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LITMOS [Providers] Top 5 Tips on Course Design from an Interaction Designer
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
Certain basic principles of cognitive psychology provide grounding for interaction design methods"- FYI those same 'cognitive psychology principles' govern the roots of Instructional Design too. We talk a lot about Instructional Designers, Trainers, Teachers and SMEs. While each claims to have what it takes to design effective online training courses, I had yet to run in to an Interaction Designer (IxD) making these claims. Interaction Design (IxD) is the "discipline of defining the behavior of products and systems that a user can interact with. Writing = learning.
LITMOS [Providers] More Reasons Why Call Centres Benefit from Online Training
| MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009
They regularly test employee product knowledge through assessments to maintain a high quality of service, and provide timely feedback on performance, even going as far as to aggregate results across teams to create a more competitive environment and build morale. Along with these core benefits Telnet have acquired an alternate way to communicate with their staff through the internal mail system provided within the training platform. The key to success in a busy environment like this is efficient, professional, happy and knowledgeable customer service representatives.
LITMOS [Providers] Litmos CEO Rich Chetwynd on Panel for Microsoft Event
| MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2009
According to the session brief the event aims to 'provide a forum for business leaders, training representatives and key industry influencers to discuss the role of the ICT (Information & Communication Technology) industry in helping New Zealand out of the recession by exploring solutions for retraining and upskilling New Zealand’s workforce.' Litmos CEO, Richard Chetwynd , will represent the online training industry on the Panel at an exclusive Microsoft event tomorrow in Auckland, New Zealand.
LITMOS [Providers] 5 Solid Reasons for Franchisors to Deliver Training Online
| THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009
Your franchisees have a wealth of experience amongst them and what better way to connect them up than through a closed online learning eco-system of forums, discussion threads, bulletin boards and internal messaging so that even if you (the franchisor) are not around to provide immediate support to someone, they'll probably find someone who can help. Could there be another industry out there more reliant on training than franchises? read that the worst-case scenario is customers referring to a franchise as 'hit or miss' depending on which outlet they go to. Yes, it does.
LITMOS [Providers] Franchise Success with Online Training
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2009
It actually provides such a high level of training that the restaurant manager and mid-management curriculum is eligible for about two years of college credits. When you think of successful franchises, the first ones that probably spring to mind are fast food chains like McDonalds and SUBWAY®. Whether you like these brands or not they are undeniably successful, and it is 'training' that has played an integral part in that success, yet each has achieved it through a different training mechanism. This franchise realized the importance of training from day one.
LITMOS [Providers] Online Learning for Low Skill Adults
| MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009
billion to promote high speed Internet programs that “facilitate access to broadband service by low-income, unemployed, aged, and otherwise vulnerable populations in order to provide educational and employment opportunities to members of such populations.” The May 2009 report Online Learning for Low Skill Adults has been released, authored by Heather McKay at the Rutgers University Center for Women and Work. The report has highlighted the importance of access to high speed Internet connections amongst lower-skilled adults in the U.S. You can read the full report here.
LITMOS [Providers] NComputing and UN to Bring 500,000 Workstations to Developing Countries
| TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009
A press release just issued by NComputing has revealed a partnership with a new United Nations Program to provide computing access to schools in developing countries. NComputing, the leading provider of ultra low-cost computing solutions, today announced that it will partner with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) to bring computer access to primary and secondary schools in developing countries around the world. The program is being developed by the UNDESA Global Alliance for ICT Development (GAID). Click here to read the full press release.
LITMOS [Providers] 5 Benefits to Outsourcing Your Training Delivery to an Online Platform
| SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2009
It's their job to provide you with a fully functioning, easy-to-use framework to manage your training program, deliver your content out to your trainees efficiently, while notifying you of their progress and recording their achievements. With outsourcing, your outsource provider assumes and manages all risks involved in their area of expertise. Moving your classroom-based training sessions to an online platform , is pretty much just outsourcing your training delivery method. There are many benefits associated with outsourcing some of the services your business requires.
LITMOS [Providers] How SaaS is Changing the Franchise Industry
| FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009
Yet the promise behind the franchise business is to provide customers with a consistent experience no matter which store they may enter. The most successful businesses invest a lot of time and money in achieving brand consistency, whether it be in their marketing or sales message, or in how their employees actually represent and embody the company's values. Geographically disperse organizations have more of a challenge maintaining brand consistency because although the offices all share the same brand, it is generally managed centrally from a head office.
LITMOS [Providers] Advertise and Publicize Courses in Litmos
| TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009
The reason why we've built this new feature is to provide our Litmos customers with an effective way to advertise and publicize the courses that they spend so much time and effort creating. Until now the only way to advertise the courses Litmos customers had created and wanted to sell was via their own website. But things have changed. Today, we've released a feature which now gives each and every one of our customers their own personal course listing page! But it doesn't end there. How do I set it up? No need! Schnicker.
LITMOS [Providers] Share Your Litmos Courses with the World
| THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009
You'll notice on your personal course listing page that we've provided a " Share " button at the bottom of your course listings. When you click on this button you can instantly share a link to your courses via Facebook, Twitter, Digg, MySpace and a number of other social destinations which means you can spread the word about your courses even further across the globe! This is the perfect tool for everyone selling courses online. Here at Litmos this is just one more way that we're working to help our customers publicize, advertise and monetize their hard work and course creations!
LEARNING CONVERSATIONS [Providers] Sustainable software
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
With Open Source software they become explicit and part of your (or your provider's) responsibility. All my working life I have setup software systems for people. That might mean writing code, but more often it means configuring applications and tweaking existing code to meet client requirements. enjoy the challenge of working out what system is really going to solve a particular problem and then making that system work in as simple a way as possible. Over the years I have learnt a number of key lessons when it comes to designing & implementing software. What's in it for me?
TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK [Providers] Web game provides rice for hungry
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
For each answer you get right, 10 grains of rice are donated through the UN Food Program to end hunger. FreeRice has a custom database containing knowledge questions at varying levels of difficulty. FreeRice automatically adjusts to your level. It starts by giving you questions of increasing difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a question wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three questions in a row right, you go to a harder level. Check it out: [link
DESIGNED FOR LEARNING [Providers] An Effective Design Walkthrough: A Step towards Delivering the Best Design
| SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2008
Design walkthroughs provide designers with a way to identify and assess early on whether the proposed design meets the requirements and addresses the project’s goal. This process should help define the key purpose of the walkthrough and should provide systematic practices and rules of conduct that can help participants collaborate with one another and add value to the review. Design walkthroughs, if done correctly, provide immediate short-term benefits, like early defect detection and correction within the current project and offer important long-term returns.
DESIGNED FOR LEARNING [Providers] Start With a BANG!
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2008
It is equally important to ensure that their supervisors provide enough feedback within the first year. The universe was created like that and many good presentations begin like that - they Start With a Bang ! have heard this phrase used (and exploited ) in many sessions that teach us how to create good presentations and deliver great training sessions. The basic idea is to grab the learner's attention in the first few seconds by doing something offbeat, putting them on the edge of their seats, and making it real and personal for them. Can you get a better audience than that!
DESIGNED FOR LEARNING [Providers] What would I like to do better as a Learning Professional?
| SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2008
technologies to create an innovative learning environment that provides high motivation, allows collaborative learning, and enhances the learner's ability to think and reflect on the learning. This is the big question of April from Learning Circuits. This question almost made me feel like a genie who can think what she wants and then make it happen! What I would like to do better is as follows: 1) Exploit Web 2.0 2) Use more games and build engagement in the courses that I design and develop. Never give my learners a dull moment! An easy way to calculate ROI would be nice! :). Design
DESIGNED FOR LEARNING [Providers] Second Life - For this life or the next?
| THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2008
But using Second Life, I can provide them with practice patients who need to be diagnosed correctly, prescribed adequate medication, observed over time, and even operated upon when required. The June 2008 Big Question from Learning Circuits is around Second Life Training. More specifically: - In what situations, do you believe it makes sense to develop a learning experience that will be delivered within Second Life? If you were to develop a training island in Second Life, what kind of environment and artifacts would you consider essential for teaching?
MINDLEADERS [Providers] ECDL in Schools…
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009
ThirdForce works very closely with hundreds of schools providing learning resources mainly in the subject of IT and specifically for the ECDL qualification and is aware of the many challenges being faced at this time. Ofqual have provided the BCS with a 12 month accreditation extension for the existing Syllabus 4.5 Schools are back and as always this time of year brings change; whether it’s a new curriculum, new resources or new teachers, there is always some challenge to face into. Except for the pre-16 cohort or more specifically schools in the UK. materials.
SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS [Providers] Intentional Peer Support – Krasman Centre hosts Training Workshop
| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2009
I’ll start by providing a short introduction of Intentional Peer Support (from Shery’s web site). When Tanya Shute, Executive Director of the Krasman Centre told me just how important and integral the Intentional Peer Support (IPS) framework was to Krasman programming for mental health consumer survivors, I was intrigued. Tanya explained that the Krasman Centre was hosting a special week long training on IPS and people were coming from across Ontario to participate. What follows are 3 video’s. What is Intentional Peer Support? Ann Part 2
- [Providers] The Problem of Content - Part 2 - I Want it Now!
Finally, and perhaps of most interest to L&D departments, there are a growing number of providers of purpose-built platforms for leveraging the natural social learning behaviors of employees as a corporate learning strategy. The Challenge: Expectations of Speed and Accessibility. We are drowning in content. Business leaders tell us that keeping their head above water in this sea of overwhelming content is actually the single biggest hindrance to knowledge worker performance. The success of internet search engine technology is not much of a surprise then, seen from this perspective.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Fahrenheit 9/11 -- Kicking up the mercury
| SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2004
When companies need to cope with the obvious loss in profits when Kerry introduces his scheme, they would want to cap these losses by moving their operations to countries that provide the same services that India is capable of providing, at a fraction of the cost. Today Vijay , Paul and I went to watch Fahrenheit 9/11. After having watched almost 2 and a half hours of Bush bashing, I came to the conclusion that the film was more of a Democrat election campaign than an unbiased documentary. Over the last five years, George W Bush has been the butt of many jokes. am afraid not.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] A diverse food chain
| MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
God forbid the "farang" falls in love with the girl and starts to unknowingly become the sole provider of her family, the other people will jump on the bandwagon to claim their share of the pie. Pattaya just doesnt seem to stop amazing me. While I am yet to recover from the shock and disappointment of missing the night market at Theprasit, I am also bewildered at how smart the Thai folks are, in conning every foreigner that comes here. Fortunately I aint white-skinned, but not being an oriental does put me in the wrong spot sometimes. The girls here are just so smart! Its a deal!
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] The Locus of Control
| WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2007
The question really is -- what support or thought leadership do you provide to make work easier for your teams? When you work at a megacorp and are a youngster who wants to take the world by storm, the world better be receptive to you at first. Yesterday I had a very interesting discussion with my boss; learning about the Locus of Control. Theoretically its a brilliant concept to think of, though I guess its easier said than done. Maybe this is a knee-jerk reaction of kinds. need to get over this. Maybe that'll help get back the fire in my belly. Sumeet Moghe, 2009
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Barbecue Nation
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2007
Barbecue nation is a big restaurant off 100 ft road, which provides a different dining experience. My wife and I decided to visit this place with her friend Stephanie. find the restaurant quite nice though not something I'd write home about. Its one of those all you can eat joints where the waiters first serve you from a pick of 10 starters (5 veg and 5 non veg). The exciting part is that you have a charcoal grill on your table on which each of the skewers gets laid and you keep getting served until you put your flag down. Impressive! Sumeet Moghe, 2009
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] How real is a training simulation?
| TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2008
Make yourself available at all times to provide guidance and to facilitate the process. In my training career, one of the wishes I've seen a lot of professionals express is; "I want the training to be as close to reality as possible". While I appreciate the intent, its often important to understand that there are various reasons why a training environment should not model reality a 100%. Here's why I think so: a) A "real" environment generally has a mix of experienced and inexperienced individuals. Note: A simulation is meant to be a ground to fail fast and learn from mistakes.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Articulate - A quick, lean, rapid elearning content creator
| SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2008
Of course you rely on Presenter to provide you with various layouts and use your skill in creating Powerpoint presentations to convert these into Powerpoint, but when it comes to SCORM quizzes and various interactions, you have to rely on the other parts of the bundle - Articulate Quizmaker and Articulate Engage. One of things I'd like to change in the future, would be to have more time to work on things that can lower the overall cost of training, while lending more flexibility to the way training can be delivered. One of the tools I was trying out recently was Articulate.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Inclusivity vs Equality
| SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2008
To be able to safeguard against that risk and providing the support to do so is a step towards creating equality. This includes having restrooms that people with disability can use; this includes creating ramps to enter buildings where we have offices (if there isnt one already); this also includes providing the support to get to office and back home and to training venues. As ThoughtWorks, if we can provide that bit of extra support, we truly support our purpose of being "a home for the best knowledge workers." At ThoughtWorks one of our values is Social Responsibility.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Teacher Training - my beliefs
| FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008
That said I believe that the collective experience of the group could potentially overshadow my own, provided they can attune themselves to "Facilitation Mindset". Training is something I feel very passionately about and I realize that I of all the things I do, I enjoy my time in a classroom the most. In recent years my interest has primarily been teacher training. still ask myself a few questions about what "every trainer should know". I've run Facilitation Skills Workshops purely based on my reading and my own limited experience. How was the content presented? Sumeet Moghe, 2009.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Support Functions - Careers in a growing organisation
| SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2008
In specific situations that require management skills, this person could provide consultative support and could handle expectations of the organization for responsibilities delegated to his/ her team. D (Strategists/ Functional Leaders) - These people should ideally be capable of handling a generalist profile, and should demonstrate the potential to provide strategic direction for the function that they lead. When it comes to providing leadership and doing all the good things that a leader should do, maybe this person wouldnt have any trouble. Sumeet Moghe, 2009.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Entertainment in Training
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2008
Many times i hear observers measuring the success of a training session by the entertainment it provides and really, how entertained they felt. What this often results in, is a session that gets tweaked to provide fun as against great value. To me an activity in a training program must be informational and provide some value to the attendees. fun activity that doesnt provide enough value is what I call "fun for the sake of fun". also like to measure the success of a session based on the following: did the objectives get achieved - fully, partially or not at all?
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Using Mindmaps in classrooms
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2008
As a side effect, it provides an instant takeaway for the group -- they can just click a picture and voila, you have session notes! One of my favorite whiteboarding techniques in training happens to be the mindmap. use them often and sometimes even indiscriminately. What I usually do, is get two whiteboards together and mindmap across the breadth of both boards. What I like about mindmapping in classroom situations is that it helps you retain the context of the current discussion and represents very clearly the chain of thought that the group followed through the session.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Getting feedback from your learners
| SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2008
When answering questions, have I provided the clarifications you sought? As a trainer, I feel that the feedback we get from learners is often underrated. Given that they are the direct consumers of what we deliver, I enjoy hearing from them what they think of my performance in the classroom. Piggy-backing on what Pat Kua wrote many months back here , I used the following list of questions to ask for feedback off my students. When in class, how have I created a safe environment? What could I have done differently to better this? How did I involve you in class? Tried to understand you?
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Top 6 things to do in Thailand
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2008
Its a wholesale market that will usually give you stuff at local prices provided you're willing to buy multiple items from the same shop. Thailand is an amazing cultural and geographical adventure and there are perhaps dozens of things to do if you ever make it there. Here are my top 6 things to do in Thailand (don't miss 'em if you're heading there): Street Food - Thai food makes for an array of amazing flavours and I'd recommend the earthiness of Thai street fare over any "fine dining" opportunities that present themselves. Bargain Hunting - Thailand is definitely a shopper's paradise.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Sketching your pictures
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008
And it does a pretty neat job, provided you comprehend and use the settings wisely. I've discovered a passion for sketching while in Thailand; as you'll discover from the above image. Can you believe it -- I did that all by myself! I'm quite an artist aint I? OK, OK the truth now -- I hit upon a tool called Akvis Sketch , that allows you to convert your pictures into sketches. The price tag on this one isn't exhorbitant - just $72. There's a 10 day, no limitation trial which should help you evaluate the purchase. Sumeet Moghe, 2009.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Aiding Student Recall through Interim Reviews
| SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009
Call out one question number at random and ask the first runner from each team to run and write the correct answer in the space provided. Research has proved that for someone to have a recall of 90% for material taught 24 hours back, the message needs to be delivered six times! know many smart people may scoff at this, but that's true! So how do you achieve this? I've often heard the following lines from successful training practitioners: "Tell them what you're going to tell them, Then tell them, And then tell them what you told them." Move furniture to the sides of the room.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] The history of hierarchy
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
What this means: Small teams/ units of upto 15 people each; Leaders that are obligated to spend at least 30 minutes (one-on-one) with each of their team mates; Leaders that are invested in growing their people - having a fair idea of each team mate's career plan is advisable; Shared leadership for large teams -- if you aren't able to spend time 1-o-1 with all your team mates, then find a group of people that can provide leadership and divide the responsibility amongst them. Many modern organizations, ThoughtWorks included, hate the word "hierarchy". Sumeet Moghe, 2009.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Using Whitespace and avoiding Logo-fication
| SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2009
As you go forward, use consistent typography and a consistent color palette to help provide a unique brand proposition. Its strange how most TV channels these days have a ticker/ banner scrolling down the bottom of your screen which most people hardly notice. don't think there's a single cricket match in India where the bottom of the screen isn't hijacked by advertisements. This doesn't seem to bother us anymore though. We've just switched ourselves off to these forcible interruptions into our experience. The same goes for news websites and other such resources on the interweb.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] The "What" and "If" of Feedback
| MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009
It provides a model for handling difficult conversations that makes life so stress free that you find more time to concentrate on your work. I love the practice of feedback -- it has helped me grow. Having worked in a company like ThoughtWorks , where feedback is such an important part of our culture, it also helps me stay sane. don't have any bottled up feelings against anyone I work with and that just works so well in terms of making me feel relaxed. Most models of sharing feedback recommend that you give feedback as soon as you notice an infraction in behaviour. Why do you care?
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] The craziness of Indian Politics
| SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2009
The skill gaps in the talent pool need to be bridged by providing professional training in English, in law, medicine, engineering, science, commerce, arts, et all. So, Indian politics is going back to the stone age. If hate politics and identity politics wasn't enough, a recent manifesto of a major political party talks about abolishing English in education and the use of computers on any new projects! see this manifesto as a classic case of treating the symptoms and not the root cause. If those are the root causes, then how does stopping the foray of India into the information age help?
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Using Visual Aids in Training - Flipcharts vs Powerpoint
| THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2008
When we as trainers build a flip chart based on discussions in class, it provides a strong visual anchor for the shared learning that the group arrives at. On the other hand if as a facilitator you've been able to build a flipchart with the class and you can place that summary on one of the walls, it provides a strong visual anchor for students to rock back into the previous experience and recollect the shared understanding you've arrived at. Your students will not be able to see this and you can also provide the dynamic experience you're trying to create.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Microsoft Illustration Styles for a Consistent look and feel in your document/ presentation
| SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2009
like Microsoft Online for the fact that they provide meta-files that you can group, ungroup and regroup to create custom images. I usually advocate the use of stock photos, amateur photography in documents and presentations. That said, I cant deny the need for high quality illustrations to add pop to your imagery and visualization. This said, we don't want our images to look like they were created by completely different artists. So I've learnt to look for specific styles to keep the look and feel of my document consistent. Read more about this in Tom Kulhmann's post here.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] Screencasting - A simple way to create bite-sized learning
| MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009
You don't need too many tools to create this kind of training and anyone that has reasonable voice recording skills can speak into a mike and provide narration while recording a screen. particularly like presentation-casts, where you can run a presentation on your screen and provide it a voice over and perhaps a video of yourself! In the past, we've limited screencasts to product demos, software application training and how-to's. For those new to screencasting, here's a screencast about screencasts ! What can go into this movie then? Well, it could be anything. Sumeet Moghe, 2009.
THE LEARNING GENERALIST [Providers] ThoughtWorks Offshore Portal goes Live!
| TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009
ThoughtWorks is a global provider of IT services. The ThoughtWorks Offshore Portal is up and running. If you're passionate about improving execution of your IT organization, please talk to us. We deliver custom applications, no-nonsense consulting, help organizations drive agility and create software. By hiring exceptional people, we can solve our clients' biggest and most pressing problems. All of our services are offered both on and offshore, and are delivered with pride and passion. Please visit Thoughtworks.com to know more about us. Sumeet Moghe, 2009.
IDIOT [Providers] Laziness, work, or social compulsions
| SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2004
My good old NIIT provided me the launchpad to start off. I havent been as prolific as I'd decided to be. Blame it on laziness, work, or social compulsions. Anyways, hope to make up for the lost time. Lost time reminds me of the time-- a year and half back. had given up a comfy corporate job at Wipro; recoverd from a minor health setback; and had decided to start off my own consultacny. After seven rugged, painful-gainful, and memorable years, I decided to leave the comforts of a secured full-time job for the new challenging vistas of entrepreneurship.
IDIOT [Providers] Workflow Learning - A Real-life Case Study
| SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2005
These tools are more relevant and useful than the expensive tools provided by a content management system! These tools are built-into the environment that she works, and deliver the same information that any sophisticated content management portal can provide through web, wireless, and mobile technologies. The latest buzz word in the learning circles is workflow learning. While so much is written about workflow learning, I would like to take you through the workflow learning experience at our workplace. Kern was all set to hive off its editing services. This was six months back.
IDIOT [Providers] Usability in Elearning
| TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2005
They drive the requirements, provide the learner details, and define what strategies to follow. Kern offers two kinds of services -- usability and elearning. Often our clients inquire about this holy matrimony of usability and elearning. think usability lends itself naturally to any elearning solution. This got us into an interesting discussion about how usability impacts learning solutions. Geeta: How do we apply the learning from usability to our elearning projects? Ripul : Usability is a measurable attribute where we measure the usefulness of a product. Geeta: That's right.
IDIOT [Providers] Myths About E-Learning Outsourcing
| SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2005
Provide selective information: Transparency works! Get it done cheaper: If you are looking for a cheap solution, be ready. to sacrifice quality. If a cheap solution is really what you want, get a. bunch of summer trainees to do the job. DO NOT expect a vendor to. deliver what your team of experts delivers, at one-tenth the cost. Or, the next best solution—outsource to Uganda or Mogadishu, at least the. conversion rate will make more sense. Get it done quicker: If you think you are crunched for time and you want. to outsource, chances are your project will be screwed. Outsourcing.
IDIOT [Providers] Understand Training Needs First, Propose Solutions Later!
| SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2006
We provide learning solutions! Companies who provide learning solutions should encourage clients to first analyze the need for training and then opt for the right training approach. Output The findings would be submitted in the form of a Word document providing a brief outline of the possible solutions. We do not prescribe “e-learning”! And this is what all learning companies must do. Help the client find a solution by understanding the problem. Many a times, clients realize that “elearning” is not the “only” solution. It’s a good business to be in! Assimilation of data 6.
IDIOT [Providers] Can Technology Companies Deliver eLearning?
| SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2006
They can construct a course, provide features and functionalities, and add jazz if needed. In the last one week, I received calls from at least four companies looking for instructional design (ID) support, ID training, or simply instructional designers. There is nothing strange about these queries, except that these companies are eLearning companies who do not have instructional designers in their team. Can you imagine this scenario – eLearning companies with NO instructional designers? This is like a construction company with NO architects! Ultimately, learning takes a back seat.
IDIOT [Providers] Is Small Beautiful?
| THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2008
Rule says, we provide for minimum 15 people.". But you had promised us that you would provide check pickup and draft creation facilities? Although we have an UPS that provides 8-hr power backup, we still run out of stem during marathon power cuts. Ah, not to forget the apathy of cell phone and Internet service providers and hardware providers - read Ripul's blog - toward SMEs. So, is there any truth in the belief that providing service to an SME is wasting too much effort for too little? Sometimes I wonder, is small really beautiful? Same sob story!
IDIOT [Providers] Designing Training Delivered Using Web 2.0 Tools
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009
This involves identifying their learning needs and providing solutions that address their needs. This is the first in the series on learning, training, and designing instructions in the Web 2.0 environment. remember having a discussion with Vaishnavi about how instructional design for Web 2.0-based learning should be different from that of traditional learning (classroom training and eLearning). The fact remains that learning is about learners and not about tools or technology. Also, web 2.0 In web 2.0 So, how does this change the way they learn? Informal learning is learner-driven.
IDIOT [Providers] 5 things IDs can think differently about!
| THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2009
Do not provide examples that look good in a grade school workbook. I often come across instructional designers who are pretty much stuck with things that they had started out doing early in their careers. While over time, their exposure to tools, kinds of courses, and abilities to handle content and clients have increased, what I see unchanged is their approach to instructional design. Unfortunately, most organizations, training companies, trainers and instructional designers are still hesitant about adopting newer methodologies. Why do my learners need training?
SPEAK OUT [Providers] Blogging to be famous?
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2008
It provides clarity of thought and a logical flow or chunking of ideas. A post by Ripul had me thinking on the reasons I blog. decided to jot them down. blog because: This is a platform where I reinforce my learning. When I pen it down, I am forced to recollect. like a space where I can think out loud. want to share what I have learnt. used to and still do read several blogs to learn more and more about ID and elearning. hope my experiences and thoughts are useful to someone else. enjoy the reading I do to write up an article/post.
SPEAK OUT [Providers] Tips for K12 Courses
| WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2008
Provide several examples to ensure internalization. What things must you remember when designing K12 courses? Learning is more effective when the examples are from the children's day to day experiences. Repetition helps internalize the concepts taught. This is why we remember tables, alphabets, nursery rhymes. Say it over and over again. Make them practice over and over again with different examples. Move from simple to complex. Ensure that when you introduce a concept you start from simple examples and then take them a level higher (complex). Step 2: Move them a level higher. 2 : 1 = ?
SPEAK OUT [Providers] MUVEs
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2008
MUVEs provide authentic learning conditions, create experiences that cannot be experienced or 'lived' in the real world, and allows us to monitor or capture learning. Because of their culture, Hispanic girls had been very reluctant to approach adult authority figures, like teachers, but the MUVE altered that by providing a costume-party environment in which the children's and teacher's avtars, wearing the "mask" of technology, could mingle without cultural constraints. As is a ritual at Kern, we had our learning session and it was my turn to present. Lewis). mused Mr. Curtis.
SPEAK OUT [Providers] Myth about eLearning and Interactivity
| THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009
Some courses provide access to other learners and experts via chat rooms, forums, emails, and so on. At a social gathering, I explained that I work as an ID at Kern Communications. person (Rajeev's idol cum mentor from the training fraternity) said you are more into elearning. Elearning is not that interactive, it is very forced. These words have been ringing in my head. Why did do people think elearning is not interactive and forced? Here are my guesses: Learners do not interact with other learners. Some really bad elearning courses have ruined elearning's reputation. fills that gap.
SPEAK OUT [Providers] Issues with Second Life
| MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009
Filtering: Like other social networks, I wish SL provided the option to view a user's profile. Virtual worlds (VWs) must take user experience seriously. Are these VWs usable? Let us look at Second Life. This is based on my experience and are only thoughts (not expert opinions). wish Second life would relook at the following: Navigation: Why does the user have to spend time learning how to use the controls? Why isn't the navigation intuitive enough? Why is the Search option so confusing? As a new user, what do I search for? How do I decide where I would like to go? What then?
SPEAK OUT [Providers] Getting Information Gathering Right
| THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009
Remove the irrelevant questions and stick to the ones that will provide you valuable information to move ahead. Have you noticed that most clients hate the information gathering stage? You may want to do detailed research and have answers to all your queries before you propose a solution, but several clients wonder "Why are they over doing it?" Have you experienced this? What could be the reasons for this? The information we ask is common sense to them and therefore, they wonder why you haven't figured it out yourself. My previous vendor did not bother me with a third degree.
SPEAK OUT [Providers] Bringing About a Change
| FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009
Provide positive reinforcements : This again may seem school-like. Dave Ferguson raises a valid point in my previous post " Are you ready to change ?" I have made an attempt to respond to Dave's concern. Please feel free to add your thoughts. This is a bit tangential to your question, but I saw cell-phone use while driving as a behavior that's widespread among early adopters and change agents. These are often the people trying to get others to change. So: how comfortable, convenient, effective would they find it to make their own change? I'm not defending people who don't change.
SPEAK OUT [Providers] Social learning without Web 2.0 tools?
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009
For example: We had to provide grooming skills for shop floor executives. Many companies are reluctant to invest in social learning using the Web 2.0 tools. You can try and convince your clients about its power and usefulness. But this may not be the only thing stopping IDs from using Web 2.0 tools. In India, Internet and Web 2.0 tools are accessible to very small percentage of learners. Most learners: Do not have access to Internet. We have learners who work in villages/districts to learners who are foot-on-street sales executives to learners who have access to just one computer. tools.
SPICY LEARNING [Providers] Where does Santa Claus come from?
| FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
NHS Walk-in centres provide treatment for minor injuries and illnesses seven days a week. Taking a step closer to British citizenship is an important event in my life. The process of applying for indefinite leave to remain involves taking the Life in the UK test which, if I pass, will supposedly show that I have the necessary grasp of the English language and understanding of UK life that one requires for citizenship. Like anyone eager to pass, I bought the Handbook and Q&A pack for a value price of £12.99 and wrote up a timetable to study for 30 minutes every night after work.
ELEARNING PATH [Providers] What makes a good eLearning Course?
| THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2009
Is it one that has all of the technical information that the subject matter expert has provided? While as an instructional designer I need to include the information provided by the subject matter expert, I also need to make sure that it is engaging for the learner (or what's the point). These elements can provide a great deal on interest and interaction with the learners and can be done so without a lot of effort. What makes a "good" elearning course? think that is a good question to ask and one that has been rattling around in my head for a while. Does it include video?
ELEARNING PATH [Providers] Information Overload??
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2009
In this case I need to provide additional information to ensure understanding amongst different levels of users but balance that with the desire not to overload or over explain concepts that others may consider "givens". After returning to the office this morning from three days of vacation I found 63 blog posts on my reader, 50+ emails, voice mails to answer and three new books to read. Just one hour away from my computer resulted in 19 new emails to read. How do we keep up with it all? Are we going to reach a point where our brains are going to be "full"?
ELEARNING PATH [Providers] Value of online education
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2009
As a former student of online educational programs I have to say that they provide value different than classroom learning, which is one of the reasons that I enjoyed it. This provided me a well rounded educational opportunity. Having participated in online programs for my Bachelor's and Master's programs I would advise a word of caution of course, for anyone interested in online programs and that is to do your research and make sure that you are attending an accredited program that will provide you with a solid education. and I have to agree with the points that are made.
ELEARNING PATH [Providers] Has it been a year already?
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
more than $11,500 while still providing quality training to our employees. As I looked at the September 1st date on my calendar I was amazed. No, it wasn't just the amazement that summer is gone - as well as a good portion of the year - or that there are only 115 shopping days left until Christmas. was amazed that we have been implementing and utilizing our eLearning program for a year. We have come a long way and I thought I'd reminisce a bit. May 2008 - I started with my company and was assigned as project lead for looking at alternative training delivery methods. drum roll please).more
ELEARNING PATH [Providers] Subject Matter Expert's(SME) & Instructional Designer's (ID) Working together
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2009
After explaining the purpose behind the design and listening to his concerns about the information being included we came to a compromise and what I feel is an interactive course that will provide ample information on the topic. The big question on the Learning Circuit this month is about Working with Subject Matter Experts. This is an interesting subject for me as often I have been both the Instructional Designer and the Subject Matter Expert and the roles can clash with each other. This was a success since both sides were willing to listen and ultimately the learner benefits.
KAPP NOTES [Providers] Teacher.Stepping Stone to Rock Star?
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2009
think teachers are rock stars anyway (several changed my life and provided inspiration without evening knowing it).but It appears that one way to become a rock star is to spend some time in the classroom honing your skills. but here are a few teachers who become real rock stars (they sold out.) Did you know that Gene Simmons taught sixth grade in Harlem before he became the world's most famous bass-playing demon. Or that Sting taught English, music, and soccer at St. Catherine's Convent School. Check out other famous people who gave up teaching life for other careers.
VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS [Providers] Stigmergic Collaboration
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2008
The concept of stigmergy therefore provides an intuitive and easy-to-grasp theory for helping understand how disparate, distributed, ad hoc contributions could lead to the emergence of the largest collaborative enterprises the world has seen. research that he provides: Collaboration is dependent upon communication, and communication is a network phenomenon. Mark Elliot talks about Stigmergic collaboration. Stigmergy, There are four findings of Mark’s Ph.D. Collaboration in large groups (roughly 25-n) is enabled by stigmergy. Posted in elearning 2.0,
VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS [Providers] Network based Training (NBTs)
| SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2008
NBTs provide a framework for organizations who want to adopt Web 2.0 I have written earlier about what I am proposing as the evolution from the CBT and WBT – the NBT or Network based training , for some time now. and networked learning (the connectivism way) in their systems. The main components of the NBT would be both learning process and tool based. The NBT consists of the following components: a learning process that emphasizes learner participation prior to the course in setting up goals and sequences. initially defined ecology of 2.0 One, allow loosely coupled 2.0 services.
VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS [Providers] 2009 Predictions
| SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009
The shift to rich Internet applications in e-learning using Flex and Silverlight among other tools, shall become a reality thus providing a boost to gaming and simulations for learning. The trends in the industry that shall back these predictions seem to be cutbacks on travel spend, need to bring in cost effective approaches to learning, higher engagement provided by games, simulations and virtual worlds and opportunities for enterprises to strategically pause and reflect on systemic changes in the light of the recessionary trends. Not much success here! This will pick up in 2009.
VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS [Providers] The digital life
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2009
As George says: Why shouldn’t my history of search be combined with my interactions on facebook and used as a basis to provide me with important information… We are now envisioning a digitally enhanced life where technology augments all our senses in multiple ways (Kurzweil?). I came across two ideas today that are part of a stream of developments that continue to amaze and intrigue me immensely. Mostly because of their impact on how we will be, perhaps, 10 years or so from now. now see many examples of how to THINK NETWORK (as opposed to thinking business or learning or society).
VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS [Providers] On communities, processes and technology
| FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009
this Defence Acquisition University (DAU) Community of Practice Implementation Guide , which provides a 14-step, 3 phaseprocess for setting up practices that could contain CoPs, Shared Interest Areas (SIA) and collaborative workspaces. With true process orientation, this document provides a fairly detailed best practice for the DAU in its community development initiatives. A recent set of conversations with customers and colleagues around communities of practice, networked learning, tools and platforms has provoked a lot of thought. Then I came across (thanks Swati and Shikha !)
VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS [Providers] Virtual Classroom augmentation
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009
Not so obvious are the improvements in terms of providing tools to the instructor to teach a particular subject effectively. These augmentations could be built into the platform, but I would rather that the platform allows plug and play integration and service providers continuously build and innovate to come up with new ways of collaboration. I have been thinking and researching about how to enhance traditional virtual classroom platforms. However, what I am referring to is to bring structured and creative solutions into the virtual classroom platform itself.
VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS [Providers] Google Wave
| TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009
Wave also provides a mechanism to add additional attributes such as those for privacy, tags (metadata) and workflow making it extremely malleable as a data structure. For the personal learning environment (PLE), this offering from Google could eliminate countless hours of effort as well provide a rich mechanism for understanding context. Check out Google Wave. The concept is striking and ambitious. Also very relevant to what we have been talking about in terms of PLEs. At the core, there are a few important architectural dimensions. Firstly, content structure. Somebody starts it.
VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS [Providers] The Open Screen Project
| THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009
Their dream is to unify and defragment our experiences with internet, devices and media by providing a “consistent runtime environment for open web browsing and standalone applications. I am a little ambivalent about this one – the Open Screen project. Adobe is leading this initiative along with other majors such as Nokia. The runtime enviroment is one thought-out combination of device (PC, mobile phone, kiosk etc.), Basically cross-platform both in terms of viewing experiences and interaction possibilities (interoperability) that the new Internet engenders.
VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS [Providers] Google Chrome OS
| SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2009
Thirdly, LMS/LCMS providers, if they live to see that day (sorry, could not resist taking that dig!), It’s nice to hear of a new operating system coming up. The central idea here is to use a lightweight Linux based kernel and the Google Chrome browser (that is built over the WebKit engine) to offer “speed, simplicity and security to the end user. The OS is targeted at initially at netbooks and eventually will power high end desktop systems. Of course, all applications on this OS will then be Web applications. Gazelle uses Windows as the backend. If we thought Web X.0
GEORGE SIEMENS [Providers] The Doomed Global Campus
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2009
Unfortunately, I suspect the failure of Global Campus will provide naysayers with an example of why online education doesn’t. (Some) Universities are trying to unlock the online education model. Many fail. Global Campus is the most recent. The problem in this instance is not with the online environment, but with the model of implementation. Faculty - who as I understand it are often required in formal education - were marginalized as the university sought to duplicate for-profit models. Universities serve a different role in society than the one served by private industry.
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE [Providers] Getting Out of the Way
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2009
provided a safe place to play. Last week, I had the privilege of "training" some of our senior IT techs on our synchronous online meeting tool. Here's what happened. walked in with a rough outline and some documentation. Because I knew these guys - I gave them a rough model of how to do stuff. The "Tools" menu is your friend). Oh yeah - and they had upgraded the system just the week before, so I had no IDEA what new features were in place. Plus, most of our licenses have been taken over by the academic side, so I don't use this instructional tool very often. Me)Hmm.no IT Tech 2) Guys!
CLIVE ON LEARNING [Providers] What every learning and development professional needs to know about e-learning
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2009
Most of the familiar options, whether that's providing instruction, leading discussions, delivering case studies, running role plays and simulations, providing coaching, apprenticeships and so on, have been practised for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Technology now provides so many opportunities for learning and development that it is no longer viable for trainers to keep their distance, leaving new media to the geeks and the ‘digital natives’. Learning media options, on the other hand, have been growing exponentially. So what’s the big deal?
MINDLEADERS [Providers] ThirdForce Skills for Life solution gets top marks from Ofsted
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2009
Guest blogger Lorna Tyrtania – Product Manager at ThirdForce – provides an insight into and feedback from Ofsted. This involves them inspecting a wide range of education and training providers, so that they can compare standards across the range of publicly funded provision. This includes all work-based learning (provided wholly or partly on employers’ premises) for people aged 16 or over, for example apprenticeships and national vocational qualifications. This helps them contribute more successfully to providing services to customers.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE [Providers] Moodle: A fantastic tool for informal learning - and not just “e-learning”
| MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2009
Along with two of my colleagues at BLP, we showed attendees OUR Moodle site - and attempted to illustrate many of the cool features Moodle provides and how Moodle facilitates informal learning and not just functions as a place to house and track e-learning. 3) Moodle can provide a company-wide calendar of learning events that everyone can see. Even better, the posts show the author’s picture and provide a link to the author so people can get in touch with the author if they’d like. Those who want to use it just to track learning are missing its point.
BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE [Providers] The Future of the LMS
| MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2009
Instead of discussion forums, these new learning management systems provide blogs and wikis to foster collaboration. We started the month talking about the features and functions of learning management systems. It’s only fitting we end talking about the changes the future holds for those features. Soon, it won’t be enough that the LMS tracks formal learning like instructor-led training courses or e-learning modules; the future is here, and learning management systems are changing rapidly to keep up. When I dug a little further, I found Sloodle.
THE E-LEARNING CURVE [Providers] Audio for Podcasting: Hard Disk Recording
| MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2009
The power that a disk recorder provides over tape recorders in terms of editing is substantial. Additionally, a DSP-based hard disk recorder provides one of the most substantial benefits of digital audio in the first place because audio can be manipulated and processed while remaining in the digital domain. When digital audio first appeared, tape-based digital recorders using Digital Audio Tape (DAT) were the only viable system for recording the relatively large amount of data required by a digital audio recording system. Figure 1. Start of an audio revolution: Cubase 1.0
BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH [Providers] Complexity & Standard-based Assessment
| SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2009
While these techniques might well be considered good ways to train people for trade qualifications, they are certainly not so efficient in providing education. To argue that studying towards standard-based assessment provides an education is a contradiction. Last year, I attended a seminar on Complexity and Education given by Brent Davis and Denis Sumara. In my attempt to pass on to my respected colleagues what I’d learnt , I wrote a report that’s still available on our work-place Intranet. Immediate reaction to it was mixed. Who bothers with this stuff anyway? So it is with NCEA.
T+D BLOG [Providers] T+D Blog - Untitled Article
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009
Some examples included: • Viral: As in, "Our video has gone viral." • Game changer: As in, "Transitioning from products to solutions was a game changer for our company." • Disconnect: As in, "There is a disconnect between what the consumer wants and what the product provides." It is what it is. Does the previous paragraph sound familiar in that there are a lot of hot-topic terms and expressions used but not much is actually being communicated or clarified? All the italicized words turn out to be some of the most overused terms in the world of business jargon.
MINDLEADERS [Providers] On the road to recovery
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009
Customers who are persistently provided with the quality and service they expect from a brand will remain loyal even through tough times. This month there was good news from our neighbours Germany and France who have officially come out of recession. Both economies, the largest in the Euro Currency Zone , grew by 0.3% between April and June, bringing an end to their year-long battles with recession. This can only be an indication of what’s to come for the rest of us. As Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: “ Different economies will show different patterns of behaviour.
SPICY LEARNING [Providers] Thank you for registering!
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2009
Please check your email and follow the link provided. Thank you for registering for the Assessment Workbench tool. You will receive an email with downloading instructions shortly. Check out the demo. Take the Workbench for a test drive with our fun online quiz. Contact. Get in touch. If you do have any questions, you can always check the FAQs section. If that doesn’t answer your query, why not send us an email email@example.com and let us know how we can help. Workbench features. SCORM 1.2 compatible. Trackable. Customisable. Supports images.
ELEARNING NOT AS USUAL [Providers] Strategic eLearning
| SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2008
This kind of integrated, strategic elearning will provide a broader perspective of needs, a deeper understanding for the right solution, and a stronger return on your investment Most of our elearning supports sales. Courses are designed to help salespeople, at all levels and in all channels, sell more product. That seems simple enough, but we've learned that you can get so wrapped up in features and benefits and marketing mumbo-jumbo that you actually lose site of what it takes to make the sale. That's an oops!
ELEARNING NOT AS USUAL [Providers] The Shifting Paradigms Of Immersive eLearning
| MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2008
If you are not providing the learner with practice at making decisions, and failing, you are missing out on a powerful tool. Everyone pretty much agrees that immersive elearning is better than simpler, linear, click-ahead elearning. Or maybe not. We've sometimes experienced unexpected client angst when developing more immersive courses. Discomfort that immersive production takes longer. Concern that an immersive approach makes for longer learner seat time. Confusion that not every option in a simulation is black and white. We learn best by doing. So, do it, or don't do it.
ELEARNING NOT AS USUAL [Providers] Instructional Design For Simulations
| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2008
Practice means providing the learner options that force them to make decisions. A lot of e- learning comes down to e- telling , regardless of how engaging it might be. That's because we don't often give learners a chance to practice what they are learning. By practice, I mean: Try.fail. Try again.fail better. The center point of simulations is practice, and so when you begin to do instructional design for simulations, you will likely have to break out of your normal box, in order to be successful. Practice in simulations will always be more work than less immersive simulations.so
ELEARNING NOT AS USUAL [Providers] Thinking Sims
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2008
Here's why: A sim is used to, literally, simulate real life decisions to provide a learner with practice. Prospects are always impressed by our full-body avatars, and for that reason we're quick to demonstrate them. But as I joined in the selling process with a new client recently I was reminded that, while we're always thinking sims , that doesn't mean that we should always be thinking avatars. Here, by the way, we design in options for failure. If learners don't have a good chance to fail, they don't really have a good chance to learn, either. matter how powerful they are.
ELEARNING NOT AS USUAL [Providers] Some "Givens" For Simulations
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2008
Whenever I tackle anything new, especially if it's big and new, I like to examine what I know and what I don't know. What the givens, are and what remain variables. In a way, it's like sorting the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, where the edge pieces are the givens, and everything else is a variable. Let me know
ELEARNING NOT AS USUAL [Providers] What's The Value Of Relationships In This Economy?
| TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2009
SOAR is simple, and it provides easy frame of reference. Yeah, the economy is a little rocky right now, but we'll all get through it. We've done it before, right? Still, tough times can mean tough questions and decisions. How do we get through tough times? What things need to change? Who do we need to count on? And when we're all a bit over-worked and a little (or a lot) short on help, we're reminded of the real value of our relationships. We know who has our backs and who doesn't. At w/ we've always believed that relationships are the context of success.no means we're w/ you.
ELEARNING NOT AS USUAL [Providers] How Do You Learn To Sell?
| SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2009
Each step of the sales process (or any process), provides some sort of input, results in some sort of output, and in the middle, demands thinking and decision making. When their decisions are off the mark.just a little, or a lot.that's when the real learning happens, because it gives us a chance to provide appropriate feedback. Options. Disable. Get Free Shots. In the past, I don't know, 10 years, we've talked carefully about different ways that people learn. Not bad conversations. But how do we learn best? Input--Process--Output. All the training in the world doesn't either.
ELEARNING NOT AS USUAL [Providers] More Than 10 eLearning Best Practices
| THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009
eLearning is uniquely powerful at providing a chance to practice (and fail) in making critical business decisions. Recently I was asked to make a presentation on elearning best practices for the elearning SIG of the Minneapolis ASTD chapter. Approaching this from a client perspective, what emerged was a collection of tactics and tips that the w/ team uses to save time and money, while improving results. You can see this in a podcast, just below. If you want to quickly breeze the topics first, scroll down.they're bulleted at the bottom. Aim at business goals. Scope and process.
ELEARNING NOT AS USUAL [Providers] Serious Games, Simulations or Immersive Learning?
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2009
So, online simulations, or immersive learning simulations as some like to say, can provide a real advantage. Normal. Learn. Perform. Succeed! 11.1282. Semantics is an academic's pastime. I'm usually more interested in action than talk. So let's boil it down. As learning professionals, what are we really trying to get at? The most effective learning possible, right? That should make it pretty simple, then. While some read for entertainment, most learning content isn't entertaining enough to keep you awake. So that leaves out reading as the most effective method for learning.
THE E-LEARNING CURVE [Providers] Moodle 1.9 Multimedia – Book Review
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2009
Packt Publishing have been providing Moodle reference books for some time now, and their texts are usually either very good or excellent. This is a very good idea indeed: for newcomers this goes some way to providing an understanding of why multimedia in Moodle 1.9 I've used Moodle for about four years, and in that time I've found it to be an exceptionally useful, high-functioning and user-friendly learning management system (LMS). Enter Packt Publishing's Moodle 1.9 Multimedia by João Pedro Soares Fernandes. Now read on. I'm delighted to say that Moodle 1.9 Multimedia web page.
BLOGGER IN MIDDLE-EARTH [Providers] Touch and Taste - Now Sight
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2009
He works with special technology that uses the digital output from a camera to provide electrical impulses to a small area on the surface of the tongue. We are all familiar with the discomfort of a hair in the mouth. This extreme sensitivity of the surface of the tongue is in addition to its usual function to do with taste. At Université de Montréal School of Optometry, research into this sensitivity is being used to assist the blind to see. Daniel Chebat has been researching neuropsychology at the Université de Montréal School of Optometry.
TONY KARRER [Providers] Qarbon Camtasia and Adobe Captivate
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2009
Question from a reader, hoping you can provide your thoughts: I am in the process of selecting an elearning tool that is easy to use, quick to create the demos and does not bloat the file size much. want to create some online videos that will be a total of about 6-7 hours and upload them on my site. These videos would have software demos, screencasts and PowerPoints embedded inside them. Also every screen would have audio (voiceover with my voice) accompanying it. will want to have a simple menu system to break up the content into chunks. have been looking into various tools.
LIVING IN LEARNING [Providers] The Future of Learning is Not Now!
| FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009
The need demands we provide an increasing percentage of learning solutions in the context of our work , not as a separate, disconnected transaction. I realize this may stretch the pretext of a cute catchphrase, but it seems appropriate this afternoon. The future of learning truly is NOT now because we are not ready for it…nor are we at a state of readiness even if it were now. The program hosted by Tony Karrer with support from Jay Cross, Harold Jarche, and Ray Jimenez, all recognized names in the learning industry, was a successful effort. could not agree more.
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