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President Elect Brings Web 2.0 to the People

Kapp Notes

We all know that President-elect Barack Obama used text messages and his web site to a distinct advantage in the election. Well, we now know his is going to be using those tools in his presidency as well. He just launched Change.Gov The web site will be used to revolutionize the way the commander in chief communicates with the American people through online videos and interactivity via the web.

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Concept Worker

Tony Karrer

Daniel Pink's book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future contains a description of new age - the Conceptual Age. He describes how our society has gone from agricultural to industrial to the information age. But then he describes how we've really moved on past that to a new age where the dominant value for most organizations are created by high-end knowledge workers working on concepts. He calls them creators and empathizers. That is to make emphasis on his focus on the right-brain aspects. In other words. That's not as helpful as it should be.

Get to Know Your Learners (And Avoid These Pitfalls)

Rapid eLearning

I once worked on a project for new machine operators who were not able to meet their quotas within 90 days of being hired. I assumed that I would build a standard course that took them through the tasks. Before starting, I wanted to get to know more about the learner’s environment, so I spent a few days with the machine operators. Do you know what I discovered? Trust me on this one.

Carrying off the prizes

Clive on Learning

Seeing this pic on the Thinking Worlds Blog of the team at Caspian Learning celebrating their award for best game or simulation at last Thursday's E-Learning Awards in London (and yes that's Donald Clark there on the left, joining in) reinforced for me just how much fun these events can be, particularly when you're a winner. Sorry if it's a little long. All good excuses, but all miss the mark.

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eNapkin

Tony Karrer

I'm at the Dan Roam - The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures - keynote at DevLearn. You can find something similar here. What problems can we solve with pictures? All of them. We all know how to do this. Three quarters of our brain is dedicated to visual processing. After you hit age six or seven, in education we stop emphasizing visual thinking. The act of creating the picture forces us to think in new ways. Whoever best describes the problem is the one most likely to solve it. Much like asking better questions.) They print all their cities on their napkins.

Why it's not worth paying peanuts

Clive on Learning

In his posting All of the Above - how to cheat Multiple Choice Questions , Donald Clark provides the following quote from a talk given by Professor Dylan Wiliam, Deputy Director of the Institute of Education, gave at the ALT conference in 2007: “The variability at teacher level is about four times the variability at school level. If you get one of the best teachers, you will learn in six months what an average teacher will take a year to teach you. If you get one of the worst teachers, that same learning will take you two years.

Blending Online and Classroom Instruction: At the Same Time

Kapp Notes

Last night, Scott came to my class to talk about "Polished Presentations" usually he drives up to Bloomsburg for the presentation but last night, due to a mix up on my part, he was unable to make the 120 mile trip. Due the the distance, this semester we leveraged technology and Scott gave an online presentation.so far pretty normal stuff. So first, here is the set up. Everybody stand up.

Adding Pizzazz to e-Learning Videos

eLearning Cyclops

I am currently working on adding short videos into a web based training course. These are approximately 2 minute videos of the subject matter experts (SMEs) who are extrapolating on the content at hand. The SMEs did a wonderful job, but.a little extra "pizzazz" would increase attention. So here's what I did. I imported each video into Flash and added layers above the video. In these layers I added text that emphasized key information in their presentation. Where graphics, charts, and screenshots helped, I add those too. It is also important not to obscure the presenter.

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eLearning Research

Tony Karrer

At a panel at DevLearn. We have: Will Thalheimer, Work Learning Research Kevin Oakes, I4CP Claire Schooley, Forrester Chris Howard, Bersin Kevin Martin, Aberdeen Biggest trend is Learning 2.0 trend. Allow people to work faster, better through informal learning. eLearning 2.0 addresses informal, on-the-job. It's relatively new. Bersin is publishing report on learning 2.0. Collaborative. Learner in charge. Looking out there for the information they need. Find it. Use it. And it sits there. Younger generation used to finding things on their own. Talent management being discussed in the board room.

Rapid drag and drop authoring

Clive on Learning

Rapid development tools are by definition going to adopt a position towards the 'easy-to-use' end of the scale, even though this usually means compromising on functionality. One feature that I find I really miss is the ability to include drag and drop activities. Here's why: Drag and drop is great for testing whether learners can identify the parts of something, e.g. the bones in the body, the parts of a machine, an area on a map. It's also great for having learners put objects into a sequence. Not to forget matching up pairs. It has a game-like feel. It's fun.

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Medina keynote on Brain Rules at DevLearn 08

Clark Quinn

John Medina gave the closing keynote at DevLearn, based upon his book Brain Rules. He covered two of his 12 rules, on memory, and on exercise. He spoke fast, was enthusiastic, funny, and knowledgeable. He talked about myths of learning, and said that he didn’t think there was a lot neuroscience had to say to learning design (thankfully, cf Willingham ). One of his points was that our brains evolved to provide ongoing performance guidance over hours of constant motion (evolutionarily). This leads to implications that are contrary to most of our learning contexts!

Digital scaffolding

Learning with e's

Earlier this week at the Open EdTech Summit in Barcelona, I spent some time with Professor Paul Kirschner of the Open University of the Netherlands. During one of our creative thinking sessions (see yesterday's post) Paul came up with an idea for the support of online learners which I promptly gave a name to. In this post I am briefly going to outline the concept of Digital scaffolding.

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New Literacies

Tony Karrer

At the Tim O'Reilly keynote at the DevLearn conference. His outline is very interesting in that he's promising to talk about the "new literacies." I'm hoping this is going to be similar to Work Literacy. He uses the same quote I often use from William Gibson - The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed. Pattern recognition is key. What do these companies have in common: Google eBay Yahoo Amazon MapQuest Craigslist Wikipedia YouTube Built on top of Linux (open source). Services. Not packaged apps. Data aggregators, not just software. Allow people to share ideas. Hadoop. Design.

It's all getting a bit serious

Clive on Learning

I took a bit of flak about my posting The world's a safer place today , mainly from those with a different political perspective, but also from one anonymous reader who commented that he or she was "close to dropping you from my feed list, as I've had about enough of the irrelevant political commentary. Please get back to online learning, instead of pretending to be a political pundit." " Fair enough. One of the good things about blogs is that they attract debate and you can learn a lot from differing opinions. In fact more than 70% of my readers are now from outside the UK.

DevLearn 08 Keynote: Tim O’Reilly

Clark Quinn

Tim O’Reilly, Web 2.0 guru , talked to us about what web 2.0 is and led us to his implications for what we do. He started off talking about tracking the ‘alpha geek’ These are the folks who manage to thrive and innovate despite us, rather than because of us. He’s essentially built O’Reilly on watching what these folks do, analyzing the underlying patterns, and figuring out what’s key. He talked about the stories that Web 2.0 This led him to key competencies going forward being machine learning, statistics, and design. I concept-mapped it

Go Kings!

eLearning Blender

I went to see the Sacramento Kings play the Pistons on Tuesday night and ended up getting a whole lot more than I bargained for. I was picked out of the crowd to come down to the court and compete in a "name that song" contest sponsored by Verizon wireless. I was so caught off guard to be picked out that I didn't even hear her mention what the prize was. Then on comes the second song and I nail it!

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Per Question Reports

Tony Karrer

I received a good question from a reader: Our school district uses Blackboard. We have recently been exploring putting more coursework online and have experimented with the Articulate line of products. Blackboard has done well for us although I am not pleased with their support of the SCORM standards. I would like to be able to export SCORM test results by user/by question but all Blackboard seems to support is general pass/fail records. Now I can drill down to the individual results via the Bb gradebook but that just won't work for exams that are being giving to hundreds of students.

Muy Caliente

Learning with e's

The weather this week may have been cooler than I have experienced during my previous visits to Spain (usually I'm there in the summer when the sun is a raging demon in a brazen sky) but the company was 'hot and cooking'. It was a priviledge to rub shoulders with some extremely smart and knowledgeable people drawn from diverse backgrounds. His summary can be found on his ICTlogy blog.

User-Centered System Design

Clark Quinn

Back when I did my PhD, I was fortunate to be in Don Norman’s group when they were developing some of the primary design principles about designing for how people really think (&# cognitive engineering&# ). It focused on designing for the way people work (my twist was designing for how people learn). I recently ranted about animated gifs, and I’ve got a similar catalyst here. As background, people don’t do many things exactly the same way. We’re really bad at rote stuff, and instead are widely creative. The right thing to do is to have the backend processing be smart.

Fun and games at DevLearn 08

Jay Cross

Brent Schlenker is on stage at DevLearn, prepping us for the day, when the fire alarm goes off. Brent will henceforth be known as Mr. Cool-under-pressure. Find more videos like this on Internet Time. In early afternoon, Jane Hart, her husband Philip and I snuck out to go to The Tech Museum of Innovation across the street. And I am still reeling. Take the kids

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Twitter board - Tim O'Reilly

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Twitter board - Tim O'Reilly Originally uploaded by Brent Schlenker DevLearn 2008 Conference & Expo - November 10-14 - San Jose, CA

If you live in the U.S., thank a Veteran today.

Mark Oehlert

Veteran's Day is November 11

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Story Telling, Minimalism Instruction, Blogosphere, & Internet vs Books

Big Dog, Little Dog

Dion shows how to give good interview - Signal vs. Noise. On stories and narratives. A lot of musician interviews wind up with a pulling-teeth vibe where you can sense the artist would rather just let the music do the talking. Dion Pays Homage To Guitar-Rock Giants," an audio interview with the singer-songwriter on NPR , is the opposite of that. del.icio.us Who killed the blogosphere?

Food politics

Jay Cross

Food is life. Read Michael Pollan’s letter to Obama , our new farmer-in-chief. Eating well is ecologically sound. The handful of you who follow my photostream on Flickr are aware that I’ve used the visit of my British friends Jane and Philip as an excuse to do a foodie tour of the San Francisco Bay Area. Of course, in a mere five days, we could be scratch the surface. Mainly vegetables.

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