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Two Wisemen

Kapp Notes

What does it take to be wise? It has to be more than knowledge, it has to be more than just experience, it is more than just training, but all those things are required as a foundation for wisdom. Then you need to add insight, creativity, looking at things through the right lense and a certain type of focus. It also requires a quiet conviction that you can prevail and you are right. think all of these traits define two recent heros. One is Chesley B. Sully" Sullenberger III who managed to land a US Airways Airbus A320 safely on the Hudson saving every single passenger. Sull is a wise man.

Blogging in a Walled Garden

Experiencing eLearning

Kylemore Abbey Garden. One of the features of Sakai that our team was looking for in a new LMS is a blogging tool. admit some significant improvements in usability are possible in this tool. However, it does give us the option of blogging within the system. During the pilot of our new facilitator training course, I lurked in the forums during a heated debate about the use of the blog tool.

Tribes, clans and totems

Learning with e's

Now that my new edited volume ' Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures ' has finally hit the bookstore shelves, I have a little time to reflect on the contents of the 17 chapters, by 19 authors. Over the next week or so, I will post up some (very brief) excerpts from the book and add some of my own post-publication commentary. argue that as clans (e.g. barking up the wrong tree?


Tony Karrer

This is likely my last post in the Tool Set series. This post likely will be quite a bit different because I'm convinced that most people have used different search tools enough that they are pretty comfortable with their current search behaviors. My intent here is to possibly expand the options for the average knowledge worker to be able to search a bit better than they do today. Search.

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Building Measurement into Our Training-Development Process

Learning Visions

Another lunchtime webinosh with Dr. Will Thalheimer. The topic today: Building Measurement into Our Training-Development Process. Guest speaker today is Roy Pollock, CLO of Fort Hill Company. Roy wrote Six Disciplines of Breakthrough

ASTD Follow-Up

Tony Karrer

Last week at ASTD TechKnowledge , I did a keynote on Work Literacy and eLearning 2.0, an online Q&A Session for the Virtual Conference and a session on using Web 2.0 Tools for eLearning. You can find the handouts for the last session via TK09 Handouts. thought I'd capture some links and thoughts around these sessions. Learning from Our Kids In my keynote, I mentioned a Fourth Grade Wikipedia Update. Part of the beauty of this example is that I believe that through watching what's different with my kids, I can learn a lot about what's different. Work Literacy eLearning 2.0 would look like?

Paper on Continuing Medical Education through mobile devices for Health Care Workers in Developing Countries

Ignatia Webs

At the end of this month I will be attending IADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE MOBILE LEARNING 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. It runs from 26 to 28 February 2009. For this conference my colleagues and I have written a paper on Continuing Medical Education via mobile forhealth care workers in developing countries. Delivering mobile content to remote areas in low resource settings is a technical challenge.

My twitter mosaic

Clive on Learning

I'm two months in to my trial run of using Twitter (@cliveshepherd) and so far I have tweeted 178 times to the delight or otherwise of 163 followers. I'll report back later on how useful the process has been, but one thing's for certain, that by configuring Twitter to update my Facebook status, I've provoked much more interaction with my Facebook friends than I would have experienced normally.

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.

Book on 3D Learning Environments: What Do You Want From It?

Kapp Notes

Standing in a virtual book store requesting input on "Learning in 3D" book. Tony O'Driscoll and I have teamed up with Pfeiffer and are writing a book tentatively titled Learning in 3D which will discuss how to create and deliver effective learning through virtual worlds including implementation, design and evaluation. My questions to you are: "What would you like to see in this book?"

Hot Topic: Nursing Simulations in Second Life!

eLearning Acupuncture

The most frequently visited posting on this blog was written on March 7th, 2008 on the topic of Nursing Simulation in Second Life. If you visit that old posting, you will see that the architect behind leading edge nursing simulation in Second Life is John Miller, a professor of Nursing at the Tacoma Community College of Nursing in Washington, USA. John actively writes about this topic on his blog.

the mobile project update 1: html + mp4 + mobile moodle

Ignatia Webs

As I started writing the previous week , we are working on a mobile module that is accessible by a lot of (I know it is vague for now, but I will make it more substantial soon) mobile devices. The models we aim for are currently iPhone 3G, Nokia N95 and HTC TyTn. We have been dabbling with some applications, but let's face it, going back to basics normally gives the best result.

It takes years to perfect this type of timing

Clive on Learning

Thanks to Jeroen van Eeghem for this picture, which captures the moment at Learning Technologies 2009 when Jay Cross (right) strolled past as I delivered my presentation on the exhibition floor, just as his picture appeared on the slide. I'm not a fatalist, but what are the chances of that?

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.

(New) Monday Broken ID Series: Objectives

Clark Quinn

This is the first in a series of posts on some broken areas of ID that I will be posting on Mondays.  The intention is to provide insight into many ways much of instructional design fails, and some pointers to avoid the problems. The point is not to say ‘bad designer’, but instead to point out how to do better design. The way I’ve seen many learning solutions go awry is right at the beginning, focusing on the wrong objective.  Too often the objective is focused on rote knowledge, whether it’s facts, procedures, or canned statements.  That’s why we use external aids like calendars. 

Building Measurement into Our Training-Development Process

Learning Visions

Another lunchtime webinosh with Dr. Will Thalheimer. The topic today: Building Measurement into Our Training-Development Process. Guest speaker today is Roy Pollock, CLO of Fort Hill Company. Roy wrote Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning. Roy has a new book: Getting Your Money's Worth From Training & Development. Guide to Breakthrough Learning for Managers/Participants. (A manager can make or break a training investments; must get managers involved in a training initiative to get the maximum return.) Roy and Will have been teaching a one-day workshop on measurement. Must be built in.

Given this post, readers will be able to describe my perspective on course objectives to 100% accuracy

eLearning Cyclops

If you write clear objectives, make sure your course's content allows participants to meet those objectives and your assessment measures whether the objectives were met, then you are doing a great job. If not, please give me a minute of your time. Objectives have a purpose. They are NOT just to tell participants what they will learn at the beginning of a course. think of them as a contract. It is an agreement between the content and the audience. And the assessment measures whether the contract was fulfilled. When writing objects be very clear and thorough of what will be learned. Thank you.

Saving Me from Myself

In the Middle of the Curve

So I had all of these grandiose ideas for improving the new user training. Figured the upgrade was a good opportunity to create a better support system for the end user. Created a simple 1 page questionaire for feedback. Presented it to the IT folks. Wendy - this is out of scope for the project. Let's focus on communicating the upgrade changes. My initial reaction: You don't understand!!!! This is the perfect opportunity to provide end-user support!!! know it needs to be at the department level, but the institutional knowledge is missing! This was all mental. Then I shut up and listened.

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.

What Goes in the LMS?

Tony Karrer

Recently I posted on Learning Materials asking the question - What Goes in the LMS? The responses via comments were truly fantastic. In fact, they were too fantastic to have them "buried" as comments. And I wanted to add some of my thoughts, so I'm post again on this topic. Oh, and, as always, the answer is "it depends" - but let's try to come up with a few suggestions. Should go in the LMS - Only finished content. Anything with per-learner, strict tracking requirements. Content that's associated with the course content. Should not go in the LMS - Content that doesn't need strict tracking.

Ten ways to thrive in a downturn

Clive on Learning

This video provides a record of a talk I gave on behalf of the eLearning Network (eLN) at Learning Technologies 09 last week in London. The presentation was aimed at a UK audience and is mildly promotional on behalf of the eLN, but I think the sentiments apply pretty well everywhere at the moment and a little promotion for a not-for-profit never does any harm. Note that the video is in two parts. If you prefer you can download a PDF version (300K).


2009: the year of bad measurement?

From the Coleface

Having been at Learning Technologies, I got the sense that the e-learning industry is maturing to the point where there’s little radically new. However, what we will see in 2009 is even more pressure being exerted on L&D departments and suppliers alike to get more from less. This will inevitably lead to more effort on measuring results as a means of prioritising scarce resources. So my tip for a trend to watch in 2009 is bad measurement…and lots of it. Here’s a few examples of how focusing on one measure can lead to the wrong conclusions being drawn: 1. learning training

What Learning Professionals Can Learn From the Steelers

Kapp Notes

Having grown up in the Pittsburgh area during the Steelers first run at four Super Bowls, I am a born and breed Steeler's fan. Loved seeing the team get number six! So why are the Steelers so successful and what can Learning and Development professionals learn from the Steelers. First, one of the things that Ben Roethlisberger said to his team in the final minutes of the game when he walked on the field and got into the huddle hoping to to march down the field was ".it’s it’s now or never, I told the guys all the film study you put in doesn’t matter unless you do it now. Drop back. blame.

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.

More on ASTD Keynote

Tony Karrer

I know that Jon didn't create his post - ASTD TechKnowledge Comments in order to get me to post and link to him. But it certainly made my day when he said - It was Tony Karrer (number one eLearning Blogger) who was awarded my five stars for his engaging Thursday morning opening speech that put David Pogue’s message in a context that made sense for attendees. Considering that David Pogue is always highly entertaining and engaging - and plays the piano and sings at his presentations - I was somewhat worried having to be the next day's keynote following such a dynamic presenter.

Stacey - learner of today

Clive on Learning

I was really impressed by the work shown at Learning Technologies 2009 last week by Kirstie Donnelly and Deborah Prynne of learndirect.

The Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

February's Big Question on the Learning Circuits blog is "What is the impact of the economy on you and your organization? What are you doing as a result?" Here is my response: I am an e-Learning designer at a bank that is currently being acquired by another larger bank (this is how the economy affected my organization).  The acquisition will be complete by June, at which time I will be facing a lay-off. There is a small chance I will be offered a position, but at this time I can only speculate on that possibility. So, What am I doing? Professional development has always been a priority of mine.


Clark Quinn

I’m on the Board of Directors for an educational not-for-profit that has had almost 30 years of successful work with programs in classrooms, nationally and internationally.  However, 5 years ago or so when I joined, they were doing almost nothing with technology.  It’s been a slow road. Persistence pays off, even in the most hidebound environments.  Jumper cables, anyone?

The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now

Corporate Social Media Policies

Tony Karrer

There's a very interesting set of questions in the post Happy New Year! AND do you have opinions about social media governance? This is by an IBM employee, Jen Okimoto, who works in the domain of Web 2.0 and is asking about a very important issue. Access to and Governance of Social Media Tools in Corporate America. This is a big issue. I've posted before a list of Corporate Policies on Web 2.0 and you can see some of the patterns that have emerged, but these don't necessarily help answer the questions being raise. have some numbers in Web 2.0 Her questions are right on the mark.

Thoughts on Tech Knowledge 2009 and Conferences in General

Mark Oehlert

So I just got back from ASTD's Tech Knowledge 2009 in guess where? The usual suspects did their usual great jobs ( Brent Schlenker , Tony Karrer , Michelle Lentz ) - I'm not trying to slight any other speakers - just don't want to name the whole program. FYI - I did upload my slides here.) Double FYI - You can also look at the slides for the ILS Design Challenge that I mentioned here ). Do you?

David Pogue Twitter Experiment - NYTimes

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

David Pogue was the keynote at the TK09 conference in Vegas last week.  In case you did not know, @pogue is the tech writer for the NYTimes.  This morning, via twitter, I'm told that @bschlenker was in the NYTimes.  How cool is that!? Never thought I'd be quoted.or is it twoted. in the NYTimes. But I'm subscribed to all of my local news channels twitter feeds, and a couple national twitter feeds.