Brain Dump

In the Middle of the Curve

Made an important baby step towards greater acceptance of "fun" and "games" in my eLearning tutorials. Behold! My tutorial doppelganger! Thank you South Park Character Creator. Thus far, the tutorial I created with these characters have gotten rave reviews. Best comment that came back to me was from the director 3 levels up (1 step below the Main Muck) Not only was that fun, but I GOT IT!!!!

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

eLearning: Interesting Weekly Finds #7

Upside Learning

“Microsoft Research released a community game cum programming environment for the Xbox 360 called Kodu. Unlike most other video games, Kodu would let players create their own video games for the Xbox without any prior knowledge of programming. The initial version of Kodu required the Xbox 360 console but now Kodu is available as a free download for your Windows PC as well. Gordon. Teambox.

The big question: predictions for 2010

Clive on Learning

The Big Question for January in the Learning Circuits Blog is, rather predictably, what are your predictions for 2010? I’m happy to participate in the sure knowledge that nearly all so-called expert predictions in practically any field prove to be miles off the mark. only one will matter and that is surviving the downturn. The recent ASTD study certainly bears this out. This has been the case.

Technology and learning: From cooooool to implementation

Bottom-Line Performance

The past few weeks have given us several exciting technology announcements and rumors, most notably the new android phone from Google and the Apple iTablet/Slate.  It’s easy to be excited by tools like these as well as augmented reality and other technologies. We just assume that we’ll be able to use it somehow, and that we’ll figure it out once we have it! Try stuff out.

Are You Having Fun?

Learn and Lead

The eight irresistible principles of fun from Box of Crayons , “an irresistibly funky animated movie designed to help you create more fun in your life” Stop hiding who you really are. Take the time to figure out what makes up your DNA. Start being intensely selfish. Get hungry for things that are truly important to you. Stop following rules. Start scaring yourself. Lighten up, this too shall pass.

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Project Management for Trainers: Key Concepts and Learning

ID Reflections

I have just finished reading the book, Project Management for Trainers by Lou Russell. At the outset, let me admit that this is a somewhat unusual book for me to read. I am more into books about learning and performance, training, design, creative thinking, innovation and management, writing, and the like. Project Management jumped out at me in a font size 10 times larger.

Portfolio: Intranet Walkthrough Course

eLearning Brothers

The company did a total redo of their intranet site and wanted to introduce it to their employees. It’s designed to give a short general overview and then let them choose parts to explore. View the course.

The Age of DIY

Bottom-Line Performance

Due to budget restrictions many people are tackling projects on their own, including everything from home improvement, car repairs, landscaping, and yes, even corporate learning.  DIY DIY in corporate learning is a growing trend and from what I’m hearing, it’s gaining momentum. Where’s Eric Stromer when you need him? DIY should be taken on with a grain of caution. Eric Stromer is the host on HGTV’s Over Your Head – he rescues overwhelmed homeowners on their DIY projects. Do you think DIY in learning is a good thing? could envision endless content dumps, limited structure, and confused learners. 

Experiencing E-Learning » Daily Bookmarks 01/15/2010

Experiencing eLearning

Open for Learning: The CMS and the Open Learning Network | in education. Paper arguing that CMSs make online learning less effective. The authors propose an Open Learning Network as an alternative, a cross between the traditional CMS

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

Cat and My Room: Influences that Shaped Me.

ID Reflections

“All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point—a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,” wrote Virginia Woolf. room of one’s own develops the mind, body and spirit. Here are the influences that shaped me, made me into the person I am today, taught me about life and fortitude. This used to be my grandparents’ bedroom. Did the hair fall just so?

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Portfolio: Web Product Ordering Course

eLearning Brothers

This quick course is a guided tour (also a marketing piece) that shows how to order supplies from the customer’s portal. It begins with a brief company introduction and then tours the product portal. View the course.

Witness to the power of 2.0 tools

Bottom-Line Performance

This is not your normal business post…only an observation of my personal experience with the power of 2.0 tools. Like many of you I have been glued to CNN watching the coverage of the devastation in Haiti. While I have a personal interest in the story, as I wait for word from a friend leading a mission trip in Haiti (sidenote: same location of my own mission trip in 3 weeks), I have been moved by the stories coming out of that country and how they’ve been delivered. Many of the first stories and accounts of the devastation came via Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and other 2.0 tools.

2010 Predictions - Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

January's Big Question at the Learning Circuits blog asks for our 2010 predictions. So, here we go; m-Learning continues to grow. think the growing popularity of social media apps on mobile devices will assist with a growth of social learning (I consider social/informal learning on mobile devices m-learning too). Micro-courses for mobile devices will become more prevalent too. Google Wave will be released as a much less cumbersome application than the current beta version, but will struggle with adoption by general public. and what is best blended. Perhaps an e-reader mode.

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.

Is eLearning As Credible As Classroom Training?

Integrated Learnings

By Shelley A. Gable. recently came across a discussion on LinkedIn that debated whether classroom (instructor-led) training is more credible than eLearning. After comparing the effectiveness of the two methods in a variety of studies, many researchers have concluded that they can be equally effective and that the instructional strategies drive effectiveness, not the medium. As training professionals, we have the knowledge to make informed decisions about whether to use classroom training, eLearning, or another approach to meet an instructional need. Classroom training is more familiar.

Picking the Right LMS Logo and Design

eLearning Brothers

We all know that branding is important. I’ve discussed the importance of branding our online courses before however I didn’t mentioned tying that into the branding/logo of the LMS. good LMS name/logo can really help learners and the company culture adopt online learning. I’ve seen things from plays on university/college terms to words that describe action/learning/performance.

A Podcast for Training Magazine

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Here is a summary of the podcas t I recently did with Training magazine Senior Writer Margery Weinstein about a better way to learn. Margery Weinstein: When you say "interactivity in training," what are you referring to? VJ: Learners are better engaged when their trainer establishes a two-way dialog. Monolog, as we know, is boring. This is true regardless of the learning modality – be it classroom instruction or e-learning. By “interactivity” I mean an artifact (such as a piece of software) that allows for a two-way dialog that is non-trivial. VJ: That’s a great question. Why does this happen?

Live and Online Tour Dates for "Learning in 3D"

Kapp Notes

While the online blog book tour for Learning in 3D is going extremely well, it is important to note that the authors can be seen live and on the web talking about virtual immersive environments for learning as well. Here are a few of the "appearances" over the next few weeks.(January January 19th is a big day) January 19, 2009 Tony O'Driscoll will be headlining the LIFE SCIENCES 2010: The Global Collaboration Imperative sponsored by ProtonMedia and Microsoft. This is an invitation only event but you can get an invite by mentioning you saw the post on here on Kapp Notes.

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.