A Little Professionalism Please?
APRIL 15, 2011
It was always their job to provide and check content. Is professionalism going extinct? The more I interact with people outside my organization, the more I realize that professionalism is becoming the thing of the past. For those of you who are professional, the following list may seem very obvious. But, trust me, the people who are not need to read this: 1) It is not OK to take credit for another person's work. Whether you are a vendor, a senior, a junior, a stakeholder, SME, client, you have no right to take away credit from hard work done. Always give credit where it's due.
Instructional Design and Technical World
NOVEMBER 26, 2015
Technical Training also provides oppurtunity to think creatively : My second project was about an abstract product. Can you understand the product enough to simplify the explanations you provide? For majority of my career, I had the priviledge of working on some amazing content. After eight years of experimenting with the boundaries of ID in the domain of soft skills, products, and process training, I was skeptical when I got a job oppunity from an IT company. My thoughts were: Would technical training be as boring as I imagine? Will creativity be restricted? In what way, you ask?
Child with a Learning Disability: Post 1
MARCH 30, 2014
We expect them to encourage children and provide them a positive environment to learn. These are a series of posts about a boy full of life, a happy child who sees no differences in people. A boy who thinks each and every person out there is a friend. A boy who doesn''t see that people are judging him because he is different. It is about a boy who faces the usual challenges of a boy his age and several more challenges than a boy his age. THE BOY AND THE SCHOOL The teacher complained that this boy was hitting other children in class. He needed help with his work. Treat all children alike.
My Thoughts on Geetha Krishnan's session on Learning and Technology
JUNE 28, 2010
They think that they may not be able to provide ALL the information a learner may need? I had this great opportunity of at the right place, at the right time. What am I referring to? I got an opportunity to attend Geetha Krishnan 's session at Kern during my one week long visit to Hyderabad. You can read (must read, actually) what was discussed during the session here. We sure do.
Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance
This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives.
The Role of a Trainer
MARCH 14, 2010
the holy way of teaching geetabose Good teachers do not provide asnwers, they say Find out yourself! RT @geetabose : Good teachers do not provide answers, they say Find out yourself! I have always worked on eLearning rather than ILTs. I did start my ID career working on an ILT. But last year, I have had the opportunity to work on two completely different types of ILT. learnt a lot.
The Art of Giving Feedback
FEBRUARY 24, 2010
By checking, I mean providing them the rationale. (Photo Credit: Veer) Giving feedback is truly an art that one needs to master. Before I go ahead, let me make it clear that I am referring to feedback given for assessments. We had this really interesting #KernLearn session on Twitter last week on Designing Assessment in eLearning. Given below is the transcript. rnarchana 1. geetabose 1.
IDCI: LH Theory by Abhinava
AUGUST 23, 2009
Saturday, I had an opportunity to meet fellow IDCI members at Adobe, Bangalore. It was great to meet and interact with instructional designers from other companies. I was finally getting to meet the people I interact with online through Twitter, Ning, Linkedin, and blogs. Everyone was extremely friendly and the quick coffee before the session helped me catch up with everyone. Just the content?
Which feature do I add on the learner interface?
NOVEMBER 22, 2010
The idea is not to undermine the importance of features provided in a course. I was reading this articles posted by Geeta , NO Next and Back Buttons on Learnability Matters. It was great reading and reminiscing the experience of designing the course on 'Dealing with Conflict Management.' At Kern, we give a lot of importance to user and learning experience. How you ask? Let me ask you a question. How do you decide what goes on the learner interface ? A. We use the basic buttons/features: Next, Back, Pause/Play, Audio Mute, References, Glossary B. Think about it. Ask why and not why not.
Understanding Skill Based Learning for Business
This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture One significant way that training and learning organizations can play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization is by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives.
Dick and Carey Model
AUGUST 4, 2008
These provide insights into how the instruction can be improved. Walter Dick and Lou Carey created a systematic process for designing instruction. This theory borrowed from behaviorist, cognitivist, and constructivist schools. Dick and Carey were influenced by Robert Gagne’s conditions of learning. The sub-skills that have to be mastered should be identified. Conduct Instructional Analysis.
Help L&D Transition to T&D
MAY 19, 2010
We are treated more like vendors who execute training rather than consultants who provide suggestions. I was reading ' Is it a dead-end for L&D professionals? thoughts shared by Mathew Kuruvilla. In August, I had blogged on 8 Tips for the Training Department , but after reading this post I got an opportunity to understand things from the other side of the table. Mathew mentions: “Unless L&D professionals evolve to a more strategic role in the organization, it’s going to be dead end for them. What are the challenges that learning consultants face? How can these be overcome?
Challenge: Facing it or running away?
APRIL 4, 2010
Provide necessary information to make the right decision. 6. I was chatting with my colleague Yatin , when he jokingly told me 'Well, you don't seem to like the challenge then.' I always thought myself as a person who enjoyed challenges. hate mechanical, dry, boring, work. have to have to use my head, else my heart is not in it. And, I cannot work if my heart is not in it. So, then why did I not like that particular challenge? like a challenge, when: 1. I can see the light at the end of tunnel. know that there is a way out. Let us face it. What can I do about this? Read more about it.
Speak Out Featured in eLearning Learning
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Quoting eLearning Learning: The goals of eLearning Learning are: Collect High Quality Content - The goal of a content community is to provide a high quality destination that highlights the most recent and best content from as defined by the community. Provide an Easy to Navigate Site - End users most often are people who are not regular readers of the blogs and other sources. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Speak Out is now a part of eLearning Learning. For those of you who have not heard of this site, I recommend you visit it now. Search has now been made easier.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
but might be a little vague in providing concrete actions, so you’ll need to dig a bit deeper. Providing OTS courseware in these situations has several advantages. OTS curriculum, it’s fairly easy to provide training to individuals or groups whenever you. While the mainstream social media platforms can provide opportunities for. Seven Simple Secrets to. capital. You’re.
Characters in eLearning
SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
This expert simplifies information or provides useful tips drawing from his experience. The role could be defined such that he/she makes an entry to challenge, guide, provide useful information, and so on. I read this interesting post on Have you thought of Character Driven Stories for Your eLearning? by Rupa (@ruparajgo). I was tempted to blog about it myself (thanks for the inspiration, Rupa). What role can a character(s) play in your eLearning porgram? 1. Expert: This is probably the most common use of a character in eLearning. The character takes on the role of a mentor.
Social learning without Web 2.0 tools?
AUGUST 7, 2009
For example: We had to provide grooming skills for shop floor executives. Many companies are reluctant to invest in social learning using the Web 2.0 tools. You can try and convince your clients about its power and usefulness. But this may not be the only thing stopping IDs from using Web 2.0 tools. In India, Internet and Web 2.0 tools are accessible to very small percentage of learners. Most learners: Do not have access to Internet. We have learners who work in villages/districts to learners who are foot-on-street sales executives to learners who have access to just one computer. tools.
Bringing About a Change
JULY 24, 2009
Provide positive reinforcements : This again may seem school-like. Dave Ferguson raises a valid point in my previous post " Are you ready to change ?" I have made an attempt to respond to Dave's concern. Please feel free to add your thoughts. This is a bit tangential to your question, but I saw cell-phone use while driving as a behavior that's widespread among early adopters and change agents. These are often the people trying to get others to change. So: how comfortable, convenient, effective would they find it to make their own change? I'm not defending people who don't change.
Getting Information Gathering Right
JULY 16, 2009
Remove the irrelevant questions and stick to the ones that will provide you valuable information to move ahead. Have you noticed that most clients hate the information gathering stage? You may want to do detailed research and have answers to all your queries before you propose a solution, but several clients wonder "Why are they over doing it?" Have you experienced this? What could be the reasons for this? The information we ask is common sense to them and therefore, they wonder why you haven't figured it out yourself. My previous vendor did not bother me with a third degree.
Microlearning Whitepaper: Small Bites, Big Impact
been providing lukewarm results for years. techniques and solutions that provide more impactful methods for improving employee. But microlearning offers far more than that: • It adapts to the pace of today’s business and meets the needs of your modern learners, providing learning in short bites that are fast and easy to absorb. Aside from providing access over the.
Issues with Second Life
JUNE 15, 2009
Filtering: Like other social networks, I wish SL provided the option to view a user's profile. Virtual worlds (VWs) must take user experience seriously. Are these VWs usable? Let us look at Second Life. This is based on my experience and are only thoughts (not expert opinions). wish Second life would relook at the following: Navigation: Why does the user have to spend time learning how to use the controls? Why isn't the navigation intuitive enough? Why is the Search option so confusing? As a new user, what do I search for? How do I decide where I would like to go? What then?
Expert Usability Evaluation and Learning Audit of an Online Course
JUNE 1, 2009
Provide two or three alternatives if possible. You will be able to identify the things that can be worked on based on the suggestions provided by the expert. You do not have access to learners or you are really short of time. However, you want to find out if your online course is easy to use and learn. What do you do? You can conduct an expert usability evaluation and expert learning audit. Both these evaluation techniques have their roots in usability inspection. If you use some other techniques, please do share. We are always eager to learn more effective ways of doing things.
How important is the SME?
APRIL 29, 2009
Let them know that they need to provide or validate examples. You would have interacted with several SMEs. have attempted to classify the SME. Five prominent personae emerged. These are based on my experiences. Please feel free to add your thoughts.) 1. Temperamental SME: This SME loves to throw her weight around. She demands that things be done her way, else she will not cooperate. She dons the role of the boss and tells you when she expects things. She expects you to work only on her project and on nothing else. She throws a tantrum every time she thinks she has been let down. 2.
Exercises that help reflect on gray areas
APRIL 21, 2009
This does not go to say that we should avoid exercises that provide correct answers. Provide all the information that the learner may require to make an informed decision. I am working on a really challenging project. Think about this: The objective is to get your learners to design better forms. The exercise shows a form in which the user wants to change his password. The learner can add/modify elements in the form to ensure that the errors are minimized. The objective is to let the learners know that consumers are loyal to particular brands for specific reasons.
Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program
would love to provide, we need a change. We must go beyond providing great content. to instead take responsibility for providing. Totara, an open source LMS), provides structure. Our platform provides. well beyond providing content to include. provide the manager with talking points. We provide practice guides to help Sue. We now. Right?
Can Online Learning Environment Kill Motivation?
APRIL 13, 2009
You have provided several hyperlinks to blogs and wikis. The organization in which your learner works provides restricted Internet access. Ros Aini posed a question in my previous post, "Online learning environment can demotivate online learners. What do you think are the aspects that contribute to this matter?" I am going to try an attempt answering this question based on my experience and what I have read/heard. If you think you disagree, please help me learn more by sharing your thoughts. If you agree and would like to add and give more clarity, please feel free to do so.
Myth about eLearning and Interactivity
MARCH 12, 2009
Some courses provide access to other learners and experts via chat rooms, forums, emails, and so on. At a social gathering, I explained that I work as an ID at Kern Communications. person (Rajeev's idol cum mentor from the training fraternity) said you are more into elearning. Elearning is not that interactive, it is very forced. These words have been ringing in my head. Why did do people think elearning is not interactive and forced? Here are my guesses: Learners do not interact with other learners. Some really bad elearning courses have ruined elearning's reputation. fills that gap.
River City Project – An Example of MUVE
DECEMBER 23, 2008
It has around fifty digital objects and data collection stations provide detailed information on water samples across the world. I was able to view a screen grab of a lab at River City. They provide subtle hints to the students. Let us look at the most popular educational MUVE. River City is the most popular example of an educational MUVE. River City Project was funded by National Science Foundation. River City is designed for children in middle school. The theme is very interesting. River city is a city belonging to the 19 th century. This city is suffering from health problems.
OCTOBER 7, 2008
MUVEs provide authentic learning conditions, create experiences that cannot be experienced or 'lived' in the real world, and allows us to monitor or capture learning. Because of their culture, Hispanic girls had been very reluctant to approach adult authority figures, like teachers, but the MUVE altered that by providing a costume-party environment in which the children's and teacher's avtars, wearing the "mask" of technology, could mingle without cultural constraints. "I wonder what the generation will be like in high school - or college?" Let us look at the features of a MUVE.
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
The purpose of this guide is to provide you with the information and tools you need to. Provide a step-by-step work-plan to show you how to integrate gamification into. Game-based learning is often used as a one- time event to provide insights and instruction in a formal learning setting, either online or. Most games provide. Introduction.3 What is Gamification? system.
Grab Your Learner's Attention
SEPTEMBER 17, 2008
You need to provide them with the information they require and close the close quickly to take the next call. Why are gain attention strategies important? Within the first few minutes of the training program, the learner decides whether this course is worth his/her time or not. An effective gain attention strategy has the power to increase the motivational level of your learner. Using this, you can: Arouse their curiosity. Make them think about a particular concept. Make them laugh or break the ice. Help them grasp what is going to be covered in the course. Build expectations. Imagine!
Gagne's Nine Events as I see it
JULY 29, 2008
Gagne's nine events: Gain Attention State the objective Ensure recall of prior learning Present stimuli Provide learning guidance Elicit performance Provide feedback Assess performance Enhance retention and transfer Lets us see whether these nine events still hold good in today's learning environment. This means provide the learner with information that will make him/her think. Provide Learning Guidance This suits a classroom training better or may also be applicable for programs in which learner has access to trainers or instructors. Begin with a bang.
Tips for K12 Courses
AUGUST 20, 2008
Provide several examples to ensure internalization. What things must you remember when designing K12 courses? 1. Learning is more effective when the examples are from the children's day to day experiences. 2. Repetition helps internalize the concepts taught. This is why we remember tables, alphabets, nursery rhymes. Say it over and over again. Make them practice over and over again with different examples. 3. Move from simple to complex. Ensure that when you introduce a concept you start from simple examples and then take them a level higher (complex). Step 2: Move them a level higher.
Feedback - A Powerful Learning Tool
JULY 14, 2008
If the answer is incorrect, provide the learner with another opportunity to rethink his/her answer. If the learner fails to answer correctly after two attempts, provide the correct answer and the logic for the incorrect options. Feedback as a teaching tool is majorly underestimated. Several courses include feedback as "That's correct!" or "That's incorrect!" How useful is this to the learner? Feedback should include a rationale. The learner should be made aware of why he/she got it right or wrong. Feedback must be immediate. It is an effective teaching tool. Check it out.
Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]
We provide both. GIVING FEEDBACK: I provide constructive. properly, managers provide a concrete and comprehensive. The following models provide guidance on how to both set. Sure, we have provided a model above. How can you provide the systematic process. to provide the system and environment. to provide coaching and accountability to. sprints.
ADDIE - The most popular ISD
AUGUST 4, 2008
This plan provides guidance during the various stages of the e-learning process. ADDIE is a popular instructional systems design (ISD). I say popular because it is the most discussed about methodology and also several organization still follow this methodology (with small modifications). thought I must quickly capture what ADDIE is all about. So, here goes. ADDIE model was designed to solve training problems. It was first established by the department of defense. It became popular after World War II. nalysis phase is typically the first phase in the e-learning lifecycle.