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  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009
    [Providers] Do You Want To Learn English As A Second Language?
    The host for the podcast is Dr. Jeff McQuillan, who helps read the scripts and provides explanations for them. With over 100 lessons, Englishspeak.com provides a large amount of audio content. One of the world’s leading providers of English training resources delivered via the Internet. It provides free podcasts and learning materials for you to practice and improve your English language skills. Lingofeeds - English for Professional Purposes Is dedicated to providing niche-specific English learning materials for professional purposes. Why a second language?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2008
    [Providers] University Learning = OCW + OER = FREE!
    OER Recommender Makes it easy for open education resource providers to provide links to related resources. The system basically provides access to NSDL resources, but also Johns Hopkins, MERLOT and MIT-OCW resources. There are some wonderful resources here providing you with relevant information needed to understand what OER is about, how to use/contribute/collaborate, and how to move forward (e.g. Khan Academy The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Online College Classes.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
    [Providers] Towards Maturity reveals preliminary results of the UK’s largest learning technology benchmark
    Toward Maturity’s not for profit benchmark practice provides independent expert advice and support in using learning innovation to accelerate business performance. Towards Maturity leverages the wealth of data provided by its Benchmark Study, an internationally recognised longitudinal study based on the inputs of 1,800 organisations and 3,000 learners over 8 years. record 600 organisations across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors participated in the study, 50 percent more organisations than in 2010. Organisations are also reporting in 2011 more barriers.
  • ECONTENT  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
    [Providers] Google + Suomi = Duluth!
    Our region has a history where the local power company ( Allete ) partners with the taconite industry to provide cost effective power. This mathematical equation makes sense if one studies the data behind the variables! After all Google has just revealed via today's Wall Street Journal that their newest European data center with be created in a former paper mill located in Finland (Suomi). If one considers that one of the most expensive costs in operating a data center is cooling the servers, and that Finland has: Cold ambient air temperature. Cold water (Gulf of Finland). Economy 2.0
  • BAMBOO PROJECT  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011
    [Providers] Sharing Our Authentic Work Lives with Our Children
    It is not the product that provides the learning, but the actual process we go through that teaches them. . This past spring, for the third year in a row, I ran a Leadership Academy for high school sophomores. As part of the Academy, we brought in leaders from all types of organizations--business, government, nonprofits, media--and let the kids do a sort of "speed-dating" meeting with them. Students got to ask questions and interact in small groups with each of the leaders. To these students, this was eye-opening. We are able to better understand our actions, what worked and what didn't.
  • E-LEARNING UNCOVERED  |  FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011
    [Providers] Training and Social Media Taught Me to Tie a Tie
    The social media component provides the medium for discussions about the learning, the discussion that is as equally as valuable as the learning event itself. They may add to it, or provide additional resources. Anytime my daughter asks a question like, “What do starfish eat?” or, “Can you tie a tie like Daddy?” I turn to the oracle — the Internet. use Google multiple times a day — looking for information on how to do this, or how to do that — for both my professional life and my personal life. So this made me think of organizations. training department produces training.
  • E-LEARNING UNCOVERED  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2011
    [Providers] Review of Snap! 1.1 Update
    The rest of the new features provide some differentiation. You do have to have someone put together some script to help “translate” what data from the course go into what fields in the database, but they provide guidance one that. About three months ago, Trivantis released Snap! by Lectora – a PowerPoint authoring tool à la Articulate. Today they announced their 1.1 update. Normally I only comment on major releases, but this one has some important features. This last feature is something that Lectora has done. makes it a little bit easier.). Advantage: Articulate. Price: $99.
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2007
    [Providers] Services for Learning
    What if frameworks such as the LearnOS and JISC could provide the underlying integration design for such services? As part of SCORM, ADL teams have worked on basically how to structure and sequence content to the learner and package it for the learning management system or repositories. However what they have not woked on is a standardized set of learning and collaboration services for SCORM compliant content to come alive. In the Web 2.0 Wouldn’t that transform learning altogether? And that too within a WBT! were to follow a SCORM or other Services Specification ? scorm
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2007
    [Providers] Common Cartridge – whither SCORM
    In order to deliver course content for LMS platforms, content providers find they must build, test and distribute their content for each platform. Delivering content for specific platforms also limits the development and distribution of content by smaller content providers and acts to exclude less widely used LMS platforms. Most of these systems each use their own proprietary formats for course content and pose an expensive problem for content providers wishing to distribute content across platforms. And hello! What is this IMS GLC Common Cartridge specification? link].
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2007
    [Providers] Yet another life!
    Apart from working with people and providing visually immersive navigation, what woud perhaps add real value is if it could be used to do physical stuff – e.g. walk into a customer “virtual&# office environment, and fix a hardware issue visually (provided the actual objects can be manipulated back in real or simulated time somehow). Well, if one life was not enough! have reading about Secondlife for some time now and decided to get an account. Am called Viplav Tigerpaw now! Once the novelty wears off, how effective is it as compared to the tools we have now.
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2007
    [Providers] Pervasive Learning
    It is not enough to just say that learning should be collaborative or pervasive without providing a framework to judge exactly how effective collaboration or ubiquity should be, and, without providing tools to learners and guides to effectively and efficiently source knowledge and learn. I found some great stuff on Pervasive Learning at the KnowledgeLab site. would think there are strong parallels with Personal Learning and collaborative learning in that we talk about the sources of knowledge and the processes by which learning takes place. By that I mean that context is key.
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2007
    [Providers] Collaborative Learning Styles
    research the best practices in collaborative learning techniques and provide templates for each technique. design tools that provide a structured collaboration experience that can be shared with others. As we move from traditional learning to what it means to collaborate and share, we need to focus on what would make this an effective way to learn, and how can technology help make this possible in a structured form. We need to be able to: identify the pre-conditions for collaboration to occur effectively . identify and list collaborative styles that different learners exemplify.
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2007
    [Providers] Folksonomies – much ado about something
    Vertical search (as propounded by Sramana Mitra ) provide another solution while the new proposed authoring tool from Google (“ knol “) provides yet another route to such classifications, this time for content at an “internal to page&# or sectioned level. Classifying the web and getting people what they are looking for. Now that is a daunting task when you know that there are over 10 billion web pages, that most of them are unstructured and a whole lot of them contain information that is hidden behind security, script and non-textual media. Innovations
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2007
    [Providers] The strategic inflection point
    However, they rely on standards such as SCORM, to provide intelligence on the learning process itself. Coming back to Andy’s strategic inflection point theory, I think we have some questions raised now that may in part be asked to determine if this really is an inflection point at all that we, as providers of learning content and services, must recognize early on and adapt to. Only the paranoid survive. Power, vigor and competence of existing complementors. Power, vigor and competence of existing customers. Power, vigor and competence of existing suppliers. Predictability  .
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2007
    [Providers] Predictions for 2008
    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. Well, it is that time of the year when everyone would perhaps be reasonably interested in forecasting what the next year will bring. Here are my 2 cents: PLEs will be shareable – tools shall arrive on the web that shall allow entire learning experiences to be sliced and shared between users. This shall be followed by ratings on which PLE slices are great. Hopefully, all these will come true.
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2008
    [Providers] Social Learning Networks
    This is a really innovative solution that provides teachers the capability to teach online and host discussions among other things.  The traditional features of network build-up and collaboration are provided. The community rating provided is extremely powerful and structured. I stumbled across LearnHub , a social learning network that combines social networking, community ratings, learning and structured teaching. Teachers can create lessons, tests, courses and tutoring sessions. Any one can start or join multiple communities around their interest areas. elearning 2.0
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2008
    [Providers] Learning 2.0 formal methodologies?
    formats equally well, provided that: goals are set and agreed upon (as well how these will be achieved). We know that traditional training provides a one-go learning experience. The “simpler&# dimension is that teachers can be provided tools to generate collaborative learning activities (could be the capability to author learning games?). Jane Hart , in response to my comment on Manish’s blog post, was wondering what I meant by structured construction and tracking models for teaching-learning in a Learning 2.0 world. Thanks Jane, for forcing me to think harder!
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2008
    [Providers] Part 5: Learning 2.0 Formal Methodologies
    If a rating needs to be provided for a particular piece of content or even interaction, then the community can engage in peer reviews. Discussion Thread: This post << Part 4 << Part 3 << Part 2 << Part 1. Also a contribution to the May Working/Learning blog carnival hosted by Rupa Rajagopalan ). In the last few posts, I have tried to identify what I think are the pillars of the learning process/experience and tried to establish that they remain valid in both traditional and 2.0 contexts. the way we can in traditional learning. style. Network organization.
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2008
    [Providers] Groups and Networks: 2.0 Formal methodologies
    If we look at Bruce Tuckman’s five stage model, it has: Forming – similar to the polite stage in terms of making acquantances and assessing the other members and their abilities, but includes context setting and motivation with a lot of direction being provided by the team leadership. In the last post, I looked at some of the basic components that any formal methodology for Learning 2.0 shall need to address. These are Network organization, Group organization, Content, Measurement and Tracking and Collaboration. Groups require unity, networks require diversity. construct.
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2008
    [Providers] 2.0 Learning Formations
    These groups leverage the power of networks to achieve their growth and the context of a focused community to provide learning for their members. In my last post, I talked about networks and groups and discussed how groups make for more meaning for Learning 2.0 than simply the concept of networks. As we look at the way Learning 2.0 styles possibly function in a network, it would be helpful to think of ad hoc formations that are forming and adjourning continuously; sometimes morphing into other ad hoc formations of different shapes and sizes. Nothing is evanescent and yet everything is.
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2008
    [Providers] The new age of innovation
    The service model is simple – provide guarantees, support and services on the usage of the tires (say in a fleet management scenario) rather than transactionally on just the tire. TutorVista provides its customers with the ability to choose what they want to learn, when they want to learn and for what duration they need tutoring. The book by the same name written by C.K. Prahalad and M.S. Krishnan has much to offer us in the learning industry. Rather, a new order is emerging that conforms to global standards yet is locally responsive. This is what they call N=1. manner.
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2008
    [Providers] Communities of Practice, Learning as a social system (Wenger, 1998)
    While drawing out the importance of CoPs in an organization, Wenger provides a blueprint for some of the roles that can exist internal leadership of the CoP, which he believes are key to its development. The inspirational leadership provided by thought leaders and recognized experts. The day-to-day leadership provided by those who organize activities. The classificatory leadership provided by those who collect and organize information in order to document practices. The interpersonal leadership provided by those who weave the community’s social fabric.
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2008
    [Providers] 20th ICCE Day 1
    One of the other interesting things they did was to ask students to actually build visualizations of their understanding of the topic prior to showing them the animation and then to redo them after they saw the animation and this also provided clues to the effectiveness of visualization as a tool. I am at the 20 th ICCE at Mauritius and am getting a chance to interact with Chemistry educators and researchers from all over the world on their thoughts and approaches to using ICT in Science education. very interesting and interactive session by Prof. and “Why does it occur?&#.
  • VIPLAV BAXI MEANDERINGS  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2008
    [Providers] X.Os in Learning and Technology
    As bandwidth improved, video conferencing evolved to provide immersive situations for collaboration and communication. Blogs provide, for example, a channel through which anyone could share content with the global community. Correspondingly, it provides tools to search and source knowledge from millions of different sources. Web services now provide the glue through which these can happen. Examples include some ongoing research on wearable headsets that provide the power of your PC, social network and the internet wherever you go. The “X” in “X.O” The X in X.O
  • CLO MAGAZINE  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011
    [Providers] Establish a Governing Board!
    They also can provide invaluable guidance and advice in a number of other areas. The group typically would meet several hours per quarter to review progress against goals, review initiatives, prioritize work and resolve conflicts, and provide input and approval for the business plan for learning. This group might help determine the deployment schedule, provide feedback on existing programs, and provide input to the prioritization and planning process. This group would help deploy programs from corporate and provide feedback and ideas to corporate L&D.
  • SIMPLIFY ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011
    [Providers] How Do You Handle a Star? – Provocative Learning Vignette 2
    Vignettes provide exciting stimuli during classroom training, eLearning activities and in social learning communities. This week’s vignette , The Star, is a story of John who is a star performer, but who causes problems as he repeatedly refuses to cooperate with his team members. How do you deal with a person like John? If he was your team member, how will you handle the situation? How prepared will you be to handle John’s possible adverse reaction? How will you resolve this conflict if you were Terry – John’s superior? How to Use the Vignette. Click here to preview “The Star”.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011
    [Providers] SHRM 2011 Impression #3: Rewards & Recognition Hot, But More Clarity Needed on How To Use Them Effectively
    Further, many of the recognition solution providers offer tiered recognition solutions (thank you cards for day-to-day activities, points that are applied to items someone can purchase for more substantial recognition) that can help address this concern. The third and final trend I noticed at SHRM 2011 was the popularity of – yet lack of clarity about – rewards and recognition. There is clearly demand around the topic. met with or saw over twenty vendors in this space and the conference offered several sessions on the subject. The two most common were: 1). Stacia
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011
    [Providers] Connecting the Dots -- Not a Game for Kids
    For example, the LD process provides development activity data for succession planning purposes. The Fifth Best Practice of Leadership Development (LD): Integrate LD With Other Talent Processes. Through my recent blog posts, we’ve been discussing the best practices of leadership development. Today, we are ready to review the fifth (of six) best practice: integrate leadership development with other talent processes. This result replicated Pepperdine’s earlier 2000 study as well. How Are Companies Integrating Leadership Development With Other Talent Processes? Where To Start?
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011
    [Providers] Why Social Talent Management Technologies Matter
    Before we jump to the conclusion that these managers just need more training (though that may be part of the solution), let's ask a fundamental question: do managers always have to be the ones providing coaching, feedback and development support? Historically, employees have relied on others in their network to supplement what managers cannot provide. Some technology solutions enable peer-to-peer feedback, which immediately reinforces positive behavior (we mentioned some of these solution providers in this blog and this blog ; some other providers. Stacia
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011
    [Providers] Designing Development to Impact Business Results
    When developing others, executive engagement (the first best practice) is critical in crafting the leadership strategy and leadership development strategy, in promoting learning across the organization, in defining the content ensuring its alignment with critical business goals, in imparting critical messages to the leader participants, in ensuring that the organization has the resources necessary to support the development activities, and in embracing an organizational culture that values individual leader growth and organizational capability by providing targeted development opportunities.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011
    [Providers] mLearnCon 2011
    We also talked about m-learning approaches and various solution providers of content, “apps,” development tools, tracking & distribution, and collaboration. I have several blog posts backed up like planes in the queue on the tarmac at O’Hare International. The first, while it is relatively fresh in my mind, is a review of mLearnCon, the eLearning Guild’s Mobile Learning Conference which took place a few weeks ago in San Jose. was grateful for the opportunity to speak at the conference on the topic of mLearning readiness. learning through Bees. Thanks David
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011
    [Providers] SuccessFactors Q2 2011 Earnings - Plateau Moves to SaaS Focus
    company like SuccessFactors, with around a $300 Million run-rate business now, can add new products to its sales and platform and most customers are happy to buy more and more software from a single provider. " While this market is enormously big and diverse (the mid-market and small business market is still very immature), it has evolved beyond the point of point solutions and it is very much in the interest of companies like SFSF to convince buyers that a single end-to-end solution provider is the safest choice. Now a few comments about the Plateau Acquisition.
  • EASYGENERATOR  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2011
    [Providers] Easygenerator is coming to the USA
    We will open office in Boston (within a month or two), from there we will coordinate US business development and provide services and support. We are moving forwards with easygenerator and the next step will be that we will enter the US market. After our 7.4 release (July first) we are convinced that we now have a very competitive authoring platform that can take on any other authoring tool. We expect the office to open in October or November. We have hired our first dedicated US sales person. We are finishing all the paperwork right now, but we hope to introduce him within a few weeks.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011
    [Providers] Towards Maturity extends deadline of popular learning technologies benchmark study
    In addition to providing an opportunity to review existing implementation practices, the study goes on to investigate how organisations are using new media in order to indentify emerging good practices. About Towards Maturity Toward Maturity’s not for profit benchmark practice provides independent expert advice and support in using learning innovation to accelerate business performance. Over 400 organisations have already taken part and feedback on the study has been astounding. y.org.
  • ENSPIRE LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011
    [Providers] The Art, Science, and Practice of Coaching – Part 3
    Therefore, the Practice of Coaching centers on effective listening and providing clear and positive feedback in order to elicit that awareness. Kate has significant experience in the high tech industry providing services in leadership development, change management, corporate training, executive coaching and career management execution. Kate McLagan continues her discussion of “The Art, Science, and Practice of Coaching.&# Read Part 1: The Art of Coaching and Part 2: The Science of Coaching. The Practice of Coaching. And, as we know, awareness empowers us! Delegating.
  • MANAGING ELEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011
    [Providers] USDLA – Advocating the Growth of Distance Learning
    have found that their goals are similarly aligned with my own: we both seek to provide leadership for the advocating of distance learning, [.]. This week I wanted to take a look at the United States Distance Learning Association and their upcoming 5th Annual Conference that is scheduled for May 1st-4th in St. Louis, Missouri. eLearning elearning
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011
    [Providers] Do you remember when it was called personnel?
    Along the way, I invite you to provide feedback, suggestions and ideas on other areas you want us to talk about, research and investigate. No other statement I made at our Impact 2011 conference in April seemed to have touched as many people as that one. In the hours and days following my presentation, that simple aside turned into the one that opened the doors to conversations with a lot of “non-recruiting” people. have spent more than a decade in HR and Recruitment. I’ve also realized that there is more to talk about than I could even imagine!
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011
    [Providers] Taleo Acquires JobPartners - European Expansion a Priority
    Today Taleo announced the acquisition of JobPartners, a small European provider of talent management software, for $38M in cash. JobPartners is a small (~100 employees, around $15M-17M in revenues) but well established talent management software provider which has built an end-to-end talent management system primarily focused on the large enterprise market. The company has 68 enterprise customers and a development center in Krakow and support center in Edinburgh. This acquisition shows how important the European talent management market has become.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011
    [Providers] A Call to Action: Performance Management in June
    Simpler things, such as providing managers with self-service tools on how to engage in effective coaching conversations or the addition of a small section on “manager as coach” into an existing manager training, are good first steps. Instead, identify if there are ways to provide managers and employees with more resources to enable better development planning. It is easy to forget about performance management in June. Appraisals are at long last done. Compensation adjustments have finally taken place. You deserve a rest. Source: Bersin & Associates, 2011. Stacia.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2011
    [Providers] Monster.com Launches BeKnown: Professional Social Networking for Facebook
    The system is well designed, easy to use, and provides value in many new ways. Today Monster.com dropped the gauntlet and launched BeKnown , a new Facebook application that hopes to become the professional social network for Facebook users, and a vital new tool for recruiters, human resources, and talent acquisition teams. In this blog post we will explain this market and preview some of the exciting features in this important new offering. Facebook vs. LinkedIn for Professional Social Networking. They even publish their location. The Use of Social Networks for Corporate Recruiting.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011
    [Providers] SHRM 2011 Impression #1: Most Organizations Unclear on How To Manage Technology Implications
    Over the next few blog entries, I will deviate from my standard approach of providing new data and thoughts on performance management. Very few organizations provide training on how to communicate effectively, work productively in a remote environment, and remain engaged with their work. One of the key messages from SHRM at this year’s conference is the importance of creating workplace flexibility. After attending the conference, I’m convinced that this is just one part of the picture. Impression #1: Lack of Clarity on How to Manage Technology Implications. Stacia
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011
    [Providers] Yes, HR Really Does Make A Difference – HR Factbook Research Proves Business Value
    am particularly proud of this research, because not only does it provide valuable benchmarking information for any HR manager, it also clearly proves the value of HR to business. This week we published the first ever HR Factbook® , a comprehensive benchmarking study which summarizes almost two years of research into the spending, resource allocation, and staffing levels of corporate Human Resources. You can download the executive summary at no charge.). General Findings. in 2011 over 2010. Only 1/3 of this money goes toward what we would call "strategic services" (ie.
  • EASYGENERATOR  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011
    [Providers] Is Google Analytics the new LMS (repost)
    You can also provide a powerful search function for your content using Google Site Search ([link] Just embed a custom Search field to your website (or, using EasyGenerator, even to the master page template) and your visitors can freely search through your content. Do you want to gain access to a powerful reporting engine? Do you not want to pay for expensive software licenses? Do you not want to hire an administrator? Do you want your content to be indexed and searchable? Let me Google that for you! Did we just kill the future of Learn Management Systems?
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2006
    [Providers] What's the use of 'blogs?
    It provides you with a permanent and retrievable record of your development in the area discussed - unlike that scrap of paper or dusty old course manual on the shelf Another one that the learning press fêtes as the "future of learning" is the blog. So what use are these trumped up diaries other than an outlet for egotists , wannabe columnists and the obnoxiously opinionated ? Well, as with most other "new ways of learning", they function pretty much as previous types. In this case, the CPD/learning log. In a previous incarnation I was a classroom trainer for a government department.
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2006
    [Providers] When theories collide
    I received training today in the development tool provided by one of the market leaders to its customers for the purpose of customizing its off-the-shelf product. Before we travelled to the distant office for our day's classroom training, we sat through about three hours of fairly dull on-line click thru "learning" and read a couple of PDFs we were sent. The courseware made a great deal of the instructional design principles that are this companies backbone, and reason for its position. For all the theory, it basically failed to interest the learner. Whenever that may be.
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2008
    [Providers] When PowerPoint is wrong.
    Simply because it is established doesn' mean it always has to be this way, but as Tufte forcefully argues, they are far more suited than a slideshow to the large quantities of evidence that scientific enquiry demands be provided (after all, peer-review can't happen without it). Last week I spied, tucked on a shelf following a recent office shuffle, a copy of The Cognitive style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within , by Edward Tufte - a critique of Microsoft's infamous presentation app as an effective method of communication. It actually makes for pretty shocking reading.
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2009
    [Providers] Why I do what I do
    If we are lucky our jobs provide us with the reason, means and opportunity to learn. Learning rocks. Let me say that again. Learning new things rocks. It's a buzz. Learning gives me a thrill. When I learn something new I feel good. It doesn't matter if that is an immediate and interesting fact that won't materially change my life*, or the slow dawning that things I have read weeks or months ago are coming together in my head to be synthesized in to a powerful new understanding that I know will make my personal or professional lives easier, more productive or just plain better. might be.
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010
    [Providers] Formality, just go away and die won't you?
    For me, this is the role of the future learning department - as tour guides to improvement who can set people off on their own journeys, or create appealing advertisements for why someone might want to improve and either provide them their own itinerary or if necessary the whole package deal to take the effort out. Entirely free learning will never suit all portion of a community, so tools that help provide access to quality, relevant information that their peers produce. How informal a learning experience is seems to matter a great deal to many people. absolutely disagree.
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010
    [Providers] How much "design" for the instructional designer?
    Does my attempt to be helpful in providing ideas actually have the counter-productive result of hemming in the thought processes of the developers? When it comes to the instructional design in the context of traditional elearning development, how much of the concept design should the ID be suggesting, or to put it another way, how much of the visual design should be left entirely to the graphic designers and developers? I'm always as pains to make clear that these are ideas to try to get across a concept. So what am I doing wrong? ID flash appeals elearning
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010
    [Providers] Bandwidth issues - why they're a problem
    features, the temptation to load up on widgets to provide the rich opportunities for social interaction that learners may be looking for is a risk. As ever, a brilliant article on website usability from Nielsen that has ramifications for elearning. In the post simply entitled Website Response Times Jakob Nielsen points out that although increased bandwidth has largely eliminated the old drag of image sizes, responses times should still be given thought in the design of websites in the era of ubiquitous broadband. With LMSs, especially those adopting more "web 2.0"
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010
    [Providers] Verifiable CPD? Really? What do you mean?
    ICPAC requires you to provide a summary of this activity each year. Verifiable CPD Verifiable CPD is activity where you can provide evidence that the learning was relevant to your current or future career needs, and you can prove that it took place. Now, when I learnt about CPD way back in the day I got the sense that it should be an intrinsic thing - something that I recorded and to some extent defined. CPD could come from anything - reflections on activity; useful blog discussions I had been part of, books read, talks attended, and of course training courses.
  • LEARNING ROCKS  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010
    [Providers] Help wanted - virtualize me!
    In short, we are looking for a student management information system for short course providers, with all the trimmings. Due to an unfortunate confluence of events it looks like I won't be able to make it to WOLCE this year. Fact is, I wasn't intending to go. was a little disappointed by it last year, and now that Learning Technologies has Learning & Skills to run alongside, I really couldn't see the point in going. Not to say that it is bad, only for my needs right now, WOLCE isn't really right. or @danroddy on Twitter. The emphasis has to be on supporting face-to-face training.
  • GRAM CONSULTING  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011
    [Providers] 8 Ways to Improve the Strategic Value of Custom Learning
    About half of the formal training provided in organizations is custom developed (the other half are packaged “off-the-shelf” programs). Yet organizations often don’t get the strategic bang for their custom learning buck.  Training organizations continue to respond to requests that disconnected form company strategy.  We are getting good at producing a more training in shorter time periods (rapid!) but not necessarily better training, and we are using technology to reinforce these patterns, not break free from them. Feel free to join us (it’s free).  Click here to register.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2011
    [Providers] Towards Maturity 2011 Benchmark Study launched today
    Uniquely among research-based organisations in this space, Towards Maturity leverages the wealth of data provided by its ongoing Benchmark Study – an internationally recognised, vendor neutral, longitudinal review based on the input of over 1200 organisations and 3000 learners since 2003. The Towards Maturity 2011 Benchmark Study now provides three simple steps to help organisations use those findings to improve their own results. Participation is free of charge. www.towardsmaturity.org/supporters Press contact: Giovanna Puma email: giovanna@towardsmaturity.org
  • LEARNING DEVELOPMENTS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008
    [Providers] Bang! And the blog is off and running!
    I'm starting this blog for the following reasons: To learn by teaching To get feedback on topics of interest To discover ways in which blogs can be used for eLearning (especially in the work place) To get experience with writing To provide an additional avenue for networking with others in the eLearning field I had previously developed a personal blog which was mainly about my kids and accomplishments in life. My intended audience was family and friends. I maintained that pretty well until Facebook emerged and became a much better tool for managing relationships and friends.
  • LEARNING DEVELOPMENTS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008
    [Providers] The Perfect Task List
    The organization I work for provides a work productivity tool that contains e-mail, calendar, database, and task list functionality. Note that I've been using many of David Allen's principles but his principle of combining work and personal lists is not something I'm ready to do)  I like the tagging scheme RTM provides and it has a lot of good features like due dates, repeats, and notes. I hope you didn't read the title of this post and hoped that I had found the end all perfect task management tool. I've had no luck in that department yet. There is no good tagging scheme.
  • LEARNING DEVELOPMENTS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009
    [Providers] eLearn Authoring Round-Up
    However, Lectora provides a bit more flexibility for customizing that Captivate. SoftChalk , www.softchalk.com Easy to use Works like Microsoft Word Provides an good organizational structure for courses Content is easy to add and includes multimedia, flash, and questions QuizPopper, TextPopper, and Activities are easy to add Exports to HTML and is SCORM compliant Articulate , www.articulate.com. As my organization selects an LMS and gears up for web based training, I've been looking at a variety of authoring tools for online training. Such a tool does not exist yet.
  • LEARNING DEVELOPMENTS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [Providers] Authoring Tool Quandary
    like Lectora because it seems designed for advanced eLearning by providing a structure for tracking variables and actions on objects. I've spent some time over the last couple of months researching authoring tools that fit eLearning development needs. whittled the list down to a few core tools. like Articulate because of its ease of use and integration with PowerPoint. think more people will be able to participate in the authoring process by using a tool like Articulate. Nice job Articulate. There are advantages and disadvantages to that. Still, a very pragmatic choice. Great product.
  • LEARNING DEVELOPMENTS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2009
    [Providers] Joining the Revolution in November
    My contract with my current mobile phone provider ends in November and now I'm having trouble waiting to upgrade to the iPhone. When I renewed my contract with my current provider I was hoping they would come out with a competitive product but it never materialized. And my current provider seems to be more concerned with restricting services and monetizing them than in actually providing me a great product and service.meh. I've finally decided to commit my dollars to the mobile revolution. Oh, a new Blackberry device.meh. So, back to the iPhone. I'm digressing again.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011
    [Providers] Pushing the Acceleration Pedal on Business Results.
    To connect these dots, develop a leadership competency model that provides a coherent, unifying framework for the leadership behaviors that support your organization’s values and business strategy. ?. Have you had an alignment recently? You know, between your business and leadership development strategies? In the wake of a worldwide financial meltdown and subsequent reductions to leadership ranks in many organizations across the globe, companies’ top leaders are more concerned than ever about keeping and growing their remaining best talent. Until next time&hellip
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011
    [Providers] Pushing the Acceleration Pedal on Business Results -- Have You Had an Alignment Recently?
    To connect these dots, develop a leadership competency model that provides a coherent, unifying framework for the leadership behaviors that support your organization’s values and business strategy. you know, between your business and leadership development strategies? In the wake of a worldwide financial meltdown and subsequent reductions to leadership ranks in many organizations across the globe, companies’ top leaders are more concerned than ever about keeping and growing their remaining best talent. 4-Step Roadmap to an Effective Leadership Development Strategy.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011
    [Providers] learndirect partners with Towards Maturity to encourage effective e-learning practices
    The international recognised Benchmark Study provides all participating organisations with individual feedback on key performance indicators such as efficiency and time to competency. Notes to Editors About Towards Maturity Toward Maturity’s not for profit benchmark practice provides independent expert advice and support in using learning innovation to accelerate business performance. Towards Maturity Ambassadors are industry thought leaders who support the Towards Maturity Benchmark Study in order to ensure that independent research is freely available to all.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011
    [Providers] Executive Engagement in Leadership Development – What’s The Big Deal About The “Big Cheese”?
    During our annual IMPACT conference last week, I shared highlights of this year’s research results on high-impact leadership development and the 21st century leadership trends. As we discussed in our intimate group of 100+ global senior HR/LD/OD/Talent/Business executives, our leadership talent is becoming scarcer and developing global leaders from within is becoming increasingly important. Maintain strong executive engagement; 2. Define tailored leadership competencies; 3. Align with business strategy; 4. Target all levels of leadership; 5. Integrate with talent management; and, 6.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011
    [Providers] Developing HR! A Battle Cry at Bersin & Associates Impact Conference
    Personally, I always get energized by these events, especially when I have the opportunity to participate in real-time conversations with the amazing people who make up the leaders, practitioners, solution providers, media market, and researchers of the HR industry. The networking events were lively and provided an opportunity for informal connections that hopefully everyone found positive. One of our international solution providers commented that this was the first conference they had heard the term Chief HR Officer used so often. Sarah St. HR measurement and metrics.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011
    [Providers] Stepstone Becomes Lumesse – Focus On People Not Software
    Today Stepstone Solutions, one of the largest providers of talent management software solutions, changed their company name to Lumesse. While everyone has their own opinions of naming and branding strategies, I personally believe that this is a very valuable move. Stepstone, a company with more than 1,700 licensed customers, is a large global software company. The company spun off from Stepstone ASA (one of Europe's largest job board networks) last year, and then acquired the recruiting software firm Mr Ted. What's in a name?
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011
    [Providers] Talent Management Software: The Category Takes Hold
    This last few weeks has been a season of meetings with talent management software providers. And you, as a buyer of these systems, should now shift your attention toward a small number of providers that can deliver an end-to-end talent management system. As we work to complete our 2011 Talent Management Systems research (which should be published in June), I want to mention an important trend which seems to have radically changed this market: redefining the category itself. Around 2005, companies like Authoria and Softscape started the wave toward integrated suites.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011
    [Providers] Define Tailored Leadership Competencies – And the Seamstress Needs to Know the Business Goals That Are In Style In Your Organization This 21st Century
    Competencies provide directional guidance to executives who are looking for signposts that explain what they are expected to do. So last time we talked about the critical importance of your executives staying engaged in order to effect leadership development that drives business impact at your organizations. Even the big dogs can't effectively engage without a business-driven set of leadership competencies around which they are driving leadership development program content and holding leaders accountable for performance. Maintain strong executive engagement; 2. High-Impact 21 st.
  • SHAREPOINT AND ASSESSMENT  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2011
    [Providers] Pass a name from SharePoint 2010 to an assessment program using.
    Many SharePoint users will use Windows Authentication or a custom webpart, but this route could provide an alternate route to provide simple pass through of participant name through to low stakes assessments, and I hope it’s helpful. SharePoint 2010 has a Client Object Model which allows much more sophisticated JavaScript programming, and here is the JavaScript to do this in SharePoint 2010. Thanks to Mike Smith of techtrainingnotes.blogspot.com for putting me on the right track to find this.) And upload it to your SharePoint site and reference it from a CEWP.
  • SOCIAL LEARNING BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010
    [Providers] Training vs. Learning and the Role of Mobile Devices | Social.
    John states: “We’re committed to providing flexible, accessible, and customized learning opportunities.  Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Training vs. Learning and the Role of Mobile Devices by Paul on November 24, 2010 in mobile learning , social learning In an article she wrote for Training Magazine in June 2009 called Best Buy’s New Role , Terah Shelton explores Best Buy’s then-new Results-Oriented Learning Environment (ROLE).  Going forward, our retail associates can learn where, when and how they choose.”
  • SOCIAL LEARNING BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010
    [Providers] Training vs. Learning and the Role of Mobile Devices
    John states: “We’re committed to providing flexible, accessible, and customized learning opportunities.  Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Training vs. Learning and the Role of Mobile Devices by Paul on November 24, 2010 in mobile learning , social learning In an article she wrote for Training Magazine in June 2009 called Best Buy’s New Role , Terah Shelton explores Best Buy’s then-new Results-Oriented Learning Environment (ROLE).  Going forward, our retail associates can learn where, when and how they choose.”
  • SOCIAL LEARNING BLOG  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010
    [Providers] Jeffrey Gitomer's Reciprocation: The Old Give and Take…and Take.
    The rule requires that one person try to repay, in kind, what another person has provided.  Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Jeffrey Gitomer’s Reciprocation: The Old Give and Take…and Take by Paul on December 10, 2010 in sales Pay every debt as if God wrote the bill. Ralph Waldo Emerson Last week I attended Jeffrey Gitomer’s sales seminar here in Minneapolis.  Attitude.  I had never heard Jeffrey speak before, but after reading a couple of his books, I had fairly high expectations going into the seminar. 
  • SOCIAL LEARNING BLOG  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010
    [Providers] Jeffrey Gitomer's Reciprocation: The Old Give and Take…and Take
    The rule requires that one person try to repay, in kind, what another person has provided.  Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Jeffrey Gitomer’s Reciprocation: The Old Give and Take…and Take by Paul on December 10, 2010 in sales Pay every debt as if God wrote the bill. Ralph Waldo Emerson Last week I attended Jeffrey Gitomer’s sales seminar here in Minneapolis.  Attitude.  I had never heard Jeffrey speak before, but after reading a couple of his books, I had fairly high expectations going into the seminar. 
  • SOCIAL LEARNING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2010
    [Providers] Hey, That's Social Learning!
    The band director provides a safe environment and plenty of opportunities. Here are a few of the reasons why: Social learning – Provides opportunities to focus on interests and passions Has an innate expectation of continuous improvement Encourages healthy competition and – amazingly, at the same time – encourages peer mentoring One of my resolutions for the New Year is to be more like the band director – provide amazing opportunities and step off the stage. The concert featured six chamber ensembles, five of which were self-directed. These kids really get social learning!
  • SOCIAL LEARNING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2010
    [Providers] Hey, That's Social Learning! | Social Learning Blog
    The band director provides a safe environment and plenty of opportunities. Here are a few of the reasons why: Social learning – Provides opportunities to focus on interests and passions Has an innate expectation of continuous improvement Encourages healthy competition and – amazingly, at the same time – encourages peer mentoring One of my resolutions for the New Year is to be more like the band director – provide amazing opportunities and step off the stage. The concert featured six chamber ensembles, five of which were self-directed. These kids really get social learning!
  • SOCIAL LEARNING BLOG  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010
    [Providers] The Temporary Staffing Revolution | Social Learning Blog
    Because of the vast range of services we provide as a management consulting firm, we’re something different to every client.  Many consulting firms in our industry become too niche and lose out on work they can easily provide but do a poor job of marketing.  Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS The Temporary Staffing Revolution by Paul on December 28, 2010 in Temporary staffing A few weeks ago, I grabbed coffee with a long-time family friend that happens to be a training developer.  Depends on the client. 
  • SOCIAL LEARNING BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011
    [Providers] My Favorite Things: Tools and Tips to Facilitate Content Development
    Gliffy is an online flow charting tool that provides a cost effective way to create and publish high-quality flow charts and diagrams.  It provides free collaboration tools and automatic revision tracking that make sharing your work a snap.  I’m also pleased with the variety of publishing options the tool provides. My only minor complaint about Gliffy is the somewhat limited print options it provides. It is my intention to share some of my favorites with you over the coming year. It’s OK, I know you are out there. It has a ton of great features. Great!  At
  • SOCIAL LEARNING BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011
    [Providers] My Favorite Things: Tools and Tips to Facilitate Content.
    Gliffy is an online flow charting tool that provides a cost effective way to create and publish high-quality flow charts and diagrams.  It provides free collaboration tools and automatic revision tracking that make sharing your work a snap.  I’m also pleased with the variety of publishing options the tool provides. My only minor complaint about Gliffy is the somewhat limited print options it provides. It is my intention to share some of my favorites with you over the coming year. It’s OK, I know you are out there. It has a ton of great features. Great!  At
  • SOCIAL LEARNING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011
    [Providers] Who's Going to Build the Social Learning Roads?
    Academia needs a coherent learning theory, or set of theories, that provides guidance for building the road system so the cars can operate.  Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Who’s Building the Social Learning Roads? by Paul on April 20, 2011 in Classroom Learning , Informal Learning , social learning Over the last few months I’ve discussed with my brother, a professor at Bethel University here in Minneapolis, how to incorporate social media into his classes.  But, in the end, they’re just ideas. Blog this!
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2004
    [Providers] Fahrenheit 9/11 -- Kicking up the mercury
    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  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] A diverse food chain
    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  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2007
    [Providers] The Locus of Control
    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  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2007
    [Providers] Barbecue Nation
    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  |  TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2008
    [Providers] How real is a training simulation?
    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  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2008
    [Providers] Articulate - A quick, lean, rapid elearning content creator
    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  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2008
    [Providers] Inclusivity vs Equality
    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  |  FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008
    [Providers] Teacher Training - my beliefs
    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  |  SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2008
    [Providers] Support Functions - Careers in a growing organisation
    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  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2008
    [Providers] Entertainment in Training
    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  |  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2008
    [Providers] Getting feedback from your learners
    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  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2008
    [Providers] Top 6 things to do in Thailand
    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  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008
    [Providers] Sketching your pictures
    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. photography image editing photographs
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009
    [Providers] Aiding Student Recall through Interim Reviews
    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  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
    [Providers] The history of hierarchy
    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  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2009
    [Providers] Using Whitespace and avoiding Logo-fication
    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  |  MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009
    [Providers] The "What" and "If" of Feedback
    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  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2009
    [Providers] The craziness of Indian Politics
    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  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2009
    [Providers] Microsoft Illustration Styles for a Consistent look and feel in your document/ presentation
    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  |  MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009
    [Providers] Screencasting - A simple way to create bite-sized learning
    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  |  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009
    [Providers] ThoughtWorks Offshore Portal goes Live!
    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. agile lean thoughtworks
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009
    [Providers] Career Growth in "Flat" Organisations
    In my opinion, flatness means the following things: 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 months back, I wrote an article about hierarchy. Goodbye Career Bands.
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