President Elect Brings Web 2.0 to the People
NOVEMBER 10, 2008
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.
Connectivism and the modern learner
DECEMBER 27, 2008
Recently, I read a blog article about connectivism by Debora Gallo. Soon after, I attended a presentation about m-learning by Jan Herrington, in which she too mentioned connectivism. This got me thinking… I don’t know anything about connectivism! Theoretical foundations. According to Chaos Theory , everything is connected, as illustrated so eloquently by the Butterfly Effect. Moving on.
Learning Styles, Brain-Based Learning, and Daniel Willingham
SEPTEMBER 11, 2008
I’ve gone off on learning styles before because there’s a lot of fluff and not much substance.Â I’d been pointed to Dan Willingham ’s video on brain based learning, and in pointing it to someone else, found his one on learning styles. He’s a cognitive psychologist (my background, btw), and is putting out the research-based views on these topics. My point has been that the learning styles instruments are broken, though the idea makes sense in that it helps teachers/instructors be sensitized to individual learner differences.Â
LinkedIn Connection Approach Rethought
OCTOBER 30, 2008
If you read my blog much, you know that I use LinkedIn quite a bit to help me find experts and expertise. You can see how I do this in my posts/screencasts LinkedIn Searching for Experts and Expertise and LinkedIn Answers to Get Help. One of the techniques that I show in the first is that you can expand the reach of your search by choosing to search groups. Thus, by searching the eLearningGuild or ASTD groups, I'm able to find people who can help answer questions. The screencast then shows how I would go about formulating a request for help through an intermediate contact. So, what do you do?
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Learning styles don't exist
Clive on Learning
AUGUST 28, 2008
The debate was already red hot before this video by Professor Daniel T Willingham from the University of Virginia (brought to my attention by Stephen Downes ) added fuel to the fire. On the one side are the learning and development romantics, all voodoo and crystals, holding firm to their pseudo-psychological beliefs. On the other, the cold, clinical and calculating rationalists, trying to make sense of the multitude of interacting variables that impact on teaching and learning by resorting to the ultimate killjoy that is science. You can guess which side I'm on.
LMSs that kick ass: Learn.com
DECEMBER 26, 2008
This week on the Friday series, LMSs that kick ass , I’ m pleased to feature Learn.com ’s LearnCenter system. By way of background, Learn.com’s primary customer base is corporate universities and their total number of registered ‘learners’ is reported at over 2,000,000 worldwide at several hundred organizations. So, they’re one of the big players among commercial learning management systems. When reviewing systems, you’ll find that a key differentiator of this system is that it is homegrown and not an integration of several outside products.
The Next Right
DECEMBER 20, 2008
Everday Creativity is one of my favorite videos. Photographer Dewit Jones explains that he may have the right shot, and then find an even better one, and then an even better one. The first photo could have been fabulous, but it paled in comparison to what came next. He has
Will at Work Learning: Personality Instruments and Workplace Performance
Will at Work Learning
DECEMBER 29, 2008
The learning-and-performance industry is deluged with instruments purported to help people (1) work better in teams, (2) manage more effectively, (3) hire the right people, (4) promote the best people, (5) etcetera
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Instructional Design Training Programs
MAY 19, 2008
Sunanda commented on my Is Instructional Design the Right Career? post last week: I would like to know about training programmes in ID given by Indian institutes. Unfortunately, I have no idea about training for instructional designers outside the US. On Tony Karrer’s blog, there’s a nice collection online degrees, certificates, and training programs in the comments. These are all in the US, Canada, or UK. Could anyone from India or elsewhere outside the US shed some light on training available in your areas? What do you folks do for training there? Any links would be appreciated.
OCTOBER 30, 2008
Great presentation last week to a group of enthusiastic trainers. Group Three Group Two. Group One. Today I am doing a presentation called "Innovations in Technology And What it Means to Learning and Training" Here are some resources related to the presentation; List of Recommended Books Definition of Mnemonic Here is a copy of the presentation.
It's only me
Learning with e's
DECEMBER 7, 2008
Several people asked me while I was at Online Educa Berlin why I use the name Timbuckteeth on Twitter , Flickr , Plurk and Slideshare. Others wondered about my use of the blue astronaut picture as my buddy pic. I haven't really answered in full until now, so here it is - my response about my own digital identity. I hope it resonates with you. It was quite simply the place to be. When Arthur C.
Learnlets » Anxiety, ergonomics, and performance
MAY 21, 2008
I'm a little under the weather today. Not sick, but I've had a procedure done (minor, really), and have been a naughty boy on my keyboard. They've combined to jump on me this week, and there are some interesting side effects
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100 eLearning Articles and White Papers
APRIL 28, 2008
My collection of eLearning Articles, White Papers, Blog Posts, etc. just reached 100. Thought I'd share. No particular order to these. Creating Passionate Users: Crash course in learning theory 2. Keeping Up with the Pace of Change Informal learning will help employees survive in the future workplace 3. Understanding E-Learning 2.0 There are some very interesting changes going on in the world of e-learning that seem to have crept up on practitioners. eLearn magazine: Feature Article Ten Web 2.0 Web 2.0: A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning? EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE CONNECT 7.
The Rapid eLearning Blog » Why Looks Matter in E-Learning Courses (And What You Can Do About It)
MARCH 17, 2008
Looks matter. We all like to think we're not prejudiced and won't judge something based solely on its looks. But the truth is it's very difficult to ignore the way something looks. Just go clothes shopping with your teenage daughter and
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Value of Instructional Designers
JANUARY 7, 2008
I've been having on ongoing conversation with other instructional designers as to whether or not we need to have the technical skill sets to actually build the courses we design. Many instructional designers (Christy Tucker
Gadgets, games and gizmos for learning
Clive on Learning
JANUARY 29, 2008
I've enjoyed reading Karl Kapp's Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning (Pfeiffer, 2007). It's been out a few months now, but I just got round to it. Karl's basic premise is that there's a wide cultural gulf between the boomers (that's me) and the gamers (those brought up with technology), and that this gets in the way of the transfer of knowledge and expertise from one to the other. With the boomers all set to retire (don't count me out yet, I'm sticking with it a little longer), the urgency for knowledge transfer is exacerbated. It's the wrong tool for the times." More's the pity
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New Friday series: LMSs that kick ass
NOVEMBER 19, 2008
I’m proud of my corporate background and am fine working in that sector until my trust fund kicks in ; ). Until then, I’m going to go to bat for corporate learning departments by talking about what’s working. I’m starting with the Learning Management System (LMS) [insert scary teen horror movie music here]. There’s a lot of cool stuff happening in the LMS space. So, every Friday over the next several weeks, I’ll be featuring one LMS company that kicks serious ass. Because I think I’ve seen too many anti-LMS articles and blog posts. Some never have.
DECEMBER 20, 2008
Whatever joy there is in this world, all comes from desiring others to be happy, and whatever suffering there is in this world. arises from desiring only myself to be happy. -- Shantideva. From: Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying] More at [link
New Design for My Smile Sheet
Will at Work Learning
JULY 9, 2008
Smile sheets (the feedback forms we give learners after learning events) are an almost inevitable practice for training programs throughout the workplace learning industry. Residing at Donald Kirkpatrick's 1st level-the Reaction level-smile sheets offer some benefits and some difficulties. SMILE) for my workshop Measuring and Creating Learning Transfer. Here are a few of those questions. 1997).
Experiencing E-Learning » Formal or Informal Masters for Instructional Designers?
FEBRUARY 25, 2008
In his recent post We Need a Degree in Instructional Design, Karl Kapp argues that simply practicing instructional design isn't enough; anyone who calls themselves an instructional designer should have a degree in it
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Death and Dying in a Virtual World
OCTOBER 24, 2008
Here is an intriguing story about killing another person's avatar.and going to jail for it. The story Online divorcee jailed after killing virtual hubby tells of a 43 year old Japanese women who hacked into a computer system and killed her virtual husband. if convicted could face a prison term of up to five years or a fine up to $5,000. I wonder if virtual CSI solved the crime.
# 1 - Deepening Social Learning to Work Performance - Proposed Model
JULY 14, 2008
Series # 1 - Can we use formal learning structure as a framework in implementing Learning 2.0? One of the most challenging issues in implementing a new method, tool or a way of thinking is how to replace the prior behaviors and thinking. In implementing Learning 2.0 Social networking in learning) I encounter the usual problems I experience in implementing traditional e-Learning and Webinars.
Forums vs. Social Networks?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
I'm debating the value of forum / group / threaded discussion software vs. social network software for a particular situation. It aims at a very broad audience that includes everyone from early adopters to technology laggards. We generally expect users to break into: 5% - Heavy Users - spend quite a bit of time and heavily participate 15% - Light Users - spend a little time, participate a little 80% - Fly-Bys - spend very little time, read bits and pieces It is likely that some of the Heavy Users will be technology laggards, but they will want to participate because of the content.
NOVEMBER 10, 2008
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.