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  • OPENSESAME  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014
    [Providers] Effective Training Visuals—Reduce Realism
    As we did in the two previous posts, we’re going to provide visual examples of guidelines drawn from the book Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics that People Understand by Connie Malamed. This is the third in a series of blog posts intended to help you evaluate elearning courses by considering the effectiveness of the visuals they include. The first in the series was about organizing elements within a visual to ease perception. The second was about directing the eyes of the viewer to key parts of the visual. Reducing Realism in Training Visuals. Using Icons.
  • YOUR TRAINING EDGE  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013
    [Providers] New MOOC Environments: Distributed Open Collaborative Courses
    These new models can also provide solutions for businesses looking for new ways to deliver more efficient and more effective training. How can we leverage the power of MOOCs and technology while at the same time providing meaningful training to individuals? Using the DOCC format, corporate trainers can benefit from all of the advantages of MOOCs , such as cost savings, accessibility, and analytics, while still providing trainings appropriate for the needs of different learners. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have lately been moving in different directions.
  • WEB COURSEWORKS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010
    [Providers] Managing Moodle for Association Members at ASAE Technology Conference
    The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Association Forum of Chicagoland provide opportunities to reach the over one million associations operating nationwide. After over seven years of speaking at eLearning and training conferences, I decided to concentrate my session speaking at conferences dedicated to a specific population. At the upcoming ASAE Technology Conference being held in Washington DC on February 11 th -12 th , I will be sharing my knowledge on the open source learning management (and content management) system called Moodle.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011
    [Providers] Amazon gives its future a black eye
    More than any other company, Amazon is a “cloud provider&#. I spent the first 6 years of my life in a small town near Ciudad Cuauhtémoc. The region consisted of hundreds of small villages (50-100 residents in each) and was agriculturally-based, but it wasn’t a very advanced economy. Each farm was largely a self-contained unit of skills. farmer was a generalist and needed to know how to farm, fix machinery, raise livestock, dry grains, build and repair buildings, etc. If you wanted chicken for supper, you didn’t go to a grocery store.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011
    [Providers] Strata Conference: a few reflections on Day 1
    Hilary Mason and Drew Conway provided a great overview of how to extract and visualize email data (slides and code included in the github link). I was less interested in the technical details of the process…and more interested in simplicity of the process and the functionality of open source tools used in performing the analysis. I’m at the Strata Conference this week. It’s the first conference I’ve intended in years where I don’t have to speak or do anything except listen and learn. scipy, numpy), R). Overall, a great session!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Quality in e-Learning from a Learner's Perspective
    It is important to acknowledge that quality of a learning process is not something that is delivered to a learner by an e-learning provider but rather constitutes a process of co-production between the learner and the learning-environment. Everyone involved in education (lecturers, learners, LMS providers, software developer, etc.) Link to article (By Ulf-D. Ehlers. Best Paper Award at the Third EDEN Research Workshop 2004, Oldenburg, Germany) ".In In the discussion about the best strategy for e-learning it becomes more an more clear that e-learning has to be based on the learner.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007
    [Providers] Lessons Learned from Students? use of an Online Learning Environment
    Although the students appreciated the activities provided, they stated that they would have preferred more of them, and more interactivity within them. It is also key to provide students with explicit instructions on how to study effectively using the online learning environment and the activities within it." Link to article (by N. Beasley) "This article highlights the lessons learned from recent research into the use made of an online learning environment by workplace-based students. Interesting article! There are several interesting lessons to be learned here.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Effective corporate IT training: Bursting the e-learning bubble
    For any IT training participant to achieve true competency and confidence in the skills they are learning, they must take part in a program that provides extensive, hands-on lab exercises where they can practice and hone their newly-developed skills, enabling them to put these skills to immediate use upon return to the workplace. Until the day arrives that e-learning provides an equally rich, personally-interactive experience, the ability to gain true competence in IT training will remain firmly entrenched in the classroom.". learning
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Visions 2020: Transforming Education and Training. (WOW)
    Wide range of contributors from George Lucas Educational Foundation, Harvard, UC Berkeley, HP Labs, Maxis, and an introduction by Bill Gates." "The way we (USA) organize schools and provide instruction is essentially the same as it was when our Founding Fathers went to school. The technologies that are coming could create compelling learning opportunities that help students of all ages reach their potential through individualized learning and progression, provide knowledge and training when and where they are needed, while boosting the productivity of learning and lowering its cost."
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2007
    [Providers] A Comparative Analysis with Traditional and Fully Online Graduate Courses
    Evidence is provided to suggest that blended courses produce a stronger sense of community among students than either traditional or fully online courses. 1997) vision of a learning college as a place where learning comes first and educational experiences are provided for learners anyway, anyplace, and anytime. Link to research paper (By Alfred P. Rovai & Hope M. Jordan) "(Abstract) Blended learning is a hybrid of classroom and online learning that includes some of the conveniences of online courses without the complete loss of face-to-face contact. Rather, ?[s]tudents Banion?s
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Quality in e-Learning from a Learner's Perspective
    It is important to acknowledge that quality of a learning process is not something that is delivered to a learner by an e-learning provider but rather constitutes a process of co-production between the learner and the learning-environment. Everyone involved in education (lecturers, learners, LMS providers, software developer, etc.) Link to article (By Ulf-D. Ehlers. Best Paper Award at the Third EDEN Research Workshop 2004, Oldenburg, Germany) ".In In the discussion about the best strategy for e-learning it becomes more an more clear that e-learning has to be based on the learner.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007
    [Providers] Lessons Learned from Students? use of an Online Learning Environment
    Although the students appreciated the activities provided, they stated that they would have preferred more of them, and more interactivity within them. It is also key to provide students with explicit instructions on how to study effectively using the online learning environment and the activities within it." Link to article (by N. Beasley) "This article highlights the lessons learned from recent research into the use made of an online learning environment by workplace-based students. Interesting article! There are several interesting lessons to be learned here.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Effective corporate IT training: Bursting the e-learning bubble
    For any IT training participant to achieve true competency and confidence in the skills they are learning, they must take part in a program that provides extensive, hands-on lab exercises where they can practice and hone their newly-developed skills, enabling them to put these skills to immediate use upon return to the workplace. Until the day arrives that e-learning provides an equally rich, personally-interactive experience, the ability to gain true competence in IT training will remain firmly entrenched in the classroom.".
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Providers] Visions 2020: Transforming Education and Training. (WOW)
    Wide range of contributors from George Lucas Educational Foundation, Harvard, UC Berkeley, HP Labs, Maxis, and an introduction by Bill Gates." "The way we (USA) organize schools and provide instruction is essentially the same as it was when our Founding Fathers went to school. The technologies that are coming could create compelling learning opportunities that help students of all ages reach their potential through individualized learning and progression, provide knowledge and training when and where they are needed, while boosting the productivity of learning and lowering its cost."
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2007
    [Providers] A Comparative Analysis with Traditional and Fully Online Graduate Courses
    Evidence is provided to suggest that blended courses produce a stronger sense of community among students than either traditional or fully online courses. 1997) vision of a learning college as a place where learning comes first and educational experiences are provided for learners anyway, anyplace, and anytime. Link to research paper (By Alfred P. Rovai & Hope M. Jordan) "(Abstract) Blended learning is a hybrid of classroom and online learning that includes some of the conveniences of online courses without the complete loss of face-to-face contact. Rather, ?[s]tudents Banion?s
  • GRAM CONSULTING  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2009
    [Providers] 10 Strategies for Integrating Learning and Work (part 4)
    Half the team discusses and issue while the other half watches and provides constructive feedback. This is the fourth post in the 10 Strategies for Integrating Learning and Work series&#. Organizational Learning Practices (Strategy #8) offers opportunities to build learning into day to day work.  The methods can help individuals, teams and entire organizations surface and understand predictable patterns of behaviour that lead to sub par performance and to adopt more positive patterns to improve personal and organizational effectiveness. 10 STRATEGIES FOR INTEGRATING LEARNING AND WORK. 1.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009
    [Providers] The Big Question: What did you learn about learning in 2009?
    Quite a lot actually. Or have we?
  • TAYLORING IT  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015
    [Providers] #ContentStrategy #MOOC Wk 5 – Social Community Engagement
    There was some advice provided as to how newbie Content Strategists can start out in their role. thought that this provided a great way for L&D teams that are trying to move beyond top down curation, to ‘user-generated’ curation, a way to encourage critical thinking and further develop their workforces digital literacy. (I particularly like the inclusion of the ‘develop 3 action items’ task.). In order to stop these weekly posts from becoming a ramble I am going to try and stick to the following headings. This weeks theme. Key takeaway(s).
  • COURSEWARE DEVELOPMENT  |  MONDAY, MAY 31, 2010
    [Providers] IT4ALL
    Today, IT4ALL Moodle provides free online workshops in professional development, formal and informal education, collaborative instruction and learning, and lifelong learning. The web hosting is an additional service IT4ALL provides for educators and organizations who wish to create courses using Moodle, Joomla, Forums, Blogs, and MediaWikis. The team at IT4ALL also provide specialized web hosting & installation of VLE, ongoing support and consultation on technology and pedagogy related subjects. OK, folks, enough with the gloom and doom already. Thanks, Nellie!
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010
    [Providers] Shades of green
    Since those values provide the context for how the company operates in the marketplace, any ignorance of them is – at best – unprofessional, but probably more accurately, incompetent. Environmental sustainability. It’s a term that seems to be bandied around a lot lately. Many companies have it stated as one of their “core values&# – but do they really mean it? It’s easy to display the words on your website, print them out on a pretty brochure, and even rattle them off during an induction. In other words, to walk the talk. Academic insight. My take. The thin green line.
  • LEARN AND LEAD  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008
    [Providers] Tips for Running a Team Blog
    Many of the authors had never blogged before so providing a framework was very useful. widget to display an RSS feed about industry news provided a window to what was happening in other companies. In my Google Reader, I shared the posts that I felt would be relevant to the team, and then provided an RSS feed as Recommended Articles on the blog. Cross posted on Michele Martin's The Bamboo Project blog. Michele asked if I was willing to share some tips for keeping my team engaged or things I am learning from starting up a team blog. What content is important for them?
  • ID REFLECTIONS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009
    [Providers] Application Training Programs: What's the Big Deal?
    This mean, the technical team developing the application cannot always provide business reasons behind all the tasks. The client has to be a partner in this and provide organizational support post implementation to drive adoption. Preamble The following para from Karl Kapp’s post called Yes, We Should Keep ADDIE, HPT and ISD Models is the trigger for my post. His post is an old one—almost 3 years old—yet extremely relevant in our situation today. have pasted the para below: “Products typically aren’t designed, built and marketed in a day. Wherein Lies the Problem 1.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009
    [Providers] Clickstream Data Yields High-Resolution Maps of Science
    Now, armed with better data-crunching capabilities, the same principles of extracting value from exploring connections between articles can be applied on a much larger scale: Clickstream Data Yields High-Resolution Maps of Science : “Maps of science resulting from large-scale clickstream data provide a detailed, contemporary view of scientific activity and correct the underrepresentation of the social sciences and humanities that is commonly found in citation data.&#. The data is current provided as images.
  • COFFEE AND DESIGN  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
    [Providers] Getting and/or Redesigning Content
    Provide Course Examples. Depending on the situation this could be something that is created by the instructor or one that they are provided. The purpose of this tool is to: Provide Feedback. The following are some notes that I will use for a presentation that I am giving to my department about how, I as a designer, get or redesign content that I receive from instructors for their online courses. Each heading represents a different slide in the minimalist presentation of just headings and bullets. The explanations below will be verbally presented. Uniqueness. Push Deadlines.
  • PROPROFS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013
    [Providers] Video Tutorial: How to create online polls with ProProfs Poll Software
    ProProfs provides you advanced security options whereby you can create private & password protected polls which can be accessed only by those with whom you share the poll link. You can share it directly by emailing them the link to your poll or you can also run the poll on your blog or website by using the embed code we provide. ProProfs Polls is an easy-to-use, effective poll software, which can be accessed from anywhere at anytime; and supports powerfully simple features for creating  online polls and gathering instant feedback. Key Features of ProProfs Poll Software.
  • I CAME, I SAW, I LEARNED  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016
    [Providers] To Peeve or Not to Peeve?
    When applied to the world of words and language, this framework provides a way out of the dilemma of my title: to peeve or not to peeve. by Jennie Ruby  According to  vocabulary.com , "A peeve is an annoyance, and a pet peeve is an annoyance that's nurtured like a pet--it's something someone can never resist complaining about. There are all kinds of pet peeves, like littering, misusing punctuation, driving slowly in the fast lane, or talking during movies. If something like that drives you crazy and you have to yap about it, it's a pet peeve."
  • LEARNING JOURNAL  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012
    [Providers] Gamification Whistle Stop
    In addition to providing advice on what to do, Karl also has some cautions regarding the issues that may be created if we  incorporate some elements without incorporating others, or don’t pay careful attention to how certain elements are used. Welcome to today’s stop on Karl Kapp’s Gamification book tour. In The Gamification of Learning and Instruction , Karl effectively cuts through the hype about gaming and lays out strategies that can allow learning professionals to understand how to use the power of games to improve learning. Nice job, Karl! Book Discussions
  • LEARNING JOURNAL  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
    [Providers] Recharging
    Unlike our electronic devices, which seem to thrive quietly in the dark just taking in the energy needed to be powered up for the day ahead, we need people to provide that electric spark that allows us to kick it into high gear. Every night, I plug in all of my electronic contraptions so that they can be freshly charged and ready to go for the undoubtedly busy day ahead. only wish charging my own batteries was that simple. Not so. More than one speaker over the course of the conference emphasized the need to put our electronic devices aside and engage more deeply with one another.
  • LEARNING JOURNAL  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
    [Providers] Recharging
    Unlike our electronic devices, which seem to thrive quietly in the dark just taking in the energy needed to be powered up for the day ahead, we need people to provide that electric spark that allows us to kick it into high gear. Every night, I plug in all of my electronic contraptions so that they can be freshly charged and ready to go for the undoubtedly busy day ahead. only wish charging my own batteries was that simple. Not so. More than one speaker over the course of the conference emphasized the need to put our electronic devices aside and engage more deeply with one another.
  • JAY CROSS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013
    [Providers] Hard numbers on soft skills
    ” “My manager provides difficult feedback constructively.” Google is all about the numbers. Questioning the value of management, the Googlers founded Project Oxygen to investigate the characteristics of successful and less successful managers. Employee surveys and performance reviews pinpointed eight key behaviors of the company’s most effective managers. good manager: 1. Is a good coach. 2. Empowers the team and does not micromanage (See the sidebar “How Google Defines One Key Behavior”). 3. Is productive and results-oriented. 5. Helps with career development. 7.
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010
    [Providers] eLearning Guild’s 2010 Salary Report
    In case you missed this, the eLearning Guild has recently released the 2010 Salary and Compensation Report (United States) by Temple Smolen, culled from data provided by eLearning Guild members. The average salary of a person who lives in the United States and works in e-Learning is $79,252.” Having a Masters Degree does help, giving you a +3.2% boost. Instructional Designers come in at –4.6% from the industry average. Apparently, if you want to make the really big bucks you need to be on the “executive management” side of the business. On average, men are paid 14.5% more than women.
  • LEARNING VISIONS  |  SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2009
    [Providers] iPhone and the End of All Boundaries
    It opens things up in some very cool ways, providing flexibility and accessibility, which is great. I now work with a whole group of people across the pond in bonnie ole england-- a five hour time difference -- and it's really easy to be connected. (Hi, guys!) I can even use Skype on the iPhone when there's wifi around, making calls to the UK free and clear. I just got my very own iPhone on Friday. Well, my company's, to be more precise. But it's in my hot little hands and I get to caress its shiny sleekness. I had an iPod Touch, which I loved and was hopelessly addicted to. Trust me.
  • TRAINING INDUSTRY  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
    [Providers] Is Your Customer Satisfaction Standard Outdated
    Buyers are skeptical of sellers (providers) with a satisfaction feedback score below 98%. Most organizations that measure their customer satisfaction still do so by a 0-100 point scale. However, recent changes in known customer loyalty for products/services appear to indicate that this metric may no longer be a sound one to use.  I learned this myself recently when talking with my esteemed colleague and recognized expert in this area of business performance, Phil Forrest.  asked him for examples that verify this shift. For instance, EBay measures satisfaction of both buyers and sellers.
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2007
    [Providers] How Valid are Research Results? And What to Do
    Looking at Cornerstone's site: "Cornerstone's customers are not only satisfied with their solutions, but also recognize that Cornerstone can grow with their business, as evidenced by their leading loyalty ranking.” Josh Bersin, Bersin & Associates "For years, Cornerstone has provided an excellent integrated talent management solution for performance, learning, and succession management. Normally what this means is that each company who is going to be in the survey will be asked to provide a list of customers who can be interviewed and respond to the survey.
  • MLEARNING TRENDS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010
    [Providers] CellCast Takes Top Honors at DemoFest 2010
    OnPoint worked with Verizon Wireless on a project designed to provide their outbound sales teams with greater and easier access to regular sales practices, production/solution previews, and updated business communications; the solution utilized OnPoint’s CellCast® mobile learning platform to make that content available via a variety of company-issued smartphones. The end-to-end mobile solution provided by OnPoint compliments Verizon Wireless’ existing enterprise LMS platform and extends their blended learning environment to their ever-mobile sales professionals.
  • YOUR TRAINING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012
    [Providers] What Determines Value in Training?
    It is interesting that many of these corporate training groups believe that they can take a 20-something trainer (please continue to read so that you get the point and not take offense at the example) and provide them with relevant material, and somehow that combination of inexperience and content will mix up a potent brew of high-quality-training! The professors write books, articles and provide analytic case-studies that are available to just about any and everyone. Giving thought to WHO provides training should be of greater importance than to WHAT material should be delivered.
  • YOUR TRAINING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012
    [Providers] Training Mojo: Stretching Your Training Dollar by Mixing Internal and External Tools and Programs
    If you need to purchase an LMS, providers will be more than willing to examine your set-up and make recommendations – and help you bring the system online in an expedited manner. Many outsourcers provide specific courses for specific industries in compliance, customer service, human resources, management, and leadership – you simply have to search for them. If you outsource the courses, your provider will probably update them for you as part of the cost of the training. Here are some ways to do that. What about your current programs? All Rights Reserved.
  • YOUR TRAINING EDGE  |  MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013
    [Providers] Rapid Elearning and MOOCs: Keeping Up with Change
    It was usually done by a team of programmers and instructional designers working with material provided by an SME. And like MOOCs, rapid elearning is evolving to provide a range of training solutions. Combining the MOOC format with rapid elearning provides a powerful tool for delivering content quickly to everyone all at once. Technology is changing at an exponential rate. Think just about the past year or so: mobile devices now outnumber people, online entertainment is rapidly eclipsing television watching, and you no longer have to leave your house to earn a degree.
  • ELEARNING CYCLOPS  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
    [Providers] Making Tweeps
    These are where Tweeps in a specific community, like learning and development or health care providers, etc. will applaud great service from stores and restaurants, but I also provide my criticisms when necessary. I having been using Twitter for several years now and still loving it. The only issue I have are the challenges of getting others to adopt it. For me, Twitter is a great tool in my personal life and also a fantastic workplace tool. have even sat with people assisting them with setting up an account and given one on one tutorials on using Twitter. discuss specific topics.
  • G-CUBE  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012
    [Providers] m-Learning Evolution – From Native to Web Apps
    But for everything else, such as delivering content, getting assessments conducted, or providing simple productivity tools, we will see more and more of web apps built using HTML5 because they would be able to deliver the same experience to the end user as the native apps. As we work more in mobile learning and content delivery space, my belief is strengthening that instead of current model of writing native apps, web apps are going to become favorite medium to deliver m-learning for mobile devices. Here are my reasons -. Powered By DT Author Box. UI Design Tips for Touch Screen Apps.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011
    [Providers] SPBT Webinar Resources
    Games provide feedback and corrective information to learners seamlessly. Here are the resources from today’s SPBT webinar titled “ Gamification of Learning and Instruction: What Research tells Us About 3D Avatars, Storytelling & Serious Games for Learning &#. Here is a description of the event: Transfer of knowledge is key to any learning initiative, including training sales professionals. In the end, the learning will be more memorable and the results more impressive. Different types of games can be leveraged to teach different types of content. 2006). 2005). 2009).
  • ASSOCIATION ELEARNING  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2015
    [Providers] The Fact and Fiction of Online Training
    Most online courses provide specific guidelines and time commitments for learners (e.g. You’ve probably heard some of the things people say about online courses: “The courses are a lot easier than ‘regular’ courses, so you don’t learn as much.”. You lose that ‘personal’ connection that you get in the classroom.”. Employers don’t count online courses as actual training.”. Online courses employ a variety of methods to deliver instruction and assessments. I’ve taken numerous courses as degree requirements and for certification. Let’s take a look at a few.
  • I CAME, I SAW, I LEARNED  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2015
    [Providers] Training: A Primer For Hosting Live, Online (Virtual) Classes
    Instead, I access the training room by dialing a long-distance number provided once I open my training room. All three of my top vendors provide a free 30-day trial so I encourage you to test-drive each of their products. by Kevin Siegel        I received a call from a friend of mine who is the head of human resources at a large company. While the company is typically ahead of the curve when it comes to technology, she was being tasked to spearhead a corporate initiative that was outside of her field of expertise. no fooling. Internet access. The Vendors.
  • JAY CROSS'S INFORMAL LEARNING  |  MONDAY, JULY 6, 2009
    [Providers] Future of the learning business
    Are content providers going the way of print newspapers? What’s the future of the learning business? Are LMS vendors headed down the trail blazed by record stores? Tony Karrer is orchestrating our next free LearnTrends event on these very questions. Join us July 23,  9 AM – 1 PM Pacific Time / 4 PM – 8 PM GMT. We’ll hear from CLOs, training company CEOs, analysts, and software vendors. Then several of us will try to wrap our arms around some conclusions. For background, read Tony’s great post on the Business of Learning. Don’t miss the comments.
  • DESIGNED FOR LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016
    [Providers] Learning to Fail Well
    Failing well is when the failure can be compartmentalized or contained and there are redundancies or options to recover and there are built-in systems that provide early warning signs. Each of us defines our own successes and failures in different ways. Also, not all failures are created equal. Some can be preventable especially when they happen in known circumstances and controlled environments. Others are designed to occur such as those that happen when working in the context of discovery and innovation. The bottom line is that we are all looking for success not failures.
  • THE PEFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010
    [Providers] Strategy Questions
    The organization needs to be constantly providing the kinds of training, coaching, mentoring, and experiences that will contribute to development of competencies needed for execution of business strategy. .  . Nothing is as useful as a good question. Organizational evaluation and performance improvement are essentially about asking the right questions. So I appreciate it when thought-leaders come up with a set of questions that make us think about what we are doing and how to do it better. An exerpt appears in the November 22 nd issue of Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge.
  • VIGNETTES LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2008
    [Providers] Unable to Produce profits. Does It Matter to Us in the Learning and Training World?
    Look into providers for training and learning niche of Web 2.0 -- Robert Jacques of vnunet.com reported a study by In-Stat forecasts reviewing the performance of social networking companies over the past 13 years. The success or failure of adoption could mean two things: The value provided to the end users. The stage of the business providing the software. -- Application Points: Not too quick to love the technology of Web 2.0. Let's ask why they are not making profits? Are we buying into a bubble? So what?
  • THE E-LEARNING CURVE  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009
    [Providers] Phases of the 3PD Approach: Discovering Instructional Design 15
    The intent of the Three-Phase Development (3PD) Model was to provide a new focus for the end-to-end learning content and evaluation development process, especially for Web-based teaching and. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Find out more.
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2009
    [Providers] Aging. Can We Enhance People's Cognitive Outcomes?
    This begs the following questions then: "Is there research in refereed scientific journals that provides evidence for cognitive decline as people age?". "Is there research in refereed scientific journals that provides evidence that we can help improve people's cognitive abilities as they age?". Just as the pharmaceutical industry is required to show benefit and provide evidence regarding potential side effects, companies marketing cognitive-enhancement products should be required to provide empirical evidence of product effectiveness." Take the quiz. Take the Quiz.
  • MOODLE JOURNAL  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015
    [Providers] Blended Learning
    Finally, if you find yourself being pushed for justify a blended learning option, then this posting ‘7 Top Blended Learning Benefits For Corporate Training’ from Litmos.com and by Christopher Pappas may be just what you are looking for, providing as is does a brief and concise outline under the following heading:- 1. Maybe its just coincidence, well of course it is, but this week seems to have been full of requests and postings coming my way on blended online learning. As you will I am sure know, if you have been through this one yourselves, it very soon gets complicated.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2012
    [Providers] Understanding the LinkedIn Talent Brand Index
    Many solution providers are now focused on this market, so expect many more such tools to become available. This week LinkedIn announced the Talent Brand Index , an exciting and innovative new tool to help companies target and improve their talent acquisition programs. In this blog post I'd like to explain it in a little detail. Recruiting: Meet Marketing. Marketing: Meet Recruiting. Businesses spend more than $3,000 per hire on recruitment , and often 20 times this on senior positions. So anything which helps "attract" candidates to your company has huge value.
  • INQUISIQ LMS  |  MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013
    [Providers] Inquisiq: A Mobile-Compatible LMS!
    In the LMS space, providers are slowly coming to grips with the requirements and evolving standards of mobile delivery – though some are moving faster than others. However, f a mobile device is being used, Inquisiq will automatically provide a more learner-centric interface, allowing the user to more quickly access their enrollments and directly launch the related content, all within an interface adapted for mobile devices. Be sure to check with your authoring tool or bespoke/custom courseware provider to see if your content will work across the range of mobile devices.
  • INQUISIQ LMS  |  MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013
    [Providers] Inquisiq: A Mobile-Compatible LMS!
    In the LMS space, providers are slowly coming to grips with the requirements and evolving standards of mobile delivery – though some are moving faster than others. However, f a mobile device is being used, Inquisiq will automatically provide a more learner-centric interface, allowing the user to more quickly access their enrollments and directly launch the related content, all within an interface adapted for mobile devices. Be sure to check with your authoring tool or bespoke/custom courseware provider to see if your content will work across the range of mobile devices.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009
    [Providers] Battle of the Bloggers – last words – part 6
    I'm not sure that there's any more valuable service that any person can provide. This posting completes my re-cap of the responses I gave to the questions posed at last week’s Battle of the Bloggers at Online Educa 2009 : Question 6 is: With the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin wall, what walls would you most like to see broken down in learning? Many practitioners are chipping away at these walls and with some success, but we haven't yet reached the tipping point when they starts to collapse completely, just like in Berlin 20 years ago.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2009
    [Providers] Battle of the Bloggers – last words – part 1
    Media will continue to evolve, of course, providing us with tremendous opportunities for efficiencies, but until the strategies change as well, we’re not going to be significantly more effective in what we do. Last Friday I took part in the Battle of the Bloggers at Online Educa 2009 in Berlin, alongside Donald Clark , Jane Hart and Ellen Wagner. Our host was the inimitable Bert de Coutere (pic of half of Bert below, the other half is similar), who came up with some strange but intriguing questions. For the benefit of those unable to attend the session (i.e. Well, that’s unlikely.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2009
    [Providers] Battle of the Bloggers – last words – part 1
    Media will continue to evolve, of course, providing us with tremendous opportunities for efficiencies, but until the strategies change as well, we’re not going to be significantly more effective in what we do. Last Friday I took part in the Battle of the Bloggers at Online Educa 2009 in Berlin, alongside Donald Clark , Jane Hart and Ellen Wagner. Our host was the inimitable Bert de Coutere (pic of half of Bert below, the other half is similar), who came up with some strange but intriguing questions. For the benefit of those unable to attend the session (i.e. Well, that’s unlikely.
  • CLIVE ON LEARNING  |  MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2009
    [Providers] Prezi goes live
    This seems to work nicely and provides a great deal of extra flexibility. Prezi is the most exciting new presentation aid I've seen in ages and today sees its formal launch. Prezi is a Flash-based tool that does away with the traditional slide show metaphor. Instead you arrange your images, text, audio, video and PDF files on one great canvas that you navigate throughout your presentation. What makes Prezi exciting is the way you pan and zoom from object to object, either on a pre-defined navigational path or at will. With any luck you should be able to view this at [link].
  • LEARNING CAFE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012
    [Providers] Do you need a fix?
    The fix I am of course referring to is the good old prefix, more specifically the prefix used to identify types of learning delivery methods. The most notorious being the ‘e’ in e-learning and more recently the ‘m’ in m-learning. There has been debate for some time as to whether the prefix should be dropped as the blog from @donaldhtayor demonstrates. The blog It’s time to drop e-learning was first published in TrainingZone in 2007 and debate still rages within the learning community. So does the same apply if you’re a learning professional? learning.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007
    [Providers] Google Labs - Google Survey (Tool?)
    There are still millions of students and educators in the Schools, Colleges and Universities around the world who are doing research, conducting surveys and spending a lot of time collecting data, providing them often with little time to analyze and reflect the findings (critical/creative thinking aspect!). suppose if Google does not provide a free online survey tool in the near future, Yahoo or MSN would do it. Yes, without Google Blogger I would probably not be writing this online letter (Instead I would have probably used Wordpress !). Learning Series learning tools Fun
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007
    [Providers] Google Labs - Google Survey (Tool?)
    There are still millions of students and educators in the Schools, Colleges and Universities around the world who are doing research, conducting surveys and spending a lot of time collecting data, providing them often with little time to analyze and reflect the findings (critical/creative thinking aspect!). suppose if Google does not provide a free online survey tool in the near future, Yahoo or MSN would do it. Yes, without Google Blogger I would probably not be writing this online letter (Instead I would have probably used Wordpress !).
  • IGNATIA WEBS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2009
    [Providers] Let others find your most read blogposts via PostRank
    But if networks are getting increasingly important, it will be essential to provide your network(s) with immediate extra's. In order to do this you can use a number of analytic tools , but those tools are just providing data for your own interest. [Look at the right side bar to see the blogpost ranking in action] The last few months many people have been writing about the surplus of networks and finding the content you are looking for as quickly and simple as possible in a knowledge world. Many knowledge workers mention many options: feeds, streams, blogs, collaborative networks.
  • ONLIGNMENT  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013
    [Providers] 17. More and more media to choose from
    Of course all learning was originally accomplished face-to-face, providing an immediacy to the interaction, a rich sensory experience (you see, you hear, you touch, you smell) and, if you’re lucky enough to be one-on-one, the ultimate in personalisation. Books, when they arrived, provided the counterbalance, by allowing learners more independence and the ability to control the pace with which they learned. The invention of the telephone provided additional connectivity for learners and tutors working at a distance. Next up :   Why some learning simply must be face-to-face.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010
    [Providers] Cisco’s Tablet Cius
    It also provides application development opportunities that could integrate with Cisco’s existing product/service ecosystem. Cisco announced its Cius tablet computer yesterday. More evidence that more IT majors are turning to tablet computing as the future. It’s very interesting that a company that rarely ventured into consumer hardware is taking its first steps into the business. Strangely, Cisco has said that it doesn’t want the device to be perceived as a consumer device or as a direct competitor to the popular Apple iPad. Good for consumers, good for the future of learning.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010
    [Providers] Adobe Device Central: Great Support for mLearning Development
    Adobe’s Device Central is an application bundled with Adobe’s Creative Suite [which includes tools like Flash Professional, Photoshop, Dreamweaver etc.] of products and attempts to provide just that – the ability to simulate a variety of devices. One of the key challenges associated with mLearning development is to manage development across varied types of devices and platforms. With new devices being launched every week and no clear cross device platform to target, procuring myriad devices for testing is very difficult or at the very least expensive. Integration with Dreamweaver CS5.
  • UPSIDE LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009
    [Providers] Adopting Digital Game-based Learning: Why and How
    This new audience will demand more engaging learning and the organization needs to provide it. I’ve just finished writing a basic paper on adopting DGBL (digital game-based learning). Where do they start? What do they start with? It’s evident that they do need to, an audience familiar with game-based metaphors and interfaces are starting to enter the workplace in force. It’s meant for organizations who want to get their feet wet with creating learning games. The PDF for the paper is available here. Please feel free to comment about and question/debate the paper here.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009
    [Providers] OutStart and HotLava Software - mLearning is Going Mainsteam
    Nokia is still the best selling provider worldwide and their Symbian OS is transitioning to open source. Given the pace of innovation with mobile devices and their place in today’s business environment, it only makes sense that the use of these devices as a primary means of providing access to on-demand knowledge and learning is becoming mainstream. In response we are now seeing activity in the learning provider market as companies move to meet the increased demand for mlearning. What do you use your mobile phone for? Mobile devises of all sorts are now ubiquitous.
  • WILL AT WORK LEARNING  |  MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009
    [Providers] Security Issues on Learning Assessments
    As I've written here before, there are many reasons to provide learning assessments, each having it's own design needs--and security needs as well. Eric Shepherd of Quesionmark offers a white paper on his blog that goes into some nice depth to help you think through the level of security you might need in your learning assessments. Check out Eric's blog (and the first hyperlink) to get the white paper.
  • ONLIGNMENT  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2010
    [Providers] Online trainers leave your egos here.
    How might online tools and social media help us to devote time and resources and provide positive consequences for people, so they can find out for themselves how things work best within their organisation? Before we create yet more training, how can we give people space and time to develop their own capabilities? It may be easier to say what NOT to do. There is a risk that the old superstitions of trainers resurface online and so stop webinars, virtual meetings, remote action learning sets and so on from being effective. People do not learn online purely by listening passively.
  • LEARNDASH  |  FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012
    [Providers] WordPress LMS Latest Update
    Before getting into the update, I want to thank those of you who have written and expressed an opinion regarding the project, features, and general desires.  We want to make one thing is clear: WPLMS is committed to providing a product/service of great value… and we are committed to doing it right. First, I want to apologize for the lack of updates recently. There have been a lot of conversations happening in the past couple of weeks in regards to the project’s direction. Which brings me to the biggest news of this update. Hope you all have a great weekend. Justin. Tweet.
  • THE LEARNING GENERALIST  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 2010
    [Providers] ThoughtWorks University - The Story of our Success
    If real work provides the best context for learning, then why not create a learning program where learning is a consequence of working on a real project? Time for some Soul-Searching "TWU provided us with a safe environment in which we were free to stumble, to question, to observe, and to learn. Even with the elearning, we ensured that we were pragmatic in partnering with external content providers whose content met our quality standards. If you were ever to walk into a ThoughtWorks University term in full flow, it will look nothing like a training program you've seen.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2010
    [Providers] Wild and Wacky Friday: Cool iPhone/iTouch applications
    According to Lifehacker, this “amazingly slick free app provides a virtual tour of its galleries and lets users check out the works of everyone from DaVinci to Michelangelo. Brain Tuner — presents you with 20 to 100 math problems and asks you whether the solutions provided are right or wrong. Search for these applications in iTunes: Louvre Museum: From the most important museum in Paris. The app gets you up close and personal with paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and even the French Crown Jewels.” TED: TEDTalks need no introduction.
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009
    [Providers] GPS your career with UpMo
    The “State of Your Network” report, based on career management and professional networking science, provides an objective assessment of your networking readiness, identifies strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and provides individualized, actionable networking and career best practices guaranteed help you maximize your network for lasting career success. IF you haven’t lost your job, you probably know someone who has. Become an UpMover, one among an elite group of professionals determined to take career control despite an unpredictable economy. Check it out: [link
  • KAPP NOTES  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
    [Providers] Three Steps for Teaching Software
    When teaching software, first provide an overview of the task you are teaching. Then once they have done that (or maybe twice) then have them do it on their own and walk around the classroom providing assistance where needed. This provides a chance for the learn to watch, apply and practice. The other day, I got a great comment about my post Are You Challenging Your Learners? Don’t treat them like babies. The question: When do you think people in your class reach their threshold level? How would you approach a class who has difficulty reading a university level text?
  • I CAME, I SAW, I LEARNED  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2015
    [Providers] Development Corner: Image Formats
      The "Portable Network Graphic" was created (approved as a web standard in 1996) to provide high quality continuous-tone but also allow for transparency and animation. by Sally Cox    When it comes to adding images to websites, PowerPoint presentations, or eLearning projects, you will likely be given JPEGs, GIFs, or PNGs. Let's review the three most common image formats and why/when to use them. JPEG is short for "Joint Photographer's Experts Group." " It is one of the most popular formats used on the web and in eLearning. 16 MILLION +.
  • VISUAL LOUNGE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013
    [Providers] Flipping Around the World
    Emilia then uses these recordings to assess the students’ progress and provide feedback that will help them improve their language skills. Teachers often find themselves having to be in two places at once. In fact, it was this very dilemma that inspired Emilia Carrillo, a foreign language teacher, to turn her style of teaching upside down. Two years ago, while teaching in Ukraine, Emilia Carrillo faced the difficult task of simultaneously teaching two different levels of Spanish in two different classrooms. Benefiting Students. Helping Teachers. And there’s even more to Emilia’s story.
  • ID REFLECTIONS  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2010
    [Providers] Context is King: Excerpts from posts and articles - Part I
    marcjrosenberg on #lsmag [link] #lrnchat The excerpts: We need context to understand complex issues and this can be provided by those we are connected to. We hope to make it clear that learning through legitimate peripheral participation takes place no matter which educational form provides a context for learning, or whether there is any intentional educational form at all. For the paste one week or so, I have been reading up on the importance of context as opposed to content. Context is King " is fast becoming a mantra; hence my focused reading on the topic.
  • ID REFLECTIONS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009
    [Providers] After e-Learning delivery and deployment, how would you drive adoption?
    Summative evaluation "provides information on the product's efficacy ( it's ability to do what it was designed to do)." Does the organization provide learners with some amount of free time that can be utilized as "learning time" so that learners can go through the course within work hours? Employees must be provided with the right equipment; if you want to use VoIP, make sure they have good quality headsets. After e-Learning delivery and deployment, how would you drive adoption? The link led me to a slideshow on user adoption of SharePoint. have listed these here briefly.
  • ELEARNING 24-7  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2014
    [Providers] #ASTDTK14 Review
    Assessments, provide feedback too. ASTDTK14 zoomed into Vegas last week with about 60 vendors (est.) and lots of humans including myself (I have also been called other things – but I but the last time, I looked I was human). While I did not attend the sessions, the feedback I overheard was strong – i.e. in terms of the sessions and their value.  As in the case with any session laced event, some people found that speaker X went off task or speaker C was horrific.  But overall, feedback was a plus. These guys are everywhere.  Go Animate though also attended. The Tin Can Fiasco.
  • ELEARNING CYCLOPS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009
    [Providers] you have to fight for the right TO BE ENGAGING
    When you launch your prototype/course and your audience provides positive feedback. I just read a comment on a blog where a someone was very frustrated by bland, unengaging page turners. It got me thinking. How do you get a an organization out of the rut of making page turners and to start creating more engaging and effective courses? Here are my first thoughts: Put on your instructional designer hat and do everything you can to educate all involved (SMEs, clients, managers, and audience too) on what effective e-learning is and how all involved can benefit from it. Thanks.
  • ELEARNING CYCLOPS  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2009
    [Providers] Big Question - Presenting the Value of Social Media for Learning
    They mayhelp you push the initiative through the possible IT bureaucracy and can provide additional evaluation and advice from a tech perspective. Learning Circuit's Big Question this month is "How do I communicate the value of social media as a learning tool to my organization?" In response, I have put together a list of strategies I feel are important and if done right can be effective. Management buy-in Demo its use to decision makers. Show them case studies (from your industry, if possible, and emphasize return on investment (ROI)). Emphasize ROI again. Blogging Social Media Twitte
  • ELEARNING CYCLOPS  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009
    [Providers] Creds to the Classroom Trainers
    Providing very specific scenarios based on what's relevant to individual participants attending the class. Since the announcement of my bank's acquisition my e-learning projects have been cancelled. So, I have returned to the classroom to teach online professional networking, which has a focus on using LinkedIn.  I am not new to teaching face-to-face classes, but I have not done it on a consistent basis since 2002. Meeting and knowing your audience (I mean literally meeting them). Measuring for prior learning and adjusting the learning on the fly. Yeah that happens, at least to me.
  • ELEARNING CYCLOPS  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2009
    [Providers] Big Question - In the Year 2019
    Asynchronous courses will still exist, but they will be engaging, interactive (in the truest sense of the term), and provide opportunities for people to apply learned skills in a safe online environment. The March Big Question from Learning Circuits is What will workplace learning look like in 10 years? Here are some of the things I see in 10 years: We will see much more informal learning and knowledge management. There will be a need for trainers and/or knowledge managers who will guide, coach, be a catalyst for, and monitor social media and informal learning. Soft skills training (e.g.
  • ELEARNING CYCLOPS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2009
    [Providers] Given this post, readers will be able to describe my perspective on course objectives to 100% accuracy
    The content must provide all that is needed for the learner to meet the objectives. If you write clear objectives, make sure your course's content allows participants to meet those objectives and your assessment measures whether the objectives were met, then you are doing a great job. If not, please give me a minute of your time. Objectives have a purpose. They are NOT just to tell participants what they will learn at the beginning of a course. think of them as a contract. It is an agreement between the content and the audience. This is why I am ranting about it. Treat them as such.
  • ELEARNING CYCLOPS  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2008
    [Providers] Video Studio Design - Equipment is on its Way
    This will be a very small studio a nd the above should provide very sufficient lighting. I did not include a light reflector, which is good for removing any shadows. If you have not been following prior posts, I am building a small video studio. It will be used for creating videos that will be incorporated into e-learning (WBT) courses and for online, stand-alone, instructional videos. The equipment has been ordered, and here's what we will be using: 2 Kino Flo Diva fluorescent lights (each has 2 tubes a nd include a dimmer). 10' x 12' gray, muslin backdrop. video e-Learning
  • TAKE AN E-LEARNING BREAK  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2009
    [Providers] Microsoft Elevate America
    The company will provide up to two million people with free technology training over the next three years to prepare them for the new marketplace in IT. With millions of Americans unemployed and uncertain about how to pursue new careers, Microsoft Elevate America program seems perfectly timed. Check it out: [link
  • STICKY LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010
    [Providers] 5 great speakers from the AITD conference - a summary of ideas
    I'll give you a bit of a summary in this post and will provide a link to my Twitter feed for the conference, I think that will help to flesh out how I found some of the sessions! Indeed Janet quickly found Jay Cross and Gary Woodill via skype to provide some further input into the session and answer questions! To get a better idea of these have a look via the links Amantha has provided. . We can't just expect others to see the potential that we see for new technologies to provide new and exciting platforms for enhanced informal learning. Fat Chance. Shifting.
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
    [Providers] Connecting the Dots - Banner Implementation
    Post-implementation - Decided User Support and the implementation team will keep material up to date - New Employee Training + HR provides orientation + Rest of training on Supervisor level + User Support provides 1-on-1 as needed. Presentation: Connecting the Dots, Training a Campus Presenter: Brenda Driver, Missouri State University I did not attend this session - occurred during another session I was attending. Instead - I am pulling from the materials that Sungard made available. Drill down to determine who needs what type of training. 45 minute project overview. link].
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2008
    [Providers] Teaching Folks to Fish
    Provide tools that allow them to develop some sort of community and help each other out? My real goal in all of this is to help the SMEs develop enough basic technical expertise to create at least a first draft of what they need. I can then shift to the role of advisor, help strengthen their instructional design and provide further technical knowledge to create more complex interactions. In response - the Director asked me to help develop a plan that would make our SMEs more independent. Essentially, letting them do the conversion themselves. Of course - I twitched a little.
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  MONDAY, JULY 14, 2008
    [Providers] Please Stop Throwing Stuff at Me!!!!
    You provide information because you want them to actually DO something with it. The "professional" way I should have approached it - facilitate the SME as she provides information and the script for the final product. One day I am going to sit down and create a taxonomy of SMEs. Karyn and I have been having a conversation between our blogs and comments about SMEs whose idea of "training" consists of throwing lots of material at the student. And the "objective" I am always given by the content-throwers when I ask is - "They need to understand X." Sorry - that is a cop-out!
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  MONDAY, JULY 16, 2007
    [Providers] Day 1 eLearnDevCon - Keeping it Simple
    Thomas Reinartz's presentation provided an excellent example of this process. Movies, flash, etc are great - but wireless protocols and mobile devices still don't quite provide the speed to really make it work flawlessly at all times. From what I've seen from the presentations today (not including mine), one overarching message I've heard - keep it simple and don't scare the learner. The emphasis is on easing people into the technology. He discussed a study looking at the differences between online learning vs. classroom learning. He had a very technophobic audience (teachers).
  • TONY KARRER  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2010
    [Providers] LMS Tracking of Podcasts and Video Casts
    I received an interesting question from someone who is working on providing content to a remote sales force of about 40 people on topics such as selling process, products and selling skills. They currently provide some podcasts and video casts, but would like to track the new content that is being developed now. It seems like this should be an obvious question. You can put the audio or video inside a SCORM course and load it into an LMS. However, in this case the sales force is used to accessing this as MP3 and MP4 files available for download into their iPods, iPhones, etc.
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2006
    [Providers] How Do People Interact with Blogs?
    This is why I argued previously that You Should Provide Full Feeds on your blog so that readers don't have to visit. Do you ever click to the blog post itself (as opposed to the links it provides - which would be on another blog)? I just encountered a situation where I honestly wasn't sure what I should do. comment was made by Paul Coyne on my post Corporate Learning Laggards? think the comment is so good that I'm writing a blog post to respond to the comment. Thus, I'd hate for readers of my blog to miss out on something that I think is pretty interesting.
  • TONY KARRER  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2006
    [Providers] Where Will the Change Come From?
    Combine this with the concepts of Enterprise 2.0 , Emergence and Network IT which suggest that rather than trying to define workflow, rules, function ahead of time, we provide relatively free form tools and allow behavior to emerge and then provide better support. A few weeks ago, I posted a summary around the November LCB Big Question "Are ISD / ADDIE / HPT relevant in a world of rapid elearning, faster time-to-performance, and informal learning?": eLearning Technology: Significant Work Needed to Help Instructional Designers Some interesting thoughts in the comments. At a Web 2.0
  • TONY KARRER  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2007
    [Providers] Community Blogs - Maybe I'm Finally Getting It
    Thus, was born the concept for The Big Question - a monthly question that everyone in the community would post and comment their answers, provide discussion, etc. Comments, voting and stats provide excellent guidance into what topics are in demand. 7 - We're an e-SIG so we should be using e-Learning! I've been working with Dave Lee on the Learning Circuits Blog (LCB) for about 8 months now. About two months into it, I finally began to understand that the LCB was different than an individual blog because it was designed to serve a community. Have I just been missing it? Thoughts
  • TONY KARRER  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2007
    [Providers] Web 2.0 - Consumer vs. Enterprise Use
    In other words, if facebook and del.icio.us are already being used, then try to align your strategies with these tools rather than trying to provide behind-the-firewall solutions. Organizations should provide clear definition of policies around web 2.0 Jack Vinson (in Web2.0 as opposed to Enterprise2.0) pointed me to Ben Gardner's post The difference between Web2.0 & Enterprise2.0 that discusses the difference in how Web 2.0 acts in the consumer space as opposed to when it's adopted in the enterprise. Ben tells us: Web2.0 vs Enterprise2.0 I've talked about adoption of web 2.0
  • TONY KARRER  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007
    [Providers] Communities / Social Networking and LMS Merger
    Mzinga is a merger of KnowledgePlanet (an LMS provider and also the maker of the eLearning simulation tool - Firefly) and Shared Insights - a community / business social networking software company. But like Q2Learning , they aim to provide visibility into community activities. Update 12/7/07 - Great comments from David Wilkins (see below) including: user-generated content is going to change eLearning; anyone who thinks otherwise or who is not yet planning for the shift is going to be left wondering what the heck happened in just a few years. wonder if mzinga does?
  • TONY KARRER  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2006
    [Providers] Tools for On-Demand Information - An LMS?
    Some LMS products have tried to provide deep linking and automatic registration, but it is rare that this still turns out to be as easy as just building content using Wikis, CMS, Portal or whatever the relevant toolset is that you have for building information resources. I was pointed to the article in CLO Magazine: Tools for On-Demand Information by Donald Clark. This happens to be a topic that I really believe in and we are finding more and more that we are building less "courseware" and much more reference material, job aids, etc. Keywords: eLearning Trends
  • KAPP NOTES  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2007
    [Providers] Games, Gizmos and Gadgets: The Value of Games
    Games Provide Feedback to the Learner. Games provide Feedback to the Trainer. Games provide a practice field where learners interact with the topic, demonstrating their knowledge and ability to apply the information. Games provide an environment that transforms the passive student into an active part of the learning process, connecting her own dots and experiencing her own ideas. Games Provide a Less Threatening Learning Environment. So the discussion will be interesting to see how the prinicples discussed by Steve Sugar will translate into online games.
  • MARCIA CONNER  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2008
    [Providers] Combine This
    We watched it on the Speedtv Channel (yes, really, that's a channel offered from our cable provider!) Falling into the "I couldn't make this up" category, today we watched a Combine Demolition Derby on TV. Clarke doesn't watch much TV but this was too awe-inspiring to pass up. and from
  • IDIOT  |  THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010
    [Providers] Celebrating learning and development professionals and their initiatives
    Having run a training and learning consulting company for the last 6 years and having worked with clients, vendors, and fellow learning professionals; I realize that the world is divided into two parts - those who provide training (vendors) and those who need training (clients). Most of my folks are on this side of the table (those who provide training). Big thank you to eLearningArt for the useful stock images!). The angst is equal on the other side as well. Increasingly, a training professional's role is becoming more holistic. LionSher is an initiative to bridge this gap.
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