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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. 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.

Harold Jarche » Post Work Literacy

Learning and Working on the Web

the work literacy online learning event is over and many of the participants are now at devlearn08 and i might surmise that they're connecting with some folks they met during the course. our learning community event spanned six weeks

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.

Online Educa Berlin 2008: Jay Cross for a whole day of informal learning

Ignatia Webs

Online Educa Berlin in nearing and as such I am building my agenda. have a couple of sessions in which I will be (partly) active, but for this post I would like to focus on the session Jay Cross is guiding. On Wednesday 3 December 2008 Jay Cross will be guiding all the participants through a whole day workshop on informal learning ( 10.00h - 18.00h ). For more information surf to this link.

The Artful Science of Instructional Integration

eLearning Acupuncture

Note: Please welcome this guest post by Marc Tremblay - teaching on the front lines in Toronto, Ontario. The challenges of creating effective instructional designs are an ongoing and healthy preoccupation in the minds of most teachers. These components are based on psychological and social research which have been applied in education. So what's with the title, Beyond Monet? ISBN: 0969538839

The Right Place to Find Help: ASTD's Big Question

Kapp Notes

This month's ASTD Big Question on the Learning Circuit's Blog is about Social Networking and finding help and expertise if you have a question or a concern for which you need input and/or advice. The basic question is " If you need input from people, where's the best place to ask?" But, then the question breaks into sub-questions. tools. Let me explain. In the old days (before Web 2.0) With Web 2.0

New Communication on the Web - Google Chat Video

Learning and Technology

I just tried video chat on Google and it was easy and cool. It worked really well. think this is another important step to improved communication on the web. really need to get a laptop with an integrated camera and mic. wonder if this is enough justification to get a new Mac laptop? It will also be interesting to see if you can embed a chat module into other pages like Blogger and Google Sites.

mLearn08: mobile ePortfolio's by Selena Chan

Ignatia Webs

It was a chaotic couple of weeks in which I learned a lot, and now it is time to send it in to cyberspace. During mLearn08 there were a lot of inspiring speakers and because of the parallel sessions I could not see all of them, but I would like to share the one's I found inspiring. Selena is an energetic, but in non-verbal attitude a bit shy speaker. Working on a phd on tracking identity formation.

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.

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 far pretty normal stuff. So first, here is the set up. Everybody stand up.

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.

Changing Roles for Educators (CCK08: Paper 2)


Background The field of interest that I work in is teaching and learning. My focus is primarily on distance learning, but I still do some face to face teaching. would say that on the whole participants on these courses are much wiser and more aware of teaching methods other than the straightforward unengaging lectures that may have been more the norm twenty years ago. What to do? Web 2.0 Oh, My!

mLearn08: MiLK: students building mobile learning games in higher education by Debra Polson

Ignatia Webs

Debra Polson is a very enthusiastic speaker. She showed showcases of custom mobile games. Debra motivates students to develop mobile games and they love it! All of the examples are about Fun first, then Educational. Examples mentioned: Scape (an urban sustainability education tool), Scoot and Milk (the mobile learning kit), I will focus on this last one. Long live Australian creativity


Learning Journeys

Today, I’m reviewing SlideRocket , an online presentation tool.  My review is mixed. Let’s start with the good points. It’s free.  You can purchase individual or business accounts with more functionality, but the free account is fine for most uses. The image quality is superb. The user interface is fairly self-explanatory.  PowerPoint users beware.  It is nothing like PowerPoint.

The Learning Innovation Lab (Part 2)


Keynote - SlideShare Version Keynote - PDF Version (77 MB) IMETC Event Smart Education: Converging Technology, Pedagogy and Content "One of the things that really delights me in this field is seeing people who have taken to these new technologies and new approaches achieving genuine success. Anyhow, now I am seeing it again as Zaid Ali Alsagoff gives his first ( no doubt of many ) keynotes. No way!

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!

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.

Mystery of the Missing Friday

In the Middle of the Curve

The great thing about crossing coasts is that you get to wake up way too early in the morning on too little sleep. And you wind up missing an entire day of a conference because all of the flights leave early. Thankfully, Brian Dusablon , one of the other attendees, has notes on some Friday sessions. And don't forget BJ's DevLearn Blogger list!!!! I've got a final post on another computer that I just don't have the energy to set up right now. promise it will be up tomorrow. And for all of the cool people I met during DevLearn - thank you for making this the most fun conference I've ever been t

What is m-Learning?

eLearning Cyclops

As with distance learning and e-learning, m-learning encapsulates many modes of learning. definition general enough to capture it all could be: A distance learning event delivered, synchronously or asynchronously, via an electronic mobile device. Granted, this definition is similar to others out there, but generic enough to include current applications that are commonly accepted as m-learning. Plus, it leaves room for those applications yet to be innovated. Distance Learning m-Learning

The Learning Innovation Lab (Part 2)


Keynote - SlideShare Version Keynote - PDF Version (77 MB) IMETC Event Smart Education: Converging Technology, Pedagogy and Content "One of the things that really delights me in this field is seeing people who have taken to these new technologies and new approaches achieving genuine success. Anyhow, now I am seeing it again as Zaid Ali Alsagoff gives his first ( no doubt of many ) keynotes. No way!

FOR SALE - Experienced Online Instructor

eLearning Acupuncture

Are you seeking an experienced online instructor to teach at the post secondary level in the following fields: chemistry, physics, biology, biotechnology, molecular biology, mathematics, pharmacology, statistics, educational technology, education, or ethics? If so, please contact ME - I am for sale. Seriously. Here is my brief CV and a detailed teaching dossier can be made available to interested parties. I can teach entirely using Web 2.0 technologies or I can teach within your school's LMS. You decide

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!

Deeper Instructional Design

In the Middle of the Curve

Presentation: Deeper Instructional Design: Cognitive Science and How People Really Learn Presenter: Clark Quinn (yup.blogger.hiding in the corner.near the power.) Context Elements of Enhanced ID - Objective - Intro - Concept - Example - Practice - Summary Action! How do people really learn - use that to design system. - And what technology affords us. Doing more strategy. More people looking for 5 year roadmaps in his practice. Gets into format not examineable + Experts have a hard time describing what they do. Gap between what they say they do and actually do big. Hard to extinguish. Avidly?


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.

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. It’s not just user-generated content, but mining user-generated data for value, and then adding value on top of it.  “Data is the intel inside.&#.

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.

Authority from Blogging

In the Middle of the Curve

I'm going to quote Christy Tucker's comment on one of my DevLearn post because she brings up a good point. That and I'm ridiculously flattered. Not often I get my name mentioned with Stephen Downes in the same sentence. For those not familiar with Christy's blog , she has been blogging almost as long as I have and finds the greatest stuff in her daily bookmarks. By the way, my lack of comment on any post from anyone is more a reflection of my continued struggle with trackbacks and reporting. If you send me a comment with a link, if I haven't found it already, I will check it out. Promise.

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.

Live Blogging with Cover It Live

Learning Journeys

Interested in live blogging an event?  Want your microblogging updates to be posted in real-time to a single blog post? Try Cover It Live. I ran across this fantastic service being used at Mark Oehlert’s e-Clippings blog.  He is live blogging DevLearn 2008 in San Jose, California. Cover It Live answers the question, “What will my readers see?&# , with this explanatory video.  However, if you want to see it in action, visit e-Clippings today. From : CoveritLive’s web based software takes your next live blog to a new level. Your readers will love it.

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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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.

Implementing Immersive Simulations

In the Middle of the Curve

Presentation: Best Practices for Implementing Immersive Simulations Presenter: Corti (Came in late - first person networking) - The 'big idea' (what is your hook) - Defining it - Project team - Vendor Selection - Design it + Paper mock-ups important, incl. storyboarding. Mistakes on paper cheap - Build it + Build to work, then build pretty + 20: 80 rule. For immersive learning, at least 80 percent of the project needs to be done before you can show the client. Build for learners, not gamer + Make sure you have time to do iterative process. Manage it + Beware of feature creep. TLC required.

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.

Adobe Captivate 4 Sneak Peek

Learning Journeys

I didn’t get to attend the Adobe Summit or DevLearn 2008 this week in San Jose, CA, and I’m totally jealous of everyone who got a sneak peek of Adobe Captivate 4.  . Thankfully, Philip Hutchison posted an excellent overview of all the new features on his pipwerks blog.  Captivate 4 will be part of the new Adobe eLearning Suite.  You must check out Philip’s review. Thank you, Philip! Tagged: adobe, captivate

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. imported each video into Flash and added layers above the video. In these layers I added text that emphasized key information in their presentation. It is also important not to obscure the presenter. In my case, I left some room above and to the sides when taking the video.

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.

The Great ILS Challenge

In the Middle of the Curve

(No Wendy - it is NOT ILT challenge, as you regularly freudian slip. Bad Wendy, Bad. And in front of Mark too.) Presentation: The Great ILS Challenge Host: Mark Oehlert ILS Challenge - the whole idea is that ideas regarding what you can do with design can be stretched. We help people do their jobs better. Mark wants to stretch the design of what we do. Let's take our usual - what can we do to make it better? This challenge - Design a game to get to the ethical truth of a person. Predict ethical behavior. great example of how web 2.0 They do a lot of the Discovery Channel and PBS Kids games too.

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. 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.

Employability, the biggest challenge

Learn and Lead

In my second part in the series, I share what Manish Sabharwal spoke at our annual strategy input conference. Manish Sabharwal is the Chairman and co-founder of TeamLease. Manish wanted to start a new company that was profitable, fun, and good for India. He co-founded Team Lease, a staffing company, and in six years his company has grown to 80,000 employees and $250 million company. It was great fun listening to Manish again this year. According to Manish, vocational training has to come with a job. There has been an employment failure. No one is really willing to pay for training.

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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.

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.

BJ's Blogger List

In the Middle of the Curve

BJ Schoen is compiling a list of active bloggers during DevLearn 08. If you are blogging the conference, send a comment with a link to BJ. Or just go to the list to see the range of experiences

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. When you’re designing a web site (or application) that asks for information, you can do several things.  Great user experience.