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  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2009
    [Providers] Free Internet Access is a Fundamental Human Right!
    Countries that don't provide free Internet access to all citizens, cannot even be considered to be a developed country. "We are the world We are the children We are the ones who make a brighter day So let's start giving There's a choice we're making We're saving our own lives It's true we'll make a better day Just you and me." - Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie MY TED WISH! Alright, I might never get the opportunity to give a TED talk , but that does not mean I can't share with you my little TED wish. Thank You! So, in my dream I am awarded with 500 Billion Dollars (tax free!),
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2009
    [Providers] The King Kong List For Free Medical Online Resources!
    The Project provides a free online technology platform to any individual or organization that can benefit from its use. JHSPH OCW The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's OpenCourseware (JHSPH OCW) project provides access to content of the School's most popular courses. LearnersTV.com This is a comprehensive site providing Video lectures, LiveOnline Tests, Audio lectures etc in the fields of Biology, Physics,Chemistry,Mathematics,Computer Science,Engineering,Medicine, Management and Accounting etc FREE to its visitors. Let's start with. No distractions.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2009
    [Providers] Malaysian Sharein Tickles Real Potential!
    One-Discovery Sharing Although, I am not an average user and a hyper discovery sharer, I believe this tool should also provide us the option to share multiple discoveries in one-shot (Select checkbox or simply 'All') to multiple tools. Sharein “The goal is convenience, to make it easy for the user. It’s not a power tool, but for the average user who wants to share.” - Colin Wong (CEO, Sharein) SHAREIN? Sharein is an easy-to-learn/use tool that allows you to bookmark, rate, share, and discuss your internet discoveries with your friends in an efficient manner. Really cool! One shot, bang!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2009
    [Providers] Text-to-Speech to Enjoying Traffic Jams!
    Anyway, I am pretty sure Google will provide such services soon, and then the commercial tools would need to react, and finally we all will benefit, and create a better learning world for all. Panopreter It reads text file, rtf file, word document and web page in.htm format, it can read in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and more, provided such Text-To-Speech voice engines have been installed on your computer. Do you experience traffic jams? Do you curse at other 'Monkey' drivers? Do you feel like beating the 'Beep' out of them? It is online and free.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009
    [Providers] My First eBook Joins The +100,000 Hits Club!
    Zaid's eBook provides many links and many valuable perspectives on the worlds of learning that are available on the Web. In conjunction with his blog called Zaidlearn, it provides a nice set of resources for the practitioner who is in "knowledge seeker" mode." - Eric A. Tremblay "Zaid Ali Alsagoff, who has an intriguing Norwegian connection, has carved out a neat niche in the edublogger community, providing colorful and interesting slideshows on different topics, whether it be Web 2.0 View eBook - 69 Learning Adventures in 6 Galaxies SERIOUS? That is really cool! instead.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2009
    [Providers] The Best Free Learning Monitor!
    The Free Learning Monitor newsletter compiled/synthesized/authored by Jeff Cobb does just that by providing regular monthly updates about free and low cost education opportunities available on the Web, and so much more. Free Learning Monitor Newsletter (Subscribe Now! Of Course, Free!) ' Mission to Learn' Blog 'Free online learning experiences delivered to your inbox monthly!' NEWSLETTER Do you want to receive a monthly digest of free and low-cost online courses, tutorials, videos, podcasts, games, and blogs? Let me repeat: YES! MORE JUICE! eBook. Not my cup of tea!). learning OER/FREE
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009
    [Providers] 88 FREE EduGames & The Ultimate Post-Saving Puzzle!
    88 Free EduGames to Spice Up Your Course Flash Countdown Timer Generator Unless you can decode the following text, and figure out what it really says: ACLHQKHZW It is not sufficient to only guess or provide the correct answer; you also need to explain the decoding process, or how you got to the correct answer. In other words, to master the art of learning, it is not sufficient to know the answer only (which can be easily memorized! Ironically, understanding often not needed!), but we must also understand the process to getting the answer. educational gaming Fun OER/FREE
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010
    [Providers] 172 Interactive Health Tutorials and 32 EduGames!
    Energyville It’s up to you to provide enough power to meet the energy demands of your city’s 3.9 How Does Your Brain Understand What Your Ear Hears ? Answer: Learn Genetics Not sure if that was correct, but the two (2) links or resources above are certainly worth exploring. just came across a very interesting blog post by Jeffery Goldman exploring e-Learning and Games in Healthcare , and from there I extracted some very interesting resources, and mashed them up with some other Medical online resources discovered earlier. from the Patient Education Institute. Not bad! WaterBusters!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2008
    [Providers] 102 Free EduGames to Spice Up Your Course!
    FreeRice A cool game to learn vocabulary and help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free (Made possible by the sponsors who advertise on the site). Whyville Provide a student-centered, hands-on environment for exploring various school subjects. Darfur Is Dying Darfur is Dying is a viral video game for change that provides a window into the experience of the 2.5 Energyville It’s up to you to provide enough power to meet the energy demands of your city’s 3.9 The aim is to fix environmental problems and provide food and wealth for the population.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010
    [Providers] Join the #moodlewish Twitter Stream!
    So, having a dedicated hashtag in #moodlewish will hopefully provide a more convenient venue for all Moodle users to share ideas and suggestions (or those that use Twitter!), Hopefully, the #moodlewish tag will provide an additional value added stream to Moodle developers and users around the world. Click image to view the visualized #moodlewish story clearly PLEASE WISH UP! Do you feel that Moodle needs improvement in some areas? Or perhaps don't like some of its features? Then why not make your voice heard in 14o characters, using the #moodlewish hashtag. Annoying!), Lovely!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2008
    [Providers] Coaching Critical Thinking to Think Creatively! (Zaid Alsagoff)
    In short, I provided them with some ideas on how I would facilitate the tutorials, but empowered them the freedom to think and do it their own way, as long as they covered the syllabus. As for Kirkpatrick’s levels of evaluation 3 and 4, it is difficult to provide any concrete evidence, except for comments such as the ones above. long time ago (early 2007) in a galaxy far away (Malaysia), there was a little boy (33 years old) who happened to be me. This little boy was suddenly entrusted to transform a dying course at the University entitled ‘ Critical Thinking ’. THE UNITAR WAY!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2010
    [Providers] Using Twitter to Amplify Connective Learning and Sharing at ICEL 2010
    Another tool you might want to consider (among several) is TweetDeck , which provides you a host of excellent features to track whatever you want, and also enables conveniently to update your own Twitter world. icel5). Instead, you might as well use the 'Search' function in Twitter, and then save the search, which you can follow. If you are using an IPhone, you are probably going to love the TweetDeck application. Alright, so did the #icel5 learning stream idea work? THANK YOU ! Also, I would like to give a special thanks to Prof. Rozhan M. Can't wait! were amazing. O, DID #ICEL5 WORK?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009
    [Providers] Use Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for Writing Learning Outcomes
    Click the graphic to enlarge it (Reference: Instructing in an International Setting: A Handbook for Those Who Will Provide Training in Developing Countries (p. Do you have problems writing learning outcomes/objectives for your content or courses? Or more specifically, do you have trouble finding the right ACTION VERBS to describe what you want your students to achieve from the course, module, topic or unit? Have you tried using Bloom's Taxonomy wheel(s) before to assist finding those magic action verbs? Trust me! Also, please learn how to apply Bloom's taxonomy to web 2.0 3-24), by C.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010
    [Providers] Top 10 Learning Sites for __? Yours? #T10LS :)
    In addition, I love the fact that she provides us with a weekly round-up of the new learning tools added to the tools directory. Also, don't miss her 100 Featured Learning Professionals , which will provide you with information, inspiration and/or interaction on a range of educational and workplace learning topics from around the world - via their blog, on Twitter or on other social networks. "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." - Albert Einstein "See, here's the thing, though. don't want 99 mind mapping resources, tools, and tips.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2010
    [Providers] World Class Learning is for Nothing and Inspiring Feedback for Free!
    And in general learned from experience and observation, many of us do a terrible job in providing positive and inspirational feedback to our students. In short, he has provided me more valuable and inspiring feedback than any other lecturer I had during my University and College days. In conjunction with his blog called Zaidlearn, it provides a nice set of resources for the practitioner who is in "knowledge seeker" mode." - Eric A. Welcome to ZaidLearn's Learning World! am World Class! No big deal! Having said that, if we want to access 'World Class' (Oops, did it again!)
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2009
    [Providers] 2 Juicy Ways to Insert YouTube Videos into PowerPoint
    When installed, all you need to do is to provide the YouTube video URL that appears in the browser address bar, the rest is taken care of by the YTV Wizard. Installation instructions are provided on the YTV homepage. RealPlayer YouTube Video Wizard Format Factory Updated Version: The Real Way to Download-Convert-Insert YouTube Videos into PowerPoint! Now, I am going to share with you two (2) juicy ways to insert your favorite YouTube videos (or videos from other sites) into your PowerPoint presentations. Personally, I prefer the second (2) option. Ops, let's get back on track.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2008
    [Providers] Salman Khan Uses Microsoft Paint to Inspire Learning
    The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere. The Khan Academy Khan Academy YouTube Channel Via Helge Scherlund THE KHAN ACADEMY Salman Khan ( Sal ) founded the Khan Academy with the hope of using technology to foster new learning models. They currently have 1600+ videos (growing fast!) on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, and finance which have been recorded by Salman Khan. SALMAN KHAN SIMPLIFY Sal knows his stuff (pretty well!), Source )".
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Using Twitter to Transform the Classroom!
    It provides an easy way to maintain connections, share thoughts, or ask for advice." - Jane Bozarth BLOG BOOK TOUR While I was on holiday with my family in Sabah , I got a wonderful surprise tweet message (above) from a famous author called Jane Bozarth. Although, she didn't introduce me to Twitter, she did provide the initial spark needed for me to take this learning tool seriously. Also, we should encourage students to answer other students questions , and by providing some incentive for the most active students (e.g. Right? Are you ready? THANK YOU! plenk2010 ). paper.li
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2009
    [Providers] The Very Best From ZaidLearn!
    If you ask me, Moodle is a good meeting place (airport or space station), or a starting point where we get together to discuss and share ideas, before taking off using both inbuilt and integrated learning tools to experience engaging and enriching learning adventures beyond any single VLE can provide. You become stubborn to try new ideas and approaches, because you have reached a level whereby you are comfortable with what you are doing, and it works perfectly fine to you. If you have reached such a stage in life or at work, it is perhaps time to rethink yourself. she can't sing!).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009
    [Providers] The Juiciest Learning Professionals on Twitter?
    Olavur Ellefsen (olavur) Founder of Simprentis - developer of learning simulations and provider of team-based education and training to oil and gas Ray Jimenez (RayJimenez) CEO of Vignettes for Training, Inc. Directory of Learning Professionals on Twitter (Jane Hart) ZaidLearn's Twitter BEFORE If you are looking for a huge list (1000+), Jane Hart's Twitter directory of learning professionals , is simply amazing. However, some people might want a more filtered list of juicy learning professionals. No specific criteria was used (e.g. It was an interesting learning journey. Learning 2.0
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010
    [Providers] PLENK 2010 - The Most Awesome Course on Planet Earth!
    Worse yet, the teacher is too lazy to provide feedback, except a grade (number or alphabet!). Click here to watch the animation video HOW DID YOU DO THAT? used xtranormal to create the animation (above) by simply writing the dialogue script (text only! Seriously!). The whole production process (thinking and writing the script) took me around 30 minutes only. Now, that is what we want from awesome learning tools; Minimal effort, amazing output ! Though, xtranormal has a commercial version (besides the free features) with even more sizzling juice, and that __ me off :( PLENK 2010? Web 3.0?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2010
    [Providers] Islam, Higher Education & The Virtual Campus!
    Whether ' Global Warming ' is a fact or myth, I cannot verify, but what I do know is that mankind is abusing the Earth beyond its capacity (by __%), and unless we change or transform the way we live soon, we are not providing much hope for our future generations. Also, the Internet provides people an amazing platform (ecosystem) to connect, network, innovate, and do business directly and indirectly. that is potentially sustainable beyond physical barriers, providing everyone the potential to learn. Not only what has been learned, but more importantly what has been shared.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010
    [Providers] Part 2 - Simplify Blue Ocean & Make Consultants _!
    that also provide all the necessary hospital support (value added), and governments (e.g. “ We do no market research. We don't hire consultants. The only consultants I've ever hired in my 10 years is one firm to analyze Gateway's retail strategy so I would not make some of the same mistakes they made [when launching Apple's retail stores]. But we never hire consultants, per se. Steve Jobs, thanks for making that clearer! It’s not about pop culture, and it’s not about fooling people, and it’s not about convincing people that they want something they don’t. We figure out what we want.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010
    [Providers] Part 1 - Would Nemo Survive Using the Blue Ocean Strategy?
    The book illustrates the high growth and profits an organization can generate by creating new demand in an uncontested market space, or a "Blue Ocean", than by competing head-to-head with other suppliers for known customers in an existing industry." - Source "Based on a study of 150 strategic moves spanning more than 100 years (1880 - 2000) and 30 industries, it provides us with a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and creating uncontested market space. " - Source So, what is Blue Ocean Strategy exactly? "Blue Ocean Strategy is a bestseller across five continents.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2010
    [Providers] Part 3 - ZaidLearn's Blue Ocean Strategy for 2011
    It really depends, but from my experience working with especially consultants from the corporate consultancy providers (that have got the projects sometimes beyond comprehension) over the last 10 years in three Universities, I would argue besides helping us populate templates, and producing nice looking reports, it has been one disappointment after another. One reason could be that big corporate consultancy providers (e.g. Also, profile the team assigned to the project, besides the corporate consultancy providers themselves, which are always impressive. Impossible! Hello!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011
    [Providers] IMU Student Blogging Project to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle!
    Upon completing this course, students will have learned that the media constructs views of the real world and that these views have been mediated to provide filtered and partial meaning of health belief and behaviour. Overall, the blog is well-designed providing the user with a visually soothing and user-friendly navigation experience, which is certainly a requirement for any pregnant woman. Pink Awareness "BIG or small, We Save them All" This blog aims to provide a one stop avenue for information on breast cancer in an easy way to understand. Interestingly, Assoc. ZERO !
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011
    [Providers] MAKNAZ - The Saudi Repository for Learning Objects
    "The Maknaz project provides a complete solution for the implementation, customisation, maintenance and support of a reliable and effective online learning environment, including all the required hardware for sustaining a highly sophisticated environment supporting 22 leading national universities." - Abdullah Al Mogheerah (NCEL's Manager for Planning & PMO) Bob Little ranked Abdullah Al Mogheerah as the 4th most influential person in the corporate e-learning world in 2011 (on Jan 4, 2011) CLICK HERE TO EXPLORE MAKNAZ MAKNAZ (or Treasure Chest)?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011
    [Providers] Use Backupify to Backup Your Social Media Stuff!
    Or tools that enable you to backup unlimited social media accounts providing unlimited storage space? Backupify "Backupify is an all-in-one archiving, search and restore service for the most popular online services including Google Apps, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa and more. If you are looking for a tool to backup your social media stuff (Google Docs/Sites, Twitter, Blogger, Facebook, etc.), Backupify is a pretty cool tool. Putting Gmail aside, I would recommend using the free version of Backupify to backup your blog, Twitter, and other social media stuff that are reasonably light.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
    [Providers] Kable.MY - Malaysia's Premiere Instructional Technology Website
    Kable.MY "This website provides the latest news, articles and tutorials on emerging technologies for educational purposes, and serves as a hub for educators to congregate and share ideas that can be put into practice. Also, I like their team's learning philosophy and spirit: "We are a bunch of normal educators like you, with the enthusiasm to provide the latest and fun ways to teach students , to inspire them with the use of technologies that are often regarded as a separate entity from our instructional strategies. website. website that I just discovered, thanks to Hafiz Hanif.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2008
    [Providers] Any Free Hosted CMS or LMS? (Yes, Obama Says!)
    MyiCourse Provides tools for users to build, manage and deliver courses. CollegeBrain.net A free web-based Course Management Service (CMS) that enables instructors to manage their courses online and provides students with collaborative tools to interact with their classmates. Learning CMS/LMS/PLE (Personal Learning Environments) providers will get their share via advertising, donations, and venture capital. Related Posts - Edu2.0 & LectureShare Can We Host and Facilitate Our Courses Online For Free? FREE HOSTED C/LMS? eLearning Community 2.0 How do they make money?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2011
    [Providers] Crash Course - Social Media & Web 2.0 for Learning
    This presentation and site provides all the resources shared during the ' Social Media & Web 2.0 Social Media & Web 2.0 for Learning Website (Still Under Construction) Social Media & Web 2.0 for Learning (2nd Edition) View more presentations from Zaid Alsagoff WELCOME! Welcome to this ’Crash Course’ (still under construction) to get you started with social media and web 2.0 for learning and teaching. Today there are thousands of exciting learning tools to explore, but sadly most teachers do not have the time to explore all, or figure out which ones to use. is all about?
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011
    [Providers] Social Media Infographics Built to Last?
    In a nut shell, dynamic infographics should: Provide easy access to continuously updated and relevant data/information. Goldmine: 60 Informative Social Media Infographics REALITY CHECK! When you first discover a social media infographics goldmine , you are like.WOW! Now, I can really spice up my presentations with some sizzling social media infographics to stimulate the audience. But, then you start to look at the statistics found in these infographics, and then you realize (I hope!) that much of the data shared are outdated and kind of useless (at the moment of discovery).
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011
    [Providers] Baby Salma Uses iPhone to Learn 'Apple'!
    In other words, when we teach or facilitate learning, we should perhaps provide more opportunities for students to explore learning, and take ownership of their own learning process, which is often more inspiring than being told what to do for 15 weeks per semester. I suppose a 36 second video clip would make more sense now: FLASHCARDS In the video clip above, my wife is teaching baby Salma new words using voice narrated Flashcards. The cool thing about apps like My First Words , is that you can also record your own voice, and even create your own Flashcards. Think about it! Too late!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011
    [Providers] E-Learning Trends and Challenges in Malaysian Higher Education Institutions
    Here we go: National E-Learning Policy for Higher Education Institutions (will add the link when made available) e-Pembelajaran di IPTA Malaysia ( Issuu version ) This e-book provides great insights into how especially public Universities in Malaysia are using e-learning to facilitate learning and teaching. So, instead of summarizing the book, I can focus next on providing some of my own insights and reflections to what has been published. So, no doubt HEIs need to invest more in quality staff, and be creative about providing incentives (e.g. Great guy! Let's rumble. 3.0/x.0)
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2007
    [Providers] dimdim - World’s FREE Virtual Classroom (Open Source)!
    dimdim provides a business-class quality web meeting service that is free to consumers and extremely easy to use, as there is no software to download or maintain." dimdim Open Source Community Edition dimdim Documentation Latest News: Dimdim has been acquired by Salesforce.com (Sad story!!!) This post is still here, because of the ideas shared beyond DimDim) Another Option? Explore WiZiQ :) WHAT? dimdim is the world´s first free web meeting service based on the open source platform. dimdim is a browser-based web 2.0 JUICE? " 'Powerful simplicity’ is dimdim’s mantra.
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009
    [Providers] The Finnish Education System Rocks! Why?
    Provide training online and face-to-face often, exploring with them how they can utilize all these learning tools to transform the way they learn. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela Part 2: Insightful Videos Exploring Why the Finnish Education System Rocks! FUTURE LEARNING FINLAND A couple of weeks back (16th September), I attended a Future Learning Finland one-day seminar & networking session. Finpro had invited a few dozen people from Malaysia for this session. Though, how come they invited me of all people? NOKIA!
  • ZAIDLEARN  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011
    [Providers] Insightful Videos Exploring Why the Finnish Education System Rocks!
    did share some secrets about the Finnish education system way back in 2009, and although I have discovered more interesting things about this awesome learning ecosystem, I am going to refrain from spilling it out here, and have decided to dedicate this post to harvest a juicy collection of videos providing more authentic insights. This collection will hopefully be useful for you (and me), as the craze around the world to discover the Finnish education system is increasingly becoming a (wrestle) mania. See more Need To Know. More insightful videos? in Education? will add them above.
  • 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  |  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.
  • MINDLEADERS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011
    [Providers] Social Customer Service
    Your first action is to create a set of social media policies and guidelines, provide your business a framework to carry out your social media strategy and tactics. tip I picked up from Jeremiah Owyang of Altimeter research group is to avoid information overload of executives and management, Owyang offers up a valuable solution, provide the right metrics to the right audience. Right now every industry from e-learning to aerospace seems set on a collision course with social software. Who, after all, has the time or the budget to mimic Disney or Starbucks?
  • MINDLEADERS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011
    [Providers] Care in the spotlight
    However, I think it is really important to highlight that despite all this depressing news, we really need to focus on the thousands of social care workers who provide a fantastic level of care and support on a daily basis and help improve the lives of others. One of the key contributing factors is that the best providers deliver quality training to their employees from day one supporting a best practise culture within the organisation. have visited many of our partners’ sites who work with all sectors including older people, learning disability and mental health.
  • MINDLEADERS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011
    [Providers] Are you an Early Adopter or Laggard?
    recently read Bersin & Associates report  on ‘Talent Management Software 2010’ in their findings,  the USA are ‘finally out of the early adoption phase’ with  17% of organisations with talent management software having some type of integrated suite (like ours) and 34% wanting the full suite from one solution provider (like us). Working for a technology company means that we are often faced with the dilemma ‘if we build it, will they come?’. Learning has revolutionised the organisational learning culture– giving companies the ability to reach and train all their staff.
  • MINDLEADERS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011
    [Providers] Celebrating the Golden Age of Apprenticeships
    We all left the awards feeling uplifted and delighted as a training provider to be a part in supporting apprentices on their learning journeys. Today’s post comes courtesy of Lorna Tyrtania, ThirdForce Senior Product Manager The MindLeaders ThirdForce team, along with our guests from Punch and IHG had the great honour of attending the National Apprenticeship Awards, held at the Mermaid Theatre and Conference Centre in London last night. The awards ceremony was hosted by ‘Apprentice’ TV star and entrepreneur Claire Young (Check out our Apprenticeships video with Claire here ).
  • MINDLEADERS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011
    [Providers] Tragus Deploys New Allergy and Intolerance Awareness Course
    Prior to development of the MindLeaders ThirdForce Content Manager solution the messaging on Allergies and Intolerance would have been delivered by a blend of classroom-based, workbook-based and practical training, as with all of the training that Tragus provides for their teams. learning provides a key added ingredient to the blend of learning that Tragus are now able to offer and increases learner engagement with the programme. Furthermore, companies can track and report on learner progress through AIMS, the existing ThirdForce learner management system (LMS).
  • MINDLEADERS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011
    [Providers] MindLeaders ThirdForce New Partnership with Guoman and Thistle Hotels
    The Content Manager solution effectively future proofs the relationship ensuring we can provide the compliance solutions that they need today but also evolve with them as they launch their own self-authored content.”. MindLeaders ThirdForce is proud to announce a brand new e-learning partnership with Guoman & Thistle Hotels. Guoman and Thistle Hotels which owns and manages 38 hotels in the UK have rolled out MindLeaders ThirdForce e-learning courses in two stages to ensure that the learning is embedded properly.
  • 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
  • MINDLEADERS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011
    [Providers] Social Customer Service
    Your first action is to create a set of social media policies and guidelines, provide your business a framework to carry out your social media strategy and tactics. tip I picked up from Jeremiah Owyang of Altimeter research group is to avoid information overload of executives and management, Owyang offers up a valuable solution, provide the right metrics to the right audience. Today’s post comes courtesy of Gareth Murran, ThirdForceTechnology Innovation Executive. Right now every industry from e-learning to aerospace seems set on a collision course with social software.
  • MINDLEADERS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011
    [Providers] Care in the spotlight
    However, I think it is really important to highlight that despite all this depressing news, we really need to focus on the thousands of social care workers who provide a fantastic level of care and support on a daily basis and help improve the lives of others. One of the key contributing factors is that the best providers deliver quality training to their employees from day one supporting a best practise culture within the organisation. Today’s post comes courtesy of Meena Lacey, ThirdForce Head of Care. Care Abuse in care compliance and care Panorama Southern Cross
  • MINDLEADERS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011
    [Providers] Are you an Early Adopter or Laggard?
    recently read Bersin & Associates report  on ‘Talent Management Software 2010’ in their findings,  the USA are ‘finally out of the early adoption phase’ with  17% of organisations with talent management software having some type of integrated suite (like ours) and 34% wanting the full suite from one solution provider (like us). Working for a technology company means that we are often faced with the dilemma ‘if we build it, will they come?’. Learning has revolutionised the organisational learning culture– giving companies the ability to reach and train all their staff.
  • MINDLEADERS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011
    [Providers] Celebrating the Golden Age of Apprenticeships
    We all left the awards feeling uplifted and delighted as a training provider to be a part in supporting apprentices on their learning journeys. Today’s post comes courtesy of Lorna Tyrtania, ThirdForce Senior Product Manager. The MindLeaders ThirdForce team, along with our guests from Punch and IHG had the great honour of attending the National Apprenticeship Awards, held at the Mermaid Theatre and Conference Centre in London last night. The awards ceremony was hosted by ‘Apprentice’ TV star and entrepreneur Claire Young (Check out our Apprenticeships video with Claire here ).
  • 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.
  • ELEARNING NOT AS USUAL  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010
    [Providers] e-Learning NOT as usual
    Today it was a full two hours (ASTD-TCC was 75 min) and since everyone had a laptop, I provided some simple templates for everyone to put their own projects into. Yesterday I had a very successful workshop presention at the ASTD-TCC annual conference. The topic was how to design effective simulations, and today, I presented the same topic, this time at the annual BYOL eLearning 2010 conference, with a big difference. This hands on part only lasted 10 to 15 minutes, but it allowed the 30 or so participants to prove to themselves that what I was saying worked for them. it's was a good day.
  • ELEARNING NOT AS USUAL  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2010
    [Providers] Why w/ For Immersive e-Learning?
    We provide content and tools that learners understand and can put to work immediately. Why is it that companies trust their e-learning to w/? That's a question I love to answer because we really are quite different than most e-learning companies, and we really do have deep expertise in sales and human performance. Just like their learners, e-learning executives and sales training decision makers respond positively to the high production value of our courses. They always look great--without resorting to meaningless eye-candy. We call it natural learning. We understand business.
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