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Using Gamification to create a Blogging Culture

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For our purpose, the corporate social network provided a great, low-entry-barrier platform for first time bloggers. The big visible wall in the office will provide the information radiator for this change. (This is a rehash of a co-authored blogpost with my colleague Gayathri Sekar ) Our story begins in ThoughtWorks Pune, somewhere in October. It was then that we had an epiphany.

Why my daughter doesn't deserve school

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know that my family may have preferred factory school because of the ''formula'' it provided. It''s a provocative title isn''t that one? It''ll probably set the alarm bells ringing among proponents of the right to education. guess it may have incensed feminists as well. Before I put you through that misery though, let me share my basic premise. School is unlikely to give me any of that.

4 Lessons Photography has taught me about Learning

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This is a curious bird and to watch it fish can provide hours of entertainment. If you follow me on the web, then you perhaps know that I'm big on photography. absolutely love taking pictures - my Flickr stream with about 13000+ pictures will tell you just that. I'm no pro, but something makes me feel I've gotten better with time. All I wanted to do was capture every moment of my life.

Knowledge Management in the age of Social Media

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Over a period of time they use metadata such as tags, ratings and comments to provide a layer of information and commentary to the content. User commentary, ratings and flags provide a layer of quality control over the content, helping all members of the community find the best content for the purpose. Content also doesn't come up as a result of an imposed structure.

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.

Preparing For Serendipity - A Crucial Knoweldge Work Skill

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It may seem that if someone provides you packaged, neatly organised content then you'll be happy, but the reality is quite the contrary. The truth is that you don't need a fancy iPad to provide you the right kind of organisation. Before I begin today's blogpost, I have to mention the biggest event in Indian cricketing history over the last three decades or so. Just believe!

I'm Sorry - Training isn't a Bad Word

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We rely on communities of practice and social learning to stretch beyond the best practice education that elearning provides. "We're dropping use of the word 'training.' Replacing it with learning? Training materials? Training materials? We don't need any stinking training materials Training is a turn off! Learning is what I go for. Training is what you do to me. Sumeet Moghe, 2009.

Your Brain on Graphics with @elearningcoach

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It provides fewer distractions, it takes less time to percieve, it minimises load on working memore and it's easier to encode this in our long term memory. Charts and diagraphs, graphs, maps, timelines, visualisations, etc provide an abstraction of the real images. I've just run into Connie Malamed 's sessionabout research around visuals and I'm late. Here's what she's covering.

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The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Agile Re-explained

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We know that when we provide a service, its the people that provide the service that matter the most. In my last post we looked at the problems with our existing approach to building elearning. In summary, the problems we noticed were: A lack of shared understanding within the team, about the the customer's learning problem. The delay in seeing working pieces of elearning.

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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.

Micro Learning - Knowledge in Four Minutes or Less with @intellectus_kc

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The ability to provide short snippets of education electronically. They provided this education during new hire orientation and it used to be a 30 minute lesson delivered all in Powerpoint and the fact is that it didn't work. I've just run into Joseph O'Malley's session on Micro-Learning. Given my fascination with YouTube and things like 50 Lessons , this is a topic I'm quite interested in. So I'll just liveblog what I'm learning. Joseph seems to be a very entertaining guy, given the conversation he's striking before the talk begins. The challenge is that of time. Not good, eh?

Using the Dreyfus Model to engage people in your Online Learning program

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If we use the Dreyfus model to map out our learning strategy, it quickly illuminates the different mechanisms we need to provide, so that people can participate in your learning program. Very simply, the purpose of any online learning/ knowledge sharing implementation is to make capabilities explicit in an organization. Most new beginners tend to start here. The role of social media.

Be open, be nice

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If you're distributing an elearning course, then you can either add the license inside the course or provide a separate license document in the package. One of my friends in the wildlife photography circle is very strict about the copyright notices on his images. A lot of his images have descriptions such as, "Copyrighted by. No doubt about that. also take it that artists need to make money.

Think Workscapes, not Training

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As instructional designers , we need to workscape our training programs so they can provide our learners the affective context around which they can pull and retain information themselves. A few days back I watched a pretty awesome video by Nick Shackleton Jones about the Affective Context Model. Nick's also written a splendid article about this very topic for those who want more detail.

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.

Customising your Social Business platform - 5 things to keep in mind

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The landscape now has players that have been around for a while and provide functionality that'll put some consumer apps to shame. In comparision, even a leading enterprise provider like Jive Software hasn't updated their iPhone app for over a year! You could take every use case and people have access to better tools than you're providing them from the enterprise. platforms.

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Making teams tick - 5 things even I can tell you

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Context provides the background for why we do the things the way we do them. ThoughtWorks is a company of really smart people - we base our business on it. As part of my job at this company, I am privileged to work with the smartest of the smarts. Some of our best consultants come to ThoughtWorks University and that's what makes the program as good as it is today. think she's quite right.

The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Of Project Spaces & Project Managers

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Whether you're part of a consultancy or an in-house training outfit, you're providing a service to a customer your people should matter a great deal to you. A few years back, I read Guy Kawasaki 's Art of the Start and Guy insists that product manufacturers and service providers should niche themselves. You're perhaps stupid if you provide a unique service and no one wants it.

The Six Hats of a Trainer

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As service providers to our organisations and clients, we're all consultants. Wow, its 2010 already - a beginning of new decade! It seems like the last year and even the last decade, just went by in a breeze. There have been so many developments in the L&D space in this last decade that have really revolutionised this field. This is more true in this decade than it ever was earlier.

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?

On the Social Web, Everyone Knows If You're a Dog

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You could fault me, depending on the way you look at it, but the fact is that in each case, I provided feedback. I remember using a computer for the first time in 1990 - it was when I wrote my first computer program, in BASIC. Internet access in the nineties was an absolute luxury in India. The cartoon seemed to symbolise the anonymity with which users could participate on the internet.

4 Social Business Lessons I Learnt Last Week

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Provided of course, you communicate well enough. Google Groups gets around this problem quite well by providing simple mailing lists for communities. Choice is not Always a Great Thing Every time you provide an option, you're asking the user to make a decision. When my mental model matches the model that an application provides, it seems intuitive. Just 140 characters!

Lose the Teaching, Work is Learning

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It's also provided evidence to my hypothesis that challenges and failure can be great catalysts to learning. A year back, when I decided to go with the idea of ThoughtWorks University V2 , I was seriously influenced by Jay Cross 's idea of a workscape. But then, I think a bit like my friend Aaron Silvers - "We should be fixing things all the time". You cherish values by living them.

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Here are 6 Social Learning Platforms you can enable 'On-Demand'

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If all you want to do is create a walled garden where along with your course resources, you can provide students an opportunity to have discussions, collaborate using blogs, wikis and collective databases, you're better off using one of the modern LMS's such as Moodle. Often social learning platforms are way too complex in the number of options they provide to users. Ready?

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.

The State of Learning in the Workplace Today

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It provides little opportunity for practice in context and for reflection. Provide performance consulting services. We need to provide advice on appropriate tools and systems. I've just scrambled into Jane Hart's session about the state of learning in the workplace today. There are 10 factors that are shaping the new era of workplace learning. The 10 Factors 1.

Understanding the Tools of the Social Learning Landscape

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So for example, if you could put your product or maybe your course into the open and if there was an incentive for people to provide feedback, how quickly would you think your product will improve? I am with Mark Oelhert this morning in his all day workshop about the tools of the Social Learning Landscape. The catch is that you can use social media and Web 2.0 (or 3.0 or X.0 fashion. Web 2.0

Photography for Elearning Developers - Choosing a New Camera

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The one way that camera manufacturers can lure you into buying something new is by providing you a quantitative metric to evaluate your purchase. If you’ve followed this blog long enough, you’ll remember that I’m no big fan of stock images. No, I don’t hate them - in fact I use them quite often. And then again, they don’t strike cheesy poses. Is the A77 the best DSLR ever? have one too.

Identities 2.0 - The Human Face for Enterprise Social Software

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With most SaaS providers we're protected by an NDA. Do you need to partner with your social business platform providers for some of this stuff and help them build it out as experimental functionality? Image credit: Faithful Chant People have identities. Whether we like it or not, these identities exist regardless of whether someone works at your company or not. twist to them?

Are your managers ready for a world without formal performance reviews?

GIVING FEEDBACK: I provide constructive. SETTING. EXPECTATIONS: My team members are clear on. their roles & responsibilities. 2. DELEGATING: I effectively identify tasks that. others can take on to develop their. capabilities and free my time for. more strategic activities. 3. COACHING: I support my team members by. challenging and encouraging them. to think for themselves and take.

The Art of Choosing with @Sheena_Iyengar

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That being said, a choice provider can be the expert and categorise for the consumer or decision maker. This afternoon in the closing session we have the very accomplished Sheena Iyengar - author of The Art of Choosing. haven't read her book but I hear she's pretty awesome. I'll believe it - I'm all ears. Why do we choose? What affects our choices? Awesome eh? They didn't know. Not so much.

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Social Business

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The way you design your social intranet provides an entry point to a myriad of learning and collaboration possibilities for your colleagues. Dinesh Tantri , Nikhil Nulkar and I are on a project together at ThoughtWorks and we share some incredible moments together talking through our social business approach at ThoughtWorks. learn heaps just being around them. Let me explain. enterprise2.0

Loving them to death or providing a third eye? My views on 'Tiger Tourism'

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I'm not a tiger expert like Valmik Thapar. I'm not an activist on the field like Vidya Athreya or Dharmendra Khandal either. I am not pretentious enough to consider myself an armchair tiger crusader either - unlike Diya Banerjee. I'm just another Indian who loves the natural history of this country to bits, especially the tiger. To photograph it with a stable hand is something else. Sumeet Moghe.

3 Ways to Spice up Linear Navigation in Elearning

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So if you have an engaging story, a comic approach automatically draws your learners to click the Next button. I can understand that Scott McCloud's work can make you feel it's really difficult to do, but if you look at the video above, you'll realise that its quite easy to create comic scenes quickly, provided you have the right image repositories. So without further ado, let's get going.

Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

Means: We have to have a way to provide an ongoing stream. Skills Gap 3% 38% 59% 5% 61% 33% 6% 46% 48% 9% 62% 29% 1000 Providing career. GIVING FEEDBACK: I provide constructive. provide the system and environment. provide coaching and accountability to. An improved solution for developing front- line managers should provide a scorecard. The e-learning provides an. in the e-learning program, providing fertile ground. Extend the Learning Activities within each module provide. tools are provided to help the manager. Moving.

Sir Ken Robinson: Great Inspiration to bring on the Learning Revolution

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These technologies, combined with the extraordinary talents of teachers, provide an opportunity to revolutionize education." Sir Ken Robinson's most recent TED talk is a great validation of our approach at ThoughtWorks University. We have built our education systems on the model of fast food. This is something Jamie Oliver talked about the other day. Sumeet Moghe, 2009.